Sample records for bed expansion behavior

  1. The Composition and Expansion Behavior of a Binary-Solid Fluidized Bed (United States)

    Howley, Maureen A.; Glasser, Benjamin J.


    When a binary mixture of particles with different densities and sizes is fluidized, the particles will often segregate, forming monocomponent layers. However, this is only one possible outcome, and well-mixed states have been observed experimentally. This paper examines the hydrodynamics of such a mixture by generalizing equations of continuity and motion for a single component bed. Solutions are sought for a uniformly fluidized bed consisting of glass beads and carbon in water. Our results show that, under equilibrium conditions, the fluid-particle interactive force determines solution structure. We introduce a closure using an excluded volume approach. Computed solutions are shown to characterize the composition and expansion behavior of all possible mixing states, and provide an explanation of the layer inversion phenomenon. Comparison with experimental data suggests that the mechanism of bed expansion is not fully captured with an excluded volume assumption. Thus, we show how experimental data can be used to derive functional forms for the fluid-particle interactive force.

  2. Bed expansion crucible tests

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    The Am/Cm program will vitrify the americium and curium currently stored in F-canyon. A batch flowsheet has been developed (with non-radioactive surrogate feed in place of the F-canyon solution) and tested full-scale in the 5-inch Cylindrical Induction Melter (CIM) facility at TNX. During a normal process run, a small bed expansion occurs when oxygen released from reduction of cerium (IV) oxide to cerium (III) oxide is trapped in highly viscous glass. The bed expansion is characterized by a foamy layer of glass that slowly expands as the oxygen is trapped and then dissipates when the viscosity of the foam becomes low enough to allow the oxygen to escape. Severe bed expansions were noted in the 5-inch CIM when re-heating after an interlock during the calcination phase of the heat cycle, escaping the confines of the melter vessel. In order to better understand the cause of the larger than normal bed expansion and to develop mitigating techniques, a series of three crucible tests were conducted

  3. Digital image analysis measurements of bed expansion and segregation dynamics in dense gas-fluidized beds

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    Goldschmidt, M.J.V.; Link, J.M.; Mellema, S.; Kuipers, J.A.M.


    One of the most crucial steps in the development of fundamental hydrodynamic models is the validation of these models with accurate, detailed experimental data. Therefore a whole-field, non-intrusive digital image analysis technique has been developed which enables measurement of bed expansion and s

  4. Nail bed expansion: A new technique for correction of multiple isolated congenital micronychia

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    Gholamhossein Ghaffarpour


    Full Text Available Congenital micronychia may involve big toes or may involve other nails. The etiology of micronychia is not clear but amniotic bands, teratogens (drugs, alcohol, Nail Patella Syndrome etc. A 44-year-old woman with multiple isolated congenital micronychia over her hands and feet was selected. The major affected nails were thumbs and Index fingers. Surgical method were done step by step: Anesthesia of the area, extraction of short nail, elevation of nail bed, longitudinal nail bed incisions, suturing the lateral nail bed to the nail wall, covering the nail bed by a splint of plastic suction tube, bandage with gauze Vaseline. Finally, we hypnotized that in congenital micronychia, the main pathology is in nail bed; through this theory by nail bed expansion better outcomes are coming.

  5. Influence of MgO-type Expansive Agent Hydration Behaviors on Expansive Properties of Concrete

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    LU Xiaolin; GENG Fei; ZHANG Hongbo; CHEN Xiong


    The hydration behaviors and expansive properties of MgO-type expansive agent curing at different temperatures and environment were investigated. When the curing temperatures changed from 25℃ to 50 ℃, the conductivities of MgO samples increased from 40 to 80 μ s/cm,and the hydrations of MgO were quickened up obviously. Through SEM observation, the hydration product of MgO cured at 50 ℃ for 28 day was about 2-3 μ m in length. The expansion of pastes with 5% of the MgO-type expansive agent was from 0.36% to 1.01% when the curing temperature changed from 25℃ to 50 ℃. When 8% of the MgO-type expansive agent was added, the early shrinkage of concrete was reduced. The expansion ratio increased with the curing temperature, and the expansive cracking of concrete with MgO-type expansive agent might be decreased by blending fly ash.

  6. Experimental study of self-leveling behavior in debris bed

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    After a core disruptive accident in a sodium-cooled fast reactor, core debris may settle on locations such as within the core-support structure or in the lower inlet plenum of the reactor vessel as debris beds, as a consequence of rapid quenching and fragmentation of core materials in subcooled sodium. The particle beds that are initially of varying depth have been observed to undergo a process of self-leveling when sodium boiling occurs within the beds. The boiling is believed to provide the driven force with debris needed to overcome resisting forces. Self-leveling ability has much effect on heat-removal capability of debris beds. In the present study, characteristics of self-leveling behaviors were investigated experimentally with simulant materials. Although the decay heat from fuel debris drives the coolant boiling in reactor accident conditions, the present experiments employed depressurization boiling of water to simulate axially increasing void distribution in a debris bed, which consists of solid particles of alumina or lead with different density. The particle size (from 0.5 mm to 6 mm in diameter) and shape (spherical or non-spherical particles) were also taken as experimental parameters. A rough criteria for self-leveling occurrence is proposed and compared with the experimental results. Characteristics of the self-leveling behaviors observed are analyzed and extrapolate to reactor accident conditions. (author)

  7. Efficient expansion of mesenchymal stromal cells in a disposable fixed bed culture system. (United States)

    Mizukami, Amanda; Orellana, Maristela D; Caruso, Sâmia R; de Lima Prata, Karen; Covas, Dimas T; Swiech, Kamilla


    The need for efficient and reliable technologies for clinical-scale expansion of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) has led to the use of disposable bioreactors and culture systems. Here, we evaluate the expansion of cord blood-derived MSC in a disposable fixed bed culture system. Starting from an initial cell density of 6.0 × 10(7) cells, after 7 days of culture, it was possible to produce of 4.2(±0.8) × 10(8) cells, which represents a fold increase of 7.0 (±1.4). After enzymatic retrieval from Fibra-Cell disks, the cells were able to maintain their potential for differentiation into adipocytes and osteocytes and were positive for many markers common to MSC (CD73, CD90, and CD105). The results obtained in this study demonstrate that MSC can be efficiently expanded in the culture system. This novel approach presents several advantages over the current expansion systems, based on culture flasks or microcarrier-based spinner flasks and represents a key element for MSC cellular therapy according to GMP compliant clinical-scale production system. PMID:23420706

  8. Percolation behavior of tritiated water into a soil packed bed

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    Honda, T.; Katayama, K.; Uehara, K.; Fukada, S. [Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Sciences, Kyushu University, Kasuga, Fukuoka (Japan); Takeishi, T. [Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University, Motooka Nishi-ku, Fukuoka (Japan)


    A large amount of cooling water is used in a D-T fusion reactor. The cooling water will contain tritium with high concentration because tritium can permeate metal walls at high temperature easily. A development of tritium handling technology for confining tritiated water in the fusion facility is an important issue. In addition, it is also important to understand tritium behavior in environment assuming severe accidents. In this study, percolation experiments of tritiated water in soil packed bed were carried out and tritium behavior in soil was discussed. Six soil samples were collected in Hakozaki campus of Kyushu University. These particle densities were of the same degree as that of general soils and moisture contents were related to BET surface area. For two soil samples used in the percolation experiment of tritiated water, saturated hydraulic conductivity agreed well with the estimating value by Creager. Tritium retention ratio in the soil packed bed was larger than water retention. This is considered to be due to an effect of tritium sorption on the surface of soil particles. The isotope exchange capacity estimated by assuming that H/T ratio of supplied tritiated water and H/T ratio of surface water of soil particle was equal was comparable to that on cement paste and mortar which were obtained by exposure of tritiated water vapor. (authors)

  9. Percolation behavior of tritiated water into a soil packed bed

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    A large amount of cooling water is used in a D-T fusion reactor. The cooling water will contain tritium with high concentration because tritium can permeate metal walls at high temperature easily. A development of tritium handling technology for confining tritiated water in the fusion facility is an important issue. In addition, it is also important to understand tritium behavior in environment assuming severe accidents. In this study, percolation experiments of tritiated water in soil packed bed were carried out and tritium behavior in soil was discussed. Six soil samples were collected in Hakozaki campus of Kyushu University. These particle densities were of the same degree as that of general soils and moisture contents were related to BET surface area. For two soil samples used in the percolation experiment of tritiated water, saturated hydraulic conductivity agreed well with the estimating value by Creager. Tritium retention ratio in the soil packed bed was larger than water retention. This is considered to be due to an effect of tritium sorption on the surface of soil particles. The isotope exchange capacity estimated by assuming that H/T ratio of supplied tritiated water and H/T ratio of surface water of soil particle was equal was comparable to that on cement paste and mortar which were obtained by exposure of tritiated water vapor. (authors)

  10. Experiments on the dryout behavior of stratified debris beds

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    Leininger, Simon; Kulenovic, Rudi; Laurien, Eckart [Stuttgart Univ. (Germany). Inst. of Nuclear Technology and Energy Systems (IKE)


    In case of a severe accident with loss of coolant and core meltdown a particle bed (debris) can be formed. The removal of decay heat from the debris bed is of prime importance for the bed's long-term coolability to guarantee the integrity of the RPV. In contrast to previous experiments, the focus is on stratified beds. The experiments have pointed out that the bed's coolability is significantly affected.

  11. Comparison between finite volume and lattice-Boltzmann method simulations of gas-fluidised beds: bed expansion and particle-fluid interaction force (United States)

    Third, J. R.; Chen, Y.; Müller, C. R.


    Lattice-Boltzmann method (LBM) simulations of a gas-fluidised bed have been performed. In contrast to the current state-of-the-art coupled computational fluid dynamics-discrete element method (CFD-DEM) simulations, the LBM does not require a closure relationship for the particle-fluid interaction force. Instead, the particle-fluid interaction can be calculated directly from the detailed flow profile around the particles. Here a comparison is performed between CFD-DEM and LBM simulations of a small fluidised bed. Simulations are performed for two different values of the superficial gas velocity and it is found that the LBM predicts a larger bed expansion for both flowrates. Furthermore the particle-fluid interaction force obtained for LBM simulations is compared to the force which would be predicted by a CFD-DEM model under the same conditions. On average the force predicted by the CFD-DEM closure relationship is found to be significantly smaller than the force obtained from the LBM.

  12. Kinetic behavior of solid particles in fluidized beds

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    Kono, H.O.


    The overall objectives of this project are to develop experimental techniques for measuring the forces of fluidized particles, and to predict the solid-gas performance in fluidized beds by using data analysis system, and by elucidating the intrinsic mechanism of erosion and attrition phenomena in fluidized beds. The reduction of erosion and attrition rates is one of the critical engineering problems for the design and operation of fluidized bed combustors. Specifically, the objectives are to: (1) develop the experimental techniques to measure the forces of solid particles prevailing in fluidized beds: (2) measure and characterize the forces of solid particles in various types of fluidized beds with various configurations (conventional and spouted fluidized beds) and with different scales (10, 20, and 30cm) under various fluidization conditions (particle size, bed aspect ratio and gas velocity); (3) find and verify the mechanism of erosion rates of in-bed tubes and attrition rates of fluidized particles by forces of solid particles in fluidized beds. We developed three different kinds of measurement methods, i.e., fracture sensitive sensor, piezoelectric sensor and gas pressure fluctuation method. By using these methods the exact forces of solid particles, including the transient corporate in fluidized beds, were systematically measured. Simultaneously, the erosion rates of in-bed tubes and attrition rates of fluidized particles were measured. 69 figs., 9 tabs.

  13. Nail bed expansion: A new technique for correction of multiple isolated congenital micronychia


    Gholamhossein Ghaffarpour; Alireza Faghihi; Mohammadreza Ghasemi; Gelareh Ghaffarpour


    Congenital micronychia may involve big toes or may involve other nails. The etiology of micronychia is not clear but amniotic bands, teratogens (drugs, alcohol), Nail Patella Syndrome etc. A 44-year-old woman with multiple isolated congenital micronychia over her hands and feet was selected. The major affected nails were thumbs and Index fingers. Surgical method were done step by step: Anesthesia of the area, extraction of short nail, elevation of nail bed, longitudinal nail bed incisions, su...

  14. Dynamic behavior of a fluidized bed with solid recirculation

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    An experimental system was developed in order to get data on the dynamics of a gas-solids flow in a fast fluidized bed. Measuring the mass flow rate of gas and solids and static pressure alongside the bed it was possible to calculate the longitudinal porosity profile of the system. (Author)

  15. Numerical simulation of ceramic breeder pebble bed thermal creep behavior

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    The evolution of ceramic breeder pebble bed thermal creep deformation subjected to an external load and a differential thermal stress was studied using a modified discrete numerical code previously developed for the pebble bed thermomechanical evaluation. The rate change of creep deformation was modeled at the particle contact based on a diffusion creep mechanism. Numerical results of strain histories have compared reasonably well with those of experimentally observed data at 740 C using activation energy of 180 KJ/mole. Calculations also show that, at this activation energy level, a particle bed at an elevated temperature of 800 C may cause undesired local sintering at a later time when it is subjected to an external load of 6.3 MPa. Thus, by tracking the stress histories inside a breeder pebble bed the numerical simulation provides an indication of whether the bed may encounter an undesired condition under a typical operating condition. (orig.)

  16. The research of optimization design and numerical simulation for circulating fluidized bed furnace mouth expansion

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    In this paper, the structure of 130 t/h CFB boiler furnace is optimized as a reference. The parameters were selected in the way of 0.618 methods, The research of structure optimization Numerical Simulation was carried out by the use of large-scale numerical flow calculation software FLUENT simulation. The results showed that adjusting the design of the furnace mouth expansion can improve the flow characteristics. It obtained a good flow characteristics in the expansion of an argument between 67 degree - 68 degree. (authors)

  17. The Behavior of a Counter-Current Packed Bed Column Undergoing Flooding. The Behavior of a Counter-Current Packed Bed Column Undergoing Flooding. The Behavior of a Counter-Current Packed Bed Column Undergoing Flooding

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    Svoboda, Petr; Staněk, Vladimír; Jiřičný, Vladimír

    Vol. 2. Prague : Process Engineering Publisher, 2002, s. 72. ISBN 80-86059-33-2. [International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering CHISA 2002 /15./. Prague (CZ), 25.08.2002-29.08.2002] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA4072004 Keywords : countercurrent packet bed * flooding * transient behavior Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering

  18. Magnetically assisted gas-solid fluidization in a tapered vessel: Part Ⅱ Dimensionless bed expansion scaling

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    Jordan Hristov


    The article presents an effort to create dimensionless scaling correlations of the overall bed porosity in the case of magnetically assisted fluidization in a tapered vessel with external transverse magnetic field. This is a stand of portion of new branch in the magnetically assisted fluidization recently created con-cerning employment of tapered vessels. Dimensional analysis based on "pressure transform" of the initial set of variables and involving the magnetic granular Bond number has been applied to develop scaling relationships of dimensionless groups representing ratios of pressures created by the fluid flow, gravity and the magnetic field over an elementary volume of the fluidized bed. Special attention has been paid on the existing data correlations developed for non-magnetic beds and the links to the new ones especially developed for tapered magnetic counterparts. A special dimensionless variable Xp = (Ar△DbL)1/3(√RgMQ) combining Archimedes and Rosensweig numbers has been conceived for porosity correlation. Data cor-relations have been performed by power-law, exponential decay and asymptotic functions with analysis of their adequacies and accuracies of approximation.

  19. Numerical simulation of ceramic breeder pebble bed thermal creep behavior

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    The evolution of ceramic breeder pebble bed thermal creep deformation subjected to an external load and a differential thermal stress was studied using a modified discrete numerical code previously developed for the pebble bed thermomechanical evaluation. The rate change of creep deformation was modeled at the particle contact based on a diffusion creep mechanism. Numerical results of strain histories have shown lower values as compared to those of experimentally observed data at 740 deg. C using an activation energy of 180 kJ/mol. Calculations also show that, at this activation energy level, a particle bed at an elevated temperature of 800 deg. C may cause too much particle overlapping with a contact radius growth beyond 0.65 radius at a later time, when it is subjected to an external load of 6.3 MPa. Thus, by tracking the stress histories inside a breeder pebble bed the numerical simulation provides an indication of whether the bed may encounter an undesired condition under a typical operating condition


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    Z. G. Wang; H. T. Bi; C. J. Lim


    The axial and radial distributions of static pressures and vertical particle velocities of conical spouted beds have been simulated and compared with experimental data. Simulation results show that, among all factors investigated, the Actual Pressure Gradient (the APG term) in conical spouted beds, introduced as the default gravity term plus an empirical axial solid phase source term, has the most significant influence on static pressure profiles, followed by the restitution coefficient and frictional viscosity, while other factors almost have no effect. Apart from the solid bulk viscosity, almost all other factors affect the radial distribution of the axial particle velocity, although the influence of the APG term is less significant. For complex systems such as conical spouted beds where a fluidized spout region and a defluidized annulus region co-exist, the new term introduced in this work can improve the CFD simulation. Furthermore, for other systems with the Actual Pressure Gradient different from either fluidized beds or packed beds, the new approach can also be applied.

  1. Characterization and Application of a Disposable Rotating Bed Bioreactor for Mesenchymal Stem Cell Expansion

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    Full Text Available Recruitment of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC into the field of tissue engineering is a promising development since these cells can be expanded vivo to clinically relevant numbers and, after expansion, retain their ability to differentiate into various cell lineages. Safety requirements and the necessity to obtain high cell numbers without frequent subcultivation of cells raised the question of the possibility of expanding MSC in one-way (single-use disposable bioreactors. In this study, umbilical cord-derived MSC (UC-MSC were expanded in a disposable Z 2000 H bioreactor under dynamic conditions. Z was characterized regarding residence time and mixing in order to evaluate the optimal bioreactor settings, enabling optimal mass transfer in the absence of shear stress, allowing an reproducible expansion of MSC, while maintaining their stemness properties. Culture of the UC-MSC in disposable Z 2000 H bioreactor resulted in a reproducible 8-fold increase of cell numbers after 5 days. Cells were shown to maintain specific MSC surface marker expression as well as trilineage differentiation potential and lack stress-induced premature senescence.

  2. Thermal Expansion Behavior of Hot-Pressed Engineered Matrices (United States)

    Raj, S. V.


    Advanced engineered matrix composites (EMCs) require that the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of the engineered matrix (EM) matches those of the fiber reinforcements as closely as possible in order to reduce thermal compatibility strains during heating and cooling of the composites. The present paper proposes a general concept for designing suitable matrices for long fiber reinforced composites using a rule of mixtures (ROM) approach to minimize the global differences in the thermal expansion mismatches between the fibers and the engineered matrix. Proof-of-concept studies were conducted to demonstrate the validity of the concept.

  3. Thermal expansion behavior of a β-LiA1SiO4/Cu composite

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    WANG Lidong; XUE Zongwei; LIU Zhe; FEI Weidong


    A copper matrix composite reinforced by β-LiAlSiO4 with negative thermal expansion coefficient was fabricated using vacuum hot-pressed sintering technique. The thermal expansion behavior of the composite was investigated, and the average residual stress in the matrix was analyzed by a simple model. The results indicate that the residual stress in the matrix affects the thermal expansion properties. After heat treatment, the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of the composite decreases greatly. The CTE of the composite after thermal cycling between 50-350℃ is the lowest.

  4. Pressurizing Behavior on Ingress of Coolant into Pebble Bed of Blanket of Fusion DEMO Reactor

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    Solid breeder blankets are being developed as candidate blankets for the Fusion DEMO reactor in Japan. JAEA is performing the development of the water cooled and helium cooled solid breeder blankets. The blanket utilizes ceramic breeder pebbles and multiplier pebbles beds cooled by high pressure water or high pressure helium in the cooling tubes placed in the blanket box structure. In the development of the blanket, it is very important to incorporate the safety technology as well as the performance improvement on tritium production and energy conversion. In the safety design and technology, coolant ingress in the blanket box structure is one of the most important events as the initiators. Especially the thermal hydraulics in the pebble bed in the case of the high pressure coolant ingress is very important to evaluate the pressure propagation and coolant flow behavior. This paper presents the preliminary results of the pressure loss characteristics by the coolant ingress in the pebble bed. Experiments have been performed by using alumina pebble bed (4 litter maximum volume of the pebble bed) and nitrogen gas to simulate the helium coolant ingress into breeder and multiplier pebble beds. Reservoir tank of 10 liter is filled with 1.0 MPa nitrogen. The nitrogen gas is released at the bottom part of the alumina pebble bed whose upper part is open to the atmosphere. The pressure change in the pebble bed is measured to identify the pressure loss. The measured values are compared with the predicted values by Ergun's equation, which is the correlation equation on pressure loss of the flow through porous medium. By the results of the experiments with no constraint on the alumina pebble bed, it was clarified that the measured value agreed in the lower flow rate. However, in the higher flow rate where the pressure loss is high, the measured value is about half of the predicted value. The differences between the measured values and the predicted values will be discussed from

  5. Visualization of Bubble Behavior in a Packed Bed of Spheres Using Neutron Radiography (United States)

    Ito, Daisuke; Saito, Yasushi

    The present paper describes gas-liquid two-phase flow measurements in a packed bed of spheres using neutron radiography. Porous debris formed during a severe accident of a nuclear reactor should be cooled by a coolant and the cooling characteristics are dominated by two-phase flow behavior in the debris bed at the initial stage of the accident. Therefore, experimental database of the two-phase flow in the porous media has been required for safety analysis of the reactor. However, it is difficult to observe the flow structure, for example, void fraction distribution in such complex flow channel. In this study, the local void fraction in a packed bed which simulates the debris bed was measured by high frame-rate neutron radiography. Experiments were performed in air-water two-phase flow in a vertical pipe. Alumina spheres with 5 mm in diameter were packed randomly in the pipe. The bubble behavior between the spheres was investigated by using the void fraction distributions estimated from the neutron radiographs. Although it was difficult to track the small bubbles in the packed bed, the move of the large bubble could be found roughly from the distribution. In addition, the fluctuation of the void fraction was compared with that of the pressure drop in the test section. From these results, the possibility of the gas velocity estimation was shown.

  6. Numerical comparison of hydrogen desorption behaviors of metal hydride beds based on uranium and on zirconium-cobalt

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    Kyoung, S.; Yoo, H.; Ju, H. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Inha University, Incheon (Korea, Republic of)


    In this paper, the hydrogen delivery capabilities of uranium (U) and zirconium-cobalt (ZrCo) are compared quantitatively in order to find the optimum getter materials for tritium storage. A three-dimensional hydrogen desorption model is applied to two identically designed cylindrical beds with the different materials, and hydrogen desorption simulations are then conducted. The simulation results show superior hydrogen delivery performance and easier thermal management capability for the U bed. This detailed analysis of the hydrogen desorption behaviors of beds with U and ZrCo will help to identify the optimal bed material, bed design, and operating conditions for the storage and delivery system in ITER. (authors)

  7. Numerical comparison of hydrogen desorption behaviors of metal hydride beds based on uranium and on zirconium-cobalt

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    In this paper, the hydrogen delivery capabilities of uranium (U) and zirconium-cobalt (ZrCo) are compared quantitatively in order to find the optimum getter materials for tritium storage. A three-dimensional hydrogen desorption model is applied to two identically designed cylindrical beds with the different materials, and hydrogen desorption simulations are then conducted. The simulation results show superior hydrogen delivery performance and easier thermal management capability for the U bed. This detailed analysis of the hydrogen desorption behaviors of beds with U and ZrCo will help to identify the optimal bed material, bed design, and operating conditions for the storage and delivery system in ITER. (authors)

  8. Dual-Fuel Fluidized Bed Combustor Prototype for Residential Heating: Steady-State and Dynamic Behavior (United States)

    Cammarota, Antonio; Chirone, Riccardo; Miccio, Michele; Sollmene, Roberto; Urcluohr, Massimo

    Fluidized bed combustion of biogenic fuels can be recognized as an attractive option for an ecologically sustainable use of biofuels in residential applications. Nevertheless, biomass combustion in fluidized bed reactors presents some drawbacks that are mainly related to mixing/segregation of fuel particles/volatile matter during devolatilization inside the bed and in the freeboard or to bed agglomeration. A prototype of a 30-50 kWth fluidized bed boiler for residential heating has been designed to burn either a gaseous combustible or a solid biomass fuel or both fuels at the same time. The prototype has been equipped with a gas burner located in the wind-box to optimize the start-up stage of the boiler and with a fluidized bed characterized by a conical geometry ("Gulf Stream" circulation) to improve the mixing of the fuel particles during both devolatilization and char burn-out. The operation of the combustor adopting wood pellets as fuel has been investigated to evaluate their use in residential combustion applications. Steady-state thermally stable regimes of operation have been recognized analyzing both boiler temperatures and gaseous emissions. The optimization of the steady-state operation of the boiler in terms of gaseous emissions has been achieved by varying the nominal thermal power and air excess. An ad-hoc experimental campaign has been carried out to analyze the dynamic performance of the prototype as a response to changes of the demanded thermal power. On the basis of the experimental data, an interpretation of the dynamic behavior of the fluidized bed boiler has been proposed.

  9. Dynamic behavior of tobacco waste in the coal-fired fluidized-bed boiler

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    Zhang, Kai; Chang, Jian; Chen, Honggang; Yang, Yongping [North China Electric Power Univ., Beijing (China). National Eng Lab for Biomass Power Generation Equipment; Yu, Bangting [China Univ. of Petroleum, Beijing (China). State Key Lab. of Heavy Oil Processing


    Circulating fluidized bed (CFB) technology is an advanced method for utilizing coal and other solid fuels in an environmentally acceptable manner. During the processing procedure in the nicotiana tabacum plants, lots of tobacco stem wastes are produced, which are normally being dumped to the landfill field. If this kind of waste can be used as a part of the fuel to be added into the coal in a CFB combustor, it will reduce the use of coal and then cut the net carbon emissions. To understand the complicated fluid dynamics of nicotiana tabacum wastes in the coal-fired CFB boiler, the mixing and segregation behavior of tobacco stalk are preliminary measured in a cylindrical fluidized bed. Obvious segregation behavior is found due to distinct differences in density and shape between tobacco stem and coal, which results in poor fluidization quality and bad combustion efficiency. To overcome this disadvantage, a jet with high gas velocity is introduced through the air distributor and a detailed experimental study is conducted in a fluidized bed made up of stem-sand mixture with different solid components at various jet velocities, which greatly improve the mixing performance of stem in the fluidized bed. The above findings are helpful for the technological upgrading of small- or middle-sized CFB boiler with adding tobacco stem into coal.

  10. Numerical analysis of dynamic behavior of HTR pebble-bed core and comparison with test results

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    The behavior under seismic loading of the pebble bed core of a high temperature reactor is the objective of the investigation reported here. The paper describes the constitutive modelling of the assembly of spheres comprising the core and the finite element simulation of shaking table tests conducted on a one-sixth physical model of the core of a proposed new medium-sized HTR power plant. The analytical studies and the shaking table tests have been performed with the aim of gaining a fundamental understanding of the dynamic behavior of such core material and validating numerical models

  11. Moving Behavior of an Object in Gas-Solid Fluidized Beds

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    WEI Lu-bin; WANG Geng-yu; HAO Liang; ZHAO Yue-min


    The settling behavior of coarse particles in a gas-solid fluidized bed was experimentally studied by using magnetic tracer. It is well known that the calculation of terminal velocity is of interest in dense medium separation.However, this problem has not been completely solved up to now. In this work, the terminal velocity of an object moving in a gas-solid fluidized bed was experimentally measured and theoretically calculated. The experimental results in dicated that the plastic viscosity and yield stress of the bed increase as the size of fluidized particles increases, but it varies little when some coarser particles are mixed with the fluidized particles. The resistance to a rising object was an order magnitude greater than that to a settling object. The efficient buoyancy on a flaky object, which lies flatly on the gas distributor, was much less than that calculated by the Archimedes' principle. The object does not always rise or set tle with minimal projective area owing to radial motion of the fluidized particles. But in the lower part of the bed, the bar-shaped objects were likely with minimal projective area rising or settling.

  12. The analytic function expansion nodal (AFEN) method with half-interface averaged fluxes in mixed geometry nodes for analysis of pebble bed modular reactor (PBMR) cores

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    The analytic function expansion nodal (AFEN) method has been successfully applied to the rectangular and hexagonal geometries in the cartesian coordinates system. In this paper, we extended the AFEN method to the cylindrical geometry in the R-Z coordinates for the analysis of pebble bed modular reactors (PBMRs). To treat the mixed geometry of rectangular and triangular nodes appearing in the lower periphery of the reactors, we used half-interface averaged fluxes as nodal unknowns. Numerical results obtained attest to their accuracy and applicability to practical problems. (author)

  13. Competition and network expansion in the electricity market: an analysis of producers' strategic behavior

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    Expansion of the transmission capacity is ODe of the most efficient means of enhancing competition in electricity markets. The issue is extremely relevant far the Italian electricity market, where competition in generation has not Jet been achieved. In order to study the effects on competition of a network expansion project, a description of the influence of transmission constraints on the strategic behavior of generators is necessary. The problem was addressed in the literature far a limited number only of simplified models. This work presents an original methodology (MIXEL), based on non-cooperative game theory, far the study of a rather broad set of electricity market models. The case study illustrated in this article, shows that the effects on competition of an expansion of the network is not always positive (or as positive) as expected, given the cases illustrated in the literature. The effects on competition vary with the market structure, the ratio between demand and supply and, above all, the size of the transmission capacity expansion. For these reasons, policy provisions mandating or encouraging expansion of the transmission system with the objective of promoting competition, should take into careful consideration the underlying market structure; in a similar way, provision encouraging divestiture of generation capacity should take into account the effects of the network

  14. The characterization of fluidization behavior using a novel multichamber microscale fluid bed

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    Räsänen, Eetu; Rantanen, Jukka; Mannermaa, Jukka-Pekka; Yliruusi, Jouko


    fluidization behavior in variable conditions. The results were evaluated on the basis of two common computational methods, the minimum fluidization velocity, and the Geldart classification. The materials studied were different particle sizes of glass beads, microcrystalline cellulose, and silicified......In the preformulation stage, there is a special need to determine the process behavior of materials with smaller amounts of samples. The purpose of this study was to assemble a novel automated multichamber microscale fluid bed module with a process air control unit for the characterization of...... charge carriers increased and the fine glass beads fluidized on the limited range of velocity. The silicification was demonstrated to improve the fluidization behavior with two different particle sizes of cellulose powders. Due to the interparticle (e.g., electrostatic) forces of the fine solids, the...

  15. Study on mixing and segregation behaviors in particulate fluidized bed system for mineral processing

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    Sahu S.N.; Sahu A.K.; Biswal S.K


    In order to identify the mixing and segregation behaviors in a mineral processing operation, present study aimed on the hydrodynamics of solid–liquid fluidization. The study was carried out in a fluidization column with tapings at different height of the bed to collect the sample. The binary particles considered in this study are hematite (4800 kg/m3) and quartz (2600 kg/m3) at different size fractions in the range of average size 87 ? 10?6 m to 400 ? 10?6 m. It is observed that for various binary mixtures, both quartz and hematite particles share the equal composition by mass (50%) at a particular height of fluidized bed, referred as ‘locus point’ of mixing. Study indicates that the mixing zone volume will increase for a continuous fluidized bed plant operation. It is observed that the number of locus points varies from 1 to 3 signifying their dependency on the size ratios of binary mixture. Whenever, the difference in terminal velocity between quartz and hematite particles approaches to zero, mixing is enhanced. Further, the present study is extended to find the segregation index for the different size ratios of quartz and hematite particles. It is evident that depending on the size ratios, various regions such as complete segregation, partial mixing and complete mixing can be observed.

  16. Investigation of sintering behavior for vibro-packed particle bed. 2

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    A purpose of this study is to support the development of vibro-packed fuel technology at Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Institute. Four kinds of particle beds have been prepared. The first one consists of the spherical ZrO2 (3Y: 3mol% Y2O3 doped ZrO2) large particles. The second one consists of the mixture of spherical ZrO2 large and small particles. The third one consists of the mixture of spherical ZrO2 large and Zr-metal small particles. And the last one consists of the mixture of spherical ZrO2 large, ZrO2 small, and Zr small particles. These compact beds have been sintered under several conditions and the sintering behavior between particles in each bed have been investigated in terms of the sintering temperatures, times and pressures. In additions, an electrical conductivity of sintered bodies of ZrO2 was measured and a method of thermal conductivity of sintered ZrO2 was investigated. (author)

  17. Validation of new empirical model for self-leveling behavior of cylindrical particle beds based on experimental database

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    During a material relocation phase of core disruptive accidents (CDAs) in sodium cooled fast reactors (SFRs), debris beds can be formed in the lower plenum region due to rapid quenching and fragmentation of molten core materials. Heat removal from debris beds is crucial to achieve so called in-vessel retention (IVR) of degraded core materials. Coolant boiling in the beds may lead to leveling of their mound shape, and then changes coolability of the beds with decay heat as well as neutronic characteristics. To clarify the mechanisms underlying this self-leveling behavior, several series of experiments using simulant materials has been performed in collaboration between Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) and Kyushu University in Japan. In the present study, experiments in a cylindrical system were employed to develop experimental data on self-leveling process of particle beds. In the experiments, to simulate the coolant boiling due to the decay heat in fuel, nitrogen gas was percolated uniformly through the bottom of the particle bed with a conical shape mound using a gas injection method. Time variations in bed height during the self-leveling process were measured for key experimental parameters on particle size, density and sphericity, and gas flow rate. Using a dimensional analysis approach, a new model was proposed to correlate the experimental data on transient bed height with an empirical equation using a characteristic time of self-leveling development and a terminal equilibrium height of the bed. It was demonstrated that the proposed model predicts self-leveling development of particle beds with reasonable accuracy in the present ranges of experimental conditions. (author)

  18. Segregation/Mixing Behavior ofBinary Particles and Formation of Doubl e-Density-Fl uidized Bed

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    The current separator with air-dense-medium fluidized bed can only turn out two products at the sametime with a single separating density. The double-density-fluidized bed means that two separating areas with differ-ent densities are formed in a fluidized cascade. In each separating area, the bed density is uniform and meets thetechnical requirement of coal preparation respectively. Therefore, the processed materials can be separated intcthree products according to density. In this paper, the fluidized behaviors of binary dense media were experimental-ly studied and the distribution characteristics of particle concentration and bed density in different bed structurewere discussed. The segregation and mixing mechanisms of binary dense media were analyzed. It was testified thatthe pyramidal part designed in the bed structure played a key role in the formation of double-density-fluidized bed.The pyramidal part intensified the segregation of binary particles between two separating areas and strengthened themixing in the low density area, which made for the density uniform of the area.

  19. Triaxial quasi-static compression and creep behavior of bedded salt from southeastern New Mexico

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    This report summarizes the results obtained from a series of triaxial quasi-static compression and creep tests on specimens of bedded salt recovered at depth intervals of 1953 to 1954 and 2711 to 2722 feet in AEC Hole No. 7 in southeastern New Mexico. The primary objective was the determination of the deformational characteristics of the salt for prescribed stress and temperature states under quasi-static and time-dependent conditions. The test conditions encompassed confining pressures of 500 and 2000 psi, differential axial stresses of 1500, 3000 and 4500 psi, temperatures of 23 and 1000C, and time durations of several hours to ten days. The data analysis was confined primarily to power law fits to the creep strain-time measurements and to an evaluation of the principal strain ratio behavior for the various test conditions and axial strain magnitudes

  20. Analysis of the fluidized bed combustion behavior of Quercus ilex char

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    Because of the high content of alkaline metals, biomass has very reactive ashes and these have a strong impact upon pyrolysis and combustion phenomena. From the study of the evolution with the combustion temperature, of the kinetic and diffusive data of several wood chars, it was found that the Quercus ilex (holm oak) char had an unexpected evolution of the heterogeneous phase reaction rate constant. Scanning electronic microscopy analysis of the ashes and thermogravimetric analysis of the char where performed, and the results shown that close to 750 °C there is a loss of mass associated with the release of inorganic matter, especially potassium and phosphorus, which have a known influence on the combustion process and the subsequent kinetic data collection. - Highlights: • Fluidized bed combustion of biomass. • Combustion behavior of holm oak char. • Influence of alkaline components on char combustion kinetic data

  1. Neutronic behavior of Thorium based fuel cycles in a pebble bed reactor

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    Thorium is a potentially valuable energy source since it is about three to four times as abundant as Uranium. It is also a widely distributed natural resource readily accessible in many countries. Therefore, Thorium fuels can complement Uranium fuels and ensure long term sustainability of nuclear power. This paper shows the main advantages of the use of a Pebble Bed critical nuclear reactor using a variety of fuel cycles with Thorium (Th+U233, Th+Pu239 and Th+U). the parameters related to the neutronic behavior like deep burn, nuclear fuel breeding, Minor Actinide stockpile, power density profiles and other are used to compare the fuel cycles. also a thermo mechanical study of the irradiated TRISO fuel particle is presented. (Author)


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    M. Hu; W.D. Fei; W.L. Li; C.K. Yao


    The thermal expansion behaviors of SiC whisker reinforced commercially pure aluminum composites subjected to different heat treatments were studied. The results indicated that the thermal expansion behaviors were greatly affected by heat treatment.To explain the results, the microstructures and thermal mismatch stresses in the matrix of the composite were examined by the transmission electron microscope and Xray diffraction, respectively. The dislocation density and thermal mismatch stresses in the matrix of the composites water quenched from 600°C are much higher than that of the composite slowly cooled from 600°C. The analysis suggested that the coefficients of thermal expansion (CTE) are closely related to the change of thermal mismatch stresses and yield strength of the matrix of the composite. The comparison of the coefficients of thermal expansion between experiments and calculations suggested that the temperature behaviors of CTE of SiCw/Al composite agree better with those of Kerner's model within lower temperature range.

  3. Modeling non-harmonic behavior of materials from experimental inelastic neutron scattering and thermal expansion measurements (United States)

    Bansal, Dipanshu; Aref, Amjad; Dargush, Gary; Delaire, Olivier


    Based on thermodynamic principles, we derive expressions quantifying the non-harmonic vibrational behavior of materials, which are rigorous yet easily evaluated from experimentally available data for the thermal expansion coefficient and the phonon density of states. These experimentally-derived quantities are valuable to benchmark first-principles theoretical predictions of harmonic and non-harmonic thermal behaviors using perturbation theory, ab initio molecular-dynamics, or Monte-Carlo simulations. We illustrate this analysis by computing the harmonic, dilational, and anharmonic contributions to the entropy, internal energy, and free energy of elemental aluminum and the ordered compound \\text{FeSi} over a wide range of temperature. Results agree well with previous data in the literature and provide an efficient approach to estimate anharmonic effects in materials.

  4. Modeling non-harmonic behavior of materials from experimental inelastic neutron scattering and thermal expansion measurements. (United States)

    Bansal, Dipanshu; Aref, Amjad; Dargush, Gary; Delaire, Olivier


    Based on thermodynamic principles, we derive expressions quantifying the non-harmonic vibrational behavior of materials, which are rigorous yet easily evaluated from experimentally available data for the thermal expansion coefficient and the phonon density of states. These experimentally-derived quantities are valuable to benchmark first-principles theoretical predictions of harmonic and non-harmonic thermal behaviors using perturbation theory, ab initio molecular-dynamics, or Monte-Carlo simulations. We illustrate this analysis by computing the harmonic, dilational, and anharmonic contributions to the entropy, internal energy, and free energy of elemental aluminum and the ordered compound [Formula: see text] over a wide range of temperature. Results agree well with previous data in the literature and provide an efficient approach to estimate anharmonic effects in materials. PMID:27438881

  5. Characterization of the pneumatic behavior of a novel spouted bed apparatus


    Gryczka, O.; Heinrich, S; Deen, N.G.; Kuipers, J.A.M.; Mörl, L.; Werther, Joachim; Nowak, Wojciech; Wirth, Karl-Ernst; Hartge, Ernst-Ulrich


    Recently the importance of spouted bed technology has significantly increased in the context of drying processes as well as granulation, agglomeration or coating processes. Particulate systems concerning very fine or non spherical particles that are difficult to fluidize, often cannot be treated in conventional fluidized beds. In contrast to those fluidized beds, the spouted bed technology with its specific flow structure offers the opportunity of stable fluidization under controlled conditio...

  6. Modeling of Sediment Bed Behavior for Critical Velocity in Horizontal Piping

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    This paper compares results from a predictive tool for modeling transport of a multiphase mixture (solids in a liquid) in a pipeline, (up to and including plugging) with experiments performed to support the Hanford site's Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP). The treatment of high-level waste at the DOE Office of River Protection's WTP will involve the transfer of high solid content suspensions through pipelines. Pipeline plugging was identified as a significant potential issue by a panel of external experts. In response to their concerns an experimental effort was initiated at PNNL to determine the critical velocities for a variety of operating conditions. A computational method has been developed to predict the dynamic behavior of a sediment bed in response to the surrounding suspension flow. The flow field is modeled using a lattice kinetics method, similar to the lattice Boltzmann method, which scales very well on highly parallel computers. Turbulent quantities are calculated using a k-epsilon RANS model. This work is part of a larger effort to develop a process simulation capability for a wide range of applications. Solids are represented using two different continuum fields. The suspended solids are treated as passive scalars in the flow field, including terms for hindered settling and Brownian diffusion. Normal stresses created by the irreversible collisions of particles during shearing are added to the pressure tensor. The sediment bed interface is represented using a continuum phase field with a diffuse interface. The bed may change with time due to settling, erosion and deposition through convection. The erosion rates are calculated using the local shear stress obtained from the turbulence model. The method is compared with data from the PNNL pipeline experiments conducted at PNNL (Poloski et al. 2008). The experimental flow loop consists of 3-inch schedule 40 piping with instrumentation for determining flow rate and pressure gradient. The

  7. Computational investigation on thermal expansivity behavior of Al 6061-SiC-Gr hybrid metal matrix composites (United States)

    Mohan Krishna, S. A.; Shridhar, T. N.; Krishnamurthy, L.


    Metal matrix composites (MMCs) have been regarded as one of the most principal classifications in composite materials. The thermal characterization of hybrid MMCs has been increasingly important in a wide range of applications. The coefficient of thermal expansion is one of the most important properties of MMCs. Since nearly all MMCs are used in various temperature ranges, measurement of coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) as a function of temperature is necessary in order to know the behavior of the material. In this research paper, the evaluation of thermal expansivity has been accomplished for Al 6061, silicon carbide (SiC) and Graphite (Gr) hybrid MMCs from room temperature to 300°C. Aluminum (Al)-based composites reinforced with SiC and Gr particles have been prepared by stir casting technique. The thermal expansivity behavior of hybrid composites with different percentage compositions of reinforcements has been investigated. The results have indicated that the thermal expansivity of the different compositions of hybrid MMCs decreases by the addition of Gr with SiC and Al 6061. Few empirical models have been validated for the evaluation of thermal expansivity of composites. Using the experimental values namely modulus of elasticity, Poisson's ratio and thermal expansivity, computational investigation has been carried out to evaluate the thermal parameters namely thermal displacement, thermal strain and thermal stress.

  8. Thermal Expansion Behavior of La1-xSrxMn1-yCoyO3-δ Perovskites

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    The thermal expansion behavior of La1-xSrxMn1-yCoyO3-δ (x=0.2~0.4, y=0.1~0.3) perovskites in air has been investigated. The average linear thermal expansion coefficients increased with increasing Sr content up to 40 mole fraction or Co content up to 30 mole fraction. The expansion is generally attributed to an increase in the average cation radius as some of the cations in the perovskite are reduced in valence when oxygen ions are removed from the structure.

  9. CFD-DEM study of effect of bed thickness for bubbling fluidized beds

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    Tingwen Li; Pradeep Gopalakrishnana; Rahul Garg; Mehrdad Shahnam


    The effect of bed thickness in rectangular fluidized beds is investigated through the CFD-DEM simulations of small-scale systems.Numerical results are compared for bubbling fluidized beds of various bed thicknesses with respect to particle packing,bed expansion,bubble behavior,solids velocities,and particle kinetic energy.Good two-dimensional (2D) flow behavior is observed in the bed having a thickness of up to 20 particle diameters.However,a strong three-dimensional (3D) flow behavior is observed in beds with a thickness of 40 particle diameters,indicating the transition from 2D flow to 3D flow within the range of 20-40 particle diameters.Comparison of velocity profiles near the walls and at the center of the bed shows significant impact of the front and back walls on the flow hydrodynamics of pseudo-2D fluidized beds.Hence,for quantitative comparison with experiments in pseudo-2D columns,the effect of wails has to be accounted for in numerical simulations.

  10. CFD-DEM study of effect of bed thickness for bubbling fluidized beds

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    Tingwen, Li; Gopalakrishnan, Pradeep; Garg, Rahul; Shahnam, Mehrdad


    The effect of bed thickness in rectangular fluidized beds is investigated through the CFD–DEM simulations of small-scale systems. Numerical results are compared for bubbling fluidized beds of various bed thicknesses with respect to particle packing, bed expansion, bubble behavior, solids velocities, and particle kinetic energy. Good two-dimensional (2D) flow behavior is observed in the bed having a thickness of up to 20 particle diameters. However, a strong three-dimensional (3D) flow behavior is observed in beds with a thickness of 40 particle diameters, indicating the transition from 2D flow to 3D flow within the range of 20–40 particle diameters. Comparison of velocity profiles near the walls and at the center of the bed shows significant impact of the front and back walls on the flow hydrodynamics of pseudo-2D fluidized beds. Hence, for quantitative comparison with experiments in pseudo-2D columns, the effect of walls has to be accounted for in numerical simulations.

  11. Experimental and computational studies on flow behavior of gas-solid fluidized bed with disparately sized binary particles

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    Jinsen Gao; Jian Chang; Chunxi Lu; Chunming Xu


    This paper presents experimental and computational studies on the flow behavior of a gas-solid fluidized bed with disparately sized binary particle mixtures. The mixing/segregation behavior and segregation efficiency of the small and large particles are investigated experimentally.Particle composition and operating conditions that influence the fluidization behavior of mixing/segregation are examined. Based on the granular kinetics theory, a multi-fluid CFD model has been developed and verified against the experimental results. The simulation results are in reasonable agreement with experimental data. The results showed that the smaller particles are found near the bed surface while the larger particles tend to settle down to the bed bottom in turbulent fluidized bed. However, complete segregation of the binary particles does not occur in the gas velocity range of 0.695--0.904 m/s. Segregation efficiency increases with increasing gas velocity and mean residence time of the binary particles, but decreases with increasing the small particle concentration. The calculated results also show that the small particles move downward in the wall region and upward in the core. Due to the effect of large particles on the movement of small particles, the small particles present a more turbulent velocity profile in the dense phase than that in the dilute phase.

  12. Behavioral, Brain Imaging and Genomic Measures to Predict Functional Outcomes Post - Bed Rest and Spaceflight (United States)

    Mulavara, A. P.; DeDios, Y. E.; Gadd, N. E.; Caldwell, E. E.; Batson, C. D.; Goel, R.; Seidler, R. D.; Oddsson, L.; Zanello, S.; Clarke, T.; Peters, B.; Cohen, H. S.; Reschke, M.; Wood, S.; Bloomberg, J. J.


    Astronauts experience sensorimotor disturbances during their initial exposure to microgravity and during the re-adaptation phase following a return to an Earth-gravitational environment. These alterations may disrupt crewmembers' ability to perform mission critical functional tasks requiring ambulation, manual control and gaze stability. Interestingly, astronauts who return from spaceflight show substantial differences in their abilities to readapt to a gravitational environment. The ability to predict the manner and degree to which individual astronauts would be affected would improve the effectiveness of countermeasure training programs designed to enhance sensorimotor adaptability. For such an approach to succeed, we must develop predictive measures of sensorimotor adaptability that will allow us to foresee, before actual spaceflight, which crewmembers are likely to experience the greatest challenges to their adaptive capacities. The goals of this project are to identify and characterize this set of predictive measures. Our approach includes: 1) behavioral tests to assess sensory bias and adaptability quantified using both strategic and plastic-adaptive responses; 2) imaging to determine individual brain morphological and functional features, using structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), diffusion tensor imaging, resting state functional connectivity MRI, and sensorimotor adaptation task-related functional brain activation; and 3) assessment of genotypic markers of genetic polymorphisms in the catechol-O-methyl transferase, dopamine receptor D2, and brain-derived neurotrophic factor genes and genetic polymorphisms of alpha2-adrenergic receptors that play a role in the neural pathways underlying sensorimotor adaptation. We anticipate that these predictive measures will be significantly correlated with individual differences in sensorimotor adaptability after long-duration spaceflight and exposure to an analog bed rest environment. We will be conducting a

  13. Mechanical properties and corrosion behavior of materials exposed to an experimental, atmospheric fluidized-bed combustor

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    A joint materials test program developed by the Institute for Mining and Minerals Research (IMMR) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) involved the postexposure mechanical properties and corrosion behavior of candidate structural materials in an experimental, atmospheric fluidized-bed combustor (AFBC). This combustor was operated by Accurex Corporation at Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, under the direction of TVA. The materials studied were Type 304, Type 310, and INCOLOY alloy 800 in the form of disc coupons with and without crevice configurations. Type 304 was also used for mechanical property measurements. The alloys were exposed to the combustor environment at about8400C for approximately 330 hours. The ranking in terms of decreasing weight loss was: (1) Type 304, (2) Type 310, and (3) INCOLOY alloy 800. The presence of tight crevices did not enhance the corrosion rate. In addition, the corrosion rates, based on the weight loss (typically 1 to 6 mpy), indicated that the alloys performed reasonably well when considering materials wastage. However, optical microscopy observations showed intergranular corrosion penetration in INCOLOY alloy 800 and Type 304. The mechanical properties of Type 304 were inferior to the unexposed alloy. A comparison of the data obtained from the combustor-exposed 304ss tensile samples with data from control samples exposed in vacuum to a similar thermal history indicated that the chemistry of the AFBC environment did not play a major role in the observed degradation of the mechanical properties

  14. Behavioral Responses of the Bed Bug to Permethrin-Impregnated ActiveGuard™ Fabric

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    Full Text Available ActiveGuard™ Mattress Liners have been used to control house dust mites, and they also are commercially available as an integrated pest management tool for use against bed bugs (Cimex lectularius. The aim of our study was to evaluate responses of numerous populations of the bed bug to the permethrin-impregnated fabric, with particular regard to contact toxicity, repellency, and feeding inhibition. Continuous exposure to ActiveGuard fabric resulted in rapid intoxication for three of four populations, with 87 to 100% of moderately pyrethroid-resistant and susceptible bed bugs succumbing by 1 d. In comparison, a highly resistant population reached 22% mortality at 10 d. Video data revealed that bed bugs readily traversed ActiveGuard fabric and spent a considerable amount of time moving about and resting on it during a 12-h period. ActiveGuard fabric was non-repellent to bed bugs from five tested populations. Furthermore, significantly fewer bed bugs successfully fed to repletion through ActiveGuard fabric than through blank fabric for the five populations. With just 30 min of feeding exposure, mortality ranged from 4% to 83%, depending upon the bed bug strain. These laboratory studies indicate that ActiveGuard liners adversely affected bed bugs from diverse populations.

  15. Characterization of the pneumatic behavior of a novel spouted bed apparatus with two adjustable gas inlets

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    Gryczka, O.; Heinrich, S.; Miteva, V.; Deen, N.G.; Kuipers, J.A.M.; Jacob, M.; Mörl, L.


    Recently the importance of spouted bed technology has significantly increased in the context of drying processes as well as granulation, agglomeration or coating processes. Within this work the fluid dynamics of a novel spouted bed plant with two adjustable gas inlets is investigated. By analysis of

  16. Numerical models for the analysis of thermal behavior and coolability of a particulate debris bed in reactor lower head

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    Ahn, Kwang Il; Kim, Sang Baik; Kim, Byung Seok [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejeon (Korea)


    This report provides three distinctive, but closely related numerical models developed for the analysis of thermal behavior and coolability of a particulate debris bed that is may be formed inside the reactor lower head during severe accident late phases. The first numerical module presented in the report, MELTPRO-DRY, is used to analyze numerically heat-up and melting process of the dry particle bed, downward- and sideward-relocation of the liquid melt under gravity force and capillary force acting among porous particles, and solidification of the liquid melt relocated into colder region. The second module, MELTPROG-WET, is used to simulate numerically the cooling process of the particulate debris bed under the existence of water, which is subjected to two types of numerical models. The first type of WET module utilizes distinctive models that parametrically simulate the water cooling process, that is, quenching region, dryout region, and transition region. The choice of each parametric model depends on temperature gradient between the cooling water and the debris particles. The second type of WET module utilizes two-phase flow model that mechanically simulates the cooling process of the debris bed. For a consistent simulation from the water cooling to the dryout debris bed, on the other hand, the aforementioned two modules, MELTPROG-DRY and MELTPROG-WET, were integrated into a single computer program DBCOOL. Each of computational models was verified through limited applications to a heat-generating particulate bed contained in the rectangular cavity. 22 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs. (Author)

  17. Thermal Expansion Behavior of Hexagonal ZnS Single-Crystal Nanowires Embedded in Anodized Aluminum Oxide Template

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    The thermal expansion behavior of semiconductor single-crystal nanowire arrays is of importance for their applications in electronic and optoelectronic nanodevices. We prepare hexagonal ZnS single-crystal nanowire arrays growing along the [110] direction via electrodeposition. The thermal expansion properties of the as-prepared ZnS nanowires have been studied by in situ x-ray diffraction method. The thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) of the ZnS nanowires decreases consistently from room temperature to 225° C where it reaches a minimum value, and then increases rapidly. The average TEC in the studied temperature range is 4.74 × 10−6/°C, which is smaller than that of the conventional bulk counterpart

  18. Design report on SCDAP/RELAP5 model improvements - debris bed and molten pool behavior

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    The SCDAP/RELAP5/MOD3 computer code is designed to describe the overall reactor coolant system thermal-hydraulic response, core damage progression, and in combination with VICTORIA, fission product release and transport during severe accidents. Improvements for existing debris bed and molten pool models in the SCDAP/RELAP5/MOD3.1 code are described in this report. Model improvements to address (a) debris bed formation, heating, and melting; (b) molten pool formation and growth; and (c) molten pool crust failure are discussed. Relevant data, existing models, proposed modeling changes, and the anticipated impact of the changes are discussed. Recommendations for the assessment of improved models are provided

  19. Behavior of Alkali Metals and Ash in a Low-Temperature Circulating Fluidized Bed (LTCFB) Gasifier

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    Narayan, Vikas; Jensen, Peter Arendt; Henriksen, Ulrik Birk;


    W and a 6 MW LTCFBgasifier. Of the total fuel ash entering the system, the largest fraction (40−50%) was retained in the secondary cyclone bottoms,while a lower amount (8−10%) was released as dust in the exit gas. Most of the alkali and alkaline earth metals were retained inthe solid ash, along with Si......, the low reactor temperature ensures that high-alkali biomass fuels canbe used without risk of bed defluidization. This paper presents the first investigation of the fate of alkali metals and ash in lowtemperaturegasifiers. Measurements on bed material and product gas dust samples were made on a 100 k...

  20. Design report on SCDAP/RELAP5 model improvements - debris bed and molten pool behavior

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    Allison, C.M.; Rempe, J.L.; Chavez, S.A.


    the SCDAP/RELAP5/MOD3 computer code is designed to describe the overall reactor coolant system thermal-hydraulic response, core damage progression, and in combination with VICTORIA, fission product release and transport during severe accidents. Improvements for existing debris bed and molten pool models in the SCDAP/RELAP5/MOD3.1 code are described in this report. Model improvements to address (a) debris bed formation, heating, and melting; (b) molten pool formation and growth; and (c) molten pool crust failure are discussed. Relevant data, existing models, proposed modeling changes, and the anticipated impact of the changes are discussed. Recommendations for the assessment of improved models are provided.

  1. Characterization of the pneumatic behavior of a novel spouted bed apparatus

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    Gryczka, O.; Heinrich, S.; Deen, N.G.; Kuipers, J.A.M.; Mörl, L.; Werther, Joachim; Nowak, Wojciech; Wirth, Karl-Ernst; Hartge, Ernst-Ulrich


    Recently the importance of spouted bed technology has significantly increased in the context of drying processes as well as granulation, agglomeration or coating processes. Particulate systems concerning very fine or non spherical particles that are difficult to fluidize, often cannot be treated in

  2. Setting events in applied behavior analysis: Toward a conceptual and methodological expansion


    Wahler, Robert G.; Fox, James J.


    The contributions of applied behavior analysis as a natural science approach to the study of human behavior are acknowledged. However, it is also argued that applied behavior analysis has provided limited access to the full range of environmental events that influence socially significant behavior. Recent changes in applied behavior analysis to include analysis of side effects and social validation represent ways in which the traditional applied behavior analysis conceptual and methodological...

  3. Experimental studies on pulp and paper mill sludge ash behavior in fluidized bed combustors

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    Latva-Somppi, J. [VTT Chemical Technology, Espoo (Finland). Process Technology


    Ash formation during the fluidized bed combustion (FBC) of pulp and paper mill sludges has been experimentally studied on an industrial and bench scale. The methods included aerosol measurements, chemical and crystalline composition analyses, thermogravimetry and electron microscopy. Fly ash mass and number size distributions and elemental enrichment in submicron particles and bottom ash were measured. Fly ash, bottom ash and ash deposits were characterized and their formation mechanisms are discussed. During combustion the fine paper-making additives in sludge, clay minerals and calcite, sintered fanning porous agglomerates. The fly ash mass mean size was 7.5 - 15 lam and the supermicron particles included 93.6 - 97.3 % of the fly ash. Condensation of the volatilized inorganic species formed spherical submicron particles in the fly ash. Their mass concentration was almost negligible when co-firing paper mill sludges and wood. This suggests that the fraction of the volatilized inorganic species in the paper mill sludges was low. Results from pulp mill sludge and bark co-firing were different. A clear mass mode below 0.3 pm, presenting 2.2 - 5.0 weight-% of the fly ash was detected. The condensed species included K, Na, S and Cl. Their mass fraction was higher in the pulp mill sludge than in the paper mill sludge. Evidently this resulted in increased volatilization and formation of condensed particles. The following trace elements were enriched in the submicron ash during pulp mill sludge and wood co-firing: As, Cd, Rb and Pb. The main part of the volatile species was, however, captured in the bulk ash. Presumably, this was due to the high surface area concentration in the bulk ash. Sludge moisture was observed to reduce the inorganic species volatilization. Probably steam vaporization from the wet sludge through the burning layer decreased combustion temperatures on char surface and less char was produced. Hence, the volatilization of ash forming species was

  4. Effect of wall structure on pebble stagnation behavior in pebble bed reactor

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    Highlights: • DEM study of wall structure role in preventing near wall crystallization is carried out. • Suggestions on pebble’s kinematic parameters and wall structure design are provided. • Triangle is better than arc and sawtooth shapes for wall structure design. • Wall structure size should be close to the scale of pebble diameter. • Suitable intervals can prevent crystallization without significantly increasing the flow resistance. - Abstract: Crystallization of pebbles in pebble bed is a crucial problem in high temperature gas-cooled pebble-bed reactors. This phenomenon usually happens along the internal surface and leads to a large number of stagnated pebbles, which poses a threat to reactor safety. In real reactor engineering, wall structures have been utilized to avoid this problem. This article verifies the crystallization phenomenon through DEM (discrete element method) simulation, and explains how wall structures work in preventing crystallization. Moreover, several kinematic parameters have been adopted to evaluate wall structures with different shapes, sizes and intervals. Detailed information shows the impact of wall structure on flow field in pebble bed. Lastly, the preferred characteristics of an effective wall structure are suggested for reactor engineering

  5. Phase-Transformation-Induced Extra Thermal Expansion Behavior of (SrxBa1-x)TiO3/Cu Composite. (United States)

    Sheng, Jie; Wang, Lidong; Li, Shouwei; Yin, Benke; Liu, Xiangli; Fei, Wei-Dong


    The properties of metal matrix composites (MMCs) can be optimized effectively through adjusting the type or the volume fraction of reinforcement. Generally, the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of MMCs can be reduced by increasing the volume fraction of the reinforcement with lower CTE than metal matrix. However, it is great challenge to fabricate low CTE MMCs with low reinforcement volume fraction because of the limitation of reinforcement CTEs. SrxBa1-xTiO3 (SBT) powder presents negative thermal expansion behavior during the phase transformation from tetragonal to cubic phase. Here, we demonstrate that the phase transformation of SBT can be utilized to reduce and design the thermal expansion properties of SBT particle-reinforced Cu (SBT/Cu) composite, and ultralow CTE can be obtained in SBT/Cu composite. The X-ray diffraction analysis on heating indicates that the temperature range of phase transformation is extended greatly, therefore, the low CTE can be achieved within wide temperature range. Landau-Devonshire theory study on the phase transformation behaviors of SBT particles in the composite indicates that thermal mismatch stress significantly affects the Curie temperature of SBT particles and the CTE of the composite. The results given in the present study provide a new approach to design the MMCs with low CTE. PMID:27255420

  6. Physiological and behavioral responses of poultry exposed to gas-filled high expansion foam

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    Mckeegan, D.E.F.; Reimert, H.G.M.; Hindle, V.A.; Boulcott, P.; Sparrey, J.M.; Wathes, C.M.; Demmers, T.G.M.; Gerritzen, M.A.


    Disease control measures require poultry to be killed on farms to minimize the risk of disease being transmitted to other poultry and, in some cases, to protect public health. We assessed the welfare implications for poultry of the use of high-expansion gas-filled foam as a potentially humane, emerg

  7. Studies on ash behavior during co-combustion of paper sludge in fluidized bed boilers


    Coda, Beatrice


    The present work analysis the ash behaviour and the environmental impact with respect to the toxic trace metals (e.g. Cu, Pb, Zn, Cd, Mn, Cr, Ni) upon co-combustion of paper sludge, a waste deriving from the treatment of recovered paper, with coal and coal/biomass blends in fluidised bed combustors designed for energy production or steam generation. The study, conducted in the framework of a European research project aiming at widening the spectrum of fuels utilised by coal-fired and coal...

  8. Experimental evidence of statistical ensemble behavior in bed load sediment transport (United States)

    Fathel, Siobhan L.; Furbish, David Jon; Schmeeckle, Mark W.


    A high-resolution data set obtained from high-speed imaging of coarse sand particles transported as bed load allows us to confidently describe the forms and qualities of the ensemble distributions of particle velocities, accelerations, hop distances, and traveltimes. Autocorrelation functions of frame-averaged values (and the decay of these functions) support the idea that the forms of these distributions become time invariant within the 5 s imaging interval. Distributions of streamwise and cross-stream particle velocities are exponential, consistent with previous experiments and theory. Importantly, streamwise particle velocities possess a "light" tail, where the largest velocities are limited by near-bed fluid velocities. Distributions of streamwise and cross-stream particle accelerations are Laplace in form and are centered on zero, consistent with equilibrium transport conditions. The majority of particle hops, measured start to stop, involve short displacements, and streamwise hop distances possess a Weibull distribution. In contrast to previous work, the distribution of traveltimes is exponential, consistent with a fixed temporal disentrainment rate. The Weibull distribution of hop distances is consistent with a decreasing spatial disentrainment rate and is related to the exponential distribution of traveltimes. By taking into account the effects of experimental censorship associated with a finite sampling window, the relationship between streamwise hop distances and traveltimes, Lx˜Tpα, likely involves an exponent of α ˜ 2. These experimental results—an exponential distribution of traveltimes Tp and a Weibull distribution of hop distances Lx with shape parameter k 1.

  9. Determinants of Bed Net Use in Southeast Nigeria following Mass Distribution of LLINs: Implications for Social Behavior Change Interventions.

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    Cheryl L Russell

    Full Text Available Millions of long-lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINs have been distributed as part of the global malaria control strategy. LLIN ownership, however, does not necessarily guarantee use. Thus, even in the ideal setting in which universal coverage with LLINs has been achieved, maximal malaria protection will only be achieved if LLINs are used both correctly and consistently. This study investigated the factors associated with net use, independent of net ownership. Data were collected during a household survey conducted in Ebonyi State in southeastern Nigeria in November 2011 following a statewide mass LLIN distribution campaign and, in select locations, a community-based social behavior change (SBC intervention. Logistic regression analyses, controlling for household bed net ownership, were conducted to examine the association between individual net use and various demographic, environmental, behavioral and social factors. The odds of net use increased among individuals who were exposed to tailored SBC in the context of a home visit (OR = 17.11; 95% CI 4.45-65.79 or who received greater degrees of social support from friends and family (ptrend < 0.001. Factors associated with decreased odds of net use included: increasing education level (ptrend = 0.020, increasing malaria knowledge level (ptrend = 0.022, and reporting any disadvantage of bed nets (OR = 0.39; 95% CI 0.23-0.78. The findings suggest that LLIN use is significantly influenced by social support and exposure to a malaria-related SBC home visit. The malaria community should thus further consider the importance of community outreach, interpersonal communication and social support on adoption of net use behaviors when designing future research and interventions.

  10. Influence of phosphorus on oxidation behavior of low thermal expansion superalloy IN909 at 650 ℃

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    SUN Ya-ru; SUN Wen-ru; HOU Gui-chen; GUO Shou-ren; LIU Zheng; HU Zhuang-qi; N. K. PARK


    The effect of phosphorus on the oxidation resistance of low thermal expansion alloy IN909 was studied. The composition and structure of the oxidation layer were analyzed. It is found that the oxidation initiates at the grain boundaries. During the oxidation, Fe atoms diffuse toward the surface and form the outside oxidation layer as the oxide of iron. The transition oxidation layer lies between the oxidation layer and the matrix which is enriched with Nb, Ti and Si, forming FeTiO5, Nb2O5, Fe2SiO4 and TiO2. Phosphorus hardly influences the thermal expansion coefficient of IN909 alloy. However, it increases the formation of ε phase at the boundary of the transition oxidation layer and matrix. As a result, the oxidation rate is decreased efficiently because the ε phase inhibits the diffusion of the element such as iron from the matrix to the oxidation layer.

  11. Exploring the Conceptual Expansion within the Field of Organizational Behavior: Organizational Climate and Organizational Culture


    Verbeke, Willem; Volgering, Marco; Hessels, Marco


    Developments within social and exact sciences take place because scientists engage in scientificpractices that allow them to further expand and refine the scientific concepts within theirscientific disciplines. There is disagreement among scientists as to what the essential practicesare that allow scientific concepts within a scientific discipline to expand and evolve. One grouplooks at conceptual expansion as something that is being constrained by rational practices. Anothergroup however sug...

  12. Dynamic behavior of a direct expansion evaporator under frosting condition. Part II. Field investigation on a shipping container

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    Tso, C.P. [Multimedia University, Melaka (Malaysia). Faculty of Engineering and Technology; Cheng, Y.C.; Lai, A.C.K. [Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 634798 (Singapore). School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


    A field investigation is performed on the frost formation at an evaporator of a commercial full-scale refrigerated container that uses R-12 as the working refrigerant. Results when compared with those from a numerical model presented earlier show that the model is capable of predicting the dynamic behavior of a direct expansion evaporator under both non-frosting and frosting conditions. The air outlet and energy transferred compare well between experiment and model, and within 20% for the air pressure drop. The frost occurrence and propagation agree well generally, with the frost formation first occurring at the first row where the refrigerant enters the evaporator. (author)

  13. Application of Mythen Detector In-situ XRD Study on The Thermal Expansion Behavior of Metal Indium


    DU, RONG; Chen, Zhongjun; Cai, Quan; Fu, Jianlong; Gong, Yu; Wu, Zhonghua


    A Mythen detector has been equipped at the beamline 4B9A of Beijing Synchrotron Radiation Facility, which can be used for in-situ real-time measurement of X-ray diffraction (XRD) full profiles. In this paper, the thermal expansion behavior of metal indium has been studied by using the in-situ XRD technique with the Mythen detector. The indium film was heated from 30 to 160 {\\deg}C with a heating rate of 2 {\\deg}C/min. The in-situ XRD full-profiles were collected with a rate of one profile per...

  14. Activation product behavior on borated mixed-bed ion exchange resin

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    The Loss-of-Fluid Test (LOFT) Facility uses two separate mixed-bed ion exchange systems to decontaminate solutions. The radioactive solutions to be decontaminated are demineralized water containing boric acid (500 to 3500 ppM B) and lithium hydroxide (approx. 1 ppM Li). Many activation products are formed during nuclear operation. This paper describes the capability of the mixed cation-anion (Li-OH) type resin to remove these activation products from solution. Problems in measuring decontamination factors (DF) are discussed. The tendency of certain isotopes to give early indication of resin exhaustion is shown. Typical DF (ratio of before-ion-exchange concentration to after-ion-exchange concentration) have been determined for 22 different isotopes in the LOFT purification systems

  15. Behavior of fluorine and chlorine in Spanish coal fired power plants with pulverized coal boilers and fluidized bed boiler. (United States)

    López-Vilariño, J M; Fernández-Martínez, G; Turnes-Carou, I; Muinategui-Lorenzo, S; López-Mahía, P; Prada-Rodríguez, D


    Behavior and contents of fluorine and chlorine in coal feedstock, combustion wastes (slag and fly ash) and emissions were studied in five conventional coal fired power plants and in a fluidized bed coal power plant. The halide levels found in the used coal were quite low. Mass balances and emission factors were calculated. The volatility of these elements makes the gaseous emission the main target between the residues. The influence of combustion parameters is not clearly established. Several analytical techniques (ion selective electrodes, capillary electrophoresis and ion chromatography) are employed to determinate the halide concentration in the different samples taken in the power plants studied (coal, slag, fly ash and flue gases). PMID:12868523

  16. Liquid fluidization of particles in packed beds

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    Glasserman, P. (Dept. de Industrias, Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina)); Videla, D. (Dept. de Industrias, Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina)); Boehm, U. (Dept. de Industrias, Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina))


    The expansion behavior of solid particles fluidized by liquid within fixed packings was studied by the conductimetric method. The electrodes conforming the conductivity cell were embedded in the container walls with their center at half the height of the fluidized bed. The axial solids distribution was also measured by this technique by placing ten conductivity cells along the column. The study is limited to intermediate and turbulent flow regimes, due to the density and size of the particles used. Depending on the geometry of the packed bed, the operating range in terms of superficial velocity and the homogeneity of the fluidized bed differ from those obtained for fluidization in an empty column. Taking into account geometric aspects of the systems, a method of estimating the fluidization parameters is derived. (orig.)

  17. Expansions of τ hadronic spectral function moments in a nonpower QCD perturbation theory with tamed large order behavior (United States)

    Abbas, Gauhar; Ananthanarayan, B.; Caprini, Irinel; Fischer, Jan


    The moments of the hadronic spectral functions are of interest for the extraction of the strong coupling αs and other QCD parameters from the hadronic decays of the τ lepton. Motivated by the recent analyses of a large class of moments in the standard fixed-order and contour-improved perturbation theories, we consider the perturbative behavior of these moments in the framework of a QCD nonpower perturbation theory, defined by the technique of series acceleration by conformal mappings, which simultaneously implements renormalization-group summation and has a tame large-order behavior. Two recently proposed models of the Adler function are employed to generate the higher-order coefficients of the perturbation series and to predict the exact values of the moments, required for testing the properties of the perturbative expansions. We show that the contour-improved nonpower perturbation theories and the renormalization-group-summed nonpower perturbation theories have very good convergence properties for a large class of moments of the so-called “reference model,” including moments that are poorly described by the standard expansions. The results provide additional support for the plausibility of the description of the Adler function in terms of a small number of dominant renormalons.

  18. Application of Mythen detector: In-situ XRD study on the thermal expansion behavior of metal indium (United States)

    Du, Rong; Chen, ZhongJun; Cai, Quan; Fu, JianLong; Gong, Yu; Wu, ZhongHua


    A Mythen detector has been equipped at the beamline 4B9A of Beijing Synchrotron Radiation Facility (BSRF), which is expected to enable BSRF to perform time-resolved measurement of X-ray diffraction (XRD) full-profiles. In this paper, the thermal expansion behavior of metal indium has been studied by using the in-situ XRD technique with the Mythen detector. The indium was heated from 303 to 433 K with a heating rate of 2 K/min. The in-situ XRD full-profiles were collected with a rate of one profile per 10 seconds. Rietveld refinement was used to extract the structural parameters. The results demonstrate that these collected quasi-real-time XRD profiles can be well used for structural analysis. The metal indium was found to have a nonlinear thermal expansion behavior from room temperature to the melting point (429.65 K). The a-axis of the tetragonal unit cell expands with a biquadratic dependency on temperature, while the c-axis contracts with a cubic dependency on temperature. By the time-resolved XRD measurements, it was observed that the [200] preferred orientation can maintain to about 403.15 K. While (110) is the last and detectable crystal plane just before melting of the polycrystalline indium foil. This study is not only beneficial to the application of metal indium, but also exhibits the capacity of in-situ time-resolved XRD measurements at the X-ray diffraction station of BSRF.

  19. Cold flow behavior study in novel cyclonic fluidized bed combustor (ψ-FBC)

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    Remarkable cyclonic and fluidized combustion regimes have prompted the integration of these two distinct combustion processes into a unique combustor. The possibility of combining these two air-solid phase flow hydrodynamics was investigated by performing experiments with a non-reactive combustor model, named a cyclonic fluidized bed combustor (ψ-FBC). Air-rice husk flow visualization within a ψ-FBC clearly indicated vortex flow when air and rice husk descended along the model wall, while the air-rice husk movement within the entire space underneath the upper vortex ring was characterized by fluidization. The vortex rings and an intensive air curtain generated by the swirling flow of primary air with a high swirl number were the key parameters to promote fluidization, form a solid suspension layer and prevent solids from escaping from the cold ψ-FBC model. The visual observations of swirling and recirculation solid flows agreed well with the results of parallel experiments with non-reacting air flow patterns

  20. Reactivation of spent limestone for sulphur capture in fluidized bed combustion : hydration and sulphation behavior

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    Wang, J.; Wu, Y.; Anthony, E.J. [Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, ON (Canada). CANMET Energy Technology Centre


    From an economic and environmental perspective, there is a need to reuse partially sulphated limestone sorbent to control sulphur dioxide (SO{sub 2}) emissions. Currently, limestone is not used efficiently for in-situ capture in fluidized bed combustors (FBC) because of incomplete sulphation of CaO. Spent limestone can be reactivated by hydrating the FBC ash. This allows the ash to take up SO{sub 2} as SO{sub 2} sorbent. In this study, ashes from a large FBC were hydrated. Sulphation tests were then conducted on the hydrated ashes with particular attention to their kinetic behaviour. Temperature, particle size and hydration time were the factors that affected the rate and efficiency of the reactivation process. A comparative evaluation between the behaviour of hydration with liquid water and steam was conducted along with a comparison of the behaviour of sulphation following hydration. The effect of hydration on the sulphation rate was analyzed in terms of changes to the solid particle's microstructure. The results of this study were compared with those reported in literature and with other studies on enhanced hydration through grinding and sonication.

  1. Creep behavior of bedded salt from southeastern New Mexico at elevated temperature

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    Results of a series of triaxial creep experiments conducted on bedded salt specimens from ERDA Hole 9 in southeastern New Mexico are presented. The purpose of the experiments was to measure creep response of salt at temperatures of 24, 70, and 1000C under confinement pressures of 0, 1500, 2000, 2500, and 3000 psi and differential axial stress levles of 1500, 3000, 4500, and 6000 psi. Test durations ranged from 15 minutes to over 500 hours. The specimens, obtained by recording 4-in.-dia cores in the axial direction, were nominally two inches in diameter and four inches in length. The crystal size ranged from very small to one-half inch diameter; the specimens contained various amounts of clay impurities. A total of 19 specimens were prepared of which 14 were tested. The collected data included axial and lateral strain, axial and confinement stresses, time and temperature. Periodically, axial stress was adjusted to account for specimen strain in order to maintain a constant differential stress. Frequency of the stress correction was dependent on the rate of deformation; two or more corrections in a 24-hour period were typical. Data were automatically recorded with a printer, manually recoded from the print-out to punched cards and reduced by means of a computer. A preponderance of the data was collected in the transient creep regime. In some tests specimen rupture occurred, while in others an accelerating creep rate brought the specimen in contact with the pressure vessel wall. Aslo, a considerable amount of data was collected during stress application to creep stress level

  2. COSTEAM expansion and improvements: design of a coal-fired atmospheric fluidized bed submodel, an oil-fired submodel and input/output improvements

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    Reierson, James D.; Rosenberg, Joseph I.; Murphy, Mary B.; Lethi, Minh- Triet


    COSTEAM is an interactive computer model designed to estimate the cost of industrial steam produced by various steam plant technologies. At the end of Phase I development, the COSTEAM model included only one submodel to calculate the capital and operating costs of a conventional coal-fired boiler plant with environmental control systems. This report describes the results of Phase II development. Two new submodels are added which calculate costs for steam produced by coal-fired atmospheric fluidized bed boilers and by oil-fired boilers. COSTEAM input/output capabilities are also improved.

  3. Solid Fuel Blend Pyrolysis-Combustion Behavior and Fluidized Bed Hydrodynamics


    Agarwal, Gaurav


    As a carbon neutral and renewable source of energy, biomass carries a high potential to help sustain the future energy demand. The co-firing of coal and biomass mixtures is an alternative fuel route for the existing coal based reactors. The main challenges associated with co-firing involves proper understanding of the co-firing behavior of blended coal-biomass fuels, and proper understanding of advanced gasification systems used for converting such blended fuels to energy. The pyrolysis a...

  4. Sulfur behavior in the Sasol-Lurgi fixed-bed dry-bottom gasification process

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    M. Pat Skhonde; R. Henry Matjie; J. Reginald Bunt; A. Christien Strydom; H. Schobert [Sasol Technology R& amp; D, Sasolburg (South Africa)


    This article reports on the findings of a study regarding the sulfur behavior across a Sasol-Lurgi gasifier. This was undertaken to understand the behavior of the various sulfur-bearing components in the coal, as they are exposed to the conditions in the gasifier. In this study, conventional characterization techniques were employed to monitor the behavior of sulfur-bearing mineral matter across the gasifier. It was observed from the study that the sulfur-bearing mineral (pyrite) in the coal structure undergoes various changes with pyrite being transformed to pyrrhotite and then to various oxides of iron with the subsequent loss of sulfur to form H{sub 2}S. A low proportion of the sulfur species including the organically associated sulfur was encapsulated by a melt that was formed by the interaction between kaolinite and fluxing minerals (pyrite, calcite, and dolomite/ankerite) present in the coal at elevated temperatures and pressure, thereby ending up in the ash. The remaining small proportions of sulfur-bearing mineral matter including pyrite and organically bound sulfur in the unburned carbon in the carbonaceous shales also report to the ash. 18 refs., 8 figs., 2 tabs.

  5. Influence of nano-material on the expansive and shrinkage soil behavior

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    Taha, Mohd Raihan, E-mail:; Taha, Omer Muhie Eldeen, E-mail: [Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Department of Civil and Structural Engineering (Malaysia)


    This paper presents an experimental study performed on four types of soils mixed with three types of nano-material of different percentages. The expansion and shrinkage tests were conducted to investigate the effect of three type of nano-materials (nano-clay, nano-alumina, and nano-copper) additive on repressing strains in compacted residual soil mixed with different ratios of bentonite (S1 = 0 % bentonite, S2 = 5 % bentonite, S3 = 10 % bentonite, and S4 = 20 % bentonite). The soil specimens were compacted under the condition of maximum dry unit weight and optimum water content (w{sub opt}) using standard compaction test. The physical and mechanical results of the treated samples were determined. The untreated soil values were used as control points for comparison purposes. It was found that with the addition of optimum percentage of nano-material, both the swell strain and shrinkage strain reduced. The results show that nano-material decreases the development of desiccation cracks on the surface of compacted samples without decrease in the hydraulic conductivity.

  6. Thermal Expansion Behavior of Precursor-Derived Amorphous Si-C-N and Si-B-C-N Ceramics

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    Thermal expansion behaviors of some precursor-derived amorphous Si-C-N and Si-B-C-N ceramics, which were shaped by plastic forming after crosslink, were studied. To complete the shrinkage and densification, after thermolysis specimens were heat treated at a temperature of 1400℃ for 10 h in nitrogen atmosphere. The thermal expansion coefficient of VT50-derived amorphous Si-C-N ceramic increases from 1.98×10-6/K at 400℃ to 3.09×10-6/K at 1000℃, of NCP200-derived amorphous Si-C-N ceramic increases from 2.35× 10-6/K at 400℃ to 3.45×10-6/K at1000℃, and of T2-1-derived amorphous Si-B-C-N ceramic increases from 2.08×10-6/K at 400℃ to 3.18×10-6/K at 1000℃. No glass transition for these amorphous ceramic materials was detected, indicating that as-thermolyzed precursor-derived Si-(B-)C-N ceramic materials are amorphous solids, but not glasses.

  7. Lattice dynamics and thermal expansion behavior in the metal cyanides M CN (M =Cu , Ag, Au): Neutron inelastic scattering and first-principles calculations (United States)

    Gupta, M. K.; Singh, Baltej; Mittal, R.; Rols, S.; Chaplot, S. L.


    We report measurement of temperature dependence of phonon spectra in quasi-one-dimensional metal cyanides M CN (M =Cu , Ag, Au). Ab initio lattice dynamics calculations have been performed to interpret the phonon spectra as well as to understand the anomalous anisotropic thermal expansion behavior in these compounds. We bring out the differences in the phonon mode behavior to explain the differences in the thermal expansion behavior among the three compounds. The chain-sliding modes are found to contribute maximum to the negative thermal expansion along the "c " axis in the Cu and Ag compounds, while the same modes contribute to positive thermal expansion in the Au compound. Several low-energy transverse modes lead to positive thermal expansion in the a -b plane in all the compounds. The calculated Born-effective charges show that AuCN has a covalent nature of bonding, which results in least distortion as well as the least number of unstable modes among the three cyanides. This result is well correlated with the fact that the coefficient of negative thermal expansion along the c axis in AuCN is the smallest.

  8. Dynamic behavior of a direct expansion evaporator under frosting condition. Part I. Distributed model

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    Tso, C.P. [Multimedia University, Melaka (Malaysia). Faculty of Engineering and Technology; Cheng, Y.C.; Lai, A.C.K. [Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 634798 (Singapore). School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


    A general distributed model with two-phase flow for refrigerant coupled with a frost model is developed for studying the dynamic behavior of an evaporator. The equations are derived in non-steady-state manner for the refrigerant and a quasi-steady state model with permeation for the frost. The complex flow and geometry of the finned tube evaporator lead to uneven wall and air temperature distributions, which in turn affect the rate of frost growth and densification along the coil depth. Results include frost accumulation and its effect on energy transfer, air off-coil temperature, refrigerant liquid dry-out position and propagation of frost formation along the coil. (author)

  9. Stress-induced Alterations in Anxiety-like Behavior and Adaptations in Plasticity in the Bed Nucleus of the Stria Terminalis


    Conrad, Kelly L.; Louderback, Katherine M; Gessner, Caitlin P; Winder, Danny G.


    In vulnerable individuals, exposure to stressors can result in chronic disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), major depressive disorder (MDD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The extended amygdala is critically implicated in mediating acute and chronic stress responsivity and anxiety-like behaviors. The bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST), a subregion of the extended amygdala, serves as a relay of corticolimbic information to the paraventricular nucleus of the...

  10. Thermal vacancy behavior analysis through thermal expansion, lattice parameter and elastic modulus measurements of B2-type FeAl

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    Thermal vacancy behavior in B2-type FeAl was analyzed through thermal expansion, lattice parameter, and elastic modulus measurements. High-temperature X-ray diffractometry (HT-XRD) was conducted to determine the lattice parameter at elevated temperatures, and the electromagnetic acoustic resonance method was applied to investigate the temperature dependence of the elastic moduli in B2-type FeAl. Using a series of in situ high-temperature techniques such as HT-XRD and dilatometry, the thermal vacancy concentration at elevated temperatures was estimated from the divergence between the changes in the sample length and the lattice parameter with temperature, giving a vacancy formation enthalpy of ∼0.7 and 0.6 eV for Fe–40Al and Fe–43Al (at.%), respectively. The long-range order parameter was found to increase with temperature in a high-temperature range, indicating that the Fe-atom recovery process occurs in this temperature range. The in situ high-temperature measurements suggest that at elevated temperatures, thermal vacancies have no significant influence on the lattice parameter and elastic moduli of B2-type FeAl

  11. Analysis of the fluidization behavior and application of a novel spouted bed apparatus for spray granulation and coating


    Gryczka, O.; Heinrich, S; Jacob, M; Deen, N.G.; Kuipers, J.A.M.


    Spouted beds are well known for their good mixing of the solid phase and for their intensive heat and mass transfers between the fluid phase and the solid phase. Nearly isothermal conditions are enabled which is of advantage for the treatment of granular solid materials in granulation, agglomeration or coating processes. In this work the hydrodynamic behaviour of a novel spouted bed apparatus with two horizontal and slit-shaped gas inlets is investigated by high-frequency recordings of the ga...

  12. Field and concentration dependent scaling behavior of the thermal expansion near the quantum critical point of CeCu6-xAux

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    The heavy-fermion system CeCu6-xAux exhibits long-range antiferromagnetic order at x>0.1. The order can be suppressed by hydrostatic or chemical pressure, through the variation of the Au content, as well as by the application of a magnetic field. The quantum critical point at the onset of antiferromagnetism leads to non-Fermi liquid behavior visible in thermodynamic and transport properties. Among these, the thermal expansion offers a particularly sensitive probe to study the quantum critical scaling behavior due to the strong pressure dependence of the Kondo effect in heavy-fermion materials. To shed light on the difference between the two control parameters, pressure and magnetic field, we studied the scaling behavior of the thermal expansion on CeCu6-xAux single crystals with varying Au content as a function of the magnetic field in the temperature range between 40 mK and 10 K.


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    何玉荣; 陆慧林; 刘文铁; 赵云华; 王强


    The gas-solids flow behavior was predicted by means of a hydrodynamic model of dense gas-solid flow in spouted beds. Constitutive equations describing the particle interactions and friction of particles and viscosity were incorporated into a hydrodynamic simulation computer program. The effect of operating conditions(inverted cone inclination and gas spouting velocity) on particle velocity and concentration in the three zones of spouted beds: spout, annulus and fountain were numerically studied. Both vertical and horizontal particle velocities increased with increasing spouting gas velocity in the spouted region. The diameter of the spout increases with decreasing inclination. As inclination is greater than 60°, there is a neck near the jet.

  14. Hydrodynamic Behavior of Counter-Current Packed Beds in the Proximity of the Flooding Point Oscillating Inlet Velocites

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    Stavárek, Petr; Ondráček, Jakub; Jiřičný, Vladimír; Staněk, Vladimír

    Bratislava : Slovak Society of Chemical Engineering, 2005 - (Markoš, J.; Štefuca, V.), s. 133 ISBN 80-227-2224-3. [International Conference of Slovak Society of Chemical Engineering /32./. Tatranské Matliare (SK), 23.05.2005-27.05.2005] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA104/03/1558 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40720504 Keywords : packed bed * counter -current * flooding point Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering

  15. Emissions of Nitrogen Oxides and Behavior of Heavy Metals in Atmospheric Fluidized Bed Incineration of Dried Sewage Sludge

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    Pohořelý, Michael; Svoboda, Karel; Hartman, Miloslav; Vošta, J.

    Praha : Process Engineering Publisher, 2004, s. 1924. ISBN 80-86059-40-5. [International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering CHISA 2004 /16./. Praha (CZ), 22.08.2004-26.08.2004] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA4072201 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4072921 Keywords : sewage sludge * fluidized bed * incineration Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering

  16. Partitioning behavior of trace elements during pilot-scale fluidized bed combustion of high ash content lignite

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    This study describes the partitioning of 20 trace elements (As, B, Ba, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Hg, Li, Mn, Mo, Ni, P, Pb, Sb, Se, Sn, Tl, V, Zn) and eight major and minor elements (Al, Ca, Fe, K, Mg, Na, Si, Ti) during the combustion of high ash content lignite. The experiments were carried out in the 0.3 MWt Middle East Technical University (METU) atmospheric bubbling fluidized bed combustor (ABFBC) test rig with and without limestone addition. Inert bed material utilized in the experiments was bed ash obtained previously from the combustion of the same lignite without limestone addition in the same test rig. Concentrations of trace elements in coal, limestone, bottom ash, cyclone ash and filter ash were determined by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES). Partitioning of major and minor elements are influenced by the ash split between the bottom ash and fly ash and that the major proportion of most of the trace elements (As, Ba, Cr, Hg, Li, Mo, Ni, Sn, V, Zn) are recovered in fly ash. Limestone addition shifts the partitioning of Ba, Cr, Mo, Ni, Sn, V, Zn from bottom ash to fly ash

  17. Phase-Transformation-Induced Extra Thermal Expansion Behavior of (SrxBa1–x)TiO3/Cu Composite (United States)

    Sheng, Jie; Wang, Lidong; Li, Shouwei; Yin, Benke; Liu, Xiangli; Fei, Wei-Dong


    The properties of metal matrix composites (MMCs) can be optimized effectively through adjusting the type or the volume fraction of reinforcement. Generally, the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of MMCs can be reduced by increasing the volume fraction of the reinforcement with lower CTE than metal matrix. However, it is great challenge to fabricate low CTE MMCs with low reinforcement volume fraction because of the limitation of reinforcement CTEs. SrxBa1‑xTiO3 (SBT) powder presents negative thermal expansion behavior during the phase transformation from tetragonal to cubic phase. Here, we demonstrate that the phase transformation of SBT can be utilized to reduce and design the thermal expansion properties of SBT particle-reinforced Cu (SBT/Cu) composite, and ultralow CTE can be obtained in SBT/Cu composite. The X-ray diffraction analysis on heating indicates that the temperature range of phase transformation is extended greatly, therefore, the low CTE can be achieved within wide temperature range. Landau-Devonshire theory study on the phase transformation behaviors of SBT particles in the composite indicates that thermal mismatch stress significantly affects the Curie temperature of SBT particles and the CTE of the composite. The results given in the present study provide a new approach to design the MMCs with low CTE.

  18. Study on thermal expansion behavior of Dy2O3- Al2O3- SiO2 glass

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    LIU Yuzhu; GENG Zhiting; ZHUANG Weidong; HE Huaqiang


    Employing Dy2O3, Al2O3, and SiO2 as starting materials, several series of Dy2O3-Al2O3-SiO2 sealing glass were prepared. The relationship between their coefficients of thermal expansion and the contents of Dy2O3, Al2O3, and SiO2 were studied respectively. Experimental results showed that Dy2O3 and Al2O3 had a positive effect on the coefficient of thermal expansion of glass, whereas, SiO2 had a negative effect. The coefficient of thermal expansion of glass showed an apparent linear relation to the contents of these three raw materials, from which an estimation model was built, to calculate the coefficient of thermal expansion of sealing glass. Relative errors of the calculating resalts to testing results were no more than 2%, which suggested that the estimation model was reasonable. This study provides a good theory reference for the practical utilizing of this sealing material, through which a proper glass composition for good sealing could be easily found.

  19. Study on the influences of interaction behaviors between multiple combustion-gas jets on expansion characteristics of Taylor cavities (United States)

    Xue, Xiaochun; Yu, Yonggang; Zhang, Qi


    The purpose of this study is to investigate means of controlling the interior ballistic stability of a bulk-loaded propellant gun (BLPG). Experiments on the interaction of twin combustion gas jets and liquid medium in a cylindrical stepped-wall combustion chamber are conducted in detail to obtain time series processes of jet expansion, and a numerical simulation under the same working conditions is also conducted to verify the reliability of the numerical method by comparing numerical results and experimental results. From this, numerical simulations on mutual interference and expansion characteristics of multiple combustion gas jets (four, six, and eight jets) in liquid medium are carried out, and the distribution characteristic of pressure, velocity, temperature, and evolutionary processes of Taylor cavities and streamlines of jet flow field are obtained in detail. The results of numerical simulations show that when different numbers of combustion gas jets expand in liquid medium, there are two different types of vortices in the jet flow field, including corner vortices of liquid phase near the step and backflow vortices of gas phase within Taylor cavities. Because of these two types of vortices, the radial expansion characteristic of the jets is increased, while changing numbers of combustion gas jets can restrain Kelvin-Helmholtz instability to a certain degree in jet expansion processes, which can at last realize the goal of controlling the interior ballistic stability of a BLPG. The optimum method for both suppressing Kelvin-Helmholtz instability and promoting radial expansion of Taylor cavities can be determined by analyzing the change of characteristic parameters in a jet flow field.

  20. Effect of expansion/shrinkage of crystal lattice on hydrogen isotopes behavior in body-centered cubic metals

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    Effects of shrinkage/expansion of crystal lattice on the diffusivity and the solubility of hydrogen isotopes in bcc-metals were investigated. In order to obtain systematic and detailed information, an energy was decomposed into two parts: potential-energy-of-hydrogen and elastic-energy. Both of the migration barrier and the solution energy of hydrogen were increased by lattice shrinkage and were decreased by lattice expansion, basically. Change of migration barrier was mainly subject to that of elastic-energy. However, when the crystal lattice was strongly shrunk, e.g. 5% shrinkage, the migration barrier was decreased due to an abrupt decrease of potential-energy-of-hydrogen, which resulted from increasing interaction between the hydrogen atom and the second-nearest neighbor metal atoms. (author)

  1. Phonons and Colossal Thermal Expansion Behavior of Ag3Co(CN)6 and Ag3Fe(CN)6


    Mittal, R.; Zbiri, M.; Schober, H.; Achary, S. N.; Tyagi, A. K.; Chaplot, S. L.


    Recently colossal positive volume thermal expansion has been found in the framework compounds Ag3Co(CN)6 and Ag3Fe(CN)6. Phonon spectra have been measured using the inelastic neutron scattering technique as a function of temperature and pressure. The data has been analyzed using ab-initio calculations. We find that the bonding is very similar in both compounds. At ambient pressure modes in the intermediate frequency part of the vibrational spectra in the Co compound are shifted to slightly hi...

  2. Cortical circuits, learning, and behavior : Local reorganization of synaptic partners and the expansion of the motor repertoire


    Biane, Jeremy Stanford


    Appropriate patterning of synaptic circuitry is vital for proper central nervous system function, and neurons retain a significant capacity for synaptic reorganization throughout life. To better understand how synaptic alterations mediate the development and refinement of complex behavior, this dissertation investigates the neurophysiological and circuit-level changes accompanying 1) the emergence of fine motor behavior during development, and 2) motor skill learning in adulthood. We develope...

  3. Characteristic behavior of pebble-bed modular high-temperature gas-cooled reactor during loss of forced cooling accidents

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    Based on the preliminary design of the Pebble-bed Modular High-Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor(HTR-PM), two cases of loss of forced cooling accident (DLOFC and PLOFC) were studied by the help of the software THERMIX. The key parameters including reactor power, temperature distributions of the core and pressure vessel, and the decay power removal by the passive residual heat remove system(RHRS) were compared in detail. Some parameter uncertainties were analyzed in order to evaluate the safety margin of the maximal fuel temperature during LOFC. The calculated results show that, the decay heat in the LOFC accidents can be removed from the reactor core solely by means of physical processes in a passive way, so that the temperature limits of fuel and components are still obeyed, which can effectively keep the integrality of the fuel particles to avoid massive fission products release. It also illustrates that the HTR-PM can reach 250 MW reactor power per unit and still can keep the inherent safety, which will be helpful to the further detail design of the HTR-PM demonstrating power plant project. (authors)

  4. Investigation of hydrodynamic behavior of a pilot-scale trickle bed reactor packed with hydrophobic catalyst using radiotracer technique

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    Exchange of isotopes of hydrogen between aqueous phase and hydrogen gas is one of the most efficient methods for separation of hydrogen isotopes and is commonly used for production of heavy water or removal of tritium from tritiated water effluents. The isotope exchange reaction can be effectively executed in a counter-current trickle bed reactor (TBR) packed with a novel metal (Pt, Pd, Ni) based hydrophobic catalyst as the conventional novel metal based hydrophilic catalysts become ineffective after they come in contact with liquid effluents. The overall exchange reaction in the TBR mainly consists of a gas-liquid mass transfer process that transfers reactants from liquid to gaseous phase followed by an isotopic exchange reaction between the reactants in gaseous phase in presence of a solid hydrophobic catalyst. However, due to water repellent nature of the catalyst, poor liquid distribution in the reactor is normally observed that deteriorates the gas-liquid mass transfer. Therefore, it was thought that if a mixture of hydrophobic catalyst and a suitable hydrophilic mass transfer packing is used to fill the TBR column then, it can improve the distribution or mixing of the liquid and gas phase and thus improve the gas-liquid mass transfer and overall performance of the reactor and needs to be confirmed

  5. The characteristics of bed agglomeration during fluidized bed combustion of eucalyptus bark

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    The bed agglomeration behaviors were investigated experimentally when eucalyptus bark was burning tested in a laboratory scale fluidized bed reactor. The focuses of this work were the influences of operating conditions and bed materials on the bed agglomeration tendency and the elucidation in the behaviors of fuel inorganic elements and the governing mode of the agglomeration. It was found that the defluidization caused by the bed agglomeration was clearly detectable from the decrease in measured bed pressure. The growth of bed particle and accumulation of agglomerates during combustion provided the partial to complete defluidization. The defluidization was promoted by the increase of bed temperature and bed particle size, and the decrease of fluidizing air velocity. The SEM-EDS analyses revealed that the bed agglomeration was mainly attributed to the formation of potassium silicate compounds as liquid phase during the combustion. This was initiated by the chemical reaction between the bed particle and the released ash constituents. In this study, the inorganic migration from fuel particle to bed particle was likely dominated by the condensation/reaction. The thermodynamic examination by ternary phase diagram analysis corroborated that the liquid phase formation of the ash derived materials controlled the agglomeration. The alumina sand prevented the bed agglomeration since it was inactive in the formation of viscous molten substances during combustion at the observed temperatures. - Highlights: • The behaviors of bed agglomeration were studied during the fluidized bed combustion of eucalyptus bark. • The increase in bed temperature and sand size, and the decrease of air velocity promoted bed defluidization. • The formation of molten potassium silicate compounds conduced to the bed agglomeration. • Condensation/reaction was the dominant inorganic migration mechanism from fuel particle to bed particle. • The alumina sand prevented effectively the bed

  6. Learning strategy refinement reverses early sensory cortical map expansion but not behavior: Support for a theory of directed cortical substrates of learning and memory. (United States)

    Elias, Gabriel A; Bieszczad, Kasia M; Weinberger, Norman M


    Primary sensory cortical fields develop highly specific associative representational plasticity, notably enlarged area of representation of reinforced signal stimuli within their topographic maps. However, overtraining subjects after they have solved an instrumental task can reduce or eliminate the expansion while the successful behavior remains. As the development of this plasticity depends on the learning strategy used to solve a task, we asked whether the loss of expansion is due to the strategy used during overtraining. Adult male rats were trained in a three-tone auditory discrimination task to bar-press to the CS+ for water reward and refrain from doing so during the CS- tones and silent intertrial intervals; errors were punished by a flashing light and time-out penalty. Groups acquired this task to a criterion within seven training sessions by relying on a strategy that was "bar-press from tone-onset-to-error signal" ("TOTE"). Three groups then received different levels of overtraining: Group ST, none; Group RT, one week; Group OT, three weeks. Post-training mapping of their primary auditory fields (A1) showed that Groups ST and RT had developed significantly expanded representational areas, specifically restricted to the frequency band of the CS+ tone. In contrast, the A1 of Group OT was no different from naïve controls. Analysis of learning strategy revealed this group had shifted strategy to a refinement of TOTE in which they self-terminated bar-presses before making an error ("iTOTE"). Across all animals, the greater the use of iTOTE, the smaller was the representation of the CS+ in A1. Thus, the loss of cortical expansion is attributable to a shift or refinement in strategy. This reversal of expansion was considered in light of a novel theoretical framework (CONCERTO) highlighting four basic principles of brain function that resolve anomalous findings and explaining why even a minor change in strategy would involve concomitant shifts of involved brain

  7. Dense Pellicular Agarose-Glass Beads for Expanded Bed Application: Flow Hydrodynamics and Solid Phase Classifications

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    周鑫; 史清洪; 白姝; 孙彦


    Two dense pellicular agarose-glass matrices of different sizes and densities, i.e., AG-S and AG-L, have been characterized for their bed expansion behavior, flow hydrodynamics and particle classifications in an expanded bed system. A 26 mm ID column with side ports was used for sampling the liquid-solid suspension during expanded bed operations. Measurements of the collected solid phase at different column positions yielded the particle size and density distribution data. It was found that the composite matrices showed particle size as well as density classifications along the column axis, i.e., both the size and density of each matrix decreased with increasing the axial bed height. Their axial classifications were expressed by a correlation related to both the particle size and density as a function of the dimensionless axial bed height. The correlation was found to fairly describe the solid phase classifications in the expanded bed system. Moreover, it can also be applied to other two commercial solid matrices designed for expanded bed applications.

  8. Thermal expansion

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    Thermal expansion of fuel pellet is an important property which limits the lifetime of the fuels in reactors, because it affects both the pellet and cladding mechanical interaction and the gap conductivity. By fitting a number of available measured data, recommended equations have been presented and successfully used to estimate thermal expansion coefficient of the nuclear fuel pellet. However, due to large scatter of the measured data, non-consensus data have been omitted in formulating the equations. Also, the equation is strongly governed by the lack of appropriate experimental data. For those reasons, it is important to develop theoretical methodologies to better describe thermal expansion behaviour of nuclear fuel. In particular, first-principles and molecular dynamics simulations have been certainly contributed to predict reliable thermal expansion without fitting the measured data. Furthermore, the two theoretical techniques have improved on understanding the change of fuel dimension by describing the atomic-scale processes associated with lattice expansion in the fuels. (author)

  9. The larger mammal fossil assemblage from JK2, Bed III, Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania: implications for the feeding behavior of Homo erectus. (United States)

    Pante, Michael C


    Little is known about the type and amount of animal proteins consumed by Homo erectus, a species distinguished from its predecessors by more human-like brain and body proportions and its association with more advanced stone tool technology. Here I present an interpretation of the feeding behavior of African H. erectus based upon the first taphonomic analysis of the larger mammal fossil assemblage from the JK2 site, Bed III, Olduvai Gorge. Results indicate that both hominins and carnivores consumed some flesh and bone marrow at the site. A low incidence of percussion marking suggests hominins did not break all long bones in the assemblage. Relatively high carnivore tooth mark frequencies and low cut mark frequencies independently suggest that both hominins and carnivores had access to flesh, while specimens that are both tooth- and butchery-marked demonstrate occasional hominin and carnivore feeding from the same carcass. Together, the bone surface modification data suggest a mixed and possibly time-averaged taphonomic history for the assemblage with at least some carcasses accessed by hominins early in the consumption sequence and others only by carnivores. The results for the JK2 assemblage contribute to a growing literature concerning the feeding behavior of African H. erectus, a species that appears to have relied on carcass foods to meet some of the nutritional demands of its larger brain and body size. PMID:23273772

  10. Fast Pyrolysis Behavior of Banagrass as a Function of Temperature and Volatiles Residence Time in a Fluidized Bed Reactor


    Trevor James Morgan; Scott Q Turn; Anthe George


    A reactor was designed and commissioned to study the fast pyrolysis behavior of banagrass as a function of temperature and volatiles residence time. Four temperatures between 400 and 600°C were examined as well as four residence times between ~1.0 and 10 seconds. Pyrolysis product distributions of bio-oil, char and permanent gases were determined at each reaction condition. The elemental composition of the bio-oils and chars was also assessed. The greatest bio-oil yield was recorded when work...

  11. Expansions of $\\tau$ hadronic spectral function moments in a nonpower QCD perturbation theory with tamed large order behavior


    Abbas, Gauhar; Ananthanarayan, B.; Caprini, Irinel; Fischer, Jan


    The moments of the hadronic spectral functions are of interest for the extraction of the strong coupling $\\alpha_s$ and other QCD parameters from the hadronic decays of the $\\tau$ lepton. Motivated by the recent analyses of a large class of moments in the standard fixed-order and contour-improved perturbation theories, we consider the perturbative behavior of these moments in the framework of a QCD nonpower perturbation theory, defined by the technique of series acceleration by conformal mapp...

  12. Preliminary results on the ash behavior of peach stones during fluidized bed gasification: evaluation of fractionation and leaching as pre-treatments

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    Arvelakis, S.; Koukios, E.G. [National Technical Univ., Athens (Greece). Dept. of Chemical Engineering; Gehrmann, H. [Clausthaler Umwelttechnik Institut GmbH, Claushal Zellerfeld (Germany); Beckmann, M. [Bauhaus Universitat Dept. of Process Engineering and Environment, Weimar (Germany)


    Peach stones comprise a valuable agroindustrial by-product that is available in many countries of the World and especially in the Mediterranean region. A number of important advantages such as its high energy value, the low ash content in combination with the absence of transportation costs due to the fact that is produced in agro-industries, make peach stones an ideal fuel for energy production via gasification. Gasification tests were performed in a lab-scale fluidized bed gasifier in order to study the behavior of peach stones and especially its ash during the gasification process. Apart from the tests with the initial peach stone samples, gasification tests were performed using peach stones that had been pre-treated using two different methods fractionation and leaching. Pre-treatments used in order to study their effect on the beneficiation of the materials ash and on the avoidance of ash-related problems such as deposition, agglomeration and corrosion during the gasification process. A water-cooled steel tube placed vertical to the flow of the gasification gases was used in order to collect samples of ash deposits that were analyzed using SEM-EDX analysis techniques in order to assess the effect of the pre-treatment techniques on the peach stones ash behavior. The produced results showed that peach stones can be used as gasification feedstock without significant ash problems. Fractionation resulted in a deterioration of the ash behavior of the material, increasing the amounts of alkali metals and chlorine included in its ash, while leaching showed a positive effect but to a moderate extent. (author)

  13. Low-temperature negative thermal expansion behavior of LaFe{sub 11.2}Al{sub 1.8−x}Si{sub x} compounds

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    Li, Shaopeng [State Key Laboratory of Technologies in Space Cryogenic Propellants, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China); Huang, Rongjin, E-mail: [State Key Laboratory of Technologies in Space Cryogenic Propellants, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China); Li, Wen [State Key Laboratory of Technologies in Space Cryogenic Propellants, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China); Wang, Wei [State Key Laboratory of Technologies in Space Cryogenic Propellants, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China); Zhao, Yuqiang [State Key Laboratory of Technologies in Space Cryogenic Propellants, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China); Li, Laifeng, E-mail: [State Key Laboratory of Technologies in Space Cryogenic Propellants, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China)


    The cubic NaZn{sub 13}-type LaFe{sub 11.2}Al{sub 1.8−x}Si{sub x}(x = 0.2, 0.3, 0.4 and 0.5) compounds with different Si content were fabricated by conventional arc-melting method, the structures of which were confirmed by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurement at ambient temperature. Besides, the thermal expansion and magnetic properties of these samples were also researched by means of a strain gage and a physical property measurement system (PPMS). Significantly, it was found that the negative thermal expansion (NTE) behavior have been remarkably enhanced with substituting Al with Si atoms. Furthermore, the NTE operation-temperature window concurrently shifts toward a higher temperature region. The variable temperature XRD results indicate that LaFe{sub 11.2}Al{sub 1.8−x}Si{sub x} retain cubic NaZn{sub 13}-type structure when temperature varies from 20 K to 270 K, including the temperature region where NTE occurs. The further theoretical analysis combined with magnetic characterization reveal that the improvement of NTE behavior is attributed to the enhancement of Fe–Fe magnetic exchange interactions with doping Si atoms. It is noteworthy that this study displays a new pathway to improve the NTE property of La(Fe,Al){sub 13}-based compounds at low temperature region, which highlights the potential applications of NTE materials in cryogenic engineering. - Highlights: • Negative thermal expansion of LaFe{sub 11.2}Al{sub 1.8−x}Si{sub x} was improved by introducing Si. • The structure of LaFe{sub 11.2}Al{sub 1.8−x}Si{sub x} was studied by X-ray diffraction measurement. • We analyze the mechanism of NTE in LaFe{sub 11.2}Al{sub 1.8−x}Si{sub x} by magnetic measurement.

  14. Chiral Perturbation Theory, the 1/N_c expansion and Regge behavior determine the structure of the lightest scalar meson

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    Pelaez, J. R. [Univ. Complutense Madrid (Spain); Pennington, Michael R. [Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF), Newport News, VA (United States); de Elvira, J. Ruiz [Univ. Complutense Madrid (Spain); Wilson, D. J. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)


    The leading 1/N{sub c} behavior of Unitarized Chiral Perturbation Theory distinguishes the nature of the {rho} and the {sigma}. At one loop order the {rho} is a {bar q}q meson, while the {sigma} is not. However, semi-local duality between resonances and Regge behaviour cannot be satisfied for larger N{sub c}, if such a distinction holds. While the {sigma} at N{sub c}= 3 is inevitably dominated by its di-pion component, Unitarised Chiral Perturbation Theory beyond one loop order reveals that as N{sub c} increases above 6-8, the {sigma} has a sub-dominant {bar q}q fraction up at 1.2 GeV. Remarkably this ensures semi-local duality is fulfilled for the range of N{sub c} {approx}< 15-30, where the unitarization procedure adopted applies.

  15. Fast Pyrolysis Behavior of Banagrass as a Function of Temperature and Volatiles Residence Time in a Fluidized Bed Reactor.

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    Trevor James Morgan

    Full Text Available A reactor was designed and commissioned to study the fast pyrolysis behavior of banagrass as a function of temperature and volatiles residence time. Four temperatures between 400 and 600°C were examined as well as four residence times between ~1.0 and 10 seconds. Pyrolysis product distributions of bio-oil, char and permanent gases were determined at each reaction condition. The elemental composition of the bio-oils and chars was also assessed. The greatest bio-oil yield was recorded when working at 450°C with a volatiles residence time of 1.4 s, ~37 wt% relative to the dry ash free feedstock (excluding pyrolysis water. The amounts of char (organic fraction and permanent gases under these conditions are ~4 wt% and 8 wt% respectively. The bio-oil yield stated above is for 'dry' bio-oil after rotary evaporation to remove solvent, which results in volatiles and pyrolysis water being removed from the bio-oil. The material removed during drying accounts for the remainder of the pyrolysis products. The 'dry' bio-oil produced under these conditions contains ~56 wt% carbon which is ~40 wt% of the carbon present in the feedstock. The oxygen content of the 450°C, 1.4 s 'dry' bio-oil is ~38 wt%, which accounts for ~33 wt% of the oxygen in the feedstock. At higher temperature or longer residence time less bio-oil and char is recovered and more gas and light volatiles are produced. Increasing the temperature has a more significant effect on product yields and composition than increasing the volatiles residence time. At 600°C and a volatiles residence time of 1.2 seconds the bio-oil yield is ~21 wt% of the daf feedstock, with a carbon content of 64 wt% of the bio-oil. The bio-oil yield from banagrass is significantly lower than from woody biomass or grasses such as switchgrass or miscanthus, but is similar to barley straw. The reason for the low bio-oil yield from banagrass is thought to be related to its high ash content (8.5 wt% dry basis and high

  16. Geomechanics of bedded salt

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    Creep data from the literature search is reinterpreted by SGI, resulting in a better understanding of the temperature and stress state dependence of the octahedral creep rate and the octahedral shear strength. The concept of a transition strength between the elastic and the plastic states is in agreement with the data. The elastic and rheological properties of salt are described, and a set of constitutive equations is presented. The dependence of material properties on parameters such as temperature is considered. Findings on the permeability of salt are summarized, and the in-situ behavior of openings in bedded salt is described based on extensive engineering experience. A stress measuring system utilizing a finite element computer code is discussed. Geological factors affecting the stability of salt openings are considered, and the Stress Control Technique for designing stable openings in bedded salt formations is explained

  17. Altered Anxiety-like Behavior and Long-term Potentiation in the Bed Nucleus of the Stria Terminalis in Adult Mice Exposed to Chronic Social Isolation, Unpredictable Stress and Ethanol Beginning in Adolescence


    Conrad, Kelly L; Winder, Danny G.


    Alcohol and chronic stress exposure, especially during adolescence, can lead to an increased risk in adulthood of developing alcohol use disorders (AUDs). To date, however, no study has assessed the potential long-term effects of chronic intermittent and unpredictable ethanol (EtOH) exposure in mice chronically stressed beginning in adolescence on brain function and anxiety-like behaviors in adulthood. In particular, alterations in function of the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST), a...

  18. Roles for pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating peptide (PACAP) expression and signaling in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) in mediating the behavioral consequences of chronic stress


    Hammack, Sayamwong E.; Roman, Carolyn W.; Lezak, Kimberly R.; Kocho-Shellenberg, Margaret; Grimmig, Bethany; Falls, William A; Braas, Karen; May, Victor


    Anxiety disorders are frequently long-lasting and debilitating for more than 40 million American adults. Although stressor exposure plays an important role in the etiology of some anxiety disorders, the mechanisms by which exposure to stressful stimuli alters central circuits that mediate anxiety-like emotional behavior are still unknown. Substantial evidence has implicated regions of the central extended amygdala, including the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) and the central nucle...

  19. Behavior, performance and physiological parameters of pigs reared in deep bedding Comportamento, desempenho e parâmetros fisiológicos de suínos criados em cama sobreposta

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    Fabiana R. Caldara


    Full Text Available An experiment was conducted to evaluate the behavior, performance and physiological parameters of pigs in different production systems. Twenty four animals in the growth phase were distributed in a randomized block design in three treatments: T1 - concrete floor, T2 - deep bedding with wood shaving, and T3 - deep bedding with coffee husks. The behavioral study was carried out by observing the animal behavior for an uninterrupted period of eight hours throughout seven weeks. The proportions of time spent in each behavior were characterized using the frequency histogram composition. Environmental (IBGTH, physiological (rectal and skin temperature and respiratory rate and performance (weight gain, feed intake and feed conversion parameters were measured in animals during the period. The production systems of deep bedding showed higher values of IBGTH. There was no effect of production systems evaluated on the performance parameters. Rectal temperature was higher in animals reared on deep bedding with coffee husks in relation to the concrete floor. The use of deep bedding benefited the behavior of piglets in the growth phase and it reduced the agonistic behavior among individuals.Foi conduzido um experimento para avaliar o comportamento, desempenho e parâmetros fisiológicos de suínos, em diferentes sistemas de produção. Foram utilizados 24 suínos em crescimento, distribuídos em delineamento casualizado, nos tratamentos: T1 - piso de concreto; T2 - cama sobreposta com maravalha; T3 - cama sobreposta com casca de café. Realizou-se observação do comportamento animal, por oito horas ininterruptas, ao longo de sete semanas. Foram caracterizadas as proporções de tempo dedicadas a cada comportamento, utilizando a composição de histograma de frequência. Foram mensurados parâmetros ambientais (ITGU, fisiológicos (temperatura retal e de superfície e frequência respiratória e de desempenho dos animais (ganho de peso, consumo de ração e

  20. Fundamental study on transient bubble (slug) behavior by characterizing transient forces of solid particles in fluidized beds. Topical report, January 1991--June 1992

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    Kono, H.


    The objective of this work is to recognize and interpret the signals of transient motion of bubbles (slugs) in fluidized beds (METC/DOE) by measuring and utilizing the signals of transient gas phase pressure fluctuation, and also by taking the video pictures of transient motions of the bubbles and emulsion phase in fluidized beds. The two signals were measured simultaneously in a three dimensional fluidized bed. Correlation study on the voidage signal and pressure fluctuation was carried out. A domain concept was introduced and new bubble classification was suggested. A video recording approach was also developed to record the transient bubble motion in a two dimensional fluidized bed with a special consideration. This new approach enhances the understanding of bubble image and the physical meaning of transient particle forces. The fundamental mechanism of bubble flow was experimentally investigated and interesting new findings of the transient bubble flow were obtained.

  1. Model Behavior and Sensitivity in an Application of the Cohesive Bed Component of the Community Sediment Transport Modeling System for the York River Estuary, VA, USA

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    Kelsey A. Fall


    Full Text Available The Community Sediment Transport Modeling System (CSTMS cohesive bed sub-model that accounts for erosion, deposition, consolidation, and swelling was implemented in a three-dimensional domain to represent the York River estuary, Virginia. The objectives of this paper are to (1 describe the application of the three-dimensional hydrodynamic York Cohesive Bed Model, (2 compare calculations to observations, and (3 investigate sensitivities of the cohesive bed sub-model to user-defined parameters. Model results for summer 2007 showed good agreement with tidal-phase averaged estimates of sediment concentration, bed stress, and current velocity derived from Acoustic Doppler Velocimeter (ADV field measurements. An important step in implementing the cohesive bed model was specification of both the initial and equilibrium critical shear stress profiles, in addition to choosing other parameters like the consolidation and swelling timescales. This model promises to be a useful tool for investigating the fundamental controls on bed erodibility and settling velocity in the York River, a classical muddy estuary, provided that appropriate data exists to inform the choice of model parameters.

  2. Expansion Nets and Expansion Processes of Elementary Net Systems

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    Occurrence nets are insufficient to precisely describe executions of elementary net systems with contacts.Traditionally,S-complementation is used for removal of contacts from the systems.Although the main behavior and properties of the original elementary net systems are preserved during S-complementation,their topologies may be changed greatly.This paper introduces a new kind of nets-expansion nets-for representing behavior of elementary net systems.As shown in the paper,expansion nets are natural as well as sufficient for describing the precise behavior of elementary net systems with or without contactks.

  3. Spouted bed electrowinning of zinc: Part II. Investigations of the dynamics of particles in large thin spouted beds (United States)

    Verma, A.; Evans, J. W.; Salas-Morales, Juan Carlos


    The behavior of particles in thin spouted beds, mostly equipped with draft tubes, has been investigated. Three apparatuses have been used: a laboratory-scale cylindrical bed, a 2-m-tall “flat” (rectangular cross section) bed and a 2-m-wide flat bed, the last equipped with multiple draft tubes. Most of the results were obtained on the tall bed. Minimum spouting flow rate, pressure distribution, particle velocities, and solid circulation rates were determined as a function of bed geometry (including draft tube dimensions and position). Observations were made of the direction of liquid flow in the bed outside the draft tube and of the occurrence of zones in the bed where the particles appeared stationary. The wide bed was used to determine that there is a maximum separation between draft tubes beyond which particles cannot be kept in motion across the whole width of the bed.

  4. Characterization of laser-induced plasma during its expansion in air by optical emission spectroscopy: Observation of strong explosion self-similar behavior

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    We present measurements of the temporal evolution of temperature and electron density in laser-induced plasmas generated in air and on a glass sample at atmospheric pressure. The measurements are made over a wide range of time, from 35 ns to 6 μs, in order to study the evolution of the plasma. The procedure for selecting the lines suitable for characterization at each stage, based on the evolution of the densities of the ionization states, is discussed. At the initial stage of fast plasma expansion, the temperature and electron density evolve as t−6/5, a result compatible with the self-similar theory for strong explosions in homogeneous atmosphere, according to which the plasma is bounded by a Sedov–Taylor shock wave propagating in the atmosphere. From the experimental results, it is deduced that a change of trend of the cooling mechanism of the plasma from expansion to radiation takes place when the plasma ends its expansion as a shock wave (∼ 0.5 μs). The parameters of the plasmas generated in air and on the solid sample are compared. - Highlights: • Temperature and electron density of laser plasmas measured from 35 ns to 6 μs • Initial evolution explained by strong explosion self-similar shock wave expansion • A change of trend in the cooling mechanism from expansion to radiation is shown

  5. Critical Behavior of Thermal Expansion and Magnetostriction in the Vicinity of the First order transition at the Curie Point of Gd5(SixGe1-x)4

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    Mangui Han


    Thermal expansion (TE) and magnetostriction (MS) measurements have been conducted for Gd{sub 5}(Si{sub x}Ge{sub 1-x}){sub 4} with a series of x values to study its critical behavior in the vicinity of transition temperatures. It was found that the Curie temperature of Gd{sub 5}(Si{sub x}Ge{sub 1-x}){sub 4} for x 0 {approx} 0.5 is dependent on magnetic field, direction of change of temperature (Tc on cooling was lower than Tc on heating), purity of Gd starting material, compositions, material preparation methods, and also can be triggered by the external magnetic field with a different dT/dB rate for different x values. For Gd{sub 5}(Si{sub 1.95}Ge{sub 2.05}), Gd{sub 5}(Si{sub 2}Ge{sub 2}), Gd{sub 5}(Si{sub 2.09}Ge{sub 1.91}), it was also found that the transition is a first order magneto-structural transition, which means the magnetic transition and crystalline structure transition occur simultaneously, and completely reversible. Temperature hysteresis and phase coexistence have been found to confirm that it is a first order transformation. While for Gd{sub 5}(Si{sub 0.15}Ge{sub 3.85}), it is partially reversible at some temperature range between the antiferromagnetic and the ferromagnetic state. For Gd{sub 5}(Si{sub 2.3}Ge{sub 1.7}) and Gd{sub 5}(Si{sub 3}Ge{sub 1}), it was a second order transformation between the paramagnetic and ferromagnetic state, because no {Delta}T have been found. Giant magnetostriction was only found on Gd{sub 5}(Si{sub 1.95}Ge{sub 2.05}), Gd{sub 5}(Si{sub 2}Ge{sub 2}), Gd{sub 5}(Si{sub 2.09}Ge{sub 1.91}) in their vicinity of first order transformation. MFM images have also been taken on polycrystal sample Gd{sub 5}(Si{sub 2.09}Ge{sub 1.91}) to investigate the transformation process. The results also indicates that the Curie temperature was lower and the thermally-induced strain higher in the sample made from lower purity level Gd starting materials compared with the sample made from high purity Gd metal. TE, MS, MFM and VSM measurements

  6. Thermal Expansion of Polyurethane Foam (United States)

    Lerch, Bradley A.; Sullivan, Roy M.


    Closed cell foams are often used for thermal insulation. In the case of the Space Shuttle, the External Tank uses several thermal protection systems to maintain the temperature of the cryogenic fuels. A few of these systems are polyurethane, closed cell foams. In an attempt to better understand the foam behavior on the tank, we are in the process of developing and improving thermal-mechanical models for the foams. These models will start at the microstructural level and progress to the overall structural behavior of the foams on the tank. One of the key properties for model characterization and verification is thermal expansion. Since the foam is not a material, but a structure, the modeling of the expansion is complex. It is also exacerbated by the anisoptropy of the material. During the spraying and foaming process, the cells become elongated in the rise direction and this imparts different properties in the rise direction than in the transverse directions. Our approach is to treat the foam as a two part structure consisting of the polymeric cell structure and the gas inside the cells. The polymeric skeleton has a thermal expansion of its own which is derived from the basic polymer chemistry. However, a major contributor to the thermal expansion is the volume change associated with the gas inside of the closed cells. As this gas expands it exerts pressure on the cell walls and changes the shape and size of the cells. The amount that this occurs depends on the elastic and viscoplastic properties of the polymer skeleton. The more compliant the polymeric skeleton, the more influence the gas pressure has on the expansion. An additional influence on the expansion process is that the polymeric skeleton begins to breakdown at elevated temperatures and releases additional gas species into the cell interiors, adding to the gas pressure. The fact that this is such a complex process makes thermal expansion ideal for testing the models. This report focuses on the thermal

  7. Statistical behaviors of different-sized grains lifting off in stochastic collisions between mixed sand grains and the bed in aeolian saltation (United States)

    Li, Wan-Qing; Zhou, You-He


    Multiple-size splash models are derived from the simulation results of mixed grain-bed impact process of windblown sand flow based on the Particles Dynamics Method (PDM) and parallel algorithm. Unlike previous studies, a probability density distribution of sand diameter is considered in the present study, in which a two-dimensional mixed sand bed is generated by a random method. After the diameter distribution of incident grains is divided into n subregions of representative diameters, first, the collisions are simulated out for each representative diameter of incident grains with an incident velocity impacting the mixed sand bed, to which the information of grains experiencing saltation liftoff may be gained at the end of collisions. After that, a statistical approach is proposed to obtain the average values of velocity and number of the ejecting and rebounding grains as well as the probability density function (PDF) of ejection particle sizes. The results confirm earlier findings that the ratio between outgoing and incoming speed remains about 60% and the ejection angles are typically between 60-80°. However, other properties of grains experiencing saltation liftoff depend not only upon incident velocity as previously argued, but also much upon grain size of incident grains. We found that rebound angle decreases and death rate of incident particles increases with incident grain size exponentially, and ejection speed and number increase logarithmically with both speed and diameter of incident grains. In addition, the PDF of initial diameter is also presented for the first time. These results well agree with the multiple-size measurement data.

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  9. 品牌拓展新市场过程中消费者选择行为研究%Study on Consumer Choice Behavior in Brand Expansion of New Markets

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    姚慧丽; 袁颖慧; 刘善智; 张耀东


    研究消费者品牌选择行为是进行品牌拓展新市场的前提。本文基于消费者决策理论,利用元胞自动机分析了品牌文化、广告宣传、邻居关系及数量、竞争者、市场的经济环境等对消费者进行品牌选择时的影响,研究结果表明该模型能较好地模拟出品牌进行拓展新市场过程中的消费者选择行为。通过对品牌拓展新市场过程中的消费者选择行为的分析,找出更适合进行品牌扩张的区域。%Study on consumers′brand choice is the premise of brand expansion of new markets .Based on con-sumer decision theory ,we use cellular automata to analyze some factors affecting the consumers′behavior like brand culture ,advertisement ,number of neighbors and relationship with them ,competitors and economic en-vironment .T he result of simulation and analysis show s that the model can simulate the consumer choice be-havior in brand expansion of new markets .Study on consumer choice behavior in brand expansion of new markets can help companies to find better places to expand the brand .

  10. Thermal expansion behavior of empressite, AgTe: A structural study by means of in situ high-temperature single-crystal X-ray diffraction

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    Bindi, Luca [Museo di Storia Naturale, sez. di Mineralogia, Universita di Firenze, Via La Pira 4, I-50121 Firenze (Italy)], E-mail:


    The crystal structure of empressite, AgTe, a rare silver telluride, has been investigated by in situ X-ray single-crystal diffraction methods within the temperature range 298-463 K. AgTe remains orthorhombic, space group Pmnb (Pnma as standard), and shows only normal thermal expansion over the entire temperature range. The unit-cell parameters show a gradual increase with the increase of temperature. Slight adjustments in the geometry of Ag-tetrahedra and in the crystal-chemical environment of tellurium atoms occur in a continuous way without abrupt structural changes. The coefficients of thermal expansion along various axes are: {alpha}{sub a} = 1.5 x 10{sup -5} K{sup -1}, {alpha}{sub b} = 3.0 x 10{sup -5} K{sup -1}, {alpha}{sub c} = 2.2 x 10{sup -5} K{sup -1}, and the bulk thermal expansion coefficient {alpha}{sub V} is 5.4 x 10{sup -5} K{sup -1} for the temperature range 298-463 K.

  11. Examining time trends in the Oldowan technology at Beds I and II, Olduvai Gorge. (United States)

    Kimura, Yuki


    The lithic analysis of the Bed I and II assemblages from Olduvai Gorge reveals both static and dynamic time trends in early hominids' technology from 1.8 to 1.2 m.y.a. The Bed I Oldowan (1.87-1.75 m.y.a.) is characterized by the least effort strategy in terms of raw material exploitation and tool production. The inclusion of new raw material, chert, for toolmaking in the following Developed Oldowan A (DOA, 1.65-1.53 m.y.a.) facilitated more distinctive and variable flaking strategies depending on the kind of raw materials. The unique characters of DOA are explainable by this raw material factor, rather than technological development of hominids. The disappearance of chert in the subsequent Developed Oldowan B and Acheulian (1.53-1.2 m.y.a.) necessitated a shift in tool production strategy more similar to that of Bed I Oldowan than DOA. However, the evidence suggests that Bed II hominids might have been more skillful toolmakers, intensive tool-users, and engaged in more active transport of stone tools than the Bed I predecessors. Koobi Fora hominids maintained a more static tool-using behavior than their Olduvai counterparts due mainly to a stable supply of raw materials. They differed from Olduvai hominids in terms of less battering of cores, consistent transport behavior, and few productions of side-struck flakes, indicating a regional variation of toolmaking and using practice. However, they shared with Olduvai hominids a temporal trend toward the production of larger flakes from larger cores after 1.6 m.y.a. Increased intake of animal resources and the expansion of ranging area of Homo ergaster would have led to the development of technological organization. Technological changes in the Oldowan industry are attested at Olduvai Gorge, Koobi Fora, and Sterkfontein, suggesting that it was a pan-African synchronous phenomenon, beginning at 1.5 m.y.a. PMID:12234546

  12. Thermal expansion behavior in the solid solution series BaMg{sub 2−x}Co{sub x}Si{sub 2}O{sub 7} (0 ≤ x ≤ 2), studied by dilatometry and in situ high-temperature X-ray diffraction

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    Thieme, Christian, E-mail:; Rüssel, Christian, E-mail:


    Highlights: • Characterization of thermal expansion with high-temperature X-ray diffraction. • Coefficients of thermal expansion of up to 24.0 × 10{sup −6} K{sup −1} were obtained. • Phase transition temperatures were measured as a function of the composition. • The most isotropic thermal expansion behavior was found for high CoO concentrations. - Abstract: In the compound BaMg{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 7}, the Mg{sup 2+}-ions can completely be replaced by Co{sup 2+}-ions. The resulting solid solutions show a phase transition from a low to a high temperature phase. Both, the thermal expansion behavior as well as the phase transition temperature change significantly with the Mg/Co-ratio. The phase transition runs parallel to an increase in volume, which can be detected using dilatometry. The introduction of small CoO concentrations leads to an increase in the phase transition temperature. In order to determine the thermal expansion behavior, dilatometry, as well as high temperature X-ray diffraction was used. The substitution of MgO by up to 50 mol% CoO does not lead to a significant change in the thermal expansion behavior. The measured coefficients of thermal expansion lie in a range between 7.0 and 24.0 × 10{sup −6} K{sup −1}.

  13. Flow characteristics of counter-current flow in debris bed

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    In the course of a severe accident, a damaged core would form a debris bed consisting of once-molten and fragmented fuel elements. It is necessary to evaluate the dryout heat flux for the judgment of the coolability of the debris bed during the severe accident. The dryout phenomena in the debris bed is dominated by the counter-current flow limitation (CCFL) in the debris bed. In this study, air-water counter-current flow behavior in the debris bed is experimentally investigated with glass particles simulating the debris beds. In this experiment, falling water flow rate and axial pressure distributions were experimentally measured. As the results, it is clarified that falling water flow rate becomes larger with the debris bed height and the pressure gradient in the upper region of the debris bed is different from that in the lower region of the debris bed. These results indicate that the dominant region for CCFL in the debris bed is identified near the top of the debris bed. Analytical results with annular flow model indicates that interfacial shear stress in the upper region of the debris bed is larger than that in the lower region of the debris bed. (author)

  14. Top Ten Bed Bug Tips (United States)

    ... have bed bugs, not fleas, ticks or other insects. You can compare your insect to the pictures on our Identifying bed bugs ... bedbugs Bed Bugs Home Learn about Bed Bugs — Characteristics of Bed Bugs — Finding Bed Bugs Protecting Your ...

  15. Moisture-heat coupling behavior and evaporation effect of expansive soil in simulated solar%模拟日照条件下膨胀土的湿-热耦合性状及蒸发效应

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    李雄威; 王爱军; 王勇; 王继果


    利用长弧氙灯模拟太阳辐射,通过调节灯罩与土样间的高度产生不同的辐射强度,通过控制光照时间模仿自然环境中的日照状态,通过设定恒温、恒湿环境获得单因素的控制条件,对阳光辐射下原状膨胀土的湿-热耦合性状及降雨蒸发效应进行分析。研究结果表明:当太阳辐射、降雨等气象现象发生后,膨胀土水分迁移和温度变化呈现不同的状态,随着土体水分的往复迁移,浅层土体趋于破碎,疏松,在太阳辐射作用下,土体含水率变化幅度增加,从而进一步加剧土体裂隙的拓展。对于膨胀土,裂隙性和膨胀性是它内在的秉性,而大气作用是诱因,在大气与土壤之间的水分和能量交换过程中,膨胀土的工程性质逐渐发生改变。采用自制的太阳辐射模拟装置,针对大气作用下原状膨胀土的湿热耦合性状以及降雨蒸发效应展开分析,相关经验也可应用到其他土类的研究。针对膨胀土工程性质,可进一步开展太阳辐射对膨胀土水分迁移机制影响的量化分析。%Xenon long-arc lamp is used to simulate solar radiation. Deferent radiation intensities are acquired by adjusting lampshade height. Sunshine state is acquired by controlling the illumination time. Single factor controlling condition is achieved by constant temperature and humidity environment. Then, moisture-heat coupling behavior and rainfall-evaporation effect of undisturbed expansive soil sample in solar radiation are studied. When solar radiation and rainfall occur, the moisture migration and temperature variation present different states. With the to-and-fro moisture migration, the shallow soil tends to the fractured and loosened. In the solar radiation, the amplitude of moisture content variation increases, which aggravates the fissure development. To expansive soil, the characteristics of swelling and fissure are inner being, and atmospheric

  16. The hydrodynamics of single- and multi-particle fluidized beds: Steady and time-dependent flow regimes (United States)

    Howley, Maureen Ann

    A mathematical framework for modeling the steady state and dynamic behavior of multi-particle fluidized beds was developed using a continuum approach. Constitutive relations were adopted for closing the multi-phase equations using an excluded volume approach. The hydrodynamics of various fluidized beds of binary particles (having different diameters and densities) was examined, and steady state solutions were found for a system of (small & heavy) glass beads and (large & light) carbon char in water. Solutions characterize the composition and expansion behavior of mixing states, and provide a description of the observed phenomenon of "layer inversion". Comparison with experimental data suggested that the hydrodynamic mechanism of fluid-particle interaction is not fully captured with an excluded volume assumption. Thus, we showed how experimental data can be used to derive functional forms for expressing complex hydrodynamic behavior within the framework of the model. Steady state results suggest that fluidized particles might exhibit different patterns of behavior if the direction of fluid flow was reversed. We thus examined the stability of single-component systems, operating in inverse and normal mode, and computed one-dimensional traveling wave solutions. Beds having reciprocal fluid to solid density ratios delta were compared to investigate how delta and the dimensionless Froude (Fr) number affect stability behavior and bifurcation structure. The Fr number appeared to be a good indicator of the strength of primary instabilities, and delta appeared to control the onset of the instability. High amplitude, one-dimensional traveling wave solutions exhibited reversed asymmetry of wave structure, and vertically traveling waves always propagated in the direction of fluid flow. The hydrodynamic stability of binary mixtures was examined to determine if mixtures are inherently more stable than their segregated counterparts. In a linear stability analysis, mixed beds of

  17. DEM simulation of the behavior of particles in a spout-fluid bed with immersed tubes%基于DEM的埋管鼓泡流化床内颗粒运动特性模拟

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    虞育松; 张衍国; 李清海; 蒙爱红


    The discrete element method(DEM) was used to study the behavior of particles in a spout-fluid bed with horizontal immersed tubes.In the DEM simulations,the particles were individually traced by solving Newton's equations of motion,while the fluid phase was treated as a continuum.Therefore,the DEM simulation provides particle level information.The effect of tube arrangement on the particle and bubble behavior in the packed bed region was investigated by varying the tube arrangement.The simulations show that the tube arrangement greatly influences the kinetic behavior of the particles.The effective flow area and interaction forces between the immersed tubes and particles varied with different tube arrangements.More immersed tubes gave lower averaged particle velocities and temperatures.The particle mixing rate also differed for different immersed tube arrangements.The particle mixing was reduced by more immersed tubes.%该文采用离散单元法(DEM)对水平埋管的鼓泡流化床内颗粒流化过程进行了数值模拟研究。DEM方法通过求解Newton方程来模拟颗粒的运动过程,气相仍采用连续流方法模拟。因此,DEM方法能够获得颗粒尺度量级的详细结果。通过模拟不同埋管布置方式下流化床内密相区颗粒流化过程,研究了埋管布置方式对于鼓泡流化床内的颗粒运动的影响。结果表明:埋管布置方式会改变床层有效流通面积和埋管对颗粒的阻碍作用等,从而影响流化床内的颗粒群和气泡形态。埋管数量越多,颗粒与埋管由于相互作用而消耗的能量越大,平均颗粒速度和颗粒温度值越低。不同的埋管布置方式会导致颗粒混合速率的差异,增加埋管数量会降低颗粒混合程度。

  18. Hydrodynamics of circulating and bubbling fluidized beds

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    This paper reports that a review of modeling of the hydrodynamics of fluidization of bubbling beds showed that inviscid two-fluid models were able to predict a great deal of the behavior of bubbling beds because the dominant mechanism of energy dissipation is the drag between the particles and the fluid. The formation, the growth and the bursting of bubbles were predicted. Predicted wall-to-bed heat transfer coefficients and velocity profiles of jets agreed with measurements. Time average porosity distributions agreed with measurements done using gamma-ray densitometers without the use of any adjustable parameters. However, inviscid models could not correctly predict rates of erosion around tubes immersed into fluidized beds. To correctly model such behavior, granular stresses involving solids viscosity were added into the computer model. This viscosity arises due to random collision of particles. Several models fro this viscosity were investigated and the results compared to measurements of solids distributions in two-dimensional beds and to particle velocities reported in the literature. While in the case of bubbling beds the solids viscosity plays the role of a correction, modeling of a circulating fluidized bed (CFB) without a viscosity is not possible. Recent experimental data obtained at IIT and at IGT show that in CFB the solids viscous dissipation is responsible for as much as half of the pressure drop. From such measurement, solids viscosities were computed. These were used in the two fluid hydrodynamic model, to predict radial solids distributions and solids velocities which matched the experimental distributions. Most important, the model predicted cluster formation and transient internal circulation which is responsible for the favorable characteristics of CFBs, such as good wall-to-bed heat transfer. Video tape movies of computations compared favorably with high speed movies of the experiments

  19. Bed In Summer

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    In winter I get up at night And dress by yellow candle-light. In summer, quite the other way, I have to go to bed by day. I have to go to bed and see The birds still hopping on the tree, Or hear the grown-up people' s feet Still going past me in the stree

  20. Fluidized bed incinerator development

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    A fluidized bed incinerator is being developed for burning rad contaminated solid and liquid waste materials. In situ neutralization of acid gases by the bed material, catalytic afterburning, and gas filtration are used to produce a clean flue gas without the use of aqueous scrubbing

  1. DEM Simulation of Flow Behaviors in 3D Spouted Beds%喷动床气固流动特性的三维CFD.DEM数值模拟

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    任冰; 钟文琪; 金保昇; 袁竹林; 陆勇


    开展了柱锥形气固流动特性的CFD—DEM耦合三维数值模拟研究。气相场采用基于欧拉坐标体系的k—E双方程湍流模型,固相场采用基于拉格朗日坐标体系的DEM直接数值模拟方法,跟踪离散颗粒场的每一个颗粒,考虑颗粒与颗粒(壁面)之间的碰撞力、曳力、重力、Magnus升力、Saffman升力。颗粒之间的碰撞采用Hertz.Mindlin无滑移模型计算。模拟对象为柱锥形喷动床,其直径为0.152m,喷口直径为0.019m,模拟颗粒数22万,探讨了喷动床中射流随时间的发展,不同气速下床内气固流动结构,以及颗粒速度与颗粒浓度的分布,并与实验数据进行了对比。%Three dimensional coupled CFD-DEM simulation was carried out on the cylindrical spouted bed with an inside diameter of 152 mm and a conical base of 60°. The particle motion was modeled by the DEM, and the gas motion was modeled by the k - s turbulent model. Drag force, contact force, Saffman lift force, Magnus lift force and gravitational force were considered in the models. On the basis of the simulation, the development of spout with time, different flow patterns at various gas velocity and the distributions of particle velocity and concentration were studied. The present simulated results were in well agreement with the experiments.

  2. Salvadoran gangs and their criminal behavior: Foresight on their organizational structures and territorial expansion for the next decade, 2015-2025

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    Herard Von Santos


    Full Text Available This analysis will address gangs as its focal point, including who their members are, their level of organization or their structure, the illegal activities they carry out, and their territorial control. Therefore, a Foresight with three estimated scenarios for the next decade shall be developed, as this situation currently represents the biggest challenge to the country´s public safety.But, how is the impact of gangs in a society measured? Some parameters might be: Measuring their extent and territorial expansion, their criminal activities in total, their willingness to break the established social order, their ability to displace and substitute state control, and their capability of ending the life of human beings.Likewise, this analysis shall shed light on the impact that external or internal organized crime groups have in order to influence these trends, as well as the policies and resources that the State has used to prevent or lessen the realization of such trends among the gangs. Furthermore, it will include a study of possible measures to be implemented to counter these criminal trends.DOI:


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    Full Text Available Nanostructured perovskite oxides of Ba0.2Sr0.8Co0.8Fe0.2O3−δ (BSCF were synthesized through the co-precipitation method. The thermal decomposition, phase formation and thermal expansion behavior of BSCF were characterized by thermogravimetric analysis, X-ray diffraction (XRD, and dilatometry, respectively. XRD peaks were indexed to a cubic perovskite structure with a Pm3m (221 space group. All the combined oxides produced the desired perovskite-phase BSCF. The microstructures were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM and transmission electron microscopy (TEM. The TEM analysis showed that BSCF powders had uniform nanoparticle sizes and high homogeneity. The cross-sectional SEM micrograph of BSCF exhibited a continuous and no delaminated layer from the electrolyte-supported cell. The thermal expansion coefficient (TEC of BSCF was 16.2×10-6 K-1 at a temperature range of 600°C to 800°C. Additional experiments showed that the TEC of BSCF is comparable to that of Sm0.2Ce0.8O1.9 (SDC within the same temperature range. The results demonstrate that BSFC is a promising cathode material for intermediate-temperature solid-oxide fuel cells.

  4. The Thermal Expansion Of Feldspars (United States)

    Hovis, G. L.; Medford, A.; Conlon, M.


    Hovis and others (1) investigated the thermal expansion of natural and synthetic AlSi3 feldspars and demonstrated that the coefficient of thermal expansion (α) decreases significantly, and linearly, with increasing room-temperature volume (VRT). In all such feldspars, therefore, chemical expansion limits thermal expansion. The scope of this work now has been broadened to include plagioclase and Ba-K feldspar crystalline solutions. X-ray powder diffraction data have been collected between room temperature and 925 °C on six plagioclase specimens ranging in composition from anorthite to oligoclase. When combined with thermal expansion data for albite (2,3,4) a steep linear trend of α as a function of VRT emerges, reflecting how small changes in composition dramatically affect expansion behavior. The thermal expansion data for five synthetic Ba-K feldspars ranging in composition from 20 to 100 mole percent celsian, combined with data for pure K-feldspar (3,4), show α-VRT relationships similar in nature to the plagioclase series, but with a slope and intercept different from the latter. Taken as a group all Al2Si2 feldspars, including anorthite and celsian from the present study along with Sr- (5) and Pb-feldspar (6) from other workers, show very limited thermal expansion that, unlike AlSi3 feldspars, has little dependence on the divalent-ion (or M-) site occupant. This apparently is due to the necessitated alternation of Al and Si in the tetrahedral sites of these minerals (7), which in turn locks the tetrahedral framework and makes the M-site occupant nearly irrelevant to expansion behavior. Indeed, in feldspar series with coupled chemical substitution it is the change away from a 1:1 Al:Si ratio that gives feldspars greater freedom to expand. Overall, the relationships among α, chemical composition, and room-temperature volume provide useful predictive tools for estimating feldspar thermal expansion and give insight into the controls of expansion behavior in

  5. Putting Children’s Sleep Problems to Bed: Using Behavior Change Theory to Increase the Success of Children’s Sleep Education Programs and Contribute to Healthy Development

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    Sarah Blunden


    Full Text Available Sleep is critical for the healthy development of children, yet most children simply don’t get enough. Whilst school based sleep education programs have been developed for parents and their children, they have had mixed success. We consider how existing school-based sleep education programs can be improved by applying a broader model to behaviour change theory. We find that the mixed success of school-based sleep education programs may be due to a plausible but misleading assumption that simply increasing information about the importance of sleep and the risks of insufficient and/or inefficient sleep, will necessarily result in improved sleep behaviours. We identify the potential benefits of using a more inclusive behavior change theory in the development of sleep education programs with a particular need for theories that incorporate the multiple biological, environmental and social impacts on children’s sleep. Bronfenbrenner’s Bioecological model is presented to illustrate how one such inclusive behavior change theory could significantly improve the success of sleep education programs and ultimately support the healthy development of children.

  6. Stress Tolerance of Bed Bugs: A Review of Factors That Cause Trauma to Cimex lectularius and C. Hemipterus


    Benoit, Joshua B.


    Recent emergence of bed bugs (Cimex spp.) has prompted a significant expansion of research devoted to this pest. The ability to survive and recover from stress has significant implications on the distribution and survival of insects, and bed bugs are no exception. Research on bed bug stress tolerance has shown considerable progress and necessitates a review on this topic. Bed bugs have an extraordinary ability to resist dehydration between bloodmeals, and this represents a critical factor all...

  7. Sintering behavior of flying slag particles in entrained-bed coal gasifiers. 3rd Report. Effect of soot on sintering behavior of flying slag particles; Kiryuso sekitan gas ka ro ni okeru hisan slag fun no shoketsu tokusei. 3. Char chu tansobun no slag shoketsu yokusei sayo

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    Ueda, A.; Kida, E. [Babcock Hitachi K.K., Tokyo (Japan)


    The effect of char addition on sintering behavior of flying slag particles in an entrained-bed coal gasifier was examined using four kinds of amorphous water-quenched slag obtained at the pilot plant of HYCOL. This plant was designed to gasify 50 tons of coal per day. The sintering temperatures of the four slags without char were all approximately 800{degree}C. However, Taiheiyo coal slag did not sinter at 900{degree}C when the char added. It was considered that the char collected by the cyclon was a mixture of soot and unburned coal particles and the soot prevented the slag from sintering. Therefore, the effect of soot on sintering behavior was clarified using carbon black as soot. SEM and EDX analyses showed that very small soot particles acted as a dispersant in the slag. 12 refs., 13 figs., 2 tabs.

  8. Magnetically stabilized bed dust filters-Analysis through variable length scale approach

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    Jordan; Hristov


    Magnetically stabilized beds are packed beds subjected to fluid-driven deformation and controlled by magnetically induced interparticle forces.This paper deals with magnetically stabilized beds as deformable porous media and describes their application in dust filtration. The Richardson-Zaki scaling law, U/Ut = εn describes the field controlled bed expansion via the exponent n, that yields a porosity-dependent flow length scale dc =dpεn.The paper addresses two issues: (i) deformation characteristics by assuming homogeneous bed expansion and a definition of bed variable flow length scale; (ii) dust filtration characteristics such as filter coefficient, specific deposit and filtration efficiency expressed in terms of the variable flow length scale and illustrated by experimental data.

  9. The characteristics of bed agglomeration/defluidization in fluidized bed firing palm fruit bunch and rice straw

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    The behaviors of bed particle agglomeration and defluidization were investigated during the combustion of oil palm bunch and rice straw in a laboratory scale bubbling fluidized bed reactor. The study focused on (1) the effects of fuel inorganic properties and operating variables on the bed agglomeration tendency and (2) the elucidation in the behaviors of fuel inorganic elements and the governing mode of the agglomeration. It was experimentally found that the defluidization caused by the bed agglomeration was clearly detectable from the decrease of measured bed pressure. The accumulation and growth of the agglomerates provided the partial to complete defluidization. The fuel inorganic composition was the significant influence on the bed agglomeration. The combustion of palm bunch showed higher in the bed agglomeration tendency than the straw combustion in every experimental condition. The defluidization was accelerated in response to the increase in bed temperature and bed particle size, and the decrease of air velocity and static bed height. In the SEM/EDS analysis, the agglomeration was attributed to the formation of the molten substance rich in silicon and fuel derived potassium, likely the potassium silicate compounds, which presented as the adhesive coating and bonding layer. The filling of irregularity on the bed particle surface by the liquid material to form the adhesive layer was dominated by the collision with burning fuel particles. The propagation/reaction inward the bed particles by some reactive constituents was found. The thermodynamic analysis on the ternary phase diagram corroborated that the formation of the liquid material derived from the fuel inorganic elements controlled the agglomeration; the large melt fraction in the adhesive materials at the observed bed temperature range (62–99%) was estimated. - Highlights: • The bed agglomeration was investigated during the FBC of palm bunch and rice straw. • Bed temperature, sand size, air

  10. Testing the isotropy of the Hubble expansion

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    Migkas, K


    We have used the Union2.1 SNIa compilation to search for possible Hubble expansion anisotropies, dividing the sky in 9 solid angles containing roughly the same number of SNIa, as well as in the two Galactic hemispheres. We identified only one sky region, containing 82 SNIa (~15% of total sample with $z>0.02$), that indeed appears to share a significantly different Hubble expansion than the rest of the sample. However, this behavior appears to be attributed to the joint "erratic" behavior of only three SNIa and not to an anisotropic expansion. We also find that the northern and southern galactic hemispheres have different cosmological parameter solutions but still not significant enough to assert the detection of a Hubble expansion anisotropy. We conclude that even a few outliers can have such an effect as to induce artificial indications of anisotropies, when the number of analysed SNIa is relatively small.

  11. Enuresis (Bed-Wetting) (United States)

    ... get out of bed to go to the bathroom. When do most children achieve bladder control? Children ... ask questions about your child's daytime and nighttime bathroom habits. Then your doctor will do a physical ...

  12. Particle fuel bed tests

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    Gas-cooled reactors, using packed beds of small diameter coated fuel particles have been proposed for compact, high-power systems. The particulate fuel used in the tests was 800 microns in diameter, consisting of a thoria kernel coated with 200 microns of pyrocarbon. Typically, the bed of fuel particles was contained in a ceramic cylinder with porous metallic frits at each end. A dc voltage was applied to the metallic frits and the resulting electric current heated the bed. Heat was removed by passing coolant (helium or hydrogen) through the bed. Candidate frit materials, rhenium, nickel, zirconium carbide, and zirconium oxide were unaffected, while tungsten and tungsten-rhenium lost weight and strength. Zirconium-carbide particles were tested at 2000 K in H2 for 12 hours with no visible reaction or weight loss

  13. Tapered bed bioreactor (United States)

    Scott, Charles D.; Hancher, Charles W.


    A vertically oriented conically shaped column is used as a fluidized bed bioreactor wherein biologically catalyzed reactions are conducted in a continuous manner. The column utilizes a packing material a support having attached thereto a biologically active catalytic material.

  14. Bed rest and immunity (United States)

    Sonnenfeld, Gerald; Aviles, Hernan; Butel, Janet S.; Shearer, William T.; Niesel, David; Pandya, Utpal; Allen, Christopher; Ochs, Hans D.; Blancher, Antoine; Abbal, Michel


    Space flight has been shown to result in altered immune responses. The current study was designed to investigate this possibility by using the bed rest model of some space flight conditions. A large number of women are included as subjects in the study. The hypothesis being tested is: 60 days head-down tilt bed rest of humans will affect the immune system and resistance to infection. Blood, urine and saliva samples will be obtained from bed rest subjects prior to, at intervals during, and after completion of 60 days of head-down tilt bed rest. Leukocyte blastogenesis, cytokine production and virus reactivation will be assessed. The ability of the subjects to respond appropriately to immunization with the neoantigen bacteriophage φX-174 will also be determined. Bed rest is being carried out at MEDES, Toulouse France, and the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX. The studies to be carried out in France will also allow assessment of the effects of muscle/bone exercise and nutritional countermeasures on the immune system in addition to the effects of bed rest.

  15. Oblique photon expansion of QED structure functions

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    In the oblique photon expansion, the collinear part of photon emission is summed up to all orders in perturbation theory. The number of oblique or non-collinear photons is the expansion order. Unlike in perturbation theory, every term of the expansion is both infrared finite and gauge invariant. The zero oblique photon contribution to the electromagnetic structure tensor in QED is computed in detail. The behaviors of the structure functions F1 and F2 are discussed in the soft and ultra-soft limits

  16. Cross-linked κ-carrageenan polymer/zinc nanoporous composite matrix for expanded bed application: Fabrication and hydrodynamic characterization. (United States)

    Mohsenkhani, Sadaf; Jahanshahi, Mohsen; Rahimpour, Ahmad


    Expanded bed adsorption (EBA) is a reliable separation technique for the purification of bioproducts from complex feedstocks. The specifically designed adsorbent is necessary to form a stable expanded bed. In the present work, a novel custom-designed composite matrix has been prepared through the method of water-in-oil emulsification. In order to develop an adsorbent with desirable qualities and reduce the costs, κ-carrageenan and zinc powder were used as the polymeric skeleton and the densifier, respectively. The prepared composite matrix was named as KC-Zn. Optical microscope (OM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) were applied to characterize the morphology and structure of prepared composite matrix. These analyses approved good spherical shape and porous structure with nano-scale pores in the range of about 60-180nm. The results from the particle size analyzer (PSA) revealed that all the KC-Zn beads followed logarithmic normal size distribution with the range of 50-350μm and average diameter of 160-230μm, respectively. Main physical properties of KC-Zn matrices were measured as a function of zinc powder ratio to κ-carrageenan slurry, which showed an appropriate wet density in the range of 1.39-2.27g/ml, water content of 72.67-36.41% and porosity of 98.07-80.24%, respectively. The effects of matrix density and liquid phase viscosity on hydrodynamic behavior of prepared matrix have been investigated by residence time distribution (RTD) experiments in an expanded bed. The results indicated that in a constant liquid velocity as the matrix density was increased, the expansion factor of bed decreased and the axial mixing coefficient increased. Moreover, an enhancement in the fluid viscosity led to an increase in the bed expansion and a decrease in the stability of expanded bed. Therefore using a matrix with higher density seems necessary to face viscous feedstocks. All the results demonstrated that proper physical properties and hydrodynamic characteristics

  17. Calculation of local bed to wall heat transfer in a fluidized-bed

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    Surface to bed heat transfer in a fluidized-bed largely depends upon its local and global hydrodynamical behavior including particle velocity, particle trajectory, gas velocity, and void fraction. In this study, a computer program was developed in order to calculate the local bed to wall heat transfer, by accounting for the local and global instantaneous hydrodynamics of the bed. This is accomplished by utilizing the CHEMFLUB computer program. This information at a given location is interpreted so that the most appropriate heat transfer model is utilized for each time increment. These instantaneous heat transfer coefficient for the given location. Repeating the procedure for different locations, a space average heat transfer coefficient is also calculated. This report briefly summarizes the various heat transfer models employed and gives sample computer results reporting the case study for Mickley - Trilling's experimental set-up. Comparisons with available experimental data and correlations are also provided in order to compare and evaluate the computer results

  18. Oxidation behavior of low thermal expansion superalloy IN909 at 650 ℃%低膨胀IN909合金650℃的氧化行为

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    孙雅茹; 张爱玲; 徐炳辉


    The low thermal expansion superalloy IN909 has high comprehensive mechanical properties and lower thermal expansion coefficient. Because no Cr is added, the alloy exhibits worse oxidation resistance. Thus, the coating needs to be applied if the alloy services at high temperature. In order to improve further the oxidation resistance, the oxidation behavior of low thermal expansion alloy IN909 at 650 ℃ was studied using scanning electron microscope (SME) equipped with energy dispersive spectrometry (EDX). The results indicate that the oxidation kinetics obeys the different parabolic law in different duration. The oxidation initiates from grain boundaries, forming the oxides of Nb, Ti and Si. Then, Fe replaces Nb, Ti and Si in the oxides, forming the oxides of Fe at the outside layer. In the oxidation process, Fe diffuses from the matrix to the surface, while Nb and Ti diffuse from the transition layer towards the matrix. The concentration of Nb and Ti at the front of matrix causes the considerable precipitation of ε phase, which can efficiently resist the diffusion of Fe and hence decrease the oxidation rate.%IN909低膨胀高温合金具有较低的热膨胀系数和高的综合力学性能,但由于合金不含Cr,其抗氧化性能较差,因此,在高温使用时需采用氧化涂层.为进一步提高合金的抗氧化性能,采用扫描电镜(SEM)和能谱分析(EDX)方法,研究了低膨胀IN909合金在650℃的氧化行为,结果显示IN909合金的氧化质量增加分段遵循抛物线规律,氧化由晶界开始,形成Nb、Ti、Si等元素的晶界氧化物;Fe置换氧化物中的Nb、Ti、Si,形成外层Fe的氧化物.氧化过程中,Fe由基体向合金表面扩散,Nb和Ti由氧化过渡层向基体扩散.Nb和Ti在基体前沿的富集形成ε相大量析出的薄层,可有效地阻碍Fe元素的进一步扩散,降低氧化速率.

  19. Expanded bed adsorption of an alkaline lipase from Pseudomona cepacia. (United States)

    da Silva Padilha, Giovana; Curvelo-Santana, José Carlos; Alegre, Ranulfo Monte; Tambourgi, Elias Basile


    An extracellular lipase was isolated from Pseudomona cepacia by expanded bed adsorption on an Amberlite 410 ion-exchange resin. Enzyme characterization and hydrodynamic study of a chromatography column were done. Enzyme purification was done at three condition of expanded bed height (H): at one and half (6cm), at two (8cm) and at three (12cm) times the fixed bed height (H(0)=4cm). The results showed that the experimental data was fitted to the Richardson and Zaki equation, and the comparison between the experimental and calculated terminal velocities showed low relative error. In enzyme purification for better condition, a purification factor of about 80 times was found at 6cm of expanded bed height, or 1.5 times of expansion degree. Purified lipase had an optimal pH and a temperature of 8 and 37 degrees C, respectively. PMID:19162572

  20. Fluidised bed heat exchangers

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    Problems that have arisen during the initial stages of development of fluidised bed boilers in which heat transfer surfaces are immersed in fluidised solids are discussed. The very high heat transfer coefficients that are obtained under these conditions can be exploited to reduce the total heat transfer surface to a fraction of that in normal boilers. However, with the high heat flux levels involved, tube stressing becomes more important and it is advantageous to use smaller diameter tubes. One of the initial problems was that the pumping power absorbed by the fluidised bed appeared to be high. The relative influence of the fluidising velocity (and the corresponding bed area), tube diameter, tube spacing, heat transfer coefficient and bed temperature on pumping power and overall cost was determined. This showed the importance of close tube packing and research was undertaken to see if this would adversely affect the heat transfer coefficient. Pressure operation also reduces the pumping power. Fouling and corrosion tests in beds burning coal suggest that higher temperatures could be reached reliably and cost studies show that, provided the better refractory metals are used, the cost of achieving higher temperatures is not unduly high. It now remains to demonstrate at large scale that the proposed systems are viable and that the methods incorporated to overcome start up and part lead running problems are satisfactory. The promising role of these heat transfer techniques in other applications is briefly discussed

  1. Ash management in circulating fluidized bed combustors

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    K. Redemann; E.-U. Hartge; J. Werther [Hamburg University of Technology, Hamburg (Germany). Institute of Solids Process Engineering and Particle Technology


    Ash management in fluidized bed combustion systems means keeping the particle size distribution of the bed inventory in a given range. A dynamic particle population balancing model was developed for this purpose. It was successfully applied to a refuse-derived fuel fired combustor and a coal-fired circulating fluidized bed combustor. Both were large-scale commercial units. The model uses the concept of the attrited ash particle size distribution which represents the particle size distribution of the attrited ash including the generated fines and replaces the consideration of the particle attrition in the model calculations. The model offers the possibility to gain additional information about the particle size distributions and the solids mass flows at any location of the fluidized bed system. In addition, the model provides information about the dynamic behavior of the plant and about mean residence times of particle size classes in the plant. Uncertainties about the ash formation characteristics of fuels make the management of the bed inventory a very important issue. In this context the population balancing model is used to predict the plant behavior under various operating conditions. The results of the calculations carried out give useful information about the possibilities to manage the ash inventory of such a plant. It could be shown that the recirculation of a fine fraction of the bottom drain solids is a very effective method to manage the particle size distribution of the bed inventory. The calculation results further reveal that the mean residence time of particles is strongly dependent on their size. 21 refs., 19 figs., 4 tabs.

  2. Study on Reactivity of Circulating Fluidized Bed Combustion Fly Ashes in the Presence of Water

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    Salain I.M.A.K.


    Full Text Available A study on reactivity of four different Circulating Fluidized Bed Combustion (CFBC fly ashes has been realized in the presence of water. Paste of each ash was prepared and analyzed for its setting time, expansion and strength. The products of hydration, and their evolutions over a period of time were identified by X-ray diffraction and differential thermal analysis. The results of this study show that the reactivity of the CFBC fly ashes is strongly related to their chemical composition, essentially to their quantity of silica, alumina, lime and sulfate, which promote principally the formation of ettringite, gypsum and C-S-H. It is further noted that the intensity and the proportion of these phases determine the hydration behavior of the CFBC fly ashes.

  3. in Spouted Bed

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    Bronislaw Buczek


    Full Text Available Samples of active coke, fresh and spent after cleaning flue gases from communal waste incinerators, were investigated. The outer layers of both coke particles were separately removed by comminution in a spouted bed. The samples of both active cokes were analysed by means of densities, mercury porosimetry, and adsorption technique. Remaining cores were examined to determine the degree of consumption of coke by the sorption of hazardous emissions (SO2, HCl, and heavy metals through its bed. Differences in contamination levels within the porous structure of the particles were estimated. The study demonstrated the effectiveness of commercial active coke in the cleaning of flue gases.

  4. Anisotropic expansion of a thermal dipolar Bose gas

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    Tang, Yijun; Burdick, Nathaniel Q; DiSciacca, Jack M; Petrov, Dmitry S; Lev, Benjamin L


    We report on the anisotropic expansion of ultracold bosonic dysprosium gases at temperatures above quantum degeneracy and develop a quantitative theory to describe this behavior. The theory expresses the post-expansion aspect ratio in terms of temperature and microscopic collisional properties by incorporating Hartree-Fock mean-field interactions, hydrodynamic effects, and Bose-enhancement factors. Our results extend the utility of expansion imaging by providing accurate thermometry for dipolar thermal Bose gases, reducing error in expansion thermometry from tens of percent to only a few percent. Furthermore, we present a simple method to determine scattering lengths in dipolar gases, including near a Feshbach resonance, through observation of thermal gas expansion.

  5. Climbing Ability of the Common Bed Bug (Hemiptera: Cimicidae). (United States)

    Hottel, B A; Pereira, R M; Gezan, S A; Qing, R; Sigmund, W M; Koehler, P G


    Little is known about what factors influence the climbing ability of bed bugs, Cimex lectularius L. (Hemiptera: Cimicidae), in relation to the various surfaces they encounter. We examined how sex, time since last fed, and what surfaces the bed bugs were in contact with affected their climbing performance. The effects of sex and time since fed were tested by counting the number of bed bugs able to climb a 45° slope. The pulling force was recorded using an analytical balance technique that captured the sequential vertical pulling force output of bed bugs attached to various surfaces. Recently fed female bed bugs were found to have the most difficulty in climbing smooth surfaces in comparison with males. This difference can be explained by the larger weight gained from bloodmeals by female bed bugs. A variety of vertical pulling forces were observed on surfaces ranging from sandpaper to talc powder-covered glass. For surfaces not treated with talc powder, bed bugs generated the least amount of vertical pulling force from synthetically created 0.6-µm plastron surfaces. This vast range in the ability of bed bugs to grip onto various surfaces may have implications on limiting bed bugs dispersal and hitchhiking behaviors. PMID:26334801

  6. Expansion for Universal Quantifiers

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    Lenglet, Sergueï


    Expansion is an operation on typings (i.e., pairs of typing environments and result types) defined originally in type systems for the lambda-calculus with intersection types in order to obtain principal (i.e., most informative, strongest) typings. In a type inference scenario, expansion allows postponing choices for whether and how to use non-syntax-driven typing rules (e.g., intersection introduction) until enough information has been gathered to make the right decision. Furthermore, these choices can be equivalent to inserting uses of such typing rules at deeply nested positions in a typing derivation, without needing to actually inspect or modify (or even have) the typing derivation. Expansion has in recent years become simpler due to the use of expansion variables (e.g., in System E). This paper extends expansion and expansion variables to systems with forall-quantifiers. We present System Fs, an extension of System F with expansion, and prove its main properties. This system turns type inference into a c...

  7. Metabolic Resistance in Bed Bugs

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    Full Text Available Blood-feeding insects have evolved resistance to various insecticides (organochlorines, pyrethroids, carbamates, etc. through gene mutations and increased metabolism. Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius are hematophagous ectoparasites that are poised to become one of the major pests in households throughout the United States. Currently, C. lectularius has attained a high global impact status due to its sudden and rampant resurgence. Resistance to pesticides is one factor implicated in this phenomenon. Although much emphasis has been placed on target sensitivity, little to no knowledge is available on the role of key metabolic players (e.g., cytochrome P450s and glutathione S-transferases towards pesticide resistance in C. lectularius. In this review, we discuss different modes of resistance (target sensitivity, penetration resistance, behavioral resistance, and metabolic resistance with more emphasis on metabolic resistance.

  8. Preliminary thermal expansion screening data for tuffs

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    A major variable in evaluating the potential of silicic tuffs for use in geologic disposal of heat-producing nuclear wastes is thermal expansion. Results of ambient-pressure linear expansion measurements on a group of tuffs that vary treatly in porosity and mineralogy are presente here. Thermal expansion of devitrified welded tuffs is generally linear with increasing temperature and independent of both porosity and heating rate. Mineralogic factors affecting behavior of these tuffs are limited to the presence or absence of cristobalite and altered biotite. The presence of cristobalite results in markedly nonlinear expansion above 2000C. If biotite in biotite-hearing rocks alters even slightly to expandable clays, the behavior of these tuffs near the boiling point of water can be dominated by contraction of the expandable phase. Expansion of both high- and low-porosity tuffs containing hydrated silicic glass and/or expandable clays is complex. The behavior of these rocks appears to be completely dominated by dehydration of hydrous phases and, hence, should be critically dependent on fluid pressure. Valid extrapolation of the ambient-pressure results presented here to depths of interest for construction of a nuclear-waste repository will depend on a good understanding of the interaction of dehydration rates and fluid pressures, and of the effects of both micro- and macrofractures on the response of tuff masss

  9. Maximum spoutable bed height of spout-fluid bed

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    Wenqi Zhong; Mingyao Zhang; Baosheng Jin [Southeast University, Nanjing (China). Key Laboratory on Clean Coal Power Generation and Combustion Technology of Ministry of Education


    Experimental study on the maximum spoutable bed height of a spout-fluid bed (cross-section of 0.3 m x 0.03 m and height of 2 m) packed with Geldart group D particles has been carried out. The effects of particle size, spout nozzle size and fluidizing gas flow rate on the maximum spoutable bed height were studied. Experimental data were compared to some published experiments and predictions. The results show that the maximum spoutable bed height of spout-fluid bed decreases with increasing particle size and spout nozzle size, which appears the same trend to that of spouted beds. The increasing of fluidizing gas flow rate leads to a sharply decrease in the maximum spoutable bed height. The existent correlations of the maximum spoutable bed height in the literature were observed to involve large discrepancies. Additionally, the flow characteristics when bed materials deeper than the maximum spoutable height were summarized. Under this condition, the spout-fluid bed operated without a stable and coherent spout or fountain assembles the characteristics of jetting fluidized bed. Besides, the mechanisms of spout termination were investigated. It was found that slugging in the spout and growth of instabilities would cause the spout termination in spout-fluid bed.

  10. Multipole expansions in magnetostatics

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    Multipole expansions of the magnetic field of a spatially restricted system of stationary currents and those for the potential function of such currents in an external magnetic field are studied using angular momentum algebraic techniques. It is found that the expansion for the magnetic induction vector is made identical to that for the electric field strength of a neutral system of charges by substituting electric for magnetic multipole moments. The toroidal part of the multipole expansion for the magnetic field vector potential can, due to its potential nature, be omitted in the static case. Also, the potential function of a system of currents in an external magnetic field and the potential energy of a neutral system of charges in an external electric field have identical multipole expansions. For axisymmetric systems, the expressions for the field and those for the potential energy of electric and magnetic multipoles are reduced to simple forms, with symmetry axis orientation dependence separated out. (methodological notes)

  11. Multipole expansions in magnetostatics

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    Agre, Mark Ya [National University of ' Kyiv-Mohyla Academy' , Kyiv (Ukraine)


    Multipole expansions of the magnetic field of a spatially restricted system of stationary currents and those for the potential function of such currents in an external magnetic field are studied using angular momentum algebraic techniques. It is found that the expansion for the magnetic induction vector is made identical to that for the electric field strength of a neutral system of charges by substituting electric for magnetic multipole moments. The toroidal part of the multipole expansion for the magnetic field vector potential can, due to its potential nature, be omitted in the static case. Also, the potential function of a system of currents in an external magnetic field and the potential energy of a neutral system of charges in an external electric field have identical multipole expansions. For axisymmetric systems, the expressions for the field and those for the potential energy of electric and magnetic multipoles are reduced to simple forms, with symmetry axis orientation dependence separated out. (methodological notes)

  12. Weakly relativistic plasma expansion

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    Fermous, Rachid, E-mail:; Djebli, Mourad, E-mail: [Theoretical Physics Laboratory, Faculty of Physics, USTHB, B.P. 32 Bab-Ezzouar, 16079 Algiers (Algeria)


    Plasma expansion is an important physical process that takes place in laser interactions with solid targets. Within a self-similar model for the hydrodynamical multi-fluid equations, we investigated the expansion of both dense and under-dense plasmas. The weakly relativistic electrons are produced by ultra-intense laser pulses, while ions are supposed to be in a non-relativistic regime. Numerical investigations have shown that relativistic effects are important for under-dense plasma and are characterized by a finite ion front velocity. Dense plasma expansion is found to be governed mainly by quantum contributions in the fluid equations that originate from the degenerate pressure in addition to the nonlinear contributions from exchange and correlation potentials. The quantum degeneracy parameter profile provides clues to set the limit between under-dense and dense relativistic plasma expansions at a given density and temperature.

  13. Getting Rid of Bed Bugs (United States)

    ... how you select a company. Related Information Collaborative Strategy on Bed Bugs - highlights ways that all levels of government, community, academia and private industry can work together to reduce bed bugs across ...

  14. Lagrangian-Eulerian simulation of slugging fluidized bed

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    Guorong Wu; Jie Ouyang; Binxin Yang; Qiang Li; Fang Wang


    This work studies gas-solid slugging fluidized beds with Type-D particles,using two-dimensional simulations based on discrete element model (DEM).DEM performance is quantitatively validated by two commonly accepted correlations for determining slugging behavior.The voidage profiles simulated with bed height corresponding to Baeyens and Geldart (1974) correlation for onset of slugging demonstrate a transitional flow pattern from free bubbling to slugging.The present calculated values for the maximum slugging bed height are in good agreement with the correlation from Matsen et al.(1969).Simulations show that fluidized beds with Type-D particles can operate in the round-nosed slugging regime and also shows that wall slugs and square-nosed slugs tend to be formed with increase in superficial gas velocity and in bed height,respectively.

  15. Multipole expansion approach to Ostwald ripening

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    A multipole expansion theory is used to derive a kinetic equation for a collection of droplets undergoing the Ostwald ripening or coarsening in two dimensions. The theory allows the morphological change of coarsening droplets as well as the migration behavior. Numerical computations are performed to give a good estimate to the solution of Laplace equation even in a few mode truncation

  16. Resonant state expansions

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    The completeness properties of the discrete set of bound state, virtual states and resonances characterizing the system of a single nonrelativistic particle moving in a central cutoff potential is investigated. From a completeness relation in terms of these discrete states and complex scattering states one can derive several Resonant State Expansions (RSE). It is interesting to obtain purely discrete expansion which, if valid, would significantly simplify the treatment of the continuum. Such expansions can be derived using Mittag-Leffler (ML) theory for a cutoff potential and it would be nice to see if one can obtain the same expansions starting from an eigenfunction theory that is not restricted to a finite sphere. The RSE of Greens functions is especially important, e.g. in the continuum RPA (CRPA) method of treating giant resonances in nuclear physics. The convergence of RSE is studied in simple cases using square well wavefunctions in order to achieve high numerical accuracy. Several expansions can be derived from each other by using the theory of analytic functions and one can the see how to obtain a natural discretization of the continuum. Since the resonance wavefunctions are oscillating with an exponentially increasing amplitude, and therefore have to be interpreted through some regularization procedure, every statement made about quantities involving such states is checked by numerical calculations.Realistic nuclear wavefunctions, generated by a Wood-Saxon potential, are used to test also the usefulness of RSE in a realistic nuclear calculation. There are some fundamental differences between different symmetries of the integral contour that defines the continuum in RSE. One kind of symmetry is necessary to have an expansion of the unity operator that is idempotent. Another symmetry must be used if we want purely discrete expansions. These are found to be of the same form as given by ML. (29 refs.)

  17. Test bed concentrator mirrors (United States)

    Argoud, M. J.


    The test bed concentrator (TBC) was des point focusing distributed receiver (PFDR) systems. The reflective surface of the concentrator was fabricated using mirror facet designs and techniques. The facets are made by bonding mirrored glass to spherically-conducted substrates. Several aspects of earlier work were reevaluated for application to the TBC: optimum glass block size, material selection, environmental test, optical characteristics, and reliability. A detailed explanation of tooling, substrate preparation, testing techniques, and mirror assembly is presented.

  18. Expansion joints for LMFBR

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    This discourse recounts efforts put into the SNR-2 project; specifically the development of compensation devices. The various prototypes of these compensation devices are described and the state of the development reviewed. Large Na (sodium)-heat transfer systems require a lot of valuable space if the component lay-out does not include compensation devices. So, in order to condense the spatial requirement as much as possible, expansion joints must be integrated into the pipe system. There are two basic types to suit the purpose: axial expansion joints and angular expansion joints. The expansion joints were developed on the basis of specific design criteria whereby differentiation is made between expansion joints of small and large nominal diameter. Expansion joints for installation in the sodium-filled primary piping are equipped with safety bellows in addition to the actual working bellows. Expansion joints must be designed and mounted in a manner to completely withstand seismic forces. The design must exclude any damage to the bellows during intermittent operations, that is, when sodium is drained the bellows' folds must be completely empty; otherwise residual solidified sodium could destroy the bellows when restarting. The expansion joints must be engineered on the basis of the following design data for the secondary system of the SNR project: working pressure: 16 bar; failure mode pressure: 5 events; failure mode: 5 sec., 28.5 bar, 520 deg. C; working temperature: 520 deg. C; temperature transients: 30 deg. C/sec.; service life: 200,000 h; number of load cycles: 104; material: 1.4948 or 1.4919; layer thickness of folds: 0.5 mm; angular deflection (DN 800): +3 deg. C or; axial expansion absorption (DN 600): ±80 mm; calculation: ASME class. The bellows' development work is not handled within this scope. The bellows are supplied by leading manufacturers, and warrant highest quality. Multiple bellows were selected on the basis of maximum elasticity - a property

  19. Pressure Fluctuations as a Diagnostic Tool for Fluidized Beds

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    Ethan Bure; Joel R. Schroeder; Ramon De La Cruz; Robert C. Brown


    The purpose of this project was to investigate the origin of pressure fluctuations in fluidized bed systems. The study assessed the potential for using pressure fluctuations as an indicator of fluidized bed hydrodynamics in both laboratory scale cold-models and industrial scale boilers. Both bubbling fluidized beds and circulating fluidized beds were evaluated. Testing including both cold-flow models and laboratory and industrial-scale combustors operating at elevated temperatures. The study yielded several conclusions on the relationship of pressure fluctuations and hydrodynamic behavior in fluidized beds. The study revealed the importance of collecting sufficiently long data sets to capture low frequency (on the order of 1 Hz) pressure phenomena in fluidized beds. Past research has tended toward truncated data sets collected with high frequency response transducers, which miss much of the spectral structure of fluidized bed hydrodynamics. As a result, many previous studies have drawn conclusions concerning hydrodynamic similitude between model and prototype fluidized beds that is insupportable from the low resolution data presented.

  20. Novel expansion techniques for skin grafts (United States)

    Kadam, Dinesh


    The quest for skin expansion is not restricted to cover a large area alone, but to produce acceptable uniform surfaces, robust engraftment to withstand mechanical shear and infection, with a minimal donor morbidity. Ease of the technique, shorter healing period and reproducible results are essential parameters to adopt novel techniques. Significant advances seen in four fronts of autologous grafting are: (1) Dermal–epidermal graft expansion techniques, (2) epidermal graft harvests technique, (3) melanocyte-rich basal cell therapy for vitiligo and (4) robust and faster autologous cell cultures. Meek's original concept that the sum of perimeter of smaller grafts is larger than the harvested graft, and smaller the graft size, the greater is the potential for regeneration is witnessed in newer modification. Further, as graft size becomes smaller or minced, these micrografts can survive on the wound bed exudate irrespective of their dermal orientation. Expansion produced by 4 mm × 4 mm sized Meek micrografts is 10-folds, similarly 0.8 mm × 0.8 mm size micrografts produce 100-fold expansion, which becomes 700-fold with pixel grafts of 0.3 mm × 0.3 mm size. Fractional skin harvest is another new technique with 700 μ size full thickness graft. These provide instant autologous non-cultured graft to cover extensive areas with similar quality of engraftment surface as split skin grafts. Newer tools for epidermal blister graft harvest quickly, with uniform size to produce 7-fold expansions with reproducible results. In addition, donor area heals faster with minimal scar. Melanocyte-rich cell suspension is utilised in vitiligo surgery tapping the potential of hair root melanocytes. Further advances in the cell culture to reduce the cultivation time and provide stronger epidermal sheets with dermal carrier are seen in trials. PMID:27274117

  1. Modeling and field observations of char bed processes in black liquor recovery boilers

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    Engblom, M.


    The char bed plays an important role in kraft black liquor combustion. Stable operation of the char bed promotes efficient and safe operation of the black liquor recovery boiler. It also plays a crucial role in the recovery of the pulping chemicals. Char bed operation involves controlling the char bed size and shape. Mathematical modeling based on computational fluid dynamics (CFD) haas been applied to recovery boilers for increased insights into the recovery furnace processes and to aid in the design of new boilers. So far, all CED-based char bed models reported in literature have used a fixed bed shape. This imposes restrictions on simulation of char bed burning by not considering inherently occurring changes in bed shape. In this thesis, a CED -based recovery furnace model is further developed to predict changes in bed shape. The new model is used in simulation of existing recovery boilers. The predictions of bed shape are compared with observations from real boilers. The furnace model is capable of correctly simulating the overall response of the char bed size to operational changes. This confirms the current quantitative overall understanding of char bed burning. In addition to modeling, visual observations of the char bed processes were made in this work. The observations provide validation data concerning the physical behavior of the char bed, and the findings from the observations can be used in further development of char bed models. Modeling and simulations of fundamental laboratory scale char bed experiments reported in literature are also carried out. The simulations complement the experimental data by providing detailed insights into gas phase reactions that can occur inside the gas boundary layer above a char bed. (orig.)

  2. Hydrodynamic modeling of a circulating fluidized bed

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    Afsin Gungor; Nurdil Eskin [Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul (Turkey). Mechanical Engineering Faculty


    Hydrodynamics plays a crucial role in defining the performance of circulating fluidized beds (CFB). The numerical simulation of CFBs is very important in the prediction of its flow behavior. From this point of view, in the present study a dynamic two dimensional model is developed considering the hydrodynamic behavior of CFB. In the modeling, the CFB riser is analyzed in two regions: The bottom zone in turbulent fluidization regime is modeled in detail as two-phase flow which is subdivided into a solid-free bubble phase and a solid-laden emulsion phase. In the upper zone core-annulus solids flow structure is established. Simulation model takes into account the axial and radial distribution of voidage, velocity and pressure drop for gas and solid phase, and solids volume fraction and particle size distribution for solid phase. The model results are compared with and validated against atmospheric cold bed CFB units' experimental data given in the literature for axial and radial distribution of void fraction, solids volume fraction and particle velocity, total pressure drop along the bed height and radial solids flux.

  3. The Decision-Maker and Export Entry and Expansion


    Stan D Reid


    This paper examines the varied empirical findings of the relationship between firm, individual characteristics, and foreign entry expansion behavior. The results support the view that activity is neither exclusively determined by structural or managerial factors and is really the result of interaction between both types of variables. The paper proposes that foreign entry and expansion can best be understood as an adoption of innovation-type behavior.© 1981 JIBS. Journal of International Busin...

  4. Expansion of Pannes (United States)

    For the Long Island, New Jersey, and southern New England region, one facet of marsh drowning as a result of accelerated sea level rise is the expansion of salt marsh ponds and pannes. Over the past century, marsh ponds and pannes have formed and expanded in areas of poor drainag...


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    Hazra Imran


    Full Text Available The explosive growth of the World Wide Web is making it difficult for a user to locate information that isrelevant to his/her interest. Though existing search engines work well to a certain extent but they still faceproblems like word mismatch which arises because the majority of information retrieval systemscompare query and document terms on lexical level rather than on semantic level and short query: theaverage length of queries by the user is less than two words. Short queries and the incompatibilitybetween the terms in user queries and documents strongly affect the retrieval of relevant document.Query expansion has long been suggested as a technique to increase the effectiveness of the informationretrieval. Query expansion is the process of supplementing additional terms or phrases to the originalquery to improve the retrieval performance. The central problem of query expansion is the selection ofthe expansion terms based on which user’s original query is expanded. Thesaurus helps to solve thisproblem. Thesaurus have frequently been incorporated in information retrieval system for identifying thesynonymous expressions and linguistic entities that are semantically similar. Thesaurus has been widelyused in many applications, including information retrieval and natural language processing.

  6. OPEC future capacity expansions

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    This conference presentation examined OPEC future capacity expansions including highlights from 2000-2004 from the supply perspective and actions by OPEC; OPEC spare capacity in 2005/2006; medium-term capacity expansion and investments; long-term scenarios, challenges and opportunities; and upstream policies in member countries. Highlights from the supply perspective included worst than expected non-OPEC supply response; non-OPEC supply affected by a number of accidents and strikes; geopolitical tensions; and higher than expected demand for OPEC crude. OPEC's actions included closer relationship with other producers and consumers; capacity expansions in 2004 and 2005/2006; and OPEC kept the market well supplied with crude in 2004. The presentation also provided data using graphical charts on OPEC net capacity additions until 2005/2006; OPEC production versus spare capacity from 2003 to 2005; OPEC production and capacity to 2010; and change in required OPEC production from 2005-2020. Medium term expansion to 2010 includes over 60 projects. Medium-term risks such as project execution, financing, costs, demand, reserves, depletion, integration of Iraq, and geopolitical tensions were also discussed. The presentation concluded that in the long term, large uncertainties remain; the peak of world supply is not imminent; and continued and enhanced cooperation is essential to market stability. tabs., figs

  7. Dependence of saltation parameters on bed roughness and bed porosity

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    Kharlamova, Irina; Vlasák, Pavel

    Prague : ITAM AS CR, v. v. i., 2012 - (Náprstek, J.; Fischer, C.), s. 625-629 ISBN 978-80-86246-40-6. [Engineering Mechanics 2012 /18./. Svratka (CZ), 14.05.2012-17.05.2012] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA103/09/1718 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20600510 Keywords : saltation parameters * saltation length * saltation height * bed structure * normal distribution of bed particles * bed roughness Subject RIV: BK - Fluid Dynamics

  8. Coal Bed Methane Primer

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    Dan Arthur; Bruce Langhus; Jon Seekins


    During the second half of the 1990's Coal Bed Methane (CBM) production increased dramatically nationwide to represent a significant new source of income and natural gas for many independent and established producers. Matching these soaring production rates during this period was a heightened public awareness of environmental concerns. These concerns left unexplained and under-addressed have created a significant growth in public involvement generating literally thousands of unfocused project comments for various regional NEPA efforts resulting in the delayed development of public and fee lands. The accelerating interest in CBM development coupled to the growth in public involvement has prompted the conceptualization of this project for the development of a CBM Primer. The Primer is designed to serve as a summary document, which introduces and encapsulates information pertinent to the development of Coal Bed Methane (CBM), including focused discussions of coal deposits, methane as a natural formed gas, split mineral estates, development techniques, operational issues, producing methods, applicable regulatory frameworks, land and resource management, mitigation measures, preparation of project plans, data availability, Indian Trust issues and relevant environmental technologies. An important aspect of gaining access to federal, state, tribal, or fee lands involves education of a broad array of stakeholders, including land and mineral owners, regulators, conservationists, tribal governments, special interest groups, and numerous others that could be impacted by the development of coal bed methane. Perhaps the most crucial aspect of successfully developing CBM resources is stakeholder education. Currently, an inconsistent picture of CBM exists. There is a significant lack of understanding on the parts of nearly all stakeholders, including industry, government, special interest groups, and land owners. It is envisioned the Primer would being used by a variety of

  9. Contribution of hydrodynamic characteristics on the performance of an aerobic biofilm conical fluidized bed. (United States)

    Zhou, D; Bi, X T; Dong, S


    The performance of a conical fluidized bed (TFB) bioreactor, including the biofilm thickness, microbial space density, microbial cell matrix and its efficiency for COD degradation at a bed expansion ratio of 14 to 90%, was studied and compared with a cylindrical fluidized bed (CFB) bioreactor. The hydrodynamic characteristics of the TFB, especially the internal-circulation of bioparticles associated with its unique tapered geometry of the bed, created a much more uniform axial distribution of the bioparticles, leading to the formation of thinner and more compacted biofilms in the TFB compared to that in the CFB. The thinner biofilm in the TFB tended to be stable and possessed more than 6 times of microbial population density compared to the CFB. As a result, thinner biofilms in the TFB contributed to a higher COD removal efficiency, which remained at over 95% at operated expansion ratios, about 15 to 25% higher than that in the CFB. PMID:21436551

  10. Fluidised bed cereal cooking

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    Man has been cooking food for thousands of years for a number of reasons: to improve flavour and palatability, sterilise, increase digestibility, improve texture and colour. Increasingly more advanced techniques are employed today in food production plants to engineer foods with many different properties. With this in mind manufacturers are constantly seeking to improve processing techniques and apply new or different technologies (such as microwaves, RF and extrusion) to develop foods with new properties (like puffed texture starches) and to increase process efficiencies (energy efficiency, water reduction). This thesis reports on work undertaken to demonstrate the potential to achieve high temperature starch conversion of whole wheat grains in a fluidised bed, thereby reducing the amount of water required and processing time. Specifically, wheat from the farm at 14% water content is cooked in a fluidised bed. The fluidised bed heats the wheat quickly by convective heating. In addition, energy can be delivered directly to the grain by microwave heating during fluidisation. Degree of starch conversion is determined by measuring the reduction in size of endotherm of reaction as observed by Differential Scanning Calorimetry. The fluidising gas, processing temperature and starting moisture content were varied in order to investigate their effect on the cooking process. A mathematical model based on energy and species concentration equations was developed to help understand the internal grain processes. The model coupled the thermal energy equation with water diffusion. The effect of water evaporation was represented as a thermal sink in the energy equation. Popular kinetic models from literature were adapted to predict the degree of starch conversion. The model gives solutions consistent with experimental data and physical intuition. A commercial computational fluid dynamics package was used to study simple airflow and particle tracks in the fluidisation column. A

  11. Capacitively-Heated Fluidized Bed (United States)

    Mchale, E. J.


    Fluidized-bed chamber in which particles in bed are capacitively heated produces high yields of polycrystalline silicon for semiconductor devices. Deposition of unrecoverable silicon on chamber wall is reduced, and amount of recoverable silicon depositing on seed particles in bed is increased. Particles also have a size and density suitable for direct handling without consolidation, unlike silicon dust produced in heated-wall chambers.

  12. Financing electricity expansion

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    Expansion of electricity supply is associated with economic development. The installation and enlargement of power systems in developing countries entails a huge financial burden, however. Energy consumers in such countries must pay not only for supplies but for the cost of raising the capital for expansion on the international markets. Estimates are presented for the capital expenditure for electricity supply over the period 1990 to 2020 for the major world regions, using approximations for the cost of plant and capital and for the returns earned. These data lead to the conclusion that the five regions with the lowest per capita incomes are those which will need the major part of the capital expenditure and the highest percentage of external finance. (6 tables) (UK)

  13. Operator product expansion algebra

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    The Operator Product Expansion (OPE) is a theoretical tool for studying the short distance behaviour of products of local quantum fields. Over the past 40 years, the OPE has not only found widespread computational application in high-energy physics, but, on a more conceptual level, it also encodes fundamental information on algebraic structures underlying quantum field theories. I review new insights into the status and properties of the OPE within Euclidean perturbation theory, addressing in particular the topics of convergence and ''factorisation'' of the expansion. Further, I present a formula for the ''deformation'' of the OPE algebra caused by a quartic interaction. This formula can be used to set up a novel iterative scheme for the perturbative computation of OPE coefficients, based solely on the zeroth order coefficients (and renormalisation conditions) as initial input.

  14. Expansion at Olympic Dam

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    The Olympic Dam orebody is the 6th largest copper and the single largest uranium orebody in the world. Mine production commenced in June 1988, at an annual production rate of around 45,000 tonnes of copper and 1,000 tonnes of uranium. Western Mining Corporation announced in 1996 a proposed $1.25 billion expansion of the Olympic Dam operation to raise the annual production capacity of the mine to 200,000 tonnes of copper, approximately 3,700 tonnes of uranium, 75,000 ounces of gold and 950,000 ounces of silver by 2001. Further optimisation work has identified a faster track expansion route, with an increase in the capital cost to $1.487 billion but improved investment outcome, a new target completion date of end 1999, and a new uranium output of 4,600 tonnes per annum from that date

  15. Expansion of Hanford concrete

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    This report presents results of measurements of thermal expansion of concrete cores from Hanford, Washington facilities, and concrete cast at the Construction Technology Laboratories of Portland Cement Association (CTL/PCA). Thermal expansion was measured from room temperature to 16000F on 0.5 x 3.0-in. specimens heated at a rate of 100F/min. Specimens were cored from concrete cylinders cast at CTL/PCA in 1975 and 1977, and from cylindrical cores taken from the Purex Building and Waste Tank Farms at the Hanford, Washington complex. A total of 14 specimens were tested: eight tests on CTL/PCA cast concrete, two tests on material from the Purex Building, and four tests on Waste Tank Farms concrete. All tests were conducted using a commercially built dilatometer of high strain resolution

  16. Variability of bed drag on cohesive beds under wave action (United States)

    Safak, Ilgar


    Drag force at the bed acting on water flow is a major control on water circulation and sediment transport. Bed drag has been thoroughly studied in sandy waters, but less so in muddy coastal waters. The variation of bed drag on a muddy shelf is investigated here using field observations of currents, waves, and sediment concentration collected during moderate wind and wave events. To estimate bottom shear stress and the bed drag coefficient, an indirect empirical method of logarithmic fitting to current velocity profiles (log-law), a bottom boundary layer model for combined wave-current flow, and a direct method that uses turbulent fluctuations of velocity are used. The overestimation by the log-law is significantly reduced by taking turbulence suppression due to sediment-induced stratification into account. The best agreement between the model and the direct estimates is obtained by using a hydraulic roughness of 10  m in the model. Direct estimate of bed drag on the muddy bed is found to have a decreasing trend with increasing current speed, and is estimated to be around 0.0025 in conditions where wave-induced flow is relatively weak. Bed drag shows an increase (up to fourfold) with increasing wave energy. These findings can be used to test the bed drag parameterizations in hydrodynamic and sediment transport models and the skills of these models in predicting flows in muddy environments.

  17. IKEA's International Expansion


    Harapiak, Clayton


    This case concerns a global retailing firm that is dealing with strategic management and marketing issues. Applying a scenario of international expansion, this case provides a thorough analysis of the current business environment for IKEA. Utilizing a variety of methods (e.g. SWOT, PESTLE, McKinsey Matrix) the overall objective is to provide students with the opportunity to apply their research skills and knowledge regarding a highly competitive industry to develop strategic marketing strateg...

  18. China petrochemical expansion progressing

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    This paper reports on China's petrochemical expansion surge which is picking up speed. A worldscale petrochemical complex is emerging at Shanghai with an eye to expanding China's petrochemical exports, possibly through joint ventures with foreign companies, China Features reported. In other action, Beijing and Henan province have approved plans for a $1.2 billion chemical fibers complex at the proposed Luoyang refinery, China Daily reported


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    Kevin Whitty


    The University of Utah project ''Investigation of Fuel Chemistry and Bed Performance in a Fluidized Bed Black Liquor Steam Reformer'' (DOE award number DE-FC26-02NT41490) was developed in response to a solicitation for projects to provide technical support for black liquor and biomass gasification. The primary focus of the project is to provide support for a DOE-sponsored demonstration of MTCI's black liquor steam reforming technology at Georgia-Pacific's paper mill in Big Island, Virginia. A more overarching goal is to improve the understanding of phenomena that take place during low temperature black liquor gasification. This is achieved through five complementary technical tasks: (1) construction of a fluidized bed black liquor gasification test system, (2) investigation of bed performance, (3) evaluation of product gas quality, (4) black liquor conversion analysis and modeling and (5) computational modeling of the Big Island gasifier. Four experimental devices have been constructed under this project. The largest facility, which is the heart of the experimental effort, is a pressurized fluidized bed gasification test system. The system is designed to be able to reproduce conditions near the black liquor injectors in the Big Island steam reformer, so the behavior of black liquor pyrolysis and char gasification can be quantified in a representative environment. The gasification test system comprises five subsystems: steam generation and superheating, black liquor feed, fluidized bed reactor, afterburner for syngas combustion and a flue gas cooler/condenser. The three-story system is located at University of Utah's Industrial Combustion and Gasification Research Facility, and all resources there are available to support the research.

  20. Ultraprecise thermal expansion measurements of seven low expansion materials (United States)

    Berthold, J. W., III; Jacobs, S. F.


    We summarize a large number of ultraprecise thermal expansion measurements made on seven different low expansivity materials. Expansion coefficients in the -150-300 C temperature range are shown for Owens-Illinois Cer-Vit C-101, Corning ULE 7971 (titanium silicate) and fused silica 7940, Heraeus-Schott Zerodur low-expansion material and Homosil fused silica, Universal Cyclops Invar LR-35, and Simonds Saw and Steel Super Invar.

  1. Fluidization and coating of very dense powders by fluidized bed chemical vapour deposition


    Rodriguez, Philippe; Caussat, Brigitte; Ablitzer, Carine; Iltis, Xavière; Brothier, Méryl


    The hydrodynamic behaviour of a very dense tungsten powder, 75 µm in median diameter and 19,300 kg/m3 in grain density, has been studied in a fluidized bed at room temperature using nitrogen and argon as carrier gas. Even if fluidization was achieved, the small bed expansion indicated that it was imperfect. Then, the fluidization was studied at 400 °C in order to investigate the feasibility of coating this powder by Fluidized Bed Chemical Vapour Deposition (FBCVD). In particular, the influenc...

  2. Bed Scouring During the Release of an Ice Jam

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    Michail Manolidis


    Full Text Available A model is developed for simulating changes in river bed morphology as a result of bed scouring during the release of an ice jam. The model couples a non-hydrostatic hydrodynamic model with the processes of erosion and deposition through a grid expansion technique. The actual movement of bed load is implemented by reconstructing the river bed in piecewise linear elements in order to bypass the limitations of the step-like approximation that the hydrodynamic model uses to capture the bed bathymetry. Initially, an ice jam is modeled as a rigid body of water near the free surface that constricts the flow. The ice jam does not exchange mass or momentum with the stream, but the ice body can have a realistic shape and offer resistance to the flow of water through the constriction. An ice jam release is modeled by suddenly enabling the ice to flow and exchange mass and momentum with the water. The resulting release resembles a dam break wave accelerating and causing flow velocities to rise rapidly. The model is used to simulate the 1984 ice jam in the St. Clair River, which is part of the Huron-Erie Corridor. The jam had a duration of 24 days, and its release was accompanied by high flow velocities. It is speculated that high flow velocities during the release of the jam caused scouring of the river bed. This led to an increase in the river’s conveyance that is partly responsible for the persistence of low water levels in the upper Great Lakes. The simulations confirm that an event similar to the 1984 ice jam will indeed cause scouring of the St. Clair River bed.

  3. Measurement of the thermal conductivity and heat transfer coefficient of a binary bed of beryllium pebbles

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    Donne, M.D.; Piazza, G. [Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH Technik und Umwelt (Germany). Inst. fuer Neutronenphysik und Reaktortechnik; Goraieb, A.; Sordon, G.


    The four ITER partners propose to use binary beryllium pebble bed as neutron multiplier. Recently this solution has been adopted for the ITER blanket as well. In order to study the heat transfer in the blanket the effective thermal conductivity and the wall heat transfer coefficient of the bed have to be known. Therefore at Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe heat transfer experiments have been performed with a binary bed of beryllium pebbles and the results have been correlated expressing thermal conductivity and wall heat transfer coefficients as a function of temperature in the bed and of the difference between the thermal expansion of the bed and of that of the confinement walls. The comparison of the obtained correlations with the data available from the literature show a quite good agreement. (author)

  4. Ability of bed bug-detecting canines to locate live bed bugs and viable bed bug eggs. (United States)

    Pfiester, Margie; Koehler, Philip G; Pereira, Roberto M


    The bed bug, Cimex lectularius L., like other bed bug species, is difficult to visually locate because it is cryptic. Detector dogs are useful for locating bed bugs because they use olfaction rather than vision. Dogs were trained to detect the bed bug (as few as one adult male or female) and viable bed bug eggs (five, collected 5-6 d after feeding) by using a modified food and verbal reward system. Their efficacy was tested with bed bugs and viable bed bug eggs placed in vented polyvinyl chloride containers. Dogs were able to discriminate bed bugs from Camponotus floridanus Buckley, Blattella germanica (L.), and Reticulitermes flavipes (Kollar), with a 97.5% positive indication rate (correct indication of bed bugs when present) and 0% false positives (incorrect indication of bed bugs when not present). Dogs also were able to discriminate live bed bugs and viable bed bug eggs from dead bed bugs, cast skins, and feces, with a 95% positive indication rate and a 3% false positive rate on bed bug feces. In a controlled experiment in hotel rooms, dogs were 98% accurate in locating live bed bugs. A pseudoscent prepared from pentane extraction of bed bugs was recognized by trained dogs as bed bug scent (100% indication). The pseudoscent could be used to facilitate detector dog training and quality assurance programs. If trained properly, dogs can be used effectively to locate live bed bugs and viable bed bug eggs. PMID:18767752

  5. LSP Composite Test Bed Design (United States)

    Day, Arthur C.; Griess, Kenneth H.


    This document provides standalone information for the Lightning Strike Protection (LSP) Composite Substrate Test Bed Design. A six-sheet drawing set is reproduced for reference, as is some additional descriptive information on suitable sensors and use of the test bed.

  6. Exponential Decay of Expansive Constants


    Sun, Peng


    A map $f$ on a compact metric space is expansive if and only if $f^n$ is expansive. We study the exponential rate of decay of the expansive constant of $f^n$. A major result is that this rate times box dimension bounds topological entropy.

  7. Numerical modeling of fluidized-bed combustor

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    Sha, W T; Soo, S L


    Optimum design of fluidized-bed combustor requires high carbon burn-up, good sulfur retention, minimized sorbent (Ca) utilization, efficient feed distribution and mechanical layout. These parameters are strongly affected by the dynamics of the fluidized bed. The dynamic behavior of fluidized combustor is formulated in terms of multidomain - multiphase mechanics. Fluidization, bubble mechanics, coal combustion, sorbent sulfation, oxidation, solids movement and elutriation, and heat transfer are explicitly taken into account in the proposed numerical model. The model solves conservation equations of mass, momentum and energy coupled with chemical reactions as boundary value problem in space and initial value problem in time. Multi-fluid model and modified implicit multi-field numerical scheme are employed. The objective of this numerical model is for use in engineering design and scaling. Progress to date shows that all necessary relations can be incorporated within the framework of an overall multidomain - multiphase model for deterministic computation. Provisions are made for subsequent refinements of submodels of individual mechanism and improvements of the existing numerical model. These refinements and improvements can be achieved as better understanding of physical phenomena and more experimental data become available. The numerical model outlined in this report is specifically designed for the fluidized-bed combustor; however, it can readily be extended to various coal gasification systems.

  8. Parametric Study of NOx Emissions in Circulating Fluidized Bed Combustor

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    Fluidized bed combustion behavior of coal and biomass is of practical interest due to its significant involvement in heating systems and power plant operations. This combustion behavior has been studied by many experimental techniques. . Use of biomass in coal-fired power plants results in high efficiencies and fuel diversity. Co-combustion experiments were carried out in a pilot scale test facility of circulating fluidized bed combustor (70KW). Effect of operating parameters on the NOx emissions is studied while burning coal with wheat straw. Relation between NOx emissions and operating parameters like bed temperature, excess air ratio, air staging, Ca/S molar ratio and fluidizing air velocity have been studied and discussed. (author)

  9. Rethinking expansive learning

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    Kolbæk, Ditte; Lundh Snis, Ulrika

    Abstract: This paper analyses an online community of master’s students taking a course in ICT and organisational learning. The students initiated and facilitated an educational design for organisational learning called Proactive Review in the organisation where they are employed. By using an online...... discussion forum on Google groups, they created new ways of reflecting and learning. We used netnography to select qualitative postings from the online community and expansive learning concepts for data analysis. The findings show how students changed practices of organisational learning in their...

  10. Do-it-yourself Bed Bug Control (United States)

    ... Bed Bug Control Do-it-yourself Bed Bug Control Can you treat and eliminate the bed bugs ... all of the residents to participate. Achieving complete control can take weeks to months, depending on the ...

  11. Engineering Properties of Expansive Soil

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    DAI Shaobin; SONG Minghai; HUANG Jun


    The components of expansive soil were analyzed with EDAX, and it is shown that the main contents of expansive soil in the northern Hubei have some significant effects on engineering properties of expansive soil. Furthermore, the soil modified by lime has an obvious increase of Ca2+ and an improvement of connections between granules so as to reduce the expansibility and contractility of soil. And it also has a better effect on the modified expansive soil than the one modified by pulverized fuel ash.

  12. Numerical study of turbulence model effect on gas-particle flow behavior in spouted bed%湍流模型对喷动床内气、固相流动特性的影响

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    吴峰; 张洁洁; 牛芳婷; 马晓迅; 杨剑


    A eulerian-Eulerian two-fluid model in conjunction with the kinetic theory of granular flows was used for simulation of the spouted bed .The interaction between gas and particles was modeled using the Gidaspow drag model and the predicted hydro-dynamic characteristics are compared with published experimental data .the effects of turbulence model and the coefficient of resti-tution of particles on hydrodynamic characteristics of spouted bed was investigated .Simulated results indicate that the hydrody-namic characteristics of axial direction in spouted bed is more sensitive to the different turbulence models compared to the Radial direction of spouted bed .Bed particle turbulent kinetic energy under standard turbulence model is the highest in fountain area ,the contours of volume fraction performed the spouted structure better .The simulations results of hydrodynamic characteristics in spouted bed are sensitive to the value of coefficient of restitution of particles w hich should be appropriately given in simulation work .%为了掌握湍流模型对喷动床内气、固2相流动特性的影响规律,采用双流体模型对喷动床内气、固2相流动行为进行了数值模拟研究。运用颗粒动理学理论描述颗粒相应力封闭流体控制方程,使用Gidaspow曳力模型描述气、固相间作用,将数值模拟结果与相关文献的实验结果进行了对比、验证,分析了3种湍流模型及颗粒碰撞恢复系数对喷动床内喷动形式、颗粒速度、颗粒体积分数及颗粒湍动能的影响规律。研究结果表明:湍流模型对喷动床的径向颗粒速度及孔隙率等参数的模拟结果影响不明显,但对喷动床内轴向流动的模拟结果,特别是喷射区及喷泉区内颗粒的体积分数和颗粒湍动能具有显著的影响,标准湍流模型下的床内颗粒湍动能在喷泉区最高,其体积分数云图也能较好地表现喷动的结构。颗粒碰撞恢复系数对喷动床

  13. Mangroves and seagrass beds as diurnal feeding habitats for juvenile Haemulon flavolineatum

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    Verweij, M.C.; Nagelkerken, I.; Wartenbergh, S.L.J.; Pen, I.R.; Velde, G. van der


    Caribbean seagrass beds supposedly are important feeding habitats for so-called nocturnally active zoobenthivorous fish, but the extent to which these fishes use mangroves and seagrass beds as feeding habitats during daytime remains unclear. Therefore, we studied daytime behavior of large juvenile (

  14. Assessment of the rice husk lean-combustion in a bubbling fluidized bed for the production of amorphous silica-rich ash

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    Rice husk lean-combustion in a bubbling and atmospheric fluidized bed reactor (FBR) of 0.3 m diameter with expansion to 0.4 m in the freeboard zone and 3 m height was investigated. Experiment design - response surface methodology (RSM) - is used to evaluate both excess air and normal fluidizing velocity influence (independent and controllable variables), in the combustion efficiency (carbon transformation), bed and freeboard temperature and silica content in the ashes. Hot gases emissions (CO2, CO and NOx), crystallographic structure and morphology of the ash are also shown. A cold fluidization study is also presented. The values implemented in the equipment operation, excess air in the range of 40-125% and normal fluidization velocities (0.13-0.15 Nm/s) show that the values near the lower limit, encourage bed temperatures around 750 oC with higher carbon transformation efficiencies around 98%. However, this condition deteriorated the amorphous potential of silica present in the ash. An opposite behavior was evidenced at the upper limit of the excess air. This thermochemical process in this type of reactor shows the technical feasibility to valorize RH producing hot gases and an amorphous siliceous raw material.

  15. Principles of Thermal Expansion in Feldspars (United States)

    Hovis, Guy; Medford, Aaron; Conlon, Maricate; Tether, Allison; Romanoski, Anthony


    Following the recent thermal expansion work of Hovis et al. (1) on AlSi3 feldspars, we have investigated the thermal expansion of plagioclase, Ba-K, and Ca-K feldspar crystalline solutions. X-ray powder diffraction data were collected between room temperature and 925 °C on six natural plagioclase specimens ranging in composition from anorthite to oligoclase, the K-exchanged equivalents of these plagioclase specimens, and five synthetic Ba-K feldspars with compositions ranging from 25 to 99 mol % BaAl2Si2O8. The resulting thermal expansion coefficients (α) for volume have been combined with earlier results for end-member Na- and K-feldspars (2,3). Unlike AlSi3 feldspars, Al2Si2 feldspars, including anorthite and celsian from the present study plus Sr- and Pb-feldspar from other workers (4,5), show essentially constant and very limited thermal expansion, regardless of divalent cation size. In the context of structures where the Lowenstein rule (6) requires Al and Si to alternate among tetrahedra, the proximity of bridging Al-O-Si oxygen ions to divalent neighbors (ranging from 0 to 2) produces short Ca-O (or Ba-O) bonds (7,8) that apparently are the result of local charge-balance requirements (9). Gibbs et al. (10) suggest that short bonds such as these have a partially covalent character. This in turn stiffens the structure. Thus, for feldspar series with coupled substitution the change away from a purely divalent M-site occupant gives the substituting (less strongly bonded) monovalent cations increasingly greater influence on thermal expansion. Overall, then, thermal expansion in the feldspar system is well represented on a plot of α against room-temperature volume, where one sees a quadrilateral bounded by data for (A) AlSi3 feldspars whose expansion behavior is controlled largely by the size of the monovalent alkali-site occupant, (B) Al2Si2 feldspars whose expansion is uniformly limited by partially-covalent bonds between divalent M-site occupants and

  16. Modeling particle population balances in fluidized-bed wood gasifiers

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    An unsteady model is developed for the particle size distribution in fluidized-bed reactors including fragmentation, abrasion, elutriation and the chemical reactions of wood gasification. Based on the assumption of constant conditions (gas composition, temperature, velocity) of the surrounding atmosphere, an analytical solution is developed for the distribution of sizes belonging to the classes of mother and fine particles. It is found that for the typical feed sizes (minimum above 3 × 10−2 mm) and the usual maximum size of fine particles (2.4 × 10−3 mm), the behavior of fine particles is quasi-steady with respect to mother particles. The numerical solution of the quasi-steady formulation of particle population balances is also coupled with a two-phase (bubble and emulsion), three-zone (bed, splash zone and freeboard) model for a bubbling fluidized-bed reactor, giving predictions of the producer gas composition in agreement with measurements for air gasification of wood. - Highlights: • Particle size distribution in fluidized-bed gasifiers is modeled. • Fragmentation, abrasion, elutriation and the chemical reactions of wood gasification are described. • A quasi-steady behavior of the fine particles with respect to mother particles is found. • The particle size distribution model is coupled with a transport model for a bubbling fluidized bed. • Good agreement is obtained between measurements and predictions for highly variable operating conditions

  17. Importance of fragmentation on the steady state combustion of wood char in a bubbling fluidized bed

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    Pinho, Carlos [Universidade do Porto (CEFT/FEUP), Porto (Portugal). Faculdade de Engenharia. Centro de Estudos de Fenomenos de Transporte], E-mail:


    A simple mathematical model for the analysis of the steady state behavior of a bubbling fluidized bed burner is presented, with the main intention of evaluating the importance of the primary fragmentation of fuel particles on the performance of this type of burners. This model has pedagogical advantages because of its simplicity and easiness of application to the analysis of realistic situations. The model is based upon the classical models used for the study of batch combustion processes in fluidized bed reactors. Experimental data from studies of fluidized bed combustion of portuguese vegetable chars are used to support the analysis of the performance of a 1 m diameter fluidized bed combustor. (author)


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    The numerical method and random analysis of cement concrete expansion are given. A mathematical procedure is presented which includes the nonlinear characteristics of the concrete. An expression is presented to predict the linear restrained expansion of expansive concrete bar restrained by a steel rod. The results indicate a rapid change in strains and stresses within initial days, after which the change gradually decreases. A reliable and accurate method of predicting the behavior of the concrete bulkheads in drifts is presented here. Extensive sensitivity and parametric studies have been performed. The random density distributions of expansive concrete are given based on the restricted or unrestricted condition. These studies show that the bulkhead stress fields are largely influenced by the early modulus of the concrete and the randomness of the ultimate unrestrained expansion of the concrete.

  19. Sea bed mapping and inspection

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    The conference has 24 presentations on the topics: Sea bed mapping, inspection, positioning, hydrography, marine archaeology, remote operation vehicles and computerized simulation technologies, oil field activities and plans, technological experiences and problems. (tk)

  20. Torsion testing of bed joints

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    Hansen, Klavs Feilberg; Pedersen, Carsten Mørk


    This paper describes a simple test method for determining the torsion strength of a single bed joint between two bricks and presents results from testing using this test method. The setup for the torsion test is well defined, require minimal preparation of the test specimen and the test can be...... carried out directly in a normal testing machine. The torsion strength is believed to be the most important parameter in out-of-plane resistance of masonry walls subjected to bending about an axis perpendicular to the bed joints. The paper also contains a few test results from bending of small walls about...... an axis perpendicular to the bed joints, which indicate the close connection between these results and results from torsion tests. These characteristics make the torsion strength well suited to act as substitute parameter for the bending strength of masonry about an axis perpendicular to the bed...

  1. Prediction of final settlements of buildings constructed on expansive soils


    María-de-la-Luz Pérez-Rea; Tania Ayala; Victor Castano


    Because the action of the swelling pressure, the settlements caused by the transmitted load from the structure on expansive soils, and the settlements calculated by classic theories of soils mechanics are different. This swelling pressure acts in opposite direction to the weight of the building. In this paper, the authors propose the use of a volumetric strain coefficient by settlements exp, in a soil-structure interaction algorithm taking into account the expansive soil behavior in the reduc...

  2. Kinetics of the collisionless expansion of spherical nanoplasmas

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    Peano, F; Mulas, R; Coppa, G; Silva, L O


    The collisionless expansion of spherical plasmas composed of cold ions and hot electrons is analyzed using a novel kinetic model, with special emphasis on the influence of the electron dynamics. Simple, general laws are found, relating the relevant expansion features to the initial conditions of the plasma, determined from a single dimensionless parameter. A transition is identified in the behavior of the ion energy spectrum, which is monotonic only for high electron temperatures, otherwise exhibiting a local peak far from the cutoff energy.

  3. Modeling biomass gasification in circulating fluidized beds (United States)

    Miao, Qi

    In this thesis, the modeling of biomass gasification in circulating fluidized beds was studied. The hydrodynamics of a circulating fluidized bed operating on biomass particles were first investigated, both experimentally and numerically. Then a comprehensive mathematical model was presented to predict the overall performance of a 1.2 MWe biomass gasification and power generation plant. A sensitivity analysis was conducted to test its response to several gasifier operating conditions. The model was validated using the experimental results obtained from the plant and two other circulating fluidized bed biomass gasifiers (CFBBGs). Finally, an ASPEN PLUS simulation model of biomass gasification was presented based on minimization of the Gibbs free energy of the reaction system at chemical equilibrium. Hydrodynamics plays a crucial role in defining the performance of gas-solid circulating fluidized beds (CFBs). A 2-dimensional mathematical model was developed considering the hydrodynamic behavior of CFB gasifiers. In the modeling, the CFB riser was divided into two regions: a dense region at the bottom and a dilute region at the top of the riser. Kunii and Levenspiel (1991)'s model was adopted to express the vertical solids distribution with some other assumptions. Radial distributions of bed voidage were taken into account in the upper zone by using Zhang et al. (1991)'s correlation. For model validation purposes, a cold model CFB was employed, in which sawdust was transported with air as the fluidizing agent. A comprehensive mathematical model was developed to predict the overall performance of a 1.2 MWe biomass gasification and power generation demonstration plant in China. Hydrodynamics as well as chemical reaction kinetics were considered. The fluidized bed riser was divided into two distinct sections: (a) a dense region at the bottom of the bed where biomass undergoes mainly heterogeneous reactions and (b) a dilute region at the top where most of homogeneous

  4. Government’s Role in Urban Construction Land Expansion

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    Focusing on urban construction land expansion,governmental influence on expansion of urban construction land in China is analyzed from fiscal decentralization,government game and land system.Due to fiscal decentralization and coupled with GDP-based performance evaluation system,local government seeks to maximizing economic profits.Whereas,land systems such as land property,land expropriation and land transfer system,let the local governments’ profit seeking behavior achieved.The conclusion is that the government’s role in urban construction land expansion is mainly from local governments.

  5. Hole expansion in a variety of sheet steels (United States)

    Comstock, R. J.; Scherrer, D. K.; Adamczyk, R. D.


    Expanding pierced holes is a common forming practice and problems during these operations are not unusual. A damczyk and Michal have previously developed an equation for maximum hole expansion of HSLA steels, for holes in the sheared then deburred condition. This paper expands the work of the above authors. Nineteen ferritic, ferritic stainless, and austenitic stainless steels were evaluated for hole expansion using various hole-edge conditions. It was found that the behavior of steels having finished holes is very different than those tested in the as-sheared condition. Relationships between hole expansion and tensile-mechanical properties were developed for both conditions.

  6. Packed bed heat storage: Continuum mechanics model and validation (United States)

    Knödler, Philipp; Dreißigacker, Volker; Zunft, Stefan


    Thermal energy storage (TES) systems are key elements for various types of new power plant concepts. As possible cost-effective storage inventory option, packed beds of miscellaneous material come into consideration. However, high technical risks arise due to thermal expansion and shrinking of the packed bed's particles during cyclic thermal operation, possibly leading to material failure. Therefore, suitable tools for designing the heat storage system are mandatory. While particle discrete models offer detailed simulation results, the computing time for large scale applications is inefficient. In contrast, continuous models offer time-efficient simulation results but are in need of effective packed bed parameters. This work focuses on providing insight into some basic methods and tools on how to obtain such parameters and on how they are implemented into a continuum model. In this context, a particle discrete model as well as a test rig for carrying out uniaxial compression tests (UCT) is introduced. Performing of experimental validation tests indicate good agreement with simulated UCT results. In this process, effective parameters required for a continuous packed bed model were identified and used for continuum simulation. This approach is validated by comparing the simulated results with experimental data from another test rig. The presented method significantly simplifies subsequent design studies.

  7. Mathematical simulation of radial heat transfer in packed beds by pseudohomogeneous modeling

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    Rodrigo Béttega; Marcos Flávio Pinto Moreira; Ronaldo Guimar(a)es Corrêa; José Teixeira Freire


    Uniform flow regime and constant effective thermal conductivity inside packed beds are commonly accepted in the evaluation of the fluid dynamics and heat transfer in such systems. However, several authors have confirmed the presence of an oscillatory velocity profile caused by the effective contribution of porosity profile in the fluid dynamic behavior of packed beds, which directly influences the heat transfer inside the beds. This paper describes the application of a pseudo-homogeneous mathematical model for describing heat transfer in packed beds with oscillatory profiles of velocity and porosity, using a radius-dependent model for effective thermal conductivity kr. Several temperature profiles were obtained in a packed bed system with thermal source located on the wall. The simulated temperature and effective thermal conductivity obtained from simulations were compared with experimental data and calculation from a model based on uniform kr fitting. The results indicate that the proposed mathematical modeling was capable of better representing the heat transfer in the packed bed.

  8. Elucidating Negative Thermal Expansion in MOF-5

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    Multi-temperature X-ray diffraction studies show that twisting, rotation, and libration cause negative thermal expansion (NTE) of the nanoporous metal-organic framework MOF-5, Zn4O(1,4-benzenedicarboxylate)3. The near-linear lattice contraction is quantified in the temperature range 80-500 K using synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction. Vibrational motions causing the abnormal expansion behavior are evidenced by shortening of certain interatomic distances with increasing temperature according to single-crystal X-ray diffraction on a guest-free crystal over a broad temperature range. Detailed analysis of the atomic positional and displacement parameters suggests two contributions to cause the effect: (1) local twisting and vibrational motion of the carboxylate groups and (2) concerted transverse vibration of the linear linkers. The vibrational mechanism is confirmed by calculations of the dynamics in a molecular fragment of the framework.

  9. Effect and surfactants on three-phase fluidized bed hydrodynamics

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    Experiments were conducted to discern the relationship between three-phase fluidized bed hydrodynamics and surfactant solution characteristics. The standard characteristic, equilibrium surface tension, is inadequate. A novel method for surface tension evaluation, a dynamic maximum bubble pressure technique, was found to differentiate the 12 different solutions studied. The surfactant solutions were categorized based upon a combination of the terminal bubble rise velocity reduction, the equilibrium surface tension, and the new bubble tension values. These surfactant solution categories were correlated with experimentally observed three-phase fluidized bed and bubble column hydrodynamic behavior. Specifically, empirical correlations for gas holdup are presented

  10. Burial Ground Expansion Hydrogeologic Characterization

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    Gaughan , T.F.


    Sirrine Environmental Consultants provided technical oversight of the installation of eighteen groundwater monitoring wells and six exploratory borings around the location of the Burial Ground Expansion.

  11. Experimental studies of gas-particle mixtures under sudden expansion (United States)

    Zunino, Heather; Adrian, Ronald; Clarke, Amanda; Arizona State University Collaboration; University of Florida Collaboration


    High-speed video cameras and pressure sensors were used to capture the movement of a particle bed due to a passing expansion fan created by a diaphragm burst in a shock tube. The particle bed is placed on the high-pressure side (p4) of the shock tube. Once the diaphragm bursts, it expands upward into the low-pressure region (p1). Several interesting structures are captured and examined, including instabilities located at the top surface of the particle bed and particle vacant regions within the bed. These features are discussed along with their relevance to the spikes of material seen radially ejected outward during a cylindrical explosion. The characteristics of this flow are compared for several different pressure regimes. Two-dimensional and three-dimensional Fourier analyses are used to further explore and measure the frequency of the features imaged. Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration, Advanced Simulation and Computing Program, as a Cooperative Agreement under the Predictive Science and Academic Alliance Program, under Contract No. DE-NA0002378.

  12. Phase transition, crystal water and low thermal expansion behavior of Al2−2x(ZrMg)xW3O12·n(H2O)

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    Al2−2x(ZrMg)xW3O12 for 0≤x≤1.0 are synthesized to reduce the phase transition temperature of Al2W3O12. It is found that the incorporation of (ZrMg)6+ into the lattice of Al2W3O12 not only reduces its orthorhombic-to-monoclinic phase transition temperature but also elevates its softening temperature, broadening its applicable temperature range considerably. Al2−2x(ZrMg)xW3O12 with x<0.5 exhibit low coefficients of thermal expansion (CTEs) and non-hygroscopicity, while those for x≥0.7 are obviously hygroscopic and the CETs decrease with increasing the content of (ZrMg)6+ so that Al0.2(ZrMg)0.9W3O12 and ZrMgW3O12 exhibit negative thermal expansion. Temperature-dependent Raman spectroscopic study shows the hardening of W–O bonds above 373 K which is attributed to the release of crystal water. The effect of crystal water on the thermal expansion property is discussed based on the hydrogen bond between H in crystal water and electronegative O in Al(ZrMg)–O–W linkages. - Graphical abstract: (a and b) Temperature dependent Raman spectra of Al2−x(ZrMg)xW3O12 (x=0.1, 0.2), (c and d) Building block of a unit cell of Al2−x(ZrMg)xW3O12·n(H2O) and schematic showing the effect of crystal water on Al(Zr, Mg)–O–W linkages. - Highlights: • (ZrMg)6+ reduces orthorhombic-to-monoclinic phase transition of Al2W3O12. • The incorporation of (ZrMg)6+ elevates the softening temperature of Al2W3O12. • Al2−2x(ZrMg)xW3O12 (x<0.5) exhibit low CTEs and non-hygroscopicity. • Al0.2(ZrMg)0.9W3O12·0.8H2O and ZrMgW3O12·2H2O present NTE. • Hydrogen bond between H in H2O and O in Al(ZrMg)–O–W affects thermal expansion

  13. Orthogonal Query Expansion

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    Ackerman, Margareta; Lopez-Ortiz, Alejandro


    Over the last fifteen years, web searching has seen tremendous improvements. Starting from a nearly random collection of matching pages in 1995, today, search engines tend to satisfy the user's informational need on well-formulated queries. One of the main remaining challenges is to satisfy the users' needs when they provide a poorly formulated query. When the pages matching the user's original keywords are judged to be unsatisfactory, query expansion techniques are used to alter the result set. These techniques find keywords that are similar to the keywords given by the user, which are then appended to the original query leading to a perturbation of the result set. However, when the original query is sufficiently ill-posed, the user's informational need is best met using entirely different keywords, and a small perturbation of the original result set is bound to fail. We propose a novel approach that is not based on the keywords of the original query. We intentionally seek out orthogonal queries, which are r...

  14. Fluid bed porosity equation for an inverse fluidized bed bioreactor with particles growing biofilm

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    Fluid Bed Bioreactor performance is strongly affected by bed void fraction or bed porosity fluctuations. Particle size enlargement due to biofilm growth is an important factor that is involved in these variations and until now there are no mathematical equations that consider biofilm growth. In this work a mathematical equation is proposed to calculate bed void fraction in an inverse fluid bed bioreactor. (Author)

  15. Exponential Expansion in Evolutionary Economics

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    Frederiksen, Peter; Jagtfelt, Tue


    this problem is proposed in the form of a model of exponential expansion. The model outlines the overall structure and function of the economy as exponential expansion. The pictographic model describes four axiomatic concepts and their exponential nature. The interactive, directional, emerging and...

  16. Warp Drive With Zero Expansion


    Natario, Jose


    It is commonly believed that Alcubierre's warp drive works by contracting space in front of the warp bubble and expanding space behind it. We show that this expansion/contraction is but a marginal consequence of the choice made by Alcubierre, and explicitly construct a similar spacetime where no contraction/expansion occurs. Global and optical properties of warp drive spacetimes are also discussed.

  17. On summation of perturbation expansions

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    The problem of the restoration of physical quantities defined by divergent perturbation expansions is analysed. The Pad'e and Borel summability is proved for alternating perturbation expansions with factorially growing coefficients. The proof is based on the methods of the classical moments theory. 17 refs. (author)

  18. Asymptotic expansions of Jacobi functions

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    The author presents an asymptotic expansion of the Jacobi polynomials which is based on the fact, that these polynomials are special hypergeometric functions. He uses an integral representation of these functions and expands the integrand in a power series. He derives explicit error bounds on this expansion. (HSI)

  19. Particle motion in fluidised beds

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    Gas fluidised beds are important components in many process industries, e.g. coal combustors and granulators, but not much is known about the movement of the solids. Positron Emission Particle Tracking (PEPT) enables the movement of a single, radioactive tracer particle to be followed rapidly and faithfully. Experiments were carried out in columns sized between 70 and 240mm. diameter, operating in the bubbling regime at ambient process conditions using particles of group B and D (Geldart Classification). Particle motion was tracked and the data applied to models for particle movement at the gas distributor as well as close to other surfaces and to models for particle circulation in beds of cohesive particles. In the light of these data, models for particle and bubble interaction, particle circulation, segregation, attrition, erosion, heat transfer and fluidised bed scale-up rules were reassessed. Particle motion is directly caused by bubble motion, and their velocities were found to be equal for particles travelling in a bubble. PEPT enables particle circulation to be measured, giving a more accurate correlation for future predictions. Particle motion follows the scale-up rules based on similarities of the bubble motion in the bed. A new group of parameters was identified controlling the amount of attrition in fluidised beds and a new model to predict attrition is proposed. (author)

  20. Clinical physiology of bed rest (United States)

    Greenleaf, John E.


    Maintenance of optimal health in humans requires the proper balance between exercise, rest, and sleep as well as time in the upright position. About one-third of a lifetime is spent sleeping; and it is no coincidence that sleeping is performed in the horizontal position, the position in which gravitational influence on the body is minimal. Although enforced bed rest is necessary for the treatment of some ailments, in some cases it has probably been used unwisely. In addition to the lower hydrostatic pressure with the normally dependent regions of the cardiovascular system, body fuid compartments during bed rest in the horizontal body position, and virtual elimination of compression on the long bones of the skeletal system during bed rest (hypogravia), there is often reduction in energy metabolism due to the relative confinement (hypodynamia) and alteration of ambulatory circadian variations in metabolism, body temperature, and many hormonal systems. If patients are also moved to unfamiliar surroundings, they probably experience some feelings of anxiety and some sociopsychological problems. Adaptive physiological responses during bed rest are normal for that environment. They are attempts by the body to reduce unnecessary energy expenditure, to optimize its function, and to enhance its survival potential. Many of the deconditioning responses begin within the first day or two of bed rest; these early responses have prompted physicians to insist upon early resumption of the upright posture and ambulation of bedridden patients.

  1. Modular hydride beds for mobile applications

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    Malinowski, M.E.; Stewart, K.D.


    Design, construction, initial testing and simple thermal modeling of modular, metal hydride beds have been completed. Originally designed for supplying hydrogen to a fuel cell on a mobile vehicle, the complete bed design consists of 8 modules and is intended for use on the Palm Desert Vehicle (PDV) under development at the Schatz Energy Center, Humbolt State University. Each module contains approximately 2 kg of a commercially available, low temperature, hydride-forming metal alloy. Waste heat from the fuel cell in the form of heated water is used to desorb hydrogen from the alloy for supplying feed hydrogen to the fuel cell. In order to help determine the performance of such a modular bed system, six modules were constructed and tested. The design and construction of the modules is described in detail. Initial testing of the modules both individually and as a group showed that each module can store {approximately} 30 g of hydrogen (at 165 PSIA fill pressure, 17 C), could be filled with hydrogen in 6 minutes at a nominal, 75 standard liters/min (slm) fueling rate, and could supply hydrogen during desorption at rates of 25 slm, the maximum anticipated hydrogen fuel cell input requirement. Tests made of 5 modules as a group indicated that the behavior of the group run in parallel both in fueling and gas delivery could be directly predicted from the corresponding, single module characteristics by using an appropriate scaling factor. Simple thermal modeling of a module as an array of cylindrical, hydride-filled tubes was performed. The predictions of the model are in good agreement with experimental data.

  2. On genus expansion of superpolynomials

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    Mironov, A; Sleptsov, A; Smirnov, A


    Recently it was shown that the (Ooguri-Vafa) generating function of HOMFLY polynomials is the Hurwitz partition function, i.e. that the dependence of the HOMFLY polynomials on representation is naturally captured by symmetric group characters (cut-and-join eigenvalues). The genus expansion and expansion through Vassiliev invariants explicitly demonstrate this phenomenon. In the present letter we claim that the superpolynomials are not functions of such a type: symmetric group characters do not provide an adequate linear basis for their expansions. Deformation to superpolynomials is, however, straightforward in the multiplicative basis:the Casimir operators are beta-deformed to Hamiltonians of the Calogero-Moser-Sutherland system. Applying this trick to the genus and Vassiliev expansions, we observe that the deformation is rather straightforward only for the thin knots. Beyond this family additional algebraically independent terms appear in the Vassiliev and genus expansions. This can suggest that the superpol...

  3. Flexible Transport Network Expansion via Open WDM Interfaces

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    Fagertun, Anna Manolova; Skjoldstrup, Bjarke


    This paper presents a successful test-bed implementation of a multi-vendor transport network interconnection via open WDM interfaces. The concept of applying Alien Wavelengths (AWs) for network expansion was successfully illustrated via deployment of multi-domain/multi-vendor end-to-end OTN...... services. We evaluate the impact of AW service establishment on both native and other alien services. Our experience confirms the technical feasibility of the concept in the context of transparent network-to-network interconnection at the optical layer. Furthermore, main operational challenges are...

  4. Chaos Transfer in Fluidized Beds Accompanied with Biomass Pyrolysis

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    唐松涛; 李定凯; 吕子安; 沈幼庭


    Experiments of biomass pyrolysis were carried out in a fiuidized bed, and dynamic signals of pressure and temperature were recorded. Correlation dimension was employed to characterize the chaotic behavior of pressure and temperature signals. Both pressure and temperature signals exhibit chaotic behavior, and the chaotic behavior of temperature signals is always weaker than that of pressure signals. Chaos transfer theory was advanced to explain the above phenomena. The discussion on the algorithm of the correlation dimension shows that the distance definition based on rhombic neighborhood is a better choice than the traditional one based on spherical neighborhood. The former provides a satisfactory result in a much shorter time.

  5. Dimensional similitude and the hydrodynamics of three- phase fluidized beds (United States)

    Safoniuk, Michael

    It is proposed that scaling of three-phase fluidized bed hydrodynamics can be carried out based on geometric similarity and matching of a set of five dimensionless groups: (i)the M-group, M = g.Δρ.μ L4/(ρL2.σ 3); (ii)an Eötvös number, Eo = g.Δρ.d p2/σ (iii)the liquid Reynolds number, Re L = ρL.dp.UL/μ L; (iv)a density ratio, βd = ρp/ρ L; and (v)a superficial velocity ratio, βu = U g/UL. These were varied in an experimental study where four dimensionless hydrodynamic parameters were measured: (i)gas hold-up, ɛ g; (ii)bed expansion ratio, βbe (iii)the ratio of mean bubble diameter to particle diameter, db/dp ; and (iv)the ratio of mean bubble rise velocity to gas superficial velocity, Ub/Ug. This approach was validated experimentally by matching the dimensionless operating conditions from a kerosene-nitrogen-ceramic three-phase system with those in an aqueous magnesium sulphate solution-air-aluminum particle fluidized bed. There was good agreement between the gas hold-ups and bed expansion ratios in the two systems. A pilot-plant scale cold-flow co-current upwards-flowing three-phase fluidized bed column of inside diameter 292 mm was built and operated using three different liquids (tap water, an aqueous 44 mass % glycerol solution, and an aqueous 60 mass % glycerol solution), air, and cylindrical aluminum particles of diameter 4 mm and length 10 mm. The fluids and solids were carefully selected to result in dimensionless group values in the range of those of an industrial hydroprocessor. Specially built conductivity probes and pressure transducers were used to measure the hydrodynamic properties for different gas and liquid superficial velocities. Special attention was required to provide for drift and calibration when recording and analyzing data from the conductivity probes. Gas hold-ups were in the range of 5 to 20% by volume and were correlated as a function of liquid-phase Reynolds number and superficial velocity ratio. The gas hold-ups were a

  6. Studies on thermal expansion and neutron irradiation effect of polycrystalline graphites

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    For thermal expansion and neutron irradiation effect, thermal expansion coefficients and physical properties were measured of polycrystalline graphites, neutron irradiated, unirradiated, and compressively pre-stressed at room temperature, respectively. Factors involved in the thermal expansion were thus clarified. Relationship between thermal expansion coefficient and dimensional changes of graphites irradiated at high temperatures was studied. Thermal expansion and physical properties were measured of the irradiated graphites and subsequently after their thermal annealing at elevated temperatures. Behavior of the irradiation-induced defects is discussed. (author)

  7. Frequency dependent thermal expansion in binary viscoelasticcomposites

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    Berryman, James G.


    The effective thermal expansion coefficient beta* of abinary viscoelastic composite is shown to be frequency dependent even ifthe thermal expansion coefficients beta A and beta B of both constituentsare themselves frequency independent. Exact calculations for binaryviscoelastic systems show that beta* is related to constituent valuesbeta A, beta B, volume fractions, and bulk moduli KA, KB, as well as tothe overall bulk modulus K* of the composite system. Then, beta* isdetermined for isotropic systems by first bounding (or measuring) K* andtherefore beta*. For anisotropic systems with hexagonal symmetry, theprincipal values of the thermal expansion beta*perp and beta*para can bedetermined exactly when the constituents form a layered system. In allthe examples studied, it is shown explicitly that the eigenvectors of thethermoviscoelastic system possess non-negative dissipation -- despite thecomplicated analytical behavior of the frequency dependent thermalexpansivities themselves. Methods presented have a variety ofapplications from fluid-fluid mixtures to fluid-solid suspensions, andfrom fluid-saturated porous media to viscoelastic solid-solidcomposites.

  8. On the thermodynmamics of diamagnetic plasma expansions

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    The expansion of a hot plasma into a weak uniform magnetic field in vacuum is perhaps the simplest possible plasma-physical system, yet its thermodynamic behavior is complex. Observational evidence for non-adiabatic expansion has recently come from a study of hot diamagnetic cavities detected near the earth's bow shock. These are localized regions of plasma characterized by high temperature, low density, and low magnetic field strength. Although the formation mechanism has not been established, it appears that some process may be necessary to maintain or increase the plasma temperature as the density decreases. Particle-in-cell simulations of diamagnetic plasma expansions are used to illustrate the interplay of energy among the ions, electrons, background magnetic field, and generated electrostatic and electromagnetic waves. Initially, the field is everywhere uniform and straight, and ions moving parallel to the field do no work and escape unhindered. Ions moving perpendicular to the field do work against the field and lose energy to it. Thus the perpendicular ion energy decreases faster than the parallel energy, and a large temperature anisotropy favoring Tparallel develops. The electrons, which are initially at the same temperature as the ions, follow along with the expanding ions without decreasing much in temperature

  9. The ionic conductivity, thermal expansion behavior, and chemical compatibility of La 0.54Sr 0.44Co 0.2Fe 0.8O 3-δ as SOFC cathode material (United States)

    Fan, Baoan; Yan, Jiabao; Yan, Xiaochao


    In this paper, the ionic conductivities of La 0.54Sr 0.44Co 0.2Fe 0.8O 3-δ and La 0.6Sr 0.4Co 0.2Fe 0.8O 3-δ were measured by electron-blocked alternating current impedance analysis technique. The results show that the oxygen ion conductivity of La 0.54Sr 0.44Co 0.2Fe 0.8O 3-δ is nearly five times higher than that of La 0.6Sr 0.4Co 0.2Fe 0.8O 3-δ, which makes La 0.54Sr 0.44Co 0.2Fe 0.8O 3-δ cathode more conductive than YSZ electrolyte. Consequently, the electrochemical reaction region is extended from the interface between the cathode and the electrolyte to the whole surface of the cathode grains, with a result of the cathode polarization overpotential being decreased and the cell electrical performance being improved. Besides, the XRD results show that both La 0.54Sr 0.44Co 0.2Fe 0.8O 3-δ and La 0.6Sr 0.4Co 0.2Fe 0.8O 3-δ begin to react with 8YSZ([Y 2O 3] 0.08·[ZrO 2] 0.92) at 850 °C, but La 0.54Sr 0.44Co 0.2Fe 0.8O 3-δ with a faster reaction rate. The thermal expansion experiments manifest that the two LSCFs have approximate thermal expansion coefficients, being about 14 × 10 -6-15 × 10 -6 K -1 from 500 °C to 700 °C, which is moderately higher than that of 8YSZ.

  10. Design of Complex Systems to Achieve Passive Safety: Natural Circulation Cooling of Liquid Salt Pebble Bed Reactors (United States)

    Scarlat, Raluca Olga

    This dissertation treats system design, modeling of transient system response, and characterization of individual phenomena and demonstrates a framework for integration of these three activities early in the design process of a complex engineered system. A system analysis framework for prioritization of experiments, modeling, and development of detailed design is proposed. Two fundamental topics in thermal-hydraulics are discussed, which illustrate the integration of modeling and experimentation with nuclear reactor design and safety analysis: thermal-hydraulic modeling of heat generating pebble bed cores, and scaled experiments for natural circulation heat removal with Boussinesq liquids. The case studies used in this dissertation are derived from the design and safety analysis of a pebble bed fluoride salt cooled high temperature nuclear reactor (PB-FHR), currently under development in the United States at the university and national laboratories level. In the context of the phenomena identification and ranking table (PIRT) methodology, new tools and approaches are proposed and demonstrated here, which are specifically relevant to technology in the early stages of development, and to analysis of passive safety features. A system decomposition approach is proposed. Definition of system functional requirements complements identification and compilation of the current knowledge base for the behavior of the system. Two new graphical tools are developed for ranking of phenomena importance: a phenomena ranking map, and a phenomena identification and ranking matrix (PIRM). The functional requirements established through this methodology were used for the design and optimization of the reactor core, and for the transient analysis and design of the passive natural circulation driven decay heat removal system for the PB-FHR. A numerical modeling approach for heat-generating porous media, with multi-dimensional fluid flow is presented. The application of this modeling