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  1. Nano-mechanical magnetization reversal

    Kovalev, Alexey A.; Bauer, Gerrit E. W.; Brataas, Arne

    2004-01-01

    The dynamics of the ferromagnetic order parameter in thin magnetic films is strongly affected by the magnetomechanical coupling at certain resonance frequencies. By solving the equation of motion of the coupled mechanical and magnetic degrees of freedom we show that the magnetic-field induced magnetization switching can be strongly accelerated by the lattice and illustrate the possibility of magnetization reversal by mechanical actuation.

  2. The retro Grignard addition reaction revisited: the reversible addition of benzyl reagents to ketones

    Christensen, Stig Holden; Holm, Torkil; Madsen, Robert

    2014-01-01

    The Grignard addition reaction is known to be a reversible process with allylic reagents, but so far the reversibility has not been demonstrated with other alkylmagnesium halides. By using crossover experiments it has been established that the benzyl addition reaction is also a reversible...... transformation. The retro benzyl reaction was shown by the addition of benzylmagnesium chloride to di-tert-butyl ketone followed by exchange of both the benzyl and the ketone moiety with another substrate. Similar experiments were performed with phenylmagnesium bromide and tert-butylmagnesium chloride, but in...... these two cases the Grignard addition reaction did not show any sign of a reverse transformation....

  3. Reversal of Neurological Deficit with Naloxone: An Additional Report

    Hans, Pol; BRICHANT, Jean-François; Longerstay, E.; DAMAS, François; Remacle, J M

    1992-01-01

    We report the repeated improvement in neurological function following naloxone administration in a patient who developed acute hemiplegia after an intracranial neurological procedure. The mechanisms responsible for the neurological deficit and for its reversal by naloxone are discussed. A review of the literature suggests that the beneficial effect of naloxone can result from an improvement in haemodynamic status or from metabolic effects that could be favorable during cerebral ischaemia.

  4. Reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization in microemulsion.

    O'Donnell, Jennifer M

    2012-04-21

    This tutorial review first details the uncontrolled microemulsion polymerization mechanism, and the RAFT polymerization mechanism to provide the necessary background for examining the RAFT microemulsion polymerization mechanism. The effect of the chain transfer agent per micelle ratio and the chain transfer agent aqueous solubility on the RAFT microemulsion polymerization kinetics, polymer molecular weight and polydispersity, and polymer nanoparticle size are discussed with a focus on oil-in-water microemulsions. Modeling of RAFT microemulsion polymerization kinetics and the resulting final polymer molecular weight are presented to assist with the analysis of observed experimental trends. Lastly, the current significance of RAFT microemulsion polymerization and the future directions are discussed. PMID:22246214

  5. Mechanical Properties of Additively Manufactured Thick Honeycombs

    Reza Hedayati

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Honeycombs resemble the structure of a number of natural and biological materials such as cancellous bone, wood, and cork. Thick honeycomb could be also used for energy absorption applications. Moreover, studying the mechanical behavior of honeycombs under in-plane loading could help understanding the mechanical behavior of more complex 3D tessellated structures such as porous biomaterials. In this paper, we study the mechanical behavior of thick honeycombs made using additive manufacturing techniques that allow for fabrication of honeycombs with arbitrary and precisely controlled thickness. Thick honeycombs with different wall thicknesses were produced from polylactic acid (PLA using fused deposition modelling, i.e., an additive manufacturing technique. The samples were mechanically tested in-plane under compression to determine their mechanical properties. We also obtained exact analytical solutions for the stiffness matrix of thick hexagonal honeycombs using both Euler-Bernoulli and Timoshenko beam theories. The stiffness matrix was then used to derive analytical relationships that describe the elastic modulus, yield stress, and Poisson’s ratio of thick honeycombs. Finite element models were also built for computational analysis of the mechanical behavior of thick honeycombs under compression. The mechanical properties obtained using our analytical relationships were compared with experimental observations and computational results as well as with analytical solutions available in the literature. It was found that the analytical solutions presented here are in good agreement with experimental and computational results even for very thick honeycombs, whereas the analytical solutions available in the literature show a large deviation from experimental observation, computational results, and our analytical solutions.

  6. Mechanical properties of additively manufactured octagonal honeycombs.

    Hedayati, R; Sadighi, M; Mohammadi-Aghdam, M; Zadpoor, A A

    2016-12-01

    Honeycomb structures have found numerous applications as structural and biomedical materials due to their favourable properties such as low weight, high stiffness, and porosity. Application of additive manufacturing and 3D printing techniques allows for manufacturing of honeycombs with arbitrary shape and wall thickness, opening the way for optimizing the mechanical and physical properties for specific applications. In this study, the mechanical properties of honeycomb structures with a new geometry, called octagonal honeycomb, were investigated using analytical, numerical, and experimental approaches. An additive manufacturing technique, namely fused deposition modelling, was used to fabricate the honeycomb from polylactic acid (PLA). The honeycombs structures were then mechanically tested under compression and the mechanical properties of the structures were determined. In addition, the Euler-Bernoulli and Timoshenko beam theories were used for deriving analytical relationships for elastic modulus, yield stress, Poisson's ratio, and buckling stress of this new design of honeycomb structures. Finite element models were also created to analyse the mechanical behaviour of the honeycombs computationally. The analytical solutions obtained using Timoshenko beam theory were close to computational results in terms of elastic modulus, Poisson's ratio and yield stress, especially for relative densities smaller than 25%. The analytical solutions based on the Timoshenko analytical solution and the computational results were in good agreement with experimental observations. Finally, the elastic properties of the proposed honeycomb structure were compared to those of other honeycomb structures such as square, triangular, hexagonal, mixed, diamond, and Kagome. The octagonal honeycomb showed yield stress and elastic modulus values very close to those of regular hexagonal honeycombs and lower than the other considered honeycombs. PMID:27612831

  7. Mechanical Stability and Reversible Fracture of Vault Particles

    Llauró, Aida; Guerra, Pablo; Irigoyen, Nerea; Rodríguez, José F.; Verdaguer, Núria; de Pablo, Pedro J.

    2014-01-01

    Vaults are the largest ribonucleoprotein particles found in eukaryotic cells, with an unclear cellular function and promising applications as vehicles for drug delivery. In this article, we examine the local stiffness of individual vaults and probe their structural stability with atomic force microscopy under physiological conditions. Our data show that the barrel, the central part of the vault, governs both the stiffness and mechanical strength of these particles. In addition, we induce single-protein fractures in the barrel shell and monitor their temporal evolution. Our high-resolution atomic force microscopy topographies show that these fractures occur along the contacts between two major vault proteins and disappear over time. This unprecedented systematic self-healing mechanism, which enables these particles to reversibly adapt to certain geometric constraints, might help vaults safely pass through the nuclear pore complex and potentiate their role as self-reparable nanocontainers. PMID:24507609

  8. Effects of small ionic amphiphilic additives on reverse microemulsion morphology

    Hopkins Hatzopoulos, Marios T; James, Craig; Rogers, Sarah E.; Grillo, Isabelle; Dowding, Peter J; Eastoe, Julian

    2014-01-01

    HypothesisInitial studies (Hopkins Hatzopoulos et al. (2013)) have shown that ionic hydrotropic additives can drive a sphere-to-cylinder (ellipsoid) transition in water-in-oil (w/o) microemulsions stabilized by the anionic surfactant Aerosol-OT; however the origins of this behaviour remained unclear. Here systematic effects of chemical structure are explored with a new set of hydrotropes, in terms of an aromatic versus a saturated cyclic hydrophobic group, and linear chain length of alkyl car...

  9. Remanence Properties and Magnetization Reversal Mechanism of Fe Nanowire Arrays

    WANG Jian-Bo; LIU Qing-Fang; XUE De-Sheng; LI Fa-Shen

    2004-01-01

    @@ Remanence properties and magnetization reversal mechanism of Fe nanowire arrays with diameters 16 nm and130nm are studied. Isothermal remanent magnetization curves show that the contribution of irreversible magnetization decreases when the diameter changes from 16nm to 130nm. The remanence coercivities of these nanowires obtained in dc-demagnetization curve are about 2400 Oe and 800 Oe, respectively. The magnetization reversal mechanism is different in these two samples. For the nanowire array with diameter 16nm, both the nucleation and the pinning have effects on magnetization reversal mechanism, and the pinning field (about 2500Oe) is larger than the nucleation field (about 2200 Oe). However, for the nanowire array with diameter 130nm,the magnetization reversal mechanism is dominated by the pinning effect of domain walls.

  10. Mechanisms of Cytochrome C Extraction by Reverse Micelles

    2001-01-01

    The extraction of cytochrome C was carried out by means of phase transfer technique with three different reverse micellar systems, i.e., a CTAB micellar solution in n-butyl alcohol-chloroform(volume ratio 4∶1), an AOT micellar solution in isooctane and a SDSS-D2EHPA micellar solution in isooctane. The extraction mechanisms were studied. The results show that the extraction mechanisms for the same proteins with different types of reverse micellar systems can be distinct. The extraction of cytochrome C with CTAB and SDSS-D2EHPA reverse micellar systems are carried out according to the mechanism of electrostatic interaction. However, in the extraction of cytochrome C with the AOT reverse micellar system, the electrostatic interaction between the protein and the surfactant is not important.

  11. Reverse mechanical after effect during hydrogenation of zone refined iron

    Spivak, L.V.; Skryabina, N.E.; Kurmaeva, L.D.; Smirnov, L.V. (Permskij Gosudarstvennyj Univ. (USSR); AN SSSR, Sverdlovsk. Inst. Fiziki Metallov)

    1984-12-01

    The relationship between the process of hydrogenation and the reverse mechanical after effect (RMA) microplastic deformation in the zone refined iron has been studied. Metallographic investigations and mechanical testing of the samples hydrogenated under torsional strain have been performed. It is shown that in the zone refined iron the formation of voids responsible for irreversible hydrogen embrittlement does not occur, but the hydrogen-initiated RMA strain is conserved, i. e. the RMA effects are independent of the presence of discontinuities.

  12. Reverse mechanical after effect during hydrogenation of zone refined iron

    The relationship between the process of hydrogenation and the reverse mechanical aftereffect (RMA) microplastic deformation in the zone refined iron has been studied. Metallographic investigations and mechanical testing of the samples hydrogenated under torsional strain have been performed. It is shown that in the zone refined iron the formation of voids responsible for irreversible hydrogen embrittlement does not occur, but the hydrogen-initiated RMA strain is conserved, i. e. the RMA effects are independent of the presence of discontinuities

  13. A study on dynamic heat assisted magnetization reversal mechanisms under insufficient reversal field conditions

    Chen, Y. J.; Yang, H. Z.; Leong, S. H.; Yu Ko, Hnin Yu [Data Storage Institute, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A-Star), 5 Engineering Drive 1, Singapore 117608 (Singapore); Wu, B. L.; Ng, V. [Information Storage Materials Laboratory, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, 4 Engineering Drive 3, Singapore 117576 (Singapore); Asbahi, M.; Yang, J. K. W. [Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A-Star), 3 Research Link, Singapore 117602 (Singapore)

    2014-10-20

    We report an experimental study on the dynamic thermomagnetic (TM) reversal mechanisms at around Curie temperature (Tc) for isolated 60 nm pitch single-domain [Co/Pd] islands heated by a 1.5 μm spot size laser pulse under an applied magnetic reversal field (Hr). Magnetic force microscopy (MFM) observations with high resolution MFM tips clearly showed randomly trapped non-switched islands within the laser irradiated spot after dynamic TM reversal process with insufficient Hr strength. This observation provides direct experimental evidence by MFM of a large magnetization switching variation due to increased thermal fluctuation/agitation over magnetization energy at the elevated temperature of around Tc. The average percentage of non-switched islands/magnetization was further found to be inversely proportional to the applied reversal field Hr for incomplete magnetization reversal when Hr is less than 13% of the island coercivity (Hc), showing an increased switching field distribution (SFD) at elevated temperature of around Tc (where main contributions to SFD broadening are from Tc distribution and stronger thermal fluctuations). Our experimental study and results provide better understanding and insight on practical heat assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) process and recording performance, including HAMR writing magnetization dynamics induced SFD as well as associated DC saturation noise that limits areal density, as were previously observed and investigated by theoretical simulations.

  14. Additive strengthening mechanisms in dispersion hardened polycrystals

    Hansen, Niels; Ralph, B.

    1986-01-01

    the addition of strength components from various elements of the microstructure and substructure might explain this behaviour are investigated. It is shown that a linear combination of a matrix friction stress, an Orowan bowing stress, a matrix mean stress from the particles and a combined dislocation...... the dislocation density contributions from each of these three sources. The type of additivity suggested here not only gives very good agreement with the stress-strain data but it also uses and is in accord with the experimental measurements of dislocation densities made using transmission electron...

  15. On the incorporation mechanism of hydrophobic quantum dots in silica spheres by a reverse microemulsion method

    Koole, R; van Schooneveld, M.M.; Hilhorst, J.; De Mello Donega, C.; 't Hart, D.C.; van Blaaderen, A.; Vanmaekelbergh, D.A.M.; Meijerink, A.

    2008-01-01

    In this work, we show strong experimental evidence in favor of a proposed incorporation mechanism of hydrophobic semiconductor nanocrystals (or quantum dots, QDs) in monodisperse silica spheres (diameter ∼35 nm) by a water-in-oil (W/O) reverse microemulsion synthesis. Fluorescence spectroscopy is used to investigate the rapid ligand exchange that takes place at the QD surface upon addition of the various synthesis reactants. It is found that hydrolyzed TEOS has a high affinity for the QD surf...

  16. Reversion of Hormone Treatment Resistance with the Addition of an mTOR Inhibitor in Endometrial Stromal Sarcoma

    J. Martin-Liberal

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Endometrial stromal sarcomas (ESS are a subtype of gynaecological sarcomas characterized by the overexpression of hormone receptors. Hormone treatment is widely used in ESS but primary or acquired resistance is common. The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR pathway has been suggested to play a key role in the mechanisms of hormone resistance. Recent studies in breast and prostate cancer demonstrate that this resistance can be reversed with the addition of an mTOR inhibitor. This phenomenon has never been reported in ESS. Methods. We report the outcome of one patient with pretreated, progressing low grade metastatic ESS treated with medroxyprogesterone acetate in combination with the mTOR inhibitor sirolimus. Results. Partial response was achieved following the addition of sirolimus to the hormone treatment. Response has been maintained for more than 2 years with minimal toxicity and treatment is ongoing. Conclusion. This case suggests that the resistance to the hormone manipulation in ESS can be reversed by the addition of an mTOR pathway inhibitor. This observation is highly encouraging and deserves further investigation.

  17. Additively homomorphic encryption with a double decryption mechanism, revisited

    Peter, A.; Kronberg, M.; Trei, W.; Katzenbeisser, S.

    2012-01-01

    We revisit the notion of additively homomorphic encryption with a double decryption mechanism (DD-PKE), which allows for additions in the encrypted domain while having a master decryption procedure that can decrypt all properly formed ciphertexts by using a special master secret. This type of encryp

  18. Evaluation of the clenbuterol imprinted monolithic column prepared by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization

    Mamat Turson; Xiao Lei Zhuang; Hui Na Liu; Ping Jiang; Xiang Chao Dong

    2009-01-01

    To make more homogenous organic monolithic structure,reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer(RAFT)process was employed in the synthesis of the clenbuterol imprinted polymer.In the synthesis,the influence of synthetic conditions on the polymer structure and separation efficiency was studied.The result demonstrated that the imprinted columns prepared with RAFT process have higher column efficiency and selectivity than the columns prepared with conventional polymerization in the present study,which may result from the higher surface area,smaller pore size and the narrower globule size distribution in their structures.The result indicated that RAFT polymerization provided better conditions for the clenbuterol imprinted monolithic polymer preparation.

  19. Atomic mechanics and reversibility of failure in nanoscale

    Full text: Mechanics of nanotubes serves as a benchmark in atomically-precise modeling of elasticity, buckling, yield and failure mechanisms. The molecular simplicity combined with the hollow morphology, permit synergism of continuum elasticity, shell stability, classical and quantum molecular dynamics and kinetic rate theory. Recent quantum ab initio calculations of structures and moduli for C, BN and CFx shells are connected with their persistence length and vibrations. Further, a comparative ab initio density functional analysis of yield thermodynamics for carbon (C, purely covalent) and boron nitride (BN, covalent-ionic) structures will be presented and their strengths compared. Consistent approach to strength evaluation based on the rate equations and transition state theory, adapted from chemical kinetics, is outlined. Its implementation with classical potentials and more recent density functional realization permits obtaining the realistic strength estimates. Finally we will discuss in detail a novel phenomenon in nanoscale: coalescence or 'welding' of nanostructures. These processes are opposite to yield relaxation and failure. We have identified the exact paths-trajectories for chemical bond rearrangements that lead to complete and seamless fusion of the generic types, e.g. (10,10) + (10,10) → (10,10), or (15,0) + (15,0) → (15,0), etc. This is important for engineering of new nanostructures through stretching or 'welding', as well as for improvement of bulk material properties due to increased connectivity of the tubules. Same class of processes includes incorporation of a C60-ball into a tubule, an important step in the growth mechanism. Bond rotation (Stone-Wales transformation in chemistry) plays the key role in these molecular 'beam-and-truss' constructions. A lateral fusion of adjacent cylinders is analyzed, and the SW-sequence is shown to lead to complete merging and diameter doubling. We will finally discuss an intriguing physics of possible

  20. Rejection mechanisms for contaminants in polymeric reverse osmosis membranes

    Shen, Meng; Lueptow, Richard M

    2016-01-01

    Despite the success of reverse osmosis (RO) for water purification, the molecular-level physico-chemical processes of contaminant rejection are not well understood. Here we carry out NEMD simulations on a model polyamide RO membrane to understand the mechanisms of transport and rejection of both ionic and neutral contaminants in water. We observe that the rejection changes non-monotonously with ion sizes. In particular, the rejection of urea, 2.4 A radius, is higher than ethanol, 2.6 A radius, and the rejections for organic solutes, 2.2-2.8 A radius, are lower than Na+, 1.4 A radius, or Cl-, 2.3 A radius. We show that this can be explained in terms of the solute accessible intermolecular volume in the membrane and the solute-water pair interaction energy. If the smallest open spaces in the membrane's molecular structure are all larger than the hydrated solute, then the solute-water pair interaction energy does not matter. However, when the open spaces in the polymeric structure are such that solutes have to s...

  1. Mechanical Properties of Iron Alumininides Intermetallic Alloy with Molybdenum Addition

    In this work, FeAl-based alloys with and without molybdenum addition were fabricated by sintering of mechanically alloyed powders in order to investigate the effect of molybdenum on iron aluminide mechanical properties. Bulk samples were prepared by mechanical alloying for 4 hours, pressing at 360 MPa and sintering at 1000 deg. C for 2 hours. The specimens were tested in compression at room temperature using Instron machine. The phase identification and microstructure of the consolidated material was examined by x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope correspondingly. Results show that 2.5 wt%Mo addition significantly increased the ultimate stress and ultimate strain in compressive mode due to solid solution hardening. However, the addition of Mo more than 2.5 wt% was accompanied by a reduction in both properties caused by the presence of Mo-rich precipitate particles.

  2. Regulation of the Telomerase Reverse Transcriptase Subunit through Epigenetic Mechanisms

    Lewis, Kayla A.; Tollefsbol, Trygve O.

    2016-01-01

    Chromosome-shortening is characteristic of normal cells, and is known as the end replication problem. Telomerase is the enzyme responsible for extending the ends of the chromosomes in de novo synthesis, and occurs in germ cells as well as most malignant cancers. There are three subunits of telomerase: human telomerase RNA (hTERC), human telomerase associated protein (hTEP1), or dyskerin, and human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT). hTERC and hTEP1 are constitutively expressed, so the enzymatic activity of telomerase is dependent on the transcription of hTERT. DNA methylation, histone methylation, and histone acetylation are basic epigenetic regulations involved in the expression of hTERT. Non-coding RNA can also serve as a form of epigenetic control of hTERT. This epigenetic-based regulation of hTERT is important in providing a mechanism for reversibility of hTERT control in various biological states. These include embryonic down-regulation of hTERT contributing to aging and the upregulation of hTERT playing a critical role in over 90% of cancers. Normal human somatic cells have a non-methylated/hypomethylated CpG island within the hTERT promoter region, while telomerase-positive cells paradoxically have at least a partially methylated promoter region that is opposite to the normal roles of DNA methylation. Histone acetylation of H3K9 within the promoter region is associated with an open chromatin state such that transcription machinery has the space to form. Histone methylation of hTERT has varied control of the gene, however. Mono- and dimethylation of H3K9 within the promoter region indicate silent euchromatin, while a trimethylated H3K9 enhances gene transcription. Non-coding RNAs can target epigenetic-modifying enzymes, as well as transcription factors involved in the control of hTERT. An epigenetics diet that can affect the epigenome of cancer cells is a recent fascination that has received much attention. By combining portions of this diet with

  3. In-line monitoring and reverse 3D model reconstruction in additive manufacturing

    Pedersen, David Bue; Hansen, Hans Nørgaard; Nielsen, Jakob Skov

    2010-01-01

    Additive manufacturing allows for close-to unrestrained geometrical freedom in part design. The ability to manufacture geometries of such complexity is however limited by the fact that it proves difficult to verify tolerances of these parts. Tolerancs of featuress that are inaccessible with tradi......D printing (3DP), or Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) equipment. The system will be implemented and tested on a 3DP machine with modifications developed at the author's university.......Additive manufacturing allows for close-to unrestrained geometrical freedom in part design. The ability to manufacture geometries of such complexity is however limited by the fact that it proves difficult to verify tolerances of these parts. Tolerancs of featuress that are inaccessible with...... traditional measuring equipment such as Coordinate Measurement Machines (CMM's) can not easily be verified. This paradox is addresses by the proposal of an in-line reverse engineering and 3D reconstruction method that alows for a true to scale reconstruction of a part that is being additivelymanufactures on 3...

  4. Metal Additive Manufacturing: A Review of Mechanical Properties

    Lewandowski, John J.; Seifi, Mohsen

    2016-07-01

    This article reviews published data on the mechanical properties of additively manufactured metallic materials. The additive manufacturing techniques utilized to generate samples covered in this review include powder bed fusion (e.g., EBM, SLM, DMLS) and directed energy deposition (e.g., LENS, EBF3). Although only a limited number of metallic alloy systems are currently available for additive manufacturing (e.g., Ti-6Al-4V, TiAl, stainless steel, Inconel 625/718, and Al-Si-10Mg), the bulk of the published mechanical properties information has been generated on Ti-6Al-4V. However, summary tables for published mechanical properties and/or key figures are included for each of the alloys listed above, grouped by the additive technique used to generate the data. Published values for mechanical properties obtained from hardness, tension/compression, fracture toughness, fatigue crack growth, and high cycle fatigue are included for as-built, heat-treated, and/or HIP conditions, when available. The effects of test orientation/build direction on properties, when available, are also provided, along with discussion of the potential source(s) (e.g., texture, microstructure changes, defects) of anisotropy in properties. Recommendations for additional work are also provided.

  5. Mechanical Properties of Austenitic Stainless Steel Made by Additive Manufacturing.

    Luecke, William E; Slotwinski, John A

    2014-01-01

    Using uniaxial tensile and hardness testing, we evaluated the variability and anisotropy of the mechanical properties of an austenitic stainless steel, UNS S17400, manufactured by an additive process, selective laser melting. Like wrought materials, the mechanical properties depend on the orientation introduced by the processing. The recommended stress-relief heat treatment increases the tensile strength, reduces the yield strength, and decreases the extent of the discontinuous yielding. The mechanical properties, assessed by hardness, are very uniform across the build plate, but the stress-relief heat treatment introduced a small non-uniformity that had no correlation to position on the build plate. Analysis of the mechanical property behavior resulted in four conclusions. (1) The within-build and build-to-build tensile properties of the UNS S17400 stainless steel are less repeatable than mature engineering structural alloys, but similar to other structural alloys made by additive manufacturing. (2) The anisotropy of the mechanical properties of the UNS S17400 material of this study is larger than that of mature structural alloys, but is similar to other structural alloys made by additive manufacturing. (3) The tensile mechanical properties of the UNS S17400 material fabricated by selective laser melting are very different from those of wrought, heat-treated 17-4PH stainless steel. (4) The large discontinuous yielding strain in all tests resulted from the formation and propagation of Lüders bands. PMID:26601037

  6. Synthesis of carboxylic block copolymers via reversible addition fragmentation transfer polymerization for tooth erosion prevention.

    Lei, Y; Wang, T; Mitchell, J W; Qiu, J; Kilpatrick-Liverman, L

    2014-12-01

    Dental professionals are seeing a growing population of patients with visible signs of dental erosion. The approach currently being used to address the problem typically leverages the enamel protection benefits of fluoride. In this report, an alternative new block copolymer with a hydrophilic polyacrylic acid (PAA) block and a hydrophobic poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) block was developed to similarly reduce the mineral loss from enamel under acidic conditions. This series of PMMA-b-PAA block copolymers was synthesized by reversible addition fragmentation transfer (RAFT) polymerization. Their structures were characterized by gel permeation chromatography (GPC) and (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra. The molar fractions of acrylic acid (AA) in the final block copolymer were finely controlled from 0.25 to 0.94, and the molecular weight (Mn) of PMMA-b-PAA was controlled from 10 kDa to 90 kDa. The binding capability of the block copolymer with hydroxyapatite (HAP) was investigated by ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. FTIR spectra confirmed that the PMMA-b-PAA block copolymer could bind to HAP via bridging bidentate bonds. Both UV-Vis and FTIR spectra additionally indicated that a high polymer concentration and low solution pH favored the polymer binding to HAP. The erosion-preventing efficacy of the PMMA-b-PAA block copolymer in inhibiting HAP mineral loss was quantitatively evaluated by atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS). Based on the results, polymer treatment reduced the amount of calcium released by 27% to 30% in comparison with the unprotected samples. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) observations indicated that PMMA-b-PAA polymer treatment protected enamel from acid erosion. This new amphiphilic block copolymer has significant potential to be integrated into dentifrices or mouthrinses as an alternative non-fluoride ingredient to reduce tooth erosion. PMID:25248611

  7. Time reversal noninvariance in quantum mechanics and in nonlinear optics

    Kuz'menko, V. A.

    2005-01-01

    The experimental proofs of strong time invariance violation in optics are discussed. Time noninvariance is the only real physical base for explanation the origin of the most phenomena in nonlinear optics. The experimental study of forward and reversed transitions in oriented in uniform electric field molecules is proposed.

  8. Effect and mechanism of siderite on reverse flotation of hematite

    Yin, Wan-zhong; Li, Dong; Luo, Xi-mei; Yao, Jin; Sun, Qian-yu

    2016-04-01

    The effects of siderite on reverse flotation of hematite were investigated using micro flotation, adsorption tests, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The flotation results show that interactions between siderite and quartz are the main reasons that siderite significantly influences the floatability. The interactions are attributed to dissolved siderite species and fine siderite particles. The interaction due to the dissolved species is, however, dominant. Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek (DLVO) theoretical calculations reveal that adhesion on quartz increases when the siderite particle size decreases and that fine particles partly influence quartz floatability. Chemical solution calculations indicate that the dissolved species of siderite might convert the surface of active quartz to CaCO3 precipitates that can be depressed by starch. The theoretical calculations are in good agreement with the results of adsorption tests and FTIR spectroscopy and explain the reasons why siderite significantly influences reverse flotation of hematite.

  9. Early Career: Templating of Liquid Crystal Microstructures by Reversible Addition-Fragmentation Chain Transfer Polymerization

    Heinen, Jennifer M

    2014-12-31

    This research has shown that the microstructure of self-assembled copolymers can be decoupled from the polymer chemistry. The simplest polymer architecture, linear block copolymers, is valuable for a broad range of applications, including adhesives and coatings, medical devices, electronics and energy storage, because these block copolymers reproducibly self-assemble into microphase separated nanoscale domains. Unfortunately, the self-assembled microstructure is tuned by polymer composition, thus limiting the potential to simultaneously optimize chemical, mechanical, and transport properties for desired applications. To this end, much work was been put into manipulating block copolymer self-assembly independently of polymer composition. These efforts have included the use of additives or solvents to alter polymer chain conformation, the addition of a third monomer to produce ABC triblock terpolymers, architectures with mixed blocks, such as tapered/gradient polymers, and the synthesis of other nonlinear molecular architectures. This work has shown that the microstructures formed by linear ABC terpolymers can be altered by controlling the architecture of the polymer molecules at a constant monomer composition, so that the microstructure is tuned independently from the chemical properties.

  10. REVERSE DESIGN APPROACH FOR MECHANISM TRAJECTORY BASED ON CODE-CHAINS MATCHING

    ZHANG Shuyou; YI Guodong; XU Xiaofeng

    2007-01-01

    Aiming at the problem of reverse-design of mechanism, a method based on the matching of trajectory code-chains is presented. The motion trajectory of mechanism is described with code-chain,which is normalized to simplify the operation of geometric transformation. The geometric transformation formulas of scale, mirror and rotation for trajectory code-chain are defined, and the reverse design for mechanism trajectory is realized through the analysis and solution of similarity matching between the desired trajectory and the predefined trajectory. The algorithm program and prototype system of reverse design for mechanism trajectory are developed. Application samples show that the method can break the restriction of trajectory patterns in matching, meet the demand of partial matching, and overcome the influence of geometric transformation of trajectory on the reverse design for mechanism.

  11. The paleomagnetic field and possible mechanisms for the formation of reversed rock magnetization

    Trukhin, Vladimir I. [Faculty of Physics, Moscow State University, 119992 Moscow (Russian Federation)]. E-mail: trukhin@phys.msu.ru; Bezaeva, Natalia [Faculty of Physics, Moscow State University, 119992 Moscow (Russian Federation); Kurochkina, Evgeniya [Faculty of Physics, Moscow State University, 119992 Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2006-05-15

    Investigations of ancient magnetized rocks show that their natural remanent magnetization (NRM) can be oriented in the direction of modern geomagnetic field (GMF) as well as in the opposite direction. It is supposed that reversed NRM is related to reversals of the GMF in the past geological periods. During reversals, the strength of the GMF is near zero and can cause the destruction of living organisms as a result of powerful space and solar radiation, which, in the absence of the GMF, can reach the Earth's surface. That is why the question of reality of the GMF reversals is of global ecological importance. There is also another natural mechanism for the formation of reversed NRM-the self-reversal of magnetization as a result of thermomagnetization of rocks. In the paper, both natural processes for the formation of reversed NRM in rocks are discussed, and the results of experimental research on the physical mechanism of self-reversal of magnetization in continental and oceanic rocks are presented. The results of computer modeling of the self-reversal phenomenon are also presented.

  12. Additional mechanisms conferring genetic susceptibility to Alzheimer's disease

    Miguel Calero

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Familial Alzheimer's disease (AD, mostly associated with early onset, is caused by mutations in three genes (APP, PSEN1 and PSEN2 involved in the production of the amyloid  peptide. In contrast, the molecular mechanisms that trigger the most common late onset sporadic AD remain largely unknown. With the implementation of an increasing number of case-control studies and the upcoming of large-scale genome-wide association studies (GWAS there is a mounting list of genetic risk factors associated to common genetic variants that have been associated to sporadic AD. Besides APOE, that presents a strong association with the disease (OR~4, the rest of these genes have moderate or low degrees of association, with OR ranging from 0.88 to 1.23. Taking together, these genes may account only for a fraction of the attributable AD risk and therefore, rare variants and epistastic gene interactions should be taken into account in order to get the full picture of the genetic risks associated to AD. Here, we review recent whole-exome studies looking for rare variants, somatic brain mutations with a strong association to the disease, and several studies dealing with epistasis as additional mechanisms conferring genetic susceptibility to AD. Altogether, recent evidence underlines the importance of defining molecular and genetic pathways and networks rather than the contribution of specific genes.

  13. The criterion for time symmetry of probabilistic theories and the reversibility of quantum mechanics

    Physicists routinely claim that the fundamental laws of physics are 'time symmetric' or 'time reversal invariant' or 'reversible'. In particular, it is claimed that the theory of quantum mechanics is time symmetric. But it is shown in this paper that the orthodox analysis suffers from a fatal conceptual error, because the logical criterion for judging the time symmetry of probabilistic theories has been incorrectly formulated. The correct criterion requires symmetry between future-directed laws and past-directed laws. This criterion is formulated and proved in detail. The orthodox claim that quantum mechanics is reversible is re-evaluated. The property demonstrated in the orthodox analysis is shown to be quite distinct from time reversal invariance. The view of Satosi Watanabe that quantum mechanics is time asymmetric is verified, as well as his view that this feature does not merely show a de facto or 'contingent' asymmetry, as commonly supposed, but implies a genuine failure of time reversal invariance of the laws of quantum mechanics. The laws of quantum mechanics would be incompatible with a time-reversed version of our universe

  14. Molecular imprinting in hydrogels using reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization and continuous flow micro-reactor

    Kadhirvel, Porkodi; Machado, Carla; Freitas, Ana; Oliveira, Tânia; Dias, Rolando; Costa, Mário

    2015-01-01

    Abstract BACKGROUND Stimuli responsive imprinted hydrogel micro-particles were prepared using reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization for targeting genotoxic impurity aminopyridine in aqueous environment using a continuous flow micro-reactor. RESULTS The feasibility of operation with a continuous flow micro-reactor for particles production was demonstrated. A comparative evaluation was carried out between batch and micro-reactor produced imprinted and non...

  15. Coercivity, microstructure and magnetization reversal mechanism in TiNi-doped L10 FePt thin films

    Zhang, Yongmei; Li, Xiaohong; Jing, Jingjing; Zhang, Xiangyi; Zhao, Yuhong

    2016-06-01

    Controlling coercivity and understanding how it is affected by the microstructure are of essential importance for practical application of FePt thin films as a recording media. In this study, the small size of ordered domain, lower coercivity and weak intergranular exchange coupling interaction in TiNi-doped L10 FePt thin films are obtained. The TiNi additions maybe diffuse out of the FePt lattice into FePt grain boundaries, which separate FePt grains. The doping in grain boundary provides the nucleation center of reversed domain, which leads both nucleation-type and pinning-type mechanism to coexist in magnetization reversal processes for TiNi-doped FePt thin films. The decrease of anisotropy constant and nucleation field of reversed domain provides an explanation for the coercivity reduction of FePt thin films after TiNi doping.

  16. Additives That Prevent Or Reverse Cathode Aging In Drift Chambers With Helium-Isobutane Gas

    Boyarski, A M

    2003-01-01

    Noise and Malter breakdown have been studied at high rates in a test chamber having the same cell structure and gas as in the BaBar drift chamber. The chamber was first damaged by exposing it to a high source level at an elevated high voltage, until its operating current at normal voltages was below 0.5nA/cm. Additives such as water or alcohol allowed the damaged chamber to operate at 25 nA/cm, but when the additive was removed the operating point reverted to the original low value. However with 0.2% to 0.5% oxygen or 5% carbon dioxide the chamber could operate at more than 25 nA/cm, and continued to operate at this level even after the additive was removed. This shows for the first time that running with an O2 or CO2 additive at high ionisation levels can cure a damaged chamber from breakdown problems.

  17. Additives that prevent or reverse cathode aging in drift chambers with helium-isobutane gas

    Noise and Malter breakdown have been studied at high rates in a test chamber with the same cell structure and gas as the BaBar drift chamber. The chamber was first damaged by exposing it to a high source level at an elevated high voltage, until its operating current at normal voltages was only ∼0.5 nA/cm. Additives such as water or alcohol allowed the damaged chamber to operate at 25 nA/cm, but when the additive was removed, the operating point reverted to the original low value. However, with 0.02-0.05% oxygen or 5% carbon dioxide, the chamber could operate at more than 25 nA/cm and continued to operate at this level even after the additive was removed. This shows for the first time that running with an O2 or CO2 additive at high ionization levels can cure a damaged chamber from breakdown problems

  18. Additives That Prevent Or Reverse Cathode Aging In Drift Chambers With Helium-Isobutane Gas

    Noise and Malter breakdown have been studied at high rates in a test chamber having the same cell structure and gas as in the BaBar drift chamber. The chamber was first damaged by exposing it to a high source level at an elevated high voltage, until its operating current at normal voltages was below 0.5nA/cm. Additives such as water or alcohol allowed the damaged chamber to operate at 25 nA/cm, but when the additive was removed the operating point reverted to the original low value. However with 0.02% to 0.05% oxygen or 5% carbon dioxide the chamber could operate at more than 25 nA/cm, and continued to operate at this level even after the additive was removed. This shows for the first time that running with an O2 or CO2 additive at high ionization levels can cure a damaged chamber from breakdown problems

  19. Spectroscopic studies of the mechanism of reversible photodegradation of 1-substituted aminoanthraquinone-doped polymers

    Hung, Sheng-Ting; Schademan, Kyle; Steverlynck, Joost; McCluskey, Matthew D; Koeckelberghs, Guy; Clays, Koen; Kuzyk, Mark G

    2015-01-01

    The mechanism of reversible photodegradation of 1-substituted aminoanthraquinones doped into poly(methyl methacrylate) and polystyrene is investigated. Time-dependent density functional theory is employed to predict the transition energies and corresponding oscillator strengths of the proposed reversibly- and irreversibly-damaged dye species. Ultraviolet-visible and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy are used to characterize which species are present. FTIR spectroscopy indicates that both dye and polymer undergo reversible photodegradation when irradiated with a visible laser. These findings suggest that photodegradation of 1-substituted aminoanthraquinones doped in polymers originates from interactions between dyes and photoinduced thermally-degraded polymers, and the metastable product may recover or further degrade irreversibly.

  20. Synthetically chemical-electrical mechanism for controlling large scale reversible deformation of liquid metal objects

    Zhang, Jie; Sheng, Lei; Liu, Jing

    2014-01-01

    Reversible deformation of a machine holds enormous promise across many scientific areas ranging from mechanical engineering to applied physics. So far, such capabilities are still hard to achieve through conventional rigid materials or depending mainly on elastomeric materials, which however own rather limited performances and require complicated manipulations. Here, we show a basic strategy which is fundamentally different from the existing ones to realize large scale reversible deformation ...

  1. Reversible cyclic deformation mechanism of gold nanowires by twinning-detwinning transition evidenced from in situ TEM.

    Lee, Subin; Im, Jiseong; Yoo, Youngdong; Bitzek, Erik; Kiener, Daniel; Richter, Gunther; Kim, Bongsoo; Oh, Sang Ho

    2014-01-01

    Mechanical response of metal nanowires has recently attracted a lot of interest due to their ultra-high strengths and unique deformation behaviours. Atomistic simulations have predicted that face-centered cubic metal nanowires deform in different modes depending on the orientation between wire axis and loading direction. Here we report, by combination of in situ transmission electron microscopy and molecular dynamic simulation, the conditions under which particular deformation mechanisms take place during the uniaxial loading of [110]-oriented Au nanowires. Furthermore, by performing cyclic uniaxial loading, we show reversible plastic deformation by twinning and consecutive detwinning in tension and compression, respectively. Molecular dynamics simulations rationalize the observed behaviours in terms of the orientation-dependent resolved shear stress on the leading and trailing partial dislocations, their potential nucleation sites and energy barriers. This reversible twinning-detwinning process accommodates large strains that can be beneficially utilized in applications requiring high ductility in addition to ultra-high strength. PMID:24398783

  2. Green certificates - additional instruments at Kyoto Protocol's flexible mechanisms

    The paper presents four mechanisms, designed to realize certain objectives - to stimulate the use of electricity produced from renewable energy sources and to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. The operation mode of these mechanisms is analyzed and their common characteristics are determined, as well as the possibility to interact each other. The systems analysed are Tradable Green Certificates and Flexible Mechanisms of Kyoto Protocol. The Green Certificates System is explained more thoroughly because the Romanian Government chose them to promote electricity from renewable energy sources on the internal electricity market. The main characteristic of these systems, which combine elements of centralization with the use of market mechanisms are outlined

  3. Mechanical and microstructural single-crystal Bauschinger effects: Observation of reversible plasticity in copper during bending

    We study the Bauschinger effect on a bent and straightened micro-sized single-crystal copper beam (width: 8.64 μm; thickness: 7.05 μm) over three consecutive cycles. The reverse yield strengths (straightening step) are much smaller than those in forward loading (bending step). An upper bound estimate shows a load drop of 73% (1st cycle), 76% (2nd cycle) and 83% (3rd cycle) relative to the forward yield stress. Electron backscatter diffraction reveals a dramatic reduction in the bending-induced misorientation gradients upon load reversal (straightening), documenting an unexpected form of microstructure reversibility. The observed Bauschinger softening is interpreted in terms of two effects. The first consists of internal backstresses that support load reversal. They are created by polarized dislocation arrays that are accumulated during forward bending. The second effect is the reduced requirement to activate dislocation sources during reverse loading as the dislocations that were stored during bending did not participate much in cross-hardening and, hence, serve as mobile dislocations upon reverse loading. After straightening the misorientation gradients are largely removed but the non-polarized dislocations remain. We therefore introduce a revised terminology, namely the 'mechanical Bauschinger effect' and the 'microstructural Bauschinger effect'. The former term describes a yield stress drop and the latter one the degree of microstructure reversibility upon load path changes.

  4. Kinetics of reversible addition of cycloalkyl hydroperoxides to C/sub 6/-C/sub 12/ cyclic ketones

    Lipos, V.V.; Bakova, E.A.; Groshina, N.M.; Koshel' , G.N.; Kurkchi, G.A.; Timrot, T.N.

    1985-11-01

    This paper examines the influence of ring size on the reaction of hydroperoxide addition to the C=O bond. The authors investigated the kinetics of hemiperketal formation in the interaction of cycloalkanones C /SUB n/ H /SUB 2n-20/ (n = 6, 8, 12) with cycloalkyl hydroperoxidides C /SUB n/ H /SUB 2n-1/ OOH (n = 6, 8) in the temperature interval 25-50 degrees. The temperature dependence of the rate constants for the forward and reverse reactions of cyclohexanone interaction were determined with cyclohexyl and cyclooctyl hydroperoxides.

  5. Biomedical applications of polymers derived by reversible addition - fragmentation chain-transfer (RAFT).

    Fairbanks, Benjamin D; Gunatillake, Pathiraja A; Meagher, Laurence

    2015-08-30

    RAFT- mediated polymerization, providing control over polymer length and architecture as well as facilitating post polymerization modification of end groups, has been applied to virtually every facet of biomedical materials research. RAFT polymers have seen particularly extensive use in drug delivery research. Facile generation of functional and telechelic polymers permits straightforward conjugation to many therapeutic compounds while synthesis of amphiphilic block copolymers via RAFT allows for the generation of self-assembled structures capable of carrying therapeutic payloads. With the large and growing body of literature employing RAFT polymers as drug delivery aids and vehicles, concern over the potential toxicity of RAFT derived polymers has been raised. While literature exploring this complication is relatively limited, the emerging consensus may be summed up in three parts: toxicity of polymers generated with dithiobenzoate RAFT agents is observed at high concentrations but not with polymers generated with trithiocarbonate RAFT agents; even for polymers generated with dithiobenzoate RAFT agents, most reported applications call for concentrations well below the toxicity threshold; and RAFT end-groups may be easily removed via any of a variety of techniques that leave the polymer with no intrinsic toxicity attributable to the mechanism of polymerization. The low toxicity of RAFT-derived polymers and the ability to remove end groups via straightforward and scalable processes make RAFT technology a valuable tool for practically any application in which a polymer of defined molecular weight and architecture is desired. PMID:26050529

  6. A possible mechanism for pressure reversal of general anaesthetics from molecular simulations

    Chau, P.-L.; Hoang, Paul N. M.; Picaud, Sylvain; Jedlovszky, Pál

    2007-04-01

    The effect of general anaesthetics is pressure-dependent. We have simulated a fully hydrated dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine bilayer with halothane (a general anaesthetic) embedded, at pressures of 1, 200 and 400 atm, respectively. We find that at higher pressures, halothane molecules tend to cluster together. Based on these results, we propose a possible mechanisms for pressure reversal of anaesthesia.

  7. Enhancement of mechanical properties of a TRIP-aided austenitic stainless steel by controlled reversion annealing

    Hamada, A.S., E-mail: atef.hamada@suezuniv.edu.eg [Centre for Advanced Steels Research, Box 4200, University of Oulu, 90014 Oulu (Finland); Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department, Faculty of Petroleum & Mining Engineering, Suez University, Box 43721, Suez (Egypt); Kisko, A.P. [Centre for Advanced Steels Research, Box 4200, University of Oulu, 90014 Oulu (Finland); Sahu, P. [Department of Physics, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700032 (India); Karjalainen, L.P. [Centre for Advanced Steels Research, Box 4200, University of Oulu, 90014 Oulu (Finland)

    2015-03-25

    Controlled martensitic reversion annealing was applied to a heavily cold-worked metastable austenitic low-Ni Cr–Mn austenitic stainless steel (Type 201) to obtain different ultrafine austenite grain sizes to enhance the mechanical properties, which were then compared with the conventional coarse-grained steel. Characterization of the deformed and reversion annealed microstructures was performed by electron back scattered diffraction (EBSD), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and light and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The steel with a reverted grain size ~1.5 μm due to annealing at 800 °C for 10 s showed significant improvements in the mechanical properties with yield stress ~800 MPa and tensile strength ~1100 MPa, while the corresponding properties of its coarse grained counterpart were ~450 MPa and ~900 MPa, respectively. However, the fracture elongation of the reversion annealed steel was ~50% as compared to ~70% in the coarse grained steel. A further advantage is that the anisotropy of mechanical properties present in work-hardened steels also disappears during reversion annealing.

  8. Synthetically chemical-electrical mechanism for controlling large scale reversible deformation of liquid metal objects

    Zhang, Jie; Sheng, Lei; Liu, Jing

    2014-11-01

    Reversible deformation of a machine holds enormous promise across many scientific areas ranging from mechanical engineering to applied physics. So far, such capabilities are still hard to achieve through conventional rigid materials or depending mainly on elastomeric materials, which however own rather limited performances and require complicated manipulations. Here, we show a basic strategy which is fundamentally different from the existing ones to realize large scale reversible deformation through controlling the working materials via the synthetically chemical-electrical mechanism (SCHEME). Such activity incorporates an object of liquid metal gallium whose surface area could spread up to five times of its original size and vice versa under low energy consumption. Particularly, the alterable surface tension based on combination of chemical dissolution and electrochemical oxidation is ascribed to the reversible shape transformation, which works much more flexible than many former deformation principles through converting electrical energy into mechanical movement. A series of very unusual phenomena regarding the reversible configurational shifts are disclosed with dominant factors clarified. This study opens a generalized way to combine the liquid metal serving as shape-variable element with the SCHEME to compose functional soft machines, which implies huge potential for developing future smart robots to fulfill various complicated tasks.

  9. Enhancement of mechanical properties of a TRIP-aided austenitic stainless steel by controlled reversion annealing

    Controlled martensitic reversion annealing was applied to a heavily cold-worked metastable austenitic low-Ni Cr–Mn austenitic stainless steel (Type 201) to obtain different ultrafine austenite grain sizes to enhance the mechanical properties, which were then compared with the conventional coarse-grained steel. Characterization of the deformed and reversion annealed microstructures was performed by electron back scattered diffraction (EBSD), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and light and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The steel with a reverted grain size ~1.5 μm due to annealing at 800 °C for 10 s showed significant improvements in the mechanical properties with yield stress ~800 MPa and tensile strength ~1100 MPa, while the corresponding properties of its coarse grained counterpart were ~450 MPa and ~900 MPa, respectively. However, the fracture elongation of the reversion annealed steel was ~50% as compared to ~70% in the coarse grained steel. A further advantage is that the anisotropy of mechanical properties present in work-hardened steels also disappears during reversion annealing

  10. Recent additions to fundament aspects of quantum mechanics

    Problems like those of Schroedinger's can comprise quantum systems as classical systems, the measurement process and reality. After a reviewing the history of interpretation of quantum mechanics it is shown how a generalized algebraic quantum theory (e.g. G.G. Emch 1986) can tackle these problems and paradoxes. This theory treats systems with infinite degrees of freedom and open systems. It is applicable both to quantum as to classical systems and thus to the measurement process with its irreversibility. The usual linear Schroedinger equation is replaced by a non-linear one where the nonlinear terms reflect the interaction of the system with its environment or with the measuring apparatus. (Quittner) To appear also in 'Naturwissenschaft und Weltbild', 1992

  11. Investigation of the magnetization reversal mechanism of electrolessly deposited Co-B nanotubes

    Richardson, David; Kingston, Samuel; Rhen, Fernando M. F.

    2016-05-01

    Co-B nanotubes were prepared via an electroless deposition method. The morphology, magnetic properties and the magnetization reversal mechanism of the nanotubes were investigated. Deposition was carried out in porous polycarbonate membranes leading to the formation of Co-B nanotubes with an average external diameter of 400 nm and lengths up to 6 μm. Electroless deposition resulted in the formation of alloys with composition Co70B30 and a specific magnetization of 65.6 J T-1kg-1, which is about 40 % of that of pure Co (161 J T-1kg-1). The transversal and vortex modes were identified as the mechanisms responsible for magnetization reversal in the nanotubes. A crossover between the two modes is observed at low angles and the results are in line with current models for switching mechanisms of nanotubes.

  12. Thermo-Responsive and Biocompatible Diblock Copolymers Prepared via Reversible Addition-Fragmentation Chain Transfer (RAFT Radical Polymerization

    Kenichi Fukuda

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Poly(2-(methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine-b-poly(N,N-diethyl acrylamide (PMPCm-PDEAn was synthesized via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT controlled radical polymerization. Below, the critical aggregation temperature (CAT the diblock copolymer dissolved in water as a unimer with a hydrodynamic radius (Rh of ca. 5 nm. Above the CAT the diblock copolymers formed polymer micelles composed of a PDEA core and biocompatible PMPC shells, due to hydrophobic self-aggregation of the thermo-responsive PDEA block. A fluorescence probe study showed that small hydrophobic small guest molecules could be incorporated into the core of the polymer micelle above the CAT. The incorporated guest molecules were released from the core into the bulk aqueous phase when the temperature decreased to values below the CAT because of micelle dissociation.

  13. Study on the performance of polycarboxylate-based superplasticizers synthesized by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization

    Yu, Binbin; Zeng, Zhong; Ren, Qinyu; Chen, Yang; Liang, Mei; Zou, Huawei

    2016-09-01

    A series of block type polycarboxylate-based superplasticizers (PCs) with different molecular architectures were synthesized with macromonomer butenyl alkylene polyoxyethylene-polyoxypropylene ether (BAPP) and acrylic acid (AA) by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization. Fourier-Transformed Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy and dynamic light scattering (DLS) were applied to investigate the PCs' molecular structure. The dispersion capacity of the PCs in cement were also measured, and the results showed that the polycarboxylic dispersing agents prepared by this method were suitable for portlant cement. It was found that the PCs could affect the hydration process, which was performed through retarding the generation of ettringite in the hydrated product. Our studies with X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and compressive strength measurement of hydrated production were all supporting this conclusion.

  14. Geomagnetic polarity reversals as a mechanism for the punctuated equilibrium model of biological evolution

    In contrast to what is predicted by classical Darwinian theory (phyletic gradualism), the fossil record typically displays a pattern of relatively sudden, dramatic changes as detailed by Eldregde and Gould's model of punctuated equilibrium. Evolutionary biologists have been at a loss to explain the ultimate source of the new mutations that drive evolution. One hypothesis holds that the abrupt speciation seen in the punctuated equilibrium model is secondary to an increased mutation rate resulting from periodically increased levels of ionizing radiation on the Earth's surface. Sporadic geomagnetic pole reversals, occurring every few million years on the average, are accompanied by alterations in the strength of the Earth's magnetic field and magnetosphere. This diminution may allow charged cosmic radiation to bombard Earth with less attenuation, thereby resulting in increased mutation rates. This episodic fluctuation in the magnetosphere is an attractive mechanism for the observed fossil record. Selected periods and epochs of geologic history for which data was available were reviewed for both geomagnetic pole reversal history and fossil record. Anomalies in either were scrutinized in greater depth and correlations were made. A 35 million year span (118-83 Ma) was identified during the Early/Middle Cretaceous period that was devoid of geomagnetic polarity reversals(the Cretaceous normal superchron). Examination of the fossil record (including several invertebrate and vertebrate taxons) during the Cretaceous normal superchron does not reveal any significant gap or slowing of speciation. Although increased terrestrial radiation exposure due to a diminution of the Earth's magnetosphere caused by a reversal of geomagnetic polarity is an attractive explanation for the mechanism of punctuated equilibrium, our investigation suggests that such polarity reversals cannot fully provide the driving force behind biological evolution. Further research is required to determine if

  15. Biophysical Insights into the Inhibitory Mechanism of Non-Nucleoside HIV-1 Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors

    Nicolas Sluis-Cremer

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available HIV-1 reverse transcriptase (RT plays a central role in HIV infection. Current United States Federal Drug Administration (USFDA-approved antiretroviral therapies can include one of five approved non-nucleoside RT inhibitors (NNRTIs, which are potent inhibitors of RT activity. Despite their crucial clinical role in treating and preventing HIV-1 infection, their mechanism of action remains elusive. In this review, we introduce RT and highlight major advances from experimental and computational biophysical experiments toward an understanding of RT function and the inhibitory mechanism(s of NNRTIs.

  16. Exterior beam-column joint study with non-conventional reinforcement detailing using mechanical anchorage under reversal loading

    S Rajagopal; S Prabavathy

    2014-10-01

    Reinforced concrete structures beam-column joints are the most critical regions in seismic prone areas. Proper reinforcement anchorage is essential to enhance the performance of the joints. An attempt has been made to appraise the performance of the anchorages and joints. The anchorages are detailed as per ACI-352 (mechanical anchorages), ACI-318 (conventional bent hooks) and IS-456 (conventional full anchorage). The joints are detailed without confinement in group-I and with additional X-cross bar in group-II. To assess the seismic performance, the specimens are assembled into two groups of three specimens each and were tested under reversal loading, The specimen with T-type mechanical anchorage (Headed bar) and T-type mechanical anchorage combination with X-cross bar exhibited significant improvement in seismic performance: load-displacement capacity, displacement ductility, stiffness degradation, controlled crack capacity in the joint shear panel and also reduced congestion of reinforcement in joint core.

  17. The effect of temperature on the magnetization reversal mechanism in sintered PrFeB

    To understand the effects of nucleation fields and intergranular dipolar interactions on the magnetization reversal mechanism, recoil curves from the major hysteresis loop have been measured on a sample of sintered PrFeB as a function of temperature from 150 to 300 K. At room temperature the reversible magnetization behavior indicates a reversal mechanism of nucleation of domain walls whose motion after nucleation is resisted by dipolar fields. As the temperature is reduced, the coercivity, and hence the nucleation field, is observed to increase while the dipolar fields, dependent on microstructure and saturation magnetization, remain approximately constant. These temperature-dependent changes in the relative magnitudes of the dipolar field and nucleation field cause the reversible magnetization behavior to change from domain wall motion to rotation. This change in behavior is attributed to the supposition that at temperatures where the nucleation field exceeds the dipolar field, once nucleated, domain walls are swept out of the material. (c) 2000 American Institute of Physics

  18. Nucleation controlled magnetization reversal mechanism in oriented L10 FeCoPt ternary alloys

    Goyal, Rajan; Sehdev, Neeru; Lamba, S.; Annapoorni, S.

    2016-01-01

    The angular dependence of scaled coercivity is investigated within the framework of various theoretical models to gather an insight into the magnetization reversal mechanism in hard magnetic materials. FeCoPt ternary alloy thin films with low concentration of Co were successfully fabricated on an Si substrate with different working pressures in order to attain an optimum energy product. The structural and hysteresis curve analysis show an improvement in atomic ordering and orientation of easy axis with annealing temperature. The experimental data for angular dependence of coercivity along with the theoretical predications based on the nucleation model indicates that the dominant reversal mechanism is nucleation along with a slight contribution from pinning. The magnetic force microscopy (MFM) imaging also supports the above model. The evolution of morphology and microstructure characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM) was directly linked to an increase in surface roughness.

  19. Modeling astrophysical outflows via the unified Dynamo-Reverse Dynamo mechanism

    Lingam, Manasvi

    2015-01-01

    The unified Dynamo-Reverse Dynamo (Dy-RDy) mechanism, capable of simultaneously generating large scale outflows and magnetic fields from an ambient microscopic reservoir, is explored in a broad astrophysical context. The Dy-RDy mechanism is derived via Hall magnetohydrodynamics, which unifies the evolution of magnetic field and fluid vorticity. It also introduces an intrinsic length scale, the ion skin depth, allowing for the proper normalization and categorization of microscopic and macroscopic scales. The large scale Alfv\\'en Mach number $\\mathcal{M}_{A}$, defining the relative "abundance" of the flow field to the magnetic field is shown to be tied to a microscopic scale length that reflects the characteristics of the ambient short scale reservoir. The dynamo (Dy), preferentially producing the large scale magnetic field, is the dominant mode when the ambient turbulence is mostly kinetic, while the outflow producing reverse dynamo (RDy) is the principal manifestation of a magnetically dominated turbulent res...

  20. Protein alkylation by the α,β-unsaturated aldehyde acrolein. A reversible mechanism of electrophile signaling?

    Randall, Matthew J.; Hristova, Milena; van der Vliet, Albert

    2013-01-01

    Acrolein, a reactive aldehyde found in cigarette smoke, is thought to induce its biological effects primarily by irreversible adduction to cellular nucleophiles such as cysteine thiols. Here, we demonstrate that acrolein rapidly inactivates the seleno-enzyme thioredoxin reductase (TrxR) in human bronchiolar epithelial HBE1 cells, which recovered over 4-8 hrs by a mechanism depending on the presence of cellular GSH and thioredoxin 1 (Trx1), and corresponding with reversal of protein-acrolein a...

  1. A Study on Efficient Mobile IPv6 Fast Handover Scheme Using Reverse Binding Mechanism

    Tolentino, Randy S.; Lee, Kijeong; Kim, Sung-Gyu; Kim, Miso; Park, Byungjoo

    This paper proposes a solution for solving the packet handover issues of MIPv6. We propose an efficient scheme that can support fast handover effectively in standard Mobile IPv6 (MIPv6) by optimizing the associated data and the flow of signal during handover. A new signaling message Reverse Packet Binding Mechanism is defined and utilized to hasten the handover procedure by adding a buffer in access point (AP) and home agent (HA).

  2. Mechanism of Cyclically Polarity Reversing Solar Magnetic Cycle as a Cosmic Dynamo

    Hirokazu Yoshimura

    2000-09-01

    We briefly describe historical development of the concept of solar dynamo mechanism that generates electric current and magnetic field by plasma flows inside the solar convection zone. The dynamo is the driver of the cyclically polarity reversing solar magnetic cycle. The reversal process can easily and visually be understood in terms of magnetic field line stretching and twisting and folding in three-dimensional space by plasma flows of differential rotation and global convection under influence of Coriolis force. This process gives rise to formation of a series of huge magnetic flux tubes that propagate along iso-rotation surfaces inside the convection zone. Each of these flux tubes produces one solar cycle. We discuss general characteristics of any plasma flows that can generate magnetic field and reverse the polarity of the magnetic field in a rotating body in the Universe. We also mention a list of problems which are currently being disputed concerning the solar dynamo mechanism together with observational evidences that are to be constraints as well as verifications of any solar cycle dynamo theories of short and long term behaviors of the Sun, particularly time variations of its magnetic field, plasma flows, and luminosity.

  3. Gamma radiation induced synthesis of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) mediated by Reversible Addition-Fragmentation Chain Transfer (RAFT) process

    Kiraç, Feyza; Güven, Olgun

    2015-07-01

    Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNiPAAm) is synthesized by gamma radiation induced Reversible Addition-Fragmentation Chain Transfer (RAFT) polymerization. The monomer is polymerized in the presence of two different trithiocarbonate-based RAFT agents i.e., Cyanomethyldodecyltrithiocarbonate (CDTC) and 2-(Dodecylthiocarbonothioylthio)-2-methylpropionic acid (DMPA) in dimethylformamide (DMF) at room temperature under nitrogen atmosphere. Number-average molecular weights (Mn) and dispersities of the polymers were determined by Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC). Dispersities (Ɖ) of the resulting polymers are narrow, i.e., Ɖ≤1.18, indicating the occurrence of well-controlled polymerization via radiation induced RAFT process. %Conversion is determined by gravimetric method and also confirmed by Proton Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (1H-NMR) Spectroscopy. By selecting proper [Monomer]/[RAFT] ratio and controlling conversion it is possible to synthesize PNiPAAm in the molecular weight range of 2400-72400 with extremely low molecular weight distributions with the anticipation of preparing corresponding size-controlled nanogels. The phase transition of PNiPAAm with low dispersity synthesized by RAFT is sharper than PNiPAAm synthesized by free radical polymerization.

  4. Scale-up of the Reversible Addition-Fragmentation Chain Transfer (RAFT Polymerization Using Continuous Flow Processing

    Nenad Micic

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A controlled radical polymerization process using the Reversible Addition-Fragmentation Chain Transfer (RAFT approach was scaled up by a factor of 100 from a small laboratory scale of 5 mL to a preparative scale of 500 mL, using batch and continuous flow processing. The batch polymerizations were carried out in a series of different glass vessels, using either magnetic or overhead stirring, and different modes of heating: Microwave irradiation or conductive heating in an oil bath. The continuous process was conducted in a prototype tubular flow reactor, consisting of 6 mm ID stainless steel tubing, fitted with static mixers. Both reactor types were tested for polymerizations of the acid functional monomers acrylic acid and 2-acrylamido-2-methylpropane-1-sulfonic acid in water at 80 °C with reaction times of 30 to 40 min. By monitoring the temperature during the exothermic polymerization process, it was observed that the type and size of reactor had a significant influence on the temperature profile of the reaction.

  5. Complete reversal of muscle wasting in experimental cancer cachexia: Additive effects of activin type II receptor inhibition and β-2 agonist.

    Toledo, Míriam; Busquets, Sílvia; Penna, Fabio; Zhou, Xiaolan; Marmonti, Enrica; Betancourt, Angelica; Massa, David; López-Soriano, Francisco J; Han, H Q; Argilés, Josep M

    2016-04-15

    Formoterol is a highly potent β2-adrenoceptor-selective agonist, which is a muscle growth promoter in many animal species. Myostatin/activin inhibition reverses skeletal muscle loss and prolongs survival of tumor-bearing animals. The aim of this investigation was to evaluate the effects of a combination of the soluble myostatin receptor ActRIIB (sActRIIB) and the β2-agonist formoterol in the cachectic Lewis lung carcinoma model. The combination of formoterol and sActRIIB was extremely effective in reversing muscle wasting associated with experimental cancer cachexia in mice. Muscle weights from tumor-bearing animals were completely recovered following treatment and this was also reflected in the measured grip strength. This combination increased food intake in both control and tumor-bearing animals. The double treatment also prolonged survival significantly without affecting the weight and growth of the primary tumor. In addition, it significantly reduced the number of metastasis. Concerning the mechanisms for the preservation of muscle mass during cachexia, the effects of formoterol and sActRIIB seemed to be additive, since formoterol reduced the rate of protein degradation (as measured in vitro as tyrosine release, using incubated isolated individual muscles) while sActRIIB only affected protein synthesis (as measured in vivo using tritiated phenylalanine). Formoterol also increased the rate of protein synthesis and this seemed to be favored by the presence of sActRIIB. Combining formoterol and sActRIIB seemed to be a very promising treatment for experimental cancer cachexia. Further studies in human patients are necessary and may lead to a highly effective treatment option for muscle wasting associated with cancer. PMID:26595367

  6. Preparation and formation mechanism of Al2O3 nanoparticles by reverse microemulsion

    HUANG Ke-long; YIN Liang-guo; LIU Su-qin; LI Chao-jian

    2007-01-01

    Al2O3 nanoparticles were prepared by polyethylene glycol octylphenyl ether(Triton X-100)/n-butyl alcohol/cyclohexane/ water W/O reverse microemulsion. The proper calcination temperature was determined at 1 150 ℃ by thermal analysis of the precursor products. The structures and morphologies of Al2O3 nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and UV-Vis spectra. The influences of mole ratio of water to surfactant on the morphologies and the sizes of the Al2O3 nanoparticles were studied. With the increase of surfactant content, the particles size becomes larger. The agglomeration of nanoparticles was solved successfully. And the formation mechanisms of Al2O3 nanoparticles in the reverse microemulsion were also discussed.

  7. Mechanisms of reversible photodegradation in disperse orange 11 dye doped in PMMA polymer

    Embaye, Natnael B; Kuzyk, Mark G

    2008-01-01

    We use amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) and linear absorption spectroscopy to study the mechanisms of reversible photodegradation of 1-amino-2-methylanthraquinone (disperse orange 11-DO11) in solid poly(methyl methacrylate). Measurements as a function of intensity, concentration, and time suggest that ASE originates in a state (be it a tautomer or a vibronic level) that can form a dimer or some other aggregate upon relaxation, which through fluorescence quenching leads to degradation of the ASE signal. Whatever the degradation route, a high concentration of DO11 is required and the polymer plays a key role in the process of opening a new reversible degradation pathway that is not available at lower concentrations or in liquid solutions. We construct an energy level diagram that describes all measured quantities in the decay and recovery processes and propose a hypothesis of the nature of the associated states.

  8. The Reversal Effect and Its Mechanisms of Tetramethylpyrazine on Multidrug Resistance in Human Bladder Cancer

    Wang, Shanshan; Lei, Ting; Zhang, Man

    2016-01-01

    Chemotherapy is an important strategy for the treatment of bladder cancer. However, the main problem limiting the success of chemotherapy is the development of multidrug resistance (MDR). To improve the management of bladder cancer, it is an urgent matter to search for strategies to reverse MDR. We chose three kinds of herbal medicines including ginsenoside Rh2, (-)-Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and Tetramethylpyrazine (TMP) to detect their effects on bladder cancer. Reversal effects of these three herbal medicines for drug resistance in adriamycin (ADM)-resistant Pumc-91 cells (Pumc-91/ADM) were assessed by Cell Counting Kit-8 (CCK-8) cell proliferation assay system. The mechanisms of reversal effect for TMP were explored in Pumc-91/ADM and T24/DDP cells. After Pumc-91/ADM and T24/DDP cells were treated with TMP, cell cycle distribution analysis was performed by flow cytometry. The expression of MRP1, GST, BCL-2, LRP and TOPO-II was evaluated using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR), immunefluorescence assay and western blot. It was observed that TMP was capable of enhancing the cytotoxicity of anticancer agents on Pumc-91/ADM cells in response to ADM, however Rh2 and EGCG were unable to. The reversal effect of TMP was also demonstrated in T24/DDP cells. Moreover, the treatment with TMP in Pumc-91/ADM and T24/DDP cells led to an increased of G1 phase accompanied with a concomitant decrease of cell numbers in S phase. Compared to the control group, an obvious decrease of MRP1, GST, BCL-2 and an increase of TOPO-II were shown in TMP groups with a dose-dependency in mRNA and protein levels. However, there was no difference on LRP expression between TMP groups and the control group. TMP could effectively reverse MDR of Pumc-91/ADM and T24/DDP cells and its mechanisms might be correlated with the alteration of MRP1, GST, BCL-2 and TOPO-II. TMP might be a potential candidate for reversing drug resistance in bladder cancer chemotherapy. PMID

  9. Reverse micelle mediated synthesis, processing, mechanical and biological characterization of hydroxyapatite nanopowders for bone graft application

    Banerjee, Ashis

    Hydroxyapatite (HA) is the most widely used bioceramic material in bone graft applications because of its compositional similarity with natural bone. However, synthetic HA does not show similar mechanical and biological properties to the inorganic component of bone. Properties of ceramic material depend on starting materials, processing techniques, densification and microstructure of the final product. The objective of this research was to process HA whisker reinforced HA composite using HA nanopowders and whiskers. HA nanopowders with different length scale and morphology were synthesized by reverse micelle system using NP5 and NP12 as surfactants and cyclohexane as organic solvent. The lowest average aspect ratio was 1.357+/-0.39 with average particle size of 66 nm and the highest average aspect ratio was 7.277+/-3.227 with average length of 150 nm and width of 20 nm, were synthesized. Micron sized HA whiskers with aspect ratio between 20 and 50, average particle length of 15 mum and width of 400 nm was synthesized using urea as a precipitating agent. Desired microstructure was obtained after sintering with spherical HA nanopowder and whiskers along with dopants. Addition of whiskers decreased density of the sintered compacts. However, at 10 wt% whisker content sample showed microhardness and fracture toughness of 3.6 GPa and 1.5 MPa.m1/2, respectively, and a compressive strength of 80 MPa was obtained. Mineralization study in simulated body fluid (SBF) showed formation of apatite layer on the dense HA compacts indicating a good tendency of bond formation with natural bone. Cytotoxicity results showed excellent cell attachment on the HA surface. In the Appendices, 3 journal articles have been attached which describe synthesis, processing and characterization of undoped and doped PZT nanopowders. Free standing and agglomerated PZT nanopowders were synthesized by the sucrose templated method and the citrate nitrate autocombustion method. Particle size in the range

  10. Reversal-mechanism of perpendicular switching induced by an in-plane current

    Bi, Chong, E-mail: cbi@email.arizona.edu; Liu, Ming, E-mail: liuming@ime.ac.cn

    2015-05-01

    We propose a magnetization reversal model to explain the perpendicular switching of a single ferromagnetic layer induced by an in-plane current. Contrary to previously proposed reversal mechanisms that such magnetic switching is directly from the Rashba or spin Hall effects, we suggest that this type of switching arises from the current-induced chirality dependent domain wall motion. By measuring the field dependent switching behaviors, we show that such switching can also be achieved between any two multidomain states, and all of these switching behaviors can be well explained by this model. This model indicates that the spin Hall angle in such structures may be overestimated and also predicts similar switching behaviors in other ferromagnetic structures with chiral domain walls or skyrmions. - Highlights: • A reversal model is proposed to explain current-induced perpendicular switching. • Chirality-dependent domain nucleation and expansion dominate switching behaviors. • The switching between any two multidomain states was observed. • Similar switching behaviors are predicted for chiral domain walls or skyrmions.

  11. Isoflurane reversibly destabilizes hippocampal dendritic spines by an actin-dependent mechanism.

    Jimcy Platholi

    Full Text Available General anesthetics produce a reversible coma-like state through modulation of excitatory and inhibitory synaptic transmission. Recent evidence suggests that anesthetic exposure can also lead to sustained cognitive dysfunction. However, the subcellular effects of anesthetics on the structure of established synapses are not known. We investigated effects of the widely used volatile anesthetic isoflurane on the structural stability of hippocampal dendritic spines, a postsynaptic structure critical to excitatory synaptic transmission in learning and memory. Exposure to clinical concentrations of isoflurane induced rapid and non-uniform shrinkage and loss of dendritic spines in mature cultured rat hippocampal neurons. Spine shrinkage was associated with a reduction in spine F-actin concentration. Spine loss was prevented by either jasplakinolide or cytochalasin D, drugs that prevent F-actin disassembly. Isoflurane-induced spine shrinkage and loss were reversible upon isoflurane elimination. Thus, isoflurane destabilizes spine F-actin, resulting in changes to dendritic spine morphology and number. These findings support an actin-based mechanism for isoflurane-induced alterations of synaptic structure in the hippocampus. These reversible alterations in dendritic spine structure have important implications for acute anesthetic effects on excitatory synaptic transmission and synaptic stability in the hippocampus, a locus for anesthetic-induced amnesia, and have important implications for anesthetic effects on synaptic plasticity.

  12. Simulation study of toroidal phase-locking mechanism in reversed-field pinch plasma

    The toroidal phase locking process of kink modes in the reversed-field pinch (RFP) plasma is investigated in detail by means of the magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) simulation. The physical mechanism of phase locking is clarified. The most dominant two linearly unstable kink modes rule over the evolution of other kink modes whereby phase locking takes place. It is confirmed that the phase locking process is not a special phenomenon subject to the resistive boundary condition, but a common feature of the MHD relaxation process in the RFP. The relation between the phase locking and MHD relaxation processes is briefly discussed. (author)

  13. Effect of Cu addition on microstructure and mechanical properties of 15%Cr super martensitic stainless steel

    Highlights: ► Cu contributes to refine the grains. ► Cu solutes in matrix under quenching and precipitates as ε-Cu during tempering. ► Cu promotes the kinetics of reversed austenite formation. ► Mechanical properties are significantly influenced by austenite amount. ► Cu alloyed super martensitic stainless steel exhibits greatly improved mechanical properties. -- Abstract: The effect of adding different content of Cu (0 wt.%, 1.5 wt.% and 3 wt.%) to the 15%Cr super martensitic stainless steel (SMSS) was investigated using optical microscope, scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Its consequence on mechanical properties was examined to clarify the role of Cu in the tested steels. The experimental results indicate that the microstructures of three tested steels are tempered martensite, retained austenite and reversed austenite; two kinds of austenites are dispersedly distributed among martensite matrix. Cu can solute in matrix under quenching condition and can precipitate as Cu-rich nanometer phase (ε-Cu) during tempering. Cu is helpful for the grain refinement and to promote the formation of reversed austenite during tempering. The maximum volume fraction of austenite is 55.9% in the steel with 3 wt.% Cu, which is responsible for the improvement of ductility. The results of the mechanical properties tests reveal that the mechanical properties are significantly influenced by the volume fraction of austenite. Cu can cause solid solution strengthening, precipitation strengthening and grain refinement strengthening in SMSS. Cu alloyed super martensitic stainless steel exhibits greatly improved mechanical properties.

  14. Molecular mechanism of carvedilol in attenuating the reversion to fetal energy metabolism during cardiac hypertrophy development

    胡琴; 李隆贵

    2003-01-01

    Objective: To explore the molecular regulation mechanism of carvedilol in attenuating the reversion back towards fetal energy metabolism during the development of cardiac hypertrophy induced by coarctation of abdominal aorta (CAA) in male Wistar rats. Methods: Hemodynamic and ventricular remodeling parameters, free fatty acid content in the serum were measured in the experimental animals at 16 weeks after the surgical CAA, the rats receiving carvedilol intervention (CAR) after CAA, and those with sham operation (SH). The expressions of muscle carnitine palmitoyltransferaseⅠ (M-CPTⅠ) and medium chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase (MCAD) mRNA in the cardiac myocytes from every group were studied with RT-PCR. Results: Significant left ventricular hypertrophy were observed in the rats 16 weeks after coarctation operation (P<0.05), together with significant free fatty acids accumulation and downregulation of M-CPTⅠ and MCAD mRNA (P<0.05) in CAA group. Carvedilol at a dose of 30 mg/kg/d for 12 weeks inhibited the left ventricular hypertrophy induced by pressure overload and enhanced the gene expressions of rate-limiting enzyme (M-CPTⅠ) and key enzyme of fatty acid (MCAD) in the CAR group compared with CAA group (P<0.05). Conclusion: Pressure overload-induced hypertrophy in CAA rats causes the reversion back towards fetal enery metabolism, that is, downregulates the expressions of rate-limiting enzyme and key enzyme of fatty acid oxidation. The intervention therapy with carvedilol, a vasodilating alpha- and beta-adrenoreceptor antagonist, attenuates the reversion of the metabolic gene expression to fetal type through upregulating M-CPTⅠ and MCAD mRNA expressions. Thus, carvedilol may exert cardioprotective effects on heart failure by the mechanism of preserving the adult metabolic gene regulation.

  15. Influence of Polymer Addition on Performance and Mechanical Properties of Lightweight Aggregate Concrete

    Jiang Cong-sheng; Wang Tao; Ding Qing-jun; Huang Shao-long; Wang Fa-zhou; Geng Jian; Hu Shu-guang

    2004-01-01

    The influence of polymer addition on microstructure, performance and mechanical properties of lightweight aggregate concrete was investigated. It was found that the addition of polymer improved the performance and mechanical properties of lightweight aggregate concrete. It was asccrtaincd thai the modification of microstructural uniformity and dcnsification with the addition of polymer is responsible for the enhancement of mechanical properties.With respect to compressive strength and bending strcngth, the lightweight aggregate concrete added with 13% ethylene-acetate ethylene interpolymer (EVA) exhibits preferred mechanical properties.

  16. Compact piezoelectric tripod manipulator based on a reverse bridge-type amplification mechanism

    Na, Tae-Won; Choi, Jun-Ho; Jung, Jin-Young; Kim, Hyeong-Geon; Han, Jae-Hung; Park, Kwang-Chun; Oh, Il-Kwon

    2016-09-01

    We report a hierarchical piezoelectric tripod manipulator based on a reverse bridge-type displacement amplifier. The reverse bridge-type amplification mechanism is pre-strained by each piezo-stack actuator up to 60 μm and is cross-stacked in a series arrangement to make a compact and high-stroke manipulator having load-bearing characteristics. The designed manipulator with three degrees of freedom is compact with a height of 56.0 mm, a diameter of 48.6 mm and total weight of 115 g. It achieves a translational stroke of up to 880 μm in heaving motion and a tilting angle of up to 2.0° in rotational motion within the operating voltage and power range of the piezoelectric stack actuator. A key feature of the present design is built-in and pre-strained displacement amplification mechanisms integrated with piezoelectric stacked actuators, resulting in a compact tripod manipulator having exceptionally high stroke and load-bearing capacity.

  17. Pulsations with reflected boundary waves: a hydrodynamic reverse transport mechanism for perivascular drainage in the brain.

    Coloma, M; Schaffer, J D; Carare, R O; Chiarot, P R; Huang, P

    2016-08-01

    Beta-amyloid accumulation within arterial walls in cerebral amyloid angiopathy is associated with the onset of Alzheimer's disease. However, the mechanism of beta-amyloid clearance along peri-arterial pathways in the brain is not well understood. In this study, we investigate a transport mechanism in the arterial basement membrane consisting of forward-propagating waves and their reflections. The arterial basement membrane is modeled as a periodically deforming annulus filled with an incompressible single-phase Newtonian fluid. A reverse flow, which has been suggested in literature as a beta-amyloid clearance pathway, can be induced by the motion of reflected boundary waves along the annular walls. The wave amplitude and the volume of the annular region govern the flow magnitude and may have important implications for an aging brain. Magnitudes of transport obtained from control volume analysis and numerical solutions of the Navier-Stokes equations are presented. PMID:26729476

  18. Influence of boron addition on the grain refinement and mechanical properties of AZ91 Mg alloy

    This article reports the effect of boron addition on the grain refinement efficiency and mechanical properties of AZ91 magnesium alloy. The results show that the addition of boron in the form of Al-4B master alloy, significantly refines the grain size of AZ91 alloy. This refinement is due to the presence of AlB2 particles, which act as potential nucleants for Mg grains. Improved mechanical properties are obtained with the addition of boron due to the finer grains.

  19. Polynomial integrals of reversible mechanical systems with a two-dimensional torus as the configuration space

    The problem considered here is that of finding conditions ensuring that a reversible Hamiltonian system has integrals polynomial in momenta. The kinetic energy is a zero-curvature Riemannian metric and the potential a smooth function on a two-dimensional torus. It is known that the existence of integrals of degrees 1 and 2 is related to the existence of cyclic coordinates and the separation of variables. The following conjecture is also well known: if there exists an integral of degree n independent of the energy integral, then there exists an additional integral of degree 1 or 2. In the present paper this result is established for n = 3 (which generalizes a theorem of Byalyi), and for n = 4, 5, and 6 this is proved under some additional assumptions about the spectrum of the potential

  20. Action mechanism of antioxidation and anticorrosion and molecular design for perfluoropolyether fluid additives (I) --Action mechanism of additive and property of donating-accepting electron

    2001-01-01

    The combination energy and chemical adsorption energy of N-substituted perfluoropoly- alkyletherphenylamide (PFPEA) additive to perfluoropolyalkylether oxygen radical (RfO.) and to Fe atom have been calculated by quantum chemical methods. Structural characteristics, action mechanism, property of donating-accepting electron and substituent effect for antioxidant and anticorrosive additive are investigated. It is found that HOMO of the additives is a p-molecular orbital with lone pair electron of heteroatom. The HOMO of PFPEA additive reacts with LUMO of Fe atom to result in chemical adsorption. The LUMO of additive can interact with the SOMO of RfO. and accept electron of RfO. to form stable addition product. The additives have the property of donating-accepting electron. The electron-releasing group, particularly, the phenyl group, introduced to N atom of phenylamide can increase the combination energy and chemical adsorption energy, and enhance the antioxidant and anticorrosive efficiency. The research achievements can provide useful information for the designing of new antioxidant and anticorrosive additive. Based on the calculated results, antioxidant and anticorrosive efficiency can be predicted roughly as the following order: compounds III>II>I>IV>V.

  1. Apparent anti-Woodward-Hoffmann addition to a nickel bis(dithiolene) complex: the reaction mechanism involves reduced, dimetallic intermediates.

    Dang, Li; Shibl, Mohamed F; Yang, Xinzheng; Harrison, Daniel J; Alak, Aiman; Lough, Alan J; Fekl, Ulrich; Brothers, Edward N; Hall, Michael B

    2013-04-01

    Nickel dithiolene complexes have been proposed as electrocatalysts for alkene purification. Recent studies of the ligand-based reactions of Ni(tfd)2 (tfd = S2C2(CF3)2) and its anion [Ni(tfd)2](-) with alkenes (ethylene and 1-hexene) showed that in the absence of the anion, the reaction proceeds most rapidly to form the intraligand adduct, which decomposes by releasing a substituted dihydrodithiin. However, the presence of the anion increases the rate of formation of the stable cis-interligand adduct, and decreases the rate of dihydrodithiin formation and decomposition. In spite of both computational and experimental studies, the mechanism, especially the role of the anion, remained somewhat elusive. We are now providing a combined experimental and computational study that addresses the mechanism and explains the role of the anion. A kinetic study (global analysis) for the reaction of 1-hexene is reported, which supports the following mechanism: (1) reversible intraligand addition, (2) oxidation of the intraligand addition product prior to decomposition, and (3) interligand adduct formation catalyzed by Ni(tfd)2(-). Density functional theory (DFT) calculations were performed on the Ni(tfd)2/Ni(tfd)2(-)/ethylene system to shed light on the selectivity of adduct formation in the absence of anion and on the mechanism in which Ni(tfd)2(-) shifts the reaction from intraligand addition to interligand addition. Computational results show that in the neutral system the free energy of activation for intraligand addition is lower than that for interligand addition, in agreement with the experimental results. The computations predict that the anion enhances the rate of the cis-interligand adduct formation by forming a dimetallic complex with the neutral complex. The [(Ni(tfd)2)2](-) dimetallic complex then coordinates ethylene and isomerizes to form a Ni,S-bound ethylene complex, which then rapidly isomerizes to the stable interligand adduct but not to the intraligand adduct

  2. Study of the micelle formation and the effect of additives on this process in reversed micellar systems by positron annihilation techniques

    The positron annihilation technique was applied to the study of the micelle formation process in reversed micellar systems, Aerosol OT and dodecylammonium propionate in apolar solvents, such as benzene, isooctane, and cyclohexane. The results indicate that the positronium formation probability responds very sensitively to microphase changes in reversed micellar solutions. The abrupt changes in positronium formation probability observed at certain surfactant concentrations appear to coincide with variations in the aggregation state of the surfactant molecules in solutions, as postulated by the modified pseudophase model which considers the possibility of conformational changes between premicellar aggregates, and the surfactant concentrations at which they occur may be interpreted as operational critical micelle concentrations. Additives or probe molecules can affect these changes and shift them to lower surfactant concentrations. The additions of H2O and its solubilization in form of clusters inside the reverse micelle leads to microphase changes also detectable by the positron annihilation technique. From a comparison of the rate constants between positronium and probe molecules observed in the neat solvents and in the corresponding micellar solutions, it was concluded that the probe molecules are attracted to various degrees by the reverse micelles, the nature of the surfactant and solvent determining the relative distribution of the probe molecule in the outer hydrocarbon layer and in the bulk apolar solvent of the reversed micelles

  3. Mechanically clamped PZT ceramics investigated by First-order reversal curves diagram

    Laurentiu Stoleriu

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available The First Order Reversal Curves (FORC diagrams method was developed for characterizing the switching properties of ferroelectrics. In the present paper, the FORC method was applied for hard Pb(Zr,TiO3 ceramics with symmetric and asymmetric clamping. An ideal high-oriented single-crystalline ferroelectric with rectangular P(E loop would be characterised by a delta-function FORC distribution, while real ferroelectrics and mostly the polycrystalline ceramics show dispersed FORC distributions. All the investigated ceramics show FORC distributions with non-Gaussian shape, slightly elongated along the coercitive axis, meaning a high dispersion of the energy barriers separating the two bi-stable polarizations ±P. The degree of dispersion is enhanced by clamping. The maximum FORC coercivity is located at ~ (1.9-2 MV/m for all the hard ceramics. The FORC cycling experiment causes the reversal of the initial poling and result in a positive/negative bias on the FORC diagrams. According to the observed features, it results that FORC coercivity is more related to the nature of the material, while the bias field is more sensitive to the electrical and mechanical boundary conditions in which the ferroelectric ceramics evolves while switching.

  4. Transient yield in reversible colloidal gels: a micro-mechanical perspective

    Johnson, Lilian; Landrum, Benjamin; Zia, Roseanna

    2015-11-01

    We study the nonlinear rheology of colloidal gels via large-scale dynamic simulation, with a view toward understanding the micro-mechanical origins of the transition from solid-like to liquid-like behavior during flow startup, and post-cessation relaxation, and its connection to energy storage and viscous dissipation. Such materials often exhibit an overshoot in the stress during startup, but the underlying microstructural origins of this behavior remain unclear. To understand this behavior, a fixed strain rate is imposed on a reversible colloidal gel, where thermal fluctuations enable quiescent gel aging. It has been suggested flow occurs only after clusters first break free from the network and then disintegrate, leading to two stress peaks that vary with age, flow strength, volume fraction, bond strength, and pre-strain history. However, our detailed studies of the microstructural evolution during startup challenge this view. We present a new model of stress development, relaxation, and microstructural evolution in reversible colloidal gels in which the ongoing age-coarsening process plays a central role.

  5. Magnetization Reversal Mechanism for CoFeB Ferromagnetic Nanotube Arrays

    CoFeB nanotube arrays are fabricated in anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes and track etched polycarbonate (PCTE) membranes by using an electrochemical method, and their magnetic properties are investigated by vibrating sample magnetometry. The coercivity Hc and remanent squareness SQ of these CoFeB nanotube arrays are derived from hysteresis loops as a function of angle between the field and tube axis. The Hc(θ) curves for CoFeB nanotube arrays in AAO and PCTE membranes show M-type variation, while they change shape from M to mountain-type as the tube length increases. However, the overall easy axis perpendicular to tube axis does not change with tube length. The different angular dependences are attributed to different magnetization reversal mechanisms. (condensed matter: electronicstructure, electrical, magnetic, and opticalproperties)

  6. A mechanical nanogate based on a carbon nanotube for reversible control of ion conduction.

    He, Zhongjin; Corry, Ben; Lu, Xiaohua; Zhou, Jian

    2014-04-01

    Control of mass transport through nanochannels is of critical importance in many nanoscale devices and nanofiltration membranes. The gates in biological channels, which control the transport of substances across cell membranes, can provide inspiration for this purpose. Gates in many biological channels are formed by a constriction ringed with hydrophobic residues which can prevent ion conduction even when they are not completely physically occluded. In this work, we use molecular dynamics simulations to design a nanogate inspired by this hydrophobic gating mechanism. Deforming a carbon nanotube (12,12) with an external force can form a hydrophobic constriction in the centre of the tube that controls ion conduction. The simulation results show that increasing the magnitude of the applied force narrows the constriction and lowers the fluxes of K(+) and Cl(-) found under an electric field. With the exerted force larger than 5 nN, the constriction blocks the conduction of K(+) and Cl(-) due to partial dehydration while allowing for a noticeable water flux. Ion conduction can revert back to the unperturbed level upon force retraction, suggesting the reversibility of the nanogate. The force can be exerted by available experimental facilities, such as atomic force microscope (AFM) tips. It is found that partial dehydration in a continuous water-filled hydrophobic constriction is enough to close the channel, while full dewetting is not necessarily required. This mechanically deformed nanogate has many potential applications, such as a valve in nanofluidic systems to reversibly control ion conduction and a high-performance nanomachine for desalination and water treatment. PMID:24566473

  7. Mechanism of chirality reversal for planar interface domain walls in exchange-coupled hard/soft magnetic bilayers

    McCord, J; Henry, Y; Hauet, Thomas; Montaigne, F.; Fullerton, Eric E.; Mangin, S.

    2008-01-01

    International audience The mechanism of chirality reversal for a planar interface domain wall in a hard/soft magnetic bilayer has been identified by combining magnetoresistance measurements, modeling, and direct magnetic domain observations. The reversal occurs through IDW nucleation and lateral domain wall propagation. Over an unpredicted wide range of applied magnetic fields, the chirality transition takes place by an unwinding followed by a rewinding of the IDW. The chirality transition...

  8. Influence of Molybdenum Addition on Mechanical Properties of Low Carbon HSLA-100 Steel

    Bogucki R.; Pytel S.M.

    2014-01-01

    The results of mechanical properties and microstructure observation of low carbon copper bearing steel with high addition of molybdenum are presented in this paper. This steels were characterized by contents of molybdenum in the range from 1% to 3% wt. After the thermo -mechanical processing the steels were subsequently quenched and tempered at different temperatures (500-800 °C) for 1h. The changes of mechanical properties as function of tempering temperature were typical for the steel with ...

  9. Effect of small additions of vanadium and niobium on structure and mechanical properties of ductile iron

    Fraś E.; Górny M.; Kawalec M.

    2007-01-01

    Results of investigations of influence of small additions of vanadium (up to 0,15 % V) and niobium (up to 0,04% Nb) on structure of ductile iron is presented in this work. Effect of these additions on distribution of graphite nodule diameter, nodule count, fraction and carbide count have been determined. Investigations of effect of small additions of vanadium and niobium on mechanical properties taking into account tensile strength, yield strength and elongation have also been made.

  10. Enhancement of mechanical strength in Y-Ba-Cu-O bulk superconductor through liquid binder addition

    We studied the effects of the binder addition on the green compacts. We studied the superconducting properties of bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors. The mechanical properties of the green compacts with binder addition were characterized with the compression tests. We could produce bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors with binder additions. We have studied the effects of the liquid binder (polyvinyl alcohol) addition (0-10 wt%) on the mechanical properties of the green compacts and also on the superconducting properties of bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors of 20 mm diameter produced with the top-seeded melt growth (TSMG) process. The mechanical properties of the green compacts with binder addition were characterized with the compression tests, which revealed that mechanical strength increased dramatically with increasing the amount of the binder addition. The binder-added green compacts were then subjected to the TSMG process and oxygen annealing. The trapped field measurements showed that we could produce single-grain bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O samples with binder additions up to 8 wt% without any deterioration in the superconducting properties.

  11. Chronic ethanol exposure produces tolerance to elevations in neuroactive steroids: Mechanisms and reversal by exogenous ACTH

    Boyd, Kevin N.; Kumar, Sandeep; O'Buckley, Todd K.; Morrow, A. Leslie

    2010-01-01

    Acute ethanol administration increases potent GABAergic neuroactive steroids, specifically (3α,5α)-3-hydroxypregnan-20-one (3α,5α-THP) and (3α,5α)-3,21-dihydroxypregnan-20-one. In addition, neuroactive steroids contribute to ethanol actions. Chronic ethanol exposure results in tolerance to many effects of ethanol, including ethanol-induced increases in neuroactive steroid levels. To determine the mechanisms of tolerance to ethanol-induced increases in neuroactive steroids, we investigated cri...

  12. Influence of niobium addition on the high temperature mechanical properties of a centrifugally cast HP alloy

    Andrade, A.R., E-mail: arandrade@gmail.com [Department of Materials Engineering, Federal University of São Carlos, Rod. Washington Luiz, km 235, São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Department of Research and Development, ENGEMASA – Engineering and Materials Ltda., Rua Ernesto Cadinalli, 303, São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Bolfarini, C. [Department of Materials Engineering, Federal University of São Carlos, Rod. Washington Luiz, km 235, São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Ferreira, L.A.M.; Vilar, A.A.A. [Department of Research and Development, ENGEMASA – Engineering and Materials Ltda., Rua Ernesto Cadinalli, 303, São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Souza Filho, C.D.; Bonazzi, L.H.C. [Department of Research and Development, ENGEMASA – Engineering and Materials Ltda., Rua Ernesto Cadinalli, 303, São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Department of Materials, Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering, University of São Paulo, Av. Trabalhador Sancarlense, 400, São Carlos, SP (Brazil)

    2015-03-25

    The influence of niobium addition on the mechanical properties at high temperature of HP alloy has been investigated. Two HP alloys were centrifugally cast with a similar chemical composition differing only in the niobium content. Low strain rate high temperature tensile tests and creep-rupture tests were performed in the range of 900–1100 °C, and the results compared between the alloys. According to the results, the high temperature mechanical behavior of both alloys is controlled by several factors like solid solution, network of eutectic carbides, intradendritic precipitation and dendrite spacing. A significant increase in the mechanical properties for the HP alloy with niobium addition was found within the temperature range of 900–1050 °C. Beyond this temperature the mechanical behavior of both alloys is basically the same.

  13. Influence of niobium addition on the high temperature mechanical properties of a centrifugally cast HP alloy

    The influence of niobium addition on the mechanical properties at high temperature of HP alloy has been investigated. Two HP alloys were centrifugally cast with a similar chemical composition differing only in the niobium content. Low strain rate high temperature tensile tests and creep-rupture tests were performed in the range of 900–1100 °C, and the results compared between the alloys. According to the results, the high temperature mechanical behavior of both alloys is controlled by several factors like solid solution, network of eutectic carbides, intradendritic precipitation and dendrite spacing. A significant increase in the mechanical properties for the HP alloy with niobium addition was found within the temperature range of 900–1050 °C. Beyond this temperature the mechanical behavior of both alloys is basically the same

  14. Effect of Zn addition on microstructure and mechanical properties of an Al–Mg–Si alloy

    Lizhen Yan

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available In the present work, an Al–0.66Mg–0.85Si–0.2Cu alloy with Zn addition was investigated by electron back scattering diffraction (EBSD, high resolution electron microscopy (HREM, tensile and Erichsen tests. The mechanical properties of the alloy after pre-aging met the standards of sheet forming. After paint baking, the yield strength of the alloy was improved apparently. GP(II zones and ηʹ phases were formed during aging process due to Zn addition. With the precipitation of GP zones, β″ phases, GP(II zones and ηʹ phases, the alloys displayed excellent mechanical properties.

  15. Effect of Zn addition on microstructure and mechanical properties of an Al-Mg-Si alloy

    Lizhen Yan; Yongan Zhang; Xiwu Li; Zhihui Li; Feng Wang; Hongwei Liu; Baiqing Xiong

    2014-01-01

    In the present work, an Al-0.66Mg-0.85Si-0.2Cu alloy with Zn addition was investigated by electron back scattering diffraction (EBSD), high resolution electron microscopy (HREM), tensile and Erichsen tests. The mechanical properties of the alloy after pre-aging met the standards of sheet forming. After paint baking, the yield strength of the alloy was improved apparently. GP(II) zones andηʹphases were formed during aging process due to Zn addition. With the precipitation of GP zones,β″phases, GP(II) zones andηʹphases, the alloys displayed excellent mechanical properties.

  16. Reversible adaptive plasticity: A mechanism for neuroblastoma cell heterogeneity and chemo-resistance

    Lina eChakrabarti

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available We describe a novel form of tumor cell plasticity characterized by reversible adaptive plasticity in murine and human neuroblastoma. Two cellular phenotypes were defined by their ability to exhibit adhered, anchorage dependent (AD or sphere forming, anchorage independent (AI growth. The tumor cells could transition back and forth between the two phenotypes and the transition was dependent on the culture conditions. Both cell phenotypes exhibited stem-like features such as expression of nestin, self-renewal capacity and mesenchymal differentiation potential. The AI tumorspheres were found to be more resistant to chemotherapy and proliferated slower in vitro compared to the AD cells. Identification of specific molecular markers like MAP2, β-catenin and PDGFRβ enabled us to characterize and observe both phenotypes in established mouse tumors. Irrespective of the phenotype originally implanted in mice, tumors grown in vivo show phenotypic heterogeneity in molecular marker signatures and are indistinguishable in growth or histologic appearance. Similar molecular marker heterogeneity was demonstrated in primary human tumor specimens. Chemotherapy or growth factor receptor inhibition slowed tumor growth in mice and promoted initial loss of AD or AI heterogeneity, respectively. Simultaneous targeting of both phenotypes led to further tumor growth delay with emergence of new unique phenotypes. Our results demonstrate that neuroblastoma cells are plastic, dynamic and may optimize their ability to survive by changing their phenotype. Phenotypic switching appears to be an adaptive mechanism to unfavorable selection pressure and could explain the phenotypic and functional heterogeneity of neuroblastoma.

  17. Evaluation of the mechanical properties of acetic-cure silicone with the addition of magnesium silicate

    Ronald Vargas Orellana; Neide Pena Coto; Igor Studart Medeiros; Reinaldo Brito Dias

    2015-01-01

    Current study evaluates the mechanical properties (tensile and tear strength) of an acetic-cure silicone with the addition of 10 or 20% vol. magnesium silicate. Magnesium silicate was added to the silicone at concentrations of 10 (MS-10) and 20% (MS-20) volume, followed by the analysis of tensile strength, maximal elongation during tensile and tear strength. Results were compared to control group of silicone without additives (CG). Mean rates were determined and compared by analysis of v...

  18. First order reversal curves analysis of the temperature effect on magnetic interactions in barium ferrite with La-Co addition

    First order reversal curves (FORCs) distributions are a powerful tool for investigating hysteresis and interactions in magnetic systems and have been widely applied. La-Co substitution in barium hexaferrites has also been extensively studied. The most effective substitution to improve the magnetic properties (coercive field and energy product) is given by x=y=0.2 in the formula Ba1-xLaxFe12-yCoyO19. In this work, this stoichiometry is initially used to obtain a state where more than one phase is present. The magnetic behavior as a function of temperature was studied in order to have an insight into the magnetic interactions that originate a decrease in the magnetic performance of Ba hexaferrite magnets. The sample was structurally characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and magnetically studied in a SQUID magnetometer. FORC distributions were used to study the dependence of the magnetic interactions with the temperature. FORC diagrams performed on the sample at different temperatures exhibit similar characteristics, such as the spread in the hc-hu plane and a spread out of the hc-axes. These features are interpreted in terms of exchange-interacting particles and dipolar interactions, respectively. As the temperature decreases, stronger interactions are noticed among hard and soft phases.

  19. The relation between the distribution behaviour of the hysteresis loss and magnetization reversal mechanism in CoCr films

    Li, Cheng-Zhang; Lodder, J.C.

    1988-01-01

    The distribution of the hysteresis loss as a function of the applied field has been successfully used to investigate the magnetization reversal mechanism in our CoCr films. For high Hc/Hk films, the distribution of the hysteresis loss vs. applied field exhibits a monotonically decreasing curve with

  20. Thickness dependence of structural,magnetic properties and reversal mechanism of Co Cr Ta/Cr longitudinal recording media

    Kim, P.L.; Lodder, J.C.

    2002-01-01

    In this paper,a series of five samples of X nm Co Cr Ta/100 nm Cr (X 10 2 100 nm) longitudinal recording media was studied.The relationships between structural, magnetic properties and the reversal mechanism were investigated and discussed.It was found that the maximums of coercivity and squarenesse

  1. Nano/ultrafine grained austenitic stainless steel through the formation and reversion of deformation-induced martensite: Mechanisms, microstructures, mechanical properties, and TRIP effect

    Shirdel, M., E-mail: mshirdel1989@ut.ac.ir [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, P.O. Box 11155-4563, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Mirzadeh, H., E-mail: hmirzadeh@ut.ac.ir [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, P.O. Box 11155-4563, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Advanced Metalforming and Thermomechanical Processing Laboratory, School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Parsa, M.H., E-mail: mhparsa@ut.ac.ir [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, P.O. Box 11155-4563, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Center of Excellence for High Performance Materials, School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Advanced Metalforming and Thermomechanical Processing Laboratory, School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-05-15

    A comprehensive study was carried out on the strain-induced martensitic transformation, its reversion to austenite, the resultant grain refinement, and the enhancement of strength and strain-hardening ability through the transformation-induced plasticity (TRIP) effect in a commercial austenitic 304L stainless steel with emphasis on the mechanisms and the microstructural evolution. A straightforward magnetic measurement device, which is based on the measurement of the saturation magnetization, for evaluating the amount of strain-induced martensite after cold rolling and reversion annealing in metastable austenitic stainless steels was used, which its results were in good consistency with those of the X-ray diffraction (XRD) method. A new parameter called the effective reduction in thickness was introduced, which corresponds to the reasonable upper bound on the obtainable martensite fraction based on the saturation in the martensitic transformation. By means of thermodynamics calculations, the reversion mechanisms were estimated and subsequently validated by experimental results. The signs of thermal martensitic transformation at cooling stage after reversion at 850 °C were found, which was attributed to the rise in the martensite start temperature due to the carbide precipitation. After the reversion treatment, the average grain sizes were around 500 nm and the nanometric grains of the size of ~ 65 nm were also detected. The intense grain refinement led to the enhanced mechanical properties and observation of the change in the work-hardening capacity and TRIP effect behavior. A practical map as a guidance for grain refining and characterizing the stability against grain growth was proposed, which shows the limitation of the reversion mechanism for refinement of grain size. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • Nano/ultrafine grained austenitic stainless steel through martensite treatment • A parameter descriptive of a reasonable upper bound on

  2. Bacterial tethering analysis reveals a "run-reverse-turn" mechanism for Pseudomonas species motility.

    Qian, Chen; Wong, Chui Ching; Swarup, Sanjay; Chiam, Keng-Hwee

    2013-08-01

    We have developed a program that can accurately analyze the dynamic properties of tethered bacterial cells. The program works especially well with cells that tend to give rise to unstable rotations, such as polar-flagellated bacteria. The program has two novel components. The first dynamically adjusts the center of the cell's rotational trajectories. The second applies piecewise linear approximation to the accumulated rotation curve to reduce noise and separate the motion of bacteria into phases. Thus, it can separate counterclockwise (CCW) and clockwise (CW) rotations distinctly and measure rotational speed accurately. Using this program, we analyzed the properties of tethered Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Pseudomonas putida cells for the first time. We found that the Pseudomonas flagellar motor spends equal time in both CCW and CW phases and that it rotates with the same speed in both phases. In addition, we discovered that the cell body can remain stationary for short periods of time, leading to the existence of a third phase of the flagellar motor which we call "pause." In addition, P. aeruginosa cells adopt longer run lengths, fewer pause frequencies, and shorter pause durations as part of their chemotactic response. We propose that one purpose of the pause phase is to allow the cells to turn at a large angle, where we show that pause durations in free-swimming cells positively correlate with turn angle sizes. Taken together, our results suggest a new "run-reverse-turn" paradigm for polar-flagellated Pseudomonas motility that is different from the "run-and-tumble" paradigm established for peritrichous Escherichia coli. PMID:23728820

  3. Fluid mechanics of additive manufacturing of metal objects by accretion of droplets – a survey

    Tesař, Václav

    Liberec: Polypress s.r.o, 2015 - (Dančová, P.; Veselý, M.), s. 800-808 [Experimental Fluid Mechanics 2015. Praha (CZ), 17.11.2015-20.11.2015] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA13-23046S Institutional support: RVO:61388998 Keywords : additive manufacturing * molten metal droplets * power beams Subject RIV: BK - Fluid Dynamics

  4. Mechanical behavior of polymer-matrix biocomposites modified by nano/micro additives

    Suchý, Tomáš; Balík, Karel; Sucharda, Zbyněk; Černý, Martin; Sochor, M.

    -, 77-78 (2008), s. 8-10. ISSN 1429-7248. [Conference Biomaterials in Medicine and Veterinary Medicine /18./. Rytro, 13.11.2008-16.11.2008] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA106/06/1576 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30460519 Keywords : additives * calcium phosphates * mechanical properties Subject RIV: JI - Composite Materials

  5. Improving Student Understanding of Addition of Angular Momentum in Quantum Mechanics

    Zhu, Guangtian; Singh, Chandralekha

    2013-01-01

    We describe the difficulties advanced undergraduate and graduate students have with concepts related to addition of angular momentum in quantum mechanics. We also describe the development and implementation of a research-based learning tool, Quantum Interactive Learning Tutorial (QuILT), to reduce these difficulties. The preliminary evaluation…

  6. Mechanisms of Mn(OAc)3-based oxidative free-radical additions and cyclizations

    Snider, Barry B.

    2009-01-01

    The mechanistic details of Mn(OAc)3-based oxidative free-radical additions and cyclizations are reviewed. The mechanisms of electron transfer to generate radicals, electron transfer to convert the radicals to oxidized products, and further oxidation of the products are covered.

  7. Effect of carbon nanofibre addition on the mechanical properties of different f carbon-epoxy composites

    I Srikanth; Suresh Kumar; Vajinder Singh; B Rangababu; Partha Ghosal; Ch Subrahmanyam

    2015-04-01

    Carbon-epoxy (C-epoxy) laminated composites having different fibre volume fractions (40, 50, 60 and 70) were fabricated with and without the addition of aminofunctionalized carbon nanofibres (A-CNF). Flexural strength, interlaminar shear strength (ILSS) and tensile strength of the composite laminates were determined. It was observed that, the ability of A-CNF to enhance the mechanical properties of C-epoxy diminished significantly as the fibre volume fraction (f) of the C-epoxy increased from 40 to 60. At 70f, the mechanical properties of the A-CNF reinforced C-epoxy were found to be lower compared to the C-epoxy composite made without the addition of A-CNF. In this paper suitable mechanisms for the observed trends are proposed on the basis of the fracture modes of the composite.

  8. Effects of recrystallization and Nb additions on texture and mechanical anisotropy of Zircaloy

    Murty, K.L. (North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7909 (United States)); Jallepalli, Ravi (North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7909 (United States)); Mahmood, S.T. (North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7909 (United States))

    1994-06-01

    The effect of recrystallization on the crystallographic textures and anisotropic mechanical properties of Zircaloy-4 sheets was investigated. In addition, the influence of niobium additions on these properties was studied using three different alloys. The mechanical anisotropy parameters were determined by mechanical testing of gridded tensile samples. The textures were characterized by X-ray pole figure measurements and crystallite orientation distribution functions (CODFs). The CODFs were combined with a crystal plasticity model to predict the anisotropy parameters based on the dominance individually of basal, prism and pyramidal slip systems. Good agreement was noted between the experimental results and model predictions based on prism slip for the recrystallized materials, while the results on cold-worked sheets differed from model predictions for all the three slip systems. ((orig.))

  9. Effects of recrystallization and Nb additions on texture and mechanical anisotropy of Zircaloy

    The effect of recrystallization on the crystallographic textures and anisotropic mechanical properties of Zircaloy-4 sheets was investigated. In addition, the influence of niobium additions on these properties was studied using three different alloys. The mechanical anisotropy parameters were determined by mechanical testing of gridded tensile samples. The textures were characterized by X-ray pole figure measurements and crystallite orientation distribution functions (CODFs). The CODFs were combined with a crystal plasticity model to predict the anisotropy parameters based on the dominance individually of basal, prism and pyramidal slip systems. Good agreement was noted between the experimental results and model predictions based on prism slip for the recrystallized materials, while the results on cold-worked sheets differed from model predictions for all the three slip systems. ((orig.))

  10. Influence of Molybdenum Addition on Mechanical Properties of Low Carbon HSLA-100 Steel

    Bogucki R.

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The results of mechanical properties and microstructure observation of low carbon copper bearing steel with high addition of molybdenum are presented in this paper. This steels were characterized by contents of molybdenum in the range from 1% to 3% wt. After the thermo -mechanical processing the steels were subsequently quenched and tempered at different temperatures (500-800 °C for 1h. The changes of mechanical properties as function of tempering temperature were typical for the steel with the copper addition. The sudden drop of impact resistance after tempering from 575 °C to 600 °C was caused probably by precipitates of Laves phase of type Fe2Mo.

  11. PAH growth initiated by propargyl addition: Mechanism development and computational kinetics

    Raj, Abhijeet Dhayal

    2014-04-24

    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) growth is known to be the principal pathway to soot formation during fuel combustion, as such, a physical understanding of the PAH growth mechanism is needed to effectively assess, predict, and control soot formation in flames. Although the hydrogen abstraction C2H2 addition (HACA) mechanism is believed to be the main contributor to PAH growth, it has been shown to under-predict some of the experimental data on PAHs and soot concentrations in flames. This article presents a submechanism of PAH growth that is initiated by propargyl (C 3H3) addition onto naphthalene (A2) and the naphthyl radical. C3H3 has been chosen since it is known to be a precursor of benzene in combustion and has appreciable concentrations in flames. This mechanism has been developed up to the formation of pyrene (A4), and the temperature-dependent kinetics of each elementary reaction has been determined using density functional theory (DFT) computations at the B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p) level of theory and transition state theory (TST). H-abstraction, H-addition, H-migration, β-scission, and intramolecular addition reactions have been taken into account. The energy barriers of the two main pathways (H-abstraction and H-addition) were found to be relatively small if not negative, whereas the energy barriers of the other pathways were in the range of (6-89 kcal·mol-1). The rates reported in this study may be extrapolated to larger PAH molecules that have a zigzag site similar to that in naphthalene, and the mechanism presented herein may be used as a complement to the HACA mechanism to improve prediction of PAH and soot formation. © 2014 American Chemical Society.

  12. Phosphopeptide Characterization by Mass Spectrometry using Reversed-Phase Supports for Solid-Phase β-Elimination/Michael Addition

    Nika, Heinz; Lee, Jaehoon; Willis, Ian M.; Angeletti, Ruth Hogue; Hawke, David H.

    2012-01-01

    We have adapted the Ba2+ ion-catalyzed concurrent Michael addition reaction to solid-phase derivatization on ZipTipC18 pipette tips using 2-aminoethanethiol as a nucleophile. This approach provides several advantages over the classical in-solution-based techniques, including ease of operation, completeness of reaction, improved throughput, efficient use of dilute samples, and amenability to automation. Phosphoseryl and phosphothreonyl peptides, as well as phosphoserine peptides with adjoining...

  13. A Case of Reverse Palmaris Longus Muscle- An Additional Muscle in the Anterior Compartment of the Forearm

    Bhat, Ashwini Lagadamane Sathynarayana; Gadahad, Mohandas Rao Kappettu

    2016-01-01

    It is uncommon to have additional muscles in the upper limb. Some of them may restrict the movements or compress the nerves and vessels, while others may go unnoticed. During the routine dissection for undergraduate medical students, we observed an additional muscle in the anterior compartment of the forearm in about 60-year-old male cadaver. The muscle had a prominent belly and a long tendon. Distally, it was attached to the flexor retinaculum by a short and thick tendon. Proximally, long tendon of the muscle passed between the flexor carpi ulnaris and palmaris longus and was attached to the common aponeurosis shared by the extensor carpi ulnaris and flexor digitorum profundus muscles. The additional muscle belly was supplied by a branch from the anterior interosseous nerve. The ulnar nerve and artery was passing deep to the fleshy belly of the muscle. The muscle reported here might compress the ulnar nerve and artery and may produce neurovascular symptoms. On the other hand, the tendon and fleshy belly of the muscle could be useful in muscle/tendon grafts. The observations made by us in the present case will supplement our knowledge of variations of the muscles in this region which could be useful for surgeons during the forearm and hand surgeries. PMID:27134851

  14. A Case of Reverse Palmaris Longus Muscle- An Additional Muscle in the Anterior Compartment of the Forearm.

    Marpalli, Sapna; Bhat, Ashwini Lagadamane Sathynarayana; Gadahad, Mohandas Rao Kappettu

    2016-03-01

    It is uncommon to have additional muscles in the upper limb. Some of them may restrict the movements or compress the nerves and vessels, while others may go unnoticed. During the routine dissection for undergraduate medical students, we observed an additional muscle in the anterior compartment of the forearm in about 60-year-old male cadaver. The muscle had a prominent belly and a long tendon. Distally, it was attached to the flexor retinaculum by a short and thick tendon. Proximally, long tendon of the muscle passed between the flexor carpi ulnaris and palmaris longus and was attached to the common aponeurosis shared by the extensor carpi ulnaris and flexor digitorum profundus muscles. The additional muscle belly was supplied by a branch from the anterior interosseous nerve. The ulnar nerve and artery was passing deep to the fleshy belly of the muscle. The muscle reported here might compress the ulnar nerve and artery and may produce neurovascular symptoms. On the other hand, the tendon and fleshy belly of the muscle could be useful in muscle/tendon grafts. The observations made by us in the present case will supplement our knowledge of variations of the muscles in this region which could be useful for surgeons during the forearm and hand surgeries. PMID:27134851

  15. [Simultaneous rapid determination of eight food additives in foods by reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatography].

    Zhang, X Y

    2000-11-01

    A simple and rapid method for the determination of eight food additives by RP-HPLC is described. They were saccharin, aspartame, benzoic acid, sorbic acid, vanillin, caffeine, carmine and sunset yellow. The experiments were carried on Shim-pack CLC-ODS (150 mm x 6.0 mm i.d.) with methanol-20 mmol/L NH4Ac (44:56, V/V; pH 7.0) as the eluent at a flow rate of 1.0 mL/min. The UV detection wavelength was fixed at 220 nm. The food samples, after precipitation of the impurities with Carrez reagent, were injected directly into the HPLC system. The average recoveries of all the eight additives were between 91.9%-108.5%, and the RSDs were lower than 4% (n = 5). The analysis of a single sample required only 8 min. This method has been successfully applied to the routine analysis of these additives in foods. PMID:12541745

  16. Dehydrogenation kinetics, reversibility, and reaction mechanisms of reversible hydrogen storage material based on nanoconfined MgH2-NaAlH4

    Plerdsranoy, Praphatsorn; Meethom, Sukanya; Utke, Rapee

    2015-12-01

    Studies of dehydrogenation kinetics, reversibility, and reaction mechanisms during de/rehydrogenation of nanoconfined MgH2-NaAlH4 into carbon aerogel scaffold (CAS) for reversible hydrogen storage material are for the first time proposed. Two different MgH2:NaAlH4 molar ratios (1:1 and 2:1) of hydride composite are melt infiltrated into CAS under 1:1 (CAS:hydride composite) weight ratio. Successful nanoconfinement is confirmed by N2 adsorption-desorption. Multiple-step dehydrogenation of milled samples is reduced to two-step reaction due to nanoconfinement. Peak temperatures corresponding to main dehydrogenation of nanoconfined samples significantly reduce as compared with those of milled samples, i.e., ∆T=up to 50 and 34 °C for nanoconfined sample with 1:1 and 2:1 (MgH2:NaAlH4) molar ratios, respectively. Hydrogen content released (the 1st cycle) and reproduced (the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th cycles) of nanoconfined samples enhance up to 80% and 68% with respect to theoretical hydrogen storage capacity, respectively, while those of milled samples are 71% and 38%, respectively. Remarkable hydrogen content reproduced after nanoconfinement is due to the fact that metallic Al obtained after dehydrogenation (T=300 °C under vacuum) of nanoconfined samples prefer to react with MgH2 and produces Al12Mg17, favorable for reversibility of MgH2-NaAlH4 system, whereas that of milled samples stays in the form of unreacted Al under the same temperature and pressure condition.

  17. Mechanism underlying the reversal of contractility dysfunction in experimental colitis by cyclooxygenase-2 inhibition.

    Khan, I; Oriowo, M A

    2006-03-01

    Inflammatory bowel diseases are associated with reduced colonic contractility and induction of cyclooxygenase-2. In this study a possible role of cyclooxygenase-2 in and the underlying mechanism of the reduced contractility were investigated in experimental colitis. The effects of meloxicam, a cyclooxygenase-2 selective inhibitor were examined on colonic contractility and MAP kinase p38 and ERK(1/2) expression. Colitis was induced in Sprague-Dawley male rats by intra-colonic instillation of trinitrobenzenesulphonic acid (TNBS; 40 mg/rat in 50 ethanol). The animals were divided into three groups. Group 1 (n=9) received meloxicam (3 mg/kg-day) gavage 1 h before and 1 day (Group 2) after induction of colitis. Group 3 (n=9) received phosphate buffered saline (PBS) in a similar manner and served as colitic control. The non colitic control animals received meloxicam in a similar manner. The animals were sacrificed after 5 days of treatment, colon was cleaned with PBS and colonic smooth muscle was obtained which was used in this study. Meloxicam treatment given 1 h before or 1 day after administration of colitis restored the reduced colonic contractility without affecting the sensitivity to carbachol. The levels of colonic smooth muscle IL-1beta mRNA, PGE(2), ERK(1/2), p38, malondialdehyde, myeloperoxidase activity and colonic mass were increased, whereas the body weight was decreased due to TNBS. The changes except colonic muscle mass and p38 expression were reversed by meloxicam treatment. These findings indicate that restoration of reduced colonic contractility by meloxicam is mediated by ERK(1/2), and that ERK(1/2) may serve as an important anti inflammatory target for treatment of colitis. PMID:16835710

  18. Magnetization reversal mechanism in hard magnetic epitaxial bilayers: SmCo5/Pr-Co

    Single layer of hard magnetic Re-Co thin films have been intensively investigated to exploit their magnetic properties for magnetic MEMS applications and to understand the origin of magnetocrystalline anisotropy. Although detail investigations on single epitaxial layers (such as Sm-Co and Pr-Co thin films) with excellent hard magnetic properties have been carried out, there are no reports on hard magnetic bilayers/multilayers which combine different intrinsic properties. Such hard magnetic bilayers are interesting systems to investigate from two perspectives: (1) from the application point of view they allow for the optimization of the extrinsic properties by merging individual layers with different properties, e.g. high coercive SmCo5 + high moment PrCo8 and (2) from the point of fundamental understanding they present a model system to study how two materials with the same (pinning) coercivity mechanism but different pinning strength (different coercivities) combine. Epitaxial SmCo5/PrCoy (y = 5 and 8) films with varying thickness of the PrCoy sublayer are prepared on Cr buffered MgO(110) substrate by pulsed laser deposition and, their structural and magnetic properties are examined. A representative X-ray diffractogram of the SmCo5/PrCo5 bilayer is shown. These bilayer films grow epitaxially with a single orientation of the magnetic easy axis, which is laying in the film plane along the MgO(001) substrate edge. Despite the largely different coercivities of the individual layers magnetization reversal in bilayers occurs in a single depinning event. The intrinsic magnetic properties of the bilayer, such as saturation polarization and anisotropy field, vary linearly with the relative PrCoy sub layer thickness. Surprisingly, coercivity shows a non-trivial dependence on the sublayer thickness and stacking order. This is discussed in a pinning dominated model and micomagnetic simulations are carried out to give an intriguing picture. (author)

  19. Effect of niobium addition on magnetization reversal behavior for SmCo-based magnets with TbCu7-type structure

    胡晨宇; 泮敏翔; 吴琼; 葛洪良; 王秀敏; 卢阳春; 张朋越

    2016-01-01

    The effect of Nb addition on the microstructure and magnetic properties of nanocrystalline Sm(CobalNbxZr0.02)7 permanent magnet were investigated. The magnetization reversal behavior for ball milled Sm(CobalNbxZr0.02)7 samples with high coercivity was investigated by analyzing hysteresis curves and recoil loops of demagnetization curves. Nb addition proved to result in relevant im-provement in the magnetic properties, especially in the coercivityHc. It was shown that the magnetic properties of Sm(CobalNbx-Zr0.02)7 nanocrystalline magnets were improved by an additional 0.06 at.% Nb. In particular, Hc was improved from 602 to 786 kA/m at room temperature. The maximum value of the integrated recoil loops area for 0.06 at.% Nb-doped samples of 1.81 kJ/m3 was much lower than that of the Nb-free sample, which could be explained by a smaller recoverable portion of the magnetization remaining in the Nb-doped sample when the applied field was below the coercivityHc. The nucleation fieldHn for irreversible magnetization re-versal of the magnetically hard phase were calculated by analyzed in terms of theΔMirev-Hcurve and the Kondorsky model.

  20. EFFECT OF MONTMORILLONITE ADDITION ON MECHANICAL CHARACTERIZATIONS OF POLYIMIDE NANOCOMPOSITE FILMS

    Wang Xishu; Zhang Yihe; Fu Shaoyun; Feng Xiqiao

    2005-01-01

    Tensile deformation and fracture characteristics of polyimide/montmorillonite nanocomposite films are investigated to enhance the particular mechanical properties and understand the effective factors in dominating the mechanical properties of nanocomposites, such as the nanolayer, matrix and nanolayer/matrix interface. How to contribute to the mechanical properties of nanocomposite film is a very complex problem. In this paper, these factors are analyzed based on the addition amount and fracture mechanics. The results indicate that the specimen at 20 wt% MMT breaks prematurely with a fracture strength (σb=78 MPa) much lower than that (σb = 128 MPa) at the 1wt% MMT. However, the Young's modulus (3.2 GPa) of the former is higher than that (1.9 GPa) of the latter. Fractography also indicates that the brittle cracking formed in high content addition is the main cause of failure but microscopically ductile fracture morphology still exists locally. And for the trace element addition, the smaller threading slipping veins are evenly distributed on the entire fracture section of these films. Therefore, these characteristics would presumably be associated with both the concentration effects of size of nanocomposite sheets and the increasing deformation harmony in nanolayers.

  1. Geomagnetic reversal rates following Palaeozoic superchrons have a fast restart mechanism.

    Hounslow, Mark W

    2016-01-01

    Long intervals of single geomagnetic polarity (superchrons) reflect geodynamo processes, driven by core-mantle boundary interactions; however, it is not clear what initiates the start and end of superchrons, other than superchrons probably reflect lower heat flow across the core-mantle boundary compared with adjacent intervals. Here geomagnetic polarity timescales, with confidence intervals, are constructed before and following the reverse polarity Kiaman (Carboniferous-Permian) and Moyero (Ordovician) superchrons, providing a window into the geodynamo processes. Similar to the Cretaceous, asymmetry in reversal rates is seen in the Palaeozoic superchrons, but the higher reversal rates imply higher heatflow thresholds for entering the superchron state. Similar to the Cretaceous superchron, unusually long-duration chrons characterize the ∼10 Myr interval adjacent to the superchrons, indicating a transitional reversing state to the superchrons. This may relate to a weak pattern in the clustering of chron durations superimposed on the dominant random arrangement of chron durations. PMID:27572303

  2. Investigation on mechanism of magnetization reversal for nanocrystalline Pr-Fe-B permanent magnets by micromagnetic finite element methods

    ZHENG Bo; ZHAO Sufen

    2009-01-01

    Magnetization configurations were calculated under various magnetic fields for nanocrystalline Pr-Fe-B permanent magnets by micromagnetic finite element method. According to the configurations during demagnetization process, the mechanism of magnetization reversal was analyzed. For the Pr2Fe14B with 10 nm grains or its composite with 10vol.% α-Fe, the coercivity was determined by nucleation of reversed domain that took place at grain boundaries. However, for Pr2Fe14B with 30 nm grains, coercivity was controlled by pinning of the nucleated domain. For Pr2Fe14B/α-Fe with 30vol.% α-Fe, the demagnetization behavior was characterized by continuous reversal of α-Fe moment.

  3. Mechanisms of inhibition of HIV replication by nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors

    Sluis-Cremer, Nicolas; Tachedjian, Gilda

    2008-01-01

    The nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase (RT) inhibitors (NNRTIs) are a therapeutic class of compounds that are routinely used, in combination with other antiretroviral drugs, to treat HIV-1 infection. NNRTIs primarily block HIV-1 replication by preventing RT from completing reverse transcription of the viral single-stranded RNA genome into DNA. However, some NNRTIs, such as efavirenz, have been shown to inhibit the late stages of HIV-1 replication by interfering with HIV-1 Gag-Pol polyprotein...

  4. Influence of cementitious additions on rheological and mechanical properties of reactive powder concretes

    Zenati, A.; Arroudj, K.; Lanez, M.; Oudjit, M. N.

    2009-11-01

    Following needs of concrete market and the economic and ecological needs, several researchers, all over the world, studied the beneficial effect which the incorporation of the mineral additions in Portland cement industry can bring. It was shown that the incorporation of local mineral additions can decrease the consumption of crushing energy of cements, and reduce the CO2 emission. Siliceous additions, moreover their physical role of filling, play a chemical role pozzolanic. They contribute to improving concrete performances and thus their durability. The abundance of dunes sand and blast furnace slag in Algeria led us to study their effect like cementitious additions. The objective of this paper is to study the effect of the incorporation of dunes sand and slag, finely ground on rheological and mechanical properties of reactive powder concretes containing ternary binders.

  5. Resonant vortex-core reversal in magnetic nano-spheres as robust mechanism of efficient energy absorption and emission

    Kim, Sang-Koog; Yoo, Myoung-Woo; Lee, Jehyun; Lee, Jae-Hyeok; Kim, Min-Kwan

    2016-01-01

    We report on novel vortex-core reversal dynamics in nano-spheres of single-vortex spin configuration as revealed by micromagnetic simulations combined with analytical derivations. When the frequency of an AC magnetic field is tuned to the frequency of the vortex-core precession around the direction of a given static field, oscillatory vortex-core reversals occur, and additionally, the frequency is found to change with both the strength of the applied AC field and the particle size. Such resonant vortex-core reversals in nano-spheres may provide a new and efficient means of energy absorption by, and emission from, magnetic nanoparticles, which system can be effectively implemented in bio-applications such as magnetic hyperthermia. PMID:27531408

  6. Mechanism for the addition of carbenoid CH2ClLi to formaldehyde

    2000-01-01

    Ab initio HF/6-31G* calculations have been performed for the addition mechanism of carbenoid CH2ClLi with formaldehyde in tetrahydrofuran. An early complex of formaldehyde with CH2ClLi is first formed with quite exothermic effect. Only a little activation energy of 14.6 kJ/mol is needed for the complex developing into the product through a transition state with coplanar bicyclic structure. In this process, the eletrophilic attack of carbonyl carbon of formaldehyde is more active than the nucleophilic attack of carbon of carbenoid. The exothermal effect of this addition process is up to 216.5 kJ/mol.

  7. Mechanism for the addition of carbenoid CH2ClLi to formaldehyde

    李吉海[1; 孙昌俊[2; 刘少杰[3; 冯圣玉[4; 冯大诚[5

    2000-01-01

    Ab initlo HF/6-31G* calculations have been performed for the addition mechanism of carbenoid CH2CILi with formaldehyde in tetrahydrofuran. An early complex of formaldehyde with CH2CILi is first formed with quite exothermic effect. Only a little activation energy of 14.6 kJ/mol is needed for the complex developing into the product through a transition state with coplanar bicyclic structure. In this process, the eletrophilic attack of carbonyl carbon of formaldehyde is more active than the nucleophilic attack of carbon of carbenoid. The exothermal effect of this addition process is up to 216.5 kJ/mol.

  8. The role of additives in the recombination luminescence mechanism of irradiated 2-methyltetrahydrofuran glasses

    The radiothermoluminescence (RTL) of γ-irradiated pure glassy 2-methyltetrahydrofuran (2-MTHF) and of 2-MTHF glasses containing additives was measured. For pure 2-MTHF a very weak luminescence peak at 93 K (heating rate 0,05 K/s) was found which in the presence of certain additives was enhanced by several orders of magnitude. Using data of radiothermoluminescence, absorption and phosphorescence measurements and bleaching experiments an attempt was made to derive a reaction mechanism. It was found to exist different possibilities for activation the ionic species to give recombination luminescence. (author)

  9. Molecular mechanism of indirubin-3'-monoxime and Matrine in the reversal of paclitaxel resistance in NCI-H520/TAX25 cell line

    LUO Su-xia; DENG Wen-ying; WANG Xin-feng; L(U) Hui-fang; HAN Li-li; CHEN Bei-bei; CHEN Xiao-bing

    2013-01-01

    Background Multidrug resistance (MDR) is a main reason for paclitaxel (TAX) treatment failure.Indirubin-3'-monoxime (IRO) and Matrine are traditional Chinese medicines,which may reverse the resistance of tumor cells to some chemotherapy drugs,but the relationship between paclitaxel resistance and Matrine is still unclear.The aim of this study was to explore the potential molecular mechanism of IRO and Matrine in reversal of TAX resistance.Methods In this study,MTT assay was used to measure the non-cytotoxic dosage of IRO and Matrine on NCI-H520/TAX25 cells and determine the reversal extent of TAX resistance under non-toxic doses.In addition,RT-PCR and Western blotting were used to evaluate the mRNA expression and the protein level of survivin,Oct-4,and Sox-2 in NCI-H520/FAX25 cells using semi-quantitative methods.Results There was no obvious inhibition on sensitive cell strains and drug-resistant strains,when the final concentration was at lest 4 μmol/L for IRO and 100 μmol/L for Matrine.So 4 μmol/L of IRO and 100 μmol/L of Matrine were considered as the reversal dosage.When 4 μmol/L of IRO or 100 μmol/L of Matrine were used together with TAX,the sensitivity to TAX increased evidently in NCI-H520/TAX2 cells; the reversal rate of IRO and Matrine was about 1.92 (43.56/22.6 nmol/L) and 1.74 (43.56/25.0 nmol/L),respectively.The mRNA expression and the protein level of survivin,Oct-4,and Sox-2 in NCI-H520/TAX25 decreased significantly (P <0.05) after addition of IRO or Matrine in TAX treatment,compared to that of TAX treatment alone.Conclusion The decrease in both mRNA expression and protein level of survivin,Oct-4,and Sox-2 might be the molecular mechanism,by which IRO and Matrine mediate the reversal of TAX resistance.

  10. Mechanical Effects of Hafnium and Boron Addition to Aluminum Alloy Films for Submicrometer LSI Interconnects

    Onoda, Hiroshi; Takahashi, Eishi; Kawai, Yasuaki; Madokoro, Shoji; Fukuyo, Hideaki; Sawada, Susumu

    1993-11-01

    This is the first report on the mechanical properties of hafnium- and boron-added Al-Si-Cu alloy film for LSI interconnects. Two to three hundred ppm of hafnium and boron addition into Al-Si-Cu alloy film does not influence the Al alloy properties for metal lines as LSI interconnects, such as its low resistivity, low ohmic contact resistance with Si, and fine-line patterning feasibility. The mechanical properties of the Al alloy film, however, change greatly. Vertical hillock and lateral hillock formation is considerably suppressed during heat treatments used in LSI fabrication processes. Stress-induced void formation is also reduced during aging test at 125°C. These effects due to hafnium and boron addition are considered to be an impurity precipitation effect ihat was confirmed by X-ray diffraction analysis and electron probe microanalysis.

  11. Microstructure and mechanical properties of the Al-Ti alloy with calcium addition

    L.A. Dobrzański; K. Labisz; Olsen, A

    2008-01-01

    Purpose: In this paper there are presented the investigation results of mechanical properties and microstructure with intermetallic phases of the aluminium – titanium alloy with a defined content of Ca addition. The purpose of this work was also to determine the heat treatment conditions for solution heat treatment of the investigation alloys.Design/methodology/approach: The reason of this work was to determine the heat treatment influence, particularly solution heat treatment time to the cha...

  12. Additive manufacture of an aluminium alloy: processing, microstructure, and mechanical properties

    Aboulkhair, Nesma T.

    2016-01-01

    Additive manufacturing of aluminium alloys using selective laser melting (SLM) is of research interest nowadays because of its potential benefits in industry sectors such as aerospace and automotive. However, in order to demonstrate the credibility of aluminium SLM for industrial needs, a comprehensive understanding of the interrelation between the process parameters, produced microstructure, and mechanical behaviour is still needed. This thesis aims at contributing to developing this compreh...

  13. Fluid mechanics of additive manufacturing of metal objects by accretion of droplets – a survey

    Tesař Václav

    2016-01-01

    Paper presents a survey of principles of additive manufacturing of metal objects by accretion of molten metal droplets, focusing on fluid-mechanical problems that deserve being investigated. The main problem is slowness of manufacturing due to necessarily small size of added droplets. Increase of droplet repetition rate calls for basic research of the phenomena that take place inside and around the droplets: ballistics of their flight, internal flowfield with heat and mass transfer, oscillati...

  14. EFFECTS OF PHENOL RESIN ADDITIVE ON DYNAMIC MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF ACRYLATE RUBBER AND ITS BLENDS

    Chi-fei Wu

    2003-01-01

    The dynamic mechanical properties of a new blend system consisting of phenol resin and polar polymer (acrylate rubber and/or chlorinated polypropylene) were investigated. It was found that the addition of phenol resin to acrylate rubber and its incompatible blend can cause a remarkable improvement in the temperature dependence of the loss tangent. As a result, the present blends are very good damping materials.

  15. Effect of reinforcement nanoparticles addition on mechanical properties of SBS/curaua fiber composites

    Borba, Patricia M. [Servico Nacional de Aprendizagem Industrial (CETEPO/SENAI/RS), Sao Leopoldo, RS (Brazil). Centro Tecnologico de Polimeros; Tedesco, Adriana [Braskem S. A., III Polo Petroquimico, Triunfo, RS (Brazil); Lenz, Denise M., E-mail: denise.lenz@gmail.com [Universidade Luterana do Brasil (ULBRA), Canoas, RS (Brazil). Programa de Pos-graduacao em Engenharia de Materiais e Processos Sustentaveis

    2014-03-15

    Composites of styrene-butadiene-styrene triblock copolymer (SBS) matrix with curauá fiber and/or a nanoparticulated mineral (montmorillonite clay - MMT) used as reinforcing agents were prepared by melt-mixing. The influence of clay addition on properties like tensile and tear strength, rebound resilience, flex fatigue life, abrasion loss, hardness and water absorption of composites with 5, 10 and 20 wt% of curauá fiber was evaluated in presence of maleic anhydride grafted styrene-(ethylene-co-butylene)-styrene triblock copolymer (MA-g-SEBS) coupling agent. Furthermore, the effect of mineral plasticizer loading on tensile strength of selected composites was investigated. The hybrid SBS composite that showed the best overall mechanical performance was composed by 2 wt% of MMT and 5 wt% of curauá fiber. Increasing fiber content up to 20 wt% resulted in a general decrease in all mechanical properties as well as incorporation of 5 wt% MMT caused a decrease in the tensile strength in all fiber contents. The hybrid composites showed clay agglomerates (tactoids) poorly dispersed that could explain the poor mechanical performance of composites at higher concentrations of curauá fiber and MMT nanoparticles. The addition of plasticizer further decreased the tensile strength while the addition of MMT nanoparticles decreased water absorption for all SBS composites. (author)

  16. Increased Mechanical Properties Through the Addition of Zr to GRCop-84

    Ellis, David L.; Lerch, Bradley A.

    2011-01-01

    GRCop-84 (Cu-8 at.% Cr-4 at.% Nb) has shown exceptional mechanical properties above 932 F (773 K). However, its properties below 932 F (773 K) are inferior to precipitation strengthened alloys such as Cu-Cr, Cu-Zr and Cu-Cr-Zr when they are in the fully aged, hard-drawn condition. It has been noted that the addition of small amounts of Zr, typically 0.1 wt.% to 0.5 wt.%, can greatly enhance the mechanical properties of copper-based alloys. Limited testing was conducted upon GRCop-84 with an addition of 0.4 wt.% Zr to determine its tensile, creep and low cycle fatigue (LCF) properties. Very large increases in strength (up to 68%) and ductility (up to 123%) were observed at both room temperature and 932 F (773 K). Creep properties at 932 F (773 K) demonstrated more than an order of magnitude decrease in the creep rate relative to unmodified GRCop-84 with a corresponding order of magnitude increase in creep life. Limited LCF testing showed that the modified alloy had a comparable LCF life at room temperature, but it was capable of sustaining a much higher load. While more testing and composition optimization are required, the addition of Zr to GRCop-84 has shown clear benefits to mechanical properties.

  17. Effect of reinforcement nanoparticles addition on mechanical properties of SBS/curaua fiber composites

    Composites of styrene-butadiene-styrene triblock copolymer (SBS) matrix with curauá fiber and/or a nanoparticulated mineral (montmorillonite clay - MMT) used as reinforcing agents were prepared by melt-mixing. The influence of clay addition on properties like tensile and tear strength, rebound resilience, flex fatigue life, abrasion loss, hardness and water absorption of composites with 5, 10 and 20 wt% of curauá fiber was evaluated in presence of maleic anhydride grafted styrene-(ethylene-co-butylene)-styrene triblock copolymer (MA-g-SEBS) coupling agent. Furthermore, the effect of mineral plasticizer loading on tensile strength of selected composites was investigated. The hybrid SBS composite that showed the best overall mechanical performance was composed by 2 wt% of MMT and 5 wt% of curauá fiber. Increasing fiber content up to 20 wt% resulted in a general decrease in all mechanical properties as well as incorporation of 5 wt% MMT caused a decrease in the tensile strength in all fiber contents. The hybrid composites showed clay agglomerates (tactoids) poorly dispersed that could explain the poor mechanical performance of composites at higher concentrations of curauá fiber and MMT nanoparticles. The addition of plasticizer further decreased the tensile strength while the addition of MMT nanoparticles decreased water absorption for all SBS composites. (author)

  18. Structural, mechanical and tribological characterization of Zn25Al alloys with Si and Sr addition

    Highlights: • Influence of the strontium (Sr) addition on the Zn25Al–Si alloys were investigated. • The microstructure was improved upon the addition of strontium. • The hardness and compressive yield stress did not change significantly. • The wear resistance was improved, and coefficient of friction was slightly increased. • The increase in wt.% Sr showed an effect of a double-nature on the wear resistance. - Abstract: The ZA-27 alloy is a zinc–aluminium casting alloy that has been frequently used as the material for sleeves of plain bearings. It has good physical, mechanical and tribological properties. However, one of the major disadvantages is its dimensional instability over a period of time (ageing). To overcome this, copper in the alloy may be replaced with silicon. Coarsening of silicon particles can be controlled by a suitable addition of strontium. In this paper, the commercial ZA-27 alloy and six different Zn25Al alloys (with 1 and 3 wt.% silicon; and with 0, 0.03 and 0.05 wt.% strontium) were obtained by casting in the preheated steel mould. Casting of the alloys was carried out at a laboratory level. In the alloys containing silicon, a finer dendritic structure was noticed compared to the structure of the commercial ZA-27 alloy. The addition of strontium influenced the size and distribution of primary silicon particles. Needle-like particles of eutectic silicon were changed into the fibrous ones. The presence of silicon and strontium did not significantly affect mechanical properties of the obtained Zn25Al alloys compared to mechanical properties of the commercial ZA-27 alloy. Wear rate of the alloys containing silicon was lower than that of the ZA-27 alloy. The addition of strontium further lowers the wear rate and slightly increases the coefficient of friction

  19. Addition of Fructooligosaccharides and Dried Plum to Soy-Based Diets Reverses Bone Loss in the Ovariectomized Rat

    Catherine D. Johnson

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Dietary bioactive components that play a role in improving skeletal health have received considerable attention in complementary and alternative medicine practices as a result of their increased efficacy to combat chronic diseases. The objectives of this study were to evaluate the additive or synergistic effects of dried plum and fructooligosaccharides (FOS and to determine whether dried plum and FOS or their combination in a soy protein-based diet can restore bone mass in ovarian hormone deficient rats. For this purpose, 72 3-month-old female Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into six groups (n = 12 and either ovariectomized (Ovx, five groups or sham-operated (sham, one group. The rats were maintained on a semipurified standard diet for 45 days after surgery to establish bone loss. Thereafter, the rats were placed on one of the following dietary treatments for 60 days: casein-based diet (Sham and Ovx, soy-based diet (Ovx + soy or soy-based diet with dried plum (Ovx + soy + plum, FOS (Ovx + soy + FOS and combination of dried plum and FOS (Ovx + soy + plum + FOS. Soy protein in combination with the test compounds significantly improved whole-body bone mineral density (BMD. All test compounds in combination with soy protein significantly increased femoral BMD but the combination of soy protein, dried plum and FOS had the most pronounced effect in increasing lumbar BMD. Similarly, all of the test compounds increased ultimate load, indicating improved biomechanical properties. The positive effects of these test compounds on bone may be due to their ability to modulate bone resorption and formation, as shown by suppressed urinary deoxypyridinoline excretion and enhanced alkaline phosphatase activity.

  20. The mechanism of venous valve closure. Its relationship to the velocity of reverse flow.

    van Bemmelen, P S; Beach, K; Bedford, G; Strandness, D E

    1990-05-01

    Venous valves will close when the reversal of the normal pressure gradient generates a sufficient reverse flow velocity. By testing 20 healthy subjects with ultrasonic duplex scanning and controlled limb compression. It was found that the velocity of reflux is related to the external compression pressure. Valve closure is an abrupt cessation of reverse flow. In this study, with subjects in a supine position, valve closure was achieved only after reverse velocities exceeded 30 cm/s. This velocity was not generated by manual compression of the limb. With a Valsalva maneuver, this velocity is achieved only in the common femoral vein in 90% of the tested individuals. The reflux velocities in response to a Valsalva maneuver are progressively lower in more distal veins--the profunda femoris, the superficial femoral vein, and the popliteal vein. With reverse velocities lower than 30 cm/s, the valves will not close and reflux can persist. Valsalva's maneuver only allows a diagnosis of valvular competence at the most proximal level in the venous tree. PMID:2184798

  1. Stabilisation of mechanical properties in silver alloys by addition of lanthanides

    W. Głuchowski

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Silver alloys intended for industrial application should characterise by high electrical conductivity (as pure silver as well as high mechanical and functional properties, stable also at elevated temperature. The objective of this work was to investigate the mechanical properties stability of Ag-La (0.5% and Ag-mishmetal (1 and 4% alloys caused by severe plastic deformation compared to the Ag+(7.5 wt %Cu alloy and pure Ag materials.Design/methodology/approach: Tests were made with the samples obtained by casting and further plastic working included KOBO® extrusion process and drawing. Wires were annealed in temperature range 50 - 500°C. The mechanical properties (at room temperature, elevated temperature and after annealing and microstructure were examined. The values of yield strength obtained in a tension tests have been compared to the values calculated theoretically.Findings: Additive of rare earth metals contributed to fine structure obtaining, particles formed in grain boundaries stabilized microstructure at elevated temperature. Increase of mechanical properties of investigated alloys was connected with presence of fine precipitations in silver matrix, which confirmed susceptibility to precipitation hardening of silver – mishmetal alloys.Research limitations/implications: Ability of new alloys to precipitation hardening should be confirmed by further investigations, including solution heat treatment and ageing, also for materials prepared in vacuum furnace.Practical implications: Stability of mechanical properties at elevated temperature, gives possibility to use of new silver allays for producing elements designed to operate at elevated temperatures or exposed to rapid temperature changes. Increased mechanical properties and good tarnish resistance indicates possibility of new applications of investigated alloys in jewellery and medicine, after additional and essential investigations.Originality/value: The wire made from

  2. Mechanism of strengthening of cube texture for high purity aluminum foils by additional-annealing

    张新明; 刘胜胆; 唐建国; 周卓平

    2003-01-01

    The mechanism of strengthening of cube texture ({001}〈100〉) by additional-annealing of high purity aluminum foils was investigated by using orientation distribution functions (ODFs) and electron back scattered diffraction (EBSD). The results of ODFs and fiber show that the orientation densities of the S {123}〈634〉 and Cu {112}〈111〉 components increase in both the additional-annealed samples and the 0.11 mm final cold-rolled foils. And the EBSD results demonstrate that cube nuclei can be identified in the deformed matrix of those additional-annealed samples. It is suggested that the strengthening of cube texture can be brought out by the increasing of components of S and Cu and the formation of cube nuclei caused by additional-annealing. Moreover, it is found that the cube texture increases first and then decreases with increasing additional-annealing temperature, and it is the strongest at 180 ℃.The strengthening of cube texture by additional-annealing is proposed as the result of oriented growth of cube subgrains.

  3. Influence of niobium additions on mechanical properties and corrosion of INCOLOY 800 H

    The studies were carried out with six model alloys of the type INCOLOY alloy 800 H (32 Ni/20 Cr), obtained by variation of the niobium additions with up to 1.55 wt. p.c. of Nb. The mechanical properties and structural characteristics of these samples are listed after treatments as follows: - Aging at 650, 800, and 9000C (Notch bending tests and tensile tests at room temperature). - Carbonisation at 800 and 9000C in PNP standard helium (C-analysis, long-term creep tests at 9000C). Alloys with Nb additions showed constant good strength and ductility after aging, values being better than those for material without Nb additions. The creep tests showed that tensile strengths is improved with increasing niobium content; carbonisation is less than in alloys without Nb. (orig./IHOE)

  4. Additional degrees of freedom associated with position measurements in non-commutative quantum mechanics

    Rohwer, CM

    2012-01-01

    In this thesis we shall demonstrate that a measurement of position alone in non-commutative space cannot yield complete information about the quantum state of a particle. Indeed, the formalism used entails a description that is non-local in that it requires all orders of positional derivatives through the star product that is used ubiquitously to map operator multiplication onto function multiplication in non-commutative systems. It will be shown that there exist several equivalent local descriptions, which are arrived at via the introduction of additional degrees of freedom. Consequently non-commutative quantum mechanical position measurements necessarily confront us with some additional structure which is necessary to specify quantum states completely. The remainder of the thesis, will involve investigations into the physical interpretation of these additional degrees of freedom. For one particular local formulation, the corresponding classical theory will be used to demonstrate that the concept of extended...

  5. Mechanisms and modeling of the effects of additives on the nitrogen oxides emission

    Kundu, Krishna P.; Nguyen, Hung Lee; Kang, M. Paul

    1991-01-01

    A theoretical study on the emission of the oxides of nitrogen in the combustion of hydrocarbons is presented. The current understanding of the mechanisms and the rate parameters for gas phase reactions were used to calculate the NO(x) emission. The possible effects of different chemical species on thermal NO(x), on a long time scale were discussed. The mixing of these additives at various stages of combustion were considered and NO(x) concentrations were calculated; effects of temperatures were also considered. The chemicals such as hydrocarbons, H2, CH3OH, NH3, and other nitrogen species were chosen as additives in this discussion. Results of these calculations can be used to evaluate the effects of these additives on the NO(x) emission in the industrial combustion system.

  6. Synthesis of Porous and Mechanically Compliant Carbon Aerogels Using Conductive and Structural Additives

    Carlos Macias

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available We report the synthesis of conductive and mechanically compliant monolithic carbon aerogels prepared by sol-gel polycondensation of melamine-resorcinol-formaldehyde (MRF mixtures by incorporating diatomite and carbon black additives. The resulting aerogels composites displayed a well-developed porous structure, confirming that the polymerization of the precursors is not impeded in the presence of either additive. The aerogels retained the porous structure after etching off the siliceous additive, indicating adequate cross-linking of the MRF reactants. However, the presence of diatomite caused a significant fall in the pore volumes, accompanied by coarsening of the average pore size (predominance of large mesopores and macropores. The diatomite also prevented structural shrinkage and deformation of the as-prepared monoliths upon densification by carbonization, even after removal of the siliceous framework. The rigid pristine aerogels became more flexible upon incorporation of the diatomite, favoring implementation of binderless monolithic aerogel electrodes.

  7. Magnetization reversal mechanisms in hybrid resin-bonded Nd-Fe-B magnets

    The magnetic properties of isotropic epoxy resin-bonded magnets prepared by mixing a hard magnetic powder made from melt quenched Nd-Fe-Co-B ribbons and a soft magnetic iron powder have been examined. The magnetization reversal processes and the magnetic parameters have been studied by the measurement of the virgin magnetization curves, the major and minor hysteresis loops and sets of recoil curves. From these recoil curves the field dependence of the reversible and irreversible magnetization components during the magnetization and demagnetization processes has been derived. The remanence relationship was used to study the nature of magnetic interaction between the grains. A study of interaction domains was conducted using optical microscopy. Groups of domains, each over several grains, were observed. It was found that the reversal process in the samples investigated involves the rotation of magnetization vectors in the iron powder grains and pinning of domain walls at the MQP-B grain boundaries

  8. The Effects and Mechanisms of Periplaneta americana Extract Reversal of Multi-Drug Resistance in BEL-7402/5-FU Cells

    Falu Yuan

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The present study reports the reversing effects of extracts from P. americana on multidrug resistance of BEL-7402/5-FU cells, as well as a preliminary investigation on their mechanism of action. A methylthiazolyl tetrazolium (MTT method was applied to determine the multidrug resistance of BEL-7402/5-FU, while an intracellular drug accumulation assay was used to evaluate the effects of a column chromatography extract (PACC and defatted extract (PADF from P. americana on reversing multi-drug resistance. BEL-7402/5-FU reflected high resistance to 5-FU; PACC and PADF could promote drug accumulation in BEL-7402/5-FU cells, among which PADF was more effective than PACC. Moreover, results from the immunocytochemical method showed that PACC and PADF could downregulate the expression of drug resistance-associated proteins (P-gp, MRP, LRP; PACC and PADF had no effects on the expression of multidrug resistance-associated enzymes (GST-π, but PACC could increase the expression of multidrug resistance-associated enzymes (PKC. Results of real-time fluorescence quantitative PCR revealed that PACC and PADF were able to markedly inhibit the expression of multidrug resistance-associated genes (MDR1, LRP and MRP1; PACC presented a significant impact on the gene expression of multidrug resistance-associated enzymes, which increased the gene expression of GST-π and PKC. However, PADF had little impact on the expression of multidrug resistance-associated enzymes. These results demonstrated that PACC and PADF extracted from P. americana could effectively reverse MDR in BEL-7402/5-FU cells, whose mechanism was to inhibit the expression of P-gp, MRP, and LRP, and that PADF was more effective in the reversal of MDR than did PACC. In addition, some of extracts from P. americana altered (sometimes increasing the expression of multidrug resistance-associated enzymes.

  9. The Effects and Mechanisms of Periplaneta americana Extract Reversal of Multi-Drug Resistance in BEL-7402/5-FU Cells.

    Yuan, Falu; Liu, Junyong; Qiao, Tingting; Li, Ting; Shen, Qi; Peng, Fang

    2016-01-01

    The present study reports the reversing effects of extracts from P. americana on multidrug resistance of BEL-7402/5-FU cells, as well as a preliminary investigation on their mechanism of action. A methylthiazolyl tetrazolium (MTT) method was applied to determine the multidrug resistance of BEL-7402/5-FU, while an intracellular drug accumulation assay was used to evaluate the effects of a column chromatography extract (PACC) and defatted extract (PADF) from P. americana on reversing multi-drug resistance. BEL-7402/5-FU reflected high resistance to 5-FU; PACC and PADF could promote drug accumulation in BEL-7402/5-FU cells, among which PADF was more effective than PACC. Moreover, results from the immunocytochemical method showed that PACC and PADF could downregulate the expression of drug resistance-associated proteins (P-gp, MRP, LRP); PACC and PADF had no effects on the expression of multidrug resistance-associated enzymes (GST-π), but PACC could increase the expression of multidrug resistance-associated enzymes (PKC). Results of real-time fluorescence quantitative PCR revealed that PACC and PADF were able to markedly inhibit the expression of multidrug resistance-associated genes (MDR1, LRP and MRP1); PACC presented a significant impact on the gene expression of multidrug resistance-associated enzymes, which increased the gene expression of GST-π and PKC. However, PADF had little impact on the expression of multidrug resistance-associated enzymes. These results demonstrated that PACC and PADF extracted from P. americana could effectively reverse MDR in BEL-7402/5-FU cells, whose mechanism was to inhibit the expression of P-gp, MRP, and LRP, and that PADF was more effective in the reversal of MDR than did PACC. In addition, some of extracts from P. americana altered (sometimes increasing) the expression of multidrug resistance-associated enzymes. PMID:27367657

  10. Mechanical properties of open-cell metallic biomaterials manufactured using additive manufacturing

    Highlights: ► Finite element (FE) models were used to predict the mechanical properties of porous biomaterials. ► Porous materials were produced using additive manufacturing techniques. ► Manufacturing irregularities need to be implemented in FE models. ► FE models are more accurate than analytical models in predicting mechanical properties. - Abstract: An important practical problem in application of open-cell porous biomaterials is the prediction of the mechanical properties of the material given its micro-architecture and the properties of its matrix material. Although analytical methods can be used for this purpose, these models are often based on several simplifying assumptions with respect to the complex architecture and cannot provide accurate prediction results. The aim of the current study is to present finite element (FE) models that can predict the mechanical properties of porous titanium produced using selective laser melting or selective electron beam melting. The irregularities caused by the manufacturing process including structural variations of the architecture are implemented in the FE models using statistical models. The predictions of FE models are compared with those of analytical models and are tested against experimental data. It is shown that, as opposed to analytical models, the predictions of FE models are in agreement with experimental observations. It is concluded that manufacturing irregularities significantly affect the mechanical properties of porous biomaterials

  11. Physical and mechanical characterization of Portland cement mortars made with expanded polystyrene particles addition (EPS

    Ferrándiz-Mas, V.

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available On this work the influence of the addition of different types (commercial and recycled and contents of expanded polystyrene on the physical and mechanical properties of Portland cement mortars has been studied. Variables studied are: workability, air content, bulk density, mechanical strength, porosity, water absorption and sound absorption. Mixtures have been also characterized by scanning electron microscopy. Air-entraining agents, water retainer and superplasticizer additives have been used in order to improve the workability of mortars. The results show that the workability and mechanical strength decreases with increasing content of expanded polystyrene. Additives improve the workability and porosity, allowing manufacture mortars with high levels of recycled material that show mechanical properties suitable for use as masonry mortars, stucco and plaster.

    El objetivo de este estudio es evaluar la influencia de la adición de distintos tipos y dosificaciones de poliestireno expandido, tanto comerciales como procedentes de reciclado, sobre las características físicas y mecánicas de morteros de cemento portland. Las variables estudiadas fueron: consistencia, aire ocluido, densidad aparente, resistencias mecánicas, porosidad, absorción de agua y absorción acústica. Los morteros también se han caracterizado por microscopia electrónica de barrido. Con objeto de mejorar la trabajabilidad de los morteros se ha empleado aditivos aireante, retenedor de agua y fluidificante. Los resultados muestran que al aumentar la cantidad de poliestireno expandido la trabajabilidad y las resistencias mecánicas disminuyen. El empleo de aditivos mejora la trabajabilidad y la porosidad, permitiendo fabricar morteros con altos contenidos de residuo, con propiedades mecánicas adecuadas para su empleo como morteros de albañilería, revoco y enlucido.

  12. Mechanism of Fast Axially--Symmetric Reversal of Magnetic Vortex Core

    Pylypovskyi, Oleksandr V.; Sheka, Denis D.; Kravchuk, Volodymyr P.; Gaididei, Yuri; Mertens, Franz G.

    2012-01-01

    The magnetic vortex core in a nanodot can be switched by an alternating transversal magnetic field. We propose a simple collective coordinate model which describes comprehensive vortex core dynamics, including resonant behavior, weakly nonlinear regimes, and reversal dynamics. A chaotic dynamics of the vortex polarity is predicted. All analytical results were confirmed by micromagnetic simulations.

  13. Influence of silicon addition on the mechanical properties and corrosion resistance of low-alloy steel

    M Hebda; H Dębecka; J Kazior

    2015-12-01

    The addition of silicon to low-alloy steel allows to modify the materials' microstructure and thus to improve their corrosion resistance and mechanical properties. The influence of adding different amounts of silicon on the properties (density, transverse rupture strength, microhardness and corrosion resistance) and microstructure of low-alloy steel was investigated. Samples were prepared via the mechanical alloying process, which is the most useful method to homogeneously introduce silicon to low-alloy steel. Sintering was performed by using the spark plasma sintering (SPS) technique. After the SPS process, half of each of the obtained samples was heat-treated in a vacuum furnace. The results show that high-density materials were achieved, and a homogeneous and fine microstructure was obtained. The investigated compositions containing 1 wt% of silicon had better corrosion resistance than samples with 3 wt% of silicon addition. Furthermore, corrosion resistance as well as the mechanical and plastic properties of the samples with 1 wt% of silicon can be further improved by applying heat treatment.

  14. The effect of density and feature size on mechanical properties of isostructural metallic foams produced by additive manufacturing

    Simple models describing the relationship between basic mechanical properties and the relative density of various types of porous metals (such as foams, sponges and lattice structures) are well established. Carefully evaluating these relationships experimentally is challenging, however, because of the stochastic structure of foams and the fact that it is difficult to systematically isolate density changes from variations in other factors, such as pore size and pore distribution. Here a new method for producing systematic sets of stochastic foams is employed based on electron beam melting (EBM) additive manufacturing (AM). To create idealised structures, structural blueprints were reverse-engineered by inverting X-ray computed tomographs of a randomly packed bed of glass beads. This three-dimensional structure was then modified by computer to create five foams of different relative density ρr, but otherwise consistent structure. Yield strength and Young’s modulus have been evaluated in compression tests and compared to existing models for foams. A power of 3 rather than a squared dependence of stiffness on relative density is found, which agrees with a recent model derived for replicated foams. A similar power of 3 relation was found for yield strength. Further analysis of the strength of nominally fully dense rods of different diameters built by EBM AM suggest that surface defects mean that the minimum size of features that can be created by EBM with similar strengths to machined samples is ∼1 mm

  15. Effects of Mo and Al addition on the Mechanical Properties of 15Cr ODS steel

    Shim, Jaewon; Noh, Sanghoon; Kang, Sukhoon; Chun, Youngbum; Choi, Byoungkwon; Han, Changhee; Kim, Taekyu [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-05-15

    Oxide particle controls the strength of the ODS steel and the addition of Mo, W, and Al, which changes the microstructures and remarkably influences the strength of ODS steel. In this study, Fe-based ODS alloys with Mo, W, and Al additions were fabricated by HIP and hot rolling processes, and their microstructures and mechanical properties were investigated. Some Fe-based ODS alloys were fabricated by a HIP process, and their microstructures and mechanical properties were investigated. Mo, W, and Al are considered to be very effective alloying elements for high strength and formability in Fe-based ODS alloys. As a result of a microstructure observation, grain refinement occurred in the case of the addition of W and Mo. However, the grain size and oxide particles of Fe-15Cr-ODS alloy Al added became coarse. Therefore, the hardness and tensile strength were decreased. On the other hand, the elongation was increased owing to the coarser grain. These preliminary results will be useful for developing advanced Fe-15Cr ODS alloy. The structural components for nuclear systems need to have formability as well as strength.

  16. Effect of carbon nanofiber addition in the mechanical properties and durability of cementitious materials

    Galao, O.

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports on recent work that is directed at studying the changes in the mechanical properties of Portland cement based mortars due to the addition of carbon nanofiber (CNF. Both flexural and compression strength has been determined and related to the CNF addition to the mix, to the curing time and to the porosity and density of the matrix. Also, corrosion of embedded steel rebars in CNF cement pastes exposed to carbonation and chloride attacks has been investigated. The increase in CNF addition implies higher corrosion intensity and higher levels of mechanical properties.En este artículo se han estudiado los cambios en las propiedades mecánicas de los morteros de cemento Portland debido a la adición de nanofibras de carbono (NFC. Se han determinado las resistencias a flexotracción y a compresión de los morteros en relación a la cantidad de NFC añadidas a la mezcla, al tiempo de curado y a la porosidad y densidad de los mismos. Además se han investigado los niveles de corrosión de barras de acero embebidas en pastas de cemento con NFC expuestos al ataque por carbonatación y por ingreso de cloruros. El aumento en el porcentaje de NFC añadido se traduce en un aumento la intensidad de corrosión registrada y una mejora de las propiedades mecánicas.

  17. Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Glass/Polyester Composite with Glycerol as Additive

    K.S.Siddharthan

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available There has been an increasing interest to improve the mechanical properties of the polymer based laminated composites. In this paper, glycerol is used as a solvent to improve the mechanical properties of glass/polyester laminated composites. Polyester resin is modified with 0, 5 and 10 wt% of glycerol. Glycerol and polyester resin are synthesized by hand stirrer. Hand layup method is used to manufacture the laminate made of bi-directional glass woven roving mat and modified polyester. The effect of glycerol is validated by subjecting all samples to the laminate mechanical testing. Results revealed improvement in the mechanical properties of the composites subjected to direct tension and compression test at ambient temperature (27oC. Impact toughness is evaluated under both ambient and low temperature (-10oC conditions, as polyester resin is more brittle at low temperatures. Thermo gravimetric analysis results showed minor weight loss due to decrease in the cross-linking density of polyester with the addition of glycerol. It leads to the result that we can use this composite with glycerol as advanced material for wind turbine blade.

  18. Failure mechanisms of additively manufactured porous biomaterials: Effects of porosity and type of unit cell.

    Kadkhodapour, J; Montazerian, H; Darabi, A Ch; Anaraki, A P; Ahmadi, S M; Zadpoor, A A; Schmauder, S

    2015-10-01

    Since the advent of additive manufacturing techniques, regular porous biomaterials have emerged as promising candidates for tissue engineering scaffolds owing to their controllable pore architecture and feasibility in producing scaffolds from a variety of biomaterials. The architecture of scaffolds could be designed to achieve similar mechanical properties as in the host bone tissue, thereby avoiding issues such as stress shielding in bone replacement procedure. In this paper, the deformation and failure mechanisms of porous titanium (Ti6Al4V) biomaterials manufactured by selective laser melting from two different types of repeating unit cells, namely cubic and diamond lattice structures, with four different porosities are studied. The mechanical behavior of the above-mentioned porous biomaterials was studied using finite element models. The computational results were compared with the experimental findings from a previous study of ours. The Johnson-Cook plasticity and damage model was implemented in the finite element models to simulate the failure of the additively manufactured scaffolds under compression. The computationally predicted stress-strain curves were compared with the experimental ones. The computational models incorporating the Johnson-Cook damage model could predict the plateau stress and maximum stress at the first peak with less than 18% error. Moreover, the computationally predicted deformation modes were in good agreement with the results of scaling law analysis. A layer-by-layer failure mechanism was found for the stretch-dominated structures, i.e. structures made from the cubic unit cell, while the failure of the bending-dominated structures, i.e. structures made from the diamond unit cells, was accompanied by the shearing bands of 45°. PMID:26143351

  19. Fluid mechanics of additive manufacturing of metal objects by accretion of droplets – a survey

    Tesař Václav

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Paper presents a survey of principles of additive manufacturing of metal objects by accretion of molten metal droplets, focusing on fluid-mechanical problems that deserve being investigated. The main problem is slowness of manufacturing due to necessarily small size of added droplets. Increase of droplet repetition rate calls for basic research of the phenomena that take place inside and around the droplets: ballistics of their flight, internal flowfield with heat and mass transfer, oscillation of surfaces, and the ways to elimination of satellite droplets.

  20. On Self-Recovery Mechanism and Additional Maneuverability of a Mini Mobile Robot

    1999-01-01

    Ordinary mobile robots have some kind of moving mechanisms attached to one rigid body. When working on rough terrain or in other hazard environments, there existed some possibilities that the robot will be turned up side down, thus causing losses to the robot's expedition. Multi-bodied mobile robots provide a solution to that problem. Using active joints between bodies, the robot can recover from turnover situation by itself. In this paper, the authors discuss the joint arrangements and the additional maneuverability resulted from joints between body segments.

  1. Effects of Additive on the Mechanical Properties of Bamboo/pbs Composites

    Lee, Yeon-Hee; Yoon, Han-Ki; Takagi, Hitoshi; Ohkita, Kazuya

    Compared with general composites which are produced from fossil fuel, biodegradable resins have received considerable attention as an environment-friendly material. Bamboo fiber has relatively high strength compared with other natural fibers. Therefore, the focus of this study is to produce bamboo fiber reinforced Poly butylene succinate (PBS) composites by injection molding and to study the effects of additive on mechanical properties of this bamboo/PBS composite. The injection-molding is a highly productive fabrication technique. Bamboo/PBS composites were examined by flexural test and Vickers hardness. Also we examined fracture surface and microstructure of the bamboo/PBS composites by microscope.

  2. Fluid mechanics of additive manufacturing of metal objects by accretion of droplets - a survey

    Tesař, Václav

    2016-03-01

    Paper presents a survey of principles of additive manufacturing of metal objects by accretion of molten metal droplets, focusing on fluid-mechanical problems that deserve being investigated. The main problem is slowness of manufacturing due to necessarily small size of added droplets. Increase of droplet repetition rate calls for basic research of the phenomena that take place inside and around the droplets: ballistics of their flight, internal flowfield with heat and mass transfer, oscillation of surfaces, and the ways to elimination of satellite droplets.

  3. Design Paradigm Utilizing Reversible Diels-Alder Reactions to Enhance the Mechanical Properties of 3D Printed Materials.

    Davidson, Joshua R; Appuhamillage, Gayan A; Thompson, Christina M; Voit, Walter; Smaldone, Ronald A

    2016-07-01

    A design paradigm is demonstrated that enables new functional 3D printed materials made by fused filament fabrication (FFF) utilizing a thermally reversible dynamic covalent Diels-Alder reaction to dramatically improve both strength and toughness via self-healing mechanisms. To achieve this, we used as a mending agent a partially cross-linked terpolymer consisting of furan-maleimide Diels-Alder (fmDA) adducts that exhibit reversibility at temperatures typically used for FFF printing. When this mending agent is blended with commercially available polylactic acid (PLA) and printed, the resulting materials demonstrate an increase in the interfilament adhesion strength along the z-axis of up to 130%, with ultimate tensile strength increasing from 10 MPa in neat PLA to 24 MPa in fmDA-enhanced PLA. Toughness in the z-axis aligned prints increases by up to 460% from 0.05 MJ/m(3) for unmodified PLA to 0.28 MJ/m(3) for the remendable PLA. Importantly, it is demonstrated that a thermally reversible cross-linking paradigm based on the furan-maleimide Diels-Alder (fmDA) reaction can be more broadly applied to engineer property enhancements and remending abilities to a host of other 3D printable materials with superior mechanical properties. PMID:27299858

  4. Reversible Adaptive Plasticity: A Mechanism for Neuroblastoma Cell Heterogeneity and Chemo-Resistance

    AnthonyDSandler

    2012-01-01

    We describe a novel form of tumor cell plasticity characterized by reversible adaptive plasticity in murine and human neuroblastoma. Two cellular phenotypes were defined by their ability to exhibit adhered, anchorage dependent (AD) or sphere forming, anchorage independent (AI) growth. The tumor cells could transition back and forth between the two phenotypes and the transition was dependent on the culture conditions. Both cell phenotypes exhibited stem-like features such as expression of nest...

  5. Exploring the mechanical strength of additively manufactured metal structures with embedded electrical materials

    Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing (UAM) enables the integration of a wide variety of components into solid metal matrices due to the process induced high degree of metal matrix plastic flow at low bulk temperatures. Exploitation of this phenomenon allows the fabrication of previously unobtainable novel engineered metal matrix components. The feasibility of directly embedding electrical materials within UAM metal matrices was investigated in this work. Three different dielectric materials were embedded into UAM fabricated aluminium metal-matrices with, research derived, optimal processing parameters. The effect of the dielectric material hardness on the final metal matrix mechanical strength after UAM processing was investigated systematically via mechanical peel testing and microscopy. It was found that when the Knoop hardness of the dielectric film was increased from 12.1 HK/0.01 kg to 27.3 HK/0.01 kg, the mechanical peel testing and linear weld density of the bond interface were enhanced by 15% and 16%, respectively, at UAM parameters of 1600 N weld force, 25 µm sonotrode amplitude, and 20 mm/s welding speed. This work uniquely identified that the mechanical strength of dielectric containing UAM metal matrices improved with increasing dielectric material hardness. It was therefore concluded that any UAM metal matrix mechanical strength degradation due to dielectric embedding could be restricted by employing a dielectric material with a suitable hardness (larger than 20 HK/0.01 kg). This result is of great interest and a vital step for realising electronic containing multifunctional smart metal composites for future industrial applications

  6. Divergent genetic mechanisms underlie reversals to radial floral symmetry from diverse zygomorphic flowered ancestors

    Wenheng eZhang

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Malpighiaceae possess flowers with a unique bilateral symmetry (zygomorphy, which is a hypothesized adaptation associated with specialization on neotropical oil bee pollinators. Gene expression of two representatives of the CYC2 lineage of floral symmetry TCP genes, CYC2A and CYC2B, demarcate the adaxial (dorsal region of the flower in the characteristic zygomorphic flowers of most Malpighiaceae. Several clades within the family, however, have independently lost their specialized oil bee pollinators and reverted to radial flowers (actinomorphy like their ancestors. Here, we investigate CYC2 expression associated with four independent reversals to actinomorphy. We demonstrate that these reversals are always associated with alteration of the highly conserved CYC2 expression pattern observed in most New World Malpighiaceae. In New World Lasiocarpus and Old World Microsteria, the expression of CYC2-like genes has expanded to include the ventral region of the corolla. Thus, the pattern of gene expression in these species has become radialized, which is comparable to what has been reported in the radial flowered legume clade Cadia. In striking contrast, in New World Psychopterys and Old World Sphedamnocarpus, CYC2-like expression is entirely absent or at barely detectable levels. This is more similar to the pattern of CYC2 expression observed in radial flowered Arabidopsis. These results collectively indicate that, regardless of geographic distribution, reversals to similar floral phenotypes in this large tropical angiosperm clade have evolved via different genetic changes from an otherwise highly conserved developmental program.

  7. Translation of Time-Reversal Violation in the Neutral K-Meson System into a Table-Top Mechanical System

    Reiser, Andreas; Stiewe, Juergen

    2012-01-01

    Weak interactions break time-reversal (T) symmetry in the two-state system of neutral K mesons. We present and discuss a two-state mechanical system, a Foucault-type pendulum on a rotating table, for a full representation of K0 K0bar transitions by the pendulum motions including T violation. The pendulum moves with two different oscillation frequencies and two different magnetic dampings. Its equation of motion is identical with the differential equation for the real part of the CPT-symmetric K-meson wave function. The pendulum is able to represent microscopic CP and T violation with CPT symmetry owing to the macroscopic Coriolis force which breaks the symmetry under reversal-of-motion. Video clips of the pendulum motions are shown as supplementary material.

  8. Possible Mechanism of ``Additional'' Production of H^- in a Glow Discharge

    Belostotskiy, S.; Economou, D.; Lopaev, D.; Rakhimova, T.

    2006-10-01

    Based on measurements of H^- and H densities a DC glow discharge in H2 (P=0.1-3 Torr) the rate coefficient of H^- production as a function of E/N was determined. To analyze the mechanisms of H^- production, a simple model of H2 vibrational excitation was developed. Estimations of vibrational level densities (v=3-5) obtained from VUV absorption measurements were in reasonable agreement with the calculated data. The analysis revealed that standard mechanisms of H^- production (dissociative attachment to vibrationally excited molecules H2(v) and molecules in Rydberg states H2(Ry)) were not enough to explain the experimental results. In order to describe both the shape (vs E/N) and the magnitude of the measured H^- production rate coefficient, an ``additional'' source of H^-, having a strong resonant electron attachment CS in the range of ˜5-9 eV, should be invoked. Although H2 has no resonances in the 5-9 eV range, water is known to strongly dissociatively attach in this range. Thus, even small amounts (0.1-1%) of water vapor in the apparatus can explain the origin of the ``additional'' H^- production. This result is corroborated by the work of Cadez et. al. in Proc. of XXVII ICPIG, 2005. This work was supported by the RFBR (No.05-02-17649a), Scientific School - 171113.2003.2 and NATO Collaborative Linkage Grant (No.980097).

  9. A theoretical study of the mechanism of the addition reaction between carbene and azacyclopropane

    XIAOJUN TAN

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available The mechanism of the addition reaction between carbene and azacyclopropane was investigated using the second-order Moller–Plesset perturbation theory (MP2. By using the 6-311+G* basis set, geometry optimization, vibrational analysis and the energy properties of the involved stationary points on the potential energy surface were calculated. From the surface energy profile, it can be predicted that there are two reaction mechanisms. The first one (1 is carbene attack at the N atom of azacyclopropane to form an intermediate, 1a (IM1a, which is a barrier-free exothermic reaction. Then, IM1a can isomerize to IM1b via a transition state 1a (TS1a, in which the potential barrier is 30.0 kJ/mol. Subsequently, IM1b isomerizes to a product (Pro1 via TS1b with a potential barrier of 39.3 kJ/mol. The other one (2 is carbene attack at the C atom of azacyclopropane, firstly to form IM2 via TS2a, the potential barrier is 35.4 kJ/mol. Then IM2 isomerizes to a product (Pro2 via TS2b with a potential barrier of 35.1 kJ/mol. Correspondingly, the reaction energy for the reactions (1 and (2 is –478.3 and –509.9 kJ/mol, respectively. Additionally, the orbital interactions are also discussed for the leading intermediate.

  10. TDDFT Study on Different Sensing Mechanisms of Similar Cyanide Sensors Based on Michael Addition Reaction

    Guang-yue Li; Ping Song; Guo-zhong He

    2011-01-01

    The solvents and substituents of two similar fluorescent sensors for cyanide, 7-diethylamino-3-formylcoumarin (sensor a) and 7-diethylamino-3-(2-nitrovinyl)coumarin (sensor b), are proposed to account for their distinct sensing mechanisms and experimental phenomena.The time-dependent density functional theory has been applied to investigate the ground states and the first singlet excited electronic states of the sensor as well as their possible Michael reaction products with cyanide, with a view to monitoring their geometries and photophysical properties. The theoretical study indicates that the protic water solvent could lead to final Michael addition product of sensor a in the ground state, while the aprotic acetonitrile solvent could lead to carbanion as the final product of sensor b. Furthermore,the Michael reaction product of sensor a has been proved to have a torsion structure in its first singlet excited state. Correspondingly, sensor b also has a torsion structure around the nitrovinyl moiety in its first singlet excited state, while not in its carbanion structure. This could explain the observed strong fluorescence for sensor a and the quenching fluorescencefor the sensor b upon the addition of the cyanide anions in the relevant sensing mechanisms.

  11. Mechanisms underlying the additive and redundant Qrr phenotypes in Vibrio harveyi and Vibrio cholerae.

    Hunter, Geoffrey A M; Keener, James P

    2014-01-01

    Vibrio harveyi and Vibrio cholerae regulate their virulence factors according to the local cell-population density in a regulatory system called quorum sensing. Their quorum sensing systems contain a small RNA (sRNA) circuit to regulate expression of a master transcriptional regulator via multiple quorum regulated RNA (Qrr) and a protein chaperon Hfq. Experiments and genetic analysis show that their respective quorum sensing networks are topologically equivalent and have homologous components, yet they respond differently to the same experimental conditions. In particular, V. harveyi Qrr are additive because all of its Qrr are required to maintain wild-type-like repression of its master transcriptional regulator. Conversely, V. cholerae Qrr are redundant because any of its Qrr is sufficient to repress its master transcriptional regulator. Given the striking similarities between their quorum sensing systems, experimentalists have been unable to identify conclusively the mechanisms behind these phenotypic differences. Nevertheless, the current hypothesis in the literature is that dosage compensation is the mechanism underlying redundancy. In this work, we identify the mechanisms underlying Qrr redundancy using a detailed mathematical model of the V. harveyi and V. cholerae sRNA circuits. We show that there are exactly two different cases underlying Qrr redundancy and that dosage compensation is unnecessary and insufficient to explain Qrr redundancy. Although V. harveyi Qrr are additive when the perturbations in Qrr are large, we predict that V. harveyi and V. cholerae Qrr are redundant when the perturbations in Qrr are small. We argue that the additive and redundant Qrr phenotypes can emerge from parametric differences in the sRNA circuit. In particular, we find that the affinity of Qrr and its expression relative to the master transcriptional regulator determine the level of redundancy in V. harveyi and V. cholerae. Furthermore, the additive and redundant Qrr

  12. Effect of additives for higher removal rate in lithium niobate chemical mechanical planarization

    High roughness and a greater number of defects were created by lithium niobate (LN; LiNbO3) processes such as traditional grinding and mechanical polishing (MP), should be decreased for manufacturing LN device. Therefore, an alternative process for gaining defect-free and smooth surface is needed. Chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) is suitable method in the LN process because it uses a combination approach consisting of chemical and mechanical effects. First of all, we investigated the LN CMP process using commercial slurry by changing various process conditions such as down pressure and relative velocity. However, the LN CMP process time using commercial slurry was long to gain a smooth surface because of lower material removal rate (MRR). So, to improve the material removal rate (MRR), the effects of additives such as oxidizer (hydrogen peroxide; H2O2) and complexing agent (citric acid; C6H8O7) in a potassium hydroxide (KOH) based slurry, were investigated. The manufactured slurry consisting of H2O2-citric acid in the KOH based slurry shows that the MRR of the H2O2 at 2 wt% and the citric acid at 0.06 M was higher than the MRR for other conditions.

  13. Design of a mechanical system in gait rehabilitation with progressive addition of weight

    In this paper we designed and developed a mechanical device for gait rehabilitation based on the application of partial body weight reduction therapy. An evaluation of the characteristics of devices based on this therapy currently available on the market was carried out obtaining information of the different mechanisms used in it. The device was designed to adapt to different height and weight of patients and to be used with additional equipment in gait rehabilitation, for example, treadmills, elliptical trainers and vertical scalers. It was envisaged to be used by patients with asymmetry in the lower extremities capabilities. We developed a stable structure in steel ASTM A36 which does not depend on the building conditions of the installation site. RamAdvanse software was used to calculate structural stability. A winch with automatic brake mechanism was used to raise/lower the patient, who was tied to a comfortable harness which provided safety to the patient and therapist. It was possible to quantify precisely, using counterweights, the weight borne by the patient during therapy. We obtained a small-sized and ergonomic low-cost prototype, with similar features to those currently considered cutting-edge devices.

  14. Effect of alloying addition and microstructural parameters on mechanical properties of 93% tungsten heavy alloys

    Liquid phase sintering, heat treatment and swaging studies on three tungsten heavy alloys, 93W–4.9Ni–2.1Fe (wt%), 93W–4.2Ni–1.2Fe–1.6Co (wt%) and 93W–4.9Ni–1.9Fe–0.2Re (wt%) were carried out in detail with respect to microstructure, tensile and impact properties. All the alloys were sintered and swaged to 40% deformation. The results indicate that Re addition reduces the grain size of the alloy compared to W–Ni–Fe and W-Ni-Fe-Co alloys. W–Ni–Fe–Re alloy shows superior tensile properties in heat treated condition as compared to W–Ni–Fe and W–Ni–Fe–Co alloys. SEM study of fractured specimens clearly indicates that the failure in case of W–Ni–Fe–Re was due to transgranular cleavage of tungsten grains and W–W de-cohesion. W–Ni–Fe and W–Ni–Fe–Co alloys also failed by mixed mode failure. However, in these cases, ductile dimples corresponding the failure of the matrix phase was rarely seen. Thermo-mechanical processing resulted in significant changes in mechanical properties. While W–Ni–Fe–Re alloy showed the highest tensile strength (1380 MPa), W–Ni–Fe–Co exhibited the highest elongation (12%) to failure. A detailed analysis involving microstructure, mechanical properties and failure behavior was undertaken in order to understand the property trends

  15. Effect of alloying addition and microstructural parameters on mechanical properties of 93% tungsten heavy alloys

    Ravi Kiran, U., E-mail: uravikiran@gmail.com [Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Kanchanbagh, Hyderabad 500 058 (India); Panchal, A.; Sankaranarayana, M. [Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Kanchanbagh, Hyderabad 500 058 (India); Nageswara Rao, G.V.S. [National Institute of Technology, Warangal 506004 (India); Nandy, T.K. [Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Kanchanbagh, Hyderabad 500 058 (India)

    2015-07-29

    Liquid phase sintering, heat treatment and swaging studies on three tungsten heavy alloys, 93W–4.9Ni–2.1Fe (wt%), 93W–4.2Ni–1.2Fe–1.6Co (wt%) and 93W–4.9Ni–1.9Fe–0.2Re (wt%) were carried out in detail with respect to microstructure, tensile and impact properties. All the alloys were sintered and swaged to 40% deformation. The results indicate that Re addition reduces the grain size of the alloy compared to W–Ni–Fe and W-Ni-Fe-Co alloys. W–Ni–Fe–Re alloy shows superior tensile properties in heat treated condition as compared to W–Ni–Fe and W–Ni–Fe–Co alloys. SEM study of fractured specimens clearly indicates that the failure in case of W–Ni–Fe–Re was due to transgranular cleavage of tungsten grains and W–W de-cohesion. W–Ni–Fe and W–Ni–Fe–Co alloys also failed by mixed mode failure. However, in these cases, ductile dimples corresponding the failure of the matrix phase was rarely seen. Thermo-mechanical processing resulted in significant changes in mechanical properties. While W–Ni–Fe–Re alloy showed the highest tensile strength (1380 MPa), W–Ni–Fe–Co exhibited the highest elongation (12%) to failure. A detailed analysis involving microstructure, mechanical properties and failure behavior was undertaken in order to understand the property trends.

  16. Design of a mechanical system in gait rehabilitation with progressive addition of weight

    Braidot, Ariel A. A.; Aleman, Guillermo L.

    2011-12-01

    In this paper we designed and developed a mechanical device for gait rehabilitation based on the application of "partial body weight reduction therapy". An evaluation of the characteristics of devices based on this therapy currently available on the market was carried out obtaining information of the different mechanisms used in it. The device was designed to adapt to different height and weight of patients and to be used with additional equipment in gait rehabilitation, for example, treadmills, elliptical trainers and vertical scalers. It was envisaged to be used by patients with asymmetry in the lower extremities capabilities. We developed a stable structure in steel ASTM A36 which does not depend on the building conditions of the installation site. RamAdvanse software was used to calculate structural stability. A winch with automatic brake mechanism was used to raise/lower the patient, who was tied to a comfortable harness which provided safety to the patient and therapist. It was possible to quantify precisely, using counterweights, the weight borne by the patient during therapy. We obtained a small-sized and ergonomic low-cost prototype, with similar features to those currently considered cutting-edge devices.

  17. Effect of boron and carbon addition on microstructure and mechanical properties of metastable beta titanium alloys

    Highlights: • Effect of boron and carbon on properties of three beta titanium alloys studied. • Ti–15V–3Cr–3Mo–3Sn, Ti–10V–2Fe–3Al, and Ti–5V–5Mo–5Al–3Cr alloys studied. • Hardness and 0.2% YS increases and elongation to failure deteriorates with the B and C addition. • Ageing in comparison to solution treatment results in increase in strength and decrease in elongation. • Low ‘n′ values and multiple slopes are observed in log–log plots of true stress–true strain curves. - Abstract: Effect of boron and carbon on microstructure and mechanical properties of β titanium alloys Ti–15V–3Cr–3Mo–3Sn, Ti–10V–2Fe–3Al, and Ti–5V–5Mo–5Al–3Cr has been studied in detail. The addition of boron and carbon results in refinement of β grain size and α-precipitates during ageing. While the hardness and tensile strength increase with the addition of boron and carbon, the elongation to failure deteriorates. The increase in strength is attributed to a synergistic effect of grain refinement and load sharing by TiB and TiC particles; whereas decrease in elongation is due to the brittleness of these hard particles. Ageing results in increase in strength and decrease in elongation as compared to solution treatment condition. In this case, the effect of boron and carbon is marginal. Further enhancement in the properties can be achieved by fine tuning heat treatment parameters. Multiple slopes are observed in log–log plots of true stress–true strain thereby implying different deformation mechanisms over a large range of plastic deformation

  18. [Influences of ion-suppressors on retention behaviors of nine food additives in reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatographic separation].

    Zhao, Yonggang; Chen, Xiaohong; Li, Xiaoping; Yao, Shanshan; Jin, Micong

    2011-10-01

    The influences of ion-suppressors on retention behaviors of nine food additives, i.e., acesulfame, saccharin, caffeine, aspartame, benzoic acid, sorbic acid, stevioside, dehydroacetic acid and neotame in reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatographic (RP-HPLC) separation were investigated. The organic modification effects of acids, i. e. , trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) and buffer salts, i. e. , TFA-ammonium acetate (AmAc) were studied emphatically. The relationships between retention factors of solutes and volume percentages of ion-suppressors in the mobile phase systems of acetonitrile-TFA aqueous solution and acetonitrile-TFA-AmAc aqueous solution were quantitatively established, separately. The separation of nine food additives was completed by a gradient elution with acetonitrile-TFA (0.01%, v/v)-AmAc (2. 5 mmol/L) aqueous solution as the mobile phases. An RP-HPLC method was established for the simultaneous determination of nine food additives in red wine. In the range of 10. 0 - 100. 0 mg/L, nine food additives showed good linearity with the correlation coefficients ( r2 ) larger than 0. 999 1. The limits of detection (LODs) were in the range of 0. 33 - 2. 36 mg/L and the limits of quantification (LOQs) were in the range of 1. 11 - 7. 80 mg/L. The spiked recoveries were between 87. 61% and 108. 4% with the relative standard deviations (RSDs) of 2. 2% -9. 4%. These results are of referential significance for the rapid establishment and accu- rate optimization of RP-HPLC separation for the simultaneous determination of food additives in other foods. PMID:22268355

  19. Examining the mechanisms underlying contextual preference reversal: Comment on Trueblood, Brown, and Heathcote (2014).

    Tsetsos, Konstantinos; Chater, Nick; Usher, Marius

    2015-10-01

    Trueblood, Brown, and Heathcote (2014) provide a new model of multiattribute choice, which accounts for 3 contextual reversal effects (similarity, attraction and compromise). We review the details of the model and highlight some novel predictions. First, we show that the model works by setting a "fine balance" between 2 opposing factors that influence choice. As a result, small changes in the attributes of choice alternatives can disturb this balance. Second, we show that the model gives a partial account of the compromise effect. We describe a number of experiments that could distinguish the MLBA from other models of multiattribute choice. PMID:26437153

  20. Mechanism of weld formation during very-high-power ultrasonic additive manufacturing of Al alloy 6061

    The microstructures of Al alloy 6061 subjected to very-high-power ultrasonic additive manufacturing were systematically examined to understand the underlying ultrasonic welding mechanism. The microstructure of the weld interface between the metal tapes consisted of fine, equiaxed grains resulting from recrystallization, which is driven by simple shear deformation along the ultrasonically vibrating direction of the tape surface. Void formation at the weld interface is attributed to surface asperities resulting from pressure induced by the sonotrode at the initial tape deposition. Transmission electron microscopy revealed that Al–Al metallic bonding without surface oxide layers was mainly achieved, although some oxide clusters were locally observed at the original interface. The results suggest that the oxide layers were broken up and then locally clustered on the interface by ultrasonic vibration

  1. Mechanical properties of fine grained superalloy K4169 with addition of refiners

    HUANG Tai-wen; LIU Lin; YANG Ai-min; XIONG Yu-hua; ZHANG Rong

    2005-01-01

    Grain refinement of superalloy K4169 was achieved by adding refiners into the alloy melt and their effects on the mechanical properties were investigated. The tensile properties at room temperature and 700 ℃ and low cycle fatigue properties at room temperature were compared for both conventional and fine grained test bars.The results indicate that the rupture strength, yield strength, elongation and reduction of area for refined grains are all much superior to those for coarse ones. Whereas the elongation and reduction of area of fine grained samples decrease at 700 ℃. Low cycle fatigue properties of samples with refined grains at room temperature are improved significantly. In addition, the degree of dispersion of low cycle fatigue data of samples with refined grains is diminished.

  2. Effects of organic additives on microstructure and mechanical properties of porous Si3N4 ceramics

    Yu Fangli; Wang Huanrui; Yang Jianfeng; Gao Jiqiang

    2010-06-01

    Green bodies of porous Si3N4 ceramics were shaped by extrusion technique using different organic additives as binder during extrusion molding. Different porosity, microstructures and mechanical properties after the extrusion, drying, debinding and sintering stages were investigated. The solid slurry content of 70–75% and extrusion pressure of 0.5–1.0 MPa had played a decisive role in the smooth realization of extrusion molding. The porous Si3N4 ceramics were obtained with excellent properties using 4% hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose (HPMC) as binder and polyethylene glycol (PEG) of molecular weight, 1000, as plasticizer with a density of 1.91 g cm-3, porosity of 41.70%, three-point bending strength of 166.53 ± 20 MPa, fracture toughness of 2.45 ± 0.2 MPa m1/2 and Weibull modulus (m) of 20.75.

  3. Reverse α′ → γ transformation mechanisms of martensitic Fe–Mn and age-hardenable Fe–Mn–Pd alloys upon fast and slow continuous heating

    The mechanisms governing the reverse martensite (α′) to austenite (γ) transformation (α′ → γ) and the effect of prior precipitation on the austenite reversion are investigated for martensitic Fe–Mn alloys containing 5 and 10 wt.% Mn and their age-hardenable variants with the addition of 1 wt.% Pd, respectively. Dilatometric experiments employing heating rates between 0.5 and 200 K min−1, atom-probe tomography measurements on continuously heated specimens and thermo-kinetic simulations were performed. On fast heating (200 K min−1), the α′ → γ transformation appeared in a single stage and can be regarded as a partitionless and interface-controlled reaction. In comparison to the binary alloys, the transformation temperatures of the Pd-containing steels are considerably increased, due to precipitates which act as obstacles to migrating austenite/martensite interfaces. For low heating rates of 0.5 and 2 K min−1, splitting of the α′ → γ transformation into two consecutive stages is observed for both the binary and the ternary alloys. With the assistance of thermo-kinetic simulations, a consistent description of this phenomenon is obtained. The first transformation stage is associated with the decomposition of the martensite matrix into Mn-rich and Mn-deficient regions, and the austenite formation is dominated by long-range diffusion. In the second stage, the austenite reversion mechanism changes and the Mn-depleted regions transform in a predominantly interface-controlled mode. This is corroborated by the results for the ternary alloys. The precipitates mainly impede the austenite formation in the second stage, which occurs over a considerably wider temperature range compared to the binary alloys

  4. Mechanical Characterization of an Additively Manufactured Inconel 718 Theta-Shaped Specimen

    Cakmak, Ercan; Watkins, Thomas R.; Bunn, Jeffrey R.; Cooper, Ryan C.; Cornwell, Paris A.; Wang, Yanli; Sochalski-Kolbus, Lindsay M.; Dehoff, Ryan R.; Babu, Sudarsanam S.

    2016-02-01

    Two sets of "theta"-shaped specimens were additively manufactured with Inconel 718 powders using an electron beam melting technique with two distinct scan strategies. Light optical microscopy, mechanical testing coupled with a digital image correlation (DIC) technique, finite element modeling, and neutron diffraction with in situ loading characterizations were conducted. The cross-members of the specimens were the focus. Light optical micrographs revealed that different microstructures were formed with different scan strategies. Ex situ mechanical testing revealed each build to be stable under load until ductility was observed on the cross-members before failure. The elastic moduli were determined by forming a correlation between the elastic tensile stresses determined from FEM, and the elastic strains obtained from DIC. The lattice strains were mapped with neutron diffraction during in situ elastic loading; and a good correlation between the average axial lattice strains on the cross-member and those determined from the DIC analysis was found. The spatially resolved stresses in the elastic deformation regime are derived from the lattice strains and increased with applied load, showing a consistent distribution along the cross-member.

  5. Mechanically tunable aspheric lenses via additive manufacture of hanging elastomeric droplets for microscopic applications

    Fuh, Yiin-Kuen; Chen, Pin-Wen; Lai, Zheng-Hong

    2016-07-01

    Mechanically deformable lenses with dynamically tunable focal lengths have been developed in this work. The fabricated five types of aspheric polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) lenses presented here have an initial focal length of 7.0, 7.8, 9.0, 10.0 and 10.2 mm. Incorporating two modes of operation in biconvex and concave-convex configurations, the focal lengths can be tuned dynamically as 5.2-10.2, 5.5-9.9, 6.6-11.9, 6.1-13.5 and 6.6-13.5 mm respectively. Additive manufacturing was utilized to fabricate these five types of aspheric lenses (APLs) via sequential layering of PDMS materials. Complex structures with three-dimensional features and shorter focal lengths can be successfully produced by repeatedly depositing, inverting and curing controlled PDMS volume onto previously cured PDMS droplets. From our experiments, we empirically found a direct dependence of the focal length of the lenses with the amount (volume) of deposited PDMS droplets. This new mouldless, low-cost, and flexible lens fabrication method is able to transform an ordinary commercial smartphone camera into a low-cost portable microscope. A few microscopic features can be readily visualized, such as wrinkles of ladybird pupa and printed circuit board. The fabrication technique by successively applying hanging droplet and facile mechanical focal-length-tuning set-up can be easily adopted in the development of high-performance optical lenses.

  6. Beyond Mutations: Additional Mechanisms and Implications of SWI/SNF Complex Inactivation

    Stefanie eMarquez

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available SWI/SNF is a major regulator of gene expression. Its role is to facilitate the shifting and exposure of DNA segments within the promoter and other key domains to transcription factors and other essential cellular proteins. This complex interacts with a wide range of proteins and does not function within a single, specific pathway; thus, it is involved in a multitude of cellular processes, including DNA repair, differentiation, development, cell adhesion, and growth control. Given SWI/SNF’s prominent role in these processes, many of which are important for blocking cancer development, it is not surprising that the SWI/SNF complex is targeted during cancer initiation and progression both by mutations and by nonmutational mechanisms. Currently, the understanding of the types of alterations, their frequency, and their impact on the SWI/SNF subunits is an area of intense research that has been bolstered by a recent cadre of NextGen sequencing studies. These studies have revealed mutations in SWI/SNF subunits, indicating that this complex is thus important for cancer development. The purpose of this review is to put into perspective the role of mutations versus other mechanisms in the silencing of SWI/SNF subunits, in particular, BRG1 and BRM. In addition, this review explores the recent development of synthetic lethality and how it applies to this complex, as well as how BRM polymorphisms are becoming recognized as potential clinical biomarkers for cancer risk.

  7. Effect of addition of semi refined carrageenan on mechanical characteristics of gum arabic edible film

    Setyorini, D.; Nurcahyani, P. R.

    2016-04-01

    Currently the seaweed is processed flour and Semi Refined Carraagenan (SRC). However, total production is small, but both of these products have a high value and are used in a wide variety of products such as cosmetics, processed foods, medicines, and edible film. The aim of this study were (1) to determine the effect of SRC on mechanical characteristics of edible film, (2) to determine the best edible film which added by SRC with different concentration. The edible film added by SRC flour which divided into three concentrations of SRC. There are 1.5%; 3%; and 4.5% of SRC, then added 3% glycerol and 0.6% arabic gum. The mechanical properties of the film measured by a universal testing machine Orientec Co. Ltd., while the water vapor permeability measured by the gravimetric method dessicant modified. The experimental design used was completely randomized design with a further test of Duncan. The result show SRC concentration differences affect the elongation breaking point and tensile strength. But not significant effect on the thickness, yield strength and the modulus of elasticity. The best edible film is edible film with the addition of SRC 4.5%.

  8. Novel Additive Manufacturing Pneumatic Actuators and Mechanisms for Food Handling Grippers

    Carlos Blanes

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Conventional pneumatic grippers are widely used in industrial pick and place robot processes for rigid objects. They are simple, robust and fast, but their design, motion and features are limited, and they do not fulfil the final purpose. Food products have a wide variety of shapes and textures and are susceptible to damaged. Robot grippers for food handling should adapt to this wide range of dimensions and must be fast, cheap, reasonably reliable, and with cheap and reasonable maintenance costs. They should not damage the product and must meet hygienic conditions. The additive manufacturing (AM process is able to manufacture parts without significant restrictions, and is Polyamide approved as food contact material by FDA. This paper presents that, taking the best of plastic flexibility, AM allows the implementation of novel actuators, original compliant mechanisms and practical grippers that are cheap, light, fast, small and easily adaptable to specific food products. However, if they are not carefully designed, the results can present problems, such as permanent deformations, low deformation limits, and low operation speed. We present possible solutions for the use of AM to design proper robot grippers for food handling. Some successful results, such as AM actuators based on deformable air chambers, AM compliant mechanisms, and grippers developed in a single part will be introduced and discussed.

  9. The Effect of Structural Design on Mechanical Properties and Cellular Response of Additive Manufactured Titanium Scaffolds

    Jan Wieding

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Restoration of segmental defects in long bones remains a challenging task in orthopedic surgery. Although autologous bone is still the ‘Gold Standard’ because of its high biocompatibility, it has nevertheless been associated with several disadvantages. Consequently, artificial materials, such as calcium phosphate and titanium, have been considered for the treatment of bone defects. In the present study, the mechanical properties of three different scaffold designs were investigated. The scaffolds were made of titanium alloy (Ti6Al4V, fabricated by means of an additive manufacturing process with defined pore geometry and porosities of approximately 70%. Two scaffolds exhibited rectangular struts, orientated in the direction of loading. The struts for the third scaffold were orientated diagonal to the load direction, and featured a circular cross-section. Material properties were calculated from stress-strain relationships under axial compression testing. In vitro cell testing was undertaken with human osteoblasts on scaffolds fabricated using the same manufacturing process. Although the scaffolds exhibited different strut geometry, the mechanical properties of ultimate compressive strength were similar (145–164 MPa and in the range of human cortical bone. Test results for elastic modulus revealed values between 3.7 and 6.7 GPa. In vitro testing demonstrated proliferation and spreading of bone cells on the scaffold surface.

  10. Thermal degradation mechanism of addition-cure liquid silicone rubber with urea-containing silane

    Highlights: • The urea-containing silane was incorporated into addition-cure liquid silicone rubber (ALSR) via hydrosilylation reaction. • The thermal stability of the ALSR was improved by DEUPAS both in nitrogen and air • The TG–FTIR of evolved gases during degradation was performed. • The possible degradation mechanism of the ALSR samples was proposed. - Abstract: The reactive urea-containing silane, (γ-diethylureidopropyl) allyloxyethoxysilane (DEUPAS), was synthesized by the trans-etherification reaction. The chemical structure was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectrometry (FTIR) and 1H nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry (1H NMR). Subsequently, DEUPAS was incorporated into addition-cure liquid silicone rubber (ALSR) via hydrosilylation reaction. The thermal stability of the ALSR samples was investigated by thermogravimetry (TG) and thermogravimetry–Fourier transform infrared spectrometry (TG–FTIR). When DEUPAS was incorporated, the temperature of 10% weight loss and 20% weight loss under air atmosphere were respectively increased by 31 °C and 60 °C compared with those of the ALSR without DEUPAS. Meanwhile, the residual weight at 800 °C increased from 33.5% to 58.7%. It was found that the striking enhancement in thermal stability of the ALSR samples was likely attributed to the decomposition of the urea groups to isocyanic acid, which reacted with hydroxyl groups to inhibit the unzipping depolymerization

  11. Thermal degradation mechanism of addition-cure liquid silicone rubber with urea-containing silane

    Fang, Weizhen; Zeng, Xingrong, E-mail: psxrzeng@gmail.com; Lai, Xuejun; Li, Hongqiang; Chen, Wanjuan; Zhang, Yajun

    2015-04-10

    Highlights: • The urea-containing silane was incorporated into addition-cure liquid silicone rubber (ALSR) via hydrosilylation reaction. • The thermal stability of the ALSR was improved by DEUPAS both in nitrogen and air • The TG–FTIR of evolved gases during degradation was performed. • The possible degradation mechanism of the ALSR samples was proposed. - Abstract: The reactive urea-containing silane, (γ-diethylureidopropyl) allyloxyethoxysilane (DEUPAS), was synthesized by the trans-etherification reaction. The chemical structure was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectrometry (FTIR) and {sup 1}H nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry ({sup 1}H NMR). Subsequently, DEUPAS was incorporated into addition-cure liquid silicone rubber (ALSR) via hydrosilylation reaction. The thermal stability of the ALSR samples was investigated by thermogravimetry (TG) and thermogravimetry–Fourier transform infrared spectrometry (TG–FTIR). When DEUPAS was incorporated, the temperature of 10% weight loss and 20% weight loss under air atmosphere were respectively increased by 31 °C and 60 °C compared with those of the ALSR without DEUPAS. Meanwhile, the residual weight at 800 °C increased from 33.5% to 58.7%. It was found that the striking enhancement in thermal stability of the ALSR samples was likely attributed to the decomposition of the urea groups to isocyanic acid, which reacted with hydroxyl groups to inhibit the unzipping depolymerization.

  12. ABC transporters as multidrug resistance mechanisms and the development of chemosensitizers for their reversal

    Choi Cheol-Hee

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract One of the major problems related with anticancer chemotherapy is resistance against anticancer drugs. The ATP-binding cassette (ABC transporters are a family of transporter proteins that are responsible for drug resistance and a low bioavailability of drugs by pumping a variety of drugs out cells at the expense of ATP hydrolysis. One strategy for reversal of the resistance of tumor cells expressing ABC transporters is combined use of anticancer drugs with chemosensitizers. In this review, the physiological functions and structures of ABC transporters, and the development of chemosensitizers are described focusing on well-known proteins including P-glycoprotein, multidrug resistance associated protein, and breast cancer resistance protein.

  13. Nonlinear time reversal signal processing techniques applied to acousto-mechanical imaging of complex materials

    Dos Santos, S.; Dvořáková, Zuzana; Caliez, M.; Převorovský, Zdeněk

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 138, č. 3 (2015). ISSN 0001-4966 Institutional support: RVO:61388998 Keywords : acousto-mechanical characterization of skin aging * nonlinear elastic wave spectroscopy (NEWS) * PM-space statistical approach Subject RIV: BI - Acoustics

  14. Achieving reversibility of ultra-high mechanical stress by hydrogen loading of thin films

    Nano-materials are commonly stabilized by supports to maintain their desired shape and size. When these nano-materials take up interstitial atoms, this attachment to the support induces mechanical stresses. These stresses can be high when the support is rigid. High stress in the nano-material is typically released by delamination from the support or by the generation of defects, e.g., dislocations. As high mechanical stress can be beneficial for tuning the nano-materials properties, it is of general interest to deduce how real high mechanical stress can be gained. Here, we show that below a threshold nano-material size, dislocation formation can be completely suppressed and, when delamination is inhibited, even the ultrahigh stress values of the linear elastic limit can be reached. Specifically, for hydrogen solved in epitaxial niobium films on sapphire substrate supports a threshold film thickness of 6 nm was found and mechanical stress of up to (−10 ± 1) GPa was reached. This finding is of basic interest for hydrogen energy applications, as the hydride stability in metals itself is affected by mechanical stress. Thus, tuning of the mechanical stress-state in nano-materials may lead to improved storage properties of nano-sized materials

  15. Achieving reversibility of ultra-high mechanical stress by hydrogen loading of thin films

    Hamm, M.; Burlaka, V.; Wagner, S.; Pundt, A.

    2015-06-01

    Nano-materials are commonly stabilized by supports to maintain their desired shape and size. When these nano-materials take up interstitial atoms, this attachment to the support induces mechanical stresses. These stresses can be high when the support is rigid. High stress in the nano-material is typically released by delamination from the support or by the generation of defects, e.g., dislocations. As high mechanical stress can be beneficial for tuning the nano-materials properties, it is of general interest to deduce how real high mechanical stress can be gained. Here, we show that below a threshold nano-material size, dislocation formation can be completely suppressed and, when delamination is inhibited, even the ultrahigh stress values of the linear elastic limit can be reached. Specifically, for hydrogen solved in epitaxial niobium films on sapphire substrate supports a threshold film thickness of 6 nm was found and mechanical stress of up to (-10 ± 1) GPa was reached. This finding is of basic interest for hydrogen energy applications, as the hydride stability in metals itself is affected by mechanical stress. Thus, tuning of the mechanical stress-state in nano-materials may lead to improved storage properties of nano-sized materials.

  16. Thermally conductive, electrically insulating and melt-processable polystyrene/boron nitride nanocomposites prepared by in situ reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer polymerization.

    Huang, Xingyi; Wang, Shen; Zhu, Ming; Yang, Ke; Jiang, Pingkai; Bando, Yoshio; Golberg, Dmitri; Zhi, Chunyi

    2015-01-01

    Thermally conductive and electrically insulating polymer/boron nitride (BN) nanocomposites are highly attractive for various applications in many thermal management fields. However, so far most of the preparation methods for polymer/BN nanocomposites have usually caused difficulties in the material post processing. Here, an in situ grafting approach is designed to fabricate thermally conductive, electrically insulating and post-melt processable polystyrene (PS)/BN nanosphere (BNNS) nanocomposites by initiating styrene (St) on the surface functionalized BNNSs via reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer polymerization. The nanocomposites exhibit significantly enhanced thermal conductivity. For example, at a St/BN feeding ratio of 5:1, an enhancement ratio of 1375% is achieved in comparison with pure PS. Moreover, the dielectric properties of the nanocomposites show a desirable weak dependence on frequency, and the dielectric loss tangent of the nanocomposites remains at a very low level. More importantly, the nanocomposites can be subjected to multiple melt processing to form different shapes. Our method can become a universal approach to prepare thermally conductive, electrically insulating and melt-processable polymer nanocomposites with diverse monomers and nanofillers. PMID:25493655

  17. Thermally conductive, electrically insulating and melt-processable polystyrene/boron nitride nanocomposites prepared by in situ reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer polymerization

    Huang, Xingyi; Wang, Shen; Zhu, Ming; Yang, Ke; Jiang, Pingkai; Bando, Yoshio; Golberg, Dmitri; Zhi, Chunyi

    2015-01-01

    Thermally conductive and electrically insulating polymer/boron nitride (BN) nanocomposites are highly attractive for various applications in many thermal management fields. However, so far most of the preparation methods for polymer/BN nanocomposites have usually caused difficulties in the material post processing. Here, an in situ grafting approach is designed to fabricate thermally conductive, electrically insulating and post-melt processable polystyrene (PS)/BN nanosphere (BNNS) nanocomposites by initiating styrene (St) on the surface functionalized BNNSs via reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer polymerization. The nanocomposites exhibit significantly enhanced thermal conductivity. For example, at a St/BN feeding ratio of 5:1, an enhancement ratio of 1375% is achieved in comparison with pure PS. Moreover, the dielectric properties of the nanocomposites show a desirable weak dependence on frequency, and the dielectric loss tangent of the nanocomposites remains at a very low level. More importantly, the nanocomposites can be subjected to multiple melt processing to form different shapes. Our method can become a universal approach to prepare thermally conductive, electrically insulating and melt-processable polymer nanocomposites with diverse monomers and nanofillers.

  18. Thermally conductive, electrically insulating and melt-processable polystyrene/boron nitride nanocomposites prepared by in situ reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer polymerization

    Thermally conductive and electrically insulating polymer/boron nitride (BN) nanocomposites are highly attractive for various applications in many thermal management fields. However, so far most of the preparation methods for polymer/BN nanocomposites have usually caused difficulties in the material post processing. Here, an in situ grafting approach is designed to fabricate thermally conductive, electrically insulating and post-melt processable polystyrene (PS)/BN nanosphere (BNNS) nanocomposites by initiating styrene (St) on the surface functionalized BNNSs via reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer polymerization. The nanocomposites exhibit significantly enhanced thermal conductivity. For example, at a St/BN feeding ratio of 5:1, an enhancement ratio of 1375% is achieved in comparison with pure PS. Moreover, the dielectric properties of the nanocomposites show a desirable weak dependence on frequency, and the dielectric loss tangent of the nanocomposites remains at a very low level. More importantly, the nanocomposites can be subjected to multiple melt processing to form different shapes. Our method can become a universal approach to prepare thermally conductive, electrically insulating and melt-processable polymer nanocomposites with diverse monomers and nanofillers. (paper)

  19. Nearest-neighbor non-additivity versus long-range non-additivity in TATA-box structure and its implications for TBP-binding mechanism

    Faiger, Hana; Ivanchenko, Marina; Haran, Tali E.

    2007-01-01

    TBP recognizes its target sites, TATA boxes, by recognizing their sequence-dependent structure and flexibility. Studying this mode of TATA-box recognition, termed ‘indirect readout’, is important for elucidating the binding mechanism in this system, as well as for developing methods to locate new binding sites in genomic DNA. We determined the binding stability and TBP-induced TATA-box bending for consensus-like TATA boxes. In addition, we calculated the individual information score of all st...

  20. Effect of sulfur aggregates on mechanical resistance and durability for SFRHPC with the addition of slag

    Boutiba Aldjia

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The transformation of sulfides present in the aggregate to sulfates causes internal sulfate attack (ISA by formation of secondary ettringite in the hardened concrete. This pathological ettringite crystallizes, the generated pressure is greater than the tensile strength of the concrete. It generates internal swelling and causes disorders that can severely damage the structures. Favors to their structural and economic performance, high performance concrete steel fiber (SFRHPC are increasingly used in construction. Increase productivity and reduce construction time on site. They provide substantial weight savings, therefore it is possible to build with less formwork, less concrete to set up and fewer reinforcement than ordinary concrete. The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of sulfur present in the hornfels crushed aggregates, on the mechanical strength, durability, and the microstructure of SFRHPC with the addition of blast furnace slag. In ordinary concrete, the pyrite aggregates cause cracking by expansion when they are in wet land. In high performance concretes this phenomenon is greatly reduced or absent. This is the result of a very low porosity, reduced flow of moisture that cannot propagate to aggregate. And sulfide is stable and cannot be transformed into aggressive sulfate.

  1. Ti-6Al-4V Additively Manufactured by Selective Laser Melting with Superior Mechanical Properties

    Xu, W.; Sun, S.; Elambasseril, J.; Liu, Q.; Brandt, M.; Qian, M.

    2015-03-01

    The Achilles' heel of additively manufactured Ti-6Al-4V by selective laser melting (SLM) is its inferior mechanical properties compared with its wrought (forged) counterparts. Acicular α' martensite resulted from rapid cooling by SLM is primarily responsible for high strength but inadequate tensile ductility achieved in the as-fabricated state. This study presents a solution to eliminating the adverse effect of the nonequilibrium α' martensite. This is achieved by enabling in situ martensite decomposition into a novel ultrafine (200-300 nm) lamellar ( α + β) microstructure via the selection of an array of processing variables including the layer thickness, energy density, and focal offset distance. The resulting tensile elongation reached 11.4% while the yield strength was kept above 1100 MPa. These properties compare favorably with those of mill-annealed Ti-6Al-4V consisting of globular α and β. The fatigue life of SLM-fabricated Ti-6Al-4V with an ultrafine lamellar ( α + β) structure has approached that of the mill-annealed counterparts and is much superior to that of SLM-fabricated Ti-6Al-4V with α' martensite.

  2. Additional funding mechanisms for Public Hospitals in Greece: the case of Chania Mental Health Hospital

    Golna Christina

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Objectives To investigate whether the long term lease of public hospital owned land could be an additional financing mechanism for Greek public (mental health hospitals. Methods We performed a financial analysis of the official 2008 data of a case - study hospital (Mental Health Hospital of Chania. We used a capital budgeting approach to investigate whether value is created for the public hospital by engaging its assets in a project for the development of a private renal dialysis Unit. Results The development of the private unit in hospital owned land is a good investment decision, as it generates high project Net Present Value and Internal Rate of Return. When the project commences generating operating cash flows, nearly €400.000 will be paid annually to the Mental Health Hospital of Chania as rent, thereby gradually decreasing the annual deficit of the hospital. Conclusions Revenue generated from the long term lease of public hospital land is crucial to gradually eliminate hospital deficit. The Ministry of Health should encourage similar forms of Public Private Partnerships in order to ensure the sustainability of public (mental hospitals.

  3. Gamma ray attenuation studies of interception from Sitka spruce: some evidence for an additional transport mechanism

    Various forest canopy characteristics of stands of Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis (Bong.) Carr.), including canopy density, the aerodynamic resistance to the transfer of water vapor, and the rates of change of drainage and evaporation of water with respect to canopy storage, were investigated using direct measurements of canopy mass and water storage. The measurements, made at sites located in Wales and Scotland, utilized the attenuation of a horizontal beam of gamma rays which was arranged to scan through the canopy at different levels. The aerodynamic resistance to the transport of water vapor from the canopy to a reference level 5 m above mean tree height was found to be consistent with the value of 3.5 s m−1, determined from earlier modeling studies (I. R. Calder, 1977). This value is, however, lower and shows less wind speed dependence than would be expected from conventional formulae which are based on eddy diffusion theory and tree height. The possibility of explaining these discrepancies in terms of an additional transport mechanism involving large-scale eddies is discussed

  4. Modification mechanism of hypereutectic Al-Si alloy with P-Na addition

    吴树森; 涂小林; 福田葉椰; 菅野利猛; 中江秀雄

    2003-01-01

    Effect of P-Na united modification on Al-22%Si-1.0%Cu-0.5%Mg-0.5%Mn alloy was studied.The results show that the refining effect of P-Na addition on primary silicon is superior to that of P and the former could modify eutectic silicon at the same time.Effects of P-Na modification on crystallization and microstructure of hypereutectic Al-Si alloys were studied with Electron-Scanning Microscope,Electron-Probe and X-ray diffractometer.The modification mechanism represents that on one hand,the primary silicon is refined by AlP as heterogeneous nucleus;on the other hand,when Na is added at the same time,P atoms are difficult to diffuse in the melt,and then enrichs on the growing faces of silicon phase.Moreover,a SiP compound was also discovered in Si crystals,which prevents the growth of silicon phase and refines the primary silicon.

  5. The Reversing and Molecular Mechanisms of miR-503 on the Drug-resistance 
to Cisplatin in A549/DDP Cells

    Yi WU

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background and objective Cisplatin-resistance in lung cancer cells is general in clinic, hence it is significant to investigate the mechanisms of cisplatin-resistant and develop new methods of reversing drug-resistance. Recent researches showed that miRNA could regulate cell growth, apoptosis, migration and invasion even in drug therapy in cancer by its target gene. The aim of this study is to investigate the effects and molecular mechanisms of miR-503 on reversing the cisplatin-resistance in lung cancer DDP-resistant cell line A549/DDP. Methods MTS assay was employed to determine the effect of miR-503 on A549/DDP’ sensitivity to cisplatin. Apoptosis rate and intracellular concentration of rhodamine-123 (Rh-123 were determined by flow cytometry, the expression of multi-drugs resistant proteins MDR1 and MRP1, ERCC1, RhoE, Survivin and Bcl-2 were determined by Western blot and real time PCR. The phosphorylation of Akt was analyzed by Western blot, the transcriptional activities of NF-κB and AP-1 were detected by dual-luciferase reporter gene systems. Results MiR-503 was able to increase the cisplatin sensitivity of A549/DDP. After treatment with miR-503, the reverse folds (RF to cisplatin was 2.48 fold, the intracellular level of Rh-123 was 2.49 fold, the apoptosis rate was 10.3 fold, the expressions of several drug-resistant related proteins, such as MDR1, MRP1, ERCC1, Survivin and Bcl-2 were downregulated significantly, as shown by WB, in contrast, the level of RhoE was elevated, the mRNA epression of MDR1 was 18.5%, the mRNA epression of MRP1 was 22.3%, the mRNA epression of ERCC1 was 18.6%, the mRNA epression of Survivin was 42.8%, the mRNA expression of Bcl-2 was 68.1%, the mRNA epression of RhoE was 206.5%, in addition, the phosphorylation of Akt decreased and transcriptional activities of NF-κB was 53.7%, AP-1 was 47.4% compared with control group. Conclusion MiR-503 was able to reverse the cisplatin resistance of A549/DDP. MiR-503

  6. Compositional dependence of magnetization reversal mechanism, magnetic interaction and Curie temperature of Co1−xSrxFe2O4 spinel thin film

    Highlights: • Nanoparticles and thin films of Co1−xSrxFe2O4 were successfully synthesized by a sol–gel process. • The value of strength of interaction was enhanced from −0.23 for x = 0 to −0.75 for x = 0.5. • The magnetization reversal process for x = 0, 0.1 was almost controlled by Kondorsky models. • The reversal mechanism for x = 0.2–0.5 obey the Stoner–Wohlfarth rule. - Abstract: Co1−xSrxFe2O4, (x varies from 0 to 0.5 in a step of 0.1) nanoparticles were formed by means of sol–gel processing method. The morphological and structural features of nanoparticles were evaluated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) equipped by EDS analysis, Mössbauer spectroscopy and vibrating sample magnetometer. It was found that almost narrow size distribution of nanoparticles with cation distribution occupancy preference in octahedral site was synthesized. The nanoparticles were used for addition in subsequent solution for fabricating ferrite thin films with similar mentioned chemical composition. Several techniques including FE-SEM, atomic force microscopy and vibrating sample magnetometer were employed to find the role of strontium cation distribution on the structural and magnetic properties of films. The Curie temperature, coercivity and magnetic interaction which was evaluated by Henkel plot were reduced by an increase in substitution contents. Coercivity of thin films reduced from 0.65 MA/m to 0.39 MA/m and Curie temperature declined from 690 to 455 °C. The value of strength of interaction was enhanced from −0.23 for x = 0 to −0.75 for x = 0.5. Angular dependence of coercivity proved that the magnetization reversal process was accompanied by the combination of domain wall motion and Stoner–Wohlfarth rotation, however for thin film with x = 0.2–0.5, the reversal mechanism obey the Stoner–Wohlfarth rule

  7. Agmatine reversed mechanical allodynia in a rat model of neuropathic pain

    YANGHong-Ju; ZhAONan; GONGZheng-Hua; YUANWei-Xiou; LIYunFeng; LI-Jin; LUOZhi-Pu

    2004-01-01

    AIM: Agmatine is an endogenous neuromodulator present in the brain and spinal cord, agmatine has both NMDA receptor antagonist and NOS inhibitor activities, which may participate the pathological process in the neuropathic pain. The effect of agmatine on the mechanical allodynia in a rat model of the neuropathic pain was investigated in this experiment.

  8. Reverse Faulting as a Crucial Mechanism for Magma Ascent in Compressional Volcanic Arcs: Field Examples from the Central Andes

    Aron, F. A.; Gonzalez, G.; Cembrano, J. M.; Veloso, E. E.

    2010-12-01

    The nature of crustal deformation in active arcs and the feedback mechanisms between tectonics and magma transport constitute fundamental problems in the understanding of volcanic systems. Additionally, for geothermal energy exploration, a better understanding of how crustal architecture and stress field controls fluid ascent and heat transfer from deep levels to the surface is crucial. The Central Andes volcanic belt is an excellent, modern example of such systems but, the scarcity of good outcrops has limited our ability to define the relations between structure and volcanism. In the Salar de Atacama Basin of northern Chile, there are good exposures of folded and faulted Neogene units (continental sediments, volcanic rocks and ignimbrites) and reverse faults spatially and temporally related to volcanic edifices. The subsurface of the study area has been interpreted by previous authors as a thin-skinned, 6-8 km-deep, east-vergent compressional belt. We carried out structural mapping, Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) analyses, strain tensor analyses and fault-related fold kinematic modelling to assess the causal relationship between compressional deformation and magmatism in this region. Field observations indicate that the structures deformed progressively Oligocene-Miocene continental sedimentary units, the upper sedimentary infill of the Salar de Atacama basin (Pliocene-Present), and Pliocene-Pleistocene Ignimbrites. The topographic expression of the compressional belt corresponds to a set of subparallel, asymmetric, fault-related-folds, which can be seen in the field as prominent NS-trending ridges with heights ranging between 50 and 400 m. Furthermore, we found evidence of a ~100 km-long structure along the active magmatic arc, so-called Miscanti Fault. This fault represents the easternmost expression of the above mentioned compressional belt. Pleistocene-Holocene monogenetic cones and strato-volcanoes are located either at the hinge zone of fault

  9. Proposed mechanisms for oligonucleotide IMT504 induced diabetes reversion in a mouse model of immunodependent diabetes.

    Bianchi, María S; Bianchi, Stefanía; Hernado-Insúa, Andrés; Martinez, Leandro M; Lago, Néstor; Libertun, Carlos; Chasseing, Norma A; Montaner, Alejandro D; Lux-Lantos, Victoria A

    2016-08-01

    Type 1 diabetes (T1D) originates from autoimmune β-cell destruction. IMT504 is an immunomodulatory oligonucleotide that increases mesenchymal stem cell cloning capacity and reverts toxic diabetes in rats. Here, we evaluated long-term (20 doses) and short-term (2-6 doses) effects of IMT504 (20 mg·kg(-1)·day(-1) sc) in an immunodependent diabetes model: multiple low-dose streptozotocin-injected BALB/c mice (40 mg·kg(-1)·day(-1) ip for 5 consecutive days). We determined blood glucose, glucose tolerance, serum insulin, islet morphology, islet infiltration, serum cytokines, progenitor cell markers, immunomodulatory proteins, proliferation, apoptosis, and islet gene expression. IMT504 reduced glycemia, induced β-cell recovery, and impaired islet infiltration. IMT504 induced early blood glucose decrease and infiltration inhibition, increased β-cell proliferation and decreased apoptosis, increased islet indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) expression, and increased serum tumor necrosis factor and interleukin-6 (IL-6). IMT504 affected islet gene expression; preproinsulin-2, proglucagon, somatostatin, nestin, regenerating gene-1, and C-X-C motif ligand-1 cytokine (Cxcl1) increased in islets from diabetic mice and were decreased by IMT504. IMT504 downregulated platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecule-1 (Pecam1) in islets from control and diabetic mice, whereas it increased regenerating gene-2 (Reg2) in islets of diabetic mice. The IMT504-induced increase in IL-6 and islet IDO expression and decreased islet Pecam1 and Cxcl1 mRNA expression could participate in keeping leukocyte infiltration at bay, whereas upregulation of Reg2 may mediate β-cell regeneration. We conclude that IMT504 effectively reversed immunodependent diabetes in mice. Corroboration of these effects in a model of autoimmune diabetes more similar to human T1D could provide promising results for the treatment of this disease. PMID:27329801

  10. Physicochemical investigation of biocompatible mixed surfactant reverse micelles: II. Dynamics of conductance percolation, energetics of droplet clustering, effect of additives and dynamic light scattering studies

    Graphical abstract: Tp/°C: Threshold temperature of percolation; ω: molar ratio of water to surfactant; IPM: isopropyl myristate; EO: ethyl oleate; IPP: isopropyl palmitate. Highlights: • Percolation temperature depends on contents of water, nonionic surfactant and [NaCl]. • Acetyl modified amino acids retard the temperature-induced percolation process. • The clustering process is spontaneous, endothermic and entropically driven. • Enthalpy and entropy of clustering process increase with increasing nonionic content. • Chemical structures of oils influence thermodynamic parameters of droplet clustering. -- Abstract: Temperature-induced percolation behavior in mixed reverse micellar systems (RMs) comprising sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) and polyoxyethylene(20) sorbitan trioleate (Tween-85) in polar lipophilic oils e.g., ethyl oleate (EO), isopropyl myristate (IPM) and isopropyl palmitate (IPP) was studied at a total surfactant concentration (ST) of 0.25 ⋅ 103 mol ⋅ m−3 in absence and presence of the additives (acetyl modified amino acids (MAA) of different chemical structures). The threshold temperature of percolation (Tp) of these systems was found to be dependent on water content (ω), content of nonionic surfactant (XTween-85), and concentration of NaCl. The standard free energy change (ΔGcl0), enthalpy change (ΔHcl0) and entropy change (ΔScl0) of cluster formation were evaluated based on an association model at different physicochemical environments. The clustering process was spontaneous and found to be endothermic and entropically driven. Scaling laws for the temperature-induced percolation demonstrated dynamic nature of the percolation process. The activation energy, Ep of these systems was estimated both in absence and presence of additives. Droplet sizes of these systems were measured using dynamic light scattering (DLS) technique at different physicochemical environments (comparable to conductivity measurements) to

  11. Microstructure and mechanical properties of the Al-Ti alloy with cerium addition

    L.A. Dobrzański

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: In this work there are presented the investigation results of mechanical properties and microstructure concerning mainly intermetallic phases of the aluminium – titanium alloy with a defined content of 2 and 4 % of cerium addition. The purpose of this work was also to determine the heat treatment conditions for solution heat treatment of the investigation alloys.Design/methodology/approach: The reason of this work was to determine the heat treatment influence, particularly solution heat treatment time to the changes of the microstructure, as well to determine which intermetallic phases occur after the heat treatment performed, and how is the morphology of these particles.Findings: After solution heat treatment for 4 hours the structure changes. The grains are larger and no more uniform as showed before. The most stable intermetallic in the Al-Ti system is the Al3Ti phase. The solution heat treatment time should be greater than 4 hours to ensure a proper solution of titanium and cerium in the Al-α solid solution.Research limitations/implications: The investigated aluminium samples were examined metallographically using optical microscope with different image techniques, scanning electron microscope and also analyzed using a Vickers micro-hardness tester, also EDS microanalysis was made.Practical implications: As an implication for the practice a new alloy can be developed, some other investigation should be performed in the future, but the knowledge found in this research shows an interesting investigation direction.Originality/value: The combination of light weight and high strength Ti-based alloys is very attractive for aerospace and automotive industries. Furthermore, the presence of calcium cerium into existence new unknown phases as well can enhance the thermal stability of ternary Al-Ti-Ce alloy because of its higher melting point then Al-Ti.

  12. Formation and adaptation of memory: Neurobiological mechanisms underlying learning and reversal learning

    Havekes, Robbert

    2008-01-01

    The hippocampus is a brain region that plays a critical role in memory formation. In addition, it has been suggested that this brain region is important for ‘updating’ information that is incorrect or outdated. The main goal of this thesis project was to investigate which neurobiological processes underlie these processes. In the majority of the experiments the following method was used: by means of training in a spatial maze, mice learned to visit a specific location to obtain a food reward....

  13. Effect of mechanical alloying and Ti addition on solution and ageing treatment of an AA7050 aluminium alloy

    Kátia Regina Cardoso; Dilermando Nagle Travessa; Asunción García Escorial; Marcela Lieblich

    2007-01-01

    In this work, solution heat treatments at different temperatures were performed in a commercial based AA7050 aluminium alloy, with and without titanium addition, produced by mechanical alloying and hot extrusion with the aim to investigate the effect of titanium addition and mechanical alloying in the precipitates stability. The same heat treatment conditions were used in a reference sample obtained from a commercial AA7050 alloy. Solution heat treated samples were characterised by differenti...

  14. CONDENSED MATTER: ELECTRONICSTRUCTURE, ELECTRICAL, MAGNETIC, AND OPTICALPROPERTIES: Magnetization Reversal Mechanism for CoFeB Ferromagnetic Nanotube Arrays

    Liu, Hai-Rui; Shamaila, S.; Chen, Jun-Yang; Sharif, R.; Lu, Qing-Feng; Han, Xiu-Feng

    2009-07-01

    CoFeB nanotube arrays are fabricated in anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes and track etched polycarbonate (PCTE) membranes by using an electrochemical method, and their magnetic properties are investigated by vibrating sample magnetometry. The coercivity Hc and remanent squareness SQ of these CoFeB nanotube arrays are derived from hysteresis loops as a function of angle between the field and tube axis. The Hc(θ) curves for CoFeB nanotube arrays in AAO and PCTE membranes show M-type variation, while they change shape from M to mountain-type as the tube length increases. However, the overall easy axis perpendicular to tube axis does not change with tube length. The different angular dependences are attributed to different magnetization reversal mechanisms.

  15. Towards understanding a mechanism for reversible hydrogen storage: theoretical study of transition metal catalysed dehydrogenation of sodium alanate.

    Ljubić, Ivan; Clary, David C

    2010-04-28

    On the basis of density functional theory and coupled-cluster CCSD(T) calculations we propose a mechanism of the dehydrogenation of transition metal doped sodium alanate. Insertion of two early 3d-transition metals, scandium and titanium, both of which are promising catalysts for reversible hydrogen storage in light metal hydrides, is compared. The mechanism is deduced from studies on the decomposition of a model system consisting of one transition metal atom and two NaAlH(4) units. Subsequently, the significance of such minimal cluster model systems to the real materials is tested by embedding the systems into the surface of the NaAlH(4) crystal. It is found that the dehydrogenation proceeds via breaking of the bridge H-Al bond and consequent formation of intermediate coordination compounds in which the H(2) molecule is side-on (eta(2)-) bonded to the transition metal centre. The total barrier to the H(2) release is thus dependent upon both the strength of the Al-H bond to be broken and the depth of the coordinative potential. The analogous mechanism applies for the recognized three successive dehydrogenation steps. The gas-phase model structures embedded into the surface of the NaAlH(4) crystal exhibit an unambiguous kinetic stability and their general geometric features remain largely unchanged. PMID:20379493

  16. Mesoporous silica nanoparticles loading doxorubicin reverse multidrug resistance: performance and mechanism

    Shen, Jianan; He, Qianjun; Gao, Yu; Shi, Jianlin; Li, Yaping

    2011-10-01

    Multidrug resistance (MDR) is one of the major obstacles for successful chemotherapy in cancer. One of the effective approaches to overcome MDR is to use nanoparticle-mediated drug delivery to increase drug accumulation in drug resistant cancer cells. In this work, we first report that the performance and mechanism of an inorganic engineered delivery system based on mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) loading doxorubicin (DMNs) to overcome the MDR of MCF-7/ADR (a DOX-resistant and P-glycoprotein (P-gp) over-expression cancer cell line). The experimental results showed that DMNs could enhance the cellular uptake of doxorubicin (DOX) and increase the cell proliferation suppression effect of DOX against MCF-7/ADR cells. The IC50 of DMNs against MCF-7/ADR cells was 8-fold lower than that of free DOX. However, an improved effect of DOX in DMNs against MCF-7 cells (a DOX-sensitive cancer cell line) was not found. The increased cellular uptake and nuclear accumulation of DOX delivered by DMNs in MCF-7/ADR cells was confirmed by confocal laser scanning microscopy, and could result from the down-regulation of P-gp and bypassing the efflux action by MSNs themselves. The cellular uptake mechanism of DMNs indicated that the macropinocytosis was one of the pathways for the uptake of DMNs by MCF-7/ADR cells. The in vivo biodistribution showed that DMNs induced a higher accumulation of DOX in drug resistant tumors than free DOX. These results suggested that MSNs could be an effective delivery system to overcome multidrug resistance.

  17. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of WE43 Alloy Produced Via Additive Friction Stir Technology

    Calvert, Jacob Rollie

    2015-01-01

    In an effort to save weight, transportation and aerospace industries have increasing investigated magnesium alloys because of their high strength-to-weight ratio. Further efforts to save on material use and machining time have focused on the use of additive manufacturing. However, anisotropic properties can be caused by both the HCP structure of magnesium alloys as well as by layered effects left by typical additive manufacturing processes. Additive Friction Stir (AFS) is a relatively new add...

  18. Effect of La addition on glass-forming ability and stability of mechanically alloyed Zr-Ni amorphous alloys

    Research highlights: → The minor large atom La addition can improve the glass forming ability of Zr-Ni-La and enhance the stability of the amorphous phase against the mechanically induced crystallization. → The stability of the Zr-Ni-La amorphous phase decreases with increasing La content. → The effect of La addition in contrast with the small atomic size C addition plays a significant role in promoting the stability of the amorphous phase. → We try to systematically discuss the reasons of La addition effect on GFA and stability of the amorphous phase from three factor of negative heat of mixing, distance between neighboring atoms and atomic size mismatch, respectively. - Abstract: In this study, the role of La in the microstructural evolution of Zr66.7-xNi33.3Lax (x = 1, 3, 5 at.%) alloys during mechanical alloying has been investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The results show that the single amorphous phase of Zr-Ni-La can be obtained through mechanical alloying. The minor La addition can improve the glass forming ability of Zr-Ni-La, enhance the mechanical stability of the amorphous phase against the mechanically induced crystallization and lead to an altered crystallization mode of Zr-Ni alloy. Moreover, the stability of the Zr-Ni-La amorphous phase decreases with further increasing La content. The best effect is obtained for the Zr65.7Ni33.3La1 alloy. Additionally, the effect of La addition in contrast with the small atomic size C addition plays a more significant role in promoting the stability of the amorphous phase. In addition, the reasons of La addition effect on GFA and stability have also been discussed from three factors of negative heat of mixing, distance between neighboring atoms and atomic size mismatch, respectively.

  19. Moisture permeability mechanisms of some aqueous-based tablet film coatings containing soluble additives.

    Okhamafe, A O; Iwebor, H U

    1987-09-01

    Moisture permeation parameters--diffusion, solubility and permeation coefficients--for hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) and partially hydrolyzed polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) films containing either of two water-soluble additives (citric acid and urea) have been evaluated from transmission and time lag data. Contrary to expectations, the moisture diffusivities of the films were markedly lowered by the presence of these additives. However, the solubility coefficients increased while the permeability coefficients were largely unchanged up to 10 wt% of the additives. A complex phenomenon involving an extensive interlacing network of mainly hydrogen bond interactions between additive and films former was believed to influence the permeation properties of the films. The estimated limits of compatibility of the additives with the film-former were in the range of 5-10 wt%. PMID:3432347

  20. Impact of combined clenbuterol and metoprolol therapy on reverse remodelling during mechanical unloading.

    Manoraj Navaratnarajah

    Full Text Available Clenbuterol (Cl, a β2 agonist, is associated with enhanced myocardial recovery during left ventricular assist device (LVAD support, and exerts beneficial remodelling effects during mechanical unloading (MU in rodent heart failure (HF. However, the specific effects of combined Cl+β1 blockade during MU are unknown.We studied the chronic effects (4 weeks of β2-adrenoceptor (AR stimulation via Cl (2 mg/kg/day alone, and in combination with β1-AR blockade using metoprolol ((Met, 250 mg/kg/day, on whole heart/cell structure, function and excitation-contraction (EC coupling in failing (induced by left coronary artery (LCA ligation, and unloaded (induced by heterotopic abdominal heart transplantation (HATx failing rat hearts. Combined Cl+Met therapy displayed favourable effects in HF: Met enhanced Cl's improvement in ejection fraction (EF whilst preventing Cl-induced hypertrophy and tachycardia. During MU combined therapy was less beneficial than either mono-therapy. Met, not Cl, prevented MU-induced myocardial atrophy, with increased atrophy occurring during combined therapy. MU-induced recovery of Ca2+ transient amplitude, speed of Ca2+ release and sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ content was enhanced equally by Cl or Met mono-therapy, but these benefits, together with Cl's enhancement of sarcomeric contraction speed, and MU-induced recovery of Ca2+ spark frequency, disappeared during combined therapy.Combined Cl+Met therapy shows superior functional effects to mono-therapy in rodent HF, but appears inferior to either mono-therapy in enhancing MU-induced recovery of EC coupling. These results suggest that combined β2-AR simulation +β1-AR blockade therapy is likely to be a safe and beneficial therapeutic HF strategy, but is not as effective as mono-therapy in enhancing myocardial recovery during LVAD support.

  1. Effect of Flyash Addition on Mechanical and Gamma Radiation Shielding Properties of Concrete

    Kanwaldeep Singh

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Six concrete mixtures were prepared with 0%, 20%, 30%, 40%, 50%, and 60% of flyash replacing the cement content and having constant water to cement ratio. The testing specimens were casted and their mechanical parameters were tested experimentally in accordance with the Indian standards. Results of mechanical parameters show their improvement with age of the specimens and results of radiation parameters show no significant effect of flyash substitution on mass attenuation coefficient.

  2. Effect of Clay Addition on Mechanical Properties of Unsaturated Polyester/Glass Fiber Composites

    Kusmono; Zainal Arifin Mohd Ishak

    2013-01-01

    Unsaturated polyester (UP)/glass fiber/clay composites were prepared by hand layup method. The effect of clay loading on the morphological and mechanical properties of UP/glass fiber composites was investigated in this study. X-ray diffraction (XRD) was used to characterize the structure of the composites. The mechanical properties of the composites were determined by tensile, flexural, unnotched Charpy impact and fracture toughness tests. XRD results indicated that the exfoliated structure w...

  3. Mechanical properties of 3D auxetic structures produced by additive manufacturing

    Jiroušek, O.; Koudelka_ml., Petr; Fíla, Tomáš

    Prague: Institute of theoretical and applied mechanics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, v. v. i., 2015 - (Náprstek, J.; Fischer, C.), s. 124-125 ISBN 978-80-86246-42-0. ISSN 1805-8248. [Engineering mechanics 2015 /21./. Svratka (CZ), 11.05.2015-14.05.2015] Institutional support: RVO:68378297 Keywords : auxetic structure * direct 3D printing * finite element method * digital image correlation Subject RIV: JJ - Other Materials

  4. Facile Preparation and Formation Mechanism of Uniform Silver Nanoparticles Using OP-10 as Emulsifier in Reverse Microemulsion

    WU Xia; WANG Ting; WU Hui

    2011-01-01

    Using the polymerizable hydrophobic styrene monomer as the dispersion medium and the traditional nonionic surfactant OP-10 as emulsifier, stable silver nanoparticles of narrow size distribution were prepared by a reverse (w/o) microemulsion method. The powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern indicated that the obtained silver nanoparticles were of face-centered cubic structure.The results of the transmission electron microscopy (TEM) show that the final silver nanoparticles are of spherical structure with an average diameter of 15.2 nm and ofa Gaussian distribution. The internal high-ordered structure of silver nanoparticles was characterized by the field-emission high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (FEHRTEM), indicating that the silver is monocrystalline and it has only one nucleation site during the formation process of a nanoparticle. The time-resolved UV-visible absorption spectra was used to monitor the process of the reaction in situ. The results show that the concentration of silver nanoparticles increases but the size changes little and the morphology transforms from obvious ellipsoidal shape to nearly spherical shape during the process. The experimental results indicate that the droplets' dynamic exchange which is closely related to the nature of surfactant film is the control factor of the kinetics. The dynamic exchange mechanism of silver nanoparticle formation is proposed to involve continual encounter of two separate droplets forming transient fused dimer in which the chemical reaction occurs followed by re-separation without combination. Attributed to the dual role of surfactant in the nanoparticle formation, tailored nanoparticles can be successfully synthesized in control in the premise of a certain stability of reverse microemulsion.

  5. Thermo-mechanical analysis of wire and arc additive manufacturing process

    Ding, J

    2012-01-01

    Conventional manufacturing processes often require a large amount of machining and cannot satisfy the continuously increasing requirements of a sustainable, low cost, and environmentally friendly modern industry. Thus, Additive Manufacturing (AM) has become an important industrial process for the manufacture of custom-made metal workpieces. Among the different AM processes, Wire and Arc Additive Manufacture (WAAM) has the ability to manufacture large, low volume metal work-p...

  6. Influence of niobium addition on microstructure, mechanical properties and oxidation resistance of ZrN coatings

    In this study, Zr-Nb-N coatings with 0–3.8 at.% Nb addition were deposited by magnetron co-sputtering deposition. The results reveal that Nb atoms substitute Zr atoms in Zr-N lattice, forming the solid solution structure. All the Zr-Nb-N coatings illustrate a dense columnar structure with the preferred orientation of (200), showing independent of Nb addition. Nanoindentation result reveals a promoted hardness of the Zr-Nb-N coatings from 23.9 ± 0.7 GPa to 28.4 ± 0.5 GPa with enhanced Nb content from 0 to 2.8 at.% due to both the solid solution strengthening and Hall–Petch effect. Scratch tests show that adhesion between substrates and coatings can be improved by Nb addition. After oxidation in air at 600 °C for 2 h, microstructural studies indicate the oxide scales consist of monoclinic-ZrO2 outer layer and tetragonal-ZrO2 inner layer. Moreover, ZrO2 can be stabilized in the tetragonal phase by Nb doping. The Zr-Nb-N coating with 1.3 at.% Nb addition exhibits superior oxidation resistance, while excess Nb addition produces detrimental effects on oxidation resistance. - Highlights: • Moderate Nb addition improves the hardness and adhesion of Zr-Nb-N coatings. • Significant improvement of oxidation resistance is obtained by Nb addition. • GAXRD and TEM microstructural studies of the Zr-Nb-N coatings. • Phase stabilization of tetragonal-ZrO2 is achieved by Nb addition

  7. Influence of niobium addition on microstructure, mechanical properties and oxidation resistance of ZrN coatings

    Wu, Z.T. [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005 (China); Qi, Z.B. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Xiamen University of Technology, Xiamen 361005 (China); Jiang, W.F. [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005 (China); Wang, Z.C., E-mail: zcwang@xmu.edu.cn [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005 (China); Liu, B. [Xiamen Annaiwy New Material CO., LTD, Xiamen 361005 (China)

    2014-11-03

    In this study, Zr-Nb-N coatings with 0–3.8 at.% Nb addition were deposited by magnetron co-sputtering deposition. The results reveal that Nb atoms substitute Zr atoms in Zr-N lattice, forming the solid solution structure. All the Zr-Nb-N coatings illustrate a dense columnar structure with the preferred orientation of (200), showing independent of Nb addition. Nanoindentation result reveals a promoted hardness of the Zr-Nb-N coatings from 23.9 ± 0.7 GPa to 28.4 ± 0.5 GPa with enhanced Nb content from 0 to 2.8 at.% due to both the solid solution strengthening and Hall–Petch effect. Scratch tests show that adhesion between substrates and coatings can be improved by Nb addition. After oxidation in air at 600 °C for 2 h, microstructural studies indicate the oxide scales consist of monoclinic-ZrO{sub 2} outer layer and tetragonal-ZrO{sub 2} inner layer. Moreover, ZrO{sub 2} can be stabilized in the tetragonal phase by Nb doping. The Zr-Nb-N coating with 1.3 at.% Nb addition exhibits superior oxidation resistance, while excess Nb addition produces detrimental effects on oxidation resistance. - Highlights: • Moderate Nb addition improves the hardness and adhesion of Zr-Nb-N coatings. • Significant improvement of oxidation resistance is obtained by Nb addition. • GAXRD and TEM microstructural studies of the Zr-Nb-N coatings. • Phase stabilization of tetragonal-ZrO2 is achieved by Nb addition.

  8. HIV-1 Reverse Transcriptase Still Remains a New Drug Target: Structure, Function, Classical Inhibitors, and New Inhibitors with Innovative Mechanisms of Actions

    Francesca Esposito

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available During the retrotranscription process, characteristic of all retroviruses, the viral ssRNA genome is converted into integration-competent dsDNA. This process is accomplished by the virus-coded reverse transcriptase (RT protein, which is a primary target in the current treatments for HIV-1 infection. In particular, in the approved therapeutic regimens two classes of drugs target RT, namely, nucleoside RT inhibitors (NRTIs and nonnucleoside RT inhibitors (NNRTIs. Both classes inhibit the RT-associated polymerase activity: the NRTIs compete with the natural dNTP substrate and act as chain terminators, while the NNRTIs bind to an allosteric pocket and inhibit polymerization noncompetitively. In addition to these two classes, other RT inhibitors (RTIs that target RT by distinct mechanisms have been identified and are currently under development. These include translocation-defective RTIs, delayed chain terminators RTIs, lethal mutagenesis RTIs, dinucleotide tetraphosphates, nucleotide-competing RTIs, pyrophosphate analogs, RT-associated RNase H function inhibitors, and dual activities inhibitors. This paper describes the HIV-1 RT function and molecular structure, illustrates the currently approved RTIs, and focuses on the mechanisms of action of the newer classes of RTIs.

  9. The value of the MDR1 reversal agent PSC-833 in addition to daunorubicin and cytarabine in the treatment of elderly patients with previously untreated acute myeloid leukemia (AML), in relation to MDR1 status at diagnosis

    van der Holt, B; Lowenberg, B; Burnett, AK; Knauf, WU; Shepherd, J; Piccaluga, PP; Ossenkoppele, GJ; Verhoef, GEG; Ferrant, A; Crump, M; Selleslag, D; Theobald, M; Fey, MF; Vellenga, E; Dugan, M; Sonneveld, P

    2005-01-01

    To determine whether MDR1 reversal by the addition of the P-glycoprotein (P-gp) inhibitor PSC-833 to standard induction chemotherapy would improve event-free survival (EFS), 419 untreated patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) aged 60 years and older were randomized to receive 2 induction cycles

  10. Effect of Ce addition on the mechanical and electrochemical properties of a lithium battery shell alloy

    Zhang, Junchao [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Ding, Dongyan, E-mail: dyding@sjtu.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Xu, Xinglong [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Gao, Yongjin; Chen, Guozhen; Chen, Weigao; You, Xiaohua [Huafon NLM Al Co., Ltd, Shanghai 201506 (China); Huang, Yuanwei; Tang, Jinsong [Shanghai Huafon Materials Technology Institute, Shanghai 201203 (China)

    2014-12-25

    Highlights: • Fabrication of Ce-free and Ce-containing Al–Cu–Mn–Fe–Mg alloy. • TEM, tensile and electrochemical characterization of the alloys. • Ce element greatly affects the precipitation of the alloy. • Ce element had great impact on the tensile strength and corrosion potential of the alloys. - Abstract: Due to severe application environment lithium battery shell of new-energy automotives requires increasing demands for using high performance aluminum alloys. In the present work, effect of Ce addition on the microstructure, tensile and electrochemical properties of an Al–Cu–Mn–Mg–Fe alloy were investigated through using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), tensile tests and electrochemical tests. The experimental results indicated that the addition of Ce element could promote the precipitation of second phases. With addition of 0.36% Ce, high melting point Al{sub 8}Cu{sub 4}Ce phase and many Al{sub 20}Cu{sub 2}Mn{sub 3} particles could be found. In addition, the precipitation of conventionally dominant phase of Al{sub 2}Cu could be suppressed in alloy. The Ce addition was found to result in enhanced tensile strength and improved corrosion resistance.

  11. Effect of Ce addition on the mechanical and electrochemical properties of a lithium battery shell alloy

    Highlights: • Fabrication of Ce-free and Ce-containing Al–Cu–Mn–Fe–Mg alloy. • TEM, tensile and electrochemical characterization of the alloys. • Ce element greatly affects the precipitation of the alloy. • Ce element had great impact on the tensile strength and corrosion potential of the alloys. - Abstract: Due to severe application environment lithium battery shell of new-energy automotives requires increasing demands for using high performance aluminum alloys. In the present work, effect of Ce addition on the microstructure, tensile and electrochemical properties of an Al–Cu–Mn–Mg–Fe alloy were investigated through using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), tensile tests and electrochemical tests. The experimental results indicated that the addition of Ce element could promote the precipitation of second phases. With addition of 0.36% Ce, high melting point Al8Cu4Ce phase and many Al20Cu2Mn3 particles could be found. In addition, the precipitation of conventionally dominant phase of Al2Cu could be suppressed in alloy. The Ce addition was found to result in enhanced tensile strength and improved corrosion resistance

  12. Mechanism of unusual polymorph transformations in calcium carbonate: Dissolution-recrystallization vs additive-mediated nucleation

    Arpita Sarkar; Samiran Mahapatra

    2012-11-01

    Unusual transformation of one CaCO3 phase to another has been reported by the process of dissolution-recrystallization and under the influence of additive. In one case, while metastable vaterite transforms to another metastable phase aragonite by simple refluxing in distilled water, it instead transforms thermodynamically stable phase calcite upon refluxing in its `mother-liquor’. This is explained by the process of dissolution-recrystallization. In another case, aragonite is preferentially synthesized over calcite in the presence of molten lauric acid as an additive.

  13. Transport mechanism of reverse surface leakage current in AlGaN/GaN high-electron mobility transistor with SiN passivation

    郑雪峰; 张进成; 郝跃; 范爽; 陈永和; 康迪; 张建坤; 王冲; 默江辉; 李亮; 马晓华

    2015-01-01

    The transport mechanism of reverse surface leakage current in AlGaN/GaN high-electron mobility transistor (HEMT) becomes one of the most important reliability issues with the downscaling of feature size. In this paper, the research results show that the reverse surface leakage current in AlGaN/GaN HEMT with SiN passivation increases with the enhancement of temperature in a range from 298 K to 423 K. Three possible transport mechanisms are proposed and examined to explain the generation of reverse surface leakage current. By comparing the experimental data with the numerical transport models, it is found that neither Fowler–Nordheim tunneling nor Frenkel–Poole emission can describe the transport of reverse surface leakage current. However, good agreement is found between the experimental data and the two-dimensional variable range hopping (2D-VRH) model. Therefore, it is concluded that the reverse surface leakage current is dominated by the electron hopping through the surface states at barrier layer. Moreover, the activation energy of surface leakage current is extracted, which is around 0.083 eV. Finally, the SiN passivated HEMT with high Al composition and thin AlGaN barrier layer is also studied. It is observed that 2D-VRH still dominates the reverse surface leakage current and the activation energy is around 0.10 eV, which demonstrates that the alteration of AlGaN barrier layer does not affect the transport mechanism of reverse surface leakage current in this paper.

  14. Antiwear performance and mechanism of an oil-miscible ionic liquid as a lubricant additive.

    Qu, Jun; Bansal, Dinesh G; Yu, Bo; Howe, Jane Y; Luo, Huimin; Dai, Sheng; Li, Huaqing; Blau, Peter J; Bunting, Bruce G; Mordukhovich, Gregory; Smolenski, Donald J

    2012-02-01

    An ionic liquid (IL) trihexyltetradecylphosphonium bis(2-ethylhexyl) phosphate has been investigated as a potential antiwear lubricant additive. Unlike most other ILs that have very low solubility in nonpolar fluids, this IL is fully miscible with various hydrocarbon oils. In addition, it is thermally stable up to 347 °C, showed no corrosive attack to cast iron in an ambient environment, and has excellent wettability on solid surfaces (e.g., contact angle on cast iron lubricating oils. For example, a 5 wt % addition into a synthetic base oil eliminated the scuffing failure experienced in neat oil and, as a result, reduced the friction coefficient by 60% and the wear rate by 3 orders of magnitude. A synergistic effect on wear protection was observed with the current antiwear additive when added into a fully formulated engine oil. Nanostructure examination and composition analysis revealed a tribo-boundary film and subsurface plastic deformation zone for the metallic surface lubricated by the IL-containing lubricants. This protective boundary film is believed to be responsible for the IL's antiscuffing and antiwear functionality. PMID:22248297

  15. Effects of trace addition of vanadium and depression amount on recrystallization temperature and mechanical performance of 5182 belts

    GAO Jia-cheng; CHEN Zhi-qiang; MING Wen-liang; WANG Yong; CUI Xian-you; YUAN Li-jun

    2006-01-01

    Because the mechanical performances of 5182 belts used for carbonated drinks cover decrease after baking, the effects of trace addition of V and depression amount in last step on microstructure and properties of 5182 belts were investigated. The microstructure, mechanical performances and recrystallization temperature of 5182 belts and 5182V belts in different steps were analyzed comparatively with metallographic microscope, micro-hardness tester, electron universal materials test machine and differential thermal analyzer. The results show that the mechanical performances of the belts are remarkably improved by the trace addition of V and the reduction of depression amount in last step. In addition, the recrystallization temperature of the belts is also increased but not obviously. As the precipitation of V is not full, there are not enough disseminatedly distributed particles, and the recrystallization temperature increases little. However the solution strengthening and the fine grain strengthening are enough to improve the mechanical performances to satisfy customer requirements. The effects of reduction of depression amount in last step on mechanical performance were explained in view of energy. Moreover, the strengthening mechanism of V-compound interlocking grain boundary was also discussed.

  16. Effect of sulfonation and diethanolamine addition on the mechanical and physicochemical properties of SEPS copolymer

    Patiño, D.; Correa, E.; Acevedo-Morantes, M.

    2016-02-01

    Modification techniques have been developed to achieve changes in the processing of polymers, and modification of their mechanical, thermal and morphological properties, as well as their hydrophobicity and conductivity. Sulfonation improves ion conductivity, antistatic behaviour, hydrophilicity and solubility of the polymers. These characteristics are related to the presence of sulfonic groups in the polymer matrix. This research project focuses on the evaluation of mechanical, physical and chemical properties of membranes that are based on a sulfonated Styrene-Ethylene-Propylene-Styrene (SEPS) copolymer. The membranes were functionalized with diethanolamine at 5, 15 and 30% w/w, to separate carbon dioxide. FTIR and XRD analyses were used to characterize the membranes. The sulfonated-loaded membrane with 15% of diethanolamine showed the best results in each characterization.

  17. Research on toughening mechanisms of alumina matrix ceramic composite materials improved by rare earth additive

    ZHANG Xihua; LIU Changxia; LI Musen; ZHANG Jianhua

    2008-01-01

    Mixed rare earth elements were incorporated into alumina ceramic materials. Hot-pressing was used to fabricate alumina matrix composites in nitrogen atmosphere protection. Microstructures and mechanical properties of the composites were tested. It was indicated that the bending strength and fracture toughness of alumina matrix ceramic composites sintered at 1550℃ and 28 Mpa for 30 min were improved evidently. Besides mixed rare earth elements acting as a toughening phase, AlTiC master alloys were also added in as sintering assistants, which could prompt the formation of transient liquid phase, and thus nitrides of rare earth elements were produced. All of the above were beneficial for improving the mechanical properties of alumina matrix ceramic composites.

  18. Physico-mechanical and dissolution behaviours of ibuprofen crystals crystallized in the presence of various additives

    Nokhodchi, A.; Amire, O.; Jelvehgari, M.

    2010-01-01

    "n  "n Background and the purpose of the study: The success of any direct-tableting procedure is strongly affected by the quality of the crystals used in the process. Ibuprofen is a poorly compactible drug with a high tendency for capping. In order to use ibuprofen in direct compression formulations, physico-mechanical properties of ibuprofen should be improved considerably. The aim of the present investigation was to employ crystallization techniques in order to i...

  19. Energy model of projected transfer with additional mechanical force in the welding process

    2000-01-01

    Based on the theory of electrodynamics and other relational subjects,through introducing "Surface Evolver" as the means of FEM analysis, by computing and describing the energy (electromagnetic, gravity, and so on) in the droplet transfer system, an energy model was accomplished for studying the mechanism of projected transfer mode.Furthermore, the behavior of droplet transfer was studied by analyzing its menisci with FEM, and the theoretical results coincide well with the experiment results.

  20. Mechanism of Thermal Reversal of the (Fulvalene)tetracarbonyldiruthenium Photoisomerization: Toward Molecular Solar-Thermal Energy Storage

    Kanai, Y; Srinivasan, V; Meier, S K; Vollhardt, K P; Grossman, J C

    2010-02-18

    In the currently intensifying quest to harness solar energy for the powering of our planet, most efforts are centered around photoinduced generic charge separation, such as in photovoltaics, water splitting, other small molecule activation, and biologically inspired photosynthetic systems. In contrast, direct collection of heat from sunlight has received much less diversified attention, its bulk devoted to the development of concentrating solar thermal power plants, in which mirrors are used to focus the sun beam on an appropriate heat transfer material. An attractive alternative strategy would be to trap solar energy in the form of chemical bonds, ideally through the photoconversion of a suitable molecule to a higher energy isomer, which, in turn, would release the stored energy by thermal reversal. Such a system would encompass the essential elements of a rechargeable heat battery, with its inherent advantages of storage, transportability, and use on demand. The underlying concept has been explored extensively with organic molecules (such as the norbornadiene-quadricyclane cycle), often in the context of developing photoswitches. On the other hand, organometallic complexes have remained relatively obscure in this capacity, despite a number of advantages, including expanded structural tunability and generally favorable electronic absorption regimes. A highly promising organometallic system is the previously reported, robust photo-thermal fulvalene (Fv) diruthenium couple 1 {l_reversible} 2 (Scheme 1). However, although reversible and moderately efficient, lack of a full, detailed atom-scale understanding of its key conversion and storage mechanisms have limited our ability to improve on its performance or identify optimal variants, such as substituents on the Fv, ligands other than CO, and alternative metals. Here we present a theoretical investigation, in conjunction with corroborating experiments, of the mechanism for the heat releasing step of 2 {yields} 1 and

  1. Maintaining the closed magnetic-field-line topology of a field-reversed configuration (FRC) with the addition of static transverse magnetic fields

    Cohen, S.A.; Milroy, R.D.

    2000-01-13

    The effects on magnetic-field-line structure of adding various static transverse magnetic fields to a Solovev-equilibrium field-reversed configuration is examined. It is shown that adding fields that are anti-symmetric about the axial mid-plane maintains the closed field-line structure, while adding fields with planar or helical symmetry opens the field structure. Anti-symmetric modes also introduce pronounced shear.

  2. EFFECT OF COPPER ADDITION ON MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF 4Cr16Mo

    H.M. Geng; X.C. Wu; Y.A. Min; H.B. Wang; H.K. Zhang

    2008-01-01

    Experiments conducted to determine the effect of copper addition on the machinability of plastic mold steel, 4Cr16Mo, were presented. The machinability of mold steel 4Cr16Mo was visibly improved by adding Cu. The top wear of 4Cr16Mo with copper was less than that without copper. The Cu-rich phase had the effect of a lubricant and the heat conductivity, which reduced cutting-tool wear, improved machinability, and increased the service life of the cutting-tool. Increasing of copper addition decreased the hot-working character of 4Cr16Mo. The optimal hot-working parameters for 4Cr16Mo with copper were determined by the tensile test and the compression test. The rate of deformation should be adopted as 0.6 s-1. The heating-up temperature, initial forging temperature, and terminal forging temperature were 1200℃, 1150℃, and 950℃, respectively.

  3. Reverse Engineering Applied to Red Human Hair Pheomelanin Reveals Redox-Buffering as a Pro-Oxidant Mechanism.

    Kim, Eunkyoung; Panzella, Lucia; Micillo, Raffaella; Bentley, William E; Napolitano, Alessandra; Payne, Gregory F

    2015-01-01

    Pheomelanin has been implicated in the increased susceptibility to UV-induced melanoma for people with light skin and red hair. Recent studies identified a UV-independent pathway to melanoma carcinogenesis and implicated pheomelanin's pro-oxidant properties that act through the generation of reactive oxygen species and/or the depletion of cellular antioxidants. Here, we applied an electrochemically-based reverse engineering methodology to compare the redox properties of human hair pheomelanin with model synthetic pigments and natural eumelanin. This methodology exposes the insoluble melanin samples to complex potential (voltage) inputs and measures output response characteristics to assess redox activities. The results demonstrate that both eumelanin and pheomelanin are redox-active, they can rapidly (sec-min) and repeatedly redox-cycle between oxidized and reduced states, and pheomelanin possesses a more oxidative redox potential. This study suggests that pheomelanin's redox-based pro-oxidant activity may contribute to sustaining a chronic oxidative stress condition through a redox-buffering mechanism. PMID:26669666

  4. Flow mechanism of self-induced reversed limit-cycle wing rock for a chined forebody configuration

    Shi, Wei; Deng, Xueying; Wang, Yankui; Li, Qian

    2015-11-01

    The wing rock phenomenon reduces the maneuverability and affects the flight safety of modern advanced fighters, such as the F-35, which have chined forebodies. Understanding the flow mechanism is critical to suppressing this phenomenon. In this study, experiments were conducted to reveal the motion and flow behavior over a chined forebody configuration. The tests were performed in a wind tunnel at an angle of attack of 50∘ with a Reynolds number of 1.87 × 105. Reversed limit-cycle oscillation was discovered in the free-to-roll tests. The unstable rolling moment around zero roll angle in the static case suggests that the model tends to be driven away from zero roll angle. Thus, the model cannot maintain its equilibrium at zero roll angle during free-to-roll motion. The unstable rolling moment is generated by the wing vortex structure above the upward wing, which is induced by the forebody asymmetric vortices. During wing rock, the wing vortex structure appears above the upward wing at a large roll angle after crossing zero roll angle owing to a time lag in the forebody vortex position, which is conducive to the motion. The forebody asymmetric vortices are thus the key to induce and maintain the motion.

  5. PVC mixtures’ mechanical properties with the addition of modified calcite as filler

    Vučinić Dušica R.

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study mechanical properties of PVC mixtures (PVC, stabilizer, lubricant, filler such as tensile strength, tensile elongation, breaking strength, and breaking elongation were investigated. Unmodified calcite, as well as calcite modified by stearic acid, were used as fillers in wet and dry processes. The PVC mixtures containing the calcite modified by wet procedure have better mechanical properties compared to those with the calcite modified by the dry process. Tensile and breaking strength of the PVC mixture containing the calcite modified with 1.5% stearic acid using wet process, are higher for 2.8% and 5.2%, respectively, compared to the PVC mixture containing the calcite modified with the same amount of acid used in the dry process. The tensile strength difference between the mixtures increases with the increase of the concentration of used stearic acid up to 3%. The strength of PVC mixture with the calcite modified by wet process is 3.1% higher compared to the mixture containing calcite modified by dry process. The results showed that the bonding strength between calcite and the adsorbed organic component affected tensile strength, tensile elongation and breaking strength of the PVC mixtures. The best filler was obtained by wet modification using 1.5% stearic acid solution that provided the formation of a stearate monolayer chemisorbed on calcite. The PVC mixtures containing the calcite modified by wet process using 1.5% stearic acid solution exhibited the best mechanical properties. This calcite was completely hydrophobic with dominant chemically adsorbed surfactant, which means that stearate chemisorbed on calcite provided stronger interaction in the calcite-stearic acid-PVC system.

  6. Quantified Mechanical Properties of the Deltoid Muscle Using the Shear Wave Elastography: Potential Implications for Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty

    Hatta, Taku; Giambini, Hugo; Sukegawa, Koji; Yamanaka, Yoshiaki; Sperling, John W.; Steinmann, Scott P.; Itoi, Eiji; An, Kai-Nan

    2016-01-01

    The deltoid muscle plays a critical role in the biomechanics of shoulders undergoing reverse shoulder arthroplasty (RSA). However, both pre- and postoperative assessment of the deltoid muscle quality still remains challenging. The purposes of this study were to establish a novel methodology of shear wave elastography (SWE) to quantify the mechanical properties of the deltoid muscle, and to investigate the reliability of this technique using cadaveric shoulders for the purpose of RSA. Eight fresh-frozen cadaveric shoulders were obtained. The deltoid muscles were divided into 5 segments (A1, A2, M, P1 and P2) according to the muscle fiber orientation and SWE values were measured for each segment. Intra- and inter-observer reliability was evaluated using intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC). To measure the response of muscle tension during RSA, the humeral shaft was osteotomized and subsequently elongated by an external fixator (intact to 15 mm elongation). SWE of the deltoid muscle was measured under each stretch condition. Intra- and inter-observer reliability of SWE measurements for all regions showed 0.761–0.963 and 0.718–0.947 for ICC(2,1). Especially, SWE measurements for segments A2 and M presented satisfactory repeatability. Elongated deltoid muscles by the external fixator showed a progressive increase in passive stiffness for all muscular segments. Especially, SWE outcomes of segments A2 and M reliably showed an exponential growth upon stretching (R2 = 0.558 and 0.593). Segmental measurements using SWE could be reliably and feasibly used to quantitatively assess the mechanical properties of the deltoid muscle, especially in the anterior and middle portions. This novel technique based on the anatomical features may provide helpful information of the deltoid muscle properties during treatment of RSA. PMID:27152934

  7. Reversible resistance induced by FLT3 inhibition: a novel resistance mechanism in mutant FLT3-expressing cells.

    Ellen Weisberg

    Full Text Available Clinical responses achieved with FLT3 kinase inhibitors in acute myeloid leukemia (AML are typically transient and partial. Thus, there is a need for identification of molecular mechanisms of clinical resistance to these drugs. In response, we characterized MOLM13 AML cell lines made resistant to two structurally-independent FLT3 inhibitors.MOLM13 cells were made drug resistant via prolonged exposure to midostaurin and HG-7-85-01, respectively. Cell proliferation was determined by Trypan blue exclusion. Protein expression was assessed by immunoblotting, immunoprecipitation, and flow cytometry. Cycloheximide was used to determine protein half-life. RT-PCR was performed to determine FLT3 mRNA levels, and FISH analysis was performed to determine FLT3 gene expression.We found that MOLM13 cells readily developed cross-resistance when exposed to either midostaurin or HG-7-85-01. Resistance in both lines was associated with dramatically elevated levels of cell surface FLT3 and elevated levels of phosphor-MAPK, but not phospho-STAT5. The increase in FLT3-ITD expression was at least in part due to reduced turnover of the receptor, with prolonged half-life. Importantly, the drug-resistant phenotype could be rapidly reversed upon withdrawal of either inhibitor. Consistent with this phenotype, no significant evidence of FLT3 gene amplification, kinase domain mutations, or elevated levels of mRNA was observed, suggesting that protein turnover may be part of an auto-regulatory pathway initiated by FLT3 kinase activity. Interestingly, FLT3 inhibitor resistance also correlated with resistance to cytosine arabinoside. Over-expression of FLT3 protein in response to kinase inhibitors may be part of a novel mechanism that could contribute to clinical resistance.

  8. Influence of nickel addition on magnetic and electro-mechanical behaviour of permalloys

    Kiran Gupta; K K Raina; S K Sinha

    2006-08-01

    Magnetic and electro-mechanical investigations have been carried out in two Ni–Fe permalloys under hydrogen atmosphere by varying annealing temperature. These alloys have been characterized for various magnetic parameters like peak permeability, coercivity and core loss under changed annealing profile conditions. The magnetic properties of Ni-rich (Ni ∼ 82%) alloy at 100 Hz were found to be better than the low Ni (Ni ∼ 47%) alloy. The alloys were tested for watch movement and found that the battery life of the watch movement improved by 38% using Ni-rich permalloy.

  9. Lipid Oxidation in Mechanically Deboned Chicken Meat: Effect of the Addition of Different Agents

    Alexandre da Trindade Alfaro; Cleusa Inês Weber; Juliana Bigolin

    2013-01-01

    The study evaluated the effect of sodium chloride (1.5%), sodium erythorbate (0.5% and 1.0%) and ascorbic acid (0.1% and 0.2%) on inhibiting lipid oxidation in mechanically deboned chicken meat (MDCM). The peroxide, acidity, pH, color and odor values of the samples were determined on the 1st, 3rd and 5th days. Treatments with sodium erythorbate and ascorbic acid had significant influence (p ≤ 0.05) on the peroxide, acidity and pH values. Ascorbic acid and erythorbate sodium were especially ef...

  10. On the importance of steady-state isotopic techniques for the investigation of the mechanism of the reverse water-gas-shift reaction.

    Tibiletti, Daniele; Goguet, Alexandre; Meunier, Frederic C; Breen, John P; Burch, Robbie

    2004-07-21

    The formation and reactivity of surface intermediates in the reverse water-gas-shift reaction on a Pt/CeO2 catalyst are critically dependent on the reaction conditions so that conclusions regarding the reaction mechanism cannot be inferred using ex operando conditions. PMID:15263955

  11. Histamine reverses IL-5-Afforded human eosinophil survival by inducing apoptosis: Pharmacological evidence for a novel mechanism of action of histamine

    Hasala, Hannele; Giembycz, Mark A.; Janka-Junttila, Mirkka; Moilanen, Eeva; Kankaanranta, Hannu

    2008-01-01

    Histamine reverses IL-5-Afforded human eosinophil survival by inducing apoptosis: Pharmacological evidence for a novel mechanism of action of histamine correspondence: Corresponding author. Tel.: +358335517318; fax: +358335518082. (Kankaanranta, Hannu) (Kankaanranta, Hannu) The Immunopharmacology Research Group--> , Medical School--> , University of Tampere--> , Tampere--> - FINLAND (Hasala, H...

  12. Effect of Mechanism of Market Reversed Pressure on Enterprise Culture Construction%市场倒逼机制对企业文化建设的影响

    刘军捷

    2015-01-01

    From the perspective of the effect of market reversed pressure mechanism on enterprises the following points are elaborated: firstly, the formation of the effect of market reversed pressure mechanism on enterprise culture;secondly, the design principle of enterprise culture transition forced by market mechanism;thirdly, the path of enterprise culture transition forced by market mechanism.%从市场倒逼机制对企业的影响视角思考:一、市场倒逼机制对企业文化影响的形成机理;二、市场机制倒逼企业文化转型设计的原则;三、市场倒逼企业文化转型的路径。

  13. 市场倒逼机制对企业文化建设的影响%Effect of Mechanism of Market Reversed Pressure on Enterprise Culture Construction

    刘军捷

    2015-01-01

    From the perspective of the effect of market reversed pressure mechanism on enterprises the following points are elaborated: firstly, the formation of the effect of market reversed pressure mechanism on enterprise culture;secondly, the design principle of enterprise culture transition forced by market mechanism;thirdly, the path of enterprise culture transition forced by market mechanism.%从市场倒逼机制对企业的影响视角思考:一、市场倒逼机制对企业文化影响的形成机理;二、市场机制倒逼企业文化转型设计的原则;三、市场倒逼企业文化转型的路径。

  14. Effect of Clay Addition on Mechanical Properties of Unsaturated Polyester/Glass Fiber Composites

    Kusmono

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Unsaturated polyester (UP/glass fiber/clay composites were prepared by hand layup method. The effect of clay loading on the morphological and mechanical properties of UP/glass fiber composites was investigated in this study. X-ray diffraction (XRD was used to characterize the structure of the composites. The mechanical properties of the composites were determined by tensile, flexural, unnotched Charpy impact and fracture toughness tests. XRD results indicated that the exfoliated structure was found in the composite containing 2 wt% of clay while the intercalated structure was obtained in the composite with 6 wt% of clay. The tensile strength, flexural strength, and flexural modulus of the composites were increased in the presence of clay. The optimum loading of clay in the UP/glass fiber composites was attained at 2 wt%, where the improvement in in tensile strength, flexural strength, and flexural modulus was approximately 13, 21, and 11%, respectively. On the other hand, the highest values in impact toughness and fracture toughness were observed in the composites with 4 wt% of clay.

  15. Influence of silver additions to type 316 stainless steels on bacterial inhibition, mechanical properties, and corrosion resistance

    Chiang, Wen-Chi; Tseng, I-Sheng; Møller, Per;

    2010-01-01

    techniques. The microstructure of these 316 stainless steels was examined, and the influences of silver additions to 316 stainless steels on bacterial inhibition, mechanical properties, and corrosion resistance were investigated. This study suggested that silver-bearing 316 stainless steels could be used in...

  16. Influence of additives on microstructures, mechanical properties and shock-induced reaction characteristics of Al/Ni composites

    Granular composites containing aluminum (Al) and nickel (Ni) are typical structural energetic materials, which possess ideal combination of both mechanical properties and energy release capability. The influence of two additives, namely Teflon (PTFE) and copper (Cu), on mechanical properties and shock-induced chemical reaction (SICR) characteristics of Al/Ni material system has been investigated. Three composites, namely Al/Ni, Al/Ni/PTFE and Al/Ni/Cu with same volumetric ratio of Al powder to Ni powder, were processed by means of static pressing. Scanning electron microscopy was used to study the microstructure of the mentioned three composites. Quasi static compression tests were also conducted to determine the mechanical properties and fracture behavior of the mentioned three composites. It was shown that the additives affected both compressive strength and fracture mode of the three composites. Impact initiation experiments on the mentioned three composites were performed to determine their shock-induced chemical reaction characteristics by considering pressure histories measured in the test chamber. The experimental results showed that the additives had significant effects on critical initiation velocity, reaction rate, reaction efficiency and post-reaction behavior. - Highlights: • .Al/Ni, Al/Ni/PTFE and Al/Ni/Cu were processed by means of static pressing. • .Microstructures, mechanical properties and shock-induced reactions were studied. • .Microstructures affect both compressive strength and fracture mode. • .Impact velocity is an important factor in shock-induced chemical characteristics. • .Each additive has significant effects on energy release behavior

  17. Influence of additives on microstructures, mechanical properties and shock-induced reaction characteristics of Al/Ni composites

    Xiong, Wei; Zhang, Xianfeng, E-mail: lynx@mail.njust.edu.cn; Wu, Yang; He, Yong; Wang, Chuanting; Guo, Lei

    2015-11-05

    Granular composites containing aluminum (Al) and nickel (Ni) are typical structural energetic materials, which possess ideal combination of both mechanical properties and energy release capability. The influence of two additives, namely Teflon (PTFE) and copper (Cu), on mechanical properties and shock-induced chemical reaction (SICR) characteristics of Al/Ni material system has been investigated. Three composites, namely Al/Ni, Al/Ni/PTFE and Al/Ni/Cu with same volumetric ratio of Al powder to Ni powder, were processed by means of static pressing. Scanning electron microscopy was used to study the microstructure of the mentioned three composites. Quasi static compression tests were also conducted to determine the mechanical properties and fracture behavior of the mentioned three composites. It was shown that the additives affected both compressive strength and fracture mode of the three composites. Impact initiation experiments on the mentioned three composites were performed to determine their shock-induced chemical reaction characteristics by considering pressure histories measured in the test chamber. The experimental results showed that the additives had significant effects on critical initiation velocity, reaction rate, reaction efficiency and post-reaction behavior. - Highlights: • .Al/Ni, Al/Ni/PTFE and Al/Ni/Cu were processed by means of static pressing. • .Microstructures, mechanical properties and shock-induced reactions were studied. • .Microstructures affect both compressive strength and fracture mode. • .Impact velocity is an important factor in shock-induced chemical characteristics. • .Each additive has significant effects on energy release behavior.

  18. Mechanism of hydrofluoric acid formation in ethylene carbonate electrolytes with fluorine salt additives

    Tebbe, Jonathon L.; Fuerst, Thomas F.; Musgrave, Charles B.

    2015-11-01

    We utilized density functional theory to examine HF generation in lithium-ion battery electrolytes from reactions between H2O and the decomposition products of three electrolyte additives: LiPF6, LiPOF4, and LiAsF6. Decomposition of these additives produces PF5, AsF5, and POF3 along with LiF precipitates. We found PF5 and AsF5 react with H2O in two sequential steps to form two HF molecules and POF3 and AsOF3, respectively. PF5 (or AsF5) complexes with H2O and undergoes ligand exchange to form HF and PF4OH (AsF4OH) with an activation barrier of 114.2 (30.5) kJ mol-1 and reaction enthalpy of 14.6 (-11.3) kJ mol-1. The ethylene carbonate (EC) electrolyte forms a Lewis acid-base complex with the PF4OH (AsF4OH) product, reducing the barrier to HF formation. Reactions of POF3 were examined and are not characterized by complexation of POF3 with H2O or EC, while PF5 and AsF5 complex favorably with H2O and EC. HF formation from POF3 occurs with a reaction enthalpy of -3.8 kJ mol-1 and a 157.7 kJ mol-1 barrier, 43.5 kJ mol-1 higher than forming HF from PF5. HF generation in electrolytes employing LiPOF4 should be significantly lower than those using LiPF6 or LiAsF6 and LiPOF4 should be further investigated as an alternative electrolyte additive.

  19. Inhibition of survivin expression and mechanisms of reversing drug-resistance of human lung adenocarcinoma cells by siRNA

    LIU Jing-lei; WANG Yan; JIANG Ji; KONG Rui; YANG Yan-mei; JI Hong-fei; SHI Yu-zhi

    2010-01-01

    Background Survivin, a member of the inhibitor of apoptosis protein (IAP) family, overexpresses in tumor cells and not expresses in terminally differentiated adult tissues. This study aimed to investigate the effects of survivin-specific siRNA on cell proliferation, apoptosis and chemosensitivity to cisplatin in vitro and in vivo and explore the mechanisms about decreasing expression of survivin in reversing cancer cells resistance to chemotherapeutic drug.Methods Survivin-specific siRNA was transfected into A549/DDP cells. The expression of survivin and lung resistance-related protein (LRP) mRNA levels were determined by RT-PCR, chemosensitivity of A549/DDP (cisplatin)cells to cisplatin was determined by MTT assay, and apoptosis and cell cycle were determined by flow cytometry (FCM).The protein expression levels of survivin, LRP, cyclin-D1, caspase-3 and bcl-2 were determined by Western blotting analyses. The effect of survivin siRNA inhibition on tumor growth was studied in athymic nude mice in vivo.Results Survivin-specific siRNA efficiently down-regulated survivin expression. The cell cycle was arrested at G2/M phase, and apoptosis was obviously found. Inhibition of survivin expression could make the IC50 and drug-resistant index of cisplatin decrease, and enhance the cancer cells sensitivity to cisplatin. After transfection by survivin-specific siRNA, expression of LRP and cyclin-D1 were downregulated, caspase-3 expression was upregulated, bcl-2 expression had no obvious change. The animal experiment confirmed knockdown of survivin could inhibit the tumor growth.Conclusions Survivin-specific siRNA can efficiently suppress the expression of survivin, increase apoptosis, inhibit cells proliferation and enhance the chemosensitivity to cisplatin in vitro and in vivo. Suppression of survivin expression helping to reverse drug-resistance may have relationship with downregulation of LRP and upregulation of caspase-3.Anti-tumor strategies based on the inhibition of

  20. Stability of amorphous pharmaceutical solids: crystal growth mechanisms and effect of polymer additives.

    Sun, Ye; Zhu, Lei; Wu, Tian; Cai, Ting; Gunn, Erica M; Yu, Lian

    2012-09-01

    We review recent progress toward understanding and enhancing the stability of amorphous pharmaceutical solids against crystallization. As organic liquids are cooled to become glasses, fast modes of crystal growth can emerge. One such growth mode, the glass-to-crystal or GC mode, occurs in the bulk, and another exists at the free surface, both leading to crystal growth much faster than predicted by theories that assume diffusion defines the kinetic barrier of crystallization. These phenomena have received different explanations, and we propose that GC growth is a solid-state transformation enabled by local mobility in glasses and that fast surface crystal growth is facilitated by surface molecular mobility. In the second part, we review recent findings concerning the effect of polymer additives on crystallization in organic glasses. Low-concentration polymer additives can strongly inhibit crystal growth in the bulk of organic glasses, while having weaker effect on surface crystal growth. Ultra-thin polymer coatings can inhibit surface crystallization. Recent work has shown the importance of molecular weight for crystallization inhibitors of organic glasses, besides "direct intermolecular interactions" such as hydrogen bonding. Relative to polyvinylpyrrolidone, the VP dimer is far less effective in inhibiting crystal growth in amorphous nifedipine. Further work is suggested for better understanding of crystallization of amorphous organic solids and the prediction of their stability. PMID:22434258

  1. Mechanical alloying process of vanadium powder with 1.7 wt.%Y addition

    Alloying process of vanadium-yttrium powders using mechanical alloying (MA) method was studied. Vanadium powder was compressed after 10 h MA, while yttrium powder was comminuted into small particles. Although yttrium powder was broken into small particles, yttrium scarcely dissolves into vanadium powder. Alloying of yttrium started after 20 h MA and finished after 40 h MA. Molybdenum particle, which came from milling vessels and balls, mixed into vanadium powder after 40 h MA and molybdenum started to dissolve into vanadium powder after 60 h MA. After 80 h MA, Y2O3 particles formed in vanadium powder. Oxygen required for the formation of Y2O3 particles was probably discharged from the vessel wall and balls after flaking of those surface layers. Since prolonged MA caused powder contamination, optimum MA time for making V-1.7Y alloy was 40 h.

  2. Effect of Y addition on the interfacial microstructures and mechanical properties of C{sub f}/Mg composites

    Zhang, Shaofeng; Chen, Guoqin; Pei, Risheng; Li, Daguang; Wang, Pingping [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Wu, Gaohui, E-mail: wugh@hit.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Welding Production Technology National Key Laboratory, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China)

    2014-09-08

    Magnesium (Mg) alloy containing 1 wt% Yttrium (Y) reinforced with 60 vol% carbon fiber (C{sub f}) composites was fabricated by the pressure infiltration method. The morphological study with Y addition in the composite revealed that the Y element was prone to segregate on the surface of the carbon fiber during the fabrication process, forming plate-like intermetallic compound Mg{sub 2}Y. The mechanical properties of the composite were investigated by a flexure test and a short-beam shear test. The results showed that the addition of Y element to the composite improved the bending strength and interlaminar shear strength greatly. A study of the fracture mechanism uncovered the important role of Y addition on the interface bonding strength of the C{sub f}/Mg composite.

  3. Structure and mechanical properties of Ti-5Cr based alloy with Mo addition

    The effects of molybdenum (Mo) on the structure and mechanical properties of a Ti-5Cr-based alloy were studied with an emphasis on improving its strength/modulus ratio. Commercially pure titanium (c.p. Ti) was used as a control. As-cast Ti-5Cr and a series of Ti-5Cr-xMo (x = 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 wt.%) alloys were prepared by using a commercial arc-melting vacuum-pressure casting system, and investigated with X-ray diffraction (XRD) for phase analysis. Three-point bending tests were performed to evaluate the mechanical properties of all specimens and their fractured surfaces were observed by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The experimental results indicated that Ti-5Cr-7Mo, Ti-5Cr-9Mo and Ti-5Cr-11Mo alloys exhibited ductile properties, and the β-phase Ti-5Cr-9Mo alloy exhibited the lowest bending modulus. However, the Ti-5Cr-3Mo and Ti-5Cr-5Mo alloys had much higher bending moduli due to the formation of the ω phase during quenching. It is noteworthy that the Ti-5Cr-9Mo alloy exhibited the highest bending strength/modulus ratios at 26.0, which is significantly higher than those of c.p. Ti (8.5) and Ti-5Cr (13.3). Furthermore, the elastically recoverable angle of the Ti-5Cr-9Mo alloy (30o) was greater than that of c.p. Ti (2.7o). The reasonably high strength (or high strength/modulus ratio) β-phase Ti-5Cr-9Mo alloy exhibited a low modulus, ductile property, and excellent elastic recovery capability, which qualifies it as a novel implant materials.

  4. Physical-mechanical properties of Bis-EMA based root canal sealer with different fillers addition

    Marcela Oliveira de Souza

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: To evaluate influence of three different filler particles on an experimental Bisphenol A ethoxylated dimethacrylate (Bis-EMA based root filling material. Materials and Methods: Resin-based endodontic sealers were produced using Bis-EMA, camphorquinone, ethyl 4-dimethylaminobenzoate (EDAB, N, N-dihydroxyethyl-p-toluidine (DHEPT, butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT, and benzoyl peroxide. The experimental groups were formulated adding 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50% of calcium tungstate (CaWO 4 , ytterbium trifluoride(YbF 3 , and tantalum oxide(Ta 2 O 5 . Flow, thickness, and radiopacity tests were conducted in accordance with ISO 6876. Sorption and solubility (SL tests were conducted in accordance with ISO 4049, pH was measured with a pH meter, and degree of conversion (DC was evaluated with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR. For radiopacity, two-way analysis of variance (ANOVA and Tukey′s multiple comparison test was performed. For DC analysis, one-way ANOVA and Tukey′s multiple comparison test was performed. All statistical analyses were performed with a significance level of 5%. Results: All groups showed lower flow with increased filler concentration. All groups showed film thickness values lower than 50μm, as ISO recommends, except CaWO 4 50% group (76.7μm. pH values varied from 5.95 (± 0.07 in YbF 3 40% group to 6.90 (± 0.07 in Ta 2 O 5 40% group. In the radiopacity test, YbF 3 30%, Ta 2 O 5 40%, and Ta 2 O 5 50% groups showed no statistical significant difference to 3mmAl. Ta 2 O 5 and YbF 3 groups in 10, 20, and 30% concentrations presented sorption and SL values as ISOrecommendation. Addition ofTa 2 O 5 and CaWO 4 decreased DC after 14 days. YbF 3 addition showed no difference in DC from control group. Conclusion: YbF 3 filler addition promoted higher properties compared to CaWO 4 and Ta 2 O 5 on Bis-EMA based root canal sealer.

  5. Metal and pharmaceutical mixtures: Is ion loss the mechanism underlying acute toxicity and widespread additive toxicity in zebrafish?

    Highlights: •Zebrafish larvae were used to test the acute toxicity of contaminant mixtures. •Interactions were observed between metals, ammonia and pharmaceuticals. •Larval Na+ loss was observed with exposure to all acutely toxic contaminants tested. •Water quality criteria should recognize the toxic interactions between contaminants. -- Abstract: The acute toxicities and mechanisms of action of a variety of environmental contaminants were examined using zebrafish larvae (Danio rerio; 4–8 days post fertilization). Toxic interactions were observed between metals. For example, the addition of a sublethal level of nickel (15% of the LC50, one third of the LC01) to all copper treatments decreased the copper 96 h LC50 by 58%, while sublethal copper exposure (6% of the copper LC50, 13% of the LC01) decreased the cadmium 96 h LC50 by 47%. Two predictive models were assessed, the concentration addition (CA) model, which assumes similar mechanisms of action, and the independent action (IA) model, which assumes different mechanisms of action. Quantitative comparisons indicated the CA model performed better than the IA model; the latter tended to underestimate combined toxicity to a greater extent. The effects of mixtures with nickel or ammonia were typically additive, while mixtures with copper or cadmium were typically greater than additive. Larvae exposed to cadmium, copper or nickel experienced whole body ion loss. Decreases were greatest for Na+ followed by K+ (as high as 19% and 9%, respectively, in 24 h). Additive toxicity between copper and other pharmaceutical compounds such as fluoxetine (Prozac™), β-naphthoflavone, estrogen and 17α-ethinylestradiol were also observed. Similar to metals, acutely toxic concentrations of fluoxetine, β-naphthoflavone and ammonia all decreased whole body Na+ and K+. Overall, whole body Na+ loss showed the greatest correlation with mortality across a variety of toxicants. We theorize that a disruption of ion homeostasis

  6. Precipitation strengthening and mechanical properties of ultra low carbon bainitic steel with Cu addition

    Effect of ageing parameters on tensile properties and impact energy of ultra low carbon bainitic steel (ULCB) was established. The investigated HN3MCu1.5 steel belongs to a new group of structural steels, which are going to be applied for constructions working at low temperatures.. The chemical composition of the steel is given. The microstructure of the steel after ageing at temperature 640oC during to 100 hours was observed by optical and electron microscopy. Special attention was paid to study primary austenite grain size, which determines the average diameter of bainite-martensite packet size and thus the impact transition temperature according to empirical equations. Then the quantitative determination of the average diameter of precipitates and the interparticle spacing was studied to calculate the precipitation strengthening effect on yield strength. The empirical equation, which relates effect of ageing time to the yield strength was determined. It was established that the optimum mechanical properties of HN3MCu1.5 steel aged at 649oC are achieved for ageing time in the range of 1 - 10 hours. For the above ageing parameters the investigated steels had: YS = 700-661 MPa, TS = 814-741 MPa and impact energy KCV = 150-170 J determined on Charpy V specimens at temperature -80oC. (author)

  7. Nano-tribological properties and mechanisms of the liquid crystal as an additive

    2001-01-01

    Under conditions of low speed, small viscosity and molecularly smooth tribo-surfaces, the behavior of lubricant film in the nano scale is different from that in elasto-hydrodynamic lubrication (EHL) and boundary lubrication (BL). Due to the size effect, long-range ordered structure of liquid crystal (LC) has great effects on the tribological prop-erties and film-forming mechanism of thin film in the nano scale. The technique of relative optical interference intensity (ROII) was used to investigate nano-tribological properties when cholesteryl LCs are added to hexadecane. The results indicate that the practical film thickness of hexadecane with liquid crystal is 3-5 times as large as that expected from EHL theory in the low speed region. The film thickness in-creases with the enhancement in polarity and concentration of LC in hexadecane, and external DC voltage. The effective viscosity of lubricant is related to the film thickness and the voltage and it varies from bulk viscosity to several times or tens of times of bulk viscosity with reducing film thickness, and slowly rises with increasing external DC voltage and then trends to a constant. The higher ordered degree of mo-lecules close to solid surfaces gives rise to a thicker film.

  8. Influence of the montmorillonite clay addition on the mechanical properties and crystallinity of polyamide 6

    Polyamide 6 (PA6) and montmorillonite clay nano composites were prepared by twin-screw extruder using three different screw speeds: 150, 250 and 350 rpm. The processed samples were submitted to the characterization by x-ray diffraction (XRD) through thin films to analyze the clay dispersion in PA6. Despite the 250 rpm processed sample present better dispersion, the result could not be significant compared to the others. The 250 rpm processed sample were characterized by mechanical tests which presented increase of the apparent elastic modulus and tensile resistance while there was the decrease of the elongation at break and the impact resistance of the nanocomposite compared to the pure PA6. The evaluation of the crystallinity of nanocomposites was performed by XRD in the longitudinal and transversal direction to the flow injection of impact samples and shows that montmorillonite acts as nucleating agent and promotes an increase of crystallinity of PA6. The crystallinity obtained in the longitudinal direction of injection flow was higher due to the orientation of the chains imposed by the injection flow. (author)

  9. Energy efficient reduced graphene oxide additives: Mechanism of effective lubrication and antiwear properties

    Gupta, Bhavana; Kumar, N.; Panda, Kalpataru; Dash, S.; Tyagi, A. K.

    2016-01-01

    Optimized concentration of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) in the lube is one of the important factors for effective lubrication of solid body contacts. At sufficiently lower concentration, the lubrication is ineffective and friction/wear is dominated by base oil. In contrast, at sufficiently higher concentration, the rGO sheets aggregates in the oil and weak interlayer sliding characteristic of graphene sheets is no more active for providing lubrication. However, at optimized concentration, friction coefficient and wear is remarkably reduced to 70% and 50%, respectively, as compared to neat oil. Traditionally, such lubrication is described by graphene/graphite particle deposited in contact surfaces that provides lower shear strength of boundary tribofilm. In the present investigation, graphene/graphite tribofilm was absent and existing traditional lubrication mechanism for the reduction of friction and wear is ruled out. It is demonstrated that effective lubrication is possible, if rGO is chemically linked with PEG molecules through hydrogen bonding and PEG intercalated graphene sheets provide sufficiently lower shear strength of freely suspended composite tribofilm under the contact pressure. The work revealed that physical deposition and adsorption of the graphene sheets in the metallic contacts is not necessary for the lubrication.

  10. Effect of vanadium addition on the microstructure and mechanical properties of the ODS ferritic steels

    In this work, the effects of vanadium addition in the range of 0.3–3% (in weight percent) for an oxide dispersion strengthened reduced activation ferritic (ODS RAF) steel were investigated. Samples of the V-modified steel have been prepared using elemental (Fe, Cr, W, Ti) and Y2O3 powders with the nominal composition of Fe–14Cr–2W–0.3Ti–0.3Y2O3. Consolidated and heat treated samples were investigated using Scanning Electron Microscopy and Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy equipped with Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy detector. Hardness and Charpy impact tests (KLST specimens) were also performed. The microstructure investigations revealed numerous particles of the size up to 0.5 μm. They are primarily Ti–Cr–V oxides located at the grain boundaries and inside the grains. These particles increase hardness and significantly reduce fracture resistance of the ODS RAF alloys developed here. However, it should be noted that the 0.3% V-ODS steel has unexpectedly the lowest transition temperature of about 282 K and that the 1–3% V-ODS steels, in spite of the transition temperature about 373 K, exhibit almost two times higher the lower shelf energy values in comparison with the 0.3% V-ODS and 0% V-ODS steels

  11. In situ polymerized wood polymer composite: effect of additives and nanoclay on the thermal, mechanical properties

    Devi, Rashmi R; Maji, Tarun K., E-mail: tkm@tezu.ernet.in [Department of Chemical Sciences, Tezpur University, Assam, (India)

    2013-11-01

    This study concerns the preparation and characterization of wood polymer nanocomposites based on impregnation of styrene acrylonitrile co-polymer-nanoclay intercalating system in presence of glycidyl methacrylate (GMA), a cross linking agent, and vinyl trichloro silane (VTCS) as additives into Simul (Bombex ceiba, L.), a soft wood. The effect of nanoclay and VTCS on the properties of the resultant wood polymer nanocomposites (WPNC) has been evaluated. FTIR spectroscopy shows the interaction among wood, polymers, GMA, nanoclay and VTCS. The penetration of polymer and nanoclay into the wood cell wall is supported by SEM study. The distribution of nanoclay in the SAN polymer matrix present within the wood cell wall has been evidenced by TEM study. TGA results show an improvement in the thermostability of the resultant composites. The inclusion of VTCS enhances the self extinguishing behaviour of the WPNC as revealed by limiting oxygen index (LOI) test. Due to treatment, the resultant WPNC exhibits an improvement in all the properties like water repellency, dimensional stability, hardness, flexural, tensile and thermal stability compared to untreated wood. (author)

  12. Effects of Zn addition on the glass forming ability and mechanical properties of Mg–Cu–Gd bulk metallic glasses

    Highlights: • Mg-Zn-Cu-Gd BMGs with 2 mm diameter are fabricated by copper mold casting method. • The σf and Hv of the Mg60Zn5Cu25Gd10 reach up to 754 MPa and 286 Hv, respectively. • The Mg60Zn5Cu25Gd10 alloy exhibits plastic deformation characteristic at micro-level. -- Abstract: The effects of Zn addition on the glass forming ability (GFA) and mechanical properties are investigated in Mg65−xZnxCu25Gd10 (x = 0, 3, 5, 8 at.%) alloys by X-ray diffractometer (XRD), differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) and mechanical property tests. Thermal analysis shows that with the increasing of Zn content from 0 to 8 at.%, the supercooled liquid regions of Mg65−xZnxCu25Gd10 alloys decrease from 68 K to 31 K, indicating the obvious deterioration in their GFA. On the other hand, however, the mechanical property tests demonstrate that the appropriate addition of Zn (5 at.%) in Mg65−xZnxCu25Gd10 alloys greatly improves the mechanical strength, increases their compressive fracture strength and Vickers hardness from 648 MPa and 257 Hv to 754 MPa and 286 Hv, respectively. In addition, the fracture surface morphologies have been characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and the dominant fracture behaviors of the as-cast alloys have been explained as well

  13. Effects of rare earth Er addition on microstructure and mechanical properties of hypereutectic Al–20% Si alloy

    Li, Qinglin [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Lanzhou University of Technology, Lanzhou 730050 (China); State Key Laboratory of Gansu Advanced Non-ferrous Metal Materials, Lanzhou University of Technology, Lanzhou 730050 (China); Xia, Tiandong, E-mail: liql301@mail.nwpu.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Lanzhou University of Technology, Lanzhou 730050 (China); State Key Laboratory of Gansu Advanced Non-ferrous Metal Materials, Lanzhou University of Technology, Lanzhou 730050 (China); Lan, Yefeng [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Lanzhou University of Technology, Lanzhou 730050 (China); State Key Laboratory of Gansu Advanced Non-ferrous Metal Materials, Lanzhou University of Technology, Lanzhou 730050 (China); Li, Pengfei; Fan, Lu [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Lanzhou University of Technology, Lanzhou 730050 (China)

    2013-12-20

    The microstructure evolution and mechanical properties of hypereutectic Al–20%Si alloy with Er addition were investigated in the article. The as-cast samples were characterized by optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electron probe microanalysis (EPMA). Microstructural analyses demonstrated that primary Si was significantly refined from coarse polygonal, platelet-like and star-like shape to fine blocky shape, and eutectic Si structure was modified from coarse platelet-like/needle-like structure to fine coral-like fibrous structure as the addition contents of Er is 0.5%. However, the primary and eutectic Si phases became coarser when the level of rare earth Er was up to 0.8%. The mechanical properties were investigated by tensile test with various concentration of Er. It was found that the ultimate tensile strength (UTS) and elongation (El) increased by 72.5% and 72%, respectively, due to decreasing of the size and changing of morphology on primary and eutectic Si crystals, and the change of mechanical properties corresponds to the evolution of microstructure. In addition, the modification mechanism of Er on Al–20%Si alloy was also discussed.

  14. Decrease of droplet size of the reverse microemulsion 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate/Triton X-100/cyclohexane by addition of water.

    Gao, Yanan; Hilfert, Liane; Voigt, Andreas; Sundmacher, Kai

    2008-03-27

    In the present contribution, results concerning the role of small amounts of water in the 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (bmimBF4)-in-cyclohexane ionic liquid (IL) reverse microemulsions are reported. Dynamic light scattering (DLS) revealed that the size of microemulsion droplets decreased remarkably with increasing water content although water is often used as a polar component to swell reverse microemulsions. It was thus deduced that the number of microemulsion droplets was increased which was confirmed by conductivity measurements. The states of dissolved water were investigated by Fourier transform IR (FTIR) spectroscopic analysis showing that water molecules mainly act as bound water. 1H NMR along with two-dimensional rotating frame nuclear Overhauser effect (NOE) experiments (ROESY) further revealed that water molecules were mainly located in the periphery of the polar core of the microemulsion droplets and behave like a chock being inserted in the palisade layer of the droplet. This increased the curvature of the surfactant film at the IL/cyclohexane interface and thus led to the decrease of the microemulsion droplet size. The order of surfactant molecules arranged in the interface film was increased and thus induced a loss of entropy. Isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) indicated that an enthalpy increase compensates for the loss of entropy during the process of microstructural transition. PMID:18318531

  15. Deciphering records of geomagnetic reversals

    Valet, Jean-Pierre; Fournier, Alexandre

    2016-06-01

    Polarity reversals of the geomagnetic field are a major feature of the Earth's dynamo. Questions remain regarding the dynamical processes that give rise to reversals and the properties of the geomagnetic field during a polarity transition. A large number of paleomagnetic reversal records have been acquired during the past 50 years in order to better constrain the structure and geometry of the transitional field. In addition, over the past two decades, numerical dynamo simulations have also provided insights into the reversal mechanism. Yet despite the large paleomagnetic database, controversial interpretations of records of the transitional field persist; they result from two characteristics inherent to all reversals, both of which are detrimental to an ambiguous analysis. On the one hand, the reversal process is rapid and requires adequate temporal resolution. On the other hand, weak field intensities during a reversal can affect the fidelity of magnetic recording in sedimentary records. This paper is aimed at reviewing critically the main reversal features derived from paleomagnetic records and at analyzing some of these features in light of numerical simulations. We discuss in detail the fidelity of the signal extracted from paleomagnetic records and pay special attention to their resolution with respect to the timing and mechanisms involved in the magnetization process. Records from marine sediments dominate the database. They give rise to transitional field models that often lead to overinterpret the data. Consequently, we attempt to separate robust results (and their subsequent interpretations) from those that do not stand on a strong observational footing. Finally, we discuss new avenues that should favor progress to better characterize and understand transitional field behavior.

  16. Effects of Sn addition on the microstructure, mechanical properties and corrosion behavior of Ti–Nb–Sn alloys

    Moraes, Paulo E.L., E-mail: pauloeduardo.leitedemoraes@gmail.com [University of Campinas, School of Mechanical Engineering, Rua Mendeleiev, 200, Campinas, SP 13083-860 (Brazil); Contieri, Rodrigo J., E-mail: contieri@fem.unicamp.br [University of Campinas, School of Mechanical Engineering, Rua Mendeleiev, 200, Campinas, SP 13083-860 (Brazil); Lopes, Eder S.N., E-mail: ederlopes@fem.unicamp.br [University of Campinas, School of Mechanical Engineering, Rua Mendeleiev, 200, Campinas, SP 13083-860 (Brazil); Robin, Alain, E-mail: alain@demar.eel.usp.br [University of São Paulo, School of Engineering of Lorena, Polo Urbo-Industrial Gleba AI-6, Lorena, SP 12600-00 (Brazil); Caram, Rubens, E-mail: caram@fem.unicamp.br [University of Campinas, School of Mechanical Engineering, Rua Mendeleiev, 200, Campinas, SP 13083-860 (Brazil)

    2014-10-15

    Ti and Ti alloys are widely used in restorative surgery because of their good biocompatibility, enhanced mechanical behavior and high corrosion resistance in physiological media. The corrosion resistance of Ti-based materials is due to the spontaneous formation of the TiO{sub 2} oxide film on their surface, which exhibits elevated stability in biological fluids. Ti–Nb alloys, depending on the composition and the processing routes to which the alloys are subjected, have high mechanical strength combined with low elastic modulus. The addition of Sn to Ti–Nb alloys allows the phase transformations to be controlled, particularly the precipitation of ω phase. The aim of this study is to discuss the microstructure, mechanical properties and corrosion behavior of cast Ti–Nb alloys to which Sn has been added. Samples were centrifugally cast in a copper mold, and the microstructure was characterized using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffractometry. Mechanical behavior evaluation was performed using Berkovich nanoindentation, Vickers hardness and compression tests. The corrosion behavior was evaluated in Ringer's solution at room temperature using electrochemical techniques. The results obtained suggested that the physical, mechanical and chemical behaviors of the Ti–Nb–Sn alloys are directly dependent on the Sn content. - Graphical abstract: Effects of Sn addition to the Ti–30Nb alloy on the elastic modulus. - Highlights: • Sn addition causes reduction of the ω phase precipitation. • Minimum Vickers hardness and elastic modulus occurred for 6 wt.% Sn content. • Addition of 6 wt.% Sn resulted in maximum ductility and minimum compression strength. • All Ti–30Nb–XSn (X = 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10%) alloys are passive in Ringer's solution. • Highest corrosion resistance was observed for 6 wt.% Sn content.

  17. Mechanism and Optimal Application of Chemical Additives for Accelerating Early Strength of Lime-flyash Stabilized Soils

    JIANG Zengguo; ZHAO Yuan

    2005-01-01

    To accelerate the early strength of lime-flyash stabilized soil for extending its further uses in highway and shortening highway construction time, five kinds of chemical additives were chosen on the basis of mechanism analysis of accelerating early strength in highway as a semi-rigid base material, and a series of experiments about the effect of different kinds of additives and quantity on the early strength of the stabilized soil were tested. The results show that chemical additives can efficiently improve the early strength of lime-flyash stabilized soil both the 7 d and 28d, and the optimum quantity for above chemical additive is 1.5%-2.5% approximately.Some suggestions for the practical construction were also proposed.

  18. Effect of molybdenum addition on the mechanical properties of sinter-forged Fe–Cu–C alloys

    Rathore, Sanjay S., E-mail: rathore.sanjaysingh@gmail.com; Salve, Milind M., E-mail: milindrowling@gmail.com; Dabhade, Vikram V., E-mail: vvdabfmt@iitr.ac.in

    2015-11-15

    Molybdenum provides solid solution strengthening, enhances hardenability and has thus been used to improve mechanical properties of ferrous alloys significantly. The present study reports the effect of molybdenum addition on the properties of sinter-forged Fe–Cu–C alloys prepared using elemental powders under various heat treatment conditions. The elemental powder mixtures were compacted at a pressure of 500 MPa followed by sintering at 1120 °C in N{sub 2}–20%H{sub 2} atmosphere. Further, the sintered compacts were immediately forged at the sintering temperature in a closed die. The sinter-forged compacts were further homogenized and then heat treated under different cooling rates. Enhancement of the mechanical properties (hardness and tensile strength) were observed with Mo addition and increase in severity of quench. Hardness of air cooled samples was slightly lower than that of the water quenched samples but comparable with oil quenched samples. However, no significant increase in hardness was observed beyond 1.5 wt% Mo addition for all cooling conditions. At higher molybdenum content ductility was retained due to stabilization of ferrite phase by molybdenum. The microstructural study showed mostly ferrite–pearlite structure in furnace cooled condition whereas a complex microstructure was observed in the faster cooling conditions. Grain refinement was also observed with molybdenum addition. - Highlights: • Mo (0.25–4.0 wt%) addition in sinter-forged Fe–2Cu–0.65C alloys was investigated. • Effect of heat treatment on mechanical properties and microstructure was discussed. • Hardness and strength increased with Mo addition at the expense of ductility. • Hardness in air cooled condition was comparable with oil/water cooled conditions.

  19. Effect of molybdenum addition on the mechanical properties of sinter-forged Fe–Cu–C alloys

    Molybdenum provides solid solution strengthening, enhances hardenability and has thus been used to improve mechanical properties of ferrous alloys significantly. The present study reports the effect of molybdenum addition on the properties of sinter-forged Fe–Cu–C alloys prepared using elemental powders under various heat treatment conditions. The elemental powder mixtures were compacted at a pressure of 500 MPa followed by sintering at 1120 °C in N2–20%H2 atmosphere. Further, the sintered compacts were immediately forged at the sintering temperature in a closed die. The sinter-forged compacts were further homogenized and then heat treated under different cooling rates. Enhancement of the mechanical properties (hardness and tensile strength) were observed with Mo addition and increase in severity of quench. Hardness of air cooled samples was slightly lower than that of the water quenched samples but comparable with oil quenched samples. However, no significant increase in hardness was observed beyond 1.5 wt% Mo addition for all cooling conditions. At higher molybdenum content ductility was retained due to stabilization of ferrite phase by molybdenum. The microstructural study showed mostly ferrite–pearlite structure in furnace cooled condition whereas a complex microstructure was observed in the faster cooling conditions. Grain refinement was also observed with molybdenum addition. - Highlights: • Mo (0.25–4.0 wt%) addition in sinter-forged Fe–2Cu–0.65C alloys was investigated. • Effect of heat treatment on mechanical properties and microstructure was discussed. • Hardness and strength increased with Mo addition at the expense of ductility. • Hardness in air cooled condition was comparable with oil/water cooled conditions

  20. The Influence of Nickel and Tin Additives on the Microstructural and Mechanical Properties of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu Alloys

    Naeem, Haider T.; Mohammed, Kahtan S.; Ahmad, Khairel R.; Azmi Rahmat

    2014-01-01

    The effects of nickel and nickel combined tin additions on mechanical properties and microstructural evolutions of aluminum-zinc-magnesium-copper alloys were investigated. Aluminum alloys containing Ni and Sn additives were homogenized at different temperatures conditions and then aged at 120°C for 24 h (T6) and retrogressed at 180°C for 30 min and then reaged at 120°C for 24 h (RRA). Comparison of the ultimate tensile strength (UTS) of as-quenched Al-Zn-Mg-Cu-Ni and Al-Zn-Mg-Cu-Ni-Sn alloys ...

  1. Effect of nitrogen on structure and mechanical properties of ductile iron with small additions vanadium and niobium

    Fraś E.

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Results of investigations of influence of small additions of vanadium (about 0,08 and 0,12 % V and niobium (about 0,05 and 0,16% Nb as well as nitrogen (32 - 58 ppm. on mechanical properties and structure of ductile iron is presented. Effect of these additions on graphite diameter distribution, nodule count, and ferrite fraction is determined. It has been also shown that vanadium and niobium lead to formation of their complex carbides, while nitrogen – complex carbide-nitrides containing magnesium and silicon.

  2. Effect of nitrogen on structure and mechanical properties of ductile iron with small additions vanadium and niobium

    Fraś E.; Górny M.; Kawalec M.

    2007-01-01

    Results of investigations of influence of small additions of vanadium (about 0,08 and 0,12 % V) and niobium (about 0,05 and 0,16% Nb) as well as nitrogen (32 - 58 ppm.) on mechanical properties and structure of ductile iron is presented. Effect of these additions on graphite diameter distribution, nodule count, and ferrite fraction is determined. It has been also shown that vanadium and niobium lead to formation of their complex carbides, while nitrogen – complex carbide-nitrides containing m...

  3. The effect of nitrogen on the formation of phase reversion-induced nanograined/ultrafine-grained structure and mechanical behavior of a Cr-Ni-N steel

    Research highlights: → We describe here an electron microscopy study of microstructural evolution associated with martensitic shear phase reversion-induced nanograined/ultrafine-grained (NG/UFG) structure in an experimental Fe-17Cr-7Ni alloy with nitrogen. The primary objective is to understand and obtain fundamental insights on the influence of degree of austenite stability and interstitial elements (nitrogen) in terms of phase reversion process, microstructural evolution during reversion annealing. - Abstract: In the study described here, we have used the concept of phase reversion involving combination of cold working and annealing to examine the effect of nitrogen on the reversion transformation of strain-induced martensite to austenite and tensile behavior of a Cr-Ni-N steel. The behavior is compared with that of a Cr-Ni steel with extremely low levels of interstitial elements C and N. Consistent with the high metastability of the investigated Cr-Ni-N steel, only 40% cold rolling reduction was adequate to transform 100% austenite to martensite, while Cr-Ni steel required ∼73% reduction for the complete transformation. The cold deformed austenite was characterized by a combination of lath and dislocation cell-type martensite. On annealing in the temperature range of 800-900 deg. C for 1-100 s, the phase reversion of martensite to austenite occurred by shear mechanism involving the following steps: (a) transformation of strain-induced martensite to lath-type austenite grains with high dislocation density, (b) refinement of reverted austenite grains due to recovery, i.e., dislocation cell formation to produce defect-free austenite subgrains, and (c) finally recrystallization of austenite grains following coalescence of sub-grains to form NG/UFG structure with grain size in the range of ∼200-600 nm. Some nucleation of secondary precipitates also occurred. Interestingly, the phase reversion mechanism was similar to that of the Cr-Ni steel. In spite of the

  4. Additive manufacturing and mechanical characterization of graded porosity scaffolds designed based on triply periodic minimal surface architectures.

    Afshar, M; Anaraki, A Pourkamali; Montazerian, H; Kadkhodapour, J

    2016-09-01

    Since the advent of additive manufacturing techniques, triply periodic minimal surfaces have emerged as a novel tool for designing porous scaffolds. Whereas scaffolds are expected to provide multifunctional performance, spatially changing pore patterns have been a promising approach to integrate mechanical characteristics of different architectures into a unique scaffold. Smooth morphological variations are also frequently seen in nature particularly in bone and cartilage structures and can be inspiring for designing of artificial tissues. In this study, we carried out experimental and numerical procedures to uncover the mechanical properties and deformation mechanisms of linearly graded porosity scaffolds for two different mathematically defined pore structures. Among TPMS-based scaffolds, P and D surfaces were subjected to gradient modeling to explore the mechanical responses for stretching and bending dominated deformations, respectively. Moreover, the results were compared to their corresponding uniform porosity structures. Mechanical properties were found to be by far greater for the stretching dominated structure (P-Surface). For bending dominated architecture (D-Surface), although there was no global fracture for uniform structures, graded structure showed a brittle fracture at 0.08 strain. A layer by layer deformation mechanism for stretching dominated structure was observed. For bending dominated scaffolds, deformation was accompanied by development of 45° shearing bands. Finite element simulations were also performed and the results showed a good agreement with the experimental observations. PMID:27281165

  5. Effect of additives on mechanical and electrical properties of semi organic non linear material-γ-glycine

    Ravishankar, M. N.; Chandramani, R.; Prakash, A. P. Gnana

    2012-06-01

    The semi-organic non-linear optical (NLO) crystals of γ-Glycine (G), with additives like Ammonium Oxalate (AO), Barium Nitrate (BN) and Potassium Nitrate (PN) were grown by aqueous solution method. The mechanical properties, dielectric constant, dielectric loss, AC conductivity of the grown crystals were studied. Studies confirm that the grown NLO crystals retain the merits of organic (SHG response and flexibility) and inorganic (good hardness) properties.

  6. Additive Effects of Mechanical Marrow Ablation and PTH Treatment on de Novo Bone Formation in Mature Adult Rats

    Jodi A. Carlson Scholz; Agnès Vignery; James Gilligan; Nozer Mehta; Xiaoqing Xu; Christopher Miller; Jesse Bible; Jiliang Li; Qing Zhang,

    2012-01-01

    Mechanical ablation of bone marrow in young rats induces rapid but transient bone growth, which can be enhanced and maintained for three weeks by the administration of parathyroid hormone (PTH). Additionally, marrow ablation, followed by PTH treatment for three months leads to increased cortical thickness. In this study, we sought to determine whether PTH enhances bone formation after marrow ablation in aged rats. Aged rats underwent unilateral femoral marrow ablation and treatment with PTH o...

  7. Effect of pMDI isocyanate additive on mechanical and thermal properties of Kenaf fibre reinforced thermoplastic polyurethane composites

    Y A El-Shekeil; S M Sapuan; K Abdan; E S Zainudin; O M Al-Shuja’a

    2012-12-01

    The effect of polymeric methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (pMDI) on mechanical and thermal properties of Kenaf fibre (KF) reinforced thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) composites was studied. Various percentages viz. 2%, 4% and 6%, were studied. The composites were characterized by using tensile testing, thermogravimetric analysis (TG), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). It was noticed that the addition of pMDI 2%, 4%and 6% did not induce a better tensile nor thermal properties.

  8. Thermo-mechanical analysis of Wire and Arc Additive Layer Manufacturing process on large multi-layer parts

    Ding, J.; Colegrove, Paul A.; Mehnen, Jorn; Ganguly, Supriyo; Sequeira Almeida, P. M.; Wang, F.; Williams, Stewart W.

    2011-01-01

    Wire and Arc Additive Layer Manufacturing (WAALM) is gaining increasing popularity as the process allows the production of large custom-made metal workpieces with high deposition rates. The high power input of the welding process, causes significant residual stress and distortion of the workpiece. This paper describes the thermo-mechanical behaviour of the multi-layer wall structure made by the WAALM process. A 3D thermo-elastic–plastic transient model and a model based on a...

  9. Effects of Ti addition and reheating quenching on grain refinement and mechanical properties in low carbon medium manganese martensitic steel

    Highlights: → TiC precipitation can induce the grain refinement after reheating-quenching process. → EGS refinement is more effective to explain the improvement of toughness. → The experimental results of precipitation agree with the theoretical calculations. → Excellent mechanical properties with high strength and high toughness can be gained. -- Abstract: The grain refinement and mechanical properties improvement resulted from Ti addition and reheating quenching were demonstrated in this study. The direct quenched medium manganese steel with low carbon content (0.05C) was treated by reheating quenching process. The yield strength and Charpy impact energy were measured. The microstructures and the second precipitated particles were examined by optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electron back-scattered diffraction (EBSD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-rays diffraction and phase analysis method. It was found that reheating quenching at 900-1000 oC resulted in significant grain refinement, especially the refinement of effective grain size (EGS), which was attributed to the large amount nano-sized precipitation of TiC. In addition, high elastic modulus was also obtained from the large amount TiC precipitated from the matrix. It is concluded that reheating quenching process is a useful method to refine the grain size and improve the combined mechanical properties of the martensitic steel through Ti addition.

  10. Effect of ZrO2 addition on the mechanical properties of porous TiO2 bone scaffolds.

    Tiainen, Hanna; Eder, Georg; Nilsen, Ola; Haugen, Håvard J

    2012-08-01

    This study aimed at the investigation of the effect of zirconium dioxide (ZrO2) addition on the mechanical properties of titanium dioxide (TiO2) bone scaffolds. The highly biocompatible TiO2 has been identified as a promising material for bone scaffolds, whereas the more bioinert ZrO2 is known for its excellent mechanical properties. Ultra-porous TiO2 scaffolds (>89% porosity) were produced using polymer sponge replication with 0-40 wt.% of the TiO2 raw material substituted with ZrO2. Microstructure, chemical composition, and pore architectural features of the prepared ceramic foams were characterised and related to their mechanical strength. Addition of 1 wt.% of ZrO2 led to 16% increase in the mean compressive strength without significant changes in the pore architectural parameters of TiO2 scaffolds. Further ZrO2 additions resulted in reduction of compressive strength in comparison to containing no ZrO2. The appearance of zirconium titanate (ZrTiO4) phase was found to hinder the densification of the ceramic material during sintering resulting in poor intergranular connections and thus significantly reducing the compressive strength of the highly porous ceramic foam scaffolds. PMID:24364936

  11. Influence of Al-Ti-B addition on the microstructure and mechanical properties of A356 alloys

    ZHU Man; YANG Gencang; YAO Lijuan; CHENG Suling; ZHOU Yaohe

    2009-01-01

    The mechanical properties (σb, σ0.2, and δ) and fracture behavior of tensile specimens of the refined A356 alloys were investigated as a func-tion of the addition level of Al-Ti-B master alloy under both as-cast and T6 hot-treated conditions. The results show that as the addition level of Al-5Ti- 1B master alloy increases from 0.1 wt.% to 5.0 wt.%, the mechanical properties of refined A356 alloys improve steadily and then decrease slightly under both as-cast and T6 heat-treated conditions. Also, they display excellent mechanical properties with σb = 231.30-258.30 Mpa, σ0.2 = 134.00-155.50 Mpa, and δ= 8.5%-11.75% at T6 heat-treated state. The excellent mechanical properties of refined A356 alloys are ascribed to the formation of a-Al equiaxed dendrites, the improvement of eutectic structure from needle/plate-like to short-lathy/block-shaped, and the Mg2Si aging precipitation phase after T6 heat treatment. The fracture surface examined by SEM exhibits a mixed fracture mode of refined A356 alloys at as-cast state, while it reveals a ductile fracture mode after T6 heat treatment.

  12. Influence of additional coupling agent on the mechanical properties of polyester-agave cantala roxb based composites

    Ubaidillah, Raharjo, Wijang W.; Wibowo, A.; Harjana, Mazlan, S. A.

    2016-03-01

    The mechanical and morphological properties of the unsaturated polyester resins (UPRs)-agave cantala roxb based composite are investigated in this paper. The cantala fiber woven in 3D angle interlock was utilized as the composite reinforcement. Surface grafting of the cantala fiber through chemical treatment was performed by introducing silane coupling agent to improving the compatibility with the polymer matrix. The fabrication of the composite specimens was conducted using vacuum bagging technique. The effect of additional coupling agent to the morphological appearance of surface fracture was observed using scanning electron microscopy. Meanwhile, the influence of additional silane to the mechanical properties was examined using tensile, bending and impact test. The photograph of surface fracture on the treated specimens showed the residual matrix left on the fibers in which the phenomenon was not found in the untreated specimens. Based on mechanical tests, the treated specimens were successfully increased their mechanical properties by 55%, 9.67%, and 92.4% for tensile strength, flexural strength, and impact strength, respectively, at 1.5% silane coupling agent.

  13. Structural transformations in steels containing 12% chromium and 5 or 7% nickel. Influence of the reversed austenite on the mechanical properties

    The production of austenite by the reverse martensitic transformation has been studied. The alloys concerned by this study are two 12% chromium low carbon steels containing respectively 5 and 7% nickel. Thermal treatments have been done in the intercritical temperature range. The kinetic of the α' → γ transformation, the volumic fraction of reversed austenite and its stability after a subsequent cooling have been investigated as a function of the intercritical temperature. The purpose of such treatments is to develop an optimal mixture of tempered martensite and reversed austenite structure, which should improve the studied alloys mechanical properties and especially their high temperature properties for use in fast breeders. Creep properties are better than for classical martensitic steels (containing typically 0.1 to 0.2 weight carbon), and comparable to those of 316 type austenitic steels. This improvement of the mechanical properties seems to be tightly related to the high dislocations density observed in the reversed austenite which - besides - is dispersed as thin islands in the matrix

  14. The effect of TiO2/aluminosilicate nanocomposite additives on the mechanical and thermal properties of polyacrylic coatings

    Nosrati, Rahimeh; Olad, Ali

    2015-12-01

    The commercial grade polyacrylic latex was modified in order to prepare a mechanical and thermal improved coating. TiO2/Ag-exchanged-aluminosilicate nanocomposites with montmorillonite, zeolite-A and clinoptilolite aluminosilicates were prepared and used as additive in the matrix of polyacrylic latex to achieve a coating with proper mechanical and thermal properties. X-ray diffraction patterns and FESEM were used to characterize the composition, structure, and morphology of the nanocomposite additives. Polyacrylic coatings modified by TiO2/Ag-exchanged-aluminosilicate nanocomposite additives showed higher adhesion strength and hardness compared to unmodified commercial grade polyacrylic coatings. Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) analysis showed lower glass transition temperature for modified polyacrylic coatings than that of unmodified polyacrylic coatings. The tensile tests were also carried out for unmodified and modified polyacrylic coatings. According to the results, the modified polyacrylic based coating with TiO2/Ag-exchanged-clinoptilolite nanocomposite additive was the best coating considering most of useful properties.

  15. Effect of Cd and Sn Addition on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Al-Si-Cu-Mg Cast Alloy

    LI Rong-de; LI Run-xia; YU Li; HU Zhuang-qi

    2004-01-01

    The present work has investigated the effect of trace elements Cd and Sn on the microstructure and mechanical properties of Al-Si-Cu-Mg cast alloy. With the increase of Cd addition the strength of alloy rises at first and then drops. The optimal amount of Cd and Sn addition for Al-Si-Cu-Mg alloy is about 0.27% and 0.1% respectively. Due to the formation of some coarse Cd-rich phases and pure Cd particles the mechanical properties of alloy decrease when Cd amount exceeds0.27%. When more than 0.1% Sn added, some Sn atoms form low-melting eutectic compound at grain boundary, and then cause over-burning in alloy when solution treated, which may deteriorate properties of alloy, especially ductility of alloy.On the other hand, the addition of Cd and Sn remarkably increases the peak hardness and reduces the time to reach aging peak in Al-Si-Cu-Mg alloy. The action of Cd/Sn in quaternary Al-Si-Cu-Mg alloy is effectively the same as that occur in binary Al-Cu alloy that the enhanced hardening associated with Cd / Sn addition is due to the promotion of the θ' phase.

  16. Influence of strontium addition on the mechanical properties of gravity cast Mg-3Al-3Sn alloy

    Germen, Gülşah, E-mail: gulsahgermen@hotmail.com; Şevik, Hüseyin, E-mail: gulsahgermen@hotmail.com [Mersin University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Mersin, 33343 (Turkey); Kurnaz, S. Can [Sakarya University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Adapazarý, 54187 (Turkey)

    2013-12-16

    In this study, the effect of strontium (0.01, 0.1, 0.5, 1 wt%) addition on the microstructure and mechanical properties of the gravity cast Mg-3Al-3Sn alloy were investigated. X-ray diffractometry revealed that the main phases are α−Mg, β−Mg{sub 17}Al{sub 12} and Mg{sub 2}Sn in the Mg-3Al-3Sn alloy. With addition The tensile testing results showed that the yield and ultimate tensile strength and elongation of Mg-3Al-3Sn alloy increased by adding Sr up to 0.1 wt.% and then is gradually decreased with the addition of more alloying element.

  17. Role of quaternary additions on dislocated martensite, retain austenite and mechanical properties of Fe/Cr/C structural steels

    The influence of quaternary alloy additions of Mn and Ni to Fe/Cr/C steels which have been designed to provide superior mechanical properties has been investigated. Transmission electron microscopy and x-ray analysis revealed increasing amounts of retained austenite with Mn up to 2 w/o and with 5 w/o Ni additions after quenching from 11000C. This is accompanied by a corresponding improvement in toughness properties of the quaternary alloys. In addition, the generally attractive combinations of strength and toughness in these quaternary alloys is attributed to the production of dislocated lath martensite from a homogeneous austenite phase free from undissolved alloy carbides. Grain-refining resulted in a further increase in the amount of retained austenite

  18. Role of quaternary additions on dislocated martensite, retain austenite and mechanical properties of Fe/Cr/C structural steels

    Rao, B.V.N.

    1978-02-01

    The influence of quaternary alloy additions of Mn and Ni to Fe/Cr/C steels which have been designed to provide superior mechanical properties has been investigated. Transmission electron microscopy and x-ray analysis revealed increasing amounts of retained austenite with Mn up to 2 w/o and with 5 w/o Ni additions after quenching from 1100/sup 0/C. This is accompanied by a corresponding improvement in toughness properties of the quaternary alloys. In addition, the generally attractive combinations of strength and toughness in these quaternary alloys is attributed to the production of dislocated lath martensite from a homogeneous austenite phase free from undissolved alloy carbides. Grain-refining resulted in a further increase in the amount of retained austenite.

  19. Influence of strontium addition on the mechanical properties of gravity cast Mg-3Al-3Sn alloy

    In this study, the effect of strontium (0.01, 0.1, 0.5, 1 wt%) addition on the microstructure and mechanical properties of the gravity cast Mg-3Al-3Sn alloy were investigated. X-ray diffractometry revealed that the main phases are α−Mg, β−Mg17Al12 and Mg2Sn in the Mg-3Al-3Sn alloy. With addition The tensile testing results showed that the yield and ultimate tensile strength and elongation of Mg-3Al-3Sn alloy increased by adding Sr up to 0.1 wt.% and then is gradually decreased with the addition of more alloying element

  20. PARAMETER DETERMINATION FOR ADDITIONAL OPERATING FORCE MECHANISM IN DEVICE FOR PNEUMO-CENTRIFUGAL MACHINING OF BALL-SHAPED WORKPIECES

    A. A. Sukhotsky

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper describes development of the methodology for optimization of parameters for an additional operating force mechanism in a device for pneumo-centrifugal machining of glass balls. Specific feature in manufacturing glass balls for micro-optics in accordance with technological process for obtaining ball-shaped workpieces is grinding and polishing of spherical surface in a free state. In this case component billets of future balls are made in the form of cubes and the billets are given preliminary a form of ball with the help of rough grinding. An advanced method for obtaining ball-shaped work-pieces from brittle materials is a pneumocentrifugal machining. This method presupposes an application of two conic rings with abrasive working surfaces which are set coaxially with large diameters to each other and the billets are rolled along these rings. Rotation of the billets is conveyed by means of pressure medium.The present devices for pneumo-centrifugal machining are suitable for obtaining balls up to 6 mm. Machining of the work-pieces with full spherical surfaces and large diameter is non-productive due to impossibility to ensure a sufficient force on the billet in the working zone. For this reason the paper proposes a modified device where an additional force on the machined billet is created by upper working disc that is making a reciprocating motion along an axis of abrasive conic rings. The motion is realized with the help of a cylindrical camshaft mechanism in the form of a ring with a profile working end face and the purpose of present paper is to optimize parameters of the proposed device.The paper presents expressions for calculation of constitutive parameters of the additional operating force mechanism including parameters of loading element motion, main dimensions of the additional operating force mechanism and parameters of a profile element in the additional operating force mechanism.Investigation method is a mathematical

  1. Metal and pharmaceutical mixtures: Is ion loss the mechanism underlying acute toxicity and widespread additive toxicity in zebrafish?

    Alsop, Derek, E-mail: alsopde@mcmaster.ca; Wood, Chris M.

    2013-09-15

    Highlights: •Zebrafish larvae were used to test the acute toxicity of contaminant mixtures. •Interactions were observed between metals, ammonia and pharmaceuticals. •Larval Na{sup +} loss was observed with exposure to all acutely toxic contaminants tested. •Water quality criteria should recognize the toxic interactions between contaminants. -- Abstract: The acute toxicities and mechanisms of action of a variety of environmental contaminants were examined using zebrafish larvae (Danio rerio; 4–8 days post fertilization). Toxic interactions were observed between metals. For example, the addition of a sublethal level of nickel (15% of the LC{sub 50}, one third of the LC{sub 01}) to all copper treatments decreased the copper 96 h LC{sub 50} by 58%, while sublethal copper exposure (6% of the copper LC{sub 50}, 13% of the LC{sub 01}) decreased the cadmium 96 h LC{sub 50} by 47%. Two predictive models were assessed, the concentration addition (CA) model, which assumes similar mechanisms of action, and the independent action (IA) model, which assumes different mechanisms of action. Quantitative comparisons indicated the CA model performed better than the IA model; the latter tended to underestimate combined toxicity to a greater extent. The effects of mixtures with nickel or ammonia were typically additive, while mixtures with copper or cadmium were typically greater than additive. Larvae exposed to cadmium, copper or nickel experienced whole body ion loss. Decreases were greatest for Na{sup +} followed by K{sup +} (as high as 19% and 9%, respectively, in 24 h). Additive toxicity between copper and other pharmaceutical compounds such as fluoxetine (Prozac™), β-naphthoflavone, estrogen and 17α-ethinylestradiol were also observed. Similar to metals, acutely toxic concentrations of fluoxetine, β-naphthoflavone and ammonia all decreased whole body Na{sup +} and K{sup +}. Overall, whole body Na{sup +} loss showed the greatest correlation with mortality across a

  2. Effects of Mn addition on microstructures and mechanical properties of 10Cr ODS ferritic/martensitic steels

    Jin, Hyun Ju; Kim, Tae Kyu [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-10-15

    Ferritic/martensitic (FM) steels are very attractive for the structural materials of fast fission reactors such as a sodium cooled fast reactor (SFR) owing to their excellent irradiation resistance to a void swelling, but are known to reveal an abrupt loss of their creep and tensile strengths at temperatures above 600 .deg. C. Accordingly, high temperature strength should be considerably improved for an application of the FM steel to the structural materials of SFR. Oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) FM steels are considered to be promising candidate materials for high- temperature components operating in severe environments such as nuclear fusion and fission systems due to their excellent high temperature strength and radiation resistance stemming from the addition of extremely thermally stable oxide particles dispersed in the ferritic/martensitic matrix.. To develop an advanced ODS steel for core structural materials for next generation nuclear reactor system applications, it is important to optimize its compositions to improve the high temperature strength and radiation resistance. This study investigates effects of Mn addition on microstructures and mechanical properties of 10Cr ODS FM steel. For this, two 10 Cr ODS FM steels were prepared by mechanical alloying (MA), hot isostatic pressing (HIP), and hot rolling process. Tensile tests were carried out at room temperature and 700 .deg. C to evaluate the influences of the Mn element on the mechanical properties. The microstructures were observed using SEM, electron back-scatter diffraction (EBSD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). In the present study, the effects of Mn addition on the microstructure and mechanical properties of ODS FM steels were investigated. The ODS FM steels were manufactured by the MA, HIP and hot-rolling processes.

  3. Effect of ZrO2 addition on the mechanical properties of porous TiO2 bone scaffolds

    This study aimed at the investigation of the effect of zirconium dioxide (ZrO2) addition on the mechanical properties of titanium dioxide (TiO2) bone scaffolds. The highly biocompatible TiO2 has been identified as a promising material for bone scaffolds, whereas the more bioinert ZrO2 is known for its excellent mechanical properties. Ultra-porous TiO2 scaffolds (> 89% porosity) were produced using polymer sponge replication with 0–40 wt.% of the TiO2 raw material substituted with ZrO2. Microstructure, chemical composition, and pore architectural features of the prepared ceramic foams were characterised and related to their mechanical strength. Addition of 1 wt.% of ZrO2 led to 16% increase in the mean compressive strength without significant changes in the pore architectural parameters of TiO2 scaffolds. Further ZrO2 additions resulted in reduction of compressive strength in comparison to containing no ZrO2. The appearance of zirconium titanate (ZrTiO4) phase was found to hinder the densification of the ceramic material during sintering resulting in poor intergranular connections and thus significantly reducing the compressive strength of the highly porous ceramic foam scaffolds. - Highlights: ► Open porous scaffold with porosity in the range of 89.0 to 92.8% produced. ► Adding 1 wt.% of ZrO2 led to 16% increase in strength without changing porosity. ► Further ZrO2 additions resulted in reduced compressive strength versus no ZrO2. ► Presence of zirconium titanate (ZrTiO4) phase found to hinder the densification. ► Appearance of ZrTiO4 resulted in poor intergranular connections.

  4. Synthesis and mechanical characterization of PZT/Sr based composite ceramics with addition of Si3N4

    In the Underwater Acoustics field, piezoelectric ceramics are the most usually employed materials for the conversion of mechanical energy (acoustic signal) into electric energy (electric signal) and vice-versa, in sensors (hydrophones) or hydroacoustic projectors. In the development of new compositions for these applications, piezoelectric performance is generally prioritized, to the expense of its mechanical properties. With this in mind, the object of this work was to study the effects of the addition of Si3N4 in the mechanical properties of PZT-Sr based electronic ceramics. Thus, a novel piezoelectric ceramic with the addition of small percentages in weight (0;0.1;1;3 and 5) of the structural ceramic Si3N4 was successfully processed by the oxide mixing route ; the compounds were sintered in a conventional at 1200 deg C for 2h. The densities of the compounds thus obtained for the different percentages of Si3N4 ranged from 55 to 97% and decreased with the increase of the content of Si3N4. Presence of equiaxial grains with normal growth was observed in all samples. MEV/EDS analysis of the micro-structures of the compositions detected the presence of a second phase rich in Zr, confirmed by DRX, which is a result of large quantities of volatilized PbO; the sintered pieces had their mechanical properties investigated by ultra-sonic inspection. It was observed that, among the sintered compositions, the PZT-Sr ceramic with 0.1% Si3N4 presented the smallest value for Young's Modulus E and Shear Modulus G, 75 Gpa and 28 Gpa, respectively. The Poisson's Coefficients ν tended to decrease with the increase of Si3N4 added to the PZT-Sr ceramic, indicating, thus, that the added compound may be used to adjust the mechanical properties of the material. (author)

  5. Effect of silver addition on the mechanical and field trapping properties of Gd-Ba-Cu-O bulk superconductors

    Nariki, S; Matsui, M; Murakami, M

    2002-01-01

    The effect of Ag addition on the microstructure and the mechanical and field trapping properties of Gd-Ba-Cu-O bulk superconductor has been investigated. The single grain Gd-Ba-Cu-O bulk superconductors 32 mm in diameter were fabricated with 0-30 mass%Ag/sub 2/O additions by the melt growth method under controlled oxygen partial pressure of 1.0%. From microscopic observations, it was found that the macro- cracks in the a-b plane decreased with Ag addition. The three-point bending test showed that the average strength of Ag-free bulk was 69 MPa at room temperature, while the strength was dramatically improved to 110-115 MPa with 10-30 mass%Ag/sub 2/O additions. The trapped magnetic field of Ag-free bulk sample was 1.3 T at 77 K. The trapped field of bulk Gd-Ba-Cu-O samples with 10-20 mass%Ag/sub 2/O exhibited high values of 1.8-2.0 T at 77 K. However, the trapped field of the sample with 30 mass%Ag/sub 2/O addition was lowered to 1.1 T with decreasing the critical current density. The trapped field of Ag- adde...

  6. Design rules for rational control of polymer glass formation behavior and mechanical properties with small molecular additives

    Mangalara, Jayachandra Hari; Simmons, David

    Small molecule additives have long been employed to tune polymers' glass formation, mechanical and transport properties. For example, plasticizers are commonly employed to suppress polymer Tg and soften the glassy state, while antiplasticizers, which stiffen the glassy state of a polymer while suppressing its Tg, are employed to enhance protein and tissue preservation in sugar glasses. Recent literature indicates that additives can have a wide range of possible effects, but all of these have not been clearly understood and well appreciated. Here we employ molecular dynamics simulations to establish design rules for the selection of small molecule additives with size, molecular stiffness, and interaction energy chosen to achieve targeted effects on polymer properties. We furthermore find that a given additive's effect on a polymer's Tg can be predicted from its Debye-Waller factor via a function previously found to describe nanoconfinement effects on the glass transition. These results emphasize the potential for a new generation of targeted molecular additives to contribute to more targeted rational design of polymers. We acknowledge the Keck Foundation and the Ohio Supercomputing Center for financial and computational support of this effort, respectively.

  7. Spark plasma sintered tantalum carbide: Effect of pressure and nano-boron carbide addition on microstructure and mechanical properties

    Research highlights: → Spark plasma sintering was used to synthesize 100% dense TaC and TaC-1 wt.% nano-size B4C. → Addition of B4C aided densification and inhibited grain coarsening. → High resolution TEM utilized to elucidate the sintering mechanism in TaC-nano B4C. → Improvement in the mechanical properties was observed by B4C addition. - Abstract: TaC and TaC-1 wt.% B4C powders were consolidated using spark plasma sintering (SPS) at 1850 deg. C and varying pressure of 100, 255 and 363 MPa. The effect of pressure on the densification and grain size is evaluated. The role of nano-sized B4C as sintering aid and grain growth inhibitor is studied by means of XRD, SEM and high resolution TEM. Fully dense TaC samples were produced at a pressure of 255 MPa and higher at 1850 deg. C. The increasing pressure also resulted in an increase in TaC grain size. Addition of B4C leads to an increase in the density of 100 MPa sample from 89% to 97%. B4C nano-powder resists grain growth even at high pressure of 363 MPa. The formation of TaB2/Carbon at TaC grain boundaries helps in pinning the grain boundary and inhibiting grain growth. The effect of B4C addition on hardness and elastic modulus measured by nanoindentation and the indentation fracture toughness has been studied. Relative fracture toughness increased by up to 93% on B4C addition.

  8. In situ morphology studies of the mechanism for solution additive effects on the formation of bulk heterojunction films

    Richter, Lee J.

    2014-09-29

    The most successful active film morphology in organic photovoltaics is the bulk heterojunction (BHJ). The performance of a BHJ arises from a complex interplay of the spatial organization of the segregated donor and acceptor phases and the local order/quality of the respective phases. These critical morphological features develop dynamically during film formation, and it has become common practice to control them by the introduction of processing additives. Here, in situ grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXD) and grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS) studies of the development of order in BHJ films formed from the donor polymer poly(3-hexylthiophene) and acceptor phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester under the influence of two common additives, 1,8-octanedithiol and 1-chloronaphthalene, are reported. By comparing optical aggregation to crystallization and using GISAXS to determine the number and nature of phases present during drying, two common mechanisms by which the additives increase P3HT crystallinity are identified. Additives accelerate the appearance of pre-crystalline nuclei by controlling solvent quality and allow for extended crystal growth by delaying the onset of PCBM-induced vitrification. The glass transition effects vary system-to-system and may be correlated to the number and composition of phases present during drying. Synchrotron X-ray scattering measurements of nanoscale structure evolution during the drying of polymer-fullerene photovoltaic films are described. Changes in the number and nature of phases, as well as the order within them, reveals the mechanisms by which formulation additives promote structural characteristics leading to higher power conversion efficiencies.

  9. Effect of samarium (Sm) addition on the microstructures and mechanical properties of Al–7Si–0.7Mg alloys

    Highlights: •Sm affected the secondary dendrite arm spacing of Al–7Si–0.7Mg alloy. •The coarse plate-like eutectic silicon was fully modified into a fine branched and particle structure when 0.6 wt.% Sm added. •The tensile properties were enhanced by the addition of Sm. •Sm has marked effects on eutectic temperature and the latent heat ΔHR on remelting behavior. •The morphology and chemical composition of Sm-rich intermetallics were studied. -- Abstract: The effects of samarium (Sm) additions (0–0.9 wt.%) on the microstructures and mechanical properties of Al–7Si–0.7Mg alloys have been studied in this article. The microstructures of the as-cast samples were examined by optical microscopy (OM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The experimental results indicated that the rare earth Sm affected the secondary dendrite arm spacing (SDAS) of Al–7Si–0.7Mg alloy. And it was found that Sm had great modification effects on the microstructures of eutectic silicon. When 0.6 wt.% Sm was added to the alloy, the coarse plate-like eutectic silicon was fully modified into a fine fibrous structure; the dendrites of Al–7Si–0.7Mg alloy was best refined. The mechanical properties were investigated by tensile test. The findings indicate that the tensile properties and elongation were improved by the addition of Sm. And a good combination of ultimate tensile strength (215 MPa) and elongation (3.3%) was obtained when the Sm addition was up to 0.6 wt.%. Furthermore the results of thermal analysis reveal that Sm addition had marked effects on eutectic temperature and the latent heat ΔHR on remelting behavior

  10. The effect of aluminum additions on the thermal, microstructural, and mechanical behavior of NiTiHf shape memory alloys

    Highlights: • We investigate the effect of aluminum on the thermomechanical properties of NiTiHf alloys. • The nanoscale structure of the alloys are investigated by advanced analytical techniques. • The Al solubility limit in NiTiHf was near 3 at.%. • Precipitation of both Heusler and Han phases are identified. • Al additions significantly affect transformation temperatures. - Abstract: Ni50Ti30−XHf20AlX (X = 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 at.%) alloys were investigated using thermal, microstructural, and mechanical analysis. It was found that Al additions to this system decreased the transformation temperatures and thermal cyclic stability of the quaternary alloys. Also, the lenticular Han phase was observed in the aged 3–5% Al alloys in accordance with previous studies in literature performed at a similar aging temperature. Though no transformation was detected after DSC cycling down to −60 °C for the aged 4% and 5% Al alloys, mechanical testing confirmed pseudoelasticity. Additionally, TEM and atom probe analysis confirmed that aging at 600 °C resulted in precipitation of the Ni2TiAl Heusler phase and determined the Al solubility limit in the matrix as near 3 at.%. Lastly, precipitation strengthening by the Heusler phase was observed when comparing the solution-treated and aged 4% and 5% Al alloys. Microstructural evolution was further characterized using XRD, SEM and compression testing

  11. The effect of aluminum additions on the thermal, microstructural, and mechanical behavior of NiTiHf shape memory alloys

    Hsu, Derek Hsen Dai [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida, 152 Rhines Hall, P.O. Box 116400, Gainesville, FL 32611 (United States); Hornbuckle, Billy Chad [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 (United States); Valderrama, Billy; Barrie, Fatmata; Henderson, Hunter B. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida, 152 Rhines Hall, P.O. Box 116400, Gainesville, FL 32611 (United States); Thompson, Gregory B. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 (United States); Manuel, Michele V., E-mail: mmanuel@mse.ufl.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida, 152 Rhines Hall, P.O. Box 116400, Gainesville, FL 32611 (United States)

    2015-07-25

    Highlights: • We investigate the effect of aluminum on the thermomechanical properties of NiTiHf alloys. • The nanoscale structure of the alloys are investigated by advanced analytical techniques. • The Al solubility limit in NiTiHf was near 3 at.%. • Precipitation of both Heusler and Han phases are identified. • Al additions significantly affect transformation temperatures. - Abstract: Ni{sub 50}Ti{sub 30−X}Hf{sub 20}Al{sub X} (X = 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 at.%) alloys were investigated using thermal, microstructural, and mechanical analysis. It was found that Al additions to this system decreased the transformation temperatures and thermal cyclic stability of the quaternary alloys. Also, the lenticular Han phase was observed in the aged 3–5% Al alloys in accordance with previous studies in literature performed at a similar aging temperature. Though no transformation was detected after DSC cycling down to −60 °C for the aged 4% and 5% Al alloys, mechanical testing confirmed pseudoelasticity. Additionally, TEM and atom probe analysis confirmed that aging at 600 °C resulted in precipitation of the Ni{sub 2}TiAl Heusler phase and determined the Al solubility limit in the matrix as near 3 at.%. Lastly, precipitation strengthening by the Heusler phase was observed when comparing the solution-treated and aged 4% and 5% Al alloys. Microstructural evolution was further characterized using XRD, SEM and compression testing.

  12. Time reversal based news methods for localization and classification of nonlinear vibrations in bio-mechanical media

    Dos Santos, S.; Farová, Zuzana; Kůs, V.; Převorovský, Zdeněk

    Bangkok : International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration, 2013 - (Crocker, M.; Pawelczyk, M.), s. 1-8 ISBN 978-616-551-682-2. ISSN 2329-3675. [International Congress on Sound & Vibration /20./. Bangkok (TH), 07.07.2013-11.07.2013] Institutional support: RVO:61388998 Keywords : time reversal * statistical classification * chirp excitation Subject RIV: BB - Applied Statistics, Operational Research

  13. Effect of the Addition MgO Nano Particle to Mechanical Properties and Microstructure of ZTA Ceramic Composite

    The mechanical properties and microstructure of zirconia-toughened alumina ceramic composite doped with nano particle of MgO is investigated. The nano-MgO weight percent was varied from 0 wt% to 1.3 wt%. Each batch of composition was mixed using ultrasonic cleaning and mechanical stirrer, uniaxially pressed and sintered at 1600 degree Celsius for 4 h in pressureless conditions. Analysis of bulk density, Vickers hardness, fracture toughness and microstructural observation has been carried out. Results of Vickers hardness increased linearly with addition of more nano-MgO until a certain composition. Maximum Vickers hardness obtained was 1740HV with 1.1 wt % MgO. (author)

  14. Mechanical degradation under hydrogen of yttrium doped barium zirconate electrolyte material prepared with NiO additive

    Ciria, D.; Ben Hassine, M.; Jiménez-Melendo, M.; Iakovleva, A.; Haghi-Ashtiani, P.; Aubin, V.; Dezanneau, G.

    2016-07-01

    Recently, a novel process was presented to fabricate dense yttrium-doped barium zirconate electrolytes with high proton conductivity. This process was based on the use of a NiO additive during reactive sintering. We show here that materials made from this process present a fast degradation of mechanical properties when put in hydrogen-rich conditions, while material made from conventional sintering without NiO aid remains intact in the same conditions. The fast degradation of samples made from reactive sintering, leading to sample failure under highly compressive conditions, is due to the reduction of NiO nanoparticles at grain boundaries as shown from structural and chemical analyses using Transmission Electron Microscopy. By the present study, we alert about the potential risk of cell failure due to this mechanical degradation.

  15. Effect of Si addition on glass-forming ability and mechanical properties of Cu-Zr-Al bulk metallic glass

    Research highlights: The Cu50Zr43Al7 alloy has a surprising GFA, and the glassy rods with diameter of 10 mm have been produced in this research. It has not been reported that the Cu-based glassy rods (Cu ≥ 50 at.%) to be produced with the critical diameter greater than 10 mm. The novelty of this research is that the glass formation has been improved and the critical diameter increased to 12 mm for the alloy having x = 1 with the addition of Si. Different criteria are used to evaluate the influence of Si content on the GFA, and the possible mechanisms involved in the achievement of this GFA are also discussed. - Abstract: The effect of Si addition on the glass-forming ability (GFA) and mechanical properties of (Cu50Zr43Al7)100-xSix (x = 0, 0.5, 1, 1.5 and 2 at.%) alloys were investigated. The GFA of Cu50Zr43Al7 alloy is improved by addition of a small amount of Si, and the critical diameter for glass formation increases from 10 mm for the alloy with x = 0-12 mm for the alloy with x = 1 when prepared using copper mold casting. Different criteria are used to evaluate the influence of Si content on the GFA, and the possible mechanisms involved in the achievement of this GFA are also discussed. In the uniaxial compression, the bulk glassy alloys exhibit a limited plastic strain of less than 1%, but the compressive fracture strength and Young's modulus were obtained in high values of 1969-2129 MPa and 101-144 GPa, respectively. Fracture surface and shear bands of samples were studied by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM).

  16. Morin reverses neuropathological and cognitive impairments in APPswe/PS1dE9 mice by targeting multiple pathogenic mechanisms.

    Du, Ying; Qu, Jie; Zhang, Wei; Bai, Miao; Zhou, Qiong; Zhang, Zhuo; Li, Zhuyi; Miao, Jianting

    2016-09-01

    Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia worldwide, characterized by progressive cognitive impairment and multiple distinct neuropathological features. Currently, there are no available therapies to delay or block the disease progression. Thus, the disease-modifying therapies are urgent for this devastating disorder by simultaneously targeting multiple distinct pathological processes. Morin, a natural bioflavonoid, have been shown to be strongly neuroprotective in vitro and in vivo. In this study, we first investigated the disease-modifying effects of chronic morin administration on the neuropathological and cognitive impairments in APPswe/PS1dE9 double transgenic mice. Our results showed that chronic morin administration prevented spatial learning and memory deficits in the APPswe/PS1dE9 mice. Morin treatment in the APPswe/PS1dE9 mice markedly reduced cerebral Aβ production and Aβ plaque burden via promoting non-amyloidogenic APP processing pathway by increasing ADAM10 expression, inhibiting amyloidogenic APP processing pathway by decreased BACE1 and PS1 expression, and facilitating Aβ degradation by enhancing Aβ-degrading enzyme expression. In addition, we also found that morin treatment in the APPswe/PS1dE9 mice markedly decreased tau hyperphosphorylation via its inhibitory effect on CDK5 signal pathway. Furthermore, morin treatment in the APPswe/PS1dE9 mice markedly reduced the activated glial cells and increased the expression of synaptic markers. Collectively, our findings demonstrate that chronic morin treatment restores cognitive functions and reverses multiple distinct neuropathological AD-like hallmarks in the APPswe/PS1dE9 mice. This study provides novel insights into the neuroprotective actions and neurobiological mechanisms of morin against AD, suggesting that morin is a potently promising disease-modifying agent for treatment of AD. PMID:27067919

  17. Etching characteristic and mechanism of BST thin films using inductively coupled Cl2/Ar plasma with additive CF4 gas

    BST thin films were etched with inductively coupled CF4/(Cl2+Ar) plasmas. The maximum etch rate of the BST thin films was 53.6 nm/min for a 10% CF4 to the Cl2/Ar gas mixture at RF power of 700 W, DC bias of -150 V, and chamber pressure of 2 Pa. Small addition of CF4 to the Cl2/Ar mixture increased chemical effect. Consequently, the increased chemical effect caused the increase in the etch rate of the BST thin films. To clarify the etching mechanism, the surface reaction of the BST thin films was investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

  18. Crystallization, microstructure and mechanical properties of silumins with micro-additions of Cr, Mo, W and V

    S. Pietrowski

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper results of the crystallization, microstructure and mechanical properties studies of hypo-, hyper- and eutectic silumins with addition of: Cr, Mo, W and V in amount of about 0,05% are presented. The influence of Sb, Sr and P together with Ti + B on the silumins crystallization process has been given. Results of: the microstructure, Rm, Rp0,2, A5 and HB testing of silumins after precipitation hardening and heat treatment in temperature of 560°C/3min and water chilling are presented.

  19. The Influence of Co Addition on Phase Transformation Behavior and Mechanical Properties of TiNi Alloys

    JING Rui-rui; LIU Fu-shun

    2007-01-01

    The influences of Co-addition on phase transformation behavior and mechanical properties of TiNi alloys were investigated. Results indicate that, as a substitute for Ni, Co added to TiNi alloys can dramatically decrease the martensite transformation temperature,and R phase transformation and martensite transformation are accordingly separated. When Co-content reach 10 at.%, the martensite transformation temperature is lower than that of liquid nitrogen. During deformation at room temperature, Ti50Ni48Co2 alloy exhibits good ductility with a lower stress plateau caused by stress-induced martensite and martensite reorientation.

  20. Enhancement of the Thermal Stability and Mechanical Hardness of Zr-Al-Co Amorphous Alloys by Ag Addition

    Wang, Yongyong; Dong, Xiao; Song, Xiaohui; Wang, Jinfeng; Li, Gong; Liu, Riping

    2016-05-01

    The thermal and mechanical properties of Zr57Al15Co28- X Ag X ( X = 0 and 8) amorphous alloys were investigated using differential scanning calorimetry, in situ high-pressure angle dispersive X-ray diffraction measurements with synchrotron radiation, and nanoindentation. Results show that Ag doping improves effective activation energy, nanohardness, elastic modulus, and bulk modulus. Ag addition enhances topological and chemical short-range orderings, which can improve local packing efficiency and restrain long-range atom diffusion. This approach has implications for the design of the microstructure- and property-controllable functional materials for various applications.

  1. Theoretical study on the reaction mechanism of ozone addition to the double bonds of keto-limonene

    Lei Jiang; Yisheng Xu; Baohui Yin; Zhipeng Bai

    2012-01-01

    The reaction mechanism of ozone (O3) addition to the double bonds of gas phase keto-limonene was investigated using ab initio methods.Two different possibilities for O3 addition to the double bond were considered and two corresponding van der Waais complexes (Complex 1 and Complex 2) were found for 1-endo and 2-endo.The rate constants were calculated using the transition state theory at the CCSD(T)/6-31G(d) + CF//B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) level.The high-pressure limit of the total rate constant at 298 K was 3.51 × 10-16cm3/(molecule.sec),which was in a good agreement with the experimental data.

  2. Effect of Y2O3 and Total Oxide Addition on Mechanical Properties of Pressureless Sintered β-SiC

    2003-01-01

    The effect of Y2O3 and the total oxide volume fraction (Y2O3+Al2O3) on density and mechanical properties of lowtemperature (1770~1940℃) pressureless sintered β-SiC ceramics were presented. The optimum temperature forpressureless sintering of β-SiC was found to be ~1850℃ and the optimum content of Y2O3 in the oxides was foundto be between 40 and 57 wt pct. The highest sintered density was achieved by adding oxides at 14 vol. pct. Both ofthe highest strength and fracture toughness were achieved at ~14 vol. pct oxide addition and yttria concentrationsbetween 40 and 57 wt pct in the oxides. Hardness, on the other hand, was found to be the highest for samples with14 vol. pct oxide addition and ~64 wt pct Y2O3 in oxides.

  3. Low temperature impact toughness and fracture mechanism of cast QT400-18L ductile iron with different Ni additions

    Zhang Xinning

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Different contents of Ni (0.3wt.% to 1.2wt.% were added to the QT400-18L ductile iron to investigate the effect of Ni addition on the impact toughness of cast ductile irons at low temperatures. The impact toughnesses of the samples at room and low temperatures were tested. The microstructures and fractographs were observed. Results show that with the increase of Ni addition there is a general trend of refinement of the ferrite matrix while the nodule density shows no obvious change. When the Ni content is 0.7wt.%, the matrix structure is the refined ferrite with a very small fraction (about 2% of pearlite near the eutectic cell boundaries. When the Ni content is further increased, the fraction of pearlite increases significantly and reaches more than 5% when 1.2wt.% Ni is added. The impact toughness at room temperature increases as the content of Ni increases from 0.3 wt.% to 0.7 wt.%, but decreases as the Ni content further increases to 1.2wt.% due to the increase of pearlite fraction. The maximum value of the impact work is 18.5 J at room temperature with 0.7wt.% Ni addition. The average value of the impact work is still more than 13 J even at -30 ℃. In addition, the fracture mechanism changes from ductile manner to brittleness as the testing temperature decreases from 20 ℃ to -60 ℃.

  4. Effects of Ce addition on microstructure, mechanical properties and corrosion resistance of as-cast AZ80 magnesium alloy

    Wang Wei

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available In this study, Ce was introduced into the AZ80 alloy and the effects of Ce addition on the microstructure, mechanical properties and corrosion resistance of the as-cast AZ80 magnesium alloy were investigated. The results show that the addition of Ce into the AZ80 alloy can not only refine the microstructure, but also result in the formation of the needle-like Al4Ce phase. These tiny Al4Ce phases are homogeneously distributed at grain boundaries and within grains. An appropriate Ce addition can also change the β-Mg17Al12 phase at the grain boundaries from continuous network to small island-like. At the same time, with the increase of Ce content from 0 to 2.0wt.%, the macro-hardness of the as-cast alloy is enhanced linearly, while impact toughness, tensile strength and elongation all firstly increase and then decrease. The AZ80 alloy containing 1.0wt.% Ce exhibits the optimal properties. Its macro-hardness, impact toughness, tensile strength and elongation are 61.90 HB, 15.50 J·cm-2, 171.80 MPa and 3.35%, increase by 9.95%, 63%, 13.3% and 36.7%, respectively compared with the base alloy. In addition, Ce can enhance the corrosion resistance of the AZ80 magnesium alloy.

  5. Influencing mechanism of Zn interlayer addition on hook defects of friction stir spot welded Mg–Al–Zn alloy joints

    Highlights: • Mg–Al–Zn sheets were friction stir spot welded (FSSW) with addition of Zn interlayer. • Complex alloying reactions occurred between Mg sheets and Zn interlayer during FSSW. • Alloying reactions increased the area of bonded zone and eliminated the hook defects. • Tensile–shear load of FSSW joints increased from 2.4 to 4 kN by adding Zn interlayer. - Abstract: 2.4 mm thick Mg–Al–Zn alloy sheets were friction stir spot welded (FSSW) without and with the addition of 0.1 mm thick Zn interlayer. The influence of interlayer addition on the microstructural features and mechanical properties of FSSW joints was investigated by optical microscope, scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope, X-ray diffraction and tensile testing. The results show that the addition of Zn interlayer resulted in complex alloying reactions between Mg substrate and Zn interlayer, forming a bonded zone composed of α-Mg, (α-Mg + MgZn) eutectoid structure and a mixture of Mg4Zn7 and unreacted Zn, thereby increasing the area of bonded zone and reducing the hook defects. This results in a significant increase in tensile–shear load from 2.4 kN to about 4 kN

  6. Effect of Nitrogen Content on Grain Refinement and Mechanical Properties of a Reversion-Treated Ni-Free 18Cr-12Mn Austenitic Stainless Steel

    Behjati, P.; Kermanpur, A.; Najafizadeh, A.; Samaei Baghbadorani, H.; Karjalainen, L. P.; Jung, J.-G.; Lee, Y.-K.

    2014-12-01

    Martensite reversion treatment was utilized to obtain ultrafine grain size in Fe-18Cr-12Mn-N stainless steels containing 0 to 0.44 wt pct N. This was achieved by cold rolling to 80 pct reduction followed by reversion annealing at temperatures between 973 K and 1173 K (700 °C and 900 °C) for 1 to 104 seconds. The microstructural evolution was characterized using both transmission and scanning electron microscopes, and mechanical properties were evaluated using hardness and tensile tests. The steel without nitrogen had a duplex ferritic-austenitic structure and the grain size refinement remained inefficient. The finest austenitic microstructure was achieved in the steels with 0.25 and 0.36 wt pct N following annealing at 1173 K (900 °C) for 100 seconds, resulting in average grain sizes of about 0.240 ± 0.117 and 0.217 ± 0.73 µm, respectively. Nano-size Cr2N precipitates observed in the microstructure were responsible for retarding the grain growth. The reversion mechanism was found to be diffusion controlled in the N-free steel and shear controlled in the N-containing steels. Due to a low fraction of strain-induced martensite in cold rolled condition, the 0.44 wt pct N steel displayed relatively non-uniform, micron-scale grain structure after the same reversion treatment, but it still exhibited superior mechanical properties with a yield strength of 1324 MPa, tensile strength of 1467 MPa, and total elongation of 17 pct. While the high yield strength can be attributed to strengthening by nitrogen alloying, dislocation hardening, and slight grain refinement, the moderate strain-induced martensitic transformation taking place during tensile straining was responsible for enhancement in tensile strength and elongation.

  7. Effect of Grain and Calcinations Kaolin Additives on Some Mechanical and Physical properties on Low DensityPolyethylene Composites

    Zanaib Y. Shnean

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, a composite material was prepared from Low-density polyethylene (LDPE with different weight percent of grain and calcinations kaolin at temperature of (850oC using single screw extruder and a mixing machine operated at a temperature between (190-200oC. Some of mechanical and physical properties such as tensile strength, tensile strength at break, Young modulus, and elongation at break, shore hardness and water absorption were determined at different weight fraction of filler (0, 2, 7, 10 and 15%. It was found that the addition of filler increases the modulus of elasticity, elongation at break, shore hardness and impact strength; on other hand, it decreases the tensile strength and tensile strength at a break. Absorption test was carried out in water at different immersion times and different composite .The results of absorption show that it obeys Fick’s law and after the addition of kaolin the amount of absorption decrease. Calcinations kaolin filler produces better mechanical properties , than grain kaolin fillers.

  8. Rapid and reversible impairments of short- and long-term social recognition memory are caused by acute isolation of adult rats via distinct mechanisms.

    Hadar Shahar-Gold

    Full Text Available Mammalian social organizations require the ability to recognize and remember individual conspecifics. This social recognition memory (SRM can be examined in rodents using their innate tendency to investigate novel conspecifics more persistently than familiar ones. Here we used the SRM paradigm to examine the influence of housing conditions on the social memory of adult rats. We found that acute social isolation caused within few days a significant impairment in acquisition of short-term SRM of male and female rats. Moreover, SRM consolidation into long-term memory was blocked following only one day of social isolation. Both impairments were reversible, but with different time courses. Furthermore, only the impairment in SRM consolidation was reversed by systemic administration of arginine-vasopressin (AVP. In contrast to SRM, object recognition memory was not affected by social isolation. We conclude that acute social isolation rapidly induces reversible changes in the brain neuronal and molecular mechanisms underlying SRM, which hamper its acquisition and completely block its consolidation. These changes occur via distinct, AVP sensitive and insensitive mechanisms. Thus, acute social isolation of rats swiftly causes changes in their brain and interferes with their normal social behavior.

  9. Effect of boron addition on microstructure and mechanical properties of TiC/Ti6Al4V composites

    Highlights: ► TiC/Ti6Al4V composites were fabricated by using the in situ melting–casting process. ► The microstructure and mechanical properties of the composites were investigated. ► It showed the addition of boron refined the TiC dendrite and influenced the mechanical properties. ► The reasons of refinement of TiC dendrite and change of wear property were explained. -- Abstract: TiC/Ti6Al4V composites with different boron additions were successfully fabricated, and the effects of the boron content on the microstructure, mechanical properties of composites were investigated. The results show that the dendritic TiC in the composites is remarkably refined when the boron content is less than 0.06 wt.%. The average primary axial length of TiC dendrite is decreased from 150 μm to 50 μm according to the increasing of the boron content from 0.01 wt.% to 0.06 wt.%. And TiC dendrite gradually changes from the coarse dendrite to the fine dendrite or granular, but the abrasive property is obviously reduced with the increase of boron content. On the other hand, when the boron content further increases from 0.1 wt.% to 0.6 wt.%, the dendritic TiC can not be refined obviously, the fiber-shape TiB begins to appear and the abrasive property of composites is improved. The compressive strength and hardness (HRC) of composites are obviously increased in the whole addition range. The refinement mechanism of boron is attributed to the combined effects of the increase in nucleation rate at the constitutionally supercooled zone in front of the solid–liquid interface and the reduction in growth rate of TiC. The improvement of its abrasive property is mainly attributed to the existence of large size TiC and fiber-shape TiB during the abrasion.

  10. Effect of additive particles on mechanical, thermal, and cell functioning properties of poly(methyl methacrylate cement

    Khandaker M

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Morshed Khandaker,1 Melville B Vaughan,2 Tracy L Morris,3 Jeremiah J White,1 Zhaotong Meng1 1Department of Engineering and Physics, 2Department of Biology, 3Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK, USA Abstract: The most common bone cement material used clinically today for orthopedic surgery is poly(methyl methacrylate (PMMA. Conventional PMMA bone cement has several mechanical, thermal, and biological disadvantages. To overcome these problems, researchers have investigated combinations of PMMA bone cement and several bioactive particles (micrometers to nanometers in size, such as magnesium oxide, hydroxyapatite, chitosan, barium sulfate, and silica. A study comparing the effect of these individual additives on the mechanical, thermal, and cell functional properties of PMMA would be important to enable selection of suitable additives and design improved PMMA cement for orthopedic applications. Therefore, the goal of this study was to determine the effect of inclusion of magnesium oxide, hydroxyapatite, chitosan, barium sulfate, and silica additives in PMMA on the mechanical, thermal, and cell functional performance of PMMA. American Society for Testing and Materials standard three-point bend flexural and fracture tests were conducted to determine the flexural strength, flexural modulus, and fracture toughness of the different PMMA samples. A custom-made temperature measurement system was used to determine maximum curing temperature and the time needed for each PMMA sample to reach its maximum curing temperature. Osteoblast adhesion and proliferation experiments were performed to determine cell viability using the different PMMA cements. We found that flexural strength and fracture toughness were significantly greater for PMMA specimens that incorporated silica than for the other specimens. All additives prolonged the time taken to reach maximum curing temperature and significantly improved cell

  11. The effect of Si additions on the sintering and sintered microstructure and mechanical properties of Ti-3Ni alloy

    Highlights: → Silicon is a potent sintering aid for Ti-Ni alloys revealed by predictions and confirmed by experiments. → The addition of Si should be limited to ≤1% to avoid coarse Ti5Si3 phase and ensure good ductility. → Liquid forms during heating at ∼988 deg. C due to reactions between Si and Ni and Ni and Ti. → Silicon can be a unique addition to PM Ti alloys for significantly improved mechanical properties. - Abstract: Thermodynamic predictions suggest that silicon has the potential to be a potent sintering aid for Ti-Ni alloys because small additions of Si lower the solidus of Ti-Ni alloys appreciably (>200 deg. C by 1 wt.% Si). A systematic study has been made of the effect of Si on the sintering of a Ti-3Ni alloy at 1300 deg. C. The sintered density increased from 91.8% theoretical density (TD) to 99.2%TD with increasing Si from 0% to 2%. Microstructural examination reveals that coarse particles and/or continuous networks of Ti5Si3 form along grain boundaries when the addition of Si exceeds 1%. The grain boundary Ti5Si3 phase leads to predominantly intergranular fracture and therefore a sharp decrease in ductility concomitant with increased tensile strengths. The optimum addition of Si is proposed to be ≤1%. Dilatometry experiments reveal different shrinkage behaviours with respect to different Si contents. Interrupted differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) experiments and corresponding X-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses clarify the sequence of phase formation during heating. The results provide a useful basis for powder metallurgy (PM) Ti alloy design with Si.

  12. Magnetization arrangement of hard magnetic phases and mechanism of magnetization and reversal magnetization of nano-composite magnets

    LIU Xin-cai; XIE Ren; PAN Jing

    2009-01-01

    During the process of directional solidification, laser remelting/solidification in the layer on sintered magnets, die-upsetting of cast magnets, or die-upsetting of nano-composites, the arrangements of the easy-magnetization-axes of the hard magnetic phases (Nd_2Fe_(14)B, SmCo_5 or Sm_2Co_(17) type) in their designed directions have been studied. In Fe-Pt nano-composite magnets, attempts have been taken to promote phase transformation from disordered, soft magnetic A1 to ordered, hard magnetic L_(10) FePt phase at reduced temperatures. The dependence of the magnetization and reversal magnetization processes on the microstructures, involving the morphology and three critical sizes of particles of the FePt nano-composite magnets, are summarized. With the decrease of the nominal thickness of the anisotropic FePt film epitaxially grown on the single crystal MgO (001) substrate, the reversal magnetization process firstly changes from full domain wall displacement to partial magnetic wall pinning related to the morphology change, where the coercive force increases abruptly. The reversal magnetization process secondly changes from magnetic wall pinning to incoherent magnetization rotation associated with the particles being below the first critical size at which multi-domain particles turn into single domain ones, where the coercive force is still increased. And the reversal magnetization mode thirdly changes from incoherent to coherent rotation referred to the second critical size, where the increase of the coercive force keeps on. However, when the particle size decreases to approach the third critical size where the particles turn into the supperparamagnetic state, the coercive force begins to decrease due to the interplay of the size effect and the incomplete ordering induced by the size effect. Meanwhile, due to the size effect, Curie temperature of the ultra-small FePt particles reduces.

  13. Review of Mechanical Properties of Ti-6Al-4V Made by Laser-Based Additive Manufacturing Using Powder Feedstock

    Beese, Allison M.; Carroll, Beth E.

    2016-03-01

    Laser-based additive manufacturing (AM) of metals using powder feedstock can be accomplished via two broadly defined technologies: directed energy deposition (DED) and powder bed fusion (PBF). In these processes, metallic powder is delivered to a location and locally melted with a laser heat source. Upon deposition, the material undergoes a rapid cooling and solidification, and as subsequent layers are added to the component, the material within the component is subjected to rapid thermal cycles. In order to adopt AM for the building of structural components, a thorough understanding of the relationships among the complex thermal cycles seen in AM, the unique heterogeneous and anisotropic microstructure, and the mechanical properties must be developed. Researchers have fabricated components by both DED and PBF from the widely used titanium alloy Ti-6Al-4V and studied the resultant microstructure and mechanical properties. This review article discusses the progress to date on investigating the as-deposited and heat-treated microstructures and mechanical properties of Ti-6Al-4V structures made by powder-based laser AM using DED and PBF.

  14. Temperature-dependent magnetization reversal process and coercivity mechanism in Nd-Fe-B hot-deformed magnets

    Okamoto, Satoshi; Goto, Ryota; Kikuchi, Nobuaki; Kitakami, Osamu; Akiya, Takahiro; Sepehri-Amin, Hossein; Ohkubo, Tadakatsu; Hono, Kazuhiro; Hioki, Keiko; Hattori, Atsushi

    2015-12-01

    Low coercivity and its large temperature dependence of a Nd2Fe14B magnet with respect to its magnetic anisotropy field have been addressed as the coercivity problem. To elucidate the physical origin of this problem, we have investigated the temperature dependence of the magnetization reversal behavior in the Nd-Fe-B hot-deformed magnet. Based on the analysis of the energy barrier evaluated from magnetic viscosity measurements, the coercivity problem is discussed in terms of the following three aspects: magnetization reversal process, intrinsic coercivity without thermal demagnetization effect, and energy barrier height. The analyses lead us to conclude that domain wall pinning is dominant in the magnetization reversal in the Nd-Fe-B hot-deformed magnet. The temperature dependences of the intrinsic coercivity and the energy barrier height are explained by the grain boundary model with an intermediate layer. These analyses would be utilized to discuss the detailed structure and magnetic properties of the grain boundary, which gives a new insight to overcome the coercivity problem.

  15. The effect of unsaturated fatty acid and triglyceride oil addition on the mechanical and antibacterial properties of acrylic bone cements.

    Persson, Cecilia; Robert, Elise; Carlsson, Elin; Robo, Céline; López, Alejandro; Godoy-Gallardo, Maria; Ginebra, Maria-Pau; Engqvist, Håkan

    2015-09-01

    Acrylic bone cements have an elastic modulus several times higher than the surrounding trabecular bone. This has been hypothesized to contribute to certain clinical complications. There are indications that the addition of specific fatty acids and triglyceride oils may reduce the elastic modulus of these types of cements. Some of these additives also appear to have inherent antibiotic properties, although this has never been evaluated in bone cements. In this study, several types of fatty acids and triglyceride oils were evaluated for use in acrylic bone cements. Their mechanical properties were evaluated under uniaxial compression testing and selected cements were then further characterized in terms of microstructure, handling and antibacterial properties using scanning electron microscopy, polymerization temperature measurements, agar diffusion tests and bactericidal activity assays of cement extracts. It was found that any of the evaluated fatty acids or triglyceride oils could be used to tailor the stiffness of acrylic bone cements, although at varying concentrations, which also depended on the type of commercial base cement used. In particular, the addition of very small amounts of linoleic acid (agar diffusion test as well as demonstrating 100% bactericidal activity against the same strain. PMID:25876889

  16. Synthesis of nanoparticeles in ductile iron with small additions of vanadium and niobium and its mechanical properties

    E. Fraś

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available It has been shown that the heat treatment of 1095oC/640 oC type of ferritic ductile iron with small addition of 0.08% vanadium permits to obtain of the rounded VC nanoparticles with an average size of 50 nm and 0.13 volume fraction. Results of investigations of influence of small vanadium up to 0.3%, niobium up to 0.16% and nitrogen up to 58 ppm additions and heat treatment of 1080oC-24h/640 oC and 1080oC-24h/600 oC type on structure and mechanical properties (tensile strength, yields strength and elongation of ductile iron are also presented in this work. It has been demonstrated that heat treatment and small additions of vanadium, and niobium as well as nitrogen enable to obtain material, which can be classified a EN-GJS-450-18 to EN-GJS-700-2 grade ductile iron.

  17. Site-specific magnetization reversal studies of magnetite

    The mechanism of magnetization reversal in magnetite (Fe3O4) single crystals was studied using site-specific magnetic sensitive diffraction anomalous near-edge structure. By exploiting the angular dependence of the cross section, we are able to show that the mechanism of reversal involves a mixture of coherent rotation and domain formation. The results reveal additional details to that provided by XMCD measurements, which average over nonequivalent sites

  18. Psychological Mechanism Underlying Preference Reversals in Intertemporal Choice%跨期选择中偏好反转的心理机制

    陈海贤; 何贵兵

    2012-01-01

    通过直接测量近期和远期选择中备选项激活的情绪、间隔的时间知觉及对备选项金额差异和时间间隔的重视程度,以探究跨期选择中偏好反转产生的心理机制。结果表明:(1)近期选择中,备选项激活的情绪强度差异显著,而远期选择中两者的差异不显著;(2)近期和远期选择中,情绪强度差异和时间知觉差异能够预测偏好反转的发生。研究结果支持了偏好反转的情绪激活差异假说和时间知觉差异假说。%Preference reversals in intertemporal choice refer to the tendency of a decision maker to prefer alternative SS(Sooner-Smaller) to LL(Larger-Later) when the outcomes are near but prefer alternative LL to SS when the outcomes are distant.Preference reversals cast doubts on the DU(Discounting Utility) model,which assumed stationary preferences across time. There are three main theories about psychological mechanism underlying preference reversals.The first theory hypothesized that choices between the immediate outcome and the distant outcome activated stronger impulsive affection than choices between distant outcomes. Different impulsive affection caused reversals(Loewenstein,1996;Metcalfe Mischel,1999).The second theory hypothesized that the subject interval perception was longer in near choices than in distant choices,even though the object interval between alternatives was the same(Takahashi,Oonob, Radfordb,2008;Zauberman,Kim,Malkoc, Bettman,2009).Different interval perception caused different value discounting,which caused reversals.The third theory hypothesized that the magnitude of money (high-level construal) were more weighted whereas interval(low-level construal) was less weighted as psychology distance increased, and the varing weight of money and interval in near and distant choices caused reversals(Trope Liberman,2003,2010). The purpose of this study was to test these theories.We hypothesized that the psychological variables underlying

  19. The Effect of the Kind of Sands and Additions on the Mechanical Behaviour of S.C.C

    Zeghichi, L.; Benghazi, Z.; Baali, L.

    The sand is an inert element essential in the composition of concrete; its use ensures granular continuity between the cement and gravel for better cohesion of concrete. This paper presents the results of a study that investigated the influence of sand quality on the properties of fresh and hardened self-compacting concrete (SCC). The dune sands are very fine materials characterized by a high intergranular porosity, high surface area and low fineness modulus; on the other hand crushed (manufactured) sand has a high rate into thin and irregular shapes which are influencing the workability of concrete. The amount of dune sand varies from (0% 50%, to 100%) by weight of fine aggregates. The effect of additions is also treated (blast furnace slag and lime stone) The results show that the rheological properties favour the use of dune sands; however the mechanical properties support the use of crushed sand.

  20. Effect of Nb addition on the microstructure and mechanical properties of an 1800 MPa ultrahigh strength steel

    Wu, Huibin [National Engineering Research Center for Advanced Rolling Technology, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Ju, Biao, E-mail: jubiao@aliyun.com [National Engineering Research Center for Advanced Rolling Technology, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Tang, Di; Hu, Rirong [National Engineering Research Center for Advanced Rolling Technology, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Guo, Aimin [CITIC-CBMM Microalloying Technology Center (MTC), CITIC Group, Beijing 100004 (China); Kang, Qiang; Wang, Di [National Engineering Research Center for Advanced Rolling Technology, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China)

    2015-01-12

    The microstructure–property relationship of Nb-free and Nb-bearing ultrahigh strength steels were studied in this work. Martensitic steels with 1800 MPa tensile strength were obtained by conducting reheated quenching and tempering after thermomechanical rolling. The microstructures of the steels were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy electron backscattering diffraction technique. The results show that with the addition of Nb, the prior austenite grain growth was impeded, which leaded to the further refinement of final martensite microstructure. Randomly distributed Nb-rich (Nb,Ti)C in Nb bearing steel played an important role in the strengthening of the steel. As revealed by dilatometry and differential scanning calorimetry, with the increase of tempering temperature the decrease of mechanical properties mainly initiated by the decomposition of retained austenite during low temperature tempering, and the formation of harmful iron carbides was retarded when the steel microalloyed with 0.021% Nb.

  1. Mechanical properties of pressure-less sintered ZrB{sub 2} with molybdenum, iron and carbon additives

    Mousavi, Mahsa Jalal, E-mail: Mahsa_mousavi62@yahoo.com [Ceramic Department, Imam Khomeini International University, P. O. Box: 34149-16818, Ghazvin (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Zakeri, Mohammad; Rahimipour, Mohammadreza [Ceramic Department, Materials and Energy Research Center, Karaj (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Amini, Elham [Ceramic Department, Imam Khomeini International University, P. O. Box: 34149-16818, Ghazvin (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2014-09-08

    ZrB{sub 2} powder was successfully densified with Mo, Fe and carbon as sintering aid by pressure-less sintering method. Effects of the above additives were investigated on the densification, microstructure and mechanical properties (hardness, fracture toughness and compressive strength) of sintered samples. It was observed that the ZrB{sub 2} samples with 10 wt%Fe and 15 wt%Mo with 1 wt%C had the maximum density. The maximum compressive strength and fracture toughness of 425 MPa and 12.5 MPa m{sup 1/2} were obtained for ZrB{sub 2}–10 wt%Mo–1 wt%C, respectively. Fracture toughness of ZrB{sub 2}–10 wt%Fe was significantly improved at higher carbon content (2 wt%)

  2. Low-carbohydrate diets cause obesity, low-carbohydrate diets reverse obesity: a metabolic mechanism resolving the paradox

    Mobbs, Charles V.; Mastaitis, Jason; Yen, Kelvin; Schwartz, Joseph; Mohan, Vinuta; Poplawski, Michal; Isoda, Fumiko

    2006-01-01

    High-fat diets produce obesity in part because, per calorie, glucose produces greater post-prandial thermogenesis than lipids, an effect probably mediated by glucose-sensing neurons. A very low carbohydrate/high-fat/high-protein Atkins-type diet produces obesity but is marginally ketogenic in mice. In contrast, high-sucrose/low-fat diets, and very low carbohydrate/high-fat/low-protein (anti-epileptic) ketogenic diets reverse diet-induced obesity independent of caloric intake. We propose that ...

  3. X-ray diffraction study of reversible deformation mechanisms in the aged uranium-6.5 niobium alloy

    The x-ray diffraction (XRD) data from 2000C/2h-aged uranium-6.5 wt % niobium (U-6.5Nb) alloys, taken under stress as a function of strain, revealed a gamma-zero (γ0)→ alpha prime-prime (α'') thermoelastic martensitic phase transformation. It was concluded that the primary reversible deformation modes consisted of the movement of γ0/α'' interphase interfaces and α'' intervariant interfaces. Specimen elasticity at low strains was associated with the retreat of interphase interfaces. At higher strains, interphase interfaces did not recover significantly on unloading, and elasticity was due primarily to the retreat of α'' intervariant interfaces

  4. Effects of microstructure and CaO addition on the magnetic and mechanical properties of NiCuZn ferrites

    In this study, the effects of grain size and the addition of CaCO3 on the magnetic and mechanical properties of Ni0.5Cu0.3Zn0.2Fe2O4 ceramics were investigated. The bending strength of the ferrites increased from 66 to 84 MPa as the grain size of the sintered ceramics decreased from 10.25 μm to 7.53 μm, while the change in hardness was insignificant. The addition of various amounts of CaCO3 densified the Ni0.5Cu0.3Zn0.2Fe2O4 ceramics at 1075 °C. In the pure Ni0.5Cu0.3Zn0.2Fe2O4 ceramic, second phase CuO was segregated at the grain boundaries. With the CaCO3 content ≥1.5 wt%, a small amount of discrete plate-like second phase Fe2CaO4 was observed, together with the disappearance of the second phase CuO. The grain size of the Ni0.5Cu0.3Zn0.2Fe2O4 ceramic dropped from 7.80 μm to 4.68 μm, and the grain size distribution widened as the CaCO3 content increased from 0 to 5 wt%. Initially rising to 807 after CaCO3 addition up to 2.0 wt%, due to a reduced grain size, the Vickers hardness began to drop as the CaCO3 content increased. The bending strength grew linearly with the CaCO3 content and reached twice the value for the Ni0.5Cu0.3Zn0.2Fe2O4 ceramic with an addition of 5.0 wt% CaCO3. The initial permeability of the Ni0.5Cu0.3Zn0.2Fe2O4 ceramic decreased substantially from 402 to 103 as the addition of CaCO3 in ferrite increased from 0 to 5 wt%, and the quality factor of the Ni0.5Cu0.3Zn0.2Fe2O4 ceramic was maximized at 95 for 1.0 wt% CaCO3 addition. - Highlights: • Effects of grain size and CaCO3 on the properties of NiCuZn ferrite were studied. • Bending strength increased with grain size of the ferrite but not in the hardness. • Bending strength reached a twice value for ferrite with 5.0 wt% CaCO3 addition. • Initial permeability of the ferrite decreased markedly with the addition of CaCO3. • Quality factor of the ferrite was maximized at 95 for 1.0 wt% CaCO3 addition

  5. Effects of microstructure and CaO addition on the magnetic and mechanical properties of NiCuZn ferrites

    Wang, Sea-Fue, E-mail: sfwang@ntut.edu.tw; Hsu, Yung-Fu; Liu, Yi-Xin; Hsieh, Chung-Kai

    2015-11-15

    In this study, the effects of grain size and the addition of CaCO{sub 3} on the magnetic and mechanical properties of Ni{sub 0.5}Cu{sub 0.3}Zn{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ceramics were investigated. The bending strength of the ferrites increased from 66 to 84 MPa as the grain size of the sintered ceramics decreased from 10.25 μm to 7.53 μm, while the change in hardness was insignificant. The addition of various amounts of CaCO{sub 3} densified the Ni{sub 0.5}Cu{sub 0.3}Zn{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ceramics at 1075 °C. In the pure Ni{sub 0.5}Cu{sub 0.3}Zn{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ceramic, second phase CuO was segregated at the grain boundaries. With the CaCO{sub 3} content ≥1.5 wt%, a small amount of discrete plate-like second phase Fe{sub 2}CaO{sub 4} was observed, together with the disappearance of the second phase CuO. The grain size of the Ni{sub 0.5}Cu{sub 0.3}Zn{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ceramic dropped from 7.80 μm to 4.68 μm, and the grain size distribution widened as the CaCO{sub 3} content increased from 0 to 5 wt%. Initially rising to 807 after CaCO{sub 3} addition up to 2.0 wt%, due to a reduced grain size, the Vickers hardness began to drop as the CaCO{sub 3} content increased. The bending strength grew linearly with the CaCO{sub 3} content and reached twice the value for the Ni{sub 0.5}Cu{sub 0.3}Zn{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ceramic with an addition of 5.0 wt% CaCO{sub 3}. The initial permeability of the Ni{sub 0.5}Cu{sub 0.3}Zn{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ceramic decreased substantially from 402 to 103 as the addition of CaCO{sub 3} in ferrite increased from 0 to 5 wt%, and the quality factor of the Ni{sub 0.5}Cu{sub 0.3}Zn{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ceramic was maximized at 95 for 1.0 wt% CaCO{sub 3} addition. - Highlights: • Effects of grain size and CaCO{sub 3} on the properties of NiCuZn ferrite were studied. • Bending strength increased with grain size of the ferrite but not in the hardness. • Bending strength reached a twice value for

  6. Effect of addition of Ag nano powder on mechanical properties of epoxy/polyaminoamide adduct coatings filled with conducting polymer

    Samad, Ubair Abdus [Department of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering, King Saud University, P. O. Box 800, Riyadh 11421 (Saudi Arabia); Center of excellence for research in engineering materials (CEREM), Advance Manufacturing Institute, King Saud University, P. O. Box 800, Riyadh 11421 (Saudi Arabia); Khan, Rawaiz [Department of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering, King Saud University, P. O. Box 800, Riyadh 11421 (Saudi Arabia); Alam, Mohammad Asif [Center of excellence for research in engineering materials (CEREM), Advance Manufacturing Institute, King Saud University, P. O. Box 800, Riyadh 11421 (Saudi Arabia); Al-Othman, Othman Y. [Department of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering, King Saud University, P. O. Box 800, Riyadh 11421 (Saudi Arabia); Deanship of Graduate Studies, The Saudi Electric University, P. O. Box 93499, Riyadh 11673 (Saudi Arabia); Al-Zahrani, Saeed M. [Center of excellence for research in engineering materials (CEREM), Advance Manufacturing Institute, King Saud University, P. O. Box 800, Riyadh 11421 (Saudi Arabia); SABIC Polymer Research Center (SPRC) and department of chemical engineering, college of engineering, King Saud University, P. O. Box 800, Riyadh 11421 (Saudi Arabia)

    2015-05-22

    In this study the effect of Ag Nano powder on mechanical properties of epoxy coatings filled with optimized ratio of conducting polymers (Polyaniline and Polyppyrole) was evaluated. Bisphenol A diglycidyl ether epoxy resin (DGEBA) along with polyaminoamide adduct (ARADUR 3282-1 BD) is used as curing agent under optimized stoichiometry values. Curing is performed at room temperature with different percentages of Nano filler. Glass and steel panels were used as coating substrate. Bird applicator was used to coat the samples in order to obtain thin film with wet film thickness (WFT) of about 70-90 µm. The samples were kept in dust free environment for about 7 days at room temperature for complete curing. The coated steel panels were used to evaluate the mechanical properties of coating such as hardness, scratch and impact tests whereas coated glass panels were used for measuring pendulum hardness of the coatings. To check the dispersion and morphology of Nano filler in epoxy matrix scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used in addition Nano indentation was also performed to observe the effect of Nano filler on modulus of elasticity and hardness at Nano scale.

  7. Mechanical behaviour of austenitic stainless steels in inert environment and in hot chloride environment: influence of molybdenum addition

    This research thesis reports the study of the influence of molybdenum addition. It is based on an experimental method which brings to the fore correlations between mechanical and electrochemical parameters of the phenomenon of stress corrosion cracking of austenitic stainless steels. After having recalled some characteristics of dry corrosion and electrochemical corrosion, presented austenitic stainless steels (mechanical properties such as elastic modulus, yield strength, tensile strength, ultimate elongation, creep behaviour, inter-crystalline and pitting corrosion, stress corrosion cracking behaviour), the author addresses the stress corrosion cracking behaviour of these steels in chloride environment (general characteristics, parameters, proposes theories to explain stress corrosion cracking), reports the study of the influence of molybdenum in these steels, notably on corrosion resistance and on stress corrosion cracking. Experimental method and results are described and discussed: tensile tests and creep tests in inert environment, stress corrosion cracking test in chloride environment with analysis based either on corrosion potential evolution or on sample elongation evolution. Results are notably discussed in terms of crack situation within metal lattice, crack growth rate, and scanning electronic microscopy observations

  8. Unraveling the Fundamental Mechanisms of Solvent-Additive-Induced Optimization of Power Conversion Efficiencies in Organic Photovoltaic Devices.

    Herath, Nuradhika; Das, Sanjib; Zhu, Jiahua; Kumar, Rajeev; Chen, Jihua; Xiao, Kai; Gu, Gong; Browning, James F; Sumpter, Bobby G; Ivanov, Ilia N; Lauter, Valeria

    2016-08-10

    The realization of controllable morphologies of bulk heterojunctions (BHJ) in organic photovoltaics (OPVs) is one of the key factors enabling high-efficiency devices. We provide new insights into the fundamental mechanisms essential for the optimization of power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) with additive processing to PBDTTT-CF:PC71BM system. We have studied the underlying mechanisms by monitoring the 3D nanostructural modifications in BHJs and correlated the modifications with the optical analysis and theoretical modeling of charge transport. Our results demonstrate profound effects of diiodooctane (DIO) on morphology and charge transport in the active layers. For small amounts of DIO (3 vol %), DIO facilitates a loosely packed mixed morphology with large clusters of PC71BM, leading to deterioration in PCE. Theoretical modeling of charge transport reveals that DIO increases the mobility of electrons and holes (the charge carriers) by affecting the energetic disorder and electric field dependence of the mobility. Our findings show the implications of phase separation and carrier transport pathways to achieve optimal device performances. PMID:27403964

  9. Graded microstructure and mechanical properties of additive manufactured Ti–6Al–4V via electron beam melting

    Electron beam melting (EBM®)-built Ti–6Al–4V has increasingly shown great potential for orthopedic implant and aerospace applications in recent years. The microstructure and mechanical properties of EBM-built Ti–6Al–4V have been systematically investigated in this work. Its microstructure consists of columnar prior β grains delineated by wavy grain boundary α and transformed α/β structures with both cellular colony and basket-weave morphology as well as numerous singular α bulges within the prior β grains. The β phase is found to form as discrete flat rods embedded in continuous α phase and its volume fraction is determined to be ∼3.6%. Moreover, α′ martensite was not observed as it has decomposed into α and β phases. In particular, the α/β interface was studied in detail combined transmission electron microscopy with atom probe tomography. Of note is that graded Ti–6Al–4V microstructure i.e. both prior β grain width and β phase interspacing continuously increase with the build height, was observed, which mainly arises from the decreasing cooling rate. Furthermore, an increasingly pronounced strain hardening effect was also observed as the previously built layers undergo a longer annealing compared to the subsequent layers. As a result, graded mechanical properties of Ti–6Al–4V with degraded microhardness and tensile properties were found. A good agreement with the Hall–Petch relation indicates that the graded property takes place mainly due to the graded microstructure. In addition, this graded microstructure and mechanical properties were discussed based on a quantitative characterization

  10. Magnetic anisotropy and reversal in epitaxial Fe/MgO(001) films revisited

    Zhan, Qing-feng; Vandezande, Stijn; Temst, Kristiaan; Van Haesendonck, Chris

    2008-01-01

    We investigate the magnetization reversal in Fe/MgO(001) films with fourfold in-plane magnetic anisotropy and an additional uniaxial anisotropy whose orientation and strength are tuned using different growth geometries and post growth treatments. The previously adopted mechanism of 180^{o} domain wall nucleation clearly fails to explain the observed 180^{o} magnetization reversal. A new reversal mechanism with two successive domain wall nucleations consistently predicts the switching fields f...

  11. Effects of Cu and B addition on microstructure and mechanical properties of high-strength bainitic steels

    Effects of Cu and B addition on microstructure and mechanical properties of high-strength bainitic steels were investigated in this study. Six kinds of steels were fabricated by controlling the amount of Cu and B addition, and their microstructures and tensile and Charpy impact properties were investigated. Their effective grain sizes were also characterized by the electron back-scatter diffraction analysis. The tensile test results indicated that the B- or Cu-containing steels had the higher yield and tensile strengths than the B- or Cu-free steels because their volume fractions of acicular ferrite and martensite were quite high. The B- or Cu-free steels had the higher upper shelf energy than the B- or Cu-containing steels because of their lower volume fraction of martensite. In the steel containing 10 ppm B without Cu, the best combination of high strengths, high upper shelf energy, and low energy transition temperature could be obtained by the decrease in effective grain size due to the presence of acicular ferrite having fine effective grain size.

  12. Effect of alloying additions to Ag on thermal conductivity, electrical and mechanical properties of Ag-sheathed Bi-2223 tapes

    Ag-sheathed Bi-2223 tapes were fabricated by a powder-in-tube technique with different configurations of the inner and outer sheath materials: Ag, Ag-Mg-Ni, Ag-Sb and Ag-Au. Characterization of thermal conductivity at 4.2 K to 100 K showed that the addition of Au decreased the thermal conductivity remarkably. The value at 40 K was 53.8 W/(m K) for AgAu-AgAu tape, five times lower than that of Ag-AgMgNi tape. The addition of Sb reduced AC losses much more than other alloyed element, partly due to its high electrical resistivity at 77 K. The measurement results of the normalized I c dependence on magnetic field of the tapes indicated, however, no conclusive correlation between alloy type and I c performance in field was highlighted. The mechanical property of alloy-sheathed tape was also evaluated. The sequence of the tapes' tensile strength from highest to lowest was: Ag-Mg-Ni, Ag-Sb, Ag-Au, Ag

  13. Additive Effects of Mechanical Marrow Ablation and PTH Treatment on de Novo Bone Formation in Mature Adult Rats

    Jodi A. Carlson Scholz

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Mechanical ablation of bone marrow in young rats induces rapid but transient bone growth, which can be enhanced and maintained for three weeks by the administration of parathyroid hormone (PTH. Additionally, marrow ablation, followed by PTH treatment for three months leads to increased cortical thickness. In this study, we sought to determine whether PTH enhances bone formation after marrow ablation in aged rats. Aged rats underwent unilateral femoral marrow ablation and treatment with PTH or vehicle for four weeks. Both femurs from each rat were analyzed by X-ray and pQCT, then analyzed either by microCT, histology or biomechanical testing. Marrow ablation alone induced transient bone formation of low abundance that persisted over four weeks, while marrow ablation followed by PTH induced bone formation of high abundance that also persisted over four weeks. Our data confirms that the osteo-inducive effect of marrow ablation and the additive effect of marrow ablation, followed by PTH, occurs in aged rats. Our observations open new avenues of investigations in the field of tissue regeneration. Local marrow ablation, in conjunction with an anabolic agent, might provide a new platform for rapid site-directed bone growth in areas of high bone loss, such as in the hip and wrist, which are subject to fracture.

  14. Effect of boron addition on the microstructures and mechanical properties of thermomechanically processed and tempered low carbon bainitic steels

    Liangyun LAN; Chunlin QIU; Ping ZHOU; Dewen ZHAO; Canming LI; Xiuhua GAO; Linxiu DU

    2011-01-01

    Thermomechanical process and tempering heat treatment were employed to produce the experimental steel plates.The effect of boron addition on the microstructure and mechanical properties of low carbon bainitic steels was studied in this paper.Microstructure observation and crystallographic features were conducted by using optical microscopy,SEM,TEM and electron back scattering diffraction (EBSD) analysis.The results showed that under the same rolling processes and heat treatment conditions,a substantial increase in strength is obtained by addition of boron into steel,but accompanied by an obvious drop in toughness.New martensite phase forms along the grain boundaries on tempering at 650 ℃ mainly due to boron segregation,which can further deteriorate impact toughness of the boron bearing steel.The EBSD analysis showed that high angle grain boundary,is not responsible for the deteriorated toughness of the boron bearing steel because it has relatively higher percentage of high angle grain boundary than the boron free steel.The low toughness of the boron bearing steel is mainly attributed to the coarse boride precipitated particles according to the results of fractograph observation.

  15. Variation of mechanical properties with addition of Al in low activity ferritic/martensitic heat resistant steels

    The effect of aluminum on mechanical properties in low activation martensitic steel has been studied. Impact test and tensile test were performed at high temperature. Aluminum is in solid solution state after normalizing so the grain size of prior austenite was not changed. AlN was precipitated during tempering treatment. The size of Cr2N precipitates were decreased due to the precipitation of AlN in 0.10wt.%N steel. But the precipitation of nitride such as V(C,N) and Cr2N was suppressed by the formation of AlN in 0.08wt.%N steel. The addition of aluminum have little effect on the impact properties such as DBTT and upper shelf energy. The increase of tensile strength and yield strength by addition of aluminum appeared in 0.10wt.%N steel, but not in 0.08wt.%N steel. But the tensile and yield strength of aluminum added 0.10wt.%N steel is not higher than that of 0.08wt.%N steel

  16. Part I: Reverse-docking studies of a squaramide-catalyzed conjugate addition of a diketone to a nitro-olefin Part II: The development of ChemSort: an education game for organic chemistry

    Granger, Jenna Christine

    Part 1: Reverse-docking studies of a squaramide-catalyzed conjugate addition of a diketone to a nitro-olefin. Asymmetric organocatalysis, the catalysis of asymmetric reactions by small organic molecules, is a rapidly growing field within organic synthesis. The ability to rationally design organocatalysts is therefore of increasing interest to organic chemists. Computational chemistry is quickly proving to be an extremely successful method for understanding and predicting the roles of organocatalysts, and therefore is certain to be of use in the rational design of such catalysts. A methodology for reverse-docking flexible organocatalysts to rigid transition state models of asymmetric reactions has been previously developed by the Deslongchamps group. The investigation of Rawal's squaramide-based organocatalyst for the addition of a diketone to a nitro-olefin is described, and the results of the reverse docking of Rawal's catalyst to the geometry optimized transition state models of the uncatalyzed reaction for both the R and S-product enantiomers are presented. The results of this study indicate a preference for binding of the organocatalyst to the R-enantiomer transition state model with a predicted enantiomeric excess of 99%, which is consistent with the experimental results. A plausible geometric model of the transition state for the catalyzed reaction is also presented. The success of this study demonstrates the credibility of using reverse docking methods for the rational design of asymmetric organocatalysts. Part 2: The development of ChemSort: an educational game for organic chemistry. With the advent of the millennial learner, we need to rethink traditional classroom approaches to science learning in terms of goals, approaches, and assessments. Digital simulations and games hold much promise in support of this educational shift. Although the idea of using games for education is not a new one, well-designed computer-based "serious games" are only beginning to

  17. Effects of Sc and Zr microalloying additions on the recrystallization texture and mechanism of Al–Zn–Mg alloys

    Highlights: •Investigate texture evolution of Al–Zn–Mg/Al–Zn–Mg–Sc–Zr alloys during annealing. •Discuss the recrystallization mechanisms of Al–Zn–Mg/Al–Zn–Mg–Sc–Zr alloys. •Establish a recrystallization nucleation model. •Calculate orientation-dependent stored energies. -- Abstract: Effects of Sc and Zr microalloying additions on the recrystallization texture and mechanism during annealing were investigated in detail by the methods of X-ray diffraction macrotexture measurements and electron backscattering diffraction local orientation observations in three kinds of Al–Zn–Mg cold rolled sheets (Al–Zn–Mg, Al–Zn–Mg–0.10 wt.%Sc–0.10 wt.%Zr and Al–Zn–Mg–0.25 wt.%Sc–0.10 wt.%Zr). The results show that the texture of the three cold rolled alloys all consists of cube and rolling orientations. During recrystallization annealing in the conventional Al–Zn–Mg alloy, rolling texture gradually weakens and finally disappears and cube texture is the dominant recrystallization texture. The nucleation mechanism of the Al–Zn–Mg alloy is cube nucleation. For Al–Zn–Mg–Sc–Zr alloys, with the increase of Sc and Zr contents and annealing temperatures, the intensity of rolling texture β-fiber increases. Rolling texture is dominant in the recrystallized Al–Zn–Mg–Sc–Zr alloy. The main microstructural features of the Al–Zn–Mg–Sc–Zr alloy during annealing are that lots of disperse, coherent and nano-scaled Al3(Sc, Zr) particles strongly pin dislocations and grain/sub-grain boundaries, inhibiting the occurrence of recovery and recrystallization. The microstructural observation results show that S and Brass orientations are the preferred nucleation orientations in the Al–Zn–Mg–Sc–Zr alloy. To calculate the orientation-dependent stored energies, a recrystallization nucleation model was established, based on a standard Read–Schockley equation. The calculated results show that S and Brass orientations

  18. Effects of Sc and Zr microalloying additions on the recrystallization texture and mechanism of Al–Zn–Mg alloys

    Deng, Ying, E-mail: csudengying@163.com; Xu, Guofu, E-mail: csuxgf66@mail.csu.edu.cn; Yin, Zhimin; Lei, Xuefeng; Huang, Jiwu

    2013-12-15

    Highlights: •Investigate texture evolution of Al–Zn–Mg/Al–Zn–Mg–Sc–Zr alloys during annealing. •Discuss the recrystallization mechanisms of Al–Zn–Mg/Al–Zn–Mg–Sc–Zr alloys. •Establish a recrystallization nucleation model. •Calculate orientation-dependent stored energies. -- Abstract: Effects of Sc and Zr microalloying additions on the recrystallization texture and mechanism during annealing were investigated in detail by the methods of X-ray diffraction macrotexture measurements and electron backscattering diffraction local orientation observations in three kinds of Al–Zn–Mg cold rolled sheets (Al–Zn–Mg, Al–Zn–Mg–0.10 wt.%Sc–0.10 wt.%Zr and Al–Zn–Mg–0.25 wt.%Sc–0.10 wt.%Zr). The results show that the texture of the three cold rolled alloys all consists of cube and rolling orientations. During recrystallization annealing in the conventional Al–Zn–Mg alloy, rolling texture gradually weakens and finally disappears and cube texture is the dominant recrystallization texture. The nucleation mechanism of the Al–Zn–Mg alloy is cube nucleation. For Al–Zn–Mg–Sc–Zr alloys, with the increase of Sc and Zr contents and annealing temperatures, the intensity of rolling texture β-fiber increases. Rolling texture is dominant in the recrystallized Al–Zn–Mg–Sc–Zr alloy. The main microstructural features of the Al–Zn–Mg–Sc–Zr alloy during annealing are that lots of disperse, coherent and nano-scaled Al{sub 3}(Sc, Zr) particles strongly pin dislocations and grain/sub-grain boundaries, inhibiting the occurrence of recovery and recrystallization. The microstructural observation results show that S and Brass orientations are the preferred nucleation orientations in the Al–Zn–Mg–Sc–Zr alloy. To calculate the orientation-dependent stored energies, a recrystallization nucleation model was established, based on a standard Read–Schockley equation. The calculated results show that S and Brass

  19. Delayed onset of tricuspid valve flow in repaired tetralogy of Fallot: an additional mechanism of diastolic dysfunction and interventricular dyssynchrony

    Benson Lee N

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Diastolic dysfunction of the right ventricle (RV is common after repair of tetralogy of Fallot. While restrictive physiology in late diastole has been well known, dysfunction in early diastole has not been described. The present study sought to assess the prevalence and mechanism of early diastolic dysfunction of the RV defined as delayed onset of the tricuspid valve (TV flow after TOF repair. Methods The study population consisted of 31 children with repaired TOF (mean age ± SD, 12.3 ± 4.1 years who underwent postoperative cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR. The CMR protocol included simultaneous phase-contrast velocity mapping of the atrioventricular valves, which enabled direct comparison of the timing and patterns of tricuspid (TV and mitral (MV valve flow. The TV flow was defined to have delayed onset when its onset was > 20 ms later than the onset of the MV flow. The TV and MV flow from 14 normal children was used for comparison. The CMR results were correlated with the findings on echocardiography and electrocardiography. Result Delayed onset of the TV flow was observed in 16/31 patients and in none of the controls. The mean delay time was 64.81 ± 27.07 ms (8.7 ± 3.2% of R-R interval. The delay time correlated with the differences in duration of the TV and MV flow (55.94 ± 32.88 ms (r = 0.90, p Conclusions Early diastolic dysfunction with delayed onset of TV flow is common after TOF repair, and is associated with reduced RV ejection fraction. It is a further manifestation of interventricular dyssynchrony and represent an additional mechanism of ventricular diastolic dysfunction.

  20. The effect of Sn addition on aging behavior and mechanical properties of wrought AZ80 magnesium alloy

    Highlights: • Thermodynamic and precipitation kinetics calculation was used to analyze aging hardening after addition of Sn. • Precipitation sequences were determined by the content of Sn element. • The microstructure of Mg17Al12 discontinuous precipitates were influenced by Mg2Sn precipitates. - Abstract: The microstructure and mechanical properties of AZ80 wrought magnesium alloys with varying Sn contents (0, 1, 2 and 4 wt.%) have been studied by thermodynamic and precipitation kinetics calculation and examined using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), hardness test and uniaxial tensile test at room temperature in this paper. The results of thermodynamic and precipitation kinetics calculation showed that the precipitation sequences were determined by the content of Sn element. It was found that in the aging treatment of this work, Mg17Al12 phase precipitated sooner than Mg2Sn phase in the alloys with less than 1.72 wt.% Sn and there was a contrary precipitation sequence of these two phases in the alloys with more than 1.72 wt.% Sn. Experimental results were in agreement with those of calculation. According to SEM and TEM observation, Sn promoted precipitation of Mg17Al12 on aging temperature, however the preferential Mg2Sn phase suppressed discontinuous Mg17Al12 precipitates by hindering the growth of these in their growth direction. AZ80 with 1–2 wt.% Sn as-aged alloys exhibited outstanding mechanical property that UTS, YS and EL were ∼420 MPa, ∼290 MPa and ∼5%, respectively

  1. Casein Films: The Effects of Formulation, Environmental Conditions and the Addition of Citric Pectin on the Structure and Mechanical Properties

    Laetitia M. Bonnaillie

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Thin casein films for food packaging applications reportedly possess good strength and low oxygen permeability, but low elasticity and high sensitivity to moisture. Modifying the films to target specific behaviors depending on environmental conditions can enable a variety of commercial applications for casein-based films. The mechanical properties of solvent-cast (15% solids calcium-caseinate/glycerol films (CaCas:Gly ratio of 3:1 were characterized as a function of processing and environmental conditions, including film thickness, solution formulation and ambient humidity (from 22% to 70% relative humidity (RH at ~20 °C. At constant RH, the elongation at break (EAB had a strong positive dependence on the film thickness. When RH increased, the tensile strength (TS and modulus (E decreased approximately linearly, while EAB increased. From 0.05% to 1% (w/w of citric pectin (CP was then incorporated into CaCas/Gly films following seven different formulations (mixing sequences, to alter the protein network and to evaluate the effects of CP on the tensile properties of CaCas/Gly/CP films. At constant film thickness and ~60% RH, the addition of 0.1% or 1.0% CP to the films considerably increased or decreased EAB, TS and E in different directions and to different extents, depending on the formulation, while optical micrographs also showed vastly differing network configurations, suggesting complex formulation- and stoichiometry-dependent casein-pectin interactions within the dried films. Depending on the desired film properties and utilization conditions, pectin may be a useful addition to casein film formulations for food packaging applications.

  2. Reaction mechanism of the reverse water-gas shift reaction using first-row middle transition metal catalysts L'M (M = Fe, Mn, Co): a computational study.

    Liu, Cong; Cundari, Thomas R; Wilson, Angela K

    2011-09-19

    The mechanism of the reverse water-gas shift reaction (CO(2) + H(2) → CO + H(2)O) was investigated using the 3d transition metal complexes L'M (M = Fe, Mn, and Co, L' = parent β-diketiminate). The thermodynamics and reaction barriers of the elementary reaction pathways were studied with the B3LYP density functional and two different basis sets: 6-311+G(d) and aug-cc-pVTZ. Plausible reactants, intermediates, transition states, and products were modeled, with different conformers and multiplicities for each identified. Different reaction pathways and side reactions were also considered. Reaction Gibbs free energies and activation energies for all steps were determined for each transition metal. Calculations indicate that the most desirable mechanism involves mostly monometallic complexes. Among the three catalysts modeled, the Mn complex shows the most favorable catalytic properties. Considering the individual reaction barriers, the Fe complex shows the lowest barrier for activation of CO(2). PMID:21838224

  3. In operando X-ray diffraction study of Li7MnN4 upon electrochemical Li extraction-insertion: A reversible three-phase mechanism

    Emery, N.; Panabière, E.; Crosnier, O.; Bach, S.; Brousse, T.; Willmann, P.; Pereira-Ramos, J.-P.

    2014-02-01

    The Li7MnN4 structural response upon the first Li extraction-insertion cycle is highlighted using in operando XRD experiments. A 3-phases mechanism involving two biphasic regions for 0.1 ≲ x ≲ 0.8 and 0.8 ≲ x ≲ 1.2 in Li7-xMnN4 and a solid solution behaviour (1.2 ≲ x ≲ 1.5) explains its electrochemical fingerprint. These successive structural transitions do not change the cubic symmetry of the cell and induce a limited cell contraction (∼7%) associated to a reversible mechanical strain. This finding partly explains the excellent cycle life of this promising negative electrode for Li-ion batteries.

  4. Effects of water ageing on the mechanical properties of flax and glass fibre composites: Degradation and reversibility

    Apolinario, Guilherme; Ienny, Patrick; Corn, Stéphane; Léger, Romain; Bergeret, Anne; Haudin, Jean-Marc

    2015-01-01

    Mechanical properties of flax-fibre reinforced composites (FFRC) are strongly affected by water ageing compared to glass-fibre reinforced composites (GFRC). This study highlights the influence of water absorption during immersion at 30°C on mechanical properties of unsaturated polyester reinforced composites. Flax-fibre composites showed a Fickian absorption behaviour and a water uptake 15 times higher than that of glass-fibre composites. GFRC's tensile modulus and maximum stress were slightl...

  5. Hemolysate-mediated platelet aggregation: an additional risk mechanism contributing to thrombosis of continuous flow ventricular assist devices.

    Tran, Phat L; Pietropaolo, Maria-Grazia; Valerio, Lorenzo; Brengle, William; Wong, Raymond K; Kazui, Toshinobu; Khalpey, Zain I; Redaelli, Alberto; Sheriff, Jawaad; Bluestein, Danny; Slepian, Marvin J

    2016-07-01

    Despite the clinical success and growth in the utilization of continuous flow ventricular assist devices (cfVADs) for the treatment of advanced heart failure, hemolysis and thrombosis remain major limitations. Inadequate and/or ineffective anticoagulation regimens, combined with high pump speed and non-physiological flow patterns, can result in hemolysis which often is accompanied by pump thrombosis. An unexpected increase in cfVADs thrombosis was reported by multiple major VAD implanting centers in 2014, highlighting the association of hemolysis and a rise in lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) presaging thrombotic events. It is well established that thrombotic complications arise from the abnormal shear stresses generated by cfVADs. What remains unknown is the link between cfVAD-associated hemolysis and pump thrombosis. Can hemolysis of red blood cells (RBCs) contribute to platelet aggregation, thereby, facilitating prothrombotic complications in cfVADs? Herein, we examine the effect of RBC-hemolysate and selected major constituents, i.e., lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and plasma free hemoglobin (pHb) on platelet aggregation, utilizing electrical resistance aggregometry. Our hypothesis is that elements of RBCs, released as a result of shear-mediated hemolysis, will contribute to platelet aggregation. We show that RBC hemolysate and pHb, but not LDH, are direct contributors to platelet aggregation, posing an additional risk mechanism for cfVAD thrombosis. PMID:26590166

  6. Enhancement mechanism of the additional absorbent on the absorption of the absorbing composite using a type-based mixing rule

    Xu, Yonggang; Yuan, Liming; Zhang, Deyuan

    2016-04-01

    A silicone rubber composite filled with carbonyl iron particles and four different carbonous materials (carbon black, graphite, carbon fiber or multi-walled carbon nanotubes) was prepared using a two-roller mixture. The complex permittivity and permeability were measured using a vector network analyzer at the frequency of 2-18 GHz. Then a type-based mixing rule based on the dielectric absorbent and magnetic absorbent was proposed to reveal the enhancing mechanism on the permittivity and permeability. The enforcement effect lies in the decreased percolation threshold and the changing pending parameter as the carbonous materials were added. The reflection loss (RL) result showed the added carbonous materials enhanced the absorption in the lower frequency range, the RL decrement value being about 2 dB at 4-5 GHz with a thickness of 1 mm. All the added carbonous materials reinforced the shielding effectiveness (SE) of the composites. The maximum increment value of the SE was about 3.23 dB at 0.5 mm and 4.65 dB at 1 mm, respectively. The added carbonous materials could be effective additives for enforcing the absorption and shielding property of the absorbers.

  7. Influence of granular strontium chloride as additives on some electrical and mechanical properties for pure polyvinyl alcohol

    A B Elaydy; M Hafez

    2010-04-01

    A matrix composed of polyvinyl-alcohol (PVA) mixed with different concentration ratios of the granular strontium chloride (SrCl2.6H2O) were prepared by casting technique method at room temperature (about 30°C). The electric and dielectric properties such as a.c. electrical conductivity by a conventional method, using Keithly 616 digital electrometer, dielectric constant, and dielectric loss were measured. Calculated equilibrium properties such as lattice constant, bulk modulus and elastic constants are in good agreement with experimental results. The calculated activation energy values agree well with experiment only when the SrCO2 molecules are allowed to displace under strain, indicating the importance of inner strain relaxation. From the elastic constants, theoretical values of the Young’s modulus, shear modulus, Poisson’s ratio, of SrCl2 are obtained. In addition mechanical properties such as Young’s modulus, creep relaxation, and energy stored properties for these samples were also determined at room temperature.

  8. Reverse Engineering

    This book gives descriptions of reverse engineering with principle and structure of it, including what reverse engineering is, prospect and concerned laws, basic knowledge for reverse engineering like manual and back to user mode, using tool such as IDA installation, dependency walker and dump bin, network monitoring and universal extractor. It indicates analysis of malignant code, giving explanations of file virus, spy ware, an infection way of malignant code, anti debugging like Find window.

  9. In situ microscopy reveals reversible cell wall swelling in kelp sieve tubes: one mechanism for turgor generation and flow control?

    Knoblauch, Jan; Tepler Drobnitch, Sarah; Peters, Winfried S; Knoblauch, Michael

    2016-08-01

    Kelps, brown algae (Phaeophyceae) of the order Laminariales, possess sieve tubes for the symplasmic long-distance transport of photoassimilates that are evolutionarily unrelated but structurally similar to the tubes in the phloem of vascular plants. We visualized sieve tube structure and wound responses in fully functional, intact Bull Kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana [K. Mertens] Postels & Ruprecht 1840). In injured tubes, apparent slime plugs formed but were unlikely to cause sieve tube occlusion as they assembled at the downstream side of sieve plates. Cell walls expanded massively in the radial direction, reducing the volume of the wounded sieve elements by up to 90%. Ultrastructural examination showed that a layer of the immediate cell wall characterized by circumferential cellulose fibrils was responsible for swelling and suggested that alginates, abundant gelatinous polymers of the cell wall matrix, were involved. Wall swelling was rapid, reversible and depended on intracellular pressure, as demonstrated by pressure-injection of silicon oil. Our results revive the concept of turgor generation and buffering by swelling cell walls, which had fallen into oblivion over the last century. Because sieve tube transport is pressure-driven and controlled physically by tube diameter, a regulatory role of wall swelling in photoassimilate distribution is implied in kelps. PMID:26991892

  10. Compositional dependence of magnetization reversal mechanism, magnetic interaction and Curie temperature of Co{sub 1−x}Sr{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel thin film

    Ghasemi, Ali, E-mail: ali13912001@yahoo.com

    2015-10-05

    Highlights: • Nanoparticles and thin films of Co{sub 1−x}Sr{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} were successfully synthesized by a sol–gel process. • The value of strength of interaction was enhanced from −0.23 for x = 0 to −0.75 for x = 0.5. • The magnetization reversal process for x = 0, 0.1 was almost controlled by Kondorsky models. • The reversal mechanism for x = 0.2–0.5 obey the Stoner–Wohlfarth rule. - Abstract: Co{sub 1−x}Sr{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, (x varies from 0 to 0.5 in a step of 0.1) nanoparticles were formed by means of sol–gel processing method. The morphological and structural features of nanoparticles were evaluated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) equipped by EDS analysis, Mössbauer spectroscopy and vibrating sample magnetometer. It was found that almost narrow size distribution of nanoparticles with cation distribution occupancy preference in octahedral site was synthesized. The nanoparticles were used for addition in subsequent solution for fabricating ferrite thin films with similar mentioned chemical composition. Several techniques including FE-SEM, atomic force microscopy and vibrating sample magnetometer were employed to find the role of strontium cation distribution on the structural and magnetic properties of films. The Curie temperature, coercivity and magnetic interaction which was evaluated by Henkel plot were reduced by an increase in substitution contents. Coercivity of thin films reduced from 0.65 MA/m to 0.39 MA/m and Curie temperature declined from 690 to 455 °C. The value of strength of interaction was enhanced from −0.23 for x = 0 to −0.75 for x = 0.5. Angular dependence of coercivity proved that the magnetization reversal process was accompanied by the combination of domain wall motion and Stoner–Wohlfarth rotation, however for thin film with x = 0.2–0.5, the reversal mechanism obey the Stoner–Wohlfarth rule.

  11. Effect of Nb additions on the microstructure, thermal stability and mechanical behavior of high pressure Zr phases under ambient conditions

    Research highlights: → We analyze the influence of Nb additions on the shear-induced α → ω → β phase transformations in pure Zr by high pressure torsion (HPT). → Nb reduces the transition pressures and increases the transformation kinetics. → High pressure phases are retained under ambient conditions due to the presence of an internal stress. → Post-HPT annealing allows to fabricate bimodal/biphase nanostructures with enhanced mechanical behavior. - Abstract: This paper analyzes the influence of Nb on the shear-induced α → ω → β transformation taking place when processing Zr by high pressure torsion (HPT) under suitable conditions of pressure and shear. With that purpose, pure Zr and Zr-2.5%Nb were processed by HPT at room temperature and at pressures ranging from 0.25 to 6 GPa using 5 anvil turns. Nb causes a further reduction of the transition pressures, which are already lower when applying shear besides pressure. Thus, the transition pressure to the β phase is reduced at least 100 times in the Zr-Nb alloy. Alloying with Nb decreases the grain size of the transformed phases, significantly enhances their thermal stability and increases their UTS and elongation to failure. Selected post-HPT annealing treatments lead to the development of very tough, multiphase Zr and Zr-Nb with bimodal grain size distributions. The retention of the high pressure phases under ambient conditions is explained by the development of a high internal stress during processing. This stress is measured by synchrotron radiation diffraction at HZB-BESSY II. It is proposed that the presence of Nb reduces the internal stress level required for the retention of the high pressure phases.

  12. Effect of Fe addition on microstructure and mechanical properties of Ti-25V-15Cr-2Al-0.2C alloy

    雷力明; 黄旭; 孙福生; 吴学仁; 曹春晓

    2003-01-01

    The effect of 2% Fe addition on the microstructure and mechanical properties of Ti-25V-15Cr-2Al-0.2C alloy(mass fraction)was studied.It is found that the addition of 2% Fe seems to have no obvious effect on the microstructure of the alloy,but results in a significant change in mechanical properties.Compared with the alloy without Fe addition,the alloy with 2% Fe addition exhibits remarkable higher tensile strength and creep resistance,whereas the ductility is relatively lower at room temperature.The significant changes in mechanical properties can be rationalized by the decrease of stacking fault energy caused by the addition of 2% Fe.

  13. Facile synthesis, growth mechanism and reversible superhydrophobic and superhydrophilic properties of non-flaking CuO nanowires grown from porous copper substrates

    Zhang, Qiao bao; Xu, Daguo; Hung, Tak Fu; Zhang, Kaili

    2013-02-01

    Reversible superhydrophobic and superhydrophilic surfaces based on porous substrates covered with CuO nanowires are developed in this study. A facile thermal oxidation method is used to synthesize non-flaking bicrystalline CuO nanowires on porous copper substrates in static air. The effects of thermal oxidation temperature and duration are systemically studied. The growth mechanism of the obtained non-flaking CuO nanowires is presented and the compression stress is believed to be the key driving force. The wettability of the CuO nanowires after chemical modification with trichloro(1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorooctyl)silane is systemically investigated. The porous substrates covered with CuO nanowires exhibit excellent superhydrophobic performance with almost no water adhesion and no apparent drag resistance, and a maximum static water contact angle of 162 ± 2° is observed. Moreover, a rapid reversibly switchable wettability between superhydrophobic and superhydrophilic states is realized by the alternation of air-plasma treatment and surface fluorination. The porous substrates covered with CuO nanowires will find promising applications in surface and corrosion protection, liquid transportation, oil-water separation, and self-cleaning surfaces.

  14. Facile synthesis, growth mechanism and reversible superhydrophobic and superhydrophilic properties of non-flaking CuO nanowires grown from porous copper substrates

    Reversible superhydrophobic and superhydrophilic surfaces based on porous substrates covered with CuO nanowires are developed in this study. A facile thermal oxidation method is used to synthesize non-flaking bicrystalline CuO nanowires on porous copper substrates in static air. The effects of thermal oxidation temperature and duration are systemically studied. The growth mechanism of the obtained non-flaking CuO nanowires is presented and the compression stress is believed to be the key driving force. The wettability of the CuO nanowires after chemical modification with trichloro(1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorooctyl)silane is systemically investigated. The porous substrates covered with CuO nanowires exhibit excellent superhydrophobic performance with almost no water adhesion and no apparent drag resistance, and a maximum static water contact angle of 162 ± 2° is observed. Moreover, a rapid reversibly switchable wettability between superhydrophobic and superhydrophilic states is realized by the alternation of air–plasma treatment and surface fluorination. The porous substrates covered with CuO nanowires will find promising applications in surface and corrosion protection, liquid transportation, oil–water separation, and self-cleaning surfaces. (paper)

  15. Analysis of nine food additives in red wine by ion-suppression reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography using trifluoroacetic acid and ammonium acetate as ion-suppressors.

    Zhao, Yong-Gang; Chen, Xiao-Hong; Yao, Shan-Shan; Pan, Sheng-Dong; Li, Xiao-Ping; Jin, Mi-Cong

    2012-01-01

    A reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) method was developed for the simultaneous determination of nine food additives, i.e., acesulfame, saccharin, caffeine, aspartame, benzoic acid, sorbic acid, stevioside, dehydroacetic acid and neotame in red wine. The effects of ion-suppressors, i.e., trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) and ammonium acetate (AmAc) on retention behavior of nine food additives in RP-HPLC separation were discussed in detail. The relationships between retention factors of solutes and volume percent of ion-suppressors in the mobile-phase systems of acetonitrile-TFA aqueous solution and acetonitrile-TFA-AmAc aqueous solution were quantitatively established, respectively. The results showed that the ion suppressors had not only an ion suppression effect, but also an organic modification effect on the acidic analytes. The baseline separation of nine food additives was completed by a gradient elution with acetonitrile-TFA(0.01%, v/v)-AmAc(2.5 mmol L(-1)) aqueous solution as the mobile phase. The recoveries were between 80.2 - 99.5% for all analytes with RSDs in the range of 1.5 - 8.9%. The linearities were in the range of 0.2 - 100.0 mg L(-1) with determination coefficients (r(2)) higher than 0.9991 for all analytes. The limits of quantification (LOQs) were between 0.53 - 0.99 mg L(-1). The applicability of the proposed method to detect and quantify food additives has been demonstrated in the analysis of 30 real samples. PMID:23059992

  16. Examination of Microstructural Characteristics and Mechanical Properties of MgO-MgAl2O4 Composite Refractories with the Addition of Hercynite

    AKSOY, Tuba; AKSEL, Cemil; Kavas, Taner

    2014-01-01

    The incorporation of spinel particles (MgAl2O4) into MgO improves thermal shock resistance and thereby service life of refractories. In this work, hercynite (FeAl2O4) additions at different ratios has been examined to improve mechanical properties of MgO-spinel composites at different spinel ratios. The relationships between mechanical properties and microstructural variables have been investigated in detail. The important parameters improving the mechanical properties of MgO-Spinel-Hercynite...

  17. STUDY OF THE IMPACT OF PHOSPHOGYPSUM ADDITIVE AND FERROUS SULPHATE SOLUTION ON THE MECHANISM OF THE MAGNESIA-BISHOFIT COMPOSITION

    DEREVIANKO V. N.

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement. Phosphogypsum is a very pure raw material [16] with a negative, from a technical point of view, elongated shape of calcium dihydrate crystals (due to the formation conditions, which remains the same after both dehydration in dry air and grinding, this makes technical difficulties relating to further processing of the product into a binder, consequently, water resistance and plasticity of magnesium solutions can be improved by adding primary and secondary phosphates without strength reduction. Famous experts on phosphogypsum Yu. P. Meshcheryakov and N. A. Kolev [8] found, that when adding phosphogypsum instead of natural gypsum during grinding of Portland cement, which is intended to control the setting time of the mixture, there occurred reduction in the initial setting time from 1 h 55 min up to 1 h 36 min (when adding 4 % agent, and the final setting time was decreased from 6 h 15 min up to 6 min. After grinding of phosphogypsum, there appeared a fresh surface, on which the electron emission phenomenon occurs, however, not the entire surface emits, but only the active centres, where field strength reaches 108 V/cm. The positively charged active centres have low CaSO4 2H2O concentration on their surface. Purpose. Specifying the optimal amount of phosphogypsum and ferrous sulphate solution added, studying their impact on the curing mechanism of the magnesia-bishofit composition. Conclusion. To increase the sulphate compound, required for the crystallinity [10] reduction and magnesia stone sealing [4], the ferrous sulphate solution have been added to the composition formulation, ferrous sulphate anions immediately polarize free calcium ions with the formation of CaSO4∙2H2O. P. P. Budkov's experiments [8] prove that the larger the magnesia cement-to-sulphate stone ratio, the lower the setting time of the composition, and the higher the tensile strength of the stone. Moreover, V. V. Shchelyaghin [15] recommended adding ferrous

  18. Mechanized timbering

    Burchakov, A.S.; Agafonov, A.V.; Komissarov, S.N.; Sidorov, G.V.

    1982-01-01

    A section of mechanized timbering is proposed. It includes a cover, a base, a hydrostand of first and second rows, stand blocks, an advance winch with rod and piston cavities, a hydrodistributor, a hydroblock with a hydrolock and reverse valve connecting the piston cavities of the first row of the hydrostands to the rod cavities of the second row, channels, and pressure and overflow lines. It is characterized by the fact that in order to improve the safety of cleaning operations by improving the initial spacing, the timbering section is equipped with an additional hydroblock with hydroclamp and reverse valve. The rod cavity of the advance winch is connected by one channel to the hydrolock of the additional hydroblock, and by the other channel through the reverse valve of the initial hydroblock to the piston cavities of the hydrostands of the second row.

  19. Vasectomy Reversal

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  3. Reversible Sterilization

    Largey, Gale

    1977-01-01

    Notes that difficult questions arise concerning the use of sterilization for alleged eugenic and euthenic purposes. Thus, how reversible sterilization will be used with relation to the poor, mentally ill, mentally retarded, criminals, and minors, is questioned. (Author/AM)

  4. Vasectomy Reversal

    Full Text Available Vasectomy Reversal Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY February 19, 2009 Welcome to this "OR Live" Webcast presentation premiering from Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. ...

  5. Vasectomy Reversal

    Full Text Available Vasectomy Reversal Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY February 19, 2009 Welcome to this "OR Live" Webcast presentation premiering from Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. During the ...

  6. Addition of Oils to Polylactide Casting Solutions as a Tool to Tune Film Morphology and Mechanical Properties

    Sawalha, H.I.M.; Schroën, C.G.P.H.; Boom, R.M.

    2010-01-01

    Poly(L-lactide) (PLLA) films exhibit toughening by the addition of oils to the polymer casting. This was investigated by casting films from solution and evaporation in air; the investigated oils were linear alkanes, cyclic alkanes, and two terpenes (limonene and eugenol). The addition of the oils gr

  7. Effect of Ce-rich misch metal addition on squeeze cast microstructure and mechanical properties of AZ81 alloy

    2008-01-01

    The effect of cerium-rich misch metal addition on the microstructure and properties of squeeze cast magnesium alloys AZ81 was empirically investigated. The results indicate that the addition of cerium-rich misch metal modifies the microstructure gradually. With the increase of the RE addition, the amount of Mg17Al12 decreases while that of Al11(RE)3 increases, accompanied by grain refinement. When the addition reaches 1.5%, the grain refinement becomes obvious. However, when the addition exceeds 2.0%,Al11(RE)3 phase coarsens into rod shape and the grain size increases. The tensile properties of the AZ81 at both room temperature and 150℃ increase with the addition, and reach their optimal values with the addition of 1.5%. Further increase of the addition to above 2.0% decreases the tensile properties considerably. The tensile fracture of the alloy is characterized by the cleavage of the brittle second phases and ductile dimples of the matrix.

  8. The influence of the “cage effect” on the mechanism of reversible bimolecular multistage chemical reactions in solutions

    Manifestations of the “cage effect” at the encounters of reactants are theoretically treated by the example of multistage reactions in liquid solutions including bimolecular exchange reactions as elementary stages. It is shown that consistent consideration of quasi-stationary kinetics of multistage reactions (possible only in the framework of the encounter theory) for reactions proceeding near reactants contact can be made on the basis of the concepts of a “cage complex.” Though mathematically such a consideration is more complicated, it is more clear from the standpoint of chemical notions. It is established that the presence of the “cage effect” leads to some important effects not inherent in reactions in gases or those in solutions proceeding in the kinetic regime, such as the appearance of new transition channels of reactant transformation that cannot be caused by elementary event of chemical conversion for the given mechanism of reaction. This results in that, for example, rate constant values of multistage reaction defined by standard kinetic equations of formal chemical kinetics from experimentally measured kinetics can differ essentially from real values of these constants

  9. Preparation of a bifunctional pyrazosulfuron-ethyl imprinted polymer with hydrophilic external layers by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization and its application in the sulfonylurea residue analysis.

    Yang, Meixian; Zhang, Yingying; Lin, Shen; Yang, Xinlin; Fan, Zhijin; Yang, Lixia; Dong, Xiangchao

    2013-09-30

    A new bifunctional pyrazosulfuron-ethyl imprinted polymer was synthesized by the combination of molecular imprinting technology and living radical polymerization. In the synthesis, the pyrazosulfuron-ethyl imprinted polymer was obtained by the reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) precipitation polymerization followed by grafting poly(glyceryl monomethacrylate) (pGMMA) by the post-RAFT polymerization. In this research, we used polyethylene glycol (PEG) as the polymeric porogen in order to increase the porosity of the material which is a new porogen application in the precipitation polymerization. The imprinted polymer has selectivity for the template and ability of humic acids exclusion which has shown the merits of molecularly imprinted polymers and restricted access materials. An online solid-phase extraction/HPLC method for the analysis of three sulfonylurea residues in soil samples has been developed and validated. The recovery of 81-99% in the spiked levels of 40-200 μg kg(-1) was obtained and the limit of detection (LOD) and limit of quantification (LOQ) were less than 4.8 and 15.9 μg kg(-1) respectively. The results demonstrated that this bifunctional material can be used for the efficient pyrazosulfuron-ethyl extraction in the sulfonylurea residue analysis from environmental samples. PMID:23953454

  10. Effects of nano TiN addition on the microstructure and mechanical properties of TiC based steel bonded carbides

    WANG Zhi'an; DAI Haiyang; ZOU Yu

    2008-01-01

    TiC based steel bonded carbides with the addition of nano TiN were prepared by vicuum sintering techniques.The microstructure was investigated using scanning electron microscopy(SEM)and transmission electron microscopy (TEM),and the mechanical properties,such as bending strength,impact toughness,hardness,and density,were measured.The results indicate that the grain size becomes small and there is uniformity in the steel bonded carbide with nano addition;several smaller carbide particles are also found to be inlaid in the rim of the larger carbide grains and prevent the coalescence of TiC grains.The smaller and larger carbide grains joint firmly,and then the reduction of the average size of the grains leads to the increase in the mechanical properties of the steel bonded carbides with nano addition.But the mechanical properties do not increase monotonously with an increase in nano addition.When the nano TiN addition accounts for 6-8 wt.% of the amount of steel bonded carbides.the mechanical properties reach the maximum values and then decrease with further increase in nano TiN addition.

  11. Research on reversible effects and mechanism between the energy-absorbing and energy-reflecting states of chameleon-type building coatings

    Yiping Ma; Xiong Zhang; Beirong Zhu; Keru Wu [Tongji Univ., Shanghai (China). State Key Lab. of Concrete Materials Research

    2002-06-01

    In the present paper, the reversible effects between energy-absorbing and energy-reflecting states of chameleon-type building coatings were studied through demonstration of the layers' properties using infrared thermal imaging of the layers when exposed to a sunlamp or temperature measurements of the layers during exposure to sunlight at different ambient temperatures. The reversible transforming mechanism between the energy-absorbing and energy-reflecting states of the chameleon-type building coatings was investigated with IR, Raman and {sup 1}H NMR spectroscopy. The infrared thermal image results showed that when reversibly thermochromic pigments were added to normal white building coatings, the chameleon-type building coatings could absorb energy from the sunlamp below a switching temperature of about 18{sup o}C. Absorption of energy from the sunlamp stopped automatically above the switching temperature. The results from exposure to solar radiation showed that when the temperature was below the switching temperature, the chameleon-type building coating could absorb almost the same amount of solar energy as an ordinary coloured coating, and when the temperature was above the switching temperature, the chameleon-type building coating could reflect more solar energy than the ordinary coloured coating. The above results showed that chameleon-type building coatings could contribute to a thermally comfortable building environment. The IR spectroscopy results showed that when the environmental temperature was below the switching temperature of 18{sup o}C, the lactone ring of the thermochromic pigment molecule would open and the band of C=O would almost disappear. Raman spectra indicated that the band of C-O in -C{sub -O}{sup =O} would move to the high wave number range. From {sup 1}H NMR spectra, it could be found that there was some action between the hydrogen of the hydroxyl and the structure of -C{sub -O}{sup =}O. During the lactone ring opening, the electron

  12. Reversal Effect and Mechanisms of Recombinant Human Tumor Necrosis Factor-NC Against the Doxorubicin Resistance in Leukemia K562/Doxorubicin Cells

    ZHOU Jing-hong; CHEN Bo-hua

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To explore the reversal effect and mechanisms of recombinant human tumor necrosis factor-NC (rhTNF-NC) against the doxorubicin (Dox) resistance in chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) K562/Dox cells. Methods: The chemo-sensitivity of tumor cells dealt with different concentrations of rhTNF-NC to Dox was detected by tetrazolium dye assay (MTT). The intra-cellular Dox accumulation represented by lfuorescence intensity was determined by lfow cytometry (FCM) at the excitation wave length of 488 nm and emission wave length of 550 nm. The expression of multidrug resistance (MDR)-related genes and proteins was analyzed by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and Western blot assays. Results:After being exposed to gradually increasing concentrations of Dox for 10 consecutive months, K562/Dox cells were more resistant to Dox (nearly 132 times) than Dox-sensitive K562 cells. The IC50 of Dox for K562 and K562/Dox cells were (0.04±0.01) and (5.55±0.08) μmol/L, respectively. When K562/Dox cells were treated with rhTNF-NC at 500, 2 500 or 5 000U/mL, the IC50 of Dox was decreased to (2.22±0.34), (1.41±0.13) and (1.04±0.09) μmol/L, respectively. The concentration-response curves were moved upward by the treatment of rhTNF-NC (P Conclusion: rhTNF-NC can effectively augment the drug accumulation in tumor cells. This is due to the up-regulation of TopoIIα and down-regulation of MDR1, MRP and GSTπ at mRNA expression as well as reduction of P-gp and PKCα expression.

  13. The role of Hf and TiC additions in the mechanical properties and microstructure of NbAlV alloys

    The microstructures and mechanical properties of Nb-12Al-20V (at.%) containing Hf or TiC have been investigated. The microstructures were characterised using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The NbAlV alloy is single B2 phase, the 5% Hf added completely dissolving into the matrix. The addition of 5% Hf and 5% TiC resulted in the formation of MC-type Hf-rich carbide. Compression testing has been carried out at room temperature, 1273 and 1473 K. The alloys show good compression ductility at room temperature. Hf addition gave a slight increase in strength at both room temperature and high temperature. The addition of both Hf and TiC significantly improves the strength. The room temperature strength of these alloys could be well described by solid solution strengthening and a load transfer mechanism. The alloys deform primarily via dislocation slip, with some mechanical twinning.

  14. Diastereoselective Addition of α-Metalated Sulfoxides to Imines Revisited: Mechanism, Computational Studies, and the Effect of External Chiral Ligands

    Pedersen, Brian; Rein, Tobias; Søtofte, Inger;

    2003-01-01

    six-membered "flat chair") was probed by quantum mechanical calculations, which underpinned the idea of using external chiral ligands to enhance the diastereoselectivity of otherwise moderately selective reactions. In this way, the diastereomeric ratio of the product 3a could be raised from (84 : 16...

  15. Comprehensive study on mechanical properties of lime-based pastes with additions of metakaolin and brick dust

    Nežerka, V.; Slížková, Zuzana; Tesárek, P.; Plachý, T.; Frankeová, Dita; Petráňová, Veronika

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 64, October (2014), s. 17-29. ISSN 0008-8846 R&D Projects: GA MK(CZ) DF11P01OVV008 Keywords : microstructure * mechanical properties * CaO * metakaolin * brick dust Subject RIV: AL - Art, Architecture, Cultural Heritage Impact factor: 2.864, year: 2014 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0008884614001239

  16. Effects of rare earth Er additions on microstructure development and mechanical properties of die-cast ADC12 aluminum alloy

    Highlights: ► The α-Al dendrite and the eutectic Si were significantly refined by adding Er. ► The Hv of alloys first increased with increasing Er content, then decreases. ► The UTS of alloys increased with addition of Er, but the EL decreased. - Abstract: The effects of rare earth erbium (Er) additions (0, 0.3, 0.6 and 0.9 wt.%) on the microstructure development and tensile properties of die-cast ADC12 aluminum alloy have been investigated in the present work. The microstructures and fracture surfaces of die-cast samples were examined by optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). It was found that the secondary dendrite arm spacing (SDAS) will decrease with increasing Er content, as the Er content increases to 0.6%, the lowest SDAS was obtained. In addition, the Er modified the eutectic silicon from a coarse plate-like and acicular structure to a fine branched and fibrous one. The microhardness of die-casted alloys were measured, the microhardness corresponding to the die-casted samples with 0, 0.3, 0.6 and 0.9 wt.% Er additions are 100.6, 107.1, 113.6 and 108.5 Hv, respectively. The tensile properties were improved by the addition of Er, and a good ultimate tensile strength (269 MPa) but poor elongation (2%) were obtained when the Er addition was 0.6 wt.%. Furthermore, fractographic examinations revealed that refined pore and spheroidized α-Al dendrite were responsible for the high ultimate tensile strength.

  17. Low temperature impact toughness and fracture mechanism of cast QT400-18L ductile iron with different Ni additions

    Zhang Xinning; Qu Yingdong; Yang Hongwang

    2013-01-01

    Different contents of Ni (0.3wt.% to 1.2wt.%) were added to the QT400-18L ductile iron to investigate the effect of Ni addition on the impact toughness of cast ductile irons at low temperatures. The impact toughnesses of the samples at room and low temperatures were tested. The microstructures and fractographs were observed. Results show that with the increase of Ni addition there is a general trend of refinement of the ferrite matrix while the nodule density shows no obvious change. When the...

  18. Investigation of microstructure and mechanical properties of aluminum hybrid nano-composites with the additions of solid lubricant

    Highlights: • Aluminium hybrid nano-composite was made by mechanical alloying successfully. • High energy ball milling resulted in homogeneous distribution of reinforcements. • MA combined with pressing allowed to produce nano-crystalline matrix composites. • Hybrid nano-composites exhibited the best mechanical properties. • Wear resistance of the aluminum hybrid nano-composites found increased with increased filler content. - Abstract: In this experimental study, the tribological behavior of Al 2024–5 wt.% SiC–X wt.% graphite (X = 5 and 10) hybrid nano-composites was produced using powder metallurgy (P/M) technique. All specimens were prepared by mechanical milling of Al 2024 and SiC–Gr nano-composite powders, followed by a blend–press–sinter methodology. Pin on disc type apparatus has been used for determining the wear loss. The sintered samples have been characterized by XRD. Wear mechanisms are discussed based on scanning electron microscopy observations of worn surface and wear debris morphology. The hardness and wear resistance of the hybrid nano-composites were increased considerably by increasing the reinforcement content. The nano-composite with 5 wt.% SiC and 10 wt.% Gr showed the greatest improvement in tribological performance. Primary wear mechanisms for hybrid nano-composites were determined to be formation of lubricating layer on the surface of samples. The overall results revealed that hybrid aluminium nano-composites can be considered as an outstanding material where high strength and wear-resistant components are of major importance, particularly structural applications in the aerospace, automotive and military industries

  19. The mechanism of deceleration of nucleation and crystal growth by the small addition of transition metals to lithium disilicate glasses.

    Thieme, Katrin; Avramov, Isak; Rüssel, Christian

    2016-01-01

    The addition of small amounts of niobium or tantalum oxide to lithium disilicate glass provokes a drastic decrease of the steady-state nucleation rates and the crystal growth velocities. The viscosity of the residual glassy matrix is considered as a function of the crystallization degree in the course of a non-isothermal crystallization. For simplification, a homogeneous distribution of the added oxides in the glass matrix is assumed. While the viscosity initially decreases, it significantly increases again for higher crystallization degrees hindering crystal growth. However, it was shown that the additives are enriched at the crystal interface. Several possible reasons for the inhibition of nucleation and growth kinetics such as viscosity, interfacial energy crystal/glassy phase, thermodynamic driving force or impingement rate are discussed. Since the crystallization front is blocked by the additives the impingement rate is decreased with increasing additive concentration. Since small concentrations of Nb2O5 and Ta2O5 have a drastic effect on the nucleation, these components should be enriched at the interface crystal/glass. This will only take place, if it leads to a decrease in the interfacial energy. Since this effect alone should result in an increase of the nucleation rate, it must be overcompensated by kinetic effects. PMID:27150844

  20. Densification of Reaction Bonded Silicon Nitride with the Addition of Fine Si Powder Effects on the Sinterability and Mechanical Properties

    Lee, Sea-Hoon [Korea Institute of Materials Science; Cho, Chun-Rae [Korea Institute of Materials Science; Park, Young-Jo [Korea Institute of Materials Science; Ko, Jae-Woong [Korea Institute of Materials Science; Kim, Hai-Doo [Korea Institute of Materials Science; Lin, Hua-Tay [ORNL; Becher, Paul F [ORNL

    2013-01-01

    The densification behavior and strength of sintered reaction bonded silicon nitrides (SRBSN) that contain Lu2O3-SiO2 additives were improved by the addition of fine Si powder. Dense specimens (relative density: 99.5%) were obtained by gas-pressure sintering (GPS) at 1850oC through the addition of fine Si. In contrast, the densification of conventional specimens did not complete at 1950oC. The fine Si decreased the onset temperature of shrinkage and increased the shrinkage rate because the additive helped the compaction of green bodies and induced the formation of fine Si3N4 particles after nitridation and sintering at and above 1600oC. The amount of residual SiO2 within the specimens was not strongly affected by adding fine Si powder because most of the SiO2 layer that had formed on the fine Si particles decomposed during nitridation. The maximum strength and fracture toughness of the specimens were 991 MPa and 8.0 MPa m1/2, respectively.

  1. On crystallochemical mechanism of small alloying addition effect on dissolution process of corrosion-resistant steels in active state

    Regularities of component dissolution and the changes of the surface layer composition of the Fe-Cr and Fe-Cr-Mo steels are studied. The investigations have been carried out taking as an example high-purity ferrite steels of the FeCr18 and FeCr26 type with Mo content from O to 1.7 and from 0 to 1.2 at. % in 1n H2SO4 respectively at room temperature. The notions of dissolution character of energetically heterogeneous alloy surface are developed. A conclusion is made on the mechanism of inhibitting effect of molybdenum on the anode process of steel dissolution in the active state and on the mechanism of its effect on steel passivation capacity

  2. Delayed onset of tricuspid valve flow in repaired tetralogy of Fallot: an additional mechanism of diastolic dysfunction and interventricular dyssynchrony

    Benson Lee N; Redington Andrew N; Bronzetti Gabriele; Cheung Michael; AlHabshan Fahad; Sun Ai-Min; Macgowan Christopher; Yoo Shi-Joon

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Background Diastolic dysfunction of the right ventricle (RV) is common after repair of tetralogy of Fallot. While restrictive physiology in late diastole has been well known, dysfunction in early diastole has not been described. The present study sought to assess the prevalence and mechanism of early diastolic dysfunction of the RV defined as delayed onset of the tricuspid valve (TV) flow after TOF repair. Methods The study population consisted of 31 children with repaired TOF (mean ...

  3. Investigation of Mechanical Properties of Fe3Al-Based Alloys with Vanadium and Carbon Additions by Small Punch Test

    Dobeš, Ferdinand; Dymáček, Petr; Kratochvíl, P.; Král, R.; Çelikyürek, I.; Torun, O.

    Ostrava : Ocelot s.r.o, 2014 - (Matocha, K.; Hurst, R.; Sun, W.), s. 159-163 ISBN 978-80-260-6722-1. [SSTT 2014 - International Conference Determination of Mechanical Properties of Materials by Small Punch and Other Miniature Testing Techniques /3./. Seggau (AT), 23.09.2014-25.09.2014] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP108/12/1452 Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : small punch * yield stress * ultimate tensile strength Subject RIV: JG - Metallurgy

  4. Processing, Mechanical and Optical Properties of Additive-Free ZrC Ceramics Prepared by Spark Plasma Sintering

    Clara Musa

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available In the present study, nearly fully dense monolithic ZrC samples are produced and broadly characterized from microstructural, mechanical and optical points of view. Specifically, 98% dense products are obtained by Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS after 20 min dwell time at 1850 °C starting from powders preliminarily prepared by Self-propagating High-temperature Synthesis (SHS followed by 20 min ball milling. A prolonged mechanical treatment up to 2 h of SHS powders does not lead to appreciable benefits. Vickers hardness of the resulting samples (17.5 ± 0.4 GPa is reasonably good for monolithic ceramics, but the mechanical strength (about 250 MPa up to 1000 °C could be further improved by suitable optimization of the starting powder characteristics. The very smoothly polished ZrC specimen subjected to optical measurements displays high absorption in the visible-near infrared region and low thermal emittance at longer wavelengths. Moreover, the sample exhibits goodspectral selectivity (2.1–2.4 in the 1000–1400 K temperature range. These preliminary results suggest that ZrC ceramics produced through the two-step SHS/SPS processing route can be considered as attractive reference materials for the development of innovative solar energy absorbers.

  5. Effect of carbon nanotube and aluminum oxide addition on plasma-sprayed hydroxyapatite coating's mechanical properties and biocompatibility

    This study reports on the synthesis of novel bioceramic composite coating of hydroxyapatite (HA) reinforced with carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and aluminum oxide (Al2O3) using plasma spray technique. Fracture toughness of HA-20 wt.% Al2O3 improved by 158% as compared to HA coating whereas HA-18.4 wt.% Al2O3-1.6 wt.% CNT showed an improvement of 300%. Carbon nanotubes provided reinforcement via rebar mechanism. Human fiber osteoblast cell-growth studies showed that biocompatibility of the coating remained unaltered, as Al2O3 retained its bio-inertness and CNT, its bioactivity, within the composite coatings. Composite coating showed lower attachment, but higher proliferation rate, for the osteoblast cells, which has been attributed to the surface roughness. An optimized relation between coating composition, its biocompatibility and mechanical properties was established to predict the most suited coating material for orthopedic implants. HA-Al2O3-CNT composite coating displayed most improved mechanical properties while retaining its biocompatibility.

  6. Age-Related Changes in the Mechanical Properties of Human Fibroblasts and Its Prospective Reversal After Anti-Wrinkle Tripeptide Treatment

    Dulińska-Molak, Ida; Pasikowska, Monika; Pogoda, Katarzyna; Lewandowska, Małgorzata; Eris, Irena; Lekka, Małgorzata

    2013-01-01

    One of an essential characteristic of human skin are time dependent mechanical properties. Here, we demonstrate that stiffness of human dermal fibroblast correlates with age and it can be restored after anti-wrinkle tripeptide treatment. The stiffness of human fibroblasts isolated from donors of 30-, 40- and 60 years old were examined. Additionally the effect of anti- wrinkle tripeptide of latter cells was investigated. The atomic force microscopy measurements were performed on untreated fibr...

  7. Effect of additional element and heat treating temperature on micro-structure and mechanical behavior of Ag alloy thin film

    JU Dong-ying; ISHIGURO S; ARIZONO T; HASEGAWA K

    2006-01-01

    For Ag alloy film used for the storage media,it is required to have heat-resistance,anti-constant temperature and anti-constant humidity characteristics,corrosion resistance,while high reflectivity over Al is maintained. An Ag alloy thin film (additive element Pd,Cu,P) was created on glass substrates,and various heat treatment was conducted. Then,fine structure was observed on this thin film using AFM,and fine structure evaluation of the inside was carried out by the in-plane diffractometry and X-ray diffractometry,and in addition,residual stress analysis was carried out. These results were compared and were examined,and fine structure and physical property in a metallic thin film were evaluated,and usefulness of evaluation method was verified.

  8. Additive manufacturing of Ti-6Al-4V components by shaped metal deposition: Microstructure and mechanical properties

    Shaped metal deposition (SMD) is a relatively new technology of additive manufacturing, which creates near-net shaped components by additive manufacture utilizing tungsten inert gas welding. Especially for Ti alloys, which are difficult to shape by traditional methods and for which the loss of material during machining is also very costly, SMD has great advantages. In the case of Ti-6Al-4V the dense SMD components exhibit large, columnar prior β grains, with a Widmanstaetten α/β microstructure. These prior β grains are slightly tilted in a direction following the temperature field resulting from the moving welding torch. The ultimate tensile strength is between 929 and 1014 MPa, depending on orientation and location of the tensile specimens. Tensile testing vertically to the deposition layers exhibits a strain at failure of 16 ± 3%, while testing parallel to the layers gives a lower value of about 9%.

  9. Ostwald ripening of Pb nanocrystalline phase in mechanically milled Al-Pb alloys and the influence of Cu additive

    The coarsening behavior of nanosized Pb phase in both Al-10%Pb and Al-10%Pb-4.5%Cu alloys has been studied by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy analysis. The coarsening of Pb nanophase in Al-Pb alloys still follows the classical ripening theory (the LSW theory) and the addition of Cu decreases the coarsening rate of Pb nanophase

  10. The effect of the addition of ground olive stones on the physical and mechanical properties of clay bricks

    Arezki, S.; Chelouah, N.; Tahakourt, A.

    2016-01-01

    This study deals with the effect of ground olive stones (GOS) on the performance of fired clay bricks. Seven different clay-GOS mixes with 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 wt % of GOS respectively were used for making fired brick samples. All samples were fired at 900 °C. The technological properties of the resultant material were then determined, including shrinkage, apparent density, pore size distribution, thermal conductivity, water absorption, and compressive and flexural strength. The addition o...

  11. Thermo-mechanic and sensory properties of wheat and rye breads produced with varying concentration of the additive

    Demin Mirjana A.; Popov-Raljić Jovanka V.; Laličić-Petronijević Jovanka G.; Rabrenović Biljana B.; Filipčev Bojana V.; Šimurina Olivera D.

    2013-01-01

    The effects of different concentrations of the complex additive containing emulsifiers, oxido-reductive substances and enzymes, on the rheological conditions of dough, and on the sensory properties of three groups of bread were investigated. The best initial quality and the lowest degree of protein network weakening had the dough obtained from mixed wheat and rye flours. The best expected baking properties were shown by the white wheat flour due to the least damage of its starch. The us...

  12. Improvement of mechanical and biological properties of TiNi alloys by addition of Cu and Co to orthodontic archwires.

    Phukaoluan, Aphinan; Khantachawana, Anak; Kaewtatip, Pongpan; Dechkunakorn, Surachai; Kajornchaiyakul, Julathep

    2016-09-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate improved performances of TiNi in order to promote tooth movement. Special attention was paid to the effect on the clinical properties of TiNi of adding Cu and Co to this alloy. Ti49.4Ni50.6, Ti49Ni46Cu5 and Ti50Ni47Co3 (at %) alloys were prepared. Specimens were cold-rolled at 30% reduction and heat-treated at 400°C for 60min. Then, the test results were compared with two types of commercial archwires. The findings showed that superelasticity properties were confirmed in the manufactured commercial alloys at mouth temperature. The difference of stress plateau in TiNi, TiNiCo and commercial wires B at 25°C changed significantly at various testing temperatures due to the combination of martensite and austenite phases. At certain temperatures the alloys exhibited zero recovery stress at 2% strain and consequently produced zero activation force for moving teeth. The corrosion test showed that the addition of Cu and Co to TiNi alloys generates an increase in corrosion potential (Ecorr) and corrosion current densities (Icorr). Finally, we observed that addition of Cu and Co improved cell viability. We conclude that addition of an appropriate amount of a third alloying element can help enhance the performances of TiNi orthodontic archwires. PMID:27520713

  13. The Effect and Mechanism of Nano-Cu Lubricating Additives on the Electroless Deposited Ni-W-P Coating

    CHEN Min; JIANG Xiaomin; ZHAO Zuxin; HUANG Xiaobo

    2012-01-01

    The coating and deposition process with excellent anti wear and suitable for industrial application were developed,and the optimum bath composition and process were obtained by studying the influence of the bath composition,temperature and pH value on the deposition rate and the plating solution stability.Moreover,the tribological properties of nano-Cu lubricating additives and electroless deposited Ni-W-P coating as well as their synergistic effect are researched using ring-block abrasion testing machine and energy dispersive spectrometer.Research results show that Ni-W-P alloy coating and nano-Cu lubricating additive have excellent synergistic effect,e g,the wear resistance of Ni-W-P alloy coating (with heat treatment and the oil with nano-Cu additives) has increased hundreds times than 45 steel as the metal substrate with the basic oil,and zero wear is achieved,which breaks through the bottleneck of previous separate research of the above-mentioned two aspects.

  14. Thermo-mechanic and sensory properties of wheat and rye breads produced with varying concentration of the additive

    Demin Mirjana A.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The effects of different concentrations of the complex additive containing emulsifiers, oxido-reductive substances and enzymes, on the rheological conditions of dough, and on the sensory properties of three groups of bread were investigated. The best initial quality and the lowest degree of protein network weakening had the dough obtained from mixed wheat and rye flours. The best expected baking properties were shown by the white wheat flour due to the least damage of its starch. The use of the additive has an effect on the absorption of water and on the majority of C-values of all sorts of flour. The amount of additive had a significant effect on the sensory properties of wheat bread crumb texture. Also, storage duration significantly affected (p <0.01 the sensory properties of integral wheat bread aroma-taste and the weighted mean score. The interaction of these two factors had no significant effect on any of sensory properties of the investigated groups of bread.

  15. Partial Reversible Gates(PRG) for Reversible BCD Arithmetic

    Thapliyal, Himanshu; Arabnia, Hamid R; Bajpai, Rajnish; Sharma, Kamal K

    2007-01-01

    IEEE 754r is the ongoing revision to the IEEE 754 floating point standard and a major enhancement to the standard is the addition of decimal format. Furthermore, in the recent years reversible logic has emerged as a promising computing paradigm having its applications in low power CMOS, quantum computing, nanotechnology, and optical computing. The major goal in reversible logic is to minimize the number of reversible gates and garbage outputs. Thus, this paper proposes the novel concept of pa...

  16. Magnetic Reversal on Vicinal Surfaces

    Hyman, R. A.; Zangwill, A.; Stiles, M. D.

    1998-01-01

    We present a theoretical study of in-plane magnetization reversal for vicinal ultrathin films using a one-dimensional micromagnetic model with nearest-neighbor exchange, four-fold anisotropy at all sites, and two-fold anisotropy at step edges. A detailed "phase diagram" is presented that catalogs the possible shapes of hysteresis loops and reversal mechanisms as a function of step anisotropy strength and vicinal terrace length. The steps generically nucleate magnetization reversal and pin the...

  17. MICROSTRUCTURE AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF ULTRAFINE WC/Co CEMENTED CARBIDES WITH CUBIC BORON NITRIDE AND Cr₃C₂ ADDITIONS

    Genrong Zhang; Haiyan Chen; Dong Lihua; Yin,; Li Kun

    2016-01-01

    This study investigates the microstructure and mechanical properties of ultrafine tungsten carbide and cobalt (WC/Co) cemented carbides with cubic boron nitride (CBN) and chromium carbide (Cr₃C₂) fabricated by a hot pressing sintering process. This study uses samples with 8 wt% Co content and 7.5 vol% CBN content, and with different Cr₃C₂ content ranging from 0 to 0.30 wt%. Based on the experimental results, Cr₃C₂ content has a significant influence on inhibiting abnormal grain growth and dec...

  18. MICROSTRUCTURE AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF ULTRAFINE WC/Co CEMENTED CARBIDES WITH CUBIC BORON NITRIDE AND Cr₃C₂ ADDITIONS

    Genrong Zhang

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available This study investigates the microstructure and mechanical properties of ultrafine tungsten carbide and cobalt (WC/Co cemented carbides with cubic boron nitride (CBN and chromium carbide (Cr₃C₂ fabricated by a hot pressing sintering process. This study uses samples with 8 wt% Co content and 7.5 vol% CBN content, and with different Cr₃C₂ content ranging from 0 to 0.30 wt%. Based on the experimental results, Cr₃C₂ content has a significant influence on inhibiting abnormal grain growth and decreasing grain size in cemented carbides. Near-full densification is possible when CBN-WC/Co with 0.25 wt% Cr₃C₂ is sintered at 1350°C and 20 MPa; the resulting material possesses optimal mechanical properties and density, with an acceptable Vickers hardness of 19.20 GPa, fracture toughness of 8.47 MPa.m1/2 and flexural strength of 564 MPa.u̇ Å k⃗

  19. Response of Mg Addition on the Dendritic Structures and Mechanical Properties of Hypoeutectic Al-10Si (Wt Pct) Alloys

    Karaköse, Ercan; Yildiz, Mehmet; Keskin, Mustafa

    2016-08-01

    Rapidly solidified hypoeutectic Al-10Si- xMg ( x = 0, 5, 10 wt pct) alloys were produced by the melt-spinning method. The phase composition was identified by X-ray diffractometry, and the microstructures of the alloys were characterized by scanning electron microscopy. The melting characteristics were studied by differential scanning calorimetry and differential thermal analysis under an Ar atmosphere. The mechanical properties of the melt-spun and conventionally solidified alloys were tested by tensile-strength and Vickers microhardness tests. The results illustrate that the cooling rate and solidification time of 89 μm thick melt-spun ribbon were estimated to be 2.97 × 107 K s-1 and 9.31 × 10-6 s, respectively. Nanoscale Si spot particles were observed growing on the surface of the dendritic α-Al matrix and the average sizes of these spots ranged from 10 to 50 nm. The improvement in the tensile properties and microhardness was related to structural refinement and the supersaturated α-Al solid solution; the nanoscale-dispersed Si spot particles made a significant improvement to the mechanical properties of the melt-spun ribbon. Detailed electrical resistivity tests of the ribbons were carried out at temperatures of 300 K to 800 K (27 °C to 527 °C).

  20. The mechanism of alkene addition to a nickel bis(dithiolene) complex: the role of the reduced metal complex.

    Dang, Li; Shibl, Mohamed F; Yang, Xinzheng; Alak, Aiman; Harrison, Daniel J; Fekl, Ulrich; Brothers, Edward N; Hall, Michael B

    2012-03-14

    The binding of an alkene by Ni(tfd)(2) [tfd = S(2)C(2)(CF(3))(2)] is one of the most intriguing ligand-based reactions. In the presence of the anionic, reduced metal complex, the primary product is an interligand adduct, while in the absence of the anion, dihydrodithiins and metal complex decomposition products are preferred. New kinetic (global analysis) and computational (DFT) data explain the crucial role of the anion in suppressing decomposition and catalyzing the formation of the interligand product through a dimetallic complex that appears to catalyze alkene addition across the Ni-S bond, leading to a lower barrier for the interligand adduct. PMID:22364208

  1. Microstructure, Texture and Mechanical Property Evolution during Additive Manufacturing of Ti6Al4V Alloy for Aerospace Applications

    Antonysamy, Alphons Anandaraj

    2012-01-01

    Additive Manufacturing (AM) is an innovative manufacturing process which offers near-net shape fabrication of complex components, directly from CAD models, without dies or substantial machining, resulting in a reduction in lead-time, waste, and cost. For example, the buy-to-fly ratio for a titanium component machined from forged billet is typically 10-20:1 compared to 5-7:1 when manufactured by AM. However, the production rates for most AM processes are relatively slow and AM is consequently ...

  2. Modeling the amorphous structure of mechanically alloyed Ti50Ni25Cu25 using anomalous wide-angle x-ray scattering and reverse Monte Carlo simulation

    An amorphous Ti50Ni25Cu25 alloy was produced by 19 h of mechanical alloying. Anomalous wide angle x-ray scattering data were collected at six energies and six total scattering factors were obtained. By considering the data collected at two energies close to the Ni and Cu K edges, two differential anomalous scattering factors about the Ni and Cu atoms were obtained, showing that the chemical environments around these atoms are different. Eight factors were used as input data to the reverse Monte Carlo method used to compute the partial structure factors STi3Ti(K), STi–Cu(K), STi–Ni(K), SCu3Cu(K), SCu–Ni(K) and SNi–Ni(K) and the partial pair distribution functions GTi3Ti(r), GTi–Cu(r), GTi–Ni(r), GCu3Cu(r), GCu–Ni(r) and GNi–Ni(r). From the RMC final atomic configuration and Gij(r) functions, the coordination numbers and interatomic atomic distances for the first neighbors were determined

  3. Tunable in-plane uniaxial anisotropy and the magnetization reversal mechanism of patterned high-frequency soft magnetic FeTa strips

    FeTa films with thickness of 110 nm are fabricated on glass substrates by magnetron sputtering, and then a series of strips is designed on the FeTa films by conventional optical lithography and the ion beam etching method. Patterned FeTa strips show a tunable in-plane uniaxial magnetic anisotropy property in contrast with the magnetic isotropic property of as-deposited FeTa thin films. The magnetization reversal mechanism of the patterned FeTa strips is investigated via the in-plane angular dependences of magnetization and coercivity. The angular dependence of coercivity (ADC) is explained well in terms of the two-phase model, giving good quantitative agreement with the experimentally measured M-shaped ADC curve. The domain structure and spatial resolution magneto-optical Kerr effect measurement indicate that the smaller the strip width, the stronger will be the anisotropy field. Regarding the dynamic magnetic properties, a transformation from Debye dispersion spectrum for strips with weak anisotropy to natural resonance spectrum for strips with strong anisotropy is finally obtained. The tunable in-plane anisotropy fields of the FeTa strips result in tunable high-frequency soft magnetic properties by altering the strip width, indicating that patterned FeTa strips have great potential in high-frequency soft magnetic application fields. (paper)

  4. Kinematic Analysis of Incomplete Gear Automatic Reverse Mechanism%不完全齿轮自动换向机构的运动分析

    王猛; 李长春

    2012-01-01

    利用不完全齿轮机构的特点,设计一种齿轮式自动换向装置,实现输入轴连续单向转动,输出轴连续正反向转动,且保持输入轴的转速和输出轴的转速之比为定值.分析了不完全齿轮首齿和末齿的啮合线长度,在保证重合度等于1时,运用齿顶高修形法,避免了不完全齿轮传动的干涉现象发生.%By the characteristics of the incomplete gear mechanism, a kind of gear automatic reversing device to realize the input shaft continuous unidirectional turns is designed to realize, the output shaft positive and negative rotary under the condition of the input shaft speed and output speed ratio is fixed value. The length of line of action with the teeth at the end and the first of incomplete gear is analyzed, on the premise of contact ratio equal to one, using repair form method of addendum ,the interference phenomenon of the incomplete gear transmission is avoided.

  5. The improved mechanical properties of β-CaSiO3 bioceramics with Si3N4 addition.

    Pan, Ying; Zuo, Kaihui; Yao, Dongxu; Yin, Jinwei; Xin, Yunchuan; Xia, Yongfeng; Liang, Hanqin; Zeng, Yuping

    2015-03-01

    The motivation of this study is to investigate the effect of Si3N4 addition on the sinterability of β-CaSiO3 ceramics. β-CaSiO3 ceramics with different content of Si3N4 were prepared at the sintering temperature ranging from 1000°C to 1150°C. The results showed that Si3N4 can be successfully used as sintering additive by being oxidized to form SiO2. The β-CaSiO3 ceramics with 3wt% Si3N4 sintered at 1100°C revealed flexural strength, hardness and fracture toughness of 157.2MPa, 4.4GPa and 2.3MPam(1/2) respectively, which was much higher than that of pure β-CaSiO3 ceramics (41.1MPa, 1.0GPa, 1.1MPam(1/2)). XRD analysis and SEM observation indicated that the main phase maintained to be β-phase after sintering. PMID:26580024

  6. Influence of Tin Additions on the Phase-Transformation Characteristics of Mechanical Alloyed Cu-Al-Ni Shape-Memory Alloy

    Saud, Safaa N.; Hamzah, E.; Abubakar, T.; Bakhsheshi-Rad, H. R.; Mohammed, M. N.

    2016-07-01

    The influence of the addition of Sn to Cu-Al-Ni alloy as a fourth element with different percentages of 0.5, 1.0, and 1.5 wt pct on the microstructure, phase-transformation temperatures, mechanical properties, and corrosion behaviors was investigated. The modified and unmodified alloys were fabricated by mechanical alloying followed by microwave sintering. The sintered and homogenized alloys of Cu-Al-Ni-xSn shape-memory alloys had a refined particle structure with an average particle size of 40 to 50 µm associated with an improvement in the mechanical properties and corrosion resistance. With the addition of Sn, the porosity density tends to decrease, which can also lead to improvements in the properties of the modified alloys. The minimum porosity percentage was observed in the Cu-Al-Ni-1.0 wt pct Sn alloy, which resulted in enhancing the ductility, strain recovery, and corrosion resistance. Further increasing the Sn addition to 1.5 wt pct, the strength of the alloy increased because the highest volume fraction of precipitates was formed. Regarding the corrosion behavior, addition of Sn up to 1 wt pct increased the corrosion resistance of the base SMA from 2.97 to 19.20 kΩ cm2 because of formation of a protective film that contains hydrated tin oxyhydroxide, aluminum dihydroxychloride, and copper chloride on the alloy. However, further addition of Sn reduced the corrosion resistance.

  7. Ancient Magnetic Reversals: Clues to the Geodynamo.

    Hoffman, Kenneth A.

    1988-01-01

    Discusses the question posed by some that the earth's magnetic field may reverse. States that rocks magnetized by ancient fields may offer clues to the underlying reversal mechanism in the earth's core. (TW)

  8. Additive effect of BLA GABAA receptor mechanism and (+)-MK-801 on memory retention deficit, an isobologram analysis.

    Khakpoor, Mitra; Nasehi, Mohammad; Vahdati, Akbar; Hoseyni, Seyed-Ebrahim; Zarrindast, Mohammad-Reza

    2016-04-01

    There is a near correlation between N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) and γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors in the modulation of learning and memory in the basolateral amygdala (BLA). In this study, we investigated the involvement of GABAA receptors in the BLA in amnesia induced by (+)-MK-801, a noncompetitive antagonist of NMDA receptors, in male Wistar rats. After guide cannulae were bilaterally placed in the BLA, animals were trained in a step-through type passive avoidance task and then tested 24h after training to measure memory retrieval and locomotor activity. Post-training intra-BLA microinjection of (+)-MK-801 (0.5μg/rat) and GABAA receptor agonists (muscimol at doses 0.05 and 0.1μg/rat) or antagonist (bicuculline at doses 0.05 and 0.1μg/rat) decreased step-through latency during retrieval but did not alter locomotor activity. Results also showed that a subthreshold dose of muscimol (0.025μg/rat) potentiated impairment induced by (+)-MK-801, whereas bicuculline (0.025μg/rat) restored it. Furthermore, the highest dose of muscimol (0.5μg/rat) increased locomotor activity induced by (+)-MK-801. Isobologram analysis showed that there was an additive but not synergistic effect between muscimol and (+)-MK-801 on memory retention deficits in the BLA. In conclusion, muscimol and bicuculline decreased retention of memory formation in the BLA, and GABAA receptors in the BLA may be involved in the additive effect on (+)-MK-801-induced memory retention deficits. PMID:26853734

  9. Ion irradiation induced effects and magnetization reversal mechanism in (Ni{sub 80}Fe{sub 20}){sub 1−x}Co{sub x} nanowires and nanotubes

    Ahmad, Naeem, E-mail: naeem.ahmad@iiu.edu.pk [Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing 100090 (China); Spintronics Laboratory, Department of Physics, Faculty of Basic and Applied Sciences (FBAS), International Islamic University H-10, Islamabad 44000 (Pakistan); Iqbal, Javed [Laboratory of Nanoscience and Technology, Department of Physics, International Islamic University, H-10, Islamabad,Pakistan (Pakistan); Chen, J.Y. [Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing 100090 (China); Hussain, Asim [Spintronics Laboratory, Department of Physics, Faculty of Basic and Applied Sciences (FBAS), International Islamic University H-10, Islamabad 44000 (Pakistan); Shi, D.W.; Han, X.F. [Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing 100090 (China)

    2015-03-15

    The effect of Co on the ferromagnetic characteristics of the Ni{sub 80}Fe{sub 20} nanocylinders having zero magnetostriction and soft magnetic nature is an interesting field of research. The (Ni{sub 80}Fe{sub 20}){sub 1−x}Co{sub x} nanocylinders have been prepared by electrodeposition into commercially available anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) nanoporous templates. The analysis of magnetization reversal from the angular dependence of coercivity has been studied in detail. This angular dependence of coercivity has shown a transition from curling to nucleation mode as a function of field angle for all (Ni{sub 80}Fe{sub 20}){sub 1−x}Co{sub x} nanocylinders depending upon the critical angle. The shape anisotropy, dipole–dipole interactions, surface effects and magnetocrystalline anisotropy have been found to play an effective role for the spontaneous magnetization in nanowires and nanotubes. It has been interestingly observed that the magnetostatic interactions or dipole–dipole interactions are dominant in nanocylinders regardless of its geometry. Furthermore, the prepared samples have been irradiated with He{sup 2+} ions (energy E=2 MeV, fluence=10{sup 14} ions/cm{sup 2} and ion current=16 nA) at room temperature using a 5-UDH-2pelletron tandem accelerator. The irradiations have created defects and these defects have induced changes in magnetization as a result an increase in coercivity as function of the ion fluences is observed. Such kind of behavior in coercivity enhancement and magnetization reduction can also be attributed to the stress relaxation and percolation in nonuniform states of ferromagnetic alloys, respectively. - Highlights: • We have prepared the ferromagnetic NiFeCo nanowires and nanotubes into anodized aluminum oxide templates (AAO) by electrodeposition method. • We have studied the magnetization reversal mechanism from the angle dependent coercivity measured by a hysteresis loop. • The ion irradiation effects on these nanostructures

  10. Reversal Effect and Mechanisms of Recombinant Human Tumor Necrosis Factor-NC Against the Doxorubicin Resistance in Leukemia K562/Doxorubicin Cells

    Jing-hong ZHOU

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To explore the reversal effect and mechanisms of recombinant human tumor necrosis factor-NC (rhTNF-NC against the doxorubicin (Dox resistance in chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML K562/Dox cells. Methods: The chemo-sensitivity of tumor cells dealt with different concentrations of rhTNF-NC to Dox was detected by tetrazolium dye assay (MTT. The intra-cellular Dox accumulation represented by fluorescence intensity was determined by flow cytometry (FCM at the excitation wave length of 488 nm and emission wave length of 550 nm. The expression of multidrug resistance (MDR-related genes and proteins was analyzed by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR and Western blot assays. Results: After being exposed to gradually increasing concentrations of Dox for 10 consecutive months, K562/Dox cells were more resistant to Dox (nearly 132 times than Dox-sensitive K562 cells. The IC50 of Dox for K562 and K562/Dox cells were (0.04±0.01 and (5.55±0.08 μmol/L, respectively. When K562/Dox cells were treated with rhTNF-NC at 500, 2 500 or 5 000U/mL, the IC50 of Dox was decreased to (2.22±0.34, (1.41±0.13 and (1.04±0.09 μmol/L, respectively. The concentration-response curves were moved upward by the treatment of rhTNF-NC (P<0.01. FCM analysis displayed that intra-cellular accumulation of Dox was significantly increased when combing Dox with rhTNF-NC. After treatment with rhTNF-NC, the expression of MDR gene (MDR1, MDR-associated protein (MRP, glutathione S transferase π (GSTπ mRNA, P glycoprotein (P-gp and protein kinase Cα (PKCα protein was down-regulated, while topoisomerase II (TopoII mRNA expression was up-regulated. Conclusion: rhTNF-NC can effectively augment the drug accumulation in tumor cells. This is due to the up-regulation of TopoIIα and down-regulation of MDR1, MRP and GSTπ at mRNA expression as well as reduction of P-gp and PKCα expression.

  11. Reversible focal splenial lesions

    Gallucci, Massimo; Limbucci, Nicola [University of L' Aquila, Department of Radiology, S. Salvatore Hospital, L' Aquila (Italy); Paonessa, Amalia [Loreto Nuovo Hospital, Department of Neuroradiology, Napoli (Italy); Caranci, Ferdinando [Federico II University, Department of Neurological Sciences, Napoli (Italy)

    2007-07-15

    Reversible focal lesions in the splenium of the corpus callosum (SCC) have recently been reported.They are circumscribed and located in the median aspect of the SCC. On MRI, they are hyperintense on T2-W and iso-hypointense on T1-W sequences, with no contrast enhancement. On DWI, SCC lesions are hyperintense with low ADC values, reflecting restricted diffusion due to cytotoxic edema. The common element is the disappearance of imaging abnormalities with time, including normalization of DWI. Clinical improvement is often reported. The most established and frequent causes of reversible focal lesions of the SCC are viral encephalitis, antiepileptic drug toxicity/withdrawal and hypoglycemic encephalopathy. Many other causes have been reported, including traumatic axonal injury. The similar clinical and imaging features suggest a common mechanism induced by different pathological events leading to the same results. Edema and diffusion restriction in focal reversible lesions of the SCC have been attributed to excitotoxic mechanisms that can result from different mechanisms; no unifying relationship has been found to explain all the pathologies associated with SCC lesions. In our opinion, the similar imaging, clinical and prognostic aspects of these lesions depend on a high vulnerability of the SCC to excitotoxic edema and are less dependent on the underlying pathology. In this review, the relevant literature concerning reversible focal lesions in the SCC is analyzed and hypotheses about their pathogenesis are proposed. (orig.)

  12. Mechanical Properties of DS NiAl/Cr(Mo) Alloys with Low Addition of Hf for High-temperature Applications

    Xinghao DU; Jianting GUO

    2005-01-01

    A multiphase NiAl-28Cr-5.85Mo-0.15Hf alloy, which was directionally solidified (DS) in an Al2O3-SiO2 mold by standard Bridgman method and then underwent prolonged solution and aging treatment was prepared. The microstructure, tensile properties as well as tensile creep of the heat-treated alloy at different temperatures were studied. The alloy was composed of NiAl, Cr(Mo) and Hf-rich phase and small amount of fine Heusler phase (Ni2AlHf). Although the present alloy exhibited high tensile strength at Iow temperature, it was weaker than that of system with high content Hf but still stronger than that of many NiAl-based alloys at high temperatures. The fracture toughness is lower than that of DS NiAl-28Cr-6Mo alloy. Nevertheless, advantageous effects on the mechanical properties, i.e.the decrease in brittle-to-ductile transition temperature (BDTT) were obtained for the Iow content of Hf. The obtained creep curves exhibit conventional shape: a short primary creep and long accelerated creep stages. The rupture properties of the heat-treated alloy follow the Monkman-Grant relationship, which exhibits similar creep behavior to that of NiAl/Cr(Mo) system with high Hf content.

  13. The effect of the addition of ground olive stones on the physical and mechanical properties of clay bricks

    Arezki, S.

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available This study deals with the effect of ground olive stones (GOS on the performance of fired clay bricks. Seven different clay-GOS mixes with 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 wt % of GOS respectively were used for making fired brick samples. All samples were fired at 900 °C. The technological properties of the resultant material were then determined, including shrinkage, apparent density, pore size distribution, thermal conductivity, water absorption, and compressive and flexural strength. The addition of GOS to the mixture reduced the compressive strength of fired clay bricks. All clay brick pieces exhibited low firing shrinkage. It was apparent that as the percentage of GOS increased in the body, there was a noticeable increase in porosity. The water absorption coefficient decreased with increasing additions. The results indicated that thermal conductivity decreases with decrease in density and increase in porosity in fired clay bricks.En este trabajo se ha estudiado el efecto de la incorporación de huesos de aceituna triturados en las prestaciones de ladrillos de arcilla cocida. Se utilizaron siete proporciones de huesos de aceituna 0 %, 1 %, 2 %, 3 %, 4 %, 5 % y 10 % en peso. Todas las muestras se calcinaron a 900 °C y posteriormente se determinaron las propiedades resultantes, incluyendo la densidad aparente, retracción, distribución de tamaños de poro, conductividad térmica, absorción de agua y resistencias mecánicas. La adición de huesos de aceituna molidos a la mezcla redujo la resistencia a la compresión de los ladrillos de arcilla cocida. Además se observó que todas las piezas de ladrillo mostraron baja retracción tras exposición a altas temperaturas. Como era de esperar a medida que el porcentaje de huesos de aceituna molidos aumentó, la porosidad se incrementó de manera evidente. El coeficiente de absorción de agua disminuyó con el aumento del porcentaje de sustitución. Los resultados indicaron que la conductividad t

  14. Reversible dementias

    Tripathi, Manjari; Vibha, Deepti

    2009-01-01

    In recent years, more attention has been given to the early diagnostic evaluation of patients with dementia which is essential to identify patients with cognitive symptoms who may have treatable conditions. Guidelines suggest that all patients presenting with dementia or cognitive symptoms should be evaluated with a range of laboratory tests, and with structural brain imaging with computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). While many of the disorders reported as ‘reversible...

  15. Effect of addition of plants-derived polyamide 11 elastomer on the mechanical and tribological properties of hemp fiber reinforced polyamide 1010 composites

    Mukaida, Jun; Nishitani, Yosuke; Kitano, Takeshi

    2015-05-01

    For the purpose of developing the new engineering materials such as structural materials and tribomaterials based on all plants-derived materials, the effect of the addition of plant-derived polyamide 11 Elastomer (PA11E) on the mechanical and tribological properties of hemp fiber(HF) reinforced polyamide 1010 (HF/PA1010) composites was investigated. PA1010 and PA11E (except the polyether groups used as soft segment) were made from plant-derived castor oil. Hemp fiber was surface-treated by two types of treatment: alkali treatment by NaOH solution and surface treatment by ureido silane coupling agent. HF/PA1010/PA11E ternary composites were extruded by a twin screw extruder and injection-molded. Their mechanical properties such as tensile, bending, Izod impact and tribological properties by ring-on-plate type sliding wear testing were evaluated. The effect of the addition of PA11E on the mechanical and tribological properties of HF/PA1010 composite differed for each property. Izod impact strength and specific wear rate improved with the addition of PA11E although tensile strength, modulus, and friction coefficient decreased with PA11E. It follows from these results that it may be possible to develop the new engineering materials with sufficient balance between mechanical and tribological properties.

  16. Effect of Zr, Nb and Ti addition on injection molded 316L stainless steel for bio-applications: Mechanical, electrochemical and biocompatibility properties.

    Gulsoy, H Ozkan; Pazarlioglu, Serdar; Gulsoy, Nagihan; Gundede, Busra; Mutlu, Ozal

    2015-11-01

    The research investigated the effect of Zr, Nb and Ti additions on mechanical, electrochemical properties and biocompatibility of injection molded 316L stainless steel. Addition of elemental powder is promoted to get high performance of sintered 316L stainless steels. The amount of additive powder plays a role in determining the sintered microstructure and all properties. In this study, 316L stainless steel powders used with the elemental Zr, Nb and Ti powders. A feedstock containing 62.5 wt% powders loading was molded at different injection molded temperature. The binders were completely removed from molded components by solvent and thermal debinding at different temperatures. The debinded samples were sintered at 1350°C for 60 min. Mechanical, electrochemical property and biocompatibility of the sintered samples were performed mechanical, electrochemical, SBF immersion tests and cell culture experiments. Results of study showed that sintered 316L and 316L with additives samples exhibited high corrosion properties and biocompatibility in a physiological environment. PMID:26275484

  17. Enhancement of the Mechanical Properties of Basalt Fiber-Wood-Plastic Composites via Maleic Anhydride Grafted High-Density Polyethylene (MAPE Addition

    Yun Lu

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available This study investigated the mechanisms, using microscopy and strength testing approaches, by which the addition of maleic anhydride grafted high-density polyethylene (MAPE enhances the mechanical properties of basalt fiber-wood-plastic composites (BF-WPCs. The maximum values of the specific tensile and flexural strengths are achieved at a MAPE content of 5%–8%. The elongation increases rapidly at first and then continues slowly. The nearly complete integration of the wood fiber with the high-density polyethylene upon MAPE addition to WPC is examined, and two models of interfacial behavior are proposed. We examined the physical significance of both interfacial models and their ability to accurately describe the effects of MAPE addition. The mechanism of formation of the Model I interface and the integrated matrix is outlined based on the chemical reactions that may occur between the various components as a result of hydrogen bond formation or based on the principle of compatibility, resulting from similar polarity. The Model I fracture occurred on the outer surface of the interfacial layer, visually demonstrating the compatibilization effect of MAPE addition.

  18. Two additive mechanisms impair the differentiation of 'substrate-selective' p38 inhibitors from classical p38 inhibitors in vitro

    Seidl Kelly M

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The success of anti-TNF biologics for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis has highlighted the importance of understanding the intracellular pathways that regulate TNF production in the quest for an orally-available small molecule inhibitor. p38 is known to strongly regulate TNF production via MK2. The failure of several p38 inhibitors in the clinic suggests the importance of other downstream pathways in normal cell function. Recent work has described a 'substrate-selective' p38 inhibitor that is able to preferentially block the activity of p38 against one substrate (MK2 versus another (ATF2. Using a combined experimental and computational approach, we have examined this mechanism in greater detail for two p38 substrates, MK2 and ATF2. Results We found that in a dual (MK2 and ATF2 substrate assay, MK2-p38 interaction reduced the activity of p38 against ATF2. We further constructed a detailed kinetic mechanistic model of p38 phosphorylation in the presence of multiple substrates and successfully predicted the performance of classical and so-called 'substrate-selective' p38 inhibitors in the dual substrate assay. Importantly, it was found that excess MK2 results in a stoichiometric effect in which the formation of p38-MK2-inhibitor complex prevents the phosphorylation of ATF2, despite the preference of the compound for the p38-MK2 complex over the p38-ATF2 complex. MK2 and p38 protein expression levels were quantified in U937, Thp-1 and PBMCs and found that [MK2] > [p38]. Conclusion Our integrated mechanistic modeling and experimental validation provides an example of how systems biology approaches can be applied to drug discovery and provide a basis for decision-making with limited chemical matter. We find that, given our current understanding, it is unlikely that 'substrate-selective' inhibitors of p38 will work as originally intended when placed in the context of more complex cellular environments, largely due to a

  19. The effects of Mg addition on the microstructure and mechanical properties of thixoformed Al–5%Si–Cu alloys

    Salleh, M.S., E-mail: shukor@utem.edu.my [Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Selangor (Malaysia); Department of Manufacturing Process, Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, Hang Tuah Jaya, 76100 Durian Tunggal, Melaka (Malaysia); Omar, M.Z., E-mail: zaidi@eng.ukm.my [Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Selangor (Malaysia); Syarif, J., E-mail: syarif@eng.ukm.my [Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Selangor (Malaysia)

    2015-02-05

    Highlights: • The average globule size of α-Al decreased when Mg amount is increased. • T6 heat treatment has increased the strength of the thixoformed alloys. • The elongation after T6 heat treatment is even significantly improved. • Thixoformed alloy with high Mg content shows a brittle type fracture. • Thixoformed alloy in T6 condition shows a ductile type fracture. - Abstract: In this study, the effects of different amounts of magnesium (Mg) on the microstructures and tensile properties of thixoformed Al–5%Si–Cu alloys were investigated. Three different alloys containing various amounts of Mg (0.5, 0.8 and 1.2 wt%) were prepared through the cooling slope casting technique, before they were thixoformed using a compression press. Several of the thixoformed samples were then treated with a T6 heat treatment, that is, solution treatment at 525 °C for 8 h, quenching in warm water at 60 °C, followed by aging at 155 °C for 4 h. All of the samples were then characterised by optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis as well as by tensile tests. The results revealed that magnesium was able to refine the size of α-Al globules and the eutectic silicon in the samples. It was also observed that a compact π-Al{sub 9}FeMg{sub 3}Si{sub 5} phase was formed when the magnesium content was 0.8 wt% and 1.2 wt%. The mechanical properties of the thixoformed alloys improved significantly after the T6 heat treatment. The highest attainment was recorded by the latter alloy (i.e. with 1.2 wt%Mg) with its ultimate tensile strength (UTS) as high as 306 MPa, yield strength (YS), 264 MPa, and elongation to fracture of 1.8%. The fracture of thixoformed alloy with a low Mg content (0.5 wt%) showed a combination of dimple and cleavage fracture, whereas in the alloy that contained the highest Mg content (1.2 wt%), cleavage fracture was observed.

  20. The effects of Mg addition on the microstructure and mechanical properties of thixoformed Al–5%Si–Cu alloys

    Highlights: • The average globule size of α-Al decreased when Mg amount is increased. • T6 heat treatment has increased the strength of the thixoformed alloys. • The elongation after T6 heat treatment is even significantly improved. • Thixoformed alloy with high Mg content shows a brittle type fracture. • Thixoformed alloy in T6 condition shows a ductile type fracture. - Abstract: In this study, the effects of different amounts of magnesium (Mg) on the microstructures and tensile properties of thixoformed Al–5%Si–Cu alloys were investigated. Three different alloys containing various amounts of Mg (0.5, 0.8 and 1.2 wt%) were prepared through the cooling slope casting technique, before they were thixoformed using a compression press. Several of the thixoformed samples were then treated with a T6 heat treatment, that is, solution treatment at 525 °C for 8 h, quenching in warm water at 60 °C, followed by aging at 155 °C for 4 h. All of the samples were then characterised by optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis as well as by tensile tests. The results revealed that magnesium was able to refine the size of α-Al globules and the eutectic silicon in the samples. It was also observed that a compact π-Al9FeMg3Si5 phase was formed when the magnesium content was 0.8 wt% and 1.2 wt%. The mechanical properties of the thixoformed alloys improved significantly after the T6 heat treatment. The highest attainment was recorded by the latter alloy (i.e. with 1.2 wt%Mg) with its ultimate tensile strength (UTS) as high as 306 MPa, yield strength (YS), 264 MPa, and elongation to fracture of 1.8%. The fracture of thixoformed alloy with a low Mg content (0.5 wt%) showed a combination of dimple and cleavage fracture, whereas in the alloy that contained the highest Mg content (1.2 wt%), cleavage fracture was observed

  1. Study of a type AISI 321 austenitic stainless steel with niobium additions, submitted to thermal and mechanical treatments and to fast neutron irradiation

    The strengthening mechanisms and improved corrosion-and swelling resistance of austenitic Ni-Fe-Cr stainless steel by Nb additions are properties of interest in Nuclear Technology. In this work, Nb additions were made in type 321 stainless steel for metallography, microhardness, electrical resistivity and radiation damage studies. The samples were fabricated in induction furnace on water cooled melting-pot in argon atmosphere. This work presents the results of experimental measurements from which an attempt is made to analyse the effects of Nb additions acting as microalloying element and of thermal and mechanical process (cold work in present work) on the microstructure, micorhardness and electrical resistivity properties of the 11%Ni-70%Fe-17%Cr austenitic stainless steel. The study of this properties before, during and after irradiation with fast neutrons, showed: - for the original composition of type 321 stainless steel the radiation damage peak is around 4950C; - the radiation damage peak for the composition with 0.05Wt.% of Nb addition is around 5000C; - the radiation damage peak for the composition with 0.1Wt.% of Nb addition is around 5650C. Results of vacancies supersaturation are present in the sense to contribute to the void formation studies in metals during irradiation with high energy particles. (Author)

  2. Adsorption mechanism and dispersion efficiency of three anionic additives [poly(acrylic acid), poly(styrene sulfonate) and HEDP] on zinc oxide.

    Dange, C; Phan, T N T; André, V; Rieger, J; Persello, J; Foissy, A

    2007-11-01

    Adsorption on ZnO of sodium poly(acrylate) (PAA), sodium poly(styrene sulfonate) (PSS) and a monomer surfactant [hydroxyethylidene diphosphonate (HEDP)] was investigated in suspensions initially equilibrated at pH 7. Results demonstrate interplay in the adsorption mechanism between zinc complexation, salt precipitation, and ZnO dissolution. In the case of PAA, the adsorption isotherm exhibits a maximum attributed to the precipitation of zinc polyacrylate. PSS and HEDP formed high-affinity adsorption isotherms, but the plateau adsorption of HEDP was significantly lower than that of PSS. The adsorption isotherm of each additive is divided into two areas. At low additive concentration (high zinc/additive ratio), the total zinc concentration in the solution decreased and the pH increased upon addition. At a higher additive ratio, zinc concentration and pH increased with the organic concentration. The increase in pH is due to the displacement of hydroxyl ions from the surface and the increase in zinc concentration results from the dissolution of ZnO due to the complexation of zinc ions by the organics. The stability of the ZnO dispersions was investigated by measurement of the particle size distribution after addition of various amounts of polymers. The three additives stabilized the ZnO dispersions efficiently once full surface coverage was reached. PMID:17720181

  3. Introducing Catastrophe-QSAR. Application on Modeling Molecular Mechanisms of Pyridinone Derivative-Type HIV Non-Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors

    Marius Lazea

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available The classical method of quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSAR is enriched using non-linear models, as Thom’s polynomials allow either uni- or bi-variate structural parameters. In this context, catastrophe QSAR algorithms are applied to the anti-HIV-1 activity of pyridinone derivatives. This requires calculation of the so-called relative statistical power and of its minimum principle in various QSAR models. A new index, known as a statistical relative power, is constructed as an Euclidian measure for the combined ratio of the Pearson correlation to algebraic correlation, with normalized t-Student and the Fisher tests. First and second order inter-model paths are considered for mono-variate catastrophes, whereas for bi-variate catastrophes the direct minimum path is provided, allowing the QSAR models to be tested for predictive purposes. At this stage, the max-to-min hierarchies of the tested models allow the interaction mechanism to be identified using structural parameter succession and the typical catastrophes involved. Minimized differences between these catastrophe models in the common structurally influential domains that span both the trial and tested compounds identify the “optimal molecular structural domains” and the molecules with the best output with respect to the modeled activity, which in this case is human immunodeficiency virus type 1 HIV-1 inhibition. The best molecules are characterized by hydrophobic interactions with the HIV-1 p66 subunit protein, and they concur with those identified in other 3D-QSAR analyses. Moreover, the importance of aromatic ring stacking interactions for increasing the binding affinity of the inhibitor-reverse transcriptase ligand-substrate complex is highlighted.

  4. Cognitive training with and without additional physical activity in healthy older adults: cognitive effects, neurobiological mechanisms, and prediction of training success

    Julia eRahe; Jutta eBecker; Fink, Gereon R.; Josef eKessler; Juraj eKukolja; Andreas eRahn; Rosen, Jan B.; Florian eSzabados; Brunhilde eWirth; Elke eKalbe

    2015-01-01

    Data is inconsistent concerning the question whether cognitive-physical training (CPT) yields stronger cognitive gains than cognitive training (CT). Effects of additional counseling, neurobiological mechanisms, and predictors have scarcely been studied. Healthy older adults were trained with CT (n = 20), CPT (n = 25), or CPT with counseling (CPT+C; n = 23). Cognition, physical fitness, BDNF, IGF-1, and VEGF were assessed at pre- and post-test. No interaction effects were found except for one ...

  5. Preparation and characterization of new dental porcelains, using K-feldspar and quartz raw materials. Effect of B2O3 additions on sintering and mechanical properties.

    Harabi, Abdelhamid; Guerfa, Fatiha; Harabi, Esma; Benhassine, Mohamed-Tayeb; Foughali, Lazhar; Zaiou, Soumia

    2016-08-01

    The aim of this work was to determine the effect of temperature and boric oxide (B2O3) addition on sintering and mechanical properties of a newly developed dental porcelain (DP) prepared from local Algerian raw materials. Based on a preliminary work, the new selected composition was 75wt.% feldspar, 20wt.% quartz and 5wt.% kaolin. It was prepared by sintering the mixture at different temperatures (1100-1250°C). The optimum sintering conditions gave a relatively higher density (2.47g/cm(3)) and excellent mechanical properties. The three point flexural strength (3PFS) and Martens micro-hardness of dental porcelains were 149MPa and 2600MPa, respectively. This obtained 3PFS value is more than four times greater than that of hydroxyapatite (HA) value (about 37MPa) sintered under the same conditions. However, the sintering temperature was lowered by about 25 and 50°C for 3 and 5wt.% B2O3 additions, respectively. But, it did not improve furthermore the samples density and their mechanical properties. It has also been found that B2O3 additions provoke a glass matrix composition variation which delays the leucite formation during sintering. PMID:27157725

  6. Influence of Zr and nano-Y2O3 additions on thermal stability and improved hardness in mechanically alloyed Fe base ferritic alloys

    The motivation of this work was driven to improve the thermal stability in systems where polymorphic transformations can result in an additional driving force, upsetting the expected thermodynamic stability. In this study, Fe92Ni8 alloys with Zr and nano-Y2O3 additions were produced by ball milling and then annealed at high temperatures. Emphasis was placed on understanding the effects of dispersed nano-Y2O3 particle additions and their effect on microstructural stability at and above the bcc-to-fcc transformation occurring at 700 °C in Fe–Ni systems. Results reveal that microstructural stability and hardness can be promoted by a combination of Zr and Y2O3 additions, that being mostly effective for stability before and after phase transition, respectively. The mechanical strength of these alloys is achieved by a unique microstructure comprised a ultra-fine grain Fe base matrix, which contains dispersions of both nano-scale in-situ formed Zr base intermetallics and ex-situ added Y2O3 secondary oxide phases. Both of these were found to be essential for a combination of high thermal stability and high mechanical strength properties. - Highlights: • Polymorphic transformations can limit the processing of nanostructured powders. • It causes a rapid grain growth and impairs the improved mechanical properties. • We aim to improve the hardness and thermal stability above the phase transformation. • Thermal stability is achieved by a combination of Zr and Y2O3 additions. • Hardness is promoted by in-situ formed and ex-situ added secondary nano phases

  7. Numerical investigation of the mechanical properties of the additive manufactured bone scaffolds fabricated by FDM: The effect of layer penetration and post-heating.

    Naghieh, S; Karamooz Ravari, M R; Badrossamay, M; Foroozmehr, E; Kadkhodaei, M

    2016-06-01

    In recent years, thanks to additive manufacturing technology, researchers have gone towards the optimization of bone scaffolds for the bone reconstruction. Bone scaffolds should have appropriate biological as well as mechanical properties in order to play a decisive role in bone healing. Since the fabrication of scaffolds is time consuming and expensive, numerical methods are often utilized to simulate their mechanical properties in order to find a nearly optimum one. Finite element analysis is one of the most common numerical methods that is used in this regard. In this paper, a parametric finite element model is developed to assess the effects of layers penetration׳s effect on inter-layer adhesion, which is reflected on the mechanical properties of bone scaffolds. To be able to validate this model, some compression test specimens as well as bone scaffolds are fabricated with biocompatible and biodegradable poly lactic acid using fused deposition modeling. All these specimens are tested in compression and their elastic modulus is obtained. Using the material parameters of the compression test specimens, the finite element analysis of the bone scaffold is performed. The obtained elastic modulus is compared with experiment indicating a good agreement. Accordingly, the proposed finite element model is able to predict the mechanical behavior of fabricated bone scaffolds accurately. In addition, the effect of post-heating of bone scaffolds on their elastic modulus is investigated. The results demonstrate that the numerically predicted elastic modulus of scaffold is closer to experimental outcomes in comparison with as-built samples. PMID:26874065

  8. Effect of additive V2O5 on sintering mechanism and properties of inert anodes of NiFe2O4 spinel

    2005-01-01

    In order to improve the properties of inert anode of NiFe2O4 spinel, some additive V2O5 was added to raw materials-powders of NiO and Fe2O3. The powders of NiO, Fe2O3 were mixed with slight amount of V2O5, then they are moulded and sintered at 1200℃ for 6h. The sintering mechanism of powders of NiO and Fe2O3 with some additive V2 O5 was researched. The effect of V2O5 on density, electrical conductivity and corrosion resistance of inert anode of NiFe2O4 spinel was studied at the same time. The results show that the sintering mechanism for powders of NiO and Fe2O3 with some additive V2O5 is liquid-phase sintering. Additive V2O5 can increase the density of the samples, especially it improves the corrosion resistance of the samples remarkably. When the amount of V2 O5 is 1.5 %, the sample's corrosion rate is 1/80 of that of sample without V2 O5. But the electrical conductivity of the samples with V2O5 is lower than that of the sample without V2O5.

  9. Formation of novel flower-like silicon phases and evaluation of mechanical properties of hypereutectic melt-spun Al–20Si–5Fe alloys with addition of V

    Uzun, Orhan [Department of Metallurgical and Material Science Engineering, Bülent Ecevit University, Zonguldak (Turkey); Kilicaslan, Muhammed Fatih, E-mail: fatihkilicaslan@yahoo.com [Department of Materials and Nanotechnology Engineering, Kastamonu University, Kastamonu (Turkey); Yılmaz, Fikret [Department of Physics, Gaziosmanpaşa University, Tokat (Turkey)

    2014-06-01

    In this work, rapidly solidified hypereutectic Al–20Si–5Fe–XV (X=0, 0.5 and 1) alloys were fabricated by melt spinning under vacuum. Microstructural and spectroscopic analyses were performed using SEM, TEM, TEM-MAPing, TEM-EDS and XRD measurements. Mechanical properties of the alloys were determined using DSI measurements. Experimental results indicated that addition of 0.5 wt% V to melt-spun Al–20Si–5Fe alloys induced formation of a novel flower-like Si phase. And addition of higher amount V (1 wt%), caused formation of refined Si phases and mostly hindered formation of Fe-bearing intermetallics. Observations along with manuscript strongly indicate that V modifies the Si phases by the impurity induced twinning (IIT). Changes in the dynamic microhardness of the samples were mainly determined by the size of Si phases. Addition of vanadium led to quite lower elastic modulus in the vanadium added alloys compared to base alloy.

  10. Role of enzymatic activity in muscle damage and cytotoxicity induced by Bothrops asper Asp49 phospholipase A2 myotoxins: are there additional effector mechanisms involved?

    Diana Mora-Obando

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Viperid venoms often contain mixtures of Asp49 and Lys49 PLA2 myotoxin isoforms, relevant to development of myonecrosis. Given their difference in catalytic activity, mechanistic studies on each type require highly purified samples. Studies on Asp49 PLA2s have shown that enzyme inactivation using p-bromophenacyl bromide (p-BPB drastically affects toxicity. However, based on the variable levels of residual toxicity observed in some studies, it has been suggested that effector mechanisms independent of catalysis may additionally be involved in the toxicity of these enzymes, possibly resembling those of the enzymatically inactive Lys49 myotoxins. A possibility that Lys49 isoforms could be present in Asp49 PLA2 preparations exists and, if undetected in previous studies, could explain the variable residual toxicity. This question is here addressed by using an enzyme preparation ascertained to be free of Lys49 myotoxins. In agreement with previous reports, inactivation of the catalytic activity of an Asp49 myotoxin preparation led to major inhibition of toxic effects in vitro and in vivo. The very low residual levels of myotoxicity (7% and cytotoxicity (4% observed can be attributed to the low, although detectable, enzyme remaining active after p-BPB treatment (2.7%, and would be difficult to reconcile with the proposed existence of additional catalytic-independent toxic mechanisms. These findings favor the concept that the effector mechanism of toxicity of Asp49 PLA2 myotoxins from viperids fundamentally relies on their ability to hydrolyze phospholipids, arguing against the proposal that membrane disruption may also be caused by additional mechanisms that are independent of catalysis.

  11. The effect of location on the microstructure and mechanical properties of titanium aluminides produced by additive layer manufacturing using in-situ alloying and gas tungsten arc welding

    An innovative and low cost additive layer manufacturing (ALM) process is used to produce γ-TiAl based alloy wall components. Gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) provides the heat source for this new approach, combined with in-situ alloying through separate feeding of commercially pure Ti and Al wires into the weld pool. This paper investigates the morphology, microstructure and mechanical properties of the additively manufactured TiAl material, and how these are affected by the location within the manufactured component. The typical additively layer manufactured morphology exhibits epitaxial growth of columnar grains and several layer bands. The fabricated γ-TiAl based alloy consists of comparatively large α2 grains in the near-substrate region, fully lamellar colonies with various sizes and interdendritic γ structure in the intermediate layer bands, followed by fine dendrites and interdendritic γ phases in the top region. Microhardness measurements and tensile testing results indicated relatively homogeneous mechanical characteristics throughout the deposited material. The exception to this homogeneity occurs in the near-substrate region immediately adjacent to the pure Ti substrate used in these experiments, where the alloying process is not as well controlled as in the higher regions. The tensile properties are also different for the vertical (build) direction and horizontal (travel) direction because of the differing microstructure in each direction. The microstructure variation and strengthening mechanisms resulting from the new manufacturing approach are analysed in detail. The results demonstrate the potential to produce full density titanium aluminide components directly using the new additive layer manufacturing method

  12. Effect of ZrO{sub 2} addition on the mechanical properties of porous TiO{sub 2} bone scaffolds

    Tiainen, Hanna [Department of Biomaterials, Institute for Clinical Dentistry, University of Oslo, PO Box 1109 Blindern, NO-0317 Oslo (Norway); Eder, Georg [Department of Biomaterials, Institute for Clinical Dentistry, University of Oslo, PO Box 1109 Blindern, NO-0317 Oslo (Norway); Institute of Medical and Polymer Engineering, Chair of Medical Engineering, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Boltzmannstrasse 15, 85748 Garching (Germany); Nilsen, Ola [Department of Chemistry, University of Oslo, PO Box 1033 Blindern, NO-0315 Oslo (Norway); Haugen, Havard J., E-mail: h.j.haugen@odont.uio.no [Department of Biomaterials, Institute for Clinical Dentistry, University of Oslo, PO Box 1109 Blindern, NO-0317 Oslo (Norway)

    2012-08-01

    This study aimed at the investigation of the effect of zirconium dioxide (ZrO{sub 2}) addition on the mechanical properties of titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) bone scaffolds. The highly biocompatible TiO{sub 2} has been identified as a promising material for bone scaffolds, whereas the more bioinert ZrO{sub 2} is known for its excellent mechanical properties. Ultra-porous TiO{sub 2} scaffolds (> 89% porosity) were produced using polymer sponge replication with 0-40 wt.% of the TiO{sub 2} raw material substituted with ZrO{sub 2}. Microstructure, chemical composition, and pore architectural features of the prepared ceramic foams were characterised and related to their mechanical strength. Addition of 1 wt.% of ZrO{sub 2} led to 16% increase in the mean compressive strength without significant changes in the pore architectural parameters of TiO{sub 2} scaffolds. Further ZrO{sub 2} additions resulted in reduction of compressive strength in comparison to containing no ZrO{sub 2}. The appearance of zirconium titanate (ZrTiO{sub 4}) phase was found to hinder the densification of the ceramic material during sintering resulting in poor intergranular connections and thus significantly reducing the compressive strength of the highly porous ceramic foam scaffolds. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Open porous scaffold with porosity in the range of 89.0 to 92.8% produced. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Adding 1 wt.% of ZrO{sub 2} led to 16% increase in strength without changing porosity. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Further ZrO{sub 2} additions resulted in reduced compressive strength versus no ZrO{sub 2}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Presence of zirconium titanate (ZrTiO{sub 4}) phase found to hinder the densification. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Appearance of ZrTiO{sub 4} resulted in poor intergranular connections.

  13. Reversible Statistics

    Tryggestad, Kjell

    2004-01-01

    The study aims is to describe how the inclusion and exclusion of materials and calculative devices construct the boundaries and distinctions between statistical facts and artifacts in economics. My methodological approach is inspired by John Graunt's (1667) Political arithmetic and more recent work...... within constructivism and the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS). The result of this approach is here termed reversible statistics, reconstructing the findings of a statistical study within economics in three different ways. It is argued that all three accounts are quite normal, albeit in...... different ways. The presence and absence of diverse materials, both natural and political, is what distinguishes them from each other. Arguments are presented for a more symmetric relation between the scientific statistical text and the reader. I will argue that a more symmetric relation can be achieved by...

  14. Investigating the addition of SiO₂-CaO-ZnO-Na₂O-TiO₂ bioactive glass to hydroxyapatite: Characterization, mechanical properties and bioactivity.

    Yatongchai, Chokchai; Placek, Lana M; Curran, Declan J; Towler, Mark R; Wren, Anthony W

    2015-11-01

    Hydroxyapatite (Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2) is widely investigated as an implantable material for hard tissue restoration due to its osteoconductive properties. However, hydroxyapatite in bulk form is limited as its mechanical properties are insufficient for load-bearing orthopedic applications. Attempts have been made to improve the mechanical properties of hydroxyapatite, by incorporating ceramic fillers, but the resultant composite materials require high sintering temperatures to facilitate densification, leading to the decomposition of hydroxyapatite into tricalcium phosphate, tetra-calcium phosphate and CaO phases. One method of improving the properties of hydroxyapatite is to incorporate bioactive glass particles as a second phase. These typically have lower softening points which could possibly facilitate sintering at lower temperatures. In this work, a bioactive glass (SiO2-CaO-ZnO-Na2O-TiO2) is incorporated (10, 20 and 30 wt%) into hydroxyapatite as a reinforcing phase. X-ray diffraction confirmed that no additional phases (other than hydroxyapatite) were formed at a sintering temperature of 560 ℃ with up to 30 wt% glass addition. The addition of the glass phase increased the % crystallinity and the relative density of the composites. The biaxial flexural strength increased to 36 MPa with glass addition, and there was no significant change in hardness as a function of maturation. The pH of the incubation media increased to pH 10 or 11 through glass addition, and ion release profiles determined that Si, Na and P were released from the composites. Calcium phosphate precipitation was encouraged in simulated body fluid with the incorporation of the bioactive glass phase, and cell culture testing in MC-3T3 osteoblasts determined that the composite materials did not significantly reduce cell viability. PMID:26116020

  15. A study on the effects of aging treatment and W addition on the mechanical properties and sensitization behaviors of Fe-Cr-Mn stainless steels

    The characteristics of the mechanical properties and sensitization behaviors in Fe-Cr-Mn stainless steels by W addition and aging treatment were studied. Yield strength, tensile strength, elongation and impact energy were decreased, and hardness was slightly increased by aging treatment. W-containing alloys showed especially a larger degree of brittle characteristics due to the hard chi(χ) phase formed from the decomposition of ferrite. Carbides precipitated in grain boundary had a bad effect on impact energy rather than strength and hardness. Ni addition suppressed the formation of ferrite and resulted in the some improvement of mechanical properties. Anodic polarization tests showed that the corrosion resistance of aged alloys was decreased by the formation of carbides and secondary austenites. It was observed that W addition made no improvement of the pitting potential and passive current density of aged alloys in the HCl solution. But Ni and W decreased critical current density in the sulfuric acid and made easier formation of passive film, contributing to corrosion resistance. From the results of EPR (Electrochemical Potentiokinetic Reactivation), DOS (Degree of Sensitization) was increased with aging time and carbides and ferrite was preferentially attacked. It was observed that Ni delayed the sensitization. It can be concluded from the previous results that the selective dissolution of ferrite is due to the ferrite decomposition to chi (χ) phase and secondary austenites. In the secondary austenite Cr and W which are known to improve the corrosion resistance were depleted. Therefore, it seems that ferrite phase became sensitive to corrosion

  16. Effects of Aging and W Addition on the Corrosion Resistance and Mechanical Properties of Fe-Cr-Mn-N Stainless Steels

    The characteristics of the mechanical properties and sensitization behaviors in Fe-Cr-Mn stainless steels by W addition and aging treatment were studied. Yield strength, tensile strength, elongation and impact energy decreased, and hardness increased slightly by aging treatment. W-containing alloys showed especially a larger degree of brittle characteristics due to the hard chi(χ) phase formed from the decomposition of ferrite. Carbides precipitated in grain boundary had a bad effect on impact energy rather than on strength and hardness. Ni addition suppressed the formation of ferrite and resulted in some improvement of mechanical properties. Anodic polarization tests showed that the corrosion resistance of aged alloys decreased by the formation of carbides and secondary austenite. It was observed that W addition made no improvement of the pitting potential and passive current density of aged alloys in the HCI solution. But Ni and W decreased critical current density in the sulfuric acid and made easier formation of passive film, contributing to corrosion resistance. From the results of EPR (Electrochemical Potentiokinetic Reactivation). DOS (Degree of Sensitization) increased with aging time and carbides and ferrite were preferentially attacked. It was observed that Ni delayed the sensitization. It can be concluded from the previous results that the selective dissolution of ferrite is due to the ferrite decomposition to chi (χ) phase and secondary austenite. In the secondary austenite. Cr and W which are known to improve the corrosion resistance were depleted. Therefore, it seems that ferrite phase became sensitive to corrosion

  17. The effects of small titanium additions on the mechanical properties and the microstructures of controlled rolled niobium-bearing HSLA plate steels

    He Kejian (Univ. of Strathclyde, Glasgow (United Kingdom)); Baker, T.N. (Univ. of Strathclyde, Glasgow (United Kingdom))

    1993-09-15

    Effects of small Ti additions (0.010, 0.022%) on mechanical properties and microstructures of Nb-bearing HSLA plate steels under two different rolling schedules were investigated. For comparison, a Ti-free steel was controlled rolled to 814 C. A side effect of the Ti additions was observed on strength of Nb-bearing steels. The lower yield stress values and hardness levels for all Ti-Nb steels were reduced both in as-rolled and normalized conditions, depending on Ti/N ratio and details of thermomechanical process. However, the Ti-Nb steels with a lower finish rolling temperature (FRT), 800 C, showed better toughness than the Ti-free control steel. For Ti-Nb steels, toughness was improved significantly by lowering the FRT from 940 to 800 C, owing mainly to considerable refinement of ferrite grain sizes and fewer fine carbides available for dispersion hardening. No advantages were observed for over-stoichiometric Ti addition (Ti/N=4.4). The steel with under-stoichiometric Ti addition (Ti/N = 2) and a lower FRT (800 C) showed best overall mechanical and toughness properties among all processed Ti-Nb steels. Precipitation of Nb nitrides and carbides in the Nb steels was changed by Ti additions which led to formation of complex Ti-Nb nitrides and carbonitrides, i.e. Ti-rich plates and cuboids. Moreover, these plates and cuboids acted as nucleating cores on which pure carbides formed, i.e. Nb carbide in 0.01%Ti steels whereas Nb-rich Ti-Nb carbide in 0.022%Ti steels. In as-rolled samples, no Al was found in the complex particles or as individual AlN while in the normalized condition, fine AlN precipitates were detected frequently with understoichiometric titanium addition (0.01%Ti), whereas formation of AlN was suppressed by the over-stoichiometric Ti addition (in 0.022%Ti). The Ti/N ratio, therefore, has a strong influence on type of precipitation and size.

  18. Effect of Addition of Plants-Derived Polyamide 11 Elastomer on the Mechanical and Tribological Properties of Hemp Fiber Reinforced Polyamide 1010 Composites

    Mukaida, Jun; Nishitani, Yosuke; Kitano, Takeshi

    2015-01-01

    For the purpose of developing the new engineering materials such as structural materials and tribomaterials based on all plants-derived materials, the effect of the addition of plant-derived polyamide 11 Elastomer (PA11E) on the mechanical and tribological properties of hemp fiber(HF) reinforced polyamide 1010 (HF/PA1010) composites was investigated. PA1010 and PA11E (except the polyether groups used as soft segment) were made from plant-derived castor oil. Hemp fiber was surface-treated by t...

  19. Effect of electron beam irradiation and poly(vinylpyrrolidone addition on mechanical properties of polycaprolactone with empty fruit bunch fibre (OPEFB composite

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Biodegradable composites or green composites were prepared by melt blending technique using polycaprolactone and oil palm empty fruit bunch fibre (OPEFB. Since OPEFB is not compatible with PCL a binder, poly(vinyl pyrrolidone, (PVP was used to improve the interaction between PCL and OPEFB. The composites produced were irradiated using electron beam to improve the mechanical properties. The tensile, flexural and impact strengths of PCL/OPEFB composites were improved by addition of 1% by weight of PVP and irradiated with 10 kGy of electron beam. The FTIR spectra indicate a slight increase of frequencies at C=O peaks from 1730 to 1732 cm–1 after irradiation indicates some interaction between C=O and O–H. The surface morphology of the facture surface obtained from tensile test shows no fibre pull out indicating good adhesion between the OPEFB and PCL after addition of PVP.

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  3. Mechanisms of Vanadium Recovery from Stone Coal by Novel BaCO3/CaO Composite Additive Roasting and Acid Leaching Technology

    Zhenlei Cai

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available In this report, the vanadium recovery mechanisms by novel BaCO3/CaO composite additive roasting and acid leaching technology, including the phase transformations and the vanadium leaching kinetics, were studied. The purpose of this manuscript is to realize and improve the vanadium recovery from stone coal using BaCO3/CaO as the composite additive. The results indicated that during the composite additive BaCO3/CaO roasting process, the monoclinic crystalline structure of muscovite (K(Al,V2[Si3AlO10](OH2 was converted into the hexagonal crystalline structure of BaSi4O9 and the tetragonal crystalline structure of Gehlenite (Ca2Al2SiO7, which could, therefore, facilitate the release and extraction of vanadium. Vanadium in leaching residue was probably in the form of vanadate or pyrovanadate of barium and calcium, which were hardly extracted during the sulfuric acid leaching process. The vanadium leaching kinetic analysis indicated that the leaching process was controlled by the diffusion through a product layer. The apparent activation energy could be achieved as 46.51 kJ/mol. The reaction order with respect to the sulfuric acid concentration was 1.1059. The kinetic model of vanadium recovery from stone coal using novel composite additive BaCO3/CaO could be finally established.

  4. Effects of Ti and B Addition on Microstructures and Mechanical Properties of Hot-Rolled High-Strength Nb-Containing Steels

    Meng, Xianna; Li, Cong; Chen, Wanglin

    2016-06-01

    Four microalloyed samples were designed to study the effects of Ti and B additions on microstructures and mechanical properties. Experimental results show that the samples without B addition mainly contain well-developed pearlite and polygonal ferrite, whereas the B-containing samples consist of degenerated pearlite, polygonal ferrite, and Widmanstätten ferrite (WF). The B addition promotes the precipitation of the complex (Ti,Al,Nb)N and (Ti,Al,Nb)2CS phases during the hot-rolling process. Grain sizes are significantly refined by the combinations of undissolved (Ti,Al)N, (Ti,Al,Nb)N complex, (Ti,Al,Nb)2CS, and fine inclusions, which act as the nucleation sites of intragranular ferrite. The core of complex (Ti,Al,Nb)N precipitate is undissolved Ti-N-rich (Ti,Al)N phase, and the cap is Nb-N-rich (Nb,Ti)N phase. The property measurements show that the B addition enhances comprehensive properties of tensile strength and elongation, but decreases fracture toughness due to higher contents of the WF and subgrains.

  5. Periodicity and Immortality in Reversible Computing

    Kari, Jarkko; Ollinger, Nicolas

    2008-01-01

    Additional material available on the web at http://www.lif.univ-mrs.fr/~nollinge/rec/gnirut/ We investigate the decidability of the periodicity and the immortality problems in three models of reversible computation: reversible counter machines, reversible Turing machines and reversible one-dimensional cellular automata. Immortality and periodicity are properties that describe the behavior of the model starting from arbitrary initial configurations: immortality is the property of having at ...

  6. Multi-walled carbon nanotube filled polypropylene nanocomposites based on masterbatch route: Improvement of dispersion and mechanical properties through PP-g-MA addition

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWNTs filled polypropylene (PP nanocomposites were prepared through diluting a PP/MWNT masterbatch in a PP matrix by melt compounding with a twin screw extruder. Polypropylene grafted maleic anhydride (PP-g-MA was used to promote the carbon nanotubes dispersion. The effect of PP-g-MA addition on the rheological, mechanical and morphological properties of the nanocomposites was assessed for different MWNTs loadings. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM has shown that nanotubes are distributed reasonably uniformly. A better dispersion and good adhesion between the nanotubes and the PP matrix is caused by wrapping of PP-g-MA on MWNTs. When PP-g-MA is added, dynamic moduli and viscosity further increases compared to PP/MWNT nanocomposites. The rheological percolation threshold drops significantly. Tensile and flexural moduli and Charpy impact resistance of the nanocomposites also increases by the addition of PP-g-MA. The present study confirms that PP-g-MA is efficient to promote the dispersion of MWNTs in PP matrix and serves as an adhesive to increase their interfacial strength, hence greatly improving the rheological percolation threshold and mechanical properties of PP/MWNT nanocomposites.

  7. Influence of Ti addition and sintering method on microstructure and mechanical behavior of a medium-entropy Al0.6CoNiFe alloy

    The influence of Ti addition and sintering method on the microstructure and mechanical behavior of a medium-entropy alloy, Al0.6CoNiFe alloy, was studied in detail. Alloying behavior, microstructure, phase evolution and mechanical properties of Al0.6CoNiFe and Ti0.4Al0.6CoNiFe alloys were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), as well as by mechanical testing. During the mechanical alloying (MA) process, a supersaturated solid solution consisting of both BCC and FCC phases was formed in the Al0.6CoNiFe alloy. With Ti addition, the Ti0.4Al0.6CoNiFe alloy exhibited a supersaturated solid solution with a single FCC phase. Following hot pressing (HP), the HP sintered (HP’ed) Al0.6CoNiFe bulk alloy was composed of a major BCC phase and a minor FCC phase. The HP’ed Ti0.4Al0.6CoNiFe alloy exhibited a FCC phase, two BCC phases and a trace unidentified phase. Nanoscale twins were present in the HP’ed Ti0.4Al0.6CoNiFe alloy, where deformation twins were observed in the FCC phase. Our results suggest that the addition of Ti facilitated the formation of nanoscale twins. The compressive strength and Vickers hardness of HP’ed Ti0.4Al0.6CoNiFe alloy were slightly lower than the corresponding values of the HP’ed Al0.6CoNiFe alloy. In contrast with HP’ed Al0.6CoNiFe alloy, spark plasma sintered (SPS’ed) Al0.6CoNiFe alloy exhibited a major FCC phase and a minor BCC phase. Moreover, the SPS’ed Al0.6CoNiFe alloy exhibited a lower compressive strength and Vickers hardness, but singificantly higher plasticity, as compared to those of the HP’ed counterpart material

  8. Influence of Silver nanoparticles addition on the phase transformation, mechanical properties and corrosion behaviour of Cu–Al–Ni shape memory alloys

    Highlights: • Thermal analysis showed four different phase β, α, NiAl and γ2 during solidification. • The martensite appeared in the microstructure as a plate and needle like shape. • Shape recovery ratio of 80% was obtained after Ag nanoparticles addition. • Effect of Ag nanoparticles on the corrosion behaviour of Cu–Al–Ni SMA was investigated. - Abstract: Incorporation of silver nanoparticles into Cu-based shape memory alloys is recommended to enhance their phase transformation behaviour. However, this incorporation can affect their transformation temperatures, mechanical, microstructural and corrosion characteristics. Four different phase reactions β, α, NiAl and γ2 were detected on a derivative curve during the solidification by-computer-aided cooling curve thermal analysis. The highest fraction solid (82%) was calculated for the parent phase (β) based on the Newtonian baseline method. The microstructural changes and mechanical properties were investigated using field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction tensile test and shape memory effect test. It was found that the addition of Ag can control the phase morphology and orientations along with the formation of the Ag-rich precipitates, and thus the tensile strength, elongation, fracture stress–strain, yield strength and shape memory effect are improved. Remarkably, the shape recovery ratio reached approximately 80% of the original shape. The corrosion behaviour of the Cu–Al–Ni shape memory alloy were investigated using electrochemical tests in NaCl solution and their results showed that the corrosion potential (Ecorr) of Cu–Al–Ni SMA is shifted towards the nobler direction from −307.4 to −277.1 m VSCE with the addition of 0.25 wt.% Ag

  9. Effects of thermo-mechanical processing and trace amount of carbon addition on tensile properties of Cu-2.5Fe-0.1P alloys

    The effects of thermo-mechanical processing, including intermediate aging treatment and/or solution heat treatment, and a trace amount of carbon (C) addition were studied on tensile behavior of Cu-2.5Fe-0.1P alloys. In this study, Cu-2.5Fe-0.1P alloy sheets without and with a carbon content of 0.05 wt.% were cast and subsequently rolled and thermo-mechanically treated following various processing routes. The introduction of intermediate aging treatment between cold rolling improved the tensile strength of Cu-2.5Fe-0.1P alloys. Solution heat treatment prior to aging was proved to be detrimental on the tensile strength, probably due to recovery and recrystallization causing the complete loss of work hardening during previous cold rolling. The present study also suggested that two-step aging is more effective in improving the strength of Cu-2.5Fe-0.1P alloys than one-step aging. The effect of C addition on improving the tensile strength of Cu-2.5Fe-0.1P alloys was real but marginal, probably due to the limited solubility of C in Cu-2.5Fe matrix. The effects of intermediate heat treatments between cold-rolling processes on tensile properties of Cu-2.5Fe-0.1P specimens with and without C addition are discussed based on optical, scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) micrographs, and SEM fractographs.

  10. Effect of minor addition of vanadium on mechanical properties and microstructures of as-extruded near eutectic Al–Si–Mg alloy

    Wu, Yuna; Liao, Hengcheng, E-mail: hengchengliao@seu.edu.cn; Zhou, Kexin

    2014-04-01

    Mechanical properties of near eutectic Al–12.5 wt%Si–0.6 wt%Mg alloys with and without addition of V were tested. Results show that addition of 0.1 wt% V only has a minor influence on the tensile properties of near eutectic Al–Si–Mg alloy in as-cast and as-homogenized conditions. However, it can significantly improve the tensile properties in as-extruded condition. The YS is enhanced nearly 50% and the elongation can reach 14%. Three factors that may contribute to the enhancement of YS were analyzed by EBSD, XRD and TEM investigation, i.e. Δσ{sub gb} (the strengthening from (sub-) grain boundaries), M (Taylor factor) and τ{sub tot} (critical resolved shear stress). Results show that the higher τ{sub tot} in the alloy with V addition is the main contributor to the higher YS. According to the TEM observation and EDX analysis, the fine precipitates contributed to the higher τ{sub tot} in 4{sup #} alloy are quaternary AlFeVSi phases.

  11. Effect of minor addition of vanadium on mechanical properties and microstructures of as-extruded near eutectic Al–Si–Mg alloy

    Mechanical properties of near eutectic Al–12.5 wt%Si–0.6 wt%Mg alloys with and without addition of V were tested. Results show that addition of 0.1 wt% V only has a minor influence on the tensile properties of near eutectic Al–Si–Mg alloy in as-cast and as-homogenized conditions. However, it can significantly improve the tensile properties in as-extruded condition. The YS is enhanced nearly 50% and the elongation can reach 14%. Three factors that may contribute to the enhancement of YS were analyzed by EBSD, XRD and TEM investigation, i.e. Δσgb (the strengthening from (sub-) grain boundaries), M (Taylor factor) and τtot (critical resolved shear stress). Results show that the higher τtot in the alloy with V addition is the main contributor to the higher YS. According to the TEM observation and EDX analysis, the fine precipitates contributed to the higher τtot in 4# alloy are quaternary AlFeVSi phases

  12. 有机可逆热致变色材料的变色机理及应用进展%Color-changing Mechanism and Application Development of Organic Reversible Thermochromic Materials

    张凤; 管萍; 胡小玲

    2012-01-01

    The low temperature color-changing properties of organic reversible thermochromic materials are superior to traditional inorganic materials and have aroused wide concern. Recently, so many thermochromic materials have been developed, but they have different color-changing mechanism. The effects of molecular structural changes on color-changing mechanism of organic reversible thermochromic materials are introduced. Applications of organic reversible thermochromic materials are reviewed.%有机可逆热致变色材料低温变色性能优于传统的无机可逆变色材料,已受到广泛的关注.目前,研究与开发的有机可逆热致变色材料已不少,其变色机理不尽相同.重点介绍了分子结构的变化对有机可逆热致变色材料变色机理的影响,并概述了有机可逆热致变色材料的应用.

  13. Zebrafish (Danio rerio) as a model to study developmental effects of endocrine disruption: molecular mechanisms, as well as persistence and reversibility of effects

    Baumann, Lisa Annie

    2013-01-01

    The present study aimed to investigate the reversibility of endocrine disruption in zebrafish (Danio rerio) at different effect levels. For this purpose, three different endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) were chosen according to their different modes of action. 17!- Ethinylestradiol (EE2), a semi-synthetic estrogen is the most popular substance in oral contraceptives and is regularly measured in surface waters. 17ß-trenbolone is an anabolic steroid, which binds with high af...

  14. Achieving high superplasticity of a traditional thermal–mechanical processed non-superplastic Al–Zn–Mg alloy sheet by low Sc additions

    Duan, Yulu [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Xu, GuoFu, E-mail: csuxgf66@csu.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Key Laboratory of Nonferrous Materials Science and Engineering of Ministry of Education, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Zhou, Liqi; Xiao, Dan [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Deng, Ying, E-mail: csudengying@163.com [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); School of Metallurgy and Environment, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Yin, Zhimin [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Peng, Bing [School of Metallurgy and Environment, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Pan, Qinglin [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Wang, Yingjun; Lu, Liying [Northeast Light Alloy Co. Ltd, Harbin 150060 (China)

    2015-07-25

    Highlights: • The superplastic of the Al–Zn–Mg–Sc–Zr alloy subjected to a traditional thermal–mechanical processing was investigated. • The boundary characteristics and thermal stability of the Al–Zn–Mg–Sc–Zr alloy were examined. • The deformation mechanism for Al–Zn–Mg–Sc–Zr alloy was analyzed. - Abstract: The non-superplastic Al–Zn–Mg alloy sheet produced by a simple traditional thermal–mechanical processing can achieve high superplasticity at the temperatures ranging from 450 to 500 °C and the strain rates ranging from 1 × 10{sup −3} to 1 × 10{sup −2} s{sup −1} by low scandium additions in the presence of 0.10% Sc (wt.%). An elongation of 1050% is obtained at 500 °C and 5 × 10{sup −3} s{sup −1}. Analyses on the superplastic data reveal that the average values of the strain rate sensitivity and the activation energy of the Al–Zn–Mg–Sc–Zr alloy are about 0.5 and 85 kJ/mol{sup −1}, respectively. The microstructural results show that the studied alloy consists of 3.14 μm grains characterized by a high fraction of low angle grain boundaries and strong β-fiber rolling textures. During superplastic deformation, low angle grain boundaries gradually transfer into high angle grain boundaries to sustain grain boundary sliding, and the texture intensity diminishes. Besides, β-fiber rolling textures weaken and cube and random textures are dominant in the superplastic deformed alloy. Superior superplastic ductility of the Al–Zn–Mg–Sc–Zr alloy is ascribed to the coherent 10–20 nm Al{sub 3}Sc{sub x}Zr{sub 1−x} particles that strongly retard recrystallization grain growth. Analyses of the superplastic data indicate that grain boundary sliding is the predominant deformation mechanism.

  15. UO2-7%Gd2O3 fuel process development by mechanical blending with reprocessing of waste products and usage of densification additive

    In the nuclear fuel cycle, reprocessing and storage of 'burned' fuels, either temporary or permanent, demand high investments and, in addition, can potentially generate environmental problems. A strategy to decrease these problems is to adopt measures to reduce the amount of waste generated. The usage of integrated burnable poison based on gadolinium is a measure that contributes to achieve this goal. The reason to use burnable poison is to control the neutron population in the reactor during the early life of the fresh reactor core or the beginning of each recharging fuel cycle, extending its cycle duration. Another advantage of using burnable poison is to be able to operate the reactor with higher burning rate, optimizing the usage of the fuel. The process of manufacturing UO2-Gd2O3 integrated burnable fuel poison generates waste that, as much as possible, needs to be recycled. Blending of Gd2O3 in UO2 powder requires the usage of a special additive to achieve the final fuel pellet specified density. The objective of this work is to develop the process of obtaining UO2 - 7% Gd2O3 integrated burnable poison using densification additives, aluminum hydroxide (Al(OH)3), and reprocessing manufacturing waste products by mechanical blending. The content of 7%- Gd2O3 is based on commercial PWR reactor fuels - Type Angra 2. The results show that the usage of Al(OH)3 as an additive is a very effective choice that promotes the densification of fuel pellets with recycle up to 10%. Concentrations of 0,20 % of Al(OH)3 were found to be the indicated amount on an industrial scale, specially when the recycled products come from U3O8 obtained by calcination of sintered pellets. This is particularly interesting because it is following the steps of sintering and rectifying of the pellets, which is generating the largest amounts of recycled material. (author)

  16. UO2-7%Gd2O3 fuel process development by mechanical blending with reprocessing of waste products and usage of densification additive

    In the nuclear fuel cycle, reprocessing and storage of 'burned' fuels, either temporary or permanent, demand high investments and, in addition, can potentially generate environmental problems. A strategy to decrease these problems is to adopt measures to reduce the amount of waste generated. The usage of integrated burnable poison based on gadolinium is a measure that contributes to achieve this goal. The reason to use burnable poison is to control the neutron population in the reactor during the early life of the fresh reactor core or the beginning of each recharging fuel cycle, extending its cycle duration. Another advantage of using burnable poison is to be able to operate the reactor with higher burning rate, optimizing the usage of the fuel. The process of manufacturing UO2-Gd2O3 integrated burnable fuel poison generates waste that, as much as possible, needs to be recycled. Blending of Gd2O3 in UO2 powder requires the usage of a special additive to achieve the final fuel pellet specified density. The objective of this work is to develop the process of obtaining UO2 - 7% Gd2O3 integrated burnable poison using densification additives, aluminum hydroxide (Al(OH)3), and reprocessing manufacturing waste products by mechanical blending. The content of 7%- Gd2O3 is based on commercial PWR reactor fuels - Type Angra 2. The results show that the usage of Al(OH)3 as an additive is a very effective choice that promotes the densification of fuel pellets with recycle up to 10%. Concentrations of 0,20 % of Al(OH)3 were found to be the indicated amount on an 7 industrial scale, specially when the recycled products come from U3O8 obtained by calcination of sintered pellets. This is particularly interesting because it is following the steps of sintering and rectifying of the pellets, which is generating the largest amounts of recycled material. (author)

  17. Effects of SnO2, WO3, and ZrO2 addition on the magnetic and mechanical properties of NiCuZn ferrites

    In this study, the effects of SnO2, WO3 and ZrO2 addition at levels up to 5 wt% on the magnetic and mechanical properties of Ni0.5Cu0.3Zn0.2Fe2O4 ceramics were investigated. Only Ni0.5Cu0.3Zn0.2Fe2O4 ceramic with a SnO2 addition of ≥3.5 wt% required a densification temperature of 1150 °C, while the others reached maximum densification at 1075 °C. All samples revealed a pure spinel phase and a uniform microstructure, except for the Ni0.5Cu0.3Zn0.2Fe2O4 ceramic with the WO3 addition, which showed an exaggerated grain growth accompanied with a small amount of needle-shaped Cu0.85Zn0.15WO4 second phase. The fracture mode in the pure Ni0.5Cu0.3Zn0.2Fe2O4 ceramic revealed a transgranular phase, as the CuO second phase increased the grain boundary strength; the Ni0.5Cu0.3Zn0.2Fe2O4 ceramics sintered with 5 wt% additives showed an intergranular phase. The Vickers hardness and the bending strength of the Ni0.5Cu0.3Zn0.2Fe2O4 ceramic were 733.6 and 62.0 MPa, respectively. The Vickers hardness of the ferrite with added SnO2 or ZrO2 showed only a slight improvement, while an apparent change (832.7) was observed with the addition of 5.0 wt% WO3. The bending strength of the ferrite was optimized at 75.7 MPa with 2.0 wt% SnO2 and at 90.5 MPa with 3.5 wt% ZrO2, while that of the ferrite sintered with WO3 added dropped gradually from 62.0 to 47.7 MPa as the amount of WO3 was increased from 0 to 5.0 wt% due to the non-uniform microstructure. The pure Ni0.5Cu0.3Zn0.2Fe2O4 ceramic sintered at 1075 °C had an initial permeability of 356.9 and a quality factor of 71.2. The addition of ZrO2 led to a significant increase in the initial permeability (588.4 at 5.0 wt% ZrO2), but a slight decline in the quality factor (56.6 at 5.0 wt% ZrO2). - Highlights: • Effects of additives on the physical properties of NiCuZn ceramics were studied. • NiCuZn with WO3 addition showed an abnormal grain growth and Cu0.85Zn0.15WO4 phase. • Ferrite with 5.0 wt% WO3 addition showed nearly 15

  18. Organocatalytic conjugate-addition polymerization of linear and cyclic acrylic monomers by N-heterocyclic carbenes: Mechanisms of chain initiation, propagation, and termination

    Zhang, Yuetao

    2013-11-27

    This contribution presents a full account of experimental and theoretical/computational investigations into the mechanisms of chain initiation, propagation, and termination of the recently discovered N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC)-mediated organocatalytic conjugate-addition polymerization of acrylic monomers. The current study specifically focuses on three commonly used NHCs of vastly different nucleophilicity, 1,3-di-tert-butylimidazolin-2-ylidene (ItBu), 1,3- dimesitylimidazolin-2-ylidene (IMes), and 1,3,4-triphenyl-4,5-dihydro-1H-1,2,4- triazol-5-ylidene (TPT), and two representative acrylic monomers, the linear methyl methacrylate (MMA) and its cyclic analog, biomass-derived renewable γ-methyl-α-methylene-γ-butyrolactone (MMBL). For MMA, there exhibits an exquisite selectivity of the NHC structure for the three types of reactions it promotes: enamine formation (single-monomer addition) by IMes, dimerization (tail-to-tail) by TPT, and polymerization by ItBu. For MMBL, all three NHCs promote no dimerization but polymerization, with the polymerization activity being highly sensitive to the NHC structure and the solvent polarity. Thus, ItBu is the most active catalyst of the series and converts quantitatively 1000-3000 equiv of MMBL in 1 min or 10 000 equiv in 5 min at room temperature to MMBL-based bioplastics with a narrow range of molecular weights of Mn = 70-85 kg/mol, regardless of the [MMBL]/[ItBu] ratio employed. The ItBu-catalyzed MMBL polymerization reaches an exceptionally high turnover frequency up to 122 s -1 and a high initiator efficiency value up to 1600%. Unique chain-termination mechanisms have been revealed, accounting for the production of relative high-molecular-weight linear polymers and the catalytic nature of this NHC-mediated conjugate-addition polymerization. Computational studies have provided mechanistic insights into reactivity and selectivity between two competing pathways for each NHC-monomer zwitterionic adduct, namely enamine

  19. Variation in mechanical behavior due to different build directions of Titanium6Aluminum4Vanadium fabricated by electron beam additive manufacturing technology

    Roy, Lalit

    Titanium has always been a metal of great interest since its discovery especially for critical applications because of its excellent mechanical properties such as light weight (almost half of that of the steel), low density (4.4 gm/cc) and high strength (almost similar to steel). It creates a stable and adherent oxide layer on its surface upon exposure to air or water which gives it a great resistance to corrosion and has made it a great choice for structures in severe corrosive environment and sea water. Its non-allergic property has made it suitable for biomedical application for manufacturing implants. Having a very high melting temperature, it has a very good potential for high temperature applications. But high production and processing cost has limited its application. Ti6Al4V is the most used titanium alloy for which it has acquired the title as `workhouse' of the Ti family. Additive layer Manufacturing (ALM) has brought revolution in manufacturing industries. Today, this additive manufacturing has developed into several methods and formed a family. This method fabricates a product by adding layer after layer as per the geometry given as input into the system. Though the conception was developed to fabricate prototypes and making tools initially, but its highly economic aspect i.e., very little waste material for less machining and comparatively lower production lead time, obviation of machine tools have drawn attention for its further development towards mass production. Electron Beam Melting (EBM) is the latest addition to ALM family developed by Arcam, ABRTM located in Sweden. The electron beam that is used as heat source melts metal powder to form layers. For this thesis work, three different types of specimens have been fabricated using EBM system. These specimens differ in regard of direction of layer addition. Mechanical properties such as ultimate tensile strength, elastic modulus and yield strength, have been measured and compared with standard data

  20. Anti-oxidant activity of 6-gingerol as a hydroxyl radical scavenger by hydrogen atom transfer, radical addition and electron transfer mechanisms

    MANISH K TIWARI; P C MISHRA

    2016-08-01

    Mechanisms of anti-oxidant action of 6-gingerol as a hydroxyl radical scavenger have been investigated using the transition state theory within the framework of density functional theory. Hydrogen abstraction by a hydroxyl radical from the different sites of 6-gingerol and addition of the former to the different sites ofthe latter were studied. Electron transfer from 6-gingerol to a hydroxyl radical was also studied. Solvent effect in aqueous media was treated using the integral equation formalism of the polarizable continuum model (IEFPCM). Reaction rate constants in aqueous media were generally found to be larger than those in gas phase. The tunneling contributions to rate constants were found to be appreciable. Our results show that 6-gingerol is an excellent anti-oxidant and would scavenge hydroxyl radicals efficiently.

  1. Effects of rare earth addition on microstructure and mechanical properties of a Fe–15Mn–1.5Al–0.6C TWIP steel

    The microstructure and mechanical properties of a Fe–15Mn–1.5Al–0.6C TWIP steel with and without rare earth (RE) addition were investigated. The RE-alloyed steel showed both improved tensile strength and total elongation (TEL). Optical microscopy and electron back-scattered diffraction (EBSD) characterizations showed that the RE-alloyed steel possessed a more homogeneous microstructure and a larger fraction of high-angle grain boundaries, which increased the TEL. Meanwhile, EBSD and transmission electron microscope (TEM) analyses indicated that the RE-alloyed steel exhibited more uniform distributed annealing twins and secondary annealing twins with a thickness of 10–20 nm appeared in some grains, which resulted in the higher tensile strength

  2. Enhanced high temperature cycling performance of LiMn2O4/graphite cells with methylene methanedisulfonate (MMDS) as electrolyte additive and its acting mechanism

    Fengju Bian; Zhongru Zhang; Yong Yang

    2014-01-01

    The effects of methylene methanedisulfonate (MMDS) on the high-temperature (∼50◦C) cycle performance of LiMn2O4/graphite cells are investigated. By addition of 2 wt%MMDS into a routine electrolyte, the high-temperature cycling performance of LiMn2O4/graphite cells can be significantly improved. The analysis of differential capacity curves and energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDX) indicates that MMDS decomposed on both cathode and anode. The three-electrode system of pouch cell is used to reveal the capacity loss mechanism in the cells. It is shown that the capacity fading of cells without MMDS in the electrolytes is due to irreversible lithium consumption during cycling and irreversible damage of LiMn2O4 material, while the capacity fading of cell with 2 wt%MMDS in electrolytes mainly originated from irreversible lithium consumption during cycling.

  3. Reversible brazing process

    Pierce, Jim D.; Stephens, John J.; Walker, Charles A.

    1999-01-01

    A method of reversibly brazing surfaces together. An interface is affixed to each surface. The interfaces can be affixed by processes such as mechanical joining, welding, or brazing. The two interfaces are then brazed together using a brazing process that does not defeat the surface to interface joint. Interfaces of materials such as Ni-200 can be affixed to metallic surfaces by welding or by brazing with a first braze alloy. The Ni-200 interfaces can then be brazed together using a second braze alloy. The second braze alloy can be chosen so that it minimally alters the properties of the interfaces to allow multiple braze, heat and disassemble, rebraze cycles.

  4. Insights into mechanisms governing forest carbon response to nitrogen deposition: a model–data comparison using observed responses to nitrogen addition

    R. Q. Thomas

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available In many forest ecosystems, nitrogen (N deposition enhances plant uptake of carbon dioxide, thus reducing climate warming from fossil fuel emissions. Therefore, accurately modeling how forest carbon (C sequestration responds to N deposition is critical for understanding how future changes in N availability will influence climate. Here, we use observations of forest C response to N inputs along N deposition gradients and at five temperate forest sites with fertilization experiments to test and improve a global biogeochemical model (CLM-CN 4.0. We show that the CLM-CN plant C growth response to N deposition was smaller than observed and the modeled response to N fertilization was larger than observed. A set of modifications to the CLM-CN improved the correspondence between model predictions and observational data (1 by increasing the aboveground C storage in response to historical N deposition (1850–2004 from 14 to 34 kg C per additional kg N added through deposition and (2 by decreasing the aboveground net primary productivity response to N fertilization experiments from 91 to 57 g C m−2 yr−1. Modeled growth response to N deposition was most sensitive to altering the processes that control plant N uptake and the pathways of N loss. The response to N deposition also increased with a more closed N cycle (reduced N fixation and N gas loss and decreased when prioritizing microbial over plant uptake of soil inorganic N. The net effect of all the modifications to the CLM-CN resulted in greater retention of N deposition and a greater role of synergy between N deposition and rising atmospheric CO2 as a mechanism governing increases in temperate forest primary production over the 20th century. Overall, testing models with both the response to gradual increases in N inputs over decades (N deposition and N pulse additions of N over multiple years (N fertilization allows for greater understanding of the mechanisms governing C–N coupling.

  5. Simulation studies of nucleation of ferroelectric polarization reversal.

    Brennecka, Geoffrey L.; Winchester, Benjamin Michael

    2014-08-01

    Electric field-induced reversal of spontaneous polarization is the defining characteristic of a ferroelectric material, but the process(es) and mechanism(s) associated with the initial nucleation of reverse-polarity domains are poorly understood. This report describes studies carried out using phase field modeling of LiTaO3, a relatively simple prototype ferroelectric material, in order to explore the effects of either mechanical deformation or optically-induced free charges on nucleation and resulting domain configuration during field-induced polarization reversal. Conditions were selected to approximate as closely as feasible those of accompanying experimental work in order to provide not only support for the experimental work but also ensure that additional experimental validation of the simulations could be carried out in the future. Phase field simulations strongly support surface mechanical damage/deformation as effective for dramatically reducing the overall coercive field (Ec) via local field enhancements. Further, optically-nucleated polarization reversal appears to occur via stabilization of latent nuclei via the charge screening effects of free charges.

  6. Effect of nano-ZrO2 addition on microstructure, mechanical property and thermal shock behaviour of dense chromic oxide refractory material

    To obtain a good performance hot-face lining material in gasifier, nano-ZrO2, up to 5 wt %, was added into chromic oxide powder with 3 wt % TiO2 followed by sintering at 1500°C for 2.5 h. The effect of nano-ZrO2 addition on microstructure, mechanical property and thermal shock behaviour was studied. ZrO2 promoted densification at contents higher than 1 wt %. Microcracks and phase transformation toughened the dense chromic oxide refractory material. The main reason for decrease of strength was the existence microcracks in specimens and weakening of intergranular fracture. Dense chromic oxide refractory material with 2∼3 wt % nano-ZrO2 possessed good densification, uniform microstructure, normal mechanical property and proper thermal shock resistance. The rupture strength retention ratio was nearly twice than that of chromic oxide material without ZrO2 after three cycles of quenching test from 950°C to cold water. (author)

  7. Effect of Ni and Pd Addition on Mechanical, Thermodynamic, and Electronic Properties of AuSn4-Based Intermetallics: A Density Functional Investigation

    Tian, Yali; Zhou, Wei; Wu, Ping

    2016-05-01

    The effects of Ni and Pd addition on the mechanical, thermodynamic, and electronic properties of AuSn4-based intermetallic compounds (IMCs) have been investigated by first-principles calculations to reveal the essence of Au embrittlement. Three kinds of doped (namely Ni-doped, Pd-doped, and Ni/Pd-codoped) IMCs are considered in this work. The polycrystalline elastic properties are deduced from single-crystal elastic constants. It is found that the doped systems together with nondoped AuSn4 are all ductile phases. For Ni-doped AuSn4, the modulus, hardness, brittleness, Debye temperature, and minimum thermal conductivity increase with the Ni fraction, but this is not the case for the Pd-doped material, since Au0.75Pd0.25Sn4 is the more brittle phase. For Au0.5Pd0.25Ni0.25Sn4, the mechanical, thermodynamic, and electronic properties are similar to those of Au0.5Pd0.5Sn4.

  8. Effects of rare earth elements and Ca additions on high temperature mechanical properties of AZ31 magnesium alloy processed by ECAP

    High temperature mechanical properties of equal channel angularly pressed (ECAPed) AZ31 magnesium alloy with 0.6%RE, 0.6%Ca and 0.3%RE-0.3%Ca additions were investigated. After extruding, the materials were ECAPed for 4 passes using route BC. Due to the textural effects induced by ECAP, the flow stress of the ECAPed AZ31 was lower than that of the extruded alloy at 523 K while tensile ductility was not changed. Thermal stability of the grain structure was achieved by RE-and Ca-containing particles, mainly due to the suppression of grain growth. Addition of the RE elements and calcium increased tensile strength mainly by dispersive strengthening effects of particles. The improved tensile ductility of the extruded material, however, was achieved by the presence of stable fine grains. Among all tested materials, AZ31-0.6%RE showed the maximum ductility of 198% at 523 K and a strain rate of 10-4 s-1.

  9. Mechanism of Inhibition of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 Reverse Transcriptase by a Stavudine Analogue, 4′-Ethynyl Stavudine Triphosphate▿

    Yang, Guangwei; Wang, Jimin; Cheng, Yao; Dutschman, Ginger E.; Tanaka, Hiromichi; Baba, Masanori; Cheng, Yung-Chi

    2008-01-01

    2′,3′-Didehydro-3′-deoxy-4′-ethynylthymidine (4′-Ed4T), a recently discovered nucleoside reverse transcriptase (RT) inhibitor, exhibits 5- to 10-fold-higher activity against human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) and less cytotoxicity than does its parental compound d4T (stavudine). Using steady-state kinetic approaches, we have previously shown that (i) 4′-ethynyl-d4T triphosphate (4′-Ed4TTP) inhibits HIV-1 RT more efficiently than d4TTP does and (ii) its inhibition efficiency toward th...

  10. Food additives

    ... this page: //medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002435.htm Food additives To use the sharing features on this page, please enable JavaScript. Food additives are substances that become part of a food ...

  11. Length-scale dependent microalloying effects on precipitation behaviors and mechanical properties of Al–Cu alloys with minor Sc addition

    Jiang, L.; Li, J.K. [State Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049 (China); Liu, G., E-mail: lgsammer@mail.xjtu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049 (China); Wang, R.H. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Xi' an University of Technology, Xi' an 710048 (China); Chen, B.A.; Zhang, J.Y. [State Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049 (China); Sun, J., E-mail: junsun@mail.xjtu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049 (China); Yang, M.X.; Yang, G. [Central Iron and Steel Research Institute, Beijing 100081 (China); Yang, J.; Cao, X.Z. [Key Laboratory of Nuclear Radiation and Nuclear Energy Technology, Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China)

    2015-06-18

    Heat-treatable Al alloys containing Al–2.5 wt% Cu (Al–Cu) and Al–2.5 wt% Cu–0.3 wt% Sc (Al–Cu–Sc) with different grain length scales, i.e., average grain size >10 μm ( defined coarse grained, CG), 1–2 μm (fine grained, FG), and <1 μm (ultrafine grained, UFG), were prepared by equal-channel angular pressing (ECAP). The length scale and Sc microalloying effects and their interplay on the precipitation behavior and mechanical properties of the Al–Cu alloys were systematically investigated. In the Al–Cu alloys, intergranular θ-Al{sub 2}Cu precipitation gradually dominated by sacrificing the intragranular θ′-Al{sub 2}Cu precipitation with reducing the length scale. Especially in the UFG regime, only intergranular θ-Al{sub 2}Cu particles were precipitated and intragranular θ′-Al{sub 2}Cu precipitation was completely disappeared. This led to a remarkable reduction in yield strength and ductility due to insufficient dislocation storage capacity. The minor Sc addition resulted in a microalloying effect in the Al–Cu alloy, which, however, is strongly dependent on the length scale. The smaller is the grain size, the more active is the microalloying effect that promotes the intragranular precipitation while reduces the intergranular precipitation. Correspondingly, compared with their Sc-free counterparts, the yield strength of post-aged CG, FG, and UFG Al–Cu alloys with Sc addition increased by ~36 MPa, ~56 MPa, and ~150 MPa, simultaneously in tensile elongation by ~20%, ~30%, and 280%, respectively. The grain size-induced evolutions in vacancy concentration/distribution and number density of vacancy-solute/solute–solute clusters and their influences on precipitation nucleation and kinetics have been comprehensively considered to rationalize the length scale-dependent Sc microalloying mechanisms using positron annihilation lifetime spectrum and three dimension atom probe. The increase in ductility was analyzed in the light of Sc microalloying

  12. Mechanical and Combustion Performance of Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes as an Additive to Paraffin-Based Solid Fuels for Hybrid Rockets

    Larson, Daniel B.; Boyer, Eric; Wachs, Trevor; Kuo, Kenneth, K.; Koo, Joseph H.; Story, George

    2012-01-01

    Paraffin-based solid fuels for hybrid rocket motor applications are recognized as a fastburning alternative to other fuel binders such as HTPB, but efforts to further improve the burning rate and mechanical properties of paraffin are still necessary. One approach that is considered in this study is to use multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNT) as an additive to paraffin wax. Carbon nanotubes provide increased electrical and thermal conductivity to the solid-fuel grains to which they are added, which can improve the mass burning rate. Furthermore, the addition of ultra-fine aluminum particles to the paraffin/MWNT fuel grains can enhance regression rate of the solid fuel and the density impulse of the hybrid rocket. The multi-walled carbon nanotubes also present the possibility of greatly improving the mechanical properties (e.g., tensile strength) of the paraffin-based solid-fuel grains. For casting these solid-fuel grains, various percentages of MWNT and aluminum particles will be added to the paraffin wax. Previous work has been published about the dispersion and mixing of carbon nanotubes.1 Another manufacturing method has been used for mixing the MWNT with a phenolic resin for ablative applications, and the manufacturing and mixing processes are well-documented in the literature.2 The cost of MWNT is a small fraction of single-walled nanotubes. This is a scale-up advantage as future applications and projects will require low cost additives to maintain cost effectiveness. Testing of the solid-fuel grains will be conducted in several steps. Dog bone samples will be cast and prepared for tensile testing. The fuel samples will also be analyzed using thermogravimetric analysis and a high-resolution scanning electron microscope (SEM). The SEM will allow for examination of the solid fuel grain for uniformity and consistency. The paraffin-based fuel grains will also be tested using two hybrid rocket test motors located at the Pennsylvania State University s High Pressure

  13. Mechanics

    Chester, W

    1979-01-01

    When I began to write this book, I originally had in mind the needs of university students in their first year. May aim was to keep the mathematics simple. No advanced techniques are used and there are no complicated applications. The emphasis is on an understanding of the basic ideas and problems which require expertise but do not contribute to this understanding are not discussed. How­ ever, the presentation is more sophisticated than might be considered appropri­ ate for someone with no previous knowledge of the subject so that, although it is developed from the beginning, some previous acquaintance with the elements of the subject would be an advantage. In addition, some familiarity with element­ ary calculus is assumed but not with the elementary theory of differential equations, although knowledge of the latter would again be an advantage. It is my opinion that mechanics is best introduced through the motion of a particle, with rigid body problems left until the subject is more fully developed. Howev...

  14. The Effects of Al and Ti Additions on the Structural Stability, Mechanical and Electronic Properties of D8m-Structured Ta5Si3

    Linlin Liu

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available In the present study, the influence of substitutional elements (Ti and Al on the structural stability, mechanical properties, electronic properties and Debye temperature of Ta5Si3 with a D8m structure were investigated by first principle calculations. The Ta5Si3 alloyed with Ti and Al shows negative values of formation enthalpies, indicating that these compounds are energetically stable. Based on the values of formation enthalpies, Ti exhibits a preferential occupying the Ta4b site and Al has a strong site preference for the Si8h site. From the values of the bulk modulus (B, shear modulus (G and Young’s modulus (E, we determined that both Ti and Al additions decrease both the shear deformation resistance and the elastic stiffness of D8m structured Ta5Si3. Using the shear modulus/bulk modulus ratio (G/B, Poisson’s ratio (υ and Cauchy’s pressure, the effect of Ti and Al additions on the ductility of D8m-structured Ta5Si3 are explored. The results show that Ti and Al additions reduce the hardness, resulting in solid solution softening, but improve the ductility of D8m-structured Ta5Si3. The electronic calculations reveal that Ti and Al additions change hybridization between Ta-Si and Si-Si atoms for the binary D8m-structured Ta5Si3. The new Ta-Al bond is weaker than the Ta-Si covalent bonds, reducing the covalent property of bonding in D8m-structured Ta5Si3, while the new strong Ti4b-Ti4b anti-bonding enhances the metallic behavior of the binary D8m-structured Ta5Si3. The change in the nature of bonding can well explain the improved ductility of D8m-structured Ta5Si3 doped by Ti and Al. Moreover, the Debye temperatures, ΘD, of D8m-structured Ta5Si3 alloying with Ti and Al are decreased as compared to the binary Ta5Si3.

  15. Reversibly Bistable Flexible Electronics

    Alfaraj, Nasir

    2015-05-01

    Introducing the notion of transformational silicon electronics has paved the way for integrating various applications with silicon-based, modern, high-performance electronic circuits that are mechanically flexible and optically semitransparent. While maintaining large-scale production and prototyping rapidity, this flexible and translucent scheme demonstrates the potential to transform conventionally stiff electronic devices into thin and foldable ones without compromising long-term performance and reliability. In this work, we report on the fabrication and characterization of reversibly bistable flexible electronic switches that utilize flexible n-channel metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors. The transistors are fabricated initially on rigid (100) silicon substrates before they are peeled off. They can be used to control flexible batches of light-emitting diodes, demonstrating both the relative ease of scaling at minimum cost and maximum reliability and the feasibility of integration. The peeled-off silicon fabric is about 25 µm thick. The fabricated devices are transferred to a reversibly bistable flexible platform through which, for example, a flexible smartphone can be wrapped around a user’s wrist and can also be set back to its original mechanical position. Buckling and cyclic bending of such host platforms brings a completely new dimension to the development of flexible electronics, especially rollable displays.

  16. 基于全球利基市场的后发企业逆向创新机理%Reverse Innovation Mechanism of Latecomer Enterprise Based on Global Niche Market

    徐娜娜; 徐雨森

    2015-01-01

    Based on the reverse innovation cases ,namely Haier ,Netac Mindray and Sunward Intelligent ,this paper explores the mechanism of reverse innovation of latecomer enterprises based on global niche market. The results prove that local innovation resources with comparative ad‐vantages is the important foundation for reverse innovation ,and diversified cooperation and the synergy between technological and non‐techno‐logical are effective way to obtain resources ,and reverse innovation is helpful to construct core technology capability ,and then ensure continued innovation .%以海尔、迈瑞和山河智能的逆向创新为案例,探究了全球利基市场导向下后发企业逆向创新的实现机理。研究发现:在全球利基市场导向的逆向创新中,后发企业需要注重利用本土比较优势资源,尤其是本土大规模、多层次的市场结构可使企业获得相对宽松的市场环境;后发企业可通过多元化的国际联接机制、技术与非技术的协同创新来弥补创新资源不足和提高创新效率。另外,全球利基市场导向的逆向创新有助于后发企业构建核心技术能力,从而利于持续创新。

  17. MRI reveals reversible lesions resembling posterior reversible encephalopathy in porphyria

    We report a 20-year-old woman who had an attack of acute intermittent porphyria with seizures, hallucinations, autonomic and somatic neuropathy. T2-weighted MRI revealed multiple lesions which were no longer visible 3 months later. We suggest a similar mechanism to posterior reversible encephalopathy underlying cerebral symptoms in porphyria. (orig.)

  18. MRI reveals reversible lesions resembling posterior reversible encephalopathy in porphyria

    Celik, M. [Huesrev Gerede c, 128/4 Tesvikiye, 80690 Istanbul (Turkey); Department of Neurology, Sisli Etfal Education and Research Hospital, Sisli Etfal S., Sisli, Istanbul (Turkey); Forta, H.; Babacan, G. [Department of Neurology, Sisli Etfal Education and Research Hospital, Sisli Etfal S., Sisli, Istanbul (Turkey); Dalkilic, Tuerker [Department of Neurosurgery, Sisli Etfal Education and Research Hospital, Sisli Etfal S., Sisli, Istanbul (Turkey)

    2002-10-01

    We report a 20-year-old woman who had an attack of acute intermittent porphyria with seizures, hallucinations, autonomic and somatic neuropathy. T2-weighted MRI revealed multiple lesions which were no longer visible 3 months later. We suggest a similar mechanism to posterior reversible encephalopathy underlying cerebral symptoms in porphyria. (orig.)

  19. Effect of addition of organo clay on mechanical properties and dynamic-mechanical based TPV; Preparacao de termoplasticos vulcanizados dinamicamente (TPV) de NBR/PP com nanocargas de argila

    Honorato, Luciana R.; Silva, Adriana A.; Soares, Bluma G. [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro - UFRJ, Instituto de Macromoleculas Professora Eloisa Mano, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Soares, Ketly P. [Centro Universitario do Leste de Minas Gerais (UNILESTEMG) - Coronel Fabriciano, MG (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    The effect of organophilic clay on the mechanical and dynamical-mechanical properties of thermoplastic elastomers based on polypropylene (PP) and nitrile rubber (NBR) was investigated. The addition of clay was performed from a master batch prepared by a solution intercalation of NBR inside the clay galleries. Since the PP/NBR blend is highly incompatible, PP functionalized with maleic anhydride (PP-g-MA) and carboxylated NBR (XNBR) were employed as compatibilizing system together with triethylene-tetramine (TETA) used as coupling agent. The addition of Clay inside the elastomeric phase of the TPV resulted in a significant decrease of the elongation at break without changes on the tensile strength. The presence of clay also promoted a slight increase of the storage modulus and the glass transition temperature. The small angle X ray scattering confirmed the high dispersion of clay inside the TPV. Analysis of light scattering small angle (SAXS) confirmed the high dispersion of clay in the matrix of the TPV. (author)

  20. Insights into mechanisms governing forest carbon response to nitrogen deposition: a model-data comparison using observed responses to nitrogen addition

    R. Q. Thomas

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In many forest ecosystems, nitrogen (N deposition enhances plant uptake of carbon dioxide, thus reducing climate warming from fossil fuel emissions. Therefore, accurately modeling how forest carbon (C sequestration responds to N deposition is critical for understanding how future changes in N availability will influence climate. Here, we use observations of forest C response to N inputs along N deposition gradients and at five temperate forest sites with fertilization experiments to test and improve a~global biogeochemical model (CLM-CN 4.0. We show that the CLM-CN plant C growth response to N deposition was smaller than observed and the modeled response to N fertilization was larger than observed. A set of modifications to the CLM-CN improved the correspondence between model predictions and observational data (1 by increasing the aboveground C storage in response to historical N deposition (1850–2004 from 14 to 34 kg C per additional kg N added through deposition and (2 by decreasing the aboveground net primary productivity response to N fertilization experiments from 91 to 57 g C m−2 yr−1. Modeled growth response to N deposition was most sensitive to altering the processes that control plant N uptake and the pathways of N loss. The response to N deposition also increased with a more closed N cycle (reduced N fixation and N gas loss and decreased when prioritizing microbial over plant uptake of soil inorganic N. The net effect of all the modifications to the CLM-CN resulted in greater retention of N deposition and a greater role of synergy between N deposition and rising atmospheric CO2 as a mechanism governing increases in temperate forest primary production over the 20th century. Overall, testing models with both the response to gradual increases in N inputs over decades (N deposition and N pulse additions of N over multiple years (N fertilization allows for greater understanding of the mechanisms