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  1. Degradation of elastomeric gasket materials in PEM fuel cells

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    Polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell stack requires gaskets in each cell to keep the reactant gases within their respective regions. Long-term durability of the fuel cell stacks depends heavily on the functionality of the gaskets. Both the leachants from the seal materials and the cracking of the seals are of great concern to the overall durability of the fuel cell stacks. The degradation of four commercially available gasket materials was investigated in a PEM fuel cell environment in this study. Optical microscopy reveals that the degradation starts with surface roughness from the early stage of exposure and finally results in cracks over time. Attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were employed to study the surface chemistry of the gasket materials before and after exposure to the PEM fuel cell environment over time. Results from these analyses indicate that the surface chemistry changed initially as a manifestation of the chemical degradation and proceeded via de-cross-linking and chain scission in the backbone. Atomic adsorption spectrometry analysis was used to identify the leachants in the soaking solution from the gasket materials. The effect due to applied stress is reported as well

  2. Fluorinated elastomeric materials

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    Lagow, Richard J. (6204 Shadow Mountain, Austin, TX 78731); Dumitru, Earl T. (10116 Aspen St., Austin, TX 78758)

    1990-02-13

    This invention relates to a method of making perfluorinated elastomeric materials, and to materials made by such methods. In the full synthetic scheme, a partially fluorinated polymeric compound, with moieties to prevent crystallization, is created. It is then crosslinked to a desired degree, then perfluorinated. Various intermediate materials, such as partially fluorinated crosslinked polymers, have useful properties, and are or may become commercially available. One embodiment of this invention therefore relates to perfluorination of a selected partially fluorinated, crosslinked material, which is one step of the full synthetic scheme.

  3. [Elastomeric impression materials].

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    Levartovsky, S; Folkman, M; Alter, E; Pilo, R

    2011-04-01

    Elastomeric impression materials are in common use. The impression taken should be highly precise, thus, requiring specific care when manipulatingthese materials. There are 4 groups of elastomers; polysulfide, condensation silicone, addition silicone and polyether; each differ in their setting mechanism and their physical and chemical properties. This review elaborates the major properties of elastomers and its implications on their use. The impression material is inserted into the patient's mouth in a viscous state and transforms into viscoelastic state, upon withdrawal, influencing the residual deformation. The requirements are minimal residual deformation or maximal elastic recovery. As the mouth is a wet environment a major consideration is hydrophilicity. The wettability which is estimated by measuring either the contact angle of a droplet of water and the substrate post setting or the contact angle of a droplet of impression material and the wet tooth pre setting, determines the interaction of the material with both mouth fluids and gypsum. As the primary end target is to obtain a model depicting accurately the oral details, an attention to the impressions' compatibility with gypsum should also be given. Many studies were conducted to get a thorough understanding of the hydrophilic properties of each material, and the mechanism utilized, such as surfactants in hydrophilic PVS. Polyether is the only material that is truly hydrophilic; it exhibits the lowest contact angle, during and after setting. Recent studies show that during setting the Polyether hydrophilicity is increased compared to the condition after setting. Dimensional stability, a crucial property of the impression, is affected by the physical and chemical attributes of the material, such as its tear strength. Polysulfide has the highest tear strength. Tear Strength is affected by two major parameters, viscosity, a built-in property, and how fast the impression is pulled out of the mouth, the faster the impression is loaded and pulled out, the higher the tear strength is. The clinical use is dictated from the properties of each impression material, and the understanding of those enables the practitioner to minimize failures. PMID:21848031

  4. Gasket for uranium enrichment plant

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    Purpose: To obtain a gasket to be inserted between flange joints in the equipments and pipe lines of an uranium enrichment plant having neither permeability nor adsorptivity to water while maintaining mechanical, physical and chemical properties of an elastomer gasket. Constitution: A gasket made of an elastomeric material such as a polymer is integratedly formed at its surface with anti-slip projections. The gasket is further surrounded at its upper and lower peripheral sides, as well as outer circumferential portion with an U-sectioned cover (enclosure) made of fluoro-plastics. In this arrangement, the gasket main body shows a gas-tightness for uranium hexafluoride gas and the cover exhibits a gas-tightness for other component gases such as moisture to thereby prevent degradation of the gasket due to absorption and permeation of the moisture. (Furukawa, Y.)

  5. Exposures to asbestos arising from bandsawing gasket material.

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    Fowler, D P

    2000-05-01

    A simulation of bandsawing sheet asbestos gasket material was performed as part of a retrospective exposure evaluation undertaken to assist in determining causation of a case of mesothelioma. The work was performed by bandsawing a chrysotile asbestos (80%)/neoprene gasket sheet with a conventional 16-inch woodworking bandsaw inside a chamber. Measurements of airborne asbestos were made using conventional area and personal sampling methods, with analysis of collected samples by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and phase contrast microscopy (PCM). These were supplemented by qualitative scanning electron microscopy (SEM) examinations of some of the airborne particles collected on the filters. In contrast with findings from studies examining manual handling (installation and removal) of gaskets, airborne asbestos concentrations from this operation were found to be well above current Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) permissible exposure limit (PEL) (eight-hour time-weighted average [TWA]) and excursion limit (30-minute) standards. Although some "encapsulation" effect of the neoprene matrix was seen on the particles in the airborne dust, unencapsulated individual fiber bundles were also seen. Suggestions for the implications of the work are given. In summary, the airborne asbestos concentrations arising from this work were quite high, and point to the need for careful observation of common sense precautions when manipulation of asbestos-containing materials (even those believed to have limited emissions potential) may involved machining operations. PMID:10808262

  6. Chemical degradation of five elastomeric seal materials in a simulated and an accelerated PEM fuel cell environment

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    Lin, Chih-Wei [Department of Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung 804 (China); Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208 (United States); Chien, Chi-Hui [Department of Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung 804 (China); Tan, Jinzhu [College of Mechanical and Power Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210009 (China); Chao, Yuh J. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208 (United States); Van Zee, J.W. [Department of Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208 (United States)

    2011-02-15

    Polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell stack requires gaskets and seals in each cell to keep the hydrogen and air/oxygen within their respective regions. The stability of the gaskets/seals is critical to the operating life as well as the electrochemical performance of the fuel cell. Chemical degradation of five elastomeric gasket materials in a simulated and an aggressive accelerated fuel cell solution at PEM operating temperature for up to 63 weeks was investigated in this work. The five materials are copolymeric resin (CR), liquid silicone rubber (LSR), fluorosilicone rubber (FSR), ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber (EPDM), and fluoroelastomer copolymer (FKM). Using optical microscopy, topographical changes on the sample surface due to the acidic environment were revealed. Weight loss of the test samples was monitored. Atomic absorption spectrometer analysis was performed to study the silicon, calcium, and magnesium leachants from the materials into the soaking solution. Attenuated total reflection-Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy was employed to study the surface chemistry of the materials before and after exposure to the simulated fuel cell environment over time. Among the five materials studied, CR and LSR in the accelerated solution are not as stable as the other three materials. FSR appears to be the most stable. (author)

  7. Numerical simulation of gasket behaviour during severe accidents (ATHERMIP project)

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    This paper summarises the work carried out to numerically simulate the thermo-mechanical behaviour of sealing gasket in large containment penetrations during a severe accident. The gasket material is an elastomeric material and the thermo-mechanical characterization was based on experimentation. The difficulty of numerical simulation lies in the high non-linearity of the analysis, due on one hand, to the high strain levels reached, and on the other, to stiffness changes introduced by contact/takeoff indicators. Also, the stiffness parameters of the gasket material are not constant, but are subject to changes, both regarding the strain level and the environmental conditions (temperature, radiation). The results obtained allow presenting a calculation model capable of simulating and explaining the behaviour of the sealing gasket during a severe accident. Also, the failure hypothesis numerically obtained was environmentally validated. (author)

  8. Numerical simulation of gasket behaviour during severe accidents (ATHERMIP project)

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    Castro Lopez, Fernando; Orden Martinez, Alfredo [Empresarios Agrupados AIE, Magallanes 3, E-28015 Madrid (Spain)

    1998-07-01

    This paper summarises the work carried out to numerically simulate the thermo-mechanical behaviour of sealing gasket in large containment penetrations during a severe accident. The gasket material is an elastomeric material and the thermo-mechanical characterization was based on experimentation. The difficulty of numerical simulation lies in the high non-linearity of the analysis, due on one hand, to the high strain levels reached, and on the other, to stiffness changes introduced by contact/takeoff indicators. Also, the stiffness parameters of the gasket material are not constant, but are subject to changes, both regarding the strain level and the environmental conditions (temperature, radiation). The results obtained allow presenting a calculation model capable of simulating and explaining the behaviour of the sealing gasket during a severe accident. Also, the failure hypothesis numerically obtained was environmentally validated. (author)

  9. Mechanical Properties of Elastomeric Impression Materials: An In Vitro Comparison

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    Dino Re; Francesco De Angelis; Gabriele Augusti; Davide Augusti; Sergio Caputi; Maurizio D’Amario; Camillo D’Arcangelo

    2015-01-01

    Purpose. Although new elastomeric impression materials have been introduced into the market, there are still insufficient data about their mechanical features. The tensile properties of 17 hydrophilic impression materials with different consistencies were compared. Materials and Methods. 12 vinylpolysiloxane, 2 polyether, and 3 hybrid vinylpolyether silicone-based impression materials were tested. For each material, 10 dumbbell-shaped specimens were fabricated (n = 10), according to the ISO 3...

  10. 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

  11. Soft hydrogel materials from elastomeric gluten-mimetic proteins

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    Bagheri, Mehran; Scott, Shane; Wan, Fan; Dick, Scott; Harden, James; Biomolecular Assemblies Team

    2014-03-01

    Elastomeric proteins are ubiquitous in both animal and plant tissues, where they are responsible for the elastic response and mechanical resilience of tissues. In addition to fundamental interest in the molecular origins of their elastic behaviour, this class of proteins has great potential for use in biomaterial applications. The structural and elastomeric properties of these proteins are thought to be controlled by a subtle balance between hydrophobic interactions and entropic effects, and in many cases their characteristic properties can be recapitulated by multi-block protein polymers formed from repeats of short, characteristic polypeptide motifs. We have developed biomimetic multi-block protein polymers based on variants of several elastomeric gluten consensus sequences. These proteins include constituents designed to maximize their solubility in aqueous solution and minimize the formation of extended secondary structure. Thus, they are examples of elastic intrinsically disordered proteins. In addition, the proteins have distributed tyrosine residues which allow for inter-molecular crosslinking to form hydrogel networks. In this talk, we present experimental and simulation studies of the molecular and materials properties of these proteins and their assemblies.

  12. Hydrophilicity of unset and set elastomeric impression materials.

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    Rupp, Frank; Geis-Gerstorfer, Jurgen

    2010-01-01

    The aim of this study was to compare the initial hydrophilicity of unset and set elastomeric impression materials. Initial water contact angles were studied on thin unset and set films of one polyether and six polyvinyl siloxane (PVS) impression materials using high-resolution drop shape analysis at drop ages of 1 and 3 seconds. All unset PVS materials were very hydrophobic initially but showed different kinetics of hydrophilization. In contrast, the unset polyether was more hydrophilic initially but lacked distinct hydrophilization. All impression materials showed statistically significant contact angle differences between unset and set surfaces (P materials reached or exceeded the hydrophilicity of the polyether (P impression materials should consider both the experimental drop age and set and unset material surfaces. PMID:21209992

  13. 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

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

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    BRONOWSKI,DAVID R.

    2000-06-01

    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.

  15. 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...... 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...... 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...

  16. Mechanical Properties of Elastomeric Impression Materials: An In Vitro Comparison.

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    Re, Dino; De Angelis, Francesco; Augusti, Gabriele; Augusti, Davide; Caputi, Sergio; D'Amario, Maurizio; D'Arcangelo, Camillo

    2015-01-01

    Purpose. Although new elastomeric impression materials have been introduced into the market, there are still insufficient data about their mechanical features. The tensile properties of 17 hydrophilic impression materials with different consistencies were compared. Materials and Methods. 12 vinylpolysiloxane, 2 polyether, and 3 hybrid vinylpolyether silicone-based impression materials were tested. For each material, 10 dumbbell-shaped specimens were fabricated (n = 10), according to the ISO 37:2005 specifications, and loaded in tension until failure. Mean values for tensile strength, yield strength, strain at break, and strain at yield point were calculated. Data were statistically analyzed using one-way ANOVA and Tukey's tests (? = 0.05). Results. Vinylpolysiloxanes consistently showed higher tensile strength values than polyethers. Heavy-body materials showed higher tensile strength than the light bodies from the same manufacturer. Among the light bodies, the highest yield strength was achieved by the hybrid vinylpolyether silicone (2.70?MPa). Polyethers showed the lowest tensile (1.44?MPa) and yield (0.94?MPa) strengths, regardless of the viscosity. Conclusion. The choice of an impression material should be based on the specific physical behavior of the elastomer. The light-body vinylpolyether silicone showed high tensile strength, yield strength, and adequate strain at yield/brake; those features might help to reduce tearing phenomena in the thin interproximal and crevicular areas. PMID:26693227

  17. Compatibility of PWR gasket and packing materials and resins with organic amines

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    The objectives of this testing program were two-fold: (1) to examine the compatibility of morpholine and five other amines with several synthetic polymeric materials useful for gaskets and seals in pressurized water reactor (PWR) secondary cycles and (2) to examine the potential chemical degradation of ion exchange (IX) resins by morpholine and ethanolamine. The screening of the polymeric materials in the amines was performed by heating small samples of the materials in the amines for one week to one month. Interaction of the amines with the materials was accelerated by testing at elevated temperatures and at high amine concentrations. Two materials (Kalrez and EPDM) that are potentially useful in high-temperature and high-pressure steam systems were tested in morpholine solutions in sealed bombs at 260 degrees C (500 degrees). After heating in the aqueous amine solutions, changes in weight were measured and the samples were visually examined for physical changes, such as swelling or cracking. Selected materials underwent testing for hardness, elongation, and tensile strength after heating in morpholine for one month. This document provides the results of this testing program

  18. 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)

  19. A laboratory study of dimensional changes for three elastomeric impression materials using custom and stock trays.

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    Boulton, J L; Gage, J P; Vincent, P F; Basford, K E

    1996-12-01

    Clinical success of fixed prosthodontic procedures is dependent in part upon the dimensional accuracy of elastomeric impression materials and impression procedures. Three elastomeric impression materials were used in custom and stock trays to determine the accuracy of impressions taken from an experimental stainless steel model representing premolar and molar bridge abutment preparations. Horizontal and vertical individual abutment and interabutment dimensions were measured on die stone replicas, and the measurements compared with those obtained from stainless steel master models. The results of this study demonstrate polysulphide is the least accurate impression material for both vertical and horizontal individual abutment dimensions. However, for interabutment horizontal dimensions, no statistical differences were noted between impression material types when using a custom tray. Stock trays produced unreliable results for all the materials tested. PMID:9008997

  20. 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.

  1. 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

    2010-01-01

    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...

  2. 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...

  3. Methodology for Evaluating Raw Material Changes to RSRM Elastomeric Insulation Materials

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    Mildenhall, Scott D.; McCool, Alex (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    The Reusable Solid Rocket Motor (RSRM) uses asbestos and silicon dioxide filled acrylonitrile butadiene rubber (AS-NBR) as the primary internal insulation to protect the case from heat. During the course of the RSRM Program, several changes have been made to the raw materials and processing of the AS-NBR elastomeric insulation material. These changes have been primarily caused by raw materials becoming obsolete. In addition, some process changes have been implemented that were deemed necessary to improve the quality and consistency of the AS-NBR insulation material. Each change has been evaluated using unique test efforts customized to determine the potential impacts of the specific raw material or process change. Following the evaluations, the various raw material and process changes were successfully implemented with no detectable effect on the performance of the AS-NBR insulation. This paper will discuss some of the raw material and process changes evaluated, the methodology used in designing the unique test plans, and the general evaluation results. A summary of the change history of RSRM AS-NBR internal insulation is also presented.

  4. A predictable and accurate technique with elastomeric impression materials.

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    Barghi, N; Ontiveros, J C

    1999-08-01

    A method for obtaining more predictable and accurate final impressions with polyvinylsiloxane impression materials in conjunction with stock trays is proposed and tested. Heavy impression material is used in advance for construction of a modified custom tray, while extra-light material is used for obtaining a more accurate final impression. PMID:10649919

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. Effects of atomic oxygen and ultraviolet radiation on candidate elastomeric materials for long duration missions. Test series No.1

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    Research was conducted at MSFC on the behavior of elastomeric materials after exposure to simulated space environment. Silicone S383 and Viton V747 samples were exposed to thermal vacuum, ultraviolet radiation, and atomic oxygen and then evaluated for changes in material properties. Characterization of the elastomeric materials included weight, hardness, optical inspection under normal and black light, spectrofluorescence, solar absorptance and emittance, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and permeability. These results indicate a degree of sensitivity to exposure and provided some evidence of UV and atomic oxygen synergism

  8. The effect of rinsing time periods on wettability of elastomeric impression materials: in vitro study

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    Özlem Acar

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine whether different rinsing time periods affected the wettability of polymerized elastomeric impression materials. MATERIALS AND METHOD: Panasil Contact Plus (PCP, Panasil Contact Non-Surfactant (PCNS, Panasil Initial Contact (PIC, Express (EXP and Impregum (IMP impression materials were tested. Standardized samples were rinsed with water for 10 s, 15 s or 20 s, and the wettability was determined by contact angle measurement through an evaluation period of 60 seconds (n=7. Non-rinsed groups were used as control. Measurements were made at 5 time points (at 0, 6, 15, 30 and 60 seconds. Kruskal Wallis test and Conover’s multiple comparison tests were used for all multiple comparisons. Bonferroni adjustment was applied for controlling Type I error (p0.002. CONCLUSION: Rinsing the surfactant-containing polyvinylsiloxane impression materials decreased their wettability, whereas no such effect was seen for the surfactant free polyvinylsiloxane and polyether impression materials.

  9. The thermal and mechanical properties of a low density elastomeric ablation material

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    Engelke, W. T.; Robertson, R. W.; Bush, A. L.; Pears, C. D.

    1973-01-01

    Thermal and mechanical properties data were obtained for a low density elastomeric resin based ablation material with phenolic-glass honeycomb reinforcement. Data were obtained for the material in the charred and uncharred state. Ablation material specimens were charred in a laboratory furnace at temperatures in the range from 600 K to 1700 K to obtain char specimens representative of the ablation char layer formed during reentry. These specimens were then used to obtain effective thermal conductivity, heat capacity, porosity, and permeability data at the char formation temperature. This provided a boxing of the data which enables the prediction of the transient response of the material during ablation. Limited comparisons were made between the furnace charred specimens and specimens which had been exposed to simulated reentry conditions.

  10. Utilizing stretch-tunable thermochromic elastomeric opal films as novel reversible switchable photonic materials.

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    Schäfer, Christian G; Lederle, Christina; Zentel, Kristina; Stühn, Bernd; Gallei, Markus

    2014-11-01

    In this work, the preparation of highly thermoresponsive and fully reversible stretch-tunable elastomeric opal films featuring switchable structural colors is reported. Novel particle architectures based on poly(diethylene glycol methylether methacrylate-co-ethyl acrylate) (PDEGMEMA-co-PEA) as shell polymer are synthesized via seeded and stepwise emulsion polymerization protocols. The use of DEGMEMA as comonomer and herein established synthetic strategies leads to monodisperse soft shell particles, which can be directly processed to opal films by using the feasible melt-shear organization technique. Subsequent UV crosslinking strategies open access to mechanically stable and homogeneous elastomeric opal films. The structural colors of the opal films feature mechano- and thermoresponsiveness, which is found to be fully reversible. Optical characterization shows that the combination of both stimuli provokes a photonic bandgap shift of more than 50 nm from 560 nm in the stretched state to 611 nm in the fully swollen state. In addition, versatile colorful patterns onto the colloidal crystal structure are produced by spatial UV-induced crosslinking by using a photomask. This facile approach enables the generation of spatially cross-linked switchable opal films with fascinating optical properties. Herein described strategies for the preparation of PDEGMEMA-containing colloidal architectures, application of the melt-shear ordering technique, and patterned crosslinking of the final opal films open access to novel stimuli-responsive colloidal crystal films, which are expected to be promising materials in the field of security and sensing applications. PMID:25243892

  11. 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

  12. 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

    2011-01-01

    We have developed a new composite cubic-boron nitride (c-BN) gasket assembly for high pressurediamond 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 ~80 ?m at 48.0 GPa with this new composite c-BN gasket assembly. The sample can be located at the center of the gap, ~20 ?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?? sample was studied up to 48 GPa, and a pressure induced bonding transition from sp² to sp³ was observed at 27 GPa.

  13. 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.

  14. 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; Kamble, Suresh S.; 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...

  15. Serpentine metal gasket

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    Rothgeb, Timothy Moore; Reece, Charles Edwin

    2009-06-02

    A metallic seal or gasket for use in the joining of cryogenic fluid conduits, the seal or gasket having a generally planar and serpentine periphery defining a central aperture. According to a preferred embodiment, the periphery has at least two opposing elongated serpentine sides and two opposing arcuate ends joining the opposing elongated serpentine sides and is of a hexagonal cross-section.

  16. Development and evaluation of elastomeric materials for geothermal applications. Annual report, October 1977-December 1978

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    Mueller, W.A.; Kalfayan, S.H.; Reilly, W.W.; Yavrouian, A.H.; Mosesman, I.D.; Ingham, J.D.

    1979-05-15

    The research involved formulation of commercially available materials and synthesis of new elastomers. Formulation studies at JPL and elsewhere produced a material having about 250-350 psi tensile strength and 30 to 80% elongation at 260/sup 0/C for at least 24 hours in simulated brine. The relationship between these laboratory test results and sealing performance in actual or simulated test conditions is not entirely clear; however, it is believed that no conventional formation or casing packer design is likely to perform well using these materials. The synthetic effort focused on high temperature block copolymers and development of curable polystyrene. Procedures were worked out for synthesizing these new materials. Initial results with heat-cured unfilled polystyrene gum at 260/sup 0/C indicated a tensile strength of about 50 psi. Cast films of the first sample of polyphenyl quinoxaline-polystyrene block copolymer, which has a graft-block structure consisting of a polystyrene chain with pendant polyphenyl quinoxaline groups, showed elastomeric behavior in the required temperature range. Its tensile strength and elongation at 260/sup 0/C were 220 to 350 psi and 18 to 36%, respectively. All of these materials also showed satisfactory hydrolytic stability. A procedure for the synthesis of a linear block copolymer of this type has been devised, and the required new intermediates have been synthesized and characterized. A description of the previous year's work is included in an appendix.

  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; Kamble, Suresh S; 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 assessed fallowing disinfection. Results: All the three disinfectants used in the study produced a 100% reduction in colony forming units of the test organisms. Conclusion: All the three disinfectants produced complete disinfection, and didn’t cause any deterioration in surface detail reproduction. How to cite the article: Pal PK, Kamble SS, Chaurasia RR, Chaurasia VR, Tiwari S, Bansal D. Evaluation of dimensional stability and surface quality of type IV gypsum casts retrieved from disinfected elastomeric impression materials. J Int Oral Health 2014;6(3):77-81. PMID:25083038

  18. Dimensional stability of elastomeric impression materials in custom-made and stock trays.

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    Valderhaug, J; Fløystrand, F

    1984-10-01

    Elastomeric impression materials for fixed prosthodontics are considered most stable when they have an even thickness of 2 to 4 mm. To obtain this, a custom-made impression tray is recommended. The purpose of the present study was to compare the stability of impressions made in custom trays and trays made of chromium-plated brass. The impression materials chosen were polyether and silicone. Two master models of the upper jaw were made of metal. The canines and first molars represented abutment teeth with flat occlusal surfaces. An engraved cross on each surface made it possible to measure in a microscope the distances between the abutment teeth on the models and in the impressions. The accuracy of the method was within +/- 8 micron. Twelve standardized impressions were made with each impression material in the two types of trays. The distances between the abutment teeth were measured immediately on removal of the impression, and after 1 and 24 hours. Although ample amount of impression material (2 to 9 mm) was allowed, the linear dimensional stability of the impressions made in stock trays was not inferior to the stability of impressions made in custom-made trays. PMID:6389833

  19. Dimensional stability of elastomeric impression materials: a critical review of the literature.

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    Gonçalves, F S; Popoff, D A V; Castro, C D L; Silva, G C; Magalhães, C S; Moreira, A N

    2011-12-01

    The aim of the present paper was to review the literature concerning the dimensional stability of dental elastomeric impression materials, to support recommendations to control the variables that influence the accuracy of these materials. An electronic search of the Scopus and PubMed databases was performed in November 2010. Articles were selected according to the following inclusion criteria: investigation of the dimensional stability of dental elastomers, an experimental study, sample size reported, laboratory tests described, and published in an English language peer-reviewed journal. The search resulted in 47 articles published between 1958 and 2008; of these, 24 were selected for inclusion in the present study. Great variability was discovered in the experimental methodologies used, such as different working times, temperatures and storage mediums for the impressions, impression techniques, material thicknesses, tray types, and methods of evaluation. Despite the lack of standardization among the studies, this review supports the following recommendations to control the dimensional stability: impressions should be stored at temperatures between 21 +/- 2 degrees C; polyether impressions should be stored in an environment with a relative humidity below 50%; time until pouring has been settled for each elastomer material. PMID:22645802

  20. The effect of immersion disinfection procedures on dimensional stability of two elastomeric impression materials.

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    Melilli, Dario; Rallo, Antonio; Cassaro, Angelo; Pizzo, Giuseppe

    2008-12-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the effect of immersion disinfection procedures on the dimensional stability of two elastomeric impression materials. Impressions of a stainless steel die were made with polyether (PE) and with addition-polymerized silicone rubber (PVS). The test specimens underwent disinfection treatment by immersion in two commercially available solutions containing quaternary ammonium compounds (Sterigum Powder, SP) and glutaraldehyde plus an amino derivative (MD520, MD), respectively. The impressions were measured at 4 different time points: before any disinfection treatment (T0); after the first disinfection (T1); 6 hours after the first disinfection (T2); after the second disinfection, carried out 6 hours after the first one (T3). Impressions which were not disinfected served as controls. When both impression materials were disinfected with SP, significant differences were detected among all measurements (P 0.05). On the other hand, when MD was used, significant differences were found when T0 measurement was compared to T1, T2 and T3 measurements (P = 0.0043 for PE, and P = 0.0014 for PVS). The dimensional change of all material/disinfectant combinations was always

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

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

    2010-01-01

    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 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. PMID:20877972

  2. 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.

  3. Effect of thermal history on copper gaskets

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    The improvement of the reliability in the tightness of flange joints is indispensable for the development of vacuum technology. At present in the joints for ultrahigh vacuum system, the method of sealing by pressing oxygen-free copper gaskets with knife-edge type flanges has been used widely. In such joints, when baking is carried out under high temperature condition of about 500 degC, the tightness deteriorates to cause leak. This is because oxygen-free copper recrystallizes and softens by high temperature heating, and the stress applied by tightening the flanges is released. As one method of solving this problem, the copper alloys which are hard to recrystallize have been used as gaskets. This time, as for the joints using copper alloy gaskets and oxygen-free copper gaskets, by examining the deformation and the state of work hardening of the gaskets, the difference in the sealing ability and the difference in the endurance against thermal history due to the difference of materials were investigated. The gaskets used were oxygen-free copper of initial hardness 65 Hv and Cu-0.02%Zr alloy of initial hardness 65 and 85 Hv. The sealing in normal temperature state, after thermal history and so on are reported. (K.I.)

  4. The thermal and mechanical properties of a low-density glass-fiber-reinforced elastomeric ablation material

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    Engelke, W. T.; Robertson, R. W.; Bush, A. L.; Pears, C. D.

    1974-01-01

    An evaluation of the thermal and mechanical properties was performed on a molded low-density elastomeric ablation material designated as Material B. Both the virgin and charred states were examined to provide meaningful inputs to the design of a thermal protection system. Chars representative of the flight chars formed during ablation were prepared in a laboratory furnace from 600 K to 1700 K and properties of effective thermal conductivity, heat capacity, porosity and permeability were determined on the furnace chars formed at various temperature levels within the range. This provided a boxing of the data which will enable the prediction of the transient response of the material during flight ablation.

  5. Relaxation behaviour of gasketed joints during assembly using finite element analysis

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    Muhammad Abid; Saad Hussain

    2010-02-01

    Gasketed bolted flange pipe joints are always prone to leakage during operating conditions. Therefore, performance of a gasketed flange 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 flange joint, the two main concerns are the joint strength and the sealing capability. To investigate these, a detailed three-dimensional nonlinear finite 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 influence 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.

  6. A Comparative Evaluation of the Dimensional Stability of Three Different Elastomeric Impression Materials after Autoclaving – An Invitro Study

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    Thota, Kiran Kumar; Ravuri, Rajyalakshmi; Tella, Suchita

    2014-01-01

    Aim of the Study: The purpose of the study was to determine the effect of autoclaving on the dimensional stability of three different elastomeric impression materials at three different time intervals. Materials and Methods: Standardized stainless steel master die as per ADA specification number 19 was fabricated. The impression materials used for the study were condensation silicone (GP1), addition silicone (GP2) and polyether (GP3). A total of 45 samples of the stainless steel die were made (n = 45), that is 15 samples for each group. Impression materials were mixed according to the manufacturer’s instructions and were loaded into the mold to make an impression of the die. Impressions were identified with the help of numerical coding system and measurements were made using stereomicroscope (MAGNUS MSZ-Bi) of 0.65x magnification with the help of image analysis software (IMACE PRO-INSIGHT VERSION.The results were subjected to statistical analysis using one way analysis of variance and student t-test for comparison between the groups. Results: Within the limitations of the study statistically significant dimensional changes were observed for all the three impression materials at three different time intervals but this change was not clinically significant. Conclusion: It is well-known fact that all impressions should be disinfected to avoid possible transmission of infectious diseases either by direct contact or cross contamination. Immersion and spray disinfection as well as various disinfection solutions have been tested and proven to be effective for this purpose. But for elastomeric impression materials these methods have proven to be ineffective as they do not prevent cross contamination among the dental team. So autoclaving was one of the most effective sterilization procedure for condensation silicone and addition silicone. Since polyether is hydrophilic it is better to disinfect the impressions as recommended by the manufacturer or by immersion or spray atomization. PMID:25478447

  7. A thermo-mechanically coupled theory for fluid permeation in elastomeric materials: Application to thermally responsive gels

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    Chester, Shawn A.; Anand, Lallit

    2011-10-01

    An elastomeric gel is a cross-linked polymer network swollen with a solvent, and certain gels can undergo large reversible volume changes as they are cycled about a critical temperature. We have developed a continuum-level theory to describe the coupled mechanical deformation, fluid permeation, and heat transfer of such thermally responsive gels. In discussing special constitutive equations we limit our attention to isotropic materials, and consider a model based on a Flory-Huggins model for the free energy change due to mixing of the fluid with the polymer network, coupled with a non-Gaussian statistical-mechanical model for the change in configurational entropy—a model which accounts for the limited extensibility of polymer chains. We have numerically implemented our theory in a finite element program. We show that our theory is capable of simulating swelling, squeezing of fluid by applied mechanical forces, and thermally responsive swelling/de-swelling of such materials.

  8. Cytotoxic Evaluation of Elastomeric Dental Impression Materials on a Permanent Mouse Cell Line and on a Primary Human Gingival Fibroblast Culture

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    Roberta Tiozzo; Ugo Consolo; Sergio Bortolini; Chiara Coppi; Federica Boraldi

    2009-01-01

    The need for clinically relevant in vitro tests of dental materials is widely recognized. Nearly all dental impression materials are introduced into the mouth just after mixing and allowed to set in contact with the oral tissues. Under these conditions, the materials may be toxic to cells or may sensitize the tissues. The aim of the present study is to evaluate the potential cytotoxicity of new preparations of elastomeric dental impression materials: A) four vinylpolysiloxanes: Elite H-D Putt...

  9. 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.

  10. RECYTRACK Project: Elastomeric eco-friendly material based on end-of-life tires blended with organic bind resin for railway applications

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    Arcos Villamarín, Robert; Cardona Gonyalons, Joan; Torres, Rafael; Turiel, Ivan

    2012-01-01

    RECYTRACK is a 3.5 year project granted by the European Union through LIFE+ 2010 program. The overall objective of the project is to demonstrate the environmental benefits and technical and economic feasibility of the implementation of an elastomeric eco-friendly material made of end-of-life tires with resin for railway applications. Within the consortium, AV Ingenieros jointly with LEAM, carries out the study of the vibration behavior of the eco-friendly material, which will be appl...

  11. Some basics of EMI gaskets

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    With natural and man-made sources of electromagnetic interference (EMI) ever increasing, and with tighter regulation of military and commercial electronic equipment, design engineers face a growing challenge, both in suppressing and containing electromagnetic emissions generated by equipment, and in shielding components and equipment susceptible to such emissions. The challenge is particularly difficult under extreme environmental conditions and where the equipment must maintain its operational integrity while subjected to radiation from a wide electromagnetic spectrum. The article discusses conductive elastomer gaskets, shielding principles, the principles of conductive gaskets, types of fillers, the influence of vibration on a gasket and the effect of electromagnetic pulses on shielded enclosures. Galvanic corrosion is also of concern in any gasket

  12. Gasket-holder to put in place gaskets for connection of pipes with clamp fittings

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    Gasket-holder comprising 2 arms with tongues holding the gasket and fixing devices on a pipe clamp fitting and centering means. Application is made to fit circular gaskets on pipe with conic end in adverse environment

  13. Decrease of reaction force of metal gaskets just after initial tightening

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    Akamatsu, H.; Shimojo, J.; Mantani, K.; Morikawa, K. [Kobe Steel, Ltd., Hyogo (Japan); Taniuchi, H.; Yokoe, D. [Transnuclear, Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)

    2004-07-01

    The decrease of reaction force of some metal gaskets inserted into the test flange at room temperature, 120 C(real cask temperature) and 200 C(accelerated condition) are measured. The reaction forces of metal gaskets in the room temperature have been almost not changed. The reaction force of 120 C and 200 C metal gaskets has decreased according to the temperature increase. After the temperature became stable, the decrease of the reaction force gradually proceeded, this decrease have been as same as previous studies. The bolts of transport and storage casks are usually tightened just after the loading of spent fuels, and then the temperature of metal gaskets at that time is almost the room temperature. The reaction forces of the metal gasket tightened at this condition would be decreased after the temperature increase due to the decay heat of spent fuels. It is confirmed that the loosening of the bolts might be happened if the tightening torque of bolts is not appropriate. It is easy to evaluate that the reaction forces of the metal gasket in storage condition according to Larson-Miller parameter or relaxation of the gasket material, but the decrease of the reaction forces of the metal gasket just after the loading is not able to evaluate by these method. It is necessary to evaluate the reaction forces according to plastic deformation property of the metal gaskets so as to fasten the gaskets safety.

  14. Decrease of reaction force of metal gaskets just after initial tightening

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    The decrease of reaction force of some metal gaskets inserted into the test flange at room temperature, 120 C(real cask temperature) and 200 C(accelerated condition) are measured. The reaction forces of metal gaskets in the room temperature have been almost not changed. The reaction force of 120 C and 200 C metal gaskets has decreased according to the temperature increase. After the temperature became stable, the decrease of the reaction force gradually proceeded, this decrease have been as same as previous studies. The bolts of transport and storage casks are usually tightened just after the loading of spent fuels, and then the temperature of metal gaskets at that time is almost the room temperature. The reaction forces of the metal gasket tightened at this condition would be decreased after the temperature increase due to the decay heat of spent fuels. It is confirmed that the loosening of the bolts might be happened if the tightening torque of bolts is not appropriate. It is easy to evaluate that the reaction forces of the metal gasket in storage condition according to Larson-Miller parameter or relaxation of the gasket material, but the decrease of the reaction forces of the metal gasket just after the loading is not able to evaluate by these method. It is necessary to evaluate the reaction forces according to plastic deformation property of the metal gaskets so as to fasten the gaskets safety

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. Embedded strain gauges for condition monitoring of silicone gaskets.

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    Schotzko, Timo; Lang, Walter

    2014-01-01

    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. PMID:25014099

  18. Evaluation of Effectiveness of Microwave Irradiation for Disinfection of Silicone Elastomeric Impression Material

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    Bhasin, Abhilasha; Vinod, V.; Bhasin, Vinny; Mathew, Xavier; Sajjan, Suresh; Ahmed, Syed Tauqheer

    2013-01-01

    Use of domestic microwave oven has been suggested as a method of disinfecting a number of dental materials used in dental practice. This study was done to analyse the effect of microwave irradiation on vinyl polysiloxane putty impression material (3M ESPE, Express™ STD) contaminated with test organisms (Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Candida albicans. 180 square shaped specimens of addition silicon putty material were prepared and divided into 3 groups for three test organisms...

  19. The effect of tray selection on the accuracy of elastomeric impression materials.

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    Gordon, G E; Johnson, G H; Drennon, D G

    1990-01-01

    This study evaluated the accuracy of reproduction of stone casts made from impressions using different tray and impression materials. The tray materials used were an acrylic resin, a thermoplastic, and a plastic. The impression materials used were an additional silicone, a polyether, and a polysulfide. Impressions were made of a stainless steel master die that simulated crown preparations for a fixed partial denture and an acrylic resin model with cross-arch and anteroposterior landmarks in stainless steel that typify clinical intra-arch distances. Impressions of the fixed partial denture simulation were made with all three impression materials and all three tray types. Impressions of the cross-arch and anteroposterior landmarks were made by using all three tray types with only the addition reaction silicone impression material. Impressions were poured at 1 hour with a type IV dental stone. Data were analyzed by using ANOVA with a sample size of five. Results indicated that custom-made trays of acrylic resin and the thermoplastic material performed similarly regarding die accuracy and produced clinically acceptable casts. The stock plastic tray consistently produced casts with greater dimensional change than the two custom trays. PMID:2404101

  20. Sealing Force Increasing of ACM Gasket through Electron Beam Radiation

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    dos Santos, D. J.; Batalha, G. F.

    2011-01-01

    Rubber is an engineering material largely used as sealing parts, in form of O-rings, solid gaskets and liquid gaskets, materials applied in liquid state with posterior vulcanization and sealing. Stress relaxation is a rubber characteristic which impacts negatively in such industrial applications (rings and solid gaskets). This work has the purpose to investigate the use of electron beam radiation (EB) as a technology able to decrease the stress relaxation in acrylic rubber (ACM), consequently increasing the sealing capability of this material. ACM samples were irradiated with dose of 100 kGy and 250 kGy, its behavior was comparatively investigated using, dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) and compression stress relaxation (CSR) experiments. The results obtained by DMA shown an increase of Tg and changes in dynamic mechanical behavior.

  1. Application of the virtual fields method to mechanical characterization of elastomeric materials

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    Promma, Nattawit; Raka, Bumedijen; Grediac, Michel; Grédiac, Michel; TOUSSAINT, Evelyne; Le Cam, Jean-Benoit; Balandraud, Xavier; Hild, François

    2009-01-01

    This paper deals with the identification of constitutive parameters of a Mooney model suitable for hyperelastic materials. These parameters are retrieved from one mechanical test that gives rise to heterogeneous stress/strain fields. Since no analytical relationship is available between measurements and unknown parameters, a suitable tool, namely the virtual fields method, is developed in case of large deformations and used to identify these unknowns. Several results obtained with numerical s...

  2. Evaluation of effectiveness of microwave irradiation for disinfection of silicone elastomeric impression material.

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    Bhasin, Abhilasha; Vinod, V; Bhasin, Vinny; Mathew, Xavier; Sajjan, Suresh; Ahmed, Syed Tauqheer

    2013-06-01

    Use of domestic microwave oven has been suggested as a method of disinfecting a number of dental materials used in dental practice. This study was done to analyse the effect of microwave irradiation on vinyl polysiloxane putty impression material (3M ESPE, Express™ STD) contaminated with test organisms (Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Candida albicans. 180 square shaped specimens of addition silicon putty material were prepared and divided into 3 groups for three test organisms. The 3 groups were subdivided into 4 subgroups (n = 15) for different exposure parameters (control group 5, 6 and 7 min exposure at 650 W. The specimens were contaminated using standard inoculums of test organism and then were irradiated using domestic microwaves. Broth cultures of the control and test group specimens were plated on selective media culture plates. Colonies formed were counted. Data analyses included Kruskal-Walli's ANOVA and Mann-Whitney's tests. Nil values shows complete elimination of C. albicans and P. aeruginosa after 5, 6 and 7 min exposure. Staphylococcus aureus showed colonies with the mean value of 7.6 × 10(3) ± 2.3 × 10(3), 4.6 × 10(3) ± 2.6 × 10(3) after 5 and 6 min respectively and nil values after 7 min exposure. 5 min exposure caused complete elimination of C. albicans and P. aeruginosa strains, while 7 min exposure eliminated S. aureus completely. PMID:24431716

  3. Evaluation of Force Degradation Pattern of Elastomeric Ligatures and Elastomeric Separators in Active Tieback State

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    Mohammadi, Amir; Mahmoodi, Farhang

    2015-01-01

    Background and aims. The purpose of this study was to evaluate initial force and force decay of commercially available elastomeric ligatures and elastomeric separators in active tieback state in a simulated oral environment. Materials and methods. A total of 288 elastomeric ligatures and elastomeric separators from three manufacturers (Dentaurum, RMO, 3M Unitek) were stretched to 100% and 150% of their original inner diameter. Force levels were measured initially and at 3-minute, 24-hour, and 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-week intervals. Data were analyzed by univariate analysis of variance and a post hoc Tukey test. Results. The means of initial forces of elastomeric ligatures and separators from three above-mentioned companies, when stretched to 100% of their inner diameters, were 199, 305 and 284 g, and 330, 416, 330 g; when they were stretched to 150% of their inner diameters the values were 286, 422 and 375 g, and 433, 540 and 504 g, respectively. In active tieback state, 11-18% of the initial force of the specimens was lost within the first 3 minutes and 29-63% of the force decay occurred in the first 24 hours; then force decay rate decreased. 62-81% of the initial force was lost in 4 weeks. Although force decay pattern was identical in all the products, the initial force and force decay of Dentaurum elastomeric products were less than the similar products of other companies (P<0.05). Under the same conditions, the force of elastomeric separators was greater than elastomeric ligatures of the same company. Conclusion. Regarding the force pattern of elastomeric ligatures and separators and optimal force for tooth movement, many of these products can be selected for applying orthodontic forces in active tieback state. PMID:26889363

  4. Nuclear facilities; protection of metallic surfaces of structural parts from damage from assembly aids, gaskets, packings, packaging material and thermal insulating materials

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    Nuclear facilities, protection of metallic surfaces of structural parts from damage from assembly aids, gaslets, packings, packaging material and thermal insulating materials. The purpose of this standard is to avoid damage to the material of the surfaces of the structural parts (e.g. corrosive) and operating trouble resulting from such damage when applying the aforementioned product groups. Limit values for potentially harmful impurities are determined for these product groups with respect to their - chemical purity, - compatibility with the material of the structural parts, - compatibility with the media surrounding them, and information concerning their application is given. (orig./HP)

  5. A study on the sealing performance of bolted flange joints with gaskets using finite element analysis

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    Gaskets play an important role in the sealing performance of bolted flange joints, and their behaviour is complex due to nonlinear material properties combined with permanent deformation. The variation of contact stresses due to the rotation of the flange and the material properties of the gasket play important roles in achieving a leak proof joint. In this paper, a three-dimensional finite element analysis (FEA) of bolted flange joints has been carried out by taking experimentally obtained loading and unloading characteristics of the gaskets. Analysis shows that the distribution of contact stress has a more dominant effect on sealing performance than the limit on flange rotation specified by ASME

  6. Conductive elastomeric extensometer

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    Gause, R. L.; Glenn, C. G. (Inventor)

    1974-01-01

    An extensometer was used for measuring surface area changes of the human body caused by expansion and contraction of the body. A relatively thin and wide strain responsive conductive elastomeric band was adapted for application to a part of the body, such as around a limb or the trunk of the body. The elastomeric band is incorporated as a resistor in a balanced bridge circuit. Expansion or contraction of the portion of the body on which the elastomeric band is applied causes a change in the resistance of the band and a resultant imbalance of the bridge circuit. The output of the amplifier in volts is suitable for proving the desired reading through a recorder, oscilloscope or voltmeter.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. High-temperature leak-characteristics of PCV hatch flange gasket

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    Small-model tests were performed to examine the integrity of the containment flange gasket in a severe accident. During a severe accident, containment structures suffer slow pressurization at relatively high temperatures. A realistic understanding of containment performance in such conditions is a major concern in developing an accident management strategy. This paper describes the results of experiments on the sealing capability of flange gaskets at high pressures and high temperatures. Silicone-rubber gaskets, which are used as the sealing material in BWR plant primary containment vessels (PVC) in Japan, were examined in small-model tests. The gaskets show sufficient sealing capability up to 225 C at 20 kgf/cm2. (orig./HP)

  10. 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.

  11. Cytotoxic Evaluation of Elastomeric Dental Impression Materials on a Permanent Mouse Cell Line and on a Primary Human Gingival Fibroblast Culture

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    Roberta Tiozzo

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available The need for clinically relevant in vitro tests of dental materials is widely recognized. Nearly all dental impression materials are introduced into the mouth just after mixing and allowed to set in contact with the oral tissues. Under these conditions, the materials may be toxic to cells or may sensitize the tissues. The aim of the present study is to evaluate the potential cytotoxicity of new preparations of elastomeric dental impression materials: A four vinylpolysiloxanes: Elite H-D Putty and Elite H-D Light Body (Zhermack, Badia Polesine, Rovigo, Italy; Express Putty and Express Light Body (3M ESPE AG Seefeld, Germany and B two polyethers: Impregum Penta and Permadyne Penta L (3M ESPE AG Seefeld, Germany. The cytotoxicity of these impression materials were examined using two different cell lines: Balb/c 3T3 (permanent cell line and human gingival fibroblasts (primary cell line and their effects were studied by indirect and direct tests. The direct tests are performed by placing one sample of the impression materials in the centre of the Petri dishes at the time of the seeding of cells. The cell growth was evaluated at the 12th and 24th hours by cell number. The indirect tests were performed by incubating a square of 1 cm diameter impression material in 5 mL of medium at 37 °C for 24 hours (“eluates”. Subconfluent cultures are incubated with “eluates” for 24 hours. The MTT-formazan production is the method used for measuring the cell viability. The results indicate that: a polyether materials are cytotoxic under both experimental conditions; b among vinylpolysiloxanes, only Express Light Body (3M ESPE AG Seefeld, Germany induces clear inhibition of cellular viability of Balb/c 3T3 evaluated by direct and indirect tests and c the primary cell line is less sensitive to the toxic effect than the permanent cell line.

  12. A finite strain thermo-viscoelastic constitutive model to describe the self-heating in elastomeric materials during low-cycle fatigue

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    Ovalle Rodas, C.; Zaïri, F.; Naït-Abdelaziz, M.

    2014-03-01

    A thermo-visco-hyperelastic constitutive model, in accordance with the second thermodynamics principle, is formulated to describe the self-heating evolution in elastomeric materials under cyclic loading. The mechanical part of the model is based upon a Zener rheological representation in which the specific free energy potential is dependent on an added internal variable, allowing the description of the time-dependent mechanical response. The large strain mechanical behavior is described using a Langevin spring, while the continuous stress-softening under cyclic loading is taken into account by means of a network alteration kinetics. The thermo-mechanical coupling is defined by postulating the existence of a dissipation pseudo-potential, function of the viscous dilatation tensor. The proposed model is fully three-dimensional and is implemented into a finite element code. The model parameters are identified using experimental data obtained on a styrene-butadiene rubber under a given strain rate for different strain conditions. Predicted evolutions given by the model for other strain rates are found in good agreement with the experimental data.

  13. Elastomeric hoof boots

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    Hanley, John

    2003-01-01

    The design, manufacture and testing of a prototype elastomeric equine boot is described in this thesis. Thoroughbred horses may suffer from a number of serious hoof disorders. These include stone bruising, navicular syndrome and hoof wall separation. Excessive concussion in the equine hoof is a major contributory factor in most of the problems horses experience in their lower limbs. Bandaging of a horses foot after injury is time consuming as well as being labour intensive. The proposed boot ...

  14. Tensile properties of orthodontic elastomeric ligatures

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Context: Tensile properties of elastomeric ligatures become important when efficiency of orthodontic appliances is considered. Aims: The aim of this study was to compare tensile strength, extension to tensile strength, toughness and modulus of elasticity of elastomeric ligatures in both the as-received condition and after 28 days of immersion in the simulated oral environment. Furthermore, the changes that occurred in tensile properties of each brand of ligatures after 28 days were evaluated. Setting and Design : Experimental-laboratory based. Materials and Methods: Elastomeric ligatures were obtained from different companies and their tensile properties were measured using Zwick testing machine in both the as-received condition and after 28 days of immersion in the simulated oral environment. Statistical Analysis Used: The data were analyzed using independent sample t-tests, analysis of variance and Tukey tests. Results: After 28 days, all the ligatures experienced a significant decrease in tensile strength, extension to tensile strength and toughness ( P < 0.05, whereas modulus of elasticity increased in some groups and decreased in others. There were significant differences in tensile properties of different brands of ligatures in both conditions ( P < 0.05, with the exception of modulus of elasticity after 28 days. Conclusions : The decrease in strength properties of elastomeric ligatures shows that they should be replaced at each appointment to reduce the risk of rupture. There are significant differences in tensile properties of different brands of ligatures, which should be considered during selection of these products.

  15. Method for making an elastomeric member with end pieces

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    Hoppie, Lyle O. (Birmingham, MI); McNinch, Jr., Joseph H. (Livonia, MI); Nowell, Gregory C. (Livonia, MI)

    1984-01-01

    A molding process for molding an elongated elastomeric member (60) with wire mesh sleeves (16) bonded to the ends (14). A molding preform (10) of elastomeric material is positioned within a seamless mold cylinder (26), and the open ends of the wire mesh sleeves (16) are mounted to end plug assemblies (30) slidably received into the mold cylinder (26) and positioned against the ends (14) of the preform (10). A specialized profile is formed into surfaces (44) of the respective end plug assemblies (30) and by heating of the mold (26), the ends (14) of the elastomeric preform (10) are molded to the profile, as well as bonded to the reinforcing wire mesh sleeves (16). Vacuum is applied to the interior of the mold to draw outgassing vapors through relief spaces therethrough. The completed elastomeric member (60) is removed from the mold cylinder (26) by stretching, the consequent reduction in diameter enabling ready separation from the mold cylinder (26) and removal thereof.

  16. Group structure of the Sierpinski gasket

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    The group structure of the object with non-integer dimension is investigated. It is shown that some extended group based on the point group of the substructure of the fractal is required. The extended group for the Sierpinski gasket, i.e. the fractal with dimension D approx.= 1.58, is based on the permutation group s3. This group of the Sierpinski gasket is a hierarchical and permutational one. It is shown that such a hierarchical structure of the group is caused by the self-similarity of the investigated fractal. (author)

  17. Electrically conductive composites based on an elastomeric matrix filled with expanded graphite as a potential oil sensing material

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    The preparation and properties of electrically conductive polymeric composites based on an elastomer matrix (styrene-isoprene styrene block copolymer) filled with expanded graphite are reported in this paper. The developed materials were tested as oil sensors in various modes. The operation of this sensor is based on changes in the electrical resistance R of the composites when exposed to oil. This phenomenon involves both simple geometrical changes and changes in inherent material characteristics such as the specific electrical conductivity (resistivity). An original method for the improvement of the sensors’ response rate based on the application of stretched sensing films was developed. Slightly stretched films (by 4% of the original length) showed a response that was 12.5 times faster with respect to oil absorption than an un-stretched film. The specific electrical conductivity of a material strongly depends on the extent to which it is stretched. For a composite filled with 10 wt.% of the filler, it was found that the electrical conductivity remained constant up to 11% of the sample extension before sharply decreasing. It was also found that an increase in the filler content reduced the response rate of the sensors. (paper)

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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 intuitively, LMP reduce the leakage through gaskets, which can be explained by assuming that the boundary layer at...... 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...

  1. Flexible ceramic gasket for SOFC generator

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    Zafred, Paolo; Prevish, Thomas

    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.

  2. Actuating dielectric elastomers in pure shear deformation by elastomeric conductors

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    Wang, Yin; Chen, Baohong; Zhou, Jinxiong, E-mail: jxzhouxx@mail.xjtu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory for Strength and Vibration of Mechanical Structures and School of Aerospace, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049 (China); Bai, Yuanyuan; Wang, Hong [Electronic Materials Research Laboratory, School of Electronics and Information Engineering, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049 (China)

    2014-02-10

    Pure shear experiments are commonly used to characterize dielectric elastomer (DE) material properties and to evaluate DE actuator/generator performance. It is increasingly important for many applications to replace conventional carbon grease electrodes with stretchable elastomeric conductors. We formulate a theory for DE with elastomeric conductors, synthesize transparent hydrogel as ionic conductors, and measure actuation of DE in pure shear deformation. Maximum 67% actuation strain is demonstrated. The theory agrees well with our measurement and also correlates well with reported experiments on DE with electronic conductors.

  3. 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...

  4. Reinforcement Of Elastomeric Rubber Using Carbon Fiber Laminates

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    SIVARAMAN R, ROSEENID TERESA A, SIDDANTH S

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The Elastomeric rubber is a good energy absorbing device with spring back effect. The effectiveness of any form of rubber depends on its strength and stiffness which cannot be varied beyond a certain limit by using chemical additives alone. So, the elastomeric rubber has to be reinforced by adding a material that is normally stronger and stiffer than rubber. In this paper, the usual problem of vulcanization of rubber was overcome by selecting carbon fibers as the filler material. The unidirectional property of carbon fibers gives it the ability to be oriented in any desired direction, thus imparting required properties. The material was modeled as a composite beam structure initially using the ANSYS software and dynamic analysis was performed to find out the fundamental mode of vibration. A Test specimen was then fabricated according to ASTM standards and experimental investigations were carried out. Mechanical properties of the material such as tensile strength, compression strength, flexure strength and impact strength were obtained from the experimental investigation. The test results of the carbon fiber laminated elastomeric rubber were then compared with ordinary elastomeric rubber with usual additives and it was found to be superior in all aspects.

  5. Fluid sealing of static gasketed joints

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    This book brings together the points of view of searchers, gaskets and pressure vessels manufacturers and users concerning fluid sealing problems. The tightness parameter is now considered as a failure criterion and, thus, some aspects concerning the conceiving and building of pressure vessels and apparatuses (and more particularly the bolted assemblies with gaskets), were questioned in order to improve their safety and reliability. New calculation methods, including the tightness parameter are now proposed to standardization authorities. The preoccupations concerning the environmental protection have led the legislative authorities to fix admissible levels of leakage for different industrial components, in particular for petrochemical uses. Strict regulations were enforced in the USA (Clean Air Act) and in Germany (TA Luft). Four papers out of 39 presented in this book of proceedings deal with the control and prevention of leakage in petrochemical refineries, gas production plants and storage systems, and were selected for ETDE. Four other papers dealing with leakage problems in nuclear facilities and high energy physics instruments were selected for INIS. (J.S.)

  6. Influence of surface roughness on leakage of new metal gasket

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    Previous studies of new metal gaskets have established that the contact width, contact stress, and simulation process are important design parameters for optimizing the metal gasket performance. Optimum designs are thus realized based on the elastic and plastic contact stress. However, the influence of the flange surface roughness has not been investigated thoroughly. In this study, we developed a gasket model that includes the flange surface roughness effect. A flange can have different surface roughness levels. A finite element method was employed to develop the simulation solution. The contact width, contact stress, and force per unit length for gasket in contact with a flange having different surface roughness levels were obtained through the simulation. The leakage performance improved with an increase in the contact width and contact stress. The slope of the force per unit length increased with a decrease in the surface roughness level. Furthermore, the slope of the force per unit length for a gasket in 400-MPa mode was higher than that for one in 0-MPa mode. The higher slope suggests that the gasket and flange are pressed together strongly. Finally, the helium leakage quantity was determined to evaluate the leakage performance. The experimental result shows that the gasket in 400-MPa mode shows better sealing performance than the gasket in 0-MPa mode. For a low axial force, changes in the surface roughness caused significant changes in the leakage; the same was not observed for a high axial force. -- Highlights: • Leakage is a function of surface roughness, it increases with the surface roughness. • The average contact stress increases significantly with the axial force. • The contact width increases with the axial force. • The gasket in 400-MPa mode is better sealing performances than the gasket in 0-MPa mode

  7. Spectral triples for the Sierpinski Gasket

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    Cipriani, F; Isola, T; Sauvageot, J-L

    2011-01-01

    We construct a 2-parameter family of spectral triples for the Sierpinski Gasket K. We determine their associated Connes' distances in terms of suitable roots of the Euclidean metric of the plane and their dimensional spectra, and show that the pairing of the associated Fredholm module with (odd) K-theory is non-trivial. We recover the Hausdorff measure of K in terms of the residue of the functional a --> tr_omega (a |D|^{-s}) at the abscissa of convergence d, which coincides with the Hausdorff dimension of the fractal. We recover also the unique, standard Dirichlet form on K, as the residue of the functional a --> tr_omega (|[D,a]|^2 |D|^{-s}) at the abscissa of convergence delta, which we call the energy dimension. The fact that the Hausdorff dimension differs from the energy dimension reflects the fact that on K energy and volume are distributed singularly.

  8. Selecting appropriate dynamic model for elastomeric engine mounts to approximate experimental FRF data of them

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    Jahani, K.

    2010-06-01

    In this paper, the capabilities of different dynamic analytical models to approximate experimentally measured FRFs of elastomeric engine mounts of a passenger car are investigated. Artificial neural networks is used in identifying the dynamic characteristics of each model. Impact hammer test is implemented to extract measured FRFs and harmonic analysis is used to get the counterpart response of the models. Here linear and orthotropic material properties are considered for elastomeric media. The frequency response functions of updated models are compared with experimentally detected ones and advantages and limitations of each model to simulate the real dynamic behaviour of elastomeric engine mounts are discussed

  9. Selecting appropriate dynamic model for elastomeric engine mounts to approximate experimental FRF data of them

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    Jahani K.

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, the capabilities of different dynamic analytical models to approximate experimentally measured FRFs of elastomeric engine mounts of a passenger car are investigated. Artificial neural networks is used in identifying the dynamic characteristics of each model. Impact hammer test is implemented to extract measured FRFs and harmonic analysis is used to get the counterpart response of the models. Here linear and orthotropic material properties are considered for elastomeric media. The frequency response functions of updated models are compared with experimentally detected ones and advantages and limitations of each model to simulate the real dynamic behaviour of elastomeric engine mounts are discussed

  10. Exposure to airborne asbestos during removal and installation of gaskets and packings: a review of published and unpublished studies.

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    Madl, Amy K; Clark, Katherine; Paustenbach, Dennis J

    2007-01-01

    In recent years, questions have been raised about the health risks to persons who have been occupationally exposed to asbestos-containing gaskets and packing materials used in pipes, valves, and machinery (pumps, autos, etc.). Up until the late 1970s, these materials were widely used throughout industrial and maritime operations, refineries, chemical plants, naval ships, and energy plants. Seven simulation studies and four work-site industrial hygiene studies of industrial and maritime settings involving the collection of more than 300 air samples were evaluated to determine the likely airborne fiber concentrations to which a worker may have been exposed while working with encapsulated asbestos-containing gaskets and packing materials. Each study was evaluated for the representativeness of work practices, analytical methods, sample size, and potential for asbestos contamination (e.g., insulation on valves or pipes used in the study). Specific activities evaluated included the removal and installation of gaskets and packings, flange cleaning, and gasket formation. In all but one of the studies relating to the replacement of gaskets and packing using hand-held tools, the short-term average exposures were less than the current 30-min OSHA excursion limit of 1 fiber per cubic centimeter (f/cc) and all of the long-term average exposures were less than the current 8-h permissible exposure limit time-weighted average (PEL-TWA) of 0.1 f/cc. The weight of evidence indicates that the use of hand tools and hand-operated power tools to remove or install gaskets or packing as performed by pipefitters or other tradesmen in nearly all plausible situations would not have produced airborne concentrations in excess of contemporaneous regulatory levels. PMID:17620202

  11. 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...

  12. 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.

  13. Results of ozone test on gasket for building. Kenchiku yo gasketto no ozon shiken kekka

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    Shimizu, Ichiro (Japan Testing Center for Construction Materials, Tokyo, (Japan))

    1990-02-01

    Concerning gasket used to share stress as the structural part of building, occurrence of defect by ozon contained in the atomosphere air with concentration of several ppm were studied under actual conditions. As for the test method, JASS was applied to chroloprene rubber. As for the load conditions applied, by assuming application to window frame of high building, several times of calculated wind pressure was applied. Occurrence of crack was observed by microscope. As the test results, differences of effect by ozone concentration and by materials were given. As the consideration, those were understood that, by the fact that most of defects occurred at corner spots, serious effect of ozone at the spots was conjectured and that, by using the test result by test piece, stress on gasket could be estimated. 9 figs., 3 tabs.

  14. Selecting appropriate dynamic model for elastomeric engine mounts to approximate experimental FRF data of them

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    Jahani K.

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, the capabilities of different dynamic analytical models to approximate experimentally measured FRFs of elastomeric engine mounts of a passenger car are investigated. Artificial neural networks is used in identifying the dynamic characteristics of each model. Impact hammer test is implemented to extract measured FRFs and harmonic analysis is used to get the counterpart response of the models. Here linear and orthotropic material properties are considered for elastomeric me...

  15. Lateral Response Comparison of Unbonded Elastomeric Bearings Reinforced with Carbon Fiber Mesh and Steel

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    Ali Karimzadeh Naghshineh; Ugurhan Akyuz; Alp Caner

    2015-01-01

    The vertical and horizontal stiffness used in design of bearings have been established in the last few decades. At the meantime, applicability of the theoretical approach developed to estimate vertical stiffness of the fiber-reinforced bearings has been verified in different academic studies. The suitability of conventional horizontal stiffness equation developed for elastomeric material, mainly for steel-reinforced elastomeric bearings, has not been tested in detail for use of fiber-reinforc...

  16. Multigeneration buckling on model elastomeric surfaces

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    Efimenko, Kirill; Genzer, Jan; Rackaitis, Mindaugas; Manias, Evangelos; Mahadevan, L.

    2004-03-01

    We describe a simple method for generating topographically corrugated elastomeric surfaces comprising multidimensional cascades of buckles. The buckled surfaces are generated by stretching films (about 0.5 mm) of silicone elastomers, exposing their surfaces to prolonged ultraviolet/ozone (UVO) treatment and releasing the initial strain imposed on the samples. A combination of microscopy probes including optical, scanning probe (profilometry and atomic force microscopy) techniques is utilized to study the topography of the buckled surfaces. Our results reveal the presence of at least 5 generation of buckles; the buckle periodicity ranges from several nanometers to tens of micrometers. A simple model is invoked that explains the mechanism of the buckle formation. Using this model a scaling relation between the buckle amplitude, periodicity and the strain is developed. We also show how these buckles surfaces can be used in material assembly and surface chemical patterning.

  17. 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 μm) are superelastic and exhibit high energy absorption, showing much enhanced mechanical properties than those with small flakes (engineering of the graphene flake that controls the property of the cell walls.

  18. 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)

  19. Elastomeric urethane coatings for the protection of polyurethane foam insulation

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    Spray applied urethane foam and coatings is a unique, economically effective, insulational system. The system is essentially comprised of polyurethane foam and a protective urethane barrier coating. It is this protective coating that ultimately determines the longevity of the system. Of the various coating materials available, the elastomeric urethane coatings offer the best overall performance standards. The long term benefit of this system can be realized if the Specifying Engineer is fully aware of the requirements of the system

  20. A model of ideal elastomeric gels for polyelectrolyte gels

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    Li, Jianyu; Suo, Zhigang; Vlassak, Joost J.

    2014-01-01

    The concept of the ideal elastomeric gel is extended to polyelectrolyte gels and verified using a polyacrylamide-co-acrylic acid hydrogel as a model material system. A comparison between mixing and ion osmosis shows that the mixing osmosis is larger than the ion osmosis for small swelling ratios, while the ion osmosis dominates for large swelling ratios. We show further that the non-Gaussian chain effect becomes important in the elasticity of the polymer network at the very large swelling rat...

  1. SEALING PERFORMANCE OF GASKETED FLANGE JOINTS – A PARAMETRIC STUDY

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    Muhammad Abid

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: This paper aims at finding the leak rate through ANSI class#150 flange joints using compressed asbestos sheet gasket under combined structural and thermal transient loading conditions. The solution is obtained using two different leak rate models and two different bolt up values. The gasket compressive strain based model employs strains that are determined using finite element analysis. The other model is based on the porous media theory in which gasket is considered as porous media. Leak rates determined using these leak rate models are compared for different tightness classes and discussed. ABSTRAK: Kajian bertujuan mencari kadar bocor menerusi sambungan bebibir kelas ANSI#150 menggunakan gasket kepingan asbestos termampat di bawah kondisi bebanan gabungan struktur dan terma fana. Solusinya diperolehi dengan menggunakan dua model kadar bocor yang berbeza dan dua nilai atas bolt yang berlainan. Model terikan berasaskan pemampat gasket menggunakan terikan yang ditentukan dengan analisis unsur terhingga. Model yang lainnya berasaskan teori bahantara berongga di mana gasket digunakan sebagai medium. Kadar bocor ditentukan dengan menggunakan model kadar bocor, yang kemudiannya dibandingkan pada kelas keketatan yang berbeza dan keputusannya dibincangkan.KEYWORDS: bolted flange; gasket; leak rate; finite element analysis; tightness class compressive strains; porous media Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";}

  2. A comparative evaluation of disinfection effect of exposures to ultra-violet light and direct current glow discharge on Candida Albicans colonies coated over elastomeric impression material: An in vitro study

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    Anand, Vijay

    2013-01-01

    Aim: The aim of our study is to compare the efficacy of ultra-violet light (U-V light) and direct current glow discharge in disinfecting Candida Albicans coated elastomeric impression material. Materials and Methods: Two hundred and forty samples of addition silicone material in the form of circular discs measuring (diameter-30 mm, thickness-3 mm) were prepared. Samples were divided into four groups namely A, B, C, D, with each group containing 60 samples. All samples in each group were sub grouped as follows for exposure time 15, 30, 60, 90, 120 and 180 s respectively. Group A samples were exposed to U-V light with 8 watts. Group B samples were exposed to U-V light with 16 watts. Group C samples were exposed to U-V light with 24 watts. Group D samples were exposed to direct current glow discharge. After exposure, the impression material was swabbed on sabourauds dextrose agar (SDA) plates and incubated at 37°C for 48 h. The total number of colonies indicating the number of C. Albicans that survived the direct current glow discharge and U-V light treatment was then determined using a microscope. Results and Conclusion: Group A samples exhibited proportionate decrease in the number of colonies with each greater time of exposure. Group B samples exhibited proportionate decrease in the number of colonies with each greater time of exposure. Group C samples exhibited total absence of C. Albicans colonies at 90 s exposure. In Group D samples there was a proportionate decrease in number of C. Albicans colonies with exposure to direct current glow discharge for more seconds. Hence, this study reveals that exposure to U-V light drastically reduced the C. Albicans colonies compared with exposure to direct current glow discharge. It was observed that with greater wattage of U-V light tube in U-V light unit chamber, greater decrease in colony count was observed in lesser time of exposure. PMID:23946583

  3. Tensile properties of orthodontic elastomeric ligatures

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    Ahrari F; Jalaly T; Zebarjad M

    2010-01-01

    Context: Tensile properties of elastomeric ligatures become important when efficiency of orthodontic appliances is considered. Aims: The aim of this study was to compare tensile strength, extension to tensile strength, toughness and modulus of elasticity of elastomeric ligatures in both the as-received condition and after 28 days of immersion in the simulated oral environment. Furthermore, the changes that occurred in tensile properties of each brand of ligatures after 28 days were evaluat...

  4. A comparative evaluation of disinfection effect of exposures to ultra-violet light and direct current glow discharge on Candida Albicans colonies coated over elastomeric impression material: An in vitro study

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    Vijay Anand

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: The aim of our study is to compare the efficacy of ultra-violet light (U-V light and direct current glow discharge in disinfecting Candida Albicans coated elastomeric impression material. Materials and Methods: Two hundred and forty samples of addition silicone material in the form of circular discs measuring (diameter-30 mm, thickness-3 mm were prepared. Samples were divided into four groups namely A, B, C, D, with each group containing 60 samples. All samples in each group were sub grouped as follows for exposure time 15, 30, 60, 90, 120 and 180 s respectively. Group A samples were exposed to U-V light with 8 watts. Group B samples were exposed to U-V light with 16 watts. Group C samples were exposed to U-V light with 24 watts. Group D samples were exposed to direct current glow discharge. After exposure, the impression material was swabbed on sabourauds dextrose agar (SDA plates and incubated at 37°C for 48 h. The total number of colonies indicating the number of C. Albicans that survived the direct current glow discharge and U-V light treatment was then determined using a microscope. Results and Conclusion: Group A samples exhibited proportionate decrease in the number of colonies with each greater time of exposure. Group B samples exhibited proportionate decrease in the number of colonies with each greater time of exposure. Group C samples exhibited total absence of C. Albicans colonies at 90 s exposure. In Group D samples there was a proportionate decrease in number of C. Albicans colonies with exposure to direct current glow discharge for more seconds. Hence, this study reveals that exposure to U-V light drastically reduced the C. Albicans colonies compared with exposure to direct current glow discharge. It was observed that with greater wattage of U-V light tube in U-V light unit chamber, greater decrease in colony count was observed in lesser time of exposure.

  5. 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

    2015-01-01

    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 (<2??m). A better restoration of the graphitic nature also has a considerable effect. In comparison, microstructural differences, such as the foam architecture or the cell size have smaller or negligible effect on the 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. PMID:26348898

  6. 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.

  7. Plaque accumulation and Streptococcus mutans levels around self-ligating bracket clips and elastomeric modules: A randomized controlled trial

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    Dhaval Fadia; Meghna Vandekar; Nikhilesh Vaid; Viraj Doshi

    2015-01-01

    Aim: To determine the effect of two different ligating systems that is, elastomeric modules and self-ligating (SL) bracket systems (Smartclip - 3M Unitek) with respect to harboring bacterial plaque in fixed orthodontic treatment. Objectives: To assess, evaluate, and compare the amount of plaque accumulation and Streptococcus mutans colonization around elastomeric ligation and SL clips in the smart clip appliance. Materials and Methods: A total of 111 orthodontic patients scheduled for fixed o...

  8. Tribological properties and morphology of bimodal elastomeric nitrile butadiene rubber networks

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    Highlights: • Bimodal elastomeric NBR as a new material was developed. • The structure of bimodal elastomeric NBR networks was determined. • The relationship between structure and mechanical properties was investigated. • The tribological properties and mechanisms of bimodal NBR were analyzed. • The benefits of bimodal NBR in the field of tribology were discussed. - Abstract: Bimodal nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) was examined in this study. The molecular structure was determined by dynamic mechanical analysis and transmission electron microscopy. The relationship between the structure and the mechanical properties related to elastomeric tribological properties was investigated. The properties and the mechanisms of friction and wear of bimodal elastomeric NBR networks were also analyzed. The lubricating characteristics of bimodal NBR networks were revealed based on the mechanisms of friction and wear. Results show that bimodal NBR networks are similar to bimodal polydimethylsiloxane networks. The form and density of the network structure can be controlled from elastomeric networks to thermosetting resin networks. The mechanical properties of bimodal NBR networks, such as elasticity, elongation at break, fatigue characteristic, tensile strength, elastic modulus, and thermal stability can be precisely controlled following the variation in network structure. The friction, wear, and lubrication of bimodal NBR networks can be clearly described according to the principles of tribology. Common elastomers cannot simultaneously reduce friction and wear because of the different mechanisms of friction and wear; however, bimodal elastomer networks can efficiently address this problem

  9. 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.

  10. Machine for use in monitoring fatigue life for a plurality of elastomeric specimens

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    Fitzer, G. E. (inventor)

    1977-01-01

    An improved machine is described for use in determining the fatigue life for elastomeric specimens. The machine is characterized by a plurality of juxtaposed test stations, specimen support means located at each of the test stations for supporting a plurality of specimens of elastomeric material, and means for subjecting the specimens at each of said stations to sinusoidal strain at a strain rate unique with respect to the strain rate at which the specimens at each of the other stations is subjected to sinusoidal strain.

  11. 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)

  12. Elastomeric organic material for switching application

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    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

  13. 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.

  14. Effects of gasket on coupled plastic flow and strain-induced phase transformations under high pressure and large torsion in a rotational diamond anvil cell

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    Feng, Biao; Levitas, Valery I.

    2016-01-01

    Combined plastic flow and strain-induced phase transformations (PTs) under high pressure in a sample within a gasket subjected to three dimensional compression and torsion in a rotational diamond anvil cell (RDAC) are studied using a finite element approach. The results are obtained for the weaker, equal-strength, and stronger high-pressure phases in comparison with low-pressure phases. It is found that, due to the strong gasket, the pressure in the sample is relatively homogenous and the geometry of the transformed zones is mostly determined by heterogeneity in plastic flow. For the equal-strength phases, the PT rate is higher than for the weaker and stronger high-pressure phases. For the weaker high-pressure phase, transformation softening induces material instability and leads to strain and PT localization. For the stronger high-pressure phase, the PT is suppressed by strain hardening during PT. The effect of the kinetic parameter k that scales the PT rate in the strain-controlled kinetic equation is also examined. In comparison with a traditional diamond anvil cell without torsion, the PT progress is much faster in RDAC under the same maximum pressure in the sample. Finally, the gasket size and strength effects are discussed. For a shorter and weaker gasket, faster plastic flow in radial and thickness directions leads to faster PT kinetics in comparison with a longer and stronger gasket. The rates of PT and plastic flows are not very sensitive to the modest change in a gasket thickness. Multiple experimental results are reproduced and interpreted. Obtained results allow one to design the desired pressure-plastic strain loading program in the experiments for searching new phases, reducing PT pressure by plastic shear, extracting kinetic properties from experiments with heterogeneous fields, and controlling homogeneity of all fields and kinetics of PTs.

  15. New gaskets for butterfly valves in process plants; Neue Dichtungen fuer Klappen in verfahrenstechnischen Anlagen

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    Clemens, M.; Schmitt, L. [Freudenberg Dichtungs- und Schwingungstechnik KG, Reichelsheim (Germany); Liedtke, U. [Freudenberg Process Seals KG, Viernheim (Germany)

    2005-06-01

    The gasket seating in butterfly valves is subjected to high loadings. The flexible ring is radially compressed at closure, in order that it reliably seals against both high and low viscosity fluids. In order to guarantee this for the longest possible service-life periods, the butterfly valve sealing ring must, on the one hand, permanently provide a low level of friction and, on the other hand, continue to possess a low residual deformation under pressure and high resistances to both temperature and the conveyed fluids. Freudenberg Process Seals counters the increasing technical and economic demands made on valve seals used many thousands of times in process engineering with a completely new and innovative gasket type. It is designed, in terms of geometry and material selection, in such a way that it continues to provide excellent function even in case of use of ever more aggressive cleaning agents in CIP and SIP procedures for food, beverages, biological and fine-chemicals processes. The development of these innovative, non-metallic-sealing butterfly valve sealing seatings achieves excellent operating behaviour and outstanding performance even under the criterion of total life-cycle costs for butterfly valves. (orig.)

  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. Chemical Stability of Telavancin in Elastomeric Pumps

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    2015-12-01

    Conclusions: The results of this study indicate that telavancin remains chemically stable when diluted in the Intermate Infusion System and the Homepump Eclipse elastomeric pumps and stored at 2°C to 8°C for up to 8 days protected from light at the concentration range and dilution schemes evaluated.

  18. Maximum stress of interlayer steel plates in elastomeric isolator

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    Recently, laminated rubber bearings are used in many buildings as isolation devices. This paper presents the results of Finite Element Analysis (FEM) of elastomeric isolators with a diameter of 500 mm, and proposes a prediction method of the maximum stress in the interlayer steel plate. This analysis was focused on the maximum stress of the steel plate while the isolator was deformed in the horizontal direction. The steel plate was modeled as an elasto-plastic material. The elastomeric material was represented by the strain energy density function (Takayama et al., my 1992). The maximum stress in the steel plates increased and exceeded the yield stress as the shear deformation became larger. The total yield area of the steel plates without a central hole was below 10% of the actual plan area, but, in the case of plates with a central hole of 50 mm in diameter, the total yield area was over 20%. The prediction method shows a good correspondence with the FEM results

  19. Analytical method of nonlinear gasket contact stress along width direction on bolted flanged connections

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    In order to evaluate the tightness of bolted flanged connections accurately, the deformation and the contact stress along the radial direction of nonlinear gaskets have been researched using analytical method. The analytical results obtained by analytical method were compared with those by finite element analysis (FEA), which shows that the results calculated by two methods are fundamentally coincident, but the former is smaller than the latter. The results indicate that both the deformation and the contact stress of gaskets distribute non-uniformly along the gasket radial direction, and they all increase from gasket inner margin to its outer margin. (authors)

  20. 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)

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.)

  4. 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

  5. Study of dynamic response of piping system with gasketed flanged joints using finite element analysis

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    The dynamic response of piping system with gasketed flanged joints at various temperatures is studied using finite element analysis. FE simulation with thermo-mechanical analysis is performed, followed by modal and harmonic analysis. Important parameters affecting the vibration are discussed. Temperature of internal fluid induces thermal stresses which influence the natural frequencies significantly. A comparison has been made between metal gasket and spiral wound gasket. Results show that the natural frequencies corresponding to particular modes are influenced by the type of gasket used. - Highlights: ► We examine dynamic response of piping system at various temperatures. ► Thermo-mechanical analysis is performed followed by modal and harmonic analysis. ► The temperature of internal fluid influences the natural frequencies significantly. ► Natural frequencies and modes are also influenced by type of gasket used. ► Natural frequency is varied by12.3% for first bending mode shape.

  6. The characteristic of blind flanged bolted joints with full-face gaskets

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    In this paper, the characteristics of blind flanged bolted joints with full-face gaskets such as the contact stress distributions and the variation of axial bolt force are analyzed using axisymmetrical theory of elasticity. The effect of Young's modulus of gaskets, the gasket thickness and the bolt pitch circle diameter on the contact stress distribution are clarified by the numerical calculations. In the experiments, the contact stress distributions were measured by sensitive films when the gasket is asbestos. Variations of axial bolt force are measured using strain gages. The internal pressure is observed when the internal fluid starts to leak. The numerical results are in fairly good agreement with the experimental results. Discussions are made on the sealing performance of gaskets used in these experiments

  7. Comparative study of the behaviour of conventional gasketed and compact non-gasketed flanged pipe joints under bolt up and operating conditions

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    Bolted flanged joints comprise an assembly of a number of important individual components, which are required to perform well together in service. The ideal requirement for a bolted flange joint is a 'zero-leak' condition. However, whilst recommended design procedures for bolted flange joints are available in international codes and standards, leakage problems are still faced by industry. These are common in both normal operating (internal pressure loading) and critical event conditions. The drive is, therefore, to find a flange joint assembly, which provides 'zero-leak condition' and requires little or no maintenance and handling. Considerable investigation in the area of optimised bolted joints has been in progress for the past 10 years comparing traditional gasketed joints and 'compact non-gasketed' joints, using both analytical and experimental approaches. In this present study, two-dimensional non-linear finite element studies have been performed for both gasketed and non-gasketed bolted flange pipe joints. Based on the stress results for the flange and the bolt and the flange rotation/displacement, compact non-gasketed flange joints are shown to be a viable and preferable alternative to the conventional gasketed flange joints. Recommendations are made for a best-fit flange model for static load conditions with 'zero-leak' sealing in a flange joint

  8. 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.)

  9. Stretchable ferroelectric nanoribbons with wavy configurations on elastomeric substrates.

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    Feng, Xue; Yang, Byung Duk; Liu, Yuanming; Wang, Yong; Dagdeviren, Canan; Liu, Zhuangjian; Carlson, Andrew; Li, Jiangyu; Huang, Yonggang; Rogers, John A

    2011-04-26

    Applications of ferroelectric ceramics, ranging from components for sensors, memory devices, microelectromechanical systems, and energy convertors, all involve planar and rigid layouts. The brittle nature of such materials and their high-temperature processing requirements limit applications to devices that involve only very small mechanical deformations and narrow classes of substrates. Here, we report a strategy for integrating nanoribbons of one of the most widely used ferroelectric ceramics, lead zirconate titanate, in "wavy" geometries, on soft, elastomeric supports to achieve reversible, linear elastic responses to large strain deformations (i.e., stretchable properties), without any loss in ferroelectric or piezoelectric properties. Theoretical and computational analysis of the mechanics account for these characteristics and also show that the amplitudes of the waves can be continuously tuned with an applied electric field, to achieve a vertical (normal) displacement range that is near 1000 times larger than is possible in conventional planar layouts. The results suggest new design and application possibilities in piezoelectric devices. PMID:21395261

  10. Restrictions of Harmonic Functions on the Sierpinski Gasket to Segments

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    Demir, B; Koçak, S; Ureyen, M

    2003-01-01

    The restrictions of a harmonic function on the Sierpinski Gasket (SG) to the segments in SG have been of some interest. We show that the sufficient conditions for the monotonicity of these restrictions given by Dalrymple, Strichartz and Vinson are also necessary. We then prove that the normal derivative of a harmonic function on SG on the junction points of the contour of a triangle in SG is always nonzero with at most a single exception. We finally give an explicit derivative computation for the restriction of a harmonic function on SG to segments at specific points of the segments: The derivative is zero at points dividing the segment in ratio 1:3. This shows that the restriction of a harmonic function to a segment of SG has the following curious property: The restriction has infinite derivatives on a dense set of the segment (at junction points) and vanishing derivatives on another dense set.

  11. 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

  12. 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 ...

  13. Fatigue Life Estimation of an Elastomeric Pad by ε-N Curve and FEA

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    Baban Suryatal; Haribhau Phakatkar; Kasilingam Rajkumar; Ponniah Thavamani

    2015-01-01

    Failure analysis and fatigue life prediction are very important in the design procedure to assure the safety and reliability of rubber components. The fatigue life of a railway elastomeric pad is predicted by combining the test of material properties and finite element analysis (FEA). The specially developed chloroprene rubber material’s fatigue life equation is acquired based on uniaxial tensile test and fatigue life tests performed on the dumbbell specimens of the chloroprene ru...

  14. Sensitivity improvement of a fibre Bragg grating pH sensor with elastomeric coating

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    A new optical pH sensor based on fibre Bragg grating (FBG) is demonstrated. The sensor consists of a FBG coated with pH sensitive hydrogel. The sensing was performed through the detection of wavelength shifts resulting from the induced strain on the FBG due to mechanical expansion of the hydrogel. An elastomeric coating was applied before the hydrogel coating to improve the sensitivity. The sensor performance was investigated by simulating the hydrogel swelling and the strain induced on the FBG. The swelling of hydrogel due to pH change was modelled using a free-energy function and was solved using the finite element method. With silicone rubber as the elastomer material, the results show that the sensitivity was improved by up to 66% compared to that of the FBG pH sensor without elastomeric coating

  15. Development of UHV compatible machined diamond profile gaskets for INDUS-2

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    Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) compatible demountable joints are needed in Indus-2 (2.5 GeV, 300mA) electron storage ring for connecting Al-alloy vacuum chambers (homogeneous joints) as well as Al-alloy vacuum chambers to well proven stainless steel components like beam diagnostic components and RF-shielded bellow assemblies (heterogeneous joints). Bakeable and reliable diamond profile Al-alloy gaskets have been developed for Helium leak rate less than 2x10-10 Std. CC/sec, which eliminated the need of any Al to SS transition pieces onto the Aluminium vacuum chambers. Salient features of these gaskets are: high reliability, low cost, reduced flange thickness, self alignment, ease in installation, less torque requirement, formability to non-circular shape and ultra cleanliness. These diamond profile gaskets were machined from extruded Al-alloy 6061-T5 pipes using specially developed high-speed steel formed cutting tools. Thermal cyclic tests were carried to check the reliability of these gaskets. No leaks were found even after several bakeouts at 150 deg. C. Non-circular metallic gaskets like the one used in UHV gate valve bonnet seal can also be manufactured using specially developed formed toolings. This paper describes basic design philosophy, manufacturing process and testing details of these gaskets

  16. Development of UHV compatible machined diamond profile gaskets for INDUS-2

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    Yadav, D. P.; Shiroman, R.; Shukla, S. K.; Kotaiah, S.

    2008-05-01

    Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) compatible demountable joints are needed in Indus-2 (2.5 GeV, 300mA) electron storage ring for connecting Al-alloy vacuum chambers (homogeneous joints) as well as Al-alloy vacuum chambers to well proven stainless steel components like beam diagnostic components and RF-shielded bellow assemblies (heterogeneous joints). Bakeable & reliable diamond profile Al-alloy gaskets have been developed for Helium leak rate less than 2×10-10 Std. CC/sec, which eliminated the need of any Al to SS transition pieces onto the Aluminium vacuum chambers. Salient features of these gaskets are: high reliability, low cost, reduced flange thickness, self alignment, ease in installation, less torque requirement, formability to non-circular shape & ultra cleanliness. These diamond profile gaskets were machined from extruded Al-alloy 6061-T5 pipes using specially developed high-speed steel formed cutting tools. Thermal cyclic tests were carried to check the reliability of these gaskets. No leaks were found even after several bakeouts at 150°C. Non-circular metallic gaskets like the one used in UHV gate valve bonnet seal can also be manufactured using specially developed formed toolings. This paper describes basic design philosophy, manufacturing process and testing details of these gaskets.

  17. Modified Sierpinski Gasket for Wi-Fi and WLAN Applications

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    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The hasty growth of wireless technologies has drawn new demands for integrated components including antennas and antenna on chip is a new mantra in the area of antenna research. Various techniques have been suggested by researchers for the miniaturization of microstrip patch antennas with multiband characteristics. Numerous antennas for multiband operation have been studied and designed for communication and radar systems. One of the solutions for the multiband characteristics is the fractal antenna. The Fractal antennas are based on the concept of fractal geometries. They can be designed in a variety of shapes in order to obtain enhanced gain and bandwidth, dual band and circular polarization to even ultra-wideband operation. In this paper, the fractal antenna has been designed using the Arlon substrate with relative permittivity of 1.3 and a substrate of Sierpinski gasket shaped placed on it. Feed used is the line feed. The designed antenna is a low profile, small size and multiband antenna since it can be operated at different frequencies within the frequency range of (1.75 – 2.65 and (5.7 – 7.65 GHz. It includes the frequencies used for wireless WLAN application and used to receive and transmit a high-frequency signal.

  18. Detection of polystyrene sphere translocations using resizable elastomeric nanopores

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    Willmott, Geoff R.; Bauerfeind, Lara H.

    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 conica...

  19. Hybrid magnetorheological fluid–elastomeric lag dampers for helicopter stability augmentation

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    A laboratory demonstration of a hybrid magnetorheological fluid–elastomeric (MRFE) damper is investigated for adjustable or programmable lag mode damping in helicopters, so that damping requirements can be varied as a function of different flight conditions. The laboratory demonstration of this hybrid MRFE lag damper consists of a double lap shear elastomeric damper in parallel with two magnetorheological (MR) flow mode dampers. This is compared to a damper where only elastomeric materials are implemented, i.e., a double lap shear specimen. The relationship between the output force and the quasi-steady harmonic displacement input to a flow mode MR damper is exploited, where the output force can be adjusted as a function of applied magnetic field. Equivalent viscous damping is used to compare the damping characteristics of the hybrid damper to a conventional elastomeric damper under steady-state sinusoidal displacement excitation. To demonstrate feasibility, a hybrid MRFE damper test setup is designed, and single frequency (lag frequency or rotor in-plane bending frequency) and dual frequency (lag frequency and rotor frequency) tests are conducted under different magnetic fields. The hybrid MRFE damper exhibits amplitude-dependent damping behavior. However, with application of a magnetic field, the damping level is controlled to a specific damping level objective as a function of displacement amplitude. Similarly, under dual frequency conditions, damping degradation at the lag frequency, because of lag motion at the rotor frequency, can also be recovered by increasing magnetic field. A time-domain analysis is developed to study the nonlinear dynamic behavior of the hybrid MRFE damper. Using rate-dependent elasto-slides, the amplitude-dependent behavior of the hybrid MRFE damper is accurately reconstructed using both constant and current-dependent (i.e. controllable) parameters. The analysis is physically motivated and can be applied to the elastomer and MR fluid damper components separately

  20. Plaque accumulation and Streptococcus mutans levels around self-ligating bracket clips and elastomeric modules: A randomized controlled trial

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: To determine the effect of two different ligating systems that is, elastomeric modules and self-ligating (SL bracket systems (Smartclip - 3M Unitek with respect to harboring bacterial plaque in fixed orthodontic treatment. Objectives: To assess, evaluate, and compare the amount of plaque accumulation and Streptococcus mutans colonization around elastomeric ligation and SL clips in the smart clip appliance. Materials and Methods: A total of 111 orthodontic patients scheduled for fixed orthodontic treatments were selected for this split maxillary arch study. All the patients were bonded with smart-clip (3M Unitek SL brackets, and the wire was placed into the bracket slots, on the randomly selected hemi arch, elastomeric modules were placed for the study to be conducted. Microbial and periodontal plaque accumulation was recorded at 3-time intervals post ligation. Plaque index-by Silness and Loe, modified Quigely Hein index, bleeding on probing were evaluated, and biofilm was collected from the tooth surface after 30 days and placed in petri dishes containing Mitis Salivarius agar for bacterial culturing. Result: It was observed that the side where ligation was done with elastomeric modules accumulated more plaque and increase in S. mutans colony forming units as compared to the side without external ligation (P < 0.05. Conclusion: Reduced bacterial colonization and better plaque control was seen with SL orthodontic bracket appliance system as compared to conventional ligation method.

  1. Thermal stress analysis of pipe flange connections with raised-face gasket subjected to heat conduction

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    This paper deals with thermal stress analysis of a pipe flange connection with a raised-face gasket subjected to heat conduction. In the analysis, pipe flange, hubs of the flanges and a raised-face gasket are replaced by finite hollow cylinders. When the inner surface is subjected to heat conduction due to contained fluid and the outer surface are kept at a constant temperature, temperature distribution of the connection is analyzed. Using the temperature distribution, thermoelastic displacement potential is determined. Thermal stresses and displacements are analyzed by using the thermoelastic displacement potential and axisymmetrical theory of elasticity. Experiments are performed. The analytical results are in fairly good agreement with the experimental results concerning the variation of axial bolt force and the axial strain at the hubs of pipe flange. In the numerical calculations, the effects of the ratios of Young's modulus and the gasket thickness between the flanges and the gaskets on the contact stress distribution are examined. As the results, it is seen that the thermal stress at the inner surface increases with a decrease of the ratio of Young's modulus and that it increases with a decrease of the gasket thickness

  2. Anvil cell gasket design for high pressure nuclear magnetic resonance experiments beyond 30 GPa

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    Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) experiments are reported at up to 30.5 GPa of pressure using radiofrequency (RF) micro-coils with anvil cell designs. These are the highest pressures ever reported with NMR, and are made possible through an improved gasket design based on nano-crystalline powders embedded in epoxy resin. Cubic boron-nitride (c-BN), corundum (α-Al2O3), or diamond based composites have been tested, also in NMR experiments. These composite gaskets lose about 1/2 of their initial height up to 30.5 GPa, allowing for larger sample quantities and preventing damages to the RF micro-coils compared to precipitation hardened CuBe gaskets. It is shown that NMR shift and resolution are less affected by the composite gaskets as compared to the more magnetic CuBe. The sensitivity can be as high as at normal pressure. The new, inexpensive, and simple to engineer gaskets are thus superior for NMR experiments at high pressures

  3. Elastomeric composites with tuned electromagnetic characteristics

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    This paper presents a novel elastomeric composite that exhibits a deformation-induced change in chirality. Previous efforts primarily dealt with a coil array in air without chiral tuning. Here, a composite is created that consists of an array of parallel, metallic helices of the same handedness embedded in a polymer matrix. The chiral response of the composite depends on pitch, coil diameter, wire thickness and coil spacing; however, pitch has the greatest effect on electromagnetic performance. The present study explores this effect by using helical elements to construct a chiral medium that can be mechanically stretched to adjust pitch. This adjustment directly affects the overall chirality of the composite. A prototype sample of the composite, fabricated for operation between 5.5–12.5 GHz, demonstrates repeatable elastic deformation. Using a transmit/receive measurement setup, the composite scattering response is measured over the frequency interval. The results indicate substantial tuning of chirality through deformation. An increase in axial strain of up to 30% yields a ∼18% change in axial chirality. (paper)

  4. Elastomeric composites with tuned electromagnetic characteristics

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    Wheeland, Sara; Bayatpur, Farhad; Amirkhizi, Alireza V.; Nemat-Nasser, Sia

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents a novel elastomeric composite that exhibits a deformation-induced change in chirality. Previous efforts primarily dealt with a coil array in air without chiral tuning. Here, a composite is created that consists of an array of parallel, metallic helices of the same handedness embedded in a polymer matrix. The chiral response of the composite depends on pitch, coil diameter, wire thickness and coil spacing; however, pitch has the greatest effect on electromagnetic performance. The present study explores this effect by using helical elements to construct a chiral medium that can be mechanically stretched to adjust pitch. This adjustment directly affects the overall chirality of the composite. A prototype sample of the composite, fabricated for operation between 5.5-12.5 GHz, demonstrates repeatable elastic deformation. Using a transmit/receive measurement setup, the composite scattering response is measured over the frequency interval. The results indicate substantial tuning of chirality through deformation. An increase in axial strain of up to 30% yields a ˜18% change in axial chirality.

  5. Development of a snubber type magnetorheological fluid elastomeric lag damper for helicopter stability augmentation

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    Ngatu, Grum T.

    Most advanced helicopter rotors are typically fitted with lag dampers, such as elastomeric or hybrid fluid-elastomeric (FE) lag dampers, which have lower parts counts, are lighter in weight, easier to maintain, and more reliable than conventional hydraulic dampers. However, the damping and stiffness properties of elastomeric and fluid elastomeric lag dampers are non-linear functions of lag/rev frequency, dynamic lag amplitude, and operating temperature. It has been shown that elastomeric damping and stiffness levels diminish markedly as amplitude of damper motion increases. Further, passive dampers tend to present severe damping losses as damper operating temperature increases either due to in-service self-heating or hot atmospheric conditions. Magnetorheological (MR) dampers have also been considered for application to helicopter rotor lag dampers to mitigate amplitude and frequency dependent damping behaviors. MR dampers present a controllable damping with little or no stiffness. Conventional MR dampers are similar in configuration to linear stroke hydraulic type dampers, which are heavier, occupy a larger space envelope, and are unidirectional. Hydraulic type dampers require dynamic seal to prevent leakage, and consequently, frequent inspections and maintenance are necessary to ensure the reliability of these dampers. Thus, to evaluate the potential of combining the simplicity and reliability of FE and smart MR technologies in augmenting helicopter lag mode stability, an adaptive magnetorheological fluid-elastomeric (MRFE) lag damper is developed in this thesis as a retrofit to an actual fluid-elastomeric (FE) lag damper. Consistent with the loading condition of a helicopter rotor system, single frequency (lag/rev) and dual frequency (lag/rev at 1/rev) sinusoidal loading were applied to the MRFE damper at varying temperature conditions. The complex modulus method was employed to linearly characterize and compare the performance of the MRFE damper with the baseline FE damper performance. Based on experimental measurements, it is shown in the research that at all test temperatures, a significant damping control range, extending beyond the baseline FE damper, can be provided by the MRFE damper with the application of varying magnetic fields. This controllable damping range can be programmed to potentially provide the required damping augmentation as a function of different flight conditions. The added benefits of employing smart MR fluids in MRFE lag dampers are to produce adequate damping at critical flight conditions while concurrently reducing periodic hub loads at other flight conditions and to compensate damping losses associated with temperature. The other main objective of the present research is to develop and formulate a comprehensive analytical model that can accurately describe the non-linear hysteretic behavior that is demonstrated by the MRFE lag damper. Thus, a hydromechanical model, which can delineate the physical flow motion of the system and accurately describe the non-linear hysteretic behavior of the MRFE damper is proposed. The hydromechanical model explored in this study is a design-based model which describes the damper system with a series of lumped hydraulic, mechanical and magnetorheological components. The model employs physical parameters such as inertia, damping, yield force and compliances that are dependent on damper geometry and material properties of components and which can potentially be approximated a priori. Further, temperature variation will mainly cause material properties to change. Once model parameters have been established, the model is shown to simulate accurately the measured hysteretic force-displacement history under single and dual frequency excitations, and varying temperatures.

  6. Effect of storage period on the accuracy of elastomeric impressions

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    Eduardo Batista Franco

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available AIMS: To investigate the effect of the storage period on the accuracy of recently developed elastomeric materials. METHODS: Simultaneous impressions of a steel die were taken using a polyether (I: Impregum Soft Heavy and Light body, 3M ESPE and vinyl polysiloxane (P: Perfectim Blue Velvet and Flexi-Velvet, J.Morita. The trays were loaded with the heavy-bodied impression materials while the light-bodied impression materials were simultaneously spread on the steel die. The impressions were poured after 2 hours, 24 hours, and 7 days. Impressions were stored at approximately 55% relative humidity and room temperature. Ten replicas were produced for each experimental condition (n=60. Accuracy of the stone dies was assessed with a depth-measuring microscope. The difference in height between the surface of the stone die and a standard metallic ring was recorded in micrometers at four demarcated points, by two independent examiners. Data were submitted to two-way ANOVA and Tukey test (a = 0.05. RESULTS: Significant differences were found among the groups. Smaller discrepancies were observed when pouring was performed up to 24 hours (I-2h= 65.0 ± 15.68 µm; I-24h= 81.6 ± 11.13 µm for the polyether, and up to 7 days for the vinyl polysiloxane (P-2h= 79.1 ± 13.82 µm; P-24h= 96.8 ± 6.02 µm; P-7d= 81.4 ± 4.3 µm. Significant dimensional discrepancies, however, were observed when polyether was stored for 7 days (I-7d= 295.3 ± 17.4 µm. CONCLUSION: Storage may significantly affect the dimensional accuracy of impressions and, thus, a maximum period and storage condition should be specified for the recently developed materials.

  7. Trial manufacture and test of gaskets applicable to flanges of knife-edge type and V-grooved type

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    In the sealing mechanism using gaskets, the close contact of flanges and gaskets controls the sealing performance. The degree of close contact can be evaluated by the conductance of the minute channels formed between flanges and gaskets, and the equation for representing the conductance is given. The relation of the conductance with tightening force and the ratio of gasket form is shown. It was found that the increase of the contact width of flanges and gaskets is more effective for reducing the conductance than the increase of tightening force. It is important to maintain sealing against baking and mechanical stress in use. New type gaskets were made for trial, and the performance was tested by using conventional knife-edge type flanges and new V-grooved type flanges. The gaskets of new type, the V-grooved type flanges, and the thermal cycle test, the loading test and the repeated use test are reported. Six types of the new type gaskets with different thickness and width did not show significant difference in the leak test. (K.I.)

  8. THE INFLUENCE OF OBLIQUE COLLISION OF THE GASKET OF A GAS REGULATOR ON SAFETY SHUTDOWN

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    Full Text Available In this work the author presents a theoretical study on the conduct during the impact of the gasket at the intake of combustible gas, when the regulatory mechanism is controlled by a thermostat. For this case, the author analyzed two aspects involved in the operation of the proposed experimental model: - The oblique impact of the cinematic elements of the regulatory mechanism; - The influence of elasticity on deformation of the gasket at impact. Furthermore, the paper presents the modeling and dynamic analysis of the mechanism MSC ADAMS

  9. Microfluidic chips controlled with elastomeric microvalve arrays.

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    Li, Nianzhen; Sip, Chris; Folch, Albert

    2007-01-01

    Miniaturized microfluidic systems provide simple and effective solutions for low-cost point-of-care diagnostics and high-throughput biomedical assays. Robust flow control and precise fluidic volumes are two critical requirements for these applications. We have developed microfluidic chips featuring elastomeric polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microvalve arrays that: 1) need no extra energy source to close the fluidic path, hence the loaded device is highly portable; and 2) allow for microfabricating deep (up to 1 mm) channels with vertical sidewalls and resulting in very precise features.The PDMS microvalves-based devices consist of three layers: a fluidic layer containing fluidic paths and microchambers of various sizes, a control layer containing the microchannels necessary to actuate the fluidic path with microvalves, and a middle thin PDMS membrane that is bound to the control layer. Fluidic layer and control layers are made by replica molding of PDMS from SU-8 photoresist masters, and the thin PDMS membrane is made by spinning PDMS at specified heights. The control layer is bonded to the thin PDMS membrane after oxygen activation of both, and then assembled with the fluidic layer. The microvalves are closed at rest and can be opened by applying negative pressure (e.g., house vacuum). Microvalve closure and opening are automated via solenoid valves controlled by computer software.Here, we demonstrate two microvalve-based microfluidic chips for two different applications. The first chip allows for storing and mixing precise sub-nanoliter volumes of aqueous solutions at various mixing ratios. The second chip allows for computer-controlled perfusion of microfluidic cell cultures.The devices are easy to fabricate and simple to control. Due to the biocompatibility of PDMS, these microchips could have broad applications in miniaturized diagnostic assays as well as basic cell biology studies. PMID:18989408

  10. Thin graphite bipolar plate with associated gaskets and carbon cloth flow-field for use in an ionomer membrane fuel cell

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    Marchetti, George A. (Western Springs, IL)

    2003-01-03

    The present invention comprises a thin graphite plate with associated gaskets and pieces of carbon cloth that comprise a flow-field. The plate, gaskets and flow-field comprise a "plate and gasket assembly" for use in an ionomer membrane fuel cell, fuel cell stack or battery.

  11. An evaluation of the ENDF/GASKET model for thermal neutron scattering in heavy water

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    The ENDF/GASKET model for computing thermal neutron scattering was selected for studies undertaken with the purpose of getting thoroughly acquainted with the behavior of the heavy water as a moderator. As a first step in its evaluation, the scattering law S(α,β) was computed with ENDF/GASKET. A comparison of the values so obtained with others previously measured or computed showed that the model is not completely satisfactory in this respect. This is attributed to coherent scattering not included in the model and to the need of improving its frequency spectrum. Any way, the experimental values show serious descrepancies and it is difficult to reach definitive conclusions. The Legendre moments of the double differential cross section and its microscopic values were also computed. As it was found by other authors, the incoherent approximation of ENDF/GASKET results in a drastic departure from the measured total cross section below 0,006 eV. In addition, the discrepancies between measured and calculated average μ, might also imply that the coherence effects are appreciable at higher energies. Also decay constance and diffusion parameters were computed for D2O (100%), and these agree well with values of other sources. The measurement and computation of neutron spectra in heavy water is presently intented for the sake of completing evaluation. So far two alternatives are foreseen for further work: the improvement of ENDF/GASKET, or the evaluation of the more recent Jarvis model. (author)

  12. Evaluation of the effect of different stretching patterns on force decay and tensile properties of elastomeric ligatures

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    Aminian, Amin; Nakhaei, Samaneh; Agahi, Raha Habib; Rezaeizade, Masoud; Aliabadi, Hamed Mirzazadeh; Heidarpour, Majid

    2015-01-01

    Background: There have been numerous researches on elastomeric ligatures, but clinical conditions in different stages of treatment are not exactly similar to laboratory conditions. The aim of this in vitro study was to simulate clinical conditions and evaluate the effect of three stretching patterns on the amount of force, tensile strength (TS) and extension to TS of the elastomers during 8 weeks. Materials and Methods: Forces, TS and extension to TS of two different brands of elastomers were...

  13. 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

  14. Elastomeric flexible free-standing hydrogen-bonded nanoscale assemblies.

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    Lutkenhaus, Jodie L; Hrabak, Kristin D; McEnnis, Kathleen; Hammond, Paula T

    2005-12-14

    Poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) is a key material in solid polymer electrolytes, biomaterials, drug delivery devices, and sensors. Through the use of hydrogen bonds, layer-by-layer (LBL) assemblies allow for the incorporation of PEO in a controllable tunable thin film, but little is known about the bulk properties of LBL thin films because they are often tightly bound to the substrate of assembly. The construction technique involves alternately exposing a substrate to a hydrogen-bond-donating polymer (poly(acrylic acid)) and a hydrogen-bond-accepting polymer (PEO) in solution, producing mechanically stable interdigitated layers of PEO and poly(acrylic acid) (PAA). Here, we introduce a new method of LBL film isolation using low-energy surfaces that facilitate the removal of substantial mass and area of the film, allowing, for the first time, the thermal and mechanical characterization that was previously difficult or impossible to perform. To further understand the morphology of the nanoscale blend, the glass transition is measured as a function of assembly pH via differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA). The resulting trends give clues as to how the morphology and composition of a hydrogen-bonded composite film evolve as a function of pH. We also demonstrate that LBL films of PEO and PAA behave as flexible elastomeric blends at ambient conditions and allow for nanoscale control of thickness and film composition. Furthermore, we show that the crystallization of PEO is fully suppressed in these composite assemblies, a fact that proves advantageous for applications such as ultrathin hydrogels, membranes, and solid-state polymer electrolytes. PMID:16332070

  15. New elastomeric silicone based networks applicable as electroactive systems

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    Bejenariu, Anca Gabriela; Boll, Mads; Lotz, Mikkel R.; Vraa, Christoffer; Skov, Anne Ladegaard

    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...

  16. 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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    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 da 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 gessoThe 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

  17. Inspection of Fuel Cladding and Metal Gasket in Metallic Dry Cask at Tokai No. 2 Power Station

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    The metallic dry cask storage of spent fuel started in December 2001 at TOKAI No.2 power station. The cask that had served for 7 years was inspected in January 2009. The objective of this inspection is confirmation of fuel cladding and metal gasket integrity. This cask accommodates 8 × 8 zirconium liner type fuel. The gasket applied to this cask consists of aluminum outer lining and Inconel spring. This inspection confirmed that there had been no damage in fuel cladding and metal gasket during the storage for 7 years. (author)

  18. 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)

  19. Estimate for the fractal dimension of the Apollonian gasket in d dimensions

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    Farr, R. S.; Griffiths, E.

    2010-06-01

    We adapt a recent theory for the random close packing of polydisperse spheres in three dimensions [R. S. Farr and R. D. Groot, J. Chem. Phys. 131, 244104 (2009)] in order to predict the Hausdorff dimension dA of the Apollonian gasket in dimensions 2 and above. Our approximate results agree with published values in two and three dimensions to within 0.05% and 0.6%, respectively, and we provide predictions for dimensions 4-8.

  20. The Laplace operator on the Sierpinski gasket with Robin boundary conditions

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    Breckner, Brigitte; Chill, Ralph

    2016-01-01

    We study the Laplace operator on the Sierpinski gasket with nonlinear Robin boundary conditions. We show that for certain Robin boundary conditions the Laplace operator generates a positive, order preserving, $L^\\infty$-contractive semigroup which is sandwiched (in the sense of domination) between the semigroups generated by the Dirichlet-Laplace operator and the Neumann-Laplace operator. We also characterise all local semigroups which are sandwiched between these two extremal semigroups by s...

  1. The Laplace operator on the Sierpinski gasket with Robin boundary conditions

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    Breckner, Brigitte; Chill, Ralph

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    We study the Laplace operator on the Sierpinski gasket with non-linear Robin boundary conditions. We show that for certain Robin boundary conditions the Laplace operator generates a positive, order preserving, L ∞-contractive semigroup which is sandwiched (in the sense of domination) between the semigroups generated by the Dirichlet-Laplace operator and the Neumann-Laplace operator. We also characterise all local semigroups which are sandwiched between these two extremal semigroups by showing...

  2. GASKET-2, Thermal Neutron Scattering Law for Moderators, Harmonic Vibrations and Gaseous

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    1 - Description of problem or function: GASKET calculates the thermal neutron scattering law, s(alpha,beta), for a large class of moderators. Provision has been made in GASKET for the following dynamical modes of the scatterer - (1) free translation (gas), (2) diffusive or Brownian motion, (3) harmonic isotropic vibrations with continuous frequency spectrum, (4) harmonic anisotropic vibrations with continuous frequency spectrum (as applied for instance to graphite), (5) harmonic isotropic vibrations with discrete frequency spectrum. 2 - Method of solution: Neutron scattering kernels are obtained from the scattering law using the relation sigma(e0 to e,θ) = (σb/4π)*√(e/e0)*exp(-β/2)* where e0 and e are, respectively, initial and final neutron energies, theta is the cosine of the neutron scattering angle in the laboratory, and alpha and beta respectively, dimensionless momentum and energy transfers. GASKET calculates s at points of a 2-dimensional alpha,beta mesh. Numerical methods are used to evaluate Fourier transforms of s. For very large values of alpha and beta an option is included to use Wick's short collision approximation for s. 3 - Restrictions on the complexity of the problem: Maxima of - 100 points in distributed frequency spectrum; 100 points in anisotropic part of the frequency spectrum; 2 discrete oscillators if w sub 1 does not equal zero, otherwise 20; 20 phonon terms calculated for each delta line

  3. Combined Technologies for Microfabricating Elastomeric Cardiac Tissue Engineering Scaffolds

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    Guillemette, Maxime D.; Park, Hyoungshin; Hsiao, James C.; Jain, Saloni R.; Larson, Benjamin L.; Langer, Robert; Freed, Lisa E

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    Polymer scaffolds that direct elongation and orientation of cultured cells can enable tissue engineered muscle to act as a mechanically functional unit. We combined micromolding and microablation technologies to create muscle tissue engineering scaffolds from the biodegradable elastomer poly(glycerol sebacate). These scaffolds exhibited well defined surface patterns and pores and robust elastomeric tensile mechanical properties. Cultured C2C12 muscle cells penetrated the pores to form spatial...

  4. 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.

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    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.

  5. Local Anaesthetic Infusion with Elastomeric Pump After Arthroscopic Subacromial Decompression

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    Little, Kevin; Pillai, Anand; Fazzi, Umberto; Storey, Neil

    2007-01-01

    INTRODUCTION The use of extended local anaesthesia for postoperative pain has previously been reported, and has several advantages over other methods, including ease of placement, safety, reliability, lower cost and effective analgesia. We present our experience with a portable elastomeric infusion device in patients undergoing arthroscopic subacromial decompression, and make a case for its potential to allow same-day discharge. PATIENTS AND METHODS Forty patients undergoing arthroscopic subacromial decompression were followed-up. At the end of the procedure, an epidural catheter connected to a portable elastomeric local anaesthetic infusion system was inserted into the subacromial space. All patients were electively admitted for overnight stay postoperatively and assessed using a visual analogue scale (VAS) to evaluate their level of pain. RESULTS No patient reported severe pain at any stage. None of the patients required any parenteral opiate analgesia with the pump in situ. CONCLUSIONS These findings suggest that the use of this elastomeric infusion device following shoulder surgery allows safe and early discharge of patients with decreased need for parenteral opiate analgesia. PMID:17535622

  6. 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

  7. Flame resistant elastomeric polymer development. [for use in space shuttle instrument packaging

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    Howarth, J. T.; Sheth, S. G.; Sidman, K. R.

    1975-01-01

    Elastomeric products were developed for use in the space shuttle program, and investigations were conducted to improve the properties of elastomers developed in previous programs, and to evaluate the possibility of using lower-cost general purpose polymers. Products were fabricated and processed on conventional processing equipment; these products include: foams based on fluorinated rubber flame-retarded compounds with a density of 20-30 pounds/cubic foot for use as padding and in helmets; foams based on urethane for use in instrument packaging in the space shuttle; flexible and semi-rigid films of fluorinated rubber and neoprene compounds that would not burn in a 70% nitrogen, 30% oxygen atmosphere, and in a 30% nitrogen, 70% oxygen atmosphere, respectively for use in packaging or in laminates; coated fabrics which used both nylon and Kelvar fabric substrates, coated with either fluorinated or neoprene polymer compositions to meet specific levels of flame retardancy; and other flame-resistant materials.

  8. Silicon micro-masonry using elastomeric stamps for three-dimensional microfabrication

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    We present a micromanufacturing method for constructing microsystems, which we term ‘micro-masonry’ based on individual manipulation, influenced by strategies for deterministic materials assembly using advanced forms of transfer printing. Analogous to masonry in construction sites, micro-masonry consists of the preparation, manipulation, and binding of microscale units to assemble microcomponents and microsystems. In this paper, for the purpose of demonstration, we used microtipped elastomeric stamps as manipulators and built three dimensional silicon microstructures. Silicon units of varied shapes were fabricated in a suspended format on donors, retrieved, delivered, and placed on a target location on a receiver using microtipped stamps. Annealing of the assembled silicon units permanently bound them and completed the micro-masonry procedure. (paper)

  9. 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

  10. Micromechanical damage and fracture in elastomeric polymers

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    This thesis aims at a simple one-parameter macroscopic model of distributed damage and fracture of polymers that is amenable to a straightforward and efficient numerical implementation. The failure model is motivated by post-mortem fractographic observations of void nucleation, growth and coalescence in polyurea stretched to failure, and accounts for the specific fracture energy per unit area attendant to rupture of the material. Furthermore, it is shown that the macroscopic model can be rigorously derived, in the sense of optimal scaling, from a micromechanical model of chain elasticity and failure regularized by means of fractional strain-gradient elasticity. Optimal scaling laws that supply a link between the single parameter of the macroscopic model, namely the critical energy-release rate of the material, and micromechanical parameters pertaining to the elasticity and strength of the polymer chains, and to the strain-gradient elasticity regularization, are derived. Based on optimal scaling laws, it is shown how the critical energy-release rate of specific materials can be determined from test data. In addition, the scope and fidelity of the model is demonstrated by means of an example of application, namely Taylor-impact experiments of polyurea rods. Hereby, optimal transportation meshfree approximation schemes using maximum-entropy interpolation functions are employed. Finally, a different crazing model using full derivatives of the deformation gradient and a core cut-off is presented, along with a numerical non-local regularization model. The numerical model takes into account higher-order deformation gradients in a finite element framework. It is shown how the introduction of non-locality into the model stabilizes the effect of strain localization to small volumes in materials undergoing softening. From an investigation of craze formation in the limit of large deformations, convergence studies verifying scaling properties of both local- and non-local energy contributions are presented.

  11. 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.

  12. Predicting exterior crack-bridging performance of textured elastomeric coatings

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    Demarest, V.A.; Gordon, S.J.; Montgomery, D.J. [Rohm and Haas Co., Spring House, PA (United States). Construction Products Research

    1996-12-31

    Laboratory duplication of the exterior crack-bridging performance of textured elastomeric coatings is difficult due to low exterior deformation rates (10{sup {minus}4} in. (10{sup {minus}4} cm)/min), the cyclic nature of sample deformations (diurnal and seasonal) and the temperature variations that produce these deformations (50 mil (0.13 cm) change in crack width per 30 F (17 C) change in temperature). The authors are developing a test method, based on ASTM C-836, which addresses these issues and helps to predict long term exterior performance. Textured elastomeric films are drawn onto precracked concrete blocks and tested on an ATS (Applied Testing Systems, Inc.) instrument capable of varying crack width and temperature simultaneously. Samples are subjected to cyclic variations of crack width, from 0 to 50 to 0 mils (0 to 0.13 to 0 cm) with an accompanying temperature variation of 30 F (17 C). The rate of change of the crack width is 1 {times} 10{sup {minus}3} in (4 {times} 10{sup {minus}4} cm)/min. Comparisons of ATS data to exterior crack-bridging results suggest that the modified version of ASTM C-836 may be a useful indicator of exterior performance; adaptable to a wide variety of coatings and useful as a screening tool for both polymer and formulation development. Since the word textured elastomeric coating in the title of this paper implies elongation and recovery characteristics which a textured coating may not have, the authors have adopted the term flexible textured coating instead.

  13. Flexible Connection Elastomeric Rubber as a Pounding Resisting Element between Two Adjacent Building

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    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Flexible Connection Elastomeric Rubber as a Pounding Resisting Element between Two Adjacent Buildings To solve pounding problem of two adjacent buildings, structural designer usually employs a dilatation between the structures or make the two structures as a monolith structure. Other alternative is by using an elastomeric rubber as a pounding resisting element between the two structures. Effectiveness in applying elastomeric rubber component as flexible connection of two adjacent structures is the main focus of this paper. Various simulations such as structure models, earthquake excitations and openings in gap element are studied. Observation of maximum structural responses will be performed for structure model with elastomeric rubber in comparison with (1 monolith structure model and (2 structure model with rigid element (steel element. Simulation results show that application of elastomeric rubbercomponent to prevent structures from pounding problem provides advantages especially in reducing internal forces in the shorter building. However, it slightly increases displacement of both structures.

  14. Increasing the durability of elastomeric compositions by introducing carbon nanomaterials

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    For the first time the effect of carbon nanomaterial (CNM) obtained in high-voltage discharge plasma on the durability of elastomeric compositions is investigated. The data on the durability go with the results obtained while determining kinetic parameters of curing, tensile strength, elongation at break, resistance to thermal aging and swelling in liquid hydrocarbon highly filled rubbers based on butadiene-nitrile rubbers. To confirm the proposed mechanism of action of nanomaterials, by the method of equilibrium swelling the parameters of vulcanization network of the samples are determined. It is shown that the introduction of CNM allows increasing the performance characteristics and the durability of rubber-based polar rubber. (authors)

  15. 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...

  16. Permeation through elastomeric O-ring seals

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    Permeation of He, Ne, Ar, Kr, Xe and D2 through O-ring seals of fluorocarbon rubber (e.g. Viton), ethylene-propylene rubber (EPDM) and silicone rubber (VMQ) has been measured at temperatures from 290 K up to the destruction of the materials, at about 600 to 700 K. Test gas pressures Δp up to 2 bar were applied. The quantity of the test gas that permeated was detected using high sensitivity quadrupole mass spectrometry. To investigate the influence of seal geometry, permeation through VMQ O-rings was measured as a function of their compression and compared with measurements of sheet geometry for the same material. The measured time dependence of the permeation gas flow is well described by theoretical predictions, when the flow through the O-ring is considered as the sum of flows through a number of rectangular slabs approximating the shape of the compressed O-ring. Equilibrium gas flow, the permeation coefficient, solubility, the diffusion coefficient, the activation energy of diffusion and the heat of solution are derived from the measurements and are compared with values given in the literature, where available. By extrapolating the results for rare gases He to Xe, permeation parameters for Rn are estimated for the three elastomers under investigation. (author)

  17. 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

  18. Elastic buckling of AlN ribbons on elastomeric substrate

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    For optoelectronic applications requiring unconventional substrates, use of flexible forms of semiconductors may be inevitable. We have fabricated a flexible form of single crystalline AlN ribbons with periodic and wavelike structures on an elastomeric substrate. Single crystalline AlN films were grown on Si (111) substrate using high vacuum unbalanced magnetron sputtering. Crystallinity of the AlN films was confirmed with x-ray diffraction and pole figure. The AlN ribbons were transferred to a prestrained (3.1%) elastomeric substrate and the resulting ''wavy'' ribbons on the substrate were flexible up to 30% strain without any crack formation on the surface. As the film thickness changed from 300 to 900 nm, the periods of the waves varied from 95 to 277 ?m, which were within a 10% error of the calculated values. When we applied more than 30% strain, mechanical instability, such as the failure of AlN ribbons due to the cracks on the surface and the merged ribbons, was observed

  19. Elastomer degradation sensor using a piezoelectric material

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    Olness, Dolores U. (Livermore, CA); Hirschfeld, deceased, Tomas B. (late of Livermore, CA)

    1990-01-01

    A method and apparatus for monitoring the degradation of elastomeric materials is provided. Piezoelectric oscillators are placed in contact with the elastomeric material so that a forced harmonic oscillator with damping is formed. The piezoelectric material is connected to an oscillator circuit,. A parameter such as the resonant frequency, amplitude or Q value of the oscillating system is related to the elasticity of the elastomeric material. Degradation of the elastomeric material causes changes in its elasticity which, in turn, causes the resonant frequency, amplitude or Q of the oscillator to change. These changes are monitored with a peak height monitor, frequency counter, Q-meter, spectrum analyzer, or other measurement circuit. Elasticity of elastomers can be monitored in situ, using miniaturized sensors.

  20. 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 thiol 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.

  1. Development of improved gaskets, sealants and cables for use in geothermal well logging equipment. Final summary report

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    Schwartz, S.; Basiulis, D.; Leyden, R.; Landis, A.

    1978-10-01

    The inventigation of materials which could be used for fabricating elastomeric seals for geothermal well logging equipment is described. The seals were to be made either from a methylphenylcarborane-siloxane base gum stock, or from new fluoroelastomer compounds synthesized at Hughes Aircraft Company. A literature search was made to obtain data on carborane-siloxane polymers, synthesis routes for fluorinated elastomers and high temperature hydrolytic stability tests of elastomers. Information was obtained on the first two topics, but very little was available on hydrolysis testing. A number of compounds, based on carborane-siloxane, were formulated and cured. Compression set, hardness and shrinkage tests with postcure variations were made on the most promising formulations. A simple hydrolytic stability test at 275/sup 0/C (525/sup 0/F) and 830 psi was developed which indicated that both the carborane and siloxane bonds were easily broken after short exposure periods. Thermodynamic calculatons indicated that this result could be expected. Because of the agreement between empirical and theoretical data, work on the carborane-siloxanes was discontinued after approximately the first year. Synthesis efforts to produce a highly fluorinated elastomer based on perfluorolkylene oxide were continued through the entrie program. None of these routes produced a satisfactory elastomer.

  2. 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.

  3. 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...

  4. Adhesion of elastomeric surfaces structured with micro-dimples

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    Nanni, Gabriele; Fragouli, Despina; Ceseracciu, Luca; Athanassiou, Athanassia

    2015-01-01

    Topography has a dominant role in determining the adhesion properties of a surface. In this work we explore how arrays of micron-sized dimples can alter the adhesion performance of elastomeric surfaces. We study the effect of the dimple surface coverage, showing that the dimples act both as passive suction devices, allowing to exceed the adhesion performance of untextured surfaces, and crack-like defects, generating stress concentration at the edge of the contact area between the surface of the sample and a flat surface. Interestingly, our results reveal that the suction effect generated by the negative pressure produced by the dimples can be effectively tuned by adjusting their depth. These findings have significant relevance for the fabrication of adhesive systems in which selective adhesion to objects with small difference in weight is required.

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

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    Y. E. Ali

    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 (ϵr=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.

  6. Differential 1-forms, their Integrals and Potential Theory on the Sierpinski Gasket

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    Cipriani, Fabio; Isola, Tommaso; Sauvageot, Jean-Luc

    2011-01-01

    We provide a definition of differential 1-forms on the Sierpinski gasket K and their integrals on paths. We show how these tools can be used to build up a Potential Theory on K. In particular, we prove: i) a de Rham re-construction of a 1-form from its periods around lacunas in K; ii) a Hodge decomposition of 1-forms with respect to the Hilbertian energy norm; iii) the existence of potentials of elementary 1-forms on suitable covering spaces of K. We then apply this framework to the topology of the fractal K, showing that each element of the dual of the first Cech homology group is represented by a suitable harmonic 1-form.

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

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    Ayari, F.; Bayraktar, E.; Zghal, A.

    2011-01-01

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. Biodegradable, Elastomeric, and Intrinsically Photoluminescent Poly(Silicon-Citrates) with high Photostability and Biocompatibility for Tissue Regeneration and Bioimaging.

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    Du, Yuzhang; Xue, Yumeng; Ma, Peter X; Chen, Xiaofeng; Lei, Bo

    2016-02-01

    Biodegradable polymer biomaterials with intrinsical photoluminescent properties have attracted much interest, due to their potential advantages for tissue regeneration and noninvasive bioimaging. However, few of current biodegradable polymers possess tunable intrinsically fluorescent properties, such as high photostability, fluorescent lifetime, and quantum field, and strong mechanical properties for meeting the requirements of biomedical applications. Here, by a facile one-step thermal polymerization, elastomeric poly(silicone-citrate) (PSC) hybrid polymers are developed with controlled biodegradability and mechanical properties, tunable inherent fluorescent emission (up to 600 nm), high photostability (beyond 180 min for UV and six months for natural light), fluorescent lifetime (near 10 ns) and quantum yield (16%-35%), high cellular biocompatibility, and minimal inflammatory response in vivo, which provide advantages over conventional fluorescent dyes, quantum dots, and current fluorescent polymers. The promising applications of PSC hybrids for cell and implants imaging in vitro and in vivo are successfully demonstrated. The development of elastomeric PSC polymer may provide a new strategy in synthesizing new inorganic-organic hybrid photo-luminescent materials for tissue regeneration and bioimaging applications. PMID:26687865

  10. Avaliação das tensões liberadas por elásticos ortodônticos em cadeia: estudo in vitro / Assessment of force decay in orthodontic elastomeric chains: an in vitro study

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    Claudia, Kochenborger; Dayanne Lopes da, Silva; Ernani Menezes, Marchioro; Diogo Antunes, Vargas; Luciane, Hahn.

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: os materiais elastoméricos são considerados importantes fontes de força para a movimentação ortodôntica. OBJETIVO: avaliar a liberação de tensões de quatro marcas comerciais de elásticos ortodônticos em cadeia (Morelli, Ormco, TP e Unitek), em função do tempo, quando mantidas tensionadas [...] por uma força inicial de 150g e imersas em saliva artificial a 37ºC. MÉTODOS: os elásticos em cadeia foram tensionados entre pinos de aço, fixados em uma placa de resina acrílica à distância de 15mm (Morelli e TP) e de 16mm (Unitek e Ormco), ambas medidas correspondendo a uma força de 150g. A leitura da quantidade de tensão liberada pelos elásticos foi realizada com um dinamômetro nos intervalos 30 minutos, 7, 14 e 21 dias. Os dados obtidos foram submetidos à análise de variância (ANOVA) (p Abstract in english INTRODUCTION: Elastomeric materials are considered important sources of orthodontic forces. OBJECTIVE: To assess force degradation over time of four commercially available orthodontic elastomeric chains (Morelli, Ormco, TP and Unitek). METHODS: The synthetic elastics were submerged in 37 ºC syntheti [...] c saliva and stretched by a force of 150 g (15 mm - Morelli and TP; 16mm - Unitek and Ormco). With a dynamometer, the delivered force was evaluated at different intervals: 30 minutes, 7 days, 14 days and 21 days. The results were subjected to ANOVA and Tukey's test. RESULTS: There was a force decay between 19% to 26.67% after 30 minutes, and 36.67% to 57% after 21 days of activation. CONCLUSIONS: TP elastomeric chains exhibited the smallest percentage of force decay, with greater stability at all time intervals tested. Meanwhile, the Unitek chains displayed the highest percentage of force degradation, and no statically significant difference was found in force decay between Ormco and Morelli elastomeric chains during the study period.

  11. 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.

  12. 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 couples in all conditions. These consolidated results indicate that general improvements in maintenance of seal integrity and functional lifetimes for other sliding joints exposed to potentially abrasive biofouling media can be obtained by coating the more-rigid seal-plate surfaces with low-CST, hydrophobic, wear-resistant materials such as the silicone-epoxy system characterized here.

  13. 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.

  14. 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 μm) and small (0.60 μm) 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. Dynamic analysis of fiber-reinforced elastomeric isolation structures

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    This paper presents an analysis of seismically isolated buildings using fiber-reinforced elastomeric structures that are subject to excitations caused by earthquakes. In analyzing the vibrations, the buildings are modeled by lumped mass systems. The fundamental equations of motion are derived for base isolated structures, and the hysteretic and nonlinear- elastic characteristics are included in the numerical calculations. The earthquake waves used as the excitation forces are those that have been recorded during strong earthquake motions in order to examine the dynamic stability of building structures. The seismic (nonlinear) responses of the building are compared for each restoring force type and, as a result, it is shown that the building's motions are not so large from a seismic design standpoint. Isolating structures are shown to reduce the responses sufficiently allowing the building's motions to be controlled to within a practical range. By increasing the acceleration of the earthquake, the yielding forces in the concrete and steel frames can be determined, which shows the advantages of performing nonlinear dynamic analysis in such applications

  19. Dynamic analysis of fiber-reinforced elastomeric isolation structures

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    Kang, Gyung Ju; Kang, Beom Soo [Pusan National University, Busan (Korea, Republic of)

    2009-04-15

    This paper presents an analysis of seismically isolated buildings using fiber-reinforced elastomeric structures that are subject to excitations caused by earthquakes. In analyzing the vibrations, the buildings are modeled by lumped mass systems. The fundamental equations of motion are derived for base isolated structures, and the hysteretic and nonlinear- elastic characteristics are included in the numerical calculations. The earthquake waves used as the excitation forces are those that have been recorded during strong earthquake motions in order to examine the dynamic stability of building structures. The seismic (nonlinear) responses of the building are compared for each restoring force type and, as a result, it is shown that the building's motions are not so large from a seismic design standpoint. Isolating structures are shown to reduce the responses sufficiently allowing the building's motions to be controlled to within a practical range. By increasing the acceleration of the earthquake, the yielding forces in the concrete and steel frames can be determined, which shows the advantages of performing nonlinear dynamic analysis in such applications

  20. Expansive-graphite-sandwiched spiral-wound stainless steel gasket applied to manhole sealing joints of nuclear equipment

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    The test results of domestic expansive-graphite-sandwiched spiral-wound stainless steel gaskets which were mounted on a manhole of steel vessel model with 1 : 1 scale are summarized. After testing mechanical properties in the cold state, the tests were carried out on a large hot-state experimental rig. Conditions were selected in accordance with actual operating conditions of nuclear primary equipment or more severe. The tightness of sealing, stud tension, and variations of angular displacement and gap between manhole cover and base were examined under conditions equivalent to the duration of reactor start-up (temperature and pressure up), normal operation and shut-down (temperature down). The simulation of changes of tightness, adjacent stud tensions and total tension that caused by one stud broken has been completed. The effect of impurity of sulphur contained in gaskets on water quality in the circuit was studied. The reliability of domestic gaskets applied to manhole sealing joints in nuclear equipment is also discussed

  1. 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)

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

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

    2015-01-01

    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 investigated 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. PMID:25760271

  3. 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.

  4. Radiation scattering behaviour of IPNs formed from thermoplastic and conventional elastomeric systems

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    Interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs) using thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) as starting materials can form tough but strong composites. Such networks when optimally prepared can combine the advantages of blending and crosslinking that result in nanometer scale interpenetration between polystyrene and poly(styrene-butadiene-styrene) (SBS) phases and consequential synergistic properties. In this study IPNs of SBS and PS were prepared using sequential network formation with the SBS crosslinked thermally and the styrene network formed using gamma irradiation. This work produced tough transparent IPNs of PS/SBS. Thermal degradation of the butadiene segments was avoided. We have previously examined a range of both thermal and radiation crosslinked IPNs using time-independent small angle neutron scattering (SANS) facilities at ANSTO and NIST. New data on IPN precursors, comprising both time-independent and real-time patterns at typically 15 minute intervals, are given for the first time. This allows the development of nanostructure in bulk (?1 mm) samples to be measured, and compared to previous arduous time-independent transmission electron microscopy (TEM) results on thin (?100nm) sections. TEM, SANS and atomic force microscopy were used to determine the size and shape of the phase domains and investigate any variation with crosslinking level and irradiation dose. The primary SBS network morphology was found to control IPN morphology and the effects of varying the SBS structure and crosslink density were examined. The phase domains in these materials are ?20-50 nm in size, which gives synergistic property enhancement. With linear SBS giving more oriented morphology than the radial (SB)n material which has more symmetric morphology. We briefly introduce new work on elastomeric IPNs based on epichlorohydrin rubber and copolymers of butadiene and acrylonitrile which can form semi- and full IPNs using independent crosslinking modes. The differences in data possible with small angle X-ray scattering and SANS will be illustrated

  5. 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...

  6. Thermally tailored gradient topography surface on elastomeric thin films.

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    Roy, Sudeshna; Bhandaru, Nandini; Das, Ritopa; Harikrishnan, G; Mukherjee, Rabibrata

    2014-05-14

    We report a simple method for creating a nanopatterned surface with continuous variation in feature height on an elastomeric thin film. The technique is based on imprinting the surface of a film of thermo-curable elastomer (Sylgard 184), which has continuous variation in cross-linking density introduced by means of differential heating. This results in variation of viscoelasticity across the length of the surface and the film exhibits differential partial relaxation after imprinting with a flexible stamp and subjecting it to an externally applied stress for a transient duration. An intrinsic perfect negative replica of the stamp pattern is initially created over the entire film surface as long as the external force remains active. After the external force is withdrawn, there is partial relaxation of the applied stresses, which is manifested as reduction in amplitude of the imprinted features. Due to the spatial viscoelasticity gradient, the extent of stress relaxation induced feature height reduction varies across the length of the film (L), resulting in a surface with a gradient topography with progressively varying feature heights (hF). The steepness of the gradient can be controlled by varying the temperature gradient as well as the duration of precuring of the film prior to imprinting. The method has also been utilized for fabricating wettability gradient surfaces using a high aspect ratio biomimetic stamp. The use of a flexible stamp allows the technique to be extended for creating a gradient topography on nonplanar surfaces as well. We also show that the gradient surfaces with regular structures can be used in combinatorial studies related to pattern directed dewetting. PMID:24697617

  7. 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.

  8. Elastomeric Properties of Poly(glycerol sebacate) (PGS) Based Nanoparticle Composites

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    Chung, Hyun-Joong; Li, Xinda; Hong, Albert T.-L.

    2014-03-01

    Owing to the unique combination of biocompatible, biodegradable, and elastomeric properties, poly(glycerol sebacate) and their derivatives are an emerging class of biomaterials for soft tissue replacement, drug delivery, tissue adhesive, and hard tissue regeneration. The mechanical properties of the polyester have been tailored to match a wide range of target organs, ranging from cardiac muscle to bones, by manipulating the process parameters to modulate cross-linking density. In the present study, we applied nanoparticles and cross-linking agents to further optimize their elastomeric properties. Especially, the study aims to enhance the practically important, but less studied, property of tear resistance. Microscopic origin of the property enhancement is discussed.

  9. Tunable optical gratings based on buckled nanoscale thin films on transparent elastomeric substrates

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    Yu, Cunjiang; O'Brien, Kevin; Zhang, Yong-Hang; Yu, Hongbin; Jiang, Hanqing

    2010-01-01

    This letter reports a tunable optical grating based on buckled thin film with periodic sinusoidal patterns on a transparent elastomeric substrate. Submicron scale sinusoidal gratings have been fabricated with nanometer thick Gold/Palladium film coated on 30% pretensioned polydimethylsiloxane substrates. Due to competition between the soft elastomeric substrates and relatively stiff films, periodic wavy profiles are created upon releasing the pretension. The buckling profiles can be easily tuned by mechanically stretching or compressing. Optical transmittance diffraction testing has been conducted, and 85 nm peak wavelength shifts of the first order diffraction have been achieved by stretching the grating up to 30% of its original length.

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

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

    2014-01-01

    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 PMID:25162575

  11. Radiation Effects on Polymer Properties

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

    1987-01-01

    Report compiles data on effects of radiation on physical properties of synthetic organic materials. Emphasis on materials of interest to nuclear-equipment and nuclear-reactor designers. Data covers five categories of polymeric materials: Insulators, elastomeric seals and gaskets, lubricants, adhesives, and coatings. More than 250 materials represented.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. Encyclopedia of polymer science and engineering, Vol. 11: Photographic applications to polyesters, elastomeric

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    Mark, H.F.; Bikales, N.; Overberger, C.G.; Menges, G.

    1987-01-01

    The contents of this book are: Photographic Applications; Photocrosslinking; Phthaloccyanine Polymers; Pipe; Plant Design; Plasma Polymerizaton; Plastic; Plasticizers; Plastics; Identification; Plastics, Processing; Polyacetals; Poly(alkylidene sulfides); Polyalkylidenes; Polyamides; Polyamides, Aromatic; Polyamides, Fibers; Polyamides, Plastics; Polyamides from Fatty Acids; Polyamides; Polyaminotriazoles; Polyampholtyes; Polyanhydrides; Poly(arylene sulfides); Polybenzimidazoles; Polybenzothiazoles; Polybenzoxazinones; Polybithiazoles; Polycarbonates; Polyelectrolytes; Polyesters, Polyesters, Aromatic; Polyesters, Containers; and Polyesters, Elastomeric.

  15. Synthetic Organic Materials in Nuclear Powerplants

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

    1985-01-01

    Report aids plant designers and qualification engineers in ensuring that organic materials in nuclear powerplants will perform satisfactorily in such safety-related equipment as insulation on motor windings, pump diaphragms, motor and pump lubricants, and pump seals and gaskets. Report provides information for service that may include both mild and harsh nuclear environments.

  16. Elasto-Plastic FEM Stress Analysis and Mechanical Characteristics of Pipe Flange Connections with Non-Asbestos Gaskets under Internal Pressure

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    Takagi, Yoshio; Omiya, Yuya; Kobayashi, Takashi; Sawa, Toshiyuki

    The effects of the nominal diameter of pipe flange connections with non-asbestos spiral wound gaskets(SWG) under internal pressure on the mechanical characteristics such as the contact gasket stress distribution which governs the sealing performance, the load factor and the hub stress of the connections were evaluated. The stresses in the connections with the nominal diameters from 3” to 24” under internal pressure are analyzed using the elasto-plastic(EP) FEM analysis taking account the hysteresis and non-linearity of deformation behavior of the non-asbestos SWG. As a result, it is found that the variations in the contact gasket stress distributions are substantial due to the flange rotation in the connections with the larger nominal diameter. Leakage tests were conducted to measure the axial bolt forces (the load factor) and the hub stress. The results obtained from the EP-FEM analyses are fairly consistent with the experimental results concerning the variation in the axial bolt forces (the load factor) and the hub stress. Using the obtained contact gasket stress distributions and the fundamental relationship between the amount of leakage and the contact gasket stress, the amount of the leakage of the connections is estimated. It is observed that the sealing performance of the connections with larger nominal diameter is worse than that of the connection with smaller nominal diameter because of the flange rotation. The estimated results are in a fairly good agreement with the measured results. The difference in the hub stress between the EP-FEM and ASME code is demonstrated and the differences in the load factor and the sealing performance of the connections are shown between the asbestos and non-asbestos gaskets.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

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

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    Ketusky, Edward [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Blanton, Paul [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Bobbitt, John H. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL)

    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.

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

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    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.

  1. Increasing pumping efficiency in a micro throttle pump by enhancing displacement amplification in an elastomeric substrate

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    Fluid transport is accomplished in a micro throttle pump (MTP) by alternating deformation of a micro channel cast into a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) elastomeric substrate. The active deformation is achieved using a bimorph PZT piezoelectric disc actuator bonded to a glass diaphragm. The bimorph PZT deflects the diaphragm as well as alternately pushing and pulling the elastomer layer providing displacement amplification in the PDMS directly surrounding the micro channel. In order to improve pumping rates we have embedded a polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) ring into the PMDS substrate which increases the magnitude of the displacement amplification achieved. FEM simulation of the elastomeric substrate deformation predicts that the inclusion of the PMMA ring should increase the channel deformation. We experimentally demonstrate that inclusion of a PMMA ring, having a diameter equal to that of the circular node of the PZT/glass/PDMS composite, increases in the throttle resistance ratio by 40% and the maximum pumping rate by 90% compared to an MTP with no ring.

  2. The effect of nonlinear elastomeric lag damper characteristics on helicopter rotor dynamics

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    Felker, Fort F.; Lau, Benton H.; Mclaughlin, Stacey; Johnson, Wayne

    1987-01-01

    Many helicopters use elastomeric lag dampers to prevent ground resonance and aeromechanical instability in hover and forward flight. Recent experimental results have shown that when the damper motion occurs at two superimposed frequencies, which is characteristic of operation in forward flight, the damper properties are not well-predicted by a superposition of the damper properties at each of the motion frequencies. This paper presents experimental data obtained with an elastomeric damper while it was undergoing single- and dual-frequency motion. The effect of the nonlinear dual-frequency damper characteristics on predicted rotor aeromechanical stability in forward-flight operation in a wind tunnel was evaluated using the comprehensive rotorcraft analysis program called CAMRAD.

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

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    Nuzzo, Ralph G.; Rogers, John A.; Menard, Etienne; Lee, Keon Jae; Khang, Dahl-Young; Sun, Yugang; Meitl, Matthew; Zhu, Zhengtao

    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.

  4. Pre-treatment of synthetic elastomeric scaffolds by cardiac fibroblasts improves engineered heart tissue

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    Radisic, Milica; Park, Hyoungshin; Martens, Timothy P.; Salazar-Lazaro, Johanna E.; Geng, Wenliang; Wang, Yadong; Langer, Robert; Freed, Lisa E; Vunjak-Novakovic, Gordana

    2008-01-01

    Native myocardium consists of several cell types, of which approximately one-third are myocytes and most of the nonmyocytes are fibroblasts. By analogy with monolayer culture in which fibroblasts were removed to prevent overgrowth, early attempts to engineer myocardium utilized cell populations enriched for cardiac myocytes (CMs; ~80–90% of total cells). We hypothesized that the pre-treatment of synthetic elastomeric scaffolds with cardiac fibroblasts (CFs) will enhance the functional assembl...

  5. 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 μm for trapping white blood cells (WBCs) in a pillar chamber with internal dead-volume of less than 1.0 μl. The microstructures are designed to limit the elastomeric deformation against fluid pressures. Numerical analysis showed that at maximum pressure loss of 15 kPa which is lower than the device conformal bonding strength, the pillar elastomeric deformation is less than 5% for flow rates of up to 1.0 ml min(-1). Molding technique was employed for device prototyping using polyurethane methacrylate (PUMA) resin and polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) mold. Characterization of the dual-layer device with beads and blood samples is performed. Tests with blood injection showed that ∼18%-25% of WBCs are trapped and ∼84%-89% of red blood cells (RBCs) are passed at flow rates of 15-50 μl min(-1) with a slight decrease of WBCs trap and improve of the RBCs pass at higher flow rates. Similar results were obtained by separation of mixed microspheres of different size injected at flow rates of up to 400 μl min(-1). Tests with blood samples stained by fluorescent gel demonstrated that the WBCs are accumulated in the arrays of pillars that later end up to blockage of the device. Filtration results of using elastomeric substrate present a good consistency with the trend of separation efficiencies of the similar silicon-based filters. PMID:24403994

  6. Microrobotic tentacles with spiral bending capability based on shape-engineered elastomeric microtubes

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    Jungwook Paek; Inho Cho; Jaeyoun Kim

    2015-01-01

    Microscale soft-robots hold great promise as safe handlers of delicate micro-objects but their wider adoption requires micro-actuators with greater efficiency and ease-of-fabrication. Here we present an elastomeric microtube-based pneumatic actuator that can be extended into a microrobotic tentacle. We establish a new, direct peeling-based technique for building long and thin, highly deformable microtubes and a semi-analytical model for their shape-engineering. Using them in combination, we a...

  7. Storage containers for radioactive material

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    A radioactive material storage system is disclosed for use in the laboratory. This system is composed of the following: a flat base plate with a groove in one surface thereof and a hollow pedestal extending perpendicularly away from the other surface thereof; a sealing gasket in the groove, a cover having a filter therein and an outwardly extending flange which fits over the plate; the groove and the gasket, and a clamp for maintaining the cover and the plate are sealed together, whereby the plate and the cover and the clamp cooperate to provide a storage area for radioactive material readily accessible for use or inventory. Wall mounts are provided to prevent accidental formation of critical masses during storage

  8. Elastomeric impression as a diagnostic method of cavitation in proximal dentin caries in primary molars

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    Adriela Azevedo Souza Mariath

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to validate the elastomeric impression after temporary tooth separation as a method of cavitation detection in proximal caries lesions in primary molars with outer half dentin radiolucency. Fifty-one children (4-10 years old, presenting radiolucency in the outer half of the dentin at the proximal surfaces of primary molars and proximal anatomic contact with the adjacent tooth (without restoration/cavitated caries lesion were enrolled in the study. Temporary tooth separation was performed with an orthodontic rubber ring placed around the contact point during 2-3 days. Thereafter, impression of the proximal surfaces was made. The elastomeric impressions were classified as "non-cavitated" or "cavitated" surfaces. Visual inspection after tooth separation was considered as the gold standard. Examiner reliability of visual inspection after tooth separation was determined (kappa 0.92. Impression examination was repeated every 5 participants to evaluate the reproducibility of the method. The frequency of cavitated lesions was 65%, and 67% of those were inactive. Sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values were 0.88% (95%CI 0.73-0.95, 0.89% (95%CI 0.67-0.97, 0.94% (95%CI 0.79-0.98 and 0.80% (95%CI 0.58-0.92, respectively. Impression examination showed total agreement regarding cavitation. The evaluation of elastomeric impression after tooth separation is a useful clinical resource in cavitation detection for clinicians and researchers when visual inspection is doubtful.

  9. 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...

  10. New injectable elastomeric biomaterials for hernia repair and their biocompatibility.

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    Skrobot, J; Zair, L; Ostrowski, M; El Fray, M

    2016-01-01

    Complications associated with implantation of polymeric hernia meshes remain a difficult surgical challenge. We report here on our work, developing for the first time, an injectable viscous material that can be converted to a solid and elastic implant in vivo, thus successfully closing herniated tissue. In this study, long-chain fatty acids were used for the preparation of telechelic macromonomers end-capped with methacrylic functionalities to provide UV curable systems possessing high biocompatibility, good mechanical strength and flexibility. Two different systems, comprising urethane and ester bonds, were synthesized from non-toxic raw materials and then subjected to UV curing after injection of viscous material into the cavity at the abdominal wall during hernioplasty in a rabbit hernia model. No additional fixation or sutures were required. The control group of animals was treated with commercially available polypropylene hernia mesh. The observation period lasted for 28 days. We show here that artificially fabricated defect was healed and no reherniation was observed in the case of the fatty acid derived materials. Importantly, the number of inflammatory cells found in the surrounding tissue was comparable to these found around the standard polypropylene mesh. No inflammatory cells were detected in connective tissues and no sign of necrosis has been observed. Collectively, our results demonstrated that new injectable and photocurable systems can be used for minimally invasive surgical protocols in repair of small hernia defects. PMID:26513412

  11. 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.

  12. Generation of the additional fluorescence radiation in the elastomeric shields used in computer tomography (CT)

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    Two commercially available (EP, Z) and eight new elastomeric composites (M1-M4, G1-G4, of thickness ∼1 mm) containing mixtures of differing proportions of heavy metal additives (Bi, W, Gd and Sb) have been synthesised and examined as protective shields. The intensity of the X-ray fluorescence radiation generated in the typical elastomeric shields for CT, containing Bi and other heavy metal additives influence on the practical shielding properties. A method for assessing the radiation shielding properties of elastomeric composites used in CT examination procedures via X-ray spectrometry has been proposed. To measure the radiation reduction ability of the protective shields, the dose reduction factor (DRF) has been determined. The lead equivalents for the examined composites were within the ranges of 0.046-0.128 and 0.048-0.130 mm for 122.1 and 136.5 keV photons, respectively. The proposed method, unlike to the common approach, includes a dose contribution from the induced X-ray fluorescence radiation of the heavy metal elements in the protective shields. The results clearly indicate that among the examined compositions, the highest values DRF have been achieved with preparations containing Bi+W, Bi+W+Gd and Bi+W+Sb mixtures with gradually decreasing content of heavy metal additives in the following order: Bi, W, Gd and Sb. The respective values of DRF obtained for the investigated composites were 21, 28 and 27 % dose reduction for a 1 mm thick shield and 39 and ∼50 % for a 2 mm thick layer (M1-M4). (author)

  13. Strain-induced phase transformation under compression and compression and torsion in a diamond anvil cell: simulations of a sample and gasket

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    Feng, Biao; Levitas, Valery

    2014-01-01

    Combined high pressure phase transformations (PTs) and plastic flow in a sample within a gasket compressed in diamond anvil cell (DAC) or compressed and twisted in rotational DAC are studied using finite element method (FEM). The key point is that PTs are modeled as strain-induced, which involves a completely different kinetic description than for traditional pressure-induced PTs. Corresponding microscale constitutive model is presented. Contact sliding with Coulomb and plastic friction at th...

  14. 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 μm for trapping white blood cells (WBCs) in a pillar chamber with internal dead-volume of less than 1.0 μl. The microstructures are designed to limit the elas...

  15. 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 was evaluated a

  16. Buckling of Dielectric Elastomeric Plates for Electrically Active Microfludic Pumps

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    Holmes, Douglas; Tavakol, Behrouz; Bozlar, Michael; Froehlicher, Guillaume; Stone, Howard; Aksay, Ilhan

    2013-11-01

    Fluid flow can be directed and controlled by a variety of mechanisms within industrial and biological environments. Advances in microfluidic technology have required innovative ways to control fluid flow on a small scale, and the ability to actively control fluid flow within microfluidic devices is crucial for advancements in nanofluidics, biomedical fluidic devices, and digital microfluidics. In this work, we present a means for microfluidic control via the electrical actuation of thin, flexible valves within microfluidic channels. These structures consist of a dielectric elastomer confined between two compliant electrodes that can be actively and reversibly buckle out of plane to pump fluids from an applied voltage. The out-of-plane deformation can be quantified using two parameters: net change in surface area and the shape of deformation. Change in surface area depends on the voltage, while the deformation shape, which significantly affects the flow rate, is a function of voltage, and the pressure and volume of the chambers on each side of the thin plate. The use of solid electrodes enables a robust and reversible pumping mechanism that will have will enable advancements in rapid microfluidic diagnostics, adaptive materials, and artificial muscles.

  17. Microrobotic tentacles with spiral bending capability based on shape-engineered elastomeric microtubes.

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    Paek, Jungwook; Cho, Inho; Kim, Jaeyoun

    2015-01-01

    Microscale soft-robots hold great promise as safe handlers of delicate micro-objects but their wider adoption requires micro-actuators with greater efficiency and ease-of-fabrication. Here we present an elastomeric microtube-based pneumatic actuator that can be extended into a microrobotic tentacle. We establish a new, direct peeling-based technique for building long and thin, highly deformable microtubes and a semi-analytical model for their shape-engineering. Using them in combination, we amplify the microtube's pneumatically-driven bending into multi-turn inward spiraling. The resulting micro-tentacle exhibit spiraling with the final radius as small as ~185 μm and grabbing force of ~0.78 mN, rendering itself ideal for non-damaging manipulation of soft, fragile micro-objects. This spiraling tentacle-based grabbing modality, the direct peeling-enabled elastomeric microtube fabrication technique, and the concept of microtube shape-engineering are all unprecedented and will enrich the field of soft-robotics. PMID:26066664

  18. Locally-tailored structure of an elastomeric substrate for stretchable circuits

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    Park, Chan Woo; Jung, Soon Won; Na, Bock Soon; Oh, Ji-Young; Park, Nae-Man; Lee, Sang Seok; Bon Koo, Jae

    2016-02-01

    We demonstrate a new process for fabricating a hybrid elastomeric polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) substrate, which can provide a high ratio (as large as ?50) of the elastic modulus between the active device region and the interconnect area, as well as a locally tailored surface profile for each region. For this process, a Si master mold with a dual surface profile is prepared, where locally flat regions are distributed within a wavy-surfaced area. The stiffer elastomeric islands for active devices are formed on the flat regions by photolithography of a photo-patternable and hard PDMS layer (E ? 160 MPa), over which a soft PDMS layer (E ? 2 to 3 MPa) is casted. By releasing the whole PDMS layer from the mold, a hybrid silicone substrate with stiff and flat islands embedded within a soft and wavy matrix is obtained. In this hybrid structure, active devices located on the stiff regions can provide high reliability under stretched conditions, while most strain is accommodated by wavy interconnects within the soft area. Such beneficial effects are demonstrated by organic thin film transistors produced on the hybrid substrate.

  19. Effect of temperature changes on the dimensional stability of elastomeric impression materials

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    Kambhampati, Sujan; Subhash, Vaddavalli; Vijay, Chellagulla; Das, Aruna

    2014-01-01

    Background: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the changed dimensions of dies obtained from impressions made with different combinations of addition sillicones which were subjected to variations in storage temperature.

  20. High-temperature leak characteristics test of PCV hatch flanges gasket

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    This paper describes the leak characteristics of the sealing materials being used at primary containment vessel (PCV) hatch flanges at boiling water reactor plants in Japan at temperatures exceeding the design conditions in anticipation of severe accidents. It was found that there was no noticeable leakage regardless of the bolt tightness at temperatures at 250 C and below, but the mechanical characteristics of the silicon rubber were lost and the sealability was impaired at temperatures of approx. 275 C ∼ 300 C

  1. Dynamic Response of a System under Anti-Vibration Forced Regime Depending on the Settlement Angle of the Elastomeric Isolators

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    Carmen Alexandru

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available For a number N of elastomeric elements grouped in parallel, but mounted at an angle alpha between the compression axis and the vertical axis, the total stiffness should be assessed accordingly. The vibration transmissibility will be determined for two borderline cases, so that intermediate values can be evaluated for an anti-vibration isolation techniques solution

  2. 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

  3. 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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    Issard, H.; Andre, R. [COGEMA Logistics, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (France)

    2004-07-01

    Three main types of elastomers are used for the sealing of radioactive material transport casks with elastomeric gaskets: EPDM, fluorocarbons type Viton {sup 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.

  4. [The dimensional stability of hydrophilic impression materials after application of a disinfectant].

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    Stoll, R; Segschneider, F; Stachniss, V; Jürgensen, R

    1991-11-01

    The influence of a disinfectant solution containing glutaraldehyde on the dimensional stability of 2 alginate and 4 elastomeric impression materials has been investigated. Die models were measured using a computer-controlled method and compared to the master die to assess the three-dimensional change in the impression material. After an immersion time of 10 min, a dimensional change did not occur. When using immersion times longer than 10 min, the accuracy of the alginate materials was generally more affected by the disinfecting solution than that of the elastomeric impression materials. PMID:1817870

  5. 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. ECμPs 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 ECμPs 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 ECμPs were functionalized to bind prostate specific antigen (PSA) or IgG-phycoerythrin (PE) in aqueous media (buffer, plasma, blood); whereas monodisperse ECμPs were functionalized to bind a high density lipoprotein in the aqueous media. Polydisperse ECμPs functionalized to bind PSA in a physiological buffer (PBS pH 7.4) demonstrated nanomolar detection using flow cytometry analysis; whereas ECμPs functionalized to bind IgG-PE demonstrated picomolar detection in 10% porcine plasma. ECμPs have a specific density of ~1.03 and are more compressible than their surrounding aqueous media; which allowed the ECμPs to exhibit negative acoustic contrast properties under an ultrasonic acoustic standing wave field. The negative acoustic contrast property of ECμPs was advantageously utilized in an IgG-PE assay conducted in 0.1% whole porcine blood. The ligand-bound ECμPs 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 ECμPs 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 ECμPs 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 ECμPs 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.

  6. 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)

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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, εr, 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, εr, 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

  10. Life Prediction of Elastomeric U Seals in Hydraulic/Pneumatic Actuators Using NSWC Handbook

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    Even the rough prediction of the product test time before the lifetime test of mechanical component begins would be of use in estimating cost and deciding how to keep up with the test. The reliability predictions of mechanical components are difficult because failure or degradation mechanisms are complicated, and few plausible databases are available for lifetime prediction. Therefore, this study conducted lifetime predictions of elastomeric U seals that were respectively installed in a hydraulic actuator and a pneumatic actuator using lifetime models and a field database based on failure physics and an actual test database obtained from the NSWC handbook. To validate the results, the predicted failure rates were compared with the actual lifetime test results acquired in the lab durability tests. Finally, this study discussed an engineering procedure to determine the coefficients in the failure rate models and analyzed the sensitivity of each influential parameter on the seal lifetime

  11. Life Prediction of Elastomeric U Seals in Hydraulic/Pneumatic Actuators Using NSWC Handbook

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    Shin, Jung Hun [Daegu-Gyeongbuk Medical Innovation Foundation, Daegu (Korea, Republic of); Chang, Mu Seong; Kim, Sung Hyun; Jung, Dong Soo [Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-12-15

    Even the rough prediction of the product test time before the lifetime test of mechanical component begins would be of use in estimating cost and deciding how to keep up with the test. The reliability predictions of mechanical components are difficult because failure or degradation mechanisms are complicated, and few plausible databases are available for lifetime prediction. Therefore, this study conducted lifetime predictions of elastomeric U seals that were respectively installed in a hydraulic actuator and a pneumatic actuator using lifetime models and a field database based on failure physics and an actual test database obtained from the NSWC handbook. To validate the results, the predicted failure rates were compared with the actual lifetime test results acquired in the lab durability tests. Finally, this study discussed an engineering procedure to determine the coefficients in the failure rate models and analyzed the sensitivity of each influential parameter on the seal lifetime.

  12. Thermomechanical analysis of thin films on temperature-dependent elastomeric substrates in flexible heterogeneous electronics

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    Thermomechanical analysis is presented to study the basic temperature effects on elastomeric substrate of flexible electronics. Strains of a films-on-substrate structure related with three key temperatures are given based on the interfacial continuum model. An improved strain model is given and compared with other two models. The role of the temperature-dependent effects is highlighted and adopted to design a flexible inorganic/organic heterogeneous structure subject to little thermal action. The sensitivity analysis of three key temperatures is investigated, by which proper selection of technological parameter for poly(dimethylsiloxane) fabrication may be determined to eliminate the variation of stress of the interface in circumstances with temperature varying severely. This work contributes to systemic reliability and compatibility, structural design and thermal management of flexible electronics.

  13. A new UV-curing elastomeric substrate for rapid prototyping of microfluidic devices

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    Rapid prototyping in the design cycle of new microfluidic devices is very important for shortening time-to-market. Researchers are facing the challenge to explore new and suitable substrates with simple and efficient microfabrication techniques. In this paper, we introduce and characterize a UV-curing elastomeric polyurethane methacrylate (PUMA) for rapid prototyping of microfluidic devices. The swelling and solubility of PUMA in different chemicals is determined. Time-dependent measurements of water contact angle show that the native PUMA is hydrophilic without surface treatment. The current monitoring method is used for measurement of the electroosmotic flow mobility in the microchannels made from PUMA. The optical, physical, thermal and mechanical properties of PUMA are evaluated. The UV-lithography and molding process is used for making micropillars and deep channel microfluidic structures integrated to the supporting base layer. Spin coating is characterized for producing different layer thicknesses of PUMA resin. A device is fabricated and tested for examining the strength of different bonding techniques such as conformal, corona treating and semi-curing of two PUMA layers in microfluidic application and the results show that the bonding strengths are comparable to that of PDMS. We also report fabrication and testing of a three-layer multi inlet/outlet microfluidic device including a very effective fluidic interconnect for application demonstration of PUMA as a promising new substrate. A simple micro-device is developed and employed for observing the pressure deflection of membrane made from PUMA as a very effective elastomeric valve in microfluidic devices. (paper)

  14. Safety assessment aspects of materials for radioactive waste containers

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    Droste, B.; Voelzke, H.; Zencker, U. [Bundesanstalt fuer Materialforschung und -pruefung (BAM), Berlin (Germany)

    2003-07-01

    In design testing and research BAM had investigated various aspects of material behaviour to ensure safety of RAM waste packages under operating and accident conditions: Strength and fracture toughness of cubic ductile cast iron containers in handling accidents, thermal behaviour of ion exchanger resin material in a full-scale fire test of a cubic DCI container, long-term, high and low temperature behaviour of VITON gaskets. (orig.)

  15. 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.

  16. Effects of Strain-Induced Crystallization on Mechanical Properties of Elastomeric Composites Containing Carbon Nanotubes and Carbon Black

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    The effects of strain-induced crystallization (SIC) on the mechanical properties of elastomeric composites as functions of extension ratio (λ), multi walled carbon nanotube (CNT) content, and carbon black (CB) content are investigated. The differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis shows that the degree of crystallinity increases with the increase in the CB and CNT content. As λ increases, the glass transition temperature (Tg) of the composites increases, and the latent heat of crystallization (LHc) of the composites is maximum at λ=1.5. It is found that the mechanical properties have a linear relation with LHc, depending on the CNT content. According to the TGA (thermogravimetric analysis), the weight loss of the composite matrix is 94.3% and the weight of the composites decreases with the filler content. The ratio of tensile modulus (Ecomp/ Ematrix) is higher than that of tensile strength (σcomp/ σmatrix) because of the CNT orientation inside the elastomeric composites

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

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    Goswami, Kaustav; Skov, Anne Ladegaard; Daugaard, Anders Egede

    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 ...

  18. 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.

  19. The Significance of Pore Microarchitecture in a Multi-Layered Elastomeric Scaffold for Contractile Cardiac Muscle Constructs

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    Park, H.; Larson, B.L.; Guillemette, M.D.; Jain, S R; C Hua; Engelmayr, G.C.; Freed, L.E.

    2010-01-01

    Multi-layered poly(glycerol sebacate) (PGS) scaffolds with controlled pore microarchitectures were fabricated, combined with heart cells, and cultured with perfusion to engineer contractile cardiac muscle constructs. First, one-layered (1L) scaffolds with accordion-like honeycomb shaped pores and elastomeric mechanical properties were fabricated by laser microablation of PGS membranes. Second, two-layered (2L) scaffolds with fully interconnected three dimensional pore networks were fabricated...

  20. A simple route to morphology-controlled polydimethylsiloxane films based on particle-embedded elastomeric masters for enhanced superhydrophobicity.

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    Jeong, Dong-Wook; Kim, Seung-Jun; Park, Jong-Kweon; Kim, Soo-Hyung; Lee, Deug-Woo; Kim, Jong-Man

    2014-02-26

    We present a simple route for controlling the surface morphology of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) films based on a standard replica molding technique incorporating a microparticle-embedded elastomeric master for enhancing surface wetting properties. The elastomeric masters are simply prepared by embedding microparticles (MPs) firmly into a surface of PDMS substrates using an abrasive air-jetting (AAJ) that can be potentially scaled up to large-area fabrication. The surface geometries of the PDMS masters can be easily controlled by using MPs with different shape and size in the AAJ process, resulting in easy control of the surface morphologies and resultant wetting and optical properties of the PDMS films after replicating. The PDMS masters are found to be highly durable, enabling repeated use to produce superhydrophobic PDMS films with similar characteristics. In addition, the fabricated PDMS films retain almost constant properties even under repetitive compressing and stretching deformations thanks to the mechanical robustness enabled by their all-elastomeric architectures. We show that the fabricated PDMS surfaces can be potentially employed as self-cleaning films in glass-based applications, even with complex surfaces, owing to their enhanced wetting properties, fairly good optical transparency, and superior mechanical stability. PMID:24456274

  1. DISPOSABLE NON-MECHANICAL ELASTOMERIC BALLOON PUMP FOR CONTINUOUS EPIDURAL INFUSION: AN EFFECTIVE AND RELIABLE MEANS FOR POSTOPERATIVE ANALGESIA

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    Dilip Kumar

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Postoperative pain an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience is one of the most challenging and gratifying domains to treat. Aim is here to assess effectiveness of postoperative pain relief, side effects and complications while using non-mechanical disposable elastomeric pump as continuous epidural infusion. PATIENTS AND METHODS The present study has been carried out on thirty patients in postoperative wards. At the end of operation the Elastomeric pump containing 125ml of bupivacaine (0.125% was connected with the epidural catheter Pain was assessed by VAS scoring system ranging from 0 to 10. Haemodynamic parameters, quality of analgesia, degree of motor block, and adverse effect encountered were recorded at two hours interval for 24 hours at the end of two hours of subarachnoid block when operation is over. RESULTS AND OBSERVATIONS None of our patients had shown any clinically significant changes in their cardiorespiratory indices in the postoperative period. All the patients at 0 hr. were having VAS score of 0 and till 22 hours enjoyed good pain relief, i.e. VAS of 3-4. Infusion is not always steady as set by the manufacturer. There is no motor blockade after 16 hours (Bromage-0. Insignificant number of patients experienced nausea or vomiting and backache. CONCLUSIONS Elastomeric balloon pumps is a reliable device to deliver LA agents steadily and safely with 0.125% bupivacaine as continuous epidural.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. Deformation of elastomeric chains related to the amount and time of stretching

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    Denise, Yagura; Paulo Eduardo, Baggio; Luiz Sérgio, Carreiro; Ricardo, Takahashi.

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: verificar a possível relação entre o grau de estiramento e a consequente deformação permanente dos elásticos em cadeia, bem como se o fator tempo de estiramento tem influência sobre o grau de deformação permanente. MÉTODOS: segmentos de 5 elos de elásticos em cadeia curta da Unitek/3M fora [...] m estirados em de 10 a 100% de seu comprimento original, em dispositivos especialmente idealizados para essa finalidade, permanecendo submersos em saliva artificial a 37 ± 1°C e removidos, sequencialmente, após uma, duas, três e quatro semanas. Quando de sua remoção, para se avaliar o grau de deformação permanente, cada segmento era medido e os valores registrados submetidos à análise estatística. CONCLUSÃO: pode-se concluir que a deformação permanente foi diretamente proporcional ao grau de estiramento dos elásticos em cadeia avaliados, onde os percentuais médios encontrados foram de 8,4% com 10% de estiramento, ultrapassando o percentual de 20% (21,3%) quando distendidos em 40%, chegando a 56,6% de deformação permanente se estirados em 100% de seu comprimento original. Por fim, o maior percentual de deformação permanente ocorreu durante a primeira semana, não sendo estatisticamente significativo após esse período. Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: To investigate a potential relationship between degree of stretching and resulting permanent deformation of elastomeric chains (ECs) as well as whether or not stretching time has any bearing on the degree of permanent deformation. METHODS: Five-module segments of closed elastomeric chains [...] manufactured by 3M Unitek were stretched to 10-100% of their original length in devices especially designed for this purpose, remaining submerged in artificial saliva at 37 ± 1° C and were removed sequentially after 1, 2, 3 and 4 weeks. Upon removal, each segment was measured and, once recorded the values, were statistically analyzed with the purpose of assessing the degree of permanent deformation. CONCLUSIONS: It was concluded that permanent deformation is directly proportional to the degree of stretching of the ECs assessed. The mean percentages found were 8.4% to 10% of stretching, and exceeding 20% (21.3%) when stretched by 40%, and reaching 56.6% permanent deformation when stretched 100% of their original length. Finally, the highest percentage of permanent deformation occurred during the first week and was not statistically significant after this period.

  5. 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

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

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    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.

  7. Elastomeric composites with high dielectric constant for use in Maxwell stress actuators

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    Szabo, Jeffrey P.; Hiltz, Johnathan A.; Cameron, Colin G.; Underhill, Royale S.; Massey, Jason; White, Brian; Leidner, Jacob

    2003-07-01

    Electroactive polymer actuators that utilize the Maxwell stress effect have generated considerable interest in recent years for use in applications such as artificial muscles, sensors, and parasitic energy capture. In order to maximize performance, the dielectric layer in Maxwell stress actuators should ideally have a high dielectric constant and high dielectric breakdown strength. In this study, the effect of high dielectric constant fillers on the electrical and mechanical properties of thin elastomeric films was examined. The fillers studied included the inorganic compounds titanium dioxide (TiO2), barium titanate (BaTiO3), and lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO). A high dielectric constant filler based on a polymeric conjugated ligand-metal complex, poly(copper phthalocyanine), was also synthesized and studied. Maxwell stress actuators fabricated with BaTiO3 dispersed in a silicone elastomer matrix were evaluated and compared with unfilled systems. A model was presented which relates filler volume fraction to actuation stress, strain, and elastic energy density at fields below dielectric breakdown. The model and experimental results suggest that for the case of strong filler particle-elastomer matrix interaction, actuation strain decreases with increasing filler content.

  8. Caterpillar locomotion-inspired valveless pneumatic micropump using a single teardrop-shaped elastomeric membrane

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    So, Hongyun

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents a microfluidic pump operated by an asymmetrically deformed membrane, which was inspired by caterpillar locomotion. Almost all mechanical micropumps consist of two major components of fluid halting and fluid pushing parts, whereas the proposed caterpillar locomotion-inspired micropump has only a single, bilaterally symmetric membrane-like teardrop shape. A teardrop-shaped elastomeric membrane was asymmetrically deformed and then consecutively touched down to the bottom of the chamber in response to pneumatic pressure, thus achieving fluid pushing. Consecutive touchdown motions of the teardrop-shaped membrane mimicked the propagation of a caterpillar\\'s hump during its locomotory gait. The initial touchdown motion of the teardrop-shaped membrane at the centroid worked as a valve that blocked the inlet channel, and then, the consecutive touchdown motions pushed fluid in the chamber toward the tail of the chamber connected to the outlet channel. The propagation of the touchdown motion of the teardrop-shaped membrane was investigated using computational analysis as well as experimental studies. This caterpillar locomotion-inspired micropump composed of only a single membrane can provide new opportunities for simple integration of microfluidic systems. © the Partner Organisations 2014.

  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. 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

  11. Relationship Between Structure and Dynamic Mechanical Properties of a Carbon Nanofiber Reinforced Elastomeric Nanocomposite

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    The tensile and dynamic mechanical properties of a nanocomposite, containing modified carbon nanofibers (MCNFs) homogenously dispersed in an elastomeric ethylene/propylene (EP) copolymer semicrystalline matrix (84.3 wt% P), have been correlated with the structure development. These properties were characterized by in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction during stretching, dynamic mechanical analysis and X-ray analysis techniques over a wide temperature range. Upon sequential drawing, the tensile strength of the nanocomposite film was notably higher than that of the unfilled polymer even though both samples exhibited a similar amount of crystal fraction and the same degree of crystal orientation, revealing the effect of nanofiller reinforcement in the semicrystalline matrix. The mechanical spectra of the 10 wt% MCNF filled samples in both stretched and non-stretched states showed broadening of the elastic modulus at high temperatures, where the corresponding crystallinity index also decreased. It is conceivable that a significant fraction of chain orientation is induced in the vicinity of the nanofillers during stretching, and these stretched chains with reduced mobility significantly enhance the thermal mechanical properties

  12. Characterisation and evaluation of soft elastomeric actuators for hand assistive and rehabilitation applications.

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    Yap, Hong Kai; Lim, Jeong Hoon; Nasrallah, Fatima; Cho Hong Goh, James; Yeow, Chen-Hua

    2016-05-01

    Various hand exoskeletons have been proposed for the purposes of providing assistance in activities of daily living and rehabilitation exercises. However, traditional exoskeletons are made of rigid components that impede the natural movement of joints and cause discomfort to the user. This paper evaluated a soft wearable exoskeleton using soft elastomeric actuators. The actuators could generate the desired actuation of the finger joints with a simple design. The actuators were characterised in terms of their radius of curvature and force output during actuation. Additionally, the device was evaluated on five healthy subjects in terms of its assisted finger joint range of motion. Results demonstrated that the subjects were able to perform the grasping actions with the assistance of the device and the range of motion of individual finger joints varied from subject to subject. This work evaluated the performance of a soft wearable exoskeleton and highlighted the importance of customisability of the device. It demonstrated the possibility of replacing traditional rigid exoskeletons with soft exoskeletons that are more wearable and customisable. PMID:27007297

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

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    Marchi, Sophie

    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.

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

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    Saleem, Hussam; Laflamme, Simon; Zhang, Huanhuan; Geiger, Randall; Kessler, Michael; Rajan, Krishna

    2014-02-01

    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 μɛ. A sensitivity of 1190 pF/ɛ 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. 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 μm with an additional bump height of 400 μm 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 μm. 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.

  16. Development and evaluation of elastomeric hollow fiber membranes as small diameter vascular graft substitutes

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    Mercado-Pagán, Ángel E.; Kang, Yunqing [Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, CA (United States); Findlay, Michael W. [Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, CA (United States); University of Melbourne Department of Surgery, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville, VIC (Australia); Yang, Yunzhi, E-mail: ypyang@stanford.edu [Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, CA (United States); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA (United States)

    2015-04-01

    Engineering of small diameter (< 6 mm) vascular grafts (SDVGs) for clinical use remains a significant challenge. Here, elastomeric polyester urethane (PEU)-based hollow fiber membranes (HFMs) are presented as an SDVG candidate to target the limitations of current technologies and improve tissue engineering designs. HFMs are fabricated by a simple phase inversion method. HFM dimensions are tailored through adjustments to fabrication parameters. The walls of HFMs are highly porous. The HFMs are very elastic, with moduli ranging from 1–4 MPa, strengths from 1–5 MPa, and max strains from 300–500%. Permeability of the HFMs varies from 0.5–3.5 × 10{sup −6} cm/s, while burst pressure varies from 25 to 35 psi. The suture retention forces of HFMs are in the range of 0.8 to 1.2 N. These properties match those of blood vessels. A slow degradation profile is observed for all HFMs, with 71 to 78% of the original mass remaining after 8 weeks, providing a suitable profile for potential cellular incorporation and tissue replacement. Both human endothelial cells and human mesenchymal stem cells proliferate well in the presence of HFMs up to 7 days. These results demonstrate a promising customizable PEU HFMs for small diameter vascular repair and tissue engineering applications. - Highlights: • Hollow fiber membranes (HFMs) were fabricated and evaluated. • HFM properties could be tailored through adjustments to fabrication parameters. • Properties could match or exceed those of blood vessels. • HFM showed excellent compatibility in vitro. • HFMs have the potential to be used for small diameter vascular grafts.

  17. On the mobility of iron particles embedded in elastomeric silicone matrix

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    Rabindranath, R.; Böse, H.

    2013-02-01

    In this contribution the rheological and magnetorheological properties of different polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) based magnetorheological elastomers (MRE) are presented and discussed. In order to investigate the mobility of the iron particles with respect to the rheological characteristics, the iron particles were silanized with vinyltrimethoxysilane to enable a reaction between the modified particle and the cross-linking agent of the silicone elastomer. In addition, the vinyl-functionalized particles were further modified by the coupling of the superficial vinyl groups with a long-chain hydride terminated PDMS, which enables a reaction pathway with the vinyl terminated PDMS. On the other hand, the iron particles were treated with surfactants such as fatty acids, calcium and aluminum soaps, respectively, prior to vulcanization in order to increase the mobility of the iron particles in the elastomeric matrix. It was found, that both, the modification with the long-chain hydride terminated PDMS as well as the treatment with surfactants lead to an increase of the storage modulus G', the loss modulus G" and the loss factor tan δ in the magnetic field. It is concluded that both modifications, the coupling with long-chain hydride terminated PDMS as well as the treatment with surfactants, provide a greater mobility of the iron particles and hence a greater friction represented by the increase of the loss factor tan δ. Consequently it is assumed that untreated iron particles are less mobile in the rubber matrix due to covalent bonding with the silicone components, most likely due to the reaction of the hydroxyl groups on the metal surface with the silane groups of the cross-linking agent.

  18. Development and evaluation of elastomeric hollow fiber membranes as small diameter vascular graft substitutes

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    Engineering of small diameter (< 6 mm) vascular grafts (SDVGs) for clinical use remains a significant challenge. Here, elastomeric polyester urethane (PEU)-based hollow fiber membranes (HFMs) are presented as an SDVG candidate to target the limitations of current technologies and improve tissue engineering designs. HFMs are fabricated by a simple phase inversion method. HFM dimensions are tailored through adjustments to fabrication parameters. The walls of HFMs are highly porous. The HFMs are very elastic, with moduli ranging from 1–4 MPa, strengths from 1–5 MPa, and max strains from 300–500%. Permeability of the HFMs varies from 0.5–3.5 × 10−6 cm/s, while burst pressure varies from 25 to 35 psi. The suture retention forces of HFMs are in the range of 0.8 to 1.2 N. These properties match those of blood vessels. A slow degradation profile is observed for all HFMs, with 71 to 78% of the original mass remaining after 8 weeks, providing a suitable profile for potential cellular incorporation and tissue replacement. Both human endothelial cells and human mesenchymal stem cells proliferate well in the presence of HFMs up to 7 days. These results demonstrate a promising customizable PEU HFMs for small diameter vascular repair and tissue engineering applications. - Highlights: • Hollow fiber membranes (HFMs) were fabricated and evaluated. • HFM properties could be tailored through adjustments to fabrication parameters. • Properties could match or exceed those of blood vessels. • HFM showed excellent compatibility in vitro. • HFMs have the potential to be used for small diameter vascular grafts

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

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    D. Zaimova

    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.

  20. Controle sismique d'un batiment en acier de 1 etage par amortisseurs elastomeres et contreventements en Chevron

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    Girard, Olivier

    Actuellement, le principe de dimensionnement a la capacite est fortement utilise dans le domaine du genie parasismique. De maniere simplifiee, cette methode de dimensionnement consiste a dissiper l'energie injectee a une structure lors d'une secousse sismique par la deformation inelastique d'un element structural sacrificiel. Cette methode de dimensionne-ment permet d'obtenir des structures economiques, car cette dissipation d'energie permet de reduire substantiellement les efforts qui se retrouvent a l'interieur de la structure. Or, la consequence de ce dimensionnement est la presence de degats importants a la structure qui suivent a la secousse sismique. Ces degats peuvent engendrer des couts superieurs aux couts d'erection de la structure. Bien entendu, sachant que les secousses sismiques d'importances sont des phenomenes rares, l'ingenieur est pret a accepter ce risque afin de diminuer les couts initiaux de construction. Malgre que cette methode ait permis d'obtenir des constructions economiques et securitaires, il serait interessant de developper un systeme qui permettrait d'obtenir des performances de controle des efforts sismiques comparables a un systeme dimensionne selon un principe de dimensionnement a la capacite sans les consequences negatives de ces systemes. En utilisant les principes d'isolation a la base, il a ete possible de developper un systeme de reprise des forces sismiques (SRFS). qui permet d'obtenir un controle des efforts sismiques concurrentiels tout en gardant une structure completement elastique. Ce systeme consiste u inserer un materiel elastomere entre l'assemblage de la poutre et des contreventements a l'interieur d'un cadre contrevente conventionnel. Cette insertion permet de diminuer substantiellement la rigidite laterale du batiment, ce qui a pour consequence d'augmenter la valeur de la periode fondamentale du batiment dans lequel ces cadres sont inseres. Ce phenomene est appele le saut de periode. Ce saut de periode permet de reduire grandement l'amplification dynamique essuyee lors d'un seisme du au contenu frequentiel particulier des secousses sismiques. Toutefois, la reduction de la rigidite globale a pour consequence d'augmenter grandement les deplacements de fonctionnement de la structure, ce phenomene etant mitige par les proprietes amortissantes de l'elastomere utilise. Le SRFS propose a ete etudie dans le cadre de la presente maitrise. Les objectifs de l'etude consistent a demontrer l'efficacite et la faisabilite du systeme propose ainsi que de developper une methode de dimensionnement efficace et securitaire pour ce genre de systeme. Afin de faciliter l'obtention des objectifs, l'approche qui a ete utilisee est l'etude comparative d'un meme batiment dimensionne selon deux principes. Le premier est le dimensionnement a la capacite. Le second est un dimensionnement employant le systeme propose. La presente etude a ete scindee en quatre parties distinctes. La premiere est l'etude du materiel elastomere afin de determiner les proprietes utiles lors d'un dimensionnement. La seconde est le dimensionnement et l'etude en laboratoire du comportement d'un cadre contrevente selon un principe de dimensionnement a la capacite. La troisieme partie est le dimensionnement et l'etude en laboratoire du comportement d'un cadre contrevente integrant des amortisseurs elastomeres. La quatrieme et derniere partie est l'etude comparative des performances sismiques d'un batiment qui emploie des cadres amortis avec des amortisseurs elastomeres avec les performances d'un batiment qui emploie un SRFS par contreventements classiques. A la suite des differentes analyses, il a ete possible de conclure sur les performances du systeme propose employant des amortisseurs elastomeres. Le systeme possede un excellent comportement quant aux sollicitations sismiques. Le controle des efforts sismiques est du meme ordre qu'un SRFS par contreventements de ductilite moderee (reduction des efforts elastiques par un facteur de 3). Bien que la demande en deplacement soit plus grande pour le systeme propose que pour un systeme contrevente traditionnel, la demande en deplacement est adequatement controlee. Finalement, il a ete possible de confirmer que le systeme propose repond elastiquement aux sollicitations sismiques et son comportement apres une sollicitation violente est adequat. Toutefois, les connaissances limitees du materiel elastomere employe causent l'obtention de dimensionnement moins performant qu'attendu. L'ensemble de l'etude a permis de mettre en relief les caracteristiques et les avantages indeniables du SRFS propose. Toutefois, certains points, necessitant davantage d'etudes, ont egalement ete souleves lors de cette recherche : le comportement de l'elastomere utilise pour un plus vaste domaine de situations que celle consideree dans cette etude (par exemple, l'impact de la temperature sur le caoutchouc et le comportement en fatigue de ce dernier) ainsi que le comportement du systeme etudie pour un domaine plus vaste d'applicabilite (par exemple, l'applicabilite du systeme a des batiments multietages). mots cles : Controle sismique, elastomere, saut de periode, amortisseur, charpente d'acier, genie parasismique, dynamique des structures.

  1. 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

  2. An In Vitro Study of the Bond Strength of Five Adhesives Used for Vinyl Polysiloxane Impression Materials and Tray Materials

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    Kumar, Surender; Gandhi, Udey Vir; Banerjee, Saurav

    2013-01-01

    Although stock trays often provide mechanical retention for elastomeric impression materials, manufacturers typically recommend the use of an adhesive, whether a stock or custom tray is used. The mention of the bond strength on the adhesive packaging is not available, therefore the clinician has no idea whatsoever of the ideal adhesive. The aim of this study was to evaluate the bond strength of three vinyl polysiloxane (VPS) materials, one with a poly(methyl methacrylate) autopolymerizing (PM...

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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®

  6. 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)

  7. Study of the hydro-mechanical behaviour of expanded graphite gaskets; Etude du comportement et de l`etancheite de joints en graphite expnase

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    Patron, E. [Electricite de France (EDF), Direction des Etudes et Recherches, 92 - Clamart (France)

    1997-12-31

    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). 21 refs.

  8. Study on domestic material purchasing in MSR manufacture of conventional island

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    Combining the real case of Dongfang Electric (Guangzhou) Heavy Machinery Co., Ltd. trying to purchase the domestic sealing gasket as needed in the MSR of the conventional island, this paper describes the trends and relevant experience about nuclear power equipment manufacturers purchasing materials in the domestic market, and provides a reference to broadening the procurement channels of the purchasing departments of nuclear equipment manufacturers. (author)

  9. Bio-Inspired Wide-Angle Broad-Spectrum Cylindrical Lens Based on Reflections from Micro-Mirror Array on a Cylindrical Elastomeric Membrane

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    Chi-Chieh Huang; Hongrui Jiang

    2014-01-01

    We present a wide-angle, broad-spectrum cylindrical lens based on reflections from an array of three-dimensional, high-aspect-ratio micro-mirrors fabricated on a cylindrical elastomeric substrate, functionally inspired by natural reflecting superposition compound eyes. Our device can perform one-dimensional focusing and beam-shaping comparable to conventional refraction-based cylindrical lenses, while avoiding chromatic aberration. The focal length of our cylindrical lens is 1.035 mm, suitabl...

  10. 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.

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

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    Mazza, Mirko

    2015-12-01

    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.

  12. 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.

  13. Effect of impression materials and techniques on the marginal fit of metal castings.

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    Gelbard, S; Aoskar, Y; Zalkind, M; Stern, N

    1994-01-01

    The effect of two impression materials used in three different techniques was tested for the accuracy of the marginal fit of metal castings. Sixty identically prepared Ivorine teeth were divided into groups of 20. The following methods were selected to make impressions: (1) putty in a metal stock tray with simultaneous elastomeric impression wash, (2) copper band relined with autopolymerizing acrylic resin and subsequent light-body elastomeric impression material, and (3) copper bands with modeling compound. Faciolingual sections of the Ivorine teeth with cemented metal castings were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) at x 100 magnification. Measurements of the thickness of cement layers were calculated both manually and by use of a recently developed computerized method. The differences in the gingival marginal gaps between various impression materials and techniques at both the facial and lingual surfaces were not statistically significant. PMID:8120837

  14. Development of elastomeric lab-on-a-chip devices through Proton Beam Writing (PBW) based fabrication strategies

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    Wang, L.P. [Department of Physics, University of Jyvaeskylae, P.O. Box 35 (YFL), FIN 40014 (Finland); Centre for Ion Beam Applications, Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, 2 Science Drive 3, Singapore 117542 (Singapore)], E-mail: lipwang@jyu.fi; Shao, P.G.; Kan, J.A. van; Bettiol, A.A.; Watt, F. [Centre for Ion Beam Applications, Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, 2 Science Drive 3, Singapore 117542 (Singapore)

    2009-06-15

    In recent years, one of the most exciting developments in fluidic device applications is the rapid evolution of miniaturized micro- and nanofluidic systems, the so called 'lab-on-a-chip' devices. These devices integrate laboratory functions into a single chip, and are capable of various biochemical analysis and synthesis, such as sample injection and preparation, single cell/molecule observation, bioparticle sequencing and sorting etc. The evolvement of lab-on-a-chip concept implies the use of novel fabrication techniques for the construction of versatile analytical components in a fast and reproducible manner. Endowed with unique three-dimensional fabrication abilities, Proton Beam Writing (PBW) , which is capable of producing nanometer scaled fluidic structures with smooth and straight side wall features, has a great potential to develop all sorts of polymer fluidic devices. In this paper, we describe the batch fabrication of Poly-dimethysiloxane (PDMS) elastomeric lab-on-a-chip devices utilizing PBW technique. A series of fabrication processes, involving PBW, nickel electroplating, soft lithography, polymer dynamic coating and hydrophilic treating, were modified and adopted in our work. Subsequent characterization of individual categories of channel devices was carried out for specific fluidic studies. Respective experimental procedures are presented and results are explained. The channel devices demonstrated good fluidic performance and functionality, suggesting their further application in more complex biological investigations, and the versatility of PBW in lab-on-a-chip development.

  15. 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.

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

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    Chattopadhyay, S.; Chaki, T.K.; Bhowmick, Anil K. E-mail: anilkb@rtc.iitkgp.ernet.in

    2000-11-01

    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.

  17. Heat shrinkability of electron-beam-modified thermoplastic elastomeric films from blends of ethylene-vinylacetate copolymer and polyethylene

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    Chattopadhyay, S.; Chaki, T. K.; Bhowmick, Anil K.

    2000-11-01

    The heat shrinkability 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 (ditrimethylol propane tetraacrylate, DTMPTA), and blend proportions on heat shrinkability 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 shrinkability. Heat shrinkage increases with the increase in percent crystallinity, although the amnesia rating follows the reverse trend.

  18. Load and stability measurements on a soft-inplane rotor system incorporating elastomeric lead-lag dampers

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    Weller, W. H.

    1977-01-01

    An experimental investigation was conducted of the dynamic response and inplane stability associated with a new soft-inplane helicopter rotor. The unique feature of this rotor was the use of an internal elastomeric damper to restrain the blade inplane motion about the lead-lag hinge. The properties of the elastomer were selected to provide both a nominal first inplane frequency ratio of 0.65 and sufficient damping to eliminate the need for additional external damping sources to prevent ground resonance on a typical fuselage structure. For this investigation a 1/5-scale aeroelastic model was used to represent the rotor. The four-blade model had a diameter of 3.05 m (10 ft) and a solidity of 0.103. The first out-of-plane frequency ratio was 1.06. The model was tested in hover and in forward flight up to an advance ratio of 0.45. At each forward speed the rotor lift was varied up to simulated maneuver conditions. The measured rotor loads and response were within acceptable limits, and no adverse response qualities were observed. Moderate out-of-plane hub moments were measured, even for zero lift, to indicate the beneficial control power available for this design. Blade inplane stability testing indicated that the rotor system damping remained at moderate levels throughout the operating envelope.

  19. Influence of root embedment material and periodontal ligament simulation on fracture resistance tests Influência do material de inclusão e da simulação do ligamento periodontal nos ensaios de resistência à fratura

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    Carlos José Soares; Eliane Cristina Gava Pizi; Rodrigo Borges Fonseca; Luis Roberto Marcondes Martins

    2005-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of the embedment material and periodontal ligament simulation on fracture resistance of bovine teeth. Eighty bovine incisor teeth were randomized into 8 groups (n = 10), embedded in acrylic or polystyrene resin using 4 types of periodontal ligament simulation: 1 - absence of the ligament; 2 - polyether impression material; 3 - polysulfide impression material; 4 - polyurethane elastomeric material. The specimens were stored at 37°C and 100% h...

  20. 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.

  1. Simulation of Payne Effect of Elastomeric Isolators with a Harmonic Balance Method

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    Jaumouillé, V.; J.-J. Sinou; B. Petitjean

    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...

  2. Encoding Gaussian curvature in glassy and elastomeric liquid crystal polymer networks

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    Mostajeran, Cyrus; Ware, Taylor H.; White, Timothy J.

    2015-01-01

    Considerable recent attention has been given to the study of shape formation using modern responsive materials that can be preprogrammed to undergo spatially inhomogeneous local deformations. In particular, nematic liquid crystal polymer networks offer exciting possibilities in this context. In this paper, we discuss the generation of Gaussian curvature in thin nematic sheets using smooth in-plane director fields patterned across the surface. We highlight specific patterns which encode consta...

  3. Flow properties of dental impression materials by means of a modified sharkfin test at clinically relevant times after mixing

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    Saker, Odie

    2008-01-01

    Objectives: The aim of this study was: (1) To determine the relevant processing times for clinical practice. (2) To analyze the flow properties of several elastomeric impression materials depending on these clinically measured times by means of the modified sharkfin test. Methods and materials: (1) Clinical trial: The processing times of 86 clinical cases were measured by the same person. The impressions were taken by 14 different clinicians with the one-step technique (Impregum-Penta as...

  4. Evaluation of Effect of Tray Space on the Accuracy of Condensation Silicone, Addition Silicone and Polyether Impression Materials: An In Vitro Study

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    Kumar, Varun; Aeran, Himanshu

    2012-01-01

    Optimal thickness of impression materials in the custom tray in order to get the most accurate impression. To investigate the effect of different tray spacer thickness on the accuracy and the dimensional stability of impressions made from monophasic condensation silicone, addition silicone and polyether impression materials. Three different types of elastomeric monophasic impression materials were used for making the impression of a master die with tray having tray spacer thickness of 2, 4 an...

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. Printing Three-Dimensional Heterogeneities in the Elastic Modulus of an Elastomeric Matrix.

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    Abdel Fattah, Abdel Rahman; Ghosh, Suvojit; Puri, Ishwar K

    2016-05-01

    We present a rapid and controllable method to create microscale heterogeneities in the 3D stiffness of a soft material by printing patterns with a ferrofluid ink. An ink droplet moved through a liquid polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) volume using an externally applied magnetic field sheds clusters of magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) in its wake. By varying the field spatiotemporally, a well-defined three-dimensional curvilinear feature is printed that contains MNP clusters. Subsequent cross-linking of the PDMS preserves the feature in place after the magnetic field is removed. Since the ferrofluid ink interferes with the cross-linking of PDMS, a 3D print containing ink density variations leads to corresponding spatial deviations in the elastic modulus of the matrix. The modulus is mapped in the experiments with atomic force microscopy. This rapid method to print 3D heterogeneities in soft matter promises the ability to mimic mechanical variations that occur in natural biomaterials. PMID:27088326

  8. Preliminary studies of radioactive wastes immobilization, using microwaves, in asphaltic matrices and elastomeric residues

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    The present work consists of preliminary studies for immobilization of radioactive waste by using monolithic solid matrices compounded by bitumen (asphalt) and production leftovers of EVA shoe soles (polymeric residues). Those matrices were obtained through high microwave energy heating aiming to reduce possible dispersion of radioactive material in the environment during the stages of intermediate storage, transportation and final disposal. The radioactive waste that was used results from the purification of thorium long made at Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN-CNEN/SP). The obtained precipitate is named Retoter (thorium residue and rare earth elements). The compounded samples of bitumen and rubber were heated by electromagnetic radiation (high microwave energy); the time was varied and the temperature was controlled. Variables such as mass percent of bitumen/rubber, dosage, microwave power, heating period and temperature were analyzed in order to get the most homogeneous formulations that might be most resistant to environmental agents. The geometry of samples is still being studied to obtain the best distribution of radioactive waste on the polymeric compound (bitumen/rubber). To prove the efficiency of the method, physics and chemistry characterizations have been initially made through assays in order to evidence properties like: porosity, density, leaching rate, resistance to radiation, resistance to aging, thermal, mechanical and structural properties. (author)

  9. Antimicrobial properties of electrically formed elastomeric polyurethane-copper oxide nanocomposites for medical and dental applications.

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    Ahmad, Z; Vargas-Reus, M A; Bakhshi, R; Ryan, F; Ren, G G; Oktar, F; Allaker, R P

    2012-01-01

    With the rapidly advancing field of nanotechnology having an impact in several areas interfacing life and physical sciences, the potential applications of nanoparticles as antimicrobial agents have been realized and offer great opportunities in addressing several viral and bacterial outbreak issues. Polyurethanes (PUs) are a diverse class of polymeric materials which also have applications in several areas of biomedical science ranging from blood contact devices to implantable dental technologies. In this report, copper oxide (CuO) nanoparticles (mean size ?50 nm) are embedded into a PU matrix via two electrical fabrication processes. To elucidate the antimicrobial activity, a range of different loading compositions of CuO within the PU matrix (0%, 1%, 5%, and 10% w/w) are electrospun to form thin porous films (thickness h period. This approach demonstrates the potential of generating tailored antimicrobial structures for a host of applications, such as designer filters, patterned coatings, breathable fabrics, adhesive films (as opposed to sutures), and mechanically supporting structures. PMID:22568902

  10. 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.

  11. Integrated elastomeric components for autonomous regulation of sequential and oscillatory flow switching in microfluidic devices

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    Mosadegh, Bobak; Kuo, Chuan-Hsien; Tung, Yi-Chung; Torisawa, Yu-Suke; Bersano-Begey, Tommaso; Tavana, Hossein; Takayama, Shuichi

    2010-06-01

    A critical need for enhancing the usability and capabilities of microfluidic technologies is the development of standardized, scalable and versatile control systems. Electronically controlled valves and pumps typically used for dynamic flow regulation, although useful, can limit convenience, scalability and robustness. This shortcoming has motivated the development of device-embedded non-electrical flow-control systems. Existing approaches to regulate operation timing on-chip, however, still require external signals such as timed generation of fluid flow, bubbles, liquid plugs or droplets or an alteration of chemical compositions or temperature. Here, we describe a strategy to provide device-embedded flow switching and clocking functions. Physical gaps and cavities interconnected by holes are fabricated into a three-layer elastomer structure to form networks of fluidic gates that can spontaneously generate cascading and oscillatory flow output using only a constant flow of Newtonian fluids as the device input. The resulting microfluidic substrate architecture is simple, scalable and should be applicable to various materials. This flow-powered fluidic gating scheme brings the autonomous signal processing ability of microelectronic circuits to microfluidics where there is the added diversity in current information of having distinct chemical or particulate species and richness in current operation of having chemical reactions and physical interactions.

  12. Bio-inspired structural bistability employing elastomeric origami for morphing applications

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    A structural concept based upon the principles of adaptive morphing cells is presented whereby controlled bistability from a flat configuration into a textured arrangement is shown. The material consists of multiple cells made from silicone rubber with locally reinforced regions based upon kirigami principles. On pneumatic actuation these cells fold or unfold based on the fold lines created by the interaction of the geometry with the reinforced regions. Each cell is able to maintain its shape in either a retracted or deployed state, without the aid of mechanisms or sustained actuation, due to the existence of structural bistability. Mathematical quantification of the surface texture is introduced, based on out-of-plane deviations of a deployed structure compared to a reference plane. Additionally, finite element analysis is employed to characterize the geometry and stability of an individual cell during actuation and retraction. This investigation highlights the critical role that angular rotation, at the center of each cell, plays on the deployment angle as it transitions through the elastically deployed configuration. The analysis of this novel concept is presented and a pneumatically actuated proof-of-concept demonstrator is fabricated. (paper)

  13. 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.

    1981-05-01

    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.

  14. 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

  15. Linear dimensional changes in elastic impression materials.

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    Marcinak, C F; Young, F A; Draughn, R A; Flemming, W R

    1980-07-01

    Four classes of elastomeric impression materials (polysulfide, polyether, silicone, and agar-agar) were evaluated on the basis of linear dimensional stability as a function of time between taking and pouring an impression of mounted teeth. Four polysulfide materials produced dies which were larger than the teeth and generally increased in size with impression storage time. One silicone material produced dies slightly smaller than the teeth, and the dies from another silicone were dramatically smaller with increasing storage times. A polyether material produced slightly smaller dies for up to four hours' storage time, then increasingly larger dies up to 24 h. The dies from a reversible hydrocolloid were larger than the teeth for storage times up to 30 min, and then decreased rapidly at longer times. PMID:6929810

  16. Compression and shear properties of elastomeric bearing using finite element analysis

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    2Faculty of Science and Technology, Chiang Mai Rajabhat University, Muang, Chiang Mai, 50300 Thailand.

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available Standard size samples of four natural rubber compounds, varying the amount of carbon black from 10 to 70 phr, were characterised under uniaxial compression and simple shear tests in order to obtain the strain energy function constants. These constants were then used as hyperelastic material constants for the Windows-based finite element package (COSMOS/M version 1.75. The investigated bearings, made with those NR compounds, had the approximate area and thickness of 50x106 mm2 and 50 mm respectively. Each compound of bearing consisted of four different values of shape factor ranging from about 0.33 to 1.70, according to the number of reinforcing plates in the bearing. Three deformation modes of compression, shear and compression-shear were predicted. Good agreement was found between twelve compression model predictions and the corresponding experimental values of bearings, containing 10, 20 and 40 phr of carbon black and each of which consisted of four different layers of reinforcing metal plates (0, 1, 2 and 3 layers. On the other hand, deviation from the predicted valve was clearly seen in the 70 phr black bearing case. The percentage difference increased with respect to the increasing number of reinforcing plates or the rising shape factor. Therefore, the improved FEA model was supplemented with an imaginary elastic glue layer between the rubber block and metal plate as glue failure compensation. The optimum value of the elastic layers modulus is 8 MPa while the thickness of the layer depends on the total thickness or total volume of rubber block. This model can predict the 70 phr carbon black bearings, having shape factor ranging from 0.5 to 2.35 for 11 cases. The FEA prediction of shear behaviour agrees well with the experimental data for all four bearing compounds and there is no effect of shape factor on shear stress. Moreover, shear stress does not depend on the compressive force applied to like bearing before shear and the FEA results agreed with the corresponding experimental results.

  17. Optimization of the heavy metal (Bi-W-Gd-Sb) concentrations in the elastomeric shields for computer tomography (CT)

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    Eight elastomeric composites (NRU, GR1-GR4, NRBG08-NRBG24) containing mixtures of different proportions of heavy metal additives (Bi, W, Gd and Sb) have been synthesized and examined as protective shields. The NRU sample was a pure rubber matrix and served as a reference sample for heavy metal modified composites. Experimental procedure used for evaluation of the composite shields and their attenuation properties was based on the utilization of HPGe spectrometry and analysis of X-ray fluorescence radiation intensity of the heavy metal additives in the following energy ranges for: Sb (20-35 keV), Gd (35-55 keV), W (55-70 keV) and Bi (70-90 keV). The main contributor to the induced X-ray fluorescence radiation within the shield is Bi additive and the intensity of the X-ray radiation generated within the energy range of 70-90 keV strongly depends on its concentration. It was found that decreasing concentration of the Bi fraction from 0.35 (GR samples) to 0.15 (NRBG samples) results in significant lowering Bi X-ray fluorescence radiation within the 70-90 keV energy range. Secondary effect of decreasing Bi concentration was efficient diminishing excitation processes for lower Z heavy metal additives (W, Gd and Sb, GR vs. NRBG samples). As the final quality parameter of the shielding properties for the examined elastomers, dose reduction factor (DRF) coefficients were calculated for each shield. It was found, that the best shielding properties are observed for composites with lower Bi concentration (0.15 vs. 0.35 Bi mass fraction) with only slight further improvement of their parameters (DRF) with increasing of Gd concentration (Gd mass fraction 0.08, 0.16 and 0.24). The most efficient dose reduction composite was found to be NRBG24 elastomer with DRF value 0.47 (53 % dose reduction) for ca. 2 mm and 0.44 g/cm2 layer thickness. (author)

  18. 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%.

  19. 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

  20. Electrical insulating materials - Determination of the effects of ionizing radiation - Part 5: Procedures for assessment of ageing in service

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    2003-01-01

    Covers ageing assessment methods which can be applied to components based on polymeric materials (for example, cable insulation and jackets, elastomeric seals, polymeric coatings, gaiters) which are used in environments where they are exposed to radiation. The object of this part of IEC 60544 is to provide guidelines on the assessment of ageing in service. The approaches discussed cover ageing assessment programmes based on condition monitoring (CM), the use of equipment deposits in severe environments and sampling of real-time aged components.

  1. Advanced materials and biochemical processes for geothermal applications

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    Kukacka, L.E.; van Rooyen, D.; Premuzic, E.T.

    1987-04-01

    Two Geothermal Technology Division (GTD)-sponsored programs: (1) Geothermal Materials Development, and (2) Advanced Biochemical Processes for Geothermal Brines, are described. In the former, work in the following tasks is in progress: (1) high temperature elastomeric materials for dynamic sealing applications, (2) advanced high temperature (300/sup 0/C) lightweight (1.1 g/cc) well cementing materials, (3) thermally conductive composites for heat exchanger tubing, (4) corrosion rates for metals in brine-contaminated binary plant working fluids, and (5) elastomeric liners for well casing. Methods for the utilization and/or the low cost environmentally acceptable disposal of toxic geothermal residues are being developed in the second program. This work is performed in two tasks. In one, microorganisms that can interact with toxic metals found in geothermal residues to convert them into soluble species for subsequent reinjection back into the reservoir or to concentrate them for removal by conventional processes are being identified. In the second task, process conditions are being defined for the encapsulation of untreated or partially biochemically treated residues in Portland cement-based formulations and the subsequent utilization of the waste fractions in building materials. Both processing methods yield materials which appear to meet disposal criteria for non-toxic solid waste, and their technical and economic feasibilities have been established.

  2. 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

    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 μg·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.

  3. Bio-Inspired Wide-Angle Broad-Spectrum Cylindrical Lens Based on Reflections from Micro-Mirror Array on a Cylindrical Elastomeric Membrane

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    Chi-Chieh Huang

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available We present a wide-angle, broad-spectrum cylindrical lens based on reflections from an array of three-dimensional, high-aspect-ratio micro-mirrors fabricated on a cylindrical elastomeric substrate, functionally inspired by natural reflecting superposition compound eyes. Our device can perform one-dimensional focusing and beam-shaping comparable to conventional refraction-based cylindrical lenses, while avoiding chromatic aberration. The focal length of our cylindrical lens is 1.035 mm, suitable for micro-optical systems. Moreover, it demonstrates a wide field of view of 152° without distortion, as well as modest spherical aberrations. Our work could be applied to diverse applications including laser diode collimation, barcode scanning, holography, digital projection display, microlens arrays, and optical microscopy.

  4. The effect of configuration on strength, durability, and handle of Kevlar fabric-based materials

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    Reuter, L. L.; Munson, J. B.

    1977-01-01

    Five Kevlar based laminates and three Kevlar based coated materials were designed, hand made, and tested against comparative conventional Dacron based materials for strength, peel, tear, puncture, creases, and handle. Emphasis was placed on evaluating geometric orientation of constituents, use of elastomeric film in place of high modulus films, and the use of flying thread loom bias reinforcement of Kevlar yarns. Whereas, the performance of the Kevlar laminates was severely degraded by crease effects, significant gains in overall performance factors were shown for the coated Kevlar materials.

  5. Corrosion and stress corrosion cracking of bolting materials in light water reactors

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    The primary coolant of a pressurized water reactor contains dissolved boric acid added as a soluble neutron absorber. Corrosion and stress corrosion cracking of bolts on pumps and on primary system manways have occurred where gaskets leak this boric acid onto the low alloy steel bolting material. Laboratory experiments have shown that the concentration of the boric acid to a moist paste at approximately the boiling point of water can produce corrosion rates of the order of several tenths of an inch per year on bolting and piping materials, which values are consistent with service experience. Frequently molybdenum disulfide is used as a lubricant for tightening bolts on massive flanges. Laboratory experience has shown that when the primary coolant leaks through a gasket the molybdenum disulfide can react with the leaking steam to produce hydrogen sulfide and subsequent stress corrosion cracking of the bolts. Additionally, contaminants concentrating over significant time periods have caused stress corrosion cracking failures of reactor coolant pump internals. Failure analysis of cracked bolts from service and the results of laboratory tests that demonstrate these mechanisms of bolt cracking are presented

  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

    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.

  7. 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

  8. 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

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

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    Holtrop, K.L.; Hansink, M.; Kellman, A.G.

    1998-12-01

    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.

  10. Outgassing tests on materials used in the DIII{endash}D magnetic fusion tokamak

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    Holtrop, K.L.; Hansink, M.; Kellman, A.G. [Fusion, General Atomics, San Diego, California 92186-5608 (United States)

    1999-07-01

    In order to achieve high performance plasma discharges in the DIII{endash}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{endash}D vessel. The results of pump-down tests performed on ATJ graphite, thin Grafoil{sup {reg_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&hthinsp;{degree}C, which is the maximum temperature to which the DIII{endash}D vessel is baked. The station was modified to include independent heating control of the sample and a simple load-lock chamber. {copyright} {ital 1999 American Vacuum Society.}

  11. 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%

  12. 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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    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.

  13. Investigation of test methods, material properties, and processes for solar cell encapsulants. Eighteenth quarterly progress report, August 12-November 12, 1980

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    Willis, P. B.; Baum, B.; Davis, M.

    1980-12-01

    The goal of this program is to identify, evaluate, and recommend encapsulant materials and processes for the production of cost-effective, long-life solar cell modules. A survey was made of elastomers for use as gaskets for the photovoltaic module. Of the wide variety of materials examined EPDM offered the optimum combination of low compression set and low cost. The preference for EPDM is borne out by its long history of use as an automobile gasket. The commercial availability of materials that would be useful for sealants between the edge of the module and the gasket was investigated. Butyl sealants have the best combination of physical properties, low cost and a well-documented history of performance. A preferred composition has not yet been identified. One laminating type pottant ethylene/methyl acrylate copolymer (EMA), and two casting polymers, polybutyl acrylate and polyurethane, have been under investigation this past quarter. An EMA formulation has been developed which is easily extrudable and cures to a high gel content. So far only one commercial US source (Quinn) of aliphatic polyurethane has been located. Work is continuing to improve reaction rate as well as to eliminate source(s) of bubble formation during module fabrication. Considerable effort was spent in developing an improved polybutyl acrylate casting formulation providing high gel. Many viable curing systems are now available: however, the best formulation considering physical properties, freedom from bubbles as well as cure time utilizes Lupersol II (aliphatic peroxide) initiator. This initiator gives the desired gel after 20 minute cure at 45/sup 0/C or 12 minute cure at 55/sup 0/C.

  14. 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 μm, 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.

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

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    Néstor Santillán-Soto; Rafael García-Cueto; Zalia Haro-Rincón; Sara Ojeda-Benítez; Margarito Quintero-Núñez; Nicolás Velázquez-Limón

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    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...

  16. 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

  17. Long term Integrity of Spent Fuel and Construction Materials and Behaviour of Components for Dry Storage Facilities

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    In Japan, two dry storage facilities at TEPCO and JAPCO sites have been in operation since 1995 and 2002 respectively. The TEPCO dry storage facility was damaged by a Tsunami attack on 11th March 2011. The casks stored in the facility have since been moved to an onsite temporary cask custody area; after confirmation of the integrity of casks. On the other hand, the Tsunami did not attack the dry storage facility at the JAPCO site. The integrity of the storage building and the casks were maintained. In addition, an off-site centralized dry storage facility has been constructed at Mutsu City. Operation of the storage facility is pending a safety re-examination against new safety regulations. Its final storage capacity will be 5000 t(U) and the storage period is up to 50 years. To support storage operations, it is therefore necessary to obtain and evaluate data on the integrity of spent fuels and cask construction materials during long term dry storage. Objectives: Construction materials for dry storage facilities: • To evaluate long-term reliability of welded stainless steel canisters under stress corrosion cracking (SCC) environment, including the critical salt density deposited on the canister to initiate SCC, monitoring, prevention, and the mitigation method of SCC; • To detect and analyze the cover gas leak from canisters; • To evaluate integrity of sealability of metal gasket under long term storage; • To evaluate influence of the vibration on sealing performance of the ageing gasket

  18. 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 dev...

  19. Low pressure gaskets for gas pipelines

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    Solé Pizarro, Carles

    2010-01-01

    Investments in gas distribution networks are very high, exceeding worldwide hundreds of billions of euros. The replacement of pieces too early results loss of capital. However, by too late replacement safety and security of supply may be in serious danger. This project is focused in distribution pipelines, composed of several interconnected pipelines with small diameters and low pressure, used to take the products to the final consumer. More specifically union joints and flange gaske...

  20. 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…

  1. 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…

  2. An in vitro comparison of the force decay generated by different commercially available elastomeric chains and NiTi closed coil springs Comparação in vitro da degradação da força gerada por cadeias elastoméricas e por molas fechadas de NiTi de diferentes marcas comerciais

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    Ana Cristina Soares Santos; André Tortamano; Sandra Regina Frazatto Naccarato; Gladys Cristina Dominguez-Rodriguez; Julio Wilson Vigorito

    2007-01-01

    This in vitro study was designed to compare the forces generated by commercially available elastomeric chains and NiTi closed coil springs, and to determine their force decay pattern. Forty elastomeric chains and forty NiTi closed coil springs were divided into 4 groups according to the following manufacturers: (1) Morelli®, (2) Abzil®, (3) TP Orthodontics® and (4) American Orthodontics®. The specimens were extended to twice their original length and stored in artificial saliva at 37°C. I...

  3. 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.%)

  4. Lateral-crack-free, buckled, inkjet-printed silver electrodes on highly pre-stretched elastomeric substrates

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    We report the formation of lateral-crack-free silver electrodes on highly pre-stretched poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) substrates using the inkjet-printing method followed by an annealing process under the pre-stretched state. Due to Poisson's effect, cracks are easily obtained in the direction lateral to the pre-stretching and releasing directions when the highly pre-stretched substrate is released after the electrode formation. In our method, however, Poisson's effect is suppressed significantly from the PDMS thermal expansion perpendicular to the pre-stretched direction during the annealing process. In order to prevent the formation of a lateral crack, the annealing temperature needs to be optimized for each pre-stretching condition. We modelled their relationship using Poisson's ratios and thermal expansion coefficients of the substrate and silver materials. Our measurement results showed consistent result with the simulation. The resistance of the fabricated silver electrodes negligibly changes under up to 17% strain and even after 1000 time stretching cycle tests. (paper)

  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 100 nm 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. Correlation of electrical reactor cable failure with materials degradation

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    Complete circuit failure (shortout) of electrical cables typically used in nuclear power plant containments is investigated. Failure modes are correlated with the mechanical deterioration of the elastomeric cable materials. It is found that for normal reactor operation, electrical cables are reliable and safe over very long periods. During high temperature excursions, however, cables pulled across corners under high stress may short out due to conductor creep. Severe cracking will occur in short times during high temperatures (>1500C) and in times of the order of years at elevated temperatures (1000C to 1400C). A theoretical treatment of stress distribution responsible for creep and for cracking by J.E. Reaugh of Science Applications, Inc. is contained in the Appendix. 29 refs., 32 figs

  7. Open-access dielectric elastomer material database

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    Vertechy, R.; Fontana, M.; Stiubianu, G.; Cazacu, M.

    2014-03-01

    Dielectric Elastomer Transducers (DETs) are deformable capacitors that can be used as sensors, actuators and generators. The design of effective and optimized DETs requires the knowledge of a set of relevant properties of the employed Dielectric Elastomer (DE) material, which make it possible to accurately predict their electromechanical dynamic behavior. In this context, an open-access database for DE materials has been created with the aim of providing the practicing engineer with the essential information for the design and optimization of new kinds of DET. Among the electrical properties, dielectric susceptibility, dielectric strength and conductivity are considered along with their dependence on mechanical strain. As regards mechanical behavior, experimental stress-strain curves are provided to predict hyperelasticity, plasticity, viscosity, Mullins effect and mechanical rupture. Properties of commercial elastomeric membranes have been entered in the database and made available to the research community. This paper describes the instrumentations, experimental setups and procedures that have been employed for the characterization of the considered DE materials. To provide an example, the experimental data acquired for a commercially available natural rubber membrane (OPPO Band Red 8012) are presented.

  8. 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 γ-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

  9. Experimental performance of an ablative material as an external insulator for a hypersonic research aircraft

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    Puster, R. L.; Chapman, A. J.

    1977-01-01

    An ablative material composed of silica-filled elastomeric silicone was tested to evaluate its thermal and structural performance as an external insulator, or heat shield, for a hypersonic research aircraft. The material was also tested to determine whether it would form a durable char layer when initially heated and thereafter function primarily as an insulator with little further pyrolysis or char removal. Aerothermal tests were representative of nominal Mach 6 cruise conditions of the aircraft, and additional tests were representative of Mach 8 cruise and interference heating conditions. Radiant heating tests were used to simulate the complete nominal Mach 6 surface-temperature history. The silica char that formed during aerothermal tests was not durable. The char experienced a general and preferential surface recession, with the primary mechanism for char removal being erosion. Tests revealed that radiant heating is not a valid technique for simulating aerodynamic heating of the material.

  10. Performance characteristics of O-ring seals for radioactive material packages when subjected to extreme temperatures

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    Performance requirements for radioactive material (RAM) packages are specified in Title 10, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 71 (10CFR71). Seals that provide the containment system interface between the packaging body and closure must function in both high and low temperature environments which are characteristic of the hypothetical fire accident and the -40F (233 K)1 normal transport condition, respectively. A research and testing program has been initiated at Sandia National Laboratories to examine the performance of elastomeric O-ring seal materials commonly used in RAM packages during the temperature extremes. Performance characteristics including permeation times, static compression set, and leakage rate versus temperature and time are being examined using helium or neon as the tracer gas. The results of this study can be used as an aid to package designers when selecting O-ring seal materials for specific applications

  11. Performance characteristics of O-ring seals for radioactive material packages when subjected to extreme temperatures

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    Performance requirements for radioactive material (RAM) packages are specified in Title 10, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 71 (10CFR71). Seals that provide the containment system interface between the packaging body and closure must function in both high and low temperature environments which are characteristic of the hypothetical fire accident and the -40 F normal transport condition, respectively. A research and testing program has been initiated at Sandia National Laboratories to examine the performance of elastomeric O-ring seal materials commonly used in RAM packages during the temperature extremes. Performance characteristics including permeation times, static compression set, and leakage rate versus temperature and time are being examined using helium or neon as the tracer gas. The results of this study can be used as an aid to package designers when selecting O-ring seal materials for specific applications

  12. An in vitro study of the bond strength of five adhesives used for vinyl polysiloxane impression materials and tray materials.

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    Kumar, Surender; Gandhi, Udey Vir; Banerjee, Saurav

    2014-03-01

    Although stock trays often provide mechanical retention for elastomeric impression materials, manufacturers typically recommend the use of an adhesive, whether a stock or custom tray is used. The mention of the bond strength on the adhesive packaging is not available, therefore the clinician has no idea whatsoever of the ideal adhesive. The aim of this study was to evaluate the bond strength of three vinyl polysiloxane (VPS) materials, one with a poly(methyl methacrylate) autopolymerizing (PMMA) specimen and another with a light-polymerizing tray material (VLC), using the adhesive recommended by the manufacturer of the impression material, and two universal adhesives. A total of ninety specimens (15 × 15 × 20 mm) were used, 45 specimens were made in PMMA and rest 45 was made in VLC. Five paint-on adhesives (Coltene, Caulk, 3M, universal Zhermack and universal GC) were applied. Three impression materials, Affinis, Reprosil, and 3M, were mixed and injected into a perforated poly vinyl chloride cylinder. Tray specimens were positioned against the open cylinder end in contact with the VPS material. Tensile strength tests were conducted until adhesive separation failure. Mean values and standard errors of the adhesive strength were recorded in MPa for each material combination. GC paint-on universal adhesive provided significantly higher adhesive strength values. PMID:24604999

  13. Accuracy of stone casts obtained by different impression materials.

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    Faria, Adriana Cláudia Lapria; Rodrigues, Renata Cristina Silveira; Macedo, Ana Paula; Mattos, Maria da Gloria Chiarello de; Ribeiro, Ricardo Faria

    2008-01-01

    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 or = .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. PMID:19148382

  14. 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.

  15. Study of asbestos exposure in some applications of asbestos materials in the chemical industry.

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    Strokova, B; Evstatieva, S; Dimitrova, S; Mavrodieva, E; Lukanova, R

    1998-09-01

    This study is designed to determine the effects of short-term asbestos exposure on workers in the production of asbestos gaskets and filter materials for technological equipment in the chemical industry. The workers from the "Cathode workshop", "Diaphragm electrolysis", "Polymers" Co., Devnja (12 operators) who operate the installation of asbestos diaphragms manufacture and installation of electrolysis cells, and the staff of the "Mechanical" shop of "Nephtochim" Co., Burgas, engaged in the cutting of gaskets made of pressed asbestos-polymer boards (6 workers), were studied. The hygienic normative standards and methodology for measuring and assessment of the asbestos exposure, used all over the world were applied: mean shift count concentration of respirable asbestos fibres; entire shift personal sampling (BSS 2200-85), PCOM light microscopy (BSS 16909-89). The level of asbestos exposure registered was in the range 0.04 to 0.38 f/cm3 for the operators in the "Diaphragm electrolysis" shop and for the staff in the "Mechanical" shop of "Nephtochim" Co. from 0.04 to 0.43 f/cm3. The established concentrations are acceptable according to the requirements of the official hygienic threshold limit value (TLV) in Bulgaria (1 f/cm3), but because asbestos is a human cancerogen and there is tendency for regular revision with the intention of decreasing the hygienic TLV, the asbestos occupational exposure of these groups of workers cannot be accepted as safe. The statements made increase the necessity of dust control by technical preventive means and the medical control of the workers exposed to asbestos-related injuries. PMID:9827873

  16. "Material" mechanics of materials

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    Maugin Gérard A.

    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...

  17. 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.

  18. Evaluation of Ion Exchange Materials in K Basin Floor Sludge and Potential Solvents for PCB Extraction from Ion Exchange Materials

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    Approximately 73 m3 of heterogeneous solid material, ''sludge,'' (upper bound estimate, Packer 1997) have accumulated at the bottom of the K Basins in the 100 K Area of the Hanford Site. This sludge is a mixture of spent fuel element corrosion products, ion exchange materials (organic and inorganic), graphite-based gasket materials, iron and aluminum metal corrosion products, sand, and debris (Makenas et al. 1996, 1997). In addition, small amounts of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) have been found. These small amounts are significant from a regulatory standpoint. Ultimately, it is planned to transfer the K Basins sludge to the Hanford double shell tanks (DSTs). Chemical pretreatment is required to address criticality issues and the destruction or removal of PCBs before the K Basin sludge can be transferred to the DSTs. Eleven technologies have been evaluated (Papp 1997) as potential pretreatment methods. Based on the evaluations and engineering studies and limited testing, Fluor Daniel Hanford recommended solvent washing of the K Basin sludge, followed by nitric acid dissolution and, potentially, peroxide addition (FDH 1997). The solvent washing (extraction) and peroxide addition would be used to facilitate PCB removal and destruction. Following solvent extraction, the PCBs could be distilled and concentrated for disposal as a low-level waste. The purpose of the work reported here was to continue investigating solvent extraction, first by better identifying the ion exchange materials in the actual sludge samples and then evaluating various solvents for removing the PCBs or possibly dissolving the resins. This report documents some of the process knowledge on ion exchange materials used and spilled in the K Basins and describes the materials identified from wet sieving KE Basin floor and canister sludge and the results of other analyses. Several photographs are included to compare materials and illustrate material behavior. A summary of previous tests on solvent extraction of PCB surrogates from simulant K Basin sludge is also given

  19. Experiment to Capture Gaseous Products from Shock-Decomposed Materials

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    Holt, William; Mock, Willis, Jr.

    2001-06-01

    Recent gas gun experiments have been performed in which initially porous polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) powder specimens were shock compressed inside a closed steel container and soft recovered^1,2. Although a powder decomposition residue was produced in the container and analyzed in situ, no attempt was made to recover any gaseous decomposition products for analysis. The purpose of the present experiment is to extend these earlier studies to include the capture of gaseous products. The specimen container is constructed from two metal flanges and a metal gasket, held together by high-strength bolts. A cavity between the flanges contains a porous powder specimen of material to be shock-decomposed, and is connected to a gas sample cylinder via a metal tube and a valve. The system is evacuated prior to the experiment. A gas-gun-accelerated metal disk impacts the flat surface of one of the flanges. On impact, a stress wave passes through the flange and into the specimen material. If gaseous products are formed, they can be collected in the sample cylinder for subsequent analyses by mass spectrometry. Results will be presented for PTFE powder specimens. Work supported by the NSWCDD Independent Research Office. ^1W. Mock, Jr., W. H. Holt, and G. I. Kerley, in Shock Compression of Condensed Matter - 1997, S. C. Schmidt, D. P. Dandekar, and J. W. Forbes (AIP, New York, 1998), p. 671. ^2W. H. Holt, W. Mock, Jr., and F. Santiago, J. Appl. Phys. 88, 5485 (2000).

  20. Swelling-induced deformations: a materials-defined transition from macroscale to microscale deformations.

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    Pandey, Anupam; Holmes, Douglas P

    2013-06-21

    Swelling-induced deformations are common in many biological and industrial environments, and the shapes and patterns that emerge can vary across many length scales. Here we present an experimental study of a transition between macroscopic structural bending and microscopic surface creasing in elastomeric beams swollen non-homogeneously with favorable . We show that this transition is dictated by the materials and geometry of the system, and we develop a simple scaling model based on competition between bending and swelling energies that predicts if a given droplet would deform a polymeric structure macroscopically or microscopically. We demonstrate how proper tuning of materials and geometry can generate instabilities at multiple length scales in a single structure. PMID:25525640

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Space Environment Effects on Silicone Seal Materials

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    deGroh, Henry C., III; Daniels, Christopher C.; Dever, Joyce A.; Miller, Sharon K.; Waters, Deborah L.; Finkbeiner, Joshua R.; Dunlap, Patrick H.; Steinetz, Bruce M.

    2010-01-01

    A docking system is being developed by the NASA to support future space missions. It is expected to use redundant elastomer seals to help contain cabin air during dockings between two spacecraft. The sealing surfaces are exposed to the space environment when vehicles are not docked. In space, the seals will be exposed to temperatures between 125 to -75 C, vacuum, atomic oxygen, particle and ultraviolet radiation, and micrometeoroid and orbital debris (MMOD). Silicone rubber is the only class of space flight-qualified elastomeric seal material that functions across the expected temperature range. NASA Glenn has tested three silicone elastomers for such seal applications: two provided by Parker (S0899-50 and S0383-70) and one from Esterline (ELA-SA-401). The effects of atomic oxygen (AO), UV and electron particle radiation, and vacuum on the properties of these three elastomers were examined. Critical seal properties such as leakage, adhesion, and compression set were measured before and after simulated space exposures. The S0899-50 silicone was determined to be inadequate for extended space seal applications due to high adhesion and intolerance to UV, but both S0383-70 and ELA-SA-401 seals were adequate.

  4. IE Information Notice No. 85-08: Industry experience on certain materials used in safety-related equipment

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    This information notice is being issued to provide licensees and construction permit holders with information pertaining to the behavior of certain materials used in safety-related equipment. The materials, as described below, were observed to have the potential of degrading the operability of safety-related equipment. These observations were made during environmental qualification testing and/or during routine inspection of in-service equipment. The notice describes the following: elastomeric seals used in personnel air locks for the reactor containment systems; epoxy phenolic coating applied to the lower portion of the interior surface of diesel oil storage tanks; the use of Viton elastomer as the seal material in hydrogen recombiner applications; and environmental qualification of ASCO NP valves with Viton and ethylene propylene parts

  5. Contrast Materials

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    ... Physician Resources Professions Site Index A-Z Contrast Materials What are contrast materials and how do they ... material? Pregnancy and contrast materials What are contrast materials and how do they work? Contrast materials, also ...

  6. 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)

  7. Orthodontic materials research and applications: part 2. Current status and projected future developments in materials and biocompatibility.

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    Eliades, Theodore

    2007-02-01

    The purpose of this 2-part opinion article was to project the developments expected to occur in the next few years in orthodontic materials research and applications. Part 1 reviewed developments in bonding to enamel. Part 2 looks at other orthodontic materials applications and explores emerging research strategies for probing the biological properties of materials. In the field of metallic brackets, expansion of the use of titanium alloys with improved hardness and nickel-free steels with better corrosion resistance and increased hardness is expected. Manufacturing techniques might be modified to include laser-welding methods and metal injection molding. Esthetic bracket research will involve the synthesis of high-crystallinity biomedical polymers with increased hardness and stiffness, decreased water sorption, and improved resistance to degradation. New plastic brackets might incorportate ceramic wings. Fiber-reinforced composite archwires, currently experimental, could soon be commercially available, and long-term applications of shape-memory plastics might become viable. Advancements in elastomeric materials will result in polymers with reduced relaxation, broader use of fluoride-releasing elastomers with decreased relaxation, and large-scale film coating of elastomers to decrease reactivity, water sorption, and degradation. Finally, biocompatibility assessments will incorporate testing of potential endocrinological action. New polymer formulations might be tested in adhesive and plastic bracket manufacturing, based on benzoic ring-free monomers to avoid the adverse effects of the estrogenic molecule bisphenol-A. PMID:17276868

  8. Compatibility of refrigerants and lubricants with elastomers. Final report

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

    1994-01-01

    The 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. In part I of the program the swell behavior in the test fluids has 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 and 24 hours for samples removed fro the refrigerant test fluids and 24 hours after removal from the lubricants. Part II of the testing program includes the evaluation of tensile strength, hardness, weight, and dimensional changes after immersion aging in refrigerant/lubricant mixtures of selected elastomer formulations at elevated temperature and pressure.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Mechanics of Re-Torquing in Bolted Flange Connections

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    Gordon, Ali P.; Drilling Brian; Weichman, Kyle; Kammerer, Catherine; Baldwin, Frank

    2010-01-01

    It has been widely accepted that the phenomenon of time-dependent loosening of flange connections is a strong consequence of the viscous nature of the compression seal material. Characterizing the coupled interaction between gasket creep and elastic bolt stiffness has been useful in predicting conditions that facilitate leakage. Prior advances on this sub-class of bolted joints has lead to the development of (1) constitutive models for elastomerics, (2) initial tightening strategies, (3) etc. The effect of re-torque, which is a major consideration for typical bolted flange seals used on the Space Shuttle fleet, has not been fully characterized, however. The current study presents a systematic approach to characterizing bolted joint behavior as the consequence of sequentially applied torques. Based on exprimenta1 and numerical results, the optimal re-torquing parameters have been identified that allow for the negligible load loss after pre-load application

  12. Compatibility of refrigerants and lubricants with elastomers. Quarterly report, 1 October 1992--30 December 1992

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

    1993-01-01

    The 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 availability of additional 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 and 24 hours for samples removed from the refrigerant test fluids and 24 hours after removal from the lubricants.

  13. Compatibility of refrigerants and lubricants with elastomers

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

    1993-01-01

    The 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 availability of additional 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 and 24 hours for samples removed from the refrigerant test fluids and 24 hours after removal from the lubricants.

  14. Effect of reactive adhesives on the tensile bond strength of polyvinyl siloxane impression materials to methyl methacrylate tray material.

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    Ona, Masahiro; Takahashi, Hidekazu; Sato, Masayuki; Igarashi, Yoshimasa; Wakabayashi, Noriyuki

    2010-05-01

    The effect of new adhesives on the bond strength of elastomeric impression materials to acrylic trays was evaluated. Two polyvinyl siloxane impression materials (Fusion and Imprinsis) with reactive adhesives and one (Examix) with a conventional adhesive were tested. Flat, double-sided plates of auto-polymerizing methyl methacrylate (10 x 10 x 2.5 mm) were prepared with one of the adhesives. Five specimens were prepared by injecting each impression material into a 2-mm gap between the two plates. Tensile tests were conducted until separation failure occurred. The mean bond strengths of Fusion (1.0 MPa) and Imprinsis (0.8 MPa) were significantly greater than that of Examix (0.2 MPa). On the contrary, one of five Fusion showed adhesive failure mode while all the Imprinsis exhibited mixed failure. The conflicting results were presumably attributed to the mean tear strength of Fusion (0.8 N/mm) being higher than that of Imprinsis (0.5 N/mm). PMID:20484844

  15. Sustainable materials

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    Allwood, Julian M.

    2016-01-01

    Materials influence every aspect of the energy system; therefore, as well as developing new materials for energy generation, materials scientists should engage in public debate about the limitations of future innovations and the conservation of existing materials.

  16. New materials for the cylinder system; Neue Werkstoffe fuer das Zylindersystem

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    Schopf, E. [Federal-Mogul, Wiesbaden (Germany); Mueller, M. [Federal-Mogul, Burscheid (Germany); Heilig, M. [Federal-Mogul Sealing Systems GmbH (Germany)

    1999-09-01

    In the true sense of the word the cylinder system comprising cylinder, liner, gasket, piston, piston rings, pin, connecting rod and big end bearing is under pressure: Every increase of the engine performance means higher demands for each individual system component. To ensure the system's lifetime reliability new materials need to be developed with the idea of the whole system constantly in mind. Hence R and D for individual components needs to be well coordinated while the field of material combination still offers opportunities for optimizing performance. This article presents a survey of new materials, coatings and manufacturing methods for the cylinder system. It is outlined which new developments and further improvements of existing technologies will enable Federal-Mogul to offer system solutions for even higher demands. (orig.) [German] Das funktionale System aus Zylinder/Laufbuchse, Kolben, Kolbenringen, Bolzen, Pleuel und Lagerung(en) steht im wahren Sinne des Wortes unter Druck: Praktisch jeder Entwicklungsschritt bei der Motoroptimierung bedeutet steigende Anforderungen an die Systemkomponenten. Nur durch eine aufeinander abgestimmte Werkstoffentwicklung der Komponenten und geeignete Werkstoffkombinationen wird das Gesamtsystem seine Betriebssicherheit behalten. Dieser Beitrag von Federal-Mogul berichtet ueber aktuelle Werkstoff-Entwicklungen im Zylindersystem. (orig.)

  17. Novel nanocomposite technologies for dynamic monitoring of structures: a comparison between cement-based embeddable and soft elastomeric surface sensors

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    The authors have recently developed two novel solutions for strain sensing using nanocomposite materials. While they both aim at providing cost-effective solutions for the monitoring of local information on large-scale structures, the technologies are different in their applications and physical principles. One sensor is made of a cementitious material, which could make it suitable for embedding within the core of concrete structures prior to casting, and is a resistor, consisting of a carbon nanotube cement-based transducer. The other sensor can be used to create an external sensing skin and is a capacitor, consisting of a flexible conducting elastomer fabricated from a nanocomposite mix, and deployable in a network setup to cover large structural surfaces. In this paper, we advance the understanding of nanocomposite sensing technologies by investigating the potential of both novel sensors for the dynamic monitoring of civil structures. First, an in-depth dynamic characterization of the sensors using a uniaxial test machine is conducted. Second, their performance at dynamic monitoring of a full-scale concrete beam is assessed, and compared against off-the-shelf accelerometers. Experimental results show that both novel technologies compare well against mature sensors at vibration-based structural health monitoring, showing the promise of nanocomposite technologies for the monitoring of large-scale structural systems. (paper)

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

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    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

  19. Optical materials

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    This book reports on: Diamond films, Synthesis of optical materials, Structure related optical properties, Radiation effects in optical materials, Characterization of optical materials, Deposition of optical thin films, and Optical fibers and waveguides

  20. Hazardous materials

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    HazCom; Hazard communication; Material Safety Data Sheet; MSDS ... Hazardous materials are substances that could harm human health or the environment. Hazardous means dangerous, so these materials must ...

  1. Piezomorphic materials

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    Alderson, Andrew; Alderson, Kim L.; McDonald, Samuel A.; Mottershead, Beth; Nazare, Shonali; Withers, Philip J.; Yao, Yong T.

    2013-01-01

    The development of stress-induced morphing materials which are described as piezomorphic materials is reported. The development of a piezomorphic material is achieved by introducing spatial dependency into the compliance matrix describing the elastic response of a material capable of undergoing large strain deformation. In other words, it is necessary to produce an elastically gradient material. This is achieved through modification of the microstructure of the compliant material to display g...

  2. Long term integrity of spent fuel and construction materials for dry storage facilities

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    In Japan, two dry storage facilities at reactor sites have already been operating since 1995 and 2002, respectively. Additionally, a large scale dry storage facility away from reactor sites is under safety examination for license near the coast and desired to start its operation in 2010. Its final storage capacity is 5,000tU. It is therefore necessary to obtain and evaluate the related data on integrity of spent fuels loaded into and construction materials of casks during long term dry storage. The objectives are: - Spent fuel rod: To evaluate hydrogen migration along axial fuel direction on irradiated claddings stored for twenty years in air; To evaluate pellet oxidation behaviour for high burn-up UO2 fuels; - Construction materials for dry storage facilities: To evaluate long term reliability of welded stainless steel canister under stress corrosion cracking (SCC) environment; To evaluate long term integrity of concrete cask under carbonation and salt attack environment; To evaluate integrity of sealability of metal gasket under long term storage and short term accidental impact force.

  3. Understanding Materials

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    Katsioloudis, Petros J.

    2010-01-01

    Almost everything people have ever done has involved materials. Historical evidence indicates that "engineered materials" have been available and utilized for the benefit of humankind since the Neolithic period, beginning about 10,000 BC. Some of these materials have been in existence for thousands of years. At first, materials consisted of wood,…

  4. Static seals and their application in water-cooled nuclear reactor systems

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    Information relative to six types of static seals commonly used in the primary cooling systems of nuclear reactors is compiled. This information includes a description of each type of seal, its material of construction, design features, operating experience, and advantages and disadvantages. The types covered include spiral-wound asbestos-filled gaskets, hollow metallic O-rings, Belleville spring type of gasketed joints, integrated elastomer and metal retainer gaskets, and solid metal gaskets with heavy cross sections. Omega, canopy, and lip seals are discussed briefly, and information on flange design for gasketing is also presented

  5. 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.

  6. Functional materials

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    It is a compilation of chapters written by active researchers and offer information and critical insights about semiconducting materials and devices, dielectric and ferroelectric materials, magnetic materials, composites and other functional materials. In the book, the functional materials are discussed from the mixed valences and stoichiometry points of view, to understand the structural evolution and transformation of different material systems - in particular, the role played by crystal structures in property control of functional materials using advanced characterization techniques. The book examines the properties, soft-chemistry preparations, electronic structures and crystal structures of transition and rare earth metals and their oxides. The book presents a strong argument that functional materials system is the future direction of the multidisciplinary research involving physics, chemistry, materials science and electrical engineering, with emphasis on device applications. Papers relevant to INIS are indexed separately

  7. 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...

  8. The effect of material difference and flange nominal size on the sealing performance of new gasketless flanges

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    This paper deals with a new seal system between flange joints without using a gasket. This gasketless flange includes a groove and an annular lip that is machined in one of the flange rings which when removed being in contact with the other flange to form a seal line when the flanges are assembled. In this study, firstly, fundamental dimensions are examined for unplasticized polyvinyl chloride (PVC-U JIS) to obtain the best sealing performance. Then, the effects of material difference and flange nominal size upon the sealing performance of the new gasketless flange are investigated for two types of materials, 0.25% carbon steel (S25C JIS) and PVC-U. It is found that the critical internal pressure at which leakage appears is mainly controlled by the maximum stress at the annular lip for each material even if the flange nominal sizes are different. The gasketless flange made by PVC-U shows the higher critical internal pressure compared with the case of S25C if the same clamping forces are applied. The effect of stress relaxation for PVC-U on the sealing performance is also considered. Then, it may be concluded that this PVC-U gasketless flange as well as S25C has good sealing performance

  9. Displacement Rheometer: a method of measuring working time and setting time of elastic impression materials.

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    Abuasi, H A; McCabe, J F; Carrick, T E; Wassell, R W

    1993-12-01

    A new method of measuring both working time and setting time of elastomeric impression materials has been developed. A Displacement Rheometer was used to monitor the development of elasticity in setting elastomers. The results obtained with the Displacement Rheometer were compared to the results of the ISO test as well as those of the Controlled Stress Rheometer. Working time using the ISO method was calculated according to the standard method described in the specification, while for both the Controlled Stress Rheometer and the Displacement Rheometer working times were the times when initial elastic recovery was observed at 23 degrees C. With the Displacement Rheometer the setting time is the time when the mixed material reaches optimal elastic recovery at 37 degrees C. Statistical analysis with ANOVA showed that for five of the test materials there were no differences between the three methods. For three of the materials the working time determined by the ISO method was significantly longer than that determined by the other two methods. The advantages and disadvantages of each method are discussed and the Displacement Rheometer is recommended as a supplement to the standard specification method. PMID:8258587

  10. Plutonium air transportable package development using metallic filaments and composite materials

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    A new design concept for plutonium air transport packagings has been developed by the Transportation Systems Department and modeled by the Engineering Mechanics and Material Modeling Department at Sandia National laboratories. The new concept resulted from an in-depth review of existing package design philosophies and limitations. This new design concept uses a very robust primary containment vessel with elastomeric seals for protection and confinement of an inner containment vessel with contents. An overpack consisting of multiple layers of plastically-deformable metallic wire mesh and high-tensile strength materials is placed around the containment vessels to provide energy absorption for the primary containment vessel as well as thermal protection. The use of intermittent layers with high-tensile strength results in a limiter which remains in place during accidental impact events and can be relied upon to provide subsequent puncture and fire protection. In addition, an outer shell around the energy absorbing material is provided for handling and weather protection. Scoping tests were performed on material samples, wall sections, and partially modeled prototypes. To evaluate various design features, finite element analyses were performed on the package

  11. Flourinated material

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    Bozukova, Dimitriya; Jérôme, Christine; Pagnoulle, Christophe

    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...

  12. Dirac materials

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    Wehling, T. O.; Black-Schaffer, A. M.; A. V. Balatsky

    2014-01-01

    A wide range of materials, like d-wave superconductors, graphene, and topological insulators, share a fundamental similarity: their low-energy fermionic excitations behave as massless Dirac particles rather than fermions obeying the usual Schrodinger Hamiltonian. This emergent behavior of Dirac fermions in condensed matter systems defines the unifying framework for a class of materials we call "Dirac materials''. In order to establish this class of materials, we illustrate how Dirac fermions ...

  13. Nanoporous materials

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    Polarz, Sebastian; Smarsly, Bernd

    2002-01-01

    The current review article attempts to cover the eld of nanoporous materials, thereby materials with voids of the order of 1 nm to 100 nm or even larger. Concepts, that have an effect on a more general basis, are introduced and the common features among the different classes of nanoporous materials are demonstrated enabling understanding their formation and stability. It is seen that the most successful method to produce nanoporous materials made by design is to imprint a template structure...

  14. Ferrous materials

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    The primary objective of the sub-group (A) is to enable predictions of material behavior, with special emphasis on ferrous materials, in MFRs to be made from data obtained in other irradiation environments. The major part of this program lies in research works utilizing FFTF/MOTA. Major program goals include: * The development and verification of mechanistic models of damage production and evolution for ferrous materials, * The ability to correlate the mechanical properties of ferrous materials irradiated in different environments, based on mechanistic models, * The ability to extrapolate low- or medium-fluence data to predict high-fluence behavior for ferrous materials. (author)

  15. Laser materials

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    Gan, Fuxi

    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

  16. Elastomeric contractile actuators for hand rehabilitation splints

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    Carpi, Federico; Mannini, Andrea; De Rossi, Danilo

    2008-03-01

    The significant electromechanical performances typically shown by dielectric elastomer actuators make this polymer technology particularly attractive for possible active orthoses for rehabilitation. Folded contractile actuators made of dielectric elastomers were recently described as a simple configuration, suitable to easily implement linear contractile devices. This paper describes an application of folded actuators for so-called hand splints: they consist of orthotic systems for hand rehabilitation. The dynamic versions of the state-of-the-art splints typically include elastic bands, which exert a passive elastic resistance to voluntary elongations of one or more fingers. In order to provide such splints with the possibility of electrically modulating the compliance of the resistive elements, the substitution of the passive elastic bands with the contractile actuators is here described. The electrical activation of the actuators is used to vary the compliance of the system; this enables modulations of the force that acts as an antagonist to voluntary finger movements, according to programmable rehabilitation exercises. The paper reports results obtained from the first prototype implementations of such a type of system.

  17. Elastomeric composites for flexible microwave substrates

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    Awang, Robiatun A.; Baum, Thomas; Berean, Kyle J.; Yi, Pyshar; Kalantar-zadeh, Kourosh; Sriram, Sharath; Rowe, Wayne S. T.

    2016-03-01

    Manipulating dielectric properties of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is an important consideration for flexible, low-loss device design. This paper presents a method for reducing dielectric loss (tan δ) by forming PDMS composites loaded with various concentrations of either alumina (Al2O3) or polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) particles. The structural, mechanical, and electrical properties of the composites are investigated. Theoretical mixing models were used to predict the relative permittivity (ɛr) of PDMS composites, and good similarity with the measured ɛr was observed. The incorporation of either low dielectric loss filler in the PDMS matrix (up to 50 wt. % filler loading) is shown to reduce the dielectric loss while maintaining the flexibility of the host matrix. The fillers can also control the permittivity of the composite, either increasing or decreasing relative permittivity from that of PDMS. Interestingly, a strain of ˜500% can be applied to 15 wt. % PDMS/PTFE composites, compared with ˜350% for pure PDMS.

  18. Composite Materials

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    Nielsen, Lauge Fuglsang

    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 are presented: Special composite properties considered are stiffness, shrinkage, hygro...... of porous materials. Numerical procedures are outlined which facilitate the practical analysis of any feature considered in this book. Examples are presented which illustrate the analysis of well-known materials such as concrete, hardening cement paste, ceramics, tile, wood, impregnated and...

  19. Scintillator material

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    Anderson, David F. (Batavia, IL); Kross, Brian J. (Aurora, IL)

    1994-01-01

    An improved scintillator material comprising cerium fluoride is disclosed. Cerium fluoride has been found to provide a balance of good stopping power, high light yield and short decay constant that is superior to known scintillator materials such as thallium-doped sodium iodide, barium fluoride and bismuth germanate. As a result, cerium fluoride is favorably suited for use as a scintillator material in positron emission tomography.

  20. 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

  1. Material Systems

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    Jensen, Mads Brath; Mortensen, Henrik Rubæk; Mullins, Michael; Kirkegaard, Poul Henning

    2009-01-01

    This paper describes and reflects upon the results of an investigative project which explores the setting up of a material system - a parametric and generative assembly consisting of and taking into consideration material properties, manufacturing constraints and geometric behavior. The project...... approaches the subject through the construction of a logic-driven system aiming to explore the possibilities of a material system that fulfills spatial, structural and performative requirements concurrently and how these are negotiated in situations where they might be conflicting....

  2. Engineering materials

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    Kumaraswamy, Mohan

    2002-01-01

    One element of the CIVCAL project Web-based resources containing images, tables, texts and associated data of the Engineering Materials such as concrete, metals and wood. Portland Cement Concrete is a particulate composite consisting of a continuous binder phase, the cementitious matrix and a dispersed particulate phase, the aggregates. Metals as construction material are an important construction material. They possess characteristics such as strength, stiffness, toughness and ductili...

  3. 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.

  4. Plutonium air transportable package development using metallic filaments and composite materials

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    A new design concept for plutonium air transport packagings has been developed by the Transportation Systems Department and modeled by the Engineering Mechanics and Material Modelinc, Department at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). The new concept resulted from an in-depth review (Allen et al., 1989) of existing, package design philosophies and limitations. This review indicated a need for a new package which could survive combinations of impact, fire, and puncture environments, and which could be scaled up or down to meet a wide range of requirements for various contents and regulations. This new design concept uses a very robust primary containment vessel with elastomeric seals for protection and confinement of an inner containment vessel with contents. An overpack consisting of multiple layers of plastically-deformable metallic wire mesh and high-tensile strength materials is placed around the containment vessels to provide energy absorption for the primary containment vessel as well as thermal protection. The use of intermittent layers with high-tensile strength results in a limiter which remains in place during accidental impact events and can be relied upon to provide subsequent puncture and fire protection. In addition, an outer shell around the energy absorbing material is provided for handling, and weather protection

  5. Magnetic materials

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    1985-03-01

    The report describes the fundamental role that magnetic materials play in many of the electrical and electronic systems used by modern society. It reviews the status of magnetic materials in their current engineering applications and identifies technical issues whose resolution would lead to improved performance in such applications as well as for new applications of these materials. The report recommends more research in the areas of rare-earth permanent magnets, amorphous magnetic materials and recording media and lists a number of scientific challenges.

  6. Manufacture of Partially Biodegradable Composite Materials Based on PLA-Tires Powder: Process and Characterization

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    Carlos Rolando Rios-Soberanis; Shuchi Wakayama; Takenobo Sakai; José de los Ángeles Rodriguez-Laviada; Emilio Pérez-Pacheco

    2013-01-01

    This research work focuses on the processability and mechanical characterization of blends of polylactic acid (PLA) and tire (elastomeric part). Wasted tires used as filler in the PLA matrix were reduced by two different processes (thermal shock and pyrolysis) in order to acquire the solid residuals in powder to be characterized and compared. Elastomeric solids obtained from scraped tires were used as filler in the PLA matrix and mixed in a Brabender 60 cc mixer at different concentrations ra...

  7. Materials Repurposed

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    White, Orvil L.; Townsend, J. Scott

    2008-01-01

    Few teachers find themselves with the support to purchase all of the materials they ideally need to supply their classrooms. Buying one or two simple, ready-made items can put a serious strain on anyone's budget. However, materials for science in the classroom need not be prefabricated or expensive. By looking at the function and purpose of any…

  8. 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...... while it is becoming materialized....

  9. New materials

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    The book contains the state-of-the art lectures delivered at the discussion meeting on new materials, a field in which rapid advances are taking place. The main objective of the meeting was to bring active scientists in this area from Japan and India together. The topics covered diverse aspects of modern materials including high temperature superconducting compounds. (M.G.B.)

  10. 46 CFR 153.530 - Special requirements for alkylene oxides.

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    2010-10-01

    ... materials, and gasket materials. (3) Materials containing oxides of magnesium, such as mineral wools. (e...) approves the results of the tests and the material for use with alkylene oxides. (d) The following materials are generally found unsatisfactory for gaskets, packing, insulation, and similar uses in...

  11. Composite material

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    Hutchens, Stacy A. (Knoxville, TN); Woodward, Jonathan (Solihull, GB); Evans, Barbara R. (Oak Ridge, TN); O' Neill, Hugh M. (Knoxville, TN)

    2012-02-07

    A composite biocompatible hydrogel material includes a porous polymer matrix, the polymer matrix including a plurality of pores and providing a Young's modulus of at least 10 GPa. A calcium comprising salt is disposed in at least some of the pores. The porous polymer matrix can comprise cellulose, including bacterial cellulose. The composite can be used as a bone graft material. A method of tissue repair within the body of animals includes the steps of providing a composite biocompatible hydrogel material including a porous polymer matrix, the polymer matrix including a plurality of pores and providing a Young's modulus of at least 10 GPa, and inserting the hydrogel material into cartilage or bone tissue of an animal, wherein the hydrogel material supports cell colonization in vitro for autologous cell seeding.

  12. 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.

  13. Composite material

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    Hutchens, Stacy A.; Woodward, Jonathan; Evans, Barbara R.; O'Neill, Hugh M.

    2012-02-07

    A composite biocompatible hydrogel material includes a porous polymer matrix, the polymer matrix including a plurality of pores and providing a Young's modulus of at least 10 GPa. A calcium comprising salt is disposed in at least some of the pores. The porous polymer matrix can comprise cellulose, including bacterial cellulose. The composite can be used as a bone graft material. A method of tissue repair within the body of animals includes the steps of providing a composite biocompatible hydrogel material including a porous polymer matrix, the polymer matrix including a plurality of pores and providing a Young's modulus of at least 10 GPa, and inserting the hydrogel material into cartilage or bone tissue of an animal, wherein the hydrogel material supports cell colonization in vitro for autologous cell seeding.

  14. Design improvements for gloveboxes used [in] 238PuO2 process operations

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    238PuO2 process operations are housed in a complex of 76 gloveboxes and introductory hoods connected by means of an overhead trolley housed in a tunnel. Because a significant number of the gloveboxes used for 238PuO2 processing were installed before the original startup of the facility in 1978, they have been in service for nearly 20 years. During a recent heat source production campaign, numerous contamination releases in the 238PuO2 processing area were traced to degraded elastomer gaskets used for glovebox connections, and attachment of feed-throughs, service panels, and windows. Evaluation of the degraded gaskets revealed that a combination of radiolytic degradation related to the high specific activity of 238Pu, and extended service at high altitude in a low (to extremely low) humidity environment had resulted in accelerated gasket aging. However, it was also apparent that gasket design was the most important factor in actual contamination release. All of the contamination releases that were traced to degraded gaskets occurred in variations of a design that used a spline to expand an elastomeric gasket into the space between a connecting flange, window, or service panel, and a glovebox opening. No contamination releases were traced to the gasket design that employed bolted clamps to compress the gasket between a connecting flange, window, or panel, and the exterior surface of a glovebox opening. As a result of these findings, the Actinide Ceramics group at LANL (NMT-9) has initiated a routine replacement and upgrade program to replace aging gloveboxes. All of the new gloveboxes will utilize the preferred gasket design, which is expected to reduce the number and frequency of contamination releases

  15. Design improvements for gloveboxes used [in] {sup 238}PuO{sub 2} process operations

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    George, T.G. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States). Nuclear Materials Technology Div.

    1997-09-01

    {sup 238}PuO{sub 2} process operations are housed in a complex of 76 gloveboxes and introductory hoods connected by means of an overhead trolley housed in a tunnel. Because a significant number of the gloveboxes used for {sup 238}PuO{sub 2} processing were installed before the original startup of the facility in 1978, they have been in service for nearly 20 years. During a recent heat source production campaign, numerous contamination releases in the {sup 238}PuO{sub 2} processing area were traced to degraded elastomer gaskets used for glovebox connections, and attachment of feed-throughs, service panels, and windows. Evaluation of the degraded gaskets revealed that a combination of radiolytic degradation related to the high specific activity of {sup 238}Pu, and extended service at high altitude in a low (to extremely low) humidity environment had resulted in accelerated gasket aging. However, it was also apparent that gasket design was the most important factor in actual contamination release. All of the contamination releases that were traced to degraded gaskets occurred in variations of a design that used a spline to expand an elastomeric gasket into the space between a connecting flange, window, or service panel, and a glovebox opening. No contamination releases were traced to the gasket design that employed bolted clamps to compress the gasket between a connecting flange, window, or panel, and the exterior surface of a glovebox opening. As a result of these findings, the Actinide Ceramics group at LANL (NMT-9) has initiated a routine replacement and upgrade program to replace aging gloveboxes. All of the new gloveboxes will utilize the preferred gasket design, which is expected to reduce the number and frequency of contamination releases.

  16. 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)

  17. Insulation Material

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    1984-01-01

    Manufactured by Hitco Materials Division of Armco, Inc. a ceramic fiber insulation material known as Refrasil has been used extensively as a heat-absorbing ablative reinforcement for such space systems as rocket motor nozzles, combustion chambers, and re-entry shields. Refrasil fibers are highly porous and do not melt or vaporize until fibers exceed 3,100 degrees Fahrenheit. Due to these and other properties, Refrasil has found utility in a number of industrial high temperature applications where glass, asbestos and other materials fail. Hitco used this insulation to assist Richardson Co., Inc. in the manufacturing of hard rubber and plastic molded battery cases.

  18. CURRICULUM MATERIALS.

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    New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton.

    MATERIALS ARE LISTED BY 36 TOPICS ARRANGED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER. TOPICS INCLUDE APPRENTICE TRAINING, BAKING, DRAFTING, ENGLISH, GLASSBLOWING, HOME ECONOMICS, INDUSTRIAL CHEMISTRY, MACHINE SHOP, NEEDLE TRADES, REFRIGERATION, AND UPHOLSTERY. PRICES ARE GIVEN FOR EACH ITEM. (EL)

  19. 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...

  20. Understanding materials

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    Silva, Paula Alexandra

    2006-01-01

    This paper describes my experience in teaching/researching HCI and Design. Additionally, it presents my beliefs as well as my concerns about teaching HCI. Specifically, I raise attention to the importance of understanding materials while designing.

  1. Material Symbols

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    Clark, Andy

    2006-01-01

    What is the relation between the material, conventional symbol structures that we encounter in the spoken and written word, and human thought? A common assumption, that structures a wide variety of otherwise competing views, is that the way in which these material, conventional symbol-structures do their work is by being translated into some kind of content-matching inner code. One alternative to this view is the tempting but thoroughly elusive idea that we somehow think in some natural langu...

  2. Photostrictive materials

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    Kundys, B.

    2015-01-01

    Light-matter interactions that lead to nonthermal changes in size of the sample constitute a photostrictive effect in many compounds. The photostriction phenomenon was observed in four main groups of materials, ferroelectrics, polar, and non-polar semiconductors, as well as in organic-based materials that are reviewed here. The key mechanisms of photostriction and its dependence on several parameters and perturbations are assessed. The major literature of the photostriction is surveyed, and t...

  3. 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.

  4. Magnetostrictive materials

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    The paper has been prepared on the basis of literature survey covering last 10 years. The article contains concise overview of the effect of magnetostriction and related effects such as Villarie effect, Young modulus change effect, Widemann and Birkhausen effects. Magnetostrictive materials (MM) covert reversibly magnetic energy into energy of elastic deformation. Traditional, as well as newest magnetostrictive materials, exhibiting effect of giant magnetostriction, e.g. containing rare earth metals (Tb,Dy) Terphenol-D, have been discussed. Interesting new groups of materials appear to be hybrid systems, which combine properties of magnetostrictive and magnetic shape memory materials. Processing methods of MM comprise rapid solidification of liquid alloy, monocrystallization, directional crystallization and powder metallurgy. Potential application areas of MM are generally related to their use as sensors and actuators. MM find applications in sonar devices, seismic sensors, geological tomography, hydraulic valves, sensors of motion, force and magnetic field, and many others. Interesting field of MM applications is related to systems for health monitoring of composite materials. Directions for further research in the field of MM should consider development of new materials having lower anisotropy and hysteresis, and development of a new technologies e.g. thin magnetostrictive films. (author)

  5. 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.)

  6. 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

  7. Double differential neutron scattering cross sections of materials for ultra high temperature reactors

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    The five materials with the highest melting point are hafnium, tantalum, niobium and zirconium (ZrC) carbides and graphite (that sublimes). Graphite is the material of choice for very high temperature reactors (VHTR); ultra high temperature reactors (UHTR), like the thermal nuclear propulsion reactor NERVA use a dispersion of ZrC and UC in graphite as the material in the reactor core. Presently there are neither inelastic nor elastic double differential scattering data available that describe the thermalization process in ZrC. We therefore, calculated coherent elastic and incoherent inelastic cross sections for the ZrC crystal which has a face centered cubic (fcc) lattice. The phonon spectrum for the ZrC lattice was calculated with the computer code PHONON using the Hellman-Feynman forces computed with ab-initio methods [Jochyn, P.T., Parlinski, K., 2000. Ab initio lattice dynamics and elastic constants of ZrC. Eur. Phys. J. B 15, 265-268]. This phonon spectrum was then used to compute the S(α, β, T) matrices for the inelastic scattering cross sections for C and Zr in the ZrC lattice using modified versions of the computer codes GASKET, HEXSCAT and NJOY. The results were applied to calculate, with the proper S(α, β, T), criticality and reactivity coefficients of temperate of reactor systems containing ZrC and UC. For comparisons, these parameters were also calculated with approximations of S(α, β, T), i.e. the gas or the graphite scattering kernels. Depending on the degree of thermalization, k eff is underestimated between 0.6% and 1%, and the values and the shape of the reactivity coefficients as a function of temperature change by substantial amounts

  8. Virtual materiality

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    Søndergaard, Dorte Marie

    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...... recounts of them and 3. the consumption of other media products like movies, reality shows, YouTube videos etc. How do we theorize ‘matter’ in such dimensions? Is it possible to theorize virtual matter as ‘materiality’ in line with any real life materiality? What conceptualization will help us understand...... the character and effects of the skeleton army, which came across the sea to drown the boys in Phillip’s school class: a central scene in one of the dreams he recounted? Are the boat and the water in that dream materialities? Discourse? Part of some kind of enacted subjectivity? How will our decision...

  9. Shielding material

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    The present invention effectively utilizes iron reinforced concrete wastes generated upon dismantling of concretes of nuclear facilities, to provide shielding material. That is, at least one of members selected from the group consisting of iron rods in iron-reinforced concretes and, regenerated aggregates regenerated from concrete wastes upon dismantling is charged in a predetermined mold. Cement pastes or cement mortars are charged therein, and solidified, cured and released from the mold. With such procedures, a block-formed shielding materials made of precast concretes can be obtained. In this case, the cements including much water of crystallization are used. Since iron reinforcing dusts and iron reinforcing dust chips are contained in the shielding materials, a great γ-ray shielding effect can be obtained. Further, since cements containing a great amount of water of crystallization are used, a great neutron shielding effect can be obtained. (I.S.)

  10. Squishy Materials

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    Habdas, Piotr; Weeks, Eric R.; Lynn, David G.

    2006-05-01

    Most people do not realize that many substances they use in the kitchen and the bathroom are not simple liquids or solids. Everyone is familiar with three states of matter: solids, liquids, and gases. However, creams, shampoo, toothpaste, and ketchup all have properties of both liquids and solids. This paper describes demonstrations and laboratory exercises1 that show intriguing properties of squishy substances, defined as materials that are not unambiguously solid, liquid, or gas. Unlike some areas of physics, the concepts behind squishy materials are understandable even by beginning students. Squishy physics can be used to show physics questions arising from everyday life and to convey the excitement of current research.

  11. Photovaltic materials

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    Bube, R H

    1998-01-01

    Research and development of photovoltaic solar cells is playing an ever larger practical role in energy supply and ecological conservation all over the world. Many materials science problems are encountered in understanding existing solar cells and the development of more efficient, less costly, and more stable cells. This important and timely book provides a historical overview, but concentrates primarily on exciting developments in the last decade. It describes the properties of the materials that play an important role in photovoltaic applications, the solar cell structures in which they ar

  12. 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

  13. Emerging Materiality

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    Bertelsen, Olav Wedege; Breinbjerg, Morten; Pold, Søren

    2009-01-01

    The authors examine how materiality emerges from complex chains of mediation in creative software use. The primarily theoretical argument is inspired and illustrated by interviews with two composers of electronic music. The authors argue that computer mediated activity should not primarily be...

  14. 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 inte...

  15. Materials development

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    The main thrust of the materials program is the development of a structural material for the MSBR primary circuit which has adequate resistance to embrittlement by neutron irradiation and to shallow intergranular attack by fission product penetration. A modified Hastelloy N containing 2 percent Ti has good resistance to irradiation embrittlement; however, it remains to be shown that the alloy has sufficient resistance to shallow intergranular cracking. Numerous laboratory tests are in progress to answer this important question. Laboratory programs to study Hastelloy N--salt--tellurium interactions are being established, including the development of methods for exposing test materials under simulated reactor operating conditions. The procurement of products from two commercial heats (8000 and 10,000 lb) of 2 percent Ti--modified Hastelloy N continued. All products except seamless tubing were received, and much experience was gained in the fabrication of the new alloy. The work on chemical processing materials is concentrated on graphite. Capsule tests are in progress to study possible chemical interactions between graphite and bismuth-lithium solutions and to evaluate the mechanical intrusion of these solutions into the graphite

  16. Material Becoming

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    A review of Dianna Coole and Samantha Frost (eds), New Materialisms: Ontology, Agency, and Politics (Duke University Press, Durham and London, 2010) and William E. Connolly, A World of Becoming (Duke University Press, Durham and London, 2011).

  17. BIOBASED MATERIALS

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    Biobased materials refer to products that mainly consist of a substance (or substances) derived from living matter (biomass) and either occur naturally or are synthesized, or it may refer to products made by processes that use biomass. Following a strict definition, many common m...

  18. 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)

  19. 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.

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

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    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.

  1. The bond strength of different tray adhesives on vinyl polysiloxane to two tray materials: an in vitro study.

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    Ashwini, B L; Manjunath, S; Mathew, K Xavier

    2014-03-01

    There has been no established chemical bonding between custom tray resin and the elastomeric impression materials without the use of manufacturer's recommended specific tray adhesive. The present study was aimed to compare the bond strength of the manufacturer recommended tray adhesives with the universal tray adhesives using the medium body consistency vinyl polysiloxane (VPS) material and custom tray made of autopolymerising resin and visible light cure (VLC) resin. A total 90 cubicle specimens of autopolymerising resin and 90 specimens of VLC resin were tested for its tensile bond strength. Effectiveness of universal tray adhesive was compared with manufactured tray adhesive. Each of these specimens was then subjected to tensile load in hounsefield universal testing machine at a cross head speed of 5 mm/min and the results were compared and evaluated using one way analysis of variance and post hoc Tuckey's test. Analysis of bond strength revealed that the universal tray adhesive showed better strength and was statiscally significant when compared to the manufacture supplied tray adhesive. Comparison between both the groups, VLC resin showed better bond strength as compared to autopolymerizing resin. Universal tray adhesive had better tensile bond strength than the manufacturers recommended tray adhesive with the medium body viscosity VPS impression material for both autopolymerising and VLC tray resin. PMID:24604995

  2. 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.

  3. 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)

  4. Materials development

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    The main thrust of the materials program is toward the development of a structureal material for the MSBR primary circuit which has adequate resistance to embrittlement by neutron irradiation and to intergranular cracking by fission product penetration. A modified composition of Hastelloy N containing 2 percent Ti is being tested. It may be necessary to further modify the alloy with rare-earth, niobium, or higher chromium additions. Laboratory programs to study Hastelloy N--salt--tellurium interactions are being established. The procurement of products from two commercial heats (8000 and 10,000 lb) of 2 percent Ti modified Hastelloy N has continued. Capsule tests are in progress to study possible chemical interactions between graphite and bismuth-lithium solutions and to evaluate the mechanical intrusion of those solutions into the graphite. Two thermal-convection loops are in operation in the new loop facility. An air lock was added to the general test facility to make it more functional. (JRD)

  5. 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.

  6. Thermoelectric Materials

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    Gao, Peng; Berkun, Isil; Schmidt, Robert D.; Luzenski, Matthew F.; Lu, Xu; Bordon Sarac, Patricia; Case, Eldon D.; Hogan, Timothy P.

    2014-06-01

    Mg2(Si,Sn) compounds are promising candidate low-cost, lightweight, nontoxic thermoelectric materials made from abundant elements and are suited for power generation applications in the intermediate temperature range of 600 K to 800 K. Knowledge on the transport and mechanical properties of Mg2(Si,Sn) compounds is essential to the design of Mg2(Si,Sn)-based thermoelectric devices. In this work, such materials were synthesized using the molten-salt sealing method and were powder processed, followed by pulsed electric sintering densification. A set of Mg2.08Si0.4- x Sn0.6Sb x (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.072) compounds were investigated, and a peak ZT of 1.50 was obtained at 716 K in Mg2.08Si0.364Sn0.6Sb0.036. The high ZT is attributed to a high electrical conductivity in these samples, possibly caused by a magnesium deficiency in the final product. The mechanical response of the material to stresses is a function of the elastic moduli. The temperature-dependent Young's modulus, shear modulus, bulk modulus, Poisson's ratio, acoustic wave speeds, and acoustic Debye temperature of the undoped Mg2(Si,Sn) compounds were measured using resonant ultrasound spectroscopy from 295 K to 603 K. In addition, the hardness and fracture toughness were measured at room temperature.

  7. Evaluation of effect of tray space on the accuracy of condensation silicone, addition silicone and polyether impression materials: an in vitro study.

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    Kumar, Varun; Aeran, Himanshu

    2012-09-01

    Optimal thickness of impression materials in the custom tray in order to get the most accurate impression. To investigate the effect of different tray spacer thickness on the accuracy and the dimensional stability of impressions made from monophasic condensation silicone, addition silicone and polyether impression materials. Three different types of elastomeric monophasic impression materials were used for making the impression of a master die with tray having tray spacer thickness of 2, 4 and 6 mm. Each type of impression was poured in die stone after 1 h. Each cast was analyzed by a travelling microscope and compared with the master die. The data was tabulated and subjected to statistical evaluation. The results of the study indicated that the impressions made from 2 to 4 mm spaced trays produced more accurate stone casts when compared to 6 mm spaced tray. No statistical significant differences were observed between the accuracy and dimensional stability of the three materials tested. Minimum changes were observed when the cast was poured after 1 h and the tray space was 2 mm for all the materials tested. It is therefore advisable not to exceed tray space of 2 mm. PMID:23997465

  8. Contribution of domain 30 of tropoelastin to elastic fiber formation and material elasticity.

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    Muiznieks, Lisa D; Miao, Ming; Sitarz, Eva E; Keeley, Fred W

    2016-05-01

    Elastin is a fibrous structural protein of the extracellular matrix that provides reversible elastic recoil to vertebrate tissues such as arterial vessels, lung, and skin. The elastin monomer, tropoelastin, contains a large proportion of intrinsically disordered and flexible hydrophobic sequences that collectively are responsible for the initial phase separation of monomers during assembly, and are essential for driving elastic recoil. While structural disorder of hydrophobic sequences is controlled by a high proline and glycine residue composition, hydrophobic domain 30 of human tropoelastin is atypically proline-poor, and forms β-sheet amyloid-like fibrils as an individual peptide. We explored the contribution of confined regions of secondary structure at the location of domain 30 in human tropoelastin to fiber assembly and mechanical properties using a set of mutations designed to inhibit or enhance the propensity of β-sheet formation at this location. Our data support a dual role for confined β-sheet secondary structure in domain 30 of tropoelastin in guiding the formation of fibers, and as a determinant of stiffness and viscoelastic properties of cross-linked materials. Together, these results suggest a mechanism for specificity in fiber assembly, and elucidate structure-function relationships for the rational design of elastomeric biomaterials with defined mechanical properties. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Biopolymers 105: 267-275, 2016. PMID:26763595

  9. Fouling-release and chemical activity effects of a siloxane-based material on tunicates.

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    Filip, Natalia; Pustam, Amanda; Ells, Veronica; Grosicki, Kathleen M T; Yang, Jin; Oguejiofor, Ikenna; Bishop, Cory D; DeMont, M Edwin; Smith-Palmer, Truis; Wyeth, Russell C

    2016-05-01

    The antifouling performance of a siloxane-based elastomeric impression material (EIM) was compared to that of two silicone fouling-release coatings, Intersleek 757 and RTV-11. In field immersion trials, the EIM caused the greatest reduction in fouling by the solitary tunicate Ciona intestinalis and caused the longest delay in the progression of fouling by two species of colonial tunicate. However, in pseudobarnacle adhesion tests, the EIM had higher attachment strengths. Further laboratory analyses showed that the EIM leached alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs) that were toxic to C. intestinalis larvae. The EIM thus showed the longest duration of chemical activity measured to date for a siloxane-based coating (4 months), supporting investigations of fouling-release coatings that release targeted biocides. However, due to potential widespread effects of APEs, the current EIM formulation should not be considered as an environmentally-safe antifoulant. Thus, the data also emphasize consideration of both immediate and long-term effects of potentially toxic constituents released from fouling-release coatings. PMID:26986763

  10. Energy materials

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    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

  11. 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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    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.

  12. Functional materials

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    Development of fabrication process of functional ceramic materials, evaluation of characteristics and experiments for understanding of irradiation behavior of ceramics were carried out for application of ceramics to the nuclear industry. The developed processes were the SiC surface coating technology with large area for improvement of wear resistance and corrosion resistance, the fabrication technology of SiC composites for excellent irradiation resistance, performance improvement technology of SiC fiber and nano-sized powder processing by combustion ignition and spray. Typical results were CVD SiC coating with diameter of 25cm and thickness of 100μm, highly dense SiC composite by F-CVI, heat-treating technology of SiC fiber using B4C power, and nano-sized powders of ODS-Cu, Li-based breeding materials, Ni-based metal powders with primary particle diameter of 20∼50nm. Furthermore, test equipment, data productions and damage evaluations were performed to understand corrosion resistance and wear resistance of alumina, silicon carbide and silicon nitride under PWR or PHWR operation conditions. Experimental procedures and basic technologies for evaluation of irradiation behavior were also established. Additionally, highly reactive precursor powders were developed by various technologies and the powders were applied to the fabrication of 100 m long Ag/Bi-2223 multi-filamentary wires. High Tc magnets and fly wheel for energy storage were developed, as well

  13. Photographic materials

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    Radiographic films based on silver halides are normally handled under red or orange safelights to prevent fogging due to their sensitivity to white light. The present invention relates to ultraviolet radiation sensitive material which can be handled under virtually white light without significant fogging. The film material is comprised of a base having at least one layer of a photographic silver halide emulsion and a yellow filter dye screening the emulsion from visible radiation. The silver halide emulsion contains 50-100 mole % of silver chloride, the higher the silver chloride content, the lower the visible light sensitivity. The nature and properties of the yellow filter dye are described. When recording an X-ray image, the film is loaded into the camera under white safelight conditions from which light of wavelength shorter than 400 nm is excluded. The film is in contact with one or more phosphor screens capable when struck by X-rays of emitting ultraviolet radiation, the screens having a peak ultraviolet emission within the wavelength range of 250-380 nm. After X-ray exposure, the film is removed and developed. Two examples illustrating the invention are given. (U.K.)

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

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    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. (paper)

  15. 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 silicon and thin film solar cells, to explore non-vacuum ink-based approaches to solar cell production, as well as large-scale and low-cost deposition and processing of thin film CdTe material.

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

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    Barbour, Michele E; Maddocks, Sarah E; Wood, Natalie J; Collins, Andrew M

    2013-01-01

    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. PMID:24092973

  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. 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.

  19. 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 α-(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

  20. Biointegrating Materials

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    Amédée, J.; Bordenave, L.; Durrieu, M.-C.; Fricain, J.-C.; Pothuaud, L.

    The extraordinary increase in human longevity explains the growing need for replacement organs. The remarkable successes of conventional transplants (associated with the development of effective antirejection drugs and improved control of their administration) are also accompanied by certain drawbacks. First on the list is an inadequate supply of replacement organs: the number of candidates for transplants grows larger, opposition to the removal of organs increases, and the number of transplants has reached a ceiling. Furthermore, it has come to light over the past few years that organ transplants carry a significant risk of transmitting pathogens. Finally, the main drawback lies in the need to pursue an immunosuppression treatment. Scientists and doctors have long been in search of alternatives to human organ transplants. According to the definition drawn up in Chester in 1986 at the Consensus Conference organised under the aegis of the European Society for Biomaterials, biomaterials are non-viable materials used in a medical device and destined to interact with biological systems, whether they contribute to the constitution of a diagnostic device, a tissue or organ substitute, or a device designed to provide functional assistance or replacement.

  1. Gas storage materials, including hydrogen storage materials

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

    2013-02-19

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. Geopolymer resin materials, geopolymer materials, and materials produced thereby

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    Seo, Dong-Kyun; Medpelli, Dinesh; Ladd, Danielle; Mesgar, Milad

    2016-03-29

    A product formed from a first material including a geopolymer resin material, a geopolymer resin, or a combination thereof by contacting the first material with a fluid and removing at least some of the fluid to yield a product. The first material may be formed by heating and/or aging an initial geopolymer resin material to yield the first material before contacting the first material with the fluid. In some cases, contacting the first material with the fluid breaks up or disintegrates the first material (e.g., in response to contact with the fluid and in the absence of external mechanical stress), thereby forming particles having an external dimension in a range between 1 nm and 2 cm.

  4. Dimensional Accuracy of Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic VPS Impression Materials Using Different Impression Techniques - An Invitro Study

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    Pilla, Ajai; Pathipaka, Suman

    2016-01-01

    Introduction The dimensional stability of the impression material could have an influence on the accuracy of the final restoration. Vinyl Polysiloxane Impression materials (VPS) are most frequently used as the impression material in fixed prosthodontics. As VPS is hydrophobic when it is poured with gypsum products, manufacturers added intrinsic surfactants and marketed as hydrophilic VPS. These hydrophilic VPS have shown increased wettability with gypsum slurries. VPS are available in different viscosities ranging from very low to very high for usage under different impression techniques. Aim To compare the dimensional accuracy of hydrophilic VPS and hydrophobic VPS using monophase, one step and two step putty wash impression techniques. Materials and Methods To test the dimensional accuracy of the impression materials a stainless steel die was fabricated as prescribed by ADA specification no. 19 for elastomeric impression materials. A total of 60 impressions were made. The materials were divided into two groups, Group1 hydrophilic VPS (Aquasil) and Group 2 hydrophobic VPS (Variotime). These were further divided into three subgroups A, B, C for monophase, one-step and two-step putty wash technique with 10 samples in each subgroup. The dimensional accuracy of the impressions was evaluated after 24 hours using vertical profile projector with lens magnification range of 20X-125X illumination. The study was analyzed through one-way ANOVA, post-hoc Tukey HSD test and unpaired t-test for mean comparison between groups. Results Results showed that the three different impression techniques (monophase, 1-step, 2-step putty wash techniques) did cause significant change in dimensional accuracy between hydrophilic VPS and hydrophobic VPS impression materials. One-way ANOVA disclosed, mean dimensional change and SD for hydrophilic VPS varied between 0.56% and 0.16%, which were low, suggesting hydrophilic VPS was satisfactory with all three impression techniques. However, mean dimensional change and SD for hydrophobic VPS were much higher with monophase, mere increase for 1-step and 2-step, than the standard steel die (p<0.05). Unpaired t-test displayed that hydrophilic VPS judged satisfactory compared to hydrophobic VPS among 1-step and 2-step impression technique. Conclusion Within the limitations of this study, it can be concluded that hydrophilic Vinyl polysiloxane was more dimensionally accurate than hydrophobic Vinyl polysiloxane using monophase, one step and two step putty wash impression techniques under moist conditions. PMID:27042587

  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. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Material efficiency: providing material services with less material production

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    Allwood, Julian M.; Ashby, Michael F.; Gutowski, Timothy G.; WORRELL Ernst

    2013-01-01

    Material efficiency, as discussed in this Meeting Issue, entails the pursuit of the technical strategies, business models, consumer preferences and policy instruments that would lead to a substantial reduction in the production of high-volume energy-intensive materials required to deliver human well-being. This paper, which introduces a Discussion Meeting Issue on the topic of material efficiency, aims to give an overview of current thinking on the topic, spanning environmental, engineering, ...

  10. 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.

  11. Final evaluation report for a U.S. Department of Transportation Specification 7A Type A Radioactive Material Packaging, Lockheed Idaho Technologies Company (LITCO), Mark III Concrete Container, Docket 92-33-7A

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    This report documents the U.S. Department of Transportation Specification 7A Type A (DOT-7A) compliance test results of the Mark III Concrete Container. The authorized configuration consists of the Mark III Concrete Container with a two-piece, welded, polyethylene liner (lid and body), polyethylene foam gasket, and six coil bolts and washers. A vent plug exists in the lid of the container. Two plugs are located on the side of the container body (lower portion), and allow the access to a ball valve. Two plugs are located underneath the bottom of the container body, near these side plugs. To drain the box, the bottom plugs need to be removed. The side plugs are then removed, allowing access to the ball valve. When the ball valve is opened, drainage occurs through the bottom drain area. After drainage, no residual liquid is permitted. The packaging may be used with or without the top wooden impact limiter. This packaging was evaluated and tested in August and October 1994. The packaging configurations described in this report are designed to ship Type A quantities of solid radioactive materials, Form No. 1, Form No. 2, and Form No. 3

  12. Transporting particulate material

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    Aldred, Derek Leslie; Rader, Jeffrey A.; Saunders, Timothy W.

    2011-08-30

    A material transporting system comprises a material transporting apparatus (100) including a material transporting apparatus hopper structure (200, 202), which comprises at least one rotary transporting apparatus; a stationary hub structure (900) constraining and assisting the at least one rotary transporting apparatus; an outlet duct configuration (700) configured to permit material to exit therefrom and comprising at least one diverging portion (702, 702'); an outlet abutment configuration (800) configured to direct material to the outlet duct configuration; an outlet valve assembly from the material transporting system venting the material transporting system; and a moving wall configuration in the material transporting apparatus capable of assisting the material transporting apparatus in transporting material in the material transporting system. Material can be moved from the material transporting apparatus hopper structure to the outlet duct configuration through the at least one rotary transporting apparatus, the outlet abutment configuration, and the outlet valve assembly.

  13. 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)

  14. Flame retardant spandex type polyurethanes

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    Howarth, J. T.; Sheth, S.; Sidman, K. R.; Massucco, A. A. (Inventor)

    1978-01-01

    Flame retardant elastomeric compositions were developed, comprised of: (1) spandex type polyurethane having incorporated into the polymer chain, halogen containing polyols; (2) conventional spandex type polyurethanes in physical admixture flame retardant additives; and (3) fluoroelastomeric resins in physical admixture with flame retardant additives. Methods of preparing fibers of the flame retardant elastomeric materials are presented and articles of manufacture comprised of the elastomeric materials are mentioned.

  15. Immobilization of waste material

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    A method is described for immobilizing or solidifying waste material, which includes blending the waste material with powdered metal and subjecting the mixture of waste material and powdered metal to high pressure. (author)

  16. Sporty materials uncovered

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    Kevin Edwards

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available Materials in Sports Equipment is a welcome addition to books on materials engineering, says Kevin Edwards. It fills a gap in coverage of the important sports market, where advances in materials can lead to improved performance.

  17. Thermoelectric materials and devices

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    Park, Yeonjoon (Inventor); Choi, Sang H. (Inventor); King, Glen C. (Inventor); Elliott, James R. (Inventor); Talcott, Noel A. (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    New thermoelectric materials comprise highly [111]-oriented twinned group IV alloys on the basal plane of trigonal substrates, which exhibit a high thermoelectric figure of merit and good material performance, and devices made with these materials.

  18. Safety assessment of leak tightness criteria for radioactive materials transport packages

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    Kowalewsky, H.; Droste, B.; Neumeyer, T. [Bundesanstalt fuer Materialforschung und -pruefung (BAM), Berlin (Germany); Burnay, S.G. [AEA Technology, Harwell (United Kingdom); Ball, M.H.; Morton, D.A.V.; Smith, P.N.; Tuson, A.T. [AEA Technology, Winfrith (United Kingdom)

    1998-12-31

    Preliminary results of a running research project, funded by the European Commission, that will be finished at the beginning of 1998 are presented. The aspects described are focussed on the high and low temperature performance of elastomeric O-ring seals, consideration of seal ageing, and studies of aerosol leakage phenomena. (authors) 13 refs.

  19. Fusion materials: insulators and plasma facing materials

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    Insulating materials: surface damage: Oxide materials will be extensively used in ITER in heating and current drive, and diagnostic systems where they will play important roles as electrical insulators, and RF and optical transmission components. These materials will be subjected to neutron and gamma radiation, and additionally to bombardment by low energy ions and neutral particles of energies between eV and keV as a consequence of neutron reactions and related sputtering at vacuum surfaces, as well as ionization and acceleration of the residual gas due to local electric fields. To assess the damage, SiO2 (KS-4V), Al2O3, AlN, and BeO, the main candidate ceramic insulators for ITER were implanted (bombarded) with light ions, and KS-4V and sapphire were also irradiated with electrons. In-situ surface electrical conductivity measurements in high vacuum during implantation or irradiation were carried out. In addition, before and after implantation or irradiation, both optical absorption measurements and SEM X-ray analysis were performed. It was found that the origin of the surface electrical and related optical degradation is radiolytic, i.e. the damage is caused by the electronic excitation induced during material irradiation. Plasma Wall Interaction: In fusion devices, in the region next to high temperature plasma (typically ∼10 keV), material erodes from plasma-facing materials in one location and is transported to other, sometimes remote, locations throughout the device. The transported material may then be deposited on, or implanted into, other materials. If the plasma facing material in a device consists of more than a single element there is a high probability that the composition of the plasma-facing surfaces will evolve over time and may exhibit plasma interaction properties much different from the originally installed material. These plasma-created materials are so - called mixed materials. The creation of mixed-material surfaces will depend on many factors that determine the arrival and loss rate of material from those surfaces. Previous works carried out in the linear divertor plasma simulator PISCES-B on beryllium/carbon mixed-material effects revealed that both chemical and physical erosion of carbon was mitigated by beryllium impurities in the plasma. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analyses of these targets subsequent to plasma exposure revealed the formation of beryllium carbide (Be2C), which is thought to play an important role in carbon erosion mitigation. Here, formation and evolution of mixed material in JET, in where both beryllium and carbon are used together as plasma-facing materials are discussed. (author)

  20. Fusion materials: Insulators and plasma facing materials

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    Full text: Insulating materials: surface damage: Oxide materials will be extensively used in ITER in heating and current drive, and diagnostic systems where they will play important roles as electrical insulators, and RF and optical transmission components. These materials will be subjected to neutron and gamma radiation, and additionally to bombardment by low energy ions and neutral particles of energies between eV and keV as a consequence of neutron reactions and related sputtering at vacuum surfaces, as well as ionization and acceleration of the residual gas due to local electric fields. To assess the damage, SiO2 (KS-4V), Al2O3, AlN, and BeO, the main candidate ceramic insulators for ITER were implanted (bombarded) with light ions, and KS-4V and sapphire were also irradiated with electrons. In-situ surface electrical conductivity measurements in high vacuum during implantation or irradiation were carried out. In addition, before and after implantation or irradiation, both optical absorption measurements and SEM X-ray analysis were performed. It was found that the origin of the surface electrical and related optical degradation is radiolytic, i.e. the damage is caused by the electronic excitation induced during material irradiation. Plasma Wall Interaction: In fusion devices, in the region next to high temperature plasma (typically ?10 keV), material erodes from plasma-facing materials in one location and is transported to other, sometimes remote, locations throughout the device. The transported material may then be deposited on, or implanted into, other materials. If the plasma facing material in a device consists of more than a single element there is a high probability that the composition of the plasma-facing surfaces will evolve over time and may exhibit plasma interaction properties much different from the originally installed material. These plasma-created materials are so - called mixed materials. The creation of mixed-material surfaces will depend on many factors that determine the arrival and loss rate of material from those surfaces. Previous works carried out in the linear divertor plasma simulator PISCES-B on beryllium/carbon mixed-material effects revealed that both chemical and physical erosion of carbon was mitigated by beryllium impurities in the plasma. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analyses of these targets subsequent to plasma exposure revealed the formation of beryllium carbide (Be2C), which is thought to play an important role in carbon erosion mitigation. Here, formation and evolution of mixed material in JET, in where both beryllium and carbon are used together as plasma-facing materials are discussed. (author)

  1. High Temperature Materials Laboratory

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — The High Temperature Materials Lab provides the Navy and industry with affordable high temperature materials for advanced propulsion systems. Asset List: Arc Melter...

  2. Digestive Diseases Materials

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    ... Image Library Digestive Disease, Nutrition, and Weight-control Materials Healthy eating, physical activity, and weight control materials available from NIDDK's Weight-control Information Network(WIN) ...

  3. Inorganic material and raw material engineering

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    This book deals with inorganic material engineering, which consists of four parts which are inorganic raw materials: silicic acid, aluminum silicate, alumina, zinc oxide, magnesia and coloring, manufacture of power making ; grinding with machine, particle separation, power manufacture from liquid and power making from gas, crystal and glass: chemical combination in solid, ionic radius, structure of glass and watching crystal and analysis of structure, refinement of inorganic raw materials ; wet cyclone, magnetic roasting, flotation, separation from solid and liquid.

  4. Influence of root embedment material and periodontal ligament simulation on fracture resistance tests Influência do material de inclusão e da simulação do ligamento periodontal nos ensaios de resistência à fratura

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    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of the embedment material and periodontal ligament simulation on fracture resistance of bovine teeth. Eighty bovine incisor teeth were randomized into 8 groups (n = 10, embedded in acrylic or polystyrene resin using 4 types of periodontal ligament simulation: 1 - absence of the ligament; 2 - polyether impression material; 3 - polysulfide impression material; 4 - polyurethane elastomeric material. The specimens were stored at 37°C and 100% humidity for 24 hours. Specimens were submitted to tangential load on the palatal surface at 0.5 mm/minute crosshead speed until fracture. The fracture modes were analyzed as follows: 1 - coronal fracture; 2 - cemento-enamel junction fracture; 3 - partial root fracture; 4 - total root fracture. Statistical analyses by two-way ANOVA and Tukey's test were applied (p O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar a influência do material de inclusão e da simulação de ligamento periodontal na resistência à fratura de dentes bovinos. Oitenta incisivos bovinos foram divididos em 8 grupos (n = 10 e, então, incluídos em cilindros com dois materiais, resina acrílica ou resina de poliestireno, usando-se quatro tipos de simulação do ligamento periodontal: 1 - ausência do ligamento; 2 - material de moldagem à base de poliéter; 3 - material de moldagem à base de polissulfeto; e 4 - material elastomérico à base de poliuretano. As amostras foram armazenadas em 100% de umidade a 37°C por 24 horas e então submetidas a carregamento tangencial na superfície palatina com velocidade de 0,5 mm/minuto até a fratura. Os padrões de fratura foram analisados de acordo com: 1 - fraturas coronais; 2 - fratura da junção esmalte-cemento; 3 - fratura parcial da raiz; 4 - fratura radicular total. A análise estatística empregou análise de variância fatorial e teste de Tukey (p < 0,05. Os resultados mostram que o método de inclusão e a simulação do ligamento periodontal tiveram efeito significativo na resistência à fratura. O ligamento periodontal artificial modificou os padrões de fratura.

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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)

  9. 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.

  10. Puncture detecting barrier materials

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    A method and apparatus for continuous real-time monitoring of the integrity of protective barrier materials, particularly protective barriers against toxic, radioactive and biologically hazardous materials has been developed. Conductivity, resistivity or capacitance between conductive layers in the multilayer protective materials is measured by using leads connected to electrically conductive layers in the protective barrier material. The measured conductivity, resistivity or capacitance significantly changes upon a physical breach of the protective barrier material. 4 figs

  11. Mixing material modes

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    Pont, S.C.; Koenderink, J.J.; Doorn, A.J. van; Wijntjes, M.W.A.; Te Pas, S. F.

    2012-01-01

    We present a novel setup in which real objects made of different materials can be mixed optically. For the materials we chose mutually very different materials, which we assume to represent canonical modes. The appearance of 3D objects consisting of any material can be described as linear superposition of 3D objects of different canonical materials, as in “painterly mixes”. In this paper we studied mixtures of matte, glossy and velvety objects, representing diffuse, forward and asperity scatt...

  12. ON - SITE MATERIAL MANAGEMENT

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    Sahil.R.Choure; M.R.Apte

    2015-01-01

    Site material management is a process for controlling field and office activities on construction site related to the materials. The site material management system attempts to insure that the right quality and quantity of materials are appropriately delivered and handled onsite in a timely manner. Planning a nd controlling all of the efforts necessary to ensure that the correct quality and quantity of materials are properly specified in a timely manner and ...

  13. Materials technology for SIRTF

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    Coulter, D.; Dolgin, B.; Rainen, R.; O'Donnell, T.

    1991-01-01

    A number of studies on materials technologies for the Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF) intended to enhance SIRTF mission performance are reviewed. Particular attention is given to dewar support straps, dewar structural materials, infrared black coatings, optical mirror materials, cryogenic properties data base, contamination control, and thermal control materials/coatings. It is noted that the alternative to baseline materials offer potential for substantial improvements in reliability, weight, and lifetime.

  14. Puncture detecting barrier materials

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    Hermes, Robert E.; Ramsey, David R.; Stampfer, Joseph F.; Macdonald, John M.

    1998-01-01

    A method and apparatus for continuous real-time monitoring of the integrity of protective barrier materials, particularly protective barriers against toxic, radioactive and biologically hazardous materials has been developed. Conductivity, resistivity or capacitance between conductive layers in the multilayer protective materials is measured by using leads connected to electrically conductive layers in the protective barrier material. The measured conductivity, resistivity or capacitance significantly changes upon a physical breach of the protective barrier material.

  15. 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.

  16. Approach to a correct function of stuffing boxes

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    Stuff boxes are often used to tighten the gaps between valve stems and the housing. The stuffing box packing material is compressed axially to achieve a radial stress value, which is necessary for tightness. Tightness is achieved, if the sealing materials are seated properly and if a sufficient stress value is acting in radial direction during all states of operation. High prestress values are necessary for tightening purposes, lower values are better for the function of the valve. As the seating and the prestressing force is applied axially (using the bolts of a gland), gasket factors must be known, that characterize the deformation behavior and the transmission (relation between radial/axial stress). Furthermore, gasket factors, that characterize the tightening behavior, are necessary. Such gasket factors give the relation between radial stress and leakage of the packing materials. A friction coefficient -- this parameter determines the function of the valve (together with the radial stress) -- is another important gasket factor. Additionally the relaxation of the stuffing box packing material between the assembly and the operating state must be known. In the paper definitions for the most important gasket factors of stuffing box materials are provided. Test procedures and test rigs for the determination of the gasket factors are discussed. Gasket factors, which have been measured with these newly developed test rigs, are related to experiences with real applications. Finally a method for a controlled prestressing of gland packings is described

  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. 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.

  19. Joining of dissimilar materials

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    Tucker, Michael C; Lau, Grace Y; Jacobson, Craig P

    2012-10-16

    A method of joining dissimilar materials having different ductility, involves two principal steps: Decoration of the more ductile material's surface with particles of a less ductile material to produce a composite; and, sinter-bonding the composite produced to a joining member of a less ductile material. The joining method is suitable for joining dissimilar materials that are chemically inert towards each other (e.g., metal and ceramic), while resulting in a strong bond with a sharp interface between the two materials. The joining materials may differ greatly in form or particle size. The method is applicable to various types of materials including ceramic, metal, glass, glass-ceramic, polymer, cermet, semiconductor, etc., and the materials can be in various geometrical forms, such as powders, fibers, or bulk bodies (foil, wire, plate, etc.). Composites and devices with a decorated/sintered interface are also provided.

  20. 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