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  1. Investigation of a medieval sword using photon activation analysis

    An ancient sword was examined for indications of forgery or, if authentic, any later processing or changes, e.g. replacement of parts of the weapon. Radiochemical as well as non-destructive analyses using high energy photon activation were used as analytical techniques. Metal parts of the hilt were analysed radiochemically and instrumentally whereas the blade was analysed non-destructively. Metallurgical investigations (hardness measurements, microstructure analysis) performed in parallel are also briefly described. No evidence of non-authenticity was found, which agrees well with the results of stylistical and weapon-scientific investigation carried out by an expert of ancient weaponry. (author) 20 refs.; 1 fig.; 2 tabs

  2. Neutron activation analysis for investigation of chosen food products

    In this work neutron activation analysis is applied for investigation of the elemental composition of Amaranths seeds. The characterization by multi-elemental instrumental NAA is enriched by the results of radiochemical NAA for cobalt, molybdenum and uranium content. The comparison of the results, for three sorts of edible flour, commercially available: soya Flour, Corn Bean Flour and Amaranths Flour, is presented. The validation of the analytical methods used was carried out on the basis of participation in the interlaboratory comparison organised by INCT and NIST. (author)

  3. Neutron activation analysis: a powerful tool in provenance investigations

    It is well known that neutron activation analysis (NAA), both instrumental and destructive, allows the simultaneous determination of a number of elements, mostly trace elements, with high levels of precision and accuracy. These peculiar properties of NAA are very useful when applied to provenance studies, i.e. to the identification of the origin of raw materials with which artifacts had been manufactured in ancient times. Data reduction by statistical procedures, especially multivariate analysis techniques, provides a statistical 'fingerprint' of investigated materials, both raw materials and archaeological artifacts, that, upon comparison, allows the identification of the provenance of prime matters used for artifact manufacturing. Thus information on quarries and flows exploitation in the antiquity, on technological raw materials processing, on trade routes and about the circulation of fakes, can be obtained. In the present paper two case studies are reported. The first one deals with the identification of the provenance of clay used to make ceramic materials, mostly bricks and tiles, recovered from the excavation of a Roman 'villa' in Lomello (Roman name Laumellum) and of Roman settlings in Casteggio (Roman name Clastidium). Both sites are located in the Province of Pavia in areas called Lomellina and Oltrepo respectively. The second one investigates the origin of the white marble used to build medieval arks, Carolingian age, located in the church of San Felice, now property of the University of Pavia. Experimental set-up, analytical results and data reduction procedures are presented and discussed. (author)

  4. Evolution & Phylogenetic Analysis: Classroom Activities for Investigating Molecular & Morphological Concepts

    Franklin, Wilfred A.

    2010-01-01

    In a flexible multisession laboratory, students investigate concepts of phylogenetic analysis at both the molecular and the morphological level. Students finish by conducting their own analysis on a collection of skeletons representing the major phyla of vertebrates, a collection of primate skulls, or a collection of hominid skulls.

  5. Neutron Activation Analysis for investigation of elemental composition of Amarantus

    In this work instrumental neutron activation analysis is applied for the characterization of the elemental composition of Amaranthus seeds, known in the prehistorical period, a tropical plant with promising nutritional and economic value. The characterization is enriched by the results of radiochemical neutron activation analysis for cobalt, molybdenum and uranium content. The comparison of the results, for three sorts of edible flour, commercially available: Soya Flour, Corn Bean Flour and Amaranthus Flour, is presented. The validation of the analytical methods used was carried out on the basis of participation in the interlaboratory comparison organized by the INCT (INCT-TL-1, INCT-MPH-2) and by NIST (SRM 1575a). (author)

  6. Neutron activation analysis in the investigation of pseudomonas to mercury

    The aim of this work was to investigate the resistance to mercury in Pseudomonas. The measurements were performed by using neutron activation technique. The TRIGA MARK 1-IPE-R1 reactor was used as the irradiation facility, and the nuclide Hg202 as target element. The experimental results showed that cultures of Pseudomonas during the logarithmic growing phase, have a significant volatilization of the Hg, while during the stationary phase, they absorb and retain this metal. (author)

  7. Body Massage Performance Investigation by Brain Activity Analysis

    Kang-Ming Chang; Shu-Yi Luo; Sih-Huei Chen; Tuan-Ping Wang; Congo Tak-Shing Ching

    2012-01-01

    Massage has been widely applied to improve health and reduce stress. However, the performance difference between hands-on treatment and treatment by mechanical devices has been little mentioned. Therefore, the main aim of this paper is to investigate a subject's EEG performance under massage treatment applied by hand and treatment applied by mechanical devices. Massage was applied to four acupoints for three minutes each. The massage acupoint sequence was from left Jian-wai-yu, right Jian-wai...

  8. Body Massage Performance Investigation by Brain Activity Analysis

    Kang-Ming Chang

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Massage has been widely applied to improve health and reduce stress. However, the performance difference between hands-on treatment and treatment by mechanical devices has been little mentioned. Therefore, the main aim of this paper is to investigate a subject's EEG performance under massage treatment applied by hand and treatment applied by mechanical devices. Massage was applied to four acupoints for three minutes each. The massage acupoint sequence was from left Jian-wai-yu, right Jian-wai-yu, left Zuo-fei-yu, and finally right Zuo-fei-yu. An EEG system of 32 channels was used. Twenty-four volunteers, mainly college students, were enrolled. EEG rhythm powers of each massage sessions were derived. Two-way ANOVA revealed that there were also significant interactions between the massage stage and the massage type on delta (P<0.01, theta (P<0.05, and beta rhythms (P<0.01, and there were significant differences at different stages for the mechanical massage group (F=5.557, P<0.01. The mechanical massage group had more significant differences than the hands-on group for stage coherence of around coherence on alpha rhythm. Further rhythm power scalp topography between two massage methods is also investigated.

  9. Investigation of the Activity of the Microorganisms in a Reblochon-Style Cheese by Metatranscriptomic Analysis

    Monnet, Christophe; Dugat-Bony, Eric; Swennen, Dominique; Beckerich, Jean-Marie; Irlinger, Françoise; Fraud, Sébastien; Bonnarme, Pascal

    2016-01-01

    The microbial communities in cheeses are composed of varying bacteria, yeasts, and molds, which contribute to the development of their typical sensory properties. In situ studies are needed to better understand their growth and activity during cheese ripening. Our objective was to investigate the activity of the microorganisms used for manufacturing a surface-ripened cheese by means of metatranscriptomic analysis. The cheeses were produced using two lactic acid bacteria (Streptococcus thermop...

  10. Investigation of 5000-year-old pottery from Mesopotamia by instrumental neutron activation analysis

    In order to investigate the nature of a characteristic type of pottery, Scarlet Ware, from a period c. 2900-2600 BC in Mesopotamia, and determine whether it was locally produced or an object for centralized production and distribution, neutron activation analysis has been applied to the inventory of one site. Initially, fifty samples were taken, representing thirty plain ware vessels, ten Scarlet Ware vessels, as well as samples of the modern clay from the area. Results for up to 30 elements show no conspicuous variation in element composition among the groups of pottery, while the samples of modern clay fall outside the range of the ancient clay. (author)

  11. Neutron-activation analysis for investigation of biochemical manganese in soils cotton soweol zone of Uzbekistan

    Full text: For many years we neutron activation analysis of soils sampled from different areas of landscape-geochemical regions of Uzbekistan including zone of extreme ecological catastrophe of Aral. Content of manganese and some other elements in the 'soil-cotton' system was investigated. Neutron-activation method of manganese determining with productivity up to 400 samples on shift with detection limit of 1,1 10-5 % and discrepancies not more than 10%. Was developed extremely uniform distribution of manganese in cotton sowed soils of the Republic (340-1800mg/kg) is determined. Practically all soils of cotton-sowed zone of Republic are with lack of manganese. Distribution of manganese on soil profile of separate organs of cotton (leaves seeds etc.) was studied. Correlation between gross concentration of manganese and its active part extracted by distilled water on the basis of quantity analysis was found. Successive comparison of gross content of manganese in the soil with crop capacity of cotton in different zones of Republic made it possible to find interconnection between these quantities, which proves necessity of using micro-additions of manganese in the soils where its low concentration is detected

  12. Investigation of therapeutic potentials of some selected medicinal plants using neutron activation analysis

    Abubakar, Sani; Usman, Ahmed Rufa'i.; Isa, Nasiru Fage; Khandaker, Mayeen Uddin; Abubakar, Nuraddeen

    2015-04-01

    Series of attempts were made to investigate concentrations of trace elements and their therapeutic properties in various medicinal plants. In this study, samples of some commonly used plants were collected from Bauchi State, Nigeria. They includes leaves of azadirachta indica (neem), Moringa Oleifera (moringa), jatropha curcas (purgin Nut), guiera senegalensis (custard apple) and anogeissus leiocarpus (African birch). These samples were analyzed for their trace elements contents with both short and long irradiation protocols of Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) at Nigerian Research Reactor-1 (NIRR-1) of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. The level of trace elements found varies from one sample to another, with some reported at hundreds of mg/Kg dry weight. The results have been compared with the available literature data. The presence of these trace elements indicates promising potentials of these plants for relief of certain ailments.

  13. Investigation of therapeutic potentials of some selected medicinal plants using neutron activation analysis

    Abubakar, Sani; Isa, Nasiru Fage [Bayero University, Kano Nigeria (Nigeria); Usman, Ahmed Rufa’i [University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina Nigeria (Nigeria); Khandaker, Mayeen Uddin [University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Abubakar, Nuraddeen [Center for Energy Research and Training, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria Nigeria (Nigeria)

    2015-04-24

    Series of attempts were made to investigate concentrations of trace elements and their therapeutic properties in various medicinal plants. In this study, samples of some commonly used plants were collected from Bauchi State, Nigeria. They includes leaves of azadirachta indica (neem), Moringa Oleifera (moringa), jatropha curcas (purgin Nut), guiera senegalensis (custard apple) and anogeissus leiocarpus (African birch). These samples were analyzed for their trace elements contents with both short and long irradiation protocols of Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) at Nigerian Research Reactor-1 (NIRR-1) of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. The level of trace elements found varies from one sample to another, with some reported at hundreds of mg/Kg dry weight. The results have been compared with the available literature data. The presence of these trace elements indicates promising potentials of these plants for relief of certain ailments.

  14. Investigation of therapeutic potentials of some selected medicinal plants using neutron activation analysis

    Series of attempts were made to investigate concentrations of trace elements and their therapeutic properties in various medicinal plants. In this study, samples of some commonly used plants were collected from Bauchi State, Nigeria. They includes leaves of azadirachta indica (neem), Moringa Oleifera (moringa), jatropha curcas (purgin Nut), guiera senegalensis (custard apple) and anogeissus leiocarpus (African birch). These samples were analyzed for their trace elements contents with both short and long irradiation protocols of Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) at Nigerian Research Reactor-1 (NIRR-1) of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. The level of trace elements found varies from one sample to another, with some reported at hundreds of mg/Kg dry weight. The results have been compared with the available literature data. The presence of these trace elements indicates promising potentials of these plants for relief of certain ailments

  15. Neutron activation analysis technique for the investigation of environmental contamination with 129I

    A neutron activation technique is described which does not require specialized apparatus or immediate access to irradiation facilities, but is sufficiently sensitive to measure 129I at the levels encountered around the BNFL nuclear fuel reprocessing plant at Sellafield in west Cumbria, UK. The method allows analysis of a wide range of media and is therefore well suited to environmental investigations. One such application is described in which the deposition pattern of 129I in west Cumbria has been measured, and hence the importance of transfer from sea as a route of terrestrial contamination has been assessed. The current program of research is also described briefly. This involves measurement of 129I in a range of media important in the human food chain and aims to elucidate transfer mechanisms. 4 references, 2 figures

  16. Should Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Include the Cost of Consumption Activities? AN Empirical Investigation.

    Adarkwah, Charles Christian; Sadoghi, Amirhossein; Gandjour, Afschin

    2016-02-01

    There has been a debate on whether cost-effectiveness analysis should consider the cost of consumption and leisure time activities when using the quality-adjusted life year as a measure of health outcome under a societal perspective. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether the effects of ill health on consumptive activities are spontaneously considered in a health state valuation exercise and how much this matters. The survey enrolled patients with inflammatory bowel disease in Germany (n = 104). Patients were randomized to explicit and no explicit instruction for the consideration of consumption and leisure effects in a time trade-off (TTO) exercise. Explicit instruction to consider non-health-related utility in TTO exercises did not influence TTO scores. However, spontaneous consideration of non-health-related utility in patients without explicit instruction (60% of respondents) led to significantly lower TTO scores. Results suggest an inclusion of consumption costs in the numerator of the cost-effectiveness ratio, at least for those respondents who spontaneously consider non-health-related utility from treatment. Results also suggest that exercises eliciting health valuations from the general public may include a description of the impact of disease on consumptive activities. PMID:25684073

  17. Investigation of the Activity of the Microorganisms in a Reblochon-Style Cheese by Metatranscriptomic Analysis.

    Monnet, Christophe; Dugat-Bony, Eric; Swennen, Dominique; Beckerich, Jean-Marie; Irlinger, Françoise; Fraud, Sébastien; Bonnarme, Pascal

    2016-01-01

    The microbial communities in cheeses are composed of varying bacteria, yeasts, and molds, which contribute to the development of their typical sensory properties. In situ studies are needed to better understand their growth and activity during cheese ripening. Our objective was to investigate the activity of the microorganisms used for manufacturing a surface-ripened cheese by means of metatranscriptomic analysis. The cheeses were produced using two lactic acid bacteria (Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus delbrueckii ssp. bulgaricus), one ripening bacterium (Brevibacterium aurantiacum), and two yeasts (Debaryomyces hansenii and Geotrichum candidum). RNA was extracted from the cheese rinds and, after depletion of most ribosomal RNA, sequencing was performed using a short-read sequencing technology that generated ~75 million reads per sample. Except for B. aurantiacum, which failed to grow in the cheeses, a large number of CDS reads were generated for the inoculated species, making it possible to investigate their individual transcriptome over time. From day 5 to 35, G. candidum accounted for the largest proportion of CDS reads, suggesting that this species was the most active. Only minor changes occurred in the transcriptomes of the lactic acid bacteria. For the two yeasts, we compared the expression of genes involved in the catabolism of lactose, galactose, lactate, amino acids, and free fatty acids. During ripening, genes involved in ammonia assimilation and galactose catabolism were down-regulated in the two species. Genes involved in amino acid catabolism were up-regulated in G. candidum from day 14 to day 35, whereas in D. hansenii, they were up-regulated mainly at day 35, suggesting that this species catabolized the cheese amino acids later. In addition, after 35 days of ripening, there was a down-regulation of genes involved in the electron transport chain, suggesting a lower cellular activity. The present study has exemplified how

  18. Investigation of the activity of the microorganisms in a Reblochon-style cheese by metatranscriptomic analysis

    Christophe eMonnet

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available The microbial communities in cheeses are composed of varying bacteria, yeasts, and molds, which contribute to the development of their typical sensory properties. In situ studies are needed to better understand their growth and activity during cheese ripening. Our objective was to investigate the activity of the microorganisms used for manufacturing a surface-ripened cheese by means of metatranscriptomic analysis. The cheeses were produced using two lactic acid bacteria (Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus delbrueckii ssp. bulgaricus, one ripening bacterium (Brevibacterium aurantiacum, and two yeasts (Debaryomyces hansenii and Geotrichum candidum. RNA was extracted from the cheese rinds and, after depletion of most ribosomal RNA, sequencing was performed using a short-read sequencing technology that generated approximately 75 million reads per sample. Except for Brevibacterium aurantiacum, which failed to grow in the cheeses, a large number of CDS reads were generated for the inoculated species, making it possible to investigate their individual transcriptome over time. From day 5 to day 35, G. candidum accounted for the largest proportion of CDS reads, suggesting that this species was the most active. Only minor changes occurred in the transcriptomes of the lactic acid bacteria. For the two yeasts, we compared the expression of genes involved in the catabolism of lactose, galactose, lactate, amino acids and free fatty acids. During ripening, genes involved in ammonia assimilation and galactose catabolism were down-regulated in the two species. Genes involved in amino acid catabolism were up-regulated in G. candidum from day 14 to day 35, whereas in D. hansenii, they were up-regulated mainly at day 35, suggesting that this species catabolized the cheese amino acids later. In addition, after 35 days of ripening, there was a down-regulation of genes involved in the electron transport chain, suggesting a lower cellular activity. The

  19. Investigation of the Activity of the Microorganisms in a Reblochon-Style Cheese by Metatranscriptomic Analysis

    Monnet, Christophe; Dugat-Bony, Eric; Swennen, Dominique; Beckerich, Jean-Marie; Irlinger, Françoise; Fraud, Sébastien; Bonnarme, Pascal

    2016-01-01

    The microbial communities in cheeses are composed of varying bacteria, yeasts, and molds, which contribute to the development of their typical sensory properties. In situ studies are needed to better understand their growth and activity during cheese ripening. Our objective was to investigate the activity of the microorganisms used for manufacturing a surface-ripened cheese by means of metatranscriptomic analysis. The cheeses were produced using two lactic acid bacteria (Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus delbrueckii ssp. bulgaricus), one ripening bacterium (Brevibacterium aurantiacum), and two yeasts (Debaryomyces hansenii and Geotrichum candidum). RNA was extracted from the cheese rinds and, after depletion of most ribosomal RNA, sequencing was performed using a short-read sequencing technology that generated ~75 million reads per sample. Except for B. aurantiacum, which failed to grow in the cheeses, a large number of CDS reads were generated for the inoculated species, making it possible to investigate their individual transcriptome over time. From day 5 to 35, G. candidum accounted for the largest proportion of CDS reads, suggesting that this species was the most active. Only minor changes occurred in the transcriptomes of the lactic acid bacteria. For the two yeasts, we compared the expression of genes involved in the catabolism of lactose, galactose, lactate, amino acids, and free fatty acids. During ripening, genes involved in ammonia assimilation and galactose catabolism were down-regulated in the two species. Genes involved in amino acid catabolism were up-regulated in G. candidum from day 14 to day 35, whereas in D. hansenii, they were up-regulated mainly at day 35, suggesting that this species catabolized the cheese amino acids later. In addition, after 35 days of ripening, there was a down-regulation of genes involved in the electron transport chain, suggesting a lower cellular activity. The present study has exemplified how

  20. Investigating the Origin of Art-Historical Limestone via Neutron Activation Analysis

    Preserved stones of antique ruins and ancient objects give historians and archaeologists insight into life in former times. Knowledge of the origin of a stone allows information to be gained on old trade and transport routes, as well as providing indications of the historical relevance of the object itself. A useful technique to shed light on this is the Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA), which is a classical application for research reactors, such as at the TRIGA Mark II of the University of Mainz. INAA is a quasi non-destructive, multi-element analysis method in combination with a high precision. The aim of this work is to find characteristic trace element concentrations ('fingerprints') in the deposits of historical objects. Furthermore, the identified fingerprints will help to relate an object to its primary deposit, so that questions about the historical context can be answered. In the first part of the project, the contamination of samples due to the abrasion of the drill head for taking samples was analysed. Other problems are inhomogeneity, contamination or general changes of the surface caused by handling and storage of the stone over the centuries. Using the example of art-historical limestones, the possible contamination effects of different drilling units were systematically analysed via INAA. At the same time the homogeneity of the stones was proved and the composition of the limestones was compared. This will be the basis for further investigations. First analyses of a recently sampled quarry in France are in progress. (author)

  1. Investigating the Origin of Art-Historical Limestone via Neutron Activation Analysis

    Hampel, G.; Fischer, T.; Stieghorst, C.; Wiehl, N.; Zauner, S. [Institut fuer Kernchemie, Universitaet Mainz, Fritz-Strassmann-Weg 2, D-55128 Mainz (Germany); Rieth, D. [Institut fuer Vor- und Fruehgeschichte, Universitaet Mainz, Schillerstrasse 11, D-55116 Mainz (Germany); Kuhnen, H.P. [Institut fuer Archaeologie und Naturwissenschaften, GDKE Rheinland-Pfalz, Hofstrasse 258, D-56077 Koblenz (Germany); Heide, B. [Direktion Landesmuseum Mainz, Abt. Archaeologie, GDKE Rheinland-Pfalz, Grosse Bleiche 49-51, D-55116 Mainz (Germany); Laffite, J.-D. [Institut National de Recherches Archeologiques Preventives (INRAP), Direction interregionale Grand- Est nord, 12, rue de Meric, C.S. 80005, F-57063 Metz (France)

    2011-07-01

    Preserved stones of antique ruins and ancient objects give historians and archaeologists insight into life in former times. Knowledge of the origin of a stone allows information to be gained on old trade and transport routes, as well as providing indications of the historical relevance of the object itself. A useful technique to shed light on this is the Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA), which is a classical application for research reactors, such as at the TRIGA Mark II of the University of Mainz. INAA is a quasi non-destructive, multi-element analysis method in combination with a high precision. The aim of this work is to find characteristic trace element concentrations ('fingerprints') in the deposits of historical objects. Furthermore, the identified fingerprints will help to relate an object to its primary deposit, so that questions about the historical context can be answered. In the first part of the project, the contamination of samples due to the abrasion of the drill head for taking samples was analysed. Other problems are inhomogeneity, contamination or general changes of the surface caused by handling and storage of the stone over the centuries. Using the example of art-historical limestones, the possible contamination effects of different drilling units were systematically analysed via INAA. At the same time the homogeneity of the stones was proved and the composition of the limestones was compared. This will be the basis for further investigations. First analyses of a recently sampled quarry in France are in progress. (author)

  2. Investigation of trace elements in Elbe water by means of instrumental neutron activation analysis

    Investigations of trace elements in Elbe water were carried out as a contribution to environmental research, hydrology, and geochemistry. The method applied - instrumental neutron activation analysis - is described, and problems connected with the course of analysis - sample taking, handling and preparation as well as optimization of in-pile irradiation and measurement by means of γ spectrometry - are discussed and presented one by one. The computer programme set up for automatic evaluation is described in more detail. This programme AKAN has a very general concept which makes it applicable for general use. The reliability of the evaluation procedure - monostandard method - and the reproducibility of the results are discussed. For the studies, samples were taken at different times, every time from 8 positions along a long section of the Elbe. The content of solids was analyzed; in a number of samples, this was done by separating suspended and dissolved materials. Up to 38 elements were analyzed, whose local and time-dependent concentration curves are given. The contents of some elements are compared with the few available data from literature. Correlation calculations indicate a similar behaviour of single element groups and yield information on the natural origin of the trace elements and on anthropogenic influence to be noticed in the trace element contents. (orig.)

  3. Detailed investigation of Long-Period activity at Campi Flegrei by Convolutive Independent Component Analysis

    Capuano, P.; De Lauro, E.; De Martino, S.; Falanga, M.

    2016-04-01

    This work is devoted to the analysis of seismic signals continuously recorded at Campi Flegrei Caldera (Italy) during the entire year 2006. The radiation pattern associated with the Long-Period energy release is investigated. We adopt an innovative Independent Component Analysis algorithm for convolutive seismic series adapted and improved to give automatic procedures for detecting seismic events often buried in the high-level ambient noise. The extracted waveforms characterized by an improved signal-to-noise ratio allows the recognition of Long-Period precursors, evidencing that the seismic activity accompanying the mini-uplift crisis (in 2006), which climaxed in the three days from 26-28 October, had already started at the beginning of the month of October and lasted until mid of November. Hence, a more complete seismic catalog is then provided which can be used to properly quantify the seismic energy release. To better ground our results, we first check the robustness of the method by comparing it with other blind source separation methods based on higher order statistics; secondly, we reconstruct the radiation patterns of the extracted Long-Period events in order to link the individuated signals directly to the sources. We take advantage from Convolutive Independent Component Analysis that provides basic signals along the three directions of motion so that a direct polarization analysis can be performed with no other filtering procedures. We show that the extracted signals are mainly composed of P waves with radial polarization pointing to the seismic source of the main LP swarm, i.e. a small area in the Solfatara, also in the case of the small-events, that both precede and follow the main activity. From a dynamical point of view, they can be described by two degrees of freedom, indicating a low-level of complexity associated with the vibrations from a superficial hydrothermal system. Our results allow us to move towards a full description of the complexity of

  4. Method Development of Cadmium Investigation in Rice by Radiochemical Neutron Activation Analysis

    Full text: A radiochemical neutron activation analysis for the determination of cadmium was investigated. A chemical separation of cadmium utilized ion exchange chromatography of a strong basic anion-exchange resin BIO-RAD 1X 8 (Chloride form). The adsorbing medium of 2M HCl was found to be the most suitable among the concentration attempted (2, 4, 6, 8 and 10M HCl) and the eluent for desorption of the cadmium from column was 8M NH3 solution. A chemical yield of 95% was found. The method has been evaluated by analyzing certified reference materials with 0.5.g/g (SRM 1577b, Bovine Liver) and 2.48.g/g (SRM 1566b, Oyster Tissue) cadmium. The agreement of the result with certified values is within 92% for Bovine Liver and 96% for Oyster Tissue. The method developed was applied to determine the cadmium concentrations in contaminated Thai rice. It was found that the cadmium concentrations ranged from 7.4 to 578.9 ppb

  5. Activation analysis

    The neutron activation analysis, which appears to be in limits for further advance, is the most suitable for providing information on the principal as well as the microcomponents in any sample of solid form. Then, instrumental activation analysis is capable of determination of far many elements in various samples. Principally on the neutron activation analysis, the following are described in literature survey from 1982 to middle 1984: bibliography, review, data collection, etc.; problems in spectral analysis and measurement; activation analysis with neutrons; charged particle and photo-nucleus reactions; chemical separation, isotopic dilution activation analysis; molecular activation analysis; standard materials; life and its relation samples; environmental, food, court trial and archaeological samples; space and earth sciences. (Mori, K.)

  6. Investigation of aluminium and manganese uptake in Congolese flora by activation analysis

    It is known that certain plants accumulate one or more elements in their tissues. This characteristic can make a valuable contribution to the taxonomy of groups, families and even of species. The ecology characteristic of each species may also be demonstrated by the accumulation of certain elements. Soil acidity can have a strong effect on accumulation. High acidity favours the accumulation of manganese, for example. The authors have endeavoured to perfect a technique of analysis based on neutron activation (nondestructive). Thermal neutron activation is carried out in the TRIGA Mk I reactor of the TRICO Nuclear Centre, which has a flux of about 1011n cm-2 s-1. Activation analysis is quicker than chemical methods and has the additional advantage that it can be used for small quantities of plant material. At least forty species of local plants have been tested. In addition to these specific tests, we have analysed leaves from trees of a given species growing in different soils, in order to get some idea of individual variations from one plant to another. (author)

  7. An investigation of the impurities in native gold by neutron-activation analysis

    Instrumental and radiochemical methods of neutron-activation analysis, developed for the determination of major, minor, and trace impurities in native gold, are described. The gold was obtained from Witwatersrand reefs and from deposits in the Barberton area. It was extracted by decomposition of the ore in cold hydrofluoric acid. Quantitative results are presented for 14 elements found in native gold, and the significance of these elements in relation to the distribution of gold is discussed. The results suggest that there are geochemical differences in native gold from various reefs and deposits

  8. Archaeometric investigation of medieval Bulgarian glasses and sgraffito ceramics by neutron activation analysis

    Instrumental neutron activation analysis was used to determine the content of Au, Ba, Ca, Ce, Cl, Cr, Co, Cs, Cu, Eu, Fe, Hf, La, Lu, Mn, Na, Rb, Sc, Sm, Sr, Ta, Tb, Th, Ti, U, Sb, V and Yb in glass samples excavated from medieval glassworkshops in Pliska and Preslav and in 20 glass finds from Preslav. Sgraffito ceramic samples excavated in Veliko Tarnovo were also analysed and the elements Al, As, Au, Ba, Br, Ce, Co, Cr, Cs, Dy, Eu, Fe, Hf, K, La, Lu, Mg, Mn, Na, Nd, Rb, Sb, Sc, Si, Sm, Ta, Tb, Th, Ti, U, V and Yb were determined. In order to localize the production site of the archaeological finds, the results from the analysis were subjected to cluster analysis, and stepwise discriminant analysis using the program package BMDP. A variety of the production of the medieval glass workshop in Preslav was identified and evaluated. It was proved that a part of the sgraffito ceramics samples have been produced in one and the same place and that the chemical composition might be successfully used to differentiate between the production of two workshops

  9. Neutron activation analysis in forensic investigations. Trace elements characterization of cigarettes

    Police investigations of the Italian Ministry of Treasury Police involving the illicit sale of tobacco lead to the confiscation of large quantities of smuggled cigarettes. Thousands of tons of cigarettes of different manufacturers are sequestrated yearly in many regions of Italy and different criminal organizations have been identified as unlawful importers. In order to verify whether the recovered smuggled lots of cigarettes come from the official manufacturers, or they have produced illicitly, usually chemical analysis are carried out. By the determination of trace elements content, specific information can be obtained by comparing different brands of cigarettes and different batches of tobacco. Samples of tobacco of cigarettes manufactured by the Italian State Monopoly, taken as 'reference samples', have been compared with those of illicit origin. Elements such as Co, Br, Cr and Sc have been found to be useful for the selective characterization. The results, submitted to statistical elaboration, provided important information on the origin of smuggled cigarettes. (author)

  10. Investigations of water escape ways in post-floatation basins by determining water microchemism using activation analysis

    The article deals with a method of investigating water escapes from post-floatation basins. The method is based on differences that occur in the composition of microelements of post-floatation and ground waters in the area of the basins. Some characteristic chemical elements found to occur in post-floatation waters have been used as natural markers for determining their escape ways. The determinations of the selected microelements in water have been made by means of both reactor activation analysis and X-ray fluorescence analysis, with radioisotope induction. (author)

  11. Application of epithermal neutron activation analysis to investigate accumulation and adsorption of mercury by Spirulina platensis biomass

    Epithermal neutron activation analysis was used to study interaction of blue-green alga Spirulina platensis with toxic metal mercury. Various concentrations of Hg(II) were added to cell cultures in a nutrient medium. The dynamics of accumulation of Hg was investigated over several days in relation to Spirulina biomass growth. The process of Hg adsorption by Spirulina biomass was studied in short-time experiments. The isotherm of adsorption was carried out in Freindlich coordinates. Natural Spirulina biomass has potential to be used in the remediation of sewage waters at Hg concentrations ∼100 μg/1

  12. Investigation of Kpong carbonatite as a potential source for rare earth elements (REEs) using instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA)

    Hayford, M.S.; Akiti, T.T.; Serfor-Armah, Y.; Dampare, S.B. [Ghana Univ., Accra (Ghana). School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences; Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), Legon-Accra (Ghana). Nuclear Chemistry and Environmental Research Centre

    2013-07-01

    Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) was used to investigate REEs in carbonatite from Kpong southeastern, Ghana. Total rare earth element (TREEs) obtain were in the range of 540 mg/kg to 705 mg/kg. The total number of rare earth elements (REEs) determined by INAA in the carbonatite rocks from Kpong were 11, namely; La, Ce, Nd, Sm, Eu, Tb, Dy, Ho, Tm, Yb, Lu. The INAA results from the carbonatite show a high enrichment of light rare earth elements (LREEs) deposits, marking the Kpong carbonatite as a potential REE source. (orig.)

  13. Application of Epithermal Neutron Activation Analysis to Investigate Accumulation and Adsorption of Mercury by Spirulina platensis Biomass

    Mosulishvili, L M; Khizanishvili, A I; Frontasyeva, M V; Kirkesali, E I; Aksenova, N G

    2004-01-01

    Epithermal neutron activation analysis was used to study interaction of blue-green alga Spirulina platensis with toxic metal mercury. Various concentrations of Hg(II) were added to cell cultures in a nutrient medium. The dynamics of accumulation of Hg was investigated over several days in relation to Spirulina biomass growth. The process of Hg adsorption by Spirulina biomass was studied in short-time experiments. The isotherm of adsorption was carried out in Freindlich coordinates. Natural Spirulina biomass has potential to be used in the remediation of sewage waters at Hg concentrations \\sim 100 {\\mu}g/l.

  14. Elemental investigation of (Al-Cu) alloys and some geological samples using neutron activation and XRF analysis techniques

    Neutron activation analysis (NAA) using k0 - standardization (k0-NAA) is well known method for multi-elemental analysis. The method is used to analyze different samples belonging to different fields. In addition, X- ray fluorescence (XRF) is also used for multi-elemental analysis. XRF complements NAA methods. Both methods were used for investigation of some iron ores and aluminum- cupper alloy (Al-Cu) samples. Elemental concentration of Iron ores and Al-Cu alloy samples were determined by k0 - NAA and XRF methods. The iron ore samples were collected from Wadi Kareim and Umm Nar sites (the Eastern desert of Egypt). Six and two samples representing the ores of Wadi Kareim and Umm Nar, respectively altogether with the standard samples consisting of Fe, Au , Zr and W and the certified reference sample IAEA Soil-7 were irradiated in one of the irradiated boxes at the Second Egyptian Research Reactor (ETRR- 2). The induced activities were counted using an efficiency calibrated HPGe detector systems. The neutron spectrum parameters α and f characterizing the neutron irradiation position that are needed in applying k0-NAA method were determined using the activation product of Zr , Au, Fe and W and found α≅ - 0.048 ±0.002 and f ≅ 38± k0 -NAA method was applied to determine the elemental concentrations in the two iron ore samples. The concentrations determined were found to vary erratically form one sample to another. The results were discussed and compared with similar results in literature. The accuracy of the k0 - NAA method was checked by determining the elemental concentration in the IAEA-Soil 7 reference sample. The obtained results are compared with the recommended values. Good agreements were found within 10 %. Short time neutron activation analysis (STNAA) was carried out to determine concentration of major elements in Al-Cu alloy samples. Three (Al-Cu) alloys samples with different concentrations of Cu (2, 3.5 and 5 %) altogether. Au standard sample (bare

  15. Epithermal neutrons activation analysis, radiochemical and radiometric investigations of evaporitic deposits of Slanic-Prahova (Romania) salt mine

    Cristache, C.; Simion, C.A.; Margineanu, R.M. [National Inst. of Research and Development for Physics and Nuclear Engineering ' ' Horia - Hulubei' ' , Magurele (Ilfov) (Romania); Culicov, O.A.; Frontasyeva, M.V. [Joint Inst. of Nuclear Research, Dubna (Russian Federation); Matei, M. [National Society of Salt SALROM SA, Bucharest (Romania); Duliu, O.G. [Univ. of Bucharest, Dept. of Atomic and Nuclear Physics, Magurele (Ilfov) (Romania); National Inst. for Research and Development in Electrical Engineering, Bucharest (Romania)

    2009-07-01

    Three highly sensitive analytical methods: epithermal neutron activation analysis (ENAA), radiometric assay and UV/Vis spectroscopy were used to investigate the elemental composition of both halite and mineral fractions (sediments) of salt collected from the Slanic-Prahova salt mine, near the location of Low Background Radiation Lab. For halite with all three methods and within experimental uncertainties, it was not possible to observe the presence of any natural radioactive elements. For the mineral fraction both radiometric and ENAA showed the presence of {sup 40}K, {sup 232}Th and {sup 238}U in concentrations comparable to the upper continental core (UCC). The same was true for the distribution in the mineral fraction of 7 other major (Na, Al, Cl, K, Ca, Ti and Fe) and 29 trace elements (Sc, Cr, V, Mn, Ni, Co, Zn, Cu, As, Br, Rb, Sr, Zr, Mo, Sn, Sb, Cs, Ba, La, Ce, Ne, Eu, Sm, Tb, Hf, Ta, W, Th, U) as determined by epithermal neutron activation analysis (ENAA), which demonstrates a continental origin of the sediments in the existing salt deposit. (orig.)

  16. Epithermal neutrons activation analysis, radiochemical and radiometric investigations of evaporitic deposits of Slanic-Prahova (Romania) salt mine

    Three highly sensitive analytical methods: epithermal neutron activation analysis (ENAA), radiometric assay and UV/Vis spectroscopy were used to investigate the elemental composition of both halite and mineral fractions (sediments) of salt collected from the Slanic-Prahova salt mine, near the location of Low Background Radiation Lab. For halite with all three methods and within experimental uncertainties, it was not possible to observe the presence of any natural radioactive elements. For the mineral fraction both radiometric and ENAA showed the presence of 40K, 232Th and 238U in concentrations comparable to the upper continental core (UCC). The same was true for the distribution in the mineral fraction of 7 other major (Na, Al, Cl, K, Ca, Ti and Fe) and 29 trace elements (Sc, Cr, V, Mn, Ni, Co, Zn, Cu, As, Br, Rb, Sr, Zr, Mo, Sn, Sb, Cs, Ba, La, Ce, Ne, Eu, Sm, Tb, Hf, Ta, W, Th, U) as determined by epithermal neutron activation analysis (ENAA), which demonstrates a continental origin of the sediments in the existing salt deposit. (orig.)

  17. Some investigation on trace elements content of Iranian breads using neutron activation analysis and atomic absorption spectroscopy

    Since bread is consumed as a principal dietary staple by the majority of Iranian communities, actual natural portion of required protein and energy are provided via bread. Therefore, with respect to this matter, a considerable amount of needed minerals must also be met through this way. Literature survey indicates some elemental deficiencies as the result of consumption of bread in Iran. On the other hand, essentiality of these elements to human which are mostly in the range of trace amounts, makes this investigation very much important and interesting from both sides, nutritionally and instrumentally. To meet the above requirements, applications of very sensitive analytical tools are unavoidable. Hence, atomic absorption spectroscopy and neutron activation analysis both RNAA and INAA are employed. Results are controversial and constructive

  18. Investigation of chemical impurities in formulations, phytotherapics and polyvitaminic medicines by k 0-instrumental neutron activation analysis

    In this work, comparative k 0-Instrumental Neutron-Activation Analysis was performed by CDTN/CNEN/Brazil and SCK.CEN/Belgium in order to investigate the elemental concentration in samples of the same industrialised and manipulated medicine, a phytotherapic and a polyvitaminic, commonly commercialised in Brazil. The preliminary results from both Institutes are in very good agreement. Any serious contamination with possible risks to human health were found in the medicines compared with the expected values. In the case of polyvitaminic, some impurities, unexpected elements, such as La, Ti and Sm, were found in very low concentration. This first assessment confirmed the effectiveness of the k 0-method in analysing such matrices

  19. The neutron activation analysis in the study of Langmuir-Blodgett multilayers composition - relation to other methods of investigation

    The features of the neutron activation analysis (NAA) used in the study of Langmuir-Blodget (LB) multilayers composition are compared with the following analytical techniques: radiometry, spectrophotometry, IR-spectroscopy and electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis. A very important advantage of NAA is possibility for the simultaneous determination of all the inorganic ions in the sample, especially when LB multilayers serve as models of biological systems. Thus competitive reactions of bivalent and monovalent cations (Ca2+/Na+, K+) or specific reactions of counterions of equal charge (Zn2+/Cd2+. HPO42-/HAsO42-, SO42-/CrO42-) can be investigated with great accuracy. The parallel application of onother analytical technique is necessary when the structure of the multilayers, their stability, the molecular interactions or the binding energies of the elements are to be studied. An attempt to classify roughly the applicability of each method to some particular counterions is given. Such characteristics as the lower limit of detection, simplicity of the analysis accessibility, rapidity, etc. have been taken into consideration

  20. Electrolyte Balance of the Inner Ear Investigated by Neutron Activation Analysis of the Sodium and Potassium Content

    Even the few experimental data that have been obtained from investigations of the inner ear are an important contribution to our biochemical knowledge of the sense organs. The apparent discrepancies between some experimental results have prompted comparative studies on the sodium and potassium concentrations in the inner-ear fluids, the liquor cerebrospinalis, the mammalian and human serum. The results of these studies are expected to give a good approximation of the intracellular and extracellular electrolyte concentrations and to yield important information on the physiological and pathological conditions of the inner ear as well as on the mechanism of hearing. The experimental material is obtained from guinea pigs by penetration through the round window (fenestra rotunda). The sodium and potassium content is determined by neutron activation analysis. Potassium is precipitated from the irradiated samples by sodium tetraphenyl borate reagent, so that the sodium activity retained by the filtrate can be directly counted. Since a single precipitation of potassium does not yield end products free from sodium contamination, the precipitate is dissolved in acetone and precipitated again with sodium tetraphenyl borate. The product of the second precipitation is radiochemically pure. In simultaneous experiments, potassium was separated from the much higher sodium activity by isotopic exchange. The irradiated sample is added to an experimentally determined inactive potassium tetraphenyl borate precipitate that adsorbs the total potassium activity present without adsorbing any sodium. The separation of potassium by isotopic exchange has the advantage of yielding in a single step a sufficiently pure product without any sodium contamination. For comparison, sodium and potassium were also determined by flame photometry. (author)

  1. The Current Situation of Students’ Participatation in Extracurricular Sports Activities of Private Middle School in Henan Province and the Analysis of Investigation

    Zhe, Wang

    By using the methods of document literature, questionnaire survey and mathematical statistics, this paper investigates and analyses the cuurent situation of students' participation in extrucurricular sports activities of 36 private middle schools in Henan province which have legal education procedures through the following aspects: the attitude, motivation, times, duration, selection of programs, and influential factors of participating in extracurricular sports activities. Based on the investigation and analysis, this paper points out the existing problems and puts forward suggestions

  2. Criminal Investigation Enforcement Activities and Taxpayer Noncompliance

    Dubin, Jeffrey A.

    2007-01-01

    This article tests empirically whether measurable activities of the IRS Criminal Investigation Division (CI) affect taxpayer compliance. The analysis is based on a state-level cross-section for the time period 1988 through 2001. First, it finds that CI activities have a measurable and significant effect on voluntary compliance. Second, it concludes that the mix of sentenced cases (for tax and money laundering violations) is not a significant determinant of tax compliance. Third, it finds that...

  3. Elemental analysis of biological tissues of Dmdmdx/J and C57BL/6J mice strains investigated by neutron activation analysis

    In order to understand in more details the alterations that Duchenne muscular dystrophy disease may cause in biological tissues (blood, tibia, quadriceps and heart), correlations matrixes of the Dmdmdx/J dystrophic mice as well as C57BL/6J (control group) were generated. These mice were obtained from Jackson Laboratory (Maine, USA) and bred at IPEN (Dmdmdx/J), and at Centro de Estudos do Genoma Humano (C57BL/6J), both research centers at Sao Paulo city. Elements of clinical and nutritional relevance (Br, Ca, Cl, K, Mg, Na and S) were investigated by neutron activation analysis. These measurements were performed using the nuclear reactor IEA-R1 (3.5-4.5 MW, pool type) at IPEN. Comparisons between concentrations and correlations in these biological tissues, of these strains, showed that a Ca and Mg in blood are altered for the dystrophic mice. A significant change in the heart of dystrophic mice was also observed suggesting that a constant monitoring is required. Moreover, these results may help the researchers to evaluate the efficiency of new treatments and to compare the advantages of different treatment approaches before performing tests in patients with muscular dystrophy. (author)

  4. Forensic activation analysis

    Basic principles of neutron activation analysis are outlined. Examples of its use in police science include analysis for gunshot residues, toxic element determinations and multielement comparisons. Advantages of neutron activation analysis over other techniques are described. (R.L.)

  5. Forensic Activation Analysis

    The high sensitivity of high-flux (reactor) thermal-neutron activation analysis (NAA) for the detection and quantitative measurement of a large number of elements has led, in recent years, to a considerable degree of application of the method in the area of scientific crime investigation (criminalistics). Thus, in a Forensic Activation Analysis Bibliography recently compiled by the author, some 135 publications in this field are listed - and more are appearing quite rapidly. The nondestructive character of the purely-instrumental form of the method is an added advantage in forensic work, since evidence samples involved in actual criminal cases are not destroyed during analysis, but are preserved intact for possible presentation in court. Quite aside from, or in addition to, use in court, NAA results can be very helpful in the investigative stage of particular criminal cases. The ultra sensitivity of the method often enables one to analyze evidence specimens that are too tiny for meaningful analysis by more conventional elemental analysis methods. Also, this high sensitivity often enables one to characterize, or individualize, evidence specimens as to the possibility of common origin - via the principle of multi-element trace-constituent characterization

  6. Neutron Activation Analysis

    Corliss, William R.

    1968-01-01

    In activation analysis, a sample of an unknown material is first irradiated (activated) with nuclear particles. In practice these nuclear particles are almost always neutrons. The success of activation analysis depends upon nuclear reactions which are completely independent of an atom's chemical associations. The value of activation analysis as a research tool was recognized almost immediately upon the discovery of artificial radioactivity. This book discusses activation analysis experiments, applications and technical considerations.

  7. Neutron activation analysis of soils and loess deposits, for the investigation of the origin of the natural arsenic-contamination in the Argentine Pampa

    Neutron activation analysis has been applied to the investigation of the causes, and the primary and secondary sources, of the natural contamination with arsenic in the Pampa plain of Argentina. The elemental concentrations obtained for arsenic, as well as for Al, Ba, Br, Ca, Ce, Cl, Cr, Co, Cs, Dy, Eu, Fe, Ga, Hf, K, La, Mg, Mn, Na, Nd, Rb, Sb, Sc, Sm, Ta, Tb, Ti, U, V, Yb, Zn, and Zr, in soils and loess deposits, are presented. The implications of these results in the interpretation of the geological and environmental processes, connected with the contamination of the groundwater, are discussed. (orig.)

  8. Investigation of gamma spectra analysis

    During the investigation of radiation fingerprint comparison, it is found out that the popular gamma spectra analysis softwares are faultful, which decrease the precision of radiation fingerprint comparison. So a new analysis software is development for solving the problems. In order to display the advantage of new program, some typical simulative gamma spectra of radiation source are analyzed respectively by our software and GAMMAVISION and GENNIE2000. The software can be applied not only in nuclear warheads deep-cuts verification, but also in any radiation measurement field. (authors)

  9. Active Spacecraft Potential Control Investigation

    Torkar, K.; Nakamura, R.; Tajmar, M.; Scharlemann, C.; Jeszenszky, H.; Laky, G.; Fremuth, G.; Escoubet, C. P.; Svenes, K.

    2016-03-01

    In tenuous plasma the floating potential of sunlit spacecraft reaches tens of volts, positive. The corresponding field disturbs measurements of the ambient plasma by electron and ion sensors and can reduce micro-channel plate lifetime in electron detectors owing to large fluxes of attracted photoelectrons. Also the accuracy of electric field measurements may suffer from a high spacecraft potential. The Active Spacecraft Potential Control (ASPOC) neutralizes the spacecraft potential by releasing positive charge produced by indium ion emitters. The method has been successfully applied on other spacecraft such as Cluster and Double Star. Two ASPOC units are present on each spacecraft. Each unit contains four ion emitters, whereby one emitter per instrument is operated at a time. ASPOC for the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission includes new developments in the design of the emitters and the electronics. New features include the use of capillaries instead of needles, new materials for the emitters and their internal thermal insulators, an extended voltage and current range of the electronics, both for ion emission and heating purposes, and a more capable control software. This enables lower spacecraft potentials, higher reliability, and a more uniform potential structure in the spacecraft's sheath compared to previous missions. Results from on-ground testing demonstrate compliance with requirements. Model calculations confirm the findings from previous applications that the plasma measurements will not be affected by the beam's space charge. Finally, the various operating modes to adapt to changing boundary conditions are described along with the main data products.

  10. CRIMINAL PROCESS AND OPERATIONAL AND INVESTIGATIVE ACTIVITY

    Meretukov G. M.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The authors of the article examine the relationship between the criminal process and investigative activity taking into consideration the requirements of the Criminal Procedure Law and the Law on Investigative Activities in the Russian Federation. Such important issues as main tasks and principles of the criminal process and investigative activity are considered in the article. The authors analyze interrelations of some investigative actions and operational search as well as the order of introduction and usage of the results of the investigative activities at the stage of criminal case initializing and in the course of investigative activities. The authors also pay attention to the data which must be submitted in the report or memorandum on the prepared or being committed crime giving grounds for criminal case initializing

  11. The Ca, Cl, Mg, Na, and P mass fractions in benign and malignant giant cell tumors of bone investigated by neutron activation analysis

    The Ca, Cl, Mg, Na, and P content and Ca/P, Ca/Mg, Ca/Na, Cl/Ca, and Cl/Na ratios in samples of intact bone, benign and malignant giant cell tumor (GCT) of bone were investigated by neutron activation analysis with high resolution spectrometry of short-lived radionuclides. It was found that in GCT tissue the mass fractions of Cl and Na are higher and the mass fraction of Ca and P are lower than in normal bone tissues. Moreover, it was shown that higher Cl/Na mass fraction ratios as well as lower Ca/Cl, Ca/Mg, and Ca/Na mass fraction ratios are typical of the GCT tissue compared to intact bone. Finally, we propose to use the estimation of such parameters as the Cl mass fraction and the Ca/Cl mass fraction ratio as an additional test for differential diagnosis between benign and malignant GCT. (author)

  12. Trace elements total content and particle sizes distribution in the air particulate matter of a rural-residential area in north Italy investigated by instrumental neutron activation analysis

    The concentrations (ng/m3) of more than 30 trace elements have been determined in the total air particulate of a rural-residential area in north Italy. By collecting the aerosols with multistage impactors the distribution of the trace elements in the different size-fractionated particles has been also investigated. The fine 'inhalable' fraction with particles of less than 10 μm in equivalent aerodynamic diameter (PM10) as well as the subsequent finest 'respirable' fractions with particles of 0-1.1 μm (alveolar), 1.1-4.6 μm (bronchial) and 4.6-9 μm (tracheo-pharynx) have been analyzed and evaluated. Apart from Pb, Cd and, in some cases, Ni and Cu which have been determined by ETAAS (electrothermal atomic absorption spectroscopy), all measurements have been carried out by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). (Copyright (c) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. All rights reserved.)

  13. Investigation of the cyclic techniques in neutron activation analysis on Da Lat research reactor for determination of short-lived radionuclides in biological materials

    The ability of the sensitivity and precision of Cyclic, Pseudocyclic and Cumulative (Replicate) techniques in neutron activation analysis (NAA) on Dalat research reactor were investigated for the determination of short-lived radionuclides. This research focused on determination of 77mSe (T1/2 = 17.4 seconds) in biological materials as a case in point. The result shows that an improvement of detection limits of approximately 2 times in the 3rd cycle to 4th cycle was obtained by using Cyclic NAA, Pseudocyclic NAA and Cumulative NAA in comparison with conventional NAA. The lower detection limits of approximately 3 times can be obtained by a combination of 3 subsamples in Cumulative NAA and 3 cycles in PCNAA. The precision of the techniques is typically within 2-5% from 2nd to 3rd cycles and afterward. In general, the precision and confidence in representative of the analysis result of Cumulative NAA are better than others. However, the utilization of Cyclic NAA is the most useful as regards analysis time. With reference to analytical sensitivity, Cumulative NAA in combination with CNAA or PCNAA will provide a lowest detection limit, and thereby suiting for determining short-lived radionuclides in biological materials with very low concentration levels. (author)

  14. 13. seminar 'Activation analysis'

    Collection of the abstracts of contributions to the seminar covering broad ranges of application of activation analysis and improvements of systems and process steps. Most of them have been prepared separately for the energy data bases. (RB)

  15. Investigation of the effect of nanoparticle exposure on the flocculability of activated sludge using particle image velocimetry in combination with the extended DLVO analysis.

    Xu, J; Li, X Y

    2016-07-01

    With the application of nanotechnologies, nanoparticles (NPs) may enter the wastewater collection system, threatening the operation and stability of the treatment process. The present study investigated the effect of short-term exposures of activated sludge (AS) to NPs on the sludge flocculation ability. Three types of NPs, ZnO, TiO2 and SiO2, were used at a concentration level of 100mg/L for the 24-h exposure, and the particle image velocimetry (PIV) technology was employed to track the sludge flocculation dynamics during the tests. The results showed that a short-term exposure of the AS to NPs did not cause deterioration of the sludge in treatment performance and flocculation. According to the PIV detections, the flocculability of the AS actually was enhanced to some extent after the short-term NPs exposure. Flocs formed after the NPs exposure became more fractal with an elongated shape and a rougher surface, as a result of the improved cell attachment. The extended DLVO theory in combination with the thermodynamic analysis can be well applied to describe the enhanced AS flocculation after the NPs exposure. It is apparent that the attachment of NPs onto cells and flocs can effectively reduce the interaction energy barriers, leading to their improved flocculation ability. PMID:27031920

  16. Activation analysis in Greece

    A review of research and development on NAA as well as examples of applications of this method are presented, taken from work carried out over the last 21 years at the Radioanalytical Laboratory of the Department of Chemistry in the Greek Nuclear Research Center ''Demokritos''. Improved and faster radiochemical NAA methods have been developed for the determination of Au, Ni, Cl, As, Cu, U, Cr, Eu, Hg and Mo in several materials, for the simultaneous determination of Br and I; Mg, Sr and Ni; As and Cu; As, Sb and Hg; Mn, Sr and Ba; Cd and Zn; Se and As; Mo and Cr in biological materials. Instrumental NAA methods have also been developed for the determination of Ag, Cl and Na in lake waters, Al, Ca, Mg and V in wines, 7 trace elements in biological materials, 17 trace elements in sediments and 20 minor and trace elements in ceramics. A comprehensive computer program for routine activation analysis using Ge(Li) detectors have been worked out. A rather extended charged-particle activation analysis program is carried out for the last 10 years, including particle induced X-ray emission (PIXE) analysis, particle induced prompt gamma-ray emission analysis (PIGE), other nuclear reactions and proton activation analysis. A special neutron activation method, the delayed fission neutron counting method is used for the analysis of fissionable elements, as U, Th, Pu, in samples of the whole nuclear fuel cycle including geological, enriched and nuclear safeguards samples

  17. SLOWPOKE: neutron activation analysis

    Neutron activation analysis permits the non-destructive determination of trace elements in crude oil and its derivatives at high sensitivity (up to 10-9 g/g) and good precision. This article consists of a quick survey of the method followed by an illustration based on the results of recent work at the SLOWPOKE reactor laboratory at the Ecole Polytechnique

  18. Investigation on activated semi-coke desulfurization

    SHANGGUAN Ju; LI Zhuan-li; LI Chun-hu

    2005-01-01

    An activated semi-coke with industrial-scale size was prepared by high-pressure hydrothermal chemistry activation, HNO3oxidation and calcination activation in proper order from Inner Mongolia Zhalainuoer semi-coke, which is rich in resource and cheap in sale.SO2 adsorption capacity on this activated semi-coke was assessed in the fixed bed in the temperature range of 60-170℃, space velocity range of 500-1300 h-1, SO2 concentration of 1000-3000 ppmv, and N2 as balance. The surface area, elemental and proximate analysis for both raw semi-coke and activated semi-cokes were measured. The experimental results showed that the activated semi-coke has a high adsorption capacity for sulfur dioxide than the untreated semi-coke. This may be the result of increase of surface area on activated semi-coke and surface oxygen functional groups with basicity characteristics. Comparison to result of FTIR, it is known that group of-C-O-C- may be active center of SO2 catalytic adsorption on activated semi-coke.

  19. Investigation of the Cu-Zr-Y oxides activity in the carbon black catalytic oxidation by differential thermal analysis and temperature programmed reduction

    Different copper/zirconium-yttrium catalysts have been tested in carbon black oxidation reaction. Supported mainly on differential thermal analysis and temperature programmed reduction, two different mechanisms have been proposed to explain the catalytic results. In the absence of copper, it has been shown that Zr3+ ions and associated anionic vacancies are responsible to the catalytic enhancement observed in the mixed oxides, oxygen species being activated on these sites. Among mixed zirconia-yttria solids, ZrO2-5 mol%Y2O3 is the most active catalyst. Copper impregnation on these oxides leads to the formation of different copper species. Small particles of CuO in low interaction with the support, induce a catalytic improvement due to the highest reducibility of these species. Moreover, in order to be more efficient, CuO species should have some interactions with the support, since impregnated samples are more active than the simple mechanical mixtures

  20. Investigation of the deep crustal structure and magmatic activity at the NW Hellenic Volcanic Arc with 3-D aeromagnetic inversion and seimotectonic analysis.

    Efstathiou, Angeliki; Tzanis, Andreas; Chailas, Stylianos; Stamatakis, Michael

    2013-04-01

    We report the results of a joint analysis of geophysical (aeromagnetic) and seismotectonic data, applied to the investigation of the deep structure, magmatic activity and geothermal potential of the north-western stretches of the Hellenic Volcanic Arc (HVA). The HVA is usually considered to be a single arcuate entity stretching from Sousaki (near Corinth) at the NW, to Nisyros Island at the SE. However, different types of and their ages indicate the presence of two different volcanic groups. Our study focuses on the northern part of the west (older) volcanic group and includes the Crommyonian (Sousaki) volcanic field at the west end of Megaris peninsula (east margin on the contemporary Corinth Rift), the Aegina and Methana volcanic complex at the Saronic Gulf, where typical Quaternary calc-alkaline volcanics predominate, and the Argolid peninsula to the south and south-west. In addition to the rocks associated with Quaternary volcanism, the study area includes a series of Mesozoic ultramafic (ophiolitic) outcrops at the Megaris peninsula, to the north and north-east of the Crommyonian volcanic field, as well as throughout the Argolid. A major deep structural and tectonic feature of the study area, and one with profound influence on crustal deformation and the evolution of rapidly deforming extensional structures like the Corinth Rift and the Saronic Gulf, is the local geometry and dynamics of the African oceanic crust subducting beneath the Aegean plate. Locally, the subducting slab has a NNW strike and ENE plunge, with the dip angle changing rapidly (steepening) approx. beneath the Argolid. The aeromagnetic data was extracted from the recently (re)compiled aeromagnetic map of Greece (Chailas et al, 2010) and was inverted with the UBC-GIF magnetic inversion suite (Li and Oldenburg, 1996). The inversion included rigorous geological constraints introduced by means of numerous in-situ magnetic susceptibility measurements. The inversion has imaged several isolated

  1. Study on activation analysis

    High purity aluminum has been analyzed by neutron activation analysis. The determination of copper contents is aluminum has been used to evaluate its purity level. A new sensitive method has been developed by using graphite thermal column to reduce or eliminate the interference of 24Na which is generated from 27Al (n,α) 24Na reaction by fast neutron. Influence for activity of 24Na due to above reaction is found to be between 2.3 - 2.8 %. Copper contents in the high purity aluminum come out 0.542±0.084 ppm. In addition, contents of 23 other impurity elements (<0.1 - 0.01 ppm) are measured using general method after detection limit and optimum conditions are established. (author)

  2. Geometric investigation of a gaming active device

    Menna, Fabio; Remondino, Fabio; Battisti, Roberto; Nocerino, Erica

    2011-07-01

    3D imaging systems are widely available and used for surveying, modeling and entertainment applications, but clear statements regarding their characteristics, performances and limitations are still missing. The VDI/VDE and the ASTME57 committees are trying to set some standards but the commercial market is not reacting properly. Since many new users are approaching these 3D recording methodologies, clear statements and information clarifying if a package or system satisfies certain requirements before investing are fundamental for those users who are not really familiar with these technologies. Recently small and portable consumer-grade active sensors came on the market, like TOF rangeimaging cameras or low-cost triangulation-based range sensor. A quite interesting active system was produced by PrimeSense and launched on the market thanks to the Microsoft Xbox project with the name of Kinect. The article reports the geometric investigation of the Kinect active sensors, considering its measurement performances, the accuracy of the retrieved range data and the possibility to use it for 3D modeling application.

  3. Instrumentation in neutron activation analysis

    The rise of neutron activation analysis (NAA) as a tool in geochemical research has parallelled advances in detector, multi-channel analyzer, and computer technology. Micro-computers are now being integrated into NAA systems, and gamma-ray spectrometer instrumentation is evolving towards direct-reading systems. The investigator is faced with a wide range of possibilities and choices when equipping or re-equipping a laboratory. The geoscientist is provided with an overview of the available instrumentation and what soon may be feasible. (L.L.)

  4. Investigating Ceiling Effects in Longitudinal Data Analysis

    Wang, Lijuan; Zhang, Zhiyong; McArdle, John J.; Salthouse, Timothy A.

    2008-01-01

    Score limitation at the top of a scale is commonly termed "ceiling effect." Ceiling effects can lead to serious artifactual parameter estimates in most data analysis. This study examines the consequences of ceiling effects in longitudinal data analysis and investigates several methods of dealing with ceiling effects through Monte Carlo simulations…

  5. Activation analysis in forensic studies

    Application of neutron activation analysis in forensics are grouped into 3 categories: firearms-discharge applications, elemental analysis of other nonbiological evidence materials (paint, other), and elemental analysis of biological evidence materials (multielemental analysis of hair, analysis of hair for As and Hg). 18 refs

  6. Investigating travel thresholds for sports and recreation activities

    Jamie E L Spinney; Hugh Millward

    2013-01-01

    Central to the practice of urban planning is the provision of services, which has potential public health and social welfare implications. However, service area analysis, typically, employs arbitrary travel-distance thresholds. Through this study we provide an empirical investigation into the durations and distances that respondents are willing to travel in order to engage in various sports and recreation activities. This research uses time-diary data, augmented with global positioning system...

  7. Forensic investigation of brick stones using instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA), laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) and X-ray fluorescence analysis (XRF)

    Brick stones collected from different production facilities were studied for their elemental compositions under forensic aspects using laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS), instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) and X-ray fluorescence analysis (XRF). The aim of these examinations was to assess the potential of these methods in forensic comparison analyses of brick stones. The accuracy of the analysis methods was evaluated using NIST standard reference materials (679, 98b and 97b). In order to compare the stones to each other, multivariate data analysis was used. The evaluation of the INAA results (based on the concentrations of V, Na, K, Sm, U, Sc, Fe, Co, Rb and Cs) using principal component analysis (PCA) and cluster analysis is presented as an example. The results derived from the different analytical methods are consistent. It was shown that elemental analysis using the described methods is a valuable tool for forensic examinations of brick stones.

  8. One Pot Selective Arylation of 2-Bromo-5-Chloro Thiophene; Molecular Structure Investigation via Density Functional Theory (DFT), X-ray Analysis, and Their Biological Activities

    Rasool, Nasir; Kanwal, Aqsa; Rasheed, Tehmina; Ain, Quratulain; Mahmood, Tariq; Ayub, Khurshid; Zubair, Muhammad; Khan, Khalid Mohammed; Arshad, Muhammad Nadeem; M. Asiri, Abdullah; Zia-Ul-Haq, Muhammad; Jaafar, Hawa Z. E.

    2016-01-01

    Synthesis of 2,5-bisarylthiophenes was accomplished by sequential Suzuki cross coupling reaction of 2-bromo-5-chloro thiophenes. Density functional theory (DFT) studies were carried out at the B3LYP/6-31G(d, p) level of theory to compare the geometric parameters of 2,5-bisarylthiophenes with those from X-ray diffraction results. The synthesized compounds are screened for in vitro bacteria scavenging abilities. At the concentration of 50 and 100 μg/mL, compounds 2b, 2c, 2d, 3c, and 3f with IC50-values of 51.4, 52.10, 58.0, 56.2, and 56.5 μg/mL respectively, were found most potent against E. coli. Among all the synthesized compounds 2a, 2d, 3c, and 3e with the least values of IC50 77, 76.26, 79.13 μg/mL respectively showed significant antioxidant activities. Almost all of the compounds showed good antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli, whereas 2-chloro-5-(4-methoxyphenyl) thiophene (2b) was found most active among all synthesized compound with an IC50 value of 51.4 μg/mL. All of the synthesized compounds were screened for nitric oxide scavenging activity as well. Frontier molecular orbitals (FMOs) and molecular electrostatic potentials of the target compounds were also studied theoretically to account for their relative reactivity PMID:27367666

  9. One Pot Selective Arylation of 2-Bromo-5-Chloro Thiophene; Molecular Structure Investigation via Density Functional Theory (DFT, X-ray Analysis, and Their Biological Activities

    Nasir Rasool

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Synthesis of 2,5-bisarylthiophenes was accomplished by sequential Suzuki cross coupling reaction of 2-bromo-5-chloro thiophenes. Density functional theory (DFT studies were carried out at the B3LYP/6-31G(d, p level of theory to compare the geometric parameters of 2,5-bisarylthiophenes with those from X-ray diffraction results. The synthesized compounds are screened for in vitro bacteria scavenging abilities. At the concentration of 50 and 100 μg/mL, compounds 2b, 2c, 2d, 3c, and 3f with IC50-values of 51.4, 52.10, 58.0, 56.2, and 56.5 μg/mL respectively, were found most potent against E. coli. Among all the synthesized compounds 2a, 2d, 3c, and 3e with the least values of IC50 77, 76.26, 79.13 μg/mL respectively showed significant antioxidant activities. Almost all of the compounds showed good antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli, whereas 2-chloro-5-(4-methoxyphenyl thiophene (2b was found most active among all synthesized compound with an IC50 value of 51.4 μg/mL. All of the synthesized compounds were screened for nitric oxide scavenging activity as well. Frontier molecular orbitals (FMOs and molecular electrostatic potentials of the target compounds were also studied theoretically to account for their relative reactivity

  10. Investigations on Accurate Analysis of Microstrip Reflectarrays

    Zhou, Min; Sørensen, S. B.; Kim, Oleksiy S.;

    2011-01-01

    An investigation on accurate analysis of microstrip reflectarrays is presented. Sources of error in reflectarray analysis are examined and solutions to these issues are proposed. The focus is on two sources of error, namely the determination of the equivalent currents to calculate the radiation...... pattern, and the inaccurate mutual coupling between array elements due to the lack of periodicity. To serve as reference, two offset reflectarray antennas have been designed, manufactured and measured at the DTUESA Spherical Near-Field Antenna Test Facility. Comparisons of simulated and measured data are...

  11. Application of neutron activation analysis

    The physical basis and analytical possibilities of neutron activation analysis have been performed. The number of applications in material engineering, geology, cosmology, oncology, criminology, biology, agriculture, environment protection, archaeology, history of art and especially in chemical analysis have been presented. The place of the method among other methods of inorganic quantitative chemical analysis for trace elements determination has been discussed

  12. Analysis of Precision of Activation Analysis Method

    Heydorn, Kaj; Nørgaard, K.

    1973-01-01

    The precision of an activation-analysis method prescribes the estimation of the precision of a single analytical result. The adequacy of these estimates to account for the observed variation between duplicate results from the analysis of different samples and materials, is tested by the statistic T...

  13. TIBER activation analysis

    TIBER-II is an engineering test reactor designed to establish the technical feasibility for fusion, and is a U.S. option for the prospective International Thermonuclear Test Reactor (ITER). The TIBER-II baseline design has a 3 m major radius, 3.6 aspect ratio, and 1.1 MW/m2 average neutron wall loading. The inboard shield is about .5 m thick and structurally consists of tungsten alloy and PCA alloy. The outboard is 1.52 m thick and utilizes PCA as structure and beryllium as a neutron multiplier. An aqueous solution of 160 g LiNO3/liter is used throughout as a coolant and breeder. A one-dimensional cylindrical model for TIBER is used to calculate the neutron flux and the radioactivities. Activities are calculated during and after 2.5 full power years (FPY) of operation

  14. Investigation of the antibacterial activity of pioglitazone

    Alzoubi KH

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Majed M Masadeh1, Nizar M Mhaidat2, Sayer I Al-Azzam2, Karem H Alzoubi21Department of Pharmaceutical Technology; 2Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, JordanPurpose: To evaluate the antibacterial potential of pioglitazone, a member of the thiazolidinediones class of drugs, against Gram-positive (Streptococcus pneumoniae and Gram-negative (Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteria.Methods: Susceptibility testing was done using the antibiotic disk diffusion method and the minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC of pioglitazone was measured according to the broth micro incubation standard method.Results: Pioglitazone induced a dose-dependent antibacterial activity in which the optimal concentration was 80 µM. Furthermore, results indicated that while E. coli was sensitive (MIC = 31.25 ± 3.87 mg/L to pioglitazone-induced cytotoxicity, S. pneumoniae and K. pneumoniae were resistant (MIC = 62.5 ± 3.77 mg/L and MIC = 62.5 ± 4.14 mg/L, respectively. Moreover, pretreatment of bacteria with a suboptimal concentration of pioglitazone (40 µM before adding amoxicillin, cephalexin, co-trimoxazole, or ciprofloxacin enhanced the antibacterial activity of all agents except co-trimoxazole. This enhancing effect was particularly seen against K. pneumoniae.Conclusion: These results indicate the possibility of a new and potentially important pioglitazone effect and the authors’ ongoing studies aim to illustrate the mechanism(s by which this antibacterial effect is induced.Keywords: pioglitazone, susceptibility testing, antibiotics, diabetes 

  15. Activation analysis using Cornell TRIGA

    A major use of the Cornell TRIGA is for activation analysis. Over the years many varieties of samples have been analyzed from a number of fields of interest ranging from geology, archaeology and textiles. More recently the analysis has been extended to high technology materials for applications in optical and semiconductor devices. Trace analysis in high purity materials like Si wafers has been the focus in many instances, while in others analysis of major/minor components were the goals. These analysis has been done using the delayed mode. Results from recent measurements in semiconductors and other materials will be presented. In addition the near future capability of using prompt gamma activation analysis using the Cornell cold neutron beam will be discussed. (author)

  16. Standardizing Activation Analysis: New Software for Photon Activation Analysis

    Photon Activation Analysis (PAA) of environmental, archaeological and industrial samples requires extensive data analysis that is susceptible to error. For the purpose of saving time, manpower and minimizing error, a computer program was designed, built and implemented using SQL, Access 2007 and asp.net technology to automate this process. Based on the peak information of the spectrum and assisted by its PAA library, the program automatically identifies elements in the samples and calculates their concentrations and respective uncertainties. The software also could be operated in browser/server mode, which gives the possibility to use it anywhere the internet is accessible. By switching the nuclide library and the related formula behind, the new software can be easily expanded to neutron activation analysis (NAA), charged particle activation analysis (CPAA) or proton-induced X-ray emission (PIXE). Implementation of this would standardize the analysis of nuclear activation data. Results from this software were compared to standard PAA analysis with excellent agreement. With minimum input from the user, the software has proven to be fast, user-friendly and reliable.

  17. Fission investigations and evaluation activities at IRMM

    The IRMM has a longstanding tradition in the field of neutron induced fission physics studies. It is especially well equipped with world-class facilities as the high resolution neutron time-of-flight spectrometer GELINA and the 7 MV Van de Graaff accelerator for the quasi-monoenergetic neutron production. During the past decade several neutron induced fission reactions have been studied in the energy range from eV up to 6 MeV and spontaneous fission. The isotopes under investigation were 235,238 U(n,f), 239 Pu(n,f), 237 Np(n,f), 252 Cf(SF) and 233 Pa(n,f). For all isotopes but 233 Pa, the fission fragment mass-yield and total kinetic energy distributions were measured. 233 Pa was only investigated for the fission cross-section. The results have been described within the multi-modal fission model. The three most dominant fission modes, the two asymmetric standard I (S1) and standard II (S2) as well as the the symmetric superlong mode were used for all the isotopes but 252 Cf. For this isotope at least one other fission mode had to be taken into account, the so--called standard III (S3) mode. Since the theoretical interpretation of experimental results was rather successful also an attempt was made to improve the evaluation of the respective fission cross-section as well as their neutron multiplicities and spectra. Here, the statistical model for fission cross-section evaluation was extended by including the multi-modality concept for fission. Based on the underlying model, separate outer fission barriers have been considered for each mode, while the inner barriers and isomeric wells are assumed to be the same. The self-consistent calculations of the fission cross-section as well as total, capture, elastic and inelastic cross-sections were in good agreement with the experimental data and evaluated nuclear data libraries. As a side product, also fission fragment mass yield distributions have been deduced at incident neutron energies hitherto unaccessible. Very

  18. Preliminary investigations on the antibacterial activity of zinc oxide nanostructures

    Ramani, Meghana; Ponnusamy, S., E-mail: suruponnus@gmail.com; Muthamizhchelvan, C. [Center for Materials Science and Nano Devices, SRM University, Department of Physics (India)

    2013-04-15

    In this study, we present a systematic investigation on the evolution of nanorods of diameter 35-40 nm and 1-2 {mu}m length from nanoparticles of diameter 30-35 nm by varying the concentration of 2,6-lutidine which acts as a shape-directing agent in the synthesis process. This variation in morphology was studied using transmission electron microscopy. The surface capping agent was subsequently removed by heating during the synthesis process and confirmed using Fourier Transform Infra-red spectroscopy. Sufficient quantity of surface defects in the form of oxygen vacancies was observed from the photoluminescence analysis of the synthesized nanostructures. The concentration of defects decreased as the shape transits from nanoparticles to nanorods. The synthesized samples were preliminarily studied for their antibacterial activity against four model (gram-positive and gram-negative) pathogens by disk diffusion method and growth curve analysis. The calculated generation time indicates higher activity for nanoparticles than nanorods. However, the difference in the activity against different pathogens and their dependence on the concentration of defects indicate oxidative stress in addition to mechanical membrane damage as the major toxicity mechanism. Overall, the experimental findings are preliminary evidence supporting the possibility of developing zinc oxide nanostructures as antibacterial agents against a wide range of microorganisms to control and prevent the spreading of bacterial infections.

  19. Analysis of Sunspot Activity Cycles

    Greenkorn, Robert A.

    2009-04-01

    A nonlinear analysis of the daily sunspot number for each of cycles 10 to 23 is used to indicate whether the convective turbulence is stochastic or chaotic. There is a short review of recent papers considering sunspot statistics and solar activity cycles. The differences in the three possible regimes - deterministic laminar flow, chaotic flow, and stochastic flow - are discussed. The length of data sets necessary to analyze the regimes is investigated. Chaos is described and a chronology of recent results that utilize chaos and fractals to analyze sunspot numbers follows. The parameters necessary to describe chaos - time lag, phase space, embedding dimension, local dimension, correlation dimension, and the Lyapunov exponents - are determined for the attractor for each cycle. Assuming the laminar regime is unlikely if chaos is not indicated in a cycle by the calculations, the regime must be stochastic. The sunspot numbers in each of cycles 10 to 19 indicate stochastic behavior. There is a transition from stochastic to chaotic behavior of the sunspot numbers in cycles 20, 21, 22, and 23. These changes in cycles 20 - 23 may indicate a change in the scale of turbulence in the convection zone that could result in a change in the convective heat transfer and a change in the size of the convection region for these four cycles.

  20. Transportation activity analysis using smartphones

    Xiao, Yu; Low, David; Bandara, Thusitha; Pathak, Parth; Lim, Hock Beng; Goyal, Devendra; Santos, Jorge Oliveira; Cottrill, Caitlin; Pereira, Francisco C.; Zegras, P. Christopher; Ben-Akiva, Moshe E.

    2012-01-01

    Transportation activity surveys investigate when, where and how people travel in urban areas to provide information necessary for urban transportation planning. In Singapore, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) carries out such a survey amongst households every four years. The survey is conducted through conventional questionnaires and travel diaries. However, the conventional surveys are problematic and error-prone. We are developing a smartphone-based transportation activity survey system to...

  1. Prospects for absolute neutron activation analysis

    The desirability for absolute neutron activation analysis(ANAA) is two-fold. Results by the comparitor method are only as good as the standards used, and also the method offers a chance of having the final results available within minutes of completing the analysis. In the past ANAA was not seriously considered because of the scarcity and poor qaulity of the nuclear data that were available. This situation is however steadily improving and the possible applications are being investigated. This report reviews the present status by considering the basic activation equation, calculation of parameters, the factors of importance and the size error one might expect

  2. The elements Se, Hg, Cr, Sb, Fe, Zn, Co, and Rb were investigated by neutron activation analysis in blood serum of leukemia patients and workers of metal coating industries

    Current universal interests in trace element studies are being spurred by our needs to determine trace element requirements and tolerance by organism, including relationships to animal and human health and disease, evaluate the potential bio magnification and bio toxicity of trace elements. The element Se, Hg, Cr, Sb, Fe, Zn, Co, and Rb were investigated in blood serum of 24 leukemia patients and 20 workers of metal coating of industries, using neutron activation analysis and gamma ray counting high purity germanium detector, it was possible to determine the above mentioned trace elements with great accuracy. The result of these investigations are described briefly. In the blood serum of leukemia patients, which were collected from Ali Asghar children Hospital, some increase of Fe and decrease of Se could be found, whereas the amount variation of other trace elements were negligible. The amount of Zn in the blood serum of these workers by comparison with 60 normal man indicates no change. Due to importance of trace elements in the human health we suggest that this investigation must be prolonged using more samples

  3. ICT as the Facilitator of Entrepreneurial Activity: An Empirical Investigation

    Patricia Kotnik

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Internet and the related information and communications technologies (the ICTs are profoundly shaping economic transactions of all kinds. They are also expected to open up entrepreneurial opportunities and reduce the competitive advantage of large firms, thus making room for small and young firms. The EU policy makers have already started to introduce policy initiatives for better use of ICT into the actions to support entrepreneurship, such as promoting digital entrepreneurship. At the moment, however, we have scarce empirical evidence about the impact of ICT on entrepreneurial activity. Our study provides such evidence, by investigating the relationship between ICT use and startup rates, using longitudinal industry level data for Slovenia. The results of the regression analysis show that entry rates are higher in industries that are characterized by higher ICT use, thus providing support to the government policy efforts.

  4. Charged-particle activation analysis

    The paper discusses the methodology and application of nuclear activation with ion beams (19 via 16O(3He,p)18F, 12C(3He,α)11C and 14N(p,α)11C respectively. Recently, triton activation has been shown to be inherently still superior to 3He activation for the determination of oxygen [16O(3H,n)18F]. Lithium, boron, carbon and sulphur can be detected rapidly, nondestructively and with high sensitivity (approximately 0.25ppm for Li and B) via ''quasi-prompt'' activation based on the detection of short-lived, high-energy beta emitters (10ms1H(7Li,n)7Be for example. Nondestructive multielement analysis: Proton activation has the inherent potential for meeting requirements of broad elemental coverage, sensitivity (ppm and sub-ppm range) and selectivity. Up to 30 elements have been determined in Al, Co, Ag, Nb, Rh, Ta and biological samples, using 12-MeV proton activation followed by gamma-ray spectrometry. These capabilities are further enhanced with the counting of X-ray emitters, 28 elements (269) and accuracy using proton activation. 204Pb/206Pb ratios can also be determined with a relative precision of a few per cent. Although charged-particle activation analysis is a well-established trace analysis technique, broad potential capabilities remain to be explored, e.g. those arising from ultrashort-lived nuclides, heavy ion interactions and the combination of delayed and prompt methods. (author)

  5. Automated activation-analysis system

    An automated delayed neutron counting and instrumental neutron activation analysis system has been developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory's Omega West Reactor (OWR) to analyze samples for uranium and 31 additional elements with a maximum throughput of 400 samples per day. The system and its mode of operation for a large reconnaissance survey are described

  6. Neutron activation analysis of coins

    Activation analysis was applied to the study of coins using 14MeV neutrons produced by an accelerator for the determination of oxygen and neutrons emitted from a 252Cf source for the determination of the other elements (Au, Ag, Cu, As etc...). The advantages of this technique are presented

  7. Sensitivity analysis for activation problems

    A study has been made about how to develop further the techniques for sensitivity analysis used by FISPACT-II. FISPACT-II is a software suite for the analysis of nuclear activation and transmutation problems, developed for all nuclear applications. The software already permits sensitivity analysis to be performed by Monte Carlo sampling, and a faster uncertainty analysis is made possible by a powerful graph-based approach which generates a reduced set of nuclides on pathways leading to significant contributions to radiological quantities. The peculiar aspects of the sensitivity analysis problem for activation are the large number, typically thousands, of rate equation parameters (decay rates and reaction cross-sections) which all have some degree of associated error, and the fact that activity as a function of time varies as a sum of exponentials, so appears discontinuous as rate parameters are varied unless the sampling frequency is impracticably fast. Nevertheless, Monte Carlo sampling is a generic approach and it is therefore conceivable that techniques more targeted to the activation problem might be beneficial. Moreover, recent theoretical developments have highlighted the importance of a two-stage approach to mathematically similar problems, where in the first stage, information is collected about the global behaviour of the problem, such as the identification of the rate parameters which cause the greatest variation in dose or nuclear activity, before a second stage examines a problem with its scope restricted by the information from the first. In the second stage, for example, Quasi-Monte Carlo sampling may be used in a restricted parameter space. The current work concentrates on the first stage and consists of a review of possible techniques with a detailed examination of the most promising pathways reduction approach, examined directly using FISPACT-II. All the evidence obtained demonstrates the strong potential of this approach. (authors)

  8. Activation analysis using γ photons

    This report summarizes all the data required for using photonuclear reactions in the field of analysis. After a brief review of the elementary properties of nuclear reactions induced by photon irradiation, the main characteristics are given of high energy (E > 20 MeV) Bremsstrahlung sources. The principle of activation analysis based on the use of photons is given. Actual examples of the analytic possibilities are described in detail, in particular in the case of the determination of very small quantities (-6) of C, N, O and F. The influence of interfering nuclear reactions is discussed. (author)

  9. Optimization of instrumental activation analysis

    Activation analysis is one of the most well-understood methods available to the analyst. It should, therefore, be possible to infer, from prior information about the sample, what procedure should be followed in its analysis. The accuracy of this process is naturally limited by the extent and accuracy of the prior information available. Better results should be obtained in this way, however, than by ignoring prior information. It is the task of optimization to discover the analytical procedure that best suits the sample being analyzed. Optimization can be conveniently conceptualized if each experimental parameter is considered as a dimension of a geometric space. In activation analysis, if only irradiation and decay times are to be adjusted, the parameter space will be two dimensional. Each point in the parameter space corresponds to a possible procedure for carrying out a determination and each such procedure will perform more or less satisfactorily than others. Optimization, then, consists of a search for a point or a region in parameter space where performance meets the analyst's requirements. Practicality is an important consideration in designing a procedure for activation analysis. There are limits to the amount of radioactive material that can be handled safely and to the count rate that be accurately measured. Circumstances often impose further limits. It is, therefore, necessary to constrain the search of parameter space to those regions that correspond to practical procedures. In attempting an optimization, one must consider a number of aspects. A set of experimental parameters must be chosen for adjustment and others set at fixed values, often due to practical constraints. The way in which quality of analytical performance (the response function) is to be evaluated must be decided. A means of locating the optimum must be chosen and, finally, this optimization scheme must be implemented in a practical, convenient manner. These aspects are discussed

  10. How do oil prices affect oilrig activity? : an empirical investigation

    2004-01-01

    Resume "How do oil prices affect oilrig activity? An empirical investigation" by Guro Børnes Ringlund. Supervisors: Knut Einar Rosendahl and Terje Skjerpen. In this thesis, I analyse the relationship between oilrig activity and oil price changes for several oil-producing regions in the world. Rig activity is a preparation for future production of oil, through exploration for new fields or development of existing fields, and is thus an indicator for the future level of oil production. ...

  11. Structural investigation of mechanically activated ZnO powder

    Peleš, A., E-mail: adriana.peles@itn.sanu.ac.rs [Institute of Technical Sciences of SASA, Knez Mihailova 35/IV 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Pavlović, V.P. [Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Filipović, S.; Obradović, N.; Mančić, L. [Institute of Technical Sciences of SASA, Knez Mihailova 35/IV 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Krstić, J. [Institute of Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade, Njegoševa 12, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Mitrić, M. [Institute of Nuclear Sciences Vinca, Laboratory of Solid State Physics, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia); Vlahović, B.; Rašić, G. [North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC 27707 (United States); Kosanović, D.; Pavlović, V.B. [Institute of Technical Sciences of SASA, Knez Mihailova 35/IV 11000 Belgrade (Serbia)

    2015-11-05

    Commercially available ZnO powder was mechanically activated in a planetary ball mill. In order to investigate the specific surface area, pore volume and microstructure of non-activated and mechanically activated ZnO powders the authors performed N{sub 2} physisorption, SEM and TEM. Crystallite size and lattice microstrain were analyzed by X-ray diffraction method. XRD patterns indicate that peak intensities are getting lower and expend with activation time. The reduction in crystallite size and increasing of lattice microstrain with prolonged milling time were determined applying the Rietveld's method. The difference between non-activated and the activated powder has been also observed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). XPS is used for investigating the chemical bonding of ZnO powder by analyzing the energy of photoelectrons. The lattice vibration spectra were obtained using Raman spectroscopy. In Raman spectra some changes along with atypical resonant scattering were noticed, which were caused by mechanical activation. - Highlights: • Structural characteristics of mechanically activated ZnO powder were investigated. • The peak intensities are getting lower and expend with activation time. • In Raman spectra some changes along with atypical resonant scattering were noticed.

  12. Structural investigation of mechanically activated ZnO powder

    Commercially available ZnO powder was mechanically activated in a planetary ball mill. In order to investigate the specific surface area, pore volume and microstructure of non-activated and mechanically activated ZnO powders the authors performed N2 physisorption, SEM and TEM. Crystallite size and lattice microstrain were analyzed by X-ray diffraction method. XRD patterns indicate that peak intensities are getting lower and expend with activation time. The reduction in crystallite size and increasing of lattice microstrain with prolonged milling time were determined applying the Rietveld's method. The difference between non-activated and the activated powder has been also observed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). XPS is used for investigating the chemical bonding of ZnO powder by analyzing the energy of photoelectrons. The lattice vibration spectra were obtained using Raman spectroscopy. In Raman spectra some changes along with atypical resonant scattering were noticed, which were caused by mechanical activation. - Highlights: • Structural characteristics of mechanically activated ZnO powder were investigated. • The peak intensities are getting lower and expend with activation time. • In Raman spectra some changes along with atypical resonant scattering were noticed

  13. Investigation of the oxygen reduction activity on Silver – a rotating disk electrode study

    Wiberg, Gustav K. H.; Mayrhofer, Karl J.J.; Arenz, Matthias

    2010-01-01

    Abstract In this study the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is investigated on a nanoparticulate Silver electrocatalyst in alkaline solution. The catalytic activity of the catalyst is determined both in terms of mass activity as well as specific activity and turn over frequency, respectively. It is demonstrated that the established mass activities are independent of the applied catalyst loading, an essential requirement for a reasonable analysis. The determination of the electrochem...

  14. Activation analysis in virus research

    Nucleic acids contain various amounts of trace elements. With divalent cations tobacco mosaic virus ribonucleic acid (TMV-RNA) undergoes changes in optical density at 258 mμ in both optical rotation and in sedimentation behaviour. These changes suggested the transformation from a random coil to a more orderly configuration. The connection between trace elements and the biological activity of TMV-RNA has been investigated. However, the relationship between metal ions and the virus infection process has not received much attention. This subject is discussed briefly in this paper. 8 refs

  15. Organizational Climate in Police Investigative Work: A Comparative Analysis of Police Investigators and Investigative Trainers

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study is twofold: First, it seeks to identify organizational climate aspects that are considered important by police investigators and investigative trainers in the context of police investigation. Second, it examines how these various aspects of organizational climate are perceived by the two samples. Open-ended interviews were conducted in order to generate information about the organizational climate aspects, respectively with 51 police investigators from 16 of the 27 polic...

  16. Investigation & Analysis of Different Aluminium Alloys t

    Nibedita Sethi*¹,; Ajit Senapati²

    2014-01-01

    Aluminium alloy LM-29, A-356 AND A-6060 was fabricated in sand casting method. Mach inability of aluminium alloy LM-29, A-356 AND A-6060 was investigated and evaluate the mach inability studying the different parameter such as cutting force, surface roughness, chip thickness, and power consumption during turning at different cutting speed and constant depth of cut and feed rate. In this paper also studies the mechanical properties means hardness, density and tensile strength o...

  17. Trace Analysis of Ancient Gold Objects Using Radiochemical Neutron Activation

    Olariu, A; Constantinescu, O; Badica, T; Popescu, I V; Besliu, C; Leahu, D; Olariu, Agata; Constantinescu, Mioara; Leahu, Doina

    1999-01-01

    Radiochemical neutron activation analysis has been applied to investigate the microelements in gold samples with archaeological importance. Chemical separation has allowed the determination of traces of Ir, Os, Sb, Zn, Co, Fe, Ni. Instrumental neutron activation analysis has been used for the determination of Cu.

  18. Thrombolytic and antimicrobial activities of andrographis paniculata - a preliminary investigation

    An attempt has been made to investigate thrombolytic and antimicrobial activities of ethanolic extracts of Andrographis paniculata whole plant. Phytochemical constituents of A. paniculata were assessed by human erythrocyte and the results were compared with standard streptokinase (SK). Moreover, the plant extracts were compared with the antibiotic kanamycin to investigate antibacterial activity against several microorganisms. Glycosides, steroids, phenols, alkaloid and tannins were found in the ethanol extract of whole plant. Crude ethanol extract (P<0.05) and soluble fraction of ethanol extract (P<0.05) have shown thrombolytic properties. Crude ethanol extract, n-hexane soluble fractions and carbon tetrachloride soluble fraction of ethanol extract of the whole plant have shown antimicrobial activities against common gram positive and gram negative microorganisms. The results of current study justify thrombolytic and antimicrobial activities of A. paniculata. (author)

  19. Application of reactor activation analysis to hydrogeology and geology

    Instrumental reactor activation analysis applied to hydrogeological and geological investigations conducted at the Department of Radiometry of the Geological Techniques Research and Development Centre is discussed. Used instrumentation and analytical techniques are described. (author)

  20. The status of activation analysis in archaeology and geochemistry

    Many of the initial applications for activation analysis occurred in the fields of archaeology, geochemistry and cosmochemistry. In addition to the desire to investigate noteworthy problems of interest to these disciplines, the reasons for employing activation analysis were based on the advantages of sample preparation, sensitivity, multi-element capability, and non-destructiveness. Nearly fifty years later and despite the development of several new analytical methods, many of these same advantages continue to attract interest in activation analysis from these same disciplines. Past, present and future role of activation analysis with regard to research questions in archaeology, geochemistry, and cosmochemistry are overviewed. (author)

  1. HPTLC Analysis, Antioxidant and Antigout Activity of Indian Plants

    Nile, Shivraj Hariram; Park, Se Won

    2014-01-01

    The HPTLC analysis, antioxidant, and antigout activity of Asparagus racemosus, Withania somnifera, Vitex negundo, Plumbago zeylanica, Butea monosperma and Tephrosia purpurea extracts were investigated. The chemical fingerprinting were carried out by high performance thin layer chromatography (HPTLC), antioxidant activity by ABTS, DPPH, FRAP radical scavenging assays, and antiogout activity by cow milk xanthine oxidase. The HPTLC fingerprint qualitatively revealed predominant amount of flavono...

  2. Investigation of Film Curing by Dielectric Analysis.

    Guma, Noemi Candelaria

    1995-01-01

    Dielectric analysis (DEA) relies on the response of molecules to a changing electric field. Permittivity (epsilon^') is a parameter obtained from DEA, which is proportional to the amount of molecular alignment (or motion). A DEA methodology was developed to evaluate and classify the degree of cure of films, and to demonstrate the mechanism of the curing phenomenon at a molecular level. The model material employed in the study was Eudragit^circler RS30D, an aqueous-based film forming polymeric material, containing 20% acetyl tributyl citrate as plasticizer. The data showed changes in the dielectric behavior of the polymer molecules in films that were subjected to accelerated stability or improper curing conditions. These dielectric changes were also manifested as changes in the permeability characteristics of the film, which ultimately influenced the final performance of the dosage form. By monitoring the dielectric behavior of the coating material during a curing cycle, a classification of three stages of curing was developed, namely undercured, optimally cured, and overcured. The changes in dielectric properties of the film reflected the changes in molecular structure, which correlated with changes in permeability and surface morphology. Based on the data, a mechanism of improper cure was proposed, which contends that the curing phenomenon is driven by two major forces, namely: the heterogenous loss and/or redistribution of plasticizer molecules during the curing process and the development of strain in the film structure during the coating process. A mathematical equation was derived to predict the epsilon^' of film-coated beads based on the epsilon^ ' data of free films cured under the same conditions. The model is based on the premise that "equal epsilon^' denotes equal mobility" for the same material, whether as free film or applied onto a substrate. The DEA technique developed and the proposed rationale of the curing phenomenon may be useful in optimizing the

  3. Tools to investigate how interprofessional education activities link to competencies

    Courtney West

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Integrating interprofessional education (IPE activities and curricular components in health professions education has been emphasized recently by the inclusion of accreditation standards across disciplines. The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC established IPE competencies in 2009, but evaluating how activities link to competencies has not been investigated in depth. The purpose of this project is to investigate how well two IPE activities align with IPEC competencies. To evaluate how our IPE activities met IPEC competencies, we developed a checklist and an observation instrument. A brief description of each is included as well as the outcomes. We analyzed Disaster Day, a simulation exercise that includes participants from Nursing, Medicine, and Pharmacy, and Interprofessional Healthcare Ethics (IPHCE, a course that introduced medical, nursing, and pharmacy students to ethical issues using didactic sessions and case discussions. While both activities appeared to facilitate the development of IPE competencies, Disaster Day aligned more with IPEC competencies than the IPHCE course and appears to be a more comprehensive way of addressing IPEC competencies. However, offering one IPE activity or curricular element is not sufficient. Having several IPE options available, utilizing the tools we developed to map the IPE curriculum and evaluating competency coverage is recommended.

  4. INVESTIGATION OF IN VITRO ANTHELMINTIC ACTIVITY OF Clerodendron Inerme

    Mondal Subhasish

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available The aqueous extract of Clerodendron inerme leaves was investigated for anthelmintic activity using earthworms(Pheretima posthuma, tapeworms (Raillietina spiralis and roundworms (Ascaridia galli. Various concentrations (10-50 mg/ml of plant extract were tested in the bioassay. Piperazine citrate (10 mg/ml was used as reference standard drug whereas distilled water as control. Determination of paralysis time and death time of the worms were recorded. Extract exhibited significant anthelmintic activity at the concentration of 30 mg/ml. The result shows that aqueous extract possesses vermicidal activity and found to be effective as an anthelmintic. Therefore, the anthelmintic activity of the aqueous extract of Clerodendron inerme has been reported for the first time.

  5. Activation Analysis in Forensic Science. Survey Paper

    Recently the unique features of the activation analysis method have been utilized to advantage to meet some specialized needs in the scientific investigation of crime. A review of the principal forensic activation analysis applications to biological materials to date indicates that they may be roughly classified as: (i) the detection and determination of residues of toxic materials in foodstuffs, human tissues, sera and excreta; (ii) the 'individualization' of hair, fibres, narcotics and drugs; and (iii) investigation of the transference of ballistic material to bone, cloth or paper. Analyses of these materials in some actual forensic investigations have been perfected to the point of acceptance in the law courts of several countries. Additional and broader areas of application are under development in a number of nuclear and forensic laboratories. (i) The determination of sub microgram quantities of phosphorus compounds, arsenic, mercury, selenium and thallium in specimens from post-mortem examinations and from living persons showing symptoms of toxicity has revealed certain ingestion of abnormal amount of toxic substances by comparison with similar specimens from healthy persons. In some cases, with tissues such as hair and nails, the time scale of the ingestion of arsenic or mercury has been revealed through the distribution of the deposited element with distance from the growing end or edge. (ii) A series of feasibility studies on the possibility of distinguishing similar materials through their characteristic trace-element patterns have resulted from observations of the wide range or variation in trace impurity content in specimens which come from different individuals or different natural sources. For example, extensive activation analyses for more than twenty elements in human head hair from many people have been carried out and a statistical analysis of the results indicate that activation hair comparisons in forensic investigations may be quite definitive

  6. Experimental investigation of thermal neutron analysis based landmine detection technology

    Background: Recently, the prompt gamma-rays neutron activation analysis method is wildly used in coal analysis and explosive detection, however there were less application about landmine detection using neutron method especially in the domestic research. Purpose: In order to verify the feasibility of Thermal Neutron Analysis (TNA) method used in landmine detection, and explore the characteristic of this technology. Methods: An experimental system of TNA landmine detection was built based on LaBr3 (Ce) fast scintillator detector and 252Cf isotope neutron source. The system is comprised of the thermal neutron transition system, the shield system, and the detector system. Results: On the basis of the TNA, the wide energy area calibration method especially to the high energy area was investigated, and the least detection time for a typical mine was defined. In this study, the 72-type anti-tank mine, the 500 g TNT sample and several interferential objects are tested in loess, red soil, magnetic soil and sand respectively. Conclusions: The experimental results indicate that TNA is a reliable demining method, and it can be used to confirm the existence of Anti-Tank Mines (ATM) and large Anti-Personnel Mines (APM) in complicated condition. (authors)

  7. Neutron activation analysis in Bulgaria

    The development of instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) as a routine method started in 1960 with bringing into use of the experimental nuclear reactor 2 MW -IRT-2000. For the purposes of INAA the vertical channels were used. The neutron flux vary from 1 to 6x1012n/cm2s, with Cd ratio for gold of about 4,4. In one of the channels the neutron flux is additionally thermalised with grafite, in others - a pneumatic double-tube rabbit system is installed. One of the irradiation positions is equiped with 1 mm Cd shield constantly. With the pressure of the working gas (air) of 2 bar the transport time in one direction is 2,5 sec. Because of lack of special system for uniform irradiation an accuracy of 3% can be reached by use of iron monitors for long irradiations and copper monitors for use in the rabbit system. Two neutron generators are also working but the application of 14 MeV neutrons for INAA is still quite limited. The most developed are the applications of INAA in the fields of geology and paedology, medicine and biology, environment and pollution, archaeology, metallurgy, metrology and hydrology, criminology

  8. Investigation of in Vitro Anthelmintic activity of Cinnamomum Camphor Leaves

    HAQUE RABIUL; MONDAL SUBHASISH; GHOSH PARAG

    2011-01-01

    The aqueous extract of Cinnamomum camphorLeaves was investigated for anthelmintic activity using earthworms(Pheretima posthuma), tapeworms (Raillietina spiralis) and roundworms (Ascaridia galli). Various concentrations (10-70 mg/ml) of plant extract were tested in the bioassay. Piperazine citrate (10 mg/ml) was used as reference standard drug whereas distilled water as control.Determination of paralysis time and death time of the worms were recorded. Extract exhibited significant anthelmintic...

  9. INVESTIGATION OF IN VITRO ANTHELMINTIC ACTIVITY OF Clerodendron Inerme

    Mondal Subhasish; Ghosh Parag; Das Debasish; Haque Rabiul

    2010-01-01

    The aqueous extract of Clerodendron inerme leaves was investigated for anthelmintic activity using earthworms(Pheretima posthuma), tapeworms (Raillietina spiralis) and roundworms (Ascaridia galli). Various concentrations (10-50 mg/ml) of plant extract were tested in the bioassay. Piperazine citrate (10 mg/ml) was used as reference standard drug whereas distilled water as control. Determination of paralysis time and death time of the worms were recorded. Extract exhibited significant anthelmin...

  10. Conference on instrumental activation analysis IAA 92

    The publication contains 26 abstracts primarily concerned with neutron activation analysis, although other analytical techniques based on X-ray fluorescence analysis, PIXE, PIGE, RBS are also included. Some contributions deal with aspects of quality practice and assurance in radioanalytical laboratories, with marketing of instrumental neutron activation analysis services, with hard- and software aspects of radiation detection, etc. (Z.S.)

  11. Structural Investigation of Alkali Activated Clay Minerals for Application in Water Treatment Systems

    Bumanis, G.; Bajare, D.; Dembovska, L.

    2015-11-01

    Alkali activation technology can be applied for a wide range of alumo-silicates to produce innovative materials with various areas of application. Most researches focuse on the application of alumo-silicate materials in building industry as cement binder replacement to produce mortar and concrete [1]. However, alkali activation technology offers high potential also in biotechnologies [2]. In the processes where certain pH level, especially alkaline environment, must be ensured, alkali activated materials can be applied. One of such fields is water treatment systems where high level pH (up to pH 10.5) ensures efficient removal of water pollutants such as manganese [3]. Previous investigations had shown that alkali activation technology can be applied to calcined clay powder and aluminium scrap recycling waste as a foam forming agent to create porous alkali activated materials. This investigation focuses on the structural investigation of calcined kaolin and illite clay alkali activation processes. Chemical and mineralogical composition of both clays were determined and structural investigation of alkali activated materials was made by using XRD, DTA, FTIR analysis; the microstructure of hardened specimens was observed by SEM. Physical properties of the obtained material were determined. Investigation indicates the essential role of chemical composition of the clay used in the alkali activation process, and potential use of the obtained material in water treatment systems.

  12. Instrumental neutron activation analysis - a routine method

    This thesis describes the way in which at IRI instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) has been developed into an automated system for routine analysis. The basis of this work are 20 publications describing the development of INAA since 1968. (Auth.)

  13. Monostandard activation analysis of prehistoric copper objects

    In order to compare the detection limits of neutron activation analysis and spectral analisys, a number of eneolitic and other copper cultural objects have been investigated. A number of 12 elements could be determined by NAA in a long irradiation run, the same number as in spectral analysis. Six elements have a detection limit an order of magnitude higher than that in spectral analysis and only three have a lower detection limit (Fe, Ni, Sn). If the irradiation time is increased 4 times, only tin remains with a lower detection limit. Other three elements (Hg, Cs, Se), which were not reported in spectral analysis, can be seen with high sensitivity. An average counting time of 1 hour seems to be enough for a satisfactory statistics. No chemical processing of the sample is needed, except a slight etching and washing before or after irradiation. It is concluded that monostandard NAA is a rather simple and reliable method with a higher sensitivity compared to the spectral method

  14. Drilling to investigate processes in active tectonics and magmatism

    Shervais, J.; Evans, J.; Toy, V.; Kirkpatrick, J.; Clarke, A.; Eichelberger, J.

    2014-12-01

    Coordinated drilling efforts are an important method to investigate active tectonics and magmatic processes related to faults and volcanoes. The US National Science Foundation (NSF) recently sponsored a series of workshops to define the nature of future continental drilling efforts. As part of this series, we convened a workshop to explore how continental scientific drilling can be used to better understand active tectonic and magmatic processes. The workshop, held in Park City, Utah, in May 2013, was attended by 41 investigators from seven countries. Participants were asked to define compelling scientific justifications for examining problems that can be addressed by coordinated programs of continental scientific drilling and related site investigations. They were also asked to evaluate a wide range of proposed drilling projects, based on white papers submitted prior to the workshop. Participants working on faults and fault zone processes highlighted two overarching topics with exciting potential for future scientific drilling research: (1) the seismic cycle and (2) the mechanics and architecture of fault zones. Recommended projects target fundamental mechanical processes and controls on faulting, and range from induced earthquakes and earthquake initiation to investigations of detachment fault mechanics and fluid flow in fault zones. Participants working on active volcanism identified five themes: the volcano eruption cycle; eruption sustainability, near-field stresses, and system recovery; eruption hazards; verification of geophysical models; and interactions with other Earth systems. Recommended projects address problems that are transferrable to other volcanic systems, such as improved methods for identifying eruption history and constraining the rheological structure of shallow caldera regions. Participants working on chemical geodynamics identified four major themes: large igneous provinces (LIPs), ocean islands, continental hotspot tracks and rifts, and

  15. Investigating echo state networks dynamics by means of recurrence analysis

    Bianchi, Filippo Maria; Alippi, Cesare

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we elaborate over the well-known interpretability issue in echo state networks. The idea is to investigate the dynamics of reservoir neurons with time-series analysis techniques taken from research on complex systems. Notably, we analyze time-series of neuron activations with Recurrence Plots (RPs) and Recurrence Quantification Analysis (RQA), which permit to visualize and characterize high-dimensional dynamical systems. We show that this approach is useful in a number of ways. First, the two-dimensional representation offered by RPs provides a way for visualizing the high-dimensional dynamics of a reservoir. Our results suggest that, if the network is stable, reservoir and input denote similar line patterns in the respective RPs. Conversely, the more unstable the ESN, the more the RP of the reservoir presents instability patterns. As a second result, we show that the $\\mathrm{L_{max}}$ measure is highly correlated with the well-established maximal local Lyapunov exponent. This suggests that co...

  16. Project-Based Language Learning: An Activity Theory Analysis

    Gibbes, Marina; Carson, Lorna

    2014-01-01

    This paper reports on an investigation of project-based language learning (PBLL) in a university language programme. Learner reflections of project work were analysed through Activity Theory, where tool-mediated activity is understood as the central unit of analysis for human interaction. Data were categorised according to the components of human…

  17. AN ULTRAVIOLET INVESTIGATION OF ACTIVITY ON EXOPLANET HOST STARS

    Using the far-UV (FUV) and near-UV (NUV) photometry from the NASA Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX), we searched for evidence of increased stellar activity due to tidal and/or magnetic star-planet interactions (SPI) in the 272 known FGK planetary hosts observed by GALEX. With the increased sensitivity of GALEX, we are able probe systems with lower activity levels and at larger distances than what has been done to date with X-ray satellites. We compared samples of stars with close-in planets (a 0.5 AU) and looked for correlations of excess activity with other system parameters. This statistical investigation found no clear correlations with a, Mp , or Mp /a, in contrast to some X-ray and Ca II studies. However, there is tentative evidence (at a level of 1.8σ) that stars with radial-velocity-(RV)-detected close-in planets are more FUV-active than stars with far-out planets, in agreement with several published X-ray and Ca II results. The case is strengthened to a level of significance to 2.3σ when transit-detected close-in planets are included. This is most likely because the RV-selected sample of stars is significantly less active than the field population of comparable stars, while the transit-selected sample is similarly active. Given the factor of 2-3 scatter in fractional FUV luminosity for a given stellar effective temperature, it is necessary to conduct a time-resolved study of the planet hosts in order to better characterize their UV variability and generate a firmer statistical result.

  18. Investigation of in Vitro Anthelmintic activity of Cinnamomum Camphor Leaves

    HAQUE RABIUL

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available The aqueous extract of Cinnamomum camphorLeaves was investigated for anthelmintic activity using earthworms(Pheretima posthuma, tapeworms (Raillietina spiralis and roundworms (Ascaridia galli. Various concentrations (10-70 mg/ml of plant extract were tested in the bioassay. Piperazine citrate (10 mg/ml was used as reference standard drug whereas distilled water as control.Determination of paralysis time and death time of the worms were recorded. Extract exhibited significant anthelmintic activity at the concentration of 50 mg/ml. The result shows that aqueous extract possesses vermicidal activity and found to be effective as an anthelmintic. Therefore, the anthelmintic activity of the aqueous extract of Cinnamomum camphorLeaves has been reported. Introduction Infections with helminth are among the most widespread infections in humans and other domestic animals affecting a large number of world population. The majority of these infections due to worms are generally restricted mainly to the tropical regions and the occurance is accelerated due to unhygienic lifestyle and poverty also resulting in the development of symtomps like anaemia, eosinophilia and pneumonia1. Parasitic diseases cause ruthless morbidity affecting principally in population.

  19. LDEF meteoroid and debris special investigation group investigations and activities at the Johnson Space Center

    See, Thomas H.; Warren, Jack L.; Zolensky, Michael E.; Sapp, Clyde A.; Bernhard, Ronald P.; Dardano, Claire B.

    1995-01-01

    Since the return of the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) in January, 1990, members of the Meteoroid and Debris Special Investigation Group (M&D SIG) at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas have been examining LDEF hardware in an effort to expand the knowledge base regarding the low-Earth orbit (LEO) particulate environment. In addition to the various investigative activities, JSC is also the location of the general Meteoroid & Debris database. This publicly accessible database contains information obtained from the various M&D SIG investigations, as well as limited data obtained by individual LDEF Principal Investigators. LDEF exposed approximately 130 m(exp 2) of surface area to the LEO particulate environment, approximately 15.4 m(exp 2) of which was occupied by structural frame components (i.e., longerons and intercoastals) of the spacecraft. The data reported here was obtained as a result of detailed scans of LDEF intercoastals, 68 of which reside at JSC. The limited amount of data presently available on the A0178 thermal control blankets was reported last year and will not be reiterated here. The data presented here are limited to measurements of crater diameters and their frequency of occurrence (i.e., flux).

  20. Neutron activation analysis of urinary calculi

    Urinary calculi resulting from disorders in the urinary system are mostly composed of uric acid, urates, calcium oxalate, alkaline earth phosphates (Ca and Mg), triple phosphate (magnesium ammonium phosphate), calcium carbonate, cystine, xanthine, and traces of proteins. The determination of these macro-constituents has been carried out by different analytical procedures. No attempts however, have been reported regarding the determination of trace elements in urinary stones, apart from that of Herring et al., who investigated the consumption of strontium by urolithiasis patients. The present work is a non-destructive neutron activation analysis of urinary calculi, to search the variation in concentration of certain trace elements with the chemical composition of the calculus

  1. Activation analysis with reactor neutrons

    The potentialities of neutron as an analytical probe are indicated, pointing out the need for development of other approaches, besides the conventional activation method. Development of instrumental approach to activation and applications, carried out at Analytical Chemistry Division are outlined. The role of, and the need for, the development and application of mathematical methods in enhancing the information content, and in turn the interpretation of the analytical results, is demonstrated. (author)

  2. Green synthesis, spectroscopic investigation and photocatalytic activity of lead nanoparticles

    Elango, Ganesh; Roopan, Selvaraj Mohana

    2015-03-01

    Most of researcher focused their research towards synthesize of nanoparticles by the method of applied chemical method which was one of the costliest method. We have focused cheapest and simplest method for the synthesizing of lead nanoparticles (Pb-NPs) using cocos nucifera L extract. The methanolic extract of cocos nucifera L was efficiently used as a reducing agent for synthesizing Pb-NPs. On treatment of lead acetate with cocos nucifera coir extracts, stable Pb-NPs were formed. The synthesized Pb-NPs were further confirmed by UV-visible spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Transmission electron microscope (TEM) and Energy Dispersive (EDAX) analysis. The secondary metabolites present in methanolic extract which can mainly act as a reducing and capping agents for the formation of Pb-NPs were identified by GC-MS. Anti-microbial activity for Pb-NPs against four pathogenic strain's such as Staphylococcus aureus, Escheria coli, Staphylococcus epidermis and Bacillus subtilis. Result states that Pb-NPs size was 47 nm and also shows good activity against S. aureus. Further we report on photocatalytic absorption of malachite green dye processed in short UV wavelength at 254 nm. UV spectral analysis showed peak absorbance at 613 nm with special reference to the excitation of surfaces plasmon vibration by Pb-NPs.

  3. Neutron activation analysis of biological substances

    A Bowen cabbage sample was used as a reference material for the neutron activation studies, and the method was checked by the analysis of other biological substances (blood or serum etc.). For nondestructive measurements also some non-trace elements were determined in order to decide whether the activation analysis is a useful means for such measurements. The new activation analysis procedure was used for biomedical studies as, e.g., for trace element determination in body fluids, and for the analysis of inorganic components in air samples. (R.P.)

  4. Analysis of HR activities in selected company

    Jandová, Šárka

    2012-01-01

    The aim of this thesis is based on theoretical knowledge and analysis of the basic HR activities in the selected company to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the policies implemented personnel work. Then propose an effective ways of improving HR activities and employee satisfaction. Basic personal activities analyzed in this thesis are the adaptation, acquisition and selection of employees, performance management and staff appraisal, remuneration and training of staff. Analysis of pers...

  5. Investigation and analysis of SSI effects in seismic response of NPPs EMO and EBO

    This progress report outlines and describes the analysis and investigations of soil-structure interaction effects in seismic response of Bohunice and Mochovce nuclear power plants. The work carries out consists of theoretical-numerical analysis of soil-structure interaction and the description of the experimental results obtained so far. Investigations were performed for different soil conditions and recommendations were elaborated as to prepare and use long-term monitoring of vibration activity at the Bohunice NPP site

  6. Conference on instrumental activation analysis - IAA 89

    The proceedings contain 40 abstracts of papers all of which have been incorporated in INIS. The papers were centred on the applications of radioanalytical methods, especialy on neutron activation analysis, X-ray fluorescence analysis, PIXE analysis and tracer techniques in biology, medicine and metallurgy, measuring instruments including microcomputers, and data processing methods. (J.P.)

  7. Conference on Instrumental Activation Analysis: IAA 89

    Vobecky, M.; Obrusnik, I.

    1989-05-01

    The proceedings contain 40 abstracts of papers all of which have been incorporated in INIS. The papers were centred on the applications of radioanalytical methods, especially on neutron activation analysis, x ray fluorescence analysis, PIXE analysis and tracer techniques in biology, medicine and metallurgy, measuring instruments including microcomputers, and data processing methods.

  8. Synthesis, crystal structure analysis, spectral investigations, DFT computations, Biological activities and molecular docking of methyl(2E)-2-{[N-(2-formylphenyl)(4-methylbenzene) sulfonamido]methyl}-3-(4-fluorophenyl)prop-2-enoate, a potential bioactive agent

    Murugavel, S.; Vetri Velan, V.; Kannan, Damodharan; Bakthadoss, Manickam

    2016-03-01

    The title compound methyl(2E)-2-{[N-(2-formylphenyl) (4-methylbenzene)sulfonamido]methyl}-3-(4-fluorophenyl) prop-2-enoate (MFMSF) has been synthesized and single crystals were grown by slow evaporation solution growth technique at room temperature. The grown crystals were characterized by FTIR, 1H NMR, 13C NMR, and single crystal X-ray diffraction. In the crystal, molecules are linked by intermolecular C-H…O hydrogen bonds forming a two-dimensional supramolecular network along [110] direction. The molecular geometry was also optimized using density functional theory (DFT/B3LYP) method with the 6-311G (d,p) basis set in ground state and compared with the experimental data. The entire vibrational assignments of wave numbers were made on the basis of potential energy distribution (PED) by VEDA 4 programme. Stability of the molecule arising from hyper conjugative interactions, charge delocalization has been analyzed using natural bond orbital (NBO) analysis. In addition, NLO, MEP, Mulliken, thermodynamic properties, HOMO and LUMO energy gap were theoretically predicted. The global chemical reactivity descriptors are calculated for MFMSF and used to predict their relative stability and reactivity. The antibacterial activity of the compound was also tested against various pathogens. The molecular docking studies concede that title compound may exhibit PBP-2X inhibitor activity.

  9. Investigation of an Immunoassay with Broad Specificity to Quinolone Drugs by Genetic Algorithm with Linear Assignment of Hypermolecular Alignment of Data Sets and Advanced Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship Analysis.

    Chen, Jiahong; Lu, Ning; Shen, Xing; Tang, Qiushi; Zhang, Chijian; Xu, Jun; Sun, Yuanming; Huang, Xin-An; Xu, Zhenlin; Lei, Hongtao

    2016-04-01

    A polyclonal antibody against the quinolone drug pazufloxacin (PAZ) but with surprisingly broad specificity was raised to simultaneously detect 24 quinolones (QNs). The developed competitive indirect enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ciELISA) exhibited limits of detection (LODs) for the 24 QNs ranging from 0.45 to 15.16 ng/mL, below the maximum residue levels (MRLs). To better understand the obtained broad specificity, a genetic algorithm with linear assignment of hypermolecular alignment of data sets (GALAHAD) was used to generate the desired pharmacophore model and superimpose the QNs, and then advanced comparative molecular field analysis (CoMFA) and advanced comparative molecular similarity indices analysis (CoMSIA) models were employed to study the three-dimensional quantitative structure-activity relationship (3D QSAR) between QNs and the antibody. It was found that the QNs could interact with the antibody with different binding poses, and cross-reactivity was mainly positively correlated with the bulky substructure containing electronegative atom at the 7-position, while it was negatively associated with the large bulky substructure at the 1-position of QNs. PMID:26982746

  10. I. Developing methods for the analysis of chemistry students' inscriptions, II. Exploring the regioselectivity of 1,3-dipolar cycloadditions of munchnones, III. Stereochemical investigations of C-H activation reactions involving germylene and stannylene/aryl iodide reagents

    Kiste, Alan L.

    I. Analyzing and comparing student-generated inscriptions in chemistry is crucial to gaining insight into students' understanding about chemistry concepts. Thus, we developed two methods of analyzing student-generated inscriptions: features analysis and thematic analysis. We have also demonstrated how these methods are able to discern differences between both how students inscribe their understandings and the content of those inscriptions, regardless of (1) how those inscriptions were created (i.e. computer vs. pencil-and-paper), (2) the nature of the inscriptions (verbal vs. pictorial), and (3) the expertise of the students. The ability to analyze inscriptions regardless of the medium allows the examination of multiple inscriptions in educational research applications as well as in the design and development of educational materials. Also, inscriptions can be compared across contexts, allowing the comparison of student-generated inscriptions derived from various educational interventions. Finally, the ability to compare inscriptions regardless of the level of expertise allows novice/expert comparisons as well as longitudinal comparison over time. II. Predicting the regiochemistry of 1,3-dipolar cycloadditions of munchnones and acetylenic dipolarophiles is difficult based on frontier molecular orbital theory (FMO) alone. We have proposed that, in addition to FMO considerations, steric factors influencing the non-covalent interactions between reactive centers in the transition state also influence the regioselectivity of these reactions. We have developed a scheme to use a tether-based regiocontrol strategy to synthesize 2,4-disubstituted pyrroles using N-(2-thiazolinyl) secondary amino acid derivatives. Attempts to synthesize these amino acid derivatives have been, so far, unsuccessful. III. To provide additional information about the mechanism of C-H activation reactions of stannylenes and germylenes, and to demonstrate the utility of these reactions, we explored

  11. Neutron activation analysis of reference materials

    The importance is pointed out of neutron activation analysis in the preparation of reference materials, and studies are reported conducted recently by UJV. Instrumental neutron activation analysis has been used in testing homogeneity and in determining 28 elements in newly prepared reference standards of coal fly ash designated ENO, EOP and ECH. For accuracy testing, the same method was used in the analysis of NBS SRM-1633a Trace Elements in Coal Fly Ash and IAEA CRM Soil-5 and RM Soil-7. Radiochemical neutron activation analysis was used in determining Cd, Cu, Mn, Mo, and Zn in biological materials NBS SRM-1577 Bovine Liver, Bowen's Kale and in IAEA RM Milk Powder A-11 and Animal Muscle H-4. In all instances very good precision and accuracy of neutron activation analysis results were shown. (author)

  12. Neutron activation analysis of geochemical samples

    The present paper will describe the work done at the Technical Research Centre of Finland in developing methods for the large-scale activation analysis of samples for the geochemical prospecting of metals. The geochemical prospecting for uranium started in Finland in 1974 and consequently a manually operated device for the delayed neutron activation analysis of uranium was taken into use. During 1974 9000 samples were analyzed. The small capacity of the analyzer made it necessary to develop a completely automated analyzer which was taken into use in August 1975. Since then 20000-30000 samples have been analyzed annually the annual capacity being about 60000 samples when running seven hours per day. Multielemental instrumental neutron activation analysis is used for the analysis of more than 40 elements. Using instrumental epithermal neutron activation analysis 25-27 elements can be analyzed using one irradiation and 20 min measurement. During 1982 12000 samples were analyzed for mining companies and Geological Survey of Finland. The capacity is 600 samples per week. Besides these two analytical methods the analysis of lanthanoids is an important part of the work. 11 lanthanoids have been analyzed using instrumental neutron activation analysis. Radiochemical separation methods have been developed for several elements to improve the sensitivity of the analysis

  13. A Climatological Investigation of the Activity of Summer Subtropical Vortices

    LUO Zhexian; DAI Kan

    2008-01-01

    By applying a new vortex detection method to the ECMWF 40-yr reanalysis (ERA40) data from 1985 to 2002, the climatology of summer vortices has been investigated in five subtropical regions, i.e., the northwestern Pacific, northeastern Pacific, northwestern Atlantic, northeastern Atlantic, and Australia-South Pacific, followed by validation with NCEP/NCAR reanalysis data. Results are as follows: (1) The spatial distributions of ERA40 vortex activities (VAC) were well consistent with those of NCEP/NCAR reanalysis (NRA) results in all regions, especially in northwestern Pacific. (2) Because of different model resolutions, both the number and intensity of vortices obtained from NRA were significantly weaker thanERA40's. (3) Vortices mainly cruised in coasts and the adjacent seas, from where to the land or the open sea vortex activities were gradually decreased. (4) There were two active centers in the northwestern Pacific:one was located in South China Sea and the other, as the largest center of the five regions, spread from the east side of the Philippines to Japan. (5) Over the northwestern Atlantic, most vortices occurred in Panama and its west-side offshore. (6) The spatial distributions of vortices were alike between the northeastern Pacific and northeastern Atlantic, both spreading from coasts to the west-side sea at 5°-20°N. (7) In the Anstralia-South Pacific, vortices were not as active as those in the other four regions, and mostly took place in the equator-side of near ocean areas. (8) Except the northwestern Pacific and northwestern Atlantic, the VAC interannual variations in the other three regions were different between ERA40 and NRA data. (9)In the northwestern Pacific and northwestern Atlantic, the VAC interannual variation could be separated to several distinct stages. (10) Since the mid 1980s, mean vortex intensity was getting increased in the northwestern Pacific, which was most significant in the subtropical areas on a global basis. In the western

  14. Aerosol and air pollution study by neutron activation analysis

    Thermal neutron activation analysis technique was used in air pollution and aerosol elemental content and size distribution investigations. Air pollution samples were collected on Whatman 41 paper filters which were activated along with known quantities of standards in a flux of approximately 1013 nxcm-2xs-1. The activity of the samples was measured with a 40 cm3 Ge(Li) detector and analyzed with the computer program JANE, which identified the isotopes and found their quantities by normalization with the standard measurement results. Correlation between the various elements, in particular those belonging to dust from the desert and those considered typical urban air pollution, is investigated. (author)

  15. Investigate the Child's Scientific Activities on Practical Child's Activity Books for the Kindergarten's Children

    Aldarabah, Intisar Turki; Al-Mouhtadi, Reham

    2015-01-01

    This research aimed to investigate the extent to which the interactive international curriculum is included in the "Child's Scientific Activities" issued by the Ministry of Education in Jordan, for the kindergarten stage according to the global criterion (NRC). In order to answer the study questions, an instrument was developed to…

  16. Neutron activation analysis of multielement in human organs

    To obtain the reference values or ranges of the elemental abundances in organs of Japanese male, neutron activation analysis was applied to nine kinds of autopsied organs, brain, heart, kidney, liver, lung, muscle, pancreas, spleen and thyroid. An applicability of multielement analysis of organs was studied prior to ordinary work. Accuracy and precision were investigated by analyzing the IAEA Certified Reference Materials, Horse Kidney, Whey Powder and Marine Sediment. The changes of count rate on various weights and the variations of the elemental abundances of five portions in organ were examined. It was found that organs were homogeneous for neutron activation analysis, except for kidney and lung. (author)

  17. Investigation of total reflection X-ray fluorescence analysis technique

    Total-Reflection X-ray Fluorescence spectrometry (TRXF) is known for its high sensitivity down to Pg-level or sub ppb level, respectively. Therefore the spectrometry is considered as a most competitive tool in the application of trace element analysis. The technique of TRXF was investigated in the laboratory. But small isotope X-γ source is chosen as an exciting source instead of general X-ray tube. From the primitive experiment the conclusion proved that the condition of total reflection can be built and the analysis sensitivity of TRXF is higher than that of normal x-ray analysis

  18. Modelling and Experimental Investigation of an Active Damper

    Rafael Luís Teixeira

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a validation methodology of the dynamic behavior of an active viscous damper. The damper has two flexible metallic bellows connected to a rigid reservoir filled with fluid. When one of the bellows is connected to a vibrating structure a periodic flow passes through a variable internal orifice and the damping effect is produced. The size of the orifice is adjusted by a controlled linear piezoelectric actuator that positions the conical core into a conical cavity. The device finite element structural model consists of the valve body and its conical core that are assumed rigid and the flexible bellows are represented by two pistons with elastic suspensions. The flow developed inside the damper is modeled considering the fluid-structure interation, using the Lagrangean-Eulerian formulation. To validate the proposed model a prototype was constructed and experimental tests and numerical simulations are accomplished in the time domain, applying harmonic excitations. The results are compared using curves that relate the damping coefficient with the orifice size and with the input velocity applied at the bellows face. However, for the proper control design and system operation, the direct use of the finite element model becomes unviable due to its high computational time. Then, a reduced second order discrete dynamic model for the damper was developed. The model parameters are identified by analysis in the frequency domain, using impulsive excitation force, for constant and variable orifice sizes. At low excitation frequencies, the damper prototype behaves like a single degree of freedom system which damping factor changes with the orifice size A fuzzy controller was designed and it generates the orifice reference size associated to the desired damping factor. The active system presented better performance when compared to the passive one.

  19. Applications of neutron activation analysis in industry

    Neutron activation analysis technique is discussed in brief. This technique is used for quality control of raw materials, process materials and finished products, as well as activities in research and development for the improvement of the products and new products. The uses of this technique in several experienced industries are mentioned (author)

  20. 阳曲县居民小区体育活动现状调查与分析%Status Quo Investigation and Analysis of Residents’ Community Sports Activities in Yangqu County

    张宏丽

    2016-01-01

    社区体育作为开展全民健身运动的一种有效的方式,以其灵活的组织,吸引了大量的社区居民,同时方便了居民,增强了健身效果。它不仅能够不断满足社区居民日益增长的娱乐健身交往需求,更能丰富人们的业余文化生活,因此日益受到普通人们的青睐,本课题采用调查法、文献资料法和数理统计法对阳曲县居民小区体育活动现状进行了研究。调查发现阳曲县居民闲暇时间参加体育活动较少,体育设施场地不足,缺少统一的组织与管理,参加锻炼的青少年、老年人占多数,中年人较少。体育锻炼与收入水平,年龄,文化程度密切相关。%Community sports is an effective way to carry out national fitness program and its flexible organization has attracted community residents,brought convenience to them and strengthened fitness effect.As it can not only meet residents’increasing need for entertainment and fitness -keeping,but also enrich their amateur cultural life,so it is increasingly favored by people.The subject studies the status quo of residents’community sports activities in Yangqu county with methods of investigation,literature and mathematical statistics.The investigation finds that residents spend little time in exercise in their spare time;insufficient sports sites and facilities;lack of unified organization and management;the majority of participants are teenagers and aged people,while the number of middle -aged people is quite small.Physical exercise is closely related with income level,age and education level.

  1. Investigation and analysis on 210 Senior citizens’ activity of daily living (ADL) in senior apartment%老年公寓210例老人日常生活能力(ADL)调查分析

    周琦; 秦生发; 马秋平; 梁凯讴; 黄子民

    2013-01-01

    目的:调查住老年公寓的日常生活能力与健康状况。方法:应用日常生活能力量表(ADL)对入住老年公寓210例老人测评。结果:调查对象中,平均每人患1.15种疾病(242/210);80-89岁组与60-69岁组,70-79岁组ADL分值比较,差异具有统计学意义(p<0.05)。结论:入住老年公寓老人具有高龄多病的特点,随着增龄日常生活能力显著下降,日常生活能力量表(ADL)具有良好的区分性。引入日常生活能力量表(ADL)进行评定,不失为老人分级管理的简便可靠的工具。%Objective:Investigation health conditions and activity of daily living of senior citizens living in senior apartment. Method:Appraising 210 senior citizens in senior apartment by using the Activity of Daily Living (ADL) scale. Result:On average, each respondent suffers from 1.15 kinds of disease (242/210), According to the comparison of the ADL values from 3 age groups of 80-89,60-69 and 70-79, the difference is statistically significant (p<0.05).Conclusion: Senior citizens living in senior apartment are characterized by the features of advanced ages and being troubled by diseases. While the age increases, the ability of daily living decreases. ADL scale has a fine distinguish ability. Therefore ADL scale is a convenient and reliable tool to classify senior citizens and furthermore facilitate a better care for the old.

  2. Investigating Convergence Patterns for Numerical Methods Using Data Analysis

    Gordon, Sheldon P.

    2013-01-01

    The article investigates the patterns that arise in the convergence of numerical methods, particularly those in the errors involved in successive iterations, using data analysis and curve fitting methods. In particular, the results obtained are used to convey a deeper level of understanding of the concepts of linear, quadratic, and cubic…

  3. New studies in forensic neutron activation analysis

    Three recently completed studies in forensic neutron activation analysis are reported: a study of 0.22-caliber rimfire cartridge primers, a large-scale study of shotgun pellets, and a new 5-element procedure for the analysis of bullet-lead and shotgun-pellet samples. (author) 12 refs

  4. New studies in forensic neutron activation analysis

    Earlier studies in forensic neutron activation analysis are being extended in This Laboratory. Three of these new studies are reported here: 1) a study of 0.22-caliber rimfire cartridge primers, 2) a large-scale study of shotgun pellets, and 3) a new 5-element procedure for the analysis of bullet-lead and shotgun-pellet samples. (author)

  5. A program for activation analysis data processing

    An ALGOL program for activation analysis data handling is presented. The program may be used either for single channel spectrometry data or for multichannel spectrometry. The calculation of instrumental error and of analysis standard deviation is carried out. The outliers are tested, and the regression line diagram with the related observations are plotted by the program. (author)

  6. Investigation of activity release during light water reactor core meltdown

    A test facility was developed for the determination of activity release and of aerosol characteristics under realistic light water reactor core melting conditions. It is composed of a high-frequency induction furnace, a ThO2 crucible system, and a collection apparatus consisting of membrane and particulate filters. Thirty-gram samples of a representative core material mixture (corium) were melted under air, argon, or steam at 0.8 to 2.2 bar. In air at 27000C, for example, the relative release was 0.4 to 0.7% for iron, chromium, and cobalt and 4 to 11% for tin, antimony, and manganese. Higher release values of 20 to 40% at lower temperatures (21500C, air) were found for selenium, cadmium, tellurium, and cesium. The size distribution of the aerosol particles was trimodal with maxima at diameters of 0.17, 0.30, and 0.73 μm. The result of a qualitative x-ray microanalysis was that the main elements of the melt were contained in each aerosol particle. Further investigations will include larger melt masses and the additional influence of concrete on the release and aerosol behavior

  7. Investigation and Analysis of the Present Situation of Chenzhou Urban Residents’ Fitness Activities%郴州市居民参与健身活动现状调查与分析

    李群英; 赵剑平; 龙寿伯

    2012-01-01

      采用文献资料法,问卷调查法,数据统计法,定量定性法等研究方法对郴州市居民参与健身活动情况进行调查与分析。结果表明,郴州市居民体育消费的意识总体不够高,人们的健身消费局限在运动服装和器械设备等实物消费上,消费观念和结构有所偏差,服务型消费观念还有很大的发展空间;郴州市俱乐部数量逐步增加,但分布不合理,管理水平低,可持续发展能力较差。针对上述的问题提出相应的意见和建议。%  By using the methods of documentary ,questionnaire investigation ,data statistics ,quantitative and qualitative research ,this paper probes into Chenzhou urban residents’ fitness activities and concludes that on the whole the consciousness of the sports consumption isn’t high enough ,people’s fitness consumption is only limited to sports clothing and equipment .There exist problems in the concept and structure and much space in the devel-opment of service consumption .In Chenzhou city clubs increase gradually ,but the distribution is not reasonable , the management is poor and sustainable development ability is weak .In view of the above ,this paper puts forward some corresponding opinions and suggestions .

  8. Evaluation of business activity using financial analysis

    Kučerová, Martina

    2012-01-01

    Czech University of Life Sciences Prague Faculty of Economics and Management Department of Trade and Accounting Abstract of Diploma Thesis Evaluation of business activity using financial analysis Martina Kučerová © 2012 CULS in Prague Summary: The aim of this thesis is to apply methods of financial analysis on chosen business for its first three accounting periods 2009, 2010 and 2011. The thesis is further analysis of my bachelor thesis on to...

  9. Image analysis used for aluminium alloy microstructure investigation

    M. Krupiński

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: In this work the metallographic microstructure analysis of the investigated AlSi7Cu3Mg aluminium cast alloy was performed for samples cooled with different cooling rate settings. The preformed investigations are subjected to the analysis of cooling rate influence on the phase morphology.Design/methodology/approach: The solidification process itself is analysed using the UMSA device by appliance of the Derivative Thermo Analysis. The influence of the cooling rate on the alloy microstructure was investigated using computer aided image analysis, in this work also the content of particular phases was analysed, as well the percentage of pinholes compared to the chosen cooling rate.Findings: The treated sample is without holes, cracks and defects as well as has a slightly higher hardness value compared to the as-cast material.Research limitations/implications: The investigated samples were made of the cylindrical shape and were cooled in the range of 0.2°C/s to 1.25°C/s. In this work also the derivative thermoanalysis was performed to determine the correlation between the chosen cooling rate and the microstructure as well changes in the derivative curve shape. For alloy cooling with chosen cooling rate as well for the derivative thermo-analysis the UMSA analysator was applied.Practical implications: The investigated material can find its use in the foundry industry; an improvement of component quality depends mainly on better control over the production parameters.Originality/value: The originality of this work is based on applying of regulated cooling rate of aluminium alloy for structure and mechanical properties changes. As an effect of this study it will be possible to understand and to influence the mechanism of structure forming, refinement and nucleation. Also a better understanding of the thermal characteristics will be provided to achieve a desirable phase morphology required for application of this material under production

  10. Activation analysis in science and technics

    Physical bases of the method of neutron activation analysis are described. Reactions of element nuclei with neutrons, gamma quanta and charged particles, ways of radioactivity measurement, gamma spectrometry in particular, have been described. The method errors, as well as element determination sensitivity in samples of different composition are considered, perspectives of activation analysis development being reflected. The practical use of the method in the studies on solid-state physics, during the analysis of semiconductors and pure materials, in criminalistics, agriculture, the environmnental control in geology and biology, is shown

  11. Reactor neutron activation for multielemental analysis

    Neutron Activation Analysis using single comparator (K0 NAA method) has been used for obtaining multielemental profiles in a variety of matrices related to environment. Gold was used as the comparator. Neutron flux was characterised by determining f, the epithermal to thermal neutron flux ratio and cc, the deviation from ideal shape of the neutron spectrum. The f and a were determined in different irradiation positions in APSARA reactor, PCF position in CIRUS reactor and tray rod position in Dhruva reactor using both cadmium cut off and multi isotope detector methods. High resolution gamma ray spectrometry was used for radioactive assay of the activation products. This technique is being used for multielement analysis in a variety of matrices like lake sediments, sea nodules and crusts, minerals, leaves, cereals, pulses, leaves, water and soil. Elemental profiles of the sediments corresponding to different depths from Nainital lake were determined and used to understand the history of natural absorption/desorption pattern of the previous 160 years. Ferromanganese crusts from different locations of Indian Ocean were analysed with a view to studying the distribution of some trace elements along with Fe and Mn. Variation of Mn/Fe ratio was used to identify the nature of the crusts as hydrogenous or hydrothermal. Fe-rich and Fe-depleted nodules from Indian Ocean were analysed to understand the REE patterns and it is proposed that REE-Th associated minerals could be the potential Th contributors to the sea water and thus reached ferromanganese nodules. Dolomites (unaltered and altered), two types of serpentines and intrusive rock dolerite from the asbestos mines of Cuddapah basin were analysed for major, minor and trace elements. The elemental concentrations are used for distinguishing and characterising these minerals. From our investigations, it was concluded that both dolomite and dolerite contribute elements in the serpentinisation process. Chemical neutron

  12. Neutron activation analysis - an aid to forensic science

    Forensic Science is oriented towards the examination of evidence specimens, collected from a scene of crime in order to establish the link between the criminal and the crime. This science therefore has a profound role to play in criminal justice delivery system. The importance of neutron activation analysis (NAA) as a specialised technique to aid crime investigation has emerged and has been recognised

  13. Use of cyclotron-produced fast neutrons in activation analysis

    The determination of 15 elements: Pb, Sr, Ba, Ti, Ca, Sc, Cs, Zr, Rb, Cr, Se, Ni, Y, Co and Zn was investigated by fast neutron activation analysis using 80 MeV deuterons on various environmental samples. Detection limits of these elements from interference-free spectra were calculated. (author)

  14. The Analysis and Reconciliation of Students' Rebuttals in Argumentation Activities

    Lin, Yu-Ren; Hung, Jeng-Fung

    2016-01-01

    The present study investigated the guidance provided by science teachers to resolve conflicts during socioscientific issue-based argumentation activities. A graphical representation (GR) was developed as a tool to code and analyze the dialogue interaction process. Through the GR and qualitative analysis, we identified three types of dialogue…

  15. Cytotoxic activity and phytochemical analysis of Arum palaestinum Boiss.

    Mai; Mohammed; Farid; Sameh; Reda; Hussein; Lamiaa; Fawzy; Ibrahim; Mohammed; Ali; El; Desouky; Amr; Mohammed; Elsayed; Ahmad; Ali; El; Oqlah; Mahmoud; Mohammed; Saker

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the in vitro cytotoxic activity of the fractionated extract as well as isolated compounds of Arum palaestinum Boiss.(A. palaestinum)(black calla lily), and to identify the volatile components which may be responsible for the potential antitumor activity.Methods: A. palaestinum was collected from its natural habitats and subjected to phytochemical analysis for separation of pure compounds. In vitro cytotoxic activity was investigated against four human carcinoma cell lines Hep2, He La, Hep G2 and MCF7 for the fractionated extract and isolated compounds. While, the diethyl ether fraction was subjected to GC–MS analysis as it exhibited the most potent cytotoxic effect to evaluate the active constituents responsible for the cytotoxic activities.Results: Four flavonoid compounds were isolated(luteolin, chrysoeriol, isoorientin,isovitexin) from the diethyl ether and ethyl acetate. The extracts and the pure isolated compounds showed a significant high antiproliferative activity against all investigated cell lines. The GC–MS analysis revealed the separation and identification of 15 compounds representing 95.01% of the extract and belonging to different groups of chemical compounds.Conclusions: The present study is considered to be the first report on the cytotoxic activities carried out on different selected fractions and pure compounds of A. palaestinum to provide evidences for its strong antitumor activities. In addition,chrysoeriol and isovitexin compounds were isolated for the first time from the studied taxa.

  16. Cytotoxic activity and phytochemical analysis of Arum palaestinum Boiss

    Mai Mohammed Farid; Sameh Reda Hussein; Lamiaa Fawzy Ibrahim; Mohammed Ali El Desouky; Amr Mohammed Elsayed; Ahmad Ali El Oqlah; Mahmoud Mohammed Saker

    2015-01-01

    Objective:To evaluate the in vitro cytotoxic activity of the fractionated extract as well as isolated compounds of Arum palaestinum Boiss. (A. palaestinum) (black calla lily), and to identify the volatile components which may be responsible for the potential antitumor activity. Methods: A. palaestinum was collected from its natural habitats and subjected to phytochemical analysis for separation of pure compounds. In vitro cytotoxic activity was investigated against four human carcinoma cell lines Hep2, HeLa, HepG2 and MCF7 for the fractionated extract and isolated compounds. While, the diethyl ether fraction was subjected to GC–MS analysis as it exhibited the most potent cytotoxic effect to evaluate the active constituents responsible for the cytotoxic activities. Results:Four flavonoid compounds were isolated (luteolin, chrysoeriol, isoorientin, isovitexin) from the diethyl ether and ethyl acetate. The extracts and the pure isolated compounds showed a significant high antiproliferative activity against all investigated cell lines. The GC–MS analysis revealed the separation and identification of 15 compounds representing 95.01%of the extract and belonging to different groups of chemical compounds. Conclusions:The present study is considered to be the first report on the cytotoxic activities carried out on different selected fractions and pure compounds of A. palaestinum to provide evidences for its strong antitumor activities. In addition, chrysoeriol and isovitexin compounds were isolated for the first time from the studied taxa.

  17. INVESTIGATION ON ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITY OF BIOSURFACTANT PRODUCED BY PSEUDOMONAS FLUORESCENS ISOLATED FROM MANGROVE ECOSYSTEM

    Govindammal M

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this present study is to investigate the antimicrobial activity of rhamnolipid biosurfactant produced by Pseudomonas fluorescens MFS03 isolated from mangrove forest soil using groundnut oil cake as substrate. The biosurfactant was extracted with an equal amount of ethyl acetate and the concentrated extract was subjected to FT-IR analysis. The important adsorption bands at 3466.24, 2926.45, 1743.47, 1407.30 and 1162.26 cm-1indicate the chemical structure of rhamnolipid. The rhamnolipid biosurfactant was investigated for the potential antimicrobial activity by using disc-diffusion method against Gram positive bacteria (Bacillus subtilis, Listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, Methicillin resistance S. aureus Gram negative bacteria (Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhimurium and a yeast (Candida albicans. The biosurfactant showed distinct antibacterial activity towards tested bacteria and shows an antifungal activity against yeast. The biosurfactant with different concentration was performed for the evaluation of antimicrobial activity. Maximum antimicrobial activity of the biosurfactant (50µl was observed in S. aureus (23 mm and it was found that the biosurfactant activity was dependent on the concentration. So it could be used as a therapeutic agent in pharmaceutical application.

  18. Hydrodynamics and rheology of active liquid crystals: a numerical investigation.

    Marenduzzo, D; Orlandini, E; Yeomans, J M

    2007-03-16

    We report numerical studies of the hydrodynamics and rheology of an active liquid crystal. We confirm the existence of a transition between a passive and an active phase, with spontaneous flow in steady state. We explore how the velocity profile changes with activity, and we point out the difference in behavior for flow-aligning and tumbling materials. We find that an active material can thicken or thin under a flow, or even exhibit both behaviors as the forcing changes. PMID:17501095

  19. On Investigation and Analysis of College Students Taking Part in Extracurricular Physical Activities%川渝地区大学生参与课余体育锻炼的调查与研究

    吴琼先

    2015-01-01

    采用文献资料法、问卷调查法、访谈法和数理统计法,对川渝地区大学生课余体育锻炼现状进行了分析,结果表明:有85.8%的大学生表示喜欢和喜欢参加体育锻炼,但体育态度和体育行为之间不完全一致;男生喜欢体育锻炼的人数比例比女生高;大学生参与体育锻炼的目的多样化,注重体育功能的全面开发;男生喜欢有激烈对抗、趣味性较强的运动,女生喜欢没有直接身体对抗,较为舒缓的运动;大学生锻炼的时间主要集中在傍晚和晚上,高峰时期,绝大部分高校体育场馆设施不够充足;大学生体育人口约为45%,高于全国平均水平,部分学生体育锻炼的方法欠合理;参加体育锻炼的大学生中,以“学校体育场馆”为主要锻炼场所;体育场馆设施不足和缺乏锻炼伙伴是影响大学生参加体育锻炼的主要障碍;大学生的体育消费意识较好;大学生对毕业后继续参加体育锻炼表现出忧虑情绪.%By means of literature consultation ,questionnaire ,interview and mathematical statistics ,inves‐tigation and analysis have been done to discuss the situation on college students taking part in extracurricu‐lar physical activities .T he result show s that 85 .8% of all the students like sports and take part in physical activities ,14 .2% don't like and don't join ,the attitude and behavior to sports are not always same;the proportion of boys take part in exercise is more than girls ;the aim ,that college students take part in exer‐cise ,which emphasize the whole explore about physics function ,is diversification ;boys like those items with intense resistance and strong interest ,but the girls like the sports without intense resistance of body , soft and slow ;the period when students take part in physical exercise is focus on nightfall and evening , during the peak w hen college join exercise ,most of college stadiums have

  20. Theory, Investigation and Stability of Cathode Electrocatalytic Activity

    Ding, Dong; Liu, Mingfei; Lai, Samson; Blinn, Kevin; Liu, Meilin

    2012-09-30

    conditions. This was also confirmed by x-ray analyses. For example, soft x-ray XANES data reveal that Co cations displace the Mn cations as being more favored to be reduced. Variations in the Sr-O in the annealed LSCF Fourier-transformed (FT) EXAFS suggest that some Sr segregation is occurring, but is not present in the annealed LSM-infiltrated LSCF cathode materials. Further, a surface enhanced Raman technique was also developed into to probe and map LSM and LSCF phase on underlying YSZ substrate, enabling us to capture important chemical information of cathode surfaces under practical operating conditions. Electrochemical models for the design of test cells and understanding of mechanism have been developed for the exploration of fundamental properties of electrode materials. Novel catalyst coatings through particle depositions (SDC, SSC, and LCC) or continuous thin films (PSM and PSCM) were successfully developed to improve the activity and stability of LSCF cathodes. Finally, we have demonstrated enhanced activity and stability of LSCF cathodes over longer periods of time in homemade and commercially available cells by an optimized LSM infiltration process. Microstructure examination of the tested cells did not show obvious differences between blank and infiltrated cells, suggesting that the infiltrated LSM may form a coherent film on the LSCF cathodes. There was no significant change in the morphology or microstructure of the LSCF cathode due to the structural similarity of LSCF and LSM. Raman analysis of the tested cells indicated small peaks emerging on the blank cells that correspond to trace amounts of secondary phase formation during operation (e.g., CoO{sub x}). The formation of this secondary phase might be attributed to performance degradation. In contrast, there was no such secondary phase observed in the LSM infiltrated cells, indicating that the LSM modification staved off secondary phase formation and thus improved the stability.

  1. Human hair neutron activation analysis: analysis on population level, mapping

    Neutron activation analysis is an outstanding analytical method having very wide applications in various fields. Analysis of human hair within last decades mostly based on neutron activation analysis is a very attractive illustration of the application of nuclear analytical techniques. Very interesting question is how the elemental composition differs in different areas or cities. In this connection the present paper gives average data and maps of various localities in the vicinity of drying-out Aral Sea and of various industrial cities in Central Asia. (author)

  2. Investigation of natural radioisotope activities in forest soil horizons

    Activities of radioisotopes were measured in samples of forest soil. The samples were collected in forests situated along the roads from Zloty Stok (Poland) to Hradec Kralove (Czech Republic). Each soil profile was separated into individual horizons and subhorizons. Activities of radioisotopes were measured in the sample of each soil horizon. Activities of the following radioisotopes were determined by gamma-ray spectrometry: 214Pb, 214Bi, 231Th, 235U, 212Pb, 212Bi and 228Ac. Distributions of the data concerning radioactivities were positively skewed. The lowest activity was found for 235U (median value was 2.25 Bq/kg) and the highest one for 228Ac (16.26 Bq/kg in median). In organic horizons activities of radionuclides were lower than in organic ones. Interrelation between activities was examined using ordinary and robust regression methods. It was found that activities of the radioisotopes were well correlated. (authors)

  3. I. Developing Methods for the Analysis of Chemistry Students' Inscriptions, II. Exploring the Regioselectivity of 1,3-Dipolar Cycloadditions of Munchnones, III. Stereochemical Investigations of C-H Activation Reactions Involving Germylene and Stannylene/Aryl Iodide Reagents

    Kiste, Alan L.

    2009-01-01

    I. Analyzing and comparing student-generated inscriptions in chemistry is crucial to gaining insight into students' understanding about chemistry concepts. Thus, we developed two methods of analyzing student-generated inscriptions: features analysis and thematic analysis. We have also demonstrated how these methods are able to discern differences…

  4. Using the Singular Spectrum Analysis for Investigation of Troposphere Parameters

    Miller, Natalia

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, the method of Singular Spectrum Analysis (SSA) is applied for investigation of the zenith troposphere delay time-series derived from VLBI observations. With the help of this method we can analyze the structure of time-series and separate the harmonic and irregular (trend) components. Combined IVS time-series of zenith wet and total troposphere delays obtained in IGG were used for analysis. For this study, several VLBI stations with the most long time series of troposphere zenith delays were selected, also taking into consideration the geographic region where the station is located. The investigations were carried out using SSA mode. As a result, trends and seasonal components (with annual and semiannual periods) were obtained for all the stations. Using of SSA enabled us to determine nonlinear trends in zenith delay, and also to study variations in the amplitude and the phase of the seasonal components with time.

  5. Activation analysis as applied to environmental substances

    The historical background of activation analysis as applied to environmental problems is first briefly described. Then, the present state of its utilization for environmental samples, mainly atmospheric floating particles and human hairs, is reviewed. The problem with irradiation reactors is also mentioned. In the activation analysis of environmental substances, the instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) with the thermal neutrons in reactors is the main; besides, there are the methods with bremsstrahlung, etc. The INAA is most effectively used for atmospheric airborne particles and the micro-elements in human hairs. In Japan, the INAA is currently employed by the Environmental Agency in its national air pollution surveillance network for metallic pollutants. The problem with reactors is the limited capacity for thermal neutron irradiation. (Mori, K.)

  6. On the problem of efficiency of geophysical investigations in active well equipped with sucker-rod borehole pumps

    The results are given of an analysis of the data on integrated geophysical investigations (radioactive ones inclusive) in active wells operated by sucker-rod borehole pumps. The analysis makes it possible to select the optimum set of measurements for such wells depending on the degree of flooding, the output, the nature of flooding of layers, and the mineral content of the deposit water

  7. Neutron activation spectrometry and neutron activation analysis in analytical geochemistry

    The present report is to show the geochemists who are interested in neutron activation spectrometry (NAS) and neutron activation analysis (NAA) which analytical possibilities these methods offer him. As a review of these analytical possibilities, a lieterature compolation is given which is subdivided into two groups: 1) rock (basic, intermediary, acid, sediments, soils and nuds, diverse minerals, tectites, meteorites and lunar material). 2) ore (Al, Au, Be, Cr, Cu, Mn, Mo, Fe, Pb, Pt, Sn, Ti, W, Zn, Zr, U and phosphate ore, polymetallic ores, fluorite, monazite and diverse ores). The applied methods as well as the determinable elements in the given materials can be got from the tables. On the whole, the literature evaluation carried out makes it clear that neutron activation spectrometry is a very useful multi-element method for the analysis of rocks. The analysis of ores, however, is subjected to great limitations. As rock analysis is very frequently of importance in prospecting for ore deposits, the NAS proves to be extremely useful for this very field of application. (orig./LH)

  8. SNR analysis: molecular investigation of an anthrax epidemic

    Adone Rosanna

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In Italy, anthrax is endemic but occurs sporadically. During the summer of 2004, in the Pollino National Park, Basilicata, Southern Italy, an anthrax epidemic consisting of 41 outbreaks occurred; it claimed the lives of 124 animals belonging to different mammal species. This study is a retrospective molecular epidemiological investigation carried out on 53 isolates collected during the epidemic. A 25-loci Multiple Locus VNTR Analysis (MLVA MLVA was initially performed to define genetic relationships, followed by an investigation of genetic diversity between epidemic strains through Single Nucleotide Repeat (SNR analysis. Results 53 Bacillus anthracis strains were isolated. The 25-loci MLVA analysis identified all of them as belonging to a single genotype, while the SNR analysis was able to detect the existence of five subgenotypes (SGTs, allowing a detailed epidemic investigation. SGT-1 was the most frequent (46/53; SGTs 2 (4/53, 3 (1/53 4 (1/53 and 5 (1/53 were detected in the remaining seven isolates. Conclusions The analysis revealed the prevalent spread, during this epidemic, of a single anthrax clone. SGT-1 - widely distributed across the epidemic area and present throughout the period in question - may, thus, be the ancestral form. SGTs 2, 3 and 4 differed from SGT-1 at only one locus, suggesting that they could have evolved directly from the latter during the course of this epidemic. SGT-5 differed from the other SGTs at 2-3 loci. This isolate, thus, appears to be more distantly related to SGT-1 and may not be a direct descendant of the lineage responsible for the majority of cases in this epidemic. These data confirm the importance of molecular typing and subtyping methods for in-depth epidemiological analyses of anthrax epidemics.

  9. High-capacity neutron activation analysis facility

    A high-capacity neutron activation analysis facility, the Reactor Activation Facility, was designed and built and has been in operation for about a year at one of the Savannah River Plant's production reactors. The facility determines uranium and about 19 other elements in hydrogeochemical samples collected in the National Uranium Resource Evaluation program, which is sponsored and funded by the United States Department of Energy, Grand Junction Office. The facility has a demonstrated average analysis rate of over 10,000 samples per month, and a peak rate of over 16,000 samples per month. Uranium is determined by cyclic activation and delayed neutron counting of the U-235 fission products; other elements are determined from gamma-ray spectra recorded in subsequent irradiation, decay, and counting steps. The method relies on the absolute activation technique and is highly automated for round-the-clock unattended operation

  10. Doses in radiation accidents investigated by chromosome aberration analysis

    Results from cytogenetic investigations into 55 cases of suspected over-exposure to radiation during 1977 are reviewed. This report is the seventh in an annual series (previous results were published in NRPB-R5, R10, R23, R35, R41 and R57) which together contain data on 327 studies. Results from all investigations have been pooled for general analysis. Brief accounts are given in an appendix of the circumstances behind the past year's investigations and, where possible, physical estimates of dose have been included for comparison. Two cases are described in more detail: the first concerned a non-classified worker who put an iridium-192 source in his pocket and took it home; and the second involved the accidental contamination of two people with tritium gas. In a second appendix, the confidence limits on cytogenetic dosimetry for X- and γ-ray over-exposures are given and the derivation of these limits is discussed. (author)

  11. Activation analysis of air particulate matter

    This review on activation analysis of air particulate matter is an extended and updated version of a review given by the same authors in 1985. The main part is aimed at the analytical scheme and refers to rules and techniques for sampling, sample and standard preparation, irradiation and counting procedures, as well as data processing, - evaluation, and - presentation. Additional chapters deal with relative and monostandard methods, the use of activation analysis for atmosphere samples in various localities, and level of toxic and other elements in the atmosphere. The review contains 190 references. (RB)

  12. Design of Neutron Activation Analysis Laboratorium Room

    Base on the planning to increase of the research and service quality in the ''Neutron activation analysis'' (APN),the design of mentioned ''Neutron activation analysis laboratories room'' has been done in the multi purpose reactor G.A. Siwabessy. By the using the designed installation, the irradiation preparation and counting sample can be done. The design doing by determination of installation lay out and maximum particle contain in the air. The design installation required a unit of 1 HP blower, a unit of 1 HP split air condition and 2 units 1200 x 800 mm HEPA filter. This paper concluded that this design is feasible to fabricated

  13. Cross-sectional investigation of HEMS activities in Europe

    Di Bartolomeo, Stefano; Gava, Paolo; Truhlář, Anatolij;

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: To gather information on helicopter emergency medical services (HEMSs) activities across Europe. METHODS: Cross-sectional data-collection on daily (15 November 2013) activities of a sample of European HEMSs. A web-based questionnaire with both open and closed questions was used, devel...

  14. Analysis and investigation to draw up design method by inelastic analysis

    To realize small simple plant equipment, FBR design by inelastic analysis was studied. With the constitutive equation and analysis procedure proposed as the design method by inelastic analysis, effects of loading history on the results of inelastic analysis was investigated using a simple model. It was confirmed that estimation by the classical inelastic constitutive equation belonged to the safe site of loading history of the real reactor. The problems of application of the detailed constitutive equation to design were investigated. The creep fatigue damage evaluation logic in the intermediate retaining state, which is problem of estimation of strength on the basis of inelastic analysis, is studied. (S.Y.)

  15. Investigation of fMRI activation in the internal capsule

    Brewer Kimberley D

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI in white matter has long been considered controversial. Recently, this viewpoint has been challenged by an emerging body of evidence demonstrating white matter activation in the corpus callosum. The current study aimed to determine whether white matter activation could be detected outside of the corpus callosum, in the internal capsule. Data were acquired from a 4 T MRI using a specialized asymmetric spin echo spiral sequence. A motor task was selected to elicit activation in the posterior limb of the internal capsule. Results White matter fMRI activation was examined at the individual and group levels. Analyses revealed that activation was present in the posterior limb of the internal capsule in 80% of participants. These results provide further support for white matter fMRI activation. Conclusions The ability to visualize functionally active tracts has strong implications for the basic scientific study of connectivity and the clinical assessment of white matter disease.

  16. Sensitivity enhancement of short time activation analysis by pulse activation

    TRIGA-reactors have the unique possibility of increasing the power by a factor of up to 1200, to produce a corresponding up to 1200 fold increase in flux by pulsing the reactor. This feature is, however, seldom applied for activation analysis owing to the fact that the sensitivity enhancement is optimal only for short lived nuclides or isometric states in the sub-second range of half lives. As the maximal information density is confined to a short time interval, a fast transfer system and a measuring system allowing to handle the extremely high countrates are imperative. Both systems now being commercially available, it is possible to overcome the major draw back of conventional activation analysis, namely the long time delay between arrival of the sample and obtaining the results, for those elements having short lived nuclides or isomeric states

  17. Quality assurance in biomedical neutron activation analysis

    The summary report represents an attempt to identify some of the possible sources of error in in vitro neutron activation analysis of trace elements applied to specimens of biomedical origin and to advise on practical means to avoid them. The report is intended as guidance for all involved in analysis, including sample collection and preparation for analysis. All these recommendations constitute part of quality assurance which is here taken to encompass the two concepts - quality control and quality assessment. Quality control is the mechanism established to control errors, while quality assessment is the mechanism used to verify that the analytical procedure is operating within acceptable limits

  18. Multilocus sequence analysis for Leishmania braziliensis outbreak investigation.

    Mariel A Marlow

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available With the emergence of leishmaniasis in new regions around the world, molecular epidemiological methods with adequate discriminatory power, reproducibility, high throughput and inter-laboratory comparability are needed for outbreak investigation of this complex parasitic disease. As multilocus sequence analysis (MLSA has been projected as the future gold standard technique for Leishmania species characterization, we propose a MLSA panel of six housekeeping gene loci (6pgd, mpi, icd, hsp70, mdhmt, mdhnc for investigating intraspecific genetic variation of L. (Viannia braziliensis strains and compare the resulting genetic clusters with several epidemiological factors relevant to outbreak investigation. The recent outbreak of cutaneous leishmaniasis caused by L. (V. braziliensis in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina is used to demonstrate the applicability of this technique. Sequenced fragments from six genetic markers from 86 L. (V. braziliensis strains from twelve Brazilian states, including 33 strains from Santa Catarina, were used to determine clonal complexes, genetic structure, and phylogenic networks. Associations between genetic clusters and networks with epidemiological characteristics of patients were investigated. MLSA revealed epidemiological patterns among L. (V. braziliensis strains, even identifying strains from imported cases among the Santa Catarina strains that presented extensive homogeneity. Evidence presented here has demonstrated MLSA possesses adequate discriminatory power for outbreak investigation, as well as other potential uses in the molecular epidemiology of leishmaniasis.

  19. Structural Analysis Extended with Active Fault Isolation - Methods and Algorithms

    Gelso, Esteban R.; Blanke, Mogens

    2009-01-01

    Isolability of faults is a key issue in fault diagnosis whether the aim is maintenance or active fault-tolerant control. It is often encountered that while faults are detectable, they are only group-wise isolable from a usual diagnostic point of view. However, active injection of test signals on...... system inputs can considerably enhance fault isolability. This paper investigates this possibility of active fault isolation from a structural point of view. While such extension of the structural analysis approach was suggested earlier, algorithms and case studies were needed to explore this theory. The...

  20. Investigation and analysis on physical activity between baccalaureate nursing probationers and nursing students%本科实习护生与在校高年级护生身体活动的现状调查

    邹芳亮; 高钰琳

    2014-01-01

    Objective To survey the physical activity status of baccalaureate nursing probationers and compare these differences.Methods By convenient sampling method,the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) was used to collect the data of 80 baccalaureate nursing probationers and 84 baccalaureate nursing students randomly.Results (1)Within a week,the time of baccalaureate nursing students in internship and school engaged in all kinds of physical activities had obviously significant differences,the overall physical activities time of nursing students was more than baccalaureate nursing probationers.They both spent less time on leisure time physical activity,but more on sitting life-style.(2)The metabolic equivalent (MET) of baccalaureate nursing probationers in internship and school engaged in all kinds of physical activities had obvious significant differences,the all physical activities metabolic equivalent (MET) of baccalaureate nursing probationers was more than nursing students.The metabolic equivalent (MET) consumed by work physical activities such as walking was the most.Conclusions The work physical activity of baccalaureate nursing probationers is far great,and students lack of the leisure time physical activity; medical schools and teaching hospitals should be strengthened to cultivate the awareness of students' activities,and promote the physical and mental health of students.%目的 了解本科实习护生与在校高年级护生的身体活动现状.方法 采用便利抽样的方法,应用国际身体活动量表汉化版(IPAQ)长卷对80名本科实习护生和84名本科在校护生的身体活动情况进行调查分析.结果 (1)本科实习护生与在校护生1周内从事各项身体活动的时间比较差异有统计学意义,在校护生总身体活动时间多于实习护生,2类护生均闲暇时身体活动少,静坐时间长;(2)本科实习护生与在校护生1周内从事各项身体活动的能量消耗比较差异有统计学

  1. Experimental Investigation on Active Cooling for Ceramic Matrix Composite

    PENG Li-na; HE Guo-qiang; LIU Pei-jin

    2009-01-01

    Compared with conventional materials, the active cooling ceramic matrix composite used in ramjet or scramjet makes their structures lighter in mass and better in performance. In this paper, an active and a passive cooling refractory composite specimens are designed and tested with an experimental facility composed of multilayer smale scale cooling penel which consists of a water cooling system and a ceramic matrix composite specimen, and a gas generator used for providing lower and higher transfer rate gases to simulate the temperatures in combustion chamber of ramjst. The active cooling specimen can continuously suffer high surface temperature of 2 000K for 30s and that of 3 000 K for 9.3 s, respectively. The experiment results show that the active cooling composite structure is available for high-temperature condition in ramjet.

  2. Transforming Teacher Education, An Activity Theory Analysis

    McNicholl, Jane; Blake, Allan

    2013-01-01

    This paper explores the work of teacher education in England and Scotland. It seeks to locate this work within conflicting sociocultural views of professional practice and academic work. Drawing on an activity theory framework that integrates the analysis of these seemingly contradictory discourses with a study of teacher educators' practical…

  3. The Atomic Fingerprint: Neutron Activation Analysis

    Keisch, Bernard [Carnegie-Mellon University

    1972-01-01

    The nuclei of atoms are stable only when they contain certain numbers of neutrons and protons. Since nuclei can absorb additional neutrons, which in many cases results in the conversion of a stable nucleus to a radioactive one, neutron activation analysis is possible.

  4. Prompt gamma-ray activation analysis (PGAA)

    Kern, J. [Fribourg Univ. (Switzerland). Inst. de Physique

    1996-11-01

    The paper deals with a brief description of the principles of prompt gamma-ray activation analysis (PGAA), with the detection of gamma-rays, the PGAA project at SINQ and with the expected performances. 8 figs., 3 tabs., 10 refs.

  5. Isotopic neutron sources for neutron activation analysis

    This User's Manual is an attempt to provide for teaching and training purposes, a series of well thought out demonstrative experiments in neutron activation analysis based on the utilization of an isotopic neutron source. In some cases, these ideas can be applied to solve practical analytical problems. 19 refs, figs and tabs

  6. Neutron Activation Analysis with k0 Standardization

    SCK-CEN's programme on Neutron Activation Analysis with k0-standardisation aims to: (1) develop and implement k0-standardisation method for NAA; (2) to exploit the inherent qualities of NAA such as accuracy, traceability, and multi-element capability; (3) to acquire technical spin-off for nuclear measurements services. Main achievements in 1997 are reported

  7. Neutron activation analysis helps in picture attribution

    The neutron activation analysis application for obtaining the data useful for proper attribution of paintings has been presented on the base of several examples. The identification on this way of dye elements, pigments and other painting materials is an important element among the physico-chemical methods helping the attribution procedure of old painting objects

  8. The Investigation and Analysis on Women Workers' Physical Activity in Ningbo City%宁波市女职工体育健身活动情况调研分析

    周建伟; 陆亨伯

    2001-01-01

    By using the method of questionnaire, documentary and mathematical statistics, t he author analyzes the present situation of women workers' physical activity. T he result shows that most women workers often participate in physical activity. Their motivation is not single, but manifold. The time of their physical activ ity is between 10~30 min, the sports event, place and form is affected by their age. The heavy housework, busy work and disliking physical activity is the main factor that affect their participating in sports activity.%运用问卷调查、文献资料和数理统计等方法,对当前宁 波市女职工参加体育健身活动情况进行调研分析。结果发现:大部分女职工经常和有时参加 体育健身活动;她们参加体育健身活动的动机是多层次的;活动的时间大多数为10~30 m in;在选择健身活动项目、形式和场所时都带有明显的年龄特征;家务重、工作忙、无时间 和本身不喜欢体育活动是影响她们参加体育健身活动的最主要因素。

  9. Investigation on the activation of coal gangue by a new compound method.

    Li, Chao; Wan, Jianhua; Sun, Henghu; Li, Longtu

    2010-07-15

    In order to comprehensively utilize coal gangue as the main raw material in cementitious materials, improving its cementitious activity is a question of fundamental importance. In this paper, we present a new compound mechanical-hydro-thermal activation (CMHTA) technology to investigate the activation effect of coal gangue, and the traditional mechanical-thermal activation (TMTA) technology was used as reference. The purpose of this study is to give a detailed comparison between these two methods with regard to the mineral composition, crystal structure and microstructure, by XRD, IR, MAS NMR, XPS and mechanical property analysis. The prepared coal gangue based blended cement, containing 52% of activated coal gangue C (by CMHTA technology), has a better mechanical property than activated coal gangue T (by TMTA technology) and raw coal gangue. The results show that both of the TMTA and CMHTA technologies can improve the cementitious activity of raw gangue greatly. Moreover, compared with TMTA, the mineral phases such as feldspar and muscovite in raw coal gangue were partially decomposed, and the crystallinity of quartz decreased, due to the effect of adding CaO and hydro-thermal process of CMHTA technology. PMID:20359819

  10. Investigation of tritium activity ingress to pressure suppression pool

    Kakrapar Atomic Power Station is a standardised design Indian PHWR consisting of twin units of 220 MWe each. Pressure suppression pool situated at the basement of reactor building holds about 2200 m3 of DM water. It acts as a media separating the high enthalpy areas from low enthalpy areas and remain passive during normal operation. During LOCA it reduces the pressure in RB atmosphere by condensing the steam passing through it. In both units of KAPS tritium activity is observed in suppression pool, most predominantly in KAPS-1. Activity build up in suppression pool can act as potential source of tritium activity in RB atmosphere leading to increased internal exposure of occupational workers. Also during de-watering of suppression pool, this water adds to the amount of liquid waste generated from the station which eventually results in exposure of the public to tritium. This paper discusses the activity build up trend in KAPS-1 suppression pool, its sources, works done to prevent the activity ingress and suggestions for design improvement. (author)

  11. An Investigation of Implicit Active Contours for Scientific Image Segmentation

    Weeratunga, S K; Kamath, C

    2003-10-29

    The use of partial differential equations in image processing has become an active area of research in the last few years. In particular, active contours are being used for image segmentation, either explicitly as snakes, or implicitly through the level set approach. In this paper, we consider the use of the implicit active contour approach for segmenting scientific images of pollen grains obtained using a scanning electron microscope. Our goal is to better understand the pros and cons of these techniques and to compare them with the traditional approaches such as the Canny and SUSAN edge detectors. The preliminary results of our study show that the level set method is computationally expensive and requires the setting of several different parameters. However, it results in closed contours, which may be useful in separating objects from the background in an image.

  12. Investigation, experiment and analysis on PWR sump screen clogging issue

    JNES has been conducting experimental and analytical study to develop an evaluation method concerning the downstream effect of the sump screen clogging issue during LOCA in PWR plants. Flow clogging characteristics were investigated based on data for the relation of pressure loss and flow velocity during flow clogging due to debris accumulation. Deposition of chemical precipitates on the fuel cladding using an electrically heated rod was investigated. A test shows chemical precipitates deposited on the cladding and the deposit was mainly analyzed to be calcium compounds. The analysis with a thermal-hydraulic code on the downstream effect has shown that the core could be cooled because the core inlet flow compensates a evaporation of coolant due to the decay-heat even if core inlet was 99% clogged just after the ECCS recirculation operation started during the cold-leg break LOCA in PWR plants. (author)

  13. Investigating the Activity Spectrum for Ring-Substituted 8-Hydroxyquinolines

    Aidan Coffey

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study, a series of fourteen ring-substituted 8-hydroxyquinoline derivatives were prepared. The synthesis procedures are presented. The compounds were analyzed using RP-HPLC to determine lipophilicity. They were tested for their activity related to inhibition of photosynthetic electron transport (PET in spinach (Spinacia oleracea L. chloroplasts. Primary in vitro screening of the synthesized compounds was also performed against four mycobacterial strains and against eight fungal strains. Several compounds showed biological activity comparable with or higher than the standards isoniazid or fluconazole. For all the compounds, the relationships between the lipophilicity and the chemical structure of the studied compounds are discussed.

  14. Investigating Research Streams of Conjoint Analysis: A Bibliometric Study

    Thorsten Teichert

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Conjoint analysis (CA is one of the most important methods for preference elicitation. In this paper we investigate the intellectual structure within the conjoint analytical research community. Analyses based on single papers provide a method-based overview of streams of conjoint research. By using novel bibliometric techniques in this field we complement findings of existing reviews. We use co-citation and factor analysis of the most cited articles in SSCI to identify the most important articles and research streams. Seven research streams are revealed which are visualized by means of multidimensional scaling. Tables and graphics reveal the disciplinary affiliations of contributors to CA, the special structure within the classes as well as links between them.

  15. Investigation of shielding analysis method for fusion reactors

    An investigation has been made, at the shielding laboratory, into the status of shielding analysis method for fusion reactor based on conceptual designs of a variety of fusion power reactors and fusion experimental facilities, in cooperation with the Fusion Reactor Shielding Working Group in the Research Committee on Fast Neutron Shielding of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan. The reactors and facilities considered are CULHAM MKII(U.K), SPTR (Japan), TFTR(U.S.A.), STARFIRE(U.S.A.) and INTOR-USA(U.S.A.). (author)

  16. PRELIMINARY PHYTOCHEMICAL INVESTIGATION AND ANTHELMINTIC ACTIVITY OF MORINGA OLEIFERA LEAVES

    Srinivasa U; Amrutia Jay N; Katharotiya Reena; Moses Semuel Rajan

    2011-01-01

    Petroleum ether, chloroform, methanol and aqueous extracts of leaves of Moringa oleifera were screened for various bioactive constituents like glycosides, carbohydrates, tannins, flavonoids, triterpenoids and alkaloids. The chloroform and methanol extracts were evaluated for anthelmintic activity on adult Indian earthworms Pheritima postuma using Piperazine citrate and Rajah Pravartani Vati (Ayurvedic preparation) as a reference standards. The results obtained indicated that the chloroform ex...

  17. Development and Pilot Investigation of Behavioral Activation for Negative Symptoms

    Mairs, Hilary; Lovell, Karina; Campbell, Malcolm; Keeley, Philip

    2011-01-01

    Negative symptoms cause functional impairment and impede recovery from psychosis, not least, because of limited developments in empirically validated treatments. This article details a pilot evaluation of a behavioral activation (BA) treatment with eight people presenting with psychosis and marked negative symptoms. The rationale for this…

  18. [Investigation of Aerosol Mixed State and CCN Activity in Nanjing].

    Zhu, Lin; Ma, Yan; Zheng, Jun; Li, Shi-zheng; Wang, Li-peng

    2016-04-15

    During 11-18 September 2014, the size-resolved aerosol Cloud Condensation Nuclei (CCN) activity and mixing state were measured using Cloud Condensation Nuclei Counter (CCNC), Aerosol Particle Mass (APM) and Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer (SMPS). The results showed that aerosols mainly existed as an internal mixture. For 76, 111, 138 and 181 nm particles, black carbon (BC) accounted for 5.4%, 10%, l0.7% and 6.7% of the particle mass, but as high as 51%, 57%, 70% and 59% of the particle number concentrations, respectively, suggesting that BC was a type of important condensation nuclei in the atmosphere and made significant contributions to particle numbers. The occasionally observed external mixtures were mainly present in 111 and 138 nm particles. The critical supersaturation was 0.25%, 0.13%, 0.06% and 0.015% for 76, 111, 138 and 181 nm particles, respectively. Precipitation and haze had significant effects on the particle CCN activity. The hygroscopicity parameter K was 0.37, 0.29 and 0.39 in rainy, clear and hazy days, respectively. Particle density and CCN activity were impacted by chemical compositions. Compared with clear days, higher contents of inorganic salts and lower contents of organics were found on hazy days, accompanied by lower particle density and higher CCN activity. PMID:27548938

  19. Computational Models for Analysis of Illicit Activities

    Nizamani, Sarwat

    devise policies to minimize them. These activities include cybercrimes, terrorist attacks or violent actions in response to certain world issues. Beside such activities, there are several other related activities worth analyzing, for which computational models have been presented in this thesis....... These models include a model for analyzing evolution of terrorist networks; a text classification model for detecting suspicious text and identification of suspected authors of anonymous emails; and a semantic analysis model for news reports, which may help analyze the illicit activities in certain area...... with location and temporal information. For the network evolution, the hierarchical agglomerative clustering approach has been applied to terrorist networks as case studies. The networks' evolutions show that how individual actors who are initially isolated from each other are converted in small groups, which...

  20. Analysis by neutron activation analysis a some ancient Dacian ceramics

    Olariu, A

    1999-01-01

    Ancient Dacian ceramics, from three different establishments from Romanian territory have been analyzed by neutron activation analysis. A series of elements has been determined: Ba, Eu, K, La, Mn, Na, Sc, Sm. Ba is the element that could be considered to differentiate relatively the three groups of ceramics.

  1. Neutron activation analysis of Etruscan pottery

    Neutron activation analysis (NAA) has been widely used in archaeology for compositional analysis of pottery samples taken from sites of archaeological importance. Elemental profiles can determine the place of manufacture. At Cornell, samples from an Etruscan site near Siena, Italy, are being studied. The goal of this study is to compile a trace element concentration profile for a large number of samples. These profiles will be matched with an existing data bank in an attempt to understand the place of origin for these samples. The 500 kW TRIGA reactor at the Ward Laboratory is used to collect NAA data for these samples. Experiments were done to set a procedure for the neutron activation analysis with respect to sample preparation, selection of irradiation container, definition of activation and counting parameters and data reduction. Currently, we are able to analyze some 27 elements in samples of mass 500 mg with a single irradiation of 4 hours and two sequences of counting. Our sensitivity for many of the trace elements is better than 1 ppm by weight under the conditions chosen. In this talk, details of our procedure, including quality assurance as measured by NIST standard reference materials, will be discussed. In addition, preliminary results from data treatment using cluster analysis will be presented. (author)

  2. Investigation of Staphylococcus aureus Isolation and Thermonuclease Activity and Enterotoxin Formation in Some Dairy Desserts

    ALİŞARLI, Mustafa; SANCAK, Yakup Can; Akkaya, Levent; ELİBOL, Cihangir

    2003-01-01

    In this study, the isolation of Staphylococcus aureus from dairy desserts, and its thermonuclease activity and enterotoxigenic properties were investigated. A total of 175 samples were analyzed consisting of 100 pudding samples (sütlaç [rice pudding] 25, keşkül [milk pudding containing coconut] 30, supangile [chocolate pudding] 25, kazandibi [milk pudding slightly burned on the bottom] 20) and 75 cream pastries (butter-cream 25, chocolate-cream 25, fruit-cream 25). According to the analysis...

  3. INVESTIGATION ON ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITY OF BIOSURFACTANT PRODUCED BY PSEUDOMONAS FLUORESCENS ISOLATED FROM MANGROVE ECOSYSTEM

    Govindammal M; Parthasarathi R

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this present study is to investigate the antimicrobial activity of rhamnolipid biosurfactant produced by Pseudomonas fluorescens MFS03 isolated from mangrove forest soil using groundnut oil cake as substrate. The biosurfactant was extracted with an equal amount of ethyl acetate and the concentrated extract was subjected to FT-IR analysis. The important adsorption bands at 3466.24, 2926.45, 1743.47, 1407.30 and 1162.26 cm-1indicate the chemical structure of rhamnolipid. The rhamnoli...

  4. Laboratory Investigations on Estuary Salinity Mixing: Preliminary Analysis

    F. H. Nuryazmeen

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Estuaries are bodies of water along the coasts that are formed when fresh water from rivers flows into and mixes with salt water from the ocean. The estuaries serve as a habitat to some aquatic lives, including mangroves. Human-induced activities such as dredging of shipping lanes along the bottom estuarine, the disposal of industrial wastes into the water system and shoreline development influence estuarine dynamics which include mixing process. These activities might contribute to salinity changes and further adversely affect the estuarine ecosystem. In order to study at the characteristics of the mixing between salt water (estuary and freshwater (river, a preliminary investigation had been done in the laboratory. Fresh water was released from one end of the flume and overflowing at weir at the other end. Meanwhile, salt water was represented by the red dye tracer released through a weir and intruded upstream as a gravity current. The isohalines are plotted to see the salinity patterns. Besides, to examine the spatial and temporal salinity profiles along the laboratory investigations, the plotted graphs have been made. The results show that the changes in salinity level along the flume due to mixing between fresh water and salt water. This showed typical salt-wedge estuary characteristics.

  5. Investigation and modelling of rare-earth activated waveguide structures

    In this paper the overview of the recent study on the rare-earth activated waveguides performed in the Optoelectronic Department of IMiO is presented. We reported on the development of rare earth-doped fluorozirconate (ZBLAN) glass fibers that allow a construction of a new family of visible and ultraviolet fiber lasers pumped by upconversion. Especially the performance of holmium devices is presented. The properties of laser planar waveguides obtained by the LPE process and the growth conditions of rare earths doped YAG layers are presented. In this paper we present also the theoretical study of the nonlinear operation of planar waveguide laser, as an example the microdisk Nd:YAG structure is discussed. We derived an approximate formula which relates the small signal gain in the Nd:YAG active medium and the laser characteristics, obtained for whispering-gallery modes and radial modes, to the output power and real parameters of the laser structure (authors)

  6. Antimicrobial activity and chemical investigation of Brazilian Drosera.

    Ferreira, Dalva Trevisan; Andrei, César Cornélio; Saridakis, Halha Ostrensky; Faria, Terezinha de Jesus; Vinhato, Elisângela; Carvalho, Kátia Eliane; Daniel, Juliana Feijó Souza; Machado, Sílvio Luiz; Saridakis, Dennis Panayotis; Braz-Filho, Raimundo

    2004-11-01

    The antimicrobial activity of three different extracts (hexanic, ethyl acetate, methanol) obtained from Brazilian Drosera species (D. communis, D. montana var. montana, D. brevifolia, D. villosa var. graomogolensis, D. villosa var. villosa, Drosera sp. 1, and Drosera sp. 2 ) were tested against Staphylococcus aureus (ATCC 25923), Enterococcus faecium (ATCC23212), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (ATCC27853), Escherichia coli (ATCC11229), Salmonella choleraesuis (ATCC10708), Klebsiella pneumoniae (ATCC13883), and Candida albicans (a human isolate). Better antimicrobial activity was observed with D. communis and D. montana var. montana ethyl acetate extracts. Phytochemical analyses from D. communis, D. montana var. montana and D. brevifolia yielded 5-hydroxy-2-methyl-1,4-naphthoquinone (plumbagin); long chain aliphatic hydrocarbons were isolated from D. communis and from D. villosa var. villosa, a mixture of long chain aliphatic alcohols and carboxylic acids, was isolated from D. communis and 3b-O-acetylaleuritolic acid from D. villosa var. villosa. PMID:15654434

  7. Antimicrobial activity and chemical investigation of Brazilian Drosera

    Dalva Trevisan Ferreira

    2004-11-01

    Full Text Available The antimicrobial activity of three different extracts (hexanic, ethyl acetate, methanol obtained from Brazilian Drosera species (D. communis, D. montana var. montana, D. brevifolia, D. villosa var. graomogolensis, D. villosa var. villosa, Drosera sp. 1, and Drosera sp. 2 were tested against Staphylococcus aureus (ATCC 25923, Enterococcus faecium (ATCC23212, Pseudomonas aeruginosa (ATCC27853, Escherichia coli (ATCC11229, Salmonella choleraesuis (ATCC10708, Klebsiella pneumoniae (ATCC13883, and Candida albicans (a human isolate. Better antimicrobial activity was observed with D. communis and D. montana var. montana ethyl acetate extracts. Phytochemical analyses from D. communis, D. montana var. montana and D. brevifolia yielded 5-hydroxy-2-methyl-1,4-naphthoquinone (plumbagin; long chain aliphatic hydrocarbons were isolated from D. communis and from D. villosa var. villosa, a mixture of long chain aliphatic alcohols and carboxylic acids, was isolated from D. communis and 3b-O-acetylaleuritolic acid from D. villosa var. villosa.

  8. In-EDTA as activable tracer in hydrogeological investigations

    Two experiments are presented, on the possibilities of the use of indium in the form of the In-EDTA complex, as an activable tracer for hydrogeological studies. The determination of indium concentrations in the sampled water has been carried out by using the coprecipitation of indium with bismuth hydroxide, the neutron activation at the VVR-S reactor of the Institute for Nuclear Physics and Engineering - Bucharest and the measurement on the 417.0 keV line of sup(116m)In with the Ge(Li) spectrometric device. The advantages of the utilization of In-EDTA as a tracer for marking large volumes of water and of some long transit waters (of the order of months) have resulted. (authors)

  9. Stability investigation of an airfoil section with active flap control

    Bergami, Leonardo; Gaunaa, Mac

    2010-01-01

    This work presents a method to determine flutter and divergence instability limits for a two-dimensional (2-D) airfoil section fitted with an actively controlled trailing edge flap. This flap consists of a deformable trailing edge, which deformation is governed by control algorithms based on measurements of either heave displacement, local angle of attack or aerodynamic pressure difference measured over the airfoil. The purpose of the controlled deformable flap is to reduce fluctuations in th...

  10. Antimicrobial activity and chemical investigation of Brazilian Drosera

    Dalva Trevisan Ferreira; César Cornélio Andrei; Halha Ostrensky Saridakis; Terezinha de Jesus Faria; Elisângela Vinhato; Kátia Eliane Carvalho; Juliana Feijó de Souza Daniel; Sílvio Luiz Machado; Dennis Panayotis Saridakis; Raimundo Braz-Filho

    2004-01-01

    The antimicrobial activity of three different extracts (hexanic, ethyl acetate, methanol) obtained from Brazilian Drosera species (D. communis, D. montana var. montana, D. brevifolia, D. villosa var. graomogolensis, D. villosa var. villosa, Drosera sp. 1, and Drosera sp. 2 ) were tested against Staphylococcus aureus (ATCC 25923), Enterococcus faecium (ATCC23212), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (ATCC27853), Escherichia coli (ATCC11229), Salmonella choleraesuis (ATCC10708), Klebsiella pneumoniae (ATCC1...

  11. PRELIMINARY PHYTOCHEMICAL INVESTIGATION AND ANTHELMINTIC ACTIVITY OF MORINGA OLEIFERA LEAVES

    Srinivasa U

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Petroleum ether, chloroform, methanol and aqueous extracts of leaves of Moringa oleifera were screened for various bioactive constituents like glycosides, carbohydrates, tannins, flavonoids, triterpenoids and alkaloids. The chloroform and methanol extracts were evaluated for anthelmintic activity on adult Indian earthworms Pheritima postuma using Piperazine citrate and Rajah Pravartani Vati (Ayurvedic preparation as a reference standards. The results obtained indicated that the chloroform extract was more potent compared to other extracts.

  12. Investigating the naval logistics role in humanitarian assistance activities

    Gardner, Maxine J.

    2015-01-01

    Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited According to Department of Defense (DOD) Instruction 2205.02 (June 23, 2014), DOD components must conduct humanitarian and civic assistance (HCA) activities in response to regional conflicts or natural disasters. The Under Secretary of Defense for Policy determines how HCA policy is coordinated and implemented within the DOD and delegates responsibility to the regional combatant commands. In past modeling efforts for disaster relief, s...

  13. Computer modeling for neutron activation analysis methods

    Full text: The INP AS RU develops databases for the neutron-activation analysis - ND INAA [1] and ELEMENT [2]. Based on these databases, the automated complex is under construction aimed at modeling of methods for natural and technogenic materials analysis. It is well known, that there is a variety of analysis objects with wide spectra, different composition and concentration of elements, which makes it impossible to develop universal methods applicable for every analytical research. The modelling is based on algorithm, that counts the period of time in which the sample was irradiated in nuclear reactor, providing the sample's total absorption and activity analytical peaks areas with given errors. The analytical complex was tested for low-elemental analysis (determination of Fe and Zn in vegetation samples, and Cu, Ag and Au - in technological objects). At present, the complex is applied for multielemental analysis of sediment samples. In this work, modern achievements in the analytical chemistry (measurement facilities, high-resolution detectors, IAEA and IUPAC databases) and information technology applications (Java software, database management systems (DBMS), internet technologies) are applied. Reference: 1. Tillaev T., Umaraliev A., Gurvich L.G., Yuldasheva K., Kadirova J. Specialized database for instrumental neutron activation analysis - ND INAA 1.0, The 3-rd Eurasian Conference Nuclear Science and its applications, 2004, pp.270-271.; 2. Gurvich L.G., Tillaev T., Umaraliev A. The Information-analytical database on the element contents of natural objects. The 4-th International Conference Modern problems of Nuclear Physics, Samarkand, 2003, p.337. (authors)

  14. Simulated, Emulated, and Physical Investigative Analysis (SEPIA) of networked systems.

    Burton, David P.; Van Leeuwen, Brian P.; McDonald, Michael James; Onunkwo, Uzoma A.; Tarman, Thomas David; Urias, Vincent E.

    2009-09-01

    This report describes recent progress made in developing and utilizing hybrid Simulated, Emulated, and Physical Investigative Analysis (SEPIA) environments. Many organizations require advanced tools to analyze their information system's security, reliability, and resilience against cyber attack. Today's security analysis utilize real systems such as computers, network routers and other network equipment, computer emulations (e.g., virtual machines) and simulation models separately to analyze interplay between threats and safeguards. In contrast, this work developed new methods to combine these three approaches to provide integrated hybrid SEPIA environments. Our SEPIA environments enable an analyst to rapidly configure hybrid environments to pass network traffic and perform, from the outside, like real networks. This provides higher fidelity representations of key network nodes while still leveraging the scalability and cost advantages of simulation tools. The result is to rapidly produce large yet relatively low-cost multi-fidelity SEPIA networks of computers and routers that let analysts quickly investigate threats and test protection approaches.

  15. Investigating product development strategy in beverage industry using factor analysis

    Naser Azad

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Selecting a product development strategy that is associated with the company's current service or product innovation, based on customers’ needs and changing environment, plays an important role in increasing demand, increasing market share, increasing sales and profits. Therefore, it is important to extract effective variables associated with product development to improve performance measurement of firms. This paper investigates important factors influencing product development strategies using factor analysis. The proposed model of this paper investigates 36 factors and, using factor analysis, we extract six most influential factors including information sharing, intelligence information, exposure strategy, differentiation, research and development strategy and market survey. The first strategy, partnership, includes five sub-factor including product development partnership, partnership with foreign firms, customers’ perception from competitors’ products, Customer involvement in product development, inter-agency coordination, customer-oriented approach to innovation and transmission of product development change where inter-agency coordination has been considered the most important factor. Internal strengths are the most influential factors impacting the second strategy, intelligence information. The third factor, introducing strategy, introducing strategy, includes four sub criteria and consumer buying behavior is the most influencing factor. Differentiation is the next important factor with five components where knowledge and expertise in product innovation is the most important one. Research and development strategy with four sub-criteria where reducing product development cycle plays the most influential factor and finally, market survey strategy is the last important factor with three factors and finding new market plays the most important role.

  16. An Empirical Investigation of Female Entrepreneurship & Innovation Activities in Greece

    Korres, George; Kitsos, Christos; Hadjidena, Stamatina

    2006-01-01

    The importance of entrepreneurship for economic growth has been emphasised by economic literature. The recent debate on the determinants of output growth has concentrated mainly on the role of knowledge, typically produced by a specific sector of the economy, and furthermore in the role of entrepreneurship and the implications on economic growth. Much of the recent work on economic growth can be viewed as refining the basic economic insights of classical economists. The statistical analysis i...

  17. Multiscale statistical analysis of coronal solar activity

    Gamborino, Diana; Martinell, Julio J

    2016-01-01

    Multi-filter images from the solar corona are used to obtain temperature maps which are analyzed using techniques based on proper orthogonal decomposition (POD) in order to extract dynamical and structural information at various scales. Exploring active regions before and after a solar flare and comparing them with quiet regions we show that the multiscale behavior presents distinct statistical properties for each case that can be used to characterize the level of activity in a region. Information about the nature of heat transport is also be extracted from the analysis.

  18. Ancestry analysis in the 11-M Madrid bomb attack investigation.

    Christopher Phillips

    Full Text Available The 11-M Madrid commuter train bombings of 2004 constituted the second biggest terrorist attack to occur in Europe after Lockerbie, while the subsequent investigation became the most complex and wide-ranging forensic case in Spain. Standard short tandem repeat (STR profiling of 600 exhibits left certain key incriminatory samples unmatched to any of the apprehended suspects. A judicial order to perform analyses of unmatched samples to differentiate European and North African ancestry became a critical part of the investigation and was instigated to help refine the search for further suspects. Although mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA and Y-chromosome markers routinely demonstrate informative geographic differentiation, the populations compared in this analysis were known to show a proportion of shared mtDNA and Y haplotypes as a result of recent gene-flow across the western Mediterranean, while any two loci can be unrepresentative of the ancestry of an individual as a whole. We based our principal analysis on a validated 34plex autosomal ancestry-informative-marker single nucleotide polymorphism (AIM-SNP assay to make an assignment of ancestry for DNA from seven unmatched case samples including a handprint from a bag containing undetonated explosives together with personal items recovered from various locations in Madrid associated with the suspects. To assess marker informativeness before genotyping, we predicted the probable classification success for the 34plex assay with standard error estimators for a naïve Bayesian classifier using Moroccan and Spanish training sets (each n = 48. Once misclassification error was found to be sufficiently low, genotyping yielded seven near-complete profiles (33 of 34 AIM-SNPs that in four cases gave probabilities providing a clear assignment of ancestry. One of the suspects predicted to be North African by AIM-SNP analysis of DNA from a toothbrush was identified late in the investigation as Algerian in origin. The

  19. Service activities of chemical analysis division

    Progress of the Division during the year of 1988 was described on the service activities for various R and D projects carrying out in the Institute, for the fuel fabrication and conversion plant, and for the post-irradiation examination facility. Relevant analytical methodologies developed for the chemical analysis of an irradiated fuel, safeguards chemical analysis, and pool water monitoring were included such as chromatographic separation of lanthanides, polarographic determination of dissolved oxygen in water, and automation on potentiometric titration of uranium. Some of the laboratory manuals revised were also included in this progress report. (Author)

  20. Conference on instrumental activation analysis IAA 86

    Thirty five papers were presented at the conference held in Klucenice, Czechoslovakia from May 4 to 8, 1986. The abstracts of all papers are printed in the proceedings. The conference discussed the following problem areas: the application of activation analysis in determining elements in ores, tectites, fungi, the thyroid, the primary circuit coolant, semiconductor materials; the application of nuclear reaction analysis in determining elements in rubber and coal; the application of tracer techniques in metallurgy; the description of alpha and gamma spectrometric systems and their testing; the use of microcomputers for data processing, and the description of programs. (J.P.)

  1. Investigations on Inhibitors of Hedgehog Signal Pathway: A Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship Study

    Zhiwei Cao

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available The hedgehog signal pathway is an essential agent in developmental patterning, wherein the local concentration of the Hedgehog morphogens directs cellular differentiation and expansion. Furthermore, the Hedgehog pathway has been implicated in tumor/stromal interaction and cancer stem cell. Nowadays searching novel inhibitors for Hedgehog Signal Pathway is drawing much more attention by biological, chemical and pharmological scientists. In our study, a solid computational model is proposed which incorporates various statistical analysis methods to perform a Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship (QSAR study on the inhibitors of Hedgehog signaling. The whole QSAR data contain 93 cyclopamine derivatives as well as their activities against four different cell lines (NCI-H446, BxPC-3, SW1990 and NCI-H157. Our extensive testing indicated that the binary classification model is a better choice for building the QSAR model of inhibitors of Hedgehog signaling compared with other statistical methods and the corresponding in silico analysis provides three possible ways to improve the activity of inhibitors by demethylation, methylation and hydroxylation at specific positions of the compound scaffold respectively. From these, demethylation is the best choice for inhibitor structure modifications. Our investigation also revealed that NCI-H466 served as the best cell line for testing the activities of inhibitors of Hedgehog signal pathway among others.

  2. Investigation of Eigenvalue Behavior in the Asymptotic Analysis of PCMI

    As a result, two eigenvalues, associated with the stress singularity at the contact edge, were produced. A finite element analysis technique to calculate the generalized stress intensity factors was also presented in these papers, which would be used as the calibration factors to evaluate the actual stresses when the pellet fragments expand the cladding in the PCMI. This analysis is further extended in this paper to accommodate a more realistic condition of the PCMI such as a frictional contact between two adjacent pellet fragments and a cladding tube. However, this yields a sophisticated behavior of the eigenvalues depending on the coefficient of friction (incorporating the direction of slipping of each fragment) as well as the angle of the pellet crack. Since the stress field of the cladding is directly determined from the eigenvalues, it is crucial to evalutae and investigate them to analyze the PCMI problem mechanistically, which is pursed in this paper. In the sequel to the previous work of an asymptotic analysis of a bonded contact between a wedge and a half plane (two bodies in contact), a frictional contact problem of three bodies mutually contacted is considered here to simulate a further actual contact configuration of a cracked pellet and a cladding tube in PCMI. The results are summarized as follows

  3. Nondestructive gamma activation analysis of mineral materials

    The basic problems are described related to the use of gamma activation analysis. The applicability was studied of instrumental gamma activation analysis (IGAA) in geology. A number of minerals, rocks, marine sediments and reference materials were studied. For irradiation a betatron and a microtron were used. The results show that IGAA allows the simultaneous determination of a number of trace elements at concentrations of tenths of ppm. The results are given of comparisons made of the analytical possibilities of microtron IGAA and reactor INAA in geology. Tables show the results of the application of IGAA, the main products and parameters of photoexcitation reactions and graphically represented are the gamma spectra of measured materials. (J.B.)

  4. KFUPM fast neutron activation analysis facility

    A newly established Fast Neutron Activation Analysis facility at the Energy Research Laboratory is described. The facility mainly consists of a fast neutron irradiation station and a gamma ray counting station. Both stations are connected by a fast pneumatic sample transfer system which transports the sample from the irradiation station to the counting station in a short time of 3 s. The fast neutron activation analysis facility has been tested by measuring the 27A(n, α)24Na and 115In(n, n')115mIn cross sections at 14.8 and 2.5 MeV neutron energies, respectively. Within the experimental uncertainties, the measured cross sections for these elements agree with the published values. (orig.)

  5. Atividades de investigação escolar: análise psicanalítica do engajamento em pequenos grupos Educational investigation activities: a psychoanalytical analysis of engagement in small groups

    Josimeire M Júlio

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Observamos grupos de alunos de ensino médio que foram desafiados a realizar uma atividade de pesquisa em Física. O objetivo era distinguir o engajamento colaborativo de outras formas de participação em grupo. Apresentamos um estudo pormenorizado de aulas que ocorreram no início do ano letivo em turmas do primeiro ano. Recorremos a gravações em áudio e vídeo para categorizar a participação dos alunos durante a atividade. As categorias são inspiradas no referencial psicanalítico de Grupos de Trabalho e Suposições Básicas. Com a ajuda desses conceitos foi possível caracterizar a participação individual no grupo, atentando para os impulsos emocionais que desviaram os indivíduos da tarefa. Baseados nos dados obtidos e em outros trabalhos nos quais analisamos esses grupos isoladamente, concluímos que a participação dos alunos depende de aspectos intrínsecos da dinâmica dos grupos de aprendizagem. A colaboração e objetividade, necessárias para que o grupo funcione bem, dependem de uma interferência externa ao grupo.We observed groups of secondary school students who were challenged to conduct a research activity in physics. The objective was to distinguish collaborative engagement from other forms of group participation. We present a detailed study of lessons that occurred at the beginning of the school year in first year student classes. We used audio and video recordings to categorize the students' participation during the activity. The categories draw their inspiration from the psychoanalytical approach of Working Groups and Basic Assumptions. With the help of these concepts, it was possible to characterize individual participation in the group, paying attention to the emotional impulses that diverted individuals from the task in hand. Based on the data obtained and on other works in which we analyzed these groups in isolation, we conclude that student participation depends on intrinsic aspects of the dynamics of the

  6. [Microcalorimetric investigation of two cephalosporins on colon bacteria activity].

    Xu, Fen; Song, Cheng-Gong; Wu, Rui-Hua; Yang, Li-Ni; Sun, Li-Xian; Zhao, Zong-Bao; Zhang, Zhi-Heng; Cao, Zhong; Zhang, Ling

    2009-10-01

    The effects of cephradinum and ceftazidime on the metabolism of Escherichia coli (E. coli) DH5alpha was determined by microcalorimetry. The microbial activity was recorded as power-time curves through an ampoule method with a TAM Air Isothermal Microcalorimeter at 37 degrees C. The parameters such as the growth rate constant (k), inhibitory ratio (I), the maximum power output (Pm) and the time (tm) corresponding to the maximum power output were calculated. The results show that the ceftazidime has a better inhibitory effect on E. coli DH5alpha than cephradinum. PMID:20055136

  7. Analysis of volcanic activity patterns using MODIS thermal alerts

    Rothery, Dave A.; Coppola, Diego; Saunders, Charlotte

    2005-01-01

    We investigate eruptive activity by analysis of thermal-alert data from the MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer) thermal infrared satellite instrument, detected by the MODVOLC (MODIS Volcano alert) algorithm. These data are openly available on a website, and easy to use. We show how such data can plug major gaps in the conventional monitoring record of volcanoes in an otherwise generally poorly-documented region (Melanesia), including: characterising the mechanism of lava effusion...

  8. Reactor neutron activation analysis of industrial materials

    The specific application of neutron activation analysis (n.a.a.) for industrial materials is demonstrated by the determination of impurities in BeO, Al, Si, Cu, Ge, GaP, GaAs, steel, and irradiated uranium. A group scheme gives an orientation about the possibilities of n.a.a. The use of different standards, methods for the measurement of low radioactivities and errors caused by recoil reaction and radiation stimulated diffusion are discussed. (author)

  9. Development of prompt gamma activation analysis

    Application of prompt gamma-activation analysis to some environmental samples and NBS's standard reference materials were examined, using NBS reactor and the technique developed by the nuclear chemistry group of the University of Maryland. Concentration of several elements, Cd, B, S, Se, Sb, Zn, Ba, Cr, Cs, Co, Si, Hf, Ce, Yb, Lu, Th, Sc, Eu, Fe, Ta and Rb, were determined by both PGAA and INAA. (author)

  10. Analysis and radiological assessment of residues containing NORM materials resulting from earlier activities including modelling of typical industrial residues. Pt. 1. Historical investigation of the radiological relevance of NORM residues and concepts for site identification

    Natural radionuclides are part of the human environment and of the raw materials used. Technical processes may cause their accumulation in residues, and the result will be so-called NORM materials (Naturally occurring radioactive material). The amended Radiation Protection Ordinance (StrlSchV 2001) specifies how the public should be protected, but there are also residues dating back before the issuing of the StrlSchV 2001, the so-called NORM residues. The project intended to assess the risks resulting from these residues. It comprises four parts. Part 1 was for clarification of the radiological relevance of NORM residues and for the development of concepts to detect them. The criterion for their radiological relevance was their activity per mass unit and the material volume accumulated through the centuries. The former was calculated from a wide bibliographic search in the relevant literature on radiation protection, while the mass volume was obtained by a detailed historical search of the consumption of materials that may leave NORM residues. These are, in particular, residues from coal and ore mining and processing. To identify concrete sites, relevant data sources were identified, and a concept for identification of concrete NORM residues was developed on this basis. (orig.)

  11. Synthesis of marmycin A and investigation into its cellular activity

    Cañeque, Tatiana; Gomes, Filipe; Mai, Trang Thi; Maestri, Giovanni; Malacria, Max; Rodriguez, Raphaël

    2015-09-01

    Anthracyclines such as doxorubicin are used extensively in the treatment of cancers. Anthraquinone-related angucyclines also exhibit antiproliferative properties and have been proposed to operate via similar mechanisms, including direct genome targeting. Here, we report the chemical synthesis of marmycin A and the study of its cellular activity. The aromatic core was constructed by means of a one-pot multistep reaction comprising a regioselective Diels-Alder cycloaddition, and the complex sugar backbone was introduced through a copper-catalysed Ullmann cross-coupling, followed by a challenging Friedel-Crafts cyclization. Remarkably, fluorescence microscopy revealed that marmycin A does not target the nucleus but instead accumulates in lysosomes, thereby promoting cell death independently of genome targeting. Furthermore, a synthetic dimer of marmycin A and the lysosome-targeting agent artesunate exhibited a synergistic activity against the invasive MDA-MB-231 cancer cell line. These findings shed light on the elusive pathways through which anthraquinone derivatives act in cells, pointing towards unanticipated biological and therapeutic applications.

  12. Activation Analysis and Public Health. Survey Paper

    The technique of activation analysis has useful and distinctive applications, not yet fully recognized or exploited, in public health. Three areas of usefulness may be recognized. 1. Industrial hygiene. Activation analysis offers a simple and efficient method for assessing and controlling occupational hazards associated with the handling of toxic materials, such as compounds of arsenic and of mercury. Examination of hair and nail samples, taken at six-monthly intervals, will yield a surprising amount of information regarding the influence on occupational exposure of individual variation in working habits, and inadequacy or non-observance of hygienic rules and other prescribed safety measures. 2. Epidemiology. The advantage conferred by activation analysis lies in the possibility of rapid and accurate estimation of trace element concentrations in small samples of tissue or other materials, such as can readily be obtained from population groups large enough to be statistically significant. Surveys of this kind have interesting potentialities in relation to dental caries, cancer, cirrhosis of the liver and heart disease. 3. Recognition of essential trace elements. Surveys of trace element concentrations suggest that the variability of tissue levels among members of a population is smaller for essential trace elements than for non-essential elements. It is possible also that tissue levels show a normal distribution for essential elements and a log-normal distribution for non-essential elements. (author)

  13. Neutron Activation analysis of waste water

    An instrumental neutron activation analysis for the simultaneous determination of chlorine, bromine, sodium, manganese, cobalt, copper, chromium, zinc, nickel, antimony and iron in waste water is described. They were determined in waste water samples under normal conditions by non-destructive neutron activation simultaneously using a suitable monostandard method. Standardized water samples were used and irradiated in polyethylene ampoules at a neutron flux of 1013 cm-2 s-1 for periods of 1 minute, 1 and 10 hours. A Ge hyperpure detector was used for your activity determination, with count times of 60, 180, 300 and 600 seconds. The obtained results show than the method can be utilized for the determination of this elements without realize anything previous treatment of the samples. (Author)

  14. Nuclear data for proton activation analysis

    The activation analysis with charged particles (ChPAA), as well as proton activation analysis (PAA), mainly requires separately irradiation of thick (thicker than the range of particles) samples and standard. Therefore for simplicity of determination of traces of chemical elements by instrumental PAA the absolute activity of the radionuclides must be known. Consequently we compilated data for nuclear decays (half life, radiation energy and intensity, type of decay, saturation factor), for nuclear reactions (excitation function, threshold energy, Q-value, yields of radionuclides), for the element under study (natural isotopic abundance of the nuclide, which yields the nuclear reaction considered, molar mass), stopping power of the irradiated material and the range of the particle that are used in the calculation of the absolute activity of the radionuclides and for the resolution of a nuclear interference problems of PAA. These data are tabulated. The tables of the radionuclides are presented in dependence on increasing atomic number and radiation energy as well as on methods of the radionuclide formation. The thick target yields of analytical radionuclides are presented versus particle energy

  15. Instrumental neutron activation analysis of soil sample

    This paper describes the analysis of soil samples collected from 5 different location around Sungai Lui, Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia. These sample were taken at 22-24 cm from the top of the ground and were analysed using the techniques of Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA). The analysis on soil sample taken above 22-24 cm level were done in order to determine if there is any variation in elemental contents at different sampling levels. The results indicate a wide variation in the contents of the samples. About 30 elements have been analysed. The major ones are Na, I, Cl, Mg, Al, K, Ti, Ca and Fe. Trace elements analysed were Ba, Sc, V, Cr, Mn, Ga, As, Zn, Br, Rb, Co, Hf, Zr, Th, U, Sb, Cs, Ce, Sm, Eu, Tb, Dy, Yb, Lu and La. (author)

  16. Neutron activation analysis of geological materials

    Neutron activation analysis (NAA) is an extremely sensitive, selective and precise method, which yields a wealth of elemental information from even a small-sized sample. With the recent advances in nuclear reactors and high-efficiency and high-resolution semiconductor detectors, NAA has become a powerful method for multielemental analysis. The concentration of major, minor, and trace elements vary from 1 to 4 orders of magnitude in geological materials. By varying neutron fluxes, irradiation times, decay and counting intervals and using both instrumental and radiochemical techniques in NAA, it is possible to accurately determine about 50 elements in a sample aliquant. The practical aspects of the NAA method as applied to geological materials are discussed in detail, and are demonstrated by the analysis of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) standard reference geological materials. General aspects of the elemental interpretations in terrestrial samples are also discussed. (author)

  17. Investigations of biomechanical activity of macrophages during phagocytosis

    Kovari, Daniel; Curtis, Jennifer

    2012-02-01

    Phagocytosis has traditionally been investigated in terms of the relevant biochemical signaling pathways that trigger the process and lead to the deformation of the cell as it engulfs a target. Physical changes in the cell include rearrangement and polymerization of actin in the phagocytic cup, large membrane deformations, increased membrane area via exocytosis, and closure of the phagocytic cup through membrane fusion. Hence, phagocytosis is a fine-tuned balance between biophysical cellular events and chemical signaling, which are responsible for driving these materials and mechanical changes. We present a series of assays designed to probe the physical/mechanical parameters that govern a cell during phagocytosis. Custom built micropipette manipulators are used to manipulate individual cells, facilitating high-resolution microscopy of individual phagocytic events. This work has been supported by NSF PoLS #0848797.

  18. Investigation of antioxidant activity and lipophilicity parameters of some preservatives

    Korotkova, E.I. [Department of Phys. Anal. Chem., Tomsk Polytechnic University, Lenin 30, Tomsk (Russian Federation) and Scientific Research Center ' Polyant' , Kulagina 5-29, Tomsk (Russian Federation)]. E-mail: eikor@mail.ru; Avramchik, O.A. [Department of Phys. Anal. Chem., Tomsk Polytechnic University, Lenin 30, Tomsk (Russian Federation); Scientific Research Center ' Polyant' , Kulagina 5-29, Tomsk (Russian Federation); Angelov, T.M. [Department of Quality Control, Unipharm-JSCo, Traiko Stanoev 3, Sofia (Bulgaria); Karbainov, Y.A. [Department of Phys. Anal. Chem., Tomsk Polytechnic University, Lenin 30, Tomsk (Russian Federation)

    2005-10-10

    The preservatives have been widely used in food, drugs and cosmetic products to prevent their aging and decay. Antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of some preservatives, such as benzoic acid, sorbic acid and alkyl-parabens, were considered in this work. Study of antioxidant properties of these compounds was carried out by differential pulse voltammetry together with evaluation of their influence on the kinetics of the electrochemical oxygen reduction. Mathematical models of the processes were obtained and their adequacy was estimated using design of experiment methods. As a result, the kinetic parameters of interaction between reactive oxygen species and preservatives were evaluation. Finally, the use of these substances as antimicrobials and antioxidants ensured product stability and safety has been recommended.

  19. Analysis of ayurvedic medicinal leaves by instrumental neutron activation analysis

    Concentrations of 15 elements were determined in medicinally important ayurvedic medicinal leaves. Instrumental neutron activation analysis was employed for the determination of the elements viz. Na, K, Br, Sm, Cr, Zn, Th, Rb, Sr, Fe, La, Co, Ce, Cs and Eu. The samples were neutron irradiated at 100 kW TRIGA -Mainz nuclear reactor and the induced activities were measured by gamma ray spectrometry using an efficiency calibrated high resolution high purity germanium (HPGe) detector. The concentrations of these elements in the medicinal leaves and their medicinal importance are discussed. (author)

  20. Multielemental analysis of soils by instrumental neutron activation analysis

    The results of an instrumental neutron activation analysis of some elemental concentrations in different soil samples near the industrial areas at Tirupati, India, are reported. Altogether 14 elements, Sm, La, Cr, Co, Zn, Cs, Ce, Th, Rb, Na, K, Sr, Fe and Eu were determined. The samples were irradiated with neutrons at the 100 kW Triga - Mainz research reactor and the induced activities were measured by gamma-ray spectrometry using an efficiency calibrated high resolution high purity germanium (HPGe) detector in connection with a multichannel analyzer. The results are discussed. (author)

  1. Solid state structural and theoretical investigations of a biologically active chalcone

    Abbas, Asghar; Gökce, Halil; Bahceli, Semiha; Bolte, Michael; Naseer, Muhammad Moazzam

    2016-05-01

    The computational methods are presently emerging as an efficient and reliable tool for predicting structural properties of biologically important compounds. In the present manuscript, the solid state structural and theoretical investigations of a biologically active chalcone i-e (E)-3-(4-(hexyloxy)phenyl)-1-phenylprop-2-en-1-one (6c) have been reported. The solid state structure of 6c was measured by X-ray crystallographic technique whereas the optimized molecular geometry, vibrational frequencies, the simulated UV-vis spectra (in gas and in methanol solvent), 1H and 13C NMR chemical shift (in gas and in chloroform solvent) values, HOMO-LUMO analysis, the molecular electrostatic potential (MEP) surface and thermodynamic parameters were calculated by using DFT/B3LYP method with 6-311++G(d,p) basis set in ground state. The results of the theoretical investigations were found to be in good agreement with experimental data.

  2. Radioactive waste package assay facility. Volume 2. Investigation of active neutron and active gamma interrogation

    Volume 2 of this report describes the theoretical and experimental work carried out at Harwell on active neutron and active gamma interrogation of 500 litre cemented intermediate level waste drums. The design of a suitable neutron generating target in conjunction with a LINAC was established. Following theoretical predictions of likely neutron responses, an experimental assay assembly was built. Responses were measured for simulated drums of ILW, based on CAGR, Magnox and PCM wastes. Good correlations were established between quantities of 235-U, nat-U and D2O contained in the drums, and the neutron signals. Expected sensitivities are -1g of fissile actinide and -100g of total actinide. A measure of spatial distribution is obtainable. The neutron time spectra obtained during neutron interrogation were more complex than expected, and more analysis is needed. Another area of discrepancy is the difference between predicted and measured thermal neutron flux in the drum. Clusters of small 3He proportional counters were found to be much superior for fast neutron detection than larger diameter counters. It is necessary to ensure constancy of electron beam position relative to target(s) and drum, and prudent to measure the target neutron or gamma output as appropriate. 59 refs., 77 figs., 11 tabs

  3. Investigation on Nodalization for Analysis of SFR Channel Blockage Accidents

    Chang, Won Pyo; Kwon, Young Min; Ha, Ki Suk; Lee, Kwi Lim; Jeong, Hae Yong [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-05-15

    The present paper demonstrates nodalization analysis results obtained in application of the MATRA-LMR/FB to channel blockage accidents for a SFR (Sodium cooled Fast Reactor), KALIMER-150. In the earlier study, a uniform node size over the total sub-channel length in a subassembly was used. The study was carried out not only for the radially different positions, i.e. central, medium between the center and the duct wall, and edge sub-channels in the assembly, but also for larger blockage sizes larger than 6 sub-channels, the blockage size of which was classified into a DBE(Design Basis Event) in the KALIMER-150 design. The present investigation focuses mainly on the identification of conservatism as well as consistency in the analyses of the maximum coolant temperature for the 6 sub-channels blockage accidents

  4. Investigation, experiment and analysis on PWR sump screen clogging issue

    JNES has been conducting experimental and analytical study to develop an evaluation method concerning the chemical effect and the downstream effect of the sump screen clogging issue during LOCA in PWR plants. Chemical effect tests show that corrosion of carbon steel and galvanized steal may come to be important in domestic plants, in addition to corrosion of aluminum and insulator which has been considered dominant in the chemical effect. With respect to the downstream effect, deposition of chemical precipitates on the fuel cladding using an electrically heated rod is investigated. A test shows chemical precipitates deposited on the cladding and the deposit was mainly analyzed to be calcium compounds. The analysis on the downstream effect has shown that even if core inlet was completely clogged just after the recirculation operation started during LOCA in PWR plants, although upper part of core may be uncovered temporary and cladding temperature increased, core could be cooled by coolant injection through the hot-leg. (author)

  5. Investigation, Analysis, and Testing of Self-contained Oxygen Generators

    Keddy, Christopher P.; Haas, Jon P.; Starritt, Larry

    2008-01-01

    Self Contained Oxygen Generators (SCOGs) have widespread use in providing emergency breathing oxygen in a variety of environments including mines, submarines, spacecraft, and aircraft. These devices have definite advantages over storing of gaseous or liquid oxygen. The oxygen is not generated until a chemical briquette containing a chlorate or perchlorate oxidizer and a solid metallic fuel such as iron is ignited starting a thermal decomposition process allowing gaseous oxygen to be produced. These devices are typically very safe to store, easy to operate, and have primarily only a thermal hazard to the operator that can be controlled by barriers or furnaces. Tens of thousands of these devices are operated worldwide every year without major incident. This report examines the rare case of a SCOG whose behavior was both abnormal and lethal. This particular type of SCOG reviewed is nearly identical to a flight qualified version of SCOG slated for use on manned space vehicles. This Investigative Report is a compilation of a NASA effort in conjunction with other interested parties including military and aerospace to understand the causes of the particular SCOG accident and what preventative measures can be taken to ensure this incident is not repeated. This report details the incident and examines the root causes of the observed SCOG behavior from forensic evidence. A summary of chemical and numerical analysis is provided as a background to physical testing of identical SCOG devices. The results and findings of both small scale and full scale testing are documented on a test-by-test basis along with observations and summaries. Finally, conclusions are presented on the findings of this investigation, analysis, and testing along with suggestions on preventative measures for any entity interested in the safe use of these devices.

  6. Experimental Investigation and Theoretical Modeling of Nanosilica Activity in Concrete

    Han-Seung Lee

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents experimental investigations and theoretical modeling of the hydration reaction of nanosilica blended concrete with different water-to-binder ratios and different nanosilica replacement ratios. The developments of chemically bound water contents, calcium hydroxide contents, and compressive strength of Portland cement control specimens and nanosilica blended specimens were measured at different ages: 1 day, 3 days, 7 days, 14 days, and 28 days. Due to the pozzolanic reaction of nanosilica, the contents of calcium hydroxide in nanosilica blended pastes are considerably lower than those in the control specimens. Compared with the control specimens, the extent of compressive strength enhancement in the nanosilica blended specimens is much higher at early ages. Additionally, a blended cement hydration model that considers both the hydration reaction of cement and the pozzolanic reaction of nanosilica is proposed. The properties of nanosilica blended concrete during hardening were evaluated using the degree of hydration of cement and the reaction degree of nanosilica. The calculated chemically bound water contents, calcium hydroxide contents, and compressive strength were generally consistent with the experimental results.

  7. Intrinsic network activity in tinnitus investigated using functional MRI.

    Leaver, Amber M; Turesky, Ted K; Seydell-Greenwald, Anna; Morgan, Susan; Kim, Hung J; Rauschecker, Josef P

    2016-08-01

    Tinnitus is an increasingly common disorder in which patients experience phantom auditory sensations, usually ringing or buzzing in the ear. Tinnitus pathophysiology has been repeatedly shown to involve both auditory and non-auditory brain structures, making network-level studies of tinnitus critical. In this magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study, two resting-state functional connectivity (RSFC) approaches were used to better understand functional network disturbances in tinnitus. First, we demonstrated tinnitus-related reductions in RSFC between specific brain regions and resting-state networks (RSNs), defined by independent components analysis (ICA) and chosen for their overlap with structures known to be affected in tinnitus. Then, we restricted ICA to data from tinnitus patients, and identified one RSN not apparent in control data. This tinnitus RSN included auditory-sensory regions like inferior colliculus and medial Heschl's gyrus, as well as classically non-auditory regions like the mediodorsal nucleus of the thalamus, striatum, lateral prefrontal, and orbitofrontal cortex. Notably, patients' reported tinnitus loudness was positively correlated with RSFC between the mediodorsal nucleus and the tinnitus RSN, indicating that this network may underlie the auditory-sensory experience of tinnitus. These data support the idea that tinnitus involves network dysfunction, and further stress the importance of communication between auditory-sensory and fronto-striatal circuits in tinnitus pathophysiology. Hum Brain Mapp 37:2717-2735, 2016. © 2016 The Authors Human Brain Mapping Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:27091485

  8. Neutron activation analysis of zirconium niobium alloys

    Full text: One of the important problems in nuclear reactor projecting is the choice of constructional materials, which meet to the requirements concerned with function, technical characteristics and expected performance of the reactor construction. Also it is necessary to take into account change of their properties under the influence of intensive neutron radiation. Zirconium and zirconium-niobium alloys are used in nuclear engineering as a fuel cladding and both matrix and impurity composition have an influence on their performance capabilities.Under intensive neutron radiation high content of undesirable trace elements in constructional materials can cause forming long-lived radionuclides with high induced activity and hence severe problems may occur at service, control of the equipment and carrying out experiments. Therefore analytical control of component and impurity composition of these materials is an important problem.Neutron activation analysis (NAA) is one of multielemental and high sensitivity methods, which widely applied for the analysis of high purity materials. Prior experiments have shown that instrumental NAA is not suitable for analysis of Zr-Nb alloys due to strong induced matrix activity. Therefore we have developed radiochemical procedure for separation of impurities from matrix elements. Study of the literature data has shown that zirconium and niobium are good extracted from hydrochloric medium by 0 75 M solution of di-2-ethylhexylphosphoric acid (DEHPA) in ortho-xylene. Also this system good extracts hafnium which being accompanying element has high content and interferes with determining impurity elements. To improve separation efficiency we have used 'DEHPA - ZM HCl' chromatography system. On the basis of the carried out researches the radiochemical NAA technique for analysis of high purity zirconium and zirconium-niobium alloys has been developed. The technique is based on extraction-chromatographic separation of matrix radionuclides

  9. The Sample Analysis at Mars Investigation and Instrument Suite

    Mahaffy, Paul; Webster, Chris R.; Cabane, M.; Conrad, Pamela G.; Coll, Patrice; Atreya, Sushil K.; Arvey, Robert; Barciniak, Michael; Benna, Mehdi; Bleacher, L.; Brinckerhoff, William B.; Eigenbrode, Jennifer L.; Carignan, Daniel; Cascia, Mark; Chalmers, Robert A.; Dworkin, Jason P.; Errigo, Therese; Everson, Paula; Franz, Heather; Farley, Rodger; Feng, Steven; Frazier, Gregory; Freissinet, Caroline; Glavin, Daniel P.; Harpold, Daniel N.

    2012-01-01

    The Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) investigation of the Mars Science Laboratory(MSL) addresses the chemical and isotopic composition of the atmosphere and volatilesextracted from solid samples. The SAM investigation is designed to contribute substantiallyto the mission goal of quantitatively assessing the habitability of Mars as an essentialstep in the search for past or present life on Mars. SAM is a 40 kg instrument suite locatedin the interior of MSLs Curiosity rover. The SAM instruments are a quadrupole massspectrometer, a tunable laser spectrometer, and a 6-column gas chromatograph all coupledthrough solid and gas processing systems to provide complementary information on thesame samples. The SAM suite is able to measure a suite of light isotopes and to analyzevolatiles directly from the atmosphere or thermally released from solid samples. In additionto measurements of simple inorganic compounds and noble gases SAM will conducta sensitive search for organic compounds with either thermal or chemical extraction fromsieved samples delivered by the sample processing system on the Curiosity rovers roboticarm.

  10. Industrial applications of neutron activation analysis

    Neutron activation analysis has been widely used in the industry and over the years played a key role in the development of manufacturing process as well as monitoring of the process flow. In this context NAA has been utilized both in R and D, and in the factory as a flexible analytical tool. It has been used successfully in numerous industries including broad categories such as Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Mining, Photographic, Oil and Gas, Automobile, Defense, Semiconductor and Electronic industries. Dow Chemical owns and operates a research reactor for analytical measurements of samples generated in both R and D, and manufacturing area in its plant in Midland, Michigan. Although most industries do not have reactors on their campus but use an off site reactor regularly, and often have in-house neutron sources such as a 252Cf used primarily for NAA. In most industrial materials analysis laboratory NAA is part of a number of analytical techniques such as ICP-MS, AA, SIMS, FTIR, XRF, TXRF etc. Analysis of complex industrial samples may require data from each of these methods to provide a clear picture of the materials issues involved. With the improvement of classical analytical techniques, and the introduction of new techniques, e.g. TXRF, the role of NAA continues to be a key bench mark technique that provides accurate and reliable data. The strength of the NAA in bulk analysis is balanced by its weakness in providing surface sensitive or spatially resolved analysis as is required by many applications. (author)

  11. 3D-QSAR Investigation of Synthetic Antioxidant Chromone Derivatives by Molecular Field Analysis

    Jiraporn Ungwitayatorn

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available A series of 7-hydroxy, 8-hydroxy and 7,8-dihydroxy synthetic chromone derivatives was evaluated for their DPPH free radical scavenging activities. A training set of 30 synthetic chromone derivatives was subject to three-dimensional quantitative structure-activity relationship (3D-QSAR studies using molecular field analysis (MFA. The substitutional requirements for favorable antioxidant activity were investigated and a predictive model that could be used for the design of novel antioxidants was derived. Regression analysis was carried out using genetic partial least squares (G/PLS method. A highly predictive and statistically significant model was generated. The predictive ability of the developed model was assessed using a test set of 5 compounds (r2pred = 0.924. The analyzed MFA model demonstrated a good fit, having r2 value of 0.868 and crossvalidated coefficient r2cv value of 0.771.

  12. Optimization of time characteristics in activation analysis

    Full text: The activation analysis temporal characteristics optimization methods developed at present are aimed at determination of optimal values of the three important parameters - irradiation time, cooling time and measurement time. In the performed works, especially in [1-5] the activation analysis processes are described, the optimal values of optimization parameters are obtained from equations solved, and the computational results are given for these parameters for a number of elements. However, the equations presented in [2] were inaccurate, did not allow one to have optimization parameters results for one element content calculations, and it did not take into account background dependence of time. Therefore, we proposed modified equations to determine the optimal temporal parameters and iteration processes for the solution of these equations. It is well-known that the activity of studied sample during measurements does not change significantly, i.e. measurement time is much shorter than the half-life, thus the processes taking place can be described by the Poisson probability distribution, and in general case one can apply binomial distribution. The equation and iteration processes use in this research describe both probability distributions. Expectedly, the cooling time iteration expressions obtained for one element analysis case are similar for the both distribution types, as the optimised time values occurred to be of the same order as half-life values, whereas the cooling time, as we observed, depends on the ratio of the studied sample's peak value to the background peak, and can be significantly larger than the half-life value. This pattern is general, and can be derived from the optimized time expressions, which is supported by the experimental data on short-living isotopes [3,4]. For the isotopes with large half-lives, up to years, like cobalt-60, the cooling time values given in the above mentioned works are equal to months which, apparently

  13. Multielement analysis of archaic Chinese bronze and antique coins by fast neutron activation analysis

    Samples of archaic bronze were investigated by fast neutron activation analysis using both the absolute and relative method. The components Cu, Zn, Sn and Pb were determined quantitatively. For nondestructive analysis of antique Chinese coins the samples had to be irradiated. The activation reactions, the evaluation of the elemental concentrations and the accuracy of the results are discussed. The data were corrected for γ-ray self-absorption in the samples and summing of coincident γ-rays in the detector. According to reported typical compositions of Chinese bronze from different dynasties, the age of the samples has been derived from the results obtained. (author) 18 refs.; 3 figs.; 7 tabs

  14. Offgas Analysis and Pyrolysis Mechanism of Activated Carbon from Bamboo Sawdust by Chemical Activation With KOH

    TIAN Yong; LIU Ping; WANG Xiufang; ZHONG Guoying; CHEN Guanke

    2011-01-01

    Bamboo sawdust was used as the precursor for the multipurpose use of waste.Offgases released during the activation process of bamboo by KOH were investigated quantitatively and qualitatively by a gas analyzer. TG/DTG curves during the pyrolysis process with different impregnation weight ratios (KOH to bamboo) were obtained by a thermogravimetric analyzer. Pyrolysis mechanism of bamboo was proposed. The results showed that the offgases were composed of CO, NO,SO2 and hydrocarbon with the concentration of 1 372, 37, 86, 215 mg/L, respectively. Thermogravimetric analysis indicated that the pyrolytic process mainly experienced two steps. The first was the low temperature activation step (lower than 300 ℃), which was the pre-activation and induction period.The second was the high temperature activation step(higher than 550 ℃), which was a radial activation followed by pore production. The second process was the key to control the pore distribution of the final product.

  15. An Investigation And Analysis Of The Main Factors Influencing On The Residents' Leisure Sports Activities In Fuzhou City%影响福州市居民休闲体育活动主要因素的调查与分析

    陈钦

    2011-01-01

    With the methods of literature,investigation,logical analysis and statistics,this paper studies the main factors influencing on the leisure sports activities in Fuzhou residents.The survey results show that the impact of leisure and sports activities of Fuzhou residents factors include: health factor,places of residence from a distance factor,environment factor in leisure sports activities, leisure time factor,mass media factor.And from the multi-disciplinary,multiangle it analyzes the main factors on leisure activities of Fuzhou residents.%采用文献法、调查法、逻辑分析法和统计法,对影响福州市居民休闲体育活动的主要因素进行研究。调查结果表明,影响福州市居民休闲体育活动的主要因素包括:健康因素、活动场所离居住地的距离因素、休闲体育活动的氛围因素、闲暇时间因素、大众传媒因素。并从多学科、多角度对福州市居民休闲体育活动的主要因素展开分析。

  16. Investigation of Travel and Activity Patterns Using Location-based Social Network Data: A Case Study of Active Mobile Social Media Users

    Yeran Sun

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Due to its relatively high availability and low cost, location-based social network (LBSN (e.g., Foursquare data (a popular type of volunteered geographic information seem to be an alternative or complement to survey data in the study of travel behavior and activity analysis. Illustrating this situation, recently, a number of studies attempted to use LBSN data (e.g., Foursquare check-ins to investigate patterns of human travel and activity. Of particular note is that compared to other individual-level characteristics of users, such as age, profession, education, income and so forth, gender is relatively highly available in the profiles of Foursquare users. Moreover, considering gender differences in travel and activity analysis is a popular research topic and is helpful in better understanding the changes in women’s roles in family, labor force participation, society and so forth. Therefore, this paper empirically investigates how gender influences the travel and activity patterns of active local Foursquare users in New York City. Empirical investigations of gender differences in travel and activity patterns are conducted at both the individual and aggregate level. The empirical results reveal that there are gender differences in the travel and activity patterns of active local users in New York City at both the individual and aggregate level. Finally, the results of the empirical study and the extent to which LBSN data can be exploited to produce travel diary data are discussed.

  17. Investigation of Travel and Activity Patterns Using Location-based Social Network Data: A Case Study of Active Mobile Social Media Users

    Yeran Sun; Ming Li

    2015-01-01

    Due to its relatively high availability and low cost, location-based social network (LBSN) (e.g., Foursquare) data (a popular type of volunteered geographic information) seem to be an alternative or complement to survey data in the study of travel behavior and activity analysis. Illustrating this situation, recently, a number of studies attempted to use LBSN data (e.g., Foursquare check-ins) to investigate patterns of human travel and activity. Of particular note is that compared to other ind...

  18. Regulatory activities of government: analysis of determinants

    Primož Pevcin

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available International comparisons show that large cross-country differences exist in the overall macro extent of regulation of the economy. In this context, the main purpose of the article is to investigate, why such differences exist by identifying and empirically verifying the effect of various factors that could potentially shape those differences. Empirical analysis based on the sample of 32 developed and democratic countries revealed that almost 70 % of variation in the macro extent of regulation could be explained with 7 statistically significant explanatory variables. The econometric analysis revealed that the macro extent of regulation decreases with income inequality in society, with the level of economic development, with the sizeof economy, with the share of transfer spending in GDP and with the share of government employment in labour force. On the other hand, the extent of regulation is positively related to government ownership of enterprises and to presidential political regime

  19. Scalable histopathological image analysis via active learning.

    Zhu, Yan; Zhang, Shaoting; Liu, Wei; Metaxas, Dimitris N

    2014-01-01

    Training an effective and scalable system for medical image analysis usually requires a large amount of labeled data, which incurs a tremendous annotation burden for pathologists. Recent progress in active learning can alleviate this issue, leading to a great reduction on the labeling cost without sacrificing the predicting accuracy too much. However, most existing active learning methods disregard the "structured information" that may exist in medical images (e.g., data from individual patients), and make a simplifying assumption that unlabeled data is independently and identically distributed. Both may not be suitable for real-world medical images. In this paper, we propose a novel batch-mode active learning method which explores and leverages such structured information in annotations of medical images to enforce diversity among the selected data, therefore maximizing the information gain. We formulate the active learning problem as an adaptive submodular function maximization problem subject to a partition matroid constraint, and further present an efficient greedy algorithm to achieve a good solution with a theoretically proven bound. We demonstrate the efficacy of our algorithm on thousands of histopathological images of breast microscopic tissues. PMID:25320821

  20. Active Shape Analysis of Mandibular Growth

    Hilger, Klaus Baggesen; Larsen, Rasmus; Kreiborg, Sven;

    2003-01-01

    This work contains a clinical validation using biological landmarks of a Geometry Constrained Diffusion registration of mandibular surfaces. Canonical Correlations Analysis is extended to analyse 3D landmarks and the correlations are used as similarity measures for landmark clustering. A novel...... Active Shape Model is proposed targeting growth modelling by applying Partial Least Squares regression in decomposing the Procrustes tangent space. Shape centroid size is applied as dependent variable but the method generalizes to handle other, both uni- and multivariate, effects probing for high...

  1. Activation Analysis and Nuclear Research in Burma

    Research endeavours in the field of Nuclear Sciences in Burma appear to be concentrated in three main Institutions. These are the Chemistry and Physics Departments of the Rangoon Arts & Science University and the Union of Burma Applied Research Institute (UBARI). In view of possible forthcoming developments an expanded research programme, which is to be implemented on the basis of a five year plan, has been drawn up. Research topics included in this programme are predominantly of practical interest and aimed at a contribution by nuclear methods, in particular activation analysis, to the technological and industrial needs of the country

  2. Toxicological applications of neutron-activation analysis

    Thermal neutron-activation analysis is recognised as a useful tool for trace element studies in toxicology. This paper describes some recent applications of the technique to three elements when ingested by people in excess of normal intake Two of the elements (copper and chromium) are essential to life and one (bromine) is as yet unclassified. Three deaths were investiagted and trace element levels compared with normal levels from healthy subjects in the same geographical area who had died as a result of violence. (author)

  3. Neutron activation analysis of medicinal plant extracts

    Instrumental neutron activation analysis was applied to the determination of the elements Br, Ca, Cl, Cs, Fe, K, La, Mg, Mn, Na, Rb and Zn in medicinal extracts obtained from Centella asiatica, Citrus aurantium L., Achyrolcline satureoides DC, Casearia sylvestris, Solano lycocarpum, Zingiber officinale Roscoe, Solidago microglossa and Stryphnondedron barbatiman plants. The elements Hg and Se were determined using radiochemical separation by means of retention of Se in HMD inorganic exchanger and solvent extraction of Hg by bismuth diethyldithiocarbamate solution. Precision and accuracy of the results were evaluated by analyzing biological reference materials. The therapeutic action of some elements found in plant extracts analyzed is briefly discussed. (author). 15 refs., 5 tabs

  4. Support system for Neutron Activation Analysis

    In the research reactor of JAERI, the Neutron Activation Analysis (NAA) has been utilized as a major part of an irradiation usage. To utilize NAA, research participants are always required to learn necessary technique. Therefore, we started to examine a support system that will enable to carry out INAA easily even by beginners. The system is composed of irradiation device, gamma-ray spectrometer and data analyzing instruments. The element concentration is calculated by using KAYZERO/SOLCOI software with the K0 standardization method. In this paper, we review on a construction of this INAA support system in JRR-3M of JAERI. (author)

  5. Activation analysis for food chemistry Pt. 3

    The nondestructive determination of K, Na, Ca, Mg, Cl and P content of animal tissues was reported. The IBR-30 (Dubna) reactor was used as the thermal neutron source for all the (n,ν) reactions needed for the analyses (tabulated), and as the source of fast neutrons for the (n,α) reaction of the P determination, too. Results and errors of the analyses (5-15%) were discussed comparing the reproducibility of the methods in case of different animal tissues, liver, bones, blood, etc. The nondestructive neutron activation multielemental analysis for food chemistry can be recommended in the case of a large scale monitoring program of food samples. (Sz.J.)

  6. Spatial Determinants on Export marketing activity in Marshallian Districts: An investigation of the Danish Furniture Industry

    Andersen, Poul Houman

    2002-01-01

    The purpose of the contribution is investigate the role of localised districts on the organisation of export activities in small and medium-sized furniture producers. To what extent do local environments influence the export activities taken on by firms?......The purpose of the contribution is investigate the role of localised districts on the organisation of export activities in small and medium-sized furniture producers. To what extent do local environments influence the export activities taken on by firms?...

  7. Experimental investigation of anti-rheumatoid activity of Pleurotus sajorcaju in adjuvant-induced arthritic rats

    Patel Pinal; Patel Dharmik; Patel Natvarlal

    2012-01-01

    Pleurotus sajorcaju (P.sajorcaju),an edible and non-toxic mushroom,was evaluated as antioxidant,antitumor,anti-inflammatory and antihypertensive activities.P.sajorcaju is a good source of carbohydrates,dietary fiber,essential amino acids,minerals,vitamin B,folic acid and steroids.Anti-inflammatory,immunomodulatory and analgesic activities of aqueous and methanolic extracts of mycelium of P.sajorcaju were investigated (data is not shown).This finding suggests that extracts of P.sajorcaju can be used against inflammatory and autoimmune disease.So,P.sajorcaju examined for its antiarthritic activity.Plant was collected and separately extracted with water and methanol.For antiarthritic activity 500 and 1 000 mg·kg-1 of both extracts were prepared and administered by oral route.Body weight,paw edema (inflammation),hematological parameter,spleen weight,radiological and histological analysis of bone damage were assessed in rats with Freund's adjuvant induced paw inflammation.Both extracts showed significant and dose-dependent anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic effects compared to control group.

  8. A study on the investigation of the minimum detectable activity using the 3-PM LSC method

    We investigate the low level detection limit of the liquid scintillation counting method using the three photomultiplier tubes as detectors. For this aim, we have measured the activity, in decaying from 10 to 7 Bq, so as to obtain the decay curve of the pure beta emitting nuclide 89Sr. The detection efficiency K was derived by applying the TDCR(Triple to Double Coincidence Ratio) method. The efficiency function is obtained overall the regions where 40 ≤ K ≤ 94% by applying the multi channel time scaling and computer discrimination analysis method at the same time. To determine the activity, the logic sums of double coincidence rates, derived on the regions of 85≤K, were fitted to the least squared linear function and finally the activity is determined by extrapolating the linear function to K=100 %. According to our data resulted in analyzing the decay curve, we can sure that the 3-PM LSC method is suitable for the measurement of the environmental samples of the activity down to the value of 8 Bq

  9. LiDAR Vegetation Investigation and Signature Analysis System (LVISA)

    Höfle, Bernhard; Koenig, Kristina; Griesbaum, Luisa; Kiefer, Andreas; Hämmerle, Martin; Eitel, Jan; Koma, Zsófia

    2015-04-01

    lacks behind. We propose a novel concept, the LiDAR Vegetation Investigation and Signature Analysis System (LVISA), which shall enhance sharing of i) reference datasets of single vegetation objects with rich reference data (e.g., plant species, basic plant morphometric information) and ii) approaches for information extraction (e.g., single tree detection, tree species classification based on waveform LiDAR features). We will build an extensive LiDAR data repository for supporting the development and benchmarking of LiDAR-based object information extraction. The LiDAR Vegetation Investigation and Signature Analysis System (LVISA) uses international web service standards (Open Geospatial Consortium, OGC) for geospatial data access and also analysis (e.g., OGC Web Processing Services). This will allow the research community identifying plant object specific vegetation features from LiDAR data, while accounting for differences in LiDAR systems (e.g., beam divergence), settings (e.g., point spacing), and calibration techniques. It is the goal of LVISA to develop generic 3D information extraction approaches, which can be seamlessly transferred to other datasets, timestamps and also extraction tasks. The current prototype of LVISA can be visited and tested online via http://uni-heidelberg.de/lvisa. Video tutorials provide a quick overview and entry into the functionality of LVISA. We will present the current advances of LVISA and we will highlight future research and extension of LVISA, such as integrating low-cost LiDAR data and datasets acquired by highly temporal scanning of vegetation (e.g., continuous measurements). Everybody is invited to join the LVISA development and share datasets and analysis approaches in an interoperable way via the web-based LVISA geoportal.

  10. Productivity Analysis of Public and Private Airports: A Causal Investigation

    Vasigh, Bijan; Gorjidooz, Javad

    2007-01-01

    Around the world, airports are being viewed as enterprises, rather than public services, which are expected to be managed efficiently and provide passengers with courteous customer services. Governments are, increasingly, turning to the private sectors for their efficiency in managing the operation, financing, and development, as well as providing security for airports. Operational and financial performance evaluation has become increasingly important to airport operators due to recent trends in airport privatization. Assessing performance allows the airport operators to plan for human resources and capital investment as efficiently as possible. Productivity measurements may be used as comparisons and guidelines in strategic planning, in the internal analysis of operational efficiency and effectiveness, and in assessing the competitive position of an airport in transportation industry. The primary purpose of this paper is to investigate the operational and financial efficiencies of 22 major airports in the United States and Europe. These airports are divided into three groups based on private ownership (7 British Airport Authority airports), public ownership (8 major United States airports), and a mix of private and public ownership (7 major European Union airports. The detail ownership structures of these airports are presented in Appendix A. Total factor productivity (TFP) model was utilized to measure airport performance in terms of financial and operational efficiencies and to develop a benchmarking tool to identify the areas of strength and weakness. A regression model was then employed to measure the relationship between TFP and ownership structure. Finally a Granger causality test was performed to determine whether ownership structure is a Granger cause of TFP. The results of the analysis presented in this paper demonstrate that there is not a significant relationship between airport TFP and ownership structure. Airport productivity and efficiency is

  11. Investigation Programme for the Safety Analysis of the Puspoksziagy RWTDF, Waste Inventory Evaluation

    Full text: For the extension of operation of the Puspokszilagy Radioactive Waste Treatment and Disposal Facility (RWTDF) a safety analysis is needed to perform. To this analysis an investigation programme has been worked out on the basis of the review of the former studies and reports. Beside the other tasks (geological, hydrological, geo-hydrological surveying) of the investigation programme it is aiming to elaborate the waste inventory, as input needed to the safety analysis. We strove for complement and renewal of the data of inventory on the basis of the experiences getting during many year investigations and the documents that can be founded anywhere. The source data of radioactive waste emplaced on site are re-evaluated so origin and amount of waste, radionuclides occurred in waste, activity of those, the location, type, form of disposed waste and the distribution of radionuclides in the disposal units. The evaluation and demonstration of data are carried out in several ways in order these comply with the requirements of safety analysis. The presentation shows the results of the different development analysis of waste data. (author)

  12. 14 MeV proton activation analysis

    A fast nuclear nondestructive method for protein analysis using the 14 MeV proton activation has been developed. The total nitrogen content was measured through the reaction: 14N (p,n) 14O, (Tsub(1/2)=71 s). The 14O activity was detected by means of its characteristic 2.312 MeV gamma-ray line with a NaI(Tl) detector. For a fast determination of a large number of samples a mechanized sistem reacting a rate of one sample per minute has been developed. The laboratory electronics comprises a multichannel analyser, a PDP computer and an electronic module comtroller. Comparison of the results obtained by the method described and the classical Kjeldal technique for samples of various cereal grains (soya bean seads, wheat, barley and corn) showed good correlation. A problem of the analysis of the whole protein region on corn and soya-bean seads, where this region is thicker (0,2 - 2 mm), is mentioned. In this case flour was proposed to be used to obtain a protein homogeneous sample and the irradiaton dose for a sample was about 33,000 Gy, mainly (99%) from protons (27 s x 100 nA x 14 MeV)

  13. Neutron activation analysis of human hair

    As a part of IAEA research project, ''Activation analysis of hair as an indicator of contamination of man by environmental trace element pollutants'', a survey was carried out to elucidate the levels of various trace element concentration in hair of local population in the Tokyo Metropolitan areas, by applying instrumental neutron activation analysis. A total of 202 scalp hair samples were collected from the inhabitants classified by sex and five age classes. Irradiation was made in the Rikkyo University 100 kW TRIGA MARK-II reactor. Using several combinations of irradiation time, cooling time and counting time, forty elements were determined. The relationship between several trace element contents in hair and such factors as sex, age class, hair treatment, smoking habit and dental treatment, was analyzed by using the method of multiple regression. It was shown that (1) Hair treatment had a predominant effect on the contents of bromine, magnesium and calcium in hair, (2) Aging and amoking contributed increasing mercury content in hair, and hair treatment acted reversely. (author)

  14. The experimental investigation and thermodynamic analysis of vortex tubes

    Celik, Adem; Yilmaz, Mehmet; Kaya, Mehmet; Karagoz, Sendogan

    2016-05-01

    In the present study, it was aimed to produce a fundamental i nformation and to investigate the effects of various design parameters on tube performance characteristics by setting up vortex tube experimental system in order to study the parameters predetermined for the design of vortex tubes and by conducting thermodynamic analysis. According to the findings of experiments, as the mass flow rate of cold flow increases (yc) temperature of cold flow also increases, while the temperature of warm flow increases approximately to yc = 0.6 and then decreases. Increases in inlet pressure, inlet nozzle surface and diameter of the cold outlet orifice increased temperature differences between cold and warm flows. Tube with L/D = 10 showed better performance than with L/D = 20. The finding that irreversibility parameter is very close to critical threshold of irreversibility proved that process in vortex tube is considerably irreversible. Coefficient of performance (COP) values in vortex tube were much lower than other heating and cooling systems. This situation may show that vortex tubes are convenient in the processes where productivity is at the second rate compared to other factors.

  15. Investigation and risk factor analysis of hyperuricemia in pilots

    Hong-yu MA

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective  To investigate the incidence of hyperuricemia in military pilots and the relationship between hyperuricemia and other related risk factors of cardiovascular diseases. Methods  A total of 2563 pilots, who had undergone a regular physical examination in the Air Force General Hospital from 2005 to 2010, participated in the current study. The participants were divided into high serum uric acid (UA group (hyperuricemia group, UA >420µmol/L, n=294 and normal UA group (n=2269. The incidence rates of hypertension, hyperglycemia, and hyperlipemia were compared between these two groups. The dependent variable was serum UA level of the pilots. Other indices included the total cholesterol (CHO, triglycerides (TG, high density lipoprotein (HDL, low density lipoprotein (LDL, fasting blood glucose (FBG, systolic blood pressure (SBP, diastolic blood pressure (DBP, smoking, body weight, and flight time as independent variable. Logistic multivariate regression analysis was conducted to determine the relationship between UA level and these indexes. Results  The incidence rates of hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, hypertriglyceridemia, low HDL, and high LDL were significantly higher in hyperuricemia group than in normal UA group (POR=1.637, POR=1.025, POR=1.046, PConclusion  The serum UA of pilots is closely related to the risk factors of other cardiovascular diseases.

  16. Elemental investigation of Syrian medicinal plants using PIXE analysis

    Particle induced X-ray emission (PIXE) technique has been employed to perform elemental analysis of K, Ca, Mn, Fe, Cu, Zn, Br and Sr for Syrian medicinal plants used traditionally to enhance the body immunity. Plant samples were prepared in a simple dried base. The results were verified by comparing with those obtained from both IAEA-359 and IAEA-V10 reference materials. Relative standard deviations are mostly within ±5-10% suggest good precision. A correlation between the elemental content in each medicinal plant with its traditional remedial usage has been proposed. Both K and Ca are found to be the major elements in the samples. Fe, Mn and Zn have been detected in good levels in most of these plants clarifying their possible contribution to keep the body immune system in good condition. The contribution of the elements in these plants to the dietary recommended intakes (DRI) has been evaluated. Advantages and limitations of PIXE analytical technique in this investigation have been reviewed.

  17. Pharmacognostical Investigation and Physicochemical Analysis of Celastrus paniculatus Willd. Leaves

    Kalaskar Mohan G.; Saner Sachin Y.; Pawar Manohar V.; Rokade Dipak L; Surana Sanjay J

    2012-01-01

    Objective: Celastrus paniculatus Willd. is an important Indian medicinal plant and widely used in the treatment of the verity of disease and well explored scientifically for their pharmacological properties. The current study was therefore carried out to provide requisite pharmacognostic details about the plant. Methods: Pharmacognostic investigation of the fresh, powdered and anatomical sections of the leaves of Celastrus paniculatus Willd. was carried out to determine its morphological, anatomical, and phytochemical diagnostic features. Quantitative diagnostic characteristics, physicochemical properties and quantitative phytochemical measures were established. Results: The morphology of leave reveled, leaves are alternate, acute, acuminate or obtuse, rounded with cuncate base,; margin is finely crenate, venation is reticulate. The microscopy reveals the dorsiventral type of leave, with anomocytic stomata, covering (lower epidermis) and glandular (upper epidermis) trichomes. The collateral vascular bundle crowned with sclerenchymatous fiber, ideoblast of calcium oxalate. The Quantitative diagnostic characteristics such as leaf constant were measured. Physicochemical properties such as ash, extractive values and fluorescence analysis were established. Quantitative phytochemical revealed presence of carbohydrates, fixed oil, glycosides, cumarines, tannins, flavonoids, saponins, steroids and triterpenoids. Conclusion: The results of the study could be useful in setting some diagnostic indices for the identification and preparation of a monograph of the plant.

  18. Elemental investigation of Syrian medicinal plants using PIXE analysis

    Rihawy, M. S.; Bakraji, E. H.; Aref, S.; Shaban, R.

    2010-09-01

    Particle induced X-ray emission (PIXE) technique has been employed to perform elemental analysis of K, Ca, Mn, Fe, Cu, Zn, Br and Sr for Syrian medicinal plants used traditionally to enhance the body immunity. Plant samples were prepared in a simple dried base. The results were verified by comparing with those obtained from both IAEA-359 and IAEA-V10 reference materials. Relative standard deviations are mostly within ±5-10% suggest good precision. A correlation between the elemental content in each medicinal plant with its traditional remedial usage has been proposed. Both K and Ca are found to be the major elements in the samples. Fe, Mn and Zn have been detected in good levels in most of these plants clarifying their possible contribution to keep the body immune system in good condition. The contribution of the elements in these plants to the dietary recommended intakes (DRI) has been evaluated. Advantages and limitations of PIXE analytical technique in this investigation have been reviewed.

  19. Investigation and analysis on fatigue status of military pilots

    Jian-sheng GUO

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Objective To investigate the fatigue status and its characteristics and influential factors of military pilots. Methods Questionnaire survey was conducted on 924 military pilots by using Fatigue Assessment Instrument (FAI and Fatigue Scale (FS-14, χ2 test and Pearson correlation analysis were performed on the data results with SPSS 17.0 software. Results The findings of fatigue status indicated 343 subjects (37.1% with positive fatigue symptoms and 581 subjects (62.9% with negative fatigue symptoms. FAI factor 1 (severity of fatigue, factor 2 (mental fatigue factor, factor 3 (consequence of fatique and the total score, FS-14 factor 1 (physical fatigue factor and the total score in fatigue-positive group were all higher than those in fatiguenegative group, and the differences were all statistically significant (P 0.05 in the possibility of developing fatigue symptoms between subjects with different aircraft types. Age and flight time were positively correlated with factor 1 and total score in FAI and factor 1, factor 2 and total score in FS-14. However, the aircraft type was associated with neither the individual factors and total score in FAI nor the individual factors and total score in FS-14. Conclusion It is common for military pilots to develop fatigue symptoms, characterized by obvious manifestations of severity, environmental specificity, consequences of fatigue and physical fatigue, and the possibilities of developing fatigue symptoms for different ages and flight time were different.

  20. Elemental analysis of ancient potteries using instrumental neutron activation analysis

    The provenance studies of archaeological artifacts like potteries, bricks, and coins demands elemental analysis. Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) with high resolution gamma ray spectrometry was used due to its high sensitivity and simultaneous multielement capability. The ancient pottery samples belong to Melchittamur, collected from Department of Ancient History, Tamilnadu, were irradiated in KAMINI reactor, IGCAR, Kalpakkam and counted using PC based Aptec MCA card. The peak areas were obtained using peak-fit PHAST software. The elemental concentrations were calculated using relative method with IAEA RM SL-1 as comparator. The concentrations of elements K, Sc, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, In, Cs, La, Ce, Sm, Eu, Hf and Th were determined. The % uncertainties are within 1-12% except for Cr, In, Cs and Th

  1. Experimental and theoretical investigations on the antioxidant activity of isoorientin from Crotalaria globosa

    Deepha, V.; Praveena, R.; Sivakumar, Raman; Sadasivam, K.

    2014-03-01

    The increasing interests in naturally occurring flavonoids are well known for their bioactivity as antioxidants. The present investigations with combined experimental and theoretical methods are employed to determine the radical scavenging activity and phytochemicals present in Crotalaria globosa, a novel plant source. Preliminary quantification of ethanolic extract of leaves shows high phenolic and flavonoid content than root extract; also it is validated through DPPHrad assay. Further analysis is carried out with successive extracts of leaves of varying polarity of solvents. In DPPHrad and FRAP assays, ethyl acetate fraction (EtOAc) exhibit higher scavenging activity followed by ethanol fraction (EtOH) whereas in NOS assay ethanol fraction is slightly predominant over the EtOAc fraction. The LC-MS analysis provides tentative information about the presence of flavonoid C-glycoside in EtOAc fraction (yellow solid). Presence of flavonoid isorientin has been confirmed through isolation (PTLC) and detected by spectroscopy methods (UV-visible and 1H NMR). Utilizing B3LYP/6-311G (d,p) level of theory the structure and reactivity of flavonoid isoorientin theoretically have been explored. The analysis of the theoretical Bond dissociation energy values, for all Osbnd H sites of isoorientin reveals that minimum energy is required to dissociate H-atom from B-ring than A and C-rings. In order to validate the antioxidant characteristics of isoorientin the relevant molecular descriptors IP, HOMO-LUMO, Mulliken spin density analysis and molecular electrostatic potential surfaces have been computed and interpreted. From experimental and theoretical results, it is proved that isoorientin can act as potent antiradical scavenger in oxidative system.

  2. Research Activities involving Radioactivation Analysis in Korea

    When the Triga Mark-II Research Reactor was installed at this institute in 1960, it was furnished with a pneumatic tube, a fume hood, and a laboratory bench for the purpose of developing the utilization of the research reactor in this country. This marked the commencement of research activity in radioactivation analysis in Korea. Since the output of the reactor was not sufficient enough to perform any sophisticated fundamental research work in nuclear science, radioactivation analysis was considered as one of the most promising means of utilising the reactor. Various requests for routine analysis of the trace elements contained in Korean mineral ores, archaeological materials, domestic industrial samples, native medicinal plants, and criminological samples had been filed at this institute. Fortunately, a well trained scientist and technician for the radioactivation work had been working at this division and hence these requests from the public had been well worked out to receive much recognition of scientists and engineers both in this country and overseas. A brief summary of the research work accomplished is presented in this paper and a brief outline of the routine analytical work is also described on the basis of local situations

  3. Some Applications of Fast Neutron Activation Analysis of Oxygen

    illustrated how the activated water would propagate along that pipe. C) Combustion products. In order to investigate the oxidation in combustion products (deposits), the total amount of oxygen in the deposits collected from combustion chambers of a modern gasoline engine was measured, using cyclic fast neutron activation analysis (FNAA). As a compartment, the organic compounds containing oxygen were identified using 13C solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. The results of FNAA showed that the amount of oxygen in deposits varies depending on where the deposits have been formed. 13C NMR has showed that the carbon backbone of the deposits exists as highly oxidized poly aromatics and/or graphitic structure. D) On-line fast neutron activation analysis. On-line neutron activation analysis was used to detect the amount of oxygen in bulk liquids. The method was optimised for on-line detection of oxygen in rapeseed oil. The goal was to develop a non-intrusive method for measurement of the total amount of oxygen in oil during combustion/oxidation

  4. Some Applications of Fast Neutron Activation Analysis of Oxygen

    Owrang, Farshid

    2003-07-01

    illustrated how the activated water would propagate along that pipe. C) Combustion products. In order to investigate the oxidation in combustion products (deposits), the total amount of oxygen in the deposits collected from combustion chambers of a modern gasoline engine was measured, using cyclic fast neutron activation analysis (FNAA). As a compartment, the organic compounds containing oxygen were identified using {sup 13}C solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. The results of FNAA showed that the amount of oxygen in deposits varies depending on where the deposits have been formed. {sup 13}C NMR has showed that the carbon backbone of the deposits exists as highly oxidized poly aromatics and/or graphitic structure. D) On-line fast neutron activation analysis. On-line neutron activation analysis was used to detect the amount of oxygen in bulk liquids. The method was optimised for on-line detection of oxygen in rapeseed oil. The goal was to develop a non-intrusive method for measurement of the total amount of oxygen in oil during combustion/oxidation.

  5. Investigation of mental fatigue through EEG signal processing based on nonlinear analysis: Symbolic dynamics

    Highlights: Mental fatigue indices’ variation discussed during simple long-term attentive task. Symbolic dynamics of reaction time and EEG signal determine mental state variation. Nonlinear quantifiers such as entropy can display chaotic behaviors of the brain. Frontal and central lobes of the brain are effective in attention investigations. Mental fatigue causes a reduction in the complexity of the brain’s activity. Abstract: To investigate nonlinear analysis of attention physiological indices this study used a simple repetitive attentive task in four consecutive trials that resulted in mental fatigue. Traditional performance indices, such as reaction time, error responses, and EEG signals, were simultaneously recorded to evaluate differences between the trials. Performance indices analysis demonstrated that a selected task leads to mental fatigue. In addition, the study aimed to find a method to determine mental fatigue based on nonlinear analysis of EEG signals. Symbolic dynamics was selected as a qualitative method used to extract some quantitative qualifiers such as entropy. This method was executed on the reaction time of responses, and EEG signals to distinguish mental states. The results revealed that nonlinear analysis of reaction time, and EEG signals of the frontal and central lobes of the brain could differentiate between attention, and occurrence of mental fatigue in trials. In addition, the trend of entropy variation displayed a reduction in the complexity of mental activity as fatigue occurred.

  6. An investigation of the element composition of superconducting ceramics by neutron activation and radiography methods

    The neutron activation methods for determining the general composition and distribution of the main components in HTSC ceramics were developed. The conditions for the reduction of the analysis error were discussed. The dependences of the oxygen content and superconducting parameters of single-phase and polyphase yttrium ceramics on the regime of heat treatment in air were investigated. Variation in the oxygen content was found to have a nonmonotone character, depending on the temperature of quenching and annealing. Correlation between the character of the superconducting transition and the oxygen content was observed. During the heat treatment, reversible structural phase transitions proceed in the single-phase ceramics in the polyphase ceramics, the recrystallization processes occur, which result in homogenization of its structure

  7. Investigation of Seasonal Heavy Metal Contents in the Activated Sludge Wastewater Treatment Plant: Case Study

    Turgay Dere

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available In this study, composite sewage sludge samples were taken from the drying beds of the Elazig City Activated Sludge Treatment Plant in order to investigate the seasonal heavy metal concentrations in the samples. According to the results of the analysis, the acid extractable annual heavy metal concentrations of the effluent sludge coming from the drying beds were found as Fe >Zn> Mn >Cu >Cr >Ni >Pb> Co> Cd. İron concentration in the sewage sludge was found to be the highest where Cd was detected in the lowest concentration value. According to the independent t-test applied to the summer and winter pollution loads of the sewage sludge, statistical differences for the average values were observed between the groups for the iron, copper, and cadmium contents (p0.05.

  8. Investigation of Lecturer's Chalk by X-Ray Florescence and Fast Neutron Activation Techniques

    Different samples of lecturer's chalk were studied, using X-ray florescence (XRF) and Fast Neutron Activation Analysis (FNAA) techniques to ensure the safety of its use. The K (X-rays) and the gamma-rays were measured, using Si(Li) and high-purity germanium (HPGe) spectrometers to detect and determine qualitatively and quantitatively the constituents of the studied samples. For the investigated bulk chalk samples, the XRF was used for determination the average neutron flux of 2×107 n/cm2 sec. The concentrations of the elements (Ca and small traces of Al, Fe, Mg and Si) were measured and their presence was confirmed by γ-ray, lifetime and/or XRF measurements.

  9. Computational investigations into the orgins of 'short term' biochemical memory in T cell activation

    Locasale, Jason W

    2007-01-01

    Recent studies have reported that T cells can integrate signals between interrupted encounters with Antigen Presenting Cells (APCs) in such a way that the process of signal integration exhibits a form of memory. Here, we carry out a computational study using a simple mathematical model of T cell activation to investigate the ramifications of interrupted T cell-APC contacts on signal integration. We consider several mechanisms of how signal integration at these time scales may be achieved and conclude that feedback control of immediate early gene products (IEGs) appears to be a highly plausible mechanism that allows for effective signal integration and cytokine production from multiple exposures to APCs. Analysis of these computer simulations provides an experimental roadmap involving several testable predictions.

  10. Experimental and modelling investigation of surface EMG spike analysis.

    Gabriel, David A; Christie, Anita; Inglis, J Greig; Kamen, Gary

    2011-05-01

    A pattern classification method based on five measures extracted from the surface electromyographic (sEMG) signal is used to provide a unique characterization of the interference pattern for different motor unit behaviours. This study investigated the sensitivity of the five sEMG measures during the force gradation process. Tissue and electrode filtering effects were further evaluated using a sEMG model. Subjects (N=8) performed isometric elbow flexion contractions from 0 to 100% MVC. The sEMG signals from the biceps brachii were recorded simultaneously with force. The basic building block of the sEMG model was the detection of single fibre action potentials (SFAPs) through a homogeneous, equivalent isotropic, infinite volume conduction medium. The SFAPs were summed to generate single motor unit action potentials. The physiologic properties from a well-known muscle model and motor unit recruitment and firing rate schemes were combined to generate synthetic sEMG signals. The following pattern classification measures were calculated: mean spike amplitude, mean spike frequency, mean spike slope, mean spike duration, and the mean number of peaks per spike. Root-mean-square amplitude and mean power frequency were also calculated. Taken together, the experimental data and modelling analysis showed that below 50% MVC, the pattern classification measures were more sensitive to changes in force than traditional time and frequency measures. However, there are additional limitations associated with electrode distance from the source that must be explored further. Future experimental work should ensure that the inter-electrode distance is no greater than 1cm to mitigate the effects of tissue filtering. PMID:21146442

  11. Task Analysis of Shuttle Entry and Landing Activities

    Holland, Albert W.; Vanderark, Stephen T.

    1993-01-01

    The Task Analysis of Shuttle Entry and Landing (E/L) Activities documents all tasks required to land the Orbiter following an STS mission. In addition to analysis of tasks performed, task conditions are described, including estimated time for completion, altitude, relative velocity, normal and lateral acceleration, location of controls operated or monitored, and level of g's experienced. This analysis precedes further investigations into potential effects of zero g on piloting capabilities for landing the Orbiter following long-duration missions. This includes, but is not limited to, researching the effects of extended duration missions on piloting capabilities. Four primary constraints of the analysis must be clarified: (1) the analysis depicts E/L in a static manner--the actual process is dynamic; (2) the task analysis was limited to a paper analysis, since it was not feasible to conduct research in the actual setting (i.e., observing or filming duration an actual E/L); (3) the tasks included are those required for E/L during nominal, daylight conditions; and (4) certain E/L tasks will vary according to the flying style of each commander.

  12. Investigation of Common Symptoms of Cancer and Reliability Analysis

    2007-01-01

    Objective: To identify cancer distribution and treatment requirements, a questionnaire on cancer patients was conducted. It was our objective to validate a series of symptoms commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Methods: The M. D. Anderson Symptom Assessment Inventory (MDASI) was used with 10 more TCM items added. Questions regarding TCM application requested in cancer care were also asked. A multi-center, cross-sectional study was conducted in 340 patients from 4 hospitals in Beijing and Dalian. SPSS and Excel software were adopted for statistical analysis. The questionnaire was self-evaluated with the Cronbach's alpha score. Results: The most common symptoms were fatigue 89.4%, sleep disturbance 74.4%, dry mouth 72.9%, poor appetite 72.9%, and difficulty remembering 71.2%. These symptoms affected work (89.8%), mood (82.6%),and activity (76.8%), resulting in poor quality of life. Eighty percent of the patients wanted to regulate the body with TCM. Almost 100% of the patients were interested in acquiring knowledge regarding the integrated traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Western medicine (WM) in the treatment and rehabilitation of cancer. Cronbach's alpha score indicated that there was acceptable internal consistency within both the MDASI and TCM items, 0.86 for MDASI, 0.78 for TCM, and 0.90 for MDASI-TCM (23 items). Conclusions: Fatigue, sleep disturbance, dry mouth, poor appetite, and difficulty remembering are the most common symptoms in cancer patients. These greatly affect the quality of life for these patients. Patients expressed a strong desire for TCM holistic regulation. The MDASI and its TCM-adapted model could be a critical tool for the quantitative study of TCM symptoms.

  13. Neutron activation analysis of human hair

    In an attempt to study the availability and limitation of analytical data of human hair as an indicator of environmental pollution and/or of human health effect, concentrations of elements in 202 scalp hair samples collected from local population in the Tokyo Metropolitan area were determined by instrumental neutron activation analysis. The correlation coefficients between concentrations of 13 elements in each sex and in each age group were calculated and discussed. There were significant correlations between some pairs of elements, i.e. Na-K, Br-Cl, Ca-Zn and Ca-Mg, in all five age classes in both of male and female, indicating that the correlations were consistent. Ca was observed to be reversely correlated with Cl. No significant correlation was apparent between Hg and Se, when the correlation coefficient was calculated using logarithmic converted concentration data. (author)

  14. Instrumental neutron activation analysis of kidney stones

    Kidney stone samples of the types calcium oxalate, uric acid, and xanthine were analyzed for their elemental contents by neutron activation analysis to study both the elemental correlation and influence of element on stone precipitation processes. Elements, such as Al, Au, Br, Ca, Cl, Co, Cr, Fe,H, I, K, Mg, Na, Sb, Se, Sr, and Zn, were determined quantitatively. Calcium oxalate stones contained higher concentration of all the elements analyzed compared to uric acid or xanthine stones. The concentrations of Cl, Fe, K, Na, Sr, and Zn were relatively higher than Au, Co, Cr, and Sb. A positive correlation exists between Ca and Zn, whereas a negative correlation exists between Sr and Ca. Zinc may play an important role in the formation of calcium oxalate stone

  15. Aspects of precision and accuracy in neutron activation analysis

    Analytical results without systematic errors and with accurately known random errors are normally distributed around their true values. Such results may be produced by means of neutron activation analysis both with and without radiochemical separation. When all sources of random variation are known a priori, their effect may be combined with the Poisson statistics characteristic of the counting process, and the standard deviation of a single analytical result may be estimated. The various steps of a complete neutron activation analytical procedure are therefore studied in detail with respect to determining their contribution to the overall variability of the final result. Verification of the estimated standard deviation is carried out by demonstrating the absence of significant unknown random errors through analysing, in replicate, samples covering the range of concentrations and matrices anticipated in actual use. Agreement between the estimated and the observed variability of replicate results is then tested by a simple statistic T based on the chi-square distribution. It is found that results from neutron activation analysis on biological samples can be brought into statistical control. In routine application of methods in statistical control the same statistical test may be used for quality control when some of the actual samples are analysed in duplicate. This analysis of precision serves to detect unknown or unexpected sources of variation of the analytical results, and both random and systematic errors have been discovered in practical trace element investigations in different areas of research. Particularly, at the ultratrace level of concentration where there are few or no standard reference materials for ascertaining the accuracy of results, the proposed quality control based on the analysis of precision combined with neutron activation analysis with radiochemical separation, with an a priori precision independent of the level of concentration, becomes a

  16. Epithermal neutron activation analysis of food

    Food samples were irradiated with thermal and epithermal neutrons. The average ratios of thermal to epithermal activity were determined for 80Br, 49Ca, 38Cl, 60mCo, 42K, 27Mg, 56Mn, 24Na, and 86mRb. They were equal to 2.1, 26, 24, 6.6, 19, 16, 11, 23 and 1.9, respectively. Then, 57 food samples were analyzed by epithermal neutron activation analysis for Br and Rb. The concentrations (in ppm) of Br and Rb were in asparagus (2) 2.3, 11.5; beets (3) 0.5, 0.8; beef (3) 1.7, 3.6; cabbage (5) 0.5, 10.8; carrot (3) 0.2, 3.7; chicken (3) 0.6, 4.4; chocolate (7) 11.1, 18.7; egg (3) 0.9, 1.9; french bean (3) 0.3, 1.0; goose (2) 1.3, 9.3; lettuce (2) 0.9, 1.7; pork (1) 1.5, 4.4; potato (7) 1.0, 1.2; sausage (3) 4.8, 3.5; spinach (3) 3.6, 4.0; strawberry jam (3) 0.4, 1.4; tomato (1) 13.5, 14.6; turkey (3) 1.2, 4.9. respectively. The number of samples and analyzed is indicated in parentheses. (author)

  17. Neutron activation analysis of arsenic in Greece

    Arsenic is considered a toxic trace element for plant, animal, and human organisms. Arsenic and certain arsenic compounds have been listed as carcinogens by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Arsenic is emitted in appreciable quantities into the atmosphere by coal combustion and the production of cement. Arsenic enters the aquatic environment through industrial activities such as smelting of metallic ores, metallurgical glassware, and ceramics as well as insecticide production and use. Neutron activation analysis (NAA) is a very sensitive, precise, and accurate method for determining arsenic. This paper is a review of research studies of arsenic in the Greek environment by NAA performed at our radioanalytical laboratory. The objectives of these studies were (a) to determine levels of arsenic concentrations in environmental materials, (b) to pinpoint arsenic pollution sources and estimate the extent of arsenic pollution, and (c) to find out whether edible marine organisms from the gulfs of Greece receiving domestic, industrial, and agricultural wastes have elevated concentrations of arsenic in their tissues that could render them dangerous for human consumption

  18. Solar active regions: a nonparametric statistical analysis

    Pelt, J; Tuominen, I

    2009-01-01

    The sunspots and other solar activity indicators tend to cluster on the surface of the Sun.These clusters very often occur at certain longitudes that persist in time.It is of general interest to find new and simple ways to characterize the observed distributions of different indicators and their behaviour in time. In the present work we use Greenwich sunspot data to evaluate statistical but not totally coherent stability of sunspot distribution along latitudes as well as longitudes. The aim was to obtain information on the longitudinal distribution of the underlying spot-generating mechanism rather than on the distribution and migration of sunspots or sunspot groups on the solar surface. Therefore only sunspot groups were included in the analysis, and only the time of their first appearance was used. We use simple nonparametric approach to reveal sunspot migration patterns and their persistency. Our analysis shows that regions where spots are generated tend to rotate differentially as the spots and spot group...

  19. Applications of neutron activation analysis technique

    The technique was developed as far back as 1936 by G. Hevesy and H. Levy for the analysis of Dy using an isotopic source. Approximately 40 elements can be analyzed by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INNA) technique with neutrons from a nuclear reactor. By applying radiochemical separation, the number of elements that can be analysed may be increased to almost 70. Compared with other analytical methods used in environmental and industrial research, NAA has some unique features. These are multi-element capability, rapidity, reproducibility of results, complementarity to other methods, freedom from analytical blank and independency of chemical state of elements. There are several types of neutron sources namely: nuclear reactors, accelerator-based and radioisotope-based sources, but nuclear reactors with high fluxes of neutrons from the fission of 235U give the most intense irradiation, and hence the highest available sensitivities for NAA. In this paper, the applications of NAA of socio-economic importance are discussed. The benefits of using NAA and related nuclear techniques for on-line applications in industrial process control are highlighted. A brief description of the NAA set-ups at CERT is enumerated. Finally, NAA is compared with other leading analytical techniques

  20. Quality assurance in neutron activation analysis

    As a potential reference method, neutron activation analysis does not have to rely on other reference materials to ascertain the quality of analytical results. The fundamental characteristics of the method with the clear separation between irradiation, processing, and counting makes possible the estimation of uncertainties of individual results from a priori assumptions. Such estimates of the standard deviation from a series of independent sources of variation are compared with the a posteriori variability of replicate determinations in order to ascertain that the analytical method is in a state of statistical control. This Analysis of Precision tests the absence of unknown errors by means of a statistic T, which is closely approximated by a chi-square distribution. In this manner an evaluation is made of a commercially available computer program for peak evaluation in γ-spectrometry, as well as of other factors affecting the precision and accuracy of the counting process. An attempt is also made to determine sampling constants of one gram or less in a candidate biological reference material

  1. Epithermal neutron activation analysis in applied microbiology

    Some results from applying epithermal neutron activation analysis at FLNP JINR, Dubna, Russia, in medical biotechnology, environmental biotechnology and industrial biotechnology are reviewed. In the biomedical experiments biomass from the blue-green alga Spirulina platensis (S. platensis) has been used as a matrix for the development of pharmaceutical substances containing such essential trace elements as selenium, chromium and iodine. The feasibility of target-oriented introduction of these elements into S. platensis biocomplexes retaining its protein composition and natural beneficial properties was shown. The absorption of mercury on growth dynamics of S. platensis and other bacterial strains was observed. Detoxification of Cr and Hg by Arthrobacter globiformis 151B was demonstrated. Microbial synthesis of technologically important silver nanoparticles by the novel actinomycete strain Streptomyces glaucus 71 MD and blue-green alga S. platensis were characterized by a combined use of transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive analysis of X-rays. It was established that the tested actinomycete S. glaucus 71 MD produces silver nanoparticles extracellularly when acted upon by the silver nitrate solution, which offers a great advantage over an intracellular process of synthesis from the point of view of applications. The synthesis of silver nanoparticles by S. platensis proceeded differently under the short-term and long-term silver action. (author)

  2. Applications of neutron activation analysis in chemistry and pollution fields

    Some examples of applications of activation analysis are given such as: chemical analysis of precious metals, nuclear graphite and hydrocarbons; control of pollution of water and seawater, analysis of food and seafood, atmospheric, dust and hair for determination of impurities

  3. Adult active transport in the Netherlands: an analysis of its contribution to physical activity requirements.

    Elliot Fishman

    Full Text Available Modern, urban lifestyles have engineered physical activity out of everyday life and this presents a major threat to human health. The Netherlands is a world leader in active travel, particularly cycling, but little research has sought to quantify the cumulative amount of physical activity through everyday walking and cycling.Using data collected as part of the Dutch National Travel Survey (2010 - 2012, this paper determines the degree to which Dutch walking and cycling contributes to meeting minimum level of physical activity of 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity throughout the week. The sample includes 74,465 individuals who recorded at least some travel on the day surveyed. As physical activity benefits are cumulative, all walking and cycling trips are analysed, including those to and from public transport. These trips are then converted into an established measure of physical activity intensity, known as metabolic equivalents of tasks. Multivariate Tobit regression models were performed on a range of socio-demographic, transport resources, urban form and meteorological characteristics.The results reveal that Dutch men and women participate in 24 and 28 minutes of daily physical activity through walking and cycling, which is 41% and 55% more than the minimum recommended level. It should be noted however that some 57% of the entire sample failed to record any walking or cycling, and an investigation of this particular group serves as an important topic of future research. Active transport was positively related with age, income, bicycle ownership, urban density and air temperature. Car ownership had a strong negative relationship with physically active travel.The results of this analysis demonstrate the significance of active transport to counter the emerging issue of sedentary lifestyle disease. The Dutch experience provides other countries with a highly relevant case study in the creation of environments and cultures that

  4. Neutron activation analysis of hair from breast cancer patients

    Hair samples from breast cancer patients were collected at the same time as tumour and normal tissues obtained during mastectomy, in order to determine elemental concentrations and investigate whether hair can act as an epidemiological monitor of the disease. Instrumental neutron activation analysis was used and concentrations for Na, Mg, S, Cl, Ca, Mn, Cu, Zn, Br, I, Sb, Ba, Au and Hg in the hair samples measured. No strong correlations were found between the concentrations of Cl, Cu, Zn and Br in hair and those in tumour tissues and in normal tissues. The level of Zn in the patients hair is low and that of Ca very high

  5. Multielemental analysis of metallurgical samples by thermal neutron activation

    Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) was applied to investigate a total of 16 samples of raw materials, intermediate and final products involved in metallurgical processes in Romanian Iron and Steel Works Sidex Galatzy; iron ores and pellets from different regions of the world cast iron, slag and steels. A series of chemical elements was determined in the analyzed samples: Al, As, Ce, Co, Cr, Fe, La, Mn, Na, Sc, Sm, V, W. A qualitative discussion regarding the passing of some elements with different chemical affinity for oxygen compared to that of iron, from the raw materials to slag or to finite products is presented. (author). 11 refs., 2 tabs

  6. Multielement analysis of archaic Chinese bronze and antique coins by fast neutron activation analysis

    Samples of archaic bronze have been investigated by fast neutron activation analysis using both the absolute and relative method. The components Cu, Zn, Sn and Pb have been determined quantitatively. For the detection of lead via the short-lived isomeric state 207mPb, cyclic activation and measurement technique was used with pneumatic sample transfer between detector and central irradiation position of the neutron tube. For non-destructive analysis of antique Chinese coins the samples had to be irradiated outside the neutron generator KORONA. The activation reactions, the evaluation of the elemental concentrations and the accuracy of the results are discussed. The data were corrected for γ-ray self-absorption in the samples and summing of coincident γ-rays in the detector. According to reported typical compositions of Chinese bronze from different dynasties, the age of the samples has been derived from the results obtained. (orig.)

  7. Multielement analysis of archaic Chinese bronze and antique coins by fast neutron activation analysis

    Tian, Y.H. (Academia Sinica, Lanzhou, Gansu (China). Inst. of Modern Physics); Pepelnik, R.; Fanger, H.U. (GKSS-Forschungszentrum Geesthacht GmbH, Geesthacht-Tesperhude (Germany, F.R.). Inst. fuer Physik)

    1990-01-01

    Samples of archaic bronze have been investigated by fast neutron activation analysis using both the absolute and relative method. The components Cu, Zn, Sn and Pb have been determined quantitatively. For the detection of lead via the short-lived isomeric state {sup 207m}Pb, cyclic activation and measurement technique was used with pneumatic sample transfer between detector and central irradiation position of the neutron tube. For non-destructive analysis of antique Chinese coins the samples had to be irradiated outside the neutron generator KORONA. The activation reactions, the evaluation of the elemental concentrations and the accuracy of the results are discussed. The data were corrected for {gamma}-ray self-absorption in the samples and summing of coincident {gamma}-rays in the detector. According to reported typical compositions of Chinese bronze from different dynasties, the age of the samples has been derived from the results obtained. (orig.).

  8. An investigation and comparison on network performance analysis

    2012-01-01

    This thesis is generally about network performance analysis. It contains two parts. The theory part summarizes what network performance is and inducts the methods of doing network performance analysis. To answer what network performance is, a study into what network services are is done. And based on the background research, there are two important network performance metrics: Network delay and Throughput should be included in network performance analysis. Among the methods of network a...

  9. 7th international conference ''Modern trends in activation analysis''

    The conference was held on 23-27 June, 1986 in Copenhagen (DK) with the participation of specialists from 42 countries. 175 papers were submitted covering the wide field of applications of neutron activation analysis, from novel techniques to sample preparation, information processes and control, activation techniques, light element and rare earth element determination, ultratracer analysis, quality assurance, comparator methods, and reference materials. The poster session was mainly oriented to industrial applications of activation analysis, biological applications, in vivo use of neutron activation analysis, the applications of neutron activation analysis in environmental control, criminology, etc. (E.S.)

  10. Activation analysis in Europe: present and future perspectives

    A survey is given of the present-day European contribution to activation analysis, covering neutron activation analysis (NAA), charged particle activation analysis (CPAA) and photon activation analysis (PAA). Attention is paid to the available irradiation facilities, in particular nuclear reactors, cyclotrons and Van de Graaff accelerators, and linear electron accelerators. Mention is made of progress in fundamental fields, but the attention is especially focussed on practical applications: environmental, geochemical/cosmochemical, biological/medical, and high-purity materials. Eventually, the role of activation analysis in research projects of the Commission of the European Communities (CEC) and in the Reference Materials program of the Community Bureau of Reference (BCR) is emphasized

  11. Operating cost analysis of anaesthesia: Activity based costing (ABC analysis

    Majstorović Branislava M.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Cost of anaesthesiology represent defined measures to determine a precise profile of expenditure estimation of surgical treatment, which is important regarding planning of healthcare activities, prices and budget. Objective. In order to determine the actual value of anaestesiological services, we started with the analysis of activity based costing (ABC analysis. Methods. Retrospectively, in 2005 and 2006, we estimated the direct costs of anestesiological services (salaries, drugs, supplying materials and other: analyses and equipment. of the Institute of Anaesthesia and Resuscitation of the Clinical Centre of Serbia. The group included all anesthetized patients of both sexes and all ages. We compared direct costs with direct expenditure, “each cost object (service or unit” of the Republican Health-care Insurance. The Summary data of the Departments of Anaesthesia documented in the database of the Clinical Centre of Serbia. Numerical data were utilized and the numerical data were estimated and analyzed by computer programs Microsoft Office Excel 2003 and SPSS for Windows. We compared using the linear model of direct costs and unit costs of anaesthesiological services from the Costs List of the Republican Health-care Insurance. Results. Direct costs showed 40% of costs were spent on salaries, (32% on drugs and supplies, and 28% on other costs, such as analyses and equipment. The correlation of the direct costs of anaestesiological services showed a linear correlation with the unit costs of the Republican Healthcare Insurance. Conclusion. During surgery, costs of anaesthesia would increase by 10% the surgical treatment cost of patients. Regarding the actual costs of drugs and supplies, we do not see any possibility of costs reduction. Fixed elements of direct costs provide the possibility of rationalization of resources in anaesthesia.

  12. Investigation of biochemical property changes in activation-induced CD 8 + T cell apoptosis using Raman spectroscopy

    Lee, Young Ju; Ahn, Hyung Joon; Lee, Gi-Ja; Jung, Gyeong Bok; Lee, Gihyun; Kim, Dohyun; Shin, Jae-Ho; Jin, Kyung-Hyun; Park, Hun-Kuk

    2015-07-01

    The study was to investigate the changes in biochemical properties of activated mature CD8+ T cells related to apoptosis at a molecular level. We confirmed the activation and apoptosis of CD8+ T cells by fluorescence-activated cell sorting and atomic force microscopy and then performed Raman spectral measurements on activated mature CD8+ T cells and cellular deoxyribose nucleic acid (DNA). In the activated mature CD8+ T cells, there were increases in protein spectra at 1002 and 1234 cm-1. In particular, to assess the apoptosis-related DNA spectral signatures, we investigated the spectra of the cellular DNA isolated from resting and activated mature CD8+ T cells. Raman spectra at 765 to 786 cm-1 and 1053 to 1087 cm-1 were decreased in activated mature DNA. In addition, we analyzed Raman spectrum using the multivariate statistical method including principal component analysis. Raman spectra of activated mature DNA are especially well-discriminated from those of resting DNA. Our findings regarding the biochemical and structural changes associated with apoptosis in activated mature T cells and cellular DNA according to Raman spectroscopy provide important insights into allospecific immune responses generated after organ transplantation, and may be useful for therapeutic manipulation of the immune response.

  13. Analysis of human enamel and dentine by neutron activation analysis

    Determination of trace elements in dental tissues has been of great interest to study the correlation between element composition and caries as well as food habits of individuals. In the present study dentine and enamel samples from healthy individuals were analysed by neutron activation analysis. The teeth were provided form dental clinics, and they were previously washed using purified water and acetone. Then they were dried at 40 deg C and ground in a agate mortar. The samples and element standards were irradiated with thermal neutrons at the IEA-R1 nuclear reactor. Long irradiations of 8 h under thermal neutron flux of 5x1012 n cm-2 s-1 were used for Ca, Na, Sr and Zn determinations. In short irradiations of 15 s and under neutron flux of 1012 n cm-2 s-1 the elements Mg, Mn, Na e Sr were determined. The induced gamma activities of the samples and standards were measured using a hyperpure Ge detector coupled to a gamma ray spectrometer. Elemental concentrations were calculated by comparative method. Results obtained showed that Ca, Mg and Na are present in both tissues at the level of percentages and the elements Mn, Sr and Zn at the μg g-1 levels. For quality control of the results the certified reference materials NIST 1400 Bone Ash and NIST 1486 Bone Meal were analysed. (author)

  14. Contribution to the investigation of the p53 in vivo and in vitro trans-activation activity

    Among the body's defence mechanisms, the programmed cellular death or apoptosis is an important safeguard way which allows the body to get rid of the injured cells before they acquire steady genetic modifications leading to an anarchistic multiplication. As p53 tumor suppressor gene plays a predominant role within this process, this research report first presents the p53 protein, its structure, its activities as a transcription factor, its modifications and the implications on its functional activities, its biological activities, and describes the p53 intracellular rate regulation and the use of this protein in radiology, particularly in 'in vivo' investigations on irradiated mice. It also presents the p53 family. Then, the author reports experimental investigations on possible other genes which could be trans-activated by p53. A gene is identified as a new target gene. She also demonstrates a new p53 activation path induced by another member of the p53 family, the p73 alpha protein

  15. Simultaneous speciation analysis using neutron activation

    Full text: Neutron activation analysis (NAA) is a well-established analytical technique for the simultaneous determination of multielement concentrations. Although various forms of NAA have been traditionally applied to measuring the total concentrations of elements, the scope of NAA can be further extended in conjunction with pre-irradiation chemical separations to determine the species of an element. The technique can then be called speciation NAA (SNAA). Since much of the toxicity of an element depends on its physico-chemical forms, there is an increasing interest in studying its speciation. A number of characteristic features of NAA, which other techniques normally do not possess, can be advantageously exploited in SNAA. For example, SNAA has simultaneous multielement specificity unlike AAS and AFS. The SNAA technique can be applied to the simultaneous speciation of elements which are not chemically similar such as Cd, Se and I, as well as to the elements such as Cl, Br and I which are rather difficult to determine by most other techniques. Qualitative as well as quantitative analysis of small samples can be done by SNAA with excellent precision, accuracy, sensitivity, and rapidity. Unlike many other techniques, SNAA has some enhanced quality assurance capabilities. We have developed SNAA methods for separating various inorganic and organic arsenic species in water and in sea foods. We are presently extending these methods to include simultaneous speciation of As, Sb and Se. We have also developed SNAA methods employing biochemical techniques for the characterization of metalloproteins and protein-bound trace element species of Se along with Cd, Cu, Mn, Mo and Zn in bovine kidneys. Lately, we have concentrated our efforts to develop SNAA methods in conjunction with HPLC, RPC, SEC, NMR and MS for the simultaneous separation and characterization of extractable organo chlorine, organo bromine and organo iodine species in fisheries samples. An overview of the

  16. Active Desiccant-Based Preconditioning Market Analysis and Product Development

    Fischer, J.

    2001-01-11

    The Phase 1 report (ORNL/Sub/94-SVO44/1), completed earlier in this program, involved a comprehensive field survey and market analysis comparing various specialized outdoor air handling units. This initial investigation included conventional cooling and reheat, conventional cooling with sensible recovery, total energy recovery systems (passive desiccant technology) and various active desiccant systems. The report concluded that several markets do promise a significant sales opportunity for a Climate Changer-based active desiccant system offering. (Climate Changer is a registered trademark of Trane Company.) This initial market analysis defined the wants and needs of the end customers (design engineers and building owners), which, along with subsequent information included in this report, have been used to guide the determination of the most promising active desiccant system configurations. This Phase 2 report begins with a summary of a more thorough investigation of those specific markets identified as most promising for active desiccant systems. Table 1 estimates the annual sales potential for a cost-effective product line of active desiccant systems, such as that built from Climate Changer modules. The Product Development Strategy section describes the active desiccant system configurations chosen to best fit the needs of the marketplace while minimizing system options. Key design objectives based on market research are listed in this report for these active desiccant systems. Corresponding performance goals for the dehumidification wheel required to meet the overall system design objectives are also defined. The Performance Modeling section describes the strategy used by SEMCO to design the dehumidification wheels integrated into the prototype systems currently being tested as part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Desiccant Technology Program. Actual performance data from wheel testing was used to revise the system performance and energy analysis

  17. Paralysis Analysis: Investigating Paralysis Visit Anomalies in New Jersey

    Hamby, Teresa; Tsai, Stella; Genese, Carol; Walsh, Andrew; Bradford, Lauren; Lifshitz, Edward

    2013-01-01

    Objective To describe the investigation of a statewide anomaly detected by a newly established state syndromic surveillance system and usage of that system. Introduction On July 11, 2012, New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) Communicable Disease Service (CDS) surveillance staff received email notification of a statewide anomaly in EpiCenter for Paralysis. Two additional anomalies followed within three hours. Since Paralysis Anomalies are uncommon, staff initiated an investigation to determin...

  18. Investigation of the mechanisms by which UV irradiation activates the tyrosinase gene

    Bao, Y

    2000-04-01

    Tyrosinase, tyrosinase related protein-1 (TRP-1) and tyrosinase related protein-2 (TRP-2) are the enzymes involved in melanin pigment synthesis. They are expressed specifically in melanocytic cells. UV irradiation is the major physiological stimulant of melanogenesis. Tyrosinase is the rate-limiting enzyme in melanin synthesis and its activity is regulated by UV irradiation in melanocytes. The molecular mechanism underlying the activation of tyrosinase by UV is still not clear. In this thesis, the effects of UV irradiation on tyrosinase, TRP-1 and TRP-2 gene expression in mouse B16 melanoma cells were studied as well as the effects of UV irradiation on the activity of the tyrosinase promoter in mouse, and human melanoma cells. UV irradiation caused an increase in tyrosinase mRNA level, without change in either TRP-1 or TRP-2 mRNA levels, as determined by Northern blot analysis. In order to determine whether UV- induced increase of tyrosinase mRNA expression involved modulation of tyrosinase promoter activity, transient transfection approaches involving a series of constructs containing either chloramphenicol acetyl transferase (CAT) or luciferase reporter genes linked to different lengths of the tyrosinase gene- promoter were used. UV irradiation specifically induced CAT gene expression from both the mouse and the human tyrosinase promoters, suggesting that UV irradiation induced the transcription of the tyrosinase gene. These observations indicated that the promoter region between -250 and -150 bp of the human tyrosinase promoter may contain important cis-regulatory elements involved in the UV response. To localise the cis-regulatory elements responsible for the UV response of the tyrosinase promoter, the 100-bp between -250 bp and -150 bp of the tyrosinase promoter was inserted upstream of a CAT reporter. It was shown that transcription from the 100-bp promoter fragment was activated by UV irradiation. Mutations of a potential cAMP response element (CRE) motif

  19. Investigation of the mechanisms by which UV irradiation activates the tyrosinase gene

    Tyrosinase, tyrosinase related protein-1 (TRP-1) and tyrosinase related protein-2 (TRP-2) are the enzymes involved in melanin pigment synthesis. They are expressed specifically in melanocytic cells. UV irradiation is the major physiological stimulant of melanogenesis. Tyrosinase is the rate-limiting enzyme in melanin synthesis and its activity is regulated by UV irradiation in melanocytes. The molecular mechanism underlying the activation of tyrosinase by UV is still not clear. In this thesis, the effects of UV irradiation on tyrosinase, TRP-1 and TRP-2 gene expression in mouse B16 melanoma cells were studied as well as the effects of UV irradiation on the activity of the tyrosinase promoter in mouse, and human melanoma cells. UV irradiation caused an increase in tyrosinase mRNA level, without change in either TRP-1 or TRP-2 mRNA levels, as determined by Northern blot analysis. In order to determine whether UV- induced increase of tyrosinase mRNA expression involved modulation of tyrosinase promoter activity, transient transfection approaches involving a series of constructs containing either chloramphenicol acetyl transferase (CAT) or luciferase reporter genes linked to different lengths of the tyrosinase gene- promoter were used. UV irradiation specifically induced CAT gene expression from both the mouse and the human tyrosinase promoters, suggesting that UV irradiation induced the transcription of the tyrosinase gene. These observations indicated that the promoter region between -250 and -150 bp of the human tyrosinase promoter may contain important cis-regulatory elements involved in the UV response. To localise the cis-regulatory elements responsible for the UV response of the tyrosinase promoter, the 100-bp between -250 bp and -150 bp of the tyrosinase promoter was inserted upstream of a CAT reporter. It was shown that transcription from the 100-bp promoter fragment was activated by UV irradiation. Mutations of a potential cAMP response element (CRE) motif

  20. Activation Analysis In Studies Of An Aquatic Ecosystem

    For the purposes of radiological protection it is important to know the environmental concentrations of stable elements in order to be able to predict, for equilibrium conditions, the possible maximum concentrations of the radioelements under investigation. At the Joint Research Centre of EURATOM in Ispra we have begun a study of certain elements associated with reactor effluents and radioactive waste disposal (Mn, Cu, Zn, Cs, Co, Fe, and Sr) in different components of the Lago Maggiore and the Creek Novellino. Such information for an aquatic ecosystem entails the analyses of a large number of highly diversified samples: water, sediment, plants and animals. The project was made feasible by the use of automated neutron activation analysis procedures employing a semi-conductor detector and electronic computers. The results obtained are discussed in the light of contamination of the aquatic ecosystem by the radioactive isotopes of the above-mentioned elements, and their distribution among the different components investigated. (author)

  1. Neutron activation analysis for monitoring northern terrestrial ecosystems

    New experimental data have been obtained on heavy metal and rare-earth element concentrations in environmental objects, namely pine needles and soils, caused by atmospheric pollution in different regions of the Kola Peninsula. The investigation was performed with the use of epithermal neutron activation analysis at the IBR-2 fast pulsed reactor. The analysis of nearly 40 element distributions in pine needles and soils from the studied geographical points testifies of a strong contamination source - the nickel smelting complex in Monchegorsk. The contamination levels for Ni, Co, Cr, Se, and others are also high and may be hazardous for this region population because some of these elements are carcinogenic. 6 refs., 1 fig., 2 tabs

  2. Neutron activation analysis applied to archaeological problems

    Among the various techniques, the main analytical methods used to characterize ceramics are undoubtedly XRF and INAA. The principles of NAA differ from those of XRF in that samples are irradiated by thermal neutrons from a nuclear reactor. During irradiation, a few neutrons are captured by the nuclei of atoms in the specimen. This process, called activation, causes some of the nuclei to become unstable. During and after neutron irradiation, these unstable nuclei emit γ rays with unique energies at rates defined by the characteristic half-lives of the radioactive nuclei. Identification of the radioactive nucleus is possible by measuring the γ ray energies. Determination of their intensities permits quantitative analysis of the elements in the sample. The use of NAA in ceramics by a combination of two or three irradiation, decay and measurement strategies allows the determination of the elements Ba, Ce, Cl, Co, Cs, Dy, Eu, Fe, Hf, K, La, Lu, Mn, Na, Nd, Rb, Sb, Sc, Sm, Sr, Ta, Tb, Th, U, Yb, Zn and Zr, if necessary by changing the irradiation, decay and measurement schemes. In general, XRF is more available, more rapid and less expensive than NAA. However, NAA offers a far greater number of elements, more sensitivity, superior precision and greater accuracy than XRF. On the other hand, NAA can be performed on extremely small samples (5-10 mg), meaning that only minor damage to valuable artefacts may be required

  3. Activation analysis for the Ignitor tokamak

    The purpose of the Ignitor experiment is to produce DT plasma regimes where ignition can take place. From the neutronics point of view, after a first period of machine set up and tuning in aneutronic operation, a second phase of 2.5 MeV neutron production with pure deuterium plasmas at increasing density is anticipated. After that, a transition phase to increasing percentage of tritium will be followed by several years of operations with 50% of tritium leading to short but intense 14-MeV neutron emission. To deal with the concerns due to the strong neutron emission, a detailed description of the actual Ignitor machine is implemented in the MCNP-4B Monte Carlo code to calculate the neutron fluxes in all machine components, taking in account the streaming through the ports. These fluxes are then used as input for the FISPACT-97 code for the analysis of the activation at the end of life and at intermediate times for safety assessment purposes. The resulting dose rate outside the device is also studied. The results point out that remote handling is needed for repair/maintenance of inner components following the DD operations, and that the access in the hall near the device could be restricted from the beginning of DT operations. The requirements on additional shield are discussed

  4. Neutron-activation analysis of plant materials

    The possibilities offered by non-destructive neutron activation analysis (NAA) for simultaneously determining a large number of micro- and macro-components in plant samples of Bulgarian origin have been studied. Three groups of elements are determined: short half-life isotopes: Al, Mg, Ca, Na, Mn, Cl, Cu; medium half-life isotopes: Br, Na, K; and long half-life isotopes: Fe, Cr, Co, Sc, Pb, Zn. The samples are kept for 1 minute in a fluxes of 6x1012 n.cm2.sec-1 (first group), and of 3x1011 n.cm2.sec-1 for 18 hours (second and third groups). Use is made of a Ge/Li detector and 4000-channel analyser. To test the accuracy of the method, the results of NAA for some standard specimens have been compared with the indicators of other conventional methods tested in 18 laboratories in various countries. The data from NAA for the content of K, Mo, Ca, Mn, Fe, Zn and Cu demonstrate a high degree of coincidence with those from the other methods. Chemical composition of 23 samples of experimental and field crops is determined

  5. Investigation of Antibacterial Activity of Ethanolic and Methanolic Extracts of Mentha pulegium L.

    Hossein Motamedi

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Background: With regard to the rapid emerging antibiotic resistance bacteria, plants as one of the most common natural sources of antimicrobial agents can be used as alternative for treatment of infectious diseases. This study was designed to investigate antibacterial activity of Mentha pulegium L. (Lamiaceae family. Materials and Methods: In this experimental study, the antibacterial effect of 4, 8, 16 and 24 mg/disc of alcoholic extracts were assessed using standard disc diffusion method. Minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC and minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC were also determined. Furthermore, the structural changes following to the exposure with these extracts were also investigated in test bacteria. Results: Both extracts of this plant showed considerable antibacterial activity against some Gram positive (Bacillus cereus and Staphylococcus aureus and also Gram negative (Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Proteus mirabilis bacteria. All of the tested bacteria were resistant to nafcillin. The maximum effects was observed in the case of both ethanolic and methanolic extracts in all concentrations on P. mirabilis (25 mm and the lowest effect was on P. aeruginosa. MIC and MBC values of both extracts against S. aureus were equal (MIC=MBC=8 mg/mL and P. mirabilis were MIC=4 mg/mL and MBC=8 mg/mL. The SEM analysis revealed deformation and cell wall disruption of affected bacteria. Conclusion: Based on these results it can be suggested that M. pulegium L. is an effective antibacterial plant that can be used as a new source for antibiotic discovery against bacterial pathogens especially food poisoning pathogens such as S. aureus, B. cereus and also for treatment of P. mirabilis infection.

  6. Analysis of field investigative interviews of children conducted by specially trained police investigators

    Myklebust, Trond

    2009-01-01

    The research of field investigative interviews of children (FIIC) are mainly studiesof individual factors by the children and interviewers, largely driven by a concern for non-contamination of the childrens` memory of the alleged offence in the interaction between the child and the interviewer. During the course of the present research, 100 videotaped FIIC, conducted by special trained interviewers, have been analysed and include some of the most prominent variables that are considered vital ...

  7. Probabilistic Models of Analysis of Loan Activity of Internet Banking

    Kondrateva Irina G.; Ostapenko Irina N.

    2012-01-01

    In article the main advantages of electronic banking in comparison with traditional, methods of the analysis of credit activity are considered. The special role is taken to the probabilistic method of analysis of credit activity in the Internet-bank. Modeling of activity of bank on the basis of probabilistic models of credit operations.

  8. USE OF 137CS ACTIVITY TO INVESTIGATE SEDIMENT MOVEMENT AND TRANSPORT MODELING IN RIVER COASTAL ENVIRONMENT

    M. E. Toriman

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Conflicts between human and environment always triggered to sedimentation and erosion problems within the coastal areas, Therefore understanding sediment transport processes in a river estuary and coastal waters was important when studying sediment transport and mobility within the river coastal environment. This article aims to investigate the sediment transport and mobility of the Kemaman River estuary, Terengganu Malaysia. In this article, it was demonstrated that anthropogenic activities within a watershed, such as agriculture and urbanization affected the sediment yield from the watershed. Over four months observation (November 2008-February 2009, the delivery of suspended sediment from the Kemaman River to the Kemaman Estuary had increased by about 25%. Based on the in-situ measurement of 137Cs activity, the measure activity ranged between 5638-22421 cpm for backshore while for foreshore was between 2655-13354 cpm. The mean values for backshore and foreshore were 15153 and 6261 cpm respectively with suspended sediment concentration, recorded from 17 November to 10 February was between 110.5-218.8 mg L-1. Using flow and suspended sediment discharge data provided by the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID revealed were possible increasing trend in suspended sediment discharge and concentration, particularly during the monsoon season. Temporal analysis indicates that the trend of sediment yield was increased during the monsoon season resulting over sediment supply adjacent to the river mouth and causing difficulty for fisherman to navigate the boats. In a broader context, this study can underscores the need to address the anthropogenic impacts and flood monsoon on sediment yield in the Kemaman-Chendor estuary system.

  9. The multielement potential of fast neutron cyclic activation analysis

    Cyclic neutron activation analysis (CNAA) has, in recent years been developed as a useful analytical tool for the assay of short-lived isotopes in single element situations. The work described in this paper investigates the potential of the technique for composite samples having a wide range of elements that produce short-lived and long-lived isotopes on neutron irradiation. Accelerator-derived neutrons with average energies of 3 MeV, 6 MeV and 14 MeV were employed in what has been dubbed 'Fast Neutron Cyclic Neutron Activation Analysis' (FNCAA). The approach to multi-element analysis entailed: determination of cycle parameters in single element samples via the reactions 27Al(n,p)27Mg(9.6 min,Eγ=840keV), and 137Ba(n,n'γ137mBa(2.3 min,Eγ137mBa(2.3 min,Eγ=662 keV), a test of the method on a composite rock sample, determination of analytical sensitivities using both powdered kale and rock standards and a comparison of analytical results with other techniques. The results obtained in all these measurements are presented and discussed. (author) 10 refs.; 3 figs.; 5 tabs

  10. Double-pulse planar-LIF investigations using fluorescence motion analysis for mixture formation investigation

    Scholz, J.; Wiersbinski, T.; Ruhnau, P.; Kondermann, D.; Garbe, C; Hain, R.; Beushausen, V.

    2008-01-01

    A concept for dynamic mixture formation investigations of fuel/air mixtures is presented which can equally be applied to several other laser induced fluorescence (LIF) applications. Double-pulse LIF imaging was used to gain insight into dynamic mixture formation processes. The setup consists of a modified standard PIV setup. The "fuel/air ratio measurement by laser induced fluorescence (FARLIF)" approach is used for a quantification of the LIF images in order to obtain pairs of 2D fuel/air ra...

  11. Investigation of Pseudo-Active State in Z-Source Inverter

    Schaltz, Erik; Oprea, Octavian; Larsen, Lasse; Chen, Zhe

    2005-01-01

    This paper introduces a new operating state of the Z-source inverter denoted the pseudo-active state. The pseudoactive state is a state that may boost the output voltage of the Zsource inverter to a level higher than expected. The influence of the pseudo-active state is investigated and an equation...

  12. Investigating scientific literacy documents with linguistic network analysis

    Bruun, Jesper; Evans, Robert Harry; Dolin, Jens

    2009-01-01

    International discussions of scientific literacy (SL) are extensive and numerous sizeable documents on SL exist. Thus, comparing different conceptions of SL is methodologically challenging. We developed an analytical tool which couples the theory of complex networks with text analysis in order to...

  13. Investigating the cultural patterns of corruption: A nonparametric analysis

    Halkos, George; Tzeremes, Nickolaos

    2011-01-01

    By using a sample of 77 countries our analysis applies several nonparametric techniques in order to reveal the link between national culture and corruption. Based on Hofstede’s cultural dimensions and the corruption perception index, the results reveal that countries with higher levels of corruption tend to have higher power distance and collectivism values in their society.

  14. Signal analysis of three-dimensional nystagmus for otoneurological investigations.

    Juhola, Martti; Aalto, Heikki; Jutila, Topi; Hirvonen, Timo P

    2011-03-01

    Three-dimensional signal analysis can be applied to eye movements called nystagmus in order to study otoneurological patients suffering from vertigo and other balance problems. We developed an analysis and modeling algorithm for three-dimensional nystagmus measured by a video-oculography system. We were also interested in verifying an otoneurological hands-on convention called Ewald's first law in a strict physiological sense in vestibular patients. We recorded nystagmus from 42 patients all suffering from vertigo or dizziness. The underlying pathology was unilateral in 39 patients, bilateral in one patient, and central in two patients. Video-oculography was used to record three-dimensional nystagmus to separately produce horizontal, vertical, and torsional signals for each eye. On the basis of signal analysis techniques and straightforward vector calculus, we were able to recognize slow phases of nystagmus to compute their angular velocities to estimate from which part of the inner ear the disorder originated. We found that for all 42 patients the plane of one of the two horizontal semicircular canals was the closest. We were able to quantitatively estimate the influence of different semicircular canals, and, despite the pathology, horizontal canals seemed to be predominant in driving the nystagmus. The signal analysis and modeling algorithm developed is effective in studying otoneurological problems registered with nystagmus and opens new insights in three-dimensional nystagmography. Our results strongly support Ewald's first law. PMID:21107695

  15. Ancestry Analysis in the 11-M Madrid Bomb Attack Investigation

    Christopher Phillips; Lourdes Prieto; Manuel Fondevila; Antonio Salas; Antonio Gómez-Tato; José Alvarez-Dios; Antonio Alonso; Alejandro Blanco-Verea; María Brión; Marta Montesino; Angel Carracedo; María Victoria Lareu

    2009-01-01

    The 11-M Madrid commuter train bombings of 2004 constituted the second biggest terrorist attack to occur in Europe after Lockerbie, while the subsequent investigation became the most complex and wide-ranging forensic case in Spain. Standard short tandem repeat (STR) profiling of 600 exhibits left certain key incriminatory samples unmatched to any of the apprehended suspects. A judicial order to perform analyses of unmatched samples to differentiate European and North African ancestry became a...

  16. Analysis of Images from Experiments Investigating Fragmentation of Materials

    Kamath, C; Hurricane, O

    2007-09-10

    Image processing techniques have been used extensively to identify objects of interest in image data and extract representative characteristics for these objects. However, this can be a challenge due to the presence of noise in the images and the variation across images in a dataset. When the number of images to be analyzed is large, the algorithms used must also be relatively insensitive to the choice of parameters and lend themselves to partial or full automation. This not only avoids manual analysis which can be time consuming and error-prone, but also makes the analysis reproducible, thus enabling comparisons between images which have been processed in an identical manner. In this paper, we describe our approach to extracting features for objects of interest in experimental images. Focusing on the specific problem of fragmentation of materials, we show how we can extract statistics for the fragments and the gaps between them.

  17. Implementation of a timeline analysis software for digital forensic investigations

    Nisén, Patrik

    2013-01-01

    Organizations today are trying to manage the many risks they percieve to be threatening the security of their valuable information assets, but often these risks realize into security incidents. Managing risks proactively is important, but equally important and challenging is to efficiently respond to the incidents that have already occurred, to minimize their impact on business processes. A part of managing security incidents is the technical analysis of any related computer systems, also ...

  18. Factor Analysis: Investigating Important Aspects for Agile Adoption in Malaysia

    Asnawi, Ani Liza; Gravell, Andrew; Wills, Gary

    2012-01-01

    This paper focuses on identifying the important aspects of Agile adoption from software practitioners in Malaysia. We analyse 27 Agile adoption variables from a survey of early Agile users in Malaysia. Factor analysis is conducted to identify the clusters of the variables (or items) and how they are inter-related to produce factors. Most of the respondents are from software organisations in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor; in which most of the companies are located in Malaysia. The clusters of vari...

  19. Investigation of turbulence modelling in thermal stratification analysis

    In-vessel thermal stratification analysis was carried out using a multidimensional thermohydraulic analysis code, in which a higher-order finite difference scheme was applied to the convection terms. Discussions centred on the buoyancy modelling in the vicinity of the stratification interface through comparisons between experiment and calculation.Computational results were obtained from the following three turbulence models: (i) the k-εmodel with a constant turbulent Prandtl number Prt, (ii) the k-εmodel with the turbulent Prandtl number being dependent on the local Richardson number Ri, and (iii) the algebraic stress model. Numerical analysis of the stratification phenomena using the higher-order scheme showed that, in general, the modelling of the buoyancy terms appearing in the turbulence transport equations was the most important key to successful results. When the k-εmodel was used, it was pointed out that a dependence on the local Richardson number must be carefully included in the turbulent Prandtl number. In this case, however, the range of applicability was limited to the phenomena observed in the water system in general because the model was constructed and calibrated for water experiments. Overall it was found that the calculated stratification interface rise agreed well with experimental results in water and sodium insofar as the algebraic stress model was utilized. As a conclusion, in predicting the behaviour of the thermal stratification phenomena in liquid metal cooled reactors, the coupled use of the higher-order difference scheme and the algebaric stress model was most appropriate and recommended. ((orig.))

  20. Investigation and Analysis of the Actuality of Female College Students’ Extracurricular Athletics since the Sunshine Sports Was Developed

    Xuxia Yao; Qiang Zhao

    2010-01-01

    In the process that China actively pushes the sunshine sports, the research of the development of college students’ extracurricular athletics is very important to respond the national call and actively enhance college students’ physical quality. By the investigation, analysis, and research about the female college students’ cognition degree of “sunshine sports”, intention of participating in the extracurricular athletics, cognition of extracurricular athletics, liking items, exercise times, e...

  1. Novel antineoplastic platinum(IV) complexes: synthesis, characterization, biological investigations and structure-activity relationships

    Platinum(II) complexes represent one of the most widely used classes of cytostatics in anticancer chemotherapy. Their clinical effectiveness is accompanied by severe doselimiting side effects, intrinsic and/or acquired tumor resistance and the inconvenient and cost intensive way of intravenous administration. Platinum(IV) complexes also possess antitumor activity and their physicochemical and chemical properties could be utilized in order to overcome the main drawbacks of platinum(II)-based drugs. The successful design of platinum(IV) chemotherapeutics requires a careful examination of their pharmacology and toxicology, the formulation of structure-activity relationships and the development of new synthetic approaches. Within this PhD work, novel bis-, tris- and tetrakis(carboxylato)platinum(IV) complexes, designed as prodrugs for cis-[Pt(EtNH2)2Cl2] (cisplatin analogue with higher lipophilicity), carboplatin and nedaplatin were synthesized. For this purpose, the respective platinum(II) complexes were oxidized with H2O2 in aqueous media and further carboxylated using different cyclic anhydrides (succinic, glutaric, 3-methylglutaric and 3,3-dimethylglutaric anhydride). The resulting compounds were subsequently derivatized by activation of their free carboxylic groups with CDI (1,1’-carbonyldiimidazol), followed by reaction with various amines or alcohols, yielding the desired amides and esters, respectively. All complexes were fully characterized, using multinuclear (1H, 13C, 15N and 195Pt) 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopy, elemental analysis, ESI-MS, ATR-FTIR, HPLC and exemplarily X-ray diffraction for some of the compounds. In vitro cytotoxicity of the novel complexes was examined in four human tumor cell lines originating from ovarian carcinoma (CH1 and SK-OV-3), colon carcinoma (SW480) and non-small cell lung cancer (A549) by means of the MTT colorimetrical assay. Comparative analysis of the lipophilicity, electrochemistry and rate of reduction by ascorbic acid of

  2. Selected industrial and environmental applications of neutron activation analysis

    A review of the applications of Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) in the industrial and environmental fields is given. Detection limits for different applications are also given. (author)

  3. Neutron activation analysis of the MIBI, MAG-3 and sodium fitate active principles

    Neutron activation analysis (NAA) both instrumental (INAA) and radiochemical (RNAA) are extensively applied for determination of minor and trace elements in samples of quite different origin and composition. Particularly, the application of INAA is well recognized for analysis of microquantitis of heavy metals as well as toxic elements in biological samples. In this work the possibility of the determination of MIBI, MAG-3 and sodium fitate elemental composition by INAA was investigated Analytical information about the concentration and/or detection limits of some toxic elements (Hg, Cd, As, Se, Sb) and other trace elements of interest (Fe, Cr, Co, Zn, Br) was obtained. The samples were irradiated in the CAb Ra-6 nuclear research reactor

  4. Doses in radiation accidents investigated by chromosome aberration analysis

    The results are reviewed from investigations during 1979 into 82 cases of suspected over-exposure to radiation. Of these 45 were associated with industrial radiography, 11 with one or other of the major nuclear organisations, and 26 with an institution of research, education or health. 83% of the dose estimates were in the range 0.0-0.09 Gy (0-9 rad), and 17% in the range 0.1-0.29 Gy (10-29 rad). These data are compared with data obtained by physical dosimetry, and a brief summary is given of the circumstances of each over-exposure, or suspected over-exposure. (author)

  5. Northern blot analysis to investigate the abundance of microorganisms

    Modern molecular microbial ecology has its origins in the analysis of informative macromolecules. Zuckerkandl and Pauling proposed that certain macromolecules are relatively free from evolutionary pressure and may be considered a molecular document of the evolutionary history of the organism that carries the molecule. In their paper, they proposed that the sequence difference of a molecule is proportional to the evolutionary distance between the organisms; the greater the sequence differences the greater the evolutionary distance. A significant breakthrough with this approach in microbial systematics resulted from the work of Woese and Fox who used oligonucleotide cataloguing of 16S-rRNA to delineate the phylogenetic relationships between microorganisms. By using this approach, it was possible to demonstrate that all life on earth could be divided into three kingdoms: eukarya, procarya and archaea. The unique findings of this research was that the archaea, made up of many methanogenic and thermophilic microorganisms, were probably the most ancient life forms on earth and were not bacteria at all. One of the first applications of rRNA genes was the recovery of unique 5S-rRNA sequences from the Yellowstone hot spring. Even though the statistical utility of the short 5S sequences was limited, it demonstrated that there was a great deal of uncultured diversity within the ecosystem. This uncultured diversity was demonstrated to be highly significant when clone libraries were constructed from the Yellowstone hot spring. Universal PCR primers were used to amplify 16S-rDNA from the microbial community, and these mixed amplicons were cloned into a vector. Each insert, potentially representing a different species, was sequenced giving a snapshot of microbial diversity in the sample. A unique feature of the rRNAs is that they are hierarchical molecules. This means that there are regions where the molecules is highly conserved, others where the sequence is variable, and even

  6. Investigating Binary Black Hole Mergers with Principal Component Analysis

    Clark, James; Healy, James; Heng, Ik Siong; Logue, Josh; Mangini, Nicholas; London, Lionel; Pekowsky, Larne; Shoemaker, Deirdre

    2014-01-01

    Despite recent progress in numerical simulations of the coalescence of binary black hole systems, highly asymmetric spinning systems and the construction of accurate physical templates remain challenging and computationally expensive. We explore the feasibility of a prompt and robust test of whether the signals exhibit evidence for generic features that can educate new simulations. We form catalogs of numerical relativity waveforms with distinct physical effects and compute the relative probability that a gravitational wave signal belongs to each catalog. We introduce an algorithm designed to perform this task for coalescence signals using principal component analysis of waveform catalogs and Bayesian model selection and demonstrate its effectiveness.

  7. Structural investigations of calcium binding and its role in activity and activation of outer membrane phospholipase A from Escherichia coli

    Snijder, H.J.; Kingma, R.L.; Kalk, K.H.; Egmond, M.R.; Dijkstra, B.W.

    2001-01-01

    Outer membrane phospholipase A (OMPLA) is an integral membrane enzyme that catalyses the hydrolysis of phospholipids. Enzymatic activity is regulated by reversible dimerisation and calcium-binding. We have investigated the role of calcium by X-ray crystallography. In monomeric OMPLA, one calcium ion

  8. Incidence investigation and analysis of hepatic stress injury after trauma

    WANG Quanchu; ZHANG Yafei; CHENG Zhengxiang

    2012-01-01

    Objective To investigate the etiology and pathogenesis of hepatic stress injury after trauma.Methods 4677 patients with severe trauma in 153th Hospital of PLA from Jan.2004 to Jul.2005 were enrolled in this study to investigate the incidence of hepatic stress injury,and furthermore,in combination with medical information,the possible pathogenesis was analyzed.Results The main manifestation of hepatic stress injury was the elevated ALT or AST levels (387 cases,8.3% ).The incidence of hepatic stress injury after hand injury,burn injury,head injury,bone injury,abdominal injury,and thoracic injury were 16.6%,6.9%,5.6%,5.0%,3.8% and 2.0%,respectively,and among which,the incidence of hepatic stress injury after hand injury was statistically highest (P <0.01 ).Conclusion The total incidence of hepatic stress injury after trauma was 8.3%.Intestinal endotoxemia might be one of the beginning components of hepatic stress injury after trauma.

  9. [Radiobiological analysis of cancerogenic risk values in radioepidemiological investigations].

    Rozhdestvenskiĭ, L M

    2008-01-01

    The aim of the present article consisted in critical analysis of the epidemiological approach to radiocancerogenic risk estimation in region of low level radiation (LLR). The estimation is making by means of mathematician models that ignore a principal difference in biological action of LLR and high level radiation (HLR). The main formal characteristic of LLR action is the presence of a plateau in beginning of a dose-effect curve of radiogenic risk. It may be argued by the following positions: repeating the plateau-phenomenon on various radiobiological effects, in different tests and bioobjects, first; a paradoxical trend of reciprocal ERR/Sv increasing regarding dose decreasing in region of plateau, second, and third, the increasing of the curvature in dose-effect curve beginning. The presence of a plateau is associated with the presence of a real radiogenic risk threshold. Besides, the analysis of processes influencing significantly the dynamics of initial radiation injury of biologically important macromolecules showed the preference in region of LLR those, decreasing/eliminating genome damages. There is follows from mentioned above a necessity to evaluate radiogenic risks in LLR region separately from HLR region. PMID:18825986

  10. Neutron activation analysis of stable isotopic tracers for studies of mineral bioavailability

    With increased recognition of the importance of trace minerals in nutrition it is necessary to investigate factors affecting their absorption. Enriched stable isotopic tracers with determination by neutron activation analysis or mass spectroscopy have been used to investigate the absorption of minerals by term and pre-term babies and to compare their absorption from infant formulae, without any radiological risk. (UK)

  11. Activation Analysis of Biological Samples of Forensic Interest

    In forensic (crime investigation) studies, samples of a biological origin are frequently used as evidence. Often it is necessary to compare one sample (associated with a victim or the scene of a crime) with another sample of the same general type (associated with a suspect in some way). The purpose of such comparisons is to establish, if possible, that - to a high degree of probability - the two samples have a common origin. Typically, all available relevant methods of comparison are utilized in such cases by the criminalist: microscopic examination; X-ray diffraction; infra-red, visible, and ultra-violet spectrometry; and various methods of elemental analysis. The forensic applications of high-flux thermal-neutron activation analysis (NAA) have shown great promise and are attracting considerable attention. The authors' laboratory has been engaged in such forensic NAA research and development studies for the past five years. (It also operates a non-profit Forensic Activation Analysis Service, available to all law enforcement agencies, for the NAA comparison of evidence samples involved in actual criminal cases. Samples from many actual cases have been thus examined.) In the United States, NAA results have now been successfully presented in court in some 20 actual cases. Some of the evidence-type materials of interest are non-biological; others are biological. Only the latter will be discussed in this paper. The principal evidence-type materials of a biological nature that have been examined in this laboratory by high-flux thermal-NAA to date are the following: hair, blood, faeces, urine, fingernails, skin, wood, tobacco, whisky, green plants, and marijuana. (In addition, a number of these evidence-type materials have also been studied in this laboratory by high-flux photonuclear activation analysis (PNAA); attention in this paper will be largely devoted to the thermal-NAA forensic studies.) The main topics to be reported upon in this paper are: (1) limits of

  12. In Vitro Antimicrobial Bioassays, DPPH Radical Scavenging Activity, and FTIR Spectroscopy Analysis of Heliotropium bacciferum

    Ahmad, Sohail; AbdEl-Salam, Naser M.; Ullah, Riaz

    2016-01-01

    The present study deals with the antimicrobial, antioxidant, and functional group analysis of Heliotropium bacciferum extracts. Disc diffusion susceptibility method was followed for antimicrobial assessment. Noteworthy antimicrobial activities were recorded by various plant extracts against antibiotic resistant microorganisms. Plant flower extracts antioxidant activity was investigated against 2, 2-diphenyl-1-picryl hydrazyl radical by ultraviolet spectrophotometer (517 nm). Plant extracts di...

  13. Conversion Matrix Analysis of GaAs HEMT Active Gilbert Cell Mixers

    Jiang, Chenhui; Johansen, Tom Keinicke; Krozer, Viktor

    2006-01-01

    In this paper, the nonlinear model of the GaAs HEMT active Gilbert cell mixer is investigated. Based on the model, the conversion gain expression of active Gilbert cell mixers is derived theoretically by using conversion matrix analysis method. The expression is verified by harmonic balance...... simulation with Angelov HEMT model in Agilent Advanced Design System (ADS) and by chip measurement results....

  14. Effectiveness of Physical Activity Interventions for Preschoolers: A Meta-Analysis

    Gordon, Elliott S.; Tucker, Patricia; Burke, Shauna M.; Carron, Albert V.

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of the meta-analysis was to examine the effectiveness of physical activity interventions on physical activity participation among preschoolers. A secondary purpose was to investigate the influence of several possible moderator variables (e.g., intervention length, location, leadership, type) on moderate-to-vigorous physical…

  15. Neutron activation analysis of wheat samples

    Galinha, C. [CERENA-IST, Technical University of Lisbon, Av. Rovisco Pais 1, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); Instituto Tecnoclogico e Nuclear, URSN, E.N. 10, 2686-953 Sacavem (Portugal); Anawar, H.M. [Instituto Tecnoclogico e Nuclear, URSN, E.N. 10, 2686-953 Sacavem (Portugal); Freitas, M.C., E-mail: cfreitas@itn.pt [Instituto Tecnoclogico e Nuclear, URSN, E.N. 10, 2686-953 Sacavem (Portugal); Pacheco, A.M.G. [CERENA-IST, Technical University of Lisbon, Av. Rovisco Pais 1, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); Almeida-Silva, M. [Instituto Tecnoclogico e Nuclear, URSN, E.N. 10, 2686-953 Sacavem (Portugal); Coutinho, J.; Macas, B.; Almeida, A.S. [INRB/INIA-Elvas, National Institute of Biological Resources, Est. Gil Vaz, 7350-228 Elvas (Portugal)

    2011-11-15

    The deficiency of essential micronutrients and excess of toxic metals in cereals, an important food items for human nutrition, can cause public health risk. Therefore, before their consumption and adoption of soil supplementation, concentrations of essential micronutrients and metals in cereals should be monitored. This study collected soil and two varieties of wheat samples-Triticum aestivum L. (Jordao/bread wheat), and Triticum durum L. (Marialva/durum wheat) from Elvas area, Portugal and analyzed concentrations of As, Cr, Co, Fe, K, Na, Rb and Zn using Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) to focus on the risk of adverse public health issues. The low variability and moderate concentrations of metals in soils indicated a lower significant effect of environmental input on metal concentrations in agricultural soils. The Cr and Fe concentrations in soils that ranged from 93-117 and 26,400-31,300 mg/kg, respectively, were relatively high, but Zn concentration was very low (below detection limit <22 mg/kg) indicating that soils should be supplemented with Zn during cultivation. The concentrations of metals in roots and straw of both varieties of wheat decreased in the order of K>Fe>Na>Zn>Cr>Rb>As>Co. Concentrations of As, Co and Cr in root, straw and spike of both varieties were higher than the permissible limits with exception of a few samples. The concentrations of Zn in root, straw and spike were relatively low (4-30 mg/kg) indicating the deficiency of an essential micronutrient Zn in wheat cultivated in Portugal. The elemental transfer from soil to plant decreases with increasing growth of the plant. The concentrations of various metals in different parts of wheat followed the order: Root>Straw>Spike. A few root, straw and spike samples showed enrichment of metals, but the majority of the samples showed no enrichment. Potassium is enriched in all samples of root, straw and spike for both varieties of wheat. Relatively to the seed used for cultivation

  16. Neutron activation analysis of wheat samples

    The deficiency of essential micronutrients and excess of toxic metals in cereals, an important food items for human nutrition, can cause public health risk. Therefore, before their consumption and adoption of soil supplementation, concentrations of essential micronutrients and metals in cereals should be monitored. This study collected soil and two varieties of wheat samples-Triticum aestivum L. (Jordao/bread wheat), and Triticum durum L. (Marialva/durum wheat) from Elvas area, Portugal and analyzed concentrations of As, Cr, Co, Fe, K, Na, Rb and Zn using Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) to focus on the risk of adverse public health issues. The low variability and moderate concentrations of metals in soils indicated a lower significant effect of environmental input on metal concentrations in agricultural soils. The Cr and Fe concentrations in soils that ranged from 93-117 and 26,400-31,300 mg/kg, respectively, were relatively high, but Zn concentration was very low (below detection limit Fe>Na>Zn>Cr>Rb>As>Co. Concentrations of As, Co and Cr in root, straw and spike of both varieties were higher than the permissible limits with exception of a few samples. The concentrations of Zn in root, straw and spike were relatively low (4-30 mg/kg) indicating the deficiency of an essential micronutrient Zn in wheat cultivated in Portugal. The elemental transfer from soil to plant decreases with increasing growth of the plant. The concentrations of various metals in different parts of wheat followed the order: Root>Straw>Spike. A few root, straw and spike samples showed enrichment of metals, but the majority of the samples showed no enrichment. Potassium is enriched in all samples of root, straw and spike for both varieties of wheat. Relatively to the seed used for cultivation, Jordao presented higher transfer coefficients than Marialva, in particular for Co, Fe, and Na. The Jordao and Marialva cultivars accumulated not statistically significant different

  17. High-Throughput Analysis of Enzyme Activities

    Guoxin Lu

    2007-12-01

    High-throughput screening (HTS) techniques have been applied to many research fields nowadays. Robot microarray printing technique and automation microtiter handling technique allows HTS performing in both heterogeneous and homogeneous formats, with minimal sample required for each assay element. In this dissertation, new HTS techniques for enzyme activity analysis were developed. First, patterns of immobilized enzyme on nylon screen were detected by multiplexed capillary system. The imaging resolution is limited by the outer diameter of the capillaries. In order to get finer images, capillaries with smaller outer diameters can be used to form the imaging probe. Application of capillary electrophoresis allows separation of the product from the substrate in the reaction mixture, so that the product doesn't have to have different optical properties with the substrate. UV absorption detection allows almost universal detection for organic molecules. Thus, no modifications of either the substrate or the product molecules are necessary. This technique has the potential to be used in screening of local distribution variations of specific bio-molecules in a tissue or in screening of multiple immobilized catalysts. Another high-throughput screening technique is developed by directly monitoring the light intensity of the immobilized-catalyst surface using a scientific charge-coupled device (CCD). Briefly, the surface of enzyme microarray is focused onto a scientific CCD using an objective lens. By carefully choosing the detection wavelength, generation of product on an enzyme spot can be seen by the CCD. Analyzing the light intensity change over time on an enzyme spot can give information of reaction rate. The same microarray can be used for many times. Thus, high-throughput kinetic studies of hundreds of catalytic reactions are made possible. At last, we studied the fluorescence emission spectra of ADP and obtained the detection limits for ADP under three different

  18. Experimental investigation of activities and tolerance of denitrifying bacteria under alkaline and reducing condition

    In the geological disposal system of TRU wastes, nitrogen generation by denitrifying bacteria could provide significant impact on the assessment of this system, because nitrate contained in process concentrated liquid waste might be electron acceptor for denitrifying bacteria. In this study, the activities and tolerance of denitrifying under disposal condition were investigated. Pseudomonas denitrificans as denitrifying bacteria was used. The results showed that Pseudomonas denitrificans had activity under reducing condition, but under high pH condition (pH>9.5), the activity of Pseudomonas denitrificans was not detected. It is possible that the activity of Pseudomonas denitrificans would be low under disposal condition. (author)

  19. Doses in radiation accidents investigated by chromosome aberration analysis

    The results are reviewed from investigations during 1980 into 68 cases of suspected overexposure to radiation. Of these, 37 were associated with industrial radiography, 11 with one or other of the major nuclear organisations and 20 with an institution of research, education or health. 55 of the dose estimates were in the range 0.0 - 0.09 Gy (0 - 9 rad) 5 in the range 0.1 - 0.29 Gy (10 - 29 rad) and for various reasons in 8 cases no biological assessment of dose was possible. The dose estimate for the case with the highest confirmed overexposure was 0.22 Gy (22 rads). The chromosome data are compared with information obtained from physical dosimetry and a brief summary is given of the circumstances of each case. (author)

  20. Investigation on the binding activities of citalopram with human and bovine serum albumins

    Lin, Jingjing; Liu, Yan, E-mail: liuyan@fjirsm.ac.cn; Chen, Mingmao; Huang, Huayin; Song, Ling, E-mail: songling@fjirsm.ac.cn

    2014-02-15

    The binding interactions of citalopram (CIT), an efficient antidepressant, with human serum albumin (HSA) and bovine serum albumin (BSA) were investigated by a series of spectroscopic methods including fluorescence, UV–vis absorption, circular dichroism (CD) and {sup 1}H nuclear magnetic resonance ({sup 1}H NMR). The fluorescence quenching and UV–vis absorption studies reveal that CIT could form complexes with both HSA and BSA. The CIT–BSA complex exhibits higher binding affinity than CIT–HSA complex. The thermodynamic study further suggests that the interactions between CIT and SAs are mainly driven by hydrophobic forces and hydrogen bonds. The {sup 1}H NMR analysis indicates that the participation of different functional groups of CIT is unequal in the complexation of CIT–HSA and CIT–BSA. Site marker competitive experiments show that the interactions between CIT and SAs primarily locate at sub-domain II A (site I). The effects of CIT on the conformation of SAs are further analyzed via synchronous fluorescence, three-dimensional fluorescence and CD spectra techniques. The results prove that the presence of CIT decreases the α-helical content of both SAs and induces the slight unfolding of the polypeptides of protein. Additionally, the conformational change of BSA induced by CIT is larger than that of HSA. -- Highlights: • The difference of binding activity between CIT–BSA and CIT–HSA is first reported. • Use spectroscopic, thermodynamic, and NMR methods. • CIT exhibits higher binding affinity to BSA than to HSA. • The binding forces between CIT and SA have been investigated. • The complexation of CIT–SA induces the conformational change of SA.

  1. Karyotype Analysis Activity: A Constructivist Learning Design

    Ahmed, Noveera T.

    2015-01-01

    This classroom activity is based on a constructivist learning design and engages students in physically constructing a karyotype of three mock patients. Students then diagnose the chromosomal aneuploidy based on the karyotype, list the symptoms associated with the disorder, and discuss the implications of the diagnosis. This activity is targeted…

  2. EXPERIMENTAL INVESTIGATION & NUMERICAL ANALYSIS OF COMPOSITE LEAF SPRING

    K. K. JADHAO,

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available The Automobile Industry has shown keen interest for replacement of steel leaf spring with that of glass fiber composite leaf spring, since the composite material has high strength to weight ratio, good corrosion resistance and tailor-able properties. The objective of present study was to replace material for leaf spring. In present study the material selected was glass fiber reinforced plastic (GFRP and the polyester resin (NETPOL 1011 can be used which was more economical this will reduce total cost of composite leaf spring. A spring with constant width and thickness was fabricated by hand lay-up technique which was very simple and economical. The experiments were conducted on UTM and numerical analysis was done via (FEA using ANSYS software. Stresses and deflection results were verified for analytical and experimental results. Result shows that, the composite spring has stresses much lower than steel leaf spring and weight of composite spring was nearly reduced up to 85%.

  3. A cluster analysis investigation of workaholism as a syndrome.

    Aziz, Shahnaz; Zickar, Michael J

    2006-01-01

    Workaholism has been conceptualized as a syndrome although there have been few tests that explicitly consider its syndrome status. The authors analyzed a three-dimensional scale of workaholism developed by Spence and Robbins (1992) using cluster analysis. The authors identified three clusters of individuals, one of which corresponded to Spence and Robbins's profile of the workaholic (high work involvement, high drive to work, low work enjoyment). Consistent with previously conjectured relations with workaholism, individuals in the workaholic cluster were more likely to label themselves as workaholics, more likely to have acquaintances label them as workaholics, and more likely to have lower life satisfaction and higher work-life imbalance. The importance of considering workaholism as a syndrome and the implications for effective interventions are discussed. PMID:16551174

  4. Investigation and analysis of network psychology of college students

    Zhang Xiaoyan

    2013-01-01

    Based on basic situational research and analysis carried out on 638 college students using network,we found that as many as 20 percent of the students are not only largely dependent on internet,but also addicted to it.Further biography characteristics analyses for different individuals on the four dimensions of the network forced addiction,tolerance,and time management and interpersonal relationship and health,show that there are significant differences in grades,gender with different education levels of their parents.Further researches on discrepancy that addicted groups have in network entertainment addiction,network information,cyber porn,network relations and network transactions addictions also illustrate that significant discrepancies exist in gender,net age,different discipline and other factors.Finally we put forward some correlative measures to solve the problems of college students network psychology from individuals,schools,and society levels.

  5. Investigation of thiol derivatized gold nanoparticle sensors for gas analysis

    Stephens, Jared S.

    Analysis of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in air and exhaled breath by sensor array is a very useful testing technique. It can provide non-invasive, fast, inexpensive testing for many diseases. Breath analysis has been very successful in identifying cancer and other diseases by using a chemiresistor sensor or array with gold nanoparticles to detect biomarkers. Acetone is a biomarker for diabetes and having a portable testing device could help to monitor diabetic and therapeutic progress. An advantage to this testing method is it is conducted at room temperature instead of 200 degrees Celsius. 3. The objective of this research is to determine the effect of thiol derivatized gold nanoparticles based on sensor(s) detection of VOCs. The VOCs to be tested are acetone, ethanol, and a mixture of acetone and ethanol. Each chip is tested under all three VOCs and three concentration levels (0.1, 1, and 5.0 ppm). VOC samples are used to test the sensors' ability to detect and differentiate VOCs. Sensors (also referred to as a chip) are prepared using several types of thiol derivatized gold nanoparticles. The factors are: thiol compound and molar volume loading of the thiol in synthesis. The average resistance results are used to determine the VOC selectivity of the sensors tested. The results show a trend of increasing resistance as VOC concentration is increased relative to dry air; which is used as baseline for VOCs. Several sensors show a high selectivity to one or more VOCs. Overall the 57 micromoles of 4-methoxy-toluenethiol sensor shows the strongest selectivity for VOCs tested. 3. Gerfen, Kurt. 2012. Detection of Acetone in Air Using Silver Ion Exchanged ZSM-5 and Zinc Oxide Sensing Films. Master of Science thesis, University of Louisville.

  6. Investigation of fish otoliths by combined ion beam analysis

    Complete text of publication follows. This work was implemented within the framework of the Hungarian Ion beam Physics Platform (http://hipp.atomki.hu/). Otoliths are small structures, 'the ear stones' of a fish, and are used to detect acceleration and orientation. They are composed of a combination of protein matrix and calcium carbonate (CaCO3) forming aragonite micro crystals. They have an annually deposited layered conformation with a microstructure corresponding to the seasonal and daily increments. Trace elements, such as Sr, Zn, Fe etc., are also incorporated into the otolith from the environment and the nutrition. The elemental distribution of the otolith of fresh water fish burbot (Lota lota L.) collected in Hungary was measured with Elastic Recoil Detection Analysis (ERDA), Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) and Particle Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE) at the Nuclear Microprobe Facility of HAS ATOMKI. The spatial 3D structure of the otolith could be observed with a sub-micrometer resolution. It is confirmed that the aragonite micro-crystals are covered by an organic layer and there are some protein rich regions in the otolith, too. By applying the RBSMAST code developed for RBS on macroscopic structure, it was proven that the orientation of the needle shaped aragonite crystals is considerably different at adjacent locations in the otolith. The organic and inorganic component of the otolith could be set apart in the depth selective hydrogen and calcium maps derived by micro- ERDA and micro-RBS. Similar structural analysis could be done near the surface by combining the C, O and Ca elemental maps determined by micro-PIXE measurements. It was observed that the trace metal Zn is bound to the protein component. Acknowledgements This work was partially supported by the Hungarian OTKA Grant No. T046238 and the EU cofunded Economic Competitiveness Operative Programme (GVOP-3.2.1.-2004-04-0402/3.0)

  7. Investigating primary marine aerosol properties: CCN activity of sea salt and mixed particles

    King, S. M.; Butcher, A. C.; Rosenoern, T.; Coz, E.; Lieke, K. I.; de Leeuw, G.; Nilsson, E. D.; Bilde, M.

    2012-04-01

    Sea salt particles ejected as a result of bubbles bursting from artificial seawater in a closed stainless steel tank were sampled for size distribution, morphology, and cloud condensation nucleus (CCN) activity. The two-component artificial seawater consisted of salt, either NaCl or sea salt, and one organic compound in deionized water. Several organic molecules representative of oceanic organic matter were investigated. Bubbles were generated either by aeration through a porous diffuser or by water jet impingement on the surface of the artificial seawater. The effect of bubble lifetime, which was controlled by varying the depth of the diffuser in the water column, on particle size and CCN activity was investigated and was found to be insignificant for the organic compounds studied. The CCN activities of particles produced from diffuser-generated bubbles were generally governed by the high hygroscopicity of salt, such that activation was indistinguishable from that of salt, except in the case of very low mass ratio of salt to organic matter in the seawater solution. There was, however, a considerable decrease in CCN activity for particles produced from jet impingement on seawater that had a salinity of 10‰ and contained 0.45 mM of sodium laurate, an organic surfactant. The production of a thick foam layer from impingement may explain the difference in activation and supports hypotheses that particle production from the two methods of generating bubbles is not similar. Accurate conclusions from observed CCN activities of particles from artificial seawater containing organic matter require knowledge of the CCN activity of the inorganic component, especially as a small amount of the inorganic can heavily influence activation. Therefore, the CCN activity of both artificial sea salt and NaCl were measured and compared. Part of the discrepancy observed between the CCN activities of the two salts may be due to morphological differences, which were investigated using

  8. Detailed Analysis of Motor Unit Activity

    Nikolic, Mile; Sørensen, John Aasted; Dahl, Kristian; Krarup, Christian

    System for decomposition of EMG signals intotheir constituent motor unit potentials and their firing patterns.The aim of the system is detailed analysis ofmotor unit variability.......System for decomposition of EMG signals intotheir constituent motor unit potentials and their firing patterns.The aim of the system is detailed analysis ofmotor unit variability....

  9. Effect of emodin on Candida albicans growth investigated by microcalorimetry combined with chemometric analysis.

    Kong, W J; Wang, J B; Jin, C; Zhao, Y L; Dai, C M; Xiao, X H; Li, Z L

    2009-07-01

    Using the 3114/3115 thermal activity monitor (TAM) air isothermal microcalorimeter, ampoule mode, the heat output of Candida albicans growth at 37 degrees C was measured, and the effect of emodin on C. albicans growth was evaluated by microcalorimetry coupled with chemometric methods. The similarities between the heat flow power (HFP)-time curves of C. albicans growth affected by different concentrations of emodin were calculated by similarity analysis (SA). In the correspondence analysis (CA) diagram of eight quantitative parameters taken from the HFP-time curves, it could be deduced that emodin had definite dose-effect relationship as the distance between different concentrations of it increased along with the dosage and the effect. From the principal component analysis (PCA) on eight quantitative parameters, the action of emodin on C. albicans growth could be easily evaluated by analyzing the change of values of the main two parameters, growth rate constant k (2) and maximum power output P(2)(m). The coherent results of SA, CA, and PCA showed that emodin at different concentrations had different effects on C. albicans growth metabolism: A low concentration (0-10 microg ml(-1)) poorly inhibited the growth of C. albicans, and a high concentration (15-35 microg ml(-1)) could notably inhibit growth of this fungus. This work provided a useful idea of the combination of microcalorimetry and chemometric analysis for investigating the effect of drug and other compounds on microbes. PMID:19543891

  10. Analysis and Authenticity Investigations of Glass and Metallic Art Objects

    A suite of glass pieces of Art, and several metal-based corroded objects were studied in the frame of this project, which intends to accommodate two purposes; a) to investigate the feasibility of physico-chemical characterization of ancient glass by employing a non-widely used analytical technique, that of luminescence spectroscopy, along with conventionally used methods such as XRF and SEM-EDX, and b) to approach issues of counterfeiting of culturally-related iron and other metallic objects, by examining the features of their corrosion products, studied via a combination of the non-destructive RF-plasma treatment and the microscopic techniques. The results of the study show that luminescence measurements own diagnostic power that can aid substantially to the classifying and understanding of the manufacturing of ancient glass, particularly when bridged with longer-established analytical methods. Moreover, evident differences between corrosion layers of authentic metallic objects and of the ones created after artificial pre-corrosion, as ascertained by the plasma treatment and by microscopy (SEM or optical) study, provide a basis for suggesting such a combination of techniques for authenticity detection of corroded metallic objects with cultural heritage importance. (author)

  11. Teleradiology: economic analysis of CT investigations of a small hospital

    Purpose: to evaluate, discuss and compare economic aspects of teleradiological applications in CT examinations in a small hospital. Scenario (1): CT examination by an extern institution including transport of a patient. Szenario (2): External consultation of an internal CT examination (teleradiology according to ROeV). Scenario (3): Complete in-house radiology department. To evaluate economic aspects of teleradiology service providers. Materials and methods: costs have been separated into fixed and variable costs in a model. Total costs of 500 CT examinations per year have been calculated for the three scenarios. A break-even analysis has been performed to determine the necessary/minimal number of CTs per year for economical advantages. The number of CT consultations for teleradiology service providers to make profit has been calculated. Results: scenario (1): this is the most cost-effective scenario for 500 CTs per year, but most time-consuming. Beyond 548 CTs per year using a single slice CT and 965 CTs per year using a multislice CT the teleradiology scenario [scenario (2)] is most cost-effective. Beyond 1065 CTs per year an in-house radiology department [scenario (3)] is economically reasonable. On the basis of 30 Euros per CT consultation a teleradiology service providing system will be profitable starting from 322 CT consultations per year. Conclusion: teleradiology applications are economically reasonable in a wide range in small hospitals. CT teleradiology services can also be provided on a cost-effective basis at a reachable number of consultations. (orig.)

  12. PRELIMINARY PHYTOCHEMICAL INVESTIGATION AND IN VITRO ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITY OF ETHANOLIC EXTRACT OF SONNERATIA APETALA PLANT

    V. Prabhu Teja

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of present study is to investigate the phytochemical constituents and antimicrobial activity of Ethanolic extract of Sonneratia apetala. Preliminary Phytochemical tests revealed the presence of alkaloids, flavonoids, tannins, saponins, phytosterols and carbohydrates. Antimicrobial activity was evaluated by Agar well Diffusion method. In vitro screening of Sonneratia apetala mangrove Ethanolic plant extract showed species specific activity in inhibiting growth of bacteria and fungi. The Ethanolic plant extract showed good activity against selected gram-positive bacteria (Bacillus subtilis, Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus werneri, gram-negative bacteria (Pseudomonas putida, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus mirabilis, Klebsiella pneumonia and fungal strain (Candida albicans. The observations revealed significant zone of inhibition and supports to antimicrobial activity. The bioactive compounds responsible for these antimicrobial activities could be isolated and identified to develop a new drug of pharmaceutical interest.

  13. INVESTIGATION OF ANTIMICROBIAL AND ANTI-INFLAMMATORY ACTIVITY OF CURCUMA LONGA

    Mohammad Basir Khan , Md. Atai Rabby , Md Hasmat Ullah and Chowdhury Faiz Hossain*

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: Turmeric (Curcuma longa is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant used as a food additive. It has been reported that rhizome of this plant have antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antitumor property. Methanol extract of Rhizome of Curcuma longa was investigated here to see the antimicrobial actions and anti-inflammatory effect. During the extraction process a purified single compound (D1 was isolated and investigated for its antimicrobial activity. Significant antimicrobial activity than penicillin were found for 500µg C. longa extract. Anti-inflammatory action of C. longa was also assessed using mice models. The purified compound D1 fraction showed antimicrobial action in 50µg concentration. Our study reveal that C. longa has antimicrobial activity against various gram positive and gram negative bacteria where curcumin may not be the only compound that is responsible for the antimicrobial activity. On the other hand, C. longa extract had shown significant anti-inflammatory action.

  14. International conference activation analysis and its applications (ICAAA): abstracts

    International conference on the Activation Analysis and its Applications was hold in Beijing of China on October 15-19, 1990. It was organized and co-sponsored by Division of Activation Analysis and Radioanalysis, National Natural Science Foundation of China and China Nuclear Society, etc.. 159 pieces of Articles in the field were received in the conference, from many countries

  15. Development of educational program for neutron activation analysis

    This technical report is developed to apply an educational and training program for graduate student and analyst utilizing neutron activation analysis. The contents of guide book consists of five parts as follows; introduction, gamma-ray spectrometry and measurement statistics, its applications, to understand of comprehensive methodology and to utilize a relevant knowledge and information on neutron activation analysis

  16. Development of educational program for neutron activation analysis

    Chung, Yong Sam; Moon, Jong Hwa; Kim, Sun Ha; Ryel, Sung; Kang, Young Hwan; Lee, Kil Yong; Yeon, Yeon Yel; Cho, Seung Yeon

    2000-08-01

    This technical report is developed to apply an educational and training program for graduate student and analyst utilizing neutron activation analysis. The contents of guide book consists of five parts as follows; introduction, gamma-ray spectrometry and measurement statistics, its applications, to understand of comprehensive methodology and to utilize a relevant knowledge and information on neutron activation analysis.

  17. Activation analysis using cyclotron-produced fast neutrons

    The possibilities of activation analysis by using cyclotron-produced fast neutrons are investigated for more than 30 chemical elements. The angular distributions of fast neutrons produced by bombarding a thick beryllium target with 11.5 MeV protons, 3 and 6 MeV deuterons were obtained for five angles in the forward hemisphere. The yield's of the radionuclides produced by nuclear reactions (n,p), (n,α), (n,γ), (n,n,γ) were measured or calculated. It is showed that the yields of the majority of radionuclides are within 103-105 Bk.(μA.h.g)1. These data were used for the evaluation of the limit detection of chemical elements. The values of the LD are equal to 0.1-1 μg for some elements, whereas for majority elements they are l-100 μg

  18. The analysis and reconciliation of students' rebuttals in argumentation activities

    Lin, Yu-Ren; Hung, Jeng-Fung

    2016-01-01

    The present study investigated the guidance provided by science teachers to resolve conflicts during socioscientific issue-based argumentation activities. A graphical representation (GR) was developed as a tool to code and analyze the dialogue interaction process. Through the GR and qualitative analysis, we identified three types of dialogue reconciling strategies. The first one consists of teacher management, in which the teacher temporarily maintains the right to speak when students get mired in an emotional rebuttal situation. The second strategy involves the use of qualifiers to identify the strengths and weaknesses of an opposing argument. The third strategy consists of providing students with guidance to keep both parties (i.e. the students taking, respectively, the affirmative and negative positions) on the same discussion topic and can be used to assist teachers with forming broad questions that prompt students to conduct deeper discussions. These reconciling strategies were beneficial in that they helped students to argue in a more reflective way.

  19. Sondierbohrung Boettstein - results of hydrochemical investigations: analysis and interpretation

    During drilling and testing at Boettstein, samples were collected for geochemical and isotopic analysis. The sampling and analytical procedures, and chemical and isotopic results are described in detail in other Nagra Technische Berichte. This report reviews the procedures and analyses and provides a geochemical interpretation of the results. Two sedimentary horizons were sampled: the upper Muschelkalk and the Buntsandstein/weathered crystalline zone. Four sets of samples for geochemical analyses and five for isotope analyses were taken from the crystalline section above 1,000 m. They represented the three zones of highest hydraulic conductivity in that interval. The zones of highest conductivity below 1,000 m were also sampled but yielded so little water that only mixtures of formation water and borehole fluid could be collected. Samples were collected by pumping or from artesian outflow at the surface, and by using pressure vessels at depth. The crystalline section was drilled with deionized water and (or) formation water which contained uranine and MTFMBA tracers. The residual drilling fluid present in samples could thus be monitored precisely. The sedimentary section was drilled with mud which contained no tracer. Environmental tritium was used as a tracer for samples from both sedimentary and crystalline zones. The amount of drilling fluid present in the Muschelkalk and upper crystalline samples was negligible for geochemical interpretation. The zone of highest hydraulic conductivity in the lower crystalline section was sampled several times. No sample contained less than 40 percent drilling fluid, but the tracer in the drilling fluid made it possible to calculate back to the composition of formation water and so make some geochemical conclusions

  20. Investigation of Real-Time Photorepair Activity on DNA via Surface Plasmon Resonance

    Kızılel, Rıza ; Demir, Enis ; Azizoğlu,Selimcan; Asımgil, Hande ; Kavaklı, İbrahim Halil; Kızılel, Seda

    2012-01-01

    4/24/2014 PLOS ONE: Investigation of Real-Time Photorepair Activity on DNA via Surface Plasmon Resonance http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0044392 1/9 Published: August 29, 2012 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0044392 Investigation of Real-Time Photorepair Activity on DNA via Surface Plasmon Resonance Rıza Kizilel , Enis Demir, Selimcan Azizoglu, Hande Asımgi, Ibrahim Halil Kavakli , Seda Kizilel Corrections 25 Oct 2012: Kizilel R, Demir E, Aziz...

  1. PHYTOCHEMICAL ANALYSIS AND ANTIBACTERIAL ACTIVITY OF KEDROSTIS FOETIDISSIMA (JACQ. COGN.

    Vasantha K

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Hexane, petroleum ether, chloroform, acetone and methanol extracts of leaf, stem and tuber of Kedrostis foetidissima were tested for qualitative and quantitative phytochemical analysis. The results of K. foetidissima leaf extracts revealed the presence of flavonoids and steroids in all extracts studied. Flavonoids, tannins, triterpenoids, phenols, steroids, glycosides and cardiac glycosides are present in the chloroform, methanol and acetone extracts while saponin were detected only in methanol and acetone extract. The various extracts were evaluated for antibacterial activities. Antibacterial activities of the extracts against Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Serratia marcescens and Pseudomonas aeruginosa were investigated by using disc diffusion method. It was observed that, chloroform, acetone and methanol extracts of leaf, stem and tuber of Kedrostis foetidissima showed activity against the entire tested gram positive and gram negative bacterial strains. Inhibitory effect of 100% concentration of petroleum ether and hexane extract was observed against Serratia marcesense (7.05; 4.00mm, Staphylococcus aureus (5.67; 6.83mm, Escherichia coli (4.93; 4.40mm and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (2.15; 3.50mm. Hence, this plant can be used to discover bioactive natural products that may serve as leads in the development of new pharmaceuticals that address unmet therapeutic use.

  2. Investigation of frontal lobe activation with fNIRS and systemic changes during video gaming.

    Tachtsidis, I; Papaioannou, A

    2013-01-01

    Frontal lobe activation caused by tasks such as videogames can be investigated using multichannel near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), sometimes called optical topography. The aims of this study are to investigate the effects of video gaming (fighting and puzzle games) in the brain and the systemic physiology and to determine whether systemic responses during the gaming task are associated with the measurement of localised cerebral haemodynamic changes as measured by fNIRS. We used a continuou...

  3. Investigation of individuals going to coffeehouse with the aim of leisure time activities

    Hüseyin ÖZTÜRK; Erdoğan, Bülent; Mithat ÇEVİK; AKIN, Adnan

    2015-01-01

    The main basis of this research is to investigate pe ople going to coffeehouse with the aim of leisure time activities. The research group of this study consist of individuals going to the coffeehouses with the aim of leisure time activities in the city of Gaz iantep, Turkey. A total of 421 individuals joined to the research voluntarily. The Research consists of two parts. In the first part, personal information was used. In...

  4. Investigating the Use of Strategic Reading Activities in College English Class:A Case Study

    刘江凤

    2015-01-01

    This paper, by adopting a qualitative research method, investigated the use of strategic reading activities by two female teachers in College English classes. Results showed that their commonly-used strategic reading activities in college English class⁃es reflected three types of reading comprehension strategies including use of prior knowledge, use of text elements with a high infor⁃mation value, and use of structure-marking elements in the text. Pedagogical implications were also discussed.

  5. Investigations on the influence of combustion products on the retention of radioiodine by activated carbons

    Investigations were performed on the influence of gaseous combustion products from relevant materials used in nuclear power plants on the retention of methyl iodide (CH3131I) by commercial impregnated activated carbons. It is concluded that with iodine filters of large bed depths (residence time: ≥ 0.5 s), when containing a usually employed impregnated activated carbon, a sufficiently high retention of radioiodine should be achievable even with a high challenge of gaseous combustion products. (orig.)

  6. Parametric investigations on the retention of methyl iodide by a KI-impregnated activated carbon

    Investigations are described on the retention of methyl iodide (CH3I-131) by a typical batch of the activated carbon 207B (KI) which is mostly used in the iodine filters of German nuclear power plants. The results obtained with variation of about ten parameters are relevant both for the testing of activated carbons and for the design, operation and surveillance of iodine filters. (orig./HP)

  7. The determination of chromium in water samples by neutron activation analysis after preconcentration on activated carbon

    A method is presented for the determination of chromium in sea- and fresh water. Chromium is concentrated on activated carbon from a neutral solution after a previous reduction of chromate with sodium sulfite at pH 1.5. The adsorption conditions, acidity, concentrations, amount of carbon, stirring-time, sample-volume, salinity, the influence of storage on the ratio of tervalent to hexavalent chromium, were investigated. The final determination of the total chromium content is performed by instrumental neutron-activation analysis. By preconcentration on activated carbon, a differentiation between tervalent and hexavalent chromium is possible. A separate determination of both species is not yet feasible due to the high carbon blank and to the necessity of measuring the adsorption percentage on carbon. The lower limit of determination, which depends on the value of the carbon blank, is 0.05 μg Cr/l with a precision of 20%. The determination is hampered by the considerable blank from the carbon. The use of activated carbon prepared from recrystallized sugar will probably improve the lower limit of determination and possibly allow the determination of chromate. (T.G.)

  8. Investigations of 90 SR activity concentrations in animal bones in Croatia

    Maracic, M.; Franic, Z.; Marovic, G. [Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health, Zagreb (Croatia)

    2006-07-01

    The paper describes investigations of 90 Sr activity concentrations in long bones of some domestic animals (cows, pigs and lambs) collected over the last ten years in the Republic of Croatia. These investigations are a part of an extended and still ongoing monitoring programme of radioactive contamination of human environment in Croatia. Bone is a critical organ for the accumulation of many radionuclides, including 90 Sr, a highly toxic radionuclide, similar to calcium in its chemicalaviour and metabolic processes. It has been found that the 90 Sr activity concentrations in bones differ between respective animal species, the highest activity concentrations being found in lamb bones. As the decrease of activity concentrations can be generally described by the exponential function, by fitting the measured data to the theoretical curve was estimated the ecological half-life of 90 Sr in bones of respective species. In addition was investigated the relation between 90 Sr activity concentrations in bones and fallout. The transient increases and decreases in 90 Sr activity concentrations in bones can be partially explained by a variety of environmental physical factors that naturally fluctuate. (authors)

  9. Investigations of 90 SR activity concentrations in animal bones in Croatia

    The paper describes investigations of 90 Sr activity concentrations in long bones of some domestic animals (cows, pigs and lambs) collected over the last ten years in the Republic of Croatia. These investigations are a part of an extended and still ongoing monitoring programme of radioactive contamination of human environment in Croatia. Bone is a critical organ for the accumulation of many radionuclides, including 90 Sr, a highly toxic radionuclide, similar to calcium in its chemical behaviour and metabolic processes. It has been found that the 90 Sr activity concentrations in bones differ between respective animal species, the highest activity concentrations being found in lamb bones. As the decrease of activity concentrations can be generally described by the exponential function, by fitting the measured data to the theoretical curve was estimated the ecological half-life of 90 Sr in bones of respective species. In addition was investigated the relation between 90 Sr activity concentrations in bones and fallout. The transient increases and decreases in 90 Sr activity concentrations in bones can be partially explained by a variety of environmental physical factors that naturally fluctuate. (authors)

  10. Elemental analysis of biological tissues of animal models in muscular dystrophies investigation

    Element concentrations in biological tissues of Dmdmdx/J and C57BL/6 J mice strains were determined using the neutron activation analysis technique. Samples of whole blood, bones and organs (heart and muscle) of these strains were irradiated in the IEA-R1 nuclear reactor at IPEN-CNEN/SP (Brazil). To perform this investigation biological samples of two-month-old adult females (n = 10) and males (n = 9) for Dmdmdx/J (dystrophic mice), and males (n 12) for C57BL/6 J (control group), originally obtained from the Jackson Laboratory (Maine, USA) and further inbred at IPEN-CNEN/SP (Sao Paulo, Brazil), were used. A significant change was observed in the analysis of the heart of dystrophic mice suggesting that this dysfunction affects severely the heart muscle. These data may, in the future, contribute to the healthcare area, in veterinary medicine and in the pharmaceutical industry allowing the evaluation of the best procedures in diagnosis, treatment and investigations of neuromuscular diseases (muscular dystrophy) of patients through the use of animal models. (author)

  11. Echicetin coated polystyrene beads: a novel tool to investigate GPIb-specific platelet activation and aggregation.

    Alexey Navdaev

    Full Text Available von Willebrand factor/ristocetin (vWF/R induces GPIb-dependent platelet agglutination and activation of αIIbβ3 integrin, which also binds vWF. These conditions make it difficult to investigate GPIb-specific signaling pathways in washed platelets. Here, we investigated the specific mechanisms of GPIb signaling using echicetin-coated polystyrene beads, which specifically activate GPIb. We compared platelet activation induced by echicetin beads to vWF/R. Human platelets were stimulated with polystyrene beads coated with increasing amounts of echicetin and platelet activation by echicetin beads was then investigated to reveal GPIb specific signaling. Echicetin beads induced αIIbβ3-dependent aggregation of washed platelets, while under the same conditions vWF/R treatment led only to αIIbβ3-independent platelet agglutination. The average distance between the echicetin molecules on the polystyrene beads must be less than 7 nm for full platelet activation, while the total amount of echicetin used for activation is not critical. Echicetin beads induced strong phosphorylation of several proteins including p38, ERK and PKB. Synergistic signaling via P2Y12 and thromboxane receptor through secreted ADP and TxA2, respectively, were important for echicetin bead triggered platelet activation. Activation of PKG by the NO/sGC/cGMP pathway inhibited echicetin bead-induced platelet aggregation. Echicetin-coated beads are powerful and reliable tools to study signaling in human platelets activated solely via GPIb and GPIb-triggered pathways.

  12. Fast-neutron activation analysis of light elements

    Full text: The determination of lithium, carbon, oxygen, nitrogen and other light chemical elements in various modern materials in microgram level is of importance for analytical science. As it is well-known, a thermal neutron activation of C, H, N, and O produces negligible γ-ray activity. 13C (n, γ) 14C and 2H (n, γ) 3H reactions produce very small activities of the non- γ- emitters 3H and 14C, and the 19O (n, γ)19O and 15N(n, γ)16N reactions give very short lived 19O (27 sec) and 16N (7.1 sec). All of these reactions have extremely low thermal neutron cross sections. Therefore a major advantage of the instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) is the determination of trace elements in biological, medical and environmental materials. For this reason the above mentioned problems are solved with use of some variants of nuclear analytical techniques based on application of charged particle accelerators. However, there are several non-traditional reactor activation analysis techniques to solve such problems which have been developed and applied in various fields of semiconductor industry, biology, geology. In recent years these techniques were named as the nuclear reactor based charged particles activation analysis (NRCPAA). We distinguished two possible applications of a nuclear reactor as charged particles source. During last years the capabilities of the NRCPAA were investigated intensively and some our results were applied to determine light elements contents [1,2]. The recoil protons are produced as the result of (n, p) elastic and inelastic scattering interaction of fast neutrons with nucleus of light elements, for example, hydrogen. These protons are applied for the development of proton activation analysis for the determination of large concentrations of Li, B and O. The non-destructive activation analysis with use of 14-MeV fast neutrons (FNAA) is the most suitable method for analysis of N, P and Si. FNAA was applied for determination of nitrogen

  13. Large sample neutron activation analysis of a ceramic vase

    Stamatelatos, I.E.; Tzika, F.; Vasilopoulou, T.; Koster-Ammerlaan, M.J.J.

    2010-01-01

    Large Sample Neutron Activation Analysis (LSNAA) was applied to perform non-destructive elemental analysis of a ceramic vase. Appropriate neutron self-shielding and gamma ray detection efficiency calibration factors were derived using Monte Carlo code MCNP5. The results of LSNAA were compared against Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) results and a satisfactory agreement between the two methods was observed. The ratio of derived concentrations between the two methods was within 0...

  14. Mechanistic Investigation of Palladium–Catalyzed Allylic C–H Activation

    Engelin, Casper Junker; Jensen, Thomas; Rodríguez-Rodríguez, Sergio;

    2013-01-01

    The mechanism for the palladium–catalyzed allylic C–H activation was investigated using a combination of experimental and theoretical methods. A Hammett study revealed a buildup of a partial negative charge in the rate-determining step, while determination of the kinetic isotope effect (KIE...... acetate acts as a base in an intramolecular fashion during the C–H activation step. The re-oxidation of palladium was found to reach a similar energy level as that of the C–H activation. Calculations of turnover frequencies (TOF) for the entire catalytic cycle for the C–H alkylation were used to acquire a...

  15. Teaching-Learning Activity Modeling Based on Data Analysis

    Kyungrog Kim

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Numerous studies are currently being carried out on personalized services based on data analysis to find and provide valuable information about information overload. Furthermore, the number of studies on data analysis of teaching-learning activities for personalized services in the field of teaching-learning is increasing, too. This paper proposes a learning style recency-frequency-durability (LS-RFD model for quantified analysis on the level of activities of learners, to provide the elements of teaching-learning activities according to the learning style of the learner among various parameters for personalized service. This is to measure preferences as to teaching-learning activity according to recency, frequency and durability of such activities. Based on the results, user characteristics can be classified into groups for teaching-learning activity by categorizing the level of preference and activity of the learner.

  16. Faculty Activity Analysis in the Universidad Tecnica Del Estado Campuses.

    Karadima, Oscar

    An analysis of academic activities of college faculty at the eight campuses of Chile's Universidad Tecnica del Estado was conducted. Activities were grouped into seven categories: direct teaching, indirect teaching, research, community services, faculty development, academic administration, and other activities. Following the narrative…

  17. Insurer’s activity as object of economic analysis

    O.O. Poplavskiy

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The article is devoted to the substantiation of theoretical fundamentals of insurer’s analysis and peculiarities of its implementation. The attention has been focused on the important role of economic analysis in economic science which is confirmed by its active use in research and practical orientation. The author summarizes the classification and principles of insurer’s activity analysis, supplements it with specific principles for insurer’s environment, publicity and risk-orientation which enable increasingly to take into account the peculiarities of insurance relations. The paper pays attention to the specification of elements of analysis and its key directions including the analysis of insurer’s financing, the analysis of insurance operations and the analysis of investment activity which will allow the effective functioning of risk management system.

  18. Application of PERALS™ alpha spectrometry and gamma spectrometry for analysis and investigation of environmental spills at ISL uranium mining projects.

    Borysenko, A; Ostrowski, A; Bellifemine, D; Palmer, G; Haigh, P; Johnston, A

    2014-03-01

    Radiation protection and environmental monitoring in mining requires effective and reliable radionuclide analysis at all stages of the mine project-prior to mining, during operation and through to remediation and decommissioning. The approach presented in this paper was specially developed for the monitoring of radioactive waste resulting from spills during mining and mineral processing operations and uses a combination of high resolution gamma spectrometry, and PERALS™ alpha spectrometry to identify and reliably quantify the activity of the major members of the U-238 decay chain at activities down to 10 mBq g(-1) by direct radionuclide counting and by assessment of the activity of their decay products. This approach has reduced sample preparation and analysis time while providing effective analysis and quantification of naturally occurring radionuclides in environmental samples. It has been successfully applied to several in situ leach (ISL) mining-related projects involving investigations of process material spill impacts and also to routine environmental monitoring. PMID:24270399

  19. Empirical Platform Data Analysis to Investigate how Heat Pumps Operate in Real-Life Conditions

    Carmo, Carolina; Elmegaard, Brian; Nielsen, M. P.;

    2015-01-01

    heat pump configurations are considered depending on source (ground or air) and sink (radiators, floor heating and/or combined systems). This unique study intends to point out the benefits and limitations of such technologies in terms of energy efficiency and comfort delivery, as well as investigating......Heat pumps have been widely acknowledged, by academia and industry, as highly efficient thermal energy technologies, for space heating and domestic hot water production. However, there is a lack of information about real performance in residential single family houses with active participation of...... end-users. In this paper, an analysis based on data from 242 heat pump installations in Denmark gathered over a period up to 4 years (2010 until today) is performed. COP, operating temperatures and socio-demographic data are used as basis for comparing theoretical and actual performance. Six different...

  20. Design professional activity analysis in design management

    Claudia de Souza Libanio

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Design use perception, as an essential element for achieving competitive advantage, also suggests the need to manage the design activities in companies. However, a few is discussed about the activity of these design professionals who participate in this process, their roles, functions and competencies, including  their connections to a company and other involved sectors. This article aims to analyze, during the design management processes, the work relations of design professionals connected to organizations both internal and externally, in order to comprehend the structure and intervenient factors on the activity of these professionals, as well as the interactions with their main coworkers. The methodology was exploratory and qualitative, using in-depth interviews with three design professionals. Subsequently, the responses were analyzed allowing the comparison of these obtained data to the theoretical bases researched. Through this case study, it was possible to realize the aspects and the structure of the design professional activity, connected intern and externally to organizations, as well as its relations with the main coworkers.

  1. ESAA environment for seismic activity analysis

    ESAA is an X-window based, graphical and interactive, software system for analyzing seismic activity, using the earthquake catalogues of a given region as input. Basic design idea and structure of this system, as well as the progress in its implementation are reported. (author). 12 refs

  2. Microscopic Analysis of Activated Sludge. Training Manual.

    Office of Water Program Operations (EPA), Cincinnati, OH. National Training and Operational Technology Center.

    This training manual presents material on the use of a compound microscope to analyze microscope communities, present in wastewater treatment processes, for operational control. Course topics include: sampling techniques, sample handling, laboratory analysis, identification of organisms, data interpretation, and use of the compound microscope.…

  3. An Investigation into Social Learning Activities by Practitioners in Open Educational Practices

    Schreurs, Bieke; Van den Beemt, Antoine; Prinsen, Fleur; Witthaus, Gabi; Conole, Gráinne; De Laat, Maarten

    2014-01-01

    By investigating how educational practitioners participate in activities around open educational practices (OEP), this paper aims at contributing to an understanding of open practices and how these practitioners learn to use OEP. Our research is guided by the following hypothesis: Different social configurations support a variety of social…

  4. Combined in vivo and in silico investigations of activation of glycolysis in contracting skeletal muscle

    Schmitz, J. P. J.; Groenendaal, W.; Wessels, B.; Wiseman, R. W.; Hilbers, P. A. J.; Nicolay, K.; Prompers, J. J.; Jeneson, J. A. L.; van Riel, N. A. W.

    2013-01-01

    Schmitz JP, Groenendaal W, Wessels B, Wiseman RW, Hilbers PA, Nicolay K, Prompers JJ, Jeneson JA, van Riel NA. Combined in vivo and in silico investigations of activation of glycolysis in contracting skeletal muscle. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol 304: C180-C193, 2013. First published October 31, 2012; d

  5. Investigation of the red mud catalytic activity in carbon monoxide reaction decomposition

    Кириченко, Алексей Геннадьевич; Колесник, Дмитрий Николаевич

    2011-01-01

    The process of iron carburization using СО-contaning gas as a catalyst red mud is investigated. Determined the catalytic activity of red mud in the decomposition reaction of CO. The effect of red mud addition to iron ore materials to improve their recoverability and carburization

  6. Investigation of the free radical scavenging activity of Ginkgo biloba L. leaves.

    Ellnain-Wojtaszek, M; Kruczyński, Z; Kasprzak, J

    2003-02-01

    The free radical scavenging activity of methanolic, ethanolic and aqueous extracts from Ginkgo biloba leaves, has been determined by EPR (electron paramagnetic resonance) using the DPPH (1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl) radical scavenging method. The investigation has also included selected constituents of G. biloba leaves, protocatechuic and p-coumaric acids, quercetin, rutin, isoginkgetin and (+)-catechin. PMID:12628386

  7. Investigating Acceptance toward Mobile Learning to Assist Individual Knowledge Management: Based on Activity Theory Approach

    Liaw, Shu-Sheng; Hatala, Marek; Huang, Hsiu-Mei

    2010-01-01

    Mobile devices could facilitate human interaction and access to knowledge resources anytime and anywhere. With respect to wide application possibilities of mobile learning, investigating learners' acceptance towards it is an essential issue. Based on activity theory approach, this research explores positive factors for the acceptance of m-learning…

  8. Problematic Internet Use among Turkish University Students: A Multidimensional Investigation Based on Demographics and Internet Activities

    Tekinarslan, Erkan; Gurer, Melih Derya

    2011-01-01

    This study investigated the Turkish undergraduate university students' problematic Internet use (PIU) levels on different dimensions based on demographics (e.g., gender, Internet use by time of day), and Internet activities (e.g., chat, entertainment, social networking, information searching, etc.). Moreover, the study explored some predictors of…

  9. Going Underground: A Field Investigation and Lab Activity on Karst Topography and Water Systems

    O'Dell, Gary; Gonzalez-Espada, Wilson

    2011-01-01

    Students learn science best with activities that mirror the way scientists work. This article describes how geologists investigate groundwater flow systems in areas of karst topography--geologic formations shaped by dissolving bedrock--and provides a way for students to replicate this research. Students also use electric current to model water…

  10. Structural analysis and investigation of molecular properties of Cefpodoxime acid, a third generation antibiotic

    Suganthi, S.; Balu, P.; Sathyanarayanamoorthi, V.; Kannappan, V.; Kamil, M. G. Mohamed; Kumar, R.

    2016-03-01

    Extensive quantum mechanical studies are carried out on Cefpodoxime acid (CA), a new generation drug by Hartree-Fock (HF) and B3LYP methods to understand the structural and spectral characteristics of the molecule. The most stable geometry of the molecule was optimized and the bond parameters were reported. The spectroscopic properties of this pharmaceutically important compound were investigated by FT-IR, FT-Raman, UV and 1H NMR techniques. The scaled vibrational frequencies of CA in the ground state are calculated by HF and B3LYP methods with 6-311++G (d, p) basis set and compared with the observed FT-IR and FT-Raman spectra. The vibrational spectral analysis indicates the presence of two intra molecular hydrogen bonds in the molecule which is supported by theoretical study. 1H NMR chemical shifts (δ) were calculated for the CA molecule and compared with the experimental values. The theoretical electronic absorption spectral data in water and ethanol solvents were computed by TD-DFT method. UV-Vis absorption spectra of CA are recorded in these two solvents and compared with theoretical spectra. The spectral data and natural bond orbital (NBO) analysis confirm the occurrence of intra molecular interactions in CA. The electronic distribution, in conjunction with electrophilicity index of CA was used to establish the active site and type of interaction between CA and beta lactamases. Mulliken population analysis on atomic charges is also carried out and thermodynamic properties of the title compound are calculated.

  11. Elemental analysis and plant samples at el-Manzala lake by neutron activation analysis technique

    A soil and a plant samples were taken from two locations, Bahr el-Bakar and Bahr Kados at the Manzala lake, where a high pollution is expected. The samples were especially treated and prepared for investigation by thermal neutron activation analysis (NAA). The irradiation facilities of the first egyptian research reactor (ET-R R-1) and the hyper pure germanium (HPGe) detection system were used for such a type of analysis. Among the 34 identified elements Fe, Co, As, Ru, Cd, Te, La, Sm, Eu, Tb, Hg, Th, and U are of a special significance because of their toxic deleterious impact to organisms. This work is a part of a research project concerning pollution studies on the river nile and some lakes of egypt. The data obtained in the present work stand as a reference basic record for any future follow up of the contamination level. 1 tab

  12. Engineering analysis activities in support of susquehanna unit 1 startup testing and cycle 1 operations

    The engineering analysis group is responsible for all nuclear plant systems analysis and reactor analysis activities, excluding fuel management analysis, at Pennsylvania Power and Light Company. These activities include making pretest and posttest predictions of startup tests; analyzing unplanned or unexpected transient events; providing technical training to plant personnel; assisting in the development of emergency drill scenarios; providing engineering evaluations to support design and technical specification changes, and evaluating, assessing, and resolving a number of license conditions. Many of these activities have required the direct use of RETRAN models. Two RETRAN analyses that were completed to support plant operations - a pretest analysis of the turbine trip startup test, and a posttest analysis of the loss of startup transformer event - are investigated. For each case, RETRAN results are compared with available plant data and comparisons are drawn on the acceptability of the performance of the plant systems

  13. Institutional Repositories: Investigating User Groups and Comparative Evaluation Using Link Analysis

    Wells, Paul

    2009-01-01

    The aim of this investigation was to look at user groups of institutional repositories. Past research on repository users has focused on authors and depositors at the expense of other users, and little is known about what types of user groups are associated with institutional repositories. This investigation used the research techniques of link analysis and content analysis to investigate links to institutional repository websites and determine what types of user groups are using repositories...

  14. Neutron activation analysis of geothermal water

    Instrumental technique of determination of 16 microimpurities in geothermal water samples is worked out. Probes and standard samples with cadmium filter have been irradiated by the thermal neutron flux of 5x1013 neutr.xcm-2xc-1. Cadmium filter permitted to considerably decrease 24Na radio activity caused by its high content in geothermal water, and to measure radioactivity in several hours after irradiation. Radioactivity measurement has been carried out without probe unpacking

  15. ANALYSIS OF ECOLOGICAL ACTIVITY OF PODLASIE PROVINCE

    Agnieszka Kisło; Iwona Skoczko

    2014-01-01

    The beginning of the period where the impact of human activity took dangerous size is considered to be 40 years of the nineteenth century. Then the large-scale production of electricity increased production of metallurgical industry and transport development. Significant changes contributed to rapid population growth and urbanization and industrialization processes. Man by intensive exploitation reduces or completely exhausted most natural resources. This has resulted in the availability crit...

  16. TIBER activation analysis: Appendix A-3

    TIBER-II is an engineering test reactor designed to establish the technical feasibility for fusion, and is a US option for the prospective International Thermonuclear Test Reactor (ITER). The TIBER-II baseline design has 3 m major radius, 3.6 aspect ratio, and 1.1 MW/m2 average neutron wall loading. The inboard shield is about .5 m thick and structurally consists of tungsten alloy and PCA alloy. The outboard is 1.52 m thick and utilizes PCA as structure and beryllium as a neutron multiplier. An aqueous solution of 160 g LiNO3/liter is used throughout as a coolant and breeder. A one-dimensional cylindrical model for TIBER is used to calculate the neutron flux and the radioactivities. Activities are calculated during and after 2.5 full power years (FPY) of operation. TIBER total activity is ∼2 MCi/cm at the end of operation and is dominated by the inboard activity. The high volumetric fraction of the PCA/W alloys in the inboard shield, used to provide magnet protection at the limited inboard space, makes the inboard specific activity two orders of magnitude higher than that of the outboard and dominant all the time. The decay heat due to β and γ decay produces about .05 W/cc in the inboard at shutdown and for a few weeks. Under adiabatic conditions, this heat would raise the inboard shield temperature up to 11500C. A considerable part of this heat is generated by the γ decay which might help, through the γ transport, to smooth the heat concentration. Waste disposal ratings of the TIBER structures have been calculated, and it is found that both the inboard and the outboard shield are classified as Class C radwaste. 4 refs., 4 figs., 3 tabs

  17. Acquisition Path Analysis as a Collaborative Activity

    In the International Atomic Energy Agency, acquisition path analysis (APA) is indispensable to safeguards implementation. It is an integral part of both State evaluation process and the development of State level safeguards approaches, all performed through ongoing collaborative analysis of all available safeguards relevant information by State evaluation groups (SEG) with participation of other contributors, as required. To perform comprehensive State evaluation, to develop and revise State-level safeguards approaches, and to prepare annual implementation plans, the SEG in its collaborative analysis follows accepted safeguards methodology and guidance. In particular, the guide ''Performing Acquisition Path Analysis for the Development of a State-level Safeguards Approach for a State with a CSA'' is used. This guide identifies four major steps of the APA process: 1. Consolidating information about the State's past, present and planned nuclear fuel cycle-related capabilities and infrastructure; 2. Identifying and visually presenting technically plausible acquisition paths for the State; 3. Assessing acquisition path steps (State's technical capabilities and possible actions) along the identified acquisition paths; and 4. Assessing the time needed to accomplish each identified technically plausible acquisition path for the State. The paper reports on SEG members' and other contributors' experience with APA when following the above steps, including the identification of plausible acquisition pathways, estimation of time frames for all identified steps and determination of the time needed to accomplish each acquisition path. The difficulties that the SEG encountered during the process of performing the APA are also addressed. Feedback in the form of practical suggestions for improving the clarity of the acquisition path step assessment forms and a proposal for software support are also included. (author)

  18. Analysis of microseismic signals and temperature recordings for rock slope stability investigations in high mountain areas

    C. Occhiena

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available The permafrost degradation is a probable cause for the increase of rock instabilities and rock falls observed in recent years in high mountain areas, particularly in the Alpine region. The phenomenon causes the thaw of the ice filling rock discontinuities; the water deriving from it subsequently freezes again inducing stresses in the rock mass that may lead, in the long term, to rock falls. To investigate these processes, a monitoring system composed by geophones and thermometers was installed in 2007 at the Carrel hut (3829 m a.s.l., Matterhorn, NW Alps. In 2010, in the framework of the Interreg 2007–2013 Alcotra project no. 56 MASSA, the monitoring system has been empowered and renovated in order to meet project needs.

    In this paper, the data recorded by this renewed system between 6 October 2010 and 5 October 2011 are presented and 329 selected microseismic events are analysed. The data processing has concerned the classification of the recorded signals, the analysis of their distribution in time and the identification of the most important trace characteristics in time and frequency domain. The interpretation of the results has evidenced a possible correlation between the temperature trend and the event occurrence.

    The research is still in progress and the data recording and interpretation are planned for a longer period to better investigate the spatial-temporal distribution of microseismic activity in the rock mass, with specific attention to the relation of microseismic activity with temperatures. The overall goal is to verify the possibility to set up an effective monitoring system for investigating the stability of a rock mass under permafrost conditions, in order to supply the researchers with useful data to better understand the relationship between temperature and rock mass stability and, possibly, the technicians with a valid tool for decision-making.

  19. Analysis of microseismic signals and temperature recordings for rock slope stability investigations in high mountain areas

    Occhiena, C.; Coviello, V.; Arattano, M.; Chiarle, M.; Morra di Cella, U.; Pirulli, M.; Pogliotti, P.; Scavia, C.

    2012-07-01

    The permafrost degradation is a probable cause for the increase of rock instabilities and rock falls observed in recent years in high mountain areas, particularly in the Alpine region. The phenomenon causes the thaw of the ice filling rock discontinuities; the water deriving from it subsequently freezes again inducing stresses in the rock mass that may lead, in the long term, to rock falls. To investigate these processes, a monitoring system composed by geophones and thermometers was installed in 2007 at the Carrel hut (3829 m a.s.l., Matterhorn, NW Alps). In 2010, in the framework of the Interreg 2007-2013 Alcotra project no. 56 MASSA, the monitoring system has been empowered and renovated in order to meet project needs. In this paper, the data recorded by this renewed system between 6 October 2010 and 5 October 2011 are presented and 329 selected microseismic events are analysed. The data processing has concerned the classification of the recorded signals, the analysis of their distribution in time and the identification of the most important trace characteristics in time and frequency domain. The interpretation of the results has evidenced a possible correlation between the temperature trend and the event occurrence. The research is still in progress and the data recording and interpretation are planned for a longer period to better investigate the spatial-temporal distribution of microseismic activity in the rock mass, with specific attention to the relation of microseismic activity with temperatures. The overall goal is to verify the possibility to set up an effective monitoring system for investigating the stability of a rock mass under permafrost conditions, in order to supply the researchers with useful data to better understand the relationship between temperature and rock mass stability and, possibly, the technicians with a valid tool for decision-making.

  20. Bio-active nanoemulsions enriched with gold nanoparticle, marigold extracts and lipoic acid: In vitro investigations.

    Guler, Emine; Barlas, F Baris; Yavuz, Murat; Demir, Bilal; Gumus, Z Pinar; Baspinar, Yucel; Coskunol, Hakan; Timur, Suna

    2014-09-01

    A novel and efficient approach for the preparation of enriched herbal formulations was described and their potential applications including wound healing and antioxidant activity (cell based and cell free) were investigated via in vitro cell culture studies. Nigella sativa oil was enriched with Calendula officinalis extract and lipoic acid capped gold nanoparticles (AuNP-LA) using nanoemulsion systems. The combination of these bio-active compounds was used to design oil in water (O/W) and water in oil (W/O) emulsions. The resulted emulsions were characterized by particle size measurements. The phenolic content of each nanoemulsion was examined by using both colorimetric assay and chromatographic analyses. Two different methods containing cell free chemical assay (1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl method) and cell based antioxidant activity test were used to evaluate the antioxidant capacities. In order to investigate the bio-activities of the herbal formulations, in vitro cell culture experiments, including cytotoxicity, scratch assay, antioxidant activity and cell proliferation were carried out using Vero cell line as a model cell line. Furthermore, to monitor localization of the nanoemulsions after application of the cell culture, the cell images were monitored via fluorescence microscope after FITC labeling. All data confirmed that the enriched N. sativa formulations exhibited better antioxidant and wound healing activity than N. sativa emulsion without any enrichment. In conclusion, the incorporation of AuNP-LA and C. officinalis extract into the N. sativa emulsions significantly increased the bio-activities. The present work may support further studies about using the other bio-active agents for the enrichment of herbal preparations to strengthen their activities. PMID:25009101

  1. Thermal neutron activation investigation of raw materials and related final products involved in the iron making process

    Neutron activation analysis (NAA) was applied to investigate some samples of raw and auxiliary materials (sinter, pellets, coke) and related final products (cast iron, slag, blast-furnace flue dust) involved in the iron making process in the SIDEX Iron and Steel Works at Galati, Romania. A series of elements were determined in the analyzed samples: Al, As, Cu, Fe, K, Mn, Na, V and W. We sought for the transfer of As, Cu, K, Na, V and W from auxiliary materials to cast iron during the blast furnace process. (authors)

  2. Analysis of essential oils from Voacanga africana seeds at different hydrodistillation extraction stages: chemical composition, antioxidant activity and antimicrobial activity.

    Liu, Xiong; Yang, Dongliang; Liu, Jiajia; Ren, Na

    2015-01-01

    In this study, essential oils from Voacanga africana seeds at different extraction stages were investigated. In the chemical composition analysis, 27 compounds representing 86.69-95.03% of the total essential oils were identified and quantified. The main constituents in essential oils were terpenoids, alcohols and fatty acids accounting for 15.03-24.36%, 21.57-34.43% and 33.06-57.37%, respectively. Moreover, the analysis also revealed that essential oils from different extraction stages possessed different chemical compositions. In the antioxidant evaluation, all analysed oils showed similar antioxidant behaviours, and the concentrations of essential oils providing 50% inhibition of DPPH-scavenging activity (IC50) were about 25 mg/mL. In the antimicrobial experiments, essential oils from different extraction stages exhibited different antimicrobial activities. The antimicrobial activity of oils was affected by extraction stages. By controlling extraction stages, it is promising to obtain essential oils with desired antimicrobial activities. PMID:25686854

  3. Segmentation of visitors to shopping centers based on their activities through factor analysis and cluster analysis

    reza soleymani-damaneh

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Knowing customers of shopping centers contributes greatly to increase profits of these centers. Segmentation of the customers is one of the most effective means of knowing the customers. The purpose of this study was to present a segmentation of the customers based on their activities in the shopping centers. The participants were 157 visitors to Milad-e-Noor Shopping Center who were required to answer the questions in the questionnaire. Data were analyzed in three steps. Through the use of factor analysis, in the first step, the number of variables was reduced to the four factors of entertainment activities, planned shopping, shopping information gathering and unplanned shopping. These factors were then inserted into K-mean cluster analysis and, in the second step and the visitors were divided into 4 segments on the basis of their activity as following: traditionalists, shopping center enthusiasts, wandering customers, and entertainment seekers. In the third step, the demographic and behavioral variables were investigated in the identified clusters. Considering the variables of age, academic status and accompanying persons in shopping centers, these clusters were significantly different. In respect to variables of sex, marital status, the length of presence in the shopping centers, occupations and monthly salary they were recognized as homogenous, however.

  4. Active vision in satellite scene analysis

    Naillon, Martine

    1994-01-01

    In earth observation or planetary exploration it is necessary to have more and, more autonomous systems, able to adapt to unpredictable situations. This imposes the use, in artificial systems, of new concepts in cognition, based on the fact that perception should not be separated from recognition and decision making levels. This means that low level signal processing (perception level) should interact with symbolic and high level processing (decision level). This paper is going to describe the new concept of active vision, implemented in Distributed Artificial Intelligence by Dassault Aviation following a 'structuralist' principle. An application to spatial image interpretation is given, oriented toward flexible robotics.

  5. Rapid radiochemical separations in neutron activation analysis

    Rapid radiochemical separation procedures based on the removal of metal ions by columns of C18-bonded silica gel after selective complexation are examined and the simplicity of the method demonstrated by its application to the determination of Mn, Cu and Zn in neutron-activated biological material. The method is rapid and reliable and readily adaptable in all radiochemical laboratories. An alternative separation procedure for selenium in blood plasma involving desalination and concentration of the selenium protein complex by gel filtration or ultrafiltration is briefly discussed. (author)

  6. Elemental analysis of brazing alloy samples by neutron activation technique

    Two brazing alloy samples (C P2 and C P3) have been investigated by Neutron activation analysis (NAA) technique in order to identify and estimate their constituent elements. The pneumatic irradiation rabbit system (PIRS), installed at the first egyptian research reactor (ETRR-1) was used for short-time irradiation (30 s) with a thermal neutron flux of 1.6 x 1011 n/cm2/s in the reactor reflector, where the thermal to epithermal neutron flux ratio is 106. Long-time irradiation (48 hours) was performed at reactor core periphery with thermal neutron flux of 3.34 x 1012 n/cm2/s, and thermal to epithermal neutron flux ratio of 79. Activation by epithermal neutrons was taken into account for the (1/v) and resonance neutron absorption in both methods. A hyper pure germanium detection system was used for gamma-ray acquisitions. The concentration values of Al, Cr, Fe, Co, Cu, Zn, Se, Ag and Sb were estimated as percentages of the sample weight and compared with reported values. 1 tab

  7. Combined approach based on principal component analysis and canonical discriminant analysis for investigating hyperspectral plant response

    Anna Maria Stellacci

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Hyperspectral (HS data represents an extremely powerful means for rapidly detecting crop stress and then aiding in the rational management of natural resources in agriculture. However, large volume of data poses a challenge for data processing and extracting crucial information. Multivariate statistical techniques can play a key role in the analysis of HS data, as they may allow to both eliminate redundant information and identify synthetic indices which maximize differences among levels of stress. In this paper we propose an integrated approach, based on the combined use of Principal Component Analysis (PCA and Canonical Discriminant Analysis (CDA, to investigate HS plant response and discriminate plant status. The approach was preliminary evaluated on a data set collected on durum wheat plants grown under different nitrogen (N stress levels. Hyperspectral measurements were performed at anthesis through a high resolution field spectroradiometer, ASD FieldSpec HandHeld, covering the 325-1075 nm region. Reflectance data were first restricted to the interval 510-1000 nm and then divided into five bands of the electromagnetic spectrum [green: 510-580 nm; yellow: 581-630 nm; red: 631-690 nm; red-edge: 705-770 nm; near-infrared (NIR: 771-1000 nm]. PCA was applied to each spectral interval. CDA was performed on the extracted components to identify the factors maximizing the differences among plants fertilised with increasing N rates. Within the intervals of green, yellow and red only the first principal component (PC had an eigenvalue greater than 1 and explained more than 95% of total variance; within the ranges of red-edge and NIR, the first two PCs had an eigenvalue higher than 1. Two canonical variables explained cumulatively more than 81% of total variance and the first was able to discriminate wheat plants differently fertilised, as confirmed also by the significant correlation with aboveground biomass and grain yield parameters. The combined

  8. PRELIMINARY PHYTOCHEMICAL INVESTIGATION AND ANTHELMINTIC ACTIVITY OF ACACIA SUMA (ROXB BARKS

    Acharyya Suman

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The present work was conducted to investigate the preliminary phytochemical studies and anthelmintic activities on the bark of Acacia suma (Roxb. Family- Fabaceae against adult Indian earthworms, Pheretima posthuma. Various concentrations (5-25 mg/ml of each extract along with the reference samples (Piperazine citrate, Albendazole were subjected for anthelmintic activity study. The qualitative test revealed that the petroleum ether extracts contained only terpenoids but chloroform and hydroalcoholic (Methanol 70% v/v extracts exhibited the presence of carbohydrates, alkaloids, glycosides, flavonoids, tannins and saponins but amino acids and steroids were absent. All the extracts showed anthelmintic activity when compared with petroleum ether and chloroform extracts. The anthelmintic activity of hydroalcoholic extract was comparable with reference drugs.

  9. Nondestructive neutron activation analysis of mineral materials. III

    A description is presented of sampling, calibration standards, the method of activation and measurement, activation product identification, the respective nuclear reactions, interfering admixtures, and pre-activation operations. The analysis is described of sulphides, halogenides, oxides, sulphates, carbonates, phosphates, silicates, aluminosilicates, composite minerals containing lanthanides, rocks, tektites, meteors, and plant materials. The method allows determining mainly F, Mg, Al, Ti, V, Nb, Rh, and I which cannot be determined by long-term activation (LTA). It is more sensitive than LTA in determining Ca, Cu, In, and Dy. The analysis takes less time, irradiation and measurement are less costly. The main mineral components are quickly found. (M.K.)

  10. Neutron activation analysis of ancient silver coins

    The amounts of gold and copper present as impurities in 500 Creek silver coins of the fifth century B.C. have been determined with a gamma-ray spectrometer, following neutron activation. The coinage from eight cities and kingdoms was studied; the average gold-content for different groups of coins varies between 0.02% and 0.3%, and the copper content between 0.1% and 10%. Evidence about trading connexions and of deliberate debasements of the coinage has been obtained, and several unsuspected plated coins were detected. The gold content was determined by measuring the intensity of the 0.411 MeV gamma-ray from Au198 (2.69 d); for the copper content the 0.511 MeV positron annihilation radiation from Cu64 (12.8 h) was used, and for silver the 0.884 MeV gamma-ray from Ag110m (253 d). Decay measurements were used as a check of identity. The technique of using total gamma-activity decay curves by themselves is insufficiently sensitive. For accurate work, the importance of approximate facsimile standards is stressed. (author)

  11. Nuclear power company activity based costing management analysis

    With Nuclear Energy Industry development, Nuclear Power Company has the continual promoting stress of inner management to the sustainable marketing operation development. In view of this, it is very imminence that Nuclear Power Company should promote the cost management levels and built the nuclear safety based lower cost competitive advantage. Activity based costing management (ABCM) transfer the cost management emphases from the 'product' to the 'activity' using the value chain analysis methods, cost driver analysis methods and so on. According to the analysis of the detail activities and the value chains, cancel the unnecessary activity, low down the resource consuming of the necessary activity, and manage the cost from the source, achieve the purpose of reducing cost, boosting efficiency and realizing the management value. It gets the conclusion from the detail analysis with the nuclear power company procedure and activity, and also with the selection to 'pieces analysis' of the important cost related project in the nuclear power company. The conclusion is that the activities of the nuclear power company has the obviously performance. It can use the management of ABC method. And with the management of the procedure and activity, it is helpful to realize the nuclear safety based low cost competitive advantage in the nuclear power company. (author)

  12. Activation analysis of the compact ignition tokamak

    Selcow, E.C.

    1986-01-01

    The US fusion program has completed the conceptual design of a compact tokamak device that achieves ignition. The high neutron wall loadings associated with this compact deuterium-tritium-burning device indicate that radiation-related issues may be significant considerations in the overall system design. Sufficient shielding will be requied for the radiation protection of both reactor components and occupational personnel. A close-in igloo shield has been designed around the periphery of the tokamak structure to permit personnel access into the test cell after shutdown and limit the total activation of the test cell components. This paper describes the conceptual design of the igloo shield system and discusses the major neutronic concerns related to the design of the Compact Ignition Tokamak.

  13. Activation analysis of the compact ignition tokamak

    The US fusion program has completed the conceptual design of a compact tokamak device that achieves ignition. The high neutron wall loadings associated with this compact deuterium-tritium-burning device indicate that radiation-related issues may be significant considerations in the overall system design. Sufficient shielding will be requied for the radiation protection of both reactor components and occupational personnel. A close-in igloo shield has been designed around the periphery of the tokamak structure to permit personnel access into the test cell after shutdown and limit the total activation of the test cell components. This paper describes the conceptual design of the igloo shield system and discusses the major neutronic concerns related to the design of the Compact Ignition Tokamak

  14. Investigation on activation and strain-rate sensitivity in ultrafine-grained tantalum

    Wang, Y.; Liu, Y.; Wang, J.T., E-mail: jtwang@njust.edu.cn

    2015-05-21

    The activation volume and strain-rate sensitivity (SRS) of a plastic deformation process and their relationship are investigated in the present work. Through theoretical modeling based on the movement of both isolated kinks and kink pairs in a dislocation line, a new form of theoretical relationship between the strain-rate sensitivity and activation volume was developed, which reduces to the conventional and frequently used form of the same relationship when SRS is approaching zero. The strain rate jump test during the necking stage of tensile testing process is validated through combined theoretical analytical approaches, for obtaining strain rate sensitivity of materials with short uniform tensile stage, such as UFG metals. To validate the theoretical approaches and modeling presented in this work, strain-rate jump tests and repeated stress relaxation experiments were conducted, to measure the SRS and activation volume of commercial pure ultrafine-grained tantalum prepared by equal channel angular pressing. The experimental relationship between the strain-rate sensitivity and the activation volume of these tantalum samples fits well with the new form of theoretical relationship developed in this investigation. Experimental data from literature on nickel confirms the new form as well. The new form of theoretical relationship between strain-rate sensitivity and activation volume can be applied for both bcc and fcc metals as long as the major plastic deformation mechanism is dislocation gliding.

  15. Genome-wide investigation of schizophrenia associated plasma Ndel1 enzyme activity.

    Gadelha, Ary; Coleman, Jonathan; Breen, Gerome; Mazzoti, Diego Robles; Yonamine, Camila M; Pellegrino, Renata; Ota, Vanessa Kiyomi; Belangero, Sintia Iole; Glessner, Joseph; Sleiman, Patrick; Hakonarson, Hakon; Hayashi, Mirian A F; Bressan, Rodrigo A

    2016-04-01

    Ndel1 is a DISC1-interacting oligopeptidase that cleaves in vitro neuropeptides as neurotensin and bradykinin, and which has been associated with both neuronal migration and neurite outgrowth. We previously reported that plasma Ndel1 enzyme activity is lower in patients with schizophrenia (SCZ) compared to healthy controls (HCs). To our knowledge, no previous study has investigated the genetic factors associated with the plasma Ndel1 enzyme activity. In the current analyses, samples from 83 SCZ patients and 92 control subjects that were assayed for plasma Ndel1 enzyme activity were genotyped on Illumina Omni Express arrays. A genetic relationship matrix using genome-wide information was then used for ancestry correction, and association statistics were calculated genome-wide. Ndel1 enzyme activity was significantly lower in patients with SCZ (t=4.9; p<0.001) and was found to be associated with CAMK1D, MAGI2, CCDC25, and GABGR3, at a level of suggestive significance (p<10(-6)), independent of the clinical status. Then, we performed a model to investigate the observed differences for case/control measures. 2 SNPs at region 1p22.2 reached the p<10(-7) level. ZFPM2 and MAD1L1 were the only two genes with more than one hit at 10(-6) order of p value. Therefore, Ndel1 enzyme activity is a complex trait influenced by many different genetic variants that may contribute to SCZ physiopathology. PMID:26851141

  16. A statistical analysis of electrical cerebral activity

    The aim of this work was to study the statistical properties of the amplitude of the electroencephalographic signal. The experimental method is described (implantation of electrodes, acquisition and treatment of data). The program of the mathematical analysis is given (calculation of probability density functions, study of stationarity) and the validity of the tests discussed. The results concerned ten rabbits. Trips of EEG were sampled during 40 s. with very short intervals (500 μs). The probability density functions established for different brain structures (especially the dorsal hippocampus) and areas, were compared during sleep, arousal and visual stimulus. Using a Χ2 test, it was found that the Gaussian distribution assumption was rejected in 96.7 per cent of the cases. For a given physiological state, there was no mathematical reason to reject the assumption of stationarity (in 96 per cent of the cases). (author)

  17. Mathematical analysis of complex cellular activity

    Bertram, Richard; Teka, Wondimu; Vo, Theodore; Wechselberger, Martin; Kirk, Vivien; Sneyd, James

    2015-01-01

    This book contains two review articles on mathematical physiology that deal with closely related topics but were written and can be read independently. The first article reviews the basic theory of calcium oscillations (common to almost all cell types), including spatio-temporal behaviors such as waves. The second article uses, and expands on, much of this basic theory to show how the interaction of cytosolic calcium oscillators with membrane ion channels can result in highly complex patterns of electrical spiking. Through these examples one can see clearly how multiple oscillatory processes interact within a cell, and how mathematical methods can be used to understand such interactions better. The two reviews provide excellent examples of how mathematics and physiology can learn from each other, and work jointly towards a better understanding of complex cellular processes. Review 1: Richard Bertram, Joel Tabak, Wondimu Teka, Theodore Vo, Martin Wechselberger: Geometric Singular Perturbation Analysis of Burst...

  18. Photosynthetic activity of dominant algal species in eutrophic shallow lake (Grosser Mueggelsee, Berlin) investigated by microautoradiography

    Photosynthetic activity of dominant phytoplankton in a eutrophic shallow lake was investigated by autoradiography in 1979 and 1980. It was shown by light and dark field microscopy that all species of cyanophyta (Oscillatoria redekei, Oscillatoria agardhii, Aphanizomenon flos-aquae) were characterized by a continuously high uptake of NaH14CO3. Similarly high photosynthetic activity was observed during the occurrence of Cryptomonas sp. and nanoplankton. Contrary to these observations, diatoms showed remarkably high portions of photosynthetically inactive biomass when their development was abundant. The reasons for this discrepancy between high biomass of diatoms and relatively low primary production (measured by 14C method and autoradiography) are discussed. (author)

  19. Barbiturate bearing aroylhydrazine derivatives: Synthesis, NMR investigations, single crystal X-ray studies and biological activity

    Giziroglu, Emrah; Sarikurkcu, Cengiz; Aygün, Muhittin; Basbulbul, Gamze; Soyleyici, H. Can; Firinci, Erkan; Kirkan, Bulent; Alkis, Ayse; Saylica, Tayfur; Biyik, Halil

    2016-03-01

    A series of barbituric acid aroylhydrazine derivatives have been prepared from their corresponding 1,3-dimethyl-5-acetyl barbituric acid and aroylhydrazines. All compounds have been fully characterized by using FT-IR, multinuclear NMR (1H, 13C) and Mass (MS) spectrometry. We also describe the X-ray crystal structure of 3a, which crystallizes in the monoclinic P21/n space group. The crystal structure is stabilized with infinite linear chains of dimeric units. Furthermore, all compounds were investigated for their tyrosinase inhibition, antioxidative and antimicrobial activies. The results from biological activity assays have shown that all of compounds have excellent antioxidant, significant tyrosinase inhibition and moderate antimicrobial activity.

  20. Explorative investigation of biomarkers of brain damage and coagulation system activation in clinical stroke differentiation

    Undén, Johan; Strandberg, Karin; Malm, Jan;

    2009-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: A simple and accurate method of differentiating ischemic stroke and intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) is potentially useful to facilitate acute therapeutic management. Blood measurements of biomarkers of brain damage and activation of the coagulation system may potentially serve as novel...... diagnostic tools for stroke subtypes. METHODS: Ninety-seven stroke patients were prospectively investigated in a multicenter design with blood levels of brain biomarkers S100B, neuron specific enolase (NSE), glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) as well as a coagulation biomarker, activated protein C...... exploratory study indicated that blood levels of biomarkers GFAP and APC-PCI, prior to neuroimaging, may rule out ICH in a mixed stroke population....

  1. ANALYSIS OF OPERATIONAL AND INVESTMENT ACTIVITIES OF LOCAL ADMINISTRATION

    BATRANCEA, Ioan; STOIA Ioan; CSEGEDI Sandor

    2013-01-01

    In this paper the authors describe how the analysis of operational and investment activities in conjunction with the financial policies of firms subordinated to county councils in the North-West of Romania.

  2. Preliminary investigation on the antibacterial activity of mango (Mangifera indica L:Anacardiaceae) seed kernel

    Jasminder Kaur; Xavier Rathinam; Marimuthu Kasi; Khoo Miew Leng; Rajasekaran Ayyalu; Kathiresan S; Sreeramanan Subramaniam

    2010-01-01

    Objective:To evaluate the antibacterial activity of the methanolic extract of mango (Mangifera indicaL.) seed kernel.Methods: Chokanan mango seed kernel and seed kernels from assorted mango varieties were collected, cleaned, dried and powered. Crude methanolic extracts of mango seed kernel were analyzed for the phytochemical constituents. The free radical scavenging activity was determined by2,2-Diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl(DPPH)assay. Antibacterial activity was evaluated by disc diffusion assay with three medically important bacterial pathogens such as methicillin resistantStaphylococcus aureus (S. aureus)(MRSA),Escherichia coli (E. coli) andVibrio vulnificus (V. vulnificus).Results: Qualitative phytochemical analysis indicated the presence of important phytochemical compounds such as glycosides, saponins, flavanoids, tannins and alkaloids. There was no significant difference in the phytochemical content between the single and assorted mango seed kernels. However, the free radical scavenging study indicated that the assorted mango kernels showed slightly higher activity than the single species (P<0.05). The crude methanolic extract of mango seed kernel at a concentration of100 mg/mL is found to have potential antimicrobial activity againstMRSA and E. coli compared toV. vulnificus. Study on the antibacterial activity also indicated that there was no significant difference in the antibacterial activity of the single and assorted mango seed kernel extracts.Conclusions: The present study conclusively demonstrates the free radical scavenging activity and antibacterial activities of mango seed kernel. In addition, the results also indicated that there is no significant difference in the phytochemical content and biological activity of mango kernels from single and assorted mango varieties.

  3. Investigation of the chemical composition-antibacterial activity relationship of essential oils by chemometric methods.

    Miladinović, Dragoljub L; Ilić, Budimir S; Mihajilov-Krstev, Tatjana M; Nikolić, Nikola D; Miladinović, Ljiljana C; Cvetković, Olga G

    2012-05-01

    The antibacterial effects of Thymus vulgaris (Lamiaceae), Lavandula angustifolia (Lamiaceae), and Calamintha nepeta (Lamiaceae) Savi subsp. nepeta var. subisodonda (Borb.) Hayek essential oils on five different bacteria were estimated. Laboratory control strain and clinical isolates from different pathogenic media were researched by broth microdilution method, with an emphasis on a chemical composition-antibacterial activity relationship. The main constituents of thyme oil were thymol (59.95%) and p-cymene (18.34%). Linalool acetate (38.23%) and β-linalool (35.01%) were main compounds in lavender oil. C. nepeta essential oil was characterized by a high percentage of piperitone oxide (59.07%) and limonene (9.05%). Essential oils have been found to have antimicrobial activity against all tested microorganisms. Classification and comparison of essential oils on the basis of their chemical composition and antibacterial activity were made by utilization of appropriate chemometric methods. The chemical principal component analysis (PCA) and hierachical cluster analysis (HCA) separated essential oils into two groups and two sub-groups. Thyme essential oil forms separate chemical HCA group and exhibits highest antibacterial activity, similar to tetracycline. Essential oils of lavender and C. nepeta in the same chemical HCA group were classified in different groups, within antibacterial PCA and HCA analyses. Lavender oil exhibits higher antibacterial ability in comparison with C. nepeta essential oil, probably based on the concept of synergistic activity of essential oil components. PMID:22389175

  4. The verification of neutron activation analysis support system (cooperative research)

    Neutron activation analysis support system is the system in which even the user who has not much experience in the neutron activation analysis can conveniently and accurately carry out the multi-element analysis of the sample. In this verification test, subjects such functions, usability, precision and accuracy of the analysis and etc. of the neutron activation analysis support system were confirmed. As a method of the verification test, it was carried out using irradiation device, measuring device, automatic sample changer and analyzer equipped in the JRR-3M PN-3 facility, and analysis software KAYZERO/SOLCOI based on the k0 method. With these equipments, calibration of the germanium detector, measurement of the parameter of the irradiation field and analysis of three kinds of environmental standard sample were carried out. The k0 method adopted in this system is primarily utilized in Europe recently, and it is the analysis method, which can conveniently and accurately carried out the multi-element analysis of the sample without requiring individual comparison standard sample. By this system, total 28 elements were determined quantitatively, and 16 elements with the value guaranteed as analytical data of the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) environment standard sample were analyzed in the accuracy within 15%. This report describes content and verification result of neutron activation support system. (author)

  5. An investigation of the mimetic enzyme activity of two-dimensional Pd-based nanostructures

    Wei, Jingping; Chen, Xiaolan; Shi, Saige; Mo, Shiguang; Zheng, Nanfeng

    2015-11-01

    In this work, we investigated the mimetic enzyme activity of two-dimensional (2D) Pd-based nanostructures (e.g. Pd nanosheets, Pd@Au and Pd@Pt nanoplates) and found that they possess intrinsic peroxidase-, oxidase- and catalase-like activities. These nanostructures were able to activate hydrogen peroxide or dissolved oxygen for catalyzing the oxidation of organic substrates, and decompose hydrogen peroxide to generate oxygen. More systematic investigations revealed that the peroxidase-like activities of these Pd-based nanomaterials were highly structure- and composition-dependent. Among them, Pd@Pt nanoplates displayed the highest peroxidase-like activity. Based on these findings, Pd-based nanostructures were applied for the colorimetric detection of H2O2 and glucose, and also the electro-catalytic reduction of H2O2. This work offers a promising prospect for the application of 2D noble metal nanostructures in biocatalysis.In this work, we investigated the mimetic enzyme activity of two-dimensional (2D) Pd-based nanostructures (e.g. Pd nanosheets, Pd@Au and Pd@Pt nanoplates) and found that they possess intrinsic peroxidase-, oxidase- and catalase-like activities. These nanostructures were able to activate hydrogen peroxide or dissolved oxygen for catalyzing the oxidation of organic substrates, and decompose hydrogen peroxide to generate oxygen. More systematic investigations revealed that the peroxidase-like activities of these Pd-based nanomaterials were highly structure- and composition-dependent. Among them, Pd@Pt nanoplates displayed the highest peroxidase-like activity. Based on these findings, Pd-based nanostructures were applied for the colorimetric detection of H2O2 and glucose, and also the electro-catalytic reduction of H2O2. This work offers a promising prospect for the application of 2D noble metal nanostructures in biocatalysis. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: TEM images, EDX and dispersion stability of Pd-based nanomaterials

  6. Study of the origin of Mexican Indian potshards by means of neutron activation analysis

    This investigation is devoted to study similarities between various samples of Mexican potteries. Neutron activation analysis can provide a clue about the concentration of various elements in the clay sample. It constitutes a most accurate method for provenance studies. The availability of nuclear reactors and large lithium-drifted germanium detectors have made analysis of the pottery easier. Studies on the origin of Mexican Indian potshards by means of neutron activation analysis may clarify the relationship between tempered and untempered pottery made from the same clay and may facilitate a solution to many archaeological problems

  7. Diagnosis of mucoviscidosis by neutron activation analysis. Part 1

    Symptoms pathology, incidence, and gravity of the inherent syndrome called mucoviscidosis, or cystic fibrosis are described in this Part I. The analytical methods used for its diagnosis, both the conventional chemical ones and by neutron activation analysis are also summarised. Finally, an analytical method to study the incidence of mucoviscidosis in Brazil is presented. This , essentially, consists in bromine determination, in fingernails, by resonance neutron activation analysis. (author)

  8. Neutron activation analysis of cadmium in Jamaican soils

    A procedure for the instrumental neutron activation analysis of Cd in soils with relatively high Cd content and possible interferences is reported. Cadmium concentrations in Jamaican soils above 4 mg x kg-1 can now be reliably determined by multielemental instrumental activation analysis with an accuracy ±10% and the reasonably high throughput of 30 samples per day. Over 600 geochemical survey samples were analysed for Cd along with some 20 other long-lived elements. (author)

  9. Prompt Gamma-Ray Neutron Activation Analysis (PGNAA) for Elemental Analysis

    Robin P. Gardner

    2006-04-11

    This research project was to improve the prompt gamma-ray neutron activation analysis (PGNAA) measurement approach for bulk analysis, oil well logging, and small sample thermal enutron bean applications.

  10. An investigation into the relationship between political activity levels and political market orientation

    Ormrod, Robert P.; Henneberg, Stephan C.

    2010-01-01

    Purpose - The key objective of this research is to investigate the relationship between party member activity-levels and perceptions of their party's political market orientation. Specifically, it aims to scrutinise the differences in the interplay of attitudinal and behavioural aspects of...... political market orientation. Design/methodology/approach - Using a wide variety of respondent groups within the party, the research draws on an existing conceptualisation of political market orientation and empirically test its relationship with party member activity levels. Three models, plus a baseline....... Originality/value - This is one of a few studies empirically investigating the concept of political market orientation. Especially the focus on a wide range of respondents, in line with recent development in the literature on commercial market....

  11. Activation analysis based on secondary nuclear reactions

    Various types of analytical techniques founded on achievements of nuclear physics are used. There are two directions of the using of the main sources of the nuclear projectiles at development of the nuclear methods. In the first, the particles from the source are used directly for the excitation of nuclear reactions. In the second, the particles from the source are used for the generating of intermediate particles of other types which are used in turn for excitation of secondary nuclear reactions. In our research the neutrons are used for the generating of secondary charged particles which serve for excitation of nuclear reactions on elements with small atomic numbers. There are two variants in which both types of neutrons, as thermal, so and fast neutrons are used: 1) The triton flow is produced by thermal neutrons flux, which excites the nuclear reaction 6Li(n, α)T on lithium; 2) The recoil protons are produced as the result of (n, p) elastic or inelastic scattering interaction of fast neutrons with nucleus of light elements, for example, hydrogen. In this work the theoretical base of the application of secondary nuclear reactions excited by recoil protons was investigated

  12. ANALYSIS OF ECOLOGICAL ACTIVITY OF PODLASIE PROVINCE

    Agnieszka Kisło

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The beginning of the period where the impact of human activity took dangerous size is considered to be 40 years of the nineteenth century. Then the large-scale production of electricity increased production of metallurgical industry and transport development. Significant changes contributed to rapid population growth and urbanization and industrialization processes. Man by intensive exploitation reduces or completely exhausted most natural resources. This has resulted in the availability criterion, which is distinguished by inexhaustible and exhaustible resources. Exhaustible resources may include solar, wind, energy, ocean currents and the energy of the Earth. Exhaustible resources, however, are the elements of nature that as a result of the operation can be completely depleted or destroyed. These resources include: water, soil, plant world, animal world natural resources. The greater the intensity of acquiring human resources, the faster will be the depleted. There is also a very important division of exhaustible resources: non-renewable resources, renewable and very difficult reproducible (living areas. Non-renewable resources are mainly minerals, such as iron ore, crude oil, coal, sulfur, natural gas, useful stones, limestone, salt, and many other minerals. After extraction resources are processed, and the bed from which they were extracted can no longer be used. It is different from renewable resources; they are characterized by the fact that over time they are reconstituted, although, for this to happen balance of the environment through the rational use must be maintained. These resources include, among others, soil, water, flora and fauna, as well as atmospheric air.

  13. Gaia Payload Module Testing and Analysis Activities

    Soula, Laurent

    2012-07-01

    The Gaia objective is to produce a very accurate catalogue of 1 billion of sky objects in our galaxy and beyond. ASTRIUM’s extensive experience on silicon carbide (SiC) instruments has helped developing the latest-generation payload module. It integrates the most sensitive and stable telescopes ever made, mounted on a SiC torus structure supported by three bipods. This payload module has been tested in June 2011 by ASTRIUM at INTESPACE facilities in Toulouse. To conduct the sine qualification tests and support the data analyses in real-time, advanced tools have been used. Most of them have been developed in a previous ESA R&D project [1] “DYNamics: AssessMent and Improvement of TEst Data (DYNAMITED)” and implemented in a DynaWorks® environment. Mass Operator calculation, to evaluate the payload module interface loads from measured accelerations, or automatic correlation through a criterion based on FRF from tests or predictions, are part of these tools. Testing such a structure also revealed some piloting difficulties due to a quite low and varying damping of the structure and a strong coupling with the shaker. To take into account such phenomena in the correlation work, enhanced simulations have also been performed considering multi-points phased excitations. These analyses demonstrate the payload module qualification status and allow derivate a more representative model to be used in further coupled system activities.

  14. An Investigation of Preschool Teacher Candidates' views On Applications of Educational Activities

    Oguz Serdar Kesicioglu; Mehmet Mart

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this study investigates the views of preschool teacher candidates on applications of educational activities in preschool education. This research is the screening model research and 110 teacher candidates attending the third and fourth grades in the Department of Preschool Teaching in Faculty of Education in Giresun University and filling out the form constitute the working group of this study.'A Semi-Structured Interview Form' is used to gather the data of the study. With this aim...

  15. Investigation of Antibacterial Activity of Ethanolic and Methanolic Extracts of Mentha pulegium L.

    Hossein Motamedi; S. Mansour Seyyednejad; Fariba Dehghani; Zahra Hasannejad

    2014-01-01

    Background: With regard to the rapid emerging antibiotic resistance bacteria, plants as one of the most common natural sources of antimicrobial agents can be used as alternative for treatment of infectious diseases. This study was designed to investigate antibacterial activity of Mentha pulegium L. (Lamiaceae family). Materials and Methods: In this experimental study, the antibacterial effect of 4, 8, 16 and 24 mg/disc of alcoholic extracts were assessed using standard disc diffusion metho...

  16. Developing Digital, Computational and Social Competencies through Investigative On-Line Activities

    Zoltan GALIK; Kalas, Ivan

    2009-01-01

    Internet and its services have become inherent element of the lives of young people. Nevertheless, we observe that educational potential, which the Internet offers for supporting learning processes, is acknowledged and exploited only partially. On that account, for several years we have been involved in developing investigative on-line activities, highly popular interactive events among students of the Slovak schools. In this way, as a value-added benefit, we have created unique opportunity f...

  17. Investigation of gravity wave activity based on NDMC, NDACC and CTBTO measurements

    Wüst, S.; Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt Oberpfaffenhofen (DLR), Germany; Schmidt, C.; Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt Oberpfaffenhofen (DLR), Germany; Kramer, R.; Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt Oberpfaffenhofen (DLR), Germany; Bittner, M.; Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt Oberpfaffenhofen (DLR), Germany; Hauchecorne, A.; Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), France; Keckhut, P.; Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), France; LePichon, A.; Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA), France; Marchetti, E.; Università degli studi di firenze (UNIFI); Mze, N.; Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), France; Pecora, E.; Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sezione Catania, Catania, Italia

    2014-01-01

    GRIPS (Ground based Infrared P-branch Spectrometer) airglow measurements allow the derivation of kinetic temperature in the mesopause region during night with a temporal resolution of 10s to 15s. Amongst others, these time series can be used for the investigation of atmospheric dynamics like gravity wave activity. GRIPS measurements are performed in the framework of NDMC – the international Network for the Detection of Mesospheric Change. The project ARISE combines NDMC, NDACC (Network for th...

  18. An Investigation into Mobile Based Approach for Healthcare Activities, Occupational Therapy System

    Mahmood, Sardasht; Lu, Joan

    2013-01-01

    This research is to design and optimize the high quality of mobile apps, especially for iOS. The objective of this research is to develop a mobile system for Occupational therapy specialists to access and retrieval information. The investigation identifies the key points of using mobile-D agile methodology in mobile application development. It considers current applications within a different platform. It achieves new apps (OTS) for the health care activities.

  19. An investigation into types of multiple intelligences and activities used in English classes at primary schools

    Şenbaş Filiz, Aslı

    2010-01-01

    The main purpose of the study was to investigate primary school students’ multiple intelligences according to their preferences and how the multiple intelligences differ in terms of grade level, gender, school and English classroom activities. This research was conducted in six primary schools in Çanakkale and provinces of Çanakkale with a total of 269 sixth and eighth grade students and 9 English Language teachers in spring 2008-2009 semester. There were 138 male and 131 female students. ...

  20. Investigation of in vitro Opioid Receptor Binding Activities of Some Turkish Salvia species

    Özge Gündüz Çınar; Hasan Kırmızıbekmez; Galip Akaydın; Erdem Yesilada

    2011-01-01

    Kappa Opioid Peptide Receptor (KOPr) activation produces analgesic, psychotomimetic, diuretic and antipruritic effects. KOPr ligands are investigated for their potential roles in the treatment of addiction, depression, feeding behavior, psychosis and schizophrenia. In this study the methanolic extracts of a number of Salvia species which are native to Turkey (S. tomentosa, S. tchihatcheffii , S. rosifolia, S. dichroantha and S. sclarea) were tested for their potential binding to opioid recept...

  1. Problematic Internet use among Turkish university students: A multidimensional investigation based on demographics and Internet activities

    Tekinarslan, Erkan; Gürer, Melih Derya

    2011-01-01

     This study investigates the Turkish undergraduate university students’ problematic Internet use (PIU) levels on different dimensions based on demographics (e.g., gender, Internet use by time of day), and Internet activities (e.g., chat, entertainment, social networking, information searching, etc.).Moreover, the study explored some predictors of PIU on different dimensions among the Turkish undergraduate students (N=610). The results indicate that the female students (N=358) had significantl...

  2. Problematic internet use among Turkish university students: A multidimensional investigation based on demographics and internet activities

    Erkan Tekinarslan; Melih Derya Gürer

    2011-01-01

     This study investigates the Turkish undergraduate university students’ problematic Internet use (PIU) levels on different dimensions based on demographics (e.g., gender, Internet use by time of day), and Internet activities (e.g., chat, entertainment, social networking, information searching, etc.).Moreover, the study explored some predictors of PIU on different dimensions among the Turkish undergraduate students (N=610). The results indicate that the female students (N=358) had s...

  3. Investigation of cryogenic hydrogen storage on high surface area activated carbon. Equilibrium and dynamics

    Paggiaro, Ricardo Gaspar

    2008-11-29

    This thesis investigates cryo-adsorptive systems for hydrogen storage for mobile applications. By means of macroscopic and microscopic balance models, an extensive analysis is carried out, including among others the investigation of the thermal effects during high-pressure system filling, venting losses during normal operation and inactivity, time-course of system pressure and temperature and gas delivery under various operating conditions. Model results were compared with experimental data, good agreement was obtained. The analysis also includes a comparison to other storage technologies such as cryo-compressed gas and liquefaction storage. The results show that cryo-adsorptive systems have storage characteristics comparable to compressed gas systems, but at a much lower pressure. They are also energetically more efficient than liquid hydrogen systems. However, the necessity of cryotemperatures and thermal management during operation and filling might limit their application. (orig.)

  4. Structure-Activity Relationship Investigation of Some New Tetracyclines by Electronic Index Methodology

    Sato, Fernando; Santos, Helio F dos; Galvao, Douglas S

    2007-01-01

    Tetracyclines are an old class of molecules that constitute a broad-spectrum antibiotics. Since the first member of tetracycline family were isolated, the clinical importance of these compounds as therapeutic and prophylactic agents against a wide range of infections has stimulated efforts to define their mode of action as inhibitors of bacterial reproduction. We used three SAR methodologies for the analysis of biological activity of a set of 104 tetracycline compounds. Our calculation were carried out using the semi-empirical Austin Method One (AM1) and Parametric Method 3 (PM3). Electronic Indices Methodology (EIM), Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) were applied to the classification of 14 old and 90 new proposed derivatives of tetracyclines. Our results make evident the importance of EIM descriptors in pattern recognition and also show that the EIM can be effectively used to predict the biological activity of Tetracyclines.

  5. Investigation of catalytic activity towards oxygen reduction reaction of Pt dispersed on boron doped graphene in acid medium.

    Pullamsetty, Ashok; Sundara, Ramaprabhu

    2016-10-01

    Boron doped graphene was prepared by a facile method and platinum (Pt) decoration over boron doped graphene was done in various chemical reduction methods such as sodium borohydride (NaBH4), polyol and modified polyol. X-ray diffraction analysis indicates that the synthesized catalyst particles are present in a nanocrystalline structure and transmission and scanning electron microscopy were employed to investigate the morphology and particle distribution. The electrochemical properties were investigated with the help of the rotating disk electrode (RDE) technique and cyclic voltammetry. The results show that the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) takes place by a four-electron process. The kinetics of the ORR was evaluated using K-L and Tafel plots. The electrocatalyst obtained in modified polyol reduction method has shown the better catalytic activity compared to other two electrocatalysts. PMID:27393888

  6. The Application of Parallel Robotics to Investigate the Effect of Lumbar Bracing on Trunk Muscle Activity

    Gregory N. Kawchuk

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Lumbar bracing is prescribed frequently for disability caused by low back pain; however, investigations into this practice demonstrate a range of patient outcomes. This inconsistency may arise from the practice of employing voluntary, single-axis trunk movements when investigating braces. Alternatively, this study employed a parallel robot to create a standardised, multi-axis testing environment. Surface electromyographic (sEMG data were collected from the trunk of 24 asymptomatic participants, who were seated on the robot, tilted to 15°, then circumducted while attempting to maintain an upright posture. Multiple trials were performed for three randomised conditions: non-braced, soft-material brace and stiff-material brace. As expected, the sEMG activity was significantly reduced in the majority of muscle responses (201/240. Unexpectedly, a paradoxical increase in the sEMG activity was observed in 39/240 responses. While lumbar bracing reduces the sEMG activity on average, these data suggest the existence of an infrequent paradoxical response that may provide a possible explanation for the discordant results observed in previous bracing investigations.

  7. Spatiotemporal Data Mining, Analysis, and Visualization of Human Activity Data

    Li, Xun

    2012-01-01

    This dissertation addresses the research challenge of developing efficient new methods for discovering useful patterns and knowledge in large volumes of electronically collected spatiotemporal activity data. I propose to analyze three types of such spatiotemporal activity data in a methodological framework that integrates spatial analysis, data…

  8. Performance analysis of active schedules in identical parallel machine

    Changjun WANG; Yugeng XI

    2007-01-01

    Active schedule is one of the most basic and popular concepts in production scheduling research. For identical parallel machine scheduling with jobs' dynamic arrivals, the tight performance bounds of active schedules under the measurement of four popular objectives are respectively given in this paper. Similar analysis method and conclusions can be generalized to static identical parallel machine and single machine scheduling problem.

  9. Applying an Activity System to Online Collaborative Group Work Analysis

    Choi, Hyungshin; Kang, Myunghee

    2010-01-01

    This study determines whether an activity system provides a systematic framework to analyse collaborative group work. Using an activity system as a unit of analysis, the research examined learner behaviours, conflicting factors and facilitating factors while students engaged in collaborative work via asynchronous computer-mediated communication.…

  10. An investigation of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities from blood components of Crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis).

    Phosri, Santi; Mahakunakorn, Pramote; Lueangsakulthai, Jiraporn; Jangpromma, Nisachon; Swatsitang, Prasan; Daduang, Sakda; Dhiravisit, Apisak; Thammasirirak, Sompong

    2014-10-01

    Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities were found from Crocodylus siamensis (C. siamensis) blood. The 2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzthiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) (ABTS) radical scavenging, nitric oxide scavenging, hydroxyl radical scavenging and linoleic peroxidation assays were used to investigate the antioxidant activities of the crocodile blood. Results show that crocodile blood components had antioxidant activity, especially hemoglobin (40.58 % nitric oxide radical inhibition), crude leukocyte extract (78 % linoleic peroxidation inhibition) and plasma (57.27 % hydroxyl radical inhibition). Additionally, the anti-inflammatory activity of the crocodile blood was studied using murine macrophage (RAW 264.7) as a model. The results show that hemoglobin, crude leukocyte extract and plasma were not toxic to RAW 264.7 cells. Also they showed anti-inflammatory activity by reduced nitric oxide (NO) and interleukin 6 (IL-6) productions from lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated cells. The NO inhibition percentages of hemoglobin, crude leukocyte extract and plasma were 31.9, 48.24 and 44.27 %, respectively. However, only crude leukocyte extract could inhibit IL-6 production. So, the results of this research directly indicate that hemoglobin, crude leukocyte extract and plasma of C. siamensis blood provide both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities, which could be used as a supplementary agent in pharmaceutical products. PMID:25216803

  11. Investigation on antimicrobial activity of root extracts of Thespesia populnea Linn.

    Senthil-Rajan, D; Rajkumar, M; Srinivasan, R; Kumarappan, C; Arunkumar, K; Senthilkumar, K L; Srikanth, M V

    2013-12-01

    Many medicinal plants have been used for centuries in daily life to treat microbial diseases all over the world. In this study, the in vitro antibacterial activity of aqueous and ethanol root extracts of Thespesia populnea Linn were investigated. Antimicrobial properties of T. populnea Linn was evaluated against five pathogenic bacteria and two fungi. Disc diffusion method and minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) were determined by broth serial dilution method. The ciprofloxacin (5 μg/ml) and flucanozole (100 units/disc) were used as positive controls for bacteria and fungi respectively. Different concentrations (50, 100, 150 μg/ml) of ethanolic and aqueous root extracts of T. populnea were checked for the dose dependent antibacterial activity. Thespesia populnea showed broad spectrum antimicrobial activity against gram positive and gram negative bacteria and maximum inhibition by ethanolic extract was observed at higher dose (250 μg/ml) as 27±0.2mm. The MIC of the ethanol extract was 10 μg/ml for Staphylococcus aureus and 750 μg/ml for Candida albicans. The antifungal activity offered against S. aureus by the ethanolic extract is more than the aqueous extract. The results concluded that the anti-microbial activity of T. populnea was dose dependent. As the concentration increased the inhibition zone also increased. Flavonoids and tannins present in the extracts may be responsible for the antimicrobial activity. PMID:24522124

  12. Applied research of environmental monitoring using instrumental neutron activation analysis

    Chung, Young Sam; Moon, Jong Hwa; Chung, Young Ju

    1997-08-01

    This technical report is written as a guide book for applied research of environmental monitoring using Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis. The contents are as followings; sampling and sample preparation as a airborne particulate matter, analytical methodologies, data evaluation and interpretation, basic statistical methods of data analysis applied in environmental pollution studies. (author). 23 refs., 7 tabs., 9 figs.

  13. Significance of neutron activation analysis in landscape geochemistry problem solution

    Employment of neutron activation analysis is of interest for solution of many theoretical and applied problems of landscape geochemistry. The role of the analysis in the study of rare and scattered element migration is quite significant. It is shown using gold, bromine, yttrium and rare earths as examples. 1 tab

  14. Neutron activation analysis of chert artifacts from a Hopewell mound

    Six artifacts from a Hopewell mound located near Mt. Vernon, Indiana, and 21 geologic specimens from three different chert sources in the Ohio River Valley were analyzed by instrumental neutron activation analysis. Principal components analysis and posterior classification of the artifacts on the basis of Mahalanobis distance calculated probabilities were used to determine the most probable source for each of the artifacts. (author)

  15. Supply and demand analysis of leisure activities in selected region

    Helcl, Petr

    2014-01-01

    The Thesis on the topic "Supply and demand analysis of leisure activities in the region," focuses on the forms of spending free time in the selected region. The theoretical part deals with the study of scientific publications focusing on leisure and leisure education. The economic concepts are examined to define the work, factors affecting leisure adults and content of leisure activities and leisure educational activities. The legal system of the Czech Republic defining the possibilities of a...

  16. Computational investigation of the neutron shielding and activation characteristics of borated concrete with polyethylene aggregate

    This paper presents the result of a computational study to investigate the neutron shielding and activation characteristics of concretes containing boron carbide and polyethylene. Various mixes were considered with changes in the contents of boron carbide and polyethylene aggregate. The Monte Carlo simulation code MCNP-5 was utilized to determine the transmission of neutron through concrete at different energies from 0.1 eV to 1 MeV, and ORIGEN-S code was then used to predict activation characteristics of the concretes. It was shown that the replacement of polyethylene in borated concrete greatly enhanced the shielding efficiency of the concrete, and total activity levels of the concrete were considerably decreased with this replacement. Furthermore, double-layered structures having the first layer of polyethylene aggregate-replaced concrete and the second layer of 2 wt% borated concrete are shown to improve shielding efficiency more significantly than monolithic structures

  17. Experimental investigations of ammonia adsorption and nitric oxide reduction on activated coke

    Sirko Ogriseck; Gloria Patricia Galindo Vanegas [Infraserv GmbH & Co. Hoechst KG, Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

    2010-06-01

    In this work the enhancement of ammonia adsorption on activated coke has been investigated to increase the efficiency of the denitrification in the dry flue gas cleaning system located at Infraserv GmbH & Co. Hoechst KG in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The influence of loading temperatures and sulfur components content of the activated coke on the ammonia adsorption were studied. Additionally, urea was tested as an alternative loading substance. Increasing ammonia adsorption was observed by raising loading temperatures. The highest ammonia loading was possible at the highest temperature tested at 469{sup o}C. The activated coke loaded at these conditions, as well as the one loaded with urea, was found to have higher denitrification efficiency than that loaded at present conditions of about 114{sup o}C. The results of this study allowed the recommendation of possible measures to be applied in the plant to increase its denitrification efficiency.

  18. Computational investigation of the neutron shielding and activation characteristics of borated concrete with polyethylene aggregate

    Park, S.J.; Jang, J.G.; Lee, H.K., E-mail: leeh@kaist.ac.kr

    2014-09-15

    This paper presents the result of a computational study to investigate the neutron shielding and activation characteristics of concretes containing boron carbide and polyethylene. Various mixes were considered with changes in the contents of boron carbide and polyethylene aggregate. The Monte Carlo simulation code MCNP-5 was utilized to determine the transmission of neutron through concrete at different energies from 0.1 eV to 1 MeV, and ORIGEN-S code was then used to predict activation characteristics of the concretes. It was shown that the replacement of polyethylene in borated concrete greatly enhanced the shielding efficiency of the concrete, and total activity levels of the concrete were considerably decreased with this replacement. Furthermore, double-layered structures having the first layer of polyethylene aggregate-replaced concrete and the second layer of 2 wt% borated concrete are shown to improve shielding efficiency more significantly than monolithic structures.

  19. Investigation and Analysis of the Actuality of Female College Students’ Extracurricular Athletics since the Sunshine Sports Was Developed

    Xuxia Yao

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available In the process that China actively pushes the sunshine sports, the research of the development of college students’ extracurricular athletics is very important to respond the national call and actively enhance college students’ physical quality. By the investigation, analysis, and research about the female college students’ cognition degree of “sunshine sports”, intention of participating in the extracurricular athletics, cognition of extracurricular athletics, liking items, exercise times, exercise time, exercise place, and influencing factors in Tianjin, relative suggestions about the female college students’ extracurricular athletics in Tianjin are proposed in the article.

  20. Spatial heterogeneity analysis of brain activation in fMRI

    Lalit Gupta

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In many brain diseases it can be qualitatively observed that spatial patterns in blood oxygenation level dependent (BOLD activation maps appear more (diffusively distributed than in healthy controls. However, measures that can quantitatively characterize this spatial distributiveness in individual subjects are lacking. In this study, we propose a number of spatial heterogeneity measures to characterize brain activation maps. The proposed methods focus on different aspects of heterogeneity, including the shape (compactness, complexity in the distribution of activated regions (fractal dimension and co-occurrence matrix, and gappiness between activated regions (lacunarity. To this end, functional MRI derived activation maps of a language and a motor task were obtained in language impaired children with (Rolandic epilepsy and compared to age-matched healthy controls. Group analysis of the activation maps revealed no significant differences between patients and controls for both tasks. However, for the language task the activation maps in patients appeared more heterogeneous than in controls. Lacunarity was the best measure to discriminate activation patterns of patients from controls (sensitivity 74%, specificity 70% and illustrates the increased irregularity of gaps between activated regions in patients. The combination of heterogeneity measures and a support vector machine approach yielded further increase in sensitivity and specificity to 78% and 80%, respectively. This illustrates that activation distributions in impaired brains can be complex and more heterogeneous than in normal brains and cannot be captured fully by a single quantity. In conclusion, heterogeneity analysis has potential to robustly characterize the increased distributiveness of brain activation in individual patients.

  1. Neutron activation analysis for environmental sample in Thailand

    Busamongkol, Arporn; Nouchpramool, Sunun; Bunprapob, Supamatthree [Office of Atomic Energy for Peace, Bangkok (Thailand); Sumitra, Tatchai [Chulalongkorn Univ., Dept. of Nuclear Technology, Bangkok (Thailand)

    2003-03-01

    Neutron Activation Analysis has been applied for the trace elements analysis in environmental samples. Thirty three samples of airborne particulate were collected every week at Ongkharak Nuclear Research Center (ONRC) during the period of June 1998 to March 1999. The Ti, I, Mg, Na, V, K, Cl, Al, Mn, Ca, As, Sm, Sb, Br, La, Ce, Th, Cr, Cs, Sc, Rb, Fe, Zn and Co were analyzed by Neutron Activation Analysis utilizing 2 MW TRIGA MARK III research reactor. The certified reference materials 1632a and 1633a from National Bureau of Standard were select as standard. (author)

  2. Silicate rock and rock forming mineral neutron activation analysis

    A neutron-activation scheme for the determination of nine rare earths and other trace elements in various rock forming minerals (feldspars, ilmenite, magnetite, pyroxenes) and silicate rocks is presented. The procedure is based on three different irradiations involving three separate samples: - epithermal neutron irradiation (2 days) followed by nondestructive analysis; - thermal neutron irradiation (1 day) followed by instrumental analysis; - thermal neutron irradiation (1 week) followed by radiochemical analysis (precipitation, anion exchange separation, liquid-liquid extraction). Two USGS reference samples - granite G-2 and andesite AGV-1 - have been analysed in order to assess the accuracy of the proposed procedure. Our results agree with previous neutron-activation data. (orig.)

  3. Neutron activation analysis for environmental sample in Thailand

    Neutron Activation Analysis has been applied for the trace elements analysis in environmental samples. Thirty three samples of airborne particulate were collected every week at Ongkharak Nuclear Research Center (ONRC) during the period of June 1998 to March 1999. The Ti, I, Mg, Na, V, K, Cl, Al, Mn, Ca, As, Sm, Sb, Br, La, Ce, Th, Cr, Cs, Sc, Rb, Fe, Zn and Co were analyzed by Neutron Activation Analysis utilizing 2 MW TRIGA MARK III research reactor. The certified reference materials 1632a and 1633a from National Bureau of Standard were select as standard. (author)

  4. Segmentation of Shopping Centers Visitors based on their Activities through Factor Analysis and Cluster Analysis

    Mansoor Momeni

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Knowing the customers of shopping centers contributes greatly to increase profits of thesecenters. Customers’ segmentation is one of the most effective means of knowing customers.The purpose of this study was to present a segmentation of customers based on their activitiesin the shopping centers. The participants were 157 visitors of Milad-e-Noor Shopping Centerwho were required to answer the questions in the questionnaire. Data were analyzed in threesteps. Through the use of factor analysis, in the first step, the number of variables wasreduced to the four factors of entertainment activities, planned shopping, shoppinginformation gathering, and unplanned shopping. These factors were then inserted into Kmeancluster analysis and, in the second step the visitors were divided into 4 segments on thebasis of their activities as following: traditionalists, shopping center enthusiasts, wanderingcustomers, and entertainment seekers. In the third step, the demographic and behavioralvariables were investigated in the identified clusters. Considering the variables of age,academic status, and accompanying persons in shopping centers, these clusters weresignificantly different. However, in respect to the variables of sex, marital status, the lengthof presence in the shopping centers, occupations, and monthly salary they were recognized ashomogenous.

  5. Activation analysis in the environment: Science and technology

    Science is disciplined curiosity. Activation analysis was created more than 50 yr ago by Hevesy's curiosity and Levi's experimental skill. Technology is the exploitation of machines and materials for the fulfillment of human needs or wants. The early history of neutron activation analysis (NAA) was greatly influenced by military requirements. Since then the technique has found applications in many disciplines, including materials science, medicine, archaeology, geochemistry, agriculture, and forensic science. More recently, neutron activation analysts, responding to increasing public interest and concern, have made distinctive contributions to the study of environmental problems. Activation analysis, though it uses some procedures derived from physics, is essentially a chemical technique. The chemical study of the environment may be reviewed under many headings; three are discussed here: 1. occupational medicine 2. health of the general public 3. environmental pollution

  6. A Functional Analysis of Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity in Young Children

    Larson, Tracy A.; Normand, Matthew P.; Morley, Allison J.; Miller, Bryon G.

    2013-01-01

    Inadequate physical activity increases the risks related to a number of health problems in children, most notably obesity and the corresponding range of associated health problems. The purpose of the current study was to conduct a functional analysis to investigate the effects of several consequent variables on moderate-to-vigorous physical…

  7. Annual activity report of Ignalina NPP Safety Analysis Group for 1994 year

    The main results of Ignalina NPP Safety Analysis Group (ISAG) investigations for 1994 are presented. ISAG is concentrated its research activities into 3 areas: the neutrons dynamics modeling, simulation of transient processes during loss of coolant accident and calculation of reactor building structure's streses and other mechanical properties in the case of accident. 6 refs., 13 tabs., 69 figs

  8. Automatic activation analysis of fertilizers and plant samples by fast neutrons

    Instrumental neutron activation methods are suggested in order to carry out automatic analysis of fertilizers and plant samples for N, P, K and Si allowing for the investigation of more than 40 samples per 8 hours. The experimental errors do not exceed +-3% for N, +-6% for P, +-5% for K and +-15% for Si. (author)

  9. Multifractal detrended fluctuation analysis of human EEG: preliminary investigation and comparison with the wavelet transform modulus maxima technique.

    Todd Zorick

    Full Text Available Recently, many lines of investigation in neuroscience and statistical physics have converged to raise the hypothesis that the underlying pattern of neuronal activation which results in electroencephalography (EEG signals is nonlinear, with self-affine dynamics, while scalp-recorded EEG signals themselves are nonstationary. Therefore, traditional methods of EEG analysis may miss many properties inherent in such signals. Similarly, fractal analysis of EEG signals has shown scaling behaviors that may not be consistent with pure monofractal processes. In this study, we hypothesized that scalp-recorded human EEG signals may be better modeled as an underlying multifractal process. We utilized the Physionet online database, a publicly available database of human EEG signals as a standardized reference database for this study. Herein, we report the use of multifractal detrended fluctuation analysis on human EEG signals derived from waking and different sleep stages, and show evidence that supports the use of multifractal methods. Next, we compare multifractal detrended fluctuation analysis to a previously published multifractal technique, wavelet transform modulus maxima, using EEG signals from waking and sleep, and demonstrate that multifractal detrended fluctuation analysis has lower indices of variability. Finally, we report a preliminary investigation into the use of multifractal detrended fluctuation analysis as a pattern classification technique on human EEG signals from waking and different sleep stages, and demonstrate its potential utility for automatic classification of different states of consciousness. Therefore, multifractal detrended fluctuation analysis may be a useful pattern classification technique to distinguish among different states of brain function.

  10. Physiological investigation of automobile driver's activation index using simulated monotonous driving.

    Yamakoshi, T; Yamakoshi, K; Tanaka, S; Nogawa, M; Kusakabe, M; Kusumi, M; Tanida, K

    2004-01-01

    Monotonous automobile operation in our daily life may cause the lowering of what might be termed an activation state of the human body, resulting in an increased risk of an accident. We therefore propose to create a more suitable environment in-car so as to allow active operation of the vehicle, hopefully thus avoiding potentially dangerous situations during driving. In order to develop such an activation method as a final goal, we have firstly focused on the acquisition of physiological variables, including cardiovascular parameters, during presentation to the driver of a monotonous screen image, simulating autonomous travel of constant-speed on a motorway. Subsequently, we investigated the derivation of a driver's activation index. During the screen image presentation, a momentary electrical stimulation of about 1 second duration was involuntarily applied to a subject's shoulder to obtain a physiological response. We have successfully monitored various physiological variables during the image presentation, and results suggest that a peculiar pattern in the beat-by-beat change of blood pressure in response to the involuntary stimulus may be an appropriate, and feasible, index relevant to activation state. PMID:17270774

  11. Natural male contraceptive: phytochemical investigation and anti-spermatogenic activity of Pistia stratiotes Linn.

    Singh, Kiran; Dubey, Bidhyut Kumar; Tripathi, Avinash C; Singh, Ajeet Pal; Saraf, Shailendra K

    2014-01-01

    This work is an attempt to explore the anti-spermatogenic activity of Pistia stratiotes and to investigate it as a male contraceptive. The prepared extracts were screened for the presence of alkaloids, glycosides, steroids, flavonoids, saponin and phenolic compounds. To assess the anti-spermatogenic activity, mice were orally administered with the various extracts of P. stratiotes (dose: 100 and 200 mg/kg body weight/day, for 45 days) and the most active, ethanolic extract was subjected to the isolation of phytoconstituent responsible for the activity. Diethyl ether fraction of ethanolic extract was taken to isolate a saponin, sitosterol-3-O-[2,4-di-O-acetyl-6-O-stearyl-β-D-glucopyranoside]. Anti-spermatogenic activity of the isolated saponin was evaluated at a dose of 50 mg/kg body weight/day, for 45 days. The treatment caused significant decrease (P < 0.01) in the weight of reproductive organs (testis, epididymis and seminal vesicle). The sperm count, sperm viability and serum testosterone levels were significantly lowered compared with that of the control group. PMID:24666370

  12. Investigating the active hydrothermal field of Kolumbo Volcano using CTD profiling

    Eleni Christopoulou, Maria; Mertzimekis, Theo; Nomikou, Paraskevi; Papanikolaou, Dimitrios; Carey, Steve

    2014-05-01

    The submarine Kolumbo volcano NE of Santorini Island and the unique active hydrothermal vent field on its crater field (depth ~ 500 m) have been recently explored in multiple cruises aboard E/V Nautilus. ROV explorations showed the existence of extensive vent activity and almost completely absence of vent-specific macrofauna. Gas discharges have been found to be 99%-rich in CO2, which is sequestered at the bottom of the crater due to a special combination of physicochemical and geomorphological factors. The dynamic conditions existing along the water column in the crater have been studied in detail by means of temperature, salinity and conductivity depth profiles for the first time. CTD sensors aboard the ROV Hercules were employed to record anomalies in those parameters in an attempt to investigate several active and inactive vent locations. Temporal CTD monitoring inside and outside of the crater was carried out over a period of two years. Direct comparison between the vent field and locations outside the main cone, where no hydrothermal activity is known to exist, showed completely different characteristics. CTD profiles above the active vent field (NNE side) are correlated to Kolumbo's cone morphology. The profiles suggest the existence of four distinct zones of physicochemical properties in the water column. The layer directly above the chimneys exhibit gas discharges highly enriched in CO2. Continuous gas motoring is essential to identify the onset of geological hazards in the region.

  13. Investigation of Cytocidal Activity of Bacillus Thuringiensis Parasporal Toxin on CCRF-CEM Cell Line

    Elham Moazamian

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Background & Objective: Parasporin is a parasporal protein of Bacillus thuringiensis and exhibits special cytocidal activity against human cancer cells. Similar to other insecticidal Bacillus thuringiensis crystal toxins, parasporin shows target specificity and damages the cellular membrane. In this study, different strains of Bacillus thuringiensis isolated from various regions of Iran and their cytocidal activity against CCRF-CEM cell line and human erythrocyte were investigated.   Materials & Methods: Fifty soil samples were collected from different Iranian provinces, and characterization was performed based on protein crystal morphology by phase-contrast microscope and variations of Cry protein toxin using SDS-PAGE. After parasporin was processed with proteinase K, the active form was produced and protein activity on the cell line was evaluated. Results: Parasporal inclusion proteins showed different cytotoxicity against acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells (ALL, but not against normal lymphocyte. Isolated parasporin demonstrated no hemolytic activity against human erythrocyte. It appears that these proteins have the ability to differentiate between normal lymphocytes and leukemia cells and have specific receptors on specific cancer cell lines. Conclusion: Our results provide evidence that the parasporin-producing organism is a common member in Bacillus thuringiensis populations occurring in the natural environments of Iran.

  14. Investigation of Antibacterial Activity of Two Kinds of Novel Schiff Bases on Escherichia coli by Microcalorimetry

    ZHU Jun-Cheng; LIU Yi; WONG Wai-Kwok; ZHOU Bo; YIN Jun

    2006-01-01

    The microcalorimetric method was used to study the antibacterial activity of two newly synthesized Schiff base compounds (H2L3' and H2L3) on Escherichia coli, trying to obtain the action on both of multiplying bacteria and non-multiplying bacteria at one experiment. The metabolic power-time curves of the bacteria treated with the compounds were obtained, and the thermokinetic parameters were analyzed, from which the antibacterial activities of these compounds were evaluated. The results showed that both of the two compounds have good activity on aerobic multiplying metabolism of E. coli, with the value of IC50 75.8 and 168.8 mg/L respectively, but have not effective action on fermentation metabolism of E. coli. The action of the compounds on the non-multiplying metabolism was investigated by taking the heat output of E. coli in the stationary phase as the guideline of the activity. The value of MSC50 (minimum stationary-cidal concentration 50) of them is 118 and 187.5 mg/L, respectively. So, H2L3' has stronger antibacterial action on E. coli than H2L3 either for multiplying bacteria or non-multiplying bacteria, and their activity on the aerobic multiplying bacteria of E. coli is mainly shown. It does strongly suggest that the calorimetric method should play an important role in the fight against the drug-resistant bacteria.

  15. Geological, geophysical investigations and seismotectonic analysis with reference to selection of site for nuclear power plants: a review

    Geological, geophysical investigations and seismotectonic analysis play a major role in qualifying a proposed site for establishment of nuclear power plants. In an area, it is important to understand the aspects such as regional and local geology, geomorphology, tectonic settings, presence of active faults/capable faults, earthquake history and earthquake proneness, neotectonic activity, slope instability, subsidence, liquefaction, seismically induced flooding, tsunami and geohydrological conditions. Geological investigations comprise use of remote sensing and ground validation followed by geological mapping, identification of faults, near surface geological studies for foundation conditions, stratigraphic drilling, palaeoseismology, studies on engineering properties of rock and soil. Geophysical investigations provide insight into subsurface geology including concealed faults, elastic constants and hydrological conditions. Radon emanometry is a valuable tool in the initial stage to decipher subsurface active weak zones/fault lines. Seismotectonic analysis identifies the provinces of tectonic significance and their earthquake potential, thereby designating lineaments of consequence leading to their evaluation. This, in turn, determines the design basis earthquake parameter for the estimation of vibratory ground motion. This article provides certain measures to evaluate the suitability of the sites for the establishment of nuclear power plants in terms of geological, geophysical investigations and seismotectonic status. Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (AMD) had carried out seismotectonic analysis of the area around Kaiga, Narora, Kalpakkam, Kakrapar, Tarapur, Kudankulam and Rawatbhata Nuclear Power Projects, which were either in operation or under expansion and construction. Such analysis was extended to a number of proposed sites for establishing nuclear power plants in West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Gujrat, Madhya Pradesh

  16. Thinking through Text Comprehension II: Analysis of Verbal and Investigative Repertoires

    Sota, Melinda; Leon, Marta; Layng, T. V. Joe

    2011-01-01

    Reading comprehension can be considered a complex human performance involving two integrated repertoires: a verbal repertoire and an investigative (generative) repertoire. This paper describes an analysis of these repertoires in terms which can ultimately inform the design of programs to teach them, using the analysis and design of Headsprout[R]…

  17. Investigating the Application of Needs Analysis on EAP Business Administration Materials

    Mohammed, Saifalislam Abdalla Hajahmed

    2016-01-01

    This study is conducted to investigate the application of needs analysis in developing EAP materials for business administration students in two Sudanese universities. The subjects are 2 head departments of English language. To collect data, the researcher uses interview and content analysis. The study adopts the descriptive approach. The data of…

  18. Annual activity report of Ignalina NPP Safety Analysis Group for 1996 year

    The main results of Ignalina NPP Safety Analysis Group (ISAG) investigations for 1996 are presented. ISAG is concentrating its research activities into four areas: the neutrons dynamics modelling, simulation of transient processes during loss of coolant accident, the reactor cooling systems modelling and the probabilistic safety assessment of accident confinement system. Ignalina Safety Analysis Report was prepared on the basis of these results. 37 refs., 9 tabs., 96 figs

  19. Using Video Analysis to Investigate Conservation Impulse and Mechanical Energy Laws

    Aleksandrova, Aleksandrija; Nancheva, Nadezhda

    2008-01-01

    Video analysis provides an educational, motivating, and cost-effective alternative to traditional course- related activities in physics education. Our paper presents results from video analysis of experiments “Collision of balls” and “Motion of a ball rolled on inclined plane” as examples to illustrate the laws of conservation of impulse and mechanical energy.

  20. 影响陕南地区职业女性参与体育锻炼因素的调查与分析%Investigation and Analysis of Factors Influencing Professional Women' s Physical Activity in the Southern Part of Shaanxi Province

    高菲菲

    2012-01-01

    The paper investigates and analyzes the subjective factors, condition factors, social factors about professional women's physical activity in southern Shaanxi Province and gives some suggestions to stimulate women's enthusiasm in physical activities for promoting their physical and mental health and a development of harmonious society.%通过对影响陕南地区职业女性参与体育锻炼的主体因素、条件因素、社会因素的调查与分析,提出激发陕南地区职业女性参与体育锻炼热情的建议,促进她们的身心健康,促进和谐社会的发展。