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  1. Neutron physics calculation for WWER-1000 absorber element lifetime determination

    Absorber element with compound absorber has been operating in WWER-1000 power units since 1995. AE design meets operating organizations requirements for reliability, service life (to 10 years) and safety functions. Extension of AE service life up to 20 - 30 years by the complex of calculation and experimental work is an important problem of WWER new designs development. The paper deals with the issues related to calculation determination of main factors that influence AE service life limitation - neutron flux and fluence onto absorbing and structural materials during extended service life. (Authors)

  2. Neutron physics calculation for VVER-1000 absorber element lifetime determination

    Absorber element (AE) with compound absorber has been operating in WWER-1000 power units since 1995. AE design meets operating organizations requirements for reliability, service life (to 10 years) and safety functions. Extension of AE service life up to 20 - 30 years by the complex of calculation and experimental work is an important problem of WWER new designs development. The paper deals with the issues related to calculation determination of main factors that influence AE service life limitation - neutron flux and fluence onto absorbing and structural materials during extended service life. (authors)

  3. Burnable neutron absorber element

    A burnable thermal neutron absorber element is described comprising: a zirconium alloy elongated tubular container having an inside diameter surface; hydrogen diffusion barrier means for limiting hydrogen diffusion from within the container into the zirconium alloy; a boron-containing burnable thermal neutron absorber material sealed within the zirconium alloy elongated container, the boron-containing burnable absorber material being in a particle form, the particles of absorber material being coated with a diffusion barrier material; zirconium hydride sealed within the zirconium alloy elongated container, the zirconium hydride being in a partially hydrided condition and having a H to Zr ratio on an atomic basis in the range of about 1.0 to about 1.8; the burnable thermal neutron absorber material and the zirconium hydride distributed along the length of the zirconium alloy elongated container; and the zirconium hydride acts as a neutron moderator thereby enhancing the neutron capture efficiency of the burnable thermal neutron absorber

  4. Burnable neutron absorber element

    Ferrari, H.M.

    1988-06-14

    A burnable thermal neutron absorber element is described comprising: a zirconium alloy elongated tubular container having an inside diameter surface; hydrogen diffusion barrier means for limiting hydrogen diffusion from within the container into the zirconium alloy; a boron-containing burnable thermal neutron absorber material sealed within the zirconium alloy elongated container, the boron-containing burnable absorber material being in a particle form, the particles of absorber material being coated with a diffusion barrier material; zirconium hydride sealed within the zirconium alloy elongated container, the zirconium hydride being in a partially hydrided condition and having a H to Zr ratio on an atomic basis in the range of about 1.0 to about 1.8; the burnable thermal neutron absorber material and the zirconium hydride distributed along the length of the zirconium alloy elongated container; and the zirconium hydride acts as a neutron moderator thereby enhancing the neutron capture efficiency of the burnable thermal neutron absorber.

  5. Fission life-time calculation using a complex absorbing potential

    Scamps Guillaume

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A comparison between the semi-classical approximation and the full quantum calculation with a complex absorbing potential is made with a model of the fission of 258Fm. The potential barrier is obtained with the constrained Skyrme HF+BCS theory. The life-time obtained by the two calculations agree with each other the difference being only by 25%.

  6. Fission life-time calculation using a complex absorbing potential

    Scamps, Guillaume

    2015-01-01

    A comparison between the semi-classical approximation and the full quantum calculation with a complex absorbing potential is made with a model of the fission of 258Fm. The potential barrier is obtained with the constrained Skyrme HF+BCS theory. The life-time obtained by the two calculations agree with each other the difference being only by 25%.

  7. Planar Metamaterial Absorber Based on Lumped Elements

    GU Chao; QU Shao-Bo; PEI Zhi-Bin; ZHOU Hang; XU Zhuo; BAI Peng; PENG Wei-Dong; LIN Bao-Qin

    2010-01-01

    @@ We present the design of a planar metamaterial absorber based on lumped elements,which shows a wide-band polarization-insensitive and wide-angle strong absorption.This absorber consists of metal electric resonators,the dielectric substrate,the metal film and lumped elements.The simulated absorbances under two different loss conditions indicate that high absorbance in the absorption band is mainly due to lumped resistances.The simulated absorbances under three different load conditions indicate that the local resonance circuit(lumped resistance and capacitance)could boost up the resonance of the whole RLC circuit.The simulated voltage in lumped elements indicates that the transformation efficiency from electromagnetic energy to electric energy in the absorption band is high,and electric energy is subsequently consumed by lumped resistances.This absorber may have potential applications in many military fields.

  8. Positron lifetime calculation of the elements of the periodic table

    The classification of the elements has been one of the major achievements of Science. Since then the resulting periodic order has been most strikingly reflected in a quantitative manner by most of the physical properties of the elements. The aim of this paper is to show the strong relation between the atomic volume and the positron lifetime of the elements of the periodic table. The differences between the BN, LDA and GGA schemes of calculations are pointed out too. (orig.)

  9. Positron lifetime calculation for the elements of the periodic table

    Theoretical positron lifetime values have been calculated systematically for most of the elements of the periodic table. Self-consistent and non-self-consistent schemes have been used for the calculation of the electronic structure in the solid, as well as different parametrizations for the positron enhancement factor and correlation energy. The results obtained have been studied and compared with experimental data, confirming the theoretical trends. As is known, positron lifetimes in bulk show a periodic behaviour with atomic number. These calculations also confirm that monovacancy lifetimes follow the same behaviour. The effects of enhancement factors used in calculations have been commented upon. Finally, we have analysed the effects that f and d electrons have on positron lifetimes

  10. Irradiation performances of the Superphenix type absorber element

    Several aspects of irradiation behaviour of the SUPERPHENIX type absorber element are presented in this paper. A large programme of irradiation tests was performed in PHENIX to assess and to improve the absorber pin design whose main characteristics for the first load are a sodium bonded and vented pin with high density (96% TD) and highly enriched (up to 90 at % of boron 10) B4C pellets. We present and discuss the main post-irradiation results obtained by this program which concerns the behaviour of both B4C pellets (fragmentation, swelling, helium release, thermal conductivity evolution) and stainless steel clad (embrittlement by carburization, mechanical interaction). It appears that the residence time of the first load of SUPERPHENIX control rods is clearly limited by mechanical interaction between B4C and the clad, and particularly by relocating of small fragments of B4C at beginning of life of the first gap. The irradiation performed in PHENIX led to fix the residence time of the first load of control rods to 240 e.f.p.d. The analyses of the effects limiting the residence time have enabled us to propose an extension of this time by two measures. The first one is reduction of the capture rate in boron carbide. The measure was brought into operation by mean of lowering at 48 at % the boron 10 enrichment of the B4C pellets in the lower part of the pin. The second measure is preventing the fragment relocation by adoption of a thin stainless shroud enclosing the pellet stack. The efficiency of these measures was proved in several irradiation tests (ANTIMAG experiments) in PHENIX. A burn-up of 220 x 1020 capt/cm3 was achieved without any dimensional change of the pin diameter. The shroud failed but could nevertheless prevent any pellet cladding deformation. Thus, these results have enabled us to fix a residence time of 640 e.f.p.d. for the third load of the SUPERPHENIX control rods. The achievement in the future of lifetime up to 1000 e.f.p.d. will require the

  11. Magic wavelengths, matrix elements, polarizabilities, and lifetimes of Cs

    Safronova, M S; Clark, Charles W

    2016-01-01

    Motivated by recent interest in their applications, we report a systematic study of Cs atomic properties calculated by a high-precision relativistic all-order method. Excitation energies, reduced matrix elements, transition rates, and lifetimes are determined for levels with principal quantum numbers $n \\leq 12$ and orbital angular momentum quantum numbers $l \\leq 3$. Recommended values and estimates of uncertainties are provided for a number of electric-dipole transitions and the electric dipole polarizabilities of the $ns$, $np$, and $nd$ states. We also report a calculation of the electric quadrupole polarizability of the ground state. We display the dynamic polarizabilities of the $6s$ and $7p$ states for optical wavelengths between 1160 nm and 1800 nm and identify corresponding magic wavelengths for the $6s-7p_{1/2}$, $6s-7p_{3/2}$ transitions. The values of relevant matrix elements needed for polarizability calculations at other wavelengths are provided.

  12. Magic wavelengths, matrix elements, polarizabilities, and lifetimes of Cs

    Safronova, M. S.; Safronova, U. I.; Clark, Charles W.

    2016-07-01

    Motivated by recent interest in their applications, we report a systematic study of Cs atomic properties calculated by a high-precision relativistic all-order method. Excitation energies, reduced matrix elements, transition rates, and lifetimes are determined for levels with principal quantum numbers n ≤12 and orbital angular momentum quantum numbers l ≤3 . Recommended values and estimates of uncertainties are provided for a number of electric-dipole transitions and the electric dipole polarizabilities of the n s , n p , and n d states. We also report a calculation of the electric quadrupole polarizability of the ground state. We display the dynamic polarizabilities of the 6 s and 7 p states for optical wavelengths between 1160 and 1800 nm and identify corresponding magic wavelengths for the 6 s -7 p1 /2 and 6 s -7 p3 /2 transitions. The values of relevant matrix elements needed for polarizability calculations at other wavelengths are provided.

  13. Shock absorber for a fuel element storage rack

    The invention describes a shock absorber device for a nuclear fuel element deposited in a sheath provided with a bottom portion comprising centrally a hole of a diameter slightly larger than that of the lower portion of the fuel element, within a fuel storage rack, characterised in that it comprises a non-deformable annulus connected to a collar bearing on a transverse member of the storage rack, by means of a plurality of elastically and/or plastically deformable elements, and in that the non-deformable annulus, coaxial with the sheath, is provided with a central aperture having a diameter substantially equal to that of the hole in the bottom portion of the sheath and serves as a support for the bottom portion of the sheath

  14. Hydrogen-absorbing characteristics of 15 rare earth elements

    The amounts of absorbed hydrogen and the rates of hydrogen-absorption reaction were measured for 15 rare earth elements. The cohesive energy and energy fluctuation of metal clusters were also calculated by using the extended-Hueckel method. The characteristics of each rare earth element in the capacity of hydrogen absorption and the reaction rate were discussed by comparing the experimental results with the calculated ones. The major results are as follows. (i) Hydrogen/metal ratios (H/M) of rare-earth metals are nearly constant, ∼3, except for Eu and Yb; (ii) the rate of hydrogen-absorption reaction may be determined by the product of (magnitude of energy fluctuation) and (density of states); (iii) the 15 rare-earth elements would be classified into four groups: Group 1 (Ce, Pr, Nd), Group 2 (Sm, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er), Group 3 (Tm, Yb, Lu) and Group 4 (Y, La, Eu) and (iv) the rate of hydrogen-absorption reaction is remarkably promoted by pre-heating the metals before the reaction

  15. Absorber rod for nuclear reactors in a pebble bed of spherical operating elements

    The claim refers to the constructional configuration of an absorber rod, whose and penetrating into the pebble bed has an opening to reduce the fracture rate, so that the operating elements can escape into a channel within the absorber rod. To suit this to the direction of movement of the elements a part of the end of the rod is flexibly connected to the hollow absorber rod via a joint. In this way the mechanical load of the element particles is reduced and simultaneously one achieves that much lower force is required to insert the absorber rod into the pebble bed. (UA)

  16. Automated finite element updating using strain data for the lifetime reliability assessment of bridges

    The importance of improving the understanding of the performance of structures over their lifetime under uncertainty with information obtained from structural health monitoring (SHM) has been widely recognized. However, frameworks that efficiently integrate monitoring data into the life-cycle management of structures are yet to be developed. The objective of this paper is to propose and illustrate an approach for updating the lifetime reliability of aging bridges using monitored strain data obtained from crawl tests. It is proposed to use automated finite element model updating techniques as a tool for updating the resistance parameters of the structure. In this paper, the results from crawl tests are used to update the finite element model and, in turn, update the lifetime reliability. The original and updated lifetime reliabilities are computed using advanced computational tools. The approach is illustrated on an existing bridge.

  17. Nuclear matrix elements from direct lifetime or cross-section measurements

    The method of simultaneous lifetime and g factor measurements using a plunger device and the RDDS and TDRIV techniques is introduced. Results on lifetimes and hyperfine-interaction parameters for 2+1 states in 104-108Pd, 96,98,104Ru, and 92,94Zr, using a plunger device. Another method to obtain electromagnetic matrix elements is direct cross section measurements using NRF. The method is outlined, and some recent results on 76Se are shown.

  18. Two-phase control absorber development program: out-reactor measurements with hoorizontal absorber elements

    The two-phase control absorber works on the principle that the neutron flux in a nuclear reactor can be regulated by changing the density of a two-phase fluid flowing through U-tubes in the reactor core. The concept is considered to be a strong candidate for use in future CANDU nuclear reactors with either vertical or horizontal pressure tubes. In addition to the experiments carried out previously on vertically oriented U-tubes and reported separately, a series of tests with horizontal U-tubes was performed. The results confirmed that U-tube orientation has no measurable effect on the performance of the two-phase control absorber concept. In particular, the measured pressure drops, mixture densities, fluid velocities and void propagation velocities, at given operating conditions, were identical in the two orientations, within experimental error. The results of the experiments and analyses were incorporated in a steady-state design code that was used in the conceptual design of a Two-Phase Absorber Control System for a CANDU-PHW-1250 power reactor. The experimental data are available separately as AECL-6532 Supplement. (auth)

  19. Mode superposition transient dynamic analysis for dental implants with stress-absorbing elements: a finite element analysis.

    Tanimoto, Yasuhiro; Hayakawa, Tohru; Nemoto, Kimiya

    2006-09-01

    The purpose of this study was to analyze the dynamic behavior of a dental implant with a stress-absorbing element, using dynamic analysis. Two model types, stress-absorbing model with a resilient stress absorber made of polyoxymethylene and non-stress-absorbing model with rigid titanium, were employed. In both model types, the implant was 4.0 mm in diameter and 13.0 mm in length and placed in the mandibular first molar region. Shapes of the finite element implant and implant-bone were modeled using computer-aided design. All calculations for the dynamic analysis were performed using the finite element method. It was found that the stress-absorbing model had a lower natural frequency than the non-stress-absorbing model. In addition, the stress-absorbing model had a higher damping effect than the non-stress-absorbing model. It was concluded that mode superposition transient dynamic analysis is a useful technique for determining dynamic behavior around dental implants. PMID:17076317

  20. Automated Hybridization of X-ray Absorber Elements-A Path to Large Format Microcalorimeter Arrays

    Moseley, S.; Kelley, R.; Allen, C.; Kilbourne, C.; Costen, N.; Miller, T.

    2007-01-01

    In the design of microcalorimeters, it is often desirable to produce the X-ray absorber separately from the detector element. In this case, the attachment of the absorber to the detector element with the required thermal and mechanical characteristics is a major challenge. In such arrays, the attachment has been done by hand. This process is not easily extended to the large format arrays required for future X- ray astronomy missions such as the New x-ray Telescope or NeXT. In this paper we present an automated process for attaching absorber tiles to the surface of a large-scale X-ray detector array. The absorbers are attached with stycast epoxy to a thermally isolating polymer structure made of SU-8. SU-8 is a negative epoxy based photo resist produced by Microchem. We describe the fabrication of the X-ray absorbers and their suspension on a handle die in an adhesive matrix. We describe the production process for the polymer isolators on the detector elements. We have developed a new process for the alignment, and simultaneous bonding of the absorber tiles to an entire detector array. This process uses equipment and techniques used in the flip-chip bonding industry and approaches developed in the fabrication of the XRS-2 instrument. XRS-2 was an X-ray spectrometer that was launched on the Suzaku telescope in July 10, 2005. We describe the process and show examples of sample arrays produced by this process. Arrays with up to 300 elements have been bonded. The present tests have used dummy absorbers made of Si. In future work, we will demonstrate bonding of HgTe absorbers.

  1. Distributions of 15 elements on 58 absorbers from simulated Hanford Double-Shell Slurry Feed (DSSF)

    Marsh, S.F. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States); Svitra, Z.V.; Bowen, S.M. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)

    1994-11-01

    As part of the Hanford Tank Waste Remediation System program at Los Alamos, we evaluated 58 commercially available or experimental absorber materials for their ability to remove hazardous components from high-level waste. These absorbers included cation and anion exchange resins, inorganic exchangers, composite absorbers, pillared layered materials, and a series of liquid extractants sorbed on porous support-beads. We tested these absorbers with a solution that simulates Hanford double-shell slurry feed (DSSF) (pH 14.0). To this simulant solution we added the appropriate radionuclides and used gamma spectrometry to measure fission products (Ce, Cs, Sr, Tc, and Y), actinides (U and Am), and matrix elements (Cr, Co, Fe, Mn, Ni, V, Zn, and Zr). For each of 870 element/absorber combinations, we measured distribution coefficients for dynamic contact periods of 30 min, 2 h, and 6 h to obtain information about sorption kinetics. On the basis of these 2610 measured distribution coefficients, we determined that many of the tested absorbers may be suitable for processing DSSF solutions.

  2. Distributions of 12 elements on 64 absorbers from simulated Hanford Neutralized Current Acid Waste (NCAW)

    As part of the Hanford Tank Waste Remediation System program at Los Alamos, we evaluated 64 commercially available or experimental absorber materials for their ability to remove hazardous components from high-level waste. These absorbers included cation and anion exchange resins, inorganic exchangers, composite absorbers, and a series of liquid extractants sorbed on porous support-beads. We tested these absorbers with a solution that simulates Hanford neutralized current acid waste (NCAW) (pH 14.2). To this simulant solution we added the appropriate radionuclides and used gamma spectrometry to measure fission products (Cs, Sr, Tc, and Y) and matrix elements (Cr, Co, Fe, Mn, Ni, V, Zn, and Zr). For each of 768 element/absorber combinations, we measured distribution coefficients for dynamic contact periods of 30 min, 2 h, and 6 h to obtain information about sorption kinetics. On the basis of these 2304 measured distribution coefficients, we determined that many of the tested absorbers may be suitable for processing NCAW solutions

  3. Distributions of 15 elements on 58 absorbers from simulated Hanford Double-Shell Slurry Feed (DSSF)

    As part of the Hanford Tank Waste Remediation System program at Los Alamos, we evaluated 58 commercially available or experimental absorber materials for their ability to remove hazardous components from high-level waste. These absorbers included cation and anion exchange resins, inorganic exchangers, composite absorbers, pillared layered materials, and a series of liquid extractants sorbed on porous support-beads. We tested these absorbers with a solution that simulates Hanford double-shell slurry feed (DSSF) (pH 14.0). To this simulant solution we added the appropriate radionuclides and used gamma spectrometry to measure fission products (Ce, Cs, Sr, Tc, and Y), actinides (U and Am), and matrix elements (Cr, Co, Fe, Mn, Ni, V, Zn, and Zr). For each of 870 element/absorber combinations, we measured distribution coefficients for dynamic contact periods of 30 min, 2 h, and 6 h to obtain information about sorption kinetics. On the basis of these 2610 measured distribution coefficients, we determined that many of the tested absorbers may be suitable for processing DSSF solutions

  4. Application of gaseous absorbers for testing the fuel elements in nonstationary regimes

    A possibility of operative local control of power release in loop channels of a research reactor MR by means of a gaseous neutron absorber with 3He being of use as absorber is studied. The gas control system intended for the study of the WWER-1000 reactor fuel element serviceability in transients is described. The calculation-experimental investigation results of the dependence of power change of an experimental heat-generating assembly and reactivity on 3He pressure in the channel are presented. A conclusion on satisfactory efficiency of the described gas control system is made on the base of the analysis of the results obtained

  5. Application of gaseous absorbers for testing the fuel elements in nonstationary regimes. [/sup 3/He

    Andreev, V.I.; Egorenkov, P.M.; Kolyadin, V.I.; Kosilov, A.N.; Kuznetsov, Eh.M.; Potapenko, P.T.; Sivokon, V.P.; Fokin, A.B.; Yakovlev, V.V.

    1981-11-01

    A possibility of operative local control of power release in loop channels of a research reactor MR by means of a gaseous neutron absorber with /sup 3/He being of use as absorber is studied. The gas control system intended for the study of the WWER-1000 reactor fuel element serviceability in transients is described. The calculation-experimental investigation results of the dependence of power change of an experimental heat-generating assembly and reactivity on /sup 3/He pressure in the channel are presented. A conclusion on satisfactory efficiency of the described gas control system is made on the base of the analysis of the results obtained.

  6. Radiation resistance of pyrocarbon-boned fuel and absorbing elements for HTGR

    In choosing the reactor type, problems of nuclear and radiation safety are outstanding. The analysis of the design and experiments show that HTGR type reactors helium cooled satisfy all the safety requirements. It has been planned in the Soviet Union to construct two HTGR plants, VGR-50 and VG-400. Later it was decided to construct an experimental plant with a low power high temperature reactor (VGM). Spherical uranium-graphite fuel elements with coated fuel particles are supposed to be used in HTGR core. A unique technology for producing spherical pyrocarbon-bound fuel and absorbing elements of monolithic type has been developed. Extended tests were done to to investigate fuel elements behaviour: radiation resistance of coated fuel particles with different types of fuel; influence of the coated fuel particles design on gaseous fission products release; influence of non-sphericity on coated fuel particle performance; dependence of gaseous fission products release from fuel elements on the thickness of fuel-free cans; confining role of pyrocarbon as a factor capable of diminishing the rate of fission products release; radiation resistance of spherical fuel elements during burnup; radiation resistance of spherical absorbing elements to fast neutron fluence and boron burnup

  7. Influence of elemental weight of human tissues estimated by ICCT software in absorbed dose calculation

    Massicano, Felipe; Possani, Rafael G.; Yoriyaz, Helio [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN-CNEN/SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Centro de Engenharia Nuclear; Cintra, Felipe B.; Massicano, Adriana V.F., E-mail: massicano@gmail.com [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (DIRF/IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Diretoria de Radiofarmacia

    2011-07-01

    Therapeutic use of radiopharmaceuticals in Nuclear Medicine has been well established and presented good success rates against many forms of cancer. The biologic effects of radionuclide therapy are measured via a physical quantity, the absorbed dose, which is defined as per unit mass of tissue. Therefore, it is of great important an accurate dosimetry to assess the potential effects of treatment and to confirm or contradict the treatment predictions. The most common method used to estimate the absorbed dose at organ level was developed by Medical Internal Radiation Dose (MIRD) Committee, called MIRD system. However, this method does not have adequate patient data to obtain a dose estimate accurate in therapy. In recent years, internal radionuclide radiation dosimetry system evaluated spatial dose distribution. This system is based in Monte Carlo radiation transport codes with anatomical and functional information of the patient. The high accuracy is, at least in part, due to the Monte Carlo method allows human tissues to be characterized by elemental composition and mass density. Thus, a reliable estimation of human tissues (elemental composition and mass density) must be obtained. According to Schneider, Bortfield and Schlegel, the tissue parameters (mass densities ({rho}) and elemental weights ({omega}{sub i})) can be obtained using Hounsfield units provided from Computed Tomography (CT) images. Based on this, the Nuclear Engineer Center of IPEN developed the ICCT software (Image Converter Computed Tomography). It converts CT images in tissue parameters (mass densities ({rho}) and elemental weights ({omega}{sub i}). This work intended to verify if the estimate values by software ICCT of the tissue parameter and elemental weights ({omega}{sub i}) are plausible to estimate the absorbed dose with reasonable accuracy. (author)

  8. A mixed-grid finite element method with PML absorbing boundary conditions for seismic wave modelling

    We have developed a mixed-grid finite element method (MGFEM) to simulate seismic wave propagation in 2D structurally complex media. This method divides the physical domain into two subdomains. One subdomain covering the major part of the physical domain is divided by regular quadrilateral elements, while the other subdomain uses triangular elements to correctly fit a rugged free surface topography. The local stiffness matrix of any quadrilateral element is identical and matrix-vector production is calculated using an element-by-element technique, which avoids assembling a huge global stiffness matrix. As only a few triangular elements exist in the subdomain containing the rugged free surface topography, the memory requirements for storing the assembled subdomain global stiffness matrix are significantly reduced. To eliminate artificial boundary reflections, the MGFEM is also implemented to solve the system equations of PML absorbing boundary conditions (PML ABC). The accuracy and efficiency of the MGFEM is tested in numerical experiments by comparing it with conventional methods, and numerical comparisons also indicate its tremendous ability to describe rugged surfaces. (paper)

  9. Finite element analysis of electromagnetic propagation in an absorbing wave guide

    Wave guides play a significant role in microwave space communication systems. The attenuation per unit length of the guide depends on its construction and design frequency range. A finite element Galerkin formulation has been developed to study TM electromagnetic propagation in complex two-dimensional absorbing wave guides. The analysis models the electromagnetic absorptive characteristics of a general waveguide which could be used to determine wall losses or simulate resistive terminations fitted into the ends of a guide. It is believed that the general conclusions drawn by using this simpler two-dimensional geometry will be fundamentally the same for other geometries

  10. Finite element analysis of electromagnetic propagation in an absorbing wave guide

    Baumeister, K.J.

    1986-12-01

    Wave guides play a significant role in microwave space communication systems. The attenuation per unit length of the guide depends on its construction and design frequency range. A finite element Galerkin formulation has been developed to study TM electromagnetic propagation in complex two-dimensional absorbing wave guides. The analysis models the electromagnetic absorptive characteristics of a general waveguide which could be used to determine wall losses or simulate resistive terminations fitted into the ends of a guide. It is believed that the general conclusions drawn by using this simpler two-dimensional geometry will be fundamentally the same for other geometries.

  11. Some neutron absorbing elements and devices for fast nuclear reactors regulation systems

    It is shown that performed technological, physical-mechanical and radiation tests clearly indicate the prospects of using Neutron Absorbing Elements (NAE) based on B-10 and some rare-earth compounds during the creation of highly effective Control and Safety System (CSS) rods for fast neutron nuclear energetic reactors. Particular attention was paid to the development of new and upgrading of existing computing and real technologies for designing and preparing the optimizing NAE items characterized by all physical and strength properties for obtaining desirable operational parameters of CSS rods on their base

  12. A monolithic resonant terahertz sensor element comprising a metamaterial absorber and micro-bolometer

    Grant, J; Escorcia Carranza, I.; C. Li; McCrindle, I.; Cumming, D.

    2013-01-01

    In this article a monolithic resonant terahertz sensor element with a noise equivalent power superior to that of typical commercial room temperature single pixel terahertz detectors and capable of close to real time read-out rates is presented. The detector is constructed via the integration of a metamaterial absorber and a micro-bolometer sensor. An absorption magnitude of 57% at 2.5 THz, a minimum NEP of inline image and a thermal time constant of 68 ms for the sensor are measured. As a dem...

  13. Modal element method for scattering and absorbing of sound by two-dimensional bodies

    Baumeister, K. J.; Kreider, K. L.

    1993-01-01

    The modal element method for acoustic scattering from a 2-D body is presented. The body may be acoustically soft (absorbing) or hard (reflecting). The infinite computational region is divided into two subdomains - the bounded finite element domain, which is characterized by complicated geometry and/or variable material properties, and the surrounding unbounded homogeneous domain. The acoustic pressure field is represented approximately in the finite element domain by a finite element solution, and is represented analytically by an eigenfunction expansion in the homogeneous domain. The two solutions are coupled by the continuity of pressure and velocity across the interface between the two subdomains. Also, for hard bodies, a compact modal ring grid system is introduced for which computing requirements are drastically reduced. Analysis for 2-D scattering from solid and coated (acoustically treated) bodies is presented, and several simple numerical examples are discussed. In addition, criteria are presented for determining the number of modes to accurately resolve the scattered pressure field from a solid cylinder as a function of the frequency of the incoming wave and the radius of the cylinder.

  14. Front-end components for SPring-8 insertion devices (finite element analysis for a heat absorber)

    SPring-8 is a third generation synchrotron facility that provides high-brilliance synchrotron radiations in the x ray region. The electron or positron beam with an energy of 8 GeV is stored up to 100 mA in the storage ring with a circumference of 1,435.95 m. Of 44 straight sections in the storage ring, 38 straight sections are available for insertion device beamlines. The insertion devices installed in the 8 GeV storage ring produce higher total power and power density compared with those in the 2-3 GeV storage rings since the total power is proportional to the square of the stored electron such or positron energy and the aperture of the radiation cone is inversely proportional to the electron or positron energy. Substantial amounts of heat power radiated from the undulator and wiggler are deposited on the components of the front-end. The heat absorber intercept the synchrotron radiation beams to protect front-end components placed downstream. In this work, the authors have studied the heat absorber in the insertion device front-end by the finite element analysis

  15. Treatment of localized absorbers in two-dimensional nodal fuel element calculations

    The study deals with the use of Gd oxide in the pressurized water reactor with special consideration to the homogenization problems which already occur on level of fuel pins when applying wide-mesh models. The methods and models can also be used for the description of other localized absorbers and heterogeneities. After a general discussion of the problems of using Gd in pressurized water reactors and a literature survey, the first part deals with the homogenization problems, in detail. Then, the method of the consistent cell pin homogenization is discussed (CPH method) and the necessary formulas are derived. The second part deals with one-dimensional and two-dimensional transport and diffusion calculations on the fuel element level, in detail, and compares calculations with different theories, a changed group appearance and homogeneous or heterogeneous description of the subdomains (pins and pin groups). The third part describes the verification of the programmes used including their primary data and the model conceptions developed in comparison with Monte Carlo and other transport calculations as well as with the experiment. The final chapter deals with the homogenization of two-dimensional and three-dimensional reactor sections i.e. also of complete heterogeneous fuel elements for subsequent wide-mesh reactor calculations under new aspects. (orig./HP)

  16. Device for mounting shock absorbers to the fuel element transport casks

    The fuel assemblies from PWR's are supplied to the spent fuel management facility in elongated transport casks and put down on bearing blocks with the aid fo a lifting device. There shock absorbers from honeycombed sheets of Al or austenitic steel are mounted. Mounting or demounting is performed by means of two carriages, rolling on rails and having got a Pb front plate. The front plate contains screw holes for fastening the shock absorbers. (GL)

  17. Spontaneous fission modes and lifetimes of super-heavy elements in the nuclear density functional theory

    Staszczak, A; Nazarewicz, W

    2012-01-01

    Lifetimes of super-heavy (SH) nuclei are primarily governed by alpha decay and spontaneous fission (SF). Here we study the competing decay modes of even-even SH isotopes with 108 <= Z <= 126 and 148 <= N <= 188 using the state-of-the-art self-consistent nuclear density functional theory framework capable of describing the competition between nuclear attraction and electrostatic repulsion. The collective mass tensor of the fissioning superfluid nucleus is computed by means of the cranking approximation to the adiabatic time-dependent Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov approach. Along the path to fission, our calculations allow for the simultaneous breaking of axial and space inversion symmetries; this may result in lowering SF lifetimes by more than seven orders of magnitude in some cases. We predict two competing SF modes: reflection-symmetric and reflection-asymmetric.The shortest-lived SH isotopes decay by SF; they are expected to lie in a narrow corridor formed by $^{280}$Hs, $^{284}$Fl, and $^{284}_{118}...

  18. The possibility of prediction of the lifetime of metallic nuclear fuel elements in a radiation field of thermal nuclear reactors

    An attempt is made to clarify the possible causes of failure of irradiated nuclear fuel cartridges, in order to determine the parameters which govern the lifetime of the fuel and a way to predict it. Measurements of mechanical properties of irradiated uranium metal and cladding, can serve as a basis for failure prediction. Testing irradiated fuel elements by bending till fracture enables to evaluate the integral character of the fuel element, along the cross-section, taking into account the difference in brittleness of several zones. It is likely that the bending test, which indicates the behaviour of a stress-strain function, is a faster and more reliable way to determine the mechanical properties of irradiated nuclear fuel. Since the stresses applied to the cladding during irradiation are locally hydrostatic, its postirradiation blow-up provide information on strength and elasticity variations of the irradiated cladding material. (B.G.)

  19. Analysis of cellular metals as energy-absorbing elements in car seats

    Nesic, Srecko; Michels, Wilhelm; Krupp, Ulrich [Laboratory for Material Design and Structural Integrity, Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Applied Sciences Osnabrueck (Germany); Schaeffler, Peter [Alulight International GmbH, Ranshofen (Austria); Unruh, Klaus [Faurecia Autositze GmbH, Stadthagen (Germany)

    2011-11-15

    Due to the high energy-absorption potential of metal foams and their excellent weight-to-stiffness ratio, metal foams in car seats may contribute to both increasing passenger safety and also weight reduction. An overview and the first results of a research project to apply cellular metals as energy-absorbing components in car seats in case of a crash are discussed. The project aims are material optimization and the generation of standards and design criteria for a novel technical application of metal foams. The first results reveal the microstructure and mechanical behavior of different metal foams and metal-foam/metal-sheet sandwich structures. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  20. Discrete-element model for simulating hydrodynamic conditions and absorbed and dissolved radioisotope concentrations in estuaries

    A model has been developed to simulate one-dimensional model for simulating hydrodynamic and thermal conditions and dissolved radionuclide concentrations in tidal estuaries was merged with an improved version of the SEDTRN model, a multisediment-size class model of bedload and suspended sediment transport. The improved SEDTRN model, which employs a velocity-based rather than an energy-based sediment transport rate calculation and accounts for nonzero channel bed slope, is given credibility by comparing its results in stand-alone form to those obtained using the parent model. Results of the latter model have been shown to compare favorably to field measurements. The combined model is called HOTSED. The HOTSED model has been applied to the Hudson River under tidal-transient conditions and the transport of tagged or radioisotope-bearing sediment simulated. The code is designed specifically for applications with dominant tidal cycling. It requires, for a 76-element channel system, 270 thousand bytes of storage, and for a simulation of 25 hours, has an execution time of approximately five minutes on an IBM System 360/91 computer. 10 references, 7 figures

  1. Design of absorber assemblies with intentional pellet-cladding mechanical interaction

    A number of improvements in absorber assembly performance characteristics can be achieved through implementation of absorber cladding mechanical interaction (ACMI). Benefits include lower operating temperatures, less potential for material relocation, longer lifetime, and increased reactivity worth. Analyses indicate that substantial cladding strains may be attainable without significant risk of breach. However, actual in-reactor testing of ACMI in absorber elements will be required before design criteria can be revised to accept ACMI

  2. The influence of external dynamic loads on the lifetime of rolling element bearings: Experimental analysis of the lubricant film and surface wear

    Jacobs, William; Van Hooreweder, Brecht; Boonen, Rene; Sas, Paul; Moens, David

    2016-06-01

    Precise prediction of the lifetime of rolling element bearings is a crucial step towards a reliable design of many rotating machines. For bearings subjected to highly varying loads, recent research emphasises a strong reduction of the actual bearing lifetime w.r.t. the classically calculated bearing lifetime. This paper experimentally analyses the influence of external dynamic loads on the lifetime of rolling element bearings. A novel bearing test rig is introduced. The test rig is able to apply a fully controlled multi-axial static and dynamic load on a single test bearing. Also, different types and sizes of bearings can be tested. Two separate investigations are conducted. First, the behaviour of the lubricant film between the rolling elements and raceways is analysed. Increased metallic contact or breakdown of the film during dynamic excitation is investigated based on the measured electrical resistance through the bearing. The study shows that the lubricant film thickness follows the imposed variations of the load. Variations of the lubricant film thickness are similar to the variations when the magnitude of the static bearing load is changed. Second, wear of the raceway surfaces is analysed. Surface wear is investigated after a series of accelerated lifetime tests under high dynamic load. Due to sliding motion between asperities of the contacting surfaces in the bearing, polishing of the raceway honing structure occurs. This polishing is clearly observed on SEM images of the inner raceway after a test duration of only 0.5% of the calculated L10 life. Polishing wear of the surfaces, such as surface induced cracks and material delamination, is expected when the bearing is further exposed to the high dynamic load.

  3. Distributions of 14 elements on 63 absorbers from three simulant solutions (acid-dissolved sludge, acidified supernate, and alkaline supernate) for Hanford HLW Tank 102-SY

    As part of the Hanford Tank Waste Remediation System program at Los Alamos, we evaluated 63 commercially available or experimental absorber materials for their ability to remove hazardous components from high-level waste (HLW). These absorbers included cation and anion exchange resins, inorganic exchangers, composite absorbers, and a series of liquid extractants sorbed on porous support-beads. We tested these absorbers with three solutions prepared to simulate acid-dissolved sludge (pH 0.6), acidified supernate (pH 3.5), and alkaline supernate (pH 13.9) from underground storage tank 102-SY at the Hanford Reservation near Richland, Washington. To these simulants we added the appropriate radionuclides and used gamma spectrometry to measure fission products (Ce, Cs, Sr, Tc, and Y), actinides (U, Pu, and Am), and matrix elements (Cr, Co, Fe, Mn, Zn, and Zr). For each of more than 2500 element/absorber/solution combinations, we measured distribution coefficients for dynamic contact periods of 30 min, 2 h, and 6 h to obtain information about sorption kinetics. Because we measured the sorption of many different elements, the tabulated results indicate those elements most likely to interfere with the sorption of elements of greater interest. On the basis of nearly 7500 measured distribution coefficients, we determined that many of these absorbers appear suitable for processing HLW. This study supersedes the previous version of LA-12654, in which results attributed to a solution identified as an alkaline supernate simulant were misleading because that solution contained insufficient hydroxide

  4. Physical features of accumulation and distribution processes of small disperse coal dust precipitations and absorbed radioactive chemical elements in iodine air filter at nuclear power plant

    Ledenyov, Oleg P; Poltinin, P Ya; Fedorova, L I

    2012-01-01

    The physical features of absorption process of radioactive chemical elements and their isotopes in the iodine air filters of the type of AU-1500 at the nuclear power plants are researched. It is shown that the non-homogenous spatial distribution of absorbed radioactive chemical elements and their isotopes in the iodine air filter, probed by the gamma-activation analysis method, is well correlated with the spatial distribution of small disperse coal dust precipitations in the iodine air filter. This circumstance points out to an important role by the small disperse coal dust fractions of absorber in the absorption process of radioactive chemical elements and their isotopes in the iodine air filter. The physical origins of characteristic interaction between the radioactive chemical elements and the accumulated small disperse coal dust precipitations in an iodine air filter are considered. The analysis of influence by the researched physical processes on the technical characteristics and functionality of iodine ...

  5. Element Abundances at High-redshift: Magellan MIKE Observations of sub-Damped Lyman-alpha Absorbers at 1.7 < z <2.4

    Som, Debopam; Meiring, Joseph; York, Donald G; Péroux, Celine; Khare, Pushpa; Lauroesch, James T

    2013-01-01

    We present chemical abundance measurements from high-resolution observations of 5 sub-damped Lyman-alpha absorbers at 1.7 < z < 2.4 observed with the Magellan Inamori Kyocera Echelle (MIKE) spectrograph on the 6.5-m Magellan II Clay telescope. Lines of Zn II, Mg I, Mg II, Al II, Al III, S II, Si II, Si IV, C II, C II*, C IV, Ni II, Mn II and Fe II were detected and column densities were determined. The metallicity of the absorbing gas, inferred from the nearly undepleted element Zn, is in the range of < -0.95 to +0.25 dex for the five absorbers in our sample, with three of the systems being near-solar or super-solar. We also investigate the effect of ionisation on the observed abundances using photoionisation modelling. Combining our data with other sub-DLA and DLA data from the literature, we report the most complete existing determination of the metallicity vs. redshift relation for sub-DLAs and DLAs. We confirm the suggestion from previous investigations that sub-DLAs are, on average, more metal-r...

  6. KENO lifetimes

    When performing k-eigenvalue solutions with KENO-V.a, two different prompt neutron lifetimes are estimated - a system lifetime and a neutron generation time. The meaning of these two lifetimes has been ascertained by comparing values of various neutron lifespans/lifetimes predicted by MCNP and DANTSYS based on the neutron-balance theory. The system lifetime in KENO-Va corresponds to the unweighted removal lifetime calculated by both MCNP and DANTSYS. The unweighted removal lifetime is the average time between removal events resulting from a neutron absorption or a neutron leakage. The generation time in KENO-V.a corresponds to the fission lifespan calculated by MCNP, where the fission lifespan in MCNP represents the average time for a newly born neutron to cause another fission. As such, the generation time in KENO-Va does not represent the generation time that appears in the point kinetic model. The generation time in the point kinetic model is the adjoint-weighted removal lifetime divided by keff, which is identically equal to the adjoint-weighted neutron production rate. In small bare systems operating in the vicinity of delayed critical, the difference between the adjoint-weighted neutron generation time and the fission lifespan can be as small as a few percent. However, in reflected systems, the difference between these two quantities can be several orders of magnitude. In conclusion, the prompt neutron generation time predicted by KENO-Va corresponds to the fission lifespan of a prompt neutron in a given system. The fission lifespan is the average time from birth-to-fission and, in general, is not a good approximation for the adjoint-weighted neutron generation time that appears in the point-kinetic model

  7. Distribution of small dispersive coal dust particles and absorbed radioactive chemical elements in conditions of forced acoustic resonance in iodine air filter at nuclear power plant

    Ledenyov, Oleg P

    2013-01-01

    The physical features of distribution of the small dispersive coal dust particles and the adsorbed radioactive chemical elements and their isotopes in the absorber with the granular filtering medium with the cylindrical coal granules were researched in the case of the intensive air dust aerosol stream flow through the iodine air filter (IAF). It was shown that, at the certain aerodynamic conditions in the IAF, the generation of the acoustic oscillations is possible. It was found that the acoustic oscillations generation results in an appearance of the standing acoustic waves of the air pressure (density) in the IAF. In the case of the intensive blow of the air dust aerosol, it was demonstrated that the standing acoustic waves have some strong influences on both: 1) the dynamics of small dispersive coal dust particles movement and their accumulation in the IAF; 2) the oversaturation of the cylindrical coal granules by the adsorbed radioactive chemical elements and their isotopes in the regions, where the antin...

  8. Fast and high resolution thermal detector based on an aluminum nitride piezoelectric microelectromechanical resonator with an integrated suspended heat absorbing element

    Hui, Yu; Rinaldi, Matteo

    2013-03-01

    This letter presents a miniaturized, fast, and high resolution thermal detector, in which a heat absorbing element and a temperature sensitive microelectromechanical system (MEMS) resonator are perfectly overlapped but separated by a microscale air gap. This unique design guarantees efficient and fast (˜10s μs) heat transfer from the absorbing element to the temperature sensitive device and enables high resolution thermal power detection (˜nW), thanks to the low noise performance of the high quality factor (Q = 2305) MEMS resonant thermal detector. A device prototype was fabricated, and its detection capabilities were experimentally characterized. A thermal power as low as 150 nW was experimentally measured, and a noise equivalent power of 6.5 nW/Hz1/2 was extracted. A device thermal time constant of only 350 μs was measured (smallest ever reported for MEMS resonant thermal detectors), indicating the great potential of the proposed technology for the implementation of ultra-fast and high resolution un-cooled resonant thermal detectors.

  9. Response of a superconducting transition-edge sensor microcalorimeter with a mushroom-shaped absorber to L X-rays emitted by transuranium elements

    A four-pixel-array superconducting transition-edge sensor (TES) microcalorimeter with a mushroom-shaped absorber was fabricated for the energy dispersive spectroscopy performed on a transmission electron microscope. The TES consists of a bilayer of Au/Ti with either a 50-nm or 120-nm thickness. The absorber of 5.0 µm thick is made from a Au layer and its stem is deposited in the center of the TES surface. A Ta2O5 insulating layer of 100-nm thickness is inserted between the overhang region of the absorber and the TES surface. A selected pixel of the TES microcalorimeter was operated for the detection of Np L X-rays emitted from an 241Am source. A response of the TES microcalorimeter to L X-rays was obtained by analyzing detection signal pulses with using the optimal filter method. An energy resolution was obtained to be 33 eV of the full width at half maximum value at 17.751 keV of Np Lβ1 considering its natural width of 13.4 eV. Response to L X-rays emitted from a mixture source of 238Pu, 239Pu and 241Am was obtained by operating the selected pixel of the TES microcalorimeter. Major L X-ray peaks of progeny elements of α-decay of Pu and Am isotopes were clearly identified in the obtained energy spectrum. The experimental results demonstrated the separation of 241Am and plutonium isotopes by L X-ray spectroscopy. (author)

  10. A modal-based reduction method for sound absorbing porous materials in poro-acoustic finite element models.

    Rumpler, Romain; Deü, Jean-François; Göransson, Peter

    2012-11-01

    Structural-acoustic finite element models including three-dimensional (3D) modeling of porous media are generally computationally costly. While being the most commonly used predictive tool in the context of noise reduction applications, efficient solution strategies are required. In this work, an original modal reduction technique, involving real-valued modes computed from a classical eigenvalue solver is proposed to reduce the size of the problem associated with the porous media. In the form presented in this contribution, the method is suited for homogeneous porous layers. It is validated on a 1D poro-acoustic academic problem and tested for its performance on a 3D application, using a subdomain decomposition strategy. The performance of the proposed method is estimated in terms of degrees of freedom downsizing, computational time enhancement, as well as matrix sparsity of the reduced system. PMID:23145601

  11. Transient fluid-structure interaction of elongated bodies by finite-element method using elliptical and spheroidal absorbing boundaries

    Bhattacharyya, S. K.; Premkumar, R.

    2003-12-01

    In a domain method of solution of exterior scalar wave equation, the radiation condition needs to be imposed on a truncation boundary of the modeling domain. The Bayliss, Gunzberger, and Turkel (BGT) boundary dampers, which require a circular cylindrical and spherical truncation boundaries in two-(2D) and three-(3D)-dimensional problems, respectively, have been particularly successful in the analysis of scattering and radiation problems. However, for an elongated body, elliptical (2D) or spheroidal (3D) truncation boundaries have potential to reduce the size of modeling domain and hence computational effort. For harmonic problems, such extensions of the first- and second-order BGT dampers are available in the literature. In this paper, BGT dampers in both elliptical and spheroidal coordinate systems have been developed for transient problems involving acoustic radiation as well as fluid-structure interaction and implemented in the context of finite-element method based upon unsymmetric pressure-displacement formulation. Applications to elongated radiators and shells are reported using several numerical examples with excellent comparisons. It is demonstrated that significant computational economy can be achieved for elongated bodies with the use of these dampers.

  12. Analysis of cylindrical wrap-around and doubly conformal patch antennas by way of the finite element-artificial absorber method

    Volakis, J. L.; Kempel, L. C.; Sliva, R.; Wang, H. T. G.; Woo, A. G.

    1994-01-01

    The goal of this project was to develop analysis codes for computing the scattering and radiation of antennas on cylindrically and doubly conformal platforms. The finite element-boundary integral (FE-BI) method has been shown to accurately model the scattering and radiation of cavity-backed patch antennas. Unfortunately extension of this rigorous technique to coated or doubly curved platforms is cumbersome and inefficient. An alternative approximate approach is to employ an absorbing boundary condition (ABC) for terminating the finite element mesh thus avoiding use of a Green's function. A FE-ABC method is used to calculate the radar cross section (RCS) and radiation pattern of a cavity-backed patch antenna which is recessed within a metallic surface. It is shown that this approach is accurate for RCS and antenna pattern calculations with an ABC surface displaced as little as 0.3 lambda from the cavity aperture. These patch antennas may have a dielectric overlay which may also be modeled with this technique.

  13. Predicting the Dynamic Crushing Response of a Composite Honeycomb Energy Absorber Using Solid-Element-Based Models in LS-DYNA

    Jackson, Karen E.

    2010-01-01

    This paper describes an analytical study that was performed as part of the development of an externally deployable energy absorber (DEA) concept. The concept consists of a composite honeycomb structure that can be stowed until needed to provide energy attenuation during a crash event, much like an external airbag system. One goal of the DEA development project was to generate a robust and reliable Finite Element Model (FEM) of the DEA that could be used to accurately predict its crush response under dynamic loading. The results of dynamic crush tests of 50-, 104-, and 68-cell DEA components are presented, and compared with simulation results from a solid-element FEM. Simulations of the FEM were performed in LS-DYNA(Registered TradeMark) to compare the capabilities of three different material models: MAT 63 (crushable foam), MAT 26 (honeycomb), and MAT 126 (modified honeycomb). These material models are evaluated to determine if they can be used to accurately predict both the uniform crushing and final compaction phases of the DEA for normal and off-axis loading conditions

  14. Heat Transfer Enhancement in a Solar Air Heater with Roughened Duct Having Arc-Shaped Elements as Roughness Element on the Absorber Plate

    Singh, Anil Prakash; Goel, Varun; Vashishtha, Siddhartha; Kumar, Amit

    2016-07-01

    An experimental study has been carried out for the heat transfer and friction characteristics for arc shaped roughness element used in solar air heaters. Duct has an aspect ratio (W/H) of 11, relative roughness pitch (p/e) range of 4-16, relative roughness height (e/D) range of 0.027-0.045, Reynolds number ( Re) range of 2200-22,000 and arc angle (α) was kept constant at 60°. The effects of Re, relative roughness pitch (p/e) and relative roughness height (e/D) on heat transfer and friction factor have been discussed. The results obtained for Nusselt number and friction factor has been compared with smooth solar air heater to see the enhancement in heat transfer and friction factor and it is found out that considerable enhancement takes place in case of heat transfer as well as in friction factor. Correlations were also developed for Nusselt number and friction factor. Thermo-hydraulic performance parameter is also calculated for the same.

  15. Radiative lifetimes of neutral erbium

    Den Hartog, E A; Chisholm, J P; Lawler, J E, E-mail: eadenhar@wisc.ed, E-mail: chisholm@astro.wisc.ed, E-mail: jelawler@wisc.ed [Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin, 1150 University Ave., Madison, WI 53706 (United States)

    2010-08-14

    Radiative lifetimes have been measured for 123 levels of neutral erbium using time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence on a slow beam of erbium atoms. Of the 123 levels, 56 are even parity and range in energy from 26 993 to 40 440 cm{sup -1} and 67 are odd parity ranging from 16 070 to 38 401 cm{sup -1}. This set of Er i lifetimes is much more extensive than others published to date, with 90 of the 123 level lifetimes measured for the first time. These lifetimes will provide the absolute calibration for a large set of measured Er i transition probabilities. Spectroscopic studies of rare earth elements including erbium are motivated by research needs in both the astrophysics and lighting communities.

  16. Radiative lifetimes of neutral erbium

    Radiative lifetimes have been measured for 123 levels of neutral erbium using time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence on a slow beam of erbium atoms. Of the 123 levels, 56 are even parity and range in energy from 26 993 to 40 440 cm-1 and 67 are odd parity ranging from 16 070 to 38 401 cm-1. This set of Er i lifetimes is much more extensive than others published to date, with 90 of the 123 level lifetimes measured for the first time. These lifetimes will provide the absolute calibration for a large set of measured Er i transition probabilities. Spectroscopic studies of rare earth elements including erbium are motivated by research needs in both the astrophysics and lighting communities.

  17. Directed percolation with an absorbing boundary

    Lauritsen, K. B.; K. Sneppen; Markosova, M.; Jensen, M. H.

    1997-01-01

    We consider directed percolation with an absorbing boundary in 1+1 and 2+1 dimensions. The distribution of cluster lifetimes and sizes depend on the boundary. The new scaling exponents can be related to the exponents characterizing standard directed percolation in 1+1 dimension. In addition, we investigate the backbone cluster and red bonds, and calculate the distribution of living sites along the absorbing boundary.

  18. Diffusion coefficients for absorbing materials

    A method to improve the diffusion results for systems containing strong absorbers is described. Each absorbing material is transformed into an equivalent rectangle. Transport and diffusion calculations in slab geometry are performed for both directions of the rectangle, and group-dependent diffusion coefficients are determined by matching the outgoing currents. Test problems comprise a critical slab, a compact PWR fuel element storage pool and two BWR fuel elements with a control rod and a poison cell. The multiplication factors of these systems are calculated with an accuracy of 1 to 2%. (Auth.)

  19. Detection of Matrix Elements and Trace Impurities in Cu(In, Ga)Se2 Photovoltaic Absorbers Using Surface Analytical Techniques.

    Kim, Min Jung; Lee, Jihye; Kim, Seon Hee; Kim, Haidong; Lee, Kang-Bong; Lee, Yeonhee

    2015-10-01

    Chalcopyrite Cu(In, Ga)Se2 (CIGS) thin films are well known as the next-generation solar cell materials notable for their high absorption coefficient for solar radiation, suitable band gap, and ability for deposition on flexible substrate materials, allowing the production of highly flexible and lightweight solar panels. To improve solar cell performances, a quantitative and depth-resolved elemental analysis of photovoltaic thin films is much needed. In this study, Cu(In, Ga)Se2 thin films were prepared on molybdenum back contacts deposited on soda-lime glass substrates via three-stage evaporation. Surface analyses via AES and SIMS were used to characterize the CIGS thin films and compare their depth profiles. We determined the average concentration of the matrix elements, Cu, In, Ga, and Se, using ICP-AES, XRF, and EPMA. We also obtained depth profiling results using TOF-SIMS, magnetic sector SIMS and AES, and APT, a sub-nanometer resolution characterization technique that enables three-dimensional elemental mapping. The SIMS technique, with its high detection limit and ability to obtain the profiles of elements in parallel, is a powerful tool for monitoring trace elements in CIGS thin films. To identify impurities in a CIGS layer, the distribution of trace elements was also observed according to depth by SIMS and APT. PMID:26726401

  20. Burnable neutron absorbers

    This patent deals with the fabrication of pellets for neutron absorber rods. Such a pellet includes a matrix of a refractory material which may be aluminum or zirconium oxide, and a burnable poison distributed throughout the matrix. The neutron absorber material may consist of one or more elements or compounds of the metals boron, gadolinium, samarium, cadmium, europium, hafnium, dysprosium and indium. The method of fabricating pellets of these materials outlined in this patent is designed to produce pores or voids in the pellets that can be used to take up the expansion of the burnable poison and to absorb the helium gas generated. In the practice of this invention a slurry of Al2O3 is produced. A hard binder is added and the slurry and binder are spray dried. This powder is mixed with dry B4C powder, forming a homogeneous mixture. This mixture is pressed into green tubes which are then sintered. During sintering the binder volatilizes leaving a ceramic with nearly spherical high-density regions of

  1. Absorber pin development in Europe

    The neutron absorbing material chosen for the absorber elements of the European fast reactor (EFR) is boron carbide. Various pin designs are studied in Europe: (1) vented helium-bonded pins chosen for prototype fast reactor (PFR) control rods, (2) vented sodium-bonded pins chosen for the Phenix and Superphenix control rods, (3) vented shrouded sodium-bonded pins chosen for future loads of Superphenix control ros. There are three aspects to the research and development program to evaluate absorber pin performance: (1) experimental irradiation program dealing with basic studies and validation design experiments, (2) modeling of B4C physical properties, descriptive laws, and code development, (3) design optimization and innovative studies (various B4C enrichments and pellet densities, new absorber materials). The irradiation program is being performed in Phenix and PFR using either control rods or static rigs

  2. Improved b lifetime measurement from MAC

    Two recent publications, from the MAC and Mark II collaborations, have reported the somewhat surprising result that the lifetime of particles made up of b quarks is in the 1 to 2 picosecond range, or somewhat longer than the lifetimes of charm particles. Although the charm decays are favored transitions while those of b particles depend upon off-diagonal elements of the weak flavor mixing matrix, the smallness of the b decay rates in face of the large available phase space indicates that the off-diagonal elements are indeed very small. The possibility for complete determination of the mixing matrix was brought significantly nearer by the availability of the lifetime information; what is needed now is to reduce the uncertainty of the measurements, which was about 33% for both experiments. We describe here an extension of the b lifetime study with the MAC detector, incorporating some new data and improvements in the analysis. 12 references

  3. Improved b lifetime measurement from MAC

    Two recent publications, from the MAC and Mark II collaborations, have reported the somewhat surprising result that the lifetime of particles made up of b quarks is in the 1 to 2 picosecond range, or somewhat longer than the lifetimes of charm particles. Although the charm decays are favored transitions while those of b particles depend upon off-diagonal elements of the weak flavor mixing matrix, the smallness of the b decay rates in face of the large available phase space indicates that the off-diagonal elements are indeed very small. The possibility for complete determination of the mixing matrix was brought significantly nearer by the availability of the lifetime information; what is needed now is to reduce the uncertainty of the measurements, which was about 33% for both experiments. We describe here an extension of the b lifetime study with the MAC detector, incorporating some new data and improvements in the analysis

  4. Radiative lifetimes and atomic transition probabilities

    Radiative lifetimes and atomic transition probabilities have been measured for over 35 neutral and singly ionized species in the Wisconsin Atomic Transition Probabilities (WATP) Program since it began in 1980. Radiative lifetimes are measured using time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence of a slow atomic/ionic beam. These lifetimes are combined with branching fractions to yield absolute atomic transition probabilities for neutral and singly ionized species. The branching fractions are determined from emission spectra recorded using the 1.0 m Fourier-transform spectrometer at the National Solar Observatory. The current focus of the WATP Program is on the rare-earth elements, in particular Tm, Dy, and Ho

  5. Radiative lifetimes of neutral cerium

    Radiative lifetimes, accurate to ±5%, have been measured for 153 levels of neutral cerium using time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence (TRLIF) on a slow beam of cerium atoms. Of the 153 levels studied, 150 are even parity and 3 are odd parity. The levels range in energy from 16 869 to 28 557 cm-1. This set of Ce I lifetimes is much more extensive than others published to date, and will provide the absolute calibration for a very large set of measured Ce I transition probabilities. Accurate transition probabilities for lines in the visible and ultraviolet are needed both in astrophysics, for the determination of elemental abundances, and by the lighting community, for research and development of metal halide high-intensity discharge lamps.

  6. Radiative lifetimes of neutral cerium

    Den Hartog, E A; Buettner, K P; Lawler, J E [Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706 (United States)], E-mail: eadenhar@wisc.edu, E-mail: Kevin.Buettner@usma.edu, E-mail: jelawler@wisc.edu

    2009-04-28

    Radiative lifetimes, accurate to {+-}5%, have been measured for 153 levels of neutral cerium using time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence (TRLIF) on a slow beam of cerium atoms. Of the 153 levels studied, 150 are even parity and 3 are odd parity. The levels range in energy from 16 869 to 28 557 cm{sup -1}. This set of Ce I lifetimes is much more extensive than others published to date, and will provide the absolute calibration for a very large set of measured Ce I transition probabilities. Accurate transition probabilities for lines in the visible and ultraviolet are needed both in astrophysics, for the determination of elemental abundances, and by the lighting community, for research and development of metal halide high-intensity discharge lamps.

  7. Lifetime of Doubly Charmed Baryons

    XU Xue-Fen; CHANG Chao-Hsi; LI Tong; LI Xue-Qian; WANG Yu-Ming

    2008-01-01

    In this work, we evaluate the lifetimes of the doubly charmed baryons cc+, cc++, and Ωcc+. We carefully calculate the non-spectator contributions at the quark level, where the Cabibbo-suppressed diagrams are also included. The hadronic matrix elements are evaluated in the simple non-relativistic harmonic oscillator model. Our numerical results are generally consistent with that obtained by other authors who used the diquark model. However, all the theoretical predictions on the lifetimes are one order larger than the upper limit set by the recent SELEX measurement. This discrepancy would be clarified by the future experiment. If more accurate experiment still confirms the value of the SELEX collaboration, there must be some unknown mechanism to be explored.

  8. Computing Battery Lifetime Distributions

    Cloth, Lucia; Jongerden, Marijn R.; Haverkort, Boudewijn R.

    2007-01-01

    The usage of mobile devices like cell phones, navigation systems, or laptop computers, is limited by the lifetime of the included batteries. This lifetime depends naturally on the rate at which energy is consumed, however, it also depends on the usage pattern of the battery. Continuous drawing of a

  9. Lifetime of organic photovoltaics

    Corazza, Michael; Krebs, Frederik C; Gevorgyan, Suren A.

    2015-01-01

    tests. Comparison of the indoor and outdoor lifetimes was performed by means of the o-diagram, which constitutes the initial steps towards establishing a method for predicting the lifetime of an organic photovoltaic device under real operational conditions based on a selection of accelerated indoor...

  10. Waveform-dependent absorbing metasurfaces

    Wakatsuchi, Hiroki; Rushton, Jeremiah J; Sievenpiper, Daniel F

    2014-01-01

    We present the first use of a waveform-dependent absorbing metasurface for high-power pulsed surface currents. The new type of nonlinear metasurface, composed of circuit elements including diodes, is capable of storing high power pulse energy to dissipate it between pulses, while allowing propagation of small signals. Interestingly, the absorbing performance varies for high power pulses but not for high power continuous waves (CWs), since the capacitors used are fully charged up. Thus, the waveform dependence enables us to distinguish various signal types (i.e. CW or pulse) even at the same frequency, which potentially creates new kinds of microwave technologies and applications.

  11. Research of the dynamics of a magnetic fluid dynamic absorber

    A new type of shock absorber using a magnetic fluid drop with the permanent magnet inside as a working element is investigated in this paper. Movement of the working element inside the body of the absorber under the influence of external oscillatory inertia forces leads to a viscous dissipation of the oscillating system energy. A theoretical model and some characteristics of the absorber are presented. This type of dynamic absorber is used nowadays in spacecraft technology

  12. Separation and determination of thorium, uranium and mixed rare-earth elements as their UV/Vis absorbing complexes by capillary zone electrophoresis

    Separation and determination of thorium, uranium and mixed rare-earth elements (RE) as their 2-(2-arsenophenylazo)-1,8-dihydroxyl-7- (4-chloro-2,6-dibromophenylazo)-naphthalene-3,6-disulfonic acid (DBC-As) complexes by capillary electrophoresis is presented in this paper. The pre-column derivitization conditions are discussed. Some separation parameters such as pH value, type of carrier electrolyte, applied voltage, the concentration of ligand in buffer and the sample size are also optimized. Under the selected conditions, the complete separation of thorium and uranium from mixed RE was accomplished in 10 min. Quantitative analyses exhibited an excellent linear dynamic relationship in the range of over two orders of magnitude. Detection limits of 4.81x10-8, 7.23x10-8, and 59.4x10-8 mol l-1 for RE, Th and U were obtained, respectively. This method was applied to the determination of these metal ions in ore samples

  13. Acoustic coherent perfect absorbers

    In this paper, we explore the possibility of achieving acoustic coherent perfect absorbers. Through numerical simulations in two dimensions, we demonstrate that the energy of coherent acoustic waves can be totally absorbed by a fluid absorber with specific complex mass density or bulk modulus. The robustness of such absorbing systems is investigated under small perturbations of the absorber parameters. We find that when the resonance order is the lowest and the size of the absorber is comparable to the wavelength in the background, the phenomenon of perfect absorption is most stable. When the wavelength inside both the background and the absorber is much larger than the size of the absorber, perfect absorption is possible when the mass density of the absorber approaches the negative value of the background mass density. Finally, we show that by using suitable dispersive acoustic metamaterials, broadband acoustic perfect absorption may be achieved. (papers)

  14. A Six-Fold Symmetric Metamaterial Absorber

    Humberto Fernández Álvarez

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available A novel microwave metamaterial absorber design is introduced along with its manufacturing and characterization. Significant results considering both bandwidth and angular stability are achieved. Parametric analysis and simplified equivalent circuit are provided to give an insight on the key elements influencing the absorber performance. In addition, the constitutive parameters of the effective medium model are obtained and related to the absorber resonant behavior. Moreover, a new thinner and more flexible absorber version, preserving broad bandwidth and angular insensitive performance, is simulated, and an 8 × 8 unit-cells prototype is manufactured and measured for a limited angular margin in an anechoic chamber.

  15. Evolution pathways for the formation of Nano-Cu{sub 2}ZnSnSe{sub 4} absorber materials via elemental sources and isophorondiamine chelation

    Lee, P.Y. [Institute of Microelectronics and Department of Electrical Engineering, Advanced Optoelectronic Technology Center, Center for Micro/Nano Science and Technology, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan (China); Shei, S.C., E-mail: scshei@mail.nutn.edu.tw [Department of Electrical Engineering, National University of Tainan, Tainan 70005, Taiwan (China); Chang, S.J. [Institute of Microelectronics and Department of Electrical Engineering, Advanced Optoelectronic Technology Center, Center for Micro/Nano Science and Technology, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan (China)

    2013-10-15

    Highlights: •We carry out the CZTSe nanocrystals in the isophorondiamine solution •We demonstrate the reaction from binary and ternary into quaternary nanocrystals. •We characterize the CZTSe nanocrystals with a stannite structure. -- Abstract: This paper reports the preparation of Cu{sub 2}ZnSnSe{sub 4} (CZTSe) nanocrystals via a method under nitrogen atmosphere at a temperature of 235 °C using elemental copper, zinc, tin, and Se powders as precursors, and isophorondiamine (IPDA) as a coordinating solvent. We investigated the influence of reaction time on the crystal structure, shape, particle size, optical properties, and composition of the nanocrystals. We also carried out a systematic study of the growth and evolution pathways of quaternary CZTSe nanocrystals in the IPDA solution. The reaction began with the formation of binary and ternary crystals, which subsequently transformed into Cu{sub 2}ZnSnSe{sub 4} nanocrystals. These binary and ternary compounds dissolved during the course of the reaction to produce the molecular precursor used in the formation of monophasic Cu{sub 2}ZnSnSe{sub 4} nanocrystals. Experimental results indicate that the phase changes in CZTSe nanocrystals are time-dependent. Spherical CZTSe nanocrystals with diameters in the range of 20–30 nm were obtained at 20 h. Characterization using X-ray diffraction (XRD) confirmed the as-synthesized CZTSe as single-phase quaternary nanocrystals with a stannite structure. The band gap energy of the as-synthesized CZTSe nanocrystals is 1.6 eV. The proposed process of synthesizing CZTSe nanocrystals is applicable to the production of inexpensive thin film solar cells using a relatively simple, low cost, and convenient coordinating solvent route.

  16. Evolution pathways for the formation of Nano-Cu2ZnSnSe4 absorber materials via elemental sources and isophorondiamine chelation

    Highlights: •We carry out the CZTSe nanocrystals in the isophorondiamine solution •We demonstrate the reaction from binary and ternary into quaternary nanocrystals. •We characterize the CZTSe nanocrystals with a stannite structure. -- Abstract: This paper reports the preparation of Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe) nanocrystals via a method under nitrogen atmosphere at a temperature of 235 °C using elemental copper, zinc, tin, and Se powders as precursors, and isophorondiamine (IPDA) as a coordinating solvent. We investigated the influence of reaction time on the crystal structure, shape, particle size, optical properties, and composition of the nanocrystals. We also carried out a systematic study of the growth and evolution pathways of quaternary CZTSe nanocrystals in the IPDA solution. The reaction began with the formation of binary and ternary crystals, which subsequently transformed into Cu2ZnSnSe4 nanocrystals. These binary and ternary compounds dissolved during the course of the reaction to produce the molecular precursor used in the formation of monophasic Cu2ZnSnSe4 nanocrystals. Experimental results indicate that the phase changes in CZTSe nanocrystals are time-dependent. Spherical CZTSe nanocrystals with diameters in the range of 20–30 nm were obtained at 20 h. Characterization using X-ray diffraction (XRD) confirmed the as-synthesized CZTSe as single-phase quaternary nanocrystals with a stannite structure. The band gap energy of the as-synthesized CZTSe nanocrystals is 1.6 eV. The proposed process of synthesizing CZTSe nanocrystals is applicable to the production of inexpensive thin film solar cells using a relatively simple, low cost, and convenient coordinating solvent route

  17. Theory of Beauty Lifetimes

    Neubert, Matthias(PRISMA Cluster of Excellence and Mainz Institut for Theoretical Physics, Johannes Gutenberg University, 55099, Mainz, Germany)

    1997-01-01

    A critical review of the theoretical understanding of the lifetimes of beauty hadrons is given. A model-independent analysis using the heavy-quark expansion allows for a description of the lifetime ratios tau(B-)/tau(B0) and tau(Lambda_b)/tau(B0) in a small region of parameter space. It is demonstrated that the lifetime ratio tau(B-)/tau(B0) cannot be used to extract the decay constant of the B meson. Implications for the semileptonic branching ratio and charm yield in B decays are pointed out.

  18. Customer Lifetime Value Measurement

    Sharad Borle; Siddharth S. Singh; Dipak C. Jain

    2008-01-01

    The measurement of customer lifetime value is important because it is used as a metric in evaluating decisions in the context of customer relationship management. For a firm, it is important to form some expectations as to the lifetime value of each customer at the time a customer starts doing business with the firm, and at each purchase by the customer. In this paper, we use a hierarchical Bayes approach to estimate the lifetime value of each customer at each purchase occasion by jointly mod...

  19. Lifetime measurements of hadrons containing heavy quarks

    Recent lifetime measurements of heavy particles at PETRA and PEP are reviewed. A comparison of the methods used is given. The world averages for the lifetimes of the D0 and D+- mesons are found to be (tau/dub D/0) - 3.97 +/- 0.3 x 10-13 sec and (tau/dub D +-/) = 8.6 +/- 0.7 x 10-13 sec. This difference in lifetimes is discussed in light of recent information about exclusive decays. The world average for the lifetime of bottom hadrons is determined to be (tau/sub b/) = 11.0 +/- 1.5 x 10-13 sec and new estimates for the b quark mixing elements, absolute value V/sub bu/ and absolute value V/sub bc/, are given

  20. Behaviour of a VVER-1000 fuel element with boron carbide/steel absorber tested under severe fuel damage conditions in the CORA facility (Results of experiment CORA-W2)

    Hagen, S.; Hofmann, P.; Noack, V.; Schanz, G.; Schumacher, G.; Sepold, L.

    1994-10-01

    Severe Fuel Damage (SFD) experiments were carried out in the out-of-pile facility CORA as part of the international SFD research. The experimental program was set up to provide information on failure mechanisms of Light Water Reactor (LWR) fuel elements in a temperature range from 1200 to 2000 C and in few cases up to 2400 C. Between 1987 and 1992, a total of 17 CORA experiments with two different bundle configurations, i.e. PWR (Pressurized Water Reactor) and BWR (Boiling Water Reactor) bundles were performed. These assemblies represented `Western-type` fuel elements with the pertinent materials for fuel, cladding, grid spacer, and absorber rod. At the end of the experimental program two VVER-1000 specific tests were run in the CORA facility with identical objectives but with genuine VVER-type materials. The experiments, designated CORA-W1 and CORA-W2 were conducted on February 18, 1993 and April 21, 1993, respectively. Test bundle CORA-W1 was without absorber material whereas CORA-W2 contained one absorber rod (boron carbide/steel). As in the earlier CORA tests the test bundles were subjected to temperature transients of a slow heatup rate in a steam environment. The transient phases of the tests were initiated with a temperature ramp rate of 1 K/s. With these conditions a so-called small-break LOCA was simulated. The temperature escalation due to the exothermal zircon/niobium-steam reaction started at about 1200 C, leading the bundles to maximum temperatures of approximately 1900 C. The thermal response of bundle CORA-W2 is comparable to that of CORA-W1. In test CORA-W2, however, the temperature front moved faster from the top to the bottom compared to test CORA-W1. The reason for this behavior may be found in an earlier melt formation and relocation of the absorber rod material in CORA-W2. Despite some specific features the material behavior of the VVER-1000 bundle is comparable to that observed in the PWR and BWR tests of Western design. (orig.) [Deutsch

  1. The ALICE absorbers

    Maximilien Brice

    2006-01-01

    Weighing more than 400 tonnes, the ALICE absorbers and the surrounding support structures have been installed and aligned with a precision of 1-2 mm, hardly an easy task but a very important one. The ALICE absorbers are made of three parts: the front absorber, a 35-tonne cone-shaped structure, and two small-angle absorbers, long straight cylinder sections weighing 18 and 40 tonnes. The three pieces lined up have a total length of about 17 m.

  2. Different pendulum type dynamic vibration absorber aplication

    Мартин, Віктор Євгенович; Дівеєв, Богдан Михайлович; Дорош, Ігор Романович

    2014-01-01

    The paper considers the methods of calculation and optimization of  different pendulum type dynamic vibration absorbers for the vibration reduction of elongated elements. Discrete-continuous models of the dynamics of oversize elongated elements based on the Timoshenko beam theory with attached discrete elements are presented. Algorithms for the vibration reduction of elongated machine elements are obtained.Noise and vibration are associated with many mechanical systems including industrial, h...

  3. 埋地管道寿命预测中的重要概念和计算方法%Element Conception Related to Lifetime and Maintenance of Pipelines in Service

    翁永基

    2005-01-01

    Introduced in this paper are key issues about the lifetime and maintenance of pipelines in service. Some important conceptions are discussed, namely (1) The lifetime and probabilities of failures (PoF) of pipelines are defined,and their determination and calculation are discussed; (2) The key issues about the maintenance and safety of pipelines are demonstrated, and the optimal maintenance periods of pipelines are calculated.

  4. Radiative lifetimes of Tb

    Den Hartog, E. A.; Fedchak, J. A.; Lawler, J. E.

    2001-06-01

    Radiative lifetimes measured by time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence are reported for 40 odd-parity levels and 36 even-parity levels of singly ionized terbium. The odd-parity levels range in energy from 29000 to 40000 cm{minus}1 and those of even-parity from 21000 to 37000 cm{minus}1. These lifetimes, with one exception, are accurate to {+-}5%. They will provide an absolute scale for accurate atomic-transition probabilities in Tb II (the second spectrum of terbium). {copyright} 2001 Optical Society of America

  5. Radiative lifetimes of Tb

    Radiative lifetimes measured by time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence are reported for 40 odd-parity levels and 36 even-parity levels of singly ionized terbium. The odd-parity levels range in energy from 29000 to 40000 cm-1 and those of even-parity from 21000 to 37000 cm-1. These lifetimes, with one exception, are accurate to ±5%. They will provide an absolute scale for accurate atomic-transition probabilities in Tb II (the second spectrum of terbium). [copyright] 2001 Optical Society of America

  6. ANL Advanced Photon Source crotch absorber design

    The ANL 7-GeV Advanced Photon Source storage ring crotch absorber will be subjected to a very high photon loading power density, approximately 750 W/mm2 at normal incidence. To accommodate this high heat load, two designs were studied: one is a V-type compound angle absorber and the other is a horizontally rotated plate absorber. For both models, thermal and structural analyses have been carried out using 3-D finite element analysis. The analysis indicates that the V-type compound angle absorber controlled the peak temperatures effectively within the given geometric constraints. Test samples made of GlidCop AL 15 (alumina dispersion strengthened copper) were evaluated with an electron beam welder. The predicted and measured temperatures were in reasonable agreement. The overall absorber design includes a perforated screen in the positron beam area of the storage ring vacuum chamber to reduce RF impedance and to provide pumping access for the high local gas load

  7. Methods for absorbing neutrons

    Guillen, Donna P.; Longhurst, Glen R.; Porter, Douglas L.; Parry, James R.

    2012-07-24

    A conduction cooled neutron absorber may include a metal matrix composite that comprises a metal having a thermal neutron cross-section of at least about 50 barns and a metal having a thermal conductivity of at least about 1 W/cmK. Apparatus for providing a neutron flux having a high fast-to-thermal neutron ratio may include a source of neutrons that produces fast neutrons and thermal neutrons. A neutron absorber positioned adjacent the neutron source absorbs at least some of the thermal neutrons so that a region adjacent the neutron absorber has a fast-to-thermal neutron ratio of at least about 15. A coolant in thermal contact with the neutron absorber removes heat from the neutron absorber.

  8. Emitter/absorber interface of CdTe solar cells

    Song, Tao; Kanevce, Ana; Sites, James R.

    2016-06-01

    The performance of CdTe solar cells can be very sensitive to the emitter/absorber interface, especially for high-efficiency cells with high bulk lifetime. Performance losses from acceptor-type interface defects can be significant when interface defect states are located near mid-gap energies. Numerical simulations show that the emitter/absorber band alignment, the emitter doping and thickness, and the defect properties of the interface (i.e., defect density, defect type, and defect energy) can all play significant roles in the interface recombination. In particular, a type I heterojunction with small conduction-band offset (0.1 eV ≤ ΔEC ≤ 0.3 eV) can help maintain good cell efficiency in spite of high interface defect density, much like with Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) cells. The basic principle is that positive ΔEC, often referred to as a "spike," creates an absorber inversion and hence a large hole barrier adjacent to the interface. As a result, the electron-hole recombination is suppressed due to an insufficient hole supply at the interface. A large spike (ΔEC ≥ 0.4 eV), however, can impede electron transport and lead to a reduction of photocurrent and fill-factor. In contrast to the spike, a "cliff" (ΔEC CdTe solar cells, but the CdS/CdTe interface is in the cliff category and is not favorable from the band-offset perspective. The ΔEC of other n-type emitter choices, such as (Mg,Zn)O, Cd(S,O), or (Cd,Mg)Te, can be tuned by varying the elemental ratio for an optimal positive value of ΔEC. These materials are predicted to yield higher voltages and would therefore be better candidates for the CdTe-cell emitter.

  9. 固定桥基牙牙槽骨吸收三维有限元模型的建立%Construction of a three-dimensional finite element model of the absorbed alveolar bone of fixed partial denture abutments

    陈艳; 吴娴; 张一岭; 张翼

    2011-01-01

    目的:通过建立左侧下颌后牙5单位固定桥双基牙侧牙槽骨吸收的有限元模型,为分析双基牙侧牙槽骨吸收对牙周膜应力的影响打下基础.方法:采用多层螺旋CT扫描技术与Mimics、Ansys软件相结合对88张层厚为0.6 mm的CT断层影像进行三维重建,在此基础上建立双基牙侧牙槽骨吸收模型.结果:建立了5单位固定桥有限元模型及双基牙侧牙槽骨吸收的有限元模型,包括牙齿、牙周膜、牙槽骨.结论:所建模型结构完整,单元划分精细,能够较精确地模拟牙槽骨吸收的实体状态,为加载后的基牙牙周膜应力分析提供基础.%AIM : To construct three-dimensional finite element models ( FEMs) of five-unit fixed partial denture of left mandible so as to analyze the effects of double abutments alveolar bone resorption on periodontal ligament stress.METHODS: Eighty-eight CT slice pictures (0.6mm in thickness) were treated with multislice helical computed tomography scanning technology, Mimics and Ansys Software to build the FEMs.Then the alveolar bone of double abutments inordinately absorbed models on the basis of the FEMs was built.RESULTS : A three-dimensional FEMs of five - unit fixed partial denture and al,veolar hone resorption of double abutments model were constructed, including teeth.periodontal ligaments and alveolar bone.CONCLUSION : The constructed models had the advantages of intact structure, precise elements and can simulate the natural situation of alveolar bone resorbtion and can provide basis for further research of periodontal ligament stress induced by loading.

  10. Muon lifetime measurement

    A simple experimental setup to measure the muon lifetime is presented. The muon detector consists of a sealed container with liquid scintillator coupled to a 2.5'' photomultiplier (PMT). A home-made electronics module controlled by the parallel port of a personal computer (PC) digitizes the time interval between two consecutive PMT pulses in a time window of 25.6 μs. The muon lifetime is obtained by analysing thousands of double-pulse events in which the first pulse corresponds to a cosmic ray muon that stops inside the detector and the second to the decay electron coming from the weak decay of the muon. The background noise comes from random coincidences of pulses due to muons crossing the detector within the same time window. The PC is used as the data adquisition (DAQ) and data analysis computer. In addition to the muon lifetime, the charge ratio of cosmic ray muons and the capture rate of negative muons by carbon nuclei can be measured if the number of events is sufficiently high

  11. Measurement of the bottom quark lifetime

    The quark mixing matrix is constrained by the lifetime of the bottom quark, the off-diagonal elements involving the b quark being completely determined by the lifetime and the branching ratio between the decays b → u and b → c. If the binding of the b quark into hadrons has no effect on its decay rate, the inclusive lifetime measurement discussed here reflects precisely the quark total decay rate. Their experience with charmed hadrons serves to warn that the situation may not be so simple, and they are eager to find techniques for determining the lifetimes of individual hadron states, particularly the mesons B+, B/sub d/0 and B/sub s/0. The subject of this note, however, is a detailed evaluation of prospects for improving the inclusive measurement, as it has been performed at PEP and PETRA, based upon the impact parameter distribution of leptons from the b hadron semileptonic decays. This note supersedes intermediate reports from the Asilomar and Granlibakken meetings. The first two sections are based mainly upon studies with Monte Carlo generated quantities in which they explore the kinematics of bottom particle semileptonic decays to develop event selection criteria and measure sensitivity of the impact parameter to the lifetime and to the details of particle production. Detector effects are considered in section 3, data reduction in sections 4 and 5, and conclusions in section 6. 6 references, 11 figures, 1 table

  12. Lifetime measurements in 123Cs

    The aim of the present work was to measure the mean lifetimes of the excited states in the bands, which can be useful in understanding the shape co-existence phenomenon. The deformation parameter can be extracted from the mean lifetime of the excited states. The Doppler Shift Attenuation Method (DSAM) technique is used for the lifetime measurements

  13. Lifetimes of charmed mesons

    Using the ARGUS detector at the e+e- storage ring DORIS II at DESY, we have measured the lifetimes of the D0, D+ and Ds+ mesons. We find τsub(D0) = (4.8±0.4±0.3)x10-13 s, τsub(D+) = (10.5±0.8±0.7)x10-13 s and τsub(Ds+) = (5.6-1.2+1.3±0.8)x10.13s. (orig.)

  14. TOMS Absorbing Aerosol Index

    Washington University St Louis — TOMS_AI_G is an aerosol related dataset derived from the Total Ozone Monitoring Satellite (TOMS) Sensor. The TOMS aerosol index arises from absorbing aerosols such...

  15. Metasurface Broadband Solar Absorber

    Azad, Abul K.; Kort-Kamp, Wilton J. M.; Milan Sykora; Nina R. Weisse-Bernstein; Luk, Ting S.; Antoinette J. Taylor; Dalvit, Diego A. R.; Hou-Tong Chen

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate a broadband, polarization independent, omnidirectional absorber based on a metallic metasurface architecture, which accomplishes greater than 90% absorptance in the visible and near-infrared range of the solar spectrum, and exhibits low emissivity at mid- and far-infrared wavelengths. The complex unit cell of the metasurface solar absorber consists of eight pairs of gold nano-resonators that are separated from a gold ground plane by a thin silicon dioxide spacer. Our experiment...

  16. RADIATIVE LIFETIMES OF V I AND V II

    New radiative lifetimes are reported for 168 levels of V I ranging in energy from 18086 cm–1 to 47702 cm–1, and for 31 levels of V II ranging in energy from 34593 cm–1 to 47420 cm–1. These lifetimes are measured using time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence on a slow atomic/ionic beam as part of an ongoing study of the radiative properties of the iron group elements. All but two of the V II lifetimes have been measured before using modern laser-based methods, but a large fraction of the V I lifetimes are reported here for the first time. Comparison to earlier measurements is discussed. These new lifetimes are, for the most part, accurate to ±5%. They will be combined with branching fraction measurements to produce a large set of transition probabilities for V I and V II which are needed by the astrophysics community for stellar abundance determinations

  17. Radiative Lifetimes of V I and V II

    Den Hartog, E. A.; Lawler, J. E.; Wood, M. P.

    2014-11-01

    New radiative lifetimes are reported for 168 levels of V I ranging in energy from 18086 cm-1 to 47702 cm-1, and for 31 levels of V II ranging in energy from 34593 cm-1 to 47420 cm-1. These lifetimes are measured using time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence on a slow atomic/ionic beam as part of an ongoing study of the radiative properties of the iron group elements. All but two of the V II lifetimes have been measured before using modern laser-based methods, but a large fraction of the V I lifetimes are reported here for the first time. Comparison to earlier measurements is discussed. These new lifetimes are, for the most part, accurate to ±5%. They will be combined with branching fraction measurements to produce a large set of transition probabilities for V I and V II which are needed by the astrophysics community for stellar abundance determinations.

  18. Metasurface Broadband Solar Absorber

    Azad, A K; Sykora, M; Weisse-Bernstein, N R; Luk, T S; Taylor, A J; Dalvit, D A R; Chen, H -T

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate a broadband, polarization independent, omnidirectional absorber based on a metallic metasurface architecture, which accomplishes greater than 90% absorptance in the visible and near-infrared range of the solar spectrum, and exhibits low emissivity at mid- and far-infrared wavelengths. The complex unit cell of the metasurface solar absorber consists of eight pairs of gold nano-resonators that are separated from a gold ground plane by a thin silicon dioxide spacer. Our experimental measurements reveal high-performance absorption over a wide range of incidence angles for both s- and p-polarizations. We also investigate numerically the frequency-dependent field and current distributions to elucidate how the absorption occurs within the metasurface structure. Furthermore, we discuss the potential use of our metasurface absorber design in solar thermophotovoltaics by exploiting refractory plasmonic materials.

  19. An absorbed dose microcalorimeter

    A graphite microcalorimeter is described for use as a primary standard of ionising radiation absorbed dose; its place in the hierarchy of Australian ionising radiation standards is discussed. A disc shaped absorber is supported on pins within three nested graphite jackets and an insulated vacuum vessel. Calibration heating is by thermistor, the feasibility of this was verified by computer modelling. Adiabatic and heat-flow modes of operation are described, and calculations of heat transfer between the various graphite parts are summarised. Carbon and water phantoms were built for the evaluation of correction factors for the microcalorimeter, and for the calibration of radiotherapy dosemeters. The microcalorimeter will be used as a working standard for the calibration of dosemeters in terms of absorbed dose for the x-ray, gamma-ray and electron radiotherapy beams commonly used in Australia today

  20. Positron annihilation lifetime study of low temperature irradiated metals

    Kuramoto, Eiichi [Kyushu Univ., Kasuga, Fukuoka (Japan). Research Inst. for Applied Mechanics

    1997-11-01

    Positron annihilation lifetime measurements have been made for electron and neutron irradiated Fe, Fe-Cr, Fe-Cu, Fe-Si, Fe-16Cr-17Ni specimens, and isochronal annealing behaviors were obtained for these metals and alloys. It was found that vacancies start to migrate at about 200 K in Fe and form microvoids, but by the addition of small amount of alloying elements this behavior was changed depending on the alloying elements. Positron lifetime calculations were made to explain the experimental results using EAM (embedded atom method) type potential for the lattice relaxation and the atomic superposition method for the lifetime calculation. Fairly good agreements were obtained for the positron lifetime in a vacancy in Fe and other alloys. (author)

  1. Precise measurements of neutron lifetime and big bang nucleosynthesis

    In this talk, we review the current status of the relationships between measurements of neutron lifetime and predictions of light element abundances in big-bang nucleosynthesis (BBN). Performing the Monte Carlo simulation with experimental errors in neutron life-time and nuclear reaction rates in the computation, we can estimate the uncertainties of the prediction of primordial value of D, 4He and 7Li. In BBN, especially 4He is the most sensitive element to the neutron lifetime. Recently it was reported that neutron lifetime was measured within 0.1% (τn=885.7 ± 0.8) accuracy. In this situation, we can determine the primordial value of the 4He mass fraction within 0.1% accuracy. (author)

  2. Mining the bulk positron lifetime

    Aourag, H.; Guittom, A. [Centre de Recherche Nucleaire d' Alger (CRNA), Alger Gare - Algiers (Algeria)

    2009-02-15

    We introduce a new approach to investigate the bulk positron lifetimes of new systems based on data-mining techniques. Through data mining of bulk positron lifetimes, we demonstrate the ability to predict the positron lifetimes of new semiconductors on the basis of available semiconductor data already studied. Informatics techniques have been applied to bulk positron lifetimes for different tetrahedrally bounded semiconductors in order to discover computational design rules. (copyright 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  3. Mining the bulk positron lifetime

    We introduce a new approach to investigate the bulk positron lifetimes of new systems based on data-mining techniques. Through data mining of bulk positron lifetimes, we demonstrate the ability to predict the positron lifetimes of new semiconductors on the basis of available semiconductor data already studied. Informatics techniques have been applied to bulk positron lifetimes for different tetrahedrally bounded semiconductors in order to discover computational design rules. (copyright 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  4. Copulas Between Wealth and Lifetime

    YE Dongyan

    2009-01-01

    The life insurance industry is very interested in how a person's lifetime is related to his wealth with financial advisors interested in how even a person's portfolio choice affects his lifetime. This paper presents a statistical analysis combined with intuitive relationships between lifetime and wealth. Key properties of this relationship are given and then various copulas are analyzed to see whether they have these properties. Other advantages and disadvantages of these copulas for describing the dependence are stated. The results show that some copulas are not appropriate for relating lifetime and wealth, including the Gaussian family.

  5. Energy Savings Lifetimes and Persistence

    Hoffman, Ian M. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Schiller, Steven R. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Todd, Annika [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Billingsley, Megan A. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Goldman, Charles A. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Schwartz, Lisa C. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)

    2016-02-01

    This technical brief explains the concepts of energy savings lifetimes and savings persistence and discusses how program administrators use these factors to calculate savings for efficiency measures, programs and portfolios. Savings lifetime is the length of time that one or more energy efficiency measures or activities save energy, and savings persistence is the change in savings throughout the functional life of a given efficiency measure or activity. Savings lifetimes are essential for assessing the lifecycle benefits and cost effectiveness of efficiency activities and for forecasting loads in resource planning. The brief also provides estimates of savings lifetimes derived from a national collection of costs and savings for electric efficiency programs and portfolios.

  6. Dysprosium titanate as an absorber material for control rods

    Risovany, V.D. E-mail: fae@niiar.ru; Varlashova, E.E.; Suslov, D.N

    2000-09-02

    Disprosium titanate is an attractive control rod material for the thermal neutron reactors. Its main advantages are: insignificant swelling, no out-gassing under neutron irradiation, rather high neutron efficiency, a high melting point ({approx}1870 deg. C), non-interaction with the cladding at temperatures above 1000 deg. C, simple fabrication and easily reprocessed non-radioactive waste. It can be used in control rods as pellets and powder. The disprosium titanate control rods have worked off in the MIR reactor for 17 years, in VVER-1000 - for 4 years without any operating problems. After post-irradiation examinations this type of control rod having high lifetime was recommended for the VVER and RBMK. The paper presents the examination results of absorber element dummies containing dysprosium titanate, irradiated in the SM reactor to the neutron fluence of 3.4x10{sup 22} cm{sup -2} (E>0.1 MeV) and, also, the data on structure, thermal-physical properties of dysprosium titanate, efficiency of dysprosium titanate control rods.

  7. Dysprosium titanate as an absorber material for control rods

    Risovany, V. D.; Varlashova, E. E.; Suslov, D. N.

    2000-09-01

    Disprosium titanate is an attractive control rod material for the thermal neutron reactors. Its main advantages are: insignificant swelling, no out-gassing under neutron irradiation, rather high neutron efficiency, a high melting point (˜1870°C), non-interaction with the cladding at temperatures above 1000°C, simple fabrication and easily reprocessed non-radioactive waste. It can be used in control rods as pellets and powder. The disprosium titanate control rods have worked off in the MIR reactor for 17 years, in VVER-1000 - for 4 years without any operating problems. After post-irradiation examinations this type of control rod having high lifetime was recommended for the VVER and RBMK. The paper presents the examination results of absorber element dummies containing dysprosium titanate, irradiated in the SM reactor to the neutron fluence of 3.4×10 22 cm -2 ( E>0.1 MeV) and, also, the data on structure, thermal-physical properties of dysprosium titanate, efficiency of dysprosium titanate control rods.

  8. Behaviour of different boron rich solids as promising absorbers for PWR

    Absorbing materials are used to control the reactivity of nuclear reactors by taking advantage of nuclear reactions (e.g. 10B(n,α)7 Li) where neutrons are absorbed. During such reactions, energetic recoils are produced. As a result, radiation damage in absorbing materials originates both from these nuclear reactions, and from elastic collisions between neutrons and atoms. This damage eventually leads to a partial destruction of the materials, and this is the main limitation on their lifetime in nuclear reactors. Using different techniques, elementary mechanisms responsible of these ceramic destruction are studied. The knowledge of such mechanism will help to improve the lifetime of these materials. (author)

  9. Measurement of radiative lifetimes and atomic transition probabilities

    Since it began in 1980, the Wisconsin Atomic Transition Probabilities (WATP) Program had measured radiative lifetimes and atomic transition probabilities for over 35 neutral and singly ionized species. Radiative lifetimes are measured using time- resolved laser-induced fluorescence of a slow atomic/ionic beam. These lifetimes are combined with branching fractions to yield absolute atomic transition probabilities for neutral and singly ionized species. The branching fractions are determined from emission spectra recorded using the 1.0 m Fourier-transform spectrometer at the National Solar Observatory at Kitt Peak, AZ. Currently the focus of the WATP Program is on the rare-earth elements, in particular Tm, Dy, and Ho.

  10. Calculation of the D and B meson lifetimes

    Using the expansions of the heavy meson decay widths in the heavy quark mass and QCD sum rules for estimates of corresponding matrix elements the D±,O,S decay widths and the B±,O,S lifetime differences are calculated. The results for D mesons are in agreement with the data, while it is predicted that [Γ(BO)-Γ(B-)]/ΓB≅4%, and the lifetime difference of the BO and BS mesons is even smaller. The role of the weak annihilation and Pauli interference contributions to the lifetime differences are described in detail. 55 refs.; 10 figs

  11. Lifetime of Mechanical Equipment

    Leland, K.

    1999-07-01

    The gas plant at Kaarstoe was built as part of the Statpipe gas transport system and went on stream in 1985. In 1993 another line was routed from the Sleipner field to carry condensate, and the plant was extended accordingly. Today heavy additional supply- and export lines are under construction, and the plant is extended more than ever. The main role of the factory is to separate the raw gas into commercial products and to pump or ship it to the markets. The site covers a large number of well-known mechanical equipment. This presentation deals with piping, mechanical and structural disciplines. The lifetime of mechanical equipment is often difficult to predict as it depends on many factors, and the subject is complex. Mechanical equipment has been kept in-house, which provides detailed knowledge of the stages from a new to a 14 years old plant. The production regularity has always been very high, as required. The standard of the equipment is well kept, support systems are efficient, and human improvisation is extremely valuable.

  12. Negative impedance shunted electromagnetic absorber for broadband absorbing: experimental investigation

    The traditional tuned mass absorber is widely employed to control the vibration of a primary structure by transferring the vibrating energy to the absorber. However, the working band of the absorber is very narrow, which limits the application of broadband vibration control. This study presents a novel broadband electromagnetic absorber by first introducing two negative impedance shunts to improve broadband damping of the absorber. The electromagnetic absorber is modeled, and the corresponding electromagnetic coupling coefficient is tested. A cantilever beam is employed to verify the broadband vibration absorption of the negative resistance (NR) shunted electromagnetic absorber (NR absorber) and the negative inductance NR shunted electromagnetic absorber (NINR absorber). The governing equations of the beam with two absorbers are derived, and the experiments are set up. The results point out that the NR and NINR absorbers can attenuate the broadband vibration. The proposed absorbers do not need the feedback system and the real-time controller compared to the active absorber; hence, they have great application potential in aerospace and in submarine applications, as well as in civil and mechanical engineering. (paper)

  13. Lifetime-based tomographic multiplexing

    Raymond, Scott B.; Boas, David A.; Bacskai, Brian J.; Kumar, Anand T. N.

    2010-07-01

    Near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence tomography of multiple fluorophores has previously been limited by the bandwidth of the NIR spectral regime and the broad emission spectra of most NIR fluorophores. We describe in vivo tomography of three spectrally overlapping fluorophores using fluorescence lifetime-based separation. Time-domain images are acquired using a voltage-gated, intensified charge-coupled device (CCD) in free-space transmission geometry with 750 nm Ti:sapphire laser excitation. Lifetime components are fit from the asymptotic portion of fluorescence decay curve and reconstructed separately with a lifetime-adjusted forward model. We use this system to test the in vivo lifetime multiplexing suitability of commercially available fluorophores, and demonstrate lifetime multiplexing in solution mixtures and in nude mice. All of the fluorophores tested exhibit nearly monoexponential decays, with narrow in vivo lifetime distributions suitable for lifetime multiplexing. Quantitative separation of two fluorophores with lifetimes of 1.1 and 1.37 ns is demonstrated for relative concentrations of 1:5. Finally, we demonstrate tomographic imaging of two and three fluorophores in nude mice with fluorophores that localize to distinct organ systems. This technique should be widely applicable to imaging multiple NIR fluorophores in 3-D.

  14. Improved Determination of the Neutron Lifetime

    Yue, A T; Gilliam, D M; Greene, G L; Laptev, A B; Nico, J S; Snow, W M; Wietfeldt, F E

    2013-01-01

    The most precise determination of the neutron lifetime using the beam method was completed in 2005 and reported a result of tau_n = (886.3 +/- 1.2 [stat] +/- 3.2 [sys]) s. The dominant uncertainties were attributed to the absolute determination of the fluence of the neutron beam (2.7 s). The fluence was measured with a neutron monitor that counted the neutron-induced charged particles from absorption in a thin, well-characterized 6Li deposit. The detection efficiency of the monitor was calculated from the areal density of the deposit, the detector solid angle, and the ENDF/B-VI 6Li(n,t)4He thermal neutron cross section. In the current work, we have measured the detection efficiency of the same monitor used in the neutron lifetime measurement with a second, totally-absorbing neutron detector. This direct approach does not rely on the 6Li(n,t)4He cross section or any other nuclear data. The detection efficiency is consistent with the value used in 2005 but was measured with a precision of 0.057 %, which represe...

  15. Shock absorber in combination with a nuclear reactor core structure

    This invention relates to the provision of shock absorbers for use in blind control rod passages of a nuclear reactor core structure which are not subject to degradation. The shock absorber elements are made of a porous brittle carbonaceous material, a porous brittle ceramic material, or a porous brittle refractory oxide and have a void volume of between 30% and 70% of the total volume of the element for energy absorption by fracturing due to impact loading by a control rod. (UK)

  16. Multi-dimensional fission model with a complex absorbing potential

    Scamps, Guillaume

    2015-01-01

    We study the dynamics of multi-dimensional quantum tunneling by introducing a complex absorbing potential to a two-dimensional model for spontaneous fission. We fist diagonalize the Hamiltonian with the complex potential to determine a resonance state as well as its life-time. We then solve the time-dependent Schr\\"odinger equation with such basis in order to investigate the tunneling path. We compare this method with the semi-classical method for multi-dimensional tunneling with imaginary time. A good agreement is found both for the life-time and for the tunneling path.

  17. Development of dynamic vibration absorber for nuclear piping system

    The dynamic vibration absorber was newly developed for the piping system. The higher damping ratio was accomplished and the seismic response of the piping system was consequently reduced. In this dynamic vibration absorber, a stainless mesh spring is used and can be modeled as a complex spring element. From the results of the component test using the straight piping and the three dimensional piping model test (8 inch in diameter and 18 m in length, this dynamic vibration absorber is confirmed to be effective to suppress the vibration for the piping system of wide frequency range. The application method of the dynamic vibration absorber to the three dimensional piping system is also described

  18. Metasurface Broadband Solar Absorber

    Azad, Abul K.; Kort-Kamp, Wilton J. M.; Sykora, Milan; Weisse-Bernstein, Nina R.; Luk, Ting S.; Taylor, Antoinette J.; Dalvit, Diego A. R.; Chen, Hou-Tong

    2016-02-01

    We demonstrate a broadband, polarization independent, wide-angle absorber based on a metallic metasurface architecture, which accomplishes greater than 90% absorptance in the visible and near-infrared range of the solar spectrum, and exhibits low absorptivity (emissivity) at mid- and far-infrared wavelengths. The complex unit cell of the metasurface solar absorber consists of eight pairs of gold nano-resonators that are separated from a gold ground plane by a thin silicon dioxide spacer. Our experimental measurements reveal high-performance absorption over a wide range of incidence angles for both s- and p-polarizations. We also investigate numerically the frequency-dependent field and current distributions to elucidate how the absorption occurs within the metasurface structure.

  19. Universal metamaterial absorbe

    Smaali, Rafik; Moreau, Antoine; Taliercio, Thierry; Centeno, Emmanuel

    2016-01-01

    We propose a design for an universal absorber, characterized by a resonance frequency that can be tuned from visible to microwave frequencies independently of the choice of the metal and the dielectrics involved. An almost resonant perfect absorption up to 99.8 % is demonstrated at resonance for all polarization states of light and for a very wide angular aperture. These properties originate from a magnetic Fabry-Perot mode that is confined in a dielectric spacer of $\\lambda/100$ thickness by a metamaterial layer and a mirror. An extraordinary large funneling through nano-slits explains how light can be trapped in the structure. Simple scaling laws can be used as a recipe to design ultra-thin perfect absorbers whatever the materials and the desired resonance wavelength, making our design truly universal.

  20. Absorbable and biodegradable polymers

    Shalaby, Shalaby W

    2003-01-01

    INTRODUCTION NOTES: Absorbable/Biodegradable Polymers: Technology Evolution. DEVELOPMENT AND APPLICATIONOF NEW SYSTEMS: Segmented Copolyesters with Prolonged Strength Retention Profiles. Polyaxial Crystalline Fiber-Forming Copolyester. Polyethylene Glycol-Based Copolyesters. Cyanoacrylate-Based Systems as Tissue Adhesives. Chitosan-Based Systems. Hyaluronic Acid-Based Systems. DEVELOPMENTS IN PREPARATIVE, PROCESSING, AND EVALUATION METHODS: New Approaches to the Synthesis of Crystalline. Fiber-Forming Aliphatic Copolyesters. Advances in Morphological Development to Tailor the Performance of Me

  1. Universal metamaterial absorbe

    Smaali, Rafik; Omei, Fatima; Antoine MOREAU; Taliercio, Thierry; Centeno, Emmanuel

    2016-01-01

    We propose a design for an universal absorber, characterized by a resonance frequency that can be tuned from visible to microwave frequencies independently of the choice of the metal and the dielectrics involved. An almost resonant perfect absorption up to 99.8 % is demonstrated at resonance for all polarization states of light and for a very wide angular aperture. These properties originate from a magnetic Fabry-Perot mode that is confined in a dielectric spacer of $\\lambda/100$ thickness by...

  2. ANL Advanced Photon Source crotch absorber design

    The ANL 7-GeV Advanced Photon Source storage ring crotch absorber will be subjected to a very high photon loading power density, approximately 750 W/mm2 at normal incidence. To accommodate this high heat load, two designs were studied: one is a V-type compound angle absorber and the other is a horizontally rotated plate absorber. For both models, thermal and structural analyses have been carried out using 3-D finite element analysis. The analysis indicates that the V-type compound angle absorber controlled the peak temperatures effectively within the given geometric constraints. Test samples made of GlidCop Al 15 (alumina dispersion strengthened copper) were evaluated with an electron beam welder. The predicted and measured temperatures were in reasonable agreement. The overall absorber design includes a perforated screen in the positron beam area of the storage ring vacuum chamber to reduce rf impedance and to provide pumping access for the high local gas load. 3 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs

  3. Lifetime costs of cerebral palsy

    Kruse, Marie; Michelsen, Susan Ishøy; Flachs, Esben Meulengracht;

    2009-01-01

    This study quantified the lifetime costs of cerebral palsy (CP) in a register-based setting. It was the first study outside the US to assess the lifetime costs of CP. The lifetime costs attributable to CP were divided into three categories: health care costs, productivity costs, and social costs....... The population analyzed was retrieved from the Danish Cerebral Palsy Register, which covers the eastern part of the country and has registered about half of the Danish population of individuals with CP since 1950. For this study we analyzed 2367 individuals with CP, who were born in 1930 to 2000 and...

  4. Absorber for terahertz radiation management

    Biallas, George Herman; Apeldoorn, Cornelis; Williams, Gwyn P.; Benson, Stephen V.; Shinn, Michelle D.; Heckman, John D.

    2015-12-08

    A method and apparatus for minimizing the degradation of power in a free electron laser (FEL) generating terahertz (THz) radiation. The method includes inserting an absorber ring in the FEL beam path for absorbing any irregular THz radiation and thus minimizes the degradation of downstream optics and the resulting degradation of the FEL output power. The absorber ring includes an upstream side, a downstream side, and a plurality of wedges spaced radially around the absorber ring. The wedges form a scallop-like feature on the innermost edges of the absorber ring that acts as an apodizer, stopping diffractive focusing of the THz radiation that is not intercepted by the absorber. Spacing between the scallop-like features and the shape of the features approximates the Bartlett apodization function. The absorber ring provides a smooth intensity distribution, rather than one that is peaked on-center, thereby eliminating minor distortion downstream of the absorber.

  5. Thermal neutron absorbing composite organic fiber material

    Purpose: To obtain clothing materials easy to put on by plasma spray of inorganic material containing elements with a large thermal neutron absorption cross section on a fiberous structure mainly composed of organic fibers. Constitution: The composite organic fiber material comprises flame-spray molding products containing elements with a large thermal neutron absorbing cross section and fiberous structure mainly composed of organic fibers having a melting point lower than that for the flame-spray molding products and they are integrated as a multilayered structure. The flame-spray fabrication is applied by melting and pulverizing starting materials in plasmas and then forming in the shape of a film, sponge or flake on a sheet-like product while carrying them on a plasma stream etc. The binder layer can be saved or reduced significantly by constituting the neutron absorbing material with the flame-spray molding products. (Takahashi, M.)

  6. Radiative lifetimes of neutral gadolinium

    Den Hartog, E A; Bilty, K A; Lawler, J E, E-mail: eadenhar@wisc.edu, E-mail: biltyka@uwec.edu, E-mail: jelawler@wisc.edu [Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin, 1150 University Ave, Madison, WI 53706 (United States)

    2011-03-14

    The current work is part of an ongoing study of radiative properties of rare earth neutral atoms motivated by research needs in several disparate fields including astrophysics, laser chemistry and lighting technology. Time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence on a slow atomic beam has been used to measure radiative lifetimes, accurate to {+-}5%, for 136 levels of neutral gadolinium. Of the 136 levels, 6 are odd parity ranging in energy from 32 929 to 36 654 cm{sup -1}, and the remaining 130 are even parity ranging from 17 750 to 34 175 cm{sup -1}. This set of Gd i lifetimes represents a significant extension to the available published data, with 93 of the 136 level lifetimes measured for the first time. These lifetimes will provide the absolute normalization for a large set of measured Gd i transition probabilities.

  7. Radiative lifetimes of neutral gadolinium

    The current work is part of an ongoing study of radiative properties of rare earth neutral atoms motivated by research needs in several disparate fields including astrophysics, laser chemistry and lighting technology. Time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence on a slow atomic beam has been used to measure radiative lifetimes, accurate to ±5%, for 136 levels of neutral gadolinium. Of the 136 levels, 6 are odd parity ranging in energy from 32 929 to 36 654 cm-1, and the remaining 130 are even parity ranging from 17 750 to 34 175 cm-1. This set of Gd i lifetimes represents a significant extension to the available published data, with 93 of the 136 level lifetimes measured for the first time. These lifetimes will provide the absolute normalization for a large set of measured Gd i transition probabilities.

  8. Radiative lifetimes of neutral samarium

    Radiative lifetimes of 120 odd-parity levels of neutral samarium, ranging in energy from 17 190 to 33 507 cm−1, are measured using the technique of time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence on a slow atomic beam. This work is part of an ongoing study of radiative properties of rare earth neutral atoms, and is motivated by research needs in astrophysics and lighting technology. This set of Sm i lifetimes substantially increases the available published lifetime data, with 49 of the 120 level lifetimes measured for the first time. These data, most of which are accurate to ±5%, will be combined with branching fractions determined from Fourier transform spectroscopy to produce a large set of measured Sm i transition probabilities. (paper)

  9. Deconvolution of Positrons' Lifetime spectra

    In this paper, we explain the iterative method previously develop for the deconvolution of Doppler broadening spectra using the mathematical optimization theory. Also, we start the adaptation and application of this method to the deconvolution of positrons' lifetime annihilation spectra

  10. Measurement of Charm Meson Lifetimes

    We report measurements of the D0 , D+ , and D+s meson lifetimes using 3.7 fb-1 of e+e- annihilation data collected near the Υ(4S) resonance with the CLEO detector. The measured lifetimes of the D0 , D+ , and D+s mesons are 408.5±4.1+3.5-3.4 fs , 1033.6±22.1+9.9-12.7 fs , and 486.3±15.0+4.9-5.1 fs . The precision of these lifetimes are comparable to those of the best previous measurements, and the systematic errors are very different. In a single experiment we find that the ratio of the D+s and D0 lifetimes is 1.19±0.04 . copyright 1999 The American Physical Society

  11. Corrosion resistant neutron absorbing coatings

    Choi, Jor-Shan; Farmer, Joseph C.; Lee, Chuck K.; Walker, Jeffrey; Russell, Paige; Kirkwood, Jon; Yang, Nancy; Champagne, Victor

    2012-05-29

    A method of forming a corrosion resistant neutron absorbing coating comprising the steps of spray or deposition or sputtering or welding processing to form a composite material made of a spray or deposition or sputtering or welding material, and a neutron absorbing material. Also a corrosion resistant neutron absorbing coating comprising a composite material made of a spray or deposition or sputtering or welding material, and a neutron absorbing material.

  12. Corrosion resistant neutron absorbing coatings

    Choi, Jor-Shan; Farmer, Joseph C; Lee, Chuck K; Walker, Jeffrey; Russell, Paige; Kirkwood, Jon; Yang, Nancy; Champagne, Victor

    2013-11-12

    A method of forming a corrosion resistant neutron absorbing coating comprising the steps of spray or deposition or sputtering or welding processing to form a composite material made of a spray or deposition or sputtering or welding material, and a neutron absorbing material. Also a corrosion resistant neutron absorbing coating comprising a composite material made of a spray or deposition or sputtering or welding material, and a neutron absorbing material.

  13. The lifetime of the control rod drives

    The lifetime of the control rod drives is studied. Their function is to take out or to pull in the control rods. The drive and the experiments carried out, are described. The analysis of the behaviour under operation, the drive inspections and surveyance, are also considered. The results are obtained from: the investigations performed on the fatigue strength of the 900 MW and 1300 MW drives, which allowed to deduce a low of wear and to identify the important aspects to be studied, the measurements of the dynamical stresses of mobile elements and a dynamical calculation model. The study leads to the conclusion that a probabilistic approach is needed for the fatigue damage analysis of some elements. Moreover, a systematic examination is also needed, to verify the agreement betwem the drives calculated aging values and the measured ones

  14. Lifetime management and lifetime extension at PAKS nuclear power plant

    The Paks Nuclear Power Plant strategy is to extend the operational lifetime of the plant and renew the operational licence for 20 years over the designed and licensed lifetime. At Paks NPP the systematic ageing management activities were started eight years ago. It is now a deliberate and programmatic activity, which ensures the plant safety. The programme started with selection of equipment important from both lifetime and safety point of view. The systematic ageing management includes the definition of ageing processes, identification of sensitive parts of the components and the dominant ageing processes, and their control and monitoring. A computerized monitoring system supports the ageing management activity of the plant. The feasibility of plant lifetime extension has been investigated. The study includes a detailed plant assessment, ageing and lifetime prognosis of representative set of structures, systems and components, definition of necessary reconstructions and detailed business analysis. It has been found that a 20 years extension of operation is feasible from both technical and business point of view. Basic results of plant assessment and business analysis are discussed in the paper. A project has been launched by NPP Paks for preparation of plant life extension and licence renewal. The project tasks and conditions of success are presented and discussed in the paper. (author)

  15. Sensing with THz metamaterial absorbers

    Cong, Longqing

    2014-01-01

    Metamaterial perfect absorbers from microwaves to optical part of the electromagnetic spectrum has been intensely studied for its ability to absorb electromagnetic radiation. Perfect absorption of light by metamaterials have opened up new opportunities for application oriented functionalities such as efficient sensors and emitters. We present an absorber based sensing scheme at the terahertz frequencies and discuss optimized designs to achieve high frequency and amplitude sensitivities. The major advantage of a perfect metamaterial absorber as a sensor is the sensitive shift in the absorber resonance frequency along with the sharp change in the amplitude of the resonance due to strong interaction of the analyte with the electric and the magnetic fields at resonant perfect absorption frequency. We compare the sensing performance of the perfect metamaterial absorber with its complementary structural design and planar metasurface with identical structure. The best FoM values obtained for the absorber sensor here...

  16. Advanced Models and Controls for Prediction and Extension of Battery Lifetime (Presentation)

    Smith, K.; Wood, E.; Santhanagopalan, S.; Kim, G.; Pesaran, A.

    2014-02-01

    Predictive models of capacity and power fade must consider a multiplicity of degradation modes experienced by Li-ion batteries in the automotive environment. Lacking accurate models and tests, lifetime uncertainty must presently be absorbed by overdesign and excess warranty costs. To reduce these costs and extend life, degradation models are under development that predict lifetime more accurately and with less test data. The lifetime models provide engineering feedback for cell, pack and system designs and are being incorporated into real-time control strategies.

  17. Heterogeneous neutron absorbers development

    The use of solid burnable absorber materials in power light water reactors has increased in the last years, specially due to improvements attained in costs of generated electricity. The present work summarizes the basic studies made on an alumina-gadolinia system, where alumina is the inert matrix and gadolinia acts as burnable poison, and describes the fabrication method of pellets with that material. High density compacts were obtained in the range of concentrations used by cold pressing and sintering at 1600 deg C in inert (Ar) atmosphere. Finally, the results of the irradiation experiences made at RA-6 reactor, located at the Bariloche Atomic Center, are given where variations on negative reactivity caused by introduction of burnable poison rods were measured. The results obtained from these experiences are in good agreement with those coming from calculation codes. (Author)

  18. Radiative lifetimes in B I using ultraviolet and vacuum-ultraviolet laser-induced fluorescence

    O'Brian, T. R.; Lawler, J. E.

    1992-01-01

    Radiative lifetimes of the eight lowest even parity levels in the doublet system of B I are measured using time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence in the UV and VUV on an atomic beam of boron. The accurate lifetimes provide a base for improved determination of absolute transition probabilities in B I. The techniques described are broadly applicable to measurement of lifetimes of levels with transitions in the visible, UV, and VUV in almost any element.

  19. Parametric design of an electrorheological shock absorber with the mixed-mode

    ZHENG Ling; DENG Zhaoxiang; LI Yinong

    2003-01-01

    A mathematical model based on an electrorheological (ER) shock absorber with the mixed-mode is presented. Its application to the parametric design of an electrorheological fluid shock absorber with the simulation calculation performed by program MATLAB demonstrates that the model can predict the behavior of ER shock absorbers satisfactorily, shorten the design period of an electrorheological shock absorber, and reduce the cost in the prototype manufacturing. The strength analysis based on a three-dimensional finite element model for the electrorheological shock absorber confirm that the structure design of the ER shock absorber is reasonable, and the stress distribution is uniform.

  20. Radiative lifetimes of neutral neodymium

    This work is part of an on-going study of radiative properties of rare earth neutral atoms. This work is motivated by research needs in several disparate fields including astrophysics and lighting technology. Radiative lifetimes of 100 levels of neutral neodymium are measured using the technique of time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence on a slow atomic beam. Of the 100 levels, 3 are even parity ranging in energy from 25 746 to 26 835 cm-1, and the remaining 97 are odd parity ranging from 17 787 to 27 786 cm-1. This set of Nd i lifetimes represents a significant extension to the available published data, with 51 of the 100 level lifetimes measured for the first time. These data, which are accurate to ±5%, provide the absolute normalization for a large set of measured Nd i transition probabilities.

  1. Lifetime measurements in 180Pt

    Chen, Q. M.; Wu, X. G.; Chen, Y. S.; Li, C. B.; Gao, Z. C.; Li, G. S.; Chen, F. Q.; He, C. Y.; Zheng, Y.; Hu, S. P.; Zhong, J.; Wu, Y. H.; Li, H. W.; Luo, P. W.

    2016-04-01

    Lifetimes of the yrast states in 180Pt have been measured from 4+ to 8+ using the recoil distance Doppler-shift technique in the coincidence mode. These states were populated by the reaction 156Gd(28Si,4 n )180Pt at a beam energy of 144 MeV. The differential decay curve method was applied to determine the lifetimes from experimental coincidence data. The B (E 2 ) values extracted from lifetimes increase with increasing spin, implying rotor behavior, but do not show the typical shape coexistence where the B (E 2 ) values present a rapid increase at very low spins. Calculations based on the triaxial projected shell model were performed for the yrast states in 180Pt and the results of both energies and E 2 transition probabilities reproduce the experimental data very well. The result also shows that a better description of the yrast band in 180Pt requires consideration of the γ degree of freedom.

  2. Casimir force in absorbing multilayers

    Tomas, M. S.

    2002-01-01

    The Casimir effect in a dispersive and absorbing multilayered system is considered adopting the (net) vacuum-field pressure point of view to the Casimir force. Using the properties of the macroscopic field operators appropriate for absorbing systems and a convenient compact form of the Green function for a multilayer, a straightforward and transparent derivation of the Casimir force in a lossless layer of an otherwise absorbing multilayer is presented. The resulting expression in terms of the...

  3. Energy-absorbing effectiveness factor

    Jones, Norman

    2010-01-01

    Abstract A study is reported on the energy-absorbing effectiveness factor which was introduced recently. The factor is defined as the quotient of the total energy, which can be absorbed in a system, to the maximum energy up to failure in a normal tensile specimen, which is made from the same volume of material. This dimensionless parameter allows comparisons to be made of the effectiveness of various geometrical shapes and of energy-absorbers made from different materials. The infl...

  4. Lifetime analysis of WWER Reactor Pressure Vessel Internals concerning material degradation

    Present study aims at extending the operational lifetime of its WWER 440 type Units. Namely, the purpose of this task is to perform evaluative analysis of presumable changes in material properties of WWER 440 RVI. In line with this objective, making use of this analysis, this study shall determine that are there degradation mechanism, which limits the lifetime of the structural elements

  5. Process device for measuring the absorber rod position

    In gas-cooled high temperature reactors, the absorber rods can move in their longitudinal direction between two end positions. The position measurement is done indirectly by evaluating the movement of the mechanical elements of the rod drive. The translatory lifting movement of the absorber rod is converted into a rotation movement for measurement purposes and is transferred to at least two pulse transmitters per end position. (orig./HP)

  6. Ceramic material which absorbs neutrons and its uses

    A ceramic material, which absorbs thermal and epithermal neutrons even at high temperatures, consists of a basic material absorbing neutrons and 5 to 50% by weight relative to the total weight of the material of at least one of the hydrides of zirconium, yttrium and/or at least one of the rare earth elements, and possibly a binder, and the usual fillers and auxiliaries. (orig.)

  7. The Work of a Lifetime

    Olson, Cathy Applefeld

    2012-01-01

    If there's one message that Joan Hillsman wants to get across to music directors, it's this: Teaching is a lifetime commitment. Hillsman is a longtime music educator, African-American music historian, author, consultant, music producer, clinician, radio show host, and current member of the Academic Board of the James Cleveland Gospel Music…

  8. Laboratory study of the cosmic-ray muon lifetime

    Ward, T.; Barker, M.; Breeden, J.; Komisarcik, K.; Pickar, M.; Wark, D.; Wiggins, J.

    1985-06-01

    The cosmic-ray muon lifetime was measured with a variety of counters designed to study both the free and ..mu../sup -/ capture lifetimes. The data were obtained using scintillation detectors and a lead glass detector. These data show the dependence of ..mu../sup -/ capture on the atomic number of the chemical element in the detector. The Z dependence of the weak interaction capture process is discussed in terms of the familiar Fermi (..delta..J = 0) and Gamow--Teller (..delta..J = 1) decays. This experiment was designed for use in advanced undergraduate physics laboratories.

  9. Laboratory study of the cosmic-ray muon lifetime

    The cosmic-ray muon lifetime was measured with a variety of counters designed to study both the free and μ- capture lifetimes. The data were obtained using scintillation detectors and a lead glass detector. These data show the dependence of μ- capture on the atomic number of the chemical element in the detector. The Z dependence of the weak interaction capture process is discussed in terms of the familiar Fermi (ΔJ = 0) and Gamow--Teller (ΔJ = 1) decays. This experiment was designed for use in advanced undergraduate physics laboratories

  10. Laboratory study of the cosmic-ray muon lifetime

    Ward, T.; Barker, M.; Breeden, J.; Komisarcik, K.; Pickar, M.; Wark, D.; Wiggins, J.

    1985-06-01

    The cosmic-ray muon lifetime was measured with a variety of counters designed to study both the free and μ- capture lifetimes. The data were obtained using scintillation detectors and a lead glass detector. These data show the dependence of μ- capture on the atomic number of the chemical element in the detector. The Z dependence of the weak interaction capture process is discussed in terms of the familiar Fermi (ΔJ=0) and Gamow-Teller (ΔJ=1) decays. This experiment was designed for use in advanced undergraduate physics laboratories.

  11. Calculation of the D and B Meson Lifetimes

    Chernyak, Victor

    1994-01-01

    Using the expansions of the heavy meson decay widths in the heavy quark mass and QCD sum rules for estimates of corresponding matrix elements,\\, we calculate the $D^{\\pm,o,s}$ decay widths and the $B^{\\pm,o,s}$ lifetime differences. The results for D mesons are in agreement with the data,\\, while it is predicted that $[\\Gamma (B^o)-\\Gamma (B^-)]/\\Gamma_B\\se 4\\%\\,,$ and the lifetime difference of the $B^o$ and $B_s$ mesons is even smaller. The role of the weak annihilation and Pauli interferen...

  12. Flexible subterahertz metamaterial absorber fabrication using inkjet printing technology

    Lee, Dongju; Sung, Hyuk-Kee; Lim, Sungjoon

    2016-07-01

    In this study, a flexible metamaterial (MM) absorber was designed at 0.1 THz and fabricated using inkjet printing technology. The unit cell of the MM absorber was designed using a finite element method-based full-wave simulation. The unit cell comprised square rings, and it was printed with silver nanoparticle ink on flexible Kapton polyimide film. The fabrication processes were performed using a material printer. The absorber's reflection coefficient was measured using a vector network analyzer and a WR-10 waveguide. The absorption ratio was 93.5 % at 0.102 THz. Therefore, we demonstrated the possibility of inkjet printing at a subterahertz band.

  13. Lifetime-management and lifetime-extension at PAKS nuclear power plant

    Paks Nuclear Power Plant provides 38-40% of domestic generation at lowest price. It has an important energy-policy role in Hungary. NPP Paks shall be a decisive and perspectively permanent element of the domestic electricity generation during the next two decades, which shall be ensured by plant safe operation, the lifetime extension and power uprating. Paks Nuclear Power Plant investigated the nuclear power plant's lifetime extension possibilities and alternatives, as well as technical and business feasibility of such alternatives. The feasibility study is based on the evaluation of a representative set of systems, structures and components, operational, test, in-service inspection and maintenance practice, experience and findings of the Periodic Safety Review. The most important results of this study showing the feasibility of 20 years lifetime extension is summarised in the paper. It was found that there are no technical or safety issues or limits, which may inhibit the operation of the Nuclear Power Plant Paks up to 50 years. In case of most systems and equipment the recent monitoring, maintenance and regular reconstruction practice of the NPP Paks allows the lifetime extension without outstanding cost. Replacement or reconstruction of a few equipment and systems requires significant investment costs. Material of reactor vessels of VVER/213 incorporated at Paks, compared to vessels of the similar units, is less sensitive to the embrittlement. At units 3-4 reactor vessels do not require any measure, consequently, any additional cost, even in case of a lifetime of 50 years. At unit 2 to extend the lifetime of the reactor vessel, only heating-up of emergency core cooling tanks is needed in order to decrease thermal stress levels caused by pressure thermal shock (PST) transients. For this purpose cost-effective technical solutions are available. At unit 1, beside the heating-up of the emergency core cooling tanks annealing of the welded joint No. 5/6 close to the

  14. Energy absorber for the CETA

    Wesselski, Clarence J.

    1994-01-01

    The energy absorber that was developed for the CETA (Crew Equipment and Translation Aid) on Space Station Freedom is a metal on metal frictional type and has a load regulating feature that prevents excessive stroking loads from occurring while in operation. This paper highlights some of the design and operating aspects and the testing of this energy absorber.

  15. Energy absorber for the CETA

    Wesselski, Clarence J.

    1994-05-01

    The energy absorber that was developed for the CETA (Crew Equipment and Translation Aid) on Space Station Freedom is a metal on metal frictional type and has a load regulating feature that prevents excessive stroking loads from occurring while in operation. This paper highlights some of the design and operating aspects and the testing of this energy absorber.

  16. Leaf absorbance and photosynthesis

    Schurer, Kees

    1994-01-01

    The absorption spectrum of a leaf is often thought to contain some clues to the photosynthetic action spectrum of chlorophyll. Of course, absorption of photons is needed for photosynthesis, but the reverse, photosynthesis when there is absorption, is not necessarily true. As a check on the existence of absorption limits we measured spectra for a few different leaves. Two techniques for measuring absorption have been used, viz. the separate determination of the diffuse reflectance and the diffuse transmittance with the leaf at a port of an integrating sphere and the direct determination of the non-absorbed fraction with the leaf in the sphere. In a cross-check both methods yielded the same results for the absorption spectrum. The spectrum of a Fuchsia leaf, covering the short-wave region from 350 to 2500 nm, shows a high absorption in UV, blue and red, the well known dip in the green and a steep fall-off at 700 nm. Absorption drops to virtually zero in the near infrared, with subsequent absorptions, corresponding to the water absorption bands. In more detailed spectra, taken at 5 nm intervals with a 5 nm bandwidth, differences in chlorophyll content show in the different depths of the dip around 550 nm and in a small shift of the absorption edge at 700 nm. Spectra for Geranium (Pelargonium zonale) and Hibiscus (with a higher chlorophyll content) show that the upper limit for photosynthesis can not be much above 700 nm. No evidence, however, is to be seen of a lower limit for photosynthesis and, in fact, some experiments down to 300 nm still did not show a decrease of the absorption although it is well recognized that no photosynthesis results with 300 nm wavelengths.

  17. COMSY software assists lifetime management activities

    The COMSY program has been developed to provide an effective software tool for the plant life management of systems and mechanical components. The program utilizes more than 25 years of experience resulting from research activities and operational experiences. It is designed to support a plant-wide strategy providing lifetime predictions for mechanical elements, which are validated by a small number of examinations at priority locations. The objective is to establish economically optimized inspection and maintenance programs, while maintaining high levels of plant safety and availability. This is accomplished by focusing inspection activities on the actually degradation relevant locations based on reliable service life predictions. This capability is particularly useful for the service life extension of systems and components. Within the last years the program has been successfully applied to various nuclear power plants and the benefit of this software-based strategy could be confirmed by field experience. (author)

  18. DHCAL with Minimal Absorber: Measurements with Positrons

    Freund, B; Repond, J; Schlereth, J; Xia, L; Dotti, A; Grefe, C; Ivantchenko, V; Antequera, J Berenguer; Alamillo, E Calvo; Fouz, M -C; Marin, J; Puerta-Pelayo, J; Verdugo, A; Brianne, E; Ebrahimi, A; Gadow, K; Göttlicher, P; Günter, C; Hartbrich, O; Hermberg, B; Irles, A; Krivan, F; Krüger, K; Kvasnicka, J; Lu, S; Lutz, B; Morgunov, V; Provenza, A; Reinecke, M; Sefkow, F; Schuwalow, S; Tran, H L; Garutti, E; Laurien, S; Matysek, M; Ramilli, M; Schroeder, S; Bilki, B; Norbeck, E; Northacker, D; Onel, Y; Cvach, J; Gallus, P; Havranek, M; Janata, M; Kovalcuk, M; Lednicky, D; Marcisovsky, M; Polak, I; Popule, J; Tomasek, L; Tomasek, M; Sicho, P; Smolik, J; Vrba, V; Zalesak, J; van Doren, B; Wilson, G W; Kawagoe, K; Miyazaki, Y; Sudo, Y; Suehara, T; Tomita, T; Ueno, H; Yoshioka, T; Bilokin, S; Bonis, J; Cornebise, P; Pöschl, R; Richard, F; Thiebault, A; Zerwas, D; Hostachy, J -Y; Morin, L; Besson, D; Chadeeva, M; Danilov, M; Markin, O; Popova, E; Gabriel, M; Goecke, P; Kiesling, C; van der Kolk, N; Simon, F; Szalay, M; Corriveau, F; Blazey, G C; Dyshkant, A; Francis, K; Zutshi, V; Kotera, K; Ono, H; Takeshita, T; Ieki, S; Kamiya, Y; Ootani, W; Shibata, N; Jeans, D; Komamiya, S; Nakanishi, H

    2016-01-01

    In special tests, the active layers of the CALICE Digital Hadron Calorimeter prototype, the DHCAL, were exposed to low energy particle beams, without being interleaved by absorber plates. The thickness of each layer corresponded approximately to 0.29 radiation lengths or 0.034 nuclear interaction lengths, defined mostly by the copper and steel skins of the detector cassettes. This paper reports on measurements performed with this device in the Fermilab test beam with positrons in the energy range of 1 to 10 GeV. The measurements are compared to simulations based on GEANT4 and a standalone program to emulate the detailed response of the active elements.

  19. Influences on lifetime of wire ropes in traction lifts

    Vogel, W.

    2016-05-01

    Traction lifts are complex systems with rotating and translating moving masses, springs and dampers and several system inputs from the lifts and the users. The wire ropes are essential mechanical elements. The mechanical properties of the ropes in use depend on the rope construction, the load situation, nonlinearities and the lift dimensions. The mechanical properties are important for the proper use in lifts and the ride quality. But first of all the wire ropes (for all other suspension means as well) have to satisfy the safety relevant requirements sufficient lifetime, reliable determination of discard and sufficient and limited traction capacity. The lifetime of the wire ropes better the number of trips until rope discard depends on a lot of parameters of the rope and the rope application eg use of plastic deflection sheaves and reverse bending layouts. New challenges for rope lifetime are resulting from the more or less open D/d-ratio limits possible by certificates concerning the examination of conformity by notified bodies. This paper will highlight the basics of wire rope technology, the endurance and lifetime of wire ropes running over sheaves, and the different influences from the ropes and more and more important from the lift application parameters. Very often underestimated are the influences of transport, storage, installation and maintenance. With this background we will lead over to the calculation methods of wire rope lifetime considering the actual findings of wire rope endurance research. We'll show in this paper new and innovative facts as the influence of rope length and size factor in the lifetime formular, the reduction of lifetime caused by traction grooves, the new model for the calculation in reverse bending operations and the statistically firmed possibilities for machine roomless lifts (MRL) under very small bending conditions.

  20. Personality, IQ, and Lifetime Earnings

    Gensowski, Miriam

    2014-01-01

    Talented individuals are seen as drivers of long-term growth, but how do they realize their full potential? In this paper, I show that even in a group of high-IQ men and women, lifetime earnings are substantially influenced by their education and personality traits. I identify a previously undocumented interaction between education and traits in earnings generation, which results in important heterogeneity of the net present value of education. Personality traits directly affect men's earning...

  1. Spectrally resolved fluorescent lifetime imaging

    Hanley, Quentin S.

    2008-01-01

    Placing an imaging spectrograph or related components capable of generating a spectrum between a microscope and the image intensifier of a conventional fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM) system creates a spectrally resolved FLIM (SFLIM). This arrangement provides a number of opportunities not readily available to conventional systems using bandpass filters. The examples include: simultaneous viewing of multiple fluorophores; tracking of both the donor and acceptor; and observation of a rang...

  2. Lifetime reproductive effort in humans

    Burger, Oskar; Walker, Robert; Hamilton, Marcus J.

    2009-01-01

    Lifetime reproductive effort (LRE) measures the total amount of metabolized energy diverted to reproduction during the lifespan. LRE captures key components of the life history and is particularly useful for describing and comparing the life histories of different organisms. Given a simple energetic production constraint, LRE is predicted to be similar in value for very different life histories. However, humans have some unique ecological characteristics that may alter LRE, such as the long p...

  3. Lifetime of MCP-PMTs

    Lehmann, A.; Britting, A.; Eyrich, W.; Pfaffinger, M.; Uhlig, F.; Belias, A.; Dzhygadlo, R.; Gerhardt, A.; Götzen, K.; Kalicy, G.; Krebs, M.; Lehmann, D.; Nerling, F.; Patsyuk, M.; Peters, K.; Schepers, G.; Schmitt, L.; Schwarz, C.; Schwiening, J.; Traxler, M.; Zühlsdorf, M.; Düren, M.; Etzelmüller, E.; Föhl, K.; Hayrapetyan, A.; Kröck, B.; Merle, O.; Rieke, J.; Schmidt, M.; Cowie, E.; Keri, T.; Achenbach, P.; Cardinali, M.; Hoek, M.; Lauth, W.; Schlimme, S.; Sfienti, C.; Thiel, M.

    2016-05-01

    The hadron identification in the PANDA experiment at FAIR will be done with DIRC detectors. Because of design and space reasons the sensors of the DIRCs have to be placed inside the strong magnetic field of the solenoid. As the favored photon sensors microchannel-plate photomultipliers (MCP-PMTs) were identified. However, these devices showed serious aging problems until very recently, which manifest themselves by a fast degrading quantum efficiency (QE) of the photo cathode (PC). This is mainly due to feedback ions from the residual gas. In this paper we discuss the recently accomplished huge improvements in the lifetime of MCP-PMTs. With innovative countermeasures applied to the MCP-PMTs in the attempt to reduce the aging effects the manufacturers were able to increase the lifetime of MCP-PMT prototypes by almost two orders of magnitude compared to the former commercially available devices. Our group has studied the aging of MCP-PMTs for more than four years by simultaneously illuminating different types of lifetime-enhanced MCP-PMTs at the same photon rate. Gain, dark count rate, and QE as a function of the wavelength and the PC surface were measured in regular time intervals and studied in dependence of the integrated anode charge. We observe that MCP-PMTs treated with an atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique are by far the best devices available now. A lifetime of up to 10 C/cm2 integrated anode charge was reached with these sensors. This is sufficient for both PANDA DIRCs.

  4. Stratospheric lifetime ratio of CFC-11 and CFC-12 from satellite and model climatologies

    L. Hoffmann

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs play a key role in stratospheric ozone loss and are strong infrared absorbers that contribute to global warming. The stratospheric lifetimes of CFCs are a measure of their global loss rates that are needed to determine global warming and ozone depletion potentials. We applied the tracer-tracer correlation approach to zonal mean climatologies from satellite measurements and model data to assess the lifetimes of CFCl3 (CFC-11 and CF2Cl2 (CFC-12. We present estimates of the CFC-11/CFC-12 lifetime ratio and the absolute lifetime of CFC-12, based on a reference lifetime of 52 yr for CFC-11. We analyzed climatologies from three satellite missions, the Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment-Fourier Transform Spectrometer (ACE-FTS, the HIgh Resolution Dynamics Limb Sounder (HIRDLS, and the Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding (MIPAS. We found a CFC-11/CFC-12 lifetime ratio of 0.47±0.08 and a CFC-12 lifetime of 111(96–132 yr for ACE-FTS, a ratio of 0.46±0.07 and a lifetime of 112(97–133 yr for HIRDLS, and a ratio of 0.46±0.08 and a lifetime of 112(96–135 yr for MIPAS. The error-weighted, combined CFC-11/CFC-12 lifetime ratio is 0.47±0.04 and the CFC-12 lifetime estimate is 112(102–123 yr. These results agree with the recent Stratosphere-troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate (SPARC reassessment, which recommends lifetimes of 52(43–67 yr and 102(88–122 yr, respectively. Having smaller uncertainties than the results from other recent studies, our estimates can help to better constrain CFC-11 and CFC-12 lifetime recommendations in future scientific studies and assessments. Furthermore, the satellite observations were used to validate first simulation results from a new coupled model system, which integrates a Lagrangian chemistry transport model into a climate model. For the coupled model we found a CFC-11/CFC-12 lifetime ratio of 0.48±0.07 and a CFC-12 lifetime of 110(95–129 yr, based on

  5. Stratospheric lifetime ratio of CFC-11 and CFC-12 from satellite and model climatologies

    L. Hoffmann

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs play a key role in stratospheric ozone loss and are strong infrared absorbers that contribute to global warming. The stratospheric lifetimes of CFCs are a measure of their stratospheric loss rates that are needed to determine global warming and ozone depletion potentials. We applied the tracer–tracer correlation approach to zonal mean climatologies from satellite measurements and model data to assess the lifetimes of CFCl3 (CFC-11 and CF2Cl2 (CFC-12. We present estimates of the CFC-11/CFC-12 lifetime ratio and the absolute lifetime of CFC-12, based on a reference lifetime of 52 years for CFC-11. We analyzed climatologies from three satellite missions, the Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment-Fourier Transform Spectrometer (ACE-FTS, the HIgh Resolution Dynamics Limb Sounder (HIRDLS, and the Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding (MIPAS. We found a CFC-11/CFC-12 lifetime ratio of 0.47±0.08 and a CFC-12 lifetime of 112(96–133 years for ACE-FTS, a ratio of 0.46±0.07 and a lifetime of 113(97–134 years for HIRDLS, and a ratio of 0.46±0.08 and a lifetime of 114(98–136 years for MIPAS. The error-weighted, combined CFC-11/CFC-12 lifetime ratio is 0.46±0.04 and the CFC-12 lifetime estimate is 113(103–124 years. These results agree with the recent Stratosphere-troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate (SPARC reassessment, which recommends lifetimes of 52(43–67 years and 102(88–122 years, respectively. Having smaller uncertainties than the results from other recent studies, our estimates can help to better constrain CFC-11 and CFC-12 lifetime recommendations in future scientific studies and assessments. Furthermore, the satellite observations were used to validate first simulation results from a new coupled model system, which integrates a Lagrangian chemistry transport model into a climate model. For the coupled model we found a CFC-11/CFC-12 lifetime ratio of 0.48±0.07 and a CFC-12 lifetime

  6. RADIATIVE LIFETIMES OF V I AND V II

    Den Hartog, E. A.; Lawler, J. E.; Wood, M. P., E-mail: eadenhar@wisc.edu, E-mail: jelawler@wisc.edu, E-mail: mpwood@wisc.edu [Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706 (United States)

    2014-11-01

    New radiative lifetimes are reported for 168 levels of V I ranging in energy from 18086 cm{sup –1} to 47702 cm{sup –1}, and for 31 levels of V II ranging in energy from 34593 cm{sup –1} to 47420 cm{sup –1}. These lifetimes are measured using time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence on a slow atomic/ionic beam as part of an ongoing study of the radiative properties of the iron group elements. All but two of the V II lifetimes have been measured before using modern laser-based methods, but a large fraction of the V I lifetimes are reported here for the first time. Comparison to earlier measurements is discussed. These new lifetimes are, for the most part, accurate to ±5%. They will be combined with branching fraction measurements to produce a large set of transition probabilities for V I and V II which are needed by the astrophysics community for stellar abundance determinations.

  7. An Evaluation of the Reliability of Complex Systems Using Shadowed Sets and Fuzzy Lifetime Data

    Olgierd Hryniewicz

    2006-01-01

    In this paper, we consider the problem of the evaluation of system reliability using statistical data obtained from reliability tests of its elements, in which the lifetimes of elements are described using an exponential distribution. We assume that this lifetime data may be reported imprecisely and that this lack of precision may be described using fuzzy sets. As the direct application of the fuzzy sets methodology leads in this case to very complicated and time consuming calculations, we propose simple approximations of fuzzy numbers using shadowed sets introduced by Pedrycz (1998). The proposed methodology may be simply extended to the case of general lifetime probability distributions.

  8. Liquid metal reactor absorber technology

    This paper reports that the selection of boron carbide as the reference liquid metal reactor absorber material is supported by results presented for irradiation performance, reactivity worth, compatibility, and benign failure consequences. Scram response requirements are met easily with current control rod configurations. The trend in absorber design development is toward larger sized pins with fewer pins per bundle, providing economic savings and improved hydraulic characteristics. Very long-life absorber designs appear to be attainable with the application of vented pin and sodium-bonded concepts

  9. Liquid metal reactor absorber technology

    The selection of boron carbide as the reference liquid metal reactor absorber material is supported by results presented for irradiation performance, reactivity worth compatibility, and benign failure consequences. Scram response requirements are met easily with current control rod configurations. The trend in absorber design development is toward larger sized pins with fewer pins per bundle, providing economic savings and improved hydraulic characteristics. Very long-life absorber designs appear to be attainable with the application of vented pin and sodium-bonded concepts. 3 refs., 3 figs

  10. Lifetimes of charm and beauty hadrons

    Recent results on the lifetimes of charm and beauty hadrons at the LEP collider experiment and at the fixed target experiments E653 are reviewed and discussed. The world average of b lifetime is now =1.29±0.05 ps. The exclusive lifetime measurements for b+, b-, b0 are presented. The lifetime difference among the different species of charm and of beauty hadrons are discussed. (author) 25 refs., 13 figs., 12 tabs

  11. A circuit method to integrate metamaterial and graphene in absorber design

    Wang, Zuojia; Zhou, Min; Lin, Xiao; Liu, Huixia; Wang, Huaping; Yu, Faxin; Lin, Shisheng; Li, Erping; Chen, Hongsheng

    2014-10-01

    We theoretically investigate a circuit analog approach to integrate graphene and metamaterial in electromagnetic wave absorber design. In multilayer graphene-metamaterial (GM) absorbers, ultrathin metamaterial elements are theoretically modeled as equivalent loads which attached to the junctions between two transmission lines. Combining with the benefits of tunable chemical potential in graphene, an optimized GM absorber is proposed as a proof of the circuit method. Numerical simulation results demonstrate the effectiveness of the circuit analytical model. The operating frequency of the GM absorber can be varied in terahertz frequency, indicating the potential applications of the GM absorber in sensors, modulators, and filters.

  12. Photoluminescence-based quality control for thin film absorber layers of photovoltaic devices

    Repins, Ingrid L.; Kuciauskas, Darius

    2015-07-07

    A time-resolved photoluminescence-based system providing quality control during manufacture of thin film absorber layers for photovoltaic devices. The system includes a laser generating excitation beams and an optical fiber with an end used both for directing each excitation beam onto a thin film absorber layer and for collecting photoluminescence from the absorber layer. The system includes a processor determining a quality control parameter such as minority carrier lifetime of the thin film absorber layer based on the collected photoluminescence. In some implementations, the laser is a low power, pulsed diode laser having photon energy at least great enough to excite electron hole pairs in the thin film absorber layer. The scattered light may be filterable from the collected photoluminescence, and the system may include a dichroic beam splitter and a filter that transmit the photoluminescence and remove scattered laser light prior to delivery to a photodetector and a digital oscilloscope.

  13. Hyperuniformity of Critical Absorbing States

    Hexner, Daniel; Levine, Dov

    2015-03-01

    The properties of the absorbing states of nonequilibrium models belonging to the conserved directed percolation universality class are studied. We find that, at the critical point, the absorbing states are hyperuniform, exhibiting anomalously small density fluctuations. The exponent characterizing the fluctuations is measured numerically, a scaling relation to other known exponents is suggested, and a new correlation length relating to this ordering is proposed. These results may have relevance to photonic band-gap materials.

  14. The absorber hypothesis of electrodynamics

    De Luca, Jayme

    2008-01-01

    We test the absorber hypothesis of the action-at-a-distance electrodynamics for globally-bounded solutions of a finite-particle universe. We find that the absorber hypothesis forbids globally-bounded motions for a universe containing only two charged particles, otherwise the condition alone does not forbid globally-bounded motions. We discuss the implication of our results for the various forms of electrodynamics of point charges.

  15. Status of material development for lifetime expansion of beryllium reflector

    Beryllium has been used as the reflector element material in the reactor, specifically S-200F structural grade beryllium manufactured by Materion Brush Beryllium and Composites (former, Brush Wellman Inc.). As a part of the reactor upgrade, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) also has carried out the cooperation experiments to extend the operating lifetime of the beryllium reflector elements. It will first be necessary to determine which of the material's physical, mechanical and chemical properties will be the most influential on that choice. The irradiation testing plans to evaluate the various beryllium grades are also briefly considered and prepared. In this paper, material selection, irradiation test plan and PEI development for lifetime expansion of beryllium are described for material testing reactors. (author)

  16. ASSESSMENT OF THE DRUM REMAINING LIFETIME IN THERMAL POWER PLANT

    Miroslav M Živković

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper analysis of stress and thermal-elastic-plastic strain of the drum is performed. Influence of modified thickness, yield stress and finite element model of welded joint between pipe and drum on assessment of the remaining lifetime of the drum in the thermal power plant is analyzed. Two analyses are compared. In the first, drum is modeled by shell and by 3D finite elements with projected geometrical and material data of drum. Then, the drum is modeled by shell and by 3D finite elements with modified thickness and yield stress. The analysis show that detailed modeling of stress concentration zones is necessary. Adequate modeling gives lower maximal effective plastic strain and increased number of cycles and, in that case, 3D finite elements are better comparing to shell finite elements.

  17. Predictive Models of Li-ion Battery Lifetime (Presentation)

    Smith, K.; Wood, E.; Santhanagopalan, S.; Kim, G.; Shi, Y.; Pesaran, A.

    2014-09-01

    Predictive models of Li-ion battery reliability must consider a multiplicity of electrochemical, thermal and mechanical degradation modes experienced by batteries in application environments. Complicating matters, Li-ion batteries can experience several path dependent degradation trajectories dependent on storage and cycling history of the application environment. Rates of degradation are controlled by factors such as temperature history, electrochemical operating window, and charge/discharge rate. Lacking accurate models and tests, lifetime uncertainty must be absorbed by overdesign and warranty costs. Degradation models are needed that predict lifetime more accurately and with less test data. Models should also provide engineering feedback for next generation battery designs. This presentation reviews both multi-dimensional physical models and simpler, lumped surrogate models of battery electrochemical and mechanical degradation. Models are compared with cell- and pack-level aging data from commercial Li-ion chemistries. The analysis elucidates the relative importance of electrochemical and mechanical stress-induced degradation mechanisms in real-world operating environments. Opportunities for extending the lifetime of commercial battery systems are explored.

  18. Estimation of luminescence lifetime in frequency domain

    Zhang Fu-Jun; Xu Zheng; Zhao Su-Ling; Lou Zhi-Dong; Yang Sheng-Yi; Xu Xu-Rong

    2006-01-01

    Absorption is the origin of luminescence. But it must be noticed that the lifetime of luminescence might reversely influence the rate of absorption. In this paper, it is reported that the luminescence intensity of copper and manganese changes with the driving frequency at constant voltage. The variation of luminescent intensity depends only on the lifetime of luminescence but not on the type of quenching or other factors. Generally the rate of absorption is dominantly determined by the material property and the lifetime of luminescence centres, the absorption of shorter lifetime centre will be larger than that of the longer lifetime centre at the same excited condition.

  19. Twin laser cavity solitons in a VCSEL with saturable absorber

    Eslami, Mansour; Kheradmand, Reza; Bahari, Parvin; Tajalli, Habib

    2015-09-01

    We show numerically the existence and stability of double-peak (twin) laser cavity solitons in a model of a semiconductor laser containing a saturable absorber. The onset of twin laser cavity solitons is observed in a narrow range of switching pulse energies above the maximum energy required to switch a normal single laser cavity soliton. Also, the FWHM value of the population dip at the end of injection is found to be wider which later breaks into two closely spaced dips. Three regimes of oscillating, oscillating-rotating and oscillating-rotating-travelling twin laser cavity solitons are reported depending on the value of a bifurcation parameter given by the ratio of the lifetimes of carriers in amplifier and absorber materials. The associated dynamical behaviors in these three regimes are also discussed.

  20. Carrier lifetimes in thin-film photovoltaics

    Baek, Dohyun

    2015-09-01

    The carrier lifetimes in thin-film solar cells are reviewed and discussed. Shockley-Read-Hall recombination is dominant at low carrier density, Auger recombination is dominant under a high injection condition and high carrier density, and surface recombination is dominant under any conditions. Because the surface photovoltage technique is insensitive to the surface condition, it is useful for bulk lifetime measurements. The photoconductance decay technique measures the effective recombination lifetime. The time-resolved photoluminescence technique is very useful for measuring thin-film semiconductor or solar-cell materials lifetime, because the sample is thin, other techniques are not suitable for measuring the lifetime. Many papers have provided time-resolved photoluminescence (TRPL) lifetimes for copper-indium-gallium-selenide (CIGS) and CdTe thin-film solar cell. The TRPL lifetime strongly depends on open-circuit voltage and conversion efficiency; however, the TRPL life time is insensitive to the short-circuit current.

  1. Absorber materials in CANDU PHWRs

    In a CANDU reactor the fuel channels are arranged on a square lattice in a calandria filled with heavy water moderator. This arrangement allows five types of tubular neutron absorber devices to be located in the relatively benign environment of low pressure, low temperature heavy water between neighbouring rows or columns of fuel channels. This paper will describe the roles of the devices and outline the design requirements of the absorber component from a reactor physics viewpoint. Nuclear heating and activation problems associated with the different absorbers will be briefly discussed. The design and manufacture of the devices will be also discussed. The control rod absorbers and shut off materials are cadmium and stainless steel. In the tubular arrangement, the cadmium is sandwiched between stainless steel tubes. This type of device has functioned well, but there is now concern over the availability and expense of cadmium which is used in two types of CANDU control devices. There are also concerns about the toxicity of cadmium during the fabrication of the absorbers. These concerns are prompting AECL to study alternatives. To minimize design changes, pure boron-10 alloyed in stainless steel is a favoured option. Work is underway to confirm the suitability of the boron-loaded steel and identify other encapsulated absorber materials for practical application. Because the reactivity devices or their guide tubes span the calandria vessel, the long slender components must be sufficiently rigid to resist operational vibration and also be seismically stable. Some of these components are made of Zircaloy to minimize neutron absorption. Slow irradiation growth and creep can reduce the spring tension, and periodic adjustments to the springs are required. Experience with the control absorber devices has generally been good. In one instance liquid zone controllers had a problem of vibration induced fretting but a redesigned back-fit resolved the problem. (author). 3 refs, 8

  2. The Westinghouse equipment lifetime monitor

    The Westinghouse Equipment LIFETIME Monitor addresses a long-standing need in the nuclear industry-A way to continuously and passively monitor the temperature and radiation environment of components located throughout the plant. This compact device (approximately 2.5 x 2.3 x 1.3 inches) is capable of performing up to six different functions. Each function is designed to measure a different type or range of environmental parameter. Monitoring options include peak temperature, integrated temperature, low and high range gamma ray dose, beta particle dose, and neutron radiation. These various functions allow flexibility in selecting the precise environmental parameters to be monitored to meet plant specific requirements and budget constraints. The data acquired from the Equipment LIFETIME Monitor can be used in a variety of ways, including: - Extending the qualified life of safety-related equipment by improving on initial assumptions regarding service environment, - Conducting long term temperature and radiation surveys to ensure operation within qualified limits, - Assessing potential age-related degradation of major high cost components for purposes of plant life extension, and - Justifying continued use of equipment following an accidental excursion in environmental radiation or temperature. (author)

  3. Corrosion Preventive Compounds Lifetime Testing

    Hale, Stephanie M.; Kammerer, Catherine C.; Copp, Tracy L.

    2007-01-01

    Lifetime Testing of Corrosion Preventive Compounds (CPCs) was performed to quantify performance in the various environments to which the Space Shuttle Orbiter is exposed during a flight cycle. Three CPCs are approved for use on the Orbiter: RD Calcium Grease, Dinitrol AV-30, and Braycote 601 EF. These CPCs have been rigorously tested to prove that they mitigate corrosion in typical environments, but little information is available on how they perform in the unique combination of the coastal environment at the launch pad, the vacuum of low-earth orbit, and the extreme heat of reentry. Currently, there is no lifetime or reapplication schedule established for these compounds that is based on this combination of environmental conditions. Aluminum 2024 coupons were coated with the three CPCs and exposed to conditions that simulate the environments to which the Orbiter is exposed. Uncoated Aluminum 2024 coupons were exposed to the environmental conditions as a control. Visual inspection and Electro- Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) were performed on the samples in order to determine the effectiveness of the CPCs. The samples were processed through five mission life cycles or until the visual inspection revealed the initiation of corrosion and EIS indicated severe degradation of the coating.

  4. Carbon Absorber Retrofit Equipment (CARE)

    Klein, Eric [Neumann Systems Group, Incorporated, Colorado Springs, CO (United States)

    2015-12-23

    During Project DE-FE0007528, CARE (Carbon Absorber Retrofit Equipment), Neumann Systems Group (NSG) designed, installed and tested a 0.5MW NeuStream® carbon dioxide (CO2) capture system using the patented NeuStream® absorber equipment and concentrated (6 molal) piperazine (PZ) as the solvent at Colorado Springs Utilities’ (CSU’s) Martin Drake pulverized coal (PC) power plant. The 36 month project included design, build and test phases. The 0.5MW NeuStream® CO2 capture system was successfully tested on flue gas from both coal and natural gas combustion sources and was shown to meet project objectives. Ninety percent CO2 removal was achieved with greater than 95% CO2product purity. The absorbers tested support a 90% reduction in absorber volume compared to packed towers and with an absorber parasitic power of less than 1% when configured for operation with a 550MW coal plant. The preliminary techno-economic analysis (TEA) performed by the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) predicted an over-the-fence cost of $25.73/tonne of CO2 captured from a sub-critical PC plant.

  5. Mushroom plasmonic metamaterial infrared absorbers

    There has been a considerable amount of interest in the development of various types of electromagnetic wave absorbers for use in different wavelength ranges. In particular, infrared (IR) absorbers with wavelength selectivity can be applied to advanced uncooled IR sensors, which would be capable of identifying objects through their radiation spectrum. In the present study, mushroom plasmonic metamaterial absorbers (MPMAs) for the IR wavelength region were designed and fabricated. The MPMAs consist of a periodic array of thin metal micropatches connected to a thin metal plate with narrow silicon (Si) posts. A Si post height of 200 nm was achieved by isotropic XeF2 etching of a thin Si layer sandwiched between metal plates. This fabrication procedure is relatively simple and is consistent with complementary metal oxide semiconductor technology. The absorption spectra of the fabricated MPMAs were experimentally measured. In addition, theoretical calculations of their absorption properties were conducted using rigorous coupled wave analysis. Both the calculated and measured absorbance results demonstrated that these MPMAs can realize strong selective absorption at wavelengths beyond the period of the array by varying the micropatch width. Absorbance values greater than 90% were achieved. Dual- or single-mode absorption can also be selected by varying the width of the Si posts. Pixel structures using such MPMAs could be used as high responsivity, high resolution and fast uncooled IR sensors

  6. Personality, IQ, and Lifetime Earnings

    Gensowski, Miriam

    2014-01-01

    Talented individuals are seen as drivers of long-term growth, but how do they realize their full potential? In this paper, I show that lifetime earnings of high-IQ men and women are substantially influenced by their personality traits, in addition to intelligence and education. Personality traits......, as identified in a factor model, significantly affect earnings, but not for young workers. The effects are furthermore heterogeneous by educational attainment. For women, personality traits do not affect family earnings in the same way as own earnings. Personality and IQ also influence earnings...... matching on detailed background information. This paper complements the literature on investments in education and personality traits by showing that they also have potentially high returns at the high end of the ability distribution....

  7. Measurement of the BS lifetime

    This thesis presents a measurement of the Bs lifetime using 3 million hadronic Z decays collected by the DELPHI detector at LEP from 1991 to 1994. Decays of Bs mesons are tagged by the reconstruction of a Ds-→φπ-or Ds-→K*0K- decay (including the charge conjugated states of these decay modes). The decay time is obtained by reconstructing both the Bs momentum and the Bs flight distance. The combined result for the Ds-lepton and Ds-hadron samples is: τ(Bs)=1.54±0.31±0.15 ps where the first error is statistical and the second is systematic. (orig./HSI)

  8. Subjective probability models for lifetimes

    Spizzichino, Fabio

    2001-01-01

    Bayesian methods in reliability cannot be fully utilized and understood without full comprehension of the essential differences that exist between frequentist probability and subjective probability. Switching from the frequentist to the subjective approach requires that some fundamental concepts be rethought and suitably redefined. Subjective Probability Models for Lifetimes details those differences and clarifies aspects of subjective probability that have a direct influence on modeling and drawing inference from failure and survival data. In particular, within a framework of Bayesian theory, the author considers the effects of different levels of information in the analysis of the phenomena of positive and negative aging.The author coherently reviews and compares the various definitions and results concerning stochastic ordering, statistical dependence, reliability, and decision theory. He offers a detailed but accessible mathematical treatment of different aspects of probability distributions for exchangea...

  9. Anomalous Diffusion with Absorbing Boundary

    Kantor, Yacov; Kardar, Mehran

    2007-01-01

    In a very long Gaussian polymer on time scales shorter that the maximal relaxation time, the mean squared distance travelled by a tagged monomer grows as ~t^{1/2}. We analyze such sub-diffusive behavior in the presence of one or two absorbing boundaries and demonstrate the differences between this process and the sub-diffusion described by the fractional Fokker-Planck equation. In particular, we show that the mean absorption time of diffuser between two absorbing boundaries is finite. Our res...

  10. Perfectly Reflectionless Omnidirectional Electromagnetic Absorber

    Sainath, Kamalesh

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate the existence of metamaterial blueprints describing, and fundamental limitations concerning, perfectly reflectionless omnidirectional electromagnetic absorbers (PR-OEMA). Previous attempts to define PR-OEMA blueprints have led to active (gain), rather than passive, media. We explain this fact and unveil new, distinct limitations of true PR-OEMA devices including the appearance of an "electromagnetic horizon" on physical solutions. As practical alternatives, we introduce two new OEMA blueprints. While these two blueprints do not correspond to reflectionless media, they are effective in absorbing incident waves in a manner robust to incident wave diversity.

  11. Adaptive inertial shock-absorber

    Faraj, Rami; Holnicki-Szulc, Jan; Knap, Lech; Seńko, Jarosław

    2016-03-01

    This paper introduces and discusses a new concept of impact absorption by means of impact energy management and storage in dedicated rotating inertial discs. The effectiveness of the concept is demonstrated in a selected case-study involving spinning management, a recently developed novel impact-absorber. A specific control technique performed on this device is demonstrated to be the main source of significant improvement in the overall efficiency of impact damping process. The influence of various parameters on the performance of the shock-absorber is investigated. Design and manufacturing challenges and directions of further research are formulated.

  12. Study of an electroacoustic absorber

    Rodríguez de Antonio, Javier

    2008-01-01

    El problema de la atenuación del ruido de baja frecuencia todavía persiste pese a que ha sido ampliamente estudiado. Las técnicas para absorber ruido de alta frecuencia (superior a 500 Hz), como son los materiales porosos, resonadores de Helmholtz o espumas no ofrecen resultados aceptables a bajas frecuencias. Serían necesarios volúmenes impracticables de materiales porosos para intentar absorber frecuencias menores a 500 Hz, y lo mismo ocurre con los resonadores de Helmholtz. Esta ineficacia...

  13. Optimal design of MR shock absorber and application to vehicle suspension

    This paper presents an optimal design of a magnetorheological (MR) shock absorber based on finite element analysis. The MR shock absorber is constrained in a specific volume and the optimization problem identifies geometric dimensions of the shock absorber that minimize a multi-objective function. The objective function is proposed by considering the damping force, dynamic range and the inductive time constant of the shock absorber. After describing the configuration of the MR shock absorber, a quasi-static modeling of the shock absorber is performed based on the Bingham model of an MR fluid. The initial geometric dimensions of the shock absorber are then determined based on the assumption of constant magnetic flux density throughout the magnetic circuit. The objective function of the optimization problem is derived based on the solution of the initial shock absorber. An optimization procedure using a golden-section algorithm and a local quadratic fitting technique is constructed via a commercial finite element method parametric design language. Using the developed optimization tool, optimal solutions of the MR shock absorber, which is constrained in a specific cylindrical volume defined by its radius and height, are determined. Subsequently, a quarter-car suspension model with the optimized MR shock absorber is formulated and the vibration control performance of the suspension is evaluated under bump and sinusoidal road conditions

  14. Computing lifetimes for battery-powered devices

    Jongerden, Marijn; Haverkort, Boudewijn

    2010-01-01

    The battery lifetime of mobile devices depends on the usage pattern of the battery, next to the discharge rate and the battery capacity. Therefore, it is important to include the usage pattern in battery lifetime computations. We do this by combining a stochastic workload, modeled as a continuous-time Markov model, with a well-known battery model. For this combined model, we provide new algorithms to efficiently compute the expected lifetime and the distribution and expected value of the deli...

  15. Thermal Characterization of Absorbing Coatings for Thermal Detectors of Radiation by Photopyroelectric Method

    Bravina, Svetlana L.; Morozovsky, Nicholas V.; Dovbeshko, Galina I.; Obraztsova, Elena D.

    2006-01-01

    By photothermomodulatoin method the comparative study of thermal diffusivity of absorbing coating for sensitive elements of pyroelectric detectors of radiation formed from metal dispersion layer blacks, dielectric paint blacks and carbon nanotubes paint blacks has been performed. Prospects of using carbon nanotubes based black absorbing coatings for pyroelectric and other thermal detector application are shown.

  16. Measurement of the average lifetime of hadrons containing bottom quarks

    This thesis reports a measurement of the average lifetime of hadrons containing bottom quarks. It is based on data taken with the DELCO detector at the PEP e+e- storage ring at a center of mass energy of 29 GeV. The decays of hadrons containing bottom quarks are tagged in hadronic events by the presence of electrons with a large component of momentum transverse to the event axis. Such electrons are identified in the DELCO detector by an atmospheric pressure Cherenkov counter assisted by a lead/scintillator electromagnetic shower counter. The lifetime measured is 1.17 psec, consistent with previous measurements. This measurement, in conjunction with a limit on the non-charm branching ratio in b-decay obtained by other experiments, can be used to constrain the magnitude of the V/sub cb/ element of the Kobayashi-Maskawa matrix to the range 0.042 (+0.005 or -0.004 (stat.), +0.004 or -0.002 (sys.)), where the errors reflect the uncertainty on tau/sub b/ only and not the uncertainties in the calculations which relate the b-lifetime and the element of the Kobayashi-Maskawa matrix

  17. A Titanium Nitride Absorber for Controlling Optical Crosstalk in Horn-Coupled Aluminum LEKID Arrays for Millimeter Wavelengths

    McCarrick, H.; Flanigan, D.; Jones, G.; Johnson, B. R.; Ade, P. A. R.; Bradford, K.; Bryan, S.; Cantor, R; Che, G.; Day, P.; Doyle, S.; Leduc, H.; Limon, M.; Mauskopf, P.; Miller, A.

    2015-01-01

    We discuss the design and measured performance of a titanium nitride (TiN) mesh absorber we are developing for controlling optical crosstalk in horn-coupled lumped-element kinetic inductance detector arrays for millimeter-wavelengths. This absorber was added to the fused silica anti-reflection coating attached to previously-characterized, 20-element prototype arrays of LEKIDs fabricated from thin-film aluminum on silicon substrates. To test the TiN crosstalk absorber, we compared the measured...

  18. The CO2 lifetime concept should be banished

    Presenting an alternative view to that of Brian O'Neill et al. (p. 491-503 of this journal issue), the author argues that as carbon goes continually back and forth between its different forms, gaseous CO2, dissolved CO2, bicarbonate and carbonate ions, it is difficult to assign a lifetime to the fraction of the emitted CO2 staying airborne permanently. The non-linear nature of partial uptake of CO2 by the oceans also adds to this difficulty. Titration reactions and chemical equilibrium introduce 'mystery' into measurements - carbon does not actually leave the atmosphere-biosphere-ocean system. This has implications for any greenhouse gas abatement policy. Assigning a characteristic lifetime for emissions in the author's opinion hides a scientific approximation. Integrated assessment models (IAMs) where economic and environmental consequences of policy are treated together involved simple box models of the carbon cycle but these introduce a great element of doubt into the IAMs. 8 refs

  19. Hierarchy of lifetimes of charmed and beautiful hadrons

    Pre-asymptotic corrections to total hadronic widths of weak decays of charmed and beautiful hadrons are considered. The main emphasis is put on effects due to the spectator quark. The so called hybrid logarithms emerging from the domain of momenta R-2 2 Q2 (R is the hadronic size, mQ is the heavy quark mass) are taken into account, a new element of the analysis. For chamed hadrons the pre-asymptotic corrections are of order unity, and the corresponding estimates of non leptonic widths are of semiquantitative character. The hierarchy of hadronic widths for D, F mesons and Λc, Ξc(A), Ωc baryons is establish. The lifetime of Ωc0 turns out to be the smallest. The difference in lifetimes of beautiful hadrons is predicted to be definitely less than a few percent

  20. Cosmology in Mr. Tompkins' Lifetime

    Lindner, Rudi Paul

    2016-01-01

    Mr. Tompkins, the hero of George Gamow's most famous book, was born in the first decade of the twentieth century and lived until its end. A bank clerk by day, Mr. Tompkins had wide-ranging interests, and his curiosity led him to popular scientific presentations, and these in turn brought him a long and happy marriage to Maud, the daughter of a professor of physics. His lifetime offers an appropriate framework for a meditation on the history of cosmology during the century in which cosmology became a scientific enterprise. As it happens, Mr. Tompkins' first exposure to cosmology, in which he observed both the expansion and contraction of an oscillating universe in 1939, happened during the long night of relativity, the generation in which relativity specialists became few and, like the galaxies, far between. This talk will consider the heyday of early relativistic cosmology from 1917 to 1935, the causes and consequences of the "long night" from 1935 until 1963, and the renaissance of cosmology, which, occurring as it did upon the retirement of Mr. Tompkins, afforded him great pleasure in his later years.

  1. The Lifetime of Axion Stars

    Eby, Joshua; Wijewardhana, L C R

    2015-01-01

    We investigate the decay of condensates of scalars in a field theory defined by $V({\\cal A})=m^2 f^2 [1-\\cos({\\cal A}/f)]$, where $m$ and $f$ are the mass and decay constant of the scalar field. An example of such a theory is that of the axion, in which case the condensates are called axion stars. The axion field, $\\cal A$, is self adjoint. As a result the axion number is not an absolutely conserved quantity. Therefore, axion stars are not stable and have finite lifetimes. Bound axions, localized on the volume of the star, have a coordinate uncertainty $\\Delta x \\sim R \\sim 1/(m_a \\Delta)$, where $R$ is the radius of the star and $\\Delta = \\sqrt{1-E_0^2/m_a^2}$. Here $m_a$ and $E_0$ are the mass and the ground state energy of the bound axion. Then the momentum distribution of axions has a width of $\\Delta p \\sim m_a\\Delta$. At strong binding, $\\Delta={\\cal O}(1)$, bound axions can easily transfer a sufficient amount of momentum to create and emit a free axion, leading to fast decay of the star with a transiti...

  2. Fusion-component lifetime analysis

    A one-dimensional computer code has been developed to examine the lifetime of first-wall and impurity-control components. The code incorporates the operating and design parameters, the material characteristics, and the appropriate failure criteria for the individual components. The major emphasis of the modeling effort has been to calculate the temperature-stress-strain-radiation effects history of a component so that the synergystic effects between sputtering erosion, swelling, creep, fatigue, and crack growth can be examined. The general forms of the property equations are the same for all materials in order to provide the greatest flexibility for materials selection in the code. The individual coefficients within the equations are different for each material. The code is capable of determining the behavior of a plate, composed of either a single or dual material structure, that is either totally constrained or constrained from bending but not from expansion. The code has been utilized to analyze the first walls for FED/INTOR and DEMO and to analyze the limiter for FED/INTOR

  3. Oscillator strengths and lifetimes in Kr XXV

    Gupta, G P [Department of Physics, S. D. (Postgraduate) College, Muzaffarnagar-251 001, Affiliated to Chowdhary Charan Singh University, Meerut-250 004 (India); Msezane, A Z [Department of Physics and Center for Theoretical Studies of Physical Systems, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA 30314 (United States)

    2006-06-15

    Energy splittings of 53 fine-structure levels as well as oscillator strengths and radiative decay rates for all electric-dipole-allowed and intercombination transitions among the (1s{sup 2}2s{sup 2}2p{sup 6})3s{sup 2}({sup 1}S), 3s3p({sup 1,3}P{sup 0}), 3s3d({sup 1,3}D), 3s4s({sup 1,3}S), 3s4p({sup 1,3}P{sup 0}), 3s4d({sup 1,3}D), 3s4f({sup 1,3}F{sup 0}), 3p{sup 2}({sup 1}S,{sup 3}P,{sup 1}D), 3p3d({sup 1,3}P{sup 0},{sup 1,3}D{sup 0}, {sup 1,3}F{sup 0}), 3p4s({sup 1,3}P{sup 0}) and 3d{sup 2}({sup 1}S,{sup 3}P,{sup 1}D,{sup 3}F,{sup 1}G) states of Kr XXV are calculated using very extensive configuration-interaction (CI) wavefunctions. These wavefunctions are obtained using the CIV3 computer code of Hibbert. The important relativistic effects in intermediate coupling are incorporated by means of the Breit-Pauli Hamiltonian. In order to keep our calculated energy splittings as close as possible to the experimental values, we have made small adjustments to the diagonal elements of the Hamiltonian matrices. Our excitation energies, including their ordering, are in excellent agreement with the available experimental results. The enormous mixing among several fine-structure levels makes it very difficult to identify them correctly with the result that their positions in other calculations are interchanged compared to our results and the experimental values. From our transition probabilities, we have also calculated radiative lifetimes of some fine-structure levels. Our calculated oscillator strengths, radiative decay rates and the lifetimes are found to be in good agreement with the experimental and other theoretical results (wherever available). In this calculation, we also predict new data for several fine-structure levels where no other theoretical and/or experimental results are available. We believe that the new oscillator strengths reported in this paper will be useful in many astrophysical applications and in technical plasma modelling.

  4. Oscillator strengths and lifetimes in Ge XXI

    Gupta, G P [Department of Physics, S D (Postgraduate) College, Muzaffarnagar-251 001 (India); Msezane, A Z [Department of Physics and Center for Theoretical Studies of Physical Systems, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA 30314 (United States)], E-mail: g_p_gupta1@yahoo.co.in

    2008-03-15

    We have calculated energy splittings of 53 fine-structure levels as well as oscillator strengths and radiative decay rates for all electric-dipole-allowed and intercombination transitions among the (1s{sup 2}2s{sup 2}2p{sup 6})3s{sup 2}({sup 1}S), 3s3p({sup 1,3}P{sup o}), 3s3d({sup 1,3}D), 3s4s({sup 1,3}S), 3s4p({sup 1,3}P{sup o}), 3s4d({sup 1,3}D), 3s4f({sup 1,3}F{sup o}), 3p{sup 2}({sup 1}S,{sup 3}P,{sup 1}D), 3p3d({sup 1,3}P{sup o},{sup 1,3}D{sup o},{sup 1,3}F{sup o}), 3p4s({sup 1,3}P{sup o}) and 3d{sup 2}({sup 1}S,{sup 3}P,{sup 1}D,{sup 3}F,{sup 1}G) states of Ge XXI, using extensive configuration-interaction (CI) wavefunctions, obtained with the CIV3 computer code of Hibbert. The important relativistic effects in intermediate coupling are incorporated by means of the Breit-Pauli Hamiltonian. In order to keep our calculated energy splittings as close as possible to the experimental values, we have made small adjustments to the diagonal elements of the Hamiltonian matrices. Our excitation energies, including their ordering, are in excellent agreement with the available experimental results. The enormous mixing among several fine-structure levels makes it very difficult to identify them correctly with the result that their positions in the calculation of Ivanova et al are interchanged compared to our results and the experimental values. From our transition probabilities, we have also calculated radiative lifetimes of some fine-structure levels. Our calculated oscillator strengths and the lifetimes are found to be in good agreement with the other available theoretical results. In this calculation, we also predict new data for several fine-structure levels where no other theoretical and/or experimental results are available.

  5. Thermal analysis of the crotch absorber in APS

    A crotch absorber design for use in the Advanced Photon source (APS) has been proposed and analyzed. the absorber is placed downstream of sectors S2 and S4 in the curved storage ring chamber and will be subjected to a peak power of 120 W/mm2 per 100mA synchrotron radiation. A beryllium ring is brazed on the GlidCop cooling cylinder in order to diffuse the concentrated bending magnet heating. One concentric water channel and two annular return water channels are arranged in the GlidCop cylinder to enhance the cooling. A Bodner-Partom thermoviscoplastic constitutive equation and a modified Manson-Coffin fatigue relation are proposed to simulate the cyclic thermal loading, as well as to predict the thermal fatigue life of the crotch absorber. Results of temperature and stress using finite element computations are displayed and series of e-beam welder tests and microstructure measurements are reported

  6. Infrared imaging video bolometer with a double layer absorbing foil

    The object of the present paper is an infrared video bolometer with a bolometer foil consisting of two layers: the first layer is constructed of radiation absorbing blocks and the second layer is a thermal isolating base. The absorbing blocks made of a material with a high photon attenuation coefficient (gold) were spatially separated from each other while the base should be made of a material having high tensile strength and low thermal conductance (stainless steel). Such a foil has been manufactured in St. Petersburg and calibrated in NIFS using a vacuum test chamber and a laser beam as an incident power source. A finite element method (FEM) code was applied to simulate the thermal response of the foil. Simulation results are in good agreement with the experimental calibration data. The temperature response of the double layer foil is a factor of two higher than that of a single foil IR video bolometer using the same absorber material and thickness. (author)

  7. Terahertz metamaterials perfect absorbers for sensing and imaging

    Wilbert, David S.; Hokmabadi, Mohammad P.; Martinez, Joshua; Kung, Patrick; Kim, Seongsin M.

    2013-02-01

    Devices operating at THz frequencies have been continuously expanded in many areas of application and major research field, which requires materials with suitable electromagnetic responses at THz frequency ranges. Unlike most naturally occurring materials, novel THz metamaterials have proven to be well suited for use in various devices due to narrow and tunable operating ranges. In this work, we present the results of two THz metamaterial absorber structures aiming two important device aspects; polarization sensitivity and broad band absorption. The absorbers were simulated by finite element method and fabricated through the combination of standard lift-off photolithography and electron beam metal deposition. The fabricated devices were characterized by reflection mode THz time domain spectroscopy. The narrow band absorber structures exhibit up to 95% absorption with a bandwidth of 0.1 THz to 0.15 THz.

  8. Lifetime of Organic Photovoltaics: Status and Predictions

    Gevorgyan, Suren; Madsen, Morten Vesterager; Roth, Bérenger;

    2016-01-01

    The results of a meta-analysis conducted on organic photovoltaics (OPV) lifetime data reported in the literature is presented through the compilation of an extensive OPV lifetime database based on a large number of articles, followed by analysis of the large body of data. We fully reveal the...

  9. Stochastic Analysis of Orbital Lifetimes of Spacecraft

    Sasamoto, Washito; Goodliff, Kandyce; Cornelius, David

    2008-01-01

    A document discusses (1) a Monte-Carlo-based methodology for probabilistic prediction and analysis of orbital lifetimes of spacecraft and (2) Orbital Lifetime Monte Carlo (OLMC)--a Fortran computer program, consisting of a previously developed long-term orbit-propagator integrated with a Monte Carlo engine. OLMC enables modeling of variances of key physical parameters that affect orbital lifetimes through the use of probability distributions. These parameters include altitude, speed, and flight-path angle at insertion into orbit; solar flux; and launch delays. The products of OLMC are predicted lifetimes (durations above specified minimum altitudes) for the number of user-specified cases. Histograms generated from such predictions can be used to determine the probabilities that spacecraft will satisfy lifetime requirements. The document discusses uncertainties that affect modeling of orbital lifetimes. Issues of repeatability, smoothness of distributions, and code run time are considered for the purpose of establishing values of code-specific parameters and number of Monte Carlo runs. Results from test cases are interpreted as demonstrating that solar-flux predictions are primary sources of variations in predicted lifetimes. Therefore, it is concluded, multiple sets of predictions should be utilized to fully characterize the lifetime range of a spacecraft.

  10. Lifetime prediction and the economic lifetime of Proton Exchange Membrane fuel cells

    Highlights: • A formula to predict the PEMFC lifetime is presented. • A PEMFC residual life evaluation method is presented. • The evaluation method realizes online forecasting of the PEMFC residual life. • The PEMFC economic lifetime is studied to confirm the best design lifetime. - Abstract: Lifetime and cost are two main factors that restrict the commercialization of Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells. This paper mainly studies the prediction and the evaluation methods of PEM fuel cell lifetime. A formula to predict the PEM fuel cell lifetime is presented. The formula is based on the vehicular operation records and the tested results in the lab. Also the difference between the vehicular operation condition and the test is taken into consideration. The formula realizes the PEM fuel cell lifetime rapid prediction. A PEM fuel cell residual life evaluation method is also presented. The evaluation method realizes online forecasting of the residual life through updating the environmental affecting factor and voltage degradation rate caused by the operating conditions. Furthermore, the PEM fuel cell economic lifetime is studied. The economic lifetime is the working lifetime which gains the lowest average cost. The synthesis of the lifetime and the cost provides a basis to confirm the best design lifetime

  11. Insight into magnetorheological shock absorbers

    Gołdasz, Janusz

    2015-01-01

    This book deals with magnetorheological fluid theory, modeling and applications of automotive magnetorheological dampers. On the theoretical side a review of MR fluid compositions and key factors affecting the characteristics of these fluids is followed by a description of existing applications in the area of vibration isolation and flow-mode shock absorbers in particular. As a majority of existing magnetorheological devices operates in a so-called flow mode a critical review is carried out in that regard. Specifically, the authors highlight common configurations of flow-mode magnetorheological shock absorbers, or so-called MR dampers that have been considered by the automotive industry for controlled chassis applications. The authors focus on single-tube dampers utilizing a piston assembly with one coil or multiple coils and at least one annular flow channel in the piston.

  12. Optical trapping of absorbing particles

    Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H; Friese, M E J; Heckenberg, N R

    1998-01-01

    Radiation pressure forces in a focussed laser beam can be used to trap microscopic absorbing particles against a substrate. Calculations based on momentum transfer considerations show that stable trapping occurs before the beam waist, and that trapping is more effective with doughnut beams. Such doughnut beams can transfer angular momentum leading to rotation of the trapped particles. Energy is also transferred, which can result in heating of the particles to temperatures above the boiling point of the surrounding medium.

  13. Optical trapping of absorbing particles

    Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H.; Nieminen, T. A.; Friese, M. E. J.; Heckenberg, N R

    2003-01-01

    Radiation pressure forces in a focussed laser beam can be used to trap microscopic absorbing particles against a substrate. Calculations based on momentum transfer considerations show that stable trapping occurs before the beam waist, and that trapping is more effective with doughnut beams. Such doughnut beams can transfer angular momentum leading to rotation of the trapped particles. Energy is also transferred, which can result in heating of the particles to temperatures above the boiling po...

  14. Determining factors for high performance silicone rubber microwave absorbing materials

    Silicone rubber microwave absorbing materials (RMAMs) based on ferrite as the major absorbent were prepared by the mechanical blending method. The determining factors for the complex permittivity, complex permeability, and reflectivity of RMAM were thoroughly investigated with various samples including different crystal structures of Ba-ferrite (M-type, W-type, and Y-type), the ferrite with doped elements (Ba, Sr), the materials' thickness, the combination ratio of ferrite and carbonyl iron. The effects of surface modification and loading amount of ferrite on the mechanical properties, processing performance, and absorbing property of RMAM were also assessed. The results show that W-type Ba-ferrite based RMAM exhibits better absorbing property at high frequencies (8-18 GHz) than the other two barium ferrites (M-type and Y-type) based ones, and the absorbing property of RMAM based on Sr-ferrite is best. As the thickness of RMAM and the amount of absorbents increase, the absorption peak moves toward low frequency, the absorption frequency bandwidth is narrowed, and the reflectivity first decreases and later increases. The optimum thickness is 1.5-1.7 mm, and the amount of ferrite is 450 parts per hundreds of rubber (phr). Surface modification of the absorbent with silane coupling agent could improve the mechanical properties and processing performance of RMAM. It is concluded that there will be a synergistic effect when carbonyl iron (CI) is used in combination with Sr-ferrite (Sr-W) in an appropriate proportion. When the total volume fraction of absorbents is 51%, the optimum ratio of Cl to Sr-W is 17:34, the absorption frequency bandwidth (<-10 dB) is about 8 GHz, and the absorption area is -99 dB. - Highlights: → W-type ferrite exhibits better absorbing property than M-type and Y-type at 8-18 GHz. → Sr-W based RMAM has best absorbing property of Ba- and Sr-ferrite. → The optimum thickness of RMAM is 1.5-1.7 mm, and the amount of ferrite is 450 phr.

  15. Nuclear Power Plant Lifetime Management Study (I)

    Hong, Sung Yull; Jeong, Ill Seok; Jang, Chang Heui; Song, Taek Ho; Song, Woo Young [Korea Electric Power Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of); Jin, Tae Eun [Korea Power Engineering Company Consulting and Architecture Engineers, (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Woo Chul [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1996-12-31

    As the operation-year of nuclear power plant increases and finding sites for new nuclear power plant becomes harder, a comprehensive and systematic nuclear plant lifetime management(PLIM) program including life extension has to be established for stable and safe supply of electricity. A feasibility study was conducted to systematically evaluate technical, economic and regulatory aspect of plant lifetime managements and plant life extension for Kori-1 nuclear power plant. For technical evaluation of nuclear power plant, 13 major components were selected for lifetime evaluation by screening system. structure, and components(SSCs) of the plant. It was found that except reactor pressure vessel, which needs detailed integrity analysis, and low pressure turbine, which is scheduled to be replaced, 11 out of 13 major components have sufficient service life, for more than 40 years. Because domestic rules and regulations related to license renewal has not yet been written, review on the regulatory aspect of life extensions was conducted using US NRC rules and regulations. A cooperative effort with nuclear regulatory body is needed for early completion of license renewal rules and regulations. For economic evaluation of plant lifetime extension, a computer program was developed and used. It was found that 10 to 20 year of extension operation of Kori-1 nuclear power plant was proved. Based on the results, next phase of plant lifetime management program for detailed lifetime evaluation and presenting detailed implementation schedule for plant refurbishment for lifetime extension should be followed. (author). 74 refs., figs.

  16. Glueing of solar absorbers; Solarabsorber kleben

    Berner, Joachim

    2012-04-20

    Bonding technologies in absorber fabrication are evolving. After soldering, ultrasonic welding and laser welding, glueing is the latest development. The Go Innovate AG company developed a process for glueing the most varied absorber materials.

  17. Lifetimes and Accretion Rates of Protoplanetary Disks

    Li, Min; Xiao, Lin

    2016-03-01

    Protoplanetary disks originate in the collapse of molecular cloud cores. The formation and evolution of disks are influenced by the properties of molecular cloud cores. In this paper we investigate the dependence of disk lifetimes and accretion rates on cloud core properties. We find that the lifetime increases as the angular velocities and the mass of cloud cores increase and that the lifetime decreases as the core temperature increases. We have calculated the distribution of disk lifetimes and disk fractions with stellar age. Our calculations show that the lifetime is in the range of 1-15 Myr and that the typical lifetime is 1-3 Myr. There are a few disks with lifetimes greater than 10 Myr and ˜ 30% of the disks have lifetimes less than 1 Myr. We also fit the disk fraction by an exponential decay curve with characteristic time ˜3.7 Myr. Our results explain the observations of disk lifetimes. We also find that the accretion rate does not change significantly with ω and generally decreases with {T}{{cd}}. At the early evolution of the disks, the \\dot{M}{--}{M}* relation is about \\dot{M}\\propto {M}*1.2-2. Since the effects of the photoevaporation are weak at this stage, this relation is the consequence of the cloud core properties. At the late evolution of the disks, the \\dot{M}{--}{M}* relation is about \\dot{M}\\propto {M}*1.2-1.7. For low accretion rates at this stage, the \\dot{M}{--}{M}* relation results from the effects of X-ray photoevaporation. The calculated \\dot{M}{--}{M}* relations are consistent with the observations.

  18. Application Of Shape Memory Alloy In Harvesto-Absorber System

    Kęcik Krzysztof

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a conception of the harvester-absorber system consisting of two parts. The first is the pendulum attached to the main system (oscillator, which is suspended on the linear damper and the nonlinear spring made of shape memory alloy. The spring is modelled as a polynomial function based on Landau–Ginzburg theory of phase transitions (similar as ferroelectric and ferromagnets. The obtained results show, that SMA element can increase harvesting energy level, while the absorber effect can be impaired (but not loss. Additionally, introducing SMA element causes changes in dynamics, introduces a new unstable solutions and bifurcations. The analysis was done by classical integration and continuation solution methods.

  19. The fate of photons absorbed by phytoplankton in the global ocean

    Lin, Hanzhi; Kuzminov, Fedor I.; Park, Jisoo; Lee, SangHoon; Falkowski, Paul G.; Gorbunov, Maxim Y.

    2016-01-01

    Solar radiation absorbed by marine phytoplankton can follow three possible paths. By simultaneously measuring the quantum yields of photochemistry and chlorophyll fluorescence in situ, we calculate that, on average, ~60% of absorbed photons are converted to heat, only 35% are directed toward photochemical water splitting, and the rest are reemitted as fluorescence. The spatial pattern of fluorescence yields and lifetimes strongly suggests that photochemical energy conversion is physiologically limited by nutrients. Comparison of in situ fluorescence lifetimes with satellite retrievals of solar-induced fluorescence yields suggests that the mean values of the latter are generally representative of the photophysiological state of phytoplankton; however, the signal-to-noise ratio is unacceptably low in extremely oligotrophic regions, which constitute 30% of the open ocean.

  20. Lifetime of B hadrons from CDF

    A review of the lifetimes of B hadrons measured by the CDF collaboration at Fermilab is presented. The data corresponds to 110 pb-1 of p anti p collisions at √s = 1.8 TeV. The inclusive B hadron lifetime is measured using a high statistics sample of B → J/ΨΧ decays. Species specific lifetimes of the B+, B0, B0s, and Λ0b are determined using both fully reconstructed decays and partially reconstructed decays consisting of a lepton associated with a charm hadron

  1. Radiative lifetimes of singly ionized cerium

    Radiative lifetimes accurate to ±5% have been measured for 74 levels in Ce II using time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence on a slow beam of cerium ions. The 17 odd-parity and 57 even-parity levels studied here lie in the energy range 24 000-36 000 cm-1. This new set of lifetimes in Ce II is substantially more extensive than previously published sets, to which a detailed comparison is made. The present lifetime results will provide the absolute calibration for a very large set of measured transition probabilities for Ce II. These are needed for research in astrophysics and lighting

  2. Radiative lifetimes of singly ionized cerium

    Hartog, E A Den; Lawler, J E [Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706 (United States)], E-mail: eadenhar@wisc.edu, E-mail: jelawler@wisc.edu

    2008-02-28

    Radiative lifetimes accurate to {+-}5% have been measured for 74 levels in Ce II using time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence on a slow beam of cerium ions. The 17 odd-parity and 57 even-parity levels studied here lie in the energy range 24 000-36 000 cm{sup -1}. This new set of lifetimes in Ce II is substantially more extensive than previously published sets, to which a detailed comparison is made. The present lifetime results will provide the absolute calibration for a very large set of measured transition probabilities for Ce II. These are needed for research in astrophysics and lighting.

  3. Statistical Models and Methods for Lifetime Data

    Lawless, Jerald F

    2011-01-01

    Praise for the First Edition"An indispensable addition to any serious collection on lifetime data analysis and . . . a valuable contribution to the statistical literature. Highly recommended . . ."-Choice"This is an important book, which will appeal to statisticians working on survival analysis problems."-Biometrics"A thorough, unified treatment of statistical models and methods used in the analysis of lifetime data . . . this is a highly competent and agreeable statistical textbook."-Statistics in MedicineThe statistical analysis of lifetime or response time data is a key tool in engineering,

  4. Models for Battery Reliability and Lifetime

    Smith, K.; Wood, E.; Santhanagopalan, S.; Kim, G. H.; Neubauer, J.; Pesaran, A.

    2014-03-01

    Models describing battery degradation physics are needed to more accurately understand how battery usage and next-generation battery designs can be optimized for performance and lifetime. Such lifetime models may also reduce the cost of battery aging experiments and shorten the time required to validate battery lifetime. Models for chemical degradation and mechanical stress are reviewed. Experimental analysis of aging data from a commercial iron-phosphate lithium-ion (Li-ion) cell elucidates the relative importance of several mechanical stress-induced degradation mechanisms.

  5. Lifetime and mixing of B hadrons

    Experimental results concerning the lifetime and mixing of B hadrons are reviewed. The different techniques used to extract the inclusive B lifetime are discussed, and the results are combined to give an overall world average of τB=1.48±0.03 ps. Measurements of the exclusive B hadron lifetimes are described, and their individual world averages computed. The mixing of the B0 mesons to their antiparticles is described, and the time-integrated measurements of the probability of mixing are reviewed. Finally the first evidence for the time-dependent nature of B0B0-bar oscillation is presented. (author). 46 refs., 24 figs., 5 tabs

  6. Reliability and lifetime issues for new photovoltaic technologies

    Czanderna, A. W.

    1997-04-01

    The purposes of this paper are to elucidate the crucial importance of predicting the service lifetime (SLP) for new photovoltaic technologies (PV) modules and to present an outline for developing a SLP methodology for encapsulated PV cells and minimodules. Specific objectives are (a) to illustrate the essential need and generic nature of SLP for several types of existing solar energy conversion or conservation devices, (b) to elucidate the complexity associated with quantifying the durability of these devices, (c) to define and explain the seven major elements that constitute a generic SLP methodology, (d) to show that implementing the SLP methodology for developing laboratory-scale PV cells and minimodules can reduce the cost of technology development, and (e) to outline an acceptable methodology for relating accelerated life testing to real time testing, using sufficient sample numbers, and applying the methodology in (c) for predicting a service lifetime. The major conclusions are that predicting the service lifetime of PV cells and minimodules should be an essential part of the research and development for developing any future generation PV technology and that using the SLP methodology can be most cost-effectively applied to laboratory scale PV cells and minidevices.

  7. Improved Single-Source Precursors for Solar-Cell Absorbers

    Banger, Kulbinder K.; Harris, Jerry; Hepp, Aloysius

    2007-01-01

    Improved single-source precursor compounds have been invented for use in spray chemical vapor deposition (spray CVD) of chalcopyrite semiconductor absorber layers of thin-film cells. A "single-source precursor compound" is a single molecular compound that contains all the required elements, which when used under the spray CVD conditions, thermally decomposes to form CuIn(x)Ga(1-x)S(y)Se(2-y).

  8. Piezooptic effect of absorbing environment

    Ю. А. Рудяк

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Application of piezooptic effect of absorbing environment for the definition of the parameter of stress deformation state was examined. The analysis of dielectric permeability tensor of imaginary parts was done. It is shown that changes in the real part dielectric permeability tensor mainly the indicator of fracture was fixed by means of mechanics interference methods and the changes in the imaginary part (α – real rate of absorption can be measured by means of analysis of light absorption and thus stress deformation state can be determined

  9. Thermo- and fluid-dynamic studies on fuel rod and absorber bundles

    The operating safety of a nuclear reactor requires a more reliable strength analysis of the core elements subject to high stresses (fuel, breeding and absorber elements). This is among other things in a decisive way dependent on: - the maximum operating temperatures of the core element components, - the temperature gradients, - the rate of temperature variations. The calculation of these quantities as good as possible is the subject of the thermodynamic and fluid dynamic design of core elements and core. (orig.)

  10. Advances in Contactless Silicon Defect and Impurity Diagnostics Based on Lifetime Spectroscopy and Infrared Imaging

    Jan Schmidt

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper gives a review of some recent developments in the field of contactless silicon wafer characterization techniques based on lifetime spectroscopy and infrared imaging. In the first part of the contribution, we outline the status of different lifetime spectroscopy approaches suitable for the identification of impurities in silicon and discuss—in more detail—the technique of temperature- and injection-dependent lifetime spectroscopy. The second part of the paper focuses on the application of infrared cameras to analyze spatial inhomogeneities in silicon wafers. By measuring the infrared signal absorbed or emitted from light-generated free excess carriers, high-resolution recombination lifetime mappings can be generated within seconds to minutes. In addition, mappings of non-recombination-active trapping centers can be deduced from injection-dependent infrared lifetime images. The trap density has been demonstrated to be an important additional parameter in the characterization and assessment of solar-grade multicrystalline silicon wafers, as areas of increased trap density tend to deteriorate during solar cell processing.

  11. Stratospheric lifetime ratio of CFC-11 and CFC-12 from satellite and model climatologies

    Hoffmann, Lars; Hoppe, Charlotte; Müller, Rolf; Dutton, Geoffrey S.; Gille, John C.; Griessbach, Sabine; Jones, Ashley; Meyer, Catrin I.; Spang, Reinhold; Volk, C. Michael; Walker, Kaley A.

    2015-04-01

    Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) play a key role in stratospheric ozone loss and are strong infrared absorbers that contribute to global warming. The stratospheric lifetimes of CFCs are a measure of their stratospheric loss rates that are needed to determine global warming and ozone depletion potentials. We applied the tracer-tracer correlation approach to zonal mean climatologies from satellite measurements and model data to assess the lifetimes of CFCl3 (CFC-11) and CF2Cl2 (CFC-12). We present new estimates of the CFC-11/CFC-12 lifetime ratio and the absolute lifetime of CFC-12, based on a reference lifetime of 52 yr for CFC-11. We analyzed climatologies from three satellite missions, the Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment-Fourier Transform Spectrometer (ACE-FTS), the HIgh Resolution Dynamics Limb Sounder (HIRDLS), and the Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding (MIPAS). We found a CFC-11/CFC-12 lifetime ratio of 0.47 ± 0.08 and a CFC-12 lifetime of 112(96 - 133) yr for ACE-FTS, a ratio of 0.46 ± 0.07 and a lifetime of 113(97 - 134) yr for HIRDLS, and a ratio of 0.46 ± 0.08 and a lifetime of 114(98 - 136) yr for MIPAS. The error-weighted, combined CFC-11/CFC-12 lifetime ratio is 0.46 ± 0.04 and the CFC-12 lifetime estimate is 113(103 - 124) yr. These results are in excellent agreement with the recent Stratosphere-troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate (SPARC) reassessment, which recommends lifetimes of 52(43 - 67) yr for CFC-11 and 102(88 - 122) yr for CFC-12, respectively. Having smaller uncertainties than the results from other recent studies, our estimates can help to better constrain CFC-11 and CFC-12 lifetime recommendations in future scientific studies and assessments. Furthermore, the satellite observations were used to validate first simulation results from a new coupled model system, which integrates a Lagrangian chemistry transport model into a climate model. For the coupled EMAC/CLaMS model we found a CFC-11/CFC-12 lifetime ratio

  12. Precision Excited State Lifetime Measurements for Atomic Parity Violation and Atomic Clocks

    Sell, Jerry; Patterson, Brian; Gearba, Alina; Snell, Jeremy; Knize, Randy

    2016-05-01

    Measurements of excited state atomic lifetimes provide a valuable test of atomic theory, allowing comparisons between experimental and theoretical transition dipole matrix elements. Such tests are important in Rb and Cs, where atomic parity violating experiments have been performed or proposed, and where atomic structure calculations are required to properly interpret the parity violating effect. In optical lattice clocks, precision lifetime measurements can aid in reducing the uncertainty of frequency shifts due to the surrounding blackbody radiation field. We will present our technique for precisely measuring excited state lifetimes which employs mode-locked ultrafast lasers interacting with two counter-propagating atomic beams. This method allows the timing in the experiment to be based on the inherent timing stability of mode-locked lasers, while counter-propagating atomic beams provides cancellation of systematic errors due to atomic motion to first order. Our current progress measuring Rb excited state lifetimes will be presented along with future planned measurements in Yb.

  13. New analysis of neutron-lifetime experiments

    The experiments on measuring the neutron lifetime have been analyzed. The newest and most exactly measured neutron lifetime [Phys. Lett. B 605, 72 (2005)] (878.5 ± 0.8 s) differs from the world average value [Phys. Lett. B 667, 1 (2008)] (885.7 ± 0.8 s) by 6.5 standard deviations. In this context, an analysis and Monte Carlo simulation of the experiments [Phys. Lett. B 483, 15 (2000)] and [Phys. Rev. Lett. 63, 593 (1989)] have been performed. Systematic errors of about −6 s are found in both experiments. A table with the results of measuring the neutron lifetime is presented with corrections and additions. The new world average value for the neutron lifetime is found to be 880.0 ± 0.9 s.

  14. Remote UV Fluorescence Lifetime Spectrometer Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The goal of this project is to develop, demonstrate, and deliver to NASA an innovative, portable, and power efficient Remote UV Fluorescence Lifetime Spectrometer...

  15. Hadamard-transform fluorescence-lifetime imaging.

    Mizuno, Takahiko; Iwata, Tetsuo

    2016-04-18

    We discuss a Hadamard-transform-based fluorescence-lifetime-imaging (HT-FLI) technique for fluorescence-lifetime-imaging microscopy (FLIM). The HT-FLI uses a Fourier-transform phase-modulation fluorometer (FT-PMF) for fluorescence-lifetime measurements, where the modulation frequency of the excitation light is swept linearly in frequency from zero to a specific maximum during a fixed duration of time. Thereafter, fluorescence lifetimes are derived through Fourier transforms for the fluorescence and reference waveforms. The FT-PMF enables the analysis of multi-component samples simultaneously. HT imaging uses electronic exchange of HT illumination mask patterns, and a high-speed, high-sensitivity photomultiplier, to eliminate frame-rate issues that accompany two-dimensional image detectors. PMID:27137259

  16. Cosmological constraints on the neutron lifetime

    Salvati, L.; Pagano, L.; Consiglio, R.; Melchiorri, A.

    2016-03-01

    We derive new constraints on the neutron lifetime based on the recent Planck 2015 observations of temperature and polarization anisotropies of the CMB. Under the assumption of standard Big Bang Nucleosynthesis, we show that Planck data constrains the neutron lifetime to τn = (907±69) [s] at 68% c.l.. Moreover, by including the direct measurements of primordial Helium abundance of Aver et al. (2015) and Izotov et al. (2014), we show that cosmological data provide the stringent constraints τn = (875±19) [s] and τn = (921±11) [s] respectively. The latter appears to be in tension with neutron lifetime value quoted by the Particle Data Group (τn = (880.3±1.1) [s]). Future CMB surveys as COrE+, in combination with a weak lensing survey as EUCLID, could constrain the neutron lifetime up to a ~ 6 [s] precision.

  17. Sound-absorbing slabs and structures based on granular materials (bound and unbound). [energy absorbing efficiency of porous material

    Petre-Lazar, S.; Popeea, G.

    1974-01-01

    Sound absorbing slabs and structures made up of bound or unbound granular materials are considered and how to manufacture these elements at the building site. The raw material is a single grain powder (sand, expanded blast furnace slag, etc.) that imparts to the end products an apparent porosity of 25-45% and an energy dissipation within the structure leading to absorption coefficients that can be compared with those of mineral wool and urethane.

  18. Lifetime oriented maintenance planning in the Netherlands

    Straub, A

    2003-01-01

    In this paper we set up a framework for lifetime oriented maintenance planning as an outcome and input for strategic housing stock management. The maintenance planning holds maintenance activities and costs in the longer term. We consider the maintenance planning as a tool to calculate and implement maintenance strategies. Therefore we designed a model to derive maintenance strategies from housing complex strategies. Maintenance strategies depend on the desired or expected lifetime of buildin...

  19. Lifetime measurements and tau physics at PEP

    Recent updates on the measurements of the tau and D0 lifetimes by the Mark II Collaboration and on measurements of the tau and B-hadron lifetimes by the MAC Collaboration are presented. A new determination of an upper limit for the tau neutrino mass by the Mark II Collaboration and a recent measurement of Cabibbo-suppressed tau decay branching ratios from the DELCO Collaboration are also presented. 18 references

  20. Positron Annihilation Lifetimes in Compacted Iron Powder

    The positron annihilation lifetime (PAL) spectroscopy has been performed on iron powder as a function of compacted powder load. The ortho-positronium lifetime increases from 1.45 to 2.55 ns with compaction load increment from 30 to 50 tons. By increasing the compaction load, the ultimate stress and hardness increases and the ductlity decreases. The result shows that there is a direct correlation between the void size and the load decrement. These results will be presented and discussed

  1. The total lifetime costs of smoking

    Rasmussen, Gitte Susanne; Prescott, Eva; Sørensen, Thorkild I A;

    2004-01-01

    Net costs of smoking in a lifetime perspective and, hence, the economic interests in antismoking policies have been questioned. It has been proposed that the health-related costs of smoking are balanced by smaller expenditure due to shorter life expectancy.......Net costs of smoking in a lifetime perspective and, hence, the economic interests in antismoking policies have been questioned. It has been proposed that the health-related costs of smoking are balanced by smaller expenditure due to shorter life expectancy....

  2. The measurement of subnanosecond nuclear lifetimes

    This research dealt with the measurement of subnanosecond nuclear lifetimes using the pulsed beam delayed-coincidence technique. Measurements were performed on isotopes in the f7/2 shell and specifically the isotopes of titanium and vanadium. Experimental investigations were also pursued in 59Ni and 65Zn. Several new lifetimes were determined and confirmation was obtained for some previous values which were measured with different techniques. More information was also obtained on certain levels where previous results are in disagreement. (author)

  3. Long-term orbital lifetime predictions

    Dreher, P. E.; Lyons, A. T.

    1990-10-01

    Long-term orbital lifetime predictions are analyzed. Predictions were made for three satellites: the Solar Max Mission (SMM), the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF), and the Pegasus Boiler Plate (BP). A technique is discussed for determining an appropriate ballistic coefficient to use in the lifetime prediction. The orbital decay rate should be monitored regularly. Ballistic coefficient updates should be done whenever there is a significant change in the actual decay rate or in the solar activity prediction.

  4. Lifetime measurements at PEP and PETRA

    Lifetime measurements with various detectors at PEP and PETRA are discussed, with emphasis on an experiment with the SLAC-LBL Mark II detector. This was the first to introduce a vertex detector for more precise lifetime measurements. A two-lepton study in the Mark II detector which leads to limits on B0 anti B0 mixing is also discussed. 7 refs., 29 figs

  5. Neutron lifetime from the experiment IAE

    Additional information on the method of measuring the neutron lifetime in the experiment carried out at the Institute of Atomic Energy is presented. The correctness of the corrections to the values of the neutron density and counting rat of recoil protons given earlier in dhort communication is substantiated. With these corrections the neutron lifetime is τn=891±9 s (T1/2=616±6 s)

  6. Lifetime evaluation of graphite components for HTGRs

    The lifetime of material and/or components has been discussed individually from different concepts, and sometimes gives confusion to material researchers as well as designers. The lifetime of materials is determined based on the dimensional changes due to neutron irradiation, at which they return to their original dimensions after initially contracting. On the other hand, the lifetime of components for HTGRs is defined based on a margin of the specified minimum ultimate strengths of the graphite to the tresses induced in the components. As an example, the stresses induced in the graphite block for the HTTR were, then, compared with the limited stress value determined from the specified minimum ultimate strength, and the lifetime of the component was evaluated and compared with that defined as dimensional changes. As a result, it was found that the lifetime of components for HTGRs should be determined as the shorter one in the two lifetimes defined by the stress-strength relationship and by the dimensional changes

  7. Lifetimes of charm and beauty hadrons

    Bellini, G.; Bigi, I. I.; Dornan, P. J.

    1997-10-01

    Major breakthroughs have been achieved in the determination of the lifetimes of charm and beauty hadrons. Much larger data samples than previously have become available and new experimental devices and techniques have been developed and employed. The lifetimes of all weakly decaying singly charmed hadrons have been measured, some with an accuracy of a few percent. The difference in the shortest lifetime - τ(Ω c) - and the longest one - τ( D+) - is given by a factor of close to ten. The experimental status of beauty lifetimes, while less complete, has still reached a new level of quality and is now better than 5% for the commoner states. New theoretical tools, based mainly on heavy quark expansions, have been developed; they incorporate as well as transcend earlier phenomenological descriptions. The observed pattern in the charm lifetime ratios is reproduced in a semi-quantitative manner as well as could be expected; as far as the beauty lifetime ratios are concerned some problems may well be emerging. The maturity level achieved in the measurements bodes quite well for future challenges where reliable and efficient tracking of the decay vertices will be crucial.

  8. Experience with lifetime limits for EBR-II core components

    The Experimental Breeder Reactor No. 2 (EBR-II) is operated for the US Department of Energy by Argonne National Laboratory and is located on the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory where most types of American reactor were originally tested. EBR-II is a complete electricity-producing power plant now in its twenty-fourth year of successful operation. During this long history the reactor has had several concurrent missions, such as demonstration of a closed Liquid-Metal Reactor (LMR) fuel cycle (1964-69); as a steady-state irradiation facility for fuels and materials (1970 onwards); for investigating effects of operational transients on fuel elements (from 1981); for research into the inherent safety aspects of metal-fueled LMR's (from 1983); and, most recently, for demonstration of the Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) concept using U-Pu-Zr fuels. This paper describes experience gained at EBR-II in defining lifetime limits for LMR core components, particularly fuel elements

  9. Transient terahertz photoconductivity measurements of minority-carrier lifetime in tin sulfide thin films: Advanced metrology for an early stage photovoltaic material

    Jaramillo, R.; Sher, Meng-Ju; Ofori-Okai, Benjamin; Steinmann, V; Yang, Chuanxi; Hartman, Katy; Nelson, Keith; Lindenberg, Aaron; Gordon, Roy Gerald; Buonsassisi, T

    2016-01-01

    Materials research with a focus on enhancing the minority-carrier lifetime of the light-absorbing semiconductor is key to advancing solar energy technology for both early stage and mature material platforms alike. Tin sulfide (SnS) is an absorber material with several clear advantages for manufacturing and deployment, but the record power conversion efficiency remains below 5%. We report measurements of bulk and interface minority-carrier recombination rates in SnSthin films using optical-pum...

  10. Transient terahertz photoconductivity measurements of minority-carrier lifetime in tin sulfide thin films: Advanced metrology for an early-stage photovoltaic material

    Jaramillo, R.; Sher, Meng-Ju; Ofori-Okai, Benjamin K.; Steinmann, V; Yang, Chuanxi; Hartman, Katy; Nelson, Keith A.; Lindenberg, Aaron M.; Gordon, Roy G.; Buonassisi, T.

    2015-01-01

    Materials research with a focus on enhancing the minority-carrier lifetime of the light-absorbing semiconductor is key to advancing solar energy technology for both early-stage and mature material platforms alike. Tin sulfide (SnS) is an absorber material with several clear advantages for manufacturing and deployment, but the record power conversion efficiency remains below 5%. We report measurements of bulk and interface minority-carrier recombination rates in SnS thin films using optical-pu...