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  1. In situ containment and stabilization of buried waste

    Allan, M.L.; Kukacka, L.E.; Heiser, J.H.

    1992-11-01

    The objective of the project was to develop, demonstrate and implement advanced grouting materials for the in-situ installation of impermeable, durable subsurface barriers and caps around waste sites and for the in-situ stabilization of contaminated soils. Specifically, the work was aimed at remediation of the Chemical Waste (CWL) and Mixed Waste Landfills (MWL) at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) as part of the Mixed Waste Landfill Integrated Demonstration (MWLID). This report documents this project, which was conducted in two subtasks. These were (1) Capping and Barrier Grouts, and (2) In-situ Stabilization of Contaminated Soils. Subtask 1 examined materials and placement methods for in-situ containment of contaminated sites by subsurface barriers and surface caps. In Subtask 2 materials and techniques were evaluated for in-situ chemical stabilization of chromium in soil.

  2. Implementation of an ex situ stabilization technique at the Sand Springs superfund site to solidify and stabilize acid tar sludges involving a quick-lime based stabilization process and innovative equipment design

    McManus, R.W. [SOUND Environmental Services, Inc., Dallas, TX (United States); Grajczak, P. [ARCO, Los Angeles, CA (United States); Wilcoxson, J.C. [ARCO, Plano, TX (United States); Webster, S.D. [Environmental Protection Agency, Dallas, TX (United States)

    1997-12-31

    An old refinery site was safely remediated a year before schedule and for 25% less than final engineering estimates for the stabilization remedy thanks to energetic project management and innovative design involving ex situ stabilization/solidification of acid tar sludges. A quicklime based process, Dispersion by Chemical Reaction (DCR{trademark}), was employed to solidify and stabilize (SS) over 103,000 cubic meters (135,000 cubic yards) of petroleum waste, mostly acidic tarry sludge. The SS process was selected over competing methods because it afforded minimal volume increase, could readily achieve Record of Decision (ROD) specified physical and chemical treatment goals, could be implemented with treatment equipment that minimized emissions, and could be performed with low reagent usage and at low cost. To ensure treatment goals were achieved and an accelerated schedule met, a custom designed and fabricated transportable treatment unit (TTU) was employed to implement the process. The treated material was visually soil-like in character, it was left in stockpiles for periods of time, and it was placed and compacted in the on site landfill using standard earth-moving equipment.

  3. Cross-check of ex-situ and in-situ metrology of a bendable temperature stabilized KB mirror

    Yuan, Sheng Sam

    2010-01-01

    At the Advanced Light Source (ALS), we are developing broadly applicable, high-accuracy, in-situ, at-wavelength wavefront slope measurement techniques for Kirkpatrick-Baez (KB) mirror nano-focusing. In this paper, we report an initial cross-check of ex-situ and in-situ metrology of a bendable temperature stabilized KB mirror. This cross-check provides a validation of the in-situ shearing interferometry currently under development at the ALS.

  4. In situ solution mining technique

    A method of in situ solution mining is disclosed in which a primary leaching process employing an array of 5-spot leaching patterns of production and injection wells is converted to a different pattern by converting to injection wells all the production wells in alternate rows

  5. Validation of an in situ solidification/stabilization technique for hazardous barium and cyanide waste for safe disposal into a secured landfill.

    Vaidya, Rucha; Kodam, Kisan; Ghole, Vikram; Surya Mohan Rao, K

    2010-09-01

    The aim of the present study was to devise and validate an appropriate treatment process for disposal of hazardous barium and cyanide waste into a landfill at a Common Hazardous Waste Treatment Storage Disposal Facility (CHWTSDF). The waste was generated during the process of hardening of steel components and contains cyanide (reactive) and barium (toxic) as major contaminants. In the present study chemical fixation of the contaminants was carried out. The cyanide was treated by alkali chlorination with calcium hypochlorite and barium by precipitation with sodium sulfate as barium sulfate. The pretreated mixture was then solidified and stabilized by binding with a combination of slag cement, ordinary Portland cement and fly ash, molded into blocks (5 x 5 x 5 cm) and cured for a period of 3, 7 and 28 days. The final experiments were conducted with 18 recipe mixtures of waste + additive:binder (W:B) ratios. The W:B ratios were taken as 80:20, 70:30 and 50:50. The optimum proportions of additives and binders were finalized on the basis of the criteria of unconfined compressive strength and leachability. The leachability studies were conducted using the Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure. The blocks were analyzed for various physical and leachable chemical parameters at the end of each curing period. Based on the results of the analysis, two recipe mixtures, with compositions - 50% of [waste + (120 g Ca(OCl)(2) + 290 g Na(2)SO(4)) kg(-1) of waste] + 50% of binders, were validated for in situ stabilization into a secured landfill of CHWTSDF. PMID:20430516

  6. Laboratory-performance criteria for in situ waste-stabilization materials

    The Department of Energy (DOE) Landfill Stabilization Focus Area is investigating a variety of in situ placement methods, grout materials, and characterization techniques for the stabilization of buried low-level transuranic-contaminated waste at Department of Energy sites. In situ stabilization involves underground injection or placement of substances to isolate, treat, or contain buried contaminants. Performance criteria were developed to evaluate various candidate stabilization materials for both long-term stabilization and interim stabilization or retrieval. The criteria are go/no-go, ready, and preliminary. The criterion go/no-go eliminates technologies that are not applicable for in situ treatment of buried waste. The criterion ready indicates that the technology is sufficiently developed and proven to be field demonstrated full-scale. The criterion preliminary indicates the prospective technologies to be potentially applicable to in situ buried waste stabilization, but further development is needed before the technology is ready for field-scale demonstration

  7. In situ vitrification: application analysis for stabilization of transuranic waste

    The in situ vitrification process builds upon the electric melter technology previously developed for high-level waste immobilization. In situ vitrification converts buried wastes and contaminated soil to an extremely durable glass and crystalline waste form by melting the materials, in place, using joule heating. Once the waste materials have been solidified, the high integrity waste form should not cause future ground subsidence. Environmental transport of the waste due to water or wind erosion, and plant or animal intrusion, is minimized. Environmental studies are currently being conducted to determine whether additional stabilization is required for certain in-ground transuranic waste sites. An applications analysis has been performed to identify several in situ vitrification process limitations which may exist at transuranic waste sites. Based on the process limit analysis, in situ vitrification is well suited for solidification of most in-ground transuranic wastes. The process is best suited for liquid disposal sites. A site-specific performance analysis, based on safety, health, environmental, and economic assessments, will be required to determine for which sites in situ vitrification is an acceptable disposal technique. Process economics of in situ vitrification compare favorably with other in-situ solidification processes and are an order of magnitude less than the costs for exhumation and disposal in a repository. Leachability of the vitrified product compares closely with that of Pyrex glass and is significantly better than granite, marble, or bottle glass. Total release to the environment from a vitrified waste site is estimated to be less than 10-5 parts per year. 32 figures, 30 tables

  8. In situ containment and stabilization of buried waste. Annual report FY 1992

    Allan, M.L.; Kukacka, L.E.; Heiser, J.H.

    1992-11-01

    The objective of the project was to develop, demonstrate and implement advanced grouting materials for the in-situ installation of impermeable, durable subsurface barriers and caps around waste sites and for the in-situ stabilization of contaminated soils. Specifically, the work was aimed at remediation of the Chemical Waste (CWL) and Mixed Waste Landfills (MWL) at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) as part of the Mixed Waste Landfill Integrated Demonstration (MWLID). This report documents this project, which was conducted in two subtasks. These were (1) Capping and Barrier Grouts, and (2) In-situ Stabilization of Contaminated Soils. Subtask 1 examined materials and placement methods for in-situ containment of contaminated sites by subsurface barriers and surface caps. In Subtask 2 materials and techniques were evaluated for in-situ chemical stabilization of chromium in soil.

  9. Remediation of SRS Basins by In Situ Stabilization/Solidification

    In the late summer of 1998, the Savannah River Site began remediation of two radiologically contaminated basins using in situ stabilization. These two high-risk, unlined basins contain radiological contaminants, which potentially pose significant risks to human health and the environment. The selected remedy involves in situ stabilization/solidification of the contaminated wastes (basin and pipeline soils, pipelines, vegetation, and other debris) followed by installation of a low permeability soil cover

  10. Optical metrology techniques for dimensional stability measurements

    Ellis, Jonathan David

    2010-01-01

    This thesis work is optical metrology techniques to determine material stability. In addition to displacement interferometry, topics such as periodic nonlinearity, Fabry-Perot interferometry, refractometry, and laser stabilization are covered.

  11. Latex-modified grouts for in-situ stabilization of buried transuranic/mixed waste

    The Department of Applied Science at Brookhaven national Laboratory was requested to investigate latex-modified grouts for in-situ stabilization of buried TRU/mixed waste for INEL. The waste exists in shallow trenches that were backfilled with soil. The objective was to formulate latex-modified grouts for use with the jet grouting technique to enable in-situ stabilization of buried waste. The stabilized waste was either to be left in place or retrieved for further processing. Grouting prior to retrieval reduces the potential release of contaminants. Rheological properties of latex-modified grouts were investigated and compared with those of conventional neat cement grouts used for jet grouting

  12. IN SITU URANIUM STABILIZATION BY MICROBIAL METABOLITES

    Turick, C; Anna Knox, A; Chad L Leverette,C; Yianne Kritzas, Y

    2006-11-29

    Soil contaminated with U was the focus of this study in order to develop in-situ, U bio-immobilization technology. We have demonstrated microbial production of a metal chelating biopolymer, pyomelanin, in U contaminated soil from the Tims Branch area of the Department of Energy (DOE) Savannah River Site (SRS) as a result of tyrosine amendments. Bacterial densities of pyomelanin producers were >106 cells/g wet soil. Pyomelanin demonstrated U chelating and mineral binding capacities at pH 4 and 7. In laboratory studies, in the presence of goethite or illite, pyomelanin enhanced U sequestration by these minerals. Tyrosine amended soils in field tests demonstrated increased U sequestration capacity following pyomelanin production up to 13 months after tyrosine treatments.

  13. Review of subsidence and stabilization techniques

    In Britain the damage caused by underground coal mining operations approximates to about 100 million pounds Sterling per annum, most of the damage resulting from longwall mining operations. Causes of subsidence can be attributed to the following factors: (1) roof failure (2) pillar failure (3) floor movements. Currently, in Britain, the mining industry is undergoing a state of decline for economic reasons. Consequently, the number of old coal sites available for development schemes has increased. Therefore, the problems associated with subsidence can be segregated into two parts. The first being the mitigation of the effects of subsidence on structures on actively mined areas. The second being the stabilization and rehabilitation of ground over and around old mine sites for new development schemes. In the former case the stabilization techniques employed may be local or global, depending on the problems encountered in any particular area. In the latter case, generally, grouting techniques are employed. This paper aims to review the causes of subsidence and the techniques used to minimize its effect on structures. Also, more economic alternative methods of ground stabilization techniques are described and proposed, to be used in this area of ground engineering

  14. In-situ stabilization of mixed waste contaminated soil

    A full-scale field demonstration was conducted to evaluate in for stabilizing an inactive RCRA land treatment site at a DOE facility in Ohio. Subsurface silt and clay deposits were contaminated principally with up to 500 mg/kg of trichloroethylene and other halocarbons, but also trace to low levels of Pb, Cr, 235U, and 99Tc. In situ solidification was studied in three, 3.1 m diameter by 4.6 m deep columns. During mixing, a cement-based grout was injected and any missions from the mixed region were captured in a shroud and treated by filtration and carbon adsorption. During in situ processing, operation and performance parameters were measured, and soil cores were obtained from a solidified column 15 months later. Despite previous site-specific treatability experience, there were difficulties in selecting a grout with the requisite treatment agents amenable to subsurface injection and at a volume adequate for distribution throughout the mixed region while minimizing volume expansion. observations during the demonstration revealed that in situ solidification was rapidly accomplished (e.g., >90 m3/d) with limited emissions of volatile organics (i.e., -6 cm/s vs. 10-8 cm/s). Leaching tests performed on the treated samples revealed non-detectable to acceptably low concentrations of all target contaminants

  15. Temperature-dependent properties of silver-poly(methylmethacrylate) nanocomposites synthesized by in-situ technique

    Singho, Noorsaiyyidah Darman; Johan, Mohd Rafie; Lah, Nurul Akmal Che

    2014-01-01

    Ag/PMMA nanocomposites were successfully synthesized by in-situ technique. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images show that the particles are spherical in shape and their sizes are dependent on temperature. The smallest particle achieved high stability as indicated from Zeta sizer analysis. The red shift of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) indicated the increases of particle sizes. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns exhibit a two-phase (crystalline and amorphous) structure of Ag/PMMA nano...

  16. In-situ containment and stabilization of buried waste

    In FY 1993 research continued on development and testing of grout materials for in-situ containment and stabilization of buried waste. Specifically, the work was aimed at remediation of the Chemical Waste Landfill (CWL) at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) in Albuquerque, New Mexico as part of the Mixed Waste Landfill Integrated Demonstration (MWLID). The work on grouting materials was initiated in FY 1992 and the accomplishments for that year are documented in the previous annual report (Allan, Kukacka and Heiser, 1992). The remediation plan involves stabilization of the chromium plume, placement of impermeable vertical and horizontal barriers to isolate the landfill and installation of a surface cap. The required depth of subsurface barriers is approximately 33 m (100 ft). The work concentrated on optimization of grout formulations for use as grout and soil cement barriers and caps. The durability of such materials was investigated, in addition to shrinkage cracking resistance, compressive and flexural strength and permeability. The potential for using fibers in grouts to control cracking was studied. Small scale field trials were conducted to test the practicality of using the identified formulations and to measure the long term performance. Large scale trials were conducted at Sandia as part of the Subsurface Barrier Emplacement Technology Program. Since it was already determined in FY 1992 that cementitious grouts could effectively stabilize the chromium plume at the CWL after pre-treatment is performed, the majority of the work was devoted to the containment aspect

  17. Transient Stability Assessment using Decision Trees and Fuzzy Logic Techniques

    A. Y. Abdelaziz; M. A. El-Dessouki

    2013-01-01

    Many techniques are used for Transient Stability assessment (TSA) of synchronous generators encompassing traditional time domain state numerical integration, Lyapunov based methods, probabilistic approaches and Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques like pattern recognition and artificial neural networks.This paper examines another two proposed artificial intelligence techniques to tackle the transient stability problem. The first technique is based on the Inductive Inference Reasoning (IIR)...

  18. In situ active experiment techniques to study the ionosphere

    In situ active experiment techniques can be used to study the natural ionosphere, to simulate natural or artificial ionospheric disturbances, and to provide a test bed for radiowave propagation studies. The opportunity for remote optical diagnostics and a relatively short ionization time in full sunlight make barium the most popular ion-producing in situ experiment material. Active observation experiments for tracing plasma irregularities are discussed, taking into account the Periquito Dos experiment and the Chemically Active Material Ejected from Orbit (CAMEO) experiment. The Periquito Dos experiment utilized barium ions to trace out the 'throat' convection pattern in the low-altitude dayside magnetospheric cusp region. The CAMEO experiment involved thermite barium releases from a satellite at 965-km altitude over the polar cap. The simulation of ionospheric disturbances is also considered along with a topside auroral ionosphere modification experiment

  19. Application of in situ stress estimation methods in wellbore stability analysis under isotropic and anisotropic conditions

    Gholami, Raoof; Rasouli, Vamegh; Aadnoy, Bernt; Mohammadi, Ramin

    2015-08-01

    Estimation of in situ stresses is a key step in many petroleum engineering applications, ranging from wellbore stability to sanding analysis and hydraulic fracturing design. Direct techniques conventionally used to determine in situ stresses are indeed very time consuming and expensive. These measurements would also be restricted as to the depth of acquisition, and generalization of the results to entire rock masses may not yield representative results. In this paper, applications of three indirect methods-Zoback’s polygon, shear moduli, and poroelastic-are studied to assess their applicability in providing reliable stress estimation under isotropic and anisotropic conditions. Determination of elastic, strength, and in situ stress parameters according to the assumption of each method for one of the vertical wells drilled in south Iran indicated that the shear moduli method is an appropriate approach for prediction of maximum horizontal stress within an interval where sufficient field data including leak-off tests are acquired. However, the poroelastic method seems to be a better method in prediction of in situ stresses under anisotropic conditions. This might be due to the presence of excessive shale formations in subsurface layers, causing structural or intrinsic anisotropy-based methods such as poroelastic equations to deliver more accurate results. However, making general conclusions based on studying a single vertical wellbore may not be sufficient, and therefore further studies are required.

  20. Insights into hydrophobic molecule release from polyelectrolyte multilayer films using in situ and ex situ techniques.

    Shin, Yongjin; Cheung, Weng Hou; Ho, Tracey T M; Bremmell, Kristen E; Beattie, David A

    2014-10-28

    We report on the loading and release of curcumin (a hydrophobic polyphenol with anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties) from polyelectrolyte multilayers composed of poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDADMAC) and poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate) (PSS). We have used the in situ techniques of attenuated total reflectance (ATR) FTIR spectroscopy and quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D) to study the formation of the PEM and the incorporation of curcumin, providing direct evidence of the incorporation, in terms of molecular vibrations and gravimetric detection. The release of curcumin was followed using ex situ measurements of UV-visible spectroscopy of PEM films on quartz plates, in addition to in situ ATR FTIR measurements. Release was studied as a function of salt concentration of the release solution (0.001 M NaCl; 1 M NaCl). UV-visible spectroscopy indicated that salt concentration of the release solution had a major impact on release rates, with higher salt giving faster/more extensive release. However, prolonged timescale immersion and monitoring with UV-visible spectroscopy indicated that sample dehydration/rehydration cycling (required to measure UV absorbance) was responsible for the release of curcumin, rather than immersion time. In situ measurements of release kinetics with ATR FTIR confirmed that release does not occur spontaneously while the multilayer remains hydrated. PMID:25226281

  1. Review of in situ derivatization techniques for enhanced bioanalysis using liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry.

    Baghdady, Yehia Z; Schug, Kevin A

    2016-01-01

    Accurate and specific analysis of target molecules in complex biological matrices remains a significant challenge, especially when ultra-trace detection limits are required. Liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry is often the method of choice for bioanalysis. Conventional sample preparation and clean-up methods prior to the analysis of biological fluids such as liquid-liquid extraction, solid-phase extraction, or protein precipitation are time-consuming, tedious, and can negatively affect target recovery and detection sensitivity. An alternative or complementary strategy is the use of an off-line or on-line in situ derivatization technique. In situ derivatization can be incorporated to directly derivatize target analytes in their native biological matrices, without any prior sample clean-up methods, to substitute or even enhance the extraction and preconcentration efficiency of these traditional sample preparation methods. Designed appropriately, it can reduce the number of sample preparation steps necessary prior to analysis. Moreover, in situ derivatization can be used to enhance the performance of the developed liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry-based bioanalysis methods regarding stability, chromatographic separation, selectivity, and ionization efficiency. This review presents an overview of the commonly used in situ derivatization techniques coupled to liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry-based bioanalysis to guide and to stimulate future research. PMID:26496130

  2. [Unilateral triangular lumbopelvic stabilization: indications and techniques].

    Hoffmann, M F; Dudda, M; Schildhauer, T A

    2013-11-01

    Operative fixation has become treatment of choice for unstable sacral fractures. Osteosynthesis for these fractures results in loss of reduction in up to 15%. Vertical sacral fractures involving the S1 facet joint (Isler 2 and 3) may lead to multidirectional instability. Multidirectional instability of the posterior pelvic ring and lumbopelvic junction may be stabilized and forces balanced by a so-called lumbopelvic triangular fixation. Lumbopelvic triangular fixation combines vertical fixation between the lumbar vertebral pedicle and the ilium, with horizontal fixation, as an iliosacral screw or a transiliacal plate osteosynthesis. The iliac screw is directed from the posterior superior iliac spine (PSIS) to the anterior inferior iliac spine (AIIS). Thereby, lumbopelvic fixation decreases the load to the sacrum and SI joint and transfers axial loads from the lumbar spine directly onto the ilium. Triangular lumbopelvic fixation allows early full weight bearing and therefore reduces prolonged immobilization. The placement of iliac screws may be a complex surgical procedure. Thus, the technique requires thorough surgical preparation and operative logistics. Wound-related complications may occur. Preexisting Morell-Lavalée lesions increase the risk for infection. Prominent implants cause local irritation and pain. Hardware prominence and pain are markedly reduced with screw head recession into the PSIS. PMID:24233083

  3. Dispersion stabilization of silver nanoparticles in synthetic lung fluid studied under in situ conditions

    MacCuspie, R.I.; Allen, A.J.; Hackley, V.A. (NIST)

    2014-09-24

    The dispersion stabilization of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) in synthetic lung fluid was studied to interrogate the effects on colloidal stability due to the principal constituents of the fluid. The colloidal stability of 20 nm citrate-AgNPs dispersed in the presence of each constituent of the synthetic lung fluid (individually, the complete fluid, and without additives) was observed during titration of increasing sodium chloride concentration. A variety of complementary in situ measurement techniques were utilized, including dynamic light scattering, ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and small-angle X-ray scattering, which provided a collective set of information that enabled far better understanding of the dispersion behavior in the fluid than any one technique alone. It was observed that AgNPs continued to adsorb bovine serum albumin (BSA) protein from the synthetic lung fluid solution as the sodium chloride concentration increased, until a maximum BSA coating was achieved prior to reaching the physiological sodium chloride concentration of 154 mmol L{sup -1}. BSA was determined to be the constituent of the synthetic lung fluid that is required to provide colloidal stability at high salt loadings, though the phospholipid constituent exerts a subtle effect. Additionally, as AgNPs are a distinctly different class of nanoparticles apart from the carbon nanotubes and titanium dioxide nanoparticles initially reported to be dispersible using this fluid, this work also demonstrates the broad applicability of synthetic lung fluid in providing stable dispersions for engineered nanoparticles for use in biological assays.

  4. Depth enhancement techniques for the in situ vitrification process

    In-situ vitrification (ISV) is a process by which electrical energy is supplied to a soil/waste matrix. The resulting Joule heat raises the temperature of the soil/waste matrix, producing a pool of molten soil. Since its inception, there have been many successful applications of the technology to both staged and actual waste sites. However, there has been some difficulty in extending the attainable treatment melt depth to levels greater than 5 m. Results obtained from application of two novel approaches for extending the ultimate treatment depth attainable with in-situ vitrification (ISV) are presented. In the first, the electrode design is modified to concentrate the Joule heat energy delivered to the soil/waste matrix in the lower region of the target melt zone. This electrode design has been dubbed the hot-tip electrode. Results obtained from both computational and experimental investigations of this design concept indicate that some benefit toward ISV depth enhancement was realized with these hot-tip electrodes. A second, alternative approach to extending process depth with ISV involves initiating the melt at depth and propagating it in either vertical direction (e.g., downward, upward, or both) to treat the target waste zone. A series of engineering-scale experiments have been conducted to assess the benefits of this approach. The results from these tests indicate that ISV may be effectively initiated and sustained using this subsurface start-up technique. A survey of these experiments and the associated results are presented herein, together with brief discussion of some considerations regarding setup and implementation of this subsurface start-up technique

  5. Well completion for in situ heating oil recovery technique

    Chacon, O. [PDVSA Petroleos de Venezuela SA, Caracas (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of). INTEVEP

    2009-07-01

    This paper discussed thermal well completion technologies for use in Venezuela's heavy and extra-heavy oil reservoirs. A review and comparison of thermal well completions was conducted and a specialized software program was used to select appropriate well completion technologies for an oilfield in Venezuela's Orinoco oil belt. The study focused on in situ combustion (ISC) methods that inject air into the reservoir while igniting the oil to generate a combustion front. The method was shown to increase oil mobility and facilitate its displacement towards production wells. Cemented and perforated liners were evaluated in this study along with methods for preparing injection wells. Methods of controlling sand production during ISC were also discussed and steam flooded and ISC well completion techniques were compared. The thermal loads for well completions undergoing ISC processes were analyzed. A tubing stress analysis was also presented. It was concluded that the simulations validated the proposed ISC well completion strategy. 6 refs., 4 tabs., 4 figs.

  6. Transient Stability Assessment using Decision Trees and Fuzzy Logic Techniques

    A. Y. Abdelaziz

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Many techniques are used for Transient Stability assessment (TSA of synchronous generators encompassing traditional time domain state numerical integration, Lyapunov based methods, probabilistic approaches and Artificial Intelligence (AI techniques like pattern recognition and artificial neural networks.This paper examines another two proposed artificial intelligence techniques to tackle the transient stability problem. The first technique is based on the Inductive Inference Reasoning (IIR approach which belongs to a particular family of machine learning from examples. The second presents a simple fuzzy logic classifier system for TSA. Not only steady state but transient attributes are used for transient stability estimation so as to reflect machine dynamics and network changes due to faults.The two techniques are tested on a standard test power system. The performance evaluation demonstrated satisfactory results in early detection of machine instability. The advantage of the two techniques is that they are straightforward and simple for on-line implementation.

  7. COMPARISON OF DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES FOR DESIGN OF POWER SYSTEM STABILIZER

    M. Ravindra Babu,; A. Ramulu; B. Durga Prasad,; Doradla. Prathap Hari Krishna,

    2011-01-01

    The major problem in power system operation is related to small signal instability caused by insufficient damping in the system. The most effective way of countering this instability is to use auxiliary controllers called power system stabilizers, to produce additional damping during low frequency oscillations in the system. Heffron-Phillip’s Model of a synchronous machine is commonly used in small signal stability analysis. Different techniques for designing of power system stabilizer is pro...

  8. In-situ anatase phase stabilization of titania photocatalyst by sintering in presence of Zr{sup 4+} organic salts

    Strini, Alberto, E-mail: alberto.strini@itc.cnr.it [Istituto per le Tecnologie della Costruzione (ITC-CNR), via Lombardia, 49, I-20098 San Giuliano Milanese (MI) (Italy); Sanson, Alessandra; Mercadelli, Elisa [Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali Ceramici (ISTEC-CNR), via Granarolo, 64, I-48018 Faenza (RA) (Italy); Bendoni, Riccardo [Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali Ceramici (ISTEC-CNR), via Granarolo, 64, I-48018 Faenza (RA) (Italy); Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Chimiche e Centro NAST - Università di Roma Tor Vergata, via della Ricerca Scientifica, I-00133 Roma (Italy); Marelli, Marcello; Dal Santo, Vladimiro [CNR–Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie Molecolari, via Golgi, 19, I-20133 Milano (Italy); Schiavi, Luca [Istituto per le Tecnologie della Costruzione (ITC-CNR), via Lombardia, 49, I-20098 San Giuliano Milanese (MI) (Italy)

    2015-08-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Existing commercial (P25) anatase was stabilized in-situ with Zr(IV) doping. • Highly active catalytic layers were obtained by screen-printing. • Increased thermal stability was demonstrated up to 200 °C without activity loss. • Enhanced activity was obtained because of the Zr(IV) doping. • Zirconium diffusion was assessed by STEM-EDS analysis. - Abstract: The direct in-situ stabilization of an anatase-based nanocrystalline photocatalyst (Degussa P25) was obtained by sintering the catalyst powder in presence of Zr{sup 4+} organic salts. This approach allows the doping of an already-formed nanocrystalline photocatalyst instead of introducing the dopant in the crystal lattice during the catalyst synthesis. The procedure was demonstrated by the production of thick ceramic layers using the screen printing technique. This new method allows to easily stabilize the anatase phase 200 °C higher than the undoped P25 maintaining the same photocatalytic activity. The process was studied using specifically formulated screen-printing inks added with Zr{sup 4+} organic salt at 1% and 2% Zr/Ti molar ratio. The anatase phase stability was investigated in the 500–900 °C temperature range analysing the resulting catalysts with XRD, TEM and (S)TEM-EDS. The catalytic activity of the screen-printed layers was assessed by measuring the degradation of toluene in air at ambient concentration (500 nmol m{sup −3}) and low UV-A irradiance (180 μW cm{sup −2}). The described in-situ stabilization method could be potentially applied to any deposition process involving already formed anatase photocatalyst, allowing higher sintering temperature and then an improved mechanical stability of the active layers without photocatalytic activity degradation.

  9. Power system stabilizers based on modern control techniques

    Malik, O.P.; Chen, G.P.; Zhang, Y.; El-Metwally, K. [Calgary Univ., AB (Canada). Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    1994-12-31

    Developments in digital technology have made it feasible to develop and implement improved controllers based on sophisticated control techniques. Power system stabilizers based on adaptive control, fuzzy logic and artificial networks are being developed. Each of these control techniques possesses unique features and strengths. In this paper, the relative performance of power systems stabilizers based on adaptive control, fuzzy logic and neural network, both in simulation studies and real time tests on a physical model of a power system, is presented and compared to that of a fixed parameter conventional power system stabilizer. (author) 16 refs., 45 figs., 3 tabs.

  10. In-situ stabilization of the Geiger (C and M Oil) Superfund Site

    The Geiger (C and M Oil) Superfund Site is the first US Army Corps of Engineers managed soil remediation project which utilized the in-situ stabilization/solidification technique to remediate the soil. This project involved the remediation of approximately 23,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil. Contaminants of concern included chromium, lead, PCB'S, toluene, benzene, and other organic compounds. Clean-up criteria for the stabilized material was equal to the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations, when tested using the TCLP leachate extraction method. Chromium, lead, and toluene were the main contaminants of concern, with TCLP clean-up goals of 150, 15 and 1,000 parts per billion (ppb), respectively. This National Priorities List (NPL) site is located near Charleston, SC and was an abandoned old waste oil facility that utilized unlined shallow trenches for the storage of waste oil. This paper summarizes the initial testing programs and the final production work at the site. Extensive testing was performed throughout all phases of the project. This testing was performed for the purpose of mix optimization, quality assurance, and verification testing. Specific parameters tested included: TCLP testing of organics, metals and PCBs, permeability testing, and unconfirmed compression strength

  11. Polycaprolactone-based in situ implant containing curcumin-PLGA nanoparticles prepared using the multivariate technique.

    Kasinathan, Narayanan; Amirthalingam, Muthukumar; Reddy, Neetinkumar D; Vanthi, Meenashi B; Volety, Subrahmanyam M; Rao, Josyula Venkata

    2016-09-01

    Studies on the effect of curcumin/PLGA ratio (CPR), stabilizer (PVA) concentration, homogenization speed, homogenization time, and sonication time on mean particle size (MPS) and percentage drug encapsulation (PDE) were performed using the multivariate technique. MPS and PDE were found to be more dependent on the interaction of sonication time with the other variables. Curcumin was released in a sustained manner from curcumin-PLGA nanoparticles (CPN). CPN improved the survival rate of Ehrlich ascites carcinoma (EAC)-bearing mice and controlled the EAC-induced change in hematological parameters. Histopathology of vital organs showed that the formulation was safe. Polycaprolactone was used in preparing an in situ implant containing CPN. PMID:26121330

  12. In-Situ Behavior of Geosynthetically Stabilized Flexible Pavement

    Appea, Alexander Kwasi

    1997-01-01

    The purpose of a geotextile separator beneath a granular base, or subbase in a flexible pavement system is to prevent the road aggregate and the underlying subgrade from intermixing. It has been hypothesized that in the absence of a geotextile, intermixing between base course aggregate and soft subgrade occurs. Nine heavily instrumented flexible pavement test sections were built in Bedford County Virginia to investigate the benefits of geosynthetic stabilization in flexible pavements. ...

  13. Technique for plasma filament stabilization in a tokamak

    The invention is related to the field of automatic control of thermonuclear device processes and can be used in control systems of plasma filament stabilization by large radius in tokamak type thermolnuclear devices. The economic effect of the suggested technique is caused by improvement of stabilization of optimum (from the viewpoint of the decrease of plasma energy losses) plasma filament position in the tokamak-reactor which results in the decrease of power of additional plasma heating systems

  14. Dynamic intraligamentary stabilization: novel technique for preserving the ruptured ACL

    Eggli, S; Kohlhof, H.; Zumstein, M.; Henle, P; Hartel, M; Evangelopoulos, D. S.; Bonel, H; Kohl, S.

    2015-01-01

    PURPOSE Replacement of the torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) with a transplant is today`s gold standard. A new technique for preserving and healing the torn ACL is presented. HYPOTHESIS a dynamic intraligamentary stabilization (DIS) that provides continuous postinjury stability of the knee and ACL in combination with biological improvement of the healing environment [leucocyte- and platelet-rich fibrin (L-PRF) and microfracturing] should enable biomechanically stable ACL self-...

  15. Dynamic intraligamentary stabilization: novel technique for preserving the ruptured ACL

    Eggli, S; Kohlhof, H.; Zumstein, M.; Henle, P; Hartel, M; Evangelopoulos, D. S.; Bonel, H; Kohl, S.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose Replacement of the torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) with a transplant is today`s gold standard. A new technique for preserving and healing the torn ACL is presented. Hypothesis: a dynamic intraligamentary stabilization (DIS) that provides continuous postinjury stability of the knee and ACL in combination with biological improvement of the healing environment [leucocyte- and platelet-rich fibrin (L-PRF) and microfracturing] should enable biomechanically stable ACL self-healing. Me...

  16. Investigating In Situ Properties of Recycled Asphalt Pavement with Foamed Asphalt as Base Stabilizer

    Antonis Kaltsounis; Vasilis Papavasiliou; Andreas Loizos; Christina Plati

    2010-01-01

    The objective of the present study was to conduct a comprehensive field experiment for the in situ assessment of in-depth recycled asphalt pavement using foamed asphalt as a stabilization treatment for base works. For this purpose Nondestructive Testing (NDT) data collected using the Falling Weight Deflectometer (FWD) and Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) along a foamed asphalt recycled pavement section was thoroughly analysed. Critical issues including the stabilized material curing and the con...

  17. Hp-β-CD-voriconazole in situ gelling system for ocular drug delivery: in vitro, stability, and antifungal activities assessment.

    Pawar, Pravin; Kashyap, Heena; Malhotra, Sakshi; Sindhu, Rakesh

    2013-01-01

    The objective of the present study was to design ophthalmic delivery systems based on polymeric carriers that undergo sol-to-gel transition upon change in temperature or in the presence of cations so as to prolong the effect of HP- β -CD Voriconazole (VCZ) in situ gelling formulations. The in situ gelling formulations of Voriconazole were prepared by using pluronic F-127 (PF-127) or with combination of pluronic F-68 (PF-68) and sodium alginate by cold method technique. The prepared formulations were evaluated for their physical appearance, drug content, gelation temperature (T gel), in vitro permeation studies, rheological properties, mucoadhesion studies, antifungal studies, and stability studies. All batches of in situ formulations had satisfactory pH ranging from 6.8 to 7.4, drug content between 95% and 100%, showing uniform distribution of drug. As the concentration of each polymeric component was increased, that is, PF-68 and sodium alginate, there was a decrease in T gel with increase in viscosity and mucoadhesive strength. The in vitro drug release decreased with increase in polymeric concentrations. The stability data concluded that all formulations showed the low degradation and maximum shelf life of 2 years. The antifungal efficiency of the selected formulation against Candida albicans and Asperigillus fumigatus confirmed that designed formulation has prolonged effect and retained its properties against fungal infection. PMID:23762839

  18. Improved physical stability and injectability of non-aqueous in situ PLGA microparticle forming emulsions.

    Voigt, M; Koerber, M; Bodmeier, R

    2012-09-15

    The goal of this study was to obtain physically stable non-aqueous in situ forming microparticle (ISM) emulsions capable of forming biodegradable microparticles upon injection. ISM emulsions consist of a biocompatible organic PLGA solution dispersed in a continuous oil phase prepared in a two-syringe/connector system prior to administration. A variety of parenteral approved excipients were tested for a stability-enhancing effect and possible stabilization mechanisms evaluated. Glycerol monostearate (GMS) showed superior stabilizing potential prolonging the emulsion stability from a few minutes to more than 12h. Flow behavior analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, polarized light- and Cryo-electron microscopy revealed, that the stabilization was caused by an immediate, more than 5-fold viscosity increase in the continuous phase after emulsification and by a stabilized interface through a liquid crystalline GMS layer around the polymer solution droplets. Despite the viscosity increase the injectability of the stabilized ISM emulsion was improved by about 30% compared to the corresponding highly viscous PLGA solution (in situ implant) due to a pronounced shear thinning of the GMS containing oil phase. The injectability improvement allows a faster administration or enables the use of thinner needles and hence reduced patient discomfort. PMID:22677417

  19. In situ molecular NMR picture of bioavailable calcium stabilized as amorphous CaCO₃ biomineral in crayfish gastroliths.

    Akiva-Tal, Anat; Kababya, Shifi; Balazs, Yael S; Glazer, Lilah; Berman, Amir; Sagi, Amir; Schmidt, Asher

    2011-09-01

    Bioavailable calcium is maintained by some crustaceans, in particular freshwater crayfish, by stabilizing amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) within reservoir organs--gastroliths, readily providing the Ca(2+) needed to build a new exoskeleton. Despite the key scientific and biomedical importance of the in situ molecular-level picture of biogenic ACC and its stabilization in a bioavailable form, its description has eluded efforts to date. Herein, using multinuclear NMR, we accomplish in situ molecular-level characterization of ACC within intact gastroliths of the crayfish Cherax quadricarinatus. In addition to the known CaCO(3), chitin scaffold and inorganic phosphate (Pi), we identify within the gastrolith two primary metabolites, citrate and phosphoenolpyruvate (PEP) and quantify their abundance by applying solution NMR techniques to the gastrolith "soluble matrix." The long-standing question on the physico-chemical state of ACC stabilizing, P-bearing moieties within the gastrolith is answered directly by the application of solid state rotational-echo double-resonance (REDOR) and transferred-echo double-resonance (TEDOR) NMR to the intact gastroliths: Pi and PEP are found molecularly dispersed throughout the ACC as a solid solution. Citrate carboxylates are found < 5 Å from a phosphate (intermolecular CP distance), an interaction that must be mediated by Ca(2+). The high abundance and extensive interactions of these molecules with the ACC matrix identify them as the central constituents stabilizing the bioavailable form of calcium. This study further emphasizes that it is imperative to characterize the intact biogenic CaCO(3). Solid state NMR spectroscopy is shown to be a robust and accessible means of determining composition, internal structure, and molecular functionality in situ. PMID:21873244

  20. Using optical flow techniques to electronically stabilize scene motion

    Sebok, Dale R.; Sebok, Thomas J.

    1993-10-01

    A major consideration in designing imaging systems that will be placed on moving platforms is the stability of the image. For example, the tracking or cuing of small objects requires a very steady image sequence. To provide the necessary stabilized platform typically requires the use of an inertial stabilized gimbaling system. Such gimbaling systems are both expensive and bulky. These factors are becoming increasingly important to the military community. The cost of a gimbal system can preclude its use on disposable ordinance systems and can be a significant portion of the cost of such systems. A low cost and low bulk alternative is needed. This paper describes a method for performing electronic stabilization using optical flow techniques. Electronic stabilization allows either the elimination of the inertial stabilized platform or the use of a low cost gimbal. The operating scenario available to electronic stabilization is examined and the resulting basic system requirements are derived. A model- based approach for deciding sensor motion is described. The utilization of the motion information for performing motion compensation is presented. Finally, preliminary results are given.

  1. In-situ containment and stabilization of buried waste: Annual report FY 1994

    The two landfills of specific interest are the Chemical Waste Landfill (CWL) and the Mixed Waste Landfill (MWL), both located at Sandia National Laboratory. The work is comprised of two subtasks: (1) In-Situ Barriers and (2) In-Situ Stabilization of Contaminated Soils. The main environmental concern at the CWL is a chromium plume resulting from disposal of chromic acid and chromic sulfuric acid into unlined pits. This program has investigated means of in-situ stabilization of chromium contaminated soils and placement of containment barriers around the CWL. The MWL contains a plume of tritiated water. In-situ immobilization of tritiated water with cementitious grouts was not considered to be a method with a high probability of success and was not pursued. This is discussed further in Section 5.0. Containment barriers for the tritium plume were investigated. FY 94 work focused on stabilization of chromium contaminated soil with blast furnace slag modified grouts to bypass the stage of pre-reduction of Cr(6), barriers for tritiated water containment at the MWL, continued study of barriers for the CWL, and jet grouting field trials for CWL barriers at an uncontaminated site at SNL. Cores from the FY 93 permeation grouting field trails were also tested in FY 94

  2. Ion exchange blinding-preventing technique of in-situ uranium leaching in Qianerkuai uranium deposit

    Qianerkuai uranium deposit contains high carbonates and rich clay. It is a low penetrability sandstone uranium ore which can be exploited by in-situ leaching technique. During the pilot production, the blinding phenomena occurred because of its low penetrability. According to the in-situ uranium leaching mechanism, the 001 x 7 cation exchange resin was selected to remove Ca2+ and Mg2+ from the injection liquid, which are the main cations to form the precipitation. The experiment results show that the removal effect of Ca2+ and Mg2+ is excellent. This technique can be applied in in-situ leaching of uranium. (authors)

  3. Application of in-situ XRF technique on some aeromagnetic anomalies point of Xitianshan

    In-situ X-ray fluorescence technique is a convenient, efficient and economic field survey technique. In the project the technique was applied to the determining concentrations of Fe, Cu, Zn, Pb, As, Mn, Ni, in rock outcrops and soil of the aeromagnetic anomalies areas and we analysed distributions of these elements for aeromagnetic anomalies evaluation to provide the basis. It comes to a conclusion that in-situ X-ray fluorescence technique provides a convenient and fast method for aeromagnetic anomalies confirmation. (authors)

  4. Single Molecule Techniques for Advanced in situ Hybridization

    Hollars, C W; Stubbs, L; Carlson, K; Lu, X; Wehri, E

    2003-02-03

    One of the most significant achievements of modern science is completion of the human genome sequence, completed in the year 2000. Despite this monumental accomplishment, researchers have only begun to understand the relationships between this three-billion-nucleotide genetic code and the regulation and control of gene and protein expression within each of the millions of different types of highly specialized cells. Several methodologies have been developed for the analysis of gene and protein expression in situ, yet despite these advancements, the pace of such analyses is extremely limited. Because information regarding the precise timing and location of gene expression is a crucial component in the discovery of new pharmacological agents for the treatment of disease, there is an enormous incentive to develop technologies that accelerate the analytical process. Here we report on the use of plasmon resonant particles as advanced probes for in situ hybridization. These probes are used for the detection of low levels of gene-probe response and demonstrate a detection method that enables precise, simultaneous localization within a cell of the points of expression of multiple genes or proteins in a single sample.

  5. Occipitocervical contoured rod stabilization: Does it still have a role amidst the modern stabilization techniques?

    Kalra Samir; Jain Vijendra; Jaiswal Awadesh; Behari Sanjay

    2007-01-01

    Background: The occipitocervical contoured rod (CR) stabilization for use in craniovertebral junction (CVJ) pathologies is an effective and economical technique of posterior fusion (PF). Aims: The various indications for CR in CVJ pathologies are discussed. Settings and Design: Retrospective analysis. Materials and Methods: Fifty-four patients (mean age: 31.02 ± 13.44 years; male: female ratio=5.75:1) who underwent CR stabilization are included. The majority had congenital atlan...

  6. Agar agar-stabilized milled zerovalent iron particles for in situ groundwater remediation.

    Velimirovic, Milica; Schmid, Doris; Wagner, Stephan; Micić, Vesna; von der Kammer, Frank; Hofmann, Thilo

    2016-09-01

    Submicron-scale milled zerovalent iron (milled ZVI) particles produced by grinding macroscopic raw materials could provide a cost-effective alternative to nanoscale zerovalent iron (nZVI) particles for in situ degradation of chlorinated aliphatic hydrocarbons in groundwater. However, the aggregation and settling of bare milled ZVI particles from suspension presents a significant obstacle to their in situ application for groundwater remediation. In our investigations we reduced the rapid aggregation and settling rate of bare milled ZVI particles from suspension by stabilization with a "green" agar agar polymer. The transport potential of stabilized milled ZVI particle suspensions in a diverse array of natural heterogeneous porous media was evaluated in a series of well-controlled laboratory column experiments. The impact of agar agar on trichloroethene (TCE) removal by milled ZVI particles was assessed in laboratory-scale batch reactors. The use of agar agar significantly enhanced the transport of milled ZVI particles in all of the investigated porous media. Reactivity tests showed that the agar agar-stabilized milled ZVI particles were reactive towards TCE, but that their reactivity was an order of magnitude less than that of bare, non-stabilized milled ZVI particles. Our results suggest that milled ZVI particles could be used as an alternative to nZVI particles as their potential for emplacement into contaminated zone, their reactivity, and expected longevity are beneficial for in situ groundwater remediation. PMID:26596889

  7. Implanter Source Life and Stability Improvement Using In-Situ Chemical Cleaning

    Current 300 mm fabs rely heavily on automation to provide manufacturing efficiency. While implant processes and equipment follow this trend, tool availability and maintenance cycles are often driven by the ion source and adjacent areas which suffer from premature failures due to unwanted material deposits. While working in a high volume production environment, side by side comparative data has been collected on two tools running similar processes, with one tool having integrated in-situ cleaning cycles and the other with no in-situ cleaning. This paper will discuss significant improvements achieved in beam stability, glitch rate, ion source lifetime and maintenance cycles which were achieved on the tool with integrated in-situ cleaning. A program was established at Texas Instruments' DMOS6 wafer fab in early 2007 to explore and document process and equipment performance. Other critical areas, such as particle and metals contamination will be discussed with inferences as to potential yield improvements.

  8. Heterodyne stabilization as a possible laser frequency stabilization technique for LISA

    Eichholz, Johannes

    The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna is a joint NASA/ESA mission aimed at the detection of gravitational wave radiation in the frequency range from 30 uHz to 0.1 Hz. LISA uses a modified Michelson interferometer setup consisting of three identical spacecraft, arranged in an equilateral triangular constellation. It measures the differential length changes of the 5 · 109 m long interferometer arms between free-floating proof masses housed within each spacecraft. Laser pre-stabilization is required in conjunction with Time-Delay Interferometry data post-processing to monitor the armlength changes with picometer precision. A modulation/demodulation technique to stabilize the frequency of the lasers to an optical reference cavity has been proposed for a long time, but it requires several additional optical components and would need to be built as a separate system. Using a different sensing tech-nique, heterodyne interferometry, we propose a modified stabilization scheme, which similarly transfers the stability of an optical reference cavity to the laser frequency. It only uses com-ponents that are already available in the LISA assembly and can easily be integrated into the optical bench design. A similar stabilization scheme is going to be used in LISA Pathfinder. We will discuss this technique in detail and present initial experimental results, as well as predicted performances on the LISA bench.

  9. In Situ Techniques for Monitoring Electrochromism: An Advanced Laboratory Experiment

    Saricayir, Hakan; Uce, Musa; Koca, Atif

    2010-01-01

    This experiment employs current technology to enhance and extend existing lab content. The basic principles of spectroscopic and electroanalytical techniques and their use in determining material properties are covered in some detail in many undergraduate chemistry programs. However, there are limited examples of laboratory experiments with in…

  10. In Situ Mechanical Testing Techniques for Real-Time Materials Deformation Characterization

    Rudolf, Chris; Boesl, Benjamin; Agarwal, Arvind

    2016-01-01

    In situ mechanical property testing has the ability to enhance quantitative characterization of materials by revealing the occurring deformation behavior in real time. This article will summarize select recent testing performed inside a scanning electron microscope on various materials including metals, ceramics, composites, coatings, and 3-Dimensional graphene foam. Tensile and indentation testing methods are outlined with case studies and preliminary data. The benefits of performing a novel double-torsion testing technique in situ are also proposed.

  11. Responsive Aqueous Foams Stabilized by Silica Nanoparticles Hydrophobized in Situ with a Conventional Surfactant.

    Zhu, Yue; Pei, Xiaomei; Jiang, Jianzhong; Cui, Zhenggang; Binks, Bernard P

    2015-12-01

    In the recent past, switchable surfactants and switchable/stimulus-responsive surface-active particles have been of great interest. Both can be transformed between surface-active and surface-inactive states via several triggers, making them recoverable and reusable afterward. However, the synthesis of these materials is complicated. In this paper we report a facile protocol to obtain responsive surface-active nanoparticles and their use in preparing responsive particle-stabilized foams. Hydrophilic silica nanoparticles are initially hydrophobized in situ with a trace amount of a conventional cationic surfactant in water, rendering them surface-active such that they stabilize aqueous foams. The latter can then be destabilized by adding equal moles of an anionic surfactant, and restabilized by adding another trace amount of the cationic surfactant followed by shaking. The stabilization-destabilization of the foams can be cycled many times at room temperature. The trigger is the stronger electrostatic interaction between the oppositely charged surfactants than that between the cationic surfactant and the negatively charged particles. The added anionic surfactant tends to form ion pairs with the cationic surfactant, leading to desorption of the latter from particle surfaces and dehydrophobization of the particles. Upon addition of another trace amount of cationic surfactant, the particles are rehydrophobized in situ and can then stabilize foams again. This principle makes it possible to obtain responsive surface-active particles using commercially available inorganic nanoparticles and conventional surfactants. PMID:26542227

  12. Thermal stability of in situ synthesized (TiB + La2O3)/Ti composite

    Highlights: → The material is in situ synthesized (TiB + La2O3)/Ti composite. → The TRIPLEX heat treatment is adopted. → The thermal stability of titanium matrix composites is investigated. → The decrease of thermal stability is attributed to the precipitation of Ti3Al and silicides. → The reinforcements can improve thermal stability of titanium matrix composites. - Abstract: Thermal stability of in situ synthesized (TiB + La2O3)/Ti composite is investigated. The phase analysis is identified by X-ray diffraction. Microstructure of the melted and forged titanium matrix composites (TMCs) after heat treatment is characterized by means of optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The room temperature tensile properties after an additional thermal exposure at 873 K, 923 K or 973 K for 100 h are tested. After the thermal exposure, the strength of specimen increases and ductility decreases. This is attributed to precipitation of ordered α2 phase (Ti3Al) and S1 (silicide) in the titanium matrix composites after the thermal exposure.

  13. Two-dimensional in situ metrology of X-ray mirrors using the speckle scanning technique

    Wang, Hongchang, E-mail: hongchang.wang@diamond.ac.uk; Kashyap, Yogesh; Laundy, David; Sawhney, Kawal [Diamond Light Source Ltd, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Didcot OX11 0DE (United Kingdom)

    2015-06-06

    The two-dimensional slope error of an X-ray mirror has been retrieved by employing the speckle scanning technique, which will be valuable at synchrotron radiation facilities and in astronomical telescopes. In situ metrology overcomes many of the limitations of existing metrology techniques and is capable of exceeding the performance of present-day optics. A novel technique for precisely characterizing an X-ray bimorph mirror and deducing its two-dimensional (2D) slope error map is presented. This technique has also been used to perform fast optimization of a bimorph mirror using the derived 2D piezo response functions. The measured focused beam size was significantly reduced after the optimization, and the slope error map was then verified by using geometrical optics to simulate the focused beam profile. This proposed technique is expected to be valuable for in situ metrology of X-ray mirrors at synchrotron radiation facilities and in astronomical telescopes.

  14. Development of an in situ calibration technique for combustible gas detectors

    Shumar, J. W.; Wynveen, R. A.; Lance, N., Jr.; Lantz, J. B.

    1977-01-01

    This paper describes the development of an in situ calibration procedure for combustible gas detectors (CGD). The CGD will be a necessary device for future space vehicles as many subsystems in the Environmental Control/Life Support System utilize or produce hydrogen (H2) gas. Existing calibration techniques are time-consuming and require support equipment such as an environmental chamber and calibration gas supply. The in situ calibration procedure involves utilization of a water vapor electrolysis cell for the automatic in situ generation of a H2/air calibration mixture within the flame arrestor of the CGD. The development effort concluded with the successful demonstration of in situ span calibrations of a CGD.

  15. Stability of numerical integration techniques for transient rotor dynamics

    Kascak, A. F.

    1977-01-01

    A finite element model of a rotor bearing system was analyzed to determine the stability limits of the forward, backward, and centered Euler; Runge-Kutta; Milne; and Adams numerical integration techniques. The analysis concludes that the highest frequency mode determines the maximum time step for a stable solution. Thus, the number of mass elements should be minimized. Increasing the damping can sometimes cause numerical instability. For a uniform shaft, with 10 mass elements, operating at approximately the first critical speed, the maximum time step for the Runge-Kutta, Milne, and Adams methods is that which corresponds to approximately 1 degree of shaft movement. This is independent of rotor dimensions.

  16. Use of agar agar stabilized milled zero-valent iron particles for in situ groundwater remediation

    Schmid, Doris; Velimirović, Milica; Wagner, Stephan; Micić Batka, Vesna; von der Kammer, Frank; Hofmann, Thilo

    2015-04-01

    A major obstacle for use of nanoscale zero-valent iron (nZVI) particles as a nontoxic material for effective in situ degradation of chlorinated aliphatic hydrocarbons (CAHs) is the high production cost. For that reason, submicro-scale milled zero-valent iron particles were recently developed (milled ZVI, UVR-FIA, Germany) by grinding macroscopic raw materials of elementary iron as a cheaper alternative to products produced by solid-state reduction. However, milled ZVI particles tend to aggregate and due to the rather large particle size (d50= 11.9 µm) also rapidly sediment. To prevent aggregation and consequently sedimentation of milled ZVI particles and therefore improve the mobility after in situ application, the use of a stabilizer is considered in literature as a most promising option. In this study, milled ZVI particles (1 g L-1 of particle concentration) were stabilized by environmentally friendly polymer agar agar (>0.5 g L-1), which had a positive impact on the milled ZVI stability. Sedimentation rate was significantly decreased by increasing the suspension viscosity. Column transport experiments were performed for bare and agar agar stabilized milled ZVI particles in commercially available fine grained quartz sand (DORSILIT® Nr.8, Gebrüder Dorfner GmbH Co, Germany) and different porous media collected from brownfields. The experiments were carried out under field relevant injection conditions of 100 m d-1. The maximal travel distance (LT) of less than 10 cm was determined for non-stabilized suspension in fine grained quartz sand, while agar agar (1 g L-1) stabilized milled ZVI suspension revealed LT of 12 m. Similar results were observed for porous media from brownfields showing that mobility of agar agar stabilized particle suspensions was significantly improved compared to bare particles. Based on the mobility data, agar agar stabilized milled zero-valent iron particles could be used for in situ application. Finally, lab-scale batch degradation

  17. In-situ Raman spectroscopy analysis of the interfaces between Ni-based SOFC anodes and stabilized zirconia electrolyte

    Agarkov, D A; Tsybrov, F M; Tartakovskii, I I; Kharton, V V; Bredikhin, S I

    2016-01-01

    A new experimental approach for in-situ Raman spectroscopy of the electrode | solid electrolyte interfaces in controlled atmospheres, based on the use of optically transparent single-crystal membranes of stabilized cubic zirconia, has been proposed and validated. This technique makes it possible to directly access the electrochemical reaction zone in SOFCs by passing the laser beam through single-crystal electrolyte onto the interface, in combination with simultaneous electrochemical measurements. The case study centered on the analysis of NiO reduction in standard cermet anodes under open-circuit conditions, demonstrated an excellent agreement between the observed kinetic parameters and literature data on nickel oxide. The porous cermet reduction kinetics at 400-600C in flowing H2-N2 gas mixture can be described by the classical Avrami model, suggesting that the reaction rate is determined by the metal nuclei growth limited by Ni diffusion. The advantages and limitations of the new experimental approach were...

  18. Localized in-situ polymerization on graphene surfaces for stabilized graphene dispersions

    Das, Sriya; Wajid, Ahmed S.; Shelburne, John L.; Liao, Yen-Chi; Green, Micah J.

    2010-01-01

    We demonstrate a novel in situ polymerization technique to develop localized polymer coatings on the surface of dispersed pristine graphene sheets. Graphene sheets show great promise as strong, conductive fillers in polymer nanocomposites; however, difficulties in dispersion quality and interfacial strength between filler and matrix have been a persistent problem for graphene-based nanocomposites, particularly for pristine graphene. To address this problem, a physisorbed polymer layer is used...

  19. Sintering process optimization for multi-layer CGO membranes by in situ techniques

    Kaiser, Andreas; Prasad, A.S.; Foghmoes, Søren Preben Vagn;

    2013-01-01

    The sintering of asymmetric CGO bi-layers (thin dense membrane on a porous support; Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95-delta = CGO) with Co3O4 as sintering additive has been optimized by combination of two in situ techniques. Optical dilatometry revealed that bi-layer shape and microstructure are dramatically chang...

  20. In-situ measurement of mechanical properties of structural components using cyclic ball indentation technique

    Material properties of components change during service due to environmental conditions. Measurement of mechanical properties of the components is important for assessing their fitness for service. In many instances, it is not possible to remove sizable samples from the component for doing the measurement in laboratory. In-situ technique for measurement of mechanical properties has great significance in such cases. One of the nondestructive methods that can be adopted for in-situ application is based on cyclic ball indentation technique. It involves multiple indentation cycles (at the same penetration location) on a metallic surface by a spherical indenter. Each cycle consists of indentation, partial unload and reload sequences. Presently, commercial systems are available for doing indentation test on structural component for limited applications. But, there is a genuine need of remotely operable compact in-situ property measurement system. Considering the importance of such applications Reactor Engineering Division of BARC has developed an In-situ Property Measurement System (IProMS), which can be used for in-situ measurement of mechanical properties of a flat or tubular component. This paper highlights the basic theory of measurement, qualification tests on IProMS and results from tests done on flat specimens and tubular component. (author)

  1. Application of optical techniques for in situ analysis of plasma facing carbon tiles

    Optical absorption/emission spectroscopy is considered to be used for in situ characterization of plasma facing carbon tiles and quantitative evaluation of tritium. In this paper we have applied ex situ laser Raman spectroscopy for carbon tiles used as first wall and divertor in JT-60 exposed to HH discharge plasma to verify the applicability of the technique. The analysis shows that the micro-structure of the carbon tile surfaces is modified in a similar way like damaging by energetic ion irradiation and that one can get information of how graphite structures are damaged by plasma exposure or what kind of structures the redeposited carbon obtains.

  2. Ultra-Small Fatty Acid-Stabilized Magnetite Nanocolloids Synthesized by In Situ Hydrolytic Precipitation

    Kheireddine El-Boubbou

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Simple, fast, large-scale, and cost-effective preparation of uniform controlled magnetic nanoparticles remains a major hurdle on the way towards magnetically targeted applications at realistic technical conditions. Herein, we present a unique one-pot approach that relies on simple basic hydrolytic in situ coprecipitation of inexpensive metal salts (Fe2+ and Fe3+ compartmentalized by stabilizing fatty acids and aided by the presence of alkylamines. The synthesis was performed at relatively low temperatures (~80°C without the use of high-boiling point solvents and elevated temperatures. This method allowed for the production of ultra-small, colloidal, and hydrophobically stabilized magnetite metal oxide nanoparticles readily dispersed in organic solvents. The results reveal that the obtained magnetite nanoparticles exhibit narrow size distributions, good monodispersities, high saturation magnetizations, and excellent colloidal stabilities. When the [fatty acid] : [Fe] ratio was varied, control over nanoparticle diameters within the range of 2–10 nm was achieved. The amount of fatty acid and alkylamine used during the reaction proved critical in governing morphology, dispersity, uniformity, and colloidal stability. Upon exchange with water-soluble polymers, the ultra-small sized particles become biologically relevant, with great promise for theranostic applications as imaging and magnetically targeted delivery vehicles.

  3. Stability investigations of zinc and cobalt precipitates immobilized by in situ bioprecipitation (ISBP) process

    Satyawali, Yamini

    2010-09-01

    In situ bioprecipitation (ISBP), which involves immobilizing the metals as precipitates (mainly sulphides) in the solid phase, is an effective method of metal removal from contaminated groundwater. This study investigated the stability of metal precipitates formed after ISBP in two different solid-liquid matrices (artificial and natural). The artificial matrix consisted of sand, Zn (200mgL-1), artificial groundwater and a carbon source (electron donor). Here the stability of the Zn precipitates was evaluated by manipulation of redox and pH. The natural system matrices included aquifer material and groundwater samples collected from three different metal (Zn and Co) contaminated sites and different carbon sources were provided as electron donors. In the natural matrices, metal precipitates stability was assessed by changing aquifer redox conditions, sequential extraction, and BIOMET® assay. The results indicated that, in the artificial matrix, redox manipulation did not impact the Zn precipitates. However the sequential pH change proved detrimental, releasing 58% of the precipitated Zn back into liquid phase. In natural matrices, the applied carbon source largely affected the stability of metal precipitates. Elemental analysis performed on the precipitates formed in natural matrix showed that the main elements of the precipitates were sulphur with Zn and Co. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.

  4. The development of in situ fracture toughness evaluation techniques in hydrogen environment

    Wang, Jy-An John [ORNL; Ren, Fei [ORNL; Tan, Ting [ORNL; Liu, Ken C [ORNL

    2014-01-01

    Fracture behavior and fracture toughness are of great interest regarding reliability of hydrogen pipelines and storage tanks, however, many conventional fracture testing techniques are difficult to be realized under the presence of hydrogen, in addition to the inherited specimen size effect. Thus it is desired to develop novel in situ fracture toughness evaluation techniques to study the fracture behavior of structural materials in hydrogen environments. In this study, a torsional fixture was developed to utilize an emerging fracture testing technique, Spiral Notch Torsion Test (SNTT). The in situ testing results indicated that the exposure to H2 significantly reduces the fracture toughness of 4340 high strength steels by up to 50 percent. Furthermore, SNTT tests conducted in air demonstrated a significant fracture toughness reduction in samples subject to simulated welding heat treatment using Gleeble, which illustrated the effect of welding on the fracture toughness of this material.

  5. Occipitocervical contoured rod stabilization: Does it still have a role amidst the modern stabilization techniques?

    Kalra Samir

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The occipitocervical contoured rod (CR stabilization for use in craniovertebral junction (CVJ pathologies is an effective and economical technique of posterior fusion (PF. Aims: The various indications for CR in CVJ pathologies are discussed. Settings and Design: Retrospective analysis. Materials and Methods: Fifty-four patients (mean age: 31.02 ± 13.44 years; male: female ratio=5.75:1 who underwent CR stabilization are included. The majority had congenital atlantoaxial dislocation (AAD; n=50; two had CVJ tuberculosis; one each had rheumatoid arthritis and C2-3 listhesis, respectively. The indications for CR fusion in congenital AAD were associated Chiari 1 malformation (C1M (n=29; occipitalized C1 arch and/or malformed or deficient C1 or C2 posterior elements (n=9; hypermobile AAD (n=2; and, rotatory AAD (n=3. Contoured rod as a revision procedure was also performed in seven patients. Most patients were in poor grade (18 in Grade III [partial dependence for daily needs] and 15 in Grade IV [total dependence]; 15 patients were in Grade II [independent except for minor deficits] and six in Grade I [no weakness except hyperreflexia or neck pain]. Results: Twenty-four patients improved, 18 stabilized and six deteriorated at a mean follow-up (FU of 17.78 ± 19.75 (2-84 months. Six patients were lost to FU. In 37 patients with a FU of at least three months, stability and bony union could be assessed. Thirty-one of them achieved a bony fusion/ stable construct. Conclusions: Contoured rod is especially useful for PF in cases of congenital AAD with coexisting CIM, cervical scoliosis, sub-axial instability and/or asymmetrical facet joints. In acquired pathologies with three-column instability, inclusion of joints one level above the affected one by using CR, especially enhances stability.

  6. Lithographically fabricated silicon microreactor for in situ characterization of heterogeneous catalysts—Enabling correlative characterization techniques

    Baier, S.; Rochet, A.; Hofmann, G. [Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, D-76131 Karlsruhe (Germany); Kraut, M. [Institute for Micro Process Engineering, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, D-76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); Grunwaldt, J.-D., E-mail: grunwaldt@kit.edu [Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, D-76131 Karlsruhe (Germany); Institute of Catalysis Research and Technology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, D-76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany)

    2015-06-15

    We report on a new modular setup on a silicon-based microreactor designed for correlative spectroscopic, scattering, and analytic on-line gas investigations for in situ studies of heterogeneous catalysts. The silicon microreactor allows a combination of synchrotron radiation based techniques (e.g., X-ray diffraction and X-ray absorption spectroscopy) as well as infrared thermography and Raman spectroscopy. Catalytic performance can be determined simultaneously by on-line product analysis using mass spectrometry. We present the design of the reactor, the experimental setup, and as a first example for an in situ study, the catalytic partial oxidation of methane showing the applicability of this reactor for in situ studies.

  7. Lithographically fabricated silicon microreactor for in situ characterization of heterogeneous catalysts—Enabling correlative characterization techniques

    Baier, S.; Rochet, A.; Hofmann, G.; Kraut, M.; Grunwaldt, J.-D.

    2015-06-01

    We report on a new modular setup on a silicon-based microreactor designed for correlative spectroscopic, scattering, and analytic on-line gas investigations for in situ studies of heterogeneous catalysts. The silicon microreactor allows a combination of synchrotron radiation based techniques (e.g., X-ray diffraction and X-ray absorption spectroscopy) as well as infrared thermography and Raman spectroscopy. Catalytic performance can be determined simultaneously by on-line product analysis using mass spectrometry. We present the design of the reactor, the experimental setup, and as a first example for an in situ study, the catalytic partial oxidation of methane showing the applicability of this reactor for in situ studies.

  8. Fragrance composition of Dendrophylax lindenii (Orchidaceae using a novel technique applied in situ

    James J. Sadler

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available The ghost orchid, Dendrophylax lindenii (Lindley Bentham ex Rolfe (Orchidaceae, is one of North America’s rarest and well-known orchids. Native to Cuba and SW Florida where it frequents shaded swamps as an epiphyte, the species has experienced steady decline. Little information exists on D. lindenii’s biology in situ, raising conservation concerns. During the summer of 2009 at an undisclosed population in Collier County, FL, a substantial number (ca. 13 of plants initiated anthesis offering a unique opportunity to study this species in situ. We report a new technique aimed at capturing floral headspace of D. lindenii in situ, and identified volatile compounds using gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC/MS. All components of the floral scent were identified as terpenoids with the exception of methyl salicylate. The most abundant compound was the sesquiterpene (E,E-α-farnesene (71% followed by (E-β-ocimene (9% and methyl salicylate (8%. Other compounds were: linalool (5%, sabinene (4%, (E-α-bergamotene (2%, α-pinene (1%, and 3-carene (1%. Interestingly, (E,E-α-farnesene has previously been associated with pestiferous insects (e.g., Hemiptera. The other compounds are common floral scent constituents in other angiosperms suggesting that our in situ technique was effective. Volatile capture was, therefore, possible without imposing physical harm (e.g., inflorescence detachment to this rare orchid.

  9. Thermodynamic stability of in situ W–ZrC and W–Zr(CN) composites

    Kim, Jae-Hee [Korea Aerospace Research Institute, Daejeon 305-806 (Korea, Republic of); Zhe, Gao [Saint-Gobain Research Shanghai Co., Ltd, Wenjing-road, Minhang-district, Shanghai 200245 (China); Lim, Jaehyuk [Samsung Electronics, Yongin 446-811 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Choongkwon [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-744 (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Shinhoo, E-mail: shinkang@snu.ac.kr [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-744 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-10-25

    Powders of W–ZrC and W–Zr(CN) were carbothermally synthesized in situ from milled mixtures of graphite, WO{sub 3} and ZrO{sub 2}. The thermal stability of Zr(CN) in a W matrix was simulated and compared with that of ZrC in W in terms of free energy change and carbide coarsening. Carbon and nitrogen had high mutual affinity in Zr(CN) of B1 crystal structure, which led their activity curves to exhibit strong negative deviation from ideal mixing behavior. Zr(CN) was more stable than ZrC up to 2075 K; however, a microstructural study showed that it became less stable than ZrC at around 1975 K. This result is attributed to the decreasing thermodynamic stability of ZrN with increasing temperature. Other transition metal carbonitrides containing group 4–6 elements are expected to show similar coarsening behaviors at high temperatures. - Highlights: • The Zr(CN) phase formed due to the high affinity between C and N in ZrC. • A complete reversal of the slope is found in the formation energy curves. • The growth of the carbonitride is due to the nitrogen, reducing the stability. • Solid solutions containing group 4 elements would show similar growth behavior.

  10. Rapid detection of chromosome 18 aneuploidies in amniocytes by using primed in situ labeling (PRINS) technique

    杨建滨; 郑树

    2002-01-01

    This paper presents a feasible method for rapid detection of the interphase nuclei of uncultured amniocytes for chromosomes 18 by using our modified primed in situ labeling (PRINS) technique. A total of 262 independent, uncultured amniotic fluid samples were analysed in a blind fashion before the karyotype was available. In addition, 62 samples were examined by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) for comparison. In more than 95% of the samples PRINS reactions with primer 18cen were successfully induced. Two samples were properly identified and correctly scored as trisomic 18. PRINS reaction could be performed automatically in less than one hour with a programmable thermocycler. Our studies showed that the PRINS technique is simple, rapid and cost-effective. It is as sensitive and specific as FISH; can enhance the accuracy of standard cytogenetic analysis; and allows identification of chromosomes 18 aneuploidies in uncultured amniocytes in significantly less time.

  11. Grout performance in support of in situ stabilization/solidification of the GAAT tank sludges

    Spence, R. D. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Kauschinger, J. L. [Ground Environmental Services, Inc., Alpharetta, GA (United States)

    1997-05-01

    The Gunite{trademark} and associated tanks (GAATs) were constructed at ORNL between 1943 and 1951 and were used for many years to collect radioactive and chemical wastes. These tanks are currently inactive. Varying amounts of the sludge were removed and disposed of through the Hydrofracture Program. Thus, some tanks are virtually empty, while others still contain significant amounts of sludge and supernatant. In situ grouting of the sludges in the tanks using multi-point injection (MPI{trademark}), a patented, proprietary technique, is being investigated as a low-cost alternative to (1) moving the sludges to the Melton Valley Storage Tanks (MVSTs) for later solidification and disposal, (2) ex situ grouting of the sludges followed by either disposal back in the tanks or containerizing and disposal elsewhere, and (3) vitrification of the sludges. The paper discusses the chemical characteristics of the GAATs and the type of chemical surrogate that was used during the leachability tests. T his is followed by the experimental work, which, consisted of scope testing and sensitivity testing. The scope testing explored the rheology of the proposed jetting slurries and the settling properties of the proposed grouts using sand-water mixes for the wet sludge. After establishing a jetting slurry and grout with an acceptable rheology and settling properties, the proposed in situ grout formulation was subjected to sensitivity testing for variations in the formulation.

  12. Grout performance in support of in situ stabilization/solidification of the GAAT tank sludges

    The Gunite trademark and associated tanks (GAATs) were constructed at ORNL between 1943 and 1951 and were used for many years to collect radioactive and chemical wastes. These tanks are currently inactive. Varying amounts of the sludge were removed and disposed of through the Hydrofracture Program. Thus, some tanks are virtually empty, while others still contain significant amounts of sludge and supernatant. In situ grouting of the sludges in the tanks using multi-point injection (MPI trademark), a patented, proprietary technique, is being investigated as a low-cost alternative to (1) moving the sludges to the Melton Valley Storage Tanks (MVSTs) for later solidification and disposal, (2) ex situ grouting of the sludges followed by either disposal back in the tanks or containerizing and disposal elsewhere, and (3) vitrification of the sludges. The paper discusses the chemical characteristics of the GAATs and the type of chemical surrogate that was used during the leachability tests. This is followed by the experimental work, which, consisted of scope testing and sensitivity testing. The scope testing explored the rheology of the proposed jetting slurries and the settling properties of the proposed grouts using sand-water mixes for the wet sludge. After establishing a jetting slurry and grout with an acceptable rheology and settling properties, the proposed in situ grout formulation was subjected to sensitivity testing for variations in the formulation

  13. Stability of added and in situ-produced vitamin B12 in breadmaking.

    Edelmann, Minnamari; Chamlagain, Bhawani; Santin, Marco; Kariluoto, Susanna; Piironen, Vieno

    2016-08-01

    Vitamin B12 exists naturally in foods of animal origin and is synthesised only by certain bacteria. New food sources are needed to ensure vitamin B12 intake in risk groups. This study aimed to investigate the stability of added cyanocobalamin (CNCbl, chemically modified form) and hydroxocobalamin (OHCbl, natural form) and in situ-synthesised vitamin B12 in breadmaking. Samples were analysed both with a microbiological (MBA) and a liquid chromatographic (UHPLC) method to test applicability of these two methods. Proofing did not affect CNCbl and OHCbl levels. By contrast, 21% and 31% of OHCbl was lost in oven-baking steps in straight- and sponge-dough processes, respectively, whereas CNCbl remained almost stable. In sourdough baking, 23% of CNCbl and 44% of OHCbl were lost. In situ-produced vitamin B12 was almost as stable as added CNCbl and more stable than OHCbl. The UHPLC method showed its superiority to the MBA in determining the active vitamin B12. PMID:26988471

  14. Performance of the In Situ Microcosm Technique for Measuring the Degradation of Organic Chemicals in Aquifers

    Nielsen, Per H.; Christensen, Thomas Højlund; Albrechtsen, Hans-Jørgen

    1996-01-01

    An in situ microcosm (ISM) consists of a stainless steel cylinder isolating about 2 L of the aquifer and is equipped with valves allowing for loading and sampling from the ground surface. During the last five years, this technique has been used frequently to study the degradation of organic...... chemicals in polluted and pristine aquifers representing different redox environments. The ISM technique has great potential for providing field-relevant degradation potentials and rate constants, but care must be taken in using the equipment and interpreting the results. This paper provides details...

  15. Shape-and size-controlled Ag nanoparticles stabilized by in situ generated secondary amines

    Highlights: • Ag nanoparticles were generated from Ag amido complexes AgNiPr2 and AgN(SiMe3)2. • Ag nanoparticles were stabilized by in situ generated HNiPr2 or HN(SiMe3)2. • 1 or 5 equiv. of ethylenediamine as additional capping agent decreases the average size of the particles. • Ethylenediamine favor the formation of spherical particles. - Abstract: Silver amides such as AgNiPr2 and AgN(SiMe3)2 have been employed successfully as precursors for the yield synthesis of silver nanoparticles under mild conditions of dihydrogen gas reduction (2 atm) in organic media. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showed the formation of silver nanoparticles with FCC structure, variously sized from 26 to 35 nm for AgNiPr2 and from 14 to 86 nm for AgN(SiMe3)2, the synthesis could take place in absence of added stabilizers due to the in situ formation of secondary amines from the reaction of dihydrogen gas with the amide ligands of the silver precursor. Indeed, the presence of HNR2 (R = iPr2, N(SiMe3)2) on the surface of the nanoparticle was confirmed by spectroscopic means. Finally, the addition of ethylenediamine as additional capping agent allowed not only the control of the structural characteristics of the resulting Ag nanoparticles (well-dispersed with spherical shape), but that regarding the nanoparticle size as it inhibited overgrowth, limiting it to ca. 25 nm

  16. Shape-and size-controlled Ag nanoparticles stabilized by in situ generated secondary amines

    Ramírez-Meneses, E., E-mail: esther.ramirez@ibero.mx [Departamento de Ingeniería y Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Iberoamericana, Prolongación Paseo de la Reforma 880, Lomas de Santa Fe, Distrito Federal C.P. 01219 (Mexico); Montiel-Palma, V. [Centro de Investigaciones Químicas, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, Av. Universidad 1001 Col. Chamilpa, Cuernavaca, Morelos C.P. 62209 (Mexico); Domínguez-Crespo, M.A.; Izaguirre-López, M.G. [Centro de Investigación en Ciencia Aplicada y Tecnología Avanzada-IPN, Unidad Altamira. Km 14.5 Carretera Tampico-Puerto Industrial, 89600 Altamira, Tamaulipas (Mexico); Palacios-Gonzalez, E. [Laboratorio de Microscopia de Ultra alta Resolución, Instituto Mexicano del Petróleo, Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas No. 152, C.P. 07730 México D.F. (Mexico); Dorantes-Rosales, H. [Departamento de Metalurgia, E.S.I.Q.I.E.-I.P.N., Unidad Profesional Adolfo López Mateos, Zacatenco, Delegación. Gustavo A. Madero, C.P. 07738 México D.F. (Mexico)

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • Ag nanoparticles were generated from Ag amido complexes AgN{sup i}Pr{sub 2} and AgN(SiMe{sub 3}){sub 2}. • Ag nanoparticles were stabilized by in situ generated HN{sup i}Pr{sub 2} or HN(SiMe{sub 3}){sub 2}. • 1 or 5 equiv. of ethylenediamine as additional capping agent decreases the average size of the particles. • Ethylenediamine favor the formation of spherical particles. - Abstract: Silver amides such as AgN{sup i}Pr{sub 2} and AgN(SiMe{sub 3}){sub 2} have been employed successfully as precursors for the yield synthesis of silver nanoparticles under mild conditions of dihydrogen gas reduction (2 atm) in organic media. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showed the formation of silver nanoparticles with FCC structure, variously sized from 26 to 35 nm for AgN{sup i}Pr{sub 2} and from 14 to 86 nm for AgN(SiMe{sub 3}){sub 2}, the synthesis could take place in absence of added stabilizers due to the in situ formation of secondary amines from the reaction of dihydrogen gas with the amide ligands of the silver precursor. Indeed, the presence of HNR{sub 2} (R = iPr{sub 2}, N(SiMe{sub 3}){sub 2}) on the surface of the nanoparticle was confirmed by spectroscopic means. Finally, the addition of ethylenediamine as additional capping agent allowed not only the control of the structural characteristics of the resulting Ag nanoparticles (well-dispersed with spherical shape), but that regarding the nanoparticle size as it inhibited overgrowth, limiting it to ca. 25 nm.

  17. Dynamic Probing of Nanoparticle Stability In Vivo: A Liposomal Model Assessed Using In Situ Microdialysis and Optical Imaging

    Chien-Chung Jeng

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanoparticle-mediated drug delivery and controlled release has been a vigorous research area in contemporary nanomedicine. The in vivo stability of nanoparticle delivered on site is a prerequisite for the design of drug-controlled release by any means. In this study, the first methodology comprised of microdialysis and optical imaging to assess the liposome stability in vivo is reported. Macroscopically, we demonstrated the DPPG liposomes with negative surface charge fast accumulated in the rat liver upon their i.v. administration using optical imaging. Microscopically, the concurrent analysis of fluorescent molecules leaching from the liposomes, in situ sampled using microdialysis probe, provides the dynamic information of stability of DPPG liposomes locus in quo. The current combination of in situ microdialysis and optical imaging possesses a great potential for use as a platform technology to evaluate the nanoparticle stability and the bioavailability of drug payload released on targeted site in vivo.

  18. Powder metallurgical nanostructured medium carbon bainitic steel: Kinetics, structure, and in situ thermal stability studies

    Lonardelli, I., E-mail: il244@cam.ac.uk [University of Cambridge, Materials Science and Metallurgy, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QZ (United Kingdom); University of Trento, Materials Engineering and Industrial Technologies, via Mesiano 77, 38123 Trento (Italy); Bortolotti, M. [Fondazione Bruno Kessler, via Sommarive 18, 38123 Trento (Italy); Beek, W. van [Swiss-Norwegian Beamlines, ESRF, BP 220, 38043 Grenoble Cedex (France); Girardini, L.; Zadra, M. [K4-Sint, via Dante 300, 38057 Pergine Valsugana (Italy); Bhadeshia, H.K.D.H. [University of Cambridge, Materials Science and Metallurgy, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QZ (United Kingdom)

    2012-10-15

    It has been possible to produce incredibly fine plates of bainitic ferrite separated by a percolating network of retained austenite in a medium carbon steel produced by mechanical alloying followed by spark plasma sintering and isothermal heat treatment. This is because the sintering process limits the growth of the austenite grains to such an extent that the martensite-start temperature is suppressed in spite of the medium carbon concentration. Furthermore, the fine austenite grain size accelerates the bainite transformation, which can therefore be suppressed to low temperatures to obtain a nanostructure. Microscopy and in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction were used to investigate the morphology and the thermal stability of the retained austenite during continuous heating. These latter experiments revealed a gradient of carbon concentration in the retained austenite and a reduced thermal stability in high carbon film-austenite. It was also possible to correlate the evolution of defect density and carbon depletion in both retained austenite and bainitic ferrite during tempering.

  19. Powder metallurgical nanostructured medium carbon bainitic steel: Kinetics, structure, and in situ thermal stability studies

    It has been possible to produce incredibly fine plates of bainitic ferrite separated by a percolating network of retained austenite in a medium carbon steel produced by mechanical alloying followed by spark plasma sintering and isothermal heat treatment. This is because the sintering process limits the growth of the austenite grains to such an extent that the martensite-start temperature is suppressed in spite of the medium carbon concentration. Furthermore, the fine austenite grain size accelerates the bainite transformation, which can therefore be suppressed to low temperatures to obtain a nanostructure. Microscopy and in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction were used to investigate the morphology and the thermal stability of the retained austenite during continuous heating. These latter experiments revealed a gradient of carbon concentration in the retained austenite and a reduced thermal stability in high carbon film-austenite. It was also possible to correlate the evolution of defect density and carbon depletion in both retained austenite and bainitic ferrite during tempering.

  20. Radiation stability of ceramic waste forms determined by in situ electron microscopy and He ion irradiation

    White, T.J. [Univ. of South Australia, Ingle Farm (Australia); Mitamura, H.; Hojou, K.; Furuno, S. [Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Ibaraki (Japan)

    1994-12-31

    The radiation stability of polyphase titanate ceramic waste forms was studied using analytical transmission electron microscopy, in combination with in situ irradiation by 30 keV He{sup +} ions, followed by staged annealing. Two experiments were conducted. In the first, a reconnaissance investigation was made of the stabilities of the synthetic minerals hollandite, zirconolite, and perovskite when subjected to a total dose of 1.8 x 10{sup 17} He{sup +} cm{sup {minus}2}. It was found that all phases amorphized at approximately the same rate, but perovskite recovered its structure more rapidly and at lower temperatures than the other phases. In particular, annealing for 10 minutes at 1000{degrees}C was sufficient for perovskite to completely regain its crystallinity, while zirconolite and hollandite were only partially restored by these conditions. In the second experiment, the response of a thin hollandite crystal to irradiation was examined by selected area electron diffraction. At a dose of 1.5 x 10{sup 15} He{sup +} cm{sup {minus}2} its incommensurate superstructure was disrupted, but even at a dose of 3 x 10{sup 16} He cm{sup {minus}2} the hollandite subcell was largely intact. For this dose, total recovery was achieved by annealing for 1 minute at 1000{degrees}C.

  1. Planetary Geochemistry Techniques: Probing In-Situ with Neutron and Gamma Rays (PING) Instrument

    Parsons, A.; Bodnarik, J.; Burger, D.; Evans, L.; Floyd, S.; Lin, L.; McClanahan, T.; Nankung, M.; Nowicki, S.; Schweitzer, J.; Starr, R.; Trombka, J.

    2011-01-01

    The Probing In situ with Neutrons and Gamma rays (PING) instrument is a promising planetary science application of the active neutron-gamma ray technology so successfully used in oil field well logging and mineral exploration on Earth. The objective of our technology development program at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's (NASA/GSFC) Astrochemistry Laboratory is to extend the application of neutron interrogation techniques to landed in situ planetary composition measurements by using a 14 MeV Pulsed Neutron Generator (PNG) combined with neutron and gamma ray detectors, to probe the surface and subsurface of planetary bodies without the need to drill. We are thus working to bring the PING instrument to the point where it can be flown on a variety of surface lander or rover missions to the Moon, Mars, Venus, asteroids, comets and the satellites of the outer planets.

  2. Clinical application for the preservation of phospho-proteins through in-situ tissue stabilization

    Ding Wei

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Protein biomarkers will play a pivotal role in the future of personalized medicine for both diagnosis and treatment decision-making. While the results of several pre-clinical and small-scale clinical studies have demonstrated the value of protein biomarkers, there have been significant challenges to translating these findings into routine clinical care. Challenges to the use of protein biomarkers include inter-sample variability introduced by differences in post-collection handling and ex vivo degradation of proteins and protein modifications. Results In this report, we re-create laboratory and clinical scenarios for sample collection and test the utility of a new tissue stabilization technique in preserving proteins and protein modifications. In the laboratory setting, tissue stabilization with the Denator Stabilizor T1 resulted in a significantly higher yield of phospho-protein when compared to standard snap freeze preservation. Furthermore, in a clinical scenario, tissue stabilization at collection resulted in a higher yield of total phospho-protein, total phospho-tyrosine, pErkT202/Y204 and pAktS473 when compared to standard methods. Tissue stabilization did not have a significant effect on other post-translational modifications such as acetylation and glycosylation, which are more stable ex-vivo. Tissue stabilization did decrease total RNA quantity and quality. Conclusion Stabilization at the time of collection offers the potential to better preserve tissue protein and protein modification levels, as well as reduce the variability related to tissue processing delays that are often associated with clinical samples.

  3. Deciphering the thermal behavior of lithium rich cathode material by in situ X-ray diffraction technique

    Muhammad, Shoaib; Lee, Sangwoo; Kim, Hyunchul; Yoon, Jeongbae; Jang, Donghyuk; Yoon, Jaegu; Park, Jin-Hwan; Yoon, Won-Sub

    2015-07-01

    Thermal stability is one of the critical requirements for commercial operation of high energy lithium-ion batteries. In this study, we use in situ X-ray diffraction technique to elucidate the thermal degradation mechanism of 0.5Li2MnO3-0.5LiNi0.33Co0.33Mn0.33O2 lithium rich cathode material in the absence and presence of electrolyte to simulate the real life battery conditions and compare its thermal behavior with the commercial LiNi0.33Co0.33Mn0.33O2 cathode material. We show that the thermal induced phase transformations in delithiated lithium rich cathode material are much more intense compared to similar single phase layered cathode material in the presence of electrolyte. The structural changes in both cathode materials with the temperature rise follow different trends in the absence and presence of electrolyte between 25 and 600 °C. Phase transitions are comparatively simple in the absence of electrolyte, the fully charged lithium rich cathode material demonstrates better thermal stability by maintaining its phase till 379 °C, and afterwards spinel structure is formed. In the presence of electrolyte, however, the spinel structure appears at 207 °C, subsequently it transforms to rock salt type cubic phase at 425 °C with additional metallic, metal fluoride, and metal carbonate phases.

  4. A novel in-situ sampling and VFA sensor technique for anaerobic systems

    Pind, Peter Frode; Angelidaki, Irini; Ahring, Birgitte Kiær

    2002-01-01

    A key information for understanding and controlling the anaerobic biogas process is the concentration of Volatile Fatty Acids (VFA). However, access to this information has so far been limited to off-line measurements by manual time and labour consuming methods. We have developed a new technique...... that has made it possible to monitor VFA on-line in one of the most difficult media: animal slurry or manure. A novel in-situ filtration technique has made it possible to perform microfiltration inside the reactor system. This filter enables sampling from closed reactor systems without large scale...... pumping and filtering. Using this filtration technique together with commercially available membrane filters we have constructed a VFA sensor system that can perform automatic analysis on animal slurry at a frequency as high as every 15 minutes. The VFA sensor has been tested for a period of more than 60...

  5. In situ synthesis of DNA micro-arrays using typography technique

    2007-01-01

    A novel typography technique was developed to in situ synthesize oligonucleotide arrays on glass slide,which has the celerity,high spatial resolution,lower cost,reliable operation,and high synthetic efficiency.The principle and process of the typography technique for fabricating gene-chips have been described in detail.A suit of poly(terafluoroethylene)devices for synthesizing oligonucleotide arrays were designed and prepared,and the fiber tubes with a number of nano-or micron-channels were em- ployed.The oligonucleotide arrays of 16 and 160 features with four different probes were synthesized using the typography technique.The four specific oligonucleotide probes including the matched and the mismatched by the fluorescent target sequence gave obviously different hybridization fluorescent signals.It was indicated that the gene-chip fabricated by the typography method could be used to rapidly screen single-nucleotide polymorphisms(SNP)and to detect mutations.

  6. In situ preparation of fluorescent CdTe quantum dots with small thiols and hyperbranched polymers as co-stabilizers

    Shi, Yunfeng; Ma, Zhimin; Cui, Ningning; Liu, Yanli; Hou, Xiaoyu; Du, Weimin; Liu, Lin; Gangsheng, Tong

    2014-01-01

    A new strategy for in situ preparation of highly fluorescent CdTe quantum dots (QDs) with 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA) and hyperbranched poly(amidoamine)s (HPAMAM) as co-stabilizers was proposed in this paper. MPA and HPAMAM were added in turn to coordinate Cd2+. After adding NaHTe and further microwave irradiation, fluorescent CdTe QDs stabilized by MPA and HPAMAM were obtained. Such a strategy avoids the aftertreatment of thiol-stabilized QDs in their bioapplication and provides an opport...

  7. Lab scale testing of novel natural analog in situ stabilization agents

    Shaw, P. [Lockheed Martin Idaho Technology Co., Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    1997-12-31

    This report summarizes the laboratory-scale test results on several novel in situ treatment and stabilization agents for buried hazardous and radioactive waste. Paraffin, hematite and phosphate materials were examined when combined with soil and other wastes representative of what might be present at buried waste DOE sites. Hematite was made from the reaction of agricultural iron and lime slurries to form gypsum and iron oxide/hydroxide. Common household paraffin was melted, both with and without a zeolitic additive, waste added and then cooled. Magnesium phosphate was made from the reaction of magnesium oxide and phosphoric acid or potassium biphosphate to form, magnesium phosphate. All were tested with soil and some with additional waste sumulants such as ash, machine oil and nitrate salts. The following laboratory-generated data indicate that all waste encapsulation materials tested are appropriate materials, for field in situ testing. Compressive strengths of treated Idaho National Engineering and Environment Laboratory (INEEL) soil and the waste encapsulation material were sufficient to prevent collapse of the void space in waste, i.e., greater than the NRC 60 psi minimum. The mineralogy and microstructure of hematite was amorphous but should progress to an interlocking crystalline solid. Phosphate was crystalline with characteristics of higher temperature ceramics. Paraffin is non crystalline but encapsulates even very fine grained INEEL soils. Each agent appears to be chemically and physically inert to possible waste materials such as, nitrates and machine cutting oil. Two of the agents hematite and phosphate react favorably with ash increasing the metals retention at higher waste loadings than Portland cement. Hematite, phosphate and zeolite decrease leaching of most hazardous metals from waste when compared to untreated waste and soil. Solution pH, time for reaction initiation, and viscosity values are conducive to jet-grouting application.

  8. Measurement techniques for in situ stresses around underground constructions in a deep clay formation

    Li X.L.

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Disposal in deep underground geological formations is internationally recognized as the most viable option for the long-term management of high-level radioactive waste. In Belgium, the Boom clay formation is extensively studied in this context, in particular at the 225 m deep HADES Underground Research Facility in Mol. A cost-effective design of deep underground structures requires an accurate assessment of the in situ stresses; a good estimation of these stresses is also essential when interpreting in situ experiments regarding the hydro-mechanical behaviour of the host formation. Different measurement techniques are available to provide data on the stress evolution and other mechanical properties of the geological formation. The measurement can be direct (measurement of total pressure, or it can be an indirect technique, deriving the stress from related quantities such as strain (changes in structural members. Most total stress measurements are performed through permanently installed sensors; also once-only measurements are performed through specific methods (e.g. pressuremeter. Direct measurement of the stress state is challenging due to the complex mechanical behaviour of the clay, and the fact that the sensor installation inevitably disturbs the original stress field. This paper describes ways to deal with these problems and presents the results obtained using different techniques at HADES.

  9. Bioreactors and in situ product recovery techniques for acetone-butanol-ethanol fermentation.

    Li, Si-Yu; Chiang, Chung-Jen; Tseng, I-Ting; He, Chi-Ruei; Chao, Yun-Peng

    2016-07-01

    The microbial fermentation process is one of the sustainable and environment-friendly ways to produce 1-butanol and other bio-based chemicals. The success of the fermentation process greatly relies on the choice of bioreactors and the separation methods. In this review, the history and the performance of bioreactors for the acetone-butanol-ethanol (ABE) fermentation is discussed. The subject is then focused on in situ product recovery (ISPR) techniques, particularly for the integrated extraction-gas stripping. The usefulness of this promising hybrid ISPR device is acknowledged by its incorporation with batch, fed-batch and continuous processes to improve the performance of ABE fermentation. PMID:27190167

  10. In situ tagging technique for fishes provides insight into growth and movement of invasive lionfish.

    Akins, John L; Morris, James A; Green, Stephanie J

    2014-10-01

    Information on fish movement and growth is primarily obtained through the marking and tracking of individuals with external tags, which are usually affixed to anesthetized individuals at the surface. However, the quantity and quality of data obtained by this method is often limited by small sample sizes owing to the time associated with the tagging process, high rates of tagging-related mortality, and displacement of tagged individuals from the initial capture location. To address these issues, we describe a technique for applying external streamer and dart tags in situ, which uses SCUBA divers to capture and tag individual fish on the sea floor without the use of anesthetic. We demonstrate this method for Indo-Pacific lionfish (Pterois volitans/P. miles), species which are particularly vulnerable to barotrauma when transported to and handled at the surface. To test our method, we tagged 161 individuals inhabiting 26 coral reef locations in the Bahamas over a period of 3 years. Our method resulted in no instances of barotrauma, reduced handling and recovery time, and minimal post-tagging release displacement compared with conventional ex situ tag application. Opportunistic resighting and recapture of tagged individuals reveals that lionfish exhibit highly variable site fidelity, movement patterns, and growth rates on invaded coral reef habitats. In total, 24% of lionfish were resighted between 29 and 188 days after tagging. Of these, 90% were located at the site of capture, while the remaining individuals were resighted between 200 m and 1.1 km from initial site of capture over 29 days later. In situ growth rates ranged between 0.1 and 0.6 mm/day. While individuals tagged with streamer tags posted slower growth rates with increasing size, as expected, there was no relationship between growth rate and fish size for individuals marked with dart tags, potentially because of large effects of tag presence on the activities of small bodied lionfish (i.e., <150

  11. Field application of innovative grouting agents for in situ stabilization of buried waste sites

    Loomis, G.G.; Farnsworth, R.K. [Idaho National Engineering Lab., Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    1997-12-31

    This paper presents field applications for two innovative grouting agents that were used to in situ stabilize buried waste sites, via jet grouting. The two grouting agents include paraffin and a proprietary iron oxide based cement grout called TECT. These materials were tested in specially designed cold test pits that simulate buried transuranic waste at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL). The field demonstrations were performed at the INEL in an area referred to as the Cold Test Pit, which is adjacent to the INEL Radioactive Waste Management Complex (RWMC). At the RWMC, 56,000 m{sup 3} of transuranic (TRU) waste is co-mingled with over 170,000 m{sup 3} of soil in shallow land burial. Improving the confinement of this waste is one of the options for final disposition of this waste. Using jet-grouting technology to inject these materials into the pore spaces of buried waste sites results in the creation of buried monolithic waste forms that simultaneously protect the waste from subsidence, while eliminating the migratory potential of hazardous and radioactive contaminants in the waste.

  12. In-situ neutron diffraction study for ice XV – a revisit to its stability region

    Ice crystals show the unusual structural variety – there are at least 17 forms of polymorphs (Ih, Ic, II-XVI). Most of them, apart from ice X, is found less than 300 K and 3 GPa. The appearance of many phases in a narrow pressure-temperature (p-T) region and sluggish reaction under low-T prevent us to understand its thermodynamical stability relations of respective phases. Here we report our recent results for ice XV, the ordered form of ice VI, investigated at the PLANET beamline in J-PARC by using the p-T variable MITO system. The high intensity with moderate resolution d/d ~ 0.6 %) of the PLANET beamline allows us to obtain cell parameters in minutes, revealing the reaction kinetics for order-disorder transition between ice VI and ice XV. Our in-situ observations at ambient to high-p and low-T revealed that ice XV is formed at ambient pressure and 128 K, whereas it diminishes at 0.4 GPa and the same temperature. These findings clearly show the necessity of slight modification for the currently accepted phase diagram of ice.

  13. A Novel FCC Catalyst Based on a Porous Composite Material Synthesized via an In Situ Technique

    Shu-Qin Zheng

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available To overcome diffusion limitations and improve transport in microporous zeolite, the materials with a wide-pore structure have been developed. In this paper, composite microspheres with hierarchical porous structure were synthesized by an in situ technique using sepiolite, kaolin and pseudoboehmite as raw material. A novel fluid catalytic cracking (FCC catalyst for maximizing light oil yield was prepared based on the composite materials. The catalyst was characterized by XRD, FT-IR, SEM, nitrogen adsorption-desorption techniques and tested in a bench FCC unit. The results indicated that the catalyst had more meso- and macropores and more acid sites than the reference catalyst, and thus can increase light oil yield by 1.31 %, while exhibiting better gasoline and coke selectivity.

  14. In-situ stress measurement in a jointed basalt: the suitability of five overcoring techniques

    Overcoring tests were conducted at the Near-Surface Test Facility (NSTF) to assess the suitability of five techniques (US Bureau of Mines borehole deformation gauge (BDG), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) hollow inclusion stress cell, epoxy inclusion, Lulea triaxial gauge (LuH gauge), and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) doorstopper) for in situ stress determination in a closely jointed basalt. This effort is in support of the Basalt Waste Isolation project, which is studying the feasibility of locating a nuclear waste repository in the basalts of the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington. This paper preents the results from the overcoring study that formed the basis for selection of two techniques to be used during the further exploration of the basalt formations at depth

  15. A novel in-situ sampling and VFA sensor technique for anaerobic systems

    Pind, Peter Frode; Angelidaki, Irini; Ahring, Birgitte Kiær

    2002-01-01

    that has made it possible to monitor VFA on-line in one of the most difficult media: animal slurry or manure. A novel in-situ filtration technique has made it possible to perform microfiltration inside the reactor system. This filter enables sampling from closed reactor systems without large scale...... pumping and filtering. Using this filtration technique together with commercially available membrane filters we have constructed a VFA sensor system that can perform automatic analysis on animal slurry at a frequency as high as every 15 minutes. The VFA sensor has been tested for a period of more than 60...... days with more than 1000 samples on both a fullscale biogas plant and lab-scale reactors. The measuring range covers specific measurements of acetate, propionate, iso-/n-butyrate and iso-/n-valerate from 0.1 to 50 mM (6–3,000 mg)....

  16. In-situ mapping of contaminants with nuclear borehole logging techniques

    In the DOE Environmental Restoration (ER) Program, techniques which reduce site characterization and long-term monitoring costs and maximize the information obtained from each borehole are needed because drilling boreholes in contaminated areas and analyzing samples are costly procedures. The authors will describe the experience at the Nevada Test Site, where the authors have found that nuclear borehole logging combined with a limited sampling program can yield greatly enhanced data confidence at reduced cost compared with sampling alone. Such a win-win result can be obtained for some contaminants in ER by applying nuclear borehole logging techniques which have the ability to map contaminants in-situ and are nuclide specific. Such measurements give a continuous record along the borehole, typically analyze 103 to 104 times more material than sample analyses, and can be made repeatedly over any period of time to track changes in contaminant concentrations

  17. Development of Advanced In-Situ Techniques for Chemistry Monitoring and Corrosion Mitigation in SCWO Environments

    Macdonald, D. D.; Lvov, S. N.

    2000-03-31

    This project is developing sensing technologies and corrosion monitoring techniques for use in super critical water oxidation (SCWO) systems to reduce the volume of mixed low-level nuclear waste by oxidizing organic components in a closed cycle system where CO2 and other gaseous oxides are produced, leaving the radioactive elements concentrated in ash. The technique uses water at supercritical temperatures under highly oxidized conditions by maintaining a high fugacity of molecular oxygen in the system, which causes high corrosion rates of even the most corrosive resistant reactor materials. This project significantly addresses the high corrosion shortcoming through development of (a) advanced electrodes and sensors for in situ potentiometric monitoring of pH in high subcritical and supercritical aqueous solutions, (b) an approach for evaluating the association constants for 1-1 aqueous electrolytes using a flow-through electrochemical thermocell; (c) an electrochemical noise sensor for the in situ measurement of corrosion rate in subcritical and supercritical aqueous systems; (d) a model for estimating the effect of pressure on reaction rates, including corrosion reactions, in high subcritical and supercritical aqueous systems. The project achieved all objectives, except for installing some of the sensors into a fully operating SCWO system.

  18. New application technology for 'in situ' pipeline protection using pigging techniques

    Pretorius, Louis Charles [Corrocoat SA (PTY) Ltd., Durban (South Africa)

    2005-07-01

    Pigging of long pipelines is a technique for in situ (field) coating, creating seamless internal structural linings. Originally developed for cleaning pipes, the system was adapted to apply internal anti-corrosion protection to pipes using a thin epoxy layer, which had some problems in weld coverage, stress cracking, poor cold weather curing and the inability to fill pitting corrosion metal loss. New coating materials, revised application methods and modified pigging equipment have made it possible to apply in situ liquid film coatings up to 1 mm thick, as an internal corrosion barrier to pipes, in a single application (similar to continuous screeding) resulting in a bonded 'GRP pipe within a steel pipe'. The method can be used for new projects on fully welded pipe lines avoiding coating problems associated with flange joints and/or couplings, or for refurbishment of old pipelines, varying from 150-900 mm diameter, up to 12 km long. Pipes can be buried, submerged, continuously welded or flanged. Many different pipes, such as oil platform to shore based pipelines, can all be treated using this method. Thick film polymer pigging techniques create new possibilities for Engineers to extend the life of pipeline systems, with significant cost savings compared to replacement pipe. (author)

  19. Diagnosis of In Situ Metabolic State and Rates of Microbial Metabolism During In Situ Uranium Bioremediation with Molecular Techniques

    Lovley, Derek R

    2012-11-28

    The goal of these projects was to develop molecule tools to tract the metabolic activity and physiological status of microorganisms during in situ uranium bioremediation. Such information is important in able to design improved bioremediation strategies. As summarized below, the research was highly successful with new strategies developed for estimating in situ rates of metabolism and diagnosing the physiological status of the predominant subsurface microorganisms. This is a first not only for groundwater bioremediation studies, but also for subsurface microbiology in general. The tools and approaches developed in these studies should be applicable to the study of microbial communities in a diversity of soils and sediments.

  20. Transient stability emergency control combining open-loop and closed-loop technique

    Ruiz-Vega, Daniel; Glavic, Mevludin; Ernst, Damien

    2003-01-01

    An on-line transient stability emergency control approach is proposed, which couples an open-loop and a closed-loop emergency control technique. The open-loop technique uses on-line transient stability assessment in order to adapt the settings of automatic system protection schemes to the current operating conditions. On the other hand, the closed-loop technique uses measurements in order to design and trigger countermeasures, after the contingency has actually happened, then to continue moni...

  1. Synthesis of magnesia stabilized zirconia by co-precipitation technique

    The demand for new structural elements possessing a combination of properties such as good strength retention at high temperatures and high resistance to corrosion that find application in nuclear, aerospace, fuel cells etc., have led to the development of new materials as well as improvement in existing materials. Among the important development in the later direction is the synthesis of Stabilized Zirconia. This paper deals with the synthesis of oxide powders of magnesia stabilized zirconia used for high temperature applications mentioned above. Salts of zirconium oxy chloride and magnesium chloride were used as the precursors. The process involved controlled reaction of an aqueous solution of ammonium hydroxide into a solution containing zirconium oxy chloride and magnesium chloride. The resulting solution was filtered, dried and calcined. XRD, SEM/EDAX analyses were done and the results are reported. Variation of conductivity with temperature has also been studied. (author)

  2. New development of hydraulic fracturing technique for in-situ stress measurement at great depth of mines

    2008-01-01

    In-situ stress measurement using the hydraulic fracturing technique was made at Wanfu Coal Mine in Shandong Province,China.To solve problems caused by great measuring depth and extra thick overburden soil layers in the mine,a series of improved techniques were developed for the traditional hydraulic fracturing technique and equipment to increase their pressure-enduring ability and to ensure safe and flexible removal of the sealing packers with other experimental apparatus.Successful in-situ stress measurement at 37 points within 7 boreholes,which were mostly over 1000 m deep,was completed.Through the measurement,detailed in

  3. Study on modeling of vehicle dynamic stability and control technique

    GAO Yun-ting; LI Pan-feng

    2012-01-01

    In order to solve the problem of enhancing the vehicle driving stability and safety,which has been the hot question researched by scientific and engineering in the vehicle industry,the new control method was investigated.After the analysis of tire moving characteristics and the vehicle stress analysis,the tire model based on the extension pacejka magic formula which combined longitudinal motion and lateral motion was developed and a nonlinear vehicle dynamical stability model with seven freedoms was made.A new model reference adaptive control project which made the slip angle and yaw rate of vehicle body as the output and feedback variable in adjusting the torque of vehicle body to control the vehicle stability was designed.A simulation model was also built in Matlab/Simulink to evaluate this control project.It was made up of many mathematical subsystem models mainly including the tire model module,the yaw moment calculation module,the center of mass parameter calculation module,tire parameter calculation module of multiple and so forth.The severe lane change simulation result shows that this vehicle model and the model reference adaptive control method have an excellent performance.

  4. Calibration of an in-situ BEGe detector using semi-empirical and Monte Carlo techniques.

    Agrafiotis, K; Karfopoulos, K L; Anagnostakis, M J

    2011-08-01

    In the case of a nuclear or radiological accident a rapid estimation of the qualitative and quantitative characteristics of the potential radioactive pollution is needed. For aerial releases the radioactive pollutants are finally deposited on the ground forming a surface source. In this case, in-situ γ-ray spectrometry is a powerful tool for the determination of ground pollution. In this work, the procedure followed at the Nuclear Engineering Department of the National Technical University of Athens (NED-NTUA) for the calibration of an in-situ Broad Energy Germanium (BEGe) detector, for the determination of gamma-emitting radionuclides deposited on the ground surface, is presented. BEGe detectors due to their technical characteristics are suitable for the analysis of photons in a wide energy region. Two different techniques were applied for the full-energy peak efficiency calibration of the BEGe detector in the energy region 60-1600 keV: Full-energy peak efficiencies determined using the two methods agree within statistical uncertainties. PMID:21193317

  5. In situ characterization of natural pyrite bioleaching using electrochemical noise technique

    Chen, Guo-bao; Yang, Hong-ying; Li, Hai-jun

    2016-02-01

    An in situ characterization technique called electrochemical noise (ECN) was used to investigate the bioleaching of natural pyrite. ECN experiments were conducted in four active systems (sulfuric acid, ferric-ion, 9k culture medium, and bioleaching solutions). The ECN data were analyzed in both the time and frequency domains. Spectral noise impedance spectra obtained from power spectral density (PSD) plots for different systems were compared. A reaction mechanism was also proposed on the basis of the experimental data analysis. The bioleaching system exhibits the lowest noise resistance of 0.101 MΩ. The bioleaching of natural pyrite is considered to be a bio-battery reaction, which distinguishes it from chemical oxidation reactions in ferric-ion and culture-medium (9k) solutions. The corrosion of pyrite becomes more severe over time after the long-term testing of bioleaching.

  6. Use of noninvasive geophysical techniques for the In Situ Vitrification Program

    Josten, N.E.; Marts, S.T.; Carpenter, G.S.

    1991-11-01

    In situ vitrification (ISV) is a waste pit remediation technology that can potentially eliminate the need for pit excavation. The ISV program at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL) funded this study to evaluate geophysical techniques that might be useful for performing detailed screening of the materials, soil conditions, and local geology of waste pits targeted for remediation. The evaluation focuses on a specific set of characterization objectives developed by ISV engineers. The objectives are based on their assessment of safety, environmental, and cost efficiency issues associated with the ISV process. A literature review of geophysical case histories was conducted and a geophysical survey was performed at the INEL simulated waste pit so that the evaluation could be based on demonstrable results.

  7. In situ Elemental Analysis of Ancient Objects Using Prompt Gamma-Ray Measurement Techniques

    Full text: In this research, measurement of prompt gamma-rays from neutron capture and inelastic scattering of neutrons was experimentally investigated to be used for in situ qualitative analysis of elements in ancient objects. A 1.85 GBq Am241/Be neutron source, a portable high purity germanium detector with a relative efficiency of 30 % and an Inspector 2000 spectrum analyzer connected to a portable microcomputer. In laboratory, 12 test specimens were analyzed including metals, chemicals, mortar, as well as Buddha images and a bronze bell. In the field, a Buddha image at Wat Naphramain in Ayuthaya Province was analyzed. The results indicated that the technique was capable of analysing some elements such as B, Al, Si, Cl, Ca, Cu, Fe and Pb but was not sensitive to some elements like Sn and Au

  8. Assessment of phytoremediation as an in-situ technique for cleaning oil-contaminated sites

    Literature on examples of phytoremediation techniques used in the in-situ remediation of soils contaminated by petroleum hydrocarbons is reviewed. The review includes discussion of the key mechanisms involved in each case, benefits, limitations and costs compared to alternative approaches, including natural attenuation, engineering and bioremediation. Review of the literature led to the conclusion that phytoremediation is an effective method for degrading and containing petroleum hydrocarbons in soil, and confirmed the ability of plants to transfer volatile petroleum hydrocarbons, such as napthalene, from the soil to the atmosphere via transpiration. The primary loss mechanism for the degradation of petroleum hydrocarbons appears to be microorganisms in the rhizosphere of plants. The available information also suggests that plants may degrade petroleum hydrocarbons directly, although the indirect role played by plants is far more common. These roles include supplying root exudates for microbial use, releasing root-associated enzymes that degrade contaminants in the soil, and altering soil to promote phytoremediation. BTEX compounds are most easily amenable to phytoremediation; large and lipophilic compounds such as four or five-ring polyaromatic hydrocarbons are more difficult to remediate. The limited information available suggests that phytoremediation is slightly less expensive than bioremediation, and several order of magnitude less than engineering techniques. In general, phytoremediation is faster than natural attenuation, but typically slower than engineering and bioremediation. On the other hand, it is less disruptive to the site than ex-situ engineering and bioremediation that involve excavation efforts. Phytoremediation is most effective with shallow contamination. Preliminary screenings indicate that there are several plant species, native and introduced, that may be used with some success for phytoremediation in the Prairie and Boreal Plains ecozones

  9. Direct push driven in situ color logging tool (CLT): technique, analysis routines, and application

    Werban, U.; Hausmann, J.; Dietrich, P.; Vienken, T.

    2014-12-01

    Direct push technologies have recently seen a broad development providing several tools for in situ parameterization of unconsolidated sediments. One of these techniques is the measurement of soil colors - a proxy information that reveals to soil/sediment properties. We introduce the direct push driven color logging tool (CLT) for real-time and depth-resolved investigation of soil colors within the visible spectrum. Until now, no routines exist on how to handle high-resolved (mm-scale) soil color data. To develop such a routine, we transform raw data (CIEXYZ) into soil color surrogates of selected color spaces (CIExyY, CIEL*a*b*, CIEL*c*h*, sRGB) and denoise small-scale natural variability by Haar and Daublet4 wavelet transformation, gathering interpretable color logs over depth. However, interpreting color log data as a single application remains challenging. Additional information, such as site-specific knowledge of the geological setting, is required to correlate soil color data to specific layers properties. Hence, we exemplary provide results from a joint interpretation of in situ-obtained soil color data and 'state-of-the-art' direct push based profiling tool data and discuss the benefit of additional data. The developed routine is capable of transferring the provided information obtained as colorimetric data into interpretable color surrogates. Soil color data proved to correlate with small-scale lithological/chemical changes (e.g., grain size, oxidative and reductive conditions), especially when combined with additional direct push vertical high resolution data (e.g., cone penetration testing and soil sampling). Thus, the technique allows enhanced profiling by means of providing another reproducible high-resolution parameter for analysis subsurface conditions. This opens potential new areas of application and new outputs for such data in site investigation. It is our intention to improve color measurements by means method of application and data

  10. Evaluation of Select Surface Processing Techniques for In Situ Application During the Additive Manufacturing Build Process

    Book, Todd A.; Sangid, Michael D.

    2016-07-01

    Although additive manufacturing offers numerous performance advantages for different applications, it is not being used for critical applications due to uncertainties in structural integrity as a result of innate process variability and defects. To minimize uncertainty, the current approach relies on the concurrent utilization of process monitoring, post-processing, and non-destructive inspection in addition to an extensive material qualification process. This paper examines an alternative approach by evaluating the application of select surface process techniques, to include sliding severe plastic deformation (SPD) and fine particle shot peening, on direct metal laser sintering-produced AlSi10Mg materials. Each surface processing technique is compared to baseline as-built and post-processed samples as a proof of concept for surface enhancement. Initial results pairing sliding SPD with the manufacture's recommended thermal stress relief cycle demonstrated uniform recrystallization of the microstructure, resulting in a more homogeneous distribution of strain among the microstructure than as-built or post-processed conditions. This result demonstrates the potential for the in situ application of various surface processing techniques during the layerwise direct metal laser sintering build process.

  11. Evaluation of Select Surface Processing Techniques for In Situ Application During the Additive Manufacturing Build Process

    Book, Todd A.; Sangid, Michael D.

    2016-03-01

    Although additive manufacturing offers numerous performance advantages for different applications, it is not being used for critical applications due to uncertainties in structural integrity as a result of innate process variability and defects. To minimize uncertainty, the current approach relies on the concurrent utilization of process monitoring, post-processing, and non-destructive inspection in addition to an extensive material qualification process. This paper examines an alternative approach by evaluating the application of select surface process techniques, to include sliding severe plastic deformation (SPD) and fine particle shot peening, on direct metal laser sintering-produced AlSi10Mg materials. Each surface processing technique is compared to baseline as-built and post-processed samples as a proof of concept for surface enhancement. Initial results pairing sliding SPD with the manufacture's recommended thermal stress relief cycle demonstrated uniform recrystallization of the microstructure, resulting in a more homogeneous distribution of strain among the microstructure than as-built or post-processed conditions. This result demonstrates the potential for the in situ application of various surface processing techniques during the layerwise direct metal laser sintering build process.

  12. Novel stability criteria for fuzzy Hopfield neural networks based on an improved homogeneous matrix polynomials technique

    The global stability problem of Takagi—Sugeno (T—S) fuzzy Hopfield neural networks (FHNNs) with time delays is investigated. Novel LMI-based stability criteria are obtained by using Lyapunov functional theory to guarantee the asymptotic stability of the FHNNs with less conservatism. Firstly, using both Finsler's lemma and an improved homogeneous matrix polynomial technique, and applying an affine parameter-dependent Lyapunov—Krasovskii functional, we obtain the convergent LMI-based stability criteria. Algebraic properties of the fuzzy membership functions in the unit simplex are considered in the process of stability analysis via the homogeneous matrix polynomials technique. Secondly, to further reduce the conservatism, a new right-hand-side slack variables introducing technique is also proposed in terms of LMIs, which is suitable to the homogeneous matrix polynomials setting. Finally, two illustrative examples are given to show the efficiency of the proposed approaches

  13. Comparative review of techniques used for in situ remediation of contaminated soils; Revision comparativa de tecnicas empleadas para la descontaminacion in situ de suelos contaminados

    Escusol Tomey, M.; Rodriguez Abad, R.

    2014-07-01

    Soil pollution may influence the geotechnical parameters of the soil itself, properties such as solid particle density or water within its pores. It may also vary its friction angle, modify its structure and texture, or change the properties of its constitutive minerals due to the inclusion of polluting components. For these reasons, soil decontamination is an important factor to consider in geotechnics. This work focuses on those soil decontamination techniques carried out in situ, since they allow to eliminate soil pollutants in a less invasive way than confinement, containment or ex situ remediation techniques, causing a minor soil alteration and, therefore, affecting less to its mechanical properties. These factors should be taken into account when carrying out a geotechnical performance on a previously decontaminated soil. (Author)

  14. Hp-β-CD-Voriconazole In Situ Gelling System for Ocular Drug Delivery: In Vitro, Stability, and Antifungal Activities Assessment

    Pravin Pawar; Heena Kashyap; Sakshi Malhotra; Rakesh Sindhu

    2013-01-01

    The objective of the present study was to design ophthalmic delivery systems based on polymeric carriers that undergo sol-to-gel transition upon change in temperature or in the presence of cations so as to prolong the effect of HP- β -CD Voriconazole (VCZ) in situ gelling formulations. The in situ gelling formulations of Voriconazole were prepared by using pluronic F-127 (PF-127) or with combination of pluronic F-68 (PF-68) and sodium alginate by cold method technique. The prepared formulatio...

  15. Spectral Techniques for Solving PDE Stability Model of Vortex Rope

    Bistrian, Diana Alina

    2012-01-01

    In this paper spectral methods are applied to investigate the hydrodynamic instability of swirling flow with application to Francis hydraulic turbine. Spectral methods imply representing the problem solution as truncated series of smooth global functions. An L2 - projection and the collocation methods are developed assessing both analytically methodology and computational techniques using symbolic and numerical conversions. Remarks concerning the efficiency and the accuracy of each method in ...

  16. New graphical techniques for studying acoustic ray stability

    Bódai, T.; Fenwick, A. J.; Wiercigroch, M.

    2009-07-01

    Alternatives to the standard Poincaré section are proposed to cater for some conditions arising in the study of chaotic ray propagation where the usual method of dimension reduction by the Poincaré section is inadequate because the driving is not periodic. There are three alternatives proposed which all use the same surface of intersection, but which differ in their use of the values of the dependent variables at the intersections of the rays with the surface. The new reduction techniques are used to examine ray behaviour in a harmonically perturbed Munk profile which supports ray chaos. It is found that all three techniques provide a graphical means of distinguishing between regular and irregular motions, and that the space of the mapping associated with one of them is partitioned into nonintersecting regular and chaotic regions as with the Poincaré section. A further model with quasiperiodic time dependence of the Hamiltonian is examined, and it turns out that the quasiperiodic nature of the motion is revealed as Lissajous curves by one technique.

  17. Formation and Stability of Phenylphosphonic Acid Monolayers on ZnO: Comparison of In Situ and Ex Situ SAM Preparation.

    Ostapenko, Alexandra; Klöffel, Tobias; Meyer, Bernd; Witte, Gregor

    2016-05-24

    Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) enable an electronic interface tailoring of conductive metal oxides and offer an alternative to common transparent electrodes in optoelectronic devices. Here, the influence of surface orientation and pretreatment on the formation and stability of SAMs has been studied for the case of phenylphosphonic acid (PPA) on ZnO single crystals. Using thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), near-edge X-ray adsorption fine structure spectroscopy (NEXAFS) and density-functional theory (DFT) calculations, the thermal stability and orientational ordering of PPA-SAMs on the polar and mixed-terminated ZnO surfaces were analyzed. On all surfaces, PPA-SAMs remain stable up to 550 K, while at higher temperatures a C-P bond cleavage and dissociative desorption takes place yielding two distinct desorption peaks. Based on DFT calculations, these desorption channels are attributed to protonated and deprotonated chemisorbed PPA molecules, which can be related to tri- and bidentate species, hence allowing to determine their relative abundance from the intensity ratio. Beside immersion, an alternative monolayer preparation based on vacuum deposition in combination with controlled desorption of excess multilayers is demonstrated. This enables a SAM preparation on bare ZnO surfaces without any precoating due to exposure to ambient air, which is further compared with SAM formation on intentionally hydroxylated substrates. Corresponding TDS data indicate that initial hydroxylation favors the formation of tridentate and deprotonated bidentate, while the OMBD preparation on bare surfaces yields a larger fraction of protonated bidentate species. The orientation of PPA molecules adopted in the SAMs was determined from the dichroism of K-edge NEXAFS measurements and reveals an almost upright orientation for the deprotonated species, while a slight tilting is obtained for monolayer films with a large fraction of protonated

  18. Virtual Reality Analysis in Tennis Serve Technique Stability for Junior Masters

    Du Chuan Jia; Zhou Ji He; Wang Shuai

    2016-01-01

    This study consists of virtual reality analysis of tennis serve technique was constructed based on two male professional players from 2016 Chengdu ITF Junior Masters: Casper RUUD and Miomir Kecmanovic. The purpose of the study is to find an effective way of building stability of serves for junior players. This study will provide some considerable data for coaches and players in improving the stability and quality of the serve technique. Results of the study show 5 main points of view: (1) RUU...

  19. Measurement of in-situ stress in salt and rock using NQR techniques

    Schempp, E.; Hirschfeld, T.; Klainer, S.

    1980-12-01

    A discussion of how stress and strain affect the quantities which can be measured in an NQR experiment shows that, for stresses of the magnitude to be expected at depths up to about 10,000 feet, quadrupole coupling constants will fall in the range of 1 to 10 kHz for both the sodium and chloride ions in NaCl. The most promising system involves pulsed nuclear double resonance detection; and alterative is to observe the quadrupolar splitting of the NMR signal. Choices to be made in the measurement and mapping techniques are discussed. The well-known perturbation of the homogenous stress field in the neighborhood of a borehole is shown to be advantageous from the point of view of obtaining directional information on the stress. Construction and operation of a borehole stress sensor are considered. The NQR technique seems feasible for measuring the magnitude and direction of underground stress with a resolution of about 25 psi, or 2.5% at 1000 psi. Downhole instrumentation suitable for in-situ determinations of stress appears within the state of the art. Additional tasks required on the project are identified.

  20. Measurement of in-situ stress in salt and rock using NQR techniques

    A discussion of how stress and strain affect the quantities which can be measured in an NQR experiment shows that, for stresses of the magnitude to be expected at depths up to about 10,000 feet, quadrupole coupling constants will fall in the range of 1 to 10 kHz for both the sodium and chloride ions in NaCl. The most promising system involves pulsed nuclear double resonance detection; and alterative is to observe the quadrupolar splitting of the NMR signal. Choices to be made in the measurement and mapping techniques are discussed. The well-known perturbation of the homogenous stress field in the neighborhood of a borehole is shown to be advantageous from the point of view of obtaining directional information on the stress. Construction and operation of a borehole stress sensor are considered. The NQR technique seems feasible for measuring the magnitude and direction of underground stress with a resolution of about 25 psi, or 2.5% at 1000 psi. Downhole instrumentation suitable for in-situ determinations of stress appears within the state of the art. Additional tasks required on the project are identified

  1. In-situ evaluation of compressed brick veneer using the flatjack technique

    Bell, G.R.; Gabby, B.A.

    1999-07-01

    The flatjack is a relatively nondestructive tool that allows engineers engaged in the repair and retrofit of masonry buildings (both historic and non-historic) to directly determine the in-situ state of compressive stress in masonry walls. The flatjack technique recently was used on a large modern apartment complex to quantify the compression in a brick veneer that was distressed and had questionable wind-load resistance. The compression in the veneer was due to a combination of concrete frame shrinkage and brick growth in a wall system that lacked horizontal control joints under the steel shelf angles. Although the compression caused spalling in the veneer, it also contributed beneficially to the walls' wind resistance. The amount of compression in the veneer was determined in several location throughout the height of one elevation of the building using flatjacks. The authors found that the compression in the veneer was greater than the flexural tension produced by design wind loads (including a reasonable factor of safety), but below the compressive strength of the brick masonry. This finding allowed a repair solution that was modest relative to strengthening the wall for inadequate wind resistance. Prior to employing the flatjack in the field, the authors conducted in-house research to check the accuracy and reliability of method, and develop their technique. The authors found that by altering gauge points from those locations prescribed by current ASTM standards to those recommended in recent research, greater accuracy could be obtained.

  2. Pilot demonstration for containment using in situ soil mixing techniques at a chemical disposal superfund site

    Zarlinski, S.J.; Kingham, N.W.; Semenak, R. [Kiber Environmental Services, Inc., Atlanta, GA (United States)

    1997-12-31

    Kiber Environmental Services, Inc. (Kiber), under contract to McLaren-Hart Corporation and the site PRP group, performed technical oversight and on-site sampling and analyses at the confidential site located in Texas. The site consists of 15,000 cubic meters (20,000 cubic yards) of contaminated materials that were to be solidified on-site. The contaminants included heavy metals, PAHs, oil and grease, and volatile organics. Groundwater is less than 1 meter from the surface. Kiber was retained after several unsuccessful efforts to find on-site containment methods that effectively solidified the waste pits while achieving the performance goals. The PRP group then contracted with Kiber to perform the treatability and pilot oversight studies. The full-scale pilot demonstration was performed by Geo-Con. Pilot-scale treatment was performed to evaluate the effectiveness of in situ solidification treatment at achieving the site specific performance criteria, including an unconfined compressive strength of greater than 170 kPa (25 psi) and a permeability of less than 1x10{sup -6} cm/sec. Technical oversight and on-site sampling and analysis were provided to evaluate pilot-scale application of the selected technology and verify treatment effectiveness. The project was divided into several subtasks. First, laboratory treatability testing was conducted to verify that performance specifications were achievable using the proposed reagent formulations. Next, a pilot demonstration was performed by Geo-Con using a Manotowoc 4000 crane equipped with a 1.5-meter diameter auger to evaluate shallow soil mixing. The final task included a comparative study between the performance of test specimens collected using wet sampling techniques versus in situ post-treatment coring.

  3. Pilot demonstration for containment using in situ soil mixing techniques at a chemical disposal superfund site

    Kiber Environmental Services, Inc. (Kiber), under contract to McLaren-Hart Corporation and the site PRP group, performed technical oversight and on-site sampling and analyses at the confidential site located in Texas. The site consists of 15,000 cubic meters (20,000 cubic yards) of contaminated materials that were to be solidified on-site. The contaminants included heavy metals, PAHs, oil and grease, and volatile organics. Groundwater is less than 1 meter from the surface. Kiber was retained after several unsuccessful efforts to find on-site containment methods that effectively solidified the waste pits while achieving the performance goals. The PRP group then contracted with Kiber to perform the treatability and pilot oversight studies. The full-scale pilot demonstration was performed by Geo-Con. Pilot-scale treatment was performed to evaluate the effectiveness of in situ solidification treatment at achieving the site specific performance criteria, including an unconfined compressive strength of greater than 170 kPa (25 psi) and a permeability of less than 1x10-6 cm/sec. Technical oversight and on-site sampling and analysis were provided to evaluate pilot-scale application of the selected technology and verify treatment effectiveness. The project was divided into several subtasks. First, laboratory treatability testing was conducted to verify that performance specifications were achievable using the proposed reagent formulations. Next, a pilot demonstration was performed by Geo-Con using a Manotowoc 4000 crane equipped with a 1.5-meter diameter auger to evaluate shallow soil mixing. The final task included a comparative study between the performance of test specimens collected using wet sampling techniques versus in situ post-treatment coring

  4. Stabilizing operation point technique based on the tunable distributed feedback laser for interferometric sensors

    Mao, Xuefeng; Zhou, Xinlei; Yu, Qingxu

    2016-02-01

    We describe a stabilizing operation point technique based on the tunable Distributed Feedback (DFB) laser for quadrature demodulation of interferometric sensors. By introducing automatic lock quadrature point and wavelength periodically tuning compensation into an interferometric system, the operation point of interferometric system is stabilized when the system suffers various environmental perturbations. To demonstrate the feasibility of this stabilizing operation point technique, experiments have been performed using a tunable-DFB-laser as light source to interrogate an extrinsic Fabry-Perot interferometric vibration sensor and a diaphragm-based acoustic sensor. Experimental results show that good tracing of Q-point was effectively realized.

  5. The improvement of phycocyanin stability extracted from Spirulina sp using extrusion encapsulation technique

    Suzery, Meiny; Hadiyanto, Sutanto, Heri; Soetrisnanto, Danny; Majid, Dian; Setyawan, Deny; Azizah, Nur

    2015-12-01

    The stability of phycocyanin extracted from microalgae Spirulina has been evaluated and it showed that the stability of this antioxidant was affected by temperature and pH changes. The encapsulation technique was of the alternatives to overcome this stability changes. The objective of this paper was to investigate the effects of coating materials (alginate and chitosan) during encapsulation by using extrusion technique. The experiments were conducted with variation of alginate as coating materials. The size of each microcapsules was evaluated by using SEM/XRD for its size and homogeneity.

  6. Spectral Techniques for Solving PDE Stability Model of Vortex Rope

    Bistrian, Diana Alina

    2012-01-01

    In this paper spectral methods are applied to investigate the hydrodynamic instability of swirling flow with application to Francis hydraulic turbine. Spectral methods imply representing the problem solution as truncated series of smooth global functions. An L2 - projection and the collocation methods are developed assessing both analytically methodology and computational techniques using symbolic and numerical conversions. Remarks concerning the efficiency and the accuracy of each method in this case are presented. The model of the trailing vortex is used to validate the numerical algorithms with existing results in the literature. All the results are compared to existing ones and they prove to agree quite well. The advantages of using this methods in flow control problems are pointed out.

  7. Towards a more realistic picture of in situ biocide actions: Combining physiological and microscopy techniques

    Speranza, M., E-mail: speranzamariela@gmail.com [Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, MNCN-CSIC, Serrano 115 bis, 28006 Madrid (Spain); Wierzchos, J.; De Los Rios, A.; Perez-Ortega, S. [Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, MNCN-CSIC, Serrano 115 bis, 28006 Madrid (Spain); Souza-Egipsy, V. [Instituto de Ciencias Agrarias, ICA-CSIC, Serrano 115 bis, 28006 Madrid (Spain); Ascaso, C., E-mail: ascaso@mncn.csic.es [Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, MNCN-CSIC, Serrano 115 bis, 28006 Madrid (Spain)

    2012-11-15

    In this study, we combined chlorophyll a fluorescence (ChlaF) measurements, using pulse-amplitude-modulate (PAM) equipment, with scanning electron microscopy in backscattered electron mode (SEM-BSE) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images to evaluate the actions of Koretrel at lower concentrations on Verrucaria nigrescens colonising a dolostone. ChlaF measurements are good indicators of the damaging effects of biocides. However, these indicators only provide an incomplete view of the mechanism of biocides used to control biodeterioration agents. The death of the V. nigrescens photobiont at two biocide concentrations was revealed by PAM, SEM-BSE and TEM. Once Koretrel was applied, the Fv/Fm ratios markedly fell in the first few hours after the 1.5% treatment, and ratios for the 3% dilution remained close to zero throughout the study. The algal zone shows the plasmolysed appearance of the photobiont cells, and important aspects related to the action of the biocide on free and lichenised fungi were also detected using SEM-BSE. Many of the mycobiont cells had only their cell walls preserved; although, some fungal hyphae in lichen thalli and some microorganisms in endolithic clusters maintained lipid storage in their cytoplasm. These results indicated that the combination of physiological and microscopy techniques improves the assessment of biocide action in situ and this will help to optimize protocols in order to reduce the emission of these compounds to the environment. -- Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We combined ChlaF measurements with EM images to analyses the biocides action on stone biodeterioration agents. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer At lower biocide concentrations damage to photobiont and mycobiont cells integrity, ultrastructure and vitality were observed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The limited action of biocides on fungi and algae were detected using SEM-BSE. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The combination of physiological and microscopy

  8. In situ AFM studies of the stability of MgO(1 0 0) in aqueous electrolytes

    Highlights: • Stability and dissolution of MgO(1 0 0) surfaces in alkaline solutions of NaCl and NaClO4. • Stability determined by the hydrogen network between the water and the oxide surface. • Formation of a hydroxide gel-like layer in absence of chloride. • Report of square pits oriented in the 〈1 1 0〉 directions during immersion in NaCl. • Substitution of hydroxides by chlorides at the electrolyte/MgO interface. - Abstract: The stability and dissolution of MgO(1 0 0) single crystal surfaces in alkaline solutions of NaClO4 and NaCl were investigated by means of in situ atomic force microscopy (AFM) and ex situ angle resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (AR-XPS). MgO surfaces showed higher resistance to dissolution in NaClO4 electrolyte due to the formation of a gel-like hydroxide layer. The emergence of rectangular/square formed pits oriented in the 〈1 1 0〉 directions during immersion in NaCl electrolytes at alkaline pH was observed. The results are discussed on the basis of a substitution of hydroxides by chlorides at the electrolyte/MgO interface

  9. Detection by the fluorescence in situ hybridization technique of MYC translocations in paraffin-embedded lymphoma biopsy samples

    Haralambieva, E; Banham, AH; Bastard, C; Delsol, G; Gaulard, P; Ott, G; Pileri, S; Fletcher, JA; Mason, DY

    2003-01-01

    The detection of chromosomal translocations by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) is widely performed, but very few studies have attempted to apply this technique to paraffin-embedded routine biopsy samples. We report the analysis of paraffin sections from 36 B-cell lymphoma biopsies for MYC

  10. New temporary internal introducer shunt for brain perfusion during total endovascular arch replacement with in situ fenestration technique.

    Sonesson, Björn; Resch, Tim; Dias, Nuno; Malina, Martin

    2012-10-01

    Complete endovascular arch replacement by in situ fenestration technique requires maintenance of cerebral perfusion during the fenestration procedure by an extracorporeal femoral-carotid bypass. The bypass has the disadvantages of being invasive, requiring a pump, and shunting blood extracorporeally. This report describes bench testing and an in vivo experimental animal setup with an endovascular, temporary introducer shunt. This technique represents an adjunctive step toward a complete endovascular repair for the aortic arch. PMID:22857810

  11. Following the Transient Reactions in Lithium-Sulfur Batteries Using In an In Situ Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Technique

    Xiao, Jie; Hu, Jian Z.; Chen, Honghao; Vijayakumar, M.; Zheng, Jianming; Pan, Huilin; Walter, Eric D.; Hu, Mary Y.; Deng, Xuchu; Feng, Ju; Liaw, Bor Yann; Gu, Meng; Deng, Zhiqun; Lu, Dongping; Xu, Suochang; Wang, Chong M.; Liu, Jun

    2015-05-13

    Li-S batteries hold great potential for next-generation, large-format power source applications; yet, the fundamental understanding of the electrochemical reaction pathways remains lacking to enable their functionality as promised. Here, in situ NMR technique employing a specially designed cylindrical micro battery was used to monitor the chemical environments around Li+ ions during repetitive charge-discharge process and track the transient electrochemical and chemical reactions occurring in the whole Li-S system. The in situ NMR provides real time, quantitative information related to the temporal concentration variations of the polysulfides with various chain lengths, providing important clues for the reaction pathways during both discharge and charge processes. The in-situ technique also reveals that redox reactions may involve transient species that are difficult to detect in ex-situ NMR study. Intermediate species such as charged free radicals may play an important role in the formation of the polysulfide products. Additionally, in situ NMR measurement simultaneously reveals vital information on the 7Li chemical environments in the electrochemical and parasitic reactions on the lithium anode that promotes the understanding of the failure mechanism in the Li-S system. These new insights could help design effective strategies to accelerate the development of Li-S battery technology.

  12. An optimization technique of robust load frequency stabilizer for superconducting magnetic energy storage

    As an interconnected power system is subjected to rapid load disturbances with changing frequencies in the vicinity of the inter-area oscillation mode, a system frequency may be heavily disturbed and oscillate. Under the circumstances, the stabilizing effect of the conventional load frequency control (LFC), i.e. a governor, cannot be expected. To compensate for such load disturbances and stabilize frequency oscillations, the active power controlled by superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES) can be applied. In this paper, a new optimization technique of a robust load frequency stabilizer equipped with SMES is presented. To enhance the robustness of the load frequency stabilizer against system uncertainties such as various load changes, system parameters variations etc., the multiplicative uncertainty is included in the system modeling. As a result, the robust stability of the stabilized system can be easily guaranteed in terms of the multiplicative stability margin (MSM). The configuration of the load frequency stabilizer is practically based on a second order lead/lag compensator with a single feedback input. The control parameters are automatically optimized by a tabu search algorithm, so that the desired damping ratio of the target inter-area mode and the best MSM are achieved. The simulation study exhibits the high robustness of the load frequency stabilizer against uncertainties. Moreover, a SMES unit requires small power capacity for frequency stabilization

  13. Fermentation Characteristics, In Situ Rumen Degradation and Aerobic Stability of Whole Crop Barley Ensiled with Urea or Aqueous Ammonia

    Vatandoost, Moosa; Mesgaran, Mohsen Danesh; Vakili, AliReza

    2011-01-01

    Various chemical compounds might be added to forage to maintain or improve the quality value of a crop ensiled. The aim of the present experiment was to evaluate the fermentation characteristics, in situ rumen degradation and Aerobic Stability of whole crop barley ensiled with Urea or aqueous Ammonia. In the first experiment, Whole crop barley was harvested (35% DM), chopped, and then ensiled using laboratory silos (n= 4) as untreated (UT) or treated with urea (10, 20, 30 and 40 g kg-1 DM; U1...

  14. Assessment of phytoremediation as an in-situ technique for cleaning oil-contaminated sites

    The effectiveness of phytoremediation as a tool for cleaning up hydrocarbon contaminated soil and groundwater was evaluated by reviewing relative literature. Phytoremediation is an emerging technology which consists of the use of plants for in situ treatment of contaminated soils. Grasses, herbs, shrubs and deciduous trees were the main types of plants considered in this study. A database is presently under construction to act as an inventory of plant species that tolerate or phytoremediate petroleum hydrocarbons. This paper focused on the main mechanisms and special considerations involved in the phytoremediation alkanes, aromatics, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and creosote. While phytoremediation does not require intensive engineering techniques, it does involve human intervention to establish appropriate plants and microorganisms to enhance natural degradation processes. Plants such as canola, oats barley have been shown to tolerate and accumulate metals such as selenium, copper, cadmium and zinc. Hybrid poplar trees reduce the concentration of nitrate in surficial groundwater and degrade the herbicide atrazine. Forage grasses inoculated with bacteria can degrade chlorinated benzoic acids. Various grasses and leguminous plants can increase the removal of petroleum hydrocarbons from contaminated soils. 66 refs., 3 tabs., 2 figs

  15. Identification of bacteria used for microbial enhanced oil recovery process by fluorescence in situ hybridization technique

    Fujiwara, K.; Tanaka, S.; Otsuka, M. [Kansai Research Institute, Kyoto (Japan). Lifescience Lab.; Yonebayashi, H. [Japan National Oil Corp., Chiba (Japan). Tech. Research Center; Enomoto, H. [Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan). Dept. of Geoscience and Tech.

    2000-01-01

    A fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) technique using 16S rRNA-targeted oligonucleotide probes was developed for rapid detection of microorganisms for use in the microbial enhancement of oil recovery (MEOR) process. Two microorganisms, Enterobacter cloacae TRC-322 and Bacillus licheniformis TRC-18-2-a, were selected from a collection of Enterobacter sp. and Bacillus sp. which were screened in previous studies as candidate microorganisms for injection, and were used for this experiment. Oligonucleotide probes, design based on specific sequences in the 16S rRNA gene were labeled with either fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC), or 6-car-boxy-X-rhodamine (ROX), and were allowed to hybridize with fixed cells of the two microorganisms noted above. The fluorescence signal emitted from each microorganism cells could clearly be detected by an epifluorescence microscope. Moreover, E. cloacae TRC-322 and B, licheniformis TRC-18-2-a, suspended in actual reservoir brine, including inorganic salts, oil and aboriginal cells of the reservoir brine, could be detected directly by this hybridization method, without the need for cultivation and isolation. (author)

  16. Prompt gamma-ray activation technique for in-situ analysis of mercury pollution in water

    Industrial and mining pollutants discharged into water are in general distributed homogeneously and we investigated a prompt neutron activation technique for the in-situ analysis, to start with of Hg content in water. The laboratory test employed a 252 Cf neutron source (of ∼ 3 x 106 n/s fluence) submerged in a test tank of water of ∼ 500 litres, and to monitor the gamma-ray emission a 4 x 4 NaI (Tl) detector system was employed. In 3000 is time interval trials, for a 46 ppm contamination level of Hg, we observed an excess of counts of ∼ 9.2 σ significance in the energy range of 4000-6500 keV, which can be attributed to the presence of mercury. This test system for a 10 hour monitoring can provide a minimum detectable sensitivity at 4.78 ppm. In the future experiments, we propose to replace the NaI(Tl) detector by a HPGe detector to facilitate simultaneous analyses of pollutants such as cadmium, chlorine, chromium etc for detection at few tenths to tens of ppm levels or better. (author). 5 refs., 2 figs., 2 tabs

  17. Determination of uranium distribution coefficient at Thabana storage facility using in-situ techniques

    Full text of publication follows: Distribution coefficients (Kd) to a large extent determine the suitability of a site to host a radioactive waste repository. Determining Kd values is not a simple exercise mainly because of its dependence on a number of factors. By applying the in-situ technique, which is discussed in this paper, the Kd value of uranium at the storage site was determined. This approach avoids the crushing or disturbing in any way the soil or rock samples, minimising the uncertainties in the final outcome. The intervention exercise at Thabana Storage Facility provided an opportunity of determining the distribution coefficient of uranium under site-specific conditions. In an attempt to salvage a contaminated condenser and recover the enriched uranium in it, Trench 7 was excavated. The trench had been filled with radioactive waste as contaminated equipment or loose material; or packaged in metal drums and capped for approximately 5 years. According to nuclear regulations it constituted a nuclear incident and intervention was immediately instituted. The soil samples gouged out at various depths from the floor of the trench were analysed for uranium and other radionuclides. Soil samples were collected from 30 cm, 60 cm, 80 cm, 105 cm, 135 cm and 160 cm intervals below the trench floor. The paper presents an analytical model for uranium migration at Thabana Storage Facility that takes into account the site-specific features and processes, and its applicability is validated with field results. By fixing some parameters in the model, the distribution coefficient of uranium at the site is determined minimising the huge uncertainties often associated with the conventional techniques. The analysis results of both 238U and 235U are used for this purpose. The parametric sensitivity analysis of the mathematical model provided the uncertainty envelope of the distribution coefficient at the site. The computational results are compared to literature and laboratory

  18. Automated quantitative analysis of in-situ NaI measured spectra in the marine environment using a wavelet-based smoothing technique

    An algorithm for automated analysis of in-situ NaI γ-ray spectra in the marine environment is presented. A standard wavelet denoising technique is implemented for obtaining a smoothed spectrum, while the stability of the energy spectrum is achieved by taking advantage of the permanent presence of two energy lines in the marine environment. The automated analysis provides peak detection, net area calculation, energy autocalibration, radionuclide identification and activity calculation. The results of the algorithm performance, presented for two different cases, show that analysis of short-term spectra with poor statistical information is considerably improved and that incorporation of further advancements could allow the use of the algorithm in early-warning marine radioactivity systems. - Highlights: → Algorithm for automated analysis of in-situ NaI γ-ray marine spectra. → Wavelet denoising technique provides smoothed spectra even at parts of the energy spectrum that exhibits strong statistical fluctuations. → Automated analysis provides peak detection, net area calculation, energy autocalibration, radionuclide identification and activity calculation. → Analysis of short-term spectra with poor statistical information is considerably improved.

  19. Analysis on Supporting Stability for Track Subgrade Dynamic Response In-situ Test Device Based on NSGA-II

    Feilong Zheng

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The dynamic response test to the subgrade plays a very important role in railway construction and a new in-situ test system is proposed. This paper presents the application of non-dominated sorting genetic algorithm-II (NSGA-II to analyze the stability of the supporting equipment for track subgrade dynamic response in-situ test device. Its stability is related with the extension length of the hydraulic cylinders and the backward condition of the supporting equipment - the hydraulic excavator. The problem is formulated as a multi-objective optimization problem with the objective of maximizing  the supporting force for the test device. An 85 tons excavator is picked as the case to study. The first optimal results show the excavator may not support the test system successfully. After redesigning the boom and adding its weight and length as new parameters, the second optimize results indicate the test device can work normally.

  20. Evaluation of some by-Products using In situ and In vitro Gas Production Techniques

    Besharati Maghsoud

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Food by-products in Iran are produced in high levels. In this study, in situ and in vitro gas production techniques were used to describe nutritive value of apple pomace, tomato pomace and noodle waste. For this purpose two ruminal fistulated sheep were used. Nylon bags which were approximately (6×12 cm containing 5 g samples (2 mm screen were incubated in duplicate in the rumen of fistulated sheep for 0,2,4,6,8,12,16,24,36 and 48 h. The gas production was recorded after 2, 4, 6, 8, 12, 16, 24, 36 and 48 h of incubation and the equation of P = A (1-e-ct was used to describe the kinetics of gas production. The data was analyzed using completely randomized design. DM and CP disappearance were significantly different among feedstuffs (p<0.05. After 48 h of incubation DM disappearance in noodle waste was highest and in tomato pomace was lowest. Regarding to the results, at the most incubation times tomato pomace had lower CP disappearance among feedstuffs (p<0.05. Potential gas production (A and rates of gas production (c differed among feedstuffs. Apple pomace showed higher potential gas production (A (305.1 mL g1 DM and tomato pomace had higher rate of gas production (c (0.09 h1 than the other feedstuffs. According to gas production volume, the value for the ME, OMD and SCFA ranged from in 8.87 noodle waste to 9.76 in apple pomace, 56.1 in tomato pomace to 64.3 in apple pomace and 0.919 in noodle waste to 1.168 in apple pomace, respectively. Partitioning factor in noodle waste was highest and in tomato pomace was lowest. In the present study, feeds composition significantly affected the degradation parameters.

  1. A novel fluorescent in situ hybridization technique for detection of Rickettsia spp. in archival samples

    Svendsen, Claus Bo; Boye, Mette; Struve, Carsten;

    2009-01-01

    A novel, sensitive and specific method for detecting Rickettsia spp. in archival samples is described. The method involves the use of fluorescently marked oligonucleotide probes for in situ hybridization. Specific hybridization of Ricekttsia was found without problems of cross-reactions with bact......A novel, sensitive and specific method for detecting Rickettsia spp. in archival samples is described. The method involves the use of fluorescently marked oligonucleotide probes for in situ hybridization. Specific hybridization of Ricekttsia was found without problems of cross...

  2. Styrene grafted natural rubber reinforced by in situ silica generated via sol–gel technique

    Highlights: • Sol–gel reaction by NR latex was the absence of use of organic solvent and base catalyst. • Well dispersed in situ formed silica particles in the rubber matrix were obtained. • In situ silica was better to improve mechanical properties of rubber vulcanizates. -- Abstract: The filling of styrene graft natural rubber (ST-GNR) with in situ formed silica was performed using the sol–gel reaction via the latex solution method. The mechanical properties of ST-GNR/NR vulcanizate were improved when using the in situ formed silica to levels higher than those obtained with the commercial ex situ formed silica filled ST-GNR/NR vulcanizates at a comparable silica content of 12 parts by weight per hundred parts of rubber. Transmission electron microscopy analysis revealed that the in situ silica particles were small (∼40 nm diameter) and well dispersed, while the commercial silica particles were larger (∼60 nm diameter) and markedly agglomerated in the rubbery matrix. The mechanical properties of the composites prepared via both the solid rubber and latex solution methods were comparable

  3. Rapid detection of chromosome 18 aneuploidies in amniocytes by using primed in situ labeling (PRINS) technique

    杨建滨; 郑树

    2002-01-01

    This paper presents a feasible method for rapid detection of the interphase nuclei of uncultured amniocytes for chromosomes 18 by using our modified in situ labeling (PRINS) technique.A total of 262 independent,uncultured amniotic fluid samples were analysed in a blind fashion before the karyotype was available.In addition,62 samples were examined by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) for comparison.In more than 95% of the samples PRINS reactions with primer 18cen were successfully induced.Two samples were properly identified and correctly scored as trisomic 18.PRINS reaction could be performed automatically in less than one hour with a propgrammable thernocycler.Our studies showed that the PRINS technique is simple.rapid and cost-effective.It is as sensitive and specific as FISH;can enhance the eccuracy of standard cytogenetic analysis;and allows identification of chromosomes 18 aneuploidies in uncultrued amniocytes in significantly less time.

  4. Straightforward and accurate technique for post-coupler stabilization in drift tube linac structures

    Khalvati, Mohammad Reza; Ramberger, Suitbert

    2016-04-01

    The axial electric field of Alvarez drift tube linacs (DTLs) is known to be susceptible to variations due to static and dynamic effects like manufacturing tolerances and beam loading. Post-couplers are used to stabilize the accelerating fields of DTLs against tuning errors. Tilt sensitivity and its slope have been introduced as measures for the stability right from the invention of post-couplers but since then the actual stabilization has mostly been done by tedious iteration. In the present article, the local tilt-sensitivity slope TSn' is established as the principal measure for stabilization instead of tilt sensitivity or some visual slope, and its significance is developed on the basis of an equivalent-circuit diagram of the DTL. Experimental and 3D simulation results are used to analyze its behavior and to define a technique for stabilization that allows finding the best post-coupler settings with just four tilt-sensitivity measurements. CERN's Linac4 DTL Tank 2 and Tank 3 have been stabilized successfully using this technique. The final tilt-sensitivity error has been reduced from ±100 %/MHz down to ±3 %/MHz for Tank 2 and down to ±1 %/MHz for Tank 3. Finally, an accurate procedure for tuning the structure using slug tuners is discussed.

  5. Thermal stability of wurtzite Zr1−xAlxN coatings studied by in situ high-energy x-ray diffraction during annealing

    We study the thermal stability of wurtzite (w) structure ZrAlN coatings by a combination of in situ high-energy x-ray scattering techniques during annealing and electron microscopy. Wurtzite structure Zr1−xAlxN coatings with Al-contents from x = 0.46 to x = 0.71 were grown by cathodic arc evaporation. The stability of the w-ZrAlN phase depends on chemical composition where the higher Al-content coatings are more stable. The wurtzite ZrAlN phase was found to phase separate through spinodal decomposition, resulting in nanoscale compositional modulations, i.e., alternating Al-rich ZrAlN layers and Zr-rich ZrAlN layers, forming within the hexagonal lattice. The period of the compositional modulations varies between 1.7 and 2.5 nm and depends on the chemical composition of the coating where smaller periods form in the more unstable, high Zr-content coatings. In addition, Zr leaves the w-ZrAlN lattice to form cubic ZrN precipitates in the column boundaries

  6. An electronic brachytherapy technique for treating squamous cell carcinoma in situ of the digit: a case report

    Arterbery, V Elayne; Watson, Alice C.

    2013-01-01

    Background Squamous cell carcinoma in situ of the digit presents a complex management problem, which is usually treated with surgery or radiation or topical agents. The outcome of the surgical treatment can be an undesirable cosmetic result and loss of function. We report a unique Electronic Brachytherapy technique to treat the digit, which uses a 50 Kv miniaturized X-ray source with specialized applicators. Case presentation A 62-year-old African-American male was presented with a 12-month h...

  7. An offset tone based gain stabilization technique for mixed-signal RF measurement systems

    Joshi, Gopal; Motiwala, Paresh D.; Randale, G. D.; Singh, Pitamber; Agarwal, Vivek; Kumar, Girish

    2015-09-01

    This paper describes a gain stabilization technique for a RF signal measurement system. A sinusoidal signal of known amplitude, phase and close enough in frequency is added to the main, to be measured RF signal at the input of the analog section. The system stabilizes this offset tone in the digital domain, as it is sampled at the output of the analog section. This process generates a correction factor needed to stabilize the magnitude of the gain of the analog section for the main RF signal. With the help of a simple calibration procedure, the absolute amplitude of the main RF signal can be measured. The technique is especially suited for a system that processes signals around a single frequency, employs direct signal conversion into the digital domain, and processes subsequent steps in an FPGA. The inherent parallel signal processing in an FPGA-based implementation allows a real time stabilization of the gain. The effectiveness of the technique is derived from the fact, that the gain stabilization stamped to the main RF signal measurement branch requires only a few components in the system to be inherently stable. A test setup, along with experimental results is presented from the field of RF instrumentation for particle accelerators. Due to the availability of a phase synchronized RF reference signal in these systems, the measured phase difference between the main RF and the RF reference is also stabilized using this technique. A scheme of the signal processing is presented, where a moving average filter has been used to filter out not only the unwanted frequencies, but also to separate the main RF signal from the offset tone signal. This is achieved by a suitable choice of sampling and offset tone frequencies. The presented signal processing scheme is suitable to a variety of RF measurement applications.

  8. An offset tone based gain stabilization technique for mixed-signal RF measurement systems

    This paper describes a gain stabilization technique for a RF signal measurement system. A sinusoidal signal of known amplitude, phase and close enough in frequency is added to the main, to be measured RF signal at the input of the analog section. The system stabilizes this offset tone in the digital domain, as it is sampled at the output of the analog section. This process generates a correction factor needed to stabilize the magnitude of the gain of the analog section for the main RF signal. With the help of a simple calibration procedure, the absolute amplitude of the main RF signal can be measured. The technique is especially suited for a system that processes signals around a single frequency, employs direct signal conversion into the digital domain, and processes subsequent steps in an FPGA. The inherent parallel signal processing in an FPGA-based implementation allows a real time stabilization of the gain. The effectiveness of the technique is derived from the fact, that the gain stabilization stamped to the main RF signal measurement branch requires only a few components in the system to be inherently stable. A test setup, along with experimental results is presented from the field of RF instrumentation for particle accelerators. Due to the availability of a phase synchronized RF reference signal in these systems, the measured phase difference between the main RF and the RF reference is also stabilized using this technique. A scheme of the signal processing is presented, where a moving average filter has been used to filter out not only the unwanted frequencies, but also to separate the main RF signal from the offset tone signal. This is achieved by a suitable choice of sampling and offset tone frequencies. The presented signal processing scheme is suitable to a variety of RF measurement applications

  9. Polluted soils with heavy metals. Stabilization by magnesium oxide. Ex-situ and in-situ testings; Suelos contaminados con metales pesados. Estabilizacion con oxido de magnesio. Ensayos ex situ-in situ

    Cenoz, S.; Hernandez, J.; Gangutia, N.

    2004-07-01

    This work describes the use of Low-Grade MgO as a stabiliser agent for polluted soil reclaim. Low-Grade MgO may be an economically feasible alternative in the stabilisation of heavy metals from heavily contaminated soils. The effectiveness of Low-Grade MgO has been studied in three ex-situ stabilisation of heavily polluted soils contaminated by the flue-dust of pyrite roasting. LG-MgO provides an alkali reservoir guaranteeing long-term stabilisation without varying the pH conditions. The success of the ex-situ stabilisation was corroborated with the analysis of heavy metals in the leachates collected from the landfill o ver a long period of time. The study also includes the results obtained in an in-situ pilot scale stabilisation of contaminated soil. (Author) 17 refs.

  10. Development of the DGT technique for in-situ Pu speciation measurements

    Cusnir, R.; Bochud, F.; Froidevaux, P. [Institute of Radiation Physics, Lausanne University Hospital, Rue du Grand-Pre 1, CH-1007 Lausanne (Switzerland); Steinmann, P. [Federal Office of Public Health, Swarzenburgstrasse 165, CH-3003 Bern (Switzerland)

    2014-07-01

    Toxic effects of artificial radionuclides are strongly dependent on the surrounding chemical environment which determines the bioavailability of contaminant species. Speciation of plutonium in the environment is of particular interest since it is a long-life actinide contributing to the dose exposure via ingestion with water and food in case of radioactive discharge. Furthermore, natural colloids present in waters, as main carriers of dissolved trace metals, can transport plutonium over significant distances from contaminated sites. The diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) technique is an efficient instrument for passive sampling of trace metals. It allows for in-situ monitoring of mean concentrations of bioavailable contaminant species (1). A DGT sampler consists of two gel layers: a polyacrylamide hydrogel diffusion layer allowing to diffuse labile metal species to the second, binding layer, impregnated with ion-exchange resin. Resin elution and further analysis allow determining the amount of the bioavailable fraction of trace metals in the bulk solution, which can be calculated from the relationship: C{sub bulk}= (M x Δg)/(D x t x A) where M is the measured metal species inventory in the resin, Δg the thickness of the diffusion layer, D the diffusion coefficient of the species in the gel, t the time of deployment, A the diffusion area. To our knowledge, the DGT has not yet been applied for Pu speciation measurements and the D value is unknown. Here we propose the use of DGT to monitor the dissolved phase and labile complexes of plutonium in the aquatic environment. We have first measured the diffusion coefficient of plutonium in the hydrogel. Experiments were carried out in a diffusion cell (2) and with commercially available DGT samplers exposed in standardized solutions containing {sup 239}Pu at pico-molar concentrations. Both approaches give comparable D values in the range of 2.30 x 10{sup -6} - 2.45 x 10{sup -6} cm{sup 2} s{sup -1}. We then studied

  11. Stabilization and in situ management of radioactive contaminated sediments of Port Hope harbor

    This paper presents the findings of laboratory and field studies undertaken to assess the feasibility of in situ management of contaminated sediments in Port Hope harbor. The contaminated sediments stem from historic releases from an adjacent radium and uranium refinery, and uranium, arsenic, and radium are the most abundant contaminants. With improved emission controls, currently accumulating sediments have much lower levels of contamination, and the harbor waters currently meet water quality limits for the contaminants of concern. Within a few years, however, the continuing sedimentation will render the harbor unusable. Field tests have confirmed the dredging will result in incomplete removal of the contaminated sediments and that sediment suspension and the release of pores waters during dredging will produce harbor water contaminant concentrations that would require the treatment of large volumes of water. In addition, no remedial work can start until a site for the dredged material can be found. The local community inquired whether in situ burial of the sediments and abandonment of the harbor would provide safe disposal

  12. Facile production of stable silicon nanoparticles: laser chemistry coupled to in situ stabilization via room temperature hydrosilylation.

    Malumbres, A; Martínez, G; Hueso, J L; Gracia, J; Mallada, R; Ibarra, A; Santamaría, J

    2015-05-14

    Stable, alkyl-terminated, light-emitting silicon nanoparticles have been synthesized in a continuous process by laser pyrolysis of a liquid trialkyl-silane precursor selected as a safer alternative to gas silane (SiH4). Stabilization was achieved by in situ reaction using a liquid collection system instead of the usual solid state filtration. The alkene contained in the collection liquid (1-dodecene) reacted with the newly formed silicon nanoparticles in an unusual room-temperature hydrosilylation process. It was achieved by the presence of fluoride species, also produced during laser pyrolysis from the decomposition of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) selected as a laser sensitizer. This process directly rendered alkyl-passivated silicon nanoparticles with consistent morphology and size (<3 nm), avoiding the use of costly post-synthetic treatments. PMID:25898392

  13. In-situ measurements of the radiation stability of amino acids at 15-140 K

    Gerakines, P A; Moore, M H; Bell, J -L

    2015-01-01

    We present new kinetics data on the radiolytic destruction of amino acids measured in situ with infrared spectroscopy. Samples were irradiated at 15, 100, and 140 K with 0.8-MeV protons, and amino-acid decay was followed at each temperature with and without H$_2$O present. Observed radiation products included CO$_2$ and amines, consistent with amino-acid decarboxylation. The half-lives of glycine, alanine, and phenylalanine were estimated for various extraterrestrial environments. Infrared spectral changes demonstrated the conversion from the non-zwitterion structure NH$_2$-CH$_2$(R)-COOH at 15 K to the zwitterion structure $^+$NH$_3$-CH$_2$(R)-COO$^-$ at 140 K for each amino acid studied.

  14. In-Situ Measurements of the Radiation Stability of Amino Acids at 15-140 K

    Gerakines, Perry A.; Hudson, Reggie L.; Moore, Marla H.; Bell, Jan-Luca

    2012-01-01

    We present new kinetics data on the radiolytic destruction of amino acids measured in situ with infrared spectroscopy. Samples were irradiated at 15, 100, and 140 K with D.8-MeV protons, and amino-acid decay was followed at each temperature with and without H2O present. Observed radiation products included CO2 and amines, consistent with amino-acid decarboxylation. The half-lives of glycine, alanine, and phenylalanine were estimated for various extraterrestrial environments. Infrared spectral changes demonstrated the conversion from the non-zwitterion structure NH2-CH2(R)-COOH at 15 K to the zwitterion structure +NH3-CH2(R)-COO- at 140 K for each amino acid studied.

  15. Engineering feasibility analysis for in-situ stabilization of Burrell Township site residues

    The Burrell Township site, located in western Pennsylvania, received approximately 11,600 tons of radioactively-contaminated material in late 1956 and early 1957 from the Vitro Manufacturing Company's operations in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. WESTON was requested to conduct an engineering study to determine the feasibility of stabilizing the site in accordance with the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) interim and proposed standards (45 FR 27366--27368, April 22, 1980, and 46 FR 2556--2563, January 9, 1981). The scope of this study is limited to those alternatives that can be implemented on the site and will not require removal and offsite disposal of radioactively-contaminated material. Four alternatives for control of the radioactive material at the Burrell site were considered and evaluated, as follows: 1. Site stabilization and closure. 2. Site control and containment. 3. Waste excavation and encapsulation. 4. Waste excavation, incineration, and encapsulation. 2 refs., 32 figs., 12 tabs

  16. Engineering feasibility analysis for in-situ stabilization of Burrell Township site residues. [UMTRA

    1982-11-01

    The Burrell Township site, located in western Pennsylvania, received approximately 11,600 tons of radioactively-contaminated material in late 1956 and early 1957 from the Vitro Manufacturing Company's operations in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. WESTON was requested to conduct an engineering study to determine the feasibility of stabilizing the site in accordance with the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) interim and proposed standards (45 FR 27366--27368, April 22, 1980, and 46 FR 2556--2563, January 9, 1981). The scope of this study is limited to those alternatives that can be implemented on the site and will not require removal and offsite disposal of radioactively-contaminated material. Four alternatives for control of the radioactive material at the Burrell site were considered and evaluated, as follows: 1. Site stabilization and closure. 2. Site control and containment. 3. Waste excavation and encapsulation. 4. Waste excavation, incineration, and encapsulation. 2 refs., 32 figs., 12 tabs.

  17. An in-situ monitoring technique for optimizing antireflection coatings using a monolithic integrated photodetector

    Saini, Vikram; Yvind, Kresten; Larsson, David

    2006-01-01

    A very low reflectivity of the order of 10-4 is demonstrated for dual-layer anti-reflection coatings on normal facet semiconductor lasers, by integrated in situ monitoring. The method has been tested on three and eight quantum-well InGaAsP ridge lasers that consist of a gain section and an...

  18. Slipped upper femoral epiphysis: Outcome after in situ fixation and capital realignment technique

    Sanjay Arora

    2013-01-01

    Results: Clinical outcome as assessed by Merle d′ Aubigne score was excellent in 6, good in 10, fair in 6 and poor in 1. Half of the in situ fixation patients underwent osteoplasty procedure for femoroacetabular impingement and 5 more were symptomatic. The head neck offset and α angle after in situ pinning were -1.12 ± 3 mm and 66.05 ± 9.7°, respectively and this improved to 8.7 mm and 49°, respectively, after osteoplasty. One child in the pinning group had chondrolysis. Eight patients with severe slip underwent capital realignment. Mean followup was 20.15 months. The anterior head neck offset and α angle were corrected to 6.8 ± 1.72 mm and 44.6 ± 7.0° mm, respectively. Two children with unstable slip in the capital realignment group had avascular necrosis which was diagnosed at presentation by bone scan. Conclusion: High BMI, vitamin D deficiency and endocrine disorders are associated with SUFE in India and should be evaluated as some of these are amenable to prevention and treatment. Most patients treated with in situ pinning developed femoroacetabular impingement. The early results after capital realignment procedure are encouraging and help to avoid a second procedure which is needed in a majority of patients who underwent in situ pinning.

  19. IMPROVED FLOTATION TECHNIQUE FOR MICROSCOPY OF 'IN SITU' SOIL AND SEDIMENT MICROORGANISMS

    An improved flotation method for microscopical examination of in situ soil and sediment microorganisms was developed. Microbial cells were released into gel-like flotation films that were stripped from soil and sediment aggregates as these aggregates were submerged in 0.5% soluti...

  20. A new computational technique for the stability analysis of slender rods

    Sinha, S. C.; Liu, Tai-Sheng; Senthilnathan, N. R.

    1992-07-01

    A new computational technique for the stability analysis of slender rods with variable cross-sections under general loading conditions is presented. In this approach, the dependent variable and the variable coefficients appearing in the governing equations are expanded in a finite series of Chebyshev polynomials. The main feature of this technique is that the original boundary value problem associated with the differential equation is reduced to an algebraic eigenvalue problem. The proposed technique is applied to study the static buckling of Euler column and the flutter behavior of a cantilevel column subjected to uniformly distributed tangential loading. The numerical results from the suggested technique are found to be extremely accurate when compared to other techniques available in literature. It is shown that this approach can also be employed in a symbolic form. The merits of the present method in comparison to the standard solution procedures like finite difference and Galerkin methods are discussed.

  1. Real-time stability in power systems techniques for early detection of the risk of blackout

    Savulescu, Savu

    2014-01-01

    This pioneering volume has been updated and enriched to reflect the state-of-the-art in blackout prediction and prevention. It documents and explains background and algorithmic aspects of the most successful steady-state, transient and voltage stability solutions available today in real-time. It also describes new, cutting-edge stability applications of synchrophasor technology, and captures industry acceptance of metrics and visualization tools that quantify and monitor the distance to instability. Expert contributors review a broad spectrum of additionally available techniques, such as traje

  2. Straightforward and accurate technique for post-coupler stabilization in drift tube linac structures

    Khalvati, Mohammad Reza

    2016-01-01

    The axial electric field of Alvarez drift tube linacs (DTLs) is known to be susceptible to variations due to static and dynamic effects like manufacturing tolerances and beam loading. Post-couplers are used to stabilize the accelerating fields of DTLs against tuning errors. Tilt sensitivity and its slope have been introduced as measures for the stability right from the invention of post-couplers but since then the actual stabilization has mostly been done by tedious iteration. In the present article, the local tilt-sensitivity slope TS 0 n is established as the principal measure for stabilization instead of tilt sensitivity or some visual slope, and its significance is developed on the basis of an equivalent-circuit diagram of the DTL. Experimental and 3D simulation results are used to analyze its behavior and to define a technique for stabilization that allows finding the best post-coupler settings with just four tilt-sensitivity measurements. CERN ’ s Linac4 DTL Tank 2 and Tank 3 have been stabilized succ...

  3. DETECTION OF BORRELIA BURGDOFERI DNA IN GRANULOMATOUS TISSUES FROM PATIENTSWITH SARCOIDOSIS USING POLYMERASE CHAIN REACTION IN SITU TECHNIQUE

    徐作军; 马东来; 罗慰慈; 朱元珏

    1996-01-01

    To investigate the correlation between sarcoidosis and Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) infection,flagella DNA of Bb were detected in 23 granulomatous tissue specimens from patients with confirmed sarcoidosis usingpolymerase chain reaction in situ technique (in situ PCR) and the antibodies to Bb were examined in 55 serum samples obtained from the patients by indirect immunoflurescence assays. Our data presented that =(1) None of granulomatous tissues was found to have Bb DNA in 23 tissue samples. (2) Thirty of 55(54.6%) patients with sarcoidosis were found antibodies to Bh positive,in contrast,six of 60 (10%) norreal subjects had antibodies against Bb,the positive rate was remarkably higher in patient group than thatin healthy group (P(0. 005). The results suggest that Bb might not be the causative agent of sarcoidosis,the elevated titres of serum antibodies against Bb in patients with sarcoidosis is a nonspecific response.

  4. Field Deployment for In-situ Metal and Radionuclide Stabilization by Microbial Metabolites

    Turick, C. E.; Knox, A. S.; Dixon, K. L.; Roseberry, R. J.; Kritzas, Y. G

    2005-09-26

    A novel biotechnology is reported here that was demonstrated at SRS that facilitates metal and actinide immobilization by incorporating the physiology and ecology of indigenous bacteria. This technology is based on our previous work with pyomelanin-producing bacteria isolated from SRS soils. Through tyrosine supplementation, overproduction of pyomelanin was achieved, which lead ultimately to metal and actinide immobilization, both in-vitro and in-situ. Pyomelanin is a recalcitrant microbial pigment and a humic type compound in the class of melanin pigments. Pyomelanin has electron shuttling and metal chelation capabilities and thus accelerates the bacterial reduction and/or immobilization of metals. Pyomelanin is produced outside the cell and either diffuses away or attaches to the cell surface. In either case, the reduced pyomelanin is capable of transferring electrons to metals as well as chelating metals. Because of its recalcitrance and redox cycling properties, pyomelanin molecules can be used over and over again for metal transformation. When produced in excess, pyomelanin produced by one bacterial species can be used by other species for metal reduction, thereby extending the utility of pyomelanin and further accelerating metal immobilization rates. Soils contaminated with Ni and U were the focus of this study in order to develop in-situ, metal bioimmobilization technologies. We have demonstrated pyomelanin production in soil from the Tims Branch area of SRS as a result of tyrosine amendments. These results were documented in laboratory soil column studies and field deployment studies. The amended soils demonstrated increased redox behavior and sequestration capacity of U and transition metals following pyomelanin production. Treatments incorporating tyrosine and lactate demonstrated the highest levels of pyomelanin production. In order to determine the potential use of this technology at other areas of SRS, pyomelanin producing bacteria were also quantified

  5. Polyaniline-Coated Carbon Nanotube Ultrafiltration Membranes: Enhanced Anodic Stability for In Situ Cleaning and Electro-Oxidation Processes.

    Duan, Wenyan; Ronen, Avner; Walker, Sharon; Jassby, David

    2016-08-31

    Electrically conducting membranes (ECMs) have been reported to be efficient in fouling prevention and destruction of aqueous chemical compounds. In the current study, highly conductive and anodically stable composite polyaniline-carbon nanotube (PANI-CNT) ultrafiltration (UF) ECMs were fabricated through a process of electropolymerization of aniline on a CNT substrate under acidic conditions. The resulting PANI-CNT UF ECMs were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, a four-point conductivity probe, cyclic voltammetry, and contact angle goniometry. The utilization of the PANI-CNT material led to significant advantages, including: (1) increased electrical conductivity by nearly an order of magnitude; (2) increased surface hydrophilicity while not impacting membrane selectivity or permeability; and (3) greatly improved stability under anodic conditions. The membrane's anodic stability was evaluated in a pH-controlled aqueous environment under a wide range of anodic potentials using a three-electrode cell. Results indicate a significantly reduced degradation rate in comparison to a CNT-poly(vinyl alcohol) ECM under high anodic potentials. Fouling experiments conducted with bovine serum albumin demonstrated the capacity of the PANI-CNT ECMs for in situ oxidative cleaning, with membrane flux restored to its initial value under an applied potential of 3 V. Additionally, a model organic compound (methylene blue) was electrochemically transformed at high efficiency (90%) in a single pass through the anodically charged ECM. PMID:27525344

  6. An assessment of techniques for evaluating the physical stability of parenteral emulsions.

    Zhang, Xiaoguang; Kirsch, Lee E

    2003-01-01

    The physical stability of the parenteral emulsions is a key product quality issue. The purpose of this study is to develop, prepare and characterize model phospholipid emulsions and to critically evaluate various physical stability-indicating methods. Oil-in-water (O/W) emulsions were prepared using 20% (w/w) medium chain triglycerides (MCT) or soybean oil in 2.21% (w/w) aqueous glycerin solutions emulsified with 0.1 to 1.8 % (w/w) lecithin. The reproducibility of emulsion preparation was determined by measuring the volume-based mean droplet diameter using photon correlation spectroscopy (PCS) and zeta potential using electrophoretic light scattering. Evaluation of stability-indicating methods was conducted by comparing the mean droplet growth rate of a thermally-stressed emulsion using PCS, a light obscuration particle counter (HIAC, equipped with a laser diode sensor) and a droplet image analyzer interfaced with transmission electron microscopy (TEM) using osmium tetraoxide fixation. Emulsions with identical compositions and preparation properties had reproducible mean droplet diameter and initial zeta potential values with RSD HIAC, and TEM). The droplet growth rates estimated using PCS and TEM were nearly identical. PCS is a sufficiently accurate technique for measuring emulsion stability and is less time-consuming than TEM. The HIAC technique only measured the size of droplets with diameters larger than about 1 micron, which was considerably greater than the mean droplet diameter as determined by PCS and microscopic image analysis (TEM). Moreover, the growth rate obtained using HIAC was much greater than the rates estimated by PCS and TEM; therefore the HIAC technique was not an accurate measure of the physical stability of the thermally stressed emulsions. PMID:14558703

  7. Ensemble averaged surface normal impedance of material using an in-situ technique: preliminary study using boundary element method.

    Otsuru, Toru; Tomiku, Reiji; Din, Nazli Bin Che; Okamoto, Noriko; Murakami, Masahiko

    2009-06-01

    An in-situ measurement technique of a material surface normal impedance is proposed. It includes a concept of "ensemble averaged" surface normal impedance that extends the usage of obtained values to various applications such as architectural acoustics and computational simulations, especially those based on the wave theory. The measurement technique itself is a refinement of a method using a two-microphone technique and environmental anonymous noise, or diffused ambient noise, as proposed by Takahashi et al. [Appl. Acoust. 66, 845-865 (2005)]. Measured impedance can be regarded as time-space averaged normal impedance at the material surface. As a preliminary study using numerical simulations based on the boundary element method, normal incidence and random incidence measurements are compared numerically: results clarify that ensemble averaging is an effective mode of measuring sound absorption characteristics of materials with practical sizes in the lower frequency range of 100-1000 Hz, as confirmed by practical measurements. PMID:19507960

  8. Computer-based design technique of controllers for the plasma vertical stabilization

    A procedure for designing the parameters of a feedback controller for the plasma vertical stabilization is described. The procedure is based on a reduced order model for the plasma dynamics and a computer aided parameter optimization technique, which allows to reach a compromise between power requirements and good performance of the control system. An analysis model for a control scheme including a chopper-type amplifier is then described. (author)

  9. Low-dose phase-based X-ray imaging techniques for in situ soft tissue engineering assessments.

    Izadifar, Zohreh; Honaramooz, Ali; Wiebe, Sheldon; Belev, George; Chen, Xiongbiao; Chapman, Dean

    2016-03-01

    In tissue engineering, non-invasive imaging of biomaterial scaffolds and tissues in living systems is essential to longitudinal animal studies for assessments without interrupting the repair process. Conventional X-ray imaging is inadequate for use in soft tissue engineering due to the limited absorption difference between the soft tissue and biomaterial scaffolds. X-ray phase-based imaging techniques that derive contrast from refraction or phase effects rather than absorption can provide the necessary contrast to see low-density biomaterial scaffolds and tissues in large living systems. This paper explores and compares three synchrotron phase-based X-ray imaging techniques-computed tomography (CT)-diffraction enhanced imaging (DEI), -analyzer based imaging (ABI), and -phase contrast imaging (PCI)-for visualization and characterization of low-density biomaterial scaffolds and tissues in situ for non-invasive soft tissue engineering assessments. Intact pig joints implanted with polycaprolactone scaffolds were used as the model to assess and compare the imaging techniques in terms of different qualitative and quantitative criteria. For long-term in vivo live animal imaging, different strategies for reducing the imaging radiation dose and scan time-reduced number of CT projections, region of interest, and low resolution imaging-were examined with the presented phase-based imaging techniques. The results demonstrated promising capabilities of the phase-based techniques for visualization of biomaterial scaffolds and soft tissues in situ. The low-dose imaging strategies were illustrated effective for reducing the radiation dose to levels appropriate for live animal imaging. The comparison among the imaging techniques suggested that CT-DEI has the highest efficiency in retaining image contrast at considerably low radiation doses. PMID:26761779

  10. Stabilized sulfonated aromatic polymers by in situ solvothermal cross-linking

    Maria Luisa eDi Vona

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The cross-link reaction via sulfone bridges of sulfonated polyetheretherketone (SPEEK by thermal treatment at 180 °C in presence of dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO is discussed. The modifications of properties subsequent to the cross-linking are presented. The mechanical strength as well as the hydrolytic stability increased with the thermal treatment time, i.e., with the degree of cross-linking. The proton conductivity was determined as function of temperature, IEC, degree of cross-linking and hydration number. The memory effect, which is the membrane ability to remember the water uptake reached at high temperature also at lower temperature, is exploited in order to achieve high values of conductivity. Membranes swelled at 110 °C can reach a conductivity of 0.14 S/cm at 80°C with a hydration number ( of 73.

  11. Stability analysis of nonlinear Roesser-type two-dimensional systems via a homogenous polynomial technique

    Zhang Tie-Yan; Zhao Yan; Xie Xiang-Peng

    2012-01-01

    This paper is concerned with the problem of stability analysis of nonlinear Roesser-type two-dimensional (2D)systems.Firstly,the fuzzy modeling method for the usual one-dimensional (1D) systems is extended to the 2D case so that the underlying nonlinear 2D system can be represented by the 2D Talagi-Sugeno (TS) fuzzy model,which is convenient for implementing the stability analysis.Secondly,a new kind of fuzzy Lyapunov function,which is a homogeneous polynomially parameter dependent on fuzzy membership functions,is developed to conceive less conservative stability conditions for the TS Roesser-type 2D system.In the process of stability analysis,the obtained stability conditions approach exactness in the sense of convergence by applying some novel relaxed techniques.Moreover,the obtained result is formulated in the form of linear matrix inequalities,which can be easily solved via standard numerical software.Finally,a numerical example is also given to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed approach.

  12. In Situ Microbial Community Control of the Stability of Bio-reduced Uranium

    Baldwin, Brett, R.; Peacock, Aaron, D.; Resch, Charles, T.; Arntzen, Evan; Smithgall, Amanda, N.; Pfiffner, Susan; Gan, M.; McKinley, James, P.; Long, Philip, E.; White, David, C.

    2008-03-28

    In aerobic aquifers typical of many Department of Energy (DOE) legacy waste sites, uranium is present in the oxidized U(VI) form which is more soluble and thus more mobile. Field experiments at the Old Rifle UMTRA site have demonstrated that biostimulation by electron donor addition (acetate) promotes biological U(VI) reduction (2). However, U(VI) reduction is reversible and oxidative dissolution of precipitated U(IV) after the cessation of electron donor addition remains a critical issue for the application of biostimulation as a treatment technology. Despite the potential for oxidative dissolution, field experiments at the Old Rifle site have shown that rapid reoxidation of bio-reduced uranium does not occur and U(VI) concentrations can remain at approximately 20% of background levels for more than one year. The extent of post-amendment U(VI) removal and the maintenance of bioreduced uranium may result from many factors including U(VI) sorption to iron-containing mineral phases, generation of H2S or FeS0.9, or the preferential sorption of U(VI) by microbial cells or biopolymers, but the processes controlling the reduction and in situ reoxidation rates are not known. To investigate the role of microbial community composition in the maintenance of bioreduced uranium, in-well sediment incubators (ISIs) were developed allowing field deployment of amended and native sediments during on-going experiments at the site. Field deployment of the ISIs allows expedient interrogation of microbial community response to field environmental perturbations and varying geochemical conditions.

  13. A comprehensive approach for the assessment of in-situ pavement density using GPR technique

    Plati, Christina; Georgiou, Panos; Loizos, Andreas

    2013-04-01

    Proper construction of the asphalt pavement is a prerequisite to developing a long lasting roadway that does not require extensive future maintenance. This goal is achieved by verifying that design specifications are met through the use of quality assurance (QA) practices. The in-situ density is regarded as one of the most important controls used to ensure that a pavement being placed is of high quality because it is a good indicator of future performance. In-situ density is frequently assessed utilizing one or more of the following three methods: cores, nuclear density gauge measurements or non-nuclear density gauge measurements. Each of the above mentioned methods, however, have their distinct disadvantages. Cores, for example, are generally considered to be the most accurate means of measuring in-situ density, however, they are a time consuming and destructive test that introduces a defect into asphalt pavements. Because of the destructive nature associated with coring, contractors and agencies have alternatively used non-destructive nuclear and non-nuclear density gauges for quality control purposes. These instruments allow for a more rapid assessment of the in-situ density, allowing measurements to be taken even during the pavement's construction. The disadvantage of these gauges are that they provide density readings only at discrete locations of the asphalt pavement mat, while no consensus exists among pavement researchers on the proper correlation between the gauges and core density. In recent years, numerous alternative methods have been introduced for the assessment of in-situ density, both during asphalt pavement construction and afterwards. These methods include, amongst others, intelligent compaction, thermal imaging and ground penetrating radar (GPR). Among these methods, GPR has been defined as both a technically feasible and promising method for the nondestructive, rapid, and continuous evaluation of in-situ asphalt pavement density based on

  14. In situ applications of X ray fluorescence techniques. Final report of a coordinated research project 2000-2003

    In 2000 the IAEA initiated a Coordinated Research Project (CRP) on In Situ Applications of XRF Techniques as one of the elements of the project on Nuclear Instruments for Specific Applications, the major objective of which is to assist Member States in the development of nuclear instruments and software for special applications such as the characterization of materials. An overall objective of the CRP was to assist laboratories in Member States in such areas as environmental pollution monitoring, mineral exploration, the preservation of cultural heritage, the control of industrial processes and the optimization of analytical methodologies for these applications using field-portable X ray fluorescence (FPXRF). Although a significant amount of work has been undertaken in the development of FPXRF techniques, there is little consensus on the best approach for any particular application. The most important aspect before FPXRF techniques can be applied successfully is, therefore, the development of a clear FPXRF methodology. Because of the wide range of problems to which FPXRF can be applied, these procedures must be comprehensive and cover many applications involving the analysis of samples such as rocks, soils, air particulates or liquid samples. The specific research objectives of the CRP included the development and optimization of sampling methodologies for in situ XRF measurements, the improvement in the analytical performance of FPXRF based on the study of mineralogical effects, surface irregularity effects, heterogeneity and the influence of moisture content, the development and validation of quantitative and/or semi-quantitative procedures to be applied for in situ XRF analysis and development of complete operating procedures for selected in situ applications, including relevant quality assurance. The CRP covered a period of four years (2000?2003). Twelve laboratories from both developed and developing Member States and the IAEA?s Laboratories participated

  15. Laboratory study of formation stabilization in uranium in-situ leaching and ground water restoration

    Laboratory high pressure column tests have shown that the presence of 1-20 ppm of aluminum ion effectively prevents permeability loss during uranium leaching with leachates containing sodium carbonate. If added after permeability loss has occurred, aluminum ion can restore the permeability to nearly its original value. No deleterious effect was observed on uranium leaching performance and the technique should be quite compatible with all field conditions

  16. Design of top covers supporting aerobic in situ stabilization of old landfills – An experimental simulation in lysimeters

    Highlights: ► Tested engineered covers as surrogate to gas extraction during and after in situ aeration. ► Examined how covers influence gas emissions, water balance and leachate generation. ► Investigated effect of top covers on air-distribution in waste mass during aeration. ► We suggest criteria and cover design to meet the demands during and after aeration. ► Such cover systems may offer greenhouse gas emission reduction also after active aeration. - Abstract: Landfill aeration by means of low pressure air injection is a promising tool to reduce long term emissions from organic waste fractions through accelerated biological stabilization. Top covers that enhance methane oxidation could provide a simple and economic way to mitigate residual greenhouse gas emissions from in situ aerated landfills, and may replace off-gas extraction and treatment, particularly at smaller and older sites. In this respect the installation of a landfill cover system adjusted to the forced-aerated landfill body is of great significance. Investigations into large scale lysimeters (2 × 2 × 3 m) under field conditions have been carried out using different top covers including compost materials and natural soils as a surrogate to gas extraction during active low pressure aeration. In the present study, the emission behaviour as well as the water balance performance of the lysimeters has been investigated, both prior to and during the first months of in situ aeration. Results reveal that mature sewage sludge compost (SSC) placed in one lysimeter exhibits in principle optimal ambient conditions for methanotrophic bacteria to enhance methane oxidation. Under laboratory conditions the mature compost mitigated CH4 loadings up to 300 l CH4/m2 d. In addition, the compost material provided high air permeability even at 100% water holding capacity (WHC). In contrast, the more cohesive, mineral soil cover was expected to cause a notably uniform distribution of the injected air within

  17. Design of top covers supporting aerobic in situ stabilization of old landfills - An experimental simulation in lysimeters

    Hrad, Marlies [Institute of Waste Management, Department of Water-Atmosphere-Environment, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Muthgasse 107, 1190 Vienna (Austria); Huber-Humer, Marion, E-mail: marion.huber-humer@boku.ac.at [Institute of Waste Management, Department of Water-Atmosphere-Environment, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Muthgasse 107, 1190 Vienna (Austria); Wimmer, Bernhard; Reichenauer, Thomas G. [Health and Environment Department, Environmental Resources and Technologies, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Konrad-Lorenz-Strasse 24, 3430 Tulln (Austria)

    2012-12-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Tested engineered covers as surrogate to gas extraction during and after in situ aeration. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Examined how covers influence gas emissions, water balance and leachate generation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Investigated effect of top covers on air-distribution in waste mass during aeration. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We suggest criteria and cover design to meet the demands during and after aeration. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Such cover systems may offer greenhouse gas emission reduction also after active aeration. - Abstract: Landfill aeration by means of low pressure air injection is a promising tool to reduce long term emissions from organic waste fractions through accelerated biological stabilization. Top covers that enhance methane oxidation could provide a simple and economic way to mitigate residual greenhouse gas emissions from in situ aerated landfills, and may replace off-gas extraction and treatment, particularly at smaller and older sites. In this respect the installation of a landfill cover system adjusted to the forced-aerated landfill body is of great significance. Investigations into large scale lysimeters (2 Multiplication-Sign 2 Multiplication-Sign 3 m) under field conditions have been carried out using different top covers including compost materials and natural soils as a surrogate to gas extraction during active low pressure aeration. In the present study, the emission behaviour as well as the water balance performance of the lysimeters has been investigated, both prior to and during the first months of in situ aeration. Results reveal that mature sewage sludge compost (SSC) placed in one lysimeter exhibits in principle optimal ambient conditions for methanotrophic bacteria to enhance methane oxidation. Under laboratory conditions the mature compost mitigated CH{sub 4} loadings up to 300 l CH{sub 4}/m{sup 2} d. In addition, the compost material provided high air permeability

  18. Efficacy of dynamic muscular stabilization techniques (DMST) over conventional techniques in rehabilitation of chronic low back pain.

    Kumar, Suraj; Sharma, Vijai P; Negi, Mahendra P S

    2009-12-01

    Low back pain (LBP) is a common health problems. Although it is multifactorial, its treatment varies considerably, including medication, physical therapy modalities, and exercise therapy, and each have several interventions. Despite their effectiveness, their head-to-head comparisons are limited. This study was aimed at 1 such comparison. A total of 30 hockey players, 18 to 28 years of age, with subacute or chronic LBP were randomly assigned equally in 2 groups. One group was treated with conventional treatment--a combination of 2 electrotherapies (ultrasound and short-wave diathermy) and 1 exercise therapy (lumbar strengthening exercises)--and the other group was treated with dynamic muscular stabilization techniques (DMST), an active approach of stabilizing training. The results showed that both the treatments are effective in the management of LBP, but DMST was found to be more effective than conventional treatment. The walking, stand ups, climbing, and pain improved 4.7, 2.0, 1.4, and 2.1 times, respectively, more with DMST than with conventional treatment. With time (days), walking, stand ups, climbing, and pain improved (correlation) significantly (p coefficients) were also significantly (p coefficient approximately 1). No major adverse effects were recorded in any of the patients in either group. This study concluded that for early recovery, DMST is more suitable than conventional treatment. PMID:19858754

  19. Investigations of the structural stability of metal hydride composites by in-situ neutron imaging

    Herbrig, Kai; Pohlmann, Carsten; Gondek, Łukasz; Figiel, Henryk; Kardjilov, Nikolay; Hilger, André; Manke, Ingo; Banhart, John; Kieback, Bernd; Röntzsch, Lars

    2015-10-01

    Metal hydride composites (MHC) with expanded natural graphite (ENG) exhibiting enhanced thermal conductivity and reduced porosity compared to metal hydride powders can enable a reversible, compact and safe way for hydrogen storage. In this study, neutron imaging during cyclic hydrogenation was utilized to investigate the structural stability and the spatial-temporal hydrogen concentration of application-oriented MHC with 40 mm in diameter compared to a loose metal hydride powder. In particular, swelling and shrinking effects of a radially confined MHC which could freely expand upwards were studied. It was found that the loose powder bed was easily torn apart during dehydrogenation, which leads to increased thermal resistance within the hydride bed. In contrast, the thermal resistance between MHC and container wall was minimized since the initial gap closes during initial hydrogenation and does not reopen thereafter. Further cyclic hydrogenation caused MHC volume changes, i.e. an almost reversible swelling/shrinking (so-called "MHC breathing"). Moreover, neutron imaging allowed for the observation of reaction fronts within the MHC and the powder bed that are governed by the heat transfer.

  20. A simple technique for removing the Nuss bar with one stabilizer: the lateral approach.

    Varela, Patricio; Romanini, Moria Victoria; Asquasciati, Caterina; Torre, Michele

    2010-02-01

    The removal of the substernal bar after the Nuss operation is not always an easy and fast maneuver. Only a few different technical solutions have been described. In the original Nuss technique, the patient was lying on dorsal decubitus and rotated on the side during the procedure. The Noguchi technique avoids the rotation of the patient, but requires two incisions and straightening of the bar before pulling it out the thorax. Recently, another technique was proposed, avoiding the need of straightening the bar, but it is feasible only if two operative beds in a large operative room are available. We propose another approach for the removal of the bar: The patient is lying on the lateral decubitus, only one incision is performed, and the bar is pulled out along the thoracic wall. Twenty-one bars were removed by using the present approach without any complications. The advantages of our approach on the previous techniques are the single incision, no need of rotating the patient, straightening the bar, or having two operative beds. Our approach is not feasible when metallic stabilizers have been used on both sides, but in our experience, this was not necessary in order to stabilize the bar. PMID:19432531

  1. IN-SITU CHEMICAL STABILIZATION OF METALS AND RADIONUCLIDES THROUGH ENHANCED ANAEROBIC REDUCTIVE PRECIPITATION

    Christopher C. Lutes; Angela Frizzell, PG; Todd A. Thornton; James M. Harrington

    2003-08-01

    The objective of this NETL sponsored bench-scale study was to demonstrate the efficacy of enhanced anaerobic reductive precipitation (EARP) technology for precipitating uranium using samples from contaminated groundwater at the Fernald Closure Project (FCP) in Cincinnati, Ohio. EARP enhances the natural biological reactions in the groundwater through addition of food grade substrates (typically molasses) to drive the oxidative-reductive potential of the groundwater to a lower, more reduced state, thereby precipitating uranium from solution. In order for this in-situ technology to be successful in the long term, the precipitated uranium must not be re-dissolved at an unacceptable rate once groundwater geochemical conditions return to their pretreatment, aerobic state. The approach for this study is based on the premise that redissolution of precipitated uranium will be slowed by several mechanisms including the presence of iron sulfide precipitates and coatings, and sorption onto fresh iron oxides. A bench-scale study of the technology was performed using columns packed with site soil and subjected to a continuous flow of uranium-contaminated site groundwater (476 {micro}g/L). The ''treated'' column received a steady stream of dilute food grade molasses injected into the contaminated influent. Upon attainment of a consistently reducing environment and demonstrated removal of uranium, an iron sulfate amendment was added along with the molasses in the influent solution. After a month long period of iron addition, the treatments were halted, and uncontaminated, aerobic, unamended water was introduced to the treated column to assess rebound of uranium concentrations. In the first two months of treatment, the uranium concentration in the treated column decreased to the clean-up level (30 {micro}g/L) or below, and remained there for the remainder of the treatment period. A brief period of resolubilization of uranium was observed as the treated column

  2. Cu-Ti Formation in Nb-Ti/Cu Superconducting Strand Monitored by in situ Techniques

    Pong, I; Pong, Ian; Gerardin, Alexandre; Scheuerlein, Christian; Bottura, Luca

    2010-01-01

    In order to investigate the high temperature exposure effect on Nb-Ti/Cu superconducting strands, as might be encountered in joining by soldering and in cabling annealing, X-ray diffraction and resistometry measurements were performed in situ during heat treatment, and complemented by conventional metallography, mechanical tests and superconducting properties measurements. Changes of the Nb-Ti nanostructure at temperatures above 300 degrees C are manifested in the degradation of critical current in an applied external magnetic field, although degradation at self field was insignificant up to 400 degrees C for several minutes. Above 500 degrees C, the formation of various Cu-Ti intermetallic compounds, due to Ti diffusion from Nb-Ti into Cu, is detected by in situ XRD albeit not resolvable by SEM-EDS. There is a ductile to brittle transition near 600 degrees C, and liquid formation is observed below 900 degrees C. The formation of Cu-Ti causes a delayed reduction of the residual resistivity ratio (RRR) and adv...

  3. Residual stress evaluation in brittle coatings using indentation technique combined with in-situ bending

    The indentation crack length approach was adopted and further elaborated to evaluate residual stress and toughness of the brittle coatings: two kinds of glass coatings on steel. The influence of the residual stress on indentation cracking was examined in as-received coating condition and by in-situ superimposing a counteracting tensile stress. For purpose of providing reference toughness values stress-free pieces of separated coating material have also been examined. Thus results of the two complementary sets of experiments were assumed to prove self-consistently toughness and residual stress data of the coating. In particular, the in-situ bending of specimen in combination with the indentation test allowed us to vary deliberately the residual stress situation in glass coating. Thus experiments which utilized the combination of bending test and micro-indentation were introduced as a method to provide unambiguous information about residual compressive stress. Toughness and residual compressive stress of glass coatings used in this study were 0.46-0.50 MPa·m1/2 and 94-111 MPa, respectively. Furthermore, a thermoelastic calculation of the residual compressive stress was performed and it is found that the value of residual compressive stress at coating surface of specimen was 90-102 MPa. (author)

  4. Injectable in situ forming depot systems: PEG-DAE as novel solvent for improved PLGA storage stability.

    Schoenhammer, K; Petersen, H; Guethlein, F; Goepferich, A

    2009-04-17

    Injectable in situ forming depots (ISFD) that contain a peptide or a protein within a polymeric solution comprise an attractive, but challenging application system. Beyond chemical compatibility, local tolerability and acute toxicity, an important factor for an ISFD is its storage stability as a liquid. In this study, poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) degradation in the presence of poly(ethyleneglycol) (PEG) as biocompatible solvent was investigated as a function of storage temperature and water content. The PLGA molecular weight (Mw) was determined by gel permeation chromatography (GPC), and monitored by NMR during degradation. Rapid PLGA degradation of 75% at 25 degrees C storage temperature was shown to be the result of a transesterification using conventional PEG as solvent. A significant improvement with only 3% Mw loss was obtained by capping the PEG hydroxy- with an alkyl- endgroup to have poly(ethyleneglycol) dialkylether (PEG-DAE). The formation of PEG-PLGA block co-polymers was confirmed by NMR, only for PEG300. Reaction rate constants were used to compare PLGA degradation dissolved in conventional and alkylated PEGs. The degradation kinetics in PEG-DAE were almost completely insensitive to 1% additional water in the solution. The transesterification of the hydroxy endgroups of PEG with PLGA was the major degradation mechanism, even under hydrous conditions. The use of PEG-DAE for injectable polymeric solutions, showed PLGA stability under the chosen conditions for at least 2 months. Based on the results obtained here, PEG-DAE appears to be a promising excipient for PLGA-based, parenteral ISFD. PMID:19135512

  5. Studies on In-situ Chelation/Supercritical Fluid Extraction of Lanthanides and Actinides Using a Radiotracer Technique

    Radioisotope tracer techniques were used to study the process of in-situ chelation/supercritical fluid extraction(SFE) of La3+ and Lu3+ from solid matrix using mixed ligand hexafluoroacetylacetone (HFA) and tributylphosphate (TBP) as chelating agents. A lab-built SFE extactor was used in this study and the extractor design was optimized based on the experimental results. Quantitative recovery of La and Lu was achieved when the extrator design was optimized. Extraction of uranium from real world samples was also investigated to demonstrate the capability of this chelation/SFE technology for environmental remediation applications. A novel on-line back extraction technique for the recovery of metal ions and regeneration of ligands is also reported.

  6. A win-win technique of stabilizing sand dune and purifying paper mill black-liquor

    WANG Hanjie; Penning de Vries FRITS; JIN Yongcan

    2009-01-01

    The principle and technique were reported here to produce lignin-based sand stabilizing material (LSSM) using extracted lignin from black liquor of straw paper mills. Field tests by using LSSM to stabilize and green sand dunes started in 2002. The field experiment was carried out in August 2005 when the newly formed plant community was 3 years old. The results from the comprehensive field experiment demonstrated that unlike polyvinyl acetate or foamed asphalt commonly used for dune stabilization, LSSM was plant-friendly material and could be used in combination with seeding and planting of desert species. By the help of LSSM, the desert species (i.e., Agriophyllum squarrosum (L.) Moq. and Artemisia desertorum Spreng. etc.) could be used to form community in 2-3 yeas and to stabilize sand dune effectively. The newly formed community was sustainable under an extremely dry climate conditions. The organic matter and total nitrogen in the soil increased significantly as the community were formed, while the change in P and K contents of the soil was negligible.

  7. Facile production of stable silicon nanoparticles: laser chemistry coupled to in situ stabilization via room temperature hydrosilylation

    Malumbres, A.; Martínez, G.; Hueso, J. L.; Gracia, J.; Mallada, R.; Ibarra, A.; Santamaría, J.

    2015-04-01

    Stable, alkyl-terminated, light-emitting silicon nanoparticles have been synthesized in a continuous process by laser pyrolysis of a liquid trialkyl-silane precursor selected as a safer alternative to gas silane (SiH4). Stabilization was achieved by in situ reaction using a liquid collection system instead of the usual solid state filtration. The alkene contained in the collection liquid (1-dodecene) reacted with the newly formed silicon nanoparticles in an unusual room-temperature hydrosilylation process. It was achieved by the presence of fluoride species, also produced during laser pyrolysis from the decomposition of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) selected as a laser sensitizer. This process directly rendered alkyl-passivated silicon nanoparticles with consistent morphology and size (SF6) selected as a laser sensitizer. This process directly rendered alkyl-passivated silicon nanoparticles with consistent morphology and size (<3 nm), avoiding the use of costly post-synthetic treatments. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr01031d

  8. In-situ formation of silver nanoparticles stabilized by amphiphilic star-shaped copolymer and their catalytic application

    Huang, Xiujuan; Xiao, Yan; Zhang, Wei; Lang, Meidong

    2012-01-01

    Silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) were prepared via in situ reduction of silver nitrate (AgNO3) using polymeric micelles as nanoreactors without any additional reductant. The micelles were constructed from the amphiphilic star-shaped copolymer composed of poly(ɛ-caprolactone) (PCL) segment, 2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA or DMA) units and oligo(ethylene glycol)monomethyl ether methacrylate (OEGMA or OEG) units. The Ag NPs stabilized by those star-shaped copolymers were characterized using UV-vis spectrum, DLS, TEM and FTIR. It confirmed that PDMAEMA exhibited the reducing property unless pH was above 7. The Ag NPs were sphere-like with a diameter of 10-20 nm, which was independent of the architecture of the copolymer and AgNO3 concentration. Furthermore, the catalytic activity of these Ag NPs was investigated by monitoring the reduction of p-nitrophenol (4-NP) by NaBH4. The result showed that the Ag NPs formed by coordination reduction can be effectively applied in catalytic reaction.

  9. An improved direct feedback linearization technique for transient stability enhancement and voltage regulation of power generators

    Kenne, Godpromesse [Laboratoire d' Automatique et d' Informatique Appliquee (LAIA), Departement de Genie Electrique, Universite de Dschang, B.P. 134 Bandjoun, Cameroun; Goma, Raphael; Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue, Francoise [Laboratoire des Signaux et Systemes (L2S), CNRS-SUPELEC, Universite Paris XI, 3 Rue Joliot Curie, 91192 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Nkwawo, Homere [Departement GEII, Universite Paris XIII, IUT Villetaneuse, 99 Avenue Jean Baptiste Clement, 93430 Villetaneuse (France); Arzande, Amir; Vannier, Jean Claude [Departement Energie, Ecole Superieure d' Electricite-SUPELEC, 3 Rue Joliot Curie, 91192 Gif-sur-Yvette (France)

    2010-09-15

    In this paper, a simple improved direct feedback linearization design method for transient stability and voltage regulation of power systems is discussed. Starting with the classical direct feedback linearization technique currently applied to power systems, an adaptive nonlinear excitation control of synchronous generators is proposed, which is new and effective for engineering. The power angle and mechanical power input are not assumed to be available. The proposed method is based on a standard third-order model of a synchronous generator which requires only information about the physical available measurements of angular speed, active electric power and generator terminal voltage. Experimental results of a practical power system show that fast response, robustness, damping, steady-state and transient stability as well as voltage regulation are all achieved satisfactorily. (author)

  10. Stabilizations of Two-Dimensional Trapped and Untrapped Matter Waves via a Feshbach Resonance Technique

    LUO Xiao-Bing; HAI Wen-Hua

    2005-01-01

    @@ We have studied the dynamics of two-dimensional (2D) trapped and untrapped Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) with a rapid periodic modulation of the scattering length via a Feshbach resonance technique, a → ao + a1 sin(Ωt) with an attractive (negative) mean value and the large constants ao, a1 and Ω.Applying a variation approximation (VA), the critical threshold for the collapse of the 2D trapped vortex BEC is predicted and the collapse is prevented by causing the scattering length oscillating rapidly.On the other hand, with analytical calculation, we prove that the stabilization of a bright soliton in a 2D untrapped BEC is impossible for enough large interaction intensity and the upper limit of the intensity for the soliton stabilization is derived.

  11. Ultrasonic techniques for the in situ characterisation of 'legacy' Waste sludges and dispersions - 59111

    Research being undertaken at the University of Leeds, as part of the DIAMOND university consortium, is exploring the effectiveness of various ultrasonic technologies as in situ probes to characterize and monitor nuclear waste slurries, such as the 'Legacy' Magnesium hydroxide sludges found in Sellafield, U.K. Through use of a commercial Acoustic Backscatter Sensor (ABS) with 1 - 5 MHz transducers, various properties of free-settling oxide simulant sludges were determined. Work was focused upon characterizing essentially 'static' sludges (to give prospective use as tools for the wastes in current deposits); although, the sensors also have potential as dispersion monitors during any future processing and storage of the Legacy wastes, as well as many other storage, clarifier or thickener systems across a wide range of industrial processing operations. ABS data of mixed glass powder dispersions was analysed and compared to scattering theory, to understand the correlations between acoustic attenuation and particulate concentration. The ABS was also calibrated to measure changes in average particulate concentration within a settling suspension over time, and showed the depth-wise segregation of the dispersion through the settling column at different particular time intervals. It was found that observed hindered settling also led to an increase in particulate concentration over the sludge zone and significant segregation occurred at moderate time intervals, due to the broad size distribution of the aggregates measured. It is hoped in future that these sensors may be able to be fitted to robotic handlers that have been installed onsite (and previously used for sampling), allowing fully automatic in situ sludge analysis. (authors)

  12. Design of top covers supporting aerobic in situ stabilization of old landfills--an experimental simulation in lysimeters.

    Hrad, Marlies; Huber-Humer, Marion; Wimmer, Bernhard; Reichenauer, Thomas G

    2012-12-01

    Landfill aeration by means of low pressure air injection is a promising tool to reduce long term emissions from organic waste fractions through accelerated biological stabilization. Top covers that enhance methane oxidation could provide a simple and economic way to mitigate residual greenhouse gas emissions from in situ aerated landfills, and may replace off-gas extraction and treatment, particularly at smaller and older sites. In this respect the installation of a landfill cover system adjusted to the forced-aerated landfill body is of great significance. Investigations into large scale lysimeters (2 × 2 × 3m) under field conditions have been carried out using different top covers including compost materials and natural soils as a surrogate to gas extraction during active low pressure aeration. In the present study, the emission behaviour as well as the water balance performance of the lysimeters has been investigated, both prior to and during the first months of in situ aeration. Results reveal that mature sewage sludge compost (SSC) placed in one lysimeter exhibits in principle optimal ambient conditions for methanotrophic bacteria to enhance methane oxidation. Under laboratory conditions the mature compost mitigated CH(4) loadings up to 300 lCH(4)/m(2)d. In addition, the compost material provided high air permeability even at 100% water holding capacity (WHC). In contrast, the more cohesive, mineral soil cover was expected to cause a notably uniform distribution of the injected air within the waste layer. Laboratory results also revealed sufficient air permeability of the soil materials (TS-F and SS-Z) placed in lysimeter C. However, at higher compaction density SS-Z became impermeable at 100% WHC. Methane emissions from the reference lysimeter with the smaller substrate cover (12-52 g CH(4)/m(2)d) were significantly higher than fluxes from the other lysimeters (0-19 g CH(4)/m(2)d) during in situ aeration. Regarding water balance, lysimeters covered with

  13. The study of the stability of passive films using potentiostatic-galvanostatic transient technique

    An on-line measurement system for the potentiostatic-galvanostatic (P-G) transient response of passive metals was established. A mathematical model for the P-G response curves in the case of the pitting was set up. Using the Monte Carlo method the electrochemical parameters which characterized the stability of the passive films were calculated from the sampling data of the response curves. The results for some steels in sodium chloride solution measured by this technique are presented and the features of the breakdown of passive films for different steels are discussed. (author)

  14. Spacecraft stability and control using new techniques for periodic and time-delayed systems

    NAzari, Morad

    This dissertation addresses various problems in spacecraft stability and control using specialized theoretical and numerical techniques for time-periodic and time-delayed systems. First, the effects of energy dissipation are considered in the dual-spin spacecraft, where the damper masses in the platform (?) and the rotor (?) cause energy loss in the system. Floquet theory is employed to obtain stability charts for different relative spin rates of the subsystem [special characters omitted] with respect to the subsystem [special characters omitted]. Further, the stability and bifurcation of delayed feedback spin stabilization of a rigid spacecraft is investigated. The spin is stabilized about the principal axis of the intermediate moment of inertia using a simple delayed feedback control law. In particular, linear stability is analyzed via the exponential-polynomial characteristic equations and then the method of multiple scales is used to obtain the normal form of the Hopf bifurcation. Next, the dynamics of a rigid spacecraft with nonlinear delayed multi-actuator feedback control are studied, where a nonlinear feedback controller using an inverse dynamics approach is sought for the controlled system to have the desired linear delayed closed-loop dynamics (CLD). Later, three linear state feedback control strategies based on Chebyshev spectral collocation and the Lyapunov Floquet transformation (LFT) are explored for regulation control of linear periodic time delayed systems. First , a delayed feedback control law with discrete delay is implemented and the stability of the closed-loop response is investigated in the parameter space of available control gains using infinite-dimensional Floquet theory. Second, the delay differential equation (DDE) is discretized into a large set of ordinary differential equations (ODEs) using the Chebyshev spectral continuous time approximation (CSCTA) and delayed feedback with distributed delay is applied. The third strategy involves

  15. A novel technique of in situ phase-shift interferometry applied for faint dissolution of bulky montmorillonite in alkaline solution

    The effect of alkaline pH on the dissolution rate of bulky aggregated montmorillonite samples at 23°C was investigated for the first time by using an enhanced phase-shift interferometry technique combined with an internal refraction interferometry method developed for this study. This technique was applied to provide a molecular resolution during the optical observation of the dissolution phenomena in real time and in situ while remaining noninvasive. A theoretical normal resolution limit of this technique was 0.78 nm in water for opaque material, but was limited to 6.6 nm for montmorillonite due to the transparency of the montmorillonite crystal. Normal dissolution velocities as low as 1 × 10-4 to 1 × 10-3 nm/s were obtained directly by using the measured temporal change in height of montmorillonite samples set in a reaction cell. The molar dissolution fluxes of montmorillonite obtained in this study gave considerably faster dissolution rates in comparison to those obtained in previous investigations by solution analysis methods. The pH dependence of montmorillonite dissolution rate determined in this study was qualitatively in good agreement with those reported in the previous investigations. The dissolution rates to be used in safety assessments of geological repositories for radioactive wastes should be obtained for bulky samples. This goal has been difficult to achieve using conventional powder experiment technique and solution analysis method, but has been shown to be feasible using the enhanced phase-shift interferometry. (author)

  16. Evaluation of new laser spectrometer techniques for in-situ carbon monoxide measurements

    C. Zellweger

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Long-term time series of the atmospheric composition are essential for environmental research and thus require compatible, multi-decadal monitoring activities. The current data quality objectives of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO for carbon monoxide (CO in the atmosphere are very challenging to meet with the measurement techniques that have been used until recently. During the past few years, new spectroscopic techniques came to market with promising properties for trace gas analytics. The current study compares three instruments that have recently become commercially available (since 2011 with the best currently available technique (Vacuum UV Fluorescence and provides a link to previous comparison studies. The instruments were investigated for their performance regarding repeatability, reproducibility, drift, temperature dependence, water vapour interference and linearity. Finally, all instruments were examined during a short measurement campaign to assess their applicability for long-term field measurements. It could be shown that the new techniques perform considerably better compared to previous techniques, although some issues, such as temperature influence and cross sensitivities, need further attention.

  17. Evaluation of three new laser spectrometer techniques for in-situ carbon monoxide measurements

    C. Zellweger

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Long-term time series of the atmospheric composition are essential for environmental research and thus require compatible, multi-decadal monitoring activities. However, the current data quality objectives of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO for carbon monoxide (CO in the atmosphere are very challenging to meet with the measurement techniques that have been used until recently. During the past few years, new spectroscopic techniques came on the market with promising properties for trace gas analytics. The current study compares three instruments that are recently commercially available (since 2011 with the up to now best available technique (vacuum UV fluorescence and provides a link to previous comparison studies. The instruments were investigated for their performance regarding repeatability, reproducibility, drift, temperature dependence, water vapour interference and linearity. Finally, all instruments were examined during a short measurement campaign to assess their applicability for long-term field measurements. It could be shown that the new techniques provide a considerably better performance compared to previous techniques, although some issues such as temperature influence and cross sensitivities need further attention.

  18. Evaluation of new laser spectrometer techniques for in-situ carbon monoxide measurements

    Zellweger, C.; Steinbacher, M.; Buchmann, B.

    2012-10-01

    Long-term time series of the atmospheric composition are essential for environmental research and thus require compatible, multi-decadal monitoring activities. The current data quality objectives of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) for carbon monoxide (CO) in the atmosphere are very challenging to meet with the measurement techniques that have been used until recently. During the past few years, new spectroscopic techniques came to market with promising properties for trace gas analytics. The current study compares three instruments that have recently become commercially available (since 2011) with the best currently available technique (Vacuum UV Fluorescence) and provides a link to previous comparison studies. The instruments were investigated for their performance regarding repeatability, reproducibility, drift, temperature dependence, water vapour interference and linearity. Finally, all instruments were examined during a short measurement campaign to assess their applicability for long-term field measurements. It could be shown that the new techniques perform considerably better compared to previous techniques, although some issues, such as temperature influence and cross sensitivities, need further attention.

  19. Evaluation of three new laser spectrometer techniques for in-situ carbon monoxide measurements

    Zellweger, C.; Steinbacher, M.; Buchmann, B.

    2012-07-01

    Long-term time series of the atmospheric composition are essential for environmental research and thus require compatible, multi-decadal monitoring activities. However, the current data quality objectives of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) for carbon monoxide (CO) in the atmosphere are very challenging to meet with the measurement techniques that have been used until recently. During the past few years, new spectroscopic techniques came on the market with promising properties for trace gas analytics. The current study compares three instruments that are recently commercially available (since 2011) with the up to now best available technique (vacuum UV fluorescence) and provides a link to previous comparison studies. The instruments were investigated for their performance regarding repeatability, reproducibility, drift, temperature dependence, water vapour interference and linearity. Finally, all instruments were examined during a short measurement campaign to assess their applicability for long-term field measurements. It could be shown that the new techniques provide a considerably better performance compared to previous techniques, although some issues such as temperature influence and cross sensitivities need further attention.

  20. Neutron, fluorescence, and optical imaging: An in situ combination of complementary techniques

    An apparatus which enables the simultaneous combination of three complementary imaging techniques, optical imaging, fluorescence imaging, and neutron radiography, is presented. While each individual technique can provide information on certain aspects of the sample and their time evolution, a combination of the three techniques in one setup provides a more complete and consistent data set. The setup can be used in transmission and reflection modes and thus with optically transparent as well as opaque samples. Its capabilities are illustrated with two examples. A polymer hydrogel represents a transparent sample and the diffusion of fluorescent particles into and through this polymer matrix is followed. In reflection mode, the absorption of solvent by a nile red-functionalized mesoporous silica powder and the corresponding change in fluorescent signal are studied

  1. Neutron, fluorescence, and optical imaging: An in situ combination of complementary techniques.

    Wagner, D; Börgardts, M; Grünzweig, C; Lehmann, E; Müller, T J J; Egelhaaf, S U; Hermes, H E

    2015-09-01

    An apparatus which enables the simultaneous combination of three complementary imaging techniques, optical imaging, fluorescence imaging, and neutron radiography, is presented. While each individual technique can provide information on certain aspects of the sample and their time evolution, a combination of the three techniques in one setup provides a more complete and consistent data set. The setup can be used in transmission and reflection modes and thus with optically transparent as well as opaque samples. Its capabilities are illustrated with two examples. A polymer hydrogel represents a transparent sample and the diffusion of fluorescent particles into and through this polymer matrix is followed. In reflection mode, the absorption of solvent by a nile red-functionalized mesoporous silica powder and the corresponding change in fluorescent signal are studied. PMID:26429447

  2. Neutron, fluorescence, and optical imaging: An in situ combination of complementary techniques

    Wagner, D.; Börgardts, M.; Grünzweig, C.; Lehmann, E.; Müller, T. J. J.; Egelhaaf, S. U.; Hermes, H. E.

    2015-09-01

    An apparatus which enables the simultaneous combination of three complementary imaging techniques, optical imaging, fluorescence imaging, and neutron radiography, is presented. While each individual technique can provide information on certain aspects of the sample and their time evolution, a combination of the three techniques in one setup provides a more complete and consistent data set. The setup can be used in transmission and reflection modes and thus with optically transparent as well as opaque samples. Its capabilities are illustrated with two examples. A polymer hydrogel represents a transparent sample and the diffusion of fluorescent particles into and through this polymer matrix is followed. In reflection mode, the absorption of solvent by a nile red-functionalized mesoporous silica powder and the corresponding change in fluorescent signal are studied.

  3. Neutron, fluorescence, and optical imaging: An in situ combination of complementary techniques

    Wagner, D.; Egelhaaf, S. U.; Hermes, H. E. [Condensed Matter Physics Laboratory, Heinrich Heine University, 40225 Düsseldorf (Germany); Börgardts, M.; Müller, T. J. J. [Institute for Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry, Heinrich Heine University, 40225 Düsseldorf (Germany); Grünzweig, C.; Lehmann, E. [Neutron Imaging and Activation Group, Paul Scherrer Institute, 5232 Villigen (Switzerland)

    2015-09-15

    An apparatus which enables the simultaneous combination of three complementary imaging techniques, optical imaging, fluorescence imaging, and neutron radiography, is presented. While each individual technique can provide information on certain aspects of the sample and their time evolution, a combination of the three techniques in one setup provides a more complete and consistent data set. The setup can be used in transmission and reflection modes and thus with optically transparent as well as opaque samples. Its capabilities are illustrated with two examples. A polymer hydrogel represents a transparent sample and the diffusion of fluorescent particles into and through this polymer matrix is followed. In reflection mode, the absorption of solvent by a nile red-functionalized mesoporous silica powder and the corresponding change in fluorescent signal are studied.

  4. Synthèse bibliographique sur la mobilité des éléments traces dans les sols et l'utilisation de la stabilisation physico-chimique comme technique de gestion in situ des sites contaminés

    Liénard, A.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Review of the mobility of trace elements in soils and of the use of physico-chemical stabilization as an in situ management strategy for contaminated sites. Industrial activities have greatly impacted the quality of the biophysical environment in some areas. This review focuses on the consequences of soil contamination by metallic trace elements: what factors determine the mobility of contaminants in soils and what remediation practices based upon physico-chemical stabilization can be used in response? Physico-chemical stabilization is an in situ remediation technique, which aims at limiting the dispersion of metals in the environment through the use of soil conditioners and amendments in contaminated sites. In this article, we firstly review the concepts involved in the mobility of trace elements and their indicators. We then provide an overview of the current information regarding the different kinds of amendments that may be applied to stabilize contaminants in soils and the processes involved.

  5. CT imaging techniques for two-phase and three-phase in-situ saturation measurements

    Sharma, B.C.; Brigham, W.E.; Castanier, L.M.

    1997-06-01

    The aim of this research is to use the SUPRI 3D steam injection laboratory model to establish a reliable method for 3-phase in-situ saturation measurements, and thereafter investigate the mechanism of steamflood at residual oil saturation. Demiral et al. designed and constructed a three dimensional laboratory model that can be used to measure temperature, pressure and heat loss data. The model is also designed so that its construction materials are not a limiting factor for CT scanning. We have used this model for our study. In this study, we saturated the model with mineral oil, and carried out waterflood until residual oil saturation. Steamflood was then carried out. A leak appeared at the bottom of the model. Despite this problem, the saturation results, obtained by using 2-phase and 3-phase saturation equations and obtained from the Cat scanner, were compared with the saturations obtained from material balance. The errors thus obtained were compared with those obtained by an error analysis carried out on the saturation equations. This report gives details of the experimental procedures, the data acquisition and data processing computer programs, and the analysis of a steamflood experiment carried out at residual oil saturation.

  6. A new tracer technique for in situ experimental study of bioturbation processes

    An experimental method has been developed to study material and radioactivity fluxes at the sediment-water interface and in the sedimentary column. This method has been applied in the Gulf of Fos, an area that is affected by deposits from the river Rhone, and where biodeposition products, resulting from the presence of intensive mussel cultures, can induce a concentration of trace elements at the sediment-water interface. Sediment surface materials were labelled with a mixture of radionuclides (Cerium-144, Cobalt-60 and Cesium-137), in experimental cores filled either with sediment containing in situ fauna or with defaunated sediment. The coupling of this mixture with inert colored sediment particles enabled us to measure radionuclide flux in both solute fraction and solid fraction. At the sediment-water interface, the tracer balance indicates that migrations into deeper sediment are estimated to be until 25 times greater in presence of macrofauna, depending on the tracer examined. Bioturbation may equally enhance exportation to the water column, to a factor ranging from 1.5 to 2.0. During a period of 14 days, in presence of macrofauna, we observed a migration of radionuclides to a maximum depth of 11 cm. A similar distribution pattern of luminophores at the same sediment depths indicates the preponderance of particle reworking in migration. (Author)

  7. In situ NMR and electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance techniques reveal the structure of the electrical double layer in supercapacitors

    Griffin, John M.; Forse, Alexander C.; Tsai, Wan-Yu; Taberna, Pierre-Louis; Simon, Patrice; Grey, Clare P.

    2015-08-01

    Supercapacitors store charge through the electrosorption of ions on microporous electrodes. Despite major efforts to understand this phenomenon, a molecular-level picture of the electrical double layer in working devices is still lacking as few techniques can selectively observe the ionic species at the electrode/electrolyte interface. Here, we use in situ NMR to directly quantify the populations of anionic and cationic species within a working microporous carbon supercapacitor electrode. Our results show that charge storage mechanisms are different for positively and negatively polarized electrodes for the electrolyte tetraethylphosphonium tetrafluoroborate in acetonitrile; for positive polarization charging proceeds by exchange of the cations for anions, whereas for negative polarization, cation adsorption dominates. In situ electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance measurements support the NMR results and indicate that adsorbed ions are only partially solvated. These results provide new molecular-level insight, with the methodology offering exciting possibilities for the study of pore/ion size, desolvation and other effects on charge storage in supercapacitors.

  8. Analysis of the Effect of in situ Product Removal on the Stability and Performance of a Continuous Bioreactor with Cell Separator for Ethanol Production

    Ghosh, Kaushik; K. B. Ramachandran

    2007-01-01

    In this study, the behaviour of a continuous membrane bioreactor with in situ removal of product ethanol by pervaporation and cell recycle has been investigated. The kinetic model used is an unstructured growth model taking into account product as well as substrate inhibition and the product formation rate is represented by the Leudeking-Piret model. The effect of pervaporation on the performance of the system with cell separator is evaluated in terms of ethanol productivity and its stabil...

  9. Application of fluorescence in situ hybridization technique in the diagnosis of acute promyelocytic leukemia with abnormal immunophenotype

    To evaluate the utilization of fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) technique in the diagnosis of acute promyelocytic leukemia(APL) with abnormal immunophenotype, flow cytometry was used to detect the immunophenotype of mononuclear cells in APL patients and PML/RARα fusion gene was detected by FISH. The mononuclear cells of several APL patients showed abnormal immunophenotype: CD13+ , CD33+ , CD34-, HLA-DR+ and PML/RARα fusion gene was also detected, which was different from the regular result of APL: HLA- DR-, PML/RARα+. Therefore, the detection of immunophenotype in APL patients should not be regarded as the sole accurate target for diagnosing leukemia. FISH ,associated with traditional FAB classification, is a simple, rapid, accurate and direct method. It can be used to help confirm the diagnosis, to guide the formulation of a reasonable chemotherapy scheme and to supervise the efficacy of the treatment in patients with leukemia. (authors)

  10. Use of noninvasive geophysical techniques for the In Situ Vitrification Program. Volume 1, Literature review: Revision 1

    Josten, N.E.; Marts, S.T.; Carpenter, G.S.

    1991-11-01

    In situ vitrification (ISV) is a waste pit remediation technology that can potentially eliminate the need for pit excavation. The ISV program at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL) funded this study to evaluate geophysical techniques that might be useful for performing detailed screening of the materials, soil conditions, and local geology of waste pits targeted for remediation. The evaluation focuses on a specific set of characterization objectives developed by ISV engineers. The objectives are based on their assessment of safety, environmental, and cost efficiency issues associated with the ISV process. A literature review of geophysical case histories was conducted and a geophysical survey was performed at the INEL simulated waste pit so that the evaluation could be based on demonstrable results.

  11. Chemical composition and the nutritive value of pistachio epicarp (in situ degradation and in vitro gas production techniques

    Somayeh Bakhshizadeh

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The nutritive value of pistachio epicarp (PE was evaluated by in situ and in vitro techniques. Chemical analysis indicated that PE was high in crude protein (11.30% and low in neutral detergent fiber (26.20%. Total phenols, total tannins, condensed tannins and hydrolysable tannins contents in PE were 8.29%, 4.48%, 0.49% and 3.79%, respectively. Ruminal dry matter and crude protein degradation after 48 hr incubation were 75.21% and 82.52%, respectively. The gas production volume at 48 hr for PE was 122.47 mL g-1DM. As a whole, adding polyethylene glycol (PEG to PE increased (p < 0.05 gas production volumes, organic matter digestibility and the metabolizable energy that illustrated inhibitory effect of phenolics on rumen microbial fermentation and the positive influence of PEG on digestion PE. The results showed that PE possessed potentials to being used as feed supplements.

  12. Effect of particle size on microstructure and strength of porous spinel ceramics prepared by pore-forming in situ technique

    Wen Yan; Nan Li; Yuanyuan Li; Guangping Liu; Bingqiang Han; Juliang Xu

    2011-08-01

    The porous spinel ceramics were prepared from magnesite and bauxite by the pore-forming in situ technique. The characterization of porous spinel ceramics was determined by X-ray diffractometer (XRD), scanning electron microscopy(SEM), mercury porosimetry measurement etc and the effects of particle size on microstructure and strength were investigated. It was found that particle size affects strongly on the microstructure and strength. With decreasing particle size, the pore size distribution occurs from multi-peak mode to bi-peak mode, and lastly to mono-peak mode; the porosity decreases but strength increases. The most apposite mode is the specimens from the grinded powder with a particle size of 6.53 m, which has a high apparent porosity (40%), a high compressive strength (75.6MPa), a small average pore size (2.53 m) and a homogeneous pore size distribution.

  13. Stabilized methods and post-processing techniques for Darcy flow and related problems

    In this paper we present a review of stabilized methods and post-processing techniques for Darcy flow problems, with particular emphasis in the miscible displacement model. The system of partial differential equations governing the miscible displacement consists of an elliptic system coming from the conservation of mass and Darcy's law and a nonlinear transport equation expressing the conservation of the injected fluid (concentration). The main difficulties are related to the evaluation of the primary unknowns of the elliptic equation (pressure) and their spatial derivatives by Darcy's law (velocity) and the coupling with the convection dominated transport equation. Finite element solutions for this problem have been obtained using mixed methods for the pressure/gradient problem combined with the modified method of characteristics. However, this approach involves different interpolation schemes for pressure, velocity and concentration. In order to overcome the difficulties associated with the previous schemes, we have been working in the development of finite element formulations where all variables are interpolated by equal-order functions. To recover accurate velocity approximations we have developed new global and local post-processing techniques. These post-processing techniques consist in solving the elliptic problem for pressure and then computing velocity considering residual forms of Darcy's law with the known pressure, the mass balance equation and the irrotationality condition. These post-processing techniques are then combined with semidiscrete or space-time SUPG or GLS formulations with shock capturing. We also address in this paper issues related to the improvement of computational efficiency of our methods. Among then we will show reduced integration techniques with hourglass control for the elliptic, post-processing and transport equations, its association to superconvergent techniques for gradient recovery, adaptive time stepping strategies based on

  14. In-situ stabilization of radioactively contaminated low-level solid wastes buried in shallow trenches: an assessment

    The potential effectiveness of materials for in-situ encapsulation of low-level, radioactively contaminated solid waste buried in shallow trenches is enumerated. Cement, clay materials, and miscellaneous sorbents, aqueous and nonaqueous gelling fluids and their combinations are available to solidify contaminated free water in trenches, to fill open voids, and to minimize radionuclide mobility. The success of the grouting technique will depend on the availability of reliable geohydrologic data and laboratory development of a mix with enhanced sorption capacity for dominant radionuclides present in the trenches. A cement-bentonite-based grout mix with low consistency for pumping, several hours controlled rate of hardening, negligible bleeding, and more than 170 kPa (25 psi) compressive strength are a few of the suggested parameters in laboratory mix development. Cost estimates of a cement-bentonite-based grout mix indicate that effective and durable encapsulation can be accomplished at a reasonable cost (about $113 per cubic meter). However, extensive implementation of the method suggests the need for a field demonstration of the method. 53 references

  15. Nuclear borehole logging techniques developed by CSIRO - Exploration and Mining for in situ evaluation of coal and mineral deposits

    CSIRO - Exploration and Mining Division has developed a spectrometric nuclear techniques for in situ evaluation of coal and mineral deposits. Whilst the use of this technology is seen mainly in coal mining, it is becoming increasingly apparent in metalliferous mining. The logging tools developed by CSIRO are using the gamma-gamma, prompt neutron activation and spectrometric natural gamma techniques. The technology is used both in exploration and mine production for quality control. Nuclear borehole logging is complementary to the laboratory analysis of core samples retrieved from boreholes. Although it can not provide the same detailed information as the analysis of the core, the volume of rock sampled by nuclear borehole logging is much larger than the core samples and the results are provided almost instantaneously. Nuclear logging is particularly useful for mineral deposits where the core can not be fully recovered or in situations when not all the information provided by the analysis of the core is needed. Important savings can be made if the information required is acquired by logging open holes instead of drilling more expensive cored holes. The paper reviews various techniques developed by CSIRO - Exploration and Mining for both the coal and metalliferous mining industry. Emphasis is given to current research for developing logging tools equipped with ultra - low intensity gamma-ray sources (below 3.7 MBq activity). The tools are developed for both borehole logging and face analysis

  16. Wheat improvement for drought resistance and yield stability using mutation techniques

    The main problem of plant breeding is development of varieties with optimal combination of high drought resistance, productivity and yield stability in varying unfavorable conditions. It is especially important for Kazakhstan, the main agricultural areas of which are located in the arid zones characterized by moisture supply deficiency. Mutation techniques have proven to be valuable technique in enhancing crop genetic diversity for selecting new variants with traits of economic importance. Therefore we used M2 population of spring bread wheat var. Kazakhstastanskaya 126 treated by nicotinic acid extracted from tobacco leaves 0,01% and 0,1%, respectively. Based on germplasm of M2 there was developed genotype Grekum 476 having changes in leaf shape such as rolling of flag leaf. This trait protects plant from intensive insolation and overheating, prevent losses of water and provide long-term function of leaves and therefore it was used for wheat improvement of commercial cultivars. The objective of this study is the analysis of genotype x environment interaction (GEI) and evaluation of the donors of drought resistance and stability among the winter wheat genotypes. Experimental material has been grown in 2004-2006 at thee contrasting ecological zones including irrigated and non-irrigated conditions. To analyze GEI the method Tai (1971) was used. Drought susceptibility index was used for drought resistance assessment (Fisher and Maurer, 1978). The objects of study were wheat genotypes with inserted leaf rolling trait (Grekum 476, Hostianum 88, Albidum 109, Miras), and varieties developed in Kazakhstan and the Ukraine, that differ in the level of productivity and drought resistance. It was found that rolling leaf trait in the main source Grekum 476 is controlled by two dominant Rl-genes. The genotypes with Rl-genes able to conserve high leaf water potential as the tendency for greater leaf hydration seems to be a consequence of osmotic adjustment connected to drought

  17. Comparison of continuous in-situ CO2 observations at Jungfraujoch using two different measurement techniques

    M. F. Schibig

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Since 2004, atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2 is measured at the High Altitude Research Station Jungfraujoch by the division of Climate and Environmental Physics at the University of Bern (KUP using a nondispersive infrared gas analyzer (NDIR in combination with a paramagnetic O2 analyzer. In January 2010, CO2 measurements based on cavity ring down spectroscopy (CRDS as part of the Swiss National Air Pollution Monitoring Network have been added by the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa. To ensure a smooth transition – a prerequisite when merging two datasets e.g. for trend determinations – the two measurement systems run in parallel for several years. Such a long-term intercomparison also allows identifying potential offsets between the two datasets and getting information about the compatibility of the two systems on different time scales. A good agreement of the seasonality as well as for the short-term variations was observed and to a lesser extent for trend calculations mainly due to the short common period. However, the comparison revealed some issues related to the stability of the calibration gases of the KUP system and their assigned CO2 mole fraction. It was possible to adapt an improved calibration strategy based on standard gas determinations, which lead to better agreement between the two data sets. By excluding periods with technical problems and bad calibration gas cylinders, the average hourly difference (CRDS − NDIR of the two systems is −0.03 ppm ± 0.25 ppm. Although the difference of the two datasets is in line with the compatibility goal of ±0.1 ppm of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO, the standard deviation is still too high. A significant part of this uncertainty originates from the necessity to switch the KUP system frequently (every 12 min for 6 min from ambient air to a working gas in order to correct short-term variations of the O2 measurement system. Allowing

  18. Técnicas in situ de baixo custo em eletroquímica: a microbalança a cristal de quartzo Low cost in situ techniques in electrochemistry: the quartz crystal microbalance

    Hamilton Varela; Marcos Malta; Roberto M. Torresi

    2000-01-01

    Among in situ techniques, the electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance (EQCM) is a powerful tool for the study of electrochemical reactions that produce mass changes in the electrode/solution interface. This review present some systems in which the EQCM combined with classical electrochemical techniques, gives relevant information for understanding the charge transport process at a molecular level. The aim of this review is to do a brief description of experimental arrangements, with empha...

  19. Technique for measuring 14 CO 2 uptake by soil microorganisms in situ.

    Smith, D W; Fliermans, C B; Brock, T D

    1972-03-01

    Uptake of (14)CO(2) in soils due to algae or sulfur-oxidizing bacteria was examined by incubation of soil samples with gaseous (14)CO(2) and subsequent chemical oxidation of biologically fixed radioactive isotope to (14)CO(2) for detection with a liquid scintillation counting system. The (14)CO(2) was added to the soil in the gas phase so that no alteration of the moisture or ionic strength of the soil occurred. Wet oxidation of radioactive organic matter was carried out in sealed ampoules, and the (14)CO(2) produced was transferred to a phenethylamine-liquid scintillation counting system with a simply constructed apparatus. The technique is inexpensive and efficient and does not require elaborate traps since several possible interfering factors were found to have no harmful effects. Experiments in coal mine regions and in geothermal habitats have demonstrated the ecological applicability of this technique for measurement of CO(2) fixation by sulfur-oxidizing bacteria and soil algae. PMID:4553805

  20. Characteristics of Four Plant Species Used for Soil Bioengineering Techniques in River Bank Stabilization

    Liu, Y.; Gao, J. R.; Lou, H. P.; Zhang, J. R.; Rauch, H. P.

    2010-05-01

    Use the potential values of soil bioengineering techniques are important for the wide attention river ecological restoration works in Beijing. At first, demand for basic knowledge of the technical and biological properties of plants is essential for development of such techniques. Species for each chosen plant material type should be selected with an emphasis on the following: suitability for anticipated environment conditions, reasonable availability in desired quantity and probability of successful establishment. Account on these criteria, four species which used as live staking and rooted cutting techniques were selected, namely, Salix X aureo-pendula, Salix cheilophila, Vitex negundo var. heterophylla and Amorpha fruticosa L.. And monitoring work was performed on three construction sites of Beijing. Various survival rates and morphological parameters data were collected. Concerning plants hydraulic and hydrological behavior, bending tests were used to analysis the flexibility of each plant species. The results from rate and morphological parameters monitoring show that: Salix cheilophila performed the best. Other three plants behaved satisfactorily in shoots or roots development respectively. In the bending test mornitoring, Salix cheilophila branch had the least broken number. Then were Salix X aureo-pendula and Amorpha fruticosa L.. Vitex negundo var. branch had the highest broken number, but it tolerated the highest amount of stress. All plant species should be considered in the future scientific research and construction works in Beijing. Keywords: River bank stabilization, live staking, rooted cutting

  1. A novel rocket-based in-situ collection technique for mesospheric and stratospheric aerosol particles

    W. Reid

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available A technique for collecting aerosol particles between altitudes of 85 and 17 km is described. Collection probes are ejected from a sounding rocket allowing for multi-point measurements. Each probe is equipped with 110 collection samples that are 3 mm in diameter. The collection samples are one of three types: standard transmission electron microscopy carbon grids, glass fibre filter paper or silicone gel. Each collection sample is exposed over a 50 m to 5 km height range with a total of 45 separate ranges. Post-flight electron microscopy gives size-resolved information on particle number, shape and elemental composition. Each collection probe is equipped with a suite of sensors to capture the probe's status during the fall. Parachute recovery systems along with GPS-based localization ensure that each probe can be located and recovered for post-flight analysis.

  2. Probabilistic risk assessment techniques help in identifying optimal equipment design for in-situ vitrification

    The analysis discussed in this paper was performed as part of the buried waste remediation efforts at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL). The specific type of remediation discussed herein involves a thermal treatment process for converting contaminated soil and waste into a stable, chemically-inert form. Models of the proposed process were developed using probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) fault tree and event tree modeling techniques. The models were used to determine the appropriateness of the conceptual design by identifying potential hazards of system operations. Additional models were developed to represent the reliability aspects of the system components. By performing various sensitivities with the models, optimal design modifications are being identified to substantiate an integrated, cost-effective design representing minimal risk to the environment and/or public with maximum component reliability. 4 figs

  3. In situ studies of pesticides photodegradation on soils using PD-TOFMS technique

    Thomas, J. P.; Bejjani, A.; Nsouli, B.; Gardon, A.; Chovelon, J. M.

    2009-01-01

    As we have demonstrated that plasma desorption time-of-flight mass spectrometry (PD-TOFMS) is well adapted to the direct characterization of pesticides adsorbed on agricultural soils the technique has been applied for the first time to the study of their evolution under sunlight-like irradiation. Two pesticides have been selected: norflurazon which is the most documentated (both from the literature and from our previous experiments) and oxyfluorfen in order to assess the capability of the technique. The photodegradation process has been investigated both for a deposit onto a metallic substrate and for a soil impregnated with the product. For norflurazon degradation parameters have been extracted from the yield variation of ions representative of the molecule and breakdown products and particularly the time required for 50% dissipation of their initial concentration (DT50 values). The comparison between deposits and soils indicates clearly that the degradation is slower in the latter case with an increase of about 3.5 for the DT50 of the molecule, and about 2 for its breakdown products. These values are in agreement with the decays of other ions. As expected, the degradation is faster when the UV of the sunlight is unfiltered, more significantly for the breakdown products. This is also observed for the oxyfluorfen deposited onto aluminium although at a lower level (twice less). The trends are only qualitative for the impregnated soil but definitely there. A discussion is presented for the interpretation of the photodegradation process in both cases together with suggestions of improvement in the data acquisition.

  4. Experimental analysis of mechanical response of stabilized occipitocervical junction by 3D mark tracking technique

    Brémand F.

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available This study is about a biomechanical comparison of some stabilization solutions for the occipitocervical junction. Four kinds of occipito-cervical fixations are analysed in this work: lateral plates fixed by two kinds of screws, lateral plates fixed by hooks and median plate. To study mechanical rigidity of each one, tests have been performed on human skulls by applying loadings and by studying mechanical response of fixations and bone. For this experimental analysis, a specific setup has been developed to impose a load corresponding to the flexion-extension physiological movements. 3D mark tracking technique is employed to measure 3D displacement fields on the bone and on the fixations. Observations of displacement evolution on the bone according to the fixation show different rigidities given by each solution.

  5. Demonstration of the stabilization technique for nonplanar optical resonant cavities utilizing polarization

    Akagi, T.; Araki, S.; Funahashi, Y.; Honda, Y.; Okugi, T.; Omori, T.; Shimizu, H.; Terunuma, N.; Urakawa, J. [High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), 1-1 Oho, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0801 (Japan); Miyoshi, S.; Takahashi, T., E-mail: tohru-takahashi@hiroshima-u.ac.jp; Tanaka, R.; Uesugi, Y.; Yoshitama, H. [AdSM Hiroshima University, 1-3-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi, Hiroshima 739-8530 (Japan); Sakaue, K.; Washio, M. [Research Institute for Science and Engineering, Waseda University, 3-4-1 Okubo, Shinjuku-ku 169-8555 (Japan)

    2015-04-15

    Based on our previously developed scheme to stabilize nonplanar optical resonant cavities utilizing polarization caused by a geometric phase in electromagnetic waves traveling along a twisted path, we report an application of the technique for a cavity installed in the Accelerator Test Facility, a 1.3-GeV electron beam accelerator at KEK, in which photons are generated by laser-Compton scattering. We successfully achieved a power enhancement of 1200 with 1.4% fluctuation, which means that the optical path length of the cavity has been controlled with a precision of 14 pm under an accelerator environment. In addition, polarization switching utilizing a geometric phase of the nonplanar cavity was demonstrated.

  6. On the Decay Ratio Determination in BWR Stability Analysis by Auto-Correlation Function Techniques

    A novel auto-correlation function (ACF) method has been investigated for determining the oscillation frequency and the decay ratio in BWR stability analyses. The neutron signals are band-pass filtered to separate the oscillation peak in the power spectral density (PSD) from background. Two linear second-order oscillation models are considered. These models, corrected for signal filtering and including a background term under the peak in the PSD, are then least-squares fitted to the ACF of the previously filtered neutron signal, in order to determine the oscillation frequency and the decay ratio. Our method uses fast Fourier transform techniques with signal segmentation for filtering and ACF estimation. Gliding 'short-term' ACF estimates on a record allow the evaluation of uncertainties. Numerical results are given which have been obtained from neutron data of the recent Forsmark I and Forsmark II NEA benchmark project. Our results are compared with those obtained by other participants in the benchmark project. The present PSI report is an extended version of the publication K. Behringer, D. Hennig 'A novel auto-correlation function method for the determination of the decay ratio in BWR stability studies' (Behringer, Hennig, 2002)

  7. Synthesis, microstructure and mechanical properties of ceria stabilized tetragonal zirconia prepared by spray drying technique

    Ceria stabilized zirconia powders with ceria concentration varying from 6 to 16 mol% were synthesized using spray drying technique. Powders were characterized for their particle size distribution and specific surface area. The dense sintered ceramics fabricated using these powders were characterized for their microstructure, crystallite size and phase composition. The flexural strength, fracture toughness and micro-hardness of sintered ceramics were measured. High fracture toughness and flexural strength were obtained for sintered bodies with 12 mol% of CeO2. Flexural strength and fracture toughness were dependent on CeO2 concentration, crystallite size and phase composition of sintered bodies. Correlation of data has indicated that the transformable tetragonal phase is the key factor in controlling the fracture toughness and strength of ceramics. It has been demonstrated that the synthesis method is effective to prepare nanocrystalline tetragonal ceria stabilized zirconia powders with improved mechanical properties. Ce-ZrO2 with 20 wt% alumina was also prepared with flexural strength, 1200 MPa and fracture toughness 9.2 MPa√m. (author)

  8. Synthesis, microstructure and mechanical properties of ceria stabilized tetragonal zirconia prepared by spray drying technique

    S C Sharma; N M Gokhale; Rajiv Dayal; Ramji Lal

    2002-02-01

    Ceria stabilized zirconia powders with ceria concentration varying from 6 to 16 mol% were synthesized using spray drying technique. Powders were characterized for their particle size distribution and specific surface area. The dense sintered ceramics fabricated using these powders were characterized for their microstructure, crystallite size and phase composition. The flexural strength, fracture toughness and microhardness of sintered ceramics were measured. High fracture toughness and flexural strength were obtained for sintered bodies with 12 mol% of CeO2. Flexural strength and fracture toughness were dependent on CeO2 concentration, crystallite size and phase composition of sintered bodies. Correlation of data has indicated that the transformable tetragonal phase is the key factor in controlling the fracture toughness and strength of ceramics. It has been demonstrated that the synthesis method is effective to prepare nanocrystalline tetragonal ceria stabilized zirconia powders with improved mechanical properties. Ce–ZrO2 with 20 wt% alumina was also prepared with flexural strength, 1200 MPa and fracture toughness, 9.2 MPa √m.

  9. Ambient in-situ immersion freezing measurements - findings from the ZAMBIS 2014 field campaign for three ice nucleation techniques

    Kohn, Monika; Atkinson, James D.; Lohmann, Ulrike; Kanji, Zamin A.

    2015-04-01

    To estimate the influence of clouds on the Earth's radiation budget, it is crucial to understand cloud formation processes in the atmosphere. A key process, which significantly affects cloud microphysical properties and the initiation of precipitation thus contributing to the hydrological cycle, is the prevailing type of ice nucleation mechanism. In mixed-phase clouds immersion freezing is the dominant ice crystal forming mechanism, whereby ice nucleating particles (INP) first act as cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) and are activated to cloud droplets followed by freezing upon supercooling. There are a number of experimental methods and techniques to investigate the ice nucleating ability in the immersion mode, however most techniques are offline for field sampling or only suitable for laboratory measurements. In-situ atmospheric studies are needed to understand the ice formation processes of 'real world' particles. Laboratory experiments simulate conditions of atmospheric processes like ageing or coating but are still idealized. Our method is able to measure ambient in-situ immersion freezing on single immersed aerosol particles. The instrumental setup consists of the recently developed portable immersion mode cooling chamber (PIMCA) as a vertical extension to the portable ice nucleation chamber (PINC, [1]), where the frozen fraction of activated aerosol particles are detected by the ice optical depolarization detector (IODE, [2]). Two additional immersion freezing techniques based on a droplet freezing array [3,4] are used to sample ambient aerosol particles either in a suspension (fraction larger ~0.6 μm) or on PM10-filters to compare different ice nucleation techniques. Here, we present ambient in-situ measurements at an urban forest site in Zurich, Switzerland held during the Zurich ambient immersion freezing study (ZAMBIS) in spring 2014. We investigated the ice nucleating ability of natural atmospheric aerosol with the PIMCA/PINC immersion freezing setup as

  10. Stabilization of the sacroiliac joint with the SI-bone surgical technique.

    Geisler, Fred

    2013-07-01

    Although the motion of the sacroiliac joints (SIJ) is minimal, pain can originate from the SIJ on mechanical loading and affect walking, sitting and sleep patterns. The SIJ refers to the pair of joints inferior to the L5-S1 joint, and functions as the inferior adjacent level after a L5-S1 fusion. SIJ pain has a clinical overlay of symptoms often similar to low back pain (LBP) generated by the lumbar spine. The differential diagnosis in any patient with LBP should include the triad of low back, SIJ, and hip. SIJ pain is also a known cause of residual LBP after successful lumbar fusion. Relief of the patient's pain with a diagnostic SIJ block verifies the SIJ as the site of the pain generator. The SI-bone technique of stabilization of the SIJ is a true minimally invasive surgical technique performed through an initial small skin incision and then over pins, with the aid of fluoroscopy in three orthogonal axes with one axis parallel to the posterior sacral cortical line at the S1 to S2 region. The fluoroscopy procedure includes the following steps: 1) pre-op plan of the desired 3 implant trajectories to account for the anatomic variations; 2) placement of 3 Steinman pins at these trajectories across the SIJ starting in a small skin incision; 3) drill, broach and then implant placement as a cannulated system. All these steps are performed with the assistance of fluoroscopy in all three imaging planes - lateral, inlet and outlet views. The SI-Bone implants are triangular shaped titanium and have a rough surface for immediate stability. This rough surface is believed to aid in the osteo-fixation of the implants to the ilium and sacrum, as well as to long term fusion of the SIJ after its prolonged immobilization. The video can be found here: http://youtu.be/2YtFddohZRk. PMID:23829857

  11. In-situ monitoring of nickel electrodeposit structure using electrochemical noise technique

    2006-01-01

    The nickel electroplating process was investigated by means of electrochemical noise(EN), cyclic voltammetry in conjunction with the scanning electron microscopy(SEM) technique. The results show that, in the experimental conditions and with the increase of current density, the growth mechanism of nickel crystallites changes from 2-D to 3-D with the potential turning point of about - 1.15 V,and the potential for the onset of diffusion control of the ensemble nickel electroplating process was about -1.4 V. In the case of activation-control, the two-dimensional (2-D) nucleation / growth process of nickel often results in the electrocrystallization EN features of only slowly small positive potential drift and the corresponding compact layer-by-layer deposit structure, and the maximum relative energy of the RP-EDP (re-plotted relative energy distribution plot), which is obtained from wavelet analysis, defined in the region with smaller scales. While under the diffusion-control, the three-dimensional (3-D) nucleation / growth process of nickel, often results in the electrocrystallization EN features of both the fast positive potential drift and subsequent remarkable negative potential drift and the corresponding dentritic/large conglomerate structure of nickel deposit, and the maximum relative energy of the RP-EDP defined in the region with larger scales. The electroplating time affects the nickel deposit structure mainly through its influence on the growth rate of crystallites and the Ni2+ ions diffusion process around each crystallite.

  12. In-situ verification of CANDU spent fuel by the Cherenkov technique

    Multilayered and densely stacked irradiated CANDU fuel bundles in storage ponds make direct viewing of bundles in order to observe Cherenkov glow practically impossible. Ability to defect the source of Cherenkov glow by visual observation invariably suffers from subjective judgment. In the case of CANDU-type storage geometry, the difficulty in drawing conclusions is even greater for a number of reasons including the near neighbour effect. In this paper, the first results of Cherenkov photographic procedure without the isolation of individual trays are presented in which a new model of the Hungarian underwater telescope in combination with a lightmeter for Cherenkov intensity measurements has been used. It is demonstrated by this technique that photographs of bundles with cooling time of up to 2 a provide a satisfactory record for conclusive attribute verification result for irradiated fuel bundles stacked in multilayers. A distinct glow, with a brightness of higher intensity between the rod of a bundle compared to the surroundings of the bundle, is clearly shown by the pictures. Based on the results of the glow intensity measurements, the use of this photographic method for fuel bundles with longer cooling time of up to 15 a or more would require considerably longer exposure times or more sensitive film. Possible impact on IAEA safeguards of CANDU spent fuel bays by a system, which offers simultaneous item counting and NDA attribute test capabilities in a relatively low intrusive manner, is discussed. The limitations are also considered. (author)

  13. Normal and Friction Stabilization Techniques for Interactive Rigid Body Constraint-based Contact Force Computations

    Silcowitz, Morten; Niebe, Sarah Maria; Erleben, Kenny

    2010-01-01

    We present a novel, yet simple, method for stabilization of normal forces. A normal stabilization term, carefully designed from hypotheses about interactive usability, is added to the contact force problem. Further, we propose friction stabilization as a completely new stabilization paradigm in i...

  14. In-situ calibration of criticality monitor in radioactive laboratories by shooting device technique

    Criticality safety is of utmost importance, where isotopes of fissile radioactive material (Pu, U, etc) handled in large quantities in different fuel fabrication facilities. In general, apart from mass control, geometry control in handling radioactive materials, administrative control is a necessity for smooth operation of the facilities. The point of concern in radioactive laboratories is 'criticality' situation. The criticality situation is associated with the burst of neutron and gamma radiation, The detector used to assess such an incident is either calibrated using neutron detection or gamma detection technique simulating the burst of neutron or gamma ray. These detectors should be calibrated and kept up to date to avoid such an incident. A burst of 1015 fission will deliver a prompt gamma dose of 2.5 mSv at a distance of 30 feet (9.144 m). Assuming, the dose delivered in 100 msec, the dose rate will be 102Sv/h, which shall involve in a change of six to seven decade from background in 100 msec. Thus, there are two methods for which a criticality monitor has to be calibrated: i) Steady state 1.3R/h ii) Integrated dose of 2.6 mrem in 200 msec. A source shooting device was designed which uses a cobalt (60Co) one Curie (Ci) source for calibration as per integrated dose limit, The total time of flight shall be ∼ 400 msec for the source with an adjustable average velocity of 8 to 10 m/sec. The velocity is achieved using pneumatic pressure, filled inside a container. The velocity can be varied depending upon the air pressure inside the cylinder. The system is designed with an impact absorber at the end, to reduce the force during impact which prevents it from bulging under successive flights. A reverse air purging system is designed to get cushioning effect to the source at the end of flight to avoid the flaring of the source. The device is tested using dummy source containers for structural integrity and leak tightness. The main feature of this system is its

  15. Water driven stabilization of ZnS nanoparticles prepared by exploding wire technique

    ZnS nanoparticles, prepared employing exploding wire technique (EWT), demonstrate water-induced stabilization with time. The structural evolution of ZnS nanoparticles and their interaction with the surrounding aqueous media is systematically studied at the three distinct stages of time. The structural properties of nanoparticles were examined by an assortment of characterization techniques. However, in this article we focus on x-ray diffraction (XRD) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) investigation of nanoparticles. The XRD results indicate transformation of hexagonal phase of prepared ZnS nanocrystals. The lattice constants and strain in ZnS nanoparticles are estimated at each stage of transition. Alteration in crystal structure of ZnS nanoparticles, transforming in presence of water, is an outcome of gradual variation in lattice constants and strain. Variation in stoichiometry of ZnS nanoparticles, at respective stages of transformation, is found through XPS analysis. Furthermore, in order to determine the alterations in the oxidation state and energies of the nanoparticle constituents, line shape analysis of Zn 2p3/2 peaks at three stages, is also performed. Thus, XPS analysis, accompanied with the XRD interpretations, vividly deciphers the structural evolution of ZnS nanoparticles in aqueous environment. (papers)

  16. Does the Implant Surgical Technique Affect the Primary and/or Secondary Stability of Dental Implants? A Systematic Review

    Rola Muhammed Shadid

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. A number of surgical techniques for implant site preparation have been advocated to enhance the implant of primary and secondary stability. However, there is insufficient scientific evidence to support the association between the surgical technique and implant stability. Purpose. This review aimed to investigate the influence of different surgical techniques including the undersized drilling, the osteotome, the piezosurgery, the flapless procedure, and the bone stimulation by low-level laser therapy on the primary and/or secondary stability of dental implants. Materials and methods. A search of PubMed, Cochrane Library, and grey literature was performed. The inclusion criteria comprised observational clinical studies and randomized controlled trials (RCTs conducted in patients who received dental implants for rehabilitation, studies that evaluated the association between the surgical technique and the implant primary and/or secondary stability. The articles selected were carefully read and classified as low, moderate, and high methodological quality and data of interest were tabulated. Results. Eight clinical studies were included then they were classified as moderate or high methodological quality and control of bias. Conclusions. There is a weak evidence suggesting that any of previously mentioned surgical techniques could influence the primary and/or secondary implant stability.

  17. Visualisation of EDZ fractures by using the in-situ resin impregnation technique: what have we learned?

    Document available in extended abstract form only. For the visualisation and characterisation of the Excavation Damaged Zone (EDZ) in argillaceous rocks, a technique was developed 14 years ago for getting undisturbed rock samples by a special sampling process. This technique consists of injecting fluorescence-doped epoxy resin into a borehole, which flows into the fractures. The injection borehole is packed off by a mechanical packer. After polymerisation of the resin, the injection borehole is over-cored or surrounded by large diameter sampling boreholes, and the impregnated fractures on the Drill-cores are analysed under UV light. Together with neighbouring boreholes, the EDZ fracture network behind the tunnel wall can then be derived by interpolation of fractures between the individual boreholes. This in situ resin impregnation technique has been applied successfully for many studies conducted at Mont Terri (FM-B, FP, EZ-G experiments) and at Bure (SUG, FOR experiments) rock laboratories. In the frame of the EZ-A experiment performed at Mont Terri, a similar imaging method has been applied for identifying the water-conducting features inside the EDZ fracture network, which were saturated after the performance of cross-hole hydraulic tests using water as the injection fluid. The water was first spiked by a fluorescein tracer in order to identify the water conducting features in Drill-cores that correspond to EDZ fractures, mainly reactivated tectonic faults. Thanks to this method, self-sealing features of reactivated faults could be evidenced. Data collected by these methods enabled to better constrain the geometry and kinematics of the EDZ fracture network (fracture orientations, frequencies and extent), to provide data on the fracture opening and to identify the potential flow paths along the EDZ. Thin sections analysed under UV light give valuable information on the degree of connectivity of the impregnated fracture network. Micro-fractures with openings down

  18. STABILITY OF PATTERNS OF BEHAVIOR IN THE BUTTERFLY TECHNIQUE OF THE ELITE SWIMMERS

    Hugo Louro

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to find patterns in the butterfly swimming technique, with an adaptation of the Behavioral Observation System Tech. This, as an instrument for ad-hoc qualitative analysis, enables the study of the stability of the technical implementation. When used in the training of swimmers, analysis can reduce the variability of behavioral tuning swimming technique. Through the analysis of temporal patterns (T-pattern and a sequence of five cycles running at hand maximum speed, the behavior of four technical Portuguese elite swimmers, with a record of 259 alphanumeric codes and a total of 160 configurations, were studied. The structure of the original instrument, based on a mixed system of categories and formats Field, can record technical features, observed during the execution of hand cycles. The validity was ensured through the index of intra-observer reliability (95% and inter-observer accuracy (96%. To detect patterns in each swimmer, the Theme 5.0 software was used, which allowed to identify the stable structures of technical performance within a critical interval of time (p <0.05 - t-patterns. The patterns were different, adjusting to the characteristics of technical implementation of the swimmers. It was found that the swimmer can create settings with different levels of structure complexity, depending on the implementation of changes within the hand cycle. Variations of codes in each configuration obtained using the SOCTM, allowed determining the differences between swimmers. However, the records showed a clear behavioral similarity when comparing the result with a general pattern of the butterfly technique. The potential quality of this instrument seems to be important due to the patterns obtained from a temporal sequence

  19. A modified rinsing method for the determination of the S, W-S and D + U fraction of protein and starch in feedstuff within the in situ technique

    Jonge, de L.H.; Laar, van H.; Hendriks, W.H.; Dijkstra, J.

    2013-01-01

    A modified rinsing method for the in situ technique was developed to separate, isolate and characterise the soluble (S), the insoluble washout (W–S) and the non-washout fractions (D1U) within one procedure. For non-incubated bags ( t50 h), this method was compared with the conventional, Combined Fra

  20. Trace Metals in Groundwater and the Vadose Zone Calcite: In Situ Containment and Stabilization of Strontium-90 and Other Divalent Metals and Radionuclides at Arid West DOE

    Radionuclide and metal contaminants such as strontium-90 are present beneath U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) lands in both the groundwater (e.g., 100-N area at Hanford, WA) and vadose zone (e.g., Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory). In situ containment and stabilization of these contaminants is a cost-effective treatment strategy. However, implementing in situ containment and stabilization approaches requires definition of the mechanisms that control contaminant sequestration. We are investigating the in situ immobilization of radionuclides or contaminant metals (e.g., strontium-90) by their facilitated co-precipitation with calcium carbonate in groundwater and vadose zone systems. Our facilitated approach, shown schematically in Figure 1, relies upon the hydrolysis of introduced urea to cause the acceleration of calcium carbonate precipitation (and trace metal co-precipitation) by increasing pH and alkalinity. Subsurface urea hydrolysis is catalyzed by the urease enzyme, which may be either introduced with the urea or produced in situ by ubiquitous subsurface urea hydrolyzing microorganisms. Because the precipitation process tends to be irreversible and many western aquifers are saturated with respect to calcite, the co-precipitated metals and radionuclides will be effectively removed from the aqueous phase over the long-term. Another advantage of the ureolysis approach is that the ammonium ions produced by the reaction can exchange with radionuclides sorbed to subsurface minerals, thereby enhancing the availability of the radionuclides for re-capture in a more stable solid phase (co-precipitation rather than adsorption)

  1. Tuning of colossal dielectric constant in gold-polypyrrole composite nanotubes using in-situ x-ray diffraction techniques

    Abhisakh Sarma

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available In-situ x-ray diffraction technique has been used to study the growth process of gold incorporated polypyrrole nanotubes that exhibit colossal dielectric constant due to existence of quasi-one-dimensional charge density wave state. These composite nanotubes were formed within nanopores of a polycarbonate membrane by flowing pyrrole monomer from one side and mixture of ferric chloride and chloroauric acid from other side in a sample cell that allows collection of x-ray data during the reaction. The size of the gold nanoparticle embedded in the walls of the nanotubes was found to be dependent on chloroauric acid concentration for nanowires having diameter more than 100 nm. For lower diameter nanotubes the nanoparticle size become independent of chloroauric acid concentration and depends on the diameter of nanotubes only. The result of this study also shows that for 50 nm gold-polypyrrole composite nanotubes obtained with 5.3 mM chloroauric acid gives colossal dielectric constant of about 107. This value remain almost constant over a frequency range from 1Hz to 106 Hz even at 80 K temperature.

  2. Utilization of fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) technique for detection of radiation-induced translocations in atomic bomb survivors

    This paper summarizes recent progress in a collaborative study by Radiation Effects Research Foundation, Hiroshima, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and university of California, San Francisco, to investigate the utility of fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) with whole-chromosome probes (chromosomes 1, 2 and 4) for measurement of the frequencies of chromosomal translocations that have persisted for decades in the peripheral blood lymphocytes of A-bomb survivors. The frequencies of radiation-induced translocations measured between FISH and G-band/conventional stains for 33 Hiroshima a-bomb survivors (7 distally and 26 proximally exposed survivors with estimated DS86 bone marrow dose ranging from 0-3.0 Sv). Findings showed that, except for a few discrepant cases, translocation frequencies from the same survivors agree reasonably well between FISH and G-banding, provides the assumption that the number of breaks involved in the radiation-induced translocations increases linearly with chromosomal dna content. Present findings have validated that the FISH technique is a useful biological assay system for rapid and accurate detection of persistent translocations for quantification of previous exposures to ionizing radiation. (author). 9 refs

  3. Technical Note: A novel rocket-based in situ collection technique for mesospheric and stratospheric aerosol particles

    W. Reid

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available A technique for collecting aerosol particles between altitudes of 17 and 85 km is described. Spin-stabilized collection probes are ejected from a sounding rocket allowing for multi-point measurements. Each probe is equipped with 110 collection samples that are 3 mm in diameter. The collection samples are one of three types: standard transmission electron microscopy carbon grids, glass fibre filter paper or silicone gel. Collection samples are exposed over a 50 m to 5 km height range with a total of 45 separate ranges. Post-flight electron microscopy will give size-resolved information on particle number, shape and elemental composition. Each collection probe is equipped with a suite of sensors to capture the probe's status during the fall. Parachute recovery systems along with GPS-based localization will ensure that each probe can be located and recovered for post-flight analysis.

  4. Intrinsic stress in ZrN thin films: Evaluation of grain boundary contribution from in situ wafer curvature and ex situ x-ray diffraction techniques

    Koutsokeras, L. E. [Departement Physique et Mecanique des Materiaux, Institut Pprime, CNRS-Universite de Poitiers-ENSMA, UPR 3346, SP2MI, Teleport 2, Bd M et P Curie, F 86962 Chasseneuil-Futuroscope (France); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Ioannina, Ioannina 45110 (Greece); Abadias, G. [Departement Physique et Mecanique des Materiaux, Institut Pprime, CNRS-Universite de Poitiers-ENSMA, UPR 3346, SP2MI, Teleport 2, Bd M et P Curie, F 86962 Chasseneuil-Futuroscope (France)

    2012-05-01

    Low-mobility materials, like transition metal nitrides, usually undergo large residual stress when sputter-deposited as thin films. While the origin of stress development has been an active area of research for high-mobility materials, atomistic processes are less understood for low-mobility systems. In the present work, the contribution of grain boundary to intrinsic stress in reactively magnetron-sputtered ZrN films is evaluated by combining in situ wafer curvature measurements, providing information on the overall biaxial stress, and ex situ x-ray diffraction, giving information on elastic strain (and related stress) inside crystallites. The thermal stress contribution was also determined from the in situ stress evolution during cooling down, after deposition was stopped. The stress data are correlated with variations in film microstructure and growth energetics, in the 0.13-0.42 Pa working pressure range investigated, and discussed based on existing stress models. At low pressure (high energetic bombardment conditions), a large compressive stress is observed due to atomic peening, which induces defects inside crystallites but also promotes incorporation of excess atoms in the grain boundary. Above 0.3-0.4 Pa, the adatom surface mobility is reduced, leading to the build-up of tensile stress resulting from attractive forces between under-dense neighbouring column boundary and possible void formation, while crystallites can still remain under compressive stress.

  5. Intrinsic stress in ZrN thin films: Evaluation of grain boundary contribution from in situ wafer curvature and ex situ x-ray diffraction techniques

    Low-mobility materials, like transition metal nitrides, usually undergo large residual stress when sputter-deposited as thin films. While the origin of stress development has been an active area of research for high-mobility materials, atomistic processes are less understood for low-mobility systems. In the present work, the contribution of grain boundary to intrinsic stress in reactively magnetron-sputtered ZrN films is evaluated by combining in situ wafer curvature measurements, providing information on the overall biaxial stress, and ex situ x-ray diffraction, giving information on elastic strain (and related stress) inside crystallites. The thermal stress contribution was also determined from the in situ stress evolution during cooling down, after deposition was stopped. The stress data are correlated with variations in film microstructure and growth energetics, in the 0.13-0.42 Pa working pressure range investigated, and discussed based on existing stress models. At low pressure (high energetic bombardment conditions), a large compressive stress is observed due to atomic peening, which induces defects inside crystallites but also promotes incorporation of excess atoms in the grain boundary. Above 0.3-0.4 Pa, the adatom surface mobility is reduced, leading to the build-up of tensile stress resulting from attractive forces between under-dense neighbouring column boundary and possible void formation, while crystallites can still remain under compressive stress.

  6. Complementary analysis techniques applied on optimizing suspensions of yttria stabilized zirconia

    Della Negra, Michela; Foghmoes, Søren Preben Vagn; Klemensø, Trine

    2016-01-01

    Three different polymers with different functional groups and similar molecular weight were tested as dispersing agents for suspensions of yttria stabilized zirconia in ethanol: polyvinyl pyrrolidone, polyethylene imine, polyvinyl butyral/acetal. The stability of the system was assessed considering...

  7. Desorption mass spectrometry: Revisiting the in-situ calibration technique for mixed group-V alloy MBE growth of ~3.3 μm diode lasers

    Kaspi, Ron; Lu, Chunte; Yang, Chi; Newell, Timothy C.; Luong, Sanh

    2015-09-01

    We apply the desorption mass spectrometry (DMS) technique and analyze the desorbed Sb species in-situ during MBE growth of mixed As/Sb heterostructures. We demonstrate how DMS is useful in pre-growth calibration of the V/III ratio, the group-III ratio, as well as the Sb-content in quaternary or quinary mixed As/Sb alloys. We also apply DMS to the digital alloy growth method. For demonstration purposes, we start with an un-calibrated MBE system, use the DMS technique to calibrate all of the previously undetermined MBE parameters and grow a ~3.3 μm diode laser heterostructure in only one attempt. The results demonstrate that the DMS technique will allow the MBE to quickly converge toward a set of acceptable growth parameters without the need for ex-situ calibration of alloy composition.

  8. Applying the digital-image-correlation technique to measure the deformation of an old building’s column retrofitted with steel plate in an in situ pushover test

    Shih-Heng Tung; Ming-Hsiang Shih; Wen-Pei Sung

    2014-06-01

    An in situ pushover test is carried out on an old building of Guan-Miao elementary school in south Taiwan. Columns of this building are seismically retrofitted with steel plate. The DIC (digital-image-correlation) technique is used to measure the deformation of the retrofitted column. The result shows that the DIC technique can be successfully applied to measure the relative displacement of the column. Additionally, thismethod leads to the measurement of relative displacements formany points on the column simultaneously. Hence, the column deformation curve, rotation and curvature can be determined using interpolation method. The resulting curvaturediagram reveals that the phenomenon of plastic hinge occurs at about 2% storey drift ratio, and that the DIC technique can be applied to measure column deformation in a full scale in situ test.

  9. Biomechanical evaluation of oversized drilling technique on primary implant stability measured by insertion torque and resonance frequency analysis

    Santamaría-Arrieta, Gorka; Brizuela-Velasco, Aritza; Fernández-González, Felipe J.; Chávarri-Prado, David; Chento-Valiente, Yelko; Solaberrieta, Eneko; Diéguez-Pereira, Markel; Yurrebaso-Asúa, Jaime

    2016-01-01

    Background This study evaluated the influence of implant site preparation depth on primary stability measured by insertion torque and resonance frequency analysis (RFA). Material and Methods Thirty-two implant sites were prepared in eight veal rib blocks. Sixteen sites were prepared using the conventional drilling sequence recommended by the manufacturer to a working depth of 10mm. The remaining 16 sites were prepared using an oversize drilling technique (overpreparation) to a working depth of 12mm. Bone density was determined using cone beam computerized tomography (CBCT). The implants were placed and primary stability was measured by two methods: insertion torque (Ncm), and RFA (implant stability quotient [ISQ]). Results The highest torque values were achieved by the conventional drilling technique (10mm). The ANOVA test confirmed that there was a significant correlation between torque and drilling depth (p0.05) at either measurement direction (cortical and medullar). No statistical relation between torque and ISQ values was identified, or between bone density and primary stability (p >0.05). Conclusions Vertical overpreparation of the implant bed will obtain lower insertion torque values, but does not produce statistically significant differences in ISQ values. Key words:Implant stability quotient, overdrilling, primary stability, resonance frequency analysis, torque.

  10. Development and application of denuder sampling techniques with in situ derivatization for the determination of hydrogenbromide in volcanic plumes

    Gutmann, Alexandra; Rüdiger, Julian; Hoffmann, Thorsten

    2016-04-01

    The composition of gases in volcanic plumes shifts with subsurface processes inside volcanoes. For monitoring volcanic activity by studying volcanic plumes it is essential to understand the chemical reactions inside the volcanic plume (Bobrowski and Platt, 2013). Measurements of BrO/SO2-ratio already enable insights into magmatic processes (Bobrowski and Giuffrida, 2012). Both, BrO and SO2, are measurable by Remote Sensing Techniques at a safe distance. Models suggest not a direct emission of BrO but formation due to photochemical and multiphase reactions in the gas and particle phase. These model presume HBr as first emitted species (Gerlach, 2004). So HBr is an important connecting link between easily measurable BrO/SO2-ratios and conclusions on a volcanic system. It is of high importance to know if there is a variation in the amount of HBr transformed into BrO and to gain knowledge on the factor of its dependence. Apart from depletion of surrounded ozone also decreasing or depletion of emitted HBr or even HCl could be responsible for the shift (Bobrowski and Giuffrida, 2012). Knowledge about complex processes in volcanic plumes will simplify interpretation and predictions. In this study, first applications of coated gas diffusion denuder (similar to Huang and Hoffmann, 2008) to derivatize gaseous HBr were successful. Due to the lack of adequate remote sensing techniques an in situ method was developed and will be presented in detail. The epoxide of oleic acid was determined as a suitable derivatization agent. The reaction with HBr gives 10-bromo-9-hydroxyoctadecanoic acid. Other hydrogenhalogens give corresponding products. Derivatized analytes were removed from denuder by solvent elution and subsequent analysed with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. A limit of quantification below 1 ng was achieved. The method was applied on volcanic gas plumes at Mt. Etna in Italy in July and August 2015. The results showed HBr in higher ppt-range. These first proof

  11. Laser frequency stabilization and large detuning by Doppler-free dichroic lock technique: Application to atom cooling

    V B Tiwari; S R Mishra; H S Rawat; S Singh; S P Ram; S C Mehendale

    2005-09-01

    We present results of a study of frequency stabilization of a diode laser ( = 780 nm) using the Doppler-free dichroic lock (DFDL) technique and its use for laser cooling of atoms. Quantitative measurements of frequency stability were performed and the Allan variance was found to be 6.9 × 10−11 for an averaging time of 10 s. The frequency-stabilized diode laser was used to obtain the trapping beams for a magneto-optic trap (MOT) for Rb atoms. Using the DFDL technique, the laser frequency could be locked over a wide range and this enabled measurement of detuning dependence of the number and temperature of cold atoms using a relatively simple experimental set-up.

  12. Surgical Technique: Hemi-Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis Tenodesis for Stabilizing the Midcarpal Joint in Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

    Krijgh, D.D.; Harley, O.J.; Hovius, S.E.; Coert, J.H.; Walbeehm, E.T.

    2014-01-01

    Patients with the hypermobility type of Ehlers-Danlos (EDS-HT) often complain of wrist pain, usually originating from subluxations. As a result of the laxity, wrist function in these patients can be highly limited. This paper presents a surgical technique that stabilizes the lunocapitate joint with

  13. Fabrication of zirconia composite membrane by in-situ hydrothermal technique and its application in separation of methyl orange.

    Kumar, R Vinoth; Ghoshal, Aloke Kumar; Pugazhenthi, G

    2015-11-01

    The main objective of the work was preparation of zirconia membrane on a low cost ceramic support through an in-situ hydrothermal crystallization technique for the separation of methyl orange dye. To formulate the zirconia film on the ceramic support, hydrothermal reaction mixture was prepared using zirconium oxychloride as a zirconia source and ammonia as a precursor. The synthesized zirconia powder was characterized by X-ray diffractometer (XRD), N2 adsorption/desorption isotherms, Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Fourier transform infrared analysis (FTIR), Energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis and particle size distribution (PSD) to identify the phases and crystallinity, specific surface area, pore volume and pore size distribution, thermal behavior, chemical composition and size of the particles. The porosity, morphological structure and pure water permeability of the prepared zirconia membrane, as well as ceramic support were investigated using the Archimedes' method, Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and permeability. The specific surface area, pore volume, pore size distribution of the zirconia powder was found to be 126.58m(2)/g, 3.54nm and 0.3-10µm, respectively. The porosity, average pore size and pure water permeability of the zirconia membrane was estimated to be 42%, 0.66µm and 1.44×10(-6)m(3)/m(2)skPa, respectively. Lastly, the potential of the membrane was investigated with separation of methyl orange by means of flux and rejection as a function of operating pressure and feed concentration. The rejection was found to decrease with increasing the operating pressure and increases with increasing feed concentrations. Moreover, it showed a high ability to reject methyl orange from aqueous solution with a rejection of 61% and a high permeation flux of 2.28×10(-5)m(3)/m(2)s at operating pressure of 68kPa. PMID:25982409

  14. Combining in situ chemical oxidation, stabilization, and anaerobic bioremediation in a single application to reduce contaminant mass and leachability in soil

    Cassidy, Daniel P., E-mail: daniel.cassidy@wmich.edu [Department of Geosciences, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008 (United States); Srivastava, Vipul J., E-mail: vipul.srivastava@ch2m.com [CH2M HILL, 125S Wacker, Ste 3000, Chicago, IL 60606 (United States); Dombrowski, Frank J., E-mail: frank.dombrowski@we-energies.com [We Energies, 333W Everett St., A231, Milwaukee, WI 53203 (United States); Lingle, James W., E-mail: jlingle@epri.com [Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), 4927W Willow Road, Brown Deer, WI 53223 (United States)

    2015-10-30

    Highlights: • Portland cement and lime activated persulfate by increasing pH and temperature. • Chemical oxidation achieved BTEX and PAH removal ranging from 55% to 75%. • Activating persulfate with ISS amendments reduced leachability more than NaOH. • Native sulfate-reducing bacteria degraded PAHs within weeks after ISCO finished. • ISCO, ISS, and anaerobic bioremediation were combined in a single application. - Abstract: Laboratory batch reactors were maintained for 32 weeks to test the potential for an in situ remedy that combines chemical oxidation, stabilization, and anaerobic bioremediation in a single application to treat soil from a manufactured gas plant, contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX). Portland cement and slaked lime were used to activate the persulfate and to stabilize/encapsulate the contaminants that were not chemically oxidized. Native sulfate-reducing bacteria degraded residual contaminants using the sulfate left after persulfate activation. The ability of the combined remedy to reduce contaminant mass and leachability was compared with NaOH-activated persulfate, stabilization, and sulfate-reducing bioremediation as stand-alone technologies. The stabilization amendments increased pH and temperature sufficiently to activate the persulfate within 1 week. Activation with both stabilization amendments and NaOH removed between 55% and 70% of PAH and BTEX. However, combined persulfate and stabilization significantly reduced the leachability of residual BTEX and PAH compared with NaOH activation. Sulfide, 2-naphthoic acid, and the abundance of subunit A of the dissimilatory sulfite reductase gene (dsrA) were used to monitor native sulfate-reducing bacteria, which were negatively impacted by activated persulfate, but recovered completely within weeks.

  15. Combining in situ chemical oxidation, stabilization, and anaerobic bioremediation in a single application to reduce contaminant mass and leachability in soil

    Highlights: • Portland cement and lime activated persulfate by increasing pH and temperature. • Chemical oxidation achieved BTEX and PAH removal ranging from 55% to 75%. • Activating persulfate with ISS amendments reduced leachability more than NaOH. • Native sulfate-reducing bacteria degraded PAHs within weeks after ISCO finished. • ISCO, ISS, and anaerobic bioremediation were combined in a single application. - Abstract: Laboratory batch reactors were maintained for 32 weeks to test the potential for an in situ remedy that combines chemical oxidation, stabilization, and anaerobic bioremediation in a single application to treat soil from a manufactured gas plant, contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX). Portland cement and slaked lime were used to activate the persulfate and to stabilize/encapsulate the contaminants that were not chemically oxidized. Native sulfate-reducing bacteria degraded residual contaminants using the sulfate left after persulfate activation. The ability of the combined remedy to reduce contaminant mass and leachability was compared with NaOH-activated persulfate, stabilization, and sulfate-reducing bioremediation as stand-alone technologies. The stabilization amendments increased pH and temperature sufficiently to activate the persulfate within 1 week. Activation with both stabilization amendments and NaOH removed between 55% and 70% of PAH and BTEX. However, combined persulfate and stabilization significantly reduced the leachability of residual BTEX and PAH compared with NaOH activation. Sulfide, 2-naphthoic acid, and the abundance of subunit A of the dissimilatory sulfite reductase gene (dsrA) were used to monitor native sulfate-reducing bacteria, which were negatively impacted by activated persulfate, but recovered completely within weeks

  16. In-situ measurement of the stress-induced phase transformations in magnesia-partially-stabilized zirconia using Raman spectroscopy

    This paper reports on Raman spectroscopy that has been used to examine the connection between room-temperature creep and stress-induced phase transformations in TS-grade Mg-PSZ. The in-situ phase measurements obtained show that the tetragonal phase transforms to both the orthorhombic and monoclinic structures under stress. The effect of precipitate orientation is indicated by the variation of creep strain with monoclinic volume fraction

  17. Stabilization

    Muhammad H. Al-Malack

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Fuel oil flyash (FFA produced in power and water desalination plants firing crude oils in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is being disposed in landfills, which increases the burden on the environment, therefore, FFA utilization must be encouraged. In the current research, the effect of adding FFA on the engineering properties of two indigenous soils, namely sand and marl, was investigated. FFA was added at concentrations of 5%, 10% and 15% to both soils with and without the addition of Portland cement. Mixtures of the stabilized soils were thoroughly evaluated using compaction, California Bearing Ratio (CBR, unconfined compressive strength (USC and durability tests. Results of these tests indicated that stabilized sand mixtures could not attain the ACI strength requirements. However, marl was found to satisfy the ACI strength requirement when only 5% of FFA was added together with 5% of cement. When the FFA was increased to 10% and 15%, the mixture’s strength was found to decrease to values below the ACI requirements. Results of the Toxicity Characteristics Leaching Procedure (TCLP, which was performed on samples that passed the ACI requirements, indicated that FFA must be cautiously used in soil stabilization.

  18. Growth of block copolymer stabilized metal nanoparticles probed simultaneously by in situ XAS and UV-Vis spectroscopy.

    Nayak, C; Bhattacharyya, D; Jha, S N; Sahoo, N K

    2016-01-01

    The growth of Au and Pt nanoparticles from their respective chloride precursors using block copolymer-based reducers has been studied by simultaneous in situ measurement of XAS and UV-Vis spectroscopy at the energy-dispersive EXAFS beamline (BL-08) at INDUS-2 SRS at RRCAT, Indore, India. While the XANES spectra of the precursor give real-time information on the reduction process, the EXAFS spectra reveal the structure of the clusters formed at the intermediate stages of growth. The growth kinetics of both types of nanoparticles are found to be almost similar and are found to follow three stages, though the first stage of nucleation takes place earlier in the case of Au than in the case of Pt nanoparticles due to the difference in the reduction potential of the respective precursors. The first two stages of the growth of Au and Pt nanoparticles as obtained by in situ XAS measurements could be corroborated by simultaneous in situ measurement of UV-Vis spectroscopy also. PMID:26698077

  19. A systematic review of biochar research, with a focus on its stability in situ and its promise as a climate mitigation strategy.

    Noel P Gurwick

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Claims about the environmental benefits of charring biomass and applying the resulting "biochar" to soil are impressive. If true, they could influence land management worldwide. Alleged benefits include increased crop yields, soil fertility, and water-holding capacity; the most widely discussed idea is that applying biochar to soil will mitigate climate change. This claim rests on the assumption that biochar persists for hundreds or thousands of years, thus storing carbon that would otherwise decompose. We conducted a systematic review to quantify research effort directed toward ten aspects of biochar and closely evaluated the literature concerning biochar's stability. FINDINGS: We identified 311 peer-reviewed research articles published through 2011. We found very few field studies that addressed biochar's influence on several ecosystem processes: one on soil nutrient loss, one on soil contaminants, six concerning non-CO2 greenhouse gas (GHG fluxes (some of which fail to support claims that biochar decreases non-CO2 GHG fluxes, and 16-19 on plants and soil properties. Of 74 studies related to biochar stability, transport or fate in soil, only seven estimated biochar decomposition rates in situ, with mean residence times ranging from 8 to almost 4,000 years. CONCLUSIONS: Our review shows there are not enough data to draw conclusions about how biochar production and application affect whole-system GHG budgets. Wide-ranging estimates of a key variable, biochar stability in situ, likely result from diverse environmental conditions, feedstocks, and study designs. There are even fewer data about the extent to which biochar stimulates decomposition of soil organic matter or affects non-CO2 GHG emissions. Identifying conditions where biochar amendments yield favorable GHG budgets requires a systematic field research program. Finally, evaluating biochar's suitability as a climate mitigation strategy requires comparing its effects with

  20. In situ investigation of dye adsorption on TiO2 films using a quartz crystal microbalance with a dissipation technique

    Harms, Hauke A.

    2012-01-01

    Dye adsorption plays a crucial role in dye-sensitized solar cells. Herein, we demonstrate an in situ liquid-phase analytical technique to quantify in real time adsorption of dye and coadsorbates on flat and mesoporous TiO 2 films. For the first time, a molar ratio of co-adsorbed Y123 and chenodeoxycholic acid has been measured. © 2012 the Owner Societies.

  1. In situ observation of the orientation relationship at the interface plane between substrate and nucleus using X-ray scattering techniques

    Orientation relationship at the interface plane between substrate and nucleus is an important factor influencing the potency of the substrate. We explored synchrotron X-ray scattering techniques to observe in situ the nucleation and early stage solidification behaviour when liquid is in contact with a specific crystal plane of a solid substrate. The diffraction data reveal the orientation relationship between the substrate and the nucleus, in particular the interface plane, and its influence on the required undercooling for nucleation

  2. Application of precipitation methods for the production of water-insoluble drug nanocrystals: production techniques and stability of nanocrystals.

    Xia, Dengning; Gan, Yong; Cui, Fude

    2014-01-01

    This review focuses on using precipitation (bottom-up) method to produce water-insoluble drug nanocrystals, and the stability issues of nanocrystals. The precipitation techniques for production of ultra-fine particles have been widely researched for last few decades. In these techniques, precipitation of solute is achieved by addition of a non-solvent for solute called anti-solvent to decrease the solvent power for the solute dissolved in a solution. The anti-solvent can be water, organic solvents or supercritical fluids. In this paper, efforts have been made to review the precipitation techniques involving the anti-solvent precipitation by simple mixing, impinging jet mixing, multi-inlet vortex mixing, the using of high-gravity, ultrasonic waves and supercritical fluids. The key to the success of yielding stable nanocrystals in these techniques is to control the nucleation kinetics and particle growth through mixing during precipitation based on crystallization theories. The stability issues of the nanocrystals, such as sedimentation, Ostwald ripening, agglomeration and cementing of crystals, change of crystalline state, and the approaches to stabilizing nanocrystals are also discussed in detail. PMID:23651396

  3. Aqueous Foams Stabilized by Hydrophilic Silica Nanoparticles via In-Situ Physisorption of Nonionic TX100 Surfactant

    Suriatie Yusuf

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper present the study of aqueous CO foam prepared 2 by a mixtures hydrophilic silica nanoparticles and non-ionic Triton X100, TX100, surfactant. The synergistic effects of the mixture on stabilizing the CO2 foam were inferred into few key parameters namely; particles and surfactant concentration, adsorption of surfactant onto the particles via surface tension and adsorption isotherm, foam lifetime and, the size of the bubbles produced. It was found that the adsorption behaviour of TX100 on silica surface exhibit a particular characteristics depend on the concentration of silica, high total surface area available leads to high adsorptionof surfactant molecules. The synergetic performance of silica/TX100 in stabilizing foam can be observed at low (0.01% and intermediate (0.1% concentration of TX100. Lower concentration required low silica concentration while the intermediate concentration required high silica fraction in the dispersion to stabilize the foam.

  4. ANALYSIS OF MONTE CARLO SIMULATION SAMPLING TECHNIQUES ON SMALL SIGNAL STABILITY OF WIND GENERATOR- CONNECTED POWER SYSTEM

    TEMITOPE RAPHAEL AYODELE

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Monte Carlo simulation using Simple Random Sampling (SRS technique is popularly known for its ability to handle complex uncertainty problems. However, to produce a reasonable result, it requires huge sample size. This makes it to be computationally expensive, time consuming and unfit for online power system applications. In this article, the performance of Latin Hypercube Sampling (LHS technique is explored and compared with SRS in term of accuracy, robustness and speed for small signal stability application in a wind generator-connected power system. The analysis is performed using probabilistic techniques via eigenvalue analysis on two standard networks (Single Machine Infinite Bus and IEEE 16–machine 68 bus test system. The accuracy of the two sampling techniques is determined by comparing their different sample sizes with the IDEAL (conventional. The robustness is determined based on a significant variance reduction when the experiment is repeated 100 times with different sample sizes using the two sampling techniques in turn. Some of the results show that sample sizes generated from LHS for small signal stability application produces the same result as that of the IDEAL values starting from 100 sample size. This shows that about 100 sample size of random variable generated using LHS method is good enough to produce reasonable results for practical purpose in small signal stability application. It is also revealed that LHS has the least variance when the experiment is repeated 100 times compared to SRS techniques. This signifies the robustness of LHS over that of SRS techniques. 100 sample size of LHS produces the same result as that of the conventional method consisting of 50000 sample size. The reduced sample size required by LHS gives it computational speed advantage (about six times over the conventional method.

  5. Intrinsic mixing behavior of superconducting NbTiN hot electron bolometer mixers based on in situ technique

    Highlights: ► We present the measured and simulated results for 0.8 and 1.5 THz waveguide NbTiN HEB mixers. ► The measured and calculated current–voltage curves are in good agreement. ► The modeled intrinsic mixer noise temperature has slight difference from the measured results. ► The calculated and measured results show the two cooling mechanism work together. -- Abstract: In this paper, we present the comparison of measured and simulated results for 0.8 and 1.5 THz waveguide NbTiN HEB mixers fabricated by in situ technique, with a relatively thick NbTiN film (10.8 nm). The dimension of NbTiN HEB mixers are 1–1.5 μm in width and 0.15–0.2 μm in length respectively. The lowest receiver noise temperature is measured to be as low as 410 K and reduced to 210 K after the correction of the losses of quasi-optical path and IF amplifier chain at both 0.8 and 1.5 THz. We adopt an optimized hot spot model to simulate the DC and RF behaviors of the NbTiN HEB mixer by combining phonon-cooling and diffusion-cooling mechanisms together. The measured and calculated current–voltage curves are in good agreement. The modeled lowest intrinsic mixer noise temperature are 85 and 100 K at 0.8 and 1.5 THz respectively, which are smaller than the measured results by factor of about 2 times. The IF gain bandwidth are observed to be quite sensitive to the microbridge length, with 2.5 GHz for 0.15-μm long device down to 1.9 GHz for 0.2-μm length. The calculated and measured results show the two cooling mechanism work together to improve the performance of the waveguide NbTiN HEB mixers

  6. Intrinsic mixing behavior of superconducting NbTiN hot electron bolometer mixers based on in situ technique

    Jiang, Ling, E-mail: lingjiang616@hotmail.com [College of Information Science and Technology, Nanjing Forestry University, 159 Longpan Road, Nanjing 210037 (China); Li, Chun, E-mail: 419726258@qq.com [College of Information Science and Technology, Nanjing Forestry University, 159 Longpan Road, Nanjing 210037 (China); Shiino, Tatsuya, E-mail: shiino@taurus.phys.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp [Department of Physics, The University of Tokyo, Hongo 7-3-1, Tokyo 113-0033 (Japan); Yamamoto, Satoshi, E-mail: yamamoto@taurus.phys.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp [Department of Physics, The University of Tokyo, Hongo 7-3-1, Tokyo 113-0033 (Japan)

    2013-02-14

    Highlights: ► We present the measured and simulated results for 0.8 and 1.5 THz waveguide NbTiN HEB mixers. ► The measured and calculated current–voltage curves are in good agreement. ► The modeled intrinsic mixer noise temperature has slight difference from the measured results. ► The calculated and measured results show the two cooling mechanism work together. -- Abstract: In this paper, we present the comparison of measured and simulated results for 0.8 and 1.5 THz waveguide NbTiN HEB mixers fabricated by in situ technique, with a relatively thick NbTiN film (10.8 nm). The dimension of NbTiN HEB mixers are 1–1.5 μm in width and 0.15–0.2 μm in length respectively. The lowest receiver noise temperature is measured to be as low as 410 K and reduced to 210 K after the correction of the losses of quasi-optical path and IF amplifier chain at both 0.8 and 1.5 THz. We adopt an optimized hot spot model to simulate the DC and RF behaviors of the NbTiN HEB mixer by combining phonon-cooling and diffusion-cooling mechanisms together. The measured and calculated current–voltage curves are in good agreement. The modeled lowest intrinsic mixer noise temperature are 85 and 100 K at 0.8 and 1.5 THz respectively, which are smaller than the measured results by factor of about 2 times. The IF gain bandwidth are observed to be quite sensitive to the microbridge length, with 2.5 GHz for 0.15-μm long device down to 1.9 GHz for 0.2-μm length. The calculated and measured results show the two cooling mechanism work together to improve the performance of the waveguide NbTiN HEB mixers.

  7. Biodegradable surfactant stabilized nanoscale zero-valent iron for in situ treatment of vinyl chloride and 1,2-dichloroethane

    Highlights: ► Biodegradable surfactant stabilized nanoscale zero-valent iron (NZVI) is tested. ► Vinyl chloride and 1,2-dichloroethane are remediated by NZVI in the field. ► Multiple functions of biodegradable surfactants are confirmed. ► Biodegradable surfactants stabilize NZVI and facilitate the bioremediation. ► NZVI creates reducing conditions beneficial to an anaerobic bioremediation. - Abstract: Nanoscale zero-valent iron (NZVI) stabilized with dispersants is a promising technology for the remediation of contaminated groundwater. In this study, we demonstrated the use of biodegradable surfactant stabilized NZVI slurry for successful treatment of vinyl chloride (VC) and 1,2-dichloroethane (1,2-DCA) in a contaminated site in Taiwan. The biodegradable surfactant stabilized NZVI was coated with palladium and synthesized on-site. From monitoring the iron concentration breakthrough and distribution, it was found that the stabilized NZVI is capable of transporting in the aquifer at the test plot (200 m2). VC was effectively degraded by NZVI while the 1,2-DCA degradation was relatively sluggish during the 3-month field test. Nevertheless, as 1,2-DCA is known to resist abiotic reduction by NZVI, the observation of 1,2-DCA degradation and hydrocarbon production suggested a bioremediation took place. ORP and pH results revealed that a reducing condition was achieved at the testing area facilitating the biodegradation of chlorinated organic hydrocarbons. The bioremediation may be attributed to the production of hydrogen gas as electron donor from the corrosion of NZVI in the presence of water or the added biodegradable surfactant serving as the carbon source as well as electron donor to stimulate microbial growth.

  8. In situ precision electrospinning as an effective delivery technique for cyanoacrylate medical glue with high efficiency and low toxicity

    Dong, R. H.; Qin, C. C.; Qiu, X.; Yan, X.; Yu, M.; Cui, L.; Zhou, Y.; Zhang, H. D.; Jiang, X. Y.; Long, Y. Z.

    2015-11-01

    The side effects or toxicity of cyanoacrylate used in vivo have been argued since its first application in wound closure. We propose an airflow-assisted in situ precision electrospinning apparatus as an applicator and make a detailed comparison with traditional spraying via in vitro and in vivo experiments. This novel method can not only improve operational performance and safety by precisely depositing cyanoacrylate fibers onto a wound, but significantly reduce the dosage of cyanoacrylate by almost 80%. A white blood cell count, liver function test and histological analysis prove that the in situ precision electrospinning applicator produces a better postoperative outcome, e.g., minor hepatocyte injury, moderate inflammation and the significant ability for liver regeneration. This in situ precision electrospinning method may thus dramatically broaden both civilian and military applications of cyanoacrylates.

  9. Effect of hydrate formation-dissociation on emulsion stability using DSC and visual techniques

    Lachance, J.W.; Dendy Sloan, E.; Koh, C.A. [Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States). Center for Hydrates Research

    2008-07-01

    Many flow assurance operators are now focusing on preventing hydrates from agglomerating and forming plugs within pipelines. A key factor in reducing plug formation in oil-dominated systems is the stability of emulsified water in gas hydrate formation. In this study, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) studies were used to show that gas hydrate formation has a destabilizing effect on water and oil emulsions, and can result in a free water phase through the coalescence and agglomeration of dissociated hydrate particles. The study focused on investigating the ability of the hydrates to stay segregated with hydrate formation. The stability of water-in-oil emulsions with hydrate formation was investigated with a range of different crude oils with varying emulsion stability levels. Thermal properties were measured at both atmospheric and pressurized conditions. Thermocouples in the calorimetric furnace were used to measure the temperature difference between reference and sample cells. Emulsion stability was measured over a 1-month time period. Results of the study showed that hydrate formation and dissociation destabilizes emulsions. However, the asphaltene fraction in crude oils resists hydrate-induced destabilization. The stability of the emulsion increased when asphaltene content increased. It was concluded that emulsion stability is a key factor in preventing agglomeration in flow lines. 14 refs., 3 tabs., 8 figs.

  10. Stabilizing dimensional changes in Si-based composite electrodes by controlling the electrode porosity: An in situ electrochemical dilatometric study

    Jeong, Goojin [Green Energy System Center, Kumoh National Institute of Technology, Gumi, Gyeongbuk 730-701 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Sang Min; Choi, Nam Soon [Battery Development Team, Samsung SDI Co., Ltd. Cheonan, Chungnam 330-300 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Young-Ugk, E-mail: kyuang@snu.ac.kr [Battery Development Team, Samsung SDI Co., Ltd. Cheonan, Chungnam 330-300 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Churl Kyoung [School of Advanced Materials and System Engineering, Kumoh National Institute of Technology, Gumi, Gyeongbuk, 730-701 (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-05-30

    Highlights: > A porosity-controllable Si-based composite electrode was fabricated. > PMMA showing unzipping phenomena was utilized as a pore-forming agent. > Cyclic dilation behavior was investigated with an in situ electrochemical dilatometry. > PMMA-treated electrodes exhibited improved cycle performance. > Control of electrode porosity by PMMA can be an effective way for Si-based electrodes. - Abstract: A porosity-controllable Si-based composite electrode was fabricated in the present study. Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), which possesses the unique thermal property of unzipping, was utilized as a pore-forming agent during electrode fabrication. PMMA-treated electrodes presented relatively low volume expansion and little deformation during lithiation. The cyclic dilation behavior of PMMA-treated electrodes was investigated by applying an in situ electrochemical dilatometric method, and enhanced dimensional reversibility during cycling was observed. The dilation behavior was closely related to the electrochemical performance, and PMMA-treated electrodes exhibited improved capacity retention and low impedance change during cycling. The newly generated pores in the PMMA-treated electrode can accommodate the volumetric expansion of Si-based active materials, which suppresses electrode deformation and the breakdown of the electrical network. The porosity plays an important role in Si-based electrodes. Thus, controlling the porosity through PMMA-treatment can be an effective way for the application of Si-based composite electrodes for advanced lithium-ion batteries.

  11. Importance of shale anisotropy in estimating in-situ stresses and wellbore stability analysis in Horn River basin

    Khan, Safdar; Ansari, Sajjad; Han, Hongxue; Khosravi, Nader [Schlumberger (United States)

    2011-07-01

    The importance of understanding shale formation anisotropic behavior prior to drilling was discussed in this paper. The objective of this work is to show how shale anisotropy is often not taken into consideration in conventional wellbore analysis, and how this practice might lead to serious consequences and instabilities in the wellbore system. Two fields in the Horn River basin area were investigated. The laminated structures of the shale were explained and the mechanical properties including in-situ stresses, directional variations, and horizontal and vertical Young's modulus were calculated. In general the investigated region proved to be highly anisotropic. It was proposed that this phenomenon was the main reason for discrepancies in mechanical properties along the parallel and perpendicular directions of the planes. Moreover, it was shown that not taking anisotropic effects into consideration can cause miscalculations of in-situ stresses and breakdown pressure; hence, causing instabilities in the wellbore system. Therefore, anisotropic analysis was recommended as an important step in designing wells.

  12. Report of the first research co-ordination meeting under co-ordinated research project on 'In situ applications of XRF techniques'

    X-ray fluorescence is a well-established analytical technique widely used in industrial and research applications for materials characterisation. However, a relatively recent development has been the availability of portable instrumentation, which can be used for both the direct in situ non-destructive analysis of samples, and also is readily transportable to field sites for use in a 'mobile laboratory' style of operation. In situ analyses using the XRF technique can make an essential contribution to a wide range of projects, including: - Analysis of soils, particularly in the assessment of agricultural land and contaminated land - Sorting scrap metal alloys and plastics to increase the value of recyclable materials - Geochemical mapping and exploration to locate mineralisation deposits - Environmental monitoring related to air pollution studies and contamination of the work - The on-line control of industrial processes for the production of raw materials - Archaeological studies and the classification of artefacts, the restoration of sculptures, paintings and other objects of cultural heritage. - In situ geochemical studies on Mars, including the 1997 NASA Pathfinder mission and the forthcoming European Space Agency Mars Express mission, which includes the In these applications, the major advantages of field-portable X-ray fluorescence (FPXRF) spectrometry include: on-site immediate availability of analytical results, non-destructive analysis, a multielement capability, speed of operation and access to valuable/unique samples that otherwise would be unavailable for chemical analysis. The CRP on 'In situ applications of XRF techniques' is one element of the project on Nuclear Instruments for Specific Applications the major objective of which is to assist Member States in the development of nuclear instruments and software for special applications, such as the characterisation of materials. An overall objective of this CRP is to assist laboratories in Member States

  13. A post-processing technique for stabilizing the discontinuous pressure projection operator in marginally-resolved incompressible inviscid flow

    Joshi, Sumedh M; Steinmoeller, Derek T; Stastna, Marek; Thomsen, Greg N

    2015-01-01

    A method for post-processing the velocity after a pressure projection is developed that helps to maintain stability in an under-resolved, inviscid, discontinuous element-based simulation for use in environmental fluid mechanics process studies. The post-processing method is needed because of spurious divergence growth at element interfaces due to the discontinuous nature of the discretization used. This spurious divergence eventually leads to a numerical instability. Previous work has shown that a discontinuous element-local projection onto the space of divergence-free basis functions is capable of stabilizing the projection method, but the discontinuity inherent in this technique may lead to instability in under-resolved simulations. By enforcing inter-element discontinuity and requiring a divergence-free result in the weak sense only, a new post-processing technique is developed that simultaneously improves smoothness and reduces divergence in the pressure-projected velocity field at the same time. When com...

  14. Thermal stability and long term hydrogen/deuterium release from soft to hard amorphous carbon layers analyzed using in-situ Raman spectroscopy. Comparison with Tore Supra deposits

    Pardanaud, C; Giacometti, G; Mellet, N; Pégourié, B; Roubin, P

    2015-01-01

    The thermal stability of 200 nm thick plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposited a-C:H and a-C:D layers ranging from soft to hard layers has been studied and compared to that of deposits collected on the Tore Supra tokamak plasma facing components by means of in-situ Raman spectroscopy. Linear ramp heating and long term isotherms (from several minutes to 21 days) have been performed and correlations between spectrometric parameters have been found. The information obtained on the sp 2 clustering has been investigated by comparing the G band shift and the 514 nm photon absorption evolution due to the thermal treatment of the layer. The effects of isotopic substitution have also been investigated.

  15. Simulation Techniques of Electrical Power System Stability Studies Utilizing Matlab/Simulink

    Naresh K. Tanwani*1

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Maintaining synchronism between different parts of power system (PS is getting difficult over time. The fact that growth of interconnected system is a continuous process, also these systems have been extended in different regions. In this research work steady state (SS and transient stabilities along with swing equation and numerical solution using MATLAB / Simulink are studied. This work is done in two steps. In the first step, proper assumptions are made to linearize the system and then, the transfer function models of this system are developed for stability analysis. The performance of proposed linearized model of synchronous machine during normal and disturbed conditions is focused in Matlab/Simulink. This gives the understanding of the transient and dynamic analysis of PS stabilities. In the second step, the proposed methodology of the power system stability (PSS with steady state (including transient and dynamic analysis, the application to sudden increase in power input, and the application of three-phase fault have been examined using Matlab coding (m-files along with simulation models (Simulink. This makes power system stability studies easier to understand. The study also gives good understanding of maintaining reliable position of the system and new design of generating and transmitting plants. Furthermore, it provides information of relaying system and critical clearing time of circuit breakers, voltage levels and transfer capabilities between systems. Use of MATLAB/SIMULINK for this purpose, provides supplement for implementing numerical solution in the field of power system and its analysis for students, engineers and researchers.

  16. Developing a western Siberia reference site for tropospheric water vapour isotopologue observations obtained by different techniques (in situ and remote sensing

    K. Gribanov

    2014-06-01

    water cycle, affected by changes in air mass origin, non-convective and convective processes and continental recycling. Novel remote sensing and in situ measuring techniques have recently offered opportunities for monitoring atmospheric water vapour isotopic composition. Recently developed infrared laser spectrometers allow for continuous in situ measurements of surface water vapour δDv and δ18Ov. So far, very few intercomparisons of measurements conducted using different techniques have been achieved at a given location, due to difficulties intrinsic to the comparison of integrated with local measurements. Nudged simulations conducted with high-resolution isotopically enabled general circulation models (GCMs provide a consistent framework for comparison with the different types of observations. Here, we compare simulations conducted with the ECHAM5-wiso model with two types of water vapour isotopic data obtained during summer 2012 at the forest site of Kourovka, western Siberia: hourly ground-based FTIR total atmospheric columnar δDv amounts, and in situ hourly Picarro δDv measurements. There is an excellent correlation between observed and predicted δDv at surface while the comparison between water column values derived from the model compares well with FTIR estimates.

  17. A Comparison of Clinical Outcomes of Dislocated Intraocular Lens Fixation between In Situ Refixation and Conventional Exchange Technique Combined with Vitrectomy

    Sun Jung Eum

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To evaluate surgical efficacy of in situ refixation technique for dislocated posterior chamber intraocular lens (PCIOL. Methods. This was a single-center retrospective case series. 34 patients (34 eyes who underwent sclera fixation for dislocated IOLs combined with vitrectomy were studied. Of 34 eyes, 17 eyes underwent IOL exchange and the other 17 eyes underwent in situ refixation. Results. Mean follow-up period was 6 months. Mean logMAR best corrected visual acuity (BCVA was not significantly different between the groups 6 months after surgery (0.10±0.03 in the IOL exchange group and 0.10±0.05 in the refixation group; p=0.065. Surgically induced astigmatism (SIA was significantly lower in the refixation group (0.79±0.41 than in the IOL exchange group (1.29±0.46 (p=0.004 at 3 months, which persisted to 6 months (1.13±0.18 in the IOL exchange group and 0.74±0.11 in the refixation group; p=0.006. Postoperative complications occurred in 3 eyes in the IOL exchange group (17.6% and 2 eyes in the refixation group (11.8%. However, all of the patients were well managed without additional surgery. Conclusion. The in situ refixation technique should be preferentially considered if surgery is indicated since it seemed to produce a sustained less SIA compared to IOL exchange.

  18. A Comparison of Clinical Outcomes of Dislocated Intraocular Lens Fixation between In Situ Refixation and Conventional Exchange Technique Combined with Vitrectomy.

    Eum, Sun Jung; Kim, Myung Jun; Kim, Hong Kyun

    2016-01-01

    Purpose. To evaluate surgical efficacy of in situ refixation technique for dislocated posterior chamber intraocular lens (PCIOL). Methods. This was a single-center retrospective case series. 34 patients (34 eyes) who underwent sclera fixation for dislocated IOLs combined with vitrectomy were studied. Of 34 eyes, 17 eyes underwent IOL exchange and the other 17 eyes underwent in situ refixation. Results. Mean follow-up period was 6 months. Mean logMAR best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was not significantly different between the groups 6 months after surgery (0.10 ± 0.03 in the IOL exchange group and 0.10 ± 0.05 in the refixation group; p = 0.065). Surgically induced astigmatism (SIA) was significantly lower in the refixation group (0.79 ± 0.41) than in the IOL exchange group (1.29 ± 0.46) (p = 0.004) at 3 months, which persisted to 6 months (1.13 ± 0.18 in the IOL exchange group and 0.74 ± 0.11 in the refixation group; p = 0.006). Postoperative complications occurred in 3 eyes in the IOL exchange group (17.6%) and 2 eyes in the refixation group (11.8%). However, all of the patients were well managed without additional surgery. Conclusion. The in situ refixation technique should be preferentially considered if surgery is indicated since it seemed to produce a sustained less SIA compared to IOL exchange. PMID:27119019

  19. IN-SITU XRD STUDIES OF THERMAL STABILITY OF PURE SILICA AND Ti-MCM-41 MATERIALS

    Franco, Nuno; Alves, Eduardo; Galacho, Cristina; Carrott, Manuela; Carrott, Peter

    2007-01-01

    In this work we present a study on the thermal stability of siliceous and titanium containing ordered mesoporous materials with MCM-41 structure, prepared by direct synthesis at ambient temperature and pressure, as previously described [1]. Grades with different pore diameter and Si/Ti molar ratios were analyzed, in the form of compacted powder, to assess its influence on the order-disorder transition temperature.

  20. Engineered In-Situ Precipitation of Technetium and Uranium in Groundwater at the Savannah River Site: Treatment Targeting Long-Term Stability (Invited)

    Gillow, J. B.; Lutes, C. C.; Frizzell, A.; Clark, B.; Horst, J.

    2009-12-01

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Savannah River Site (SRS) is a former nuclear weapons facility that is undergoing clean-up of groundwater and soil contamination. Alternatives to conventional pump-and-treat are being evaluated through DOE’s Advanced Remediation Technologies (ART) program as part of the EM-22 Groundwater and Soil Remediation program. A pilot project is underway to evaluate an emerging approach to remediation through the in-situ precipitation of insoluble forms of technetium and uranium. The demonstration involves the injection of organic carbon into the aquifer to stimulate biogeochemical processes leading to the transformation of soluble radionuclides to insoluble forms. However, once carbon addition is ceased and geochemical conditions return to oxidizing, the insoluble radionuclides may re-dissolve. The pilot project will target long term stability by enhancing the creation of reduced mineral forms in and around the precipitated radionuclides to act as both a redox buffer for oxidizing groundwater and as a sorptive medium for any dissolved uranium and technetium. Successful treatment with respect to in situ radionuclide precipitation extends beyond numeric cleanup goals and invokes a standard of care that considers not only short-term solubility achieved during active remediation, but the range of factors that might erode/compromise the stability of the precipitated solids over the long-term. Long-term stability may be achieved by incorporating the targeted radionuclide in a matrix of other precipitates formed through the treatment process. In the short term, this can include the precipitates of other more abundant metals (e.g., iron) that can preferentially scavenge oxygen. Longer term, this is expected to transition to passivation within a matrix of more stable mineral phases, such that rates of rebound dissolution are sufficiently suppressed to maintain dissolved concentrations below remedial targets. The in situ reactive zone (IRZ

  1. A novel method for in Situ detection of hydrolyzable casein fragments in a cheese matrix by antibody phage display technique and CLSM

    Duan, Zhi; Brüggemann, Dagmar Adeline; Siegumfeldt, Henrik

    2009-01-01

    A novel method to monitor in situ hydrolyzable casein fragments during cheese ripening by using immunofluorescent labeling and confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) was developed. Monoclonal single chain variable fragments of antibody (scFvs) were generated by antibody phage display toward...... three small synthetic peptides of the alpha(s1)-casein sequence. These peptides traverse enzymatic cleavage sites of casein during cheese ripening. The specificity of the generated anti-peptide antibodies was determined by ELISA and Western blot. Finally, an immunofluorescent labeling protocol was...... successfully developed for the detection of scFvs binding to different alpha(s1)-casein fragments inside a cheese matrix by CLSM. To our knowledge, this is the first demonstrated immunofluorescent labeling method for in situ analysis of proteolysis phenomena in the cheese matrix. Additionally, this technique...

  2. DC Microgrids – Part I: A Review of Control Strategies and Stabilization Techniques

    Dragicevic, Tomislav; Lu, Xiaonan; Quintero, Juan Carlos Vasquez;

    2016-01-01

    impedances, which can potentially oscillate with lightly damped power supply input filters. It is also demonstrated how the stability of the whole system is defined by the relationship of the source and load impedances, referred to as the minor loop gain. Several prominent specifications for the minor loop...

  3. Development of new methods for assessing solidification/stabilization of hazardous waste using solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance techniques

    New methods for assessing solidification/stabilization (S/S) of hazardous waste using solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance are developed for the purpose of diagnosing on a microscopic level the performance of S/S as a hazardous waste disposal technique. There are four techniques developed and described in this dissertation: (1) Solid-state deuterium NMR spectroscopy is used to determine if a particular deuterated organic waste is effectively solidified/stabilized and to determine the lower limit of the bond strength between the waste and the cement matrix; (2) Constant time pulsed field gradient 1H NMR spectroscopy is tested on a liquid waste encapsulated within a solidified matrix to determine if droplets of liquid waste are entrapped within a solidified matrix. It yields a size distribution image of vesicles containing fluids, and measures the diffusion rate of organic materials in solid matrices; (3) Three-dimensional NMR imaging of a hazardous waste/cement sample is tested for the determination of the pore structure connectivity pattern and the observation of waste leaching; (4) NMR hole-burning spectroscopy is attempted for the study of the microscopic motions of waste in the cement matrix. These NMR techniques give information on the microscopic waste/cement interactions while providing a nondestructive evaluation of the quality of S/S process much superior to the destructive techniques such as leaching

  4. The karyotype of Festucopsis serpentini (Poaceae Triticeae) from Albania studied by banding techniques and in situ hybridization

    Linde-Laursen, I.; Seberg, O.; Frederiksen, S.;

    1996-01-01

    The karyotypes of two populations of Festucopsis serpentini (2n = 2x = 14) endemic to Albania were investigated in detail by Giemsa C- and N-banding, AgNO3 staining, and in situ hybridization with an rDNA probe. The complements consisted of 14 large chromosomes, 10 metacentric and 4 SAT-chromosom......The karyotypes of two populations of Festucopsis serpentini (2n = 2x = 14) endemic to Albania were investigated in detail by Giemsa C- and N-banding, AgNO3 staining, and in situ hybridization with an rDNA probe. The complements consisted of 14 large chromosomes, 10 metacentric and 4 SAT...... between plants was only possible for the SAT-chromosomes. A comparison between the C-banded karyotypes of F. serpentini and Peridictyon sanctum supports their position in two genera....

  5. High sensitive diagnostic technique for virus gene using radioisotope. Development of PCR in situ hybridization and its application

    An animal model, experimentally induced squamous cell carcinoma was produced in hamster mucosa to establish a carcinogenic system inducible by interaction of a virus and chemical(s). Human hydatid mole and cholioepithelioma were chosen as the target subjects. Several tumor cells and host cells were isolated under microscopy and DNA was extracted from these cells to indentify the respective origins (maternal, paternal or host origin). The base sequence of HLADRB region was analyzed by PCR using synthetic primer and the tissue localization was examined by PCR in situ hybridization. A PCR product of 82 bp was found in 15 of 17 samples and there were 2 samples in which the product was not detectable with the constructed primer and 6 samples were negative. While significant differences were not observed by in situ hybridization compared with the negative control. (M.N.)

  6. THERMAL TECHNIQUES FOR THE IN-SITU CHARACTERIZATION AND REMEDIATION OF MERCURY: INSIGHTS FROM DEPLOYMENT OF THE MEMBRANE INTERFACE PROBE

    Jackson, Dennis; Looney, Brian; Eddy-Dilek, Carol A.

    2013-08-07

    This presentation focuses on how thermal energy can effectively be used to enhance characterization, promote the remediation, and aid in delivering a sequestering agent to stabilize elemental mercury in subsurface soils. Slides and speaker notes are provided.

  7. In situ green synthesis of silver–graphene oxide nanocomposites by using tryptophan as a reducing and stabilizing agent and their application in SERS

    Yang, Biwen; Liu, Zhiming; Guo, Zhouyi; Zhang, Wen; Wan, Mingming; Qin, Xiaochu; Zhong, Huiqing, E-mail: zhonghq@scnu.edu.cn

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • Tryptophan (Trp) as a reducing and stabilizing agent was a green one-pot method. • The role of pH has been explored to obtain optimum reaction conditions during the growth process. • The synthesized Ag–GO nanocomposites exhibited excellent SERS activity. - Abstract: Silver–graphene oxide (Ag–GO) nanocomposites were in situ fabricated rapidly through a green one-pot method by using tryptophan (Trp) as a reducing and stabilizing agent. The morphologies of synthesized Ag–GO nanocomposites were characterized by UV–vis absorption spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and micro-Raman system. The results indicated silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) with spherical size were well dispersed on the surface of graphene oxide (GO). The role of pH has been explored to obtain optimum reaction conditions during the growth process. Raman signals of GO were greatly enhanced after Ag NPs loaded on its surface. More importantly, the synthesized Ag–GO nanocomposites exhibited excellent surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activity as SERS substrates to detect crystal violet (CV) in aqueous solution, and the enhancement factor (EF) from the intensity of the vibrational mode at 1621 cm{sup −1} was calculated to be 1.6 × 10{sup 5}.

  8. Thermal stability and kinetic study of poly(ethyl methacrylate-co-acrylonitrile) nanocomposites prepared by in situ polymerization in presence of an Algerian bentonite

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • poly(ethyl methacrylate-co-acrylonitrile) nanocomposites were successfully prepared. • These nanocomposites were of higher Tg and improved thermal stability. • Their (Eα) of thermal decomposition were higher than those of the virgin copolymer. • Increase of (Eα), confirmed change in the degradation mechanism with clay loading. - Abstract: Poly(ethyl methacrylate-co-acrylonitrile) (PEAMN20) nanocomposites were successfully prepared via free radical in situ polymerization using a bentonite from Algeria modified by Hexadecyltrimethylammonium chloride (HDTMA). X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electronic microscopy (TEM) investigations revealed that depending on the OMMT loading, intercalated or partially exfoliated nanocomposites were obtained. These nanocomposites exhibited an overall improved thermal stability and an increase in their glass transition temperature compared to the pure copolymer (PEMAN20) as evidenced by Thermogravimetric (TGA) and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) analysis. Apparent activation energies (Eα) of thermal decomposition of the elaborated nanocomposites, determined by Tang method, were higher than those of the virgin copolymer. The significant increase of (Eα), observed with PEMAN20/OMMT (1 wt%) confirmed the change in the degradation mechanism with OMMT loading and the ratio of intercalated/exfoliated structures

  9. Thermal stability and kinetic study of poly(ethyl methacrylate-co-acrylonitrile) nanocomposites prepared by in situ polymerization in presence of an Algerian bentonite

    Kadi, Souad [Université des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediene, Laboratoire des Matériaux Polymères, Faculté de Chimie, BP 32 El-Alia, Bab-Ezzouar, 16111 Algiers (Algeria); Djadoun, Saïd, E-mail: matpolylab@yahoo.fr [Université des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediene, Laboratoire des Matériaux Polymères, Faculté de Chimie, BP 32 El-Alia, Bab-Ezzouar, 16111 Algiers (Algeria); Sbirrazzuoli, Nicolas [Univ. Nice Sophia Antipolis, CNRS, LPMC, UMR 7336, 06100 Nice (France)

    2013-10-10

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • poly(ethyl methacrylate-co-acrylonitrile) nanocomposites were successfully prepared. • These nanocomposites were of higher T{sub g} and improved thermal stability. • Their (E{sub α}) of thermal decomposition were higher than those of the virgin copolymer. • Increase of (E{sub α}), confirmed change in the degradation mechanism with clay loading. - Abstract: Poly(ethyl methacrylate-co-acrylonitrile) (PEAMN20) nanocomposites were successfully prepared via free radical in situ polymerization using a bentonite from Algeria modified by Hexadecyltrimethylammonium chloride (HDTMA). X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electronic microscopy (TEM) investigations revealed that depending on the OMMT loading, intercalated or partially exfoliated nanocomposites were obtained. These nanocomposites exhibited an overall improved thermal stability and an increase in their glass transition temperature compared to the pure copolymer (PEMAN20) as evidenced by Thermogravimetric (TGA) and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) analysis. Apparent activation energies (E{sub α}) of thermal decomposition of the elaborated nanocomposites, determined by Tang method, were higher than those of the virgin copolymer. The significant increase of (E{sub α}), observed with PEMAN20/OMMT (1 wt%) confirmed the change in the degradation mechanism with OMMT loading and the ratio of intercalated/exfoliated structures.

  10. Instrumentation and techniques for monitoring the air emissions during in-situ oil/fuel burning operations

    Data was presented from the testing of a portable real-time aerosol monitor during a meso-scale in-situ diesel fuel fire. The monitors tested were MIE Inc's., RAM-1 and DataRAM monitors which are commonly used in the occupational health and safety industry. They allow for the continuous measurement of aerosol levels. In-situ burning has evolved substantially in recent years and is considered to be a viable oil spill countermeasure. However, research continues regarding the environmental impact of in-situ burning. For this continuous monitoring study, three RAM-1 and two or three DataRAM monitors were placed in a cluster close to each other; data was recorded using an external data logger. The multiple values from the RAM-1 were averaged over a period of one minute. Results showed that the reproducibility of the average readings recorded during the trials were not at levels expected for scientific research. The results of the instruments clustered together was influenced by the location of the monitors relative to the particulates in the air. This would be of concern when comparing individual results to air quality standards. 8 refs., 5 tabs., 20 figs

  11. The application of fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH technique for studying the microbial communities in intestinal tissues of white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei

    Supamattaya, K.

    2005-02-01

    Full Text Available Fluorescence in situ hybridization technique is very useful for the evaluation of microbial communities in various environments. It is possible to apply this technique to study the intestinal microflora in white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei. Different fixatives and storage temperature were tested in this technique. It was found that fixation with 10% buffered formalin for 12 hours and changed to 70% ethanol shown positive results when compared to the fixation with Davidson's fixative or RF fixative. The best signaling was obtainedfrom the samples which were stored in -20ºC. By using the DNA probe targeted to the Eubacteria domain (EUB338 probe, 5′-GCT GCC TCC CGT AGG AGT-3′ labeled with fluorescein as a hybridizing probe, it was found that most intestinal microflora were aggregated with the intestinal contents, or dispersed in the lumen. There was not evidence of the attachment of the microflora with the intestinal epithelium in this study.

  12. Comparative studies on properties of scandia-stabilized zirconia synthesized by the polymeric precursor and the polyacrylamide techniques

    ZrO2:Sc2O3 powders were synthesized by the polyacrylamide and the polymeric precursor techniques. The powder particles had the state of agglomeration analyzed by laser scattering, the structural phases by X-ray diffraction, and the morphology by scanning electron microscopy. The polyacrylamide and the polymeric precursor techniques produced stable transparent gels and polymeric resins, respectively. Upon calcination the gels and the resins yielded high surface area powders, fully stabilized in the cubic fluorite structure. The crystalline phases, grain morphology and electrical behavior of sintered pellets using powders synthesized by both techniques were analyzed. The amount of organics in the precursors was found to be responsible for the state of agglomeration of the particles, producing pellets with different electrical behavior.

  13. The radiation stability of glycine in solid CO2 - In situ laboratory measurements with applications to Mars

    Gerakines, Perry A.; Hudson, Reggie L.

    2015-05-01

    The detection of biologically important, organic molecules on Mars is an important goal that may soon be reached. However, the current small number of organic detections at the martian surface may be due to the harsh UV and radiation conditions there. It seems likely that a successful search will require probing the subsurface of Mars, where penetrating cosmic rays and solar energetic particles dominate the radiation environment, with an influence that weakens with depth. Toward the goal of understanding the survival of organic molecules in cold radiation-rich environments on Mars, we present new kinetics data on the radiolytic destruction of glycine diluted in frozen carbon dioxide. Rate constants were measured in situ with infrared spectroscopy, without additional sample manipulation, for irradiations at 25, 50, and 75 K with 0.8-MeV protons. The resulting half-lives for glycine in CO2-ice are compared to previous results for glycine in H2O-ice and show that glycine in CO2-ice is much less stable in a radiation environment, with destruction rate constants ∼20-40 times higher than glycine in H2O-ice. Extrapolation of these results to conditions in the martian subsurface results in half-lives estimated to be less than 100-200 Myr even at depths of a few meters.

  14. The radiation stability of glycine in solid CO2 - in situ laboratory measurements with applications to Mars

    Gerakines, P A

    2015-01-01

    The detection of biologically important, organic molecules on Mars is an important goal that may soon be reached. However, the current small number of organic detections at the Martian surface may be due to the harsh UV and radiation conditions there. It seems likely that a successful search will require probing the subsurface of Mars, where penetrating cosmic rays and Solar energetic particles dominate the radiation environment, with an influence that weakens with depth. Toward the goal of understanding the survival of organic molecules in cold radiation-rich environments on Mars, we present new kinetics data on the radiolytic destruction of glycine diluted in frozen carbon dioxide. Rate constants were measured in situ with infrared spectroscopy, without additional sample manipulation, for irradiations at 25, 50, and 75 K with 0.8-MeV protons. The resulting half-lives for glycine in CO2-ice are compared to previous results for glycine in H2O-ice and show that glycine in CO2-ice is much less stable in a radia...

  15. Design of a Stability Augmentation System for an Unmanned Helicopter Based on Adaptive Control Techniques

    Shouzhao Sheng

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The task of control of unmanned helicopters is rather complicated in the presence of parametric uncertainties and measurement noises. This paper presents an adaptive model feedback control algorithm for an unmanned helicopter stability augmentation system. The proposed algorithm can achieve a guaranteed model reference tracking performance and speed up the convergence rates of adjustable parameters, even when the plant parameters vary rapidly. Moreover, the model feedback strategy in the algorithm further contributes to the improvement in the control quality of the stability augmentation system in the case of low signal to noise ratios, mainly because the model feedback path is noise free. The effectiveness and superiority of the proposed algorithm are demonstrated through a series of tests.

  16. Process techniques for improving post-exposure delay stability in chemically amplified resists

    Nour, Sassan; Pavelchek, Edward K.; Lindsay, Tracy K.; Moynihan, Matthew L.; Gambin, Lori

    1997-07-01

    The post-exposure delay (PED) stability of several chemically amplified DUV resists in unfiltered environments is shown to be strongly dependent on the standing wave intensity. The use of a bottom antireflective layer diminishes the rate of CD change for UVIIHSTM, UVIIITM, APEX-E and UV5TM resists by a factor of three or greater. Increasing the post exposure bake to diffuse outstanding waves results in a three to six fold improvement with UVIIHS, UVIII, UV5 and UV6TM. These resists show the greatest stability when soft baked at high temperatures to reduce the diffusion rate of airborne contaminants, and post-exposure baked at high temperatures to diffuse out the standing wave pattern.

  17. Application of stabilization techniques in the dynamic analysis of multibody systems

    Hajžman M.

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper is intended to the discussion of possible methods for the solution of the motion equations of constrained multibody systems. They can be formulated in the form of differential-algebraic equations and their numerical solution brings the problems of constraint violation and numerical stability. Therefore special methods were proposed to handle these problems. Various approaches for the numerical solution of equations are briefly reviewed and the application of the Baumgarte’s stabilization method on testing examples is shown. The paper was motivated by the effort to find the suitable solution methods for the equations of motion in the form of differentialalgebraic equations using the MATLAB standard computational system.

  18. Simulation Techniques of Electrical Power System Stability Studies Utilizing Matlab/Simulink

    Naresh K. Tanwani*1

    2014-01-01

    Maintaining synchronism between different parts of power system (PS) is getting difficult over time. The fact that growth of interconnected system is a continuous process, also these systems have been extended in different regions. In this research work steady state (SS) and transient stabilities along with swing equation and numerical solution using MATLAB / Simulink are studied. This work is done in two steps. In the first step, proper assumptions are made to linearize the s...

  19. Characteristics of LiCl salt wastes conditioned by the gel-route stabilization technique

    A new concept for the stabilization and solidification of metal chloride salt wastes generated from the Advanced Spent Fuel Conditioning Process (ACP) of KAERI via gelation in a simple material system is introduced in this paper. Using sodium silicate as a reaction module and phosphoric acid as a catalyst or stabilization agent, CsCl is chemically converted to thermally stable compounds. The reaction route was as follows. [G] + Na+(aq) + M+(aq) + Cl-(aq) → [G,M] + NaCl(s); [G] + H+(aq) + M+(aq) + Cl-(aq) → [G,M] + HCl(g), where [G] is the network of a gel active with the metal cations. The heat-treated product at 1000.deg.C contained a cristobalite crystalline framework and a glassy phosphorus-rich phase with a high Cs content. The morphology looked like honey flowing on the honeycomb. From the TG/DT analysis, Cs could not be vaporized below 1300.deg.C by changing the aging conditions and molar ratio of Si/P. As a new concept, GRSS (gel-route stabilization and solidification) could provide us with the chance to make the high temperature waste conditioning process more stable and economical

  20. Laser light scattering technique for non-invasive in situ simultaneous measurements on elastic constants and viscosity coefficients of nematic liquid crystals

    TU; Mei; HUANG; Yaoxiong

    2004-01-01

    The laser light scattering technique for non-invasive in situ simultaneous measurements on elastic constants and viscosity coefficients of nematic liquid crystals is introduced. By measuring the autocorrelation function of the scattered light from nematic liquid crystals at different scattering angles, the splay and twist elastic constants K11 and K22 are obtained from the amplitudes of the autocorrelation function, and the viscosity coefficients of (Splay and (Twist are determined using the viscoelastic ratios K11/( Splay and K22/(Twist from the relaxation parameters of the two modes.

  1. In-situ fluorimetry: A powerful non-invasive diagnostic technique for natural dyes used in artefacts. Part II. Identification of orcein and indigo in Renaissance tapestries

    Clementi, C.; Miliani, C.; Romani, A.; Santamaria, U.; Morresi, F.; Mlynarska, K.; Favaro, G.

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, three Renaissance tapestries depicting scenes painted by Raffaello Sanzio, conserved at the Vatican Museum, were investigated using in-situ UV-Visible fluorimetric measurements. The results show that this technique is suitable for the detection of natural organic colorants used for dyeing the threads woven in these tapestries. The emission signals detected on red-purple colours were assigned to the colorant orcein and those on different nuances of blue and green colours to indigo by comparison with data from reference laboratory samples. The assignments were supported by chromatographic experiments carried out on threads taken from the back side of the tapestry in the same points analysed by spectrofluorimentry.

  2. Maintaining stability of standalone Micro-Grid by employing electrical and mechanical fault ride through techniques upon fixed speed wind generation systems

    Highlights: • This paper presented two fault ride through techniques for fixed speed wind systems. • The first technique is implemented by inserting a series resistance with the terminals of wind generator. • Second technique is performed by adapting the gear ratio to spill some mechanical power. - Abstract: This study presents two different Fault Ride Through (FRT) techniques to keep and restore stability of Fixed Speed Wind Generation system (FSWGs) installed in standalone Micro-Grid (MG). The first technique is an electrical FRT and is implemented by inserting a series resistance with the terminals of FSWGs during fault to maintain reasonable value of terminal voltage and consequently help stability restoration. The second controller is a mechanical FRT controller and is performed by change the gear ratio of wind generation systems to spill part of extracted mechanical power and consequently improving stability issue. Obtained results proved that each controller able to maintain the stability of FSWGs under the most severe disturbance conditions (400 ms three phase fault at FSWGs terminals). The first controller is faster than the second controller in restoring FSWGs stability. Superior results and performances are obtained when the two FRT techniques are employed simultaneously. Without employing any one of the two FRT techniques, FSWGs is not able to maintain or restore its stability after fault clearing. Consequently, MG will lose one of its micro-sources and cannot keep its stability during the standalone mode, unless load shedding strategy is activated. The two proposed controllers are simple, effective, and economical attractive

  3. Laser Frequency Stabilization for Coherent Lidar Applications using Novel All-Fiber Gas Reference Cell Fabrication Technique

    Meras, Patrick, Jr.; Poberezhskiy, Ilya Y.; Chang, Daniel H.; Levin, Jason; Spiers, Gary D.

    2008-01-01

    Compact hollow-core photonic crystal fiber (HC-PCF)gas frequency reference cell was constructed using a novel packaging technique that relies on torch-sealing a quartz filling tube connected to a mechanical splice between regular and hollow-core fibers. The use of this gas cell for laser frequency stabilization was demonstrated by locking a tunable diode laser to the center of the P9 line from the (nu)1+(nu)3 band of acetylene with RMS frequency error of 2.06 MHz over 2 hours. This effort was performed in support of a task to miniaturize the laser frequency stabilization subsystem of JPL/LMCT Laser Absorption Spectrometer (LAS) instrument.

  4. Multi-level homotopy perturbation and projection techniques for the reanalysis of quadratic eigenvalue problems: The application of stability analysis

    Massa, F.; Lallemand, B.; Tison, T.

    2015-02-01

    Complex eigenvalue analysis is widely used to investigate the stability of a dynamical system with frictional contact. For finite element models, iterative solvers are needed to precisely calculate complex modes and eigenvalues. However, in cases such as reanalysis studies, optimization or uncertainty propagation processes, computational cost can quickly become too time consuming. For multiple samplings, two methods combining homotopy perturbation and projection techniques are proposed for the reanalysis of quadratic eigenvalue problems. To highlight the efficiency of the proposed methods, a complete numerical application including nominal and perturbed solution calculations, coalescence graph and parametric analysis, is performed. The precision of results and computational time are compared with those obtained using commercial software.

  5. Comparison of the dimensional stability of two waxes and two acrylic resin processing techniques in the production of complete dentures.

    Sykora, O; Sutow, E J

    1990-05-01

    Two base plate waxes and two denture processing techniques were independently compared for dimensional stability. Occlusion rims were constructed from extra hard and medium soft base plate waxes and teeth were set. Acrylic resin bases were processed by a trial packing technique, and a continuous injection system. Tooth movement was measured in the horizontal and vertical planes to assess wax and denture base dimensional changes at various steps in the process, and after 1, 3, and 8 weeks of denture base immersion in water at room temperature. Posterior palatal border adaptation, incisal pin opening and loss of centric occlusion contacts, were also measured. Results showed there were no significant differences between the two waxes as determined by tooth movement in the horizontal and vertical planes. In comparison to the trial packing technique, the continuous injection system showed significantly smaller changes for incisal pin opening and loss of centric occlusion, and better adaptation of the posterior palatal border to the cast. Measurement of tooth movement in the horizontal and vertical planes showed no significant differences between the two processing techniques for times prior to immersion in water, whereas after 8 weeks immersion the continuous injection technique showed smaller dimensional changes, relative to the original dimensions at the time of investing. PMID:2189970

  6. The use of NIR as a multi-parametric in situ monitoring technique in filamentous fermentation systems.

    Rodrigues, Licínia O; Vieira, Luís; Cardoso, Joaquim P; Menezes, José C

    2008-06-15

    The use of Fourier transform near infrared (FT-NIR) spectroscopy for simultaneous determination of multiple properties in an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) fermentation process is described, together with procedures for developing accurate NIR calibrations with a performance independent of scale and the specific bioreactor used. Measurements were made in situ, by insertion of transflection probes into pilot and industrial bioreactors providing direct contact with the fermentation culture media. The ultimate goal was to establish methods for real time process monitoring aimed at enhanced process supervision, fault detection diagnosis and control of bioreactors. The in situ acquired spectra were related to lab results of samples taken from the reactors during the course of the manufacturing process. Suitable spectral wavenumber regions were selected and calibration models based on partial least squares (PLS) were developed. The root mean square errors of prediction for API content, viscosity, nitrogen source and carbon source concentration were all within acceptable ranges as compared to the off-line lab measurements, respectively, 0.03% (w/w), 150 cp, 0.01% (w/w), and 0.4% (w/w). PMID:18585224

  7. In situ determination of the hydrothermal properties of a deep fractured medium by a single-well technique

    Hosanski, J. M.; Ledoux, E.

    1982-03-01

    The recovery of energy from deep hot rock formations with low permeability gives rise to many scientific and technological problems. This paper describes a simple method of in situ analysis of a slightly fissured medium, developed by the Centre d'Informatique Géologique of the Paris School of Mines, during experiments carried out at the site of Mayet de Montagne (Allier, France) between November 1978 and March 1980. These experiments were funded by the Commission of the European Communities and the Institut National d'Astronomie et de Géophysique, and carried out jointly with the Institut de Physique du Globe, Paris. They had a two-fold purpose: (1) Better understanding of the physical phenomena governing the heat exchange between the slightly fissured medium and the injected fluids. (2) Determination in situ of the parameters which control this exchange. This proposed "single-well" method might be suitable as a preliminary test in order to evaluate the life span of a hot dry rock geothermal doublet.

  8. In-situ measurement of the effect of LiOH on the stability of fuel cladding oxide film in simulated PWR primary water environment

    The trends towards higher burnups, increasing lithium concentration and higher coolant temperature in the pressurized water reactors (PWR) impose a demand for better fuel cladding corrosion and hydriding properties. Development of new improved cladding materials is a long process. There is also a lack of reliable and fast in-situ techniques to investigate zirconium alloys in high temperature water environments. This paper describes the results of the Contact Electric Resistance (CER) technique which was used to measure the electric resistances of the oxides growing on zirconium based fuel cladding materials. Different types of zirconium alloys were studied in simulated PWR water. It was found that LiOH decreases the electric resistance of the oxides when LiOH is in excess of about 70 ppm in PWR water at 300 C. The electric resistance of the oxides is dependent on LiOH concentration and is shown to correlate inversely with the effect of LiOH on the weight gain. The kinetics of the decrease of the electric resistance indicate that the mechanism of degradation is a phase transformation rather than a diffusion limited process. The increase of the electric resistance of the oxide in the early stage of oxide formation is shown to correlate well with the in-reactor performance of similar alloys. The results of the in-situ monitoring of the electric resistances of the oxides give the same ranking for the corrosion resistances as the long term in-reactor weight gain tests of the similar alloys. The major benefit is that the results of the CER-measurements can be generated within a fraction of the testing time needed for weight gain tests

  9. Analysis of faults stability with dynamic phenomena in the mine based on slide criterion and in-situ stress measurement

    SONG Wei-hua; WANG Yu-feng; WANG Xin-hua

    2008-01-01

    For the study on the relationship between the dynamic phenomena in the mining such as mine earthquakes,outburst and faults slide,firstly,double shear friction experiments of sandstone were made,and its slide criterion was suggested considering the viewing of engineering.Secondly,in order to study the stability of underground rock and zone of tectonic stress field,based on the analysis on distribution characteristic of initial rock stress measurements,the geology structural model was built and tectonic stress field was made a back-analysis by applying finite element method.The calculating results fit with the analysis result of earthquakes mechanism and the distribution characteristic of the measurements.The high stress regional centers station locates discontinuous zone of I level faults and is corresponding to underground earthquakes scene.From then it is certain that tectonic stress is the major origin and necessary condition of mine earthquakes.The instability slide of the faults is the main manifest and the mining activity is the leading factor.Beipiao fault has a dominate effect on other sub faults and tectonic stress area and is dynamical fountain of dynamic phenomena in the Beipiao Mines.

  10. Analysis of faults stability with dynamic phenomena in the mine based on slide criterion and in-situ stress measurement

    SONG Wei-hua; WANG Yu-feng; WANG Xin-hua

    2008-01-01

    For the study on the relationshfp between the dynamic phenomena in the min-ing such as mine earthquakes, outburst and faults slide, firstly, double shear friction ex-periments of sandstone were made, and its slide criterion was suggested considering the viewing of engineering. Secondly, in order to study the stability of underground rock and zone of tectonic stress field, based on the analysis on distribution characteristic of initial rock stress measurements, the geology structural model was built and tectonic stress field was made a back-analysis by applying finite element method. The calculating results fit with the analysis result of earthquakes mechanism and the distribution characteristic of the measurements. The high stress regional centers station locates discontinuous zone of I level faults and is corresponding to underground earthquakes scene. From then it is cer-tain that tectonic stress is the major origin and necessary condition of mine earthquakes. The instability slide of the faults is the main manifest and the mining activity is the leading factor. Beipiao fault has a dominate effect on other sub faults and tectonic stress area and is dynamical fountain of dynamic phenomena in the Beipiao Mines.

  11. In-situ investigation of adsorption of dye and coadsorbates on TiO 2 films using QCM-D, fluorescence and AFM techniques

    Harms, Hauke A.

    2013-09-11

    Simultaneous adsorption of dye molecules and coadsorbates is important for the fabrication of high-efficiency dyesensitized solar cells, but its mechanism is not well understood. Herein, we use a quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation technique (QCM-D) to study dynamically and quantitatively the sensitization of TiO2 in situ. We investigate dye loading for a ruthenium(II) polypyridyl complex (Z907), of a triphenylamine-based D-π-A dye (Y123), and of a ullazine sensitizer (JD21), as well as the simultaneous adsorption of the latter two with the coadsorbate chenodeoxycholic acid. By combining the QCM-D technique with fluorescence measurements, we quantify molar ratios between the dye and coadsorbate. Furthermore, we will present first studies using liquid-phase AFM on the adsorbed dye monolayer, thus obtaining complementary microscopic information that may lead to understanding of the adsorption mechanism on the molecular scale. © 2013 SPIE.

  12. Single-Tube Reaction Using Perfluorocarbons: A Prerequisite Step Leading to the Whole-Slide In Situ Technique on Histopathological Slides.

    Chen, Yi-Chang; Teng, Tsung-Han; Tsai, Jane S-C; Huang, Hsien-Da; Chang, Yih-Leong; Liang, Cher-Wei

    2016-01-01

    Developing a robust, novel method for performing multiple reactions in a single tube is not only time- and cost-saving but also critical for future high-throughput whole-slide in situ techniques on diseased tissues. In this study, we introduce the use of perfluorocarbons and compound-coated magnetic particles to create pseudochambers in a single tube, allowing different reactions to be performed in different phases. Perfluorocarbons also serve as cell lysis buffer and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) buffer owing to their highly penetrating, repellent and emulsifiable properties. Using this method, nucleic acids can be isolated and purified from various sample types and sizes, followed by PCR, real-time PCR, or multiplex PCR in the same tube. No incubation or enzyme digesting time is needed and the risk of cross-contamination is reduced. Tests can be performed in microemulsions (water-in-oil droplets) containing sequence-specific captures and probes for further high-throughput detection. We present a simple, quick, and robust procedure as a prerequisite step to future high-throughput in situ techniques. PMID:27336363

  13. Application of in situ hybridization, cytochemical and immunocytochemical techniques for the investigation of peroxisomes. A review including novel data. Robert Feulgen Prize Lecture 1997.

    Baumgart, E

    1997-09-01

    In situ hybridization, cytochemical and immunocytochemical techniques have contributed significantly to the understanding of the biology of peroxisomes, since they permit in situ demonstration of the sites of synthesis and distribution of peroxisomal proteins without the necessity of homogenization and subcellular fractionation of tissues or cultured cells. This article reviews the results of research on mammalian peroxisomal metabolism, biogenesis and proliferation in which morphological techniques have played a significant role in the elucidation of the biological problem. Some new data on peroxisomal heterogeneity and morphogenesis are included. The morphological methods applied have made it possible to characterize the differences in distribution of mRNAs encoding peroxisomal proteins in different tissues, as well as to monitor the marked heterogeneity in the protein composition and in the activity of specific enzymes in the peroxisomal population of single cells, or in tissues with complex organization (e.g. liver and kidney). In addition, the dynamic alterations and high plasticity of the peroxisomal compartment--partly dependent on contact of the peroxisomes to the microtubular network-are presented. PMID:9342614

  14. Single-Tube Reaction Using Perfluorocarbons: A Prerequisite Step Leading to the Whole-Slide In Situ Technique on Histopathological Slides.

    Yi-Chang Chen

    Full Text Available Developing a robust, novel method for performing multiple reactions in a single tube is not only time- and cost-saving but also critical for future high-throughput whole-slide in situ techniques on diseased tissues. In this study, we introduce the use of perfluorocarbons and compound-coated magnetic particles to create pseudochambers in a single tube, allowing different reactions to be performed in different phases. Perfluorocarbons also serve as cell lysis buffer and polymerase chain reaction (PCR buffer owing to their highly penetrating, repellent and emulsifiable properties. Using this method, nucleic acids can be isolated and purified from various sample types and sizes, followed by PCR, real-time PCR, or multiplex PCR in the same tube. No incubation or enzyme digesting time is needed and the risk of cross-contamination is reduced. Tests can be performed in microemulsions (water-in-oil droplets containing sequence-specific captures and probes for further high-throughput detection. We present a simple, quick, and robust procedure as a prerequisite step to future high-throughput in situ techniques.

  15. Mimicked in-situ stabilization of metals in a cropped soil: Bioavailability and chemical form of zinc

    Chlopecka, A.; Adriano, D.C. [Univ. of Georgia, Aiken, SC (United States)

    1996-11-01

    Agricultural lime, natural zeolite (clinoptilolite), hydroxyapatite, and an iron oxide waste byproduct (Fe-rich, a trademark name of E.I. du Pont de Nemours) were added to an artificially contaminated Applying silt loam soil to stabilize and limit the uptake of Zn by crops. A greenhouse pot study involves spiking the soil with flue dust FD at 0, 150, 300, 600, 1200, and 2400 mg of Zn kg{sup -1}. As much as 40% of the total Zn occurred in an exchangeable form, the form considered most bioavailable to plants, when the pH of the FD-spiked soil was below 6.0. The ameliorants (lime, zeolite, apatite, and Fe-rich) decreased the concentration of the exchangeable form of Zn at each level of FD in soil; however, the largest decrease occurred with the lowest dose. Maize (Zea mays), barley (Hordeum vulgare), and radish (Raphanus sativus) were growth to determine the effects of Zn on the plant growth and its uptake. The addition of ameliorants to soil enhanced the growth and yield of maize and barley, but only Fe-rich enhanced the growth of radish at all FD rates. Lime, zeolite, and apatite significantly reduced the Zn concentration in tissues of the 3-week-old maize, in mature maize tissues (roots, young leaves, old leaves, stems, grain), and in barley. The largest reduction (over 80%) in Zn uptake by all crops was effected by Fe-rich, which is consistent with the greatest reduction in soil-exchangeable Zn by this ameliorant. 44 refs., 4 figs., 7 tabs.

  16. Emulsification technique affects oxidative stability of fish oil-in-water emulsion

    Horn, Anna Frisenfeldt; Nielsen, Nina Skall; Jensen, Louise Helene Søgaard; Horsewell, Andy; Jacobsen, Charlotte

    In oil-in-water emulsions, lipid oxidation is expected to be initiated at the oil-water interface. The properties of the emulsifier used, and the structure at the interface is therefore expected to be of great importance for lipid oxidation in emulsions. Previous studies have shown that e...... study was therefore to compare lipid oxidation in 10% fish oil-in-water emulsions prepared by two different kinds of high pressure homogenizers i.e. a microfluidizer and a two valve high pressure homogenizer. Emulsions were made with equal droplet sizes, and with either 1% sodium caseinate or 1% whey.......g. homogenization pressure can affect how proteins locate themselves at the interface of an emulsion. The hypothesis is therefore that emulsions produced with different emulsification equipments differ in their oxidative stability due to differences in the behaviour of the proteins at the interface. The aim of this...

  17. Plasma spraying of an indigenous yttria stabilized zirconia powder prepared by the sol-gel technique

    An indigenous sol-gel derived yttria-partially stabilized zirconia (Y-PSZ) powder has been characterized and its suitability for plasma spraying applications evaluated. The powder, determined to have about 5.1% yttria content, predominantly consisted of spherical particles with an average equivalent particle diameter close to 25 μm. Furthermore, it was found that the powder did not contain any particles >50μm, which is considered the ideal upper size limit for spray-grade ceramic powders in order to ensure complete melting during spraying. The sol-gel produced powder exhibited good flow characteristics and the plasma sprayed coatings developed using the powder were also found to have excellent thermal shock resistance. The corresponding results obtained using an imported Y-PSZ powder are also presented for the purpose of comparison. (author). 17 refs., 5 figs

  18. Optimizing molecular properties using a relative index of thermodynamic stability and global optimization techniques

    Fournier, René; Mohareb, Amir

    2016-01-01

    We devised a global optimization (GO) strategy for optimizing molecular properties with respect to both geometry and chemical composition. A relative index of thermodynamic stability (RITS) is introduced to allow meaningful energy comparisons between different chemical species. We use the RITS by itself, or in combination with another calculated property, to create an objective function F to be minimized. Including the RITS in the definition of F ensures that the solutions have some degree of thermodynamic stability. We illustrate how the GO strategy works with three test applications, with F calculated in the framework of Kohn-Sham Density Functional Theory (KS-DFT) with the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof exchange-correlation. First, we searched the composition and configuration space of CmHnNpOq (m = 0-4, n = 0-10, p = 0-2, q = 0-2, and 2 ≤ m + n + p + q ≤ 12) for stable molecules. The GO discovered familiar molecules like N2, CO2, acetic acid, acetonitrile, ethane, and many others, after a small number (5000) of KS-DFT energy evaluations. Second, we carried out a GO of the geometry of Cu m Snn + (m = 1, 2 and n = 9-12). A single GO run produced the same low-energy structures found in an earlier study where each Cu m S nn + species had been optimized separately. Finally, we searched bimetallic clusters AmBn (3 ≤ m + n ≤ 6, A,B= Li, Na, Al, Cu, Ag, In, Sn, Pb) for species and configurations having a low RITS and large highest occupied Molecular Orbital (MO) to lowest unoccupied MO energy gap (Eg). We found seven bimetallic clusters with Eg > 1.5 eV.

  19. Optimizing molecular properties using a relative index of thermodynamic stability and global optimization techniques.

    Fournier, René; Mohareb, Amir

    2016-01-14

    We devised a global optimization (GO) strategy for optimizing molecular properties with respect to both geometry and chemical composition. A relative index of thermodynamic stability (RITS) is introduced to allow meaningful energy comparisons between different chemical species. We use the RITS by itself, or in combination with another calculated property, to create an objective function F to be minimized. Including the RITS in the definition of F ensures that the solutions have some degree of thermodynamic stability. We illustrate how the GO strategy works with three test applications, with F calculated in the framework of Kohn-Sham Density Functional Theory (KS-DFT) with the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof exchange-correlation. First, we searched the composition and configuration space of CmHnNpOq (m = 0-4, n = 0-10, p = 0-2, q = 0-2, and 2 ≤ m + n + p + q ≤ 12) for stable molecules. The GO discovered familiar molecules like N2, CO2, acetic acid, acetonitrile, ethane, and many others, after a small number (5000) of KS-DFT energy evaluations. Second, we carried out a GO of the geometry of CumSnn (+) (m = 1, 2 and n = 9-12). A single GO run produced the same low-energy structures found in an earlier study where each CumSnn (+) species had been optimized separately. Finally, we searched bimetallic clusters AmBn (3 ≤ m + n ≤ 6, A,B= Li, Na, Al, Cu, Ag, In, Sn, Pb) for species and configurations having a low RITS and large highest occupied Molecular Orbital (MO) to lowest unoccupied MO energy gap (Eg). We found seven bimetallic clusters with Eg > 1.5 eV. PMID:26772561

  20. THE EFFICACY OF REINFORCEMENT TECHNIQUE ON THE FLY ASH STABILIZED EXPANSIVE SOIL AS A SUBGRADE EMBANKMENT FOR HIGHWAYS

    KOTESWARA RAO.D

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available The most significant factor that influencing the design thickness of a flexible pavement overlay is rebound deformation from repeated load application and subgrade support values . It is essential to stabilize and reinforce the poor soils to bear the traffic intensity or truck loading. Different types of materials are provided with stabilization techniques to achieve suitable performance and to reduce maintenance costs and also to provide required service life for the subgrade embankments. In the present study, the effect of geo-textile as a reinforcement in the sub grade embankment is verified by conducting cyclic plate load tests. Locally available soil is mixed with optimum of fly ash and then this mixer is stabilized with optimum of CaCl2 for the construction of sub grade embankment with and with out reinforcement. Compaction properties and C.B.R values are determined for the locally available soil and categorized as CH soil as per IS classification, fly ash, fly ash - CaCl2 mix with the CH soil. The introduction of geo-textile has been reduced the deformation and increased the load carrying capacity as was revealed by cyclic plate load tests.

  1. Studies of MHD stability using data mining technique in helical plasmas

    Data mining techniques, which automatically extract useful knowledge from large datasets, are applied to multichannel magnetic probe signals of several helical plasmas in order to identify and classify MHD instabilities in helical plasmas. This method is useful to find new MHD instabilities as well as previously identified ones. Moreover, registering the results obtained from data mining in a database allows us to investigate the characteristics of MHD instabilities with parameter studies. We introduce the data mining technique consisted of pre-processing, clustering and visualizations using results from helical plasmas in H-1 and Heliotron J. We were successfully able to classify the MHD instabilities using the criterion of phase differences of each magnetic probe and identify them as energetic-ion-driven MHD instabilities using parameter study in Heliotron J plasmas. (author)

  2. Development of sensors and techniques to assess earthquake hazards and submarine slope stability

    Blum, John

    2010-01-01

    Reducing vulnerability from geohazards such as submarine landslides and earthquakes requires identifying susceptible regions and modeling the consequences. We introduce innovative instruments and techniques that have the potential to advance preparedness and mitigation efforts. We develop optical fiber strainmeters to monitor deformation along unstable slopes and in a vertical borehole at the SAFOD observatory. With this latter strainmeter, we record coseismic strain-steps from local microear...

  3. High sensitive diagnostic technique for virus gene using radioisotope. Development of PCR in situ hybridization and its application

    In order to elucidate how in vivo localization on traced amount of virus present in a texture progressed in a cancer process, this study aimed to conduct technical development to clarify quantitative and qualitative differences of virus genome, and man gene at each cell unit. In 1997 fiscal year, in order to make analysis on each cell secure according to microdissection established in last fiscal year, analysis on base alignment of gene held by each cell was conducted, and establishment of a method to clarify its diversity was examined. As a result, it was found that a genetic information was held in each cell, of which information could be distinguished in a range. And, it could be established that analysis using PCR in situ hybridization method could not give any advancement changeable with conventional method as well, but that analysis using microdissection method could pay this price. (G.K.)

  4. Fluorescence in situ hybridization techniques (FISH) to detect changes in CYP19a gene expression of Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes)

    The aim of this study was to develop a sensitive in situ hybridization methodology using fluorescence-labeled riboprobes (FISH) that allows for the evaluation of gene expression profiles simultaneously in multiple target tissues of whole fish sections of Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes). To date FISH methods have been limited in their application due to autofluorescence of tissues, fixatives or other components of the hybridization procedure. An optimized FISH method, based on confocal fluorescence microscopy was developed to reduce the autofluorescence signal. Because of its tissue- and gender-specific expression and relevance in studies of endocrine disruption, gonadal aromatase (CYP19a) was used as a model gene. The in situ hybridization (ISH) system was validated in a test exposure with the aromatase inhibitor fadrozole. The optimized FISH method revealed tissue-specific expression of the CYP19a gene. Furthermore, the assay could differentiate the abundance of CYP19a mRNA among cell types. Expression of CYP19a was primarily associated with early stage oocytes, and expression gradually decreased with increasing maturation. No expression of CYP19a mRNA was observed in other tissues such as brain, liver, or testes. Fadrozole (100 μg/L) caused up-regulation of CYP19a expression, a trend that was confirmed by RT-PCR analysis on excised tissues. In a combination approach with gonad histology, it could be shown that the increase in CYP19a expression as measured by RT-PCR on a whole tissue basis was due to a combination of both increases in numbers of CYP19a-containing cells and an increase in the amount of CYP19a mRNA present in the cells

  5. Comparison of advanced offline and in situ techniques of organic aerosol composition measurement during the CalNex campaign

    Timkovsky, J.; Chan, A. W. H.; Dorst, T.; Goldstein, A. H.; Oyama, B.; Holzinger, R.

    2015-12-01

    Our understanding of formation processes, physical properties, and climate/health effects of organic aerosols is still limited in part due to limited knowledge of organic aerosol composition. We present speciated measurements of organic aerosol composition by two methods: in situ thermal-desorption proton-transfer-reaction mass spectrometry (TD-PTR-MS) and offline two-dimensional gas chromatography with a time-of-flight mass spectrometer (GC × GC/TOF-MS). Using the GC × GC/TOF-MS 153 compounds were identified, 123 of which were matched with 64 ions observed by the TD-PTR-MS. A reasonable overall correlation of 0.67 (r2) was found between the total matched TD-PTR-MS signal (sum of 64 ions) and the total matched GC × GC/TOF-MS signal (sum of 123 compounds) for the Los Angeles area. A reasonable quantitative agreement between the two methods was observed for most individual compounds with concentrations which were detected at levels above 2 ng m-3 using the GC × GC/TOF-MS. The analysis of monocarboxylic acids standards with TD-PTR-MS showed that alkanoic acids with molecular masses below 290 amu are detected well (recovery fractions above 60 %). However, the concentrations of these acids were consistently higher on quartz filters (quantified offline by GC × GC/TOF-MS) than those suggested by in situ TD-PTR-MS measurements, which is consistent with the semivolatile nature of the acids and corresponding positive filter sampling artifacts.

  6. Age estimation of blood stains using different analytical techniques and the in-situ identification of proteins using BCA

    Ahmed, Waseeh

    2014-01-01

    The issue of establishing a correct timeline in terms of body fluids has always been an important aspect in any forensic investigation. The techniques currently being used have all proved to work quite well but have certain limitations. One of the main problems with these techniques is their invasiveness to the sample in question. This is a major problem as, in most cases, the sample analysed is quite small and the destruction of it via the use of one technique can limit it being used for oth...

  7. A Technique to Eliminate External Transport Barriers and Stabilize Fiscal Instabilities

    Heeter, Robert F.

    1997-11-01

    The case is made for a coordinated national effort to diffuse plasma science knowledge to the public. Like earlier "fiscal instabilities" in plasma research, the 1995-7 magnetic fusion budget disruption can be attributed to a lack of public awareness about the value of science research, as reflected in the attitude of Congress. Magnetic fusion researchers now create "internal transport barriers" to reduce plasma heat loss, but observations also reveal a problematic "external transport barrier" in all of plasma science - the inadequate diffusion of knowledge beyond the scientists. Public funding creates scientific knowledge for the public good, and now the public cares - and deserves to know - what it pays for. Eliminating the external transport barrier should suppress the fiscal instability: theory predicts that funding should stabilize - or even increase - if the value of plasma science is understood by the bulk of Congress' members before they're elected, rather than just a small population of patrons energetically lobbied in office. If the public understands the value of plasma research, Congress will too. But plasmas are poorly represented in both contemporary classrooms and public perception. To reach the "Lawson Criterion" for ignition of public understanding, we should reach out to the public and to educators nationwide. Education and outreach activities are, and ought to be, part of the professional life of a plasma scientist. Our current activities consist largely of teaching our own classes, writing papers, lobbying Congress, giving lab tours, making Web pages, and promoting education locally; these have been useful, but insufficient. Now we must do better. To stabilize fiscal instabilities for good, we should restructure not only our research programs, but our sense of what it means to be a scientist. We should coordinate our education and outreach activities on a national scale, maximizing impact while minimizing cost in time, labor, and money. To this

  8. Structural stability and self-healing capability of Er2O3 in situ coating on V-4Cr-4Ti in liquid lithium

    The in situ Er2O3 insulating coating is under development for the self-cooled Li/V-alloy type fusion blanket. In this study, the structural stability and self-healing capability of the coating are investigated. Since the cracking in the coating was not observed after exposure when Li was removed with a weak lotion (liquid NH3), the cracking observed in the previous studies is not a practical issue in a real blanket. The re-exposure of the coating in pure Li showed that the coating once formed in Li (Er) is thought to be stable in pure Li. Thus, coating has the possibility to be serviced in a Li environment without an Er supply. By prior exposure to Li (Er) at 873 K, the exhaustion of the oxygen storage in V-alloy substrate during exposure at 973 K could be delayed effectively. The self-healing capability of the coating was demonstrated by the examination with the re-exposing cracked coating in Li (Er)

  9. In situ and real-time atomic force microscopy studies of the stability of oligothiophene langmuir-blodgett monolayers in liquid

    Yin, Naining

    2014-03-20

    Oligothiophene thin films have been considered as promising material for molecular electronics due to their desirable electronic properties and high structural stability under ambient conditions. To ensure performance in devices the functional structures, such as individual ordered domains, must be stable under practical and operational conditions or environments including exposure to various media. This work investigates the structure of oligothiophene Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films upon exposure to liquid media such as water, ethanol (EtOH), and mixed tetrahydrofuran (THF)/EtOH solutions. The LB films form islands ranging from 500 nm up to 1 μm consisting of densely packed oligothiophene molecules. These islands are surrounded by bare substrate and loosely packed adsorbates. In situ and time-dependent AFM images were acquired to reveal the structural evolution, from which degradation pathways and kinetics are extracted. Degradation of these LB films initiates and propagates from intraisland defect sites, such as cracks and pin holes, whereas the edges of islands remain intact on the surface. The observations appear to be in contrast to the known degradation mechanism among self-assembled monolayers, such as alkanethiols on gold, which initiates and progresses at domain boundaries. Rationale for the observed degradation processes will also be discussed. © 2014 American Chemical Society.

  10. Mo effect on the phase stability and room-temperature fracture toughness of Nb/Nb5Si3 in-situ composites

    LI Wei; YANG Haibo; SHAN Aidang; WU Jiansheng

    2005-01-01

    Nb/Nb5Si3 in-situ composites are very attractive structural materials because these materials perform a good balance in mechanical properties, including high strength at high temperature (> 1000℃) and reasonably high fracture toughness at room temperature. Metastable phase Nb3Si plays an important role in the properties of Nb/Nb5Si3 composites by affecting the volume fraction of ductile phase. The addition of Mo affects on the microstructure of ductile phase and the stability of metastable phase Nb3Si. In this paper, Nb-10Si-xMo and Nb-18Si-xMo (x = 0, 5, and 15) alloys were prepared by arc melting and annealed at 1473 K for 100 h. Single edge-notched bending (SENB) test was used to study the fracture toughness of Nb-Si-Mo alloys. The room temperature fracture toughness of Nb- 10Si is 10.48 MPa. m1/2 and higher than that of binary Nb- 18Si alloys at near-eutectic composites. The addition of 5 at.% Mo improved the fracture toughness of as-cast MPa. m1/2 at hypoeutectic compositions.

  11. In situ stabilization/solidification pilot testing of coal tar contaminated sediment focusing on air quality testing program, Sydney, Nova Scotia

    Raphael, A. [AECOM, Calgary, AB (Canada); Hilchey, J. [AECOM, Sydney, NS (Canada)

    2010-07-01

    This paper presented the results of a pilot-scale demonstration project conducted to test air quality contaminant emissions at a remediation project in Sydney, Nova Scotia. In situ sediment solidification/stabilization (S/S) was selected as a remedial solutions for sediments in an estuarine pond contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The aim of the air monitoring program was to determine the emission rates of sediment contaminants that became airborne during remediation activities and to monitor the off-site environmental impacts of the emissions. The pilot project included driving interlocking steel sheet pile (SSP) through the sediment into the underlying natural soils, removing overlying water, homogenizing the sediment, and mixing S/S reagents into the sediment over a period of 4 days at 2 different sites. Air sampling equipment was used to monitor volumetric flow rates, benzene, naphthalene and particulate matter concentrations. Continuous real-time monitoring was used at downwind fence line perimeters and by time-weighted ambient air sampling at 6 community stations near the sites. Results of the study showed that the site-specific benzene and naphthalene emission rates were significantly lower than emission rates calculated using theoretical models. No exceedances of established community air quality limits were observed. 8 refs., 3 tabs., 3 figs.

  12. Application of Vegetation Geosynthetic Technique to Slope Stability in the Three Gorges Reservoir

    Yu Fei; Wang Yuanhan

    2005-01-01

    The vegetation geosynthetic reinforced slope is one of the new composite structures in civil engineering. It has a series of characteristics, such as low cost, convenient construction, optimal land utilization and flexible structure, and it has been widely used in hydraulic engineering, road, railway and harbor construction. The Three Gorges reservoir bank protection system is a challenging work. As the background, the interaction mechanism of soil and reinforced material has been studied. The test engineering is simulated by the numerical methods. The failure mechanism of the reinforced slope in the process is studied through analyzing the variation of the displacement, stress, plastic failure fields and factor of safety in the changing process of the water level. The reasonable evaluation of the protecting effect and bank slope stability is carried out. The research results could be used in the protective design and construction in the high slope in the Three Gorges reservoir region, and it also could provide reference to other protective engineerings in the littoral area.

  13. A technique for improved stability of adaptive feedforward controllers without detailed uncertainty measurements

    Model errors in adaptive controllers for the reduction of broadband noise and vibrations may lead to unstable systems or increased error signals. Previous research on active structures with small damping has shown that the addition of a low-authority controller which increases damping in the system may lead to improved performance of an adaptive, high-authority controller. Other researchers have suggested the use of frequency dependent regularization based on measured uncertainties. In this paper an alternative method is presented that avoids the disadvantages of these methods, namely the additional complex hardware and the need to obtain detailed information on the uncertainties. An analysis is made of an adaptive feedforward controller in which a difference exists between the secondary path and the model as used in the controller. The real parts of the eigenvalues that determine the stability of the system are expressed in terms of the amount of uncertainty and the singular values of the secondary path. Modifications of the feedforward control scheme are suggested that aim to improve performance without requiring detailed uncertainty measurements. (paper)

  14. Net community production of oxygen derived from in vitro and in situ 1-D modeling techniques in a cyclonic mesoscale eddy in the Sargasso Sea

    B. Mouriño-Carballido

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available It has been proposed that the disagreement traditionally reported between in vitro incubation and in situ estimates of oxygen net community production (NCP could be explained, at least partially, by undersampling episodic pulses of net autotrophy associated with mesoscale dynamics. In this study we compare in vitro incubation estimates of net community production with in situ estimates, derived from oxygen profiles and a 1-D model, within a cyclonic eddy investigated in the Sargasso Sea in summer 2004. The in vitro NCP rates measured at the center of the eddy showed a shift from net autotrophy (7±3 mmol O2 m−2 d−1 to net heterotrophy (−25±5 mmol O2 m−2 d−1 from late June to early August. The model-derived NCP rates also showed a temporal decline (19±6 to −3±7 and 11±8 mmol O2 m−2 d−1, but they were systematically higher than the in vitro estimates and reported net autotrophy or balance for the sampling period. In this comparison episodic pulses in photosynthesis or respiration driven by mesoscale eddies can not explain the discrepancy between the in vitro and in situ estimates of NCP. This points to methodological artefacts or temporal or submesoscale variability as the mechanisms responsible for the disagreement between the techniques, at least in this dataset.

  15. Innovative Protocols for in SITU MTBE Degradation by Using Molecular Probes-An Enhanced Chemical-Bio Oxidation Technique

    Paul Fallgren

    2009-02-20

    In situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) is a common technology to cleanup petroleum hydrocarbon-contaminated soils and groundwater. Sodium percarbonate (SPC) is an oxidant which is activated by iron (Fe) to produce Fenton-like reactions. Western Research Institute, in conjunction with Regenesis and the U.S. Department of Energy, conducted a study that investigated the performance of a 'safe' oxidant, SPC, to cleanup groundwater and soils contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons and associated contaminants (e.g., MTBE). Results from a field pilot test in Frenchglen, Oregon showed VOC concentrations in groundwater decreased substantially within 2 weeks after injecting activated SPC (RegenOx). A protocol was established for determining RegenOx TOD in soils and groundwater. Total oxidant demand tests were necessary to determine the correct dosage of RegenOx to apply in the field and sufficiently degrade the contaminants of concern. Bench studies with RegenOx showed this technology was effective in degrading diesel fuel and 1,4-dioxane. The Fe-silica activator (RegenOx Part B) was tested with another oxidant, sodium persulfate. Bench tests results showed the combination of sodium persulfate and RegenOx Part B was effective in reducing PCE, MTBE, benzene, and n-heptane concentrations in water. Overall, the results of this project indicated that most petroleum contaminants in soil and groundwater can be sufficiently degraded using the RegenOx technology.

  16. Investigation of surface oxidation of nitride layer on uranium by in-situ XPS and AES technique

    The initial oxidation behavior of nitride layer (U2N3+x) on uranium metal was investigated by in-situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) in oxygen atmosphere at room temperature. AES differential spectrum of uranium and U 4f, N 1s, O 1s spectra all show that UNxOy is formed during the oxidation of nitride layer. When exposing to 18 L and 120 L oxygen it was observed by AES profile measurements that an oxide-nitrogen rich-nitride sandwich structure was formed on the surface of nitride layer. As the OPV mixing peak of nitro gen-rich film is much lower than that of the nitride and oxide layer, and N 1s peak shows the same trend as OPV peak, nitrides with higher N/U ratio may form in the nitrogen-rich layer. It is implied that during the oxidation of uranium sesiquinitride the N atom will be substituted by O atom and move to fill the vacancies of neighbor nitride crystal lattice, which increases the N/U ratio of neighbor field and prevents the O atom's diffusion. (authors)

  17. 评估人类精子中原位非整倍体:引物原位杂交和缩氨酸核酸荧光原位杂交技术的使用%In situ aneuploidy assessment in human sperm: the use of primed in situ and peptide nucleic acid-fluorescence in situ hybridization techniques

    F.Pellestor

    2006-01-01

    引物原位杂交(PRINS)和缩氨酸核酸荧光原位杂交(PNA-FISH)技术都可替代传统的荧光原位杂交(FISH)技术,用于染色体的研究.PRINS反应的基本物是DNA聚合酶和引物原位扩展反应中的标引核苷.缩氨酸核酸探针是合成的不带电聚酰胺主链的DNA类似物.这两种技术特异、快速、识别能力强的优点使它们细胞遗传学研究中很受欢迎.它们在人类精子研究中的应用使男性配子的染色体筛选过程得到新的快速发展,成为男性配子非整倍体原位评估中的FISH技术的有效补充.%Both the primed in situ (PRINS) and the peptide nucleic acid-fluorescence in situ hybridization (PNA-FISH)techniques constitute alternatives to the conventional (fluorescence in situ hybridization, FISH) procedure for chromosomal investigations. The PRINS reaction is based on the use of a DNA polymerase and labeled nucleotide in an in situ primer extension reaction. Peptide nucleic acid probes are synthetic DNA analogs with uncharged polyamide backbones. The two procedures present several advantages (specificity, rapidity and discriminating ability) that make them very attractive for cytogenetic purposes. Their adaptation to human spermatozoa has allowed the development of new and fast procedures for the chromosomal screening of male gametes and has provided efficient complements to FISH for in situ assessment of aneuploidy in male gametes.

  18. Predictive tools and data needs for long term performance of in-situ stabilization and containment systems: DOE/OST stabilization workshop, June 26-27, Park City, Utah

    This paper summarizes the discussion within the Predictive Tools and Data Needs for Long Term Performance Assessment Subgroup. This subgroup formed at the DOE Office of Science and Technology workshop to address long-term performance of in situ stabilization and containment systems. The workshop was held in Park City, Utah, 26 and 27 June, 1996. All projects, engineering and environmental, have built-in decision processes that involve varying risk/reward scenarios. Such decision-processes maybe awkward to describe but are utilized every day following approaches that range from intuitive to advanced mathematical and numerical. Examples are the selection of components of home sound system, the members of a sports team, investments in a portfolio, and the members of a committee. Inherent in the decision method are an understanding of the function or process of the system requiring a decision or prediction, an understanding of the criteria on which decisions are made such as cost, performance, durability and verifiability. Finally, this process requires a means to judge or predict how the objects, activities, people and processes being analyzed will perform relative to the operations and functions of the system and relative to the decision criteria posed for the problem. These risk and decision analyses are proactive and iterative throughout the life of a remediation project. Prediction inherent to the analyses are based on intuition, experience, trial and error, and system analysis often using numerical approaches

  19. In Situ Characterization Techniques Based on Synchrotron Radiation and Neutrons Applied for the Development of an Engineering Intermetallic Titanium Aluminide Alloy

    Petra Erdely

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Challenging issues concerning energy efficiency and environmental politics require novel approaches to materials design. A recent example with regard to structural materials is the emergence of lightweight intermetallic TiAl alloys. Their excellent high-temperature mechanical properties, low density and high stiffness constitute a profile perfectly suitable for their application as advanced aero-engine turbine blades or as turbocharger turbine wheels in next-generation automotive engines. As the properties of TiAl alloys during processing as well as during service are dependent on the phases occurring, detailed knowledge of their volume fractions and distribution within the microstructure is of paramount importance. Furthermore, the behavior of the individual phases during hot deformation and subsequent heat treatments is of interest to define reliable and cost-effective industrial production processes. In situ high-energy X-ray diffraction methods allow tracing the evolution of phase fractions over a large temperature range. Neutron diffraction unveils information on order-disorder transformations in TiAl alloys. Small-angle scattering experiments offer insights into the materials’ precipitation behavior. This review attempts to shine a light on selected in situ diffraction and scattering techniques and the ways in which they promoted the development of an advanced engineering TiAl alloy.

  20. Distinguishing malignant from normal stomach tissues and its in vivo, in situ measurement in operating process using FTIR Fiber-Optic techniques

    XU Yizhuang; WU Jinguang; YANG Limin; XU Zhi; ZHAO Ying; LING Xiaofeng; LI Qingbo; WANG Jiansheng; ZHANG Nengwei; ZHANG Yuanfu

    2005-01-01

    Gastric tissue samples were studied using mid-IR fiber-optic attenuated total reflectance (ATR) spectroscopy. FTIR spectra of 90 tissue samples from 48 patients, including 32 normal and 58 malignant tissue samples, were chosen as examples. Malignancy was usually characterized by the absence of CH and C=O bands, a weak amide II band near 1545 cm-1, a shift of the amide I band to lower wave number, a decrease in the ~1450 cm-1 peak to less than the~1400 cm-1 peak. Subtraction spectra indicate that the amide I and amide II bands of normal and malignant tissues have larger differences in peak positions and relative intensities. The statistical analysis results confirm this conclusion. The results indicate that FTIR fiber optic techniques provide important information about cancerous tissue of the stomach, which can be used to differentiate the malignant tissue from the normal tissue. Based on the above results we successfully realize the detection of the tumor tissues of digestive tract in vivo and in situ. And the results of detection cancer near operating room and in vivo and in situ in the operating room are consistent with the conclusions for the samples stored in liquid N2, which is the basis for the clinical application.

  1. Internal fixation for intra-articular distal radius fracture (AO type C3) using condylar stabilizing technique

    Authors' fixation procedure involving their unique technique for the fracture in the title is precisely presented. In the technique, subchondral support of fragments of ventral palmar lunate bone and anatomical reintegration are thought to be important. The fixation for the AO type C3 fracture is conducted with Acu-Loc Distal Radius Plate System (Kobayashi Medical Co.) by condylar stabilizing technique for 20 patients (M 9/F 11, 60.8 years old in average). Fractures involve the comminuted Colles and Smith types of 18 and 2 cases, respectively (C3-1/7 case, C3-2/12, C3-3/1). Before and 2 weeks after surgery, multi-slice CT is performed to construct images of multiplanar inclination to calculate the radial inclination (RI) and ulnar variance (UV) from frontal images, and the palmar tilt (PT), and gap/step-off of articular surface from sagittal images with Synapse (FUJI FILM Medical Co., Ltd). Average angles or distances at the injury/after operation are respectively; RI, 16.7/22.6 degrees; PT (Colles type), -14.6/5.8 degrees; or UV; 4.3/1.0 mm; gap, 2.3/1.2 mm; step-off, 1.3/0.5 mm; which are all statistically significant improvement. Thus the procedure is thought useful for reintegrating fixation of highly depressed intra-articular fracture surface. (K.I.)

  2. Engineering excitonic dynamics and environmental stability of post-transition metal chalcogenides by pyridine functionalization technique

    Meng, Xiuqing; Pant, Anupum; Cai, Hui; Kang, Jun; Sahin, Hasan; Chen, Bin; Wu, Kedi; Yang, Sijie; Suslu, Aslihan; Peeters, F. M.; Tongay, Sefaattin

    2015-10-01

    Owing to their strong photon emission, low excitonic binding energies, and nearly-ideal band offset values for water splitting reactions, direct gap quasi-2D gallium chalcogenides are potential candidates for applications in energy harvesting, optoelectronics, and photonics. Unlike other 2D materials systems, chemical functionalization of gallium chalcogenides is still at its seminal stages. Here, we propose vapor phase pyridine intercalation technique to manipulate optical properties of gallium chalcogenides. After functionalization, the excitonic dynamics of quasi-2D GaSe change significantly as evidenced by an increase in integrated PL intensity and emergence of a new emission feature that is below the band edge. Based on our DFT calculations, we attribute these to formation of bound exciton complexes at the trap sites introduced by chemical reaction between pyridine and GaSe. On the contrary, pyridine functionalization does not impact the optical properties of GaTe, instead treats GaTe surface to prevent oxidization of tellurium atoms. Overall, results suggest novel ways to control properties of gallium chalcogenides on demand and unleash their full potential for a range of applications in photonics and optoelectronics.Owing to their strong photon emission, low excitonic binding energies, and nearly-ideal band offset values for water splitting reactions, direct gap quasi-2D gallium chalcogenides are potential candidates for applications in energy harvesting, optoelectronics, and photonics. Unlike other 2D materials systems, chemical functionalization of gallium chalcogenides is still at its seminal stages. Here, we propose vapor phase pyridine intercalation technique to manipulate optical properties of gallium chalcogenides. After functionalization, the excitonic dynamics of quasi-2D GaSe change significantly as evidenced by an increase in integrated PL intensity and emergence of a new emission feature that is below the band edge. Based on our DFT calculations

  3. Thermodynamic stability of Na2ZrO3 using the solid electrolyte galvanic cell technique

    The sodium potential in the test electrode (a) Pt,O2,Na2ZrO3,ZrO2 was measured by using the emf technique employing Na-β''-alumina as the solid electrolyte in conjunction with (b) Pt,O2,Al2O3,NaAl11O17, (c) Pt,O2,Na2MoO4,Na2Mo2O7 and (d) Pt,Na2CO3,CO2,O2 as the reference electrodes over the ranges 880-1045, 700-800 and 850-940 K, respectively. The emf results between electrodes (b) and (c) were utilized for internal consistency checks. From the results on cells formed between (a) and (b) and those on (a) and (c), the standard Gibbs energy of formation, ΔfGo (kJ/mol) of Na2ZrO3 was determined to be -1699.4+0.3652T (K) valid over the temperature range 700-1045 K. The break in the emf data at 1045 K was corroborated by independent TG/DTA measurements carried out on Na2ZrO3 which exhibited an endotherm at 1055 K indicative of a phase transition in Na2ZrO3

  4. Comparison of the resulting error in data fusion techniques when used with remote sensing, earth observation, and in-situ data sets for water quality applications

    Ziemba, Alexander; El Serafy, Ghada

    2016-04-01

    Ecological modeling and water quality investigations are complex processes which can require a high level of parameterization and a multitude of varying data sets in order to properly execute the model in question. Since models are generally complex, their calibration and validation can benefit from the application of data and information fusion techniques. The data applied to ecological models comes from a wide range of sources such as remote sensing, earth observation, and in-situ measurements, resulting in a high variability in the temporal and spatial resolution of the various data sets available to water quality investigators. It is proposed that effective fusion into a comprehensive singular set will provide a more complete and robust data resource with which models can be calibrated, validated, and driven by. Each individual product contains a unique valuation of error resulting from the method of measurement and application of pre-processing techniques. The uncertainty and error is further compounded when the data being fused is of varying temporal and spatial resolution. In order to have a reliable fusion based model and data set, the uncertainty of the results and confidence interval of the data being reported must be effectively communicated to those who would utilize the data product or model outputs in a decision making process[2]. Here we review an array of data fusion techniques applied to various remote sensing, earth observation, and in-situ data sets whose domains' are varied in spatial and temporal resolution. The data sets examined are combined in a manner so that the various classifications, complementary, redundant, and cooperative, of data are all assessed to determine classification's impact on the propagation and compounding of error. In order to assess the error of the fused data products, a comparison is conducted with data sets containing a known confidence interval and quality rating. We conclude with a quantification of the performance

  5. Effect of annealing temperature on the corrosion behavior of duplex stainless steel studied by in situ techniques

    Highlights: → The volume fraction of austenite in DDS 2507 decreased as annealing temperature increased from 1050 to 1150 deg. C. → The paramagnetic austenite showed a nobler Volta potential than ferromagnetic ferrite. → The Volta potential difference between ferrite and austenite is the largest at 1100 deg. C and the smallest at 1150 deg. C. → The preferential corrosion occurred in the ferrite phase in hydrochloric acid solution. → The corrosion rate is highest at 1100 deg. C and lowest at 1150 deg. C. - Abstract: The effects of the annealing temperature on the microstructure and the corrosion behavior of duplex stainless steel 2507 were investigated by means of magnetic force microscopy (MFM), scanning Kelvin probe force microscopy (SKPFM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The SEM results indicated that the volume fraction of the austenite phase decreased with the increased annealing temperature. SKPFM/MFM measurements conducted in air at the room temperature and an ambient relative humidity of about 25% showed a higher Volta potential of the paramagnetic austenite than that of the ferromagnetic ferrite. The in situ AFM observation in a hydrochloric acid solution provided solid evidence that corrosion preferentially occurred in the ferrite phase. The sample annealed at 1100 deg. C exhibited a greater Volta potential difference between the ferrite and austenite and a higher corrosion rate in the ferrite, while that annealed at 1150 deg. C had a smaller Volta potential difference and a lower corrosion rate. The relative nobility and microstructure change of two phases, as well as their corrosion behavior, can be explained by the effect of the composition of alloying elements.

  6. In-situ fluorimetry: a powerful non-invasive diagnostic technique for natural dyes used in artefacts. Part II. Identification of orcein and indigo in Renaissance tapestries.

    Clementi, C; Miliani, C; Romani, A; Santamaria, U; Morresi, F; Mlynarska, K; Favaro, G

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, three Renaissance tapestries depicting scenes painted by Raffaello Sanzio, conserved at the Vatican Museum, were investigated using in-situ UV-Visible fluorimetric measurements. The results show that this technique is suitable for the detection of natural organic colorants used for dyeing the threads woven in these tapestries. The emission signals detected on red-purple colours were assigned to the colorant orcein and those on different nuances of blue and green colours to indigo by comparison with data from reference laboratory samples. The assignments were supported by chromatographic experiments carried out on threads taken from the back side of the tapestry in the same points analysed by spectrofluorimentry. PMID:19004665

  7. Implementation of field techniques to stabilize abandoned oil wells - Boyd's creek, Kentucky

    At Boyd's Creek, commercial crude-oil drilling production began in the early 1860s. Countless unrecorded exploration wells were drilled and many have been found to be improperly abandoned. The Corniferous limestone is the first oil producing interval and is situated at an average subsurface depth of 135 feet. The potential for impacting natural resources is high because of the shallow depth(s) of the Corniferous limestone and the presence of overlying artesian sulfur-water zones which routinely mix with brine and oil in uncased boreholes. The occurrence of limestone related (karstic) features, such as fractures and dissolution cavities, and the close proximity of the Boyd's Creek oil field to nearby surface streams are also of concern. Initially, two abandoned wells were identified as flowing into nearby streams. Pursuant to federal removal authority provided by Subsection (c) of Section 311 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act in accordance with Subtitle B of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and the National Contingency Plan, the Environmental Protection Agency has initiated cleanup operations within properties nearest to Boyd's Creek. Most wells are difficult to identify because they lack any casing strings and/or they have been buried with soil to hide uncontrolled flows at the surface. Field operations have included the utilization of multiple geophysical techniques to identify anomaly areas thought to represent buried unplugged wells. These include the excavation of surface soils down to the underlying limestone bedrock to search for cable tool and rotary boreholes, the drilling out of old wells using conventional industry technology and standards to plug them permanently with cement, the construction of temporary underflow dams downgradient from identified oil spills to minimize impacts on Boyd's Creek and its adjoining tributaries, and the burning of spilled product in temporary holding pits to minimize associated cleanup cost

  8. LipStaT: The Lip Stabilization Technique- Indications and Guidelines for Case Selection and Classification of Excessive Gingival Display.

    Bhola, Monish; Fairbairn, Peter Jm; Kolhatkar, Shilpa; Chu, Stephen J; Morris, Tamaara; de Campos, Marinele

    2015-01-01

    Excessive gingival display (EGD) is an esthetic concern affecting a substantial portion of the population. Identification, diagnosis, and classification of all factors resulting in EGD are imperative for its appropriate management. While many authors have described these factors individually, the authors of the current study propose a simple classification, which includes major etiologies of EGD. Where EGD is associated with maxillary lip hypermobility, a proposal of a subclass 1-3 is offered. A "decision-making tree" to help guide clinicians in managing EGD is included. A detailed description of the lip stabilization technique (LipStaT), including indications, surgical guidelines, postsurgical management, and clinical cases with long-term follow-up, is presented. PMID:26133145

  9. Surgical technique: hemi-extensor carpi radialis brevis tenodesis for stabilizing the midcarpal joint in Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

    Krijgh, David D; Harley, Oliver J; Hovius, Steven E; Coert, J Henk; Walbeehm, Erik T

    2014-10-01

    Patients with the hypermobility type of Ehlers-Danlos (EDS-HT) often complain of wrist pain, usually originating from subluxations. As a result of the laxity, wrist function in these patients can be highly limited. This paper presents a surgical technique that stabilizes the lunocapitate joint with the use of an extensor carpi radialis brevis strip. Five patients with confirmed EDS-HT were treated with an extensor carpi radialis brevis tenodesis for their midcarpal instability. Two patients presented with complications following surgery, one major and one minor. This paper presents a potentially satisfactory surgical solution to recurrent midcarpal instability in EDS-HT patients and demonstrates that the use of an autologous tendon might be feasible in spite of a background of abnormal collagen metabolism. PMID:25194773

  10. Investigation of thermal stability and fingerprint spectra of energetic 1,2,3-triazole using pulsed photoacoustic pyrolysis technique

    Rao, K. S.; Chaudhary, A. K.; Yehya, F.

    2015-12-01

    This paper reports on a comparative study of UV and visible radiation-based pulsed photoacoustic (PA) pyrolysis technique examining thermal stability and acoustic fingerprint spectra of a newly synthesized high-energy molecule named 1-(2,4-dinitrobenzyl)-4-nitro-1H-1,2,3-triazole ( S 6). The thermal PA spectra of S 6 were recorded in temperatures ranging between 30 and 350 °C using second and fourth harmonic wavelengths (i.e., 532 and 266 nm), obtained from Q-switched Nd:YAG laser pulses of duration 7 ns at 10 Hz repetition rate. The PA results are further compared with TG-DTA data to understand the release mechanism of NO2 along with other gaseous by-products. The difference in thermal PA spectra of S 6 which follows two different mechanisms, such as vibronic transition V-V and V-T relaxation in NO2 functional group, while electronic π* ← n transition in the entire molecule, is due to selection of visible and UV wavelengths. In addition, the effect of data acquisition time and incident laser energy has been examined in order to understand the behavior of acoustic modes of a PA cavity at the desired vapor temperature. The stability of the compound is also evaluated on the basis of thermal quality factor ( Q), of PA cavity.

  11. Technique for in situ calibration of an x-ray streak camera in the nanosecond regime using a high density Z-pinch

    A technique for calibrating an x-ray streak camera in situ has been developed. It has been applied to an x-ray streak camera installed on a collapsing gas shell Z-pinch. The calibration was done by simultaneously measuring the emitted x-rays using a pinhole camera, an InP:Fe photoconductive detector, and the streak camera. The spatial dimension of the streak image was calibrated by integrating the film density over time and fitting the resulting data to the corresponding information taken from an x-ray pinhole image. The temporal calibration was obtained by similarly fitting the film density from the x-ray streak image as a function of time integrated over the appropriate part of the spatial dimension with the signal from an InP:Fe photoconductive detector. By using this technique we have found a spatial magnification of the streak camera system consistent with the results derived from the geometrical optics to within 10%. A temporal dispersion of 2.5 +- 0.5 ns/mm was obtained, which is in agreement with the nominal speed of 2.5 ns/mm. This technique also yielded an absolute intensity calibration of the streak camera

  12. Phase stability of V-Ta alloy using cluster expansion and Monte Carlo techniques

    Phase diagram of V-Ta alloy is studied by DFT total energy calculations combined with the cluster expansion (CE) and Monte Carlo techniques. In the CE method, the problem of computing the energies of the 2N possible configurations of a binary alloy is exactly mapped into a generalized Ising Hamiltonian: E(σ) = ΣαmαJαiϵσi>, where α is a cluster of atoms. The sum is over all clusters α that are not equivalent by a symmetry operation of the lattice, whereas the average is taken over all clusters β that are equivalent to α by symmetry. The coefficients Jα embody the energetics of the alloy and are the effective cluster interactions (ECI). These J's are determined from the energies of a small set of ordered configurations through a least-squares fit minimization. ATAT was used for constructing the CE and calculation of thermodynamic properties. Electronic structure calculations of ordered configurations, required for the construction of CE, are performed using VASP with GGA and PAW datasets. The free energies and phase boundaries of the alloy are calculated using Monte Carlo simulations in which the energetic is specified by the CE Hamiltonian. Our Monte Carlo simulation samples a semi-grand canonical ensemble in which the chemical potential and the temperature are specified externally. The composition is allowed to vary with the constraint of fixed total number of particles. Our CE of V-Ta alloy based on the bcc lattice includes 48 input structures, involves seven ECl, consisting of five pairs and an empty cluster and a point interaction, and samples all the configurations containing up to 12 atoms per unit cell. Nevertheless, our CE does not find any bee compound ground state, which is in agreement with experiment. Cluster expansion of V-Ta, based on the C15 Laves lattice establishes readily that V2Ta is the ground state composition. The phase boundaries computed using these two CE in the Monte Carlo simulations are, as shown in the figure, found to be in

  13. Uranium Plume Treatability Demonstration at the Hanford Site 300 Area: Development of Polyphosphate Remediation Technology for In-Situ Stabilization of Uranium - 8070

    A groundwater plume containing uranium, originating from a combination of purposeful discharges of wastewater to cribs, trenches and ponds, along with some accidental leaks and spills during nuclear fuel fabrication activities, has persisted beneath the Hanford Site 300 Area for many years. Despite the cessation of uranium releases and the removal of shallow vadose zone source materials, the goal of less than 30 (micro)g/L has not been achieved within the anticipated 10-year time period. Polyphosphate technology has been demonstrated to delay the precipitation of phosphate phases for controlled in situ precipitation of stable phosphate phases to control the long-term fate of uranium. Precipitation occurs when polyphosphate compounds hydrolyze to yield the orthophosphate molecule. Based on the hydrolysis kinetics of the polyphosphate polymer, the amendment can be tailored to act as a time-released source of phosphate for lateral plume treatment, immediate and sustained remediation of dissolved uranium, and to preclude rapid precipitation which could result in a drastic change in hydraulic conductivity of the target aquifer. Critical to successful implementation of polyphosphate remediation technology is a site specific evaluation and optimization of multi-length polyphosphate amendment formulations. A multi-faceted approach has been taken to provide key fundamental science knowledge regarding optimization of the polyphosphate remedy through: (1) phosphorus-31 nuclear magnetic resonance to quantify the effects of Hanford groundwater and sediment on the degradation of inorganic phosphates, (2) static tests to quantify the kinetics, loading, and stability of apatite as a long-term sorbent for uranium, and (3) single-pass flow through testing to quantify the stability of autunite and apatite under relevant site conditions. Dynamic column tests were utilized to (1) optimize the composition of the polyphosphate formulation for the formation and emplacement of apatite and

  14. Fabrication of mullite-bonded porous SiC ceramics from multilayer-coated SiC particles through sol-gel and in-situ polymerization techniques

    Ebrahimpour, Omid

    In this work, mullite-bonded porous silicon carbide (SiC) ceramics were prepared via a reaction bonding technique with the assistance of a sol-gel technique or in-situ polymerization as well as a combination of these techniques. In a typical procedure, SiC particles were first coated by alumina using calcined powder and alumina sol via a sol-gel technique followed by drying and passing through a screen. Subsequently, they were coated with the desired amount of polyethylene via an in-situ polymerization technique in a slurry phase reactor using a Ziegler-Natta catalyst. Afterward, the coated powders were dried again and passed through a screen before being pressed into a rectangular mold to make a green body. During the heating process, the polyethylene was burnt out to form pores at a temperature of about 500°C. Increasing the temperature above 800°C led to the partial oxidation of SiC particles to silica. At higher temperatures (above 1400°C) derived silica reacted with alumina to form mullite, which bonds SiC particles together. The porous SiC specimens were characterized with various techniques. The first part of the project was devoted to investigating the oxidation of SiC particles using a Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) apparatus. The effects of particle size (micro and nano) and oxidation temperature (910°C--1010°C) as well as the initial mass of SiC particles in TGA on the oxidation behaviour of SiC powders were evaluated. To illustrate the oxidation rate of SiC in the packed bed state, a new kinetic model, which takes into account all of the diffusion steps (bulk, inter and intra particle diffusion) and surface oxidation rate, was proposed. Furthermore, the oxidation of SiC particles was analyzed by the X-ray Diffraction (XRD) technique. The effect of different alumina sources (calcined Al2O 3, alumina sol or a combination of the two) on the mechanical, physical, and crystalline structure of mullite-bonded porous SiC ceramics was studied in the

  15. Enhanced cycle stability of micro-sized Si/C anode material with low carbon content fabricated via spray drying and in situ carbonization

    Highlights: • Micro-sized Si/C composites were fabricated via. spray drying and carbonization. • Multi-morphology carbon was formed in the Si/C composites. • Si/C composite with 5.6 wt.% C provides significant improved cycling stability. • Multi-morphology carbon plays effective role in improving the electrochemical property. • The method provides potential for mass production of superior Si-based anode materials. - Abstract: Micro-sized Si/C composites with in situ introduced carbon of multi-morphology were fabricated via spray drying a suspension of commercial micro-sized Si and citric acid followed by a carbonization. Different ratios of Si to citric acid were used to optimize the composition and structure of the composites and thus the electrochemical performance. Carbon flakes including crooked and flat ones were well dispersed in between the Si particles, forming Si/C composites. Floc-like carbon layers and carbon fragments were also found to cover partially the Si particles. The Si/C composite with a low carbon content of 5.6 wt.% provides an initial reversible capacity of 2700 mA h/g and a capacity of 1860 mA h/g after 60 cycles at a current density of 100 mA/g as anode material for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), which are much higher than those of pristine Si and the Si/C composites with higher carbon content. The mechanism of the enhancement of electrochemical performance of the micro-sized Si/C composite is discussed. The fabrication method and the structure design of the composites offer valuable potential in developing adaptable Si-based anode materials for industrial applications

  16. Novel in situ self-assembly nanoparticles for formulating a poorly water-soluble drug in oral solid granules, improving stability, palatability, and bioavailability

    Guo, Shujie; Pham, Kevin; Li, Diana; Penzak, Scott R; Dong, Xiaowei

    2016-01-01

    Purpose The purpose of this study was to develop a novel lipid-based nanotechnology to formulate poorly water-soluble drugs in oral solid granules to improve stability, palatability, and bioavailability. Materials and methods In one method, we prepared ritonavir (RTV) nanoparticles (NPs) by a microemulsion-precursor method and then converted the RTV NPs to solid granules by wet granulation to produce RTV NP-containing granules. In the other innovative method, we did not use water in the formulation preparation, and discovered novel in situ self-assembly nanoparticles (ISNPs). We prepared RTV ISNP granules that did not initially contain NPs, but spontaneously produced RTV ISNPs when the granules were introduced to water with gentle agitation. We fully characterized these RTV nanoformulations. We also used rats to test the bioavailability of RTV ISNP granules. Finally, an Astree electronic tongue was used to assess the taste of the RTV ISNP granules. Results RTV NP-containing granules only had about 1% drug loading of RTV in the solid granules. In contrast, RTV ISNP granules achieved over 16% drug loading and were stable at room temperature over 24 weeks. RTV ISNPs had particle size between 160 nm and 300 nm with narrow size distribution. RTV ISNPs were stable in simulated gastric fluid for 2 hours and in simulated intestinal fluid for another 6 hours. The data from the electronic tongue showed that the RTV ISNP granules were similar in taste to blank ISNP granules, but were much different from RTV solution. RTV ISNP granules increased RTV bioavailability over 2.5-fold compared to RTV solution. Conclusion We successfully discovered and developed novel ISNPs to manufacture RTV ISNP granules that were reconstitutable, stable, and palatable, and improved RTV bioavailability. The novel ISNP nanotechnology is a platform to manufacture oral solid dosage forms for poorly water-soluble drugs, especially for pediatric formulation development. PMID:27103803

  17. Demonstration of In-Situ Stabilization of Buried Waste at Pit G-11 at the Brookhaven National laboratory Glass Pits Disposal Site

    Dwyer, B.P.; Gilbert, J.; Heiser, J.

    1999-01-01

    In 1989 BNL was added to the EPAs National Priorities List. The site is divided into seven operable units (OU). OU-I includes the former landfill area. The field task site is noted as the AOC 2C Glass Holes location. Beginning in the 1960s and continuing into the 1980s, BNL disposed of laboratory waste (glassware, chemicals and animal carcasses) in numerous shallow pits. The drivers for remediating the pits are; historical records that indicate hazardous materials may have been disposed of in the pits; ground water contamination down gradient of the pits; a test excavation of one of the glass holes that unearthed laboratory glass bottles with unidentified liquids still contained; and the fact that BNL rests atop an EPA designated sole-source aquifer. The specific site chosen for this demonstration was pit G-11. The requirements that lead to choosing this pit were; a well characterized pit and a relatively isolated pit where our construction operations would not impact on adjacent pits. The glass holes area, including pit G-11, was comprehensively surveyed using a suite of geophysical techniques (e.g., EM-31, EM-61, GPR). Prior to stabilizing the waste form a subsurface barrier was constructed to contain the entire waste pit. The pit contents were then stabilized using a cement grout applied via jet grouting. The stabilization was performed to make removal of the waste from the pit easier and safer in terms of worker exposure. The grouting process would mix and masticate the waste and grout and form a single monolithic waste form. This large monolith would then be subdivided into smaller 4 foot by 4 foot by 10-12 foot block using a demolition grout. The smaller blocks would then be easily removed from the site and disposed of in a CERCLA waste site.

  18. In situ object counting system (ISOCSi3TM) technique: A cost-effective tool for NDA verification in IAEA Safeguards

    Nuclear material measurements using the ISOCS technique are playing an increasing role in IAEA verification activities. The ISOCS capabilities include: a high sensitivity to the presence of U and Pu; the ability to detect very small amounts of material; and the ability to measure items of different shapes and sizes. In addition, the numerical absolute efficiency calibration of a germanium detector used in the technique does not require any calibration standards or reference materials. The ISOCS modelling software performs an absolute efficiency calibration for items with various container shapes, container wall materials, material compositions, material fill-heights, U/Pu weight fractions and even heterogeneously distributed emitting materials. In a number of cases, some key parameters, such as the matrix density and U/Pu weight fraction, can be determined in addition to the emitting material mass and isotopic composition. These capabilities provide a verification solution suitable for a majority of cases where quantitative and isotopic analysis should be performed. Taking into account these advantages, the technique becomes a cost-effective solution for nuclear material non-destructive assay (NDA) verification. At present, the IAEA uses the ISOCS for a wide range of applications including the quantitative analysis of U scrap materials, U/Pu contaminated solid wastes, U fuel elements, U hold-up materials. Additionally, the ISOCS is also applied to some specific verification cases such as the measurement of PuBe neutron sources and the quantification of fission products in solid wastes. In reprocessing facilities with U/Pu waste compaction or facilities with item re-batching, the continuity-of-knowledge can be assured by applying either video surveillance systems together with seals (requiring attaching/detaching and verification activities for each seal) or verification of operator declarations using quantitative measurements for items selected on a random basis

  19. Microbial and molecular techniques to evaluate and to implement in-situ biodegradation potential and activity at sites contaminated with aromatic and chlorinated hydrocarbons

    Karg, F. [HPC Envirotec / France and HPC AG (Germany); Henkler, Ch. [Planreal (Switzerland)

    2005-07-01

    Intrinsic bio-remediation harnesses the ability of indigenous microorganisms to degrade contaminants that are present in soil and groundwater. Over the past decade many environmental regulatory agencies especially in Europe have come to recognize the importance of these natural processes in contaminant attenuation. In order to use in-situ bio-remediation to clean up a site successfully it is necessary to investigate the indigenous microbial population and its potential activity to degrade the contaminants of concern (COCs). The evaluation of naturally-occurring degradative activity in initial screening of soil and groundwater samples using recently developed molecular and microbial methods may allow for the implementation of a contaminant reduction and management program without the need for fully engineered remediation intervention. Limited engineering approaches (nutrient delivery etc.) can be implemented to support naturally-occurring bio-restoration processes to achieve a controlled, dynamic attenuation of COCs. Techniques for monitoring pollutant-degrading microorganisms were previously limited to standard culturing techniques. More recently, techniques based upon detection of genetic elements and metabolic activities have been developed in collaboration with university partners Europe, especially in France. The modern techniques are more sensitive for monitoring microbial populations, metabolic activity and the genetic potential to degrade the COCs, and avoid the need for cultivation of microbes under artificial conditions in the laboratory. Especially the application of PCR-Tests (Polymerase Chain Reaction) are able to quantify the Genetic Potential of Pollutant Microbiological Degradation on a contaminated site. This enables to use very economic in-situ site rehabilitation strategies as for example (Dynamic Natural Attenuation). For this modern application of these new strategies PLANREAL created with HPC Envirotec and together with a French University

  20. Microbial and molecular techniques to evaluate and to implement in-situ biodegradation potential and activity at sites contaminated with aromatic and chlorinated hydrocarbons

    Intrinsic bio-remediation harnesses the ability of indigenous microorganisms to degrade contaminants that are present in soil and groundwater. Over the past decade many environmental regulatory agencies especially in Europe have come to recognize the importance of these natural processes in contaminant attenuation. In order to use in-situ bio-remediation to clean up a site successfully it is necessary to investigate the indigenous microbial population and its potential activity to degrade the contaminants of concern (COCs). The evaluation of naturally-occurring degradative activity in initial screening of soil and groundwater samples using recently developed molecular and microbial methods may allow for the implementation of a contaminant reduction and management program without the need for fully engineered remediation intervention. Limited engineering approaches (nutrient delivery etc.) can be implemented to support naturally-occurring bio-restoration processes to achieve a controlled, dynamic attenuation of COCs. Techniques for monitoring pollutant-degrading microorganisms were previously limited to standard culturing techniques. More recently, techniques based upon detection of genetic elements and metabolic activities have been developed in collaboration with university partners Europe, especially in France. The modern techniques are more sensitive for monitoring microbial populations, metabolic activity and the genetic potential to degrade the COCs, and avoid the need for cultivation of microbes under artificial conditions in the laboratory. Especially the application of PCR-Tests (Polymerase Chain Reaction) are able to quantify the Genetic Potential of Pollutant Microbiological Degradation on a contaminated site. This enables to use very economic in-situ site rehabilitation strategies as for example (Dynamic Natural Attenuation). For this modern application of these new strategies PLANREAL created with HPC Envirotec and together with a French University

  1. Stability of coal pillar in gob-side entry driving under unstable overlying strata and its coupling support control technique

    Yuan Zhang; Zhijun Wan; Fuchen Li; Changbing Zhou; Bo Zhang; Feng Guo; Chengtan Zhu

    2013-01-01

    Considering the situation that it is difficult to control the stability of narrow coal pillar in gob-side entry driving under unstable overlying strata,the finite difference numerical simulation method was adopted to analyze the inner stress distribution and its evolution regularity,as well as the deformation characteristics of narrow coal pillar in gob-side entry driving,in the whole process from entry driving of last working face to the present working face mining.A new method of narrow coal pillar control based on the triune coupling support technique (TCST),which includes that high-strength prestressed thread steel bolt is used to strain the coal on the goaf side,and that short bolt to control the integrity of global displacement zone in coal pillar on the entry side,and that long grouting cable to fix anchor point to constrain the bed separation between global displacement zone and fixed zone,is thereby generated and applied to the field production.The result indicates that after entry excavating along the gob under unstable overlying strata,the supporting structure left on the gob side of narrow coal pillar is basically invalid to maintain the coal-pillar stability,and the large deformation of the pillar on the gob side is evident.Except for the significant dynamic pressure appearing in the coal mining of last working face and overlying strata stabilizing process,the stress variation inside the coal pillar in other stages are rather steady,however,the stress expansion is obvious and the coal pillar continues to deform.Once the gob-side entry driving is completed,a global displacement zone on the entry side appears in the shallow part of the pillar,whereas,a relatively steady fixed zone staying almost still in gob-side entry driving and present working face mining is found in the deep part of the pillar.The application of TCST can not only avoid the failure of pillar supporting structure,but exert the supporting capacity of the bolting structure left in the

  2. A comparison of multiple regression and neural network techniques for mapping in situ pCO2 data

    Using about 138,000 measurements of surface pCO2 in the Atlantic subpolar gyre (50-70 deg N, 60-10 deg W) during 1995-1997, we compare two methods of interpolation in space and time: a monthly distribution of surface pCO2 constructed using multiple linear regressions on position and temperature, and a self-organizing neural network approach. Both methods confirm characteristics of the region found in previous work, i.e. the subpolar gyre is a sink for atmospheric CO2 throughout the year, and exhibits a strong seasonal variability with the highest undersaturations occurring in spring and summer due to biological activity. As an annual average the surface pCO2 is higher than estimates based on available syntheses of surface pCO2. This supports earlier suggestions that the sink of CO2 in the Atlantic subpolar gyre has decreased over the last decade instead of increasing as previously assumed. The neural network is able to capture a more complex distribution than can be well represented by linear regressions, but both techniques agree relatively well on the average values of pCO2 and derived fluxes. However, when both techniques are used with a subset of the data, the neural network predicts the remaining data to a much better accuracy than the regressions, with a residual standard deviation ranging from 3 to 11 μatm. The subpolar gyre is a net sink of CO2 of 0.13 Gt-C/yr using the multiple linear regressions and 0.15 Gt-C/yr using the neural network, on average between 1995 and 1997. Both calculations were made with the NCEP monthly wind speeds converted to 10 m height and averaged between 1995 and 1997, and using the gas exchange coefficient of Wanninkhof

  3. Investigation of the Surface Stress in SiC and Diamond Nanocrystals by In-situ High Pressure Powder Diffraction Technique

    Palosz, B.; Stelmakh, S.; Grzanka, E.; Gierlotka, S.; Zhao, Y.; Palosz, W.

    2003-01-01

    The real atomic structure of nanocrystals determines key properties of the materials. For such materials the serious experimental problem lies in obtaining sufficiently accurate measurements of the structural parameters of the crystals, since very small crystals constitute rather a two-phase than a uniform crystallographic phase system. As a result, elastic properties of nanograins may be expected to reflect a dual nature of their structure, with a corresponding set of different elastic property parameters. We studied those properties by in-situ high-pressure powder diffraction technique. For nanocrystalline, even one-phase materials such measurements are particularly difficult to make since determination of the lattice parameters of very small crystals presents a challenge due to inherent limitations of standard elaboration of powder diffractograms. In this investigation we used our methodology of the structural analysis, the 'apparent lattice parameter' (alp) concept. The methodology allowed us to avoid the traps (if applied to nanocrystals) of standard powder diffraction evaluation techniques. The experiments were performed for nanocrystalline Sic and GaN powders using synchrotron sources. We applied both hydrostatic and isostatic pressures in the range of up to 40 GPa. Elastic properties of the samples were examined based on the measurements of a change of the lattice parameters with pressure. The results show a dual nature of the mechanical properties (compressibilities) of the materials, indicating a complex, core-shell structure of the grains.

  4. Combining X-ray Absorption and X-ray Diffraction Techniques for in Situ Studies of Chemical Transformations in Heterogeneous Catalysis: Advantages and Limitations

    Recent advances in catalysis instrumentations include synchrotron-based facilities where time-resolved X-ray scattering and absorption techniques are combined in the same in situ or operando experiment to study catalysts at work. To evaluate the advances and limitations of this method, we performed a series of experiments at the new XAFS/XRD instrument in the National Synchrotron Light Source. Nearly simultaneous X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray absorption fine-structure (XAFS) measurements of structure and kinetics of several catalysts under reducing or oxidizing conditions have been performed and carefully analyzed. For CuFe2O4 under reducing conditions, the combined use of the two techniques allowed us to obtain accurate data on kinetics of nucleation and growth of metallic Cu. For the inverse catalyst CuO/CeO2 that underwent isothermal reduction (with CO) and oxidation (with O2), the XAFS data measured in the same experiment with XRD revealed strongly disordered Cu species that went undetected by diffraction. These and other examples emphasize the unique sensitivity of these two complementary methods to follow catalytic processes in the broad ranges of length and time scales.

  5. Establishment of a Multi-color Genomic in situ Hybridization Technique to Simultaneously Discriminate the Three Interspecific Hybrid Genomes in Gossypium

    Bing Guan; Kai Wang; Bao-Liang Zhou; Wang-Zhen Guo; Tian-Zhen Zhang

    2008-01-01

    To identify alien chromosomes in recipient progenies and to analyze genome components in polyploidy, a genomic In situ hybridization (GISH) technique that is suitable for cotton was developed using increased stringency conditions. The increased stringency conditions were a combination of the four factors in the following optimized state: 100:1 ratio of blocking DNA to probe, 60% formamide wash solution, 43 =C temperature wash and a 13 min wash. Under these specific conditions using gDNA from Gossypium sturtianurn (C1C1) as a probe, strong hybridization signals were only observed on chromosomes from the C1 genome in somatic cells of the hybrid F1 (G. hirsutum×G. sturtianum) (AtDtC1). Therefore, GISH was able to discriminate parental chromosomes in the hybrid. Further, we developed a multi-color GISH to simultaneously discriminate the three genomes of the above hybrid. The results repeatedly displayed the three genomes, At, Dt, and C1, and each set of chromosomes with a unique color, making them easy to identify. The power of the multi-color GISH was proven by analysis of the hexaploid hybrid F1 (G. hirsutum × G. australe) (AtAtDtDtG2G2). We believe that the powerful multi-color GISH technique could be applied extensively to analyze the genome component in polyploidy and to identify alien chromosomes in the recipient progenies.

  6. In-situ measurement of epithelial tissue optical properties: Development and implementation of diffuse reflectance spectroscopy techniques

    Wang, Quanzeng

    Cancer is a severe threat to human health. Early detection is considered the best way to increase the chance for survival. While the traditional cancer detection method, biopsy, is invasive, noninvasive optical diagnostic techniques are revolutionizing the way that cancer is diagnosed. Reflectance spectroscopy is one of these optical spectroscopy techniques showing promise as a diagnostic tool for pre-cancer detection. When a neoplasia occurs in tissue, morphologic and biochemical changes happen in the tissue, which in turn results in the change of optical properties and reflectance spectroscopy. Therefore, a pre-cancer can be detected by extracting optical properties from reflectance spectroscopy. This dissertation described the construction of a fiberoptic based reflectance system and the development of a series of modeling studies. This research is aimed at establishing an improved understanding of the optical properties of mucosal tissues by analyzing reflectance signals at different wavelengths. The ultimate goal is to reveal the potential of reflectance-based optical diagnosis of pre-cancer. The research is detailed in Chapter 3 through Chapter 5. Although related with each other, each chapter was designed to become a journal paper ultimately. In Chapter 3, a multi-wavelength, fiberoptic system was constructed, evaluated and implemented to determine internal tissue optical properties at ultraviolet A and visible wavelengths. A condensed Monte Carlo model was deployed to simulate light-tissue interaction and generate spatially distributed reflectance data. These data were used to train an inverse neural network model to extract tissue optical properties from reflectance. Optical properties of porcine mucosal and liver tissues were finally measured. In Chapter 4, the condensed Monte Carlo method was extended so that it can rapidly simulate reflectance from a single illumination-detection fiber thus enabling the calculation of large data sets. The model was

  7. Optical and Acoustical Techniques for Non-viral Gene Delivery to Mammalian Cells and In-situ Study of Cytoskeletal Mechanics

    Ma, Zili

    surface acoustic waves, which not only achieved a high efficiency of cells permeabilization in a quick speed, but also allowed us to observe the permeabilization process in real time by microscope. This device is also compatible with biophotonics studies based on fs laser, which can be further developed as a powerful tool for optical gene delivery with the capability of precisely controlling the fluid on-chip by SAW. SAW devices could also achieve exogenous gene delivery through the cell membrane without the need of adding chemical agents. Our results showed that the membrane of mammalian adherent cells could be effectively perforated transiently by applying a SAW. The transfection of pEGFP plasmids into endothelial cells was carried out successfully via this SAW-induced cell perforation. The expression of GFP was observed after 24-hour incubation subsequent to the SAW treatment. In regard to the application of fs lasers in cellular and subcellular level studies, we applied the optical nanoscissoring technique based on fs lasers in biomechanical studies to study the mechanical properties of single SF in-situ. Integrated into a confocal microscope, the fs laser showed great power in manipulating targeted in-situ subcellular structures under real-time imaging without damaging nearby regions. Here, how oxidative challenges would alter the mechanical properties of SFs in myoblasts was firstly investigated using the optical nanoscissoring technique to comprehend the whole picture of muscle tissue injury and repair from the basics. The prestress of stress fibers after the oxidative challenges was found through our modified viscoelastic retraction model and experiment result.

  8. Applications of a new magnetic monitoring technique to in situ evaluation of fatigue damage in ferrous components

    This project consisted of research into the use of magnetic inspection methods for the estimation of fatigue life of nuclear pressure vessel steel. Estimating the mechanical and magnetic properties of ferromagnetic materials are closely interrelated, therefore, measurements of magnetic properties could be used to monitor the evolution of fatigue damage in specimens subjected to cyclic loading. Results have shown that is possible to monitor the fatigue damage nondestructively by magnetic techniques. For example, in load-controlled high-cycle fatigue tests, it has been found that the plastic strain and coercivity accumulate logarithmically during the fatigue process. Thus a quantitative relationship between coercivity and the number of fatigue cycles could be established based on two empirical coefficients, which can be determined from the test conditions and material properties. Also it was found that prediction of the onset of fatigue failure in steels was possible under certain conditions. In strain-controlled low cycle fatigue, critical changes in Barkhausen emissions, coercivity and hysteresis loss occurred in the last ten to twenty percent of fatigue life

  9. Applications of a new magnetic monitoring technique to in situ evaluation of fatigue damage in ferrous components

    Jiles, D.C.; Biner, S.B.; Govindaraju, M.R.; Chen, Z.J. [Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology, Ames, IA (United States). Center for Nondestructive Evaluation

    1994-06-01

    This project consisted of research into the use of magnetic inspection methods for the estimation of fatigue life of nuclear pressure vessel steel. Estimating the mechanical and magnetic properties of ferromagnetic materials are closely interrelated, therefore, measurements of magnetic properties could be used to monitor the evolution of fatigue damage in specimens subjected to cyclic loading. Results have shown that is possible to monitor the fatigue damage nondestructively by magnetic techniques. For example, in load-controlled high-cycle fatigue tests, it has been found that the plastic strain and coercivity accumulate logarithmically during the fatigue process. Thus a quantitative relationship between coercivity and the number of fatigue cycles could be established based on two empirical coefficients, which can be determined from the test conditions and material properties. Also it was found that prediction of the onset of fatigue failure in steels was possible under certain conditions. In strain-controlled low cycle fatigue, critical changes in Barkhausen emissions, coercivity and hysteresis loss occurred in the last ten to twenty percent of fatigue life.

  10. Borehole stability on Yme

    Vikeså, Dan Ole

    2007-01-01

    The main object of this thesis it to perform an in-situ stress and borehole stability evaluation of the wells in the Yme field. The Inversion technique was used find the maximum and minimum horizontal stresses. The stresses were found for the whole well and for the location around each casing shoe. The field was found to be anisotropic. The outcome of the analysis was used together with data form each well to calculate fracture and collapse gradients for the wells. The fracturin...

  11. Accuracy assessment of water vapour measurements from in situ and remote sensing techniques during the DEMEVAP 2011 campaign at OHP

    O. Bock

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available The Development of Methodologies for Water Vapour Measurement (DEMEVAP project aims at assessing and improving humidity sounding techniques and establishing a reference system based on the combination of Raman lidars, ground-based sensors and GPS. Such a system may be used for climate monitoring, radiosonde bias detection and correction, satellite measurement calibration/validation, and mm-level geodetic positioning with Global Navigation Satellite Systems. A field experiment was conducted in September–October 2011 at Observatoire de Haute-Provence (OHP. Two Raman lidars (IGN mobile lidar and OHP NDACC lidar, a stellar spectrometer (SOPHIE, a differential absorption spectrometer (SAOZ, a sun photometer (AERONET, 5 GPS receivers and 4 types of radiosondes (Vaisala RS92, MODEM M2K2-DC and M10, and Meteolabor Snow White participated in the campaign. A total of 26 balloons with multiple radiosondes were flown during 16 clear nights. This paper presents preliminary findings from the analysis of all these data sets. Several classical Raman lidar calibration methods are evaluated which use either Vaisala RS92 measurements, point capacitive humidity measurements, or GPS integrated water vapour (IWV measurements. A novel method proposed by Bosser et al. (2010 is also tested. It consists in calibrating the lidar measurements during the GPS data processing. The methods achieve a repeatability of 4–5%. Changes in the calibration factor of IGN Raman lidar are evidenced which are attributed to frequent optical re-alignments. When modelling and correcting the changes as a linear function of time, the precision of the calibration factors improves to 2–3%. However, the variations in the calibration factor, and hence the absolute accuracy, between methods and types of reference data remain at the level of 7%. The intercomparison of radiosonde measurements shows good agreement between RS92 and Snow White measurements up to 12 km. An overall dry bias is found

  12. Novel in situ self-assembly nanoparticles for formulating a poorly water-soluble drug in oral solid granules, improving stability, palatability, and bioavailability

    Guo S

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Shujie Guo,1 Kevin Pham,2 Diana Li,2 Scott R Penzak,3 Xiaowei Dong2 1State Key Laboratory of Medical Genomics, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Hypertension, Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 3Department of Pharmacotherapy, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX, USA Purpose: The purpose of this study was to develop a novel lipid-based nanotechnology to formulate poorly water-soluble drugs in oral solid granules to improve stability, palatability, and bioavailability. Materials and methods: In one method, we prepared ritonavir (RTV nanoparticles (NPs by a microemulsion-precursor method and then converted the RTV NPs to solid granules by wet granulation to produce RTV NP-containing granules. In the other innovative method, we did not use water in the formulation preparation, and discovered novel in situ self-assembly nanoparticles (ISNPs. We prepared RTV ISNP granules that did not initially contain NPs, but spontaneously produced RTV ISNPs when the granules were introduced to water with gentle agitation. We fully characterized these RTV nanoformulations. We also used rats to test the bioavailability of RTV ISNP granules. Finally, an Astree electronic tongue was used to assess the taste of the RTV ISNP granules. Results: RTV NP-containing granules only had about 1% drug loading of RTV in the solid granules. In contrast, RTV ISNP granules achieved over 16% drug loading and were stable at room temperature over 24 weeks. RTV ISNPs had particle size between 160 nm and 300 nm with narrow size distribution. RTV ISNPs were stable in simulated gastric fluid for 2 hours and in simulated intestinal fluid for another 6 hours. The data from the electronic tongue showed that the RTV ISNP granules were similar in taste to blank ISNP granules, but were much different from RTV solution. RTV ISNP granules increased RTV bioavailability

  13. 原位3-D打印技术的研究现状与未来%RESEARCH STATUS AND FUTURE OF IN SITU THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING TECHNIQUE

    陈冬; 刘亚雄; 贺健康; 王振; 马磊; 靳忠民

    2014-01-01

    Objective To review the current research status of in situ three-dimensional (3-D) printing technique and future trends.Methods Recent related literature about in situ 3-D printing technique was summarized,reviewed,and analyzed.Results Based on the clinical need for surgical repair,in situ 3-D printing technique is in the preliminary study,mainly focuses on in situ dermal repair and bone and cartilage repair,and succeeds in experiments,but there are still a lot of problems for clinical application.Conclusion With the development of in situ 3-D printing technique,it will provide patients with real-time and in situ digital design and 3-D printing treatment with a timely and minimally invasive surgical repair process.It will be widely used in the future.%目的 总结原位3-D打印技术的研究现状,分析未来发展趋势.方法 检索目前国内外原位3-D打印技术的相关文献,并进行综合分析.结果 目前原位3-D打印技术尚处于研究初期,主要集中于真皮组织修复和骨软骨组织修复,但实际应用于临床尚存在大量问题.结论 随着原位3-D打印技术的发展,有望为患者提供实时的原位数字化设计与打印修复治疗,促进外科修复过程的及时性和微创性,具有广泛的应用前景.

  14. Frequencies of X-ray induced chromosome aberrations in lymphocytes of xeroderma pigmentosum and Fanconi anemia patients estimated by Giemsa and fluorescence in situ hybridization staining techniques

    Saraswathy Radha

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Blood lymphocytes from xeroderma pigmentosum (XP and Fanconi anemia (FA patients were assessed for their sensitivity to ionizing radiation by estimating the frequency of X-ray (1 and 2 Gy-induced chromosome aberrations (CA. The frequencies of aberrations in the whole genome were estimated in Giemsa-stained preparations of lymphocytes irradiated at G0 or G2 stages. The frequencies of translocations and dicentrics involving chromosomes 1 and 3 as well as the X-chromosome were determined in slides stained by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH technique. An increase in all types of CA was observed in XP and FA lymphocytes irradiated at G0 when compared to controls. The frequency of dicentrics and rings was 6 to 27% higher (at 1 and 2 Gy in XP lymphocytes and 37% higher (at 2 Gy in FA lymphocytes than in controls, while chromosome deletions were higher in irradiated (30% in 1 Gy and 72% in 2 Gy than in control XP lymphocytes and 28 to 102% higher in FA lymphocytes. In G2-irradiated lymphocytes the frequency of CA was 24 to 55% higher in XP lymphocytes than in controls. In most cases the translocation frequencies were higher than the frequencies of dicentrics (21/19.

  15. Characterization of CdTe films with in situ CdCl{sub 2} treatment grown by a simple vapor phase deposition technique

    Rios Flores, Araceli, E-mail: arios@mda.cinvestav.mx [Applied Physics Department, CINVESTAV-IPN Merida, C.P. 97310 Merida, Yucatan (Mexico); Castro-Rodriguez, R.; Pena, J.L. [Applied Physics Department, CINVESTAV-IPN Merida, C.P. 97310 Merida, Yucatan (Mexico); Romeo, N.; Bosio, A. [Dipartimento di fisica, Universita di Parma, Campus Universitario, Parco Area delle Scienza, 43100 Parma (Italy)

    2009-05-15

    A unique vapor phase deposition (VPD) technique was designed and built to achieve in situ CdCl{sub 2} treatment of CdTe film. The substrate temperature was 400 deg. C, and the temperature of CdTe mixture with CdCl{sub 2} source was 500 deg. C. The structural and morphological properties of CdTe have been studied as a function of wt.% CdCl{sub 2} concentration by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). XRD measurements show that the presence of CdCl{sub 2} vapor induces (1 1 1)-oriented growth in the CdTe film. SEM measurements have shown enhance growth of grains, in the presence of CdCl{sub 2}. From AFM the roughness of the films showed a heavy dependence on CdCl{sub 2} concentration. In the presence of 4% CdCl{sub 2} concentration, the CdTe films roughness has a root mean square (rms) value of about 275 A. This value is about 831 A for the non-treated CdTe films.

  16. Two- and three-dimensional micro/nanostructure patterning of CdS-polymer nanocomposites with a laser interference technique and in situ synthesis

    Sun Zengbin [Laboratory of Organic NanoPhotonics and Laboratory of Organic Optoelectronic Functional Materials and Molecular Engineering, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Zhongguancunbeiyitiao No. 2, Beijing 100080 (China); Dong Xianzi [Laboratory of Organic NanoPhotonics and Laboratory of Organic Optoelectronic Functional Materials and Molecular Engineering, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Zhongguancunbeiyitiao No. 2, Beijing 100080 (China); Chen Weiqiang [Laboratory of Organic NanoPhotonics and Laboratory of Organic Optoelectronic Functional Materials and Molecular Engineering, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Zhongguancunbeiyitiao No. 2, Beijing 100080 (China); Shoji, Satoru [Department of Applied Physics, Osaka University, Yamadaoka 2-1, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan); Duan Xuanming [Laboratory of Organic NanoPhotonics and Laboratory of Organic Optoelectronic Functional Materials and Molecular Engineering, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Zhongguancunbeiyitiao No. 2, Beijing 100080 (China); Kawata, Satoshi [Department of Applied Physics, Osaka University, Yamadaoka 2-1, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan)

    2008-01-23

    Two- and three-dimensional (2D and 3D) micro/nanostructures of CdS-polymer nanocomposites have been successfully patterned, combining photopolymerization via a laser four-beam interference technique with in situ synthesis of CdS nanoparticles in the patterned polymer matrix. The morphology and optical properties of CdS nanoparticles in polymer matrices have been confirmed using TEM, XRD, FTIR, UV-vis absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy. Laser irradiation time and film thickness are certified to be the key factors for the control of the micro/nanostructures. With thickening film, the fabricated microstructures of CdS-polymer nanocomposites were dramatically changed from 2D rods to 3D networks which were composed of nanofibres, nanometre-scale walls and micrometre-scale rods. These kinds of 2D and 3D micro/nanostructures could be expected as potential applications in the development of nanotechnology, such as nanomedical systems, micro-fluidic chips, nanoreactors and micro/nanopurification or separation systems.

  17. A one year prospective study on ankle stability and landing technique : The occurrence of ankle and knee injuries in elite ball team athletes

    Does, Henrike van der; Brink, M.S.; Lemmink, K.A.P.M.

    2014-01-01

    Background: In team sports lower extremity injuries account for more than 50% of all injuries, indicating the importance of early detection of athletes at risk. Objective: To investigate the predictive value of ankle stability and landing technique at baseline for ankle and knee injury occurrence du

  18. In situ generated silica in natural rubber latex via the sol–gel technique and properties of the silica rubber composites

    Natural rubber (NR) composites reinforced by silica generated in situ within the NR matrix were prepared by the sol–gel process using tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) as the silica precursor. The effect of the TEOS content, water: TEOS mole ratio, reaction time and temperature on the in situ silica content formed in the NR latex were investigated. The results indicated that the suitable condition to produce a high silica content (54 parts by weight per hundred parts of rubber (phr)) in the rubbery matrix was the use of 200 phr TEOS and a water: TEOS mole ratio of 28.9:1 at room temperature for 24 h. The curing, mechanical, and thermal properties of the composite materials were also investigated. Increasing the in situ silica content increased the cure time and improved the mechanical properties of the composite. Compared to the NR vulcanizates filled with the commercial (ex situ formed) silica, the mechanical and thermal properties of the in situ silica composite material were significantly improved. Transmission electron microscopy revealed that the in situ formed silica particles were well distributed within the NR matrix, in contrast to the clumping of the ex situ formed commercial silica within the NR matrix. - Highlights: • High in situ silica content in NR latex was obtained up to 54 phr. • A good dispersion of in situ silica filling into the rubbery matrix. • Comparison of silica generated in the rubber matrix using solid, solution and latex NR substrates. • A good reinforcement effect of in situ silica was observed on the NR vulcanizate. • Sol–gel method is an alternative way to develop a novel composite material

  19. Comparison of stability and control parameters for a light, single-engine, high-winged aircraft using different flight test and parameter estimation techniques

    Suit, W. T.; Cannaday, R. L.

    1979-01-01

    The longitudinal and lateral stability and control parameters for a high wing, general aviation, airplane are examined. Estimations using flight data obtained at various flight conditions within the normal range of the aircraft are presented. The estimations techniques, an output error technique (maximum likelihood) and an equation error technique (linear regression), are presented. The longitudinal static parameters are estimated from climbing, descending, and quasi steady state flight data. The lateral excitations involve a combination of rudder and ailerons. The sensitivity of the aircraft modes of motion to variations in the parameter estimates are discussed.

  20. Stability Improvements in a Rail-to-Rail Input/Output, Constant Gm Operational Amplifier, at 0.4 V Operation, Using the Low-Voltage DTMOS Technique

    Correia, Joana; Mancelos, Nuno; Goes, João

    2014-01-01

    The use of the dynamic threshold MOS (DTMOS) technique is evaluated in a two-stage rail-to-rail Input/Output, constant Gm amplifier. The proper choice of specific transistors in which the technique should be used is presented, as well as the resulting improvements, mainly regarding stability of the circuit at low voltage operation. The DTMOS technique is used in the NMOS transistors of the folded-cascode input stage, allowing the circuit to be stable at VDD = 0.4 V, with equivalent gain and g...

  1. Using the charge-stabilization technique in the double ionization potential equation-of-motion calculations with dianion references.

    Kuś, Tomasz; Krylov, Anna I

    2011-08-28

    The charge-stabilization method is applied to double ionization potential equation-of-motion (EOM-DIP) calculations to stabilize unstable dianion reference functions. The auto-ionizing character of the dianionic reference states spoils the numeric performance of EOM-DIP limiting applications of this method. We demonstrate that reliable excitation energies can be computed by EOM-DIP using a stabilized resonance wave function instead of the lowest energy solution corresponding to the neutral + free electron(s) state of the system. The details of charge-stabilization procedure are discussed and illustrated by examples. The choice of optimal stabilizing Coulomb potential, which is strong enough to stabilize the dianion reference, yet, minimally perturbs the target states of the neutral, is the crux of the approach. Two algorithms of choosing optimal parameters of the stabilization potential are presented. One is based on the orbital energies, and another--on the basis set dependence of the total Hartree-Fock energy of the reference. Our benchmark calculations of the singlet-triplet energy gaps in several diradicals show a remarkable improvement of the EOM-DIP accuracy in problematic cases. Overall, the excitation energies in diradicals computed using the stabilized EOM-DIP are within 0.2 eV from the reference EOM spin-flip values. PMID:21895161

  2. Applicability study of using in-situ gamma-ray spectrometry technique for 137Cs and 210Pbex inventories measurement in grassland environments

    In-situ measurement of fallout radionuclides 137Cs and 210Pbex has the potential to assess soil erosion and sedimentation rapidly. In this study, inventories of 137Cs and 210Pbex in the soil of Inner Mongolia grassland were measured using an In-situ Object Counting System (ISOCS). The results from the field study indicate that in-situ gamma-ray spectrometry has the following advantages over traditional laboratory measurements: no extra time is required for sample collection, no reference inventories are required, more economic, prompt availability of the results, the ability to average radionuclide inventory over a large area, and high precision.

  3. Determination of Nutritional Value and Digestibility and Degradability of Twigs in Four Tree Species through Chemical and in situ (Nylon Bags Techniques

    H. Yosefifar

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available This study has been conducted in order to determine nutritional value and digestibility and degradability of twigs in four tree species including Zelkova carpinifolia, Gleditchia caspica, Populus deltoids and Quercus castanaefolia through chemical and in situ techniques using 3 fistulated sheep in National Research Institute for Animal Science, IRAN. The experiment conducted based on Randomized Complete Block Design and obtained data were analyzed by software SAS and Neway. Chemical compounds (crude protein (CP, Neutral Detergent Fiber (NDF, Acid Detergent Fiber (ADF, Ether Extract (EE, Ash, Crude Fiber (CF, NFC(Non Fiber Carbohydrate, Nitrogen Free Extract (NFE and organic material (OM and degradation (dry matter and protein were determined. Amount of crude protein for 4 species are as follow Z. carpinifolia (11%, G. caspica (15.4%, P. deltoids (10.3% and Q. castanaefolia (9.5%, also amount of crude fiber in these trees are respectively 32.7, 18.6, 13.9 and 22.9%. Survey conducted on species’ degradation and on amounts of dry matter and protein which disappear after 0, 4, 8, 16, 24, 48, 72 and 96 hours. Results of degradation in dry matter and protein showed that extent of degradation has been an uptrend over time of incubation and it follows a similar trend at all times. The most degradation of dry matter (80.6% and protein (91.6% are related to G. caspica and the least degradation of dry matter (36% and protein (38.4% are related to Q. castanaefolia. Results showed that as a replacement or a complementary for alfalfa, the four considered tree species can provide some parts of food requirements by livestock through a correct programming.

  4. Structural evolution during mechanical deformation in high-barrier PVDF-TFE/PET multilayer films using in situ X-ray techniques.

    Jordan, Alex M; Lenart, William R; Carr, Joel M; Baer, Eric; Korley, Lashanda T J

    2014-03-26

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-tetrafluoroethylene) (PVDF-TFE) is confined between alternating layers of poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) utilizing a unique multilayer processing technology, in which PVDF-TFE and PET are melt-processed in a continuous fashion. Postprocessing techniques including biaxial orientation and melt recrystallization were used to tune the crystal orientation of the PVDF-TFE layers, as well as achieve crystallinity in the PET layers through strain-induced crystallization and thermal annealing during the melt recrystallization step. A volume additive model was used to extract the effect of crystal orientation within the PVDF-TFE layers and revealed a significant enhancement in the modulus from 730 MPa in the as-extruded state (isotropic) to 840 MPa in the biaxially oriented state (on-edge) to 2230 MPa in the melt-recrystallized state (in-plane). Subsequently, in situ wide-angle X-ray scattering was used to observe the crystal structure evolution during uniaxial deformation in both the as-extruded and melt-recrystallized states. It is observed that the low-temperature ferroelectric PVDF-TFE crystal phase in the as-extruded state exhibits equatorial sharpening of the 110 and 200 crystal peaks during deformation, quantified using the Hermans orientation function, while in the melt-recrystallized state, an overall increase in the crystallinity occurs during deformation. Thus, we correlated the mechanical response (strain hardening) of the films to these respective evolved crystal structures and highlighted the ability to tailor mechanical response. With a better understanding of the structural evolution during deformation, it is possible to more fully characterize the structural response to handling during use of the high-barrier PVDF-TFE/PET multilayer films as commercial dielectrics and packaging materials. PMID:24593226

  5. In search of a reliable technique for the determination of the biological stability of the organic matter in the mechanical-biological treated waste.

    Barrena, Raquel; d'Imporzano, Giuliana; Ponsá, Sergio; Gea, Teresa; Artola, Adriana; Vázquez, Felícitas; Sánchez, Antoni; Adani, Fabrizio

    2009-03-15

    The biological stability determines the extent to which readily biodegradable organic matter has decomposed. In this work, a massive estimation of indices suitable for the measurement of biological stability of the organic matter content in solid waste samples has been carried out. Samples from different stages in a mechanical-biological treatment (MBT) plant treating municipal solid wastes (MSW) were selected as examples of different stages of organic matter stability in waste biological treatment. Aerobic indices based on respiration techniques properly reflected the process of organic matter biodegradation. Static and dynamic respirometry showed similar values in terms of aerobic biological activity (expressed as oxygen uptake rate, OUR), whereas cumulative oxygen consumption was a reliable method to express the biological stability of organic matter in solid samples. Methods based on OUR and cumulative oxygen consumption were positively correlated. Anaerobic methods based on biogas production (BP) tests also reflected well the degree of biological stability, although significant differences were found in solid and liquid BP assays. A significant correlation was found between cumulative oxygen consumption and ultimate biogas production. The results obtained in this study can be a basis for the quantitative measurement of the efficiency in the stabilization of organic matter in waste treatment plants, including MBT plants, anaerobic digestion of MSW and composting plants. PMID:18606494

  6. Técnica para o estudo da estabilidade de agregados do solo Technique for studies of stability of soil aggregates

    F. Grohmann

    1960-01-01

    Full Text Available Os autores apresentam neste trabalho uma técnica para o estudo da estabilidade de agregados do solo. Vários tipos de solo sob diferentes condições de uso foram estudados. Amostras em triplicato, de 25 g de agregados entre 7 e 4 mm, foram agitados em agitador modêlo Wagner, com 40 r.p.m., durante 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 e 128 minutos e depois fracionadas pelo método da peneiragem lenta em água. Os agregados > 2 mm diminuíram em pêso com o aumento do tempo de agitação, aumentando por outro lodo os agregados 2 e This paper presents a technique for studies of stability of soil aggregates. The major soils of the State of São Paulo in different conditions of use have been examined. Triplicate samples of 25 g of soil aggregates of 7-4 mm size for each soil were shaken in a Model Wagner shaker at 40 rpm during 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 and 128 minutes period and were later fractioned by the wet sieving method. In general soil aggregates greater than 2 mm decreased gradually in weight with increasing period of treatment: at the some time the small size particles ( 2 mm and < 0.2 mm gave the general information needed. In general the experimental error were homogeneous and of small magnitude in relation to the systematic differences existent. The functional relationship between the two variables (time and weight of size particles was calculated by orthogonal polynomials considering the log time scale. In general polynomials of second degree were sufficient for a good approach, but in some cases polynomials of third degree were necessary. The authors believe that for fertility studies the interval 1-32 minutes is sufficient to separate the differences in aggregabifity. In that interval for the soils considered a first degree polynomial is satisfactory. Intervals of confidence had been calculated for the polynomial Y = A + B'E'1. The values Ai, As, B'i, B's were respectively the inferior and superior limits of the respective interval. Separations

  7. Net community production of oxygen derived from in vitro and in situ 1-D modeling techniques in a cyclonic mesoscale eddy in the Sargasso Sea

    B. Mouriño-Carballido; Anderson, L A

    2009-01-01

    It has been proposed that the disagreement traditionally reported between in vitro incubation and in situ estimates of oxygen net community production (NCP) could be explained, at least partially, by undersampling episodic pulses of net autotrophy associated with mesoscale dynamics. In this study we compare in vitro incubation estimates of net community production with in situ estimates, derived from oxygen profiles and a 1-D model, within a cyclonic eddy investigated in the Sargasso Sea in s...

  8. Alternative technique of cervical spinal stabilization employing lateral mass plate and screw and intra-articular spacer fixation

    Atul Goel

    2013-01-01

    Aim: The author discusses an alternative technique of segmental cervical spinal fixation. Material and Methods: The subtleties of the technique are discussed on the basis of experience with 3 cases with a follow-up of between 30 and 36 months. Technique: The technique involves debridement of facetal articular cartilage, distraction of facets, jamming of ′Goel spacer′ into the articular cavity and fortification of the fixation by lateral mass plate and screw fixation. The ′double-insurance′ me...

  9. A bracket approach to improve the stability and gas sorption performance of a metal-organic framework via in situ incorporating the size-matching molecular building blocks.

    Chen, Di-Ming; Tian, Jia-Yue; Liu, Chun-Sen; Du, Miao

    2016-06-28

    Incorporating the in situ formed size-matching molecular building blocks (MBBs) into the open channels will remarkably improve the robustness and gas sorption performance of an evacuated metal-organic framework. As a result, such MBBs can transfer the open metal sites from the framework walls to the channel centers and separate the large channels into multiple smaller voids, leading to a molecular sieving effect and high-performance gas-separation of the modified material. PMID:27301546

  10. The influence of Reinforcement Technique on the Calcium Chloride (CaCl2 & Granulated Blast Furnace Slag (GBFS Stabilized Marine Clay for Foundation Soilbeds

    D. Koteswara Rao,

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available In general, the soils which are existing in the coastal corridors are Soft Marine Clays formed by the deposits and generally weak and possesses high deformation values in nature. It is essential to study the various techniques for the improvement of marine clays, especially in case of infra-structure development. The present study dealswith the stabilization of marine clay using GBFS and calcium chloride and also the effect of reinforcement technique for improving the load carrying capacity of the foundation soil beds.

  11. Stabilization of Volar Ulnar Rim Fractures of the Distal Radius: Current Techniques and Review of the Literature.

    O'Shaughnessy, Maureen A; Shin, Alexander Y; Kakar, Sanjeev

    2016-05-01

    Background Distal radius fractures involving the lunate facet can be challenging to manage. Reports have shown the volar carpal subluxation/dislocation that can occur if the facet is not appropriately stabilized. Literature Review Recent emphasis in the literature has underscored the difficulty in managing this fracture fragment, suggesting standard volar plates may not be able to adequately stabilize the fragment. This article reviews the current literature with a special emphasis on fixation with a specifically designed fragment-specific hook plate to secure the lunate facet. Case Description An extended flexor carpi radialis volar approach was made which allows access to the distal volar ulnar fracture fragment. Once provisionally stabilized with Kirschner wire fixation, a volar hook plate was applied to capture this fragment. Additional fracture stabilization was used as deemed necessary to stabilize the remaining distal radius fracture. Clinical Relevance The volar marginal rim fragment remains a challenge in distal radius fracture management. Use of a hook plate to address the volar ulnar corner allows for stable fixation without loss of reduction at intermediate-term follow-up. PMID:27104076

  12. Combination of Different In Situ Characterization Techniques and Scanning Electron Microscopy Investigations for a Comprehensive Description of the Tensile Deformation Behavior of a CrMnNi TRIP/TWIP Steel

    Weidner, Anja; Biermann, Horst

    2015-08-01

    The class of low-carbon, high-alloy CrMnNi steels exhibits outstanding mechanical properties with respect to high strength and ductility due to either transformation-induced plasticity (TRIP) or twinning-induced plasticity (TWIP) effect depending on chemical composition and deformation temperature. However, the ongoing deformation mechanisms like the formation of stacking faults, martensitic phase transformation or deformation-induced twinning are overlapping and the kinetics of the microstructure evolution are quite complex. Therefore, in addition to macroscopic deformation tests and microstructural investigations by scanning electron microscopy, a combination of several in situ characterization techniques with either high lateral and/or temporal resolution as well as providing integral volume information were chosen in order to give a thoroughly and comprehensive description of the deformation behavior of CrMnNi TRIP/TWIP steels. In addition, the complementary in situ techniques like in situ nanoindentation, micro-digital image correlation, and acoustic emission measurements provide excellent possibility for description of materials behavior on a multiscale level from the submicrometer scale up to the macroscopic range. The results obtained by the complementary techniques can support the future modeling of the deformation behavior of TRIP/TWIP steels dependent on chemical composition, temperature, grain size and grain orientation.

  13. Optimal Power Flow Based Global Voltage Stability Analysis Using Network Equivalencing Technique: A Case Study of Widespread Sub-Grid

    Palukuru NAGENDRA

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available The objective this paper is to develop a methodology to assess the voltage stability considering optimal operating criteria using the concept of equivalencing the multi-bus power system to a two-bus network model and by studying the necessary parameters of the equivalent system. There by, a generalized global voltage stability indicator being developed, it has been applied to a typical longitudinal power supply (LPS system and a robust practical 203-bus Indian Eastern Grid system. Simulation results have proved that this new network equivalent method is promising to assess voltage stability of any power system at any operating point in global scenario. In the equivalent network the generators are modelled more accurately considering economic criteria.

  14. Combined Characterization Techniques to Understand the Stability of a Variety of Organic Photovoltaic Devices - the ISOS-3 inter- laboratory collaboration

    Lira-Cantu, Monica; Tanenbaum, David M.; Norrman, Kion;

    2012-01-01

    This work is part of the inter-laboratory collaboration to study the stability of seven distinct sets of state-of-the-art organic photovoltaic (OPVs) devices prepared by leading research laboratories. All devices have been shipped to and degraded at the Danish Technical University (DTU, formerly ...

  15. An Assessment of the Stability and the Potential for In-Situ Synthesis of Regulated Organic Compounds in High Level Radioactive Waste Stored at Hanford, Richland, Washington

    Wiemers, K.D.; Babad, H.; Hallen, R.T.; Jackson, L.P.; Lerchen, M.E.

    1999-01-04

    The stability assessment examined 269 non-detected regulated compounds, first seeking literature references of the stability of the compounds, then evaluating each compound based upon the presence of functional groups using professional judgment. Compounds that could potentially survive for significant periods in the tanks (>1 year) were designated as stable. Most of the functional groups associated with the regulated organic compounds were considered unstable under tank waste conditions. The general exceptions with respect to functional group stability are some simple substituted aromatic and polycyclic aromatic compounds that resist oxidation and the multiple substituted aliphatic and aromatic halides that hydrolyze or dehydrohalogenate slowly under tank waste conditions. One-hundred and eighty-one (181) regulated, organic compounds were determined as likely unstable in the tank waste environment.

  16. Factors influencing the austenite stability during tensile testing of Quenching and Partitioning steel determined via in-situ Electron Backscatter Diffraction

    The effect of the microstructural characteristics of retained austenite on its transformation stability in steel after Quenching and Partitioning (Q&P) was studied via interrupted tensile tests and Electron Backscatter Diffraction measurements on a pre-determined zone of a micro-tensile test sample. The evolution of the retained austenite fraction was obtained as a function of the plastic strain. The dependence of the austenite transformation stability on the corresponding grain size, morphology, and local crystallographic orientation was discussed. Furthermore, the importance of the parameters on the austenite stability was analysed and it was shown that the austenite grains rotated, in addition to being transformed, constituting therefore an additional contribution to the ductility of Q&P steel

  17. Factors influencing the austenite stability during tensile testing of Quenching and Partitioning steel determined via in-situ Electron Backscatter Diffraction

    De Knijf, Dorien, E-mail: dorien.deknijf@ugent.be [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Ghent University, Technologiepark 903, B-9052 Zwijnaarde (Ghent) (Belgium); Föjer, Cecilia [ArcelorMittal Global R& D Gent, President J.F. Kennedylaan 3, B-9060 Zelzate (Belgium); Kestens, Leo A.I. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Ghent University, Technologiepark 903, B-9052 Zwijnaarde (Ghent) (Belgium); Department Material Science and Engineering, TUDelft, Mekelweg 2, NL-2628 CD Delft (Netherlands); Petrov, Roumen [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Ghent University, Technologiepark 903, B-9052 Zwijnaarde (Ghent) (Belgium); ArcelorMittal Global R& D Gent, President J.F. Kennedylaan 3, B-9060 Zelzate (Belgium)

    2015-06-25

    The effect of the microstructural characteristics of retained austenite on its transformation stability in steel after Quenching and Partitioning (Q&P) was studied via interrupted tensile tests and Electron Backscatter Diffraction measurements on a pre-determined zone of a micro-tensile test sample. The evolution of the retained austenite fraction was obtained as a function of the plastic strain. The dependence of the austenite transformation stability on the corresponding grain size, morphology, and local crystallographic orientation was discussed. Furthermore, the importance of the parameters on the austenite stability was analysed and it was shown that the austenite grains rotated, in addition to being transformed, constituting therefore an additional contribution to the ductility of Q&P steel.

  18. An Assessment of the Stability and the Potential for In-Situ Synthesis of Regulated Organic Compounds in High Level Radioactive Waste Stored at Hanford, Richland, Washington

    The stability assessment examined 269 non-detected regulated compounds, first seeking literature references of the stability of the compounds, then evaluating each compound based upon the presence of functional groups using professional judgment. Compounds that could potentially survive for significant periods in the tanks (>1 year) were designated as stable. Most of the functional groups associated with the regulated organic compounds were considered unstable under tank waste conditions. The general exceptions with respect to functional group stability are some simple substituted aromatic and polycyclic aromatic compounds that resist oxidation and the multiple substituted aliphatic and aromatic halides that hydrolyze or dehydrohalogenate slowly under tank waste conditions. One-hundred and eighty-one (181) regulated, organic compounds were determined as likely unstable in the tank waste environment

  19. Alternative technique of cervical spinal stabilization employing lateral mass plate and screw and intra-articular spacer fixation

    Atul Goel

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: The author discusses an alternative technique of segmental cervical spinal fixation. Material and Methods: The subtleties of the technique are discussed on the basis of experience with 3 cases with a follow-up of between 30 and 36 months. Technique: The technique involves debridement of facetal articular cartilage, distraction of facets, jamming of ′Goel spacer′ into the articular cavity and fortification of the fixation by lateral mass plate and screw fixation. The ′double-insurance′ method of fixation is safe for vertebral artery, nerve roots and spinal neural structures and the fixation is strong. Conclusions: The discussed technique is safe and provides a strong fixation and a ground for ultimate arthrodesis.

  20. GI-13 Integration of Methods for Air Quality and Health Data, Remote Sensed and In-Situ with Disease Estimate Techniques

    GI-13 – A brief review of the GEO Work Plan DescriptionGlobal map examples of PM2.5 satellite measuresUS Maps showing examples of fused in-situ and satellite dataNew AQ Monitoring approach with social value – Village Green exampleComputing and Systems Applied in Energ...

  1. Stabilization of coxo-femoral luxation using tenodesis of the deep gluteal muscle. Technique description and reluxation rate in 65 dogs and cats (1995-2008).

    Rochereau, P; Bernardé, A

    2012-01-01

    This retrospective study documents deep gluteal tenodesis (DGT) used to stabilize coxo- femoral luxation (CFL) in dogs and cats, and to report reluxation rate and clinical outcome after DGT. Medical records (1995-2008) of 65 dogs and cats with traumatic CFL treated by capsulorrhaphy and DGT were reviewed. Animals with radiographic evidence of pre-existing hip dysplasia or articular fractures had been excluded. Reluxation rate and outcome were assessed by clinical examination, performed two and ten weeks postoperatively. Surgical treatment was performed between one and 20 days after the initiating event. No perioperative complications occurred. All hip joints were correctly reduced and stabilized immediately after DGT completion. Except for five patients, placement of the screw was considered correct. In two of these patients, the screws were too long and were protruding into the pelvic canal. In two dogs, the screws were not tightened adequately, and in one dog the screw was too short. Twenty-six dogs and eight cats were re-examined between eight and 13 weeks postoperatively. Re- luxation did not occur in any of them. Outcomes were good in two cases and excellent in 32 cases; all but two had a normal range-of-motion of the reconstructed hip, and were free of lameness and did not show any signs of pain. Traumatic CFL can be stabilized safely and effectively by DGT in dogs and cats. This technique should be considered among other capsular reinforcement techniques in the presence of an intact deep gluteal muscle. PMID:22028015

  2. Polynomial fuzzy model-based control systems stability analysis and control synthesis using membership function dependent techniques

    Lam, Hak-Keung

    2016-01-01

    This book presents recent research on the stability analysis of polynomial-fuzzy-model-based control systems where the concept of partially/imperfectly matched premises and membership-function dependent analysis are considered. The membership-function-dependent analysis offers a new research direction for fuzzy-model-based control systems by taking into account the characteristic and information of the membership functions in the stability analysis. The book presents on a research level the most recent and advanced research results, promotes the research of polynomial-fuzzy-model-based control systems, and provides theoretical support and point a research direction to postgraduate students and fellow researchers. Each chapter provides numerical examples to verify the analysis results, demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed polynomial fuzzy control schemes, and explain the design procedure. The book is comprehensively written enclosing detailed derivation steps and mathematical derivations also for read...

  3. Stabilization of the total force in multi-finger pressing tasks studied with the ‘inverse piano’ technique

    J R Martin; Budgeon, M.K.; Zatsiorsky, V.M.; Latash, M.L.

    2011-01-01

    When one finger changes its force, other fingers of the hand can show unintended force changes in the same direction (enslaving) and in the opposite direction (error compensation). We tested a hypothesis that externally imposed changes in finger force predominantly lead to error compensation effects in other fingers thus stabilizing the total force. A novel device, the “inverse piano”, was used to impose controlled displacements to one of the fingers over different magnitudes and at different...

  4. Environmental stability of solution processed Al-doped ZnO naoparticulate thin films using surface modification technique

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • AZO nanoparticulate films were deposited using ultrasonic spray deposition. • Functionalization of solution processed AZO thin films was carried out. • Contact angles and QNM AFM results confirmed the existence of molecular layers. • Environmental stability of AZO films greatly increased with surface modification. - Abstract: The environmental stability of solution processed Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films was enhanced by functionalizing the film surface with a thin self-assembled molecular layer. Functionalization of AZO films was performed using two types of molecules having identical 12-carbon alkyl chain termination but different functional groups: dodecanethiol (DDT) and dodecanoic acid (DDA). Surface modified AZO films were examined using electrical resistivity measurements, contact angle measurements and quantitative nanomechanical property mapping atomic force microscopy. The hydrophobic layer inhibits the penetration of oxygen and water into the AZO's grain boundaries thus significantly increasing the environmental stability over unmodified AZO. Surface modified AZO films using DDT exhibited lower electrical resistivity compared to DDA functionalized AZO films. Our study demonstrates a new approach for improving the physical properties of oxide based nanoparticulate films for device applications

  5. Dimensional Stability of Polyether, Alginate, and Silicone Impression Materials After Disinfection With 2% Sanosil Through the Immersion Technique

    Izadi

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Background To prevent diseases transmission, infection control in dental offices without reducing the accuracy and dimensional stability of impression materials is very important. Objectives The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of Sanosil disinfectants on the dimensional stability of some usual impression materials. Materials and Methods Three types of impression material, namely, alginate, condensational silicone, and polyether, were used in this study. Impressions were obtained from the master steel model. Fifteen impressions of each material (control group were immersed in water for ten minutes and impressions of study groups were disinfected by immersion in 2% Sanosil for ten minutes. Then impressions were poured by type III gypsum according to the manufacture's instruction. Dimensions of casts in the two anterior dimensions, i.e. interval between the anterior abutments and interval between anterior-posterior abutments, were recorded by a digital caliper with the accuracy of 0.01 mm. Data were analyzed with SPSS through two-way ANOVA test. Results The results showed that there was no significant difference in the mean dimension of casts prepared by different impression materials in anterior and anterior-posterior dimensions in comparison to the original model after disinfection with Sanosil. Conclusions The study revealed that disinfection with 2% Sanosil has no significant effect on casts dimensions of alginate, silicone, and polyether impression and dimensional stability is maintained.

  6. Immobilization of Yarrowia lipolytica Lipase—A Comparison of Stability of Physical Adsorption and Covalent Attachment Techniques

    Cunha, Aline G.; Fernández-Lorente, Gloria; Bevilaqua, Juliana V.; Destain, Jacqueline; Paiva, Lúcia M. C.; Freire, Denise M. G.; Fernández-Lafuente, Roberto; Guisán, Jose M.

    Lipase immobilization offers unique advantages in terms of better process control, enhanced stability, predictable decay rates and improved economics. This work evaluated the immobilization of a highly active Yarrowia lipolytica lipase (YLL) by physical adsorption and covalent attachment. The enzyme was adsorbed on octyl-agarose and octadecyl-sepabeads supports by hydrophobic adsorption at low ionic strength and on MANAE-agarose support by ionic adsorption. CNBr-agarose was used as support for the covalent attachment immobilization. Immobilization yields of 71, 90 and 97% were obtained when Y. lipolytica lipase was immobilized into octyl-agarose, octadecyl-sepabeads and MANAE-agarose, respectively. However, the activity retention was lower (34% for octyl-agarose, 50% for octadecyl-sepabeads and 61% for MANAE-agarose), indicating that the immobilized lipase lost activity during immobilization procedures. Furthermore, immobilization by covalent attachment led to complete enzyme inactivation. Thermal deactivation was studied at a temperature range from 25 to 45°C and pH varying from 5.0 to 9.0 and revealed that the hydrophobic adsorption on octadecyl-sepabeads produced an appreciable stabilization of the biocatalyst. The octadecyl-sepabeads biocatalyst was almost tenfold more stable than free lipase, and its thermal deactivation profile was also modified. On the other hand, the Y. lipolytica lipase immobilized on octyl-agarose and MANAE-agarose supports presented low stability, even less than the free enzyme.

  7. Techniques to determine ignition, flame stability and burnout of blended coals in p.f. power station boilers

    Su, S.; Pohl, J.H.; Holcombe, D.; Hart, J.A. [University of Queensland, Brisbane, Qld. (Australia). Dept. of Chemical Engineering

    2001-07-01

    The blending of coals has become popular to improve the performance of coals, to meet specifications of power plants and to reduce the cost of coals. This article reviews the results and provides new information on ignition, flame stability, and carbon burnout studies of blended coals. The reviewed studies were conducted in laboratory-, pilot-, and full-scale facilities. The new information was taken in pilot-scale studies. The results generally show that blending a high-volatile coal with a low-volatile coal or anthracite can improve the ignition, flame stability and burnout of the blends. This paper discusses two general methods to predict the performance of blended coals: (1) experiment; and (2) indices. Laboratory- and pilot-scale tests, at least, provide a relative ranking of the combustion performance of coal/blends in power station boilers. Several indices, volatile matter content, heating value and a maceral index, can be used to predict the relative ranking of ignitability and flame stability of coals and blends. The maceral index, fuel ratio, and vitrinite reflectance can also be used to predict the absolute carbon burnout of coal and blends within limits. 59 refs., 20 figs., 4 tabs.

  8. Environmental stability of solution processed Al-doped ZnO naoparticulate thin films using surface modification technique

    Vunnam, Swathi, E-mail: swathivunnam@gmail.com [Program of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, SD 57701 (United States); Ankireddy, Krishnamraju; Kellar, Jon [Program of Materials Engineering and Science, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, SD 57701 (United States); Cross, William, E-mail: William.Cross@sdsmt.edu [Program of Materials Engineering and Science, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, SD 57701 (United States)

    2014-12-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • AZO nanoparticulate films were deposited using ultrasonic spray deposition. • Functionalization of solution processed AZO thin films was carried out. • Contact angles and QNM AFM results confirmed the existence of molecular layers. • Environmental stability of AZO films greatly increased with surface modification. - Abstract: The environmental stability of solution processed Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films was enhanced by functionalizing the film surface with a thin self-assembled molecular layer. Functionalization of AZO films was performed using two types of molecules having identical 12-carbon alkyl chain termination but different functional groups: dodecanethiol (DDT) and dodecanoic acid (DDA). Surface modified AZO films were examined using electrical resistivity measurements, contact angle measurements and quantitative nanomechanical property mapping atomic force microscopy. The hydrophobic layer inhibits the penetration of oxygen and water into the AZO's grain boundaries thus significantly increasing the environmental stability over unmodified AZO. Surface modified AZO films using DDT exhibited lower electrical resistivity compared to DDA functionalized AZO films. Our study demonstrates a new approach for improving the physical properties of oxide based nanoparticulate films for device applications.

  9. ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SCIENCE PROGRAM PROJECT NUMBER 87016 CO-PRECIPITATION OF TRACE METALS IN GROUNDWATER AND VADOSE ZONE CALCITE: IN SITU CONTAINMENT AND STABILIZATION OF STRONTIUM-90 AND OTHER DIVALENT METALS AND RADIONUCLIDES AT ARID WESTERN DOE SITES

    Radionuclide and metal contaminants are present in the vadose zone and groundwater throughout the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) weapons complex. In situ containment and stabilization of these contaminants in vadose zones or groundwater is a cost-effective treatment strategy. Our facilitated approach relies upon the hydrolysis of introduced urea to cause the acceleration of calcium carbonate precipitation (and trace metal coprecipitation) by increasing groundwater pH and alkalinity (Fujita et al., 2000; Warren et al., 2001). Subsurface urea hydrolysis is catalyzed by the urease enzyme, which may be either introduced with the urea or produced in situ by ubiquitous subsurface urea hydrolyzing microorganisms. Because the precipitation processes are irreversible and many western aquifers are saturated with respect to calcite, the co-precipitated metals and radionuclides will be effectively removed from groundwater. The rate at which trace metals are incorporated into calcite is a function of calcite precipitation kinetics, adsorption interactions between the calcite surface and the trace metal in solution (Zachara et al., 1991), solid solution properties of the trace metal in calcite (Tesoriero and Pankow, 1996), and also the surfaces upon which the calcite is precipitating. A fundamental understanding of the coupling of calcite precipitation and trace metal partitioning, and how this occurs in aquifers and vadose environments is lacking. This report summarizes work undertaken during the second year of this project

  10. Determination of hydraulic properties of the Callovo-Oxfordian argillite at the bure site: Synthesis of the results obtained in deep boreholes using several in situ investigation techniques

    Distinguin, Marc; Lavanchy, Jean-Marc

    -term monitoring sections). Borehole simulators were used to define a suitable flow model taking into account the complete pressure history of the borehole, and to derive best-guess estimates and uncertainty ranges for the hydraulic parameters. The sources of perturbations and the consistency of results are discussed in this paper. For instance, for a same interval tested through different techniques, an overestimation by one order of magnitude of the hydraulic conductivity due to a large overestimation of pore pressure during packer test was observed. In situ permeability estimations are also compared with those obtained from laboratory tests on core samples. Both short-term and long-term measurements provide values for the hydraulic conductivity at different scales with high consistency. This parameter is shown to be less than 2 × 10 -12 m/s. Pressures measurements from long-term monitoring are sufficiently accurate for determining formation hydraulic heads. A pressure profile in the argillite, derived from the extensive set of data currently available, shows an overpressure in the argillite 20-60 m above its surrounding formations. As a whole, the pressure data and derived hydraulic properties acquired from deep boreholes, offer a high degree of reliability and constitute a major contribution to the hydraulic characterisation of the low-permeable argillite formation. In 2006, this data will be complemented with measurements carried out in the Laboratory at 490 m depth, with the aim to characterize in greater depth the pressure profile of the argillite.

  11. A modified rinsing method for the determination of the S, W-S and D + U fraction of protein and starch in feedstuff within the in situ technique.

    de Jonge, L H; van Laar, H; Hendriks, W H; Dijkstra, J

    2013-08-01

    A modified rinsing method for the in situ technique was developed to separate, isolate and characterise the soluble (S), the insoluble washout (W-S) and the non-washout fractions (D + U) within one procedure. For non-incubated bags (t = 0 h), this method was compared with the conventional, Combined Fractionation (CF) method that measures the D + U and S fractions in separate steps and subsequently calculates the W-S fraction. The modified method was based on rinsing of nylon bags in a closed vessel containing a buffer solution (pH 6.2) during 1 h, where shaking speeds of 40, 100, and 160 strokes per minutes (spm) were evaluated, and tested for six feed ingredients (faba beans, maize, oats, peas, soya beans and wheat) and four forages (two ryegrass silages and two maize silages). The average recoveries as the sum of all fractions were 0.972 ± 0.041 for N and 0.990 ± 0.050 for starch (mean ± s.d.). The mean W-S fraction increased with increasing shaking speed and varied between 0.017 (N) and 0.083 (starch) at 40 spm and 0.078 (N) and 0.303 (starch) at 160 spm, respectively. For ryegrass silages, the W-S fraction was absent at all shaking speeds, but was present in the CF method. The modified method, in particular at 40 and 100 spm, reduced the loss of small particles during rinsing, resulting in lower W-S and higher D + U fractions for N and starch compared with the CF method. For soya beans and ryegrass silage, the modified method reduced the S fraction of N compared with the CF method. The results obtained at 160 spm showed the best comparison with those from the CF method. The W-S fraction of the feedstuff obtained at 160 spm contained mainly particles smaller than 40 μm (0.908 ± 0.086). In most feedstuff, starch was the most abundant chemical component in the W-S fraction and its content (726 ± 75 g/kg DM) was higher than in the D + U fraction (405 ± 177 g/kg DM). Alkaline-soluble proteins were the dominant N-containing components in the W-S fraction of

  12. Thermal stability and thermal expansion behaviour of ZrO2/Y2O3 multilayers deposited by pulsed laser deposition technique

    Multilayers of ZrO2/Y2O3 were prepared by pulsed laser deposition technique with variation in the ZrO2 layer thickness from 5 to 30 nm keeping the Y2O3 layer thickness constant (∼10 nm). The stability, phase evolution and thermal expansion behaviour of the multilayers were analyzed by high temperature x-ray diffraction technique, in the temperature range of 300–1373 K. Unlike the single layer of ZrO2 film, which shows a mixture of tetragonal and monoclinic phase, the ZrO2 layers in multilayers show tetragonal phase in case of all the multilayers investigated in the present work. The values of coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) decrease with increase in the ZrO2 layer thickness. The CTE of both ZrO2 and Y2O3 are found to be influenced by their mutual solubility as well as due to interdiffusion of these oxides taking place along the interfaces of the multilayers, especially during high temperature heat-treatment. - Highlights: • ZrO2/Y2O3 multilayers were deposited by pulsed laser deposition technique. • Formation of tetragonal phase of ZrO2 and cubic phase of Y2O3 were observed. • The multilayers films show good thermal stability upto temperature 1373 K. • The coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of t-ZrO2 decreases with increase in ZrO2 layer thickness

  13. Improved technique for fluorescence in situ hybridisation analysis of isolated nuclei from archival, B5 or formalin fixed, paraffin wax embedded tissue

    Schurter, M J; LeBrun, D P; Harrison, K. J.

    2002-01-01

    Fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH) is an effective method to detect chromosomal alterations in a variety of tissue types, including archived paraffin wax embedded specimens fixed in B5 or formalin. However, precipitating fixatives such as B5 have been known to produce unsatisfactory results in comparison with formalin when used for FISH. This study describes an effective nuclear isolation and FISH procedure for B5 and formalin fixed tissue, optimising the nuclear isolation step and nuc...

  14. Application of in situ chemical oxidation technique with potassium permanganate for the remediation of a shallow aquifer contaminated with chlorinated solvents

    Alaine Santos da Cunha; Reginaldo Antonio Bertolo

    2012-01-01

    In situ chemical oxidation is a method that is frequently being used for the remediation of contaminated areas, since it presents an adequate efficiency in the reduction of the contaminant mass, particularly chlorinated ethenes, in a relatively short period of time. This manuscript presents the results of the application of this method, using the injection of potassium permanganate as the remediation agent, in an impacted area with chlorinated organic compounds, especially 1,1-dichloroethene....

  15. Microstructure and Tribological Properties of In Situ Synthesized TiN Reinforced Ni/Ti Alloy Clad Layer Prepared by Plasma Cladding Technique

    Jin, Guo; Li, Yang; Cui, Huawei; Cui, Xiufang; Cai, Zhaobing

    2016-06-01

    A Ni/Ti composite coating enhanced by an in situ synthesized TiN phase was fabricated on FV520B steel by plasma cladding technology. The in situ formation of the TiN phase was confirmed by XRD, SEM, and TEM. The cladding layer consisted of three regions on going from the top to the bottom, namely, columnar grain regions, columnar dendritic regions, and fine grain regions. The cladding layer was composed of Ni3Ti, TiN, (Fe, Ni), and Ti phases. The dendritic and columnar regions were mainly composed of the Ni3Ti and (Fe, Ni) phases. The Ti phase was observed at the branches of dendrite crystals and columnar grains. The volume fraction of the TiN phase in the cladding layer was about 3.2%. The maximum micro-hardness value of the in situ formed coating (760 HV0.2) was higher than that of the pure coating (537 HV0.2). The cladding layer had a small amount of scratch and wear debris when a load of 20 N was used. As the test load increased, the wear debris in the cladding layer also increased and the massive furrows were not observed.

  16. Preventing proximal junctional failure in long segmental instrumented cases of adult degenerative scoliosis using a multilevel stabilization screw technique

    Lee Sandquist

    2015-01-01

    Conclusion: PJK and failure are well-recognized suboptimal outcomes of long-segmental fusions of the thoracolumbar spine that can lead to significant neurological morbidity and costly revision surgeries. With no known proximal junction failures to date, the MLSS technique has shown promising results in preventing adverse proximal junctional conditions and can be safely performed under fluoroscopy guidance. Future direction includes a comparative study establishing the relative risk of developing PJK with this novel technique versus a traditional long-segmental thoracolumbar fusion.

  17. Wide-capture-range, high-precision wavelength stabilization within ±50 MHz for flexible-grid wavelength division multiplexing by photomixing technique

    Tsuboi, Jun; Kuboki, Takeshi; Kato, Kazutoshi

    2016-08-01

    The lasers for the flexible-grid wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) system are required to have high precision of wavelength stability. Previously, we proposed the wavelength-controlling system of the distributed feedback laser diode (DFB-LD) with the photomixing technique and a microwave filter to precisely measure the optical frequency error from the target value. To enlarge the wavelength-capture range, we improve the system to detect the wavelength error with two different microwave filters in parallel. Experimental results show that the wavelength-capture range is extended up to 4 GHz while the wavelength error is still kept within ±50 MHz.

  18. Stabilization of the total force in multi-finger pressing tasks studied with the ‘inverse piano’ technique

    Martin, J.R.; Budgeon, M.K.; Zatsiorsky, V.M.; Latash, M.L.

    2010-01-01

    When one finger changes its force, other fingers of the hand can show unintended force changes in the same direction (enslaving) and in the opposite direction (error compensation). We tested a hypothesis that externally imposed changes in finger force predominantly lead to error compensation effects in other fingers thus stabilizing the total force. A novel device, the “inverse piano”, was used to impose controlled displacements to one of the fingers over different magnitudes and at different rates. Subjects (n =10) pressed with four fingers at a constant force level and then one of the fingers was unexpectedly raised. The subjects were instructed not to interfere with possible changes in the finger forces. Raising a finger caused an increase in its force and a drop in the force of the other three fingers. Overall, total force showed a small increase. Larger force drops were seen in neighbors of the raised finger (proximity effect). The results show that multi-finger force stabilizing synergies dominate during involuntary reactions to externally imposed finger force changes. Within the referent configuration hypothesis, the data suggest that the instruction “not to interfere” leads to adjustments of the referent coordinates of all the individual fingers. PMID:21450360

  19. Stabilization of the total force in multi-finger pressing tasks studied with the 'inverse piano' technique.

    Martin, J R; Budgeon, M K; Zatsiorsky, V M; Latash, M L

    2011-06-01

    When one finger changes its force, other fingers of the hand can show unintended force changes in the same direction (enslaving) and in the opposite direction (error compensation). We tested a hypothesis that externally imposed changes in finger force predominantly lead to error compensation effects in other fingers thus stabilizing the total force. A novel device, the "inverse piano", was used to impose controlled displacements to one of the fingers over different magnitudes and at different rates. Subjects (n=10) pressed with four fingers at a constant force level and then one of the fingers was unexpectedly raised. The subjects were instructed not to interfere with possible changes in the finger forces. Raising a finger caused an increase in its force and a drop in the force of the other three fingers. Overall, total force showed a small increase. Larger force drops were seen in neighbors of the raised finger (proximity effect). The results showed that multi-finger force stabilizing synergies dominate during involuntary reactions to externally imposed finger force changes. Within the referent configuration hypothesis, the data suggest that the instruction "not to interfere" leads to adjustments of the referent coordinates of all the individual fingers. PMID:21450360

  20. Stabilization of starch-based microgel-lysozyme complexes using a layer-by-layer assembly technique.

    Zhang, Bao; Pan, Yi; Chen, Hanqing; Liu, Tengfei; Tao, Han; Tian, Yaoqi

    2017-01-01

    The layer-by-layer assembly of polyelectrolyte multilayers of chitosan (CS) and carboxymethyl starch (CMS) on soft and porous pH- and ionic strength-response microgels was determined by confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) and zeta potential measurements. In vitro release of lysozyme from the stabilized microgels under simulated gastric and intestinal fluids was also investigated. The distribution of CS in the microgels was identified by CLSM, and the optimal molecular weight of CS was 100kDa, which could only be absorbed on the microgel surface. The CS was used as the first layer, while the CMS was used as the second layer, and the zeta potential revealed that the optimal weight ratios of CS and CMS to microgels in the complexes were 0.1 and 0.06, respectively. The in vitro release experiments suggested that the stabilized double-layer microgel complexes could potentially be applied as a carrier system to prevent early release in the stomach to target intestinal delivery. PMID:27507468

  1. Trimethylamine-N-oxide switches from stabilizing nature: A mechanistic outlook through experimental techniques and molecular dynamics simulation.

    Rani, Anjeeta; Jayaraj, Abhilash; Jayaram, B; Pannuru, Venkatesu

    2016-01-01

    In adaptation biology of the discovery of the intracellular osmolytes, the osmolytes are found to play a central role in cellular homeostasis and stress response. A number of models using these molecules are now poised to address a wide range of problems in biology. Here, a combination of biophysical measurements and molecular dynamics (MD) simulation method is used to examine the effect of trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) on stem bromelain (BM) structure, stability and function. From the analysis of our results, we found that TMAO destabilizes BM hydrophobic pockets and active site as a result of concerted polar and non-polar interactions which is strongly evidenced by MD simulation carried out for 250 ns. This destabilization is enthalpically favourable at higher concentrations of TMAO while entropically unfavourable. However, to the best of our knowledge, the results constitute first detailed unambiguous proof of destabilizing effect of most commonly addressed TMAO on the interactions governing stability of BM and present plausible mechanism of protein unfolding by TMAO. PMID:27025561

  2. On the stability of a variety of organic photovoltaic devices by IPCE and in situ IPCE analyses – the ISOS-3 inter-laboratory collaboration

    Teran-Escobar, Gerardo; Tanenbaum, David; Voroshazi, Eszter; Hermenau, Martin; Norrman, Kion; Lloyd, Matthew T; Galagan, Yulia; Zimmermann, Birger; Hösel, Markus; Dam, Henrik Friis; Jørgensen, Mikkel; Gevorgyan, Suren; Kudret, Suleyman; Maes, Wouter; Lutsen, Laurence; Vanderzande, Dirk; Würfel, Uli; Andriessen, Ronn; Rösch, Roland; Hoppe, Harald; Rivaton, Agnès; Uzunoglu, Gülsah Y.; Germack, David; Andreasen, Birgitta; Vesterager Madsen, Morten; Bundgaard, Eva; Krebs, Frederik C; Lira-Cantu, Monica

    2012-01-01

    : accelerated full sun simulation, low level indoor fluorescent lighting and dark storage. The devices were also monitored under conditions of ambient and inert (N2) atmospheres, which allows for the identification of the solar cell materials more susceptible to degradation by ambient air (oxygen and moisture......). The different OPVs configurations permitted the study of the intrinsic stability of the devices depending on: two different ITO-replacement alternatives, two different hole extraction layers (PEDOT:PSS and MoO3), and two different P3HT-based polymers. The response of un-encapsulated devices to ambient...

  3. In situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction experiments on Al-15%BN mechanically alloyed powder: Observation of AlN nanoparticles precipitation and enhanced thermal stability of nanostructured Al matrix

    Lonardelli, I., E-mail: ivan.lonardelli@ing.unitn.i [Department of Materials Engineering and Industrial Technologies, University of Trento, Via Mesiano 77, Trento 38050 (Italy); Zadra, M.; Ischia, G. [Department of Materials Engineering and Industrial Technologies, University of Trento, Via Mesiano 77, Trento 38050 (Italy); Barreiro, J. Gomez [Earth and Planetary Sciences Dept., University of California at Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Department of Geochemistry and Petrology, University of Madrid, Madrid 28040 (Spain); Bortolotti, M.; Molinari, A. [Department of Materials Engineering and Industrial Technologies, University of Trento, Via Mesiano 77, Trento 38050 (Italy)

    2009-11-03

    Two different in situ experiments using high energy X-ray diffraction from synchrotron source were performed in order to understand carefully the phase transformation in nanostructured Al-15%BN mechanically alloyed powder. After milling at room temperature for 10 h, a solid solution of Al, B and N was achieved. During the heating, the formation and the evolution of the metastable trigonal Al{sub 2}B{sub 3} and a very fine precipitation of hexagonal AlN (d < 8 nm) within Al grains were detected quantitatively. We found a stabilization of Al{sub 2}B{sub 3} between 225 deg. C and 550 deg. C and, only around 600 deg. C the hexagonal AlB{sub 2} starts to form. A detectable decreasing of the Al crystallite size between 420 deg. C and 470 deg. C was attributed to the precipitation of AlN nanoparticles that reduce the Al volume fraction and, at the same time, hinder the grain boundary propagation. The powder loses the nanostructure above 600 deg. C exhibiting an exceptional thermal stability at temperatures close to 0.9T{sub m}.

  4. The thermal behaviour and structural stability of nesquehonite, MgCO3.3H2O, evaluated by in situ laboratory parallel-beam X-ray powder diffraction: New constraints on CO2 sequestration within minerals.

    Ballirano, Paolo; De Vito, Caterina; Ferrini, Vincenzo; Mignardi, Silvano

    2010-06-15

    In order to gauge the appropriateness of CO(2) reaction with Mg chloride solutions as a process for storing carbon dioxide, the thermal behaviour and structural stability of its solid product, nesquehonite (MgCO(3).3H(2)O), were investigated in situ using real-time laboratory parallel-beam X-ray powder diffraction. The results suggest that the nesquehonite structure remains substantially unaffected up to 373 K, with the exception of a markedly anisotropic thermal expansion acting mainly along the c axis. In the 371-390 K range, the loss of one water molecule results in the nucleation of a phase of probable composition MgCO(3).2H(2)O, which is characterized by significant structural disorder. At higher temperatures (423-483 K), both magnesite and MgO.2MgCO(3) coexist. Finally, at 603 K, periclase nucleation starts and the disappearance of carbonate phases is completed at 683 K. Consequently, the structural stability of nesquehonite at high temperatures suggests that it will remain stable under the temperature conditions that prevail at the Earth's surface. These results will help (a) to set constraints on the temperature conditions under which nesquehonite may be safely stored and (b) to develop CO(2) sequestration via the synthesis of nesquehonite for industrial application. PMID:20167421

  5. Application of small-signal modeling and measurement techniques to the stability analysis of an integrated switching-mode power system. [onboard Dynamics Explorer Satellite

    Wong, R. C.; Owen, H. A., Jr.; Wilson, T. G.; Rodriguez, G. E.

    1980-01-01

    Small-signal modeling techniques are used in a system stability analysis of a breadboard version of a complete functional electrical power system. The system consists of a regulated switching dc-to-dc converter, a solar-cell-array simulator, a solar-array EMI filter, battery chargers and linear shunt regulators. Loss mechanisms in the converter power stage, including switching-time effects in the semiconductor elements, are incorporated into the modeling procedure to provide an accurate representation of the system without requiring frequency-domain measurements to determine the damping factor. The small-signal system model is validated by the use of special measurement techniques which are adapted to the poor signal-to-noise ratio encountered in switching-mode systems. The complete electrical power system with the solar-array EMI filter is shown to be stable over the intended range of operation.

  6. A gain control and stabilization technique for Silicon Photomultipliers in low-light-level applications around room temperature

    An experimental setup in dark condition was established to investigate the temperature and bias voltage dependence of the Multi-Pixel Photon Counter (MPPC), one type of the SiPM developed by Hamamatsu. The dark current of an MPPC near room temperature at a given gain can be approximated by an exponential function of temperature which is similar to the behavior of a negative temperature coefficient (NTC) thermistor. According to these facts, a gain control and stabilization circuit for MPPC is developed by using a programmable current sink with temperature compensation. Detailed design and performance analysis results of the circuit in the temperature range from 5.1 °C to 33.3 °C will be discussed in this paper.

  7. A gain control and stabilization technique for Silicon Photomultipliers in low-light-level applications around room temperature

    Li, Zhengwei [Key Laboratory of Particle Astrophysics, Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China); Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China); Xu, Yupeng, E-mail: xuyp@ihep.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Particle Astrophysics, Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China); Liu, Congzhan; Li, Yanguo; Li, Maoshun; Chen, Yong; Wang, Yusa; Lu, Bo; Cui, Weiwei; Huo, Jia; Chen, Tianxiang; Han, Dawei; Hu, Wei; Li, Chengkui; Li, Wei [Key Laboratory of Particle Astrophysics, Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China); Liu, Xiaoyan [Key Laboratory of Particle Astrophysics, Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China); Jilin University, Changchun (China); Wang, Juan [Key Laboratory of Particle Astrophysics, Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China); Yang, Yanji [Key Laboratory of Particle Astrophysics, Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China); Jilin University, Changchun (China); Zhang, Yi [Key Laboratory of Particle Astrophysics, Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China); Zhu, Yue [Key Laboratory of Particle Astrophysics, Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China); Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China); and others

    2012-12-11

    An experimental setup in dark condition was established to investigate the temperature and bias voltage dependence of the Multi-Pixel Photon Counter (MPPC), one type of the SiPM developed by Hamamatsu. The dark current of an MPPC near room temperature at a given gain can be approximated by an exponential function of temperature which is similar to the behavior of a negative temperature coefficient (NTC) thermistor. According to these facts, a gain control and stabilization circuit for MPPC is developed by using a programmable current sink with temperature compensation. Detailed design and performance analysis results of the circuit in the temperature range from 5.1 Degree-Sign C to 33.3 Degree-Sign C will be discussed in this paper.

  8. Stability-indicating assay of repaglinide in bulk and optimized nanoemulsion by validated high performance thin layer chromatography technique

    Juber Akhtar

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A sensitive, selective, precise and stability-indicating high-performance thin-layer chromatographic (HPTLC method for analysis of repaglinide both as a bulk drug and in nanoemulsion formulation was developed and validated. The method employed TLC aluminum plates precoated with silica gel 60F-254 as the stationary phase. The solvent system consisted of chloroform/methanol/ammonia/glacial acetic acid (7.5:1.5:0.9:0.1, v/v/v/v. This system was found to give compact spots for repaglinide (R f value of 0.38 ± 0.02. Repaglinide was subjected to acid and alkali hydrolysis, oxidation, photodegradation and dry heat treatment. Also, the degraded products were well separated from the pure drug. Densitometric analysis of repaglinide was carried out in the absorbance mode at 240 nm. The linear regression data for the calibration plots showed good linear relationship with r 2 = 0.998 ± 0.032 in the concentration range of 50-800 ng. The method was validated for precision, accuracy as recovery, robustness and specificity. The limits of detection and quantitation were 0.023 and 0.069 ng per spot, respectively. The drug undergoes degradation under acidic and basic conditions, oxidation and dry heat treatment. All the peaks of the degraded product were resolved from the standard drug with significantly different R f values. Statistical analysis proves that the method is reproducible and selective for the estimation of the said drug. As the method could effectively separate the drug from its degradation products, it can be employed as a stability-indicating one. Moreover, the proposed HPTLC method was utilized to investigate the degradation kinetics in 1M NaOH.

  9. Aminolysis of polyethylene terephthalate surface along with in situ synthesis and stabilizing ZnO nanoparticles using triethanolamine optimized with response surface methodology.

    Poortavasoly, Hajar; Montazer, Majid; Harifi, Tina

    2016-01-01

    This research concerned the simultaneous polyester surface modification and synthesis of zinc oxide nano-reactors to develop durable photo-bio-active fabric with variable hydrophobicity/hydrophilicity under sunlight. For this purpose, triethanolamine (TEA) was applied as a stabilizer and pH adjusting chemical for the aminolysis of polyester surface and enhancing the surface reactivity along with synthesis and deposition of ZnO nanoparticles on the fabric. Therefore, TEA played a crucial role in providing the alkaline condition for the preparation of zinc oxide nanoparticles and acting as stabilizer controlling the size of the prepared nanoparticles. The stain-photodegradability regarded as self-cleaning efficiency, wettability and weight change under the process was optimized based on zinc acetate and TEA concentrations, using central composite design (CCD). Findings also suggested the potential of the prepared fabric in inhibiting Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli bacteria growth with greater than 99.99% antibacterial efficiency. Besides, the proposed treatment had no detrimental effect on tensile strength and hand feeling of the polyester fabric. PMID:26478337

  10. Thermal Stability of Oil Palm Empty Fruit Bunch (OPEFB) Nanocrystalline Cellulose: Effects of post-treatment of oven drying and solvent exchange techniques

    Indarti, E.; Marwan; Wanrosli, W. D.

    2015-06-01

    Nanocrystallinecellulose (NCC) from biomass is a promising material with huge potentials in various applications. A big challenge in its utilization is the agglomeration of the NCC's during processing due to hydrogen bonding among the cellulose chains when in close proximity to each other. Obtaining NCC's in a non-agglomerated and non-aqueous condition is challenging. In the present work NCC's was isolated from oil palm empty fruit bunch (OPEFB) using TEMPO-oxidation reaction method. To obtain non-agglomerated and non-aqueous products, the NCC's underwent post-treatment using oven drying (OD) and solvent exchanged (SE) techniques. The thermal stability of all samples was determined from TGA and DTG profiles whilst FTIR was used to analyzethe chemical modifications that occurred under these conditions. NCC-SE has better thermal stability than the NCC-OD and its on-set degradation temperature and residue are also higher. FTIR analysis shows that NCC-SE has a slightly different chemical composition whereby the absorption band at 1300 cm-1 (due to C-O symmetric stretching) is absent as compared to NCC-OD indicating that in NCC-SE the carboxylate group is in acid form which contribute to its thermal stability

  11. An in-situ K-Ar isochron dating method for planetary landers using a spot-by-spot laser-ablation technique

    Cho, Yuichiro; Sugita, Seiji; Miura, Yayoi N.; Okazaki, Ryuji; Iwata, Naoyoshi; Morota, Tomokatsu; Kameda, Shingo

    2016-09-01

    Age is essential information for interpreting the geologic record on planetary surfaces. Although crater counting has been widely used to estimate the planetary surface ages, crater chronology in the inner solar system is largely built on radiometric age data from limited sites on the Moon. This has resulted in major uncertainty in planetary chronology. Because opportunities for sample-return missions are limited, in-situ geochronology measurements from one-way lander/rover missions are extremely valuable. Here we developed an in-situ isochron-based dating method using the K-Ar system, with K and Ar in a single rock sample extracted locally by laser ablation and measured using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) and a quadrupole mass spectrometer (QMS), respectively. We built an experimental system combining flight-equivalent instruments and measured K-Ar ages for mineral samples with known ages (~1.8 Ga) and K contents (1-8 wt%); we achieved precision of 20% except for a mineral with low mechanical strength. Furthermore, validation measurements with two natural rocks (gneiss slabs) obtained K-Ar isochron ages and initial 40Ar consistent with known values for both cases. This result supports that our LIBS-MS approach can derive both isochron ages and contributions of non-in situ radiogenic 40Ar from natural rocks. Error assessments suggest that the absolute ages of key geologic events including the Noachian/Hesperian- and the Hesperian/Amazonian-transition can be dated with 10-20% errors for a rock containing ~1 wt% K2O, greatly reducing the uncertainty of current crater chronology models on Mars.

  12. Monitoring of a landslide stabilized with bioengineering techniques in 1997, northern Tuscany. Vegetation development analysis and state of preservation of wood

    Errico, Alessandro; Giambastiani, Yamuna; Guastini, Enrico; Dani, Andrea

    2014-05-01

    In 1996 a large landslide occurred in the chestnut grove nearby Pomezzana, a small town situated in the mountains of northern Tuscany, Italy. No damages were registered to population nor infrastructures, but the residual risks deriving from the effects of the event needed to be solved by means of a stabilization of the ground and reforestation. The choice has been found among bioengineering techniques, which perfectly fit in the ecosystem, landscape and the economic budgets of mountain engineering. A complex project has been implemented, using several different typologies of wooden structures, combined with rooted plants, wooden cuttings and grass seeding on the slopes. The most of the stabilization effect was assigned to the cribwalls, construct using local chestnut wood. Works ended in 1997. In 2013, 16 years later, a monitoring on the vegetation development and the state of preservation of the wood in cribwalls has been conducted. On vegetation, it has been surveyed the composition of species, diameter and height. Moreover, by means of a GPS device, the position of every plant has been registered and transcribed on GIS softwares for elaboration. The conservation of wood in cribwalls has been checked using a Resistograph, drilling each structure in three areas (at the two ends and roughly in the middle) and testing every order. The root systems of two plants have been excavated to calculate the RAR value for different depths, in order to quantify the contribution of roots in land stabilization. The soil has been also analyzed to determine structure, texture and geotechnical properties. Combining these data with the topographic survey conducted by the designers of the work, it has been possible to calculate the Safety Factor for landslide triggering using the model Slip4ex. The results show a good preservation rate of wooden structures, combined with a high contribution of roots in stabilization. The registered tree species (mainly Alnus glutinosa) were almost all

  13. Preparation of polypropylene/montmorillonite nanocomposites by intercalative polymerization: Effect of in situ polymer matrix functionalization on the stability of the nanocomposite structure

    YANG KeFang; HUANG YingJuan; DONG JinYong

    2007-01-01

    The copolymerization of propylene and 5-hexenyl-9-borabicyclo[3.3.1]nonane (5-hexenyl-9-BBN) has been conducted with an MgCl2/TiCl4 catalyst intercalated in an organically modified montmorillonite (OMMT) with triethylaluminum (AlEt3) cocatalyst and diphenyldimethoxysilane (DDS) external donor. This polymerization process simultaneously results in both the exfoliation of MMT layers to realize the preparation of polypropylene (PP)/MMT nanocomposites and the implantation of reactive borane groups in the formed PP matrix. The polymer-borne borane groups have been able to undergo an efficient hydrolysis process under very mild reaction conditions (40℃, 3 h, in THF), introducing hydroxy groups into PP without sacrificing the polymerization-formed nanocomposite structure (the exfoliation of MMT). The resultant hydroxyl-functionalized PP/MMT nanocomposites exhibit enhanced structural stability against processing compared with those based on unfunctionalized PP matrix.

  14. Tracer-level radioactive pilot-scale test of in situ vitrification for the stabilization of contaminated soil sites at ORNL

    Spalding, B.P.; Jacobs, G.K.; Naney, M.T. (Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)); Dunbar, N.W. (New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources, Socorro, NM (United States)); Tixier, J.S.; Powell, T.D. (Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (United States))

    1992-11-01

    A field demonstration of in situ vitrification (ISV) was completed in May 1991, and produced approximately 12 Mg of melted earthen materials containing 12.7 mCi of radioactivity within 500 g of sludge in amodel of an old seepage trench waste disposal unit. Past waste disposal operations at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have left several contaminated seepage sites. In planning for remediation of such sites, ISV technology has been identified as a leading candidate because of the high risks associated with any retrieval option and because of the usual high quality of vitreous waste form. Major isotopes placed in the test trench were [sup 137]Cs and [sup 90]Sr, with lesser amounts of [sup 6O]Co, [sup 241]Am, and [sup 239,240]Pu. A total of 29 MWh of electrical power was delivered to the ground over a 5-day period producing a melt depth of 8.5 ft. During melting, 2.4% of the [sup 137]Cs volatilized from the melt into an off-gas containment hood and was captured quantitatively on a high efficiency particulate air filter. No volatilization of [sup 90]Sr, [sup 241]Am, or [sup 239,240]Pu was detected and > 99.993% retention of these isotopes in the melt was estimated. The use of added rare earth tracers (Ce, La, and Nd), as surrogates for transuranic isotopes, led to estimated melt retentions of >99.9995% during the test. The molten material, composed of the native soil and dolomitic limestone used for filling the test trench, reached a processing temperature of 1500[degrees]C. Standardized leaching procedures using Product Consistency Testing indicated that the ISV product has excellent characteristics relative to other vitreous nuclear waste forms.

  15. Tracer-level radioactive pilot-scale test of in situ vitrification for the stabilization of contaminated soil sites at ORNL

    Spalding, B.P.; Jacobs, G.K.; Naney, M.T. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Dunbar, N.W. [New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources, Socorro, NM (United States); Tixier, J.S.; Powell, T.D. [Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (United States)

    1992-11-01

    A field demonstration of in situ vitrification (ISV) was completed in May 1991, and produced approximately 12 Mg of melted earthen materials containing 12.7 mCi of radioactivity within 500 g of sludge in amodel of an old seepage trench waste disposal unit. Past waste disposal operations at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have left several contaminated seepage sites. In planning for remediation of such sites, ISV technology has been identified as a leading candidate because of the high risks associated with any retrieval option and because of the usual high quality of vitreous waste form. Major isotopes placed in the test trench were {sup 137}Cs and {sup 90}Sr, with lesser amounts of {sup 6O}Co, {sup 241}Am, and {sup 239,240}Pu. A total of 29 MWh of electrical power was delivered to the ground over a 5-day period producing a melt depth of 8.5 ft. During melting, 2.4% of the {sup 137}Cs volatilized from the melt into an off-gas containment hood and was captured quantitatively on a high efficiency particulate air filter. No volatilization of {sup 90}Sr, {sup 241}Am, or {sup 239,240}Pu was detected and > 99.993% retention of these isotopes in the melt was estimated. The use of added rare earth tracers (Ce, La, and Nd), as surrogates for transuranic isotopes, led to estimated melt retentions of >99.9995% during the test. The molten material, composed of the native soil and dolomitic limestone used for filling the test trench, reached a processing temperature of 1500{degrees}C. Standardized leaching procedures using Product Consistency Testing indicated that the ISV product has excellent characteristics relative to other vitreous nuclear waste forms.

  16. Effect of inorganic amendments for in situ stabilization of cadmium in contaminated soils and its phyto-availability to wheat and rice under rotation.

    Rehman, Muhammad Zia-ur; Rizwan, Muhammad; Ghafoor, Abdul; Naeem, Asif; Ali, Shafaqat; Sabir, Muhammad; Qayyum, Muhammad Farooq

    2015-11-01

    Cadmium (Cd) toxicity is a widespread problem in crops grown on contaminated soils, and little information is available on the role of inorganic amendments in Cd immobilization, uptake, and tolerance in crops especially under filed conditions. The effect of three amendments, monoammonium phosphate (MAP), gypsum, and elemental sulfur (S), on Cd immobilization in soil and uptake in wheat and rice plants, under rotation, were investigated under field conditions receiving raw city effluent since >20 years and contaminated with Cd. Three levels of each treatment, 0.2, 0.4, and 0.8% by weight, were applied at the start of the experiment, and wheat was sown in the field. After wheat harvesting, rice was sown in the same field without application of amendments. Both crops were harvested at physiological maturity, and data regarding grain yield, straw biomass, Cd concentrations, and uptake in grain and straw, and bioavailable Cd in soil and soil pH were recorded. Both MAP and gypsum application increased grain yield and biomass of wheat and rice, while S application did not increase the yield of both crops. MAP and gypsum amendments decreased gain and straw Cd concentrations and uptake in both crops, while S application increased Cd concentrations in these parts which were correlated with soil bioavailable Cd. We conclude that MAP and gypsum amendments could be used to decrease Cd uptake by plants receiving raw city effluents, and gypsum might be a better amendment for in situ immobilization of Cd due to its low cost and frequent availability. PMID:26109220

  17. Tracer-level radioactive pilot-scale test of in situ vitrification for the stabilization of contaminated soil sites at ORNL

    A field demonstration of in situ vitrification (ISV) was completed in May 1991, and produced approximately 12 Mg of melted earthen materials containing 12.7 mCi of radioactivity within 500 g of sludge in amodel of an old seepage trench waste disposal unit. Past waste disposal operations at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have left several contaminated seepage sites. In planning for remediation of such sites, ISV technology has been identified as a leading candidate because of the high risks associated with any retrieval option and because of the usual high quality of vitreous waste form. Major isotopes placed in the test trench were 137Cs and 90Sr, with lesser amounts of 6OCo, 241Am, and 239,240Pu. A total of 29 MWh of electrical power was delivered to the ground over a 5-day period producing a melt depth of 8.5 ft. During melting, 2.4% of the 137Cs volatilized from the melt into an off-gas containment hood and was captured quantitatively on a high efficiency particulate air filter. No volatilization of 90Sr, 241Am, or 239,240Pu was detected and > 99.993% retention of these isotopes in the melt was estimated. The use of added rare earth tracers (Ce, La, and Nd), as surrogates for transuranic isotopes, led to estimated melt retentions of >99.9995% during the test. The molten material, composed of the native soil and dolomitic limestone used for filling the test trench, reached a processing temperature of 1500 degrees C. Standardized leaching procedures using Product Consistency Testing indicated that the ISV product has excellent characteristics relative to other vitreous nuclear waste forms

  18. Over-expression of DAAO and catalase in Kluyveromyces marxianus through media optimization, permeabilization and GA stabilization techniques.

    Kostova, Donka D; Petrova, Ventsislava Y; Kujumdzieva, Anna V

    2008-01-01

    The selected thermotolerant, lactose-utilizing yeast strain Kluyveromyces marxianus NBIMCC 8362 possesses high specific d-amino acid oxidase activity (60Ug(-1)), which was increased nine-fold (545Ug(-1)) by design of the growth medium and conditions for d-amino oxidase induction. Applying an optimized simple and rapid procedure for chemical permeabilization of K. marxianus cells with the cationic detergent cetyltrimethylammonium bromide, the enzyme activities (d-amino acid oxidase and catalase) of the cells have been further increased for up to 43- and 58-fold, respectively. However, the enzyme activities of the permeabilized cells decreased rapidly due to the leakage of the enzymes. Treating the permeabilized cells with 0.1% glutaraldehyde at 4°C for 10min stabilized the enzyme in the cells and prevented their outflow. The process is stable for 10 cycles and the productivity measured was 16.6mmmoll(-1)h(-1). The d-alanine transformation efficiency of K. marxianus permeabilized and GA entrapted cells was 98%. PMID:22578860

  19. An experimental study of the (Ti-6Al-4V)-xH phase diagram using in situ synchrotron XRD and TGA/DSC techniques.

    Sun, Pei; Fang, Z. Zak; Koopman, Mark; Paramore, James D.; Chandran, K. S. Ravi; Ren, Yang; Lu, Jun

    2015-02-01

    Hydrogen has been investigated for decades as a temporary alloying element to refine the microstructure of Ti-6Al-4V, and is now being used in a novel powder metallurgy method known as "hydrogen sintering and phase transformation". Pseudo-binary phase diagrams of (Ti-6Al-4V)-xH have been studied and developed, but are not well established due to methodological limitations. In this paper, in situ studies of phase transformations during hydrogenation and dehydrogenation of (Ti-6Al-4V)-xH alloys were conducted using high-energy synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The eutectoid phase transformation of β ↔ α + δ was observed in the (Ti-6Al-4V)-xH alloy via in situ synchrotron XRD at 211 °C with a hydrogen concentration of 37.5 at.% (measured using TGA-DSC). The relationships of hydrogen composition to partial pressure and temperature were investigated in the temperature range 450-900°C. Based on these results, a partial pseudo-binary phase diagram of (Ti-6Al-4V)-xH is proposed for hydrogen compositions up to 60 at.% in the temperature range 100-900°C. Using the data collected in real time under controlled parameters of temperature, composition and hydrogen partial pressure, this work characterizes relevant phase transformations and microstructural evolution for practical titanium-hydrogen technologies of Ti-6Al-4V.

  20. Net community production of oxygen derived from in vitro and in situ 1-D modeling techniques in a cyclonic mesoscale eddy in the Sargasso Sea

    B. Mouriño-Carballido

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available A cyclonic eddy was intensively investigated during four cruises carried out in the Sargasso Sea between late June and early August 2004. In this study we compare in vitro incubation estimates of net community production (NCP with in situ estimates derived from oxygen profiles and a 1-D model. The in vitro NCP rates measured at the center of the eddy showed a shift from slight net autotrophy (7±3 mmol O2 m−2 d−1 to net heterotrophy (−25±5 mmol O2 m−2 d−1 from late June to early August. The model-derived NCP rates also showed a temporal decline (21 to −1 to 13 mmol O2 m−2 d−1, but reported net autotrophy or balance for the sampling period. These results point to methodological artefacts or temporal and submesoscale variability as the mechanisms responsible for the disagreement between the in vitro and the in situ NCP estimates.

  1. Working mechanism and numerical simulation of assembly coastal building techniques

    陈育民; 刘汉龙; 陈泽

    2008-01-01

    A new coastal technique, named as assembly coastal building, was introduced. The main concept of the technique was the assembling components which could be combined and locked together to form a large caisson. The assembly coastal building technique was used in a sea access road in Zhuanghai 4X1 well, Dagang Oilfield. The design plans and in-situ tests in the sea access road project were introduced in detail. According to the Zhuanghai project, the numerical simulation method of assembly coastal building technique was proposed. 2D numerical simulations were performed in FLAC to analyze the displacement and stability of the technique in the construction process and post-construction period. The settlement calculated is close to the in-situ results, which proves that the proposed numerical method is reasonable. Results show that the assembly coastal building technique has large safety factor under the gravity loading and wave loadings.

  2. Thermal stability and thermal expansion behaviour of ZrO{sub 2}/Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} multilayers deposited by pulsed laser deposition technique

    Mishra, Maneesha, E-mail: pkigcar@gmail.com [Materials Synthesis and Structural Characterisation Division, Physical Metallurgy Group, Metallurgy and Materials Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102 (India); Kuppusami, P. [Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Sathyabama University, Chennai, 600119 Tamil Nadu (India); Murugesan, S.; Ghosh, Chanchal; Divakar, R.; Singh, Akash; Mohandas, E. [Materials Synthesis and Structural Characterisation Division, Physical Metallurgy Group, Metallurgy and Materials Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102 (India)

    2015-07-15

    Multilayers of ZrO{sub 2}/Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} were prepared by pulsed laser deposition technique with variation in the ZrO{sub 2} layer thickness from 5 to 30 nm keeping the Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer thickness constant (∼10 nm). The stability, phase evolution and thermal expansion behaviour of the multilayers were analyzed by high temperature x-ray diffraction technique, in the temperature range of 300–1373 K. Unlike the single layer of ZrO{sub 2} film, which shows a mixture of tetragonal and monoclinic phase, the ZrO{sub 2} layers in multilayers show tetragonal phase in case of all the multilayers investigated in the present work. The values of coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) decrease with increase in the ZrO{sub 2} layer thickness. The CTE of both ZrO{sub 2} and Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} are found to be influenced by their mutual solubility as well as due to interdiffusion of these oxides taking place along the interfaces of the multilayers, especially during high temperature heat-treatment. - Highlights: • ZrO{sub 2}/Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} multilayers were deposited by pulsed laser deposition technique. • Formation of tetragonal phase of ZrO{sub 2} and cubic phase of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} were observed. • The multilayers films show good thermal stability upto temperature 1373 K. • The coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of t-ZrO{sub 2} decreases with increase in ZrO{sub 2} layer thickness.

  3. Posterior cervical arthrodesis and stabilization: an early report using a novel lateral mass screw and rod technique

    Horgan; Kellogg; Chesnut

    1999-06-01

    OBJECTIVE: Posterior cervical arthrodesis and stabilization with lateral mass plates is a biomechanically sound construct in multiple planes of motion. It is reproducible and especially useful when the posterior elements are missing or fractured. Unfortunately, it is difficult to use in patients with severe degenerative spondylosis because the plate is malleable only in the sagittal plane and the screw positions are dictated by the plate's entry holes. METHODS: A novel system of lateral mass screws that can be positioned before placement of a lateral construct was used in nine patients. Their outcomes as well as the technical applications of this system were reviewed. RESULTS: A total of 52 screws were placed in nine patients who underwent posterior cervical arthrodesis with the Cervifix system (Synthes USA, Paoli, PA). Diagnoses included trauma in four patients, degenerative spondylosis in three, and tumor in two. Rods were molded individually according to the patient's anatomy. Compression, distraction, and lateral rotation, if indicated, were performed. Follow-up averaged 36 weeks. Lateral and anteroposterior radiographs, obtained at progressive intervals, revealed excellent fixation and screw purchase without pull-out. There were no cases of spinal cord, nerve root, or vertebral artery injury. CONCLUSION: The Cervifix system accommodates variation in anatomic size and spacing of the lateral masses, potentiating precise screw placement. The rods can be molded in multiple planes, and selective application of compressive, distractive, or lateral rotatory forces is allowed. The system is very straightforward and simple to use, and we have had good success without pseudarthrosis or complications from screw placement in our series. PMID:10371626

  4. Methodology to calculate the Lyapunov exponents in real systems using dynamic reconstruction technique. Use in nuclear reactor stability studies

    In this paper we have developed a methodology to obtain the Lyapunov exponents in systems with large amounts of noise using Dynamic Reconstruction Techniques and the Eckmann algorithm. In order to validate the method, these characteristic exponents, are compared with the ones obtained directly from the governing equations of the dynamics systems[6]. Then we have obtained the Lyapunov Exponents from APRM and LPRM series from Cofrentes Nuclear Power Plant. The method we have developed has two advantages, the first one is that it can be applied to systems with large amounts of noise in any regime, and the second one is that it can be applied to small data series of low precision. (author). 18 refs, 2 figs, 3 tabs

  5. Comparative Study of Thermal Stability of NiFe and NiFeTa Thin Films Grown by Cosputtering Technique

    Phuoc, Nguyen N.; Ong, C. K.

    2016-08-01

    A comparative study of the thermal behavior of dynamic permeability spectra for compositionally graded NiFeTa and uniform-composition NiFe thin films has been carried out. We found that the resonance frequency of the compositionally graded NiFeTa film increased with increasing temperature, while it decreased for the case of the uniform-composition NiFe thin film. This finding unambiguously suggests that the compositional gradient of the film is the only reason for the increase of the magnetic anisotropy with temperature due to its stress-induced origin, while the cosputtering technique does not play any role in this peculiar behavior. The temperature dependence of the frequency linewidth is also presented and discussed.

  6. Use of thermal analysis techniques (TG–DSC) for the characterization of diverse organic municipal waste streams to predict biological stability prior to land application

    Highlights: ► Thermal analysis was used to assess stability and composition of organic matter in three diverse municipal waste streams. ► Results were compared with C mineralization during 90-day incubation, FTIR and 13C NMR. ► Thermal analysis reflected the differences between the organic wastes before and after the incubation. ► The calculated energy density showed a strong correlation with cumulative respiration. ► Conventional and thermal methods provide complimentary means of characterizing organic wastes. - Abstract: The use of organic municipal wastes as soil amendments is an increasing practice that can divert significant amounts of waste from landfill, and provides a potential source of nutrients and organic matter to ameliorate degraded soils. Due to the high heterogeneity of organic municipal waste streams, it is difficult to rapidly and cost-effectively establish their suitability as soil amendments using a single method. Thermal analysis has been proposed as an evolving technique to assess the stability and composition of the organic matter present in these wastes. In this study, three different organic municipal waste streams (i.e., a municipal waste compost (MC), a composted sewage sludge (CS) and a thermally dried sewage sludge (TS)) were characterized using conventional and thermal methods. The conventional methods used to test organic matter stability included laboratory incubation with measurement of respired C, and spectroscopic methods to characterize chemical composition. Carbon mineralization was measured during a 90-day incubation, and samples before and after incubation were analyzed by chemical (elemental analysis) and spectroscopic (infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance) methods. Results were compared with those obtained by thermogravimetry (TG) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) techniques. Total amounts of CO2 respired indicated that the organic matter in the TS was the least stable, while that in the CS was the

  7. In situ stabilization/solidification pilot testing of coal tar contaminated sediment focusing on mix uniformity, post-treatment curing and workability evaluation, Sydney Harbour, Nova Scotia

    Carbonneau, K.; Flood, P.J.; Noble, B. [AECOM Environmental, Los Angeles, CA (United States)

    2010-07-01

    A study conducted by Environment Canada during the 1980s demonstrated the presence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) above risk benchmarks for aquatic organisms in the sediments of estuarine ponds located in Sydney Harbour, Nova Scotia. This paper presented the results of pilot-scale demonstration conducted to determine post-treatment uniformity and workability of the solidification/stabilization (S/S) solution used to remove exposure pathways, reduce erodability, and improve sediment strength. Interlocking steel sheet pile (SSP) was driven through the sediment into the underlying natural soils in 6 distinct cells in order to evaluate multiple reagent mix designs. Grain size distribution, moisture content, and sediment bulk density were measured. Dynamic cone penetrometer tests were conducted after each cell was mixed. Samples were taken to assess unconfined compressive strength and hydraulic conductivity. The post-treatment curing and workability rate was also assessed. Results of the study showed consistent hardness with depth in each cell and increasing hardness with depth as a function of the cement content of the mix. The post-treated material did not exhibit a well-defined moisture density relationship. Moisture sensitivity was demonstrated by a rapid loss of strength upon a relatively small increase in moisture content. 5 refs., 3 tabs., 8 figs.

  8. In-situ and Remote-Sensing Data Fusion Using Machine Learning Techniques to Infer Urban and Fire Related Pollution Plumes

    Segal-Rosenhaimer, M.; Russell, P. B.; Schmid, B.; Redemann, J.; Livingston, J. M.; Flynn, C. J.; Johnson, R. R.; Dunagan, S. E.; Shinozuka, Y.; Kacenelenbogen, M. S.; Chatfield, R. B.

    2014-12-01

    Airmass type characterization is key in understanding the relative contribution of various emission sources to atmospheric composition and air quality and can be useful in bottom-up model validation and emission inventories. However, classification of pollution plumes from space is often not trivial. Sub-orbital campaigns, such as SEAC4RS (Studies of Emissions, Atmospheric Composition, Clouds and Climate Coupling by Regional Surveys) give us a unique opportunity to study atmospheric composition in detail, by using a vast suite of in-situ instruments for the detection of trace gases and aerosols. These measurements allow identification of spatial and temporal atmospheric composition changes due to various pollution plumes resulting from urban, biogenic and smoke emissions. Nevertheless, to transfer the knowledge gathered from such campaigns into a global spatial and temporal context, there is a need to develop workflow that can be applicable to measurements from space. In this work we rely on sub-orbital in-situ and total column remote sensing measurements of various pollution plumes taken aboard the NASA DC-8 during 2013 SEAC4RS campaign, linking them through a neural-network (NN) algorithm to allow inference of pollution plume types by input of columnar aerosol and trace-gas measurements. In particular, we use the 4STAR (Spectrometer for Sky-Scanning, Sun-Tracking Atmospheric Research) airborne measurements of wavelength dependent aerosol optical depth (AOD), particle size proxies, O3, NO2 and water vapor to classify different pollution plumes. Our method relies on assigning a-priori "ground-truth" labeling to the various plumes, which include urban pollution, different fire types (i.e. forest and agriculture) and fire stage (i.e. fresh and aged) using cluster analysis of aerosol and trace-gases in-situ and expert input and the training of a NN scheme to fit the best prediction parameters using 4STAR measurements as input. We explore our misclassification rates as

  9. In-Situ and Remote-Sensing Data Fusion Using Machine Learning Techniques to Infer Urban and Fire Related Pollution Plumes

    Russell, P. B.; Segal-Rozenhaimer, M.; Schmid, B.; Redemann, J.; Livingston, J. M.; Flynn, C.J.; Johnson, R. R.; Dunagan, S. E.; Shinozuka, Y.; Kacenelenbogen, M.; Chatfield, R. B.

    2014-01-01

    Airmass type characterization is key in understanding the relative contribution of various emission sources to atmospheric composition and air quality and can be useful in bottom-up model validation and emission inventories. However, classification of pollution plumes from space is often not trivial. Sub-orbital campaigns, such as SEAC4RS (Studies of Emissions, Atmospheric Composition, Clouds and Climate Coupling by Regional Surveys) give us a unique opportunity to study atmospheric composition in detail, by using a vast suite of in-situ instruments for the detection of trace gases and aerosols. These measurements allow identification of spatial and temporal atmospheric composition changes due to various pollution plumes resulting from urban, biogenic and smoke emissions. Nevertheless, to transfer the knowledge gathered from such campaigns into a global spatial and temporal context, there is a need to develop workflow that can be applicable to measurements from space. In this work we rely on sub-orbital in-situ and total column remote sensing measurements of various pollution plumes taken aboard the NASA DC-8 during 2013 SEAC4RS campaign, linking them through a neural-network (NN) algorithm to allow inference of pollution plume types by input of columnar aerosol and trace-gas measurements. In particular, we use the 4STAR (Spectrometer for Sky-Scanning, Sun-Tracking Atmospheric Research) airborne measurements of wavelength dependent aerosol optical depth (AOD), particle size proxies, O3, NO2 and water vapor to classify different pollution plumes. Our method relies on assigning a-priori ground-truth labeling to the various plumes, which include urban pollution, different fire types (i.e. forest and agriculture) and fire stage (i.e. fresh and aged) using cluster analysis of aerosol and trace-gases in-situ and auxiliary (e.g. trajectory) data and the training of a NN scheme to fit the best prediction parameters using 4STAR measurements as input. We explore our

  10. EFFECT OF CONJUNCTIVA-LIMBUS TRANSPLANTATION WITH FIBRIN GLUE COMPARE TO SUTURE TECHNIQUE ON STABILITY OF THE GRAFT ATTACHMENT IN PTERYGIUM SURGERY

    Eka Sutyawan

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Pterygium is a growth that develops on the conjunctiva or mucous membrane covers the white part of eye. It is a benign or noncancerous growth that is often shaped like a wedge. This study aims to assess the efficacy and safety attachment graft on conjunctiva-limbus autograft transplantation using fibrin glue compared with suture technique in pterygium patient.Method: Single-blindrandomized clinical trials. The samples were all pterygium patients with grade two or more who underwent pterygium surgery at the eye clinic and central operating theatre Sanglah General Hospital Denpasar, Bali-Indonesia and met the eligibility criteria. Samples were divided into suture and fibringlue groups based on permutation-block randomization. Mann-Whitney U test and repeated measurement of ANOVA Analyses were performed to determine the different between two treatments.Results: There were no significant differences in the stability of graft’s attachment between the two groups either on the first day, first week and first month despite fibrin glue technique showed lower results in the first week and first month (p = 0.787, p = 0.233, and p = 0.475. The average time it takes the fibrin glue technique 21.80 ± 2:37 minutes, much shorter than 41.67 ± 6.99 min in the suture technique (p = 0.001. Postoperative comfort in the fibrin glue group showed lower scores on the first day, first week and first month compared with the suture group (p = 0.000, p =0.000 and p = 0.035. During the follow-up period no complications were found.Conclusion: The stability of graft attachment between the fibrin glue and suture technique is not significantly different. Fibrin glue could be chosen as an alternative method in the conjunctiva-limbus autograft and helpful in shortening the operating time and improve comfort postoperatively.

  11. Trace Metals in Groundwater and Vadose Zone Calcite: In Situ Containment and Stabilization of Stronthium-90 and Other Divalent Metals and Radionuclides at Arid Western DOE Sites: Final Report for Award Number DE-FG07-02ER63486 to the University of Idaho (RW Smith) Environmental Management Science Program Project Number 87016

    Smith, Robert W.; Fujita, Yoshiko

    2007-11-07

    Radionuclide and metal contaminants are present in the vadose zone and groundwater throughout the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) energy research and weapons complex. In situ containment and stabilization of these contaminants represents a cost-effective treatment strategy that minimizes workers’ exposure to hazardous substances, does not require removal or transport of contaminants, and generally does not generate a secondary waste stream. We have investigated an in situ bioremediation approach that immobilizes radionuclides or contaminant metals (e.g., strontium-90) by their microbially facilitated co-precipitation with calcium carbonate in groundwater and vadose zone systems. Calcite, a common mineral in many aquifers and vadose zones in the arid west, can incorporate divalent metals such as strontium, cadmium, lead, and cobalt into its crystal structure by the formation of a solid solution. Collaborative research undertaken by the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), University of Idaho, and University of Toronto as part of this Environmental Management Science Program project has focused on in situ microbially-catalyzed urea hydrolysis, which results in an increase in pH, carbonate alkalinity, ammonium, calcite precipitation, and co-precipitation of divalent cations. In calcite-saturated aquifers, microbially facilitated co-precipitation with calcium carbonate represents a potential long-term contaminant sequestration mechanism. Key results of the project include: **Demonstrating the linkage between urea hydrolysis and calcite precipitation in field and laboratory experiments **Observing strontium incorporation into calcite precipitate by urea hydrolyzers with higher distribution coefficient than in abiotic **Developing and applying molecular methods for characterizing microbial urease activity in groundwater including a quantitative PCR method for enumerating ureolytic bacteria **Applying the suite of developed molecular methods to assess the feasibility of the

  12. Trace Metals in Groundwater and Vadose Zone Calcite: In Situ Containment and Stabilization of Strontium-90 and Other Divalent Metals and Radionuclides at Arid Western DOE Sites: Final Report for Award Number DE-FG07-02ER63486 to the University of Idaho (RW Smith) Environmental Management Science Program Project Number 87016

    Radionuclide and metal contaminants are present in the vadose zone and groundwater throughout the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) energy research and weapons complex. In situ containment and stabilization of these contaminants represents a cost-effective treatment strategy that minimizes workers exposure to hazardous substances, does not require removal or transport of contaminants, and generally does not generate a secondary waste stream. We have investigated an in situ bioremediation approach that immobilizes radionuclides or contaminant metals (e.g., strontium-90) by their microbially facilitated co-precipitation with calcium carbonate in groundwater and vadose zone systems. Calcite, a common mineral in many aquifers and vadose zones in the arid west, can incorporate divalent metals such as strontium, cadmium, lead, and cobalt into its crystal structure by the formation of a solid solution. Collaborative research undertaken by the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), University of Idaho, and University of Toronto as part of this Environmental Management Science Program project has focused on in situ microbially-catalyzed urea hydrolysis, which results in an increase in pH, carbonate alkalinity, ammonium, calcite precipitation, and co-precipitation of divalent cations. In calcite-saturated aquifers, microbially facilitated co-precipitation with calcium carbonate represents a potential long-term contaminant sequestration mechanism. Key results of the project include: **Demonstrating the linkage between urea hydrolysis and calcite precipitation in field and laboratory experiments **Observing strontium incorporation into calcite precipitate by urea hydrolyzers with higher distribution coefficient than in abiotic **Developing and applying molecular methods for characterizing microbial urease activity in groundwater including a quantitative PCR method for enumerating ureolytic bacteria **Applying the suite of developed molecular methods to assess the feasibility of the

  13. Development of Evaluation Technique for Hydrogen Embrittlement Behavior of Metallic Materials Using in-situ SP Testing under Pressurized Hydrogen Gas Conditions

    Recently, alternative and novel energy resources have been developed for use in the future because of the current environmental problems and exhaustion of fossil energy resources. Hydrogen energy has many merits, such as its environmental friendliness, easy storage, and easy production, but it also has disadvantages, in that it is highly combustible and explosive. In this study, a test procedure using a simple SP test under highly pressurized hydrogen gas conditions was established. In order to evaluate its applicability, SP tests were carried out using a stainless steel (SUS316L) sample under atmospheric, pressurized helium, and pressurized hydrogen gas conditions. The results under the pressurized hydrogen gas condition showed fissuring and produced a reduction of the elongation in the plastic instability region due to hydrogen embrittlement, showing the effectiveness of the current in-situ SP test

  14. Evidence for Degradation of the Chrome Yellows in Van Gogh's Sunflowers: A Study Using Noninvasive In Situ Methods and Synchrotron-Radiation-Based X-ray Techniques.

    Monico, Letizia; Janssens, Koen; Hendriks, Ella; Vanmeert, Frederik; Van der Snickt, Geert; Cotte, Marine; Falkenberg, Gerald; Brunetti, Brunetto Giovanni; Miliani, Costanza

    2015-11-16

    This paper presents firm evidence for the chemical alteration of chrome yellow pigments in Van Gogh's Sunflowers (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam). Noninvasive in situ spectroscopic analysis at several spots on the painting, combined with synchrotron-radiation-based X-ray investigations of two microsamples, revealed the presence of different types of chrome yellow used by Van Gogh, including the lightfast PbCrO4 and the sulfur-rich PbCr1-x Sx O4 (x≈0.5) variety that is known for its high propensity to undergo photoinduced reduction. The products of this degradation process, i.e., Cr(III) compounds, were found at the interface between the paint and the varnish. Selected locations of the painting with the highest risk of color modification by chemical deterioration of chrome yellow are identified, thus calling for careful monitoring in the future. PMID:26482035

  15. An experimental study of the (Ti–6Al–4V)–xH phase diagram using in situ synchrotron XRD and TGA/DSC techniques

    Hydrogen has been investigated for decades as a temporary alloying element to refine the microstructure of Ti–6Al–4V, and is now being used in a novel powder metallurgy method known as “hydrogen sintering and phase transformation”. Pseudo-binary phase diagrams of (Ti–6Al–4V)–xH have been studied and developed, but are not well established due to methodological limitations. In this paper, in situ studies of phase transformations during hydrogenation and dehydrogenation of (Ti–6Al–4V)–xH alloys were conducted using high-energy synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The eutectoid phase transformation of β ↔ α + δ was observed in the (Ti–6Al–4V)–xH alloy via in situ synchrotron XRD at 211 °C with a hydrogen concentration of 37.5 at.% (measured using TGA–DSC). The relationships of hydrogen composition to partial pressure and temperature were investigated in the temperature range 450–900 °C. Based on these results, a partial pseudo-binary phase diagram of (Ti–6Al–4V)–xH is proposed for hydrogen compositions up to 60 at.% in the temperature range 100–900 °C. Using the data collected in real time under controlled parameters of temperature, composition and hydrogen partial pressure, this work characterizes relevant phase transformations and microstructural evolution for practical titanium–hydrogen technologies of Ti–6Al–4V

  16. Development and Testing of Techniques for In-Ground Stabilization, Size Reduction and Safe Removal of Radioactive Wastes Stored in Large Containments in Burial Grounds - 13591

    Radioactive waste materials, including Transuranic (TRU) wastes from laboratories have been stored below ground in large containments at a number of sites in the US DOE Complex, and at nuclear sites in Europe. These containments are generally referred to as caissons or shafts. The containments are in a range of sizes and depths below grade. The caissons at the DOE's Hanford site are cylindrical, of the order of 2,500 mm in diameter, 3,050 mm in height and are buried about 6,000 mm below grade. One type of caisson is made out of corrugated pipe, whereas others are made of concrete with standard re-bar. However, the larger shafts in the UK are of the order of 4,600 mm in diameter, 53,500 mm deep, and 12,000 below grade. This paper describes the R and D work and testing activities performed to date to evaluate the concept of in-ground size reduction and stabilization of the contents of large containments similar to those at Hanford. In practice, the height of the Test Facility provided for a test cell that was approximately 22' deep. That prevented a 'full scale mockup' test in the sense that the Hanford Caisson configuration would be an identical replication. Therefore, the project was conducted in two phases. The first phase tested a simulated Caisson with surrogate contents, and part of a Chute section, and the second phase tested a full chute section. These tests were performed at VJ Technologies Test Facility located in East Haven, CT, as part of the Proof of Design Concept program for studying the feasibility of an in-situ grout/grind/mix/stabilize technology for the remediation of four caissons at the 618-11 Burial Ground at US Department of Energy Hanford Site. The test site was constructed such that multiple testing areas were provided for the evaluation of various tools, equipment and procedures under conditions that simulated the Hanford site, with representative soils and layout dimensions. (authors)

  17. Feature articles, thermal power and atomic power. Evaluation technique of antiseismic stability of caisson foundation bulkhead. Karyoku, genshiryoku. Keson shiki gogan no taishin anteisei hyoka gijutsu ni tsuite

    Shimada, M.; Fujitani, M. (Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. (Japan))

    1994-05-31

    One of the site construction for nuclear power plant is an offshore artificial island system. In this case, the breakwater bulkhead constructed around the island plays an important role in keeping the safety of the whole site. Accordingly the establishment of evaluation technique of antiseismic stability is also important. This study reproduced the seismic behavior of the breakwater bulkhead by means of model vibration experiment. Various factors affecting the sliding of caisson were considered by taking into account the conventional design method and concept. The experimental results were numerically simulated. For analytically obtaining the settlement of the backward ground due to the sliding of caisson, the applicability of (1) elasto-plastic finite element method using the joint element, and (2) individual element method was investigated. Each of them proved to be effective for quantitatively evaluating the deformation behavior of caisson foundation bulkhead in case of earthquake. 5 refs., 19 figs., 5 tabs.

  18. A Power Interruption Technique for Investigation of Temperature Difference in Stabilized Low Direct-Current Arc Burning in Pure Argon on Atmospheric Pressure

    M. M. Kuzmanovi(c); J. J. Savovi(c); D. P. Rankovi(c); M. Stoiljkovi(c); A. Anti(c)-Jovanovi(c); M.S. Pavlovi(c); M. Marinkovi(c)

    2008-01-01

    @@ Plasma of argon stabilized arc column, in a current range 3-11 A, is investigated using emission spectrometric diagnostic techniques. Temperatures are evaluated using several methods: argon line to adjacent recombinational continuum intensity ratio, absolute emissivity of argon fine, measurement of electron number density, and power interruption. Electron number density is evaluated from absolute emissivity of recombinational continuum. The difference between electron Te and heavy particle Th temperature ranged from 4500 K for 3 A to 2300 K for 11 A arc current. By comparing the present with the previously obtained results, using the same arc device but with the introduction of water aerosol, it is concluded that water aerosol reduces the difference Te - Th and brings plasma closer to the partial thermodynamic equilibrium state.

  19. Effect of various de-anodizing techniques on the surface stability of non-colored and colored nanoporous AAO films in acidic solution

    Awad, Ahmed M.; Shehata, Omnia S.; Heakal, Fakiha El-Taib

    2015-12-01

    Anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) is well known as an important nanostructured material, and a useful template in the fabrication of nanostructures. Nanoporous anodic alumina (PAA) with high open porosity was prepared by adopting three de-anodizing regimes following the first anodizing step and preceding the second one. The de-anodizing methods include electrolytic etching (EE) and chemical etching using either phosphoric acid (PE) or sodium hydroxide (HE) solutions. Three of the obtained AAO samples were black colored by electrodeposition of copper nanoparticles in their pores. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and potentiodynamic polarization techniques were used to characterize the electrochemical performance of the two sets of the prepared samples. In general, the data obtained in aggressive aerated 0.5 M HCl solution demonstrated dissimilar behavior for the three prepared samples despite that the second anodizing step was the same for all of them. The data indicated that the resistance and thickness of the inner barrier part of nano-PAA film, are the main controlling factors determining its stability. On the other hand, coloring the film decreased its stability due to the galvanic effect. The difference in the electrochemical behavior of the three colored samples was discussed based on the difference in both the pore size and thickness of the outer porous part of PAA film as supported by SEM, TEM and cross-sectional micrographs. These results can thus contribute for better engineering applications of nanoporous AAO.

  20. In situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction experiments on Al-15%BN mechanically alloyed powder: Observation of AlN nanoparticles precipitation and enhanced thermal stability of nanostructured Al matrix

    Two different in situ experiments using high energy X-ray diffraction from synchrotron source were performed in order to understand carefully the phase transformation in nanostructured Al-15%BN mechanically alloyed powder. After milling at room temperature for 10 h, a solid solution of Al, B and N was achieved. During the heating, the formation and the evolution of the metastable trigonal Al2B3 and a very fine precipitation of hexagonal AlN (d 2B3 between 225 deg. C and 550 deg. C and, only around 600 deg. C the hexagonal AlB2 starts to form. A detectable decreasing of the Al crystallite size between 420 deg. C and 470 deg. C was attributed to the precipitation of AlN nanoparticles that reduce the Al volume fraction and, at the same time, hinder the grain boundary propagation. The powder loses the nanostructure above 600 deg. C exhibiting an exceptional thermal stability at temperatures close to 0.9Tm.

  1. Final report, Ames Mobile Laboratory Project: The development and operation of instrumentation in a mobile laboratory for in situ, real-time screening and characterization of soils using the laser ablation sampling technique

    The main focus of the Ames Laboratory's Technology Integration Program, TIP, from May 1991 through December 1994 was the development, fabrication, and demonstration of a mobile instrumentation laboratory incorporating rapid in situ sampling systems for safe, rapid, and cost effective soil screening/characterization. The Mobile Demonstration Laboratory for Environmental Screening Technologies, MDLEST, containing the analysis instrumentation, along with surface and subsurface sampling probe prototypes employing the laser ablation sampling technique were chosen to satisfy the particular surface and subsurface soil characterization needs of the various Department of Energy facilities for determining the extent of heavy metal and radionuclide contamination. The MDLEST, a 44 foot long 5th wheel trailer, is easily configured for the analysis instrumentation and sampling system required for the particular site work. This mobile laboratory contains all of the utilities needed to satisfy the operating requirements of the various instrumentation installed. These utilities include, an electric generator, a chilled water system, process gases, a heating/air conditioning system, and computer monitoring and automatic operating systems. Once the MDLEST arrives at the job site, the instrumentation is aligned and calibration is completed, sampling and analysis operations begin. The sample is acquired, analyzed and the results reported in as little as 10 minutes. The surface sampling probe is used in two modes to acquire samples for analysis. It is either set directly on the ground over the site to be sampled, in situ sampling, or in a special fixture used for calibrating the sampling analysis system with standard soil samples, having the samples brought to the MDLEST. The surface sampling probe was used to in situ sample a flat concrete surface (nondestructively) with the ablated sample being analyzed by the instrumentation in the MDLEST

  2. Use of Structure-from-Motion Photogrammetry Technique to model Danxia red bed landform slope stability by discrete element modeling - case study at Mt. Langshan, Hunan Province, China

    Simonson, Scott; Hua, Peng; Luobin, Yan; Zhi, Chen

    2016-04-01

    Important to the evolution of Danxia landforms is how the rock cliffs are in large part shaped by rock collapse events, ranging from small break offs to large collapses. Quantitative research of Danxia landform evolution is still relatively young. In 2013-2014, Chinese and Slovak researchers conducted joint research to measure deformation of two large rock walls. In situ measurements of one rock wall found it to be stable, and Ps-InSAR measurements of the other were too few to be validated. Research conducted this year by Chinese researchers modeled the stress states of a stone pillar at Mt. Langshan, in Hunan Province, that toppled over in 2009. The model was able to demonstrate how stress states within the pillar changed as the soft basal layer retreated, but was not able to show the stress states at the point of complete collapse. According to field observations, the back side of the pillar fell away from the entire cliff mass before the complete collapse, and no models have been able to demonstrate the mechanisms behind this behavior. A further understanding of the mechanisms controlling rockfall events in Danxia landforms is extremely important because these stunning sceneries draw millions of tourists each year. Protecting the tourists and the infrastructure constructed to accommodate tourism is of utmost concern. This research will employ a UAV to as universally as possible photograph a stone pillar at Mt. Langshan that stands next to where the stone pillar collapsed in 2009. Using the recently developed structure-from-motion technique, a 3D model of the pillar will be constructed in order to extract geometrical data of the entire slope and its structural fabric. Also in situ measurements will be taken of the slope's toe during the field work exercises. These data are essential to constructing a realistic discrete element model using the 3DEC code and perform a kinematic analysis of the rock mass. Intact rock behavior will be based on the Mohr Coulomb

  3. 反射镜光电平台视轴稳定技术研究%Line-of-sight stabilization techniques for mirror electro-optical platform

    宋江鹏; 孙广利; 周荻; 蔡慧敏

    2015-01-01

    According to diversity characteristics of the line-of-sight (LOS) kinematics in various mirror platforms, a general method based on the artificial mass stabilization platform was proposed to reconstruct LOS inertial angle rate in various mirror platforms by employing the basic mirror kinematics equations. Then, the LOS kinematics and the LOS stabilization techniques of several common mirror platforms just like the typical single mirror platform, the special configuration single mirror platform, the polar coordinate multi-mirror platform and the orthogonal coordinate multi-mirror platform were analyzed deeply. Lastly, the simulation results of elevation gimbal for the typical single mirror platform show that the method based on the artificial mass stabilization platform is feasible for various mirror LOS stabilization control.%针对不同类型反射镜平台视轴运动多样性的特点,从基本的反射镜视轴运动学关系出发,采用基于虚拟整体稳定平台的视轴重建方法对反射镜平台视轴惯性角速度进行数学重建。同时,深入分析了常见的典型单反射镜平台、特殊配置单反射镜平台、极坐标多反射镜平台以及直角坐标多反射镜平台的视轴运动学关系和视轴稳定控制技术。基于典型单反射镜平台俯仰轴视轴稳定控制的数值仿真结果表明,采用虚拟整体稳定平台方法的视轴稳定控制技术用于反射镜视轴稳定控制是可行的。

  4. Evaluation of dislocation density for 1100 aluminum with different grain size during tensile deformation by using in-situ X-ray diffraction technique

    Ultra-fine-grained (UFG) aluminum with a grain size of 260 nm was fabricated by annealing a severely plastically deformed A1100 alloy. The resulting UFG aluminum exhibited a 0.2% proof stress (σ0.2) that was four times larger than that predicted by the conventional Hall-Petch relation. In this study, the UFG aluminum, the fine-grained aluminum with a grain size of 960 nm and the coarse-grained aluminum with a grain size of 4.47 µm were prepared. The change in the dislocation density, ρ was investigated during tensile deformation using in-situ X-ray diffraction measurements at SPring-8. It was found that as the strain increased, the ρ changed in four distinct stages. The first stage was characterized by elastic deformation, and little change in the ρ occurred. For the coarse-grained aluminum, this stage was almost absent. In the second stage, the ρ rapidly increased until the stress reaches σII in which the plastic deformation begins to occur at a constant strain rate. In the third stage, only a moderate change in the ρ occurred. Finally, in the fourth stage, the ρ rapidly decreased as the test pieces underwent fracture. Additionally, it was found that the σ0.2-σI was followed by the conventional Hall-Petch relation in all grain size range. (author)

  5. Ni-AlxNiy core–shell structured particle reinforced Al-based composites fabricated by in-situ powder metallurgy technique

    Ni-AlxNiy core–shell structured particle reinforced aluminum based composites were fabricated using in-situ powder metallurgy method. Scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffraction, density analysis, hardness and compressive tests were used to investigate the effects of volume fraction of Ni particles and sintering atmosphere on the microstructures and mechanical properties of the composites. It has been shown that compared to Ar sintering atmosphere, N2 atmosphere is active sintering atmosphere for fabricating the composites. The AlN formed during the sintering process, which can substantially increase the density and hardness of the composites. The strength of the composites sintered under N2 atmosphere is higher than that of the composites sintered under Ar, while the ductility is slightly lower. It can be confirmed that the Ni-AlxNiy core–shell structures are of great benefit not only to increase the strength but also to remain the plasticity of the composites. - Highlights: • A new metal matrix composite (MMC) has been developed. • The developed MMC has a matrix/shell/core structure. • The developed MMC has both high strength and plasticity

  6. Characterization of electrode/electrolyte interface for lithium batteries using in situ synchrotron X-ray reflectometry - A new experimental technique for LiCoO{sub 2} model electrode

    Hirayama, Masaaki; Sonoyama, Noriyuki; Abe, Takeshi; Minoura, Machiko; Ito, Masumi; Mori, Daisuke; Yamada, Atsuo; Kanno, Ryoji [Department of Electronic Chemistry, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 4259 Nagatuta, Midori-ku, Yokohama 226-8502 (Japan); Terashima, Takahito; Takano, Mikio [Institute of Chemical Research, Kyoto University, Uji, Kyoto-fu 611-0011 (Japan); Tamura, Kazuhisa; Mizuki, Jun' ichiro [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Kansai Research Establishment, 1-1-1 Kouto Sayo-cho Sayo-gun, Hyogo 679-5148 (Japan)

    2007-06-01

    A new experimental technique was developed for detecting structure changes at electrode/electrolyte interface of lithium cell using X-ray reflectometry and two-dimensional model electrodes with a restricted lattice-plane. The electrodes were constructed with an epitaxial film of LiCoO{sub 2} synthesized by pulsed laser deposition method. The orientation of the epitaxial film depends on the substrate plane; the 2D layer of LiCoO{sub 2} is parallel to the SrTiO{sub 3} (1 1 1) substrate ((003){sub LiCoO{sub 2}}//(111){sub SrTiO{sub 3}}), while the 2D layer is perpendicular to the SrTiO{sub 3} (1 1 0) substrate ((110){sub LiCoO{sub 2}}//(110){sub SrTiO{sub 3}}). The anisotropic properties were confirmed by electrochemical measurements. Ex situ X-ray reflectivity measurements indicated that the impurity layer existed on the as-grown LiCoO{sub 2} was dissolved and a new SEI layer with lower density was formed after soaking into the electrolyte. In situ X-ray reflectivity measurements indicated that the surface roughness of the intercalation (1 1 0) plane increased with applying voltages, while no significant changes in surface morphology were observed for the intercalation non-active (0 0 3) plane during the pristine stage of the charge-discharge process. (author)

  7. A review of joining techniques for SiCf/SiC composites for first wall applications

    Many methods for joining monolithic and composite silicon carbide are available. Three techniques are candidates for use in fusion energy systems: in-situ displacement reactions, pre-ceramic polymer adhesives, and reaction bonding. None of the methods are currently developed enough to satisfy all of the criteria required, i.e., low temperature fabrication, high strength, and radiation stability. 58 refs

  8. Development of an in-situ multi-component reinforced Al-based metal matrix composite by direct metal laser sintering technique — Optimization of process parameters

    In the present investigation, an in-situ multi-component reinforced aluminum based metal matrix composite was fabricated by the combination of self-propagating high-temperature synthesis and direct metal laser sintering process. The different mixtures of Al, TiO2 and B4C powders were used to initiate and maintain the self-propagating high-temperature synthesis by laser during the sintering process. It was found from the X-ray diffraction analysis and scanning electron microscopy that the reinforcements like Al2O3, TiC, and TiB2 were formed in the composite. The scanning electron microscopy revealed the distribution of the reinforcement phases in the composite and phase identities. The variable parameters such as powder layer thickness, laser power, scanning speed, hatching distance and composition of the powder mixture were optimized for higher density, lower porosity and higher microhardness using Taguchi method. Experimental investigation shows that the density of the specimen mainly depends upon the hatching distance, composition and layer thickness. On the other hand, hatching distance, layer thickness and laser power are the significant parameters which influence the porosity. The composition, laser power and layer thickness are the key influencing parameters for microhardness. - Highlights: • The reinforcements such as Al2O3, TiC, and TiB2 were produced in Al-MMC through SHS. • The density is mainly influenced by the material composition and hatching distance. • Hatching distance is the major influencing parameter on porosity. • The material composition is the significant parameter to enhance the microhardness. • The SEM micrographs reveal the distribution of TiC, TiB2 and Al2O3 in the composite

  9. Development of an in-situ multi-component reinforced Al-based metal matrix composite by direct metal laser sintering technique — Optimization of process parameters

    Ghosh, Subrata Kumar, E-mail: subratagh82@gmail.com [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology Agartala, Tripura 799055 (India); Bandyopadhyay, Kaushik; Saha, Partha [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur 721302 (India)

    2014-07-01

    In the present investigation, an in-situ multi-component reinforced aluminum based metal matrix composite was fabricated by the combination of self-propagating high-temperature synthesis and direct metal laser sintering process. The different mixtures of Al, TiO{sub 2} and B{sub 4}C powders were used to initiate and maintain the self-propagating high-temperature synthesis by laser during the sintering process. It was found from the X-ray diffraction analysis and scanning electron microscopy that the reinforcements like Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, TiC, and TiB{sub 2} were formed in the composite. The scanning electron microscopy revealed the distribution of the reinforcement phases in the composite and phase identities. The variable parameters such as powder layer thickness, laser power, scanning speed, hatching distance and composition of the powder mixture were optimized for higher density, lower porosity and higher microhardness using Taguchi method. Experimental investigation shows that the density of the specimen mainly depends upon the hatching distance, composition and layer thickness. On the other hand, hatching distance, layer thickness and laser power are the significant parameters which influence the porosity. The composition, laser power and layer thickness are the key influencing parameters for microhardness. - Highlights: • The reinforcements such as Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, TiC, and TiB{sub 2} were produced in Al-MMC through SHS. • The density is mainly influenced by the material composition and hatching distance. • Hatching distance is the major influencing parameter on porosity. • The material composition is the significant parameter to enhance the microhardness. • The SEM micrographs reveal the distribution of TiC, TiB{sub 2} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} in the composite.

  10. Application of in situ chemical oxidation technique with potassium permanganate for the remediation of a shallow aquifer contaminated with chlorinated solvents

    Alaine Santos da Cunha

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available In situ chemical oxidation is a method that is frequently being used for the remediation of contaminated areas, since it presents an adequate efficiency in the reduction of the contaminant mass, particularly chlorinated ethenes, in a relatively short period of time. This manuscript presents the results of the application of this method, using the injection of potassium permanganate as the remediation agent, in an impacted area with chlorinated organic compounds, especially 1,1-dichloroethene. The effectiveness of this remediation method is related to the complexity of the conceptual model of the contaminated site and to the conduction of specific studies in laboratory and pilot tests in field scale, prior to the accomplishment of the full-scale remediation. Therefore, this work contributes presenting a description of the procedures that are commonly used for conducting this kind of studies. In the case under study, it was estimated that the mass of 1.1-dichloroethene (1.1-DCE was reduced from 15.53 to 1.81 kg in groundwater 22 months after the injection of potassium permanganate in the aquifer. The average concentrations of 1.1-DCE in groundwater decreased from 200 to 24 g/L, which value is lower than the environmental standard limit and also to the calculated target of remediation based on human-health risk assessment. Significant contamination rebounds were not identified in the aquifer after the injection of the chemical oxidant. The suitable results of the remediation in this case may be related to the relatively low aquifer heterogeneity and low original concentrations of the contaminant.

  11. Voltage stability evaluation facing small disturbances by means of the modal analysis technique; Evaluacion de la estabilidad de voltaje ante disturbios pequenos mediante la tecnica de analisis modal

    Leon Rodriguez, Daniel

    2000-12-15

    The economic development of the countries has taken implicit a growing industrialization the one which, joined to those every time bigger resident's necessities, it has caused a constant and progressive increment in the electric power demand. However, in the last years the growth of the electric network of these systems has been more and more limited for diverse such factors as the ecology and the economy, as well as for the social and political costs that implies each new construction in the system. With the presence of these restrictions the electric systems in many cases, have been forced to satisfy the increments in the demand making a more exhaustive use of the infrastructure that they have available and the incorporation of only a few new system elements or constructions. These aspects have caused such systems to operate with more limited security margins and that their stability has to be analyzed in a reliable and precise way. Taking into account the previously mentioned aspects, as the electric systems have had the necessity of operating under forced conditions to satisfy the load demand, voltage stability problems have been presented with more frequency causing serious disturbances and in some cases, total blackouts. With these problems, the voltage stability analysis has taken bigger importance in the studies that the electric utilities carry out. This issue has caused that bigger resources are dedicated for the investigation of this phenomenon with the purpose of understanding and developing tools that allow studying it in a more complete and more truthful way. Modal analysis is one of the most recent and popular steady techniques the one that, from its appearance has had a great peak due to the valuable and quick information that provides, besides its implementation easiness and the little effort computational that it requires. In this work is carried out the voltage stability evaluation of a real electric system applying in a combined way the

  12. In situ investigation of the surface silvering of late Roman coins by combined use of high energy broad-beam and low energy micro-beam X-ray fluorescence techniques

    The compositional analysis of archeological metals performed with the X-ray Fluorescence technique (XRF) provides information on the ancient technology. One of the most interesting case-study concerns the techniques used by Romans for silvering the surface of coins. Different metallurgical processes have been suggested in previous studies. Recently the investigation has been addressed to the mercury-silvering and to its possible use in the mass-production of coins minted during the late period (after 294 AD). In the present paper the non-destructive investigation of the silvering process used for manufacturing the Roman nummi – the important typology of coin introduced by Diocletian in his monetary reform – is approached by the combined use of the standard X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) and the low energy micro-X-Ray Fluorescence (LE-μXRF) portable methods. The research was focused on the systematic determination of the mercury presence in a large number of samples and on its correlation with silver in the surface of the coins. 1041 Roman nummi belonging to the Misurata Treasure were analyzed in situ, at the Leptis Magna Museum (Al Khums, Libya). The treasure, composed of about 108 thousand silvered coins, gives the unique opportunity to study the Roman coinage in a wide interval of time (about 40 years in the period 294–333 AD) and in almost all the imperial mints operating in the Roman world. - Highlights: ► Custom-building of a high energy broad-beam and a low energy micro-beam XRF ► In situ analysis of the silvering methods in late Roman nummi with plated surfaces ► The broad-beam XRF was applied for the detection of mercury traces in the coin alloy. ► The low energy micro-XRF was used to scan the surface patina of the coins. ► The correlation between mercury and silver at the coin surface was evidenced.

  13. Development of a 3He nuclear spin flip system on an in-situ SEOP 3He spin filter and demonstration for a neutron reflectometer and magnetic imaging technique

    Hayashida, H.; Oku, T.; Kira, H.; Sakai, K.; Hiroi, K.; Ino, T.; Shinohara, T.; Imagawa, T.; Ohkawara, M.; Ohoyama, K.; Kakurai, K.; Takeda, M.; Yamazaki, D.; Oikawa, K.; Harada, M.; Miyata, N.; Akutsu, K.; Mizusawa, M.; Parker, J. D.; Matsumoto, Y.; Zhang, S.; Suzuki, J.; Soyama, K.; Aizawa, K.; Arai, M.

    2016-04-01

    We have been developing a 3He neutron spin filter (NSF) using the spin exchange optical pumping (SEOP) technique. The 3He NSF provides a high-energy polarized neutron beam with large beam size. Moreover the 3He NSF can work as a π-flipper for a polarized neutron beam by flipping the 3He nuclear spin using a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technique. For NMR with the in-situ SEOP technique, the polarization of the laser must be reversed simultaneously because a non-reversed laser reduces the polarization of the spin-flipped 3He. To change the polarity of the laser, a half-wavelength plate was installed. The rotation angle of the half-wavelength plate was optimized, and a polarization of 97% was obtained for the circularly polarized laser. The 3He polarization reached 70% and was stable over one week. A demonstration of the 3He nuclear spin flip system was performed at the polarized neutron reflectometer SHARAKU (BL17) and NOBORU (BL10) at J-PARC. Off-specular measurement from a magnetic Fe/Cr thin film and magnetic imaging of a magnetic steel sheet were performed at BL17 and BL10, respectively.

  14. In situ studies of evolution of microstructure with temperature in heavily deformed Ti-modified austenitic stainless steel by X-ray diffraction technique

    Research highlights: → Heavy deformation of Ti-modified austenitic stainless steel alloy introduces high population of dislocation inside the sample. → The dislocations inside the samples are randomly spaced in the form of loosely bound tangles. → During the earliest stage of annealing, when thermal energy is supplied, the dislocations first rearrange themselves to form the lowest length scale substructure (domain). → Formation of domain results in an increase in dislocation density at the domain boundary which leads to the growth of domain. → For the first time, X-ray diffraction technique has been applied to study the evolution of these lowest length scale substructures (domains) at the earliest stage of annealing, both with time and temperature. → Two different mechanisms have been proposed to be involved at the earliest stage of annealing. → The nature of the domain growth has been modeled using the proposed mechanisms. - Abstract: The mechanism of the evolution of the deformed microstructure at the earliest stage of annealing where the existence of the lowest length scale substructure paves the way to the formation of the so-called subgrains, has been studied for the first time by X-ray diffraction technique. The study has been performed at high temperature on heavily deformed Ti-modified austenitic stainless steel. Significant changes were observed in the values of the domain size, both with time and temperature. Two different types of mechanism have been proposed to be involved during the microstructural evolution at the earliest stages of annealing. The nature of the growth of domains with time at different temperatures has been modelled using these mechanisms. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy has been used to view the microstructure of the deformed and annealed sample and the results have been corroborated successfully with those found from the X-ray diffraction techniques.

  15. ISIDORE, a probe for in situ trace metal speciation based on Donnan membrane technique with related electrochemical detection part 1: Equilibrium measurements.

    Parat, Corinne; Pinheiro, J P

    2015-10-01

    This work presents the development of a new probe (ISIDORE probe) based on the hyphenation of a Donnan Membrane Technique device (DMT) to a screen-printed electrode through a flow-cell to determine the free zinc, cadmium and lead ion concentration in natural samples, such as a freshwater river. The probe displays many advantages namely: (i) the detection can be performed on-site, which avoids all problems inherent to sampling, transport and storage; (ii) the low volume of the acceptor solution implies shorter equilibration times; (ii) the electrochemical detection system allows monitoring the free ion concentration in the acceptor solution without sampling. PMID:26481984

  16. Techniques and devices developed by the CEA for hot cell and in-situ examinations of PWR components and PWR fuel assembliess after irradiation

    Within the framework of the electro-nuclear development of the PWR system, the CEA has provided itself with facilities for developing techniques for analyzing assemblies, pins and fuels. These are examinations and tests on irradiated heads and assemblies with the aid of the Fuel Examination Module (FEM), of machining of assemblies and examinations in the Celimene hot laboratory or detailed examinations and analyses on fuel elements using eddy currents, the electronic microprobe and the Fisher ''permeascope'' which enables the outline of the oxide coat present on the cladding to be followed

  17. Synthesis of zinc substituted cobalt ferrites via reverse micelle technique involving in situ template formation: A study on their structural, magnetic, optical and catalytic properties

    Singh, Charanjit; Jauhar, Sheenu [Department of Chemistry, Panjab University, Chandigarh 160014 (India); Kumar, Vinod [ICON Analytical Equipment (P) Ltd., Mumbai 400018 (India); Singh, Jagdish [Institute Instrumentation Centre, Indian Institute of Technology–Roorkee (India); Singhal, Sonal, E-mail: sonal1174@gmail.com [Department of Chemistry, Panjab University, Chandigarh 160014 (India)

    2015-04-15

    Nano-crystalline particles of visible light responsive Zn–Co ferrites having formula Zn{sub x}Co{sub 1-x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (x = 0.0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8 and 1.0) were successfully synthesized via reverse micelle technique. Sodium dodecyl sulfate was used as a surfactant/templating agent. The ferrite formation was confirmed using powder X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. The spherical shape of the ferrite particles was established by High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope (HR-TEM) analysis. From the magnetic studies, the ferromagnetic nature of CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} was known. However, the nano-particles exhibited a transition from ferromagnetic to super-paramagnetic upon increasing the zinc concentration. In addition, the photo-Fenton activity of ferrites was also studied by carrying out degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) dye under visible light irradiation. The catalytic activity increased with increase in zinc ion concentration. - Highlights: • Controlled dimensions of Zn–Co ferrite nanoparticles by microemulsion technique. • Spherical shape with uniform size distribution of ∼5 nm was achieved. • Significant shift from ferromagnetic to superparamagnetic with Zn{sup 2+} ion doping. • Improved photocatalytic activity with Zn{sup 2+} ion doping.

  18. Synthesis of zinc substituted cobalt ferrites via reverse micelle technique involving in situ template formation: A study on their structural, magnetic, optical and catalytic properties

    Nano-crystalline particles of visible light responsive Zn–Co ferrites having formula ZnxCo1-xFe2O4 (x = 0.0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8 and 1.0) were successfully synthesized via reverse micelle technique. Sodium dodecyl sulfate was used as a surfactant/templating agent. The ferrite formation was confirmed using powder X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. The spherical shape of the ferrite particles was established by High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope (HR-TEM) analysis. From the magnetic studies, the ferromagnetic nature of CoFe2O4 was known. However, the nano-particles exhibited a transition from ferromagnetic to super-paramagnetic upon increasing the zinc concentration. In addition, the photo-Fenton activity of ferrites was also studied by carrying out degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) dye under visible light irradiation. The catalytic activity increased with increase in zinc ion concentration. - Highlights: • Controlled dimensions of Zn–Co ferrite nanoparticles by microemulsion technique. • Spherical shape with uniform size distribution of ∼5 nm was achieved. • Significant shift from ferromagnetic to superparamagnetic with Zn2+ ion doping. • Improved photocatalytic activity with Zn2+ ion doping

  19. Diffusive Gradients in Thin-films Technique-a Technique for in situ Sampling%薄膜扩散梯度技术--一种原位富集采样技术

    隋殿鹏; 孙挺; 范洪涛; 刘畅; 朱晓琼

    2007-01-01

      本文介绍了薄膜扩散梯度技术的原理、研究现状、应用领域以及发展前景。%  The principle, nowaday researches, applying fields and prospects of diffusive gradients in thin-films technique-DGT are introduced.

  20. Formulation and evaluation of voriconazole ophthalmic solid lipid nanoparticles in situ gel.

    Pandurangan, Dinesh Kumar; Bodagala, Prathima; Palanirajan, Vijayaraj Kumar; Govindaraj, Saravanan

    2016-01-01

    In the present investigation, solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs)-loaded in situ gel with voriconazole drug was formulated. Further, the formulation was characterized for pH, gelling capacity, entrapment efficiency, in vitro drug release, drug content, and viscosity. Voriconazole is an antifungal drug used to treat various infections caused by yeast or other types of fungi. Film hydration technique was used to prepared SLNs from lecithin and cholesterol. Based on the entrapment efficiency 67.2-97.3% and drug release, the optimized formulation NF1 of SLNs was incorporated into in situ gels. The in situ gels were prepared using viscosity-enhancing polymers such as Carbopol and (hydroxypropyl)methyl cellulose (HPMC). Formulated SLN in situ gel formulations were characterized, which showed pH 4.9-7.1, drug content 65.69-96.3%, and viscosity (100 rpm) 120-620 cps. From the characterizations given above, F6 was optimized and evaluated for microbial assay and ocular irritation studies. Microbial assay was conducted by the cup-plate method using Candida albicans as the test organism. An ocular irritation study was conducted on albino rabbits. The results revealed that there was no ocular damage to the cornea, conjunctiva, or iris. Stability studies were carried out on the F6 formulation for 3 months, which showed that the formulation had good stability. These results indicate that the studied SLNs-loaded in situ gel is a promising vehicle for ocular delivery. PMID:27014620

  1. Research and development of treatment techniques for LLW from decommissioning: Decontamination and volume reduction techniques

    For the purpose of reducing the amount and/or volume of low-level radioactive waste (LLW) arising from decommissioning of nuclear reactor, the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI) has been developing four decontamination techniques. They are: (a) Gas-carrying abrasive method, (b) In-situ remote electropolishing method for pipe system before dismantling, (c) Bead reaction - thermal shock method, and (d) Laser induced chemical method for components after dismantling. JAERI in developing techniques are also carrying out melting tests of metal and non-metal. Melting was confirmed to be effective in reducing the volume, homogenizing, and furthermore stabilizing non-metallic wastes. (author)

  2. The dry and damp heat stability of chalcopyrite solar cells prepared with an indium sulfide buffer deposited by the spray-ILGAR technique

    Cadmium free chalcopyrite solar cells based upon industrial Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2 absorber films with indium sulfide buffer layers deposited by the Spray-ILGAR technique have recently achieved certified efficiencies of 14.7%. Here we report for the first time on the stability of these cells. The cells were subjected to dry and damp heat conditions of 85 deg. C and 85% humidity for 100 h without encapsulation. The resulting cell parameters are measured and compared to cells prepared using a standard cadmium sulfide layer deposited by chemical bath deposition. Two different zinc oxide window processes were used for both buffers and the effect of changing the zinc oxide process is discussed. Before the damp heat tests, using an rf-sputtered zinc oxide process the indium sulfide buffers have an efficiency equal to the cadmium sulfide buffered cells and when using a second rf/dc-sputtered zinc oxide process a superior efficiency is obtained with the indium sulfide. The biggest loss in efficiency after damp heat testing is shown to arise from shunt paths at the scribe lines. The indium sulfide buffered cells degrade by only 11% under damp heat conditions when measured after rescribing. A difference between the cell efficiencies using two different zinc oxide windows highlights the interdependence of the process steps

  3. Thermal expansion behaviour and phase stability of AFe$_2$As$_2$ (A=Ca, Sr and Eu) using powder diffraction technique

    MISHRA S K; MITTAL R; KRISHNA P S R; SASTRY P U; CHAPLOT S L; BABU P D; MATSUISHI S; HOSONO H

    2016-06-01

    The thermal expansibilities and phase stabilities of AFe$_2$As$_2$ (A = Ca, Sr and Eu) have been investigated by powder diffraction techniques in the temperature range 5–600 K.We found the anisotropic thermal expansivities with temperature for all the compounds. The lattice parameter in the tetragonal phase (AT) of CaFe$_2$As$_2$ contracts with increasing temperature, whereas CT expands. The rate of contraction in AT is lower than the rate of expansion in CT. Other compounds show normal thermal expansion behaviour along both a- and c-axes. In-plane expansion (i.e., along the a-axis) is found to be the smallest for EuFe$_2$As$_2$ and the highest for BaFe$_2$As$_2$. However, therate of change of thermal expansivities along out-of-plane (i.e., along the c-axis) is higher as we go from Ba, Sr, Eu and Ca, respectively. Above 600 K, we notice the appearance/disappearance of certain reflections which suggest that tetragonal phase is not stable above this temperature for these compounds.

  4. In situ selective determination of methylmercury in river water by diffusive gradient in thin films technique (DGT) using baker's yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) immobilized in agarose gel as binding phase

    Tafurt-Cardona, Makenly [Programa de Pós-graduação em Geociências e Meio Ambiente, Instituto de Geociências e Ciências Exatas, UNESP – Univ. Estadual Paulista, Av. 24-A, 1515, CEP: 13506-900, Rio Claro, SP (Brazil); Centro de Estudos Ambientais, UNESP – Univ. Estadual Paulista, Av. 24-A, 1515, CEP: 13506-900, Rio Claro, SP (Brazil); Eismann, Carlos Eduardo; Suárez, Carlos Alfredo [Centro de Estudos Ambientais, UNESP – Univ. Estadual Paulista, Av. 24-A, 1515, CEP: 13506-900, Rio Claro, SP (Brazil); Menegário, Amauri Antonio, E-mail: amenega@rc.unesp.br [Programa de Pós-graduação em Geociências e Meio Ambiente, Instituto de Geociências e Ciências Exatas, UNESP – Univ. Estadual Paulista, Av. 24-A, 1515, CEP: 13506-900, Rio Claro, SP (Brazil); Centro de Estudos Ambientais, UNESP – Univ. Estadual Paulista, Av. 24-A, 1515, CEP: 13506-900, Rio Claro, SP (Brazil); Silva Luko, Karen [Programa de Pós-graduação em Geociências e Meio Ambiente, Instituto de Geociências e Ciências Exatas, UNESP – Univ. Estadual Paulista, Av. 24-A, 1515, CEP: 13506-900, Rio Claro, SP (Brazil); Centro de Estudos Ambientais, UNESP – Univ. Estadual Paulista, Av. 24-A, 1515, CEP: 13506-900, Rio Claro, SP (Brazil); and others

    2015-08-05

    Saccharomyces cerevisiae immobilized in agarose gel as binding phase and polyacrylamide as diffusive layer in the diffusive gradient in thin films technique (DGT) was used for selective determination of methylmercury (MeHg). Deployment tests showed good linearity in mass uptake up to 48 h (3276 ng). When coupling the DGT technique with Cold Vapor Atomic Fluorescence Spectrometry, the method has a limit of detection of 0.44 ng L{sup −1} (pre concentration factor of 11 for 48 h deployment). Diffusion coefficient of 7.03 ± 0.77 × 10{sup −6} cm{sup 2} s{sup −1} at 23 °C in polyacrylamide gel (pH = 5.5 and ionic strength = 0.05 mol L{sup −1} NaCl) was obtained. Influence of ionic strength (from 0.0005 mol L{sup −1} to 0.1 mol L{sup −1} NaCl) and pH (from 3.5 to 8.5) on MeHg uptake were evaluated. For these range, recoveries of 84–105% and 84–98% were obtained for ionic strength and pH respectively. Potential interference due to presence of Cu, Fe, Mn, Zn was also assessed showing good recoveries (70–87%). The selectivity of the proposed approach was tested by deployments in solutions containing MeHg and Hg(II). Results obtained showed recoveries of 102–115 % for MeHg, while the uptake of Hg(II) was insignificant. The proposed approach was successfully employed for in situ measurements in the Negro River (Manaus-AM, Brazil). - Highlights: • A method for in situ selective determination of MeHg by DGT technique is proposed. • Saccharomyces cerevisiae immobilized in agarose gel was used as binding agent. • Effects of pH, ionic strength and concomitant ions on uptake of MeHg were evaluated. • DGT device containing polyacrylamide gel as diffusive layer showed better selectivity. • The proposed approach was successfully applied for analysis of river water.

  5. In situ selective determination of methylmercury in river water by diffusive gradient in thin films technique (DGT) using baker's yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) immobilized in agarose gel as binding phase

    Saccharomyces cerevisiae immobilized in agarose gel as binding phase and polyacrylamide as diffusive layer in the diffusive gradient in thin films technique (DGT) was used for selective determination of methylmercury (MeHg). Deployment tests showed good linearity in mass uptake up to 48 h (3276 ng). When coupling the DGT technique with Cold Vapor Atomic Fluorescence Spectrometry, the method has a limit of detection of 0.44 ng L−1 (pre concentration factor of 11 for 48 h deployment). Diffusion coefficient of 7.03 ± 0.77 × 10−6 cm2 s−1 at 23 °C in polyacrylamide gel (pH = 5.5 and ionic strength = 0.05 mol L−1 NaCl) was obtained. Influence of ionic strength (from 0.0005 mol L−1 to 0.1 mol L−1 NaCl) and pH (from 3.5 to 8.5) on MeHg uptake were evaluated. For these range, recoveries of 84–105% and 84–98% were obtained for ionic strength and pH respectively. Potential interference due to presence of Cu, Fe, Mn, Zn was also assessed showing good recoveries (70–87%). The selectivity of the proposed approach was tested by deployments in solutions containing MeHg and Hg(II). Results obtained showed recoveries of 102–115 % for MeHg, while the uptake of Hg(II) was insignificant. The proposed approach was successfully employed for in situ measurements in the Negro River (Manaus-AM, Brazil). - Highlights: • A method for in situ selective determination of MeHg by DGT technique is proposed. • Saccharomyces cerevisiae immobilized in agarose gel was used as binding agent. • Effects of pH, ionic strength and concomitant ions on uptake of MeHg were evaluated. • DGT device containing polyacrylamide gel as diffusive layer showed better selectivity. • The proposed approach was successfully applied for analysis of river water

  6. In situ zymography.

    George, Sarah J; Johnson, Jason L

    2010-01-01

    In situ zymography is a unique laboratory technique that enables the localisation of matrix-degrading metalloproteinase (MMP) activity in histological sections. Frozen sections are placed on glass slides coated with fluorescently labelled matrix proteins. After incubation MMP activity can be observed as black holes in the fluorescent background due to proteolysis of the matrix protein. Alternatively frozen sections can be incubated with matrix proteins conjugated to quenched fluorescein. Proteolysis of the substrate by MMPs leads to the release of fluorescence. This technique can be combined with immunohistochemistry to enable co-location of proteins such as cell type markers or other proteins of interest. Additionally, this technique can be adapted for use with cell cultures, permitting precise location of MMP activity within cells, time-lapse analysis of MMP activity and analysis of MMP activity in migrating cells. PMID:20135289

  7. In situ application of stir bar sorptive extraction as a passive sampling technique for the monitoring of agricultural pesticides in surface waters.

    Assoumani, Azziz; Lissalde, Sophie; Margoum, Christelle; Mazzella, Nicolas; Coquery, Marina

    2013-10-01

    Grab sampling and automated sampling are not suitable or logistically too constraining for the monitoring of pesticides in dynamic streams located in agricultural watersheds. In this work, we applied stir bar sorptive extraction (SBSE) Twisters® directly in two small rivers of a French vineyard (herein referred to as "passive SBSE"), for periods of one or two weeks during a month, for the passive sampling of 19 agricultural pesticides. We performed qualitative and semi-quantitative comparisons of the performances of passive SBSE firstly to automated sampling coupled to analytical SBSE, and secondly to the polar organic chemical integrative sampler (POCIS), a well-known passive sampler for hydrophilic micropollutants. Applying passive SBSE in river waters allowed the quantification of more pesticides and in greater amounts than analytical SBSE as shown for samples collected concurrently. Also, passive SBSE and POCIS proved to be complementary techniques in terms of detected molecules; but only passive SBSE was able to integrate a concentration peak triggered by a quick flood event that lasted 5 h. Passive SBSE could be an interesting tool for the monitoring of moderately hydrophobic to hydrophobic organic micropollutants in changing hydrosystems. In this purpose, further studies will focus on the accumulation kinetics of target pesticides and the determination of their sampling rates. PMID:23856404

  8. In-situ Moire Interferometry Technique and ts Applications to Microelectronic Packages%云纹干涉法现场测量技术及其在微电子封装中的应用

    史训清; 戴福隆

    2002-01-01

    In this study, an in-situ multifunctional micro-moire interferometry system (M3I) was developed. The system can be used to conduct the deformation measurement of electronic packages subjected to thermal/thermal cycling, thermal/moisture, and thermal/mechanical loadings. With the system, the long-term reliability of a plastic ball grid array (BGA) assembly was studied. The fatigue life predicted by the in-situ moire interferometry technique was found to be very close to that obtained from the accelerated thermal cycling (ATC) tests. The system was also employed to investigate the fracture behavior of a copper/solder/copper sandwiched sample. It was found that the system is a useful experimental tool for a multilayer material bonded system for the determination of stress intensity factors (SIFs), strain energy release rate, and phase angle.%本文研制了多功能微观云纹干涉仪系统.该系统可以现场测量电子封装组件热疲劳、热湿耦合、热载荷引起的变形,被应用于电子封装组件的可靠性分析中.由现场云纹干涉技术测得的疲劳寿命与加速热循环实验的结果相吻合.本系统还被应用于铜焊点的断裂行为分析中.实验证明本系统可以测量多层结构材料的应力强度因子、应变能释放率以及位相角.

  9. In situ evaluation of DGT techniques for measurement of trace metals in estuarine waters: a comparison of four binding layers with open and restricted diffusive layers.

    Shiva, Amir Houshang; Bennett, William W; Welsh, David T; Teasdale, Peter R

    2016-01-01

    Four different DGT binding layers were used to make selective measurements of trace metals in coastal waters within The Broadwater (Gold Coast, Queensland). Chelex and PAMPAA (polyacrylamide-polyacrylic acid) binding layers were used to measure cations (Cd, Co, Cu, Mn, Ni, Pb, Zn), and Metsorb was used to measure anions (Al, As, Mo, Sb, V, W). A mixed binding layer (MBL) containing both Chelex and Metsorb was used to measure each of the trace metals and determine diffusive boundary layer (DBL) thicknesses. DGT measurements that were not corrected for the DBL thickness (0.049-0.087) were underestimated by 70% on average. Good agreement was observed between DGT-MBL and DGT-Chelex for measurement of Cd, Co, Cu, Ni, Pb and Zn, and between DGT-MBL and DGT-Metsorb for As, Sb and V. DGT-MBL measured significantly higher concentrations for Mn (compared with DGT-Chelex) and Al (compared with DGT-Metsorb). DGT-Chelex measured only 6-8% of Al species measured by either DGT-MBL or DGT-Metsorb. DGT-PAMPAA measurements of Cu, Pb and Al were lower than those of either DGT-MBL or DGT-Chelex varying from 74-81% for Cu to 54-70% for Pb and 51-55% for anionic Al(OH)4(-), suggesting that this binding layer may make more selective measurements. All measured trace metal concentrations were well below ANZECC water quality guidelines, except for Cu which was 2 to 10 times higher than trigger values. Each of the DGT techniques was deployed using both open and restricted diffusive layers (ODL and RDL). Most trace metal measurements were not significantly different with ODL and RDL for all binding layers. However, concentrations of Cu (CRDL/CODL = 0.68-0.75) and Al (CRDL/CODL = 0.73-0.79) were significantly different with DGT-MBL, DGT-Chelex and DGT-Metsorb. PMID:26678534

  10. Illumination Sufficiency Survey Techniques: In-situ Measurements of Lighting System Performance and a User Preference Survey for Illuminance in an Off-Grid, African Setting

    Alstone, Peter; Jacobson, Arne; Mills, Evan

    2010-08-26

    Efforts to promote rechargeable electric lighting as a replacement for fuel-based light sources in developing countries are typically predicated on the notion that lighting service levels can be maintained or improved while reducing the costs and environmental impacts of existing practices. However, the extremely low incomes of those who depend on fuel-based lighting create a need to balance the hypothetically possible or desirable levels of light with those that are sufficient and affordable. In a pilot study of four night vendors in Kenya, we document a field technique we developed to simultaneously measure the effectiveness of lighting service provided by a lighting system and conduct a survey of lighting service demand by end-users. We took gridded illuminance measurements across each vendor's working and selling area, with users indicating the sufficiency of light at each point. User light sources included a mix of kerosene-fueled hurricane lanterns, pressure lamps, and LED lanterns.We observed illuminance levels ranging from just above zero to 150 lux. The LED systems markedly improved the lighting service levels over those provided by kerosene-fueled hurricane lanterns. Users reported that the minimum acceptable threshold was about 2 lux. The results also indicated that the LED lamps in use by the subjects did not always provide sufficient illumination over the desired retail areas. Our sample size is much too small, however, to reach any conclusions about requirements in the broader population. Given the small number of subjects and very specific type of user, our results should be regarded as indicative rather than conclusive. We recommend replicating the method at larger scales and across a variety of user types and contexts. Policymakers should revisit the subject of recommended illuminance levels regularly as LED technology advances and the price/service balance point evolves.

  11. Accuracy assessment of water vapour measurements from in-situ and remote sensing techniques during the DEMEVAP 2011 campaign at OHP

    O. Bock

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available The Development of Methodologies for Water Vapour Measurement (DEMEVAP project aims at assessing and improving humidity sounding techniques and establishing a reference system based on the combination of Raman lidars, ground-based sensors and GPS. Such a system may be used for climate monitoring, radiosonde bias detection and correction, satellite measurement calibration/validation, and mm-level geodetic positioning with Global Navigation Satellite Systems. A field experiment was conducted in September–October 2011 at Observatoire de Haute Provence. Two Raman lidars, a stellar spectrometer (SOPHIE, a differential absorption spectrometer (SAOZ, a sun photometer (AERONET, 5 GPS receivers and 4 types of radiosondes (Vaisala RS92, MODEM M2K2-DC and M10, and Meteolabor Snow-White participated in the campaign. A total of 26 balloons with multiple radiosondes were flown during 16 clear nights. This paper presents preliminary findings from the analysis of all these datasets. Several classical Raman lidar calibration methods are evaluated which use either Vaisala RS92 measurements, point capacitive humidity measurements, or GPS integrated water vapour (IWV measurements. A novel method proposed by Bosser et al. (2010 is also tested. It consists in calibrating the lidar measurements during the GPS data processing. The methods achieve a repeatability of 4–5%. A drift in the IGN-LATMOS Raman lidar calibration of 15% over the 45 days of the experiment is evidenced but not yet explained. When this drift is removed, the precision of the calibration factors improves to 2–3%. However, the variations in the absolute calibration factor between methods and types of reference data remain at the level of 7%. The intercomparison of radiosonde measurements shows good agreement between RS92 and Snow-White measurements up to 12 km. An overall dry bias is found in the measurements from both MODEM radiosondes. Investigation of situations with low RH values (<10% in

  12. Progress in the Technique of in situ Algae Control for the Eutrophicated Water%富营养化水体原位控藻技术研究进展

    张饮江; 李岩; 张曼曼; 张乐婷; 黎臻; 段婷; 董悦

    2013-01-01

    Algae bloom causes water hypoxia and reduces water transparency, resulting in the suffocation and death of aquatic animals, destroying water ecosystems, and endangering human life and health. The harm of algae bloom and the major techniques for in situ algae control by the methods involving physics, chemistry, and biology are summarized; the merit and demerit of each technique are analyzed based on the algae control practices discussed. It is suggested that by removing excessive endogenous nutrients complemented with the algae control technique, meanwhile strengthening the environment quality management by intercepting pollution; these comprehensive measures would become the important direction to accomplish the long-term control of algae and the restoration of water quality.%水体藻类过渡繁殖引起水体缺氧,透明度下降,致使水生动物窒息死亡,破坏水体生态系统,影响水质,危害人体健康与安全.综述3藻华的危害性,通过物理法、化学法和生物法,概述原位控藻的主要技术,分析与探讨多项技术实践结果的优缺点,认为以清除过多内源营养盐为主,同时结合运用控藻技术,加强外源截污与面源有效控制等环境质量管理的综合措施,是长期控藻与改善水质的重要方向.

  13. A review of joining techniques for SiC{sub f}/SiC composites for first wall applications

    Lewinsohn, C.A.; Jones, R.H. [Pacific Northwest National Lab., Richland, WA (United States)

    1998-09-01

    Many methods for joining monolithic and composite silicon carbide are available. Three techniques are candidates for use in fusion energy systems: in-situ displacement reactions, pre-ceramic polymer adhesives, and reaction bonding. None of the methods are currently developed enough to satisfy all of the criteria required, i.e., low temperature fabrication, high strength, and radiation stability. 58 refs.

  14. In situ investigation of the surface silvering of late Roman coins by combined use of high energy broad-beam and low energy micro-beam X-ray fluorescence techniques

    Romano, F.P., E-mail: romanop@lns.infn.it [IBAM, CNR, Via Biblioteca 4, 95124 Catania (Italy); LNS, INFN, Via S. Sofia 62, 95123 Catania (Italy); Garraffo, S. [ITABC, CNR, Via Salaria km 29.300, 00016 Monterotondo, Roma (Italy); Pappalardo, L. [IBAM, CNR, Via Biblioteca 4, 95124 Catania (Italy); LNS, INFN, Via S. Sofia 62, 95123 Catania (Italy); Rizzo, F. [LNS, INFN, Via S. Sofia 62, 95123 Catania (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Universita di Catania, Via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy)

    2012-07-15

    The compositional analysis of archeological metals performed with the X-ray Fluorescence technique (XRF) provides information on the ancient technology. One of the most interesting case-study concerns the techniques used by Romans for silvering the surface of coins. Different metallurgical processes have been suggested in previous studies. Recently the investigation has been addressed to the mercury-silvering and to its possible use in the mass-production of coins minted during the late period (after 294 AD). In the present paper the non-destructive investigation of the silvering process used for manufacturing the Roman nummi - the important typology of coin introduced by Diocletian in his monetary reform - is approached by the combined use of the standard X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) and the low energy micro-X-Ray Fluorescence (LE-{mu}XRF) portable methods. The research was focused on the systematic determination of the mercury presence in a large number of samples and on its correlation with silver in the surface of the coins. 1041 Roman nummi belonging to the Misurata Treasure were analyzed in situ, at the Leptis Magna Museum (Al Khums, Libya). The treasure, composed of about 108 thousand silvered coins, gives the unique opportunity to study the Roman coinage in a wide interval of time (about 40 years in the period 294-333 AD) and in almost all the imperial mints operating in the Roman world. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Custom-building of a high energy broad-beam and a low energy micro-beam XRF Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer In situ analysis of the silvering methods in late Roman nummi with plated surfaces Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The broad-beam XRF was applied for the detection of mercury traces in the coin alloy. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The low energy micro-XRF was used to scan the surface patina of the coins. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The correlation between mercury and silver at the coin surface was evidenced.

  15. Application of high-pressure techniques: stabilization and oxidation-state control of novel superconductive and related multi-layered copper oxides

    Copper oxide superconductors possess multi-layered structures with a layer sequence of -CuO2-(Q-CuO2)n-1-AO-(MO1±δ)m-AO- or -CuO2 -B-(O2 -B)s-1 -CuO2 -AO-(MO1±δ)m -AO- along the elongated c axis. Based on this layer sequence, the known copper oxide structures are categorized as members of the homologous series, MmArQn-1CunOm+r+2+n±δ (M-mr(n-1)n ; category A) or MmA2kBsCu1+kOm+4k+2s±δ (M-m(2k)s (1+k ); category B). Stabilization of such structures especially in the case of high values of the n /s parameter, i.e. the higher members of the homologous series, has been demonstrated to be apparently promoted under high pressures and/or strongly oxidizing conditions. Consequently, techniques for applying both high oxygen gas pressures (10-2000 atm) and ultra-high solid-medium pressures (2-8 GPa) have been advantageously utilized in synthesizing various superconductive copper oxide phases. Especially the ultra-high solid-medium pressure synthesis carried out in the so-called cubic-anvil/belt-type apparatus has proven to be extremely successful in synthesizing novel superconductive phases. In order to achieve high partial pressures of oxygen in the solid-medium environment, 'external' oxygen-generating oxides such as KClO4, KClO3 and Ag2O2 are commonly added to the precursor mixtures. It is emphasized that in some cases it is possible to utilize 'internal' oxidizing agents alone, i.e. highly oxidized precursors such as BaCuO2+δ and Ba2 Cu3 O5+δ containing metal constituents common with the desired copper oxide phase only. In the present paper, the potential and applications of high-pressure techniques in synthesizing multi-layered copper oxides and related structures are reviewed and discussed with emphasis on the important 'historical' discoveries of novel phases and the present status of controlled production of high-quality samples of such phases. (author)

  16. Sol–gel dip coating of yttria-stabilized tetragonal zirconia dental ceramic by aluminosilicate nanocomposite as a novel technique to improve the bonding of veneering porcelain

    Madani, Azamsadat; Nakhaei, Mohammadreza; Karami, Parisa; Rajabzadeh, Ghadir; Salehi, Sahar; Bagheri, Hossein

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this in vitro study was to evaluate the effect of silica and aluminosilicate nanocomposite coating of zirconia-based dental ceramic by a sol–gel dip-coating technique on the bond strength of veneering porcelain to the yttria-stabilized tetragonal zirconia polycrystal (Y-TZP) in vitro. Thirty Y-TZP blocks (10 mm ×10 mm ×3 mm) were prepared and were assigned to four experimental groups (n=10/group): C, without any further surface treatment as the control group; S, sandblasted using 110 μm alumina powder; Si, silica sol dip coating + calcination; and Si/Al, aluminosilicate sol dip coating + calcination. After preparing Y-TZP samples, a 3 mm thick layer of the recommended porcelain was fired on the coated Y-TZP surface. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and energy-dispersive X-ray analysis were used to characterize the coating and the nature of the bonding between the coating and zirconia. To examine the zirconia–porcelain bond strength, a microtensile bond strength (μTBS) approach was chosen. FT-IR study showed the formation of silica and aluminosilicate materials. XRD pattern showed the formation of new phases consisting of Si, Al, and Zr in coated samples. SEM showed the formation of a uniform coating on Y-TZP samples. Maximum μTBS values were obtained in aluminosilicate samples, which were significantly increased compared to control and sandblasted groups (P=0.013 and P<0.001, respectively). This study showed that aluminosilicate sol–gel dip coating can be considered as a convenient, less expensive reliable method for improving the bond strength between dental Y-TZP ceramics and veneering porcelain. PMID:27478376

  17. Sol-gel dip coating of yttria-stabilized tetragonal zirconia dental ceramic by aluminosilicate nanocomposite as a novel technique to improve the bonding of veneering porcelain.

    Madani, Azamsadat; Nakhaei, Mohammadreza; Karami, Parisa; Rajabzadeh, Ghadir; Salehi, Sahar; Bagheri, Hossein

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this in vitro study was to evaluate the effect of silica and aluminosilicate nanocomposite coating of zirconia-based dental ceramic by a sol-gel dip-coating technique on the bond strength of veneering porcelain to the yttria-stabilized tetragonal zirconia polycrystal (Y-TZP) in vitro. Thirty Y-TZP blocks (10 mm ×10 mm ×3 mm) were prepared and were assigned to four experimental groups (n=10/group): C, without any further surface treatment as the control group; S, sandblasted using 110 μm alumina powder; Si, silica sol dip coating + calcination; and Si/Al, aluminosilicate sol dip coating + calcination. After preparing Y-TZP samples, a 3 mm thick layer of the recommended porcelain was fired on the coated Y-TZP surface. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and energy-dispersive X-ray analysis were used to characterize the coating and the nature of the bonding between the coating and zirconia. To examine the zirconia-porcelain bond strength, a microtensile bond strength (μTBS) approach was chosen. FT-IR study showed the formation of silica and aluminosilicate materials. XRD pattern showed the formation of new phases consisting of Si, Al, and Zr in coated samples. SEM showed the formation of a uniform coating on Y-TZP samples. Maximum μTBS values were obtained in aluminosilicate samples, which were significantly increased compared to control and sandblasted groups (P=0.013 and P<0.001, respectively). This study showed that aluminosilicate sol-gel dip coating can be considered as a convenient, less expensive reliable method for improving the bond strength between dental Y-TZP ceramics and veneering porcelain. PMID:27478376

  18. Influence of core design, production technique, and material selection on fracture behavior of yttria-stabilized tetragonal zirconia polycrystal fixed dental prostheses produced using different multilayer techniques: split-file, over-pressing, and manually built-up veneers

    Mahmood DJH

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Deyar Jallal Hadi Mahmood, Ewa H Linderoth, Ann Wennerberg, Per Vult Von Steyern Department of Prosthetic Dentistry, Faculty of Odontology, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden Aim: To investigate and compare the fracture strength and fracture mode in eleven groups of currently, the most commonly used multilayer three-unit all-ceramic yttria-stabilized tetragonal zirconia polycrystal (Y-TZP fixed dental prostheses (FDPs with respect to the choice of core material, veneering material area, manufacturing technique, design of connectors, and radii of curvature of FDP cores. Materials and methods: A total of 110 three-unit Y-TZP FDP cores with one intermediate pontic were made. The FDP cores in groups 1–7 were made with a split-file design, veneered with manually built-up porcelain, computer-aided design-on veneers, and over-pressed veneers. Groups 8–11 consisted of FDPs with a state-of-the-art design, veneered with manually built-up porcelain. All the FDP cores were subjected to simulated aging and finally loaded to fracture. Results: There was a significant difference (P<0.05 between the core designs, but not between the different types of Y-TZP materials. The split-file designs with VITABLOCS® (1,806±165 N and e.max® ZirPress (1,854±115 N and the state-of-the-art design with VITA VM® 9 (1,849±150 N demonstrated the highest mean fracture values. Conclusion: The shape of a split-file designed all-ceramic reconstruction calls for a different dimension protocol, compared to traditionally shaped ones, as the split-file design leads to sharp approximal indentations acting as fractural impressions, thus decreasing the overall strength. The design of a framework is a crucial factor for the load bearing capacity of an all-ceramic FDP. The state-of-the-art design is preferable since the split-file designed cores call for a cross-sectional connector area at least 42% larger, to have the same load bearing capacity as the state-of-the-art designed

  19. Influence of core design, production technique, and material selection on fracture behavior of yttria-stabilized tetragonal zirconia polycrystal fixed dental prostheses produced using different multilayer techniques: split-file, over-pressing, and manually built-up veneers

    Mahmood, Deyar Jallal Hadi; Linderoth, Ewa H; Wennerberg, Ann; Vult Von Steyern, Per

    2016-01-01

    Aim To investigate and compare the fracture strength and fracture mode in eleven groups of currently, the most commonly used multilayer three-unit all-ceramic yttria-stabilized tetragonal zirconia polycrystal (Y-TZP) fixed dental prostheses (FDPs) with respect to the choice of core material, veneering material area, manufacturing technique, design of connectors, and radii of curvature of FDP cores. Materials and methods A total of 110 three-unit Y-TZP FDP cores with one intermediate pontic were made. The FDP cores in groups 1–7 were made with a split-file design, veneered with manually built-up porcelain, computer-aided design-on veneers, and over-pressed veneers. Groups 8–11 consisted of FDPs with a state-of-the-art design, veneered with manually built-up porcelain. All the FDP cores were subjected to simulated aging and finally loaded to fracture. Results There was a significant difference (P<0.05) between the core designs, but not between the different types of Y-TZP materials. The split-file designs with VITABLOCS® (1,806±165 N) and e.max® ZirPress (1,854±115 N) and the state-of-the-art design with VITA VM® 9 (1,849±150 N) demonstrated the highest mean fracture values. Conclusion The shape of a split-file designed all-ceramic reconstruction calls for a different dimension protocol, compared to traditionally shaped ones, as the split-file design leads to sharp approximal indentations acting as fractural impressions, thus decreasing the overall strength. The design of a framework is a crucial factor for the load bearing capacity of an all-ceramic FDP. The state-of-the-art design is preferable since the split-file designed cores call for a cross-sectional connector area at least 42% larger, to have the same load bearing capacity as the state-of-the-art designed cores. All veneering materials and techniques tested in the study, split-file, over-press, built-up porcelains, and glass–ceramics are, with a great safety margin, sufficient for clinical use

  20. Application of the electrophoretic deposition technique for obtaining Yttria-stabilized zirconia tubes; Aplicacao da tecnica de deposicao eletroforetica para a obtencao de tubos ceramicos de zirconia-itria

    Caproni, E.; Muccillo, R., E-mail: ecaproni@gmail.com, E-mail: muccillo@usp.br [Centro de Ciencia e Tecnologia de Materiais, Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2012-01-15

    The electrophoretic deposition (EPD) is recognized as the most versatile technique for processing particulate materials, due to low cost, deposition in minutes and forming of pieces with complex geometry shapes. In this work an experimental setup for the simultaneous conformation of 16 ceramic tubes by EPD was built. Bimodal submicron Yttria-stabilized zirconia particles were deposited into graphite electrodes, after suitably adjusting the rheological characteristics of the suspension in isopropanol. After graphite burning and YSZ sintering at 1500 deg C, the ceramic tubes were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning probe microscope, impedance spectroscopy and electrical response as a function of oxygen content. Small dense one end-closed ceramic tubes, fully stabilized in the cubic phase, were successfully obtained by the EPD technique, showing the ability of that technique for processing large quantities of tubular solid electrolytes with electrical response to different amounts of oxygen according to the Nernst law (author)