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  1. 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.

  2. [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

  3. 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.)

  4. 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

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

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

  6. 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...

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. New Soft Polymeric Materials Applicable as Elastomeric Transducers

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    Bejenariu, Anca Gabriela; Skov, Anne Ladegaard

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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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)

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. Recent advances in elastomeric nanocomposites

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    Mittal, Vikas; Pal, Kaushik

    2011-01-01

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

  20. 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

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

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

    2012-01-01

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

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

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    Firas M.F. Al-Quran

    2012-06-01

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

  3. 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...

  4. 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.

  5. New Soft Polymeric Materials Applicable as Elastomeric Transducers

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    Bejenariu, Anca Gabriela; Skov, Anne Ladegaard

    2011-01-01

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

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

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

    2001-01-01

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

  7. 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...

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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.)

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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...

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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...

  8. 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

  9. 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...

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

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

    2010-09-01

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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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)

  14. 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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    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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

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

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

    2014-09-01

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

  18. 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.

  19. Gasket testing according to new standards

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

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Flexible ceramic gasket for SOFC generator

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

    2009-02-03

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

  5. Adhesive, elastomeric gel impregnating composition

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

    2002-01-01

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

  6. 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.

  7. In situ evaluation of orthodontic elastomeric chains

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

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

  8. 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...

  9. 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.

  10. Gasket sealing performance simulation during cycling operation condition

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

  11. The Hausdorff dimension of the CLE gasket

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

    2012-01-01

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

  12. Partial-Vacuum-Gasketed Electrochemical Corrosion Cell

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

    2006-01-01

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

  13. 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.)

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. Thermomechanical behavior of shape memory elastomeric composites

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

    2012-01-01

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

  19. 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

  20. 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...

  1. 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...

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

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Identification of Swelling cause on Rubber Gaskets

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    Fagerland, Jenny

    2011-01-01

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

  6. 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...

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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)

  10. 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";}

  11. Energy dissipation in elastomeric isolators subjected to seismic forces

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    In this paper, a detailed analysis is presented to elucidate thermal effects in elastomeric seismic isolators. Using the material properties of elastomers and the time history of typical seismic events, it is shown that a properly designed base structure provides effective heat transfer and limits temperature rise in the elastomer. The frequency-dependent material properties are a key factor in designing the base structure for maximum effectiveness. When thermal effects are considered, the material properties of the elastomer(s) do not change with temperature. Thus, the isolator material do not degrade during a prolonged seismic event and effectiveness is thereby optimized

  12. Energy dissipation in elastomeric isolators subjected to seismic forces

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    Terhune, J.H.; Karim-Panahi, K. [GE Nuclear Energy, San Jose, CA (United States)

    1996-06-01

    In this paper, a detailed analysis is presented to elucidate thermal effects in elastomeric seismic isolators. Using the material properties of elastomers and the time history of typical seismic events, it is shown that a properly designed base structure provides effective heat transfer and limits temperature rise in the elastomer. The frequency-dependent material properties are a key factor in designing the base structure for maximum effectiveness. When thermal effects are considered, the material properties of the elastomer(s) do not change with temperature. Thus, the isolator material do not degrade during a prolonged seismic event and effectiveness is thereby optimized.

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

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    Boesgaard, Kristine Stove; Mikkelsen, Teis NØrgaard

    2013-01-01

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

  14. Behaviour of elastomeric seals at low temperature

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  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??m) are superelastic and exhibit high energy absorption, showing much enhanced mechanical properties than those with small flakes (mechanical response. The recoverability and energy adsorption depend on density with the latter exhibiting a minimum due to the interplay between wall fracture and friction during deformation. These findings suggest that an improvement in the mechanical properties of porous graphene networks significantly depend on the engineering of the graphene flake that controls the property of the cell walls.

  18. 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.

  19. Mechanically programmed shape change in laminated elastomeric composites.

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

    2015-07-28

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

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. Chemical Stability of Telavancin in Elastomeric Pumps

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    Patrick Sand, MSc

    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.

  5. 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)

  6. 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.

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

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    Danchenko, V. G.

    2002-01-01

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

  8. 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

  9. 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.)

  10. 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)

  11. 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)

  12. 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)

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    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.

  13. Multifractals of Normalized First Passage Time in Sierpinski Gasket

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

    1998-01-01

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

  14. 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

  15. 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.)

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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.)

  20. 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 ...

  1. 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.

  2. 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

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

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

    1999-11-01

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

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

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    Hattori, Tetsuya; Nakajima, Hideo

    1994-01-01

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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

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

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    Dhaval Fadia

    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.

  9. Charge Effects on Mechanical Properties of Elastomeric Proteins

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

    2012-02-01

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

  10. 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)

  11. Probabilistic structural and thermal analysis of a gasketed flange

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

  12. 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

  13. 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.

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

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

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

  15. 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.)

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

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    Andolina, Vincent L.

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

  17. 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

  18. New elastomeric silicone based networks applicable as electroactive systems

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    Bejenariu, Anca Gabriela; Boll, Mads

    2011-01-01

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. 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

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

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    Rossana Pereira de Almeida ANTUNES

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

  6. 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)

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

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    S N Das

    2011-04-01

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

  8. Nanoscale squeezing in elastomeric nanochannels for single chromatin linearization

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

    2012-01-01

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

  9. 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

    2010-01-01

    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...

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

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

    2012-06-01

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

  11. Citotoxicity of nonlatex elastomeric ligatures of orthodontic use

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

    2015-03-01

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

  12. 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.

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

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

    2008-11-01

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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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)

  17. 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.

  18. 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

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    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.

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

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    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.

  20. 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...

  1. In vitro study of cytotoxicity of orthodontic elastomeric ligatures

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

    2012-08-01

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

  2. 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)

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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...

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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 (?r=4.4 and h=1.6 mm to cover the UMTS and 2.4/5.2 WLAN. The radiation pattern of the proposed antenna is similar to an omnidirectional. The proposed antenna has maximum gain of 1.88, 1.6, 4.31 dB at 2, 2.4, 5.2 GHz, respectively The properties of the antenna such as return losses, radiation pattern, input resistance and gain are determined via numerical CST Microwave Studio 2010 software.

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

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

    2015-12-01

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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    Dinglong Hu

    2015-10-01

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

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

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    André, Weissheimer; 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.

  20. 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.

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

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

    2015-07-01

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

  2. 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

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

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

    2015-09-01

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

  4. 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

  5. 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

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

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

    2005-12-01

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

  7. 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.

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Modification of PVC compounds with butadiene-acrylonitrile elastomers

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    J. Stabik; M. Rojek

    2006-01-01

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

  12. 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...

  13. 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.

  14. Elastomeric Seal Performance after Terrestrial Ultraviolet Radiation Exposure

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

    2015-01-01

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

  15. 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

  16. 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)

  17. 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.

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

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

    2009-10-01

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

  19. RAPID COMMUNICATION: A novel technique for mechanical characterization of thin elastomeric membrane

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    Liu, Kuo Kang; Ju, Bing Feng

    2001-08-01

    This paper reports a new method to characterize the mechanical properties, such as the elasticity, of a thin elastomeric film. A sensitive microscope visualization instrument is developed for measuring the deformation of a circular membrane of thickness less than 200 µm, under a constant load. The elastic deformation of the thin membrane was measured laterally. A theoretical model is constructed to quantitatively correlate the elasticity to the deformation profile of the membrane. The good agreement between the experimental and theoretical results facilitates the determination of the elastic modulus of a thin elastomeric membrane.

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

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    T.D. Silva Botelho

    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.

  1. 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

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

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

    2014-12-01

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

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

    2006-06-15

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

  7. 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

  8. Novel elastomeric fibrous networks produced from poly(xylitol sebacate)2:5 by core/shell electrospinning: fabrication and mechanical properties.

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    Li, Yuan; Thouas, George A; Chen, Qizhi

    2014-12-01

    Fabrication of nonlinear elastic materials that resemble biological tissues remains a challenge in biomaterials research. Here, a new fabrication protocol to produce elastomeric fibrous scaffolds was established, using the core/shell electrospinning technique. A prepolymer of poly(xylitol sebacate) with a 2:5mol ratio of xylitol:sebacic acid (PXS2:5) was first formulated, then co-electrospun with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA - 95,000Mw). After cross-linking of core polymer PXS2:5, the PVA shells were rinsed off in water, leaving a porous elastomeric network of PXS2:5 fibres. Under aqueous conditions, the PXS2:5 fibrous scaffolds exhibited stable, nonlinear J-shaped stress-strain curves, with large average rupture elongation (76%) and Young?s modulus (~1.0MPa), which were in the range of muscle tissue. Rupture elongation of PXS2:5 was also much higher when electrospun, compared to 2D solid sheets (45%). In direct contact with cell monolayers under physiological conditions, PXS2:5 scaffolds were as biocompatible as those made of poly-l-lactic acid (PLLA), with improvements over culture medium alone. In conclusion, the newly developed porous PXS2:5 scaffolds show tissue-like mechanical properties and excellent biocompatibility, making them very promising for bioengineering of soft tissues and organs. PMID:25243671

  9. 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)

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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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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

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

    2011-05-17

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

  13. Butadiene-acrylonitrile elastomers as PVC modifiers

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    M. Rojek

    2007-01-01

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

  14. 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...

  15. 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.

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

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

    2000-01-01

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

  17. 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

  18. Fracture mechanics and statistical mechanics of reinforced elastomeric blends

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

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    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...

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

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    Tatiana L. A. C. Rocha

    2006-06-01

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

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

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

    2006-06-01

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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)

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

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

    2015-02-01

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

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

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    2015-02-01

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

  5. 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

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

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    Bahl, Kushal

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

  7. 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.

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

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

    2002-01-01

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

  9. 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.

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

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

    2012-12-01

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

  11. [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

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

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

    2014-06-01

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

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

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    Cushing, Kevin Wallace

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

  14. 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

  15. 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.

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

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

  17. 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.

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

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

    2015-08-01

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

  19. 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

  20. 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

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

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

  2. 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)

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

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

  4. 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.

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

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

    2011-01-01

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

  6. 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...

  7. 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.

  8. 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

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

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

    2013-04-01

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  11. Modification of PVC compounds with butadiene-acrylonitrile elastomers

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    2006-04-01

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

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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

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

    2008-04-01

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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

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

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

    2015-09-01

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

  19. 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

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

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

    2014-11-01

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

  1. 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

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

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    Suvojit Ghosh

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

  4. 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.

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

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

    2015-01-27

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

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

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

    2016-01-14

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

  7. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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    2012-02-01

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

  11. 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.

  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

    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...

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

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

  14. 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

  15. 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®

  16. 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.

  17. 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)

  18. 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 syst

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

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    2006-10-01

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

  1. 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...

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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    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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

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

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    Goswami, Kaustav

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

    2012-09-01

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

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

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

    2006-08-01

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

  10. 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.

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

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

    2001-07-01

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

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

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

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

    2012-01-01

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

  16. 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)

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    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.

  17. 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

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

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

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

  19. 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

  20. 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.

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

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    Wu, Jin; Miao, Jianmin

    2015-04-01

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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)

  8. 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%.

  9. 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

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

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    R. Rodríguez de la Torre

    2011-06-01

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

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

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

    2011-06-01

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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

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

    2012-11-01

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

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

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

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

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

    2008-11-01

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.}

  20. 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%

  1. 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

  2. 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

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

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    Budinski-Simendi? Jaroslava

    2006-01-01

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

  4. 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.

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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    Ghaemi, F Tony

    2011-09-10

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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...

  9. 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

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

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

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

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

    2011-01-01

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

  12. 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)

  13. 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.%)

  14. Grant Writing without Blowing a Gasket

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    Vandenbroek, Alicia

    2010-01-01

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

  15. 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...

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

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    Aline Zanchet

    2007-03-01

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

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

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    Sahli, M; Gelin, J-C; Barrière, T

    2015-10-01

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

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

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    Irshidat, Mohammad

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

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

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    Lach, Cynthia L.

    1992-01-01

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

  20. 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

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

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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Accuracy of stone casts obtained by different impression materials

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

    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 part [...] ially 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.

  6. Accuracy of stone casts obtained by different impression materials

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    Adriana Cláudia Lapria Faria

    2008-12-01

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

  7. 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

  8. Sealing Materials for Use in Vacuum at High Temperatures

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

    2012-01-01

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

  9. 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.

  10. "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...

  11. "Material" mechanics of materials

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    Maugin Gérard A.

    2002-01-01

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

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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)

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

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

    1999-12-01

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

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

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

  20. 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

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

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    K. Sridharan

    2013-01-01

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

  2. 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.

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

    1992-10-01

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

  4. Compatibility of refrigerants and lubricants with elastomers. Quarterly report, 1 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Dictionary materials engineering, materials testing

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

  8. 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

  9. Material Science

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

  10. 40 CFR 1060.240 - How do I demonstrate that my emission family complies with evaporative emission standards?

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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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    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.

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

  14. 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.)

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

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

    2008-07-01

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

  16. 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

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

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

  18. 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 ...

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

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

  20. Materials research

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  1. 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,…

  2. Weird materials

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    Astin, Christina; Talbot, Diane; Goodhew, Peter

    2002-11-01

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

  3. 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.

  4. Materials Chemistry

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    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...

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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...

  8. Materials characterization

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    Perez Campos, Ramiro; Esparza Munoz, Rodrigo

    2015-01-01

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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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...

  12. 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....

  13. 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.

  14. 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

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

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    Principi, Emiliano; Di Cicco, Andrea

    2008-09-01

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

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

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

  17. MATERIAL SELECTION

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

  18. Materials Selection.

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    Verink, Ellis D., Jr.

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

  19. 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....

  20. 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.)

  1. Scintillator material

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

  2. 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.

  3. Materials science

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

  4. 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...

  5. 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.

  6. 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)

  7. Radioactive Material

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    The Radiation Protection Group of the Safety Commission is responsible for shipping of radioactive material from CERN to any external institute or organisation. The RP group is equally responsible for the reception of radioactive material shipped to any of the CERN sites. Anyone who needs to ship from or import into CERN radioactive material must contact the Radioactive Shipping Service of the RP group in advance. Instructions are available at: http://cern.ch/rp-shipping or in the Radiation Protection Procedure PRP13: https://edms.cern.ch/document/346823 Radiation Protection Group

  8. 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

  9. Shielding materials

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

  10. CURRICULUM MATERIALS.

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    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)

  11. 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...

  12. Basalt Materials

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.)

  15. Carbon materials

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

  16. Layered materials

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

    2014-06-01

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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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)

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. Friction Material Composites Materials Perspective

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    Sundarkrishnaa, K L

    2012-01-01

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

  8. 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)

  9. 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.

  10. Virtual materiality

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    Søndergaard, Dorte Marie

    premises in that field rely heavily on psychology’s humanist approaches. And this is where the second question that feeds the curiosity becomes relevant. The empirical question concerns the meaning of the virtual experiences of children in relation to their material, cultural and subjective becoming, which...... weapons are imitated, transformed, ridiculed, enhanced or something entirely different. In psychological and social literature dealing with effects of for instance violent media products, most commonly the voices split into two predominant positions: one claiming the aggression to have great impact on the...... materiality. Literature Barad, K. (2007) Meeting the Universe Halfway. London: Duke University Press. Butler, J. (1993) Bodies that Matter. On the Discursive Limits of “Sex”. London: Routledge. Durkin, K. et al. (1998) Children, Media and Agression. Current Research in Australia and New Zealand. In: Carlson...

  11. 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)

  12. 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.

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available 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 d [...] e 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 Abstract in english 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

  13. 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

  14. Materializing ideas

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    Strandvad, Sara Malou

    2011-01-01

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

  15. 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.

  16. Material monitoring

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

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

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

  18. FOREWORD: Materials metrology Materials metrology

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    Bennett, Seton; Valdés, Joaquin

    2010-04-01

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

  19. Construction material

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

    2008-07-22

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

  20. Energy materials

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    2011-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-02-01

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

  2. 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 100?m, 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

  3. 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.)

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. PREFACE: Superconducting materials Superconducting materials

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

    2011-11-01

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

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

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

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

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    Petersen, Jens HØjslev; Jensen, Lisbeth Krüger

    2010-01-01

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Environmental Risk Assessment of the Olefin plant in Arya Sasol Petrochemical Complex using Fault Tree Analysis Method

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    2014-05-01

    Conclusion: Most likely occurrence of the final event was related to the gasket unsuitable material (2×10-2. Control action to prevent the occurrence of leakage could be supplying high quality gaskets and the failure is classified in the hardware failure category.

  13. 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.

  14. Nuclear materials in Japan

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    2015-03-01

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

  15. Reactor fuels and materials

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

    2012-08-15

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

  16. Photorefractive Materials and Their Applications 2 Materials

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    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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Smart materials: advanced ceramic materials and glasses

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    The development of ceramic functional materials and special glasses which had been characterized by miniaturisation and integration has actually culminated in smart materials and systems. The paper describes some important ceramic materials and glasses now used in smart systems along with a discussion of perspectives for the nearest future. Evoked are also modern microfabrication methods developed for the production of active smart systems. (author)

  20. 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

  1. 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)

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

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    W?odzimierz Sta?czyk

    2009-03-01

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

  3. 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)

  4. 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.

  5. Materials for Fusion Applications

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    Jioí Mat?jí?ek

    2013-01-01

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

  6. 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)

  7. 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...

  8. 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) ...

  9. Physically Functional Materials

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    Berg, Rolf Henrik Technical University of Denmark,

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

  10. 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

    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.

  11. Development of an evaluation method for long-term sealability of the spent fuel storage cask

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    One of the characteristics of the cask storage method of spent fuel is that containment of radioactive materials is assured by the storage cask itself. Thus, the seal structure of the cask is designed to have a highly reliable multi-barrier system using metallic gaskets instead of the conventional rubber gaskets. Although, it has been reported that the containment feature of the metallic gaskets is influenced by the plastic deformation and stress relaxation of the gaskets for a short-term usage, no research report has been published on the containment feature of the metallic gaskets for a long-term usage. In this paper, the stress relaxation features of the metallic gaskets is investigated which will directly influence the long-term sealability of the storage cask, at first. Next, the relationship between the temperature/time dependence of the plastic deformation and the containment features of the metallic gaskets. Finally, an evaluation method of the long-term sealability from experimental data of a short-term behavior of the metallic gaskets is proposed. (author)

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. Art as material culture

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    Van den Berg, Dirk Johannes

    2001-01-01

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

  15. 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

  16. Materials technology. A dictionary

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    The dictionary lists about 3000 terms used in the science and technology of materials, referring to and explaining structure, microstructure and properties, metal and non-metal materials, natural materials, man-made materials and plastics, inorganic materials, composite materials, fabrication and processing methods, the testing of materials and manufactured components, surface treatment methods, tribology, and corrosion, wear and aging. Whenever appropriate, terms of related scientific areas have been included. The terms and explanations are accompanied by diagrams, illustrations and tables, which round up the textual information and facilitate comprehension. (MM)

  17. 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)

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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)

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. Orbital foamed material extruder

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    Tucker, Dennis S. (Inventor)

    2009-01-01

    This invention is a process for producing foamed material in space comprising the steps of: rotating the material to simulate the force of gravity; heating the rotating material until it is molten; extruding the rotating, molten material; injecting gas into the extruded, rotating, molten material to produce molten foamed material; allowing the molten foamed material to cool to below melting temperature to produce the foamed material. The surface of the extruded foam may be heated to above melting temperature and allowed to cool to below melting temperature. The extruded foam may also be cut to predetermined length. The starting material may be metal or glass. Heating may be accomplished by electrical heating elements or by solar heating.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. Materials for breeding blankets

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    There are several candidate concepts for tritium breeding blankets that make use of a number of special materials. These materials can be classified as primary blanket materials, which have the greatest influence in determining the overall design and performance, and secondary blanket materials, which have key functions in the operation of the blanket but are less important in establishing the overall design and performance. The issues associated with the blanket materials are specified and several examples of materials performance are given. Critical data needs are identified. (orig.)

  8. Materials science and engineering

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    Lesuer, D.R.

    1997-02-01

    During FY-96, work within the Materials Science and Engineering Thrust Area was focused on material modeling. Our motivation for this work is to develop the capability to study the structural response of materials as well as material processing. These capabilities have been applied to a broad range of problems, in support of many programs at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. These studies are described in (1) Strength and Fracture Toughness of Material Interfaces; (2) Damage Evolution in Fiber Composite Materials; (3) Flashlamp Envelope Optical Properties and Failure Analysis; (4) Synthesis and Processing of Nanocrystalline Hydroxyapatite; and (5) Room Temperature Creep Compliance of Bulk Kel-E.

  9. Materials Discovery: Informatic Strategies for Optical Materials

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    Ferris, Kim F.; Webb-Robertson, Bobbie-Jo M.; Jones, Dumont M.

    2007-01-15

    Information-based materials discovery offers a structured method to evolve materials signatures based upon their physical properties, and to direct searches using performance-based criteria. In this current paper, we focus on the crystal structure aspects of an optical material and construct an information-based model to determine the proclivity of a particular AB composition to exhibit multiple crystal system behavior. Exploratory data methods used both supervised (support-vector machines) and unsupervised (disorder-reduction and principal-component) classification methods for structural signature development; revealing complementary valid signatures. Examination of the relative contributions of the materials chemistry descriptors within these signatures indicates a strong role for Mendeleev number chemistry which must be balanced against the cationic/anionic radius ratio and electronegativity differences of constituents within the unit cell.

  10. Materials Selection : Materials for mechanical watches

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    Vanden Branden, Nicolas; Ernst, Norman; Crutzen, Yanick

    2011-01-01

    In close relationship with the course of Materials Selection, this report studies the best-suited materials for mechanical watches. To do so, it introduces what are mechanical watches and how they work. Then, it focuses on existing solutions, from where it looks after new and/or innovative solutions. This, thanks to a computer software (CES) and additional resources. It eventually discusses about all selective criteria to choose from to get the most optimized watch one could.

  11. EC Transmission Line Materials

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    The purpose of this document is to identify materials acceptable for use in the US ITER Project Office (USIPO)-supplied components for the ITER Electron cyclotron Heating and Current Drive (ECH and CD) transmission lines (TL), PBS-52. The source of material property information for design analysis shall be either the applicable structural code or the ITER Material Properties Handbook. In the case of conflict, the ITER Material Properties Handbook shall take precedence. Materials selection, and use, shall follow the guidelines established in the Materials Assessment Report (MAR). Materials exposed to vacuum shall conform to the ITER Vacuum Handbook. (Ref. 2) Commercial materials shall conform to the applicable standard (e.g., ASTM, JIS, DIN) for the definition of their grade, physical, chemical and electrical properties and related testing. All materials for which a suitable certification from the supplier is not available shall be tested to determine the relevant properties, as part of the procurement. A complete traceability of all the materials including welding materials shall be provided. Halogenated materials (example: insulating materials) shall be forbidden in areas served by the detritiation systems. Exceptions must be approved by the Tritium System and Safety Section Responsible Officers.

  12. EC Transmission Line Materials

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    Bigelow, Tim S [ORNL

    2012-05-01

    The purpose of this document is to identify materials acceptable for use in the US ITER Project Office (USIPO)-supplied components for the ITER Electron cyclotron Heating and Current Drive (ECH&CD) transmission lines (TL), PBS-52. The source of material property information for design analysis shall be either the applicable structural code or the ITER Material Properties Handbook. In the case of conflict, the ITER Material Properties Handbook shall take precedence. Materials selection, and use, shall follow the guidelines established in the Materials Assessment Report (MAR). Materials exposed to vacuum shall conform to the ITER Vacuum Handbook. [Ref. 2] Commercial materials shall conform to the applicable standard (e.g., ASTM, JIS, DIN) for the definition of their grade, physical, chemical and electrical properties and related testing. All materials for which a suitable certification from the supplier is not available shall be tested to determine the relevant properties, as part of the procurement. A complete traceability of all the materials including welding materials shall be provided. Halogenated materials (example: insulating materials) shall be forbidden in areas served by the detritiation systems. Exceptions must be approved by the Tritium System and Safety Section Responsible Officers.

  13. Nanostructured composite reinforced material

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    Seals, Roland D. (Oak Ridge, TN); Ripley, Edward B. (Knoxville, TN); Ludtka, Gerard M. (Oak Ridge, TN)

    2012-07-31

    A family of materials wherein nanostructures and/or nanotubes are incorporated into a multi-component material arrangement, such as a metallic or ceramic alloy or composite/aggregate, producing a new material or metallic/ceramic alloy. The new material has significantly increased strength, up to several thousands of times normal and perhaps substantially more, as well as significantly decreased weight. The new materials may be manufactured into a component where the nanostructure or nanostructure reinforcement is incorporated into the bulk and/or matrix material, or as a coating where the nanostructure or nanostructure reinforcement is incorporated into the coating or surface of a "normal" substrate material. The nanostructures are incorporated into the material structure either randomly or aligned, within grains, or along or across grain boundaries.

  14. Injection Laryngoplasty Materials

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    Haldun Oðuz

    2013-01-01

    Injection laryngoplasty is one of the treatment options for voice problems. In the recent years, more safe and more biocompatible injection materials are available on the market. Long and short term injection materials are discussed in this review.

  15. Smart hydrogel functional materials

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    CHU, Liang-Yin; Ju, Xiao-Jie; Wang, Wei

    2013-01-01

    This book systematically introduces smart hydrogel functional materials with the configurations ranging from hydrogels to microgels. It serves as an excellent reference for designing and fabricating artificial smart hydrogel functional materials.

  16. Advanced functional materials

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    2011-01-01

    This book reviews the results of recent research on new materials arising from progress in polymer, ceramic, sensor, and fuel cell technology, including advanced inorganic-organic-hybrid polymeric materials, high functional sensor, and microbial fuel cells.

  17. Nuclear Materials Storage

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    Creation of System for Storage, Operative Control and Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials and Ampoule Sources of Ionizing Radiation (ASIR) on "Baikal-1" stand Complex Meeting the International Requirements of Radioactive Materials Control...

  18. Silicone azide fireproof material

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    1978-01-01

    Finely powdered titanium oxide was added to silicone azide as the sintering agent to produce a nonflammable material. Mixing proportions, physical properties, and chemical composition of the fireproofing material are included.

  19. Improvisation: Teaching Materials.

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    Kuzmich, John A., Jr.

    1980-01-01

    The past, present and future of music improvisation is discussed. Resources for piano, guitar, elementary general music materials, and electronic music materials are included, along with addresses of publishers. The emphasis is on jazz. (KC)

  20. Dunkle Materie im Universum

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    Kunz-Drolshagen, Jutta

    1990-01-01

    Im Rahmen ihres Habilitationsvortrages behandelt die Autorin das Ob und das Warum der Existenz von dunkler Materie im Universum, ferner die Konsequenzen, die sich aus der Existenz dunkler Materie für die Evolution des Universums ergäben.