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  1. A guide to the suitability of elastomeric seal materials for use in radioactive material transport packages

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    Elastomeric seals are a frequently favoured method of sealing Radioactive Material Transport (RMT) packages. The sealing technology has been proven for many years in a wide range of industrial applications. The requirements of the RMT package applications, however, are significantly different from those commonly found in other industries. This guide outlines the Regulatory performance requirements placed on an RMT package sealing system by TS-R-1, and then summarises the material, environment and geometry characteristics of elastomeric seals relevant to RMT applications. Tables in the guide list typical material properties for a range of elastomeric materials commonly used in RMT packages

  2. A guide to the suitability of elastomeric seal materials for use in radioactive material transport packages

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    Vince, D.J. [Department for Transport, London (United Kingdom)

    2004-07-01

    Elastomeric seals are a frequently favoured method of sealing Radioactive Material Transport (RMT) packages. The sealing technology has been proven for many years in a wide range of industrial applications. The requirements of the RMT package applications, however, are significantly different from those commonly found in other industries. This guide outlines the Regulatory performance requirements placed on an RMT package sealing system by TS-R-1, and then summarises the material, environment and geometry characteristics of elastomeric seals relevant to RMT applications. Tables in the guide list typical material properties for a range of elastomeric materials commonly used in RMT packages.

  3. Diffusion welding of magnetic materials through porous gaskets made of rolled strips

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    Results are presented of studying peculiarities of producing rolled porous gaskets from nickel strips and formation of magnetic material joints by diffusion welding through such gaskets. The optimum mode of pyrolysis (573 K, 9 K/min) ensuring reduction of formate nickel with specific surface 16-18 m2/g is established. 60-80 ?m thick strips with 50-60% porosity prepared at the 190 mm/min rolling rate are recommended as porous nickel gaskets. Optimum working parameters are determined for diffusion welding of magnetic-soft materials with magnetic-hard ones through porous nickel gaskets ensuring the formation of precise joints with preservation of initial physico-mechanical properties without development of volumetric plastic strains

  4. Performance testing of elastomeric seal materials under low and high temperature conditions: Final report

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    The US Department of Energy Offices of Defense Programs and Civilian Radioactive Waste Management jointly sponsored a program to evaluate elastomeric O-ring seal materials for radioactive material shipping containers. The report presents the results of low- and high-temperature tests conducted on 27 common elastomeric compounds

  5. New Soft Polymeric Materials Applicable as Elastomeric Transducers

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    Bejenariu, Anca Gabriela; Skov, Anne Ladegaard

    An elastomer is a material characterized by the capability to regain its original size and shape after being deformed (stretched or distorted). An ideal elastomer for electroactive polymer (EAP) applications is a system characterized by high extensibility, flexibility and a good mechanical fatigue. Dielectric elastomers (DEs) are part of electronic EAPs presenting a good combination of electromechanical properties such as high achievable strains and stresses, fast response speeds, long lifetime, high reliability and high efficiency1. Subjected to a voltage, a polymeric electroactive material sandwiched between two compliant electrodes will reduce its thickness and expand its area. The electrical energy transformed into mechanical energy is called actuation and it is studied in the technology of elastomeric transducers. While DEs deform under high voltage, the actuation varies for different materials (ceramics2, glassy polymers3 or soft polymeric networks4-6). The strain actuation for stiff materials such asglassy or semicrystalline polymers is limited by the electrical breakdown7, while the deformation upon actuation for soft materials is limited by the electromechanical breakdown8. This paper presents new soft polymeric materials based on silicone with improved mechanical properties. Silicone elastomers exhibit good characteristics including biocompatibility, oxidation resistance, thermal stability, fast mechanical response with good reproducibility and stable mechanical behaviour over a wide range of temperature10-13. However, silicone elastomer has weak intermolecular forces among polymeric chains, which limits its mechanical strength. Mechanical properties may be improved using different methods (adding fillers14, interpenetrating network synthesis15 or bimodal network synthesis16). In the present study hyperswollen silicone networks are synthesized and rheologically characterized. Their viscoelastic properties make them good candidates for elastomeric transducers. Silicone networks are synthesized using ahydrosilylation reaction at room temperature between vinyl-terminated polydimethyl siloxanes (PDMS), a 4-functional crosslinker and a platinum catalyst. A ‘one-step two-pot’ mixing procedure is applied and to each premix 70% solvent (heptane) is added. The use of solvent causes networks with fewer entanglements, thus giving the polymeric chains opportunity to act as undisturbed ideal springs. The viscoelastic behavior as function of the applied frequency (LVE diagram) is shown for different hyperswollen networks with varying stoichiometric imbalance (r). The results are compared with results of similar un-swollen networks. The hyperswollen networks are significantly softer and still easy to handle. From a mechanical point of view, the materials for EAPs use have to be soft with sufficient mechanical strength so the rupture of the material can be avoided at high strain actuation. Considering the EAP requirements and the experimental data for the hyperswollen networks based on silicone, these materials may be considered as good alternatives for the EAP application.

  6. A coupled theory of fluid permeation and large deformations for elastomeric materials

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    Anand, Lallit; Chester, Shawn Alexander

    2010-01-01

    An elastomeric gel is a cross-linked polymer network swollen with a solvent (fluid). A continuum-mechanical theory to describe the various coupled aspects of fluid permeation and large deformations (e.g., swelling and squeezing) of elastomeric gels is formulated. The basic mechanical force balance laws and the balance law for the fluid content are reviewed, and the constitutive theory that we develop is consistent with modern treatments of continuum thermodynamics, and material fr...

  7. Developments in new aircraft tire tread materials. [fatigue life of elastomeric materials

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    Yager, T. J.; Mccarty, J. L.; Riccitiello, S. R.; Golub, M. A.

    1976-01-01

    Comparative laboratory and field tests were conducted on experimental and state-of-the-art aircraft tire tread materials in a program aimed at seeking new elastomeric materials which would provide improved aircraft tire tread wear, traction, and blowout resistance in the interests of operational safety and economy. The experimental stock was formulated of natural rubber and amorphous vinyl polybutadiene to provide high thermal-oxidative resistance, a characteristic pursued on the premise that thermal oxidation is involved both in the normal abrasion or wear of tire treads and probably in the chain of events leading to blowout failures. Results from the tests demonstrate that the experimental stock provided better heat buildup (hysteresis) and fatigue properties, at least equal wet and dry traction, and greater wear resistance than the state-of-the-art stock.

  8. Biodegradable and Elastomeric Poly(glycerol sebacate) as a Coating Material for Nitinol Bare Stent

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    Min Ji Kim; Moon Young Hwang; JiHeung Kim; Dong June Chung

    2014-01-01

    We synthesized and evaluated biodegradable and elastomeric polyesters (poly(glycerol sebacate) (PGS)) using polycondensation between glycerol and sebacic acid to form a cross-linked network structure without using exogenous catalysts. Synthesized materials possess good mechanical properties, elasticity, and surface erosion biodegradation behavior. The tensile strength of the PGS was as high as 0.28?±?0.004?MPa, and Young's modulus was 0.122?±?0.0003?MPa. Elongation was as high as 237.8?±?0.64...

  9. Study on the compressive behaviour of functional knitted fabrics using elastomeric materials

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    Fangueiro, Raúl; Cruz, Juliana; Soutinho, F.; C Ferreira; Andrade, P.

    2010-01-01

    This paper describes the research work being done at University of Minho to study the behaviour of weft-knitted fabrics produced with different elastomeric materials to be applied in medical and well-being products. The compressive characteristic of knitted fabrics plays a very important role in several medical situations, such as surgery recovery, pain reduction or leg varicose. An experimental plan has been designed to study the influence of different factors in the compressive behaviour of...

  10. Recent advances in elastomeric nanocomposites

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    Mittal, Vikas; Pal, Kaushik

    2011-01-01

    Recent Advances in Elastomeric Nanocomposites reviews recent developments in the synthesis and processing of elastomeric nanocomposites. While the text is written from an applications perspective, it also provides enough introductory material for scholars new to the field.

  11. Radiation resistance of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene and polyetheretherketone as materials for gasket and sealing

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    Radiation resistance of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (NL-W) and polyetheretherketone (PEEK-450G) was tested to select the gasket and sealing materials used in the piping and valve for high level radioactive liquid in reprocessing of nuclear fuel. The tensile, bending, hardness, and seal tests were carried out after 60Co-?-ray irradiation in air, in oxygen under pressure, and in nitric acid of 3N and 10N at room temperature. For NL-W, the degradation was small until 3.2 MGy by the irradiation in air and in nitric acid, then the sealing was maintained. However, the degradation was observed by the irradiation in oxygen under pressure, then, the physical properties and sealing would be loosed gradually with dose in air at very low dose rate irradiation. For PEEK-450G, the radiation degradation was very small in the these irradiation conditions, but it was observed to degrade in the case of high temperature in high concentration of nitric acid. (author)

  12. Choice of Elastomeric Material for Buffer Devices of Metallurgical Equipment

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    Firas M.F. Al-Quran; M.E. Matarneh; V.G. Artukh

    2012-01-01

    This study sheds light on the materials (elastomers) which are used for buffer equipment production. One of the unsolved problems concerning shock absorption is the problem of optimal material choice for the shock absorber. It is the main problem examined in this study. We conclude that the material should be chosen in accordance with such characteristics as energy intensity rate, internal friction and rheological characteristic.

  13. Choice of Elastomeric Material for Buffer Devices of Metallurgical Equipment

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    Firas M.F. Al-Quran

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available This study sheds light on the materials (elastomers which are used for buffer equipment production. One of the unsolved problems concerning shock absorption is the problem of optimal material choice for the shock absorber. It is the main problem examined in this study. We conclude that the material should be chosen in accordance with such characteristics as energy intensity rate, internal friction and rheological characteristic.

  14. Predicting the dynamic material constants of Mooney-Rivlin model in broad frequency range for elastomeric components

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    Kamal, Jahani; Hossein, Mahmoodzade.

    Full Text Available In this paper, dynamic material constants of 2-parameter Mooney-Rivlin model for elastomeric components are identified in broad frequency range. To consider more practical case, an elastomeric engine mount is used as the case study. Finite element model updating technique using Radial Basis Function [...] neural networks is implemented to predict the dynamic material constants. Material constants of 2-parameter Mooney-Rivlin model are obtained by curve fitting on uni-axial stress-strain curve. The initial estimations of the material constants are achieved by using uni-axial tension test data. To ensure of the consistency of dynamic response of a real component, frequency response function of three similar engine mounts are extracted from experimental modal data and average of them used in the procedure. The results showed that this technique can successfully predict dynamic material constants of Mooney-Rivlin model for elastomeric components.

  15. New Soft Polymeric Materials Applicable as Elastomeric Transducers

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    Bejenariu, Anca Gabriela; Skov, Anne Ladegaard

    2011-01-01

    An elastomer is a material characterized by the capability to regain its original size and shape after being deformed (stretched or distorted). An ideal elastomer for electroactive polymer (EAP) applications is a system characterized by high extensibility, flexibility and a good mechanical fatigue. Dielectric elastomers (DEs) are part of electronic EAPs presenting a good combination of electromechanical properties such as high achievable strains and stresses, fast response speeds, long l...

  16. Characterisation of crosslinked elastomeric materials by 1H NMR relaxation time distributions.

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    Borgia, G C; Fantazzini, P; Ferrando, A; Maddinelli, G

    2001-01-01

    One of the most critical structural parameters in elastomeric materials is the density of cross-linking between the polymeric chains. This chemical feature greatly affects chain motions and is determinant in controlling mechanical properties of the final product. NMR techniques are widely and efficiently applied to investigation of such materials. In this study we have measured both transverse and longitudinal 1H relaxation times of a series of polybutadiene rubber samples with increasing crosslink density induced by chemical treatment. This approach allowed the observation of T(1) and T(2) decrease with the increase of crosslink density in the samples examined. The data obtained have been analyzed and compared to theoretical models. PMID:11445320

  17. Evaluation of Different Disinfactants on Dimensional Accuracy and Surface Quality of Type IV Gypsum Casts Retrieved from Elastomeric Impression Materials

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    Pal, P K; Suresh S Kamble; Chaurasia, Ranjitkumar Rampratap; Chaurasia, Vishwajit Rampratap; Tiwari, Samarth; Bansal, Deepak

    2014-01-01

    Background: The present study was done to evaluate the dimensional stability and surface quality of Type IV gypsum casts retrieved from disinfected elastomeric impression materials. Materials and Methods: In an in vitro study contaminated impression material with known bacterial species was disinfected with disinfectants followed by culturing the swab sample to assess reduction in level of bacterial colony. Changes in surface detail reproduction of impression were a...

  18. A general approach for quantifying the heat-ageing of gaskets

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    A recurrent concern in the design of packaging for the transportation of radioactive material is to determine the elastomeric gaskets life at high temperature. Most gasket suppliers specify maximum allowable temperatures during ''continuous service'' and ''peak service'' (such as ''200 C in continuous service'' or ''250 C in peak'') but they do not specify the definition of ''continuous'' or ''peak'' service, what are the acceptance criteria and how these maximum temperatures are determined. Based on this type of data, it is difficult to assess the acceptability of a gasket submitted to fluctuating temperatures. COGEMA LOGISTICS has launched a test program on the different rubber grades used on its casks to determine, for different temperature levels (e.g. 200 C, 210 C,.., 250 C..), the maximum seal life based on clearly defined criteria. The goal is to establish, for each rubber grade, the seal life versus temperature curve. These curves can be used to know if a gasket exposed to any specified temperature profile can guarantee the leaktightness. The principle of the method is to calculate a sum of ''elementary damage rates'' on the temperature profile (split up into elementary time intervals) and to compare this sum (the ''global damage rate'') to a ''aximum permissible damage rate''. If the global damage rate is lower than the maximum permissible damage rate, the leaktightness of the packaging can be guaranteed for the given temperature profile

  19. Linear dimensional changes in plaster die models using different elastomeric materials

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    Jefferson Ricardo Pereira

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Dental impression is an important step in the preparation of prostheses since it provides the reproduction of anatomic and surface details of teeth and adjacent structures. The objective of this study was to evaluate the linear dimensional alterations in gypsum dies obtained with different elastomeric materials, using a resin coping impression technique with individual shells. A master cast made of stainless steel with fixed prosthesis characteristics with two prepared abutment teeth was used to obtain the impressions. References points (A, B, C, D, E and F were recorded on the occlusal and buccal surfaces of abutments to register the distances. The impressions were obtained using the following materials: polyether, mercaptan-polysulfide, addition silicone, and condensation silicone. The transfer impressions were made with custom trays and an irreversible hydrocolloid material and were poured with type IV gypsum. The distances between identified points in gypsum dies were measured using an optical microscope and the results were statistically analyzed by ANOVA (p < 0.05 and Tukey's test. The mean of the distances were registered as follows: addition silicone (AB = 13.6 µm, CD=15.0 µm, EF = 14.6 µm, GH=15.2 µm, mercaptan-polysulfide (AB = 36.0 µm, CD = 36.0 µm, EF = 39.6 µm, GH = 40.6 µm, polyether (AB = 35.2 µm, CD = 35.6 µm, EF = 39.4 µm, GH = 41.4 µm and condensation silicone (AB = 69.2 µm, CD = 71.0 µm, EF = 80.6 µm, GH = 81.2 µm. All of the measurements found in gypsum dies were compared to those of a master cast. The results demonstrated that the addition silicone provides the best stability of the compounds tested, followed by polyether, polysulfide and condensation silicone. No statistical differences were obtained between polyether and mercaptan-polysulfide materials.

  20. Nuclear power plant accident simulations of gasket materials under simultaneous radiation plus thermal plus mechanical stress conditions

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    In order to probe the response of silicone door gasket materials to a postulated severe accident in an Italian nuclear power plant, compression stress relaxation (CSR) and compression set (CS) measurements were conducted under combined radiation (approximately 6 kGy/h) and temperature (up to 230 degrees C) conditions. By making some reasonable initial assumptions, simplified constant temperature and dose rates were derived that should do a reasonable job of simulating the complex environments for worst-case severe events that combine overall aging plus accidents. Further simplification coupled with thermal-only experiments allowed us to derive thermal-only conditions that can be used to achieve CSR and CS responses similar to those expected from the combined environments that are more difficult to simulate. Although the thermal-only simulations should lead to sealing forces similar to those expected during a severe accident, modulus and density results indicate that significant differences in underlying chemistry are expected for the thermal-only and the combined environment simulations. 15 refs., 31 figs., 15 tabs

  1. Application of a new composite cubic-boron nitride gasket assembly for high pressure inelastic x-ray scattering studies of carbon related materials

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    Wang, Lin; Yang, Wenge; Xiao, Yuming; Liu, Bingbing; Chow, Paul; Shen, Guoyin; Mao, Wendy L.; Mao, Ho-kwang (Jilin); (Stanford); (CIW)

    2011-09-15

    We have developed a new composite cubic-boron nitride (c-BN) gasket assembly for high pressure diamond anvil cell studies, and applied it to inelastic x-ray scattering (IXS) studies of carbon related materials in order to maintain a larger sample thickness and avoid the interference from the diamond anvils. The gap size between the two diamond anvils remained {approx}80 {micro}m at 48.0 GPa with this new composite c-BN gasket assembly. The sample can be located at the center of the gap, {approx}20 {micro}m away from the surface of both diamond anvils, which provides ample distance to separate the sample signal from the diamond anvils. The high pressure IXS of a solvated C{sub 60} sample was studied up to 48 GPa, and a pressure induced bonding transition from sp{sup 2} to sp{sup 3} was observed at 27 GPa.

  2. Behavior of a New Elastomeric material used as polyolefinic geo membrane in waterproofing; Comportamiento de un nuevo material elastomerico utilizado como geomembrana poliolefinica en impermeabilizacion

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    Blanco, M.; Aguilar, E.; Vara, T. A; Soriano, J.; Garcia, F.; Castillo, F.

    2011-07-01

    Two decades ago that Balsas de Tenerife (BALTEN) and the Centro de Estudios y Experimentacion de Obras Publicas (CEDEX), in its experimental field of the south of the Tenerife Island have installed a series of materials to known their behaviour over time. These products among which was placed over a dozen years ago, on an elastomeric polyolefin. This work presents the performance of this synthetic geo membrane, focusing on the evolution in the time of the tensile properties static puncture, low temperature folding, dynamic impact, joint strength (shear and peeling test), optical microscopy of reflection nd scanning electron microscopy. (Author) 11 refs.

  3. Studies on gasketed flange joints under bending with anisotropic Hill plasticity model for gasket

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    The behavior of a gasketed flange joint under bending loads has been studied by three dimensional finite element analysis (FEA) and experiments. The in-plane and bending stiffness of spiral wound gaskets are considered using anisotropic Hill plasticity material model. The variation in bolt axial force of joints under bending load predicted by the finite element analysis compares well with the experimental results. The contact stress distribution obtained have significant variation in the pattern from the previous material models and consistent with the results of Bouzid regarding flange rotation. - Highlights: ? We model gasket by Anisotropic Hill Plasticity model for joints under bending. ? We examine influence of in-plane and transverse stiffnesses. ? Proposed model shows a variation of 11 MPa in gasket stress over previous models. ? This model is suitable for joints under bending, torsional and dynamic loading.

  4. Relaxation behaviour of gasketed joints during assembly using ?nite element analysis

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    Muhammad Abid; Saad Hussain

    2010-02-01

    Gasketed bolted ?ange pipe joints are always prone to leakage during operating conditions. Therefore, performance of a gasketed ?ange joint is very much dependent on the proper joint assembly with proper gasket, proper gasket seating stress and proper pre-loading in the bolts of a joint. For a gasketed ?ange joint, the two main concerns are the joint strength and the sealing capability. To investigate these, a detailed three-dimensional nonlinear ?nite element analysis of a gasketed joint is carried out using gasket as a solid plate. Bolt scatter, bolt bending and bolt relaxation are concluded as the main factors affecting the joint’s performance. In addition, the importance of proper bolt tightening sequence, number of passes in?uence of elastic and elasto-plastic material modelling on joint performance are also presented. A dynamic mode in a gasketed joint is concluded, which is the main reason for its failure.

  5. Linear dimensional changes in plaster die models using different elastomeric materials

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    Jefferson Ricardo, Pereira; Karina Yumi, Murata; Accácio Lins do, Valle; Janaina Salomon, Ghizoni; Fábio Kenji, Shiratori.

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Dental impression is an important step in the preparation of prostheses since it provides the reproduction of anatomic and surface details of teeth and adjacent structures. The objective of this study was to evaluate the linear dimensional alterations in gypsum dies obtained with different elastomer [...] ic materials, using a resin coping impression technique with individual shells. A master cast made of stainless steel with fixed prosthesis characteristics with two prepared abutment teeth was used to obtain the impressions. References points (A, B, C, D, E and F) were recorded on the occlusal and buccal surfaces of abutments to register the distances. The impressions were obtained using the following materials: polyether, mercaptan-polysulfide, addition silicone, and condensation silicone. The transfer impressions were made with custom trays and an irreversible hydrocolloid material and were poured with type IV gypsum. The distances between identified points in gypsum dies were measured using an optical microscope and the results were statistically analyzed by ANOVA (p

  6. Geothermal elastomeric materials. Twelve-months progress report, October 1, 1976--September 30, 1977

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    Hirasuna, A.R.; Bilyeu, G.D.; Davis, D.L.; Stephens, C.A.; Veal, G.R.

    1977-12-01

    Progress is reported on efforts to develop elastomers for packer seal element applications which will survive downhole geothermal well chemistry at 260/sup 0/C (500/sup 0/F) for 24 hours. To achieve this development, a three level elastomer testing and evaluation program was established. The first level Screening Tests is a broad screening of potential candidates and with the end objective to filter out the more promising candidates for more expensive subsequent testing. The battery of tests include standard ASTM tests and a special test developed to test extrusion resistance using specimens all made from sheet stock. The second level or Simulation Tests provide a laboratory equivalent of downhole conditions using synthetic geothermal fluid. Full scale packer seals are tested under simulated operational conditions by a test fixture. The third level or In-Situ Tests which are currently in the planning, provide for testing the most favored materials in-situ in the geothermal well. A test module provides for testing of the specimen without interfacing with the well casing. A test module freely hanging on a wireline has much lower probability of causing a problem, such as becoming lodged in the well, as compared to an operational casing packer. This maximizes the number of wells (hence geothermal environments) where access can be gained and In-Situ Testing performed. During this period commercially available polymers were investigated. Most of the work centered around formulating peroxide cured Vitons and some on EPDMs, butyls, and resin cured Vitons. Of the formulations tested to date the EPDMs appear most promising and the peroxide cured Vitons next most promising. However, data is too sparse to make any firm conclusions at this time. Minor tasks were performed evaluating current commercially available elastomers used in oil tools and conceptualization of casing packer for the geothermal application.

  7. A simple aluminum gasket for use with both stainless steel and aluminum flanges

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    A technique has been developed for making aluminum wire seal gaskets of various sizes and shapes for use with both stainless steel and aluminum alloy flanges. The gasket material used is 0.9999 pure aluminum, drawn to a diameter of 3 mm. This material can be easily welded and formed into various shapes. A single gasket has been successfully used up to five times without baking. The largest gasket tested to date is 3.5 m long and was used in the shape of a parallelogram. Previous use of aluminum wire gaskets, including results for bakeout at temperatures from 20 to 660 degree C, is reviewed. A search of the literature indicates that this is the first reported use of aluminum wire gaskets for aluminum alloy flanges. The technique is described in detail, and the results are summarized. 11 refs., 4 figs

  8. Leak proof cells provided with a synthetic resin gasket having an increased degree of crystallinity

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    Ishida, O.; Matsushima, S.; Uetani, Y.

    1982-06-08

    A leak-proof cell comprising a positive can and a negative collector fitted in the opening of the positive can, a gasket made of a synthetic resin being set in the space between the positive can and the negative collector to prevent the leakage of any liquid material in the cell, characterized in that the degree of crystallinity of the gasket set in the cell is at least 10% higher than that of the gasket immediately after molding.

  9. Embedded Strain Gauges for Condition Monitoring of Silicone Gaskets

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    Timo Schotzko

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available A miniaturized strain gauge with a thickness of 5 µm is molded into a silicone O-ring. This is a first step toward embedding sensors in gaskets for structural health monitoring. The signal of the integrated sensor exhibits a linear correlation with the contact pressure of the O-ring. This affords the opportunity to monitor the gasket condition during installation. Thus, damages caused by faulty assembly can be detected instantly, and early failures, with their associated consequences, can be prevented. Through the embedded strain gauge, the contact pressure applied to the gasket can be directly measured. Excessive pressure and incorrect positioning of the gasket can cause structural damage to the material of the gasket, which can lead to an early outage. A platinum strain gauge is fabricated on a thin polyimide layer and is contacted through gold connections. The measured resistance pressure response exhibits hysteresis for the first few strain cycles, followed by a linear behavior. The short-term impact of the embedded sensor on the stability of the gasket is investigated. Pull-tests with O-rings and test specimens have indicated that the integration of the miniaturized sensors has no negative impact on the stability in the short term.

  10. Silicone foam molding method for sealing timing belt cover gasket; Timing belt gasket no happo silicone gomu tofu gijutsu

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    Kobayashi, Y.; Kagosaki, T.; Omura, S.; Yamaguchi, H. [Toyota Motor Corp., Aichi (Japan)

    1995-04-20

    An automated assembly of a timing belt cover gasket succeeded by changing a gasket material from molding rubber to silicone foam rubber and making a coating application process with the change. Since a conventional molding rubber gasket was unstable to shape and difficult to integrate in the automation, a method was examined for applying a liquid silicone foam rubber, a building material. A silicone foam rubber as a building material had problems such that reaction was fast after two liquids were mixed, that hardening occurred in the mixed part, and that the viscosity was so low as to make a 3-dimensional application impossible. Consequently, a material was developed for a two-liquid heat setting type that commenced reaction by heating. An application process excellent in quality and yield was completed. In the system containing a device for mixing and discharging two liquids, by enlarging the bore diameter of a discharge nozzle, cutting liquid at the tip end of the nozzle, making a mixer with a small number of revolution and small capacity, using the material in which reaction starting temperature was raised to suppress the reaction inside the mixer, and so on. Thus, the automation was successfully carried out. 16 figs., 1 tab.

  11. Compatibility Study for Plastic, Elastomeric, and Metallic Fueling Infrastructure Materials Exposed to Aggressive Formulations of Ethanol-blended Gasoline

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    Kass, Michael D [ORNL; Pawel, Steven J [ORNL; Theiss, Timothy J [ORNL; Janke, Christopher James [ORNL

    2012-07-01

    In 2008 Oak Ridge National Laboratory began a series of experiments to evaluate the compatibility of fueling infrastructure materials with intermediate levels of ethanol-blended gasoline. Initially, the focus was elastomers, metals, and sealants, and the test fuels were Fuel C, CE10a, CE17a and CE25a. The results of these studies were published in 2010. Follow-on studies were performed with an emphasis on plastic (thermoplastic and thermoset) materials used in underground storage and dispenser systems. These materials were exposed to test fuels of Fuel C and CE25a. Upon completion of this effort, it was felt that additional compatibility data with higher ethanol blends was needed and another round of experimentation was performed on elastomers, metals, and plastics with CE50a and CE85a test fuels. Compatibility of polymers typically relates to the solubility of the solid polymer with a solvent. It can also mean susceptibility to chemical attack, but the polymers and test fuels evaluated in this study are not considered to be chemically reactive with each other. Solubility in polymers is typically assessed by measuring the volume swell of the polymer exposed to the solvent of interest. Elastomers are a class of polymers that are predominantly used as seals, and most o-ring and seal manufacturers provide compatibility tables of their products with various solvents including ethanol, toluene, and isooctane, which are components of aggressive oxygenated gasoline as described by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J1681. These tables include a ranking based on the level of volume swell in the elastomer associated with exposure to a particular solvent. Swell is usually accompanied by a decrease in hardness (softening) that also affects performance. For seal applications, shrinkage of the elastomer upon drying is also a critical parameter since a contraction of volume can conceivably enable leakage to occur. Shrinkage is also indicative of the removal of one or more components of the elastomers (by the solvent). This extraction of additives can negatively change the properties of the elastomer, leading to reduced performance and durability. For a seal application, some level of volume swell is acceptable, since the expansion will serve to maintain a seal. However, the acceptable level of swell is dependent on the particular application of the elastomer product. It is known that excessive swell can lead to unacceptable extrusion of the elastomer beyond the sealed interface, where it becomes susceptible to damage. Also, since high swell is indicative of high solubility, there is a heightened potential for fluid to seep through the seal and into the environment. Plastics, on the other hand, are used primarily in structural applications, such as solid components, including piping and fluid containment. Volume change, especially in a rigid system, will create internal stresses that may negatively affect performance. In order to better understand and predict the compatibility for a given polymer type and fuel composition, an analysis based on Hansen solubility theory was performed for each plastic and elastomer material. From this study, the solubility distance was calculated for each polymer material and test fuel combination. Using the calculated solubility distance, the ethanol concentration associated with peak swell and overall extent of swell can be predicted for each polymer. The bulk of the material discussion centers on the plastic materials, and their compatibility with Fuel C, CE25a, CE50a, and CE85a. The next section of this paper focuses on the elastomer compatibility with the higher ethanol concentrations with comparison to results obtained previously for the lower ethanol levels. The elastomers were identical to those used in the earlier study. Hansen solubility theory is also applied to the elastomers to provide added interpretation of the results. The final section summarizes the performance of the metal coupons.

  12. Integrated-fin gasket for palm cubic-anvil high pressure apparatus

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    Cheng, J.-G.; Matsubayashi, K.; Nagasaki, S.; Hisada, A.; Hirayama, T.; Hedo, M.; Kagi, H.; Uwatoko, Y.

    2014-09-01

    We described an integrated-fin gasket technique for the palm cubic-anvil apparatus specialized for the high-pressure and low-temperature measurements. By using such a gasket made from the semi-sintered MgO ceramics and the tungsten-carbide anvils of 2.5 mm square top, we successfully generate pressures over 16 GPa at both room and cryogenic temperatures down to 0.5 K. We observed a pressure self-increment for this specific configuration and further characterized the thermally induced pressure variation by monitoring the antiferromagnetic transition temperature of chromium up to 12 GPa. In addition to enlarge the pressure capacity, such a modified gasket also improves greatly the surviving rate of electrical leads hanging the sample inside a Teflon capsule filled with the liquid pressure-transmitting medium. These improvements should be attributed to the reduced extrusion of gasket materials during the initial compression.

  13. Integrated-fin gasket for palm cubic-anvil high pressure apparatus

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    We described an integrated-fin gasket technique for the palm cubic-anvil apparatus specialized for the high-pressure and low-temperature measurements. By using such a gasket made from the semi-sintered MgO ceramics and the tungsten-carbide anvils of 2.5 mm square top, we successfully generate pressures over 16 GPa at both room and cryogenic temperatures down to 0.5 K. We observed a pressure self-increment for this specific configuration and further characterized the thermally induced pressure variation by monitoring the antiferromagnetic transition temperature of chromium up to 12 GPa. In addition to enlarge the pressure capacity, such a modified gasket also improves greatly the surviving rate of electrical leads hanging the sample inside a Teflon capsule filled with the liquid pressure-transmitting medium. These improvements should be attributed to the reduced extrusion of gasket materials during the initial compression

  14. Integrated-fin gasket for palm cubic-anvil high pressure apparatus

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    Cheng, J.-G. [Institute for Solid State Physics, University of Tokyo, 5-1-5 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8581 (Japan); Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics and Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Matsubayashi, K.; Nagasaki, S.; Hisada, A.; Hirayama, T.; Uwatoko, Y. [Institute for Solid State Physics, University of Tokyo, 5-1-5 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8581 (Japan); Hedo, M. [Faculty of Science, University of Ryukyus, Senbaru, Nishihara, Okinawa 903-0213 (Japan); Kagi, H. [Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo, 7-3-1, Hongo Bunkyo-Ku, Tokyo 113-0033 (Japan)

    2014-09-15

    We described an integrated-fin gasket technique for the palm cubic-anvil apparatus specialized for the high-pressure and low-temperature measurements. By using such a gasket made from the semi-sintered MgO ceramics and the tungsten-carbide anvils of 2.5 mm square top, we successfully generate pressures over 16 GPa at both room and cryogenic temperatures down to 0.5 K. We observed a pressure self-increment for this specific configuration and further characterized the thermally induced pressure variation by monitoring the antiferromagnetic transition temperature of chromium up to 12 GPa. In addition to enlarge the pressure capacity, such a modified gasket also improves greatly the surviving rate of electrical leads hanging the sample inside a Teflon capsule filled with the liquid pressure-transmitting medium. These improvements should be attributed to the reduced extrusion of gasket materials during the initial compression.

  15. Manifold gasket accommodating differential movement of fuel cell stack

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    Kelley, Dana A. (New Milford, CT); Farooque, Mohammad (Danbury, CT)

    2007-11-13

    A gasket for use in a fuel cell system having at least one externally manifolded fuel cell stack, for sealing the manifold edge and the stack face. In accordance with the present invention, the gasket accommodates differential movement between the stack and manifold by promoting slippage at interfaces between the gasket and the dielectric and between the gasket and the stack face.

  16. COMPARACIÓN DE MODELOS DINÁMICOS DEL COMPORTAMIENTO DE UN MATERIAL ELASTOMÉRICO BAJO TASAS DE DEFORMACIÓN MEDIAS / COMPARISON OF AN ELASTOMERIC MATERIAL BEHAVIOR’S DYNAMIC MODELS UNDER INTERMEDIATE STRAIN RATES

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    Andrés Felipe, Ramírez; Luis Ernesto, Muñoz.

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available El presente trabajo estudia dos modelos dinámicos del comportamiento de un material elastomérico cuando se somete a tasas de deformación medias. Los modelos a estudiar fueron los modelos constitutivos de Maxwell y Cowper & Symonds. Se realizó una comparación analítica entre los dos modelos. Se tomar [...] on resultados de pruebas de caracterización dinámica de materiales y se identificaron los parámetros de cada modelo mediante un proceso de identificación multi-variable. Se estudió el nivel de representatividad obtenido en los dos casos, analizando los resultados de la identificación multivariable. Abstract in english This paper studies two dynamic models of an elastomeric material behavior when it is subjected to intermediate strain rates. The studied models were the constitutive Maxwell model and the constitutive Cowper & Symonds model. An analytical comparison of each model was performed. Test results were tak [...] en from a dynamic material’s characterization and the parameters of each model were identified through a process of multi-variable identification. The level of representation obtained in both cases was studied, in order to analyze the analytical comparison with the results of the multi-variable identification.

  17. Electronic transport in an anisotropic Sierpinski gasket

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    We present exact results on certain electronic properties of an anisotropic Sierpinski gasket fractal. We use a tight binding Hamiltonian and work within the formalism of a real space renormalization group (RSRG) method. The anisotropy is introduced in the values of the nearest neighbor hopping integrals. An extensive numerical examination of the two terminal transmission spectrum and the flow of the hopping integrals under the RSRG iterations strongly suggest that an anisotropic gasket is more conducting than its isotropic counter part and that, even a minimal anisotropy in the hopping integrals generate continuous bands of eigenstates in the spectrum for finite Sierpinski gaskets of arbitrarily large size. We also discuss the effect of a magnetic field threading the planar gasket on its transport properties and calculate the persistent current in the system. The sensitivity of the persistent current on the anisotropy and on the band filling is also discussed.

  18. Electronic transport in an anisotropic Sierpinski gasket

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    Jana, Supriya; Chakrabarti, Arunava; Chattopadhyay, Samar

    2010-09-01

    We present exact results on certain electronic properties of an anisotropic Sierpinski gasket fractal. We use a tight binding Hamiltonian and work within the formalism of a real space renormalization group (RSRG) method. The anisotropy is introduced in the values of the nearest neighbor hopping integrals. An extensive numerical examination of the two terminal transmission spectrum and the flow of the hopping integrals under the RSRG iterations strongly suggest that an anisotropic gasket is more conducting than its isotropic counter part and that, even a minimal anisotropy in the hopping integrals generate continuous bands of eigenstates in the spectrum for finite Sierpinski gaskets of arbitrarily large size. We also discuss the effect of a magnetic field threading the planar gasket on its transport properties and calculate the persistent current in the system. The sensitivity of the persistent current on the anisotropy and on the band filling is also discussed.

  19. Gasket testing according to new standards

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    The new standards DIN 28090 and 28091 form the basis for a quantitative and comprehensive description of the gasket properties and for reliable quality assurance. Together with the new calculation regulation for bolted flange joints DIN EN 1591, they have opened the way for a realistic evaluation of the tightness of bolted flange joints in every operational state. The test specifications for gaskets established in the standards specified, which are based on idealised boundary conditions, may be regarded to be verified. Parallel studies on real bolted flange joints have shown that these standardised gasket tests cover the influences directly following from such things as flange plate inclination or the diameter of the gasket, or at least allow a good evaluation. (orig.)

  20. Effect of Commonly Used Beverage, Soft Drink, and Mouthwash on Force Delivered by Elastomeric Chain: A Comparative In Vitro Study

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    Kumar, Kiran; Shetty, Sharath; Krithika, M J; Cyriac, Bobby

    2014-01-01

    Background: The objective was to evaluate and compare the effect of Coca-Cola®, tea, Listerine® mouthwash on the force delivered by elastomeric chain in vitro. Materials and Methods: Four specimen groups (distilled water, Coca-Cola®, tea, Listerine® mouthwash) with a total sample size of 480 specimens. A specimen is described as a four link grey close elastomeric chain. Jigs, each with a series of pins set 25 mm apart, was used to hold stretched elastomeric chains at a...

  1. In situ evaluation of orthodontic elastomeric chains

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    Carolina, Baratieri; Cláudia Trindade, Mattos; Matheus, Alves Jr; Thiago Chon Leon, Lau; Lincoln Issamu, Nojima; Margareth Maria Gomes de, Souza; Monica Tirre, Araujo; Matilde da Cunha Gonçalves, Nojima.

    Full Text Available A hipótese testada foi que a exposição dos elásticos em cadeia ao meio bucal altera sua força de tensão. Portanto, o objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar o comportamento, in situ, de diferentes cadeias elastoméricas quando tensionadas durante 3 semanas. Três tipos de elásticos em cadeia Plastic Chain ( [...] PC), Memory Chain (MC) e Super Slick Chain (SSC) foram inseridos aleatoriamente em 3 dos quadrantes de 13 pacientes com distância fixa de 16 mm e força inicial de 180 g. Foi realizado ensaio de tração em uma máquina de ensaio universal EMIC nos seguintes intervalos: inicial, 1 h, 24 h, 1 semana, 2 semanas e 3 semanas. O teste ANOVA a dois critérios foi aplicado para verificar a influência do material e do tempo na degradação da força. Subsequentemente, foi utilizado o teste ANOVA a um critério e pós-teste de Tukey para identificar diferenças estatísticas (p Abstract in english The hypothesis tested in this study was that intraoral exposure of elastomeric chains alters their tensile strength. For such purpose, it was evaluated the in situ behavior of different elastomeric chains stretched for 3 weeks. Three kinds of elastomeric chains, Plastic chain (PC), Memory chain (MC) [...] and Super slick chain (SSC), were randomly placed in 3 quadrants of 13 patient in a fixed distance of 16 mm and mean initial force of 180 g. Tensile testing was performed in an universal testing machine at different intervals: initial, 1 h, 24 h, 1 week, 2 weeks and 3 weeks. A two-way ANOVA test was performed to identify the influence of both material and time on the force decrease. A subsequent one-way ANOVAtest with the Tukey's post hoc test was used to identify statistically significant intragroup and intergroup remaining force (g and %) differences at 5% significance level. The effect of both the material and the time factors were significant. All groups showed significant force decrease after the 1-h period (23% for PC and 14% for MC and SSC). At the end of the 3-week period, the remaining force was 57% (96 g), 67% (129 g) and 71% (125 g) for PC, MC and SSC, respectively. In conclusion, intraoral exposure of elastomeric chains altered their tensile strength. In general, the greater force decrease occurred within the first hour. The remaining force of the enhanced chains measured at each time interval was greater than the conventional one (PC). After 3 weeks, only the enhanced chains maintained the force applied over 100 g.

  2. Magnetoinductance of a superconducting Sierpinski gasket

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    Korshunov, S. E.; Meyer, R.; Martinoli, P.

    1995-03-01

    A study of the magnetoinductance L(B) of a planar superconducting fractal lattice, the Sierpinski gasket (SG), exposed to a perpendicular magnetic field B is reported. Being inversely proportional to the superfluid density in the gasket, L(B) provides a tool to appreciate how frustration effects created by B and characterized by a parameter f~B affect phase coherence in a superconductor sharing essential geometrical elements with a truly percolating system near threshold. Both Josephson junction arrays (JJA) and superconducting wire networks (SWN) differing in their current-phase relations are considered and described in terms of interacting phase variables associated with the sites of the gasket. Relying on a mean-field approach, two central issues are addressed: the fine structure of L(f) reflecting flux-quantization phenomena in loops with a hierarchical distribution of sizes and the low-field (f-->0) scaling behavior of L(f) resulting from the self-similar geometry of the gasket. It is shown that for a particlar set of f values consistent with the requirement of fluxoid quantization in the central loop of a gasket generated by repeated juxtapositions of gaskets of lower order (f=P/(2×4N), where N is the gasket order and P an integer) the problem of computing L(f) reduces to a calculation on a finite gasket and can be solved exactly once its ground-state phase configuration is known. Considerable simplification is achieved by making use of the triangle-star transformation of electric networks. The amplitude of the fine structure is found to depend crucially on the degree of anharmonicity of the phase interaction function. It vanishes (thereby implying that L is independent of f) in weakly coupled SWN with a strictly harmonic interaction and reaches its maximum strength in JJA with a cosinusoidal interaction. Using a perturbative decimation procedure which takes advantage of the self-similar structure of the SG, the frustration-induced inductance correction ?L(f) is predicted to scale as f? with ?=ln(125/33)/ln4~=0.96 in the asymptotic limit (f-->0). This exact result as well as other theoretical predictions emerging from the model are found to agree with high-resolution measurements of L(f) performed on triangular arrays of periodically repeated gaskets of proximity-effect coupled Pb/Cu/Pb Josephson junctions.

  3. Adhesive, elastomeric gel impregnating composition

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    Shaw, David Glenn (Tucson, AZ); Pollard, John Randolph (Tucson, AZ); Brooks, Robert Aubrey (Tijeras, NM)

    2002-01-01

    An improved capacitor roll with alternating film and foil layers is impregnated with an adhesive, elastomeric gel composition. The gel composition is a blend of a plasticizer, a polyol, a maleic anhydride that reacts with the polyol to form a polyester, and a catalyst for the reaction. The impregnant composition is introduced to the film and foil layers while still in a liquid form and then pressure is applied to aid with impregnation. The impregnant composition is cured to form the adhesive, elastomeric gel. Pressure is maintained during curing.

  4. Properties and degradation of the gasket component of a proton exchange membrane fuel cell--a review.

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    Basuli, Utpal; Jose, Jobin; Lee, Ran Hee; Yoo, Yong Hwan; Jeong, Kwang-Un; Ahn, Jou-Hyeon; Nah, Changwoon

    2012-10-01

    Proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell stack requires gaskets and seals in each cell to keep the reactant gases within their respective regions. Gasket performance is integral to the successful long-term operation of a fuel cell stack. This review focuses on properties, performance and degradation mechanisms of the different polymer gasket materials used in PEM fuel cell under normal operating conditions. The different degradation mechanisms and their corresponding representative mitigation strategies are also presented here. Summary of various properties of elastomers and their advantages and disadvantages in fuel cell'environment are presented. By considering the level of chemical degradation, mechanical properties and cost effectiveness, it can be proposed that EPDM is one of the best choices for gasket material in PEM fuel cell. Finally, the challenges that remain in using rubber component as in PEM fuel cell, as well as the prospects for exploiting them in the future are discussed. PMID:23421125

  5. Elastomeric substrates with embedded stiff platforms for stretchable electronics

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    Romeo, A.; Liu, Q; Suo, Z; & S. P. Lacour

    2013-01-01

    Stretchable electronics typically integrate hard, functional materials on soft substrates. Here we report on engineered elastomeric substrates designed to host stretchable circuitry. Regions of a stiff material, patterned using photolithography, are embedded within a soft elastomer leaving a smooth surface. We present the associated design rules to produce stretchable circuits based on experimental as well as modeling data. We demonstrate our approach with thin-film electronic materials. The ...

  6. The Hausdorff dimension of the CLE gasket

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    Miller, Jason; Wilson, David B

    2012-01-01

    The conformal loop ensemble CLE_kappa is the canonical conformally invariant probability measure on non-crossing loops in a proper simply connected domain in the complex plane. The parameter kappa varies between 8/3 and 8; CLE_{8/3} is empty while CLE_8 is a single space-filling loop. In this work we study the geometry of the CLE gasket, the set of points not surrounded by any loop of the CLE. We show that the almost sure Hausdorff dimension of the gasket is bounded from below by 2-(8-kappa)(3 kappa-8)/(32 kappa) when 4gasket dimension for all values of kappa for which it is defined. The dimension agrees with the prediction of Duplantier-Saleur (1989) for the FK gasket.

  7. Band spectrum for an electron on a Sierpinski gasket in a magnetic field

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    Ghez, J. M.; Yu Wang, Yin; Rammal, R.; Pannetier, B.; Bellissard, J.

    1987-12-01

    We consider a quantum charged particle on a fractal lattice given by a Sierpinski gasket, submitted to a uniform magnetic field, in a tight binding approximation. Its band spectrum is numerically computed and exhibits a fractal structure. The groundstate energy is also compared to the superconductor transition curve measured for a Sierpinski lattice of superconducting material.

  8. Thermomechanical behavior of shape memory elastomeric composites

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    Ge, Qi; Luo, Xiaofan; Rodriguez, Erika D.; Zhang, Xiao; Mather, Patrick T.; Dunn, Martin L.; Qi, H. Jerry

    2012-01-01

    Shape memory polymers (SMPs) can fix a temporary shape and recover their permanent shape in response to environmental stimuli such as heat, electricity, or irradiation. Most thermally activated SMPs use the macromolecular chain mobility change around the glass transition temperature ( Tg) to achieve the shape memory (SM) effects. During this process, the stiffness of the material typically changes by three orders of magnitude. Recently, a composite materials approach was developed to achieve thermally activated shape memory effect where the material exhibits elastomeric response in both the temporary and the recovered configurations. These shape memory elastomeric composites (SMECs) consist of an elastomeric matrix reinforced by a semicrystalline polymer fiber network. The matrix provides background rubber elasticity while the fiber network can transform between solid crystals and melt phases over the operative temperature range. As such it serves as a reversible "switching phase" that enables shape fixing and recovery. Shape memory elastomeric composites provide a new paradigm for the development of a wide array of active polymer composites that utilize the melt-crystal transition to achieve the shape memory effect. This potentially allows for material systems with much simpler chemistries than most shape memory polymers and thus can facilitate more rapid material development and insertion. It is therefore important to understand the thermomechanical behavior and to develop corresponding material models. In this paper, a 3D finite-deformation constitutive modeling framework was developed to describe the thermomechanical behavior of SMEC. The model is phenomenological, although inspired by micromechanical considerations of load transfer between the matrix and fiber phases of a composite system. It treats the matrix as an elastomer and the fibers as a complex solid that itself is an aggregate of melt and crystal phases that evolve from one to the other during a temperature change. As such, the composite consists of an elastomer reinforced by a soft liquid at high temperature and a stiff solid at low temperature. The model includes a kinetic description of the non-isothermal crystallization and melting of the fibers during a temperature change. As the fibers transform from melt to crystal during cooling it is assumed that new crystals are formed in an undeformed state, which requires careful tracking of the kinematics of the evolving phases which comes at a significant computational cost. In order to improve the computational efficiency, an effective phase model (EPM) is adopted to treat the evolving crystal phases as an effective medium. A suite of careful thermomechanical experiments with a SMEC was carried out to calibrate various model parameters, and then to demonstrate the ability of the model to accurately capture the shape memory behavior of the SMEC system during complex thermomechanical loading scenarios. The model also identifies the effects of microstructural design parameters such as the fiber volume fraction.

  9. Flexible ceramic gasket for SOFC generator

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    Zafred, Paolo (Murrysville, PA); Prevish, Thomas (Trafford, PA)

    2009-02-03

    A solid oxide fuel cell generator (10) contains stacks of hollow axially elongated fuel cells (36) having an open top end (37), an oxidant inlet plenum (52), a feed fuel plenum (11), a combustion chamber (94) for combusting reacted oxidant/spent fuel; and, optionally, a fuel recirculation chamber (106) below the combustion chamber (94), where the fuel recirculation chamber (94) is in part defined by semi-porous fuel cell positioning gasket (108), all within an outer generator enclosure (8), wherein the fuel cell gasket (108) has a laminate structure comprising at least a compliant fibrous mat support layer and a strong, yet flexible woven layer, which may contain catalytic particles facing the combustion chamber, where the catalyst, if used, is effective to further oxidize exhaust fuel and protect the open top end (37) of the fuel cells.

  10. Electronic transport in an anisotropic Sierpinski gasket

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    Jana, Supriya; Chakrabarti, Arunava; Chattopadhyay, Samar

    2010-01-01

    We present exact results on certain electronic properties of an anisotropic Sierpinski gasket fractal. We use a tight binding Hamiltonian and work within the formalism of a real space renormalization group (RSRG) method. The anisotropy is introduced in the values of the nearest neighbor hopping integrals. An extensive numerical examination of the two terminal transmission spectrum and the flow of the hopping integrals under the RSRG iterations strongly suggest that an anisot...

  11. Magnet coil electrical gaskets of high compliance and ampacity

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    Coils employed in the magnets of the PHENIX Detector, presently under construction for RHIC (Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider) at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, are massive (weight ? 8000 kG each). For that reason we subdivided them into a series of manageable subcoils that we will subsequent bolt together. Electrical terminals attached to the subcoils conductors are rigidly embedded and precisely located during vacuum impregnation. However; we anticipate some misalignment and nonuniform gaping to occur between terminals at assembly. We have elected to use electrical gaskets of compliance and ampacity between the bolted terminals to enhance the current carrying capability of the electrical joints. This paper describes the material candidates selected, the tests performed, and the relative ranking of the materials tested

  12. Magnet coil electrical gaskets of high compliance and ampacity

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    Coils employed in the magnets of the PHENIX Detector, presently under construction for RHIC (Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider) at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, are massive (weight ?8,000 kG each). For that reason the authors subdivided them into a series of manageable subcoils that they will subsequently bolt together. Electrical terminals attached to the subcoils conductors are rigidly embedded and precisely located during vacuum impregnation. However; they anticipate some misalignment and nonuniform gaping to occur between terminals at assembly. They have elected to use electrical gaskets of high compliance and ampacity between the bolted terminals to enhance the current carrying capability of the electrical joints. This paper describes the material candidates selected, the tests performed, and the relative ranking of the materials tested

  13. Gasket sealing performance simulation during cycling operation condition

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    The Steam Generators used in CANDU Nuclear Power Plants employ a primary-side obround manway design with two cover plates on each side of the opening. The sealing action against the high pressure primary side fluid is achieved by a spiral wound gasket installed in a groove in both inner and outer cover. The inner cover gasket will be initially pre stressed by the stud preload and by the internal pressure. The gasket in the outer cover will be initially pre stressed with the stud preload and unloaded during the application of the internal pressure. During the start up and shut down of the unit the temperature of the metal parts will change. This change in metal temperature has a significant effect on the gasket contact pressure and hence leak tightness. Because of the double gasket design, evaluation of the gasket pressure and hence leak tightness is only possible by using Finite Element (FE) analysis. This paper will investigate on a generic CANDU type primary manway the change in gasket contact pressure during the transient operation of the unit (heat up, start up, normal operation, shut down and cooled down) that will include the complex interaction between the manway components. The effect of repeated transient operation on the gasket contact pressure will also be investigated. During transient operation of the units (heat up, start up, operation, shut down and cool down) a complex interaction between the manway components occurs, which not only causes time-varying gasket contact pressure but also induces a non-uniform gasket contact pressure along the gasket width. As a result, the leak tightness of the joint may be affected. The effect of different stud preloads on the gasket contact pressure during transient operation is investigated by the 3D FE Analysis of a primary-side obround manway of CANDU's steam generator. The results are used to justify the seal performance of the manway structure under conditions of different stud pretension loads. The distribution of gasket contact pressure can also be used to evaluate the potential of leakage of any damaged gasket surface. The gasket surface can be damaged during manway disassembly and often needs to be evaluated to decide if a repair is needed or not. (author)

  14. The Hausdorff dimension of the CLE gasket

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    Miller, Jason; Sun, Nike; Wilson, David B

    2012-01-01

    The conformal loop ensemble $\\mathrm{CLE}_{\\kappa}$ is the canonical conformally invariant probability measure on noncrossing loops in a proper simply connected domain in the complex plane. The parameter $\\kappa$ varies between $8/3$ and $8$; $\\mathrm{CLE}_{8/3}$ is empty while $\\mathrm {CLE}_8$ is a single space-filling loop. In this work, we study the geometry of the $\\mathrm{CLE}$ gasket, the set of points not surrounded by any loop of the $\\mathrm{CLE}$. We show that the...

  15. Experimental Study on the Ultimate Shear Performance of Elastomeric Bearings of Doublefold Elastomeric Layer

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    Hyejin Yoon; Im Jong Kwahk; Young Jin Kim

    2013-01-01

    The elastomeric bearings shall not fail nor degrade the durability of the bridge due to the loss of its properties during its service life. Since the elastomeric bearings can be used in the seismic design complementarily to seismic devices, even if it is not a seismic isolator, they particularly should secure high shear performance. For elastomeric bearings to behave monolithically, the internal rubber which is located between the steel plates should be single rubber layer. In this study, a ...

  16. Partial-Vacuum-Gasketed Electrochemical Corrosion Cell

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    Bonifas, Andrew P.; Calle, Luz M.; Hintze, Paul E.

    2006-01-01

    An electrochemical cell for making corrosion measurements has been designed to prevent or reduce crevice corrosion, which is a common source of error in prior such cells. The present cell (see figure) includes an electrolyte reservoir with O-ring-edged opening at the bottom. In preparation for a test, the reservoir, while empty, is pressed down against a horizontal specimen surface to form an O-ring seal. A purge of air or other suitable gas is begun in the reservoir, and the pressure in the reservoir is regulated to maintain a partial vacuum. While maintaining the purge and partial vacuum, and without opening the interior of the reservoir to the atmosphere, the electrolyte is pumped into the reservoir. The reservoir is then slowly lifted a short distance off the specimen. The level of the partial vacuum is chosen such that the differential pressure is just sufficient to keep the electrolyte from flowing out of the reservoir through the small O-ring/specimen gap. Electrochemical measurements are then made. Because there is no gasket (and, hence, no crevice between the specimen and the gasket), crevice corrosion is unlikely to occur.

  17. Behaviour of elastomeric seals at low temperature

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    The properties of elastomer O-ring seals (Viton, silicone rubber, EPDM) at low temperature have been investigated by measuring the gas leakage rate and the sealing force during thermal cycling between +20degC and -70degC. For all materials it has been found that at a well defined (critical) temperature the leakage rate sharply rises from permeation level to a high value which is determined by gas streaming through the leak path between the O-ring and the flange surfaces arising from thermal contraction of the elastomer in the glassy state. At the critical temperature the sealing force has been found to be zero or even negative due to adhesion between the elastomer material and the flanges. For all seals the critical temperature is well below the glass transition of the elastomer and also significantly below the temperature where the compression set becomes 100 %. Warming up the sealing system restores leak tightness. Low temperature cycle of elastomeric seals have been found to be entirely reversible. (author)

  18. Ising model on the Sierpi?ski gasket: thermodynamic limit versus infinitesimal field

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    Stoši?, Tatijana; Stoši?, Borko D.; Miloševi?, Sava; Eugene Stanley, H.

    1996-02-01

    Owing to extremely slow decay of correlations, the limit H ? 0 presents a poor approximation for the Ising model on the Sierpi?ski gasket. We present evidence of the competitive interplay between finite size scaling and thermodynamic scaling for this model, where both finite size and finite field induce an apparent phase transition. These observations may be relevant for the behavior of porous magnetic materials in real laboratory conditions.

  19. High pressure phase transformations in neodymium studied in a diamond anvil cell using diamond-coated rhenium gaskets

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    Diamond anvil cells are used to generate high static pressures up to several megabars (hundreds of GPa) in very small volumes of material. We have explored a technique which employs a microwave plasma chemical vapour deposited diamond layer on one side of the rhenium gasket. The high yield strength of the diamond layer prevents excessive thickness reduction of the sample in the gasket hole. As a test case, we show energy dispersive x-ray diffraction data on rare earth metal neodymium to high pressures of 153 GPa using a synchrotron source. The increased sample thickness results in an unambiguous crystal structure determination of a monoclinic phase in neodymium above 75 GPa. (author)

  20. Sterilizing elastomeric chains without losing mechanical properties. Is it possible?

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    Matheus Melo, Pithon; Caio Souza, Ferraz; Francine Cristina Silva, Rosa; Luciano Pereira, Rosa.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: verificar os efeitos de diferentes métodos de esterilização/desinfecção nas propriedades mecânicas de elásticos ortodônticos em cadeia. MÉTODOS: segmentos de elástico em cadeia com 5 elos cada foram enviados para esterilização em radiação gama com cobalto 60 (20 KGy). Após esterilização, [...] esses foram contaminados com amostras clínicas de Streptococcus mutans. Passado esse período, foram submetidos aos testes de esterilização/desinfecção por diferentes métodos, formando seis grupos de estudo, assim denominados: Grupo 1 (controle - sem ter sido contaminado), Grupo 2 (álcool 70°GL), Grupo 3 (autoclave), Grupo 4 (ultravioleta), Grupo 5 (ácido peracético) e Grupo 6 (glutaraldeído). Após esterilização/desinfecção, avaliou-se a efetividade desses métodos, por meio de contagem de unidades formadoras de colônias por mL (UFC/mL), e as propriedades mecânicas desses materiais. Utilizou-se o teste t de Student para avaliar o número de UFC, além do ANOVA e, posteriormente, do teste de Tukey para avaliação da força. RESULTADOS: verificou-se que o ultravioleta não obteve eficácia total quanto à esterilização. E não ocorreu perda das propriedades mecânicas dos elásticos, com os diferentes métodos de esterilização utilizados (p > 0,05). CONCLUSÃO: o controle biológico de elásticos em cadeia não interfere nas suas propriedades mecânicas. Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of different sterilization/disinfection methods on the mechanical properties of orthodontic elastomeric chains. METHODS: Segments of elastomeric chains with 5 links each were sent for sterilization by cobalt 60 (Co60) (20 KGy) gamma ray technology. After the pr [...] ocedure, the elastomeric chains were contaminated with clinical samples of Streptococcus mutans. Subsequently, the elastomeric chains were submitted to sterilization/disinfection tests carried out by means of different methods, forming six study groups, as follows: Group 1 (control - without contamination), Group 2 (70°GL alcohol), Group 3 (autoclave), Group 4 (ultraviolet), Group 5 (peracetic acid) and Group 6 (glutaraldehyde). After sterilization/disinfection, the effectiveness of these methods, by Colony forming units per mL (CFU/mL), and the mechanical properties of the material were assessed. Student's t-test was used to assess the number of CFUs while ANOVA and Tukey's test were used to assess elastic strength. RESULTS: Ultraviolet treatment was not completely effective for sterilization. No loss of mechanical properties occurred with the use of the different sterilization methods (p > 0.05). CONCLUSION: Biological control of elastomeric chains does not affect their mechanical properties.

  1. Understanding Mechanical Response of Elastomeric Graphene Networks

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    Ni, Na; Barg, Suelen; Garcia-Tunon, Esther; Macul Perez, Felipe; Miranda, Miriam; Lu, Cong; Mattevi, Cecilia; Saiz, Eduardo

    2015-09-01

    Ultra-light porous networks based on nano-carbon materials (such as graphene or carbon nanotubes) have attracted increasing interest owing to their applications in wide fields from bioengineering to electrochemical devices. However, it is often difficult to translate the properties of nanomaterials to bulk three-dimensional networks with a control of their mechanical properties. In this work, we constructed elastomeric graphene porous networks with well-defined structures by freeze casting and thermal reduction, and investigated systematically the effect of key microstructural features. The porous networks made of large reduced graphene oxide flakes (>20??m) are superelastic and exhibit high energy absorption, showing much enhanced mechanical properties than those with small flakes (mechanical response. The recoverability and energy adsorption depend on density with the latter exhibiting a minimum due to the interplay between wall fracture and friction during deformation. These findings suggest that an improvement in the mechanical properties of porous graphene networks significantly depend on the engineering of the graphene flake that controls the property of the cell walls.

  2. Mechanically programmed shape change in laminated elastomeric composites.

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    Robertson, Jaimee M; Torbati, Amir H; Rodriguez, Erika D; Mao, Yiqi; Baker, Richard M; Qi, H Jerry; Mather, Patrick T

    2015-07-28

    Soft, anisotropic materials, such as myocardium in the heart and the extracellular matrix surrounding cells, are commonly found in nature. This anisotropy leads to specialized responses and is imperative to material functionality, yet few soft materials exhibiting similar anisotropy have been developed. Our group introduced an anisotropic shape memory elastomeric composite (A-SMEC) composed of non-woven, aligned polymer fibers embedded in an elastomeric matrix. The composite exhibited shape memory (SM) behavior with significant anisotropy in room-temperature shape fixing. Here, we exploit this anisotropy by bonding together laminates with oblique anisotropy such that tensile deformation at room temperature - mechanical programming - results in coiling. This response is a breakthrough in mechanical programming, since non-affine shape change is achieved by simply stretching the layered A-SMECs at room temperature. We will show that pitch and curvature of curled geometries depend on fiber orientations and the degree of strain programmed into the material. To validate experimental results, a model was developed that captures the viscoplastic response of A-SMECs. Theoretical results correlated well with experimental data, supporting our conclusions and ensuring attainability of predictable curling geometries. We envision these smart, soft, shape changing materials will have aerospace and medical applications. PMID:26086682

  3. REVIEW OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF REFRIGERATOR/FREEZER GASKETS

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    The report gives results of an investigation of the significance of heat leakage through gaskets in household refrigerator/freezers, explores different design features, and suggests further study if necessary. The report gives results of an extensive literature review, interviews...

  4. Magnetoactive elastomeric composites: Cure, tensile, electrical and magnetic properties

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    K Sasikumar; G Suresh; K A Thomas; Reji John; V Natarajan; T Mukundan; R M R Vishnubhatla

    2006-11-01

    Magnetically active elastomer materials were prepared by incorporating nickel powder in synthetic elastomeric matrices, polychloroprene and nitrile rubber. Cure characteristics, mechanical, electrical and magnetic properties were experimentally determined for different volume fractions of magnetoactive filler. The cure time decreases sharply for initial filler loading and the decrease is marginal for additional loading of filler. The tensile strength and modulus at 100% strain was found to increase with increase in the volume fraction of nickel due to reinforcement action. The magnetic impedance and a.c. conductivity are found to increase with increase in volume fraction of nickel as well as frequency.

  5. DEVELOPMENT OF REMOTE HANFORD CONNECTOR GASKET REPLACEMENT TOOLING FOR DWPF

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    Krementz, D.; Coughlin, Jeffrey

    2009-05-05

    The Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF) requested the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) to develop tooling and equipment to remotely replace gaskets in mechanical Hanford connectors to reduce personnel radiation exposure as compared to the current hands-on method. It is also expected that radiation levels will continually increase with future waste streams. The equipment is operated in the Remote Equipment Decontamination Cell (REDC), which is equipped with compressed air, two master-slave manipulators (MSM's) and an electro-mechanical manipulator (EMM) arm for operation of the remote tools. The REDC does not provide access to electrical power, so the equipment must be manually or pneumatically operated. The MSM's have a load limit at full extension of ten pounds, which limited the weight of the installation tool. In order to remotely replace Hanford connector gaskets several operations must be performed remotely, these include: removal of the spent gasket and retaining ring (retaining ring is also called snap ring), loading the new snap ring and gasket into the installation tool and installation of the new gasket into the Hanford connector. SRNL developed and tested tools that successfully perform all of the necessary tasks. Removal of snap rings from horizontal and vertical connectors is performed by separate air actuated retaining ring removal tools and is manipulated in the cell by the MSM. In order install a new gasket, the snap ring loader is used to load a new snap ring into a groove in the gasket installation tool. A new gasket is placed on the installation tool and retained by custom springs. An MSM lifts the installation tool and presses the mounted gasket against the connector block. Once the installation tool is in position, the gasket and snap ring are installed onto the connector by pneumatic actuation. All of the tools are located on a custom work table with a pneumatic valve station that directs compressed air to the desired tool and vents the tools as needed. Extensive testing of tooling operation was performed in the DWPF manipulator repair shop. This testing allowed the operators to gain confidence before the equipment was exposed to radioactive contamination. The testing also led to multiple design improvements. On July 17 and 29, 2008 the Remote Gasket Replacement Tooling was successfully demonstrated in the REDC at the DWPF of The Savannah River Site.

  6. Development Of Remote Hanford Connector Gasket Replacement Tooling For DWPF

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    The Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF) requested the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) to develop tooling and equipment to remotely replace gaskets in mechanical Hanford connectors to reduce personnel radiation exposure as compared to the current hands-on method. It is also expected that radiation levels will continually increase with future waste streams. The equipment is operated in the Remote Equipment Decontamination Cell (REDC), which is equipped with compressed air, two master-slave manipulators (MSM's) and an electro-mechanical manipulator (EMM) arm for operation of the remote tools. The REDC does not provide access to electrical power, so the equipment must be manually or pneumatically operated. The MSM's have a load limit at full extension of ten pounds, which limited the weight of the installation tool. In order to remotely replace Hanford connector gaskets several operations must be performed remotely, these include: removal of the spent gasket and retaining ring (retaining ring is also called snap ring), loading the new snap ring and gasket into the installation tool and installation of the new gasket into the Hanford connector. SRNL developed and tested tools that successfully perform all of the necessary tasks. Removal of snap rings from horizontal and vertical connectors is performed by separate air actuated retaining ring removal tools and is manipulated in the cell by the MSM. In order install a new gasket, the snap ring loader is used to load a new snap ring into a groove in the gasket installation tool. A new gasket is placed on the installation tool and retained by custom springs. An MSM lifts the installation tool and presses the mounted gasket against the connector block. Once the installation tool is in position, the gasket and snap ring are installed onto the connector by pneumatic actuation. All of the tools are located on a custom work table with a pneumatic valve station that directs compressed air to the desired tool and vents the tools as needed. Extensive testing of tooling operation was performed in the DWPF manipulator repair shop. This testing allowed the operators to gain confidence before the equipment was exposed to radioactive contamination. The testing also led to multiple design improvements. On July 17 and 29, 2008 the Remote Gasket Replacement Tooling was successfully demonstrated in the REDC at the DWPF of The Savannah River Site.

  7. Identification of Swelling cause on Rubber Gaskets

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    Fagerland, Jenny

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this master thesis was to develop an analysis method which identifies the swelling cause of EPDM rubber gaskets. The method shall facilitate failure investigation of rubber gaskets used in plate heat exchangers which require both determinations of volatile and involatile compounds as well as polar and non-polar compounds. To achieve this goal a combination analysis method of Headspace Gas chromatography Mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and liquid-liquid extraction Fourier Transform Infrar...

  8. Statistical study of static gasket conductance

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    This work is motivated by tightness technological problems associated with metallic gasket. The objective is a better understanding of leakage mechanisms, through the development of new computational tools. In this study, the aperture field between two rough surfaces in contact is described by a short correlated isotropic random Gaussian process. The system is studied as a set of independent elementary surfaces. Joint conductances are evaluated from a statistical study on those elementary surfaces. A computational code is developed using a network approach based on lubrication theory estimation of local conductances. The global conductance computation becomes analogous to an electrical problem for which the resistances are distributed on a random network. The network is built from the identification of the aperture field critical points. Maxima are linked through saddle points. Bond conductances are estimated at the aperture field saddle points. First, a purely plastic model of deformations is considered. Near percolation threshold the conductances display a power behaviour. Far from percolation threshold, numerical results are favourably compared with an effective medium approximation. Secondly, we study the impact of elastic deformations. A computational code based on Boussinesq approximation is coupled to the network approach. The results indicate a significant impact of elastic deformations on conductances. Finally, the network approach is adapted to simulate quasi-static drainage thanks to a classical invasion percolation algorithm. A good comparison between previous experiments and numerical predictions is obtained. (author)

  9. Elastomeric organic material for switching application

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    Shiju, K., E-mail: shijuvenus@gmail.com, E-mail: pravymon@gmail.com, E-mail: ppredeep@gmail.com; Praveen, T., E-mail: shijuvenus@gmail.com, E-mail: pravymon@gmail.com, E-mail: ppredeep@gmail.com; Preedep, P., E-mail: shijuvenus@gmail.com, E-mail: pravymon@gmail.com, E-mail: ppredeep@gmail.com [Laboratory for Molecular Photonics and Electronics (LAMP), Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Calicut, Kerala, 673601 (India)

    2014-10-15

    Organic Electronic devices like OLED, Organic Solar Cells etc are promising as, cost effective alternatives to their inorganic counterparts due to various reasons. However the organic semiconductors currently available are not attractive with respect to their high cost and intricate synthesis protocols. Here we demonstrate that Natural Rubber has the potential to become a cost effective solution to this. Here an attempt has been made to fabricate iodine doped poly isoprene based switching device. In this work Poly methyl methacrylate is used as dielectric layer and Aluminium are employed as electrodes.

  10. Reduction of molecular gas diffusion through gaskets in leaf gas exchange cuvettes by leaf?mediated pores

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    Boesgaard, Kristine Stove; Mikkelsen, Teis NØrgaard

    2013-01-01

    There is an ongoing debate on how to correct leaf gas exchange measurements for the unavoidable diffusion leakage that occurs when measurements are done in non?ambient CO2 concentrations. In this study, we present a theory on how the CO2 diffusion gradient over the gasket is affected by leaf?mediated pores (LMP) and how LMP reduce diffusive exchange across the gaskets. Recent discussions have so far neglected the processes in the quasi?laminar boundary layer around the gasket. Counter intuitively, LMP reduce the leakage through gaskets, which can be explained by assuming that the boundary layer at the exterior of the cuvette is enriched with air from the inside of the cuvette. The effect can thus be reduced by reducing the boundary layer thickness. The theory clarifies conflicting results from earlier studies. We developed leaf adaptor frames that eliminate LMP during measurements on delicate plant material such as grass leaves with circular cross section, and the effectiveness is shown with respiration measurements on a harp of Deschampsia flexuosa leaves. We conclude that the best solution for measurements with portable photosynthesis systems is to avoid LMP rather than trying to correct for the effects.

  11. Vibration modes of 3n-gaskets and other fractals

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    Bajorin, N; Chen, T; Dagan, A; Emmons, C; Hussein, M; Khalil, M; Mody, P; Steinhurst, B; Teplyaev, A [Department of Mathematics, University of Connecticut, Storrs CT 06269 (United States)

    2008-01-11

    We rigorously study eigenvalues and eigenfunctions (vibration modes) on the class of self-similar symmetric finitely ramified fractals, which include the Sierpinski gasket and other 3n-gaskets. We consider the classical Laplacian on fractals which generalizes the usual one-dimensional second derivative, is the generator of the self-similar diffusion process, and has possible applications as the quantum Hamiltonian. We develop a theoretical matrix analysis, including analysis of singularities, which allows us to compute eigenvalues, eigenfunctions and their multiplicities exactly. We support our theoretical analysis by symbolic and numerical computations. Our analysis, in particular, allows the computation of the spectral zeta function on fractals and the limiting distribution of eigenvalues (i.e., integrated density of states). We consider such examples as the level-3 Sierpinski gasket, a fractal 3-tree, and the diamond fractal.

  12. Modelling leaktightness in a sealing system using elastomeric seal

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    The container of radioactive gases in a transport cask is governed by the efficiency of the sealing system. The gas release of an elastomeric seal can have two causes: 1) the permeation through the elastomer which is an intrinsic characteristic for the material. 2) the leakage through geometrical defects (cracks, gaps, capillaries...) which are of a random nature. The purpose of this study is to develop representative models of these two leakage processes. In order to validate these models, experimental measurements were performed with a specific equipment ('LISE' test rig), to carry out tests with O-ring in a trapezoidal groove within a temperature range from -50degC to +300degC. The leakage rate was measured with a mass spectrometer using pure gases or gas mixtures. (J.P.N.)

  13. Experimental and numerical study of damage initiation mechanism in elastomeric composites

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    T.D. Silva Botelho; E. Bayraktar

    2009-01-01

    Purpose: Experimental and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of the damage initiation mechanisms in elastomeric composites were carried out under static loading at room temperature. Double Cantilever Beam (DCB) specimens from natural rubber (NR) vulcanised and reinforced with other materials such as carbon black, silica, fibres and textiles or metals (rubber composites).Design/methodology/approach: Very huge experimental results were compared with that of the Finite Element Analysis (FEA). Damage ...

  14. Practical Usage of Effect of Cold Weldability of Metals in Joint of Plastically Deformable Gasket and Flanges of Detachable Joint of Fuel Pipe-Line

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    Danchenko, V. G.

    2002-01-01

    The performed investigations of the character of changing the leakage of control gas through flange connections in the process of drawing- up the bolts in to calculation moment and subsequent lowering of bolt loading to zero have shown the following. Gradual reduction of leakage through a gasket occurs in the process of increasing the tightening torque up to its complete absence. But there is no leakage through the unloaded gasket after untwisting all nuts and removal of fastening bolts from flanges. The performed analysis has shown that this effect is caused by cold weldability of the gasket with flanges; this is a result of flowing of its material into microrough holes of contact surfaces of flanges at plastic deformation with formation of strong and dense contact. Some technological methods of formation of undetachable joint have been developed for practical application of this effect. According to one of those methods, drawing- up the gasket is performed with the help of flanges preliminarily. Those bolts are substituted by less strong standard bolts for drawing- up by less moment after achievement of stress needed. Method of pressurization of the joint is more effective when technological detachable flanges and bolts are used for reduction of the gasket up to its plastic state. Those flanges and bolts are removed after drawing- up; after that standard flanges are loaded by the moment used for reception of effort only from pressure of operational medium in the pipe- line (Qoper.m.) because drawing- up of the gasket by effort (Qeff.) that provides its plastic state, is already achieved. Then we exclude the first component (Qeff.) in dependence which is known from technical literature: Qdraw. = Qeff . + Qoper .m. = qFgas. + PFpip. (1), and the final formula for calculation of the effort of drawing- up the joint (in which drawing- up the gasket with provision of cold weldability is carried out preliminarily before drawing- up the standard bolts) is expressed in such a way: Qdraw. =Fpip.(2), where q- specific pressure (stress) on the gasket which provides flowing holes of sealing surfaces at plastic deformation. q=(250-270)MPa for joints with closed sealing gate and a gasket made of copper; Fgas., Fpip.- areas of the gasket and the pipe- line; P- pressure value of medium in the pipe- line. Numeric values of effort of drawing- up which are calculated in accordance with dependence (2), for example, for locking joint, with internal diameter d1= 0.125 m sealed by the copper gasket (which operates under operational medium pressure P=2MPa), are 9.5 times less than those obtained in accordance with dependence (1). Necessary moment of drawing- up this joint is reduced in proportion to effort of drawing- up. The proposed technical solution changes the principle of designing the flange joints of fuel systems in which load- carrying elements ill not be available for provision of necessary drawing- up the gasket, and the designed structures will consist of thin flexible flanges and bolts, so there will be no relaxation of their stresses. If disassembly of such joints is needed, then one of the flanges contains some threaded holes along the perimeter for installation of technological bolts in those holes; those bolts press out the respective flange.

  15. Description of gasket failure in a 7 cell PEMFC stack

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    Husar, Attila; Serra, Maria [Institut de Robotica i Informatica Industrial, Parc Tecnologic de Barcelona, Edifici U, C. Llorens i Artigas, 4-6, 2a Planta, 08028 Barcelona (Spain); Kunusch, Cristian [Laboratorio de Electronica Industrial Control e Instrumentacion, Facultad de Ingenieria, UNLP (Argentina)

    2007-06-10

    This article presents the data and the description of a fuel cell stack that failed due to gasket degradation. The fuel cell under study is a 7 cell stack. The unexpected change in several variables such as temperature, pressure and voltage indicated the possible failure of the stack. The stack was monitored over a 6 h period in which data was collected and consequently analyzed to conclude that the fuel cell stack failed due to a crossover leak on the anode inlet port located on the cathode side gasket of cell 2. This stack failure analysis revealed a series of indicators that could be used by a super visional controller in order to initiate a shutdown procedure. (author)

  16. Testing the influence of various conditions on the migration of epoxidised soybean oil from polyvinylchloride gaskets.

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    Hanušová, Kristýna; Rajchl, Aleš; Votavová, Lenka; Dobiáš, Jaroslav; Steiner, Ingrid

    2013-01-01

    Epoxidised soybean oil (ESBO) is widely used as a plasticiser and stabiliser mainly in food contact materials on the base of polyvinylchloride (PVC), especially in the gaskets of jar lids. PVC gaskets containing 10-37% of ESBO were prepared by the baking of PVC plastisols at various process temperatures (180-240°C) in the laboratory. ESBO migration into olive oil and 3% acetic acid was studied at various temperatures (4°C, 25°C, 40°C and 60°C) during a storage time up to 12 months. ESBO released into food simulants was transmethylated, derivatised and analysed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC/MS). The effect of food processing, i.e. pasteurisation (80°C and 100°C) and sterilisation (125°C) on ESBO migration was also evaluated. The results were critically assessed with respect to the test conditions of specific migration in accordance with the current European Union legislation (Regulation (EU) No. 10/2011). The levels of ESBO migration found confirmed that the test conditions (i.e. 40°C or 60°C, 10 days) representing contact in the worst foreseeable use scenario seem to be insufficient for the simulation of ESBO migration during long-term storage and thus do not provide satisfactory objective results. PMID:23978228

  17. NCO-5 Technician Cuts Finger while Cutting Gasket Material

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    Trujillo, Stanley [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Schreiber, Stephen Bruce [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Mcneel, John Worth [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Monsalve-Jones, Robert A. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Welsh, Mark [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Ortega, Greg N. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Martinez, Xavier Baltazar [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Padilla, Ruby A. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2015-12-10

    As part of the ADPSM Safety Improvement Plan, the WSST has established a subcommittee for a Learning Team. The purpose of a Learning Team is to transfer and communicate the information into operational feedback and improvement. We want to pay attention to the small things that go wrong because they are often early warning signals and may provide insight into the health of the whole system.

  18. Development of radiation resistant EPDM based rubber compound for gasket application

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    The elastomer material selected for seals for applications in reprocessing plant is required to possess both radiation and chemical resistance. Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) is used for gasket application in chemical industries due to its excellent resistance to heat, oxidation, ozone and weather ageing. To ascertain the suitability of EPDM for applications in radioactive environment, EPDM rubber compound was developed and its radiation tolerance has been evaluated by exposing to gamma radiation and measuring the change in the mechanical properties. EPDM rubber, ZnO, MgO, carbon black, aromatic oil, ethylene thiourea and stearic acid were the materials used for the development of rubber compound. Mixing was done as per ASTM D-3182 practice in a laboratory two-roll mill using the mixing cycle for the required formulation. Test slabs and buttons of the mixed compounds were obtained by compression-moulding technique as per ASTM D-3192 procedure and according to the optimum cure time got from Rheometric studies. The rubber compound was sheeted out to an uniform thickness of 2 mm and the product moulding was carried out in a hydraulic compression moulding press at 155? for a curing time of 20 min. The mechanical properties of the rubber compound were determined and were exposed to gamma radiation at the dose of 105, 106, 107 and 108 rads to understand the effect of radiation on the rubber compound. The mechanical properties measured for the rubber compound were 41 MPa as tensile strength, 550% as elongation at break, 39% as compression set and 67 as shore A hardness. These properties degraded with radiation. Degradation is due to the formation of radicals by radiation and subsequent chain scission and crosslinking. Increase in hardness by 11 points was observed after exposure to 108 rads. Tensile strength decreased to 61% and elongation at break decreased to 57% after 108 rads. Compression set, which is the important property of a gasket material was found to increase from 39 to 60% since elasticity is decreased by radiation. Comparison of the mechanical properties of EPDM rubber compound before and after irradiation indicated that the gasket can be used in the plant up to the radiation level of 5 x 107 rads. (author)

  19. 75 FR 47027 - In the Matter of: Certain Devices Having Elastomeric Gel and Components Thereof; Notice of...

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    2010-08-04

    ...Certain Devices Having Elastomeric Gel and Components Thereof; Notice...certain devices having elastomeric gel and components thereof by reason...certain devices having elastomeric gel and components thereof that infringe...Wappingers Falls, NY 12590. Honey's Place, Inc., 640...

  20. Investigations of different types of gaskets for ILC cavity flanges

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    The paper describes the procedures adopted to carefully test the He leak rate of several types of vacuum seals. All the tests were performed at room temperature and at liquid nitrogen (LN2) temperature (77 K), and after thermal cycles between these two temperature levels. The paper also reports the test results in the INFN-Pisa clean room aimed to measure particle contamination while assembling the flange connections. The tests of the Quick Disconnect System using a new conical flange design and an external clamp were carried out. Two types of gaskets: the Helicoflex and the Ultra-Flex, were tested with this system

  1. Statistical mechanics of the travelling salesman on the Sierpinski gasket

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    Bradley, R.M.

    1986-01-01

    We study the statistical mechanics of the travelling salesman on a Sierpinski gasket in which the bond lengths { ?i } are quenched random variables. The problem of finding the shortest closed path which visits all N sites is tractable if all the| ?i — 1 | are less than (2 N + 1)-1. For a particular choice of the bond-length probability distribution and at low temperatures, the system behaves like a set of non-interacting Ising spins in a quenched random magnetic field. The relevance of one of...

  2. Multifractals of Normalized First Passage Time in Sierpinski Gasket

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    Kim, K; Kong, Y S; Kim, Kyungsik

    1998-01-01

    The multifractal behavior of the normalized first passage time is investigated on the two dimensional Sierpinski gasket with both absorbing and reflecting barriers. The normalized first passage time for Sinai model and the logistic model to arrive at the absorbing barrier after starting from an arbitrary site, especially obtained by the calculation via the Monte Carlo simulation, is discussed numerically. The generalized dimension and the spectrum are also estimated from the distribution of the normalized first passage time, and compared with the results on the finitely square lattice.

  3. Lifschitz tail and sausage asymptotics for stable processes in the Poissonian environment on the Sierpinski gasket

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    Kowalska, Dorota; Pietruska-Pa?uba, Katarzyna

    2014-01-01

    We obtain the Lifschitz tail asymptotics for the integrated density of states of the subordinate $\\alpha-$stable processes on the Sierpi\\'nski gasket $\\mathcal G,$ evolving among killing Poissonian obstacles. Simultaneously, we derive the large-time asymptotics for the volume of the $\\alpha-$stable sausage on the gasket.

  4. PERL - European research project on characterization of gaskets for bolted flange connections

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    Great progress was observed in the European standardization in the last years in the field of the design of floating type bolted flange connections. New design rules were developed (EN 1591) which include new definitions of gasket characteristics for the calculation of floating type flanged joints. In addition a new gasket testing standard was drafted (prEN 13555) which assures a comprehensive characterization of gaskets for bolted flanged joints. This draft standard contains some new features which were examined and validated within the European research project PERL (Pressure Equipment - Reduction of Leak Rate). The gasket testing strategy laid down in prEN 13555 is presented in this paper. Some testing results highlighten the measuring procedures and the evaluation of the gasket characteristics. (orig.)

  5. Experimental determination of gasket contact pressure in a bolted flange connection

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    New sensor technology permits real time monitoring of gasket contact stress. This technology was used to monitor changes in gasket stress during bolt up and pressurization cycles of a 24 inch class 150 ANSI flange. The flange is part of an instrumented pressure vessel that measures flange stress, bolt stress and internal pressure. Data is presented for two tests using a glass fiber flat sheet gasket. The tests were run with a near uniform initial bolt load of 25,000 psi. Bolt strain, flange strain and gasket load were recorded for pressure stages of 0, 150, and 300 psi. Average values for bolt strain and gasket load are plotted for each stage of the test. Hoop and axial strains are also plotted. The plots show trends in the flanged joint during pressure cycles. Further study may provide insight to improved sealing and bolt up methods

  6. Charge Effects on Mechanical Properties of Elastomeric Proteins

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    Kappiyoor, Ravi; Balasubramanian, Ganesh; Dudek, Daniel; Puri, Ishwar

    2012-02-01

    Several biological molecules of nanoscale dimensions, such as elastin and resilin, are capable of performing diverse tasks with minimal energy loss. These molecules are efficient in that the ratio of energy output to energy consumed is very close to unity. This is in stark contrast to some of the best synthetic materials that have been created. For example, it is known that resilin found in dragonflies has a hysteresis loss of only 0.8% of the energy input while the best synthetic rubber made to date, polybutadiene, has a loss of roughly 20%.We simulate tensile tests of naturally occurring motifs found in resilin (a highly hydrophilic protein), as well as similar simulations found in reduced-polarity counterparts (i.e. the same motif with the charge on each individual atom set to half the natural value, the same motif with the charge on each individual atom set to zero, and a motif in which all the polar amino acids have been replaced with nonpolar amino acids). The results show a strong correlation between charge and extensibility. In order to further understand the effect of properties such as charge on the system, we will run simulations of elastomeric proteins such as resilin in different solvents.

  7. A Digital Image Steganography using Sierpinski Gasket Fractal and PLSB

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    Rupa, Ch.

    2013-09-01

    Information attacks are caused due to the weaknesses in the information security. These attacks affect the non-repudiation and integrity of the security services. In this paper, a novel security approach that can defend the message from information attacks is proposed. In this new approach the original message is encrypted by Fractal Sierpinski Gasket (FSG) cryptographic algorithm, that result is hidden into an image using penultimate and least significant bit (PLSB) embedding method. This method makes the security more robust than conventional approach. Important properties of fractals are sensitivity and self similarity. These can be exploited to produce avalanche effect. Stegoanalysis of the proposed method shows that it is resistant to various attacks and stronger than the existed steganographic approaches.

  8. The anisotropic quantum antiferromagnet on the Sierpinski gasket: Ground state and thermodynamics

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    Voigt, A; Richter, J; Tomczak, P; Voigt, Andreas; Wenzel, Wolfgang; Richter, Johannes; Tomczak, Piotr

    2004-01-01

    We investigate an antiferromagnetic s=1/2 quantum spin system with anisotropic spin exchange on a fractal lattice, the Sierpinski gasket. We introduce a novel approximative numerical method, the configuration selective diagonalization (CSD) and apply this method to the Sierpinski gasket with N=42. Using this and other methods we calculate ground state energies, spin gap, spin-spin correlations and specific heat data and conclude that the s=1/2 quantum antiferromagnet on the Sierpinski gasket shows a disordered magnetic ground state with a very short correlation length of about 1 and an, albeit very small, spin gap. This conclusion holds for Heisenberg as well a for XY exchange.

  9. FEM analysis of ultra-flex gasket for ILC cavity flanges

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    Numerical simulation of a new kind of metallic gasket by Garlock company, the Ultra-Flex, has been carried out using the ANSYS code for finite element analysis. The main purpose was to determine the optimal geometrical parameters of the seal for our application in ILC cavity flanges. The FEA model shows that if the gasket tore diameter is increased from 4.65 to 8 mm and its thickness is increased from 0.5 to 0.65 mm, the useful elastic recovery (spring-back) of the gasket will drastically increase, from 0.05 to 0.2 mm

  10. X-ray diffraction studies using diamond coated rhenium gasket to megabar pressures

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    X-ray diffraction studies at megabar pressures are limited by the sample thickness between the diamond anvils. High strength gaskets are desirable to improve the quality of x-ray diffraction data. We present a technique which employs a microwave plasma chemical vapor deposited diamond layer on one side of a rhenium gasket. As a test case, we show energy dispersive x-ray diffraction data on rare earth metal neodymium to 153 GPa using a synchrotron source. The increased sample thickness results in an unambiguous crystal structure determination of a monoclinic phase in neodymium above 75 GPa. [chemical vapor deposition, diamond, rhenium gasket, x-ray diffraction, neodymium

  11. Influence of elastomeric seal plate surface chemistry on interface integrity in biofouling-prone systems: Evaluation of a hydrophobic "easy-release" silicone-epoxy coating for maintaining water seal integrity of a sliding neoprene/steel interface

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    Andolina, Vincent L.

    The scientific hypothesis of this work is that modulation of the properties of hard materials to exhibit abrasion-reducing and low-energy surfaces will extend the functional lifetimes of elastomeric seals pressed against them in abrasive underwater systems. The initial motivation of this work was to correct a problem noted in the leaking of seals at major hydropower generating facilities subject to fouling by abrasive zebra mussel shells and extensive corrosion. Similar biofouling-influenced problems can develop at seals in medical devices and appliances from regulators in anesthetic machines and SCUBA diving oxygen supply units to autoclave door seals, injection syringe gaskets, medical pumps, drug delivery components, and feeding devices, as well as in food handling equipment like pasteurizers and transfer lines. Maritime and many other heavy industrial seal interfaces could also benefit from this coating system. Little prior work has been done to elucidate the relationship of seal plate surface properties to the friction and wear of elastomeric seals during sliding contacts of these articulating materials, or to examine the secondary influence of mineralized debris within the contacting interfaces. This investigation utilized the seal materials relevant to the hydropower application---neoprene elastomer against carbon steel---with and without the application of a silicone-epoxy coating (WearlonRTM 2020.98) selected for its wear-resistance, hydrophobicity, and "easy-release" capabilities against biological fouling debris present in actual field use. Analytical techniques applied to these materials before and after wear-producing processes included comprehensive Contact Angle measurements for Critical Surface Tension (CA-CST) determination, Scanning Electron Microscopic inspections, together with Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) and X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) measurements for determination of surface texture and inorganic composition, Multiple Attenuated Internal Reflection (MAIR-IR) and Microscopic Infrared Spectroscopy for organic surface compositional details, light microscopy for wear area quantification, and profilometry for surface roughness estimation and wear depth quantification. Pin-on-disc dynamic Coefficient of Friction (CoF) measurements provided data relevant to forecasts of seal integrity in dry, wet and biofouling-influenced sliding contact. Actual wear of neoprene seal material against uncoated and coated steel surfaces, wet and dry, was monitored after both rotary and linear cyclic wear testing, demonstrating significant reductions in elastomer wear areas and depths (and resultant volumes) when the coating was present. Coating the steel eliminated a 270% increase in neoprene surface area wear and an 11-fold increase in seal abrasive volume loss associated with underwater rusting in rotary experiments. Linear testing results confirm coating efficacy by reducing wear area in both loading regimes by about half. No coating delamination was observed, apparently due to a differential distribution of silicone and epoxy ingredients at the air-exposed vs. steel-bonded interfaces demonstrated by IR and EDS methods. Frictional testing revealed higher Coefficients of Friction (CoF) associated with the low-speed sliding of Neoprene over coated rather than uncoated steel surfaces in a wet environment, indicating better potential seal adhesion between the hydrophobic elastomer and coating than between the elastomer and intrinsically hydrophilic uncoated steel. When zebra mussel biofouling debris was present in the articulating joints, CoF was reduced as a result of a water channel path produced between the articulating surfaces by the retained biological matter. Easier release of the biofouling from the low-CST coated surfaces restored the seal integrity more rapidly with further water rinsing. Rapid sliding diminished these biofouling-related differences, but revealed a significant advantage in reducing the CoF of the elastomer-on-coating couples to less than 50% of the elastomer-on-steel coupl

  12. New elastomeric silicone based networks applicable as electroactive systems

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    Bejenariu, Anca Gabriela; Boll, Mads

    2011-01-01

    Commercial elastomer materials are available for dielectric electroactive polymer (DEAP) purposes but the applied commercial elastomers have not been developed with the specific application in mind. It is therefore obvious that optimization of the elastomer material should be possible. In this study we focus on optimization of the mechanical properties of the elastomer and show that it is possible to lower the elastic modulus and still not compromise the other required mechanical properties such as fast response, stability, low degree of viscous dissipation and high extensibility. The elastomers are prepared from a vinyl-terminated polydimethyl siloxane (PDMS) and a 4-functional crosslinker by a platinum-catalyzed hydrosilylation reaction between the two reactants. Traditionally, elastomers based on hydrosilylation are prepared via a ‘one-step two-pot’ procedure (with a mix A and a mix B mixed in a given ratio). An alternative network formulation method is adopted in this study in order to obtain an elastomeric system with controlled topology – a so-called bimodal network. Bimodal networks are synthesized using a ‘two-step four-pot’ mixing procedure which results in a nonhomogeneous network structure which is shown to lead to novel mechanical properties due to the low extensibility of the short chains and the high extensibility of the long chains. The first ensures stability and the last retards the rupture process thereby combining two desired properties for DEAP purposes without necessarily compromising the viscous dissipation. Several elastomers are prepared and tested for the linear viscoelastic behaviour, i.e. behaviour in the small-strain limit (up to approximately 10% strain). The bimodal networks are, however, capable of extensions up to several times their initial length but the focus here is the small-strain limit.

  13. Alloy 825 and 718 gasket corrosion in deep water (500 m) connections

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    Amen, C. [Mentor Subsea Technology Services, Aberdeen (United Kingdom); Howl, R.; Oldfield, J.W. [Cortest Labs. Ltd., Sheffield (United Kingdom)

    1999-11-01

    Corrosion has been observed on a number of alloy 718 (UNS N07718) and alloy 825 (UNS N08825) gaskets from subsea connections. The gaskets were in contact with either weld overlaid alloy 625 (UNS N06625) or super duplex stainless steel hubs (UNS S32750). A few hubs also showed some limited corrosion in regions where severe gasket corrosion had occurred. Corrosion was more prevalent on jumpers that had been exposed to sea water for a few months at alloy 718 (UNS N07718) gaskets in contact with alloy 625 (UNS N06625) weld overlay. General observations were that short term exposures of up to 20 days did not result in corrosion but longer exposures of 40--50 days resulted in severe attack. A program of work was carried out to determine the reason for the observed attack and to suggest ways of avoiding it in the future. This paper describes the findings of the study.

  14. The anisotropic quantum antiferromagnet on the Sierpi?ski gasket: Ground state and thermodynamics

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    Voigt, A.; Wenzel, W.; Richter, J.; Tomczak, P.

    2004-03-01

    We investigate an antiferromagnetic s = 1/2 quantum spin system with anisotropic spin exchange on a fractal lattice, the Sierpi?ski gasket. We introduce a novel approximative numerical method, the configuration selective diagonalization (CSD) and apply this method to a the Sierpi?ski gasket with N = 42. Using this and other methods we calculate ground state energies, spin gap, spin-spin correlations and specific heat data and conclude that the s = 1/2 quantum antiferromagnet on the Sierpinski gasket shows a disordered magnetic ground state with on the Sierpi’nski gasket shows a disordered magnetic ground state with a very short correlation length of ? ? 1 and an, albeit very small, spin gap. This conclusion holds for Heisenberg as well a for XY exchange.

  15. Mechanical-property changes of structural composite materials after low-temperature proton irradiation: Implications for use in SSC magnet systems

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    Long-term physical, mechanical, electrical, and other properties of advanced composites, plastics, and other polymer materials are greatly affected by high-energy proton, neutron, electron, and gamma radiation. The effects of high-energy particles on materials is a critical design parameter to consider when choosing polymeric structural, nonstructural, and elastomeric matrix resin systems. Polymer materials used for filled resins, laminates, seals, gaskets, coatings, insulation and other nonmetallic components must be chosen carefully, and reference data viewed with caution. Most reference data collected in the high-energy physics community to date reflects material property degradation using other than proton irradiations. In most instances, the data were collected for room-temperature irradiations, not 4.2 K or other cryogenic temperatures, and at doses less than 108-109 Rad. Energetic proton (and the accompanying spallation-product particles) provide good simulation fidelity to the expected radiation fields predicted for the cold-mass regions of the SSC magnets, especially the corrector magnets. The authors present here results for some structural composite materials which were part of a larger irradiation-characterization of polymeric materials for SSC applications

  16. Mechanical-property changes of structural composite materials after low-temperature proton irradiation: Implications for use in SSC magnet systems

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    Longterm physical, mechanical, electrical, and other properties of advanced composites, plastics, and other polymer materials are greatly affected by high-energy proton, neutron, electron, and gamma radiation. The effects of high-energy particles on materials is a critical design parameter to consider when choosing polymeric structural, nonstructural, and elastomeric matrix resin systems. Polymer materials used for filled resins, laminates, seals, gaskets, coatings, insulation and other nonmetallic components must be chosen carefully, and reference data viewed with caution. Most reference data collected in the high-energy physics community to date reflects material property degradation using other than proton irradiations. In most instances, the data were collected for room-temperature irradiations, not 4.2 K or other cryogenic temperatures, and at doses less than 108--109 Rad. Energetic proton (and the accompanying spallation-product particles) provide good simulation fidelity to the expected radiation fields predicted for the cold-mass regions of the SSC magnets, especially the corrector magnets. The authors present here results for some structural composite materials which were part of a larger irradiation-characterization of polymeric materials for SSC applications

  17. The anisotropic quantum antiferromagnet on the Sierpinski gasket: Ground state and thermodynamics

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    Voigt, Andreas; Wenzel, Wolfgang; Richter, Johannes; Tomczak, Piotr

    2004-01-01

    We investigate an antiferromagnetic s=1/2 quantum spin system with anisotropic spin exchange on a fractal lattice, the Sierpinski gasket. We introduce a novel approximative numerical method, the configuration selective diagonalization (CSD) and apply this method to the Sierpinski gasket with N=42. Using this and other methods we calculate ground state energies, spin gap, spin-spin correlations and specific heat data and conclude that the s=1/2 quantum antiferromagnet on the ...

  18. Dimensional crossover and hidden incommensurability in Josephson junction arrays of periodically repeated Sierpinski gaskets

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    Meyer, R; Korshunov, S. E.; Leemann, Ch.; Martinoli, P.

    2002-01-01

    We report a study of overdamped Josephson junction arrays with the geometry of periodically repeated Sierpinski gaskets. These model superconductors share essential geometrical features with truly random (percolative) systems. When exposed to a perpendicular magnetic field B, their euclidian or fractal behavior depends on the relation between the intervortex distance (imposed by B) and the size of a constituent gasket, and was explored with high-resolution measurements of th...

  19. Transition density of diffusion on Sierpinski gasket and extension of Flory's formula

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    Hattori, Tetsuya; Nakajima, Hideo

    1994-01-01

    Some problems related to the transition density u(t,x) of the diffusion on the Sierpinski gasket are considerd, based on recent rigorous results and detailed numerical calculations. The main contents are an extension of Flory's formula for the end-to-end distance exponent of self-avoiding walks on the fractal spaces, and an evidence of the oscillatory behavior of u(t,x) on the Sierpinski gasket.

  20. AVALIAÇÃO DA CAPACIDADE DE CÓPIA DE MATERIAIS DE MOLDAGEM ELASTOMÉRICOS DE DIFERENTES SISTEMAS POR MEIO DE UMA TÉCNICA APLICÁVEL CLINICAMENTE / EVALUATION OF THE COPYING ABILITY OF DIFFERENT ELASTOMERIC IMPRESSION MATERIALS USING A CLINICALLY APPLICABLE TECHNIQUE

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    Rossana Pereira de Almeida, ANTUNES; Wilson, MATSUMOTO; Heitor, PANZERI.

    1997-10-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi realizar um estudo comparativo entre diferentes sistemas de materiais de moldagem, tais como o polissulfeto, a silicona de condensação e a silicona de adição, através de uma nova técnica de avaliação não destrutiva e, conseqüentemente, aplicável clinicamente. A partir d [...] a confecção de próteses fixas de três elementos, fundidas em liga de níquel-cromo, obtiveram-se réplicas tridimensionais do espaço entre a restauração e o preparo cavitário, utilizando-se uma silicona de condensação. Essas réplicas foram avaliadas microscopicamente. Os resultados indicaram que, embora alguns materiais tenham apresentado comportamento superior, como o Permlastic e o Extrude, os outros materiais estudados tiveram comportamento clinicamente aceitável, desde que seus moldes sejam convenientemente manipulados, principalmente em relação ao tempo de vazamento do gesso Abstract in english The purpose of this research was to make a comparative study between different systems of impression materials, such as polysulfide, condensation and addition-curing silicones, using a new non-destructive technique of evaluation, and consequently clinically applicable. After obtaining three element [...] nickel-chromium prosthesis, three-dimensional replicas of the space between the restoration and the prepared tooth were made, using a condensation curing silicone. These replicas were microscopically evaluated. The results showed that, although some materials presented a superior behavior, as Permlastic and Extrude, other tested materials had an acceptable clinical behavior provided that their molds had been properly manipulated, specially regarding the time of cast pouring

  1. Estimation of Life of an Elastomeric Component:A Stochastic Model

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    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Life of equipment has been an area of great importance to engineers, however, largely unexplored. In the case of elastomers, this becomes more critical because of faster degradation in properties of the elastomers, and thereby performance of the elastomeric item, when compared to metals-the degradation referred to as aging of the elastomer. The present work focuses on the development of a stochastic model for estimating life of a vibration isolator, which finds many defence applications, to attenuate noise and vibration from the machinery. A majority of the vibration isolators use rubber for attenuation, and therefore, the life of the isolator invariably depends on the life of the rubber. The methodology of life estimation has been based on the Arrhenius theory of chemical kinetics and is applicable where the material degrades relatively faster at higher temperature so that the degradation rates can be studied. Statistical techniques have been applied to arrive at a reliable estimation. The method can be used for reliable estimation of storage life of elastomeric products, and thereby help to maintain cost-effective inventory.Defence Science Journal, 2011, 61(3, pp.257-263, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.14429/dsj.61.295

  2. Physical and chemical regularities of obtaining heat resistant and radiation resistant polymer materials based on polyblend

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    Full text : One of the requirements to elastomer polymer materials, based on polyblend is their resistance to heat and radiation. Elastomeric materials are widely used in nuclear technology. Nowadays, the destruction of elastomeric materials in exploitation conditions is actual, despite the number of their investigations, which were carried out in last decades

  3. Probabilistic structural and thermal analysis of a gasketed flange

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    Performance of a flange joint is characterized mainly by its ‘strength’ and ‘sealing capability’. A number of analytical and experimental studies have been conducted to study these characteristics under internal pressure loading. However, with the advent of new technological trends for high temperature and pressure applications, an increased demand for analysis is recognized. The effect of steady-state thermal loading makes the problem more complex as it leads to combined application of internal pressure and temperature. Structural and thermal analysis of a gasketed flange was computationally simulated by a finite element method and probabilistically evaluated in view of the several uncertainties in the performance parameters. Cumulative distribution functions and sensitivity factors were computed for Stress Intensities and Von Mises Stresses due to the structural and thermodynamic random variables. These results can be used to quickly identify the most critical design variables in order to optimize the design and make it cost effective. The analysis leads to the selection of the appropriate measurements to be used in structural and heat transfer analysis and to the identification of both the most critical measurements and parameters. Conventional engineering design methods are generally deterministic. But in reality, many engineering systems are stochastic in nature where a probability assessment of the results becomes a necessity. This probabilistic engineering design analysis assumes probability distributions of design parameters, instead of mean values only. This enables the designer to design for a specific reliability and hence maximize safety and quality and cost. In the present work, thermal and structural analysis on the flange was performed to obtain the areas of maximum stress under the given boundary conditions. The product was modeled and then simulated using the Finite Element Analysis (FEA). The results obtained were probabilistically evaluated for optimum design. -- Highlights: • Cumulative distribution functions and sensitivity factors were computed. • Conventional engineering design methods are generally deterministic. • The analysis assumes probability distributions of design parameters. • Thermal and structural analysis on the flange was performed

  4. Dimensional crossover and hidden incommensurability in Josephson junction arrays of periodically repeated Sierpinski gaskets

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    Meyer, R; Leemann, C; Martinoli, P; Leemann, Ch.

    2002-01-01

    We report a study of overdamped Josephson junction arrays with the geometry of periodically repeated Sierpinski gaskets. These model superconductors share essential geometrical features with truly random (percolative) systems. When exposed to a perpendicular magnetic field B, their euclidian or fractal behavior depends on the relation between the intervortex distance (imposed by B) and the size of a constituent gasket, and was explored with high-resolution measurements of the sample magnetoinductance L(B). In terms of the frustration parameter f expressing (in units of the superconducting flux quantum) the magnetic flux threading an elementary triangular cell of a gasket, the crossover between the two regimes occurs at f_{cN}=1/(2*4^{N}), where N is the gasket order. In the fractal regime (f>f_{cN}) a sequence of equally spaced structures corresponding to the set of states with unit cells not larger than a single gasket is observed at multiples of f_{cN}, as predicted by theory. The fine structure of L(f) rad...

  5. Dimensional crossover and hidden incommensurability in Josephson junction arrays of periodically repeated Sierpinski gaskets

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    Meyer, R.; Korshunov, S. E.; Leemann, Ch.; Martinoli, P.

    2002-09-01

    We report a study of overdamped Josephson junction arrays with the geometry of periodically repeated Sierpinski gaskets. These model superconductors share essential geometrical features with truly random (percolative) systems. When exposed to a perpendicular magnetic field B, their Euclidian or fractal behavior depends on the relation between the intervortex distance (imposed by B) and the size of a constituent gasket, and was explored with high-resolution measurements of the sample magnetoinductance L(B). In terms of the frustration parameter f expressing (in units of the superconducting flux quantum) the magnetic flux threading an elementary triangular cell of a gasket, the crossover between the two regimes occurs at fcN=1/(2×4N), where N is the gasket order. In the fractal regime (f>fcN) a sequence of equally spaced structures corresponding to the set of states with unit cells not larger than a single gasket is observed at multiples of fcN, as predicted by theory. The fine structure of L(f) radically changes in the Euclidian regime (fmagnetic field distribution caused by the asymmetric diamagnetic response of the superconducting islands forming the arrays.

  6. Detection of polystyrene sphere translocations using resizable elastomeric nanopores

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    Willmott, Geoff R

    2010-01-01

    Resizable elastomeric nanopores have been used to measure pulses of ionic current caused by carboxylated polystyrene spheres of diameter 200 nm and 800 nm. The nanopores represent a novel technology which enables nanoscale resizing of a pore by macroscopic actuation of an elastomeric membrane. Three different pores were employed with variable applied strain, transmembrane potential, particle concentration and sphere radius. Theory describing current pulse magnitude has been extended to conical pore geometry. A consistent method for interpretation of data close to the noise threshold has been introduced, and experimental data has been used to compare several methods for efficient, non-destructive calculation of pore dimensions. The most effective models emphasize the absolute pulse size, which is predominantly determined by the opening radius at the narrowest part of the roughly conical pores, rather than the profile along the entire pore length. Experiments were carried out in a regime for which both electro-...

  7. Nanoscale squeezing in elastomeric nanochannels for single chromatin linearization

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    Matsuoka, Toshiki; Kim, Byoung Choul; Huang, Jiexi; Douville, Nicholas Joseph; Thouless, M. D.; Takayama, Shuichi

    2012-01-01

    This paper describes a novel nanofluidic phenomenon where untethered DNA and chromatin are linearized by rapidly narrowing an elastomeric nanochannel filled with solutions of the biopolymers. This nanoscale squeezing procedure generates hydrodynamic flows while also confining the biopolymers into smaller and smaller volumes. The unique features of this technique enable full linearization then trapping of biopolymers such as DNA. The versatility of the method is also demonstrated by analysis o...

  8. Citotoxicity of nonlatex elastomeric ligatures of orthodontic use

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    Rogério, Lacerda-Santos; Alane Sonally Benício do, Nascimento; Allana Roberta Bandeira, Pereira; Paulyana Pryscilla de Melo, Freire; Matheus Melo, Pithon; Maria Teresa Villela, Romanos.

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study is to evaluate cytotoxicity between polyurethane and non-latex orthodontic elastomeric ligatures. Seven elastomeric ligatures of black-coloured from different manufactures (3 non-latex, 3 polyurethane and 1 latex) were divided into 7 groups of 10 elastics each: Group UK (nonlat [...] ex, 3M Unitek), Group TP (nonlatex, TP Orthodontics), Group AO (nonlatex, American Orthodontics), Group O (Polyurethane, OrthoSource), Group M (Polyurethane, Morelli), Group TD (Polyurethane, Tecnident) and Group TC (latex - Control, TP Orthodontics). The cytotoxicity essay was performed using cell cultures (L-929 line cells, mouse fibroblast) that were submitted to the cell viability test with neutral red ("dye-uptake") at 1, 2, 3, 7 and 28 days. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) with 1-way analysis followed by the Tukey post hoc test were employed (p.05). There was a statistically differences (p.05) between the groups O, M and TD at in all experimental times. It can be concluded that the nonlatex elastomeric ligatures of Unitek, TP Orthodontics, and American Orthodontics showed higher cell viability compared to others ligatures.

  9. Pigment effect on the long term elasticity of elastomeric ligatures

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    Érika de Oliveira Dias de, Macêdo; Fabrício Mezzomo, Collares; Vicente Castelo Branco, Leitune; Susana Maria Werner, Samuel; Carmen Beatriz Borges, Fortes.

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the response of elastomeric ligatures in several colors for a 4 mm traction over time. METHODS: Morelli® elastomeric ligatures, were submitted to traction forces using two rods of circular cross section, until a 4 mm distance was reached, matching the approximate diameter of a [...] n upper central incisor bracket of the same manufacturer. The ligatures were kept in artificial saliva immersion at 37 ºC. Forces levels were measured immediately (0 h), 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 24, 48, 72, 96 hours, 1, 2, 3, 4 weeks and results were submitted to two-way repeated-measures ANOVA statistical analysis. RESULTS: The gray samples showed the higher initial values of tensile strength. The lowest values were presented by purple, light pink, green, black and red groups. The greater tensile strength instability was presented by red, black, silver, green and gray groups. The greater tensile strength stability was presented by deep pink, dark blue, blue, purple and light pink groups. CONCLUSION: Elastomeric ligatures do not present stable behavior when suffering traction forces over time and different colors display different behaviors. Deep pink, dark blue, blue, purple and light pink groups, displayed the most stable forces, suggesting that they should be used during the treatment to obtain constant forces.

  10. Compressible elastomeric aerogels of hexagonal boron nitride and single-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Joo Jeong, Yeon; Islam, Mohammad F.

    2015-07-01

    Lightweight porous ceramic materials that can recover their shapes after mechanical deformation have numerous applications. However, these types of materials tend to be highly fragile and often crack when compressed. Here, we report on the fabrication and characterization of highly porous, freestanding composites of hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) and single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) of density 13-15 mg mL-1, which corresponds to a volume fraction of 0.009, that were mechanically robust and recovered their original shape even after uniaxially compressing them by more than 50%. We made these porous elastomeric composites using a solution based assembly process that involved first shaping SWCNTs into porous networks of density ~7 mg mL-1 (volume fraction ~0.005) followed by coatings of SWCNT networks with 6-8 mg mL-1 of h-BN (volume fraction ~0.003-0.004). The h-BN coating strengthened the underlying SWCNT networks, likely via reinforcement of the nodes between the SWCNTs, resulting in an increase in Young's modulus by ~100% compared to that of SWCNT networks alone. Surprisingly, SWCNT networks, which were initially highly fragile, became elastomeric after h-BN coating, even though porous structures solely from h-BN are very brittle. Our fabrication approach preserves the morphology of the underlying networks, allowing for fabrication of various shapes and sizes of porous composites of h-BN and SWCNTs. Finally, our fabrication scheme is robust and facile for the preparation of porous composites of diverse ceramic materials and SWCNTs using the appropriate ceramic-precursor.Lightweight porous ceramic materials that can recover their shapes after mechanical deformation have numerous applications. However, these types of materials tend to be highly fragile and often crack when compressed. Here, we report on the fabrication and characterization of highly porous, freestanding composites of hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) and single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) of density 13-15 mg mL-1, which corresponds to a volume fraction of 0.009, that were mechanically robust and recovered their original shape even after uniaxially compressing them by more than 50%. We made these porous elastomeric composites using a solution based assembly process that involved first shaping SWCNTs into porous networks of density ~7 mg mL-1 (volume fraction ~0.005) followed by coatings of SWCNT networks with 6-8 mg mL-1 of h-BN (volume fraction ~0.003-0.004). The h-BN coating strengthened the underlying SWCNT networks, likely via reinforcement of the nodes between the SWCNTs, resulting in an increase in Young's modulus by ~100% compared to that of SWCNT networks alone. Surprisingly, SWCNT networks, which were initially highly fragile, became elastomeric after h-BN coating, even though porous structures solely from h-BN are very brittle. Our fabrication approach preserves the morphology of the underlying networks, allowing for fabrication of various shapes and sizes of porous composites of h-BN and SWCNTs. Finally, our fabrication scheme is robust and facile for the preparation of porous composites of diverse ceramic materials and SWCNTs using the appropriate ceramic-precursor. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: High-resolution TEM images, surface area and pore characteristics, electrical conductivity, and mechanical characteristics of h-BN/SWCNT aerogels. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr01981h

  11. Membrane electrode gasket assembly (MEGA) technology for polymer electrolyte fuel cells

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    Pozio, A.; Giorgi, L.; De Francesco, M.; Silva, R. F.; Lo Presti, R.; Danzi, A.

    A new technology for the production of a membrane electrode gasket assembly (MEGA) for polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFCs) is defined. The MEGA system was prepared by sealing a previously prepared membrane electrode assembly (MEA) in a moulded gasket. For this aim, a proprietary silicone based liquid mixture was injected directly into the MEA borders. Gaskets obtained in different shapes and hardness grades are stable in a wide temperature range. The MEGA technology shows several advantages with respect to traditional PEFCs stack assembling systems: effective membrane saving, reduced fabrication time, possibility of quality control and failed elements substitution. This technology was successfully tested at the ENEA laboratories and the results were acquired in laboratory scale, but industrial production appears to be simple and cheap.

  12. Response of elastomeric packaging components to a corrosive simulant mixed waste

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    The purpose of hazardous and radioactive materials packaging is to enable these materials to be transported without posing a threat to the health or property of the general public. To achieve this aim, regulations in the US have been written establishing general design requirements for such packagings. While no regulations have been written specifically for mixed waste packaging, regulations for the constituents of mixed wastes, i.e., hazardous and radioactive substances, have been codified by the US Department of Transportation and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Based on these national requirements, a Chemical Compatibility Testing Program was developed in the Transportation Systems Department at SNL. In this paper, the authors present the results of Part B of the second phase of this testing program. The first phase screened five liner materials and six seal materials towards four simulant mixed wastes. Part A of the second phase involved the comprehensive testing of five candidate liner materials to an aqueous Hanford Tank simulant mixed waste. Part B involved similar testing on elastomeric materials, ethylene-propylene and butadiene-acrylonitrile rubber. The comprehensive testing protocol involved exposing the respective materials to a matrix of four gamma radiation doses (?1, 3, 6, and 40 kGy), three temperatures (18, 50, and 60 C), and four exposure times (7, 14, 28, and 180 days). Following their exposure to these combinations of conditions, the materials were evaluated by measuring six material properties. These properties were specific gravity, dimensional changes, hardness, vapor transport rates, compression set, and mechanical properties

  13. The quantum Heisenberg antiferromagnet on the Sierpinski Gasket: An exact diagonalization study

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    Voigt, Andreas; Richter, Johannes; Tomczak, Piotr

    2001-01-01

    We present an exact diagonalization study of the quantum Heisenberg antiferromagnet on the fractal Sierpinski gasket for spin quantum numbers s=1/2,s=1 and s=3/2. Since the fractal dimension of the Sierpinski gasket is between one and two we compare the results with corresponding data of one- and two-dimensional systems. By analyzing the ground-state energy, the low-lying spectrum, the spin-spin correlation and the low-temperature thermodynamics we find arguments, that the H...

  14. Observation of dilational symmetry breaking in a superconducting array of Sierpinski gaskets

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    The inverse sheet kinetic inductance Lk-1 of a periodic array of nth order Sierpinski gaskets has been measured as a function of frustration f, f being the number of magnetic flux quanta in the elementary triangular cell of the fractal structure. The Josephson junction array shows prominent oscillations only for frustrations corresponding to multiples of fn=1/(2x4n). A simple model taking into account the interplay between fractal and two-dimensional (2D) regime has been developed to calculate Lk-1 for the gasket array. It is shown that the periodic boundary conditions imposed by the 2D lattice are responsible for the observed oscillations. (orig.)

  15. Radiation dose estimation on rubber gaskets for remote repair of leaky helium flange joints in Cirus reactor

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    Full text: The paper describes the analysis of the neutronic and gamma radiation dose on the rubber gaskets located within the reactor structure of Cirus after nearly 35 years of reactor operation. These gaskets are used in the flange joints of helium cover gas pipelines, some of which developed leak. This cumulative radiation dose was required to assess the compressive properties of the irradiated gaskets. After estimating the dose, fresh gaskets were procured and irradiated to comparable gamma dose. These gaskets were then tested in a universal testing machine and load versus deflection data were generated. A remote repair method of clamping the leaky flanges was developed. The data were used in the detailed piping analysis and the sequence and the extent of compression of flange joints was decided. Split sealing clamps were remotely installed and tightened to reduce the leaks significantly

  16. PRELIMINARY REPORT: EFFECTS OF IRRADIATION AND THERMAL EXPOSURE ON ELASTOMERIC SEALS FOR CASK TRANSPORTATION AND STORAGE

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    Verst, C.; Skidmore, E.; Daugherty, W.

    2014-05-30

    A testing and analysis approach to predict the sealing behavior of elastomeric seal materials in dry storage casks and evaluate their ability to maintain a seal under thermal and radiation exposure conditions of extended storage and beyond was developed, and initial tests have been conducted. The initial tests evaluate the aging response of EPDM elastomer O-ring seals. The thermal and radiation exposure conditions of the CASTOR® V/21 casks were selected for testing as this cask design is of interest due to its widespread use, and close proximity of the seals to the fuel compared to other cask designs leading to a relatively high temperature and dose under storage conditions. A novel test fixture was developed to enable compression stress relaxation measurements for the seal material at the thermal and radiation exposure conditions. A loss of compression stress of 90% is suggested as the threshold at which sealing ability of an elastomeric seal would be lost. Previous studies have shown this value to be conservative to actual leakage failure for most aging conditions. These initial results indicate that the seal would be expected to retain sealing ability throughout extended storage at the cask design conditions, though longer exposure times are needed to validate this assumption. The high constant dose rate used in the testing is not prototypic of the decreasingly low dose rate that would occur under extended storage. The primary degradation mechanism of oxidation of polymeric compounds is highly dependent on temperature and time of exposure, and with radiation expected to exacerbate the oxidation.

  17. Unusual long-range-order property of the Ising model on the Sierpi?ski gasket

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    Liu, S. H.

    1985-11-01

    The Ising model on the Sierpi?ski gasket has the unusual property that the nature of the magnetic phase transition deduced for an infinite system is not applicable to systems of laboratory dimensions. The model has some of the properties of spin glasses, and this analogy has interesting implications in the physics of dilute magnetic systems.

  18. The quantum Heisenberg antiferromagnet on the Sierpinski Gasket An exact diagonalization study

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    Voigt, A; Tomczak, P; Voigt, Andreas; Richter, Johannes; Tomczak, Piotr

    2001-01-01

    We present an exact diagonalization study of the quantum Heisenberg antiferromagnet on the fractal Sierpinski gasket for spin quantum numbers s=1/2,s=1 and s=3/2. Since the fractal dimension of the Sierpinski gasket is between one and two we compare the results with corresponding data of one- and two-dimensional systems. By analyzing the ground-state energy, the low-lying spectrum, the spin-spin correlation and the low-temperature thermodynamics we find arguments, that the Heisenberg antiferromagnet on the Sierpinski gasket is probably disordered not only in the extreme quantum case s=1/2 but also for s=1 and s=3/2. Moreover, in contrast to the one-dimensional chain we do not find a distinct behavior between the half-integer and integer-spin Heisenberg models on the Sierpinski gasket. We conclude that magnetic disorder may appear due to the interplay of frustration and strong quantum fluctuations in this spin system with spatial dimension between one and two.

  19. Unusual long-range-order property of the Ising model on the Sierpinski gasket

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    The Ising model on the Sierpinski gasket has the unusual property that the nature of the magnetic phase transition deduced for an infinite system is not applicable to systems of laboratory dimensions. The model has some of the properties of spin glasses, and this analogy has interesting implications in the physics of dilute magnetic systems

  20. The quantum Heisenberg antiferromagnet on the Sierpi?ski gasket: an exact diagonalization study

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    Voigt, A.; Richter, J.; Tomczak, P.

    2001-10-01

    We present an exact diagonalization study of the quantum Heisenberg antiferromagnet on the fractal Sierpi?ski gasket for spin quantum numbers s= {1}/{2}, 1 and {3}/{2}. Since the fractal dimension of the Sierpi?ski gasket is between 1 and 2, we compare the results with the corresponding data of one- and two-dimensional systems. By analyzing the ground-state energy, the low-lying spectrum, the spin-spin correlation and the low-temperature thermodynamics we find arguments that the Heisenberg antiferromagnet on the Sierpi?ski gasket is probably disordered not only in the extreme quantum case s= {1}/{2}, but also for s=1 and {3}/{2}. Moreover, in contrast to the one-dimensional chain, we do not find a distinct behavior between the half-integer and integer-spin Heisenberg models on the Sierpi?ski gasket. We conclude that magnetic disorder may appear due to the interplay of frustration and strong quantum fluctuations in this spin system with spatial dimension between 1 and 2.

  1. In vitro study of cytotoxicity of orthodontic elastomeric ligatures

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    Rogério Lacerda dos, Santos; Matheus Melo, Pithon; Paulyana Pryscilla de Melo, Freire; Maria Teresa Villela, Romanos.

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available This study investigated the cytotoxicity of crystal-coloured orthodontic elastomeric ligatures of polyurethane. Six ligatures from distinct manufactures were divided into 6 groups of 10 elastics each: Groups P1, P2, P3, P4, P5 and P6 (Polyurethane). The cytotoxicity essay was performed using L-929 l [...] ine cells, which were submitted to the cell viability test with neutral red ("dye-uptake") at time intervals of 1, 2, 3, 7 and 28 days. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) with multiple comparisons and Tukey's test were used (p

  2. Elastomeric gradients: a hedge against stress concentration in marine holdfasts?

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    Waite, J. Herbert; Vaccaro, Eleonora; Sun, Chengjun; Lucas, Jared M.

    2002-01-01

    The byssal threads of marine mussels are elastomeric fibres with a great capacity for absorbing and dissipating energy. Up to 70% of the total absorbed energy can be dissipated in the byssus. Because byssal threads attach the mussel to hard inert surfaces in its habitat, they must combine the need to be good shock absorbers with appropriate matching of Young's modulus between living tissue and a hard sub-stratum such as stone - stiffnesses that can differ by five orders of magnitude. Recent d...

  3. Long-term Confinement Test using Two Full-Scale Lid Models of Cask with Metal Gaskets for Interim Storage

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    The typical containment system of the lid of the metal cask consists of primary and secondary parts. The containment function is secured by inserting gaskets between the cask body and the lids, and then bolting them together. Metal gaskets are used for long-term durability. Therefore, it is very important to clarify the influence of the stress relaxation of the gaskets on the containment performance of the metallic gaskets for a long-term usage. Two kinds of cask lid structure models are being tasted for more than 17 years. In the I-type model, the cask body and lid are made of forged carbon steel. The sealing surface is overlaid with stainless steel welding, and a double metal gasket (enveloped with aluminum) is installed. In the other type model, the cask body is made of ductile cast iron, and the lid is made of stainless steel. The sealing surface of the body is plated with nickel. In this model, an inner metal gasket (enveloped with silver), and an outer rubber gasket (silicone rubber) were installed. In both models, the test temperature was maintained with the electrical heats installed in the cask cavities. Containment of the secondary lid has been tested using a helium leak detector about twice a month. The very reliable containment performance has been demonstrated. Moreover, by applying the Larson-Miller Parameter, the results indicate the containment performance taking account of the decay heat of the spent nuclear fuel. (authors)

  4. A fundamental study of the modification of elastomeric poly(dimethylsiloxane) and silicon surfaces using polymers and their applications in patterning

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    Ell, John Randall

    A fundamental study of the polymer functionalization of flat elastomeric poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) and Silcon wafers is described. Using polymer grafting methodologies such as "grafting onto" and "grafting from" a functional substrate, the development of a novel pattern miniaturization protocol and method for nanoparticle patterning was achieved. Currently, a general strategy for the poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) functionalization of Silastic RTV elastomeric substrates does not exist in the literature. Our preliminary attempts with the functionalization of elastomeric PDMS suffered from a lack of effective surface functionalization control, primarily as a result of literature inconsistencies and inadequate surface characterization. Therefore, we performed in-depth and quantitative surface analysis of the surface functionality of the elastic PDMS substrates that were used to adopt a modified functionalization strategy. The end result was the development of a dynamic material where the surface energy could be manipulated through simple mechanical stretching. A new miniaturization protocol, referred to as high-efficiency stepwise contraction and adsorption nanolithography (hSCAN), was demonstrated. A thin film of elastomeric precursor was first cast on a stretched substrate. A designed microstructure was then imprinted and the precursor layer was subsequently cured. The microstructure was miniaturized after the substrate relaxed to its original length. The miniaturized structures can be used as stamps to transfer materials onto a designated support or as molds to produce the structure on another stretched substrate for further miniaturization. The patterning of materials by microcontact printing has been improved with the development of hSCAN. Optical disc media polycarbonate discs were used as master molds in the hSCAN miniaturization protocol with promising results. CD's, DVD's and even Blue-ray polycarbonate discs were miniaturized, and ligands on a gold substrate in which the reactive portion of the patterned substrate presented regions of carboxylate functionality. These served as the adhesive domain to bind CdSe nanoparticles through a novel adhesion mechanism.

  5. Reduction of molecular gas diffusion through gaskets in leaf gas exchange cuvettes by leaf?mediated pores

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    Boesgaard, Kristine Stove; Mikkelsen, Teis Nørgaard; Ro?Poulsen, Helge; Ibrom, Andreas

    2013-01-01

    There is an ongoing debate on how to correct leaf gas exchange measurements for the unavoidable diffusion leakage that occurs when measurements are done in non?ambient CO2 concentrations. In this study, we present a theory on how the CO2 diffusion gradient over the gasket is affected by leaf?mediated pores (LMP) and how LMP reduce diffusive exchange across the gaskets. Recent discussions have so far neglected the processes in the quasi?laminar boundary layer around the gasket. Counter intuitivel...

  6. From single fiber to macro-level mechanics: A structural finite-element model for elastomeric fibrous biomaterials.

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    D'Amore, Antonio; Amoroso, Nicholas; Gottardi, Riccardo; Hobson, Christopher; Carruthers, Christopher; Watkins, Simon; Wagner, William R; Sacks, Michael S

    2014-11-01

    In the present work, we demonstrate that the mesoscopic in-plane mechanical behavior of membrane elastomeric scaffolds can be simulated by replication of actual quantified fibrous geometries. Elastomeric electrospun polyurethane (ES-PEUU) scaffolds, with and without particulate inclusions, were utilized. Simulations were developed from experimentally-derived fiber network geometries, based on a range of scaffold isotropic and anisotropic behaviors. These were chosen to evaluate the effects on macro-mechanics based on measurable geometric parameters such as fiber intersections, connectivity, orientation, and diameter. Simulations were conducted with only the fiber material model parameters adjusted to match the macro-level mechanical test data. Fiber model validation was performed at the microscopic level by individual fiber mechanical tests using AFM. Results demonstrated very good agreement to the experimental data, and revealed the formation of extended preferential fiber orientations spanning the entire model space. We speculate that these emergent structures may be responsible for the tissue-like macroscale behaviors observed in electrospun scaffolds. To conclude, the modeling approach has implications for (1) gaining insight on the intricate relationship between fabrication variables, structure, and mechanics to manufacture more functional devices/materials, (2) elucidating the effects of cell or particulate inclusions on global construct mechanics, and (3) fabricating better performing tissue surrogates that could recapitulate native tissue mechanics. PMID:25128869

  7. Development of Remote Hanford Connector Gasket Replacement Tooling for the Savannah River Site's Defense Waste Processing Facility

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    The Savannah River Site's (SRS) Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF) requested development of tooling and equipment to remotely replace gaskets in mechanical Hanford connectors to reduce personnel radiation exposure as compared to the current hands-on method. It is also expected that radiation levels will continually increase As future higher activity waste streams are treated. The facility is well equipped with compressed air, two master-slave manipulators (MSM's) and an electro-mechanical manipulator (EMM) arm for operation of the remote tools in the work cell proposed for remotely changing the gaskets. In order to perform all of the tasks required to remotely replace Hanford connector gaskets several operations must be performed remotely, including removal of the spent gasket and retaining ring, loading the new retaining ring and gasket into the installation tool and installation of the new gasket into the Hanford connector. The Savannah River National Laboratory, SRNL developed and tested multiple tools to perform all of the necessary tasks. Removal of retaining rings from horizontal and vertical connectors is performed by separate air actuated retaining ring removal tools and is manipulated in the cell by the MSM. A new retaining ring is then placed on a platform, rotated under the conical loading tool and raised and compressed into the gasket installation tool by two linear slides actuated by air cylinders. The gasket installation tool is then pressed against the gasket sealing surface of the Hanford connector using an MSM. Actuation of a custom air cylinder overcomes the force of several different springs to align and fix the installation tool relative to the Hanford connector and seats the retaining ring and gasket. All of the tools are located on a custom work table with a pneumatic valve station that directs compressed air to the desired tool and vents the tools as needed. On July 17 and 29, 2008 the Remote Gasket Replacement Tooling was successfully demonstrated in the Remote Equipment Decontamination Cell, REDC at the DWPF of The Savannah River Site. (authors)

  8. Some properties of the spectrum of the Sierpinski gasket in a magnetic field

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    Alexander, S.

    1984-05-01

    The spectrum of the Sierpinski gasket in a magnetic field is discussed using a synthetic Green's-function technique. This directly relates the spectrum of an (n+1)-stage gasket to that of its n-stage components and allows effective use of the implicit symmetry. It is found that the (n+1)-stage spectrum is nested with three eigenvalues belonging to the three different representations between any two consecutive stage-n eigenvalues. For the special points where the eigenvalues for stage n and n+1 coincide we provide proofs for the two Rammal-Toulouse [Phys. Rev. Lett. 49, 1194 (1982)] nesting properties, derive explicit expressions for the evolution of the degeneracies, and construct the eigenfunctions. Some of the implications and remaining problems are also discussed.

  9. Observation of dilational symmetry breaking in a superconducting array of Sierpinski gaskets

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    Meyer, R.; Jeanneret, B.; Korshunov, S. E.; Martinoli, P.

    1994-02-01

    The inverse sheet kinetic inductance L k-1 of a periodic array of n th order Sierpinski gaskets has been measured as a function of frustration f, f being the number of magnetic flux quanta in the elementary triangular cell of the fractal structure. The Josephson junction array shows prominent oscillations only for frustrations corresponding to multiples of f n= {1/}/{(2x4 n) }. A simple model taking into account the interplay between fractal and two-dimensional (2D) régime has been developed to calculate L k-1 for the gasket array. It is shown that the periodic boundary conditions imposed by the 2D lattice are responsible for the observed oscillations.

  10. Damage of Elastomeric Matrix Composites (EMC-rubbers) Under Static Loading Conditions: Experimental and Numerical Study

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    Elastomeric matrix composites (EMC-rubbers) are considered as isotropic hyper elastic incompressible materials under static loading conditions. As a rubber material element cannot be extended to an infinite stretch ratio, a damage mechanism at large strain is considered. The phenomenon of cavitation plays an important role in the damage of EMCs and influences the toughening mechanism of rubber-modified plastics. Indeed, cavitation in elastomers is thought to be initiated from flaws, which grow primarily due to a hydrostatic tensile stress and ahead of the crack; there will not only be a high stress perpendicular to the plane of the crack but also significant stress components in the other direction. However, there exists historically much discussion on the evolution of the cavitation in elastomers under monotonic and/or static solicitation. Mainly, cavitation instability occurs when the stress levels are sufficiently high so that the void expansion rate becomes infinitely large. Many research works have been performed to understand the effects of rubber cavitation on toughening of plastics. In fact, the cavitation phenomenon is not well known in detail. The most popular idea states that the cavitation is related to the existence of the gas bubbles trapped in the material during the production stage and the growing of the cavities would then be the result of the growing gas bubbles. Further, instable failure mechanism at the end of the cavitation is not well known too.

  11. Shape-Memory Polymers Based on Fatty Acid-Filled Elastomeric Ionomers

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    Izzo, Elise; Weiss, Robert

    2009-03-01

    Shape memory polymers (SMPs) have applications as medical devices, actuators, sensors, artificial muscles, switches, smart textiles, and self-deployable structures. All previous design of SMPs has involved synthesizing new polymers or modifying existing polymers. This paper describes a new type of SMP based on blends of an elastomeric ionomer and low molar mass fatty acids or their salts (FAS). Shape memory elastomers were prepared from mixtures of a sulfonated EPDM ionomer and various amounts of a FAS (e.g., zinc stearate, zinc oleate, and various aliphalic acids). Nanophase separation of the metal sulfonate groups provided the ``permanent'' crosslinks, while sub-microscopic crystals of the low molecular weight FAS provided a physical crosslink needed for the temporary shape. The material was deformed above the melting point of the FAS and the new shape was fixed by cooling the material while under stress to below the melting point of the FAS. Polar interactions between the ionomer and the FAS stabilized the dispersion of the FAS in the polymer and provided the continuity between the phases that allowed the crystals of the FAS to provide a second network of physical crosslinks. The temporary shape was erased and the material returned to the primary shape by heating above the melting point of the FAS.

  12. Quantum Disorder of AN Antiferromagnetic Spin Model on the SIERPI?SKI Gasket

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    Voigt, Andreas; Richter, Johannes

    We study the ground state magnetic order of the quantum antiferromagnet on the fractal Sierpi?ski gasket, a system with a dimension between one and two. Using exact diagonalisation we analyse the ground state and thermodynamic properties of small finite systems and calculate data like spin-spin correlations and specific heat. We find arguments that the ground state remains disordered for an XY or Ising like anisotropy in the spin exchange away from the isotropic Heisenberg point.

  13. Z-Pinch Wire-Electrode Contact Resistance Studies Using Weighted and Soft Metal Gasket Contacts*

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    Gomez, M. R.; Zier, J. C.; Thurtell, A. F.; French, D. M.; Gilgenbach, R. M.; Tang, W.; Lau, Y. Y.

    2008-11-01

    The contact made between z-pinch wires and electrodes has a significant effect on both the energy deposited in the wires and the uniformity of the expansion profile of the wires. We have shown that using soft metal gaskets can improve wire-electrode contact significantly over typical weighted contacts. Images of wire expansion profile and wire plasma emission will be presented for single and double wire shots on a 16 kA, 100 kV 4-stage Marx bank with 150 ns risetime. Bench resistance measurements for aluminum, stainless steel, and tungsten wires with diameters ranging from 7.5 um to 30 um will be presented. These measurements utilized both soft metal gasket contacts (gaskets include: indium, silver, aluminum, tin, and lead) and double-ended wire weight contacts (weights ranged from 0.4 g to 1.9 g). *This research was supported by U. S. DoE through Sandia National Laboratories award document numbers 240985, 768225, 790791 and 805234 to the University of Michigan. MRG supported by NNSA Fellowship and JCZ supported by NPSC Fellowship sponsored by Sandia National Labs.

  14. Viscoelastic and elastomeric active matter: Linear instability and nonlinear dynamics

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    Hemingway, E J; Fielding, S M

    2015-01-01

    We consider a continuum model of active viscoelastic matter, whereby an active nematic liquid-crystal is coupled to a minimal model of polymer dynamics with a viscoelastic relaxation time $\\tau_C$. To explore the resulting interplay between active and polymeric dynamics, we first generalise a linear stability analysis (from earlier studies without polymer) to derive criteria for the onset of spontaneous heterogeneous flows (strain rate) and/or deformations (strain). We find two modes of instability. The first is a viscous mode, associated with strain rate perturbations. It dominates for relatively small values of $\\tau_C$ and is a simple generalisation of the instability known previously without polymer. The second is an elastomeric mode, associated with strain perturbations, which dominates at large $\\tau_C$ and persists even as $\\tau_C\\to\\infty$. We explore the novel dynamical states to which these instabilities lead by means of direct numerical simulations. These reveal oscillatory shear-banded states in 1...

  15. Seismic isolation of nuclear power plants using elastomeric bearings

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    Kumar, Manish

    Seismic isolation using low damping rubber (LDR) and lead-rubber (LR) bearings is a viable strategy for mitigating the effects of extreme earthquake shaking on safety-related nuclear structures. Although seismic isolation has been deployed in nuclear structures in France and South Africa, it has not seen widespread use because of limited new build nuclear construction in the past 30 years and a lack of guidelines, codes and standards for the analysis, design and construction of isolation systems specific to nuclear structures. The nuclear accident at Fukushima Daiichi in March 2011 has led the nuclear community to consider seismic isolation for new large light water and small modular reactors to withstand the effects of extreme earthquakes. The mechanical properties of LDR and LR bearings are not expected to change substantially in design basis shaking. However, under shaking more intense than design basis, the properties of the lead cores in lead-rubber bearings may degrade due to heating associated with energy dissipation, some bearings in an isolation system may experience net tension, and the compression and tension stiffness may be affected by the horizontal displacement of the isolation system. The effects of intra-earthquake changes in mechanical properties on the response of base-isolated nuclear power plants (NPPs) were investigated using an advanced numerical model of a lead-rubber bearing that has been verified and validated, and implemented in OpenSees and ABAQUS. A series of experiments were conducted at University at Buffalo to characterize the behavior of elastomeric bearings in tension. The test data was used to validate a phenomenological model of an elastomeric bearing in tension. The value of three times the shear modulus of rubber in elastomeric bearing was found to be a reasonable estimate of the cavitation stress of a bearing. The sequence of loading did not change the behavior of an elastomeric bearing under cyclic tension, and there was no significant change in the shear modulus, compressive stiffness, and buckling load of a bearing following cavitation. Response-history analysis of base-isolated NPPs was performed using a two-node macro model and a lumped-mass stick model. A comparison of responses obtained from analysis using simplified and advanced isolator models showed that the variation in buckling load due to horizontal displacement and strength degradation due to heating of lead cores affect the responses of a base-isolated NPP most significantly. The two-node macro model can be used to estimate the horizontal displacement response of a base-isolated NPP, but a three-dimensional model that explicitly considers all of the bearings in the isolation system will be required to estimate demands on individual bearings, and to investigate rocking and torsional responses. The use of the simplified LR bearing model underestimated the torsional and rocking response of the base-isolated NPP. Vertical spectral response at the top of containment building was very sensitive to how damping was defined for the response-history analysis.

  16. Thermoviscoplastic behaviors of anisotropic shape memory elastomeric composites for cold programmed non-affine shape change

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    Mao, Yiqi; Robertson, Jaimee M.; Mu, Xiaoming; Mather, Patrick T.; Jerry Qi, H.

    2015-12-01

    Shape memory polymers (SMPs) can fix a temporary shape and recover their permanent shape upon activation by an external stimulus. Most SMPs require programming at above their transition temperatures, normally well above the room temperature. In addition, most SMPs are programmed into shapes that are affine to the high temperature deformation. Recently, a cold-programmed anisotropic shape memory elastomeric composite was developed and showed interesting low temperature stretching induced shape memory behavior. There, simple, uniaxial stretching at low temperature transformed the composites into curled temporary shapes upon unloading. The exact geometry of the curled state depended on the microstructure of the composite, and the curled shape showed no affinity to the deformed shape. Heating the sample recovered the sample back to its original shape. This new composite consisted of an elastomeric matrix reinforced by aligned amorphous polymer fibers. By utilizing the plastic-like behavior of the amorphous polymer phase at low temperatures, a temporary shape could be fixed upon unloading since the induced plastic-like strain resists the recovery of the elastomer matrix. After heating to a high temperature, the permanent shape was recovered when the amorphous polymer softened and the elastomer matrix contracted. To set a theoretical foundation for capturing the cold-programmed shape memory effects and the dramatic non-affine shape change of this composite, a 3D anisotropic thermoviscoelastic constitutive model is developed in this paper. In this model, the matrix is modeled as a hyperelastic solid, and the amorphous phase of the fibrous mat is considered as a nonlinear thermoviscoplastic solid, whose viscous flow resistance is sensitive to both temperature and stress. The plastic-deformation like behavior demonstrated in the fiber is treated as nonlinear viscoplasticity with extremely high viscosity or long relaxation time at zero-stress state at low temperature. The anisotropic viscoplastic property of the fibrous mat is captured by an isotropic fibrous network superimposed with an oriented fibrous network. The material parameters in the model are identified from the experiments on the fibrous mat and on the composites, respectively. The cold-programmed shape memory behaviors of the composite are predicted by simulations and compared with experiments without further adjusting the material parameters. Good agreement is observed, indicating the ability of the present model to capture the anisotropic viscoplastic and shape memory behaviors. By using the developed constitutive model, effects of loading rate and fiber volume fraction on cold programmed shape memory behavior are discussed. Furthermore, the constitutive relation is applied to a mechanical model to study the cold-programmed curling of the laminates.

  17. Microengineered Conductive Elastomeric Electrodes for Long-Term Electrophysiological Measurements with Consistent Impedance under Stretch.

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    Hu, Dinglong; Cheng, Tin Kei; Xie, Kai; Lam, Raymond H W

    2015-01-01

    In this research, we develop a micro-engineered conductive elastomeric electrode for measurements of human bio-potentials with the absence of conductive pastes. Mixing the biocompatible polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) silicone with other biocompatible conductive nano-particles further provides the material with an electrical conductivity. We apply micro-replica mold casting for the micro-structures, which are arrays of micro-pillars embedded between two bulk conductive-PDMS layers. These micro-structures can reduce the micro-structural deformations along the direction of signal transmission; therefore the corresponding electrical impedance under the physical stretch by the movement of the human body can be maintained. Additionally, we conduct experiments to compare the electrical properties between the bulk conductive-PDMS material and the microengineered electrodes under stretch. We also demonstrate the working performance of these micro-engineered electrodes in the acquisition of the 12-lead electrocardiographs (ECG) of a healthy subject. Together, the presented gel-less microengineered electrodes can provide a more convenient and stable bio-potential measurement platform, making tele-medical care more achievable with reduced technical barriers for instrument installation performed by patients/users themselves. PMID:26512662

  18. Microengineered Conductive Elastomeric Electrodes for Long-Term Electrophysiological Measurements with Consistent Impedance under Stretch

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    Dinglong Hu

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available In this research, we develop a micro-engineered conductive elastomeric electrode for measurements of human bio-potentials with the absence of conductive pastes. Mixing the biocompatible polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS silicone with other biocompatible conductive nano-particles further provides the material with an electrical conductivity. We apply micro-replica mold casting for the micro-structures, which are arrays of micro-pillars embedded between two bulk conductive-PDMS layers. These micro-structures can reduce the micro-structural deformations along the direction of signal transmission; therefore the corresponding electrical impedance under the physical stretch by the movement of the human body can be maintained. Additionally, we conduct experiments to compare the electrical properties between the bulk conductive-PDMS material and the microengineered electrodes under stretch. We also demonstrate the working performance of these micro-engineered electrodes in the acquisition of the 12-lead electrocardiographs (ECG of a healthy subject. Together, the presented gel-less microengineered electrodes can provide a more convenient and stable bio-potential measurement platform, making tele-medical care more achievable with reduced technical barriers for instrument installation performed by patients/users themselves.

  19. In vitro evaluation of force degradation of elastomeric chains used in Orthodontics

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    André Weissheimer

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To analyze the in vitro force degradation of four different brands of elastomeric chains: American Orthodontics, Morelli, Ormco and TP Orthodontics. METHODS: The sample consisted of 80 gray elastomeric chains that were divided into four groups according to their respective manufacturers. Chain stretching was standardized at 21 mm with initial force release ranging from 300 g to 370 g. The samples were kept in artificial saliva at a constant temperature of 37°C and the degradation force was recorded at the following time intervals: initial, 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 hours, and 1, 7, 14, 21, 28, and 35 days. RESULTS: There was a statistically significant difference between the groups regarding the force degradation, mainly within the first day, as a force loss of 50-55% was observed during that time in relation to the initial force. The force delivered at 35 days ranged from 122 g to 148 g. CONCLUSION: All groups showed force degradation over time, regardless of their trademarks, a force loss of 59-69% was observed in the first hour compared to baseline. However, because the variation in force degradation depends on the trademark, studies such as the present one are important for guiding the clinical use of these materials.OBJETIVO: analisar, in vitro, a degradação de força, ao longo do tempo, de elastômeros das marcas comerciais American Orthodontics, Morelli, Ormco e TP Orthodontics. MÉTODOS: a amostra constituiu-se de 80 segmentos de elastômeros em cadeia fechada na cor cinza, divididos em quatro grupos, conforme o fabricante. A distensão foi padronizada em 21mm, com liberação de força inicial variando de 300 a 370g de força. As amostras foram mantidas em saliva artificial em temperatura constante de 37ºC, e a força avaliada nos seguintes intervalos: inicial, 1h, 3h, 5h, 7h, 9h, 1 dia, 7 dias, 14 dias, 21 dias, 28 dias e 35 dias. RESULTADOS: houve diferença estatisticamente significativa na degradação de força entre os grupos avaliados, sendo que no primeiro dia houve perda de 50 a 55% em relação à força inicial. Os valores médios de força em 35 dias variaram de 122 a 148g. CONCLUSÃO: todas as marcas comerciais apresentaram degradação de força ao longo do tempo, sendo que na primeira hora a perda de força esteve entre 59 e 69% da força inicial. Porém, como existe variação dessa degradação dependendo da marca comercial, estudos como esses são importantes para orientação do uso desses elastômeros.

  20. Static and cyclic mechanical loading of mesenchymal stem cells on elastomeric, electrospun polyurethane meshes.

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    Cardwell, Robyn D; Kluge, Jonathan A; Thayer, Patrick S; Guelcher, Scott A; Dahlgren, Linda A; Kaplan, David L; Goldstein, Aaron S

    2015-07-01

    Biomaterial substrates composed of semi-aligned electrospun fibers are attractive supports for the regeneration of connective tissues because the fibers are durable under cyclic tensile loads and can guide cell adhesion, orientation, and gene expression. Previous studies on supported electrospun substrates have shown that both fiber diameter and mechanical deformation can independently influence cell morphology and gene expression. However, no studies have examined the effect of mechanical deformation and fiber diameter on unsupported meshes. Semi-aligned large (1.75??m) and small (0.60??m) diameter fiber meshes were prepared from degradable elastomeric poly(esterurethane urea) (PEUUR) meshes and characterized by tensile testing and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Next, unsupported meshes were aligned between custom grips (with the stretch axis oriented parallel to axis of fiber alignment), seeded with C3H10T1/2 cells, and subjected to a static load (50?mN, adjusted daily), a cyclic load (4% strain at 0.25?Hz for 30?min, followed by a static tensile loading of 50?mN, daily), or no load. After 3 days of mechanical stimulation, confocal imaging was used to characterize cell shape, while measurements of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) content and messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) expression were used to characterize cell retention on unsupported meshes and expression of the connective tissue phenotype. Mechanical testing confirmed that these materials deform elastically to at least 10%. Cells adhered to unsupported meshes under all conditions and aligned with the direction of fiber orientation. Application of static and cyclic loads increased cell alignment. Cell density and mRNA expression of connective tissue proteins were not statistically different between experimental groups. However, on large diameter fiber meshes, static loading slightly elevated tenomodulin expression relative to the no load group, and tenascin-C and tenomodulin expression relative to the cyclic load group. These results demonstrate the feasibility of maintaining cell adhesion and alignment on semi-aligned fibrous elastomeric substrates under different mechanical conditions. The study confirms that cell morphology is sensitive to the mechanical environment and suggests that expression of select connective tissue genes may be enhanced on large diameter fiber meshes under static tensile loads. PMID:25902471

  1. In vitro evaluation of force degradation of elastomeric chains used in Orthodontics

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    André, Weissheimer; Arno, Locks; Luciane Macedo de, Menezes; Adriano Ferreti, Borgatto; Carla D' Agostini, Derech.

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: analisar, in vitro, a degradação de força, ao longo do tempo, de elastômeros das marcas comerciais American Orthodontics, Morelli, Ormco e TP Orthodontics. MÉTODOS: a amostra constituiu-se de 80 segmentos de elastômeros em cadeia fechada na cor cinza, divididos em quatro grupos, conforme o [...] fabricante. A distensão foi padronizada em 21mm, com liberação de força inicial variando de 300 a 370g de força. As amostras foram mantidas em saliva artificial em temperatura constante de 37ºC, e a força avaliada nos seguintes intervalos: inicial, 1h, 3h, 5h, 7h, 9h, 1 dia, 7 dias, 14 dias, 21 dias, 28 dias e 35 dias. RESULTADOS: houve diferença estatisticamente significativa na degradação de força entre os grupos avaliados, sendo que no primeiro dia houve perda de 50 a 55% em relação à força inicial. Os valores médios de força em 35 dias variaram de 122 a 148g. CONCLUSÃO: todas as marcas comerciais apresentaram degradação de força ao longo do tempo, sendo que na primeira hora a perda de força esteve entre 59 e 69% da força inicial. Porém, como existe variação dessa degradação dependendo da marca comercial, estudos como esses são importantes para orientação do uso desses elastômeros. Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: To analyze the in vitro force degradation of four different brands of elastomeric chains: American Orthodontics, Morelli, Ormco and TP Orthodontics. METHODS: The sample consisted of 80 gray elastomeric chains that were divided into four groups according to their respective manufacturers. [...] Chain stretching was standardized at 21 mm with initial force release ranging from 300 g to 370 g. The samples were kept in artificial saliva at a constant temperature of 37°C and the degradation force was recorded at the following time intervals: initial, 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 hours, and 1, 7, 14, 21, 28, and 35 days. RESULTS: There was a statistically significant difference between the groups regarding the force degradation, mainly within the first day, as a force loss of 50-55% was observed during that time in relation to the initial force. The force delivered at 35 days ranged from 122 g to 148 g. CONCLUSION: All groups showed force degradation over time, regardless of their trademarks, a force loss of 59-69% was observed in the first hour compared to baseline. However, because the variation in force degradation depends on the trademark, studies such as the present one are important for guiding the clinical use of these materials.

  2. Composite bimetallic gasket and compact mechanical anvil retainer for magnetic measurements in a diamond-anvil cell to 30 GPa

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    Ishizuka, Mamoru

    2005-12-01

    A composite gasket was designed for diamond-anvil cells where the load was supported mainly by the inner part made of NiCrAl with a diameter slightly larger than the culet of the anvil. A BeCu girdle encased the NiCrAl washer and prevented it from fracturing. The thickness of the gasket was about 30?m at a pressure of 30GPa applied with a pair of diamond anvils having 500 and 550?m culets. The magnetic contribution of the composite gasket to the background signal was almost the same as that of a BeCu gasket having the same size. The diamond anvils were fixed to the pistons with four miniature screws through small BeCu rings that were press fitted to the circumference of the diamond anvils. The performance of this composite gasket together with the anvil retainer was illustrated by the measurements of the temperature dependence of the dc magnetic susceptibility of Cs2CuF4 under various pressures up to 26GPa using a superconducting quantum interference device vibrating coil magnetometer.

  3. Strain-resistance relationship in gold conductors for elastomeric-based flexible devices

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    Durnin, Benjamin M.; Shah, Charan M.; Sriram, Sharath; Bhaskaran, Madhu

    2011-12-01

    Flexible electronic devices rely on effective conductors integrated with elastomeric substrates. This work reports on characterization of thin gold layers on flexible polymers as a platform for further research into their use in flexible electronic and microsystems. This work utilizes standard microfabrication techniques and a biocompatible, silicone polymer (polydimethylsiloxane) as the flexible substrate material. Flexible conductors defined by gold have been realized, and the dependence of resistance on geometry has been characterized. The results follow theoretical resistance dependence on geometry while showing an increase in the resistivity of the gold layer, a direct effect of deposition on elastomer causing wrinkles or striations in the metal layer. This work also discusses the effect of uniaxial mechanical deformation on thin film conductors and defines a procedure for creating and testing them in a repeatable manner. The ability to stretch the resistors by 10%, with full recovery to original resistance value is demonstrated. This work has implications for flexible device performance and provides a platform for integrated applications. Future work will explore combinations with piezoelectric thin films to enable conversion of mechanical to electrical energy, as this flexible platform will enhance the functionality of such energy generators.

  4. Poly(diol-co-citrate)s as Novel Elastomeric Perivascular Wraps for the Reduction of Neointimal Hyperplasia

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    Serrano, M. Concepcion; Vavra, Ashley K.; Jen, Michele; Hogg, Melissa E.; Murar, Jozef; Martinez, Janet; Keefer, Larry K.; Ameer, Guillermo A.; Kibbe, Melina R.

    2014-01-01

    The synthesis of poly(diol-co-citrate) elastomers that are biocompatible with vascular cells and can modulate the kinetics of the NO release based on the diol of selection is reported. NO-mediated cytostatic or cytotoxic effects can be controlled depending on the NO dose and the exposure time. When implanted in vivo in a rat carotid artery injury model, these materials demonstrate a significant reduction of neointimal hyperplasia. This is the first report of a NO-releasing polymer fabricated in the form of an elastomeric perivascular wrap for the treatment of neointimal hyperplasia. These elastomers also show promise for other cardiovascular pathologies where NO-based therapies could be beneficial. PMID:21341372

  5. Numerical study of effect of elastomeric stress absorbers on stress reduction in bone-dental implant interface

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    Ghalem, MEHDI; Abderrahmane, BELARBI; Bensmaine, MANSOURI; Zitouni, AZARI.

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Objective This paper focused on optimal stress distribution in the mandibular bone surrounding a dental implant and is devoted to the development of a modified Osteoplant® implant type in order to minimize stress concentration in the bone-implant interface. Material and Methods This study investiga [...] ted 0.4 mm thick layers of two elastomeric stress barriers incorporated into the dental implant using 3-D finite element analysis. Results Overall, this proposed implant provoked lower load transfer in bone-implant interface due to the effect of the elastomers as stress absorbers. The stress level in the bone was reduced between 28% and 42% for three load cases: 75 N, 60 N and 27 N in corono-apical, linguo-buccal and disto-mesial direction, respectively. Conclusion The proposed model provided an acceptable solution for load transfer reduction to the mandible. This investigation also permitted to choose how to incorporate two elastomers into the Osteoplant® implant system.

  6. A discrete model on Sierpinski gasket substrate for a conserved current equation with a conservative noise

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    A conserved discrete model on the Sierpinski gasket substrate is studied. The interface width W in the model follows the Family–Vicsek dynamic scaling form with growth exponent ? ? 0.0542, roughness exponent ? ? 0.240 and dynamic exponent z ? 4.42. They satisfy a scaling relation ? + z = 2zrw, where zrw is the random walk exponent of the fractal substrate. Also, they are in a good agreement with the predicted values of a fractional Langevin equation where ?c is a conservative noise. (paper)

  7. Sierpinski gasket in a magnetic field: Electron states and transmission characteristics

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    Chakrabarti, Arunava; Bhattacharyya, Bibhas

    1997-12-01

    The Sierpinski gasket fractal has been studied in the presence of a magnetic field applied perpendicular to the plane of the fractal. The discretized Schrödinger equation for a single electron is solved using an exact real-space decimation technique. An infinite number of energy eigenvalues exist that give rise to perfectly extended eigenstates on this fractal. A prescription for their evaluation is proposed. Aharonov-Bohm oscillations in the transmission coefficient have been investigated in the case of this fractal lattice. The nature of oscillations for different electron energies and its dependence on the system size as well as on the boundary sites are discussed in detail.

  8. Elastomeric fluorescent POF for partial discharge detection: recent progress

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    Siebler, Daniel; Hohberg, Michaela; Rohwetter, Philipp; Brusenbach, Roy; Plath, Ronald

    2015-09-01

    We present recent progress in our development of fibre-optic sensors for the detection of partial discharge (PD) in silicone cable accessories, based on detecting related low-level optical emission. We experimentally show that the sensitive optical detection of PD can dramatically enhance the performance of conventional electrical PD measurement in electromagnetically noisy environments, and that it can yield high sensitivity and specificity even when no synchronous electrical PD measurement is conducted. This is demonstrated using a real-scale model of a high voltage cable accessory with a surface-attached conventional thermoplastic fluorescent polymer optical fibre (F-POF) sensor. In order to increase light collection efficiency, as a prerequisite for a commercially competitive implementation using cost-efficient detectors, sensing fibres will have to be integrated into the silicone rubber insulation, close to the potential origin of PD-induced damage. This is the rationale for our efforts to develop elastomeric fluorescent sensing fibres, tailored to the requirements of the application. We discuss specific challenges to be tackled and report on the successful implementation of all-silicone rubber fluorescent POF, to our best knowledge for the first time.

  9. DEVELOPMENT OF REMOTE HANFORD CONNECTOR GASKET REPLACEMENT TOOLING FOR THE SAVANNAH RIVER SITE'S DEFENSE WASTE PROCESSING FACILITY

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    The Savannah River Site's (SRS) Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF) requested development of tooling for remote replacement of gaskets in mechanical Hanford connectors. The facility has compressed air supply, two master-slave manipulators (MSM's) and a lightweight robotic arm for operation of the remote tools. The Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) developed and tested multiple tools to perform the gasket replacement tasks. Separate pneumatic snap-ring removal tools that use the connector skirt as a reaction surface were developed for removal of the snap ring and spent gasket on both vertical and horizontal Hanford connectors. A pneumatic tool that clamps and centers on the jumper pipe ID was developed to simultaneously install the new gasket and snap ring. A pneumatic snap-ring-loading tool was developed that compresses the snap ring and places it in a groove in the installation tool. All of the tools are located on a custom work table with a pneumatic valve station that directs compressed air to the desired tool and vents the tools as needed. The entire system has been successfully tested using MSM's to manipulate the various tools. Deployment of the entire system is expected during FY08. The Hanford connector gasket replacement tooling has been successfully tested using MSM's to manipulate the various tools. Nitric acid is used in many of the decontamination processes performed in the REDC, where the tooling will be deployed. Although most of the tool components were fabricated/purchased with nitric acid and radioactive service in mind, some of the prototype parts must be replaced with parts that are more compatible with nitric acid/radioactive service. Several modifications to the various tools are needed to facilitate maintenance and replacement of failed components. Development of installation tools for replacement of 1-inch, 2-inch and multi-hole gaskets is being considered. Deployment of the existing system in the DWPF REDC is expected during FY08

  10. Measurement of oil film thickness for application to elastomeric Stirling engine rod seals

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    Krauter, A. I.

    1981-01-01

    The rod seal in the Stirling engine has the function of separating high pressure gas from low or ambient pressure oil. An experimental apparatus was designed to measure the oil film thickness distribution for an elastomeric seal in a reciprocating application. Tests were conducted on commercial elastomeric seals having a 76 mm rod and a 3.8 mm axial width. Test conditions included 70 and 90 seal durometers, a sliding velocity of 0.8 m/sec, and a zero pressure gradient across the seal. An acrylic cylinder and a typical synthetic base automotive lubricant were used. The experimental results showed that the effect of seal hardness on the oil film thickness is considerable. A comparison between analytical and experimental oil film profiles for an elastomeric seal during relatively high speed reciprocating motion showed an overall qualitative agreement.

  11. A stretchable temperature sensor based on elastically buckled thin film devices on elastomeric substrates

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    Yu, Cunjiang; Wang, Ziyu; Yu, Hongyu; Jiang, Hanqing

    2009-10-01

    Stretchable electronics and sensors have been attracting significant attention due to their unique characteristics and wide applications. This letter presents a prototype of a fully stretchable temperature sensor on an elastomeric substrate. The sensor was fabricated on a silicon-on-insulator wafer and then transferred to a prestrained elastomeric polydimethylsiloxane substrate. Releasing the prestrain on the substrates led to the formation of the microscale, periodic, wavy geometries of the sensor. The thin wavy sensor device can be reversibly bent and stretched up to 30% strain without any damage or performance degradation. A theoretical analysis was also developed to estimate the wavy profile.

  12. Elastomeric Seal Performance after Terrestrial Ultraviolet Radiation Exposure

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    Daniels, Christopher C.; Oravec, Heather A.; Mather, Janice L.; Taylor, Shawn C.; Dunlap, Patrick H.

    2015-01-01

    Ultraviolet radiation was evaluated to determine its negative effects on the performance of elastomeric gas pressure seals. The leak rates of the silicone elastomer S0383-70 O-ring test articles were used to quantify the degradation of the seals after exposure to vacuum-ultraviolet and/or middle-to-near-ultraviolet wavelength radiation. Three groups of seals were exposed in terrestrial facilities to 115-165 nm wavelength radiation, 230-500 nm wavelength radiation, or both spectrums, for an orbital spaceflight equivalent of 125 hours. The leak rates of the silicone elastomer S0383-70 seals were quantified and compared to samples that received no radiation. Each lot contained six samples and statistical t-tests were used to determine the separate and combined influences of exposure to the two wavelength ranges. A comparison of the mean leak rates of samples exposed to 115-165 nm wavelength radiation to the control specimens showed no difference, suggesting that spectrum was not damaging. The 230-500 nm wavelength appeared to be damaging, as the mean leak rates of the specimens exposed to that range of wavelengths, and those exposed to the combined 115-165 nm and 230-500 nm spectrums, were significantly different from the leak rates of the control specimens. Most importantly, the test articles exposed to both wavelength spectrums exhibited mean leak rates two orders of magnitude larger than any other exposed specimens, which suggested that both wavelength spectrums are important when simulating the orbital environment.

  13. Modification of PVC compounds with butadiene-acrylonitrile elastomers

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    J. Stabik; M. Rojek

    2006-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of the paper is to present the research programme on influence of acrylonitrile-butadiene copolymers on properties of plasticized polyvinylchloride as window gaskets material.Design/methodology/approach: Short literature review concerning application of modified PVC as gasket material was presented. In experimental part two types of acrylonitrile-butadiene copolymers were used as elastomeric plasticizers. Compounds with fifteen different levels of modifiers content (up to...

  14. Butadiene-acrylonitrile elastomers as PVC modifiers

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    M. Rojek; J. Stabik

    2007-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of the paper is to present the results of research programme on influence of acrylonitrile-butadiene copolymers on plasticized polyvinylchloride compounds used as window gasket material.Design/methodology/approach: Short review concerning application of modified plasticized PVC compounds as gasket material was presented. In experimental part two types of acrylonitrile-butadiene copolymers were used as elastomeric plasticizers for PVC. Formulations with fifteen dif...

  15. Inflatable Elastomeric Macroporous Polymers Synthesized from Medium Internal Phase Emulsion Templates.

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    Tebboth, Michael; Jiang, Qixiang; Kogelbauer, Andreas; Bismarck, Alexander

    2015-09-01

    Closed cell elastomeric polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) based polymerized medium internal phase emulsions (polyMIPEs) containing an aqueous solution of sodium hydrogen carbonate (NaHCO3) have been produced. Via thermal decomposition of NaHCO3, carbon dioxide was released into the polyMIPE structure to act as a blowing agent. When placed into an atmosphere with reduced pressure, these macroporous elastomers expanded to many times their original size, with a maximum expansion of 30 times. This expansion was found to be repeatable and reproducible. The extent of volume expansion was determined primarily by the dispersed phase volume ratio of the emulsion template; polyMIPEs with 60% dispersed phase content produced greater volume expansion ratios than polyMIPEs with 50% dispersed phase. Increasing the concentration of NaHCO3 in the dispersed phase also led to increased expansion due to the greater volume of gas forming within the porous structure of the silicone elastomer. The expansion ratio could be increased by doubling the agitation time during the emulsification process to form the MIPEs, as this decreased the pore wall thickness and hence the elastic restoring force of the porous silicone elastomer. Although MIPEs with 70% dispersed phase could be stabilized and successfully cured, the resultant polyMIPE was mechanically too weak and expanded less than polyMIPEs with a dispersed phase of 60%. It was also possible to cast the liquid emulsion into thin polyMIPE films, which could be expanded in vacuum, demonstrating that these materials have potential for use in self-sealing containers. PMID:26248185

  16. Experimental and numerical study of damage initiation mechanism in elastomeric composites

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    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Experimental and Finite Element Analysis (FEA of the damage initiation mechanisms in elastomeric composites were carried out under static loading at room temperature. Double Cantilever Beam (DCB specimens from natural rubber (NR vulcanised and reinforced with other materials such as carbon black, silica, fibres and textiles or metals (rubber composites.Design/methodology/approach: Very huge experimental results were compared with that of the Finite Element Analysis (FEA. Damage mechanism has been described with a threshold criterion to identify damage. The damage was evaluated just at the beginning of the tearing by assuming large strain. A typical type of specimen geometry of Double Cantilever Beam (DCB specimens was considered under static tensile tests conducted on the notched specimens with variable depths.Findings: In this stage of this research, a finite element analysis (FEA has been applied under the same conditions of this part in order to obtain the agreement between experimental and FEA results. The numerical modelling is a representation of a previous experimental study. The specimen is stretched more than once its initial size, so that large strains occur. A hyper elastic Moonley-Rivlin law and a Griffith criterion are chosen. The finite elements analysis was performed with ABAQUS code (V.6.4.4.Practical implications: A damage criterion was suggested in the case of simple tension conditions by assuming large strain levels. an effective finite elements model has been developed to evaluate notch size effects on the load-displacement elastic response of 3D-DCB type specimen.Originality/value: This study proposes a threshold criterion for the damage just at the beginning of the tearing for Double Cantilever Beam (DCB specimens from rubber composites and gives a detail discussion for explaining the damage mechanisms. Comparison of FEA results with those of experimental studies gives many facilities for the sake of simplicity in industrial applications.

  17. Modified Sierpinski Gasket Patch Antenna for UMTS and 2.4/5.2 WLAN

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    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available A modified Sierpinski Gasket fractal antenna for multiband application is proposed in this paper. The modified ground plane and the microstrip feed are used to obtain the wider bandwidth at the resonance frequency. The antenna is designed and printed on two layers FR-4 substrate (?r=4.4 and h=1.6 mm to cover the UMTS and 2.4/5.2 WLAN. The radiation pattern of the proposed antenna is similar to an omnidirectional. The proposed antenna has maximum gain of 1.88, 1.6, 4.31 dB at 2, 2.4, 5.2 GHz, respectively The properties of the antenna such as return losses, radiation pattern, input resistance and gain are determined via numerical CST Microwave Studio 2010 software.

  18. Nanosecond response ''gasket-type'' magnetic loop current monitor for relativistic electron beam current measurements.

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    Copeland, R L; Adamski, J L; Doggett, W O; Morrow, D L; Bennett, W H

    1979-02-01

    A fast response magnetic loop current monitor has been developed to measure relativistic electron beam return currents. The monitor has a rise time of about a nanosecond and a high degree of symmetry with moderate sensitivity, variable from about 1 to 10 V/kA. This simple monitor, with a thickness of 0.254 mm or less, is thin enough to be placed between segments of return current path in the diode or drift tube regions, is insensitive to flashover, beam and plasma bombardment, and radiation effects, and measures net current, thus offering some advantages over conventional magnetic probes, since the main components are outside of the vacuum region. Design criteria, an equivalent circuit analysis, and typical calibration waveforms are presented. Experimental current measurements for a pinched electron beam diode configuration using both conventional magnetic probes and ''gasket-type''current monitors with the FX-75 relativistic electron beam accelerator are presented. PMID:18699476

  19. High field magneto-transport in a Sierpi?ski gasket fractal

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    Bergman, David J.; Sarychev, Audrey K.

    1992-12-01

    The critical behavior of magneto-transport in a percolating medium in the presence of a magnetic field H of arbitrary strength is discussed. A discrete network model is used to solve the problem exactly for a three-dimensional Sierpi?ski gasket fractal. We find that there is strong magneto-resistance in this model. We also find a new scaling behavior of the effective ohmic resistivity ? (e)( L, H) as function of the size L of the fractal and magnetic field H. In a percolating metal-insulator mixture, the resistivity ratio with and without a field {? (e)(p, H) }/{? (e)(p, 0) } is predicted to saturate at the percolation threshold p? pc at a value ? H0.415.

  20. Nanosecond response ''gasket-type'' magnetic loop current monitor for relativistic electron beam current measurements

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    A fast response magnetic loop current monitor has been developed to measure relativistic electron beam return currents. The monitor has a rise time of about a nanosecond and a high degree of symmetry with moderate sensitivity, variable from about 1 to 10 V/kA. This simple monitor, with a thickness of 0.254 mm or less, is thin enough to be placed between segments of return current path in the diode or drift tube regions, is insensitive to flashover, beam and plasma bombardment, and radiation effects, and measures net current, thus offering some advantages over conventional magnetic probes, since the main components are outside of the vacuum region. Design criteria, an equivalent circuit analysis, and typical calibration waveforms are presented. Experimental current measurements for a pinched electron beam diode configuration using both conventional magnetic probes and ''gasket-type''current monitors with the FX-75 relativistic electron beam accelerator are presented

  1. Force decay in orthodontic elastomeric chains after immersion in disinfection solutions

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    Karina Andréa Branco, Losito; Adriana Simoni, Lucato; Carlos Alberto Malanconi, Tubel; Cristian Alexandre, Correa; Julio Cesar Bentos dos, Santos.

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Aim: To evaluate the force decay of orthodontic elastomeric chains after immersion in disinfecting solutions. Methods: One-hundred and fifty segments of elastomeric chains were divided in 3 groups: Control group - no disinfection; Chlorhexidine group - disinfection in 0.12% chlorhexidine digluconate [...] solution; and Peracetic acid group - disinfection in 0.2% peracetic acid solution. Elastomeric chains of 14 mm were stretched up to 20 mm and the given force (kgf) was evaluated in an Instron universal testing machine at the following intervals: 1 h, 1 day, 7, 14, 21 and 28 days after the immersion in the disinfecting solutions. Data (kgf) were analyzed statistically by Analysis of Variance and Tukey's test at a 5% significance level. Results: Both groups presented similar force decay along 7 days and remained stable up to 28 days. Force degradation was observed in the first hours of activation (~50%). Conclusions: It may be concluded that there were no significant differences among the investigated groups, in most interval times, indicating that both chemical solutions can be used for previous disinfection of orthodontic elastomeric chains.

  2. Novel Stabilisers Acting Simultaneously as Molecular-Weight Regulators in Soluble Elastomeric Polyurethanes.

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    Hetflejš, Ji?í; Šabata, Stanislav; Podešva, Ji?í; Ková?ová, Jana; Prok?pek, L.; Netopilík, Miloš; Sp?vá?ek, Ji?í; Sýkora, Jan

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    Ro?. 95, ?. 4 (2010), s. 579-586. ISSN 0141-3910 R&D Projects: GA ?R GA203/07/0987; GA AV ?R IAA400720706 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40720504; CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : stabilisers * molecular-weight regulators * elastomeric polyurethanes Subject RIV: CC - Organic Chemistry Impact factor: 2.594, year: 2010

  3. Experimental Study on Influence of Mechanical Vibration during Transport of Transport/Storage Cask for Spent Nuclear Fuel on Containment Performance of Metal Gasket during Storage in Japan

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    Transport casks of spent nuclear fuel will receive mechanical vibration during transport. It is known that the containment performance of metal gaskets is influenced by large external load or displacement. Quantitative influence of such vibration during transport on the containment performance of the metal gasket has not been known, but is crucial information particularly if the cask is stored as it is after the transport

  4. A NOVEL DESIGN OF MULTIBAND SQUARE PATCH ANTENNA EMBEDED WITH GASKET FRACTAL SLOT FOR WLAN & WIMAX COMMUNICATION

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    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available A compact multiband patch antenna embedded with gasket fractal slots is proposed in this paper. The structure consists of square patch element with modified gasket slots on both radiating edge side. The antenna is fed by 50? co-planar waveguide (CPW to make the structure purely planar. The investigation took place ranges between 1-7.5 GHz using CST MWS electromagnetic simulator. There are 3 resonant frequencies appeared at 2.45GHz, 3.6GHz & 5.6 GHz. From the return loss plot it is seen the antenna achieved the IEEE Bluetooth / WLAN (2.4-2.484 GHz, WiMAX (3.4-3.69 GHz & WIFI (5.1-5.825 GHz frequency band with -10 dB return loss and also nearly omni-directional radiation patterns achieved. The peak realized antenna gain is around 5dB in all distinct bands.

  5. Nonmetallic gasket and miniature plastic turnbuckle diamond anvil cell for pulsed magnetic field studies at cryogenic temperatures

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    Graf, D. E.; Stillwell, R. L.; Purcell, K. M.; Tozer, S. W.

    2011-12-01

    A plastic turnbuckle diamond anvil cell (DAC) and nonmetallic gasket have been developed for pulsed magnetic field studies to address issues of eddy current heating and Lorentz forces in metal cells. The plastic cell evolved from our 6.3 mm metal diameter turnbuckle DAC that was designed in 1993 to rotate in the 9 mm sample space of Quantum Design's MPMS. Attempts to use this metal DAC in pulsed magnetic fields caused the sample temperature to rise to T>70 K, necessitating the construction of a nonconductive cell and gasket. Pressures of 3 GPa have been produced in the plastic cell with 0.8 mm culets in an optical study conducted at T = 4 K. Variations of the cell are now being used for fermiology studies of metallic systems in pulsed magnetic fields that have required the development of a rotator and a special He-3 cryostat which are also discussed.

  6. Compositional GC-FID analysis of the additives to PVC, focusing on the gaskets of lids for glass jars.

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    Biedermann-Brem, Sandra; Biedermann, Maurus; Fiselier, Katell; Grob, Koni

    2005-12-01

    A gas chromatographic (FID) method is described which aims at the quantitative compositional analysis of the additives in plasticized PVC, particularly the plastisols used as gaskets for lids of glass jars. An extract of the PVC is analysed directly as well as after transesterification to ethyl esters. Transesterification enables the analysis of epoxidized soya bean and linseed oil (ESBO and ELO) as well as polyadipates. For most other additives, the shifts in the chromatogram resulting from transesterification is used to confirm the identifications made by direct analysis. In the gaskets of 69 lids from the European market used for packaging oily foods, a broad variety of plastisol compositions was found, many or possibly all of which do not comply with legal requirements. In 62% of these lids, ESBO was the principal plasticizer, whereas in 25% a phthalate had been used. PMID:16356892

  7. Pattern transfer printing by kinetic control of adhesion to an elastomeric stamp

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    Nuzzo, Ralph G. (Champaign, IL); Rogers, John A. (Champaign, IL); Menard, Etienne (Urbana, IL); Lee, Keon Jae (Tokyo, JP); Khang, Dahl-Young (Urbana, IL); Sun, Yugang (Champaign, IL); Meitl, Matthew (Champaign, IL); Zhu, Zhengtao (Urbana, IL)

    2011-05-17

    The present invention provides methods, systems and system components for transferring, assembling and integrating features and arrays of features having selected nanosized and/or microsized physical dimensions, shapes and spatial orientations. Methods of the present invention utilize principles of `soft adhesion` to guide the transfer, assembly and/or integration of features, such as printable semiconductor elements or other components of electronic devices. Methods of the present invention are useful for transferring features from a donor substrate to the transfer surface of an elastomeric transfer device and, optionally, from the transfer surface of an elastomeric transfer device to the receiving surface of a receiving substrate. The present methods and systems provide highly efficient, registered transfer of features and arrays of features, such as printable semiconductor element, in a concerted manner that maintains the relative spatial orientations of transferred features.

  8. Elastomeric 2D Grating and Hemispherical Optofluidic Chamber for Multifunctional Fluidic Sensing

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    Xu, Zhida; Liu, Logan

    2014-01-01

    We present an optofluidic sensor based on an elastomeric two-dimensional (2D) grating integrated inside a hemispherical fluid chamber. Laser beam is diffracted before (reflection) and after (transmission) going through the grating and liquid in the dome chamber. The sensing mechanism is investigated and simulated with a finite difference time domain (FDTD) based electromagnetic (EM) method. For experiment, by analyzing the size, power and shape of the 2D diffraction patterns...

  9. Study of the hydro-mechanical behaviour of expanded graphite gaskets

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    The poro-mechanical behaviour models developed by O. Coussy permit to consider various phenomena observed experimentally: thermo-hydro-mechanical couplings, plasticity, etc. The aim of this study is to implement the simplest poro-mechanical model (i.e. the isotropic linear poro-elastic model) to model the gasket hydro-mechanical behaviour. First, isotropic poro-elastic characteristics of expanded graphite have been estimated from these tests conducted at Departement Mecanique et Technologie des Composants (MTC) and data from literature. Then, analytical solutions of the tightness tests developed at the MTC Department have been carried out. These calculations provide a first estimation of porosity variations during a tightness tests with metal/metal contact or in elastic recovery, and during a 'hot thermal transient'. Thickness controlled numerical calculations have proved the analytical calculations relevance. With regard to simulation of tests with metal/metal contact or 'hot thermal transient', stress controlled numerical calculations have pointed out: - a greater vertical displacement on the inner side of the graphite ring and - a z dependence of the radial displacement and thus a porous differential variation between the upper and lower faces of the ring. (author)

  10. Investigation of the recycling of tires to elastomeric requirements by techniques of thermal compression

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    Nadal Gisbert, Antonio V.

    In this work is investigated the recycling of tires to elastomeric requirements by thermal compression. The production of recycled products is carried out starting from the powder, of elastomeric nature, coming from the grinding of used tires denominated GTR (Ground Tire Rubber) of different grain size, although the fundamental objective is the recycling of powder of 0,2mm grain size. The process of forming used for obtaining the recycled product is thermal compression, due to its simplicity and low cost. The composition of the powder has been analyzed and also the influence, on the elastomeric characteristics of the recycled product, of different parameters: Grain size, compact pressure, temperature, time, thickness of the recycled product and combination of sizes. At last we give an hypothesis that justifies the mechanism that gives cohesion to the powder GTR and allows their recycling. We also have carried out an analysis of the investigation lines, at the present, on the recycling of tires in general and an economic study of the viability of the recycled product in front of present products in the market, agglomerated with polyurethane, that have their application in using it in different types of floors.

  11. Evaluation of the influence of the polymer-filler interaction on compounds based on epoxidized elastomeric matrix and precipitated silica

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    Tatiana L. A. C., Rocha; Marly M., Jacobi; Dimitrios, Samios; Robert H., Schuster.

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available The introduction of epoxy groups into the main chain of elastomers has emerged as a promising alternative, considering the monitoring of polymer-filler interaction leading to changes in the properties of vulcanizates. The epoxidation reaction (in situ) was chosen to modify elastomers, such as polybu [...] tadiene (BR) and copolymer of styrene-butadiene-rubber (SBR), because it is a simple, easily controlled reaction, even considering the small epoxidation degree. The modification degree of the polymeric chain was studied with FT-IR and ¹H-NMR. The shift of the Tg to high temperatures with the increase of the epoxy group in the polymer chain was monitored through differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). An analysis of the dynamic modulus of the material in relation to its dependence on the amplitude and temperature was carried out. The interaction between epoxidized elastomeric matrix and silica as filler was extremely improved, even in the presence of very low content of epoxy groups into the polymer chain.

  12. Evaluation of the influence of the polymer-filler interaction on compounds based on epoxidized elastomeric matrix and precipitated silica

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    Tatiana L. A. C. Rocha

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available The introduction of epoxy groups into the main chain of elastomers has emerged as a promising alternative, considering the monitoring of polymer-filler interaction leading to changes in the properties of vulcanizates. The epoxidation reaction (in situ was chosen to modify elastomers, such as polybutadiene (BR and copolymer of styrene-butadiene-rubber (SBR, because it is a simple, easily controlled reaction, even considering the small epoxidation degree. The modification degree of the polymeric chain was studied with FT-IR and ¹H-NMR. The shift of the Tg to high temperatures with the increase of the epoxy group in the polymer chain was monitored through differential scanning calorimetry (DSC. An analysis of the dynamic modulus of the material in relation to its dependence on the amplitude and temperature was carried out. The interaction between epoxidized elastomeric matrix and silica as filler was extremely improved, even in the presence of very low content of epoxy groups into the polymer chain.

  13. Fracture mechanics and statistical mechanics of reinforced elastomeric blends

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    Heinrich, Gert; Kaliske, Michael; Klüppel, Manfred; Schneider, Konrad; Vilgis, Thomas

    2013-01-01

    Elastomers are found in many applications ranging from technology to daily life applications for example in tires, drive systems, sealings and print rollers. Dynamical operation conditions put extremely high demands on the performance and stability of these materials and their elastic and flow properties can be easily adjusted by simple manipulations on their elastic and viscous properties. However, the required service life suffers often from material damage as a result of wear processes such as abrasion and wear fatigue, mostly caused by crack formation and propagation. This book covers interdisciplinary research between physics, physical chemistry, material sciences and engineering of elastomers within the range from nanometres to millimetres and connects these aspects with the constitutive material properties. The different chapters describe reliable lifetime and durability predictions based on new fracture mechanical testing concepts and advanced material-theoretical methods which are finally implemented...

  14. Search for a more adequate test to predict the long-term migration from the PVC gaskets of metal lids into oily foods in glass jars.

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    Graubardt, Nadine; Biedermann, Maurus; Fiselier, Katell; Bolzoni, Luciana; Pedrelli, Turno; Cavalieri, Chiara; Simoneau, Cathérine; Grob, Koni

    2009-07-01

    As shown previously, the conventional testing procedure for simulating long-term migration from the gaskets of metal closures into oily foods does not adequately reflect reality. It appears to be impossible to accelerate migration to the extent that the situation at the end of the shelf life of a product can be anticipated in a few days or weeks. Therefore, we investigated whether long-term migration could be extrapolated from migration rates determined for new lids. Jars were kept in the normal upright position. Since heat treatment may have a strong temporary impact, migration during the initial heating for pasteurization or sterilization and storage at ambient temperature were determined using different lids. Commercial products were recalled from sales points throughout Europe to determine the real migration over extended periods of time and for jars with differing histories. This migration was compared with data from the short-term testing to investigate whether an empirical relationship could be derived. The results show that the short-term test enables the comparison of lids and plasticizers in the initial phase of migration, but that long-term extrapolation presupposes more complex kinetic modeling. The results also demonstrate that the legal relevance of "official" testing methods should be reconsidered to avoid conflict when food contact materials comply with migration limits in the test but not in actual application. PMID:19680987

  15. Butadiene-acrylonitrile elastomers as PVC modifiers

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    M. Rojek

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The purpose of the paper is to present the results of research programme on influence of acrylonitrile-butadiene copolymers on plasticized polyvinylchloride compounds used as window gasket material.Design/methodology/approach: Short review concerning application of modified plasticized PVC compounds as gasket material was presented. In experimental part two types of acrylonitrile-butadiene copolymers were used as elastomeric plasticizers for PVC. Formulations with fifteen different levels of elastomeric modifiers content (up to 25% by weight were prepared and tested. As reference formulations three commercial compounds were additionally tested. Shore hardness, short-term and long-term elastic recovery, tensile strength, elongation at break and migration of plasticizers from gasket material to unplasticized PVC were searched.Findings: Incorporation of acrylonitrile-butadiene copolymers into PVC enhanced many properties essential for its application as window gasket material. The most important changes occurred for long-term and short term elastic recovery, tensile strength and elongation at break. At the same time addition of these butadiene-acrylonitrile elastomers did not change migration of other plasticizers contained in gasket material into rigid PVC in being in contact with gasket. Obtained results showed that among tested compounds best properties as gasket material exhibited plasticized PVC with 23% of acrylonitrile-butadiene copolymer Chemigum P83. Reference commercial formulations exhibited worse performance properties than new compounds with this acrylonitrile-butadiene copolymer.Practical implications: Research programme allowed to elaborate plasticized PVC compounds modified with acrylonitrile-butadiene copolymer that can be industrially applied for PVC window gaskets.Originality/value: Obtained results are of scientific and practical value. Research programme allowed to investigate the influence of elastomeric modifiers on plasticized PVC properties. Research results are also of practical importance.

  16. Nonmetallic Gasket and Miniature Plastic Turnbuckle Diamond Anvil Cell for Pulsed Magnetic Field Studies at Cryogenic Temperatures

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    Graf, David E.; Stillwell, Ryan L.; Purcell, Kenneth M.; Tozer, Stanley W.

    2011-01-01

    A plastic turnbuckle diamond anvil cell (DAC) and nonmetallic gasket have been developed for pulsed magnetic field studies to address issues of eddy current heating and Lorentz forces in metal cells. The plastic cell evolved from our 6.3 mm metal diameter turnbuckle DAC that was designed in 1993 to rotate in the 9 mm sample space of Quantum Design's MPMS. Attempts to use this metal DAC in pulsed magnetic fields caused the sample temperature to rise to T>70 K, necessitating t...

  17. Baseline and Lifetime Assessments for DC745U Elastomeric Components

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    Maxwell, R S; Chinn, S C; Herberg, J; Harvey, C; Alviso, C; Vance, A; Cohenour, R; Wilson, M; Solyom, D

    2004-12-20

    The silicone elastomer Dow Corning DC 745U is used in two major components in the W80. We have investigated a number of issues concerning this material. Our studies have accomplished a baseline study of the chemical composition of DC745 and LLNL now has a good understanding of the chemical composition of this material. DC745 crystallizes within the system STS. Two potential means identified to mitigate the risk associated with this phenomenon are to (1) change material formulation and (2) predose the parts to {approx} 25 MRad {gamma}-radiation. A candidate material identified by Gordon Spellman has been studied for composition and the lack of crystallization within the STS has been verified. A sensitivity study of the effects of relevant aging mechanisms also has been performed. The extent of aging due to radiation exposure or elevated temperatures is minimal over the expected course of the LEP. In addition, since the DC745 parts are expected to be replaced at rebuild, the aging clock is essentially being reset. No significant aging issues seem likely to develop for these parts. DC745 parts are also subject to permanent deformation in service. Our studies have shown that the deformation is likely due to incomplete mixing of the raw gum stock and the curing agent at production. This results in areas of low crosslink density that are subject to a higher degree of compression set in service. We have identified two production diagnostic tools based on Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy to prescreen the parts at production at KCP. These studies are concluded with specific recommendation for changes to core surveillance for this part based on the chemical knowledge we have gained from this study.

  18. Containment of fluid samples in the hydrothermal diamond-anvil cell without the use of metal gaskets: Performance and advantages for in situ analysis

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    Chou, I.-Ming; Bassett, William A.; Anderson, Alan J.; Mayanovic, Robert A.; Shang, L.

    2008-01-01

    Metal gaskets (Re, Ir, Inconel, or stainless steel) normally used to contain fluid samples in the hydrothermal diamond-anvil cell (HDAC) are sometimes undesirable due to possible contamination and to gasket deformation at high pressures and temperatures resulting in nonisochoric behavior. Furthermore, in x-ray spectroscopic experiments, metal gaskets may attenuate the incident x-ray beam and emitted fluorescence x-rays, and the interaction of scattered radiation with the gasket may produce fluorescence that interferes with the x-ray spectrum of the sample. New arrangements and procedures were tested for the operation of the HDAC without using the metal gaskets. Distilled, de-ionized water was loaded into the sample chamber, a laser-milled recess 300 ??m in diameter and ???50 ??m deep centered in the 1.0 mm face of the lower diamond anvil, and sealed by pressing the top diamond anvil face directly against the lower one without a metal gasket in between. A maximum sample pressure of 202 MPa at 617 ??C was maintained for a duration of 10 min without evidence of leakage. A small change in fluid density was observed in one experiment where the sample was held at 266 MPa at 708 ??C for 10 min. The gasketless HDAC was also employed in x-ray absorption spectroscopy experiments, where, in addition to the sample chamber in the lower diamond, two grooves were milled at a 90?? angle to each other around the sample chamber to minimize the attenuation of incident and fluorescent x rays. With a minimum distance between the sample chamber and the grooves of 80 ??m, a pressure of 76 MPa at 500 ??C was maintained for 2 h with no change in the original fluid density. ?? 2008 American Institute of Physics.

  19. Multiple refraction switches realized by stretching elastomeric scatterers in sonic crystals

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    Huang, Y.; Chen, W. Q.; Wang, Y. S.; Yang, W.

    2015-02-01

    The effect of out-of-plane pre-stretch on the 2D sonic crystal with stretchable elastomeric scatterers is explored. The hyperelastic scatterers are characterized by a compressible neo-Hookean model. The Dirichlet-to-Neumann (DtN) map is adopted to obtain the band structure and equi-frequency contours. We focus on the first passband and find that a variety of switching functionalities for refraction behaviors can be realized in selected frequencies under a specific pre-stretch range. These refraction switches enable an active control of wave propagation and are applicable in advanced technologies where switchable and multifunctional sonic crystals are required.

  20. Multiple refraction switches realized by stretching elastomeric scatterers in sonic crystals

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    Y. Huang

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available The effect of out-of-plane pre-stretch on the 2D sonic crystal with stretchable elastomeric scatterers is explored. The hyperelastic scatterers are characterized by a compressible neo-Hookean model. The Dirichlet-to-Neumann (DtN map is adopted to obtain the band structure and equi-frequency contours. We focus on the first passband and find that a variety of switching functionalities for refraction behaviors can be realized in selected frequencies under a specific pre-stretch range. These refraction switches enable an active control of wave propagation and are applicable in advanced technologies where switchable and multifunctional sonic crystals are required.

  1. A pillar-based microfilter for isolation of white blood cells on elastomeric substrate

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    Alvankarian, Jafar; Bahadorimehr, Alireza; Yeop Majlis, Burhanuddin

    2013-01-01

    Our goal is to design, fabricate, and characterize a pillar-based microfluidic device for size-based separation of human blood cells on an elastomeric substrate with application in the low-cost rapid prototyping of lab-chip devices. The single inlet single outlet device is using parallel U-shape arrays of pillars with cutoff size of 5.5??m for trapping white blood cells (WBCs) in a pillar chamber with internal dead-volume of less than 1.0??l. The microstructures are designed to limit the elas...

  2. Impact of Different Standard Type A7A Drum Closure-Ring Practices on Gasket Contraction and Bolt Closure Distance– 15621

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    Ketusky, E.; Bobbitt, J.

    2015-03-11

    The Department of Energy, the Savannah River National Laboratory, several manufacturers of specification drums, and the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) are collaborating in the development of a guidance document for DOE contractors and vendors who wish to qualify containers to DOT 7A Type A requirements. Currently, the effort is focused on DOT 7A Type A 208-liter (55-gallons) drums with a standard 12-gauge bolted closure ring. The U.S. requirements, contained in Title 49, Part 178.350 “Specification 7A; general packaging, Type A specifies a competent authority review of the packaging is not required for the transport of (Class 7) radioactive material containing less than Type A quantities of radioactive material. For Type AF drums, a 4 ft. regulatory free drop must be performed, such that the drum “suffers maximum damage.” Although the actual orientation is not defined by the specification, recent studies suggest that maximum damage would result from a shallow angle top impact, where kinetic energy is transferred to the lid, ultimately causing heavy damage to the lid, or even worse, causing the lid to come off. Since each vendor develops closure recommendations/procedures for the drums they manufacture, key parameters applied to drums during closing vary based on vendor. As part of the initial phase of the collaboration, the impact of the closure variants on the ability of the drum to suffer maximum damage is investigated. Specifically, closure testing is performed varying: 1) the amount of torque applied to the closure ring bolt; and, 2) stress relief protocol, including: a) weight of hammer; and, b) orientation that the hammer hits the closure ring. After closure, the amount of drum lid gasket contraction and the distance that the closure bolt moves through the closure ring is measured.

  3. Determination of safe operating conditions for gasketed flange joint under combined internal pressure and temperature: A finite element approach

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    Abid, Muhammad [Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Topi-23460, NWFP (Pakistan)]. E-mail: abid@giki.edu.pk

    2006-06-15

    Performance of a flange joint is characterised mainly by its 'strength' and 'sealing capability'. A number of analytical and experimental studies have been conducted to study these characteristics under internal pressure loading. However, with the advent of new technological trends for high temperature and pressure applications, an increased demand for analysis is recognized. The effect of steady-state thermal loading makes the problem more complex as it leads to combined application of internal pressure and temperature. The present design codes do not address the effects of temperature on the structural integrity and sealing ability. In addition, the available design solutions do not solve problems of failure of a gasketed flange joint even under bolt up and internal pressure loading conditions. To investigate joint strength and sealing capability under combined internal pressure and different steady-state thermal loading, a 3D nonlinear finite element analysis (FEA) of a gasketed flange joint is carried out and its behaviour is discussed. To determine the safe operating conditions or the actual joint load capacity, the joint is further analyzed for different internal pressures keeping the temperature constant.

  4. Determination of safe operating conditions for gasketed flange joint under combined internal pressure and temperature: A finite element approach

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    Performance of a flange joint is characterised mainly by its 'strength' and 'sealing capability'. A number of analytical and experimental studies have been conducted to study these characteristics under internal pressure loading. However, with the advent of new technological trends for high temperature and pressure applications, an increased demand for analysis is recognized. The effect of steady-state thermal loading makes the problem more complex as it leads to combined application of internal pressure and temperature. The present design codes do not address the effects of temperature on the structural integrity and sealing ability. In addition, the available design solutions do not solve problems of failure of a gasketed flange joint even under bolt up and internal pressure loading conditions. To investigate joint strength and sealing capability under combined internal pressure and different steady-state thermal loading, a 3D nonlinear finite element analysis (FEA) of a gasketed flange joint is carried out and its behaviour is discussed. To determine the safe operating conditions or the actual joint load capacity, the joint is further analyzed for different internal pressures keeping the temperature constant

  5. Towards development of lignin reinforced elastomeric compounds with reduced energy dissipation

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    Bahl, Kushal

    This research deals with development of lignin as reinforcing filler for elastomeric compounds. Lignins are naturally abundant and cost competitive wood derivatives possessing strong mechanical properties and offering reactive functional groups on their surfaces. The presence of the functional groups imparts polarity to the lignin molecules and makes them incompatible with non-polar elastomers. Also, the large particle size of lignin does not produce desired mechanical reinforcement. The present study deals with solving the outstanding issues associated with the use of lignin as fillers for polymeric compounds. In addition, the work specifically focuses on producing rubber compounds with reduced energy dissipation via partial replacement of carbon black with lignin. The first part of this study is devoted to suppression of the polarity of lignin and achievement of compatibility with rubber matrix via modification of lignosulfonates (LS) with cyclohexylamine (CA). CA reduces the polarity of lignin via interactions originating from proton transfer and hydrogen bonding. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) confirms the attachment of CA on the surfaces of lignin. The mechanical properties of rubber compounds increase substantially along with improvement in cure properties and increase in crosslink density in the presence of LS particles modified with CA. The tensile strength and storage modulus show an increase by 45% and 41% respectively. The values of the 100% modulus and elongation at break also improve by 35% and 60% respectively. The second part of this study exploits the non-covalent interactions between lignin and carbon black (CB) for the design of novel hybrid filler particles exhibiting lower energy loss in rubber compounds. The hybrid fillers offer unique morphology consisting of coating layers of lignin on carbon black particle aggregates. It is found that such coating layers are formed due to pi-pi interactions between lignin and carbon black. Raman spectroscopy and 1H spin-lattice relaxation times confirm pi-pi interactions. The hybrid fillers offer reduction of networking of carbon black particles and viscoelastic dissipation in rubber compounds without sacrificing the mechanical performance. The third part of this study evaluates the performance of polybutadiene- g-polypentafluorostyrene (PB-g-PPFS) as a coupling agent for promotion of interactions between lignin and rubber and to achieve better overall reinforcing performance. The PB domains of PB-g-PPFS are compatible with styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) while the PPFS segments engage in arene-perfluoroarene interactions with lignin. These interactions are confirmed via UV-vis spectroscopy data. The efficacy of PB-g-PPFS as a coupling agent is evaluated for compounds filled with lignin and lignin/carbon black hybrid fillers. The results show that the addition of PB-g-PPFS improves the tensile strength by 33% and reduces the viscoelastic loss in filled SBR compounds by improving filler dispersion. The results presented in this thesis demonstrate that the approaches of surface modification, exploitation of non-covalent interactions, and the use of coupling agents are effective in solving the impending issues associated with the use of lignin, the second most abundant bio-derived material, as effective reinforcing filler for polymer compounds.

  6. Biodegradabilite et proprietes energetiques d'elastomeres azotures

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    Lavoie, Jonathan

    The interest for polymer materials has steadily increased in the last decades and the use of polymer materials has been increasing ever since. These polymers are used in a vast range of applications from civil to military (Colclough et al., 1994; Nair & Laurencin, 2007; Sansone et al., 2012). This demand for polymer materials resulted in the development of various polymers with a wide range of properties depending on the desired application. In the field of propellants, this interest led to the development of glycidyl azide polymer (GAP) and other similar materials. Growing environmental concerns has led to a demand for more environmentally friendly polymers. This demand so far has been increasing and shows no sign of following a different trend for the next years. This demand is in part due to the presence of non-recyclable polymers, for which end of life can be problematic. At the same time, another problematic arose: the soil contamination originating from repeated military training as well as the subsequent contamination of water supplies by rain water seeping into the ground absorbing part of the contaminants (Dontsova, Pennington, Hayes, imunek, & Williford, 2009; M. R. Walsh, Thiboutot, Walsh, & Ampleman, 2012). This phenomenon incurs large decontamination costs and can result in the abandonment of training grounds due to contamination (Michael R. Walsh, Walsh, & Hewitt, 2010). The compounds responsible for the contamination of military training grounds are in part present in elastomers used as binders for propellants. The binders are non-biodegradable as well. In order to make greener propellants, it is not only necessary to replace the contaminants by non-contaminant materials, but also necessary to replace the binder by using new biodegradable materials. Glycidyl azide polymer, a commonly used energetic polymer in binders is non-biodebradable and as such unburned residue will accumulate in the environment. The main objective of this work is to develop new biodegradable energetic binders in the form of polyurethane elastomers. These elastomers could be used as binders for propellants or as a gas generator. Biodegradable polyurethane elastomers have already garnered much attention in the field of biomedical research (Adhikari et al., 2008; He et al., 2012) and some preliminary work has been done towards the development of biodegradable energetic binders (Cossu, 2009). In order to fulfil this objective, three pre-polymers have been synthesised from sebacoyl chloride by polycondensation with polyepichlorohydrin, 3-chloro-1, 2-propanediol and 2-bromo- 2-nitro-1,3-propanediol respectively. These pre-polymers were subsequently azided in order to add or increase the energetic content of the pre-polymers. ATR-FTIR, 1H-NMR and 13C-NMR were used to verify the success of the azidations. Success of the azidation reaction was confirmed for the pre-polymers synthesized from polyepichlorohydrin and 3-chloro-1,2-propanediol while the reaction did not occur properly for the pre-polymer made from 2-propanediol and 2-bromo-2-nitro-1,3-propanediol. The lack of energetic groups was confirmed and the reaction product was a solid powder rather than a viscous liquid. DSC was performed on the pre-polymers in order to evaluate the energetic content of the pre-polymers that were successfully azided. The degradation energy of the azide group measured are 1724 J/g for the pre-polymer derived from polyepichlorohydrin and 614 J/g for the pre-polymer synthesized from 3-chloro-1,2-propanediol. Polyurethane elastomers were synthesized from the azided pre-polymers using ethyl ester L-lysine triisocyanate and subsequently characterized. The glass transition temperature of the copoly(ether/ester/urethane) was evaluated at -43°C through DSC and DMA while the Tg of the copoly(ester/urethane) was evaluated at -50°C through DSC. The decomposition energy of the azide groups of the elastomers was also evaluated through DSC and the copoly(ether/ester/urethane) was found to have an azide degradation energy of 1688 J/g while this parameter

  7. Collagen-binding matrix proteins from elastomeric extraorganismic byssal fibers.

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    Sun, Chengjun; Lucas, Jared M; Waite, J Herbert

    2002-01-01

    The byssal threads of marine mussels represent a peculiar case of extraorganismic extracellular material. The threads consist of fibrous chimeric collagens such as preCol-P (with collagenous, elastin-like and histidine-rich domains) embedded in a microfibrillar matrix. We report here on the extraction, purification, and characterization of water-soluble proximal thread matrix protein 1 (PTMP1), which is preferentially located in the proximal portion of each byssal thread and decreases in a proximal to distal direction. PTMP1 has a mass of about 50 kDa as determined by matrix-assisted laser desorption-ionization with time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry. Glycine is the most common residue at 12.2 mol %, followed by asparagine/aspartic acid and glutamine/glutamic acid at 11.4 and 9.9 mol %, respectively. Glycosylation has been detected by Western blotting with biotinylated concanavalin A and neutral sugar analysis. With degenerate primers designed from the N-terminal sequence and an additional internal peptide derived by Lys-C endopeptidase digestion, a complete cDNA sequence for this protein was obtained by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification of a Mytilus edulis foot cDNA library. Two variants with minor sequence differences limited to the N-terminus were found. The cDNA-deduced protein sequence reveals two symmetric internal repeats that together account for >85% of the protein. Sequence and epitope similarity of PTMP1 to the A domains of von Willebrand factor and integrin alpha(1)I suggest a capacity for collagen binding. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)-based measurement of PTMP1 binding to immobilized type I collagen shows high affinity (apparent K(D) = 0.25 microM), but the binding exhibits no dependence on metals. Using primers designed from M. edulis, we also found a PTMP1-like cDNA in a related species, M. galloprovincialis, with a deduced protein sequence having 97% identity with one M. edulis variant and 99% identity with the other. The corresponding cDNA sequences have 94% and 96% identity, respectively. PMID:12425661

  8. Comment on "Critical behavior of the chain-generating function of self-avoiding walks on the Sierpinski gasket family The Euclidean limit"

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    Milosevic, S; Elezovic-Hadzic, S; Milosevic, Sava; Zivic, Ivan; Elezovic-Hadzic, Suncica

    2000-01-01

    We refute to the claims made by Riera and Chalub [Phys. Rev. E {\\bf 58}, 4001 (1998)] by demonstrating that they have not provided enough data (requisite in their series expansion method) to draw reliable conclusions about criticality of self-avoiding walks on the Sierpinski gasket family of fractals.

  9. Caracterisation de l'effet du vieillissement en milieu aqueux sur les proprietes mecaniques de composites a matrice elastomere

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    Favre, Audrey

    Rubber composites are widely used in several engineering fields, such as automotive, and more recently for inflatable dams and other innovative underwater applications. These rubber materials are composed by an elastomeric matrix while the reinforcing phase is a synthetic fabric. Since these components are expected to operate several years in water environment, their durability must be guaranteed. The use of rubber materials immersed in water is not new, in fact, these materials have been studied for almost one century. However, the knowledge on reinforced rubber composites immersed several years in water is still limited. In this work, investigations on reinforced rubbers were carried out in the framework of a research project in partnership with Alstom and Hydro-Quebec. The objective of this study was to identify rubber composites that could be used under water for long periods. Various rubber composites with ethylene-propylene-diene monomer (EPDM), silicone, EPDM/silicone and polychloroprene (Neoprene) matrices reinforced with E-glass fabric were studied. Thus, these materials were exposed to an accelerated ageing at 85 °C underwater for periods varying from 14 to 365 days. For comparison purposes, they were also immersed and aged one year at room temperature (21 °C). The impact of accelerated aging was estimated through three different characterization methods. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was first used to assess the quality of fiber-matrix interface. Then, water absorption tests were performed to quantify the rate of water absorption during immersion. Finally the evolution of the mechanical properties was followed by the determination of Young's modulus (E) and ultimate stress (sigmau) using a dedicated traction test. This analysis allowed to point out that the quality of the fiber-matrix interface was the main factor influencing the drop of the mechanical properties and their durability. Moreover, it was noticed that this interface could be improved by using appropriate coupling agent as confirmed by the silicone composite with treated fabric. It was also observed that fiber-matrix interface could be a place where high stresses were localized because of differential swelling leading to an important loss of mechanical properties. The results revealed very different behaviors from one composite to another. The accelerated aging of EPDM/silicone and Neoprene composites led to a rapid diminution of mechanical properties in only 14 days. Conversely, silicone composites showed a 20 % increase of mechanical properties after 75 days of immersion. EPDM composites exhibited an important variability from one sample to another. It can be concluded from this study that composites made from silicone matrix with treated E-glass result in a better durability underwater. Keywords: composite elastomer, accelerated ageing, immersion in the water

  10. Comparison of frictional resistance between self-ligating and conventional brackets tied with elastomeric and metal ligature in orthodontic archwires

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    Vanessa Vieira, Leite; Murilo Baena, Lopes; Alcides, Gonini Júnior; Marcio Rodrigues de, Almeida; Sandra Kiss, Moura; Renato Rodrigues de, Almeida.

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: comparar a resistência ao atrito entre braquetes autoligáveis e braquetes convencionais, variando o tipo de fio. MÉTODOS: foram usados braquetes incisivos Abzil Kirium Capelozza e Easy Clip. Uma ligadura elastomérica ou um fio ligável de 0,010" foi usado para ligação do fio no braque [...] te Abzil. Três tipos de ligas de fio ortodôntico foram avaliadas: fio de NiTi de 0,016"; fio de NiTi de 0,016" x 0,022"; e fio de aço de 0,019" x 0,025". Dez observações foram feitas para cada combinação "braquete-fio-inclinação". Os braquetes foram montados em um aparelho especial, posicionados a 90° em relação ao fio, e testados em duas inclinações. O teste de atrito foi realizado na máquina universal de ensaios, a 5mm/min e com 10mm de deslocamento. As médias (em MPa) foram submetidas aos testes ANOVA e de Tukey, a 5% de significância. As superfícies dos fios e dos braquetes foram observadas no MEV. RESULTADOS: o braquete com amarrilhos metálicos (16,48 ± 8,31MPa) apresentou médias mais altas que o braquete com ligaduras elastoméricas (4,29 ± 2,16MPa) e o braquete autoligável (1,66 ± 1,57) (p 0,05). Nenhuma diferença estatística (p > 0,05) foi encontrada entre inclinações de zero (7,76 ± 8,46) e cinco (7,19 ± 7,93) graus. Concluão: o atrito foi influenciado pelo tipo de braquete e sistemas de ligaduras. Diferentes aspectos morfológicos foram observados para os braquetes e fios estudados. Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: To compare the frictional resistance between self-ligating and conventional brackets tied to different types of wire. MATERIAL AND METHODS : Abzil Kirium Capelozza (Pattern I) and Easy Clip (Roth prescription) incisor brackets were used. An elastomeric ligature or a ligating wire 0. [...] 10-in was used to ligate the wire to the Abzil bracket. Three types of orthodontic archwire alloys were assessed: 0.016-in NiTi wire, 0.016 x 0.021-in NiTi wire and 0.019 x 0.025-in steel wire. Ten observations were carried out for each bracket-archwire angulation combination. Brackets were mounted in a special appliance, positioned at 90 degrees in relation to the wire and tested in two angulations. Frictional test was performed in a Universal Testing Machine at 5 mm/min and 10 mm of displacement. The means (MPa) were submitted to ANOVA and Tukey's test set at 5% of significance. The surfaces of wires and brackets were observed at SEM. RESULTS: Steel-tied brackets (16.48 ± 8.31) showed higher means of frictional resistance than elastomeric-tied brackets (4.29 ± 2.16 ) and self-ligating brackets (1.66 ± 1.57) (P 0.05). No statistical differences (P > 0.05) were found between zero (7.76 ± 8.46) and five-degree (7.19 ± 7.93) angulations. CONCLUSIONS: Friction was influenced not only by the type of bracket, but also by the ligating systems. Different morphological aspects were observed for the brackets and wires studied

  11. Highly stretchable electric circuits from a composite material of silver nanoparticles and elastomeric fibres

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    Park, Minwoo; Im, Jungkyun; Shin, Minkwan; Min, Yuho; Park, Jaeyoon; Cho, Heesook; Park, Soojin; Shim, Mun-Bo; Jeon, Sanghun; Chung, Dae-Young; Bae, Jihyun; Park, Jongjin; Jeong, Unyong; Kim, Kinam

    2012-12-01

    Conductive electrodes and electric circuits that can remain active and electrically stable under large mechanical deformations are highly desirable for applications such as flexible displays, field-effect transistors, energy-related devices, smart clothing and actuators. However, high conductivity and stretchability seem to be mutually exclusive parameters. The most promising solution to this problem has been to use one-dimensional nanostructures such as carbon nanotubes and metal nanowires coated on a stretchable fabric, metal stripes with a wavy geometry, composite elastomers embedding conductive fillers and interpenetrating networks of a liquid metal and rubber. At present, the conductivity values at large strains remain too low to satisfy requirements for practical applications. Moreover, the ability to make arbitrary patterns over large areas is also desirable. Here, we introduce a conductive composite mat of silver nanoparticles and rubber fibres that allows the formation of highly stretchable circuits through a fabrication process that is compatible with any substrate and scalable for large-area applications. A silver nanoparticle precursor is absorbed in electrospun poly (styrene-block-butadiene-block-styrene) (SBS) rubber fibres and then converted into silver nanoparticles directly in the fibre mat. Percolation of the silver nanoparticles inside the fibres leads to a high bulk conductivity, which is preserved at large deformations (? ~ 2,200 S cm-1 at 100% strain for a 150-µm-thick mat). We design electric circuits directly on the electrospun fibre mat by nozzle printing, inkjet printing and spray printing of the precursor solution and fabricate a highly stretchable antenna, a strain sensor and a highly stretchable light-emitting diode as examples of applications.

  12. Elastomeric Capture Microparticles (ECmuPs) and Their use with Acoustophoresis to Perform Affinity Capture Assays

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    Cushing, Kevin Wallace

    This dissertation describes the development of elastomeric capture microparticles (ECmicroPs) and their use with acoustophoresis to perform affinity capture assays. EC?Ps that function as negative acoustic contrast particles were developed by crosslinking emulsion-based droplets composed of commercially available silicone precursors followed by functionalization with avidin/biotin reagents. The size distribution of the EC?Ps was very broad or narrow depending on the emulsion system that was used during the synthesis process. Elastomeric particles exhibited a very broad size distribution when a bulk-emulsion process was used; however, when microfluidic systems were utilized, their size distribution became comparatively narrow. The functionalization of elastomeric particles was accomplished by the non-specific adsorption of avidin protein followed by bovine serum albumin (BSA) blocking and bio-specific adsorption of a biotinylated-capture antibody. Polydisperse EC?Ps were functionalized to bind prostate specific antigen (PSA) or IgG-phycoerythrin (PE) in aqueous media (buffer, plasma, blood); whereas monodisperse EC?Ps were functionalized to bind a high density lipoprotein in the aqueous media. Polydisperse EC?Ps functionalized to bind PSA in a physiological buffer (PBS pH 7.4) demonstrated nanomolar detection using flow cytometry analysis; whereas EC?Ps functionalized to bind IgG-PE demonstrated picomolar detection in 10% porcine plasma. EC?Ps have a specific density of ~1.03 and are more compressible than their surrounding aqueous media; which allowed the EC?Ps to exhibit negative acoustic contrast properties under an ultrasonic acoustic standing wave field. The negative acoustic contrast property of EC?Ps was advantageously utilized in an IgG-PE assay conducted in 0.1% whole porcine blood. The ligand-bound EC?Ps suspended in the diluted blood sample were flowed through an acoustofluidic device where the application of an ultrasonic acoustic standing wave field focused the ligand-bound EC?Ps to pressure antinodes and the positive acoustic contrast blood cells to the central pressure node of the microchannel. As a result of laminar flow, focused ligand-bound EC?Ps and blood cells were flowed into properly aligned outlet channels at the downstream trifurcation, where they where collected separately off-chip. The cell-free fraction containing ligand-bound EC?Ps was analyzed using flow cytometry; where the detection of IgG-PE was in the picomolar range. This approach has potential applications in the development of rapid assays that detect the presence of low concentrations of biomarkers in a number of biological sample types.

  13. Mechanics of nanowire/nanotube in-surface buckling on elastomeric substrates

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    A continuum mechanics theory is established for the in-surface buckling of one-dimensional nanomaterials on compliant substrates, such as silicon nanowires on elastomeric substrates observed in experiments. Simple analytical expressions are obtained for the buckling wavelength, amplitude and critical buckling strain in terms of the bending and tension stiffness of the nanomaterial and the substrate elastic properties. The analysis is applied to silicon nanowires, single-walled carbon nanotubes, multi-walled carbon nanotubes, and carbon nanotube bundles. For silicon nanowires, the measured buckling wavelength gives Young's modulus to be 140 GPa, which agrees well with the prior experimental studies. It is shown that the energy for in-surface buckling is lower than that for normal (out-of-surface) buckling, and is therefore energetically favorable.

  14. Elastomeric Polymer Multilayer Thin Film with Sustainable Gas Barrier at High Strain.

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    Xiang, Fangming; Givens, Tara M; Ward, Sarah M; Grunlan, Jaime C

    2015-08-01

    Most gas barrier thin films suffer from cracking or plastic deformation when stretched, leading to significant loss of barrier. In an effort to make a stretchable gas barrier, which maintains low permeability when exposed to cyclic strain, we prepared layer-by-layer assemblies of tannic acid (TA) and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO). A 40-bilayer (344 nm-thick) TA/PEO assembly maintained its oxygen transmission rate (6X lower than the 1.6 mm-thick rubber substrate) after being stretched 100%. This submicron coating maintains a barrier 4X lower than the thick rubber substrate even after being strained 20X at 100%. These highly elastomeric assemblies are potentially useful for light-weighting inflatable devices. PMID:26196671

  15. Elastomeric 2D grating and hemispherical optofluidic chamber for multifunctional fluidic sensing.

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    Xu, Zhida; Wang, Xinhao; Han, Kevin; Li, Shuo; Liu, G Logan

    2013-12-01

    We present an optofluidic sensor based on an elastomeric two-dimensional (2D) grating integrated inside a hemispherical fluid chamber. A laser beam is diffracted before (reflection) and after (transmission) going through the grating and liquid in the dome chamber. The sensing mechanism is investigated and simulated with a finite-difference time-domain-based electromagnetic method. For the experiment, by analyzing the size, power, and shape of the 2D diffraction patterns, we can retrieve multiple parameters of the liquid, including the refractive index, pressure, and opacity with high sensitivity. We demonstrate that the glucose concentration can be monitored when mixed in a different concentrated phosphate-buffered saline solution. The free-solution binding of bovine serum albumin (BSA) and anti-BSA IgG is detected with this optical sensor. This low-cost, multifunctional, and reliable optofluidic sensor has the potential to be used as a monitor of biofluid, such as blood in hemodialysis. PMID:24323007

  16. Elastomeric 2D Grating and Hemispherical Optofluidic Chamber for Multifunctional Fluidic Sensing

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    Xu, Zhida

    2014-01-01

    We present an optofluidic sensor based on an elastomeric two-dimensional (2D) grating integrated inside a hemispherical fluid chamber. Laser beam is diffracted before (reflection) and after (transmission) going through the grating and liquid in the dome chamber. The sensing mechanism is investigated and simulated with a finite difference time domain (FDTD) based electromagnetic (EM) method. For experiment, by analyzing the size, power and shape of the 2D diffraction patterns, we can retrieve multiple parameters of the liquid including the refractive index, pressure and opacity with high sensitivity. We demonstrate that glucose concentration can be monitored when mixed in different concentrated phosphate buffered saline (PBS) solution. The free-solution binding of bovine serum albumin (BSA) and anti-BSA IgG is detected with this optical sensor. This low-cost, multifunctional and reliable optofluidic sensor has the potential to be used as monitor of biofluid such as blood in hemodialysis.

  17. A highly sensitive and flexible pressure sensor with electrodes and elastomeric interlayer containing silver nanowires

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    Wang, Jun; Jiu, Jinting; Nogi, Masaya; Sugahara, Tohru; Nagao, Shijo; Koga, Hirotaka; He, Peng; Suganuma, Katsuaki

    2015-02-01

    The next-generation application of pressure sensors is gradually being extended to include electronic artificial skin (e-skin), wearable devices, humanoid robotics and smart prosthetics. In these advanced applications, high sensing capability is an essential feature for high performance. Although surface patterning treatments and some special elastomeric interlayers have been applied to improve sensitivity, the process is complex and this inevitably raises the cost and is an obstacle to large-scale production. In the present study a simple printing process without complex patterning has been used for constructing the sensor, and an interlayer is employed comprising elastomeric composites filled with silver nanowires. By increasing the relative permittivity, ?r, of the composite interlayer induced by compression at high nanowire concentration, it has been possible to achieve a maximum sensitivity of 5.54 kPa-1. The improvement in sensitivity did not sacrifice or undermine the other features of the sensor. Thanks to the silver nanowire electrodes, the sensor is flexible and stable after 200 cycles at a bending radius of 2 mm, and exhibits outstanding reproducibility without hysteresis under similar pressure pulses. The sensor has been readily integrated onto an adhesive bandage and has been successful in detecting human movements. In addition to measuring pressure in direct contact, non-contact pressures such as air flow can also be detected.The next-generation application of pressure sensors is gradually being extended to include electronic artificial skin (e-skin), wearable devices, humanoid robotics and smart prosthetics. In these advanced applications, high sensing capability is an essential feature for high performance. Although surface patterning treatments and some special elastomeric interlayers have been applied to improve sensitivity, the process is complex and this inevitably raises the cost and is an obstacle to large-scale production. In the present study a simple printing process without complex patterning has been used for constructing the sensor, and an interlayer is employed comprising elastomeric composites filled with silver nanowires. By increasing the relative permittivity, ?r, of the composite interlayer induced by compression at high nanowire concentration, it has been possible to achieve a maximum sensitivity of 5.54 kPa-1. The improvement in sensitivity did not sacrifice or undermine the other features of the sensor. Thanks to the silver nanowire electrodes, the sensor is flexible and stable after 200 cycles at a bending radius of 2 mm, and exhibits outstanding reproducibility without hysteresis under similar pressure pulses. The sensor has been readily integrated onto an adhesive bandage and has been successful in detecting human movements. In addition to measuring pressure in direct contact, non-contact pressures such as air flow can also be detected. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr06494a

  18. The use of dual material seals for packaging

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    The use of dual material seals, metal and elastomeric for a transportation package, provides a viable option for packages requiring high temperature seal capability. Allowing the seal area to go to higher temperatures then allowed for all elastomeric seal reduce the necessity of providing thermal protection during a postulated accident condition fire. It also increases the options for impact limiting features that do not also mitigate the affects of accident thermal events. Typically, high temperature seals require the use of metal O-rings. Only one seal (typically identified as the containment seal) needs to survive the hypothetical accident conditions, including the high temperatures that may occur during the prescribed hypothetical thermal event. However, to expedite the assembly leakage rate testing of radioactive material packages, a dual O-ring seal arrangement is often used to allow creation of a relatively small volume test cavity between the seals. For any package that is being used on a frequent basis, the total cost of seals can be significantly reduced by using an elastomeric seal as the secondary seal. The elastomeric seal is not the containment boundary seal and does not need to survive the high temperature condition. To get the dual material O-ring seals to seat properly, a different approach has to be taken than with closure of a radioactive material package that does not use metallic O-ring(s). A metal O-ring requires an application of a seating force while the elastomeric package requires a certain percentage of deformation. This is further complicated when the seating force is developed using a multi-bolt closure. Because of the nature of multi-bolt closures, elastic interaction prevents the equal application of force. This paper develops the methods involved in properly closing and establishing containment when using dual material seals with a multi-bolt closure. These methods were demonstrated in two production casks requiring testing leak rates of 10-7 standard cc/sec

  19. TN trademark FLEX: a new generation of fluorocarbon o-rings developed by COGEMA logistics with enhanced characteristics at low temperature (-40 C)

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    Three main types of elastomers are used for the sealing of radioactive material transport casks with elastomeric gaskets: EPDM, fluorocarbons type Viton registered (standard designation: FKM) and silicon rubbers. Each rubber has specific characteristics in terms of temperature range, permeability, coefficient of expansion.. For the casks where high temperatures can be reached (200 C in continuous using), FKM gaskets are generally used. The problem is that this type of gasket does not guarantee the leaktightness at -40 C, which is a regulatory requirement. Two solutions are generally used: to specify a minimum heat load or a minimum ambient temperature. The direct consequence is that it is impossible to get B(U) approvals on the new concepts when FKM gaskets are used but only B(M) approvals, which generate significant additional justification costs (multiple submittals of Safety Analysis Reports, calculation of the minimum heat load or of the minimum ambient temperature..). Thus, it is important to develop gaskets with the same performance as FKM gaskets at high temperature but with enhanced performance at low temperature (and mainly, which guarantee the leaktightness at -40 C). COGEMA LOGISTICS has qualified a new generation of fluorocarbon O-rings (TN trademark FLEX gaskets) which can be used in continuous service on a -47 C/+200 C temperature range. TN trademark FLEX gaskets will be implemented on new casks designs

  20. Radiation data definitions and compilation for equipment qualification data bank

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    Bouquet, F. L.; Winslow, J. W.

    1986-01-01

    Dose definitions, physical properties, mechanical properties, electrical properties, and particle definitions are listed for insulators and dielectrics, elastomeric seals and gaskets, lubricants, adhesives, and coatings.

  1. Antimicrobial effect of zataria multiflora extract in comparison with chlorhexidine mouthwash on experimentally contaminated orthodontic elastomeric ligatures.

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    Hossein Aghili

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Long-term use of orthodontic appliances and fixation ligatures creates a favorable environment for the accumulation of oral normal microflora and increases the risk of enamel demineralization and periodontal disease. The aim of this study was to compare the antimicrobial effects of Zataria Multiflora extract and 0.2% chlorhexidine (CHX mouthwash on experimentally contaminated orthodontic elastomeric ligatures.In this lab trial study, Iranian and foreign-made elastomeric ligatures were experimentally contaminated in Streptococcus mutans, Enterococcus faecalis and Candida albicans suspensions. Ligatures were then decontaminated using 0.2% CHX as the control, 0.5 mg/ml Zataria multiflora extract mouthwashes as the test and phosphate buffered saline (PBS as the negative control for one hour. Antimicrobial properties of both solutions were evaluated by comparing the mean viable bacterial cell count on both rings after decontamination, using SPSS version 15 software.The mean viable bacterial cell count on Iranian ligatures was greater than that on foreign-made ligatures before disinfection (P=0.001, however this difference for C. albicans was not statistically significant (P=0.061. Chlorhexidine mouthwash completely eliminated all tested microorganisms attached to both elastomeric rings, but Zataria extract was only capable of completely eliminating C. albicans from both ligatures. Statistically significant differences were found in viable bacterial counts on both ligatures before and after disinfection with Zataria extract (P=0.0001.Zataria multiflora extract has antimicrobial properties and can be used for disinfection of elastomeric ligatures. In vivo studies are required to evaluate the efficacy of the incorporation of this herbal extract in mouthwashes for orthodontic patients.

  2. An Elastomeric Patch Electrospun from a Blended Solution of Dermal Extracellular Matrix and Biodegradable Polyurethane for Rat Abdominal Wall Repair

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    Hong, Yi; Takanari, Keisuke; Amoroso, Nicholas J.; Hashizume, Ryotaro; Brennan-Pierce, Ellen P.; Freund, John M.; Badylak, Stephen F; Wagner, William R.

    2011-01-01

    A biodegradable elastomeric scaffold was created by electrospinning a mixed solution of poly(ester urethane)urea (PEUU) and porcine dermal extracellular matrix (dECM) digest, with PEUU included to provide elasticity, flexibility, and mechanical support and dECM used to enhance bioactivity and biocompatibility. Micrographs and differential scanning calorimetry demonstrated partial miscibility between PEUU and dECM. With greater dECM content, scaffolds were found to possess lower breaking strai...

  3. Synthesis and characterizations of high permittivity ultraviolet cured soft elastomeric networks and composites applicable as dielectric electroactive polymer

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    Goswami, Kaustav

    2014-01-01

    The objective of this thesis was preparation and characterizations of high permittivity ultraviolet (UV) cured elastomeric networks and composites applicable as dielectric electroactive polymers (DEAPs). At present, none of the commercially available elastomers such as acrylics, poly (dimethyl siloxane) (PDMS) and polyurethanes are designed with the requirements specific for DEAPs. Thus there is a need to develop elastomers with low elastic modulus, low viscous and dielectric losses and high rel...

  4. Phase diagram and exotic spin-spin correlations of J$_1$-J$_2$ Ising model on the Sierpi\\'nski gasket

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    Ran, Shi-Ju; Liu, Tao; Zhao, Yang; Su, Gang

    2013-01-01

    The J$_1$-J$_2$ antiferromagnetic Ising model on the fractal Sierpi\\'nski gasket is intensively studied, and a number of exotic properties are disclosed. The ground state phase diagram in the plane of magnetic field-interaction of the system is obtained, where three nontrivial phases including the $1/3$ magnetization plateau ordered and disordered phases, and the $5/9$ plateau partially ordered phase, as well as five boundaries and two intersection points are accurately iden...

  5. Evaluation of the susceptibility to pigmentation of orthodontic esthetic elastomeric ligatures

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    Janine Soares, Cavalcante; Marcelo de Castellucci e, Barbosa; Marcio Costa, Sobral.

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: avaliar alterações da pigmentação de ligaduras elásticas estéticas após imersão em solução de pigmentação. MÉTODOS: Sessenta ligaduras foram selecionadas e divididas em doze grupos de acordo com a marca comercial utilizada e nas condições normal e distendida. Os grupos foram divididos em: [...] Morelli transparente, TP Orthodontics transparente, American Orthodontics transparente, Unitek/3M transparente, American Orthodontics pérola e Unitek/3M pérola, separados quanto à condição normal e distendida, totalizando 5 ligaduras em cada condição. A avaliação das mudanças de coloração foi realizada por meio de fotografia digital e análise computadorizada usando o programa Adobe Photoshop. Foram realizadas fotografias digitais padronizadas nos tempos T0 - antes do processo de pigmentação, com as ligaduras em estado normal; e T1 - após o processo de pigmentação, que durou cinco dias. A solução de pigmentação utilizada foi composta por saliva artificial e por alimentos que possuem potencial de coloração. No tempo T1, as ligaduras se encontravam em estado distendido e em estado normal (sem distensão). RESULTADO: os resultados do presente estudo demonstraram que ligaduras elásticas estéticas são suscetíveis à pigmentação. Dentre as marcas comerciais avaliadas a TP Orthodontics e American Orthodontics transparente foram as mais estáveis. Já a Unitek/3M pérola demonstrou alterações estatisticamente significativas em todas as variáveis avaliadas. CONCLUSÃO: ligaduras elásticas estéticas são suscetíveis à pigmentação, não havendo diferença estatisticamente significativa entre o estado normal e o estado distendido, com exceção na marca TP Orthodontics. A marca Unitek/3M pérola demonstrou ser a que apresenta maior potencial para pigmentação. Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this laboratory study was to evaluate changes in the pigmentation of esthetic elastomeric ligatures after immersion in a staining solution. METHODS: Sixty ligatures were selected and divided into 12 groups according to their brand and also considering their condition, i.e., [...] unstretched or stretched. The groups were divided into: Morelli (clear), TP Orthodontics (clear), American Orthodontics (clear), 3M/Unitek (clear), American Orthodontics (pearl color) and 3M/Unitek (pearl color), separated into groups of 5 unstretched and five stretched ligatures. Assessment of their color changes was performed by means of digital photograph and computer analysis using Adobe Photoshop. Standardized digital photographs were taken at T0 (before the staining process, with unstretched ligatures) and at T1 (following the 5-days staining process). The staining solution was composed of artificial saliva and foods with staining potential. At T1 the ligatures were either stretched or unstretched. RESULTS: The results of this study showed that esthetic elastomeric ligatures are prone to staining. Among the evaluated brands, TP Orthodontics and American Orthodontics clear ligatures were the most stable. Moreover, 3M/Unitek pearl ligatures demonstrated statistically significant changes in all variables. CONCLUSIONS: Esthetic elastomeric ligatures are susceptible to staining and no statistically significant difference was found between unstretched or stretched ligatures, with the sole exception of the TP Orthodontics brand. The 3M/Unitek's pearl color ligatures displayed the greatest staining potential.

  6. Percentual de degradação das forças liberadas por ligaduras elásticas / Force decay rate of orthodontic elastomeric ligatures

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    Emanoela Volles de, Souza; Alvaro de Moraes, Mendes; Marco Antônio de Oliveira, Almeida; Cátia Cardoso Abdo, Quintão.

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: avaliar ligaduras elásticas da marca Morelli, dos tipos modular e bengala, nas cores cinza e cristal para determinação do percentual de degradação das forças geradas pelas mesmas. METODOLOGIA: as ligaduras elásticas foram estiradas em estiletes de aço inoxidável com diâmetro de 4mm, imersa [...] s em solução de saliva artificial a 37ºC, sendo a intensidade das forças liberadas medidas nos tempos de zero hora, 24 horas, 1 semana, 2 semanas, 3 semanas e 4 semanas, em máquina de ensaios de tração. RESULTADOS E CONCLUSÕES: as ligaduras do tipo bengala liberaram, em média e no período de 4 semanas, maior intensidade de força que as do tipo modular. O percentual de degradação das forças liberadas por todas as ligaduras aumentou de forma acentuada entre zero e 24 horas e de forma gradativa após este período, com exceção do 28º dia quando, provavelmente, houve perda das propriedades elásticas das ligaduras. Não foi observado um comportamento constante das ligaduras bengala e modular em relação às cores cinza e cristal. Abstract in english PURPOSE: to evaluate gray and clear module and cane-loaded elastomeric ligatures of the brand Morelli to determine the percentage of decay of the forces they deliver. METHODS: the elastomeric ligatures were stretched over 4mm diameter stainless steel dowels and placed in synthetic saliva bath at 37º [...] C. The intensity of the forces delivered were taken at start, after 24 hours, one week, two weeks, three weeks and four weeks at a tensile test machine. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: the cane-loaded ligatures delivered, in a period of 4 weeks, in average, greater force intensity than the modules. The percentage of force decay of all ligatures increased rapidly between zero and 24 hours and gradually after that period, except for the 28th day, when probably there was a loss of elastic properties of the ligatures. The researchers did not note any constant behavior in the cane-loaded and module ligatures in relation to the colors: gray and clear.

  7. Percentual de degradação das forças liberadas por ligaduras elásticas Force decay rate of orthodontic elastomeric ligatures

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    Emanoela Volles de Souza

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: avaliar ligaduras elásticas da marca Morelli, dos tipos modular e bengala, nas cores cinza e cristal para determinação do percentual de degradação das forças geradas pelas mesmas. METODOLOGIA: as ligaduras elásticas foram estiradas em estiletes de aço inoxidável com diâmetro de 4mm, imersas em solução de saliva artificial a 37ºC, sendo a intensidade das forças liberadas medidas nos tempos de zero hora, 24 horas, 1 semana, 2 semanas, 3 semanas e 4 semanas, em máquina de ensaios de tração. RESULTADOS E CONCLUSÕES: as ligaduras do tipo bengala liberaram, em média e no período de 4 semanas, maior intensidade de força que as do tipo modular. O percentual de degradação das forças liberadas por todas as ligaduras aumentou de forma acentuada entre zero e 24 horas e de forma gradativa após este período, com exceção do 28º dia quando, provavelmente, houve perda das propriedades elásticas das ligaduras. Não foi observado um comportamento constante das ligaduras bengala e modular em relação às cores cinza e cristal.PURPOSE: to evaluate gray and clear module and cane-loaded elastomeric ligatures of the brand Morelli to determine the percentage of decay of the forces they deliver. METHODS: the elastomeric ligatures were stretched over 4mm diameter stainless steel dowels and placed in synthetic saliva bath at 37ºC. The intensity of the forces delivered were taken at start, after 24 hours, one week, two weeks, three weeks and four weeks at a tensile test machine. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: the cane-loaded ligatures delivered, in a period of 4 weeks, in average, greater force intensity than the modules. The percentage of force decay of all ligatures increased rapidly between zero and 24 hours and gradually after that period, except for the 28th day, when probably there was a loss of elastic properties of the ligatures. The researchers did not note any constant behavior in the cane-loaded and module ligatures in relation to the colors: gray and clear.

  8. Rapid micropatterning of cell lines and human pluripotent stem cells on elastomeric membranes.

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    Paik, Isha; Scurr, David J; Morris, Bryan; Hall, Graham; Denning, Chris; Alexander, Morgan R; Shakesheff, Kevin M; Dixon, James E

    2012-10-01

    Tissue function during development and in regenerative medicine completely relies on correct cell organization and patterning at micro and macro scales. We describe a rapid method for patterning mammalian cells including human embryonic stem cells (HESCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) on elastomeric membranes such that micron-scale control of cell position can be achieved over centimeter-length scales. Our method employs surface engineering of hydrophobic polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) membranes by plasma polymerization of allylamine. Deposition of plasma polymerized allylamine (ppAAm) using our methods may be spatially restricted using a micro-stencil leaving faithful hydrophilic ppAAm patterns. We employed airbrushing to create aerosols which deposit extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins (such as fibronectin and Matrigel™) onto the same patterned ppAAm rich regions. Cell patterns were created with a variety of well characterized cell lines (e.g., NIH-3T3, C2C12, HL1, BJ6, HESC line HUES7, and HiPSC line IPS2). Individual and multiple cell line patterning were also achieved. Patterning remains faithful for several days and cells are viable and proliferate. To demonstrate the utility of our technique we have patterned cells in a variety of configurations. The ability to rapidly pattern cells at high resolution over macro scales should aid future tissue engineering efforts for regenerative medicine applications and in creating in vitro stem cell niches. PMID:22511037

  9. Elastomeric Nanocomposite Foams for the Removal of Heavy Metal Ions from Water.

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    Chavan, Asmita A; Li, Hongbo; Scarpellini, Alice; Marras, Sergio; Manna, Liberato; Athanassiou, Athanassia; Fragouli, Despina

    2015-07-15

    We report the fabrication and utilization of elastomeric polymer nanocomposite foams for the efficient removal of Pb2+ and Hg2+ heavy metal ions from polluted water. The polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) foams are properly modified in order to become hydrophilic and allow the polluted water to penetrate in their volume. The ZnSe colloidal nanocrystals (NCs) that decorate the surface of the foams, act as active components able to entrap the metal ions. In this way, after the dipping of the nanocomposite foams in water polluted with Pb2+ or Hg2+, a cation exchange reaction takes place, and the heavy metal ions are successfully removed. The removal capacity for the Pb2+ ions exceeds 98% and the removal of Hg2+ ions approaches almost 100% in the studied concentrations region of 20-40 ppm. The reaction is concluded after 24 h, but it should be noticed that after the first hour, more than 95% of both the metal ions is removed. The color of the foams changes upon heavy metal ions entrapment, providing thus the opportunity of an easy detection of the presence of the ions in water. Taking into account that the fabricated foams provide good elastic properties and resistance to heat, they can be used in different conditions of water remediation. PMID:26133912

  10. Patterning the Stiffness of Elastomeric Nanocomposites by Magnetophoretic Control of Cross-linking Impeder Distribution

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    Suvojit Ghosh

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We report a novel method to pattern the stiffness of an elastomeric nanocomposite by selectively impeding the cross-linking reactions at desired locations while curing. This is accomplished by using a magnetic field to enforce a desired concentration distribution of colloidal magnetite nanoparticles (MNPs in the liquid precursor of polydimethysiloxane (PDMS elastomer. MNPs impede the cross-linking of PDMS; when they are dispersed in liquid PDMS, the cured elastomer exhibits lower stiffness in portions containing a higher nanoparticle concentration. Consequently, a desired stiffness pattern is produced by selecting the required magnetic field distribution a priori. Up to 200% variation in the reduced modulus is observed over a 2 mm length, and gradients of up to 12.6 MPa·mm?1 are obtained. This is a significant improvement over conventional nanocomposite systems where only small unidirectional variations can be achieved by varying nanoparticle concentration. The method has promising prospects in additive manufacturing; it can be integrated with existing systems thereby adding the capability to produce microscale heterogeneities in mechanical properties.

  11. Fabrication of elastomeric scaffolds with curvilinear fibrous structures for heart valve leaflet engineering.

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    Hobson, Christopher M; Amoroso, Nicholas J; Amini, Rouzbeh; Ungchusri, Ethan; Hong, Yi; D'Amore, Antonio; Sacks, Michael S; Wagner, William R

    2015-09-01

    Native semi-lunar heart valves are composed of a dense fibrous network that generally follows a curvilinear path along the width of the leaflet. Recent models of engineered valve leaflets have predicted that such curvilinear fiber orientations would homogenize the strain field and reduce stress concentrations at the commissure. In the present work, a method was developed to reproduce this curvilinear fiber alignment in electrospun scaffolds by varying the geometry of the collecting mandrel. Elastomeric poly(ester urethane)urea was electrospun onto rotating conical mandrels of varying angles to produce fibrous scaffolds where the angle of fiber alignment varied linearly over scaffold length. By matching the radius of the conical mandrel to the radius of curvature for the native pulmonary valve, the electrospun constructs exhibited a curvilinear fiber structure similar to the native leaflet. Moreover, the constructs had local mechanical properties comparable to conventional scaffolds and native heart valves. In agreement with prior modeling results, it was found under quasi-static loading that curvilinear fiber microstructures reduced strain concentrations compared to scaffolds generated on a conventional cylindrical mandrels. Thus, this simple technique offers an attractive means for fabricating scaffolds where key microstructural features of the native leaflet are imitated for heart valve tissue engineering. PMID:25771748

  12. Highly Magneto-Responsive Elastomeric Films Created by a Two-Step Fabrication Process.

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    Marchi, Sophie; Casu, Alberto; Bertora, Franco; Athanassiou, Athanassia; Fragouli, Despina

    2015-09-01

    An innovative method for the preparation of elastomeric magnetic films with increased magneto-responsivity is presented. Polymeric films containing aligned magnetic microchains throughout their thickness are formed upon the magnetophoretic transport and assembly of microparticles during polymer curing. The obtained films are subsequently magnetized at a high magnetic field of 3 T directed parallel to the orientation of the microchains. We prove that the combination of both alignment of the particles along a favorable direction during curing and the subsequent magnetization of the solid films induces an impressive increase of the films' deflection. Specifically, the displacements reach few millimeters, up to 85 times higher than those of the nontreated films with the same particle concentration. Such a process can improve the performance of the magnetic films without increasing the amount of magnetic fillers and, thus, without compromising the mechanical properties of the resulting composites. The proposed method can be used for the fabrication of magnetic films suitable as components in systems in which large displacements at relatively low magnetic fields are required, such as sensors and drug delivery or microfluidic systems, especially where remote control of valves is requested to achieve appropriate flow and mixing of liquids. PMID:26299444

  13. Probing Mechanoregulation of Neuronal Differentiation by Plasma Lithography Patterned Elastomeric Substrates

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    Nam, Ki-Hwan; Jamilpour, Nima; Mfoumou, Etienne; Wang, Fei-Yue; Zhang, Donna D.; Wong, Pak Kin

    2014-11-01

    Cells sense and interpret mechanical cues, including cell-cell and cell-substrate interactions, in the microenvironment to collectively regulate various physiological functions. Understanding the influences of these mechanical factors on cell behavior is critical for fundamental cell biology and for the development of novel strategies in regenerative medicine. Here, we demonstrate plasma lithography patterning on elastomeric substrates for elucidating the influences of mechanical cues on neuronal differentiation and neuritogenesis. The neuroblastoma cells form neuronal spheres on plasma-treated regions, which geometrically confine the cells over two weeks. The elastic modulus of the elastomer is controlled simultaneously by the crosslinker concentration. The cell-substrate mechanical interactions are also investigated by controlling the size of neuronal spheres with different cell seeding densities. These physical cues are shown to modulate with the formation of focal adhesions, neurite outgrowth, and the morphology of neuroblastoma. By systematic adjustment of these cues, along with computational biomechanical analysis, we demonstrate the interrelated mechanoregulatory effects of substrate elasticity and cell size. Taken together, our results reveal that the neuronal differentiation and neuritogenesis of neuroblastoma cells are collectively regulated via the cell-substrate mechanical interactions.

  14. Static characterization of a soft elastomeric capacitor for non destructive evaluation applications

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    A large and flexible strain transducer consisting of a soft elastomeric capacitor (SEC) has been proposed by the authors. Arranged in a network setup, the sensing strategy offers tremendous potential at conducting non-destructive evaluation of large-scale surfaces. In prior work, the authors have demonstrated the performance of the sensor at tracking strain history, localizing cracks, and detecting vibration signatures. In this paper, we characterize the static performance of the proposed SEC. The characterization includes sensitivity of the signal, and temperature and humidity dependences. Tests are conducted on a simply supported aluminum beam subjected to bending as well as on a free standing sensor. The performance of the SEC is compared against off-the-shelf resistance-based strain gauges with resolution of 1 ??. A sensitivity of 1190 pF/? is obtained experimentally, in agreement with theory. Results also show the sensor linearity over the given level of strain, showing the promise of the SEC at monitoring of surface strain

  15. Parallel near-field photolithography with metal-coated elastomeric masks.

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    Wu, Jin; Yu, Cheng-han; Li, Shaozhou; Zou, Binghua; Liu, Yayuan; Zhu, Xiaoqun; Guo, Yuanyuan; Xu, Hongbo; Zhang, Weina; Zhang, Liping; Liu, Bin; Tian, Danbi; Huang, Wei; Sheetz, Michael P; Huo, Fengwei

    2015-01-27

    Developing a cost-effective nanolithography strategy that enables the production of subwavelength features with various shapes over large areas is a long-standing goal in the nanotechnology community. Herein, an inexpensive nanolithographic technique that combines the wafer-scale production capability of photolithography with the subwavelength feature size controllability of near-field photolithography was developed to fabricate centimeter-scale up to wafer-scale sub-100-nm variously shaped nanopatterns on surfaces. The wafer-scale elastomeric trench-based photomasks with subwavelength apertures created at the apexes were compatible with mask aligners, allowing for the production of wafer-scale subwavelength nanopatterns with adjustable feature sizes, shapes, and periodicities. The smallest feature sizes of 50 and 80 nm were achieved on positive tone and negative tone photoresist surfaces, respectively, which could be ascribed to a near-field optical effect. The fabricated centimeter-scale nanopatterns were functionalized to study cell-matrix adhesion and migration. Compared to currently developed nanolithographic methods that approach similar functionalities, this facile nanolithographic strategy combines the merits of low cost, subwavelength feature size, high throughput, and varied feature shapes, making it an affordable approach to be used in academic research for researchers at most institutions. PMID:25549246

  16. Anisotropic reversible piezoresistivity in magnetic-metallic/polymer structured elastomeric composites: modelling and experiments.

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    Mietta, José Luis; Tamborenea, Pablo I; Martin Negri, R

    2016-01-14

    Structured elastomeric composites (SECs) with electrically conductive fillers display anisotropic piezoresistivity. The fillers do not form string-of-particle structures but pseudo-chains formed by grouping micro-sized clusters containing nanomagnetic particles surrounded by noble metals (e.g. silver, Ag). The pseudo-chains are formed when curing or preparing the composite in the presence of a uniform magnetic field, thus pseudo-chains are aligned in the direction of the field. The electrical conduction through pseudo-chains is analyzed and a constitutive model for the anisotropic reversible piezoresistivity in SECs is proposed. Several effects and characteristics, such as electron tunnelling, conduction inside the pseudo-chains, and chain-contact resistivity, are included in the model. Experimental results of electrical resistance, R, as a function of the normal stress applied in the direction of the pseudo-chains, P, are very well fitted by the model in the case of Fe3O4[Ag] microparticles magnetically aligned while curing in polydimethylsiloxane, PDMS. The cross sensitivity of different parameters (like the potential barrier and the effective distance for electron tunnelling) is evaluated. The model predicts the presence of several gaps for electron tunnelling inside the pseudo-chains. Estimates of those parameters for the mentioned experimental system under strains up to 20% are presented. Simulations of the expected response for other systems are performed showing the influence of Young's modulus and other parameters on the predicted piezoresistivity. PMID:26477664

  17. An investigation on low-velocity impact response of elastomeric & crushable foams

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    Sadighi, Mojtaba; Salami, Sattar

    2012-12-01

    The mechanical behavior of elastomeric foam, in particular, Ethylene Propylene Diene Methyle (EPDM) and crushable foams, in particular, Expanded Poly-Propylene (EPP) and Poly Urthane Rigid (PUR), under low-velocity impact are studied experimentally and numerically. At first, these foams were loaded under quasi-static loading in compression. In order to study the dependence of their behavior on strain rate, the loadings were performed in two rates, 3 mm/min and 100 mm/min. The low-velocity impact tests were applied using a drop hammer testing machine. The drop heights of projectile in all tests were 0.5 and 1 m. The thickness effect of specimens on absorption of energy and parameters such as, contact force and displacement of specimens are discussed. Then, the dynamic factors of force and energy for three types of foam are investigated. Since, EPP showed an insensitive property to the thickness of specimen in the impact tests, it is possible to define dynamic factors for different thickness of this type of foam. Finally, all test results are compared with numerical results through implementation of ABAQUS finite element package. Good agreements between numerical results and experimental data show the capability of numerical modeling to fulfill the experimental investigation.

  18. Highly Magneto-Responsive Elastomeric Films Created by a Two-Step Fabrication Process

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    2015-08-24

    An innovative method for the preparation of elastomeric magnetic films with increased magneto-responsivity is presented. Polymeric films containing aligned magnetic microchains throughout their thickness are formed upon the magnetophoretic transport and assembly of microparticles during polymer curing. The obtained films are subsequently magnetized at a high magnetic field of 3 T directed parallel to the orientation of the microchains. We prove that the combination of both alignment of the particles along a favorable direction during curing and the subsequent magnetization of the solid films induces an impressive increase of the films’ deflection. Specifically, the displacements reach few millimeters, up to 85 times higher than those of the nontreated films with the same particle concentration. Such a process can improve the performance of the magnetic films without increasing the amount of magnetic fillers and, thus, without compromising the mechanical properties of the resulting composites. The proposed method can be used for the fabrication of magnetic films suitable as components in systems in which large displacements at relatively low magnetic fields are required, such as sensors and drug delivery or microfluidic systems, especially where remote control of valves is requested to achieve appropriate flow and mixing of liquids.

  19. Modification of PVC compounds with butadiene-acrylonitrile elastomers

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    J. Stabik

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The purpose of the paper is to present the research programme on influence of acrylonitrile-butadiene copolymers on properties of plasticized polyvinylchloride as window gaskets material.Design/methodology/approach: Short literature review concerning application of modified PVC as gasket material was presented. In experimental part two types of acrylonitrile-butadiene copolymers were used as elastomeric plasticizers. Compounds with fifteen different levels of modifiers content (up to 25% by weight were prepared and tested. Additionally three commercial compounds were tested as reference formulations. The following test were performed: Shore hardness, short-term and long-term elastic recovery, tensile strength, elongation at break and migration of plasticizers from gasket material to unplasticized PVC.Findings: Application of acrylonitrile-butadiene copolymers as PVC modifier enhanced many properties essential for window gasket materials such as long-term and short term elastic recovery, tensile strength and elongation at break. At the same time addition of these elastomers did not change migration of other plasticizers contained in gasket material. Obtained results indicated that among tested compounds best properties as gasket material exhibited plasticized PVC with 23% of acrylonitrile-butadiene copolymer Chemigum P83. Reference commercial compounds exhibited worse performance properties than compounds with this acrylonitrile-butadiene copolymer. Practical implications: Research programme allowed to elaborate plasticized PVC compounds modified with acrylonitrile-butadiene copolymer that can be industrially applied for PVC window gaskets.Originality/value: Obtained results are of scientific and practical value. Research programme allowed to investigate the influence of elastomeric modifiers on plasticized PVC properties. Research results are also of practical importance.

  20. Compilation of current literature on seals, closures, and leakage for radioactive material packagings

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    This report presents an overview of the features that affect the sealing capability of radioactive material packagings currently certified by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The report is based on a review of current literature on seals, closures, and leakage for radioactive material packagings. Federal regulations that relate to the sealing capability of radioactive material packagings, as well as basic equations for leakage calculations and some of the available leakage test procedures are presented. The factors which affect the sealing capability of a closure, including the properties of the sealing surfaces, the gasket material, the closure method and the contents are discussed in qualitative terms. Information on the general properties of both elastomer and metal gasket materials and some specific designs are presented. A summary of the seal material, closure method, and leakage tests for currently certified packagings with large diameter seals is provided. 18 figs., 9 tabs

  1. Compilation of current literature on seals, closures, and leakage for radioactive material packagings

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    Warrant, M.M.; Ottinger, C.A.

    1989-01-01

    This report presents an overview of the features that affect the sealing capability of radioactive material packagings currently certified by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The report is based on a review of current literature on seals, closures, and leakage for radioactive material packagings. Federal regulations that relate to the sealing capability of radioactive material packagings, as well as basic equations for leakage calculations and some of the available leakage test procedures are presented. The factors which affect the sealing capability of a closure, including the properties of the sealing surfaces, the gasket material, the closure method and the contents are discussed in qualitative terms. Information on the general properties of both elastomer and metal gasket materials and some specific designs are presented. A summary of the seal material, closure method, and leakage tests for currently certified packagings with large diameter seals is provided. 18 figs., 9 tabs.

  2. Development of high-temperature joints for thermochemical hydrogen production by IS process. Applicability examination of the coned-disk springs assembly and seal performance test of candidate gaskets

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    Thermo-chemical Iodine-Sulfur (IS) process can produce large amount of hydrogen effectively without emission of greenhouse effect gas such as carbon dioxide, where nuclear thermal energy of a high temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) is adopted as a heat source. The IS process uses strong acids such as sulfuric acid and hydriodic acid in high temperature and pressure conditions. Therefore, it is necessary to develop large-size chemical reactors featuring materials that exhibit high temperature and corrosion resistance. A SO3 decomposer, which is one of key components of the IS process, consists of a pressure vessel for high temperature and high pressure helium gas and an internal structure for SO3 decomposition by the latent heat of the helium gas. Since joints of the internal structure will be heated up to 700degC, we designed a high-temperature joint coupled with coned-disk springs and SiC bolts (coned-disk springs assembly) so as to keep seal performance under high temperature condition. This report presents applicability examination results of designed coned-disk springs assembly as well as seal performance test results of candidate gaskets. (author)

  3. The Redistribution of Load in Bolted Gasketed Joints Subjected to Steady State Thermal Loading

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    Pressure vessel joints operating at high temperature are often very difficult to seal. The existing flange design methods do not address thermal effects other than the variation of flange material mechanical properties with temperature. It is possible to include the effects of temperature loading in joint analysis, however, presently very few guidelines exist for this type of analysis. This paper outlines the theoretical analysis used for the determination of the steady state operating temperature and the induced loads in flange joints. It details the theoretical equations necessary to predict the temperature and the redistribution of load due to the thermal expansion of the joint components for the case of a pair flange and the case of a flange with a blind-cover. The results from the theoretical models are verified by comparison to finite element results. (authors)

  4. Synthesis, characterization, and paclitaxel release from a biodegradable, elastomeric, poly(ester urethane)urea bearing phosphorylcholine groups for reduced thrombogenicity.

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    Hong, Yi; Ye, Sang-Ho; Pelinescu, Anca L; Wagner, William R

    2012-11-12

    Biodegradable polymers with high elasticity, low thrombogenicity, and drug loading capacity continue to be pursued for vascular engineering applications, including vascular grafts and stents. A biodegradable elastomeric polyurethane was designed as a candidate material for use as a drug-eluting stent coating, such that it was nonthrombogenic and could provide antiproliferative drug release to inhibit smooth muscle cell proliferation. A phosphorylcholine containing poly(ester urethane) urea (PEUU-PC) was synthesized by grafting aminated phosphorylcholine onto backbone carboxyl groups of a polyurethane (PEUU-COOH) synthesized from a soft segment blend of polycaprolactone and dimethylolpropionic acid, a hard segment of diisocyanatobutane and a putrescine chain extender. Poly(ester urethane) urea (PEUU) from a soft segment of polycaprolactone alone was employed as a control material. All of the synthesized polyurethanes showed high distensibility (>600%) and tensile strengths in the 20-35 MPa range. PEUU-PC experienced greater degradation than PEUU or PEUU-COOH in either a saline or lipase enzyme solution. PEUU-PC also exhibited markedly inhibited ovine blood platelet deposition compared with PEUU-COOH and PEUU. Paclitaxel loaded in all of the polymers during solvent casting continued to release for 5 d after a burst release in a 10% ethanol/PBS solution, which was utilized to increase the solubility of the releasate. Rat smooth muscle cell proliferation was significantly inhibited in 1 wk cell culture when releasate from the paclitaxel-loaded films was present. Based on these results, the synthesized PEUU-PC has promising functionality for use as a nonthrombogenic, drug eluting coating on metallic vascular stents and grafts. PMID:23035885

  5. Tensile Properties and Small-Angle Neutron Scattering Investigation of Stereoblock Elastomeric Polypropylene

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    Elastomeric polypropylene (ePP) produced from unbridged 2-arylindene metallocene catalysts was studied by uniaxial tensile and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) techniques. The ePP can be separated into three fractions by successive boiling-solvent fractionation method to yield: a low-tacticity fraction soluble in ether (ES), an intermediate-tacticity fraction soluble in heptane (HS), and a high-tacticity fraction insoluble in heptane (HI). Tensile properties of ePP were compared to its solvent fractions, and the role of each solvent fraction residing within ePP was investigated by blending 5 weight % deuterated fraction with ePP. The tensile properties of each fraction vary considerably, exhibiting properties from a weak gum elastomer for ES, to a semi-crystalline thermoplastic for HI. The intermediate-tacticity HS fraction exhibits elastic properties similar to the parent elastomer (ePP). In the melt at 160 C, SANS shows that all deuterated fractions are homogeneously mixed with ePP in a one-phase system. At 25 C upon a slow cooling from the melt, the low-tacticity fraction is preferentially segregated in the amorphous domains induced by different crystallization temperatures and kinetics of the deuterated ES and high-tacticity components. The high-tacticity component within ePP (dHI-ePP) retains its plastic properties in the blend. Despite its low crystallinity (? 2%), the low-tacticity fraction can co-crystallize with the crystalline matrix. The dES-ePP shows little or no relaxation when held under strain and recovers readily upon the release of stress

  6. An air-pressure-free elastomeric valve for integrated nucleic acid analysis by capillary electrophoresis

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    Jung, Wooseok; Barrett, Matthew; Brooks, Carla; Rivera, Andrew; Birdsell, Dawn N.; Wagner, David M.; Zenhausern, Frederic

    2015-12-01

    We present a new elastomeric valve for integrated nucleic acid analysis by capillary electrophoresis. The valve functions include metering to capture a designated volume of biological sample into a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) chamber, sealing to preserve the sample during PCR cycling, and transfer of the PCR-products and on-chip formamide post-processing for the analysis of DNA fragments by capillary gel electrophoresis. This new valve differs from prior art polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) valves in that the valve is not actuated externally by air-pressure or vacuum so that it simplifies a DNA analysis system by eliminating the need for an air-pressure or vacuum source, and off-cartridge solenoid valves, control circuit boards and software. Instead, the new valve is actuated by a thermal cycling peltier assembly integrated within the hardware instrument that tightly comes in contact with a microfluidic cartridge for thermal activation during PCR, so that it spontaneously closes the valve without an additional actuator system. The valve has bumps in the designated locations so that it has a self-alignment that does not require precise alignment of a valve actuator. Moreover, the thickness of the new valve is around 600 ?m with an additional bump height of 400 ?m so that it is easy to handle and very feasible to fabricate by injection molding compared to other PDMS valves whose thicknesses are around 30–100 ?m. The new valve provided over 95% of metering performance in filling the fixed volume of the PCR chamber, preserved over 97% of the sample volume during PCR, and showed very comparable capillary electrophoresis peak heights to the benchtop assay tube controls with very consistent transfer volume of the PCR-product and on-chip formamide. The new valve can perform a core function for integrated nucleic acid analysis by capillary electrophoresis.

  7. Elastomeric matrix composites: effect of processing conditions on the physical, mechanical and viscoelastic properties

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    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim of this study is to investigate the influence of accelerator-vulcanizing agent system and the vulcanization temperature on the properties of vulcanizates based on Natural rubber/Polybutadiene rubber (NR/BR compounds. This preliminary study will allow optimizing the composition for improving the mechanical properties and understanding the damage behaviour.Design/methodology/approach: NR/BR based composites with different vulcanization temperatures and curing systems were characterized in respect of their curing characteristics (for 140ºC and 160ºC and mechanical properties. The cure characteristics of the rubber compounds were studied by using the Monsanto MDR 2000 rheometer. The mechanical properties were investigated- tensile strength, elongation at break, tensile modulus at 100% (M100 and at 300% (M300 deformation. The hardness (Shore A and molecular mass of the samples were also determined. Scanning electron microscopy was used to study the microstructure of the fracture surfaces.Findings: The processing, physical, mechanical and viscoelastic properties and chemical structure of the mixture of Natural rubber/Polybutadiene rubber (NR/BR compounds have been evaluated in detail for the compounds of D1 and D2 (140/160.Research limitations/implications: limitations/implications: Some critical point, control of the temperature during vulcanization in press, can introduce some restrictions; these measurements can play on the final vulcanizates and in the course of processing.Practical implications: In practical way, mechanical test results (tensile and shore A give very useful information about the damage behaviour of the elastomeric matrix composites.Originality/value: Natural rubber/Polybutadiene rubber (NR/BR compounds were mixed by additions of some certain elements to improve physical, mechanical and viscoelastic properties and damage behaviours of these compounds produced under certain conditions.

  8. Summary of experimental tests of elastomeric seismic isolation bearings for use in nuclear reactor plants

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    This paper describes an experimental test program for isolator bearings which was developed to help establish the viability of using laminated elastomer bearings for base isolation of nuclear reactor plants. The goal of the test program is to determine the performance characteristics of laminated seismic isolation bearings under a wide range of loadings. Tests were performed on scale-size laminated seismic isolators both within the design shear strain range to determine the response of the bearing under expected earthquake loading conditions, and beyond the design range to determine failure modes and to establish safety margins. Three types of bearings, each produced from a different manufacturer, have been tested: (1) high shape factor-high damping-high shear modulus bearings; (2) medium shape factor-high damping-high shear modulus bearings; and (3) medium shape factor-high damping-low shear modulus bearings. All of these tests described in this report were performed at the Earthquake Engineering Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley, with technical assistance from ANL. The tests performed on the three types of bearings have confirmed the high performance characteristics of the high damping-high and low shear modulus elastomeric bearings. The bearings have shown that they are capable of having extremely large shear strains before failure occurs. The most common failure mechanism was the debonding of the top steel plate from the isolators. This failure mechanism can be virtually eliminated by improved manufacturing quality control. The most important result of the failure test of the isolators is the fact that bearings can sustain large horizontal displacement, several times larger than the design value, with failure. Their performance in moderate and strong earthquakes will be far superior to conventional structures

  9. Non-linear analysis of a closure manway using spiral wound gasket with metal-metal contact and a new geometry approach

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    The results of a PWR pressurizer closure manway analysis are presented. The manway geometry is slightly different from the conventional solution with the goal to reduce the bending stresses in the bolts when the system is pressurized. So the salt stresses value will also be reduced. The viability of the proposed solution will be confirmed by: verification of the stresses in the bolts connecting the blind flange to the nozzle by ASME III, subsection NB and level of the tightness reached in the spiral wound (type SG) gasket based in the criteria defined in the references. (author)

  10. Materialism.

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    Melnyk, Andrew

    2012-05-01

    Materialism is nearly universally assumed by cognitive scientists. Intuitively, materialism says that a person's mental states are nothing over and above his or her material states, while dualism denies this. Philosophers have introduced concepts (e.g., realization and supervenience) to assist in formulating the theses of materialism and dualism with more precision, and distinguished among importantly different versions of each view (e.g., eliminative materialism, substance dualism, and emergentism). They have also clarified the logic of arguments that use empirical findings to support materialism. Finally, they have devised various objections to materialism, objections that therefore serve also as arguments for dualism. These objections typically center around two features of mental states that materialism has had trouble in accommodating. The first feature is intentionality, the property of representing, or being about, objects, properties, and states of affairs external to the mental states. The second feature is phenomenal consciousness, the property possessed by many mental states of there being something it is like for the subject of the mental state to be in that mental state. WIREs Cogn Sci 2012, 3:281-292. doi: 10.1002/wcs.1174 For further resources related to this article, please visit the WIREs website. PMID:26301463

  11. COMPRESSIVE AND SHEAR ANALYSIS OF RUBBER BLOCK UNDER LARGE STRAIN

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    K. Sridharan; Sivaramakrishnan, R

    2013-01-01

    The Elastomeric materials have found use in a wide range of applications, including hoses, tires, gaskets, seals, vibration isolators, bearings and dock fenders. The analysis of rubber blocks for its compression and shear behavior has been carried out using the imaging techniques. The dynamic stressing and its associated change in shape of the rubber blocks during large compression are very limited as their measurements were difficult. A newly developed Machine Vision based image processing t...

  12. Rationale for the use of protective gaskets made of geotextiles and permeability evaluation of impervious coatings made of geomembranes

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    Kosichenko Yuriy Mikhaylovich

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this paper is to design rationale for the use of protective pads of geotextiles and geomembranes permeability of PD using these pads. In order to justify the use of protective pads made of geotextile for reducing the defectiveness geomembrane soil fractions, the existing formulas to determine the thickness of the film element of impervious devices were examined. The calculations according to the formulas show that HDPE geomembrane with a minimum thickness of 1,0 mm, the protective lining of the geotextile should be applied at the average diameter fractions of soil of more than 6,5 mm, and for geomembranes HDPE - at a diameter of soil fractions of over 15,5 mm. In order to estimate the permeability of the TFG geomembrane using additional protective linings of geotextile in the scientific article the basic design schemes of such coatings with one and two layers of protective linings of geotextiles were considered. The evaluation results of water permeability of impervious surfaces with geotextile and for comparison - without geotextiles are given in a table. As it is shown by the data presented for the design scheme with a single layer of geotextile geomembrane at the base (in the presence of small holes in the geomembrane the decrease the effectiveness of an anti-covering is more than 268,0 %, and for the settlement scheme covering with two layers of geotextile there will be a very large reduction in the efficiency, which almost completely reduces the effectiveness of the coating to the value of the geomembrane permeability of a soil layer without geomembrane with the filtration flow rate of 71,75 m /day, against water permeability of the geomembrane cover - 38,52 m /day. From the foregoing, it can be concluded that the application of a coating design of well filtering gaskets made of geotextile is justified in terms of protecting the geomembrane from mechanical damage, but greatly reduces the effectiveness of impervious cover in case of its damage.

  13. Development of bus body rubber profiles with additives from renewable sources: Part I – Additives characterization and processing and cure properties of elastomeric compositions

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    Highlights: • Bus body rubber profiles with additives from renewable sources. • Soybean oil, vulcanization activator from ethanol production and cereal loading filler. • Physical, chemical and thermal characterization of the additives. • Processing and cure properties of elastomeric compositions. • Components commonly used by the rubber industry can be replaced by these additives. - Abstract: The goal of this work was to characterize additives from renewable sources aiming replace the components that are traditionally used by the rubber industry in a formulation with terpolymer of ethylene–propylene–diene (EPDM). Soybean oil (MD600®) was used as a plasticizer. The vulcanization activator (MDECR®) was a sub-product from cellulosic ethanol production, while the loading filler (MDCO®) was obtained from cereals. Firstly, the physical, chemical and thermal properties of these additives were investigated. Thus, a standard composition used for bus body rubber profiles and compositions containing varying proportions of these additives were prepared. The acceleration system was added in a laboratory two-roll mill after the elastomeric compositions were processed in a torque rheometer. The elastomeric compositions were characterized by their cure properties, Mooney viscosities, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD). The addition of these additives led to a decrease in the viscosity, work, energy and Mooney viscosity of each composition, thus improving its processability. The curing characteristics of elastomeric compositions were affected by the addition of MD600® and MDECR®, leading to lower vulcanization time, while the cure properties were not affected by the addition of MDCO®

  14. Case files of the University of Massachusetts Fellowship in Medical Toxicology: Lethal dose of opioids contained in an elastomeric capsule labeled as vancomycin

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    Courtney, James M.; Boyer, Edward W

    2008-01-01

    This case describes the adulteration of a vancomycin elastomeric capsule with opioids that likely arose from degradation of heroin [29–31]. Although the clinical management of patients suffering the effects of contaminated drugs may be straightforward, the public health risk associated with adulterated pharmaceuticals and drug delivery devices should mandate a brisk response from governmental regulatory agencies.

  15. Migration of epoxidised soybean oil from PVC gaskets of commercial lids: simulation of migration under various conditions and screening of food products from Czech markets.

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    Hanušová, Kristýna; Vrbík, Karel; Rajchl, Aleš; Dobiáš, Jaroslav; Sosnovcová, Jitka

    2015-01-01

    Previous studies have shown that a large number of polyvinylchloride (PVC) lid gaskets exceed the existing migration limits for epoxidised soybean oil (ESBO) and correct prediction of ESBO release into food therefore appears to be a difficult issue. ESBO migration from PVC gaskets of metal closures into food simulants and food products from the Czech market is evaluated during a survey in 2009 and subsequently one in 2012 to assess progress in lid manufacturing and official testing conditions. ESBO migration from lids into various food simulants was studied at various temperatures (25, 40 and 60°C) during storage times up to 12 months. ESBO released into food simulants or food products was transmethylated, derivatised and analysed by GC-MS. The levels of ESBO migration in foodstuffs in 2012 exceeded the specific migration limit (SML) in fewer products in comparison with the previous survey. However, most of the products were analysed at a time far from the expiry date and exceedance of the SML at the end of the product shelf life is not therefore excluded. More severe test conditions (60°C for 10 days) for specific migration given by the current European Union legislation (Regulation (EU) No. 10/2011) still seem to be insufficient for the simulation of ESBO migration during long-term storage. PMID:25685888

  16. Summary of experimental tests of elastomeric seismic isolation bearings for use in nuclear reactor plants

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    This paper describes an experimental test program for isolator bearings which was developed to help establish the viability of using laminated elastomer bearings for base isolation of nuclear reactor plants. The goal of the test program is to determine the performance characteristics of laminated seismic isolation bearings under a wide range of loadings. Tests were performed on scale-size laminated seismic isolators both within the design shear strain range to determine the response of the bearing under expected earthquake loading conditions, and beyond the design range to determine failure modes and to establish safety margins. The test program was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Three types of bearings, each procured from a different manufacturer, have been tested: (1) high shape factor-high damping-high shear modulus bearings; (2) medium shape factor-high damping-high shear modulus bearings; and (3) medium shape factor-high damping-low shear modulus bearings. These bearings were designed by ANL and made according to ANL specifications. All of these tests described in this report were performed at the Earthquake Engineering Research Center (EERC) at the University of California, Berkeley, with technical assistance from ANL. In addition, tests were performed by ETEC on two of the type (1) bearings cited above. Those tests will be reported by others at this workshop. The tests performed on the three types of bearings have confirmed the high performance characteristics of the high damping-high and low shear modulus elastomeric bearings. The bearings have shown that they are capable of having extremely large shear strains before failure occurs. The most common failure mechanism was the debonding of the top steel plate from the isolators. This failure mechanism can be virtually eliminated by improved manufacturing quality control. The most important result of the failure test of the isolators is the fact that bearings can sustain large horizontal displacement, several times larger than the design value, without failure. The results of these test programs should give the designer confidence that base isolated structures can be designed and built with more than adequate safety margins. Their performance in moderate and strong earthquakes will be far superior to conventional structures. (author)

  17. Remifentalino intravenoso mediante infusor elastomerico frente a meperidina intramuscular: Estudio comparativo en analgesia obstetrica Intravenous remifentanil delivered through an elastomeric device versus intramuscular meperidine comparative study for obstetric analgesia

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    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available Objetivos: Evaluar la eficacia y seguridad de remifentanilo administrado mediante infusor elastomérico con PCA iv en analgesia obstétrica comparado con meperidina intramuscular en parturientas con contraindicación para analgesia epidural. Material y Método: Se seleccionaron aletoriamente 24 parturientas, se asoció infusor elastomérico Baxter® con 250 ml de suero fisiológico con 2,5 mg de remifentanilo y un ritmo de 12 ml·h ¹, lo que supone una infusión media de 0,025 ?g·kg-1·min-1 de remifentanilo, permitiendo la administración de bolos de 5 ml con un tiempo de cierre de 30 minutos (Grupo R o 1 mg·kg¹ de meperidina y 2,5 mg de haloperidol (Grupo M vía intramuscular cada 4 h. Valoramos la intensidad del dolor cada 30 min mediante una escala analógica visual (EVA, tiempo de infusión, bolos administrados, el nivel de sedación mediante escala del estado de alerta y sedación evaluada por el observador (OAA/S, efectos adversos y el test de Apgar del recién nacido al minuto y a los 5 min. Resultados: No hubo diferencias en los datos antropométricos de ambos grupos. La duración media de la infusión en el grupo R fue de 280 ± 55 min y las necesidades de bolos de rescate de 1,2 ± 1,5. La dosis media de meperidina intramuscular en el grupo M fue de 120 ± 25 mg. La intensidad del dolor durante el parto fue significativamente menor en el grupo R durante todo el periodo de dilatación y expulsivo (pObjectives: To evaluate the effectiveness and security of remifentanil administered by means of elastomeric infusor with PCA IV compared obstetrical analgesia with intramuscular meperidine in obstetric patients with contraindication for epidural analgesia, Material and Method: 24 patients were randomized, an elastomeric infusor Baxter® with a capacity of 250 ml was filled with 2.5 mg of remifentanil and a 12 mililiter·h-1, was satarted, (average infusion of 0.025·kg-1·min-1 of remifentanil, and boluses of 5 ml with a time of closing of 30 minutes (Group R or 1 mg/kg-1 of meperidine and 2.5 mg of haloperidol (Group M every 4 h by IM route. We valued the intensity of pain each 30 min by means of a visual analogical scale (EVA, time of infusion, boluses administered, level of sedatión by means of scale of the alert status and sedatión evaluated by observer (OAA/S, adverse effects and the Apgar test of new born to 1 and 5 min. Results: There were no differences in the anthropometric data of both groups. The average duration of the infusion in group R was of 280 ± 55 min and the necessities of boluses of 1.2 rescue of ± 1,5. The average dose of intramuscular meperidine in group M was of 120 ± 25 mg. The intensity of the pain during the childbirth was significantly smaller in group R (p<0,05 that group M. The sedatión level was similar in both groups (OAA/S 1-2. The hemodinámics parameters, cardiac rate and arterial pressure remained stable without significant differences between both groups. There was no case of respiratory depression. The satisfaction degree was significantly superior in group R. Conclusion: Remifentanil administered by means of elastomeric system PCA IV provides an analgesic effectiveness superior to the intramuscular meperidine and constitutes an alternative modality to the epidural analgesia without causing respiratory depression or excessive sedation, with an elevated level of maternal satisfaction.

  18. Study by three techniques of the elastic response of Al(6061) matrix composite material with a high content (40 % vol) of SIC; Estudio mediante tres tecnicas del modulo elastico de un material compuesto de Al(6061) con un alto contenido (40%vol) de SiC

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    Fernandez, R.; Hunicke, U. D.; Mundt, K. H.; Acosta, P.; Kowalski, W.; Schulz, G.; Gonzalez-Doncel, G.

    2001-07-01

    The purpose of this investigation is to study the elastic behavior of a discontinuously reinforced composite material, Al(6061)-40vol%SiC, by using three different procedures; Extensometry in uniaxial testing, pendulum elastomeric, and propagation of acoustic signals in the materials. The high ceramic content of this material provides it with a high stiffness without a significant increase in density. Because of this, the material is suitable as structural component in the automotive and aerospace industry. (Author) 8 refs.

  19. Nonlinear analysis of r.c. framed buildings retrofitted with elastomeric and friction bearings under near-fault earthquakes

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    Mazza, Mirko

    2015-11-01

    Reinforced concrete (r.c.) framed buildings designed in compliance with inadequate seismic classifications and code provisions present in many cases a high vulnerability and need to be retrofitted. To this end, the insertion of a base isolation system allows a considerable reduction of the seismic loads transmitted to the superstructure. However, strong near-fault ground motions, which are characterised by long-duration horizontal pulses, may amplify the inelastic response of the superstructure and induce a failure of the isolation system. The above considerations point out the importance of checking the effectiveness of different isolation systems for retrofitting a r.c. framed structure. For this purpose, a numerical investigation is carried out with reference to a six-storey r.c. framed building, which, primarily designed (as to be a fixed-base one) in compliance with the previous Italian code (DM96) for a medium-risk seismic zone, has to be retrofitted by insertion of an isolation system at the base for attaining performance levels imposed by the current Italian code (NTC08) in a high-risk seismic zone. Besides the (fixed-base) original structure, three cases of base isolation are studied: elastomeric bearings acting alone (e.g. HDLRBs); in-parallel combination of elastomeric and friction bearings (e.g. high-damping-laminated-rubber bearings, HDLRBs and steel-PTFE sliding bearings, SBs); friction bearings acting alone (e.g. friction pendulum bearings, FPBs). The nonlinear analysis of the fixed-base and base-isolated structures subjected to horizontal components of near-fault ground motions is performed for checking plastic conditions at the potential critical (end) sections of the girders and columns as well as critical conditions of the isolation systems. Unexpected high values of ductility demand are highlighted at the lower floors of all base-isolated structures, while re-centring problems of the base isolation systems under near-fault earthquakes are expected in case of friction bearings acting alone (i.e. FPBs) or that in combination (i.e. SBs) with HDLRBs.

  20. Low-level laser therapy effects on pain perception related to the use of orthodontic elastomeric separators

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    Rachel D' Aurea, Furquim; Renata Correa, Pascotto; José, Rino Neto; Jefferson Rosa, Cardoso; Adilson Luiz, Ramos.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: alguns pacientes referem-se à separação ortodôntica pré-bandagem como um procedimento doloroso. Tem sido relatado que a terapia com laser de baixa intensidade (LLLT) produz um efeito analgésico local. OBJETIVO: o objetivo deste estudo simples-cego foi investigar a percepção da dor causa [...] da por elásticos ortodônticos separadores, com ou sem uma única aplicação de LLLT (6J). MÉTODOS: a amostra foi composta por 79 indivíduos com 13-34 anos de idade no início do tratamento ortodôntico. Elásticos separadores foram colocados nos molares superiores, nas proximais mesial e distal, e mantidos por três dias. Os voluntários marcaram a intensidade da dor em uma escala visual analógica (EVA) após 6 horas, 12 horas, 1 dia, 2 dias e 3 dias. Um terço dos dentes separados recebeu aplicações de laser; outro terço, aplicações placebo; e os demais foram usados como controle. As aplicações foram realizadas segundo um desenho metodológico de boca dividida. Portanto, foram comparados três grupos: laser, placebo e controle. RESULTADOS: não foram encontradas diferenças entre os grupos, em relação à percepção de dor, em nenhum dos períodos observados. CONCLUSÕES: a utilização da LLLT em dose única não causou redução significativa na dor ortodôntica. Além disso, a percepção geral da dor devida à colocação de separadores ortodônticos variou muito e foi, geralmente, leve. Abstract in english INTRODUCTION: Some patients refer to pre-banding orthodontic separation as a painful orthodontic procedure. Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) has been reported to have local analgesic effect. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this single-blind study was to investigate the perception of pain caused by orthodontic [...] elastomeric separators with and without a single LLLT application (6J). METHODS: The sample comprised 79 individuals aged between 13 and 34 years old at orthodontic treatment onset. Elastomeric separators were placed in first maxillary molars at mesial and distal surfaces and kept in place for three days. The volunteers scored pain intensity on a visual analogue scale (VAS) after 6 and 12 hours, and after the first, second and third days. One third of patients received laser applications, whereas another third received placebo applications and the remaining ones were controls. Applications were performed in a split-mouth design. Thus, three groups (laser, placebo and control) were assessed. RESULTS: No differences were found among groups considering pain perception in all periods observed. CONCLUSION: The use of a single-dose of LLLT did not cause significant reduction in orthodontic pain perception. Overall pain perception due to orthodontic separator placement varied widely and was usually mild.

  1. Elastic averaging for assembly of three-dimensional constructs from elastomeric micromolded layers

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    Vacanti, Joseph P.; Hsiao, James C.; Jeffrey T. Borenstein; Marentis, Theodore C.

    2009-01-01

    Precision engineering has been used in the macroworld and in the microscale only with rigid materials. Soft flexible materials commonly used for microfluidics and other bio-MEMS applications have not been aligned with elastic averaging. We report the use of complementary raised and recessed circular features to align polymer layers and demonstrate alignment accuracy and repeatability. The alignment is accomplished in a Petri dish with a thin layer of liquid between the two surfaces of micromo...

  2. Heat shrink ability of electron-beam-modified thermoplastic elastomeric films from blends of ethylene-vinylacetate copolymer and polyethylene

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    The heat shrink ability of electron-beam-irradiated thermoplastic elastomeric films from blends of ethylene-vinylacetate copolymer (EVA) and low-density polyethylene (LDPE) has been investigated in this paper. The effects of temperature, time and extent of stretching and shrinkage temperature and time have been reported. Based on the above data, the optimized conditions in terms of high heat shrinkage and low amnesia rating have been evaluated. Influence of radiation doses (0-500 kGy), multifunctional sensitizer levels (ditri methylol propane tetraacrylate, DTMPTA), and blend proportions on heat shrink ability has been explained with the help of gel fraction and X-ray data. With the increase in radiation dose, gel fraction increases, which in turn gives rise to low values of heat shrinkage and amnesia rating. At a constant radiation dose and blend ratio, percent heat shrinkage is found to decrease with increase in DTMPTA level. Gel content increases with the increase in EVA content of the blend at a constant radiation dose and monomer level, giving rise to decrease in heat shrink ability. Heat shrinkage increases with the increase in percent crystallinity, although the amnesia rating follows the reverse trend.

  3. Synthesis and characterizations of high permittivity ultraviolet cured soft elastomeric networks and composites applicable as dielectric electroactive polymer

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    Goswami, Kaustav

    2014-01-01

    The objective of this thesis was preparation and characterizations of high permittivity ultraviolet (UV) cured elastomeric networks and composites applicable as dielectric electroactive polymers (DEAPs). At present, none of the commercially available elastomers such as acrylics, poly (dimethyl siloxane) (PDMS) and polyurethanes are designed with the requirements specific for DEAPs. Thus there is a need to develop elastomers with low elastic modulus, low viscous and dielectric losses and high relative permittivity. Interpenetrating networks and fumed silica reinforced composites of poly (propylene oxide) (PPO) were prepared which showed marked improvements in properties compared to the acrylic elastomers. But difficulties in curing by industrial processes and handling of these elastomers posed as limitations. So the focus was on optimizing UV induced thiol-ene reactions for curing commercially available PDMS. UV curing of PDMS was successfully established which eliminated the major drawbacks of widely used platinum catalyzed addition curing of PDMS. An advanced sequential curing used to form the PDMS networks showed low elastic modulus and low viscous losses than the former-developed processes due to better control over the heterogeneity of the networks. The sequential curing approach was successfully used to incorporate conductive multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) in higher concentrations than usual without making the elastomers conductive. The PDMS-MWCNT composites also showed high relative permittivity, low elastic modulus and low viscous and dielectric losses. Thus the elastomers developed in this project show promising properties to be considered as potential DEAPs.

  4. Pulse-driven magnetostatic micro-actuator array based on ultrasoft elastomeric membranes for active surface applications

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    Streque, J.; Talbi, A.; Pernod, P.; Preobrazhensky, V.

    2012-09-01

    An array of pulse-driven magnetostatic micro-actuators with 2 mm pitch is proposed for highly deformable active surfaces. A wide range of applications can benefit from such devices, from droplet manipulation and active flow control to tactile display, for which this device was initially designed. This design ensures robustness, ease of fabrication and mass production compatibility. The device is composed of an array of 4 × 4 highly resistant elastomeric membranes achieved using microfabrication techniques. The magnetostatic actuation system is based on the interaction between a miniature coil and a SmCo micro-magnet. This mechanism was optimized by the finite-element method, leading to the introduction of different ferromagnetic circuits. Mechanical characterizations were achieved by laser interferometry. The micro-actuators can be used either in continuous mode or in pulse mode, allowing wide bandwidth, from dc to 1.5 kHz, and vibration amplitudes up to 150 ?m for instantaneous forces of 30 mN. The device has good actuation homogeneity with ±20% amplitude variations between its actuators; low crosstalk (<5%) was also demonstrated. Finally, an improved actuation design benefiting from electroplated NiFe thin films is proposed and characterized, increasing performances (forces and displacements) by 50%.

  5. NR/EPDM elastomeric rubber blend miscibility evaluation by two-level fractional factorial design of experiment

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    Razak, Jeefferie Abd; Ahmad, Sahrim Haji; Ratnam, Chantara Thevy; Mahamood, Mazlin Aida; Yaakub, Juliana; Mohamad, Noraiham

    2014-09-01

    Fractional 25 two-level factorial design of experiment (DOE) was applied to systematically prepare the NR/EPDM blend using Haake internal mixer set-up. The process model of rubber blend preparation that correlates the relationships between the mixer process input parameters and the output response of blend compatibility was developed. Model analysis of variance (ANOVA) and model fitting through curve evaluation finalized the R2 of 99.60% with proposed parametric combination of A = 30/70 NR/EPDM blend ratio; B = 70°C mixing temperature; C = 70 rpm of rotor speed; D = 5 minutes of mixing period and E = 1.30 phr EPDM-g-MAH compatibilizer addition, with overall 0.966 desirability. Model validation with small deviation at +2.09% confirmed the repeatability of the mixing strategy with valid maximum tensile strength output representing the blend miscibility. Theoretical calculation of NR/EPDM blend compatibility is also included and compared. In short, this study provides a brief insight on the utilization of DOE for experimental simplification and parameter inter-correlation studies, especially when dealing with multiple variables during elastomeric rubber blend preparation.

  6. Estudo comparativo entre as diferentes cores de ligaduras elásticas / Comparative study of different colors of molded elastomeric ligatures

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    Mariana Martins e, Martins; Álvaro de Moraes, Mendes; Marco Antônio de Oliveira, Almeida; Maria Teresa de Andrade, Goldner; Viviane Ferreira, Ramos; Sarita de Sá, Guimarães.

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: avaliar as diversas cores de ligaduras elásticas do tipo modular da marca Morelli. METODOLOGIA: estas ligaduras foram estiradas em cilindros de aço inoxidável com diâmetro aproximado de um braquete de incisivo central superior, imersas em saliva artificial a 37ºC e tiveram suas forças medi [...] das em uma máquina de ensaios de tração, antes da colocação nos estiletes (0h) e após 24 horas de imersão em saliva artificial. Os resultados foram obtidos através de um computador que opera conectado à máquina de tração e foram submetidos a testes estatísticos (ANOVA e Tuckey) com p Abstract in english AIM: the purpose of this study was to evaluate the different colors of molded elastomerics ligatures from Morelli trademark. METHODS: the ligatures were stretched over stainless dowels with a circumference approximating that of upper central incisor bracket. They were immersed in a synthetic saliva [...] bath at 37ºC and had force levels measured at initial (0h) and after 24 hours of immersion. The results were obtained from a computer connected to a traction machine and were submitted to statistical analysis (ANOVA e Tuckey) with p

  7. Experimental salivary pellicles on the surface of orthodontic materials.

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    Lee, S J; Kho, H S; Lee, S W; Yang, W S

    2001-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to define the composition of salivary pellicles that form on the surfaces of orthodontic materials and to further investigate whether qualitative differences exist between the composition of adsorbed salivary pellicles that form on 3 different orthodontic materials: stainless steel bracket metal, elastomeric ligature ring, and bracket bonding resin. Experimental pellicles were formed by incubating these materials in fresh human parotid or submandibular-sublingual saliva for 2 hours. Pellicles were extracted with sodium dodecyl sulfate buffer and lyophilized. They were then subjected to sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and immunoblotting to identify the adsorbed salivary components. Remarkable differences in the profiles of pellicle components were found, dependent on the type of orthodontic materials. The pellicle components on the bracket metal were almost the same as those found on the elastomeric ligature ring. Salivary protein adsorption patterns to bonding resin showed different features. Distinct differences were also found between the surface-binding affinities of the same salivary proteins from different glandular salivas. These results may be explained on the basis that binding sites for specific proteins on the surfaces of the materials are covered by molecules of submandibular-sublingual saliva, probably mucins. The results of this study provide valuable information concerning initial bacterial adhesion to the surfaces of orthodontic materials, as well as information that could be used in the development of orthodontic materials with enhanced surface properties. PMID:11174541

  8. Statistical study of static gasket conductance; Etude statistique de la conductance d'un joint d'etancheite statique

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    Flukiger, F

    2005-10-15

    This work is motivated by tightness technological problems associated with metallic gasket. The objective is a better understanding of leakage mechanisms, through the development of new computational tools. In this study, the aperture field between two rough surfaces in contact is described by a short correlated isotropic random Gaussian process. The system is studied as a set of independent elementary surfaces. Joint conductances are evaluated from a statistical study on those elementary surfaces. A computational code is developed using a network approach based on lubrication theory estimation of local conductances. The global conductance computation becomes analogous to an electrical problem for which the resistances are distributed on a random network. The network is built from the identification of the aperture field critical points. Maxima are linked through saddle points. Bond conductances are estimated at the aperture field saddle points. First, a purely plastic model of deformations is considered. Near percolation threshold the conductances display a power behaviour. Far from percolation threshold, numerical results are favourably compared with an effective medium approximation. Secondly, we study the impact of elastic deformations. A computational code based on Boussinesq approximation is coupled to the network approach. The results indicate a significant impact of elastic deformations on conductances. Finally, the network approach is adapted to simulate quasi-static drainage thanks to a classical invasion percolation algorithm. A good comparison between previous experiments and numerical predictions is obtained. (author)

  9. Elastomeric degradable biomaterials by photopolymerization-based CAD-CAM for vascular tissue engineering

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    A predominant portion of mortalities in industrial countries can be attributed to diseases of the cardiovascular system. In the last decades great efforts have been undertaken to develop materials for artificial vascular constructs. However, bio-inert materials like ePTFE or PET fail as material for narrow blood vessel replacements (coronary bypasses). Therefore, we aim to design new biocompatible materials to overcome this. In this paper we investigate the use of photoelastomers for artificial vascular constructs since they may be precisely structured by means of additive manufacturing technologies. Hence, 3D computer aided design and manufacturing technologies (CAD-CAM) offer the possibility of creating cellular structures within the grafts that might favour ingrowth of tissue. Different monomer formulations were screened concerning their suitability for this application but all had drawbacks, especially concerning the suture tear resistance. Therefore, we chose to modify the original network architecture by including dithiol chain transfer agents which effectively co-react with the acrylates and reduce crosslink density. A commercial urethane diacrylate was chosen as base monomer. In combination with reactive diluents and dithiols, the properties of the photopolymers could be tailored and degradability could be introduced. The optimized photoelastomers were in good mechanical accordance with native blood vessels, showed good biocompatibility in in vitro tests, degraded similar to poly(lactic acid) and were successfully manufactured with the 3D CAD-CAM technology.

  10. Simulation of Payne effect of elastomeric isolators with a harmonic balance method

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    Jaumouillé, Vincent; Sinou, Jean-Jacques; Petitjean, Benoît

    2012-01-01

    In the presented work, a non linear effect of rubber referred as Fletcher-Gent effect or Payne effect is investigated. It leads to a change in the rubber dynamic modulus with vibration amplitudes and, consequently, modifies resonance frequencies of mechanical systems including non linear elastomers. In this study a new methodology is developed to take into account Payne effect in a linear viscoelastic rubber material. Small vibration amplitudes around a no-preloaded state are predicted by con...

  11. Photo-crosslinked fabrication of novel biocompatible and elastomeric star-shaped inositol-based polymer with highly tunable mechanical behavior and degradation.

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    Xie, Meihua; Ge, Juan; Xue, Yumeng; Du, Yuzhang; Lei, Bo; Ma, Peter X

    2015-11-01

    Biodegradable and star-shaped polymers with highly tunable structure and properties have attracted much attention in recent years for potential biomedical applications, due to their special structure. Here, inositol-based star-shaped poly-L-lactide-poly(ethylene glycol) (INO-PLLA-PEG) biomedical polymer implants were for the first time synthesized by a facile photo-crosslinking method. This biomaterials show controlled elastomeric mechanical properties (~18 MPa in tensile strength, ~200 MPa in modulus, ~200% in elongation), biodegradability and osteoblasts biocompatibility. These results make INO-PLLA-PEG implants highly promising for bone tissue regeneration and drug delivery applications. PMID:26253207

  12. Self-standing elastomeric composites based on lithium ferrites and their dielectric behavior

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    Lithium ferrite (LiFe5O8) is an attractive material for technological applications due to its physical properties, which are significantly dependent on the preparation method and raw materials. In this work, LiFe5O8 crystallites were obtained by controlled heat-treatment process at 1100?°C, of a homogeneous mixture of Li2O-Fe2O3 powders, prepared by wet ball-milling and using lithium and iron nitrates as raw materials. The main goal was the preparation of a flexible and self-standing tick composite film by embedding lithium ferrite particles in a polymeric matrix, taking advantage of the good mechanical properties of the polymer and of the electrical and dielectric properties of the ferrite. The selected polymer matrix was styrene-b-isoprene-b-styrene copolymer. To prepare the composites, the lithium ferrite particles were chemically modified in order to functionalize their surface. To analyse the influence of the particles surface modification, different composites were made, with modified and unmodified particles. The structure of the obtained composites was studied by FTIR, XRD, TGA, and DSC techniques. The dielectric properties were analysed, in the frequency range between 10?Hz and 1?MHz and in function of temperature in the range between ?73?°C and 127?°C. These properties were related with the structure and concentration of the particles in the matrix network. The composites with the modified particles present higher dielectric constant, maintaining values of loss tangent sufficiently low (<10?2) that can be considered interesting for technological applications

  13. Self-standing elastomeric composites based on lithium ferrites and their dielectric behavior

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    Soreto Teixeira, S.; Graça, M. P. F.; Costa, L. C. [I3N and Physics Department, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Dionisio, M. [REQUIMTE, Departamento de Química, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 2829-516 Caparica (Portugal); Ilcíkova, M.; Mosnacek, J.; Spitalsky, Z. [Polymer Institute, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dúbravská cesta 9, Bratislava (Slovakia); Krupa, I. [Polymer Institute, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dúbravská cesta 9, Bratislava (Slovakia); Center for Advanced Materials, Qatar University, P.O. Box 2713, Doha (Qatar)

    2014-12-14

    Lithium ferrite (LiFe{sub 5}O{sub 8}) is an attractive material for technological applications due to its physical properties, which are significantly dependent on the preparation method and raw materials. In this work, LiFe{sub 5}O{sub 8} crystallites were obtained by controlled heat-treatment process at 1100?°C, of a homogeneous mixture of Li{sub 2}O-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} powders, prepared by wet ball-milling and using lithium and iron nitrates as raw materials. The main goal was the preparation of a flexible and self-standing tick composite film by embedding lithium ferrite particles in a polymeric matrix, taking advantage of the good mechanical properties of the polymer and of the electrical and dielectric properties of the ferrite. The selected polymer matrix was styrene-b-isoprene-b-styrene copolymer. To prepare the composites, the lithium ferrite particles were chemically modified in order to functionalize their surface. To analyse the influence of the particles surface modification, different composites were made, with modified and unmodified particles. The structure of the obtained composites was studied by FTIR, XRD, TGA, and DSC techniques. The dielectric properties were analysed, in the frequency range between 10?Hz and 1?MHz and in function of temperature in the range between ?73?°C and 127?°C. These properties were related with the structure and concentration of the particles in the matrix network. The composites with the modified particles present higher dielectric constant, maintaining values of loss tangent sufficiently low (<10{sup ?2}) that can be considered interesting for technological applications.

  14. Rapid identification of additives in poly(vinyl chloride) lid gaskets by direct analysis in real time ionisation and single-quadrupole mass spectrometry.

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    Rothenbacher, Thorsten; Schwack, Wolfgang

    2010-01-01

    Gaskets for lids of glass jars usually consist of poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) containing plasticisers and additional additives, which may migrate into packed foodstuffs. To conform to legal regulations, any such migration has to be determined analytically, which is a big challenge due to the huge chemical variety of additives in use. Therefore, a rapid screening method by means of direct analysis in real time mass spectrometry (DART-MS), using a single-quadrupole mass spectrometer, was developed. On introducing a plastisol sample into the DART interface, protonated molecules and ammonium adducts were obtained as the typical ionisation products of any additives present, and cleavages of ester bonds as typical fragmentation processes. Generally, additives present in the 1% range could be directly and easily identified if ion suppressive effects deriving from specific molecules did not occur. These effects could be avoided by analysing toluene extracts of plastisol samples, and this also improved the sensitivity. Using this method, it was possible to identify phthalates, fatty acid amides, tributyl O-acetylcitrate, dibutyl sebacate, bis(2-ethylhexyl) adipate, 1,2-diisononyl 1,2-cyclohexanedicarboxylate, and even more complex additives like acetylated mono- and diacylglycerides, epoxidised soybean oil, and polyadipates, with a limit of detection of PVC plastisols. Only in the case of epoxidised linseed oil were levels of > or = 5% required for identification. The detection of azodicarbonamide, used as a foaming agent within the manufacturing process, was possible in principle, but was not highly reproducible due to the very low concentrations in plastisols. PMID:19957297

  15. Analgesia invasiva domiciliaria en el manejo del dolor postoperatorio en cirugía mayor ambulatoria mediante bombas elastoméricas intravenosas / Home invasive analgesia in the management of postoperative pain alter outpatient major surgery using intravenous elastomeric pumps

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    R., Rodríguez de la Torre; E., Medina Madrid; M. L., Dávila Arias; A., Pérez García; A., Torres López; E., Cuéllar Obispo.

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: el dolor postoperatorio moderado-severo sigue siendo un problema en cirugía ambulatoria, ya que provoca problemas de flujo de pacientes, retrasando el alta de los pacientes, siendo uno de los principales motivos de reingreso en los hospitales, y por tanto un importante indicador de cal [...] idad de estas Unidades. El empleo de técnicas analgésicas invasivas domiciliarias, en todos sus regímenes, puede controlar el dolor postoperatorio en estas intervenciones y permitir incluirlas en los programas de cirugía ambulatoria. Objetivos: el objetivo de nuestro estudio es valorar la viabilidad y la seguridad de la utilización de bombas de perfusión continua elastoméricas para la administración de analgesia endovenosa continua domiciliaria, a la vez que valorar la eficacia analgésica y el grado de satisfacción de los pacientes intervenidos en régimen ambulatorio. Material y métodos: estudio retrospectivo de 463 pacientes. Una vez intervenidos bajo estrategia de analgesia multimodal, se les coloca dos tipos diferentes de bombas elastoméricas endovenosas (elastómero de dexketoprofeno o de metamizol). La intensidad del dolor, para evaluar la necesidad de analgesia de rescate, se cuantifica con la escala visual analógica o con la escala verbal simple. En el domicilio (24 horas tras la cirugía), la Unidad de Atención Domiciliaria revisa los efectos secundarios, alteraciones del sueño, intensidad del dolor, necesidad de analgesia de rescate y grado de satisfacción. Resultados: un 69% de los pacientes presentaron dolor de carácter leve o ausencia de dolor tras la intervención y únicamente 16 de los 463 pacientes presentaron dolor de carácter severo. El 27% de los pacientes necesitaron analgesia de rescate y un 9% de los pacientes presentaron efectos secundarios atribuibles a los fármacos analgésicos (4% vómitos, 2% mareos, 2,5% somnolencia y 0,5% insomnio). Ningún paciente tuvo que ser reingresado después del alta. Un 83% de los pacientes mostró un alto grado de satisfacción, un 16% de los pacientes satisfacción moderada y un 0,2% poca satisfacción. Conclusión: nuestro estudio demuestra la viabilidad y seguridad de la utilización de infusores elastoméricos endovenosos como método de analgesia postoperatoria, que permiten controlar los casos de dolor moderado a severo en procedimientos aplicados a la cirugía ambulatoria. Sin embargo se necesitan más estudios comparativos con técnicas analgésicas convencionales, así como con diferentes regímenes de infusión. Abstract in english Introduction: moderate to severe postoperative pain is still a problem in outpatient surgery, since it causes patient flow problems and delays the discharge of patients, being one of the major causes of re-hospitalization and hence a relevant quality indicator of these Units. The use of home invasiv [...] e analgesic techniques, in all their regimes, can be effective for the management of postoperative pain in these surgical procedures and allow them to be included in outpatient surgery programs. Objectives: the aim of our study was to determine the feasibility and safety of the use of elastomeric continuous perfusion pumps for the administration of home continuous endovenous analgesia, as well as to assess analgesic effectiveness and degree of satisfaction of patients undergoing outpatient surgerys. Material and methods: we conducted a simple retrospective study in 463 patients. After the surgical procedure was performed under multimodal analgesia, two differents elastomeric endovenous pumps (dexketoprofeno pump or metamizol pump) were used. Pain intensity by means of a visual analog scale and a plain oral scale, the need for supplemental analgesics. At home (24 hours after the surgical operation), the Home Care Unit checked side effects, sleep disorders, pain intensity, need of rescue analgesia and degree of satisfaction. Results: 69% of the patients report absence or slight pain 24 h after the surgical operation, just 16 out of 463 patients of the study had severe pain. The 27% of pa

  16. Remifentalino intravenoso mediante infusor elastomerico frente a meperidina intramuscular: Estudio comparativo en analgesia obstetrica / Intravenous remifentanil delivered through an elastomeric device versus intramuscular meperidine comparative study for obstetric analgesia

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    E., Calderón; E., Martínez; M. D., Román; A., Pernio; R., García-Hernández; L.M, Torres.

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available Objetivos: Evaluar la eficacia y seguridad de remifentanilo administrado mediante infusor elastomérico con PCA iv en analgesia obstétrica comparado con meperidina intramuscular en parturientas con contraindicación para analgesia epidural. Material y Método: Se seleccionaron aletoriamente 24 parturie [...] ntas, se asoció infusor elastomérico Baxter® con 250 ml de suero fisiológico con 2,5 mg de remifentanilo y un ritmo de 12 ml·h ¹, lo que supone una infusión media de 0,025 ?g·kg-1·min-1 de remifentanilo, permitiendo la administración de bolos de 5 ml con un tiempo de cierre de 30 minutos (Grupo R) o 1 mg·kg¹ de meperidina y 2,5 mg de haloperidol (Grupo M) vía intramuscular cada 4 h. Valoramos la intensidad del dolor cada 30 min mediante una escala analógica visual (EVA), tiempo de infusión, bolos administrados, el nivel de sedación mediante escala del estado de alerta y sedación evaluada por el observador (OAA/S), efectos adversos y el test de Apgar del recién nacido al minuto y a los 5 min. Resultados: No hubo diferencias en los datos antropométricos de ambos grupos. La duración media de la infusión en el grupo R fue de 280 ± 55 min y las necesidades de bolos de rescate de 1,2 ± 1,5. La dosis media de meperidina intramuscular en el grupo M fue de 120 ± 25 mg. La intensidad del dolor durante el parto fue significativamente menor en el grupo R durante todo el periodo de dilatación y expulsivo (p Abstract in english Objectives: To evaluate the effectiveness and security of remifentanil administered by means of elastomeric infusor with PCA IV compared obstetrical analgesia with intramuscular meperidine in obstetric patients with contraindication for epidural analgesia, Material and Method: 24 patients were rando [...] mized, an elastomeric infusor Baxter® with a capacity of 250 ml was filled with 2.5 mg of remifentanil and a 12 mililiter·h-1, was satarted, (average infusion of 0.025·kg-1·min-1 of remifentanil, and boluses of 5 ml with a time of closing of 30 minutes (Group R) or 1 mg/kg-1 of meperidine and 2.5 mg of haloperidol (Group M) every 4 h by IM route. We valued the intensity of pain each 30 min by means of a visual analogical scale (EVA), time of infusion, boluses administered, level of sedatión by means of scale of the alert status and sedatión evaluated by observer (OAA/S), adverse effects and the Apgar test of new born to 1 and 5 min. Results: There were no differences in the anthropometric data of both groups. The average duration of the infusion in group R was of 280 ± 55 min and the necessities of boluses of 1.2 rescue of ± 1,5. The average dose of intramuscular meperidine in group M was of 120 ± 25 mg. The intensity of the pain during the childbirth was significantly smaller in group R (p

  17. Analgesia invasiva domiciliaria en el manejo del dolor postoperatorio en cirugía mayor ambulatoria mediante bombas elastoméricas intravenosas Home invasive analgesia in the management of postoperative pain alter outpatient major surgery using intravenous elastomeric pumps

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    R. Rodríguez de la Torre

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: el dolor postoperatorio moderado-severo sigue siendo un problema en cirugía ambulatoria, ya que provoca problemas de flujo de pacientes, retrasando el alta de los pacientes, siendo uno de los principales motivos de reingreso en los hospitales, y por tanto un importante indicador de calidad de estas Unidades. El empleo de técnicas analgésicas invasivas domiciliarias, en todos sus regímenes, puede controlar el dolor postoperatorio en estas intervenciones y permitir incluirlas en los programas de cirugía ambulatoria. Objetivos: el objetivo de nuestro estudio es valorar la viabilidad y la seguridad de la utilización de bombas de perfusión continua elastoméricas para la administración de analgesia endovenosa continua domiciliaria, a la vez que valorar la eficacia analgésica y el grado de satisfacción de los pacientes intervenidos en régimen ambulatorio. Material y métodos: estudio retrospectivo de 463 pacientes. Una vez intervenidos bajo estrategia de analgesia multimodal, se les coloca dos tipos diferentes de bombas elastoméricas endovenosas (elastómero de dexketoprofeno o de metamizol. La intensidad del dolor, para evaluar la necesidad de analgesia de rescate, se cuantifica con la escala visual analógica o con la escala verbal simple. En el domicilio (24 horas tras la cirugía, la Unidad de Atención Domiciliaria revisa los efectos secundarios, alteraciones del sueño, intensidad del dolor, necesidad de analgesia de rescate y grado de satisfacción. Resultados: un 69% de los pacientes presentaron dolor de carácter leve o ausencia de dolor tras la intervención y únicamente 16 de los 463 pacientes presentaron dolor de carácter severo. El 27% de los pacientes necesitaron analgesia de rescate y un 9% de los pacientes presentaron efectos secundarios atribuibles a los fármacos analgésicos (4% vómitos, 2% mareos, 2,5% somnolencia y 0,5% insomnio. Ningún paciente tuvo que ser reingresado después del alta. Un 83% de los pacientes mostró un alto grado de satisfacción, un 16% de los pacientes satisfacción moderada y un 0,2% poca satisfacción. Conclusión: nuestro estudio demuestra la viabilidad y seguridad de la utilización de infusores elastoméricos endovenosos como método de analgesia postoperatoria, que permiten controlar los casos de dolor moderado a severo en procedimientos aplicados a la cirugía ambulatoria. Sin embargo se necesitan más estudios comparativos con técnicas analgésicas convencionales, así como con diferentes regímenes de infusión.Introduction: moderate to severe postoperative pain is still a problem in outpatient surgery, since it causes patient flow problems and delays the discharge of patients, being one of the major causes of re-hospitalization and hence a relevant quality indicator of these Units. The use of home invasive analgesic techniques, in all their regimes, can be effective for the management of postoperative pain in these surgical procedures and allow them to be included in outpatient surgery programs. Objectives: the aim of our study was to determine the feasibility and safety of the use of elastomeric continuous perfusion pumps for the administration of home continuous endovenous analgesia, as well as to assess analgesic effectiveness and degree of satisfaction of patients undergoing outpatient surgerys. Material and methods: we conducted a simple retrospective study in 463 patients. After the surgical procedure was performed under multimodal analgesia, two differents elastomeric endovenous pumps (dexketoprofeno pump or metamizol pump were used. Pain intensity by means of a visual analog scale and a plain oral scale, the need for supplemental analgesics. At home (24 hours after the surgical operation, the Home Care Unit checked side effects, sleep disorders, pain intensity, need of rescue analgesia and degree of satisfaction. Results: 69% of the patients report absence or slight pain 24 h after the surgical operation, just 16 out of 463 patients of the study had severe pain. The 27% of patients required rescue therapy and the 9

  18. Rumen metabolism and absorption of a 14C-labelled elastomeric copolymer and its value as a roughage substitute for cattle

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    Several synthetic elastomeric and plastomeric polymers were tested for suitability as artificial roughages. They were fed to rumenfistulated cattle fed grain only. Several of the polymers were regurgitated, remasticated and reswallowed, and they formed thin strands of intermeshed fiber that produced a large, loosely woven hay-like mass that floated on the rumen contents. An elastomeric polymer consisting of copolymers of 80 to 90% ethylene and 10 to 20% propylene, with a tensile strength at yield of 45.7 kg/cm2, a hardness of 30 units (Shore D hardness scale) and a tensile strength at 300% elongation of 51.0 kg/cm2, was selected for further testing. The copolymer was fed at about 90 g/head daily for 127 days to cattle fed grain only. At slaughter, rumens contained an average of 8.0 kg copolymer (dry basis). Cattle fed the copolymer had healthier rumen papillae and epithelia of the abomasum and small intestines than did control animals fed grain only. Using 14C-labeled copolymer, we found that the copolymer was not degraded by rumen microorganisms or acid-pepsin solution. When 14C-labeled copolymer was fed to milking cows, no 14C activity was found in milk, blood or urine. Upon slaughter, about 100% of the 14C activity was recovered from digesta and feces. We concluded that the copolymer was not absorbed from the digestive tract

  19. Rumen metabolism and absorption of a /sup 14/C-labelled elastomeric copolymer and its value as a roughage substitute for cattle

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    Bartley, E.E.; Meyer, R.M.; Call, E.P.

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    Several synthetic elastomeric and plastomeric polymers were tested for suitability as artificial roughages. They were fed to rumenfistulated cattle fed grain only. Several of the polymers were regurgitated, remasticated and reswallowed, and they formed thin strands of intermeshed fiber that produced a large, loosely woven hay-like mass that floated on the rumen contents. An elastomeric polymer consisting of copolymers of 80 to 90% ethylene and 10 to 20% propylene, with a tensile strength at yield of 45.7 kg/cm2, a hardness of 30 units (Shore D hardness scale) and a tensile strength at 300% elongation of 51.0 kg/cm2, was selected for further testing. The copolymer was fed at about 90 g/head daily for 127 days to cattle fed grain only. At slaughter, rumens contained an average of 8.0 kg copolymer (dry basis). Cattle fed the copolymer had healthier rumen papillae and epithelia of the abomasum and small intestines than did control animals fed grain only. Using /sup 14/C-labeled copolymer, we found that the copolymer was not degraded by rumen microorganisms or acid-pepsin solution. When /sup 14/C-labeled copolymer was fed to milking cows, no /sup 14/C activity was found in milk, blood or urine. Upon slaughter, about 100% of the /sup 14/C activity was recovered from digesta and feces. We concluded that the copolymer was not absorbed from the digestive tract.

  20. High friction on ice provided by elastomeric fiber composites with textured surfaces

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    Rizvi, R.; Naguib, H.; Fernie, G.; Dutta, T.

    2015-03-01

    Two main applications requiring high friction on ice are automobile tires and footwear. The main motivation behind the use of soft rubbers in these applications is the relatively high friction force generated between a smooth rubber contacting smooth ice. Unfortunately, the friction force between rubber and ice is very low at temperatures near the melting point of ice and as a result we still experience automobile accidents and pedestrian slips and falls in the winter. Here, we report on a class of compliant fiber-composite materials with textured surfaces that provide outstanding coefficients of friction on wet ice. The fibrous composites consist of a hard glass-fiber phase reinforcing a compliant thermoplastic polyurethane matrix. The glass-fiber phase is textured such that it is aligned transversally and protruding out of the elastomer surface. Our analysis indicates that the exposed fiber phase exhibits a "micro-cleat" effect, allowing for it to fracture the ice and increase the interfacial contact area thereby requiring a high force to shear the interface.

  1. Production of centimeter-scale gradient patterns by graded elastomeric tip array.

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    Wu, Jin; Miao, Jianmin

    2015-04-01

    Large-area patterned surfaces with chemical and/or morphological gradients have significant applications in biology, chemistry, and materials science. In this work, we developed a unique lithographic strategy to fabricate 2D and 3D gradient patterns with gradually varying feature size or height over centimeter-scale areas by utilizing a large-area polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) tip array with programmable tip apex as a conformal photomask in near-field photolithography. Meanwhile, a new strategy was developed to create the PDMS tip array with graded apex size, which was employed to fabricate gradient patterns with the lateral feature sizes changing from sub-100 nm to several microns on one single substrate over macroscopic (square centimeter) areas. Furthermore, 3D gradient patterns with spatially varying feature height were enabled by employing gradient exposure dose. The formation of gradient feature size was ascribed either to gradient contact areas between tips and substrates or to exposure dose gradient. This lithography strategy combines the advantages of a wide range of feature sizes, simplicity, high-throughput, low-cost and diversified feature shapes, making it a facile and flexible approach to manufacture various functional gradient structures. PMID:25763938

  2. Estudo comparativo entre as diferentes cores de ligaduras elásticas Comparative study of different colors of molded elastomeric ligatures

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    Mariana Martins e Martins

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: avaliar as diversas cores de ligaduras elásticas do tipo modular da marca Morelli. METODOLOGIA: estas ligaduras foram estiradas em cilindros de aço inoxidável com diâmetro aproximado de um braquete de incisivo central superior, imersas em saliva artificial a 37ºC e tiveram suas forças medidas em uma máquina de ensaios de tração, antes da colocação nos estiletes (0h e após 24 horas de imersão em saliva artificial. Os resultados foram obtidos através de um computador que opera conectado à máquina de tração e foram submetidos a testes estatísticos (ANOVA e Tuckey com pAIM: the purpose of this study was to evaluate the different colors of molded elastomerics ligatures from Morelli trademark. METHODS: the ligatures were stretched over stainless dowels with a circumference approximating that of upper central incisor bracket. They were immersed in a synthetic saliva bath at 37ºC and had force levels measured at initial (0h and after 24 hours of immersion. The results were obtained from a computer connected to a traction machine and were submitted to statistical analysis (ANOVA e Tuckey with p<0.05. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: the medium values were md=0.3792KgF for 0h and md=0.1286KgF for 24h and the percentage of force decay were 66.07% ± 2.31%. The results revealed statically differences between forces delivered in 0h and 24h. At 0h, there were differences statistically significance between some colors of ligatures before the action of the time and the immersion in artificial saliva bath, with higher values for the pearl (md=0.4024KgF and minors values for the slight green (md=0.3511KgF. At 24h, it was also find differences statistically significances between some colors, but the distribution was different than the observed at 0h. The slight green, red, yellow and white colors had the minor percentage of force decay, in which slight green showed the best behavior (62.60%. However, the pearl, silver and gray had the highest percentage of force decay, with pearl showing the worst behavior (69.23%.

  3. Controlling cell-material interactions with polymer nanocomposites by use of surface modifying additives

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    Poole-Warren, L. A.; Farrugia, B.; Fong, N.; Hume, E.; Simmons, A.

    2008-11-01

    Polymer nanocomposites (NC) are fabricated by incorporating well dispersed nanoscale particles within a polymer matrix. This study focuses on elastomeric polyurethane (PU) based nanocomposites, containing organically modified silicates (OMS), as bioactive materials. Nanocomposites incorporating chlorhexidine diacetate as an organic modifier (OM) were demonstrated to be antibacterial with a dose dependence related to both the silicate loading and the loading of OM. When the non-antibacterial OM dodecylamine was used, both cell and platelet adhesion were decreased on the nanocomposite surface. These results suggest that OM is released from the polymer and can impact on cell behaviour at the interface. Nanocomposites have potential use as bioactive materials in a range of biomedical applications.

  4. Morphology and viscoelastic properties of sealing materials based on EPDM rubber.

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    Mili?, J; Aroguz, A; Budinski-Simendi?, J; Radicevi?, R; Prendzov, S

    2008-12-01

    In this applicative study, the ratio of active and inactive filler loadings was the prime factor for determining the dynamic-mechanical behaviour of ethylene-propylene-diene monomer rubbers. Scanning electron microscopy was used to study the structure of reinforced dense and microcellular elastomeric materials. The effects of filler and blowing agent content on the morphology of composites were investigated. Microcellular samples cured in salt bath show smaller cells and uniform cell size compared with samples cured in hot air. Dynamic-mechanical thermal analysis showed appreciable changes in the viscoelastic properties by increasing active filler content, which could enable tailoring the material properties to suit sealing applications. PMID:19094042

  5. Advanced process control and novel test methods for PVD silicon and elastomeric silicone coatings utilized on ion implant disks, heatsinks and selected platens

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    Springer, J.; Allen, B.; Wriggins, W.; Kuzbyt, R.; Sinclair, R.

    2012-11-01

    Coatings play multiple key roles in the proper functioning of mature and current ion implanters. Batch and serial implanters require strategic control of elemental and particulate contamination which often includes scrutiny of the silicon surface coatings encountering direct beam contact. Elastomeric Silicone Coatings must accommodate wafer loading and unloading as well as direct backside contact during implant plus must maintain rigid elemental and particulate specifications. The semiconductor industry has had a significant and continuous effort to obtain ultra-pure silicon coatings with sustained process performance and long life. Low particles and reduced elemental levels for silicon coatings are a major requirement for process engineers, OEM manufacturers, and second source suppliers. Relevant data will be presented. Some emphasis and detail will be placed on the structure and characteristics of a relatively new PVD Silicon Coating process that is very dense and homogeneous. Wear rate under typical ion beam test conditions will be discussed. The PVD Silicon Coating that will be presented here is used on disk shields, wafer handling fingers/fences, exclusion zones of heat sinks, beam dumps and other beamline components. Older, legacy implanters can now provide extended process capability using this new generation PVD silicon - even on implanter systems that were shipped long before the advent of silicon coating for contamination control. Low particles and reduced elemental levels are critical performance criteria for the silicone elastomers used on disk heatsinks and serial implanter platens. Novel evaluation techniques and custom engineered tools are used to investigate the surface interaction characteristics of multiple Elastomeric Silicone Coatings currently in use by the industry - specifically, friction and perpendicular stiction. These parameters are presented as methods to investigate the critical wafer load and unload function. Unique tools and test methods have been developed that deliver accurate and repeatable data, which will be described.

  6. Advanced process control and novel test methods for PVD silicon and elastomeric silicone coatings utilized on ion implant disks, heatsinks and selected platens

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    Coatings play multiple key roles in the proper functioning of mature and current ion implanters. Batch and serial implanters require strategic control of elemental and particulate contamination which often includes scrutiny of the silicon surface coatings encountering direct beam contact. Elastomeric Silicone Coatings must accommodate wafer loading and unloading as well as direct backside contact during implant plus must maintain rigid elemental and particulate specifications. The semiconductor industry has had a significant and continuous effort to obtain ultra-pure silicon coatings with sustained process performance and long life. Low particles and reduced elemental levels for silicon coatings are a major requirement for process engineers, OEM manufacturers, and second source suppliers. Relevant data will be presented. Some emphasis and detail will be placed on the structure and characteristics of a relatively new PVD Silicon Coating process that is very dense and homogeneous. Wear rate under typical ion beam test conditions will be discussed. The PVD Silicon Coating that will be presented here is used on disk shields, wafer handling fingers/fences, exclusion zones of heat sinks, beam dumps and other beamline components. Older, legacy implanters can now provide extended process capability using this new generation PVD silicon – even on implanter systems that were shipped long before the advent of silicon coating for contamination control. Low particles and reduced elemental levels are critical performance criteria for the silicone elastomers used on disk heatsinks and serial implanter platens. Novel evaluation techniques and custom engineered tools are used to investigate the surface interaction characteristics of multiple Elastomeric Silicone Coatings currently in use by the industry – specifically, friction and perpendicular stiction. These parameters are presented as methods to investigate the critical wafer load and unload function. Unique tools and test methods have been developed that deliver accurate and repeatable data, which will be described.

  7. Type B plutonium transport package development that uses metallic filaments and composite materials

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    A new package was developed for transporting Pu and U quantities that are currently carried in DOT-6M packages. It uses double containment with threaded closures and elastomeric seals. A composite overpack of metallic wire mesh and ceramic or quartz cloth insulation is provided for protection in accidents. Two prototypes were subjected to dynamic crush tests. A thermal computer model was developed and benchmarked by test results to predict package behavior in fires. The material performed isotropically in a global fashion. A Type B Pu transport package can be developed for DOE Pu shipments for less than $5000 if manufactured in quantity. 5 figs, 6 refs

  8. The influence of filler on the properties of elastomeric materials based on poly(ethylene-co-propylene-co-2-ehylidene-5-norbornene rubber

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    Budinski-Simendi? Jaroslava

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Crosslinked samples based on poly(ethylene-co-propylene-co-2-ehylidene5-norbornene EPDM rubber, carbon black as active filler and natural chalk as inactive filler were cured with sulphur. The content of carbon black was varied from 100 to 200 pph. The content of chalk was varied from 0 to 100 pph. The content of paraffin oil was also varied in some samples. The compounds were prepared by mixing ingredients on a laboratory two-roll mill. Vulcanizates were prepared by curing at 180°C. Various methods were used for the physical and mechanical characterizations. The dynamic mechanical properties of the elastomers were measured in the temperature range from -120 to 80°C.

  9. The influence of filler on the properties of elastomeric materials based on poly(ethylene-co-propylene-co-2-ehylidene-5-norbornene) rubber

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    Budinski-Simendi? Jaroslava; Milic Jelena; Cvetkovi? Ivana; Radi?evi? Radmila; Korugi?-Karasz Ljiljana; Vukov Miodrag; Mirkovi? Desa

    2006-01-01

    Crosslinked samples based on poly(ethylene-co-propylene-co-2-ehylidene5-norbornene) EPDM rubber, carbon black as active filler and natural chalk as inactive filler were cured with sulphur. The content of carbon black was varied from 100 to 200 pph. The content of chalk was varied from 0 to 100 pph. The content of paraffin oil was also varied in some samples. The compounds were prepared by mixing ingredients on a laboratory two-roll mill. Vulcanizates were prepared by curing at 180°C. Various ...

  10. Ultra-high-precision alignment of the elastomerically mounted elements of the science camera lenses for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover

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    Cameras built for space exploration are required to meet stringent environmental conditions, such as thermal and dynamic loads for both the optics (camera lens) and imaging electronics. On a multitude of spaceborne imaging instruments, optical elements are supported in their mounts via an elastomeric bonding approach using a room temperature vulcanizing silicone as the bonding agent. Employing this integration method, we achieved element-to-element alignment, measured as the total indicated runout, using a high-precision contact probe to be on the order of half a wavelength of He-Ne laser light, or 0.3 ?m, on the Malin Space Science Systems lenses for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) cameras. This is a higher precision than the current industry state-of-the-art, and it was achieved for the very challenging small diameter lens elements. This paper describes the design philosophy, implementation, and integration method that resulted in achieving this level of precision for interelement alignment. The results are based on actual measurements that were made during the process of building the MSL rover's science camera lenses, namely Mastcams, the Mars Hand Lens Imager, and the Mars Descent Imager. The optical designs of these cameras lenses are described in detail in [Opt. Eng.48, 103002 (2009)10.1117/1.3251343], while further information on the four science cameras can be found at http://www.msss.com.

  11. Ultra-high-precision alignment of the elastomerically mounted elements of the science camera lenses for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover.

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    Ghaemi, F Tony

    2011-09-10

    Cameras built for space exploration are required to meet stringent environmental conditions, such as thermal and dynamic loads for both the optics (camera lens) and imaging electronics. On a multitude of spaceborne imaging instruments, optical elements are supported in their mounts via an elastomeric bonding approach using a room temperature vulcanizing silicone as the bonding agent. Employing this integration method, we achieved element-to-element alignment, measured as the total indicated runout, using a high-precision contact probe to be on the order of half a wavelength of He-Ne laser light, or 0.3??m, on the Malin Space Science Systems lenses for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) cameras. This is a higher precision than the current industry state-of-the-art, and it was achieved for the very challenging small diameter lens elements. This paper describes the design philosophy, implementation, and integration method that resulted in achieving this level of precision for interelement alignment. The results are based on actual measurements that were made during the process of building the MSL rover's science camera lenses, namely Mastcams, the Mars Hand Lens Imager, and the Mars Descent Imager. The optical designs of these cameras lenses are described in detail in [Opt. Eng.48, 103002 (2009)], while further information on the four science cameras can be found at http://www.msss.com. PMID:21946992

  12. Comparison of Simulated Workplace Protection Factors Offered by N95 and P100 Filtering Facepiece and Elastomeric Half-Mask Respirators against Particles of 10 to 400 nm

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    He, Xinjian; Vo, Evanly; Horvatin, M; Liu, Y; Bergman, M; Zhuang, Z

    2015-01-01

    This study compared the simulated workplace protection factors (SWPFs) between NIOSH-approved N95 respirators and P100 respirators, including two models of filtering facepiece respirator (FFR) and two models of elastomeric half-mask respirator (EHR), against sodium chloride particles (NaCl) in a range of 10 to 400 nm. Twenty-five human test subjects performed modified OSHA fit test exercises in a controlled laboratory environment with the N95 respirators (two FFR models and two EHR models) and the P100 respirators (two FFRs and two EHRs). Two Scanning Mobility Particle Sizers (SMPS) were used to measure aerosol concentrations (in the 10–400 nm size range) inside (Cin) and outside (Cout) of the respirator, simultaneously. SWPF was calculated as the ratio of Cout to Cin. The SWPF values obtained from the N95 respirators were then compared to those of the P100 respirators. SWPFs were found to be significantly different (P 10. In contrast, the P100 class was able to generate 5th percentiles SWPFs > 100. No significant difference was found in the SWPFs when tested against nano-size (10 to 100 nm) and large-size (100 to 400 nm) particles. Overall, the findings suggest that the two FFRs and two EHRs with P100 class filters provide better performance than those with N95 filters against particles from 10 to 400 nm, supporting current OSHA and NIOSH recommendations. PMID:26273701

  13. Life cycle management of radioactive materials packaging

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    The objective of life cycle management of radioactive materials packaging is to ensure the safety functions (i.e. containment of radioactivity, protection against radiation, and criticality safety for fissile contents) during the entire life cycle of the packaging in storage, transportation and disposal. A framework has been developed for life cycle management regarding type B radioactive and fissile materials packaging, drawing upon current US Department of Energy (DOE) storage standards and examples from interim storage of Pu bearing materials in model 9975 transportation packagings. Key issues highlighted during long term storage of Pu bearing materials included gas generation and stability of PuO2+x; other operation safety issues highlighted for interim storage of model 9975 transportation packagings included the need to consider a facility design basis fire event and the long term behaviour of packaging components such as Celotex and elastomeric O-ring seals. The principles of aging management are described, and the key attributes and examples of effective aging management programmes are provided based on the guidance documents for license renewal of nuclear power plants. The Packaging Certification Program of DOE Environmental Management, Office of Safety Management and Operations, plans to expand its mission into packaging certification for storage and aging management, as well as application of advanced technology, such as radiofrequency identification, for life cycle management of radioactive materials packagings.

  14. Thermal conductivity coefficient of materials for superconducting magnet system of the T-15 device

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    The results are presented of eXperimental determination of thermal conductivity of some materials used in one of the versions of the T-15 toroidal magnetic field superconducting coil. The material of the coil body (Kh18N10T stainless steel), electric insulating gaskets of fiberglass laminate, electric insulating material (several layers of varnished cloth impregnated with binding compound used as interturn electic insulation) and separate parts of the cuurrent-carrying busy As regards the bus, the data are obtained on the thermal conductivity coefficient for the coolant pipe (M2 copper), bus body material (electrolytical copper), superconducting cable of nine NT-50 wires with copper coating and for the bus cross section. The thermal conductivity coefficient measurements are carried out on experimental installations using the stationary method of axial heat flux in the 4-300 K temperature range. The measurement error does not exceed 6%

  15. Outgassing tests on materials used in the DIII-D magnetic fusion tokamak

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    In order to achieve high performance plasma discharges in the DIII-D magnetic fusion tokamak, impurity levels must be carefully controlled. Since first wall materials can desorb volatile impurities during these discharges, it is important to characterize and control the outgassing of these materials. An outgassing chamber was built to measure the outgassing properties of various materials used in the DIII-D vessel. The results of pump-down tests performed on ATJ graphite, thin Grafoil reg-sign gaskets, and MgO coaxial cables will be presented. In addition to pumpdown tests it was desired to study the behavior of the materials at temperatures up to 400 C, which is the maximum temperature to which the DIII-D vessel is baked. The station was modified to include independent heating control of the sample and a simple load-lock chamber

  16. Outgassing tests on materials used in the DIII - D magnetic fusion tokamak

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    In order to achieve high performance plasma discharges in the DIII - D magnetic fusion tokamak, impurity levels must be carefully controlled. Since first wall materials can desorb volatile impurities during these discharges, it is important to characterize and control the outgassing of these materials. An outgassing chamber was built to measure the outgassing properties of various materials used in the DIII - D vessel. The results of pump-down tests performed on ATJ graphite, thin Grafoilreg-sign gaskets, and MgO coaxial cables will be presented. In addition to outgassing tests, it was desired to study the behavior of the materials at temperatures up to 400 degree C, which is the maximum temperature to which the DIII - D vessel is baked. The station was modified to include independent heating control of the sample and a simple load-lock chamber. copyright 1999 American Vacuum Society

  17. Physics-Based Simulation and Experiment on Blast Protection of Infill Walls and Sandwich Composites Using New Generation of Nano Particle Reinforced Materials

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    Irshidat, Mohammad

    A critical issue for the development of nanotechnology is our ability to understand, model, and simulate the behavior of small structures and to make the connection between nano structure properties and their macroscopic functions. Material modeling and simulation helps to understand the process, to set the objectives that could guide laboratory efforts, and to control material structures, properties, and processes at physical implementation. These capabilities are vital to engineering design at the component and systems level. In this research, experimental-computational-analytical program was employed to investigate the performance of the new generation of polymeric nano-composite materials, like nano-particle reinforced elastomeric materials (NPREM), for the protection of masonry structures against blast loads. New design tools for using these kinds of materials to protect Infill Walls (e.g. masonry walls) against blast loading were established. These tools were also extended to cover other type of panels like sandwich composites. This investigation revealed that polymeric nano composite materials are strain rate sensitive and have large amount of voids distributed randomly inside the materials. Results from blast experiments showed increase in ultimate flexural resistance achieved by both unreinforced and nano reinforced polyurea retrofit systems applied to infill masonry walls. It was also observed that a thin elastomeric coating on the interior face of the walls could be effective at minimizing the fragmentation resulting from blast. More conclusions are provided with recommended future research.

  18. Poly(diol-co-citrate)s as Novel Elastomeric Perivascular Wraps for the Reduction of Neointimal Hyperplasia

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    Serrano, M. Concepcion; Vavra, Ashley K.; Jen, Michele; Hogg, Melissa E.; Murar, Jozef; Martinez, Janet; Keefer, Larry K.; Ameer, Guillermo A.; Kibbe, Melina R

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    The synthesis of poly(diol-co-citrate) elastomers that are biocompatible with vascular cells and can modulate the kinetics of the NO release based on the diol of selection is reported. NO-mediated cytostatic or cytotoxic effects can be controlled depending on the NO dose and the exposure time. When implanted in vivo in a rat carotid artery injury model, these materials demonstrate a significant reduction of neointimal hyperplasia. This is the first report of a NO-releasing polymer fabricated ...

  19. Effect of temperature and gap opening rate on the resiliency of candidate solid rocket booster O-ring materials

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    Lach, Cynthia L.

    1992-01-01

    In the redesign of the Space Shuttle solid rocket motor following the Challenger accident, the field and nozzle-to-case joints were designed to minimize gap opening caused by internal motor pressurization during ignition. The O-ring seals and glands for these joints were designed both to accommodate structural deflections and to promote pressure assisted sealing. The resiliency behavior of several candidate O-ring materials was evaluated for the effects of temperature and gap opening rates. The performance of three of the elastomeric materials was tested under the specific redesign gap opening requirement. Dynamic flexure conditions unique to launch produce low frequency vibrations in the gap opening. The effect of these vibrations on the ability of the O-ring to maintain contact with the sealing surface was addressed. The resiliency of the O-ring materials was found to be extremely sensitive to variations in temperature and gap opening rate. The top three elastomeric materials tracked the simulated solid rocket booster (SRB) field joint deflection at 75 and 120 F. The external tank/SRB attach strut load vibrations had a negligible effect on the ability of the O-ring to track the simulated SRB field joint deflection.

  20. Fretting Wear Investigation of Alloy 690 against Flexible Material Remained inside Secondary Environment in Steam Generator

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    Tube's fretting wear generated by the remained material due to flow induced vibration is important on the maintenance and inspection fields of steam generator (SG) tubes in the nuclear power plants. Understanding of tube wear characteristics is also very important to keep the integrity of the steam generator tubes. And, it may give to insight the maintenance engineer for decision about reaching the plugging criteria. Experimental examination has fretting wear. In this study, test material pairs were selected as alloy 690 tubes against the flexible foreign object material such as gasket. Predicting tube wear requires experimental development of wear coefficients for tubes. Wear coefficients can be used in predicting life time and integrity for the wear damaged tube. Investigation of worn surfaces will also give insight for the worn tube in the plant fields

  1. Propriedades reométricas e mecânicas e morfologia de compósitos desenvolvidos com resíduos elastoméricos vulcanizados / Cure characteristics, mechanical properties and morphology of composites developed with addition of elastomeric vulcanized ground scraps

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    Aline, Zanchet; Nicolle, Dal’Acqua; Tatiana, Weber; Janaina S., Crespo; Rosmary N., Brandalise; Regina C. R., Nunes.

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available Uma alternativa para as empresas geradoras de resíduos elastoméricos é a incorporação dos mesmos em suas formulações. Esse trabalho tem como objetivo preparar compósitos a partir da incorporação de resíduos industriais de SBR (copolímero de butadieno-estireno) e de EPDM (terpolímero de etileno-propi [...] leno-dieno), em formulação ASTM específica para cada tipo de elastômero. Foram avaliadas as propriedades reométricas, mecânicas e morfológicas dos compósitos desenvolvidos. A incorporação do resíduo permitiu a obtenção de produtos que vulcanizam em menores tempos quando comparados a composições sem resíduo. A quantidade de resíduo, para o melhor resultado de resistência à tração foi de 37 e de 196 phr para os compósitos com SBR e EPDM, respectivamente. As micrografias de MEV corroboraram os resultados mecânicos dessas composições, indicando melhor homogeneidade do resíduo na respectiva matriz elastomérica. Abstract in english One alternative for elastomeric scraps generation is its incorporation in conventional formulations in the industry itself. In this work, compositions with incorporation of SBR (styrene butadiene rubber) and EPDM (ethylene propylene diene rubber) industrial scraps, in specific ASTM formulation for e [...] ach elastomer, were prepared. Rheometric characteristics, mechanical properties and the morphology of the compounds developed were evaluated. With the ground scraps incorporation the vulcanization time decreases, comparing with compounds without ground scraps. The amount of scraps for the best tensile strength properties was 37 and 196 phr for SBR and EPDM compositions, respectively. Micrographs corroborated the mechanical results, indicating the best homogeneity of the scraps in the elastomeric matrix for these compositions.

  2. Propriedades reométricas e mecânicas e morfologia de compósitos desenvolvidos com resíduos elastoméricos vulcanizados Cure characteristics, mechanical properties and morphology of composites developed with addition of elastomeric vulcanized ground scraps

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    Aline Zanchet

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available Uma alternativa para as empresas geradoras de resíduos elastoméricos é a incorporação dos mesmos em suas formulações. Esse trabalho tem como objetivo preparar compósitos a partir da incorporação de resíduos industriais de SBR (copolímero de butadieno-estireno e de EPDM (terpolímero de etileno-propileno-dieno, em formulação ASTM específica para cada tipo de elastômero. Foram avaliadas as propriedades reométricas, mecânicas e morfológicas dos compósitos desenvolvidos. A incorporação do resíduo permitiu a obtenção de produtos que vulcanizam em menores tempos quando comparados a composições sem resíduo. A quantidade de resíduo, para o melhor resultado de resistência à tração foi de 37 e de 196 phr para os compósitos com SBR e EPDM, respectivamente. As micrografias de MEV corroboraram os resultados mecânicos dessas composições, indicando melhor homogeneidade do resíduo na respectiva matriz elastomérica.One alternative for elastomeric scraps generation is its incorporation in conventional formulations in the industry itself. In this work, compositions with incorporation of SBR (styrene butadiene rubber and EPDM (ethylene propylene diene rubber industrial scraps, in specific ASTM formulation for each elastomer, were prepared. Rheometric characteristics, mechanical properties and the morphology of the compounds developed were evaluated. With the ground scraps incorporation the vulcanization time decreases, comparing with compounds without ground scraps. The amount of scraps for the best tensile strength properties was 37 and 196 phr for SBR and EPDM compositions, respectively. Micrographs corroborated the mechanical results, indicating the best homogeneity of the scraps in the elastomeric matrix for these compositions.

  3. Intrinsically stretchable and transparent thin-film transistors based on printable silver nanowires, carbon nanotubes and an elastomeric dielectric.

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    Liang, Jiajie; Li, Lu; Chen, Dustin; Hajagos, Tibor; Ren, Zhi; Chou, Shu-Yu; Hu, Wei; Pei, Qibing

    2015-01-01

    Thin-film field-effect transistor is a fundamental component behind various mordern electronics. The development of stretchable electronics poses fundamental challenges in developing new electronic materials for stretchable thin-film transistors that are mechanically compliant and solution processable. Here we report the fabrication of transparent thin-film transistors that behave like an elastomer film. The entire fabrication is carried out by solution-based techniques, and the resulting devices exhibit a mobility of ?30?cm(2)?V(-1)?s(-1), on/off ratio of 10(3)-10(4), switching current >100??A, transconductance >50??S and relative low operating voltages. The devices can be stretched by up to 50% strain and subjected to 500 cycles of repeated stretching to 20% strain without significant loss in electrical property. The thin-film transistors are also used to drive organic light-emitting diodes. The approach and results represent an important progress toward the development of stretchable active-matrix displays. PMID:26173436

  4. Fabrication and characterization of elastomeric scaffolds comprised of a citric acid-based polyester/hydroxyapatite microcomposite

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    Highlights: • Porous scaffolds were prepared from polymer/hydroxyapatite (POC/HA) composite. • The pore size was designed to be uniform for all POC/HA composite scaffolds. • Compression strength and modulus are dependent on HA concentration within composite. - Abstract: In this paper we describe an effective technical route for the production of porous scaffolds from microcomposite material consistent of citric acid-based polyester elastomer and hydroxyapatite microparticles with potential use in tissue engineering applications. Fabricated scaffolds were characterized by field emission electron microscopy, Fourier-transform infra-red spectroscopy, thermal gravimetric analysis and mechanical tests. We demonstrate that the chemical composition, scaffold morphology, mechanical integrity and porosity of the produced microcomposite scaffolds are strongly affected by variation of the initial hydroxyapatite concentration in the mineral-polymer mixture during the fabrication process. This polyester/mineral scaffold exhibits versatility in compression modulus and strength in the range of 21.72–33.25 KPa and 49.92–101.48 KPa respectively, corresponding to the hydroxyapatite concentration in the composite (10–30 wt.%)

  5. Replication of microchannel structures in WC-Co feedstock using elastomeric replica moulds by hot embossing process.

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    Sahli, M; Gelin, J-C; Barrière, T

    2015-10-01

    Hot embossing is a net shaping process that is able to produce the micro-components of polymers with intrinsic and complex shapes at lower cost compared with machining and injection moulding. However, the emboss of hard metals, such as WC-Co, is more challenging due to their high thermal conductivity and ease of agglomeration. Thus, a WC-Co alloy mixed with a wax-based binder feedstock was selected. The formed feedstock exhibited pseudo-plastic flow and was successfully embossed (green part). Here, we developed a novel process that is used to replicate polymer microfluidic chips while simultaneously reducing the channel surface roughness of the mould insert, yielding optical-grade (less than 100nm surface roughness) channels and reservoirs. This paper concerns the replication of metallic microfluidic mould inserts in WC-Co and the parameters associated with feedstock formation via a hot embossing process. A suitable formulation for micro-powder hot embossing has been established and characterised by thermogravimetric analyses and measurements of mixing torques to verify and quantify the homogeneity of the proposed feedstocks. The relative density of the samples increased with processing temperature, and almost fully dense materials were obtained. In this work, the effects of the sintering temperature on the physical properties were systematically analysed. The evolution of the metal surface morphology during the hot embossing process was also investigated. The results indicate that the feedstock can be used to manufacture micro-fluidic die mould cavities with a low roughness, proper dimensions and good shape retention. The shrinkage of the sintered part was approximately 19-24% compared with that of the brown part. PMID:26117760

  6. Accuracy of stone casts obtained by different impression materials

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    Adriana Cláudia Lapria Faria

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Several impression materials are available in the Brazilian marketplace to be used in oral rehabilitation. The aim of this study was to compare the accuracy of different impression materials used for fixed partial dentures following the manufacturers' instructions. A master model representing a partially edentulous mandibular right hemi-arch segment whose teeth were prepared to receive full crowns was used. Custom trays were prepared with auto-polymerizing acrylic resin and impressions were performed with a dental surveyor, standardizing the path of insertion and removal of the tray. Alginate and elastomeric materials were used and stone casts were obtained after the impressions. For the silicones, impression techniques were also compared. To determine the impression materials' accuracy, digital photographs of the master model and of the stone casts were taken and the discrepancies between them were measured. The data were subjected to analysis of variance and Duncan's complementary test. Polyether and addition silicone following the single-phase technique were statistically different from alginate, condensation silicone and addition silicone following the double-mix technique (p .05 to alginate and addition silicone following the double-mix technique, but different from polysulfide. The results led to the conclusion that different impression materials and techniques influenced the stone casts' accuracy in a way that polyether, polysulfide and addition silicone following the single-phase technique were more accurate than the other materials.

  7. 78 FR 42929 - Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) 41-Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Notification of Proposed Production Activity...

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    ..., label materials, logo materials, packaging materials, plastic packing, plastic bags, plastic trim pieces and switch covers, rubber spacers, plastic items, rubber gaskets, gaskets, rubber washers, rubber..., metal housing medicine cabinets, wood trimmed medicine cabinets, plastic housing medicine cabinets,...

  8. "Material" mechanics of materials

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    2002-01-01

    The paper outlines recent developments and prospects in the application of the continuum mechanics expressed intrinsically on the material manifold itself. This includes applications to materially inhomogeneous materials physical effects which, in this vision, manifest themselves as quasi-in homogeneities, and the notion of thermo dynamical driving force of the dissipative progress of singular point sets on the material manifold with special emphasis on fracture, shock waves and phase-transit...

  9. "Material" mechanics of materials

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    Maugin Gérard A.

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper outlines recent developments and prospects in the application of the continuum mechanics expressed intrinsically on the material manifold itself. This includes applications to materially inhomogeneous materials physical effects which, in this vision, manifest themselves as quasi-in homogeneities, and the notion of thermo dynamical driving force of the dissipative progress of singular point sets on the material manifold with special emphasis on fracture, shock waves and phase-transition fronts. .

  10. Efecto de la composición del bloque elastomérico de SBS y SEBES en las propiedades reológicas de asfaltos modificados / On the effect of the composition of the elastomeric block of SBS and SEBES block polymers on the rheological properties of modified aphalts

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    R., Herrera-Najera; G., García-Guzmán; H., Xicotencalt-Serrano; L., Medina-Torres.

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Se estudió el comportamiento de los asfaltos modificados (AMP) con polímeros SBS (Lote 416) y SEBES a fin de entender el efecto de la composición del bloque elastomérico de esos dos tipos de polímeros en la morfología y la reología de los AMP. Los polímeros SEBES fueron producidos por hidrogenación [...] homogénea de los SBS con diferente grado de saturación de las dobles ligaduras de polibutadieno (0%, 7%, 29% y 49%). Los asfaltos modificados (AMP) con un 10% de polímero fueron preparados por mezclado a altas temperaturas (1880 0C, 4 h, 5000 rpm). Los análisis de microscopia por fluorescencia indican que el AMP es un material heterogeneo con una fase rica en polímero y otra fase rica en asfalto. Los análisis reológicos en flujo oscilatorio para varias temperaturas (40 a 90ºC) indican que los AMP producidos con SEBES con alta saturación experimentan cambios estructurales dando un incremento de su respuesta con respecto a la frecuencia, y exhibiendo una mas alta elasticidad (G'>G"). Se empleó el modelo multimodal de Maxwell para reproducir G' y G" de las curvas maestras. Se observó que el número de modos para ajustar los datos de los AMP aumentan con el grado de saturación. Abstract in english The behaviour of asphalt (PMA) modified with SBS (lot 416) and SBEBS was studied to elucidate the effect of the composition of the elastomeric block of these two types of polymers on the morphology and rheology of PMAs. The SBEBS polymers were produced by homogeneous hydrogenation of the SBS having [...] different degree of saturation of poly-butadiene double bonds (0%), 7%, 29% and 49%). Asphalt modified samples (PMA) with 10 wt % of polymer were prepared by hot mixing proces j (180 °C, 4 hours, 5000 rpm). Fluorescence microscopic analysis indicated that PMA are heterogeneous materials exhibiting a polymer-rich and asphalts-rich phases. Oscillatory flow rheology analysis for various temperatures (40-90ºC) indicate that all PMA prepared with SBEBS with higher saturation degree undergo structural c h angei exhibiting a higher viscoelastic response, and higher elasticity (G'>G"). The Maxwell multimodal model was employed to reproduce G' and G" master curves. It was observed thai the number of relaxation modes required to fit the data of SBEBS modified asphalt increases with the degree of polybutadiene saturation, since 12 modes are need are for SBEBS with 49 % of saturation while 8 modes are enough to fit the data of SBEBS 7 % of saturation.

  11. Materials selection guidelines for geothermal power systems. First edition

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    DeBerry, D.W.; Ellis, P.F.; Thomas, C.C.

    1978-09-01

    Nine potential power cycles are defined and diagrammed for the generation of electricity from geothermal fluids. General fluid properties that influence the applicability of power cycles to a particular geothermal resource are discussed. The corrosivity of individual process streams in power cycles is described based on variations in chemical composition and temperature. Results of materials performance tests are analyzed based on the chemical composition of the corrosive medium and physical factors such as temperature, duration of exposure, and fluid velocity. The key chemical components in geothermal fluids that are significant in determining corrosivity are identified. Both summarized and detailed results of materials performance tests in U.S. liquid-dominated resources are given. Seven U.S. liquid-dominated KGRA's are classified according to relative corrosiveness and their key chemical components are defined. The various forms and mechanisms of corrosive attack that can occur in geothermal process streams are described. The application of nonmetallic materials in geothermal environments is discussed. The appendices contain information on (1) operating experience at geothermal power plants, (2) corrosion in desalination facilities, (3) reliability of geothermal plants, (4) elastomeric materials, (5) comparative alloy costs, and (6) geothermal equipment manufacturers. (MHR)

  12. Development of thermoradiation technology of making of aggressiveproof elastomer materials for oil industry

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    Full text: At present in oil industry is used elastomer materials (EM) on base of butadiene-nitrile caoutchouc (BNC). In most cases EM made from BNC, especially diaphragms, gasket rings and glands are destructed after shortly exploitation in aggressive liquid mediums, at result of the structure of EM contenting caoutchouc matter, accelerators plasticizer, antioxidant and other ingredients have some changes. So in factories of rubber and oil industry there are a lot of used EM on base of BNC. The problem of returning to balance expensive and deficit materials has a high economical, technological and ecological significance. At the Institute of radiation Problems of NAS of Azerbaijan is developed thermo radiation method of vulcanization of EM on base of BNC using ?-irradiation of Co60.This method has a significance advantage on comparison thermochemical method and allows to get the product of high quality. EM can be obtained with predicted properties by changing of absorbed dose of radiation, at this is ensured obtaining of C-C connection without application of sulfur and sulfur contenting accelerators. Instead is recommended polychalogenmethylcontenting (PCM) and epoxy compounds (EC) with oxides of metals. A wide laboratory testing of PCM and EC showed, that entering these structuring systems to gasket and gland mixtures is purposeful. On technological and exploitation properties the model are comparable with factory made products. It is suggested to use thermo radiation EM in engineering industry. The developed method allows to exclude environment pollution. Properties of thermo radiated vulcanizate depend on vulcanization structure and absorbed dose. The technological scheme of obtaining of use thermo radiation EM includes mixing heating in electropress during 2-4 min, radiation and other operations

  13. Avaliação do desempenho de materiais absorvedores de radiação eletromagnética por guia de ondas / Performance of radar absorbing materials by waveguide measurements

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    Magali S., Pinho; Roberto C., Lima; Bluma G., Soares; Regina C. R., Nunes.

    1999-12-01

    Full Text Available Neste trabalho, amostras elastoméricas contendo diferentes tipos de cargas absorvedoras de microondas, sob a forma de pós, foram obtidas para medidas de refletividade. Os materiais utilizados com diferentes composições percentuais em peso foram: ferrocarbonila, negro de fumo, polianilina e ferrita d [...] opadas. As medidas de refletividade foram determinadas com base nas propriedades magnéticas e dielétricas dos compósitos elastoméricos a partir de dados de espalhamento, através da inserção e fixação em um guia de ondas, para a faixa de freqüência de 8-16 GHz. Os melhores resultados foram apresentados pelo ferrocarbonila e negro de fumo para as freqüências mais baixas, enquanto a ferrita dopada absorveu em uma freqüência mais elevada. Abstract in english In this work, samples consisting of an elastomeric matrix containing different kinds of active material in particulate form were prepared for reflectivity measurements. The materials used in different contents were: carbonyl-iron, carbon black, doped polyaniline and doped ferrite. The microwave refl [...] ectivity levels were determined from the magnetic and dielectric properties of the elastomeric composites from scattering data, by fitting the samples in a waveguide, for measurements in the frequency range of 8-16 GHz. Better microwave absorption at low frequencies was obtained for carbonyl-iron and carbon black while doped ferrite absorbed at high frequencies.

  14. Grant Writing without Blowing a Gasket

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    Vandenbroek, Alicia

    2010-01-01

    In today's economic downturn budget cut is becoming more and more common. Even libraries seen as a vital part of the educational process are subject to reductions because districts are suffering financially. The answer? Grants. They aren't a perfect solution, but there is a lot of financial support available for those who ask. Besides the monetary…

  15. Sealing Materials for Use in Vacuum at High Temperatures

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    Pettit, Donald R.; Camarda, Charles J.; Lee Vaughn, Wallace

    2012-01-01

    Sealing materials that can be applied and left in place in vacuum over a wide range of temperatures (especially temperatures of a few thousand degrees Celsius) have been conceived and investigated for potential utility in repairing thermal-protection tiles on the space shuttles in orbit before returning to Earth. These materials are also adaptable to numerous terrestrial applications that involve vacuum processing and/or repair of structures that must withstand high temperatures. These materials can be formulated to have mechanical handling characteristics ranging from almost freely flowing liquid-like consistency through paste-like consistency to stiff puttylike consistency, and to retain these characteristics in vacuum until heated to high curing temperatures. A sealing material of this type can be formulated to be used in any of several different ways for example, to be impregnated into a high-temperature-fabric patch, impregnated into a high-temperature-fabric gasket for sealing a patch, applied under a patch, or applied alone in the manner of putty or wallboard compound. The sealing material must be formulated to be compatible with, and adhere to, the structural material(s) to be repaired. In general, the material consists of a vacuum-compatible liquid containing one or more dissolved compound(s) and/or mixed with suspended solid particles. Depending on the intended application, the liquid can be chosen to be of a compound that can remain in place in vacuum for a time long enough to be useful, and/or to evaporate or decompose in a controlled way to leave a useful solid residue behind. The evaporation rate is determined by proper choice of vapor pressure, application of heat, and/or application of ultraviolet light or other optical radiation. The liquid chosen for the original space shuttle application is a commercial silicone vacuum-pump oil.

  16. Compatibility of refrigerants and lubricants with elastomers

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    Hamed, G.R.; Seiple, R.H.

    1992-07-01

    Information contained in this reporters designed to assist the air-conditioning and refrigeration industry in the selection of suitable elastomeric gasket and seal materials that will prove useful in various refrigerant and refrigeration lubricant environments. Swell measurements have been made on approximately 50% of the proposed elastomers (94 total)in both the lubricant (7 total) and refrigerant (10 total) materials. Swell behavior in the these fluids have been determined using weight and in situ diameter measurements for the refrigerants and weight, diameter and thickness measurements for the lubricants. Weight and diameter measurements are repeated after 2 hours and 24 hours for samples removed from the refrigerant test fluids and 24 hours after removal from the lubricants.

  17. Compatibility of refrigerants and lubricants with elastomers. Quarterly report, 1 April 1992--30 June 1992

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    Hamed, G.R.; Seiple, R.H.

    1992-07-01

    Information contained in this reporters designed to assist the air-conditioning and refrigeration industry in the selection of suitable elastomeric gasket and seal materials that will prove useful in various refrigerant and refrigeration lubricant environments. Swell measurements have been made on approximately 50% of the proposed elastomers (94 total)in both the lubricant (7 total) and refrigerant (10 total) materials. Swell behavior in the these fluids have been determined using weight and in situ diameter measurements for the refrigerants and weight, diameter and thickness measurements for the lubricants. Weight and diameter measurements are repeated after 2 hours and 24 hours for samples removed from the refrigerant test fluids and 24 hours after removal from the lubricants.

  18. Polymers as solar cell encapsulate materials for application in photovoltaic modules

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    Schulze, Stefan H.; Ehrich, C.; Ebert, M.; Bagdahn, J. [Fraunhofer-Center for Silicon-Photovoltaics CSP, Halle (Saale) (Germany); Klausing, S. [Univ. of Applied Sciences Leipzig (Germany)

    2010-07-01

    The purpose of the present work is to illustrate the influence of different polymer material classes and types on the resulting mechanical properties of laminated solar modules. As materials a standard, covalently cross linked Ethylene-Vinyl-Acetate (EVA) Etimex 496.10, a physically cross linked Thermoplastic Silicon Elastomer (TPSE) Geniomer 145 and an amorphous Polyvinyl-Butyral (PVB) Trosifol R40 have been used. All materials have been analyzed due to temperature-depended creep properties on a Thermomechanical Analyzer (TMA) Shimadzu TMA60. Results show that elastomeric materials such as chemically cross linked EVA exhibit lowest creep along a temperature scale between -20 C to 20 C. At the same time, thermoplastic TPSE and PVB materials tend to creep sronger under constant mechanical load. Creep master curves of all three materials have been developed by means of timetemperature superposition (TTS) to estimate the deformation behaviour under constant load for different temperatures, loads and times. Additionally, Dynamic-Mechanical Analysis (DMA) was carried out using a Haake MARS I rotational rheometer to identify glass transition temperature and softening ranges of these encapsulate materials. Results show that viscoelastic properties of TPSE material remain nearly constant, whereby properties of PVB are strongly temperature depended in the temperature range between -20 C to 20 C. (orig.)

  19. Dictionary materials engineering, materials testing

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    This dictionary contains about 9,500 entries in each part of the following fields: 1) Materials using and selection; 2) Mechanical engineering materials -Metallic materials - Non-metallic inorganic materials - Plastics - Composites -Materials damage and protection; 3) Electrical and electronics materials -Conductor materials - Semiconductors - magnetic materials - Dielectric materials - non-conducting materials; 4) Materials testing - Mechanical methods - Analytical methods - Structure investigation - Complex methods - Measurement of physical properties - Non-destructive testing. (orig.)

  20. Material Science

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    This book introduces material science, which includes key of a high-tech industry, new materials of dream like new metal material and semiconductor, classification of materials, microstructure of materials and characteristic. It mentions magic new materials such as shape memory alloy, fine ceramics, engineering fine ceramics, electronic ceramics, engineering plastic, glass, silicone conductor, optical fiber mixed materials and integrated circuit, challenge for new material and development of new materials.

  1. Materials and material testing

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    A review based on 105 literature quotations is given on the latest state of development in the steel sector and in the field of non-ferrous metals and plastics. The works quoted also include, preparation, working, welding including simulation methods, improvement of weldability, material mechanics (explanation of defects mechanisms by means of fracture mechanics), defect causes (corrosion, erosion, hydrogen influence), mechanical-technological and non-destructive material testing. Examples from the field of reactor building are also given within there topics. (IHOE)

  2. COMPRESSIVE AND SHEAR ANALYSIS OF RUBBER BLOCK UNDER LARGE STRAIN

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    K. Sridharan

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    Full Text Available The Elastomeric materials have found use in a wide range of applications, including hoses, tires, gaskets, seals, vibration isolators, bearings and dock fenders. The analysis of rubber blocks for its compression and shear behavior has been carried out using the imaging techniques. The dynamic stressing and its associated change in shape of the rubber blocks during large compression are very limited as their measurements were difficult. A newly developed Machine Vision based image processing test has been effectively used to study the deformation characteristics of the rubber blocks under large strains. An extended analysis on the rubber blocks has been carried out to understand the compression and deformation behavior in static and dynamic condition and the nonlinear behavior were also characterized. The rubber blocks of distinguished geometries have shown diverse change in shape and nonlinear deformation behavior under compression/shear loading.

  3. Compatibility of refrigerants and lubricants with elastomers

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    Hamed, G.R.; Seiple, R.H.

    1992-10-01

    Information contained in this report is designed to assist the air-conditioning and refrigeration industry in the selection of suitable elastomeric gasket and seal materials that will prove useful in various refrigerant and refrigeration lubricant environments. 97% of the swell measurements have been made to date. The other 3% of the measurements are contingent on the availability of additional quantities of R-32. Swell behavior in the fluids have been determined using weight and in situ diameter measurements for the refrigerants and weight, diameter and thickness measurements for the lubricants. Weight and diameter measurements are repeated after 2 hours and 24 hours for samples removed from the refrigerant test fluids and 24 hours after removal from the lubricants.

  4. Compatibility of refrigerants and lubricants with elastomers. Quarterly report, 1 July 1992--30 September 1992

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    Hamed, G.R.; Seiple, R.H.

    1992-10-01

    Information contained in this report is designed to assist the air-conditioning and refrigeration industry in the selection of suitable elastomeric gasket and seal materials that will prove useful in various refrigerant and refrigeration lubricant environments. 97% of the swell measurements have been made to date. The other 3% of the measurements are contingent on the availability of additional quantities of R-32. Swell behavior in the fluids have been determined using weight and in situ diameter measurements for the refrigerants and weight, diameter and thickness measurements for the lubricants. Weight and diameter measurements are repeated after 2 hours and 24 hours for samples removed from the refrigerant test fluids and 24 hours after removal from the lubricants.

  5. Galvanic effects accelerate crevice corrosion of type 316L SS flanges coupled to 6% Mo alloy

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    A service water system underwent a material replacement program in recent years. The service was a once-through system fed from the Delaware River. The original type 316L stainless steel (SS) and cement-lined carbon steel were replaced with 6% Mo alloy AL-6XN (UNS N08367). The majority of the system was 6% Mo piping connected to type 316L SS valves via gasketed flanges. During several years of operation, plant personnel observed localized crevice corrosion on the flange-face areas of the type 316L SS (UNS S31603) flanges. This area typically contains an insulation gasket material (a fibrous bound elastomeric material) that is sandwiched between flange joints. Galvanic effects, caused by the mixed alloy construction (i.e., type 316L SS to alloy 6% Mo), may be accelerating the observed crevice corrosion of type 316L SS. This possibility was of significant concern, and flange isolation kits typically used for isolating cathodic protection systems or dissimilar metals were being used. However, the plant grounding system caused the isolated flanges to have zero electrical resistance between them

  6. Space shuttle seal material and design development for earth storable propellant systems

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    1973-01-01

    The results of a program to investigate and characterize seal materials suitable for space shuttle storable propellant systems are given. Two new elastomeric materials were identified as being potentially superior to existing state-of-the art materials for specific sealing applications. These materials were AF-E-124D and AF-E-411. AF-E-124D is a cured perfluorinated polymer suitable for use with dinitrogen tetroxide oxidizer, and hydrazine base fuels. AF-E-411 is an ethylene propylene terpolymer material for hydrazine base fuel service. Data are presented relative to low and high temperature characteristics as well as propellant exposure effects. Types of data included are: mechanical properties, stress strain curves, friction and wear characteristics, compression set and permeability. Sealing tests with a flat poppet-seal valve were conducted for verification of sealing capability. A bibliography includes over 200 references relating to seal design or materials and presents a concise tabulation of the more useful seal design data sources.

  7. Characterisation of Materials used in Flex Bearings of Large Solid Rocket Motors

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    CH.V. Ram Mohan

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Solid rocket motors are propulsion devices for both satellite launchers and missiles, which require guidance and steering to fly along a programmed trajectory and to compensate for flight disturbances. A typical solid rocket motor consists of motor case, solid propellant grain, motor insulation, igniter and nozzle. In most solid rocket motors, thrust vector control (TVC is required. One of the most efficient methods of TVC is by flex nozzle system. The flex nozzle consists of a flexible bearing made of an elastomeric material alternating with reinforcement rings of metallic or composite material. The material characterisation of AFNOR 15CDV6 steel and the natural rubber-based elastomer developed for use in flex nozzle are discussed. This includes testing, modelling of the material, selection of a material model suitable for analysis, and the validation of material model.Defence Science Journal, 2011, 61(3, pp.264-269, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.14429/dsj.61.52

  8. Poliamidas, poliésteres e termoplásticos elastoméricos: uma perspectiva sustentável na indústria moderna Polyamides, polyesters and elastomeric thermoplastics: a sustainable perspective in modern industry

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    Haroldo Marcos

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Polímeros extraídos de fontes fósseis, não biodegradáveis, são assunto cada vez mais em pauta. Seja por conta de descartes incorretos, do longo tempo que levam para se decompor no meio ambiente ou até mesmo pelo impacto socioambiental que esse tipo de material pode causar às gerações futuras. Isso nos faz indagar: como as tecnologias utilizadas por empresas do setor de polímeros têm feito surgir novos materiais? É possível oferecer soluções de menor impacto ambiental, mais resistência, mais segurança e custo menor? Ao longo deste artigo, exibiremos novos produtos e modelos de fabricação que podem tornar mais saudável e sustentável todo o caminho, que leva das grandes empresas até o consumidor final, os elementos presentes no dia-a-dia de pessoas no mundo todo.Polymers extracted from fossile sources are an issue highlighted among debates in industry, for its incorrect discard, for the long period of time this material takes to decompose or even due to its unsustainable environmental footprint. This scenario makes the industry of polymers question how the available technology can be used to create new materials, and if it would be possible to offer safer and cheaper solutions with less environmental impact and more resistance. This article will expose new products and new industrial development models that can make the chain that leads from the companies to the consumer the elements present into present-day society worldwide more sustainable.

  9. Poliamidas, poliésteres e termoplásticos elastoméricos: uma perspectiva sustentável na indústria moderna / Polyamides, polyesters and elastomeric thermoplastics: a sustainable perspective in modern industry

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    Haroldo, Marcos.

    Full Text Available Polímeros extraídos de fontes fósseis, não biodegradáveis, são assunto cada vez mais em pauta. Seja por conta de descartes incorretos, do longo tempo que levam para se decompor no meio ambiente ou até mesmo pelo impacto socioambiental que esse tipo de material pode causar às gerações futuras. Isso n [...] os faz indagar: como as tecnologias utilizadas por empresas do setor de polímeros têm feito surgir novos materiais? É possível oferecer soluções de menor impacto ambiental, mais resistência, mais segurança e custo menor? Ao longo deste artigo, exibiremos novos produtos e modelos de fabricação que podem tornar mais saudável e sustentável todo o caminho, que leva das grandes empresas até o consumidor final, os elementos presentes no dia-a-dia de pessoas no mundo todo. Abstract in english Polymers extracted from fossile sources are an issue highlighted among debates in industry, for its incorrect discard, for the long period of time this material takes to decompose or even due to its unsustainable environmental footprint. This scenario makes the industry of polymers question how the [...] available technology can be used to create new materials, and if it would be possible to offer safer and cheaper solutions with less environmental impact and more resistance. This article will expose new products and new industrial development models that can make the chain that leads from the companies to the consumer the elements present into present-day society worldwide more sustainable.

  10. Materials research

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  11. Weird materials

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    Astin, Christina; Talbot, Diane; Goodhew, Peter

    2002-11-01

    Heat a material and it gets hotter; heat it enough and it will melt. But some materials will behave rather unexpectedly when heated, and others can act strangely when deformed. Here, three types of weird materials are described - shape memory alloys, Silly Putty® and thermochromic materials - and examples are given of their uses in manufacturing and in the classroom.

  12. Fillers influence on mechanical properties of elastomers during their ageing by irradiation; Influence des charges sur les proprietes mecaniques des elastomeres lors de leur vieillissement par irradiation

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    Planes, E.; Chazeau, L.; Vigier, G. [Institut National des Sciences Appliquees (INSA), MATEIS, UMR CNRS 5510, 69 - Villeurbanne (France); Planes, E. [NEXANS Research Center, 69 - Lyon (France); Stevenson, I. [Laboratoire des Materiaux Polymeres et Biomateriaux (IMP/LMPB) UMR CNRS 5627, UCBL, 69 - Villeurbanne (France)

    2008-07-01

    This paper presents the study of ageing under irradiation of filled elastomers, particularly aluminium tri-hydrate ATH or nano-scopic silica filled EPDM. The materials have been physico-chemically, micro-structurally and mechanically characterised at various levels of ageing: here only results for physical and mechanical properties (at small (DMA) and large deformations) have been presented. From these analyses, the competition between crosslinking and chains scissions during irradiation was highlighted. Moreover, a strong influence of fillers on mechanical properties during ageing was observed. (authors)

  13. Materials Chemistry

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    Fahlman, Bradley D

    2011-01-01

    The 2nd edition of Materials Chemistry builds on the strengths that were recognized by a 2008 Textbook Excellence Award from the Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA). Materials Chemistry addresses inorganic-, organic-, and nano-based materials from a structure vs. property treatment, providing a suitable breadth and depth coverage of the rapidly evolving materials field. The 2nd edition continues to offer innovative coverage and practical perspective throughout. After briefly defining materials chemistry and its history, seven chapters discuss solid-state chemistry, metals, semiconducting materials, organic "soft" materials, nanomaterials, and materials characterization. All chapters have been thoroughly updated and expanded with, for example, new sections on ‘soft lithographic’ patterning, ‘click chemistry’ polymerization, nanotoxicity, graphene, as well as many biomaterials applications. The polymer and ‘soft’ materials chapter represents the largest expansion for the 2nd edition. Each ch...

  14. 40 CFR 1060.240 - How do I demonstrate that my emission family complies with evaporative emission standards?

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    ... of the following control technologies: (1) A coextruded high-density polyethylene fuel tank with a... characteristics: (i) No nonmetal gaskets or fuel caps. (ii) All nonmetal gaskets and fuel caps made from low-permeability materials. (iii) Nonmetal gaskets and fuel caps that are not made from low-permeability...

  15. Flourinated material

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    2009-01-01

    This invention relates to a method for modifying the surface of a material for use with a biological sample or tissue comprising the steps of providing a material having a surface which comprises reactive-functional groups; providing fluorinated molecules having reactive-functional groups complimentary to those on the material surface; using wet chemistry to attach the fluorinated molecules to the surface of the material by reacting the reactive-functional groups of the implant with the compl...

  16. Materials characterization

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    Perez Campos, Ramiro; Esparza Munoz, Rodrigo

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    This book covers novel research results for process and techniques of materials characterization for a wide range of materials. The authors provide a comprehensive overview of the aspects of structural and chemical characterization of these materials. The articles contained in this book covers state of the art and experimental techniques commonly used in modern materials characterization. The book includes theoretical models and numerous illustrations of structural and chemical characterization properties.

  17. Composite Materials

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    Nielsen, Lauge Fuglsang

    2005-01-01

    This book deals with the mechanical and physical behavior of composites as influenced by composite geometry. "Composite Materials" provides a comprehensive introduction for researchers and students to modern composite materials research with a special emphasis on the significance of phase geometry. The book enables the reader to a better understanding of the behavior of natural composites, improvement of such materials, and design of new materials with prescribed properties. A number of examples...

  18. Comparación de la resistencia al deslizamiento en brackets de autoligado y brackets convencionales ligados con ligadura elastomérica convencional y ligaduras de baja fricción Comparison of resistance to sliding produced by self-ligating Brackets and conventional brackets ligated with conventional Elastomeric ligature and low-friction ligatures

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCCIÓN: es importante para el ortodoncista conocer la resistencia al deslizamiento (RD generada por el método de ligado usado durante la fase de cierre de espacio con mecánica de deslizamiento. El objetivo es comparar in vitro la RD de un tipo de bracket de autoligado con un tipo de bracket convencional combinado con ligaduras elastoméricas de baja fricción y ligadura elastomérica convencional. MÉTODOS: se utilizaronbrackets de autoligado SmartClip (3M® ybrackets convencionales Gemini (3M®, dos tipos de ligadura elastomérica de baja fricción Slide (Leone®, Synergy (RMO® y un tipo de ligadura elastomérica convencional Sani-Tie (GAC®. Los sistemas de ligación de los brackets fueron probados con alambre de acero inoxidable calibre 0,019 × 0,025?. La resistencia al deslizamiento de la combinación bracket/alambre/ligadura fue medida con un modelo experimental de tres brackets cementados en una placa acrílica, montada en una máquina Instron. Cada combinación fue probada 9 veces consecutivas en estado seco. RESULTADOS: losbrackets Gemini (3M® con ligadura convencional Sani-tie (GAC®, reportaron valores promedio de 67,3 g y los brackets Gemini (3M® con ligadura de baja fricción siliconada Synergy (RMO® de 84,6 g. Losbrackets SmartClip (3M® y Gemini (3M® con ligadura elastomérica de baja fricción Slide (Leone® tuvieron valores promedio similares de 5,0 y 5,4 g, respectivamente, sin diferencias significativas (p = 0,999. CONCLUSIONES: las ligaduras elastoméricas de baja fricción Slide (Leone®, mostraron fuerzas de resistencia al deslizamiento similares a los brackets de autoligado Smartclip (3M®.INTRODUCTION: It is important for the orthodontist to be familiar with the sliding resistance (SR generated by the ligation method used during the space closure phase with sliding mechanics. The objective of this article is to make an in vitro comparison of the SR produced by a self-ligating bracket and a conventional bracket in combination with low-friction and conventional elastomeric ligatures. METHODS:SmartClip (3M® self-ligatingbrackets and Gemini (3M® conventional brackets were used, as well as two types of low-friction elastomeric ligature: Slide (Leone® and Synergy (RMO®, and one type of conventional elastomeric ligature: Sani-Tie (GAC®.The brackets ligation systems were tested with stainless steel wire of 0.019 × 0.025'' caliber. Sliding resistance of the bracketwire- ligature combination was measured with an experimental model of three brackets bonded in an acrylic plate mounted on an Instron machine. Each combination was tested nine consecutive times in dry state. RESULTS: The Gemini (3M®brackets with a conventional Sani-Tie (GAC® ligature reported mean values of 67.3 g, while the Gemini (3M®brackets with low-friction Synergy (RMO® silicone ligature obtained mean values of 84.6 g. The SmartClip (3M® and Gemini (3M®brackets with low-friction Slide (Leone® elastomeric ligature had similar mean values of 5.0 and 5.4 g respectively, with no significant differences (p = 0.999. CONCLUSIONS: The Slide (Leone® low-friction elastomeric ligatures showed sliding resistance forces similar to the SmartClip (3M® self-ligatingbrackets.

  19. Dielectric elastomer actuators using Slide-Ring Material® with increased permittivity

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    Tsuchitani, Shigeki; Sunahara, Tokiharu; Miki, Hirofumi

    2015-06-01

    The inclusion of high permittivity nanoparticles in elastomeric materials for dielectric elastomer actuators (DEAs) is one promising method to achieve large strain at relatively low applied voltages. However, the addition of these nanoparticles tends to increase the stiffness of the elastomer and disturbs the actuation of the DEA. This is attributed to restriction of the chain motion in the elastomer by the nanoparticles. Slide-Ring Material® (SRM) is a cross-linked polymeric material with freely movable cross-linking sites. The internal stresses in this structure are dramatically homogenized by the pulley effect; therefore, the restriction of chain motion due to the nanoparticles is expected to be significantly reduced. We have employed SRM as a host elastomer for a DEA with the addition of ferroelectric BaTiO3 (BT) nanoparticles. The effects of BT addition on the permittivity, stiffness and viscosity of the SRM-BT nanocomposites, and the actuation strain of DEAs using SRM were evaluated. The permittivity of the nanocomposites increased linearly with the concentration of BT and reached 3.6 times that for pure SRM at 50 wt%. The elastic modulus and the viscosity remained almost constant up to 20 wt% and then decreased above this concentration. The actuation strain of a planar actuator using SRM and 50 wt% BT was four times larger than that of the DEA with pure SRM.

  20. Laser materials

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    1995-01-01

    This book focuses mainly on the spectroscopy of laser materials, physics of laser materials, laser crystals and laser glasses. The spectroscopic and laser properties of rare earth and transition metal ion-doped solid state materials are systematically described based on modern quantum optics. The aim of this book is to relate the laser and spectroscopic properties to the structure and chemical composition of materials. It emphasises the nonlinear optical effects in laser materials, which are widely used in high power laser systems. The development of advanced solid state laser devices depends

  1. Efeito da amarração em Ortodontia, com ligaduras elastoméricas e de aço inoxidável, na saúde periodontal / Effects of orthodontic ligation-using elastomeric and stainless steel ligatures-on periodontal health

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    Clotilde Freitas, Rodrigues; Lígia de Araújo Ramos, Sales; Robert Willer Farinazzo, Vitral; Marcelo Reis, Fraga; Cátia Cardoso Abdo, Quintão.

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: o presente estudo avaliou clinicamente as condições periodontais de um grupo teste e um grupo controle utilizando-se os seguintes três sistemas de indexação periodontal: índice de biofilme, índice de sangramento e profundidade de sondagem. MÉTODOS: o grupo teste foi composto por 20 indivíd [...] uos com média etária de 13,5 anos, submetido ao tratamento ortodôntico fixo, que recebeu duas formas de ligaduras: a elastomérica e a de aço inoxidável. Os resultados foram comparados entre si e com um grupo controle, sem tratamento ortodôntico, composto de 15 indivíduos com média etária de 15,3 anos. As mensurações foram realizadas previamente ao tratamento ortodôntico (T1) e seis meses após a colocação do aparelho ortodôntico fixo (T2); e, no grupo controle, após seis meses da mensuração inicial (T2). Ambos os grupos foram orientados quanto à higiene bucal, segundo a técnica de Bass, antes do início do tratamento. RESULTADOS E CONCLUSÕES: os resultados das análises das faces dentárias demonstraram um aumento estatisticamente significativo nos índices de biofilme (P=0,000), sangramento gengival (P=0,000) e profundidade de sondagem (P=0,000), quando T1 e T2 e os grupos foram comparados; entretanto, não foram encontradas diferenças estatisticamente significativas entre as ligaduras elastoméricas e de aço inoxidável na avaliação desses índices periodontais. Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to conduct a clinical evaluation of the periodontal conditions of a test group and a control group using three periodontal indexing systems, namely: dental biofilm index (DBI), bleeding index (BI) and pocket probing depth (PPD). METHODS: The test group consisted of 20 sub [...] jects with a mean age of 13.5 years undergoing fixed orthodontic treatment involving the use of two types of ligature: elastomeric ligature (EL) and stainless steel ligature (SSL). The results were compared with a control group without prior orthodontic treatment, comprising 15 subjects with a mean age of 15.3 years. The measurements were performed prior to orthodontic treatment (T1) and six months after placement of a fixed orthodontic appliance (T2); and in the control group, six months after the initial measurement (T2). Both groups were instructed about oral hygiene, according to the Bass technique, before treatment. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: Dental surfaces showed a statistically significant increase in levels of biofilm (P=0.000), gingival bleeding (P=0.000) and probing depth (P=0.000). When the T1 and T2 groups were compared, however, no statistically significant differences were found between EL and SSL in terms of these periodontal indexes.

  2. Efeito da amarração em Ortodontia, com ligaduras elastoméricas e de aço inoxidável, na saúde periodontal Effects of orthodontic ligation-using elastomeric and stainless steel ligatures-on periodontal health

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    Clotilde Freitas Rodrigues

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: o presente estudo avaliou clinicamente as condições periodontais de um grupo teste e um grupo controle utilizando-se os seguintes três sistemas de indexação periodontal: índice de biofilme, índice de sangramento e profundidade de sondagem. MÉTODOS: o grupo teste foi composto por 20 indivíduos com média etária de 13,5 anos, submetido ao tratamento ortodôntico fixo, que recebeu duas formas de ligaduras: a elastomérica e a de aço inoxidável. Os resultados foram comparados entre si e com um grupo controle, sem tratamento ortodôntico, composto de 15 indivíduos com média etária de 15,3 anos. As mensurações foram realizadas previamente ao tratamento ortodôntico (T1 e seis meses após a colocação do aparelho ortodôntico fixo (T2; e, no grupo controle, após seis meses da mensuração inicial (T2. Ambos os grupos foram orientados quanto à higiene bucal, segundo a técnica de Bass, antes do início do tratamento. RESULTADOS E CONCLUSÕES: os resultados das análises das faces dentárias demonstraram um aumento estatisticamente significativo nos índices de biofilme (P=0,000, sangramento gengival (P=0,000 e profundidade de sondagem (P=0,000, quando T1 e T2 e os grupos foram comparados; entretanto, não foram encontradas diferenças estatisticamente significativas entre as ligaduras elastoméricas e de aço inoxidável na avaliação desses índices periodontais.OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to conduct a clinical evaluation of the periodontal conditions of a test group and a control group using three periodontal indexing systems, namely: dental biofilm index (DBI, bleeding index (BI and pocket probing depth (PPD. METHODS: The test group consisted of 20 subjects with a mean age of 13.5 years undergoing fixed orthodontic treatment involving the use of two types of ligature: elastomeric ligature (EL and stainless steel ligature (SSL. The results were compared with a control group without prior orthodontic treatment, comprising 15 subjects with a mean age of 15.3 years. The measurements were performed prior to orthodontic treatment (T1 and six months after placement of a fixed orthodontic appliance (T2; and in the control group, six months after the initial measurement (T2. Both groups were instructed about oral hygiene, according to the Bass technique, before treatment. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: Dental surfaces showed a statistically significant increase in levels of biofilm (P=0.000, gingival bleeding (P=0.000 and probing depth (P=0.000. When the T1 and T2 groups were compared, however, no statistically significant differences were found between EL and SSL in terms of these periodontal indexes.

  3. Adsorption and Permeation Behavior of Tritium in Vacuum Storage Vessel Materials

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    Adsorption behaviour of tritium in 316 L stainless steel vacuum storage vessels and gaskets which used for tritium targets storage about 4 years and 20 years was investigated, and the permeation rate of tritium in the stainless steel vessels was analysed as well. The results showed that tritium on the surface of the stainless steel vessels was dozens Bq/cm2, and there was about 106 Bq/g tritium in stainless steel and ceramic materials. During thermal desorption to 1 273 K, about 99% tritium released from these materials, and the proportion of HTO in ceramic was more than stainless steel. The permeation rate of storage vessels in summer was about 4 times than that in winter. It indicated that tritium adsorbed on the inner surface of the storage vessels at first, some of it diffused to the matrix and remained in it, others permeate from storage vessels to environment,and the temperature is one of the key factors which affect tritium permeation. (authors)

  4. Materials development

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    Objective of the materials program is the development of a structural material for the MSBR primary circuit which is resistant to irradiation embrittlement and intergranular attack by fission products. The bulk of the work was done on the development and study of modified Hastelloy N (Ti, Nb), including its interaction with salt and fission Te. Materials (Ta-10 percent W, Mo, graphite) are also being tested for corrosion resistance at 600 and 7000C to Bi--Li for use in fuel processing

  5. Materials characterisation

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    Various nuclear techniques have been developed and employed by technologies and scientists worldwide to physically and chemically characterise the material particularly those that have applications in industry. These include small angle neutron scattering (SANS), x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) for the internal structural study of material, whereas, the x-ray fluorescence (XRF) for the chemical analysis, while the Moessbauer spectroscopy for the study on the magnetic properties and structural identity of material. Basic principle and instrumentations of the techniques are discussed in this chapter. Example of their applications in various disciplines particularly in characterisation of industrial materials also described

  6. MATERIAL SELECTION

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    The paper summarizes various criteria that can be used in selecting material used in the construction, furnishing, maintenance, and operation of a building. It also summarizes the types of material and product testing that can be especially useful in the selection process. In bro...

  7. Materials Selection.

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    A course in materials selection at the University of Florida is described. The course is designed to teach the student how to select materials for the construction of different types of engineering hardware and how to translate the operational requirements of engineering equipment into purchasing specifications. An outline of the course and sample…

  8. Scintillator material

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    A scintillator material for detection and quantitative determination of ionizing radiation is discussed consisting of an acridone dissolved in a fluid or solid medium. Solvent mixtures with at least one protogenic component or polymers and copolymers are used. The scintillator material is distinguished by an excellent stability at high energy doses

  9. Cermet materials

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    Kong, Peter C. (Idaho Falls, ID)

    2008-12-23

    A self-cleaning porous cermet material, filter and system utilizing the same may be used in filtering particulate and gaseous pollutants from internal combustion engines having intermetallic and ceramic phases. The porous cermet filter may be made from a transition metal aluminide phase and an alumina phase. Filler materials may be added to increase the porosity or tailor the catalytic properties of the cermet material. Additionally, the cermet material may be reinforced with fibers or screens. The porous filter may also be electrically conductive so that a current may be passed therethrough to heat the filter during use. Further, a heating element may be incorporated into the porous cermet filter during manufacture. This heating element can be coated with a ceramic material to electrically insulate the heating element. An external heating element may also be provided to heat the cermet filter during use.

  10. Materials science

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    The Materials Science Division is engaged in research on physical properties of materials and the effects of radiation upon them. This involves solid state materials undergoing phase transitions, energy storing materials, and biomaterials. The Division also offers research facilities for M.S. and Ph.D. thesis work in the fields of physics, chemistry, materials, and radiation sciences in cooperation with the various colleges and departments of the UPR Mayaguez Campus. It is anticipated that it will serve as a catalyst in starting energy-related research programs in cooperation with UPR faculty, especially programs involving solar energy. To encourage and promote cooperative efforts, contact is maintained with former graduate students and with visiting scientists from Latin American research institutions

  11. BOOK REVIEW: NMR Imaging of Materials

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    Blümich, Bernhard

    2003-09-01

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of materials is a field of increasing importance. Applications extend from fundamental science like the characterization of fluid transport in porous rock, catalyst pellets and hemodialysers into various fields of engineering for process optimization and product quality control. While the results of MRI imaging are being appreciated by a growing community, the methods of imaging are far more diverse for materials applications than for medical imaging of human beings. Blümich has delivered the first book in this field. It was published in hardback three years ago and is now offered as a paperback for nearly half the price. The text provides an introduction to MRI imaging of materials covering solid-state NMR spectroscopy, imaging methods for liquid and solid samples, and unusual MRI in terms of specialized approaches to spatial resolution such as an MRI surface scanner. The book represents an excellent and thorough treatment which will help to grow research in materials MRI. Blümich developed the treatise over many years for his research students, graduates in chemistry, physics and engineering. But it may also be useful for medical students looking for a less formal discussion of solid-state NMR spectroscopy. The structure of this book is easy to perceive. The first three chapters cover an introduction, the fundamentals and methods of solid-state NMR spectroscopy. The book starts at the ground level where no previous knowledge about NMR is assumed. Chapter 4 discusses a wide variety of transformations beyond the Fourier transformation. In particular, the Hadamard transformation and the 'wavelet' transformation are missing from most related books. This chapter also includes a description of noise-correlation spectroscopy, which promises the imaging of large objects without the need for extremely powerful radio-frequency transmitters. Chapters 5 and 6 cover basic imaging methods. The following chapter about the use of relaxation and spectroscopic methods to weight or filter the spin signals represents the core of the book. This is a subject where Blümich is deeply involved with substantial contributions. The chapter includes a lot of ideas to provide MR contrast between different regions based on their mobility, diffusion, spin couplings or NMR spectra. After describing NMR imaging methods for solids with broad lines, Blümich spends time on applications in the last two chapters of the book. This part is really fun to read. It underlines the effort to bring NMR into many kinds of manufacturing. Car tyres and high-voltage cables are just two such areas. Elastomeric materials, green-state ceramics and food science represent other interesting fields of applications. This part of the book represents a personal but nevertheless extensive compilation of modern applications. As a matter of course the MOUSE is presented, a portable permanent-magnet based NMR developed by Blümich and his co-workers. Thus the book is not only of interest to NMR spectroscopists but also to people in material science and chemical engineering. The bibliography and indexing are excellent and may serve as an attractive reference source for NMR spectroscopists. The book is the first on the subject and likely to become the standard text for NMR imaging of materials as the books by Abragam, Slicher and Ernst et al are for NMR spectroscopy. The purchase of this beautiful book for people dealing with NMR spectroscopy or medical MRI is highly recommended. Ralf Ludwig

  12. Thermoluminescent materials

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    Thermoluminescence is the emission of light from substances when they are heated. This phenomena is observed for many synthetic and natural substances. These thermoluminescent materials must be ionic crystals, covalent crystals, and molecular crystals - an insulator or a semiconductor, but metals do not exhibit luminescent properties because they could not storage radiation energy. Most research has been devoted to the discovery and development of materials suitable for thermoluminescence dosemeters, and some phosphors are used routinely in dosimetric applications. But for other purposes, many interesting materials have been suggested and investigated. (author)

  13. Radioactive Material

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  14. Shielding materials

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    The higher neutron flux levels associated with fast reactors, when compared to thermal reactors of the same power, dictate the use of structural steels in the primary reactor shields and the need to design replaceable shield components. The loop-type reactor design being developed in the United States eliminates the need for graphite or other moderating material within the reactor vessel. Sufficient reactor shielding is employed to assure that permanent structural members retain mechanical characteristics comparable to unirradiated material. Removable or replaceable components are designed to retain specific required physical characteristics until replaced. The concretes and compensatory shields used throughout the fast reactor plant are quite similar to those employed in thermal reactor systems. High density concretes containing metallic ores and iron are used where space limitations dictate. Selection of compensatory shield materials is complicated by the diversity of the problems that exist and by the limited knowledge of the long-term behavior of some materials

  15. Basalt Materials

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    Physicochemical Studies of Basalt Materials and Ceramic Chromite-Niobate Composites for the Purpose of the Immobilization of Ecologically Hazardous Actinides and the Making of Protective Barriers for a Long-term Safe Storage of Radwastes.

  16. Propulsion materials

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    Wall, Edward J. [U.S. Dept. of Energy, Washington, D.C. (United States); Sullivan, Rogelio A. [U.S. Dept. of Energy, Washington, D.C. (United States); Gibbs, Jerry L. [U.S. Dept. of Energy, Washington, D.C. (United States)

    2008-01-01

    The Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Vehicle Technologies (OVT) is pleased to introduce the FY 2007 Annual Progress Report for the Propulsion Materials Research and Development Program. Together with DOE national laboratories and in partnership with private industry and universities across the United States, the program continues to engage in research and development (R&D) that provides enabling materials technology for fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly commercial and passenger vehicles.

  17. Touching Materiality

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    Rasmussen, Lisa Rosén

    2012-01-01

    Dripping ink pens, colourful paint on skin, vegetables pots on a school roof. In interviews with three generations of former school pupils, memories of material objects bore a relation to everyday school life in the past. Interwoven, these objects entered the memorising processes, taking the interviewer and interviewee beyond an exclusively linguistic understanding of memory. This article analyses how the shifting objects of materiality in personal and generational school memories connects to ma...

  18. New materials

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    This volume contains state-to-the-art lectures presented by distinguished scientists on important aspects of new materials covering diverse and varied aspects of the subject, such as: growth and characterization of ZnSe-based II-VI semiconductor quantum wells and superlattices for short wavelength semiconductor lasers; atomic layer and unit-cell layer growth of oxide superconductor thin films by laser molecular beam epitaxy; lattice engineering of ceramics for exploration of new high Tc superconductors; hydrogenated amorphous silicon, its alloys and their device applications; organic superconductors; occurrence of high-temperature ?-phase of AgI at room temperature in superionic AgI-Ag2O-MxOy glasses; gas sensor materials; diamond thin films; sol-gel technique for materials synthesis; computer applications to materials science and engineering; icosahedral quasicrystals; construction and functional properties of polymer/(liquid crystal) composite systems; novel method to prepare conducting polymer composites; membranes for gas separations; discontinuously reinforced metal matrix composites; tribological behaviour of new materials; development of carbon-carbon composites; ceramic composites by directed metal oxidation; biofunctional materials that initiate, excel and control the living body; and biomaterials host tissue interactions. (orig.)

  19. Radiation Balance of Urban Materials and Their Thermal Impact in Semi-Desert Region: Mexicali, México Study Case

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    Néstor Santillán-Soto

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Net radiation is an essential forcing of climate in the lower layers of Earth’s atmosphere. In this paper, radiation balance is measured in clay soil and green grass, and is compared with three urban materials. These materials: asphalt, concrete and white painted elastomeric polystyrene roofing sheet are widely used in Mexicali, Baja California, México. This study was carried out during August of 2011, the hottest time of the year. The 24-hour average values of net radiation found were: 137.2 W·m?2 for asphalt, 119.1 for concrete, 104.6 for clay soil, 152 for green grass and 29.2 for the polystyrene insulation. The latter two types of materials are likely to be the most effective in reducing urban heat island effects. This variation in the radiation balance has widespread implications for human living conditions, as land cover change tends to be towards surfaces that have higher levels of net radiation.

  20. Carbon materials

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    Over the last few years, about 9x106 tonnes of elemental carbon has been processed every year to various materials. The materials engineering industry well knows how to make use of the good properties of the graphite crystal, as there are good electrical and thermal conductivity, high-temperature resistance, little thermal expansion, and good chemical resistance. Certain properties and combinations of properties can be tailored by purposeful control of the crystal order and orientation, and of the structure. As an example of such 'tailoring' of carbon materials having the desired properties, the review article discusses carbon fibres, carbon-reinforced plastics, carbon-reinforced carbon, graphite foil, pyrocarbon, and glassy carbon. (RB)

  1. Development of an experimental set-up for electroresistance measurements of materials under high pressure and temperature

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    Principi, Emiliano; Di Cicco, Andrea

    2008-09-01

    We present an original experimental set-up designed to measure the electroresistance of materials under extreme conditions of pressure (0-10 GPa) and temperature (25-1500 °C). Electroresistance can be recorded automatically by a data acquisition board which controls the heating power using a fast feedback algorithm and collects the experimental data. The set-up has been put to the test by carrying out a set of preliminary measurements on Bi and Sn samples up to about 5 GPa and 500 °C. The samples have been confined inside pyrophyllite gaskets fitting the 'Paris-Edinburgh' non-toroidal open geometry and connected directly to a power supply. This advanced automated data acquisition system has been found to be very sensitive to tiny resistance variations, allowing for an accurate investigation of phase diagrams of materials, and can be potentially employed for the study of electroresistance anomalies of the liquid phase. The possibility of coupling this set-up with an x-ray source to carry out simultaneous x-ray diffraction measurements is emphasized.

  2. Development of an experimental set-up for electroresistance measurements of materials under high pressure and temperature

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    We present an original experimental set-up designed to measure the electroresistance of materials under extreme conditions of pressure (0–10 GPa) and temperature (25–1500 °C). Electroresistance can be recorded automatically by a data acquisition board which controls the heating power using a fast feedback algorithm and collects the experimental data. The set-up has been put to the test by carrying out a set of preliminary measurements on Bi and Sn samples up to about 5 GPa and 500 °C. The samples have been confined inside pyrophyllite gaskets fitting the 'Paris–Edinburgh' non-toroidal open geometry and connected directly to a power supply. This advanced automated data acquisition system has been found to be very sensitive to tiny resistance variations, allowing for an accurate investigation of phase diagrams of materials, and can be potentially employed for the study of electroresistance anomalies of the liquid phase. The possibility of coupling this set-up with an x-ray source to carry out simultaneous x-ray diffraction measurements is emphasized

  3. Layered materials

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    Johnson, David; Clarke, Simon; Wiley, John; Koumoto, Kunihito

    2014-06-01

    Layered compounds, materials with a large anisotropy to their bonding, electrical and/or magnetic properties, have been important in the development of solid state chemistry, physics and engineering applications. Layered materials were the initial test bed where chemists developed intercalation chemistry that evolved into the field of topochemical reactions where researchers are able to perform sequential steps to arrive at kinetically stable products that cannot be directly prepared by other approaches. Physicists have used layered compounds to discover and understand novel phenomena made more apparent through reduced dimensionality. The discovery of charge and spin density waves and more recently the remarkable discovery in condensed matter physics of the two-dimensional topological insulating state were discovered in two-dimensional materials. The understanding developed in two-dimensional materials enabled subsequent extension of these and other phenomena into three-dimensional materials. Layered compounds have also been used in many technologies as engineers and scientists used their unique properties to solve challenging technical problems (low temperature ion conduction for batteries, easy shear planes for lubrication in vacuum, edge decorated catalyst sites for catalytic removal of sulfur from oil, etc). The articles that are published in this issue provide an excellent overview of the spectrum of activities that are being pursued, as well as an introduction to some of the most established achievements in the field. Clusters of papers discussing thermoelectric properties, electronic structure and transport properties, growth of single two-dimensional layers, intercalation and more extensive topochemical reactions and the interleaving of two structures to form new materials highlight the breadth of current research in this area. These papers will hopefully serve as a useful guideline for the interested reader to different important aspects in this field and an overview of current areas of research interest.

  4. Electronic materials

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    Kwok, H L

    2010-01-01

    The electronic properties of solids have become of increasing importance in the age of information technology. The study of solids and materials, while having originated from the disciplines of physics and chemistry, has evolved independently over the past few decades. The classical treatment of solid-state physics, which emphasized classifications, theories and fundamental physical principles, is no longer able to bridge the gap between materials advances and applications. In particular, the more recent developments in device physics and technology have not necessarily been driven by new conc

  5. Utopian Materialities

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    Elgaard-Jensen, Torben

    2004-01-01

    In various ways, this paper makes the counter-intuitive claim that the utopian and the material are thoroughlyinterdependent, rather than worlds apart. First, through a reading of Thomas More's Utopia, it is argued thatUtopia is the product of particular kinds of relations, rather than merely a detachment from the known world.Second, the utopianism of a new economy firm is examined. It is argued that the physical set-up of the firm -in particular the distribution of tables and chairs - evoke a number of alternatives to ordinary work practice.In this way the materialities of the firm are crucial to its persuasive image of being the office of the future.The notion that utopia is achieved through material arrangements is finally related to the analysis of facts andfictions in ANT. It is argued, that even though Utopias are neither fact nor fiction, they are both material andeffective on the configuration of networks; Where facts tend to stabilise the network by `holding' others,Utopias tend to `push' the networkby evoking the possibility of others.

  6. Development of a re-brazeable containment system for special nuclear material storage and transport

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    This report describes a novel means of closing and sealing small type B radioactive material transport packages for surface or air transport as governed by 10CFR71 or NUREG-0360 has been developed at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). This method is a controlled brazing process that may be used to attach and seal a closure lid to a containment vessel and then remove it at a later time. The process may be performed multiple times without the need for special preparations of the braze joint. A number of advantages for utilization of this technique have been determined. A brazed seal has integrity at high temperatures for better protection in accident or abnormal environments. A properly designed joint has essentially the same strength as the parent metal. A closure that is brazed, therefore, will no longer be the anticipated point of failure for a broad range of accident environments. This technique will allow the containment vessel design to be optimized with a lighter, more uniform wall thickness throughout. Finally, with a well defined process for sealing, mechanical inspection, leak testing, and then reopening at a later time, automation of the process is relatively straightforward and the overall system should be as easy to use as one that utilizes elastomeric seals for containment

  7. Friction Material Composites Materials Perspective

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    Sundarkrishnaa, K L

    2012-01-01

    Friction Material Composites is the first of the five volumes which strongly educates and updates engineers and other professionals in braking industries, research and test labs. It explains besides the formulation of design processes and its complete manufacturing input. This book gives an idea of mechanisms of friction and how to control them by designing .The book is  useful for designers  of automotive, rail and aero industries for designing the brake systems effectively with the integration of friction material composite design which is critical. It clearly  emphasizes the driving  safety and how serious designers should  select the design input. The significance of friction material component like brake pad or a liner as an integral part of the brake system of vehicles is explained. AFM pictures at nanolevel illustrate broadly the explanations given.

  8. Advanced materials for control of post-earthquake damage in bridges

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    Shrestha, Kshitij C.; Saiid Saiidi, M.; Cruz, Carlos A.

    2015-02-01

    This paper presents analytical modeling to study the seismic response of bridge systems with conventional and advanced details. For validation, a 33 m quarter-scale model of a four-span bridge incorporating innovative materials and details seismically tested on the shake tables at the University of Nevada, Reno was taken. The bridge specimen involved use of advanced materials and details to reduce damage at plastic hinges and minimize residual displacements. A three-dimensional, nonlinear model incorporating the response of the innovative materials was developed to study the bridge response using the finite-element software OpenSees. Existing finite-element formulations were used to capture the response of the advanced materials used in the bridge. The analytical model was found to be able to reproduce comparable bent displacements and bent shear forces within reasonable accuracy. The validated model was further used to study different types of bridges under suite of scaled bi-directional near-fault ground motions. Comparisons were made on behavior of five different bridge types, first conventional reinforced concrete bridge, second post-tensioned column bridge, third bridge with elastomeric rubber elements at the plastic hinge zone, fourth bridge with nickel-titanium superelastic shape memory alloy (SMA) reinforcing bar and fifth bridge with CuAlMn superelastic SMA reinforcing bar. Both the SMA used bridges also utilized engineered cementitious composite element at the plastic hinge zone. The results showed effectiveness of the innovative interventions on the bridges in providing excellent recentering capabilities with minimal damage to the columns.

  9. Elastodynamic spot testing - assessing serviceability of aging elastomer parts

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    The properties of all polymers change with time as a function of their environment. Traditional practice has been to replace these parts according to generic time limits based on estimates of worst case material properties and conditions. This is overly-conservative in many cases, and creates unnecessary maintenance work and costs for replacement and disposal. Much of this could be avoided if the serviceability of elastomeric parts such as seals, diaphragms, gaskets, cable insulation and hoses could be reassessed on a routine basis. Elastodynamic spot testing offers a way to do this. Parts can be sampled while in service or storage to compare their as-new and used (or aged) elastodynamic properties. This data can usually be correlated with the results of functional tests to prove that material properties have not degraded to the point where the part could fail. This spot testing is similar to a micro-hardness test, but includes stress-relaxation and subsequent recovery. It provides a nondestructive means to assess the effective age of the material at a point, or several points, on a part. Sampling of hardness alone is rarely sufficient to know whether a part is still functional because this overlooks the material's viscoelastic and strength properties. An elastodynamic spot tester has been used to test different sizes, shapes and hardnesses of elastomeric parts at different levels of strain, i.e., indentation depths. An initial test program has given informative relaxation and recovery data, showing repeatability and comparing well with finite element analysis of the indentation process. Tests of aged 0-rings and diaphragms have revealed different elastodynamic properties, depending on the elastomer compound and aging conditions. (author)

  10. Materials Science

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    2003-01-01

    The Materials Science Program is structured so that NASA s headquarters is responsible for the program content and selection, through the Enterprise Scientist, and MSFC provides for implementation of ground and flight programs with a Discipline Scientist and Discipline Manager. The Discipline Working Group of eminent scientists from outside of NASA acts in an advisory capacity and writes the Discipline Document from which the NRA content is derived. The program is reviewed approximately every three years by groups such as the Committee on Microgravity Research, the National Materials Advisory Board, and the OBPR Maximization and Prioritization (ReMaP) Task Force. The flight program has had as many as twenty-six principal investigators (PIs) in flight or flight definition stage, with the numbers of PIs in the future dependent on the results of the ReMaP Task Force and internal reviews. Each project has a NASA-appointed Project Scientist, considered a half-time job, who assists the PI in understanding and preparing for internal reviews such as the Science Concept Review and Requirements Definition Review. The Project Scientist also insures that the PI gets the maximum science support from MSFC, represents the PI to the MSFC community, and collaborates with the Project Manager to insure the project is well-supported and remains vital. Currently available flight equipment includes the Materials Science Research Rack (MSRR-1) and Microgravity Science Glovebox. Ground based projects fall into one or more of several categories. Intellectual Underpinning of Flight Program projects include theoretical studies backed by modeling and computer simulations; bring to maturity new research, often by young researchers, and may include preliminary short duration low gravity experiments in the KC-135 aircraft or drop tube; enable characterization of data sets from previous flights; and provide thermophysical property determinations to aid PIs. Radiation Shielding and preliminary In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) studies work towards future long duration missions. Biomaterials support materials issues affecting crew health. Nanostructured Materials are currently considered to be maturing new research, and Advanced Materials for Space Transportation has as yet no PIs. PIs are assigned a NASA Technical Monitor to maintain contact, a position considered to be a 5 percent per PI effort. Currently 33 PIs are supported on the 1996 NRA, which is about to expire, and 59 on the 1998 NRA. Two new NRAs, one for Radiation Shielding and one for Materials Science for Advanced Space Propulsion are due to be announced by the 2003 fiscal year. MSFC has a number of facilities supporting materials science. These include the Microgravity Development Laboratory/SD43; Electrostatic Levitator Facility; SCN Purification Facility; Electron Microscope/Microprobe Facility; Static and Rotating Magnetic Field Facility; X-Ray Diffraction Facility; and the Furnace Development Laboratory.

  11. Magnetocaloric materials

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    Jeppesen, Stinus

    2008-10-15

    New and improved magnetocaloric materials are one of the cornerstones in the development of room temperature magnetic refrigeration. Magnetic refrigeration has been used since the 1930ies in cryogenic applications, but has since the discovery of room temperature refrigerants received enormous attention. This Ph.D. work has been mainly concerned with developing a new technique to characterize the magnetocaloric effect (MCE) and using this technique in the investigations on new and improved magnetocaloric materials. For this purpose a novel differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) with applied magnetic fields was developed for measuring heat capacity as function of magnetic field. Measurements using the developed DSC demonstrate a very high sensitivity, fast measurements and good agreement with results obtained by other techniques. Furthermore, two material systems have been described in this work. Both systems take basis in the mixed-valence manganite system La{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x}MnO{sub 3} well known from research on colossal magnetoresistance (CMR). The mixed-valence manganite crystallizes in the perovskite structure of general formula ABO{sub 3}. The first material system is designed to investigate the influence of low level Cu doping on the B-site. Six different samples were prepared with over-stoichiometric compositions La{sub 0.67}Ca{sub 0.33}Mn{sub 1.05}Cu{sub x}O{sub 3}, x=0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5%. All compositions crystallized well in the same perovskite structure, but the morphology of the samples changed drastically with doping. Investigation on the magnetocaloric properties revealed that small levels of Cu up to around 3% could improve the magnetocaloric performance of the materials. Furthermore, Cu could be used to tune the temperature interval without deteriorating the MCE, which is a much desired characteristic for potential use in magnetic refrigerators. A less comprehensive part of the work has been concerned with the investigation of doping on the A-site in the structure. The possibility of substituting the lanthanum content of the material with a lanthanide mix (Ln) consisting of La, Ce, Nd and Pr was investigated due to the potential of making more cost-effective materials. Four samples with compositions (La{sub 1-x}Ln{sub x}){sub 0.67}Ca{sub 0.33}Mn{sub 1.05}O3 with x=0, 0.33, 0.67 and 1.00, were synthesized to investigate the effect on the magnetocaloric properties. It was found that the perovskite structure could be maintained even at the highest level of doping (x=1.00), and that the maximum magnetic entropy change, DELTAS{sub M}, quantifying the magnetocaloric effect was actually enhanced to an optimum at x=0.67. Furthermore, the relative cooling power (RCP) was calculated for this series, and it was demonstrated that RCP increases continuously with doping and reaches the highest value in the composition, where the entire lanthanum content has been replaced by the lanthanide mix. These observations make promise of compositions, which could be competitive both in terms of cost-effectiveness and MCE. The work on the latter materials have been disclosed in a US and UK patent application. (author)

  12. Virtual materiality

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    Søndergaard, Dorte Marie

    2011-01-01

    There are two questions that feed the curiosity of this paper: a theoretical question connected to the conceptualization of materiality across the real/virtual divide and an empirical question connected to the understanding of virtual experiences in children’s lives when studied in relation to bullying practices in school. The theoretical question concerns the conceptual challenges that arise from empirical data which contain 1. children’s narratives about matter and meaning as they intertwine i...

  13. Materializing ideas

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    Strandvad, Sara Malou

    2011-01-01

    Based on a qualitative study of development processes in the Danish film industry, this article sketches a socio-material perspective for analysing the production of culture. Whereas previous studies of cultural production have identified social factors in cultural production, this article sets out to investigate how the evolving object may form an active part in the collaborative process of its making. The article identifies three moments when the evolving object becomes decisive for the collab...

  14. Prosthesis Material

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    2004-01-01

    In this photograph, Amputee Amie Bradly uses a NASA-developed prosthesis to paint her fingernails. Derived from foam insulation technology used to protect the Space Shuttle External Tank from excessive heat, FAB/CAD, a subsidiary of the Harshberger Prosthetic and Orthotic Center, utilized the technology to replace the heavy, fragile plaster they used to produce master molds for prosthetics. The new material was lighter, cheaper and easier to manufacture than plaster, resulting in lower costs to the customer.

  15. Material monitoring

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    Waste Reduction Operations Complex (WROC) facilities are located at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL). The overall goal for the Pollution Prevention/Waste Minimization Unit is to identify and establish the correct amount of waste generated so that it can be reduced. Quarterly, the INEL Pollution Prevention (P2) Unit compares the projected amount of waste generated per process with the actual amount generated. Examples of waste streams that would be addresses for our facility would include be are not limited to: Maintenance, Upgrades, Office and Scrap Metal. There are three potential sources of this variance: inaccurate identification of those who generate the waste; inaccurate identification of the process that generates the waste; and inaccurate measurement of the actual amount generated. The Materials Monitoring Program was proposed to identify the sources of variance and reduce the variance to an acceptable level. Prior to the implementation of the Material Monitoring Program, all information that was gathered and recorded was done so through an informal estimation of waste generated by various personnel concerned with each processes. Due to the inaccuracy of the prior information gathering system, the Material Monitoring Program was established. The heart of this program consists of two main parts. In the first part potential waste generators provide information on projected waste generation process. In the second part, Maintenance, Office, Scrap Metal and Facility Upgrade wastes from given processes is disposed within the appropriate bin dedicated to that process. The Material Monitoring Program allows for the more accurate gathering of information on the various waste types that are being generated quarterly

  16. A high-pressure apparatus with in situ electron spin resonance probe for the characterization of phase transitions in magnetic materials and superconductors

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    Nemat-Nasser, Syrus Csaba

    I have developed a sapphire ball cell high pressure apparatus with an in situ microwave electron spin resonance (ESR) probe for the study of phase transitions in magnetic materials and superconductors at microwave frequencies (10 GHz). The resonant structure is based on two sapphire ball dielectric resonators which also serve to compress a gasket enclosed sample region. This high pressure microwave apparatus facilitates the study of the magnetic properties of materials as a function of pressure, temperature, and applied magnetic field. In this dissertation, I present the design, fabrication, and application of the sapphire ball cell cavity in our physics laboratory to the study of both colossal magnetoresistive and superconducting materials. My presentation includes an introduction to methods of high pressure research and microwave spectroscopy as well as detailed descriptions of the methods of pressure generation, pressure calibration, and the characterization of phase transitions within our specific experiments. To design the resonant microwave cavity structures used in my experiments, I incorporated a number of computational techniques for the solution of the electromagnetic wave equation. These techniques have led to other interesting projects. I will discuss one of these projects in my final chapter where I present an analytical, computational, and experimental study of an effective dielectric medium with plasmonic response at microwave frequencies.

  17. Synthesis, characterization, and efficacy of antimicrobial chlorhexidine hexametaphosphate nanoparticles for applications in biomedical materials and consumer products

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    Full Text Available Michele E Barbour,1 Sarah E Maddocks,2 Natalie J Wood,1,3 Andrew M Collins3 1Oral Nanoscience, School of Oral and Dental Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK; 2Cardiff School of Health Sciences, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, UK; 3Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK Abstract: Chlorhexidine (CHX is an antimicrobial agent that is efficacious against gram-negative and -positive bacteria and yeasts. Its mechanism of action is based on cell membrane disruption and, as such, it does not promote the development of bacterial resistance, which is associated with the widespread use of antibiotics. In this manuscript, we report the development of novel antimicrobial nanoparticles (NPs based on a hexametaphosphate salt of CHX. These are synthesized by instantaneous reaction between equimolar aqueous solutions of CHX digluconate and sodium hexametaphosphate, under room temperature and pressure. The reaction results in a stable colloid composed of highly negatively charged NPs (?50 mV, of size 20-160 nm. The NPs adhere rapidly to specimens of glass, titanium, and an elastomeric wound dressing, in a dose-dependent manner. The functionalized materials exhibit a gradual leaching of soluble CHX over a period of at least 50 days. The NP colloid is efficacious against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in both planktonic and biofilm conditions. These NPs may find application in a range of biomedical and consumer materials. Keywords: MRSA, biomaterials, chlorhexidine, drug delivery, slow release

  18. FOREWORD: Materials metrology Materials metrology

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    Bennett, Seton; Valdés, Joaquin

    2010-04-01

    It seems that so much of modern life is defined by the materials we use. From aircraft to architecture, from cars to communications, from microelectronics to medicine, the development of new materials and the innovative application of existing ones have underpinned the technological advances that have transformed the way we live, work and play. Recognizing the need for a sound technical basis for drafting codes of practice and specifications for advanced materials, the governments of countries of the Economic Summit (G7) and the European Commission signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 1982 to establish the Versailles Project on Advanced Materials and Standards (VAMAS). This project supports international trade by enabling scientific collaboration as a precursor to the drafting of standards. The VAMAS participants recognized the importance of agreeing a reliable, universally accepted basis for the traceability of the measurements on which standards depend for their preparation and implementation. Seeing the need to involve the wider metrology community, VAMAS approached the Comité International des Poids et Mesures (CIPM). Following discussions with NMI Directors and a workshop at the BIPM in February 2005, the CIPM decided to establish an ad hoc Working Group on the metrology applicable to the measurement of material properties. The Working Group presented its conclusions to the CIPM in October 2007 and published its final report in 2008, leading to the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding between VAMAS and the BIPM. This MoU recognizes the work that is already going on in VAMAS as well as in the Consultative Committees of the CIPM and establishes a framework for an ongoing dialogue on issues of materials metrology. The question of what is meant by traceability in the metrology of the properties of materials is particularly vexed when the measurement results depend on a specified procedure. In these cases, confidence in results requires not only traceable calibration of the various instruments and standards used but also the reliable application of an accepted measurement procedure. Nowhere is this more evident than in the use of hardness scales, which are not directly traceable to the SI. This special issue of Metrologia includes a summary of the findings and conclusions of the Working Group and a further 14 papers covering the full range of properties of interest in science, engineering and standards making. It includes papers by authors at eight national measurement institutes and four other research centres. In addition to mechanical properties, there are papers addressing issues associated with the measurement of electromagnetic, acoustic and optical properties as well as those arising from the specific structural features of many new materials. As guest editors, we are extremely grateful to all the authors who have contributed to this special issue on the measurement of the properties of materials. We hope it will contribute to a wider appreciation of many of the associated issues and foster a growing understanding of the importance of ensuring that all such measurements are performed in accordance with accepted standards and procedures, with proper attention to the need to establish the traceability of the results. Only in this way can the performance, safety and fitness for purpose of products be guaranteed.

  19. Construction material

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    Wagh, Arun S. (Orland Park, IL); Antink, Allison L. (Bolingbrook, IL)

    2008-07-22

    A structural material of a polystyrene base and the reaction product of the polystyrene base and a solid phosphate ceramic is applied as a slurry which includes one or more of a metal oxide or a metal hydroxide with a source of phosphate to produce a phosphate ceramic and a poly (acrylic acid or acrylate) or combinations or salts thereof and polystyrene or MgO applied to the polystyrene base and allowed to cure so that the dried aqueous slurry chemically bonds to the polystyrene base. A method is also disclosed of applying the slurry to the polystyrene base.

  20. Energy materials

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    Bruce, Duncan W; Walton, Richard I

    2011-01-01

    In an age of global industrialisation and population growth, the area of energy is one that is very much in the public consciousness. Fundamental scientific research is recognised as being crucial to delivering solutions to these issues, particularly to yield novel means of providing efficient, ideally recyclable, ways of converting, transporting and delivering energy. This volume considers a selection of the state-of-the-art materials that are being designed to meet some of the energy challenges we face today. Topics are carefully chosen that show how the skill of the synthetic chemist can

  1. Photovoltaic Materials

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    Duty, C.; Angelini, J.; Armstrong, B.; Bennett, C.; Evans, B.; Jellison, G. E.; Joshi, P.; List, F.; Paranthaman, P.; Parish, C.; Wereszczak, A.

    2012-10-15

    The goal of the current project was to help make the US solar industry a world leader in the manufacture of thin film photovoltaics. The overall approach was to leverage ORNL’s unique characterization and processing technologies to gain a better understanding of the fundamental challenges for solar cell processing and apply that knowledge to targeted projects with industry members. ORNL has the capabilities in place and the expertise required to understand how basic material properties including defects, impurities, and grain boundaries affect the solar cell performance. ORNL also has unique processing capabilities to optimize the manufacturing process for fabrication of high efficiency and low cost solar cells. ORNL recently established the Center for Advanced Thin-film Systems (CATS), which contains a suite of optical and electrical characterization equipment specifically focused on solar cell research. Under this project, ORNL made these facilities available to industrial partners who were interested in pursuing collaborative research toward the improvement of their product or manufacturing process. Four specific projects were pursued with industrial partners: Global Solar Energy is a solar industry leader in full scale production manufacturing highly-efficient Copper Indium Gallium diSelenide (CIGS) thin film solar material, cells and products. ORNL worked with GSE to develop a scalable, non-vacuum, solution technique to deposit amorphous or nanocrystalline conducting barrier layers on untextured stainless steel substrates for fabricating high efficiency flexible CIGS PV. Ferro Corporation’s Electronic, Color and Glass Materials (“ECGM”) business unit is currently the world’s largest supplier of metallic contact materials in the crystalline solar cell marketplace. Ferro’s ECGM business unit has been the world's leading supplier of thick film metal pastes to the crystalline silicon PV industry for more than 30 years, and has had operational cells and modules in the field for 25 years. Under this project, Ferro leveraged world leading analytical capabilities at ORNL to characterize the paste-to-silicon interface microstructure and develop high efficiency next generation contact pastes. Ampulse Corporation is developing a revolutionary crystalline-silicon (c-Si) thin-film solar photovoltaic (PV) technology. Utilizing uniquely-textured substrates and buffer materials from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and breakthroughs in Hot-Wire Chemical Vapor Deposition (HW-CVD) techniques in epitaxial silicon developed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Ampulse is creating a solar technology that is tunable in silicon thickness, and hence in efficiency and economics, to meet the specific requirements of multiple solar PV applications. This project focused on the development of a high rate deposition process to deposit Si, Ge, and Si1-xGex films as an alternate to hot-wire CVD. Mossey Creek Solar is a start-up company with great expertise in the solar field. The primary interest is to create and preserve jobs in the solar sector by developing high-yield, low-cost, high-efficiency solar cells using MSC-patented and -proprietary technologies. The specific goal of this project was to produce large grain formation in thin, net-shape-thickness mc-Si wafers processed with high-purity silicon powder and ORNL's plasma arc lamp melting without introducing impurities that compromise absorption coefficient and carrier lifetime. As part of this project, ORNL also added specific pieces of equipment to enhance our ability to provide unique insight for the solar industry. These capabilities include a moisture barrier measurement system, a combined physical vapor deposition and sputtering system dedicated to cadmium-containing deposits, adeep level transient spectroscopy system useful for identifying defects, an integrating sphere photoluminescence system, and a high-speed ink jet printing system. These tools were combined with others to study the effect of defects on the performance of crystalline s

  2. PREFACE: Superconducting materials Superconducting materials

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    Charfi Kaddour, Samia; Singleton, John; Haddad, Sonia

    2011-11-01

    The discovery of superconductivity in 1911 was a great milestone in condensed matter physics. This discovery has resulted in an enormous amount of research activity. Collaboration among chemists and physicists, as well as experimentalists and theoreticians has given rise to very rich physics with significant potential applications ranging from electric power transmission to quantum information. Several superconducting materials have been synthesized. Crucial progress was made in 1987 with the discovery of high temperature superconductivity in copper-based compounds (cuprates) which have revealed new fascinating properties. Innovative theoretical tools have been developed to understand the striking features of cuprates which have remained for three decades the 'blue-eyed boy' for researchers in superconductor physics. The history of superconducting materials has been notably marked by the discovery of other compounds, particularly organic superconductors which despite their low critical temperature continue to attract great interest regarding their exotic properties. Last but not least, the recent observation of superconductivity in iron-based materials (pnictides) has renewed hope in reaching room temperature superconductivity. However, despite intense worldwide studies, several features related to this phenomenon remain unveiled. One of the fundamental key questions is the mechanism by which superconductivity takes place. Superconductors continue to hide their 'secret garden'. The new trends in the physics of superconductivity have been one of the two basic topics of the International Conference on Conducting Materials (ICoCoM2010) held in Sousse,Tunisia on 3-7 November 2010 and organized by the Tunisian Physical Society. The conference was a nice opportunity to bring together participants from multidisciplinary domains in the physics of superconductivity. This special section contains papers submitted by participants who gave an oral contribution at ICoCoM2010 and by invited authors selected by the editor. We are grateful to IUPAP, ICTP and the European Office of Aerospace Research and Development, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, United States Air Force Laboratory. We would like to acknowledge the authors for their careful work, and finally we thank Dr L Smith the publisher of Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter for her patience and help. Superconducting materials contents Raman spectrum in the pseudogap phase of the underdoped cuprates: effect of phase coherence and the signature of the KT-type superconducting transitionTao Li and Haijun Liao Pressure effects on Dirac fermions in ?-(BEDT-TTF)2I3Takahiro Himura, Takao Morinari and Takami Tohyama Effect of Zn doping in hole-type 1111 phase (Pr, Sr)FeAsOXiao Lin, Chenyi Shen, Chen Lv, Jianjian Miao, Hao Tan, Guanghan Cao and Zhu-An Xu Superconductivity and ferromagnetism in EuFe2(As1 - xPx)2*Guanghan Cao, Shenggao Xu, Zhi Ren, Shuai Jiang, Chunmu Feng and Zhu'an Xu OInhomogeneous superconductivity in organic conductors: the role of disorder and magnetic fieldS Haddad, S Charfi-Kaddour and J-P Pouget

  3. Gas storage materials, including hydrogen storage materials

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    Mohtadi, Rana F; Wicks, George G; Heung, Leung K; Nakamura, Kenji

    2014-11-25

    A material for the storage and release of gases comprises a plurality of hollow elements, each hollow element comprising a porous wall enclosing an interior cavity, the interior cavity including structures of a solid-state storage material. In particular examples, the storage material is a hydrogen storage material, such as a solid state hydride. An improved method for forming such materials includes the solution diffusion of a storage material solution through a porous wall of a hollow element into an interior cavity.

  4. Nuclear materials in Japan

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    2015-03-01

    The incident at Fukushima Daiichi brought materials in the nuclear industry into the spotlight. Nature Materials talks to Tatsuo Shikama, Director of the International Research Centre for Nuclear Materials, Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, about the current situation.

  5. The materials physics companion

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    Fischer-Cripps, Anthony C

    2014-01-01

    Introduction to Materials Physics: Structure of matter. Solid state physics. Dynamic properties of solids. Dielectric Properties of Materials: Dielectric properties. Ferroelectric and piezoelectric materials. Dielectric breakdown. Applications of dielectrics. Magnetic Properties of Materials: Magnetic properties. Magnetic moment. Spontaneous magnetization. Superconductivity.

  6. Reactor fuels and materials

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    Lee, Gi Sun [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-08-15

    This book deals with reactor fuels and materials, introducing elementary knowledge of materials such as interaction between radiation and crystal lattice, damage of the crystal by the radiation and recovery, uranium enrichment and a nuclear fuel reprocessing, metal fuels, uranium silicide fuels, covering material fuels, uranium dioxide fuels, gas cooled reactor materials fast reactor materials, fusion of cell nuclear, control materials of neutron and moderator materials. This books explains how to deal with these materials and how to use them in right way.

  7. High temperature range recuperator. Phase II. Prototype demonstration and material and analytical studies. Final report

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    A summary of the work performed to fully evaluate the commercial potential of a unique ceramic recuperator for use in recovering waste heat from high temperature furnace exhaust gases is presented. The recuperator concept being developed consists of a vertical cylindrical heat exchange column formed from modular sections. Within the column, the gasketed modules form two helical flow passages - one for high temperature exhaust gases and one for pre-heating combustion air. The column is operated in a counterflow mode, with the exhaust gas entering at the bottom and the combustion air entering at the top of the column. Activities included design and procurement of prototype recuperator modules, construction and testing of two prototype recuperator assemblies, exposure and mechanical properties testing of candidate materials, structural analysis of the modules, and assessment of the economic viability of the concept. The results of the project indicated that the proposed recuperator concept was feasible from a technical standpoint. Economic analysis based upon recuperator performance characteristics and module manufacturing costs defined during the program indicated that 3 to 10 years (depending upon pre-heat temperature) would be required to recover the capital cost of the system in combustion air preheat applications. At this stage in the development of the recuperator, many factors in the analysis had to be assumed. Significant changes in some of the assumptions could dramatically affect the economics. For example, utilizing $2.85 per mcf for the natural gas price (as opposed to $2.00 per mcf) could reduce the payback period by more than half in certain cases. In addition, future commercial application will depend upon ceramic component manufacturing technique advances and cost reduction.

  8. Phthalates and food-contact materials: enforcing the 2008 European Union plastics legislation

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    Petersen, Jens HØjslev; Jensen, Lisbeth Krüger

    2010-01-01

    The migration of phthalates into foodstuffs from food-contact materials (FCM) is a well-known source of food contamination. In 2005, the European Food Safety Authority finalized its risk assessment for several of the classical phthalate plasticizers. In their risk management procedure the European Commission transformed the tolerable daily intakes established by the Authority into legislative limits for phthalates in both plastic and food simulants, while taking exposure from other sources into consideration. These limits have been into force since 1 July 2008. A detailed interpretation of the regulation of these substances was agreed upon in the European network of FCM reference laboratories. This paper reports results from a Danish control campaign of samples collected by official food inspectors and analysed by a newly validated analytical method run under accreditation. Samples were from FCM producers, FCM importers and importers of packed foodstuffs from third-party countries. Products containing phthalates above the current limits were found in several categories of FCM: conveyor belts (six of six), lids from packed foodstuffs in glasses (eight of 28), tubes for liquid foodstuffs (four of five) and gloves (five of 14). More than 20% of the samples analysed contained dibutylphthalate (DBP) or di-(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) above the compositional limits of 0.05% and 0.1%, respectively. Analysis of residual phthalates in metal lid gaskets instead of analysis of phthalates in the food when controlling foodstuffs packed outside the European Union proved to be an efficient and simple control method. All findings of phthalates were associated with the use of plasticized polyvinylchloride (PVC).

  9. Phthalates and food-contact materials: enforcing the 2008 European Union plastics legislation.

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    Petersen, J H; Jensen, L K

    2010-11-01

    The migration of phthalates into foodstuffs from food-contact materials (FCM) is a well-known source of food contamination. In 2005, the European Food Safety Authority finalized its risk assessment for several of the classical phthalate plasticizers. In their risk management procedure the European Commission transformed the tolerable daily intakes established by the Authority into legislative limits for phthalates in both plastic and food simulants, while taking exposure from other sources into consideration. These limits have been into force since 1 July 2008. A detailed interpretation of the regulation of these substances was agreed upon in the European network of FCM reference laboratories. This paper reports results from a Danish control campaign of samples collected by official food inspectors and analysed by a newly validated analytical method run under accreditation. Samples were from FCM producers, FCM importers and importers of packed foodstuffs from third-party countries. Products containing phthalates above the current limits were found in several categories of FCM: conveyor belts (six of six), lids from packed foodstuffs in glasses (eight of 28), tubes for liquid foodstuffs (four of five) and gloves (five of 14). More than 20% of the samples analysed contained dibutylphthalate (DBP) or di-(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) above the compositional limits of 0.05% and 0.1%, respectively. Analysis of residual phthalates in metal lid gaskets instead of analysis of phthalates in the food when controlling foodstuffs packed outside the European Union proved to be an efficient and simple control method. All findings of phthalates were associated with the use of plasticized polyvinylchloride (PVC). PMID:20737341

  10. Materials Informatics: Fast Track to New Materials

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    Ferris, Kim F.; Peurrung, Loni M.; Marder, James M.

    2007-01-01

    Current methods for new materials development focus on either deeper fundamental-level studies or generation of large quantities of data. The data challenge in materials science is not only the volume of data being generated by many independent investigators, but its heterogeneity and also its complexity that must be transformed, analyzed, correlated and communicated. Materials informatics addresses these issues. Materials informatics is an emerging information-based field combining computational, statistical, and mathematical approaches with materials sciences for accelerating discovery and development of new materials. Within the informatic framework, the various different forms of information form a system architecture, an iterative cycle for transforming data into knowledge.

  11. Photorefractive Materials and Their Applications 2 Materials

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    Günter, Peter

    2007-01-01

    Photorefractive Materials and Their Applications 2: Materials is the second of three volumes within the Springer Series in Optical Sciences. The book gives a comprehensive review of the most important photorefractive materials and discusses the physical properties of organic and inorganic crystals as well as poled polymers. In this volume, photorefractive effects have been investigated at wavelengths covering the UV, visible and near infrared. Researchers in the field and graduate students of solid-state physics and engineering will gain a thorough understanding of the properties of materials in photorefractive applications. The other two volumes are: Photorefractive Materials and Their Applications 1: Basic Effects. Photorefractive Materials and Their Applications 3: Applications.

  12. Computational materials design

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    The concept of computational materials design is explained and the applications to the diluted magnetic semiconductors are discussed. The computational materials design is a system composed of three ingredients, namely the materials simulation, the discovery of mechanisms, and the guess for a new material. These three are combined to each other as a system, forming materials design engine. (author)

  13. Materials for Fusion Applications

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    Jioí Mat?jí?ek

    2013-01-01

    An overview of materials foreseen for use or already used in fusion devices is given. The operating conditions, material requirements and characteristics of candidate materials in several specific application segments are briefly reviewed. These include: construction materials, electrical insulation, permeation barriers and plasma facing components. Special attention will be paid to the latter and to the issues of plasma-material interaction, materials joining and fuctionally graded interlayers.

  14. Side-chain Liquid Crystal Polymers (SCLCP: Methods and Materials. An Overview

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    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available This review focuses on recent developments in the chemistry of side chain liquid crystal polymers. It concentrates on current trends in synthetic methods and novel, well defined structures, supramolecular arrangements, properties, and applications. The review covers literature published in this century, apart from some areas, such as dendritic and elastomeric systems, which have been recently reviewed.

  15. Physically Functional Materials

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    Berg, Rolf Henrik Technical University of Denmark,

    The invention relates to novel monodisperse or polydisperse compounds, in general named DNO (diamino acid Nalpha-substituted oligopeptides), preferably low molecular weight polypeptides, e.g., based on ornithine, lysine, diaminobutyric acid, diaminopropionic acid, aminoethylglycine or other amino acids or peptides having azobenzenes or other physicially functional groups, e.g., photoresponsive groups, as side chains. These compounds may be synthesized using solid phase peptide synthesis techniques. Materials, e.g., thin films, comprising such compounds may be used for optical storage of information (holographic data storage), nonlinear optics (NLO), as photoconductors, photonic band-gap materials, electrically conducting materials, electroluminescent materials, piezo-electric materials, pyroelectric materials, magnetic materials, ferromagnetic materials, ferroelectric materials, photorefractive materials, or materials in which light-induced conformational changes can be produced. Optical anisotropy may reversibly be generated with polarized laser light whereby a hologram is formed. First order diffraction efficiencies of up to around 80% have been obtained.

  16. Forensic Evidence : Materializing Bodies, Materializing Crimes

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    Kruse, Corinna

    2010-01-01

    Based on an ethnographic study of fingerprint and DNA evidence practices in the Swedish judicial system, this article analyses the materialization of forensic evidence. It argues that forensic evidence, while popularly understood as firmly rooted in materiality, is inseparably technoscientific and cultural. Its roots in the material world are entangled threads of matter, technoscience and culture that produce particular bodily constellations within and together with a particular sociocultural...

  17. MRI-based morphological modeling, synthesis and characterization of cardiac tissue-mimicking materials

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    This study uses standard synthetic methodologies to produce tissue-mimicking materials that match the morphology and emulate the in vivo murine and human cardiac mechanical and imaging characteristics, with dynamic mechanical analysis, atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and magnetic resonance imaging. In accordance with such aims, poly(glycerol sebacate) (PGS) elastomeric materials were synthesized (at two different glycerol (G)–sebacic (S) acid molar ratios; the first was synthesized using a G:S molar ratio of 2:2, while the second from a 2:5 G:S molar ratio, resulting in PGS2:2 and PGS2:5 elastomers, respectively). Unlike the synthesized PGS2:2 elastomers, the PGS2:5 materials were characterized by an overall mechanical instability in their loading behavior under the three successive loading conditions tested. An oscillatory response in the mechanical properties of the synthesized elastomers was observed throughout the loading cycles, with measured increased storage modulus values at the first loading cycle, stabilizing to lower values at subsequent cycles. These elastomers were characterized at 4 °C and were found to have storage modulus values of 850 and 1430 kPa at the third loading cycle, respectively, in agreement with previously reported values of the rat and human myocardium. SEM of surface topology indicated minor degradation of synthesized materials at 10 and 20 d post-immersion in the PBS buffer solution, with a noted cluster formation on the PGS2:5 elastomers. AFM nanoindentation experiments were also conducted for the measurement of the Young modulus of the sample surface (no bulk contribution). Correspondingly, the PGS2:2 elastomer indicated significantly decreased surface Young's modulus values 20 d post-PBS immersion, compared to dry conditions (Young's modulus = 1160 ± 290 kPa (dry) and 200 ± 120 kPa (20 d)). In addition to the two-dimensional (2D) elastomers, an integrative platform for accurate construction of three-dimensional tissue-mimicking models of cardiac anatomy from 2D MR images using rapid prototyping manufacturing processes was developed. For synthesized elastomers, doping strategies with two different concentrations of the MRI contrast agent Dotarem allowed independent and concurrent control of the imaging characteristics (contrast and relaxivity) during the synthetic process for increased contrast agent absorption, with tremendous potential for non-destructive in vivo use and applications to cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. (paper)

  18. Art as material culture

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    Van den Berg, Dirk Johannes

    2001-01-01

    With questions concerning the physical basis and the material substructure of works of art as topic, the article surveys a number of related problem areas. These include the objecthood of art, art products as physical remnants, the situatedness and reproduction of art, materials expertise and the iconology of materials. The untenability of materialism features implicitly as an underlying theme.

  19. Materials and Nanotechnology

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    The Materials and Nanotechnology Program is divided into subprograms in the following areas: Ceramic Materials, Composite Materials, Metallic Materials, Physical / Chemical Characterization and Nanomaterials. The subprograms are further divided in to broad topics in research, development and innovations. Within each topic, several R and D projects are carried out

  20. Materials and Nanotechnology

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    The focus of the Materials and Nanotechnology Program is technology development related to processing, analysis, testing and characterization of materials in general. The Program is divided into subprograms in broad areas such as ceramic, composite and metallic materials as well as characterization of physical and chemical properties of materials

  1. Tritium breeding materials

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    Tritium breeding materials are essential to the operation of D-T fusion facilities. Both of the present options - solid ceramic breeding materials and liquid metal materials are reviewed with emphasis not only on their attractive features but also on critical materials issues which must be resolved

  2. Materials technology. A dictionary

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    The dictionary lists about 3000 terms used in the science and technology of materials, referring to and explaining structure, microstructure and properties, metal and non-metal materials, natural materials, man-made materials and plastics, inorganic materials, composite materials, fabrication and processing methods, the testing of materials and manufactured components, surface treatment methods, tribology, and corrosion, wear and aging. Whenever appropriate, terms of related scientific areas have been included. The terms and explanations are accompanied by diagrams, illustrations and tables, which round up the textual information and facilitate comprehension. (MM)

  3. Biological materials by design

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    In this topical review we discuss recent advances in the use of physical insight into the way biological materials function, to design novel engineered materials ‘from scratch’, or from the level of fundamental building blocks upwards and by using computational multiscale methods that link chemistry to material function. We present studies that connect advances in multiscale hierarchical material structuring with material synthesis and testing, review case studies of wood and other biological materials, and illustrate how engineered fiber composites and bulk materials are designed, modeled, and then synthesized and tested experimentally. The integration of experiment and simulation in multiscale design opens new avenues to explore the physics of materials from a fundamental perspective, and using complementary strengths from models and empirical techniques. Recent developments in this field illustrate a new paradigm by which complex material functionality is achieved through hierarchical structuring in spite of simple material constituents. (topical review)

  4. Novel Ternary Molten Salt Electrolytes for intermediate-temperature sodium/nickel chloride batteries

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    Li, Guosheng; Lu, Xiaochuan; Coyle, Christopher A.; Kim, Jin Yong; Lemmon, John P.; Sprenkle, Vincent L.; Yang, Zhenguo

    2012-12-15

    The sodium-nickel chloride (ZEBRA) battery is typically operated at relatively high temperature (250~350°C) to achieve adequate electrochemical performance. Reducing the operating temperature in the range of 150 to 200°C can lead to enhanced cycle life by suppressing temperature related degradation mechanisms. The reduced temperature range also allows for lower cost materials of construction such as elastomeric sealants and gaskets. To achieve adequate electrochemical performance at lower operating temperatures requires an overall reduction in ohmic losses associated with temperature. This includes reducing the ohmic resistance of ?”-alumina solid electrolyte (BASE) and the incorporation of low melting point molten salt as the secondary electrolyte. In present work, planar-type Na/NiCl2 cells with a thin flat plate BASE (600 ?m) and low melting point secondary electrolyte were evaluated at reduced temperatures. Molten salt formulation for use as secondary electrolytes were fabricated by the partial replace of NaCl in the standard secondary electrolyte (NaAlCl4) with other lower melting point alkali metal salts such as NaBr, LiCl, and LiBr. Electrochemical characterization of the ternary molten salts demonstrated , improved ionic conductivity, and sufficient electrochemical window at reduced temperatures. Furthermore, Na/NiCl2 cells with 50 mol% NaBr-containing secondary electrolyte exhibited reduced polarizations at 175°C compared to the cell with the standard NaAlCl4 catholyte. The cells also exhibited stable cycling performance even at 150oC.

  5. Informing material specification

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    Ramsgaard Thomsen, Mette; Karmon, Ayelet

    2012-01-01

    Architecture is entering a radical rethinking of its material practice. Advancements in material science and more complex models of material simulation as well as the interfaces between design and fabrication are fundamentally changing the way we conceive and design our built environment. This new technological platform allows an unprecedented control over the material. Creating direct links between the space of design and the space of fabrication, the idea of the hyper specified material develo...

  6. Materials Analysis and Modeling of Underfill Materials.

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    Wyatt, Nicholas B [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Chambers, Robert S. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2015-08-01

    The thermal-mechanical properties of three potential underfill candidate materials for PBGA applications are characterized and reported. Two of the materials are a formulations developed at Sandia for underfill applications while the third is a commercial product that utilizes a snap-cure chemistry to drastically reduce cure time. Viscoelastic models were calibrated and fit using the property data collected for one of the Sandia formulated materials. Along with the thermal-mechanical analyses performed, a series of simple bi-material strip tests were conducted to comparatively analyze the relative effects of cure and thermal shrinkage amongst the materials under consideration. Finally, current knowledge gaps as well as questions arising from the present study are identified and a path forward presented.

  7. Orbital foamed material extruder

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    Tucker, Dennis S. (Inventor)

    2009-01-01

    This invention is a process for producing foamed material in space comprising the steps of: rotating the material to simulate the force of gravity; heating the rotating material until it is molten; extruding the rotating, molten material; injecting gas into the extruded, rotating, molten material to produce molten foamed material; allowing the molten foamed material to cool to below melting temperature to produce the foamed material. The surface of the extruded foam may be heated to above melting temperature and allowed to cool to below melting temperature. The extruded foam may also be cut to predetermined length. The starting material may be metal or glass. Heating may be accomplished by electrical heating elements or by solar heating.

  8. Enhanced magnetocaloric effect material

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    Lewis, Laura J. H.

    2006-07-18

    A magnetocaloric effect heterostructure having a core layer of a magnetostructural material with a giant magnetocaloric effect having a magnetic transition temperature equal to or greater than 150 K, and a constricting material layer coated on at least one surface of the magnetocaloric material core layer. The constricting material layer may enhance the magnetocaloric effect by restriction of volume changes of the core layer during application of a magnetic field to the heterostructure. A magnetocaloric effect heterostructure powder comprising a plurality of core particles of a magnetostructural material with a giant magnetocaloric effect having a magnetic transition temperature equal to or greater than 150 K, wherein each of the core particles is encapsulated within a coating of a constricting material is also disclosed. A method for enhancing the magnetocaloric effect within a giant magnetocaloric material including the step of coating a surface of the magnetocaloric material with a constricting material is disclosed.

  9. Carbon nanofibre reinforcement of soft materials

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    In elastomeric matrices carbon nanofibres are found to be twenty times more effective than carbon black as a reinforcing filler. In hard matrices, by contrast, reinforcement is minimal. Tensile and dynamic mechanical tests were performed to elucidate the mechanism of reinforcement in order to explain the superior performance in soft matrices. Small-angle neutron scattering and ultra-small-angle X-ray scattering were used to quantify filler morphology, which turns out to be the key factor that limits reinforcement potential. The presence of fractal cluster formed by agglomeration of the nanofibres reduces the effective aspect ratio of the nanotubes. Clustering, however, introduces a new reinforcement mechanism based on elastic deformation of the fibre clusters. This mechanism is operative in soft matrices but not in hard matrices, thus explaining the enhanced performance in soft matrices.

  10. Materials for breeding blankets

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    There are several candidate concepts for tritium breeding blankets that make use of a number of special materials. These materials can be classified as primary blanket materials, which have the greatest influence in determining the overall design and performance, and secondary blanket materials, which have key functions in the operation of the blanket but are less important in establishing the overall design and performance. The issues associated with the blanket materials are specified and several examples of materials performance are given. Critical data needs are identified. (orig.)

  11. Materials science and engineering

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    Lesuer, D.R.

    1997-02-01

    During FY-96, work within the Materials Science and Engineering Thrust Area was focused on material modeling. Our motivation for this work is to develop the capability to study the structural response of materials as well as material processing. These capabilities have been applied to a broad range of problems, in support of many programs at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. These studies are described in (1) Strength and Fracture Toughness of Material Interfaces; (2) Damage Evolution in Fiber Composite Materials; (3) Flashlamp Envelope Optical Properties and Failure Analysis; (4) Synthesis and Processing of Nanocrystalline Hydroxyapatite; and (5) Room Temperature Creep Compliance of Bulk Kel-E.

  12. Advanced energy materials

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    Tiwari, Ashutosh

    2014-01-01

    An essential resource for scientists designing new energy materials for the vast landscape of solar energy conversion as well as materials processing and characterization Based on the new and fundamental research on novel energy materials with tailor-made photonic properties, the role of materials engineering has been to provide much needed support in the development of photovoltaic devices. Advanced Energy Materials offers a unique, state-of-the-art look at the new world of novel energy materials science, shedding light on the subject's vast multi-disciplinary approach The book focuses p

  13. Material Transport and Synthesis by Cantilever-free Scanning Probe Lithography

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    Liao, Xing

    Reliably synthesizing and transporting materials in nanoscale is the key question in many fields of nanotechnology. Cantilever-free scanning probe lithography, by replacing fragile and costly cantilevers with a robust and low cost elastomeric structure, fundamentally solved the low-throughput nature of scanning probe lithography, which has great potential to be a powerful and point-of-use tool for high throughput synthesis of various kinds of nanomaterials. Two nanolithographic methods, polymer pen lithography (PPL) and beam pen lithography (BPL), have been developed based on the cantilever-free architecture to directly deliver materials and transfer energy to substrates, respectively. The first portion of my thesis, including chapter two and chapter three, addresses major challenges remaining in the cantilever-free scanning probe lithographic techniques. Chapter two details the role of contact force in polymer pen lithography. A geometric model was developed to quantitatively explain the relationship between the z-piezo extension, the contact force and the resulted feature size. With such a model, force can be used as the in-situ feedback during the patterning and a new method for leveling the pen arrays was developed, which utilizes the total force between the pen arrays and the surface to achieve leveling with a tilt of less than 0.004°. In chapter three, massively multiplexed near-field photolithography has been demonstrated by combining BPL with a batch method to fabricate nanometer scale apertures in parallel fashion and a strategy to individually actuation of each pen in the pen array are discussed. This transformative combination enables one to writing arbitrary patterns composed of diffraction-unlimited features over square centimeter areas that are in registry with existing patterns and nanostructures, creating a unified tool for constructing and studying nanomaterials. The second portion of this thesis focuses on applications of cantilever-free scanning probe techniques for material synthesis and transport. Chapter four and chapter five rely on individually actuated BPL as a power tool to synthesize multifunctional oxide and high resolution oligonucleotide array, respectively. Finally in chapter six, a study of nanoparticle coarsening within attoliter polymer nanoreactors defined by dip pen nanolithography and polymer pen lithography is discussed.

  14. Environmental Risk Assessment of the Olefin plant in Arya Sasol Petrochemical Complex using Fault Tree Analysis Method

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    S. A. Jozi

    2014-05-01

    Conclusion: Most likely occurrence of the final event was related to the gasket unsuitable material (2×10-2. Control action to prevent the occurrence of leakage could be supplying high quality gaskets and the failure is classified in the hardware failure category.

  15. EC Transmission Line Materials

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    Bigelow, Tim S [ORNL

    2012-05-01

    The purpose of this document is to identify materials acceptable for use in the US ITER Project Office (USIPO)-supplied components for the ITER Electron cyclotron Heating and Current Drive (ECH&CD) transmission lines (TL), PBS-52. The source of material property information for design analysis shall be either the applicable structural code or the ITER Material Properties Handbook. In the case of conflict, the ITER Material Properties Handbook shall take precedence. Materials selection, and use, shall follow the guidelines established in the Materials Assessment Report (MAR). Materials exposed to vacuum shall conform to the ITER Vacuum Handbook. [Ref. 2] Commercial materials shall conform to the applicable standard (e.g., ASTM, JIS, DIN) for the definition of their grade, physical, chemical and electrical properties and related testing. All materials for which a suitable certification from the supplier is not available shall be tested to determine the relevant properties, as part of the procurement. A complete traceability of all the materials including welding materials shall be provided. Halogenated materials (example: insulating materials) shall be forbidden in areas served by the detritiation systems. Exceptions must be approved by the Tritium System and Safety Section Responsible Officers.

  16. Materials Discovery: Informatic Strategies for Optical Materials

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    Ferris, Kim F.; Webb-Robertson, Bobbie-Jo M.; Jones, Dumont M.

    2007-01-15

    Information-based materials discovery offers a structured method to evolve materials signatures based upon their physical properties, and to direct searches using performance-based criteria. In this current paper, we focus on the crystal structure aspects of an optical material and construct an information-based model to determine the proclivity of a particular AB composition to exhibit multiple crystal system behavior. Exploratory data methods used both supervised (support-vector machines) and unsupervised (disorder-reduction and principal-component) classification methods for structural signature development; revealing complementary valid signatures. Examination of the relative contributions of the materials chemistry descriptors within these signatures indicates a strong role for Mendeleev number chemistry which must be balanced against the cationic/anionic radius ratio and electronegativity differences of constituents within the unit cell.

  17. Smart hydrogel functional materials

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    CHU, Liang-Yin; Ju, Xiao-Jie; Wang, Wei

    2013-01-01

    This book systematically introduces smart hydrogel functional materials with the configurations ranging from hydrogels to microgels. It serves as an excellent reference for designing and fabricating artificial smart hydrogel functional materials.

  18. Injection Laryngoplasty Materials

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    Haldun Oðuz

    2013-01-01

    Injection laryngoplasty is one of the treatment options for voice problems. In the recent years, more safe and more biocompatible injection materials are available on the market. Long and short term injection materials are discussed in this review.

  19. Practical materials characterization

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    2014-01-01

    Presents cross-comparison between materials characterization techniquesIncludes clear specifications of strengths and limitations of each technique for specific materials characterization problemFocuses on applications and clear data interpretation without extensive mathematics

  20. Supplements to Textbook Materials.

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    Holmes, Ken

    1994-01-01

    Describes the many kinds of materials that English teachers can draw upon to enrich and expand students' experiences with literature. Outlines ancillary materials used to supplement the study of William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." (HB)

  1. Advanced functional materials

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    2011-01-01

    This book reviews the results of recent research on new materials arising from progress in polymer, ceramic, sensor, and fuel cell technology, including advanced inorganic-organic-hybrid polymeric materials, high functional sensor, and microbial fuel cells.

  2. Nuclear Materials Storage

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    Creation of System for Storage, Operative Control and Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials and Ampoule Sources of Ionizing Radiation (ASIR) on "Baikal-1" stand Complex Meeting the International Requirements of Radioactive Materials Control...

  3. Dunkle Materie im Universum

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    Kunz-Drolshagen, Jutta

    1990-01-01

    Im Rahmen ihres Habilitationsvortrages behandelt die Autorin das Ob und das Warum der Existenz von dunkler Materie im Universum, ferner die Konsequenzen, die sich aus der Existenz dunkler Materie für die Evolution des Universums ergäben.

  4. Improvisation: Teaching Materials.

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    Kuzmich, John A., Jr.

    1980-01-01

    The past, present and future of music improvisation is discussed. Resources for piano, guitar, elementary general music materials, and electronic music materials are included, along with addresses of publishers. The emphasis is on jazz. (KC)

  5. Materials Selection : Materials for mechanical watches

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    Vanden Branden, Nicolas; Ernst, Norman; Crutzen, Yanick

    2011-01-01

    In close relationship with the course of Materials Selection, this report studies the best-suited materials for mechanical watches. To do so, it introduces what are mechanical watches and how they work. Then, it focuses on existing solutions, from where it looks after new and/or innovative solutions. This, thanks to a computer software (CES) and additional resources. It eventually discusses about all selective criteria to choose from to get the most optimized watch one could.

  6. Fuels and auxiliary materials

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    A brief survey is given of the problems of fuels, fuel cans, absorption and moderator materials proceeding from the papers presented at the 1971 4th Geneva Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy and the 1970 IAEA Conference in New York. Attention is focused on the behaviour of fuel and fuel can materials for thermal and fast reactors during irradiation, radiation stability of absorption materials and the effects of radiation on concrete and on moderator materials. (Z.M.)

  7. Meanings of Materials:

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    Karana, E.

    2009-01-01

    This book is about meanings we attribute to materials of the objects around us. Materials convey meanings: they look traditional, they express luxury, they are associated with factories, or they conjure up one’s childhood. How do materials obtain these meanings? How do they interact with other elements of product design in expressing certain meanings? How can designers systematically incorporate meaning considerations into their materials selection processes? This book presents...

  8. Smart materials and structures

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    Rogowski, Robert S.; Heyman, Joseph S.

    1993-01-01

    Embedded optical fibers allow not only the cure-monitoring and in-service lifetime measurements of composite materials, but the NDE of material damage and degradation with aging. The capabilities of such damage-detection systems have been extended to allow the quantitative determination of 2D strain in materials by several different methods, including the interferometric and the numerical. It remains to be seen, what effect the embedded fibers have on the strength of the 'smart' materials created through their incorporation.

  9. Materials Genome Initiative Element

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    Vickers, John

    2015-01-01

    NASA is committed to developing new materials and manufacturing methods that can enable new missions with ever increasing mission demands. Typically, the development and certification of new materials and manufacturing methods in the aerospace industry has required more than 20 years of development time with a costly testing and certification program. To reduce the cost and time to mature these emerging technologies, NASA is developing computational materials tools to improve understanding of the material and guide the certification process.

  10. Informing material specification

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    Ramsgaard Thomsen, Mette; Karmon, Ayelet

    2012-01-01

    Architecture is entering a radical rethinking of its material practice. Advancements in material science and more complex models of material simulation as well as the interfaces between design and fabrication are fundamentally changing the way we conceive and design our built environment. This new technological platform allows an unprecedented control over the material. Creating direct links between the space of design and the space of fabrication, the idea of the hyper specified material developed in direct response to defined design criteria calls upon a new material practice in which designers of artifacts are also designers of materials. In this practice materials are seen as bespoke composites, differentiated and graded, and whose particular detailing is a central part of a projects overall solution. This paper will present a dual investigation into material design as an architectural practice. Taking point of departure in two cross disciplinary workshop investigations, we explore ways in which materially embedded sensing can lead to the making of new strategies for material design. Both investigations use textiles as a model for material thinking. Developing bespoke interfaces between programmable architectural design tools and advanced computer numerically controlled (CNC) knitting machines we understand the practice of textile design as a particular class of material design that enables variegation across both material and structure. Our aim for the experiments is firstly: the design of active materials that use integrated sensing as a means for triggering actuation and secondly: the design of graded materials that use integrated sensing as a means for specification. In the following we will discuss how these two practices can be interlinked, what are the shared concepts and technologies and can these be advantageously merged.

  11. Modern electronic materials

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    Watkins, John B

    2013-01-01

    Modern Electronic Materials focuses on the development of electronic components. The book first discusses the history of electronic components, including early developments up to 1900, developments up to World War II, post-war developments, and a comparison of present microelectric techniques. The text takes a look at resistive materials. Topics include resistor requirements, basic properties, evaporated film resistors, thick film resistors, and special resistors. The text examines dielectric materials. Considerations include basic properties, evaporated dielectric materials, ceramic dielectri

  12. Machinability of advanced materials

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    Davim, J Paulo

    2014-01-01

    Machinability of Advanced Materials addresses the level of difficulty involved in machining a material, or multiple materials, with the appropriate tooling and cutting parameters.  A variety of factors determine a material's machinability, including tool life rate, cutting forces and power consumption, surface integrity, limiting rate of metal removal, and chip shape. These topics, among others, and multiple examples comprise this research resource for engineering students, academics, and practitioners.

  13. [Suture materials in dermatology].

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    Hundeiker, M

    1988-01-01

    In a short review, we describe the chemical, physical, and mechanical properties of some skin suture materials. More attention must be paid to the elasticity of most modern synthetic materials as a cause for ingrowing loops in sutures with too much tension. In addition, we deal with the various dissolution times of absorbable materials. PMID:3073602

  14. Fusion reactor materials

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    This paper discuses the following topics on fusion reactor materials: irradiation, facilities, test matrices, and experimental methods; dosimetry, damage parameters, and activation calculations; materials engineering and design requirements; fundamental mechanical behavior; radiation effects; development of structural alloys; solid breeding materials; and ceramics

  15. Isotope research materials

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    Preparation of research isotope materials is described. Topics covered include: separation of tritium from aqueous effluents by bipolar electrolysis; stable isotope targets and research materials; radioisotope targets and research materials; preparation of an 241Am metallurgical specimen; reactor dosimeters; ceramic and cermet development; fission-fragment-generating targets of 235UO2; and wire dosimeters for Westinghouse--Bettis

  16. Paramagnetic and Diamagnetic Materials

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    Thompson, Frank

    2011-01-01

    Paramagnetic and diamagnetic materials are now generally known as the "Cinderella" materials of the magnetic world. However, susceptibility measurements made on these materials in the past have revealed many details about the molecular bonding and the atomic structure of the so-called "transition" elements. Indeed, the magnetic moment of neodymium…

  17. Materials for Space Exploration

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    Robertson, Luke B.; Williams, Martha

    2010-01-01

    Topics include a lab overview, testing and processing equipment, hemochromic hydrogen sensors, antimicrobial materials, wire system materials, CNT ink formulations, CNT ink dust screens, CNT ink printed circuitry, cryogenic materials development, fire and polymers, the importance of lighting, electric lighting systems, LED for plant growth, and carbon nanotube fiber filaments.

  18. Computing and Material

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    Ramsgaard Thomsen, Mette; Tamke, Martin

    2013-01-01

    The digital is often said to bring us away from material. The adverse is true: digital design and fabrication grants new interfaces towards material and allows architectural design to engage with material on architectural scale in a way that is further reaching than ever before.

  19. Tailored Porous Materials

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    BARTON,THOMAS J.; BULL,LUCY M.; KLEMPERER,WALTER G.; LOY,DOUGLAS A.; MCENANEY,BRIAN; MISONO,MAKOTO; MONSON,PETER A.; PEZ,GUIDO; SCHERER,GEORGE W.; VARTULI,JAMES C.; YAGHI,OMAR M.

    1999-11-09

    Tailoring of porous materials involves not only chemical synthetic techniques for tailoring microscopic properties such as pore size, pore shape, pore connectivity, and pore surface reactivity, but also materials processing techniques for tailoring the meso- and the macroscopic properties of bulk materials in the form of fibers, thin films and monoliths. These issues are addressed in the context of five specific classes of porous materials: oxide molecular sieves, porous coordination solids, porous carbons, sol-gel derived oxides, and porous heteropolyanion salts. Reviews of these specific areas are preceded by a presentation of background material and review of current theoretical approaches to adsorption phenomena. A concluding section outlines current research needs and opportunities.

  20. Fusion Reactor Materials

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    The objective of SCK-CEN's programme on fusion reactor materials is to contribute to the knowledge on the radiation-induced behaviour of fusion reactor materials and components as well as to help the international community in building the scientific and technical basis needed for the construction of the future reactor. Ongoing projects include: the study of the mechanical and chemical (corrosion) behaviour of structural materials under neutron irradiation and water coolant environment; the investigation of the characteristics of irradiated first wall material such as beryllium; investigations on the management of materials resulting from the dismantling of fusion reactors including waste disposal. Progress and achievements in these areas in 2001 are discussed

  1. Advances in electronic materials

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    Kasper, Erich; Grimmeiss, Hermann G

    2008-01-01

    This special-topic volume, Advances in Electronic Materials, covers various fields of materials research such as silicon, silicon-germanium hetero-structures, high-k materials, III-V semiconductor alloys and organic materials, as well as nano-structures for spintronics and photovoltaics. It begins with a brief summary of the formative years of microelectronics; now the keystone of information technology. The latter remains one of the most important global technologies, and is an extremely complex subject-area. Although electronic materials are primarily associated with computers, the internet

  2. Self-healing materials.

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    Hager, Martin D; Greil, Peter; Leyens, Christoph; van der Zwaag, Sybrand; Schubert, Ulrich S

    2010-12-14

    Self-healing materials are able to partially or completely heal damage inflicted on them, e.g., crack formation; it is anticipated that the original functionality can be restored. This article covers the design and generic principles of self-healing materials through a wide range of different material classes including metals, ceramics, concrete, and polymers. Recent key developments and future challenges in the field of self-healing materials are summarised, and generic, fundamental material-independent principles and mechanism are discussed and evaluated. PMID:20839257

  3. New materials in defence

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    National defence is very important and always needs new such materials which have technological and socio-economic development of human society. The types of materials used by a society reflect its level of sophistication. These modern materials are basically the same conventional materials but with a greater knowledge content which include superalloys, modern polymers, engineering ceramics and the advanced composite. The production and use of new materials is playing and important role in the recent development in the defence industry. (A.B.)

  4. Stable Anisotropic Materials.

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    Li, Yijing; Barbic, Jernej

    2015-10-01

    The Finite Element Method (FEM) is commonly used to simulate isotropic deformable objects in computer graphics. Several applications (wood, plants, muscles) require modeling the directional dependence of the material elastic properties in three orthogonal directions. We investigate linear orthotropic materials, a special class of linear anisotropic materials where the shear stresses are decoupled from normal stresses, as well as general linear (non-orthotropic) anisotropic materials. Orthotropic materials generalize transversely isotropic materials, by exhibiting different stiffness in three orthogonal directions. Orthotropic materials are, however, parameterized by nine values that are difficult to tune in practice, as poorly adjusted settings easily lead to simulation instabilities. We present a user-friendly approach to setting these parameters that is guaranteed to be stable. Our approach is intuitive as it extends the familiar intuition known from isotropic materials. Similarly to linear orthotropic materials, we also derive a stability condition for a subset of general linear anisotropic materials, and give intuitive approaches to tuning them. In order to simulate large deformations, we augment linear corotational FEM simulations with our orthotropic and general anisotropic materials. PMID:26340037

  5. Contact materials for nanoelectronics

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    Alshareef, Husam N.

    2011-02-01

    In this article, we review current research activities in contact material development for electronic and nanoelectronic devices. A fundamental issue in contact materials research is to understand and control interfacial reactions and phenomena that modify the expected device performance. These reactions have become more challenging and more difficult to control as new materials have been introduced and as device sizes have entered the deep nanoscale. To provide an overview of this field of inquiry, this issue of MRS Bulletin includes articles on gate and contact materials for Si-based devices, junction contact materials for Si-based devices, and contact materials for alternate channel substrates (Ge and III-V), nanodevices. © 2011 Materials Research Society.

  6. Comprehensive nuclear materials

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    Allen, Todd; Stoller, Roger; Yamanaka, Shinsuke

    2012-01-01

    Comprehensive Nuclear Materials encapsulates a panorama of fundamental information on the vast variety of materials employed in the broad field of nuclear technology. The work addresses, in five volumes, 3,400 pages and over 120 chapter-length articles, the full panorama of historical and contemporary international research in nuclear materials, from Actinides to Zirconium alloys, from the worlds' leading scientists and engineers. It synthesizes the most pertinent research to support the selection, assessment, validation and engineering of materials in extreme nuclear environments. The work discusses the major classes of materials suitable for usage in nuclear fission, fusion reactors and high power accelerators, and for diverse functions in fuels, cladding, moderator and control materials, structural, functional, and waste materials.

  7. Comprehensive hard materials

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    2014-01-01

    Comprehensive Hard Materials deals with the production, uses and properties of the carbides, nitrides and borides of these metals and those of titanium, as well as tools of ceramics, the superhard boron nitrides and diamond and related compounds. Articles include the technologies of powder production (including their precursor materials), milling, granulation, cold and hot compaction, sintering, hot isostatic pressing, hot-pressing, injection moulding, as well as on the coating technologies for refractory metals, hard metals and hard materials. The characterization, testing, quality assurance and applications are also covered. Comprehensive Hard Materials provides meaningful insights on materials at the leading edge of technology. It aids continued research and development of these materials and as such it is a critical information resource to academics and industry professionals facing the technological challenges of the future. Hard materials operate at the leading edge of technology, and continued res...

  8. Articulating Material Criteria

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    Hasling, Karen Marie

    This paper discusses the experiences and potentials with materials teaching at the Institute for Product Design at Kolding School of Design, using materials teaching as experiments in my PhD project. The project intents to create a stronger material awareness among product design students with emphasis on sustainability. The experiments aim to develop an understanding of, how product design students include materials in their design practice and how tools can be developed that further enhance this. Hence experiments are essential for the progress of the PhD project as they help to observe, imitate and articulate the students’ inclusion of materials. This paper particularly discusses the experiences made and ideas generated after the execution of a material science course for second year students, with emphasis on the concept of the material selection matrix as an educational tool for material exploration. The course was the first course I was involved in as a PhD student and has served as the first observation case in my project. The purpose of this analysis has been to explore and demonstrate that data from material selection matrices generated during the course, help mature the tool. Furthermore the purpose is to initiate a discussion on, how to create educational tools for material awareness creation in the design education e.g. by applying objective and quantitative methods in an otherwise often subjective design process.

  9. Automatic material identifier

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    Radiation survey instruments could be used to verify the presence of radioactive material inside a container, but identification of the material would not be possible. One could imagine a very complex detector-analyzer system to analyze the radiation being emitted from a container, but it would be very large and difficult to use. At Los Alamos, a portable instrument with some limitations has been developed to identify plutonium and uranium inside a container. The instrument consists of a thin NaI crystal and an electronics package which is based on a microcomputer. The instrument uses the energy spectrum of the emitted radiation to identify the nuclear material present. The function of this instrument is to provide the user a tool for qualitative verification of nuclear materials in a container. The instrument can distinguish plutonium-239 and uranium-235 from other radioactive materials. A count rate indicator provides some measure of the quantity of material

  10. Specifying Optical Materials

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    Hartmann, Rudolf

    1989-01-01

    When choosing optimum materials for system components, the optical designer must consider many material characteristics. Optical parameters as well as structural and environmental requirements must be specified and toleranced. System performance and operating and storage requirements must be generated first to ensure that the optics contribute their required functional share. For example, whether or not focus of an objective or beam divergence of an afocal can be passively maintained by athermalization or by servo-driven feedback can largely depend on the selection of optical materials and their mechanical mountings. Laser damage thresholds may require inclusion-free materials and low scattering surfaces. These sur-faces can be another driver of substrate selection. Continued efforts in uniformly and more completely specifying optical materials are required to achieve a more predictable level of excellence in performance of EO systems. This paper provides both an overview of optical materials and application-oriented considerations for their selection.

  11. Designing Material Materialising Design

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    Nicholas, Paul

    2013-01-01

    Designing Material Materialising Design focuses on the design of elastically tailored composite architectural structures. Emerging technologies around synthetic materials can now support the precise specification of materials and their properties. This book moves away the conception of material as an unresisting receptacle for forms determined in advance to explore the architectural implications of synthetic materials and design methods for calibrated material behaviour. It includes case studies developed at the Center for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA) at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen. Novel concepts and operational models are illustrated that specify and materialise causal relationships between configuration and transformation. These projects reveal a new locus of architectural instruction that require new kinds of design information, new representational models, and different modes of design control.

  12. Basic Electromagnetism and Materials

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    Moliton, André

    2007-01-01

    Basic Electromagnetism and Materials is the product of many years of teaching basic and applied electromagnetism. This textbook can be used to teach electromagnetism to a wide range of undergraduate science majors in physics, electrical engineering or materials science. However, by making lesser demands on mathematical knowledge than competing texts, and by emphasizing electromagnetic properties of materials and their applications, this textbook is uniquely suited to students of materials science. Many competing texts focus on the study of propagation waves either in the microwave or optical domain, whereas Basic Electromagnetism and Materials covers the entire electromagnetic domain and the physical response of materials to these waves. Professor André Moliton is Director of the Unité de Microélectronique, Optoélectronique et Polymères (Université de Limoges, France), which brings together three groups studying the optoelectronics of molecular and polymer layers, micro-optoelectronic systems for teleco...

  13. Hydrophilic nanoporous materials

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    Berg, Rolf Henrik Technical University of Denmark,

    The present application discloses a method for preparing and rendering hydrophilic a nanoporous material of a polymer matrix which has a porosity of 0.1-90 percent (v/v), such that the ratio between the final water absorption (percent (w/w)) and the porosity (percent (v/v)) is at least 0.05, the method comprising the steps of: (a) preparing a precursor material comprising at least one polymeric component and having a first phase and a second phase; (b) removal of at least a part of the first phase of the precursor material prepared in step (a) so as to leave behind a nanoporous material of the polymer matrix; (c) irradiating at least a part of said nanoporous material with light of a wave length of in the range of 250-400 nm (or 200-700 nm) in the presence of oxygen and/or ozone. Corresponding hydrophilic nanoporous materials are also disclosed. L

  14. Fusion reactor materials

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    This is the fifteenth in a series of semiannual technical progress reports on fusion reactor materials. This report combines research and development activities which were previously reported separately in the following progress reports: Alloy Development for Irradiation Performance; Damage Analysis and Fundamental Studies; Special purpose Materials. These activities are concerned principally with the effects of the neutronic and chemical environment on the properties and performance of reactor materials; together they form one element of the overall materials programs being conducted in support of the Magnetic Fusion Energy Program of the U.S. Department of Energy. The Fusion Reactor Materials Program is a national effort involving several national laboratories, universities, and industries. The purpose of this series of reports is to provide a working technical record for the use of the program participants, and to provide a means of communicating the efforts of materials scientists to the rest of the fusion community, both nationally and worldwide

  15. Automatic material identifier

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    Radiation survey instruments could be used to verify the presence of radioactive material inside a container, but identification of the material would not be possible. One could imagine a very complex detector-analyzer system to analyze the radiation being emitted from a container, but it would be very large and difficult to use. At Los Alamos, a portable instrument with some limitations has been developed to identify plutonium and uranium inside a container. The instrument consists of a thin NaI crystal and an electronics package which is based on a microcomputer. The instrument uses the energy spectrum of the emitted radiation to identify the nuclear material present. The function of this instrument is to provide the user a tool for qualitative verification of nuclear materials in a container. The instrument can distinguish plutonium-239 and uranium-235 from other radioactive materials. A count rate indicator provides some measure of the quantity of material. 1 reference, 2 figures

  16. Heterogeneous Materials I and Heterogeneous Materials II

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    In these two volumes the author provides a comprehensive survey of the various mathematically-based models used in the research literature to predict the mechanical, thermal and electrical properties of hetereogeneous materials, i.e., materials containing two or more phases such as fibre-reinforced polymers, cast iron and porous ceramic kiln furniture. Volume I covers linear properties such as linear dielectric constant, effective electrical conductivity and elastic moduli, while Volume II covers nonlinear properties, fracture and atomistic and multiscale modelling. Where appropriate, particular attention is paid to the use of fractal geometry and percolation theory in describing the structure and properties of these materials. The books are advanced level texts reflecting the research interests of the author which will be of significant interest to research scientists working at the forefront of the areas covered by the books. Others working more generally in the field of materials science interested in comparing predictions of properties with experimental results may well find the mathematical level quite daunting initially, as it is apparent that the author assumes a level of mathematics consistent with that taught in final year undergraduate and graduate theoretical physics courses. However, for such readers it is well worth persevering because of the in-depth coverage to which the various models are subjected, and also because of the extensive reference lists at the back of both volumes which direct readers to the various source references in the scientific literature. Thus, for the wider materials science scientific community the two volumes will be a valuable library resource. While I would have liked to see more comparison with experimental data on both ideal and 'real' heterogeneous materials than is provided by the author and a discussion of how to model strong nonlinear current--voltage behaviour in systems such as zinc oxide varistors, my overall impression of the books is that together they are an impressive tour de force and provide a valuable summary of the state of knowledge of the mathematical modelling of heterogeneous materials as we begin the 21st century. (book review)

  17. Alloy catalyst material

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    Stephens, Ifan Technical University of Denmark,

    The present invention relates to a novel alloy catalyst material for use in the synthesis of hydrogen peroxide from oxygen and hydrogen, or from oxygen and water. The present invention also relates to a cathode and an electrochemical cell comprising the novel catalyst material, and the process use of the novel catalyst material for synthesising hydrogen peroxide from oxygen and hydrogen, or from oxygen and water.

  18. Absolute nuclear material assay

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    Prasad, Manoj K. (Pleasanton, CA); Snyderman, Neal J. (Berkeley, CA); Rowland, Mark S. (Alamo, CA)

    2012-05-15

    A method of absolute nuclear material assay of an unknown source comprising counting neutrons from the unknown source and providing an absolute nuclear material assay utilizing a model to optimally compare to the measured count distributions. In one embodiment, the step of providing an absolute nuclear material assay comprises utilizing a random sampling of analytically computed fission chain distributions to generate a continuous time-evolving sequence of event-counts by spreading the fission chain distribution in time.

  19. Joining of advanced materials

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    Messler, Robert W

    1993-01-01

    Provides an unusually complete and readable compilation of the primary and secondary options for joining conventional materials in non-conventional ways. Provides unique coverage of adhesive bonding using both organic and inorganic adhesives, cements and mortars. Focuses on materials issues without ignoring issues related to joint design, production processing, quality assurance, process economics, and joining performance in service.Joining of advanced materials is a unique treatment of joining of both conventional and advanced metals andalloys, intermetallics, ceramics, glasses, polymers, a

  20. The Materiality of Learning

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    Sørensen, Estrid

    2009-01-01

    The field of educational research lacks a methodology for the study of learning that does not begin with humans, their aims, and their interests. The Materiality of Learning seeks to overcome this human-centered mentality by developing a novel spatial approach to the materiality of learning. Drawing on science and technology studies (STS), Estrid Sørensen compares an Internet-based 3D virtual environment project in a fourth-grade class with the class's work with traditional learning materials, i...

  1. Optimized manufacturable porous materials

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    Andreassen, Erik; Andreasen, Casper Schousboe; Jensen, Jakob Søndergaard; Sigmund, Ole

    2012-01-01

    Topology optimization has been used to design two-dimensional material structures with specific elastic properties, but optimized designs of three-dimensional material structures are more scarsely seen. Partly because it requires more computational power, and partly because it is a major challenge to include manufacturing constraints in the optimization. This work focuses on incorporating the manufacturability into the optimization procedure, allowing the resulting material structure to be manuf...

  2. Femtosecond laser materials processing

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    Stuart, B. C., LLNL

    1998-06-02

    Femtosecond lasers enable materials processing of most any material with extremely high precision and negligible shock or thermal loading to the surrounding area Applications ranging from drilling teeth to cutting explosives to making high-aspect ratio cuts in metals with no heat-affected zone are made possible by this technology For material removal at reasonable rates, we developed a fully computer-controlled 15-Watt average power, 100-fs laser machining system.

  3. Reinforcement of ceramic materials

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    In the commercial field, greater reproduceability of ceramic materials was achieved by systematic process control of the steps in manufacture. By improvement of the microstructure design, the strength and toughness against tearing of the materials were increased. The articles give a survey of theoretical and experimental results in manufacture and of the composition of ceramics with reinforced structure. Preferred materials are zirconium-, aluminium- and yttrium oxide, silicon oxide and -nitride and titanium- and silicon carbide. (DG)

  4. Micromechanics of heterogeneous materials

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    Buryachenko, Valeriy

    2007-01-01

    The book features unified rigorous theoretical methods of applied mathematics and statistical physics in material science of microheterogeneous media. The prediction of the behavior of heterogeneous materials by the use of properties of constituents and their microstructure is a central issue of micromechanics. This book is the first in micromechanics with a useful and effective demonstration of the systematic and fundamental research of the microstructure of the wide class of heterogeneous materials of natural and synthetic nature.

  5. A Material Focus

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    Vallgårda, Anna K. A.; Sokoler, Tomas

    2009-01-01

    In this paper we build on the notion of computational composites, which hold a material perspective on computational technology. We argue that a focus on the material aspects of the technology could be a fruitful approach to achieve new expressions and to gain a new view on the technology's role in design. We study two of the computer's material properties: computed causality and connectability and through developing two computational composites that utilize these properties we begin to explore ...

  6. Refractory materials and plasma

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    This note is an overview of current developments in the field of refractory materials using plasma processes. In this sector, which often necessitates high temperatures, it is surprising to note that few plasma processes have been developed for industrial production purposes. Three aspects or three types of application are discussed: -melting or remelting of oxidized refractory materials (electromelted materials) -synthesis of refractory powders, notably oxides, carbides or nitrides -spheroidizing of refractory oxide powders. (author). 43 refs., 13 figs

  7. Building materials and finishes

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    Yiagouli, Yiangos G.

    1993-01-01

    Building materials, is a huge subject. It covers almost all materials that are used in building industry even finishes, but in this project are separated. This project deals mainly with Concrete, bricks, Aggregates and mortar as building materials. Insulation (thermal and moisture), and comemment and outline. Finishes are separated as wall finishes and floor finishes, and the way that they must be used. Therefore, the project is divided into seven chapter: Chapter 1: Deals about t...

  8. ANS materials databook

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    Marchbanks, M.F.

    1995-08-01

    Technical development in the Advanced Neutron Source (ANS) project is dynamic, and a continuously updated information source is necessary to provide readily usable materials data to the designer, analyst, and materials engineer. The Advanced Neutron Source Materials Databook (AMBK) is being developed as a part of the Advanced Neutron Source Materials Information System (AMIS). Its purpose is to provide urgently needed data on a quick-turnaround support basis for those design applications whose schedules demand immediate estimates of material properties. In addition to the need for quick materials information, there is a need for consistent application of data throughout the ANS Program, especially where only limited data exist. The AMBK is being developed to fill this need as well. It is the forerunner to the Advanced Neutron Source Materials Handbook (AMHB). The AMHB, as reviewed and approved by the ANS review process, will serve as a common authoritative source of materials data in support of the ANS Project. It will furnish documented evidence of the materials data used in the design and construction of the ANS system and will serve as a quality record during any review process whose objective is to establish the safety level of the ANS complex. The information in the AMBK and AMHB is also provided in electronic form in a dial-up computer database known as the ANS Materials Database (AMDB). A single consensus source of materials information prepared and used by all national program participants has several advantages. Overlapping requirements and data needs of various sub-projects and subcontractors can be met by a single document which is continuously revised. Preliminary and final safety analysis reports, stress analysis reports, equipment specifications, materials service reports, and many other project-related documents can be substantially reduced in size and scope by appropriate reference to a single data source.

  9. DEVELOPMENT OF LEARNING MATERIAL

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    Salminen, Tomi

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this thesis was to develop learning material to support the Quality tools lectures. The topic of this thesis was generated by Pasi-Waltteri Valtanen, out of need for learning material that supports the Quality tools lectures. Topics which the learning material was creates were Quality Function Deployment (QFD), Design of Experiments (DOE), Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA), Statistical Process Control (SPC) and the Taguchi method These topics were chosen beca...

  10. Frontiers in Superconducting Materials

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    Narlikar, Anant V

    2005-01-01

    Frontiers in Superconducting Materials gives a state-of-the-art report of the most important topics of the current research in superconductive materials and related phenomena. It comprises 30 chapters written by renowned international experts in the field. It is of central interest to researchers and specialists in Physics and Materials Science, both in academic and industrial research, as well as advanced students. It also addresses electronic and electrical engineers. Even non-specialists interested in superconductivity might find some useful answers.

  11. Radiation Modification of Materials

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    Development of Physical and Chemical Principles for Radiation Techniques of Material Modification by Electrons, Polyenergetic Ions and High Temperature Plasma Fluxes (Phase of Feasibility and Market Study)

  12. Advanced thermal management materials

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    Jiang, Guosheng; Kuang, Ken

    2012-01-01

    ""Advanced Thermal Management Materials"" provides a comprehensive and hands-on treatise on the importance of thermal packaging in high performance systems. These systems, ranging from active electronically-scanned radar arrays to web servers, require components that can dissipate heat efficiently. This requires materials capable of dissipating heat and maintaining compatibility with the packaging and dye. Its coverage includes all aspects of thermal management materials, both traditional and non-traditional, with an emphasis on metal based materials. An in-depth discussion of properties and m

  13. Materials Research at Studsvik

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    The report gives an appraisement of the materials research at Studsvik during the period from 1972 to 1979. The study has been concentrated on metallic materials with glances at polymers, ceramics and composite materials. The research which has been financed by the National Swedish Board for Technical Development has a position between basic research and the applied research at industry. Its purpose has been to assist the Swedish projects for nuclear power and it is now expanding towards energy research in general. Another field of activity is testing of materials and standardization of testing methods. The report presents recommendations concerning future work at Studsvik. (G.B.)

  14. Ceramic breeder materials

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    Ceramic materials are under investigation as potential breeder material in fusion reactors. This paper will review candidate materials with respect to fabrication routes and characterization, properties in as-fabricated and irradiated condition, and experimental results from laboratory and inpile investigations on tritium transport and release. Also discussed are the resources of beryllium, which is being considered as a neutron multiplier. The comparison of ceramic properties that is attempted here aims at the identification of the most-promising material for use in a tritium breeding blanket. 82 refs., 12 figs., 5 tabs

  15. The Materials Genome Project

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    Aourag, H.

    2008-09-01

    In the past, the search for new and improved materials was characterized mostly by the use of empirical, trial- and-error methods. This picture of materials science has been changing as the knowledge and understanding of fundamental processes governing a material's properties and performance (namely, composition, structure, history, and environment) have increased. In a number of cases, it is now possible to predict a material's properties before it has even been manufactured thus greatly reducing the time spent on testing and development. The objective of modern materials science is to tailor a material (starting with its chemical composition, constituent phases, and microstructure) in order to obtain a desired set of properties suitable for a given application. In the short term, the traditional "empirical" methods for developing new materials will be complemented to a greater degree by theoretical predictions. In some areas, computer simulation is already used by industry to weed out costly or improbable synthesis routes. Can novel materials with optimized properties be designed by computers? Advances in modelling methods at the atomic level coupled with rapid increases in computer capabilities over the last decade have led scientists to answer this question with a resounding "yes'. The ability to design new materials from quantum mechanical principles with computers is currently one of the fastest growing and most exciting areas of theoretical research in the world. The methods allow scientists to evaluate and prescreen new materials "in silico" (in vitro), rather than through time consuming experimentation. The Materials Genome Project is to pursue the theory of large scale modeling as well as powerful methods to construct new materials, with optimized properties. Indeed, it is the intimate synergy between our ability to predict accurately from quantum theory how atoms can be assembled to form new materials and our capacity to synthesize novel materials atom-by-atom that gives to the Materials Genome Project its extraordinary intellectual vitality. Consequently, in designing new materials through computer simulation, our primary objective is to rapidly screen possible designs to find those few that will enhance the competitiveness of industries or have positive benefits to society. Examples include screening of cancer drugs, advances in catalysis for energy production, design of new alloys and multilayers and processing of semiconductors.

  16. Thermoelectric materials having porosity

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    Heremans, Joseph P.; Jaworski, Christopher M.; Jovovic, Vladimir; Harris, Fred

    2014-08-05

    A thermoelectric material and a method of making a thermoelectric material are provided. In certain embodiments, the thermoelectric material comprises at least 10 volume percent porosity. In some embodiments, the thermoelectric material has a zT greater than about 1.2 at a temperature of about 375 K. In some embodiments, the thermoelectric material comprises a topological thermoelectric material. In some embodiments, the thermoelectric material comprises a general composition of (Bi.sub.1-xSb.sub.x).sub.u(Te.sub.1-ySe.sub.y).sub.w, wherein 0.ltoreq.x.ltoreq.1, 0.ltoreq.y.ltoreq.1, 1.8.ltoreq.u.ltoreq.2.2, 2.8.ltoreq.w.ltoreq.3.2. In further embodiments, the thermoelectric material includes a compound having at least one group IV element and at least one group VI element. In certain embodiments, the method includes providing a powder comprising a thermoelectric composition, pressing the powder, and sintering the powder to form the thermoelectric material.

  17. Phase change materials

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    Raoux, Simone

    2010-01-01

    ""Phase Change Materials: Science and Applications"" provides a unique introduction of this rapidly developing field. Clearly written and well-structured, this volume describes the material science of these fascinating materials from a theoretical and experimental perspective. Readers will find an in-depth description of their existing and potential applications in optical and solid state storage devices as well as reconfigurable logic applications. Researchers, graduate students and scientists with an interest in this field will find ""Phase Change Materials"" to be a valuable reference.

  18. Reactor Materials Research

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    The activities of SCK-CEN's Reactor Materials Research Department for 2001 are summarised. The objectives of the department are: (1) to evaluate the integrity and behaviour of structural materials used in nuclear power industry; (2) to conduct research to unravel and understand the parameters that determine the material behaviour under or after irradiation; (3) to contribute to the interpretation, the modelling of the material behaviour and to develop and assess strategies for optimum life management of nuclear power plant components. The programmes within the department are focussed on studies concerning (1) Irradiation Assisted Stress Corrosion Cracking (IASCC); (2) nuclear fuel; and (3) Reactor Pressure Vessel Steel

  19. Reactor Materials Research

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    Van Walle, E

    2002-04-01

    The activities of SCK-CEN's Reactor Materials Research Department for 2001 are summarised. The objectives of the department are: (1) to evaluate the integrity and behaviour of structural materials used in nuclear power industry; (2) to conduct research to unravel and understand the parameters that determine the material behaviour under or after irradiation; (3) to contribute to the interpretation, the modelling of the material behaviour and to develop and assess strategies for optimum life management of nuclear power plant components. The programmes within the department are focussed on studies concerning (1) Irradiation Assisted Stress Corrosion Cracking (IASCC); (2) nuclear fuel; and (3) Reactor Pressure Vessel Steel.

  20. Superconducting composites materials

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    The new superconductor materials with a high critical current own a large importance as well in the electronic components or in the electrotechnical devices fields. The deposit of such materials with the thick films technology is to be more and more developed in the years to come. Therefore, we tried to realize such thick films screen printed on alumina, and composed mainly of the YBa2Cu3O7-? material. We first realized a composite material glass/YBa2Cu3O7-?, by analogy with the classical screen-printed inks where the glass ensures the bonding with the substrate. We thus realized different materials by using some different classes of glass. These materials owned a superconducting transition close to the one of the pure YBa2Cu3O7-? material. We made a slurry with the most significant composite materials and binders, and screen-printed them on an alumina substrate preliminary or not coated with a diffusion barrier layer. After firing, we studied the thick films adhesion, the alumina/glass/composite material interfaces, and their superconducting properties. 8 refs.; 14 figs.; 9 tabs

  1. Materials Science Laboratory

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    Jackson, Dionne

    2005-01-01

    The NASA Materials Science Laboratory (MSL) provides science and engineering services to NASA and Contractor customers at KSC, including those working for the Space Shuttle. International Space Station. and Launch Services Programs. These services include: (1) Independent/unbiased failure analysis (2) Support to Accident/Mishap Investigation Boards (3) Materials testing and evaluation (4) Materials and Processes (M&P) engineering consultation (5) Metrology (6) Chemical analysis (including ID of unknown materials) (7) Mechanical design and fabrication We provide unique solutions to unusual and urgent problems associated with aerospace flight hardware, ground support equipment and related facilities.

  2. Spacecraft Material Outgassing Data

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This compilation of outgassing data of materials intended for spacecraft use were obtained at the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), utilizing equipment developed...

  3. Flexible Material Systems Testing

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    Lin, John K.; Shook, Lauren S.; Ware, Joanne S.; Welch, Joseph V.

    2010-01-01

    An experimental program has been undertaken to better characterize the stress-strain characteristics of flexible material systems to support a NASA ground test program for inflatable decelerator material technology. A goal of the current study is to investigate experimental methods for the characterization of coated woven material stiffness. This type of experimental mechanics data would eventually be used to define the material inputs of fluid-structure interaction simulation models. The test methodologies chosen for this stress-strain characterization are presented along with the experimental results.

  4. Multifunctional Composite Materials Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Polymeric composite materials that are currently utilized in aircraft structures are susceptible to significant damage from lightning strikes. Enhanced electrical...

  5. Frontiers in Magnetic Materials

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    Narlikar, Anant V

    2005-01-01

    Frontiers in Magnetic Materials focuses on the current achievements and state-of-the-art advancements in magnetic materials. Several lines of development- High-Tc Superconductivity, Nanotechnology and refined experimental techniques among them – raised knowledge and interest in magnetic materials remarkably. The book comprises 24 chapters on the most relevant topics written by renowned international experts in the field. It is of central interest to researchers and specialists in Physics and Materials Science, both in academic and industrial research, as well as advanced students.

  6. Environmental materials and interfaces

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    1991-11-01

    A workshop that explored materials and interfaces research needs relevant to national environmental concerns was conducted at Pacific Northwest Laboratory. The purposes of the workshop were to refine the scientific research directions being planned for the Materials and Interface Program in the Molecular Science Research Center (MSRC) and further define the research and user equipment to the included as part of the proposed Environmental and Molecular Science Laboratory (EMSL). Three plenary information sessions served to outline the background, objectives, and status of the MSRC and EMSL initiatives; selected specific areas with environmentally related materials; and the status of capabilities and facilities planned for the EMSL. Attention was directed to four areas where materials and interface science can have a significant impact on prevention and remediation of environmental problems: in situ detection and characterization of hazardous wastes (sensors), minimization of hazardous waste (separation membranes, ion exchange materials, catalysts), waste containment (encapsulation and barrier materials), and fundamental understanding of contaminant transport mechanisms. During all other sessions, the participants were divided into three working groups for detailed discussion and the preparation of a written report. The working groups focused on the areas of interface structure and chemistry, materials and interface stability, and materials synthesis. These recommendations and suggestions for needed research will be useful for other researchers in proposing projects and for suggesting collaborative work with MSRC researchers. 1 fig.

  7. Chromogenic smart materials

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    Carl M. Lampert

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available Smart materials cover a wide and developing range of technologies. A particular type of smart material, known as chromogenics, can be used for large area glazing in buildings, automobiles, planes, and for certain types of electronic display. These technologies consist of electrically-driven media including electrochromism, suspended particle electrophoresis, polymer dispersed liquid crystals, electrically heated thermotropics, and gaschromics.

  8. Scintillator materials for calorimetry

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    Weber, M.J. [Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA (United States). Life Sciences Div.

    1994-09-01

    Requirements for fast, dense scintillator materials for calorimetry in high energy physics and approaches to satisfying these requirements are reviewed with respect to possible hosts and luminescent species. Special attention is given to cerium-activated crystals, core-valence luminescence, and glass scintillators. The present state of the art, limitations, and suggestions for possible new scintillator materials are presented.

  9. Guest Editorial: Materials Studio

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    Meunier, Marc

    2008-01-01

    Abstract The present special issue of Molecular Simulation is a collection of over fifty papers in which the modelling platform Materials Studio® was employed to build molecular models, run classical simulations or perform quantum mechanical calculations. Materials Studio (MS) package contains many different modelling approaches and this is reflected in the diversity of the articles presented here.

  10. Material processing with vacuum

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    The use of controlled atmosphere, especially vacuum, is the integral part of much the materials processing effort involving special materials. The underlying reasons that warrant the presence of vacuum along with high temperatures in these processing schemes are rooted in the thermodynamic properties of the materials particularly in relation to their interaction with gases and other interstitials. Apart from this pressure is also a highly usable process parameter that can be tailored to establish the desired heterogeneous equilibrium, in turn determined by the material to be produced or process to be executed. The range and depth of vacuum metallurgy or vacuum materials processing is vast. The present paper covers a selection of materials processing activities that have been carried out in the Materials Group, BARC involving production of materials, their processing and also basic property determination. A range of vacuum and furnace systems have been used and the practice of designing the process from fundamentals and executing through various batch sizes, and the solution of issues involved are all covered

  11. Material processing with vacuum

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    Krishnamurthy, N.; Suri, A. K.

    2008-05-01

    The use of controlled atmosphere, especially vacuum, is the integral part of much the materials processing effort involving special materials. The underlying reasons that warrant the presence of vacuum along with high temperatures in these processing schemes are rooted in the thermodynamic properties of the materials particularly in relation to their interaction with gases and other interstitials. Apart from this pressure is also a highly usable process parameter that can be tailored to establish the desired heterogeneous equilibrium, in turn determined by the material to be produced or process to be executed. The range and depth of vacuum metallurgy or vacuum materials processing is vast. The present paper covers a selection of materials processing activities that have been carried out in the Materials Group, BARC involving production of materials, their processing and also basic property determination. A range of vacuum and furnace systems have been used and the practice of designing the process from fundamentals and executing through various batch sizes, and the solution of issues involved are all covered.

  12. Transporting radioactive material

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    To be used, radioactive material must first be transported---from its source to processing and manufacturing facilities, to users, and, eventually, to storage and disposal sites. These materials are shipped as solids, liquids, or gases and vary widely in their radioactive nature. Over 3 million packages of radioactive material are shipped each year in the United States. These shipments are carried by government or commercial conveyances such as trucks, trains, ships, and airplanes. Radioactive material is transported on our highways, waterways, railroads, and by air, just like other commodities. Radioactive material can be safely shipped in everyday commerce. Proper packaging is the key. Strict compliance with stringent regulations is required in the packaging of radioactive material to ensure that the public and the environment are protected even in case of a severe accident. There have been no deaths or even any serious injuries resulting from the radioactive nature of the cargo shipped. To extend that exemplary safety record, strict enforcement of US Department of Transportation regulations and research continue. The regulations are reviewed routinely to ensure the protection of public health and safety. People are understandably concerned about how a shipment of radioactive material might affect them, their families, and their environment. This booklet briefly answers commonly asked questions about the transport of radioactive material to put these concerns in perspective. More detailed information is available from many sources. Some of these sources are listed at the end of this booklet

  13. Hydrocarbonaceous material upgrading method

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    Brecher, Lee E.; Mones, Charles G.; Guffey, Frank D.

    2015-06-02

    A hydrocarbonaceous material upgrading method may involve a novel combination of heating, vaporizing and chemically reacting hydrocarbonaceous feedstock that is substantially unpumpable at pipeline conditions, and condensation of vapors yielded thereby, in order to upgrade that feedstock to a hydrocarbonaceous material condensate that meets crude oil pipeline specification.

  14. Materials modified by irradiation

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    Application of radiation in pharmaceutical sciences and cosmetology, polymer materials, food industry, environment, health camre products and packing production is described. Nano-technology is described more detailed, because it is less known as irradiation using technology. Economic influence of the irradiation on the materials value addition is shown

  15. MATERIAL TRACKING USING LANMAS

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    Armstrong, F.

    2010-06-07

    LANMAS is a transaction-based nuclear material accountability software product developed to replace outdated and legacy accountability systems throughout the DOE. The core underlying purpose of LANMAS is to track nuclear materials inventory and report transactions (movement, mixing, splitting, decay, etc.) to the Nuclear Materials Management and Safeguards System (NMMSS). While LANMAS performs those functions well, there are many additional functions provided by the software product. As a material is received onto a site or created at a site, its entire lifecycle can be tracked in LANMAS complete to its termination of safeguards. There are separate functions to track material movements between and within material balance areas (MBAs). The level of detail for movements within a MBA is configurable by each site and can be as high as a site designation or as detailed as building/room/rack/row/position. Functionality exists to track the processing of materials, either as individual items or by modeling a bulk process as an individual item to track inputs and outputs from the process. In cases where sites have specialized needs, the system is designed to be flexible so that site specific functionality can be integrated into the product. This paper will demonstrate how the software can be used to input material into an account and track it to its termination of safeguards.

  16. Materials for hydrogen energetics

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    Possible systems based on hydrogen application for energy accumulation, transfer and use and requirements placed upon structural materials of these systems are considered. Special attention is paid to phenomenon of hydrogen brittleness of the materials. Problem of hydrogen storage as metal hydrides and intermetallic compounds is discussed

  17. Composite structural materials

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    Loewy, R. G.; Wiberley, S. E.

    1985-01-01

    Various topics relating to composite structural materials for use in aircraft structures are discussed. The mechanical properties of high performance carbon fibers, carbon fiber-epoxy interface bonds, composite fractures, residual stress in high modulus and high strength carbon fibers, fatigue in composite materials, and the mechanical properties of polymeric matrix composite laminates are among the topics discussed.

  18. Scintillator materials for calorimetry

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    Requirements for fast, dense scintillator materials for calorimetry in high energy physics and approaches to satisfying these requirements are reviewed with respect to possible hosts and luminescent species. Special attention is given to cerium-activated crystals, core-valence luminescence, and glass scintillators. The present state of the art, limitations, and suggestions for possible new scintillator materials are presented

  19. Selection of Music Materials

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    Luttmann, Stephen

    2004-01-01

    The conscientious selection of music materials requires an understanding of the needs of the public being served at least as much as it requires subject competence on the part of the selector. Online and print resources are available to aid in the selection of music materials in all formats, the most important of which are books, scores, audio and…

  20. Radioactivity in building materials

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    The present report, drawn up at the request of the former Minister of Public Health and Environmental Affairs of the Netherlands, discusses the potential radiological consequences for the population of the Netherlands of using waste materials as building materials in housing construction. (Auth.)

  1. Inorganic vitreous detector material

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    An inorganic vitreous detector material which in principle is composed of the three-component system consisting of metaphosphoric acid, aluminum metaphosphate, and zinc oxide, is used for the determination of the energy of particles of high energy. Such a material may additionally contain silicon dioxide and boron trioxide

  2. Environmental materials and interfaces

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    A workshop that explored materials and interfaces research needs relevant to national environmental concerns was conducted at Pacific Northwest Laboratory. The purposes of the workshop were to refine the scientific research directions being planned for the Materials and Interface Program in the Molecular Science Research Center (MSRC) and further define the research and user equipment to the included as part of the proposed Environmental and Molecular Science Laboratory (EMSL). Three plenary information sessions served to outline the background, objectives, and status of the MSRC and EMSL initiatives; selected specific areas with environmentally related materials; and the status of capabilities and facilities planned for the EMSL. Attention was directed to four areas where materials and interface science can have a significant impact on prevention and remediation of environmental problems: in situ detection and characterization of hazardous wastes (sensors), minimization of hazardous waste (separation membranes, ion exchange materials, catalysts), waste containment (encapsulation and barrier materials), and fundamental understanding of contaminant transport mechanisms. During all other sessions, the participants were divided into three working groups for detailed discussion and the preparation of a written report. The working groups focused on the areas of interface structure and chemistry, materials and interface stability, and materials synthesis. These recommendations and suggestions for needed research will be useful for other researchers in proposing projects and for suggesting collaborative work with MSRC researchers. 1 fig

  3. Biofilm and materials science

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    Kanematsu, Hideyuki

    2015-01-01

    This book explains the formation of biofilm on materials surfaces in an industrial setting. The authors describe new developments in understanding of biofilm formation, detection, and control from the viewpoint of materials science and engineering. The book details the range of issues caused by biofilm formation and the variety of affected industries.

  4. Materials Science and Engineering

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    Lesuer, D.R.

    1993-03-01

    Five papers are included: processing/characterization of laminated metal composites, casting process modeling, characterizing the failure of composite materials, fiber-optic Raman spectroscopy for cure monitoring of advanced polymer composites, and modeling superplastic materials. The papers are processed separately for the data base.

  5. The Computational Materials Repository

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    Landis, David D.; Hummelshøj, Jens S.; Nestorov, Svetlozar; Greeley, Jeff; Dulak, Marcin; Bligaard, Thomas; Nørskov, Jens K.; Jacobsen, Karsten W.

    2012-01-01

    The possibilities for designing new materials based on quantum physics calculations are rapidly growing, but these design efforts lead to a significant increase in the amount of computational data created. The Computational Materials Repository (CMR) addresses this data challenge and provides a software infrastructure that supports the collection, storage, retrieval, analysis, and sharing of data produced by many electronic-structure simulators.

  6. Gravitation in Material Media

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    Ridgely, Charles T.

    2011-01-01

    When two gravitating bodies reside in a material medium, Newton's law of universal gravitation must be modified to account for the presence of the medium. A modified expression of Newton's law is known in the literature, but lacks a clear connection with existing gravitational theory. Newton's law in the presence of a homogeneous material medium…

  7. Impacted material placement plans

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    Impacted material placement plans (IMPP) are documents identifying the essential elements in placing remediation wastes into disposal facilities. Remediation wastes or impacted material(s) are those components used in the construction of the disposal facility exclusive of the liners and caps. The components might include soils, concrete, rubble, debris, and other regulatory approved materials. The IMPP provides the details necessary for interested parties to understand the management and construction practices at the disposal facility. The IMPP should identify the regulatory requirements from applicable DOE Orders, the ROD(s) (where a part of a CERCLA remedy), closure plans, or any other relevant agreements or regulations. Also, how the impacted material will be tracked should be described. Finally, detailed descriptions of what will be placed and how it will be placed should be included. The placement of impacted material into approved on-site disposal facilities (OSDF) is an integral part of gaining regulatory approval. To obtain this approval, a detailed plan (Impacted Material Placement Plan [IMPP]) was developed for the Fernald OSDF. The IMPP provides detailed information for the DOE, site generators, the stakeholders, regulatory community, and the construction subcontractor placing various types of impacted material within the disposal facility

  8. INTEGRATED STEAMHYDROINSULATING MATERIAL / ??????????? ?????????????????????????? ????????

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    Full Text Available The authors develop the most sensible approach to the creation of a new effective multi-purpose bitumopolystyrene material on exposure of temperature, pressure and electric current. This method allows to create a dense structure of the material matrix, to receive strong adhesive contacts on the interface of bitumen / polystyrene in time of self-consolidation of goods / ?????????? ???????? ??????????? ?????? ? ???????? ?????? ???????????? ????????????????????? ????????? ???????????????????? ?????????? ??? ??????????? ???????????, ???????? ? ?????????????? ????, ??????? ????????? ??????????? ??????? ????????? ??????? ?????????, ???????? ??????? ??????????? ???????? ?? ??????????? ??????? «????? — ??????????» ??? ?????????????? ???????

  9. Nuclear Materials Information System

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    The strengths and shortcomings of the Nuclear Materials Information System are examined. A description of the system is given and areas of safeguards concern such as material balance information, inventories, exception reporting, inspections, transportation, interfaces with IAEA and other systems, and physical security are reviewed along with response capabilities and areas of criticism

  10. Chemical Absorption Materials

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    Thomsen, Kaj

    2011-01-01

    Chemical absorption materials that potentially can be used for post combustion carbon dioxide capture are discussed. They fall into five groups, alkanolamines, alkali carbonates, ammonia, amino acid salts, and ionic liquids. The chemistry of the materials is discussed and advantages and drawbacks are mentioned. References to review papers, papers with experimental data, and papers describing the thermodynamic modelling of the systems are given.

  11. Materials characterization on efforts for ablative materials

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    Tytula, Thomas P.; Schad, Kristin C.; Swann, Myles H.

    1992-01-01

    Experimental efforts to develop a new procedure to measure char depth in carbon phenolic nozzle material are described. Using a Shor Type D Durometer, hardness profiles were mapped across post fired sample blocks and specimens from a fired rocket nozzle. Linear regression was used to estimate the char depth. Results are compared to those obtained from computed tomography in a comparative experiment. There was no significant difference in the depth estimates obtained by the two methods.

  12. de um novo material

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    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to carry out an in vitro evaluation of the citotoxity of conchs, to prepare a new material with calcium carbonate or calcium phosphate. The conchs were triturates and rained in fine drops. The material were placed in glass slides and after placed in cells cultured. We used cell line NIH3T3 and gingival fibroblasts plaqued 1 x 104 cells in Petri dish. The counting was realized in optic microscopoic in one, three, five and seven days and zero, four, eight and 12 hours. After the contact of the material in cells cultured, the cells number were determined by counting the cells using Trypan blue dye exclusing assay. In both tests the material allowed cellular growing. The results conclude that: the material wasn?t citotoxity in vitro in fibroblasts cultured.

  13. Lasers in materials science

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    Ossi, Paolo; Zhigilei, Leonid

    2014-01-01

    This book covers various aspects of lasers in materials science, including a comprehensive overview on basic principles of laser-materials interactions and applications enabled by pulsed laser systems.  The material is organized in a coherent way, providing the reader with a harmonic architecture. While systematically covering the major current and emerging areas of lasers processing applications, the Volume provides examples of targeted modification of material properties achieved through careful control of the processing conditions and laser irradiation parameters. Special emphasis is placed on specific strategies aimed at nanoscale control of material structure and properties to match the stringent requirements of modern applications.  Laser fabrication of novel nanomaterials, which expands to the domains of photonics, photovoltaics, sensing, and biomedical applications, is also discussed in the Volume. This book assembles chapters based on lectures delivered at the Venice International School on Lasers...

  14. Materials and nanotechnology

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    The focus of the Materials and Nanotechnology Program is technology development related to processing, analysis, testing and characterization of materials in general. These are achieved through execution of R&D projects in engineering and materials science, cooperative projects with private and public sector companies, universities and other research institutes. Besides technology development, this Program also fosters training and human resource development in association with the University of São Paulo and many industrial sectors. This Program is divided into sub-programs in broad areas such as ceramic, composite and metallic materials as well as characterization of physical and chemical properties of materials. The sub-programs are further divided into general topics and within each topic, R&D projects. A brief description of progress in each topic during the last three years follows. (author)

  15. Neutron shielding material

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    Purpose: To increase the neutron shielding effect of neutron shielding material for use in transportation or storage container for heat generating radioactive material. Constitution: Hydrides of Ti-Al type alloy are used as the neutron shielding material. Futher, boron nitride or carbide can be used as the neutron absorber in combination with the hydrides. As the Ti-Al type alloy, Ti3-Al alloy is particularly preferred since it absorbs a large amount of hydrogen, can retain the hydrogen up to about 6000C and absorb also first neutrons as well. By using the Ti-Al type alloy and, further, boron nitride or carbide as the neutron absorber in combination therewith, the neutron shielding effect for the transportation and storage cotaainer for heat generating radioactive material can further be improved due to the excellent heat resistance and heat conductivity of these materials. (Moriyama, K.)

  16. Ceramic matrix material

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    Sintered materials comprising a ceramic matrix (e.g. of Al2O3) and, distributed therein, a refractory material in a metastable, high temperature enantiotropic form of higher density than its room temperature enantiotropic form such as ZrO2 which has a metastable tetragonal form and a room temperature monoclinic form, are prepared from a mixture where the refractory material and optionally the ceramic material are in the form of a sol. The mixture is dried and subsequently sintered to give a product where the refractory material is distributed very uniformly and in its metastable form. Improved properties have been obtained by including a stabilising agent (e.g. Y2O3) in the final product. (author)

  17. The nuclear materials contraband

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    Several seizures of nuclear materials carried by contraband have been achieved. Some countries or criminal organizations could manufacture atomic bombs and use them. This alarming situation is described into details. Only 40% of drugs are seized by the American police and probably less in western Europe. The nuclear materials market is smaller than the drugs'one but the customs has also less experience to intercept the uranium dispatch for instance more especially as the peddlers are well organized. A severe control of the international transports would certainly allow to seize a large part of nuclear contraband materials but some dangerous isotopes as uranium 235 or plutonium 239 are little radioactive and which prevents their detection by the Geiger-Mueller counters. In France, some regulations allow to control the materials used to manufacture the nuclear weapons, and diminish thus the risk of a nuclear materials contraband. (O.L.). 4 refs., 2 figs

  18. Reactor pressure boundary materials

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    With a long-term operation of nuclear power plants, the component materials are degraded under severe reactor conditions such as neutron irradiation, high temperature, high pressure and corrosive environment. It is necessary to establish the reliable and practical technologies for improving and developing the component materials and for evaluating the mechanical properties. Especially, it is very important to investigate the technologies for reactor pressure boundary materials such as reactor vessel and pipings in accordance with their critical roles. Therefore, this study was focused on developing and advancing the microstructural/micro-mechanical evaluation technologies, and on evaluating the neutron irradiation characteristics and radiation effects analysis technology of the reactor pressure boundary materials, and also on establishing a basis of nuclear material property database

  19. The optimum material?

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    Spicher, T. [HydroYES, Ferndale, Washington (United States)

    1999-01-01

    Corrosion and cavitation damage frequently present problems to operators of hydro plant. Nitronic 60 is the optimum solution to many such problems. Nitronic 60 is ASTM CF-10SmnN in cast form, UNS S21800 in wrought form and AWS ER 218 as welding wire. The material is useful for wear and seal rings, and threaded fasteners which engage stainless steel where galling or loosening is a problem. It is a valuable overlay material for tips of blades made from any base material and for Kaplan and for correcting initial contour flaws. The material is recommended as first choice for carbon steels or austenitic runners. For martensic runners, Nitronic 60 has about the same strength and twice the yield strength of other austenitic materials. A table of mechanical properties of Nitronic 60 and 13 stainless steels is given. (UK)

  20. Rupture of materials

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    The aim of this work is to give a concrete knowledge of the rupture mechanisms of materials. The following points are most particularly detailed: 1)the means used for examining the ruptures 2)the phenomena generating defects in the structures and the mechanical concepts allowing to quantify the local solicitations they induce (mechanics of rupture) 3)the physical mechanisms which lead to the rupture of a material: theoretical rupture, ductile rupture, cleavage, tearing, fatigue and environment effects: stress corrosion, fatigue by corrosion, hydrogen embrittlement, creep...The materials considered are mainly metals and metallic alloys as well as ceramics, glasses or polymers. Some advices to follow in presence of defects and the methods of calculation of materials lifetime are given too. This book is particularly intended to students or engineers already familiarized with materials science and which would deepen the specific phenomena leading to ruptures. (O.M.)