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  1. Laboratory investigations

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    Our task is to design mined-repository systems that will adequately secure high-level nuclear waste for at least 10,000 yr and that will be mechanically stable for 50 to 100-yr periods of retrievability during which mistakes could be corrected and a valuable source of energy could be reclaimed, should national policy on the reprocessing of spent fuel ever change. The only credible path for the escape of radionuclides from the repository to the biosphere is through ground-water, and in hard rock, bulk permeability is largely governed by natural and artificial fracture systems. Catastrophic failure of an excavation in hard rock is likely to occur at the weakest links - the discontinuities in the rock mass that is perturbed first by mining and then by radiogenic heating. The laboratory can contribute precise measurements of the pertinent thermomechanical, hydrological and chemical properties and improve our understanding of the fundamental processes through careful experiments under well controlled conditions that simulate the prototype environment. Thus laboratory investigations are necessary, but they are not sufficient, for conventional sample sizes are small relative to natural defects like joints - i.e., the rock mass is not a continuum - and test durations are short compared to those that predictive modeling must take into account. Laboratory investigators can contribute substantially more useful data if they are provided facilities for testing large specimens(say one cubic meter) and for creep testing of all candidate host rocks. Even so, extrapolations of laboratory data to the field in neither space nor time are valid without the firm theoretical foundations yet to be built. Meanwhile in-situ measurements of structure-sensitive physical properties and access to direct observations of rock-mass character will be absolutely necessary

  2. Experimental and numerical investigations in the near-burner region of a laboratory scale burner

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    N.G. Orfanoudakis; A. Hatziapostolou; K. Krallis; K. Sardi; A. Fatsis; N. Vlachakis; St. A. Mavromatis; V.D. Tsoukalas [TEI Chalkis (Greece). Mechanical Engineering Department, Laboratory for Steam Boilers, Turbines & Thermal Plants

    2005-07-01

    An experimental and numerical investigation on the effect of swirl on the motion of coal particles in the near-burner region of a multi-fuel swirl-stabilised laboratory burner of total thermal input of 100kW, has been performed. The burner was designed as a scale model of a 10MW coal burner operating in a cement rotary kiln, produced flames of different aerodynamic characteristics and was able to burn a combination of gaseous, liquid and pulverised solid fuels. Temperature and Laser Doppler measurements confirmed the ability of the burner to produce close-to-industrialconditions. Velocity measurements showed that the flow field was axisymmetric and an internal recirculation zone (IRZ) in the shape of a toroidal vortex was formed around the centreline for swirl numbers of at least 0.65. A 60% increase in the swirl number, from 0.65 to 0.9, resulted in a 30% widening of the IRZ. Solid particle measurements revealed that the width of the zone where coal particles recirculate is 20% larger than that formed in the single phase case and that most of the coal particles are centrifuged away from the IRZ.. The flow field was modeled as 2D axisymmetric and results were obtained with both the RNG and k-{epsilon} turbulence models and results were shown to be in good agreement with the measurements even at the high swirl number, when the RMG model was used. Lagrangian tracking of coal particles in the range of 1 to 150 {mu}m was also performed by as a function of swirl number. The calculations revealed that particles of diameter larger than about 20 {mu}m are centrifuged away from the IRZ in accordance to the measurements while particles larger than 100 {mu}m, due to their high inertia remain on the IRZ boundary and are neither centrifuged nor entrained inside the recirculation zone, The calculations showed that the effect of centrifuging is decreased when the swirl number of reduced. 13 figs., 1 tabs.

  3. Experimental investigations of local-time effect existence on laboratory scale and heterogeneity of space-time

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    Panchelyuga, V A; Panchelyuga, M S; Shnoll, S E

    2006-01-01

    The main subject of the work is experimental investigation of local-time effect existence on laboratory scale, which means longitudinal distances between locations of measurements from tens to one meter. Also short revue of our investigations of local-time effect existence for distances from 15 km to 500 m are presented. Besides investigations of the minimal spatial scale of local-time effect existence the paper presents investigations of the named effect for time domain. In this relation a structure of intervals distribution in neighborhood of local-time peak was studied and splitting of the peak was found out. Further investigations shows second order splitting of local-time peak. From this result arise a supposition that space-time heterogeneity, which following from local-time effect existence probably has fractal character. Obtained results lead to conclusion about sharp anisotropy of space-time.

  4. Superconducting inductive pulsed power supply for electromagnetic launchers: Design aspects and experimental investigation of laboratory set-up

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    Weck, W.; Ehrhart, P.; Mueller, A.; Reiner, G. [Magnet-Motor GmbH, Starnberg (Germany)

    1997-01-01

    The principle of the superconducting inductive energy storage and of superconducting pulse switching is reviewed. Design criteria are discussed by introducing two different laboratory set-ups. Special emphasis will be laid on the methods of charging the energy storage and on the pulse switching. The layout and dimensioning of an experimental pulsed power supply with an energy capacity of 4 MJ are described. First experimental results are presented and future development steps are discussed.

  5. Laboratory Experimentation in Economics

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    Dimitrios Koumparoulis

    2013-01-01

    Experimental economics is the application of experimental methods to study economic questions. Data collected in experiments are used to estimate effect size, test the validity of economic theories, and illuminate market mechanisms. Economic experiments usually use cash to motivate subjects, in order to mimic real-world incentives. Experiments are used to help understand how and why markets and other exchange systems function as they do. A fundamental aspect of the subject is design of experi...

  6. A Remote Laboratory Experimentation Network.

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    C. Schmid; Eikaas, T. I.; Foss, B.; Gillet, D.

    2001-01-01

    This contribution presents a remote laboratory project with a new business model that aims at bringing physical experimentation back into the learning arena, where remotely operable laboratory experiments used in advanced education and training schemes are made available to a global market. This is done via the Internet using a set of e-commerce and advanced information and communication technology solutions. The project will add online remote experimentation to distance learning techniques. ...

  7. Theoretical investigations of experimental gravitation

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    This thesis has two basic themes: the investigation of new experiments which can be used to test relativistic gravity, and the investigation of new technologies and new experimental techniques which can be applied to make gravitational wave astronomy a reality. Advancing technology will soon make possible a new class of gravitation experiments: pure laboratory experiments with laboratory sources of non-Newtonian gravity and laboratory detectors. The key advance in technology is the development of resonant sensing systems with very low levels of dissipation. Chapter 1 considers three such systems (torque balances, dielectric monocrystals, and superconducting microwave resonators), and it proposes eight laboratory experiments which use these systems as detectors. The coupled electro-mechanical system consisting of a microwave cavity and its walls can serve as a gravitational radiation detector. A gravitational wave interacts with the walls, and the resulting motion induces transitions from a highly excited cavity mode to a nearly unexcited mode. Chapter 2 describes briefly a formalism for analyzing such a detector, and it proposes a particular design. The monitoring of a quantum mechanical harmonic oscillator on which a classical force acts is important in a variety of high-precision experiments, such as the attempt to detect gravitational radiation. Chapter 3 reviews the standard techniques for monitoring the oscillator; and it introduces a new technique which, in principle, can determine the details of the force with arbitrary accuracy, despite the quantum properties of the oscillator

  8. Experimental facility of innovative types as the laboratory analog of research reactor experimental device

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    The paper analyses capability of creating laboratory analogs of complex experimental facilities at research reactors utilizing power radionuclide neutron sources fabricated in industrial conditions. Some experimental and calculational investigations of neutron-physical characteristics are presented, which have been attained at the RIZ research reactor laboratory analog. Experimental results are supplemented by calculational investigations, fulfilled by means of the BRAND three-dimensional computational complex and the ROZ-6 one-dimensional program. 4 refs.; 3 figs

  9. Laboratory Investigations on Percussive Drilling

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    Kivade, S. B.; Murthy, Ch. S. N.; Vardhan, Harsha

    2013-10-01

    The laboratory investigation was carried out on ten rock samples using pneumatic drill with drill bits of different diameters. In general, the process of drilling always produces sound. Sound is generated from the bit-rock interface regardless of the material of the bit used in drilling. The predicted sound level and penetration rate are a product of the drill power and the physical properties of the rocks penetrated. Rock samples were collected from the field and physical properties of the rocks were determined in the laboratory. The sound level and penetration rates were correlated with the rock properties. The compressive strength and abrasivity exhibit strong correlations with the sound level and penetration rate. It was concluded that, among the rock properties included in this study, the compressive strength and abrasivity values are the dominant ones affecting the penetration rate and sound level of percussive drills. Though ten rock samples have been covered in this study, detailed analysis of only one of them is presented.

  10. Experimental investigations of long-term interactions of molten UO2 with MgO and concrete at Argonne National Laboratory

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    Experimental work at Argonne is being performed to investigate the long-term molten core debris retention capability of the ex-vessel cavity following a postulated meltdown accident. The eventual objective of the work is to determine if normal structural material (concrete) or a specifically selected sacrificial material (MgO) located in the ex-vessel cavity region can effectively contain molten core debris. The materials under investigation at ANL are various types of concrete (limestone, basalt and magnetite) and commercially-available MgO brick. Results are presented of the status of real material experimental investigation at ANL into 1) molten UO2 pool heat transfer, 2) long-term molten UO2 penetration into concrete and 3) long-term molten UO2 penetration into refractory substrates. The decay heating in the fuel has been simulated by direct electrical heating permitting the study of the long-term interaction

  11. Experimental investigations of long-term interactions of molten UO2 with MgO and concrete at Argonne National Laboratory

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    Experimental work at Argonne is being performed to investigate the long-term molten-core-debris retention capability of the ex-vessel cavity following a postulated meltdown accident. The eventual objective of the work is to determine if normal structural material (concrete) or a specifically selected sacrificial material (MgO) located in the ex-vessel cavity region can effectively contain molten core debris. The materials under investigation at ANL are various types of concrete (limestone, basalt and magnetite) and commercially-available MgO brick. Results are presented of the status of real material experimental investigation at ANL into (1) molten UO2 pool heat transfer, (2) long-term molten UO2 penetration into concrete and (3) long-term molten UO2 penetration into refractory substrates. The decay heating in the fuel has been simulated by direct electrical heating permitting the study of the long-term interaction

  12. Investigations of Polymorphic Germylene Structures, Experimental Calculations of a New Boron-Sulfur Heterocycle and Assessment of a Safety Curriculum in an Undergraduate Laboratory

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    Rohr Daniel, Ahleah

    The dynamic interaction between chemistry and humankind is explored via investigations with benign substrates and the incorporation of proper laboratory technique instruction to a general audience. This intersection will be discussed in further detail in the introductory chapter of this thesis. The second chapter of this thesis describes the determination of two polymorphic structures from relatively non-toxic Cp*GeCl. The investigation of the polymorphic stability led to discovery of a solution equilibrium between monomeric and dimeric or higher oligomeric species. These experiments revealed the conversion of polymorphic structures in solid state and solution, allowing a thorough exploration of the thermodynamic and kinetic stability of each of the polymorphic structures. The third chapter of this dissertation describes computational analysis of the aromaticity of the recently prepared boron heterocycle, 2-diiosopropylamino-2 H-1,2-thiaborin. The importance and potential utility of aromatic boron-containing heterocycles in electronic devices and hydrogen storage is discussed. The theory behind computational chemistry and the analysis of the aromaticity, HOMO/LUMO, and nuclear magnetic resonance shifts of 2-diiosopropylamino-2 H-1,2-thiaborin are also reported. NICS (1) calculations determined that external pi-interactions of the external amino substituent greatly decrease the aromaticity of the parent ring. The fourth chapter describes the development and analysis of the effectiveness of a chemical hygiene-based laboratory curriculum incorporated in the University of Michigan undergraduate organic chemistry laboratory course, Chemistry 211. There is a great need to educate the general population of undergraduates enrolled in lower-division organic chemistry courses at the University of Michigan and in other universities in chemical hygiene. Previous laboratory curricula lacked in-depth discussions on proper laboratory practices. Through weekly reading assignments, quizzes, colorful posters and other educational materials, the students were exposed to information about chemical safety. Surveys and in-class observations were used to analyze the effectiveness of the newly instituted curriculum. The results from this study indicate that teaching the students and the graduate student instructors chemical hygiene can decrease the overall number of laboratory accidents and increase awareness of chemical safety.

  13. Experimental and Theoretical Investigations of Wet Flue Gas Desulphurisation

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    Kiil, Søren

    1998-01-01

    This thesis describes experimental and theoretical investigations of wet flue gas desulphurisa-tion (FGD). A review of the current knowledge of the various rate determining steps in wet FGD plants is presented. The experimental work covers laboratory studies as well as pilot- and full-scale experiments. In the theoretical part of the work, the laboratory and pilot plant observations are investigated using mathematical modelling.The mechanism underlying the rate of dissolution of finely grinded l...

  14. Experimental investigation of cavity flows

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    Loeland, Tore

    1998-12-31

    This thesis uses LDV (Laser Doppler Velocimetry), PIV (Particle Image Velocimetry) and Laser Sheet flow Visualisation to study flow inside three different cavity configurations. For sloping cavities, the vortex structure inside the cavities is found to depend upon the flow direction past the cavity. The shape of the downstream corner is a key factor in destroying the boundary layer flow entering the cavity. The experimental results agree well with numerical simulations of the same geometrical configurations. The results of the investigations are used to find the influence of the cavity flow on the accuracy of the ultrasonic flowmeter. A method to compensate for the cavity velocities is suggested. It is found that the relative deviation caused by the cavity velocities depend linearly on the pipe flow. It appears that the flow inside the cavities should not be neglected as done in the draft for the ISO technical report on ultrasonic flowmeters. 58 refs., 147 figs., 2 tabs.

  15. Emissions from waste combustion. An application of statistical experimental design in a laboratory-scale boiler and an investigation from large-scale incineration plants

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    Zhang Xiaojing

    1997-05-01

    The aim of this thesis is a study of the emissions from the combustion of household refuse. The experiments were both on a laboratory-scale boiler and on full-scale incineration plants. In the laboratory, an artificial household refuse with known composition was fed into a pilot boiler with a stationary grate. Combustion was under non-optimum conditions. Direct sampling with a Tenax adsorbent was used to measure a range of VOCs. Measurements were also made of incompletely burnt hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, oxygen and flue gas temperature. Combustion and emission parameters were recorded continuously by a multi-point data logger. VOCs were analysed by gas chromatography and mass spectrometry (GC/MS). The full-scale tests were on seven Swedish incineration plants. The data were used to evaluate the emissions from large-scale incineration plants with various type of fuels and incinerators, and were also compared with the laboratory results. The response surface model developed from the laboratory experiments was also validated. This thesis also includes studies on the gasification of household refuse pellets, estimations of particulate and soot emissions, and a thermodynamic analysis of PAHs from combustion flue gas. For pellet gasification, experiments were performed on single, well characterised refuse pellets under carefully controlled conditions. The aim was to see if the effects of pellets were different from those of untreated household refuse. The results from both laboratory and full-scale tests showed that the main contributions to emissions from household refuse are plastics and moisture. 142 refs, 82 figs, 51 tabs

  16. Experimental investigations of ICRF effects

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    The goal of the Phaedrus program is to establish the relative efficiency of helicity and momentum current drive for rf near and below omegaci and compare to theory. This paper discusses major accomplishments in the rf program; extension of operating parameters; facility improvements; and additional experimental activities

  17. Experimental Investigations on Market Behavior

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    Žakelj, Blaž

    2012-01-01

    This thesis is a collection of three essays on inflation expectations, forecasting uncertainty, and the role of uncertainty in sequential auctions, all using experimental approach. Chapter 1 studies how individuals forecast inflation in fictitious macroeconomic setup and analyzes the effect of monetary policy rules on their decisions. Results display heterogeneity in inflation forecasting rules and demonstrate the importance of adaptive learning forecasting if model switching is assumed. Chap...

  18. Laboratory investigation of tyre sliding grip coefficient

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    Ivanov, Rosen; Rusev, Rusi; Ilchev, Plamen

    2006-01-01

    The paper presents the results of a laboratory investigation on the variation of the tyre sliding grip coefficient depending on the tyre construction, the air pressure, the vertical load and the wheel camber. Eight different models of tyres are tested. A significant reduction of the tyre sliding grip coefficient on a hard ground was registered, when the tyre pressure is low and the wheel camber is bigger. The analysis of results and explanation of causes are done.

  19. Quantifying the accuracy of laboratory SIP experimental set ups

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    Ntarlagiannis, D.; Slater, L. D.

    2014-12-01

    Over the last decade the spectral induced polarization (SIP) method has reemerged as a promising method for subsurface investigations. The sensitivity of SIP to bulk and interfacial physicochemical properties permits a wider range of hydrogeophysical and environmental applications, including monitoring of subsurface biogeochemical transformations. Improvements in instrumentation and experimental designs, along with faster acquisition capabilities and easy access to processing routines are encouraging novel applications of the method, and support quantitative interpretation of the data acquired. Motivated by recent research that focus on small scale changes, over large frequency ranges, we performed a series of experiments to identify the accuracy of common laboratory SIP experimental set ups. We performed measurements on resistor - capacitor (RC) networks, to identify the instrumentation accuracy, and also on standard laboratory columns filled with materials of known SIP response, primarily on well characterized fluids of different conductivity. Early results show small errors in the low frequency range, attributed to electrode polarization; in higher frequencies, typically above 1000 Hz, the errors may become significant limiting the meaningful interpretation of small phase angles at these frequencies. The data will be compared with published data using comparable experimental set ups, and could be used to set realistic expectations on future SIP experiments and applications. With this work we aim at developing a best practices document that can aid the SIP user in collecting meaningful and repeatable results.

  20. Numerical and Experimental Investigation of Tidal Current Energy Extraction

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    Sun, Xiaojing

    2008-01-01

    Numerical and experimental investigations of tidal current energy extraction have been conducted in this study. A laboratory-scale water flume was simulated using commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code FLUENT. In the numerical model, the tidal current turbine is represented with an actuator disk, which produces a pressure drop associated with energy loss. The free water surface is considered in the model using a volume of fluid method and is allowed to deform fre...

  1. Experimental investigation of quadrupole virtual photon spectrum

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    To test experimentally the quadrupole virtual photon spectrum calculation, the (e,?) excitation function of an isolated 2+ level at 20.14 MeV in 24Mg was measured. The most recent calculations in DWBA, including nuclear size effects, are compared to this experimental curve. The differential cross section d2?/d?dE was measured 480, 900, 1320 in the laboratory system, for total electron energies of 20.0, 20.8, 21.5, 24.0, 26.0, 28.0, 30.0, 32.0, 36.0, and 40.0 MeV. The reduced matrix element B(E2) of the 20,14 MeV level is extracted as a secondary product of this work. (author)

  2. Experimental investigation of NIRS spatial sensitivity

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    Patil, Amol V.; Safaie, Javad; Moghaddam, Hamid Abrishami; Wallois, Fabrice; Grebe, Reinhard

    2011-01-01

    Near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) is regarded as a potential medical diagnostic technique for investigation of hemodynamic changes. However, uncertainties pertaining to the origin of NIRS signals have hampered its clinical interpretation. The uncertainities in NIRS measurements especially in case of living tissues are due to lack of rigorous combined theoretical-experimental studies resulting in clear understanding of the origin of NIRS signals. For their reliable interpretation it is importa...

  3. Experimental Emulsified Diesel and Benzen Investigation

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    Suleiman Abu-Ein

    2010-01-01

    This study presents an experimental investigation of emulsified fuels as an operating material for vehicle engines. Water in fuel blends is still relatively unknown and unaccepted by the majority of people. Introducing water into the combustion chamber has been around for more than one time, through water injection systems and emulsification of water into fuel. Adding water to fules will reduce bad emissions of the vehicles. It is found that brake power, engine power and also the engine torqu...

  4. Downward two-phase flow experimental investigation

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    The results of an experimental investigation concerning the determination of some characteristics of two-component (air-water), two-phase mixtures in vertical downward flow are presented in this article. The experiments were carried out on two pipes, 44 and 90 mm in diameter. Measurements were particularly concerned with void fraction, obtained by the manometric method, in bubble flow regime and for the above mentioned configurations. Firstly, the results were compared with those obtained by other researchers under analogous conditions. Then, the differences in void fraction values from those calculated by means of some well-known correlations for pressure drop by friction were estimated. Experimental data were also dealt with by means of other usual significant correlations for characteristic velocities of the phases, void fraction, slip ratio, in upward flow. Specifically, the models of Wallis, Zuber and Findlay, and Sokolov were considered, and a satisfactory agreement was found

  5. Experimental investigation on the rheology of foams

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    Bonilla, L. F. [Univ. Surcolombiana, Neiva, Huila (Colombia); Shah, S. N. [Oklahoma Univ., Norman, OK (United States)

    2000-07-01

    The rheology of foams was investigated using aqueous and gelled foams and employing a pipe-type viscometer. Surfactant at 0.5 per cent concentration was used as the foaming agent. Results indicated that foam fluid rheology can be adequately characterized by the Herschel-Bulkley model. The experimental data served as the starting point for the development of new empirical correlations to predict foam fluid apparent viscosity. The use of these new correlations is expected to provide more accurate estimates of foam fluid rheological properties. 14 refs., 5 tabs., 14 figs.

  6. Experimental Emulsified Diesel and Benzen Investigation

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    Suleiman Abu-Ein

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available This study presents an experimental investigation of emulsified fuels as an operating material for vehicle engines. Water in fuel blends is still relatively unknown and unaccepted by the majority of people. Introducing water into the combustion chamber has been around for more than one time, through water injection systems and emulsification of water into fuel. Adding water to fules will reduce bad emissions of the vehicles. It is found that brake power, engine power and also the engine torque have been improved with the emulsified fuels for both diesel and benzen till 25% water percentage addition.

  7. Experimental Investigation of Shock Wave Surfing

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    Parziale, N. J.; Hornung, H. G.; Shepherd, J. E.; Laurence, S. J.

    2010-11-01

    Shock wave surfing is investigated experimentally in GALCIT's Mach 4.0 Ludwieg Tube. Shock wave surfing occurs when a secondary free-body follows the bow shock formed by a primary free-body; an example of shock wave surfing occurs during meteorite breakup. The free-bodies in the current investigation are nylon spheres. During each run in the Ludwieg tube a high speed camera is used to capture a series of schlieren images; edge tracking software is used to measure the position of each sphere. Velocity and acceleration are had from processing the position data. The radius ratio and initial orientation of the two spheres are varied in the test matrix. The variation of sphere radius ratio and initial angle between the centers of gravity are shown to have a significant effect on the dynamics of the system.

  8. Experimental and numerical investigations of plasma turbulence

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    Turbulence in plasmas has been investigated experimentally and numerically. The work described here is divided into four parts: - experiments on edge turbulence in a single-ended Q-machine. Convective cells are investigated in detail together with the anomalous transport caused by them. - Numerical simulation of the edge turbulence in the Q-machine. This simulation uses spectral methods to solve Euler's equation in a cylindrical geometry. - Measurements on wave propagation and the ion beam instability in an unmagnetized plasma with an ion beam with a finite diameter. - Development of software for the automated acquisition of data. This program can control an experiment as well as make measurements. It also include a graphics part. (author) 66 ills., 47 refs

  9. Experimental Investigation of Shock Wave Surfing

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    Parziale, N J; Hornung, H G; Shepherd, J E

    2010-01-01

    Shock wave surfing is investigated experimentally in GALCIT's Mach 4.0 Ludwieg Tube. Shock wave surfing occurs when a secondary free-body follows the bow shock formed by a primary free-body; an example of shock wave surfing occurs during meteorite breakup. The free-bodies in the current investigation are nylon spheres. During each run in the Ludwieg tube a high speed camera is used to capture a series of schlieren images; edge tracking software is used to measure the position of each sphere. Velocity and acceleration are had from processing the position data. The radius ratio and initial orientation of the two spheres are varied in the test matrix. The variation of sphere radius ratio and initial angle between the centers of gravity are shown to have a significant effect on the dynamics of the system.

  10. Preliminary rock mechanics laboratory: Investigation plan

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    This document presents the rationale for rock mechanics laboratory testing (including the supporting analysis and numerical modeling) planned for the site characterization of a nuclear waste repository in salt. This plan first identifies what information is required for regulatory and design purposes, and then presents the rationale for the testing that satisfies the required information needs. A preliminary estimate of the minimum sampling requirements for rock laboratory testing during site characterization is also presented. Periodic revision of this document is planned

  11. Experimental and computational investigations of binary solidification

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    Kremeyer, Kevin P.

    The topic of this dissertation is the solidification of a binary melt. The investigation is separated into three portions: An experimental investigation on the NHsb4Cl-Hsb2O system; the development of a Cellular Automata code; and the development of a pair of coupled partial differential equations governing the evolution of an array of dendrites. Any necessary concepts are reviewed in the introduction. The experimental investigation focuses on the morphological transition from "slow" dendrites to "fast" dendrites. It is shown how the very complicated structures occurring during the transition actually have a simple explanation. The "slow-to-fast" transition has been previously investigated in the literature, and the relationships obtained in those studies can not account for the data collected in the present study. When "slow" dendrites are cooled into the "fast" regime, a curious stagnation of growth has also been observed. Additionally, two mechanisms are proposed as possible contributions to the order-of-magnitude jump in speed at the slow-to-fast transition. One mechanism is that of a "herringbone structure", and the other is that of a vortical fluid flow occurring at the tip of the dendrite. A relationship is also found which further indicates the importance of fluid flow. The cellular automata model developed in this dissertation has proven to be a valuable tool in gaining insight into the solidification process. The simulated growth is governed predominantly by the diffusion of solute and the Gibbs-Thomson effect. Solutal diffusion, is accurately treated, diffusing differently through liquid than through solid. The interface curvature is approximated using a template method, into which crystalline anisotropy has also been introduced. Several features were added to explore interface kinetics, solute partitioning, and fluid flow due to shrinkage. Simulations on a 100 × 100 system typically required less than a minute on a workstation, and only qualitative agreement with the experiments was sought. The partial differential equations for the evolution of a growing array of dendrites are derived taking into account only diffusion. It is explicitly shown how the non-conservative equations conserve all of the material in the solidifying system.

  12. Experimental Investigations of the Lunar Photoelectron Sheath

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    Dove, A.; Sternovsky, Z.; Wang, X.; Robertson, S. H.; Lapanse, C.; Horanyi, M.; Collette, A.

    2010-12-01

    Solar ultraviolet radiation incident upon the dayside lunar surface produces a photoelectron gas that dominates the near-surface plasma environment, with a typical density of 60 cm-3 and a characteristic scale-length of ~1 m. It has traditionally been difficult to produce a photoelectron gas with sufficient density in a laboratory settings to study its properties. In our initial experiments, the characterization of the photoelectron density above a Zr surface (work function W=4.4 eV) illuminated by Xe excimer lamps (peak emission at a wavelength of 172 nm) indicated that a sheath with a Debye length on the order of 10 cm formed. We characterize the photoelectron population above the surface by utilizing an emissive probe to map the electric potential distribution above the surface, and a Langmuir probe to determine the number density and temperature of the photoelectrons. A grid is placed 7.5 cm above the Zr surface to repel photoelectrons emitted from the chamber walls. Emissive probe measurements show a potential dip of about 2 V extending ~1 cm above the zirconium surface. The size of this potential well is dependent on the number of lamps illuminating the surface, as the density of photoelectrons above the surface increases with greater illumination. The electrons in the sheath have a Maxwellian distribution with an electron temperature around 1 eV (maximum energies are expected to be approximately 2.8 eV). We will use this experimental apparatus to characterize the photoelectron sheath above other surfaces; powders, such as CeO2 have similar work functions, but different photoelectric yields. Lunar soil simulants are expected to have approximately an order of magnitude smaller yield than metallic surfaces, which will act to increase the characteristic length of the photoelectron sheath above the surface. The experiments and accompanying computer simulations are used to guide the development of new instrument concepts for future in situ plasma measurements on the lunar surface.

  13. Experimental investigation of vortex-fin interaction

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    Washburn, Anthony E.; Jenkins, Luther N.; Ferman, Marty A.

    1993-01-01

    An experimental investigation has been conducted to examine the mechanisms of vortex-fin interaction on a twin-fin configuration. The investigation included a parametric study of the effect of tail location. The vortices were generated by a 76 deg sharp-edged delta wing with vertical tails mounted behind the wing. The model included both a dynamically-scaled flexible tail and a pressure instrumented rigid tail. Surface oil-flow patterns, off-body laser light sheet visualizations, aerodynamic load measurements, mean and unsteady flexible tail response, and unsteady tail surface pressure measurements were obtained. The results show that the tail location did not affect the upstream trajectory of the delta wing vortex. The tail location did affect the location of vortex breakdown, the global structure of the flow field, the aerodynamic loads, and the fin buffeting levels. The buffeting levels were reduced as the fins were moved laterally toward the vortex core trajectory. Two distinct peaks were observed in the pressure excitation spectra in the post-breakdown flow. Finally, the presence of the flexible tail opposite the rigid pressure tail altered the pressure measurements at one angle of attack.

  14. Experimental investigation of creep behavior of reactor vessel lower head

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    The objective of the USNRC supported Lower Head Failure (LHF) Experiment Program at Sandia National Laboratories is to experimentally investigate and characterize the failure of the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) lower head due to the thermal and pressure loads of a severe accident. The experimental program is complemented by a modeling program focused on the development of a constitutive formulation for use in standard finite element structure mechanics codes. The problem is of importance because: lower head failure defines the initial conditions of all ex-vessel events; the inability of state-of-the-art models to simulate the result of the TMI-II accident (Stickler, et al. 1993); and TMI-II results suggest the possibility of in-vessel cooling, and creep deformation may be a precursor to water ingression leading to in-vessel cooling

  15. The European Network of Analytical and Experimental Laboratories for Geosciences

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    Freda, Carmela; Funiciello, Francesca; Meredith, Phil; Sagnotti, Leonardo; Scarlato, Piergiorgio; Troll, Valentin R.; Willingshofer, Ernst

    2013-04-01

    Integrating Earth Sciences infrastructures in Europe is the mission of the European Plate Observing System (EPOS).The integration of European analytical, experimental, and analogue laboratories plays a key role in this context and is the task of the EPOS Working Group 6 (WG6). Despite the presence in Europe of high performance infrastructures dedicated to geosciences, there is still limited collaboration in sharing facilities and best practices. The EPOS WG6 aims to overcome this limitation by pushing towards national and trans-national coordination, efficient use of current laboratory infrastructures, and future aggregation of facilities not yet included. This will be attained through the creation of common access and interoperability policies to foster and simplify personnel mobility. The EPOS ambition is to orchestrate European laboratory infrastructures with diverse, complementary tasks and competences into a single, but geographically distributed, infrastructure for rock physics, palaeomagnetism, analytical and experimental petrology and volcanology, and tectonic modeling. The WG6 is presently organizing its thematic core services within the EPOS distributed research infrastructure with the goal of joining the other EPOS communities (geologists, seismologists, volcanologists, etc...) and stakeholders (engineers, risk managers and other geosciences investigators) to: 1) develop tools and services to enhance visitor programs that will mutually benefit visitors and hosts (transnational access); 2) improve support and training activities to make facilities equally accessible to students, young researchers, and experienced users (training and dissemination); 3) collaborate in sharing technological and scientific know-how (transfer of knowledge); 4) optimize interoperability of distributed instrumentation by standardizing data collection, archive, and quality control standards (data preservation and interoperability); 5) implement a unified e-Infrastructure for data analysis, numerical modelling, and joint development and standardization of numerical tools (e-science implementation); 6) collect and store data in a flexible inventory database accessible within and beyond the Earth Sciences community(open access and outreach); 7) connect to environmental and hazard protection agencies, stakeholders, and public to raise consciousness of geo-hazards and geo-resources (innovation for society). We will inform scientists and industrial stakeholders on the most recent WG6 achievements in EPOS and we will show how our community is proceeding to design the thematic core services.

  16. Propane hydrate nucleation: Experimental investigation and correlation

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    Jensen, Lars; Thomsen, Kaj

    2008-01-01

    In this work the nucleation kinetics of propane gas hydrate has been investigated experimentally using a stirred batch reactor. The experiments have been performed isothermally recording the pressure as a function of time. Experiments were conducted at different stirring rates, but in the same supersaturation region. The experiments showed that the gas dissolution rate rather than the induction time of propane hydrate is influenced by a change in agitation. This was especially valid at high stirring rates when the water surface was severely disturbed.Addition of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) to the aqueous phase was found to reduce the gas dissolution rate slightly. However the induction times were prolonged quite substantially upon addition of PVP.The induction time data were correlated using a newly developed induction time model based on crystallization theory also capable of taking into account the presence of additives. In most cases reasonable agreement between the data and the model could be obtained. Theresults revealed that especially the effective surface energy between propane hydrate and water is likely to change when the stirring rate varies from very high to low. The prolongation of induction times according to the model is likely to be due to a change in the nuclei-substrate contact angle.

  17. A Novel Experimental Technique to Simulate Pillar Burst in Laboratory

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    He, M. C.; Zhao, F.; Cai, M.; Du, S.

    2015-09-01

    Pillar burst is one type of rockburst that occurs in underground mines. Simulating the stress change and obtaining insight into the pillar burst phenomenon under laboratory conditions are essential for studying the rock behavior during pillar burst in situ. To study the failure mechanism, a novel experimental technique was proposed and a series of tests were conducted on some granite specimens using a true-triaxial strainburst test system. Acoustic emission (AE) sensors were used to monitor the rock fracturing process. The damage evolution process was investigated using techniques such as macro and micro fracture characteristics observation, AE energy evolution, and b value analysis and fractal dimension analysis of cracks on fragments. The obtained results indicate that stepped loading and unloading simulated the pillar burst phenomenon well. Four deformation stages are divided as initial stress state, unloading step I, unloading step II, and final burst. It is observed that AE energy has a sharp increase at the initial stress state, accumulates slowly at unloading steps I and II, and increases dramatically at peak stress. Meanwhile, the mean b values fluctuate around 3.50 for the first three deformation stages and then decrease to 2.86 at the final stage, indicating the generation of a large amount of macro fractures. Before the test, the fractal dimension values are discrete and mainly vary between 1.10 and 1.25, whereas after failure the values concentrate around 1.25-1.35.

  18. Numerical and Experimental Investigation on Root Anchorage

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    Ali, F.; Osman, N.; Hashim, R.; Khalilnejad, A.

    2012-04-01

    In more recent times, the roles played by vegetation in some specific geotechnical processes have been recognized. Vegetation may affect slope stability in many ways. The stability of slopes is governed by the load, which is the driving force that causes failure, and the resistance, which is the strength of the soil-root system. The weight of trees growing on a slope adds to the load but the roots of trees serve as a soil reinforcement and increase the resistance. In order to ensure that the weight of the trees on the slope help to enhance its stability it is required that they are planted down-slope of the neutral point. Maximum contribution is produced if the trees are located at the slope toe. Considering a typical slip circle, at this location the direction of shear force acting on the trees may be considered as close-to-vertical for the purpose of analysis. In this study, 3D numerical simulations of root anchorage have been performed to study the mechanism and the factors influencing the pull out capacity of tree roots. The investigation was performed using ABACUS finite element program. Field pull-out tests were also carried out on Melastoma malabathricum which been shown to be very suitable to be grown on slope, and the results are compared with numerical simulations. Parametric studies were also done to study the effects of factors such as root pattern, angle of inclination as well as soil properties. The results show that the 3D finite element analyses are able to approximately simulate the experimental tests. The results of the field tests, simulations and the parametric studies will be presented and discussed in more details in this paper.

  19. Modelling and laboratory investigation of microbial enhanced oil recovery

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    Desouky, S.M. [King Saud University, College of Engineering, Riyadh (Saudi Arabia); Abdel-Daim, M.M.; Sayyouh, M.H.; Dahab, A.S. [Cairo University, College of Engineering and Petroleum Engineering Department, Giza (Egypt)

    1996-08-15

    A one-dimensional model was developed to simulate the process of enhanced oil recovery by microorganisms. The model involves five components (oil, water, bacteria, nutrient and metabolites), with adsorption, diffusion, chemotaxis, growth and decay of bacteria, nutrient consumption, permeability damage and porosity reduction effects. Experiments were conducted to identify the parameters affecting the transport and growth of three bacterial strains: Streptococcus, Staphylococcus and Bacillus in porous media. Several correlations were developed from the experimental laboratory data and were used in the simulator. Comparison between the experimental and simulated results emphasized the validity of the developed simulator and determined its degree of accuracy (average absolute relative error=8.323%). The simulator was used to investigate the effects of indigenous bacteria, slug size, incubation time, residual oil saturation, absolute permeability, and injection flow rate on oil recovery. Results show that more oil can be recovered by using Streptococcus with molasses as a medium. Oil recovery is sensitive to variation in concentration of injected indigenous bacteria, size of bacterial culture slug, incubation time and residual oil saturation. The change of absolute permeability, or injection flow rate, has no effect on oil recovery efficiency by bacteria

  20. An analytical and experimental investigation of resistojet plumes

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    Zana, Lynnette M.; Hoffman, David J.; Breyley, Loranell R.; Serafini, John S.

    1987-01-01

    As a part of the electrothermal propulsion plume research program at the NASA Lewis Research Center, efforts have been initiated to analytically and experimentally investigate the plumes of resistojet thrusters. The method of Simons for the prediction of rocket exhaust plumes is developed for the resistojet. Modifications are made to the source flow equations to account for the increased effects of the relatively large nozzle boundary layer. Additionally, preliminary mass flux measurements of a laboratory resistojet using CO2 propellant at 298 K have been obtained with a cryogenically cooled quartz crystal microbalance (QCM). There is qualitative agreement between analysis and experiment, at least in terms of the overall number density shape functions in the forward flux region.

  1. Role of vegetation on erosion processes: experimental investigation

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    Termini, Donatella

    2014-05-01

    Investigations on soil-system ecology are ever more oriented toward quantitative information based on the study of the linkages between physical processes and ecological response in rivers. As it is known, in presence of vegetation, the hydrodynamics characteristics of flow are principally determined by the mutual interrelation between the flow velocity field and the hydraulic behavior (completely submerged or emergent) of the vegetation elements. Much effort has been made toward identifying the theoretical law to interpret the vertical profile of flow longitudinal velocity in vegetated channels. Many theoretical and experimental studies in laboratory channels have been carried out and especially the case of submerged flexible vegetation has been examined (Termini, 2012). The effects of vegetation on flow velocity are significant and of crucial importance for stabilizing sediments and reducing erosion. Vegetation has a complex effect on walls roughness and the study of the hydrodynamic conditions of flow is difficult. Although most studies based on the "boundary layer" scheme so that the hydrodynamic conditions inside and above the vegetated layer are considered separately, some authors (Ghisalberti and Nepft, 2002; Carollo et al., 2008) claim that the "mixing layer" scheme is more appropriate to define the velocity profile both inside and outside the vegetated layer. Experimental program has been recently carried out in two laboratory flumes constructed at the laboratory of Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Ambientale, Aerospaziale, dei Materiali - University of Palermo (Italy) with real and flexible vegetation on the bed. In this paper, attention is paid to the influence of vegetation on the erosion processes both on the bed and on the channel banks. The structure of the detailed flow velocity field is analyzed and compared with that obtained in absence of vegetation. Attention is then devoted to the analysis of soil erosion mechanism. Carollo F.G., Ferro V., Termini D. (2008). Flow velocity profile and turbulence characteristics in a vegetated straight flume. International Congress Riverflow 2008- Cesnme - Izmir (Turkey) 3-5 September Ghisalberti, M. & Nepf, H. M. 2002. Mixing layer and coherent structures in vegetated acquatic flows. Journal of Geophysical Reseach 107(2). Termini D. (2012). Experimental investigation on the role of vegetation on sediment transport mechanism: review of recent results - 9th ISE - International Symposium on Ecohydraulics - 2012, ISSN 0945-358X Vienna - CD proceedings-

  2. Experimental investigation of the plasma focus discharge

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    One reports the main experimental results obtained on low current level Focus discharges: 200 kA and 50 kA. Neutron and X-ray scaling laws from 50 kA up to 2500 kA have been established by taking into account all the results obtained at the Centre d'Etudes de Limeil. These scaling laws show the great interest of a 10 MA Plasma Focus device. To achieve this high current level, one present the experimental study of an explosive current generator driven plasma Focus

  3. Hydrochemical laboratory methods for Nagra's investigation programme

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    Nagra's geological research program is directed toward determination of the possibilities for depositing high level radioactive waste at depth in Northern Switzerland. The program includes ground water analyses for chemical and biological constituents (analyses by Institut Fresenius) as well as for dissolved gases, uranium, and natural radioactivity (analyses by EIR, Eidgenoessisches Institut fuer Reaktorforschung). Two sources were utilized to obtain formation water chemistry in the study area. A regional program was established to investigate mineral and thermal waters. 17 sites of the regional program are scheduled for long term monitoring of water chemistry. A deep drilling program (12 locations projected) was initiated to obtain and analyze water samples from defined depths and formations under in situ conditions. Chapter 2 presents the analytical programs in detail. General chemistry was determined in all samples. In the regional program, well equipped wells and springs provided representative samples at most locations (cf chapter 3). However, at other locations impairment of sample quality could not be avoided. Given sufficient water flow, samples for the deep drilling program were taken both at the earth's surface under atmospheric pressure conditions (from artesian outflow or after pumping), and under formation pressure at various depths with specialized sample containers (chapter 3.7.3). Chapter 4 gives a listing of all analytical methods used in the study, their accuracy ranges and detection limits. Finally, this paper also presents some special problems encountered during the deep drilling program (cf chapter 5). Preliminary results show that no single method can provide completely satisfactory results for all deep drilling water sampling. A combination of procedures and critical evaluation of their respective data can, however, provide valuable information on the chemistry of waters from certain formations. (author)

  4. An Experimental Investigation of Cognitive Defusion

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    Pilecki, Brian C.; McKay, Dean

    2012-01-01

    The current study compared cognitive defusion with other strategies in reducing the impact of experimentally induced negative emotional states. Sixty-seven undergraduates were assigned to one of three conditions (cognitive defusion, thought suppression, or control) and instructed in standardized approaches relevant to each condition before viewing…

  5. Structural failures and experimental investigations of lightweightstructures.

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    Drdácký, Miloš

    Varšava : Wydawnictwo naukowe, 2002 - (Obrebski, J.), s. 613-622 ISBN 83-908867-6-6. [Lightweight structures in civil engineering. Varšava (PL), 24.06.2002-28.06.2002] R&D Projects: GA MK PK99P04OPP006 Keywords : structural failures, forensic engineering, experimental mechanics Subject RIV: JN - Civil Engineering

  6. Experimental Explosive Characterization for Counterterrorist Investigation

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    Etayo, D.; Maestrojuan, I.; Teniente, J.; Ederra, I.; Gonzalo, R.

    2013-08-01

    A THz spectral characterization of different explosives of special interest for the Spanish National Security Forces "Guardia Civil" is presented in this paper. This forensic analysis has been done in the frequency range from 0.060 THz to 3.5 THz using the Teraview TPS Spectra 3000 system in laboratory conditions. With this equipment the refractive index, absorbance and complex permittivity of the explosive samples have been obtained. In this study, some of the most common used explosives (Bullet gunpowder, mine gunpowder, PETN, TNT, RDX) are analysed paying special attention to differences related to the manufacturing process used to elaborate some of them and to the purity of the samples. The different fabrication processes of the explosives lead to the same spectral behaviour and characteristics. At the same time, the inclusion of some additives in the explosive samples does not alter their main electromagnetic properties. The sensitivity limit of the measurement system has been found to be to 10 mg of explosives. These results will be used to design future THz imaging systems that allow to detect and identify them in security and defence applications and/or to complete laboratory studies after a terrorist action.

  7. Experimental Investigation on Caisson Breakwater Sliding

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    Ruol, Piero; Martin, Paolo

    2014-01-01

    This note presents wave flume experiments, carried out at Aalborg University, measuring the horizontal sliding distance of a vertical breakwater in 1:40 scale. Horizontal and uplift wave induced pressures were accurately measured simultaneously with the caisson movements. Caissons of different weight and same geometries are tested under regular and irregular waves. It is found that, under breaking conditions, the expected inaccuracy of the prediction of the force, inherent on the variability of the breaking process, induce unacceptable errors in the prediction of the sliding. This observation endorses other previous experimental results. Conversely, when the actual measured input force is used as input, the analytical Shimosako formula fit quite well the experimental sliding distance.

  8. Numerical and experimental investigations on cavitation erosion

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    Fortes Patella, R.; Archer, A.; Flageul, C.

    2012-11-01

    A method is proposed to predict cavitation damage from cavitating flow simulations. For this purpose, a numerical process coupling cavitating flow simulations and erosion models was developed and applied to a two-dimensional (2D) hydrofoil tested at TUD (Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany) [1] and to a NACA 65012 tested at LMH-EPFL (Lausanne Polytechnic School) [2]. Cavitation erosion tests (pitting tests) were carried out and a 3D laser profilometry was used to analyze surfaces damaged by cavitation [3]. The method allows evaluating the pit characteristics, and mainly the volume damage rates. The paper describes the developed erosion model, the technique of cavitation damage measurement and presents some comparisons between experimental results and numerical damage predictions. The extent of cavitation erosion was correctly estimated in both hydrofoil geometries. The simulated qualitative influence of flow velocity, sigma value and gas content on cavitation damage agreed well with experimental observations.

  9. Experimental investigation of a control synthetic jet.

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    N?mcová, L.; Kordík, Jozef; Trávní?ek, Zden?k; Kopecký, V.

    Vol. 1. Liberec : TU Liberec, 2011 - (Vít, T.; Dan?ová, P.; Novotný, P.), s. 315-322 ISBN 978-80-7372-784-0. [Experimental Fluid Mechanics 2011. Ji?ín (CZ), 22.11.2011-25.11.2011] R&D Projects: GA ?R(CZ) GA101/09/1959 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20760514 Keywords : flow control * synthetic jet * jet flow Subject RIV: BK - Fluid Dynamics

  10. Experimental investigations of active air bearings

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    Santos, Ilmar; Morosi, Stefano

    2012-01-01

    Along with traditional oil lubrication, increasing demand for high-speed applications has renewed attention to gas bearings technology. Traditional aerostatic and aerodynamic gas lubrication has been widely used in a variety of applications, ranging from high-speed spindles to micro and meso-scale turbomachinery. The present paper deals with experimental rotordynamic testing of a flexible rotor supported by hybrid aerostaticaerodynamic gas journal bearing equipped with an electronic radial air i...

  11. Experimental investigation of cryogenic oscillating heat pipes.

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    Jiao, A J; Ma, H B; Critser, J K

    2009-07-01

    A novel cryogenic heat pipe, oscillating heat pipe (OHP), which consists of an 4 × 18.5 cm evaporator, a 6 × 18.5 cm condenser, and 10 cm length of adiabatic section, has been developed and experimental characterization conducted. Experimental results show that the maximum heat transport capability of the OHP reached 380W with average temperature difference of 49 °C between the evaporator and condenser when the cryogenic OHP was charged with liquid nitrogen at 48% (v/v) and operated in a horizontal direction. The thermal resistance decreased from 0.256 to 0.112 while the heat load increased from 22.5 to 321.8 W. When the OHP was operated at a steady state and an incremental heat load was added to it, the OHP operation changed from a steady state to an unsteady state until a new steady state was reached. This process can be divided into three regions: (I) unsteady state; (II) transient state; and (III) new steady state. In the steady state, the amplitude of temperature change in the evaporator is smaller than that of the condenser while the temperature response keeps the same frequency both in the evaporator and the condenser. The experimental results also showed that the amplitude of temperature difference between the evaporator and the condenser decreased when the heat load increased. PMID:20585410

  12. The experimental investigation of supersymmetry breaking

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    If Nature is supersymmetric at the weak interaction scale, what can we hope to learn from experiments on supersymmetric particles? The most mysterious aspect of phenomenological supersymmetry is the mechanism of spontaneous supersymmetry breaking. This mechanism ties the observable pattern of supersymmetric particle masses to aspects of the underlying unified theory at very small distance scales. In this article, I will discuss a systematic experimental program to determine the mechanism of supersymmetry breaking. Both pp and e+e- colliders of the next generation play an essential role

  13. An Investigative, Cooperative Learning Approach to the General Microbiology Laboratory

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    Seifert, Kyle; Fenster, Amy; Dilts, Judith A.; Temple, Louise

    2009-01-01

    Investigative- and cooperative-based learning strategies have been used effectively in a variety of classrooms to enhance student learning and engagement. In the General Microbiology laboratory for juniors and seniors at James Madison University, these strategies were combined to make a semester-long, investigative, cooperative learning experience…

  14. Numerical and experimental investigation of cloud droplet collision-coalescence

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    Rosa, B.; Aliseda, A.; Bateson, C.; Ayala, O.; Parishani, H.; Wang, L. P.

    2012-04-01

    In recent years there has been significant progress in the field of numerical weather prediction (NWP). New and more efficient algorithms together with modern supercomputers offer hitherto unattainable possibilities of modeling severe weather phenomena with greater accuracy. Spatial resolution of the contemporary NWP models is of the order of 1km and is being further reduced. Such a resolution approaches the regime for which the convective processes can be explicitly represented. Nevertheless, moist processes related to cloud physics still need to be better parameterized. Investigation of the moist processes by direct measurements of droplet-droplet and droplet-turbulence interactions in real clouds is difficult due to the short time and length scales involved. In this study we focus on the numerical and laboratory-experimental investigation of collision-coalescence of cloud droplets. Quantitative description of this process is of great importance since the collision-coalescence plays important role in the development of warm rain, that is, transformation of small cloud droplets to rain drops. Our experimental approach is aimed at developing in the wind tunnel a turbulent flow and droplet distribution similar to those occurring in the real cloud. Using direct numerical simulations (DNS) we are able to realistically reproduce the conditions that take place in the wind tunnel. Together, we hope to combine these two different tools to gain a better quantitative understanding of turbulent collision-coalescence of cloud droplets. In the simulations we modeled motion of small inertial droplets (Stokes number in the range of 0.1 to 10) immersed in homogeneous slowly decaying isotropic turbulent flow. Droplet statistics have been analyzed for different initial spectra of the turbulent flow. The Reynolds number was limited by the laboratory and DNS accessibility to around 400. The key result is the comparison of the one-dimensional (1D) Radial Distribution Function (RDF) from the experiments with the 1D and 3D RDFs from the simulations. The comparison allows us to validate the numerical treatment of the droplet dynamics in close proximity, and to develop methods to extrapolate the experimental measurements to 3D. We will also compare the relative velocity of droplet pairs, obtained along a line or plane from PDPA and PIV measurements, to the equivalent statistics obtained from the 3D velocity fields in the DNS.

  15. Numerical and experimental investigations on catalytic recombiners

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    Numerous containments of European light water reactors (LWR) are equipped with passive auto-catalytic recombiners (PAR). These devices are designed for the removal of hydrogen generated during a severe accident in order to avoid serious damage caused by a detonation. PARs make use of the fact that hydrogen and oxygen react exothermally on catalytic surfaces generating steam and heat even below conventional ignition concentrations and temperatures. Activities at ISR aim at overcoming existing limitations of today's systems. These are e.g. limited conversion capacity or unintended ignition of the gaseous mixture due to overheating of the catalyst elements caused by strong reaction heat generation. Experiments at the REKO facilities are conducted in order to achieve a profound understanding of the processes inside a recombiner, such as reaction kinetics or heat and mass transfer. Innovative PAR designs which may overcome existing limitations can be developed based on the knowledge obtained from these experiments. For the analysis of the processes inside a PAR the numerical code REKO-DIREKT is being developed. The code calculates the local catalyst temperatures and the concentration regression along the catalyst plates. For the validation of the model numerous experiments have been performed with different types of coating and different plate arrangements. The first calculations fit well with the experimental results indicating a proper understanding of the fundamental processes. The paper describes the experiments as well as the numerical model and presents model calculations in comparison with experimental results. (authors)

  16. Experimental and theoretical investigation of electrokinetic decontamination of concrete

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    Contamination of concrete by radionuclides and metals is a widespread problem throughout the nuclear power industry and the Department of Energy. Electrokinetic decontamination appears to be an attractive technology for application to this problem due to the possibility for decontamination without removal of concrete and limited labor requirements; however, further experimental and theoretical work is necessary to fully understand the process and to define the capabilities and limitations of the technology. This paper presents details of experimental and theoretical studies of the process and their implications for field demonstrations. Preliminary results of these studies indicate that electroosmosis is not likely to be the dominant transport mechanism in most cases; rather, most species will be transported by electromigration. Batch equilibration tests have shown that removal of each contaminant will be governed largely by the chemistry of the concrete, contaminant, and lixiviant; in particular, precipitation of species such as cobalt and uranium will limit transport in the normally high-pH concrete pore solution. It is recommended that laboratory determination of site-specific isotherms be made prior to demonstrations of this technology. Dynamic experiments indicate that it is possible to transport non-precipitating species. The results of a computational model have been shown to be in good agreement with dynamic experiments; therefore, this model will provide a valuable tool for the further investigation and optimization of electrokinetic decontamination of concrete

  17. Computational and experimental investigation of magnetized target fusion

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    In Magnetized Target Fusion (MTF), a preheated and magnetized target plasma is hydrodynamically compressed to fusion conditions. Because the magnetic field suppresses losses by electron thermal conduction in the fuel during the target implosion heating process, the compression may be over a much longer time scale than in traditional inertial confinement fusion (ICF). Bigger targets and much lower initial target densities than in ICF can be used, reducing radiative energy losses. Therefore, ''liner-on-plasma'' compressions, driven by relatively inexpensive electrical pulsed power, may be practical. Potential MTF target plasmas must meet minimum temperature, density, and magnetic field starting conditions, and must remain relatively free of high-Z radiation-cooling-enhancing contaminants. At Los Alamos National Laboratory, computational and experimental research is being pursued into MTF target plasmas, such as deuterium-fiber-initiated Z-pinches, and the Russian-originated MAGO plasma. In addition, liner-on-plasma compressions of such target plasmas to fusion conditions are being computationally modeled, and experimental investigation of such heavy liner implosions has begun. The status of the research will be presented

  18. Experimental and Theoretical Investigations of Wet Flue Gas Desulphurisation

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    Kiil, SØren

    1998-01-01

    This thesis describes experimental and theoretical investigations of wet flue gas desulphurisa-tion (FGD). A review of the current knowledge of the various rate determining steps in wet FGD plants is presented. The experimental work covers laboratory studies as well as pilot- and full-scale experiments. In the theoretical part of the work, the laboratory and pilot plant observations are investigated using mathematical modelling.The mechanism underlying the rate of dissolution of finely grinded limestone particles was examined in a laboratory batch apparatus using acid titration. Three Danish limestones of dif-ferent origin were tested. A transient, mass transport controlled, mathematical model was de-veloped to describe the dissolution process. Model predictions were found to be qualitatively in good agreement with experimental data. Deviations between measurements and simulations were attributed primarily to the particle size distribution (PSD) measurements of the limestone particles, which were used as model inputs. The measured PSD was probably not representa-tive of a given limestone sample because of agglomeration phenomena taking place in the dis-perser, preventing a stable and accurate measurement. Other factors, such as convective mass transfer, porosity and porosity changes, and perhaps surface reaction, may also influence the rate of dissolution. However, those effects could not, due to the uncertainty of the PSD, be confirmed. Empirical correlations for the dimensionless mass transfer coefficients in a pilot plant (falling- film column) were determined. The correlations are valid at gas phase Reynolds numbers from 7500 to 18,300 and liquid phase Reynolds numbers from 4000 to 12,000, conditions of industrial relevance. The presence of inert particles in the liquid phase was found to decrease the rate of gas phase mass transport with up to 15 %, though the effect could not be correlated.A detailed model for a wet FGD pilot plant, based on the falling film principle, was devel-oped. All important rate determining steps, absorption of SO2, oxidation of HSO3-, dissolution of limestone, and crystallisation of gypsum were included. Model predictions were compared to experimental data such as gas phase concentration profiles of SO2, slurry pH-profiles, sol-ids contents of the slurry, liquid phase concentrations, and residual limestone in the gypsum. Simulations were found to match experimental data for the two Danish limestone types (Faxe Bryozo and a chalk, Mikrovit) investigated. Gas phase mass transport was found to be the dominating rate determining step, though the liquid phase mass transport resistance could not be neglected. Simulations and experimental data both showed the same degree of desulphuri-sation and absorber pH profile for the two limestone types using a holding tank pH of 5.5, but the residual limestone in the gypsum was significantly lower for the chalk. Furthermore, simulations showed that between 10 and 30 % of the limestone dissolves in the absorber de-pending on the process conditions. A typical holding tank pH of 5-5.5 (also used in full-scale wet FGD packed towers) was found to be a reasonable compromise between residual lime-stone in the gypsum and the degree of desulphurisation. Simulations were only slightly sensi-tive to the temperature in the interval 313 - 333 K, pertinent for full-scale wet FGD packed towers. The possibility of co-firing straw and coal was investigated in a full-scale power plant. No ef-fects on the overall performance of the wet FGD plant were observed, though laboratory ex-periments with fine dust and fly ash from the full-scale experiments showed a decrease in limestone reactivity. However, the test period was only about one week, probably not allowing the FGD plant to reach steady state operation. Pilot-scale experiments were initiated to investigate the possibility of oxidising spray dry scrubber by-products (TASP) to gypsum in wet FGD plants. The investigations showed that it was possible to oxidise the TASP at concentrations of up to 300 g/litre (feed tank basis

  19. A Vodcasted, Cross-Disciplinary, Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory Exercise Investigating the Effects of Methamphetamine on Aggression

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    Shanks, Ryan A.; Southard, E. Megan; Tarnowski, Laura; Bruster, Matthew; Wingate, Stacia W.; Dalman, Nancy; Lloyd, Steven A.

    2011-01-01

    This article describes a laboratory experience utilizing videos to engage students in hypothesis-driven experimentation in behavioral neuroscience. It provides students with an opportunity to investigate the effects of chronic methamphetamine exposure on aggression in adult mice using a resident-intruder paradigm. Instructors and students only…

  20. Experimental investigation of reshocked spherical gas interfaces

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    Si, Ting; Zhai, Zhigang; Yang, Jiming; Luo, Xisheng

    2012-05-01

    The evolution of a spherical gas interface under reshock conditions is experimentally studied using the high-speed schlieren photography with high time resolutions. A number of experimental sets of helium or SF6 bubble surrounded by air for seven different end wall distances have been performed. Distinct flow structures are observed due to the additional vorticity and wave configuration caused by the reshock. In the air/helium case, the deformation of the reshocked bubble is dependent on the development of the penetrating air jet along the symmetry axis of the bubble. In general, two separate vortex rings can be observed, i.e., one develops slowly, and the other approaches and eventually impinges on the shock tube end wall. In the air/SF6 case, two SF6 jets moving in opposite directions are generated and the oscillation of the interface is observed for small end wall distances, while small scale vortex morphologies on the gas interface are found for large end wall distances. The physical mechanisms of the baroclinic vorticity generation and the pressure perturbation are highlighted in the interface evolution process. Based on the sequence of the schlieren images obtained during a single run for each case, the x-t diagrams of the shock and reshock interacting with the helium or SF6 bubble are plotted and the velocities estimated in linear stages are compared with those calculated from one-dimensional gas dynamics. The changes with time in the characteristic bubble sizes including the interface length, height, and vortex diameter are also measured.

  1. An experimental investigation of wind turbine wakes

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    Blomhoff, Hedda Paulsen

    2012-01-01

    In the present study the wake behind a scaled; Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine (HAWT) has been investigated. The experiments were performed at the Department of Energy and Process Engineering, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU. The turbine was installed in the wind tunnel at the department and measurements were performed at several distances behind the turbine to examine the development of the flow. A five-hole pitot probe was applied as measurement instrument. The inst...

  2. Theoretical and experimental investigations of Chinese evacuated tubular solar collectors

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    Qin, Lin; Furbo, Simon

    1999-01-01

    Four different marketed Chinese evacuated tubular solar collectors have been investigated both theoretically and experimentally. The advantages of the investigated solar collectors compared to normal flat plate collectors were elucidated.

  3. Experimental investigations of active air bearings

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    Santos, Ilmar; Morosi, Stefano

    2012-01-01

    Along with traditional oil lubrication, increasing demand for high-speed applications has renewed attention to gas bearings technology. Traditional aerostatic and aerodynamic gas lubrication has been widely used in a variety of applications, ranging from high-speed spindles to micro and meso-scale turbomachinery. The present paper deals with experimental rotordynamic testing of a flexible rotor supported by hybrid aerostaticaerodynamic gas journal bearing equipped with an electronic radial air injection system. From a rotordynamic point of view there are two phenomena that limit the widespread of traditional gas lubrication: 1) Low damping makes operation across critical speed dangerous, as even low level of unbalance can generate large vibration responses. This is especially problematic for gas bearing applications, which often operate in the supercritical region. Moreover, 2) An upper bound to supercritical operation is determined by the appearance of subsynchronous whirl instability. Due to the sudden increase in amplitude with respect to speed, this most often corresponds to the maximal attainable rotational speed of the system. Postponing the onset speed of instability poses therefore one of the greatest challenges in a high-speed gas bearing design. A great deal of research is devoted to attack such issues, where most propose passive designs such as compliant foil bearings, tilting pad and flexure pivot gas bearings. These solutions proved to be effective in improving static and dynamic properties of the bearings, however issues related to the manufacturing and accuracy of predictions has so far limited their applications. Another drawback is that passive bearings offer a low degree of flexibility, meaning that an accurate optimization is necessary for each application. The developed prototype active bearing offers several promising performance enhancements. Synchronous vibrations can be effectively addressed ensuring safe operation across the critical speeds; whirling instability is suppressed; interveningon the software, rather than the hardware can modify the response of the system. Implementing active lubrication adds however a considerable number of parameters and variables. The performance of a good control system lays most importantly on a good choice of control gains, which in general are different depending on the goal of the controller. Optimum tuning of the control loop is addressed experimentally, showing dependency on the supply pressure and, less prominently, the rotational velocity. Copyright © 2012 by ASME.

  4. Experimental Investigation of Turbine Vane Heat Transfer for Alternative Fuels

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    Nix, Andrew Carl [West Virginia Univ., Morgantown, WV (United States)

    2015-03-23

    The focus of this program was to experimentally investigate advanced gas turbine cooling schemes and the effects of and factors that contribute to surface deposition from particulate matter found in coal syngas exhaust flows on turbine airfoil heat transfer and film cooling, as well as to characterize surface roughness and determine the effects of surface deposition on turbine components. The program was a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary collaborative effort between aero-thermal and materials faculty researchers and the Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). The primary technical objectives of the program were to evaluate the effects of combustion of syngas fuels on heat transfer to turbine vanes and blades in land-based power generation gas turbine engines. The primary questions to be answered by this investigation were; What are the factors that contribute to particulate deposition on film cooled gas turbine components? An experimental program was performed in a high-temperature and pressure combustion rig at the DOE NETL; What is the effect of coal syngas combustion and surface deposition on turbine airfoil film cooling? Deposition of particulate matter from the combustion gases can block film cooling holes, decreasing the flow of the film coolant and the film cooling effectiveness; How does surface deposition from coal syngas combustion affect turbine surface roughness? Increased surface roughness can increase aerodynamic losses and result in decreased turbine hot section efficiency, increasing engine fuel consumption to maintain desired power output. Convective heat transfer is also greatly affected by the surface roughness of the airfoil surface; Is there any significant effect of surface deposition or erosion on integrity of turbine airfoil thermal barrier coatings (TBC) and do surface deposits react with the TBC in any way to decrease its thermal insulating capability? Spallation and erosion of TBC is a persistent problem in modern turbine engines; and What advancements in film cooling hole geometry and design can increase effectiveness of film cooling in turbines burning high-hydrogen coal syngas due to the higher heat loads and mass flow rates of the core flow? Experimental and numerical investigations of advanced cooling geometries that can improve resistance to surface deposition were performed. The answers to these questions were investigated through experimental measurements of turbine blade surface temperature and coolant coverage (via infrared camera images and thermocouples) and time-varying surface roughness in the NETL high-pressure combustion rig with accelerated, simulated surface deposition and advanced cooling hole concepts, coupled with detailed materials analysis and characterization using conventional methods of Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), 3-D Surface Topography (using a 3-D stylus profilometer). Detailed surface temperatures and cooling effectiveness could not be measured due to issues with the NETL infrared camera system. In collaboration with faculty startup funding from the principal investigator, experimental and numerical investigations were performed of an advanced film cooling hole geometry, the anti-vortex hole (AVH), focusing on improving cooling effectiveness and decreasing the counter-rotating vortex of conventional cooling holes which can entrain mainstream particulate matter to the surface. The potential benefit of this program is in gaining a fundamental understanding of how the use of alternative fuels will effect the operation of modern gas turbine engines, providing valuable data for more effective cooling designs for future turbine systems utilizing alternative fuels.

  5. Experimental Investigation of Using Fuel Additives - Alcohol

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    S. M. Fayyad

    2010-01-01

    This research presents an investigation of the effects of ethanol addition to low octane numbergasoline, on the fuel octane number and on the performance of the engine. In this study, the tested gasoline(octane number = 90) is blended with five different percentages of ethanol, namely 3, 6, 9, 12 and 15% onvolume basis. Then these fuel blends, as well as the base gasoline fuel, w ere burnt in the tested engine. It isfound that the octane number of gasoline increases continuously and linearly ...

  6. Experimental investigation of film cooling flow structure

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    Bernsdorf, S.

    2006-07-01

    This document reports on a new experimental facility, the data taken and the scientific findings obtained. Engine representative non-dimensionals are achieved, providing a faithful model at larger scale. Injection of coolant is done both in a steady and a pulsating fashion, thus simulating unsteady potential flow interaction between coolant and main flow. The three dimensional velocities are recorded using non-intrusive PIV. It is found that a low amplitude pulsation of the injectant can be described as quasi steady with very good accuracy. The quasi-steady postulate has limited validity for a high amplitude of pulsation due to periodic lift- off and re-attachment of the cooling jet. It is shown that the incoming flat plate boundary layer is thinned by the entrainment of the coolant jets, which is expected to increase the mean heat transfer coefficient. The cooling concentration is introduced as a new parameter to describe the mixing between coolant and main flow with the potential to support the numerical simulation of a gas turbine. (orig.)

  7. Experimental investigation of the role of ions in aerosol nucleation

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    Enghoff, Martin Andreas BØdker

    The role of ions in producing aerosols in Earth’s atmosphere is an area of very active research. Atmospheric (Clarke et al. 1998) and experimental (Berndt et al. 2005) observations have shown that the nucleation of aerosol particles can occur under conditions that cannot be explained by classical nucleation theory. Several ideas have been put forward to solve this nucleation problem, e.g. Ion-Induced Nucleation (Raes & Janssens 1985) and Ternary Nucleation (Kulmala et al. 2000). Experimental investigations exploring the role of ions in particle production are scarce, and often at conditions far removed from those relevant for the lower part of the atmosphere (Bricard et al. 1968). Recent experimental work (Svensmark et al. 2007) demonstrated that ions, produced by cosmic rays in the atmosphere, are likely to play an important role in the production of new aerosol particles. The mechanism whereby energetic cosmic rays can promote the production of cloud condensation nuclei at low altitudes constitutes a linkbetween cosmic rays and Earth's climate and there is thus a need to corroborate the results in a different experiment The present results are obtained in the same laboratory, but using a new setup The experiments were conducted in a 50 L cylindrical reaction chamber made of electropolished stainless steel. Aerosols were grown using photochemically produced sulphuric acid and ionization levels were controlled with a Cs-137 gamma-source. An increase in nucleation was observed when the chamber was exposed to the radioactive source. The results were analyzed using a model based on the General Dynamic Equation and the analysis revealed that Ion Induced Nucleation is the most likely mechanism for the observed nucleation increases and thus confirm the previous results.

  8. Experimental Investigation of Ventilation of a Surface Piercing Hydrofoil

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    Harwood, Casey; Miguel Montero, Francisco; Young, Yin Lu; Ceccio, Steven

    2013-11-01

    Bodies that pierce a liquid free-surface are prone to entrainment of atmospheric and/or vaporous gases. This process, called ventilation, can occur suddenly and violently, drastically altering hydrodynamic response. Experiments have been conducted at the free-surface towing-tank in the University of Michigan Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratory to investigate fully attached, partially ventilated, and fully ventilated flows around a canonical surface-piercing hydrofoil. The objectives of the work are: (i) to gain a broad and improved understanding of the physics of ventilation, (ii) to classify the physical mechanisms by which ventilation inception and washout may occur and quantify the conditions required for each mechanism and (iii) to quantify the effects of ventilation on global hydrodynamic responses, including the six force and moment components. Experimental data and high-speed video will be used to illustrate the impact of ventilation on hydrodynamic loads, pressures, and flow structures. The completion of this study is expected to contribute significantly toward a comprehensive understanding of ventilation physics, and toward an improved ability to design safe and controllable ventilated lifting surfaces for use in propulsion, energy harvesting, and turbomachinery. Bodies that pierce a liquid free-surface are prone to entrainment of atmospheric and/or vaporous gases. This process, called ventilation, can occur suddenly and violently, drastically altering hydrodynamic response. Experiments have been conducted at the free-surface towing-tank in the University of Michigan Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratory to investigate fully attached, partially ventilated, and fully ventilated flows around a canonical surface-piercing hydrofoil. The objectives of the work are: (i) to gain a broad and improved understanding of the physics of ventilation, (ii) to classify the physical mechanisms by which ventilation inception and washout may occur and quantify the conditions required for each mechanism and (iii) to quantify the effects of ventilation on global hydrodynamic responses, including the six force and moment components. Experimental data and high-speed video will be used to illustrate the impact of ventilation on hydrodynamic loads, pressures, and flow structures. The completion of this study is expected to contribute significantly toward a comprehensive understanding of ventilation physics, and toward an improved ability to design safe and controllable ventilated lifting surfaces for use in propulsion, energy harvesting, and turbomachinery. Supported by: The Office of Naval Research (ONR) (Grant No. N00014-09-1-1204); the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) (GCRC-SOP Grant No. 2012-0004783); the National Science Foundation Graduate Student Research Fellowship (Grant No. DGE 1256260).

  9. Experimental and numerical investigations on melamine wedges.

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    Schneider, S

    2008-09-01

    Melamine wedges are often used as acoustic lining material for anechoic chambers. It was proposed here to study the effects of the mounting conditions on the acoustic properties of the melamine wedges used in the large anechoic chamber at the LMA. The results of the impedance tube measurements carried out show that the mounting conditions must be taken into account when assessing the quality of an acoustic lining. As it can be difficult to simulate these mounting conditions in impedance tube experiments, a numerical method was developed, which can be used to complete the experiments or for parametric studies. By combining the finite and the boundary element method, it is possible to investigate acoustic linings with almost no restrictions as to the geometry, material behavior, or mounting conditions. The numerical method presented here was used to study the acoustic properties of the acoustic lining installed in the anechoic chamber at the LMA. Further experiments showed that the behavior of the melamine foam is anisotropic. Numerical simulations showed that this anisotropy can be used to advantage when designing an acoustic lining. PMID:19045648

  10. Experimental Investigation of the Trigger Problem in Magnetic Reconnection

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    Egedal, Jan

    2012-07-01

    Magnetic reconnection releases magnetic energy not only in steady-state, but also in time-dependent and often explosive events requiring a transition from slow reconnection to fast. The question of what causes this transition is known as the ``trigger problem'' and is not well understood. We address the trigger problem using the Versatile Toroidal Facility (VTF) at MIT. We observe spontaneous reconnection events [1] with exponentially growing reconnection rates, and we characterize the 3D dynamics of these events using multiple internal probes. The observed reconnection is asymmetric: it begins at one toroidal location and propagates around in both directions. The spontaneous onset is facilitated by an interaction between the x-line current channel and a global mode in the electrostatic potential. It is this mode which breaks axisymmetry and enables a localized decrease in x-line current. We model the onset using an empirical Ohm's law and current continuity, which is maintained by ion polarization currents associated with the mode. The model reproduces the exponential growth of the reconnection electric field, and the model growth rate agrees well with the experimentally measured growth rate. The onset location is likely determined by small asymmetries in the in-vessel coils. To further investigate this conjecture new coils have been installed, which allow for controlled changes in toroidal asymmetry. The observations are suggestive of solar flare dynamics and are relevant to tokamak research [3]. [1] Egedal, J. et al. Laboratory Observations of Spontaneous Magnetic Reconnection. Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 015003 (2007). [2] Katz, N. et al. Laboratory Observation of Localized Onset of Magnetic Reconnection. Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 255004 (2010). [3] Park, H.K. et al. Self-organized Te redistribution during driven reconnection processes in high-temperature plasmas. Phys. Plasmas 13, 055907 (2006).

  11. Reduction of friction in fluid transport: experimental investigation

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    G., Aguilar; K., Gasljevic; E.F., Matthys.

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available La reducción de fricción o de arrastre (DR) mediante el uso de soluciones poliméricas o surfactantes es sin duda alguna la técnica de reducción de fricción para flujos turbulentos en tuberías mas efectiva (es posible obtener reducciones de hasta un factor de 8 en los coeficientes de fricción en segm [...] entos de tuberías rectas). Desde el punto de vista fundamental, el estudio del fenómeno de DR ofrece la oportunidad de comprender mejor flujos turbulentos; desde el punto de vista práctico, la DR puede ser usada con propositos de ahorro en potencia de bombeo. La implementación comercial de estos aditivos se ha llevado a cabo con éxito en el transporte de petróleo, y la investigación necesaria para la implementación de estas soluciones en muchas otras aplicaciones sigue en proceso, p.ej., en sistemas centrales de calefacción y aire acondicionado, sistemas hidrónicos en edificios, desagües, irrigación, procesos industriales, etc. Nuestros esfuerzos se han enfocado en dos áreas principales: (A) investigación experimental sobre la transferencia de momentum y calor para soluciones reductoras de fricción, y (B) la implementación de estas soluciones en sistemas hidrónicos de enfriamiento en edificios con el propósito de ahorrar energía. Este documento pretende dar una noción general de la investigación experimental que llevamos a cabo en nuestro laboratorio de dinámica de fluidos no-Newtonianos, reología, y transferencia de calor en la UCSB. Abstract in english Drag reduction (DR) by the use of polymer and surfactant solutions is by far the most effective drag-reducing technique for turbulent flows (up to 8-fold reduction in friction coefficients is possible on straight pipes). From a fundamental point of view, the study of the DR phenomenon offers an oppo [...] rtunity for a better understanding of turbulence in general; from a practical point of view, DR can be used to save pumping power. Commercial implementation of drag-reducing fluids has proved successful for oil pipeline transportation, and looks promising for many other applications that are still under investigation, e.g. district heating or cooling systems, hydronic systems in buildings, sewers, irrigation, industrial processes, etc. Our efforts have focused on two main areas: (A) experimental research on momentum and heat transfer of turbulent flows of drag-reducing solutions, and (B) implementation of these solutions in hydronic cooling systems in buildings for energy conservation purposes. This paper describes an overview of the typical experimental research that we conduct in our non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, rheology, and heat transfer laboratory at UCSB.

  12. Experimental Concepts for Generating Negative Energy in the Laboratory

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    Davis, E. W.; Puthoff, H. E.

    2006-01-01

    Implementation of faster-than-light (FTL) interstellar travel via traversable wormholes, warp drives, or other spacetime modification schemes generally requires the engineering of spacetime into very specialized local geometries. The analysis of these via Einstein's General Theory of Relativity (GTR) field equations plus the resultant equations of state demonstrate that such geometries require the use of ``exotic'' matter in order to induce the requisite FTL spacetime modification. Exotic matter is generally defined by GTR physics to be matter that possesses (renormalized) negative energy density, and this is a very misunderstood and misapplied term by the non-GTR community. We clear up this misconception by defining what negative energy is, where it can be found in nature, and we also review the experimental concepts that have been proposed to generate negative energy in the laboratory.

  13. Experimental Investigation of the Wind Turbine Blade Root Flow:

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    Akay, B.; Ferreira, C.S.; van Bussel, G.J.W.

    2010-01-01

    Several methods from experimental to analytical are used to investigate the aerodynamics of a horizontal axis wind turbine. To understand 3D and rotational effects at the root region of a wind turbine blade, correct modeling of the flow field is essential. Aerodynamic models need to be validated by accurate experimental data. In this paper, the experimental results of the aerodynamic behavior of a model wind turbine blade, by focusing on the blade root flow, are presented. The measurements ar...

  14. Experimental and analytical investigation of Paks NPP building structures

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    The dynamic characteristics of WWER-440 NPP building structures were experimentally investigated using explosive techniques. The same characteristics were calculated analytically. The comparison of experimental and analytical results show the adequacy of the modeling of the structures and soil-structure interaction. (author)

  15. Experimental Investigation in Fluid Mechanics – Its Role, Problems and Tasks

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    Šafa?ík P.

    2013-01-01

    In this contribution, some problems and tasks of experimental fluid mechanics are presented. Paradoxes, basic laws and contemporary investigation approaches are discussed. Experimental results, together with theoretical knowledge and numerical simulations gradually form basis for solution of topical problems. The author of this contribution focuses his investigations into field of compressible fluid flow. Due to this, some results of high-speed aerodynamic research contributing to design and ...

  16. Investigation of Appropriate Refractory Material for Laboratory Electritic Resistrance Furnance

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    J.B Agboola

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available There have been numerous efforts to increase the local content of furnaces; hence the choice of appropriate refractory material for lining of locally manufactured furnaces has remained a major concern. This research work investigates the choice of appropriate local refractory material for the lining of laboratory electric resistance furnace.Electric resistance furnaces are extensively used in the laboratory for heat treatment of metals and alloys. Refractory binders such as silicon carbide were experimented upon for strength and resistance to high temperature.The results obtained showed that Kankara fireclay containing 15% SiC ( 5.70 % linear shrinkage , 46.2% apparent porosity, 1.77gkm³ Bulk density, 18 cycles of spalling tests at 1300°C, 5.253KN/m² of cold strength has appropriate properties for producing grooved bricks for lining of laboratory electric resistance Furnace.

  17. Experimental investigation of mixtures of bentonite and dredged sediments from Chorfa dam in Algeria

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    LABIOD-ALOUI, Zehour; TROUZINE, Habib; GHEMBAZA, Moulay Smaïne; NOUIOUA, Tahar; SEBAIBI, Yahya

    2014-01-01

    Geotechnical properties of dredged sediment from Chorfa dam in Algeria and their mixtures (5%, 10%, 15%, 20%, and 25%) with bentonite were investigated through a series of laboratory experimental tests in order to investigate possibilities of their usage as a barrier against the spread out of the Sebkha of Oran in the northwest of Algeria. Grain size and Atterberg limits tests, chemical and mineral analyses, and compaction, vertical swelling, and horizontal and vertical permeability tests wer...

  18. Geoengineering characterization of welded tuffs from laboratory and field investigations

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    Welded tuff beneath Yucca Mountain adjacent to the Nevada Test Site (NTS) is being considered for development as a high-level radioactive waste repository by the Nevada Nuclear Waste Storage Investigations (NNWSI) Project. Because access into Yucca Mountain has been limited to borehole explorations, early geoengineering materials characterizations have been derived from laboratory tests on cores from Yucca Mountain and from laboratory and field tests on welded tuffs located in G-Tunnel on the NTS. G-Tunnel contains welded tuffs that have similar properties and stress states to those at Yucca Mountain and has been the location for in situ rock mechanics testing. The purpose of this paper is to summarize the geoengineering material property data obtained to date and to compare appropriate laboratory and field data from G-Tunnel to findings from Yucca Mountain. Geomechanical and thermal data are provided and are augmented by limited geological and hydrological data. A comparison of results of laboratory measurements on tuffs from Yucca Mountain and G-Tunnel indicates good agreement between the bulk densities, saturations, moduli of elasticity, Poisson's ratios, and P-wave velocities. The G-Tunnel tuff has slightly lower thermal conductivity, tensile strength, compressive strength and slightly higher matrix permeability than does the welded tuff near the proposed repository horizon at Yucca Mountain. From a laboratory-to-field scaling perspective, the modulus of deformation shows the most sensitivity to field conditions because of the presence of the joints found in the field. 14 references, 1 table

  19. Experimental research of soil erosion using laboratory rainfall simulator

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    Laburda, Tomáš; Schwarzová, Pavla; Krása, Josef

    2015-04-01

    Soil erosion has been an important part of research at the Department of Irrigation, Drainage and Landscape Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague since the 50s of the 20th century. Bigger emphasis was put later on practical methods resulting in acquisition of laboratory rainfall simulator in 1999. This article compares data from simulations done at the laboratory rainfall simulator which is used for experimental measurement of rainfall-runoff processes on soil samples (typical soil type groups) from agriculture land in the Czech Republic. Total 10 soil sets have been tested within 255 simulations (247 rainfall-runoff hours in total) from 2002 to 2014. These soil sets cover wide range of soil types from silty clay loam to sandy loam soils or from impervious to pervious soils. Setting values of rainfall intensity (40 to 60 mm/hr), inclination (longitudinal slope from 4° to 8°) and initial condition of surface runoff (crusted or loosened) present primary parameters of every experiment. On the basis of different combinations of setting, 2 representative evaluation states of the minimum (min LC) and maximum (max LC) load conditions were established. The most important data obtained at the Simulator are soil moisture content, progression of surface runoff, soil loss and infiltration. Results clearly show dependence of initial moisture content on physical properties, when impervious soils with high fraction of clay reach over 30 % wt., pervious soils with high fraction of sand achieve initial average moisture content only about 20 % wt. Results of steady-state values of surface runoff and soil loss for minimum and maximum load conditions and its ratio show that highest increase of values due to higher load conditions reach silt loamy soil (Horomerice), silt clay loamy soil (Klapy) and loamy soil (Vsetaty), while the lowest increase reach silt loamy soil (Trebsin I) and sandy loamy soil (Trebesice I). General trend in all cases is obviously to increase both values, but while the average values of surface runoff increased 2.1-times, in the case of soil loss steady state values increased even 5.6-times. During these 12 years of experimental research, large sets of data were collected and used for comparison of behaviour of different soils under extreme conditions and also as input parameters for recalibration of SMODERP (Simulation Model for Determination of Surface Runoff and Erosion Processes) which has been developed at the same departement since 1989. This research is supported by grant: SGS14/180/OHK1/3T/11 Rainfall-runoff, erosion and transport processes - experimental research.

  20. Laboratory investigation of platelet function: a review of methodology.

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    Yardumian, D A; Mackie, I.J.; Machin, S.J.

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    Over the past decade interest in and knowledge about the role of platelets in the haemostatic process and in various pathological conditions has continued to grow. The scope of laboratory methodology to investigate platelet function in clinical haemorrhagic and thrombotic disorders in the specialised haemostasis unit has also proportionally widened. After highlighting the physiological processes of the role of platelets in the haemostatic mechanism this brief review comments critically on the...

  1. Experimental Investigation and Modeling of Integrated Tri-generation Systems

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    Cetinkaya, Eda

    Energy demand in the world is increasing with population growth and higher living standards. Today, the need for energy requires a focus on renewable sources without abandoning fossil fuels. Efficient use of energy is one of the most important tasks in modern energy systems to achieve. In addition to the energy need, growing environmental concerns are linked with energy is emerged. Multi-purpose energy generation allows a higher efficiency by generating more outputs with the same input in the same system. Tri-generation systems are expected to provide at least three commodities, such as heating, cooling, desalination, storable fuel production and some other useful outputs, in addition to power generation. In this study, an experimental investigation of gasification is presented and two integrated tri-generation systems are proposed. The first integrated tri-generation system (System 1) utilizes solar energy as input and the outputs are power, fresh water and hot water. It consists of four sub-systems, namely solar power tower system, desalination system, Rankine cycle and organic Rankine cycle (ORC). The second integrated tri-generation system (System 2) utilizes coal and biomass as input and the outputs are power, fuel and hot water. It consists of five sub-systems: gasification plant, Brayton cycle, Rankine cycle, Fischer-Tropsch synthesis plant and an organic Rankine cycle (ORC). Experimental investigation includes coal and biomass gasification, where the experimental results of synthesis gas compositions are utilized in the analysis of the second systems. To maximize efficiency, heat losses from the system should be minimized through a recovery system to make the heat a useful commodity for other systems, such as ORCs which can utilize the low-grade heat. In this respect, ORCs are first analyzed for three different configurations in terms of energy and exergy efficiencies altering working fluids to increase the power output. Among two types of coal and one type biomass tried in the laboratory scale experimental set-up, Tuncbilek-Omerler is found to be superior to Konya-Ilgin coal in terms of the highest amount of hydrogen in the synthesis gas composition. As biomass, wheat straw is gasified, which shows higher exergetic efficiency in comparison to Konya-Ilgin coal. Based on theoretical analysis conducted for the integrated systems, System 2 is found to be more efficient in terms of energy and exergy in comparison with System 1. However, when local needs are taken into account, fresh water can be a desirable useful output where solar irradiation is high. Both systems are compared to conventional and co-generation systems having the same inputs to quantify the improvement in efficiency. System 1 has an energy efficiency of 69% and an exergy efficiency of 58%, whereas System 2 has an energy efficiency of 71% and an exergy efficiency of 73%. When single generation is obtained from the same inputs, it is observed that the energy and exergy efficiencies drop drastically down to 34% and 42% for System 1; 33% and 42% for System 2, respectively.

  2. EXPERIMENTAL INVESTIGATION OF CRITICAL FUNDAMENTAL ISSUES IN HAZARDOUS WASTE INCINERATION

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    The report gives results of a laboratory-scale program investigating several fundamental issues involved in hazardous waste incineration. The key experiment for each study was the measurement of waste destruction behavior in a sub-scale turbulent spray flame. (1) Atomization Qual...

  3. Sprite discharges on Venus and Jupiter-like planets: a laboratory investigation

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    Dubrovin, D; Nijdam, S; Veldhuizen, EM (Eddie) van; Ebert, UM (Ute); Yair, Y.; Price, C

    2010-01-01

    Large sprite discharges at high atmospheric altitudes have been found to be physically similar to small streamer discharges in air at sea level density. Based on this understanding, we investigate possible sprite discharges on Venus or Jupiter-like planets through laboratory experiments on streamers in appropriate CO2-N2 and H2-He mixtures. First, the scaling laws are experimentally confirmed by varying the density of the planetary gasses. Then streamer diameters, velocities...

  4. Laboratory and numerical investigations of air sparging using MTBE as a tracer

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    Mortensen, A. P.; Jensen, Karsten Høgh; Sonnenborg, T. O.; Arvin, E.

    2000-01-01

    Air sparging experiments were conducted in a laboratory column to investigate air now and mass transfer behavior in different types of sand at different air injection rates. Methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) was applied as a tracer, and by measuring the volatilization and the mean air content during the experiments, the air flow pattern and its influence on mass transfer were assessed. The experimental results showed large differences among the sand types. In fine sand, the mean air content was...

  5. Experimental Investigations on a Novel Chemical Looping Combustion Configuration

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    Chemical Looping Combustion (CLC) is a promising novel combustion technology involving inherent separation of carbon dioxide with minimum energy penalty. An oxygen carrier is employed to continuously transfer oxygen from the air reactor to the fuel reactor where the oxygen is delivered to the fuel. Consequently, direct contact between the air and fuel is prevented. The resulting flue gas is CO2-rich, without N2 dilution. The reduced oxygen carrier is then transported back to the air reactor for re-oxidation purposes, hence forming a chemical loop. Various CLC configurations have already been developed and tested on laboratory scales. However, more investigations are required to achieve feasible CLC processes. Among the different points to address, control of the solid circulation rate between the two reactors is of the highest importance regarding its effect on achievement of an appropriate oxygen transfer rate and solid oxidation degrees. Moreover, minimization of gas leakage between the fuel and air reactors is another important issue to be considered. A novel CLC configuration is proposed where reactions are carried out in two interconnected bubbling fluidized beds. Solid circulation rate control is achieved independently of gas flow rate in the reactors through use of pneumatic non-mechanical valves (L-valves). Moreover, loop-seals are employed to minimize gas leakage while transferring solids. Experimental results from operation of a 10 kWth equivalent cold prototype are presented in this paper. The effect of operating variables on the solid circulation rate, gas leakage between the two beds and the pressure balance on all of the process elements is studied. The results demonstrate stable solid circulation with efficient control of the solid flow rate and effective gas tightness of the system. (authors)

  6. A global remote laboratory experimentation network and the experiment service provider business model and plans

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    Tor Ivar Eikaas; Christian Schmid; Foss, Bjarne A.; Denis Gillet

    2003-01-01

    This paper presents results from the IST KAII Trial project ReLAX - Remote LAboratory eXperimentation trial (IST 1999-20827), and contributes with a framework for a global remote laboratory experimentation network supported by a new business model. The paper presents this new Experiment Service Provider business model that aims at bringing physical experimentation back into the learning arena, where remotely operable laboratory experiments used in advanced education and training schemes are m...

  7. Seismic and geologic investigations of the Sandia Livermore Laboratory site

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    This report describes results of a seismic and geologic investigation in the vicinity of Sandia Laboratories property and Sandia's Tritium Building at Livermore, California. The investigation was done to define any seismically capable faults in the immediate area and to obtain necessary information to support estimates of future possible or probable ground motions. The work included a variety of geophysical measurements, trenching, seismologic studies, geologic examination, and evaluation of possible ground surface rupture at the site. Ground motions due to the maximum potential earthquake are estimated, and probability of exceedance for various levels of peak ground acceleration is calculated. Descriptions of the various calculations and investigative techniques used and the data obtained are presented. Information obtained from other sources relevant to subsurface geology and faulting is also given. Correlation and evaluation of the various lines of evidence and conclusions regarding the seismic hazard to the Tritium Building are included

  8. Russian fast research reactor BOR-60 reactor: Experimental investigations

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    Experimental fast reactor BOR-60 is one of the leading experimental facilities in Russia used to test a large of number fuel pins, fuel assemblies, and control rods of different designs, fuel compositions and structural materials. It is also widely used for trying out the elements of closed fuel cycle, transmutation of actinides and plutonium utilization. BOR-60 reactor and high-capacity experimental base available at RIAR allow various experimental investigations to be performed. Since the BOR-60 startup (in 1969), a large scope of experiments have been done at RIAR practically in all directions that are of interest for the nuclear power engineering and related areas of science and engineering. In addition, a wide experience has been gained in calculation support of experimental investigations. During its 40-year operation, the BOR-60 core underwent multiple changes. There were more than 120 micro-runs, each micro-run being a reactor state different from others. The experimental investigations performed in different periods of time may be of interest for a researcher. Results obtained at this reactor contributed greatly to the development of the nuclear power engineering and made a basis for a successful startup and operation of reactors BN-350 and BN-600 as well as for long and safe operation of BOR-60 itself. At present, both the reactor and experiment gained at it are widely used for justification of promising fast reactors

  9. EXPERIMENTAL INVESTIGATION OF AN AIR CHARGED LOW POWERED STIRLING ENGINE

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    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study, an air charged, low powered manufactured ? type Stirling engine was investigated experimentally. Tests were conducted at 800, 900 and 1000 °C hot source temperatures, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5 bars air charge pressure. The variation of engine power depending on the charge pressure and hot source temperature for two different heat transfer area was investigated experimentally. Maximum output power was obtained at 1000 °C and 3 bars charge pressure as 58 W at 441 rpm. Engine speed was reached at 846 rpm without load.

  10. Experimental investigations of overvoltages in neutral isolated networks

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    Vukelja, P.I.; Naumov, R.M.; Vucinic, M.M.; Budisin, P.B. (Electrotechnicki Inst. ' Nikola Tesla' , Belgrade (Yugoslavia))

    1993-09-01

    For more than a decade, the Nikola Tesla Institute has worked intensively on experimental investigations of transient voltages and currents in neutral isolated networks, usually at 6 kV. The paper presents the results of investigations of overvoltages at the instant of appearance of an earth fault and during its interruption, the earth-fault currents and overvoltages during ferroresonance. Investigations were performed on cable station service networks in hydro- and thermal-power plants, industrial and similar installations in Yugoslavia. On the basis of these investigations, some measures are suggested for improving the reliability of operation of neutral isolated networks. (author)

  11. Experimental study of driven magnetic relaxation in a laboratory plasma

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    Hsu, S. C.; Tang, X. Z.

    2008-11-01

    The Driven Relaxation Experiment (DRX) has been built at LANL to investigate the possibility of exploiting resonances in the nonlinear force-free equation [1] to optimize magnetic flux amplification and current multiplication for driven-relaxed spheromak-like plasmas, and to explore the application of these ideas to plasma astrophysics problems [2]. It is also our goal to see whether relaxed states with ?> ?1 can be formed and sustained. The experiment uses a planar magnetized coaxial gun (100--180 kA, 1--7 mWb) to generate driven- relaxed plasmas within a cylindrical flux-conserving boundary (0.9 m diameter). Unique features of DRX include high ?gun up to 3?1, and a continuously adjustable boundary elongation. The gun is powered by a 3- stage capacitor bank to form (10 kV, 500 ?F) and sustain (5 kV, 8 mF) the plasma for up to 500 ?s, corresponding to >10 Sweet-Parker times which allows the plasma to reach a quasi-steady-state. The primary diagnostic is a 48- channel 2D magnetic probe array that will map out a poloidal cross-section of the magnetic field configuration at one toroidal position. The full equilibrium magnetic field will be constructed using a combination of the experimental data and a nonlinear force-free equilibrium solver. We will present details of the experimental setup and the first experimental data. Supported by LANL LDRD. [1] Tang & Boozer, PRL 94, 225004 (2005); PRL 98, 175001 (2007) [2] Tang, ApJ 679, 1000 (2008).

  12. Experimental Investigations of Freeze-Bonds between Saline Ice-Blocks : Ice-Properties and Reproducibility

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    Helgøy, Henning

    2012-01-01

    This thesis presents and analyse laboratory investigations of the shear strength of freeze-bonds created between two saline ice-blocks. One hundred and eighty one experiments were conducted during spring 2012 in the ice laboratory at NTNU and at Hamburg Ship Model Basin (HSVA). The applied experimental setup is similar to the set-up used by Repetto-Llamazares et al. (2011a) and Repetto-Llamazares and Høyland (2011a). The reproducibility of the measurements from these articles and how the...

  13. An Experimental Investigation of Secure Communication With Chaos Masking

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    Dhar, Sourav; Chakraborty, Kabir

    2007-01-01

    The most exciting recent development in nonlinear dynamics is realization that chaos can be useful. One application involves "Secure Communication". Two piecewise linear systems with switching nonlinearities have been taken as chaos generators. In the present work the phenomenon of secure communication with chaos masking has been investigated experimentally. In this investigation chaos which is generated from two chaos generators is masked with the massage signal to be trans...

  14. An Experimental Investigation of Secure Communication With Chaos Masking

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    Dhar, Sourav

    2007-01-01

    The most exciting recent development in nonlinear dynamics is realization that chaos can be useful. One application involves "Secure Communication". Two piecewise linear systems with switching nonlinearities have been taken as chaos generators. In the present work the phenomenon of secure communication with chaos masking has been investigated experimentally. In this investigation chaos which is generated from two chaos generators is masked with the massage signal to be transmitted, thus makes communication is more secure.

  15. Investigation of high purity beryllium for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), Task 002. Final report

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    The report includes a description of experimental abilities of Solid Structure Research Laboratory of IAE NNC RK, a results of microstructural characterization of A-4 grade polycrystal Beryllium produced at the Ulba metal plant and a technical project-for irradiation experiments. Technical project contains a detailed description of five proposed experiments, clearing behavior of Beryllium materials under the influence of irradiation, temperature, helium and hydrogen accumulation. Complex irradiation jobs, microstructural investigations and mechanical tests are planned in the framework of these experiments

  16. Numerical and experimental investigation of bump foil mechanical behaviour

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    Larsen, Jon Steffen; Cerda Varela, Alejandro Javier

    2014-01-01

    Corrugated foils are utilized in air foil bearings to introduce compliance and damping thus accurate mathematical predictions are important. A corrugated foil behaviour is investigated experimentally as well as theoretically. The experimental investigation is performed by compressing the foil, between two parallel surfaces, both statically and dynamically to obtain hysteresis curves. The theoretical analysis is based on a two dimensional quasi static FE model, including geometrical non-linearities and Coulomb friction in the contact points and neglects the foil mass. A method for implementing the friction is suggested. Hysteresis curves obtained via the FE model are compared to the experimental results obtained. Good agreement is observed in the low frequency range and discrepancies for higher frequencies are thoroughly discussed.

  17. Experimental and numerical investigation on two-phase flow instabilities

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    Ruspini, Leonardo Carlos

    2013-03-01

    Two-phase flow instabilities are experimentally and numerically studied within this thesis. In particular, the phenomena called Ledinegg instability, density wave oscillations and pressure drop oscillations are investigated. The most important investigations regarding the occurrence of two-phase flow instabilities are reviewed. An extensive description of the main contributions in the experimental and analytical research is presented. In addition, a critical discussion and recommendations for future investigations are presented. A numerical framework using a hp-adaptive method is developed in order to solve the conservation equations modelling general thermo-hydraulic systems. A natural convection problem is analysed numerically in order to test the numerical solver. Moreover, the description of an adaptive strategy to solve thermo-hydraulic problems is presented. In the second part of this dissertation, a homogeneous model is used to study Ledinegg, density wave and pressure drop oscillations phenomena numerically. The dynamic characteristics of the Ledinegg (flow excursion) phenomenon are analysed through the simulation of several transient examples. In addition, density wave instabilities in boiling and condensing systems are investigated. The effects of several parameters, such as the fluid inertia and compressibility volumes, on the stability limits of Ledinegg and density wave instabilities are studied, showing a strong influence of these parameters. Moreover, the phenomenon called pressure drop oscillations is numerically investigated. A discussion of the physical representation of several models is presented with reference to the obtained numerical results. Finally, the influence of different parameters on these phenomena is analysed. In the last part, an experimental investigation of these phenomena is presented. The designing methodology used for the construction of the experimental facility is described. Several simulations and a non-dimensional similitude analysis are used to support the design, regarding the occurrence of two-phase flow instabilities. Some experimental results are presented in order to validate the current design. A full characterisation of the pressure drop losses in the facility is presented. Both, distributed and local pressure drop losses are investigated and the experimental results are compared with the main correlations used in the literature for the analysis of pressure drop in two-phase flow systems. Finally, pressure drop and density wave oscillations are studied experimentally, with main focus on the interaction of these two oscillation modes. In addition, the influence of compressibility volumes on the stability limits for the density wave phenomenon is analysed.(Author)

  18. Experimental methods for laboratory-scale ensilage of lignocellulosic biomass

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    Anaerobic fermentation is a potential storage method for lignocellulosic biomass in biofuel production processes. Since biomass is seasonally harvested, stocks are often dried or frozen at laboratory scale prior to fermentation experiments. Such treatments prior to fermentation studies cause irreversible changes in the plant cells, influencing the initial state of biomass and thereby the progression of the fermentation processes itself. This study investigated the effects of drying, refrigeration, and freezing relative to freshly harvested corn stover in lab-scale ensilage studies. Particle sizes, as well as post-ensilage drying temperatures for compositional analysis, were tested to identify the appropriate sample processing methods. After 21 days of ensilage the lowest pH value (3.73 ± 0.03), lowest dry matter loss (4.28 ± 0.26 g. 100 g-1DM), and highest water soluble carbohydrate (WSC) concentrations (7.73 ± 0.26 g. 100 g-1DM) were observed in control biomass (stover ensiled within 12 h of harvest without any treatments). WSC concentration was significantly reduced in samples refrigerated for 7 days prior to ensilage (3.86 ± 0.49 g. 100 g?1 DM). However, biomass frozen prior to ensilage produced statistically similar results to the fresh biomass control, especially in treatments with cell wall degrading enzymes. Grinding to decrease particle size reduced the variance amongst replicates for pH values of individual reactors to a minor extent. Drying biomass prior to extraction of WSCs resulted in degradation of the carbohydrates and a reduced estimate of their concentrations. The methods developed in this study can be used to improve ensilage experiments and thereby help in developing ensilage as a storage method for biofuel production. -- Highlights: ? Laboratory-scale methods to assess the influence of ensilage biofuel production. ? Drying, freezing, and refrigeration of biomass influenced microbial fermentation. ? Freshly ensiled stover exhibited the most preferable characteristics. ? Frozen biomass was statistically similar to freshly ensiled stover. ? Modified phenol-sulfuric method provides appropriate results and better resolution.

  19. Experimental investigation on the natural convection flow in pool boiling

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    Kim, Seok, E-mail: seokim@kaeri.re.kr [Thermal Hydraulics Safety Research Division, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, 111 Daedeok-daero989beongil, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-353 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Dong Eok [Department of Precision Mechanical Engineering, Kyungpook National University, 386 Gajang-dong, Sangju, Gyeongsangbuk-do 742-711 (Korea, Republic of); Ryu, Sung Uk; Lee, Seung Tae; Euh, Dong-Jin [Thermal Hydraulics Safety Research Division, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, 111 Daedeok-daero989beongil, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-353 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • The velocity field measurements conducted on the subject of a single and two-phase natural convection flow. • Experimental results show a large natural convection flow at the region above the heater rod. • The thermal stratification is shown at the region below the heater rod. • The results contribute to provide the benchmark data of a thermal hydraulic system analysis code. - Abstract: In the present study, the key thermal hydraulic phenomena within a passive condensate cooling tank (PCCT) of a small-scale pool test rig with a single heater rod are experimentally investigated. The volumetric scaling ratio of the test rig is 1/910 the size of the passive auxiliary feedwater system (PAFS) condensing heat removal assessment loop (PASCAL), which is a PAFS performance evaluation test facility. The two-dimensional velocity vector fields that occur as the water level decreases are experimentally investigated in a pool that contains a horizontal heater rod. The 2D particle image velocimetry (PIV) measurement technique is adopted to determine the velocity vector field of the natural convection flow. The experimental results indicate that a large natural convection flow occurs above the heater rod and that thermal stratification occurs below the heater rod. The thermal stratification and the stagnant region begin to disappear when the pool temperature reaches approximately 90 °C. The experimental results can provide benchmark data to validate computational fluid dynamics (CFD) calculations of thermal hydraulic phenomena that occur in a pool with a heat source.

  20. Experimental investigation on the natural convection flow in pool boiling

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    Highlights: • The velocity field measurements conducted on the subject of a single and two-phase natural convection flow. • Experimental results show a large natural convection flow at the region above the heater rod. • The thermal stratification is shown at the region below the heater rod. • The results contribute to provide the benchmark data of a thermal hydraulic system analysis code. - Abstract: In the present study, the key thermal hydraulic phenomena within a passive condensate cooling tank (PCCT) of a small-scale pool test rig with a single heater rod are experimentally investigated. The volumetric scaling ratio of the test rig is 1/910 the size of the passive auxiliary feedwater system (PAFS) condensing heat removal assessment loop (PASCAL), which is a PAFS performance evaluation test facility. The two-dimensional velocity vector fields that occur as the water level decreases are experimentally investigated in a pool that contains a horizontal heater rod. The 2D particle image velocimetry (PIV) measurement technique is adopted to determine the velocity vector field of the natural convection flow. The experimental results indicate that a large natural convection flow occurs above the heater rod and that thermal stratification occurs below the heater rod. The thermal stratification and the stagnant region begin to disappear when the pool temperature reaches approximately 90 °C. The experimental results can provide benchmark data to validate computational fluid dynamics (CFD) calculations of thermal hydraulic phenomena that occur in a pool with a heat source

  1. Numerical and experimental investigation of vortical flow-flame interaction

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    Najm, H.N.; Schefer, R.W.; Milne, R.B.; Mueller, C.J. [Sandia National Labs., Livermore, CA (United States); Devine, K.D.; Kempka, S.N. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    1998-02-01

    A massively parallel coupled Eulerian-Lagrangian low Mach number reacting flow code is developed and used to study the structure and dynamics of a forced planar buoyant jet flame in two dimensions. The numerical construction uses a finite difference scheme with adaptive mesh refinement for solving the scalar conservation equations, and the vortex method for the momentum equations, with the necessary coupling terms. The numerical model construction is presented, along with computational issues regarding the parallel implementation. An experimental acoustically forced planar jet burner apparatus is also developed and used to study the velocity and scalar fields in this flow, and to provide useful data for validation of the computed jet. Burner design and laser diagnostic details are discussed, along with the measured laboratory jet flame dynamics. The computed reacting jet flow is also presented, with focus on both large-scale outer buoyant structures and the lifted flame stabilization dynamics. A triple flame structure is observed at the flame base in the computed flow, as is theoretically expected, but was not observable with present diagnostic techniques in the laboratory flame. Computed and experimental results are compared, along with implications for model improvements.

  2. Experimental and theoretical investigation of high gradient acceleration

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    This report contains a technical progress summary of the research conducted under the auspices of DOE Grant No. DE-FG0291ER-40648. ''Experimental and Theoretical Investigations of High Gradient Acceleration.'' This grant supports three research tasks: Task A consists of the design and fabrication of a 17GHz of photocathode gun, Task B supports the testing of high gradient acceleration using a 33GHz structure, and Task C comprises theoretical investigations, both in support of the experimental tasks and on critical physics issues for the development of high energy linear colliders. This report is organized as follows. The development of an rf gun design and research progress on the picosecond laser system is summarized in Sec. 2, the status of the studies of the LBL/Haimson high gradient structure, using a 50 MW free-electron laser is summarized in Sec. 3, and theoretical research progress is described in Sec. 4. Supporting material is contained in Appendices A-G

  3. Experimental investigation of contact resistance across pressed lead and aluminum

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    In the proposed production of Accelerator Production of Tritium (APT) blanket module, lead will be encased in aluminum cladding. Energy transfer rate from the lead to the cooling water will be a function of the contact resistance between lead and aluminum. No data for contact resistance for this application exists in the literature. An experimental investigation has been conducted to determine thermal contact resistance between lead and aluminum in vacuum environment and also investigate the effect of pressure, surface roughness, and interface temperature on the contact resistance. The contact resistance decreases with the increase in contact pressure. Interface temperature and surface roughness do not affect the contact resistance significantly. There is slight increase in contact conductance with increasing temperature. The experimental results are generally well within acceptable accuracy and the data should be a good reference for the APT model

  4. Experimental and theoretical investigation of high gradient acceleration

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    This report contains a technical progress summary of the research conducted under the auspices of DOE Grant No. DE-AC02-91-ER40648, ''Experimental and Theoretical Investigations of High Gradient Acceleration''. This grant supports three research tasks: Task A consists of the design, fabrication and testing of a 17GHz RF photocathode gun, which can produce 2ps electron pulses with up to 1nC of charge at 2MeV energy and at a 1OHz repetition rate. Task B supports the testing of high gradient acceleration at 33GHz structure, and Task C comprises theoretical investigations, both in support of the experimental tasks and on critical physics issues for the development of high energy linear colliders

  5. Pain-avoidance versus reward-seeking: an experimental investigation

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    Claes, Nathalie; Crombez, Geert; Vlaeyen, Johan

    2015-01-01

    According to fear-avoidance models, a catastrophic interpretation of a painful experience may give rise to pain-related fear and avoidance, leading to the development and maintenance of chronic pain problems in the long term. However, little is known about how exactly motivation and goal prioritization play a role in the development of pain-related fear. The present study investigates these processes in healthy volunteers using an experimental context with multiple, competing goals. In a diff...

  6. Experimental Investigation On Design Of High Pressure Steam Turbine Blade

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    SUBRAMANYAM PAVULURI, DR. A. SIVA KUMAR

    2013-01-01

    The Experimental investigation on design of high pressure steam turbine blade addresses the issue of steam turbine efficiency. A specific focus on aerofoil profile for high pressure turbine blade, and it evaluates the effectiveness of certain Chromium and Nickel in resisting creep and fracture in turbine blades. The capable of thermal and chemical conditions in blade substrate from to prevent the corrosion when exposed to wet steam. The efficiency of the steam turbine is a key factor in both ...

  7. Incentives, decision frames, and motivation crowding out: an experimental investigation

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    Irlenbusch, Bernd; Sliwka, Dirk

    2005-01-01

    A simple principal agent problem is experimentally investigated in which a principal repeatedly sets a wage and an agent responds by choosing an effort level. The principal's payoff is determined by the agent's effort. In a first setting the principal can only set a fixed wage in each period. In a second setting the principal has the possibility to supplement the fixed wage with a piece rate. Surprisingly, efforts are lower in the case where piece rates can be paid. Furthermore, switching in ...

  8. Experimental investigation of the serum albumin fascia microstructure

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    Buzoverya, M. E.; Shcherbak, Yu. P.; Shishpor, I. V.

    2012-09-01

    The results of theoretical and experimental investigation of biological liquids are reported. Structural effects observed in fascias are considered with account of the molecular features of albumin and the concept of supramolecular organization of polymers. It is revealed that the morphology of human serum albumin fascias depends on the concentration and quality of the solvent. It is shown that the water-salt fascias of albumin are more structured than water solutions with the same concentration.

  9. Experimental investigation of the elasticity of the human diaphragm

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    Kaemmer Daniel; Prescher Andreas; Hohl Christian; Steinau Gerhard; Böhm Gabriele

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Background Traumatic diaphragmatic ruptures affect mainly the left side. In an experimental study in human corpses we examined the stretch behaviour of the left and right diaphragmatic halves. Methods In a total of 8 male and 8 female corpses each diaphragmatic half was divided into 4 different segments. Each segments stretch behaviour was investigated. In steps of 2 N the stretch was increased up to 24 N. Results In the female the left diaphragm showed a stronger elasticity compared...

  10. Experimental Investigation of Energy Saving in Referigeration System

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    Inder Singh Nagar

    2014-01-01

    This Research deals with experimental investigation of energy saving in refrigeration system. We have all experienced a sensation of heat when passing behind a functioning refrigerator or air conditioner. The cause of this phenomenon is due to thr air condenser, a heat exchanger made up of tubes with air fins attached to the back of the device. This is where the cooling fluid condenses by releasing its heat into the ambient air. To utilize this heat, a water fine water droplet...

  11. Contract design and insurance fraud: An experimental investigation

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    Lammers, Frauke; Schiller, Jörg

    2010-01-01

    This paper investigates the impact of insurance contract design on the behavior of filing fraudulent claims in an experimental setup. We test how fraud behavior varies for insurance contracts with full coverage, a straight deductible or variable premiums (bonus-malus contract). In our experiment, filing fraudulent claims is a dominant strategy for selfish participants, with no psychological costs of committing fraud. While some people always commit fraud, a substantial share of people only oc...

  12. An Experimental Investigation of Risk Sharing and Adverse Selection

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    Tausch, Franziska; Potters, Jan; Riedl, Arno

    2013-01-01

    Does adverse selection hamper the effectiveness of voluntary risk sharing? How do differences in risk profiles affect adverse selection? We experimentally investigate individuals’ willingness to share risks with others. Across treatments we vary how risk profiles differ between individuals. We find strong evidence for adverse selection if individuals risk profiles can be ranked according to first-order stochastic dominance and only little evidence for adverse selection if risk profiles can on...

  13. Experimental techniques for the investigation of coupled phenomena in geomaterials

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    Romero E.

    2010-01-01

    The paper describes different experimental setups and techniques used to investigate coupled stress, fluid (water and air) and temperature effects on geomaterials. Two temperature controlled cells are described: a) a constant volume cell in which thermal pulses can be performed under controlled hydraulic conditions to induce pore pressure build-up during quasi-undrained heating and later dissipation; and b) an axisymmetric triaxial cell with controlled suction and temperature to perform...

  14. Assessment of experimental research techniques for the investigation of radionuclide migration in aquifers

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    The objectives of this work have been to contribute to a better understanding of the transport behaviour of the actinides using Eu as a homologue and, in addition, to compare the different laboratory techniques used in migration studies - batch, column and diffusion tests. The experimental work was focused on the radioisotopes of (Na), (Ca), Sr, Zr, (Nb), Tc, Eu and (Pu) and investigated the essential influences on the transport behaviour, exerted by redox conditions, the formation of complexes with natural humic acid as well as the formation and/or presence of colloids. Samples from the Gorleben and Drigg sites were investigated

  15. Experimental Investigations of Generalized Predictive Control for Tiltrotor Stability Augmentation

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    Nixon, Mark W.; Langston, Chester W.; Singleton, Jeffrey D.; Piatak, David J.; Kvaternik, Raymond G.; Bennett, Richard L.; Brown, Ross K.

    2001-01-01

    A team of researchers from the Army Research Laboratory, NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC), and Bell Helicopter-Textron, Inc. have completed hover-cell and wind-tunnel testing of a 1/5-size aeroelastically-scaled tiltrotor model using a new active control system for stability augmentation. The active system is based on a generalized predictive control (GPC) algorithm originally developed at NASA LaRC in 1997 for un-known disturbance rejection. Results of these investigations show that GPC combined with an active swashplate can significantly augment the damping and stability of tiltrotors in both hover and high-speed flight.

  16. Experimental Investigation of a W-Band Gyroklystron Amplifier

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    Blank, Monica; Danly, Bruce; Levush, Baruch; Latham, Peter

    1997-05-01

    A four cavity W-band gyroklystron amplifier experiment is currently underway at the Naval Research laboratory. The gyroklystron has produced 55.5 kW peak output power and 23.5% efficiency in the TE_01 mode with a 56 kV, 4.2 A electron beam. The -3 dB bandwidth is greater than 400 MHz. The small signal and saturated gains are 36 dB and 28 dB, respectively. A time dependent version of the non-linear code MAGYKL (P.E. Latham, W. Lawson, V. Irwin, IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci., Vol. 22, No. 5, pp. 804-817, 1994.) was developed to design the interaction circuit. Theoretical performance predictions are in good agreement with experimental results. Details of the circuit design, comparisons of theory with measured data, and plans for future experiments will be presented.

  17. Numerical and experimental investigation of geometric parameters in projection welding

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    Kristensen, Lars; Zhang, Wenqi

    2000-01-01

    Resistance projection welding is widely used for joining of workpieces with almost any geometric combination. This makes standardization of projection welding impossible. In order to facilitate industrial applications of projection welding, systematic investigations are carried out on the geometric parameters by numerical modeling and experimental studies. SORPAS, an FEM program for numerical modeling of resistance welding, is developed as a tool to help in the phase of product design and process optimization in both spot and projection welding. A systematic experimental investigation of projection welding a disc to a ring with a triangular ring projection has been carried out to study the influence of the geometric parameters in various metal combinations. In these studies, SORPAS has been used as a supporting tool to understand the relationship of the parameters and the phenomena occurring in projection welding. Thickness of disc and ring, as well as height and angle of projection has been used as geometric parameters to obtain the best weld quality. The experiments have been used to determine the size of the welding lobe and the bond strength, while the numerical investigations have been used to show the temperature distribution using the different geometric parameters. The numerical simulations with SORPAS can explain the differences in the welding lobes and bond strength. This shows SORPAS as a strong tool in the product development of workpieces for resistance projection welding. Based on the numerical and experimental investigations of the geometric parameters in projection welding, guidelines for selection of the geometry and material combinations in product design are proposed. These will be useful and applicable to industry.

  18. Experimental investigation of the MSFR molten salt reactor concept

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    Yamaji, Bogdan; Aszodi, Attila [Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary). Inst. of Nuclear Techniques

    2014-11-15

    In the paper experimental modelling and investigation of the MSFR concept will be presented. MSFR is a homogeneous, single region liquid fuelled fast reactor concept. In case of molten salt reactors the core neutron flux and fission distribution is determined by the flow field through distribution and transport of fissile material and delayed neutron precursors. Since the MSFR core is a single region homogeneous volume without internal structures, it is a difficult task to ensure stable flow field, which is strongly coupled to the volumetric heat generation. These considerations suggest that experimental modelling would greatly help to understand the flow phenomena in such geometry. A scaled and segmented experimental mock-up of MSFR was designed and built in order to carry out particle image velocimetry measurements. Basic flow behaviour inside the core region can be investigated and the measurement data can also provide resource for the validation of computational fluid dynamics models. Measurement results of steady state conditions will be presented and discussed.

  19. Experimental Investigation into Electrical Discharge Machining of Stainless Steel 304

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    M.M. Rahman

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This study presents the experimental investigation of the machining characteristics of austenitic stainless steel 304 through electric discharge machining. The effectiveness of the EDM process with stainless steel is evaluated in terms of the removal rate (MRR, the Tool Wear Rate (TWR and the surface roughness of the work-piece produced. The experimental work is conducted utilizing Die Sinking electrical discharge machine of AQ55L model. Cylindrical copper electrode having a size of Ø19x37 mm and positive polarity for electrode (reverse polarity is used to machine austenitic stainless steel 304 materials. The work material holds tensile strength of 580 and 290 MPa as yield strength. The size of the work-piece was Ø22x30 mm. Investigations indicate that increasing the peak current increases the MRR and the surface roughness. The TWR increases with peak ampere until 150 ? sec pulse-on time. From the experimental results no tool wear condition is noted for copper electrode at long pulse-on time with reverse polarity. The optimal pulse-on time is changed with high ampere.

  20. Experimental investigation of the MSFR molten salt reactor concept

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    In the paper experimental modelling and investigation of the MSFR concept will be presented. MSFR is a homogeneous, single region liquid fuelled fast reactor concept. In case of molten salt reactors the core neutron flux and fission distribution is determined by the flow field through distribution and transport of fissile material and delayed neutron precursors. Since the MSFR core is a single region homogeneous volume without internal structures, it is a difficult task to ensure stable flow field, which is strongly coupled to the volumetric heat generation. These considerations suggest that experimental modelling would greatly help to understand the flow phenomena in such geometry. A scaled and segmented experimental mock-up of MSFR was designed and built in order to carry out particle image velocimetry measurements. Basic flow behaviour inside the core region can be investigated and the measurement data can also provide resource for the validation of computational fluid dynamics models. Measurement results of steady state conditions will be presented and discussed.

  1. Historical Jeroným Mine in ?istá – Underground Experimental Geotechnical Laboratory.

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    Kaláb, Zden?k; Hrubešová, E.; Ko?ínek, R.; Ž?rek, P.; Kukutsch, Radovan

    2012-01-01

    Ro?. 21, ?. 1 (2012), s. 54-65. ISSN 1211-0728 R&D Projects: GA ?R GA105/09/0089 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z3086906 Keywords : Jeroným Mine * geotechnical laboratory * monitoring Subject RIV: DC - Siesmology, Volcanology, Earth Structure http://www.ita-aites.cz/files/tunel/komplet/tunel_1_12.pdf

  2. Experimental econophysics properties and mechanisms of laboratory markets

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    Huang, Ji-Ping

    2015-01-01

    Experimental Econophysics describes the method of controlled human experiments, which is developed by physicists to study some problems in economics or finance, namely, stylized facts, fluctuation phenomena, herd behavior, contrarian behavior, hedge behavior, cooperation, business cycles, partial information, risk management, and stock prediction. Experimental econophysics together with empirical econophysics are two branches of the field of econophysics. The latter one has been extensively discussed in the existing books, while the former one has been seldom touched. In this book, the author will focus on the branch of experimental econophysics. Empirical econophysics is based on the analysis of data in real markets by using some statistical tools borrowed from traditional statistical physics. Differently, inspired by the role of controlled experiments and system modelling (for computer simulations and/or analytical theory) in developing modern physics, experimental econophysics specially relies on controlle...

  3. Integrating Laboratory and Numerical Decompression Experiments to Investigate Fluid Dynamics into the Conduit

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    Spina, Laura; Colucci, Simone; De'Michieli Vitturi, Mattia; Scheu, Bettina; Dingwell, Donald Bruce

    2015-04-01

    The study of the fluid dynamics of magmatic melts into the conduit, where direct observations are unattainable, was proven to be strongly enhanced by multiparametric approaches. Among them, the coupling of numerical modeling with laboratory experiments represents a fundamental tool of investigation. Indeed, the experimental approach provide invaluable data to validate complex multiphase codes. We performed decompression experiments in a shock tube system, using pure silicon oil as a proxy for the basaltic melt. A range of viscosity comprised between 1 and 1000 Pa s was investigated. The samples were saturated with Argon for 72h at 10MPa, before being slowly decompressed to atmospheric pressure. The evolution of the analogue magmatic system was monitored through a high speed camera and pressure sensors, located into the analogue conduit. The experimental decompressions have then been reproduced numerically using a multiphase solver based on OpenFOAM framework. The original compressible multiphase Openfoam solver twoPhaseEulerFoam was extended to take into account the multicomponent nature of the fluid mixtures (liquid and gas) and the phase transition. According to the experimental conditions, the simulations were run with values of fluid viscosity ranging from 1 to 1000 Pa s. The sensitivity of the model has been tested for different values of the parameters t and D, representing respectively the relaxation time for gas exsolution and the average bubble diameter, required by the Gidaspow drag model. Valuable range of values for both parameters are provided from experimental observations, i.e. bubble nucleation time and bubble size distribution at a given pressure. The comparison of video images with the outcomes of the numerical models was performed by tracking the evolution of the gas volume fraction through time. Therefore, we were able to calibrate the parameter of the model by laboratory results, and to track the fluid dynamics of experimental decompression.

  4. Theoretical and Experimental Investigations of DNA Open States

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    Shigaev, A S; Lakhno, V D

    2014-01-01

    This research is a review and assay of literature data on the properties of DNA open states. The states result from large fluctuations of a duplex and have a great influence on a wide range of biochemical processes, including electric charge transfer in DNA. A comparative analysis of kinetic and thermodynamic experimental data on DNA open states has been performed for a wide temperature range. Apparent contradictions between the data of different experiments have been explained. Based on differences in thermodynamic properties and other characteristics three different types of DNA open states have been identified; a modern definition of the term "open state" has been given. A brief review of simple mathematical models of DNA has been presented; in most of the models the state of every base pair is defined by one or two variables. The central problems of investigation of heterogeneous DNA within the approaches of the level considered are examined. The roles of every model group in experimental data interpretat...

  5. Experimental investigation of radiation transmission through a water spray

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    Radiation attenuation by a water spray is experimentally investigated. Spectral transmissivity measurements are performed between 1000 and 7000cm-1 with an experimental device involving a Fourier transform spectrometer. The spray is produced by a so-called Tee-Jet 400067 nozzle for water pressure between 1.5 and 6bar. Key features like mean attenuation levels due to absorption and scattering by droplets and complex absorption pattern by water vapor are identified. Known effect of attenuation modification when increasing the water pressure is observed. A simulation is also performed to evaluate a numerical code developed in a companion study. The achieved agreement demonstrates the ability of the simulation to describe the radiation attenuation by the spray

  6. Experimental Investigation of Creep Behavior of Reactor Vessel Lower Head

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    The authors report a study which aimed at experimentally and numerically investigating and characterizing the failure of a reactor pressure vessel (RPV) lower head due to thermal and pressure loads generated by a severe accident. They present the experimental apparatus which is based on a scaled version of the lower part of a TMI-like reactor pressure vessel without vessel skirt. They report and comment the results obtained during the first five experiments: uniform heating and non penetrations, centre-peaked heat flux and no penetrations, edge-peaked heat flux and no penetrations, uniform heating with penetrations, edge-peaked heat flux with penetrations. They compare the third and fifth experience (those with edge-peaked heat flux)

  7. Experimental investigation of cyclic hygrothermal aging of hybrid composite

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    2013-04-05

    This work provides an experimental investigation of the cyclic hygrothermal aging of a hybrid composites. We aimed to propose a general framework in the view to further optimize polymer-based composites. It reports experimental data and relevant observations collected during an aging campaign (up to 2000 cycles) where anhydride-cured epoxy samples as well as composites samples are exposed to environmental conditions. The data gathered during the whole campaign reveals that (1) the polymer displays a non-classical sorption behavior (2) the volume change is correlated to the mass uptake (3) the elastic modulus is correlated to the glass transition temperature. Matrix and interface degradation of the hybrid composite is monitored by means of microstructural observations. © 2013 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Antirelaxation coatings in coherent spectroscopy: Theoretical investigation and experimental test

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    Nasyrov, K.; Gozzini, S.; Lucchesini, A.; Marinelli, C.; Gateva, S.; Cartaleva, S.; Marmugi, L.

    2015-10-01

    We describe a theoretical model, based on a density matrix and the Liouville equation, for the investigation of magneto-optical resonances in alkali-metal atomic vapor, in particular in the case of the electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) in the presence of antirelaxation coatings. The influence of the coating is parametrized with an empirical coefficient describing its efficiency; the calculations are extended to a broad range of coating quality, contrary to previous works, and to uncoated cells. The model takes into account also different configurations for the EIT formation and different efficiency of optical pumping, as determined by the coating characteristics and the atomic energy structure. The model is validated by investigating the EIT with degenerate Zeeman levels in 39K D1 and Cs D2 lines, which exhibit respectively an almost negligible and a relevant impact of hyperfine optical pumping. The results are compared to experimental data, exhibiting good agreement; in particular, for the 39K D1 line, recent findings are shown here in the case of degenerate and nondegenerate EIT with amplitude-modulated light. Our results demonstrate an effective approach for the investigation of antirelaxation coatings and their contribution in the formation of magneto-optical resonances in alkali-metal atoms, in different regimes and with largely different efficiencies. This sheds new light on well-known but not yet entirely clarified phenomena and their behavior as a function of experimental parameters.

  9. Experimental workstation for the Brazilian National Synchrotron Light Laboratory

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    The LNLS, a Brazilian National Laboratory located in Campinas, is building a synchrotron light facility which consists of a 1.15 GeV electron storage ring, its injection system and a set of light beam-lines. The light source will be used for applications in various fields of science and technology. The basic storage ring will provide users with high brilliance and tunable photon beams over a wide spectral range extending from infrared to soft X-Rays. The synchrotron source will be equipped with insertion devices (wigglers) to produce the emission of hard X-Rays (up to about 25 KeV). The design and construction of the instrumentation to use the synchrotron light, has begun at LNLS and at several laboratories interested in applications of the light source. We expect several of the designed workstations to be ready for operation by 1994, when the light source is scheduled to be available for users. (author)

  10. The hot cell laboratories for material investigations of the Institute for Safety Research

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    Viehrig, H.W.

    1998-10-01

    Special facilities for handling and testing of irradiated specimens are necessary, to perform the investigation of activated material. The Institute for Safety Research has two hot cell laboratories: - the preparation laboratory and - the materials testing laboratory. This report is intended to give an overview of the available facilities and developed techniques in the laboratories. (orig.)

  11. Laboratory investigation of antenna signals from dust impacts on spacecraft

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    Collette, A.; Meyer, G.; Malaspina, D.; Sternovsky, Z.

    2015-07-01

    We describe laboratory experiments which reproduce characteristic signals observed on spacecraft, believed to be caused by dust impact. A simulated spacecraft, including an antenna system using a facsimile of the preamplifier electronics from the STEREO/WAVES instrument, was bombarded by 10 km/s submicron-sized dust at the University of Colorado Institute for Modeling Plasma, Atmospheres, and Cosmic Dust accelerator facility. Signal variation was investigated as a function of the DC potentials of both the spacecraft and the antennas. We observed (1) signals corresponding to modification of the spacecraft body potential, an important process believed to be responsible for the so-called "triple hit" antenna signals on STEREO, (2) a few-eV energy distribution for the electrons and ions released in the impact leading to (3) signals corresponding to direct recollection of a substantial fraction of the impact charge by the spacecraft antennas, even at modest antenna bias potentials. We also observe (4) an unexpected class of fast antenna signals, which do not appear to be caused by charge recollection by either the spacecraft or the antennas and may be induced by charge separation in the expanding plasma cloud. Similar signals are also commonly observed by the STEREO/WAVES instrument but have not previously been analyzed.

  12. Experimental investigation of system effects in stressed-skin elements

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    Dela Stang, B.; Isaksson, T.

    2002-01-01

    What kind of behaviour can be expected from stressed-skin elements at failure? To answer this question was a primary objective of the experimental investigation presented in this report. Systems of 3 roof units, each made of 5 parallel beams, have been tested for load-carrying capacity and behaviour at failure. Test results are compared with analytical calculations estimating the load-bearing capacity from predicted bending strength of each beam used in the system. The test results show that failure of one beam does not necessarily lead to failure of the whole system. This is an important issue in studies of system effects.

  13. Experimental Investigation on Admittance-Based Piezoelectric Sensor Diagnostic Process

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    Jo, Hyejin; Park, Tongil; Park, Gyuhae [Chonnam National University, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-01-15

    Structural health monitoring (SHM) techniques based on the use of active-sensing piezoelectric (PZT) materials have received considerable attention. The validation of the PZT functionality during SHM operation is critical to successfully implementing a reliable SHM system. In this study, we investigated several parameters that affect the admittance-based sensor diagnostic process. We experimentally identified the temperature dependency of the active-sensor diagnostic process. We found that the admittance-based sensor diagnostic process can differentiate the adhesion conditions of bonding materials that are used to install a PZT on a structure, which is important when designing a sensor diagnostic process for an SHM system.

  14. Experimental Investigation of the Momentum Method for Determining Profile Drag

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    Goett, Harry J

    1939-01-01

    Report presents the results of an experimental investigation conducted in the full-scale tunnel to determine the accuracy of the Jones and the Betz equations for computing profile drag from total and static pressure surveys in the wake of wings. Surveys were made behind 6 by 8-foot airfoils of the NACA 0009, and 0018 sections at zero lift and behind the NACA 0012 at positive lifts. The surveys were made at various spanwise positions and at distances behind the airfoil ranging from 0.05c to 3.00c.

  15. Experimental Investigation on Admittance-Based Piezoelectric Sensor Diagnostic Process

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    Structural health monitoring (SHM) techniques based on the use of active-sensing piezoelectric (PZT) materials have received considerable attention. The validation of the PZT functionality during SHM operation is critical to successfully implementing a reliable SHM system. In this study, we investigated several parameters that affect the admittance-based sensor diagnostic process. We experimentally identified the temperature dependency of the active-sensor diagnostic process. We found that the admittance-based sensor diagnostic process can differentiate the adhesion conditions of bonding materials that are used to install a PZT on a structure, which is important when designing a sensor diagnostic process for an SHM system

  16. Experimental investigations of heated sources localization by acoustic brightness thermograph with focused antenna

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    Krotov, Eugene V.; Vilkov, Vladimir A.; Mansfeld, Anatoly D.; Reyman, Alexander M.

    2002-07-01

    Method of acoustical thermometry based on the registration of acoustical radiation produced by thermal motion of atoms and molecules allows mapping internal temperature field inside biological tissues. Investigations in this area are directed to the improvement of receiving methods and processing algorithms. Present paper is devoted to the investigation of one method of acoustical radiation measurement using acoustical thermograph with focused antenna. An operating laboratory prototype of acoustical thermograph is described. The results of experimentally measured receiving field of focused antenna in focal plane are presented. The possibility of localization of heated sources by means of acoustical thermograph with focused antenna has been demonstrated experimentally. This work was supported by RFBR and 6th competitive expertise of RAS young scientists.

  17. Investigating the Site of Newton's Laboratory in Trinity College, Cambridge

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    Spargo, P E

    2005-01-01

    It is not generally known that over the course of some thirty years, Isaac Newton carried out around four hundred chemical experiments in a private laboratory located in the walled garden immediately below his rooms in Trinity College, Cambridge. The exact location of his laboratory has long been a source of conjecture and this article describes a survey undertaken to determine both the possible site of the laboratory as well as that of the rubbish pit in which ...

  18. Laboratory investigations into the reactive transport module of carbon dioxide sequestration and geochemical simulation

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    Heidaryan, E. [Islamic Azad Univ., Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of). Masjidosolayman Branch; Enayati, M.; Mokhtari, B. [Iranian Offshore Oil Co., Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2008-07-01

    Over long time periods, geological sequestration in some systems shows mineralization effects or mineral sequestration of carbon dioxide, converting the carbon dioxide to a less mobile form. However, a detailed investigation of these geological systems is needed before disposing of carbon dioxide into these formations. Depleted oil and gas reservoirs and underground aquifers are proposed candidates for carbon dioxide injection. This paper presented an experimental investigation into the reactive transport module for handling aquifer sequestration of carbon dioxide and modeling of simultaneous geochemical reactions. Two cases of laboratory carbon dioxide sequestration experiments, conducted for different rock systems were modeled using the fully coupled geochemical compositional simulator. The relevant permeability relationships were compared to determine the best fit with the experimental results. The paper discussed the theory of modeling; geochemical reactions and mineral trapping of carbon dioxide; and application simulator for modeling including the remodeling of flow experiments. It was concluded that simulated changes in porosity and permeability could mimic experimental results to some extent. The study satisfactorily simulated the results of experimental observations and permeability results could be improved if the Kozeny-Carman equation was replaced by the Civan power law. 6 refs., 2 tabs., 21 figs.

  19. Experimental Investigation of Sulphur Removal from LPG: New Aspect

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    Mohammad Reza Memar Kazerooni

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Nano catalytic sulphur removal process is surveyed in this research, experimentally. Qualification of sulphur removal from liquefied natural gas process is investigated due to catalytic bed geometries which contains nano ferrite oxide and operation conditions. The purpose of experiments is finding the conditions which lead to the lowest amount of sulphur content in the out stream. Fraction of sulphur content in the outlet to the amount of sulphur in the inlet is considered as the operation criteria in this work. The effects of operating conditions such as operating temperature and pressure, the amount of sulphur concentration in feed stream, size of nano catalyst, the bed diameter and bed height are investigated. The different correlations with high confidence factor are introduced in this paper. Results show the diameter changes from 1-2 cm and the ratio of C/C0 changes from 0.05-0.03.

  20. Experimental investigation of transitional flow in a toroidal pipe

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    Kühnen, J; Hof, B; Kuhlmann, H

    2015-01-01

    The flow instability and further transition to turbulence in a toroidal pipe (torus) with curvature (tube-to-coiling diameter) 0.049 is investigated experimentally. The flow inside the toroidal pipe is driven by a steel sphere fitted to the inner pipe diameter. The sphere is moved with constant azimuthal velocity from outside the torus by a moving magnet. The experiment is designed to investigate curved pipe flow by optical measurement techniques. Using stereoscopic particle image velocimetry, laser Doppler velocimetry and pressure drop measurements, the flow is measured for Reynolds numbers ranging from 1000 to 15000. Time- and space-resolved velocity fields are obtained and analysed. The steady axisymmetric basic flow is strongly influenced by centrifugal effects. On an increase of the Reynolds number we find a sequence of bifurcations. For Re=4075 a supercritical bifurcation to an oscillatory flow is found in which waves travel in the streamwise direction with a phase velocity slightly faster than the mean...

  1. Experimental investigation of effects of external loads on erosive wear

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    H. Imrek

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The purpose of the paper is to investigate effects of external loads on erosive wear.Design/methodology/approach: In this experimental study, specimens were placed on specially designed a specimen holder and then, external tensile loads corresponding to 0%, 20%, 40% and 60% of the specimen’s yield strength were applied on the specimens. For every load step, the specimens were subjected to 15º, 30º, 45º, 60º, 75º and 90º of erodent impact angles. At the end of the tests, effects of external loads and impingement angles on erosive wear were studied. In the experimental set, dry and compressed air was used to impinge erodents onto the test specimens and subsequent wear was investigated. During the tests, the impingement angles were adjusted by turning the specimen holder around its axis. Erodent particles used were SAE G40 having internal uniform martensitic structure and angular geometry. Determination of erodents speed was achieved with the help of the Rotating Double Disc Method. The speed used in the tests was 30 m/s.Findings: At the end of the tests, erosive wear rates were obtained as functions of stresses and impingement angles. Graphs showing variations of erosive wear rates for load values obtained against every impingement angle and yield stress were drawn. Critical impingement angle and load values at which maximum erosion rate was obtained were determined.Research limitations/implications: In researches made on erosive wears so far; there are only few studies dealing with the effects of external loads on the specimens subjected to erosive wear. By considering that stresses may affect the erosive wear, the stress state around contact area as well as material properties, this experimental study has thus, investigated likely effects of stresses on the erosive wear. With the help of the designed special specimen holder, the specimens were subjected to tensile stresses that are lower than the yield strength of the material and then the erosive wear was investigated.Originality/value: The investigations of effects of external loads on erosive wear.

  2. Experimental Methods in Neuroscience: An Undergraduate Neuroscience Laboratory Course for Teaching Ethical Issues, Laboratory Techniques, Experimental Design, and Analysis

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    Hall, Adam C.; Harrington, Mary E

    2003-01-01

    We have developed and recently taught a 200 level undergraduate course entitled, ‘Experimental Methods in Neuroscience’. This is a required course in an increasingly popular Neuroscience major at Smith College. Students are introduced initially to issues of animal ethics and experimentation, and are familiarized with our Animal Care Facility. Using an open field and rotarod apparatus, and the elevated plus and Barnes mazes, they conduct behavioral testing of two strains of mice, C57/BL/6J and...

  3. Requirements for Real-Time Laboratory Experimentation over the Internet.

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    Salzmann, C.; Latchman, H. A.; Gillet, D.; Crisalle, O. D.

    A prototype system based on an inverted pendulum is used to study the Quality of Service and discuss requirements of remote-experimentation systems utilized for carrying out control engineering experiments over the Internet. This class of applications involves the transmission over the network of a variety of data types with their own peculiar…

  4. Experimental Investigation of Microwave Waveform Interactions with DC Plasma Discharge

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    Vela, Russell; Sotnikov, Vladimir; Wallerstein, Austin; Mudaliar, Saba; Plechaty, Christopher; Caplinger, James; Main, Daniel; Kim, Tony

    2014-10-01

    The parametric interaction of microwaves in plasma discharges is a continuing area of interest to the Air Force Research Laboratory. While early investigations usually focused on continuous wave interactions with scaled ionospheric plasma parameters, this presentation will focus on sensor-centric microwave waveforms, and their coupling in a discharge produced plasma. As a baseline for future comparison, a DC plasma discharge, maintained in the glow discharge regime, will be utilized. To analyze the plasma based distortions on sensor-centric waveforms, sensor techniques such as the degradation of the signal, the traditional signal processing, and interaction by-products will be examined. Background on the individual waveforms, the plasma parameter sets, and a microwave based approach to the signal characterization will also be provided.

  5. The Monotonicity Puzzle: An Experimental Investigation of Incentive Structures

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    Jeannette Brosig

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Non-monotone incentive structures, which - according to theory - are able to induce optimal behavior, are often regarded as empirically less relevant for labor relationships. We compare the performance of a theoretically optimal non-monotone contract with a monotone one under controlled laboratory conditions. Implementing some features relevant to real-world employment relationships, our paper demonstrates that, in fact, the frequency of income-maximizing decisions made by agents is higher under the monotone contract. Although this observed behavior does not change the superiority of the non-monotone contract for principals, they do not choose this contract type in a significant way. This is what we call the monotonicity puzzle. Detailed investigations of decisions provide a clue for solving the puzzle and a possible explanation for the popularity of monotone contracts.

  6. Computational and Experimental Investigations of Boundary Layer Tripping

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    M.R Heidari

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Supersonic flow over a tapered body of revolution has been investigated both experimentally and numerically. The experimental study consisted of a series of wind tunnel tests on an ogive-cylinder body. Static pressure distributions on the body surfaces at several longitudinal cross sections, as well as the boundary layer profiles at various angles of attack have been measured. Further, the flow around the model was visualized using Schlieren technique. Tests with a natural development of the boundary layer and with tripping were also carried out. All tests were conducted in the trisonic wind tunnel of Qadr Research Center. Our results show that artificial boundary layer tripping has minor effect on the static surface pressure distribution (depending on its diameter and installation location, while the changes in total pressure around the body were significant. Tripping the boundary layer increased its thickness, changed its profile particularly near the body surface. Two oblique shock waves were formed in the front and behind the trip wire. In this study, using multi-block grid, the thin layer Navier-Stokes (TLNS equations were solved around the above models. Also patched method was used near the interfaces. Good agreements were achieved when the numerical results were compared with the corresponding experimental data.

  7. Experimental and Numerical Investigations in Single Point Incremental Sheet Forming

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    As recent studies introduced Incremental Sheet Forming (ISF) process as a very promising technology to manufacture sheet metal parts by the CNC controlled movement of a simple generative tool, industrial interests on ISF have increased. Indeed, due to its various advantages, such process has been demonstrated as an alternative to reduce costs resulting from stamping technology when small batches or prototypes have to be manufactured. Nevertheless, the process still needs further developments. A process analysis based on experimental and numerical investigations is required to carefully analyze the capabilities of the process and to consolidate its application in sheet metal industries. Starting from experimental results on standard components to show the interest of ISF, an application is carried out accounting flexibility of the process linked to the fact that the punches or dies are avoided and preliminary results have been obtained through experimental tests to manufacture micro parts. At the same time, a FEM analysis has been carried out in order to get the characteristics of the formed parts. In order to study the control of the process, a first study is carried out to perform an on-line sheet thickness measurement

  8. Experimental and Numerical Investigations in Single Point Incremental Sheet Forming

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    Dejardin, S.; Thibaud, S.; Gelin, J. C.

    2007-05-01

    As recent studies introduced Incremental Sheet Forming (ISF) process as a very promising technology to manufacture sheet metal parts by the CNC controlled movement of a simple generative tool, industrial interests on ISF have increased. Indeed, due to its various advantages, such process has been demonstrated as an alternative to reduce costs resulting from stamping technology when small batches or prototypes have to be manufactured. Nevertheless, the process still needs further developments. A process analysis based on experimental and numerical investigations is required to carefully analyze the capabilities of the process and to consolidate its application in sheet metal industries. Starting from experimental results on standard components to show the interest of ISF, an application is carried out accounting flexibility of the process linked to the fact that the punches or dies are avoided and preliminary results have been obtained through experimental tests to manufacture micro parts. At the same time, a FEM analysis has been carried out in order to get the characteristics of the formed parts. In order to study the control of the process, a first study is carried out to perform an on-line sheet thickness measurement.

  9. Experimental investigation of streamer radius and length in SF6

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    Bujotzek, M.; Seeger, M.; Schmidt, F.; Koch, M.; Franck, C.

    2015-06-01

    SF6 has for decades been widely used in high voltage insulation and switching applications, e.g. in gas insulated switchgear. Despite its widespread use some important parameters, like the properties of streamers, are still not sufficiently understood. Since breakdown in SF6 always occurs via the streamer-leader transition the streamer properties are decisive for leader inception and, therefore, breakdown of the insulation. Important parameters are, for example, the streamer radius and the streamer propagation length of arrested streamers. Such properties enter in breakdown prediction models. In the present study the streamer radius and the propagation length were investigated experimentally at 50 and 100?kPa for both polarities using strongly and weakly non-uniform background fields. No experimental information was available so far for negative polarity. The resulting streamer radius scaling agrees with previous experimental results for positive polarity and with expectations from breakdown models for negative polarity. These results were similar for strongly non-uniform and weakly non-uniform background fields. A difference between the two setups was observed for the streamer lengths. It was found that for strongly non-uniform fields the streamer length scales as expected with the critical electric field but with a different field for weakly non-uniform background fields. This was similar for both polarities.

  10. Experimental investigation on microbubble emission boiling heat transfer

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    Microbubble emission boiling (MEB) is a phenomenon that the heat flux increases more rapidly compared to the critical heat flux (CHF) with a little increase of the heating surface superheat. A subcooled pool boiling experimental setup was built up to investigate the bubble behaviors of MEB under the atmospheric condition at different liquid subcooling with the help of high-speed video camera. The heating element of the experimental setup is a copper block with its upper part of a 10 mm diameter cylinder. The experimental results show that, in MEB regime, an unsteady vapor film spreads on the heating surface. Numerous microbubbles are emitted into subcooled liquid continuously with an extremely high speed from the interface. Along with the rise of heat flux, the oscillation period of vapor film along its thickness gets shorter and the maximum thickness also becomes smaller. The microbubble diameter under higher power heating is much smaller than that under low heating flux. The maximum heat flux in the experiment is about 9 MW/m2 at 60 K subcooling. (authors)

  11. Experimental and theoretical investigation of high gradient acceleration

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    Bekefi, G.; Chen, C.; Chen, S.; Danly, B.; Temkin, R.J.; Wurtele, J.S.

    1992-02-01

    This report contains a technical progress summary of the research conducted under the auspices of DOE Grant No. DE-FG0291ER-40648. Experimental and Theoretical Investigations of High Gradient Acceleration.'' This grant supports three research tasks: Task A consists of the design and fabrication of a 17GHz of photocathode gun, Task B supports the testing of high gradient acceleration using a 33GHz structure, and Task C comprises theoretical investigations, both in support of the experimental tasks and on critical physics issues for the development of high energy linear colliders. This report is organized as follows. The development of an rf gun design and research progress on the picosecond laser system is summarized in Sec. 2, the status of the studies of the LBL/Haimson high gradient structure, using a 50 MW free-electron laser is summarized in Sec. 3, and theoretical research progress is described in Sec. 4. Supporting material is contained in Appendices A-G.

  12. Experimental investigation of buried tritium in plant and animal tissues

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    Buried exchangeable tritium appears as part of organically bound tritium (OBT) in the traditional experimental determination of OBT. Since buried tritium quickly exchanges with hydrogen atoms in the body following ingestion, assuming that it is part of OBT rather than part of tritiated water (HTO) could result in a significant overestimate of the ingestion dose. This paper documents an experimental investigation into the existence, amount and significance of buried tritium in plant and fish samples. OBT concentrations in the samples were determined in the traditional way and also following denaturing with five chemical solutions that break down large molecules and expose buried tritium to exchange with free hydrogen atoms. A comparison of the OBT concentrations before and after denaturing, together with the concentration of HTO in the supernatant obtained after denaturing, suggests that buried OBT may exist but makes up less than 5% of the OBT concentration in plants and at most 20% of the OBT concentration in fish. The effects of rinse time and rinse water volumes were investigated to optimize the removal of exchangeable OBT from the samples. (authors)

  13. Alternate Methods to Experimentally Investigate Shock Initiation Properties of Explosives

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    Svingala, Forrest; Lee, Richard; Sutherland, Gerrit; Samuels, Philip

    2015-06-01

    Reactive flow models are desired for many new explosives early in the formulation development stage. Traditionally, these models are parameterized by carefully-controlled 1-D shock experiments, including gas-gun testing with embedded gauges and wedge testing with explosive plane wave lenses (PWL). These experiments are easy to interpret, due to their 1-D nature, but are generally expensive to perform, and cannot be performed at all explosive test facilities. We investigate alternative methods to probe shock-initiation behavior of new explosives using widely-available pentolite gap test donors and simple time-of-arrival type diagnostics. These methods can be performed at a low cost at virtually any explosives testing facility, which allows experimental data to parameterize reactive flow models to be collected much earlier in the development of an explosive formulation. However, the fundamentally 2-D nature of these tests may increase the modeling burden in parameterizing these models, and reduce general applicability. Several variations of the so-called modified gap test were investigated and evaluated for suitability as an alternative to established 1-D gas gun and PWL techniques. At least partial agreement with 1-D test methods was observed for the explosives tested, and future work is planned to scope the applicability and limitations of these experimental techniques.

  14. Experimental Investigations of Hydrogen Purification by Purging through Metal Hydride

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    Blinov D.V.

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available In an experimental stand [1] for investigation of properties of hydrogen accumulating the materials investigated a new type of reactor cleaning and storage of hydrogen. The applicability of hydrogen purging through metal hydride beds for the purification from non-poisoning admixtures is studied experimentally. The main characteristics of the process together with the main technical barriers of the proposed technology are defined. Specially designed stainless steel continuous flow reactor filled with LaFe0.1Mn0.3Ni4.8 intermetallic compound is tested at variable inlet hydrogen/inert gas composition with measuring mass flow, pressure, temperature and hydrogen content at the outlet both for charging and discharging mode. The estimations of hydrogen losses and purification capacity show certain advantages of the studied technology in comparison with PSA-like mode [1], especially from the point of view of operation regime simplification. The evident process slow-down observed in the experiment is connected with saturation of metal hydride porous bed by hydrogen and with temperature increase due to high thermal effect at sorption (~ 40 kJ/mole ?2. The ways for heat and mass transfer optimization together with the range of applicability of the method for fine hydrogen purification are described and discussed.

  15. Combined analytical and experimental investigations for LWR containment phenomena

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    Allielein, Hans Josef; Belt, Alexander; Broxtermann, Philipp [Institute of Reactor Safety and Reactor Technology LRST, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen (Germany); Reinecke, Ernst Arndt; Kelm, Stephan [Institute of Energy and Climate Research IEK-6, Julich (Germany)

    2012-04-15

    Main focus of the combined nuclear research activities at Aachen University (RWTH) and the Research Center Julich (JULICH) is the experimental and analytical investigation of containment phenomena and processes. We are deeply convinced that reliable simulations for operation, design basis and beyond-design basis accidents of nuclear power plants need the application of so-called lumped-parameter (LP) based codes as well as computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes in an indispensable manner. The LP code being used at our institutions is the GRS code COCOSYS and the CFD tool is ANSYS CFX mostly used in German nuclear research. Both codes are applied for safety analyses especially of beyond design accidents. Focal point of the work is containment thermal-hydraulics, but source term relevant investigations for aerosol and iodine behavior are performed as well. To increase the capability of COCOSYS and CFX detailed models for specific features, e.g. recombiner behavior including chimney effect, building condenser, and wall condensation are developed and validated against facilities at different scales. The close connection between analytical and experimental activities is notable and identifying feature of the RWTH/JULICH activities.

  16. Oak Ridge National Laboratory Research Reactor Experimenters' Guide

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    Cagle, C.D. (comp.)

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    The Oak Ridge National Laboratory has three multipurpose research reactors which accommodate testing loops, target irradiations, and beam-type experiments. Since the experiments must share common or similar facilities and utilities, be designed and fabricated by the same groups, and meet the same safety criteria, certain standards for these have been developed. These standards deal only with those properties from which safety and economy of time and money can be maximized and do not relate to the intent of the experiment or quality of the data obtained. The necessity for, and the limitations of, the standards are discussed; and a compilation of general standards is included.

  17. Oak Ridge National Laboratory Research Reactor Experimenters' Guide

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    The Oak Ridge National Laboratory has three multipurpose research reactors which accommodate testing loops, target irradiations, and beam-type experiments. Since the experiments must share common or similar facilities and utilities, be designed and fabricated by the same groups, and meet the same safety criteria, certain standards for these have been developed. These standards deal only with those properties from which safety and economy of time and money can be maximized and do not relate to the intent of the experiment or quality of the data obtained. The necessity for, and the limitations of, the standards are discussed; and a compilation of general standards is included

  18. The new low-level laboratory of the Arsenal Federal Experimental Plant

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    At the Arsenal Federal Experimental Plant a new laboratory for measuring low level radioactivity concentrations has been installed. Measures taken to reduce the background as well as the equipment and the goals of the laboratory are shortly described. 1 tab. (qui)

  19. New experimental tools for bioassays with whitefly in laboratory

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    Thiago Luis Martins Fanela

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this work was to develop an experimental kit for assessments of repellency, deterrence for oviposition, and insecticidal activity on adults of the whitefly Bemisia tabaci biotype B. The kit, which consisted of arenas and nebulizer, was effective for conducting bioassays, and the application of aqueous extracts by inhaler was adequate. The techniques are simple, cheap, and may contribute to research on this insect.

  20. Laboratory investigation of crushed salt consolidation and fracture healing

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    A laboratory test program was conducted to investigate the consolidation behavior of crushed salt and fracture healing in natural and artificial salt. Crushed salt is proposed for use as backfill in a nuclear waste repository in salt. Artificial block salt is proposed for use in sealing a repository. Four consolidation tests were conducted in a hydrostatic pressure vessel at a maximum pressure of 2500 psi (17.2 MPa) and at room temperature. Three 1-month tests were conducted on salt obtained from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and one 2-month test was conducted on salt from Avery Island. Permeability was obtained using argon and either a steady-state or transient method. Initial porosities ranged from 0.26 to 0.36 and initial permeabilities from 2000 to 50,000 md. Final porosities and permeabilities ranged from 0.05 to 0.19 and from -5 md to 110 md, respectively. The lowest final porosity (0.05) and permeability (-5 md) were obtained in a 1-month test in which 2.3% moisture was added to the salt at the beginning of the test. The consolidation rate was much more rapid than in any of the dry salt tests. The fracture healing program included 20 permeability tests conducted on fractured and unfractured samples. The tests were conducted in a Hoek cell at hydrostatic pressures up to 3000 psi (20.6 MPa) with durations up to 8 days. For the natural rock salt tested, permeability was strongly dependent on confining pressure and time. The effect of confining pressure was much weaker in the artificial salt. In most cases the combined effects of time and pressure were to reduce the permeability of fractured samples to the same order of magnitude (or less) as the permeability measured prior to fracturing

  1. An open microcomputer-based laboratory system for perceptional experimentality

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    Hamalainen, Ari

    A computer, equipped with hardware for acquiring data about the properties of a physical system and programs for processing that data, is a powerful tool for physics research and instruction. There is strong evidence that utilizing microcomputer-based laboratories (MBLs) in instruction can lead to significantly improved learning. The perceptional approach is a method for physics instruction, developed at the Department of Physics, University of Helsinki. Its main arguments are that the meanings of the concepts must be learnt before their formal definitions and adoption, and that learning and research are fundamentally similar concept formation processes. Applying the perceptional approach requires the ability to perform quantitative experiments, either as students' laboratory exercises or as lecture demonstrations, and to process their results. MBL tools are essential for this. In student's laboratory exercises, they reduce the routine work and leave more time for the actual learning. In lecture demonstrations, they make it possible to perform the experiments in the tight time limits. At a previous stage of the research, a set of requirements was found that the perceptional approach places on MBL systems. The primary goal of this thesis is to build a prototype of a MBL system that would fulfil these requirements. A secondary goal is to describe technical aspects of a computerized measurement system from the standpoint of educational use. The prototype was built using mostly commercial sensors and data acquisition units. The software was written with a visual programming language, designed for instrumentation applications. The prototype system was developed and tested with a set of demonstrations of various topics in the Finnish high school physics curriculum, which were implemented according to the perceptional approach. Limited usability tests were also performed. The prototype was improved, until it could perform the test demonstrations. It was found to meet the formulated requirements quite well, although not fully. It was also found that a visual programming language for instrumentation might have wider use in science education. The public domain programs of the prototype are available via Internet, in .

  2. Experimental investigation of dispersion phenomenon in a fractured porous medium

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    Ali Sanati

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Dispersion of fluids flowing through porous media is an important phenomenon in miscible displacement. Dispersion causes instability of miscible displacement flooding; therefore, to obtain and maintain the miscibility zone, the porous medium dispersivity should be considered in displacing fluid volume calculation. Many works have been carried out to investigate the dispersion phenomenon in porous media in terms of theory, laboratory experiments and modeling. What is still necessary is to study the effects of presence of fracture in a porous medium on dispersion coefficient or dispersivity. In this work dispersion phenomenon in a fractured porous medium has been investigated through a series of miscible displacement tests on homogeneous sandstone core samples. Tests were repeated on the same core samples with induced fracture in the flow direction. The effects of fracture on miscible displacement flooding have been studied by comparison of the results of dispersion tests in the absence and presence of fracture. In the presence of fracture, breakthrough time reduced and the tail of effluent S-shaped curve smeared. Moreover, the slope of S-shaped curve at 1 pore volume of injected fluid was lower than homogeneous case which means dispersion coefficient increased. The results presented in this work provide an insight to the understanding of dispersion phenomenon for modeling of miscible displacement process through naturally fractured reservoirs.

  3. Numerical and laboratory investigations of transient and steady-state flow in a fractured core

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    An improved understanding of the ability of fractures to transmit water at matric potentials less than zero is essential for evaluating the ability of the rocks of Yucca Mountain, Nevada, to safely isolate nuclear waste. Numerical and experimental investigations of this subnuclear waste. Numerical and experimental investigations of this subject will help substantiate flux estimates of both liquid water and water vapor at Yucca Mountain, aid in assessing the effectiveness of capillary barriers at the contact between nonwelded and fractured welded units, and may provide insight as to the manner in which flow may become concentrated along specific pathways through a network of fractures under conditions of partial saturation. This paper summarizes some of the numerical and laboratory investigations that have been conducted at the US Geological Survey in Denver on a core of welded tuff containing a single fracture parallel to the core axis. The objectives of these investigations were to (1) explore the possibility that the unsaturated hydrologic properties of a fracture could be estimated by applying inverse techniques to the results of transient imbibition experiments, and (2) evaluate the accuracy of estimates of unsaturated fracture hydrologic properties derived from transient tests or numerical modeling through direct steady-state measurements. The core examined in these experiments is 0.0699 m long and has a radius of 0.0208 m. It was obtained from the open-quotes columnar zoneclose quotes of the Tiva Canyon member of the Paintbrush Tuff near Wren Wash on Yucca Mountain. 10 refs., 12 figs

  4. Experimental investigations of silicon tetrafluoride decomposition in ECR discharge plasma.

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    Vodopyanov, A V; Golubev, S V; Mansfeld, D A; Sennikov, P G; Drozdov, Yu N

    2011-06-01

    The results of first experiments on the investigation of plasma of electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) discharge, sustained by CW radiation of technological gyrotron with frequency 24 GHz are considered. The parameters of nitrogen plasma of ECR discharge in magnetic field up to 1 T were investigated by Langmuir probe in the pressure range 10(-4)-10(-2) mbar under different values of microwave power. Depending on gas pressure and power of microwave radiation, the typical temperature and density of electrons could attain values of 1-5 eV and 10(11)-10(12) cm(-3), respectively. The prospects for using of ECR discharge for plasma chemical decomposition of silicon tetrafluoride (SiF(4)) have been experimentally demonstrated. Plasma was created from SiF(4) and hydrogen (H(2)) gas mixture and heated by microwave radiation in ECR conditions. Using the method of mass-spectrometry analysis of the gas at the outlet from the reactor and the weighting method, the content of the resultants of SiF(4) decomposition as a function of process parameters was investigated. It was shown that SiF(4) decomposition degree strongly depends on the microwave power, gas pressure in the reactor, gas flow rates, and can attain the value of 50%. The possible applications of PECVD method based on ECR discharge for production of isotopically pure elements with high deposition rate are discussed. PMID:21721687

  5. Experimental Investigation of Ice Phase Change Material Heat Exchangers

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    Leimkuehler, Thomas O.; Stephan, Ryan A.

    2012-01-01

    Phase change materials (PCM) may be useful for spacecraft thermal control systems that involve cyclical heat loads or cyclical thermal environments. Thermal energy can be stored in the PCM during peak heat loads or in adverse thermal environments. The stored thermal energy can then be released later during minimum heat loads or in more favorable thermal environments. This can result in a decreased turndown ratio for the radiator and a reduced system mass. The use of water as a PCM rather than the more traditional paraffin wax has the potential for significant mass reduction since the latent heat of formation of water is approximately 70% greater than that of wax. One of the potential drawbacks of using ice as a PCM is its potential to rupture its container as water expands upon freezing. In order to develop a space qualified ice PCM heat exchanger, failure mechanisms must first be understood. Therefore, a methodical experimental investigation has been undertaken to demonstrate and document specific failure mechanisms due to ice expansion in the PCM. A number of ice PCM heat exchangers were fabricated and tested. Additionally, methods for controlling void location in order to reduce the risk of damage due to ice expansion were investigated. This paper presents an overview of the results of this investigation from the past three years.

  6. Experimental investigation of the Richtmyer-Meshkov instability.

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    Weber, Christopher R. (University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI)

    2011-09-01

    The Richtmyer-Meshkov instability (RMI) is experimentally investigated using several different initial conditions and with a range of diagnostics. First, a broadband initial condition is created using a shear layer between helium+acetone and argon. The post-shocked turbulent mixing is investigated using planar laser induced fluorescence (PLIF). The signature of turbulent mixing is present in the appearance of an inertial range in the mole fraction energy spectrum and the isotropy of the late-time dissipation structures. The distribution of the mole fraction values does not appear to transition to a homogeneous mixture, and it is possible that this effect may be slow to develop for the RMI. Second, the influence of the RMI on the kinetic energy spectrum is investigated using particle image velocimetry (PIV). The influence of the perturbation is visible relatively far from the interface when compared to the energy spectrum of an initially flat interface. Closer to the perturbation, an increase in the energy spectrum with time is observed and is possibly due to a cascade of energy from the large length scales of the perturbation. Finally, the single mode perturbation growth rate is measured after reshock using a new high speed imaging technique. This technique produced highly time-resolved interface position measurements. Simultaneous measurements at the spike and bubble location are used to compute a perturbation growth rate history. The growth rates from several experiments are compared to a new reshock growth rate model.

  7. Experimental investigations in turbulent buoyant jets of sodium

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    Axisymmetric, turbulent buoyant jets are investigated in the sodium test section TEFLU. The character of the flow is divided into three regimes depending on the densimetric Froude number: the pure jet, the buoyant jet in the transition regime and the pure plume. By means of a temperature compensated Miniature Permanentmagnet Flowmeter Probe the mean velocity, mean temperature and intensity of temperature fluctuations are measured simultaneously at axial distances between 3 and 40 initial jet diameters from the orifice. The functional principle of the Miniature Permanentmagnet Flowmeter Probe which allows velocity measurements to be made in the presence of a temperature gradient is described in detail. For all three regimes both the decay laws of the quantities measured along the axis of the containment pipe and the radial profiles are indicated and discussed. With the help of the radial profiles of the mean quantities the axial development of the half-width radii and the axial development of the momentum, buoyancy and volume fluxes are calculated. In addition, the time history of the temperature fluctuations is recorded at several radial positions. The data are analysed according to characteristic values of statistical signal analysis such as minimum value, maximum value, skewness, flatness and according to characteristic functions such as probability density function, autopower spectrum density and autocorrelation function. The experimental results for the axisymmetric, turbulent buoyant jets of sodium are compared with experimental results from the literature and with fluids of molecular Prandtl numbers greater than or equal to 0.7. The basic differences betwen the experimental results obtained for water and for sodium are outlined. Statements are formulated which allow thermo- and fluiddynamic diffusion processes to be transferred from water to sodium. (orig.)

  8. Experimental investigation of bond strength under high loading rates

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    Michal Mathias

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The structural behaviour of reinforced concrete is governed significantly by the transmission of forces between steel and concrete. The bond is of special importance for the overlapping joint and anchoring of the reinforcement, where rigid bond is required. It also plays an important role in the rotational capacity of plastic hinges, where a ductile bond behaviour is preferable. Similar to the mechanical properties of concrete and steel also the characteristics of their interaction changes with the velocity of the applied loading. For smooth steel bars with its main bond mechanisms of adhesion and friction, nearly no influence of loading rate is reported in literature. In contrast, a high rate dependence can be found for the nowadays mainly used deformed bars. For mechanical interlock, where ribs of the reinforcing steel are bracing concrete material surrounding the bar, one reason can be assumed to be in direct connection with the increase of concrete compressive strength. For splitting failure of bond, characterized by the concrete tensile strength, an even higher dynamic increase is observed. For the design of Structures exposed to blast or impact loading the knowledge of a rate dependent bond stress-slip relationship is required to consider safety and economical aspects at the same time. The bond behaviour of reinforced concrete has been investigated with different experimental methods at the University of the Bundeswehr Munich (UniBw and the Joint Research Centre (JRC in Ispra. Both static and dynamic tests have been carried out, where innovative experimental apparatuses have been used. The bond stress-slip relationship and maximum pull-out-forces for varying diameter of the bar, concrete compressive strength and loading rates have been obtained. It is expected that these experimental results will contribute to a better understanding of the rate dependent bond behaviour and will serve for calibration of numerical models.

  9. Experimental investigation of bond strength under high loading rates

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    Michal, Mathias; Keuser, Manfred; Solomos, George; Peroni, Marco; Larcher, Martin; Esteban, Beatriz

    2015-09-01

    The structural behaviour of reinforced concrete is governed significantly by the transmission of forces between steel and concrete. The bond is of special importance for the overlapping joint and anchoring of the reinforcement, where rigid bond is required. It also plays an important role in the rotational capacity of plastic hinges, where a ductile bond behaviour is preferable. Similar to the mechanical properties of concrete and steel also the characteristics of their interaction changes with the velocity of the applied loading. For smooth steel bars with its main bond mechanisms of adhesion and friction, nearly no influence of loading rate is reported in literature. In contrast, a high rate dependence can be found for the nowadays mainly used deformed bars. For mechanical interlock, where ribs of the reinforcing steel are bracing concrete material surrounding the bar, one reason can be assumed to be in direct connection with the increase of concrete compressive strength. For splitting failure of bond, characterized by the concrete tensile strength, an even higher dynamic increase is observed. For the design of Structures exposed to blast or impact loading the knowledge of a rate dependent bond stress-slip relationship is required to consider safety and economical aspects at the same time. The bond behaviour of reinforced concrete has been investigated with different experimental methods at the University of the Bundeswehr Munich (UniBw) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Ispra. Both static and dynamic tests have been carried out, where innovative experimental apparatuses have been used. The bond stress-slip relationship and maximum pull-out-forces for varying diameter of the bar, concrete compressive strength and loading rates have been obtained. It is expected that these experimental results will contribute to a better understanding of the rate dependent bond behaviour and will serve for calibration of numerical models.

  10. Experimental investigations on vessel-hole ablation during severe accidents

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    This report presents experimental results, and subsequent analyses, of scaled reactor pressure vessel (RPV) failure site ablation tests conducted at the Royal Institute of Technology, Division of Nuclear Power Safety (RIT/NPS). The goal of the test program is to reduce the uncertainty level associated with the phase-change-ablation process, and, thus, improve the characterization of the melt discharge loading on the containment. In a series of moderate temperature experiments, the corium melt is simulated by the binary oxide CaO-B2O3 or the binary eutectic and non-eutectic salts NaNO3-KNO3, while the RPV head steel is represented by a Pb, Sn or metal alloys plate. A complementary set of experiments was conducted at lower temperatures, using water as melt and salted ice as plate material. These experiments scale well to the postulated prototypical conditions. The multidimensional code HAMISA, developed at RIT/NPS, is employed to analyze the experiments with good pre- and post-test predictions. The effects of melt viscosity and crust surface roughness, along with failure site entrance and exit frictional losses on the ablation characteristics are investigated. Theoretical concept was proposed to describe physical mechanisms which govern the vessel-hole ablation process during core melt discharge from RPV. Experimental data obtained from hole ablation tests and separate-effect tests performed at RIT/NPS were used to validate component physical models of the HAMISA code. It is believed that the hole ablation phenomenology is quite well understood. Detailed description of experiments and experimental data, as well as results of analyses are provided in the appendixes

  11. Experimental Investigation of Turbulence Specifications of Turbidity Currents

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    B Firoozabadi

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The present study investigates the turbulence characteristic of turbidity current experimentally. The three-dimensional Acoustic-Doppler Velocimeter (ADV was used to measure the instantaneous velocity and characteristics of the turbulent flow. The experiments were conducted in a three-dimensional channel for different discharge flows, concentrations, and bed slopes. Results are expressed at various distances from the inlet, for all flow rates, slopes and concentrations as the distribution of turbulence energy, Reynolds stress and the turbulent intensity. It was concluded that the maximum turbulence intensity happens in both the interface and near the wall. Also, it was observed that the turbulence intensity reaches its minimum where maximum velocity occurs.

  12. An experimental investigation of glare and restructured fiber metal laminates

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    Benedict, Adelina Vanessa

    Fiber Metal Laminates (FMLs) are a group of materials fabricated by bonding glass/epoxy layers within metal layers. This class of materials can provide good mechanical properties, as well as weight savings. An FML known as Glass Laminate Aluminum Reinforced Epoxy (GLARE) was studied. An experimental investigation comprising of microscopy and tensile testing was carried out using different grades of GLARE. Microscopy revealed the construction details of GLARE, while tensile testing provided means of measuring and analyzing its stress-strain responses. Next, different metal surface pretreatment methods were explored. These included sandblasting, Phosphoric Acid Anodizing (PAA), and AC-130 Sol-Gel treatment. Woven S-2 glass, an epoxy adhesive, and aluminum alloy sheet metal were used to fabricate restructured FMLs using time and cost effective procedures. Additional microscopy and tensile testing allowed for comparisons with GLARE and aircraft grade aluminum alloys. The restructured FMLs showed similar behaviors to GLARE with potential significant improvements in fabrication efficiency.

  13. Experimental investigation of the backbending phenomenon in the Os region

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    In the first part several models and theoretical formationa are discussed to explain the backbending effect. A short description of the apparatus for the measurements follows. Then the measurements on the even nuclei sup(182,184)Os and on the odd nuclei sup(181,183)Os and 181Re are discussed, which were investigated by in-beam spectroscopy. The rotational states of these nuclei were populated up to high spin states by the reactions 182W(?,5n)181Os, 186W(?,8n)182Os, 184W(?,5n)183Os, 186W(?,6n)184Os and 181Ta(?,4n)181Re. The ?-bombardement energies varied from 54 to 106. ?-single spectra, ?-?-coincidence spectra, angular distributions and time spectra were measured to get the energy levels of the rotational bands. The backbending curves which follow from these experimental results were discussed in the Rotation-Alignment model. (orig./WL)

  14. Experimental Investigation of MGB2 Switching with Magnetic Pulses

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    Ishmael, S. A.; Leveque, J.; Netter, D.; Meinke, R. B.; Masson, P. J.

    2010-04-01

    Superconducting machines require DC current excitation in the rotor usually achieved using brushless exciters relying on solid state components for current rectification. The use of solid state components limits the amount of current allowable and imposes a large inductance in the rotor. MgB2 allows for "close to" superconducting splicing enabling development of large current rotors where solid state devices could be advantageously replaced by superconducting switches and used with a flux pump excitation system. For certain applications, such as a synchronous condenser, the dynamics of the excitation system is important as well as imposing fast switching and fast recovery. Switches driven by magnetic pulses are expected to exhibit a very limited temperature increase leading to fast recovery and also to contribute to very good system dynamics. This paper covers the experimental investigation of the response of MgB2 conductors subjected to magnetic pulses. The dependence of the resistance vs. J/Jc and operating temperature are discussed.

  15. Cracking in autoclaved aerated concrete: Experimental investigation and XFEM modeling

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    The paper aims to investigate and model cracking development in beams and deep-beams made of autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC). Fracture mechanics of AAC has been first studied by performing three-point bending tests on beams, similar to those commonly used for ordinary concrete elements. In some of these tests, crack growth has been also monitored by using ESPI laser technique. In this way, it has been possible to calibrate the main parameters of a proper cohesive law by means of extended finite element inverse analysis. Subsequently, cracking tests have been also performed on deep-beams, whose behavior is more representative of full scale walls. To validate the proposed cohesive law, deep-beam experimental behavior has been finally simulated through XFEM

  16. Experimental investigations of positive ion flow in a double diode

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    The double diode, or reflex triode, has been investigated experimentally. This device consists of a semitransparent anode located between two cathodes in a configuration which produces multiply reflected electrons combined with positive ion flow. The effects of the strength of the applied axial magnetic field, anode materials, and anode thickness were systematically explored. The voltage-current characteristics of the diode are consistent with a theoretical model which includes the energy loss and scattering of electrons in the anode. Decreasing the anode thickness causes a decrease in anode voltage and an increase in ion production. Conventional operation is observed in diodes when the number of multiple reflections is reduced either by removing the axial magnetic field or by increasing the thickness of the anode

  17. Cracking in autoclaved aerated concrete: Experimental investigation and XFEM modeling

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    Ferretti, D., E-mail: daniele.ferretti@unipr.it [Department of Civil, Environmental, Land Management Engineering and Architecture, University of Parma, P.co Area delle Scienze 181/A, 43124 Parma (Italy); Michelini, E. [Department of Civil, Environmental, Land Management Engineering and Architecture, University of Parma, P.co Area delle Scienze 181/A, 43124 Parma (Italy); Rosati, G. [Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Piazza L. Da Vinci 32, 20133 Milano (Italy)

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    The paper aims to investigate and model cracking development in beams and deep-beams made of autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC). Fracture mechanics of AAC has been first studied by performing three-point bending tests on beams, similar to those commonly used for ordinary concrete elements. In some of these tests, crack growth has been also monitored by using ESPI laser technique. In this way, it has been possible to calibrate the main parameters of a proper cohesive law by means of extended finite element inverse analysis. Subsequently, cracking tests have been also performed on deep-beams, whose behavior is more representative of full scale walls. To validate the proposed cohesive law, deep-beam experimental behavior has been finally simulated through XFEM.

  18. An experimental-differential investigation of cognitive complexity

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    Full Text Available Cognitive complexity as defined by differential and experimental traditions was explored to investigate the theoretical advantage and utility of relational complexity (RC theory as a common framework for studying fluid cognitive functions. RC theory provides a domain general account of processing demand as a function of task complexity. In total, 142 participants completed two tasks in which RC was manipulated, and two tasks entailing manipulations of complexity derived from the differential psychology literature. A series of analyses indicated that, as expected, task manipulations influenced item difficulty. However, comparable changes in a psychometric index of complexity were not consistently observed. Active maintenance of information across multiple steps of the problem solving process, which entails strategic coordination of storage and processing that cannot be modelled under the RC framework was found to be an important component of cognitive complexity.

  19. Experimental investigation on the performance of a lithium chloride wheel

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    Rabah A.A.

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This work has investigated the influence of change in operation conditions on the performance of a Lithium Chloride (LiCl wheel. A rigorous experimental rig that facilitates the measurement of temperature, pressure, pressure drop, relative humidity, airflow rate and rotational speed is used. The measurements covered balanced flow at a wide range of rotational speeds (0 - 9.8 rpm, regeneration temperatures (50-70°C, airflow rates (280-540 kg/h and relative humidities (30-65% at ambient condition. The influence of those operation conditions on the wheel sensible effectiveness and coefficient of performance (COP are analyzed. The result revealed that a maximum COP occurs at a rotational speed of 0.2 rpm (12 rph. The results also concluded that Kays and London correlation is sufficient in the prediction of the effectiveness of the LiCl wheel. It represents the experimental data with an average absolute percent deviation (AAPD of 2.16 and a maximum absolute percent deviation (APDmax of about 6.00.

  20. Computational and experimental investigation of annulus heat transfer with swirl

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    Kim, Jay C.; Bennett, John C.

    1992-08-01

    Computational and experimental investigations were conducted to evaluate the effect of swirl on annulus heat transfer. In the computational approach, Reynolds-averaged turbulent Navier-Stokes equations were solved numerically using a standard K-epsilon turbulence model. For the near-wall regions, where accurate velocity and temperature profiles were needed for heat transfer calculations, the equations were solved down to the wall with a fine grid instead of using a wall function. Average convective heat transfer coefficients were measured with heat-flux gauges mounted on a large scale model. Swirl was found to cause a substantial increase in annulus heat transfer. With 45-deg swirl, average heat transfer coefficients on the outer and inner annulus wall were measured 1.5 to 2.5 times those of nonswirling flow. The comparison of the numerical results with the experimental data showed reasonable agreements in nonswirling heat transfer. In swirling flow, the calculated heat transfer agreed well with the measured data on the outer annulus wall, but the calculation overpredicted the inner heat transfer.

  1. Experimental Investigation on the Viscosity of Nano fluids

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    In this study, the effect of adding SiO2 nanoparticles on the viscosity of base fluid is investigated experimentally. Base fluids are chosen among common heat transfer fluids such as ethylene glycol, transformer oil and water. In addition different volume percentages of ethylene glycol in water are used as ethylene glycol-water solution. In every base fluid different volume fractions of SiO2 nanoparticles is added. It is shown that the viscosity of solution enhance by adding nanoparticles. The effect of cooling and heating process on the viscosity of nano fluid is also discussed. The presented data show that as the temperature increases the viscosity of base fluid and nano fluid decrease. It is also revealed that there are very little differences between the viscosity of nano fluid in a specific temperature at cooling and heating cycles. According to the experimental results new correlations for predicting the viscosity of nano fluids is presented. These correlations relate the viscosity of nano fluid to the particle volume fraction and temperature.

  2. Experimental investigations of the functional morphology of dragonfly wings

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    Rajabi, H.; Darvizeh, A.

    2013-08-01

    Nowadays, the importance of identifying the flight mechanisms of the dragonfly, as an inspiration for designing flapping wing vehicles, is well known. An experimental approach to understanding the complexities of insect wings as organs of flight could provide significant outcomes for design purposes. In this paper, a comprehensive investigation is carried out on the morphological and microstructural features of dragonfly wings. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and tensile testing are used to experimentally verify the functional roles of different parts of the wings. A number of SEM images of the elements of the wings, such as the nodus, leading edge, trailing edge, and vein sections, which play dominant roles in strengthening the whole structure, are presented. The results from the tensile tests indicate that the nodus might be the critical region of the wing that is subjected to high tensile stresses. Considering the patterns of the longitudinal corrugations of the wings obtained in this paper, it can be supposed that they increase the load-bearing capacity, giving the wings an ability to tolerate dynamic loading conditions. In addition, it is suggested that the longitudinal veins, along with the leading and trailing edges, are structural mechanisms that further improve fatigue resistance by providing higher fracture toughness, preventing crack propagation, and allowing the wings to sustain a significant amount of damage without loss of strength.

  3. Experimental Investigation of Exhaust Thermoelectric System and Application for Vehicle

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    Liu, X.; Deng, Y. D.; Wang, W. S.; Su, C. Q.

    2015-06-01

    In this case study, an energy harvesting system using a thermoelectric power generator (TEG) has been constructed. Experimental investigation of the hot and cold sides of the thermoelectric modules (TMs) in this system has been undertaken to assess the feasibility for automotive applications. Two test benches have been developed to analyze the TM performance and the TEG system characteristics, especially the temperature difference, open-circuit voltage, and maximum power output of the TM and TEG system. As the performance of a TM is most influenced by the applied pressure and the temperature difference, a thermostatic heater, thermostatic water tank, and clamping devices are used in our experimental apparatus, increasing the output power of the TEG system. Based on the test bench, a new system called the "four-TEGs" system was designed and assembled into a prototype vehicle called "Warrior," and the characteristics of the system such as the maximum power output have been studied in road tests. The results show great potential for application of this technology in future vehicles.

  4. Experimental in situ investigations of turbulence under high pressure.

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    Song, Kwonyul; Al-Salaymeh, Ahmed; Jovanovic, Jovan; Rauh, Cornelia; Delgado, Antonio

    2010-02-01

    In tube injection systems applied in high-pressure processing of packed biomaterials and foods, the pressure-transmitting medium is injected into the vessel to increase the pressure up to 1000 MPa, generating a submerged liquid-free jet. The presence of a turbulent-free jet during the pressurization phase and its positive influence on the homogeneity of the product treatment has already been examined by computational fluid dynamics investigations. However, no experimental data have supported the existence and properties of turbulent flow under high-pressure (HP) conditions up to 400 MPa. This contribution presents the development of two experimental setups: HP-laser Doppler anemometry and HP-hot wire anemometry. For the first time the time-averaged velocity profiles of a free jet during pressurization up to 300 MPa at different Reynolds numbers (Re) have been obtained. In this article, the dependence of the velocity profiles on the Re is discussed in detail. Moreover, the relaminarization phenomenon of the turbulent pipe flow most likely caused by the compressibility effects and viscosity changes of the pressure-transmitting medium is examined. PMID:20233365

  5. An experimental investigation of the dielectric properties of electrorheological fluids

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    A home-made electrorheological (ER) fluid, known as ETSERF, has been created with suspension-based powders dispersed in silicone oil. Because of the special structure of their particles, ETSERF suspensions present a complex behavior. In the absence of an electric field, the ETSERF fluid manifests a near-Newtonian behavior, but when an electric field is applied, it exhibits a pseudoplastic behavior with yield stress. The ER effect under DC electric fields has been experimentally investigated using both hydrous and anhydrous ER fluids. The ER properties are strongly dependent on the dielectric properties of ETSERF suspensions, and hydrous ER fluids have a high dielectric constant and a high relaxation frequency which show a strong electrorheological effect. The relationship between the electrorheological effect and the permittivity of ER fluids has also been extensively studied. Experimental results show that the interfacial polarization plays an important role in the electrorheological phenomenon. The ageing of ETSERF fluids was also studied and it was found that the dielectric properties (mainly the dielectric loss tangent) and ER properties are strongly related to the duration of ageing. A fresh ETSERF suspension exhibits high relaxation frequency and high dielectric constant. These results are mainly explained by the effect of interfacial polarizations

  6. Experimental investigation and theoretical modelling of an impact damper

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    Vinayaravi, R.; Kumaresan, D.; Jayaraj, K.; Asraff, A. K.; Muthukumar, R.

    2013-03-01

    Impact damping is a method for improving damping of a dynamic system by means of energy dissipation due to repeated collisions of a free mass on the base structure. This paper deals with the theoretical and experimental investigations carried out to study and characterize damping with respect to the level of base excitation. The mathematical model consists of a two degree of freedom system (in which the main system is modelled as single degree of freedom system (sdof)) which undergoes momentum transfer between main mass and impact mass. The velocity response obtained from the mathematical model for the main mass and impact mass clearly indicates that the damping of the system depends on the number of effective impacts and not on the total number of impacts. Here the effect of impact damping is studied for low frequency and high amplitude excitation. Optimum parameters are determined for design of impact damper based on the mathematical model. Experiments are conducted on a cantilever beam for various excitation levels. The damping characteristics obtained from test data are compared with the predictions made from mathematical model. A good match is obtained between theoretical and experimental results. It is also observed that the energy gets re-distributed to higher modes due to the high shock that occurs during collision of the impact mass with main mass.

  7. Experimental investigation of synthetic aperture flow angle estimation

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    Oddershede, Niels; Jensen, JØrgen Arendt

    2005-01-01

    Currently synthetic aperture flow methods can find the correct velocity magnitude, when the flow direction is known. To make a fully automatic system, the direction should also be estimated. Such an approach has been suggested by Jensen (2004) based on a search of the highest cross-correlation as a function of velocity and angle. This paper presents an experimental investigation of this velocity angle estimation method based on a set of synthetic aperture flow data measured using our RASMUS experimental ultrasound system. The measurements are performed for flow angles of 60, 75, and 90 deg. with respect to the axial direction, and for constant velocities with a peak of 0.1 m/s and 0.2 m/s. The implemented synthetic aperture imaging method uses virtual point sources in front of the transducer, and recursive imaging is used to increase the data rate. A 128 element linear array transducer is used for the experiments, and the emitted pulse is a 20 micro sec. chirp, linearly sweeping frequencies from approximately3.5 to 10.5 MHz. The flow angle could be estimated with an average bias up to 5.0 deg., and a average standard deviation between 0.2 deg. and 5.2 deg. Using the angle estimates, the velocity magnitudes were estimated with average standard deviations no higher than 6.5% relative to the peak velocity.

  8. Experimental investigation into scaling models of methane hydrate reservoir

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    Highlights: • The scaling criteria for methane hydrate reservoir are built. • The scaling criteria are verified by the experiments in two 3-D simulators. • The scaling criteria are used for predicting gas production of real hydrate reservoir. • Methane of 1.168 × 106 m3 is produced from the hydrate reservoir after 13.9 days. - Abstract: The Cubic Hydrate Simulator (CHS), a three-dimensional 5.8 L cubic pressure vessel, and the Pilot-Scale Hydrate Simulator (PHS), a three-dimensional 117.8 L pressure vessel, are used for investigating the production processes of hydrate. The gas production behaviors of methane hydrate in the porous media using the thermal stimulation method with a five-spot well system are studied. The experimental conditions are designed by a set of scaling criteria for the gas hydrate reservoir. The experimental results verify that the scaling criteria for gas hydrate production are reliable. The scaling criteria are used for predicting the production behavior of the real-scale hydrate reservoir. In the model of the real-scale hydrate reservoir with the size of 36 m × 36 m × 36 m, methane of 1.168 × 106 m3 (STP) is produced from the hydrate reservoir during 13.9 days of gas production. It is obtained that the gas recovery is 0.73, and the final energy efficiency is 9.5

  9. Experimental investigation of a two-phase nozzle flow

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    Stationary two-phase flow experiments with a convergent nozzle are performed. The experimental results are appropriate to validate advanced computer codes, which are applied to the blowdown-phase of a loss-of-coolant accident (LOCA). The steam-water experiments present a broad variety of initial conditions: the pressure varies between 2 and 13 MPa, the void fraction between 0 (subcooled) and about 80%, a great number of critical as well as subcritical experiments with different flow pattern is investigated. Additional air-water experiments serve for the separation of phase transition effects. The transient acceleration of the fluid in the LOCA-case is simulated by a local acceleration in the experiment. The layout of the nozzle and the applied measurement technique allow for a separate testing of blowdown-relevant, physical models and the determination of empirical model parameters, respectively. The measured quantities are essentially the mass flow rate, quality, axial pressure and temperature profiles as well as axial and radial density/void profiles obtained by a ?-ray absorption device. Moreover, impedance probes and a pitot probe are used. Observed phenomena like a flow contraction, radial pressure and void profiles as well as the appearance of two chocking locations are described, because their examination is rather instructive about the refinement of a program. The experimental facilities as well as the data of 36 characteristic experiments are documented. (orig.)

  10. Experimental and theoretical investigation of anaerobic fluidized bed biofilm reactors

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    M., Fuentes; M. C., Mussati; P. A., Aguirre; N. J., Scenna.

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available This work presents an experimental and theoretical investigation of anaerobic fluidized bed reactors (AFBRs). The bioreactors are modeled as dynamic three-phase systems. Biochemical transformations are assumed to occur only in the fluidized bed zone. The biofilm process model is coupled to the syste [...] m hydrodynamic model through the biofilm detachment rate; which is assumed to be a first-order function of the energy dissipation parameter and a second order function of biofilm thickness. Non-active biomass is considered to be particulate material subject to hydrolysis. The model includes the anaerobic conversion for complex substrate degradation and kinetic parameters selected from the literature. The experimental set-up consisted of two mesophilic (36±1ºC) lab-scale AFBRs (R1 and R2) loaded with sand as inert support for biofilm development. The reactor start-up policy was based on gradual increments in the organic loading rate (OLR), over a four month period. Step-type disturbances were applied on the inlet (glucose and acetic acid) substrate concentration (chemical oxygen demand (COD) from 0.85 to 2.66 g L-1) and on the feed flow rate (from 3.2 up to 6.0 L d-1) considering the maximum efficiency as the reactor loading rate switching. The predicted and measured responses of the total and soluble COD, volatile fatty acid (VFA) concentrations, biogas production rate and pH were investigated. Regarding hydrodynamic and fluidization aspects, variations of the bed expansion due to disturbances in the inlet flow rate and the biofilm growth were measured. As rate coefficients for the biofilm detachment model, empirical values of 3.73?10(4) and 0.75?10(4) s² kg-1 m-1 for R1 and R2, respectively, were estimated.

  11. Scaled Laboratory Experimental Design of Radiation-Driven Cloud Implosions

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    Keiter, Paul; Stone, James; Trantham, Matt; Malamud, Guy; Klein, Sallee

    2014-10-01

    When hot, massive stars form they ionize and heat the surrounding interstellar medium (ISM), forming an expanding region of hot, high-radiation-pressure, ionized hydrogen gas called an H II region. The H II region itself can then induce further star formation. The two main mechanisms of star formation involving H II regions are collect and collapse [Elmegreen 1977] and radiation-driven implosions [Axford, 1964, Lefloch and Lazareff 1994]. Two persistent questions for this mechanism are when in the compression process and where in the cloud does star formation occur? Our understanding of stellar formation is based on computer simulations and models. To improve our understanding of these models, data are required. We present the design of a scaled experiment to study the interaction of an ionization front with a high-density sphere, which acts as a surrogate for the molecular cloud. Irradiating a high-Z foil with laser beams generates the ionization front. The ionization front will propagate in a low-density medium before interacting with the sphere. This work is funded by the NNSA-DS and SC-OFES Joint Program in High-Energy-Density Laboratory Plasmas, Grant Number DE-NA0001840.

  12. Promising lines of investigations in the realms of laboratory astrophysics with the aid of powerful lasers

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    Belyaev, V. S., E-mail: belyaev@tsniimash.ru; Batishchev, P. A.; Bolshakov, V. V.; Elkin, K. S.; Karabadzhak, G. F.; Kovkov, D. V.; Matafonov, A. P.; Raykunov, G. G.; Yakhin, R. A. [Russian Space Agency, Central Research Institute of Machine Building (TsNIIMash) (Russian Federation); Pikuz, S. A.; Skobelev, I. Yu.; Faenov, A. Ya.; Fortov, V. E. [Russian Academy of Sciences (IVTAN), Joint Institute for High Temperatures (Russian Federation); Krainov, V. P. [Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (State University) (Russian Federation); Rozanov, V. B. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Lebedev Institute of Physics (Russian Federation)

    2013-04-15

    The results of work on choosing and substantiating promising lines of research in the realms of laboratory astrophysics with the aid of powerful lasers are presented. These lines of research are determined by the possibility of simulating, under laboratory conditions, problematic processes of presentday astrophysics, such as (i) the generation and evolution of electromagnetic fields in cosmic space and the role of magnetic fields there at various spatial scales; (ii) the mechanisms of formation and evolution of cosmic gamma-ray bursts and relativistic jets; (iii) plasma instabilities in cosmic space and astrophysical objects, plasma jets, and shock waves; (iv) supernova explosions and mechanisms of the explosion of supernovae featuring a collapsing core; (v) nuclear processes in astrophysical objects; (vi) cosmic rays and mechanisms of their production and acceleration to high energies; and (vii) astrophysical sources of x-ray radiation. It is shown that the use of existing powerful lasers characterized by an intensity in the range of 10{sup 18}-10{sup 22} W/cm{sup 2} and a pulse duration of 0.1 to 1 ps and high-energy lasers characterized by an energy in excess of 1 kJ and a pulse duration of 1 to 10 ns makes it possible to perform investigations in laboratory astrophysics along all of the chosen promising lines. The results obtained by experimentally investigating laser plasma with the aid of the laser facility created at Central Research Institute of Machine Building (TsNIIMash) and characterized by a power level of 10 TW demonstrate the potential of such facilities for performing a number of experiments in the realms of laboratory astrophysics.

  13. Experimental Investigation of Organic Synthesis in Hydrothermal Environments

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    Shock, Everett L.

    1998-01-01

    The results of the investigation were presented at a Astrobiology Institute General Meeting. Seafloor hydrothermal systems may be the most likely locations on the early Earth for the emergence of life. Because of the disequilibrium inherent in such dynamic, mixing environments, abundant chemical energy would have been available for formation of the building blocks of life. In addition, theoretical studies suggest that organic compounds in these conditions would reach metastable states, due to kinetic barriers to the formation of stable equilibrium products (CO2 and methane). The speciation of organic carbon in metastable states is highly dependent on the oxidation state, pH, temperature, pressure and bulk composition of the system. The goal of our research is to investigate the effects of a number external variables on the formation, transformation, and stability of organic compounds at hydrothermal conditions. We have begun experimental work to attempt to control the oxidation state of simulated hydrothermal systems by using buffers composed of mineral powders and gas mixtures. We are also beginning to test the stability of organic compounds under these conditions.

  14. Experimental investigation of spray characteristics of alternative aviation fuels

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    Highlights: • Physical properties of GTL fuel are different from those of conventional jet fuels. • Spray characteristics of GTL and Jet A-1 fuels are experimentally investigated using phase Doppler anemometry. • Regions near the nozzle are influenced by differences in fuel physical properties. • Spray characteristics of GTL can be predicted by empirical relations developed for conventional jet fuels. - Abstract: Synthetic fuels derived from non-oil feedstock are gaining importance due to their cleaner combustion characteristics. This work investigates spray characteristics of two Gas-to-Liquid (GTL) synthetic jet fuels from a pilot-scale pressure swirl nozzle and compares them with those of the conventional Jet A-1 fuel. The microscopic spray parameters are measured at 0.3 and 0.9 MPa injection pressures at several points in the spray using phase Doppler anemometry. The results show that the effect of fuel physical properties on the spray characteristics is predominantly evident in the regions close to the nozzle exit at the higher injection pressure. The lower viscosity and surface tension of GTL fuel seems to lead to faster disintegration and dispersion of the droplets when compared to those of Jet A-1 fuel under atmospheric conditions. Although the global characteristics of the fuels are similar, the effects of fuel properties are evident on the local spray characteristics at the higher injection pressure

  15. Experimental investigation of water sprayed finned heat exchanger tube bundles

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    Experimental investigations have been made to study the performance of two finned tube-bundle heat exchangers (FORGO type) when wetted by water sprays. The heat exchangers are designed to cool water in a dry cooling tower. The test-elements had a frontal area of 1 m2. The water sprays were created by 20 nozzles, 200 mm in front of the heat exchangers. Air velocities at the inlet of the coolers were in the range 0,8 m/s to 12 m/s and initial temperature differences ITD reached 45 degrees C. The test facility was designed to determine the combined latent and sensible heat fluxes in the wetted heat exchanger, the airside pressure drop and the air humidity and temperature at the exchanger inlet and outlet, and to measure the weight of the water wetting the cooler's surface. The sprayed test elements were investigated in different positions, but most of the experiments were carried out in the position with the fins horizontal

  16. Using Experimental Methods to Investigate Discriminatory Tendencies: A Lesson Report

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    Yu-Wen Chen

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Using dictator games in experimental analysis, this lesson report demonstrates the process and results of a postgraduate class project in which university students were instructed to scientifically investigate and explore one of German society’s most hotly-contested issues: the level of discriminatory tendencies of non-Muslims towards Muslims. The results of this class project show little or no discriminatory tendencies toward Muslims. Instead, the university students under our investigation tended to act favorably, or at the very least, fairly toward Muslims. We expect that this lesson report can demonstrate how a postgraduate course can be conducted in an innovative way, empowering students to collect primary data and finishing a small scientific project during the span of a semester. Dieser Bericht stellt die Prozesse und Ergebnisse einer experimentellen Studie eines Postgraduierten-Kurses der Universität Greifswald dar. Wir zeigen, wie Studierende das Thema Migration innovativ untersuchen können, indem sie neben theoretischen Lerninhalten an experimentelle Methoden sowie die Primärforschung herangeführt werden. Anhand eines Diktatorspiels wurden die teilnehmenden Studenten angeleitet, ein in der Öffentlichkeit kontrovers debattiertes Thema wissenschaftlich zu untersuchen: Diskriminierende Tendenzen von Nicht-Muslimen gegenüber Muslimen. Die Ergebnisse dieser Studie lassen jedoch nicht auf diskriminierende Tendenzen der Studenten schließen. Stattdessen deuten sie darauf hin, dass sich die Studierenden zumindest fair gegenüber Muslimen verhalten.

  17. Experimental investigation of 3-D MHD flows at high Hartmann number and interaction parameters

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    Experimental investigations of 3-D MHD flows in uniform thin conducting wall ducts of circular and square cross section, conducted at Argonne National Laboratory's ALEX facility, are reported. The three-dimensional nature of the flow arises from the spacial variation of the applied transverse magnetic field. Measurements were performed at several Hartmann numbers, M, and interaction parameters, N, with the peak value for M exceeding 6 /times/ 103 and the peak value for N exceeding 105. Typical results and their comparison to numerical analysis reported in a companion paper are given, as is a brief description of the ALEX facility and the experimental methods employed. Ongoing activities and plans for future experiments are also discussed. 6 refs., 3 figs

  18. Experimental Investigations on Airborne Gravimetry Based on Compressed Sensing

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    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Gravity surveys are an important research topic in geophysics and geodynamics. This paper investigates a method for high accuracy large scale gravity anomaly data reconstruction. Based on the airborne gravimetry technology, a flight test was carried out in China with the strap-down airborne gravimeter (SGA-WZ developed by the Laboratory of Inertial Technology of the National University of Defense Technology. Taking into account the sparsity of airborne gravimetry by the discrete Fourier transform (DFT, this paper proposes a method for gravity anomaly data reconstruction using the theory of compressed sensing (CS. The gravity anomaly data reconstruction is an ill-posed inverse problem, which can be transformed into a sparse optimization problem. This paper uses the zero-norm as the objective function and presents a greedy algorithm called Orthogonal Matching Pursuit (OMP to solve the corresponding minimization problem. The test results have revealed that the compressed sampling rate is approximately 14%, the standard deviation of the reconstruction error by OMP is 0.03 mGal and the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR is 56.48 dB. In contrast, the standard deviation of the reconstruction error by the existing nearest-interpolation method (NIPM is 0.15 mGal and the SNR is 42.29 dB. These results have shown that the OMP algorithm can reconstruct the gravity anomaly data with higher accuracy and fewer measurements.

  19. Experimental investigation of filtered epithermal-photoneutron Beams for BNCT

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    The Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL) has been investigating the feasibility of a concept for an accelerator-based source of epithermal neutrons for BNCT that is based on the use of a two-stage photoneutron production process driven by an electron accelerator. In this concept, relativistic electron beams impinge upon heavily-shielded tungsten targets located at the outer radius of a small cylindrical tank of circulating heavy water (D20). A fraction of the energy of the electrons is converted in the tungsten targets into radially-inward-directed bremsstrahlung radiation. Neutrons subsequently generated by photodisintegration of deuterons in the D2O within the tank are directed to the patient through a suitable beam tailoring system. Initial proof-of-principal tests using a low-current benchtop prototype of this concept have been conducted. Testing has included extensive measurements of the unfiltered photoneutron source as well as initial measurements of filtered epithermal-neutron spectra produced using two different advanced neutron filtering assemblies, as described here

  20. Experimental investigation of the acceleration of deflagration in wake flow

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    In gas cloud explosions, turbulence is produced by the flow-field induced by the combustion process. But turbulence can also be produced by an initial flow field, due to atmospheric wind or technical devices. This turbulence may lead to an increased rate of chemical reaction, inducing high pressure levels. The influence of an initial flow field must be taken into account, in connection with safety aspects of nuclear power plants. The reported laboratory-scale experiments were designed to investigate the influence of a flow field, present at the moment of ignition inside a partially-confined hydrocarbon-air cloud. These experiments used a flow channel capable of producing an unsteady flow-field of combustible gas independently of the combustion process itself. The parameters which varied in these tests are: initial flow velocity, gas-mixture composition and geometry. The tests were carried out with stochiometric ethylene-air and propane-air mixtures. The measured quantities are: pressure time history inside the test section. CH-radical radiation. High-speed photographs were also taken. The results show that initial flow speed and reactivity of the mixture have a strong influence on the maximum overpressure and duration of the positive pressure phase, but quenching effects may become important for high flow velocities and mixtures of low reactivity

  1. The colloid investigations conducted at the Aespoe Hard Rock Laboratory during 2000-2004

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    In 2000, SKB decided to initiate an international colloid project at the Aespoe Hard Rock Laboratory in Sweden. The objectives of the colloid project are to: (i) study the role of bentonite as a colloid source, (ii) verify the background colloid concentration at Aespoe HRL and, (iii) investigate the potential for colloid formation/transport in natural groundwater concentrations. The experimental concepts for the colloid project are: laboratory experiments with bentonite, background field measurements of natural colloids, borehole specific bentonite colloid stability experiments and a fracture specific transport experiment. The activities concerning the laboratory experiments and background field measurements are described in this work; the other activities are ongoing or planned. The following conclusions were made: The bentonite colloid stability is strongly dependent on the groundwater ionic strength. Natural colloids are organic degradation products such as humic and fulvic acids, inorganic colloids (clay, calcite, iron hydroxide) and microbes. Microbes form few but large particles and their concentration increase with increasing organic carbon concentrations. The small organic colloids are present in very low concentrations in deep granitic groundwater. The concentrations can be rather high in shallow waters. The colloid concentration decreases with depth and salinity, since colloids are less stable in saline waters. The colloid content at Aespoe is less than 300 ppb. The colloid content at repository level is less than 50 ppb. The groundwater variability obtained in the boreholes reflects well the natural groundwater variability along the whole HRL tunnel

  2. The colloid investigations conducted at the Aespoe Hard Rock Laboratory during 2000-2004

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    Laaksoharju, Marcus [Geopoint AB, Stockholm (Sweden); Wold, Susanna [Royal Inst. of Tech., Stockholm (Sweden). School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Nuclear Chemistry] (eds.)

    2005-12-15

    In 2000, SKB decided to initiate an international colloid project at the Aespoe Hard Rock Laboratory in Sweden. The objectives of the colloid project are to: (i) study the role of bentonite as a colloid source, (ii) verify the background colloid concentration at Aespoe HRL and, (iii) investigate the potential for colloid formation/transport in natural groundwater concentrations. The experimental concepts for the colloid project are: laboratory experiments with bentonite, background field measurements of natural colloids, borehole specific bentonite colloid stability experiments and a fracture specific transport experiment. The activities concerning the laboratory experiments and background field measurements are described in this work; the other activities are ongoing or planned. The following conclusions were made: The bentonite colloid stability is strongly dependent on the groundwater ionic strength. Natural colloids are organic degradation products such as humic and fulvic acids, inorganic colloids (clay, calcite, iron hydroxide) and microbes. Microbes form few but large particles and their concentration increase with increasing organic carbon concentrations. The small organic colloids are present in very low concentrations in deep granitic groundwater. The concentrations can be rather high in shallow waters. The colloid concentration decreases with depth and salinity, since colloids are less stable in saline waters. The colloid content at Aespoe is less than 300 ppb. The colloid content at repository level is less than 50 ppb. The groundwater variability obtained in the boreholes reflects well the natural groundwater variability along the whole HRL tunnel.

  3. Laboratory and numerical investigations of air sparging using MTBE as a tracer

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    Mortensen, A. P.; Jensen, Karsten HØgh

    2000-01-01

    Air sparging experiments were conducted in a laboratory column to investigate air now and mass transfer behavior in different types of sand at different air injection rates. Methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) was applied as a tracer, and by measuring the volatilization and the mean air content during the experiments, the air flow pattern and its influence on mass transfer were assessed. The experimental results showed large differences among the sand types. In fine sand, the mean air content was high and the volatilization of MTBE was rapid with total recovery after a few hours. In coarse sand, the mean air content was low and the volatilization of MTBE was limited. The results indicate two different air flow distributions. In fine-grained materials, a uniform air distribution can be expected compared to coarse-grained materials where isolated air channels will limit the mass transfer. Afterwards, the experiments were simulated using the numerical multiphase flow code T2VOC, and the results compared to those obtained in the laboratory. The experiments with fine sand were simulated well, while for coarser sand types the volatilization was highly overestimated. The differences between model and laboratory results were mainly attributed to the nonuniformity of the air saturation and the neglection of kinetics in the mass transfer formulation.

  4. Combined Experimental and Numerical Investigations into Laser Propulsion Engineering Physics

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    Kenoyer, David Adam

    The RPI pulsed Laser Propulsion (LP) research effort focuses on the future application of launching nano- and micro-satellites (1-10 kg payloads) into Low Earth Orbit (LEO), using a remote Ground Based Laser (GBL) power station to supply the required energy for flight. This research program includes both experimental and numerical studies investigating the propulsive performance of several engine geometries (constituting a lightcraft family). Using the Lumonics twin K-922m TEA pulsed laser system, axial and lateral thrust, C m, Isp, and ? measurements were made for these engine geometries, examining the effects of several critical factors including: engine orientation (e.g. lateral and angular offset), laser pulse energy, pulse repetition frequency, pulse duration, propellant type, and engine size-scaling effects. Investigation into the origins of lateral "beam riding" forces was of particular interest. Lateral impulse measurements and high speed Schlieren photography were utilized to provide an understanding of laser beam-riding/propulsive physics. The acquired lightcraft database was used to further develop an existing 7-Degree Of Freedom (DOF) flight dynamics model extensively calibrated against 16 actual trajectories of small scale model lightcraft flown at White Sands Missile Range, NM on a 10 kW pulsed CO2 laser called PLVTS. The full system 7-DOF model is comprised of updated individual aerodynamics, engine, laser beam propagation, variable vehicle inertia, reaction controls system, and dynamics models, integrated to represent all major phenomena in a consistent framework. This flight dynamics model and associated 7-DOF code provide a physics-based predictive tool for basic research investigations into laser launched lightcraft for suborbital and orbital missions. Simulations were performed to demonstrate the flight capabilities of each engine geometry using the updated lightcraft propulsion database, the results of which further demonstrate that autonomous beam riding capability is an essential component for a stable launch to orbit and the future of LP.

  5. Space Weathering in Houston: A Role for the Experimental Impact Laboratory at JSC

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    Cintala, M. J.; Keller, L. P.; Christoffersen, R.; Hoerz, F.

    2015-01-01

    The effective investigation of space weathering demands an interdisciplinary approach that is at least as diversified as any other in planetary science. Because it is a macroscopic process affecting all bodies in the solar system, impact and its resulting shock effects must be given detailed attention in this regard. Direct observation of the effects of impact is most readily done for the Moon, but it still remains difficult for other bodies in the solar system. Analyses of meteorites and precious returned samples provide clues for space weathering on asteroids, but many deductions arising from those studies must still be considered circumstantial. Theoretical work is also indispensable, but it can only go as far as the sometimes meager data allow. Experimentation, however, can permit near real-time study of myriad processes that could contribute to space weathering. This contribution describes some of the capabilities of the Johnson Space Center's Experimental Impact Laboratory (EIL) and how they might help in understanding the space weathering process.

  6. Ribose 5-Phosphate Isomerase Investigations for the Undergraduate Biochemistry Laboratory

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    Jewett, Kathy; Sandwick, Roger K.

    2011-01-01

    The enzyme ribose 5-phosphate isomerase (RpiA) has many features that make it attractive as a focal point of a semester-long, advanced biochemistry laboratory for undergraduate students. The protein can easily and inexpensively be isolated from spinach using traditional purification techniques. Characterization of RpiA enzyme activity can be…

  7. An Adaptable Investigative Graduate Laboratory Course for Teaching Protein Purification

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    Carroll, Christopher W.; Keller, Lani C.

    2014-01-01

    This adaptable graduate laboratory course on protein purification offers students the opportunity to explore a wide range of techniques while allowing the instructor the freedom to incorporate their own personal research interests. The course design involves two sequential purification schemes performed in a single semester. The first part…

  8. Vectors and Fomites: An Investigative Laboratory for Undergraduates.

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    Adamo, Joseph A.; Gealt, Michael A.

    1996-01-01

    Presents a laboratory model system for introductory microbiology students that involves hands-on studies of bacteria vectored in soil nematodes. Describes a series of experiments designed to demonstrate vector-fomite transmission, bacterial survival, and disinfectant activity. Introduces the concept of genetically engineered microorganisms and the…

  9. A Collaborative, Investigative Recombinant DNA Technology Course with Laboratory

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    Pezzementi, Leo; Johnson, Joy F.

    2002-01-01

    A recombinant DNA technology course was designed to promote contextual, collaborative, inquiry-based learning of science where students learn from one another and have a sense of ownership of their education. The class stressed group presentations and critical reading and discussion of scientific articles. The laboratory consisted of two research…

  10. Pain-avoidance versus reward-seeking: an experimental investigation.

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    Claes, Nathalie; Crombez, Geert; Vlaeyen, Johan W S

    2015-08-01

    According to fear-avoidance models, a catastrophic interpretation of a painful experience may give rise to pain-related fear and avoidance, leading to the development and maintenance of chronic pain problems in the long term. However, little is known about how exactly motivation and goal prioritization play a role in the development of pain-related fear. This study investigates these processes in healthy volunteers using an experimental context with multiple, competing goals. In a differential human fear-conditioning paradigm, 57 participants performed joystick movements. In the control condition, one movement (conditioned stimulus; CS) was followed by a painful electrocutaneous unconditioned stimulus (pain-US) in 50% of the trials, whereas another movement (nonreinforced conditioned stimulus; CS) was not. In the experimental condition, a reward in the form of lottery tickets (reward-US) accompanied the presentation of the pain-US. Participants were classified into 3 groups, as a function of the goal, they reported to be the most important: (1) pain-avoidance, (2) reward-seeking, and (3) both goals being equally important. Results indicated that neither the reward co-occurring with pain nor the prioritized goal modulated pain-related fear. However, during subsequent choice trials, participants selected the painful movement more often when the reward was presented compared with the context in which the reward was absent. The latter effect was dependent on goal prioritization, with more frequent selections in the reward-seeking group, and the least selections in the pain-avoidance group. Taken together, these results underscore the importance of competing goals and goal prioritization in the attenuation of avoidance behavior. PMID:25775360

  11. Calculation and experimental investigation of multi-component ceramic systems

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    This work shows a way to combine thermodynamic calculations and experiments in order to get useful information on the constitution of metal/non-metal systems. Many data from literature are critically evaluated and used as a basis for experiments and calculations. The following multi-component systems are treated: 1. Multi-component systems of 'ceramic' materials with partially metallic bonding (carbides, nitrides, oxides, borides, carbonitrides, borocarbides, oxinitrides of the 4-8th transition group metals) 2. multi-component systems of non-metallic materials with dominant covalent bonding (SiC, Si3N4, SiB6, BN, Al4C3, Be2C) 3. multi-component systems of non-metallic materials with dominant heteropolar bonding (Al2O3, TiO2, BeO, SiO2, ZrO2). The interactions between 1. and 2., 2. and 3., 1. and 3. are also considered. The latest commercially available programmes for the calculation of thermodynamical equilibria and phase diagrams are evaluated and compared considering their facilities and limits. New phase diagrams are presented for many presently unknown multi-component systems; partly known systems are completed on the basis of selected thermodynamic data. The calculations are verified by experimental investigations (metallurgical and powder technology methods). Altogether 690 systems are evaluated, 126 are calculated for the first time and 52 systems are experimentally verified. New data for 60 ternary phases are elaborated by estimating the data limits for the Gibbs energy values. A synthesis of critical evaluation of literature, calculations and experiments leads to new important information about equilibria and reaction behaviour in multi-component systems. This information is necessary to develop new stable and metastable materials. (orig./MM)

  12. Theoretical and experimental investigation of cappillary electrolysis system

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    In a fusion reactor environment, it is expected that highly tritiated water will be formed when tritium is extracted from the blanket as well as during the plasma exhaust purification process. As a consequence, the recovery of elemental tritium from its oxides is an essentrial step before recycling the fuel to the reactor. Among different basic processes that can be used for this purpose, electrolysis appears to be very promising. Therefore, SCK/CEN has developed a small dedicated cell designed to decompose 100 ml/day of pure DTO or HTO. At the present project stage, a prototype cell is available and the device has been successfully tested with light water during several thousands of hours. In the orginal concept, the liquid inventory is limited to the vertical porous gas separator. Capillarity is used as a driving force to feed the cell to avoid the use of a pump. This fact turns out to have a considerable influence on the behaviour of the electrolytic system. This particular behaviour has been theorectically investigated with the aim to allow a better basic understanding of the capillary electrolysis. A deterministic model has been developed for its purpose. The mathematical equations show clearly that the electrolyte tends to accumulate at the top of the gas separator. An equilibrium state can be reached only if sufficiently large amounts of electrolyte can flow back towards the bottom of the gas separator. This counter-flow has been taken into account by introducing a single general diffusion coefficient into the model. In a second phase, systematic experimental runs have been carried out with mock-up cells. A statistical treatment based on the maximum likelihood estimation algorithm allowed to compute the best values for the diffusion coefficient and to validate the model. Finally, acceptabel ranges of the independent varialbles have been defined and all the subsequent experimental runs have been performed without stability problems. (author). 12 refs.; 5 figs.; 1 tab

  13. Experimental Investigation of Piston Rings for Internal Combustion Engines

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    Klit, Peder; VØlund, Anders

    2008-01-01

    One of the major prerequisites for calculating piston ring friction is a good description of the tribological situation. A very important condition for describing the frictional behavior of a piston ring correctly is knowledge about the amount of lubricant present. For piston rings the external load may be established by measuring the pressure distribution, i.e. the pressure drop in the piston ring package. Speed and temperature may also be established. The amount and distribution of oil present is, however, not easily determined. It is often assumed that it operates under fully flooded conditions, but this is not the case in real life operation. These problems forms the basis for the experimental investigation. In large two-stroke engines the cylinder oil is supplied to the bearing at discrete locations on the cylinder liner at a specific rate at a certain time. The shifting in lubrication regimes and the non-uniform oil distribution opens for the possibility of starved conditions for the piston ring bearing. Therefore it is important to measure the oil distribution on the liner as a function of the operating conditions. The amount of lubricant available is reflected in the friction absorbed in the bearing. Since the frictional forces are small compared to the rest of the acting forces the rig is designed such that the piston is fixed while the cylinder liner moves. This approach makes it simple to measure the parameters mentioned above by putting the instrumentation in the piston assembly. The aim of this paper is to investigate the tribological condition between a piston ring and cylinder. A test apparatus is used to study the interaction between a piston ring and a cylinder liner. In large two stroke engines with cross head bearings the piston height is small compared to smaller four stroke engines where the skirt transfers the guide forces to the cylinder liner. The power loss due to piston skirt friction is estimated by comparing two different piston designs. The piston ring experiences hydrodynamic, mixed and boundary lubrication and the squeeze effect of the piston ring is significant. Experimental results are presented and the influence from speed, number of piston rings, lubrication oil type and supply oil is discussed.

  14. Experimental investigation of an indirect type natural convection solar dryer

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    El-Sebaii, A.A.; Aboul-Enein, S.; Ramadan, M.R.I.; El-Gohary, H.G. [Tanta Univ. (Egypt). Dept. of Physics

    2002-11-01

    An indirect type natural convection solar dryer is designed, constructed and investigated experimentally under Tanta prevailing weather conditions. The system consists of a flat plate solar air heater connected to a cabinet acting as a drying chamber. The air heater is designed to be able to insert various storage materials under the absorber plate in order to improve the drying process. Sand is used as the storage material. Drying experiments have been conducted with and without storage materials for different spherical fruits, such as seedless grapes, figs and apples, as well as vegetables, such as green peas, tomatoes and onions. The solar irradiance, temperature distribution in different parts of the system, ambient temperature and relative humidity of the inlet and outlet drying air have been recorded. The equilibrium moisture content M{sub e} for seedless grapes is reached after 60 and 72 h when the system is used with and without storage material, respectively. Therefore, the storage material reduces the drying process by 12 h. In order to accelerate the drying process, the drying products are divided into pieces and then chemically treated by dipping the samples into boiling water containing 0.4% olive oil and 0.3% NaOH for 60 s. However, the required time to achieve M{sub e} for the chemically treated seedless grapes, when the system is used with sand as a storage material, is drastically reduced to 8 h. Moreover, we found that the storage and chemical pretreatment have caused significant decreases of the drying time for all the investigated crops. The present system is capable of drying 10 kg of chemically treated grapes or green peas during 20 h of sunshine. (author)

  15. Experimental investigation and mechanical modelling of zircaloy-4 stress corrosion cracking

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    In Pressurised Water Reactor fuel assemblies, cladding tubes constitute the first safety barriers against the fission product dissemination. It is therefore essential to ensure their integrity under all the reactor operating conditions. During an important loading, resulting from severe reactor power transients, clad failures can be induced by a Stress Corrosion Cracking phenomenon (SCC) due to the combined action of mechanical loading and gaseous fission products generated by the fuel pellets. The aim of our work is to study the role played by different parameters on the SCC phenomenon of Zircaloy-4 claddings. It is made up of three complementary parts: - the modelling of local mechanical fields applied during laboratory tests; - the design of specific SCC experiments to investigate the influence of several mechanical parameters; - the observation of the damage mechanisms occurring during these different experiments. Coupling mechanical modelling and laboratory tests allowed to obtain some local information which cannot be obtained experimentally. A hierarchical approach was then used to develop accurate constitutive laws of the stress-relieved Zircaloy-4 alloy. The constitutive equations derived from this approach were fitted to the mechanical loading applied during the experiments. The specific SCC tests results and SEM observations proved the existence of a time incubation period, which lasts for an important part of the lifetime measured in the SCC pressurization tests. This incubation period is closely related to the experimental conditions of the laboratory tests. However the incubation period must be distinguished from the actual SCC mechanisms and corresponds to the time required for the metal surface to strip of its oxide layer by mechanical cracking and/or attack of zircon. First results obtained on pre-cracked samples showed that this stage, which introduces an artefact in the experimental test analysis, can be suppressed. Moreover, we have borne out that initiation and propagation of SCC cracks can be very fast when metal is laid bare and when iodine is present. (author)

  16. Experimental investigation and mechanistic modelling of dilute bubbly bulk boiling

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    During evaporation the geometric shape of the vapour is not described using thermodynamics. In bubbly flows the bubble shape is considered spheric with small diameters and changing into various shapes upon growth. The heat and mass transfer happens at the interfacial area. The forces acting on the bubbles depend on the bubble diameter and shape. In this work the prediction of the bubble diameter and/or bubble number density in bulk boiling was considered outside the vicinity of the heat input area. Thus the boiling effects that happened inside the nearly saturated bulk were under investigation. This situation is relevant for nuclear safety analysis concerning a stagnant coolant in the spent fuel pool. In this research project a new experimental set-up to investigate was built. The experimental set-up consists of an instrumented, partly transparent, high and slender boiling container for visual observation. The direct visual observation of the boiling phenomena is necessary for the identification of basic mechanisms, which should be incorporated in the simulation model. The boiling process has been recorded by means of video images and subsequently was evaluated by digital image processing methods, and by that data concerning the characteristics of the boiling process were generated for the model development and validation. Mechanistic modelling is based on the derivation of relevant mechanisms concluded from observation, which is in line with physical knowledge. In this context two mechanisms were identified; the growth/-shrink mechanism (GSM) of the vapour bubbles and sudden increases of the bubble number density. The GSM was implemented into the CFD-Code ANSYS-CFX using the CFX Expression Language (CEL) by calculation of the internal bubble pressure using the Young-Laplace-Equation. This way a hysteresis is realised as smaller bubbles have an increased internal pressure. The sudden increases of the bubble number density are explainable by liquid super-heating. The liquid super-heating is only possible if the heat and mass transfer between the phases is slower than the saturation temperature reduction by hydrostatic pressure decreases along the height of the boiling container or due to bubble growth. By activation of the so far inactive micro-bubbles in the liquid bulk volume the bubble number density quickly increases. This effect is modelled by an algebraic function that uses a constant bubble number density in the vicinity of the saturation temperature and applies an exponentially increased bubble number density depending on the liquid super-heating. Based on modelling a local and variable bubble number density numerical flow simulations were performed. The simulations showed that this approach is a suitable model to describe the mechanisms found in the experiments. Model parameters were determined and verified by correlation with the experimental data.

  17. Numerical and experimental investigation of thermosyphon solar water heater

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    Highlights: • We studied a thermosyphon solar water heater composed of high-performance components. • A differential equations solution technique is investigated. • The influences of the collector and storage losses on the system performance were examined. • The storage losses have more influence on the long-term performance. - Abstract: A glassed flat plate collector with selective black chrome coated absorber and a low wall conductance horizontal storage are combined in order to set up a high performance thermosyphon system. Each component is tested separately before testing the complete system in spring days. During the test period, effect of different inlet water temperatures on the collector performance is studied and results have shown that the collector can reach a high efficiency and high outlet water temperature even for elevated inlet water temperatures. Subsequently, long term system performance is estimated by using a developed numerical model. The proposed model, accurate and gave a good agreement with experimental results, allowed to describe the heat transfer in the storage. It has shown also that the long-term performances are strongly influenced by losses from the storage than losses from the collector

  18. Experimental investigations of the ''Angara-5'' facility module

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    The description and results of experimental investigation of the head module of the ''Angara-5'' facility are presented. The module represents and energy storage consisting of the Arkadiev-Marx generator and double shaping line (DSL). The intermediate DSL electrode is conneeted with the generator by two conductors passing through the separating section with four dielectric partitions. In the course of DSL commutation realized by five gass-filled commutators internal electrode charging is performed through the cantilever being isolation induction. Basic DSL characteristics are given. In the process of operation on increasing charge module voltage about 180 pulses with DSL charge voltage-1 MV, 80 pulses with charge voltage 1,6 MV and 10 pulses with 2,1 MV voltage have been performed. In all module operation conditions no break-down in water have been observed. Time spread of commutators switch on not exceeding +- 2,6 ns. Gas discharge channel losses are given. The module power balance under capacitor charging voltage +- 80 kV is presented

  19. Experimental investigation of the internal methane pressure in hydrogen attack

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    An experimental investigation of the internal methane pressure that is the driving force for bubble growth in hydrogen attack (HA) was done on pure iron (204 ppm C) and on two low carbon steels of slightly different compositions. The methane content N (c.c gas/g. material) in attacked specimens was measured by a vacuum extraction technique. The total void volume V (c.c) was determined from density measurements before and after HA exposure. The two values, N and V, were then used in an equation of state to calculate an average methane pressure P for the attack stages beyond a density loss (d.l.) greater than 0.05 pct. It was determined that N and P depend on hydrogen exposure conditions and the presence of traces of strong carbide forming alloying elements (in steel). They are independent of specimen size and grain size over a limited range. P varies as the bubble volume increases, showing a generally decreasing trend which brings it to values lower than calculated equilibrium pressures, although well within the same order of magnitude. Possible reasons for this behavior are discussed

  20. Experimental Investigation of High Temperature Superconducting Imaging Surface Magnetometry

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    Espy, M.A.; Matlachov, A.N.; Kraus, R.H., Jr.

    1999-06-21

    The behavior of high temperature superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) in the presence of high temperature superconducting surfaces has been investigated. When current sources are placed close to a superconducting imaging surface (SIS) an image current is produced due to the Meissner effect. When a SQUID magnetometer is placed near such a surface it will perform in a gradiometric fashion provided the SQUID and source distances to the SIS are much less than the size of the SIS. We present the first ever experimental verification of this effect for a high temperature SIS. Results are presented for two SQUID-SIS configurations, using a 100 mm diameter YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} disc as the SIS. These results indicate that when the current source and sensor coil (SQUID) are close to the SIS, the behavior is that of a first-order gradiometer. The results are compared to analytic solutions as well as the theoretical predictions of a finite element model.

  1. Experimental Investigation On Design Of High Pressure Steam Turbine Blade

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    SUBRAMANYAM PAVULURI, DR. A. SIVA KUMAR

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available The Experimental investigation on design of high pressure steam turbine blade addresses the issue of steam turbine efficiency. A specific focus on aerofoil profile for high pressure turbine blade, and it evaluates the effectiveness of certain Chromium and Nickel in resisting creep and fracture in turbine blades. The capable of thermal and chemical conditions in blade substrate from to prevent the corrosion when exposed to wet steam. The efficiency of the steam turbine is a key factor in both the environmental and economical impact of any coal-fired power station. To increasing the efficiency of a typical 500MW turbine by 1% reduces emissions of CO2 from the turbine station, with corresponding reductions in NOx and SOx. In this connection an attempt is made on steam turbine blade performance is important criterion for retrofit coal fired power plant. Based on the research presented modifications to high pressure high pressure steam turbine blades can be made to increase turbine efficiency of the turbine. The results and conclusions are presented for a study concerning the durability problems experienced with steam turbine blades.

  2. Experimental and theoretical investigations of a 17 GHz RF gun

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    Brown, W J; Kreischer, K E; Pedrozzi, M; Shapiro, M A; Temkin, R J

    1999-01-01

    We report on experimental and theoretical investigations of a 17 GHz RF photocathode electron gun. This is the first photocathode electron gun to operate at a frequency above 2.856 GHz. The 1.5 cell, pi mode, copper cavity was tested with 50 ns pulses from a 17.150 GHz klystron amplifier built by Haimson Research Corp. A Bragg filter was used at the RF gun to reduce the reflection of parasitic modes back into the klystron. Coupling hole theory in conjunction with cold test measurements was used to determine the field profile in the RF gun. The particle in cell code MAGIC as well as coupled envelope equations were used to simulate the beam dynamics in the RF gun. With power levels of 4 MW, the on axis electric field at the cathode exceeds 300 MV/m, corresponding to an average accelerating gradient of 200 MV/m over the first half cell of the gun. Breakdown was observed at power levels above 5 MW. Electron bunches were produced by 20 mu J, 1 ps UV laser pulses impinging on the RF gun copper photocathode and were...

  3. Experimental Investigation on Airfoil Shock Control by Plasma Aerodynamic Actuation

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    An experimental investigation on airfoil (NACA64—215) shock control is performed by plasma aerodynamic actuation in a supersonic tunnel (Ma = 2). The results of schlieren and pressure measurement show that when plasma aerodynamic actuation is applied, the position moves forward and the intensity of shock at the head of the airfoil weakens. With the increase in actuating voltage, the total pressure measured at the head of the airfoil increases, which means that the shock intensity decreases and the control effect increases. The best actuation effect is caused by upwind-direction actuation with a magnetic field, and then downwind-direction actuation with a magnetic field, while the control effect of aerodynamic actuation without a magnetic field is the most inconspicuous. The mean intensity of the normal shock at the head of the airfoil is relatively decreased by 16.33%, and the normal shock intensity is relatively reduced by 27.5% when 1000 V actuating voltage and upwind-direction actuation are applied with a magnetic field. This paper theoretically analyzes the Joule heating effect generated by DC discharge and the Lorentz force effect caused by the magnetic field. The discharge characteristics are compared for all kinds of actuation conditions to reveal the mechanism of shock control by plasma aerodynamic actuation

  4. Experimental investigation of the elasticity of the human diaphragm

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    Kaemmer Daniel

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Traumatic diaphragmatic ruptures affect mainly the left side. In an experimental study in human corpses we examined the stretch behaviour of the left and right diaphragmatic halves. Methods In a total of 8 male and 8 female corpses each diaphragmatic half was divided into 4 different segments. Each segments stretch behaviour was investigated. In steps of 2 N the stretch was increased up to 24 N. Results In the female the left diaphragm showed a stronger elasticity compared to the right. Additionally the left diaphragm in females showed a higher elasticity in comparison to the left in males. Traumatic diaphragmatic ruptures affect mostly the central tendineous part or the junction between tendineous and muscular part of the diaphragmatic muscle. Accordingly we found a lower elasticity in these parts compared with the other diaphragmatic segments. Conclusion In summary it can be said that albeit some restrictions we were able to determine the elasticity of different diaphragmatic segments quantitatively and reproduceably with our presented method. Thereby a comparison of results of different diaphragmatic segments as well as of both diaphragmatic halves and of both genders was possible

  5. Experimental Investigations of Flow Past Spinning Circular Cylinders

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    Carlucci, Donald; Thangam, Siva

    1999-11-01

    Experimental investigations of flow past spinning circular cylinders were performed. Understanding and control of such flows are crucial to the design of efficient projectile based munitions. Experiments were conducted in an induction-type low-speed wind tunnel that includes a flow-conditioning section, a contraction with a 10:1 area ratio, a plexiglass test section having a nominal rectangular cross-section of 610 x 305 mm, a diffuser section, and two 7.5 hp fans which can provide a maximum velocity of 45 m/s in the test section. The right circular cylinder is spindle-mounted in the test section with a belt-driven motor. Primary instrumentation for this experiment includes pressure probes for mean-velocity measurements, hot-wire anemometer system for measuring turbulence statistics and a flow visualization system. Measured turbulence statistics include all components of the Reynolds stress tensor. Additionally, surface pressure distribution of the cylinder are mapped using static pressure taps and the pressure contribution to the drag force is computed. Mean velocity profiles and the Reynolds stress componets on the cylinder and the wake region are presented and compared with the available data in the literature. Issues related to the development of efficient and appropirate turbulence models are also addressed.

  6. Experimental investigation of premixed combustion within highly porous media

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    This paper reports on an experimental investigation of premixed methane/air combustion stabilized within a reticulated partially stabilized zirconia foam burner that was performed. A flame holder was used to extend the stability range to allow a stable flame to be maintained for a variety of flow rate and equivalence ratio combinations. The stability range, temperature distributions, and emissions were examined over a range of equivalence ratios and flow rates. The flame was found to be axisymmetric for all conditions in which the reactants were sufficiently well mixed and the flow distribution was sufficiently uniform. Burning speeds were measured that were well in excess of the laminar flame speed. The axial temperature distribution (measured around the burner annulus) in the postflame zone was found to be relatively insensitive to flow rate but dependent upon the burner core length. Very low concentrations of NOx were found for fuel/air equivalence ratios of less than about 0.9. Measured O2 concentrations followed the equilibrium trend relatively well

  7. Experimental investigation on light propagation through apple tissue structures

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    Askoura, Mohamed Lamine; Piron, Vianney; Vaudelle, Fabrice; L'Huillier, Jean-Pierre; Madieta, Emmanuel; Mehinagic, Emira

    2015-07-01

    The interaction of light with biological materials, such as fruits and vegetables, is a complex process which involves both absorption, and scattering events at different scales. Measuring the optical properties of a fruit allows understanding the physical and chemical characteristics. In this paper, an optical bench based on the use of a continuous laser source and a CCD camera was developed to study the light diffusion inside apple tissue structures. The method refers to the well-known steady-state spatially resolved method. First, the optoelectronics system was tested with a tissue phantom in order to show the optimal sensing range required to obtain the best estimated optical properties. Second, experimental results were obtained using peeled and unpeeled apples as interrogated tissues. The data were confronted with a diffusion model in order to extract the optical properties at two wavelengths of 633, and 852 nm. To better understand the effect of the apple tissue structures, investigations into the propagation of light through a half cut apple were also performed.

  8. Experimental Investigation of Energy Saving in Referigeration System

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    Inder Singh Nagar

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available This Research deals with experimental investigation of energy saving in refrigeration system. We have all experienced a sensation of heat when passing behind a functioning refrigerator or air conditioner. The cause of this phenomenon is due to thr air condenser, a heat exchanger made up of tubes with air fins attached to the back of the device. This is where the cooling fluid condenses by releasing its heat into the ambient air. To utilize this heat, a water fine water droplet is project to absorb this ambient hot air to the atmosphere. so by decreasing condenser temperature we obtain the system’s energy consumption, humidification processes were initiated. The principle consists of saturating the ambient air in contact with the exchanger by projecting fine water droplets. Humidification of the air intensifies the heat exchange on the air side and reduces the cooling fluid’s condensation temperature. This lowers the compression rate in the cooling cycle and improves the compressor’s consumption of electrical power. The study is mainly focused on the Condenser to reduce the condenser work to save the electrical power.

  9. Experimental Investigation on Characteristics of Polythene Waste Incorporated Concrete

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    J. Simson Jose

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The Disposal of large quantity of plastic cover may cause pollution of land, water bodies and air. The proposed concrete which is made up by adding plastic in concrete may help to reuse the plastic cover as one of the constituent’s material of concrete, to improve the certain properties of concrete. The properties of concrete as varying percentages of plastic will test for compressive strength and Split tensile strength and flexural strength shows that an appreciable improvement in tensile strength of concrete can be achieved by introducing cut pieces of plastic cover. This paper presents the experimental investigation of feasibility of polythene cover post consumer waste used for food packaging. The numbers of samples is prepared in M25 concrete mix with required water/ cement ratio. Plastic waste was converted in to fiber size form and added waste for three aspect ratios, is casted into desire shape and size as per requirement of the tests. Each specimen was cured for 7 days, 14 days, and 28 days. The workability of compression, tension and flexural tests were carried out. The results are compared with normal concrete was observed.

  10. Experimental Investigation on Effect of Adhesives on Thermoelectric Generator Performance

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    Singh, Baljit; Remeli, Muhammad Fairuz; Chet, Ding Lai; Oberoi, Amandeep; Date, Abhijit; Akbarzadeh, Aliakbar

    2015-06-01

    Thermoelectric generators (TEGs) convert heat energy into electricity. Currently, these devices are attached to heat exchangers by means of mechanical devices such as clamps or fixtures with nuts and bolts. These mechanical devices are not suitable for use in harsh environments due to problems with rusting and maintenance. To eliminate the need for such mechanical devices, various kinds of adhesives used to attach thermoelectric generators to heat exchangers are investigated experimentally in this work. These adhesives have been selected based on their thermal properties and also their stability to work in harsh environments to avoid damage to the integrity of the attachment over long periods of time. Stainless-steel plates were attached to a thermoelectric generator using the adhesives. The introduction of the adhesive as a means of attachment for thermoelectric generators contributes to increase the thermal resistance to heat transfer across the TEG. The adhesive layers increased the thermal resistance of the thermoelectric generator by 16% to 109%. This work examines the effect of the adhesives on the thermal performance and power output of a single thermoelectric generator for various heat inputs.

  11. Laboratory Experimental System for Examination of Acoustic Emission Generated by Partial Discharges

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    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available One of the major causes of transformer failures is dielectric breakdown. Partial discharges cause gradual insulation degradation thus partial discharge activity monitoring provides transformer state insight. This paper gives an overview of common methods for partial discharges detection and source location in transformers, with a special reference to the acoustic method as an noninvasive and interference resistant method suitable for application. For laboratory testing a laboratory experimental system for partial discharge diagnostics using acoustic emission measurement was developed.

  12. An Investigation into the Effectiveness of Problem-Based Learning in a Physical Chemistry Laboratory Course

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    Gurses, Ahmet; Acikyildiz, Metin; Dogar, Cetin; Sozbilir, Mustafa

    2007-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of a problem-based learning (PBL) approach in a physical chemistry laboratory course. The parameters investigated were students' attitudes towards a chemistry laboratory course, scientific process skills of students and their academic achievement. The design of the study was one group…

  13. Experimental investigation of reinforced-concrete Category I structures at high load levels

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    A US Nuclear Regulatory Commission-funded experimental program designed to obtain information on the structural behavior of reinforced-concrete buildings has been underway at the Los Alamos National Laboratory since 1980. This information will aid the NRC in evaluating the seismic capacities of existing Seismic Category I buildings. Scale models of reinforced-concrete shear walls and buildings were subjected to static and dynamic tests. Simulated seismic tests were conducted on model structures constructed to two scales (1/30 and 1/10), permitting an evaluation of the effect of scale in experimental investigations of reinforced-concrete structures. Monotonic and cyclic quasistatic tests provide information on strength, stiffness, strength and stiffness degradation, ductility, and general load-deflection behavior up to the ultimate load. The dynamic tests yielded information on natural frequencies, equivalent viscous damping values, initial stiffness and stiffness degradation, and general response behavior. These experimental investigations have indicated that sine-sweep tests are not suitable for reinforced-concrete structures and that the initial stiffness of shear wall structures is less than predicted when assuming an uncracked concrete section

  14. A review of geophysical investigations at the site of Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories, Ontario

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    The site of the Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories was one of the first research areas located on crystalline rocks to be extensively investigated under the Canadian Nuclear Fuel Waste Management Program. A large contribution to meeting the geoscientific objectives of the program has been made using a suite of geophysical techniques. Many of them are standard, though sometimes modified in terms of instrumentation and/or experimental and/or analytical procedures, to meet the particular needs of the waste management program. Relatively new techniques have also been employed. Much of the early evaluation and development of the various techniques took place at the Chalk River site. Standard methods such as gravity, magnetics and seismic sounding have been used to investigate bedrock structure, and the seismic method has also been used to estimate overburden thickness. Standard geophysical borehole logging has been used to obtain in situ estimates of physical properties, to locate fracture zones and to make hole to hole correlations that have helped define local structure. Several standard electrical (e.g. resitivity) and electromagnetic (e.g. VLF-EM) techniques have proven successful in identifying water-filled fractures and faults. Relatively new techniques introduced into the geophysics at Chalk River were: ground probing radar; to investigate overburden; borehole TV and acoustic televiewer and VLF-EM, to locate fractures; studies of seismic tube-waves, well tides and temperature logs, to investigate fracture location and permeability. Most of these methods have been successful and are now routinely employed at other research sites

  15. Laboratory Analyses of Micron-Sized Solid Grains: Experimental Techniques and Recent Results

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    Colangeli, L.; Bussoletti, E.

    1997-12-01

    The investigation of comets has proceded for long time on remote observations from ground. In 1986 several space missions towards comet Halley have allowed, for the first time, to have a close look to a comet (Encounters with comet Halley 1986). In particular, the GIOTTO mission by the European Space Agency (ESA) has provided "in situ" observations and measurements up to a distance of about 600 Km from the nucleus. Surface morphology and physical properties have been observed; plasma, gas and dust components in the coma have been analyzed. It is clear, however, that definite answers about the primordial nature of comets and their relation with interstellar material can be obtained only from direct analysis of cometary samples. Future space missions such as CRAF (NASA) and ROSETTA (ESA) have exactly this aim. In particular, the ambitious goal of Rosetta mission is to return to earth comet samples which can be analyzed carefully in laboratory. In preparation to this event a large effort must be placed both in the improvement of existing analytical techniques and in the development of new methods which will provide as much information as possible on "returned comet samples" (hereinafter RCSS). Handling of extra-terrestrial samples will require to operate in carefully controlled and extremely "inert" ambient conditions. In addition, working on a limited amount of "unique" cometary material will also impose to use analytical techniques which should not produce alteration, contamination or destruction of the sample. Many suggestions can come from people working in laboratory on "cosmic dust"; in fact, experimental methods which are applied to analyze: (a) interplanetary dust particles (IDPS) collected in stratosphere, (b) meteorites, and (c) laboratory produced cosmic dust analog samples, can be mutuated or properly improved in the future for specific application to RCSS. Since modern techniques used to analyze IDPs and meteorites are reviewed elsewhere in this workshop, we will discuss some of the most powerful techniques which are presently applied to characterize physical and chemical properties of micron and/or submicron solid grains, synthetized in laboratory with the aim of simulating cosmic dust.

  16. How important are the dermatophytes? A clinical and laboratory investigation.

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    Davies, D. G.; Deighton, J.; Paterson, W D

    1982-01-01

    Dermatophyte infections were established in 6.9% of 640 unselected dermatology outpatients attending two district general hospitals in Cumbria over a six-month period. A clinical diagnosis of ringworm was confirmed in the laboratory in 43.1% of hospital and in 21.8% of a smaller series of general practice patients. No result of similar surveys have been published before., Even in a major stock-rearing area such as this, domestic pets appear to be a more important source of infection than the ...

  17. Watching what's coming near increases tactile sensitivity: An experimental investigation.

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    Van der Biest, Lien; Legrain, Valéry; Paepe, Annick De; Crombez, Geert

    2016-01-15

    During medical examinations, doctors regularly investigate a patient's somatosensory system by approaching the patient with a medical device (e.g. Von Frey hairs, algometer) or with their hands. It is assumed that the obtained results reflect the true capacities of the somatosensory system. However, evidence from crossmodal spatial research suggests that sensory experiences in one modality (e.g. touch) can be influenced by concurrent information from other modalities (e.g. vision), especially near the body (i.e. in peripersonal space). Hence, we hypothesized that seeing someone approaching your body could alter tactile sensitivity in that body-part. In the In Vivo Approaching Object (IVAO) paradigm, participants detected and localized threshold-level vibrotactile stimuli administered on the left of right hand (=tactile targets). In Experiment 1, this was always preceded by the experimenter approaching the same (congruent trials) or the other (incongruent trials) hand with a pen (=visual cue). In Experiment 2, a condition was added in which a point further away from the hands (also left vs. right) was approached. Response Accuracy was calculated for congruent and incongruent trials (Experiment 1 & 2) and compared between the close and far condition (Experiment 2). As expected, Response Accuracy was higher in congruent trials compared to incongruent trials, but only near the body. As a result, evidence was found for a crossmodal interaction effect between visual and tactile information in peripersonal space. These results suggest that somatosensory evaluations-both medical or research-based-may be biased by viewing an object approaching the body. PMID:26475955

  18. Experimental and theoretical investigations of a 17 GHz RF gun

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    We report on experimental and theoretical investigations of a 17 GHz RF photocathode electron gun. This is the first photocathode electron gun to operate at a frequency above 2.856 GHz. The 1.5 cell, ? mode, copper cavity was tested with 50 ns pulses from a 17.150 GHz klystron amplifier built by Haimson Research Corp. A Bragg filter was used at the RF gun to reduce the reflection of parasitic modes back into the klystron. Coupling hole theory in conjunction with cold test measurements was used to determine the field profile in the RF gun. The particle in cell code MAGIC as well as coupled envelope equations were used to simulate the beam dynamics in the RF gun. With power levels of 4 MW, the on axis electric field at the cathode exceeds 300 MV/m, corresponding to an average accelerating gradient of 200 MV/m over the first half cell of the gun. Breakdown was observed at power levels above 5 MW. Electron bunches were produced by 20 ?J, 1 ps UV laser pulses impinging on the RF gun copper photocathode and were measured with a Faraday cup to have up to 0.1 nC of charge. This corresponds to a peak current of about 100 A, and a density at the cathode of 8.8 kA/cm2. Multiple output electron bunches were obtained for multiple laser pulses incident on the cathode. Phase scans of laser-induced electron emission reveal an overall phase stability of better than ±20 deg. , corresponding to ±3 ps synchronization of the laser pulses to the phase of the microwave field. A Browne-Buechner magnetic spectrometer indicated that the RF gun generated 1 MeV electrons with a single shot rms energy spread of less than 2.5%, in good agreement with theoretical predictions

  19. Laboratory Investigation of Entrainment and Mixing in Oceanic Overflows

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    Philippe, Odier; Jun, Chen; Robert E. Ecke

    2013-01-01

    We present experimental measurements of a wall-bounded gravity current, motivated by characterizing natural gravity currents such as oceanic overflows. We use particle image velocimetry and planar laser-induced fluorescence to simultaneously measure the velocity and density fields as they evolve downstream of the initial injection from a turbulent channel flow onto a plane inclined at 10$^\\circ$ with respect to horizontal. The turbulence level of the input flow is controlled...

  20. Experimental investigation of the displacement of viscous fluids from porous media

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    Baryshnikov, Nikolay; Belyakov, Georgy; Tairova, Aliya; Turuntaev, Sergey

    2015-04-01

    The problems of increase of oil recover by means of a reservoir flooding are considered as a basis for the study. The results of laboratory experimental investigations of different-viscosity and immiscible Newtonian fluid flows through porous media are presented. The investigations were carried out for a Hele-Shaw cell filled by two types of porous media. The basic difference from the previous studies is the observation of the flow after break-through of the displacing fluid into sink. A series of qualitative and quantitative results which clarify the physics of immiscible fluid flows through capillaries and porous media were obtained in the course of the experimental investigations. Experiments carried out confirm the proposition of the Saffman-Taylor theory concerning the instability of the displacement front when a lower-viscosity fluid displaces a higher-viscosity fluid. It was found that the unstable flow pattern is determined not by the length of the capillary wave which disrupts the flow but by the geometry of the pore space. Experiments on the displacement of oil from capillary by water show that the oil can be completely driven out of the capillary due to the development of wavy flow after the displacing fluid arrives at the capillary outlet.

  1. Role of routine laboratory investigations in preoperative evaluation

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    Kumar, Aditya; srivastava, Uma

    2011-01-01

    Traditionally, routine investigations prior to surgery are considered an important element of preanesthetic evaluation to determine the fitness for anesthesia and surgery. During past few decades this practice has been a subject of close scrutiny due to low yield and high aggregate cost. Performing routine screening tests in patients who are otherwise healthy is invariably of little value in detecting diseases and in changing the anesthetic management or outcome. Thorough history and investig...

  2. HESS Opinions On the use of laboratory experimentation: "Hydrologists, bring out shovels and garden hoses and hit the dirt"

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    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available From an outsider's perspective, hydrology combines field work with modelling, but mostly ignores the potential for gaining understanding and conceiving new hypotheses from controlled laboratory experiments. Sivapalan (2009 pleaded for a question- and hypothesis-driven hydrology where data analysis and top-down modelling approaches lead to general explanations and understanding of general trends and patterns. We discuss why and how such understanding is gained very effectively from controlled experimentation in comparison to field work and modelling. We argue that many major issues in hydrology are open to experimental investigations. Though experiments may have scale problems, these are of similar gravity as the well-known problems of fieldwork and modelling and have not impeded spectacular progress through experimentation in other geosciences.

  3. Laboratory investigation for estimation of seismic response of the ground

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    Laboratory measurements of soil properties can be used to supplement or confirm the results of field measurements. They are necessary to establish values of damping and modulus at strains larger than those that can be obtained in the field or to measure the properties of materials that do not exist in the field, such as soils to be compacted. The Dynamic Deformation Characteristics of the soil are used in order to calculate seismic response of ground, earth structures and structure-ground response. The improved cyclic triaxial equipment installed at CNRRS is used, when the dynamic properties of the soil must be obtained. In this test a cyclic load is applied to a column of soil over a number of cycles slowly enough that inertial effects do not occur. They are also used to express phenomenon that make soil to fail under seismic loading. Comparison of the obtained results with the well known international ones is presented. (authors)

  4. Experimental investigations of biomass gasification with carbon-dioxide

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    Sircar, Indraneel

    A sustainable energy cycle may include enhanced utilization of solar energy and atmospheric CO2 to produce biomass and enhanced utilization of exhaust CO2 from power plants for synthetic gas production. The reaction of carbon with CO2 is potentially one of the important processes in a future sustainable carbon cycle. Reactions involving carbon and CO2 are also relevant to the chemical process and metal industries. Biomass char has been recognized as a present and future alternative to fossil-fuels for energy production and fuel synthesis. Therefore, biomass char gasification with CO2 recycling is proposed as a sustainable and carbon-neutral energy technology. Biomass char is a complex porous solid and its gasification involves heat and mass transfer processes within pores of multiple sizes from nanometer to millimeter scales. These processes are coupled with heterogeneous chemistry at the internal and external surfaces. Rates for the heterogeneous carbon gasification reactions are affected by inorganic content of the char. Furthermore, pore structure of the char develops with conversion and influences apparent gasification rates. Effective modeling of the gasification reactions has relied on the best available understanding of diffusion processes and kinetic rate property constants from state of the art experiments. Improvement of the influences of inorganic composition, and process parameters, such as pressure and temperature on the gasification reaction rates has been a continuous process. Economic viability of gasification relies on use of optimum catalysts. These aspects of the current status of gasification technologies have motivated the work reported in this dissertation. The reactions between biomass chars and CO2 are investigated to determine the effects of temperature and pressure on the reaction rates for large char particles of relevance to practical gasification technologies. An experimental apparatus consisting of a high-pressure fixed-bed reactor with product gas sampling for tracking the reaction progress, supported by independent gravimetric measurements of mass loss, is described. The effects of pressure and temperature on the char-CO2 reaction are investigated at elevated pressures up to 10 atm. Measurements of reaction rates at multiple temperatures and pressures for a low-ash pinewood char are presented. Kinetic rate parameters for the char-CO2 reaction are reported with detailed uncertainty calculations and discussed in the context of the structural changes of the char with mass loss. The effects of pressure and temperature on the internal mass transfer processes and the intrinsic reaction rates are assessed using Thiele analysis for non-isothermal particles with the nth order and the Langmuir-Hinshelwood kinetic rate models. The effects of potassium, calcium and iron catalysts on the CO2 gasification rates of an activated coconut char are investigated. A catalyst treatment method for obtaining high catalyst loadings (~12 wt. %) is described. The effects of the catalysts on the surface reaction rates and the activation energies are reported. The results of this study are encouraging in the context of potential future discovery of a viable low-temperature catalytic gasification process for sustainable use of biomass as a renewable energy resource. Utilization of plant based substances such as citric acid to provide higher catalytic activity and the potential for utilizing the high initial activity of iron by using rust proofing compounds for maintaining high reactivity are recommended for further development.

  5. Biodiesel from soybean oil: experimental procedure of transesterification for organic chemistry laboratories

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    The transesterification procedure of triacylglycerides from soybean oil (in natura and waste oil) to give biodiesel was adapted to semi-micro laboratory scale as an additional experimental technique of nucleophilic acyl substitution for undergraduate courses in Chemistry and related areas. (author)

  6. Valorization of rehydrated Deglet-Nour dates by an experimental investigation of solar drying processing method

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    Highlights: • A laboratory scale direct solar dryer was constructed and investigated. • The solar drying of hard date palm fruits, Deglet-Nour variety, was studied. • Three improvements in the dryer operating modes were proposed and compared. • Combination drying mode has been selected as the most adequate process. • Selected mode ensures a high quality of product and allows short duration of treatment. - Abstract: In objective to valorize hard Deglet-Nour dates, a new postharvest processing method was proposed and investigated using a laboratory scale direct solar dryer. Date samples were soaked in distilled water then dried by solar drying mean. In order to improve the quality and consumer acceptance of this date variety, three proposed drying enhancements: drying under shade (DUS), drying with photovoltaic powered ventilation (DSV) and combination drying mode (DCM) were tested and compared with the basis case of natural ventilation drying (DNV). The obtained experimental results classified the drying with solar ventilation drying mode (DSV) and combination drying mode (DCM) in favorable operating conditions needed for the studied case. Measured air drying temperatures ranged between 41.8 and 56.0 °C and 39.3 and 51.2 °C respectively for the two above techniques. The drying duration to obtain the standard moisture content (0.35 kg/kg DM) was respectively 5.25 and 8 h. Regarding quality criteria and processing time, the combination drying mode was selected as the most adequate process

  7. The Role of Diffusive Hillslopes in Landscape Evolution: An Experimental Investigation

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    Sweeney, K. E.; Roering, J. J.; Ellis, C.; Singh, A.

    2014-12-01

    The competition between diffusive sediment transport on hillslopes and advective transport in valleys sets fundamental spatial and temporal landscape scales, including ridge-valley spacing and landscape response time. However, the interactions between hillslopes and channels are difficult to measure in natural landscapes, due to long timescales and confounding climatic and lithologic factors. Laboratory experiments allow us to observe complex sediment dynamics in a controlled setting, but past work on erosive landscapes does not include diffusive hillslopes and hence cannot provide insight into channel-hillslope interactions. Here, we present the first results from a novel laboratory experiment combining hillslope diffusion and valley advection. Our experimental apparatus, the eXperimental Landscape Modeling (XLM) facility at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, consists of a 0.5 m x 0.5 m test flume filled with crystalline silica (D50 = 30?) mixed with water, a high-resolution laser scanner to measure topography, and a series of load cells to measure sediment flux. Baselevel lowering is simulated by dropping two motorized weirs. During each run, we alternated between: (1) advective transport induced by a series of misting nozzles, where drops are not large enough to disturb sediment on impact, and (2) diffusive rainsplash transport driven by a constant head drip tray. We report a series of experiments where the relative strength of advection and diffusion are varied systematically between runs, testing theoretical predictions that dominantly diffusive landscapes will have larger ridge-valley spacing and respond more slowly to perturbations in baselevel. Our work provides an invaluable dataset for both testing numerical models of landscape evolution and guiding field investigations of channel-hillslope interactions.

  8. Laboratory Investigation of Noise-Canceling Headphones Utilizing "Mr. Blockhead"

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    Koser, John

    2013-01-01

    While I was co-teaching an introductory course in musical acoustics a few years ago, our class investigated several pieces of equipment designed for audio purposes. One piece of such equipment was a pair of noise-canceling headphones. Our students were curious as to how these devices were in eliminating background noise and whether they indeed…

  9. Laboratory and Theoretical Investigations of a Ring-Capacitor Sensor

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    Ring-capacitor sensors are used widely for real-time estimation of volumetric soil water content ' from measured resonant frequency fr which is affected by the complex bulk soil permittivity ' = '’ + i'’’. However, the relationship fr(') requires improved investigation in terms of the dependence of ...

  10. Modeling and Laboratory Investigations of Evaporites on Mars

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    Bullock, M. A.; Moore, J. M.

    2009-12-01

    Evaporitic processes have been responsible for at least some of the sulfates and carbonates seen on the Martian surface (e.g. [Clark et al., 2005; McLennan et al., 2005; Squyres & Knoll, 2005]). Subsurface water charged with ions due to the dissolution of basalt and interaction with atmospheric CO2 and sulfur gases would have had the necessary chemistry to produce large quantities of evaporitic salts (e.g.[Bullock & Moore, 2004; Bullock et al., 2004; Tosca et al., 2005]). In the present work, we numerically modeled the formation of evaporites on Mars, using relevant laboratory work to constrain the calculations. Previously, we produced Mars-analog evaporites in the laboratory by desiccating brines formed under simulated Mars surface conditions [Moore et al., 2009]. The evaporites were created under two different conditions: Evaporation of brines at 3°C and 10 mbar of CO2, and evaporation of brines at 3°C and 10 mbar of CO2 with added acidic gases (100 ppm SO2, 10 ppm NO2, and 10 ppm HCl) to simulate an atmosphere rich in volcanic volatiles. We analyzed these evaporite products using IR spectroscopy and SEM microprobe. In general, Ca-sulfates dominated the precipitate mineralogy from the present-day Mars simulations, and for more acidic conditions, Mg-sulfates dominated, although both phases were observed in the precipitated products. In order to illuminate the actual formation processes of evaporites on Mars, we modeled the evaporation and the freezing/sublimation of brines under a wider range of conditions appropriate to Mars. Thermodynamic calculations using standard packages such as PHREEQ and Geochemist’s Workbench usually produce a large number of spurious species that are kinetically inhibited in natural settings. Therefore, using laboratory-derived results to realistically constrain precipitation products is essential for understanding the formation of evaporites on Mars. Our modeling results are quantitatively compared with the sulfates characterized at the Meridiani outcrops by MER Opportunity [Clark et al., 2005], just beneath the surface in the Columbia Hills by MER Spirit [Haskin et al., 2005], in the interior layered deposits of Valles Marineris [Bibring et al., 2005] and in the north polar dune fields by MEX OMEGA [Langevin et al., 2005]. Starting with brines at higher pH (6-8), we also compare model results with the carbonates seen in Nili Fossae by MRO CRISM [Ehlmann et al., 2008] and the CaCO3 seen by the Phoenix Lander [Boynton et al., 2009]. This work was supported by NASA MFRP grant NNX07AR68G to MAB, and a NASA PG&G grant to JMM. Bibring, J.-P., et al., Science 307, 1576-1581, 2005. Boynton, W. V., et al., Science 325, 61-64, 2009. Bullock, M. A., & J. M. Moore, GRL, 31, 2004 Bullock, M. A., et al., Icarus, 170, 404-423, 2004. Clark, B. C., et al., EPSL, 240, 73-94, 2005. Ehlmann, B. L., et al., Science, 322, 1828-1832, 2008. Haskin, L. A., et al., Nature, 436, 66-69, 2005. Langevin, Y., et al., Science, 307, 1584-1586, 2005. McLennan, et al., EPSL, 240, 95-121, 2005. Moore, J. M., et al., submitted to JGR, 2009. Squyres, S. W., & A. H. Knoll, EPSL, 240, 1-10, 2005. Tosca, N. J., et al., EPSL, 240, 122-148, 2005.

  11. Experimental Investigation on Strength Characteristics of Binary Blended Concrete

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    MD. Hashmath

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available An experimental investigation has been carried out to assess the behavior of concrete beams blended with steel crimped fiber and flyash subjected to combined torsion-bending-shear with longitudinal reinforcement. The concrete is binary blended with 15% of fly ash by weight of cement as partial replacement of cement and addition of 0%, 0.5%, 0.75%, 1% of crimped steel fibers with aspect ratio of 80 are used for the study purpose. Compressive strength of concrete is measured by testing standard cubes (150mm x 150mm x 150mm at the age of 28 days, the combined torsion-bending-shear strength is measured by testing beams of size 100x100mm and length 1200mm with a bracket attached at center of size 100x100x300mm.This bracket is adequately reinforced to avoid any failure at joint. The tests were conducted on 12 beams for varying percentages of steel fibers and studied for their behavior under combined torsion-bending-shear. The study involved the influence of fiber addition on the ultimate torsion-bending-shear strength of beams.Test results indicated that fibrous concrete beams exhibited improved overall performance with respect to corresponding non-fibrous beams. Flyash with steel fiber has shown considerable improvement in the compressive and torsion-bending-shear strength of concrete. From the test results it is observed that the concrete mix with 15% fly ash replacement of cement of M30 grade concrete mixture has shown maximum compressive strength of 47 MPa at 28 days. Concrete mixture with 15% fly ash replacement of cement along with 0.75% of crimped steel fibers has shown significant improvement in various properties at the age 0f 28 days indicated by 38% increase in compressive strength and 58% increase in the combined torsion-bending-shear strength of concrete. Hence binary blended crimped steel fiber reinforced concrete with 15% fly ash with 0.75 % steel fibers is a novel material having superior performance characteristics compared with conventional concrete.

  12. Experimental investigation of gas storage properties of black shales

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    Gasparik, Matus

    2013-01-01

    In exploration for shale gas, reliable estimations of Gas-In-Place (GIP) and portion of technically recoverable resource pose a challenging task. Improvement of our understanding of gas stogare capacity of carbonaceous shales and its evolution during geological history requires carefully designed experiments to obtain reliable experimental data. Moreover, the experimental conditions have to cover a range representative of the in-situ reservoir conditions. This thesis, which was conducted duri...

  13. Experimental investigation of the cyclic behaviour of unreinforced masonry spandrels

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    Beyer, Katrin; Abo El Ezz, Ahmad; Dazio, Alessandro

    2010-01-01

    In unreinforced masonry (URM) walls the vertical piers are connected by horizontal spandrel elements. Numerical simulations have shown that spandrels influence significantly the global wall behaviour under seismic loading. Despite their importance, experimental data on the cyclic behaviour of these spandrels is very scarce. The lack of experimental data prevented in the past the validation of numerical and mechanical models regarding the cyclic behaviour of masonry spandrels. For this reason ...

  14. Laboratory Investigation of Noise-Canceling Headphones Utilizing ``Mr. Blockhead''

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    Koser, John

    2013-09-01

    While I was co-teaching an introductory course in musical acoustics a few years ago, our class investigated several pieces of equipment designed for audio purposes. One piece of such equipment was a pair of noise-canceling headphones. Our students were curious as to how these devices were in eliminating background noise and whether they indeed block low-frequency sounds as advertised.

  15. An Investigation of Laboratory-Grown "Ice Spikes"

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    Libbrecht, K. G.; Lui, K

    2003-01-01

    We have investigated the formation of 10-50 mm long ``ice spikes'' that sometimes appear on the free surface of water when it solidifies. By freezing water under different conditions, we measured the probability of ice spike formation as a function of: 1) the air temperature in the freezing chamber, 2) air motion in the freezing chamber (which promotes evaporative cooling), 3) the quantity of dissolved salts in the water, and 4) the size, shape, and composing material of the...

  16. Facts and Figuring: An Experimental Investigation of Network Structure and Performance in Information and Solution Spaces

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    Shore, Jesse; Lazer, David

    2014-01-01

    Using data from a large laboratory experiment on problem solving in which we varied the structure of 16-person networks we investigate how an organization's network structure may be constructed to optimize performance in complex problem-solving tasks. Problem solving involves both search for information and search for theories to make sense of that information. We show that the effect of network structure is opposite for these two equally important forms of search. Dense clustering encourages members of a network to generate more diverse information, but it also has the power to discourage the generation of diverse theories: clustering promotes exploration in information space, but decreases exploration in solution space. Previous research, tending to focus on only one of those two spaces, had produced inconsistent conclusions about the value of network clustering. By adopting an experimental platform on which information was measured separately from solutions, we were able to reconcile past contradictions an...

  17. Investigating tension in the laboratory: Implications for volcanic processes

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    Wall, Richard; Lavallée, Yan; Kendrick, Jackie; Iddon, Fiona; Hornby, Adrian; Lamur, Anthony; von Aulock, Felix; Wadsworth, Fabian; Kilburn, Christopher; Browning, John; Meredith, Philip

    2015-04-01

    Tensile fracturing is an important process that occurs at divergent plate boundaries and can also be observed at convergent plate boundaries, where it accommodates compression. Owing to the difficulty of simulating tensile loading in the laboratory very few data exist on how rock fails in this mode and how this process changes with temperature and strain rate. To address this issue we present the results from a range of experiments that examine direct tension under controlled conditions. Experiments have been undertaken using basalt from the base of Eyjafjallajökull volcano and use a novel methodology of inducing tension through cooling. Initially, samples are heated above their solidus temperature and are allowed to expand within the apparatus. The samples are then locked in place and cooled at rates between 0.1 and 10 ° C.min-1, inducing tension within the sample. We compare results from these direct tension test with indirect tension Brazilian tests, using the same rock type, at different temperatures (between room temperature and 900° C) and at a compaction rate of 4 x 10-4 mm.s-1. From Brazilian tests the tensile strengths of samples are between 10 and 20 MPa, with an overall increase in strength with increasing temperature. Cooling induced tension experiments show that direct tensile strength is commonly 50 to 75 % of the strength under indirect tension conditions and that an increase in cooling rate generally decreases the strength of the samples. These experiments show a complex stress history during cooling, from the onset to completion of fracturing. Complementary experiments have also been undertaken on Seljadur basalt from Iceland, where acoustic emissions and seismic velocities indicate that the magnitude of thermal cracking is greater during cooling than heating. These initial results have significant implications for understanding the conditions required for tensile failure in the field and the controls on the formation of the resulting fracture.

  18. Morphodynamics of the exit of a cutoff meander: experimental findings from field and laboratory studies

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    Le Coz, J.; Michalkova, M.; Hauet, A.; Comaj, M.; Dramais, G.; Holubova, K.; Piégay, H.; Paquier, A.

    2010-01-01

    The morphological evolution of the entrances and exits of abandoned river channels governs their hydrological connectivity. The study focusses on flow and sediment dynamics in the exit of a cut-off meander where the downstream entrance is still connected to the main channel, but the upstream entrance is closed. Two similar field and laboratory cases were investigated using innovative velocimetry techniques (acoustic Doppler profiling, image analysis). Laboratory experiments were conducted wit...

  19. Numerical and experimental investigation of the 3D free surface flow in a model Pelton turbine

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    Fiereder, R; Riemann, S; Schilling, R, E-mail: fiereder@lhm.mw.tum.d [Department of Fluid Mechanics, Technische Universitaet Muenchen Bolzmannstrasse 15, Garching, 85748 (Germany)

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    This investigation focuses on the numerical and experimental analysis of the 3D free surface flow in a Pelton turbine. In particular, two typical flow conditions occurring in a full scale Pelton turbine - a configuration with a straight inlet as well as a configuration with a 90 degree elbow upstream of the nozzle - are considered. Thereby, the effect of secondary flow due to the 90 degree bending of the upstream pipe on the characteristics of the jet is explored. The hybrid flow field consists of pure liquid flow within the conduit and free surface two component flow of the liquid jet emerging out of the nozzle into air. The numerical results are validated against experimental investigations performed in the laboratory of the Institute of Fluid Mechanics (FLM). For the numerical simulation of the flow the in-house unstructured fully parallelized finite volume solver solver3D is utilized. An advanced interface capturing model based on the classic Volume of Fluid method is applied. In order to ensure sharp interface resolution an additional convection term is added to the transport equation of the volume fraction. A collocated variable arrangement is used and the set of non-linear equations, containing fluid conservation equations and model equations for turbulence and volume fraction, are solved in a segregated manner. For pressure-velocity coupling the SIMPLE and PISO algorithms are implemented. Detailed analysis of the observed flow patterns in the jet and of the jet geometry are presented.

  20. Numerical and experimental investigation of the 3D free surface flow in a model Pelton turbine

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    This investigation focuses on the numerical and experimental analysis of the 3D free surface flow in a Pelton turbine. In particular, two typical flow conditions occurring in a full scale Pelton turbine - a configuration with a straight inlet as well as a configuration with a 90 degree elbow upstream of the nozzle - are considered. Thereby, the effect of secondary flow due to the 90 degree bending of the upstream pipe on the characteristics of the jet is explored. The hybrid flow field consists of pure liquid flow within the conduit and free surface two component flow of the liquid jet emerging out of the nozzle into air. The numerical results are validated against experimental investigations performed in the laboratory of the Institute of Fluid Mechanics (FLM). For the numerical simulation of the flow the in-house unstructured fully parallelized finite volume solver solver3D is utilized. An advanced interface capturing model based on the classic Volume of Fluid method is applied. In order to ensure sharp interface resolution an additional convection term is added to the transport equation of the volume fraction. A collocated variable arrangement is used and the set of non-linear equations, containing fluid conservation equations and model equations for turbulence and volume fraction, are solved in a segregated manner. For pressure-velocity coupling the SIMPLE and PISO algorithms are implemented. Detailed analysis of the observed flow patterns in the jet and of the jet geometry are presented.

  1. Numerical and experimental investigation of the 3D free surface flow in a model Pelton turbine

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    Fiereder, R.; Riemann, S.; Schilling, R.

    2010-08-01

    This investigation focuses on the numerical and experimental analysis of the 3D free surface flow in a Pelton turbine. In particular, two typical flow conditions occurring in a full scale Pelton turbine - a configuration with a straight inlet as well as a configuration with a 90 degree elbow upstream of the nozzle - are considered. Thereby, the effect of secondary flow due to the 90 degree bending of the upstream pipe on the characteristics of the jet is explored. The hybrid flow field consists of pure liquid flow within the conduit and free surface two component flow of the liquid jet emerging out of the nozzle into air. The numerical results are validated against experimental investigations performed in the laboratory of the Institute of Fluid Mechanics (FLM). For the numerical simulation of the flow the in-house unstructured fully parallelized finite volume solver solver3D is utilized. An advanced interface capturing model based on the classic Volume of Fluid method is applied. In order to ensure sharp interface resolution an additional convection term is added to the transport equation of the volume fraction. A collocated variable arrangement is used and the set of non-linear equations, containing fluid conservation equations and model equations for turbulence and volume fraction, are solved in a segregated manner. For pressure-velocity coupling the SIMPLE and PISO algorithms are implemented. Detailed analysis of the observed flow patterns in the jet and of the jet geometry are presented.

  2. Laboratory Investigation of Entrainment and Mixing in Oceanic Overflows

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    Philippe, Odier; Ecke, Robert E

    2013-01-01

    We present experimental measurements of a wall-bounded gravity current, motivated by characterizing natural gravity currents such as oceanic overflows. We use particle image velocimetry and planar laser-induced fluorescence to simultaneously measure the velocity and density fields as they evolve downstream of the initial injection from a turbulent channel flow onto a plane inclined at 10$^\\circ$ with respect to horizontal. The turbulence level of the input flow is controlled by injecting velocity fluctuations upstream of the output nozzle. The initial Reynolds number based on Taylor microscale of the flow, R$_\\lambda$, is varied between 40 and 120, and the effects of the initial turbulence level are assessed. The bulk Richardson number $Ri$ for the flow is about 0.3 whereas the gradient Richardson number $Ri_g$ varies between 0.04 and 0.25, indicating that shear dominates the stabilizing effect of stratification. Kelvin-Helmholtz instability results in vigorous vertical transport of mass and momentum. We pres...

  3. Site characterization investigations at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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    The geologic and geohydrologic characterization and assessment techniques currently used at ORNL are integrated into a systematic approach. The investigations are multi-faceted, and involve investigators with a variety of expertise. Characterization studies are designed to obtain the data requirements of pathways analysis and facility design in addition to the detailed site description. The approach effectively minimizes the redundancy and lack of coordination which often arise when the study is broken down into totally independent tasks. The geologic environment of the Oak Ridge Reservation is one of structural and stratigraphic complexity which requires a comprehensive and systematic approach to characterize. Recent characterization studies have included state-of-the-science techniques in the areas of unsaturated zone testing, geochemical tests to determine attenuation properties of soils, and numerical analyses of site performance. The results of these studies and analyses are changing the technology of shallow land burial by indicating that chemically stable waste forms are required to limit radionuclide migration to acceptable levels. 11 refs., 1 tab

  4. Experimental Investigation of Aerodynamic Instability of Iced Bridge Cable Sections

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    Koss, Holger; Lund, Mia Schou MØller

    2013-01-01

    The accretion of ice on structural bridge cables changes the aerodynamic conditions of the surface and influences hence the acting wind load process. Full-scale monitoring indicates that light precipitation at moderate low temperatures between zero and -5°C may lead to large amplitude vibrations of bridge cables under wind action. This paper describes the experimental simulation of ice accretion on a real bridge cable sheet HDPE tube segment (diameter 160mm) and its effect on the aerodynamic load. Furthermore, aerodynamic instability will be estimated with quasi-steady theory using the determined load coefficients and experimental simulation on a 1DOF elastically suspended cable section.

  5. Neutron Elastic Scattering Cross Sections Experimental Data and Optical Model Cross Section Calculations. A Compilation of Neutron Data from the Studsvik Neutron Physics Laboratory

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    Neutron elastic scattering cross section measurements have been going on for a long period at the Studsvik Van de Graaff laboratory. The cross sections of a range of elements have been investigated in the energy interval 1.5 to 8 MeV. The experimental data have been compared with cross sections calculated with the optical model when using a local nuclear potential

  6. Accelerator laboratories: development centers for experimental physics and technology in Mexico

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    Three years ago in this Nuclear Center the author and Professor Graef expounded the inception and development of experimental physics and new techniques centered about laboratories and equipped in our country with positive ion accelerators. Extracted here is the information on the laboratories that have allowed professional training as well as the furtherance of scientific productivity in each group. An additional proposal as to how the technical groups knowledgeable in advanced technology might contribute significantly to adequate preparation of youth at the intermediate level able to generate innocuous micro industries in their own neighbourhood. (Author). 5 refs, 2 figs, 2 tabs

  7. Laboratory investigations on hydrate formation and dissociation in sediments - analogies and differences to natural systems

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    Schicks, J. M.; Spangenberg, E.; Priegnitz, M.; Heeschen, K. U.; Thaler, J.; Abendroth, S.

    2014-12-01

    In natural sediments changes in pressure and temperature may induce the dissociation of naturally occurring gas hydrates. The dissociation of the solid hydrates as well as the increase of a gas phase due to hydrate dissociation may cause or facilitate geo hazards such as slope failure [1]. Therefore, the understanding of hydrate distribution, dissociation and (re-) formation processes which in turn may alter the geomechanical properties of the sediments are of great importance for the prediction on hydrate behavior. During the last decades both, hydrate formation and dissociation, have been studied manifold in laboratory experiments to get a better understanding of these processes. However, the experimental set ups and chosen conditions such as pressure, temperature, sediments, and water saturation vary significantly and do not always simulate natural systems. Within the German national project SUGAR we developed a large LAboratory Reservoir Simulator LARS to study hydrate behavior in sediments. LARS has a total volume of 425 L and has been successfully equipped with an electrical resistivity tomography (ERT). The hydrates form from methane saturated saline water in absence of a free gas phase. Measurements of the dissolved methane at the sample in- and outlet together with temperature monitoring at different locations inside the sediment and ERT measurements are used to describe and characterize the formation process. The ERT and temperature measurements allow for a detection of spatial differences. It could be shown that in this laboratory simulation hydrate forms as it is assumed for natural scenarios. Dissociation processes induced by pressure decrease or temperature increase as well as the consecutive migration of gases and fluids were also studied. To complete the understanding of decisive factors on hydrate formation and fluid flow we investigated the influence of grain sizes on hydrate formation and the influence of hydrate saturation on permeability. In this contribution we present the experimental set up and discuss the results with regard to the analogies and differences to natural systems. [1] Jürgen Mienert, Maarten Vanneste, Stefan Bünz, Karin Andreassen, Haflidi Haflidason, Hans Petter Sejrup, Marine and Petroleum Geology 22 (2005) 233-244.

  8. Experimental Investigation of Two-Phase Flow in Rock Salt

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    Malama, Bwalya; Howard, Clifford L.

    2014-07-01

    This Test Plan describes procedures for conducting laboratory scale flow tests on intact, damaged, crushed, and consolidated crushed salt to measure the capillary pressure and relative permeability functions. The primary focus of the tests will be on samples of bedded geologic salt from the WIPP underground. However, the tests described herein are directly applicable to domal salt. Samples being tested will be confined by a range of triaxial stress states ranging from atmospheric pressure up to those approximating lithostatic. Initially these tests will be conducted at room temperature, but testing procedures and equipment will be evaluated to determine adaptability to conducting similar tests under elevated temperatures.

  9. Site Safety Plan for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory CERCLA investigations

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    Bainer, R.; Duarte, J.

    1993-07-01

    The safety policy of LLNL is to take every reasonable precaution in the performance of work to protect the environment and the health and safety of employees and the public, and to prevent property damage. With respect to hazardous agents, this protection is provided by limiting human exposures, releases to the environment, and contamination of property to levels that are as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA). It is the intent of this Plan to supply the broad outline for completing environmental investigations within ALARA guidelines. It may not be possible to determine actual working conditions in advance of the work; therefore, planning must allow the opportunity to provide a range of protection based upon actual working conditions. Requirements will be the least restrictive possible for a given set of circumstances, such that work can be completed in an efficient and timely fashion. Due to the relatively large size of the LLNL Site and the different types of activities underway, site-specific Operational Safety Procedures (OSPs) will be prepared to supplement activities not covered by this Plan. These site-specific OSPs provide the detailed information for each specific activity and act as an addendum to this Plan, which provides the general plan for LLNL Main Site operation.

  10. Sesame seed allergy: Clinical manifestations and laboratory investigations

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    Fazlollahi MR.

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Background: Plant-origin foods are among the most important sources of food allergic reactions. An increase in the incidence of sesame seed allergy among children and adults has been reported in recent years. The aim of this preliminary study was to investigate the prevalence, importance and clinical manifestations of sesame allergy among Iranian patients.Methods: In a cross-sectional survey, 250 patients with suspected IgE-mediated food allergies completed a questionnaire and underwent skin prick tests with sesame extract as well as cross-reacting foods (walnut, soya and peanut. Total IgE and sesame-specific IgE levels were measured. Patients with positive skin test reactions and/or IgE specific for sesame without clinical symptoms were considered sensitive to sesame. The patients who also had clinical symptoms with sesame consumption were diagnosed as allergic to sesame.Results: Of the 250 patients enrolled in this study, 129 were male and 121 female, with a mean age of 11.7 years. The most common food allergens were cow's milk, egg, curry, tomato and sesame. Sesame sensitivity was found in 35 patients (14.1%. Only five patients (2% had sesame allergy. Sesame-sensitive patients had a significantly higher frequency of positive prick test to cross-reacting foods when compared to non-sensitized patients (p=0.00. The type of symptom was independent of gender and age of the patients, but urticaria and dermatitis-eczema were significantly more frequent in sensitized patients (p=0.008.Conclusions: This is the first study addressing the prevalence of sesame seed allergy in Iranian population. We found sesame to be a common and important cause of food allergy. The panel of foods recommended for use in diagnostic allergy tests should be adjusted.

  11. Experimental investigation of radiative thermal rectifier using vanadium dioxide

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    Ito, Kota, E-mail: kotaito@mosk.tytlabs.co.jp [Toyota Central Research and Development Labs, Nagakute, Aichi 480-1192 (Japan); Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), The University of Tokyo, Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8904 (Japan); Nishikawa, Kazutaka; Iizuka, Hideo [Toyota Central Research and Development Labs, Nagakute, Aichi 480-1192 (Japan); Toshiyoshi, Hiroshi [Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), The University of Tokyo, Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8904 (Japan)

    2014-12-22

    Vanadium dioxide (VO{sub 2}) exhibits a phase-change behavior from the insulating state to the metallic state around 340?K. By using this effect, we experimentally demonstrate a radiative thermal rectifier in the far-field regime with a thin film VO{sub 2} deposited on the silicon wafer. A rectification contrast ratio as large as two is accurately obtained by utilizing a one-dimensional steady-state heat flux measurement system. We develop a theoretical model of the thermal rectifier with optical responses of the materials retrieved from the measured mid-infrared reflection spectra, which is cross-checked with experimentally measured heat flux. Furthermore, we tune the operating temperatures by doping the VO{sub 2} film with tungsten (W). These results open up prospects in the fields of thermal management and thermal information processing.

  12. Mathematical modelling and experimental investigation of tropical fruits drying

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    Karim, Md Azharul [Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Melbourne, Melbourne VIC 3010 (Australia); Hawlader, M.N.A. [Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, National University of Singapore, 10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260 (Singapore)

    2005-11-01

    A mathematical model has been developed to solve the heat and mass transfer equations for convective drying of tropical fruits. The model takes into account shrinkage of material and moisture content and shrinkage dependant effective diffusivity. Heat and mass transfer equations for the dryer, termed as equipment model, have also been developed to determine the changes of drying potential of the drying medium during drying. The material model is capable of predicting the instantaneous temperature and moisture distribution inside the material. The equipment model, on the other hand, describes the transfer process in the tunnel dryer and predicts the instantaneous temperature and humidity ratio of air at any location of the tunnel. Thus, the model is capable of predicting the dynamic behaviour of the dryer. The predicted results were compared with experimental data for the drying of banana slices dried in a solar dryer. Experimental results validated the model developed. (author)

  13. Experimental investigation and modeling of scale effects in jet ejectors

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    Three microscale jet ejectors were designed and tested to induce a suction draft using a supersonic micronozzle. Each axisymmetric nozzle was fabricated using three-dimensional electro-discharge machining to create throat diameters of 64, 187 and 733 µm with design expansion ratios of 2.5:1 and design ejector area ratios of 8. The experimental data using nitrogen gas for the motive fluid indicate that the ejector can produce a sufficient suction draft to enable its substitution for high-speed turbomachinery in micro engine applications. A pumping power density of 308 kW L?1 is observed experimentally, which agrees well with a theoretical model including losses associated with the suction flow inlet and viscous effects in the motive nozzle and mixing regions. The present theoretical model further predicts a maximum achievable power density of 1 MW L?1 for microscale ejectors with a throat diameter of 10 µm and throat Reynolds number of 1300.

  14. Experimental investigations on Elastic Properties of Concrete containing Steel fibre

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    K.Anbuvelan; Dr.K.Subramanian

    2014-01-01

    this paper presents the relationship between modulus of elasticity and, modulus of rupture relationship with compressive strength of M60 concrete incorporating Steel fibre. Comparing the experimentally obtained result with the mechanical properties calculated using the recommend relationship from the various design codes. A new empirical relationship between elastic modulus, modulus of rupture and compressive strength for Steel fibre based M60 concrete is proposed.

  15. Experimental investigations on longitudinal dispersive mixing in heterogeneous aquifers

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    Jose, Surabhin Chackiath

    2005-01-01

    Reactive mixing of compounds in porous media is a topic of current research interest because accurate estimation of reaction rates are crucial in planning aquifer remediation methods. It is suggested that relative parameters for dilution are better quantities to estimate reaction rates than the generally used classical macrodispersion coefficients. Most of the concepts developed in the field of reactive mixing are based on theoretical and numerical studies, and have not been experimentally te...

  16. Experimental investigation of dynamic pressure loads during dam break

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    Lobovský, Libor; Castellana, Filippo; Mas-Soler, Jordi; Souto-Iglesias, Antonio

    2013-01-01

    The objectives of this work are to revisit the experimental measurements on dam break flow over a dry horizontal bed and to provide a detailed insight into the dynamics of the dam break wave impacting a vertical wall downstream the dam, with emphasis on the pressure loads. The measured data are statistically analyzed and critically discussed. As a result, an extensive set of data for validation of computational tools is provided.

  17. Experimental Investigation of Trapped Sine-Gordon Solitons

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    Davidson, A.; Dueholm, B.; Kryger, B.; Pedersen, Niels Falsig

    1985-01-01

    We have observed for the first time a single sine-Gordon soliton trapped in an annular Josephson junction. This system offers a unique possibility to study undisturbed soliton motion. In the context of perturbation theory, the soliton may be viewed as a relativistic particle moving under a uniform force with damping. Accordingly our experimental results are displayed directly in a force-versus-momentum plane, where they may be described by a theoretically derived universal curve.

  18. Preliminary experimental investigation of boundary layer in decelerating flow.

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    Hladík, Ond?ej; Jonáš, Pavel; P?íhoda, Jaromír

    Liberec : Technical University of Liberec, 2012 - (Vít, T.; Dan?ová, P.; Novotný, P.), s. 249-255 ISBN 978-80-7372-912-7. [Experimental Fluid Mechanics 2012 /7./. Hradec Králové (CZ), 20.11.2012-23.11.2012] R&D Projects: GA ?R GAP101/12/1271; GA ?R GA103/09/0977 Institutional support: RVO:61388998 Keywords : DBD plasma actuator * vorex train * PIV Subject RIV: BK - Fluid Dynamics

  19. Experimental investigation of the 61?+ ‘shelf' state of KCs

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    Szczepkowski, J.; Grochola, A.; Jastrzebski, W.; Kowalczyk, P.

    2014-10-01

    We report the first experimental observation of the 61?+ state in the KCs molecule. Polarization labelling spectroscopy technique was applied to determine energies of about 1000 rovibrational levels in this state, most of them strongly perturbed by the neighbouring 43? state levels. The inverted perturbation approach was used to construct the irregular potential energy curve of the 61?+ state. It is compared with the recent theoretical calculations to show that Hund's coupling case (a) is proper for description of this state.

  20. Final Report: Experimental Investigation of Nonlinear Plasma Wake-Fields

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    We discuss the exploration of the newly proposed blowout regime of the plasma wakefield accelerator and advanced photoinjector technology for linear collider applications. The plasma wakefield experiment at ANL produced several ground-breaking results in the physics of the blowout regime. The photoinjector R and D effort produced breakthroughs in theoretical, computational, and experimental methods in high brightness beam physics. Results have been published

  1. Experimental investigation of unstrained diffusion flames and their instabilities

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    Robert, Etienne

    2009-01-01

    In this thesis, thermal-diffusive instabilities are studied experimentally in diffusion flames. The novel species injector of a recently developed research burner, consisting of an array of hypodermic needles, which allows to produce quasi one-dimensional unstrained diffusion flames has been improved. It is used in a new symmetric design with fuel and oxidizer injected through needle arrays which allows to independently choose both the magnitude and direction of the bulk flow through the flam...

  2. Experimental investigation of coarse particle conveying in pipes.

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    Vlasák, Pavel; Chára, Zden?k; Konfršt, Ji?í; Krupi?ka, Jan

    Vol. 92. Les Ulis : EDP Sciences, 2015 - (Dan?ová, P.; Vít, T.), 02111-p.1-02111-p.8 ISSN 2100-014X. [Experimental Fluid Mechanics 2014. ?eský Krumlov (CZ), 18.11.2014-21.11.2014] R&D Projects: GA ?R GAP105/10/1574 Institutional support: RVO:67985874 Keywords : particles motion * mixture flow behaviour * coarse particles Subject RIV: BK - Fluid Dynamics

  3. Investigations in Experimental and Theoretical High Energy Physics

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    Krennrich, Frank [Iowa State University

    2013-07-29

    We report on the work done under DOE grant DE-FG02-01ER41155. The experimental tasks have ongoing efforts at CERN (ATLAS), the Whipple observatory (VERITAS) and R&D work on dual readout calorimetry and neutrino-less double beta decay. The theoretical task emphasizes the weak interaction and in particular CP violation and neutrino physics. The detailed descriptions of the final report on each project are given under the appropriate task section of this report.

  4. Experimental investigation on creep behaviour of an epoxy adhesive

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    Silva, Patrícia Moreira; Sena-Cruz, José; AZENHA, Miguel; Escusa, Gonçalo Gomes

    2015-01-01

    Epoxy adhesives have been extensively used in structural strengthening. This leads to a great concern in assessing their long-term performance since epoxy resins present viscoelastic behaviour. This work aims to better understand the long-term behaviour of a specific epoxy adhesive due to the creep effects. Therefore, an experimental program comprising tensile creep tests was carried out, divided in two series: (i) series S1 - epoxy specimens subjected to different stress levels for a predefi...

  5. Experimental investigation of pulsed entangled photons and photonic quantum channels

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    Nambu, Yoshihiro; Usami, Koji; Tomita, Akihisa; Ishizaka, Satoshi; Hiroshima, Tohya; Tsuda, Yoshiyuki; matsumoto, Keiji; Nakamura, Kazuo

    2002-01-01

    The development of key devices and systems in quantum information technology, such as entangled particle sources, quantum gates and quantum cryptographic systems, requires a reliable and well-established method for characterizing how well the devices or systems work. We report our recent work on experimental characterization of pulsed entangled photonic states and photonic quantum channels, using the methods of state and process tomography. By using state tomography, we coul...

  6. Experimental investigation of coarse particle conveying in pipes.

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    Vlasák, Pavel; Chára, Zden?k; Konfršt, Ji?í; Krupi?ka, Jan

    Liberec : Technical university of Liberec, 2014 - (Dan?ová, P.; Vít, T.), s. 712-719 ISSN 2100-014X. - (EPJ Web of Conferences). [Experimental Fluid Mechanics 2014. ?eský Krumlov (CZ), 18.11.2014-21.11.2014] R&D Projects: GA ?R GAP105/10/1574 Institutional support: RVO:67985874 Keywords : transport pipelines * Coulomb friction * coarse-grained mixtures * coarse particle Subject RIV: BK - Fluid Dynamics

  7. Combined Experimental-Numerical Method for Investigation of Ductile Metals.

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    Valach, Jaroslav; Ž?árský, M.; Jahoda, J.

    Wuppertal : Institute static and dynamic of structures Bergischen Universitat Wuppertal, 2010 - (Harte, R.), s. 62-63 ISBN N. [Bilateral Czech/German Symposium /12./. Bremen (DE), 30.06.2010-03.07.2010] R&D Projects: GA ?R(CZ) GA103/09/2101 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20710524 Keywords : hybrid experimental-numerical method * ductility * deformation Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  8. Theoretical and experimental investigation of thermohydrologic processes in a partially saturated, fractured porous medium

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    The performance of a geologic repository for high-level nuclear waste will be influenced to a large degree by thermohydrologic phenomena created by the emplacement of heat-generating radioactive waste. The importance of these phenomena is manifest in that they can greatly affect the movement of moisture and the resulting transport of radionuclides from the repository. Thus, these phenomena must be well understood prior to a definitive assessment of a potential repository site. An investigation has been undertaken along three separate avenues of analysis: (i) laboratory experiments, (ii) mathematical models, and (iii) similitude analysis. A summary of accomplishments to date is as follows. (1) A review of the literature on the theory of heat and mass transfer in partially saturated porous medium. (2) A development of the governing conservation and constitutive equations. (3) A development of a dimensionless form of the governing equations. (4) A numerical study of the importance and sensitivity of flow to a set of dimensionless groups. (5) A survey and evaluation of experimental measurement techniques. (6) Execution of laboratory experiments of nonisothermal flow in a porous medium with a simulated fracture

  9. Experimental and numerical investigation of hydro power generator ventilation

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    Jamshidi, H.; Nilsson, H.; Chernoray, V.

    2014-03-01

    Improvements in ventilation and cooling offer means to run hydro power generators at higher power output and at varying operating conditions. The electromagnetic, frictional and windage losses generate heat. The heat is removed by an air flow that is driven by fans and/or the rotor itself. The air flow goes through ventilation channels in the stator, to limit the electrical insulation temperatures. The temperature should be kept limited and uniform in both time and space, avoiding thermal stresses and hot-spots. For that purpose it is important that the flow of cooling air is distributed uniformly, and that flow separation and recirculation are minimized. Improvements of the air flow properties also lead to an improvement of the overall efficiency of the machine. A significant part of the windage losses occurs at the entrance of the stator ventilation channels, where the air flow turns abruptly from tangential to radial. The present work focuses exclusively on the air flow inside a generator model, and in particular on the flow inside the stator channels. The generator model design of the present work is based on a real generator that was previously studied. The model is manufactured taking into consideration the needs of both the experimental and numerical methodologies. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) results have been used in the process of designing the experimental setup. The rotor and stator are manufactured using rapid-prototyping and plexi-glass, yielding a high geometrical accuracy, and optical experimental access. A special inlet section is designed for accurate air flow rate and inlet velocity profile measurements. The experimental measurements include Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) and total pressure measurements inside the generator. The CFD simulations are performed based on the OpenFOAM CFD toolbox, and the steady-state frozen rotor approach. Specific studies are performed, on the effect of adding "pick-up" to spacers, and the effects of the inlet fan blades on the flow rate through the model. The CFD results capture the experimental flow details to a reasonable level of accuracy.

  10. Experimental and CFD investigation of gas phase freeboard combustion

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    Andersen, Jimmy

    2009-01-01

    Reliable and accurate modeling capabilities for combustion systems are valuable tools for optimization of the combustion process. This work concerns primary precautions for reducing NO emissions, thereby abating the detrimental effects known as “acid rain”, and minimizing cost for flue gas treatment. The aim of this project is to provide validation data for Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) models relevant for grate firing combustion conditions. CFD modeling is a mathematical tool capable of predicting fluid flow, mixing and chemical reaction with thermal conversion and transport. Prediction of pollutant formation, which occurs in small concentrations with little impact on the general combustion process is in this work predicted by a post-processing step, making it less computationally expensive. A reactor was constructed to simulate the conditions in the freeboard of a grate fired boiler, but under well-defined conditions. Comprehensive experimental data for velocity field, temperatures, and gas compositionare obtained from a 50 kW axisymmetric non-swirling natural gas fired combustion setup under two different settings. Ammonia is added to the combustion setup in order to simulate fuel-NO formation during grate firing biomass combustion conditions. The experimental results are in this work compared to CFD modeling. The modeling results show, that the CFD model captured the main features of the combustion process and flow patterns. The application of more advanced chemical reaction mechanisms does not improve the prediction of the overall combustion process, but do provide additional formation about species (especially H2 and radicals), which is desirable for post-processing pollutant formation. NO formation is post-processed using various ammonia oxidation schemes and different post-processing techniques. The results in some cases provide a reasonable agreement with the experimental data. In general the application of advanced combustion modeling and more advanced ammonia oxidation mechanisms does not improve the agreement with experimental data compared to the simple eddy dissipation (mixed is burned) approach with post processing of a global combustion mechanism. The experimental setup does however not serve as a perfect validation case. The Reynolds numbers in the system put the flow regime in the transitional region, where turbulence modeling is difficult. Furthermore, the inclined jets show an affinity towards wall attachment, the entire modeling result is very sensitive to the prediction of these jets.

  11. Cold Climate Foundation Retrofit Experimental Hygrothermal Performance. Cloquet Residential Research Facility Laboratory Results

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    Goldberg, Louise F. [NorthernSTAR, St. Paul, MN (United States); Harmon, Anna C. [NorthernSTAR, St. Paul, MN (United States)

    2015-04-09

    This project was funded jointly by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). ORNL focused on developing a full basement wall system experimental database to enable others to validate hygrothermal simulation codes. NREL focused on testing the moisture durability of practical basement wall interior insulation retrofit solutions for cold climates. The project has produced a physically credible and reliable long-term hygrothermal performance database for retrofit foundation wall insulation systems in zone 6 and 7 climates that are fully compliant with the performance criteria in the 2009 Minnesota Energy Code. These data currently span the period from November 10, 2012 through May 31, 2014 and are anticipated to be extended through November 2014. The experimental data were configured into a standard format that can be published online and that is compatible with standard commercially available spreadsheet and database software.

  12. Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory project. Investigation report for the 2006 fiscal year

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    The Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory is planned to extend over a period of 20 years. The investigations will be conducted in three phases, namely 'Phase 1: Surface-based investigations', 'Phase 2: Construction Phase' (investigations during construction of the underground facilities) and 'Phase 3: Operation phase' (research in the underground facilities). This report summarizes the results of the investigations for the 2006 fiscal year (2006/2007), the second year of the Phase 2 investigations. The investigations, which are composed of 'Geoscientific research' and 'R and D on the geological disposal of high-level radioactive waste (HLW)', were carried out according to 'Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory Project Investigation Program for the 2006 Fiscal Year'. The results of these investigations, along with the results which were obtained in other departments of Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), are properly offered to the implementations and the safety regulations. JAEA proceeded with the project in, collaboration with experts from domestic and overseas research organisation. (author)

  13. Experimental Investigation of Use of Microsilica in Self Compacting Concrete

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    Mr.Ashok P. Kalbande

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available This paper is described Project in detail and presents laboratory observation. Microsilica is used as a 10% replacement of cement by weight. Various test were conducted on fine aggregate & coarse aggregate, to determine specific gravity, bulk density, fineness modulus of aggregate, concrete mix proportion design using this parameter..For conventional concrete water cement ratio of 0.4 and for microsilica concrete is increased water contain about 20liter/m3. Water demand increases in proportion to the amount of microsilica added. Mixing the concrete and various test are conducted on fresh concrete i.e. Slump flow, V- Funnel, L-Box, U-Box and result are obtained. Using this concrete cube specimen are cast for testing different hardened properties of concrete. i.e. 3 Days, 7 Days, 14 Days, 28 Days Compressive strength of concrete.

  14. Experimental Verification of the Petroelastic Model in the Laboratory - Fluid Substitution and Pressure Effects.

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    Rasolofosaon P. N.J.; Zinszner B.

    2012-01-01

    The poroelastic model is a major component in the workflows for the interpretation of time-lapse (or 4D) seismic data in terms of fluid repartition and/or pressure variation during the exploitation of reservoirs. This model must take into account both the fluid substitution effect and the pressure variation effect on the measured seismic parameters (velocities, impedance). This paper describes an experimental verification in the laboratory of this model. Regarding fluid substitution, Biot- Ga...

  15. Experimental and in situ investigations on americium, curium and plutonium behaviour in marine benthic species: transfer from water or sediments

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    The tranfer of transuranic elements -americium, curium and plutonium- from the sediments containing them to some marine benthic species (endofauna and epifauna) was studied with a twofold approach - laboratory and in-situ investigation. The experimental investigations, divided into three parts, made it possible to specify concentration factors (F.C.), transfer factors (F.T.) and to understand the process involved for 5 benthic species. The result were refined by an in-situ study that brought new data on the marine distribution of the transuranic elements released by the La Hague plant. Finally, the localization of americium and plutonium in the tissues and cells of these species was determined by autoradiography

  16. Experimental investigations of air-sea interaction in nonstationary conditions

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    Repina, I.; Chechin, D.; Artamonov, A.; Smirnov, A.

    2011-12-01

    Experimental studies of atmosphere-ocean interaction under conditions when the assumption of the air flow stationarity is not valid are presented. The conditions of calm and stormy ocean are studied. The inner boundary layer wind flow directed towards the coast, from the coast, and the flow over heterogeneous sea and ice-covered surface are considered. The method of determining the sensible and latent heat, momentum and carbon dioxide turbulent fluxes in the sea from ships and fixed platforms is developed The applicability of various methods is evaluated. On the basis of special experiments a physical description of the mechanisms of interaction between the atmosphere and the sea surface with weak, strong winds in coastal areas and over an inhomogeneous surface is proposed. Parametrizations of turbulent exchange of the atmosphere and the sea surface (open and covered with ice) under various background conditions are developed. The following results were obtained: 1. The dependence of the exchange coefficients and aerodynamic roughness on the temperature stratification at low winds over the ocean as well as on the icy surface is experimentally confirmed. Parameterizations, allowing to calculate the exchange coefficients for low and moderate winds from the standard meteorological information are developed. 2. The suppression turbulent drag due to strong winds over the sea surface at snowstorms and dust storms was observed experimentally. An explanation of the physical mechanism of this phenomenon is proposed. 4. Characteristics of turbulent heat, mass and gas exchange for different surfaces, typical for the Arctic are represented. Increased heat and mass transfer over polynyas and leads through self-organization of turbulent convection is found. Parametric model of dynamic and convective internal boundary layers over hummocks and polynyas is proposed. The work was sponsored by RFBR and CRDF grants.

  17. Experimental investigation on self-leveling behavior in debris beds

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    Zhang Bin, E-mail: b_zhang@nucl.kyushu-u.ac.j [Department of Applied Quantum Physics and Nuclear Engineering, Kyushu University, 744 Moto-oka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 819-0395 (Japan); Harada, Tetsushi; Hirahara, Daisuke; Matsumoto, Tatsuya; Morita, Koji; Fukuda, Kenji [Department of Applied Quantum Physics and Nuclear Engineering, Kyushu University, 744 Moto-oka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 819-0395 (Japan); Yamano, Hidemasa; Suzuki, Tohru; Tobita, Yoshiharu [Advanced Nuclear System R and D Directorate, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 4002 Narita, O-arai, Ibaraki 311-1393 (Japan)

    2011-01-15

    Research highlights: The first application of the depressurization method on self-leveling study. Introduce the equivalent power density to evaluate the driving effect. The experimental data presented cover a large parameter range. Discuss the dependency of self-leveling on various parameters. - Abstract: During a hypothetical core-disruptive accident in a sodium-cooled fast breeder reactor, degraded core materials can form debris beds on the core-support structure and/or in the lower inlet plenum of the reactor vessel from rapid quenching and fragmentation of core material pool. Coolant boiling may lead ultimately to leveling of the debris bed that is crucial to the relocation of molten core and heat-removal capability of the debris bed. In the present study, we elected to use depressurization boiling to simulate an axially increasing void distribution in the debris bed. Bottom-heating boiling was also chosen to confirm that characteristics of the self-leveling process do not depend on the boiling mode. Particle size (between 0.5 and 6 mm), shape (spherical and non-spherical), bed volume (between 5 and 8 l) and density (namely of alumina, zirconia, lead and stainless steel) along with boiling intensity and total volume were taken as experimental parameters to obtain the general characteristics of the self-leveling process. A series of experiments with simulant materials were conducted and analyzed in detail. The good concordance of the transient processes obtained from the different boiling methods sufficiently demonstrates that the present results obtained using the depressurization boiling method exhibit these general self-leveling characteristics. Detailed comparisons of deduced time variations of the inclination angle provides qualitative tendencies based on the experimental parameters considered influential to self-leveling behavior. The rationale behind the definition introduced for equivalent power density is also presented.

  18. Experimental Investigation of Tesla Turbine and its Underlying Theory

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    Kartikeya Awasthi; Aman Aggarwal

    2014-01-01

    Nikola Tesla is widely known for his outstanding achievements in generation transmission and utilization of power. The object of this paper is to experimentally verify one such method of extracting electrical power from fluid energy; devised by Tesla in his 1913 patent; known as Tesla Turbine. It is to be noted that almost no work has been done using water as the working fluid for the turbine so an attempt to reconstruct the turbine as per Nikola Tesla’s patent has been made with positive res...

  19. Experimental investigation of the transverse SBS excitation in anisotropic crystals

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    Bel`kov, S.A.; Dolgopolov, Yu.V.; Kochemasov, G.G.; Kulikov, S.M.; Solov`eva, M.N.; Sukharev, S.A.; Voronich, I.N. [Russian Federal Nuclear Center, Arzamas (Russian Federation). Inst. of Experimental Physics

    1995-12-31

    One of the factors which should be taken into account in creating high-power broad-aperture neodymium laser facilities is the possibility of generating the backward and transverse stimulated Brillouin scattering(SBS) in optical elements of the facility. Here, transverse SBS characteristics of the KDP crystal were determined by the method of SBS generation excitation in the transverse resonator. Fused silica was utilized as the test medium. Experimental oscillograms of Stokes pulses were processed by the method of pulse form approximation using the four-parametric function of time.

  20. Experimental investigation of the transverse SBS excitation in anisotropic crystals

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    One of the factors which should be taken into account in creating high-power broad-aperture neodymium laser facilities is the possibility of generating the backward and transverse stimulated Brillouin scattering(SBS) in optical elements of the facility. Here, transverse SBS characteristics of the KDP crystal were determined by the method of SBS generation excitation in the transverse resonator. Fused silica was utilized as the test medium. Experimental oscillograms of Stokes pulses were processed by the method of pulse form approximation using the four-parametric function of time

  1. Experimental investigation of heat losses at the PACTEL facility

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    Some methods are described in the present study for determining heat losses of experimental test facilities. Two different methods were chosen to be applied for the PACTEL. The experiment based on the transient method was performed in June, 1990, while results of earlier natural circulation tests could serve as a comparison between two procedures. Calculated results and plots show that the formation and values of heat losses have come up to the expectations however additional experiment is needed to obtain information about the distribution of heat losses throughout the facility. (orig.). (4 refs., 17 figs., 1 tab.)

  2. An experimental investigation of Fang's Ag superlens suitable for integration

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    Jeppesen, Claus; Nielsen, Rasmus Bundgaard; Xiao, Sanshui; Mortensen, Asger; Boltasseva, Alexandra; Kristensen, Anders

    2009-01-01

    We report on experimental realization of the Fang Ag superlens structure [1] suitable for further processing and integration in bio-chips by replacing PMMA with a highly chemical resistant cyclo-olefin copolymer, mr-I T85 (Micro Resist Technology, Berlin, Germany). The superlens was able to resolve 80 nm half-pitch gratings when operating at a free space wavelength of 365 nm. Fang et al. used PMMA since it enables the presence of surface plasmons at the PMMA/Ag interface at 365 nm and because it...

  3. Experimental investigation of engine jet/vortex interaction

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    Huppertz, G.

    2010-01-01

    Since the 1970s a main topic in vortex research is the problem of wake vortex hazard. This thesis focuses on the aspect of engine jet vortex interaction and discusses experimental results from low speed wind tunnel tests in the wake of a swept wing half model with a model engine that can be span wise moved during wind tunnel operation. The falsifying effect of vortex meandering or unsteady movement on the evaluation of wake vortex measurements using PIV technique is analysed by a numerical me...

  4. Experimental Investigation on a Highly Sensitive Atomic Magnetometer

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    A highly sensitive all-optical atomic magnetometer based on the magnetooptical effect which uses the advanced technique of single laser beam detection is reported and demonstrated experimentally. A sensitivity of 0.5 pT/Hz1/2 is obtained by analyzing the magnetic noise spectrum, which exceeds that of most traditional magnetometers. This kind of atomic magnetometer is very compact, has a low power consumption, and has a high theoretical sensitivity limit, which make it suitable for many applications. (condensed matter: electronic structure, electrical, magnetic, and optical properties)

  5. Experimental Investigations on Performance and Design Parameters of Solar Chimney

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    ?brahim ÜÇGÜL

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available In this study, a solar chimney system, which is suitable for climate conditions of Isparta and its surroundings, is designed theoretically. With the aim of studying experimentally as based on that design, a prototype solar chimney has been constructed in the university campus area of Süleyman Demirel University-RACRER (Research and Application Center for Renewable Energy Resources. Additionally, after the experimental studies, the system is modelled theoretically with depending on the design. Then, this model constituted the basis for developed computer programme and performance parameters of the system are obtained. The obtained findings showed that the solar chimney, which is suitable for climate conditions of Isparta and its surroundings, are sufficient for determining design and performance parameters. The results showed that electricity generation with solar chimney is suitable for areas which have high solar incident and long sunshine duration and similar climate conditions as such as Isparta and its surroundings. When the results are evaluated, it is seen that electricity generation power of solar chimney depends on the region solar data, the chimney height and the size of greenhouse area.

  6. An experimental investigation of post dryout heat transfer

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    The present report contains the results of post-dryout measurements which have been carried out in the Department of Nuclear Reactor Engineering at the Royal Institute of Technology. More than 15000 heat transfer coefficients were obtained for electrically heated round tubes in the post-dryout regime, covering the following ranges of parameters: Heated length L=7000 mm, Inner diameter d(sub)i=14.90, 10.00 and 24.69 mm, Inlet subcooling ?t(sub)i=10degreeC, Pressure p=30-205 bar, Mass velocity G=500-3000 kg/m2s, Heat flux g/A=9-125 W/cm2, PDO steam quality x(sub)PDO=0.03-1.66. A brief description of the experimental equipment is given as well as a table containing the experimental results. The data have been stored on a tape which is available at the department of Nuclear Reactor Engineering at the Royal Institute of Technology. (author)

  7. Control strategies for friction dampers: numerical assessment and experimental investigations.

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    Coelho H.T.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The use of friction dampers has been proposed in a wide variety of mechanical systems for which it is not possible to apply viscoelastic materials, fluid based dampers or others viscous dampers. An important example is the application of friction dampers in aircraft engines to reduce the blades vibration amplitudes. In most cases, friction dampers have been studied in a passive way, however, a significant improvement can be achieved by controlling the normal force in the dampers. The aim of this paper is to study three control strategies for friction dampers based on the hysteresis cycle. The first control strategy maximizes the energy removal in each harmonic oscillation cycle, by calculating the optimum normal force based on the last displacement peak. The second control strategy combines the first one with the maximum energy removal strategy used in the smart spring devices. Finally, is presented the strategy which homogenously modulates the friction force. Numerical studies were performed with these three strategies defining the performance metrics. The best control strategy was applied experimentally. The experimental test rig was fully identified and its parameters were used for the numerical simulations. The obtained results show the good performance for the friction damper and the selected strategy.

  8. Incipient Transient Detection in Reactor Systems: Experimental and Theoretical Investigation

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    Lefteri H. Tsoukalas; S.T. Revankar; X Wang; R. Sattuluri

    2005-09-27

    The main goal of this research was to develop a method for detecting reactor system transients at the earliest possible time through a comprehensive experimental, testing and benchmarking program. This approach holds strong promise for developing new diagnostic technologies that are non-intrusive, generic and highly portable across different systems. It will help in the design of new generation nuclear power reactors, which utilize passive safety systems with a reliable and non-intrusive multiphase flow diagnostic system to monitor the function of the passive safety systems. The main objective of this research was to develop an improved fuzzy logic based detection method based on a comprehensive experimental testing program to detect reactor transients at the earliest possible time, practically at their birth moment. A fuzzy logic and neural network based transient identification methodology and implemented in a computer code called PROTREN was considered in this research and was compared with SPRT (Sequentially Probability Ratio Testing) decision and Bayesian inference. The project involved experiment, theoretical modeling and a thermal-hydraulic code assessment. It involved graduate and undergraduate students participation providing them with exposure and training in advanced reactor concepts and safety systems. In this final report, main tasks performed during the project period are summarized and the selected results are presented. Detailed descriptions for the tasks and the results are presented in previous yearly reports (Revankar et al 2003 and Revankar et al 2004).

  9. Experimental investigation two phase flow in direct methanol fuel cells

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    Direct methanol fuel cells (DMFC) have received many attentions specifically for portable electronic applications since it utilize methanol which is in liquid form in atmospheric condition and high energy density of the methanol. Thus it eliminates the storage problem of hydrogen. It also eliminates humidification requirement of polymeric membrane which is a problem in PEM fuel cells. Some electronic companies introduced DMFC prototypes for portable electronic applications. Presence of carbon dioxide gases due to electrochemical reactions in anode makes the problem a two phase problem. A two phase flow may occur at cathode specifically at high current densities due to the excess water. Presence of gas phase in anode region and liquid phase in cathode region prevents diffusion of fuel and oxygen to the reaction sites thus reduces the performance of the system. Uncontrolled pressure buildup in anode region increases methanol crossover through membrane and adversely effect the performance. Two phase flow in both anode and cathode region is very effective in the performance of DMYC system and a detailed understanding of two phase flow for high performance DMFC systems. Although there are many theoretical and experimental studies available on the DMFC systems in the literature, only few studies consider problem as a two-phase flow problem. In this study, an experimental set up is developed and species distributions on system are measured with a gas chromatograph. System performance characteristics (V-I curves) is measured depending on the process parameters (temperature, fuel ad oxidant flow rates, methanol concentration etc)

  10. Experimental investigation of in situ cleanable HEPA filters

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    Savannah River Technology Center (SRTC), High Level Waste Division, Tanks Focus Area, and the Federal Energy Technology Center (FETC) have been investigating high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters which can be regenerated or cleaned in situ as an alternative to conventional disposable HEPA filters. This technical report documents concerns pertaining to conventional HEPA filters

  11. Inquiry-based Investigation in Biology Laboratories: Does Neem Provide Bioprotection against Bean Beetles?

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    Pearce, Amy R.; Sale, Amanda Lovelace; Srivatsan, Malathi; Beck, Christopher W.; Blumer, Lawrence S.; Grippo, Anne A.

    2013-01-01

    We developed an inquiry-based biology laboratory exercise in which undergraduate students designed experiments addressing whether material from the neem tree ("Azadirachta indica") altered bean beetle ("Callosobruchus maculatus") movements and oviposition. Students were introduced to the bean beetle life cycle, experimental…

  12. Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory project. Investigation report for the 2009 fiscal year

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    The Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory Project is planned to extend over a period 20 years. The investigations will be conducted in three phases, namely 'Phase 1: Surface-based investigations', 'Phase 2: Construction Phase' (investigations during construction of the underground facilities) and 'Phase 3: Operation phase' (research in the underground facilities). This report summarizes the results of the investigations for the 2009 fiscal year (2009/2010). The investigations, which are composed of 'Geoscientific research' and 'R and D on geological disposal technology', were carried out according to 'Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory Project Investigation Program for the 2009 Fiscal year'. The results of these investigations, along with the results which were obtained in other departments of Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), are properly offered to the implementations and the safety regulations. For the sake of this, JAEA has proceeded with the project in collaboration with experts from domestic and overseas research organisations. (author)

  13. Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory project. Investigation report for the 2010 fiscal year

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    The Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory Project is planned to extend over a period 20 years. The investigations will be conducted in three phases, namely 'Phase 1: Surface-based investigations', 'Phase 2: Construction Phase' (investigations during construction of the underground facilities) and 'Phase 3: Operation phase' (research in the underground facilities). This report summarizes the results of the investigations for the 2010 fiscal year (2010/2011). The investigations, which are composed of 'Geoscientific research' and 'R and D on geological disposal technology', were carried out according to 'Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory Project Investigation Program for the 2010 Fiscal year'. The results of these investigations, along with the results which were obtained in other departments of Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), are properly offered to the implementations and the safety regulations. For the sake of this, JAEA has proceeded with the project in collaboration with experts from domestic and overseas research organisations. (author)

  14. Experimental investigation of the ecological hybrid refrigeration cycle

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    Cyklis, Piotr; Kantor, Ryszard; Ryncarz, Tomasz; Górski, Bogus?aw; Duda, Roman

    2014-09-01

    The requirements for environmentally friendly refrigerants promote application of CO2 and water as working fluids. However there are two problems related to that, namely high temperature limit for CO2 in condenser due to the low critical temperature, and low temperature limit for water being the result of high triple point temperature. This can be avoided by application of the hybrid adsorption-compression system, where water is the working fluid in the adsorption high temperature cycle used to cool down the CO2 compression cycle condenser. The adsorption process is powered with a low temperature renewable heat source as solar collectors or other waste heat source. The refrigeration system integrating adsorption and compression system has been designed and constructed in the Laboratory of Thermodynamics and Thermal Machine Measurements of Cracow University of Technology. The heat source for adsorption system consists of 16 tube tulbular collectors. The CO2 compression low temperature cycle is based on two parallel compressors with frequency inverter. Energy efficiency and TEWI of this hybrid system is quite promising in comparison with the compression only systems.

  15. Experimental investigation of the ecological hybrid refrigeration cycle

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    Cyklis Piotr

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The requirements for environmentally friendly refrigerants promote application of CO2 and water as working fluids. However there are two problems related to that, namely high temperature limit for CO2 in condenser due to the low critical temperature, and low temperature limit for water being the result of high triple point temperature. This can be avoided by application of the hybrid adsorption-compression system, where water is the working fluid in the adsorption high temperature cycle used to cool down the CO2 compression cycle condenser. The adsorption process is powered with a low temperature renewable heat source as solar collectors or other waste heat source. The refrigeration system integrating adsorption and compression system has been designed and constructed in the Laboratory of Thermodynamics and Thermal Machine Measurements of Cracow University of Technology. The heat source for adsorption system consists of 16 tube tulbular collectors. The CO2 compression low temperature cycle is based on two parallel compressors with frequency inverter. Energy efficiency and TEWI of this hybrid system is quite promising in comparison with the compression only systems.

  16. Experimental Investigation of a Helicopter Rotor Hub Wake

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    Reich, David; Elbing, Brian; Schmitz, Sven

    2013-11-01

    A scaled model of a notional helicopter rotor hub was tested in the 48'' Garfield Thomas Water Tunnel at the Applied Research Laboratory Penn State. The main objectives of the experiment were to understand the spatial- and temporal content of the unsteady wake downstream of a rotor hub up to a distance corresponding to the empennage. Primary measurements were the total hub drag and velocity measurements at three nominal downstream locations. Various flow structures were identified and linked to geometric features of the hub model. The most prominent structures were two-per-revolution (hub component: scissors) and four-per-revolution (hub component: main hub arms) vortices shed by the hub. Both the two-per-revolution and four-per-revolution structures persisted far downstream of the hub, but the rate of dissipation was greater for the four-per-rev structures. This work provides a dataset for enhanced understanding of the fundamental physics underlying rotor hub flows and serves as validation data for future CFD analyses.

  17. Experimental investigation of dynamic properties of chemical control analyzers

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    Egoshina, O. V.; Voronov, V. N.; Makarishcheva, N. A.; Latt, Aie Min; Rogov, A. S.

    2015-05-01

    General data on dynamical characteristics of chemical control analyzers under nonstationary conditions are represented. The concise description of an experimental bench modeling the operation of a chemical-engineering monitoring system with the technical specifications of analyzers is given. Basic principles for determining dynamic characteristics of the analyzers are formulated. Results of computations of mathematical models for different types of disturbances that imitate a violation in water chemistry and the failure of single equipment components in systems for chemical control of the quality of a heat-transfer agent using in HPPs and NPPs are given. Conclusions are drawn regarding the necessity in the mandatory consideration of the dynamic characteristics during the construction of automatic systems for dozing correction reagents.

  18. Performance enhancement of solar module by cooling: An experimental investigation

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    P G Nikhil, M Premalatha

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The study evaluates the silicone oil cooling of the solar module surface. Solar module with maximum power of 7W was employed for cooling. This paper summarizes the result of an outdoor experiment. The experiments were conducted in batch mode, with the cooling medium spread on the module surface at different thickness from 0mm to 6mm. The performance of the module, throughout the day, for different thickness of the medium is reported. The study also presents a mathematical model, predicting the variation of the maximum power when the module surface is cooled using silicone oil. The results of the equation model are compared and validated with the experimental as well as with results reported in the earlier works. The cooling contributes to appreciable improvement in the module efficiency to above 20%.

  19. Theoretical and experimental investigation of magnetotransport in iron chalcogenides

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    Federico Caglieris, Fabio Ricci, Gianrico Lamura, Albert Martinelli, A Palenzona, Ilaria Pallecchi, Alberto Sala, Gianni Profeta and Marina Putti

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We explore the electronic, transport and thermoelectric properties of Fe1+ySexTe1?x compounds to clarify the mechanisms of superconductivity in Fe-based compounds. We carry out first-principles density functional theory (DFT calculations of structural, electronic, magnetic and transport properties and measure resistivity, Hall resistance and Seebeck effect curves. All the transport properties exhibit signatures of the structural/magnetic transitions, such as discontinuities and sign changes of the Seebeck coefficient and of the Hall resistance. These features are reproduced by calculations provided that antiferromagnetic correlations are taken into account and experimental values of lattice constants are considered in DFT calculations. On the other hand, the temperature dependences of the transport properties can not be fully reproduced, and to improve the agreement between experiment and DFT calculations it is necessary to go beyond the constant relaxation time approximation and take into account correlation effects.

  20. Experimental Investigation of Tesla Turbine and its Underlying Theory

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    Kartikeya Awasthi

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Nikola Tesla is widely known for his outstanding achievements in generation transmission and utilization of power. The object of this paper is to experimentally verify one such method of extracting electrical power from fluid energy; devised by Tesla in his 1913 patent; known as Tesla Turbine. It is to be noted that almost no work has been done using water as the working fluid for the turbine so an attempt to reconstruct the turbine as per Nikola Tesla’s patent has been made with positive results obtained by generation of useful electrical power using water as the medium which provides a new outlook towards our understanding of the turbines and the ways by which mechanical energy of the motive fluid can be converted into useful electrical output. .

  1. Experimental Investigation on Terahertz Spectra of Amphetamine Type Stimulants

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    Sun, Jin-Hai; Shen, Jing-Ling; Liang, Lai-Shun; Xu, Xiao-Yu; Liu, Hai-Bo; Zhang, Cun-Lin

    2005-12-01

    The spectral absorption features of three amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) belonging to illicit drugs have been studied with terahertz (THz) time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) and the characteristic absorption spectra (fingerprint spectra) are obtained in the range from 0.2 to 2.5 THz. Fingerprint spectra of illicit drugs in terahertz band are bases to detect and to inspect nondestructively illicit drugs with terahertz technique. With fingerprint spectra of illicit drugs and strong penetrability for cloths, paper bags and leathered or plastic luggage terahertz technique would be better than other techniques in illicit drugs detection and inspection. Thus, this work would contribute to the building of corresponding fingerprint spectra database of illicit drugs and provide experimental bases for using of terahertz detection apparatus in drugs nondestructive detection and inspection in the future.

  2. Experimental investigation of different configurations in a flexible heliac

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    The effect of varying the magnetic field configuration by adding an l=1 helical winding to the standard heliac has been studied experimentally. Equilibrium plasma configurations in the range 0.7 ? t(0) ? 1.86 have been obtained. Analyses of the plasma pressure profiles measured by Langmuir probes in this range show good agreement between the plasma isobars and the computed vacuum magnetic surfaces; for configurations with a rotational transform t(0) close to unity it is necessary to take known error fields into account. When low-order rational surfaces are present, a deterioration of the plasma confinement is clearly observed. Magnetic islands, resulting from the resonance between the low-order rational surface t = 3/2 and the m=2, n=3 vacuum field harmonics inherent in the geometry, are identified with features observed in both the plasma pressure and the floating potential profiles. (author). 8 refs, 13 figs, 1 tab

  3. EXPERIMENTAL INVESTIGATION & NUMERICAL ANALYSIS OF COMPOSITE LEAF SPRING

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    K. K. JADHAO,

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available The Automobile Industry has shown keen interest for replacement of steel leaf spring with that of glass fiber composite leaf spring, since the composite material has high strength to weight ratio, good corrosion resistance and tailor-able properties. The objective of present study was to replace material for leaf spring. In present study the material selected was glass fiber reinforced plastic (GFRP and the polyester resin (NETPOL 1011 can be used which was more economical this will reduce total cost of composite leaf spring. A spring with constant width and thickness was fabricated by hand lay-up technique which was very simple and economical. The experiments were conducted on UTM and numerical analysis was done via (FEA using ANSYS software. Stresses and deflection results were verified for analytical and experimental results. Result shows that, the composite spring has stresses much lower than steel leaf spring and weight of composite spring was nearly reduced up to 85%.

  4. Experimental investigation of different configurations in a flexible heliac

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    The effect of varying the magnetic configuration by adding an l = 1 helical winding to a standard heliac has been studied experimentally. Equilibrium plasma configurations are obtained in the range 0.7 ? ?(0) ? 1.86. Analysis of the plasma pressure profiles measured by Langmuir probes in this range all show good agreement between the plasma isobars and the computed vacuum magnetic surfaces; for configuration with ?(0) close to unity it is necessary to take a known error fields into account. The deterioration of the plasma confinement when low-order rational surfaces are present is clearly observed, and the magnetic islands which result from the resonance between the low-order rational surface ?=3/2, and the m=2,n=3 vacuum field harmonics inherent in the geometry are identified with features observed in both the plasma pressure and the floating potential profiles

  5. Experimental Investigation of the Equal Channel Forward Extrusion Process

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    Mahmoud Ebrahimi

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Among all recognized severe plastic deformation techniques, a new method, called the equal channel forward extrusion process, has been experimentally studied. It has been shown that this method has similar characteristics to other severe plastic deformation methods, and the potential of this new method was examined on the mechanical properties of commercial pure aluminum. The results indicate that approximate 121%, 56%, and 84% enhancements, at the yield strength, ultimate tensile strength, and Vickers micro-hardness measurement are, respectively, achieved after the fourth pass, in comparison with the annealed condition. The results of drop weight impact test showed that the increment of 26% at the impact force, and also decreases of 32%, 15%, and 4% at the deflection, impulse, and absorbed energy, are respectively attained for the fourth pass when compared to the annealed condition. Furthermore, the electron backscatter diffraction examination revealed that the average grain size of the final pass is about 480 nm.

  6. Experimental investigation on shear fracture at high strain rates

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    Roth, Christian C.; Mohr, Dirk

    2015-09-01

    Adiabatic shear banding is a well-understood failure mechanism of metals at high strain rates. In addition, recent research on the ductile fracture of metals has demonstrated that shear localization at the microscale is also an important precursor of fracture initiation at low strain rates. This talk presents a new shear fracture specimen which is used to conduct fracture experiments on advanced high strength steel sheets at strain rates of up to 1/s in a hydraulic testing machine and for strain rates of up to 2500/s in a Split Hopkinson Bar system. The experimental result for a 22 MnB5 steel show a significant increase in ductility as a function of strain rate. Results from scanning electron microscopy are also shown to provide insight into the effect of the strain rate on the shear localization at the microscale.

  7. Back scattering interferometry revisited – A theoretical and experimental investigation

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    JØrgensen, Thomas Martini; Jepsen, S. T.

    2015-01-01

    A refractive index based detector based on so called back scattering interferometry (BSI) has been described in the literature as a unique optical method for measuring biomolecular binding interactions in solution. In this paper, we take a detailed look at the optical principle underlying this technique to understand fully the constituents and behaviour of the fringe patterns generated. The simulated results are compared and validated with experimental measurements. Hereby, we show that BSI does not operate as a resonant cavity as often stated in the literature. Recently, we have questioned the claims made that BSI in general can be used to measure molecular bindings. Here we explore this topic further in three cases using fluorescence spectroscopy as a reference method. Finally, we explore whether refractive index sensing can be used to measure the enzymatic phosphorylation of glucose to glucose-6-phosphate.

  8. An experimental investigation of underexpanded jets from oval sonic nozzles

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    Rajakuperan, E. [Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Trivandrum (India). Aerothermal Test Fac. Div.; Ramaswamy, M.A. [Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore-560012 (India)

    1998-04-01

    Underexpanded jets from oval sonic nozzles were experimentally studied for various pressure ratios up to 20.3. The results revealed that the barrel type of shock structure was present only in the major axis plane except at low aspect ratios. The results also revealed that the jet spreading rate in the minor axis plane of the nozzle was much higher compared to that in the major axis plane, resulting in axis switching of jets. The cross sectional area of these jets were considerably higher compared to the axisymmetric jets indicating higher interface area for viscous mixing in the near field region and increased mixing in the far field region clear of shock structure. (orig.) With 11 figs., 15 refs.

  9. Experimental performance and acoustic investigation of modern, counterrotating blade concepts

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    Hoff, G. E.

    1990-01-01

    The aerodynamic, acoustic, and aeromechanical performance of counterrotating blade concepts were evaluated both theoretically and experimentally. Analytical methods development and design are addressed. Utilizing the analytical methods which evolved during the conduct of this work, aerodynamic and aeroacoustic predictions were developed, which were compared to NASA and GE wind tunnel test results. The detailed mechanical design and fabrication of five different composite shell/titanium spar counterrotating blade set configurations are presented. Design philosophy, analyses methods, and material geometry are addressed, as well as the influence of aerodynamics, aeromechanics, and aeroacoustics on the design procedures. Blade fabrication and quality control procedures are detailed; bench testing procedures and results of blade integrity verification are presented; and instrumentation associated with the bench testing also is identified. Additional hardware to support specialized testing is described, as are operating blade instrumentation and the associated stress limits. The five counterrotating blade concepts were scaled to a tip diameter of 2 feet, so they could be incorporated into MPS (model propulsion simulators). Aerodynamic and aeroacoustic performance testing was conducted in the NASA Lewis 8 x 6 supersonic and 9 x 15 V/STOL (vertical or short takeoff and landing) wind tunnels and in the GE freejet anechoic test chamber (Cell 41) to generate an experimental data base for these counterrotating blade designs. Test facility and MPS vehicle matrices are provided, and test procedures are presented. Effects on performance of rotor-to-rotor spacing, angle-of-attack, pylon proximity, blade number, reduced-diameter aft blades, and mismatched rotor speeds are addressed. Counterrotating blade and specialized aeromechanical hub stability test results are also furnished.

  10. Experimental investigation on air leakage characteristics of containments

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    Facilities such as nuclear power plants have containments as atomic reactor which are subjected to high internal pressure. The internal pressure induces tensile stress in the containments. The tensile stress can cause generation and propagation of cracks through which the gas contaminated radioactively may leak. Supposing that a potential leakage accident happened, an experimental study on air leakage characteristics of containments was carried out. Two reinforced concrete specimens which reflect a wall of the containment were manufactured. Then the specimens were subjected to tensile load to generate cracks and air penetration tests were performed. During the air leakage test, the air pressure of inlet and outlet, the flow rate of outlet and the sum of crack widths were measured. The individual factors of the specific crack shape, the wall roughness and the flow coefficient, could be estimated from these experimental data. The factors are expressed as functions in terms of the sum of crack widths by regression analysis. The measured flow rates were compared with the predictive values obtained using the regression curves. Then flow rates according to pressure gradient and crack width were estimated. It was verified that the predicted flow rates agree with the measured flow rates statistically, that is, the estimated functions predicting the wall roughness and the flow coefficient are suitable. Once the sum of crack widths and inlet pressure of concrete wall are known, thus, the air flow rate can be predicted. The relationship among crack width, pressure and flow rate will serve as a criterion for air leakage characteristics of containments. (authors)

  11. Experimental investigation of heat transfer in the transition region

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    An experimental study of forced convective boiling heat transfer for upflow of water in a circular tube has been performed using a heat transfer system with temperature-controlled indirect Joule heating. By this way, complete boiling curves from incipience of boiling to fully established film boiling could be measured including the transition boiling regime. The boiling curves were traversed in a quasi-steady mode, usually by increasing the set-point wall temperature average at a constant time rate of 3.5 K/min. The vast majority of results covers the pressure range from 0.1 to 1.0 MPa, mass flux range from 25 to 200 kg/(m2s) and inlet subcooling from 5 to 30 K. The experimental results of transition boiling heat transfer obtained in the centre of the test section were correlated in terms of a heat flux/surface superheat relationship that was normalized by the maximum heat flux (local CHF) and its associated wall superheat, respectively, to anchor the transition boiling curve to its low temperature limit. The upper surface temperature limit of the transition boiling regime was determined by inspection of measured axial distributions of surface heat flux and corresponding wall temperature. The critical heat flux (CHF) and its corresponding wall superheat has been measured, too. These temperature-controlled results were compared also with power-controlled experiments. The data are presented in terms of a table and accurate empirical correlations following Katto's generalized correlation scheme. Taking into account previous CHF data at L/D ? 100 and same range of flow conditions the length effect was found to further depend on pressure and mass flux. The data for the critical wall superheat show a distinct dependence upon pressure, mass flux and inlet quality that has not been observed before with comparable clarity

  12. Testing geochemical models of bentonite pore water evolution against laboratory experimental data

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    The determination of a bentonite pore water composition and understanding its evolution with time underpins many radioactive waste disposal issues, such as buffer erosion, canister corrosion, and radionuclide solubility, sorption, and diffusion, inter alia. Previous modelling approaches have tended to ignore clay dissolution-precipitation reactions, a consequence of which is that montmorillonite is theoretically preserved indefinitely in the repository system. Here, we investigate the applicability of an alternative clay pore fluid evolution model, that incorporates clay dissolution-precipitation reactions as an integral component and test it against well-characterised laboratory experimental data, where key geochemical parameters, Eh and pH, have been measured directly in compacted bentonite. Simulations have been conducted using different computer codes (Geo-chemist's Workbench, PHREEQC, and QPAC) to test the applicability of this model. Thermodynamic data for the Gibb's free energy of formation of MX-80 smectite used in the calculations were estimated using two different methods ('Polymer' and 'Vieillard' Models).Simulations of 'end-point' pH measurements in batch bentonite-water slurry experiments showed different pH values according to the complexity of the system studied. The most complete system investigated revealed pH values were a strong function of partial pressure of carbon dioxide, with pH increasing with decreasing PCO2 (with log PCO2 values ranging from -3.5 to -7.5 bars produced pH values ranging from 7.9 to 9.6). A second set of calculations investigated disequilibrium between clay and pore fluid in laboratory squeezing cell tests involving pure water (pH = 9.0) or a 1 M NaOH solution (pH = 12.1). Simulations carried out for 100 days (the same timescale as the experiments) showed that smectite remained far from equilibrium throughout, and that the lowering of pH due to smectite hydrolysis was trivial. However, extending the duration of the simulations to that required for clay-fluid equilibrium, necessitated timescales of 7 and 65. years for pure water and 1 M NaOH, respectively, but again produced relatively minor reduction in pH (in the order of 0.1-0.2 pH units). If the (equilibrium) precipitation of secondary minerals was included in the simulations, then not only was the clay-fluid equilibration period extended dramatically (from 7 to 360 years for pure water, and from 65 to 2600. years for 1 M NaOH), but concomitant changes in pH were significant, decreasing from 9.0 to 8.6 (pure water) and from 12.1 to 9.0 (1 M NaOH). Repetition of these latter calculations using an alternative method for ?Gf0 smectite produced an increase in equilibration time for reaction with 1 M NaOH from 2600 to 5000 years, highlighting the potential effects of the uncertainty in thermodynamic data for smectite. A final set of calculations was carried out to investigate both the time- and space-dependent variations in pore fluid composition in laboratory in-diffusion experiments conducted for over 1200 days, initially with pure water and 'spiked' after 271 days with a Na-Ca-OH-Cl solution (pH = 11.7). Here, the sensitivity of the results to both variations in a number of parameters/conditions (porosity, reaction rate of secondary minerals, the degree of mixing of the external fluid reservoirs in the experiments, the effective diffusion coefficient) and the inclusion/exclusion of key processes (clay hydrolysis, secondary mineral precipitation, ion exchange, clay edge protonation-deprotonation reactions) was investigated. These calculations confirmed that smectite dissolution-precipitation reactions alone have an insignificant impact upon pH buffering over laboratory timescales and that the pH buffering observed is most likely controlled by clay protonation-deprotonation reactions, and kinetic secondary mineral (brucite + tobermorite) precipitation. Ion exchange reactions were found to have little effect on pH. Alternative data for the kinetic dissolution of smectite produced no observable differences, and the adoption of a re

  13. Experimental investigation of an accelerometer controlled automatic braking system

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    Dreher, R. C.; Sleeper, R. K.; Nayadley, J. R., Sr.

    1972-01-01

    An investigation was made to determine the feasibility of an automatic braking system for arresting the motion of an airplane by sensing and controlling braked wheel decelerations. The system was tested on a rotating drum dynamometer by using an automotive tire, wheel, and disk-brake assembly under conditions which included two tire loadings, wet and dry surfaces, and a range of ground speeds up to 70 knots. The controlling parameters were the rates at which brake pressure was applied and released and the Command Deceleration Level which governed the wheel deceleration by controlling the brake operation. Limited tests were also made with the automatic braking system installed on a ground vehicle in an effort to provide a more realistic proof of its feasibility. The results of this investigation indicate that a braking system which utilizes wheel decelerations as the control variable to restrict tire slip is feasible and capable of adapting to rapidly changing surface conditions.

  14. An experimental investigation into the mechanisms of bacterial evolution

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    Wee Sit, Liezl Nicolette S.

    This research investigated a new additive manufacturing approach for the rapid and inexpensive fabrication of tooling with microstructured surfaces. In this process, a metal-filled paste is printed onto a substrate and then sintered. Therefore, the approach eliminates the step (layer) effect present in current additive manufacturing processes. Results showed that paste viscosity significantly affected feature uniformity, with higher viscosity pastes producing narrow lines and more uniform feature heights. Printing parameters (print head type, flow rate from the print head, tip gap, tip diameter, and printing speed) were investigated as controls for microfeature height and width. Paste formulation was critical parameters for producing features with uniform cross-sections. The minimum feature dimensions achieved were 324 microm line width. Since the novel tooling was undamaged after 5000 injection molding cycles a new injection mold was designed and fabricated for this tooling (which is an insert).

  15. Exploratory experimental investigations on post-tensioned structural glass beams

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    Louter, C.; Nielsen, Jens Henrik

    2013-01-01

    This paper discusses two projects on post-tensioned glass beams, performed at EPFL and DTU, respectively. In these projects small scale glass beams (length of 1.5m and 1m) are post-tensioned by means of steel threaded rods tensioned at the beam ends. The purpose of post-tensioning glass beams is to enhance the initial failure stress of the glass and to obtain ductile (post-breakage) performance. From four-point bending tests on the post-tensioned glass beam specimens it is observed that these goals are reached. From the test results it is concluded that post-tensioning glass beams is a feasible and promising concept, which provides enhanced strength and ductile (post-breakage) performance. Since the current investigations are exploratory, the investigated concepts leave unsolved challenges for future research within this field.

  16. Flow in a Pelton Turbine Bucket: Numerical and Experimental Investigations

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    Perrig, A.; Avellan, F.; Kueny, J.-L.; Parkinson, E.; Farhat, M

    2006-01-01

    The aim of the paper is to present the results of investigations conducted on the free surface flow in a Pelton turbine model bucket. Unsteady numerical simulations, based on the two-phase homogeneous model, are performed together with wall pressure measurements and flow visualizations. The results obtained allow defining five distinct zones in the bucket from the flow patterns and the pressure signal shapes. The results provided by the numerical simulation are compared for each zone. The flo...

  17. Grandiose delusions: an experimental investigation of the delusion as defense.

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    Smith, N.; Freeman, D.; Kuipers, E.

    2005-01-01

    Two distinct roles for emotion in the development of delusions have been outlined. Some authors argue that delusions defend against low self-esteem and negative emotion (the delusion-as-defense account). Other authors hypothesize that delusions are not a defense but are a direct reflection of emotion and associated processes (the emotion-consistent account). An empirical investigation was conducted of the delusion-as-defense account with reference to grandiose delusions. Twenty individuals wi...

  18. Experimental Investigation of Turbulent Fluid Flow through a Rectangular Elbow

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    Arindam Mandal; Somnath Bhattecharjee; Rabin Debnath; Debasish Roy,; Snehamoy Majumder

    2010-01-01

    The analysis of the turbulent fluid flow in a rectangular elbow is important for many engineering applications like heatexchanger, fluid transport piping system, air conditioning devices etc. Present study investigates the flow visualization of turbulentfluid flow through a rectangular elbow and estimation of co-efficient of friction. The working fluid is air and flow taken to be isincompressible, turbulent and non-reacting. The velocity profiles along the elbow duct are observed at Reynolds ...

  19. Experimental Investigation on Mechanical Properties of Ilmenite based Al Nanocomposites

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    L. Rasidhar

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available In the present investigation an attempt is made to fabricate Aluminium based metal matrix nanocomposite with Ilmenite nanoparticles. Nanocomposite is fabricated with different weight fractions (1,2,3,4,5% of Ilmenite nanoparticles. Microstructure of fabricated composite shows the uniform distribution of nano particles, density and hardness tests were performed for different weight fraction reinforcement .The mechanical properties like hardness and density increases with the increase of percentage of reinforcement of nano ilmenite particles.

  20. Treatment of acute experimental toxoplasmosis with investigational poloxamers.

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    Krahenbuhl, J L; Fukutomi, Y; Gu, L

    1993-01-01

    Because of the limited chemotherapeutic approaches available to treat reactivated latent Toxoplasma gondii infection manifested as toxoplasmic encephalitis in AIDS patients, investigation of novel chemotherapeutic agents is warranted. Several poloxamers (nonionic block copolymers composed of a central hydrophobic chain of polyoxypropylene flanked by two hydrophilic chains of polyoxyethylene) were tested for their abilities to alter the course of acute infection with a highly virulent T. gondi...

  1. Sensorimotor Incongruence and Body Perception: An Experimental Investigation

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    Foell, Jens; Bekrater-Bodmann, Robin; McCabe, Candida S; Flor, Herta

    2013-01-01

    Objectives: Several studies have shown that mirrored arm or leg movements can induce altered body sensations. This includes the alleviation of chronic pain using congruent mirror feedback and the induction of abnormal sensation in healthy participants using incongruent mirror feedback. Prior research has identified neuronal and conceptual mechanisms of these phenomena. With the rising application of behavior-based methods for pain relief, a structured investigation of these reported effects s...

  2. Sensorimotor incongruence and body perception: an experimental investigation

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    JensFoell; HertaFlor; CandidaS.McCabe

    2013-01-01

    Objectives: Several studies have shown that mirrored arm or leg movements are related to altered body sensations. This includes the alleviation of chronic pain using congruent mirror feedback and the induction of abnormal sensation in healthy participants using incongruent mirror feedback. Prior research has identified neuronal and conceptual mechanisms of these phenomena. With the rising application of behavior-based methods for pain relief, a structured investigation of these reported effec...

  3. Experimental Investigation of the Supersonic Wake of a Reentry Capsule:

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    Schrijer, F.F.J.; Walpot, L.M.G.F.M.

    2010-01-01

    The wake behind an Apollo shaped capsule is investigated in the framework of the ’afterbody heating’ topic in the RTO WG043 working group. Measurements are performed by means of schlieren, shadowgraphy and stereo particle image velocimetry (SPIV) and are used for CFD validation purposes. The model geometry is a scaled version of the AS-202. It was found from the shadowgraph results that the angle of attack where separation occurs decreases with increasing Mach number and is not influenced by ...

  4. Experimental investigation of DC gas breakdown in argon

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    In this paper the DC gas breakdown in argon have been investigated at the different interelectrode gaps L and the discharge tube radius R. The modified Paschen law have been obtained Udc = f (pL, L/R), that is the DC breakdown voltage Udc is the function not only product of the gas pressure p and the interelectrode gap L, but also the function of the ratio L/R

  5. Experimental investigation of ion-ion recombination under atmospheric conditions

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    Franchin, A.; Ehrhart, S.; Leppä, J.; Nieminen, T.; Gagné, S.; Schobesberger, S.; Wimmer, D.; Duplissy, J.; Riccobono, F.; Dunne, E. M.; Rondo, L.; Downard, A.; Bianchi, F.; Kupc, A.; Tsagkogeorgas, G.; Lehtipalo, K.; Manninen, H. E.; Almeida, J.; Amorim, A.; Wagner, P. E.; Hansel, A.; Kirkby, J.; Kürten, A.; Donahue, N. M.; Makhmutov, V.; Mathot, S.; Metzger, A.; Petäjä, T.; Schnitzhofer, R.; Sipilä, M.; Stozhkov, Y.; Tomé, A.; Kerminen, V.-M.; Carslaw, K.; Curtius, J.; Baltensperger, U.; Kulmala, M.

    2015-07-01

    We present the results of laboratory measurements of the ion-ion recombination coefficient at different temperatures, relative humidities and concentrations of ozone and sulfur dioxide. The experiments were carried out using the Cosmics Leaving OUtdoor Droplets (CLOUD) chamber at CERN, the walls of which are made of conductive material, making it possible to measure small ions. We produced ions in the chamber using a 3.5 GeV c-1 beam of positively charged pions (?+) generated by the CERN Proton Synchrotron (PS). When the PS was switched off, galactic cosmic rays were the only ionization source in the chamber. The range of the ion production rate varied from 2 to 100 cm-3 s-1, covering the typical range of ionization throughout the troposphere. The temperature ranged from -55 to 20 °C, the relative humidity (RH) from 0 to 70 %, the SO2 concentration from 0 to 40 ppb, and the ozone concentration from 200 to 700 ppb. The best agreement of the retrieved ion-ion recombination coefficient with the commonly used literature value of 1.6 × 10-6 cm3 s-1 was found at a temperature of 5 °C and a RH of 40 % (1.5 ± 0.6) × 10-6 cm3 s-1. At 20 °C and 40 % RH, the retrieved ion-ion recombination coefficient was instead (2.3 ± 0.7) × 10-6 cm3 s-1. We observed no dependency of the ion-ion recombination coefficient on ozone concentration and a weak variation with sulfur dioxide concentration. However, we observed a more than fourfold increase in the ion-ion recombination coefficient with decreasing temperature. We compared our results with three different models and found an overall agreement for temperatures above 0 °C, but a disagreement at lower temperatures. We observed a strong increase in the recombination coefficient for decreasing relative humidities, which has not been reported previously.

  6. Experimental investigation of ion-ion recombination at atmospheric conditions

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    A. Franchin

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available We present the results of laboratory measurements of the ion-ion recombination coefficient at different temperatures, relative humidities and concentrations of ozone and sulfur dioxide. The experiments were carried out using the Cosmics Leaving OUtdoor Droplets (CLOUD chamber at CERN, the walls of which are made of conductive material, making it possible to measure small ions. We produced ions in the chamber using a 3.5 GeV c?1 beam of positively-charged pions (?+ from the CERN Proton Synchrotron (PS and with galactic cosmic rays, when the PS was switched off. The range of the ion production rate varied from 2 to 100 cm?3s?1, covering the typical range of ionization throughout the troposphere. The temperature ranged from ?55 to 20 °C, the relative humidity from 0 to 70%, the SO2 concentration from 0 to 40 ppb, and the ozone concentration from 200 to 700 ppb. At 20 °C and 40% RH, the retrieved ion-ion recombination coefficient was (2.3 ± 0.7 × 10?6cm3s?1. We observed no dependency of the ion-ion recombination coefficient on ozone concentration and a weak variation with sulfur dioxide concentration. However, we found a strong dependency of the ion-ion recombination coefficient on temperature. We compared our results with three different models and found an overall agreement for temperatures above 0 °C, but a disagreement at lower temperatures. We observed a strong dependency of the recombination coefficient on relative humidity, which has not been reported previously.

  7. Experimental and numerical investigation of HyperVapotron heat transfer

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    Wang, Weihua; Deng, Haifei; Huang, Shenghong; Chu, Delin; Yang, Bin; Mei, Luoqin; Pan, Baoguo

    2014-12-01

    The divertor first wall and neutral beam injection (NBI) components of tokamak devices require high heat flux removal up to 20-30 MW m-2 for future fusion reactors. The water cooled HyperVapotron (HV) structure, which relies on internal grooves or fins and boiling heat transfer to maximize the heat transfer capability, is the most promising candidate. The HV devices, that are able to transfer large amounts of heat (1-20 MW m-2) efficiently, have therefore been developed specifically for this application. Until recently, there have been few attempts to observe the detailed bubble characteristics and vortex evolvement of coolant flowing inside their various parts and understand of the internal two-phase complex heat transfer mechanism behind the vapotron effect. This research builds the experimental facilities of HyperVapotron Loop-I (HVL-I) and Pressure Water HyperVapotron Loop-II (PWHL-II) to implement the subcooled boiling principle experiment in terms of typical flow parameters, geometrical parameters of test section and surface heat flux, which are similar to those of the ITER-like first wall and NBI components (EAST and MAST). The multiphase flow and heat transfer phenomena on the surface of grooves and triangular fins when the subcooled water flowed through were observed and measured with the planar laser induced fluorescence (PLIF) and high-speed photography (HSP) techniques. Particle image velocimetry (PIV) was selected to reveal vortex formation, the flow structure that promotes the vapotron effect during subcooled boiling. The coolant flow data for contributing to the understanding of the vapotron phenomenon and the assessment of how the design and operational conditions that might affect the thermal performance of the devices were collected and analysed. The subcooled flow boiling model and methods of HV heat transfer adopted in the considered computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code were evaluated by comparing the calculated wall temperatures with the experimentally measured values. It was discovered that the bubble and vortex characteristics in the HV are clearly heavily dependent on the internal geometry, flow conditions and input heat flux. The evaporation latent heat is the primary heat transfer mechanism of HV flow under the condition of high heat flux, and the heat transfer through convection is very limited. The percentage of wall heat flux going into vapour production is almost 70%. These relationships between the flow phenomena and thermal performance of the HV device are essential to study the mechanisms for the flow structure alterations for design optimization and improvements of the ITER-like devices' water cooling structure and plasma facing components for future fusion reactors.

  8. Experimental investigation on the preferential erosion of biochar

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    Fister, Wolfgang; Heckrath, Goswin; Greenwood, Philip; Kuhn, Nikolaus J.

    2013-04-01

    The influence and effect of biochar on soil properties has been intensively investigated, particularly in the context of its potential to sequester carbon and mitigate the effects of anthropogenic climate change. One major question that remains unanswered concerns the erodibility and fate of biochar in the landscape. Since biochar has a lower bulk-density than soil, preferential erosion of biochar is most likely. However, until now, almost no actual data on the enrichment of biochar in in the eroded sediment or the net loss from fields exist. This important gap of knowledge could have profound economic implications for farmers committed to its use, since a high net annual loss of biochar by erosion could exceed any net annual economic gain. Most importantly, any positive gain for the environment largely depends on the amount of biochar that remains within the upper soil matrix. The overall objective of this study was to explicitly investigate the erodibility of biochar, if erosion events occur directly or soon after its application. I this way, the financial value of the eroded biochar and its cost-effectiveness, if applied to whole field scales, could be estimated. The test site is located near Viborg in north Jutland, Denmark. Biochar was applied to the soil surface of three plots on a recently cultivated sandy field at concentrations equivalent to 1.5-2.0 kg m-2 and manually incorporated within the till-zone. Three consecutive 30 min. erosion simulations were conducted on each plot using the 2.2 m-2 Portable Wind and Rainfall Simulator. The preliminary results of this study showed that a fair amount of biochar can be eroded from the fields within the first rainfall events after biochar application to the soil. In order to provide guidelines for its application and post-application management to reduce the erodibility and net discharge of biochar from fields, further investigations are needed.

  9. Experimental investigation of the crashworthiness of scaled composite sailplane fuselages

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    Kampf, Karl-Peter; Crawley, Edward F.; Hansman, R. John, Jr.

    1989-01-01

    The crash dynamics and energy absorption of composite sailplane fuselage segments undergoing nose-down impact were investigated. More than 10 quarter-scale structurally similar test articles, typical of high-performance sailplane designs, were tested. Fuselages segments were fabricated of combinations of fiberglass, graphite, Kevlar, and Spectra fabric materials. Quasistatic and dynamic tests were conducted. The quasistatic tests were found to replicate the strain history and failure modes observed in the dynamic tests. Failure modes of the quarter-scale model were qualitatively compared with full-scale crash evidence and quantitatively compared with current design criteria. By combining material and structural improvements, substantial increases in crashworthiness were demonstrated.

  10. Experimental investigation on heat transport in gravel-sand materials

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    Maureschat, Gerald; Heller, Alfred

    1997-01-01

    The project is a basic study on the expected thermal behaviour of gravel storage initiated as a part of a research and demonstration gravel storage for seasonal heat storage.The goal of the investigation is to determine the heat transfer between heat pipes and sand-gravel storage media by carrying out in a small size experiment. The experiment consists of a highly insulated box filled with two kinds of sand material crossed by a plastic heat pipe. Heat transfer is measured under dry and water sa...

  11. Simulant-material experimental investigation of flow dynamics in the CRBR Upper-Core Structure

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    The results of a simulant-material experimental investigation of flow dynamics in the Clinch River Breeder Reactor (CRBR) Upper Core Structure are described. The methodology used to design the experimental apparatus and select test conditions is detailed. Numerous comparisons between experimental data and SIMMER-II Code calculations are presented with both advantages and limitations of the SIMMER modeling features identified

  12. Combine experimental and theoretical investigation on an alkaloid-Dimethylisoborreverine

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    Singh, Swapnil; Singh, Harshita; Karthick, T.; Agarwal, Parag; Erande, Rohan D.; Dethe, Dattatraya H.; Tandon, Poonam

    2016-01-01

    A combined experimental (FT-IR, 1H and 13C NMR) and theoretical approach is used to study the structure and properties of antimalarial drug dimethylisoborreverine (DMIB). Conformational analysis, has been performed by plotting one dimensional potential energy curve that was computed using density functional theory (DFT) with B3LYP/6-31G method and predicted conformer A1 as the most stable conformer. After full geometry optimization, harmonic wavenumbers were computed for conformer A1 at the DFT/B3LYP/6-311++G(d,P) level. A complete vibrational assignment of all the vibrational modes have been performed on the bases of the potential energy distribution (PED) and theoretical results were found to be in good agreement with the observed data. To predict the solvent effect, the UV-Vis spectra were calculated in different solvents by polarizable continuum model using TD-DFT method. Molecular docking studies were performed to test the biological activity of the sample using SWISSDOCK web server and Hex 8.0.0 software. The molecular electrostatic potential (MESP) was plotted to identify the reactive sites of the molecule. Natural bond orbital (NBO) analysis was performed to get a deep insight of intramolecular charge transfer. Thermodynamical parameters were calculated to predict the direction of chemical reaction.

  13. Experimental Investigation of Catastrophic Cover-collapse Sinkhole Formation

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    Tao, X.; Wang, D.; Ye, M.; Wang, X.; Zhao, J.; Pacheco Castro, R. B.

    2014-12-01

    Cover-collapse sinkholes develop abruptly and can lead catastrophic damages. In order to study the mechanism of cover-collapse sinkhole formation, we set up a two dimensional experimental model and analyze the critical conditions of soil cavity expansion and collapse and discuss the role of the seepage force in the formation of sinkhole. A forecasting model of sinkhole collapse coupled the mechanics and flow is established in which a critical dimensionless number was used to evaluate the sinkhole development. The results show that: The impact of hydrologic conditions on the cave expanding is generally dramatic and geology (the scale of the opening, soil property, thickness of soil layer, etc.) plays a critical role in sinkhole development. The weak opening of the limestone by karst processes under the clay layer is the essential condition which can cause an arch in clay immediately; due to downward seepage force, the arch develops into soil cave which would expand upward stage by stage as a result of failure of soil. A short false stability exists between two contiguous stages until the arch of the soil cave cannot support the soil roof and then the sinkhole collapses. Moreover during the process the cohesive force of the soil is the major resisting force of sinkhole development.

  14. Experimental Investigation of Moisture Driven Fracture in Solid Wood

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    Larsen, Finn; Ormarsson, Sigurdur

    2010-01-01

    Solid timber products, containing both heartwood and sapwood, often have a high tendency to crack during the drying process. This can cause severe loss of material for the saw-mills, especially for products with large cross sectional dimensions. The cracks (e.g. end-cracks) arise, in some cases, early in the drying process and close again later in the process. It can be difficult to see the closed cracks with visual grading. This may result in too high grading of the damaged material which may cause problems for customers such as building and furniture industries. Moisture content (MC) in green wood varies within the cross section of a timber log. The MC of heartwood, for example, is considerable lower than the MC of sapwood. Shrinkage starts at different times within different parts of the cross section, which results in a complex state of strains and stresses. The moisture related crack pattern in wood often becomes quite complex because of the annual ring structure and the different MC levels within heartwood and sapwood. The focus of this work represents the cross sectional behaviour of a timber log. The main aim is to accumulate experimental results and data for the development of a finite element model to evaluate the various couplings in the hygro-mechanical problem that govern moisture driven cracking in wood.

  15. Experimental investigation of stepped solar still with continuous water circulation

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    Highlights: • Comparison between modified stepped and conventional solar still was carried out. • Effect of storage tank and cotton absorber on productivity was investigated. • Efficiency for modified stepped still is higher than conventional still by 20%. • The day and night efficiency increases by 5% and 3.5% for salt and sea water. - Abstract: This paper presents a modification of stepped solar still with continuous water circulation using a storage tank for sea and salt water. Total dissolved solids (TDS) of seawater and salt water before desalination is 57,100 and 2370 mg/l. A comparison study between modified stepped and conventional solar still was carried out to evaluate the developed desalination system performance under the same climate conditions. The effect of installing a storage tank and cotton black absorber for modified stepped solar still on the distillate productivity was investigated. The results indicate that, the productivity of the modified stepped still is higher than that for conventional still approximately by 43% and 48% for sea and salt water with black absorber respectively, while 53% and 47% of sea and salt water, respectively with cotton absorber. Also, the daily efficiency for modified stepped still is higher than that for conventional still approximately by 20%. The maximum efficiency of modified stepped still is occurring at a feed water flow rate of 1 LPM for sea water and 3 LPM for salt water. Total dissolved solids (TDS) of seawater and salt water after desalination is 41, and 27 mg/l

  16. Sensorimotor Incongruence and Body Perception: An Experimental Investigation

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    Foell, Jens; Bekrater-Bodmann, Robin; McCabe, Candida S.; Flor, Herta

    2013-01-01

    Objectives: Several studies have shown that mirrored arm or leg movements can induce altered body sensations. This includes the alleviation of chronic pain using congruent mirror feedback and the induction of abnormal sensation in healthy participants using incongruent mirror feedback. Prior research has identified neuronal and conceptual mechanisms of these phenomena. With the rising application of behavior-based methods for pain relief, a structured investigation of these reported effects seems necessary. Methods: We investigated a mirror setup that included congruent and incongruent hand and arm movements in 113 healthy participants and assessed the occurrence and intensity of unusual physical experiences such as pain, the sensation of missing or additional limbs, or changes in weight or temperature. A wooden surface instead of a mirror condition served as control. Results: As reported earlier, mirrored movements led to a variety of subjective reactions in both the congruent and incongruent movement condition, with the sensation of possessing a third limb being significantly more intense and frequent in the incongruent mirror condition. Reports of illusory pain were not more frequent during mirrored than during non-mirrored movements. Conclusion: These results suggest that, while all mirrored hand movements induce abnormal body perceptions, the experience of an extra limb is most pronounced in the incongruent mirror movement condition. The frequent sensation of having a third arm may be related to brain processes designed to integrate input from several senses in a meaningful manner. Painful sensations are not more frequent or intense when a mirror is present. PMID:23805095

  17. Experimental and Numerical Investigation of the Dynamic Seat Comfort in Aircrafts

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    Ciloglu, Hakan

    This research focuses on the dynamic seat comfort in aircrafts specifically during takeoff, landing and cruise through turbulence flight conditions. The experiments are performed using a multi axis shaker table in the Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology subjected to sample takeoff, landing and cruise vibration recordings obtained onboard of an actual flight. The input vibrations introduced to the aircraft seats during actual flight conditions and during the experiments in the ACE are compared and it is concluded that the given flight conditions were successfully replicated for the interest of this thesis. The experiments are conducted with two different aircraft seats, economy class and business class. Furthermore, to investigate the importance of seat cushion characteristics in addition to economy and business class seat cushions, three laboratory made cushions were included in the investigation as well. Moreover, the effect of passenger weight is also discussed by conducting the experiments with 1 and 2 identical dummies. It is concluded that static seat properties play a significant role in the comfort perception level as well as flight conditions. Among the three flight condition, landing appeared to be the most uncomfortable case comparing to takeoff and cruise. In addition to experimental work, a numerical study to simulate the flight conditions is undertaken with the initial work of CAD modelling. The simulated responses of the seat is partially matching with experimental results due to unknown parameters of the cushion and the connections of the aircraft seat that cannot be created in the CAD model due to unknown manufacturing processes.

  18. On the upper part load vortex rope in Francis turbine: Experimental investigation

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    The swirling flow developing in Francis turbine draft tube under part load operation leads to pressure fluctuations usually in the range of 0.2 to 0.4 times the runner rotational frequency resulting from the so-called vortex breakdown. For low cavitation number, the flow features a cavitation vortex rope animated with precession motion. Under given conditions, these pressure fluctuations may lead to undesirable pressure fluctuations in the entire hydraulic system and also produce active power oscillations. For the upper part load range, between 0.7 and 0.85 times the best efficiency discharge, pressure fluctuations may appear in a higher frequency range of 2 to 4 times the runner rotational speed and feature modulations with vortex rope precession. It has been pointed out that for this particular operating point, the vortex rope features elliptical cross section and is animated of a self-rotation. This paper presents an experimental investigation focusing on this peculiar phenomenon, defined as the upper part load vortex rope. The experimental investigation is carried out on a high specific speed Francis turbine scale model installed on a test rig of the EPFL Laboratory for Hydraulic Machines. The selected operating point corresponds to a discharge of 0.83 times the best efficiency discharge. Observations of the cavitation vortex carried out with high speed camera have been recorded and synchronized with pressure fluctuations measurements at the draft tube cone. First, the vortex rope self rotation frequency is evidenced and the related frequency is deduced. Then, the influence of the sigma cavitation number on vortex rope shape and pressure fluctuations is presented. The waterfall diagram of the pressure fluctuations evidences resonance effects with the hydraulic circuit. The time evolution of the vortex rope volume is compared with pressure fluctuations time evolution using image processing. Finally, the influence of the Froude number on the vortex rope shape and the associated pressure fluctuations is analyzed by varying the rotational speed.

  19. Experimental Investigations of Vertical and Horizontal Heat Pipes

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    The interest in the application of heat pipes for heat transfer system is well known in industrial fields. Heat pipe uses the working fluid in containment as cylindrical shape tube. Vaporization occurs in evaporation section due to the heat input and vapor is transferred to condensation section. At the condensation area, the working fluid is condensed and immersed in the wick structure, which has highly porous media. The condensed working fluid returns to evaporator section by capillary wicking of wick structure. The driving force for working fluid is affected by capillary and gravitational force. The heat pipes for nuclear systems have been suggested as horizontal loop heat pipes for reactor core cooling system or vertical heat pipes for passive cooling for spent fuel. In the present research, preliminary tests of horizontal and vertical heat pipe were studied for its heat transfer performance. The main purpose of the research was the analysis of heat transfer behavior of heat pipe and the performance of heat transfer. The thermal performances of horizontal and vertical heat pipe were measured experimentally. Vertical heat pipe showed better performance compared to horizontal one, at high heat input region. The heat transfer coefficients of horizontal heat pipe were lower than vertical one because of gravitational force. Overall heat transfer coefficient of vertical heat pipes were enhanced to 28.5 % compared to the horizontal heat pipes. The horizontal heat pipes revealed high thermal resistance up to 54.3 % compared to vertical heat pipes. Therefore, vertical heat pipes analyzed better heat transfer performance than horizontal heat pipe

  20. An experimental investigation of Fang's Ag superlens suitable for integration

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    Jeppesen, Claus; Nielsen, Rasmus Bundgaard

    2009-01-01

    We report on experimental realization of the Fang Ag superlens structure [1] suitable for further processing and integration in bio-chips by replacing PMMA with a highly chemical resistant cyclo-olefin copolymer, mr-I T85 (Micro Resist Technology, Berlin, Germany). The superlens was able to resolve 80 nm half-pitch gratings when operating at a free space wavelength of 365 nm. Fang et al. used PMMA since it enables the presence of surface plasmons at the PMMA/Ag interface at 365 nm and because it planarizes the quartz/chrome mask. If the superlens is to be integrated into a device where further processing is needed involving various organic polar solvents, PMMA cannot be used. We propose to use mr-I T85, which is highly chemically resistant to acids and polar solvents. Our superlens stack consists of a quartz/chrome grating mask, a 40 nm layer of mr-I T85, 35 nm Ag, and finally 70 nm of the negative photoresist mr-UVL 6000 (Micro Resist). A 50 nm layer of aluminium on top of the quartz/chrome mask reflected all light that did not penetrate through the mask openings thereby reducing waveguiding in the top resist layer. The exposures took place in a UV-aligner at 365 nm corresponding to the excitation wavelength of the surface plasmons at the mr-I T85/Ag interface. Supporting COMSOL simulations illustrate the field intensity distribution inside the resist as well as the presence of surface plasmons at the mr-I T85/Ag boundary. AFM scans of the exposed structure revealed 80 nm gratings.

  1. Experimental Investigations of Vertical and Horizontal Heat Pipes

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    Kim, In Guk; Kim, Kyuung Mo; Jeong, Young Shin; Bang, In Cheol [Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Ulsan (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-10-15

    The interest in the application of heat pipes for heat transfer system is well known in industrial fields. Heat pipe uses the working fluid in containment as cylindrical shape tube. Vaporization occurs in evaporation section due to the heat input and vapor is transferred to condensation section. At the condensation area, the working fluid is condensed and immersed in the wick structure, which has highly porous media. The condensed working fluid returns to evaporator section by capillary wicking of wick structure. The driving force for working fluid is affected by capillary and gravitational force. The heat pipes for nuclear systems have been suggested as horizontal loop heat pipes for reactor core cooling system or vertical heat pipes for passive cooling for spent fuel. In the present research, preliminary tests of horizontal and vertical heat pipe were studied for its heat transfer performance. The main purpose of the research was the analysis of heat transfer behavior of heat pipe and the performance of heat transfer. The thermal performances of horizontal and vertical heat pipe were measured experimentally. Vertical heat pipe showed better performance compared to horizontal one, at high heat input region. The heat transfer coefficients of horizontal heat pipe were lower than vertical one because of gravitational force. Overall heat transfer coefficient of vertical heat pipes were enhanced to 28.5 % compared to the horizontal heat pipes. The horizontal heat pipes revealed high thermal resistance up to 54.3 % compared to vertical heat pipes. Therefore, vertical heat pipes analyzed better heat transfer performance than horizontal heat pipe.

  2. Thought-shape fusion in anorexia nervosa: an experimental investigation.

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    Radomsky, Adam S; de Silva, Padmal; Todd, Gillian; Treasure, Janet; Murphy, Tara

    2002-10-01

    Cognitive biases and cognitive distortions have been implicated as important factors in the development and maintenance of many disorders. The concept of thought-shape fusion (TSF) in eating disorders was developed by Shafran, Teachman, Kerry, and Rachman (British Journal of Clinical Psychology 38 (1999) 167) as a variant of thought-action fusion, described by Shafran, Thordarson and Rachman (Journal of Anxiety Disorders 10 (1996) 379). TSF occurs when thinking about eating certain types of food increases a person's estimate of their shape and/or weight, elicits a perception of moral wrongdoing, and/or makes the person feel fat. Shafran et al. (1999) examined both the psychometric and experimental properties of TSF in an undergraduate sample. This paper reports an extension of this work to a clinical group (N=20) of patients with anorexia nervosa. After completing a set of relevant questionnaires, participants were asked to think about a food which they considered extremely fattening. They were then asked to write out the sentence, "I am eating--.", inserting the name of the fattening food in the blank. After being asked to rate their anxiety, guilt, feelings about their weight, morality, etc., participants were given the opportunity to neutralize their statement in any way they chose. The majority of the participants neutralized in ways consistent with the findings of Shafran et al. (1999). The results are discussed in terms of cognitive-behavioural formulations of eating disorders, and of the influence of cognitive biases and cognitive distortions on the processing of information relevant to food, weight and shape in anorexia nervosa. PMID:12375725

  3. Experimental investigation of flash pyrolysis oil droplet combustion

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    Ibrahim, Norazana; Jensen, Peter A.

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this work is to investigate and compare the combustion behaviour of a single droplet of pyrolysis oil derived from wheat straw and heavy fossil oil in a single droplet combustion chamber. The initial oil droplet diameters were in between 500 ?m to 2500 ?m. The experiments were performed at a temperature ranging between 1000 and 1400°C with an initial gas velocity of 1.6 m/s and oxygen concentration of 3%. The evolution of combustion of bio-oil droplets was recorded by a digital video camera. It was observed that the combustion behaviour of pyrolysis oil droplet differ from the heavy oil in terms both of ignition, devolatilisation and char oxidation. The pyrolysis oil is more difficult to ignite and has a shorter devolatilisation time and a longer char oxidation time. Copyright © 2013, AIDIC Servizi S.r.l.

  4. Experimental investigation of flow through planar double divergent nozzles

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    Arora, Rajat; Vaidyanathan, Aravind

    2015-07-01

    Dual bell nozzle is one of the feasible and cost effective techniques for altitude adaptation. Planar double divergent nozzle with a rectangular cross section was designed for two different NPR's to simulate and investigate the flow regimes similar to those inside the dual bell nozzle. Measurements involved flow visualization using Schlieren technique and wall static pressure measurements. The flow transition between the two nozzles at the respective inflection points and the formation of recirculation region due to flow separation was analyzed in detail. Cold flow tests were performed on the double divergent nozzle in the over-expanded conditions to study the shock wave characteristics. The results obtained from the two independent double divergent nozzles were compared with those obtained from a single divergent nozzle of the same area ratio. From the experiments it was observed that inflection angle played a key role in defining the type of shock structures existing inside the double divergent nozzles.

  5. Experimental Investigation of Shrinkage of Nano Hair Reinforced Concrete

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    Yadollah Batebi

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Basically most of cement based mixtures are likely shrinking. Use of fibers is not a new idea in this case. Previously, there were some evidences that horse hair, straw and cotton fibers were used in mud and mortars in ancient times. Then, utilizing these fibers in concrete mixture may increase concrete workability and decrease shrinkage cracks. Due to nano cross-section of hair and its proper tensile strength this project investigates its application to reduce the shrinkage of concrete mixtures. For this purpose, human hair fibers were used in 0.4 and 0.8 and 1.2 weight percent and the length of the fibers in each case varied between 15 and 60 millimeter and the samples were made of dimensions of 40×40×160 millimeters. Results are shown as considerable amount of hair may reduce in the shrinkage in the hair reinforced concrete.

  6. Experimental and numerical investigation of wave ferrofluid convection

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    Bozhko, A.A. [Department of Physics, Perm State University, Bukirev Str. 15, 614990 Perm (Russian Federation)]. E-mail: bozhko@psu.ru; Putin, G.F. [Department of Physics, Perm State University, Bukirev Str. 15, 614990 Perm (Russian Federation); Tynjaelae, T. [Department of Energy and Environmental Engineering, Lappeenranta Univeristy of Technology, P.O. Box 20, Lappeenranta 53851 (Finland); Sarkomaa, P. [Department of Energy and Environmental Engineering, Lappeenranta Univeristy of Technology, P.O. Box 20, Lappeenranta 53851 (Finland)

    2007-09-15

    The stability of buoyancy-driven shear flow in an inclined layer of a ferrocolloid is investigated for different values of inclinations and homogeneous longitudinal magnetic fields. Near the onset of Rayleigh convection of ferrofluid layer inclined with respect to gravity, the wave oscillatory regimes were observed in experiments and numerical simulations. Visualization of convection patterns is provided by a temperature-sensitive liquid crystal film. As experiments testify, the origin of traveling wave regimes in ferrofluid is due to concentration gradients caused by gravity sedimentation of the magnetic particles. To study the effects of initial concentration gradient of particles, on convective instabilities, finite volume numerical simulations using a two-phase mixture model were carried out for the same setup. The most fascinating effect in ferrofluid convection is spontaneous formation of localized states, those where the convection chaotically focuses in confined regions and is absent in the remainder of cavity.

  7. Experimental investigation of the afterglow of the pulsed ECR discharge

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    Langbein, K

    1995-01-01

    During the afterglow of the pulsed ECR discharge, currents can be extracted, which are substantially higher than the ion current during the heating phase of the plasma. This is especially the case for the high charge states of heavy ions. An investigation of the shape and duration of the afterglow for the different charge states of lead compared to the afterglow pulse of the carrier gas is presented. An operating regime was found, which gave an extremely stable and reproducible afterglow. The variation from pulse to pulse is hardly visible and the long term stability is also very good. This mode, which made the setting-up and operation of the accelerators much easier than is normally the case, can also give an insight into the processes responsible for the afterglow, which are not yet fully understood.

  8. Experimental Investigation of Aerosols Produced by Cosmic Rays

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    Pedersen, Jens Olaf Pepke; Enghoff, Martin Andreas BØdker

    Satellite observations have shown that the Earth’s cloud cover is strongly correlated with the galactic cosmic ray flux. While this correlation is indicative of a possible physical connection, there is currently no confirmation that a physical mechanism exists. We are therefore setting up an experiment in order to investigate the underlying microphysical processes. The results of this experiment will help to understand whether ionisation from cosmic rays, and by implication the related processes in the universe, has a direct influence on Earth’s atmosphere and climate. Since any physical mechanism linking cosmic rays to clouds and climate is currently speculative, there have been various suggestions of the role atmospheric ions may play; these involve any one of a number of processes from the nucleation of aerosols up to the collection processes of cloud droplets.We have chosen to start our investigation at the smallest scales, namely the role of cosmic ray produced ions on atmospheric aerosol nucleation and growth processes. Aerosol theory suggests that this is one of the most promising areas to search for an effect. However, guided by the nature of our initial results, it will be possible to develop the experiment to cover additional processes involved in the route to cloud droplet formation. The experiment will be conducted at the Danish National Space Center where a clean room facility has been provided. It comprises an 8 m3 reaction chamber across which an electric field is applied to control the number of ions present. This will enable experiments to be performed both with and without the presence of ions, thus providing information as to the potential role of ions in aerosol processes.

  9. The ideal flip-through impact: experimental and numerical investigation

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    Bredmose, Henrik; Hunt-Raby, A.

    2010-01-01

    Results from a physical experiment and a numerical computation are compared for a flip-through type wave impact on a vertical face, typical of a seawall or breakwater. The physical wave was generated by application of the focused-wave group technique to the amplitudes of a JONSWAP spectrum, with the focus location adjusted to produce a near-breaking wave impact with no discernible air entrainment or entrapment. Details of the resultant impact are presented in the form of high-speed video, pressure transducer and wave gauge records. Numerical reproduction of the wave transformation and impact is achieved by application of a linear wave-analysis model and a fully nonlinear potential-flow solver. Although more advanced models exist, use of the latter model type is interesting as (1) it was applied by Cooker and Peregrine (Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Coastal Engineering, 164-176, 1990) in their original numerical discovery of the flip-through impact and (2) the assumptions behind the potential-flow model remain reasonably valid, until the flip-through jet begins to break into droplets. In the present study, the potential-flow model has been extended with the Schwarz-Christoffel conformal mapping, to allow a piece-wise linearly shaped mound geometry. Further, an ad-hoc wave-generation technique has been added, to facilitate an adequate numerical reproduction of long second-order waves in the flume. Free-surface elevations from the potential-flow computations show good agreement with wave gauge data for the wave that produces the flip-through impact. Experimental video frames with the corresponding numerical free-surface profiles overlaid show an excellent match for the flow contraction prior to impact. The deviations between the experiment and numerical solution that occur at the stage of jet formation are discussed and a computation of a slightly weaker impact illustrate the strong sensitivity of impact pressures to the shape of the impacting wave. Ways of improving the numerical description by use of more advanced models are outlined.

  10. Experimental investigation of small-scale gasification of woody biomass

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    Barrio, Maria

    2002-05-01

    A small-scale stratified down draft gasifier has been built and operated under stable conditions using wood pellets as fuel and air as gasification agent. The problems observed during the preliminary experiments have been described and explained; they are mainly related to the stability of the process. The stable operation of the gasifier has been characterised by the gas composition and the product gas tar and particle content. The biomass feeding rate has varied between 4,5 and 6,5 kg/h. The CO content of the product gas (23-26 % vol.) is higher than in similar gasifiers and the H{sub 2} content has been found to vary between 14 and 16 % vol. The tar content in the product gas (Ca. 3 g/Nm{sup 3}) is rather high compared with similar gasifiers. The temperature profile, together with other relevant parameters like the air-excess ratio, the air to fuel ratio and gas to fuel ratio have been calculated. The experiments show that the air excess ratio is rather constant, varying between 0,25 and 0,3. Experiments have been conducted with a gas engine using mixtures of CH{sub 4}, CO, H{sub 2}, CO{sub 2} and N{sub 2} as a fuel. NO{sub x} and CO emissions are analysed. The char gasification process has been studied in detail by means of Thermogravimetric Analysis. The study comprises the chemical kinetics of the gasification reactions of wood char in CO{sub 2} and H{sub 2}O, including the inhibition effect of CO and H{sub 2}. A kinetic model based on Langmuir-Hinshelwood kinetics has been found which relates the mass loss rate to the temperature, gas composition and degree of conversion for each reaction. The ratio CO/CO{sub 2} has been found to be a relevant parameter for reactivity. The gasification experiments in mixtures of CO{sub 2} and H{sub 2}O give reasons to believe that the rate of desorption for the complex C(O) varies depending on the gas mixture surrounding the char. It has been found that if the experimental data are obtained from separate H{sub 2}O/N{sub 2} and CO{sub 2}/N{sub 2} experiments, the reactivity of the char in mixtures of CO{sub 2} and H{sub 2}O can be fairly predicted. (author)

  11. An experimental investigation of turbomachine blade row aeromechanics

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    Feiereisen, John Michael

    This research was directed at understanding two major issues in turbomachine unsteady aerodynamics: (1) two-dimensional modeling of the unsteady aerodynamic excitation to a blade row within the constraints of linearized theory, and (2) the resulting unsteady aerodynamic loading of a blade row utilizing linearized theory analysis. These objectives were pursued by means of a series of experiments in the Purdue Annular Cascade Research Facility. This facility experimentally reproduces the fundamental unsteady flow phenomena inherent in axial flow turbomachines. The unsteady periodic flow field generated by rotating rows of perforated plates and airfoil cascades was measured with a two-component hot-wire anemometer and an unsteady total pressure probe and characterized in terms of the two-dimensional unsteady velocity and unsteady static pressure perturbations. The resulting unsteady periodic chordwise surface pressure distributions on a downstream stator row were measured with miniature high-frequency response pressure transducers mounted within the stator airfoils. Thus the unsteady aerodynamic excitation and resulting unsteady aerodynamic response were quantitatively ascertained. The periodic unsteady flow perturbations were analyzed as superpositions of harmonic vortical and potential flow perturbations, with each of these fundamental perturbations modeled as a spatial flow nonuniformity which is temporally steady in an appropriately rotating reference frame. The unsteady velocity associated with an harmonic vortical perturbation was shown to be parallel to the mean velocity vector in the rotating relative reference frame. The unsteady potential perturbations were shown to either propagate or decay axially depending upon flow conditions, with the propagation or decay determined by the mean relative Mach number in the rotating reference frame. Unsteady flow fields generated by rotating rows of perforated plates were found to be almost purely vortical perturbations and to conform closely with the linearized theory vortical gust model. Unsteady flow fields generated by rotating airfoil cascades were shown to be combined vortical/potential perturbations, with the vortical component propagating unattenuated and the potential component decaying at the rate predicted by the linearized theory. The stator response to both the perforated plate and airfoil excitations was accurately predicted by utilizing the linearized theory to calculate the response to harmonic vortical and potential excitations of unit magnitude, scaling these unit responses by the vortical and potential excitations extracted from the unsteady flow measurements, and summing the results. A classical flat plate cascade analysis was extended to account for camber, mean incidence, and the streamwise component of the incident unsteady flow. For cambered airfoils, this thin airfoil cascade analysis yielded better results than the flat plate analysis when the incident unsteady flow perturbation was dominated by the chordwise component.

  12. An Experimental Investigation on Structural Behaviour of Beam Column Joint

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    Naveen Hooda

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Conventional concrete loses its tensile resistance afterthe formation of multiple cracks. However, fibrous concrete cansustain a portion of its resistance following cracking to resistmore loading. The strength of concrete is appreciably increasedby the crack arresting mechanism of the fibres and the ultimatestrength is also increased because extra energy is needed to causefracture of the fibre reinforcing the concrete. Beam-columnjoints have a crucial role in the structural integrity of thebuildings. For this reason they must be provided with adequatestiffness and strength to sustain the loads transmitted from beamand columns. For adequate ductility of beam-column joints, useof closely spaced hoops as transverse reinforcement wasrecommended. In the present study an attempt has been made toinvestigate the behaviour of exterior beam-column joint withdifferent detailing of reinforcement, different spacing ofconnecting ties and with different percentage of steel fibres.Initially three specimens (SP1, SP2 and SP3 with differentdetailing of reinforcement were tested. Then specimen SP2 wasselected for further investigation based on its structuralperformance and ease of detailing. Two more Specimens weretested with different spacing of ties/stirrups. Finally, toinvestigate the effect of addition of fibres on behaviour ofperformance of joints, three specimens (SP6, SP7 and SP8 withvolume fractions of 0.5%, 1.0% and 1.5% steel fibres were castand tested.The results obtained from the investigation indicated thataddition of steel fibres in the concrete mix improved structuralperformance of beam column joints measured in terms ofultimate load carrying capacity, stiffness, crack width, deflectionand curvature ductility factor. Steel fibre reinforced concrete isone of the possible alternative solutions for reducing thecongestion of transverse reinforcement in beam column joints.Thus with the reduction of congestion of reinforcement in thejoint core helps in the ease of construction difficulties, whilemaintaining ductile behaviour of the frame, With the increase inthe percentage of fibres from 0.05% to1.5% in the joint core thedeflection and curvature at peak load increased. Specimen SP8containing 1.5% of steel fibre in the joint core have higher valueof rotation (?, as compared with conventional specimenSP2.This clearly shows that the congestion of reinforcement inthe core of beam column joint can be reduced by the addition ofsteel fibre in the joint core with increase in the spacing ofhoops/ties. It was also observed in the study that the deflectionand curvature also increases with the decrease in spacing ofhoops/tie.

  13. Colloid-Facilitated Transport of Low-Solubility Radionuclides: A Field, Experimental, and Modeling Investigation

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    Kersting, A B; Reimus, P W; Abdel-Fattah, A; Allen, P G; Anghel, I; Benedict, F C; Esser, B K; Lu, N; Kung, K S; Nelson, J; Neu, M P; Reilly, S D; Smith, D K; Sylwester, E R; Wang, L; Ware, S D; Warren, RG; Williams, R W; Zavarin, M; Zhao, P

    2003-02-01

    For the last several years, the Underground Test Area (UGTA) program has funded a series of studies carried out by scientists to investigate the role of colloids in facilitating the transport of low-solubility radionuclides in groundwater, specifically plutonium (Pu). Although the studies were carried out independently, the overarching goals of these studies has been to determine if colloids in groundwater at the NTS can and will transport low-solubility radionuclides such as Pu, define the geochemical mechanisms under which this may or may not occur, determine the hydrologic parameters that may or may not enhance transport through fractures and provide recommendations for incorporating this information into future modeling efforts. The initial motivation for this work came from the observation in 1997 and 1998 by scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) that low levels of Pu originally from the Benham underground nuclear test were detected in groundwater from two different aquifers collected from wells 1.3 km downgradient (Kersting et al., 1999). Greater than 90% of the Pu and other radionuclides were associated with the naturally occurring colloidal fraction (< 1 micron particles) in the groundwater. The colloids consisted mainly of zeolite (mordenite, clinoptilolite/heulandite), clays (illite, smectite) and cristobalite (SiO{sub 2}). These minerals were also identified as alteration mineral components in the host rock aquifer, a rhyolitic tuff. The observation that Pu can and has migrated in the subsurface at the NTS has forced a rethinking of our basic assumptions regarding the mechanical and geochemical transport pathways of low-solubility radionuclides. If colloid-facilitated transport is the primary mechanism for transporting low-solubility radionuclides in the subsurface, then current transport models based solely on solubility arguments and retardation estimates may underestimate the flux and rate of Pu transport. Currently, the role of colloids in facilitating the transport of low-solubility radionuclides is not understood well enough to effectively model contaminant transport. A fundamental understanding of the role that colloids may or may not play in the transport of low-solubility radionuclides is needed in order to predict contaminant transport, design remediation strategies and provide risk assessments. Ryan and Elimelech (1996) have argued that in order to evaluate the potential for colloids to transport radionuclides, several criteria must be met: (1) colloids must exist and be stable, (2) radionuclides must have a high sorption affinity for the colloids, and (3) colloids must be transported. Only then can we understand the conditions where colloids can and will facilitate transport of radionuclides. In this report we compile the results from a series of field, laboratory and modeling studies funded by the UGTA program in order to evaluate the potential for colloids to transport low-solubility radionuclides at the NTS. The studies presented in this report fall under three general areas of investigation: Characterization of natural colloids in groundwater at NTS, Pu sorption/desorption experiments on colloid minerals identified in NTS groundwater, and Transport of Pu-doped colloids through fractured rock core. Chapter 1 is a background review of our current understanding of colloids and their role in facilitating contaminant transport. Chapters 2, and 3 are field studies that focused on characterizing natural colloids at different hydrologic environments at the NTS and address Ryan and Elimelech's (1996) first criteria regarding the existence and stability of colloids. Chapters 4, 5 and 6 are laboratory experimental studies that investigate the sorption/desorption behavior of Pu and other low-solubility radionuclides on colloid minerals observed in NTS groundwater. These studies evaluate Ryan and Elimelech's (1996) second criteria that the affinity of Pu for colloids must be high. Chapters 7, 8, 9, and 10 are laboratory studies t

  14. Experimental and numerical investigations of liquid mercury droplet impacts

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    A broad investigation into the hydrodynamics of liquid mercury has been motivated of late by its use in MW-scale spallation neutron sources. One area of particular concern relates to the erosion suffered by vessel walls from the cumulative effects of liquid mercury droplet impacts arising from the collapse of cavitation bubbles. The low speed (< 5 m/s) range of such events forms the focus of this paper and to this end a series of experiments is conducted on spherical droplets of diameter 2.5 mm impacting upon a dry quartz surface. A reasonable simulation of such impacts is made possible by using the VOF (volume of fluid) solver interFoam (a part of the open source package OpenFOAM) in combination with an empirical expression for the dynamic contact angle of the air-mercury-quartz system. This latter represents a 'best fit' to data obtained from high resolution imaging of the droplet profile for a range of contact line velocities. Experiment and simulation are subsequently compared throughout the stages of initial deposition, spread, recession with break-up and, finally, bounce. (author)

  15. Tactile device utilizing a single magnetorheological sponge: experimental investigation

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    Kim, Soomin; Kim, Pyunghwa; Choi, Seung-Hyun; Oh, Jong-Seok; Choi, Seung-Bok

    2015-04-01

    In the field of medicine, several new areas have been currently introduced such as robot-assisted surgery. However, the major drawback of these systems is that there is no tactile communication between doctors and surgical sites. When the tactile system is brought up, telemedicine including telerobotic surgery can be enhanced much more than now. In this study, a new tactile device is designed using a single magnetorhological (MR) sponge cell to realize the sensation of human organs. MR fluids and an open celled polyurethane foam are used to propose the MR sponge cell. The viscous and elastic sensational behaviors of human organs are realized by the MR sponge cell. Before developing the tactile device, tactile sensation according to touch of human fingers are quantified in advance. The finger is then treated as a reduced beam bundle model (BBM) in which the fingertip is comprised of an elastic beam virtually. Under the reduced BBM, when people want to sense an object, the fingertip is investigated by pushing and sliding. Accordingly, while several magnitudes of magnetic fields are applied to the tactile device, normal and tangential reaction forces and bending moment are measured by 6-axis force/torque sensor instead of the fingertip. These measured data are used to compare with soft tissues. It is demonstrated that the proposed MR sponge cell can realize any part of the organ based on the obtained data.

  16. Experimental Investigation of Actuators for Flow Control in Inlet Ducts

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    Vaccaro, John; Elimelech, Yossef; Amitay, Michael

    2010-11-01

    Attractive to aircraft designers are compact inlets, which implement curved flow paths to the compressor face. These curved flow paths could be employed for multiple reasons. One of which is to connect the air intake to the engine embedded in the aircraft body. A compromise must be made between the compactness of the inlet and its aerodynamic performance. The aerodynamic purpose of inlets is to decelerate the oncoming flow before reaching the engine while minimizing total pressure loss, unsteadiness and distortion. Low length-to-diameter ratio inlets have a high degree of curvature, which inevitably causes flow separation and secondary flows. Currently, the length of the propulsion system is constraining the overall size of Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs), thus, smaller more efficient aircrafts could be realized if the propulsion system could be shortened. Therefore, active flow control is studied in a compact (L/D=1.5) inlet to improve performance metrics. Actuation from a spanwise varying coanda type ejector actuator and a hybrid coanda type ejector / vortex generator jet actuator is investigated. Special attention will be given to the pressure recovery at the AIP along with unsteady pressure signatures along the inlet surface and at the AIP.

  17. Experimental investigation of electrohydrodynamic instabilities in micro channels

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    Eribol, P.; Uguz, A. K.

    2015-03-01

    An electric field is applied to destabilize the interface between two Newtonian and immiscible liquids flowing in a rectangular micro channel. The liquids are pumped into the micro channel with a syringe pump and a DC electric field is applied either parallel or normal to the flat interface between these liquids. The two liquids used in the experiments are a combination of ethylene glycol, different viscosity silicone oils, castor oil, and olive oil. The onset of electrohydrodynamic instability is investigated for various parameters, including the ratios of the flow rates, and viscosities of the liquids, the width of the micro channel, and the direction of the applied electric field. The order of the voltage applied to destabilize the interface is in the range 95 and 1190 V. The results of the experiments show that an increase in the viscosity ratio and the flow rate ratio of silicone oil to ethylene glycol have a stabilizing effect. It is also found that the important parameter to determine the critical voltage is the flow rate ratio, not the individual flow rates of the liquids. Also, as the width of the micro channel increases, the critical voltage increases. Lastly, for the liquid combinations used in the experiments, the interface could not be destabilized under the influence of a parallel electric field.

  18. An experimental investigation of proton-induced phenomena in krypton

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    In this thesis proton-induced phenomena in krypton gas are described. The considered reactions of protons on krypton are both nuclear and atomic. The nuclear conversion processes mainly result in the production of several Rb radioisotopes, such as 81Rb that is used in 81Rb-sup(81m)Kr generator systems for medical diagnostics. The irradiation of krypton gas (natural composition) with protons of about 26 MeV can be used for the routine production of 81Rb from the direct production reaction 82Kr(p,2n)81Rb and from the indirect reaction 82Kr(p,2n)sup(81m)Rb ? 81Rb. To determine the scattering of protons in krypton gas targets a quantitative autoradiographic technique was developed. Proton profiles have been determined from the proton-induced activity distribution on a copper foil. For the on-line detection of produced Rb radioisotopes several optical detection techniques were investigated. (Auth.)

  19. Experimental investigation on fiber laser cutting of aluminium thin sheets

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    Scintilla, Leonardo Daniele

    2014-02-01

    The most extensively used lasers for aluminum and its alloys cutting, are CO2 and Nd:YAG operating in continuous wave and pulsed mode. High power solid state fiber lasers operating in continuous wave mode offer a great potential in improving the cut quality and productivity of highly reflective materials cutting process due to the better absorptivity of 1 ?m laser radiation. The high processing speeds of CW mode and a good cut quality could be achieved at the same time. In this work, cutting experiments were performed on Al1050 1mm thick sheets using a fiber laser and Nitrogen as assist gas. A DOE approach that consists of fitting the regression models by means of response surface method (RSM) was adopted. The effects of cutting speed, focal position and assist gas pressure on dross height, kerf width and roughness parameters were investigated. Results showed that processing in CW with fiber laser increases the cutting speed and gives a cut quality comparable with results obtained with CO2 and Nd:YAG lasers and reported in literature.

  20. Single rod impact tests: Analytical, experimental, and modelling investigation

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    Huang, Yongchao; Siviour, Clive R.

    2015-09-01

    This work investigates the single rod impact test technique, from which wave propagation characteristics, i.e. the propagation coefficient and wave speed, can be obtained and used to identify the material modulus as a function of frequency. To accomplish this, an elastic Titanium rod and a viscoelastic Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA) rod have been tested. With a known modulus, the Titanium rod modulus was successfully recovered from the wave propagation coefficient in a frequency range of 5 kHz ˜ 30 kHz, which verifies the validity of this technique. The PMMA modulus identified by this technique agrees reasonably with the modulus derived from DMA tests in the range 2 kHz ˜ 20 kHz. The good agreement between the theoretical and simulation-based modulus further confirms the effectiveness of the single rod impact test in this use. It is also demonstrated that the single rod impact technique is capable of detecting the minor mechanical changes induced by temperature variations as small as 2 °C.

  1. An experimental investigation of the normality of irrational algebraic numbers.

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    Nielsen, Johan Sejr Brinch; Simonsen, Jakob Grue

    2013-01-01

    We investigate the distribution of digits of large prefixes of the expansion of irrational algebraic numbers to different bases. We compute 2.318 bits of the binary expansions (corresponding to 2.33.108 decimals) of the 39 least Pisot-Vijayaraghavan numbers, the 47 least known Salem numbers, the least 20 square roots of positive integers that are not perfect squares, and 15 randomly generated algebraic irrationals. We employ these to compute the generalized serial statistics (roughly, the variant of the ?2-statistic apt for distribution of sequences of characters) of the distributions of digit blocks for each number to bases 2, 3, 5, 7 and 10, as well as the maximum relative frequency deviation from perfect equidistribution. We use the two statistics to perform tests at significance level ? = 0.05, respectively, maximum deviation threshold ? = 0.05. Our results suggest that if Borel's conjecture-that all irrational algebraic numbers are normal-is true, then it may have an empirical base: The distribution of digits in algebraic numbers appears close to equidistribution for large prefixes of their expansion. Of the 121 algebraic numbers studied, all numbers passed the maximum relative frequency deviation test in all considered bases for digit block sizes 1, 2, 3, and 4; furthermore, 92 numbers passed all tests up to block size 4 in all bases considered.

  2. Experimental Investigation of NO from Pulverized Char Combustion

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    Jensen, Lars Skaarup; Jannerup, Hans Erik

    2001-01-01

    NO formation and reduction during pulverized char combustion in the temperature range 850–1150°C have been investigated in fixed-bed combustion experiments. Chars from a high-volatile bituminous coal and an anthracite have been used. Under single-particle conditions the selectivity for NO formation from combustion of char from both fuel types lies in the range 65–100%. The NO formation selectivity under single-particle conditions was observed to be lowest at 850 °C, to have values close to 100% at 1050 and 1150 °C, and to be independent of O2 concentration. When conditions deviate from single-particle conditions, net NO formation is significantly lower due to NO reduction taking place simultaneously with NO formation. Rate expressions for NO reduction on char both in the presence and in the absence of O2 have been determined. For bituminous coal char, these rates are 10–100 times more rapid than values previously reported in literature, but are consistent with reburn-type experiments employing char as fuel. This discrepancy is mainly attributed to rapid char deactivation prior to measuring of NO reduction rates in previous determinations. Shortly after pyrolysis, the effective NO-char reaction rate for pulverized bituminous coal char in the temperature range 850–1150 °C has been found to be given by rNO=6?106m3kgC?s?e14800/T(K)?[charC]?[NO

  3. Experimental investigation of a conical helicon double layer thruster arrangement

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    Charles, C; Cox, W; Boswell, R W [Space Plasma, Power and Propulsion Group, Research School of Physics and Engineering, Australian National University, ACT 0200 (Australia); Laine, R; Perren, M, E-mail: christine.charles@anu.edu.a [ASTRIUM-EADS, 6, rue Laurent Pichat, 75016 Paris (France)

    2010-08-15

    A conical pyrex plasma source with a conical helicon antenna surrounded by two cylindrically wound solenoids has been used in a helicon double layer thruster (HDLT) arrangement with the aim of investigating a new plasma cavity geometry and imposing a misalignment between the geometric and magnetic axis. An ion beam is measured with an energy analyser placed 6 cm downstream of the source exit for a low pressure argon plasma ({approx}0.4 mTorr) for various currents in the two solenoids. Operation with current in the exhaust solenoid only also shows the presence of the ion beam. For a given radiofrequency power and similar total solenoidal current, the ion beam current measured downstream of the conical HDLT is about seven times greater than that previously measured downstream of the cylindrical HDLT. This may result from a larger plasma density in the source and from a source peak density shift by about 10 cm towards the tube exit measured in the conical arrangement compared with previous observations in the cylindrical arrangement. When an angle between the geometric and magnetic axis of up to 9{sup 0} is mechanically imposed, the ion beam is detected for angles less than 5{sup 0}.

  4. Experimental investigation on transcritical heat transfer in He II

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    The propagation of plane second-sound waves has been investigated in a quadratic channel of 2.6x2.6 cm2 cross section and 8 cm length. The evolution of temperature, counterflow velocity, and superfluid vortex-line density has been measured. In agreement with current theories, the initial value of the vortex-line density remaining from the previous heat pulse increases induced by the counterflow velocity. If during the passage of the pulse enough vortex lines have been produced, the mutual friction force leads to a decrease of the counterflow velocity and hence of the heat flux. Then near the heater the energy is stored leading to a large rise in temperature instead of being transported by the second-sound wave. Further downstream, the mutual friction force is less significant, due to the decrease in counterflow velocity, resulting in the production of fewer superfluid vortex lines. Thus a (strongly damped) second-sound propagation takes place, superimposed by a diffusion process that causes the pulse to diverge during propagation. From a large number of temperature measurements, a criterion for the occurence of supercritical heat transport has been derived, taking into account bath temperature, pulse duration, heat flux and, in addition, the repetition rate, thus leading to a better approach to the measured values than current theories. (orig.)

  5. Study on clinical and laboratory diagnostic of Lyme disease in dogs after experimental infection

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    Savi? Sara

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Experimental infection was done on 13 dogs, with B. burgdorferi s.l., in the epitzootiological area where Lyme disease in dogs and humans is present. Prior to the experimental infection, dogs in the experiment had no contact with B. burgdorferi, and they were kept in isolation. Serological methods used in the study were complement fixation and ELISA test. Biochemical blood analysis was done, also. The experimental infection of dogs was done with a referent ATCC B. burgdorferi s.l. culture, and with the isolates of B. burgdorferi s.l. previousely gained from Ixodes ricinus ticks collected on selected locations of the observed region in the northern part of Serbia (Vojvodina province. After the experimental infection, clinical symptoms were not seen in dogs and positive serological results were found in 70% of experimentally infected dogs. Immunodiagnostic criteria for the diagnosis of Lyme disease in dogs are established. In dogs without clinical symptoms for Lyme disease, when clarifying the laboratory results, one must have in mind the epizootiological situation of the region and also the possibility of former contact of the dog with B. burgdorferi s.l. For epizootiological surveys, CF can be used as an approximate screening method, with obligatory conformation with ELISA in the case of positive findings.

  6. Experimental and Analytical Investigation of Low - Axial Turbines

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    Irdmusa, Jamshid Zakizadeh

    This study redesigned the blade leading edges of a small low-solidity axial turbine to obtain operational flexibility. Further flexibility was gained by using a low-solidity cascade, which allowed the leading edges to have a higher radius of curvature. The cascade also allowed larger flow deflections, which resulted in higher utilization factors. Because of the smaller frictional surfaces associated with the low-solidity cascade, the losses were minimized and higher performance achieved. Two small low-solidity axial turbines, one with a high profile ratio and the other with a low profile ratio, were tested. Their performances were evaluated by the temperature drop across them and also by measuring their power output in a specially design test rig. The velocity fields at the exit of both turbines were mapped out by a one-component Laser Doppler Velocimeter. The internal flow in the nozzles was visualized by water flow simulation with dye injection. The internal fluid dynamics were stimulated by computer. The inviscid flow computer programs MERIDL and TSONIC from NASA were used to predict the flow field in both turbines. The location of stagnation points at the leading edge, streamline patterns, pressure distributions, and loading coefficients were determined. The Hele-Shaw apparatus was used to verify the computer program predictions. Observed streamline patterns were found to agree with predicted ones. Findings showed that the turbine with conventional leading edges (low profile ratio) was very susceptible to changes in the operating condition, while the turbine with newly designed blades (high profile ratio) had very high operational flexibility, complemented by high performance for a wide range of speeds. Findings also showed that high performance can be achieved with low-solidity cascades without being penalized for the losses due to flow separation. Inviscid computer codes MERIDL and TSONIC were effective in investigating the internal aerodynamics of the turbine rotors.

  7. Experimental investigation on cryogenic hydrogen adsorption of molecular sieves

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    Highlights: ? Seven kinds of domestic molecular sieves had been tested at different pressure. ? Globular MS5A-2 with a diameter of 3–5 mm could effectively extract trace hydrogen. ? The saturated hydrogen adsorption capacity of MS5A-2 is 7.55 ml g?1 (NTP). - Abstract: Tritium extraction system (TES) is one of the most important components in the helium cooled solid breeder test blanket modules (TBMs) of ITER. TES will extract various isotopic species of hydrogen by the liquid nitrogen cooled molecular sieve adsorber beds (MSB). The cryogenic hydrogen adsorption properties of several kinds of molecular sieves have been investigated at the pressure of hydrogen of 100 Pa, 200 Pa, and 0.2 MPa in order to offer the suitable molecular sieve for the MSB in TES. The saturated hydrogen adsorption capacities of the MS5A-2 and MS13X-2 have been measured at 100 Pa hydrogen pressure. To demonstrate the hydrogen extraction from continuous He–H2 purge gases, the MS5A-2 has been tested in circulating 99.79% He–0.21% H2 mixture with a flow rate of 16.8 L/min. The results show that the globular MS5A-2 with a diameter of 3–5 mm can adsorb/desorb hydrogen quickly. The saturated hydrogen adsorption capacity of MS5A-2 is 7.55 ml g?1 (NTP) and MS5A-2 could effectively extract trace hydrogen from mixture gases. As a result, this type of molecular sieve can be the candidate of the one in the MSB in ITER TBM.

  8. Experimental investigation of in situ cleanable HEPA filter

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    The Westinghouse Savannah River Company located at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in Aiken, South Carolina is currently testing the feasibility of developing an in situ cleanable high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter system. Sintered metal filters are being tested for regenerability or cleanability in simulated conditions found in a high level waste (HLW) tank ventilation system. The filters are being challenged using materials found in HLW tanks. HLW simulated salt, HLW simulated sludge and South Carolina road dust. Various cleaning solutions have been used to clean the filters in situ. The tanks are equipped with a ventilation system to maintain the tank contents at negative pressure to prevent the release of radioactive material to the environment. This system is equipped with conventional disposable glass-fiber HEPA filter cartridges. Removal and disposal of these filters is not only costly, but subjects site personnel to radiation exposure and possible contamination. A test apparatus was designed to simulate the ventilation system of a HLW tank with an in situ cleaning system. Test results indicate that the Mott sintered metal HEPA filter is suitable as an in situ cleanable or regenerable HEPA filter. Data indicates that high humidity or water did not effect the filter performance and the sintered metal HEPA filter was easily cleaned numerous times back to new filter performance by an in situ spray system. The test apparatus allows the cleaning of the soiled HEPA filters to be accomplished without removing the filters from process. This innovative system would eliminate personnel radiation exposure associated with removal of contaminated filters and the high costs of filter replacement and disposal. The results of these investigations indicate that an in situ cleanable HEPA filter system for radioactive and commercial use could be developed and manufactured

  9. An experimental investigation of chemical communication in the polar bear

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    Owen, Megan A.; Swaisgood, Ronald R.; Slocomb, C.; Amstrup, Steven C.; Durner, George M.; Simac, Kristin; Pessier, A. P.

    2015-01-01

    The polar bear (Ursus maritimus), with its wide-ranging movements, solitary existence and seasonal reproduction, is expected to favor chemosignaling over other communication modalities. However, the topography of its Arctic sea ice habitat is generally lacking in stationary vertical substrates routinely used for targeted scent marking in other bears. These environmental constraints may have shaped a marking strategy, unique to polar bears, for widely dispersed continuous dissemination of scent via foot pads. To investigate the role of chemical communication, pedal scents were collected from free-ranging polar bears of different sex and reproductive classes captured on spring sea ice in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, and presented in a controlled fashion to 26 bears in zoos. Results from behavioral bioassays indicated that bears, especially females, were more likely to approach conspecific scent during the spring than the fall. Male flehmen behavior, indicative of chemosignal delivery to the vomeronasal organ, differentiated scent donor by sex and reproductive condition. Histologic examination of pedal skin collected from two females indicated prominent and profuse apocrine glands in association with large compound hair follicles, suggesting that they may produce scents that function as chemosignals. These results suggest that pedal scent, regardless of origin, conveys information to conspecifics that may facilitate social and reproductive behavior, and that chemical communication in this species has been adaptively shaped by environmental constraints of its habitat. However, continuously distributed scent signals necessary for breeding behavior may prove less effective if current and future environmental conditions cause disruption of scent trails due to increased fracturing of sea ice.

  10. Using experimental design modules for process characterization in manufacturing/materials processes laboratories

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    Ankenman, Bruce; Ermer, Donald; Clum, James A.

    1994-01-01

    Modules dealing with statistical experimental design (SED), process modeling and improvement, and response surface methods have been developed and tested in two laboratory courses. One course was a manufacturing processes course in Mechanical Engineering and the other course was a materials processing course in Materials Science and Engineering. Each module is used as an 'experiment' in the course with the intent that subsequent course experiments will use SED methods for analysis and interpretation of data. Evaluation of the modules' effectiveness has been done by both survey questionnaires and inclusion of the module methodology in course examination questions. Results of the evaluation have been very positive. Those evaluation results and details of the modules' content and implementation are presented. The modules represent an important component for updating laboratory instruction and to provide training in quality for improved engineering practice.

  11. Behavioral investigation of mice with experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis Investigação comportamental de camundongos com encefalomielite autoimune experimental

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    David Henrique Rodrigues; Márcia Carvalho Vilela; Norinne Lacerda-Queiroz; Aline Silva de Miranda; Larissa Fonseca da Cunha Sousa; Helton José dos Reis; Antônio Lúcio Teixeira

    2011-01-01

    Multiple sclerosis is a neuroinflammatory disease that results in serious neurological disability. Besides physical impairment, behavioral symptoms are also common in patients with multiple sclerosis. Experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) is considered to be a model of multiple sclerosis and mimics the main features of the disease, such as demyelination and motor impairment. In this work, we aimed to study behavioral parameters in animals with EAE using the MOG35-55 model in C57BL/6...

  12. Experimental and numerical investigation of the Fast-SAGD process

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    Shin, Hyundon

    The SAGD process has been tested in the field, and is now in a commercial stage in Western Canadian oil sands areas. The Fast-SAGD method can partly solve the drilling difficulty and reduce costs in a SAGD operation requiring paired parallel wells one above the other. This method also enhances the thermal efficiency in the reservoir. In this research, the reservoir parameters and operating conditions for the SAGD and Fast-SAGD processes are investigated by numerical simulation in the three Alberta oil sands areas. Scaled physical model experiments, which are operated by an automated process control system, are conducted under high temperature and high pressure conditions. The results of the study indicate that the shallow Athabasca-type reservoir, which is thick with high permeability (high kxh), is a good candidate for SAGD application, whereas Cold Lake- and Peace River-type reservoirs, which are thin with low permeability, are not as good candidates for conventional SAGD implementation. The simulation results indicate improved energy efficiency and productivity in most cases for the Fast-SAGD process; in those cases, the project economics were enhanced compared to the SAGD process. Both Cold Lake- and Peace River-type reservoirs are good candidates for a Fast-SAGD application rather than a conventional SAGD application. This new process demonstrates improved efficiency and lower costs for extracting heavy oil from these important reservoirs. A new economic indicator, called simple thermal efficiency parameter (STEP), was developed and validated to evaluate the performance of a SAGD project. STEP is based on cumulative steam-oil ratio (CSOR), calendar day oil rate (CDOR) and recovery factor (RF) for the time prior to the steam-oil ratio (SOR) attaining 4. STEP can be used as a financial metric quantitatively as well as qualitatively for this type of thermal project. An automated process control system was set-up and validated, and has the capability of controlling and handling steam injection processes like the steam-assisted gravity drainage process. The results of these preliminary experiments showed the overall cumulative oil production to be larger in the Fast-SAGD case, but end-point CSOR to be lower in the SAGD case. History matching results indicated that the steam quality was as low as 0.3 in the SAGD experiments, and even lower in the Fast-SAGD experiments after starting the CSS.

  13. Experimental and Computational of Engine Cylinder Pressure Investigation on the Port Injection Dedicated CNG Engine Development

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    Semin; A.R. Ismail; T.F. Nugroho

    2010-01-01

    This study has been investigated the effect of diesel engine convert to sequential port injection dedicated CNG engine on the engine cylinder pressure performance. This research has using GT-Power computational engine model for steady-state and transient simulation and experimental investigation. The investigation and simulation of the engine cylinder pressure performance characteristic profile based on variation engine speed. The engine computational model and experimental has developed base...

  14. Experimental investigation for cavity dimensions of highly porous small bodies

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    Okamoto, T.; Nakamura, A.; Hasegawa, S.

    2014-07-01

    Small bodies were probably very porous during the formation of the solar system. In order to understand the surface evolution of highly porous bodies, it is necessary to investigate the impact process for targets with such high porosity. In this study, impact experiments with sintered glass-bead targets of 87 and 94 % porosities were conducted. Growth of cavities with time and the final cavity dimensions were analyzed and compared with previous studies of porous targets. Impact experiments were conducted using a two-stage light-gas gun at ISAS, Japan. The projectiles of a few millimeters were composed of titanium, aluminum, nylon, and basalt. The impact velocities ranged from 1.8 to 7.2 km s^{-1}. In order to observe the inside of the targets, we used a flash X-ray system and a micro-X-ray tomography instrument. The track shape was found to be divided into two types, elongated 'carrot' shape and short 'bulb' shape [1]. The figures on the left and right present a transmission image of the bulb shape track and a sketch of a cross section of the cavity, respectively. The results of the final maximum diameter, D_max and the final entrance-hole diameter, D_ent show that both dimensions tend to increase with impact velocity and decrease with target porosity. We adopted the scaling law of crater diameter [2] for our analysis of D_max and D_ent. The following empirical relations are obtained for targets with porosity ? 87 %: {D_max}/{d_p}(?_t/?_p)^{0.4} =10^{-1.52±0.27} ({Y}/?_t{v_0^2})^{-0.49 ± 0.07}, {D_ent}/{d_p}(?_t/?_p)^{0.4} =10^{-2.12±0.39} ({Y}/?_t{v_0^2})^{-0.53 ± 0.11}, where d_p, ?_t, ?_p, Y, and v_0 are the projectile diameter, target density, projectile density, target compressive strength, and the impact velocity, respectively. The results of the depth from the entrance hole to the maximum diameter of the cavity, L_max, shows that L_max decreases with impact velocity and increases with target porosity. If we assume that a projectile decelerates by inertial drag [1], the characteristic length L_0, which is the depth from the surface where the kinetic energy of the projectile becomes 1/e of the initial energy, is described as follows: L_0={2?_p}/{3C_d?_t}d_p, where C_d is the drag coefficient that increases with dynamic pressure normalized by tensile strength of the projectile [1]. We found that L_max/d_p increases with L_0/d_p. It indicates that L_max depends on the degree of projectile deformation or disruption through the drag coefficient and also depends on the projectile-target density ratio. We will also discuss the growth of the cavity volume, maximum diameter, and depth of the cavity with time using dimensionless parameters of crater scaling [3].

  15. Experimental facility for investigation of gaseous pollutants removal process stimulated by electron beam and microwave energy

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    A laboratory unit for the investigation of toxic gases removal from flue gases based on an ILU 6 accelerator has been built at the Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology. This installation was provided with independent pulsed and continuous wave (c.w.) microwave generators to create electrical discharge and another pulsed microwave generator for plasma diagnostics. This allows to investigate a combined removal process based on the simultaneous use of the electron beam and streams of microwave energy in one reaction vessel. Two heating furnaces, each of them being a water-tube boiler with 100 kW thermal power, were applied for the production of combustion gas with flow rates 5-400 Nm3/h. Proper composition of the flue gas was obtained by introducing such components as SO2, NO and NH3 to the gas stream. The installation consists of: inlet system (two boilers - house heating furnace, boiler pressure regulator, SO2, NO and NH3 dosage system, analytical equipment); reaction vessel where the electron beam from ILU 6 accelerator and microwave streams from the pulse and c.w. generators can be introduced simultaneously or separately and plasma diagnostic pulsed microwave stream can be applied; outlet system (retention chamber, filtration unit, fan, off-take duct of gas, analytical equipment). The experiments have demonstrated that it is possible to investigate the removal process in the presence of NH3 by separate or simultaneous application of the electron beam and of microwave energy streams under stable experimental conditions. (author). 15 refs, 26 figs, 5 tabs

  16. Local and Remote Laboratory User Experimentation Access using Digital Programmable Logic

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    Ian A Grout

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper will discuss the structure and operation of a programmable logic based experimentation arrangement that is suitable for both local and remote teaching and learning scenarios targeting electronic and microelectronic circuit design and test principles. With this experimentation arrangement, the ability to provide both local and Internet based “remote” access for the student and the teacher can provide a number of advantages where physical laboratory accessibility is limited and/or the learning experience must be undertaken with one or more of the parties remotely based. The paper concentrates on the design and example use of a system developed within the University of Limerick.

  17. Report of investigation into allegations of retaliation for raising safety and quality of work issues regarding Argonne National Laboratory's Integral Fast Reactor project

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    In August 1990 James A. Smith resigned his position as an experimenter at Argonne National Laboratory-West (ANL-W), located near Idaho Falls, Idaho. Smith who holds a Ph.D. in metallurgy, had worked at the Laboratory since 1988, primarily on its Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) project. He alleged that the quality of the Laboratory's work on that project had been undermined by fundamental errors in metallurgy and related sciences, at least some of which had nuclear safety implications; that the Laboratory had published false and misleading accounts of its work; that prevailing attitudes at the Laboratory were antithetical to quality scientific work; and that because he had expressed concerns about these matters his job was threatened by his managers. Evidence gathered during an investigation by the Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Safety (NS) is presented and conclusions and recommendations are provided

  18. Experimental investigations of radionuclide migration in the vicinity of the projected final storage site for radioactive waste in Konrad mine

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    The transport of radionuclides from the planned final storage site at Konrad mine into the biosphere was investigated in laboratory experiments. Crushed rock samples from the K 101 experimental borehole were analyzed in flow column batch, and diffusion experiments using Cs+, I-, CO32-, and natural groundwater or groundwater made up according to analytical data. Compared with groundwater transport, transport through rock involves a delay which depends on the type of solid samples and on the salt concentration in the groundwater. The results of the diffusion experiments suggest that a delay in transport must be expected even with low-sorption ions. (orig./DG)

  19. Experimental and analytical investigation of a ring cusp ion thruster: Discharge chamber physics and performance

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    Sengupta, Anita

    Analytical and experimental magnetic plasma confinement studies were performed on the state-of-the-art NSTAR ion thruster. The goal of this research was to determine the dependence of plasma confinement and plasma uniformity on the strength and shape of the imposed ring-cusp magnetic field. Four primary cases were investigated to parametrically determine the individual effects of adding an additional magnetic cusp, increasing the magnitude of the highest value closed magnetic contour line, and varying the magnetic field free volume in the discharge chamber. A laboratory model NSTAR engine was retrofitted with additional magnets to allow experimental investigation of both enhanced 3 and 4 ring cusp geometries. The performance of each configuration was determined from bulk discharge electrical parameter measurements, as well as Langmuir probe sweeps and Xenon optical spectroscopy to determine plasma parameters. A zero dimensional analytical model was developed to provide predictions of thruster performance, based on only the geometry and magnetic field configuration of a proposed thruster design. The results of the experimental studies and analytical model development confirm that increasing the magnetic strength of the highest valued closed contour line significantly reduces ion loss to the anode walls. Increasing the contour line strength enhances magnetic confinement of the secondary electron population and electrostatically confines the ion population. It was also demonstrated that, increasing the field free volume in the near-grid region, improved plasma uniformity and produced a flattened beam profile. The major finding of the study is that a reduction in ion loss to the anode walls through electrostatic confinement significantly reduces the discharge power, required to produce and extract beam ions from the thruster. The enhanced 3 and 4 ring cusp geometries demonstrated a 20% reduction in discharge loss and up to a 40% reduction in peak beam current density, at the NSTAR full power throttle point. The reduction in discharge power and peak current density is also estimated to increase the total throughput per NSTAR engine by a factor of 1.8, by reducing wear mechanisms that limit thruster life.

  20. Modeling and experimental investigation of lightning arcs and overvoltages for medium voltage distribution lines

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    Omidiora, M. A.

    2011-07-01

    In this dissertation, lightning overvoltages in Medium Voltage (MV) lines are thoroughly investigated. The other goal is to propose new protection schemes for the designs. The lines consist of overhead lines, underground cables and covered conductors. These overvoltage problems range from direct and indirect strokes to lightning arcs. All the models and simulations are developed using the Electromagnetic Transient Program (EMTP) and Finite Element Method (FEM), while MATLAB is used for post-processing the results and identification of the model parameters. Improvement in the surge protection of MV overhead lines is demonstrated with a combination of surge arresters and a shield wire. Using the IEEE 34-node feeder injected with multiple lightning strokes, the feeder is simulated using EMTP. The response of the line is modeled both with and without the surge protection devices. The simulation study extends to the performance of a MV underground cable due to a nearby lightning discharge using FEM. The use of shield wire for limiting the overvoltage stress in the cables is proposed. A numerical analysis and simulations are performed to determine the outage rate of MV covered conductors due to lightning strokes of different characteristics. The optimum distance for surge protective devices on the conductors is also assessed. An enhancement in the surge analysis of distribution lines with the shielding effect of trees is proposed. An experimental study shows that a tree can intercept a lightning stroke in the vicinity of a distribution line. This study also analyzes experimental results of the shielding effectiveness of a tree and the induced voltages existing between the tree and the distribution line. The study is extended to evaluate the induced voltage on a distribution line for larger clearances using a Rusck model. This work investigates the lightning arc between an overhead line and a nearby tree under artificial rainfall. A full-scale laboratory experiment confirms that a direct stroke to a tree can cause severe damage to nearby power lines by initiating an arc channel through air to the conductors. A complete model of this phenomenon is developed by combining the existing static and dynamic arc equations. The model is accomplished by the bilateral interaction between the EMTP and Transient Analysis Control System (TACS) field. The experimental results have been reproduced by the computer simulations. The performance of the arc phenomenon is examined using a typical Finnish distribution network design. Using the modified arc model, the lightning arc performance of the MV/ LV network under the influence of nearby trees and the network characteristics is evaluated. (orig.)

  1. Protocol for further laboratory investigations into the distribution of infectivity of Atypical BSE

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    2014-01-01

    Information on the pathogenesis and tissue distribution of Atypical Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle through the study of field cases and experimental transmission studies is lacking. The latter are limited to transmission of Atypical BSE through intracerebral (i.c.) inoculation of cattle. All data currently available relate to the presence or absence of PrPSc, but do not quantify relative amounts of PrPSc or levels of infectivity. A laboratory protocol for further studies is ...

  2. Thermodynamic analysis and experimental investigation of a Solo V161 Stirling cogeneration unit

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    In order to investigate the Stirling engine implementation technology, a Solo Stirling Engine V161 cogeneration module has been installed at the Laboratory of Applied Thermodynamics of National Technical University of Athens. A special thermodynamic analysis of the engine's performance has been conducted introducing and utilizing specially designed computing codes along with the thermal balance study of the unit. Measurements were conducted under different operational conditions concerning various heat load stages of the engine, working pressure, as well as electric power production. Analysis of the experimental results has shown that the overall performance of the Stirling unit proved very promising and quite adequate for various areal applications, equally competing with other CHP systems. The performance of the unit experienced significant stability all over the operating range. The power stand ratio 0.35 differentiates Stirling cogeneration units from others that use diverging technologies significantly. The energy savings using a Stirling CHP unit, in respect to the concurrent use of a thermal and an electrical system at the same equivalent power has revealed 36.8%. -- Highlights: ? Thermodynamic analysis of an a-type Stirling engine. ? Development of generated electrical and thermal power of the m-CHP Solo Stirling Unit to engine's load comparison. ? Stirling m-CHP until heat balance analysis. ? Evaluation of the Solo Stirling V161 unit efficiency.

  3. Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Flow Properties of Supersonic Helium-Air Jets

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    Miller, Steven A. E.; Veltin, Jeremy

    2010-01-01

    Heated high speed subsonic and supersonic jets operating on- or off-design are a source of noise that is not yet fully understood. Helium-air mixtures can be used in the correct ratio to simulate the total temperature ratio of heated air jets and hence have the potential to provide inexpensive and reliable flow and acoustic measurements. This study presents a combination of flow measurements of helium-air high speed jets and numerical simulations of similar helium-air mixture and heated air jets. Jets issuing from axisymmetric convergent and convergent-divergent nozzles are investigated, and the results show very strong similarity with heated air jet measurements found in the literature. This demonstrates the validity of simulating heated high speed jets with helium-air in the laboratory, together with the excellent agreement obtained in the presented data between the numerical predictions and the experiments. The very close match between the numerical and experimental data also validates the frozen chemistry model used in the numerical simulation.

  4. Investigations in the scintiscanning of joints of animals with experimental and rheumatoid arthritis

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    In 69 guinea pigs with experimental hyperergic arthritis scintiscanning was done to study the course of the inflammation and the deposition of the radionuclides used. During the first days there was an added storage in the inflamed joints of those animals on whom scintiscanning with Tc99m04 had been performed. The accumulation of Tc99m04 in the joints was due to its uptake by synovial tissue and hydrarthrosis as shown by scintiscanning after haemorrhage and perfusion, macroscopic autoradiography and measurements of radioactivity in tissue samples. In 13 animals with rheumatoid arthritis scintiscanning was done twice with Tc99m04 and three times with Tc99mMDP over a period of 13 to 21 months; concomitantly laboratory tests and X-rays were conducted. After Tc99m04 there was a fall in the scintigraphic inflammation index during treatment. That index was determined by forming the quotient from the activities established above the proximal interphalangeal joints and the tibial head. Scintiscanning with Tc99mMDP led to a fall of the inflammation index in animals with classical rheumatoid arthritis, whereas in the ones with probable rheumatoid arthritis it again rose after an initial fall. Unlike x-ray investigation, scintiscanning permits an early diagnosis and course control. (orig.)

  5. Developing a new experimental system for an undergraduate laboratory exercise to teach theories of visuomotor learning.

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    Kasuga, Shoko; Ushiba, Junichi

    2014-01-01

    Humans have a flexible motor ability to adapt their movements to changes in the internal/external environment. For example, using arm-reaching tasks, a number of studies experimentally showed that participants adapt to a novel visuomotor environment. These results helped develop computational models of motor learning implemented in the central nervous system. Despite the importance of such experimental paradigms for exploring the mechanisms of motor learning, because of the cost and preparation time, most students are unable to participate in such experiments. Therefore, in the current study, to help students better understand motor learning theories, we developed a simple finger-reaching experimental system using commonly used laptop PC components with an open-source programming language (Processing Motor Learning Toolkit: PMLT). We found that compared to a commercially available robotic arm-reaching device, our PMLT accomplished similar learning goals (difference in the error reduction between the devices, P = 0.10). In addition, consistent with previous reports from visuomotor learning studies, the participants showed after-effects indicating an adaptation of the motor learning system. The results suggest that PMLT can serve as a new experimental system for an undergraduate laboratory exercise of motor learning theories with minimal time and cost for instructors. PMID:25565915

  6. A numerical and experimental investigation on self-heating effects in viscoelastic dampers

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    de Cazenove, J.; Rade, D. A.; de Lima, A. M. G.; Araújo, C. A.

    2012-02-01

    It is widely known that the mechanical characteristics of viscoelastic materials are highly dependent upon temperature. In traditional procedures of analysis and design of viscoelastic dampers, uniform, constant temperature is generally assumed. However, this procedure can lead to poor designs or even severe failures since the energy dissipated within the volume of the material leads to temperature rises, which depend on a number of factors such as material properties, load conditions and the geometry of the damping device. This phenomenon, which has been frequently disregarded in the literature, is known as self-heating. In this paper, a hybrid numerical-experimental investigation on the self-heating phenomenon in viscoelastic materials subjected to harmonic loadings is reported. The main goal is the development of a finite-element-based methodology intended to perform the thermoviscoelastic analysis of discrete damping devices such as translational and rotational mounts. Since direct coupling between thermal and structural fields would result in prohibitive computational costs, the problem is solved by assuming weak coupling between both fields and the nonlinear coupled thermal and structural analyses are performed in a sequential iterative scheme, implemented in ANSYS™ finite element software. In order to put in evidence the self-heating phenomenon and evaluate the accuracy of the modeling procedure, laboratory experiments are carried-out using a translational viscoelastic mount, subjected to shear harmonic loading with various frequency and amplitude values. The numerical and experimental results obtained in terms of the temperature evolutions at different points within the volume of the viscoelastic material are compared. Additionally, an optimization-based procedure is used to identify some unknown thermal parameters intervening in the model. The obtained results confirm that accounting for self-heating can be of capital importance in the design and performance analysis of viscoelastic dampers.

  7. The development and testing of a 2D laboratory seismic modelling system for heterogeneous structure investigations

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    Mo, Yike; Greenhalgh, Stewart A.; Robertsson, Johan O. A.; Karaman, Hakki

    2015-05-01

    Lateral velocity variations and low velocity near-surface layers can produce strong scattered and guided waves which interfere with reflections and lead to severe imaging problems in seismic exploration. In order to investigate these specific problems by laboratory seismic modelling, a simple 2D ultrasonic model facility has been recently assembled within the Wave Propagation Lab at ETH Zurich. The simulated geological structures are constructed from 2 mm thick metal and plastic sheets, cut and bonded together. The experiments entail the use of a piezoelectric source driven by a pulse amplifier at ultrasonic frequencies to generate Lamb waves in the plate, which are detected by piezoelectric receivers and recorded digitally on a National Instruments recording system, under LabVIEW software control. The 2D models employed were constructed in-house in full recognition of the similitude relations. The first heterogeneous model features a flat uniform low velocity near-surface layer and deeper dipping and flat interfaces separating different materials. The second model is comparable but also incorporates two rectangular shaped inserts, one of low velocity, the other of high velocity. The third model is identical to the second other than it has an irregular low velocity surface layer of variable thickness. Reflection as well as transmission experiments (crosshole & vertical seismic profiling) were performed on each model. The two dominant Lamb waves recorded are the fundamental symmetric mode (non-dispersive) and the fundamental antisymmetric (flexural) dispersive mode, the latter normally being absent when the source transducer is located on a model edge but dominant when it is on the flat planar surface of the plate. Experimental group and phase velocity dispersion curves were determined and plotted for both modes in a uniform aluminium plate. For the reflection seismic data, various processing techniques were applied, as far as pre-stack Kirchhoff migration. The irregular surface layer and the anomalous velocity block inserts can destroy the coherence of the reflections. Migration was able to resolve the two main buried interfaces when the surface layer was flat but for the variable irregular surface layer the imaging result is inferior. First-arrival tomography was applied to the crosshole seismic data set and yielded the correct velocity distributions. Numerical modelling was also carried out to replicate the laboratory data and to identify the arrivals. The numerical seismograms are of superior quality to the physical model data and yield improved images of the structures.

  8. Experimental Investigation of Superradiance in a Tapered Free-Electron Laser Amplifier

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    Hidaka, Y.; She, Y.; Murphy, J.B.; Podobedov, B.; Seletskiy, S.; Yang, X.

    2011-03-28

    We report experimental studies of the effect of undulator tapering on superradiance in a single-pass high-gain free-electron laser (FEL) amplifier. The experiments were performed at the Source Development Laboratory (SDL) of National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS). Efficiency was nearly tripled with tapering. Both the temporal and spectral properties of the superradiant FEL along the uniform and tapered undulator were experimentally characterized using frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG) images. Numerical studies predicted pulse broadening and spectral cleaning by undulator tapering Pulse broadening was experimentally verified. However, spectral cleanliness degraded with tapering. We have performed first experiments with a tapered undulator and a short seed laser pulse. Pulse broadening with tapering expected from simulations was experimentally confirmed. However, the experimentally obtained spectra degraded with tapering, whereas the simulations predicted improvement. A further numerical study is under way to resolve this issue.

  9. Remedial investigation and feasibility study for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Site 300 Pit 7 Complex

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    Taffet, M.J. (Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (USA)); Oberdorfer, J.A. (San Jose State Univ., CA (USA)); McIlvride, W.A. (Weiss Associates, Oakland, CA (USA))

    1989-10-01

    This report summarizes the results and conclusions of the investigation of tritium and other compounds in ground water in the vicinity of landfills at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Site 300 Pit 7 Complex. 91 refs., 110 figs., 43 tabs.

  10. Cloning Yeast Actin cDNA Leads to an Investigative Approach for the Molecular Biology Laboratory

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    Black, Michael W.; Tuan, Alice; Jonasson, Erin

    2008-01-01

    The emergence of molecular tools in multiple disciplines has elevated the importance of undergraduate laboratory courses that train students in molecular biology techniques. Although it would also be desirable to provide students with opportunities to apply these techniques in an investigative manner, this is generally not possible in the…

  11. Investigation of a Chaotic Double Pendulum in the Basic Level Physics Teaching Laboratory

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    Vanko, Peter

    2007-01-01

    First-year physics students at the Technical University of Budapest carry out a wide range of measurements in the Basic Level Physics Teaching Laboratory. One of the most exciting experiments is the investigation of a chaotic double pendulum by a V-scope, a powerful three-dimensional motion tracking system. After a brief introduction to the…

  12. Behavioral investigation of mice with experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis / Investigação comportamental de camundongos com encefalomielite autoimune experimental

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    David Henrique, Rodrigues; Márcia de Carvalho, Vilela; Norinne, Lacerda-Queiroz; Aline Silva de, Miranda; Larissa Fonseca da Cunha, Sousa; Helton José dos, Reis; Antônio Lúcio, Teixeira.

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Esclerose múltipla é uma doença neuroinflamatória que resulta em séria incapacidade neurológica. Além do comprometimento físico, sintomas comportamentais também são comuns em pacientes com esclerose múltipla. A encefalomielite autoimune experimental (EAE) é considerada um modelo de esclerose múltipl [...] a e mimetiza as principais caracte-rísticas da doença, como a desmielinização e a fraqueza motora. Neste trabalho, objetivamos estudar parâmetros comportamentais em animais com EAE usando o modelo de MOG35-55 em camundongos C57BL/6. Analisamos memória e ansiedade em animais utilizando o labirinto em cruz elevado, o teste da esquiva inibitória e o teste de memória de reconhecimento. Nenhuma diferença em quaisquer dos testes foi encontrada comparando animais controles e animais induzidos com EAE. Assim, concluímos que alterações comportamentais em animais com EAE induzidos com MOG35-55 são provavelmente sutis ou ausentes. Abstract in english Multiple sclerosis is a neuroinflammatory disease that results in serious neurological disability. Besides physical impairment, behavioral symptoms are also common in patients with multiple sclerosis. Experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) is considered to be a model of multiple sclerosis a [...] nd mimics the main features of the disease, such as demyelination and motor impairment. In this work, we aimed to study behavioral parameters in animals with EAE using the MOG35-55 model in C57BL/6 mice. We analyzed memory and anxiety in animals using the elevated plus maze, the step down inhibitory avoidance task and the memory recognition test. No differences in any tests were found when comparing controls and animals induced with EAE. Therefore, we conclude that behavioral changes in animals with EAE induced with MOG35-55 are probably subtle or absent.

  13. Cold Climate Foundation Retrofit Experimental Hygrothermal Performance: Cloquet Residential Research Facility Laboratory Results

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    Goldberg, Louise F. [NorthernSTAR, St. Paul, MN (United States); Harmon, Anna C. [NorthernSTAR, St. Paul, MN (United States)

    2015-04-01

    Thermal and moisture problems in existing basements create a unique challenge because the exterior face of the wall is not easily or inexpensively accessible. This approach addresses thermal and moisture management from the interior face of the wall without disturbing the exterior soil and landscaping. the interior and exterior environments. This approach has the potential for improving durability, comfort, and indoor air quality. This project was funded jointly by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). ORNL focused on developing a full basement wall system experimental database to enable others to validate hygrothermal simulation codes. NREL focused on testing the moisture durability of practical basement wall interior insulation retrofit solutions for cold climates. The project has produced a physically credible and reliable long-term hygrothermal performance database for retrofit foundation wall insulation systems in zone 6 and 7 climates that are fully compliant with the performance criteria in the 2009 Minnesota Energy Code. The experimental data were configured into a standard format that can be published online and that is compatible with standard commercially available spreadsheet and database software.

  14. Experimental investigation on the yield behavior of Nomex honeycombs under combined shear-compression

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    Zhiwei, Zhou; Zhihua, Wang; Longmao, Zhao; Xuefeng, Shu.

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents an experimental investigation on the yield behavior of Nomex honeycombs under combined shearcompression with regard to out-of-plane direction. Four different types of specimens were designed in order to investigate the influence of in-plane orientation angle on the yield behavior [...] of honeycombs under combined loads. Two different failure modes of honeycomb specimens, i.e. the plastic buckling and the extension fracture of cell walls, are observed under combined shear-compression. The experimental results validate that the in-plane orientation angle has a significant influence on the developments of the experimental yield surface. The experimental yield surfaces are compared with a phenomenological yield criterion capable of accounting for anisotropic behavior. The comparative analytical results indicate the experimental yield surfaces are approximately consistent with the theoretical yield surfaces in the normal-shear stress space. These experimental results are useful to develop constitutive models of Nomex honeycombs under combined shear-compression.

  15. Laboratory investigations of the hydroxyl radical-initiated oxidation of atmospheric volatile organic compounds

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    Vimal, Deepali

    The hydroxyl radical (OH) is one of the most important oxidants in the atmosphere, because reaction with OH is the dominant atmospheric fate of most trace atmospheric species. OH is intimately involved in a complex non-linear photochemical pathway involving anthropogenic and biogenic emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and nitrogen oxides that are emitted from vehicular exhaust and industrial emissions. This chemistry generates secondary tropospheric ozone which is an important greenhouse gas as well as a component of photochemical smog. In addition, this chemistry leads to the formation of secondary organic aerosols in the atmosphere which have implications for public health and climate change. The focus of this dissertation is to improve our understanding of this complex chemistry by investigating the rate-limiting elementary reactions which are part of the OH-initiated oxidation of important VOCs. Experimental (discharge flow technique coupled with resonance fluorescence and laser induced fluorescence) and theoretical studies (Density Functional Theory computations) of the kinetics of three atmospheric VOCs, acetic acid, 1,3-butadiene and methyl ethyl ketone are discussed. The acetic acid and OH reaction has been thought to undergo a hydrogen-bonded complex mediated pathway instead of a direct one leading to faster rate constants at lower temperature. Our results for the experimental investigation between 263-373 K and pressures of 2-5 Torr for the gas phase reaction of acetic acid with OH confirm the complex mediated reaction mechanism and indicate that acetic acid can play an important role especially in the oxidative chemistry of upper troposphere. The 1,3-butadiene and OH reaction is thought to undergo electrophilicaddition by OH which could display a complex pressure dependence similar to isoprene and 232-butenol as noted earlier in this laboratory. However, our results for the kinetics of the reaction between 273-423 K and a pressure range of 1-6 Torr indicate a lack of pressure independence owing to a more efficient scavenging of the intermediate butadiene-OH peroxy radicals by oxygen. The reaction of methyl ethyl ketone and OH has relatively few kinetic investigations and its reaction mechanism is thought to be similar to that of acetone, mediated by a hydrogen bonded prereactive complex. Our kinetic investigations between 2-5 Torr and 263-388 K confirm the above mechanism but are contrary to earlier product studies that suggest that the preferential abstraction of an alpha-hydrogen from MEK by OH takes place. Instead, based on the results of our kinetic isotope effect we propose that the reaction proceeds via the abstraction of beta-hydrogen. In addition, results from measurements and model simulations of OH and HO2 radicals in photooxidation of isoprene in a photochemical reaction chamber at Purdue University are presented. Isoprene is one of the most important reactive biogenic VOCs in the atmosphere because it can contribute to regional ozone production as well secondary organic aerosol production. Measurements of OH, isoprene and its oxidation products in an environmental chamber are compared to model predictions using the Regional Atmospheric Chemistry Mechanism to test and validate current models of isoprene oxidation in the atmosphere.

  16. Laboratory analyses of micron-sized solid grains: Experimental techniques and recent results

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    Morphological and spectrophotometric investigations have been extensively applied in the past years to various kinds of micron and/or submicron-sized grains formed by materials which are candidate to be present in space. The samples are produced in the laboratory and then characterized in their physio-chemical properties. Some of the most recent results obtained on various kinds of carbonaceous materials are reported. Main attention is devoted to spectroscopic results in the VUV and IR wavelength ranges, where many of the analyzed samples show typical fingerprints which can be identified also in astrophysical and cometary materials. The laboratory methodologies used so far are also critically discussed in order to point out capabilities and present limitations, in the view of possible application to returned comet samples. Suggestions are given to develop new techniques which should overcome some of the problems faced in the manipulation and analysis of micron solid samples

  17. Experimental investigation and comparison of different equalizers for four level pulse amplitude modulation

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    Eiselt, Nicklas; Griesser, Helmut

    2015-01-01

    Numerical and experimental investigations are undertaken to analyze and compare the performance of different equalizers for four-level pulse amplitude modulation, which is considered a promising candidate for the next generation of data center interconnects.

  18. Experimental investigation of hydraulic resistance of perforated plates in steam-water mixture

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    A formula foA the determination of a correction used in hydraulic resistance calculation is proposed as a result of experimental investigation of hydraulic resistance of submerged perforated plates of a drum-separator. Results of calculations performed with the use of this formula are consistent with experimental data

  19. Laboratory open-quotes proof of principleclose quotes investigation for the acoustically enhanced remediation technology

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    Weiss Associates is conducting a three phase program investigating the systematics of using acoustic excitation fields (AEFs) to enhance the in-situ remediation of contaminated soil and ground water under both saturated and unsaturated conditions: Phase I - Laboratory Scale Parametric Investigation; Phase II - Technology Scaling Study; and Phase III - Large Scale Field Tests. Phase I, the subject of this paper, consisted primarily of a laboratory proof of principle investigation. The field deployment and engineering viability of acoustically enhanced remediation (AER) technology was also examined. Phase II is a technology scaling study addressing the scale up between laboratory size samples on the order of inches, and the data required for field scale testing, on the order of hundreds of feet. Phase III will consist of field scale testing at an non-industrialized, non-contaminated site and at a contaminated site to validate the technology. Summarized herein are the results of the Phase I open-quotes proof-of-principleclose quotes investigation, and recommendations for Phase H. A general overview of AER technology along with the plan for the Phase I investigation was presented

  20. Inquiry-based laboratory investigations and student performance on standardized tests in biological science

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    Patke, Usha

    Achievement data from the 3rd International Mathematics and Sciences Study and Program for International Student Assessment in science have indicated that Black students from economically disadvantaged families underachieve at alarming rates in comparison to White and economically advantaged peer groups. The study site was a predominately Black, urban school district experiencing underachievement. The purpose of this correlational study was to examine the relationship between students' use of inquiry-based laboratory investigations and their performance on the Biology End of Course Test, as well as to examine the relationship while partialling out the effects of student gender. Constructivist theory formed the theoretical foundation of the study. Students' perceived levels of experience with inquiry-based laboratory investigations were measured using the Laboratory Program Variable Inventory (LPVI) survey. LPVI scores of 256 students were correlated with test scores and were examined by student gender. The Pearson correlation coefficient revealed a small direct correlation between students' experience in inquiry-based laboratory investigation classes and standardized test scores on the Biology EOCT. A partial correlational analysis indicated that the correlation remained after controlling for gender. This study may prompt a change from teacher-centered to student-centered pedagogy at the local site in order to increase academic achievement for all students. The results of this study may also influence administrators and policy makers to initiate local, state, or nationwide curricular development. A change in curriculum may promote social change as students become more competent, and more able, to succeed in life beyond secondary school.

  1. Small scale model for experimental investigations of the dynamic behavior of spherical steel containments

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    In order to study the influence of imperfections on the earthquake response of spherical steel containments corresponding theoretical and experimental investigations were started. The experimental investigations will be performed with a small scale model with a diameter of 1.3 m and a wall thickness of about 1 mm. The necessary high precision of the spherical model required a complicated manufacturing process. The steps of this process and the resulting tolerances of the model are discussed in this paper

  2. Combined Experimental and CFD Investigation of Brake Discs Aero-thermal Performances

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    BARIGOZZI, GIOVANNA; PERDICHIZZI, ANTONIO GIOVANNI; Donati, Michele

    2009-01-01

    The paper reports on a combined experimental and numerical investigation of the aero-thermal behavior of a vented automotive brake disc. The aim is to assess to which extent nowadays available CFD codes can be confidently used in the automotive brake disc design process. The reference experimental investigation provided the aero-thermal flow characteristics at the exit of a vented brake disc, with a pin type internal geometry and drilling holes. Tests were performed at one disc rotational spe...

  3. The erosion of carbonate stone by acid rain: Laboratory and field investigations

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    This paper describes a laboratory experiment on the effects of acidic deposition on carbonate stone erosion. It can serve as the basis for an undergraduate (or pre college) experiment in environmental chemistry. Recent field investigations are described that provide measurements of carbonate stone dissolution and mechanical erosion under weathering conditions that are prevalent in the eastern US. The purpose of the laboratory work is to answer questions concerning the effects of hydrogen ion deposition on stone erosion processes that were difficult to resolve on the basis of field experiments alone

  4. An experimental investigation of gas depletion by gas from layered inhomogeneous formation models

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    Zakirov, S.N.; Aliyev, B.A.; Bulavinov, L.B.

    1983-01-01

    Since productive formations are layered inhomogeneous formations in terms of their reservoir properties and it is in these reservoirs that it is necessary to perform a cycling process in working gas condensate fields, laboratory experiments are conducted and described in order to determine the effectiveness of using dry gas to displace wet gas in a layered model of a formation. The features of the interface dynamics between the two gases in layered inhomogeneous reservoirs are determined and the efficiency factors of dry gas displacement of wet gas are estimated. Research results are given and a description of the laboratory assembly and experimental method are provided.

  5. Thermomechanical investigation on divertor supports for fusion experimental reactor: hydraulic experimental results

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    The Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute has been conducting technology development aimed at the construction of a fusion experimental reactor to follow JT-60 in Japan. The divertor plate facing the plasma is one of the components of the reactor core assembly, since it has to be operated under severe heat and particle loads and high electromagnetic forces. Thus the divertor supports should be designed so as to provide both flexibility for thermal expansion along the divertor cooling tube and mechanical stiffness for sustaining the electromagnetic force during plasma disruption as well as easy replacement in the case of failure.In order to meet these requirements, we have developed a new divertor support system based on a sliding mechanism for flexibility and a hydraulic cotter for replacement. The basic feasibility of this concept has been demonstrated through critical element development. Based on the feasibility study, a 1:1-scale model of the divertor cooling tube test section with sliding mechanism has been fabricated for thermomechanical experiments to characterize the fluid mechanics, flow-induced vibration and flexibility for thermal expansion at various temperature profiles during normal and baking operations.Preliminary experiments on the fluid mechanical characteristics have been conducted as a function of the water velocity and the following results are obtained.(1)The total pressure drop along the whole test section reaches about 0.7MPa at the rated water velocity of 10ms-1 at 20 C, which is mostly dominated by swirl tape inserts and several bend sections, as expected by design estimation.(2)Flow-induced vibrations are observed at the two overhang bends with smaller curvatures and become significant at a higher water velocity of more than 10ms-1. (orig.)

  6. A laboratory experimental setup for photo-absorption studies using synchrotron radiation

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    Shastri, A; Saraswati, P; Sunanda, K

    2002-01-01

    The photophysics beamline, which is being installed at the 450 MeV Synchrotron Radiation Source (SRS), Indus-l, is a medium resolution beamline useful for a variety of experiments in the VUV region viz. 500-2000 A. One of the major applications of this beamline is gas-phase photo-absorption studies. An experimental set up to be used for these experiments was designed, developed and tested in our laboratory. The setup consists of a high vacuum absorption cell, 1/4 m monochromator and detection system. For the purpose of testing, xenon and tungsten continuum sources were used and absorption spectra were recorded in the UV region. This setup was used to record the absorption spectrum of a few molecules like acetone, ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and acetaldehyde in order to evaluate the performance of the experimental system which will subsequently be used with the photophysics beamline. Details of the design, fabrication and testing of the absorption cell and experimental procedures are presented in this repor...

  7. A laboratory experimental setup for photo-absorption studies using synchrotron radiation

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    The photophysics beamline, which is being installed at the 450 MeV Synchrotron Radiation Source (SRS), Indus-l, is a medium resolution beamline useful for a variety of experiments in the VUV region viz. 500-2000 A. One of the major applications of this beamline is gas-phase photo-absorption studies. An experimental set up to be used for these experiments was designed, developed and tested in our laboratory. The setup consists of a high vacuum absorption cell, 1/4 m monochromator and detection system. For the purpose of testing, xenon and tungsten continuum sources were used and absorption spectra were recorded in the UV region. This setup was used to record the absorption spectrum of a few molecules like acetone, ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and acetaldehyde in order to evaluate the performance of the experimental system which will subsequently be used with the photophysics beamline. Details of the design, fabrication and testing of the absorption cell and experimental procedures are presented in this report. (author)

  8. Infiltration on sloping surfaces: Laboratory experimental evidence and implications for infiltration modeling

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    Morbidelli, Renato; Saltalippi, Carla; Flammini, Alessia; Cifrodelli, Marco; Corradini, Corrado; Govindaraju, Rao S.

    2015-04-01

    Infiltration on sloping surfaces occupies an important role in our understanding of surface and subsurface hydrology. Previous studies have provided conflicting results about the role of slope on infiltration. Here, our main objective is to highlight, by well-controlled experiments, the slope role in the absence of the conflicting contributions generated by other physical processes observed in previous studies under natural or laboratory conditions. The experimental program was designed to resolve some of the confounding factors such as lower impermeable boundary condition, range of rainfall rates relative to soil saturated hydraulic conductivity, surface sealing, and erosion of top soil. The experimental apparatus consists of a box containing a natural bare soil with slope angle ? chosen between 0° and 10°, two sensors of surface and deep flow, one probe for moisture content and an artificial rainfall generator. The primary experimental results suggest that under steady conditions and rainfall rate, r, greater than saturated hydraulic conductivity, Ks, the deep flow, Qd, decreases with increasing slope angle, ?, up to a value leading to Qd(? = 1°)/Qd(? = 10°) equal to ?4 which is in contrast with the results provided in a few earlier papers. Furthermore, in sloping bare soils surface runoff is produced even for r stress at the soil surface as a guideline in the determination of an effective saturated hydraulic conductivity to be incorporated in the existing horizontal infiltration models.

  9. Micro black holes in the laboratory and other experimental signatures of quantum gravity

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    We investigate the possibility of quantum gravity effects setting in at much lower energies than the Planck scale. In particular, we study the formation and detection of microscopic black holes at the LHC as well as precision measurements of the gyroscopic moment of the muon and neutrino oscillations. We find that quantum gravity effects lead to observable signatures both in high energy and high precision scenarios. Comparison with experimental data allows us to constrain the parameters of the models. (author)

  10. A Laboratory Course for Teaching Laboratory Techniques, Experimental Design, Statistical Analysis, and Peer Review Process to Undergraduate Science Students

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    Gliddon, C. M.; Rosengren, R. J.

    2012-01-01

    This article describes a 13-week laboratory course called Human Toxicology taught at the University of Otago, New Zealand. This course used a guided inquiry based laboratory coupled with formative assessment and collaborative learning to develop in undergraduate students the skills of problem solving/critical thinking, data interpretation and…

  11. Numerical and experimental investigation of swirling flow in a conical diffuser

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The decelerated swirling flow often breaks down into helical structure which is unstable and causes unsteady velocity and pressure fields. The numerical and experimental investigation of this flow pattern is carried out on the experimental apparatus consisting of the swirl generator (producing a strong swirling flow and the transparent conical diffuser (where the helical structure can be observed. The open source CFD software OpenFOAM employing realizable k-epsilon turbulence model is used for the numerical simulations. The experimental measurements are focused on LDA measurements of velocity profiles in the diffuser cross-sections. Agreements between numerical end experimental results are discussed.

  12. Numerical and experimental investigation of swirling flow in a conical diffuser

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    David, Štefan; Pavel, Zubík; Martin, Hudec; Pavel, Rudolf

    2015-05-01

    The decelerated swirling flow often breaks down into helical structure which is unstable and causes unsteady velocity and pressure fields. The numerical and experimental investigation of this flow pattern is carried out on the experimental apparatus consisting of the swirl generator (producing a strong swirling flow) and the transparent conical diffuser (where the helical structure can be observed). The open source CFD software OpenFOAM employing realizable k-epsilon turbulence model is used for the numerical simulations. The experimental measurements are focused on LDA measurements of velocity profiles in the diffuser cross-sections. Agreements between numerical end experimental results are discussed.

  13. Laboratory Investigations of Heterogeneous Chemistry Important to Ozone Depletion in the Stratosphere

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    Zhang, Renyi

    Results of laboratory investigations of heterogeneous chemistry important to ozone depletion in the stratosphere are presented. Thermodynamic properties (such as melting points, enthalpies of fusion, etc.) for acids which are present in the stratosphere (HCl, HNO_3 , and H_2SO_4 ) are studied using laboratory-assembled apparatus of electrical conductivity and differential thermal analysis and using a commercial differential scanning calorimeter (DSC). Vapor pressures and infrared spectra of liquid and supercooled solutions, and of liquid-solid and solid -solid coexistence mixtures for the HCl/H_2 O and H_2SO_4 /H_2O binary systems are investigated. Equilibrium constants and standard enthalpies of formation for the pure crystalline hydrates of those acids as well as their corresponding liquid compositions are determined from the vapor pressure and calorimetric data. A theoretical approach, which allows determination of vapor pressures for two adjacent hydrates in thermodynamic equilibrium and for the coexistence systems involving a hydrate and ice in a binary system, is presented in terms of chemical equilibrium principles and compared with the experimental data for thermodynamic consistence. Vapor pressures of HNO_3 and HCl over H_2SO_4 /HNO_3/H_2 O and H_2SO_4 /HCl/H_2O solutions as well as over H_2SO_4/HNO _3/HCl/H_2O solutions are also measured in order to predict incorporation of stratospheric acids into the background sulfate aerosols. From the data, the Henry's law solubility constants for those systems are determined and the equilibrium compositions of aqueous stratospheric aerosols are predicted as a function of ambient temperature and mixing ratios of H_2 O and HNO_3. The results indicate that at the low temperatures characteristic of the stratosphere at high latitudes in the winter and spring, the HNO_3 content reaches levels of the order of 10% wt in the background sulfate aerosols. The results also reveal that the amount of dissolved HCl in the background sulfate aerosols is small when compared with dissolved HNO_3, but may be significant for the production of Cl_2 via the heterogenous reaction between ClONO_2 and HCl at low temperatures. The identity of crystallized H_2 SO_4/HNO_3 /H_2O ternary solutions is examined from the vapor pressure measurements, along with infrared spectroscopic and DSC data, showing that freezing of supercooled H_2SO_4 /HNO_3/H_2 O solutions leads to the formation of a solid mixture consisting of nitric acid trihydrate (NAT) crystals and sulfuric acid tetrahydrate (SAT) crystals. A new mechanism for type I PSC formation is proposed and shown to reconcile many atmospheric observations. Finally, a high sensitivity molecular beam (modulated) quadrupole mass spectrometer coupled to a fast-flow reactor is employed to study heterogeneous reaction probabilities of ClONO_2 and HCl on water-ice, nitric acid hydrates, and sulfuric acid hydrates. In particular, the results reveal that frozen background sulfate aerosols may play an important role in chlorine activation in winter polar stratosphere, via heterogeneous processes similar to those occurring on PSC surfaces. The mechanism for heterogeneous reactions is identified. (Copies available exclusively from MIT Libraries, Rm. 14-0551, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307. Ph. 617-253-5668; Fax 617-253-1690.).

  14. An investigation into the effectiveness of problem-based learning in a physical chemistry laboratory course

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    Gürses, Ahmet; Aç?ky?ld?z, Metin; Do?ar, Çetin; Sözbilir, Mustafa

    2007-04-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of a problem-based learning (PBL) approach in a physical chemistry laboratory course. The parameters investigated were students’ attitudes towards a chemistry laboratory course, scientific process skills of students and their academic achievement. The design of the study was one group pre-test post-test. Four experiments, covering the topics adsorption, viscosity, surface tension and conductivity were performed using a PBL approach in the fall semester of the 2003/04 academic year at Kazim Karabekir Education Faculty of Atatürk University. Each experiment was done over a three week period. A total of 40 students, 18 male and 22 female, participated in the study. Students took the Physical Chemistry Laboratory Concept Test (PCLCT), Attitudes towards Chemistry Laboratory (ATCL) questionnaire and Science Process Skills Test (SPST) as pre and post-tests. In addition, the effectiveness of the PBL approach was also determined through four different scales; Scales Specific to Students’ Views of PBL. A statistically significant difference between the students’ academic achievement and scientific process skills at p

  15. Experimental investigation of operating and dynamic properties of adsorption filter prototype

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    Raos Miomir; Živkovi? Ljiljana; ?or?evi? Amelija; Radosavljevi? Jasmina; Mihajlovi? Emina

    2012-01-01

    The aim of the paper is an examination of flow-thermal, operating and dynamic properties (velocities of gas mixture, flows, pressure drops, temperature, humidity, chemical pollutants tests, and efficiency) and performance of the adsorption filter prototype in the filter-ventilation system. The paper presents the results of the experimental research conducted on the original apparatus in the laboratory for air quality management at the Faculty of Occupational Safety in Niš. The examinati...

  16. An easy-to-build remote laboratory with data transfer using the Internet School Experimental System

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    Schauer, Frantisek; Ozvoldova, Miroslava [Trnava University, Faculty of Pedagogy, Department of Physics, Trnava (Slovakia); Lustig, Frantisek; Dvorak, JirI [Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Didactics of Physics, Prague (Czech Republic)], E-mail: fschauer@ft.utb.cz

    2008-07-15

    The present state of information communication technology makes it possible to devise and run computer-based e-laboratories accessible to any user with a connection to the Internet, equipped with very simple technical means and making full use of web services. Thus, the way is open for a new strategy of physics education with strongly global features, based on experiment and experimentation. We name this strategy integrated e-learning, and remote experiments across the Internet are the foundation for this strategy. We present both pedagogical and technical reasoning for the remote experiments and outline a simple system based on a server-client approach, and on web services and Java applets. We give here an outline of the prospective remote laboratory system with data transfer using the Internet School Experimental System (ISES) as hardware and ISES WEB Control kit as software. This approach enables the simple construction of remote experiments without building any hardware and virtually no programming, using a paste and copy approach with typical prebuilt blocks such as a camera view, controls, graphs, displays, etc. We have set up and operate at present seven experiments, running round the clock, with more than 12 000 connections since 2005. The experiments are widely used in practical teaching of both university and secondary level physics. The recording of the detailed steps the experimentor takes during the measurement enables detailed study of the psychological aspects of running the experiments. The system is ready for a network of universities to start covering the basic set of physics experiments. In conclusion we summarize the results achieved and experiences of using remote experiments built on the ISES hardware system.

  17. An easy-to-build remote laboratory with data transfer using the Internet School Experimental System

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    The present state of information communication technology makes it possible to devise and run computer-based e-laboratories accessible to any user with a connection to the Internet, equipped with very simple technical means and making full use of web services. Thus, the way is open for a new strategy of physics education with strongly global features, based on experiment and experimentation. We name this strategy integrated e-learning, and remote experiments across the Internet are the foundation for this strategy. We present both pedagogical and technical reasoning for the remote experiments and outline a simple system based on a server-client approach, and on web services and Java applets. We give here an outline of the prospective remote laboratory system with data transfer using the Internet School Experimental System (ISES) as hardware and ISES WEB Control kit as software. This approach enables the simple construction of remote experiments without building any hardware and virtually no programming, using a paste and copy approach with typical prebuilt blocks such as a camera view, controls, graphs, displays, etc. We have set up and operate at present seven experiments, running round the clock, with more than 12 000 connections since 2005. The experiments are widely used in practical teaching of both university and secondary level physics. The recording of the detailed steps the experimentor takes during the measurement enables detailed study of the psychological aspects of running the experiments. The system is ready for a network of universities to start covering the basic set of physics experiments. In conclusion we summarize the results achieved and experiences of using remote experiments built on the ISES hardware system

  18. A State-of-the-Art Experimental Laboratory for Cloud and Cloud-Aerosol Interaction Research

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    Fremaux, Charles M.; Bushnell, Dennis M.

    2011-01-01

    The state of the art for predicting climate changes due to increasing greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere with high accuracy is problematic. Confidence intervals on current long-term predictions (on the order of 100 years) are so large that the ability to make informed decisions with regard to optimum strategies for mitigating both the causes of climate change and its effects is in doubt. There is ample evidence in the literature that large sources of uncertainty in current climate models are various aerosol effects. One approach to furthering discovery as well as modeling, and verification and validation (V&V) for cloud-aerosol interactions is use of a large "cloud chamber" in a complimentary role to in-situ and remote sensing measurement approaches. Reproducing all of the complex interactions is not feasible, but it is suggested that the physics of certain key processes can be established in a laboratory setting so that relevant fluid-dynamic and cloud-aerosol phenomena can be experimentally simulated and studied in a controlled environment. This report presents a high-level argument for significantly improved laboratory capability, and is meant to serve as a starting point for stimulating discussion within the climate science and other interested communities.

  19. Investigation of analytical and experimental behavior of nuclear facility ventilation systems

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    The behavior of nuclear facility ventilation systems subjected to both natural and man-caused accidents is being investigated. The purpose of the paper is to present a program overview and highlight recent results of the investigations. The program includes both analytical and experimental investigations. Computer codes for predicting accident-induced gas dynamics and test facilities to obtain supportive experimental data to define structural integrity and confinement effectiveness of ventilation system components are described. A unique test facility and recently obtained structural limits for high efficiency particulate air filters are reported

  20. Laboratory Investigation of High Temperature Corrosion in Straw fired Power Plants

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    Montgomery, Melanie

    1998-01-01

    Corrosion in straw-fired power plants has been studied in the laboratory for Sandvik 8LR30 and Sanicro 28. The influence of HCl and SO2 was investigated at 600C metal temperature for upto 300 hours.In addition the corrosion behaviour of the same materials was examined in ash taken from a straw-fired boiler. The corrosive potential of the individual components were thus evaluated

  1. Removal of radioruthenium from alkaline intermediate level radioactive waste solution : a laboratory investigation

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    Various methods were investigated in the laboratory for the removal of radioruthenium from alkaline intermediate level radioactive waste solutions of reprocessing plant origin. The methods included batch equilibration with different ion exchangers and sorbents, column testing and chemical precipitation. A column method using zinc-activated carbon mixture and a chemical precipitation method using ferrous salt along with sodium sulphite were found to be promising for plant scale application. (author). 10 refs., 3 figs., 7 tabs

  2. The influence of wages on public officials' corruptibility: A laboratory investigation

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    van Veldhuizen, Roel

    2013-01-01

    Previous studies have proposed a link between corruption and wages in the public sector. The present paper investigates this link using a laboratory experiment. In the experiment, public officials have the opportunity to accept a bribe and can then decide between a neutral and a corrupt action. The corrupt action benefits the briber but poses a large negative externality on a charity. The results show that increasing public officials' wages greatly reduces their corruptibility. In particular,...

  3. The physics and chemistry of dusty plasmas: A laboratory and theoretical investigation

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    Whipple, E. C.

    1986-01-01

    Theoretical work on dusty plasmas was conducted in three areas: collective effects in a dusty plasma, the role of dusty plasmas in cometary atmospheres, and the role of dusty plasmas in planetary atmospheres (particularly in the ring systems of the giant planets). Laboratory investigations consisted of studies of dust/plasma interactions and stimulated molecular excitation and infrared emission by charged dust grains. Also included is a list of current publications.

  4. An Experimental Investigation of the Responses of Classic Spar Platform Subjected to Bi-directional Waves

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    V.J. Kurian

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The effect of the bi-directional short-crested waves on the dynamic motion responses of the moored classic spar is demonstrated from the results of the models test in this study. Practically in the design of offshore structures, long-crested or 2-dimensional wave properties that propagated to one direction are considered. Even though such long-crested wave is widely used for the design purposes, it is hardly determined in the real sea. The wind generated sea state in the real sea conditions are indeed well represented by the short-crested waves. Short-crested waves are defined as linear summation of long-crested wave series that propagated to different directions. Hence, the motions of the model were investigated experimentally by conducting the wave tank tests in the wave tank of Offshore Laboratory of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS. Five groups of bi-directional wave series were defined and exerted on the classic spar model, which fabricated by using steel with scaling factor of 1:100. From the results measured, it was found that similar trends of the responses in term of Response Amplitude Operator (RAO for surge, heave and pitch motions were obtained. Maximum responses of surge, heave and pitch were found due to wave crossing angle 90°, while minimum response was found due to wave crossing angle 135°, respectively. It could be concluded that the wave crossing angle 90° (BD3 gives the widest spreading for short crested waves, while the wave crossing angle 135° (BD4 gives the narrowest spreading for short crested waves.

  5. Investigation of a laboratory-scale bithermal system with once-through fluid flow

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    A bithermal system with once-through fluid flow was investigated. A linear relationship between isotopic concentrations in the gases and the liquid is shown to exist. The possibility of experimentally estimating the actual values of column parameters is shown. (Author)

  6. Experimental investigation of a vibrating axial turbine cascade in presence of upstream generated aerodynamic gusts

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    Rottmeier, Fabrice

    2003-01-01

    An experimental investigation has been conducted in the non-rotating annular test facility of the "Laboratoire de Thermique Appliquée et de Turbomachines" (LTT), "École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne" (EPFL). During this investigation, the unsteady aerodynamic response of a turbine cascade was investigated for three different cases: (1) the clamped blades subjected to periodic, upstream generated aerodynamic gusts, (2) the cascade forced to vibrate in the travelling wave mode in a uniform...

  7. RCRA Facility Investigation report for Waste Area Grouping 6 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

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    This report presents data and information related to remedial investigation studies for Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Information is included on a soil gas survey, surface radiological investigations of waste areas, and well installation for ground water monitoring

  8. Investigating student learning in upper-division laboratory courses on analog electronics

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    Stetzer, Mackenzie

    2015-03-01

    There are many important learning goals associated with upper-division laboratory instruction; however, until recently, relatively little work has focused on assessing the impact of these laboratory-based courses on students. As part of an ongoing, in-depth investigation of student learning in upper-division laboratory courses on analog electronics, we have been examining the extent to which students enrolled in these courses develop a robust and functional understanding of both canonical electronics topics (e.g., diode, transistor, and op-amp circuits) and foundational circuits concepts (e.g., Kirchhoff's laws and voltage division). This focus on conceptual understanding is motivated in part by a large body of research revealing significant student difficulties with simple dc circuits at the introductory level and by expectations that students finish electronics courses with a level of understanding suitable for building common, practical circuits in a real-world environment. Recently, we have extended the scope of our investigation to include more laboratory-focused learning goals such as the development of (1) troubleshooting proficiency and (2) circuit chunking and design abilities. In this talk, I will highlight findings from written questions and interview tasks that have been designed to probe student understanding in sufficient depth to identify conceptual and reasoning difficulties. I will also use specific examples to illustrate the ways in which this research may inform instruction in upper-division laboratory courses on analog electronics. This work has been supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. DUE-1323426, DUE-1022449, DUE-0962805, and DUE-0618185.

  9. Cycles of strategies and changes of distribution in public goods game: An experimental investigation

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    Xu, Bin

    2013-01-01

    In this communication, a simple mechanism in the optional public goods game is experimentally investigated using two experimental settings; and first time, the cyclic strategy pattern in full state space is demonstrated by means of velocity. It is, furthermore, elaborated that the strategies of cooperation, defection and nonparticipant form a Rock-Paper-Scissors type cycle, and the cycle of three strategies are persistent over 200 rounds. This cycle is very similar to the cy...

  10. EXPERIMENTAL INVESTIGATIONS OF WELD CHARACTERISTICS FOR A SINGLE PASS TIG WELDING WITH SS304

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    S. P. GADEWAR,; PERAVALI SWAMINADHAN; M. G. HARKARE,; S.H. Gawande

    2010-01-01

    This paper tries to investigate the effect of process parameters like weld current, gas flow and work piece thickness on the Bead Geometry (Front width and Back width) of the welded joint. The working range of the experimentation is decided by test experiments. For joining the work piece by TIG welding for 304 stainless steel (SS304), the process parameters play an important role. During experimentation it is found that, increase in the welding current result in increase in heat input. This i...

  11. High-pressure fluid-phase equilibria: Experimental methods and systems investigated (2005-2008)

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    Fonseca, José; Dohrn, Ralf; Peper, Stephanie

    2011-01-01

    A review of systems is given, for which experimental high-pressure phase-equilibrium data were published in the period between 2005 and 2008, continuing a series of reviews. To find candidates for articles that are of interest for this survey a three-stage search strategy was used including a systematic search of the contents of the 17 most important journals of the field. Experimental methods for the investigation of high-pressure phase equilibria were classified, described and illustrated usin...

  12. INVESTIGATION FOR POTENTIAL EFFECT OF NYCTANTHES ARBORTRISTIS IN EXPERIMENTALLY INDUCED ASTHMA

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    M.M. Meshram , R.S. Sahane* S.B. Rangari and S.P. Ingale

    2012-01-01

    Aim of study: In this study, we investigate the potential effect of Nyctanthes arbortristis leaf extract in experimentally induced asthma in rats. The leaf has shown the prominent effect against the inflammation.Materials and methods: Asthma was induced experimentally in rats using Sephadex and in another model croton oil was applied on ear of rats; this model also mimics the biological event similar to asthma.Results: The results demonstrated that the Sephadex induced lung inflammation and c...

  13. Theoretical and Experimental Investigation of Force Estimation Errors Using Active Magnetic Bearings with Embedded Hall Sensors

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    Voigt, Andreas Jauernik; Santos, Ilmar

    2012-01-01

    This paper gives an original theoretical and experimental contribution to the issue of reducing force estimation errors, which arise when applying Active Magnetic Bearings (AMBs) with pole embedded Hall sensors for force quantification purposes. Motivated by the prospect of increasing the usability of AMBs by embedding Hall sensors instead of mounting these directly on the pole surfaces, force estimation errors are investigated both numerically and experimentally. A linearized version of the con...

  14. An Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Fluidized Bed Gasification of Solid Waste

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    Sharmina Begum; Mohammad G. Rasul; Delwar Akbar; David Cork

    2013-01-01

    Gasification is a thermo-chemical process to convert carbon-based products such as biomass and coal into a gas mixture known as synthetic gas or syngas. Various types of gasification methods exist, and fluidized bed gasification is one of them which is considered more efficient than others as fuel is fluidized in oxygen, steam or air. This paper presents an experimental and numerical investigation of fluidized bed gasification of solid waste (SW) (wood). The experimental measurement of syngas...

  15. Modeling and experimental investigation of the mechanobiological environment associated with alveolar pneumocytes

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    Metzke, Robert

    2015-01-01

    In this work the mechanical stimuli resulting from natural or forced breathing, and its relevance to mechanobiology, was investigated. The study is based on experimental research including fluorescence microscopy, tensile testing, and neutron tomography, as well as development of a constituent based cell model and a molecular enhanced focal adhesion model. The presented experimental results and model findings will hopefully serve as a step towards a better understanding of lung mechanobiology.

  16. INVESTIGATION OF TRANSPORT OF SALT IONS IN THE EXPERIMENTAL ELECTROCHEMICAL CELL WITH ROTATING DISK MEMBRANE

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    Kovalenko A. V.

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available This work is a continuation of [1], which was devoted to the investigation of the hydrodynamics of the experimental electrochemical cell with rotating disk cation exchange membrane. This article focuses on the transport of salt ions in a closed cell at different initial experimentation with modes of exact current regimes. The main regularities of transport of salt ions and membrane equal accessible surface were set

  17. Experimental investigation of fluvial incision on Titan by low-velocity sediment impacts

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    Polito, P. J.; Zygielbaum, B. R.; Sklar, L. S.; Collins, G.

    2008-12-01

    Images returned by the Cassini-Huygens mission reveal evidence for widespread fluvial incision in the polar regions of Titan. Dendritic channel networks draining to large lakes and the absence of cratering suggest active incision into Titan's water-ice bedrock surface. Previous work using the saltation-abrasion bedrock incision model suggests that a terrestrial channel transposed to Titan conditions would incise at remarkably similar rates, because the effects of Titan's lower gravity and less-dense sediments are offset by a much lower resistance to abrasion for ice than rock of similar strength. Here we report new laboratory measurements of ice erosion by low-velocity sediment impacts, part of a larger study investigating the temperature dependence of the material properties that control ice erodibility. We measure the energy required to erode a unit volume of ice using drop tests, in which a 110-150 g ice clast falls 5-10 cm onto a 20 cm diameter ice disk, and differences in mass and measurements of ice density are used to calculate the volume eroded. We construct the 10cm thick ice disks using 2-4 mm seed crystals and near-freezing distilled water. After freezing at 253 K a disk is placed in the bottom of a steel cylinder surrounded by dry ice and liquid nitrogen is pumped into the cylinder from below, chilling the ice to near-Titan temperatures for several hours but never submerging the samples (all drop test trials are completed in air). Our preliminary drop test results show that 4 J and 25 J are required to erode 1 cm3 of ice at temperatures of 205 K and110 K respectively, suggesting that ice may be no more than 2-3 times more erodible than previously-tested rocks of similar tensile strengths. A key limitation of this experimental method is the small size of our target disks, which fail catastrophically by through-cracking after several hundred drops. To avoid through-cracking and obtain direct measurements of ice surface erosion, we are preparing new experiments using a large ice block (~1.25x105 cm3) enclosed in an insulated test chamber, and a laser topographic scanning system. The drop-test results will then be used to design ice-flume experiments in a walk-in freezer to investigate controls on rates of ice incision by mobile sediments and the morphodynamics of incising ice channels.

  18. Analytical and experimental investigation of stator endwall countouring in a small axial-flow turbine

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    Haas, J. E.; Boyle, R. J.

    1984-01-01

    An experimental and analytical investigation was conducted to determine the effect of stator endwall contouring on turbine stage performance. In this investigation three stator configurations were evaluated using a common rotor. The three stator configurations were a cylindrical endwall design and two contoured endwall designs, one having a S-shaped outer wall profile and the other having a conical-shaped outer wall profile. Experimental data were obtained over a range of equivalent speeds, total pressure ratios, and rotor tip clearances for each stator-rotor combination. Detailed analytical loss assessments were conducted to aid in the determination of the contouring effect on turbine performance.

  19. Horonobe underground research laboratory project investigation program for the 2006 fiscal year

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    As part of the research and development program on geological disposal of high-level radioactive waste (HLW), the Horonobe Underground Research Center, a division of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), is implementing the Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory Project (Horonobe URL Project) with the aim of investigating sedimentary rock formations. According to the research plan described in the Midterm Plan of JAEA, geological investigations are to be carried out during the drilling of a shaft down to intermediate depth, while research and development in the areas of engineering technology and safety assessment are to be promoted by collaboration with other research organizations. The results of the R and D activities will be systematized as a 'knowledge base' that supports a wide range of arguments related to the safety of geological disposal. The Horonobe URL Project is planned to extend over a period of 20 years. The investigations will be conducted in three phases, namely 'Phase 1: Surface-based investigations', 'Phase 2: Construction phase' (investigations during construction of the underground facilities) and 'Phase 3: Operation phase' (research in the underground facilities). This report summarizes the investigation program for the 2006 fiscal year (2006/2007), the second year of the Phase 2 investigations. The investigations in the 2006 fiscal year are focused on the Hokushin area of Horonobe, which was selected as the area for URL construction. The main investigation region extends over approximately 3km x 3km. Construction of the underground facilities, which was initiated in the 2005 fiscal year, is ongoing and Phase 2 investigations are underway. A progress report on the surface-based investigations (Phase 1) is also being prepared. Regarding the surface facilities, construction of the Research and Administration Facility and the Test Facility will be completed in May 2006. Construction of the Public Information House is still continuing and preparation of the exhibits has started. A preliminary design will be drawn up for the International Communication House. (author)

  20. Life under extreme energy limitation : a synthesis of laboratory- and field-based investigations

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    Lever, Mark A; Rogers, Karyn L

    2015-01-01

    The ability of microorganisms to withstand long periods with extremely low energy input has gained increasing scientific attention in recent years. Starvation experiments in the laboratory have shown that a phylogenetically wide range of microorganisms evolve fitness-enhancing genetic traits within weeks of incubation under low-energy stress. Studies on natural environments that are cut off from new energy supplies over geologic time scales, such as deeply buried sediments, suggest that similar adaptations might mediate survival under energy limitation in the environment. Yet, the extent to which laboratory-based evidence of starvation survival in pure or mixed cultures can be extrapolated to sustained microbial ecosystems in nature remains unclear. In this review, we discuss past investigations on microbial energy requirements and adaptations to energy limitation, identify gaps in our current knowledge, and outline possible future foci of research on life under extreme energy limitation.

  1. Numerical simulation and experimental investigation of laser dissimilar welding of carbon steel and austenitic stainless steel

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    Nekouie Esfahani, M. R.; Coupland, J.; Marimuthu, S.

    2015-07-01

    This study reports an experimental and numerical investigation on controlling the microstructure and brittle phase formation during laser dissimilar welding of carbon steel to austenitic stainless steel. The significance of alloying composition and cooling rate were experimentally investigated. The investigation revealed that above a certain specific point energy the material within the melt pool is well mixed and the laser beam position can be used to control the mechanical properties of the joint. The heat-affected zone within the high-carbon steel has significantly higher hardness than the weld area, which severely undermines the weld quality. A sequentially coupled thermo-metallurgical model was developed to investigate various heat-treatment methodology and subsequently control the microstructure of the HAZ. Strategies to control the composition leading to dramatic changes in hardness, microstructure and service performance of the dissimilar laser welded fusion zone are discussed.

  2. Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory project. Investigation program for the 2008 fiscal year (Translated document)

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    As part of the research and development program on the geological disposal of high-level radioactive waste (HLW), the Horonobe Underground Research Center, a division of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), is implementing the Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory Project (Horonobe URL Project) with the aim at investigating sedimentary rock formations. According to the research plan described in the Midterm Plan of JAEA, geological investigations are to be carried out during the drilling of a shaft down to intermediate depth, while research and development in the areas of engineering technology and safety assessment are to be promoted by collaboration with other research organizations. The results of the R and D activities will be systematized as a 'knowledge base' that supports a wide range of arguments related to the safety of geological disposal. The Horonobe URL Project is planned to extend over a period of 20 years. The investigations will be conducted in three phases, namely 'Phase 1: Surface-based investigations', 'Phase 2: Construction phase' (investigations during construction of the underground facilities) and 'Phase 3: Operation phase' (research in the underground facilities). This report summarizes the investigation program for the 2008 fiscal year (2008/2009), the 4th year of the Phase 2 investigations. In the 2008 fiscal year, investigations in 'geoscientific research', including 'development of techniques for investigating the geological environment', 'development of techniques for use in the deep underground environment' and 'studies on the long-term stability of the geological environment', are continuously carried out. Investigations in 'research and development on geological disposal technology', including 'improving the reliability of disposal technologies' and 'enhancement of safety assessment methodologies', are also continuously carried out. Construction of the underground facilities is ongoing at the Ventilation shaft and the East access shaft. Pilot boring close to the Ventilation shaft is also carried out. Regarding the surface facilities, construction of the International Communication House (tentative name) will be started. (author)

  3. Experimental and Numerical Investigations into the Strength of Intact Veined Rock

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    Turichshev, Alexandr; Hadjigeorgiou, John

    2015-09-01

    In this paper, the authors report on a series of laboratory and numerical modelling experiments aiming to quantify the behaviour of intact veined rock. Five controlled triaxial compression experiments were conducted on intact veined specimens of mafic intrusive complex andesite (CMET) from the El Teniente mine. The experiments demonstrated that veins controlled the fracturing and resulting peak strengths of the specimens. High-quality experimental data made possible the development of numerical experiments using a 3D Particle Flow Code and the synthetic rock mass (SRM) methodology. The numerical experiments demonstrated that the SRM approach could be successful for modelling the behaviour of veined rock. Greater value was gained by coupling the results of high-quality laboratory tests to comprehensive numerical models.

  4. The effects of emotion regulation strategies on the pain experience: a structured laboratory investigation.

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    Hampton, Amy J D; Hadjistavropoulos, Thomas; Gagnon, Michelle M; Williams, Jaime; Clark, David

    2015-05-01

    Although emotion regulation modulates the pain experience, inconsistencies have been identified regarding the impact of specific regulation strategies on pain. Our goal was to examine the effects of emotion suppression and cognitive reappraisal on automatic (ie, nonverbal) and cognitively mediated (ie, verbal) pain expressions. Nonclinical participants were randomized into either a suppression (n = 58), reappraisal (n = 51), or monitoring control (n = 42) condition. Upon arrival to the laboratory, participants completed the Emotion Regulation Questionnaire, to quantify self-reported suppression and reappraisal tendencies. Subsequently, they completed a thermal pain threshold and tolerance task. They were then provided with instructions to use, depending on their experimental condition, suppression, reappraisal, or monitoring strategies. Afterward, they were exposed to experimentally induced pain. Self-report measures of pain, anxiety, and tension were administered, and facial expressions, heart rate, and galvanic skin response were recorded. The Facial Action Coding System was used to quantify general and pain-related facial activity (ie, we defined facial actions that occurred during at least 5% of pain stimulation periods as "pain-related actions"). Reappraisal and suppression induction led to reductions in nonverbal and verbal indices of pain. Moreover, self-reported tendencies to use suppression and reappraisal (as measured by the Emotion Regulation Questionnaire) did not interact with experimental condition in the determination of participants' responses. Results suggest that consciously applying emotion regulation strategies during a painful task can moderate both cognitively mediated (e.g., verbal) and automatic (e.g., facial activity) expressions of pain. PMID:25734999

  5. Experimental Investigation of Flow in an Annular Cascade of Turbine Nozzle Blades of Constant Discharge Angle

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    Kofskey, Milton G; Rohlik, Harold E; Monroe, Daniel E

    1952-01-01

    The experimental performance of turbine nozzle blades designed for a constant discharge angle was investigated at discharge hub Mach numbers of 1.18, 1.31, and 1.41. Flow characteristics are presented in terms of energy losses, angle gradients, and secondary flow effects. Blade efficiency decreased from 0.983 to 0.978 with increasing Mach number in the range investigated while angle variations in the loss regions became very large, indicating poorer blade performance than efficiency implies.

  6. Experimental and Numerical Investigations of Textile Hybrid Composites Subjected to Low Velocity Impact Loadings

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    Chandekar, Gautam S.; Ajit D. Kelkar

    2014-01-01

    In the present study experimental and numerical investigations were carried out to predict the low velocity impact response of four symmetric configurations: 10 ply E Glass, 10 ply AS4 Carbon, and two Hybrid combinations with 1 and 2 outer plies of E Glass and 8 and 6 inner plies of Carbon. All numerical investigations were performed using commercial finite element software, LS-DYNA. The test coupons were manufactured using the low cost Heated Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding (H-VARTM©)...

  7. Numerical and experimental investigation of transonic flow through 2-D model of clearance gap.

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    Vimmr, J.; Bublík, O.; Luxa, Martin; Dvo?ák, Rudolf; Šimurda, David

    Prague : Institute of Thermomechanics AS CR, v. v. i., 2008 - (Fuis, V.; Pásek, M.), s. 1121-1132 ISBN 978-80-87012-11-6. [Engineering Mechanics 2008. Svratka (CZ), 12.05.2008-15.05.2008] R&D Projects: GA ?R(CZ) GA101/08/0623 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20760514 Keywords : clearance gap * transonic flow * numerical investigation * experimental investigation * schlieren method Subject RIV: BK - Fluid Dynamics

  8. Experimental and numerical investigations of flow through free double baffled gates

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    Ahmed M, Helmi; Mohamed H, El-Gamal.

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Studying the flow patterns and behaviour of double baffled gates under different flow heads is important to improve their performance, which could help in widening the range of their application. In the present study, physical and numerical investigations were conducted on the double baffled gate. A [...] 3D Acoustic Doppler Velocity Meter (ADV) was used for laboratory measurements of the instantaneous velocity fields in the physical gate model. In parallel with this, the CFD Fluent package was adopted to carry out a sensitivity analysis for a matrix of geometric parameters of the double baffled gate. The outcomes of the laboratory and CFD numerical investigations were incorporated in a spreadsheet with the purpose of informing the design of double baffled gates under conditions of non-submergence.

  9. Laboratory investigations of the behaviour of radioactive corrosion products in primary circuits of pressurized water reactors

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    A review is presented of the investigations on analytical and structural characterization of corrosion products and the behaviour of radioactive corrosion products under PWR primary circuit conditions, mainly concerning Co-sorption at corrosion product surfaces and solubility and transport of corrosion products. The description of relations between deposition growth and cleaning performance in primary circuits by a balance model and decontamination tests in a high temperature high pressure loop (out-of-pile) are referred. The experimental equipment is mentioned. (author)

  10. Geological investigations for geological model of deep underground geoenvironment at the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (MIU)

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    Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) is performing a geoscientific research project, the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (MIU) project, in order to establish scientific and technological basis for geological disposal of high-level radioactive wastes. The MIU is located in crystalline rock environment, in Mizunami City, central Japan. Field investigations include geological mapping, reflection seismic surveys, several borehole investigations and geological investigations in the research galleries to identify the distribution and heterogeneity of fractures and faults that are potential major flowpaths for groundwater. The results of these field investigations are synthesized and compiled for the purpose of geological modeling. The field investigations indicate that the Main Shaft at the MIU intersected low permeability NNW oriented faults. A high permeability fracture zone in the granite, a significant water inflow point, was observed in the Ventilation Shaft. Development of the geological model focusing 3D spatial relationships at different scales and evolution of the geoenvironment are underway. This paper describes geological investigations applied in the MIU project, focusing on the evaluation of their effectiveness to understand for deep underground geoenvironment. (author)

  11. Decontamination and decommissioning of the Experimental Boiling Water Reactor (EBWR): Project final report, Argonne National Laboratory

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    The Final Report for the Decontamination and Decommissioning (D ampersand D) of the Argonne National Laboratory - East (ANL-E) Experimental Boiling Water Reactor (EBWR) facility contains the descriptions and evaluations of the activities and the results of the EBWR D ampersand D project. It provides the following information: (1) An overall description of the ANL-E site and EBWR facility. (2) The history of the EBWR facility. (3) A description of the D ampersand D activities conducted during the EBWR project. (4) A summary of the final status of the facility, including the final and confirmation surveys. (5) A summary of the final cost, schedule, and personnel exposure associated with the project, including a summary of the total waste generated. This project report covers the entire EBWR D ampersand D project, from the initiation of Phase I activities to final project closeout. After the confirmation survey, the EBWR facility was released as a open-quotes Radiologically Controlled Area,close quotes noting residual elevated activity remains in inaccessible areas. However, exposure levels in accessible areas are at background levels. Personnel working in accessible areas do not need Radiation Work Permits, radiation monitors, or other radiological controls. Planned use for the containment structure is as an interim transuranic waste storage facility (after conversion)

  12. Decontamination and decommissioning of the Experimental Boiling Water Reactor (EBWR): Project final report, Argonne National Laboratory

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    Fellhauer, C.R.; Boing, L.E. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States); Aldana, J. [NES, Inc., Danbury, CT (United States)

    1997-03-01

    The Final Report for the Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D) of the Argonne National Laboratory - East (ANL-E) Experimental Boiling Water Reactor (EBWR) facility contains the descriptions and evaluations of the activities and the results of the EBWR D&D project. It provides the following information: (1) An overall description of the ANL-E site and EBWR facility. (2) The history of the EBWR facility. (3) A description of the D&D activities conducted during the EBWR project. (4) A summary of the final status of the facility, including the final and confirmation surveys. (5) A summary of the final cost, schedule, and personnel exposure associated with the project, including a summary of the total waste generated. This project report covers the entire EBWR D&D project, from the initiation of Phase I activities to final project closeout. After the confirmation survey, the EBWR facility was released as a {open_quotes}Radiologically Controlled Area,{close_quotes} noting residual elevated activity remains in inaccessible areas. However, exposure levels in accessible areas are at background levels. Personnel working in accessible areas do not need Radiation Work Permits, radiation monitors, or other radiological controls. Planned use for the containment structure is as an interim transuranic waste storage facility (after conversion).

  13. An Experimental Platform for Creating White Dwarf Photospheres in the Laboratory

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    Falcon, Ross E; Bailey, J E; Ellis, J L; Carlson, A L; Gomez, T A; Montgomery, M H; Winget, D E; Chen, E Y; Gomez, M R; Nash, T J

    2012-01-01

    We present an experimental platform for measuring hydrogen Balmer emission and absorption line profiles for plasmas with white dwarf (WD) photospheric conditions (T_e ~ 1 eV, n_e ~ 10^17 cm^-3). These profiles will be used to benchmark WD atmosphere models, which, used with the spectroscopic method, are responsible for determining fundamental parameters (e.g., effective temperature, mass) for tens of thousands of WDs. Our experiment, performed at the Z Pulsed Power Facility at Sandia National Laboratories, uses the large amount of x-rays generated from a z-pinch dynamic hohlraum to drive plasma formation in a gas cell. The platform is unique compared to past hydrogen line profile experiments in that the plasma is radiation-driven. This decouples the heating source from the plasma to be studied in the sense that the radiation temperature causing the photoionization is independent of the initial conditions of the gas. For the first time we measure hydrogen Balmer lines in absorption at these conditions in the l...

  14. A Laboratory Experimental Study of the Hydromechanical Behavior of Boom Clay

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    Bésuelle, Pierre; Viggiani, Gioacchino; Desrues, Jacques; Coll, Cécile; Charrier, Pascal

    2014-01-01

    This paper reports some results of a large experimental program on Boom Clay conducted in Grenoble in the framework of the European project SELFRAC. The program included isotropic compression up to relatively high stress, drained triaxial compression tests at different cell pressures, as well as permeability measurements under isotropic and deviatoric stress. Local measurement of axial and radial displacements allowed the detection of strain localization during deviatoric loading. The permeability of Boom Clay is found to depend on the mean effective stress. The response of Boom Clay during deviatoric loading appears to be strongly affected by the swelling experienced during the isotropic stage preceding triaxial compression. The rate of swelling decreases with isotropic stress. The longer the swelling before shear, more the response under shear becomes ductile and the lower the initial stiffness. Permeability depends on the mean effective stress and it is found to decrease of about two orders of magnitude when the mean stress increases from 1 to 32 MPa. Permeability during shear loading is essentially constant and does not seem to be affected by strain localization. These results are complemented by a few observations obtained using X-ray microtomography in the framework of the more recent European project TIMODAZ. These findings illustrate the impact of pre-existing inclusions and fissures on specimen deformation upon deviatoric loading in the laboratory.

  15. Experimental and theoretical study of microalgal competition in laboratory and natural ecosystems

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    Pisman, T. I.; Somova, L. A.

    An important aspect of studying mixed cultures of microalgae is the artificial ecosystems containing algal culture as a regeneration link and a source of vegetable substances. The peculiarities of studying the stability of microalgae mixed cultures in the laboratory and natural environment have been considered in the work. The role of factors most essentially affecting the species structure of phytoplankton community (temperature factor, light intensity, pH environments, elements of mineral nutrition, algal metabolites, predation and fluctuation of environmental conditions) has been displayed. As a result of experimental and theoretical modelling of the microalgae Chlorella vulgaris and Scenedesmus quadricauda competition under limitation on nitrogen, the impossibility of their co-existence has been revealed. Under these conditions Chl. vulgaris turned out to be less competitive than Sc. quadricauda. The influence of the ratio of biogenic elements concentration in the environment, which should be recognized as an independent regulatory factor limiting growth of populations in the community and, thus affecting its structure, has been analyzed.

  16. Theoretical and experimental research on free-electron lasers at the Naval Research Laboratory

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    An experimental and theoretical research program on the ubitron/FEL is in progress at the Naval Research Laboratory. The theoretical program includes the nonlinear analysis of two specific configurations: a helical wiggler/axial guide field in combination with a cylindrical waveguide, and a planar wiggler in combination with a rectangular waveguide. The analysis included the description of the injection of the beam into the wiggler, wiggler inhomogeneities, efficiency enhancement by means of tapered wigglers, beam thermal effects, and harmonic interactions. The planar wiggler model includes parabolic pole faces for enhanced focussing of the beam. Operation of a 14--18 GHz ubitron/FEL with a helical wiggler/axial guide field configuration is reported. The experiment employs a 190--250 keV electron beam with currents up to 100 A. Small signal gains as high as 17--19 dB have been observed, and are in reasonable agreement with the simulations. The initial design work on a third harmonic experiment has begun based upon a planar wiggler/rectangular waveguide configuration. Because the effect of a tapered wiggler has been shown to reduce the influence of beam thermal spread, issues relevant to the design of a tapered wiggler harmonic experiment are discussed

  17. Experimental investigation of Cs 137 distribution in a system of aquatic solution - solid phase - plant

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    Investigation of Cs 137 accumulation in the plant Lepidium sativum L. (seeds, roots, aboveground part) and in the solid phase from the aquatic solution under laboratory conditions was performed. According to the obtained results, evaluation of Cs 137 distribution in the system aquatic solution - solid phase - plant and transfer of this radionuclide from the root system to the plant aboveground part during the plant growth process was done. (authors)

  18. Earthworms and radionuclides, with experimental investigations on the uptake and exchangeability of radiocaesium

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    Brown, S.L.; Bell, J.N.B. [Imperial College, Silwood Park, Ascot (United Kingdom). Dept. of Biology

    1995-04-01

    The potential influence of earthworm activity on the mobility of radionuclides in soils and their subsequent availability for uptake by plants and transfer to higher trophic levels is briefly reviewed. The accumulation of caesium by the earthworm Aporrectodea longa from soil and from plant litter was investigated in laboratory experiments, as was the effect of reworking (through burrowing and ingestion) soil and soil with added organic material, on the extractability of caesium (ammonium acetate extraction). (author).

  19. Experimental investigation of water flow and solute transport in unsaturated columns

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    Erfani Agah A. et al.

    2013-01-01

    Laboratory-scale transport experiments were conducted in one-dimensional aerobic sand columns to investigate the transport parameters under steady-state conditions (1cm h-1). Synthetic wastewater treatment was tested in a randomized complete block design with four irrigation treatments for levels of Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD). Parameters of soil water content, electrical conductivity, water potential and hydraulic conductivity were monitored using tensiometers, soil solute extraction and ti...

  20. Mineralogical comparisons of experimental results investigating the biological impacts on rock transport processes

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    Wagner, Doris; Milodowski, Antoni E.; West, Julia M.; Wragg, Joanna; Yoshikawa, Hideki

    2013-01-01

    This study investigates the influence of microbes on fluid transport in sedimentary and igneous host rock environments. It particularly focuses on granodiorite rock (Äspö; Sweden) and mudstone (Horonobe; Japan) that were utilised during laboratory-based column experiments. The results showed that biofilms form on both rock types in low nutrient conditions. Cryogenic scanning electron microscopy showed that the morphology of biofilaments varied from filamentous meshwork (in crushed granodiorit...

  1. Laboratory investigation of constitutive property up-scaling in volcanic tuffs

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    One of the critical issues facing the Yucca Mountain site characterization and performance assessment programs is the manner in which property up-scaling is addressed. Property up-scaling becomes an issue whenever heterogeneous media properties are measured at one scale but applied at another. A research program has been established to challenge current understanding of property up-scaling with the aim of developing and testing improved models that describe up-scaling behavior in a quantitative manner. Up-scaling of constitutive rock properties is investigated through physical experimentation involving the collection of suites of gas-permeability data measured over a range of discrete scales. To date, up-scaling studies have been performed on a series of tuff and sandstone (used as experimental controls) blocks. Samples include a welded, anisotropic tuff (Tiva Canyon Member of the Paintbrush Tuff, upper cliff microstratigraphic unit), and a moderately welded tuff (Tiva Canyon Member of the Paintbrush Tuff, Caprock microstratigraphic unit). A massive fluvial sandstone (Berea Sandstone) was also investigated as a means of evaluating the experimental program and to provide a point of comparison for the tuff data. Because unsaturated flow is of prime interest to the Yucca Mountain Program, scoping studies aimed at investigating the up-scaling of hydraulic properties under various saturated conditions were performed to compliment these studies of intrinsic permeability. These studies focused on matrix sorptivity, a constitutive property quantifying the capillarity of a porous medium. 113 refs

  2. Laboratory investigation of constitutive property up-scaling in volcanic tuffs

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    Tidwell, V.C. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States). Geohydrology Dept.

    1996-08-01

    One of the critical issues facing the Yucca Mountain site characterization and performance assessment programs is the manner in which property up-scaling is addressed. Property up-scaling becomes an issue whenever heterogeneous media properties are measured at one scale but applied at another. A research program has been established to challenge current understanding of property up-scaling with the aim of developing and testing improved models that describe up-scaling behavior in a quantitative manner. Up-scaling of constitutive rock properties is investigated through physical experimentation involving the collection of suites of gas-permeability data measured over a range of discrete scales. To date, up-scaling studies have been performed on a series of tuff and sandstone (used as experimental controls) blocks. Samples include a welded, anisotropic tuff (Tiva Canyon Member of the Paintbrush Tuff, upper cliff microstratigraphic unit), and a moderately welded tuff (Tiva Canyon Member of the Paintbrush Tuff, Caprock microstratigraphic unit). A massive fluvial sandstone (Berea Sandstone) was also investigated as a means of evaluating the experimental program and to provide a point of comparison for the tuff data. Because unsaturated flow is of prime interest to the Yucca Mountain Program, scoping studies aimed at investigating the up-scaling of hydraulic properties under various saturated conditions were performed to compliment these studies of intrinsic permeability. These studies focused on matrix sorptivity, a constitutive property quantifying the capillarity of a porous medium. 113 refs.

  3. Laboratory Investigation of Contact Freezing and the Aerosol to Ice Crystal Transformation Process

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    Shaw, Raymond A. [Michigan Technological University

    2014-10-28

    This project has been focused on the following objectives: 1. Investigations of the physical processes governing immersion versus contact nucleation, specifically surface-induced crystallization; 2. Development of a quadrupole particle trap with full thermodynamic control over the temperature range 0 to –40 °C and precisely controlled water vapor saturation ratios for continuous, single-particle measurement of the aerosol to ice crystal transformation process for realistic ice nuclei; 3. Understanding the role of ice nucleation in determining the microphysical properties of mixed-phase clouds, within a framework that allows bridging between laboratory and field measurements.

  4. A laboratory based experimental study of mercury emission from contaminated soils in the River Idrijca catchment

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    D. Kocman

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Results obtained by a laboratory flux measurement system (LFMS focused on investigating the kinetics of the mercury emission flux (MEF from contaminated soils of the Idrija Hg-mine region, Slovenia are presented. Representative soil samples with respect to total Hg concentrations (4–417 ?g g?1 and land cover (forest, meadow and alluvial soil alongside the River Idrijca were analysed to determine the variation in MEF versus distance from the source, regulating three major environmental parameters comprising soil temperature, soil moisture and solar radiation. MEFs ranged from less than 2 to 530 ng m?2 h?1, with the highest emissions from contaminated alluvial soils and soils near the mining district in the town of Idrija. A significant decrease of MEF was then observed with increasing distance from these sites. The results revealed a strong positive effect of all three parameters investigated on momentum MEF. The light-induced flux was shown to be independent of the soil temperature, while the soil aqueous phase seems to be responsible for recharging the pool of mercury in the soil available for both the light- and thermally-induced flux. The overall flux response to simulated environmental conditions depends greatly on the form of Hg in the soil. Higher activation energies are required for the overall process to occur in soils where insoluble cinnabar prevails compared to soils where more mobile Hg forms and forms available for transformation processes are dominant.

  5. Experimental and Numerical Investigations of a Dual-Shaft Test Rig with Intershaft Bearing

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    M. Guskov

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals with an experimental study of a dual rotor test rig. This machine, which was developed and built at the Laboratoire de Tribologie et Dynamique des Systèmes, Ecole Centrale de Lyon, will be first presented. It is composed of two coaxial shafts that are connected by an intershaft bearing and rotate independently, each one driven by its own motor. Their lateral vibrations and whirling motion are coupled by the intershaft bearing. The experimental tests consisting in run-ups and the associated measured unbalance response of the dual rotor will be investigated. The influence of the rotation of each rotor on the critical speeds and the associated amplitudes will be discussed. Moreover, this paper presents a numerical model of the dual rotor. Correlations between the experimental and numerical tests will be investigated. The objective is to be able to predict phenomena observed in experiments, starting from a rather fine numerical model.

  6. An Experimental Investigation of the Flow Over the Rear End of a Notchback Automobile Configuration

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    Jenkins, Luther N.

    2000-01-01

    An experimental investigation of the flow over the rear end of a 0.16 scale notchback automobile configuration has been conducted in the NASA Langley Basic Aerodynamics Research Tunnel (BART). The objective of this work was to investigate the flow separation that occurs behind the backlight and obtain experimental data that can be used to understand the physics and time-averaged structure of the flow field. A three-component laser velocimeter was used to make non-intrusive, velocity measurements in the center plane and in a single cross-flow plane over the decklid. In addition to off-body measurements, flow conditions on the car surface were documented via surface flow visualization, boundary layer measurements, and surface pressures. The experimental data show several features previously identified by other researchers, but also reveal differences between the flow field associated with this particular configuration and the generally accepted models for the flow over a notchback rear end.

  7. Theoretical and experimental investigation of the nonlinear response of an electrically actuated imperfect microbeam

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    Lenci S.

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available In this study a theoretical and experimental investigation of the nonlinear response of an electrically actuated microbeam is performed. A mechanical model is proposed, which accounts for two common imperfections of microbeams, due to microfabrications, which are the compliant support conditions and the initially deformed profile. A computationally efficient single-mode reduced-order model is derived by combining the Ritz technique and the Padé approximation. Numerical simulations of the harmonic response of the device near primary resonance are shown illustrating nonlinear phenomena arising in the device response. Experimental investigation is conducted on a polysilicon imperfect microbeam confirming the simulation results. The concurrence between the theoretical results and the experimental data reveals that this model, while simple, is capable of properly capturing the response both at low and, especially, at higher electrodynamic voltages.

  8. Experimental investigation of changes in beta-decay count rate of radioactive elements

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    Baurov, Yu A.; Sobolev, Yu. G.; Kushniruk, V. F.; Kuznetzov, A. N.; Konradov, A. A.

    1999-01-01

    The experimental data on continuous investigation of changes in beta-decay count rate of Cs-137 and Co-60 from 9.12.98 till 30.04.99, are presented. The 27-day and 24-hour periods in these changes, inexplicable by traditional physics, have been found.

  9. Experimental investigation of changes in $\\beta$-decay count rate of radioactive elements

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    Baurov, Yu A; Kushniruk, V F; Kuznetsov, A N; Konradov, A A; Baurov, Yu.A.; Sobolev, Yu.G.

    1999-01-01

    The experimental data on continuous investigation of changes in beta-decay count rate of Cs-137 and Co-60 from 9.12.98 till 30.04.99, are presented. The 27-day and 24-hour periods in these changes, inexplicable by traditional physics, have been found.

  10. Characteristic thermal-hydraulic problems in NHRs: Overview of experimental investigations and computer codes

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    The paper briefly reviews the specific thermal-hydraulic problems for AST-type NHRs, the experimental investigations that have been carried out in the RF, and the design procedures and computer codes used for AST-500 thermohydraulic characteristics and safety validation. (author). 13 refs, 10 figs, 1 tab

  11. Numerical and experimental investigation of NO{sub x} formation in lean premixed combustion of methane

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    Bengtsson, K.; Benz, P.; Marti, T.; Schaeren, R.; Schlegel, A. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland)

    1997-06-01

    A high pressure jet-stirred reactor has been built and employed to investigate NO{sub x} formation in lean premixed combustion of methane/air. Experimental results are compared with numerical predictions using the model of a perfectly stirred reactor and elementary reaction mechanisms. Four reaction mechanisms are considered with respect to NO{sub x} formation. (author) 3 figs., 6 refs.

  12. Development of an Interdisciplinary Experimental Series for the Laboratory Courses of Cell and Molecular Biology and Advance Inorganic Chemistry

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    Smith, Montserrat Rabago; McAllister, Robert; Newkirk, Kiera; Basing, Alexander; Wang, Lihua

    2012-01-01

    An interdisciplinary approach to education has become more important in the development of science and technology, which requires universities to have graduates with broad knowledge and skills and to apply these skills in solving real-world problems. An interdisciplinary experimental series has been developed for the laboratories in cell and…

  13. Experimental Investigation of Characteristics of a Double-Base Swirl Injector in a Liquid Rocket Propellant Engine

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    Fathollah OMMI

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available In this work the fundamentals of swirl injector calculation is investigated and new design procedure is proposed. The design method for double-base liquid-liquid injectors is presented based on this theory and experimental results. Then special conditions related to double-based liquid-liquid injectors are studied and the corresponding results are applied in design manipulation. The behaviour of injector in various performing conditions is studied, and the design procedure is presented based on obtained results. A computer code for designing the injector is proposed. Based on this code, four injectors are manufactured. A specialized laboratory was setup for the measurement of macroscopic spray characteristics under different pressure such as homogeneous droplet distribution, spray angle, swirl effect. Finally, through PDA cold test, the microscopic characteristics of injectors spray are also obtained and measured. The results, which will be explained in detail, are satisfactory.

  14. Solar energy e-learning laboratory - Remote experimentation over the Internet

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    Polyvios C. Eleftheriou

    2005-01-01

    This paper presents the solar energy e-learning laboratory, developed at the Higher Technical Institute (HTI) within the framework of the Leonardo da Vinci project MARVEL, focuses on the system architecture and its features, and elaborates on the learning platform employed. The laboratory focuses on experiential based learning-arrangements allowing remote and distributed training with the laboratory of solar energy. As a prototype working example the HTI solar energy laboratory comprises a re...

  15. Experimental investigation of the direct torque neuro-fuzzy controller for induction motor drive

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    Grabowski, P.Z.; Kazmierkowski, M.P. [Warsaw Univ. of Technology (Poland)

    2000-08-01

    In this paper, the concept and implementation of a new simple Direct Torque Neuro-Fuzzy Control (DTNFC) scheme for PWM inverter-fed induction motor drive are presented. An Adaptive Neuro-Fuzzy Inference System (ANFIS) is applied to achieve high performance decoupled flux and torque control. The theoretical principle and tuning procedure of this method are discussed. A 3 kW induction motor experimental system with digital signal processor (DSP type) TMS 320C31 based controller has been built to verify this approach. The simulation and laboratory experimental results, which illustrate the performance of the proposed scheme, are presented. Also, nomograms for controller design are given. It has been shown that the simple DTNFC is characterised by very fast torque and flux response, very low speed operation and simple tuning capability. (orig.)

  16. Investigations on the metabolic fate of prochloraz in soil under field and laboratory conditions

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    The degradation of prochloraz in different soils was investigated in field and laboratory experiments. In laboratory degradation experiments in the dark, initial prochloraz concentrations decreased to 30–64% within 56 days, depending on temperature and soil pH. In neutral to basic soils, formation of up to 3.7% of the metabolite prochloraz-urea was observed. The rate of mineralization was strongly pH-dependent, not exceeding 3.2% in the acidic and 18.3% in the neutral to basic soils. Amounts of non-extractable residues ranged from 14 to 31%. Under field conditions, prochloraz disappeared much more rapidly with DT50 values of 11–43 days. The metabolites prochloraz-formylurea and prochloraz-urea were found in significant concentrations. Laboratory experiments with fresh and sterilized soils under UV irradiation confirmed the enhancing effect of light on the formation of the primary metabolite, prochloraz-formylurea. The latter is hydrolysed to prochloraz-urea predominantly by microbial degradation. (author)

  17. Experimental investigation of free surface vortices and definition of gas entrainment occurrence maps

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    For the future development of Generation IV nuclear reactors, both safety and economic targets have to be achieved. In order to increase, at the same time, the power density generation and the safety features, a huge R and D effort is still required. Referring especially to Liquid Metal Cooled Fast Reactors, much attention is placed on Gas Entrainment (GE) phenomena, which could cause unlikely positive reactivity insertion accident. The GETS experimental facility (Gas Entrainment Test Section), especially aimed at studying the free surface vortices occurrence, has been built in the thermal-hydraulics laboratory of the DIAEE. The main purpose of this facility is to identify the most important parameters affecting the whirlpools formation and evolution. Experimental tests and preliminary observations have been performed. Different vortex behaviours related to different experimental conditions have been identified and presented in the present paper. 2D occurrence maps as function of different dimensionless groups (Reynolds, Froude and Weber numbers and H* = H/d ratio) have been defined. In the present paper, the results of a first experimental campaign, carried out with tap water, are discussed.

  18. Investigation of thermodynamic properties of ambient and laboratory-generated multi- component organic aerosols

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    Khlystov, A.; Lin, M.; Saleh, R.

    2008-12-01

    Ambient aerosol, a significant portion of which is composed of a complex mixture of semi-volatile organic compounds, has substantial impact on human welfare via adverse health effects and global climate change. Prediction of ambient semi-volatile organic aerosol remains highly problematic and air quality models often do not agree with observations. One of the pieces of knowledge needed for better predictions of ambient semi- volatile organic aerosol is understanding of the partitioning of semi-volatile compounds between the gas and the aerosol phases. In this study the equilibrium thermodynamic properties of a number of multi-component aerosols were investigated under controlled laboratory conditions, as well as in the field. In the laboratory experiments, model mixtures of organic compounds as well as modified ambient aerosols were tested. The ambient aerosols were modified in a controlled way by adding known amounts of different organic substances of known thermodynamic properties. The equilibrium gas / aerosol partitioning in a temperature range relevant to ambient conditions was investigated using the Integrated Volume Method (IVM). The field measurements of ambient aerosol equilibrium properties were carried out during June 2007 - January 2008 at the FACTS research facility in Duke Forest (Chapel Hill, NC). The results can be used to derive equilibrium vapor pressures and activity coefficients of test compounds and to verify and improve the parameterizations used in group contribution models, such as UNFAC.

  19. Numerical and experimental investigation of melting with internal heat generation within cylindrical enclosures

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    Amber Shrivastava; Brian Williams; Ali S. Siahpush; Bruce Savage; John Crepeau

    2014-06-01

    There have been significant efforts by the heat transfer community to investigate the melting phenomenon of materials. These efforts have included the analytical development of equations to represent melting, numerical development of computer codes to assist in modeling the phenomena, and collection of experimental data. The understanding of the melting phenomenon has application in several areas of interest, for example, the melting of a Phase Change Material (PCM) used as a thermal storage medium as well as the melting of the fuel bundle in a nuclear power plant during an accident scenario. The objective of this research is two-fold. First a numerical investigation, using computational fluid dynamics (CFD), of melting with internal heat generation for a vertical cylindrical geometry is presented. Second, to the best of authors knowledge, there are very limited number of engineering experimental results available for the case of melting with Internal Heat Generation (IHG). An experiment was performed to produce such data using resistive, or Joule, heating as the IHG mechanism. The numerical results are compared against the experimental results and showed favorable correlation. Uncertainties in the numerical and experimental analysis are discussed. Based on the numerical and experimental analysis, recommendations are made for future work.

  20. Experimental and numerical investigation of flow around a sphere with dimples for various flow regimes

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    Bogdanovi?-Jovanovi? Jasmina B.

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Flow over a sphere is a typical bluff-body flow with many engineering applications. However, it has not been studied in depth, as compared to flow over a circular cylinder, because of the difficulties in the experimental set-up as well as in the computational approach for studying flow over a sphere. The main challenges are to understand the flow hydrodynamics and to clarify the flow pattern around a dimpled sphere because the flow pattern complying with the dimple structure on its surface is very complicated. In this paper experimental and numerical investigations of the fluid flow around a sphere with dimples, are represented. The sphere with dimples is placed in a quadratic cross section duct (measuring section and numerical simulation results are obtained by solving RANS equations. Furthermore, experimental measurements are carried out using a Laser-Doppler Anemometer (LDA. Experimental and numerical results of flow velocity fields were compared for three different flow regimes (Re=8×103, 2×104 and 4×104. Numerical investigation was performed for wide range of Reynolds numbers (Re=270%106. The final purpose of this paper is experimental and numerical determination of velocity field, separation point, pressure and drag coefficient, the length of reverse flow region in the wake and RANS turbulent model which gives the best results for engineering practice.