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  1. Dynamic Abnormal Grain Growth in Refractory Metals

    Noell, Philip J.; Taleff, Eric M.

    2015-11-01

    High-temperature plastic deformation of the body-centered cubic (BCC) refractory metals Mo and Ta can initiate and propagate abnormal grains at significantly lower temperatures and faster rates than is possible by static annealing alone. This discovery reveals a new and potentially important aspect of abnormal grain growth (AGG) phenomena. The process of AGG during plastic deformation at elevated temperatures, termed dynamic abnormal grain growth (DAGG), was observed at homologous temperatures between 0.52 and 0.72 in both Mo and Ta sheet materials; these temperatures are much lower than those for previous observations of AGG in these materials during static annealing. DAGG was used to repeatedly grow single crystals several centimeters in length. Investigations to date have produced a basic understanding of the conditions that lead to DAGG and how DAGG is affected by microstructure in BCC refractory metals. The current state of understanding for DAGG is reviewed in this paper. Attention is given to the roles of temperature, plastic strain, boundary mobility and preexisting microstructure. DAGG is considered for its potential useful applications in solid-state crystal growth and its possibly detrimental role in creating undesired abnormal grains during thermomechanical processing.

  2. Abnormal grain growth in Ni-5at.%W

    Witte, M.; Belde, M.; Barrales Mora, L.; de Boer, N.; Gilges, S.; Klöwer, J.; Gottstein, G.

    2012-12-01

    The growth of abnormally large grains in textured Ni-5at.%W substrates for high-temperature superconductors deteriorates the sharp texture of these materials and thus has to be avoided. Therefore the growth of abnormal grains is investigated and how it is influenced by the grain orientation and the annealing atmosphere. Texture measurements and grain growth simulations show that the grain orientation only matters so far that a high-angle grain boundary exists between an abnormally growing grain and the Cube-orientated matrix grains. The annealing atmosphere has a large influence on abnormal grain growth which is attributed to the differences in oxygen partial pressure.

  3. Kinetic constants of abnormal grain growth in nanocrystalline nickel

    Aleshin, A. N.

    2016-02-01

    The grain growth in nanocrystalline nickel with a purity of 99.5 at % during non-isothermal annealing was experimentally investigated using differential scanning calorimetry and transmission electron microscopy. Nanocrystalline nickel was prepared by electrodeposition and had an average grain size of approximately 20 nm. It was shown that, at a temperature corresponding to the calorimetric signal peak, abnormal grain growth occurs with the formation of a bimodal grain microstructure. Calorimeters signals were processed within the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami formalism. This made it possible to determine the exponent of the corresponding equation, the frequency factor, and the activation energy of the grain growth, which was found to be equal to the activation energy of the vacancy migration. The reasons for the abnormal grain growth in nanocrystalline nickel were discussed.

  4. Abnormal grain growth: a non-equilibrium thermodynamic model for multi-grain binary systems

    Abnormal grain growth as the abrupt growth of a group of the largest grains in a multi-grain system is treated within the context of unequal retardation of grain growth due to the segregation of solute atoms from the bulk of the grains into the grain boundaries. During grain boundary migration, the segregated solute atoms are dragged under a small driving force or left behind the migrating grain boundary under a large driving force. Thus, the solute atoms in the grain boundaries of large grains, exhibiting a large driving force, can be released from the grain boundary. The mobility of these grain boundaries becomes significantly higher and abnormal grain growth is spontaneously provoked. The mean-field model presented here assumes that each grain is described by its grain radius and by its individual segregation parameter. The thermodynamic extremal principle is engaged to obtain explicit evolution equations for the radius and segregation parameter of each grain. Simulations of grain growth kinetics for various conditions of segregation with the same initial setting (100 000 grains with a given radius distribution) are presented. Depending on the diffusion coefficients of the solute in the grain boundaries, abnormal grain growth may be strongly or marginally pronounced. Solute segregation and drag can also significantly contribute to the stabilization of the grain structure. Qualitative agreement with several experimental results is reported. (paper)

  5. Individual grain orientations and texture development of nanocrystalline electrodeposits showing abnormal grain growth

    Klement, Uta [Department of Materials and Manufacturing Technology, Chalmers University of Technology, SE-41296 Gothenburg (Sweden)]. E-mail: uta.klement@chalmers.se; Silva, Melina da [Department of Materials and Manufacturing Technology, Chalmers University of Technology, SE-41296 Gothenburg (Sweden)

    2007-05-31

    The electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) technique has been used to determine grain orientations of abnormally grown grains in nanocrystalline Ni electrodeposits upon annealing. The results show that the first grown grains have a <3 1 1>//ND orientation. Upon annealing further grain growth occurs and the preferred alignment of the abnormally growing grains changes from <3 1 1>//ND to <1 1 1>//ND. The subgrain coalescence model adopted from recrystallization is used to describe the occurrence of abnormal grain growth, and energy considerations are put forward for explaining the dominance of the <1 1 1>//ND texture component after longer annealing treatments.

  6. The Effects of Grain Size and Texture on Dynamic Abnormal Grain Growth in Mo

    Noell, Philip J.; Taleff, Eric M.

    2016-07-01

    This is the first report of abnormal grain morphologies specific to a Mo sheet material produced from a commercial-purity arc-melted ingot. Abnormal grains initiated and grew during plastic deformation of this material at temperatures of 1793 K and 1813 K (1520 °C and 1540 °C). This abnormal grain growth during high-temperature plastic deformation is termed dynamic abnormal grain growth, DAGG. DAGG in this material readily consumes nearly all grains near the sheet center while leaving many grains near the sheet surface unconsumed. Crystallographic texture, grain size, and other microstructural features are characterized. After recrystallization, a significant through-thickness variation in crystallographic texture exists in this material but does not appear to directly influence DAGG propagation. Instead, dynamic normal grain growth, which may be influenced by texture, preferentially occurs near the sheet surface prior to DAGG. The large grains thus produced near the sheet surface inhibit the subsequent growth of the abnormal grains produced by DAGG, which preferentially consume the finer grains near the sheet center. This produces abnormal grains that span the sheet center but leave unconsumed polycrystalline microstructure near the sheet surface. Abnormal grains are preferentially oriented with the new evidence that boundary curvature is the primary driving force for DAGG in Mo.

  7. Abnormal grain growth: a non-equilibrium thermodynamic model for multi-grain binary systems

    Svoboda, Jiří; Fischer, F. D.

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 22, č. 1 (2014), Art. No. 015013. ISSN 0965-0393 Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : grain boundary segregation * abnormal grain growth * theory * modelling * solute drag Subject RIV: BJ - Thermodynamic s Impact factor: 2.167, year: 2014

  8. Interaction Between Second-Phase Particle Dissolution and Abnormal Grain Growth in an Austenitic Stainless Steel

    J.C. Dutra

    2002-09-01

    Full Text Available The continuing development of stainless steels has resulted in complex steel compositions with substantial amounts of alloying elements. The benefits of such additions invariably come attached to unavoidable disadvantages. One of the most critical item is the potential microstructural instability of the material. Alloying elements may be in a supersaturated solid solution, in which the precipitation of carbides, nitrides, borides and intermetallic phases occurs in a wide range of temperatures. In order to dissolve the mentioned precipitates, solution annealing is commonly performed. However, at the temperature range in which this treatment is carried out, the onset of abnormal grain growth can occur. The interaction between the dissolution of these second-phase particles and the occurrence of abnormal grain growth is investigated in this work. This study also shows that the thermodynamics and the kinetics of dissolution of precipitates may be used to predict whether abnormal grain growth takes place.

  9. Kinetics of columnar abnormal grain growth in low-Si non-oriented electrical steel

    Decarburising annealing in the two-phase region is a well-known method to provide abnormal columnar grain growth in non-oriented electrical steel. Previous investigations have revealed that columnar-grained material produced in this way has an increased intensity of the 'random cube' {100} and reduced {111} deformation texture components in comparison with the same material with a typical equiaxed microstructure. In the present paper, the kinetics of the microstructure and texture development during the columnar grain growth is investigated by means of electron backscatter diffraction with emphasis on the early stages of the process. It has been found that texture changes reflect the character of the columnar grain growth when with further propagation of the columnar grains from the surface to the midplane the global texture becomes similar to the one of the near surface region in primary recrystallised material

  10. The role of abnormal grain growth on solid-state dewetting kinetics

    Continuous thin films of Pt on A-plane (112¯0) sapphire substrates were dewetted to characterize the morphological evolution and dewetting kinetics at 800 °C using an oxygen partial pressure of 10−20 atm. Hole growth was studied, focusing on partially dewetted samples. Four different low-index orientation relationships were found between the Pt and sapphire substrate by electron backscattered diffraction combined with transmission electron diffraction patterns. Abnormal grains adjacent to the holes with a small deviation from one of the low-index orientation relationships were observed. The difference in the heights of the abnormal grains adjacent to the holes (rim-height) is influenced by the initial position of the hole, and the existence of grains with a low-energy interface orientation relationship, and not only by diffusivity rates dictated by surface orientation as described in existing edge-retraction models. The existence of low-index orientation relationships is seen as the driving force for abnormal grain growth in the vicinity of the holes, and is a dominant factor in controlling the dewetting rate of thin metal films on oxide surfaces

  11. Abnormal grain growth of Zr-1wt.%Nb alloy and the effect of Mo addition

    Increasingly harsh operation conditions of water reactors, such as high burn-up fuel cycles, demand improved Zr-based alloys for the reactor core applications. Enhanced corrosion resistance, better than that of Zircaloy-4, was realized in the newly developed Zr-based alloys containing Nb and Sn. Zr-Nb alloy was developed for pressure tubes of heavy water reactors while Zr-Nb-Si alloys such as ZIRLO and E635 alloys are currently under evaluation as candidate materials for advanced fuel claddings. In the Zr-based alloys containing Nb, generally a fine grain structure is maintained due to the presence of a small amount of retained β. There is a good possibility, therefore, of abnormal grain growth provided that the role of β phase is consistent. Addition of Mo in Zr-Nb alloy, in this respect, is expected to bring about a crucial effect on stabilizing the microstructure. The present work addresses the problem of abnormal grain growth in Zr-Nb system and presents a possible way of curing it by addition of Mo

  12. Abnormal grain growth in sintered YBa2Cu3O7-δ nanocrystalline powders produced by high energy ball milling

    The sintering and crystal growth of YBa2Cu3O7-δ (123) nanocrystalline powders produced by high energy ball milling has been studied. After rapid densification, microstructural examination indicates for the first time the occurrence of an abnormal grain growth phenomenon or secondary recrystallization (SR). This phenomenon was not observed during the sintering of unmilled YBa2Cu3O7-δ powders. Optical, TEM and calorimetric techniques were used to characterize the occurrence of SR in this system. Following an incubation period where normal grain growth is observed, large tabular grains progressively appear in the microstructure. Their length and shape factors (s=Lenght/Width) measured on a cross section can reach values as high as 0.5 mm and 46 respectively after 6 h. at 950 C. The bimodal grain size distribution typical of SR processes evolves toward a single distribution of large grains when the faster growing abnormal grains consume the remaining population of normal grains. The observations indicate that SR in YBa2Cu3O7-δ is the result of a combined effect of milling and the presence of a small amount of transient yttrium deficient liquid that wets some of the grain boundaries during the sintering step. The liquid originates either from an incomplete synthesis of the 123 compound and/or by air contamination of the milled powders. The control of this abnormal grain growth is of interest for the formation of bulk textured large grain microstructure desirable for the attainment of good superconducting properties. (orig.)

  13. Effect of second phase particles topology on the onset temperature of abnormal grain growth in Fe - 3%Si steels

    Stoyka, V.

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The relations between regimes of dynamic annealing, state of secondary particles system and the onset temperature of abnormal grain growth are investigated. Two distinguish types of Fe-3%Si grain-oriented steels, after one and two stage cold rolling, were studied. The second phase particles remain unaffected in first type of steel during the heat treatment. Vice versa, the increased density of second phases was observed after annealing in the second type of the investigated materials. It is shown that start/onset of abnormal grain growth strongly depends on both volume fraction of second phase particles and annealing temperature. Texture and magnetic properties of the investigated samples are investigated within the current study.

  14. Influence of New System Nano-Inhibitors on the Abnormal Grain Growth with Goss Crystallographic Orientation of Silicon Steels

    Kováč, F.; Petryshynets, I.; Buršík, Jiří; Sopko, M.

    Zurich : Trans Tech Publications, 2014 - (Mishra, B.; Ionescu, M.; Chandra, T.), s. 2579-2584 ISBN 978-3-03835-073-6. ISSN 0255-5476. - (Materials Science Forum. 783-786). [Thermec 2013. Las Vegas (US), 02.12.2013-06.12.2013] Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : grain-oriented steels * abnormal grains * Goss texture Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism

  15. Investigation of Abnormal Grain Growth in a Friction Stir Welded and Spin-Formed Al-Li Alloy 2195 Crew Module

    Tayon, Wesley A.; Domack, Marcia S.; Hoffman, Eric K.; Hales, Stephen J.

    2013-01-01

    In order to improve manufacturing efficiency and reduce structural mass and costs in the production of launch vehicle structures, NASA is pursuing a wide-range of innovative, near-net shape manufacturing technologies. A technology that combines friction stir welding (FSW) and spin-forming has been applied to manufacture a single-piece crew module using Aluminum-Lithium (AL-Li) Alloy 2195. Plate size limitations for Al-Li alloy 2195 require that two plates be FSW together to produce a spin-forming blank of sufficient size to form the crew module. Subsequent forming of the FSW results in abnormal grain growth (AGG) within the weld region upon solution heat treatment (SHT), which detrimentally impacts strength, ductility, and fracture toughness. The current study seeks to identify microstructural factors that contribute to the development of AGG. Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) was used to correlate driving forces for AGG, such as stored energy, texture, and grain size distributions, with the propensity for AGG. Additionally, developmental annealing treatments prior to SHT are examined to reduce or eliminate the occurrence of AGG by promoting continuous, or uniform, grain growth

  16. Grain Growth Behavior in Sintered Nd-Fe-B Magnets

    Liu Xianglian; Zhou Shouzeng

    2007-01-01

    The Nd2Fe14B grain growth behavior in sintered Nd-Fe-B magnets was quantitatively described. The effects of sintering temperature and time, and alloy powder size and its distribution on grain growth process were analyzed. Hence, possible grain growth mechanisms in these magnets were qualitatively discussed. The Nd2Fe14B grain growth proceeded at quite a high rate in the initial 0~1 h of sintering and from then onwards the grain growth rate decreased. A large average particle size or a wide particle size distribution of initial alloy powders was found to remarkably accelerate the grain growth process and even result in the occurrence of abnormal grain growth. On the basis of experimental results, two grain growth mechanisms were considered to operate during sintering of Nd-Fe-B magnets, that is, dissolution and re-precipitation of Nd2Fe14B particles, and Nd2Fe14B particle growth by coalescence. It was believed that Nd2Fe14B particle growth by coalescence not only produced a large average grain size and a wide grain size distribution, but also was the fundamental reason for the formation of abnormally large grains in the microstructure of sintered Nd-Fe-B magnets.

  17. Study on grain growth of fine grained WC-Co hardmetal by numerical calculation

    Matsuoka, N. [Kobe Steel, Ltd., Kobe (Japan); Hayashi, K. [The University of Tokyo, Tokyo (Japan). Institute of industrial Science

    2000-12-15

    This paper reviews our simulation study by numerical calculation based on two-, three- and multi-grain-size models on WC grain growth in fine grained WC-Co hardmetal doped with VC. The study aimed to presume or predict the following: (1) the cause and conditions for the abnormal grain growth which occurs in some cases in the fine grained hardmetal prepared from fine WC powders with mean grain size below about 0.2{mu}m, and (2) how the mean grain size of the hardmetal varies with decreasing mean grain size of the WC starting powder to 0.1 pm or nano-meter size. The calculation results by these three kinds of models suggested the following, respectively: (1) the occurrence of the abnormal grain growth is generally substantial for WC starting powder with bimodal size-distribution and mean gram size below 0.1 - 0.2{mu}m, and not due to the non-uniform distribution of the grain growth inhibitor, (2) the introduction of middle grains caused the disappearance of small (fine) grains during sintering, leading to abruptly increase of the mean grain size of alloy, and (3) the mean grain size of alloy becomes so large as about 0.3 - 0.4{mu}m, even when the WC starting powders with nano-size as well as 0.1 {mu}m are used. (author)

  18. Theoretical interpretation of abnormal ultrafine-grained material deformation dynamics

    Borodin, Elijah N.; Mayer, Alexander E.

    2016-02-01

    Some recent experiments with ultrafine-grained metal samples reveal that it has an abnormal mechanical response on the intensive dynamical loading caused by its impact or electron beam irradiations. On the basis of the original plasticity model, which takes into account dislocation slip and grain boundary sliding, we show that this response is usual for such structure. Moreover, our calculations predict an inverse Hall-Petch relation for ultrafine grained metals at extremely high strain rates (above 107 s-1), while the classical low strain rate experiments and molecular dynamic simulations detects such inverse Hall-Petch relation only for nanocrystalline materials. The main outcomes of present work are the described plasticity model and the conclusions that the ultrafine-grained metals (with grains of about 100-200 nm in diameter) has to have maximal dynamic shear strength and it is the most persistent to dynamic spall fracture because of maximal energy dissipation in it.

  19. Austenite grain growth calculation of 0.028% Nb steel

    Priadi D.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Modeling of microstructural evolution has become a powerful tool for materials and process design by providing quantitative relationships for microstructure, composition and processing. Insufficient attention has been paid to predicting the austenite grain growth of microalloyed steel and the effect of undissolved microalloys. In this research, we attempted to calculate a mathematical model for austenite grain growth of 0.028% Nb steel, which can account for abnormal grain growth. The quantitative calculation of austenite grain growth generated from this model fit well with the experimental grain growth data obtained during reheating of niobium steels. The results of this study showed that increasing the temperature increases the austenite grain size, with a sharp gradient observed at higher temperatures.

  20. Grain growth in interstellar clouds

    The phenomenon of grain growth in interstellar clouds, evidenced by increases in the wavelength of maximum polarization and ratio of total to selective extinction, is investigated by two distinct methods. A comparison of the empirical correlation between lambdasub(max) and the colour excess ratio Esub(V-K)/Esub(B-V) with theoretical models indicates that growth occurs by the accretion of dielectric mantles on to dielectric grain cores of the same refractive index. A search for the 3.1 μm absorption band of water ice towards four dust-embedded stars in the rho Ophiuchi molecular cloud was carried out using the 3.9-m AAT and IR photometer-spectrometer. Results indicate that the grain mantles in this cloud do not contain appreciable water ice. The lack of a spectral feature at 3.3 to 3.4 μm in the spectra similarly places chemical constraints on organic grain mantles. It is concluded that a grain model involving refractory compounds of oxygen (silicates and metal oxides) is capable of explaining the available data. The 3.1 μm absorption band is detected for the first time in the R Corona Australis dark cloud, towards an intense infrared source associated with the Herbig-Haro object H-H 100. (author)

  1. Grain growth in Si3N4

    Grain growth in gas pressure sintered silicon nitride has been examined using an etching technique which allows the true grain size and shape to be determined. Examination of etched surfaces showed that multiple grain size and shape distributions develop during sintering. Interrupted sintering cycles show that growth of exaggerated grains does not result directly from the α- to β-Si3N4 phase transformation, at least for the dopant system examined. Analysis shows that the grain growth rate is controlled by an interfacial transport step and that impingement of growing grains on other grains of similar size strongly constrains further growth. (orig.)

  2. Grain nucleation and growth during phase transformations

    Offerman, S.E.; Dijk, N.H. van; Sietsma, J.;

    2002-01-01

    of individual grains. Our measurements show that the activation energy for grain nucleation is at least two orders of magnitude smaller than that predicted by thermodynamic models. The observed growth curves of the newly formed grains confirm the parabolic growth model but also show three...... fundamentally different types of growth. Insight into the grain nucleation and growth mechanisms during phase transformations contributes to the development of materials with optimal mechanical properties....

  3. In situ characterization of microstructural instabilities: Recovery, recrystallization and abnormal growth in nanoreinforced steel powder

    Highlights: • Quantification of dislocation density and grain size upon heating was performed using coupled modified Williamson–Hall and Warren–Averbach methods. • Two recovery mechanisms were identified. First, dislocations rearrange and cells are formed. Then, subgrains grow. • Recovery and recrystallization do not seem to be concomitant, a transition between the two mechanisms can be observed. • Partial recrystallization occurs above 700 °C and consumes a significant part of the stored energy. • Abnormal grain growth occurs around 850 °C. These grains are probably particular recovered grains (secondary recrystallization) that grow much faster than the surrounding ultra-fine grains. • We have been able to established that once the abnormal grain growth starts, the material reaches its final bimodal grain structure within a negligible incubation time. - Abstract: An in situ X-ray diffraction experiment was set up to study the microstructural evolution of a nanostructured oxide dispersion-strengthened ferritic steel produced by high-energy ball milling. Dislocation density and grain growth between 20 and 1100 °C were quantified by coupling-modified Williamson–Hall and Warren–Averbach methods. During the early stages of heating, recovery through the rearrangement of dislocations increases the coherent domain size from 23 to about 60 nm. Once the annealing temperature reaches 800 °C, recrystallization starts. Using a specific analysis of 2-D detector signal, it has been possible to grasp the occurrence of abnormal growth leading to bimodal grain size distribution with both ultrafine grains and coarser micronic grains. The grain growth kinetics upon heating were determined for both populations and separately quantified. Ultrafine grains exhibit a continuous moderate growth rate, leading to continuous recrystallization, whereas specific grains experience a rapid abnormal growth up to their final size after a short incubation time

  4. Abnormal mandibular growth and the condylar cartilage.

    Pirttiniemi, Pertti; Peltomäki, Timo; Müller, Lukas; Luder, Hans U

    2009-02-01

    Deviations in the growth of the mandibular condyle can affect both the functional occlusion and the aesthetic appearance of the face. The reasons for these growth deviations are numerous and often entail complex sequences of malfunction at the cellular level. The aim of this review is to summarize recent progress in the understanding of pathological alterations occurring during childhood and adolescence that affect the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and, hence, result in disorders of mandibular growth. Pathological conditions taken into account are subdivided into (1) congenital malformations with associated growth disorders, (2) primary growth disorders, and (3) acquired diseases or trauma with associated growth disorders. Among the congenital malformations, hemifacial microsomia (HFM) appears to be the principal syndrome entailing severe growth disturbances, whereas growth abnormalities occurring in conjunction with other craniofacial dysplasias seem far less prominent than could be anticipated based on their often disfiguring nature. Hemimandibular hyperplasia and elongation undoubtedly constitute the most obscure conditions that are associated with prominent, often unilateral, abnormalities of condylar, and mandibular growth. Finally, disturbances of mandibular growth as a result of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and condylar fractures seem to be direct consequences of inflammatory and/or mechanical damage to the condylar cartilage. PMID:19164410

  5. Phase-field modeling for 3D grain growth based on a grain boundary energy database

    A 3D phase-field model for grain growth combined with a grain boundary (GB) energy database is proposed. The phase-field model is applied to a grain growth simulation of polycrystalline bcc Fe to investigate the effect of anisotropic GB energy on the microstructural evolution and its kinetics. It is found that the anisotropy in the GB energy results in different microstructures and slower kinetics, especially when the portion of low-angle, low-energy GBs is large. We discuss the applicability of the proposed phase-field simulation technique, based on the GB or interfacial energy database to simulations for microstructural evolution, including abnormal grain growth, phase transformations, etc., in a wider range of polycrystalline materials. (paper)

  6. Grain growth in heat resisting austenitic steels

    Denisova, I.K.; Zakharov, V.N.; Karpova, N.M.; Farber, V.M.

    1985-01-01

    A study was made on kinetics of grain growth in steels of 37Kh12N8G8 type alloyed by V, Nb, Ti, Mo, W. It was concluded that the nature of carbide phase and kinetics of its dissolution in heat resisting austenitic steels dictate steel tendency to grain growth. At the same time decrease of diffusion mobility of atoms in steel matrix during its alloying by titanium aid tungsten results in sufficient decrease of the tendency to grain growth and variation in grain size.

  7. Methods of assessing grain-size distribution during grain growth

    Tweed, Cherry J.; Hansen, Niels; Ralph, Brian

    1985-01-01

    This paper considers methods of obtaining grain-size distributions and ways of describing them. In order to collect statistically useful amounts of data, an automatic image analyzer is used, and the resulting data are subjected to a series of tests that evaluate the differences between two related...... distributions (before and after grain growth). The distributions are measured from two-dimensional sections, and both the data and the corresponding true three-dimensional grain-size distributions (obtained by stereological analysis) are collected. The techniques described here are illustrated by reference to...

  8. 3D modeling of metallic grain growth

    George, D.; Carlson, N.; Gammel, J.T.; Kuprat, A.

    1999-06-01

    This paper will describe simulating metallic grain growth using the Gradient Weighted Moving Finite Elements code, GRAIN3D. The authors also describe the set of mesh topology change operations developed to respond to changes in the physical topology such as the collapse of grains and to maintain uniform calculational mesh quality. Validation of the method is demonstrated by comparison to analytic calculations. The authors present results of multigrain simulations where grain boundaries evolve by mean curvature motion and include results which incorporate grain boundary orientation dependence.

  9. Global Goss grain growth and grain boundary characteristics in magnetostrictive Galfenol sheets

    Single Goss grains were globally grown in magnetostrictive Galfenol thin sheets via an abnormal grain growth (AGG) process. The sample behaves like single crystal Galfenol, exhibiting large magnetostriction along the 〈100〉 axes. Small variations in surface energy conditions, which were governed by different flow rates of 0.5% H2S gas in argon during annealing, had a significant impact of the development of AGG. AGG with a fully developed Goss (011) grain over 95% of the sample surface is very reproducible and feasible for a broad range of annealing conditions. In addition, the 〈100〉 orientation of the single-crystal-like Galfenol sheet aligns exactly with the rolling direction, and produces magnetostriction values of ∼300 ppm. AGG often produces isolated grains inside Goss grains due to anisotropic properties of grain boundaries. To better understand island formation mechanisms, grain orientation and grain boundary characteristics of island grains in Goss-oriented Galfenol thin sheets were also investigated. We examined samples annealed either under an argon atmosphere or under a sulfur atmosphere, and characterized the observed island grain boundaries in terms of grain misorientation angles. Trends in measured and simulated data on misorientation angles indicate that the presence of (001) island grain boundaries with angles higher than 45° can be explained by the high energy grain boundary (HEGB) model, whereas (111) boundaries with intermediate angles (20°–45°) cannot. The role of low energy coincident site lattice (CSL) boundaries on AGG in both annealing cases was found to be negligible. (paper)

  10. Evolution equations for grain growth and coarsening

    Fischer, F. D.; Svoboda, Jiří

    New York : Nova Science Publishers, Inc, 2012 - (Claes, A.), s. 6-59 ISBN 978-1-61209-652-0 Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : grain growth * thermodynamics * extremal principle * simulation * modelling Subject RIV: BJ - Thermodynamics

  11. Cavitation and grain growth during superplastic forming

    M.J. Tan

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The purpose of the paper is to study the cavitation and grain growth during superplastic forming.Design/methodology/approach: Superplastic alloys exhibit the extremely large elongation to failure by their high strain rate sensitivity. Cavities have widely been observed during superplastic deformation of metals and alloys and lead to the degradation of material properties such as tensile, creep, fatigue and stress-corrosion behavior. In this work, a finite element method is developed, which considers the grain growth and the effect of material damage.Findings: The effects of material parameters and deformation damage on the superplastic deformation process are numerically analyzed, and the means to control cavitation growth is discussed. The microstructural mechanism of grain growth during superplastic deformation is also studied. A new model considering the grain growth is proposed and applied to conventional superplastic materials The relationships between the strain, the strain rate, the test temperature, the initial grain size and the grain growth respectively in superplastic materials are discussed.Practical implications: The effect of variation of strain rate sensitivity (m value on the strain limit of the superplastic deformation is investigated, and the theoretically calculated values are compared with the experimental results.Originality/value: A new microstructure model based on the microstructural mechanism of superplastic deformation has been proposed. This model has been successfully applied to analyze conventional superplastic materials.

  12. Update: consequences of abnormal fetal growth.

    Chernausek, Steven D

    2012-03-01

    Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is prevalent worldwide and affects children and adults in multiple ways. These include predisposition to type 2 diabetes mellitus, the metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, persistent reduction in stature, and possibly changes in the pattern of puberty. A review of recent literature confirms that the metabolic effects of being born small for gestational age are evident in the very young, persist with age, and are amplified by adiposity. Furthermore, the pattern of growth in the first few years of life has a significant bearing on a person's later health, with those that show increasing weight gain being at the greatest risk for future metabolic dysfunction. Treatment with exogenous human GH is used to improve height in children who remain short after being small for gestational age at birth, but the response of individuals remains variable and difficult to predict. The mechanisms involved in the metabolic programming of IUGR children are just beginning to be explored. It appears that IUGR leads to widespread changes in DNA methylation and that specific "epigenetic signatures" for IUGR are likely to be found in various fetal tissues. The challenge is to link such alterations with modifications in gene expression and ultimately the metabolic abnormalities of adulthood, and it represents one of the frontiers for research in the field. PMID:22238390

  13. An Atmospheric Structure Equation for Grain Growth

    Ormel, Chris W

    2014-01-01

    We present a method to include the evolution of the grain size and grain opacity $\\kappa_\\mathrm{gr}$ in the equations describing the structure of protoplanetary atmospheres. The key assumption of this method is that a single grain size dominates the grain size distribution at any height $r$. In addition to following grain growth, the method accounts for mass deposition by planetesimals and grain porosity. We illustrate this method by computation of a simplified atmosphere structure model. In agreement with previous works, grain coagulation is seen to be very efficient. The opacity drops to values much below the often-used `ISM-opacities' ($\\sim$$1\\ \\mathrm{cm^2\\ g}^{-1}$) and the atmosphere structure profiles for temperature and density resemble that of the grain-free case. Deposition of planetesimals in the radiative part of the atmosphere hardly influences this outcome as the added surface is quickly coagulated away. We observe a modest dependence on the internal structure (porosity), but show that filling...

  14. Numerical simulation of grain-size effects on creep crack growth by means of grain elements

    The effect of grain size on creep crack growth is investigated by means of a numerical technique in which the actual crack growth process is simulated in a discrete manner by grain elements and grain boundary elements. The grain elements account for the creep deformation of individual grains, while grain boundary cavitation and sliding are accounted for by grain boundary elements between the grains. This grain-element technique allows for an independent study of multiple grain size effects: a (direct) size effect related to the specimen size/grain size ratio or an (indirect) effect related to the effect of grain size on nucleation rate and creep resistance. Preliminary numerical results are presented concerning the direct effect of grain size, which predict that the crack growth rate and brittleness increase with grain size. (orig.)

  15. Assessment of MARMOT Grain Growth Model

    Fromm, B. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States). Fuel Modeling and Simulation Dept.; Zhang, Y. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States). Fuel Modeling and Simulation Dept.; Schwen, D. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States). Fuel Modeling and Simulation Dept.; Brown, D. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Pokharel, R. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2015-12-01

    This report assesses the MARMOT grain growth model by comparing modeling predictions with experimental results from thermal annealing. The purpose here is threefold: (1) to demonstrate the validation approach of using thermal annealing experiments with non-destructive characterization, (2) to test the reconstruction capability and computation efficiency in MOOSE, and (3) to validate the grain growth model and the associated parameters that are implemented in MARMOT for UO2. To assure a rigorous comparison, the 2D and 3D initial experimental microstructures of UO2 samples were characterized using non-destructive Synchrotron x-ray. The same samples were then annealed at 2273K for grain growth, and their initial microstructures were used as initial conditions for simulated annealing at the same temperature using MARMOT. After annealing, the final experimental microstructures were characterized again to compare with the results from simulations. So far, comparison between modeling and experiments has been done for 2D microstructures, and 3D comparison is underway. The preliminary results demonstrated the usefulness of the non-destructive characterization method for MAR- MOT grain growth model validation. A detailed analysis of the 3D microstructures is in progress to fully validate the current model in MARMOT.

  16. Grain growth by Ordered Coalescence of crystallites in Ceramics : Grain Growth Mechanisms, Microstructure Evolution and Sintering

    Hu, Jianfeng

    2013-01-01

    Grain growth and densification process play the two most crucial roles on the microstructure evolution and the achieved performances during sintering of ceramics. In this thesis, the grain growth of SrTiO3, BaTiO3-SrTiO3 solid solutions and Si3N4 ceramics during spark plasma sintering (SPS) were investigated by electron microscopy. SrTiO3 ceramics starting from nanopowders were fabricated by SPS. A novel grain growth mechanism was discovered and named as ordered coalescence (OC) of nanocrysta...

  17. In situ observations of austenite grain growth in Fe-C-Mn-Si super bainitic steel

    Feng Liu; Guang Xu; Yu-long Zhang; Hai-jiang Hu; Lin-xin Zhou; Zheng-liang Xue

    2013-01-01

    In situ observations of austenite grain growth in Fe-C-Mn-Si super bainitic steel were conducted on a high-temperature laser scanning confocal microscope during continuous heating and subsequent isothermal holding at 850, 1000, and 1100◦C for 30 min. A grain growth model was proposed based on experimental results. It is indicated that the austenite grain size increases with austenitizing temperature and holding time. When the austenitizing temperature is above 1100◦C, the austenite grains grow rapidly, and abnormal austenite grains occur. In addition, the eff ect of heating rate on austenite grain growth was investigated, and the relation between austenite grains and bainite morphology after bainitic transformations was also discussed.

  18. Three Dimension Monte Carlo Simulation of Austenite Grain Growth in CGHAZ of an Ultrafine Grain Steel

    Dong CHEN; Yongping LEI; Xiaoyan LI; Yaowu SHI; Zhiling TIAN

    2003-01-01

    In the present research Monte Carlo technique was used to simulate the grain growth in heat-affected zone(HAZ) of an ultrafine grain steel. An experimental data based (EBD) model proposed by Gao was used to establish the relation between tMCS and real time temperature kinetics in our simulation. The simulations give out the evolution of grain structure and grain size distribution in HAZ of the ultrafine grain steel. A Microsoft Window based on computer program for the simulation of grain growth in the HAZ of weldment in three dimensions has been developed using Monte Carlo technique. For the system, inputting the temperature field data and material properties, the evolution of grain structure, both image of simulated grain structure and numerical datum reflecting grain size distribution can be produced by the program. The system was applied to the ultrafine grain steel welding, and the simulated results show that the ultrafine grain steel has large tendency of grain growth.

  19. Abnormal sex chromosome constitution and longitudinal growth

    Aksglaede, Lise; Skakkebaek, Niels E; Juul, Anders

    2008-01-01

    Growth is a highly complex process regulated by the interaction between sex steroids and the GH IGF-axis. However, other factors such as sex chromosome-related genes play independent roles.......Growth is a highly complex process regulated by the interaction between sex steroids and the GH IGF-axis. However, other factors such as sex chromosome-related genes play independent roles....

  20. Grain anomalous growth in ferroelectric ceramics of the (Sr, Ba)Nb2 O6 system

    The microstructure behavior of the ceramics of Srx Ba1-x Nb2 O6, with x=0.75, that possess tetragonal tungsten bronze type of structure, was analysed by scanning electron microscope (SEM) from samples obtained by conventional method and hot-pressing. The SEM micrographs of sintered by hot-pressed, showed an unexpected grain growth, mainly for hot-pressed materials. In the conventional sintering, we observed abnormal growth and bimodal distribution of grains. For the hot-pressing the sample structure was formed by many elongated and hollow grains, with, in some cases, a square cross-section shaped. (author)

  1. Kinetics of austenite grain growth in medium-carbon niobium-bearing steel

    Ying-li ZHAO; Jie SHI; Wen-quan CAO; Mao-qiu WANG; Gang XIE

    2011-01-01

    In order to locate a reasonable heating system, the austenite grain growth behavior of Nb microalloyed medium carbon steel has been experimentally studied at various austenitizing temperatures and for different holding times. It is indicated that austenite grain growth increases with increasing austenitizing temperatures and holding times. Particularly when the austenitizing temperature was above 1100 ℃, austenite grains grew rapidly, and an abnormal austenite grain growth was observed. When the austenitizing temperature was lower than 1100 ℃, austenite grain size and growth rate were small. The activation energy of grain growth in the tested steel is 397 679.5 J/mol. To ensure an absence of coarse grains in microstructures, the heating technology of the tested steel should be controlled for 1 h at 1100 ℃. The relationships of austenite average grain size with soaking temperature and time of tested steel were obtained by mathematical calculation, and austenite average grain size was found to be in agreement with the measured size for different holding times.

  2. O(minus 2) grain boundary diffusion and grain growth in pure dense MgO

    Kapadia, C. M.; Leipold, M. H.

    1973-01-01

    Grain growth behavior in fully dense compacts of MgO of very high purity was studied, and the results compared with other similar behaving materials. The activation energy for the intrinsic self-diffusion of Mg(2minus) is discussed along with the grain boundary diffusion of O(2minus). Grain boundary diffusion of O(2minus) is proposed as the controlling mechanism for grain growth.

  3. Irradiation-induced grain growth and defect evolution in nanocrystalline zirconia with doped grain boundaries.

    Dey, Sanchita; Mardinly, John; Wang, Yongqiang; Valdez, James A; Holesinger, Terry G; Uberuaga, Blas P; Ditto, Jeff J; Drazin, John W; Castro, Ricardo H R

    2016-06-22

    Grain boundaries are effective sinks for radiation-induced defects, ultimately impacting the radiation tolerance of nanocrystalline materials (dense materials with nanosized grains) against net defect accumulation. However, irradiation-induced grain growth leads to grain boundary area decrease, shortening potential benefits of nanostructures. A possible approach to mitigate this is the introduction of dopants to target a decrease in grain boundary mobility or a reduction in grain boundary energy to eliminate driving forces for grain growth (using similar strategies as to control thermal growth). Here we tested this concept in nanocrystalline zirconia doped with lanthanum. Although the dopant is observed to segregate to the grain boundaries, causing grain boundary energy decrease and promoting dragging forces for thermally activated boundary movement, irradiation induced grain growth could not be avoided under heavy ion irradiation, suggesting a different growth mechanism as compared to thermal growth. Furthermore, it is apparent that reducing the grain boundary energy reduced the effectiveness of the grain boundary as sinks, and the number of defects in the doped material is higher than in undoped (La-free) YSZ. PMID:27282392

  4. Normal and Abnormal Country Growth Behavior: Country Classification and Ranking

    William R. DiPietro

    2001-01-01

    It is common to classify human behavior as normal or abnormal, but, what about economic behavior? What is a normal growth path for an economy over time? What is an erratic or eccentric growth path? In order to address these basic or primordial questions, eight possible growth states are defined. The countries in the world are classified into these growth states in each of six five-year periods beginning in 1967 and ending in 1996. Provided all the data is available, the results yield a growth...

  5. Description of Aphelenchoides besseyi from Abnormal Rice with 'Small Grains and Erect Panicles' Symptom in China

    LIN Mao-song; DING Xiao-fan; WANG Zi-ming; ZHOU Feng-ming; LIN Na

    2005-01-01

    The abnormal rice with small grains and erect panicles were found on a large scale in China, which showed shortend rice panicle and decreased number of grains in comparison with normal rice, and the grain was small and black-brown, and some of them were distorted, while the flag leaf was normal. A kind of nematode of Aphelenchoides was isolated from the grains of rice variety and up to 74 in single grain, 92 percent of the grains tested had nematodes in the infested panicles. The diagnosis characters of nematode include lateral fields about one-fourth as wide as body, with 4 incisures. The terminus bears a mucro of diverse shape with 3-4 pointed processes. The female post-vulval uterine sac extends less than 50% of distance from vulva to anus, no sperm in it.Oocytes usually arrange in 2-4 rows. The male spicules have a moderately developed rostrum. Morphological measurements showed it to be conspecific with Aphelenchoides besseyi Christie, 1942.

  6. Grain growth in Ni-Mn-Ga alloys

    The influence of annealing temperature and time on grain growth in polycrystalline Ni-Mn-Ga samples near the stoichiometric composition Ni2MnGa was investigated. Grain growth was only observed for compositions with a Ni-content below 50 at.%. The existence of constitutional vacancies as a possible origin for the different grain growth behavior was excluded by positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS). In order to activate grain boundary motion and hence grain growth in Ni50Mn29Ga21 the samples were annealed and deformed in situ in compression up to various strain levels. A sharp threshold to initiate grain growth is observed between 8% and 10% of compressive strain.

  7. Modification of computer simulation of normal grain growth

    李剑; 李世晨; 郑子樵; 刘祖耀; 陈大钦

    2004-01-01

    A set of principles on transition probability was supplied for the physical process of grain growth. In accord with these principles, a modified transition probability considering the influence of temperature was put forward to simulate the normal grain growth relying on temperature and second phase particles. The modified transition probability correctly reflects the dependence of grain growth on the temperature. The effect of different shapes of second phase particles on the grain growth process was taken into account using the modified transition probability.The relationship between the area fraction of second phase particles and the limit of grain size of the matrix was given. The microstructural evolution patterns employed to 2-D were given. The results agree well with the real grain growth process. All these suggest that the modified transition probability is better than the conventional one.

  8. Abnormal Stability in Growth of Diffusion-Limited Aggregation

    Ohta, Shonosuke

    2009-01-01

    An abnormal and unsteady growth of an isotropic cluster in diffusion-limited aggregation (DLA) is observed in stability analyses. Macroscopic fluctuation due to the delay of transition from a dendritic tip to a tip-splitting growth induces the anisotropy of DLA. An asymptotic deformation factor \\varepsilon∞ = 0.0888 is obtained from large DLA clusters. A symmetric oval model proposed from the dual-stability growth of DLA gives an asymptotic fractal dimension of 1.7112 using \\varepsilon∞. The correspondence of this model to the box dimension is excellent.

  9. Simulation of Ceramic Grain Growth in Three Dimensions

    2002-01-01

    Microstructural evolutions of ceramic grain growth at atomistic scale were modeled. The simulation was preceded with Monte-Carlo method, using Visual C++ and OpenGL languages. Realistic images in series were monitored both in two d imensions and three dimensions. Simulated image of grain growth in this series i s presented in left figure with N 0=25, r=0.40 nm, α=0.1, T=1 300 ℃, and P 0=50 %. It was seen that the average grain size increases wit h the time of grain growth. It is in good agreement with t...

  10. Analysis of Grain Growth in Strain Annealing of Low Carbon Steel

    An, Sung Kwon [Union Steel MFG. Co., Ltd., Busan (Korea, Republic of); Hong, Seung Hyun [Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation, Hwasung (Korea, Republic of)

    2007-10-15

    A study has been made of the grain growth in IF steel during strain annealing. A 92.3% cold rolled and annealed IF steel sheet was temper rolled by 0.4% and subsequently annealed at 670, 750 and 850 .deg. C for various time periods in 25%H{sub 2}+75%N{sub 2}. The grains occasionally started to grow abnormally near the surface and grew into the center during strain annealing. The pole figure and EBSD measurements showed that the abnormally grown grains did not have any orientation relation with the primary recrystallization texture before temper rolling. Thus, the major coarsening mechanism was regarded to be the strain induced grain boundary migration rather than grain boundary characteristics. The permeability increased initially and then decreased along with the increased of grain size, therefore there existed an optimum grain size showing maximum value of permeability. The maximum permeability was measured up to be 13,000, then optimum grain size is 83 {mu}m at 850 .deg. C for 30 min.

  11. Runaway growth of fractal dust grains

    Mattsson, Lars

    2015-01-01

    Fractal grains have large surface area, which leads to more efficient condensation. The special limit case where the volume-area ratio is constant (corresponding to, e.g., a very rough grain surface or non-compacts aggregates) is particularly interesting, as well as convenient, from a mathematical point of view. If dust grains from AGB stars have `rough surfaces', it may have important implications for our understanding of dust and wind formation in AGB stars.

  12. Equi-axed and columnar grain growth in UO2

    The grain size of UO2 is an important parameter in the actual performance and the modelling of the performance of reactor fuel elements. Many processes depend critically on the grain size, for example, the degree of initial densification, the evolution rate of stable fission gases, the release rates of radiologically hazardous fission products, the fission gas bubble swelling rates and the fuel creep. Many of these processes are thermally activated and further impact on the fuel thermal behavior thus creating complex feedback processes. In order to model the fuel performance accurately it is necessary to model the evolution of the fuel grain radius. When UO2 is irradiated, the fission gases xenon and krypton are created from the fissioning uranium nucleus. At high temperatures these gases diffuse rapidly to the grain boundaries where they nucleate immobile lenticular shaped fission gas bubbles. In this paper the Hillert grain growth model is adapted to account for the inhibiting ''Zener'' effects of grain boundary fission gas porosity on grain boundary mobility and hence grain growth. It is shown that normal grain growth ceases at relatively low levels of irradiation. At high burnups, high temperatures and in regions of high temperature gradients, columnar grain growth is often observed, in some cases extending over more than fifty percent of the fuel radius. The model is further extended to account for the de-pinning of grains in the radial direction by the thermal gradient induced force on a fission gas grain boundary bubble. The observed columnar/equi-axed boundary is in fair agreement with the predictions of an evaporation/condensation model. The grain growth model described in this paper requires information concerning the scale of grain boundary porosity, the local fuel temperature and the local temperature gradient. The model is currently used in the Nuclear Electric version of the ENIGMA fuel modelling code. (author). 14 refs, 3 figs, 1 tab

  13. Phase field modelling of stressed grain growth: Analytical study and the effect of microstructural length scale

    Jamshidian, M., E-mail: mostafa.jamshidian@gmail.com [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Institute of Structural Mechanics, Bauhaus-University Weimar, Marienstrasse 15, 99423 Weimar (Germany); Rabczuk, T., E-mail: timon.rabczuk@uni-weimar.de [Institute of Structural Mechanics, Bauhaus-University Weimar, Marienstrasse 15, 99423 Weimar (Germany); School of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, Korea University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-03-15

    We establish the correlation between the diffuse interface and sharp interface descriptions for stressed grain boundary migration by presenting analytical solutions for stressed migration of a circular grain boundary in a bicrystalline phase field domain. The validity and accuracy of the phase field model is investigated by comparing the phase field simulation results against analytical solutions. The phase field model can reproduce precise boundary kinetics and stress evolution provided that a thermodynamically consistent theory and proper expressions for model parameters in terms of physical material properties are employed. Quantitative phase field simulations are then employed to investigate the effect of microstructural length scale on microstructure and texture evolution by stressed grain growth in an elastically deformed polycrystalline aggregate. The simulation results reveal a transitional behaviour from normal to abnormal grain growth by increasing the microstructural length scale.

  14. Phase field modelling of stressed grain growth: Analytical study and the effect of microstructural length scale

    We establish the correlation between the diffuse interface and sharp interface descriptions for stressed grain boundary migration by presenting analytical solutions for stressed migration of a circular grain boundary in a bicrystalline phase field domain. The validity and accuracy of the phase field model is investigated by comparing the phase field simulation results against analytical solutions. The phase field model can reproduce precise boundary kinetics and stress evolution provided that a thermodynamically consistent theory and proper expressions for model parameters in terms of physical material properties are employed. Quantitative phase field simulations are then employed to investigate the effect of microstructural length scale on microstructure and texture evolution by stressed grain growth in an elastically deformed polycrystalline aggregate. The simulation results reveal a transitional behaviour from normal to abnormal grain growth by increasing the microstructural length scale

  15. Modelling grain growth in the framework of Rational Extended Thermodynamics

    Kertsch, Lukas; Helm, Dirk

    2016-05-01

    Grain growth is a significant phenomenon for the thermomechanical processing of metals. Since the mobility of the grain boundaries is thermally activated and energy stored in the grain boundaries is released during their motion, a mutual interaction with the process conditions occurs. To model such phenomena, a thermodynamic framework for the representation of thermomechanical coupling phenomena in metals including a microstructure description is required. For this purpose, Rational Extended Thermodynamics appears to be a useful tool. We apply an entropy principle to derive a thermodynamically consistent model for grain coarsening due to the growth and shrinkage of individual grains. Despite the rather different approaches applied, we obtain a grain growth model which is similar to existing ones and can be regarded as a thermodynamic extension of that by Hillert (1965) to more general systems. To demonstrate the applicability of the model, we compare our simulation results to grain growth experiments in pure copper by different authors, which we are able to reproduce very accurately. Finally, we study the implications of the energy release due to grain growth on the energy balance. The present unified approach combining a microstructure description and continuum mechanics is ready to be further used to develop more elaborate material models for complex thermo-chemo-mechanical coupling phenomena.

  16. Grain Growth in Samples of Aluminum Containing Alumina Particles

    Tweed, C. J.; Hansen, Niels; Ralph, B.

    1983-01-01

    A study of the two-dimensional and three-dimensional grain size distributions before and after grain growth treatments has been made in samples having a range of oxide contents. In order to collect statistically useful amounts of data, an automatic image analyzer was used and the resulting data w...

  17. Effect of ferrite formation on abnormal austenite grain coarsening in low-alloy steels during the hot rolling process

    Asahi, Hitoshi; Yagi, Akira; Ueno, Masakatsu

    1998-05-01

    Abnormal coarsening of austenite (γ) grains occurred in low-alloy steels during a seamless pipe hotrolling process. Often, the grains became several hundred micrometers in diameter. This made it difficult to apply direct quenching to produce high-performance pipes. The phenomenon of grain coarsening was successfully reproduced using a thermomechanical simulator, and the factors which affected grain coarsening were clarified. The mechanism was found to be basically strain-induced grain rowth which occurred during reheating at around 930 °C. Furthermore, once a pipe temperature decreased to the dual-phase region after the minimal hot working and prior to the reheating process, the grain coarsening was more pronounced. It was understood that the formation of ferrite along grain boundaries had the role of reducing the migration of grain boundaries into neighboring grains, leaving a strain-free, recrystallized region behind. This abnormal grain coarsening was found to be effectively prevented by an addition of Nb, the content of which varied depending on the C content. The effect of the Nb addition was confirmed by an in-line test.

  18. Influence of oxide volume fraction on abnormal growth of nanostructured ferritic steels during non-isothermal treatments: An in situ study

    Highlights: • The temperature of abnormal growth occurrence increases with the nanoparticles fraction. • Abnormal growth is extremely fast and the final size of abnormal grains is not related to nanoparticles precipitation. • At the opposite, the fraction and critical size of retained ultrafine grains are directly related to the nanoscale precipitation. • They can be calculated using a modified Zener theory. - Abstract: Nanostructured ferritic steels were mechanically alloyed with various contents of oxide-forming yttrium and titanium (0, 0.05, 0.3 and 1 wt%). The microstructure evolution of the milled powders during non-isothermal annealing treatments was studied using in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction. Recrystallization and grain growth were quantified upon heating up to 1100 °C, which is the typical consolidation temperature for nanostructured ferritic steels. The temperature where abnormal grain growth occurs is observed to increase with the volume fraction of oxide nanoparticles. This demonstrates the interest of increasing the amount of alloying elements to limit the formation of the bi-modal grain microstructure. Using the nanoscale characterization of the precipitation state, the size of retained ultrafine grains (UFG) in the bimodal microstructure was found to be in agreement with the modified Zener theory demonstrating that the microstructure of ultrafine-grained steels can be tailored by the amount and size of second-phase particles

  19. Study of grain growth and thermal stability of nanocrystalline RuAl thin films deposited by magnetron sputtering

    Guitar, M.A., E-mail: a.guitar@mx.uni-saarland.de [Functional Materials, Materials Science Department, Saarland University, Saarbrücken D-66123 (Germany); Woll, K. [Functional Materials, Materials Science Department, Saarland University, Saarbrücken D-66123 (Germany); Ramos-Moore, E. [Functional Materials, Materials Science Department, Saarland University, Saarbrücken D-66123 (Germany); Facultad de Fisica, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago 7820436 (Chile); Mücklich, F. [Functional Materials, Materials Science Department, Saarland University, Saarbrücken D-66123 (Germany)

    2013-01-01

    Special properties of RuAl regarding temperature stability and resistance against corrosion and oxidation, make this intermetallic material suitable to be used under high-temperature and chemically aggressive working conditions. In the present work, the microstructure, thermal stability and grain growth are studied by means of scanning transmission electron microscopy, peak broadening analysis of X-ray diffraction and electron backscatter diffraction. Isothermal kinetics analysis revealed that annealing at temperatures as low as 650 °C does not activate the grain growth, whilst at 700 °C and times lower than 6 h, the growth is induced by a 3D curvature-driven evolution characterised by a monomodal grain size distribution. Higher temperatures and/or annealing times show also abnormal grain growth characterised by a bimodal distribution of the grain sizes, which is correlated with the presence of impurities and grain-orientation-specific driving forces. The corresponding grain boundary activation energy is 145 ± 14 kJ/mol, indicating that the growth is highly dominated by grain-boundary diffusion due to the high volume fraction of grain boundaries compared with coarse-grained polycrystalline materials. - Highlights: ► Thermal stability and grain growth kinetics of RuAl thin films were studied. ► Annealing temperatures between 650 and 750 °C were used for the study. ► Grain size (GS) was determined by image analysis. ► GS was also calculated using X-ray and electron backscatter diffraction measurements. ► The activation energy for grain growth in nanocrystalline RuAl was also estimated.

  20. Effect of additives on enhanced sintering and grain growth in uranium dioxide

    The use of sintering additives has been the most effective way of promoting grain growth of uranium dioxide. We have established a same mechanism for additives which belongs to corundum structure: chromium, aluminium, vanadium and titanium sesquioxides. Study of thermodynamical stabilities of dopants has lead to define suitable sintering atmospheres in order to enhance grain growth. Low solubility limits have been defined at T=1700 deg C for four additives, from variations of final grain size versus initial dopant concentration Identification of second phase after cooling has been done from electronic diffraction patterns. It appears that these solubilities decrease sharply as positive deviation from stoichiometry of uranium dioxide increases. Dilatometric analysis of sintering of doped uranium dioxide has shown in certain cases some enhancement in densification rates, at the point of onset of abnormal grain growth, which is believed to be the source. Nevertheless, the following growth is accompanied with pores coalescence mechanisms and pores entrapment inside grains. Increased thermal stability, during standard annealing, is expected, limiting thereby redensification of nuclear fuel in reactors. Finally, from investigations of additives vaporizations, Al2O3 and Cr2O3, oxygen exchanges between additives and matrix are believed to occur, which should lead to enhance pore mobility. (Author)., refs., figs., tabs

  1. A new model of grain growth kinetics in UO{sub 2} fuel pellets. Part 1: Grain growth kinetics controlled by grain face bubble migration

    Veshchunov, M.S. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Nuclear Safety Institute (IBRAE), 52, B. Tulskaya, Moscow 115191 (Russian Federation)]. E-mail: vms@ibrae.ac.ru

    2005-11-15

    A new mechanism of the lenticular grain face bubble migration which controls the bubble mobility and determines the drag force exerted on the grain boundary, is developed. It is shown that besides a more complicated (so called 'lenticular') shape of grain face bubbles, the migration mechanism of these bubbles might be essentially different from the intragranular bubbles, owing to their specific location on and interaction with a grain boundary. The model is validated against tests on grain growth kinetics during steady irradiation exposure and during post-irradiation annealing of UO{sub 2} fuel samples, and allows explanation of a strong retarding effect of irradiation on the grain growth observed in these tests.

  2. Advection-diffusion model for the stagnation of normal grain growth in thin films

    Lou, C.; Player, M.A. [Department of Engineering, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen (United Kingdom)

    2002-07-21

    This paper presents an advection-diffusion model to describe the stagnation of normal grain growth in thin films. The underlying advection-diffusion model describes grain growth in a two-dimensional topological-class/size space. Grain boundary grooving and the correlation between neighbouring grains are introduced into the model to represent stagnation. Grain boundary grooving causes the stagnation of grain growth, and the correlation between neighbouring grains accelerates the effects of stagnation. Numerical solution of continuity equations gives a grain size distribution that is close to log-normal, and fits experiments well. The time development of average grain size also shows the stagnation of grain growth. (author)

  3. Kinetics of Grain Growth in 718 Ni-Base Superalloy

    Huda Z.

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The Haynes® 718 Ni-base superalloy has been investigated by use of modern material characterization, metallographic and heat treatment equipment. Grain growth annealing experiments at temperatures in the range of 1050 – 1200 oC (1323–1473K for time durations in the range of 20 min-22h have been conducted. The kinetic equations and an Arrhenius-type equation have been applied to compute the grain-growth exponent n and the activation energy for grain growth, Qg, for the investigated alloy. The grain growth exponent, n, was computed to be in the range of 0.066-0.206; and the n values have been critically discussed in relation to the literature. The activation energy for grain growth, Qg, for the investigated alloy has been computed to be around 440 kJ/mol; and the Qg data for the investigated alloy has been compared with other metals and alloys and ceramics; and critically analyzed in relation to our results.

  4. Supplying materials needed for grain growth characterizations of nano-grained UO2

    Mo, Kun [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Miao, Yinbin [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Yun, Di [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Jamison, Laura M. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Lian, Jie [Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst., Troy, NY (United States); Yao, Tiankei [Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst., Troy, NY (United States)

    2015-09-30

    This activity is supported by the US Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) Fuels Product Line (FPL) and aims at providing experimental data for the validation of the mesoscale simulation code MARMOT. MARMOT is a mesoscale multiphysics code that predicts the coevolution of microstructure and properties within reactor fuel during its lifetime in the reactor. It is an important component of the Moose-Bison-Marmot (MBM) code suite that has been developed by Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to enable next generation fuel performance modeling capability as part of the NEAMS Program FPL. In order to ensure the accuracy of the microstructure based materials models being developed within the MARMOT code, extensive validation efforts must be carried out. In this report, we summarize our preliminary synchrotron radiation experiments at APS to determine the grain size of nanograin UO2. The methodology and experimental setup developed in this experiment can directly apply to the proposed in-situ grain growth measurements. The investigation of the grain growth kinetics was conducted based on isothermal annealing and grain growth characterization as functions of duration and temperature. The kinetic parameters such as activation energy for grain growth for UO2 with different stoichiometry are obtained and compared with molecular dynamics (MD) simulations.

  5. Austenite Grain Growth and Precipitate Evolution in a Carburizing Steel with Combined Niobium and Molybdenum Additions

    Enloe, Charles M.; Findley, Kip O.; Speer, John G.

    2015-11-01

    Austenite grain growth and microalloy precipitate size and composition evolution during thermal processing were investigated in a carburizing steel containing various additions of niobium and molybdenum. Molybdenum delayed the onset of abnormal austenite grain growth and reduced the coarsening of niobium-rich precipitates during isothermal soaking at 1323 K, 1373 K, and 1423 K (1050 °C, 1100 °C, and 1150 °C). Possible mechanisms for the retardation of niobium-rich precipitate coarsening in austenite due to molybdenum are considered. The amount of Nb in solution and in precipitates at 1373 K (1100 °C) did not vary over the holding times evaluated. In contrast, the amount of molybdenum in (Nb,Mo)C precipitates decreased with time, due to rejection of Mo into austenite and/or dissolution of fine Mo-rich precipitates. In hot-rolled alloys, soaking in the austenite regime resulted in coarsening of the niobium-rich precipitates at a rate that exceeded that predicted by the Lifshitz-Slyozov-Wagner relation for volume-diffusion-controlled coarsening. This behavior is attributed to an initial bimodal precipitate size distribution in hot-rolled alloys that results in accelerated coarsening rates during soaking. Modification of the initial precipitate size distribution by thermal processing significantly lowered precipitate coarsening rates during soaking and delayed the associated onset of abnormal austenite grain growth.

  6. Growth of crystalline grains in microcrystalline silicon films

    Growth of crystalline grains has been studied using atomic hydrogen plasma exposure on thick(∼190 nm) microcrystalline silicon films (μc-Si:H) with a low crystalline volume fraction (∼7%). Raman spectra reveal that the intensity near 520 cm-1 increases after hydrogen exposure. Cross-sectional transmission electron micrographs of μc-Si:H films exposed to atomic hydrogen show the growth of crystalline grains extending from surface to bulk, approximately 100 nm. These results suggest that crystal formation in μc-Si:H films is likely to be caused by chemical annealing

  7. The pleiotropic ABNORMAL FLOWER AND DWARF1 affects plant height, floral development and grain yield in rice

    Deyong Ren; Li Zhu; Zhenyu Gao; Guojun Dong; Guangheng Zhang; Longbiao Guo; Dali Zeng; and Qian Qian; Yuchun Rao; Liwen Wu; Qiankun Xu; Zizhuang Li; Haiping Yu; Yu Zhang; Yujia Leng; Jiang Hu

    2016-01-01

    Moderate plant height and successful establish-ment of reproductive organs play pivotal roles in rice grain production. The molecular mechanism that controls the two aspects remains unclear in rice. In the present study, we characterized a rice gene, ABNORMAL FLOWER AND DWARF1 (AFD1) that determined plant height, floral development and grain yield. The afd1 mutant showed variable defects including the dwarfism, long panicle, low seed setting and reduced grain yield. In addition, abnormal floral organs were also observed in the afd1 mutant including slender and thick hulls, and hull-like lodicules. AFD1 encoded a DUF640 domain protein and was ex-pressed in all tested tissues and organs. Subcellular localization showed AFD1-green fluorescent fusion protein (GFP) was localized in the nucleus. Meantime, our results suggested that AFD1 regulated the expression of cell division and expansion related genes.

  8. Austenitic grain growth study in a low carbon HSLA steel; Estudio del crecimiento de grano de la fase austenitica en un acero HSLA de bajo contenido en carbono

    Illescas, S.; Fernandez, J.; Guilemany, J. M.

    2008-07-01

    The austenitic grain growth has been studied in a low carbon HSLA steel using a model of simples carbides and nitrides. A quantitative criterion for abnormal grain growth has been established and the optimal conditions of heat treatment have also been found. these optimal conditions are the time and the temperature that provide the minimum homogeneous grain size. This optimisation is important because the grain growth at the beginning of the {gamma}{yields}{alpha} determines the development of this, and the final properties of the structure. (Author) 11 refs.

  9. Strain Rates and Grain Growth in Al 5754 and Al 6061 Friction Stir Spot Welds

    Gerlich, A.; Yamamoto, M.; North, T. H.

    2007-06-01

    The stir zone temperature and microstructures are compared in friction stir spot welds produced in Al 5754 and Al 6061 alloys. Electron backscattered diffraction was used to determine the relationship between tool rotation speed during welding and final stir zone grain size. Comparison of the grain sizes in rapidly quenched welds with those in air-cooled joints confirmed that grain growth occurred only in Al 6061 spot welds. There was no evidence of abnormal grain growth in the stir zones of Al 6061 welds; the final grain size could be represented using an Arrhenius equation. The strain rates during welding were determined by incorporating the stir zone temperature and average subgrain sizes in quenched spot welds in the Zener-Hollomon relation. When the tool rotation speed increased from 750 to 3000 RPM, the strain rate values ranged from 180 to 497 s-1 in Al 5754 spot welds and from 55 to 395 s-1 in Al 6061 spot welds. It is suggested that a no-slip boundary condition may be appropriate during numerical modeling of Al 5754 and 6061 friction stir spot welding. This is not the case during Al 7075, Al 2024, and Mg-alloy AZ91 spot welding because spontaneous melting facilitates slippage at the tool contact interface.

  10. Giant secondary grain growth in Cu films on sapphire

    David L. Miller

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Single crystal metal films on insulating substrates are attractive for microelectronics and other applications, but they are difficult to achieve on macroscopic length scales. The conventional approach to obtaining such films is epitaxial growth at high temperature using slow deposition in ultrahigh vacuum conditions. Here we describe a different approach that is both simpler to implement and produces superior results: sputter deposition at modest temperatures followed by annealing to induce secondary grain growth. We show that polycrystalline as-deposited Cu on α-Al2O3(0001 can be transformed into Cu(111 with centimeter-sized grains. Employing optical microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and electron backscatter diffraction to characterize the films before and after annealing, we find a particular as-deposited grain structure that promotes the growth of giant grains upon annealing. To demonstrate one potential application of such films, we grow graphene by chemical vapor deposition on wafers of annealed Cu and obtain epitaxial graphene grains of 0.2 mm diameter.

  11. The acrophysis: a unifying concept for understanding enchondral bone growth and its disorders. II. Abnormal growth

    In order to discuss and illustrate the effects common to normal and abnormal enchondral bone at the physes and at all other growth plates of the developing child, the term ''acrophysis'' was proposed. Acrophyses include the growth plates of secondary growth centers including carpals and tarsals and apophyses, and the growth plates at the nonphyseal ends of small tubular bones. Abnormalities at acrophyseal sites are analogous to those at the physeal growth plates and their metaphyses. For example, changes relating to the zone of provisional calcification (ZPC) are often important to the demonstration of such similarities. Lead lines were an early example of the concept of analogy from abnormality due to physeal and to acrophyseal disturbance. The ZPC is a key factor in understanding patterns of rickets and its healing. Examples (including hypothyroidism, scurvy and other osteoporosis, Ollier disease, achondroplasia, and osteopetrosis, as well as the family of frostbite, Kashin-Beck disease, and rat bite fever) illustrate the acrophysis principle and in turn their manifestations are explained by that principle. (orig.)

  12. The acrophysis: a unifying concept for understanding enchondral bone growth and its disorders. II. Abnormal growth

    Oestreich, Alan E. [Department of Radiology, Cincinnati Children' s Hospital Medical Center, 3333 Burnet Avenue, OH 45229-3039, Cincinnati (United States)

    2004-03-01

    In order to discuss and illustrate the effects common to normal and abnormal enchondral bone at the physes and at all other growth plates of the developing child, the term ''acrophysis'' was proposed. Acrophyses include the growth plates of secondary growth centers including carpals and tarsals and apophyses, and the growth plates at the nonphyseal ends of small tubular bones. Abnormalities at acrophyseal sites are analogous to those at the physeal growth plates and their metaphyses. For example, changes relating to the zone of provisional calcification (ZPC) are often important to the demonstration of such similarities. Lead lines were an early example of the concept of analogy from abnormality due to physeal and to acrophyseal disturbance. The ZPC is a key factor in understanding patterns of rickets and its healing. Examples (including hypothyroidism, scurvy and other osteoporosis, Ollier disease, achondroplasia, and osteopetrosis, as well as the family of frostbite, Kashin-Beck disease, and rat bite fever) illustrate the acrophysis principle and in turn their manifestations are explained by that principle. (orig.)

  13. Microstructure Evolution and Grain Growth Kinetics in Annealed Nanocrystalline Chromium

    Chojnowski, Grzegorz [Warsaw University; Przenioslo, Radoslaw [Warsaw University; Sosnowska, Izabela [Warsaw University; Bukowski, Mirko [University of Saarbrucken, Saarbrucken, Germany; Natter, Harald [University of Saarbrucken, Saarbrucken, Germany; Hempelmann, Rolf [University of Saarbrucken, Saarbrucken, Germany; Fitch, Andrew [European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF); Urban, Volker S [ORNL

    2007-01-01

    The kinetics of thermal evolution of the microstructure of nanocrystalline chromium (nano-Cr) has been studied by time-resolved synchrotron radiation techniques: high-resolution powder diffraction and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The as-prepared electrodeposited nano-Cr with average grain size of 27 nm shows the same bcc structure as {alpha}-Cr. The nano-Cr cubic lattice parameter thermal expansion is the same as that of reference polycrystalline {alpha}-Cr. Annealing of nano-Cr at temperatures above 400 C leads to a grain growth process with the final grain size not exceeding 125 nm even at a temperature of 700 C. The single power-law behavior is observed by SAXS in as-prepared nano-Cr changes during annealing above 400 C. In nano-Cr samples annealed at temperatures between 400 and 700 C, the low-q part of the SAXS signal shows a Porod-type behavior while the high-q part shows a power-law Q-{alpha} with the exponent {alpha} < 4. This effect is probably due to changes of the grain surface roughness during grain growth.

  14. Evidence for dust grain growth in young circumstellar disks

    Throop, H B; Esposito, L W; McCaughrean, M J; Throop, Henry B.; Bally, John; Esposito, Larry W.; Caughrean, Mark J. Mc

    2001-01-01

    Hundreds of circumstellar disks in the Orion nebula are being rapidly destroyed by the intense ultraviolet radiation produced by nearby bright stars. These young, million-year-old disks may not survive long enough to form planetary systems. Nevertheless, the first stage of planet formation -- the growth of dust grains into larger particles -- may have begun in these systems. Observational evidence for these large particles in Orion's disks is presented. A model of grain evolution in externally irradiated protoplanetary disks is developed and predicts rapid particle size evolution and sharp outer disk boundaries. We discuss implications for the formation rates of planetary systems.

  15. Modeling nano-scale grain growth of intermetallics

    Mohsen Kazeminezhad

    2009-02-01

    The Monte Carlo simulation is utilized to model the nano-scale grain growth of two nanocrystalline materials, Pd81Zr19 and RuAl. In this regard, the relationship between the real time and the time unit of simulation, i.e. Monte Carlo step (MCS), is determined. The results of modeling show that with increasing time of heating, the grain sizes of both nano-crystalline materials increased as in the case of conventional materials. Moreover, it is found that for both nano-crystalline materials the relationship between the real time and MCS is in power law form, which is linear for the conventional materials.

  16. Ultrafast analysis of individual grain behavior during grain growth by parallel computing

    Kühbach, M.; Barrales-Mora, L. A.; Mießen, C.; Gottstein, G.

    2015-08-01

    The possibility to characterize in an automatized way the spatial-temporal evolution of individual grains and their properties is essential to the understanding of annealing phenomena. The development of advanced experimental techniques, computational models and tools helps the acquisition of real time and real space-resolved datasets. Whereas the reconstruction of 3D grain representatives from serial-sectioning or tomography datasets becomes more common and microstructure simulations on parallel computers become ever larger and longer lasting, few efforts have materialized in the development of tools that allow the continuous tracking of properties at the grain scale. In fact, such analyses are often left neglected in practice due to the large size of the datasets that exceed the available physical memory of a computer or the shared-memory cluster. We identified the key tasks that have to be solved in order to define suitable and lean data structures and computational methods to evaluate spatio-temporal grain property datasets by working with parallel computer architectures. This is exemplified with data from grain growth simulations.

  17. Constitutive modeling of stress-driven grain growth in nanocrystalline metals

    Gürses, Ercan

    2013-02-08

    In this work, we present a variational multiscale model for grain growth in face-centered cubic nanocrystalline (nc) metals. In particular, grain-growth-induced stress softening and the resulting relaxation phenomena are addressed. The behavior of the polycrystal is described by a conventional Taylor-type averaging scheme in which the grains are treated as two-phase composites consisting of a grain interior phase and a grain boundary-affected zone. Furthermore, a grain-growth law that captures the experimentally observed characteristics of the grain coarsening phenomena is proposed. To this end, the grain size is not taken as constant and varies according to the proposed stress-driven growth law. Several parametric studies are conducted to emphasize the influence of the grain-growth rule on the overall macroscopic response. Finally, the model is shown to provide a good description of the experimentally observed grain-growth-induced relaxation in nc-copper. © 2013 IOP Publishing Ltd.

  18. Constitutive modeling of stress-driven grain growth in nanocrystalline metals

    In this work, we present a variational multiscale model for grain growth in face-centered cubic nanocrystalline (nc) metals. In particular, grain-growth-induced stress softening and the resulting relaxation phenomena are addressed. The behavior of the polycrystal is described by a conventional Taylor-type averaging scheme in which the grains are treated as two-phase composites consisting of a grain interior phase and a grain boundary-affected zone. Furthermore, a grain-growth law that captures the experimentally observed characteristics of the grain coarsening phenomena is proposed. To this end, the grain size is not taken as constant and varies according to the proposed stress-driven growth law. Several parametric studies are conducted to emphasize the influence of the grain-growth rule on the overall macroscopic response. Finally, the model is shown to provide a good description of the experimentally observed grain-growth-induced relaxation in nc-copper. (paper)

  19. KINETICS OF GRAIN-GROWTH OF YTTRIUM ALUMINUM GARNET FIBERS PREPARED BY SOL-GEL METHOD

    Tan H.

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG long fibers were prepared by the sol-gel method using aluminum chloride, aluminum powder, yttrium oxide and acetic acid as raw materials. The grain growth law is given by Dn – D0n = Kt (D0 = initial grain size, D = average grain size at time t, n = grain growth exponent and K = reaction constant. The grain growth exponent and activation energy of YAG fibers are ≈ 3 and 200 kJ/mol, respectively. The grain-growth behaviors of YAG were influenced by experimental conditions such as raw materials, initial particle size, initial particle distribution, etc.

  20. What is the value of ultrasound soft tissue measurements in the prediction of abnormal fetal growth?

    Farah, N

    2012-02-01

    Abnormal fetal growth increases the complications of pregnancy not only for the baby but also for the mother. Growth abnormalities also have lifelong consequences. These babies are at increased risk of insulin resistance, diabetes and hypertension later in life. It is important to identify these babies antenatally to optimise their clinical care. Although used extensively antenatally to monitor fetal growth, ultrasound has its limitations. Despite the use of more than 50 different formulae to estimate fetal weight, their performance has been poor at the extremes of fetal weight. Over the past 20 years there has been emerging interest in studying fetal soft tissue measurements to improve detection of growth abnormalities. This review paper outlines the value of soft tissue measurements in identifying fetal growth abnormalities, in estimating fetal weight and in managing diabetes mellitus in pregnancy.

  1. In situ HVEM study of ion irradiation-induced grain growth in Au thin films

    In situ observations of 1.5 MeV Xe+ ion irradiated Au films at room temperature and at 150/degree/C reveal the evolution of grain growth: the average grain size increases by the mechanisms of grain boundary migration and grain coalescence. 10 refs., 4 figs

  2. Abnormal growth factor and cytokine expression in Dupuytren's contracture.

    Baird, K S; Crossan, J F; Ralston, S H

    1993-01-01

    AIM--To analyse patterns of gene expression for peptide regulatory factors in patients with Dupuytren's contracture. METHODS--Tissue samples (palmer fascia) from 12 patients with Dupuytren's contracture and 12 controls were studied using the reverse transcription/polymerase chain reaction (RT/PCR) technique. RESULTS--Tissue from patients with Dupuytren's contracture expressed a higher percentage of peptide regulatory factors than that of controls: interleukin-1 alpha (83% v 16%; p < 0.01); interleukin-1 beta (66% v 8%; p < 0.01); transforming growth factor beta (75% v 25%; p < 0.02); and basic fibroblast growth factor (66% v 25%; p < 0.05). Platelet derived growth factors alpha and beta were also expressed more commonly (66% v 33% and 25% v 16%, respectively), but these differences were not significant. CONCLUSIONS--The increased prevalence of expression for the above mRNAs in Dupuytren's tissue is relevant as interleukin-1, basic fibroblast growth factor, and transforming growth factor beta stimulate the growth of fibroblasts and transforming growth factor beta also enhances production of collagen and other extracellular matrix proteins. Excessive local release of these peptide regulatory factors may have an important role in the pathogenesis of Dupuytren's contracture. Images PMID:8320323

  3. Effect of zirconium on grain growth and mechanical properties of a ball-milled nanocrystalline FeNi alloy

    Highlights: ► Pure Fe, Fe92Ni8, and Fe91Ni8Zr1 powders were hardened up to 10 GPa by ball milling. ► Annealing of Fe and Fe92Ni8 leads to reduced hardness and extensive grain growth. ► The addition of Zr to Fe92Ni8 increases its stability and strength by second phases. ► The second phases are found to promote the stability of Fe91Ni8Zr1 by Zener pinning. ► The Zr-containing precipitates contribute to the overall strength of the material. - Abstract: Grain growth of ball-milled pure Fe, Fe92Ni8, and Fe91Ni8Zr1 alloys has been studied using X-ray diffractometry (XRD), focused ion beam (FIB) microscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Mechanical properties with respect to compositional changes and annealing temperatures have been investigated using microhardness and shear punch tests. We found the rate of grain growth of the Fe91Ni8Zr1 alloy to be much less than that of pure Fe and the Fe92Ni8 alloy at elevated temperatures. The microstructure of the ternary Fe91Ni8Zr1 alloy remains nanoscale up to 700 °C where only a few grains grow abnormally whereas annealing of pure iron and the Fe92Ni8 alloy leads to extensive grain growth. The grain growth of the ternary alloy at high annealing temperatures is coupled with precipitation of Fe2Zr. A fine dispersion of precipitated second phase is found to promote the microstructural stability at high annealing temperatures and to increase the hardness and ultimate shear strength of ternary Fe91Ni8Zr1 alloy drastically when the grain size is above nanoscale.

  4. Grain growth in thoria and thoria-base fuel pellets (LWBR development program)

    The kinetics of grain growth in ThO2-base sintered compacts were investigated to determine the cause of a nonuniform microstructural cross section. It was concluded that trace impurities which inhibit continuous grain growth at the pellet interior were removed by vaporization at the pellet exterior. This resulted in relatively normal grain growth at the pellet surface and discontinuous grain growth at the pellet interior. Calcining the starting ThO2 powder to a slightly higher temperature removed inhibiting impurities but also decreased the driving force for grain growth by reducing the surface area of the powder. Mixing high and low temperature calcined ThO2 resulted in improved grain growth. Increased oxygen partial pressure and temperature during sintering increased grain boundary mobility in spite of the inhibiting impurity. The specific inhibiting impurity was not isolated during this investigation

  5. Strain induced grain boundary migration effects on grain growth of an austenitic stainless steel during static and metadynamic recrystallization

    Static and metadynamic recrystallization of an AISI 304L austenitic stainless steel was investigated at 1100 °C and 10− 2 s− 1 strain rate. The kinetics of recrystallization was determined through double hit compression tests. Two strain levels were selected for the first compression hit: εf = 0.15 for static recrystallization (SRX) and 0.25 for metadynamic recrystallization (MDRX). Both the as-deformed and the recrystallized microstructures were investigated through optical microscopy and electron back-scattered diffraction (EBSD) technique. During deformation, strain induced grain boundary migration appeared to be significant, producing a square-like grain boundary structure aligned along the directions of the maximum shear stresses in compression. EBSD analysis revealed to be as a fundamental technique that the dislocation density was distributed heterogeneously in the deformed grains. Grain growth driven by surface energy reduction was also investigated, finding that it was too slow to explain the experimental data. Based on microstructural results, it was concluded that saturation of the nucleation sites occurred in the first stages of recrystallization, while grain growth driven by strain induced grain boundary migration (SIGBM) dominated the subsequent stages. - Highlights: • Recrystallization behavior of a stainless steel was investigated at 1100 °C. • EBSD revealed that the dislocation density distribution was heterogeneous during deformation. • Saturation of nucleation sites occurred in the first stages of recrystallization. • Strain induced grain boundary migration (SIGBM) effects were significant. • Grain growth driven by SIGBM dominated the subsequent stages

  6. Microstructural Evolutions During Annealing of Plastically Deformed AISI 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel: Martensite Reversion, Grain Refinement, Recrystallization, and Grain Growth

    Naghizadeh, Meysam; Mirzadeh, Hamed

    2016-08-01

    Microstructural evolutions during annealing of a plastically deformed AISI 304 stainless steel were investigated. Three distinct stages were identified for the reversion of strain-induced martensite to austenite, which were followed by the recrystallization of the retained austenite phase and overall grain growth. It was shown that the primary recrystallization of the retained austenite postpones the formation of an equiaxed microstructure, which coincides with the coarsening of the very fine reversed grains. The latter can effectively impair the usefulness of this thermomechanical treatment for grain refinement at both high and low annealing temperatures. The final grain growth stage, however, was found to be significant at high annealing temperatures, which makes it difficult to control the reversion annealing process for enhancement of mechanical properties. Conclusively, this work unravels the important microstructural evolution stages during reversion annealing and can shed light on the requirements and limitations of this efficient grain refining approach.

  7. Microstructural Evolutions During Annealing of Plastically Deformed AISI 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel: Martensite Reversion, Grain Refinement, Recrystallization, and Grain Growth

    Naghizadeh, Meysam; Mirzadeh, Hamed

    2016-06-01

    Microstructural evolutions during annealing of a plastically deformed AISI 304 stainless steel were investigated. Three distinct stages were identified for the reversion of strain-induced martensite to austenite, which were followed by the recrystallization of the retained austenite phase and overall grain growth. It was shown that the primary recrystallization of the retained austenite postpones the formation of an equiaxed microstructure, which coincides with the coarsening of the very fine reversed grains. The latter can effectively impair the usefulness of this thermomechanical treatment for grain refinement at both high and low annealing temperatures. The final grain growth stage, however, was found to be significant at high annealing temperatures, which makes it difficult to control the reversion annealing process for enhancement of mechanical properties. Conclusively, this work unravels the important microstructural evolution stages during reversion annealing and can shed light on the requirements and limitations of this efficient grain refining approach.

  8. Grain growth in thin Al films during deposition from partially ionized vapor

    Gusev, I. V.; Mokhniuk, A. A.

    2016-07-01

    Grain growth in thin Al films during deposition from partially ionized vapor flux with simultaneous self-ion bombardment was studied in this work. The films were deposited at constant ion energy of 940 eV and total specific power of 0.4 W/cm2 while the deposition time t of 6 s to 246 s and the resulting substrate temperature (Ts/Tm of 0.35-0.96) were varied. Thin continuous Al films exhibited normal grain growth through the entire experimental range of deposition time without limitation of grain growth by the film thickness effect. Three kinetic stages of the grain growth were observed within 100 s of deposition time: the first one exhibits very slow grain growth, accelerated grain growth occurs in the second stage and then it rapidly changes to a retardation and stagnation mode in the third stage. Large average grain sizes Dg up to 11.3 μm at film thickness of 1.4 μm and integral grain growth rates up to 0.16 μm/s were observed in this study. The experimental results were evaluated against various mechanisms of inhibition of grain growth. An estimate of the effective activation energy of the grain growth yields a value of 0.27 eV which is lower than that of the bulk Al and much higher than the activation energy of surface self-diffusion on (1 1 1)Al monocrystal. The power law Dg = (k t)0.5 gives good match with experimental results in the initial deposition phase preceding the grain growth retardation, while another model that is based on the grain size dependent pinning force adequately explains the entire grain size dependence on time. It is deemed both ion enhanced film/surface interaction and impurities on one side and thermal grooves on another side contribute to the rapid retardation of the grain grooves commencing the second growth stage.

  9. Grain growth and complex stress evolution during Volmer–Weber growth of polycrystalline thin films

    Volmer–Weber growth of polycrystalline thin films involves poorly understood kinetic processes that occur far from equilibrium and lead to complex co-evolution of the surface, microstructure and intrinsic stress of the films. Here we present a comprehensive study consisting of in situ stress measurements, microstructure characterization and analytical modeling for various metallic films that grow by the Volmer–Weber mechanism. We find that, under conditions of intermediate atomic mobility, stress evolution after coalescence involves a turnaround from a compressive to a tensile stress state. The thickness at which the stress turnaround is observed increases as the substrate temperature increases or the deposition rate decreases. We show that this phenomenon is associated with two competing mechanisms: grain growth during deposition (at homologous temperatures as low as 0.17) and adatom attachment to surface sites at grain boundaries. Grain growth during film deposition not only causes a tensile component of the intrinsic stress, but also leads to changes in the magnitude of the compressive stresses, from being independent of, to scaling with, the inverse of the grain size. Analyses of these phenomena lead to insights into stress evolution under conditions of low and high atomic mobility, as well as intermediate mobility, and are general for stress evolution during Volmer–Weber growth of polycrystalline films

  10. Grain growth of Al-4Cu-Mg alloy during isothermal heat treatment

    2006-01-01

    The microstructure of an Al-4Cu-Mg alloy during isothermal heat treatment in the Strain Induced Melt Activation (SIMA)process was investigated and the kinetics of grain growth was analyzed. The grain growth during isothermal heat treatment of the Al4Cu-Mg alloy coincided with the Ostwald ripening theory. During isothermal heat treatment, both grain shape and the high volume fraction of solid phase have significant effects on grain growth. Therefore, a new grain growth model based on the Ostwald ripening theory was proposed taking into consideration the grain shape and the volume fraction of solid phase. By comparing the calculated results with the experimental results, it was confirmed that the present model could be applied to grain growth during isothermal heat treatment of the Al-4Cu-Mg alloy in the SIMA process.

  11. On grain growth kinetics in two-phase polycrystalline materials through Monte Carlo simulation

    K R Phaneesh; Anirudh Bhat; Gautam Mukherjee; K T Kashyap

    2013-08-01

    Monte Carlo Potts model simulation was carried out on a 2D square lattice for various surface fractions of second phase particles for over 50,000 iterations. The observations are in good agreement with known theoretical and experimental results with respect to both growth kinetics as well as grain size distribution. Further, the average grain size and the largest grain size were computed for various surface fractions which have indicated normal grain growth and microstructure homogeneity. The surface fraction of the second phase particles interacting with the grain boundaries (), hitherto not computed through the simulation route, is shown to vary inversely as the average grain size due to Zener pinning.

  12. Study of Abnormal Vertical Emittance Growth in ATF Extraction Line

    Alabau, M.; Faus-Golfe, A.; /Valencia U., IFIC; Alabau, M.; Bambade, P.; Brossard, J.; Le Meur, G.; Rimbault, C.; Touze, F.; /Orsay, LAL; Angal-Kalinin, D.; Jones, J.K.; /Daresbury; Appleby, R.; Scarfe, A.; /Manchester U.; Kuroda, S.; /KEK, Tsukuba; White, G.R.; Woodley, M.; /SLAC; Zimmermann, F.; /CERN

    2011-11-04

    Since several years, the vertical beam emittance measured in the Extraction Line (EXT) of the Accelerator Test Facility (ATF) at KEK, that will transport the electron beam from the ATF Damping Ring (DR) to the future ATF2 Final Focus beam line, is significantly larger than the emittance measured in the DR itself, and there are indications that it grows rapidly with increasing beam intensity. This longstanding problem has motivated studies of possible sources of this anomalous emittance growth. One possible contribution is non-linear magnetic fields in the extraction region experimented by the beam while passing off-axis through magnets of the DR during the extraction process. In this paper, simulations of the emittance growth are presented and compared to observations. These simulations include the effects of predicted non-linear field errors in the shared DR magnets and orbit displacements from the reference orbit in the extraction region. Results of recent measurements using closed orbit bumps to probe the relation between the extraction trajectory and the anomalous emittance growth are also presented.

  13. Columnar grain growth in non-oriented electrical steels

    Decarburising annealing in the two-phase region is a known method to provide columnar grain growth in silicon non-oriented electrical steel that can improve magnetic properties. This method includes long-term preliminary annealing in vacuum and subsequent decarburising annealing in a wet hydrogen atmosphere (J. Mater. Eng. Perform. 5 (1996) 316). In the present paper an alternative method to produce the columnar microstructure in low and medium silicon non-oriented electrical steel without preliminary vacuum annealing is described. The influence of applied annealing temperature regimes and atmospheres on the development of the material microstructure are studied under the conditions of industrial continuous annealing. The dependence of the final material texture on the aforementioned conditions is presented

  14. Grain growth in donor-doped SrTiO3

    The Nb donor concentration and cation stoichiometry dependence of grain growth in SrTiO3 has been studied. The so-called donor anomaly, where grain growth is enhanced at low donor but suppressed at high donor concentrations, is only observed in nonstoichiometric compositions with an excess of B-site cations. Scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) observations indicate that this phenomenon is entirely a result of changes in the distribution of residual silicate phases. Exaggerated grain growth at low donor concentrations results from the presence of a continuously wetting grain boundary silicate, whereas inhibited growth at higher donor concentrations occurs in microstructures where the silicate phase is non-wetting. In stoichiometric compositions, however, grain growth rates are both slower and independent of donor concentration. In this composition regime grain growth appears to be limited by solid solution drag. The presence of residual silicates only in nonstoichiometric compositions implies a strong stoichiometry dependence of the silica solubility

  15. A Study of Grain Growth Kinetics in Sintered NdFeB Magnets

    刘湘涟; 何建平; 董清飞; 周寿增

    2001-01-01

    The Nd2Fe14B grain growth kinetics in sintered NdFeB magnets with nominal compositions of Nd30+xDy1.5Fe67.08-xAl0.4B1.02 (%, x=0, 3) was studied. The grain size parameters were determined by means of the linear intercept method on SEM secondary electron images. It is observed that the grain growth process is more sensitive to sintering temperature than to sintering time although the grain size rises with both sintering temperature and time. It is also found that magnets prepared from the pre-alloy powder with a higher oxygen content exhibit a lower grain growth rate and magnets made from the pre-alloy powder with a broader particle size distribution demonstrate a higher grain growth rate. It is believed that the presence of appropriate amounts of Nd oxides effectively impedes the grain growth process and a larger difference in sizes between pre-alloy powder particles significantly accelerates the grain growth process. On the basis of experimental results, the grain growth exponent and the corresponding activation energy were obtained. A possible grain growth mechanism in NdFeB magnets during sintering was briefly discussed.

  16. Grain size distribution and topology in 3D grain growth simulation with large-scale Monte Carlo method

    Hao Wang; Guo-quan Liu; Xiang-ge Qin

    2009-01-01

    Three-dimensional normal grain growth was appropriately simulated using a Potts model Monte Carlo algorithm.The quasi-stationary grain size distribution obtained from simulation agreed well with the experimental result of pure iron.The Weibull function with a parameter β=2.77 and the Yu-Liu function with a parameter v =2.71 fit the quasi-stationary grain size distribution well.The grain volume distribution is a function that decreased exponentially with increasing grain volume.The distribution of boundary area of grains has a peak at S/=0.5,where S is the boundary area of a grain and is the mean boundary area of all grains in the system.The lognormal function fits the face number distribution well and the peak of the face number distribution is f=10.The mean radius of f=faced grains is not proportional to the face number,but appears to be related by a curve convex upward.In the 2D cross-section,both the perimeter law and the Aboav-Weaire law are observed to hold.

  17. Derivation of Hillert-type 3D grain growth rate model with topological considerations and discussion on its grain size parameter

    Guoquan Liu; Haibo Yu; Xiaoyan Song; Xiangge Qin; Chao Wang

    2004-01-01

    A Hillert-type three-dimensional grain growth rate model was derived through the grain topology-size correlation model,combined with a topology-dependent grain growth rate equation in three dimensions. It shows clearly that the Hillert-type 3D grain growth rate model may also be described with topology considerations of microstructure. The size parameter bearing in the model is further discussed both according to the derived model and in another approach with the aid of quantitative relationship between the grain size and the integral mean curvature over grain surface. Both approaches successfully demonstrate that, if the concerned grains can be well approximated by a space-filling convex polyhedra in shape, the grain size parameter bearing in the Hillert-type 3D grain growth model should be a parameter proportional to the mean grain tangent radius.

  18. Temperature dependent grain growth of forsterite-nickel mixtures: Implications for grain growth in two-phase systems and applications to the H-chondrite parent body

    Guignard, J.; Toplis, M. J.; Bystricky, M.; Monnereau, M.

    2016-06-01

    Grain growth experiments in the system forsterite (Fo) + nickel (Ni) have been performed on two analogue mixtures of ordinary chondrites, with volume % of Fo:Ni (95:5) and (80:20). These two mixtures have been studied at temperatures of 1390 °C and 1340 °C, at an oxygen fugacity (fO2) three orders of magnitude below the Ni-NiO buffer, for durations between 2 h and 10 days. Microstructures and grain size distributions show that grain growth is normal and that for durations >10 h the Zener relation is verified (i.e., the ratio of Fo and Ni grain size is independent of time). Comparison with results previously obtained at 1440 °C shows a similar grain growth exponent (n ˜ 5) for both phases, consistent with growth of forsterite by grain boundary migration, limited by the growth-rate of nickel. The details of size distribution frequencies and the value of grain-growth exponent indicate that the nickel grains, which pin forsterite grain boundaries, grow by diffusion along one-dimensional paths (i.e., along forsterite triple junctions). The derived activation energies for nickel and forsterite are 235 ± 33 kJ /mol and 400 ± 48 kJ /mol respectively. Within the framework of the Zener relation, this unexpected difference of activation energy is shown to be related to temperature-dependent variations in the ratio of Ni and Fo grain-size that are consistent with observed variations in Fo-Ni-Fo dihedral angle. These data thus indicate that the presence of all phases should be taken into account when considering the activation energy of growth rate of individual phases. As an application, the experimentally derived growth law for metal has been used in conjunction with temperature-time paths taken from models of the thermal history of the H-chondrite parent body to estimate the grain size evolution of metal in H-chondrites. A remarkably self-consistent picture emerges from experimentally derived grain-growth laws, textural data of metal grains in well characterised H

  19. Verification of topological relationship in 2-D grain growth process by simulation

    Chao Wang; Guoquan Liu; Ya Sun; Xiangge Qin

    2004-01-01

    Behaviors of the quasi-steady state grain size distribution and the corresponding topological relationship were investigated using the Ports Monte Carlo method to simulate the normal grain growth process. The observed quasi-steady state grain size distribution can be well fit by the Weibull function rather than the Hillert distribution. It is also found that the grain size and average number of grain sides are not linearly related. The reason that the quasi-steady state grain size distribution deviates from the Hillert distribution may contribute to the nonlinearity of the relation of the average number of grain sides with the grain size. The results also exhibit the reasonability of the relationship deduced by Mullins between the grain size distribution and the average number of grain sides.

  20. Grain growth and structural relaxation of nanocrystalline Bi2Te3

    Recovery and grain growth behavior is investigated systematically for the nanocrystalline thermoelectric compound bismuth telluride, synthesized by mechanical alloying. During annealing treatments at elevated temperatures, structural evolution is tracked using x-ray diffraction, electron microscopy and calorimetry. Below a homologous temperature of about 0.6Tm, grain growth occurs slowly with an activation energy of 89 kJ/mol. However above this temperature grain growth becomes more rampant with an activation energy of 242 kJ/mol. The transition is attributed to a shift from a relaxation or recovery process that includes some reordering of the grain boundary structure, to a more conventional diffusionally-limited grain growth process. By extrapolating the measured grain growth and microstrain evolution kinetics, a thermal budget map is constructed, permitting recommendations for improving the thermoelectric properties of nanocrystalline materials processed via a powder route.

  1. Grain growth in nanocrystalline nickel films at low temperature and stress

    Graphical abstract: (a) As-deposited nano-crystalline Ni (b) large grain growth at simultaneous low temperature (0.2Tm) and low stress (0.2σY) loading compared to the literature predicting grain growth around 0.4Tm and/or σY loading conditions. -- The influence of temperature and stress on grain growth was investigated in nanocrystalline nickel thin films in situ inside a transmission electron microscope. Independently, temperature and stress did not show any appreciable effect. However, concurrent loading at only 20% of melting temperature and 20% of yield stress resulted in significant grain boundary mobility and grain growth. We propose that grain growth in nanocrystals is a stress-heterogeneity-relieving mechanism that may not necessarily be associated with plasticity as proposed in the literature

  2. Coincidence grain boundary and role of primary recrystallized grain growth on secondary recrystallization texture evolution in Fe-3%Si alloy

    Yoshitomi, Y.; Takahashi, N. (Nippon Steel Corp., Kitakyushu (Japan). Yawata R D Lab.); Ushigami, Y.; Harase, J.; Nakayama, T.; Masui, H. (Nippon Steel Corp., Chiba (Japan). Steel Research Lab.)

    1994-08-01

    Secondary recrystallization behavior in the presence of AlN in Fe-3%Si alloy was investigated with special reference to the influence of primary recrystallized grain growth on secondary recrystallization texture. The more dominant grain growth was marked by the evolution of [110]<001> secondary recrystallized grains in the higher temperature range. In the case of smaller primary recrystallized grains, the [110]<227> secondary recrystallized grains were mainly evolved on annealing at the lower temperature range. The frequency of [Sigma]9 coincidence boundaries in relation to the [110]<001> texture component was higher than that of [Sigma]5 coincidence boundaries in relation to [110]<227> component. The mechanism of these evolutions of secondary recrystallization texture can be explained by the assumption that the [Sigma]5 coincidence boundaries are more mobile than the [Sigma]9 coincidence boundaries in the lower temperature range. The primary recrystallized grain growth is considered to have a role in determining what should be the secondary recrystallization temperature.

  3. Direct observation of 3-D grain growth in Al–0.1% Mn

    Schmidt, Søren; Olsen, Ulrik Lund; Poulsen, Henning Friis;

    2008-01-01

    Grain growth in an Al-0.1% Mn sample has been measured non-destructively using a three-dimensional X-ray diffraction (3DXRD) microscope. The 3-D grain morphology as well as the crystallographic orientation was determined for 483 grains in the illuminated volume prior to annealing. After annealing...

  4. Influence of Annealing on the Grain Growth and Thermal Diffusivity of Nanostructured YSZ Thermal Barrier Coating

    Na WANG; Chungen ZHOU; Shengkai GONG; Huibin XU

    2006-01-01

    The nanostructured zirconia coatings were deposited by atmospherically plasma spraying. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction were used to investigate the microstructure of the zirconia coatings. Thermal diffusivity values at normal temperatures have been evaluated by laser flash technique. Effect of annealing on the microstructure evolution of the zirconia coating has been performed. The grains and thermal diffusivity are increased with increasing annealing time and temperature.The grain growth is according to the GRIGC (the grain rotation induced grain coalescence) mechanism. The increase in thermal diffusivity is attributed to the grain growth and the decrease in porosity of nanostructured zirconia coatings.

  5. Grain growth in U-7Mo alloy: A combined first-principles and phase field study

    Mei, Zhi-Gang; Liang, Linyun; Kim, Yeon Soo; Wiencek, Tom; O'Hare, Edward; Yacout, Abdellatif M.; Hofman, Gerard; Anitescu, Mihai

    2016-05-01

    Grain size is an important factor in controlling the swelling behavior in irradiated U-Mo dispersion fuels. Increasing the grain size in U-Mo fuel particles by heat treatment is believed to delay the fuel swelling at high fission density. In this work, a multiscale simulation approach combining first-principles calculation and phase field modeling is used to investigate the grain growth behavior in U-7Mo alloy. The density functional theory based first-principles calculations were used to predict the material properties of U-7Mo alloy. The obtained grain boundary energies were then adopted as an input parameter for mesoscale phase field simulations. The effects of annealing temperature, annealing time and initial grain structures of fuel particles on the grain growth in U-7Mo alloy were examined. The predicted grain growth rate compares well with the empirical correlation derived from experiments.

  6. Is abnormal vaginal microflora a risk factor for intrauterine fetal growth restriction?

    NatalijaVedmedovska; Dace Rezeberga; GilbertG G Donders

    2015-01-01

    Objective:To conduct a literature review in search of possible preventable causes for fetal growth restriction.Methods:We performed a systematic literature search regarding abnormal vaginal microflora and fetal growth encompassing the last 27-year (starting from 1986) in PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane Central to study the evidence that abnormal vaginal microflora is may be related to diminished fetal growth or small for date birth.Results:Most of the 14 studies suggested a significant role of vaginal organisms in impaired fetal growth, unrelated to preterm birth. The neonatal outcome has shown to be largely linked to the preventable or foreseeable fetal factors, such as genetic abnormalities, but also ascending intrauterine infections. Our previous work suggested a role of vaginal organisms in adverse pregnancy outcome, not only preterm birth, but also impaired fetal growth.Conclusions:There is a need for cohort studies designed to unravel this link between abnormal microflora and FGR, in order to enable preventive actions to protect these small babies from severe damage and death by early screening and treatment.

  7. Fast grain growth of olivine in liquid Fe-S and the formation of pallasites with rounded olivine grains

    Solferino, Giulio F. D.; Golabek, Gregor J.; Nimmo, Francis; Schmidt, Max W.

    2015-08-01

    Despite their relatively simple mineralogical composition (olivine + Fe-Ni metal + FeS ± pyroxene), the origin of pallasite meteorites remains debated. It has been suggested that catastrophic mixing of olivine fragments with Fe-(Ni)-S followed by various degrees of annealing could explain pallasites bearing solely or prevalently fragmented or rounded olivines. In order to verify this hypothesis, and to quantify the grain growth rate of olivine in a liquid metal matrix, we performed a series of annealing experiments on natural olivine plus synthetic Fe-S mixtures. The best explanation for the observed olivine grain size distributions (GSD) of the experiments are dominant Ostwald ripening for small grains followed by random grain boundary migration for larger grains. Our results indicate that olivine grain growth in molten Fe-S is significantly faster than in solid, sulphur-free metal. We used the experimentally determined grain growth law to model the coarsening of olivine surrounded by Fe-S melt in a 100-600 km radius planetesimal. In this model, an impact is responsible for the mixing of olivine and Fe-(Ni)-S. Numerical models suggest that annealing at depths of up to 50 km allow for (i) average grain sizes consistent with the observed rounded olivine in pallasites, (ii) a remnant magnetisation of Fe-Ni olivine inclusions as measured in natural pallasites and (iii) for the metallographic cooling rates derived from Fe-Ni in pallasites. This conclusion is valid even if the impact occurs several millions of years after the differentiation of the target body was completed.

  8. Strain induced grain boundary migration effects on grain growth of an austenitic stainless steel during static and metadynamic recrystallization

    Paggi, A., E-mail: alpaggi@tenaris.com [Tenaris Dalmine R& D, Dalmine S.p.A., Piazza Caduti 6 Luglio 1944 n.1, 24044 Dalmine (Italy); Angella, G.; Donnini, R. [National Research Council (CNR), Institute for Energetics and Interphases (IENI), Via Roberto Cozzi 53, 20125 Milano (Italy)

    2015-09-15

    Static and metadynamic recrystallization of an AISI 304L austenitic stainless steel was investigated at 1100 °C and 10{sup −} {sup 2} s{sup −} {sup 1} strain rate. The kinetics of recrystallization was determined through double hit compression tests. Two strain levels were selected for the first compression hit: ε{sub f} = 0.15 for static recrystallization (SRX) and 0.25 for metadynamic recrystallization (MDRX). Both the as-deformed and the recrystallized microstructures were investigated through optical microscopy and electron back-scattered diffraction (EBSD) technique. During deformation, strain induced grain boundary migration appeared to be significant, producing a square-like grain boundary structure aligned along the directions of the maximum shear stresses in compression. EBSD analysis revealed to be as a fundamental technique that the dislocation density was distributed heterogeneously in the deformed grains. Grain growth driven by surface energy reduction was also investigated, finding that it was too slow to explain the experimental data. Based on microstructural results, it was concluded that saturation of the nucleation sites occurred in the first stages of recrystallization, while grain growth driven by strain induced grain boundary migration (SIGBM) dominated the subsequent stages. - Highlights: • Recrystallization behavior of a stainless steel was investigated at 1100 °C. • EBSD revealed that the dislocation density distribution was heterogeneous during deformation. • Saturation of nucleation sites occurred in the first stages of recrystallization. • Strain induced grain boundary migration (SIGBM) effects were significant. • Grain growth driven by SIGBM dominated the subsequent stages.

  9. Nanoscale grain growth behaviour of CoAl intermetallic synthesized by mechanical alloying

    S N Hosseini; M H Enayati; F Karimzadeh

    2014-05-01

    Grain growth behaviour of the nanocrystalline CoAl intermetallic compound synthesized by mechanical alloying has been studied by isothermal annealing at different temperatures and durations. X-ray diffraction method was employed to investigate structural evolutions during mechanical alloying and annealing processes. The disordered CoAl phase with the grain size of about 6 nm was formed via a gradual reaction during mechanical alloying. The results of isothermal annealing showed that the grain growth behaviour can be explained by the parabolic grain growth law. The grains were at nanometric scale after isothermal annealing up to 0.7 m. The grain growth exponent remained constant above 873 K indicating that grain growth mechanism does not change at high temperatures. The calculated activation energy indicated that the grain growth mechanism in the disordered CoAl phase at high temperatures was diffusing Co and Al atoms in two separate sublattices. Furthermore, an equation has been suggested to describe the grain growth kinetics of nanocrystalline CoAl under isothermal annealing at temperatures above 873 K (/m ≥ 0.5).

  10. Direct observation of densification and grain growth in a W--Ni alloy

    Riegger, H.; Pask, J.A.; Exner, H.E.

    1979-04-01

    Densification and grain growth in a tungsten--nickel alloy containing 32 vol % of liquid at 1550/sup 0/C were studied by conventional methods aided by hot stage scanning electron microscopy and cinematography. This technique yields important additional qualitative information on the mechanisms. Two stages can be discerned. In stage 1, essentially complete pore elimination, rapid grain growth and adjustment of microstructural geometry take place. In the second stage, microstructure coarsening occurs which is characterized by geometric similarity. Columnar grain growth at the surface is observed due to squeezing out of Ni--W liquid, flooding of surface grains and fast evaporation of the Ni. The driving forces for these processes are discussed showing that a high ratio of grain boundary energy to liquid surface energy is essential. A W--Cu alloy with 32 vol % liquid at 1100/sup 0/C did not show any grain growth due to essentially no solubility of W in Cu at this temperature.

  11. Grain boundary chemistry effects on environment-induced crack growth of iron-based alloys

    Jones, R.H.

    1992-11-01

    Relation between grain boundary chemistry and environment-induced crack growth of Fe-based alloys is reviewed. The importance of the cleanliness of steels is clearly demonstrated by direct relations between grain boundary chemistry and crack growth behavior for both H and anodic dissolution-induced crack growth. Relationships between strain to failure, work of fracture, K[sub ISCC], crack velocity and fracture mode and grain boundary chemistry are presented. Only results in which the grain boundary chemistry has been measured directly by Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) on intergranular surfaces exposed by in situ fracture have been considered in this review.

  12. Grain boundary chemistry effects on environment-induced crack growth of iron-based alloys

    Jones, R.H.

    1992-11-01

    Relation between grain boundary chemistry and environment-induced crack growth of Fe-based alloys is reviewed. The importance of the cleanliness of steels is clearly demonstrated by direct relations between grain boundary chemistry and crack growth behavior for both H and anodic dissolution-induced crack growth. Relationships between strain to failure, work of fracture, K{sub ISCC}, crack velocity and fracture mode and grain boundary chemistry are presented. Only results in which the grain boundary chemistry has been measured directly by Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) on intergranular surfaces exposed by in situ fracture have been considered in this review.

  13. EFFECT OF STRONTIUM OXIDE ON GRAIN GROWTH AND DENSIFICATION IN BNN SYSTEM

    CHANDRA SEKHAR BEERA; P.S.V SUBBA RAO; B.PARVATHEESWRA RAO

    2013-01-01

    Grain size and density parameters have been investigated in SrO added Tungsten Bronze (TB) type Ferroelectric Barium Sodium Niobate (BNN) ceramic as a function of sintering time and sintering temperature. Addition of SrO has greatly improved the density of the system. The sample BNN with 3% SrO has showed above 95% of theoretical density. Scanning Electron Micrographs revealed normal grain growth in the present study. Activation energies for the formation of grain growth and densification in ...

  14. The evolution of internal energy released from nanomaterials during grain growth

    Tengen, T.B. [Department of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Vaal University of Technology, Vanderbijlpark 1900, Private Bag X021 (South Africa); Iwankiewicz, R. [Institute of Mechanics and Ocean Engineering, Hamburg University of Technology, Eissendorfer Strasse 42, 21073 Hamburg (Germany)

    2010-05-15

    The driving force for limited thermal stability of Nano-Poly-Crystals is high concentration of internal energy. This makes them to undergo significant changes when exposed to temperatures exceeding one-third their melting points. Two processes are expected to take place under such temperatures which reduce the internal energy: (a) grain growth i.e. reduction in total grain boundary (GB) surface area or GB volume fraction and (b) reduction of GB energy per surface area. This paper proposes a theoretical approach that couples knowledge from energy method with that from stochastic differential equations to study the energy released from nanometals during grain growth. The basic Physics of the mechanisms leading to grain growth in nanomaterials is applied. The proposed model is tested on polycrystalline nano-aluminium samples. The impacts of annealing time, mean grain size, grain size dispersion and annealing temperatures are tested. It is anomalously revealed that on comparing the various mechanisms of grain growth, the greatest amount of energy is released from nanomaterial if grain growth is due to Grain Rotation-Coalescence (GRC) mechanism only, followed by that due to simultaneous GRC and Grain Boundary Migration (GBM) processes and least by that due to GBM only. The energies involved in T1 events, T2 events and in rotating the grains before coalescence during GRC have also been dealt with. On comparing the different physical activities taking place during growth, it is revealed that the largest amount of energy is released from materials in which grains rotate, translate and grow at constant force. This is followed by the amount of energy involved with rotating or translating the grains at constant size and least by the energy released due to changing grain size at constant force. It is also found that the rate of release of energy initially decreases rapidly, and then very slowly approaching zero during grain growth. Thus, one may conclude from the principle of

  15. Effect of surface roughness on grain growth and sintering of alumina

    Padmaja Parameswaran Nampi; Shoichi Kume; Yuji Hotta; Koji Watari

    2011-07-01

    The production of ceramic bodies with less surface roughness is industrially important when one considers the aspect of final machining processes. Hence an attempt have been made to study the variation in surface roughness parameters (a, y, z) of alumina having three different kinds of roughness features at different sintering temperatures. Variation in surface roughness properties are also correlated with grain size. z shows significant difference between fine and intermediate surfaces, hence predicts small difference in their microstructural features. As a general trend, average grain size increases with increase in sintering temperature, but wide distribution of grains with enhanced non-uniform grain growth is observed when the surface is coarse. Hence, creation of fine surface in the green body is necessary for homogeneously distributed grains with controlled uniform grain growth. The final roughness and grain size of the sintered alumina depend on the initial surface roughness of the green body.

  16. Dynamic recrystallization and grain growth in olivine rocks

    Kellermann Slotemaker, A.

    2006-01-01

    A mechanism based description of the rheology of olivine is essential for modeling of upper mantle geodynamics. Previously, mantle flow has been investigated using flow laws for grain size insensitive (GSI) dislocation creep and/or grain size sensitive (GSS) diffusion creep of olivine. Generally, fl

  17. Relationship between recrystallization, grain growth and creep strength of molybdenum at high temperatures

    With the aid of earlier and own investigations, the grain growth processes are presented in dependence of the degree of deformation and of the heat treatment, and the temperature regions for crystal recovery, primary recrystallization, permanent grain growth and discontinuous grain growth in the temperature region upto 2,4000C are defined. The creep strength is an important property for the application of molybdenum at high temperatures, especially as a current leading electrode for melting glasses and ceramics. The influence of the initial grain size of molybdenum on the creep rate was determined in the one-sided fixed bending test for the technically interesting grain size range of 10 to 2,000 K/cm2 at temperatures of 1,7500C and times of up 14 days. The relationship of the creep deformation to the measured grain size values is discussed. (orig./LH)

  18. Grain growth and intergranular carbide precipitation in nickel-base alloy 690

    The grain growth and precipitation behavior of intergranular carbides in Nickel-base alloy 690 were studied through microscopic equipment. The experimental grain growth data showed a classical growth equation, and carbon atoms in solid solution were found to have a strong drag effect on grain boundary migration. The precipitation of intergranular carbides, identified as Cr-rich M23C6, was retarded (or suppressed) on the low angle grain boundaries and the special boundaries expressed by the coincidence site lattice model, compared to that on the random high angle grain boundaries. The results of intergranular M23C6 carbide precipitation are explained in terms of the influence of grain boundary energy. (orig.)

  19. Grain growth and morphology of In{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Pd nanocomposite films

    Amani, Matin; Gregory, Otto J., E-mail: gregory@egr.uri.edu

    2013-09-02

    Thin film nanocomposites based on semiconducting oxides and palladium have been systematically studied using combinatorial chemistry techniques to optimize their thermoelectric properties. These nanocomposites have considerable potential for energy harvesting applications in harsh environments and were prepared by embedding palladium nanoparticles into an indium oxide matrix via co-sputtering from metal and ceramic targets. The as-deposited films were largely amorphous and thus were subsequently heat treated in nitrogen ambients to produce crystalline nanocomposites. These nanocomposite films were screened for their thermoelectric properties at room temperature as a function of composition, and the resulting films exhibited thermoelectric power factors that were significantly greater than the semiconducting oxides deposited directly from ceramic targets. Based on these rapid screening protocols employing hundreds of micro-thermocouples, the most promising nanocomposite films in terms of thermoelectric power factor were down-selected. Transmission electron microscopy, selected area electron diffraction, and scanning electron microscopy were then used to study the microstructural changes in these films as a function of temperature. When thermally cycled to 800 °C, an abrupt transition from normal, equiaxed grain growth to abnormal (spherulitic growth) was observed at a threshold palladium loading which was also optimal for thermoelectric energy harvesting. - Highlights: • Films consisting of Pd nanoparticles in an In{sub 2}O{sub 3} matrix were grown by sputtering. • These films have previously shown promising thermoelectric properties. • Transmission and scanning electron microscopy were used to investigate the films • This was determined for various compositions and annealing temperatures.

  20. Abnormal mandibular growth after craniovertebral surgery in Morquio syndrome type A.

    Defraia, Efisio; Marinelli, Andrea; Antonini, Antonino; Giuntini, Veronica

    2005-05-01

    Morquio syndrome or MPS4A is an autosomal recessive inherited metabolic disease, due to a deficiency of N-acetil-galactosamine-6-sulfatase (OMIM 253000). Hypoplastic odontoid processes causing atlantoaxial subluxation and cervical myelopathy are usual clinical findings. Surgical intervention of craniocervical fusion is often performed to prevent this complication. Clinical and cephalometric findings in a patient affected by Morquio syndrome after craniovertebral surgery are described. Facial growth pattern in the lateral plane changed dramatically. The mandibular gonial angle (ArGoMe), the body of the mandible (GoGn), and the total length of the mandible (CoGn) increased abnormally, whereas the mandibular ramus (CoGo) exhibited normal growth. Knowledge of the possibility of abnormal mandibular growth may contribute in long-term orthodontic management of such subjects. PMID:15898389

  1. Strain-induced grain growth of cryomilled nanocrystalline Al in trimodal composites during forging

    Yao, B. [Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center, and Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816 (United States); Simkin, B.; Majumdar, B. [Materials and Metallurgical Engineering Department, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM 87801 (United States); Smith, C.; Bergh, M. van den [DWA Aluminum Composites, Chatsworth, CA 91311 (United States); Cho, K. [Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005 (United States); Sohn, Y.H., E-mail: Yongho.Sohn@ucf.edu [Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center, and Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816 (United States)

    2012-02-28

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Grain growth of cryomilled nanocrystalline aluminum during hot forging. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Use of hollow cone dark field imaging technique in TEM for grain size measurement. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Grain growth model of strain, strain rate and temperature for forging optimization. - Abstract: Grain growth of nanocrystalline aluminum ({sup nc}Al) in trimodal Al metal-matrix-composites (MMCs) during hot forging was investigated. The {sup nc}Al phase formed through cryomilling of inert gas-atomized powders in liquid nitrogen has an average grain size down to 21 nm, exhibits excellent thermal stability. However, substantial grain growth of {sup nc}Al up to 63 nm was observed when the Al MMCs were thermo-mechanically processed even at relatively low temperatures. Grain growth of the cryomilled {sup nc}Al phase in trimodal Al MMCs after hot forging was documented with respect to temperature ranging from 175 Degree-Sign C to 287 Degree-Sign C, true strain ranging from 0.4 to 1.35 and strain rate ranging from 0.1 to 0.5 s{sup -1}. Hollow cone dark field imaging technique was employed to provide statistically confident measurements of {sup nc}Al grain size that ranged from 21 to 63 nm. An increase in forging temperature and an increase in true strain were correlated with an increase in grain size of {sup nc}Al. Results were correlated to devise a phenomenological grain growth model for forging that takes strain, strain rate and temperature into consideration. Activation energy for the grain growth during thermo-mechanical hot-forging was determined to be 35 kJ/mol, approximately a quarter of activation energy for bulk diffusion of Al and a half of activation energy for static recrystallization.

  2. Grain growth and thermal stability accompanying recrystallization in undercooled Ni-3at.%Sn alloy

    Chen, Z., E-mail: chenzheng1218@163.com [School of Material Science and Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, Jiangsu 221116 (China); State Key Laboratory of Solidification Processing, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi' an, Shaanxi 710016 (China); Chen, Q.; Shen, C.J. [School of Material Science and Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, Jiangsu 221116 (China); Liu, F. [State Key Laboratory of Solidification Processing, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi' an, Shaanxi 710016 (China)

    2015-10-15

    The grain growth and thermal stability after recrystallization in as-solidified highly undercooled Ni-3at.%Sn alloy melt were investigated. As for undercooled Ni-3at.%Sn alloy, a transition from dendritic to granular crystals occurred when ΔT≥ΔT{sup *}, which was induced by the plastic deformation of dendrites and subsequent recrystallization. On this basis, the subsequent grain growth and solute segregation accompanying recalescence were calculated by a recently proposed thermo-kinetic model, which showed close agreement with the experimental results. It is concluded that the grain growth process was interrelated to recalescence, solute trapping and solute segregation of Sn atoms captured by solute trapping, which was responsible for the reduction of grain boundary energy and improvement of thermal stability. - Highlights: • A transition from dendritic to granular crystals occurred when ΔT≥ΔT{sup *}. • The grain growth accompanying recalescence was calculated. • A close agreement with the experimental results was shown.

  3. Grain growth in Al alloy conductors as a result of rapid annealing

    Towner, Janet M.; van de Ven, Evert P.; Hopkins, Craig G.

    1984-01-01

    Aluminum and aluminum alloy thin films were rapidly annealed using high intensity visible light. Under suitable conditions, substantial grain growth was achieved in the Al-Cu and Al-Si-Cu conductors and this grain growth had a beneficial effect on electromigration. Unfortunately, this growth did not occur uniformily across the wafer. A second phenomenon, which resulted from thermal cycling, was the solid phase reduction of SiO2 by the overlying Al film.

  4. Grain growth kinetics for B2O3-doped ZnO ceramics

    Yuksel Berat

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Grain growth kinetics in 0.1 to 2 mol % B2O3-added ZnO ceramics was studied by using a simplified phenomenological grain growth kinetics equation Gn = K0 · t · exp(-Q/RT together with the physical properties of sintered samples. The samples, prepared by conventional ceramics processing techniques, were sintered at temperatures between 1050 to 1250 °C for 1, 2, 3, 5 and 10 hours in air. The kinetic grain growth exponent value (n and the activation energy for the grain growth of the 0.1 mol % B2O3-doped ZnO ceramics were found to be 2.8 and 332 kJ/mol, respectively. By increasing B2O3 content to 1 mol %, the grain growth exponent value (n and the activation energy decreased to 2 and 238 kJ/mol, respectively. The XRD study revealed the presence of a second phase, Zn3B2O6 formed when the B2O3 content was > 1 mol %. The formation of Zn3B2O6 phase gave rise to an increase of the grain growth kinetic exponent and the grain growth activation energy. The kinetic grain growth exponent value (n and the activation energy for the grain growth of the 2 mol % B2O3-doped ZnO ceramics were found to be 3 and 307 kJ/mol, respectively. This can be attributed to the second particle drag (pinning mechanism in the liquid phase sintering.

  5. Effect of electric current pulse on grain growth in superplastic deformation of 2091 Al-Li alloy

    刘志义; 许晓嫦; 崔建忠

    2003-01-01

    The effect of electric current pulse on the grain growth in the superplastic deformation of 2091 Al-Li alloy was investigated. Optical metallographic microstructure observation and average linear intercept measuring results show that at same strain, the grain size in the superplastic deformation loaded with electric current pulse is smaller than that unemploying electric current pulse, and so does the grain growth rate. TEM observation shows that the dislocation density at grain boundary in the superplastic deformation applied with electric current pulse is lower than that unemploying electric current pulse.It indicates that electric current pulse increases the rate of dislocation slip and climb in grain boundary, which leads to a decrease of both the density of the dislocation slipping across grain boundary at same strain rate and the driving force for grain growth, therefore the rate of grain growth decreases.The established model for grain growth shows an exponential relation of grain size with strain.

  6. Unraveling irradiation induced grain growth with in situ transmission electron microscopy and coordinated modeling

    Bufford, D. C.; Abdeljawad, F. F.; Foiles, S. M.; Hattar, K. [Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185 (United States)

    2015-11-09

    Nanostructuring has been proposed as a method to enhance radiation tolerance, but many metallic systems are rejected due to significant concerns regarding long term grain boundary and interface stability. This work utilized recent advancements in transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to quantitatively characterize the grain size, texture, and individual grain boundary character in a nanocrystalline gold model system before and after in situ TEM ion irradiation with 10 MeV Si. The initial experimental measurements were fed into a mesoscale phase field model, which incorporates the role of irradiation-induced thermal events on boundary properties, to directly compare the observed and simulated grain growth with varied parameters. The observed microstructure evolution deviated subtly from previously reported normal grain growth in which some boundaries remained essentially static. In broader terms, the combined experimental and modeling techniques presented herein provide future avenues to enhance quantification and prediction of the thermal, mechanical, or radiation stability of grain boundaries in nanostructured crystalline systems.

  7. Unraveling irradiation induced grain growth with in situ transmission electron microscopy and coordinated modeling

    Bufford, D. C.; Abdeljawad, F. F.; Foiles, S. M.; Hattar, K.

    2015-11-01

    Nanostructuring has been proposed as a method to enhance radiation tolerance, but many metallic systems are rejected due to significant concerns regarding long term grain boundary and interface stability. This work utilized recent advancements in transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to quantitatively characterize the grain size, texture, and individual grain boundary character in a nanocrystalline gold model system before and after in situ TEM ion irradiation with 10 MeV Si. The initial experimental measurements were fed into a mesoscale phase field model, which incorporates the role of irradiation-induced thermal events on boundary properties, to directly compare the observed and simulated grain growth with varied parameters. The observed microstructure evolution deviated subtly from previously reported normal grain growth in which some boundaries remained essentially static. In broader terms, the combined experimental and modeling techniques presented herein provide future avenues to enhance quantification and prediction of the thermal, mechanical, or radiation stability of grain boundaries in nanostructured crystalline systems.

  8. Annealing twin development during recrystallization and grain growth in pure nickel

    Jin, Yuan; Lin, Brian; Bernacki, Marc; Gregory S. Rohrer; Rollet, Anthony D.; Bozzolo, Nathalie

    2014-01-01

    International audience A 99.995% pure Ni sample, compressed to 25%, was annealed in a SEM chamber and changes in the density of annealing twins were monitored in situ during recrystallization and grain growth. In addition to average microstructural measurements, the evolution of individual grains was also observed. Both the average annealing twin density in the recrystallized domain and the annealing twin density per grain increased during recrystallization. The rate of increase in twin de...

  9. Kinetic modeling of grain growth in polycrystalline silicon films doped with phosphorus and boron

    It has been shown that doping of silicon with P or As leads to enhanced rates of grain growth while doping with B has little effect, except in compensation of the effect of P or As. Here the authors report a detailed study of the effects of P of doping on normal grain growth in silicon films. They also outline a kinetic model for grain growth which is consistent with the various observed effects of dopants. This model is based on the assumption that dopants primarily affect grain boundary mobilities and that grain boundary motion occurs through parallel diffusive and non-diffusive processes. It is further assumed that the rate of the diffusive processes. It is further assumed that the rate of the diffusive process is proportional to the vacancy concentration which is a known function of the electron concentration

  10. Austenite Grain Growth and the Surface Quality of Continuously Cast Steel

    Dippenaar, Rian; Bernhard, Christian; Schider, Siegfried; Wieser, Gerhard

    2014-04-01

    Austenite grain growth does not only play an important role in determining the mechanical properties of steel, but certain surface defects encountered in the continuous casting industry have also been attributed to the formation of large austenite grains. Earlier research has seen innovative experimentation, the development of metallographic techniques to determine austenite grain size and the building of mathematical models to simulate the conditions pertaining to austenite grain growth during the continuous casting of steel. Oscillation marks and depressions in the meniscus region of the continuously casting mold lead to retarded cooling of the strand surface, which in turn results in the formation of coarse austenite grains, but little is known about the mechanism and rate of formation of these large austenite grains. Relevant earlier research will be briefly reviewed to put into context our recent in situ observations of the delta-ferrite to austenite phase transition. We have confirmed earlier evidence that very large delta-ferrite grains are formed very quickly in the single-phase region and that these large delta-ferrite grains are transformed to large austenite grains at low cooling rates. At the higher cooling rates relevant to the early stages of the solidification of steel in a continuously cast mold, delta-ferrite transforms to austenite by an apparently massive type of transformation mechanism. Large austenite grains then form very quickly from this massive type of microstructure and on further cooling, austenite transforms to thin ferrite allotriomorphs on austenite grain boundaries, followed by Widmanstätten plate growth, with almost no regard to the cooling rate. This observation is important because it is now well established that the presence of a thin ferrite film on austenite grain boundaries is the main cause of reduction in hot ductility. Moreover, this reduction in ductility is exacerbated by the presence of large austenite grains.

  11. Slit-like jugular foramen due to abnormal bone growth at jugular fossa

    Budhiraja V; Rastogi R

    2010-01-01

    An abnormal unilateral blockage of the jugular foramen by a bone growth converting it into a slit was noted in a skull during osteology demonstration classes for medical undergraduates. The left jugular foramen was narrowed by a thick bony projection filling the jugular fossa. This kind of narrowing of the foramen might results in neurovascular symptoms as it transmits important cranial nerves and internal jugular vein. Injury of ninth, tenth and eleventh cranial nerves can occur due to narro...

  12. Abnormal Doppler flow velocimetry in the growth restricted foetus as a predictor for necrotising enterocolitis.

    Bhatt A; Tank P; Barmade K; Damania K

    2002-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Obstetric decision- making for the growth restricted foetus has to take into consideration the benefits and risks of waiting for pulmonary maturity and continued exposure to hostile intra-uterine environment. Necrotising Enterocolitis (NEC) results from continued exposure to hostile environment and is an important cause of poor neonatal outcome. AIMS: To evaluate the predictive value of abnormal Doppler flow velocimetry of the foetal umbilical artery for NEC and neonatal mortality...

  13. Grain growth kinetics of textured-BaTiO3 ceramics

    Fang Fu; Jiwei Zhai; Zhengkui Xu; Bo Shen; Xi Yao

    2014-06-01

    Textured BaTiO3 (BT) ceramics were fabricated by templated grain growth method. Effects of sintering conditions on the grain growth process of textured-BT ceramics were investigated. Orientation degree increased initially and then decreased with increasing soaking time. The ceramics were composed of equiaxed matrix grains and brick-like template particles. The brick-like particles aligned parallel to the casting direction by observing from SEM images. A (ℎ00)-preferred orientation was confirmed by SAED and XRD patterns. Mechanism of grain growth in textured-BT ceramics was studied. Both consumption of matrix by templates and grain growth of templates determined the orientation degree of ceramics. The kinetic mechanism for grain orientation was also discussed by the simplified phenomenological kinetic equation. The average activation energies were 364 kJ/mol for matrix grain and 918 kJ/mol for template particle, respectively. Finally, a dense ceramic with 85% grain orientation was obtained after sintering at 1400°C for 2 h.

  14. Grain growth in four dimensions: A comparison between simulation and experiment

    McKenna, I.M.; Poulsen, S.O.; Lauridsen, Erik Mejdal;

    2014-01-01

    A 3-D isotropic phase field simulation was used to predict the morphology of individual grains during grain growth. The simulation employed a polycrystalline array of titanium alloy Ti-β-21S experimentally characterized by X-ray tomography as an initial condition. The non-destructive nature of X...

  15. The effect of maternal exercise during pregnancy on abnormal fetal growth

    Tomić, Vlatka; Sporiš, Goran; Tomić, Jozo; Milanović, Zoran; Zigmundovac-Klaić, Djurdja; Pantelić, Saša

    2013-01-01

    Aim To assess the effect of maternal physical activity during pregnancy on abnormal fetal growth. Methods The study group of 166 women in gestational week 6-8 exercised regularly three days per week at submaximal intensity during their entire pregnancy and the control group of 168 women received standard antenatal care. The main outcomes were macrosomia and intrauterine growth restriction. Results The study group had a lower frequency of macrosomia in newborns (6.0% vs 12.5%, P = 0.048) and g...

  16. Maternal risk factors for abnormal placental growth: The national collaborative perinatal project

    Nicholson Wanda K

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Previous studies of maternal risk factors for abnormal placental growth have focused on placental weight and placental ratio as measures of placental growth. We sought to identify maternal risk factors for placental weight and two neglected dimensions of placental growth: placental thickness and chorionic plate area. Methods We conducted an analysis of 24,135 mother-placenta pairs enrolled in the National Collaborative Perinatal Project, a prospective cohort study of pregnancy and child health. We defined growth restriction as th percentile and hypertrophy as > 90th percentile for three placental growth dimensions: placental weight, placental thickness and chorionic plate area. We constructed parallel multinomial logistic regression analyses to identify (a predictors of restricted growth (vs. normal and (b predictors of hypertrophic growth (vs. normal. Results Black race was associated with an increased likelihood of growth restriction for placental weight, thickness and chorionic plate area, but was associated with a reduced likelihood of hypertrophy for these three placental growth dimensions. We observed an increased likelihood of growth restriction for placental weight and chorionic plate area among mothers with hypertensive disease at 24 weeks or beyond. Anemia was associated with a reduced likelihood of growth restriction for placental weight and chorionic plate area. Pre-pregnancy BMI and pregnancy weight gain were associated with a reduced likelihood of growth restriction and an increased likelihood of hypertrophy for all three dimensions of placental growth. Conclusion Maternal risk factors are either associated with placental growth restriction or placental hypertrophy not both. Our findings suggest that the placenta may have compensatory responses to certain maternal risk factors suggesting different underlying biological mechanisms.

  17. In situ observation of austenite grain growth behavior in the simulated coarse-grained heat-affected zone of Ti-microalloyed steels

    Xiang-liang Wan; Kai-ming Wu; Gang Huang; Ran Wei; Lin Cheng

    2014-01-01

    The austenite grain growth behavior in a simulated coarse-grained heat-affected zone during thermal cycling was investigated via in situ observation. Austenite grains nucleated at ferrite grain boundaries and then grew in different directions through movement of grain boundaries into the ferrite phase. Subsequently, the adjacent austenite grains impinged against each other during theα→γtransformation. After theα→γtransformation, austenite grains coarsened via the coalescence of small grains and via boundary migration between grains. The growth process of austenite grains was a continuous process during heating, isothermal holding, and cooling in simulated thermal cy-cling. Abundant finely dispersed nanoscale TiN particles in a steel specimen containing 0.012wt%Ti effectively retarded the grain boundary migration, which resulted in refined austenite grains. When the Ti concentration in the steel was increased, the number of TiN particles de-creased and their size coarsened. The big particles were not effective in pinning the austenite grain boundary movement and resulted in coarse austenite grains.

  18. Predicting the Probability of Abnormal Stimulated Growth Hormone Response in Children After Radiotherapy for Brain Tumors

    Purpose: To develop a mathematical model utilizing more readily available measures than stimulation tests that identifies brain tumor survivors with high likelihood of abnormal growth hormone secretion after radiotherapy (RT), to avoid late recognition and a consequent delay in growth hormone replacement therapy. Methods and Materials: We analyzed 191 prospectively collected post-RT evaluations of peak growth hormone level (arginine tolerance/levodopa stimulation test), serum insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), IGF-binding protein 3, height, weight, growth velocity, and body mass index in 106 children and adolescents treated for ependymoma (n = 72), low-grade glioma (n = 28) or craniopharyngioma (n = 6), who had normal growth hormone levels before RT. Normal level in this study was defined as the peak growth hormone response to the stimulation test ≥7 ng/mL. Results: Independent predictor variables identified by multivariate logistic regression with high statistical significance (p < 0.0001) included IGF-1 z score, weight z score, and hypothalamic dose. The developed predictive model demonstrated a strong discriminatory power with an area under the receiver operating characteristic curve of 0.883. At a potential cutoff point of probability of 0.3 the sensitivity was 80% and specificity 78%. Conclusions: Without unpleasant and expensive frequent stimulation tests, our model provides a quantitative approach to closely follow the growth hormone secretory capacity of brain tumor survivors. It allows identification of high-risk children for subsequent confirmatory tests and in-depth workup for diagnosis of growth hormone deficiency.

  19. Predicting the Probability of Abnormal Stimulated Growth Hormone Response in Children After Radiotherapy for Brain Tumors

    Hua Chiaho, E-mail: Chia-Ho.Hua@stjude.org [Department of Radiological Sciences, St. Jude Children' s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee (United States); Wu Shengjie [Department of Biostatistics, St. Jude Children' s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee (United States); Chemaitilly, Wassim [Division of Endocrinology, Department of Pediatric Medicine, St. Jude Children' s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee (United States); Lukose, Renin C.; Merchant, Thomas E. [Department of Radiological Sciences, St. Jude Children' s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee (United States)

    2012-11-15

    Purpose: To develop a mathematical model utilizing more readily available measures than stimulation tests that identifies brain tumor survivors with high likelihood of abnormal growth hormone secretion after radiotherapy (RT), to avoid late recognition and a consequent delay in growth hormone replacement therapy. Methods and Materials: We analyzed 191 prospectively collected post-RT evaluations of peak growth hormone level (arginine tolerance/levodopa stimulation test), serum insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), IGF-binding protein 3, height, weight, growth velocity, and body mass index in 106 children and adolescents treated for ependymoma (n = 72), low-grade glioma (n = 28) or craniopharyngioma (n = 6), who had normal growth hormone levels before RT. Normal level in this study was defined as the peak growth hormone response to the stimulation test {>=}7 ng/mL. Results: Independent predictor variables identified by multivariate logistic regression with high statistical significance (p < 0.0001) included IGF-1 z score, weight z score, and hypothalamic dose. The developed predictive model demonstrated a strong discriminatory power with an area under the receiver operating characteristic curve of 0.883. At a potential cutoff point of probability of 0.3 the sensitivity was 80% and specificity 78%. Conclusions: Without unpleasant and expensive frequent stimulation tests, our model provides a quantitative approach to closely follow the growth hormone secretory capacity of brain tumor survivors. It allows identification of high-risk children for subsequent confirmatory tests and in-depth workup for diagnosis of growth hormone deficiency.

  20. The effect of current density on CNx crystal grain growth in electrochemical deposition

    The effect of charge current density on the growth of CNx films by electrolysis of a methanol-urea solution is investigated experimentally. It is seen that the c-C3N4 phase grains in the films are about 200-300 nm for a density of 55 mA/cm2 and dendrite growth takes place with grains as large as 7 μm formed when density is about 70 mA/cm2. (authors)

  1. Abnormal Doppler flow velocimetry in the growth restricted foetus as a predictor for necrotising enterocolitis.

    Bhatt A

    2002-07-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Obstetric decision- making for the growth restricted foetus has to take into consideration the benefits and risks of waiting for pulmonary maturity and continued exposure to hostile intra-uterine environment. Necrotising Enterocolitis (NEC results from continued exposure to hostile environment and is an important cause of poor neonatal outcome. AIMS: To evaluate the predictive value of abnormal Doppler flow velocimetry of the foetal umbilical artery for NEC and neonatal mortality. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: A retrospective study carried out at a tertiary care centre for obstetric and neonatal care. MATERIALS AND METHOD: Seventy-seven neonates with birth weight less than 2000 gm, born over a period of 18 months were studied. These pregnancies were identified as having growth abnormalities of the foetus. Besides other tests of foetal well-being, they were also subjected to Doppler flow velocimetry of the foeto-placental vasculature. Obstetric outcome was evaluated with reference to period of gestation and route of delivery. The neonatal outcome was reviewed with reference to birth weight, Apgar scores and evidence of NEC. STATISTICAL ANALYSIS USED: Chi square test. RESULTS: In the group of patients with Absent or Reverse End Diastolic Frequencies (A/R EDF in the umbilical arteries, positive predictive value for NEC was 52.6%, (RR 30.2; OR 264. The mortality from NEC was 50%. When umbilical artery velocimetry did not show A/REDF, there were no cases of NEC or mortality. Abnormal umbilical or uterine artery flow increased the rate of caesarean section to 62.5% as compared to 17.6% in cases where umbilical artery flow was normal. CONCLUSION: In antenatally identified pregnancies at risk for foetal growth restriction, abnormal Doppler velocimetry in the form of A/REDF in the umbilical arteries is a useful guide to predict NEC and mortality in the early neonatal period.

  2. Diffusion Growth and Morphological Stability of Two-Dimensional Grain Boundary Precipitates

    A.V. Koropov

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Diffusion growth of two-dimensional precipitates at the grain boundary of a finite thickness was considered with due regard to the diffusion fluxes of impurity atoms from the grain volume to the grain boundary. Stability of the growing precipitates of a relatively small radius was analyzed with respect to the small random perturbations of its size and subject to the surface kinetics of impurity atoms at the grain boundary/precipitate profile. Threshold radii of the precipitates, above which the amplitude of the shape defect and the amplitude of the relative shape deformation of the precipitates rise, were found.

  3. Grain growth of gold nanowires through laser zone annealing and rapid thermal annealing

    Kim, Jung Yun

    The grain boundary density in metals plays an increasingly important role as structures are shrinking down to dimensions comparable to the electronic mean free path. Metal nanowires prepared through electron beam lithography, electrodeposition and many other methods are nanocrystalline with an average grain diameter in the range of 2--50 nm. For these nanocrystalline metal nanowires with a lateral dimensions larger than the mean grain diameter, the electrical resistance is dominated by electron scattering at the grain boundaries as opposed to the external surfaces and the background. The deleterious effect of grain boundaries on the electrical properties provides strong motivation to develop post-processing methods for increasing the mean grain diameter. Thermal annealing has typically been used to induce grain growth. However, for metal nanowires patterned on a planar surface, a classic Rayleigh instability is observed resulting in decomposition of the nanowire to a periodic series of nanoparticles. In principle, grain growth requires short range motion of atoms while shape change requires mass displacement across large distances. Laser zone annealing was used to test whether the latter could be suppressed by rapidly heating a highly localized section of the wire followed by rapidly cooling. A piezoelectric motor was used to translate the wire at nanoscale steps over a 532 nm confocal laser source at range of power levels (2.5--10 mW) and translation rates (7--128 nm/s). Annealing at a laser power of 10 mW resulted in grain growth of nearly 300% from 27 nm to 85 nm. A second approach to inhibit shape change while allowing for grain growth was to encapsulate the nanowire with an alumina layer to constrict large scale atomic diffusion during isothermal annealing. The alumina coating maintained the shape of the nanowire up to a temperature of ˜669 K and grain growth approaching the limiting size was observed. To study the grain growth kinetics, in situ electrical

  4. Dynamic Recrystallization and Grain Growth Behavior of 20SiMn Low Carbon Alloy Steel

    DONG Lanfeng; ZHONG Yuexian; MA Qingxian; YUAN Chaolong; MA Lishen

    2008-01-01

    A senes of thermodynamics experiments were used to optimize the hot forging process of 20SiMn low-carbon alloy steel.A dynamic recrystallization and grain growth model was developed for the 20SiMn steel for common production conditions of heavy forgings by doing a nonlinear curve fit of the expenment data.Optimized forging parameters were developed based on the control of the dynamic recrystallization and the MnS secondary phase.The data shows that the initial grain size and the MnS secondary phase all affect the behavior of the 20SiMn dynamic recrystallization and grain growth.

  5. Theory and modeling of microstructural evolution in polycrystalline materials: Solute segregation, grain growth and phase transformations

    Ma, Ning

    2005-11-01

    To accurately predict microstructure evolution and, hence, to synthesis metal and ceramic alloys with desirable properties involves many fundamental as well as practical issues. In the present study, novel theoretical and phase field approaches have been developed to address some of these issues including solute drag and segregation transition at grain boundaries and dislocations, grain growth in systems of anisotropic boundary properties, and precipitate microstructure development in polycrystalline materials. The segregation model has allowed for the prediction of a first-order segregation transition, which could be related to the sharp transition of solute concentration of grain boundary as a function of temperature. The incorporating of interfacial energy and mobility as functions of misorientation and inclination in the phase field model has allowed for the study of concurrent grain growth and texture evolution. The simulation results were analyzed using the concept of local grain boundary energy density, which simplified significantly the development of governing equations for texture controlled grain growth in Ti-6Al-4V. Quantitative phase field modeling techniques have been developed by incorporating thermodynamic and diffusivity databases. The models have been validated against DICTRA simulations in simple 1D problems and applied to simulate realistic microstructural evolutions in Ti-6Al-4V, including grain boundary a and globular a growth and sideplate development under both isothermal aging and continuous cooling conditions. The simulation predictions agree well with experimental observations.

  6. Mean-field model for the growth and coarsening of stoichiometric precipitates at grain boundaries

    In this paper, a model for growth and coarsening of precipitates at grain boundaries is developed. The concept takes into account that the evolution of grain boundary precipitates involves fast short-circuit diffusion along grain boundaries as well as slow bulk diffusion of atoms from the grain interior to the grain boundaries. The mathematical formalism is based on a mean-field approximation, utilizing the thermodynamic extremal principle. The model is applied to the precipitation of aluminum nitrides in microalloyed steel in austenite, where precipitation occurs predominately at the austenite grain boundaries. It is shown that the kinetics of precipitation predicted by the proposed model differs significantly from that calculated for randomly distributed precipitates with spherical diffusion fields. Good agreement of the numerical solution is found with experimental observations as well as theoretical treatment of precipitate coarsening

  7. Growth competition of columnar dendritic grains: A phase-field study

    We report the results of an extensive phase-field study of the growth competition of columnar dendritic grains in two dimensions. We investigate the influence of the temperature gradient and grain bicrystallography on the selection of both grain and microstructure, focusing on a geometry with two grains with principal crystal axes oriented parallel and at a finite misorientation angle with respect to the axis of the temperature gradient. Our first main finding is that, for well-developed dendritic structures forming at a low-temperature gradient, the rate of elimination of the misoriented grain is a non-monotonic function of the difference in undercooling between the dendrite tips of the two grains. Hence this rate cannot be predicted even qualitatively by the common assumption that the elimination rate increases with this undercooling difference. The breakdown of this assumption is particularly striking for highly misoriented dendritic and degenerate structures that persist for very long times despite growing at a substantially larger undercooling than the well-oriented neighboring grains. Our second main finding is that microscopic thermal fluctuations at the origin of sidebranching can induce significant variations in the macroscopic trajectories of grain boundaries (GBs), thereby making grain selection a stochastic process, while yielding limited variations in the selected primary spacings. In contrast, in the absence of fluctuations, GB motion becomes essentially deterministic and grain elimination is suppressed. In addition, our simulations reproduce quantitatively scaling laws deduced from experiments for both the primary dendritic spacing and the dendrite growth direction of misoriented grains. They further reveal that the “intergrain” primary spacing selected by tertiary branching events at GBs is systematically larger than the “intragrain” primary spacing selected by the transient growth competition between primary branches within a single grain

  8. Thermal stability and grain growth behavior of nanocrystalline Mg2Si

    Thermal stability and grain growth behavior of nanocrystalline Mg2Si (nano-Mg2Si), prepared by using mechanically activated solid-state reaction plus hot-pressing in vacuum, were investigated by the method of in situ high-temperature X-ray diffraction. The result indicates that the evolution of grain size d with isothermal-annealing time t for nano-Mg2Si can be well described by the formula d - d 0 = ct 1/n with grain growth exponent n = 6, 5 and 4 at 700, 800 and 900 deg. C, respectively, indicating that nano-Mg2Si has a good thermal stability. Simultaneously, an Arrhenius plot of rate constant c against the reciprocal of T yields a straight line, from which an activation energy of 112 ± 1 kJ/mol is derived for the grain growth of nano-Mg2Si

  9. Combining cellular automata and Monte Carlo algorithm to simulate three-dimensional grain growth

    WANG Wei; CHEN Ju-hua; GUO Pei-quan; ZHAO Ping

    2006-01-01

    A 3-D simulation of grain growth was conducted by utilizing cellular automata (CA) and Monte Carlo (MC) algorithm. In the simulating procedure, the three-dimensional space is divided into a large number of 2-D isometric planes. Then, each of the planes is divided into identical square cells. Finally, the cellular automata and Monte Carlo algorithm are combined together to simulate the grain growth. Through an evolutionary simulation, the recrystallized microstructure, the grain growth rate and the grain size distribution are acceptably predicted. The simulation routine can be used to simulate the real physical-metallurgy processes and to predict quantitative dynamic information of the evolution of microstructure. Further more, the method is also useful for optimization of materials properties by controlling the microstructure evolution.

  10. Simulation of Grain Growth in a Near-Eutectic Solder Alloy

    TIKARE,VEENA; VIANCO,PAUL T.

    1999-12-16

    Microstructural evolution due to aging of solder alloys determines their long-term reliability as electrical, mechanical and thermal interconnects in electronics packages. The ability to accurately determine the reliability of existing electronic components as well as to predict the performance of proposed designs depends upon the development of reliable material models. A kinetic Monte Carlo simulation was used to simulate microstructural evolution in solder-class materials. The grain growth model simulated many of the microstructural features observed experimentally in 63Sn-37Pb, a popular near-eutectic solder alloy. The model was validated by comparing simulation results to new experimental data on coarsening of Sn-Pb solder. The computational and experimental grain growth exponent for two-phase solder was found to be much lower than that for normal, single phase grain growth. The grain size distributions of solders obtained from simulations were narrower than that of normal grain growth. It was found that the phase composition of solder is important in determining grain growth behavior.

  11. In situ measurements of growth rates and grain-averaged activation energies of individual grains during recrystallization of 50% cold-rolled aluminium

    Research highlights: → We study recrystallization kinetics - and activation energies of individual grains. → The kinetics is found to deviate significantly from mean kinetics. → An explanation for the observed kinetics is proposed. → Activation energies of individual grains are found to form a broad distribution. -- Three-dimensional X-ray diffraction has been used to study the growth kinetics of 1406 individual grains recrystallizing in 50% cold-rolled aluminium. It is found that each grain follows its own kinetics. The radial growth of individual grains is found to often be piecewise linear, and an explanation based on the cell block microstructure of cold-rolled aluminium is proposed. Grain-averaged activation energies of 793 individual grains are determined, and found to constitute a broad distribution. Reasons and implications of these findings are discussed.

  12. Grain growth of Ni-based superalloy IN718 coating fabricated by pulsed laser deposition

    Zhang, Yaocheng; Yang, Li; Dai, Jun; Huang, Zedong; Meng, Tao

    2016-06-01

    The pulsed laser deposited Ni-based superalloy coating was fabricated with successive 12 layers using single tracks. The microstructure of the deposited coating was observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The grain growth and the grain boundary misorientation were investigated by electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), the precipitation phase was determined by transmission electron microscope (TEM). The results showed that the dendrites were the most common microstructure in the coating, and the dendritic growth orientation was paralleled to the direction of the laser deposition. The dendrite got coarser and its space was increased with increasing laser deposited layers. Most grains grew along the preferential grain orientation and formed anisotropy with grain boundaries misorientation angle about 2° in the pulsed laser deposited coating. The grain size along the texture orientation was 3-10 times larger than that in the transverse orientation. The cross section microhardness of the coating ranged between 240-280 HV, and decreased along the depositional direction due to the reasons of the variation of eutectic morphology, grain size distribution, grain misorientation and a small amounts of strengthening phase precipitation.

  13. Grain growth of nanocrystalline 3C-SiC under Au ion irradiation at elevated temperatures

    Zhang, Limin; Jiang, Weilin; Dissanayake, Amila; Varga, Tamas; Zhang, Jiandong; Zhu, Zihua; Hu, Dehong; Wang, Haiyan; Henager, Charles H., Jr.; Wang, Tieshan

    2016-01-01

    Nanocrystalline silicon carbide (SiC) represents an excellent model system for a fundamental study of interfacial (grain boundary) processes under nuclear radiation, which are critical to the understanding of the response of nanostructured materials to high-dose irradiation. This study reports on a comparison of irradiation effects in cubic phase SiC (3C-SiC) grains of a few nanometres in size and single-crystal 3C-SiC films under identical Au ion irradiation to a range of doses at 700 K. In contrast to the latter, in which the lattice disorder is accumulated to a saturation level without full amorphization, the average grain size of the former increases with dose following a power-law trend. In addition to coalescence, the grain grows through atomic jumps and mass transport, where irradiation-induced vacancies at grain boundaries assist the processes. It is found that a higher irradiation temperature leads to slower grain growth and a faster approach to a saturation size of SiC nanograins. This unusual behaviour could be associated with irradiation-induced grain nucleation and growth in amorphous SiC matrix in which the 3C-SiC grains are embedded. The results could potentially have a positive impact on structural components of advanced nuclear energy systems.

  14. EFFECT OF SOME PLANT GROWTH REGULATORS WITH RETARDING ACTIVITY ON SPRING PEA FOR GRAIN

    Tsenka ZHELYAZKOVA

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available A field experiment was conducted at Trakia University - Stara Zagora to establish the effect of some growth retardants on morphological and productive parameters in spring pea for grain variety Bogatir. Three combined preparations: Trisalvit (phenylphthalamic acid + chlorocholine chloride + chlorophenoxyacetic acid +salicylic acid at doses of 300 and 400 сmз*ha-1; SM-21 (phenylphthalamic acid + chlorocholine chloride at doses of 300 and 400 сmз*ha-1 and PNSA-44 (phenylphthalamic acid + naphthaleneacetic acid + chlorophenoxyacetic acid at doses of 200 and 300 сmз*ha-1 were applied in the early growth phase of the plant up to a height of 15-20 cm. The study showed that the greatest reduction in the stem height (by 12.8% compared to untreated plants was achieved by applying SM-21 (400 сmз*ha-1. The application of growth regulators Trisalvit and SM-21 had no appreciable effect on the production of spring pea grain. Maximum values of yield structure components (number of pods and grain per plant, grain mass per plant and mass of 1000 grain and the yield were obtained after application of PNSA-44 (300 сmз*ha-1 - up to 5.6% (117.2 kg*ha-1 more grain than the control. The investigation of the influence of tested factors (retardant, dose and year demonstrated that the conditions of the year as a factor had the strongest effect on plant height and grain yield.

  15. Small Size at Birth or Abnormal Intrauterine Growth Trajectory: Which Matters More for Child Growth?

    Hutcheon, Jennifer A; Jacobsen, Geir W; Kramer, Michael S; Martinussen, Marit; Platt, Robert W

    2016-06-15

    Small size at birth is linked with lifelong adverse health implications. However, small size is only a proxy for the pathological process of interest, intrauterine growth restriction. We examined the extent to which information on intrauterine growth patterns improved prediction of childhood anthropometry, above and beyond birth weight alone. We obtained fetal weights estimated via serial ultrasound for 478 children in the Scandinavian Successive Small-for-Gestational-Age Births Study (1986-1988). Size at birth was classified using birth weight-for-gestational-age z scores and conditional fetal growth z scores (reflecting growth between 25 weeks' gestation and birth) using internal references. Conditional z scores were also expressed as residuals of birth weight z scores. Growth measures were linked with age-5-years anthropometric characteristics using linear regression. In univariable analyses, conditional fetal growth z scores were positively associated with z scores for child height, body mass index, total skinfold thickness, and head circumference (β = 0.24 (95% confidence interval (CI): 0.18, 0.31), β = 0.16 (95% CI: 0.09, 0.23), β = 0.08 (95% CI: 0.01, 0.16), and β = 0.37 (95% CI: 0.22, 0.52), respectively). However, conditional z scores were highly correlated with birth weight z scores (r = 0.9), and residuals explained minimal additional variation in anthropometric factors (null coefficients; adjusted R(2) increases Information on the intrauterine trajectory through which birth weight was attained provided little additional insight into child growth beyond that obtained from absolute size at birth. PMID:27257112

  16. Effects of grain growth on the interstellar polarization curve

    Voshchinnikov, Nikolai V

    2014-01-01

    We apply the time evolution of grain size distributions by accretion and coagulation found in our previous work to the modelling of the wavelength dependence of interstellar linear polarization. We especially focus on the parameters of the Serkowski curve $K$ and $\\lambda_{\\max}$ characterizing the width and the maximum wavelength of this curve, respectively. We use aligned silicate and non-aligned carbonaceous spheroidal particles with different aspect ratios $a/b$. The imperfect alignment of grains with sizes larger than a cut-off size $r_{V,\\rm cut}$ is considered. We find that the evolutionary effects on the polarization curve are negligible in the original model with commonly used material parameters (hydrogen number density $n_\\mathrm{H}=10^3$ cm$^{-3}$, gas temperature $T_\\mathrm{gas}=10$~K, and the sticking probability for accretion $S_\\mathrm{acc}=0.3$). Therefore, we apply the tuned model where the coagulation threshold of silicate is removed. In this model, $\\lambda_{\\max}$ displaces to the longer ...

  17. Pulmonary interstitial glycogenosis in the setting of lung growth abnormality: radiographic and pathologic correlation

    Castillo, Monette; Vade, Aruna; Lim-Dunham, Jennifer Eden [Loyola University Health System, Department of Radiology, Maywood, IL (United States); Masuda, Emi [Henry Ford Hospital, Department of Radiology, Detroit, MI (United States); Massarani-Wafai, Rasan [Loyola University Health System, Department of Pathology, Maywood, IL (United States)

    2010-09-15

    Pulmonary interstitial glycogenosis (PIG) is a rare pediatric interstitial lung disease. We report a case of a term boy presenting with tachypnea at birth requiring supplemental oxygen. Chest radiographs followed by high-resolution CT (HRCT) demonstrated hyperinflation and diffuse interstitial markings interspersed with multiple cystic spaces. An open lung biopsy demonstrated a minor component of PIG superimposed upon poor alveolarization. PIG in the setting of lung growth abnormality might be more common than previously described. Additionally, radiographic findings associated with most pediatric interstitial lung diseases are nonspecific, and histopathologic correlation is essential for diagnosis. (orig.)

  18. Pulmonary interstitial glycogenosis in the setting of lung growth abnormality: radiographic and pathologic correlation

    Pulmonary interstitial glycogenosis (PIG) is a rare pediatric interstitial lung disease. We report a case of a term boy presenting with tachypnea at birth requiring supplemental oxygen. Chest radiographs followed by high-resolution CT (HRCT) demonstrated hyperinflation and diffuse interstitial markings interspersed with multiple cystic spaces. An open lung biopsy demonstrated a minor component of PIG superimposed upon poor alveolarization. PIG in the setting of lung growth abnormality might be more common than previously described. Additionally, radiographic findings associated with most pediatric interstitial lung diseases are nonspecific, and histopathologic correlation is essential for diagnosis. (orig.)

  19. Grain growth studies of silicon nitride dispersed in an oxynitride glass

    Isothermal growth of β-Si3N4 crystals dispersed in an oxynitride glass (Y-Si-Al-O-N) was studied by electron microscopy after heat treatment at temperatures between 1,550 and 1,640 C for 1 to 18 h. The β-crystals exhibited growth striations introduced by intermediate coolings and these striations were used for developing a sophisticated technique for analysis of growth. It was determined that α/β-transformation and Ostwald ripening can be treated as different kinetic stages of grain growth, while β-nucleation was found to be insignificant. The mean diameter of the needle like β-grains was almost constant during phase transformation, indicating negligible growth of the β-prism plane; growth was mainly one-dimensional with the maximum mean length and aspect ratio just at the end of the phase transformation. The growth rate of the β-basal plane was independent of diameter, indicating interface-controlled growth. During Ostwald ripening, the length distribution broadened and the aspect ratio of smaller grains decreased. Dissolution of small grains caused an increase in the mean diameter, while the mean aspect ratio decreased

  20. Analysis of the growth of individual grains during recrystallization in pure nickel

    Zhang, Y.B.; Godfrey, A.; Liu, Q.;

    2009-01-01

    The growth of individual grains during recrystallization in 96% cold-rolled pure nickel has been followed using electron backscatter pattern maps of the same surface area taken after each of several annealing steps. It was found that the growth is quite complex, with boundaries moving, stopping and...

  1. Watching the growth of bulk grains during recrystallization of deformed metals

    Schmidt, Søren; Fæster Nielsen, Søren; Gundlach, C.;

    2004-01-01

    We observed the in situ growth of a grain during recrystallization in the bulk of a deformed sample. We used the three-dimensional x-ray diffraction microscope located at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, France. The results showed a very heterogeneous growth pattern......, contradicting the classical assumption of smooth and spherical growth of new grains during recrystallization. This type of in situ bulk measurement opens up the possibility of obtaining experimental data on scientific topics that before could only be analyzed theoretically on the basis of the statistical...

  2. Studies of methods to restrict the grain growth of nanocrystalline metal oxides

    Al-Angari, Y

    2002-01-01

    There is considerable interest in nanocrystalline materials. This thesis is concerned with nanocrystalline oxides and the development of methods to prevent their grain growth on heating. This growth, which is evident at temperatures as low as 400 deg C, presents a serious problem in the study and applications of nanocrystalline oxides. The systems that were studied were nanocrystalline magnesium oxide, zirconium oxide, cerium oxide and tin oxide. The methods of preventing grain growth included the encapsulation of the oxide in the pores of porous silica, mixing with nanocrystals of alumina and treating the surface with a silanising agent, hexamethyldisilazane. All the methods employed showed some effect on reducing the grain growth. Encapsulation in the pores of silica was effective, however it proved difficult to get large amounts of the oxides into the pores. A more efficient method of preparing large samples was the incorporation of alumina, which was achieved by a sol-gel process. An alkoxide of the targe...

  3. Mechanism of abnormally slow crystal growth of CuZr alloy

    Crystal growth of the glass-forming CuZr alloy is shown to be abnormally slow, which suggests a new method to identify the good glass-forming alloys. The crystal growth of elemental Cu, Pd and binary NiAl, CuZr alloys is systematically studied with the aid of molecular dynamics simulations. The temperature dependence of the growth velocity indicates the different growth mechanisms between the elemental and the alloy systems. The high-speed growth featuring the elemental metals is dominated by the non-activated collision between liquid-like atoms and interface, and the low-speed growth for NiAl and CuZr is determined by the diffusion across the interface. We find that, in contrast to Cu, Pd, and NiAl, a strong stress layering arisen from the density and the local order layering forms in front of the liquid-crystal interface of CuZr alloy, which causes a slow diffusion zone. The formation of the slow diffusion zone suppresses the interface moving, resulting in much small growth velocity of CuZr alloy. We provide a direct evidence of this explanation by applying the compressive stress normal to the interface. The compression is shown to boost the stress layering in CuZr significantly, correspondingly enhancing the slow diffusion zone, and eventually slowing down the crystal growth of CuZr alloy immediately. In contrast, the growth of Cu, Pd, and NiAl is increased by the compression because the low diffusion zones in them are never well developed

  4. Texture development of Ni{sub 3}Al thin foils during recrystallization and grain growth

    Demura, M.; Kishida, K.; Xu, Y.; Hirano, T. [Materials Engineering Lab., National Inst. for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan)

    2004-07-01

    The texture evolution of 83% cold-rolled Ni{sub 3}Al foils during recrystallization was examined through heat treatments at 600 C, 800 C, and 1000 C for 30 min. X-ray texture measurements revealed that the texture changed from the as-rolled Goss to a transitional complicated one by primary recrystallization and eventually returned to the Goss texture during grain growth. The SEM-EBSD analysis revealed that the return to the Goss texture was accompanied by the decrease of random boundaries (RBs) and the increase of {sigma}1 boundaries. The preferential growth of the Goss-oriented grains was explained by the difference in the grain boundary energy between the RBs and {sigma}1, based on the observed grain-orientation maps. (orig.)

  5. Suppression of glucan, water dikinase in the endosperm alters wheat grain properties, germination and coleoptile growth.

    Bowerman, Andrew F; Newberry, Marcus; Dielen, Anne-Sophie; Whan, Alex; Larroque, Oscar; Pritchard, Jenifer; Gubler, Frank; Howitt, Crispin A; Pogson, Barry J; Morell, Matthew K; Ral, Jean-Philippe

    2016-01-01

    Starch phosphate ester content is known to alter the physicochemical properties of starch, including its susceptibility to degradation. Previous work producing wheat (Triticum aestivum) with down-regulated glucan, water dikinase, the primary gene responsible for addition of phosphate groups to starch, in a grain-specific manner found unexpected phenotypic alteration in grain and growth. Here, we report on further characterization of these lines focussing on mature grain and early growth. We find that coleoptile length has been increased in these transgenic lines independently of grain size increases. No changes in starch degradation rates during germination could be identified, or any major alteration in soluble sugar levels that may explain the coleoptile growth modification. We identify some alteration in hormones in the tissues in question. Mature grain size is examined, as is Hardness Index and starch conformation. We find no evidence that the increased growth of coleoptiles in these lines is connected to starch conformation or degradation or soluble sugar content and suggest these findings provide a novel means of increasing coleoptile growth and early seedling establishment in cereal crop species. PMID:25989474

  6. Growth of plasmodium falciparum in human erythrocytes containing abnormal membrane proteins

    Schulman, S. (Albert Einstein Coll. of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY (USA) City Univ. of New York, NY (USA)); Roth, E.F. Jr.; Cheng, B.; Rybicki, A.C.; Sussman, I.I.; Wong, M.; Nagel, R.L.; Schwartz, R.S. (Albert Einstein Coll. of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY (USA)); Wang, W. (St. Judes Children' s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN (USA)); Ranney, H.M. (Univ. of California, San Diego (USA))

    1990-09-01

    To evaluate the role of erythrocyte (RBC) membrane proteins in the invasion and maturation of Plasmodium falciparum, the authors have studied, in culture, abnormal RBCs containing quantitative or qualitative membrane protein defects. These defects included hereditary spherocytosis (HS) due to decreases in the content of spectrin (HS(Sp{sup +})), hereditary elliptocytosis (HE) due to protein 4.1 deficiency (HE(4.1{sup 0})), HE due to a spectrin {alpha}I domain structural variant that results in increased content of spectrin dimers (HE(Sp{alpha}{sup I/65})), and band 3 structural variants. Parasite invasion, measured by the initial uptake of ({sup 3}H)hypoxanthine 18 hr after inoculation with merozoites, was normal in all of the pathologic RBCs. In contrast, RBCs from six HS(Sp{sup +}) subjects showed marked growth inhibition that became apparent after the first or second growth cycle. The extent of decreased parasite growth in HS(Sp{sup +}) RBCs closely correlated with the extent of RBC spectrin deficiency. Homogeneous subpopulations of dense HS RBCs exhibited decreased parasite growth to the same extent as did HS whole blood. RBCs from four HE subjects showed marked parasite growth and development.

  7. Multiseeding with (100)/(100) Grain Junctions in Top Seeded Melt Growth Processed YBCO Superconductors

    Kim, C.J.; Gee, Y.A.; Hong, G.W. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea); Kim, H.J.; Joo, J.H. [Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon (Korea); Han, S.C.; Han, Y.H.; Sung, T.H.; Kim, S.J. [Korea Electric Power Research Institute, Taejon (Korea)

    2000-06-01

    Multiseeding with (100)/(100) grain junctions of top-seeded melt growth (TSMG) processed YBCO superconductors was studied. Multiple seeding shortened the processing time for the fabrication of TSMG-processed YBCO superconductors. The relationship among the number of seeds, the levitation forces and the trapped magnetic fields of the TSMG-processed YBCO samples is reported. The characteristic of the (100)/(100) grain junction is discussed in terms of a wetting angle of a melt. (author). 25 refs., 7 figs.

  8. Modelling of Grain Growth Kinetics in Porous Ceramic Materials under Normal and Irradiation Conditions

    Mikhail S. Veshchunov

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Effect of porosity on grain growth is both the most frequent and technologically important situation encountered in ceramic materials. Generally this effect occurs during sintering, however, for nuclear fuels it also becomes very important under reactor irradiation conditions. In these cases pores and gas bubbles attached to the grain boundaries migrate along with the boundaries, in some circumstances giving a boundary migration controlled by the movement, coalescence and/or sintering of these particles. New mechanisms of intergranular bubble and pore migration which control the mobility of the grain boundary under normal and irradiation conditions are reviewed in this paper.

  9. Niobium effects on the austenitic grain growth and hardenability of steels for mechanical construction

    The austenitic grain growth and hardenability of SAE 86XX and 5120 steels modified with 0,001 to 0,20 per-cent niobium content were studied when submitted to case hardening and quenching heat treatments. The results show that niobium controlS the austenite grain size better than molybdenum up to 9500C austenitization temperature. The hardenability, evaluated by the Jominy test which the modified SAE 8640 steels, is more strongly inflencied by the grain refining resulting from niobium addition than by any other supposed effect. (Author)

  10. Computer simulation of grain growth and Ostwald ripening in alumina-zirconia two-phase composites

    The kinetics of grain growth and Ostwald ripening in Al2O3-ZrO2 two-phase composites was systematically investigated using two-dimensional (2-D) computer simulations, based on a diffuse-interface field model. Using average values for the experimentally measured ratios of the grain boundary energies to the interphase boundary energy as the input, the predicted 2-D microstructural features and their evolution are in excellent qualitative agreement with experimental observations on 2-D cross sections of 3-D Al2O3-ZrO2 two-phase composite microstructures. It was found that the coupled grain growth in Al2O3-ZrO2 composites is controlled by long-range diffusion and the average size (Rt) as a function of time (t) follows the power-growth law, Rtm - R0m = kt with m = 3, which is independent of the initial microstructures and volume fractions of the two phases. The predicted variation of the kinetic coefficient (k) on the volume fraction follows a trend similar to that experimentally measured through the entire range of volume fractions. The scaling of grain size distributions is observed at a given volume fraction, i.e., they are time-invariant in the steady state. However, the characteristics of size distributions vary with the initial microstructures and the volume fractions. The relationship between matrix grain size and second-phase grain size is discussed

  11. Isothermal grain growth of reactive spray formed 7075 alloys in semi-solid state

    Huimin Liu; Hua Cui; Bin Yang; Jishan Zhang

    2004-01-01

    The grain growth behavior in reactive spray formed 7075+2.91vol%TiC Al alloy was studied and compared with that of spray formed 7075 Al alloy at semi-solid state. The effects of in-situ TiC particles on the microstructure of spray formed 7075 Al alloy were also investigated. The specimens were heat-treated isothermally at various temperatures between the solidus and liquidus of 7075 Al alloy for times in the range of 10-60 min, then quenched in water. The microstructure of reheated specimens was characterized using scanning electron microscopy and optical microscopy. The grain size was measured using a mean linear intercept method.Results show that the in-situ TiC particles can effectively retard grain growth and refine the grain at a limited size. The grain growth exponent in Arrhenius equation increases from 2 to 3, which indicates that the in-situ TiC particles have the significant pinning effect on grain coarsening in the semi-solid state.

  12. Austenite grain growth and microstructure control in simulated heat affected zones of microalloyed HSLA steel

    The roles of microalloying niobium, titanium and vanadium for controlling austenite grain growth, microstructure evolution and hardness were investigated at different simulated heat affected zones (HAZ) for high strength low alloy (HSLA) S690QL steel. High resolution FEG-SEM has been used to characterize fine bainitic ferrite, martensite and nanosized second phases at simulated coarse and fine grain HAZs. It was found that for Ti bearing steel (Ti/N ratio is 2) austenite grain had the slowest growth rate due to the presence of most stable TiN. The fine cuboidal particles promoted intragranular acicular ferrite (IGF) formation. Nb bearing steel exhibited relatively weaker grain growth retardation compared with titanium bearing steels and a mixed microstructure of bainite and martensite was present for all simulated HAZs. IGF existed at coarse grain HAZ of Ti+V bearing steel but it was totally replaced by bainite at fine grain HAZs. Hardness result was closely related to the morphology of bainitic ferrite, intragranular ferrite and second phases within ferrite. The microstructure and hardness results of different simulated HAZs were in good agreement with welded experimental results

  13. Austenite grain growth and microstructure control in simulated heat affected zones of microalloyed HSLA steel

    Zhang, Lei [Department of Machine Tools and Factory Management, Technical University of Berlin, Pascalstraße 8 – 9, 10587, Berlin (Germany); Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Unter den Eichen 87, 12205, Berlin (Germany); Kannengiesser, Thomas [Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Unter den Eichen 87, 12205, Berlin (Germany); Institute of Materials and Joining Technology, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Universitetsplatz 2, 39106, Magdeburg (Germany)

    2014-09-08

    The roles of microalloying niobium, titanium and vanadium for controlling austenite grain growth, microstructure evolution and hardness were investigated at different simulated heat affected zones (HAZ) for high strength low alloy (HSLA) S690QL steel. High resolution FEG-SEM has been used to characterize fine bainitic ferrite, martensite and nanosized second phases at simulated coarse and fine grain HAZs. It was found that for Ti bearing steel (Ti/N ratio is 2) austenite grain had the slowest growth rate due to the presence of most stable TiN. The fine cuboidal particles promoted intragranular acicular ferrite (IGF) formation. Nb bearing steel exhibited relatively weaker grain growth retardation compared with titanium bearing steels and a mixed microstructure of bainite and martensite was present for all simulated HAZs. IGF existed at coarse grain HAZ of Ti+V bearing steel but it was totally replaced by bainite at fine grain HAZs. Hardness result was closely related to the morphology of bainitic ferrite, intragranular ferrite and second phases within ferrite. The microstructure and hardness results of different simulated HAZs were in good agreement with welded experimental results.

  14. Synchrotron characterization of nanograined UO2 grain growth

    Mo, Kun [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Miao, Yinbin [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Yun, Di [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Jamison, Laura M. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Lian, Jie [Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst., Troy, NY (United States); Yao, Tiankei [Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst., Troy, NY (United States)

    2015-09-30

    This activity is supported by the US Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) Fuels Product Line (FPL) and aims at providing experimental data for the validation of the mesoscale simulation code MARMOT. MARMOT is a mesoscale multiphysics code that predicts the coevolution of microstructure and properties within reactor fuel during its lifetime in the reactor. It is an important component of the Moose-Bison-Marmot (MBM) code suite that has been developed by Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to enable next generation fuel performance modeling capability as part of the NEAMS Program FPL. In order to ensure the accuracy of the microstructure based materials models being developed within the MARMOT code, extensive validation efforts must be carried out. In this report, we summarize our preliminary synchrotron radiation experiments at APS to determine the grain size of nanograin UO2. The methodology and experimental setup developed in this experiment can directly apply to the proposed in-situ grain growth measurements. The investigation of the grain growth kinetics was conducted based on isothermal annealing and grain growth characterization as functions of duration and temperature. The kinetic parameters such as activation energy for grain growth for UO2 with different stoichiometry are obtained and compared with molecular dynamics (MD) simulations.

  15. Influence of Different Growth Conditions on the Kefir Grains Production, used in the Kefiran Synthesis

    Carmen Rodica Pop

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to optimize the kefir grains biomass production, using milk as culture media. The kefir grains were cultured at different changed conditions (temperature, time, shaker rotating speed, culture media supplemented to evaluate their effects. Results showed that optimal culture conditions were using the organic skim milk, incubated at 25°C for 24 hours with a rotation rate of 125 rpm. According to results, the growth rate was 38.9 g/L for 24 h, at 25°C using the organic milk - OSM, 36.87 g/L during 24 hours, optimal time for propagation process gave 37.93 g/L kefir grains biomass when the effect of temperature level was tested. The homogenization of medium with shaker rotating induced a greater growth rate, it was obtained 38.9 g/L for 24 h, at 25°C using rotation rate at 125 rpm. The growing medium (conventional milk supplemented with different minerals and vitamins may lead to improve the growth conditions of kefir grains biomass. The optimization of the growth environment is very important for achieving the maximum production of kefir grains biomass, substrate necessary to obtain the polysaccharide kefiran

  16. An experimental study of grain growth in mixed oxide samples with various microstructures and plutonium concentrations

    Samples of (U, Pu)O2 Mixed Oxide (MOX) with various microstructure and plutonium contents ranging between 4% and 25% have been submitted to a series of heat treatments in order to assess grain growth between 1350 and 1750 °C. XRD measurements on the samples indicated that they were not affected by modifications in the oxygen-to-metal ratio during annealing. The grain size distributions inferred by means of image analysis of metallographic pictures reveal that, when taking into account the experimental uncertainties, the grain growth kinetics are similar to those observed in conventional UO2 fuel that was also tested under the same conditions. An analysis of experimental data available in the open literature for both UO2 and MOX fuel leads to the same conclusion. It is therefore suggested that grain growth models for UO2 fuel can be applied to MOX fuel for fuel performance simulations, when taking into consideration the uncertainties pertaining to grain growth measurements

  17. In vitro Pollen Grain Germination and Tube Growth of Ten Iranian Jujube (Ziziphus jujuba Cultivars

    Hossein ROUHAKHSH

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Jujube (Ziziphus jujuba is a species particularly prone to erratic fruit set. Several causes such as pollen germination and tube growth involve in this behaviour. Thus, the present research aimed to evaluate and compare of pollen grains germination and tube growth of ten Iranian jujube cultivars on in vitro condition. A factorial trial based on completely randomized design with five replications was carried out. The pollen grains were collected from un-opened-flowers of Al-Ghour’, ‘Bardaskan’, ‘Doroh’, ‘Gazik’, ‘Ghom’, ‘Giouk’, ‘Kangan’, ‘Kalkestan’, ‘Magham Sari’ and ‘Noghab’ cultivars at balloon stage. This study showed that there were significant differences among the cultivars in all measured factors. The highest percentage of pollen grains germination was observed for ‘Gazik’, followed by ‘Bardaskan’, while the lowest was in ‘Al-Ghour’. The percentage of pollen grains germination increased with the increasing time of incubation period up to 36 h. Also, flowering times are found to be effective in germination of pollen grains, which 1 flash had highest percentage of germination of pollen grains than in comparison to other flowering times. The results also showed that the mean time germination varied from 24.52-25.92 h, mean hourly germination from 0.67-1.55, hourly germination speed from 0.64-1.48 and coefficient of velocity of germination of pollen grains from 0.058-0.061. The length of pollen tube was found between 44.4 and 624.8 µm. These data demonstrated that cultivar is the main factor determining pollen grains germination and tube growth in jujube, which this important information can be useful for selection of superior desirable jujube genotypes for bringing to commercial cultivation.

  18. The Effect of Current Density on CNx Crystal Grain Growth in Electrochemical Deposition

    The effect of charge current density on the growth of CNx films by electrolysis of a methanol-urea solution is investigated experimentally. It is seen that the C-C3N4 phase grains in the films are about 200–300 nm for a density of 55 mA/cm2 and dendrite growth takes place with grains as large as 7 μm formed when density is about 70 mA/cm2. (cross-disciplinary physics and related areas of science and technology)

  19. Crystal grain growth during room temperature high pressure Martensitic alpha to omega transformation in zirconium

    Velisavljevic, Nenad [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Chesnut, Gary N [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Stevens, Lewis L [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Dattelbaum, Dana M [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2008-01-01

    Systematic increase in transition pressure with increase in interstitial impurities is observed for the martensitic {alpha} {yields} {omega} structural phase transition in Zr. Significant room temperature crystal grain growth is also observed for the two highest purity samples at this transition, while in the case of the lowest purity sample interstitial impurities obstruct grain growth even as the sample is heated to 1279 K. Our results show the importance of impurities in controlling structural phase stability and other mechanical properties associated with the {alpha} {yields} {omega} structural phase transition.

  20. Stochastic simulation of grain growth during continuous casting

    The evolution of microstructure is a very important topic in material science engineering because the solidification conditions of steel billets during continuous casting process affect directly the properties of the final products. In this paper a mathematical model is described in order to simulate the dendritic growth using data of real casting operations; here a combination of deterministic and stochastic methods was used as a function of the solidification time of every node in order to create a reconstruction about the morphology of cast structures

  1. Chemically driven growth of tungsten grains during liquid phase sintering of W-Ni-Fe alloys

    In the alloys where the solid grains immersed in liquid matrix grow by Ostwald ripening process, the growth rate can be suddenly altered by changing the matrix composition. In this study, W-Ni-(Fe) specimens have been sintered and annealed at the temperatures around 15000C until the grains have coarsened, and then annealed further after adding Fe or Ni. After adding Fe or Ni and further annealing treatments, strong etching has revealed that a new solid phase in equilibrium with the changed matrix composition has been deposited preferentially on the larger grains. The smaller grains, which would be dissolving continuously, have maintained the old composition. This composition difference between the new solid phase on the larger grains and the old solid phase on the smaller ones can provide a driving force for grain coarsening in addition to that arising from the size difference. When Fe is added to sintered W-Ni, the grain coarsening rate during further annealing momentarily increases. The calculation shows that the molar free energy of the new solid phase should be lower than that of the old solid phase. Therefore, the solution reprecipitation process is ascelerated by this chemical free energy difference. If, on the other hand, Ni is added to sintered W-Ni-Fe, the coarsening rate decreases during further annealing. The calculation shows indeed that in this case the new solid phase should have higher molar free energy than the old. It is therefore demonstrated that if the matrix composition is altered during Ostwald ripening, the grain coarsening can be accelerated or retarded because of the chemical composition difference between the old grains and the newly precipitated solid phase on the larger grains. (author)

  2. Studying grain growth in SrTiO3 by diffraction contrast tomography and simulation

    A comparison of the three dimensional (3D) grain structure in SrTiO3 measured by diffraction contrast tomography (DCT) experiments and mesoscale grain growth simulations is presented. The objective of this study is to explain the recently observed growth anomaly in SrTiO3. The simulations allow for a systematical parameter variation, while the DCT experiments yield fundamental insight on structure and crystallography in 3D. In conjunction, these methods give access to the details of the topological quantities in grain structures and form an appropriate tool to study the influence of interface parameter variations on the grain morphology. The applied simulation tool is a 3D vertex dynamics model capable of handling inclination and misorientation dependent interface properties in structures consisting of several thousand grains. Using existing experimental data on orientation dependent interface energies/mobilities, as well as DCT results on structure, grain/pore shape and crystallography as input, the model has been enabled to depict the microstructural evolution of SrTiO3 during annealing. A detailed comparison with 3D annealing experiments is provided.

  3. The Growth Path of Agricultural Labor Productivity in Major Grain Producing Areas

    Ning; ZHOU; Qifeng; CUI

    2014-01-01

    The growth of agricultural labor productivity in major grain producing areas arises from the increase in production factors or improvement of efficiency,and is related to the sustainability of agricultural economic growth and national food security. We study the growth path of agricultural labor productivity in 13 major grain producing areas of China,and the analysis results show that from the relative endowments of land and labor in major grain producing areas,the growth rate of the output value per unit of labor is higher than that of the productivity per unit of land; in essence,this growth path of increasing the output value relying on increasing the production factor inputs is the reduction of labor,and the reduction of agricultural labor has a great elasticity of impact on the total value of agricultural production. In the case of stable future number of agricultural labor in China,the growth of agricultural labor productivity will be impossible to rely more on the increase in agricultural production factor inputs,and the growth path of agricultural economy still has to rely on the improvement of land productivity and take the efficiency-based path.

  4. DICTRA Simulation of Holding Time Dependence of NbC Size and Experimental Study of Effect of NbC on Austenite Grain Growth

    Tao, Su-Fen; Wang, Fu-Ming; Sun, Gui-Lin; Yang, Zhan-Bing; Li, Chang-Rong

    2015-08-01

    The effect of austenitizing temperature and holding time on the prior austenite grain size was examined in both the transverse and the longitudinal directions of the samples that were made of the offshore structure steel EQ70. The grain size of the prior austenite was measured by using the linear intercept method. The equilibrium phase diagram was used to explain the abnormal grain growth. The equilibrium precipitation of steel EQ70 was calculated by Thermo-Calc software package, and the relationship between NbC size and the holding time was simulated based on DICTRA. The experimental results show that the prior austenite grain size is initially insensitive to increasing the austenitizing temperature from 1123 K (850 °C) with holding times from 1 to 6 hours, and presents a sudden growth at approximately 1373 K (1100 °C). The growth of the austenite grain size is also insensitive to increasing the holding time while the soaking temperature is lower than 1223 K (950 °C) or higher than 1373 K (1100 °C), and a sudden growth of grains takes place as the holding time is prolonged from 4 to 5 hours at the temperatures between 1273 K and 1323 K (1000 °C and 1050 °C). The results of DICTRA simulation and TEM observation confirm that the abnormal grain growth behavior at 1373 K (1100 °C) was influenced by coarsening of NbC with radius larger than the average and full dissolution of AlN and almost full dissolution of NbC with radius equal to or less than the average, while the same behavior between 1223 K and 1273 K (950 °C and 1000 °C) was caused by coarsening of NbC with radius larger than the average and the full dissolution of AlN but partial dissolution of NbC with radius equal to or less than the average. The present experimental and simulation results can provide a useful reference for determining the austenitizing parameters of steel EQ70.

  5. EFFECT OF STRONTIUM OXIDE ON GRAIN GROWTH AND DENSIFICATION IN BNN SYSTEM

    CHANDRA SEKHAR BEERA

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Grain size and density parameters have been investigated in SrO added Tungsten Bronze (TB type Ferroelectric Barium Sodium Niobate (BNN ceramic as a function of sintering time and sintering temperature. Addition of SrO has greatly improved the density of the system. The sample BNN with 3% SrO has showed above 95% of theoretical density. Scanning Electron Micrographs revealed normal grain growth in the present study. Activation energies for the formation of grain growth and densification in all the samples have been estimated and found lying in the range of 50-60 kcal/mole. The results are discussed in the light of present understanding.

  6. Experimental study on grain and pore growth of Niobia-added UO2 pellets

    An experimental study on niobia-added UO2 had been done with aid of x-ray diffraction and metallography. It was observed that Nb5+ ions were very difficult to occupy UO2 only at the sample with y = 0.01 (where y=Nb/(Nb+U) atomic ratio). The second, second phase appeared at the samples with larger y. It was preferable that the rapid grain and pore growth is based on the theory expressing that occupation of Nb5+ ions UO2 crystal produces oxygen interstitial that then active grain and intergranular pore growth. It was known also that second phase containing uranium and niobium with low melting point (lower than 1390oC was formed at the samples with large y. The second phase melted during sintering and created rounded grains in the pellets

  7. Multiple oxide content media for columnar grain growth in L10 FePt thin films

    Ho, Hoan; Yang, En; Laughlin, David E.; Zhu, Jian-Gang

    2013-03-01

    An approach to enhance the height-to-diameter ratio of FePt grains in heat-assisted magnetic recording media is proposed. The FePt-SiOx thin films are deposited with a decrease of the SiOx percentage along the film growth direction. When bi-layer and tri-layer media are sputtered at 410 °C, we observe discontinuities in the FePt grains at interfaces between layers, which lead to poor epitaxial growth. Due to increased atomic diffusion, the bi-layer media sputtered at 450 °C is shown to (1) grow into continuous columnar grains with similar size as single-layer media but much higher aspect ratio, (2) have better L10 ordering and larger coercivity.

  8. Grain boundary microstructure and fatigue crack growth in Allvac 718Plus superalloy

    Research highlights: → Hold-time crack growth rates for Allvac 718Plus are shown to be affected by delta-phase. → Delta-phase is shown to alter microstructure and chemistry at and about grain boundaries. → Two types of oxides were found and their presence was linked to the different fracture modes. - Abstract: The correlation between grain boundary microstructure and fatigue crack growth with hold-times was investigated for two conditions of the superalloy Allvac 718Plus; a Standard condition with the recommended distribution of grain boundary phases and a Clean condition with virtually no grain boundary phases. Fatigue testing was performed at 704 deg. C using 10 Hz cyclic load with intermittent hold-times of 100 s at maximum tensile load. Microstructural characterization and fractography were conducted using scanning- and transmission electron microscopy techniques. Auger electron- and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy techniques were used for oxide analyses on fracture surfaces. It was found that in the Standard condition crack growth is mostly transgranular for 10 Hz loading and intergranular for hold-times, while for the Clean condition crack growth is intergranular in both load modes. The lower hold-time crack growth rates in the Standard condition are attributed to grain boundary δ-phase precipitates. No effect of δ-phase was observed for 10 Hz cyclic loading crack growth rates. Two different types of oxides and oxide colours were found on the fracture surfaces in the Standard condition and could be correlated to the different loading modes. For cyclic loading a bright thin Cr-enriched oxide was dominate and for hold-times a dark and slightly thicker Nb-enriched oxide was dominant These oxide types could be related to the oxidation of δ-phase and the matrix respectively. The influence of δ-phase precipitates on crack propagation is discussed.

  9. The effect of annealing conditions on grain growth an microstructure in nickel

    Rothová, Věra; Svoboda, Milan; Buršík, Jiří

    Ostrava : Tanger Ltd, 2009, s. 473-480. ISBN 978-80-87294-10-9. [METAL 2009. Mezinárodní konference metalurgie a materiálů /18./. Hradec nad Moravicí (CZ), 19.05.2009-21.05.2009] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20410507 Keywords : grain growth * microstructue * nickel Subject RIV: BJ - Thermodynamics

  10. Grain growth signatures in the protoplanetary discs of Chamaeleon and Lupus

    Ubach, Catarina; Wright, Christopher M; Wilner, David J; Lommen, Dave J P; Koribalski, Baerbel

    2012-01-01

    We present ATCA results of a 3 and 7 mm continuum survey of 20 T Tauri stars in the Chamaeleon and Lupus star forming regions. This survey aims to identify protoplanetary discs with signs of grain growth. We detected 90% of the sources at 3 and 7 mm, and determined the spectral slopes, dust opacity indices and dust disc masses. We also present temporal monitoring results of a small sub-set of sources at 7, 15 mm and 3+6 cm to investigate grain growth to cm sizes and constrain emission mechanisms in these sources. Additionally, we investigated the potential correlation between grain growth signatures in the infrared (10 \\mu m silicate feature) and millimetre (1-3 mm spectral slope, {\\alpha}). Eleven sources at 3 and 7 mm have dominant thermal dust emission up to 7 mm, with 7 of these having a 1-3 mm dust opacity index less than unity, suggesting grain growth up to at least mm sizes. The Chamaeleon sources observed at 15 mm and beyond show the presence of excess emission from an ionised wind and/or chromo- sphe...

  11. Grain growth of nanocrystalline 3C-SiC under Au ion irradiation at elevated temperatures

    Zhang, Limin; Jiang, Weilin; Dissanayake, Amila C.; Varga, Tamas; Zhang, Jiandong; Zhu, Zihua; Hu, Dehong; Wang, Haiyan; Henager, Charles H.; Wang, Tieshan

    2016-01-09

    Nanocrystalline silicon carbide (SiC) represents an excellent model system for a fundamental study of interfacial (grain boundary) processes under nuclear radiation, which are critical to the understanding of the response of nanostructured materials to high-dose irradiation. This study reports on a comparison of irradiation effects in cubic phase SiC (3C-SiC) grains of a few nanometers in size and single-crystal 3C-SiC films under identical Au ion irradiation to a range of doses at 700 K. In contrast to the latter, in which lattice disorder is accumulated to a saturation level without full amorphization, the average grain size of the former increases with dose following a power-law trend. In addition to coalescence, the grain grows through atomic jumps and mass transport, where irradiation induced vacancies at grain boundaries assist the processes. It is found that a higher irradiation temperature leads to slower grain growth and a faster approach to a saturation size of SiC nanograins. The results could potentially have a positive impact on structural components of advanced nuclear energy systems.

  12. Anomalous grain growth in nanocrystalline Fe73.5Cu1Nb3Su13.5B9 alloys

    Jiang, Jianzhong

    1997-01-01

    The grain growth of the FeSi phase during the crystallization process of the amorphous Fe73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9 alloy was studied using transmission electron microscopy and x-ray diffractometry. An anomalous grain growth behaviour of the FeSi phase in the samples annealed in temperature range from 74...

  13. Grain growth and Ostwald ripening in chromia-doped uranium dioxide

    The use of solid solution additives such as ''corundum'' types oxides is a practical mean for enhancing grain growth of stoichiometric uranium dioxide. The present paper deals with chromia-doped UO2 samples. Large-grain sized fuels can be produce by addition of less than 1000 ppm of chromia to UO2 powder prior to sintering. Above the solubility limit, excess of insoluble Cr2O3 precipitates from solid solution to create second phase inclusions in UO2 matrix. These inclusions coalesce by an Ostwald ripening phenomenon. (orig.)

  14. Grain growth and Ostwald ripening in chromia-doped uranium dioxide

    V. Peres; Bourgeois, L.; Dehaudt, P.

    1993-01-01

    The use of solid solution additives such as "corundum" types oxides is a practical mean for enhancing grain growth of stoichiometric uranium dioxide. The present paper deals with chromia-doped UO2 samples. Large-grain sized fuels can be produce by addition of less than 1000 ppm of chromia to UO2 powder prior to sintering. Above the solubility limit, excess of insoluble Cr2O3 precipitates from solid solution to create second phase inclusions in UO2 matrix. These inclusions coalesce by an Ostwa...

  15. Irradiation-induced grain growth in nanocrystalline reduced activation ferrite/martensite steel

    In this work, we investigate the microstructure evolution of surface-nanocrystallized reduced activation ferrite/martensite steels upon high-dose helium ion irradiation (24.3 dpa). We report a significant irradiation-induced grain growth in the irradiated buried layer at a depth of 300–500 nm, rather than at the peak damage region (at a depth of ∼840 nm). This phenomenon can be explained by the thermal spike model: minimization of the grain boundary (GB) curvature resulting from atomic diffusion in the cascade center near GBs.

  16. Grain growth and temperature distribution in the irradiated fuel elements designed for Qinshan Power Plant

    The micro-analysis results of UO2 fuel core of irradiated test elements designed for Qinshan Power Plant are presented. The temperature of element centers is quantitatively calculated by using the grain size measurement results according to the principle of grain growth dynamics, and the results are in accordance with that of the FRAP-CON calculation. Based on the post-irradiation examination data, the dynamic parameters, K and Q which are particularly suitable to description of irradiation behaviours of UO2 fuel made in China are deduced

  17. Influence of Different Growth Conditions on the kefir grains production used in the kefiran synthesis

    Carmen Rodica Pop; Sorin Apostu; Liana Salanţă; Ancuţa M. Rotar; Marianne Sindic; Nicolas Mabon; Carmen Socaciu

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to optimize the kefir grains biomass production, using milk as culture media. The kefir grains were cultured at different changed conditions (temperature, time, shaker rotating speed, culture media supplemented) to evaluate their effects. Results showed that optimal culture conditions were using the organic skim milk, incubated at 25°C for 24 hours with a rotation rate of 125 rpm. According to results, the growth rate was 38.9 g/L for 24 h, at 25°C using the orga...

  18. A low temperature synthesized NbC grain growth inhibitor in WC-Co hardmetal alloy

    Gomes, U.U.; Silva, A.G.P. da [Dept. de Fisica, Univ. Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, RN (Brazil); Souza, C. de; Medeiros, F.F.P. [Dept. de Quimica, Univ. Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Natal RN (Brazil); Ciaravino, C.; Roubin, M. [Lab. de Physico-Chimie des Materiaux, LPCM3, Univ. de Toulon, La Garde (France)

    2001-07-01

    The efficiency of NbC on WC grain coarsening in a WC-10wt.%Co hardmetal alloy was demonstrated by hardness measurement and WC granulation observation. The heterogeneous and overall grain growth were controlled. A low temperature experimentally produced NbC was used and compared to the inhibition potential of a commercial NbC powder. The results were the same in terms of structural fineness and hardness. The dispersion of the experimental NbC was not a problem, in spite of its size. The experimental NbC has very large particles, formed by agglomerates of small crystallites. During milling these agglomerates could be broken down. (orig.)

  19. CELLULAR AUTOMATA MODELLING OF GRAIN COARSENING DURING REIHEATING AND VALIDATION WITH THE EXPERIMENTAL RESULTS

    W.H. Yu; E.J. Palmiere; S.P. Banks; J.T. Han

    2005-01-01

    A novel 2D cellular automata (CA) model has been developed for description of normal grain coarsening and abnormal grain coarsening process. The program reflects the grain coarsening quite well even through the average grain size becomes very large. Follow results have been obtained: (a) The model reflect the normal grain growth kinetics gradually increase with probability and grain growth speed can be controlled. Based on this result, temperature can be coupled in the model. (b) Abnormal grain growth is modelled successfully. (c) Methodology has been put forward to find the relationship between the experiment results and modelling results. The experimental work on the grain coarsening has been carried out. Graphical output matched the realistic microstructure in every detail. Because many physical parameters can be taken into account in the CA programme, this CA model could not only qualitatively demonstrate the grain growth process, but also quantitatively predict and analyse the grain coarsening process.

  20. Effects of Aerated Irrigation on Leaf Senescence at Late Growth Stage and Grain Yield of Rice

    ZHU Lian-feng; Yu Sheng-miao; JIN Qian-yu

    2012-01-01

    With the japonica inbred cultivar Xiushui 09,indica hybrid combinations Guodao 6 and Liangyoupeijiu as materials,field experiments were conducted in 2007 and 2008 to study the effects of aerated irrigation on leaf senescence at late growth stage and grain yield of rice.The dissolved oxygen concentration of aerated water evidently increased and decreased at a slow rate.The soil oxidation-reduction potential under aerated irrigation treatment was significantly higher than that of the CK,contributing to significant increases in effective panicles,seed setting rate and grain yield.In addition,the aerated irrigation improved root function,increased superoxide dismutase activity and decreased malondialdehyde content in flag leaves at post-flowering,which delayed leaf senescence process,prolonged leaf functional activity and led to enhanced grain filling.

  1. Effects of Rice Variety and Growth Location in Cambodia on Grain Composition and Starch Structure

    Seila SAR; Morgan J.TIZZOTTI; Jovin HASJIM; Robert G.GILBERT

    2014-01-01

    The effects of variety and growth location on grain composition and starch structures were investigated using three rice (Oryza sativa L.) cultivars (Phka Romduol, Sen Pidao and IR66) with different amylose contents. All the three cultivars were planted in three different agro-climatic zones (Phnom Penh, Coastal and Plateau) of Cambodia. The protein content of polished grains increased when rice was planted at a location with higher average temperature, but their lipid content decreased. The amylose content and degree of branching were not greatly affected by the minor temperature differences among the growing locations. Starch fine structures characterized by the chain-length distribution were significantly different among the cultivars, but not significantly among different locations. The results suggested that protein and lipid biosyntheses were more sensitive to the environmental temperature than that of starch in rice grains.

  2. Kinetics of Austenite Grain Growth During Heating and Its Influence on Hot Deformation of LZ50 Steel

    Du, Shiwen; Li, Yongtang; Zheng, Yi

    2016-07-01

    Grain growth behaviors of LZ50 have been systematically investigated for various temperatures and holding times. Quantitative evaluations of the grain growth kinetics over a wide range of temperature (950-1200 °C) and holding time (10-180 min) have been performed. With the holding time kept constant, the average austenite grain size has an exponential relationship with the heating temperature, while with the heating temperature kept constant, the relationship between the austenite average grain size and holding time is a parabolic curve approximately. The holding time dependence of average austenite grain size obeys the Beck's equation. As the heating temperature increases, the time exponent for grain growth n increases from 0.21 to 0.39. On the basis of previous models and experimental results, taking the initial grain size into account, the mathematical model for austenite grain growth of LZ50 during isothermal heating and non-isothermal heating is proposed. The effects of initial austenite grain size on hot deformation behavior of LZ50 are analyzed through true stress-strain curves under different deformation conditions. Initial grain size has a slight effect on peak stress.

  3. An analytical model for stress-induced grain growth in the presence of both second-phase particles and solute segregation at grain boundaries

    A theoretical framework that incorporates the influence of second-phase particles and solute segregation at grain boundaries (GBs) on stress-induced GB migration and grain rotation is formulated in the present paper. In our work, we modified the well-established Cahn–Taylor model to account for the drag stresses generated by second-phase particles and by solute atoms segregated at GBs. The theoretical framework is then implemented to rationalize GB migration and grain rotation using experimental data from a previously published study on stress-induced grain growth in the presence of both second-phase particles and solute segregation at GBs. The calculated grain growth results are generally consistent with the experimental data, providing support to the proposed theoretical model, despite the various assumptions involved. Moreover, the influence of second-phase particles and solute segregation at GBs on GB migration and grain rotation was also investigated using the model, and our results suggest that both second-phase particles and solute atoms segregated at GBs reduce the velocities of GB migration and grain rotation as compared to those in the case of high-purity Al

  4. Dynamic aspects of cerium dioxide sintering: HT-ESEM study of grain growth and pore elimination

    Sintering of CeO2 is studied in situ by high temperature scanning environmental microscopy (HT-ESEM) at T = 1400 C. The morphological modifications of a single grains population are recorded for 6 h. Kinetic parameters are extracted from image series. The local grain growth determined from the single population studied in situ is compared to the general grain growth obtained by classical ex situ technique. Using HT-ESEM for sintering study is validated. The grain boundary velocities range between 0 and 5 μm.h-1, with a mean value of about 1 μm.h-1. The migration of the intragranular surface pores is described. Their velocities range between 0.4 and 1.21 μm.h-1 and depend on pore diameters: the smaller the pore, the faster the pore velocity. The time required to fill a pore that arises at the sample surface is determined as a function of pore diameter. The time for pore elimination dependence with the pore diameters is also established. (authors)

  5. Investigating grain growth in disks around southern T Tauri stars at millimetre wavelengths

    Lommen, D; Maddison, S T; Jørgensen, J K; Bourke, T L; Van Dishoeck, E F; Hughes, A; Wilner, D J; Burton, M; Van Langevelde, H J; Lommen, Dave; Wright, Chris M.; Maddison, Sarah T.; Jorgensen, Jes K.; Bourke, Tyler L.; Dishoeck, Ewine F. van; Hughes, Annie; Wilner, David J.; Burton, Michael; Langevelde, Huib Jan van

    2006-01-01

    CONTEXT - Low-mass stars form with disks in which the coagulation of grains may eventually lead to the formation of planets. It is not known when and where grain growth occurs, as models that explain the observations are often degenerate. A way to break this degeneracy is to resolve the sources under study. AIMS - To find evidence for the existence of grains of millimetre sizes in disks around in T Tauri stars, implying grain growth. METHODS - The Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA) was used to observe 15 southern T Tauri stars, five in the constellation Lupus and ten in Chamaeleon, at 3.3 millimetre. The five Lupus sources were also observed with the Submillimeter Array (SMA) at 1.4 millimetre. Our new data are complemented with data from the literature to determine the slopes of the spectral energy distributions in the millimetre regime. RESULTS - Ten sources were detected at better than 3sigma with the ATCA, with sigma ~1-2 mJy, and all sources that were observed with the SMA were detected at better t...

  6. Sintering boron carbide ceramics without grain growth by plastic deformation as the dominant densification mechanism

    Ji, Wei; Rehman, Sahibzada Shakir; Wang, Weimin; Wang, Hao; Wang, Yucheng; Zhang, Jinyong; Zhang, Fan; Fu, Zhengyi

    2015-10-01

    A new ceramic sintering approach employing plastic deformation as the dominant mechanism is proposed, at low temperature close to the onset point of grain growth and under high pressure. Based on this route, fully dense boron carbide without grain growth can be prepared at 1,675-1,700 °C and under pressure of (≥) 80 MPa in 5 minutes. The dense boron carbide shows excellent mechanical properties, including Vickers hardness of 37.8 GPa, flexural strength of 445.3 MPa and fracture toughness of 4.7 MPa•m0.5. Such a process should also facilitate the cost-effective preparation of other advanced ceramics for practical applications.

  7. The role of grain boundary structure and crystal orientation on crack growth asymmetry in aluminum

    Atomistic simulations have shown that the grain boundary (GB) structure affects a number of physical, mechanical, thermal, and chemical properties, which can have a profound effect on macroscopic properties of polycrystalline materials. The research objective herein is to use atomistic simulations to explore the role that GB structure and the adjacent crystallographic orientations have on the directional asymmetry of an intergranular crack (i.e. cleavage behavior is favored along one direction, while ductile behavior along the other direction of the interface) for aluminum grain boundaries. Simulation results from seven 〈110〉 symmetric tilt grain boundaries (STGBs) show that the GB structure and the associated free volume directly influence the stress–strain response, crack growth rate, and crack tip plasticity mechanisms for middle-tension (M(T)) crack propagation specimens. In particular, the structural units present within the GB promote whether a dislocation or twinning-based mechanism operates at the crack tip during intergranular fracture along certain GBs (e.g., the ‘E’ structural unit promotes twinning at the crack tip in Al). Furthermore, the crystallography of the adjacent grains, and therefore the available slip planes, can significantly affect the crack growth rates in both directions of the crack – this creates a strong directional asymmetry in the crack growth rate in the Σ11 (113) and the Σ27 (552) STGBs. Upon comparing these results with the theoretical Rice criterion, it was found that certain GBs in this study (Σ9 (221), Σ11 (332) and Σ33 (441)) show an absence of directional asymmetry in the observed crack growth behavior, in conflict with the Rice criterion. The significance of the present research is that it provides a physical basis for the role of GB character and crystallographic orientation on intergranular crack tip deformation behavior

  8. A Paradox of Decreasing Entropy in Multiscale Monte Carlo Grain Growth Simulations

    Esche, Sven K.; Michael Nosonovsky

    2008-01-01

    Grain growth in metals is driven by random thermal fluctuations and increases the orderliness of the system. This random process is usually simulated by the Monte Carlo (MC) method and Cellular Automata (CA). The increasing orderliness results in an entropy decrease, thus leading to a paradoxical apparent violation of the second law of thermodynamics. In this paper, it is shown that treating the system as a multiscale system resolves this paradox. MC/CA simulations usually take into considera...

  9. MODELING AND SIMULATION OF DYNAMIC RECRYSTALLIZATION AND GRAIN GROWTH DURING HOT WORKING OF INCONEL 783 SUPERALLOY

    JONG-TAEK YEOM; EUN JEOUNG JUNG; JEE HOON KIM; JEOUNG HAN KIM; JAE-KEUN HONG; NHO-KWANG PARK; KOOK-JOO KIM; SEUNG-SIK CHOI

    2010-01-01

    In this study, the modeling of recrystallization and grain growth was investigated to predict the microstructure evolution during hot working of INCONEL 783 superalloy (Alloy 783). The recrystallization model was constructed on the basis of the Avrami formation. A least-square optimization technique was used to determine several important parameters within the model from isothermal heat treatment and hot compression test results. High temperature compression tests were carried out under diffe...

  10. Adjustment of plant growth regulators in source-sink relationship during grain filling of winter wheat

    Taking relationship, translocation and distribution of photosynthesis assimilates as indexes, the adjustment of plant growth regulator in source-sink was investigated by 14C-tracer technique during grain filling of winter wheat. The results show that the application of ABA and GA3 affect the translocation and distribution of the 14C-assimilates. Application of ABA inhibits and GA3 stimulates effect on the translocation and distribution of 14C-assimilates. (authors)

  11. Effects of carbon nanotubes incorporation on the grain growth and properties of WC/Co nanocomposites

    Zhang Faming; Sun Jianfei; Shen Jun [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Inst. of Tech. (China)

    2005-07-01

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) combining unique mechanical and physical properties could offer a kind of nanosized reinforcements for composite materials. Incorporating of CNTs to develop advance engineering composites has become an interesting concept, but the cermets based CNTs composites have been less focused. WC-Co-CNTs nanocomposites were consolidated by spark plasma sintering (SPS) to investigate the effects of CNTs incorporation on the grain growth and mechanical properties of WC-Co nanocomposites. Experimental results show that CNTs could preserve their tubular structures in high temperature SPS process, some CNTs are surviving in the WC-Co fracture surfaces featured bridging and pulling out manner. The interaction between the CNTs and the matrix has a retardation effect of grain growth of WC, but CNTs additions could be resulted in an increase of carbon content in the binder phase that causes enhanced tendency of grain growth, either of which plays the dominated role depending on the CNTs content. The WC-10Co-0.5wt% CNTs nanocomposites possess superior hardness to toughness combinations, which hardness is about 15% and fracture toughness is about 40% higher than that of the pure nano-WC-10Co cermets consolidated under the same process. (orig.)

  12. NEW ISOTHERMAL MODEL FOR GRAIN GROWTH IN NANOCRYSTALLITES%纳米晶等温生长新模型

    屈一新; 宋晓岚

    2004-01-01

    @@ INTRODUCTION Nanocrystallites with an average grain size of less than 100 nm have attracted considerable scientific interest because of the improvements in a variety of properties resulted from grain-size refinement in the nanometer scale.The investigation of the thermal stability or grain growth behavior is therefore important from the technological point of view as well as for the purpose of scientific study.

  13. Molecular dynamics simulations of solid state recrystallization I: Observation of grain growth in annealed iron nanoparticles

    Molecular dynamics simulations of solid state recrystallization and grain growth in iron nanoparticles containing 1436 atoms were carried out. During the period of relaxation of supercooled liquid drops and during thermal annealing of the solids they froze to, changes in disorder were followed by monitoring changes in energy and the migration of grain boundaries. All 27 polycrystalline nanoparticles, which were generated with different grain boundaries, were observed to recystallize into single crystals during annealing. Larger grains consumed the smaller ones. In particular, two sets of solid particles, designated as A and B, each with two grains, were treated to generate 18 members of each set with different thermal histories. This provided small ensembles (of 18 members each) from which rates at which the larger grain engulfed the smaller one, could be determined. The rate was higher, the smaller the degree of misorientation between the grains, a result contrary to the general rule based on published experiments, but the reason was clear. Crystal A, which happened to have a somewhat lower angle of misorientation, also had a higher population of defects, as confirmed by its higher energy. Accordingly, its driving force to recrystallize was greater. Although the mechanism of recrystallization is commonly called nucleation, our results, which probe the system on an atomic scale, were not able to identify nuclei unequivocally. By contrast, our technique can and does reveal nuclei in the freezing of liquids and in transformations from one solid phase to another. An alternative rationale for a nucleation-like process in our results is proposed. - Graphical Abstract: Time dependence of energy per atom in the quenching of liquid nanoparticles A–C of iron. Nanoparticle C freezes directly into a single crystal but A and B freeze to solids with two grains. A and B eventually recrystallize into single crystals. Highlights: ► Solid state material synthesis.

  14. Evaluation of Grain Growth of Corn and Sorghum under K2O Application and Irrigation According

    Sayed Alireza Valadabadi

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available In this experiment, interactive effects of different potassium application and water restrict on graingrowth in Iran. The experimental unit had designed by achieved treatment in factorial on the basis completelyrandomized block design with three replicates. Certain factors including potassium and non-potassiumapplications (0 and 200 kg/ha, certain field crops (corn and sorghum and w ater supply were studied. In thisstudy crops water supply was determined by indicated irrigation conditions by keeping leaf Relative WaterContent (RW C > 95% (non-drought stress condition or irrigation conditions and drought condition by RWC= 60-70%. We noticed, however K fertilizer significantly increased the grain growth rate of plants and althoughthe non-drought stress treatment significantly increased grain growth rate. Whereas K application persist lessdamaging of drought stress result and it enabled plant to significantly grow its grain under the droughtconditions. Our finding may give applicable advice to commercial farmers and agricultural researches formanagement and concern on fertilizer strategy and carefully estim ate soil potassium supply w ithin dry or semidryareas as most challengeable issues of environmental safety.

  15. A low temperature synthesized NbC as grain growth inhibitor for WC-Co composites

    Da Silva, A.G.P.; De Souza, C.P.; Gomes, U.U.; Medeiros, F.F.P. [Rio Grande do Norte Univ., Natal (Brazil); Ciaravino, C.; Roubin, M. [Universite de Toulon et du Var, Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie des Materiaux (LPCM3), Cedex, La Garde (France)

    2000-11-30

    Niobium carbide can be used to inhibit WC grain growth in hardmetal. The performance of a NbC powder produced at low temperature by solid-gas reaction (an experimental powder) as WC grain growth inhibitor is compared with that of a commercial NbC powder. It is verified that NbC effectively inhibits heterogeneous WC coarsening. This results in an increase in hardness. The commercial and experimental NbC powders exhibit a comparable performance in inhibiting the WC grain coarsening, in spite of a significant difference in particle size and shape. The commercial NbC powder is very fine while the experimental one is coarse and porous, but its crystallites are finer than those of the commercial product. The milling procedure used to prepare the alloys is able to reduce the particle size of the experimental NbC, and thus guarantee a dispersion of the particles with a quality level comparable to that found for the alloy prepared with the commercial NbC. (orig.)

  16. Increased Fetal Plasma Erythropoietin in Monochorionic Twin Pregnancies With Selective Intrauterine Growth Restriction and Abnormal Umbilical Artery Doppler.

    Chang, Yao-Lung; Chao, An-Shine; Peng, Hsiu-Huei; Chang, Shuenn-Dyh; Su, Sheng-Yuan; Chen, Kuan-Ju; Cheng, Po-Jen; Wang, Tzu-Hao

    2016-08-01

    Hypoxia is the primary stimulus for the production of erythropoietin (EPO) in both fetal and adult life. Here, we investigated fetal plasma EPO concentrations in monochorionic (MC) twin pregnancies with selective intrauterine growth restriction (sIUGR) and abnormal umbilical artery (UA) Doppler. We diagnosed sIUGR in presence of (1) birth-weight discordance >20% and (2) either twin with a birth weight <10th percentile. An abnormal UA Doppler was defined as a persistent absent-reverse end diastolic flow (AREDF). The intertwin EPO ratio was calculated as the plasma EPO level of the smaller (or small-for-gestational-age) twin divided by the EPO concentration of the larger (or appropriate-for-gestational-age (AGA)) twin. Thirty-two MC twin pairs were included. Of these, 17 pairs were normal twins (Group 1), seven pairs were twins with sIUGR without UA Doppler abnormalities (Group 2), and eight pairs were twins with sIUGR and UA Doppler abnormalities (Group 3). The highest EPO ratio was identified in Group 3 (p < .001) but no significant differences were observed between Groups 1 and 2. Fetal hemoglobin levels did not differ significantly in the three groups, and fetal EPO concentration did not correlate with gestational age at birth. We conclude that fetal plasma EPO concentrations are selectively increased in MC twin pregnancies with sIUGR and abnormal UA Doppler, possibly as a result of uncompensated hypoxia. PMID:27161360

  17. ON MODELLING RECRYSTALLIZATION PROCESSES WITH RANDOM GROWTH VELOCITIES OF THE GRAINS IN MATERIALS SCIENCE

    Elena Villa

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Heterogeneous transformations (or reactions  may be defined as those transformations in which there is a sharp moving boundary between the transformed and untransformed region. In Materials Science such transformations are normally called nucleation and growth transformations, whereas birth-and-growth processes is the preferred denomination in Mathematics. Recently, the present authors in a series of papers have derived new analytical expressions for nucleation and growth transformations with the help of stochastic geometry methods. Those papers focused mainly on the role of nuclei location in space, described by point processes, on transformation kinetics.  In this work we focus on the effect that a random velocity of the moving boundaries of the grains has in the overall kinetics. One example of a practical situation in which such a model may be useful is that of recrystallization.  Juul Jensen and Godiksen reviewed recent 3-d experimental results  on recrystallization kinetics and concluded that there is compelling evidence  that  every  grain has its own distinct growth rate. Motivated by this practical application we present here new general kinetics expressions for various situations of practical interest, in which a random distribution of growth velocities is assumed. In order to do this, we  make use of tools from Stochastic Geometry and Geometric Measure Theory. Previously known results follow here as particular cases. Although the motivation for this paper was recrystallization the expressions derived here may be applied to nucleation and growth reactions in general.

  18. Variations in grain lipophilic phytochemicals, proteins and resistance to Fusarium spp. growth during grain storage as affected by biological plant protection with Aureobasidium pullulans (de Bary).

    Wachowska, Urszula; Tańska, Małgorzata; Konopka, Iwona

    2016-06-16

    Modern agriculture relies on an integrated approach, where chemical treatment is reduced to a minimum and replaced by biological control that involves the use of active microorganisms. The effect of the antagonistic yeast-like fungus Aureobasidium pullulans on proteins and bioactive compounds (alkylresorcinols, sterols, tocols and carotenoids) in winter wheat grain and on the colonization of wheat kernels by fungal microbiota, mainly Fusarium spp. pathogens, was investigated. Biological treatment contributed to a slight increase contents of tocols, alkylresorcinols and sterols in grain. At the same time, the variation of wheat grain proteins was low and not significant. Application of A. pullulans enhanced the natural yeast colonization after six months of grain storage and inhibited growth of F. culmorum pathogens penetrating wheat kernel. This study demonstrated that an integrated approach of wheat grain protection with the use of the yeast-like fungus A. pullulans reduced kernel colonization by Fusarium spp. pathogens and increased the content of nutritionally beneficial phytochemicals in wheat grain without a loss of gluten proteins responsible for baking value. PMID:27055191

  19. A novel approach for assuring and following inoculum activity during kefir grains growth studies: application of dynamic pH profiles:

    Tramšek, Marko; Goršek, Andreja

    2007-01-01

    The profiles of kefir grains growth curves strongly depend on bioprocess conditions and inoculum viability. Therefore, accurate growth curve studies require the use of optimally active kefir grains as inoculum. Accordingly, the main objective of our study was experimental optimization of classic kefir grains activation procedure and afterwards, comparison among growth curves of differently activated kefir grains. For this purpose some experiments were initially performed in computer-controlle...

  20. Dendritic growth and crystalline quality of nickel-base single grains

    Siredey, Nathalie; Boufoussi, M'Bareck; Denis, Sabine; Lacaze, Jacques

    1993-05-01

    It is a usual observation that subgrains exist in nickel-base single grain components solidified by the lost wax process. The associated misorientations are generally small, but they can eventually lead to casting defects in the case of highly complex mold shapes. This work presents an attempt to relate the formation of subgrain boundaries with the development of the dendritic solidification microstructure. Experimental investigations have been undertaken on cast components made of AM1 nickel-base superalloy designed for high temperature turbine blades. Single grains were obtained by means of a grain selector at the bottom of each part. Metallographic observations have been made to characterize the dendritic array, together with gamma diffraction to measure the crystalline quality of the material and X-ray topography for mapping of misorientations on a dendritic scale. Small misorientations between dendrite stems have been found at the upper end of the selector which lead to the formation of subgrains. Moreover, during the growth process, the total mosaicity of the material increases, firstly as a consequence of an increase in the misorientations between subgrains, and secondly because of a decrease of the internal quality of each subgrain. It is proposed that misorientations are due to thermomechanical stresses which build up during λ' precipitation at temperatures slightly below the solidus temperature of the alloy.

  1. Dendritic growth and crystalline quality of nickel-base single grains

    Siredey, N. (Lab. de Science et Genie des Materiaux Metalliques, Ecole des Mines, 54 - Nancy (France)); Boufoussi, M.B. (Lab. de Science et Genie des Materiaux Metalliques, Ecole des Mines, 54 - Nancy (France)); Denis, S. (Lab. de Science et Genie des Materiaux Metalliques, Ecole des Mines, 54 - Nancy (France)); Lacaze, J. (Lab. de Science et Genie des Materiaux Metalliques, Ecole des Mines, 54 - Nancy (France))

    1993-05-01

    It is a usual observation that subgrains exist in nickel-base single grain components solidified by the lost wax process. The association misorientations are generally small, but they can eventually lead to casting defects in the case of highly complex mold shapes. This work presents and attempt to relate the formation of subgrain boundaries with the development of the dendritic solidification microstructure. Experimental investigations have been undertaken on cast components made of AM1 nickel-base superalloy designed for high temperature turbine blades. Single grains were obtained by means of a grain selector at the bottom of each part. Metallographic observations have been made to characterize the dendritic array, together with gamma diffraction to measure the crystalline quality of the material and X-ray topography for mapping of misorientations on a dendritic scale. Small misorientations between dendrite stems have been found at the upper end of the selector which lead to the formation of subgrains. Moreover, during the growth process, the total mosaicity of the material increases, firstly as a consequence of an increase in the misorientations between subgrains, and secondly because of the decrease of the internal quality of each subgrain. It is proposed that misorientations are due to thermomechanical stresses which build up during [gamma]' precipitation at temperatures slightly below the solidus temperature of the alloy. (orig.)

  2. Pollen Grain Germination and Pollen Tube Growth in Pistil of Rice

    2008-01-01

    The germination of pollen grain in vitro and the growth of pollen tube in the pistil of rice were observed with a microscope.The stigma was removed at different time points after pollination to study its effect on seed setting rate.The rice pollen grain started to germinate at 2 min after pollination and the pollen tube penetrated stigma into style in 5-10 min,30 min later the end of pollen tube reached the bottom of ovary,and only some pollen tubes arrived at embryo sac at 40 min after pollination.Meanwhile,a small amount of catlose began to deposit in the pollen tubes,a great deal of callose was observed at 50 min after pollination,whereas the pollen grain began to shrink.The growing rates of pollen tube in the rice stigma,style and ovary were 1500,5000,and 5400 pm/h,respectively.The seed setting rate was quite low when the stigma was removed at about 10-15 min after pollination,gradually increased when it removed at 20 min to 50 min after pollination,and over 60%when it removed at 50 min after pollination and finally tended to be stable.

  3. Dust grain growth and the formation of the extremely primitive star SDSS J102915+172927

    Chiaki, Gen; Nozawa, Takaya; Omukai, Kazuyuki; Limongi, Marco; Yoshida, Naoki; Chieffi, Alessandro

    2014-01-01

    Dust grains in low-metallicity star-forming regions may be responsible for the formation of the first low-mass stars. The minimal conditions to activate dust-induced fragmentation require the gas to be pre-enriched above a critical dust-to-gas mass ratio Dcr=[2.6--6.3]x10^-9 with the spread reflecting the dependence on the grain properties. The recently discovered Galactic halo star SDSS J102915+172927 has a stellar mass of 0.8 Msun and a metallicity of Z=4.5x10^-5 Zsun and represents an optimal candidate for the dust-induced low-mass star formation. Indeed, for the two most plausible Population III supernova progenitors, with 20 Msun and 35 Msun, the critical dust-to-gas mass ratio can be overcome provided that at least 0.4 Msun of dust condenses in the ejecta, allowing for moderate destruction by the reverse shock. Here we show that even if dust formation in the first supernovae is less efficient or strong dust destruction does occur, grain growth during the collapse of the parent gas cloud is sufficiently ...

  4. The strategy of the wheat plant in acclimating growth and grain production to nitrogen availability.

    Oscarson, P

    2000-11-01

    Two cultivars of spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) were grown to maturity in hydroponic cultures. Nitrogen accumulation was controlled by daily growth-limiting additions of nitrate together with all other nutrients in excess. Six different curves of N accumulation were used, with the same relative changes from day to day, but with different amplitudes. These curves were obtained by using the same mathematic formula of the N accumulation curves but varying the value of initial N content. The total amount of nitrogen added varied from 20 mg plant(-1) to 65 mg plant(-1). Plant bioproductivity showed a linear response to accumulated N. The number of grains per plant increased linearly with increased N availability whereas grain weights were essentially unaffected. Grain N concentrations and N content varied slightly, with highest values generally at the lower N availability levels. The quantitatively most important response to increased N availability was an increased number of earbearing tillers per plant. This varied from 0.1 tiller plant(-1) at maturity when given 20 mg N plant(-1), up to about 2 tillers plant(-1) when given 65 mg N plant(-1). Not all tillers that were initiated developed ears. The reduction of tillers seems to be one important mechanism in adapting plant productivity to N availability. Other individual characters influenced by N availability were straw height and the number of spikelets per spike. The two cultivars behaved in a qualitatively similar manner over the range of N availability even though they quantitatively differed in grain size, N concentrations and yield. PMID:11113170

  5. Congenital Abnormalities

    ... blood flow to the fetus impair fetal growth. Alcohol consumption and certain drugs during pregnancy significantly increase the risk that a baby will be born with abnormalities (e.g. fetal alcohol spectrum disorders ). Eating raw or uncooked foods during pregnancy can also be dangerous to health of the ...

  6. Abnormal growth of the corticospinal axons into the lumbar spinal cord of the hyt/hyt mouse with congenital hypothyroidism.

    Hsu, Jung-Yu C; Stein, Stuart A; Xu, Xiao-Ming

    2008-11-01

    Thyroid hormone deficiency may cause severe neurological disorders resulting from developmental deficits of the central nervous system. The mutant hyt/hyt mouse, characterized by fetal-onset, life-long hypothyroidism resulting from a point mutation of the thyroid-stimulating hormone receptor of the thyroid gland, displays a variety of abnormalities in motor behavior that are likely associated with dysfunctions of specific brain regions and a defective corticospinal tract (CST). To test the hypothesis that fetal and neonatal hypothyroidism cause abnormal CST development, the growth of the CST was investigated in hypothyroid hyt/hyt mice and their euthyroid progenitors, the BALB/cByJ mice. Anterograde labeling with biotinylated dextran amine demonstrated a decrease in the number of CST axons in the hyt/hyt mouse at the first lumbar level at postnatal day (P) 10. After retrograde tracing with fast blue (FB), fewer FB-labeled neurons were found in the motor cortex, the red nucleus, and the lateral vestibular nucleus of the hyt/hyt mouse. At the fourth lumbar level, the hyt/hyt mouse also showed smaller CST cross-sectional areas and significantly lower numbers of unmyelinated axons, myelinated axons, and growth cones within the CST during postnatal development. At P10, the hyt/hyt mouse demonstrated significantly lower immunoreactivity of embryonic neural cell adhesion molecule in the CST at the seventh cervical level, whereas the expression of growth-associated protein 43 remained unchanged. Our study demonstrated an abnormal development of the CST in the hyt/hyt mouse, manifested by reduced axon quantity and retarded growth pattern at the lumbar spinal cord. PMID:18543337

  7. Using Soil Plant Analysis Development Chlorophyll Meter for Two Growth Stages to Assess Grain Yield of Malaysian Rice (Oryza sativa

    Asa Gholizadeh

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Proper yield management in rice influences grain quality and quantity. Nitrogen site-specific management is also effective on final product of crops because excessive nitrogen application at any growth stage can reduce yield and increase disease incidence. In contrast, suboptimal nitrogen levels at discrete growth stages may substantially reduce plant productivity. The nitrogen status at specific growth stages may be used for estimating supplemental nitrogen requirements and yield potential. The SPAD chlorophyll meter is a quick and non-destructive tool used for directly measuring leaf chlorophyll and indirectly assessing the proportional parameter of leaf, plant nitrogen status and finally, grain yield. Approach: Describing within-field variability in a typical Malaysian paddy field was conducted to show the temporal variability of SPAD readings and also grain yield. Furthermore, the study aimed to introduce the rice growth stage which SPAD readings show higher relationship with grain yield. SPAD readings data was collected at two different growth stages (55 DAT and 80 DAT using a Minolta SPAD 502. Grain yield was then collected at the end of the season to compare results with SPAD values. Results: Analysis of variance, variogram and kriging were conducted to determine the variability of parameters and also their relationship. Conclusion: Variability maps of the aforementioned parameters were generated. Increasing of SPAD values with growth stage could be observed in this study. SPAD readings taken at 55 DAT had a better relationship to grain yield than those taken at 80 DAT; therefore assessment of grain yield status is better to be done at 55 DAT.

  8. Topological evolution during coupled grain growth and Ostwald ripening in volume-conserved 2-D two-phase polycrystals

    The topological evolution during coupled grain growth and Ostwald ripening in volume-conserved two-phase polycrystalline systems was studied in two dimensions (2-D), employing computer simulations based on a continuum diffuse-interface field model. The topological distributions were found to scale with time, but dependent on the ratios of grain boundary energies to the interphase boundary energy, the volume fractions and the initial microstructures. The correlations between topological class and grain size, as well as the topological correlations of grains with their neighbor grains were observed. The differences in topological features between volume-conserved two-phase systems and single-phase systems are discussed for ZrO2 and Al2O3 phases

  9. Dust Processing and Grain Growth in Protoplanetary Disks in the Taurus-Auriga Star-Forming Region

    Sargent, B A; Tayrien, C; McClure, M K; Watson, Dan M; Sloan, G C; Li, A; Manoj, P; Bohac, C J; Furlan, E; Kim, K H; Green, J D

    2008-01-01

    Mid-infrared spectra of 65 T Tauri stars (TTS) taken with the Infrared Spectrograph (IRS) on board the Spitzer Space Telescope are modeled using dust at two temperatures to probe the radial variation in dust composition in the uppermost layers of protoplanetary disks. Most spectra indicating crystalline silicates require Mg-rich minerals and silica, but a few suggest otherwise. Spectra indicating abundant enstatite at higher temperatures also require crystalline silicates at temperatures lower than those required for spectra showing high abundance of other crystalline silicates. A few spectra show 10 micron complexes of very small equivalent width. They are fit well using abundant crystalline silicates but very few large grains, inconsistent with the expectation that low peak-to-continuum ratio of the 10 micron complex always indicates grain growth. Most spectra in our sample are fit well without using the opacities of large crystalline silicate grains. If large grains grow by agglomeration of submicron grain...

  10. Roles of plant growth regulators on yield, grain qualities and antioxidant enzyme activities in super hybrid rice (Oryza sativa L.)

    Pan, Shenggang; Rasul, Fahd; Li, Wu; Tian, Hua; Mo, Zhaowen; Duan, Meiyang; Tang, Xiangru

    2013-01-01

    Background Plant growth regulators play important roles in plant growth and development, but little is known about roles of plant growth regulators in yield, grain qualities and antioxidant enzyme activities in super hybrid rice. In this study, gibberellic acid(GA3), paclobutrazol (PBZ), 6-Benzylaminopurine(6-BA) treatments and distilled water (control) were sprayed to two hybrid rice cultivars (Peizataifeng and Huayou 86) at the heading stage in the field experiments in both early and late s...

  11. Effect of stress-induced grain growth during room temperature tensile deformation on ductility in nanocrystalline metals

    Weichang Xu; Pinqiang Dai; Xiaolei Wu

    2010-10-01

    In the present study defect-free nanocrystalline (nc) Ni–Co alloys with the Co content ranging from 2.4–59.3% (wt.%) were prepared by pulse electrodeposition. X-ray diffraction analysis shows that only a single face-centred cubic solid solution is formed for each alloy and that the grain size reduces monotonically with increasing Co content, which is consistent with transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations. In the nc Ni–Co alloys, both the ultimate tensile strength and the elongation to failure increase as the Co content increases. The TEM observations reveal that stress-induced grain growth during tensile deformation is significantly suppressed for the nc Ni–Co alloys rich in Co in sharp contrast to those poor in Co. We believe that sufficient solutes could effectively pin grain boundaries making grain boundary motions (e.g. grain boundary migration and/or grain rotation) during deformation more difficult. Thus, stress-induced grain growth is greatly suppressed. At the same time, shear banding plasticity instability is correspondingly delayed leading to the enhanced ductility.

  12. Studies on the evolution of annealing twins during recrystallization and grain growth in highly rolled pure nickel

    Chen, X.P., E-mail: xpchen@cqu.edu.cn; Li, L.F.; Sun, H.F.; Wang, L.X.; Liu, Q.

    2015-01-12

    An investigation on the evolution of annealing twins in a cold rolled (95% thickness reduction) high-purity nickel was reported as a function of annealing temperature. Electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) analysis revealed that both the grain boundaries migration and the formation of cube texture promoted the proportion of Σ3 boundaries during recrystallization. Moreover, further increasing annealing temperatures showed that the frequency of annealing twins markedly decreases due to encountering of the growing cube-oriented grains one another during grain growth to form new LAGBs.

  13. Analysis of ferrite grain growth mechanisms during {gamma}-{alpha} transformation in a niobium alloyed steel using EBSD

    Novillo, E. [CEIT and TECNUN, P Manuel de Lardizabal 15, 20018 Donostia-San Sebastian (Spain); Hernandez, D. [CEIT and TECNUN, P Manuel de Lardizabal 15, 20018 Donostia-San Sebastian (Spain); Gutierrez, I. [CEIT and TECNUN, P Manuel de Lardizabal 15, 20018 Donostia-San Sebastian (Spain)]. E-mail: igutierrez@ceit.es; Lopez, B. [CEIT and TECNUN, P Manuel de Lardizabal 15, 20018 Donostia-San Sebastian (Spain)

    2004-11-15

    The austenite to ferrite phase transformation was studied in a C-Mn-Nb steel after different hot deformation schedules, leading to deformed and recrystallized austenite. The mechanisms of nucleation and growth of ferrite grains were investigated by means of the electron back scattered diffraction (EBSD) technique. The ferrite microstructures were characterised in terms of the misorientation angles between ferrite grains and the deviations from an ideal Kurdjumov-Sachs orientation relationship with the austenite. The results show that the grain refinement produced by the accumulation of the deformation in the austenite is limited to a certain extent by the ferrite grain coarsening taking place behind the transformation front. Both coalescence and normal grain growth have been observed to contribute to this coarsening. Coalescence is enhanced as a result of the variant selection taking place in transformation from a recrystallized austenite. The accumulation of the deformation in the austenite results in ferrite-ferrite boundaries of higher misorientation, causing coalescence in this case to be less favoured, as compared with normal grain growth.

  14. Grain growth behavior of Cr dispersed UO2 pellets according to change of oxygen potential during the isothermal sintering

    Recent development of advanced UO2 pellet materials for commercial reactors is mainly focused on the large grain pellet which can deform easily at an elevated temperature. Cr2O3-doped UO2 pellet is one of the promising candidates. To increase the grain size effectively, it is important to control the additive content and sintering atmosphere. Relevant research on the Cr2O3 doped UO2 system revealed that the doped Cr2O3 formed a liquid phase under optimized oxygen potential, and those liquid phases promoted the grain growth. Recent work also showed that step-wise variation of sintering atmosphere during the isothermal annealing step significantly increased the grain size of Cr2O3 doped UO2 pellet. In this paper, we investigated effect of oxygen potential change at the beginning of isothermal sintering stage on the grain growth in metallic Cr dispersed UO2 pellets. The study on the milling effect of powder mixture on the grain growth is also a part of this work

  15. Grain Diversity Effects on Banker Plant Growth and Parasitism by Aphidius colemani

    Travis McClure

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Green peach aphid (Myzus persicae Sulzer (Hemiptera: Aphididae is a serious greenhouse pest with a short generation time, parthenogenetic reproduction and a broad host range. Banker plant systems are becoming a more common form of biological control for this pest. This system consists of grain “banker plants” infested with R. padi, an alternative hosts for the parasitoid Aphidius colemani. Thus A. colemani can reproduce on the banker plant when M. persicae populations are low. This system can increase pest suppression; however, like other biological control tools, efficacy is inconsistent. One reason is because several different grain species have been used. Our studies determined if there were benefits to planting interspecific mixture banker plants, similar to when open agricultural systems use mixed cropping. Our study found that although banker plants grow larger when planted as mixtures this added plant growth does not increase in the number of aphids, or mummies an individual banker plant can sustain. Rye banker plants grew larger, and sustained more mummies than the other species we tested, but barley banker plants resulted in a similar number of aphids in a more condensed area. Ultimately, we did not see any differences in pest suppression between monoculture banker plants, mixture banker plants, or our augmentative release treatment. However, using banker plants resulted in more female parasitoids than the augmentative release, a benefit to using banker plant systems.

  16. Grain Diversity Effects on Banker Plant Growth and Parasitism by Aphidius colemani.

    McClure, Travis; Frank, Steven D

    2015-01-01

    Green peach aphid (Myzus persicae Sulzer) (Hemiptera: Aphididae) is a serious greenhouse pest with a short generation time, parthenogenetic reproduction and a broad host range. Banker plant systems are becoming a more common form of biological control for this pest. This system consists of grain "banker plants" infested with R. padi, an alternative hosts for the parasitoid Aphidius colemani. Thus A. colemani can reproduce on the banker plant when M. persicae populations are low. This system can increase pest suppression; however, like other biological control tools, efficacy is inconsistent. One reason is because several different grain species have been used. Our studies determined if there were benefits to planting interspecific mixture banker plants, similar to when open agricultural systems use mixed cropping. Our study found that although banker plants grow larger when planted as mixtures this added plant growth does not increase in the number of aphids, or mummies an individual banker plant can sustain. Rye banker plants grew larger, and sustained more mummies than the other species we tested, but barley banker plants resulted in a similar number of aphids in a more condensed area. Ultimately, we did not see any differences in pest suppression between monoculture banker plants, mixture banker plants, or our augmentative release treatment. However, using banker plants resulted in more female parasitoids than the augmentative release, a benefit to using banker plant systems. PMID:26463416

  17. Effects of oxide coating on the growth of single grain YBCO bulk superconductors

    Surface oxide coating and bottom inserting of oxide plates have been conducted to top seeded melt growth (TSMG) processed YBa2Cu3O7-y (Y123) bulk superconductors with an aim of controlling the Y123 nucleation and growth. The coating medium for surfaces was Yb2O3 solution and the bottom inserts were Yb2O3/Y2O3 powder compact. Many vertical cracks were found to develop at the compact/insert interfaces when an Yb2O3 insert was used, but the crack evolution was greatly reduced when a (Yb2O3 + Y2O3) insert was used. The formation of the vertical cracks is ascribed to the difference in thermal expansion between the YBCO compact and bottom insert. Presence of vertical cracks was found to be crucial to the trapped magnetic field and levitation forces of single grain YBCO bulk superconductors. The Y123 nucleation and growth in TSMG-processed YBCO bulk superconductors were successfully controlled by conducting surface coating and bottom plating using a (Yb2O3 + Y2O3) insert and as a result, the levitation properties were much enhanced.

  18. Self-similar mesostructure evolution of the growing mollusc shell reminiscent of thermodynamically driven grain growth

    Bayerlein, Bernd; Zaslansky, Paul; Dauphin, Yannicke; Rack, Alexander; Fratzl, Peter; Zlotnikov, Igor

    2014-12-01

    Significant progress has been made in understanding the interaction between mineral precursors and organic components leading to material formation and structuring in biomineralizing systems. The mesostructure of biological materials, such as the outer calcitic shell of molluscs, is characterized by many parameters and the question arises as to what extent they all are, or need to be, controlled biologically. Here, we analyse the three-dimensional structure of the calcite-based prismatic layer of Pinna nobilis, the giant Mediterranean fan mussel, using high-resolution synchrotron-based microtomography. We show that the evolution of the layer is statistically self-similar and, remarkably, its morphology and mesostructure can be fully predicted using classical materials science theories for normal grain growth. These findings are a fundamental step in understanding the constraints that dictate the shape of these biogenic minerals and shed light on how biological organisms make use of thermodynamics to generate complex morphologies.

  19. Texture development in Al-high Mg alloys during recrystallization and grain growth

    Endou, S.; Inagaki, H. [Shonan Inst. of Tech., Fujisawashi (Japan)

    2001-07-01

    Al-high Mg alloys containing Mg more than 6% were cold rolled 95% and annealed at temperatures between 275 and 450 C. Textures developed in these alloys were investigated with the orientation distribution function analysis. It was found that the heating rate to the annealing temperature strongly influenced the annealing textures of these alloys. Annealing with the slow heating rate resulted in the development of {l_brace}100{r_brace} left angle 001 right angle, whereas annealing with the rapid heating rate enhanced the development of {l_brace}100{r_brace} left angle 013 right angle and {l_brace}103{r_brace} left angle 321 right angle. This is because the orientation distribution established at complete recrystallization had strong influences on the texture development during subsequent grain growth. Annealing textures in the Al-9% Mg alloy were always random, since its rolling textures were random (orig.)

  20. GROWTH AND MASS SPECTROMETRY PROFILE OF ALTERNARIA ALTERNATA PIGMENT GROWN IN MAIZE GRAIN EXTRACT

    Sagarika Devi

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Alternaria species are common saprophytes found in a variety of habitats as ubiquitous agents of decay. Alternaria spp. produces about sixty different secondary metabolites. In the present investigation, growth and production of pigment from Alternaria alternata was studied in maize grain extract at pH 4-9. The reddish brown pigment was extracted, estimated and partially purified by fractionation. Through mass spectrometry, major constituents of pigment from Alternaria alternata such as Tenuazoic acid (m/z 198, Stemphyperylenol (m/z 253, Alterperylenol (m/z 351, Alternariol (m/z 259.200, Altenuene (m/z 292, Alternarienoic acid (m/z 279.35 and Alternariol 5 methyl ether (m/z 273.20 were identified. The bio-prospecting of these secondary metabolites in industrial applications is also discussed.

  1. Effects of Nitrogen Application in Different Wheat Growth Stages on the Floret Development and Grain Yield of Winter Wheat

    ZHU Yun-ji; WANG Chen-yang; GUO Tian-cai; CUI Jin-mei; XIA Guo-jun; LIU Wan-dai; WANG Yong-hua

    2002-01-01

    The study was carried out on the effect of nitrogen application in different wheat growth stage on the floret development, the photosynthetic rate, the yield and its components of winter wheat. The result indicated that nitrogen application in the pistil-stamen primordium formation stage and the tetrad formation stage of wheat growth prolonged the duration of floret development, promoted the balance growth of floret and reduced the floret decadence number, thus increased the grain number per spike. Nitrogen application in the middle and in the late stages of wheat development increased the photosynthetic ability of the plant leaves in the later stage, and also lengthened the peak of grain filling stage, thus enhanced the grain weight and yield of wheat significantly.

  2. The role of gallium sulfide in SrS:Ce grain growth

    Evans, N.D. [Oak Ridge Inst. for Science and Education, TN (United States); Naman, A.; Jones, K.S.; Holloway, P.H. [Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering; Rice, P.M. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States). Metals and Ceramics Div.

    1997-04-01

    Whereas efficient red (ZnS:Mn) and green (ZnS:Tb) phosphors are available for full-color flat-panel display technology, efficient blue phosphors are still under development. SrS:Ce is being investigated as a suitable material. As part of a larger study, annealed SrS:Ce films produced from sputter targets incorporating Ga{sub 2}S{sub 3} were found to be five times brighter than films produced from targets containing no Ga{sub 2}S{sub 3}. Consequently, the significance of added gallium sulfide to the morphology of SrS:Ce films during annealing is being investigated. Following deposition, plan view specimens of films were prepared for transmission electron microscopy by mechanical grinding, dimpling, and Ar{sup +} milling. Films were examined in a Philips CM12, and a JEOL 200CX. Additionally, EDS line scans were obtained in the scanning-transmission mode of a Philips CM200FEG, integrated with an EMiSPEC Vision acquisition system. The EDS line scans were defined as a series of 40 points along a line, spaced approximately 3.6 nm apart. The dwell time for EDS acquisition at each point was 10 sec. It was found that the addition of Ga{sub 2}S{sub 3} increases the brightness of SrS:Ce films by enhancing grain growth during annealing. Also being investigated is the possibility that Ga{sub 2}S{sub 3}, either as a sub-sulfide or as a source of Ga, is involved in a liquid-phase sintering mechanism, which would account for the increased grain growth observed after annealing.

  3. Aging Precursor Solution in High Humidity Remarkably Promoted Grain Growth in Cu₂ZnSnS₄ Films.

    Guan, Zhongjie; Luo, Wenjun; Xu, Yao; Tao, Qiuchen; Wen, Xin; Zou, Zhigang

    2016-03-01

    Earth-abundant Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) is a promising material for thin film solar cells or solar water splitting cells. Generally, large grain size and vertical penetration are highly desirable microstructures to high-efficiency solar conversion devices. Up to date, some kinds of vacuum methods have been used to prepare large grain-sized CZTS, which are expensive and limit their applications on a large scale. It is still a key challenge to prepare large-grained and vertical-penetration CZTS by a low-cost solution method. In this study, we obtained vertical-penetration CZTS thin film with 1.3 μm grain sizes by a faclie solution method. Different from previous studies, precursor solution was aged in high-humidity air before it was used to prepare CZTS films. The grain size prepared with aging precursor solution was one of the largest among the samples prepared by a solution method after sulfurizing. Moreover, the large-grained CZTS films were used as photocathodes for solar water splitting, which exhibited a much higher photocurrent than those of the samples without aging. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first demonstration to promote grain growth in CZTS by aging precursor solution in high-humidity air. This aging method can offer a reference to prepare other high-performance films. PMID:26863181

  4. Growth, grain yield and calcium, potassium and magnesium accumulation in common bean plants as related to calcium nutrition

    Lucas da Silva Domingues

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this work was to evaluate the plant growth and grain yield characteristics and the accumulation of calcium, potassium and magnesium in the leaves and grains of common bean cultivars grown with different calcium concentrations in the nutrient solution. Two experiments were conducted with nutrient solutions in a soilless system in a greenhouse. In the first experiment, five calcium concentrations (1.10, 1.65, 2.20, 2.75 and 3.30 mmol L-1 and three common bean cultivars (Iraí, BRS Expedito and Carioca were evaluated. Higher calcium concentrations (2.20, 2.75, 3.30, 3.85, 4.40 and 4.95 mmol L-1and two common bean cultivars (BRS Expedito and Carioca were tested in the second experiment. Dry mass of the shoot and root, grain yield and calcium accumulation in the leaves and grains increased linearly in common bean plants supplied with calcium concentrations between 2.20 and 4.95 mmol L-1. The high calcium concentration did not reduce the accumulation of calcium, potassium and magnesium in the leaves and grains. Common bean plants grown with high calcium concentrations present higher dry mass of the shoot and root, high grain yield and high calcium concentration in the leaves and grains.

  5. The response of rice grain quality to ozone exposure during growth depends on ozone level and genotype

    The effects of ozone exposure during the cropping season on rice grain quality were investigated in chamber experiments employing four ozone treatments (charcoal filtered air, ambient, 2× ambient, and 2.5× ambient concentration) and six genotypes. The concentrations of protein and lipids in brown rice increased significantly in response to ozone, while starch concentration and thousand kernel mass decreased. Other parameters, including the concentrations of iron, zinc, phenolics, stickiness and geometrical traits did not exhibit significant treatment effects. Total brown rice yield, protein yield, and iron yield were negatively affected by ozone. Numerous genotypic differences occurred in the response to ozone, indicating the possibility of optimizing the grain quality in high ozone environments by breeding. It is concluded that although the concentrations of two important macronutrients, proteins and lipids, increased in ozone treated grains, the implications for human nutrition are negative due to losses in total grain, protein and iron yield. - Highlights: ► Exposure of rice plants to elevated ozone during growth led to altered grain quality. ► Protein and lipid concentration increased whereas starch concentration and thousand kernel weight decreased. ► Rice grain, protein and iron yield tended to decrease in plants exposed to high ozone. ► These effects were responsive to different ozone levels and showed genotypic differences. ► The overall effect of ozone o human nutrition is expected to be negative. - Ozone exposure during growth tends to increase the protein and lipid concentration in rice grains but decreases total grain and nutrient yields. These effects are dependent on ozone level and genotype.

  6. Abnormal Polyamine Metabolism in Hereditary Muscular Dystrophies: EFFECT OF HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE

    Rudman, Daniel; Kutner, Michael H.; Chawla, Rajender K.; Goldsmith, Martin A.

    1980-01-01

    Previous studies showed hyperre-sponsiveness to human growth hormone (hGH) in men with myotonic or limb girdle dystrophies (MMD or LGD). Because polyamines may mediate some actions of hGH, we have now investigated polyamine metabolism in these and other dystrophies.

  7. Screening effect during the growth of spheroidal grains vs deviations from Kolmogorov- Johnson-Mehl-Avrami equation

    A. A. Burbelko

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available To forccast rhc kinc~icso f phasc transformations which consist in nucleation and growth of rhc grains of a ncw phnsc, rhc wcll-knownKolmogorov-lohson-Mchl-Avrami (KJM A equation has becn used. It is gencr;llly known that in lhc case of pnrsllcl gr;cin prowlh indiffcrcnt phascs proceeding at difrcrcnl vclocirics. tbc rcsulis OF thc ralcularions arc burdcncd with an crror. 111 this study. applying rhcassumpfions of n stnist ical thcory or thc scrccncd grain growlh. an attcrnpt has bccn madc to cstimatc this crror ror thc casc or prowl11 ofthc sphcroidnl grains of two rypcs. Thc ohiaincd rcsulls indicate that thc vatuc of an crror in typical equations incrcsscs with iacrcasingdilrfercncc in the growth vclocity of thc particlcs of bath typcs.

  8. The Impact of Abnormal Glucose Tolerance and Obesity on Fetal Growth

    Erin Graves

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. Factors linked with insulin resistance were examined for their association with large-for-gestational-age (LGA infant birth weight and gestational diabetes. Study Design. Data came from a longitudinal cohort study of 2,305 subjects without overt diabetes, analyzed using multinomial logistic and linear regression. Results. High maternal BMI (OR=1.53 (1.11, 2.12, height (1.98 (1.62, 2.42, antidepressant use (1.71 (1.20, 2.44, pregnancy weight-gain exceeding 40 pounds (1.79 (1.25, 2.57, and high blood sugar (2.68, (1.53, 5.27 were all positively associated with LGA birth. Strikingly, the difference in risk from diagnosed and treated gestational diabetes compared to women with a single abnormal glucose tolerance test (but no diagnosis of gestational diabetes was significant (OR=0.65, p=0.12 versus OR=2.84, p<0.01. When weight/length ratio was used instead, different factors were found to be significant. BMI and pregnancy weight-gain were found to influence the development of gestational diabetes, through an additive interaction. Conclusions. High prepregnancy BM, height, antidepressant use, pregnancy weight-gain exceeding 40 pounds, and high blood sugar were associated with LGA birth, but not necessarily infant weight/length ratio. An additive interaction between BMI and pregnancy weight-gain influenced gestational diabetes development.

  9. Growth Responses and Resistance to Streptococcus iniae of Nile Tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus, Fed Diets Containing Distiller's Dried Grains with Solubles

    This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of dietary levels of distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) on growth performance, body composition, hematology, immune response and resistance of Nile tilapia to Streptococcus iniae challenge. Five isocaloric diets containing DDGS at levels of ...

  10. GROWTH RESPONSE AND RESISTANCE TO STREPTOCOCCUS INIAE OF NILE TILAPIA (OREOCHROMIS NILOTICUS) FED DIETS CONTAINING DISTILLER'S DRIED GRAINS WITH SOLUBLES

    This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of dietary levels of distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) on growth performance, body composition, hematology, immune response and resistance of Nile tilapia to Streptococcus iniae challenge. Five isocaloric diets containing DDGS at levels of ...

  11. Analytical expression for the evolution of interfacial area density between transformed grains during nucleation and growth transformations

    Rios, P.R.; Godiksen, R.B.; Schmidt, Søren; Juul Jensen, D.; Vandermeer, R.A.

    2006-01-01

    This paper shows that interfacial area density between transformed grains during nucleation and growth transformations and the contiguity are useful descriptors of microstructural evolution. These descriptors are evaluated analytically and compared with results from computer simulation. Usage of ...... these descriptors makes microstructural path analysis even more reliable and robust. (c) 2006 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved....

  12. Growth Responses and Resistance to Streptococccus iniae of Nile Tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus Fed Diets Containing Distiller's Dried Grains with Solubles

    This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of dietary levels of distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) on growth performance, body composition, hematology, immune response and resistance of Nile tilapia to Streptococcus iniae challenge. Five isocaloric diets containing DDGS at levels of ...

  13. Prospect for vaginal delivery of growth restricted fetuses with abnormal umbilical artery blood flow.

    Li, Hui; Gudmundsson, Saemundur; Olofsson, Per

    2003-01-01

    Background. The best mode of delivery in cases of intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) with umbilical artery blood flow changes is not well elucidated. Objective. To evaluate outcome in IUGR with umbilical artery blood flow changes planned for vaginal delivery after a negative oxytocin challenge test (OCT). Methods. In 84 term singleton pregnancies with suspected IUGR and no unanimous indication for abdominal delivery, Doppler velocimetry and OCT were performed. Positive OCT c...

  14. Effect of γ radiation processing on fungal growth and quality characteristcs of millet grains.

    Mahmoud, Nagat S; Awad, Sahar H; Madani, Rayan M A; Osman, Fahmi A; Elmamoun, Khalid; Hassan, Amro B

    2016-05-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of gamma radiation processing of millet grains on fungal incidence, germination, free fatty acids content, protein solubility, digestible protein, and antinutritional factors (tannin and phytic acid). The grains were exposed to gamma radiation at doses 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1.0, and 2.0 kGy. Obtained results revealed that radiation of millet grains at a dose level higher than 0.5 kGy caused significant (P phytic acid content and gradual increment on in vitro protein digestibility of the grains. On the other hand, the treatments significantly (P < 0.05) increased the protein solubility of the grains. Obtained results indicate that gamma irradiation might improve the quality characteristics of millet grains, and can be used as a postharvest method for disinfestations and decontamination of millet grains. PMID:27247763

  15. Studies of "reactive templated grain growth" in some complex-oxide perovskites

    West, David Lawrence

    This thesis details research on "reactive-templated grain growth" (RTGG) processing of complex-oxide perovskites. Four independent yet interwoven investigations are described. In the first, molten-salt synthesis yielded plate-like (˜0.2 x 5 x 5 mum) Ruddlesden-Popper (Sr3Ti 2O7) and Aurivillius (Bi4Ti3O 12 (BiT) and BaBi2Nb2O9) phases which served as "templates" in the subsequent studies. "Chemical preparation" routes were designed to produce intimately mixed, fine-grain matrix powders for the second and third investigations. A "citrate gel" method was developed for Bi1/2Na 1/2TiO3 (BNT)-based powders and a "sequential precipitation" method for PbNi1/3Nb2/3O3 - PbTiO3 (PNNT)-based powders. Both methods were original to the present investigation and resulted in dense, mum to sub-mum scale microstructures when applied to un-templated compositions. Microstructure studies of templated, chemically-prepared mixtures indicated that both Aurivillius phases behaved similarly with BNT-based matrices: An initially heterogeneous microstructure evolved towards a dense assemblage of anisometric (˜1 x 5 x 5 mum) grains. Sr3Ti 2O7 exhibited consistent behavior with both BNT and PNNT-based matrices: The microstructure evolved towards an aggregation of equi-axed, mum-scale grains with larger, isolated pores. A qualitative model was proposed to account for the behavior. It considered the excess matrix constituents after reaction to ABO3 perovskite and predicted an A-excess matrix in BNT-based mixtures templated with the Aurivillius phases and a B-excess matrix in BNT-based mixtures templated with Sr3Ti2O7. Predictions for PNNT-based matrices were less definite but not contradictory. In the final phase of the investigation, the solids formulation for BiT-templated, RTGG-processed Bi1/2Na17/40K3/40TiO 3 (BNKT) was systematically varied. This approach, original to this thesis, involved pre-reacting to well-defined alkali and bismuth titanate precursors. Use of these in different BNKT

  16. High temperature grain growth and oxidation of Fe-29Ni-17Co (Kovar{trademark}) alloy leads

    Stephens, J.J.; Greulich, F.A.; Beavis, L.C.

    1993-12-31

    One important application for the Fe-29Ni-17Co (Kovar{trademark}) alloy in wire form is in brazed feed through assemblies which are integral parts of vacuum electronic devices. Since Cu metal brazes are performed at process temperatures of about 1100{degrees}C, there is opportunity for significant grain growth to occur during the brazing operation. Additional high temperature exposure includes decarburization of the Fe-29Ni-17Co alloy wire in wet hydrogen for 30 min. at 1000{degrees}C prior to the Cu brazing operation. Two approaches have been used to characterize grain growth in two lots of Fe-29Ni-17Co alloy: (1) a once-through processing study to study the effect of one-time-only device thermal processing on the resulting grain size, and (2) an isothermal grain growth study involving various times at 800--1100{degrees}C. The results of the once-through processing study indicate that acceptable grain sizes are obtained from both cold worked and mill-annealed wire lots following Cu brazing. The isothermal grain growth study indicates that the linear intercept distance for Fe-29Ni-17Co can be described with a power law function of time, and that thermal exposure must be controlled at temperatures in excess of 900{degrees}C in order to avoid excessive grain growth. A second study has characterized the oxidation kinetics of Fe-29Ni-17Co alloy wire in air at temperatures ranging from 550--700{degrees}C. This study indicates the parabolic growth law applies for this material, and between 550 and 700{degrees}C, oxidation in this alloy occurs at an activation energy of 27.9 kcal/mole. Other oxidation studies at higher temperatures ({ge}750{degrees}C) indicate an activation energy of 52.2 kcal/mole for oxidation of Fe-29Ni-17Co alloy at temperatures greater than 790{degrees}C. Quantitative point analyses of the oxide scale formed at 600{degrees}C suggest that a significant fraction of the scale is close to the stoichiometry of the Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-type oxide.

  17. Radiation-Induced Growth Retardation and Microstructural and Metabolite Abnormalities in the Hippocampus

    Zawaski, Janice A.; Sahnoune, Iman

    2016-01-01

    Cranial radiotherapy (CRT) increases survival in pediatric brain-tumor patients but can cause deleterious effects. This study evaluates the acute and long-term impact of CRT delivered during childhood/adolescence on the brain and body using a rodent model. Rats received CRT, either 4 Gy fractions × 5 d (fractionated) or a cumulative dose of 20 Gy (single dose) at 28 d of age. Animals were euthanized 1 d, 5 d, or 3.5 mo after CRT. The 3.5 mo group was imaged prior to euthanasia. At 3.5 mo, we observed significant growth retardation in irradiated animals, versus controls, and the effects of single dose on brain and body weights were more severe than fractionated. Acutely single dose significantly reduced body weight but increased brain weight, whereas fractionation significantly reduced brain but not body weights, versus controls. CRT suppressed cell proliferation in the hippocampal subgranular zone acutely. Fractional anisotropy (FA) in the fimbria was significantly lower in the single dose versus controls. Hippocampal metabolite levels were significantly altered in the single dose animals, reflecting a heightened state of inflammation that was absent in the fractionated. Our findings indicate that despite the differences in severity between the doses they both demonstrated an effect on cell proliferation and growth retardation, important factors in pediatric CRT. PMID:27242931

  18. Spectroscopic infrared extinction mapping as a probe of grain growth in IRDCs

    Lim, Wanggi; Tan, Jonathan C

    2015-01-01

    We present spectroscopic tests of MIR to FIR extinction laws in IRDC G028.36+00.07, a potential site of massive star and star cluster formation. Lim & Tan (2014) developed methods of FIR extinction mapping of this source using ${\\it Spitzer}$-MIPS ${\\rm 24\\mu m}$ and ${\\it Herschel}$-PACS ${\\rm 70\\mu m}$ images, and by comparing to MIR ${\\it Spitzer}$-IRAC $3$--${\\rm 8\\mu m}$ extinction maps, found tentative evidence for grain growth in the highest mass surface density regions. Here we present results of spectroscopic infrared extinction (SIREX) mapping using ${\\it Spitzer}$-IRS (14 to ${\\rm 38\\mu m}$) data of the same IRDC. These methods allow us to first measure the SED of the diffuse Galactic ISM that is in the foreground of the IRDC. We then carry out our primary investigation of measuring the MIR to FIR opacity law and searching for potential variations as a function of mass surface density within the IRDC. We find relatively flat, featureless MIR-FIR opacity laws that lack the $\\sim{\\rm 12\\mu m}$ an...

  19. Screening effect during the growth of spheroidal grains vs deviations from Kolmogorov- Johnson-Mehl-Avrami equation

    A.A. Burbelko

    2008-01-01

    To forccast rhc kinc~icso f phasc transformations which consist in nucleation and growth of rhc grains of a ncw phnsc, rhc wcll-knownKolmogorov-lohson-Mchl-Avrami (KJM A) equation has becn used. It is gencr;llly known that in lhc case of pnrsllcl gr;cin prowlh indiffcrcnt phascs proceeding at difrcrcnl vclocirics. tbc rcsulis OF thc ralcularions arc burdcncd with an crror. 111 this study. applying rhcassumpfions of n stnist ical thcory or thc scrccncd grain growlh. an attcrnpt has bccn madc t...

  20. Effect of Plant Essential Oils and Gamma Irradiation on Growth and Aflatoxin Production by Aspergillus Flavus Isolated from Wheat Grains

    The antifungal potential of essential oils of Thyme (Thymus vulgaris L.) and camphor ( Eucalyptus rostrata L.) was determined on Aspergillus flavus link isolated from wheat grains on Potato dextrose agar (PDA). They inhibited completely mycelia growth of the fungus at 1000 and 2000 ppm, and prevented aflatoxin production at sub lethal dose 500 and 1000 ppm respectively. Gamma radiation was used to control mycelia growth of Aspergillus flavus Link and inhibiting aflatoxin production. A dose level of 3.5 KGy gamma radiation prevented the fungal growth and aflatoxin production by A. flavus link, where a dose of 2.5 K Gy ( the sub lethal dose) prevented about 85% of aflatoxin production

  1. Two-dimensional phase-field study of competitive grain growth during directional solidification of polycrystalline binary alloy

    Takaki, Tomohiro; Ohno, Munekazu; Shibuta, Yasushi; Sakane, Shinji; Shimokawabe, Takashi; Aoki, Takayuki

    2016-05-01

    Selections of growing crystals during directional solidification of a polycrystalline binary alloy were numerically investigated using two-dimensional phase-field simulations. To accelerate the simulations, parallel graphics processing unit (GPU) simulations were performed using the GPU-rich supercomputer TSUBAME2.5 at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Twenty simulations with a combination of five sets of different seed orientation distributions and four different temperature gradients covering dendritic and cellular growth regions were performed. The unusual grain selection phenomenon, in which the unfavorably oriented grains preferentially grow instead of the favorably oriented grains, was observed frequently. The unusual selection was more remarkable in the cellular structure than in the dendritic structure.

  2. Metabolic Abnormalities in growth hormone deficiency Anormalidades metabólicas en la deficiencia de la hormona de crecimiento

    Roberto Lanes

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality has been reported in adult subjects with growth hormone deficiency (GHD. Long term follow up of a large cohort of patients with adult onset GHD, suggests that GH therapy may contribute to a reduced risk of nonfatal stroke, particularly in women and in a decline in nonfatal cardiac events in GHD men(1,2. Adult hypopituitary patients with untreated growth hormone deficiency have been shown to have a cluster of cardiovascular risk factors such as increased visceral adiposity, disturbances in lipoprotein metabolism, premature atherosclerosis, impaired fibrinolytic activity, increased peripheral insulin resistance, abnormal cardiac structure, impaired cardiac performance and endothelial dysfunction (3,4. Several of these risk factors have now been confirmed in double blind, randomized, placebo controlled trials (5,6. Metabolic changes in GH deficient children and adolescents have been evaluated only quite recently and superficially. In this article we will discuss these metabolic abnormalities and their underlying mechanism in untreated GHD subjects and we will review the beneficial effect of growth hormone therapy in adults, adolescents and children with GHD.Se ha reportado un aumento en la morbilidad y mortalidad de pacientes adultos con deficiencia de la hormona de crecimiento (DHC. El seguimiento a largo plazo de una cohorte de pacientes con DHC sugiere que la administracion de hormona de crecimiento puede contribuir a una reducción en el número de los accidentes cerebrovasculares no fatales, particularmente en mujeres y de eventos cardíacos en hombres(1,2. Pacientes adultos con hipopituitarismo y una DHC cursan con un acúmulo de factores de riesgo cardiovascular tales como un aumento en la adiposidad visceral, alteraciones en el metabolismo lipoproteico, ateroesclerosis prematura, actividad fibrinolítica alterada, resistencia a la insulina, masa y función cardíaca alterada y disfunci

  3. Yield and grain quality of spring barley as affected by biomass formation at early growth stages

    Křen, J.; Klem, Karel; Svobodová, I.; Míša, P.; Neudert, L.

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 60, č. 5 (2014), s. 221-227. ISSN 1214-1178 R&D Projects: GA MZe QI111A133 Keywords : Hordeum vulgare L * above-ground biomass * tillering * grain yield formation * grain protein content Subject RIV: EH - Ecology, Behaviour Impact factor: 1.226, year: 2014

  4. Melt growth of CdTe crystals and transmission electron microscopic investigations of their grain boundaries

    Sabinina, I.V.; Gutakovski, A.K.; Milenov, T.I.; Lyakh, N.N.; Sidorov, Y.G.; Gospodinov, M.M. (Inst. of Semiconductor Physics, Academy of Sciences of the USSR (Siberian Branch), Novosibirsk (USSR) Inst. of Solid State Physics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia (Bulgaria))

    1991-01-01

    Transmission electron microscopy investigations are carried out on CdTe crystals grown in quartz ampoules in a temperature region (1020-1091degC) near to the melting point of 1092degC, by travelling heater method in quasi-closed and in sealed (at 0.135 Pa) volume, and by the Bridgman method from nearly stoichiometric melts. An original method for preparation of CdTe thin foil is reported. Two types of grain boundaries are observed: high-angle misoriented grain boundaries (more than ten degrees misorientation between adjacent grains) and low-angle misoriented grain boundaries (less than one degree misorientation between adjacent sub-grain). Both dislocations with Burgers vector b=a/6<112> and b=a/2<110> are present. (orig.).

  5. Supernova dust formation and the grain growth in the early universe: The critical metallicity for low-mass star formation

    Chiaki, Gen; Nozawa, Takaya; Yoshida, Naoki; Schneider, Raffaella; Omukai, Kazuyuki; Limongi, Marco; Chieffi, Alessandro

    2014-01-01

    We investigate the condition for the formation of low-mass second-generation stars in the early universe. It has been proposed that gas cooling by dust thermal emission can trigger fragmentation of a low-metallicity star-forming gas cloud. In order to determine the critical condition in which dust cooling induces the formation of low-mass stars, we follow the thermal evolution of a collapsing cloud by a one-zone semi-analytic collapse model. Earlier studies assume the dust amount in the local universe, where all refractory elements are depleted onto grains, and/or assume the constant dust amount during gas collapse. In this paper, we employ the models of dust formation and destruction in early supernovae to derive the realistic dust compositions and size distributions for multiple species as the initial conditions of our collapse calculations. We also follow accretion of heavy elements in the gas phase onto dust grains, i.e., grain growth, during gas contraction. We find that grain growth well alters the frag...

  6. A new approach to modelling of non-steady grain growth

    Grain coarsening is a phenomenon common to all polycrystalline materials at elevated temperatures. During the last 50 years a number of sophisticated models have been developed for grain-coarsening kinetics. The authors have shown that Onsager's extremal principle represents a systematic way of deriving evolution equations for parameters characterizing thermodynamic systems. If the grain radii are chosen as those parameters, the application of Onsager's principle reproduces Hillert's classical evolution equations for the radii of individual grains (multigrain concept). The observed or calculated ensemble of grains is usually classified by a grain radii distribution function involving a certain number of parameters. The novelty of the paper is represented by the direct application of Onsager's principle to the radii distribution function by derivation of the evolution equations for its parameters (distribution concept). The kinetics of systems with bimodal and different monomodal starting distribution functions are calculated by means of both multigrain and distribution concepts, and the results of simulations are compared and discussed. The dissipation of the grain coarsening process is evaluated, and it is shown that the width of the distribution function decisively influences the coarsening kinetics

  7. Computer simulation of grain growth of intermediate--and final-stage sintering and Ostwald ripening of BaTiO3-based PTCR ceramics

    This paper presented a novel modified Q-states Potts Monte-Carlo computer simulation procedure applied to simulate the grain growth of intermediate and final stages of sintering and Ostwald ripening process of BaTiO3 Positive Temperature Coefficient of Resistance (PTCR) ceramics, and the effects of liquid-phases on the grain growth of BaTiO3-based PTCR ceramics. The computer simulating models of the grain growth of the sintering process were established by the theory of the grain growth. The simulating results indicated that (1) the liquid-phase would hinder the motion of the grain-boundary, and the ratio of the grain growth was limited so that the size of the grains was smaller than those of the single-phase system; (2) the shrinkage of a BaTiO3 PTCR ceramics almost ceased at the temperature of 1513 K or so in the two-phase system, and the soaking stage involved the densification and grain growth of ceramics controlled by liquid-phases

  8. Analysis Of The Austenite Grain Growth In Low-Alloy Boron Steel With High Resistance To Abrasive Wear

    Białobrzeska B.

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Today low-alloy steels with boron achieve high resistance to abrasive wear and high strength. These features are obtained by using advanced technology of manufacturing. This makes boron steels increasingly popular and their application more diverse. Application of these steels can extend the lifetime of very expensive machine construction in many industries such as mining, the automotive, and agriculture industries. An interesting subgroup of these materials is steel with boron intended for heat treatment. These steels are supplied by the manufacturer after cold or hot rolling so that it is possible for them to be heat treated in a suitable manner by the purchaser for its specific application. Very important factor that determines the mechanical properties of final product is austenite grain growth occurring during hot working process such us quenching or hot rolling. Investigation of the effect of heating temperature and holding time on the austenite grain size is necessary to understand the growth behavior under different conditions. This article presents the result of investigation of austenite grain growth in selected low-allow boron steel with high resistance to abrasive wear and attempts to describe the influence of chemical composition on this process.

  9. Growth of single crystalline seeds into polycrystalline strontium titanate: Anisotropy of the mobility, intrinsic drag effects and kinetic shape of grain boundaries

    We present a suite of measurements and combined analyses of grain growth in SrTiO3 for oriented single crystals into polycrystals. The growth distance and standard deviation and the microstructure evolution along the single crystal–matrix interface are used to locally characterize the change in migration behavior as a function of temperature, time and interface orientation. The relative grain boundary mobility was determined between 1250 °C and 1600 °C for four crystallographic orientations {1 0 0}, {1 1 0}, {1 1 1} and {3 1 0}. An absolute mobility of these orientations is estimated. Under fast growth conditions the morphology of single crystals shows macroscopic stepping with parts of the interface rotating to low mobility orientations. This effect represents a kinetic influence on the grain boundary morphology. The results also indicate dragging effects on microstructure coarsening, which indicate the existence of a critical driving force for grain growth. This critical driving force seems to be related to an ‘intrinsic’ interface drag similar to the solute drag, but based on intrinsic defects. At 1460 °C the growth of single crystals was significantly faster than expected from the mobility of the polycrystal and was identified as exaggerated grain growth. The findings give new insights into the recently published grain growth anomaly of strontium titanate, leading to a hypothesis based on the temperature dependent relative mobility of {1 0 0} oriented grain boundaries

  10. Kinetics of heterogeneous nucleation and growth: An approach based on a grain explicit model

    Rouet-Leduc, Bertrand; Maillet, Jean-Bernard; Denoual, Christophe

    2013-01-01

    A model for phase transitions initiated on grain boundaries is proposed and tested against numerical simulations: this approach based on a grain explicit model (GEM) allows to consider the granular structure, yielding accurate predictions for a wide span of nucleation processes. Comparisons are made with classical models of homogeneous (JMAK) as well as heterogeneous (Cahn) nucleation. A transition scale based on material properties is proposed, allowing to discriminate between random and sit...

  11. Partial rescue of postnatal growth plate abnormalities in Ihh mutants by expression of a constitutively active PTH/PTHrP receptor

    Maeda, Yukiko; Schipani, Ernestina; Densmore, Michael J.; Lanske, Beate

    2009-01-01

    Indian hedgehog (Ihh) is essential for chondrocyte proliferation/differentiation and osteoblast differentiation during prenatal endochondral bone formation. Ihh expression in postnatal chondrocytes has a non-redundant role in maintaining a growth plate and sustaining trabecular bone after birth. Loss of Ihh in postnatal chondrocytes results in fusion of the growth plate and a decrease in trabecular bone. In order to normalize this abnormal chondrocyte phenotype and to investigate whether a pu...

  12. Growth and physiological responses of growing pigs to wheat-corn distillers dried grains with solubles.

    Ayoade, D I; Kiarie, E; Slominski, B A; Nyachoti, C M

    2014-06-01

    Gaining a detailed knowledge on the impact of a feedstuff on pig growth and physiological responses is critical for its effective utilization. Thus, the purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of distillers dried grains with solubles derived from co-fermentation of wheat and corn (wcDDGS) on performance, carcass and visceral organ weights, whole-body O2 consumption and heat production (HP) in growing barrows. The experimental diets were as follows: corn-soybean meal diet (Control), Control + 15% wcDDGS and Control + 30% wcDDGS. In Exp. 1, 48 pair-housed pigs of average BW 18.6 ± 1.5 kg (mean ± SD) were allotted to the 3 diets (n = 8). Pigs had free access to water and feed for a 28-day period during which ADG and ADFI were calculated weekly. Thereafter, 1 pig/pen was killed to measure carcass and visceral organ weights. Overall, wcDDGS linearly decreased (p 0.10). The ADFI was 1.55, 1.45 and 1.36 kg/day for diets containing 0, 15 and 30% wcDDGS respectively; corresponding values for ADG were 0.79, 0.75 and 0.67 kg/day respectively. A linear decline (p = 0.01) in eviscerated hot carcass weight was observed as dietary wcDDGS increased. In Exp. 2, 18 pigs of average BW 20.4 ± 2.4 kg (mean ± SD) were individually housed in metabolism crates and fed the 3 diets (n = 6) at 550 kcal ME kg BW(-0.60) day for a 16-day period followed by measurement of O2 consumption using an indirect calorimeter. Diet had no effect (p > 0.10) on whole-body O2 consumption and HP. In conclusion, increasing wcDDGS content in growing pig diets linearly reduced ADFI, ADG and eviscerated hot carcass weight but had no effect on G:F, visceral organ weights or HP. PMID:23931574

  13. Establishment of growth medium and quantification of pollen grains of olive cultivars in Brazil's subtropical areas

    Luiz Fernando de Oliveira da Silva

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Pollen grain germination in vitro indicates viability and consequently provides information related to fruit set. It also assists in the development of hybrids. Along with a suitable species, a standard culture medium is essential for evaluating pollen viability. It should contain a gelling agent consisting of carbohydrates and enhancer elements as well as have the correct pH, temperature, and incubation time. The objective of this study was to optimise the culture medium, determine the pollen germination capacity, and quantify the number of pollen grains per flower of certain olive tree cultivars. A basic sequential culture medium for pollen grain germination was determined, always utilizing the best result from the previous experiment to continue the sequence.The factorial treatment arrangement was: 1 agar versus boric acid; 2 pH versus sucrose; 3 calcium nitrate versus magnesium sulfate. After determining the culture medium components, two experiments were conducted evaluating temperature and incubation time. Another experiment evaluated both the germination percentage and the number of flower pollen grains of 28 cultivars. The culture medium should be composed of 4 g∙L-1 of agar, 90 g∙L-1 of sucrose, and 400 mg∙L-1 of boric acid with a pH adjusted to 5.79 and an incubation time of 60 h at 28 °C. The Manzanilla 215 cultivar had the highest germination rate while Ascolano 315 presented the highest number of pollen grains per flower.

  14. Drought priming at vegetative growth stages improves tolerance to drought and heat stresses occurring during grain filling in spring wheat

    Wang, Xiao; Vignjevic, Marija; Liu, Fulai;

    2015-01-01

    Plants of spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L. cv. Vinjett) were exposed to moderate water deficit at the vegetative growth stages six-leaf and/or stem elongation to investigate drought priming effects on tolerance to drought and heat stress events occurring during the grain filling stage. Compared......Plants of spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L. cv. Vinjett) were exposed to moderate water deficit at the vegetative growth stages six-leaf and/or stem elongation to investigate drought priming effects on tolerance to drought and heat stress events occurring during the grain filling stage....... Comparedwith the non-primed plants, drought priming could alleviate photo-inhibition in flag leaves caused by drought and heat stress episodes during grain filling. In the primed plants, drought stress inhibited photosynthesis mainly through decrease of maximum photosynthetic electron transport rate, while...... decrease of the carboxylation efficiency limited photosynthesis under heat stress. The higher saturated net photosynthetic rate of flag leaves coincidedwith the lowered nonphotochemical quenching rates in the twice-primed plants under drought stress and in the primed plants during stem elongation under...

  15. Columnar grain growth of FePt(L10) thin films

    An experimental approach for obtaining perpendicular FePt-SiOx thin films with a large height to diameter ratio FePt(L10) columnar grains is presented in this work. The microstructure for FePt-SiOx composite thin films as a function of oxide volume fraction, substrate temperature, and film thickness is studied by plan view and cross section TEM. The relations between processing, microstructure, epitaxial texture, and magnetic properties are discussed. By tuning the thickness of the magnetic layer and the volume fraction of oxide in the film at a sputtering temperature of 410 deg. C, a 16 nm thick perpendicular FePt film with ∼8 nm diameter of FePt grains was obtained. The height to diameter ratio of the FePt grains was as large as 2. Ordering at lower temperature can be achieved by introducing a Ag sacrificial layer.

  16. Columnar grain growth of FePt(L1{sub 0}) thin films

    Yang En; Ho Hoan [Data Storage Systems Center, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213 (United States); Laughlin, David E. [Data Storage Systems Center, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213 (United States); ALCOA Professor of Physical Metallurgy, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213 (United States); Zhu Jiangang [Data Storage Systems Center, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213 (United States); ABB Professor of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213 (United States)

    2012-04-01

    An experimental approach for obtaining perpendicular FePt-SiOx thin films with a large height to diameter ratio FePt(L1{sub 0}) columnar grains is presented in this work. The microstructure for FePt-SiOx composite thin films as a function of oxide volume fraction, substrate temperature, and film thickness is studied by plan view and cross section TEM. The relations between processing, microstructure, epitaxial texture, and magnetic properties are discussed. By tuning the thickness of the magnetic layer and the volume fraction of oxide in the film at a sputtering temperature of 410 deg. C, a 16 nm thick perpendicular FePt film with {approx}8 nm diameter of FePt grains was obtained. The height to diameter ratio of the FePt grains was as large as 2. Ordering at lower temperature can be achieved by introducing a Ag sacrificial layer.

  17. Columnar grain growth of FePt(L10) thin films

    Yang, En; Ho, Hoan; Laughlin, David E.; Zhu, Jian-Gang

    2012-04-01

    An experimental approach for obtaining perpendicular FePt-SiOx thin films with a large height to diameter ratio FePt(L10) columnar grains is presented in this work. The microstructure for FePt-SiOx composite thin films as a function of oxide volume fraction, substrate temperature, and film thickness is studied by plan view and cross section TEM. The relations between processing, microstructure, epitaxial texture, and magnetic properties are discussed. By tuning the thickness of the magnetic layer and the volume fraction of oxide in the film at a sputtering temperature of 410 °C, a 16 nm thick perpendicular FePt film with ˜8 nm diameter of FePt grains was obtained. The height to diameter ratio of the FePt grains was as large as 2. Ordering at lower temperature can be achieved by introducing a Ag sacrificial layer.

  18. Grain growth control and transparency in spark plasma sintered self-doped alumina materials

    Doping alumina particles with aluminum alkoxides allows dense spark plasma sintered (SPSed) materials to be obtained that have a refined grain size compared to pure materials, which is critical for their transparency. An optical model considering pore and grain size distributions has been developed to obtain information about porosity in dense materials. This work suggests that the atomic diffusion mechanisms do not depend on the sintering technique. A reduction in the activation energy by a factor of 2 has been found in SPSed materials.

  19. The structure and dielectric tunable properties of preferred oriented BST ceramics prepared by templated grain growth method

    In this work, textured barium strontium titanate ceramics with a high degree of preferred orientation were prepared by templated grain growth technique. The structure and dielectric tunable properties of textured BST ceramic were investigated. A high degree of fiber texture was achieved using oriented SrTiO3 as template particles in fine-grained BST matrix. The dielectric tunability of textured BST ceramic were significantly increased compared to random oriented ceramic. Furthermore the P-E curve of textured BST ceramic presented a more visible hysteresis loop. Combined with origin of the tunability, these effects could be interpreted on the base of both hardening mechanism of soft mode and polar nano-region mechanism

  20. Changes in phenolic acids and antioxidant activity in Thai rice husk at five growth stages during grain development.

    Butsat, Sunan; Weerapreeyakul, Natthida; Siriamornpun, Sirithon

    2009-06-10

    Soluble and bound phenolic acids were isolated from Thai rice husk samples at five growth stages during grain development, and their antioxidant activities were evaluated. The results showed that ferulic acid was the major soluble phenolic acid in husk at all stages, and its concentration decreased steadily during grain development. The ratio of ferulic to p-coumaric acid was approximately 2:1 at all stages. The most abundant bound phenolic acid in all extracts was p-coumaric acid, followed by ferulic acid along with traces of syringic, vanilic, and p-hydroxybenzoic acids. Most of the antioxidant activities of soluble and bound phenolic acids in husk extracts were found at flowering stage, and there were high correlations of antioxidant activity to levels of soluble ferulic, gallic, and p-coumaric acids. PMID:19432451

  1. Heat stress in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) : Effects on grain growth and quality traits

    Spiertz, J.H.J.; Hamer, R.J.; Xu, H.; Primo Martin, C.; Don, C.; Putten, van der P.E.L.

    2006-01-01

    Heat stress effects on grain dry mass and quality were studied in spring wheat genotypes (Triticum aestivum L.). Three cultivars were chosen with respect to heat tolerance: Lavett (genotype 1), selected for temperate growing conditions and two CIMMYT cultivars, Ciano-79 (genotype 2) and Attila (geno

  2. Heat stress in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.): Effects on grain growth and quality traits

    Spiertz, J.H.J.; Hamer, R.J.; Xu, H.; Primo-Martin, C.; Don, C.; Putten, P.E.L. van der

    2006-01-01

    Heat stress effects on grain dry mass and quality were studied in spring wheat genotypes (Triticum aestivum L.). Three cultivars were chosen with respect to heat tolerance: Lavett (genotype 1), selected for temperate growing conditions and two CIMMYT cultivars, Ciano-79 (genotype 2) and Attila (geno

  3. Curved walls: Grain growth, settling, and composition patterns in T Tauri disk dust submlimation fronts

    McClure, M K; Calvet, N; Espaillat, C; Hartmann, L; Sargent, B; Watson, D M; Ingleby, L; Hernandez, J

    2013-01-01

    The dust sublimation walls of disks around T Tauri stars represent a directly observable cross-section through the disk atmosphere and midplane. Their emission properties can probe the grain size distribution and composition of the innermost regions of the disk, where terrestrial planets form. Here we calculate the inner dust sublimation wall properties for four classical T Tauri stars with a narrow range of spectral types and inclination angles and a wide range of mass accretion rates to determine the extent to which the walls are radially curved. Best-fits to the near- and mid-IR excesses are found for curved, 2-layer walls in which the lower layer contains larger, hotter, amorphous pyroxene grains with Mg/(Mg+Fe)=0.6 and the upper layer contains submicron, cooler, mixed amorphous olivine and forsterite grains. As the mass accretion rates decrease from 10^(-8) to 10^(-10) Msol/yr, the maximum grain size in the lower layer decreases from 3 to 0.5 microns. We attribute this to a decrease in fragmentation and ...

  4. Assessment of the abnormal growth of floating macrophytes in Winam Gulf (Kenya) by using MODIS imagery time series

    Fusilli, L.; Collins, M. O.; Laneve, G.; Palombo, A.; Pignatti, S.; Santini, F.

    2013-02-01

    The objective of this research study is to assess the capability of time-series of MODIS imagery to provide information suitable for enhancing the understanding of the temporal cycles shown by the abnormal growth of the floating macrophytes in order to support monitoring and management action of Lake Victoria water resources. The proliferation of invasive plants and aquatic weeds is of growing concern. Starting from 1989, Lake Victoria has been interested by the high infestation of water hyacinth with significant socio-economic impact on riparian populations. In this paper, we describe an approach based on the time-series of MODIS to derive the temporal behaviour, the abundance and distribution of the floating macrophytes in the Winam Gulf (Kenyan portion of the Lake Victoria) and its possible links to the concentrations of the main water constituencies. To this end, we consider the NDVI values computed from the MODIS imagery time-series from 2000 to 2009 to identify the floating macrophytes cover and an appropriate bio-optical model to retrieve, by means of an inverse procedure, the concentrations of chlorophyll a, coloured dissolved organic matter and total suspended solid. The maps of the floating vegetation based on the NDVI values allow us to assess the spatial and temporal dynamics of the weeds with high time resolution. A floating vegetation index (FVI) has been introduced for describing the weeds pollution level. The results of the analysis show a consistent temporal relation between the water constituent concentrations within the Winam Gulf and the FVI, especially in the proximity of the greatest proliferation of floating vegetation in the last 10 years that occurred between the second half of 2006 and the first half of 2007.The adopted approach will be useful to implement an automatic system for monitoring and predicting the floating macrophytes proliferation in Lake Victoria.

  5. Cholinergic Abnormalities, Endosomal Alterations and Up-Regulation of Nerve Growth Factor Signaling in Niemann-Pick Type C Disease

    Cabeza Carolina

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Neurotrophins and their receptors regulate several aspects of the developing and mature nervous system, including neuronal morphology and survival. Neurotrophin receptors are active in signaling endosomes, which are organelles that propagate neurotrophin signaling along neuronal processes. Defects in the Npc1 gene are associated with the accumulation of cholesterol and lipids in late endosomes and lysosomes, leading to neurodegeneration and Niemann-Pick type C (NPC disease. The aim of this work was to assess whether the endosomal and lysosomal alterations observed in NPC disease disrupt neurotrophin signaling. As models, we used i NPC1-deficient mice to evaluate the central cholinergic septo-hippocampal pathway and its response to nerve growth factor (NGF after axotomy and ii PC12 cells treated with U18666A, a pharmacological cellular model of NPC, stimulated with NGF. Results NPC1-deficient cholinergic cells respond to NGF after axotomy and exhibit increased levels of choline acetyl transferase (ChAT, whose gene is under the control of NGF signaling, compared to wild type cholinergic neurons. This finding was correlated with increased ChAT and phosphorylated Akt in basal forebrain homogenates. In addition, we found that cholinergic neurons from NPC1-deficient mice had disrupted neuronal morphology, suggesting early signs of neurodegeneration. Consistently, PC12 cells treated with U18666A presented a clear NPC cellular phenotype with a prominent endocytic dysfunction that includes an increased size of TrkA-containing endosomes and reduced recycling of the receptor. This result correlates with increased sensitivity to NGF, and, in particular, with up-regulation of the Akt and PLC-γ signaling pathways, increased neurite extension, increased phosphorylation of tau protein and cell death when PC12 cells are differentiated and treated with U18666A. Conclusions Our results suggest that the NPC cellular phenotype causes neuronal

  6. In vitro Pollen Grain Germination and Tube Growth of Ten Iranian Jujube (Ziziphus jujuba) Cultivars

    Hossein ROUHAKHSH; Gholamhossein DAVARYNEJAD; Majid RAHEMI; Abedi, Bahram

    2014-01-01

    Jujube (Ziziphus jujuba) is a species particularly prone to erratic fruit set. Several causes such as pollen germination and tube growth involve in this behaviour. Thus, the present research aimed to evaluate and compare of pollen grains germination and tube growth of ten Iranian jujube cultivars on in vitro condition. A factorial trial based on completely randomized design with five replications was carried out. The pollen grains were collected from un-opened-flowers of Al-Ghour’, ‘Bardaskan...

  7. CURVED WALLS: GRAIN GROWTH, SETTLING, AND COMPOSITION PATTERNS IN T TAURI DISK DUST SUBLIMATION FRONTS

    The dust sublimation walls of disks around T Tauri stars represent a directly observable cross-section through the disk atmosphere and midplane. Their emission properties can probe the grain size distribution and composition of the innermost regions of the disk, where terrestrial planets form. Here we calculate the inner dust sublimation wall properties for four classical T Tauri stars with a narrow range of spectral types and inclination angles and a wide range of mass accretion rates to determine the extent to which the walls are radially curved. Best fits to the near- and mid-IR excesses are found for curved, two-layer walls in which the lower layer contains larger, hotter, amorphous pyroxene grains with Mg/(Mg+Fe) = 0.6 and the upper layer contains submicron, cooler, mixed amorphous olivine and forsterite grains. As the mass accretion rates decrease from 10–8 to 10–10 M☉ yr–1, the maximum grain size in the lower layer decreases from ∼3 to 0.5 μm. We attribute this to a decrease in fragmentation and turbulent support for micron-sized grains with decreasing viscous heating. The atmosphere of these disks is depleted of dust with dust-gas mass ratios 1 × 10–4 of the interstellar medium (ISM) value, while the midplane is enhanced to eight times the ISM value. For all accretion rates, the wall contributes at least half of the flux in the optically thin 10 μm silicate feature. Finally, we find evidence for an iron gradient in the disk, suggestive of that found in our solar system

  8. The Herschel exploitation of local galaxy Andromeda (HELGA) VI: Strengthening the case for substantial interstellar grain growth

    Mattsson, L; Andersen, A C; Smith, M W L; De Looze, I; Baes, M; Viaene, S; Gentile, G; Fritz, J; Spinoglio, L

    2014-01-01

    In this paper we consider the implications of the distributions of dust and metals in the disc of M31. We derive mean radial dust distributions using a dust map created from Herschel images of M31 sampling the entire far-infrared (FIR) peak. Modified blackbodies are fit to approximately 4000 pixels with a varying, as well as a fixed, dust emissivity index (beta). An overall metal distribution is also derived using data collected from the literature. We use a simple analytical model of the evolution of the dust in a galaxy with dust contributed by stellar sources and interstellar grain growth, and fit this model to the radial dust-to-metals distribution across the galaxy. Our analysis shows that the dust-to-gas gradient in M31 is steeper than the metallicity gradient, suggesting interstellar dust growth is (or has been) important in M31. We argue that M31 helps build a case for cosmic dust in galaxies being the result of substantial interstellar grain growth, while the net dust production from stars may be lim...

  9. Influence of precipitates on low-cycle fatigue and crack growth behavior in an ultrafine-grained aluminum alloy

    The strain-controlled fatigue and near-threshold fatigue crack growth behavior of an ultrafine-grained (UFG), age-hardening aluminum alloy after severe plastic deformation by equal-channel angular pressing (ECAP) are discussed. The main question addressed is how different precipitate morphologies affect low-cycle fatigue (LCF) and fatigue crack growth. An AlMg0.5Si0.4 alloy is subjected to two and eight passes of ECAP to obtain different degrees of grain refinement and fragmentation of the initially semi-coherent precipitates. Furthermore, a thermally recovered condition with newly formed, small coherent precipitates, which is obtained by aging after two ECAP passes, is considered. Strain-controlled fatigue tests and ΔK-controlled crack growth measurements are conducted and microstructural evolution during cycling and fracture surfaces are carefully analyzed using scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Most importantly, the results of this study show that newly formed, coherent precipitates in the thermally recovered condition directly contribute to a more planar slip behavior, to slip localization and to early failure during LCF loading. It is clearly demonstrated that precipitate morphology also affects fatigue crack propagation, and that this is closely related to slip reversibility, even in the UFG regime

  10. The Difference in Growth and Four Microelement Concentrations Between Two Rice Genotypes Differing in Grain Cadmium-Accumulating Capacity

    CHENG Wang-da; ZHANG Guo-ping; YAO Hai-gen; Peter Dominy; WANG Run-yi

    2004-01-01

    A pot experiment was conducted with two rice genotypes having different Cd concentrations in their grains to study the effect of soil Cd level on biomass, Cd and Fe, Zn, Cr and Pb accumulation in different plant parts. Cd was added into soil to form 4 levels, i.e.,0, 0.5, 2.5 and 12.5 mg kg-1, respectively. The results showed that the Cd-induced reduction in biomass accumulation varied in both genotypes and growth stages. The Cd-induced reduction in biomass became less with the progress of growth, and Xiushui63, a genotype with relatively higher grain Cd concentration, was more severely inhibited than Xiushui217,a relatively lower Cd concentration. Both Cd concentration and accumulation in the various plant parts increased substantially with the increase of Cd levels. The difference between two genotypes in Cd concentration and accumulation became more pronounced with increased Cd level as well as prolonged duration of exposure. Xuishui63 had much greater Cd accumulation than Xiushui217, in particular at late growth stage. Xuishui63 had a remarkably higher Cd translocation of roots to shoots than Xiushui217 in all Cd levels.The effect of Cd addition on four microelement concentrations in straw and milled rice also varied in genotypes and Cd levels. Without Cd addition, Xiushui63 was significantly lower than Xiushui217 in the concentrations of all four elements in straw, while the case was just opposite in milled rice. Zn, Fe and Pb concentrations decreased in milled rice with the increase of Cd level, although the reduction extent differed in two genotypes.The results indicated that Cd concentration in rice grain is primarily dependent on the shoot Cd concentration, which is in turn mainly determined by Cd translocation from roots to shoots.

  11. Inversion boundary induced grain growth in ZnO ceramics: from atomic-scale investigations to microstructural engineering

    In semiconducting materials special boundaries play the key role in crystal growth. They introduce an abrupt structural and chemical anisotropy, which is readily reflected in an unusual microstructure evolution, whereas their local structure affects the physical properties of semiconducting materials. These effects, however, can be exploited to tailor the electronic and optical properties of the materials, as demonstrated in this review. The presented topic fits in the field of preparatory stage of phase transformations, manifested through evolution of chemically induced structural faults. In the noncentrosymmetric structure of ZnO, inversion boundaries (IBs) are the most common type of planar faults that can be triggered by the addition of specific spinel-forming dopants (Sb2O3, SnO2, TiO2). In addition to conventional HRTEM techniques several new methods were developed to resolve crystallography and atomic-scale chemistry of IBs. The absolute orientation of the polar c-axes on both sides of the IB was determined by a novel quantitative microdiffraction method, providing a reliable identification of crystal polarity in noncentrosymmetric crystals. To determine sub-monolayer quantities of dopants on the IB, we developed a special technique of analytical electron microscopy using concentric electron probe (CEP) in EDS or EELS mode, providing more accurate and precise results than any other available technique. Knowing the local crystal chemistry of IBs we were able to design experiments to identify their formation mechanism. IBs nucleate in the early stage of grain growth as a dopant-rich topotaxial 2D reaction product on Zn-terminated surfaces of ZnO grains. Soon after their nucleation, ZnO is epitaxially grown on the inherent 2D phase in an inverted orientation, which effectively starts to dictate anisotropic growth of the infected crystallite. In very short time the grains with IBs dominate the entire microstructure in ZnO ceramics via IB-induced exaggerated

  12. Impact of integrated nutrient management on growth and grain yield of wheat under irrigated cropping system

    Field study was conducted during 2001-02 and 2002-03 to investigate the effect of cropping patterns and farm yard manure, potassium and zinc on the grain yield of wheat. Trials were conducted at Agricultural Research Farm, KPK Agricultural University Peshawar, Pakistan. Two factors cropping patterns and manures/fertilizers were studied in the experiment. Randomized complete block design was used with split plot arrangements and four replications having net plot size of 12 m/sup 2/. Wheat variety Ghaznavi-98 was sown in November soon after ploughing the soil at proper moisture level suitable for wheat seed germination. Five cropping patterns were allotted to main plots and the eight combinations of FYM, K and Zn to the sub-plots. Same plots were used for next year sowing. Effects of five cropping patterns i.e., rice-wheat, maize-wheat, sunflower-wheat, sorghum-wheat and pigeon pea-wheat and three organic and in-organic fertilizers (Farmyard Manure, Potassium and Zinc) on subsequent wheat crop were observed. Highest grain yield was obtained when wheat was planted after pigeon pea. Manures/fertilizer application (Farmyard Manure, Potassium and Zinc) produced significantly higher grain yield than the control plots. The findings of the present study revealed that leguminous crops can significantly increase the yield of succeeding crops. Thus use of Farmyard Manure, Potassium and Zinc should be included in integrated crop management approaches for sustainable agriculture. (author)

  13. Thickness dependence of grain growth orientation in MgB2 films fabricated by hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition

    We have investigated the effect of thickness of the MgB2 film on the grain growth direction as well as on their superconducting properties. MgB2 films of various thicknesses were fabricated on c-cut Al2O3 substrates at a temperature of 540 degree by using hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition (HPCVD) technique. The superconducting transition temperature (Tc) was found to increase with increase in the thickness of the MgB2 film. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that the orientation of grains changed from c-axis to a-axis upon increasing the thickness of the MgB2 film from 0.6 to 2.0 μm. MgB2 grains of various orientations were observed in the microstructures of the films examined by scanning electron microscopy. It is observed that at high magnetic fields the 2.0-μm-thick film exhibit considerably larger critical current density (Jc) as compared to 0.6-μm-thick film. The results are discussed in terms of an intrinsic-pinning in MgB2 similarly as intrinsic-pinning occurring in high-Tc cuprate superconductors with layered structure.

  14. In vitro growth environment produces lipidomic and electron transport chain abnormalities in mitochondria from non-tumorigenic astrocytes and brain tumours

    Thomas N Seyfried

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available The mitochondrial lipidome influences ETC (electron transport chain and cellular bioenergetic efficiency. Brain tumours are largely dependent on glycolysis for energy due to defects in mitochondria and oxidative phosphorylation. In the present study, we used shotgun lipidomics to compare the lipidome in highly purified mitochondria isolated from normal brain, from brain tumour tissue, from cultured tumour cells and from non-tumorigenic astrocytes. The tumours included the CT-2A astrocytoma and an EPEN (ependymoblastoma, both syngeneic with the C57BL/6J (B6 mouse strain. The mitochondrial lipidome in cultured CT-2A and EPEN tumour cells were compared with those in cultured astrocytes and in solid tumours grown in vivo. Major differences were found between normal tissue and tumour tissue and between in vivo and in vitro growth environments for the content or composition of ethanolamine glycerophospholipids, phosphatidylglycerol and cardiolipin. The mitochondrial lipid abnormalities in solid tumours and in cultured cells were associated with reductions in multiple ETC activities, especially Complex I. The in vitro growth environment produced lipid and ETC abnormalities in cultured non-tumorigenic astrocytes that were similar to those associated with tumorigenicity. It appears that the culture environment obscures the boundaries of the Crabtree and the Warburg effects. These results indicate that in vitro growth environments can produce abnormalities in mitochondrial lipids and ETC activities, thus contributing to a dependency on glycolysis for ATP production.

  15. First-order description of the mechanical fracture behavior of fine-grained surficial marine sediments during gas bubble growth

    Barry, M. A.; Boudreau, B. P.; Johnson, B. D.; Reed, A. H.

    2010-12-01

    Bubbles in sediments, imaged via Computed Tomography (CT) scanning, and in surrogate transparent material (gelatin), are well-described geometrically as eccentric oblate spheroids. While sediments are undoubtedly visco-elasto-plastic solids, only part of that complex behavior appears to influence significantly the formation and shape of gas bubbles. Specifically, the shape of these bubbles can be explained if the mechanical response of fine-grained sediment is approximated by Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics (LEFM). To determine the adequacy of the LEFM approximation for gas bubble growth in fine-grained sediments, a number of gas bubbles were injected and grown in natural sediments, while monitoring the size and shape using an industrial CT scanner. A comparison of measured inverse aspect ratios (IARs) of the injected bubbles with calculated IARs from pressure records provides support for the LEFM theory. Deviations from LEFM are observable in the data, but as bubbles grow larger they trend more closely toward the theory. The use of LEFM has been shown to describe gas bubble growth in shallow coastal sediments to first order.

  16. Incremental recrystallization/grain growth driven by elastic strain energy release in a thermomechanically fatigued lead-free solder joint

    A single shear lap solder joint specimen with lead-free eutectic Sn-Ag solder on copper substrates was exposed to 1500 thermomechanical fatigue (TMF) cycles between -15 deg. (3.5 h) and 150 deg. C (20 min) to generate intrinsic thermal strains. The 0.15-mm-thick solder joint had a cross-sectional area of 1 mm2. Orientation imaging microscopy was used to examine changes in the tin microstructure as a function of the number of TMF cycles. The tin phase consisted of embedded minority orientations within an initial dominant orientation, which varied by about 25 deg. from one end of the joint to the other, by means of lattice curvature and low angle boundaries. Between about 150 and 750 cycles, an incremental recrystallization/grain growth process occurred where a minority solidification twin orientation grew and consumed the dominant initial orientation. An elastic FEM analysis incorporating anisotropic thermal expansion and elastic constants indicated that the final orientation had an internal stress state that was 20-100% smaller than the initial orientation, when subjected to a temperature change. The release of elastic strain energy provided the thermodynamic driving force for recrystallization/grain growth

  17. Zirconium Carbide Produced by Spark Plasma Sintering and Hot Pressing: Densification Kinetics, Grain Growth, and Thermal Properties

    Xialu Wei

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Spark plasma sintering (SPS has been employed to consolidate a micron-sized zirconium carbide (ZrC powder. ZrC pellets with a variety of relative densities are obtained under different processing parameters. The densification kinetics of ZrC powders subjected to conventional hot pressing and SPS are comparatively studied by applying similar heating and loading profiles. Due to the lack of electric current assistance, the conventional hot pressing appears to impose lower strain rate sensitivity and higher activation energy values than those which correspond to the SPS processing. A finite element simulation is used to analyze the temperature evolution within the volume of ZrC specimens subjected to SPS. The control mechanism for grain growth during the final SPS stage is studied via a recently modified model, in which the grain growth rate dependence on porosity is incorporated. The constant pressure specific heat and thermal conductivity of the SPS-processed ZrC are determined to be higher than those reported for the hot-pressed ZrC and the benefits of applying SPS are indicated accordingly.

  18. Growth temperature and genotype both play important roles in sorghum grain phenolic composition

    Gangcheng Wu; Johnson, Stuart K.; Bornman, Janet F.; Bennett, Sarita J.; Clarke, Michael W.; Vijaya Singh; Zhongxiang Fang

    2016-01-01

    Polyphenols in sorghum grains are a source of dietary antioxidants. Polyphenols in six diverse sorghum genotypes grown under two day/night temperature regimes of optimal temperature (OT, 32/21 °C and high temperature (HT, 38/21 °C) were investigated. A total of 23 phenolic compounds were positively or tentatively identified by HPLC-DAD-ESIMS. Compared with other pigmented types, the phenolic profile of white sorghum PI563516 was simpler, since fewer polyphenols were detected. Brown sorghum IS...

  19. Constraints on the Radial Variation of Grain Growth in the AS 209 Circumstellar Disk

    Pérez, Laura M; Chandler, Claire J; Isella, Andrea; Andrews, Sean M; Ricci, Luca; Calvet, Nuria; Corder, Stuartt A; Deller, Adam T; Dullemond, Cornelis P; Greaves, Jane S; Harris, Robert J; Henning, Thomas; Kwon, Woojin; Lazio, Joseph; Linz, Hendrik; Mundy, Lee G; Sargent, Anneila I; Storm, Shaye; Testi, Leonardo; Wilner, David J

    2012-01-01

    We present dust continuum observations of the protoplanetary disk surrounding the pre-main sequence star AS 209, spanning more than an order of magnitude in wavelength from 0.88 to 9.8 mm. The disk was observed with sub-arcsecond angular resolution (0.2"-0.5") to investigate radial variations in its dust properties. At longer wavelengths, the disk emission structure is notably more compact, providing model-independent evidence for changes in the grain properties across the disk. We find that physical models which reproduce the disk emission require a radial dependence of the dust opacity \\kappa_{\

  20. Growth temperature and genotype both play important roles in sorghum grain phenolic composition.

    Wu, Gangcheng; Johnson, Stuart K; Bornman, Janet F; Bennett, Sarita J; Clarke, Michael W; Singh, Vijaya; Fang, Zhongxiang

    2016-01-01

    Polyphenols in sorghum grains are a source of dietary antioxidants. Polyphenols in six diverse sorghum genotypes grown under two day/night temperature regimes of optimal temperature (OT, 32/21 °C and high temperature (HT, 38/21 °C) were investigated. A total of 23 phenolic compounds were positively or tentatively identified by HPLC-DAD-ESIMS. Compared with other pigmented types, the phenolic profile of white sorghum PI563516 was simpler, since fewer polyphenols were detected. Brown sorghum IS 8525 had the highest levels of caffeic and ferulic acid, but apigenin and luteolin were not detected. Free luteolinidin and apigeninidin levels were lower under HT than OT across all genotypes (p ≤ 0.05), suggesting HT could have inhibited 3-deoxyanthocyanidins formation. These results provide new information on the effects of HT on specific polyphenols in various Australian sorghum genotypes, which might be used as a guide to grow high antioxidant sorghum grains under projected high temperature in the future. PMID:26907726

  1. INFRARED SPECTROSCOPIC SURVEY OF THE QUIESCENT MEDIUM OF NEARBY CLOUDS. I. ICE FORMATION AND GRAIN GROWTH IN LUPUS

    Boogert, A. C. A. [IPAC, NASA Herschel Science Center, Mail Code 100-22, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States); Chiar, J. E. [SETI Institute, Carl Sagan Center, 189 Bernardo Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94043 (United States); Knez, C.; Mundy, L. G. [Department of Astronomy, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 (United States); Öberg, K. I. [Departments of Chemistry and Astronomy, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904 (United States); Pendleton, Y. J. [Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA 94035 (United States); Tielens, A. G. G. M.; Van Dishoeck, E. F., E-mail: aboogert@ipac.caltech.edu [Leiden Observatory, Leiden University, P.O. Box 9513, 2300 RA Leiden (Netherlands)

    2013-11-01

    Infrared photometry and spectroscopy (1-25 μm) of background stars reddened by the Lupus molecular cloud complex are used to determine the properties of grains and the composition of ices before they are incorporated into circumstellar envelopes and disks. H{sub 2}O ices form at extinctions of A{sub K} = 0.25 ± 0.07 mag (A{sub V} = 2.1 ± 0.6). Such a low ice formation threshold is consistent with the absence of nearby hot stars. Overall, the Lupus clouds are in an early chemical phase. The abundance of H{sub 2}O ice (2.3 ± 0.1 × 10{sup –5} relative to N{sub H}) is typical for quiescent regions, but lower by a factor of three to four compared to dense envelopes of young stellar objects. The low solid CH{sub 3}OH abundance (<3%-8% relative to H{sub 2}O) indicates a low gas phase H/CO ratio, which is consistent with the observed incomplete CO freeze out. Furthermore it is found that the grains in Lupus experienced growth by coagulation. The mid-infrared (>5 μm) continuum extinction relative to A{sub K} increases as a function of A{sub K}. Most Lupus lines of sight are well fitted with empirically derived extinction curves corresponding to R{sub V} ∼ 3.5 (A{sub K} = 0.71) and R{sub V} ∼ 5.0 (A{sub K} = 1.47). For lines of sight with A{sub K} > 1.0 mag, the τ{sub 9.7}/A{sub K} ratio is a factor of two lower compared to the diffuse medium. Below 1.0 mag, values scatter between the dense and diffuse medium ratios. The absence of a gradual transition between diffuse and dense medium-type dust indicates that local conditions matter in the process that sets the τ{sub 9.7}/A{sub K} ratio. This process is likely related to grain growth by coagulation, as traced by the A{sub 7.4}/A{sub K} continuum extinction ratio, but not to ice mantle formation. Conversely, grains acquire ice mantles before the process of coagulation starts.

  2. INFRARED SPECTROSCOPIC SURVEY OF THE QUIESCENT MEDIUM OF NEARBY CLOUDS. I. ICE FORMATION AND GRAIN GROWTH IN LUPUS

    Infrared photometry and spectroscopy (1-25 μm) of background stars reddened by the Lupus molecular cloud complex are used to determine the properties of grains and the composition of ices before they are incorporated into circumstellar envelopes and disks. H2O ices form at extinctions of AK = 0.25 ± 0.07 mag (AV = 2.1 ± 0.6). Such a low ice formation threshold is consistent with the absence of nearby hot stars. Overall, the Lupus clouds are in an early chemical phase. The abundance of H2O ice (2.3 ± 0.1 × 10–5 relative to NH) is typical for quiescent regions, but lower by a factor of three to four compared to dense envelopes of young stellar objects. The low solid CH3OH abundance (2O) indicates a low gas phase H/CO ratio, which is consistent with the observed incomplete CO freeze out. Furthermore it is found that the grains in Lupus experienced growth by coagulation. The mid-infrared (>5 μm) continuum extinction relative to AK increases as a function of AK. Most Lupus lines of sight are well fitted with empirically derived extinction curves corresponding to RV ∼ 3.5 (AK = 0.71) and RV ∼ 5.0 (AK = 1.47). For lines of sight with AK > 1.0 mag, the τ9.7/AK ratio is a factor of two lower compared to the diffuse medium. Below 1.0 mag, values scatter between the dense and diffuse medium ratios. The absence of a gradual transition between diffuse and dense medium-type dust indicates that local conditions matter in the process that sets the τ9.7/AK ratio. This process is likely related to grain growth by coagulation, as traced by the A7.4/AK continuum extinction ratio, but not to ice mantle formation. Conversely, grains acquire ice mantles before the process of coagulation starts

  3. Influences of oxygen partial pressure on YBCO grain growth by a zone melting method

    This study reports investigation on influences of Y endash Ba endash Cu endash O compounds solidification under different oxygen partial pressures by a zone melting method. In Y endash Ba endash Cu endash O system, P(O2) ranged from 0.02 to 1 atm, following reaction occurred during heating: YBa2Cu3O6+δ(Y123)→Y2BaCuO5(Y211)+L. With an increase of oxygen partial pressure or decrease of pulling rate, the morphology of solidified interface changed from mushy to equiaxed, cellular, and planar. The continuous Y123 grains were readily obtained under high oxygen partial pressure. Based on the constitutional supercooling theory and combining the result of the yttrium solubility limit for different oxygen partial pressures, the influences of oxygen partial pressure on Y123 morphological evolution were clarified. copyright 1996 Materials Research Society

  4. Investigation of fatigue crack growth rate of Al 5484 ultrafine grained alloy after ECAP process

    Brynk, Tomasz; Rasinski, Marcin; Pakiela, Zbigniew; Kurzydlowski, Krzysztof J. [Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology (Poland); Olejnik, Lech [Faculty of Production Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology (Poland)

    2010-05-15

    During the last decade equal-channel angular pressing (ECAP) has emerged as a widely used fabrication route of ultrafine-grained (UFG) metals and alloys. Enhanced mechanical properties of UFG materials produced by severe plastic deformation, with a grain size smaller than 1 {mu}m, have been reported in a large number of publications. However, the higher strength does not imply higher resistance to fatigue both high- and low-cyclic. In fact, due to reduced plasticity, higher fatigue crack propagation rates are reported for UFG materials, particularly in low-amplitude range. The aim of this work was to investigate fatigue crack propagation in samples of Al 5483 alloy subjected to ECAP treatment. Because of small dimensions of the coupons processed by ECAP, non-standard, mini-samples were used in a crack propagation tests. Two test procedures were used to estimate stress intensity factor (K). The first was based on optical measurements of crack length from images recorded during the test. The second method was based on digital image correlation (DIC), which was used to determine K value directly from displacement field near the crack tip. Comparison of these two methods is made and the relationship between the intensity of ECAP process (measured in terms of the number of ECAP passes) and fatigue crack propagation rates proposed. In addition to fatigue resistance, the results of tensile tests carried out with mini-samples are presented. Applicability of such samples in the investigations of the mechanical properties of UFG materials is discussed. (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  5. CAN THE GROWTH OF DUST GRAINS IN LOW-METALLICITY STAR-FORMING CLOUDS AFFECT THE FORMATION OF METAL-POOR LOW-MASS STARS?

    The discovery of a low-mass star with such a low metallicity as ≤4.5 × 10–5 Z☉ reveals the critical role of dust in the formation of extremely metal-poor stars. In this Letter, we explore the effect of the growth of dust grains through accretion of gaseous refractory elements in very low metallicity pre-stellar cores on cloud fragmentation induced by dust emission cooling. Employing a simple model of grain growth in a gravitationally collapsing gas, we show that Fe and Si grains can grow efficiently at hydrogen densities of ≅ 1010-1014 cm–3 in the clouds with metal abundances of –5 ∼crit ≅ 10–9-10–8, unless the initial grain radius is too large (∼>1 μm) or the sticking probability is too small (∼–5 Z☉.

  6. On the mechanisms governing the texture and microstructure evolution during static recrystallization and grain growth of low alloyed zirconium sheets (Zr702)

    Low alloyed zirconium sheets (Zr702) have been cold-rolled up to 80% thickness reduction and submitted to various isothermal treatments. The aim was to identify the mechanisms which produce microstructure and texture changes during recrystallization and grain growth. XRD and texture analysis, FEG-SEM with EBSD as well as TEM were used to analyze the various specimens. Three types of substructures were observed in the initial deformed material. Accordingly, the nucleation starts in the most deformed areas and continues in the somewhat less deformed areas, which corresponds to a non oriented nucleation and results in a set of new grains, the size of which is very rapidly stabilized. In the last stage of recrystallization, the grains which have resisted the recrystallization disappear progressively by several mechanisms including in situ recrystallization. Therefore, the texture at the end of the recrystallization resembles the one of the deformed state. Normal grain growth leads to a moderate grain size increase due to the precipitates which slow down the grain boundary motion. This is also the stage where the texture changes due to the size advantage, after recrystallization, of grains in some specific orientations. (orig.)

  7. On the mechanisms governing the texture and microstructure evolution during static recrystallization and grain growth of low alloyed zirconium sheets (Zr702)

    Dewobroto, N. [LETAM (Lab. d' Etude des Textures et Application aux Materiaux), Univ. Paul Verlaine, Metz (France); Dept. of Microstructure Physics and Metal Forming, Max Planck Inst. for Iron Research, Duesseldorf (Germany); Bozzolo, N.; Wagner, F. [LETAM (Lab. d' Etude des Textures et Application aux Materiaux), Univ. Paul Verlaine, Metz (France); Barberis, P. [Cezus Research Centre, Ugine (France)

    2006-06-15

    Low alloyed zirconium sheets (Zr702) have been cold-rolled up to 80% thickness reduction and submitted to various isothermal treatments. The aim was to identify the mechanisms which produce microstructure and texture changes during recrystallization and grain growth. XRD and texture analysis, FEG-SEM with EBSD as well as TEM were used to analyze the various specimens. Three types of substructures were observed in the initial deformed material. Accordingly, the nucleation starts in the most deformed areas and continues in the somewhat less deformed areas, which corresponds to a non oriented nucleation and results in a set of new grains, the size of which is very rapidly stabilized. In the last stage of recrystallization, the grains which have resisted the recrystallization disappear progressively by several mechanisms including in situ recrystallization. Therefore, the texture at the end of the recrystallization resembles the one of the deformed state. Normal grain growth leads to a moderate grain size increase due to the precipitates which slow down the grain boundary motion. This is also the stage where the texture changes due to the size advantage, after recrystallization, of grains in some specific orientations. (orig.)

  8. Grain growth and microstructural evolution of yttrium aluminum garnet nanocrystallites during calcination process

    An yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) precursor precipitate was synthesized by urea method using yttria (Y2O3) and aluminum nitrate (Al(NO3)3.9H2O) as raw materials. The fresh wet precipitate was dried by supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) fluid and the resulting powder was calcined at temperatures from 600 to 1600 oC. Crystallization of YAG was detected at 800 oC, and completed at 900 oC. HRTEM images of the YAG product obtained above 900 oC revealed crystallographically specific oriented attachment along the [1 1 2] direction. Based on the observation of the particle morphology a possible growth mechanism of YAG nanoparticles was presented. The fast increase on the average crystallite size of YAG at temperatures from 900 to 1300 oC is attributed to the crystallographically specific oriented attachment growth process. As the growth process proceeds at higher temperatures, oriented attachment based growth becomes less important because of the increase on particle size, and the self-integration assisted by the Ostwald ripening becomes dominant.

  9. Effects of ocean acidification driven by elevated CO2 on larval shell growth and abnormal rates of the venerid clam, Mactra veneriformis

    Kim, Jee-Hoon; Yu, Ok Hwan; Yang, Eun Jin; Kang, Sung-Ho; Kim, Won; Choy, Eun Jung

    2016-03-01

    The venerid clam (Mactra veneriformis Reeve 1854) is one of the main cultured bivalve species in intertidal and shallow subtidal ecosystems along the west coast of Korea. To understand the effects of ocean acidification on the early life stages of Korean clams, we investigated shell growth and abnormality rates and types in the D-shaped, umbonate veliger, and pediveliger stages of the venerid clam M. veneriformis during exposure to elevated seawater pCO2. In particular, we examined abnormal types of larval shell morphology categorized as shell deformations, shell distortions, and shell fissures. Specimens were incubated in seawater equilibrated with bubbled CO2-enriched air at (400±25)×10-6 (ambient control), (800±25)×10-6 (high pCO2), or (1 200±28)×10-6 (extremely high pCO2), the atmospheric CO2 concentrations predicted for the years 2014, 2084, and 2154 (70-year intervals; two human generations), respectively, in the Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) 8.5 scenario. The mean shell lengths of larvae were significantly decreased in the high and extremely high pCO2 groups compared with the ambient control groups. Furthermore, under high and extremely high pCO2 conditions, the cultures exhibited significantly increased abundances of abnormal larvae and increased severity of abnormalities compared with the ambient control. In the umbonate veliger stage of the experimental larvae, the most common abnormalities were shell deformations, distortions, and fissures; on the other hand, convex hinges and mantle protuberances were absent. These results suggest that elevated CO2 exerts an additional burden on the health of M. veneriformis larvae by impairing early development.

  10. Formation of Graphene Grain Boundaries on Cu(100) Surface and a Route Towards Their Elimination in Chemical Vapor Deposition Growth

    Yuan, Qinghong; Song, Guangyao; Sun, Deyan; Ding, Feng

    2014-10-01

    Grain boundaries (GBs) in graphene prepared by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) greatly degrade the electrical and mechanical properties of graphene and thus hinder the applications of graphene in electronic devices. The seamless stitching of graphene flakes can avoid GBs, wherein the identical orientation of graphene domain is required. In this letter, the graphene orientation on one of the most used catalyst surface -- Cu(100) surface, is explored by density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Our calculation demonstrates that a zigzag edged hexagonal graphene domain on a Cu(100) surface has two equivalent energetically preferred orientations, which are 30 degree away from each other. Therefore, the fusion of graphene domains on Cu(100) surface during CVD growth will inevitably lead to densely distributed GBs in the synthesized graphene. Aiming to solve this problem, a simple route, that applies external strain to break the symmetry of the Cu(100) surface, was proposed and proved efficient.

  11. Formation of graphene grain boundaries on Cu(100) surface and a route towards their elimination in chemical vapor deposition growth.

    Yuan, Qinghong; Song, Guangyao; Sun, Deyan; Ding, Feng

    2014-01-01

    Grain boundaries (GBs) in graphene prepared by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) greatly degrade the electrical and mechanical properties of graphene and thus hinder the applications of graphene in electronic devices. The seamless stitching of graphene flakes can avoid GBs, wherein the identical orientation of graphene domain is required. In this letter, the graphene orientation on one of the most used catalyst surface - Cu(100) surface, is explored by density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Our calculation demonstrates that a zigzag edged hexagonal graphene domain on a Cu(100) surface has two equivalent energetically preferred orientations, which are 30 degree away from each other. Therefore, the fusion of graphene domains on Cu(100) surface during CVD growth will inevitably lead to densely distributed GBs in the synthesized graphene. Aiming to solve this problem, a simple route, that applies external strain to break the symmetry of the Cu(100) surface, was proposed and proved efficient. PMID:25286970

  12. Crossing barriers in planetesimal formation: The growth of mm-dust aggregates with large constituent grains

    Jankowski, Tim; Kelling, Thorben; Teiser, Jens; Sabolo, Walter; Gutiérrez, Pedro J; Bertini, Ivano; 10.1051/0004-6361/201218984

    2012-01-01

    Collisions of mm-size dust aggregates play a crucial role in the early phases of planet formation. We developed a laboratory setup to observe collisions of dust aggregates levitating at mbar pressures and elevated temperatures of 800 K. We report on collisions between basalt dust aggregates of from 0.3 to 5 mm in size at velocities between 0.1 and 15 cm/s. Individual grains are smaller than 25 \\mum in size. We find that for all impact energies in the studied range sticking occurs at a probability of 32.1 \\pm 2.5% on average. In general, the sticking probability decreases with increasing impact parameter. The sticking probability increases with energy density (impact energy per contact area). We also observe collisions of aggregates that were formed by a previous sticking of two larger aggregates. Partners of these aggregates can be detached by a second collision with a probability of on average 19.8 \\pm 4.0%. The measured accretion efficiencies are remarkably high compared to other experimental results. We at...

  13. Surfactant-assisted growth of anodic nanoporous niobium oxide with a grained surface

    Nanoporous niobium oxide film with a maximum thickness of 520 nm was prepared by anodizing niobium in a mixture of 1 wt% HF, 1 M H3PO4, and a small amount of Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate (SDS) surfactant. The porosity of the anodic niobium oxide prepared without SDS is irregular with the surface of the oxide suggesting a grained surface pattern rather than an ordered porous structure. A proper amount of SDS addition can prepare a pore arrangement with stripe patterns. The pore depth and surface pattern were strongly affected by the concentration of SDS and bath temperature. We found that the addition of SDS surfactant facilitated improvement in the chemical resistance of niobium oxide, leading to the formation of pores with a longer length compared to those prepared without a SDS surfactant. This can be in part ascribed to the protection of the surface by the physical adsorption of SDS on the surface due to a charge-charge interaction and be in part attributed to the formation of Nb=O bonding on the outermost oxide layer by SDS. When anodization was carried out for 4 h, the surface dissolution of niobium oxide was observed, which means that the maximum tolerance time against chemical dissolution was less than 4 h.

  14. Growth kinetics of grain-boundary induced melting: A molecular-dynamics study

    The growth kinetics of melting nucleated at a high-angle twist boundary in silicon are investigated using molecular dynamics. Melting is found to be a two-stage process. In the first stage order is lost within a single plane at the interface and the density of the solid increases to that of the liquid. In the second stage the atomic coordination changes and an isotropic liquid is formed. 11 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab

  15. [Impacts of nighttime warming on rice growth stage and grain yield of leading varieties released in different periods in Jiangsu Province, China].

    Zhang, Xin

    2014-05-01

    A field experiment was conducted to investigate the actual impacts of nighttime warming on rice growth stage and grain yield in Danyang, Jiangsu Province, with 8 leading varieties approved and released during 1970s-2000s. The field was warmed at nighttime for an entire growth stage (i. e. sown date to harvest) with a Free Air Temperature Increase (FATI) facility. The results showed that there were significant differences in the extents of warming impact on rice growth stage and grain yield among the leading varieties, though the impact trends were similar. An increase of 0.9 degrees C in nighttime mean temperature in rice canopy could shorten the length of rice entire growth stage by 1.3 d. Nighttime warming tended to decrease post-anthesis green leaves area and the flag leaf area, and to decline rice aboveground biomass production and grain yield by 3.5% and 5.1%, respectively. Meanwhile, nighttime warming decreased the plant nitrogen concentration at maturity. Nighttime warming reduced the grain yield mainly through decreasing the effective panicles and grain numbers per panicle. There was no stable changing trend in the differences in warming impacts on the varieties released in the different periods. PMID:25129935

  16. Facile solvothermal synthesis of abnormal growth of one-dimensional ZnO nanostructures by ring-opening reaction of polyvinylpyrrolidone

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Facile solvothermal synthesis of ZnO nanostructures in super high alkaline alcoholic condition. • The exact role and chemical transformations of PVP in solvothermal synthesis of ZnO nanostructures was revealed. • Mechanism of abnormal growth of ZnO nanopyramids was proposed based on ring-opening reaction of PVP. - Abstract: Abnormal growth of one-dimensional (1-D) ZnO nanostructures (NSs) have been accomplished with the assistance of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) under a super high alkaline alcoholic solvothermal condition. The products were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and proton nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR) spectroscopy. The effect of synthetic conditions, such as reaction temperature and the addition of PVP, on the morphologies of ZnO products were investigated. The results show that PVP molecules had the significant role in the transformation of morphologies of ZnO NSs ranging from nanorods, nanoparticles to pyramids, as well as flower-like assembly features. The possible growth mechanism of ZnO pyramids was proposed based on ring-opening reaction of PVP

  17. Facile solvothermal synthesis of abnormal growth of one-dimensional ZnO nanostructures by ring-opening reaction of polyvinylpyrrolidone

    Xu, G., E-mail: gxu@alum.imr.ac.cn; Wang, X.L.; Liu, G.Z.

    2015-02-28

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Facile solvothermal synthesis of ZnO nanostructures in super high alkaline alcoholic condition. • The exact role and chemical transformations of PVP in solvothermal synthesis of ZnO nanostructures was revealed. • Mechanism of abnormal growth of ZnO nanopyramids was proposed based on ring-opening reaction of PVP. - Abstract: Abnormal growth of one-dimensional (1-D) ZnO nanostructures (NSs) have been accomplished with the assistance of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) under a super high alkaline alcoholic solvothermal condition. The products were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and proton nuclear magnetic resonance ({sup 1}H NMR) spectroscopy. The effect of synthetic conditions, such as reaction temperature and the addition of PVP, on the morphologies of ZnO products were investigated. The results show that PVP molecules had the significant role in the transformation of morphologies of ZnO NSs ranging from nanorods, nanoparticles to pyramids, as well as flower-like assembly features. The possible growth mechanism of ZnO pyramids was proposed based on ring-opening reaction of PVP.

  18. Influence of second-phase particles on grain growth in AZ31 magnesium alloy during equal channel angular pressing by phase field simulation

    He, Ri; Wang, Mingtao; Zhang, Xiangang; Yaping Zong, Bernie

    2016-06-01

    A phase-field model was established to simulate the refinement effect of different morphological factors of second-phase particles such as Al2O3 on the grain growth of AZ31 magnesium alloy during equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) in realistic spatiotemporal evolution. The simulation results agreed well with limited existing experimental data for the ECAP-processed AZ31 magnesium alloy and were consistent with the law of Zener. Simulations were performed to evaluate the influences of the fraction, size, distribution, and shape of incoherent second-phase particles. The simulation results showed that during high-temperature ECAP processes, the addition of 2 wt.% Al2O3 particles resulted in a strong refinement effect, reducing the grain size by 28.7% compared to that of the alloy without the particles. Nevertheless, when the fraction of particles was greater than 4 wt.%, adding more particles had little effect. In AZ31 Mg alloy, it was found that second-phase particles should have a critical size of 0.5–0.8 μm for the grain refinement effect to occur. If the size is smaller than the critical size, large particles will strongly hinder grain growth; in contrast, if the size is larger than the critical size, large particles will exhibit a weaker hindering effect than small particles. Moreover, the results showed that the refinement effect increased with increasing particle fraction located at grain boundaries with respect to the total particle content. However, the refinement effect was less pronounced when the fraction of particles located at boundaries was greater than 70%. Further simulations indicated that spherical second-phase particles hindered grain growth more than ellipsoid particles and much more than rod-shaped particles when the volume fraction of reinforcing particles was 2%. However, when the volume fraction was greater than 8%, rod-shaped particles best hindered grain growth, and spherical particles exhibited the weakest effect.

  19. Effect of Irrigation Timing on Root Zone Soil Temperature, Root Growth and Grain Yield and Chemical Composition in Corn

    Xuejun Dong

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available High air temperatures during the crop growing season can reduce harvestable yields in major agronomic crops worldwide. Repeated and prolonged high night air temperature stress may compromise plant growth and yield. Crop varieties with improved heat tolerance traits as well as crop management strategies at the farm scale are thus needed for climate change mitigation. Crop yield is especially sensitive to night-time warming trends. Current studies are mostly directed to the elevated night-time air temperature and its impact on crop growth and yield, but less attention is given to the understanding of night-time soil temperature management. Delivering irrigation water through drip early evening may reduce soil temperature and thus improve plant growth. In addition, corn growers typically use high-stature varieties that inevitably incur excessive respiratory carbon loss from roots and transpiration water loss under high night temperature conditions. The main objective of this study was to see if root-zone soil temperature can be reduced through drip irrigation applied at night-time, vs. daytime, using three corn hybrids of different above-ground architecture in Uvalde, TX where day and night temperatures during corn growing season are above U.S. averages. The experiment was conducted in 2014. Our results suggested that delivering well-water at night-time through drip irrigation reduced root-zone soil temperature by 0.6 °C, increase root length five folds, plant height 2%, and marginally increased grain yield by 10%. However, irrigation timing did not significantly affect leaf chlorophyll level and kernel crude protein, phosphorous, fat and starch concentrations. Different from our hypothesis, the shorter, more compact corn hybrid did not exhibit a higher yield and growth as compared with taller hybrids. As adjusting irrigation timing would not incur an extra cost for farmers, the finding reported here had immediate practical implications for farm

  20. Burkholderia ambifaria and B. caribensis promote growth and increase yield in grain amaranth (Amaranthus cruentus and A. hypochondriacus by improving plant nitrogen uptake.

    Fannie I Parra-Cota

    Full Text Available Grain amaranth is an emerging crop that produces seeds having high quality protein with balanced amino-acid content. However, production is restricted by agronomic limitations that result in yields that are lower than those normally produced by cereals. In this work, the use of five different rhizobacteria were explored as a strategy to promote growth and yields in Amaranthus hypochondriacus cv. Nutrisol and A. cruentus cv. Candil, two commercially important grain amaranth cultivars. The plants were grown in a rich substrate, high in organic matter, nitrogen (N, and phosphorus (P and under greenhouse conditions. Burkholderia ambifaria Mex-5 and B. caribensis XV proved to be the most efficient strains and significantly promoted growth in both grain amaranth species tested. Increased grain yield and harvest index occurred in combination with chemical fertilization when tested in A. cruentus. Growth-promotion and improved yields correlated with increased N content in all tissues examined. Positive effects on growth also occurred in A. cruentus plants grown in a poor soil, even after N and P fertilization. No correlation between non-structural carbohydrate levels in roots of inoculated plants and growth promotion was observed. Conversely, gene expression assays performed at 3-, 5- and 7-weeks after seed inoculation in plants inoculated with B. caribensis XV identified a tissue-specific induction of several genes involved in photosynthesis, sugar- and N- metabolism and transport. It is concluded that strains of Burkholderia effectively promote growth and increase seed yields in grain amaranth. Growth promotion was particularly noticeable in plants grown in an infertile soil but also occurred in a well fertilized rich substrate. The positive effects observed may be attributed to a bio-fertilization effect that led to increased N levels in roots and shoots. The latter effect correlated with the differential induction of several genes involved in carbon

  1. Polymer-Coated Urea Delays Growth and Accumulation of Key Nutrients in Aerobic Rice but Does Not Affect Grain Mineral Concentrations

    Terry J. Rose

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Enhanced efficiency nitrogen (N fertilizers (EEFs may improve crop recovery of fertilizer-N, but there is evidence that some EEFs cause a lag in crop growth compared to growth with standard urea. Biomass and mineral nutrient accumulation was investigated in rice fertilized with urea, urea-3,4-dimethylpyrazole phosphate (DMPP and polymer-coated urea (PCU to determine whether any delays in biomass production alter the accumulation patterns, and subsequent grain concentrations, of key mineral nutrients. Plant growth and mineral accumulation and partitioning to grains did not differ significantly between plants fertilized with urea or urea-DMPP. In contrast, biomass accumulation and the accumulation of phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc and manganese were delayed during the early growth phase of plants fertilized with PCU. However, plants in the PCU treatment ultimately compensated for this by increasing growth and nutrient uptake during the latter vegetative stages so that no differences in biomass or nutrient accumulation generally existed among N fertilizer treatments at anthesis. Delayed biomass accumulation in rice fertilized with PCU does not appear to reduce the total accumulation of mineral nutrients, nor to have any impact on grain mineral nutrition when biomass and grain yields are equal to those of rice grown with urea or urea-DMPP.

  2. The influence of the recrystallization mechanisms and grain growth on the texture of a hot rolled AZ31 sheet during subsequent isochronal annealing

    Victoria-Hernandez, J., E-mail: jose.victoria-hernandez@hzg.de; Yi, S.; Bohlen, J.; Kurz, G.; Letzig, D.

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • The rolling texture of a twin roll cast AZ31 shows broad off-basal orientations. • Prismatic and pyramidal slip, and secondary twins influence the rolling texture. • Discontinuous recrystallization is promoted in grains deformed by pyramidal slip. • Recovery and extended recovery are promoted in grains deformed by prismatic slip. • Fast growing grain with orientation close to (0 0 0 1) lead the formation of a basal texture. - Abstract: The texture development during isochronal annealing at 250, 300 and 350 °C for 30 min of a hot rolled Mg AZ31 sheet produced by twin-roll casting was studied in this work. It was found that the rolling texture shows some features that resemble the textures that develop in rolled Mg alloys with rare earth additions. During further heat treatment, special attention was given to the deformation and recrystallization mechanisms, and grain growth that control the texture development. It was found that at 250 and 300 °C extended recovery and discontinuous recrystallization influence the texture by generating strain free grains with off-basal orientation. Conversely, during annealing at 350 °C growth of grains with their c-axis close to the (0 0 0 1) leads to the formation of the well-known basal type texture.

  3. The influence of the recrystallization mechanisms and grain growth on the texture of a hot rolled AZ31 sheet during subsequent isochronal annealing

    Highlights: • The rolling texture of a twin roll cast AZ31 shows broad off-basal orientations. • Prismatic and pyramidal slip, and secondary twins influence the rolling texture. • Discontinuous recrystallization is promoted in grains deformed by pyramidal slip. • Recovery and extended recovery are promoted in grains deformed by prismatic slip. • Fast growing grain with orientation close to (0 0 0 1) lead the formation of a basal texture. - Abstract: The texture development during isochronal annealing at 250, 300 and 350 °C for 30 min of a hot rolled Mg AZ31 sheet produced by twin-roll casting was studied in this work. It was found that the rolling texture shows some features that resemble the textures that develop in rolled Mg alloys with rare earth additions. During further heat treatment, special attention was given to the deformation and recrystallization mechanisms, and grain growth that control the texture development. It was found that at 250 and 300 °C extended recovery and discontinuous recrystallization influence the texture by generating strain free grains with off-basal orientation. Conversely, during annealing at 350 °C growth of grains with their c-axis close to the (0 0 0 1) leads to the formation of the well-known basal type texture

  4. Facile solvothermal synthesis of abnormal growth of one-dimensional ZnO nanostructures by ring-opening reaction of polyvinylpyrrolidone

    Xu, G.; Wang, X. L.; Liu, G. Z.

    2015-02-01

    Abnormal growth of one-dimensional (1-D) ZnO nanostructures (NSs) have been accomplished with the assistance of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) under a super high alkaline alcoholic solvothermal condition. The products were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and proton nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR) spectroscopy. The effect of synthetic conditions, such as reaction temperature and the addition of PVP, on the morphologies of ZnO products were investigated. The results show that PVP molecules had the significant role in the transformation of morphologies of ZnO NSs ranging from nanorods, nanoparticles to pyramids, as well as flower-like assembly features. The possible growth mechanism of ZnO pyramids was proposed based on ring-opening reaction of PVP.

  5. Comment on "Mitigating grain growth in binary nanocrystalline alloys through solute selection based on thermodynamic stability maps"

    Lejček, Pavel; Hofmann, S.

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 107, Sep (2015), s. 235-237. ISSN 0927-0256 R&D Projects: GA ČR GBP108/12/G043 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : nanocrystalline materials * grain size * grain boundary energy * grain boundary segregation Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 2.131, year: 2014

  6. Constitutive expression of CaPLA1 conferred enhanced growth and grain yield in transgenic rice plants.

    Park, Ki Youl; Kim, Eun Yu; Seo, Young Sam; Kim, Woo Taek

    2016-03-01

    Phospholipids are not only important components of cell membranes, but participate in diverse processes in higher plants. In this study, we generated Capsicum annuum phospholipiase A1 (CaPLA1) overexpressing transgenic rice (Oryza sativa L.) plants under the control of the maize ubiquitin promoter. The T4 CaPLA1-overexpressing rice plants (Ubi:CaPLA1) had a higher root:shoot mass ratio than the wild-type plants in the vegetative stage. Leaf epidermal cells from transgenic plants had more cells than wild-type plants. Genes that code for cyclin and lipid metabolic enzymes were up-regulated in the transgenic lines. When grown under typical paddy field conditions, the transgenic plants produced more tillers, longer panicles and more branches per panicle than the wild-type plants, all of which resulted in greater grain yield. Microarray analysis suggests that gene expressions that are related with cell proliferation, lipid metabolism, and redox state were widely altered in CaPLA1-overexpressing transgenic rice plants. Ubi:CaPLA1 plants had a reduced membrane peroxidation state, as determined by malondialdehyde and conjugated diene levels and higher peroxidase activity than wild-type rice plants. Furthermore, three isoprenoid synthetic genes encoding terpenoid synthase, hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase and 3-hydroxy-3-methyl-glutaryl-CoA reductase were up-regulated in CaPLA1-overexpressing plants. We suggest that constitutive expression of CaPLA1 conferred increased grain yield with enhanced growth in transgenic rice plants by alteration of gene activities related with cell proliferation, lipid metabolism, membrane peroxidation state and isoprenoid biosynthesis. PMID:26803502

  7. Antagonistic activity of Ocimum sanctum L. essential oil on growth and zearalenone production by Fusarium graminearum in maize grains

    Naveen Kumar eKalagatur

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The present study was aimed to establish the antagonistic effects of Ocimum sanctum L. essential oil (OSEO on growth and zearalenone (ZEA production of Fusarium graminearum. GC-MS chemical profiling of OSEO revealed the existence of 43 compounds and the major compound was found to be eugenol (34.7%. DPPH free radical scavenging activity (IC50 of OSEO was determined to be 8.5µg/mL. Minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC and minimum fungicidal concentration (MFC of OSEO on F. graminearum were recorded as 1250 µg/mL and 1800 µg/mL, respectively. Scanning electron microscope observations showed significant micro morphological damage in OSEO exposed mycelia and spores compared to untreated control culture. Quantitative UHPLC studies revealed that OSEO negatively effected the production of ZEA; the concentration of toxin production was observed to be insignificant at 1500 µg/mL concentration of OSEO. On other hand ZEA concentration was quantified as 3.23 µg/mL in OSEO untreated control culture. Reverse transcriptase qPCR analysis of ZEA metabolic pathway genes (PKS4 and PKS13 revealed that increase in OSEO concentration (250 µg/mL to 1500 µg/mL significantly downregulated the expression of PKS4 and PKS13. These results were in agreement with the artificially contaminated maize grains as well. In conlusion, the antifungal and antimycotoxic effects of OSEO on F. graminearum in the present study reiterated that, the essential oil of O. sanctum could be a promising herbal fungicide in food processing industries as well as grain storage centers.

  8. Computer simulation model for coupled grain growth and Ostwald ripening -- Application to Al2O3-ZrO2 two-phase systems

    A kinetic model based on generalized continuum time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau (TDGL) equations is proposed for studying coupled grain growth and Ostwald ripening in multiphase systems. In this model, an arbitrary multiphase microstructure is described by many orientation field variables which represent crystallographic orientations of grains in each phase and by n - 1 composition field variables which distinguish the compositional differences among n phases. Microstructural development during simultaneous grain growth and Ostwald ripening is predicted by the temporal evolution of these field variables by numerically solving the TDGL equations. A particular example, Al2O3-ZrO2 particulate composite, was considered. The effects of the volume fraction of ZrO2 on the microstructural features and their evolution were studied and compared to experimental observations and previous thermodynamic analysis

  9. Polymer-Coated Urea Delays Growth and Accumulation of Key Nutrients in Aerobic Rice but Does Not Affect Grain Mineral Concentrations

    Terry J. Rose

    2016-01-01

    Enhanced efficiency nitrogen (N) fertilizers (EEFs) may improve crop recovery of fertilizer-N, but there is evidence that some EEFs cause a lag in crop growth compared to growth with standard urea. Biomass and mineral nutrient accumulation was investigated in rice fertilized with urea, urea-3,4-dimethylpyrazole phosphate (DMPP) and polymer-coated urea (PCU) to determine whether any delays in biomass production alter the accumulation patterns, and subsequent grain concentrations, of key minera...

  10. Enhancement effects of dietary wheat distiller's dried grains with solubles on growth, immunology, and resistance to Edwardsiella ictaluri challenge of channel catfish, Ictalurus punctatus

    This study evaluated the effects of the inclusion of wheat distiller’s dried grains with solubles (WDDGS) at levels of 0 (control), 10, 20, 30 and 40% without (diets 2-5) and with (diets 6-9) lysine supplementation, as substitutes of soybean meal and corn meal mixture on growth, body composition, he...

  11. Combining x-ray diffraction contrast tomography and mesoscale grain growth simulations in strontium titanate: An integrated approach for the investigation of microstructure evolution

    Syha, Melanie; Baürer, Michael; Rheinheimer, Wolfgang;

    2013-01-01

    observation of pore shapes in combination with mesoscale grain growth simulations. The microstructural evolution in strontium titanate has been characterized alternating ex-situ annealing and high energy X-ray DCT measurements, resulting in three dimensional microstructure reconstructions which are...

  12. Effects of dietary electrolyte balance and molasses in diets with corn-based distiller's dried grains with solubles on growth performance in nursery and finishing pigs

    Two assays were conducted to determine the effects of dietary electrolyte balance dEB) and molasses in diets with corn-based distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS, Sioux River Ethanol, Hudson, SD) on growth performance of nursery and finishing pigs. For the first experiment, 126 nursery pigs ...

  13. Densification and Grain Growth during Early-stage Sintering of Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95-δ in Reducing Atmosphere

    He, Zeming; Yuan, Hao; Glasscock, Julie;

    2010-01-01

    The present work investigates the processes of densification and grain growth of Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95-δ (CGO10) during sintering in reducing atmosphere. Sintering variables were experimentally characterized and analyzed using defect chemistry and sintering constitutive laws. Based on the achieved...

  14. Growth Response and Resistance to Streptococcus iniae of Nile Tilapia Oreochromis niloticus Fed Diets Containing Distiller’s Dried Grains with Solubles

    This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of dietary levels of distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) on growth performance, body composition, hematology, immune response and resistance of Nile tilapia to Streptococcus iniae challenge. Five isocaloric diets containing DDGS at levels of ...

  15. Science at the interface : grain boundaries in nanocrystalline metals.

    Rodriguez, Mark Andrew; Follstaedt, David Martin; Knapp, James Arthur; Brewer, Luke N.; Holm, Elizabeth Ann; Foiles, Stephen Martin; Hattar, Khalid M.; Clark, Blythe B.; Olmsted, David L.; Medlin, Douglas L.

    2009-09-01

    Interfaces are a critical determinant of the full range of materials properties, especially at the nanoscale. Computational and experimental methods developed a comprehensive understanding of nanograin evolution based on a fundamental understanding of internal interfaces in nanocrystalline nickel. It has recently been shown that nanocrystals with a bi-modal grain-size distribution possess a unique combination of high-strength, ductility and wear-resistance. We performed a combined experimental and theoretical investigation of the structure and motion of internal interfaces in nanograined metal and the resulting grain evolution. The properties of grain boundaries are computed for an unprecedented range of boundaries. The presence of roughening transitions in grain boundaries is explored and related to dramatic changes in boundary mobility. Experimental observations show that abnormal grain growth in nanograined materials is unlike conventional scale material in both the level of defects and the formation of unfavored phases. Molecular dynamics simulations address the origins of some of these phenomena.

  16. Coarse-grained molecular simulation of epidermal growth factor receptor protein tyrosine kinase multi-site self-phosphorylation.

    John G Koland

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Upon the ligand-dependent dimerization of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR, the intrinsic protein tyrosine kinase (PTK activity of one receptor monomer is activated, and the dimeric receptor undergoes self-phosphorylation at any of eight candidate phosphorylation sites (P-sites in either of the two C-terminal (CT domains. While the structures of the extracellular ligand binding and intracellular PTK domains are known, that of the ∼225-amino acid CT domain is not, presumably because it is disordered. Receptor phosphorylation on CT domain P-sites is critical in signaling because of the binding of specific signaling effector molecules to individual phosphorylated P-sites. To investigate how the combination of conventional substrate recognition and the unique topological factors involved in the CT domain self-phosphorylation reaction lead to selectivity in P-site phosphorylation, we performed coarse-grained molecular simulations of the P-site/catalytic site binding reactions that precede EGFR self-phosphorylation events. Our results indicate that self-phosphorylation of the dimeric EGFR, although generally believed to occur in trans, may well occur with a similar efficiency in cis, with the P-sites of both receptor monomers being phosphorylated to a similar extent. An exception was the case of the most kinase-proximal P-site-992, the catalytic site binding of which occurred exclusively in cis via an intramolecular reaction. We discovered that the in cis interaction of P-site-992 with the catalytic site was facilitated by a cleft between the N-terminal and C-terminal lobes of the PTK domain that allows the short CT domain sequence tethering P-site-992 to the PTK core to reach the catalytic site. Our work provides several new mechanistic insights into the EGFR self-phosphorylation reaction, and demonstrates the potential of coarse-grained molecular simulation approaches for investigating the complexities of self-phosphorylation in

  17. Hormonal growth-promotant effects on grain-fed cattle maintained under different environments

    Gaughan, J. B.; Kreikemeier, W. M.; Mader, T. L.

    2005-07-01

    Six steers (3/4 Charolais×1/4 Brahman) (mean body weight 314±27 kg) and six spayed heifers (3/5 Shorthorn×2/5 Red Angus) (mean body weight 478±30 kg) were used to determine the effects of climatic conditions and hormone growth promotants (HGP) on respiration rate (RR; breaths/min), pulse rate (beats/min), rectal temperature (RT; °C), and heat production (HP; kJ). Cattle were exposed to the following climatic conditions prior to implantation with a HGP and then again 12 days after implantation: 2 days of thermoneutral conditions (TNL) [21.9±0.9°C ambient temperature (TA) and 61.7±22.1% relative humidity (RH)] then 2 days of hot conditions [HOT; 29.2±4°C (TA) and 78.3±13.2% (RH)], then TNL for 3 days and then 2 days of cold conditions [COLD; 17.6±0.9°C (TA) and 63.4±1.8% (RH); cattle were wet during this treatment]. The HGP implants used were: estrogenic implant (E), trenbolone acetate implant (TBA), or both (ET). Both prior to and following administration of HGP, RRs were lower (P0.5°C greater (P0.8°C higher than for the heifers, while under TNL and HOT, RTs of steers were 0.2 0.35°C higher than those of heifers. Prior to implantation, HP per hour and per unit of metabolic body weight was higher (P<0.05) for cattle exposed to hot conditions, when compared to HP on cold days. After implantation, HP was greater (P<0.05) on hot days than on cold days. Under TNL, ET cattle had the lowest HP and greatest feed intake. On hot days, E cattle had the lowest HP, and the highest RT; therefore, if the potential exists for cattle death from heat episodes, the use of either TBA or ET may be preferred. Under cold conditions HP was similar among implant groups.

  18. Abnormalities of growth hormone release in response to human pancreatic growth hormone releasing factor (GRF (1-44) ) in acromegaly and hypopituitarism.

    Wood, S M; Ch'ng, J L; Adams, E. F.; Webster, J D; Joplin, G F; Mashiter, K; Bloom, S. R.

    1983-01-01

    Human pancreatic growth hormone releasing factor (GRF (1-44)) is the parent molecule of several peptides recently extracted from pancreatic tumours associated with acromegaly. A study was conducted to examine its effects on the release of growth hormone in normal volunteers and in patients with hypopituitarism and acromegaly. GRF (1-44) dose dependently stimulated the release of growth hormone in normal people and produced no appreciable side effect. This response was grossly impaired in pati...

  19. The effect of heat treatment and thermal spray processes on the grain growth of nanostructured composite CoNiCrAlY/YSZ powders

    This research investigated thermal stability of mechanically milled MCrAlY/YSZ composites during heat treatment and high velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF) thermal spray processes. MCrAlY powder was mixed with 5%, 10% and 15% YSZ and then milled for 12 and 24 h. A powder without YSZ reinforcement ball was milled for 12 and 24 h too. The composite powders were annealed for 10 h at 1273 K to investigate thermal stability. Nanocrystalline and commercial powders were deposited on Inconel-617 substrate using the HVOF process. The morphology and thermal stability of mechanically milled and heat treated powders and coatings were investigated using X-ray diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and optical microscopy (OM). It was found that the increase in milling time resulted in the uniform distribution of reinforcements in the γ phase matrix. The uniform distribution of reinforcements caused reduction in grain growth during heat treatment process. On the other hand, increasing YSZ percentage decreased grain growth, but when the YSZ amount exceeded 10%, the ceramic reinforcements could not prevent the grain growth of nanostructure powders. The heat absorbed by nanostructured powders during thermal spraying process resulted in the grain growth of the γ-phase, but due to the presence of YSZ reinforcement, the grain growth was very lower than that of unreinforced coatings. It could be suggested that nanostructure coating formed due to thermo mechanical phenomena occurred in commercial powder particles during thermal spray process. - Highlights: • CoNiCrAlY/YSZ composite. • Nanostructure powder. • Heat treatment of CoNiCrAlY/YSZ

  20. The effect of heat treatment and thermal spray processes on the grain growth of nanostructured composite CoNiCrAlY/YSZ powders

    Tahari, Mostafa, E-mail: fa.tahari@yahoo.com [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Department of Engineering, Esfarayen University of Technology, Esfarayen-North Khorasan 96619-98195 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Shamanian, Morteza; Salehi, Mehdi [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-10-15

    This research investigated thermal stability of mechanically milled MCrAlY/YSZ composites during heat treatment and high velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF) thermal spray processes. MCrAlY powder was mixed with 5%, 10% and 15% YSZ and then milled for 12 and 24 h. A powder without YSZ reinforcement ball was milled for 12 and 24 h too. The composite powders were annealed for 10 h at 1273 K to investigate thermal stability. Nanocrystalline and commercial powders were deposited on Inconel-617 substrate using the HVOF process. The morphology and thermal stability of mechanically milled and heat treated powders and coatings were investigated using X-ray diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and optical microscopy (OM). It was found that the increase in milling time resulted in the uniform distribution of reinforcements in the γ phase matrix. The uniform distribution of reinforcements caused reduction in grain growth during heat treatment process. On the other hand, increasing YSZ percentage decreased grain growth, but when the YSZ amount exceeded 10%, the ceramic reinforcements could not prevent the grain growth of nanostructure powders. The heat absorbed by nanostructured powders during thermal spraying process resulted in the grain growth of the γ-phase, but due to the presence of YSZ reinforcement, the grain growth was very lower than that of unreinforced coatings. It could be suggested that nanostructure coating formed due to thermo mechanical phenomena occurred in commercial powder particles during thermal spray process. - Highlights: • CoNiCrAlY/YSZ composite. • Nanostructure powder. • Heat treatment of CoNiCrAlY/YSZ.

  1. Dust properties and disk structure of evolved protoplanetary disks in Cep OB2: Grain growth, settling, gas and dust mass, and inside-out evolution

    Sicilia-Aguilar, Aurora; Dullemond, Cornelis P; Patel, Nimesh; Juhász, Attila; Bouwman, Jeroen; Sturm, Bernhard

    2011-01-01

    We present Spitzer/IRS spectra of 31 TTS and IRAM/1.3mm observations for 34 low- and intermediate-mass stars in the Cep OB2 region. Including our previously published data, we analyze 56 TTS and the 3 intermediate-mass stars with silicate features in Tr 37 (~4 Myr) and NGC 7160 (~12 Myr). The silicate emission features are well reproduced with a mixture of amorphous (with olivine, forsterite, and silica stoichiometry) and crystalline grains (forsterite, enstatite). We explore grain size and disk structure using radiative transfer disk models, finding that most objects have suffered substantial evolution (grain growth, settling). About half of the disks show inside-out evolution, with either dust-cleared inner holes or a radially-dependent dust distribution, typically with larger grains and more settling in the innermost disk. The typical strong silicate features require nevertheless the presence of small dust grains, and could be explained by differential settling according to grain size, anomalous dust distr...

  2. A novel, two-step top seeded infiltration and growth process for the fabrication of single grain, bulk (RE)BCO superconductors

    Namburi, Devendra K.; Shi, Yunhua; Palmer, Kysen G.; Dennis, Anthony R.; Durrell, John H.; Cardwell, David A.

    2016-09-01

    A fundamental requirement of the fabrication of high performing, (RE)–Ba–Cu–O bulk superconductors is achieving a single grain microstructure that exhibits good flux pinning properties. The top seeded melt growth (TSMG) process is a well-established technique for the fabrication of single grain (RE)BCO bulk samples and is now applied routinely by a number of research groups around the world. The introduction of a buffer layer to the TSMG process has been demonstrated recently to improve significantly the general reliability of the process. However, a number of growth-related defects, such as porosity and the formation of micro-cracks, remain inherent to the TSMG process, and are proving difficult to eliminate by varying the melt process parameters. The seeded infiltration and growth (SIG) process has been shown to yield single grain samples that exhibit significantly improved microstructures compared to the TSMG technique. Unfortunately, however, SIG leads to other processing challenges, such as the reliability of fabrication, optimisation of RE2BaCuO5 (RE-211) inclusions (size and content) in the sample microstructure, practical oxygenation of as processed samples and, hence, optimisation of the superconducting properties of the bulk single grain. In the present paper, we report the development of a near-net shaping technique based on a novel two-step, buffer-aided top seeded infiltration and growth (BA-TSIG) process, which has been demonstrated to improve greatly the reliability of the single grain growth process and has been used to fabricate successfully bulk, single grain (RE)BCO superconductors with improved microstructures and superconducting properties. A trapped field of ∼0.84 T and a zero field current density of 60 kA cm‑2 have been measured at 77 K in a bulk, YBCO single grain sample of diameter 25 mm processed by this two-step BA-TSIG technique. To the best of our knowledge, this value of trapped field is the highest value ever reported for a

  3. Bulk tungsten in the JET divertor: Potential influence of the exhaustion of ductility and grain growth on the lifetime

    Mertens, Ph.; Thompson, V.; Matthews, G. F.; Nicolai, D.; Pintsuk, G.; Riccardo, V.; Devaux, S.; Sieglin, B.; JET-EFDA contributors

    2013-07-01

    The divertor of the ITER-like Wall in JET currently includes a solid tungsten row for the outer strike point. The use of plasma-facing tungsten in fusion devices is limited by its brittleness in the low temperature domain (arbitrarily ˜TW 1200 °C). In the absence of active cooling, an extreme case of thermal cycling is represented by the situation in JET: the plasma-facing surface of the bulk tungsten tile experiences cyclic excursions from 200 °C to about 2000 °C. Thermal fatigue for impact factors of 11-24 MW m-2 s0.5 is investigated with a Manson-Coffin model; tungsten properties come from production samples. Recrystallization is studied in metallographic cuts of tungsten lamellae identical to those installed in the torus which were exposed in the MARION facility to JET relevant heat fluxes for >300 pulses (Pdep ⩽ 9 MW/m2, angle of attack 6°). The calculations suggest that the number of high temperature cycles should be limited with appropriate budgeting, especially if the grain growth degrades material properties. Values for JET range from 150 to thousands of pulses depending on the temperatures reached.

  4. The tolerance of grain amaranth (Amaranthus cruentus L.) to defoliation during vegetative growth is compromised during flowering.

    Vargas-Ortiz, Erandi; Délano-Frier, John Paul; Tiessen, Axel

    2015-06-01

    The biochemical processes underlying variations of tolerance are often accompanied by source-sink transitions affecting carbon (C) metabolism. We investigated the tolerance of Amaranthus cruentus L. to total mechanical defoliation through development and in different growing seasons. Defoliated A. cruentus recovered ∼80% of their above-ground biomass and ∼100% of grain yield compared to intact plants if defoliation occurred early during ontogeny, but could not compensate when defoliation occurred during flowering. Tolerance index was higher in the summer season (-0.3) than in the winter season (-0.7). Overall, defoliation tolerance was closely related to phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase (PEPC) activity in leaves and the subsequent accumulation of starch (∼500 μmol/gDW) and sucrose (∼140 μmol/gDW) in stems and roots. Thus, A. cruentus accumulated sufficient C in roots and stem to allow branching and shoot re-growth after defoliation, but it only possessed sufficient C reserves to maintain <19% seed yield in the absence of new vegetative tissue. Seed size was larger during the warm season but it was not affected by foliar damage. Seed chemical composition was altered by defoliation at flowering. We conclude that A. cruentus defoliation tolerance depends on both, the re-allocation of starch from stem and roots, and the activation of dormant meristems before flowering to generate new photosynthetic capacity to sustain seed filling. PMID:25863889

  5. Smoke in the Pipe Nebula: dust emission and grain growth in the starless core FeSt 1-457

    Forbrich, Jan; Lombardi, Marco; Roman-Zuñiga, Carlos; Alves, João

    2015-01-01

    (abridged) Methods: We derive maps of submillimeter dust optical depth and effective dust temperature from Herschel data that were calibrated against Planck. After calibration, we then fit a modified blackbody to the long-wavelength Herschel data, using the Planck-derived dust opacity spectral index beta, derived on scales of 30' (or ~1 pc). We use this model to make predictions of the submillimeter flux density at 850 micron, and we compare these in turn with APEX-Laboca observations. Results: A comparison of the submillimeter dust optical depth and near-infrared extinction data reveals evidence for an increased submillimeter dust opacity at high column densities, interpreted as an indication of grain growth in the inner parts of the core. Additionally, a comparison of the Herschel dust model and the Laboca data reveals that the frequency dependence of the submillimeter opacity, described by the spectral index beta, does not change. A single beta that is only slightly different from the Planck-derived value ...

  6. Texture and grain growth characteristics in a boron added interstitial free steel after severe cold rolling and annealing

    A boron added interstitial free steel was cold rolled (CR) 90% and 98%, followed by batch annealing for different lengths of time at 650 deg. C. Crystallographic textures were determined for the cold rolled, partially recrystallized and the fully recrystallized materials. The overall texture of the 98% cold rolled sample was sharper than that of the 90% cold rolled material, though both showed the presence of the gamma and the alpha fibres. Recrystallization led to a decrease in the texture intensity of the 90% cold rolled steel, while reverse was the case for the 98% cold rolled material. The r bar value of the 98% cold rolled and recrystallized steel was only marginally less than that of its 90% counterpart. Selective growth of grains with {5 5 4} and {1 1 1} orientations (for the 98% cold rolled material) and with {1 1 3} and {2 2 3} orientations (for the 90% cold rolled material) was observed after recrystallization. The Σ11 and the Σ13b CSL boundaries appeared to be involved in this process.

  7. A Study on the Thermodynamics of Grain Growth in R.F. Magnetron Sputtered NiO Thin Films

    I. Dhanya

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Postdeposition annealing of thin nickel films synthesized using R.F. magnetron sputtering technique is carried in this study. The XRD analysis indicates that annealing of the nickel films leads to the formation of nickel oxide with a preferential growth along (200 plane. The oxidation mechanism is observed with a phase transformation and results in polycrystalline NiO films. The surface morphology of the thin films was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM and atomic force microscopy (AFM as a function of annealing temperature. The studies indicate the formation of well-defined grain boundaries due to agglomeration of nanocrystallites. The films annealed in the range 573–773 K are found to be porous. The optical transmission spectra of the films annealed at 773 K exhibit interference effects for photon energies below the fundamental absorption edge. The optical studies indicate the existence of direct interband transition across a bandgap of 3.7 eV in confirmation with earlier band structure calculations.

  8. Large Perovskite Grain Growth in Low-Temperature Solution-Processed Planar p-i-n Solar Cells by Sodium Addition.

    Bag, Santanu; Durstock, Michael F

    2016-03-01

    Thin-film p-i-n type planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells have the advantage of full low temperature solution processability and can, therefore, be adopted in roll-to-roll production and flexible devices. One of the main challenges with these devices, however, is the ability to finely control the film morphology during the deposition and crystallization of the perovskite layer. Processes suitable for optimization of the perovskite layer film morphology with large grains are highly desirable for reduced recombination of charge carriers. Here, we show how uniform thin films with micron size perovskite grains can be made through the use of a controlled amount of sodium ions in the precursor solution. Large micrometer-size CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite grains are formed during low-temperature thin-film growth by adding sodium ions to the PbI2 precursor solution in a two-step interdiffusion process. By adjusting additive concentration, film morphologies were optimized and the fabricated p-i-n planar perovskite-PCBM solar cells showed improved power conversion efficiences (an average of 3-4% absolute efficiency enhancement) compared to the nonsodium based devices. Overall, the additive enhanced grain growth process helped to reach a high 14.2% solar cell device efficiency with low hysteresis. This method of grain growth is quite general and provides a facile way to fabricate large-grained CH3NH3PbI3 on any arbitrary surface by an all solution-processed route. PMID:26862869

  9. Brain abnormalities in male children and adolescents with hemophilia: detection with MR imaging. The Hemophilia Growth and Development Study Group.

    Wilson, D A; Nelson, M D; Fenstermacher, M J; Bohan, T P; Hopper, K D; Tilton, A; Mitchell, W G; Contant, C F; Maeder, M A; Donfield, S M

    1992-11-01

    Cranial magnetic resonance (MR) imaging was performed in 124 male patients (aged 7-19 years), from 14 institutions, in whom a diagnosis of moderate to severe hemophilia was made. Blood tests in all subjects were negative for human immunodeficiency virus. Findings in MR studies were abnormal in 25 (20.2%) subjects. Six lesions in five subjects were classified as congenital. The most commonly identified congenital lesion was a posterior fossa collection of cerebrospinal fluid (five cases). Twenty-two subjects had acquired lesions that were probably related to the hemophilia or its treatment. The most commonly acquired lesions were single- or multifocal areas of high signal intensity within the white matter on T2-weighted images noted in 14 (11.3%) subjects. Two subjects had large focal areas of brain atrophy, and six had some degree of diffuse cerebral cortical atrophy. Three subjects (2.4%) had hemorrhagic lesions. To the authors' knowledge, the unexpected finding of small, focal, nonhemorrhagic white matter lesions has not previously been reported. PMID:1410372

  10. Densification and grain growth during sintering of porous Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95tape cast layers: A comprehensive study on heuristic methods

    Ni, De Wei; Schmidt, Cristine Grings; Teocoli, Francesca;

    2013-01-01

    The sintering behavior of porous Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95(CGO10) tape cast layers was systematically investigated to establish fundamental kinetic parameters associated to densification and grain growth. Densification and grain growth were characterized by a set of different methods to determine the domin...

  11. Statistical properties of abnormal nano-sized adsorbate islands growth in a model of adsorptive multilayer system

    Kharchenko, Vasyl O.; Kharchenko, Dmitrii O.

    2015-07-01

    A generalized model for nano-sized islands growth in substratum-mediated adsorption multilayer system is proposed. It is shown that the system manifests cascade of first order transitions related to the number of growing atomic layers. We have found that pattern formation on low layers is governed by a rate of adatom transference between neighboring layers. Critical coverage and critical island size governing adsorbate islands formation are defined. Anomalous dynamics of adsorbate island size growth and a crossover of dynamical regimes are discussed. Distributions of adsorbate/vacancy islands over their sizes are studied in details. It is shown that the linear size of vacancy/adsorbate islands varies from 20 to 100 nm.

  12. Ultra-fine ferrite grain refinement by static re-crystallization of hot rolled vanadium micro-alloyed steels

    The phenomenon of ultrafine-grain refinement of ferrite during transformational grain refinement (TGR) followed by static re-crystallization of vanadium micro-alloyed steels was studied. A substantial grain refinement (2.8 mu m) was attained during TGR process by rolling at 900 deg. C. Cold rolling with 70% of reduction introduced strain, utilized for re-crystallization during annealing at different temperatures. Electron Backscattered Diffraction (EBSD) technique was employed to quantify the low angle grain boundaries (LAGB) and high angle grain boundaries (HAGB) spacings and results were correlated with hardness drops during annealing process. At higher annealing times and temperatures the vanadium precipitates restricted the process of grain growth probably due to effective dispersion strengthening. The abnormal grain growth during annealing, predicted previously for niobium steels, found absent in the present vanadium microalloyed steels. (author)

  13. Comparison of gene expression profiles and responses to zinc chloride among inter- and intraspecific hybrids with growth abnormalities in wheat and its relatives.

    Takamatsu, Kiyofumi; Iehisa, Julio C M; Nishijima, Ryo; Takumi, Shigeo

    2015-07-01

    Hybrid necrosis is a well-known reproductive isolation mechanism in plant species, and an autoimmune response is generally considered to trigger hybrid necrosis through epistatic interaction between disease resistance-related genes in hybrids. In common wheat, the complementary Ne1 and Ne2 genes control hybrid necrosis, defined as type I necrosis. Two other types of hybrid necrosis (type II and type III) have been observed in interspecific hybrids between tetraploid wheat and Aegilops tauschii. Another type of hybrid necrosis, defined here as type IV necrosis, has been reported in F1 hybrids between Triticum urartu and some accessions of Triticum monococcum ssp. aegilopoides. In types I, III and IV, cell death occurs gradually starting in older tissues, whereas type II necrosis symptoms occur only under low temperature. To compare comprehensive gene expression patterns of hybrids showing growth abnormalities, transcriptome analysis of type I and type IV necrosis was performed using a wheat 38k oligo-DNA microarray. Defense-related genes including many WRKY transcription factor genes were dramatically up-regulated in plants showing type I and type IV necrosis, similarly to other known hybrid abnormalities, suggesting an association with an autoimmune response. Reactive oxygen species generation and necrotic cell death were effectively inhibited by ZnCl2 treatment in types I, III and IV necrosis, suggesting a significant association of Ca(2+) influx in upstream signaling of necrotic cell death in wheat hybrid necrosis. PMID:26081164

  14. KINETICS OF SECONDARY RECRYSTALLIZATION IN GRAIN-ORIENTED SILICON STEEL STUDIED BY HIGH-TEMPERATURE BACKGROUND

    Iwasaki, Y.; Fujimoto, K

    1981-01-01

    Secondary recrystallization in grain-oriented silicon steel is studied by the high-temperature background damping. Abnormal grain growth involves an abrupt drop of the background. The temperatures of initiation and completion of the secondary recrystallization are, thus, determined for the same sample from the definite change in background with increasing temperature. The background measured on isothermal annealing yields a transposed sigmoidal curve consisting of three stages when plotted as...

  15. No asthma, no parasites is a rare type of leukemia: chronic myeloid neoplasm with eosinophilia and abnormality of platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha.

    Santiago-Casiano, Mónica; Alemán, Jesse R; Matos-Fernández, Nelson A; Cáceres-Perkins, Wlliam; De La Paz, Maryknoll

    2012-01-01

    Chronic myeloid neoplasm with eosinophilia and abnormality of platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha (PDGFRA), referred as chronic eosinophilic leukemia, is an extremely rare neoplasm where long-term prognosis is uncertain though a high grade of responsiveness to Imatinib has been reported. The mortality and morbidity associated with chronic eosinophilic leukemia is associated with the degree of tissue involvement, damage, or both at diagnosis. We discuss a case of a young male patient with past medical history of hypoglycemia that presented to the emergency room with a complaints of a sharp abdominal pain localized in the upper quadrants. Laboratories were remarkable for elevated white blood cells with eosinophils predominance, anemia and thrombocytopenia. Bone marrow biopsy dislocated a FIP1L1-PDGFRA fusion gene chronic eosinophilic leukemia. Physicians need to have a high index of suspicion of this rare entity since not all eosinophilias can be interpreted as asthma or parasitis infections. PMID:23156891

  16. Implications of solute super-saturation in growth of vaporisation-induced recrystallised grains during heat treatment in Ni-base superalloys

    D' Souza, Neil; Welton, Dean [Rolls-Royce plc, Derby (United Kingdom); Wang, Hang [Birmingham Univ. (United Kingdom). School of Metallurgy and Materials

    2015-03-15

    The role of vaporisation in the evolution of surface micro-structural instability has been investigated in Ni-base superalloys during heat treatment below the solvus temperature. Initial nucleation of beta (β) grains at the surface with random orientations arose from vaporisation of Ni, Co and Cr with subsequent de-stabilisation of gamma (γ) phase. Further vaporisation and inter-diffusion resulted in a discontinuous reaction (secondary reaction zone - gamma prime (γ') matrix + topologically close packed phases with needle-like morphology). On the other hand, advancement of the secondary reaction zone grain boundary was shown to be dependent only on the solute supersaturation ahead of the boundary. The driving force for growth of the secondary reaction zone was calculated from the Gibbs energy change and nearly all of this force was available to pull the grain boundary.

  17. Secondary recrystallization behavior in the rolled columnar-grained Fe–Ga alloys

    Yuan, Chao; Li, Jiheng; Zhang, Wenlan; Bao, Xiaoqian; Gao, Xuexu, E-mail: gaox@skl.ustb.edu.cn

    2015-10-01

    The secondary recrystallization behavior with temperature increasing from 900 to 1080 °C was investigated in the rolled columnar-grained magnetostrictive Fe–Ga alloy sheets. The abnormal Goss grain growth occurred due to the inhibitory action of NbC in the Fe–Ga–0.1 at%NbC sheets. With the temperature increasing at a rate of 0.25 °C/min, the secondary recrystallization started below 950 °C. In addition to the S-induced surface energy effect, sulfur annealing also introduced a large number of S-rich and Nb-rich precipitates, which retarded the grain boundary migration on the surface. The abnormal grain growth was found to be restricted inside the sheet during the sulfur annealing process when the temperature was below 1000 °C, and a large amount of small island-like grains was remained on S-annealed sheets. After final Ar/H{sub 2} annealing processes, the S-rich precipitates and small island-like grains were eliminated, and sharp Goss orientation and high magnetostriction of 245 ppm were obtained in the final S-annealed sheets. - Highlights: • Secondary recrystallization started below 1000 °C in rolled Fe–Ga sheets. • Inhibition effect was introduced on the surfaces by sulfur annealing. • Abnormal Goss grains develop inside the sheets during sulfur annealing.

  18. Nail abnormalities

    ... nails include systemic amyloidosis , malnutrition, vitamin deficiency, and lichen planus . Skin cancers near the nail and fingertip ... the nail bed. Chemotherapy medicines can affect nail growth. Normal aging affects the growth and development of ...

  19. Sharp Goss orientation and large magnetostriction in the rolled columnar-grained Fe–Ga alloys

    In this work, the 〈1 0 0〉 directional solidified feedstock slabs were used to produce the rolled Fe–Ga sheets, and sharp Goss orientation was developed in the 0.3 mm sheets after annealing processes. The area fraction of Goss grains in the annealed binary Fe–Ga sheets approached to 62.4% without abnormal grain growth, accompanied with a maximum magnetostriction (λ//−λ⊥) of 199 ppm. The addition of only 0.1 at% NbC notably promoted the abnormal Goss grain growth without sulfur annealing, and large single-crystal-like grains, up to several centimeters, were obtained with few island-like grains after sulfur annealing and final Ar/H2 annealing processes. High magnetostriction (λ//−λ⊥) of 245 ppm with little deviation was achieved in the (Fe83Ga17)99.9(NbC)0.1 sheets, and a large magnetostrictive strain (λ//) up to 243 ppm under no pre-stress was observed with an applied magnetic field along the rolling direction. - Highlights: • The 〈1 0 0〉 oriented feedstock slabs were used to prepare Goss oriented Fe–Ga sheets. • Abnormal Goss grain growth was observed in the 0.3 mm sheets with only 0.1 at% NbC. • A high λ// of 243 ppm under no pre-stress was observed along the RD

  20. Efficacy of insect growth regulators as grain protectants against two stored-product pests in wheat and maize.

    Kavallieratos, Nickolas G; Athanassiou, Christos G; Vayias, Basileios J; Tomanović, Zeljko

    2012-05-01

    Insect growth regulators (IGRs) (two juvenile hormone analogues [fenoxycarb and pyriproxifen], four chitin synthesis inhibitors [diflubenzuron, flufenoxuron, lufenuron, and triflumuron], one ecdysteroid agonist [methoxyfenozide], and one combination of chitin synthesis inhibitors and juvenile hormone analogues [lufenuron plus fenoxycarb]) were tested in the laboratory against adults of Prostephanus truncatus in maize and against adults of Rhyzopertha dominica in wheat. The tested IGRs were applied in maize at three doses (1, 5, and 10 ppm) and assessed at three temperature levels (20, 25, and 30°C) in the case of P. truncatus, while in the case of R. dominica the above doses were assessed only at 25°C in wheat. In addition to progeny production, mortality of the treated adults after 14 days of exposure in the IGR-treated commodities was assessed. All IGRs were very effective (>88.5% suppression of progeny) against the tested species at doses of $ 5 ppm, while diflubenzuron at 25°C in the case of P. truncatus or lufenuron and pyriproxyfen in the case of R. dominica completely suppressed (100%) progeny production when they were applied at 1 ppm. At all tested doses, the highest values of R. dominica parental mortality were observed in wheat treated with lufenuron plus fenoxycarb. Temperature at the levels examined in the present study did not appear to affect the overall performance in a great extent of the tested IGRs in terms of adult mortality or suppression of progeny production against P. truncatus in treated maize. The tested IGRs may be considered viable grain protectants and therefore as potential components in stored-product integrated pest management. PMID:22564945

  1. Effects of corticotropin releasing factor and growth hormone releasing factor on pituitary hormone secretion in patients with congenital thyrotropin deficiency. Abnormal response of growth hormone to corticotropin releasing factor.

    Hayashizaki, Y; Miyai, K; Onishi, T; Kumahara, Y

    1986-12-01

    Blood concentrations of anterior pituitary hormones, ACTH, GH, TSH, PRL, LH, and FSH were determined in corticotropin releasing factor (CRF) test (synthetic ovine CRF 1.0 microgram per kg body weight) and growth hormone releasing factor (GRF) test (synthetic human pancreatic GRF-44 100 micrograms) in 2 female sibling patients with congenital isolated TSH deficiency, in their mother, in 2 patients with congenital primary hypothyroidism and in 8 normal controls. The patients with isolated TSH deficiency showed normally increased plasma ACTH and serum GH after CRF and GRF, respectively, and also showed an abnormal GH response to CRF. The serum GH showed a rapid increase to maximum levels (12.9 ng/ml) within 30 to 60 min followed by decrease. The possibility of secretion of abnormal GH could be excluded by the fact that on serum dilution, GH value gave a linear plot passing through zero. In addition, serum PRL, LH and FSH levels after CRF administration in case 1 and PRL after GRF in case 2 were also slightly increased but these responses were marginal. The mother of the patients, patients with congenital primary hypothyroidism, and normal healthy controls showed normal responses of pituitary hormones throughout the experiment. Data from the present study and a previous report show that abnormal GH response to the hypothalamic hormones (CRF, TRH and LHRH) may be observed in patients with congenital isolated TSH deficiency. PMID:3102339

  2. Influence of porosity on densification and grain growth kinetics of Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95 tape

    Ni, De Wei; Esposito, Vincenzo; Foghmoes, Søren Preben Vagn;

    determined from master viscosity curves, which are comparable to the kinetic values obtained from densification and grain growth. It is indicated that porosity has negligible effect on densification kinetics, but high porosity decreases the chance of particle contact, and grain boundary mobility is therefore...... is accompanied by the change of shape, size and fraction of pores in a given volume. Therefore, porosity can be treated as an extra phase during sintering study. In this work, we presented the densification and grain growth behaviour of Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95 tape cast layers with different percentage of...... porosity. The emphasis was put on the effect of porosity on densification and grain growth kinetics. Derived from the sintering constitutive laws, the densification and grain growth kinetics were experimentally characterized and analyzed. Furthermore, the activation energies for viscous flow were...

  3. Irradiation induced grain growth and surface emission enhancement of chemically tailored ZnS : Mn/PVOH nanoparticles by Cl+9 ion impact

    Manganese doped zinc sulfide nanoparticles are fabricated on polyvinyl alcohol dielectric matrix. They are bombarded with energetic chlorine ions (100 MeV). The size of the crystallites is found to increase with ion fluence due to melting led grain growth under ion irradiation. The increased size as a result of grain growth has been observed both in the optical absorption spectra in terms of redshift and in electron microscopic images. The photoluminescence (PL) study was carried out by band to band excitation λex = 220 nm) upon ZnS : Mn, which results into two emission peaks corresponding to surface states and Mn+2 emission, respectively. The ion fluence for irradiation experiment so chosen were 1 x 1011, 5 x 1011, 5 x 1012 and 1013 Cl/cm2. (author)

  4. Irradiation induced grain growth and surface emission enhancement of chemically tailored ZnS : Mn/PVOH nanoparticles by Cl+9 ion impact

    D Mohanta; S S Nath; N C Mishra; A Choudhury

    2003-04-01

    Manganese doped zinc sulfide nanoparticles are fabricated on polyvinyl alcohol dielectric matrix. They are bombarded with energetic chlorine ions (100 MeV). The size of the crystallites is found to increase with ion fluence due to melting led grain growth under ion irradiation. The increased size as a result of grain growth has been observed both in the optical absorption spectra in terms of redshift and in electron microscopic images. The photoluminescence (PL) study was carried out by band to band excitation ($\\lambda_{ex}$ = 220 nm) upon ZnS : Mn, which results into two emission peaks corresponding to surface states and Mn+2 emission, respectively. The ion fluence for irradiation experiment so chosen were 1 × 1011, 5 × 1011, 5 × 1012 and 1013 Cl/cm2.

  5. A splice site mutation in laminin-α2 results in a severe muscular dystrophy and growth abnormalities in zebrafish.

    Vandana A Gupta

    Full Text Available Congenital muscular dystrophy (CMD is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous group of inherited muscle disorders. In patients, muscle weakness is usually present at or shortly after birth and is progressive in nature. Merosin deficient congenital muscular dystrophy (MDC1A is a form of CMD caused by a defect in the laminin-α2 gene (LAMA2. Laminin-α2 is an extracellular matrix protein that interacts with the dystrophin-dystroglycan (DGC complex in membranes providing stability to muscle fibers. In an N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea mutagenesis screen to develop zebrafish models of neuromuscular diseases, we identified a mutant fish that exhibits severe muscular dystrophy early in development. Genetic mapping identified a splice site mutation in the lama2 gene. This splice site is highly conserved in humans and this mutation results in mis-splicing of RNA and a loss of protein function. Homozygous lama2 mutant zebrafish, designated lama2(cl501/cl501, exhibited reduced motor function and progressive degeneration of skeletal muscles and died at 8-15 days post fertilization. The skeletal muscles exhibited damaged myosepta and detachment of myofibers in the affected fish. Laminin-α2 deficiency also resulted in growth defects in the brain and eye of the mutant fish. This laminin-α2 deficient mutant fish represents a novel disease model to develop therapies for modulating splicing defects in congenital muscular dystrophies and to restore the muscle function in human patients with CMD.

  6. Prospecting plant growth promoting bacteria and cyanobacteria as options for enrichment of macro- and micronutrients in grains in rice–wheat cropping sequence

    Anuj Rana; Soumya Ranjan Kabi; Shikha Verma; Anurup Adak; Madan Pal; Yashbir Singh Shivay; Radha Prasanna; Lata Nain

    2015-01-01

    The influence of plant growth promoting bacteria (PGPB) and cyanobacteria, alone and in combination, was investigated on micronutrient enrichment and yield in rice–wheat sequence, over a period of two years. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) in both crops indicated significant differences in soil dehydrogenase activity and micronutrient enrichment in grains (Fe, Zn in rice, and Cu, Mn in wheat). The combined inoculation of Anabaena oscillarioides CR3, Brevundimonas diminuta PR7, and Ochrobactrum a...

  7. Significance of abnormal serum binding of insulin-like growth factor II in the development of hypoglycemia in patients with non-islet-cell tumors

    The authors reported that serum and tumor from a hypoglycemic patient with a fibrosarcoma contained insulin-like growth factor II (IGF-II), mostly in a large molecular form designated big IGF-II. They now describe two additional patients with non-islet-cell tumor with hypoglycemia (NICTH) whose sera contained big IGF-II. Removal of the tumor eliminated most of the big IGF-II from the sera of two patients. Because specific IGF-binding proteins modify the bioactivity of IGFs, the sizes of the endogenous IGF-binding protein complexes were determined after neutral gel filtration through Sephadex G-200. Normally about 75% of IGFs are carried as a ternary complex of 150 kDa consisting of IGF, a growth hormone (GH)-dependent IGF-binding protein, and an acid-labile complexing component. The three patients with NICTH completely lacked the 150-kDa complex. IGF-II was present as a 60-kDa complex with variable contributions of smaller complexes. In the immediate postoperative period, a 110-kDa complex appeared rather than the expected 150-kDa complex. Abnormal IGF-II binding may be important in NICTH because the 150-kDa complexes cross the capillary membrane poorly. The smaller complexes present in our patients' sera would be expected to enter interstitial fluid readily, and a 4- to 5-fold increase in the fraction of IGFs reaching the target cells would result

  8. Significance of abnormal serum binding of insulin-like growth factor II in the development of hypoglycemia in patients with non-islet-cell tumors

    Daughaday, W.H.; Kapadia, M. (Washington Univ. School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO (USA))

    1989-09-01

    The authors reported that serum and tumor from a hypoglycemic patient with a fibrosarcoma contained insulin-like growth factor II (IGF-II), mostly in a large molecular form designated big IGF-II. They now describe two additional patients with non-islet-cell tumor with hypoglycemia (NICTH) whose sera contained big IGF-II. Removal of the tumor eliminated most of the big IGF-II from the sera of two patients. Because specific IGF-binding proteins modify the bioactivity of IGFs, the sizes of the endogenous IGF-binding protein complexes were determined after neutral gel filtration through Sephadex G-200. Normally about 75% of IGFs are carried as a ternary complex of 150 kDa consisting of IGF, a growth hormone (GH)-dependent IGF-binding protein, and an acid-labile complexing component. The three patients with NICTH completely lacked the 150-kDa complex. IGF-II was present as a 60-kDa complex with variable contributions of smaller complexes. In the immediate postoperative period, a 110-kDa complex appeared rather than the expected 150-kDa complex. Abnormal IGF-II binding may be important in NICTH because the 150-kDa complexes cross the capillary membrane poorly. The smaller complexes present in our patients' sera would be expected to enter interstitial fluid readily, and a 4- to 5-fold increase in the fraction of IGFs reaching the target cells would result.

  9. Metastable extension of the fluorite phase field in Y2O3-ZrO2 and its effect on grain growth

    Pure Y2O3 and Y2O3-ZrO2 solid solutions have been prepared by melt atomization and by pyrolysis of nitrate solutions. Extended solubility is readily achieved in both techniques for the entire composition range investigated: melts with 0--30% ZrO2 and precursors with 0--50% ZrO2. However, solidification of under cooled droplets yields almost exclusively single phase powders with the structure of cubic yttria (D53). In contrast, the pyrolysis route leads to a sequence of metastable microstructures beginning with a nanocrystalline disordered fluorite-based (C1) solid solution. Further heating leads to the evolution of much larger (micron size) flake crystals with a [001] texture, concurrent with partial ordering of the oxygen ions to the sites occupied in the D53 structure. The driving force for ordering and the rate of grain growth decrease with increasing ZrO2 addition. Abrupt heating to high temperatures or electron irradiation can induce ordering without substantial grain growth. There is no significant reduction in porosity during the recrystallization, which with the other observations suggests that grain growth is driven by the free energy available for the ordering transformation from fluorite to the yttria structure. This route offers opportunities for single crystal thin film development at relatively low processing temperatures

  10. The extent of grain yield and plant growth enhancement by plant growth-promoting broad-spectrum Streptomyces sp. in chickpea.

    Gopalakrishnan, Subramaniam; Srinivas, Vadlamudi; Alekhya, Gottumukkala; Prakash, Bandikinda; Kudapa, Himabindu; Rathore, Abhishek; Varshney, Rajeev Kumar

    2015-01-01

    The physiological and molecular responses of five strains of Streptomyces sp. (CAI-17, CAI-68, CAI-78, KAI-26 and KAI-27), with their proven potential for charcoal rot disease control in sorghum and plant growth-promotion (PGP) in sorghum and rice, were studied to understand the mechanisms causing the beneficial effects. In this investigation, those five strains were evaluated for their PGP capabilities in chickpea in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 post-rainy seasons. All of the Streptomyces sp. strains exhibited enhanced nodule number, nodule weight, root weight and shoot weight at 30 days after sowing (DAS) and pod number, pod weight, leaf area, leaf weight and stem weight at 60 DAS in both seasons over the un-inoculated control. At crop maturity, the Streptomyces strains had enhanced stover yield, grain yield, total dry matter and seed number plant(-1) in both seasons over the un-inoculated control. In the rhizosphere, the Streptomyces sp. also significantly enhanced microbial biomass carbon, dehydrogenase activity, total nitrogen, available phosphorous and organic carbon in both seasons over the un-inoculated control. Of the five strains of Streptomyces sp., CAI-17, CAI-68 and CAI-78 were superior to KAI-26 and KAI-27 in terms of their effects on root and shoot development, nodule formation and crop productivity. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) micrographs had revealed the success in colonization of the chickpea roots by all five strains. Quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) analysis of selected PGP genes of actinomycetes revealed the selective up-regulation of indole-3-acetic acid (IAA)-related and siderophore-related genes by CAI-68 and of β-1,3-glucanase genes by KAI-26. PMID:25646153

  11. Cerebellar microfolia and other abnormalities of neuronal growth, migration, and lamination in the Pit1dw-J homozygote mutant mouse

    Sekiguchi, M.; Abe, H.; Moriya, M.; Tanaka, O.; Nowakowski, R. S.

    1998-01-01

    The Snell dwarf mouse (Pit1dw-J homozygote) has a mutation in the Pit1 gene that prevents the normal formation of the anterior pituitary. In neonates and adults there is almost complete absence of growth hormone (GH), prolactin (PRL), thyroxin (T4), and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). Since these hormones have been suggested to play a role in normal development of the central nervous system (CNS), we have investigated the effects of the Pit1dw-J mutation on the cerebellum and hippocampal formation. In the cerebellum, there were abnormalities of both foliation and lamination. The major foliation anomalies were 1) changes in the relative size of specific folia and also the proportional sizes of the anterior vs posterior cerebellum; and 2) the presence of between one and three microfolia per half cerebellum. The microfolia were all in the medial portion of the hemisphere in the caudal part of the cerebellum. Each microfolium was just rostral to a normal fissure and interposed between the fissure and a normal gyrus. Lamination abnormalities included an increase in the number of single ectopic granule cells in the molecular layer in both cerebellar vermis (86%) and hemisphere (40%) in comparison with the wild-type mouse. In the hippocampus of the Pit1dw-J homozygote mouse, the number of pyramidal cells was decreased, although the width of the pyramidal cell layer throughout areas CA1-CA3 appeared to be normal, but less densely populated than in the wild-type mouse. Moreover, the number of granule cells that form the granule cell layer was decreased from the wild-type mouse and some ectopic granule cells (occurring both as single cells and as small clusters) were observed in the innermost portion of the molecular layer. The abnormalities observed in the Pit1dw-J homozygote mouse seem to be caused by both direct and indirect effects of the deficiency of TSH (or T4), PRL, or GH rather than by a direct effect of the deletion of Pit1.

  12. Thermal stability, thermal expansion and grain-growth in exchange-coupled Fe-Pt-Ag-B bulk nanocomposite magnets

    Nicula, R., E-mail: radu.nicula@empa.ch [Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Advanced Materials Processing, Feuerwerkerstr. 39, CH-3602 Thun (Switzerland); Crisan, O.; Crisan, A.D.; Mercioniu, I. [National Institute for Materials Physics, P.O. Box MG-7, 077125 Bucharest-Magurele (Romania); Stir, M. [University of Berne, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Freiestrasse 3, CH-3012 Berne (Switzerland); Vasiliu, F. [National Institute for Materials Physics, P.O. Box MG-7, 077125 Bucharest-Magurele (Romania)

    2015-02-15

    Highlights: • Formation of the L10 FePt hard-magnetic phase (>90%) directly in the as-cast state. • Specific alternating hard/soft nanostructure is stable to 600 °C without grain growth. • Anisotropic and non-linear thermal expansion effects. • The FePtAgB alloy behaves like a single magnetic phase (full exchange coupling). - Abstract: Rare-earth free (RE-free) exchange coupling nanocomposite magnets are intensively studied nowadays due to their potential use in applications demanding stable high-temperature operation and corrosion resistance. In this respect, the FePt alloy system is one of the most actively addressed potential permanent magnet solutions. In FePt alloys, promising magnetic features arise from the co-existence of hard magnetic L1{sub 0} FePt and soft magnetic L1{sub 2} Fe{sub 3}Pt phases emerged from the same metastable precursor. The present work deals with an in-situ temperature-resolved synchrotron radiation study of the thermal stability, thermal expansion and microstructure evolution in exchange-coupled FePtAgB alloys. The as-cast microstructural state as well as the optimized magnetic behavior are given as reference and correlated to the observed microstructural evolution with temperature. The melt-spun Fe{sub 48}Pt{sub 28}Ag{sub 6}B{sub 18} alloy ribbons were examined in situ by synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction from ambient temperature up to 600 °C. The FePt-Fe{sub 3}Pt exchange-coupled microstructure achieved by rapid solidification is not significantly altered during the high temperature exposure. The thermal expansion of the FePt L1{sub 0} unit cell has been found to be strongly anisotropic, being essentially an in-plane expansion which may be seen as an anisotropic invar effect. For the FePt L1{sub 0} phase, a significant deviation from linear thermal expansion is observed at the Curie temperature T{sub C} = 477 °C. This non-linear behavior above T{sub C} is tentatively linked to a diffusion/segregation mechanism of Ag

  13. Individual influence of Al2O3 and Nb2O5 on grain growth of UO2 sintered pellets manufactured at INB

    The effects of alumina and niobia on densification and grain growth of UO2 sintered pellets have been investigated. The UO2 powder used was produced at INB by commercial AUC route. The U3O8 sample was obtained by oxidation of a mix of both defected pellets and grinding sludge at 380 deg C in air atmosphere for 20 h. Two tests were carried out: the first one using only UO2, lubricant and dopant; and the other adding U3O8 to the last blend. Samples of 0.1-0.5 wt% of both Al2O3 and Nb2O5-doped pellets were sintered at 1760 deg C for 5.7h in a commercial sintering furnace, at INB Pelletizing Process, under wet hydrogen atmosphere. Al2O3 addition decreased the sintered density in a rate of 0.03 g/cm3 for each 0.1 wt% added and 0.2-0.5 wt% of Nb2O5 increased the density. 12 wt% of U3O8 addition decreased the densities by about 0.20 g/cm3 in each doping tests. Comparing with undoped UO2 pellets, the grain growth enhanced and the grain sizes became larger as the niobia content increased, reaching a maximum value of about 30 μm (0.5 wt%), 135.2 % higher than the undoped one (Z test). Such effect may be attributed to the increased concentration of uranium vacancies, which are formed by the interstitial Nb4+ ion in UO2 lattice. The addition of alumina was less effective on grain growth than niobia. The maximum value obtained for Al2O3 was almost 15 μm, 16.7 % higher than the Z test. (author)

  14. Walking abnormalities

    ... psychological disorder) Foot problems (such as a callus, corn, ingrown toenail, wart, pain, skin sore, swelling, or ... as birth defects, diseases of the nervous system, growth problems, problems of the spine The physical examination ...

  15. Influence of sowing date on the growth and grain yield performance of wheat varieties under rainfed condition

    A field experiment was conducted to evaluate the response of high yielding varieties against varying sowing dates under rainfed conditions during winter 2008-9 at Adaptive Research Farm, Bhaun, Chakwal. Treatments were four sowing dates, viz. D1 (October 15), D2 (October 30) D3 (November 15), D4 (November 30),and five varieties, viz GA 2002, Chakwal 50, Farid 2006, Wafaq 2001 and Sehar 2006. Sowing dates, varieties and interaction of sowing dates and varieties remained significant on plant height, spike length, spikelets per spike, grains per spike and grain yield (kg ha-1). The results showed that wheat variety Chakwal 50 sown on October 30 produced maximum grain yield, followed by sehar 2006 sown on same date. Yields were reduced by 17.4% 17.2% and 26.2% from the crop planted on November 15 , November 30 and October 15, respectively, as compared with the crop planted on October 30. As far as varietal comparison is concerned, yields were reduced by 19.7%, 21.5%, 12.4% and 3.2%, by wheat varieties GA 2002, Farid 2006, Wafaq 2001 and Sehar 2006, respectively, as compared with wheat variety Chakwal 50. Interactive effect of sowing date and wheat varieties also remained significant on grain yield (kg ha-1). All planted varieties showed maximum grain yield when planted on October 30. Wheat variety Chakwal 50 sown on October 30 produced maximum grain yield (5684 kg ha-1)followed by Sehar 2006 sown on the same date (5183 kg ha-1). (author)

  16. Mechanism of the formation of peripheral coarse grain structure in hot extrusion of Al-4.5Zn-1Mg

    Eivani, A. R.; Zhou, J.; Duszczyk, J.

    2016-04-01

    Microstructural evolution leading to peripheral coarse grain (PCG) structure in hot extruded Al-4.5Zn-1Mg rods is investigated. The extent of dynamic recrystallization (DRX) in the as-extruded product falls not in line with the basis over which the existing mechanisms for interpretation of PCG formation are built. A new mechanism is therefore proposed based on partial DRX during extrusion and nucleation and abnormal growth of statically recrsystallised grains.

  17. Improved plant growth and Zn accumulation in grains of rice (Oryza sativa L.) by inoculation of endophytic microbes isolated from a Zn Hyperaccumulator, Sedum alfredii H.

    Wang, Yuyan; Yang, Xiaoe; Zhang, Xincheng; Dong, Lanxue; Zhang, Jie; Wei, Yanyan; Feng, Ying; Lu, Lingli

    2014-02-26

    This study is to investigate the possibility of zinc (Zn) biofortification in the grains of rice (Oryza sativa L.) by inoculation of endophytic strains isolated from a Zn hyperaccumulator, Sedum alfredii Hance. Five endophytic strains, Burkholderia sp. SaZR4, Burkholderia sp. SaMR10, Sphingomonas sp. SaMR12, Variovorax sp. SaNR1, and Enterobacter sp. SaCS20, isolated from S. alfredii, were inoculated in the roots of Japonica rice Nipponbare under hydroponic condition. Fluorescence images showed that endophytic strains successfully colonized rice roots after 72 h. Improved root morphology and plant growth of rice was observed after inoculation with endophytic strains especially SaMR12 and SaCS20. Under hydroponic conditions, endophytic inoculation with SaMR12 and SaCS20 increased Zn concentration by 44.4% and 51.1% in shoots, and by 73.6% and 83.4% in roots, respectively. Under soil conditions, endophytic inoculation with SaMR12 and SaCS20 resulted in an increase of grain yields and elevated Zn concentrations by 20.3% and 21.9% in brown rice and by 13.7% and 11.2% in polished rice, respectively. After inoculation of SaMR12 and SaCS20, rhizosphere soils of rice plants contained higher concentration of DTPA-Zn by 10.4% and 20.6%, respectively. In situ micro-X-ray fluorescence mapping of Zn confirmed the elevated Zn content in the rhizosphere zone of rice treated with SaMR12 as compared with the control. The above results suggested that endophytic microbes isolated from S. alfredii could successfully colonize rice roots, resulting in improved root morphology and plant growth, increased Zn bioavailability in rhizosphere soils, and elevated grain yields and Zn densities in grains. PMID:24447030

  18. Effects of Grain Boundaries and Dislocation Cell Walls on Void Nucleation and Growth in Aluminium during Fast Neutron Irradiation

    Horsewell, Andy; Rahman, F. A.; Singh, Bachu Narain

    1983-01-01

    High purity aluminium irradiated to fluences between 2 multiplied by 10**2**1 and 1 multiplied by 10**2**4 n. m** minus **2 (E greater than 1 Mev) at 120 degree C has been investigated by TEM. A void denuded zone is seen both at grain boundaries and dislocation cell walls. Enhanced void formation...

  19. Fenton process-affected transformation of roxarsone in paddy rice soils: Effects on plant growth and arsenic accumulation in rice grain.

    Qin, Junhao; Li, Huashou; Lin, Chuxia

    2016-08-01

    Batch and greenhouse experiments were conducted to examine the effects of Fenton process on transformation of roxarsone in soils and its resulting impacts on the growth of and As uptake by a rice plant cultivar. The results show that addition of Fenton reagent markedly accelerated the degradation of roxarsone and produced arsenite, which was otherwise absent in the soil without added Fenton reagent. Methylation of arsenate was also enhanced by Fenton process in the earlier part of the experiment due to abundant supply of arsenate from Roxarsone degradation. Overall, addition of Fenton reagent resulted in the predominant presence of arsenate in the soils. Fenton process significantly improved the growth of rice in the maturity stage of the first crop, The concentration of methylated As species in the rice plant tissues among the different growth stages was highly variable. Addition of Fenton reagent into the soils led to reduced uptake of soil-borne As by the rice plants and this had a significant effect on reducing the accumulation of As in rice grains. The findings have implications for understanding As biogeochemistry in paddy rice field receiving rainwater-borne H2O2 and for development of mitigation strategies to reduce accumulation of As in rice grains. PMID:27060198

  20. A novel way of modifying nano grain size by solution concentration in the growth of ZnAl2O4 thin films

    A novel route to the growth of thin films of ZnAl2O4 in nano-scale order was developed and nano-thin films of ZnAl2O4 are grown. The variation of grain size with solution concentration is reported. The thin film was deposited by modified liquid-phase deposition (LPD) technique using a novel acid based chemical reaction for the first time to ternary system. This modified LPD is based on a novel reaction that favours the formation of nanostructures during the treatment of a precursor (here ZnO) and a metal foil (Al) in diluted HF acid. The acid serves both as a solvent and catalyst. Usually, in wet process synthesis of binary systems, the metal foil will act as F- ion scavenger. In this method, formation of a ternary compound as well as growth of thin film nanostructures of that compound was achieved by the same chemical reaction at room temperature. The role of acid concentration in the nanostructure formation is discussed. The relationship between HF concentration and grain size were also graphically enumerated. Structural, compositional and surface morphological properties of thin films were studied using Philips, Xpert-MPD: X-ray diffractometer and Philips, ESEM-TMP + EDAX, Nanoscope-III: AFM. The technique is a novel, simple and low cost route for the growth of nano-thin films of ternary oxide material

  1. Formation of Graphene Grain Boundaries on Cu(100) Surface and a Route Towards Their Elimination in Chemical Vapor Deposition Growth

    Qinghong Yuan; Guangyao Song; Deyan Sun; Feng Ding

    2014-01-01

    Grain boundaries (GBs) in graphene prepared by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) greatly degrade the electrical and mechanical properties of graphene and thus hinder the applications of graphene in electronic devices. The seamless stitching of graphene flakes can avoid GBs, wherein the identical orientation of graphene domain is required. In this letter, the graphene orientation on one of the most used catalyst surface — Cu(100) surface, is explored by density functional theory (DFT) calculatio...

  2. Section 1: Interfacial reactions and grain growth in ferroelectric SrBi{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O (SBT) thin films on Si substrates

    Dickerson, B.D.; Zhang, X.; Desu, S.B. [Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ., Blacksburg, VA (United States)] [and others

    1997-04-01

    Much of the cost of traditional infrared cameras based on narrow-bandgap photoelectric semiconductors comes from the cryogenic cooling systems required to achieve high detectivity. Detectivity is inversely proportional to noise. Generation-recombination noise in photoelectric detectors increases roughly exponentially with temperature, but thermal noise in photoelectric detectors increases only linearly with temperature. Therefore `thermal detectors perform far better at room temperature than 8-14 {mu}m photon detectors.` Although potentially more affordable, uncooled pyroelectric cameras are less sensitive than cryogenic photoelectric cameras. One way to improve the sensitivity to cost ratio is to deposit ferroelectric pixels with good electrical properties directly on mass-produced, image-processing chips. `Good` properties include a strong temperature dependence of the remanent polarization, P{sub r}, or the relative dielectric constant, {epsilon}{sub r}, for sensitive operation in pyroelectric or dielectric mode, respectively, below or above the Curie temperature, which is 320 C for SBT. When incident infrared radiation is chopped, small oscillations in pixel temperature produce pyroelectric or dielectric alternating currents. The sensitivity of ferroelectric thermal detectors depends strongly on pixel microstructure, since P{sub r} and {epsilon}{sub r} increase with grain size during annealing. To manufacture SBT pixels on Si chips, acceptable SBT grain growth must be achieved at the lowest possible oxygen annealing temperature, to avoid damaging the Si chip below. Therefore current technical progress describes how grain size, reaction layer thickness, and electrical properties develop during the annealing of SBT pixels deposited on Si.

  3. Prospecting plant growth promoting bacteria and cyanobacteria as options for enrichment of macro- and micronutrients in grains in rice–wheat cropping sequence

    Anuj Rana

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The influence of plant growth promoting bacteria (PGPB and cyanobacteria, alone and in combination, was investigated on micronutrient enrichment and yield in rice–wheat sequence, over a period of two years. Analysis of variance (ANOVA in both crops indicated significant differences in soil dehydrogenase activity and micronutrient enrichment in grains (Fe, Zn in rice, and Cu, Mn in wheat. The combined inoculation of Anabaena oscillarioides CR3, Brevundimonas diminuta PR7, and Ochrobactrum anthropi PR10 (T6 significantly increased nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (NPK content and improved rice yield by 21.2%, as compared to the application of recommended dose of NPK fertilizers (T2. The treatment T5 (Providencia sp. PR3 + B. diminuta PR7 + O. anthropi PR10 recorded an enhancement of 13–16% in Fe, Zn, Cu, and Mn concentrations, respectively, in rice grains. In wheat, Providencia sp. PW5 (T6 recorded the highest yield (5.23 Mg ha−1 and significantly higher enrichment of Fe and Cu (44–45% in the grains. This study highlighted the promise of combinations of cyanobacteria/bacteria and their synergistic action in biofortification and providing savings of 40–60 kg N ha−1. Future focus needs to be towards integrating such promising environment-friendly and environmentally sustainable options in nutrient management strategies for this cropping sequence.

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

    渡边忠雄

    2005-01-01

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

  5. The microstructure and properties of single grain bulk Ag-doped Y-Ba-Cu-O fabricated by seeded infiltration and growth

    Single grain, Ag-doped Y-Ba-Cu-O bulk superconductors of up to 30 mm in diameter have been fabricated successfully by a seeded infiltration and growth (IG) technique. These samples exhibit low porosity compared with samples grown by conventional top seeded melt growth (TSMG). The density of voids within as-processed IG samples can be reduced further by adding metallic Ag, rather than Ag2O, to the Y2BaCuO5 (Y-211) pre-form. An inhomogeneous distribution of Y-211 has been observed in these samples. Finally, a maximum trapped magnetic field of 0.5 T was observed for Ag-doped Y-Ba-Cu-O of diameter 30 mm at liquid nitrogen temperature (77 K)

  6. Environmental factors and interactions with mycobiota of grain and grapes: effects on growth, deoxynivalenol and ochratoxin production by Fusarium culmorum and Aspergillus carbonarius.

    Magan, Naresh; Aldred, David; Hope, Russell; Mitchell, David

    2010-03-01

    Mycotoxigenic fungi colonizing food matrices are inevitably competing with a wide range of other resident fungi. The outcomes of these interactions are influenced by the prevailing environmental conditions and the competing species. We have evaluated the competitiveness of F. culmorum and A. carbonarius in the grain and grape food chain for their in vitro and in situ dominance in the presence of other fungi, and the effect that such interactions have on colony interactions, growth and deoxynivalenol (DON) and ochratoxin A (OTA) production. The Index of Dominance shows that changes in water activity (a(w)) and temperature affect the competitiveness of F. culmorum and A. carbonarius against up to nine different fungi. Growth of both mycotoxigenic species was sometimes inhibited by the presence of other competing fungi. For example, A. niger uniseriate and biseriate species decreased growth of A. carbonarius, while Aureobasidium pullulans and Cladosporium species stimulated growth. Similar changes were observed when F. graminearum was interacting with other grain fungi such as Alternaria alternata, Cladopsorium herbarum and Epicoccum nigrum. The impact on DON and OTA production was very different. For F. culmorum, the presence of other species often inhibited DON production over a range of environmental conditions. For A. carbonarius, on a grape-based medium, the presence of certain species resulted in a significant stimulation of OTA production. However, this was influenced by both temperature and a(w) level. This suggests that the final mycotoxin concentrations observed in food matrices may be due to complex interactions between species and the environmental history of the samples analyzed. PMID:22069589

  7. A phase-field model of stress effect on grain boundary migration

    We developed a phase-field model to study the stress-driven grain boundary migration in elastically inhomogeneous polycrystalline materials with arbitrary elastic inhomogeneity and anisotropy. The dependence of elastic stiffness tensor on grain orientation is taken into account, and the elastic equilibrium equation is solved using the Fourier spectral iterative-perturbation method. We studied the migration of planar and curved grain boundaries under an applied stress. The relation between grain boundary migration velocity and driving force is found to be linear in the steady-state regime. Our study shows that the stress distribution depends on the relative misorientation between the grains and the nature of the applied load. As a consequence, the mechanism of grain boundary migration is different when the load is applied parallel or perpendicular to a grain boundary. The bulk mechanical driving force for grain boundary migration is provided by the difference in the level of stress in the adjoining grains which arise due to difference in elastic moduli. We further show that under certain conditions an applied stress may act as a precursor to abnormal grain growth

  8. Nanocrystal grain growth and device architectures for high-efficiency CdTe ink-based photovoltaics.

    Crisp, Ryan W; Panthani, Matthew G; Rance, William L; Duenow, Joel N; Parilla, Philip A; Callahan, Rebecca; Dabney, Matthew S; Berry, Joseph J; Talapin, Dmitri V; Luther, Joseph M

    2014-09-23

    We study the use of cadmium telluride (CdTe) nanocrystal colloids as a solution-processable "ink" for large-grain CdTe absorber layers in solar cells. The resulting grain structure and solar cell performance depend on the initial nanocrystal size, shape, and crystal structure. We find that inks of predominantly wurtzite tetrapod-shaped nanocrystals with arms ∼5.6 nm in diameter exhibit better device performance compared to inks composed of smaller tetrapods, irregular faceted nanocrystals, or spherical zincblende nanocrystals despite the fact that the final sintered film has a zincblende crystal structure. Five different working device architectures were investigated. The indium tin oxide (ITO)/CdTe/zinc oxide structure leads to our best performing device architecture (with efficiency >11%) compared to others including two structures with a cadmium sulfide (CdS) n-type layer typically used in high efficiency sublimation-grown CdTe solar cells. Moreover, devices without CdS have improved response at short wavelengths. PMID:25133302

  9. ALMA OBSERVATIONS OF {rho}-Oph 102: GRAIN GROWTH AND MOLECULAR GAS IN THE DISK AROUND A YOUNG BROWN DWARF

    Ricci, L. [Department of Astronomy, California Institute of Technology, MC 249-17, Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States); Testi, L. [European Southern Observatory, Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2, D-85748 Garching (Germany); Natta, A. [INAF-Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Largo E. Fermi 5, I-50125 Firenze (Italy); Scholz, A. [School of Cosmic Physics, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 31 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2 (Ireland); De Gregorio-Monsalvo, I., E-mail: lricci@astro.caltech.edu [Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO)/ESO, Alonso de Cordova 3107, Vitacura 763 0335, Santiago de Chile (Chile)

    2012-12-20

    We present ALMA continuum and spectral line observations of the young brown dwarf {rho}-Oph 102 at about 0.89 mm and 3.2 mm. We detect dust emission from the disk at these wavelengths and derive an upper limit on the radius of the dusty disk of {approx}40 AU. The derived variation of the dust opacity with frequency in the millimeter (mm) provides evidence for the presence of mm-sized grains in the disk's outer regions. This result demonstrates that mm-sized grains are found even in the low-density environments of brown dwarf disks and challenges our current understanding of dust evolution in disks. The CO map at 345 GHz clearly reveals molecular gas emission at the location of the brown dwarf, indicating a gas-rich disk as typically found for disks surrounding young pre-main-sequence stars. We derive a disk mass of {approx}0.3%-1% of the mass of the central brown dwarf, similar to the typical values found for disks around more massive young stars.

  10. Inhibitory effect of cinnamon, clove, lemongrass, oregano and palmarose essential oils on growth and fumonisin B1 production by Fusarium proliferatum in maize grain.

    Velluti, A; Sanchis, V; Ramos, A J; Egido, J; Marín, S

    2003-12-31

    The effect of cinnamon, clove, oregano, palmarose and lemongrass oils on growth and FB1 production by three different isolates of F. proliferatum in irradiated maize grain at 0.995 and 0.950 aw and at 20 and 30 degrees C was evaluated. The five essential oils inhibited growth of F. proliferatum isolates at 0.995 aw at both temperatures, while at 0.950 aw only cinnamon, clove and oregano oils were effective in inhibiting growth of F. proliferatum at 20 degrees C and none of them at 30 degrees C. Cinnamon, oregano and palmarose oils had significant inhibitory effect on FB1 production by the three strains of F. proliferatum at 0.995 aw and both temperatures, while clove and lemongrass oils had only significant inhibitory effect at 30 degrees C. No differences were found using 500 or 1000 microg essential oil g(-1). At 0.950 aw, none of the essential oils had any significant effect on FB1 production. The results suggest that mainly cinnamon and oregano oils could be effective in controlling growth and FB1 production by F. proliferatum in maize under preharvest conditions. PMID:14623380

  11. Grain charging in protoplanetary discs

    Ilgner, Martin

    2011-01-01

    Recent work identified a growth barrier for dust coagulation that originates in the electric repulsion between colliding particles. Depending on its charge state, dust material may have the potential to control key processes towards planet formation such as MHD (magnetohydrodynamic) turbulence and grain growth which are coupled in a two-way process. We quantify the grain charging at different stages of disc evolution and differentiate between two very extreme cases: compact spherical grains a...

  12. Secondary recrystallization behavior in the rolled columnar-grained Fe-Ga alloys

    Yuan, Chao; Li, Jiheng; Zhang, Wenlan; Bao, Xiaoqian; Gao, Xuexu

    2015-10-01

    The secondary recrystallization behavior with temperature increasing from 900 to 1080 °C was investigated in the rolled columnar-grained magnetostrictive Fe-Ga alloy sheets. The abnormal Goss grain growth occurred due to the inhibitory action of NbC in the Fe-Ga-0.1 at%NbC sheets. With the temperature increasing at a rate of 0.25 °C/min, the secondary recrystallization started below 950 °C. In addition to the S-induced surface energy effect, sulfur annealing also introduced a large number of S-rich and Nb-rich precipitates, which retarded the grain boundary migration on the surface. The abnormal grain growth was found to be restricted inside the sheet during the sulfur annealing process when the temperature was below 1000 °C, and a large amount of small island-like grains was remained on S-annealed sheets. After final Ar/H2 annealing processes, the S-rich precipitates and small island-like grains were eliminated, and sharp Goss orientation and high magnetostriction of 245 ppm were obtained in the final S-annealed sheets.

  13. Effect of presowing gamma irradiation of seeds on the growth, development and yield of maize grain and green mass

    The experiment was carried out during the 1982-1983 period with maize hybrids Px-20, Kn-611 and H-708 irradiated with 500, 1000, 1500, 2000 and 3000 R. Gamma irradiation of the seeds had no unidirectional effect on the germinative power, laboratory and field germinating ability, volume of the root system (up to day 20 after germination), height of plants and cobbing, structural elements of the cobs and plants. Presowing seed germination with the three hybrids did not increase the grain yield neither that of the green mass and the dry matter. Under 500 R irradiation of the H-708 hybrid a reliable difference in the green mass yield was obtained only in 1982. 2 tabs., 8 refs

  14. Effects of microstructure on high temperature dwell fatigue crack growth in a coarse grain PM nickel based superalloy

    The influence of microstructure on the dwell fatigue crack growth behaviour of an advanced nickel-based superalloy was investigated at a temperature of 700 °C. Microstructural variations were induced by heat treatment variables: different cooling rates of quenching from super-solvus solution heat treatment, 0.7 and 1.8 °C s−1, and an addition of a high temperature stabilisation heat treatment (2 h at 857 °C) between the solution treatment and the final ageing treatment. With a one hour dwell introduced at the peak load of the fatigue cycle, such different microstructural conditions can lead to a difference of up to two orders of magnitude in crack growth rates in air, when compared to those obtained under baseline fatigue loading. By performing such dwell fatigue and baseline fatigue tests in vacuum, it is confirmed that such increases in crack growth rates under dwell fatigue loading in air are mainly environmentally related. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was utilised to analyse both crack tip oxides and associated deformation mechanisms in the matrix. A novel mechanism taking into account competing interactions of crack tip oxidation (leading to increases in crack growth rates) and stress relaxation (leading to decreases in crack growth rates) is outlined

  15. Impact of humic acid and chemical fertilizer application on growth and grain yield of rainfed wheat (triticum aestivum l.)

    The high cost of inorganic fertilizer, use of natural fertilizer resources for increasing crop production on sustainable basis has become imperative. Two field experiments were conducted to study the potential of humic acid (HA) as a low-cost natural fertilizer and to determine its effect on the yield of rainfed wheat crop (Triticum aestivum L. cv. Naseer) at the research farm of Arid Zone Research Institute, Dera Ismail Khan during two successive winter seasons, 2007-08 and 2008-09. The treatments consisted of HA alone (3 kg ha/sup -1/ or 1.5 kg ha/sup -1/) and in combination with full (60:40 kg ha/sup -1/) and half (30:20 kg ha/sup -1/) the recommended rates of NP fertilizers. Results showed that in the first growing season (2007-08), the combination of 3 kg ha/sup -1/ HA with half (30:20 kg ha-1) rate of NP produced the highest grain yield (1314 kg ha/sup -1/) and increased the yield by 46.9% over the control. In the second growing season (2008-09), application of 3 kg ha/sup -1/ HA alone produced significantly (P<0.05) higher grain yield (2999.9 kg ha/sup -1/) and increased the yield by 24% over the control and saved 100% cost of the chemical fertilizer. Results suggested that HA applied alone at 3 kg ha/sup -1/ or in combination with half (30:20 kg ha/sup -1/) rate of NP fertilizers appeared to be the most economical rate to obtain the maximum yield of wheat under the rainfed conditions of Dera Ismail Khan. HA has great potential as a low cost natural fertilizer to improve soil fertility on sustainable basis. (author)

  16. Improvement in the Grain Growth of Plasma-Treated Nano-Sized ZnO Films and Their Characterization.

    Chen, Mi; Chou, Ching-Chuan; Lin, Ching-Cheng; Koo, Horng-Show

    2015-11-01

    The well-aligned ZnO nanorods were rapidly grown on an indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated glass substrate using Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin film as seed layer by the microwave-assisted hydrothermal chemical route. The optimal growth conditions for the well-aligned ZnO nanorods were obtained by modulating H2 plasma pretreatment time for the seed layer and synthesis time for ZnO nanorods. The H2 plasma effect of the seed layer on the alignment, growth rate and crysallinity of ZnO nanods is also demonstrated. The synthesized ZnO nanorods were annealed in atmosphere of N2, O2 and H2 + N2 mixed gas to improve the related physical characteristics, the ZnO nanorods on grapheme/ITO substrate were also investigated. The results show that the alignment and growth rate of ZnO nanorods depends on the physical characteristics and roughness of the seed layer, which can be improved by H2 plasma pretreatment. The average growth rate of ZnO nanorods synthesized by microwave hydrothermal technique is about 2.2 μm/hr which significantly superior to other conventional techniques. After the appropriate N2 annealing treatment, good quality and well-aligned ZnO nanorods, which are single crystal with stacking defects and pyramid or candle shape, were obtained. A fundamental model of the effect of H2 plasma pretreatment on the surface of seed layer and the growth of ZnO nanorods using a microwave-assisted hydrothermal chemical route is also described. PMID:26726662

  17. Enhancement of trapped field in single grain Y–Ba–Cu–O bulk superconductors by a modified top-seeded melt-textured growth

    Tang, Tian-wei; Wu, Dong-jie; Xu, Ke-Xi

    2016-08-01

    The modified top-seeded melt-textured growth technique for fabricating single grain Y–Ba–Cu–O (YBCO) bulk superconductors with high field-trapping ability by using modified precursor pellets was reported. The modified precursor pellets are composed of different precursor powders YBa2Cu3O{}7-δ (Y123) + x mol% Y2BaCuO5 (Y211) + 1 wt% CeO2 without any further chemical doping. The modified YBCO bulks up to 25 and 34 mm in diameter were successfully fabricated from the modified precursor pellets. Microstructural observation results showed that the modified YBCO bulk exhibited a homogeneous distribution of Y211 phase particles, which was qualitatively explained by the solute diffusion growth model in combination with the trapping/pushing theory. As a result, it is notable that the peak trapped field values of 0.91 T (maximum 0.96 T) and 1.2 T (maximum 1.28 T) at 77 K were achieved for 25 and 34 mm modified YBCO bulks, respectively. In a word, the results from present work are very helpful to understand the melt growth mechanism and to further improve the properties of YBCO bulk superconductors for practical applications.

  18. Discarded oranges and brewer's spent grains as promoting ingredients for microbial growth by submerged and solid state fermentation of agro-industrial waste mixtures.

    Aggelopoulos, Theodoros; Bekatorou, Argyro; Pandey, Ashok; Kanellaki, Maria; Koutinas, Athanasios A

    2013-08-01

    The exploitation of various agro-industrial wastes for microbial cell mass production of Kluyveromyces marxianus, kefir, and Saccharomyces cerevisiae is reported in the present investigation. Specifically, the promotional effect of whole orange pulp on cell growth in mixtures consisting of cheese whey, molasses, and potato pulp in submerged fermentation processes was examined. A 2- to 3-fold increase of cell mass was observed in the presence of orange pulp. Likewise, the promotional effect of brewer's spent grains on cell growth in solid state fermentation of mixtures of whey, molasses, potato pulp, malt spent rootlets, and orange pulp was examined. The cell mass was increased by 3-fold for K. marxianus and 2-fold for S. cerevisiae in the presence of these substrates, proving their suitability for single-cell protein production without the need for extra nutrients. Cell growth kinetics were also studied by measurements of cell counts at various time intervals at different concentrations of added orange pulp. The protein content of the fermented substrates was increased substantially, indicating potential use of mixed agro-industrial wastes of negligible cost, as protein-enriched livestock feed, achieving at the same time creation of added value and waste minimization. PMID:23780341

  19. Infrared Spectroscopic Survey of the Quiescent Medium of Nearby Clouds: I. Ice Formation and Grain Growth in Lupus

    Boogert, A C A; Knez, C; Öberg, K I; Mundy, L G; Pendleton, Y J; Tielens, A G G M; van Dishoeck, E F

    2013-01-01

    Infrared photometry and spectroscopy (1-25 um) of background stars reddened by the Lupus molecular cloud complex are used to determine the properties of the grains and the composition of the ices before they are incorporated into circumstellar envelopes and disks. H2O ices form at extinctions of Ak=0.25+/-0.07 mag (Av=2.1+/-0.6). Such a low ice formation threshold is consistent with the absence of nearby hot stars. Overall, the Lupus clouds are in an early chemical phase. The abundance of H2O ice (2.3+/-0.1*10^-5 relative to Nh) is typical for quiescent regions, but lower by a factor of 3-4 compared to dense envelopes of YSOs. The low solid CH3OH abundance (5 um) continuum extinction relative to Ak increases as a function of Ak. Most Lupus lines of sight are well fitted with empirically derived extinction curves corresponding to Rv~ 3.5 (Ak=0.71) and Rv~5.0 (Ak=1.47). For lines of sight with Ak>1.0 mag, the tau9.7/Ak ratio is a factor of 2 lower compared to the diffuse medium. Below 1.0 mag, values scatter be...

  20. Effect of replacing corn with whole-grain paddy rice and brown rice in broiler diets on growth performance and intestinal morphology.

    Sittiya, J; Yamauchi, K; Takata, K

    2016-04-01

    The present study was conducted to investigate replacing corn with whole-grain paddy rice (WPR) and whole-grain brown rice (BR) in broiler chicken diets and its effect on growth performance and histological structures of the intestinal villi. Marshall Chunky male chicks (14 days old) were divided into five groups with four replicates of four chicks each. In the dietary treatments, corn in the basal diet was replaced with WPR and BR. The chickens received five experimental diets consisting of corn, WPR and BR in ratios of 100:0:0 (Control), 50:0:50 (50Corn + 50BR), 50:25:25 (50Corn + 25WPR + 25BR), 25:50:25 (25Corn + 50WPR + 25BR) and 0:50:50 (50WPR + 50BR) respectively. Feed and water were provided ad libitum for 35 day. No significant differences were found in feed intake, body weight gain and feed efficiency among the treatment groups. The relative weights of the gizzard in the 50Corn + 25WPR + 25BR, 25Corn + 50WPR + 25BR and 50WPR + 50BR groups were significantly higher than that of the Control and 50Corn + 50BR groups (p Corn + 50WPR + 25BR group had cell clusters. The jejunal and ileal villus apical surface of the experimental groups showed similar morphology to the Control group. These findings suggest that WPR and BR can totally replace corn in broiler diets without negatively affecting growth performance. PMID:26122821

  1. Coarse-grained kinetic scheme-based simulation framework for solution growth of ZnO nanowires

    Alvi, Farah, E-mail: falvi@mail.usf.edu [University of South Florida, Department of Electrical Engineering (United States); Joshi, Rakesh K. [University of South Florida, Department of Mechanical Engineering (United States); Huang, Qiang [University of Southern California, Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (United States); Kumar, Ashok [University of South Florida, Department of Mechanical Engineering (United States)

    2011-06-15

    Kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC)-based stochastic model is used to understand the growth of zinc oxide nanowires from aqueous solution containing chemical precursors and capping agent. Through a hydrothermal growth mechanism, the average diameter of zinc oxide wires obtained is around 300 nm, whereas the length is order of several micrometers. Our Monte Carlo algorithm is based on the continuous-time Monte Carlo algorithm of Bortz, Kalos and Lebowitz (BKL) methodology. Both reactions and diffusion mechanisms assigning stochastic probabilities have been simulated. In algorithm, the ZnO atoms were treated as individual particles which diffuse in solution substrate and interact with other type of atoms. Once attached with growing nanowires, the diffusion rate of ZnO atom is considerably reduced. Since in a KMC algorithm each atom can be represented individually therefore, internal noise is automatically incorporated.

  2. Effect of Irrigation Timing on Root Zone Soil Temperature, Root Growth and Grain Yield and Chemical Composition in Corn

    Xuejun Dong; Wenwei Xu; Yongjiang Zhang; Daniel I. Leskovar

    2016-01-01

    High air temperatures during the crop growing season can reduce harvestable yields in major agronomic crops worldwide. Repeated and prolonged high night air temperature stress may compromise plant growth and yield. Crop varieties with improved heat tolerance traits as well as crop management strategies at the farm scale are thus needed for climate change mitigation. Crop yield is especially sensitive to night-time warming trends. Current studies are mostly directed to the elevated night-time ...

  3. Corn and Soybeans in a Strip Intercropping System: Crop Growth Rates, Radiation Interception, and Grain Yield Components

    Acciaresi, Horacio A.; Eduardo S. Leguizamón; Diego Verdelli

    2012-01-01

    Crop growth rates (CGR), radiation interception (IPAR), yields, and their components were determined in two crops monocultures (using one corn and two soybean genotypes) and in intercropped “strips,” during three growing seasons. Corn yield in the strips significantly increased in the three seasons (13–16%) as compared to that in the monocultures. This response was due to increased yield in corn plants of the border rows of the strips, which was highly correlated to an increased IPAR, allowin...

  4. Interstellar Grains

    Draine, B. T.

    2000-01-01

    Our current understanding of interstellar dust is summarized at an introductory level. Submicron-sized interstellar dust grains absorb and scatter light, and reradiate the absorbed energy in the infrared. The grain population spans a range of sizes, from molecules containing only tens of atoms, to particles containing 10^{10} atoms. Most of the grain mass appears to be due to two types of solid, in approximately equal amounts: amorphous silicate mineral, and carbonaceous material. Approximate...

  5. Sharp Goss orientation and large magnetostriction in the rolled columnar-grained Fe–Ga alloys

    Yuan, Chao; Li, Jiheng; Zhang, Wenlan; Bao, Xiaoqian; Gao, Xuexu, E-mail: gaox@skl.ustb.edu.cn

    2015-01-15

    In this work, the 〈1 0 0〉 directional solidified feedstock slabs were used to produce the rolled Fe–Ga sheets, and sharp Goss orientation was developed in the 0.3 mm sheets after annealing processes. The area fraction of Goss grains in the annealed binary Fe–Ga sheets approached to 62.4% without abnormal grain growth, accompanied with a maximum magnetostriction (λ{sub //}−λ{sub ⊥}) of 199 ppm. The addition of only 0.1 at% NbC notably promoted the abnormal Goss grain growth without sulfur annealing, and large single-crystal-like grains, up to several centimeters, were obtained with few island-like grains after sulfur annealing and final Ar/H{sub 2} annealing processes. High magnetostriction (λ{sub //}−λ{sub ⊥}) of 245 ppm with little deviation was achieved in the (Fe{sub 83}Ga{sub 17}){sub 99.9}(NbC){sub 0.1} sheets, and a large magnetostrictive strain (λ{sub //}) up to 243 ppm under no pre-stress was observed with an applied magnetic field along the rolling direction. - Highlights: • The 〈1 0 0〉 oriented feedstock slabs were used to prepare Goss oriented Fe–Ga sheets. • Abnormal Goss grain growth was observed in the 0.3 mm sheets with only 0.1 at% NbC. • A high λ{sub //} of 243 ppm under no pre-stress was observed along the RD.

  6. Effects of duration of zilpaterol hydrochloride supplementation on growth performance, carcass traits and meat quality of grain-fed cull cows.

    Strydom, P E; Smith, M F

    2010-04-01

    Several studies have shown that feeding of an energy-dense diet over short periods to cull cows could be profitable in terms of increased saleable yield and improved carcass conditions. Although the application of growth promoters, such as anabolic implants and beta agonists, in finishing of cull cows have been recorded, there is no conclusive evidence as to the timing and duration of beta agonists in cull cow production. In this study, 288 cull cows with four or more permanent incisors and varying weights and body conditions were divided into four treatment groups so that variation in age, weight and body condition were equally distributed among groups. One group received concentrate feed without any beta agonist (C), whereas the other three groups also received concentrate feed with zilpaterol hydrochloride (6 p.p.m.) for 20 (Z20), 30 (Z30) or 40 (Z40) days, respectively, followed by a 2-day withdrawal. Animals were adapted for 10 days on a grain-based diet and fed an additional 40 days before slaughter. Growth rate and efficiency (live and carcass), trimmed meat yield and meat tenderness (Warner Bratzler shear force and sensory) of the aged (10 days) m. longissimus thoracis (LT) and m. semitendinosus (ST) were recorded. In general, Z cows had higher carcass gains and efficiency of gain than C cows (P meat yields than C carcasses (P meat yield than 20 and 40 days supplementation. PMID:22444052

  7. Route and Regulation of Zinc, Cadmium, and Iron Transport in Rice Plants (Oryza sativa L.) during Vegetative Growth and Grain Filling: Metal Transporters, Metal Speciation, Grain Cd Reduction and Zn and Fe Biofortification.

    Yoneyama, Tadakatsu; Ishikawa, Satoru; Fujimaki, Shu

    2015-01-01

    Zinc (Zn) and iron (Fe) are essential but are sometimes deficient in humans, while cadmium (Cd) is toxic if it accumulates in the liver and kidneys at high levels. All three are contained in the grains of rice, a staple cereal. Zn and Fe concentrations in rice grains harvested under different levels of soil/hydroponic metals are known to change only within a small range, while Cd concentrations show greater changes. To clarify the mechanisms underlying such different metal contents, we synthesized information on the routes of metal transport and accumulation in rice plants by examining metal speciation, metal transporters, and the xylem-to-phloem transport system. At grain-filling, Zn and Cd ascending in xylem sap are transferred to the phloem by the xylem-to-phloem transport system operating at stem nodes. Grain Fe is largely derived from the leaves by remobilization. Zn and Fe concentrations in phloem-sap and grains are regulated within a small range, while Cd concentrations vary depending on xylem supply. Transgenic techniques to increase concentrations of the metal chelators (nicotianamine, 2'-deoxymugineic acid) are useful in increasing grain Zn and Fe concentrations. The elimination of OsNRAMP5 Cd-uptake transporter and the enhancement of root cell vacuolar Cd sequestration reduce uptake and root-to-shoot transport, respectively, resulting in a reduction of grain Cd accumulation. PMID:26287170

  8. Route and Regulation of Zinc, Cadmium, and Iron Transport in Rice Plants (Oryza sativa L. during Vegetative Growth and Grain Filling: Metal Transporters, Metal Speciation, Grain Cd Reduction and Zn and Fe Biofortification

    Tadakatsu Yoneyama

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Zinc (Zn and iron (Fe are essential but are sometimes deficient in humans, while cadmium (Cd is toxic if it accumulates in the liver and kidneys at high levels. All three are contained in the grains of rice, a staple cereal. Zn and Fe concentrations in rice grains harvested under different levels of soil/hydroponic metals are known to change only within a small range, while Cd concentrations show greater changes. To clarify the mechanisms underlying such different metal contents, we synthesized information on the routes of metal transport and accumulation in rice plants by examining metal speciation, metal transporters, and the xylem-to-phloem transport system. At grain-filling, Zn and Cd ascending in xylem sap are transferred to the phloem by the xylem-to-phloem transport system operating at stem nodes. Grain Fe is largely derived from the leaves by remobilization. Zn and Fe concentrations in phloem-sap and grains are regulated within a small range, while Cd concentrations vary depending on xylem supply. Transgenic techniques to increase concentrations of the metal chelators (nicotianamine, 2′-deoxymugineic acid are useful in increasing grain Zn and Fe concentrations. The elimination of OsNRAMP5 Cd-uptake transporter and the enhancement of root cell vacuolar Cd sequestration reduce uptake and root-to-shoot transport, respectively, resulting in a reduction of grain Cd accumulation.

  9. The extent of grain yield and plant growth enhancement by plant growth-promoting broad-spectrum Streptomyces sp. in chickpea

    Gopalakrishnan, Subramaniam; Srinivas, Vadlamudi; Alekhya, Gottumukkala; Prakash, Bandikinda; Kudapa, Himabindu; Rathore, Abhishek; Varshney, Rajeev Kumar

    2015-01-01

    The physiological and molecular responses of five strains of Streptomyces sp. (CAI-17, CAI-68, CAI-78, KAI-26 and KAI-27), with their proven potential for charcoal rot disease control in sorghum and plant growth-promotion (PGP) in sorghum and rice, were studied to understand the mechanisms causing the beneficial effects. In this investigation, those five strains were evaluated for their PGP capabilities in chickpea in the 2012–13 and 2013–14 post-rainy seasons. All of the Streptomyces sp. str...

  10. Texture design for microwave dielectric (Ca0.7Nd0.3)0.87TiO3 ceramics through reactive-templated grain growth

    Tani, Toshihiko; Takeuchi, Tsuguto

    2015-06-01

    Plate-like Ca3Ti2O7 (CT) and Nd2Ti2O7 (NT) particles were synthesized in molten salts and used as reactive templates for the preparation of highly textured (Ca0.7Nd0.3)0.87TiO3 bulk ceramics (CNT) with preferred pseudocubic and orientations, respectively. During flux growth CT and NT particles developed facets parallel to the pseudocubic {100} and {110} planes, respectively, in a perovskite unit cell, since those planes correspond to the interlayers of the layered perovskite-type crystal structures. Complementary reactants for the CNT stoichiometry were wet-mixed with the reactive templates and the slurries were tape-cast. Then stacked tapes were heat-treated for dense single-phase CNT ceramics with a distorted and A-site deficient regular perovskite-type structure. The CNT ceramics prepared with CT and NT reactive templates exhibited strong pseudocubic 100- and 110-family x-ray diffraction peaks, respectively, with other peaks drastically suppressed when non-perovskite sources were used as complementary reactants. The textured ceramics possess unique microstructures; as either parallel or obliquely stacked block structures with a pseudocubic {100} plane faceted. The pseudocubic {100}-and {110}-textured CNT ceramics exhibited ∼10 and ∼20% higher products of the dielectric quality factor and frequency, Q · f, respectively, than conventional ceramic sintered at the same temperature. When Q · f is compared based on the same grain size, the {100}-textured CNT exhibited 27% higher values than non-textured while relative permittivity and temperature coefficient of resonant frequency were of similar values. Simple geometrical relationships between electric field and penetrated pseudocubic {hk0}-type grain boundaries must lead to the reduced scattering and dielectric loss.

  11. Frequency of wet brewers grains supplementation during late gestation of beef cows and its effects on offspring postnatal growth and immunity.

    Moriel, P; Artioli, L F A; Piccolo, M B; Marques, R S; Poore, M H; Cooke, R F

    2016-06-01

    Our objectives were to evaluate postnatal growth and measurements of innate and humoral immunity of beef calves born to dams fed wet brewers grains (WBG) daily or 3 times weekly during late gestation. On d 0 (approximately 60 d before calving), 28 multiparous, spring-calving Angus cows (BW = 578 ± 19 kg; age = 4.7 ± 0.65 yr; BCS = 7.0 ± 0.18) were stratified by sire, age, BW, and BCS and then randomly allocated into 1 of 14 drylot pens (2 cows/pen; 18 by 3 m; 27 m/cow). Cows were offered ground tall fescue hay ad libitum and received similar weekly WBG supplementation (DMI = 0.5% of BW multiplied by 7 d). Treatments were randomly assigned to pens (7 pens/treatment) and consisted of cows receiving WBG supplementation daily (S7; weekly DMI of WBG divided by 7 d) or 3 times weekly (S3; weekly DMI of WBG divided by 3 d; Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays) from d 0 until calving. Cow-calf pairs were managed as a single group on tall fescue pastures from calving to weaning (d 226). Calves were immediately submitted to a preconditioning period from d 226 to 266 and vaccinated against infectious bovine rhinotracheitis, bovine viral diarrhea virus, , and on d 231 and 245. Decreasing the frequency of WBG supplementation did not impact ( ≥ 0.21) precalving intake of total DM, CP, and TDN; BW and BCS change; overall plasma cortisol concentrations; and postcalving growth and pregnancy rate of cows. Overall plasma concentrations of glucose and insulin did not differ ( ≥ 0.28) between S3 and S7 cows, whereas S3 cows had greater ( = 0.002) plasma glucose concentrations and tended ( = 0.06) to have greater plasma insulin concentrations on days they were not fed WBG vs. days of WBG supplementation. Calf plasma concentrations of haptoglobin and cortisol at birth but not serum IgG ( = 0.63) tended ( = 0.10) to be greater for S3 vs. S7 calves. However, additional calf growth and immunity variables obtained during pre- and postweaning phases did not differ between S3 and S7 calves

  12. Growth response and resistance to Streptococcus iniae of Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus, fed diets containing different levels of wheat distiller dried grains with solubles with or without lysine supplementation

    A study was conducted to evaluate the effect of dietary levels of wheat distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) with or without lysine supplementation on growth, body composition, hematology, immune response, and resistance of Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus, to Streptococcus iniae challen...

  13. Evaluation of commercially available enzymes, probiotics, or yeast on apparent total-tract nutrient digestion and growth in nursery and finishing pigs fed diets containing corn dried distillers grains with solubles

    The ability of enzymes, direct fed microbials, or yeast to enhance nutrient utilization or growth performance in nursery or finishing pigs fed diets containing increased levels of corn fiber from dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) is largely unknown. Ten commercially available feed additiv...

  14. Route and Regulation of Zinc, Cadmium, and Iron Transport in Rice Plants (Oryza sativa L.) during Vegetative Growth and Grain Filling: Metal Transporters, Metal Speciation, Grain Cd Reduction and Zn and Fe Biofortification

    Tadakatsu Yoneyama; Satoru Ishikawa; Shu Fujimaki

    2015-01-01

    Zinc (Zn) and iron (Fe) are essential but are sometimes deficient in humans, while cadmium (Cd) is toxic if it accumulates in the liver and kidneys at high levels. All three are contained in the grains of rice, a staple cereal. Zn and Fe concentrations in rice grains harvested under different levels of soil/hydroponic metals are known to change only within a small range, while Cd concentrations show greater changes. To clarify the mechanisms underlying such different metal contents, we synt...

  15. Urine - abnormal color

    ... medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003139.htm Urine - abnormal color To use the sharing features on this page, please enable JavaScript. The usual color of urine is straw-yellow. Abnormally colored urine ...

  16. Growth and yield of two grain crops on sites former covered with euca-lypt plantations in Koga Watershed, northwestern Ethiopia

    Desalegn Tadele; Demel Teketay

    2014-01-01

    Farmers in the highlands of Ethiopia often plant Eucalyptus on their farmlands. However, growing Eucalyptus, especially on farm-lands suitable for crop production has become a great concern due to its alleged long-term site effects. Our study was conducted at Koga water-shed, Mecha District, northwestern Ethiopia to investigate whether crop-lands afforested with Eucalyptus camaldulensis Dehnh. can be restored for annual crop production after tree harvest. We compared growth and yield of two agricultural crops, barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) and finger millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn.), grown in clear-felled stands of E. camaldulensis and continuously cultivated croplands at twelve paired farmlands under a conventional farming system. Plant height and dry matter production were evaluated as indices of crop growth, while grain weight was evaluated as an index of crop yield. Crop growth and yield measurements averaged over all farmlands differed between land-use types. For both crops, plants grown on clear-felled stands were taller than on croplands. Dry matter production and yield were also significantly greater in crops cultivated on clear-felled stands. Cropland aboveground and belowground dry matter productions were lower by 31.8 and 25.4%for barley and 32.8%and 37%for finger millet, respectively. Clear-felled stands gave an average yield of 2.91 t⋅ha-1 for barley and 3.27 t⋅ha-1 for finger millet while cropland gave a yield of 1.97 and 2.31 t⋅ha-1 for barley and finger millet, respectively. Farmers also responded that farm plots on former eucalypt plantations showed greater crop growth and yield than did continuously cultivated croplands. Farmers perceived that Eucalyptus plantations improved soil fertility and they preferred clear-felled stands for crop production and wished to plant Eucalyptus on their farmlands. Our results suggest that conversion of agricultural lands to Eucalyptus plantations can increase post-felling yields of cereal crops.

  17. In operando spatiotemporal study of Li(2)O(2) grain growth and its distribution inside operating Li-O(2) batteries.

    Shui, Jiang-Lan; Okasinski, John S; Chen, Chen; Almer, Jonathan D; Liu, Di-Jia

    2014-02-01

    Nanocrystalline lithium peroxide (Li2 O2 ) is considered to play a critical role in the redox chemistry during the discharge-charge cycling of the Li-O2 batteries. In this report, a spatially resolved, real-time synchrotron X-ray diffraction technique was applied to study the cyclic formation/decomposition of Li2 O2 crystallites in an operating Li-O2 cell. The evaluation of Li2 O2 grain size, concentration, and spatial distribution inside the cathode is demonstrated under the actual cycling conditions. The study not only unambiguously proved the reversibility of the Li2 O2 redox reaction during reduction and evolution of O2 , but also allowed for the concentration and dimension growths of the peroxide nanocrystallites to be accurately measured at different regions within the cathode. The results provide important insights for future investigation on mass and charge transport properties in Li2 O2 and improvement in cathode structure and material design. PMID:24399807

  18. Growth and dielectric characterisation of large grain BiFeO{sub 3} thin films on amorphous SiO{sub 2} substrates

    Vorobiev, A; Martirosyan, N; Gevorgian, S [Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, Chalmers University of Technology, SE-41296 Gothenburg (Sweden); Eriksson, S G, E-mail: andrei.vorobiev@chalmers.se [Department of Chemistry, Chalmers University of Technology, SE-41296 Gothenburg (Sweden)

    2010-02-15

    The BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO) thin films have been grown by pulsed laser deposition technique on fused silica substrates with pre-patterned inter-digital Au electrodes. The surface images reveal that with increasing growth temperature some needle-shaped grains develop rapidly from the electrode edges in the film plane and at 600 deg. C fill up the 6 {mu}m gap between the electrodes. The x-ray diffraction patterns reveal BFO (00l) peaks and additional peaks associated with Bi and Fe oxides. The dielectric response of the BFO films is measured as a function of external dc field up to 200 kV/cm at 10 MHz, and in the frequency range 0.01-45 GHz without dc field. The capacitance-voltage dependence reveals typical ferroelectric behaviour with a coercive field approximately 60 kV/cm. The permittivity (24) of non-poled BFO films is rather frequency independent, at least up to self resonance frequency (about 15 GHz) of the inter-digital test structure including BFO film. The loss tangent increases with frequency and is less than 0.02 at 1 GHz. It is found that the normal magnetic field 0.2 T decreases permittivity of non-poled BFO films approximately by 0.3%.

  19. Effects of local structure on helium bubble growth in bulk and at grain boundaries of bcc iron: A molecular dynamics study

    Yang, Li [Univ. of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu (China); Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Gao, Fei [Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States); Kurtz, Richard J. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Zu, Xiaotao [Univ. of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu (China); Peng, S. M. [China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang (China); Long, X. G. [China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang (China); Zhou, X. S. [China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang (China)

    2015-07-15

    The nucleation and growth of helium (He) bubbles in the bulk and at Σ3 <110> {112} and Σ73b <110> {661} grain boundaries (GBs) in bcc iron have been investigated using molecular dynamics simulations. The results show that a 1/2 <111> {111} dislocation loop is formed with the sequential collection of <111> interstitial crowdions at the periphery of the He cluster and is eventually emitted from the He cluster. Insertion of 45 He atoms into a He cluster leads to the formation of a 1/2 <111> dislocation loop in Σ3 GB. It is of interest to notice that the transition of a dislocation segment through the GB leads to the formation of a step at the GB plane following the loop formation, accounting for the formation of a residual GB defect. A 1/2 <111> loop, with a {110} habit plane, is emitted with further increase of the He bubble size in the Σ3 GB. In contrast, the sequential insertion of He atoms in Σ73b GB continuously emits self-interstitial atoms (SIAs), but these SIAs rearrange at the core of the inherent GB dislocation, instead of forming a dislocation loop, which leads the GB dislocation to propagate along the [1¯1¯ 1 2] direction. In the bulk and Σ3 GB, the He bubble exhibits three-dimensionally spherical shape, but it forms longitudinal shape along the dislocation line in the Σ73 GB, a shape commonly observed at GBs in experiments.

  20. [14C]sucrose uptake and labeling of starch in developing grains of normal segl barley

    Previous work showed that the segl mutant of barley (Hordeum vulgare o Betzes) did not differ from normal Betzes in plant growth, photosynthesis, or fertility, but it produced only shrunken seeds regardless of pollen source. To determine whether defects in sucrose uptake or starch synthesis resulted in the shrunken condition, developing grains of Betzes and segl were cultured in [14C]sucrose solutions after slicing transversely to expose the endosperm cavity and free space. In both young grains (before genotypes differed in dry weight) and older grains (17 days after anthesis, when segl grains were smaller than Betzes), sucrose uptake and starch synthesis were similar in both genotypes on a dry weight basis. To determine if sucrose was hydrolyzed during uptake, spikes of Betzes and segl were allowed to take up [fructose-U-14C]sucrose 14 days after anthesis and the radioactivity of endosperm sugars was examined during 3 hours of incubation. Whereas less total radioactivity entered the endosperm and the endosperm cavity (free space) of segl, in both genotypes over 96% of the label of endosperm sugars was in sucrose, and there was no apparent initial or progressive randomization of label among hexose moieties of sucrose as compared to the free space sampled after 1 hour of incubation. The authors conclude that segl endosperms are capable of normal sucrose uptake and starch synthesis and that hydrolysis of sucrose is not required for uptake in either genotype. Evidence suggests abnormal development of grain tissue of maternal origin during growth of segl grains

  1. Electronic properties of grains and grain boundaries in graphene grown by chemical vapor deposition

    Jauregui, Luis A.; Cao, Helin; Wu, Wei; Yu, Qingkai; Chen, Yong P.

    2011-01-01

    We synthesize hexagonal shaped single-crystal graphene, with edges parallel to the zig-zag orientations, by ambient pressure CVD on polycrystalline Cu foils. We measure the electronic properties of such grains as well as of individual graphene grain boundaries, formed when two grains merged during the growth. The grain boundaries are visualized using Raman mapping of the D band intensity, and we show that individual boundaries between coalesced grains impede electrical transport in graphene a...

  2. Effects of late gestation distillers grains supplementation on fall-calving beef cow performance and steer calf growth and carcass characteristics.

    Wilson, T B; Schroeder, A R; Ireland, F A; Faulkner, D B; Shike, D W

    2015-10-01

    Fall-calving, mature Angus and Simmental × Angus cows ( = 251 total) and their progeny were used to evaluate the effects of late gestation dried distillers grains plus solubles (DDGS) supplementation on cow performance and progeny growth and carcass characteristics. Cows were blocked by breed and allotted to 12 tall fescue pastures (6.8 ha average). Pastures were randomly assigned to 1 of 2 treatments: cows were offered 2.1 kg DM DDGS·cow·d (SUP; CP = 23%, fat = 7%; = 6 pastures) or were not offered a supplement (CON; = 6 pastures) 69 ± 9 d before expected calving date. Cows remained on treatments until calving. Once weekly, cows that had calved were removed from treatment pastures and were moved to new tall fescue pastures (21.6 ha average) where cows from both treatments were comingled without further supplementation. Cows ( = 74) were removed from study for calving more than 30 d after expected calving date, calf loss and injury, or euthanasia. Cow BW and BCS were recorded at the beginning of the supplementation period, after calving, and at breeding. Calf BW was taken at birth and early weaning (82 ± 14 d of age). After weaning, 71 steer progeny (representative of dam breed and treatment pastures) were transitioned to a common feedlot diet with individual feed intake monitored using the GrowSafe feeding system. Steers were slaughtered at 47 ± 4 d after a minimum 12th rib fat thickness (back fat) estimation of 0.6 cm, with cattle being shipped in 3 groups. Forage availability was not different between treatments ( = 0.69). Cows offered SUP gained more BW and BCS ( ≤ 0.02) during the supplementation period. There were no differences ( ≥ 0.12) in calving date, calf birth or weaning BW, or preweaning ADG. Cow BW at breeding was not different ( = 0.19); however, BCS at breeding was greater ( carcass characteristics. PMID:26523577

  3. Effects of formulating growing pig diet with increasing levels of wheat-corn distillers dried grains with solubles on digestible nutrient basis on growth performance and nutrient digestibility.

    Agyekum, A K; Woyengo, T A; Slominski, B A; Yin, Y L; Nyachoti, C M

    2014-08-01

    Formulating swine diets containing fibrous coproducts based on net energy (NE) and standardized ileal digestible amino acid (SID AA) values is recommended for optimizing pig performance. However, the effects of applying this approach to diets with increasing dietary levels of wheat-corn-derived distillers dried grains with soluble (wcDDGS) on pig performance have not been evaluated. Thus, 48 pigs with an average body weight [BW] of 25.5 kg were used to determine the effects of increasing wcDDGS (1:1 wheat to corn ratio) content in grower diets on performance and apparent total tract digestibility (ATTD) of energy and nutrients. Pigs were housed in pens of either 2 barrows or gilts balanced for BW and fed 4 diets within sex for 42 days. Diets were a nutrient adequate corn-barley-soybean meal-based diet with 0%, 10%, 20% and 30% wcDDGS, and were similar in calculated NE and SID AA values. Acid insoluble ash was used as the indigestible marker. Final BW and overall average daily gain (ADG) linearly decreased (p feed efficiency tended to decrease (p = 0.07) with increased dietary wcDDGS. Overall average daily feed intake was not affected (p > 0.10) by dietary treatment. The ATTD of dry matter and energy linearly decreased (p  0.10) ATTD of Ca and P. In conclusion, increasing dietary wcDDGS content reduced growth performance and ATTD of energy in growing pigs. Thus, the risks of high dietary wcDGGS content may not be completely alleviated by formulating growing pig diets on the basis of NE and SID AA systems. PMID:24028670

  4. Feeding distiller’s grains as an energy source to gestating and lactating beef heifers: Impact on female progeny growth, puberty attainment, and reproductive processes.

    Gunn, P J; Schoonmaker, J P; Lemenager, R P; Bridges, G A

    2015-02-01

    This study compared postweaning growth, puberty attainment, and reproductive processes of female progeny (n = 33) born to Angus-Simmental beef heifers treated with either a control diet or a diet in which dried distiller’s grains with solubles (DDGS) were fed as an energy source during late gestation and early lactation. From 192 d of gestation through 118 ± 4 d in lactation, dams were fed either a corn silage–based control diet (CON) orcorn residue with DDGS, where DDGS were supplemented as an energy source (DG). Diets were formulated to provide similar daily NEg between diets, but CP requirements were drastically exceeded in the DG treatment. Heifer progeny (n = 33) were weaned, commingled at 191 ± 4 d of age, and similarly managed for the remainder of the project. Heifer BW and blood samples for progesterone assessment to determine onset of puberty were collected weekly beginning at weaning. At 255 ± 4 d of age, a single follicular wave was mapped via ultrasonography in 10 prepubertal heifers per treatment. Prepubertal antral follicle count and ovarian size were determined at 253 ± 4 d of age. Hip height was recorded at 213,297, and 437 ± 4 d of age. Estrous synchronization and AI was initiated at 447 ± 4 d of age. Binary data were analyzed with the GLIMMIX procedures of SAS and all other data were analyzed with the MIXED procedures of SAS. Progeny from DG-treated dams tended to be heavier (P = 0.08) than progeny from CON-treated dams from weaning until breeding. In addition, DG progeny had a greater (P breeding season pregnancy rate did not differ (P = 0.97). Moreover, rate of dystocia in female progeny at first parturition and grand-offspring birth BW did not differ due to treatment (P ≥ 0.74). In summary, feeding DDGS as an energy source during late gestation and early lactation to first-parity heifers resulted in female progeny with greater skeletal growth that were heavier at onset of puberty and had increased AI pregnancy rates. PMID:25548202

  5. [Abnormality in bone metabolism after burn].

    Gong, X; Xie, W G

    2016-08-20

    Burn causes bone metabolic abnormality in most cases, including the changes in osteoblasts and osteoclasts, bone mass loss, and bone absorption, which results in decreased bone mineral density. These changes are sustainable for many years after burn and even cause growth retardation in burned children. The mechanisms of bone metabolic abnormality after burn include the increasing glucocorticoids due to stress response, a variety of cytokines and inflammatory medium due to inflammatory response, vitamin D deficiency, hypoparathyroidism, and bone loss due to long-term lying in bed. This article reviews the pathogenesis and regularity of bone metabolic abnormality after burn, the relationship between bone metabolic abnormality and burn area/depth, and the treatment of bone metabolic abnormality, etc. and discusses the research directions in the future. PMID:27562160

  6. Grain Spectroscopy

    Allamandola, L. J.

    1992-01-01

    Our fundamental knowledge of interstellar grain composition has grown substantially during the past two decades thanks to significant advances in two areas: astronomical infrared spectroscopy and laboratory astrophysics. The opening of the mid-infrared, the spectral range from 4000-400 cm(sup -1) (2.5-25 microns), to spectroscopic study has been critical to this progress because spectroscopy in this region reveals more about a materials molecular composition and structure than any other physical property. Infrared spectra which are diagnostic of interstellar grain composition fall into two categories: absorption spectra of the dense and diffuse interstellar media, and emission spectra from UV-Vis rich dusty regions. The former will be presented in some detail, with the latter only very briefly mentioned. This paper summarized what we have learned from these spectra and presents 'doorway' references into the literature. Detailed reviews of many aspects of interstellar dust are given.

  7. Urine - abnormal color

    The usual color of urine is straw-yellow. Abnormally colored urine may be cloudy, dark, or blood-colored. ... Abnormal urine color may be caused by infection, disease, medicines, or food you eat. Cloudy or milky urine is a sign ...

  8. Sistemas de manejo de plantas daninhas no desenvolvimento e na produtividade da soja Burndown systems on growth and grain yield in soybeans in Paraná State, Brazil

    Jamil Constantin

    2009-01-01

    glyphosate occurred within 48 hours prior to sowing. The trials were developed in 2003/2004 growing season, in six localities in Paraná State: Sertãozinho, Campo Mourão, Iretama, Pitanga, Boa Esperança, and Mamborê, in areas with high density of weeds preceding no-till soybean sowing. Evaluations related to weed control and soybean development and grain yield were performed. MA burndown systems provided improved control of weeds after crop emergence. Soybean plants from AP areas were shorter, in comparison to ME, evidencing a delay in the shoot growth. Reduction of grain yield was verified for all localities when AP burndown system was adopted, with reductions between 15% and 50%.

  9. Supercube grains leading to a strong cube texture and a broad grain size distribution after recrystallization

    Lin, F. X.; Zhang, Y. B.; Pantleon, W.; Jensen, D. Juul

    2015-08-01

    This work revisits the classical subject of recrystallization of cold-rolled copper. Two characterization techniques are combined: three-dimensional X-ray diffraction using synchrotron X-rays, which is used to measure the growth kinetics of individual grains in situ, and electron backscatter diffraction, which is used for statistical analysis of the microstructural evolution. As the most striking result, the strong cube texture after recrystallization is found to be related to a few super large cube grains, which were named supercube grains. These few supercube grains become large due to higher growth rates. However, most other cube grains do not grow preferentially. Because of the few supercube grains, the grain size distribution after recrystallization is broad. Reasons for the higher growth rates of supercube grains are discussed, and are related to the local deformed microstructure.

  10. Supercube grains leading to a strong cube texture and a broad grain size distribution after recrystallization

    Lin, F.X.; Zhang, Y. B.; Pantleon, W.;

    2015-01-01

    diffraction, which is used for statistical analysis of the microstructural evolution. As the most striking result, the strong cube texture after recrystallization is found to be related to a few super large cube grains, which were named supercube grains. These few supercube grains become large due to higher......This work revisits the classical subject of recrystallization of cold-rolled copper. Two characterization techniques are combined: three-dimensional X-ray diffraction using synchrotron X-rays, which is used to measure the growth kinetics of individual grains in situ, and electron backscatter...... growth rates. However, most other cube grains do not grow preferentially. Because of the few supercube grains, the grain size distribution after recrystallization is broad. Reasons for the higher growth rates of supercube grains are discussed, and are related to the local deformed microstructure....

  11. EFFECT OF TREATMENT WITH MOLD INHIBITORS ON PLANT GROWTH OF CORN AND SOME NUTRITIONAL COMPONENTS OF STORED GRAINS, INFECTED WITH A. FLAVUS AND F. VERTICILLOIDES

    Mervat S. Youssef

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Planting sterilized corn grains in soil, treated with the mold inhibitors Fix-a-tox (FAT or Antitox Plus (AP resulted, in cases, in dwarfed and malformed corn plants and in the development of deformed, bone-shaped and grain-free corn cobs. Moreover, treating corn grains with the mold inhibitors before storage for one month caused significant changes in some nutritional components of corn grains, i.e. proteins, aminoacids, crude fibers, moisture, fats, ash and carbohydrates. Insignificant differences in protein percetage were detected between control inoculated with Aspergillus flavus and those treated with butyl hydroxyanisole (BHA antioxidant or FAT treatments, whereas ground clove significantly reduced protein content. In corn grains inoculated with Fusariumverticillioides, previous treatment with FAT resulted in significant reduction in the content of proline, aspartic acid, cysteine, valine, isoleucine and leucine, whereas treatment with BHA significantly reduced the content of threonine, serine, glutamic, glycine, alanine, phenylalanine and tyrosine. In Aspergillus flavus treatments, FAT significantly increased the content of methionine and threonine, whereas, aspartic acid showed 26 percentage decreases, compared to the control. Pronounced reductions in threonine, isoleucine and leucine were also detected in corn grains treated with BHA. Significant increases in fiber content were detected in inoculated corn grains treated with BHA, attaining 1.34 to 2.05-fold over that of control, respectively. Treatment with FAT and BHA led to pronounced reductions in moisture content in corn inoculated with both F. verticilloides and A. flavus trials. However, treatment with ground clove significantly increased the moisture content in A. flavus treatment. FAT treatment led to significant increase in ash and fat contents in both A. flavus and F. verticilloides treatments, whereas the other tested treatments of F. verticilloides significantly

  12. Abnormal sex chromosome constitution and longitudinal growth: serum levels of insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-I, IGF binding protein-3, luteinizing hormone, and testosterone in 109 males with 47,XXY, 47,XYY, or sex-determining region of the Y chromosome (SRY)-positive 46,XX karyotypes

    Aksglaede, L.; Skakkebaek, N.E.; Juul, A.

    2008-01-01

    sitting height, serum levels of reproductive hormones, IGF-I, and IGFBP-3 were measured. RESULTS: In boys with 47,XXY and 47,XYY karyotypes, growth was accelerated already in childhood, compared with healthy boys. 46,XX-males were significantly shorter than healthy boys but matched the stature of healthy...... girls. In 47,XXY sitting height to height ratios were lower than expected, whereas body proportions in 46,XX-males and 47,XYY were normal. In all subjects serum levels of IGF-I and IGFBP-3 were within normal limits. The boys with 46,XX and 47,XXY karyotypes presented with low normal testosterone and...... elevated LH levels after puberty, whereas the sex hormone secretion of the 47,XYY boys remained normal. CONCLUSION: We found accelerated growth in early childhood in boys with 47,XXY and 47,XYY karyotypes, whereas 46,XX-males were shorter than controls. These abnormal growth patterns were not reflected in...

  13. Chromosomal Abnormalities in ADHD

    J Gordon Millichap

    2002-07-01

    Full Text Available The prevalence of fragile X syndrome, velocardiofacial syndrome (VCFS, and other cytogenetic abnormalities among 100 children (64 boys with combined type ADHD and normal intelligence was assessed at the NIMH and Georgetown University Medical Center.

  14. Chromosomal abnormalities and autism

    Farida El-Baz

    2016-01-01

    Conclusion: Chromosomal abnormalities were not detected in the studied autistic children, and so the relation between the genetics and autism still needs further work up with different study methods and techniques.

  15. Interface Orientation Distribution during Grain Growth in Bulk SrTiO3 Measured by Means of 3D X-Ray Diffraction Contrast Tomography

    Syha, Melanie; Rheinheimer, Wolfgang; Bäurer, Michael;

    2012-01-01

    interface normal distribution clearly shows a preference for (100) oriented interfaces in the selected grains when annealed at 1600°C. This observation can be connected to existent interfacial energy estimations resulting from capillarity vector reconstructions. © 2012 Materials Research Society.......3D x-ray diffraction contrast tomography (DCT) is a non-destructive technique for the determination of grain shape and crystallography in polycrystalline bulk materials. Using this technique, a strontium titanate specimen was repeatedly measured between annealing steps.. A systematic analysis of...

  16. Static Recrystallized Grain Size of Coarse-Grained Austenite in an API-X70 Pipeline Steel

    Sha, Qingyun; Li, Guiyan; Li, Dahang

    2013-12-01

    The effects of initial grain size and strain on the static recrystallized grain size of coarse-grained austenite in an API-X70 steel microalloyed with Nb, V, and Ti were investigated using a Gleeble-3800 thermomechanical simulator. The results indicate that the static recrystallized grain size of coarse-grained austenite decreases with decreasing initial grain size and increasing applied strain. The addition of microalloying elements can lead to a smaller initial grain size for hot deformation due to the grain growth inhibition during reheating, resulting in decreasing of static recrystallized grain size. Based on the experimental data, an equation for the static recrystallized grain size was derived using the least square method. The grain sizes calculated using this equation fit well with the measured ones compared with the equations for fine-grained austenite and for coarse-grained austenite of Nb-V microalloyed steel.

  17. Impact of Industrialization on Grain Consumption and Countermeasures

    2012-01-01

    This paper analyzes the impact of industrialization on grain consumption from growth of residents’ income and change of diet structure,expansion of size of population,and development of new biomass energy industry.The economic growth in the course of industrialization promotes growth of residents’ income,changes residents’ diet structure;industrialization leads to rural urbanization and rise of urban residents;industrial development brings about grain demand of biomass energy.All of these greatly increase demand of grain consumption.On the basis of these situations,it presents following countermeasures to guarantee grain consumption demand in the course of industrialization:heighten awareness to fully realize the significance of rapid development of industrialization to grain security;control population growth and improve grain conversion ratio;strengthen grain-saving construction and advocate moderate consumption;develop non-grain biomass energy in many channels to guarantee grain security.

  18. Effect of corn distillers dried grains with solubles and Eimeria acervulina infection on growth performance and the intestinal microbiota of young chicks

    Chicks were used to determine whether dietary corn distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) may prevent or ameliorate Eimeria acervulina (EA) infection. The experiment had a completely randomized design with a factorial arrangement of 3 diets (inclusion of 0, 10, or 20% DDGS) × 2 challenge treat...

  19. Study and modelling of the influence of second phase particles on the austenite grain growth in a niobium microalloyed steel; Estudio y modelizacion de la influencia de las particulas de segunda fase sobre el crecimiento de grano austenitico en un acero microaleado con niobio

    San Martin, D.; Caballero, F. G.; Capdevilla, C.; Garcia-de-andres, C.

    2006-07-01

    The austenite grain growth occurred during continuous heating in a niobium microalloyed steel has been investigated in this work. the effect of temperature and heating rate on the grain size is studied. The free grain coarsening temperature is determined as a function of the heating rate. It is found that unpinning by precipitates occurs around 40-70K below the temperature of complete dissolution of carbonitrides. Furthermore, a new model has been proposed to describe the austenite grain coarsening under the influence of niobium carbonitrides during continuous heating at different rates. (Author)

  20. Spinodal decomposition in fine grained materials

    H Ramanarayan; T A Abinandanan

    2003-01-01

    We have used a phase field model to study spinodal decomposition in polycrystalline materials in which the grain size is of the same order of magnitude as the characteristic decomposition wavelength ($\\lambda_{SD}$). In the spirit of phase field models, each grain () in our model has an order parameter ($\\eta_i$) associated with it; $\\eta_i$ has a value of unity inside the th grain, decreases smoothly through the grain boundary region to zero outside the grain. For a symmetric alloy of composition, = 0.5, our results show that microstructural evolution depends largely on the difference in the grain boundary energies, $\\gamma_{gb}$, of A-rich () and B-rich () phases. If $\\gamma^{\\alpha}_{gb}$ is lower, we find that the decomposition process is initiated with an layer being formed at the grain boundary. If the grain size is sufficiently small (about the same as $\\lambda_{SD}$), the interior of the grain is filled with the phase. If the grain size is large (say, about 10 $\\lambda_{SD}$ or greater), the early stage microstructure exhibits an A-rich grain boundary layer followed by a B-rich layer; the grain interior exhibits a spinodally decomposed microstructure, evolving slowly. Further, grain growth is suppressed completely during the decomposition process.

  1. 3D studies of coarserning kinetics of individual grains

    Poulsen, Stefan Othmar

    individual grains, and compared to the observed growth of a small number of grains. A phase-field model has been developed and implemented efficiently for parallel execution on computer clusters for simulation of a third annealing phenomenon: Coupled grain growth and coarsening in polycrystalline, dual...

  2. Neurological abnormalities predict disability

    Poggesi, Anna; Gouw, Alida; van der Flier, Wiesje;

    2014-01-01

    To investigate the role of neurological abnormalities and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) lesions in predicting global functional decline in a cohort of initially independent-living elderly subjects. The Leukoaraiosis And DISability (LADIS) Study, involving 11 European centres, was primarily aimed...... at evaluating age-related white matter changes (ARWMC) as an independent predictor of the transition to disability (according to Instrumental Activities of Daily Living scale) or death in independent elderly subjects that were followed up for 3 years. At baseline, a standardized neurological examination...... abnormality independently predicted transition to disability or death [HR (95 % CI) 1.53 (1.01-2.34)]. The hazard increased with increasing number of abnormalities. Among MRI lesions, only ARWMC of severe grade independently predicted disability or death [HR (95 % CI) 2.18 (1.37-3.48)]. In our cohort...

  3. Study on Fluctuation of Grain Yield in China’s Major Grain Producing Areas

    2011-01-01

    By using the statistical data of grain yield in China’s major grain producing areas from 1949 to 2008,and fluctuation theory,the historical process and main cause of fluctuation of grain yield in China’s major grain producing areas are analyzed.The results of research show that the grain yield in China’s major grain producing areas grows in unstable fluctuation,with high-frequency fluctuation cycle and regular length;the amplitude of fluctuation,on the whole,is moderate,with not strong stability;the fluctuation of grain yield has correspondence,reflecting the N-shape developmental trend of grain production at present;the fluctuation of grain yield has gradient characteristics;in the process of comparison of grain yield,the average growth rate annually of grain yield in China’s major grain producing areas is higher than that of the national average,but the relative fluctuation coefficient is also higher than that of the national average.From five aspects,namely natural disaster,agricultural policy,production input,grain price and grain circulation,the cause of fluctuation of grain yield in China’s major grain producing areas is analyzed,and measures of preventing and arresting super-long fluctuation of grain yield are put forward.Firstly,stick to strict farmland protection system,and strive to promote farmland quality;secondly,strengthen infrastructure construction of grain production and beef up the ability of preventing natural disaster;thirdly,quicken the pace of agricultural technology and establish robust technology supporting system;fourthly,lay stress on innovation of agricultural organization system and provide implementation path and vehicle for application of agricultural technology measures;fifthly,perfect disaster precaution system and grain market system,and strengthen the ability of preventing risk of grain production.

  4. Effect of wheat dried distillers grains and enzyme supplementation on growth rates, feed conversion ratio and beef fatty acid profile in feedlot steers.

    He, Z X; He, M L; Zhao, Y L; Xu, L; Walker, N D; Beauchemin, K A; McAllister, T A; Yang, W Z

    2015-10-01

    The objectives of this study were to determine: (1) the effect of wheat dried distillers grain with solubles (DDGS) inclusion, and (2) dietary feed enzyme (FE; Econase XT) supplementation in a finishing diet containing wheat DDGS on fatty acid profile of the pars costalis diaphragmatis muscle of beef cattle. A total of 160 crossbred yearling steers with initial BW of 495 ± 38 kg were blocked by BW and randomized into 16 pens (10 head/pen). The pens were randomly assigned to one of the four treatments: (1) control (CON; 10% barley silage and 90% barley grain-based concentrate, dry matter (DM) basis); (2) diet containing 30% wheat DDGS in place of barley grain without FE (WDG); (3) WDG diet supplemented with low FE (WDGL; 1 ml FE/kg DM); and (4) WDG diet supplemented with high FE (2 ml FE/kg DM). The pars costalis diaphragmatis muscle samples were collected from cattle at slaughter at the end of the finishing period (120 days) with a targeted live weight of 650 kg. No differences in organic matter intake, final BW and average daily gain were observed among treatments. However, steers fed WDG had greater (Pacids (PUFA) in muscle tended to be greater (Pacid (VA) in muscle and also resulted in a higher (Pacids. These results suggest that inclusion of wheat DDGS in finishing diets may improve fatty acid profile of beef muscle which could benefit human health. PMID:26051447

  5. Fractal dust grains in plasma

    Huang, F. [College of Science, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100083 (China); Peng, R. D. [State Key Laboratory of Coal Resources and Safe Mining, China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing 100083 (China); Liu, Y. H. [Institute of Complexity Science, Qingdao University, Qingdao 266071 (China); Chen, Z. Y. [Department of Physics, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China); Ye, M. F.; Wang, L. [Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing 100190 (China)

    2012-09-15

    Fractal dust grains of different shapes are observed in a radially confined magnetized radio frequency plasma. The fractal dimensions of the dust structures in two-dimensional (2D) horizontal dust layers are calculated, and their evolution in the dust growth process is investigated. It is found that as the dust grains grow the fractal dimension of the dust structure decreases. In addition, the fractal dimension of the center region is larger than that of the entire region in the 2D dust layer. In the initial growth stage, the small dust particulates at a high number density in a 2D layer tend to fill space as a normal surface with fractal dimension D = 2. The mechanism of the formation of fractal dust grains is discussed.

  6. Development of microstructure and texture in strip casting grain oriented silicon steel

    Grain oriented silicon steel was produced by strip casting and two-stage cold rolling processes. The development of microstructure and texture was investigated by using optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction and electron backscattered diffraction. It is shown that the microstructure and texture evolutions of strip casting grain oriented silicon steel are significantly distinct from those in the conventional processing route. The as-cast strip is composed of coarse solidification grains and characterized by pronounced 〈001〉//ND texture together with very weak Goss texture. The initial coarse microstructure enhances {111} shear bands formation during the first cold rolling and then leads to the homogeneously distributed Goss grains through the thickness of intermediate annealed sheet. After the secondary cold rolling and primary annealing, strong γ fiber texture with a peak at {111}〈112〉 dominates the primary recrystallization texture, which is beneficial to the abnormal growth of Goss grain during the subsequent high temperature annealing. Therefore, the secondary recrystallization of Goss orientation evolves completely after the high temperature annealing and the grain oriented silicon steel with a good magnetic properties (B8=1.94 T, P1.7/50=1.3 W/kg) can be prepared. - Highlights: • Grain oriented silicon steel was developed by a novel ultra-short process. • Many evenly distributed Goss “seeds” were originated from cold rolled shear bands. • More MnS inhibitors were obtained due to the rapid cooling of strip casing. • The magnetic induction of grain oriented silicon steel was significantly improved

  7. CT of pleural abnormalities

    Briefly discussed were CT diagnosis of pleural thickening, CT technique for examining the pleura or pleuro-pulmonary disease, diagnosis of pleural collections, diagnosis of pleural fluid abnormalities in patients with pneumonia, pleural neoplasms, malignant (diffuse) mesothelioma, metastases, local fibrous tumor of the pleura (benign mesothelioma) (21 refs.)

  8. Predicting gas in place in abnormal reservoirs

    Stelly, O.V. II; Farshad, F.F.

    1981-06-01

    Application of the conventional gas material balance equation to abnormally pressured volumetric reservoirs results in erroneous estimates of ultimate recovery. In view of the increasing number and importance of this type of reservoir, the program presented results in more realistic predictions. In abnormally pressured reservoirs, the formation is not supporting as great a portion of the overburden stress. Thus, when pressure is depleted, the sand grains and connate water of the formation expand. These factors tend to reduce the available hydrocarbon pore space acting as a drive mechanism. Thus, production is due to a combination of factors that cause subsequent changes in effective compressibility of the formation rather than just gas compressibility. Hammelindl proposed a correction factor equivalent to the ratio of effective compressibility to gas compressibility. This is applied to the results obtained for normally pressured reservoirs.

  9. Fabrication of single-grain GdBa2Cu3O7− bulk superconductors with a new kind of liquid source by the top seeded infiltration and growth technique

    Guo-Zheng Li; Wan-Min Yang; Xiao-Fang Cheng; Jing Fan; Xiao-Dan Guo

    2010-05-01

    Compared to the conventional melt growth (MG) method, the top seeded infiltration and growth (TSIG) process is an effective way for preparing bulk REBa2Cu3O7− (RE-123) with finely dispersed RE2BaCuO5 (RE-211) particles. However, it is more complicated and time-consuming, because three kinds of precursor powders, namely, RE-211, RE-123 and BaCuO2, have to be prepared for the conventional TSIG process. In this paper, a new liquid source (NLS) composed of RE-211 and Ba3Cu5O8, was proposed for simplifying the TSIG process, which is different from the regular liquid source (RLS) composed of RE-123 and Ba3Cu5O8. In this modified TSIG technique, we need to prepare only RE-211 and BaCuO2 powders. Single-grain GdBa2Cu3O7− (GdBCO) bulk super-conductors have been fabricated using the RLS and NLS separately. The morphology, microstructure and levitation force of the bulk GdBCO have also been investigated. The results indicate that the NLS can be used to simplify the process flow and improve the efficiency on the fabrication of single-grain GdBCO superconductors.

  10. Grain amaranths are defoliation tolerant crop species capable of utilizing stem and root carbohydrate reserves to sustain vegetative and reproductive growth after leaf loss.

    Vargas-Ortiz, Erandi; Espitia-Rangel, Eduardo; Tiessen, Axel; Délano-Frier, John Paul

    2013-01-01

    Tolerance to defoliation can be defined as the degree to which productivity is affected by photosynthetic area reduction. This trait was studied in grain amaranth (Amaranthus cruentus and A. hypochondriacus), which are considered to be a highly defoliation-tolerant species. The physiological and biochemical responses to increasing levels of mechanical leaf removal up to total defoliation were quantified. Tolerance appeared to be dependent on various factors: ( i) amount of lost tissue; (ii) mechanics of leaf tissue removal; (iii) environment, and (iv) species tested. Thus, grain amaranth was found to be a highly tolerant species under green-house conditions when leaf tissue loss was performed by gradual perforation. However, tolerance was compromised under similar conditions when defoliation was done by gradual cutting of the leaf. Also tolerance in completely defoliated plants tended to decrease under field conditions, where differences between A. cruentus and A. hypochondriacus were observed. All non-structural carbohydrate (NSC) levels were reduced in stems and roots of totally defoliated amaranths one day after treatment. Such depletion probably provided the carbon (C) resources needed to sustain the early recovery process in the absence of photosynthetic capacity. This was corroborated by shading of intact plants, which produced the same rapid and drastic reduction of NSC levels in these tissues. These results emphasize the role of stored NSCs, particularly starch, in buffering the impact of severe defoliation in amaranth. The fall in sucrose synthase and cell wall invertase activity observed in stems and roots soon after defoliation was consistent with their predicted shift from sink to source tissues. It is concluded that mobilization of C stores in stems and roots, is a physiologically important trait underlying tolerance to defoliation in grain amaranth. PMID:23861825

  11. Growth performance, behaviour, forestomach development and meat quality of veal calves provided with barley grain or ground wheat straw for welfare purpose

    Igino Andrighetto

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Two different feeding plans for veal calves were compared in the study: a traditional liquid diet supplemented with 250  g/calf/d of barley grain or with 250 g/calf/d of ground wheat straw. The two solid feeds had different chemical composi-  tion but a similar particle size obtained by grinding the straw in a mill with an 8-mm mesh screen. Twenty-four Polish  Friesian male calves were used in the study and they were housed in individual wooden stalls (0.83 x 1.80 m. The health  status of all the calves was satisfactory for the entire fattening period and no specific medical treatment was required  during the trial. Calves fed wheat straw showed a greater intake of solid feed (196 vs. 139 g/d; P  average daily gain (1288 vs. 1203 g/d; P  not affected by the type of solid feed and no milk refusal episodes were detected. The haemoglobin concentration was  similar in calves receiving the two feeding treatments despite the higher iron intake provided by the wheat straw through-  out the fattening period (2.12 vs. 1.15 g; P  calves’ metabolism. Feeding behaviour was affected by the provision of solid feeds. Eating and chewing were prolonged  in calves receiving ground wheat straw and the same solid feed reduced the frequency of oral stereotypies at the end of  the fattening period. At the slaughterhouse, no differences were observed between the feeding treatments as regards  carcass weight and dressing percentage. The calves fed ground wheat straw had a heavier weight of the empty omasum  (518 vs. 341 g; P  fed barley grain. The incidence of abomasal erosions, ulcers and scars was similar in both treatments; however the index  of abomasal damage, which considers the number and the seriousness of different type of lesions, was higher in calves  receiving barley grain. Therefore, the grinding of straw particles, as opposed to barley grain, can reduce the abrasive-  ness of roughage at the abomasum level. Visual evaluation of the

  12. Growth performance, behaviour, forestomach development and meat quality of veal calves provided with barley grain or ground wheat straw for welfare purpose

    Igino Andrighetto; Severino Segato; Gianluca Fregolent; Barbara Contiero; Franco Mutinelli; Flaviana Gottardo; Giulio Cozzi

    2010-01-01

    Two different feeding plans for veal calves were compared in the study: a traditional liquid diet supplemented with 250  g/calf/d of barley grain or with 250 g/calf/d of ground wheat straw. The two solid feeds had different chemical composi-  tion but a similar particle size obtained by grinding the straw in a mill with an 8-mm mesh screen. Twenty-four Polish  Friesian male calves were used in the study and they were housed in individual wooden stalls (0.83 x 1.80 m). The healt...

  13. Abnormal ionization in sonoluminescence

    张文娟; 安宇

    2015-01-01

    Sonoluminescence is a complex phenomenon, the mechanism of which remains unclear. The present study reveals that an abnormal ionization process is likely to be present in the sonoluminescing bubble. To fit the experimental data of previous studies, we assume that the ionization energies of the molecules and atoms in the bubble decrease as the gas density increases and that the decrease of the ionization energy reaches about 60%–70%as the bubble flashes, which is difficult to explain by using previous models.

  14. Ultrasonography of splenic abnormalities

    Ming-Jen Chen; Ming-Jer Huang; Wen-Hsiung Chang; Tsang-En Wang; Horng-Yuan Wang; Cheng-Hsin Chu; Shee-Chan Lin; Shou-Chuan Shih

    2005-01-01

    AIM: This report gives a comprehensive overview of ultrasonography of splenic abnormalities. Certain ultrasonic features are also discussed with pathologic correlation.METHODS: We review the typical ultrasonic characteristics of a wide range of splenic lesions, illustrating them with images obtained in our institution from 2000 to 2003.One hundred and three patients (47 men, 56 women),with a mean age of 54 years (range 9-92 years), were found to have an abnormal ultrasonic pattern of spleen.RESULTS: We describe the ultrasonic features of various splenic lesions such as accessory spleen, splenomegaly,cysts, cavernous hemangiomas, lymphomas, abscesses,metastatic tumors, splenic infarctions, hematomas, and rupture, based on traditional gray-scale and color Doppler sonography.CONCLUSION: Ultrasound is a widely available, noninvasive,and useful means of diagnosing splenic abnormalities. A combination of ultrasonic characteristics and clinical data may provide an accurate diagnosis. If the US appearance alone is not enough, US may also be used to guide biopsy of suspicious lesions.

  15. Abnormal austenite-ferrite transformation behavior in pure iron

    LIU Yongchang; F.Sommer; E.J. Mittemeijer

    2004-01-01

    The austenite → ferrite transformation is the most important reaction route in the manufacture of Fe-based materials. Here the austenite (γ) → ferrite (α)transformation of pure iron was systematically explored by high-resolution dilatometry. Abnormal transformation kinetics, multi-peak discontinuous reaction, was recognized in pure iron according to the variation of the ferrite-formation rate. The occurrence the one or the other type of γ→α trans formation strongly depends on the grain size: the transformation type changes from abnormal to normal (single-peak continuous reaction) with decreasing grain size. The inherent reason for the occurrence of abnormal transformation could be attributed to the repeated nucleation in front of the moving γ/α interface induced by the accumulation of elastic and plastic accommodation energy.

  16. Comparative proteomic analysis provides new insights into cadmium accumulation in rice grain under cadmium stress

    Xue, Dawei, E-mail: dwxue@hznu.edu.cn [College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou 310036 (China); State Key Laboratory of Rice Biology, China National Rice Research Institute, Hangzhou 310006 (China); Jiang, Hua [State Key Laboratory Breeding Base for Zhejiang Sustainable Pest and Disease Control, Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Science, Hangzhou 310021 (China); Deng, Xiangxiong; Zhang, Xiaoqin [College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou 310036 (China); Wang, Hua [State Key Laboratory Breeding Base for Zhejiang Sustainable Pest and Disease Control, Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Science, Hangzhou 310021 (China); Xu, Xiangbin [College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou 310036 (China); Hu, Jiang; Zeng, Dali [State Key Laboratory of Rice Biology, China National Rice Research Institute, Hangzhou 310006 (China); Guo, Longbiao, E-mail: guolongbiao@caas.cn [State Key Laboratory of Rice Biology, China National Rice Research Institute, Hangzhou 310006 (China); Qian, Qian, E-mail: qianqian188@hotmail.com [College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou 310036 (China); State Key Laboratory of Rice Biology, China National Rice Research Institute, Hangzhou 310006 (China)

    2014-09-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Cd is the most toxic heavy metal and is a major pollutant in rice grains. • The mechanism of Cd accumulation in rice grains has not been well demonstrated. • Proteomics analysis is carried out and the verification is implemented by QPCR. • Proteins associated with ROS and photosynthesis showed large variation in expression. - Abstract: Rice is one of the most important staple crops. During the growth season, rice plants are inevitably subjected to numerous stresses, among which heavy metal stress represented by cadmium contamination not only hindering the yield of rice but also affecting the food safety by Cd accumulating in rice grains. The mechanism of Cd accumulation in rice grains has not been well elucidated. In this study, we compare the proteomic difference between two genotypes with different Cd accumulation ability in grains. Verification of differentially expressed protein-encoding genes was analyzing by quantitative PCR (QPCR) and reanalysis of microarray expression data. Forty-seven proteins in total were successfully identified through proteomic screening. GO and KEGG enrichment analysis showed Cd accumulation triggered stress-related pathways in the cells, and strongly affecting metabolic pathways. Many proteins associated with nutrient reservoir and starch-related enzyme were identified in this study suggesting that a considerably damage on grain quality was caused. The results also implied stress response was initiated by the abnormal cells and the transmission of signals may mediated by reactive oxygen species (ROS). Our research will provide new insights into Cd accumulation in rice grain under Cd stress.

  17. Changes in carbon and nitrogen allocation, growth and grain yield induced by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) subjected to a period of water deficit

    Zhou, Qin; Ravnskov, Sabine; Jiang, Dong;

    2015-01-01

    Drought is a major abiotic factor limiting agricultural crop production. One of the effective ways to increase drought resistance in plants could be to optimize the exploitation of symbiosis with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF). Hypothesizing that alleviation of water deficits by AMF in wheat...... applied at the floret initiation stage significantly decreased rates of photosynthetic carbon gain, transpiration and stomatal conductance in the two wheat cultivars. AMF increased the rates of photosynthesis, transpiration and stomatal conductance under drought conditions. Water deficits decreased...... colonization increased plant height in both cultivars. AMF also increased biomass and grain yield in ‘1110’ but not in ‘Vinjett’. The results showed that the improvements in growth and yield were the results of AMF-mediated increases in photosynthesis during drought stress and that the alleviating effect of...

  18. Comparative effect of salinity on growth, grain yield, water use efficiency, δ(13)C and δ(15)N of landraces and improved durum wheat varieties.

    Chamekh, Zoubeir; Ayadi, Sawsen; Karmous, Chahine; Trifa, Youssef; Amara, Hajer; Boudabbous, Khaoula; Yousfi, Salima; Serret, Maria Dolors; Araus, José Luis

    2016-10-01

    Supplemental irrigation with low-quality water will be paramount in Mediterranean agriculture in the future, where durum wheat is a major crop. Breeding for salinity tolerance may contribute towards improving resilience to irrigation with brackish water. However, identification of appropriate phenotyping traits remains a bottleneck in breeding. A set of 25 genotypes, including 19 landraces and 6 improved varieties most cultivated in Tunisia, were grown in the field and irrigated with brackish water (6, 13 and 18dSm(-1)). Improved genotypes exhibited higher grain yield (GY) and water use efficiency at the crop level (WUEyield or 'water productivity'), shorter days to flowering (DTF), lower N concentration (N) and carbon isotope composition (δ(13)C) in mature kernels and lower nitrogen isotope composition (δ(15)N) in the flag leaf compared with landraces. GY was negatively correlated with DTF and the δ(13)C and N of mature kernels and was positively correlated with the δ(15)N of the flag leaf. Moreover, δ(13)C of mature kernels was negatively correlated with WUEyield. The results highlight the importance of shorter phenology together with photosynthetic resilience to salt-induced water stress (lower δ(13)C) and nitrogen metabolism (higher N and δ(15)N) for assessing genotypic performance to salinity. PMID:27593462

  19. Growth Model and Metabolic Activity of Brewing Yeast Biofilm on the Surface of Spent Grains: A Biocatalyst for Continuous Beer Fermentation

    Brányik, T.; Vicente, A. A.; Kuncová, Gabriela; Podrazký, Ondřej; Dostálek, P.; Teixeira, J. A.

    2004-01-01

    Roč. 6, č. 20 (2004), s. 1733-1740. ISSN 8756-7938. [International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering CHISA 2004 /16./. Praha, 22.08.2004-26.08.2004] Grant ostatní: SFRH(PT) BPD/3541/2000 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4072921 Keywords : growth model * beer fermentation * immobilized cells Subject RIV: CE - Biochemistry Impact factor: 1.635, year: 2004

  20. Superior grains determined by grain weight are not fully correlated with the lfowering order in rice

    PENG Ting; ZHAO Quan-zhi; L Qiang; ZHAO Ya-fan; SUN Hong-zheng; HAN Ying-chun; DU Yan-xiu; ZHANG Jing; LI Jun-zhou; WANG Lin-lin

    2015-01-01

    Rice panicles are composed of many branches with two types of extreme grains, the superior and the inferior. Traditional y, it has been wel accepted that earlier lfowers result in superior grains and late lfowers generate inferior grains. However, these correlations have never been strictly examined in practice. In order to determine the accurate relationship between superior and inferior grains and the lfowering order, we localized al the seeds in a panicle in four distinct rice species and systematical y documented the rice lfowering order, lfower locations and the ifnal grain weight for their relationships. Our results demonstrated that the grain weight is more heavily determined by the position of the seeds than by the lfowering order. Despite earlier lfowering has a positive correlation with the grain weight in general, grains from lfowers blooming on the second day after anthesis general y gained the highest weight. This suggests earlier lfowers may not result in superior grains. Therefore, we concluded that superior and inferior grains, commonly determined by grain weight, are not ful y cor-related with the lfowering order in rice. Fol owing the order of the grain weight, the superior grains are general y localized at the middle parts of the primary branches, whereas inferior grains were mainly on the last two secondary branches of the lower half part of the panicle. In addition, the weight of inferior grains were affected by spikelet thinning and spraying with exogenous plant growth regulators, indicating that physiological incompetence might be the major reason for the occurrence of the inferior grains.

  1. 大晶粒多晶硅铸锭生长的热场设计与模拟%Thermal System Design and Simulation for Growth of Large Grain Multi-crystal Silicon Ingot

    娄中士; 左然; 苏文佳; 杨琳

    2011-01-01

    为了生长大晶粒的多晶硅铸锭,晶体从形核到后续生长的热场环境控制至关重要.本文首先在侧加热器与散热块之间加一可移动的隔热环.通过向上移动隔热环,并在底部喷射氩气冷却,对生长工艺进行优化控制.然后利用数值模拟,对改进后的生长界面形状、晶体和熔体中的等温线、晶体和熔体的轴向温度分布以及冷却量对生长环境的影响进行分析.模拟结果表明:冷却速率的最佳值在5 ~ 15 W/m2之间,且优化后的晶体和熔体中等温线更平坦,晶体轴向温度梯度增大约1.72 K/cm,从而可有效地避免侧壁形核,促进大晶粒的生长,同时提高了生长速率.%In order to grow large grain multi-crystalline silicon in DSS silicon casting, the key process is to control the thermal system for bulk growth. In this study a moving partition block between the side heater and the heat exchanger block is added. By lifting the partition block and adding a jet cooling on the bottom block, casting process is controlled optimally. Through the numerical simulation, effects of different cooling flux on growth environment are discussed, and then growth interface, isotherm in the melt and crystal, axial temperature distribution in melt and in crystal are modeled. The results indicate; the optimal value of cooling flux is between 5 W/m2 and 15 W/m2; for the new design, the isotherms in the melt and crystal become more flat, and the axial temperature gradient in crystal increases about 1.72 K/cm, which are helpful for avoiding nucleation on the crucible wall, obtaining large grain multi-crystal, and also increasing the growth rate.

  2. GROWTH PERFORMANCE AND ECONOMY OF REPLACING MAIZE WITH COMBINATIONS OF BREWERS’ GRAINS, JACK BEAN AND CASSAVA ROOT MEAL IN BROILER FINISHER RATIONS

    M.C. Uchegbu

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available This study was done to determine the effect of complete replacement of maize with maize/sorghum-based brewers’ dried grains (MSBDG, jackbean (JB and cassava root meal (CRM on performance of finisher broilers and the feed cost implication of using these test materials as the major energy sources. Four experimental diets T1, T2, T3 and T4 were formulated to contain maize, MSBDG, JB and CRM in the following proportions 60, 0, 0, 0%; 0, 20, 15, 25%; 0, 20, 20, 20%, and 0, 20, 25, 15% respectively. Other ingredients were the same for the four diets. One hundred and sixty eight (168 4-week-old Hubbard broilers were divided into 4 treatment groups of 42 birds each; and each group subdivided into 3 replicates of 14 birds per replicate. Each treatment group was randomly assigned to an experimental diet in a completely randomized design (CRD experiment. The feed intake of T1, T2 and T4 birds were similar (P>0.05 but lower (P0.05 difference in daily weight gain between T1 (1.70g and T2 (1.55g birds. The feed conversion ratio of T1 birds was better (P<0.05 than T2, T3 and T4 birds. The feed cost of N195.58 for T4 required to produce 1kg meat was lower than the cost of N214.50 required for meat production in T1. Generally, the MSBDG/JB/CRM feeds produced 1kg meat at costs 6.17%, 3.71% and 8.82% for T2, T3 and T4 lower than the T1 diet.

  3. Micromechanical testing of stress corrosion cracking of individual grain boundaries

    Grain boundaries of different misorientation and chemistry have differing susceptibilities to stress corrosion cracking but carrying out mechanical tests on individual grain boundaries of known character has until now been very difficult. We present a method for manufacturing specimens containing a single grain boundary (in 304 stainless steel) using focused ion beam machining. A nanoindenter/atomic force microscope was used to drive controlled grain boundary crack growth under load in an active solution. Scanning electron microscopy examination confirmed the growth of the crack along the grain boundary.

  4. Abnormal Austenite-Ferrite Transformation Behaviors of Fe-Si:Dilatometric Measurements

    LIU Yong-chang; ZHANG Zhe-ping; ZHAO Kai; LI Bao-yin

    2004-01-01

    The isochronal γ→α transformation of Fe-1Si alloy was measured by high-resolution dilatometry. According to the variation of the ferrite formation rate, an abnormal γ→α phase transformation was recognized, while normal reaction,i.e. one peak continuous reaction, was also detected. The occurrence the one or the other type of γ→α transformation strongly depends on the grain size: the transformation type changes from abnormal to normal with decreasing grain size. In the abnormal transformation process the first stage of the transformation corresponds to the first peaks in the transformation rate, which are not thermally activated.

  5. Influencing parameters of crack initiation and crack growth in low-alloy fine-grained structural steels in high-temperature water

    Reactor pressure vessel steels of the types 22NiMoCr37 and 20MnMoNi5 5 were tested. The corrosive medium depended on the type of power plant. Deionate with 0.2 ppm O2 was used for a boiling-water reactor and for conventional power plants. A medium with a very low content of O2 was used for pressurized-water reactor tests. Great influence on corrosion-initiated crack growth have the following factors: a) the flow rate of the medium, b) the medium's content of SO42- and of O2, and c) the sulphur content of the steel. (MM)

  6. PRESENT STATE AND PROBLEMS OF FORMING AN EFFECTIVE GRAIN MARKET

    Tsvyrko, A.

    2012-01-01

    The article deals with current issues of forming a highly grain market. Statistical data reflecting the current state of the problem. Based on studies of the current state of the grain market highlighted the main target indicators defined the conditions for achieving the projected performance of the grain market and its products and recommendations for further development and growth of grain production capacity in Russia.

  7. Microbiota of kefir grains

    Tomislav Pogačić

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Kefir grains represent the unique microbial community consisting of bacteria, yeasts, and sometimes filamentous moulds creating complex symbiotic community. The complexity of their physical and microbial structures is the reason that the kefir grains are still not unequivocally elucidated. Microbiota of kefir grains has been studied by many microbiological and molecular approaches. The development of metagenomics, based on the identification without cultivation, is opening new possibilities for identification of previously nonisolated and non-identified microbial species from the kefir grains. Considering recent studies, there are over 50 microbial species associated with kefir grains. The aim of this review is to summarise the microbiota composition of kefir grains. Moreover, because of technological and microbiological significance of the kefir grains, the paper provides an insight into the microbiological and molecular methods applied to study microbial biodiversity of kefir grains.

  8. The effect of S-(ferrocenylmethyl-thiosalicylic acid sodium salt on the germination and growth of cereal grains and seedlings and on the development of pathogenic fungi

    Jan Michalczyk

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available The sodium salt of S-(ferrocenylmethyl-thiosalicylic acid was studied in the context of its possible use as a systemic fungicide and, concurrently, as a source of physiologically active iron fur crop plants. It was found that this metallocene was taken up by maize seedlings growing in liquid mediums, and used for chlorophyll synthesis, in a concentration range as low as 0.05-0.08 mM dm-3. In the concentration range of 0.05-1.5 mM dm-3, it inhibited germination, seedling growth and Y-amylase activity while it stimulated the activities of proteinases, catalase and peroxidase. When sprayed on cereal leaves at a concentration of 1.0-2.0 mM dm-3, it exhibited fungicidal properties: inhibition of fungus development without harming cereal plant leaves and stimulated chlorophyll synthesis.

  9. Marketing Farm Grain Crops.

    Ridenour, Harlan E.

    This vocational agriculture curriculum on grain marketing contains three parts: teacher guide, student manual, and student workbook. All three are coordinated and cross-referenced. The course is designed to give students of grain marketing a thorough background in the subject and provide practical help in developing grain marketing strategies for…

  10. Kinetic Modeling of Sunflower Grain Filling and Fatty Acid Biosynthesis.

    Durruty, Ignacio; Aguirrezábal, Luis A N; Echarte, María M

    2016-01-01

    Grain growth and oil biosynthesis are complex processes that involve various enzymes placed in different sub-cellular compartments of the grain. In order to understand the mechanisms controlling grain weight and composition, we need mathematical models capable of simulating the dynamic behavior of the main components of the grain during the grain filling stage. In this paper, we present a non-structured mechanistic kinetic model developed for sunflower grains. The model was first calibrated for sunflower hybrid ACA855. The calibrated model was able to predict the theoretical amount of carbohydrate equivalents allocated to the grain, grain growth and the dynamics of the oil and non-oil fraction, while considering maintenance requirements and leaf senescence. Incorporating into the model the serial-parallel nature of fatty acid biosynthesis permitted a good representation of the kinetics of palmitic, stearic, oleic, and linoleic acids production. A sensitivity analysis showed that the relative influence of input parameters changed along grain development. Grain growth was mostly affected by the specific growth parameter (μ') while fatty acid composition strongly depended on their own maximum specific rate parameters. The model was successfully applied to two additional hybrids (MG2 and DK3820). The proposed model can be the first building block toward the development of a more sophisticated model, capable of predicting the effects of environmental conditions on grain weight and composition, in a comprehensive and quantitative way. PMID:27242809

  11. Kinetic Modeling of Sunflower Grain Filling and Fatty Acid Biosynthesis

    Durruty, Ignacio; Aguirrezábal, Luis A. N.; Echarte, María M.

    2016-01-01

    Grain growth and oil biosynthesis are complex processes that involve various enzymes placed in different sub-cellular compartments of the grain. In order to understand the mechanisms controlling grain weight and composition, we need mathematical models capable of simulating the dynamic behavior of the main components of the grain during the grain filling stage. In this paper, we present a non-structured mechanistic kinetic model developed for sunflower grains. The model was first calibrated for sunflower hybrid ACA855. The calibrated model was able to predict the theoretical amount of carbohydrate equivalents allocated to the grain, grain growth and the dynamics of the oil and non-oil fraction, while considering maintenance requirements and leaf senescence. Incorporating into the model the serial-parallel nature of fatty acid biosynthesis permitted a good representation of the kinetics of palmitic, stearic, oleic, and linoleic acids production. A sensitivity analysis showed that the relative influence of input parameters changed along grain development. Grain growth was mostly affected by the specific growth parameter (μ′) while fatty acid composition strongly depended on their own maximum specific rate parameters. The model was successfully applied to two additional hybrids (MG2 and DK3820). The proposed model can be the first building block toward the development of a more sophisticated model, capable of predicting the effects of environmental conditions on grain weight and composition, in a comprehensive and quantitative way. PMID:27242809

  12. Submicron-grained transparent yttria composites

    Kear, Bernard H.; Sadangi, Rajendra; Shukla, Vijay; Stefanik, Todd; Gentilman, Richard

    2005-05-01

    New materials with improved mechanical properties and high optical transmission in the full 3-5 micron MWIR region wavelength are required. Commercially available polycrystalline transparent Yttria, with >100 micron average grain size, does not perform satisfactorily in demanding applications because of its modest strength. One way to improve strength is to develop an ultra-fine grained material with acceptable optical transmission properties. To realize fine grains it is necessary to use other phases to inhibit grain growth during fabrication. A promising processing method comprises: (a) synthesis of an extended metastable solid solution by plasma melting and quenching, and (b) consolidation of the metastable ceramic powder to form dense submicron-grained (<1 micron) composites. Two ceramic composites containing 20 and 50 vol% of second phase are evaluated in this study. Optical transmission, hardness, and indentation fracture toughness are measured and correlated with structure.

  13. Interstellar grains in elliptical galaxies grain evolution

    Tsai, J C; Tsai, John C; Mathews, William G

    1995-01-01

    We consider the lifecycle of dust introduced into the hot interstellar medium in isolated elliptical galaxies. Dust grains are ejected into galactic-scale cooling flows in large ellipticals by normal mass loss from evolving red giants. Newly introduced dust rapidly enters the hot gas environment and is sputtered away by thermal collisions with ions. Before the grains are completely sputtered away, they emit prodigious amounts of infrared radiation which may contribute to the large far infrared luminosities observed in ellipticals. In order to study the global properties of grains in ellipticals we construct a new series of King-type galactic models which are consistent with the fundamental plane, galactic mass to light ratios and other relevant observational correlations. We describe a new ``continuity'' procedure to construct simple time-dependent gas dynamic models for cooling flows. In all galaxy models, although grains can flow a considerable distance from their radius of origin before being sputtered awa...

  14. Systemic abnormalities in liver disease

    Minemura, Masami; Tajiri, Kazuto; Shimizu, Yukihiro

    2009-01-01

    Systemic abnormalities often occur in patients with liver disease. In particular, cardiopulmonary or renal diseases accompanied by advanced liver disease can be serious and may determine the quality of life and prognosis of patients. Therefore, both hepatologists and non-hepatologists should pay attention to such abnormalities in the management of patients with liver diseases.

  15. Deformation inhomogeneity in large-grained AA5754 sheets

    Research highlights: → Microstructure and strain relationship at individual grain level was studied. → 'Hot spots' nucleate early and most keep growing throughout deformation stages. → 'Hot spots' are correlated with 'soft' grains and soft-evolution grains. → Grains with high Schmid factors tend to be 'soft' grains. → Grains with the direction close to tensile axis tend to become softer. - Abstract: Models for deformation and strain localization in polycrystals that incorporate microstructural features including particles are computationally intensive due to the large variation in scale in going from particles to grains to a specimen. As a result such models are generally 2-D in nature. This is an issue for experimental validation. We have therefore studied deformation heterogeneities and strain localization behavior of coarse-grained alloys with only two grains across the sample thickness, therefore mimicking 2-D behavior. Aluminum alloy sheets (AA5754) have been investigated by a number of surface techniques, including digital image correlation, slip trace analysis and electron backscattered diffraction, at the individual grain level. Local strain concentration zones appear from the very beginning of deformation, which then maintain sustained growth and lead, in one of these regions, to localization and final fracture. These 'hot spots' occur in areas with locally soft grains (i.e. grains with or close to the tensile direction) and soft-evolution orientations (i.e. grains with close to the tensile direction). These grains can be correlated with Taylor and/or Schmid factors.

  16. Grain Refinement of Deoxidized Copper

    Balart, María José; Patel, Jayesh B.; Gao, Feng; Fan, Zhongyun

    2016-08-01

    This study reports the current status of grain refinement of copper accompanied in particular by a critical appraisal of grain refinement of phosphorus-deoxidized, high residual P (DHP) copper microalloyed with 150 ppm Ag. Some deviations exist in terms of the growth restriction factor (Q) framework, on the basis of empirical evidence reported in the literature for grain size measurements of copper with individual additions of 0.05, 0.1, and 0.5 wt pct of Mo, In, Sn, Bi, Sb, Pb, and Se, cast under a protective atmosphere of pure Ar and water quenching. The columnar-to-equiaxed transition (CET) has been observed in copper, with an individual addition of 0.4B and with combined additions of 0.4Zr-0.04P and 0.4Zr-0.04P-0.015Ag and, in a previous study, with combined additions of 0.1Ag-0.069P (in wt pct). CETs in these B- and Zr-treated casts have been ascribed to changes in the morphology and chemistry of particles, concurrently in association with free solute type and availability. No further grain-refining action was observed due to microalloying additions of B, Mg, Ca, Zr, Ti, Mn, In, Fe, and Zn (~0.1 wt pct) with respect to DHP-Cu microalloyed with Ag, and therefore are no longer relevant for the casting conditions studied. The critical microalloying element for grain size control in deoxidized copper and in particular DHP-Cu is Ag.

  17. Comparative feeding value of distillers dried grains plus solubles as a partial replacement for steam-flaked corn in diets for calf-fed Holstein steers: characteristics of digestion, growth performance, and dietary energetics.

    Carrasco, R; Arrizon, A A; Plascencia, A; Torrentera, N G; Zinn, R A

    2013-04-01

    Two experiments were conducted to examine the effect of level of dried distillers grains plus solubles (DDGS) supplementation (0, 10, 20, and 30%; DM basis), replacing steam-flaked (SF) corn in finishing diets, on characteristics of digestion (Exp. 1) and growth performance (Exp. 2) in calf-fed Holstein steers. In Exp.1, 4 cannulated Holstein steers (349 ± 12 kg) were used to evaluate treatment effects on characteristics of digestion. Ruminal NDF digestion tended to increase (quadratic effect, P = 0.09) and ruminal OM digestion decreased (linear effect, P = 0.01) with DDGS substitution. There were no treatment effects on duodenal flow of microbial N (MN). Substitution with DDGS increased (linear effect, P acetate:propionate molar ratio. In Exp.2, 144 Holsteins steer (112 ± 6 kg) were used in a 305-d trial to evaluate treatment effects on growth performance and carcass characteristics. During the initial 126 d, DDGS substitution increased ADG (linear effect, P = 0.03), G:F (quadratic effect, P = 0.03), and dietary NE (quadratic effect, P = 0.02), maximal for both at 20% DDGS inclusion rate. Based on estimated indispensable AA supply to the small intestine as a percentage of requirements during the initial 126-d period, histidine was first limiting followed by methionine. During the final 179-d period and overall (305-d feeding period), treatment effects on ADG and G:F were small (P ≥ 0.22). Compared with the other treatments, HCW was greater (3.4; P = 0.03) at the 20% level of DDGS substitution. The NE value for DDGS in SF corn-based diets for the calf-fed Holstein are consistent with current tabular standards. Extra-caloric value of DDGS as a metabolizable AA source is apparent during the initial growing phase. The UIP value of DDGS used in this study (35%) was considerably less than current tabular estimates (52%; NRC, 2000). PMID:23408804

  18. Grain size constraints on HL Tau with polarization signature

    Kataoka, Akimasa; Momose, Munetake; Tsukagoshi, Takashi; Dullemond, Cornelis P

    2015-01-01

    We report a new interpretation of the millimeter-wave polarization of the protoplanetary disk around HL Tau with self-polarization. We successfully reproduce the observed polarization signature with self-scattered light of dust grains. The detected polarization can be explained only if dust grains have a maximum size of around 150 ${\\rm \\mu m}$. This is a strong constraint on grain size in the early stage of a circumstellar disk. The obtained grain size contradicts to previously expected grain size, which is millimeter. The inferred grain size is too small to be trapped at gas pressure bumps, and therefore it requires planet formation theory to explain the mechanism to stop the grain growth or it might suggest the dust grains are no longer spherical but highly porous.

  19. Microbiota of kefir grains

    Tomislav Pogačić; Sanja Šinko; Šimun Zamberlin; Dubravka Samaržija

    2013-01-01

    Kefir grains represent the unique microbial community consisting of bacteria, yeasts, and sometimes filamentous moulds creating complex symbiotic community. The complexity of their physical and microbial structures is the reason that the kefir grains are still not unequivocally elucidated. Microbiota of kefir grains has been studied by many microbiological and molecular approaches. The development of metagenomics, based on the identification without cultivation, is opening new possibilities f...

  20. Stability of the grain structure in 2219-O aluminum alloy friction stir welds during solution treatment

    The stability of the grain structure in 2219-O aluminum alloy friction stir welds during solution treatment has been investigated. Experimental results show that the solution treatment causes drastic grain growth, Grain growth initiates at the surface and the bottom of the weld and then extends to the weld centre within several minutes. The solution treatment temperature and the welding heat input have a significant effect on grain growth. The higher the solution temperature, or the higher the welding heat input, the greater the grain growth. The instability of the grains is attributed to an imbalance between thermodynamic driving forces for grain growth and the pinning forces impeding grain boundary migration during solution treatment

  1. Foreign Grain Security Mechanisms and Implications for China

    Shuhua; CAO; Lei; NIE; Weipeng; MA

    2014-01-01

    With constant growth of China’s population and increasingly serious situation of farmland protection,the grain security has become a hot issue of China.This study firstly elaborated grain security measures in grain exporters,such as the United States,Australia,and EU,and grain importers such as Japan,South Korea and India.In line with these security measures,it analyzed implementation background of these policies.Finally,combining social and economic development situations and natural resource endowment of China,it revealed the implications of these measures for China and came up with policy recommendations for China’s grain security.

  2. The effect of the Tom Thumb dwarfing gene on grain size and grain number of wheat (Triticum aestivum)

    The Tom Thumb dwarfing gene, Rht3, like the related genes Rht1 and Rht2 from Norin 10, has pleiotropic effects on individual ear yields, and grain protein concentrations. An experiment was conducted in which tiller number per plant and grain number per spike were restricted to ascertain whether reduced grain size and protein content are primary or secondary competitive effects in near-isogenic lines. The potential for grain growth was shown to be identical in Rht3 and rht genotypes when grain set was restricted, indicating that the primary effect of the gene is to increase spikelet fertility. Nitrogen accumulation within the grain was also affected by inter-grain competition but decreased nitrogen yields per plant indicated that reduced protein levels are, in part, a primary effect of the gene. Analysis of individual grain yields within Rht3 and rht spikes showed that the gene affected developmental 'dominance' relationships within the spike. (author)

  3. Analysis of recrystallization and grain growth in ultra low carbon steels using EBSD; Analisis mediante EBSD de los procesos de recristalizacion y crecimiento de grano en un acero ULC

    Novillo, E.; Petite, M. M.; Bocos, J. L.; Gutierrez, I.

    2004-07-01

    This work is focused on the study of recrystallization texture and micro texture in a cold rolled ultra low carbon steel and its relationship with the global texture. Aspects like nucleation, evolution of the volume fraction and grain size were considered. An important grain selection associated with a significant size and number advantages of the recrystallized grains is observed. This grain selection gives rise to the development, at the latest stages of recrystallization, of a strong {gamma}-fibre associated to good drawing properties. (Author) 24 refs.

  4. Impact of Industrialization on Grain Consumption and Countermeasures

    Zeng, Jing

    2012-01-01

    This paper analyzes the impact of industrialization on grain consumption from growth of residents’ income and change of diet structure, expansion of size of population, and development of new biomass energy industry. The economic growth in the course of industrialization promotes growth of residents’ income, changes residents’ diet structure; industrialization leads to rural urbanization and rise of urban residents; industrial development brings about grain demand of biomass energy. All...

  5. Autism and chromosome abnormalities-A review.

    Bergbaum, Anne; Ogilvie, Caroline Mackie

    2016-07-01

    The neuro-behavioral disorder of autism was first described in the 1940s and was predicted to have a biological basis. Since that time, with the growth of genetic investigations particularly in the area of pediatric development, an increasing number of children with autism and related disorders (autistic spectrum disorders, ASD) have been the subject of genetic studies both in the clinical setting and in the wider research environment. However, a full understanding of the biological basis of ASDs has yet to be achieved. Early observations of children with chromosomal abnormalities detected by G-banded chromosome analysis (karyotyping) and in situ hybridization revealed, in some cases, ASD associated with other features arising from such an abnormality. The introduction of higher resolution techniques for whole genome screening, such as array comparative genome hybridization (aCGH), allowed smaller imbalances to be detected, some of which are now considered to represent autism susceptibility loci. In this review, we describe some of the work underpinning the conclusion that ASDs have a genetic basis; a brief history of the developments in genetic analysis tools over the last 50 years; and the most common chromosome abnormalities found in association with ASDs. Introduction of next generation sequencing (NGS) into the clinical diagnostic setting is likely to provide further insights into this complex field but will not be covered in this review. Clin. Anat. 29:620-627, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:27012322

  6. Skin - abnormally dark or light

    ... ency/article/003242.htm Skin - abnormally dark or light To use the sharing features on this page, ... the hands. The bronze color can range from light to dark (in fair-skinned people) with the ...

  7. 层流作用下随机取向多晶粒生长的相场法模拟%Phase-field simulation of forced flow effect on random preferred growth direction of multiple grains

    王军伟; 朱昌盛; 王智平; 冯力; 肖荣振

    2011-01-01

    为了更客观地再现强迫层流对多晶粒凝固过程的影响,自行设计了随机格子法以解决多个枝晶择优生长方向随机分布问题.以高纯丁二腈(SCN)为例,采用耦合流场的单相场模型研究强迫层流对多晶粒非等温生长过程的影响.结果表明:随机格子法可以更合理地处理枝晶择优取向随机分布问题,计算效率较高.当固相率较低时,熔体质点绕过枝晶流向下游侧,两枝晶臂之间的熔体流动速度值变大;在凝固计算时间小于1800Δt时,各个枝晶自由生长,上游侧枝晶臂均比下游侧枝晶臂发达;并且,熔体流入速度越快,固相率越高.当固相率较高时,多个枝晶臂相互交织,仅有未被枝晶包裹的残留熔体可以流动;同时,固相率趋于与熔体无流动时的固相率相同.%The random distribution problem of dendrite preferred growth direction was settled by random grid method.This method was used to study the influence of forced laminar flow effect on multiple grains during solidification.Taking high pure succinonitrile (SCN) undercooled melt as an example,the forced laminar flow effect on multiple grains was studied by phase-field model of single grain which coupled with flow equations at non-isothermal condition.The simulation results show that the random grid method can reasonably settle the problem of random distribution and is more effective.When the solid fraction is relatively low,melt particles flow around the downstream side of dendrite,and the flow velocity between two dendrite arms becomes high.At the stage of solidification time less than 1800Δt,every dendrite grows freely; the upstream dendrites are stronger than the downstream ones.The higher the melt flow rate,the higher the solid fraction.However,when the solid fraction is relatively high,the dendrite arm intertwins and only a little residual melt which is not encapsulated can flow; the solid fraction will gradually tend to equal to solid fraction

  8. Texture evolution in grain-oriented electrical steel during hot band annealing and cold rolling.

    Shin, S M; Birosca, S; Chang, S K; De Cooman, B C

    2008-06-01

    The optimization of magnetic and physical properties of electrical steel is imperative for many engineering applications. The key factors to improve magnetic properties are the steel composition as well as control of the crystallographic orientation and microstructure of the steel during processing. However, this requires careful control of processing at all stages of production. Under certain conditions of deformation and annealing, electrical steel can be produced to have favourable texture components. For grain-oriented (GO) electrical steels that are used in most transformer cores, a pronounced {110} Goss texture plays a vital role to achieve low power losses and high permeability. Essentially, Goss texture develops during secondary re-crystallization in GO electrical steels; however, the mechanism of the abnormal Goss grain growth is still disputed in the literature. In the current study, the influence of the annealing conditions on the development of annealing, cold rolling and re-crystallization textures of hot-rolled GO electrical steel were investigated in detail following each processing step. Furthermore, the orientation data from electron backscatter diffraction were used to evaluate the orientation-dependent stored energy of deformed grains after hot rolling. In the light of new findings in the present study, annealing and deformation texture development mechanisms were critically reviewed. PMID:18503668

  9. GrainSpotter

    Schmidt, Søren

    2014-01-01

    A new approach for indexing multigrain diffraction data is presented. It is based on the use of a monochromatic beam simultaneously illuminating all grains. By operating in sub-volumes of Rodrigues space, a powerful vertex-finding algorithm can be applied, with a running time that is compatible...... with online analysis. The resulting program, GrainSpotter, is sufficiently fast to enable online analysis during synchrotron sessions. The program applies outlier rejection schemes, leading to more robust and accurate data. By simulations it is shown that several thousand grains can be retrieved. A new...... method to derive partial symmetries, called pseudo-twins, is introduced. Uniquely, GrainSpotter includes an analysis of pseudo-twins, which is shown to be critical to avoid erroneous grains resulting from the indexing....

  10. Effect of Free Air CO2 Enrichment (FACE) on the Growth and Grain Yield of Winter Wheat%FACE条件下冬小麦生长特征及产量构成的影响

    韩雪; 郝兴宇; 王贺然; 林而达

    2012-01-01

    Simulating on the atmosphere CO2 concentration in 2050 in a wheat field, investigating on the growth and yield response of winter wheat to elevated CO2, enable people to estimate the impacts of elevated C02 on winter wheat in a CO2-rich world. Winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L. cv CA0493, high gluten wheat) was grown to maturity at ambient CO2 (415±16 μmol/mol) or elevated CO2 (550±17 μmol/mol) under 2 levels of N: normal N (NN, basal dressing N 118 kg/hm2+sidedressing N 70 kg/hm2) and low N (LN, basal dressing N 66 kg/hm2 + sidedressing N 17 kg/hm2) at FACE (Free Air CO2 Enrichment) system, to investigate the effects of elevated CO2 (550 μmol/mol) and N fertilizer input on height, flag leaf area and the top three leaves area, tiller number seasonal changes, grain yield and yield components of winter wheat. Results showed that elevated CO2 increased wheat height by 5.12% at jointing stage, the scale of increasing was larger under normal N than low N input. Elevated CO2 increased flag leaf area and the top three leaves area by 14.87%, 10.02% at flowering stage, respectively. Increased leaf size under elevated CO2 was determined by longer leaf length (8.97%). Elevated CO2 tend to increase the tiller number under normal N input. Grain yield increased by 18.3% under elevated CO2 (P<0.05), with 6% in low N input and 31.4% in normal N input. Panicle number per square meter and grain number per panicle increased by 5.3% and 14.5% (P<0.05) under elevated CO2, and the increase amplitude was more in normal N than low N input. Infertile spikelet number decreased significantly by 11.12% at high CO2, while thousand grains weight showed no significant change under elevated CO2. Elevated CO2 reduced the degenerated spikelet number, thus increased grain number per panicle, which accounted for the yield increase under elevated CO2.%模拟2050年冬小麦生长的CO2浓度下,冬小麦生长和产量的响应,有助于评价未来CO2浓度升高对小麦生产的影响.

  11. Responses of ethylene and ACC in rice grains to soil moisture and their relations to grain filling

    2008-01-01

    The objectives of this study were to-investigate ethylene and 1-aminocylopropane-1-carboxylic acid (ACC) in rice grains and root bleeding sap during the grain filling period and their relationship to the grain filling rate.Two high lodging-resistant rice (Oryza sativa L.) cultivars were grown in pots or tanks.Three treatments,including well watered (WW),moderate soil-drying (MD) and severe soil-drying (SD),were conducted from 9 days of post-anthesis until maturity.The effects of chemical regulators on the concentrations of ethylene and ACC in the grains were also studied.The results show that MD significantly increased the grainfilling rate and grain weight,whereas SD significantly reduced the grain-filling rate and grain weight.Concentrations of ethylene and ACC in the grains were very high at the early grain filling stage and then sharply decreased during the linear period of grain growth.MD reduced the ACC concentrations and ethylene evolution rate,whereas SD remarkably increased the ACC concentrations and ethylene evolution rate.Both the ethylene evolution rate in rice grains and the ACC concentrations in the root-bleeding sap were significantly and positively correlated with the ACC concentrations in rice grains.The ethylene evolution rate was significantly and negatively correlated with the grain-filling rate.The application of amino-ethoxyvinylglycine (AVG),an inhibitor of ethylene synthesis,at 9-13 days of postanthesis significantly reduced the ACC concentrations and ethylene evolution rate of grains,but significantly enhanced the activities of sucrose synthase,ADP glucose pyrophosphorylase and soluble starch synthase.The results were reversed when ethephon,an ethylenereleasing agent,was applied.The results suggest that moderate soil drying during the grain-filling period in rice could inhibit the production of ethylene and ACC and therefore accelerate grain filling and increase grain weight.

  12. Effect of gamma radiation on the growth of Aspergillus Flavus aflatoxins producer and on the use of polymerase chain reaction technique (PCR) in samples of maize grains artificially inoculated

    The aim of this present study was to verify the effects of gamma radiation on the growth of Aspergillus flavus Link aflatoxins producer; to demonstrate the application of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) technique in the diagnostic of A. Flavus, as well to verify the effect of radiation in the profile of DNA bands. Twenty samples of grains maize with 200 g each were individually irradiated with 20 kGy, to eliminate the microbial contamination. In following, the samples were inoculated with an toxigenic A. flavus (1x106 spores/ml), incubated for 15 days at 25 deg C with a relative humidity of around 97,5% and irradiated with 0, 2; 5 and 10 kGy. The samples, 5 to each dose of irradiation, were individually analyzed for the number of fungal cells, water activity, viability test (fluorescein diacetate and ethidium bromide), PCR and aflatoxins (AFB) detection. The results showed that the doses used were effective in reducing the number of Colony Forming Units (CFU/g) mainly the doses of 5 and 10 kGy. In addition, the viability test showed a decrease of viable cells with increase of irradiation doses. The reduction of AFB1 and AFB-2, was more efficient with the use of 2 kGy in comparison with the dose of 5 kGy, while the dose of 10 kGy, degraded the aflatoxins. Thereby, it was observed that AFB2 showed to be more radiosensitive. The use of PCR technique showed the presence of DNA bands, in all samples. (author)

  13. Memetics clarification of abnormal behavior

    2007-01-01

    AIM: Biological medicine is hard to fully and scientifically explain the etiological factor and pathogenesis of abnormal behaviors; while, researches on philosophy and psychology (including memetics) are beneficial to better understand and explain etiological factor and pathogenesis of abnormal behaviors. At present, the theory of philosophy and psychology is to investigate the entity of abnormal behavior based on the views of memetics.METHODS: Abnormal behavior was researched in this study based on three aspects, including instinctive behavior disorder, poorly social-adapted behavior disorder and mental or body disease associated behavior disorder. Most main viewpoints of memetics were derived from "The Meme Machine", which was written by Susan Blackmore. When questions about abnormal behaviors induced by mental and psychological diseases and conduct disorder of teenagers were discussed, some researching achievements which were summarized by authors previously were added in this study, such as aggressive behaviors, pathologically aggressive behaviors, etc.RESULTS: The abnormal behaviors mainly referred to a part of people's substandard behaviors which were not according with the realistic social environment, culture background and the pathologic behaviors resulted from people's various psychological diseases. According to the theory of "meme", it demonstrated that the relevant behavioral obstacles of various psychological diseases, for example, the unusual behavior of schizophrenia, were caused, because the old meme was destroyed thoroughly but the new meme was unable to establish; psychoneurosis and personality disorder were resulted in hard establishment of meme; the behavioral obstacles which were ill-adapted to society, for example, various additional and homosexual behaviors, were because of the selfish replications and imitations of "additional meme" and "homosexual meme"; various instinct behavioral and congenital intelligent obstacles were not significance

  14. Nucleation and growth of a multicomponent metallic glass@

    Arun Pratap; K G Raval; Ajay Gupta; S K Kulkarni

    2000-06-01

    The metallic glass samples of Fe67Co18B14Si1 (2605CO), prepared by the melt spinning technique were procured from the Allied Corporation. The kinetics of crystallization of this multicomponent glassy alloy is studied using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The crystallization data have been examined in terms of modified Kissinger and Matusita equations for the non-isothermal crystallization. The results show enhanced bulk nucleation in general. At high heating rates added to it is surface induced abnormal grain growth resulting in fractal dimensionality.

  15. Thyroid abnormality in perimenopausal women with abnormal uterine bleeding

    Prasanna Byna

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Background: AUB is a common but complicated clinical presentation and occurs in 15-20% of women between menarche to menopause and significantly affects the women's health. Women with thyroid dysfunction often have menstrual irregularities, infertility and increased morbidity during pregnancy. The objective of present study is to find the correlation between thyroid disorders and AUB in perimenopausal women attending gynecology OPD. Methods: In the present study, fifty five patients with AUB were included and were evaluated for the cause including thyroid abnormality. Thyroid function tests were done in all patients. Results: Among 55 patients, 12 patients were diagnosed as hypothyroidism and 7 as hyperthyroidism, women with AUB 36 (65.4% were euthyroid. Among 19 women with thyroid abnormality, heavy menstrual bleeding was seen in 8 (42% women, 6 (31.57% had polymenorrhagia, 5 (26.31% had oligomenorrhoea. The frequent menstrual abnormality in women with hypothyroidism (12 women was heavy menstrual bleeding in 5 (41.6% women, 3 (25% had oligomennorhoea, 4 (33.3% had polymenorrhagia. Out of 7 women with hyperthyroidism, 2 (28.57% had oligomenorrhoea, 3 (42.8% had heavy menstrual bleeding, 2 (28.57% had polymenorrhagia. In a total of 55 patients with AUB, 11 (20% had structural abnormalities in uterus and ovaries. 5 (9% had adenomyosis, 3 (5.4% had ovarian cysts, 3 (5.4% had fibroids. Conclusions: It is important to screen all women for thyroid abnormality who are presenting with AUB especially with non-structural causes of AUB. Correction of thyroid abnormalities also relieves AUB. This will avoid unnecessary hormonal treatment and surgery. [Int J Res Med Sci 2015; 3(11.000: 3250-3253

  16. Abnormal Cervical Cancer Screening Test Results

    ... AQ FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FAQ187 GYNECOLOGIC PROBLEMS Abnormal Cervical Cancer Screening Test Results • What is cervical cancer screening? • What causes abnormal cervical cancer screening test ...

  17. Control and characterization of individual grains and grain boundaries in graphene grown by chemical vapour deposition

    Yu, Qingkai; Jauregui, Luis A.; Wu, Wei; Colby, Robert; Tian, Jifa; Su, Zhihua; Cao, Helin; Liu, Zhihong; Pandey, Deepak; Wei, Dongguang; Chung, Ting Fung; Peng, Peng; Guisinger, Nathan P.; Stach, Eric A.; Bao, Jiming; Pei, Shin-Shem; Chen, Yong P.

    2011-06-01

    The strong interest in graphene has motivated the scalable production of high-quality graphene and graphene devices. As the large-scale graphene films synthesized so far are typically polycrystalline, it is important to characterize and control grain boundaries, generally believed to degrade graphene quality. Here we study single-crystal graphene grains synthesized by ambient chemical vapour deposition on polycrystalline Cu, and show how individual boundaries between coalescing grains affect graphene’s electronic properties. The graphene grains show no definite epitaxial relationship with the Cu substrate, and can cross Cu grain boundaries. The edges of these grains are found to be predominantly parallel to zigzag directions. We show that grain boundaries give a significant Raman ‘D’ peak, impede electrical transport, and induce prominent weak localization indicative of intervalley scattering in graphene. Finally, we demonstrate an approach using pre-patterned growth seeds to control graphene nucleation, opening a route towards scalable fabrication of single-crystal graphene devices without grain boundaries.

  18. Study on Haploid Inducing and Its Meiotic Abnormality in Maize

    TANG Qi-lin; FENG Yun-chao; HAN Xue-li; ZHENG Ming-min; RONG Ting-zhao

    2009-01-01

    The haploid-inducing line Stock 6 was used to produce haploid maize and expected to obtain maize haploid plants successfully. The detailed meiotic studies on selected haploid maize (n=x=10) were conducted. Cytogenetie analysis revealed a high frequency of meiotic abnormality occurred in both meiosis Ⅰ and meiosis Ⅱ. During the prophase I, univalents were common configurations, and there were bivalents or trivalents in some pollen mother cells, however, a few cells containing five bivalents were also observed. After prophase I, chromosomes did not congregate in a single metaphase plate but they were scattered in the cytoplasm. At anaphase I, the chromosome distribution was highly irregular with almost all possible combinations. In some cells, chromosomes were grouped into the three or four masses and several spindles appeared. At the tetrad stage of meiosis Ⅱ, cytokinesis splitting abnormality occurred, and a variety of diad, triad, tetrad, pentad, hexad, as well as decury microspores were easily observed. As a consequence of abnormalities of the two meiotic stages, various microspores and the pollen grains with different size were formed, and its pollen grains were almost completely sterile.

  19. Neuroimaging abnormalities in Griscelli's disease

    Griscelli's disease is a rare autosomal recessive immunodeficiency syndrome. We report a 7-1/2-month-old white girl who presented with this syndrome, but initially without neurological abnormalities. Initial CT of the brain was normal. Despite haematological remission with chemotherapy, she developed neurological symptoms, progressing to coma. At this time, CT showed areas of coarse calcification in the globi pallidi, left parietal white matter and left brachium pontis. Hypodense areas were present in the genu and posterior limb of the internal capsule on the right side, as well as posterior aspects of both thalami, together with minimal generalised atrophy. MRI revealed areas of increased T2 signal and a focal area of abnormal enhancement in the subcortical white matter. Griscelli's disease should be added to the list of acquired neuroimaging abnormalities in infants. (orig.)

  20. Optimization of strength and ductility in nanotwinned ultra-fine grained Ag: Twin density and grain orientations

    Nanotwinned ultrafine grained Ag thick films with different twin densities and orientations have been synthesized by magnetron sputtering with a wide-range of deposition rates. The twin boundary (TB) spacings and orientations as well as the grain size for the different deposition conditions have been characterized by both synchrotron X-ray scattering and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Structural characterization combined with uniaxial tensile tests of the free-standing films reveals a large increase in the yield strength for films deposited at high deposition rates without any accompanying change in the TB spacing – a behavior that is not reported in the literature. We find that films deposited at lower deposition rates exhibit more randomly oriented grains with a lower overall twin density (averaged over all the grains) than the more heavily twinned grains with strong 〈1 1 1〉 fiber texture in the films deposited at higher deposition rates. The TB spacing in the twinned grains, however, does not show any significant dependence on the deposition rate. The dependence of the strength and ductility on the twin density and orientations can be described by two different soft deformation modes: (1) untwinned grains and (2) nanowinned grains that are not oriented with 〈1 1 1〉 along the growth direction. The untwinned grains provide relatively low resistance to slip, and thus decreased strength, while the nanotwinned grains that are not oriented with 〈1 1 1〉 along the growth direction are softer than nanotwinned grains that are oriented with 〈1 1 1〉 along the growth direction. We have revealed that an ultrafine-grained (150–200 nm) structure consisting of a mixture of nanotwinned (∼8–12 nm spacing) and untwined grains yields the best combination of high strength and uniform tensile ductility