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  1. New Technique for Soil Reclamation and Conservation: In Situ Stabilization of Trace Elements in Contaminated Soils

    Negim, Osama

    2009-01-01

    L'accumulation de métaux toxiques dans le sol est principalement héritée de matériaux parents ou d'éléments résultant de l'activité humaine. Par conséquent, de nouvelles techniques sont en cours d'élaboration pour remédier à ces contaminations dans les sols pollués, telles que la phytoremédiation et la stabilisation in situ. La stabilisation in situ est une technique commune de réduction des effets négatifs des métaux et métalloïdes, tels que As, Cr, Cu, Cd et Zn dans les sols contaminés par ...

  2. 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.

  3. 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

    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

  4. 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.

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

    Yuan, Sheng Sam; Goldberg, Kenneth A.; Yashchuk, Valeriy V.; Celestre, Richard; McKinney, Wayne R.; Morrison, Gregory; Macdougall, James; Mochi, Iacopo; Warwick, Tony

    2010-09-15

    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.

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

    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.

  7. In-situ synchrotron diffraction and digital image correlation technique for characterizations of retained austenite stability in low-alloyed transformation induced plasticity steel

    Direct measurement and quantification of phase transformation in a low-alloyed transformation induced plasticity steels depending on the tensile load as well as determination of the real true stress and true strain values were carried out in-situ using high energy synchrotron radiation. Digital image correlation technique was used to quantify more precisely the true strain values. The aim of the work was to obtain a better understanding of the phase transformation of commercial low-alloyed transformation induced plasticity steel depending on the true strain and true stress values.

  8. 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

  9. 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

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

    Oma, K.H.; Farnsworth, R.K.; Rusin, J.M.

    1982-09-01

    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/sup -5/ parts per year. 32 figures, 30 tables.

  11. 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

  12. Chemoport anchoring the in situ technique

    Krishnamachar Harish

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Chemoports are subcutaneously placed long term central venous access devices usually inserted under local anaesthesia. Rare complications include port inversion or flip over. These can be prevented by anchoring the port to the tissues at its base. We describe an in situ technique of port anchoring. Here, the port is first fixed temporarily to the overlying skin by Huber needle, thus facilitating placement of fixing sutures without port manipulation. The described technique is safe and we have not encountered complications. In addition, ex - planting the port was easier due to the use of delayed absorbable sutures. It is safer to anchor the port even if the port pocket ensures that the port fits in snugly. This described technique results in minimal manipulation of portcatheter system thereby ensuring that the catheter tip which is properly placed remains unaltered.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

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

    Allan, M.L.

    1996-06-01

    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.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. In situ uranium stabilization by microbial metabolites

    Microbial melanin production by autochthonous bacteria was explored in this study as a means to increase U immobilization in U contaminated soil. This article demonstrates the application of bacterial physiology and soil ecology for enhanced U immobilization in order to develop an 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), South Carolina, as a result of tyrosine amendments. Bacterial densities of pyomelanin producers were >106 cells per g wet soil. Pyomelanin demonstrated U complexing 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 a field test demonstrated increased U sequestration capacity following pyomelanin production up to 13 months after tyrosine treatments

  19. 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

  20. 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

  1. A novel natural analog in situ stabilization agent

    This report summarizes the laboratory-scale test results on a synthetic analog of natural hematite cement for potential as an in situ treatment and stabilization agent for buried hazardous and radioactive waste. The concept is based on the principle that the ideal waste isolation materials are synthetic analogs of those natural encapsulating materials (cements), which are in equilibrium with the environment in which they occur. If equilibrium is achieved, then such materials will remain intact as long as the natural environment remains unchanged. The specific waste application is long-term stabilization of transuranic-contaminated waste pits and trenches at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL). Six properties of the natural analog agent and resulting wasteforms are discussed to access the agent's effectiveness and implementability: hydraulic conductivity; compressive strength; mineralogy and microstructure; compatibility with possible waste materials, nitrates, machine cutting oil, and metallic iron; leachability of hazardous metals; and field application parameters. Data indicated that the iron waste encapsulation materials tested are appropriate choices for buried waste mixed with INEL soil. Iron oxide/gypsum INEL soil wasteforms have hydraulic conductivity values close to the regulatory limit. Wasteforms with soil and wastes have compressive strength greater than the regulatory minimum. Gypsum/iron oxide removes hazardous metals from solution by adsorption and would pass Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure limits for most toxic metals. It appears to be chemically and physically inert with respect to the bulk of the waste materials likely to be found at INEL, and has properties conducive to jet grouting

  2. 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.

  3. In Situ Study of Thermal Stability of Copper Oxide Nanowires at Anaerobic Environment

    Lihui Zhang; Qiong Feng; Anmin Nie; Jiabin Liu; Hongtao Wang; Youtong Fang

    2014-01-01

    Many metal oxides with promising electrochemical properties were developed recently. Before those metal oxides realize the use as an anode in lithium ion batteries, their thermal stability at anaerobic environment inside batteries should be clearly understood for safety. In this study, copper oxide nanowires were investigated as an example. Several kinds of in situ experiment methods including in situ optical microscopy, in situ Raman spectrum, and in situ transmission electron microscopy wer...

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. Engineering feasibility analysis for in-situ stabilization of Canonsburg residues

    The US Department of Energy is considering several methods for carrying out remedial actions in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, at the site of an inactive uranium-processing mill. The main objective of this study is to determine the feasibility of in-situ stabilization as the remedial action. In-situ stabilization is an alternative to site decontamination and offsite disposal. The problems associated with offsite hauling of large quantities of contaminated material and with the location and development of a new disposal site could be avoided by the implementation of an in-situ stabilization concept. In addition, the in-situ approach would be more cost-effective than offsite disposal. This study will establish that a technically feasible and implementable in-situ stabilization concept can be developed that meets regulatory requirements and is cost effective. This study in no way commits the DOE to implement any specific actions described herein. 11 refs., 30 figs., 24 tabs

  9. Review and prospect for uranium mining technique in-situ leaching in China

    The author presents the history and current situation of China uranium mining in-situ leaching, reviews uranium mining technique of in-situ leaching, poses a question for study and solution in development of in-situ leaching, and looks forward to resources and bright future of uranium mining in-situ leaching

  10. Alternative technique to neutron probe calibration in situ

    An alternative technique of neutron probe calibration in situ was applied for Podzolic soil. Under field condition, the neutron probe calibration was performed using a special arrangement that prevented the lateral movement of water around the access tube of the neutron probe. During the experiments, successive amounts of water were uniformly infiltrated through the soil profile. Two plots were set to study the effect of the plot dimension on the slope of the calibration curve. The results obtained shown that the amounts of water transferred to the soil profile were significantly correlated to the integrals of count ratio along the soil profile on both plots. In consequence, the slope of calibration curve in field condition was determined. (author)

  11. 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

  12. Stability comparison between two optical refractometer techniques

    Two optical fibre refractometers are presented; both measure the change in refractive index of an external medium via measurement of the reflectivity of an optical fibre tip. One application of this technology lies in detection of hydrogen using palladium coatings. The first refractometer uses a single source with a probe and reference arm on separate optical fibres, while the second is a dual-wavelength system with a common path for probe and reference beam. We have characterised both systems to compare their sensitivity and long term stability to determine the most suitable configuration in terms of minimising drift and noise.

  13. Fast axisymmetric stability calculations using variational techniques

    A procedure for treating the axisymmetric (n = 0) stability of diverted plasmas in the presence of arbitrary, but toroidally symmetric, structures and active feedback circuits has been developed and implemented as a module in the TEQ free-boundary equilibrium code. This procedure is based on a variational solution of the ideal MHD normal mode equations. Inertia is ordered small but provides a constraint to allow the calculation of the poloidal and toroidal components of the plasma displacement. Feedback based on flux loop measurements is handled by introducing an adjoint system into the variational principle. Approximately 200 trial functions for the radial component of the plasma displacement and 200 magnetic surfaces are employed to obtain highly accurate estimates of the passive growth rate and the non-rigid eigenfunction. Nevertheless, the method is extremely fast: typically 10-20 sec of Cray 2 CPU time are required to analyze a realistic tokamak configuration. This speed, along with the direct coupling to the MHD equilibrium solver, allows interactive investigations of tokamak axisymmetric stability. Benchmarks with TSC and GATO are presented along with parameter scans for ITER and BPX. The results emphasize the importance of considering non-rigid mode effects which for ITER, yield higher nominal growth rates (non-rigid: 45 Hz, rigid: 25 Hz) and atypical internal inductance dependence (smaller li more unstable)

  14. 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...

  15. Experimental techniques for mass measurement far from stability

    The measurement of nuclear masses is a fundamental tool to probe nuclear structure ar from stability. A review of the techniques that have been most commonly employed to undertake such measurements is presented. (author)

  16. Materials testing for in situ stabilization treatability study of INEEL mixed wastes soils

    This report describes the contaminant-specific materials testing phase of the In Situ Stabilization Comprehensive Environment Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) Treatability Study (TS). The purpose of materials testing is to measure the effectiveness of grouting agents to stabilize Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) Acid Pit soils and select a grout material for use in the Cold Test Demonstration and Acid Pit Stabilization Treatability Study within the Subsurface Disposal Area (SDA) at the Radioactive Waste Management Complex (RWMC). Test results will assist the selecting a grout material for the follow-on demonstrations described in Test Plan for the Cold Test Demonstration and Acid Pit Stabilization Phases of the In Situ Stabilization Treatability Study at the Radioactive Waste Management Complex

  17. Materials testing for in situ stabilization treatability study of INEEL mixed wastes soils

    Heiser, J.; Fuhrmann, M. [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States)

    1997-09-01

    This report describes the contaminant-specific materials testing phase of the In Situ Stabilization Comprehensive Environment Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) Treatability Study (TS). The purpose of materials testing is to measure the effectiveness of grouting agents to stabilize Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) Acid Pit soils and select a grout material for use in the Cold Test Demonstration and Acid Pit Stabilization Treatability Study within the Subsurface Disposal Area (SDA) at the Radioactive Waste Management Complex (RWMC). Test results will assist the selecting a grout material for the follow-on demonstrations described in Test Plan for the Cold Test Demonstration and Acid Pit Stabilization Phases of the In Situ Stabilization Treatability Study at the Radioactive Waste Management Complex.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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 nanocomposites. The complexation of Ag/PMMA nanocomposites was confirmed using Raman spectroscopy. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy spectra confirmed that the bonding was dominantly influenced by the PMMA and DMF solution. Finally, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) results indicate that the total weight loss increases as the temperature increases. PMID:24450850

  1. Comparison of Surface Soil Stabilization Methods in situ

    Başkan, Oğuz; ÜNVER, İlhami

    2000-01-01

    The effects of farmyard manure, tea waste, Portland cement, frisol, initial temporary transparent film cover, and fuel oil on soil stabilization were compared with the control soil on a tilled and loosened clay loam Fluvent soil in Ankara. Grass growth was observed in a two-year field experiment laid out as randomized-block experimental design with three replications, with monitoring of the changes pH in 0-40 cm depths, levels of percentage of water stable aggregates, penetration resistanc...

  2. 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...

  3. In Situ Mercury Stabilization (ISMS) Treatment: Technology Maturation Project Phase I Status Report

    Kalb,P.D.; Milian, L.

    2008-03-01

    Mercury (Hg) was used to separate lithium-6 isotope for weapons production at the Y-12 Plant in Oak Ridge in the 1950s and 1960s. As much as two million pounds of elemental mercury was 'lost' or unaccounted for and a large portion of that material is believed to have entered the environment. The DOE site office in Oak Ridge has identified Hg pollution in soils, sediments, and streams as the most significant environmental challenge currently faced. In industry, large amounts of mercury have been used to manufacture products (e.g., fluorescent light bulbs, thermometers) and for chemical processing (e.g., production of chlorine and alkali via mercury electrochemical cells) and many of these industrial sites are now polluted with mercury contaminated soil as a result of previous releases and/or inadvertent leaks. Remediation techniques for Hg contaminated soils are either based on thermal desorption and recovery of the mercury or excavation and shipping of large volumes of material to remote facilities for treatment and disposal. Both of these alternatives are extremely costly. The Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) Environmental Research & Technology Division (ERTD) has demonstrated, in laboratory-scale experiments, the viability of treating mercury contaminated soils by means of sulfide treatment rods inserted into the soil through a process known as In Situ Mercury Stabilization (ISMS). This approach is partly based on BNL's patented and successfully licensed ex situ process for Hg treatment, Sulfur Polymer Stabilization/Solidification (SPSS) which converts Hg to the more stable sulfide form. The original experiments showed that Hg homogeneously distributed in soil rapidly migrates to form a high concentration zone of chemically stable mercuric sulfide near the treatment rods while concentrations of Hg in surrounding areas away from the treatment rods are depleted to acceptable levels. BSA has subsequently filed for patent protection on the ISMS technology. If further developed it has the potential for large-scale in-situ treatment of contaminated soils that could substantially reduce the prohibitive cost of thermal desorption and/or excavation and disposal. Licensing and spin-off technology development opportunities would then be viable. Depending on performance and regulatory acceptance, the treated mercury could either be excavated for disposal elsewhere or left in place as a stable alternative. Excavated spent treatment rods could be processed by the SPSS process to reduce the potential for dispersion and lower leachability even further. The Phase I objectives of the In Situ Mercury Stabilization Treatment Process Technology Maturation Project were to: (1) replicate the original bench-scale results that formed the basis for BNL's patent application, i.e., mercury contamination in soil will migrate to and react with 'rods' containing sulfur and/or sulfur compounds, (2) provide enough information to evaluate a decision to conduct further development, and (3) establish some of the critical parameters that require further technology maturation during Phase II. The information contained in this report summarizes the work conducted in Phase I to meet these objectives.

  4. 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-...

  5. 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...

  6. Stabilization of microorganisms for in situ degradation of toxic chemicals

    Methods for large-scale microencapsulation of bacteria and nutrients into microbeads with small enough diameters to travel through aquifers have been developed at the University of Idaho. Both free and immobilized cells of Flavobacterium ATCC 39723, a gram-negative aerobe that degrades various chlorinated phenols, into aquifer microcosms, through which pentachlorophenol (PCP)-contaminated groundwater flowed at in situ flow rates. Aquifer samples were collected with an auger from three wells at the University of Idaho Ground Water Research Site, and packed into 24 columns. Some sterile columns were also prepared, by irradiation at the Washington State University Radiation Center. In some of the columns the free Flavobacterium cells were mixed with the aquifer material before packing the columns. In others, agarose-microimmobilized Flavobacterium were mixed into the aquifer material. The effluent from each column was collected daily for 170 days and analyzed by UV spectroscopy or HPLC for remaining PCP. There were no statistically significant differences between the degradation rates of free or encapsulated Flavobacterium in sterile or native aquifer material as tested in these experiments. This work has shown at the lab scale that encapsulated PCP-degrading Flavobacterium were able to survive under conditions of starvation, predation, and lack of water

  7. 40 CFR 1065.195 - PM-stabilization environment for in-situ analyzers.

    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false PM-stabilization environment for in-situ analyzers. 1065.195 Section 1065.195 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (CONTINUED) AIR POLLUTION CONTROLS ENGINE-TESTING PROCEDURES Equipment Specifications § 1065.195...

  8. EPA SITE DEMONSTRATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL WASTE TECHNOLOGIES/GEO-CON IN SITU STABILIZATION/ SOLIDIFICATION PROCESS

    This paper presents an EPA evaluation of the first field demonstration of an in situ stabilization/solidification process for contaminated soil under the EPA Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation (SITE) program. Demonstration of this process was a joint effort of two vendors...

  9. Ligament balancing in total knee arthroplastyMedial stabilizing technique

    Shuichi Matsuda

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Ligament balancing is one of the most important surgical techniques for successful total knee arthroplasty. It has traditionally been recommended that medial and lateral as well as flexion and extension gaps are equal. This article reviews the relevant literature and discusses the clinical importance of the aforementioned gaps. Current evidence indicates that achieving medial stability throughout the range of motion should be a high priority in ligament balancing in total knee arthroplasty. Finally, the medial stabilising surgical technique, which aims to achieve good medial stability in posterior cruciate-retaining total knee arthroplasty, is introduced.

  10. TECHNIQUE FOR IN SITU CALIBRATION OF PARTICULATE MASS MONITORS

    Two types of aerosol generators, the Riker Laboratories metered spray can and the Mistogen EN145 ultrasonic nebulizer, were evaluated by laboratory measurements for application to the in situ calibration of particulate mass monitors for stationary sources. The metered spray can d...

  11. Polyphosphate Remediation Technology for In-Situ Stabilization of Uranium

    A labortory testing program has been conducted to optimize polyphosphate remediation technology for implementation through a field-scale technology infiltration demonstration to stabilize soluble, uranium-bearing source phases in the vadose zone and capillary fringe. Source treatment in the deep vadose zone will accelerate the natural attenuation of uranium to more thermodynamically stable uranium-phosphate minerals, enhancing the performance of the proposed polyphosphate remediation within the 300 Area aquifer. The objective of this investigation was to develop polyphosphate remediation technology to treat uranium contamination contained within the deep vadose zone and capillary fringe. This paper presents the results of an investigation that evaluated the rate and extent of reaction between polyphosphate and the uranium mineral phases present within the 300 Area vadose zone and capillary fringe and autunite formation as a function of polyphosphate formulation and concentration. This information is critical for identifying the optimum implementation approach and controlling the flux of uranium from the vadose zone and capillary fringe to the underlying aquifer during remediation. Results from this investigation will be used to design a full-scale remediation of uranium at the 300 Area of the Hanford Site.

  12. Introduction to in situ leaching technique and facility at Smith Ranch uranium project in USA

    The history of in situ leaching of uranium in USA is reviewed. Some techniques and parameters of alkaline in situ leach at Smith Ranch uranium project are introduced, including well field, sorption, elution, precipitation, filter and drying, automatic control, radiation protection, safety and environmental protection. (authors)

  13. Alcohol oxidase protein mediated in-situ synthesized and stabilized gold nanoparticles for developing amperometric alcohol biosensor.

    Chinnadayyala, Somasekhar R; Santhosh, Mallesh; Singh, Naveen K; Goswami, Pranab

    2015-07-15

    A simple one step method for the alcohol oxidases (AOx) protein mediated synthesis of gold nano-particles (AuNPs) in alkaline (pH 8.5) condition with simultaneous stabilization of the nanoparticles on the AOx protein surface under native environment has been developed. The formation of the AOx conjugated AuNPs was confirmed by advanced analytical and spectroscopic techniques. The significant increase in zeta potential (ζ) value of -57mV for the synthesized AOx-AuNPs conjugate from the AOx (pI 4.5) protein (ζ, -30mV) implied good stability of the in-situ synthesized nano-conjugate. The AOx-AuNPs conjugate showed steady stability in alkaline (upto pH 8.5) and NaCl (up to 10(-1)M) solutions. The efficiency (Kcat/Km) of the AuNP conjugated AOx was increased by 18% from the free enzyme confirming the activating role of the surface stabilized AuNPs for the enzyme. The AuNPs-AOx conjugate was encapsulated with polyaniline (PANI) synthesized by oxidative polymerization of aniline using H2O2 generated in-situ from the AOx catalysed oxidation of alcohol. The PANI encapsulated AuNPs-AOx assembly was stabilized on a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) by chitosan-Nafion mixture and then utilized the fabricated bioelectrode for detection of alcohol amperometrically using H2O2 as redox indicator at +0.6V. The constructed biosensor showed high operational stability (6.3% loss after 25 measurements), wide linear detection range of 10µM-4.7mM (R(2)=0.9731), high sensitivity of 68.3±0.35µAmM(-1) and low detection limit of 7±0.027µM for ethanol. The fabricated bioelectrode was successfully used for the selective determination of alcohol in beverage samples. PMID:25725464

  14. Architectural stability analysis of the rotary-laser scanning technique

    Xue, Bin; Yang, Xiaoxia; Zhu, Jigui

    2016-03-01

    The rotary-laser scanning technique is an important method in scale measurements due to its high accuracy and large measurement range. This paper first introduces a newly designed measurement station which is able to provide two-dimensional measurement information including the azimuth and elevation by using the rotary-laser scanning technique, then presents the architectural stability analysis of this technique by detailed theoretical derivations. Based on the designed station, a validation using both experiment and simulation is presented in order to verify the analytic conclusion. The results show that the architectural stability of the rotary-laser scanning technique is only affected by the two scanning angles' difference. And the difference which brings the best architectural stability can be calculated by using pre-calibrated parameters of the two laser planes. This research gives us an insight into the rotary-laser scanning technique. Moreover, the measurement accuracy of the rotary-laser scanning technique can be further improved based on the results of the study.

  15. Phase stability and in situ growth stresses in Ti/Nb thin films

    The thin film growth evolution associated with changes in Ti’s body-centered cubic (bcc) to hexagonal close-packed (hcp) phase transformations in Ti/Nb multilayered thin films is addressed. An in situ laser interferometer curvature measurement technique was used to monitor the intrinsic growth stresses for a series of these multilayers, with each multilayer having a different bilayer spacing but equivalent individual layer thickness. The initial Ti layer grows on Nb with a positive stress-thickness product slope up to ∼2 nm, whereupon it transitions to a slightly negative growth stress slope. This transition has been associated with the bcc to hcp Ti transformation. The Nb growth exhibited a significantly steeper stress-thickness product slope regardless of the Ti phase state. The decreasing interfacial stress between the two layers contributed to a collectively more compressive stress state for the multilayer. Atom probe tomography revealed Ti segregation to the columnar grain boundaries and significant Nb intermixing into the bcc Ti layer, which is rationalized as a surface exchange process driven by interfacial thermodynamic considerations. Using a molecular dynamics deposition simulation, this intermixing was found to be paramount in stabilizing the bcc Ti layer to larger layer thicknesses

  16. 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

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

    Allan, M.L.; Kukacka, L.E. [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States). Energy Efficiency and Conservation Div.

    1994-10-01

    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.

  18. Routine application of the in situ soil analysis technique by the Yankee Atomic Environmental Laboratory

    Using a technique developed by the Environmental Measurements Laboratory (EML) for field spectrometry, the Yankee Atomic Environmental Laboratory (YAEL) has routinely performed in situ soil measurements in the vicinity of five nuclear power stations for more than a decade. As a special research endeavor, several locations at the FURNAS Angra 1 site in Brazil having high natural backgrounds were also measured in 1987. The technical basis of the technique, a comparison of soil radionuclide concentrations predicted by the in situ technique to soil radionuclide concentrations predicted by the in situ technique to soil analyses from the same sites, the advantages and disadvantages of the in situ methodology, and the evolution of the portable equipment utilized at YAEL for the field measurements are presented in this paper

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Investigation of the thermal stability of phosphotungstic Wells-Dawson heteropoly-acid through in situ Raman spectroscopy

    Matkovic, Silvana Raquel, E-mail: matkovic@quimica.unlp.edu.ar [Centro de Investigacion y Desarrollo en Ciencias Aplicadas-Dr. Jorge J. Ronco. U.N.L.P., CONICET, CCT La Plata. Calle 47 N 257, B1900AJK La Plata, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Briand, Laura Estefania [Centro de Investigacion y Desarrollo en Ciencias Aplicadas-Dr. Jorge J. Ronco. U.N.L.P., CONICET, CCT La Plata. Calle 47 N 257, B1900AJK La Plata, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Banares, Miguel Angel [Laboratorio de Espectroscopia Catalitica, Instituto de Catalisis y Petroleoquimica, CSIC. Marie Curie 2, Cantoblanco, E-28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2011-11-15

    Highlights: {yields} Insitu Raman is used to monitor the thermal stability of Wells Dawson heteropolyacid. {yields} TP-Raman follows the gradual dehydration and the effect on the secondary structure. {yields} Wells-Dawson heteropolyacid does not decompose into Keggin and WO{sub 3} units below 600{sup o}C -- Abstract: The present investigation applies laser Raman spectroscopy under in situ conditions to obtain insights on the effect of the temperature on the molecular structure of the bulk phosphotungstic Wells-Dawson heteropoly-acid H{sub 6}P{sub 2}W{sub 18}O{sub 62}.xH{sub 2}O (HPA). The in situ temperature-programmed studies followed the evolution of phosphotungstic Wells-Dawson and Keggin heteropoly-acids along with tungsten trioxide under controlled atmosphere and temperature. The spectroscopic investigation of the Wells-Dawson HPA demonstrated that in situ Raman spectroscopy is a suitable technique to follow the effect of a gradual dehydration on the secondary structure of such a complex structure. Moreover, the absence of the signals belonging either to the Keggin or WO{sub 3} phases provides further evidence that the phosphotungstic heteropolyanion does not decomposes towards those materials at temperatures below 600 {sup o}C.

  3. Investigation of the thermal stability of phosphotungstic Wells-Dawson heteropoly-acid through in situ Raman spectroscopy

    Highlights: → Insitu Raman is used to monitor the thermal stability of Wells Dawson heteropolyacid. → TP-Raman follows the gradual dehydration and the effect on the secondary structure. → Wells-Dawson heteropolyacid does not decompose into Keggin and WO3 units below 600oC -- Abstract: The present investigation applies laser Raman spectroscopy under in situ conditions to obtain insights on the effect of the temperature on the molecular structure of the bulk phosphotungstic Wells-Dawson heteropoly-acid H6P2W18O62.xH2O (HPA). The in situ temperature-programmed studies followed the evolution of phosphotungstic Wells-Dawson and Keggin heteropoly-acids along with tungsten trioxide under controlled atmosphere and temperature. The spectroscopic investigation of the Wells-Dawson HPA demonstrated that in situ Raman spectroscopy is a suitable technique to follow the effect of a gradual dehydration on the secondary structure of such a complex structure. Moreover, the absence of the signals belonging either to the Keggin or WO3 phases provides further evidence that the phosphotungstic heteropolyanion does not decomposes towards those materials at temperatures below 600 oC.

  4. Theoretical stability assessment of uranyl phosphates and apatites: Selection of amendments for in situ remediation of uranium

    Raicevic, S. [Institute of Nuclear Sciences VINCA, Radiation and Environmental Protection Laboratory, P.O.Box 522, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia and Montenegro)]. E-mail: raich@beotel.yu; Wright, J.V. [PIMS NW, Inc., 201 North Edison, Suite 226, Richland, WA 99336 (United States); Veljkovic, V. [Institute of Nuclear Sciences VINCA, Center for Multidisciplinary Research and Engineering, P.O.Box 522, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia and Montenegro); Conca, J.L. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, 115 North Main Street, Carlsbad, NM 88220 (United States)

    2006-02-15

    Addition of an amendment or reagent to soil/sediment is a technique that can decrease mobility and reduce bioavailability of uranium (U) and other heavy metals in the contaminated site. According to data from literature and results obtained in field studies, the general mineral class of apatites was selected as a most promising amendment for in situ immobilization/remediation of U. In this work we presented theoretical assessment of stability of U(VI) in four apatite systems (hydroxyapatite (HAP), North Carolina Apatite (NCA), Lisina Apatite (LA), and Apatite II) in order to determine an optimal apatite soil amendment which could be used for in situ remediation of uranium. In this analysis we used a theoretical criterion which is based on calculation of the ion-ion interaction potential, representing the main term of the cohesive energy of the matrix/pollutant system. The presented results of this analysis indicate (i) that the mechanism of immobilization of U by natural apatites depends on their chemical composition and (ii) that all analyzed apatites represent, from the point of view of stability, promising materials which could be used in field remediation of U-contaminated sites.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. Rapid in situ X-ray position stabilization via extremum seeking feedback.

    Zohar, S; Venugopalan, N; Kissick, D; Becker, M; Xu, S; Makarov, O; Stepanov, S; Ogata, C; Sanishvili, R; Fischetti, R F

    2016-03-01

    X-ray beam stability is crucial for acquiring high-quality data at synchrotron beamline facilities. When the X-ray beam and defining apertures are of similar dimensions, small misalignments driven by position instabilities give rise to large intensity fluctuations. This problem is solved using extremum seeking feedback control (ESFC) for in situ vertical beam position stabilization. In this setup, the intensity spatial gradient required for ESFC is determined by phase comparison of intensity oscillations downstream from the sample with pre-existing vertical beam oscillations. This approach compensates for vertical position drift from all sources with position recovery times <6?s and intensity stability through a 5?m aperture measured at 1.5% FWHM over a period of 8?hours. PMID:26917131

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

    Schmid, Doris; Velimirovi?, Milica; Wagner, Stephan; Mici? 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 m) 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, Gebrder 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 experiments were performed to determine the impact of agar agar on the reactivity of milled ZVI and investigate the apparent corrosion rate of particles by quantifying the hydrogen gas generated by anaerobic corrosion of milled ZVI. The results indicate that agar agar had a positive impact on the milled ZVI stability and mobility, however adverse impact on the reactivity towards trichloroethene (TCE) was observed compared to the non-stabilized material. On the other hand, this study shows that the apparent corrosion rate of non-stabilized and agar agar stabilized milled ZVI particles is in the same order of magnitude. These data indicate that the dechlorination pathway of TCE by agar agar stabilized milled ZVI particles is possibly impacted by blocking of the reactive sites and not hydrogen revealed during particles corrosion. Finally, calculated longevity of the particles based on the apparent corrosion rate is significantly prolonged compared to the longevity of the nZVI particles reported in previous studies. This research receives funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2013 under grant agreement n309517.

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

    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

  11. 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.

  12. Using geophysical techniques to control in situ thermal remediation

    Monitoring the thermal and hydrologic processes that occur during thermal environmental remediation programs in near real-time provides essential information for controlling the process. Geophysical techniques played a crucial role in process control as well as for characterization during the recent Dynamic Underground Stripping Project demonstration in which several thousand gallons of gasoline were removed from heterogeneous soils both above and below the water table. Dynamic Underground Stripping combines steam injection and electrical heating for thermal enhancement with ground water pumping and vacuum extraction for contaminant removal. These processes produce rapid changes in the subsurface properties including changes in temperature fluid saturation, pressure and chemistry. Subsurface imaging methods are used to map the heated zones and control the thermal process. Temperature measurements made in wells throughout the field reveal details of the complex heating phenomena. Electrical resistance tomography (ERT) provides near real-time detailed images of the heated zones between boreholes both during electrical heating and steam injection. Borehole induction logs show close correlation with lithostratigraphy and, by identifying the more permeable gravel zones, can be used to predict steam movement. They are also useful in understanding the physical changes in the field and in interpreting the ERT images. Tiltmeters provide additional information regarding the shape of the steamed zones in plan view. They were used to track the growth of the steam front from individual injectors

  13. Long-term stabilization of foams and emulsions with in-situ formed microparticles from hydrophobic cellulose.

    Wege, Hartmut A; Kim, Sejong; Paunov, Vesselin N; Zhong, Qixin; Velev, Orlin D

    2008-09-01

    We report a simple method to produce foams and emulsions of extraordinary stability by using hydrophobic cellulose microparticles, which are formed in situ by a liquid-liquid dispersion technique. The hydrophobic cellulose derivative, hypromellose phthalate (HP), was initially dissolved in water-miscible solvents such as acetone and ethanol/water mixtures. As these HP stock solutions were sheared in aqueous media, micron sized cellulose particles formed by the solvent attrition. We also designed and investigated an effective and simple process for making HP particles without any organic solvents, where both the solvent and antisolvent were aqueous buffer solutions at different pH. Consequently, the HP particles adsorbed onto the water/air or water/oil interfaces created during shear blending, resulting in highly stable foams or foam/emulsions. The formation of HP particles and their ability for short-term and long-term stabilization of interfaces strongly depended on the HP concentration in stock solutions, as well as the solvent chemistry of both stock solutions and continuous phase media. Some foams and emulsion samples formed in the presence of ca. 1 wt% HP were stable for months. This new class of nontoxic inexpensive cellulose-based particle stabilizers has the potential to substitute conventional synthetic surfactants, especially in edible, pharmaceutical and biodegradable products. PMID:18646883

  14. Optical properties and radiation stability of submicro- and nanopowders titanium dioxide measured in situ

    Mikhailov, M. M.; Neshchimenko, V. V.; Yuryev, S. A.

    2016-04-01

    This study carried out an in situ and external investigation on the reflective spectra of micro- and nanopowders titanium dioxide before and after irradiation by 30 keV electrons. The particle sizes range from 60-240 nm. It was established that the decrease in the particle size leads to an increase in intrinsic defects. The particles with intrinsic defects are then transformed into absorption centers during irradiation as a result of optical degradation of TiO2 powders. High radiation stability has particle sizes range from 80-160 nm.

  15. In situ saphenous vein arterial bypass for infrainguinal revascularization: initial experience using an open technique.

    de Mello, A V; Santos, C M; Silva, J L; Souza, M T; Portilho, M A; Guimares, A V; Freitas, R G; Silvrio, J W

    1991-01-01

    The authors describe their initial experience with the use of the in situ saphenous vein arterial by-pass technique for infrainguinal revascularization. From December 1986 to August 1989, we performed 101 in situ saphenous vein arterial by-passes. From these 101 by-pass, 18 composite or partial in situ vein by-passes (in situ + reversed vein) and 2 extra-anatomical sequencial by-passes (one axillofemoral and one cross-over femorofemoral proximal by-passes extended by in situ saphenous vein femoropopliteal arterial by-passes) were withdrawn from the statistics, with the purpose of analysing the natural evolution of the in situ vein arterial by-pass without the insertion of reversed vein segments and/or the influence of artificial grafts to improve arterial inflow. Therefore only 81 in situ by-pass cases will be analysed in the present paper. From these 81 cases, 44 (54.3%) were performed in diabetic patients and limb salvage was the indication for by-pass in 63 (81%). The saphenous vein valves were rendered incompetent utilising the retrograde Mills-Leather valvulotome and exposing the greater saphenous vein with a continuous incision. In the 81 cases, wound complications occurred in 18 limbs (22%) and operative mortality (30 days) was 6.1%. Primary cumulative patency rate of the 81 cases was 77% and secondary cumulative patency rate was 80%, at the end of the analysed period. The open technique, using a retrograde valvulotome and exposing the entire conduit of the greater saphenous vein, became our preferred technique for infrainguinal revascularization. PMID:1765713

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

    Wang, Hongchang; Kashyap, Yogesh; Laundy, David; Sawhney, Kawal

    2015-07-01

    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. PMID:26134795

  17. Intercomparison of four different in-situ techniques for ambient formaldehyde measurements in urban air

    C. Hak; Pundt, I.; Trick, S.; C Kern; Platt, U.; Dommen, J; Ordez, C.; Prvt, A. S. H.; Junkermann, W.; Astorga-Llorns, C.; Larsen, B. R.; Mellqvist, J; Strandberg, A.; Yu, Y.; Galle, B

    2005-01-01

    Results from an intercomparison of several currently used in-situ techniques for the measurement of atmospheric formaldehyde (CH2O) are presented. The measurements were carried out at Bresso, an urban site in the periphery of Milan (Italy) as part of the FORMAT-I field campaign. Eight instruments were employed by six independent research groups using four different techniques: Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (DOAS), Fourier Transform Infra Red (FTIR) interf...

  18. 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)

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. In-situ containment and stabilization of buried waste. Annual report FY 1993

    Allan, M.L.; Kukacka, L.E.

    1993-10-01

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. In situ characterization of interfacial and bulk properties of lithium polymer batteries using 4-probe DC techniques

    Liu, Meilin [Georgia Inst. of Tech., Atlanta, GA (United States). School of Materials Science and Engineering; Visco, S.J.; De Jonghe, L.C. [Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA (United States)

    1992-11-01

    The use of transient and steady-state 4-probe techniques for the evaluation of the limitations to performance in solid-state electrochemical devices is described. The application of sequential, bipolar square-wave current pulses to a solid polymer cell with two internal reference electrodes allows separation of the polarization behavior of the various components of the cell, and indicates the rate limiting processes in the cell. Careful design of the experimental cell and appropriate selection of current pulse width allows evaluation of fundamental kinetic and transport properties, as well as activation parameters. Steady state constant-current measurements using 4-probe cells allows in situ observation of interface stability and/or polarization as a function of time as the cell is cycling.

  9. 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.

  10. Stability of silver nanoparticle monolayers determined by in situ streaming potential measurements

    A silver particle suspension obtained by a chemical reduction was used in this work. Monolayers of these particles (average size 28 nm) on mica modified by poly(allylamine hydrochloride) were produced under diffusion-controlled transport. Monolayer coverages, quantitatively determined by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and SEM, was regulated by adjusting the nanoparticle deposition time and the suspension concentration. The zeta potential of the monolayers was determined by streaming potential measurements carried out under in situ (wet) conditions. These measurements performed for various ionic strengths and pH were interpreted in terms of the three-dimensional (3D) electrokinetic model. The stability of silver monolayers was also investigated using streaming potential and the AFM methods. The decrease in the surface coverage of particles as a function of time and ionic strength varied between 10?1 and 10?4M was investigated. This allowed one to determine the equilibrium adsorption constant Ka and the binding energy of silver particles (energy minima depth). Energy minima depth were calculated that varied between ?18kT for I=10?1M and ?19kT for I=10?4 for pH 5.5 and T=298K. Our investigations suggest that the interactions between surface and nanoparticles are controlled by the electrostatic interactions among ion pairs. It was also shown that the in situ electrokinetic measurements are in accordance with those obtained by more tedious ex situ AFM measurements. This confirmed the utility of the streaming potential method for direct kinetic studies of nanoparticle deposition/release processes.Graphical Abstract

  11. 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

  12. Comparative review of techniques used for in situ remediation of contaminated soils

    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)

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. Fine and Ultrafine Particles from Combustion Sources - Investigations with In-situ Techniques

    Pagels, Joakim

    2005-01-01

    Fine airborne particles are associated with adverse health effects in the human population. The aim of this research was to develop and evaluate methods for in-situ characterisation of fine and ultrafine particles and to determine their deposition in the human airways. The aim was also to increase knowledge about health and environmentally relevant properties of aerosols from biomass combustion and selected indoor sources. The methods include instrumental techniques such as Scanning Mo...

  16. Study of formation process of metal nanoparticles on metal oxides by in-situ XAFS technique

    The formation process of platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs) on metal oxide (SiO2) was investigated by various characterization techniques, especially, in situ time-resolved Pt-L3 edge XAFS (QXAFS and DXAFS) combined with Q-Mass spectroscopy. A series of XAFS spectra was analyzed to evaluate the change in local structure, electronic state, and dispersion of PtNPs during their formation and growth process.

  17. Nuclear in-situ analysis techniques for the mineral and energy resources mining industries

    The technology for in-situ analysis based on nuclear techniques, such as borehole logging and surface analysis, is now utilised by the energy and metalliferous mining industry. The techniques developed by CSIRO are spectrometric. This uniquely provides opportunity for implementing analysis techniques which are direct instead of being based on the measurement of surrogates. Thus, the techniques lead to quantitative assays, which are available on-line, which provides mining-technology users with increased flexibility in scheduling operations to achieve improved productivity. The paper reviews in detail the performance of the various CSIRO techniques (and the consequent licensed SIROLOG technology) in current routine application such as deposits of black and brown coals and iron ore. It also briefly discussed the potential for logging applications in the nickel, manganese, copper and lead-zinc mining industries. New relevant developments, namely the ultra-low activity probes and face analysers, are also presented. 14 refs., 1 tab., 5 figs

  18. Nuclear in-situ analysis techniques for the mineral and energy resources mining industries

    Borsaru, M.; Charbucinski, J.; Eisler, P.L. [Commonwealth and Industrial Research Organisation, Victoria (Australia)

    1994-12-31

    The technology for in-situ analysis based on nuclear techniques, ie for borehole logging and surface analysis, is now utilised by the energy and metalliferous mining industry. The techniques developed by CSIRO are spectrometric. This uniquely provides opportunity for implementing analysis techniques which are direct instead of being based on the measurement of surrogates. Thus, the techniques lead to quantitative assays, which are available on-line, which provides mining-technology users with increased flexibility in scheduling operations to achieve improved productivity. The paper reviews in detail the performance of the various CSIRO techniques (and the consequent licensed SIROLOG technology) in current routine applications, ie in deposits of black and brown coals and iron ore. It also briefly discusses the potential for logging applications in the nickel, manganese, copper and lead-zinc mining industries. The paper discusses new relevant developments, namely the ultra-low activity probes and face analysers.

  19. 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...

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Concrete - Opalinus clay interaction: in-situ experiment and technique for coring undisturbed interfaces

    Document available in extended abstract form only. Designs for deep geologic disposal of radioactive waste foresee cementitious materials as structural elements, backfill or waste matrix. Interactions near interfaces are driven by chemical gradients in pore water and resultant diffusive transport, and are predicted to lead to mineralogical alterations in the barrier system, which in turn influences properties like swelling pressure, permeability, or specific retention in case of clay materials. Reactive transport modelling predictions and laboratory and in situ studies revealed significant alteration in both cement and clay-stone. An increase in porosity in the cement close to the interface, and clogging in the clay-stone adjacent to the interface is commonly predicted and observed. The Cement-Clay Interaction (CI) Experiment at the Mont Terri Underground Laboratory (St. Ursanne, Switzerland) aims at demonstrating some of the processes at interfaces to be expected at a realistic spatial scale and under saturated conditions. A duration of 20 years is foreseen during which reaction progress should become measurable and thus comparable to laboratory experiments and modelling predictions. Companion studies address cement hydration, and develop new high-resolution techniques for phase identification using μ-X-ray diffraction at the Paul Scherrer Institut. The field experiment at Mont Terri comprises two vertical boreholes (384 mm diameter, up to 9 m length) in Opalinus Clay (OPA) filled with layers of three different concretes and bentonite. The concrete formulations are based on three different binders: Portland cement (OPC), ESDRED cement designed for repository applications (40% of cement substituted by silica fume), and low alkali cement (LAC, containing slag and nano-silica). The characterisation of the three concrete-OPA interfaces after 2 years of alteration are presented in a companion contribution (Jenni et al.). A key issue is the repeat recovery of undisturbed samples of the different interfaces with concrete. A first sampling campaign in 2009 used a simple stabilisation technique with a central anchor rod that was glued in before coring. It was impossible to retrieve completely undisturbed samples. A new technique was developed for the drilling campaign during February 2012, and it was successfully applied in all four sampling boreholes carried out, retrieving a total of 150 kg of core and 10 physically and chemically undisturbed interface samples. The technique comprised intersection drilling at 45 deg. inclination and 220 mm OD to within 50 cm of the vertical concrete pile. The base was reamed planar, and templates were installed to drill a circular arrangement of 6 boreholes with 46 mm OD, three at a time. These small boreholes extended across the entire pile (1.4-1.6 m), and anchor rods made of fibre glass and filled with cement were embedded with epoxy resin. A different template was subsequently used to over-core (131 mm OD / 101 mm core DM, double-barrel, acrylic liner) cutting through the reinforcements. Stabilized composite cores of 1.4-1.6 m length could be retrieved in this manner. (authors)

  3. In situ measurement of the effect of LiOH on the stability of zircaloy-2 surface film in PWR water

    Surface films on the metals play a major role in corrosion assisted cracking. A new method called Contact Electric Resistance (CER) method has been recently developed for in situ measurement of the electric resistance of surface films in high temperature and high pressure environments. The technique has been used to determine in situ the electric resistance of films on metals when in contact with water and dissolved anions, during formation and destruction of oxides and hydrides and during electroplating of metals. Electric resistance data can be measured with a frequency of the order of one hertz, which makes it possible to investigate in situ the kinetics of surface film related processes which are dependent on the environment, temperature, pH and electrochemical potential. This paper presents the results of the CER investigation on the effects of LiOH on the stability of Zircaloy-2 surface film in water with 2000 ppm H3BO3. At 300 deg. C the LiOH concentrations higher than 10-2 M (roughly 70 ppm of Li+) were found to markedly reduce the electric resistance of the Zircaloy-2 surface film during a test period of less than two hours. The decrease of the film resistance is very abrupt, possibly indicating a phase transformation. Moreover, the advantages of the CER technique over the other competing techniques which rely on the measurement of current are discussed. (author)

  4. A new technique for in situ measurements of erosion and redeposition in a single discharge

    Based on the very different refractive constants of quartz substrates (? 1.5) and of amorphous deposits (>1.7) collected in the scrape-off layer of TEXTOR, in situ reflectometry has been developed in order to determine the growth rates. Laboratory experiments comparing the light intensities reflected from the rear side of the system glass/deposit to the theoretically calculated reflectivity demonstrate the feasibility of the technique. The optical constants needed are determined ex situ by ellipsometry. For the application to TEXTOR, the Stockholm TEXTOR collector probe system has been equipped with fibre optic light guides which end behind quartz substrates carried by a replaceable graphite head. This arrangement avoids disturbance due to vibration or due to observations over long distances. (orig.)

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

    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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Thermo-stabilized, porous polyimide microspheres prepared from nanosized SiO2 templating via in situ polymerization

    M. Q. Liu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In this article, we addressed a feasible and versatile method of the fabrication of porous polyimide microspheres presenting excellent heat resistance. The preparation process consisted of two steps. Firstly, a novel polyimide/nano-silica composite microsphere was prepared via the self-assembly structures of poly(amic acid (PAA, precursor of PI/nanosized SiO2 blends after in situ polymerization, following the two-steps imidization. Subsequently, the encapsulated nanoparticles were etched away by hydrofluoric acid treatment, giving rise to the pores. It is found the composite structure of PI/SiO2 is a precondition of the formation of nanoporous structures, furthermore, the morphology of the resultant pore could be relatively tuned by changing the content and initial morphology of silica nano-particles trapped into PI matrix. The thermal properties of the synthesized PI porous spheres were studied, indicating that the introduction of nanopores could not effectively influence the thermal stabilities of PI microspheres. Moreover, the fabrication technique described here may be extended to other porous polymer systems.

  9. 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.

  10. Implementation of In-Situ Impedance Techniques on a Full Scale Aero-Engine System

    Gaeta, R. J.; Mendoza, J. M.; Jones, M. G.

    2007-01-01

    Determination of acoustic liner impedance for jet engine applications remains a challenge for the designer. Although suitable models have been developed that take account of source amplitude and the local flow environment experienced by the liner, experimental validation of these models has been difficult. This is primarily due to the inability of researchers to faithfully mimic the environment in jet engine nacelles in the laboratory. An in-situ measurement technique, one that can be implemented in an actual engine, is desirable so an accurate impedance can be determined for future modeling and quality control. This paper documents the implementation of such a local acoustic impedance measurement technique that is used under controlled laboratory conditions as well as on full scale turbine engine liner test article. The objective for these series of in-situ measurements is to substantiate treatment design, provide understanding of flow effects on installed liner performance, and provide modeling input for fan noise propagation computations. A series of acoustic liner evaluation tests are performed that includes normal incidence tube, grazing incidence tube, and finally testing on a full scale engine on a static test stand. Lab tests were intended to provide insight and guidance for accurately measuring the impedance of the liner housed in the inlet of a Honeywell Tech7000 turbofan. Results have shown that one can acquire very reasonable liner impedance data for a full scale engine under realistic test conditions. Furthermore, higher fidelity results can be obtained by using a three-microphone coherence technique that can enhance signal-to-noise ratio at high engine power settings. This research has also confirmed the limitations of this particular type of in-situ measurement. This is most evident in the installation of instrumentation and its effect on what is being measured.

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

    Kaiser, Andreas; Prasad, A.S.; Foghmoes, Søren Preben Vagn; Ramousse, Severine; Bonanos, Nikolaos; Esposito, Vincenzo

    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...... changing in a narrow temperature range of less than 100 degrees C. Below 1030 degrees C, a higher densification rate in the dense membrane layer than in the porous support leads to concave shape, whereas the densification rate of the support is dominant above 1030 degrees C, leading to convex shape. A fiat...

  12. Practical applications of in-situ plasma-etching diagnostic techniques

    Mass spectrometry, ellipsometry and optical emission spectroscopy are used as in-situ plasma diagnostic techniques in three separate studies of plasma etching: Investigations of the conditions which cause, and the mechanism of, the roughening of Si(100) when using Cl2 plasmas; studies of triode-mode etching of Si(100) and SiO2 using both Cl2 and SF6 plasmas; experimental and theoretical studies of the distribution of chemical species in SF6/O2 plasmas over Si(100) and SiO2. (orig.)

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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 3years. 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 188days after tagging. Of these, 90% were located at the site of capture, while the remaining individuals were resighted between 200m and 1.1km from initial site of capture over 29days later. In situ growth rates ranged between 0.1 and 0.6mm/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., lionfish's mass. Our study offers a novel in situ tagging technique that can be used to provide critical information on fish site fidelity, movement patterns, and growth in cases where ex situ tagging is not feasible. PMID:25614791

  16. In-situ magnetic gauging technique used at LANL-method and shock information obtained

    Sheffield, S. A.; Gustavsen, R. L.; Alcon, R. R.

    2000-04-01

    Measuring techniques, including magnetic gauges, quartz gauges, manganin gauges, PVDF gauges, velocity interferometry, piezoelectric pins, shorting pins, flash gaps, etc., have been used over the years in shock experiments in condensed phase materials. The use of a particular technique depends on the measured parameter and the sample material properties. This paper concentrates on in-situ magnetic gauging which is particularly useful in high explosive (HE) shock initiation experiments. A short history of this technique will be given but the main discussion will concentrate on the multiple magnetic gauge technique developed at Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL). Vorthman and Wackerle started the technique development in 1980, concentrating on particle velocity and "impulse" gauges so that Lagrange analysis could be used to map the entire reactive field. Over the years, changes to the gauge design, fabrication, and experimental focus have led to the present LANL technique. During the past two years measurements have tracked the reactive wave evolution resulting from a shock-to-detonation transition in several high explosive materials. Analysis of the data from a single experiment provides: 1) an unreacted Hugoniot point in which both the shock velocity and particle velocity are measured, 2) shock front tracking, 3) ten particle velocity profiles which measure the reactive wave evolution, 4) a "Pop-plot" distance-(time-)to-detonation point, and 5) a 3% measurement of the detonation velocity. Details of the experimental setup and information from several experiments will be discussed.

  17. 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.

  18. 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)....

  19. 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

  20. 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)

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

    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

  2. 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.

  3. 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)

  4. Stability and Reactive Power Compensation Techniques in Wind Farm

    Kadam D.P

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Wind energy’s presence in the electric power system has dramatically grown over the past decade and will continue to grow worldwide as many countries have planned future developments. Large number of wind turbines are being installed and connected to power systems. In some of the countries the penetration of wind power is significant high so as to affect the power quality, system operation and control and power system stability. In this paper an attempt is made to predict the reactive power burden of the wind farm based on conventional fixed speed induction generator during wind variation and fault condition. PSCAD/EMTDC based large scale wind farm model is developed where STATCOM is introduced as an active voltage and reactive power supporter to increase the power system stability. STATCOM unit injects reactive power to mitigate power quality problems and to get stable grid operation.

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

    Lovley, Derek R. [University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    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.

  6. Comparison of Different Techniques For Tuning of Power System Stabilizer

    BAYAT, Ehsan; DELAVAR?, Hadi

    2015-01-01

    Abstract. The power system is subjected to different types of disturbances such as small changes in the load that affects its efficiency and sometimes leads to unstable system. These disturbances cause oscillations at low frequencies that are undesirable since it affects the amount of transferred power through the transmission lines and leads to external stress to the mechanical shaft. In order to compress low-frequency oscillations, a common solution is use the power system stabilizer (PSS)....

  7. POSSIBILITIES OF USING THE FLUORESCENCE IN SITU HYBRIDIZATION TECHNIQUE IN THE DIAGNOSIS OF BLADDER CANCER AND ITS RECURRENCES

    V. B. Matveev

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Fluorescence in situ hybridization is a current technique to detect chromosomal specific genetic disorders specific to urinary bladder cancer (UBC. This technique may be used to diagnose UBC, to follow up patients after surgical treatment, to evaluate the efficiency of adjuvant therapy in these patients, and to predict the development of disease recurrence.

  8. 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

  9. Dimensional stability of a novel polyvinyl siloxane impression technique

    Moira Pedroso, Leo; Camila Paloma, Pinto; Ana Paula, Sponchiado; Brbara Pick, Ornaghi.

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To introduce a modification of the reline impression technique (MRIT), and compare the dimensional changes of impressions obtained by MRIT and by conventional reline impression technique (CRIT). METHODS: An acrylic resin tablet was milled by a CAD-CAM system to simulate three abutments (A [...] , B and C) with different distances among them. The abutments were molded using both impression techniques. For MRIT, before completing the putty silicone polymerization, the relieve procedure was made by compression and it was immediately repositioned to complete the polymerization. Impressions were stored dry at room temperature for different periods (immediately, 1 h, 2 days and 7 days). The distances were obtained by scanning. The differences between the impressions and their respective matrix reference measurements were calculated to determine the dimensional changes. Data were subjected to ANOVA and Tukey's test (p

  10. In-Situ Magnetic Gauging Technique Used at LANL -- Method and Shock Information Obtained

    Sheffield, Stephen A.

    1999-06-01

    Measuring techniques, including magnetic gauges, quartz gauges, manganin gauges, PVDF gauges, velocity interferometry (VISAR, Fabry-Perot, ORVIS, etc.), piezoelectric pins, shorting pins, flash gaps, etc., have been used over the years to measure shock properties and wave evolution in condensed phase materials. In general, each of these techniques has its own strengths and weaknesses. The use of a particular technique depends on the measured parameter and the sample material properties. This paper will concentrate on in-situ magnetic gauging which is particularly useful in high explosive shock initiation experiments. A short history of this technique will be given but the main discussion will concentrate on the multiple magnetic gauge technique developed at Los Alamos National Lab.(LANL). Vorthman and Wackerle (Vorthman, J.E., ``Facilities for the Study of Shock Induced Decomposition in High Explosive,'' in Shock Waves in Condensed Matter -- 1981, Eds. W. J. Nellis, L. Seaman, and R.A. Graham, AIP Conference Proceedings No. 78 (1982) p. 680.) started developing the technique in 1980, concentrating on particle velocity and ``impulse'' gauges so that Lagrange analysis could be used to map the entire reactive field. Over the years, changes to the gauge design, fabrication, and experimental focus have led to the present LANL capability. During the past two years measurements have tracked the reactive wave evolution resulting from a shock-to-detonation transition in several high explosive materials. The data from a single experiment provides: 1)particle velocity wave profiles from ten to twelve depths in the sample, 2) shock front tracking, 3) an unreacted Hugoniot point (in which both the shock velocity and particle velocity are measured), 4) a ``Pop-plot'' or distance-(time-)to-detonation point, and 5) a 3% measurement of the detonation velocity. Details of the experimental setup and information from several experiments will be discussed.

  11. 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.

  12. Development of experimental in-situ Pu monitoring system based on passive gamma spectroscopy technique

    To meet the requirements of in-situ 239Pu monitoring at various stages of fuel reprocessing for NRB, an indigenous Pu monitoring system is developed by Electronics Division, BARC. The system is based on passive gamma spectroscopy technique and utilizes an advanced scintillation detector along-with compact spectroscopy hardware. The system hardware and application software have been installed at Control Lab, PREFRE-2, Tarapur for testing and evaluation. Quantification accuracy of better than 10% is achieved during the initial phase of evaluation. The system is targeted for quantification of Pu in samples drawn from Pu purification cycles with operational frequency of 3-5 samples in Round-The-Clock shifts. The system will significantly minimize manual handling of Pu samples in comparison with the existing methods. (author)

  13. 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.

  14. 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

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

    Feng, Yi-Fu; Zhang, Qing-Ling; Feng, De-Zhi

    2012-10-01

    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.

  16. 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

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

    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: ? We combined ChlaF measurements with EM images to analyses the biocides action on stone biodeterioration agents. ? At lower biocide concentrations damage to photobiont and mycobiont cells integrity, ultrastructure and vitality were observed. ? The limited action of biocides on fungi and algae were detected using SEM-BSE. ? The combination of physiological and microscopy techniques improves the assessment of biocide action in situ. ? This new approach will help to optimize protocols of biocide application on stone.

  18. 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 interpretation, useful to characterize vadose layer/soil/sediment characteristics.

  19. 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. The report includes a glossary and appendices listing types and behaviour of petroleum hydrocarbons, potential applications of phytoremediation in western Canada, and sources of information on phytoremediation on the Internet. 151 refs., tabs., figs

  20. Intercomparison of four different in-situ techniques for ambient formaldehyde measurements in urban air

    C. Hak

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Results from an intercomparison of several currently used in-situ techniques for the measurement of atmospheric formaldehyde (CH2O are presented. The measurements were carried out at Bresso, an urban site in the periphery of Milan (Italy as part of the FORMAT-I field campaign. Eight instruments were employed by six independent research groups using four different techniques: Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (DOAS, Fourier Transform Infra Red (FTIR interferometry, the fluorimetric Hantzsch reaction technique (five instruments and a chromatographic technique employing C18-DNPH-cartridges (2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine. White type multi-reflection systems were employed for the optical techniques in order to avoid spatial CH2O gradients and ensure the sampling of nearly the same air mass by all instruments. Between 23 and 31 July 2002, up to 13 ppbv of CH2O were observed. The concentrations lay well above the detection limits of all instruments. The formaldehyde concentrations determined with DOAS, FTIR and the Hantzsch instruments were found to agree within 11%, with the exception of one Hantzsch instrument, which gave systematically higher values. The two hour integrated samples by DNPH yielded up to 25% lower concentrations than the data of the continuously measuring instruments averaged over the same time period. The consistency between the DOAS and the Hantzsch method was better than during previous intercomparisons in ambient air with slopes of the regression line not significantly differing from one. The differences between the individual Hantzsch instruments could be attributed in part to the calibration standards used. Possible systematic errors of the methods are discussed.

  1. Intercomparison of four different in-situ techniques for ambient formaldehyde measurements in urban air

    C. Hak

    2005-05-01

    Full Text Available Results from an intercomparison of several currently used in-situ techniques for the measurement of atmospheric formaldehyde (CH2O are presented. The measurements were carried out at Bresso, an urban site in the periphery of Milan (Italy as part of the FORMAT-I field campaign. Eight instruments were employed by six independent research groups using four different techniques: Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (DOAS, Fourier Transform Infra Red (FTIR interferometry, the fluorimetric Hantzsch reaction technique (five instruments and a chromatographic technique employing C18-DNPH-cartridges (2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine. White type multi-reflection systems were employed for the optical techniques in order to avoid spatial CH2O gradients and ensure the sampling of nearly the same air mass by all instruments. Between 23 and 31 July 2002, up to 13 ppbv of CH2O were observed. The concentrations lay well above the detection limits of all instruments. The formaldehyde concentrations determined with DOAS, FTIR and the Hantzsch instruments were found to agree within ±11%, with the exception of one Hantzsch instrument, which gave systematically higher values. The two hour integrated samples by DNPH yielded up to 25% lower concentrations than the data of the continuously measuring instruments averaged over the same time period. The consistency between the DOAS and the Hantzsch method was better than during previous intercomparisons in ambient air with slopes of the regression line not significantly differing from one. The differences between the individual Hantzsch instruments could be attributed in part to the calibration standards used. Possible systematic errors of the methods are discussed.

  2. 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)

  3. X-Ray Photoresist Characterization Using in Situ Optical Monitoring Techniques

    Sullivan, Monroe Brian

    X-ray photoresists were studied using two in situ optical techniques (ellipsometry and imaging interferometry) during development. A conventional photoresist (polymethylmethacrylate/KTI Chemicals) and two chemically-amplified photoresists (XP -90104C/Shipley and AZ-PF/Hoechst) were investigated. Computer programs were used to model the effects of surface roughening, swelling, and dissolution of these resists. A 2048 channel linear CCD array dissolution rate monitor (DRM) was constructed and tested on Shipley XP -90104C photoresist. A simple empirical model of surface roughening was proposed based on SEM and AFM images of the partially developed resist surface. Continuous resist contrast, sensitivity, time to clear, and normalized remaining thickness (NRT) curves were all calculated from a single wafer and used to characterize the photoresist. In addition, it was found that a reduction of 1/2 of the maximum fringe height in the DRM reflectivity signal corresponded to RMS surface roughening of 120 nm. The DRM was also used on PMMA to measure the spatial inhomogeneity of various X -ray exposure window materials used to isolate the UHV environment. The Be window studied had significantly more exposure field variation (+/-5%) than the poly-Si window (+/-1%). Vibrating the Be window during exposure reduced the exposure variation to +/-1%. A 3-color Rudolph AutoEL II ellipsometer and immersion cell were employed to monitor photoresists during development. PMMA was used to verify the results of previous studies, the validity of the technique, and the theoretical models. The technique was then applied to Shipley XP-90104C. Because XP-90104C uses an aqueous-base developer in situ ellipsometry was employed to test the assumption that the resist does not swell during development. No appreciable swelling of exposed XP-90104C was observed in Shipley MF-322 developer for temperatures below 35^circC, but the process of dissolution departed slightly from a theoretical model of uniform film dissolution. AFM and SEM images of partially developed samples revealed that surface roughening of the resist may account for the departure. An effective medium approximation (EMA) model was used to model the roughened surface layer. Measurements performed at 633nm and 546nm were accurately fit using the EMA model with surface roughness which increased proportional to the square root of time.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  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. 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

  8. Establishment of the genomic in situ hybridization (GISH) technique for analysis in interspecific hybrids of Passiflora.

    Melo, C A F; Silva, G S; Souza, M M

    2015-01-01

    The genomic in situ hybridization (GISH) technique was applied to Passiflora interspecific F1 HD13-133 hybrids (Passiflora sublanceolata x Passiflora foetida) and HD15-101 (Passiflora gardineri x Passiflora gibertii), and the backcrossed hybrids (BC1) HD18-106 and HD18-113 (Passiflora sublanceolata x HD13-133). GISH was performed using genomic probes prepared with the DNA from the paternal genitor, whereas the maternal DNA was used as blocking DNA and employed at various concentrations (20X, 40X, 60X, and 100X) in relation to the probe concentration. At the same time, GISH was applied with the use of simultaneous probes from both genomes, paternal and maternal, that were detected with avidin-FITC and anti-digoxigenin-rhodamine, respectively. Both methodologies allowed the distinguishing of the maternal and paternal genomes, thus confirming the hybrid nature of all the analyzed genotypes. Furthermore, the presence of recombinant chromosomes in BC1 hybrids revealed the occurrence of meiotic recombination in HD13 hybrids. This application of the GISH technique is an important step towards genomic analyses of Passiflora hybrids: it can broaden the phylogenetic and evolutionary studies of the genus and, at the same time, contribute to breeding programs. PMID:25867365

  9. In Situ Determination of Sulfate Reduction in Peatlands - A Downscaled Push-Pull Tracer Technique

    Goldhammer, T.; Blodau, C.

    2005-12-01

    Microbial dissimilatory sulfate reduction is a key process for carbon cycling in nutrient-poor peatlands. For an estimation of a future behaviour of these carbon-rich ecosystems under altered environmental conditions, reliable methods for a quantification of biogeochemical processes still have to be developed. In general, sulfate reduction is being quantified via laboratory-scale incubation experiments with field samples. A main disadvantage and source of uncertainty of this approach is the use of disturbed samples and the determination of not actual but potential turnover rates, which can not easily be extrapolated to the field scale. In order to find an alternative for measuring sulfate reduction in peat soils we developed an experimental design derived from hydrogeological practice, where single-well push-pull tracer tests are widely used for in situ determination of microbial activities in aquifers. A mixture of a conservative tracer and a reactant is injected into a well and regained after a certain time of in situ incubation. Assuming that sulfate reduction follows mainly first-order reaction kinetics, the analysis of the obtained breakthrough curve data is simple. The slope of a log-linear regression of the ratio of relative reactant vs. tracer concentrations plotted against time since injection delivers the reaction rate coefficient k. Nine piezometers installed at three depth levels (20-30, 30-40 and 50-60cm below ground surface) in Mer Bleue Bog, Ontario, Canada were used to conduct three series of push-pull tracer tests. In both uppermost depth-levels, increased hydraulic conductivity causes a dominance of lateral flow and leads to lower recovery rates. Nevertheless, with restrictions due to a higher sensitivity to operational errors, data from these replicates could be used for method evaluation. Mean k values ranged from -7.2*10-3 to -11.7*10-3 h-1. Positive k values representing increasing sulfate concentrations were determined in several series of the upper levels. We concluded that sulfate was not net consumed in the shallow peat. These first results indicate that small scale push-pull tests are a suitable technique for the determination of biogeochemical in situ reaction rates.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. Effect of C16TMA contents on the thermal stability of organo-bentonites: In situ X-ray diffraction analysis

    Kooli, Fethi, E-mail: fkooli@taibahu.edu.sa [Taibah University, Department of Chemistry, PO Box 30002, Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah (Saudi Arabia)

    2013-01-10

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Organo-bentonites were prepared at C16TMABr/CEC ratios up to 11. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Disorder configuration of C16TMA cations was observed at higher C16TMABr/CEC ratios. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The evolved gases during the calcinations of organoclays were analyzed by MS-TG. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer In situ XRD technique detected clearly the phase disorder in the range 50-150 Degree-Sign C. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Collapse of organoclays depended on the temperature and the used atmospheres. - Abstract: Different concentrations of cetyl trimethylammonium bromide solutions were cation exchanged with bentonite clay mineral, at room temperature. The resulting organoclays were characterized by elemental analysis C and N, X-ray diffraction and thermal gravimetric analysis. The evolved gases during the calcination of organoclays were identified by online mass spectrometry coupled with thermal gravimetry technique. Meanwhile, in situ X-ray diffraction was used to have insight on the thermal stability of the organoclays in air atmosphere. X-ray diffraction at room temperature indicated that a disorder transition phase from bilayer to paraffin configuration occurred at higher surfactant-cation exchange capacity ratios, with two phases at 3.25 and 2.00 nm, respectively. The in situ X-ray diffraction confirmed the presence of these two phases with improved reflections intensities in the range of 100-200 Degree-Sign C. Above this temperature, both phases collapsed due to the decomposition of the surfactants as recorded by mass spectrometry thermal gravimetric analysis.

  14. Effect of C16TMA contents on the thermal stability of organo-bentonites: In situ X-ray diffraction analysis

    Highlights: ► Organo-bentonites were prepared at C16TMABr/CEC ratios up to 11. ► Disorder configuration of C16TMA cations was observed at higher C16TMABr/CEC ratios. ► The evolved gases during the calcinations of organoclays were analyzed by MS-TG. ► In situ XRD technique detected clearly the phase disorder in the range 50–150 °C. ► Collapse of organoclays depended on the temperature and the used atmospheres. - Abstract: Different concentrations of cetyl trimethylammonium bromide solutions were cation exchanged with bentonite clay mineral, at room temperature. The resulting organoclays were characterized by elemental analysis C and N, X-ray diffraction and thermal gravimetric analysis. The evolved gases during the calcination of organoclays were identified by online mass spectrometry coupled with thermal gravimetry technique. Meanwhile, in situ X-ray diffraction was used to have insight on the thermal stability of the organoclays in air atmosphere. X-ray diffraction at room temperature indicated that a disorder transition phase from bilayer to paraffin configuration occurred at higher surfactant-cation exchange capacity ratios, with two phases at 3.25 and 2.00 nm, respectively. The in situ X-ray diffraction confirmed the presence of these two phases with improved reflections intensities in the range of 100–200 °C. Above this temperature, both phases collapsed due to the decomposition of the surfactants as recorded by mass spectrometry thermal gravimetric analysis.

  15. An Experimental Study of In-Situ Phase Fraction in Jet Pump Using Electrical Resistance Tomography Technique

    Xu, Jing-Yu; Wang, Mi; Wu, Ying-Xiang; Schlaberg I., H.; Zheng, Zhi-Chu; Williams A., R.

    2007-02-01

    We perform the experiments to investigate in-situ phase fraction in a jet pump using the electrical resistance tomography (ERT) technique. A new jet pump with ERT sensors is designed to measure in-situ phase fraction and flow regime. The study is based on laboratory experiments that are carried out on a 50-mm vertical flow rig for various gas and liquid phase superficial velocities. The different flow patterns of gas liquid in the jet pump and vertical pipe are studied using the ERT technique. The results suggest that the ERT system can be used to successfully produce images of gas-liquid flow patterns with frames rates of 58 fps and the in-situ phase fraction with frame rates of 5 fps can be obtained. The visualizations of a rapid mixing process in the throat of a jet pump obtained in this work provide a reliable basis for theoretical study and optimal design of jet pumps.

  16. In situ characterization of catalytic activity of graphene stabilized small-sized Pd nanoparticles for CO oxidation

    The room-temperature ionic liquid assisted sputtering method is utilized to achieve the Pd-nanoparticle (NP)–graphene hybrid. The supported Pd NPs possess uniformly small sizes of 1–2 nm, which create huge surface area with ultralow Pd consumption and high NP stability. The Pd-NP–graphene hybrid is in situ characterized by the ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy using synchrotron radiation, and the results demonstrate high catalytic activity of the hybrid for CO oxidation. The catalytic behavior is reproducible for several catalytic cycles. The present simple and clean approach is promising to produce metal-NP-based high-efficiency catalysts for CO oxidation

  17. Thermal stability of nanocomposite metals: In situ observation of anomalous residual stress relaxation during annealing under synchrotron radiation

    The thermal stability of nanocomposite metals (a nanostructured copper matrix embedding niobium nanotubes) is investigated via time-resolved in situ annealing under synchrotron high-energy X-rays. The diffraction peak profile analysis demonstrates that internal-stress relaxation begins in the Nb nanotubes at a temperature far below the bulk recrystallization temperature and follows size-specific regimes originating from a proximity effect with the nanostructured Cu matrix: the increased Cu-Nb interface surface disrupts internal-stress relaxation processes, confirming the larger thermal resistance of nanostructured materials.

  18. 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 techniques improves the assessment of biocide action in situ. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer This new approach will help to optimize protocols of biocide application on stone.

  19. The stability of chalk during flooding of carbonated sea water at reservoir in-situ conditions

    Nermoen, Anders; Korsnes, Reidar I.; Madland, Merete V.

    2014-05-01

    Injection of CO2 into carbonate oil reservoirs has been proposed as a possible utilization of the captured CO2 due to its capability to enhance the oil recovery. For offshore reservoirs such as Ekofisk and Valhall it has been discussed to alternate the CO2 and sea water injection (WAG) to reduce costs and keep the beneficial effects of both sea water (SSW) and gas injection. Water and CO2 mix to form carbonic acids that enhance the solubility of carbonates, thus a serious concern has been raised upon the potential de-stabilization of the reservoirs during CO2 injection. In this study we focus on how carbonated sea water alters the mechanical integrity of carbonate rocks both to evaluate safety of carbon storage sites and in the planning of production strategies in producing oil fields since enhanced compaction may have both detrimental and beneficial effects. Here we will present results from long term experiments (approx. half year each) performed on Kansas outcrop chalk (38-41% porosity), which serves as model material to understand the physical and chemical interplaying processes taking place in chalk reservoirs. All tests are performed at uni-axial strain conditions, meaning that the confining radial stresses are automatically adjusted to ensure zero radial strain. The tests are performed at in-situ conditions and run through a series of stages that mimic the reservoir history at both Ekofisk and Valhall fields. We observe the strain response caused by the injected brine. The experimental stages are: (a) axial stress build-up by pore pressure depletion to stresses above yield with NaCl-brine which is inert to the chalk; (b) uni-axial creep at constant axial stresses with NaCl-brine; (c) sea water injection; and (d) injection of carbonated water (SSW+CO2) at various mixture concentrations. Two test series were performed in which the pore pressure was increased (re-pressurized) before stage (c) to explore the stress dependency of the fluid induced strain triggering. The main findings of our investigations are: 1. The creep rate in the plastic phase is pore fluid dependent. The injection of sea water induces a period of accelerating creep. 2. The injection of CO2 and sea water reduces the deformation rate, a result which is in contrast to what has previously been shown. 3. The solid weight of the plugs is maintained during flooding which indicates that the observed carbonate dissolution at the inlet side is counteracted with secondary precipitation, possibly calcium sulphate, within the plug. These recent obtained results show that chalk cores maintain their mechanical integrity during flooding of carbonated water. This experimental study, however, separates from earlier studies by the low injection rate which allows secondary precipitation processes to equilibrate within the plugs, chalk type, test temperature, and stress conditions, which all are factors that will affect the reported dynamics.

  20. 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

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

    Ngamroo, Issarachai [Electrical Power Engineering Program, Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology, Thammasat University, P.O. Box 22, Pathumthani 12121 (Thailand)]. E-mail: ngamroo@siit.tu.ac.th

    2005-11-15

    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.

  2. Thermal stability and in situ SiN passivation of InAlN/GaN high electron mobility heterostructures

    Lugani, L.; Carlin, J.-F.; Py, M. A.; Grandjean, N. [ICMP, cole Polytechnique Fdrale de Lausanne (EPFL), CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland)

    2014-09-15

    We investigate the thermal stability of nearly lattice-matched InAlN layers under metal organic vapor phase epitaxy conditions for temperatures >800?C and show that they are not fully stable. In particular, InAlN top layers undergo degradation during high temperature annealing due to a surface related process, which causes the loss of crystal quality. This strongly impacts the transport properties of InAlN/GaN HEMT heterostructures; in particular, the mobility is significantly reduced. However, we demonstrate that high thermal stability can be achieved by capping with a GaN layer as thin as 0.5?nm. Those findings enabled us to realize in situ passivated HEMT heterostructures with state of the art transport properties.

  3. 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.

  4. Stability of Porous Platinum Nanoparticles: Combined In Situ TEM and Theoretical Study

    Chang, Shery L. Y.; Barnard, Amanda S.; Dwyer, Christian; Hansen, Thomas Willum; Wagner, Jakob Birkedal; Dunin-Borkowski, Rafal E.; Weyland, Matthew; Konishi, Hiromi; Xu, Huifang

    2012-01-01

    Porous platinum nanoparticles provide a route for the development of catalysts that use less platinum without sacrificing catalytic performance. Here, we examine porous platinum nanoparticles using a combination of in situ transmission electron microscopy and calculations based on a first-princip...

  5. In-situ performance evaluation of radon measurement techniques in Uranium mine exhausts of Jaduguda

    Several techniques are used for the measurement of the activity concentration of radon in the work place and the environment. Devices like Scintillation cell, Alpha guard and Low Level Radon Detection System (LLRDS) are widely used for the estimation of radon. Some of the devices like scintillation cell is normally used in high activity concentration, whereas, device like LLRDS is used in low activity concentration range. All these above devices are used in ambient mode in which air sample is either collected in a cell or in a chamber and the alpha counts are recorded after a definite delay. In some device, air is allowed to be diffused through a filter and alpha activity is estimated using proper detection system. Passive radon dosimeters can effectively be used both in low and high activity concentration range. The cumulative radon exposure can be assessed using passive radon dosimeters. For in situ performance evaluation an area is required where both high and low level activity concentration of radon is anticipated. Uranium mines exhaust area is presumed to be an area where both these conditions can be found by mere variation in the placement of the device. Inter comparison exercise can also be done effectively at this location using various devices of radon estimation

  6. 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

  7. 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 results. (authors)

  8. 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.

  9. Development of an in situ derivatization technique for rapid analysis of levoglucosan and polar compounds in atmospheric organic aerosol

    Sheesley, Rebecca J.; Mieritz, Mark; DeMinter, Jeff T.; Shelton, Brandon R.; Schauer, James J.

    2015-12-01

    A novel thermal desorption gas chromatography mass spectrometry (TD-GCMS) technique was developed for the analysis of levoglucosan and other polar compounds in atmospheric organic aerosol. The method employs an in situ derivatization to add tri-methylsilyl groups to alcohol functional groups on simple carbohydrates, like levoglucosan and sterols. The new method was then demonstrated on a set of 40 filter samples collected in Fresno, CA. The results from the in situ silylation TD-GCMS method were compared, using levoglucosan, with a solvent extraction, high-volume injection GCMS method resulting in an r2 = 0.91.

  10. Transient Stability Analysis of Power System by Coordinated PSS-AVR Design Based on PSO Technique

    Rostami, M.; Hassan Mehrjadi; A. D. Falehi

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, Power System Stabilizer (PSS) and Automatic Voltage Regulator (AVR) are coordinated to improve the transient stability of generator in power system. Coordinated design problem of AVR and PSS is formulated as an optimization problem. Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) technique is an advanced robust search method by the swarming or cooperative behavior of biological populations mechanism. The performance of PSO has been certified in solution of highly non-linear objectives. Thus,...

  11. Rapid detection of chromosome X, Y, 13, 18, and 21 aneuploidies by primed in situ labeling/synthesis technique

    Ashutosh Halder

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Aims and Objective: Primed in situ labeling/synthesis (PRINS technique is an alternative to fluorescent in situ hybridization for chromosome analysis. This study was designed to evaluate the application of PRINS for rapid diagnosis of common chromosomal aneuploidy. Materials and Methods : We have carried out PRINS using centromere specific oligonucleotide primers for chromosome X, Y, 13, 18 and 21 on lymphocyte metaphase and interphase cells spread. Specific primer was annealed in situ, followed by elongation of primer by Taq DNA polymerase in presence of labeled nucleotides. Finally, reaction was stopped and visualized directly under fluorescent microscope. Results: Discrete centromere specific signals were observed with each primer. Conclusion: PRINS seems to be a rapid and reliable method to detect common chromosome aneuploidy in peripheral blood lymphocyte metaphase and interphase cells.

  12. Study of techniques for prospecting and exploration of in-situ leachable sandstone-type uranium deposits in China

    Being aimed at metallogenic features and exploration targets of in-situ leachable sandstone-type uranium deposits, this paper summarizes a set of methods and techniques for fast prospecting and exploration of sandstone-type uranium deposits at different stage geologic work, such as: target area selection, comprehensive assessment of promising areas and direct localization of subsurface ore bodies. In the meantime, authors briefly introduce the application potential and integrated application of GIS, modern remote sensing techniques, various kinds of geophysical and geochemical methods and techniques to prospecting and exploration of sandstone-type uranium deposits. (authors)

  13. 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.

  14. A Signal Transmission Technique for Stability Analysis of Multivariable Non-Linear Control Systems

    Jackson, Mark; Zimpfer, Doug; Adams, Neil; Lindsey, K. L. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    Among the difficulties associated with multivariable, non-linear control systems is the problem of assessing closed-loop stability. Of particular interest is the class of non-linear systems controlled with on/off actuators, such as spacecraft thrusters or electrical relays. With such systems, standard describing function techniques are typically too conservative, and time-domain simulation analysis is prohibitively extensive, This paper presents an open-loop analysis technique for this class of non-linear systems. The technique is centered around an innovative use of multivariable signal transmission theory to quantify the plant response to worst case control commands. The technique has been applied to assess stability of thruster controlled flexible space structures. Examples are provided for Space Shuttle attitude control with attached flexible payloads.

  15. The development of sensors and techniques for in situ water quality monitoring

    Liu, C. C.

    1976-01-01

    Enzyme electrodes and chloride ion electrodes were investigated for in situ monitoring of water quality. Preliminary results show that miniature chloride ion electrodes and a phenol sensor are most promising in determining trace contaminants in water.

  16. 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

  17. Effect of Ag on the thermal stability of deformation processed Cu-Fe in situ composites

    Gao Haiyan [State Key Laboratory of Metal Matrix Composites, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China)], E-mail: gaohaiyan@sjtu.edu.cn; Wang Jun [State Key Laboratory of Metal Matrix Composites, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China)], E-mail: junwang@sjtu.edu.cn; Sun Baode [State Key Laboratory of Metal Matrix Composites, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China)

    2009-02-05

    Thermal stabilities of deformation processed Cu-12Fe and Cu-11Fe-6Ag composites were investigated through isochronic aging treatments. The morphology transitions of the Fe filaments and the Cu matrix were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS) equipped on the TEM. The results show that during the annealing treatment the Fe filaments experienced longitudinal splitting, cylinderization, break-up and spheroidization. Addition of Ag can reduce the thermal stability of the deformed Fe filaments and accelerate the precipitation kinetics of Fe from the Cu matrix.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. 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

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

    Dragicevic, Tomislav; Lu, Xiaonan; Quintero, Juan Carlos Vasquez; Guerrero, Josep M.

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents a review of control strategies, stability analysis and stabilization techniques for DC microgrids (MGs). Overall control is systematically classified into local and coordinated control levels according to respective functionalities in each level. As opposed to local control...... strategies to achieve various control objectives are reviewed in the paper. Moreover, properties of DC MG dynamics and stability are discussed. The paper illustrates that tightly regulated point-of-load (POL) converters tend to reduce the stability margins of the system since they introduce negative...... which relies only on local measurements, some line of communication between units needs to be made available in order to achieve coordinated control. Depending on the communication method, three basic coordinated control strategies can be distinguished, i.e. decentralized, centralized and distributed...

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

    Joshi, Gopal, E-mail: gjos@barc.gov.in [BARC, Mumbai 400085 (India); Motiwala, Paresh D.; Randale, G.D.; Singh, Pitamber [BARC, Mumbai 400085 (India); Agarwal, Vivek; Kumar, Girish [IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076 (India)

    2015-09-21

    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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. Simultaneous in situ Optical Monitoring Techniques during Crystal Growth of ZnSe by Physical Vapor Transport

    Su, C.- H.; Feth, S.; Lehoczky, S. L.

    1998-01-01

    ZnSe crystals grown in sealed ampoules by the physical vapor transport method were monitored in situ using three techniques, simultaneously. A Michelson interferometer was set-up to observe the growth rate and surface morphological evolution. An interference pattern (interferogram) is formed by the interaction between the reflection of a HeNe laser (632.8 nm wavelength) off the crystal-vapor interface and a reference beam from the same laser. Preliminary results indicate that the rate of growth/thermal-etching can be calculated using analog data acquisition and simple fringe counting techniques. Gross surface features may also be observed using a digital frame grabber and fringe analysis software. The second in situ technique uses optical absorption to determine the partial pressures of the vapor species. The Se2 and Zn vapor species present in the sealed ampoule absorb light at characteristic wavelengths. The optical absorption is determined by monitoring the light intensity difference between the sample and reference beams. The Se2 Partial pressure profile along the length of the ampoule was estimated from the vibronic absorption peaks at 340.5, 350.8, 361.3 and 379.2 nm using the Beer's law constants established in the calibration runs of pure Se. Finally, because the high temperature crystal growth furnace contains windows, in situ visual observation of the growing crystal is also possible. The use of these techniques not only permits in situ investigation of high temperature vapor growth of semiconductors, but also offers the potential for real time feed back on the growing crystal and allows the possibility of actively controlling the growth process.

  7. A Technique for In-situ Measurement of Free Spectral Range and Transverse Mode Spacing of Optical Cavities

    Stochino, Alberto; Arai, Koji; Adhikari, Rana X.

    2012-01-01

    Length and g-factor are fundamental parameters that characterize optical cavities. We developed a technique to measure these parameters in-situ by determining the frequency spacing between the resonances of fundamental and spatial modes of an optical cavity. Two laser beams are injected into the cavity, and their relative frequency is scanned by a phase-lock loop, while the cavity is locked to either laser. The measurement of the amplitude of their beat note in transmission reveals the resona...

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Electrochemical and spectroscopic in situ techniques for the investigation of the phosphating of zinc coated steel

    In this work spectroscopic and electrochemical techniques were developed for the investigation of surface treatments used in steel industry. ICP-atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES), Raman spectroscopy and the Quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) were applied to the investigation of the kinetics of phosphating as well as the properties of phosphate layers. Phosphating of zinc coated steel leads to the formation of a crystalline layer consisting of zinc phosphate and is employed to enhance paint adhesion and corrosion protection. For the high reaction rates necessary in industrial production lines, oxidation agents are added to the phosphating bathes to accelerate the reaction. The oxidation agents provide an additional reduction reaction beside the hydrogen formation and therefore decrease the number of gas bubbles, which would block the zinc surface and reduce the rate of phosphating. With addition of H2O2 or nitrates the rate of layer formation is distinctly increased. In a combined experiment of ICP-AES with QCM and potential transients, it was shown that the presence of these accelerators in the phosphating bath increases the rate of zinc dissolution and hence leads to a faster formation of the phosphate layer. In under paint corrosion of painted, zinc coated steel phosphate layers are exposed to a highly alkaline environment. The stability of a phosphate layer against alkaline attack is therefore essential for its performance in corrosion protection. To enhance the alkaline stability Mn and Ni are added to modern phosphating bathes. The incorporation of these elements reduces the dissolution rate in 0.1 M NaOH proportional to their concentration in the phosphate layer. The dissolution of Zn, P, Mn and Ni was determined quantitatively with ICP-AES. Raman spectroscopy showed the formation of a Mn-hydroxide layer during alkaline attack, which protects the phosphate layer and reduces further dissolution. On basis of these results the reaction of phosphate layers with alkaline solution can be proposed as an ion-exchange of PO43- and OH- resulting in a mixed hydroxide consisting of Zn and Mn. The model of the reaction mechanism was confirmed by additional QCM experiments. (author)

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

    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: Cbulk= (M x ?g)/(D x t x A) where M is the measured metal species inventory in the resin, ?g 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 239Pu at pico-molar concentrations. Both approaches give comparable D values in the range of 2.30 x 10-6 - 2.45 x 10-6 cm2 s-1. We then studied plutonium diffusion in the presence of naturally occurring ligands - fulvic and humic acids - and in natural waters sampled at a mineral spring and an organic-rich brook of a karst system in the Swiss Jura Mountains, in which the increased mobility of 239+240Pu compared to 241Am and 137Cs has been recently observed (3). Diffusion experiments in simulated natural conditions show different mobility of the radionuclide in fresh waters with different DOM content, supporting the idea that the speciation of plutonium and the abundance of free ionic form in particular, are of prime importance to better estimate the bioavailability and the toxicity of plutonium. (authors)

  12. 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 plutonium diffusion in the presence of naturally occurring ligands - fulvic and humic acids - and in natural waters sampled at a mineral spring and an organic-rich brook of a karst system in the Swiss Jura Mountains, in which the increased mobility of {sup 239+240}Pu compared to {sup 241}Am and {sup 137}Cs has been recently observed (3). Diffusion experiments in simulated natural conditions show different mobility of the radionuclide in fresh waters with different DOM content, supporting the idea that the speciation of plutonium and the abundance of free ionic form in particular, are of prime importance to better estimate the bioavailability and the toxicity of plutonium. (authors)

  13. Nano-Scale Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry: Potential And Pitfalls Of This Technique For Soil Organic Matter Stabilization

    Herrmann, A. M.

    2007-12-01

    The mechanisms by which organic matter is stabilized in soils are still poorly understood, and it is notable that some postulated mechanisms are currently only weakly supported by data. A major obstacle to progress is the lack of techniques of adequate sensitivity and resolution for data collection needed to further our understanding of soil organic matter stabilization at relevant scales. Nano-Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (NanoSIMS) is a cutting edge technology linking high resolution microscopy with isotopic analysis, which allows precise, spatially-explicit, elemental and isotopic analysis at micro-and nanoscale. The power of NanoSIMS lies in the ability of the instrument to distinguish stable isotopes of elements with a high sensitivity, i.e. concentrations in parts per million can be detected. The level of spatial resolution achievable is better than 50 nm (133Cs+ primary beam) with NanoSIMS, a significant improvement on other SIMS instruments and on X-ray micro-analytical techniques. These instruments have been applied to studies of presolar materials from meteorites, in material science, geology and mineralogy as well as biology. Recently, the potential of NanoSIMS has been demonstrated to explore in situ the biophysical interface in soils (Herrmann et al., 2007). I will present recent findings illustrating the capacity of NanoSIMS to improve our fundamental understanding of soil processes at the nano- and micro-scale, along with my experiences in the methodological approaches that need consideration with respect to experimental design and sample preparation. Herrmann, AM, Clode, PL, Fletcher, IR, Nunan N, Stockdale, EA, O'Donnell, AG, Murphy, DV, 2007. A novel method for the study of the biophysical interface in soils using nano-scale secondary ion mass spectrometry. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 21, 29-34.

  14. Techniques for assessing the performance of in situ bioreduction and immobilization of metals and radionuclides in contaminated subsurface environments

    Jardine, P.M.; Watson, D.B.; Blake, D.A.; Beard, L.P.; Brooks, S.C.; Carley, J.M.; Criddle, C.S.; Doll, W.E.; Fields, M.W.; Fendorf, S.E.; Geesey, G.G.; Ginder-Vogel, M.; Hubbard, S.S.; Istok, J.D.; Kelly, S.; Kemner, K.M.; Peacock, A.D.; Spalding, B.P.; White, D.C.; Wolf, A.; Wu, W.; Zhou, J.

    2004-11-14

    Department of Energy (DOE) facilities within the weapons complex face a daunting challenge of remediating huge below inventories of legacy radioactive and toxic metal waste. More often than not, the scope of the problem is massive, particularly in the high recharge, humid regions east of the Mississippi river, where the off-site migration of contaminants continues to plague soil water, groundwater, and surface water sources. As of 2002, contaminated sites are closing rapidly and many remediation strategies have chosen to leave contaminants in-place. In situ barriers, surface caps, and bioremediation are often the remedial strategies of chose. By choosing to leave contaminants in-place, we must accept the fact that the contaminants will continue to interact with subsurface and surface media. Contaminant interactions with the geosphere are complex and investigating long term changes and interactive processes is imperative to verifying risks. We must be able to understand the consequences of our action or inaction. The focus of this manuscript is to describe recent technical developments for assessing the performance of in situ bioremediation and immobilization of subsurface metals and radionuclides. Research within DOE's NABIR and EMSP programs has been investigating the possibility of using subsurface microorganisms to convert redox sensitive toxic metals and radionuclides (e.g. Cr, U, Tc, Co) into a less soluble, less mobile forms. Much of the research is motivated by the likelihood that subsurface metal-reducing bacteria can be stimulated to effectively alter the redox state of metals and radionuclides so that they are immobilized in situ for long time periods. The approach is difficult, however, since subsurface media and waste constituents are complex with competing electron acceptors and hydrogeological conditions making biostimulation a challenge. Performance assessment of in situ biostimulation strategies is also difficult and typically requires detailed monitoring of coupled hydrological, geochemical/geophysical, and microbial processes. In the following manuscript we will (1) discuss contaminant fate and transport problems in humid regimes, (2) efforts to immobilize metals and radionuclides in situ via bioremediation, and (3) state-of-the-art techniques for assessing the performance of in situ bioreduction and immobilization of metals and radionuclides. These included (a) in situ solution and solid phase monitoring, (b) in situ and laboratory microbial community analysis, (c) noninvasive geophysical methods, and (d) solid phase speciation via high resolution spectroscopy.

  15. 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

  16. Determination of stability constants of Th(IV)-catechol complexes using pH titration technique

    Protonation constants, pKa, of catechol and stability constant of thorium (IV) catechol complex were studied in 1M NaClO4 medium at 23±0.5 degC, using pH titration technique. The protonation and stability constant values for catechol were computed using a highly evolved software program HYPERQUAD. Catechol was found to form [Th(L)OH]+ complex (log β11-1 = 14.06±0.10) in the pH range 1.5-4. (author)

  17. 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...

  18. 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 from metal contaminated soils at TNX and D areas of SRS. A bacterial culture collection from subsurface studies near P Area of SRS were also evaluated for pyomelanin production. Bacterial densities of pyomelanin producers were determined to be >10{sup 6} cells/g soil at TNX and D areas. In addition, approximately 25% of isolates from P area demonstrated pyomelanin production in the presence of tyrosine. Biogeochemical activity is an ongoing and dynamic process due, in part, to bacterial activity in the subsurface. Bacteria contribute significantly to biotransformation of metals and radionuclides. An understanding and application of the mechanisms of metal and radionuclide reduction offers tremendous potential for development into bioremedial processes and technologies. This report demonstrates the application of recent advances in bacterial physiology and soil ecology for future bioremediation activities involving metal and actinide immobilization.

  19. In situ transmission FTIR spectroelectrochemistry: A new technique for studying lithium batteries

    In situ transmission FTIR spectra are measured during the electrochemical insertion of lithium into phospho-olivine FePO4. The spectroelectrochemical cell consists of a composite FePO4 cathode, a lithium metal anode, and an electrolyte of 1 M LiPF6 in a 1:1 mixture of ethylene carbonate and diethyl carbonate (EC-DEC). Bands belonging to the electrolyte and cathode are identified in the infrared spectra of the in situ cells. The antisymmetric PO43- bending vibrations (ν4) are used to monitor Li+ insertion into FePO4. Discharging produces spectral changes that are consistent with the formation of phospho-olivine LiFePO4, yet the electrolyte bands are not affected by the discharging process. The in situ infrared experiments confirm the two-phase mechanism for lithium insertion into FePO4. Moreover, the experiments demonstrate the ability to collect in situ transmission FTIR spectra of functioning electrode materials in lithium batteries. Unfortunately, lithium plating occurs on the optical window when the Li//FePO4 half-cells are charged. The use of an intercalation anode such as graphite could alleviate this problem; however, this avenue of research is not explored in this study

  20. 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...

  1. In situ observations on the austenite stability in TRIP-steel during tensile testing

    Kruijver, S.; Zhao, L. [Netherlands Inst. for Metals Research, Delft (Netherlands); Sietsma, J. [Materials Science and Technology, Delft Univ. of Technology (Netherlands); Offerman, E. [Materials Science and Technology, Delft Univ. of Technology (Netherlands); Interfaculty Reactor Inst., Delft Univ. of Technology (Netherlands); Dijk, N. van [Interfaculty Reactor Inst., Delft Univ. of Technology (Netherlands); Margulies, L. [European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (France); Materials Research Dept., Riso National Lab. (Denmark); Lauridsen, E.; Poulsen, H. [Materials Research Dept., Riso National Lab. (Denmark); Grigull, S. [European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (France); Zwaag, S. van der [Netherlands Inst. for Metals Research, Delft (Netherlands); Materials Science and Technology, Delft Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)

    2002-07-01

    In-situ deformation tests have been performed on a steel displaying the transformation-induced plasticity (TRIP) effect, while monitoring the phase transformation by means of X-ray diffraction. A tensile stress is applied to 0.4 mm thick samples of this steel with mass contents of 0.26% Si, 1.5% Mn, and 1.8% Al in a transmission geometry for a synchrotron-radiation beam of 25 {mu}m . 25 {mu}m. On the diffraction patterns every grain appears as a discrete spot. The austenite {l_brace}200{r_brace} reflections are analysed during this investigation. The diffraction patterns are treated like a powder pattern for five different {eta}-angles, with {eta} representing the angle between the tensile direction and the normal direction of the diffracting {l_brace}200{r_brace} planes. The results of the analysis show that {eta} = 0 and {eta} = 90 are the preferential orientations for the transformation to martensite. The Ludwigson and Burger model is used to gain more information about the stress dependence of the deformation induced martensite formation. The microdiffraction patterns also reveal the changes in carbon concentration in austenite at each retained austenite fraction. (orig.)

  2. In situ observations on the mechanical stability of austenite in TRIP-steel

    Kruijver, S. O.; Zhao, L.; Sietsma, J.; Offerman, S. E.; van Dijk, N. H.; Lauridsen, E. M.; Margulies, L.; Grigull, S.; Poulsen, H. F.; van der Zwaag, S.

    2003-03-01

    In-situ tensile deformation tests have been performed on a high Al TRIP steel (composition 0.26 wt. % Si, 1.5 wt. % Mn, and 1.8 wt. % Al) displaying the transformation-induced plasticity (TRIP) effect, while monitoring the phase transformation by means of X-ray microdiffraction in transmission geometry. Due to the small beam size (25 ? m 25 ? m) every retained austenite grain appears as a discrete spot on the diffraction patterns. The diffraction patterns are treated like a powder pattern for different ?-angles, with ? representing the angle between the tensile direction and the normal direction of the diffracting {200} planes. The disappearance of austenite {200} reflections is analyzed during as a function of the imposed stress and orientation. Grains with ? = 0 or 90^{circ} tend to transform to martensite more easily. A unique feature of this microdiffraction experiment is the possibility of detecting the average carbon concentration of the retained austenite as a function of stress. Direct proof has been obtained that austenite with a lower carbon content x_c transforms at lower stress levels. The average x_c increases from 1.0 to 1.05 wt. %. This increase indicates a relatively narrow distribution of the carbon content.

  3. In-situ Measurement of Two-Phase Fraction in Jet-Pump Using the ERT Technique

    Xu, J. Y.; Wang, M.; Wu, Y. X.; Zheng, Z. C.; Schlaberg, H. I.; Williams, R. A.

    2007-06-01

    Due to the complexity of two-phase flow field in jet-pump, it is of difficult to accurately measure in-situ phase fraction in the pump. Electrical resistance tomography (ERT) has been successfully used in predicting gas concentration, dispersed phase velocity and flow regimes in both vertical and horizontal flows. Thus, the present study carried out an experimental investigation of in-situ the phase fraction in a jet-pump using the ERT technique. A new jet-pump with ERT sensors was designed to measure in-situ phase fraction and flow regime. The study was based on laboratory experiments that were carried out on a 50 mm vertical flow rig for various gas and liquid phase superficial velocities. A total of 6 experimental tests were conducted. The flow pattern of gas-liquid in the jet-pump was studied using the ERT technique. Results suggest the flow patterns recognition using ERT systems can not only be applied for most two-phase flow regimes, but also for the visualisation of a complex system. Furthermore, the visualizations of a rapid mixing process in the throat of a jet pump obtained in the present work provide a reliable basis for theoretical study and optimal design of jet pumps.

  4. Robust Coordinated Design of PSS and TCSC using PSO Technique for Power System Stability Enhancement

    S. Panda

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Power system stability improvement by coordinated design of a Power System Stabilizer (PSS and a Thyristor Controlled Series Compensator (TCSC controller is addressed in this paper. Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO technique is employed for optimization of the parameterconstrained nonlinear optimization problem implemented in a simulation environment. The proposed controllers are tested on a weakly connected power system. The non-linear simulation results are presented for wide range of loading conditions with various fault disturbances and fault clearing sequences as well as for various small disturbances. The eigenvalue analysis and simulation results show the effectiveness and robustness of proposed controllers to improve the stability performance of power system by efficient damping of low frequency oscillations under various disturbances.

  5. A new in situ technique for studying deformation and fracture in thin film ductile/brittle laminates

    A new technique for studying deformation and fracture of thin film ductile/brittle laminates is described. The laminates are prepared by sputtering a brittle coating on top of an electropolished TEM thin foil. The composites are then strained in situ in the TEM. In this preliminary investigation, the composites consisted of a ductile aluminum substrate and a brittle silicon coating. Cracks in the brittle film grew discontinuously in bursts several micrometers in length. The crack opening displacement initiated plastic deformation in the ductile film, thus dissipating energy and allowing crack arrest. The interface was well bonded, and delamination was not observed. Due to the good interfacial bond and the crack opening behind the crack tip, it was possible to study very large plastic deformations and ductile fracture in the aluminum in situ, without buckling of the foil. The possibility of micromechanical modeling of the fracture behavior is briefly discussed. (orig.)

  6. Determination of stability constants of lanthanide nitrate complex formation using a solvent extraction technique

    For lanthanides and actinides, nitrate complex formation is an important factor with respect to the reprocessing of nuclear fuels and in studies that treat partitioning and transmutation/conditioning. Different techniques, including microcalorimetry, various kinds of spectroscopy, ion-exchange and solvent extraction, can be used to determine stability constants of nitrate complex formation. However, it is uncommon that all lanthanides are studied at the same time, using the same experimental conditions and technique. The strengths of the complexes are different for lanthanides and actinides, a feature that may assist in the separation of the two groups. This paper deals with nitrate complex formation of lanthanides using a solvent extraction technique. Trace amounts of radioactive isotopes of lanthanides were produced at the TRIGA Mainz research reactor and at the Institutt for Energiteknikk in Kjeller, Norway (JEEP II reactor). The extraction of lanthanide ions into an organic phase consisting of 2, 6-bis-(benzoxazolyl)-4-dodecyloxylpyridine, 2-bromodecanoic acid and tert-butyl benzene as a function of nitrate ion concentration in the aqueous phase was studied in order to estimate the stability constants of nitrate complex formation. When the nitrate ion concentration is increased in the aqueous phase, the nitrate complex formation starts to compete with the extraction of metal ions. Thus the stability constants of nitrate complex formation can be estimated by measuring the decrease in extraction and successive fitting of an appropriate model. Extraction curves for La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Pm, Sm, Eu, Gd, Dy, Ho and Er were obtained and stability constants for their nitrate complex formation were estimated. Tb, Tm, Yb and Lu were also investigated, but no stability constants could be determined. The distribution ratios for the metal ions at low nitrate ion concentration were obtained at the same time, showing the effect of lanthanide contraction resulting in decreasing extraction along the series. A clear tetrad effect in the lanthanide group was also found. (orig.)

  7. 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.

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

    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.

  9. Fine and Ultrafine Particles from Combustion Sources - Investigations with in-situ techniques

    Pagels, Joakim

    2005-04-01

    Fine airborne particles are associated with adverse health effects in the human population. The aim of this research was to develop and evaluate methods for in-situ characterisation of fine and ultrafine particles and to determine their deposition in the human airways. The aim was also to increase knowledge about health and environmentally relevant properties of aerosols from biomass combustion and selected indoor sources. The methods include instrumental techniques such as Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer (SMPS), Electrical Low-Pressure Impactor (ELPI), Aerodynamic Particle Sizer (APS) and Tandem Differential Mobility Analysers (TDMA) based on volatility and hygroscopic growth. Filter samplers and impactors were used for collecting particles on substrates for subsequent chemical analysis. Emissions from local district heating plants (0.5-12 MW), based on moving grate combustion of woody fuels, were sampled with a dilution system and characterised. Particles from the indoor sources of cigarettes, incense and candles were examined in the laboratory by using an airtight 22 m{sup 3} stainless steel chamber. A set-up to determine respiratory deposition in humans was constructed. It was automatised and uses an electrical mobility spectrometer with an improved inversion algorithm to perform fast measurements of particles of different sizes in the inhaled and exhaled air. It was evaluated on human test-persons. The investigated biomass combustion sources emit high concentrations of fine and ultrafine particles. The chemical composition is dominated by KCl and K{sub 2}SO{sub 4}; Zn, Cd and Pb were also quantified. Elemental carbon was identified in particles larger than 150 nm during periods of incomplete combustion. The particle concentration depends on the fuel ash content and the combustion efficiency. The aerosol is essentially internally mixed with hygroscopic growth factors significantly higher than reported for diesel exhaust and environmental tobacco smoke. The particles restructure from agglomerates to a more compact shape upon first exposure to moderately high relative humidity. This results in an increase in effective density and fractal dimension. Hygroscopic growth of these particles reduces the respiratory dose by a factor of 3 compared to hydrophobic particles of the same size. The biomass combustion particles mainly consist of soluble ash components and need to be treated differently in future health effect assessments compared to particles from incomplete combustion, e.g. from diesel engines, wood stoves and cigarette smoke. Side stream cigarette and incense smoke are well internally mixed aerosols dominated by organic compounds. Each particle consists of components with a relatively wide range in vapour pressure. The volatile fraction decreases at lower particle concentrations in the chamber and upon ageing, which is attributed to different degrees of evaporation from the particle to the gas phase. Four different particle types were identified in emissions from candles. The feasibility of the ELPI and the APS to assess mass size distributions was investigated. It was found that the measurement quality is dependent on the size distribution of the aerosol. The set-up for respiratory deposition has low inherent particle losses. Determinations of precision, accuracy and sensitivity show that it can be used for field measurements in typical urban and indoor environments. Methods for characterisation of aerosols containing fine and ultrafine particles have been developed, evaluated and applied. The results can be used to improve exposure assessments in toxicological and epidemiological studies and for risk assessments.

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

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

    2012-12-01

    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 Takagi—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.

  11. 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 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{sub 4}/m{sup 2} d) were significantly higher than fluxes from the other lysimeters (0-19 g CH{sub 4}/m{sup 2} d) during in situ aeration. Regarding water balance, lysimeters covered with compost and compost-sand mixture, showed the lowest leachate rate (18-26% of the precipitation) due to the high water holding capacity and more favourable plant growth conditions compared to the lysimeters with mineral, more cohesive, soil covers (27-45% of the precipitation). On the basis of these results, the authors suggest a layered top cover system using both compost material as well as mineral soil in order to support active low-pressure aeration. Conventional soil materials with lower permeability may be used on top of the landfill body for a more uniform aeration of the waste due to an increased resistance to vertical gas flow. A compost cover may be built on top of the soil cover underlain by a gas distribution layer to improve methane oxidation rates and minimise water infiltration. By planting vegetation with a high transpiration rate, the leachate amount emanating from the landfill could be further minimised. The suggested design may be particularly suitable in combination with intermittent in situ aeration, in the later stage of an aeration measure, or at very small sites and shallow deposits. The top cover system could further regulate water infiltration into the landfill and mitigate residual CH{sub 4} emissions, even beyond the time of active aeration.

  12. 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 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 CH4/m2 d) were significantly higher than fluxes from the other lysimeters (0–19 g CH4/m2 d) during in situ aeration. Regarding water balance, lysimeters covered with compost and compost-sand mixture, showed the lowest leachate rate (18–26% of the precipitation) due to the high water holding capacity and more favourable plant growth conditions compared to the lysimeters with mineral, more cohesive, soil covers (27–45% of the precipitation). On the basis of these results, the authors suggest a layered top cover system using both compost material as well as mineral soil in order to support active low-pressure aeration. Conventional soil materials with lower permeability may be used on top of the landfill body for a more uniform aeration of the waste due to an increased resistance to vertical gas flow. A compost cover may be built on top of the soil cover underlain by a gas distribution layer to improve methane oxidation rates and minimise water infiltration. By planting vegetation with a high transpiration rate, the leachate amount emanating from the landfill could be further minimised. The suggested design may be particularly suitable in combination with intermittent in situ aeration, in the later stage of an aeration measure, or at very small sites and shallow deposits. The top cover system could further regulate water infiltration into the landfill and mitigate residual CH4 emissions, even beyond the time of active aeration.

  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 electromagnetic mixing (EM) theory, through the utilization of proper models. These models enable the prediction of asphalt mixture density dependent on its bulk dielectric constant as measured by the GPR, the dielectric properties of the asphalt mix materials, as well as other material information. The goal of the present study is to attempt to verify the prediction performance of various density models. To accomplish this goal GPR surveys were carried out in the field during asphalt pavement construction to evaluate the density results due to different compaction modes. The GPR data was analyzed to calculate the appropriate asphalt mix dielectric properties needed for the activation of the considered density prediction models. Predicted densities were compared with densities of the field cores extracted from the as-built asphalt pavement prior to trafficking. It was found that the predicted density values were significantly lower when compared to the ground truth data. A further investigation of the effect of temperature on GPR readings showed that GPR seems to overestimate the in-situ density. However, this approach could be used effectively to evaluate the performance of different compaction methods and set up the compaction pattern that is needed to achieve the desired asphalt pavement density.

  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.This publication presents the results of the CRP. The IAEA officers responsible for the publication were A. Markowicz, D. Wegrzynek and K. Will of the Agency?s Laboratories, Seibersdorf. In the presented reports a summary of the work carried out by Member States and achievements at their laboratories related to the XRF and FPXRF techniques was given. The individual country reports are included in this publication. It was concluded that the participants carried out the research according to the agreed work plans and the objectives of the CRP were met. The following recommendations resulted from the CRP: Training courses in FPXRF analysis and in XRF data evaluation and interpretation are needed. Promotion of FPXRF spectrometry based on the advantages over other analytical techniques as applied for in situ soil analysis, geochemical prospecting, archaeometry and alloy identification is required. Regional Technical Cooperation projects are possible in order to improve implementation of XRF techniques in support of various areas of economy and development in the Member States. A database of certified standard reference materials applicable to XRF techniques is required. Development of dedicated FPXRF instruments for analysis of works of art and study of cultural heritage objects, environmental monitoring, etc., has to be continued. The Coordinated Research Project was very useful and cost effective. Therefore, further support of the XRF laboratories in Member States involved in research in the field of X ray fluorescence is required. Moreover, the uniqueness and potential applications of XRF techniques should be promoted. A new Coordinated Research Project in this field should be considered, e.g., focused on selected applications (such as environmental monitoring, archaeometry, material sciences or agriculture)

  15. Studies of ferroelectric heterostructure thin films, interfaces, and device-related processes via in situ analytical techniques.

    Aggarwal, S.; Auciello, O.; Dhote, A. M.; Gao, Y.; Gruen, D. M.; Im, J.; Irene, E. A.; Krauss, A. R.; Muller, A. H.; Ramesh, R.

    1999-06-29

    The science and technology of ferroelectric thin films has experienced an explosive development during the last ten years. Low-density non-volatile ferroelectric random access memories (NVFRAMS) are now incorporated in commercial products such as ''smart cards'', while high permittivity capacitors are incorporated in cellular phones. However, substantial work is still needed to develop materials integration strategies for high-density memories. We have demonstrated that the implementation of complementary in situ characterization techniques is critical to understand film growth and device processes relevant to device development. We are using uniquely integrated time of flight ion scattering and recoil spectroscopy (TOF-ISARS) and spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) techniques to perform in situ, real-time studies of film growth processes in the high background gas pressure required to growth ferroelectric thin films. TOF-ISARS provides information on surface processes, while SE permits the investigation of buried interfaces as they are being formed. Recent studies on SrBi{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 9} (SBT) and Ba{sub x}Sr{sub 1{minus}x}TiO{sub 3} (BST) film growth and interface processes are discussed. Direct imaging of ferroelectric domains under applied electric fields can provide valuable information to understand domain dynamics in ferroelectric films. We discuss results of piezoresponse scanning force microscopy (SFM) imaging for nanoscale studies of polarization reversal and retention loss in Pb(Zr{sub x}Ti{sub 1{minus}x})O{sub 3} (PZT)-based capacitors. Another powerful technique suitable for in situ, real-time characterization of film growth processes and ferroelectric film-based device operation is based on synchrotrons X-ray scattering, which is currently being implemented at Argonne National Laboratory.

  16. Single-chamber, in situ processing of superconducting YBa2Cu3O7-? thin films on stainless steel with yttria-stabilized zirconia buffer layer

    Single-chamber in situ laser processing of high-Tc YBa2Cu3O7-? film on stainless steel (302) substrates with yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) buffer layers, has been carried out using a multitarget deposition system. YSZ and YBa2Cu3O7-? films were deposited sequentially by KrF excimer laser (?=248 nm) at substrate temperature of 650 degree C. The films were characterized by x-ray diffraction, four point probe ac electrical resistivity, scanning electron microscopy and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) techniques. Due to the matching of the thermal expansion coefficient of YSZ with stainless steel and its diffusion barrier characteristics, good quality high-Tc films have been grown on stainless steel substrates with superconducting transition temperature, Tc (onset), of 92 K and Tco (zero resistivity temperature) of 84 K. AES depth profiling indicated little interdiffusion of Fe across the interface of YSZ and stainless steel. A laser evaporation method was used for patterning the YBa2Cu3O7-? films and critical current density, Jc, was measured to be ?5x104 Acm-2 at 40 K. It was observed that the zero resistivity temperature significantly changed with the variation of buffer layer thickness, buffer layer processing temperature, and ambient oxygen partial pressure during the deposition of YBa2Cu3O7-?

  17. 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 returned to aerobic conditions, but the concentration later returned to below the clean-up level. Speciation analysis was conducted on soil collected from the treated column after rebound testing. The experimental results show that: (a) The mass of uranium resolubilized in more than four months of column testing was much lower than the amount precipitated. (b) The majority of the uranium was precipitated in the first few inches of the treated column. The majority of the uranium precipitated was associated with iron oxides or in other immobile/sequestered phases. It is important to contrast this result with the results reported by Bryan (2003) who shows that most of the uranium associated with contaminated aquifer solids at Fernald under the existing natural attenuation/pump and treat with reinjection conditions is carbonate bound. Carbonate bound forms are traditionally seen as fairly mobile, but may not be under a calcite/dolomite saturated condition. Fernald is currently conducting further studies to investigate the mobility of the carbonate bound forms. (c) Though reoxidation concentrations from the bench-scale column exceeded 30 {micro}g/L for a time, they later returned to below this value. Effluent concentrations from the treated column are expected to over predict full-scale concentrations for reasons discussed in depth in the text. Finally, these results must be viewed in light of the site's ongoing pump-and-treat with reinjection system. There is reason to believe that although the pump-and-treat technology is currently effectively controlling the uranium plume and reducing the groundwater concentration, it may not be able to reach the treatment standard of 30 {micro}g/L within an economical operating lifetime and then maintain that concentration without rebound. This study suggests that Enhanced Anaerobic Reductive Precipitation can change the speciation and thus reduce the mobility of uranium at the site and expedite closure.

  18. In situ synthesis of lead sulfide nanoclusters on eggshell membrane fibers by an ambient bio-inspired technique

    An ambient aqueous soakage technique is successfully developed to prepare PbS nanoclusters on eggshell membrane (ESM) fibers containing some active functional groups (hydroxyl, amine, imine, etc). Based on the biomaterial ESM serving as the reactive substrate and some ESM biomacromolecules acting as the surfactant, PbS nanocrystallites are in situ formed and further assembled into well-distributed nanoparticle aggregations. This moderate bio-inspired strategy would be of great value in preparing novel functional nanomaterials. The as-prepared hybrid PbS/ESM nanocomposites could have great potential for applications in semiconductor industries, optoelectronic fields, and nanostructured devices

  19. Characteristics of borehole construction technique of in-situ leaching at low confined water head

    During the test and production of in-situ leaching of sandstone deposit, it is very difficult and complicated to exploit boreholes when confined water head of ore-bearing acquifer is quite low. The pressure of stratum is out of balance because of adding the drilling fluid to borehole. So it is of importance to the borehole construction and completion under the condition of low confined water head to reduce the effect of the drilling fluid on stratum, prevent the drilling fluid leaking, and recover the original permeability of the ore-bearing aquifer by adopting effective flushing methods after borehole completion. (authors)

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

    Rola Muhammed Shadid; Nasrin Rushdi Sadaqah; Sahar Abdo Othman

    2014-01-01

    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-...

  1. Modified stabilization method for the tibial tuberosity advancement technique: a biomechanical study

    Bruno Testoni Lins

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available The present study aimed to determine biomechanical alterations resultant from a modification in the fixation method of the tibial tuberosity advancement technique (TTA, originally described for stabilization of the cranial cruciate-deficient stifle. Ten adult mongrel dogs weighing 25-30kg were used. After euthanasia, performed for reasons unrelated to this study, the hind limbs were distributed into two groups: G1 operated (n=10 and G2 control (n=10, represented by the contralateral limb. The operated hind limbs were orthopedically, goniometrically and radiographically evaluated, sequentially at four moments: moment 1, in intact joints; moment 2, after cranial cruciate desmotomy; moment 3, after surgical stabilization of the stifle joint using modified TTA; and moment 4, after caudal cruciate ligament desmotomy. The tibial tuberosity was stabilized by one shaft screw craniocaudally and a titanium cage inserted at the osteotomy site. The position of the patellar tendon at 90° in relation to the tibial plateau allowed cranial tibial thrust force neutralization, despite cranial drawer motion maintenance in all dogs. The biomechanical tests confirm the viability of the tibial tuberosity fixation method and support future clinical trials to validate the technique.

  2. 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.

  3. Optical In-Situ Plasma Process Monitoring Technique for Detection of Abnormal Plasma Discharge

    Sang Jeen Hong

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Advanced semiconductor manufacturing technology requires methods to maximize tool efficiency and improveproduct quality by reducing process variability. Real-time plasma process monitoring and diagnosis have becomecrucial for fault detection and classification (FDC and advanced process control (APC. Additional sensors mayincrease the accuracy of detection of process anomalies, and optical monitoring methods are non-invasive. In thispaper, we propose the use of a chromatic data acquisition system for real-time in-situ plasma process monitoringcalled the Plasma Eyes Chromatic System (PECS. The proposed system was initially tested in a six-inch researchtool, and it was then further evaluated for its potential to detect process anomalies in an eight-inch production toolfor etching blanket oxide films. Chromatic representation of the PECS output shows a clear correlation with smallchanges in process parameters, such as RF power, pressure, and gas flow. We also present how the PECS may beadapted as an in-situ plasma arc detector. The proposed system can provide useful indications of a faulty process in atimely and non-invasive manner for successful run-to-run (R2R control and FDC.

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

    Pong, I; Pong, Ian; Gerardin, Alexandre; Scheuerlein, Christian; Bottura, Luca; 10.4028/www.scientific.net/DDF.297-301.695

    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...

  5. 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 compost and compost-sand mixture, showed the lowest leachate rate (18-26% of the precipitation) due to the high water holding capacity and more favourable plant growth conditions compared to the lysimeters with mineral, more cohesive, soil covers (27-45% of the precipitation). On the basis of these results, the authors suggest a layered top cover system using both compost material as well as mineral soil in order to support active low-pressure aeration. Conventional soil materials with lower permeability may be used on top of the landfill body for a more uniform aeration of the waste due to an increased resistance to vertical gas flow. A compost cover may be built on top of the soil cover underlain by a gas distribution layer to improve methane oxidation rates and minimise water infiltration. By planting vegetation with a high transpiration rate, the leachate amount emanating from the landfill could be further minimised. The suggested design may be particularly suitable in combination with intermittent in situ aeration, in the later stage of an aeration measure, or at very small sites and shallow deposits. The top cover system could further regulate water infiltration into the landfill and mitigate residual CH(4) emissions, even beyond the time of active aeration. PMID:22749719

  6. A stabilization technique for the regularization of nearly singular extended finite elements

    Loehnert, Stefan

    2014-08-01

    In this contribution a simple, robust and efficient stabilization technique for extended finite element (XFEM) simulations is presented. It is useful for arbitrary crack geometries in two or three dimensions that may lead to very bad condition numbers of the global stiffness matrix or even ill-conditioning of the equation system. The method is based on an eigenvalue decomposition of the element stiffness matrix of elements that only possess enriched nodes. Physically meaningful zero eigenmodes as well as enrichment scheme dependent numerically reasonable zero eigenmodes are filtered out. The remaining subspace is stabilized depending on the magnitude of the respective eigenvalues. One of the main advantages is the fact that neither the equation solvers need to be changed nor the solution method is restricted. The efficiency and robustness of the method is demonstrated in numerous examples for 2D and 3D fracture mechanics.

  7. 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.

  8. Establishment of 60Co dose calibration curve using fluorescent in situ hybridization assay technique: Result of preliminary study

    This study aims at establishing an in-vitro 60Co dose calibration curve using Fluorescent In-Situ Hybridization assay technique for the Malaysian National Bio dosimetry Laboratory. Blood samples collected from a female healthy donor were irradiated with several doses of 60Co radiation. Following culturing of lymphocytes, microscopic slides are prepared, denatured and hybridized. The frequencies of translocation are estimated in the metaphases. A calibration curve was then generated using a regression technique. It shows a good fit to a linear-quadratic model. The results of this study might be useful in estimating absorbed dose for the individual exposed to ionizing radiation retrospectively. This information may be useful as a guide for medical treatment for the assessment of possible health consequences. (author)

  9. Transport critical current of solenoidal MgB2/Cu coils fabricated using a wind-reaction in situ technique

    In this letter, we report the results on transport Jc of solenoid coils of up to 100 turns fabricated with Cu-sheathed MgB2 wires using a wind-reaction in situ technique. Despite the low density of the single core and some reaction between the Mg and Cu sheaths, our results demonstrate that the decrease in transport Jc with increasing length of MgB2 wires is insignificant. Solenoid coils with diameter as small as 10 mm can be readily fabricated using a wind-reaction in situ technique. The Jc of the coils is essentially the same as that of comparable straight wires. A Jc of 133000 A cm-2 and 125000 A cm-2 at 4 K and self-field has been achieved for a small coil wound using Cu-sheathed tape and Cu-sheathed wire, respectively. These results indicate that MgB2 wires have a great potential for large-scale applications. (rapid communication)

  10. Study of oxide scale on Ti-base alloys by XPS and in-situ AES techniques

    The oxide scale on Ti-base alloys in pH9 water at 300 degree C was investigated by X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), X-Ray Photoelectron Spectrometry (XPS) and in-situ Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES) techniques. The XPS result showed the chemical state of titanium changed with the depth: Ti4+ appeared near the surface of the oxide scale. As the depth increased, Ti3+(Tl2O3) and Ti2+(TiO) appeared. At first the percentages of Ti3+ was more than Ti2+, then there was more Ti2+ than Ti3+ when the depth was increased. The XRD spectroscopy and In-situ AES technique showed that the oxide scale formed on Ti-base alloys was composed of Al2TiO5, TiO2, Ti3O5, Ti2O3, Al2O3 and TiO. The depth profiles obtained by AES showed that the flat part appeared at first part of the profile near surface, and revealed that a stable layer of brookite (TiO2) was formed. The compact thick 5000 Angstrom scale with the mixture of brookite-TiO2 and Al2TiO5 was formed near surface, and the total thickness of oxide scale was about 30000 Angstrom

  11. In situ electrical characterization of palladium-based single electron transistors made by electromigration technique

    We report the fabrication of single electron transistors (SETs) by feedback-controlled electromigration of palladium and palladium-nickel alloy nanowires. We have optimized a gradual electromigration process for obtaining devices consisting of three terminals (source, drain and gate electrodes), which are capacitively coupled to a metallic cluster of nanometric dimensions. This metal nanocluster forms into the inter-electrode channel during the electromigration process and constitutes the active element of each device, acting as a quantum dot that rules the electron flow between source and drain electrodes. The charge transport of the as-fabricated devices shows Coulomb blockade characteristics and the source to drain conductance can be modulated by electrostatic gating. We have thus achieved the fabrication and in situ measurement of palladium-based SETs inside a liquid helium cryostat chamber

  12. In situ electrical characterization of palladium-based single electron transistors made by electromigration technique

    Arzubiaga, L.; Llopis, R. [CIC nanoGUNE, Tolosa Hiribidea 76, 20018 Donostia, San Sebastian, Basque Country (Spain); Golmar, F. [I.N.T.I. – CONICET and ECyT-UNSAM, San Martín, Bs As (Argentina); Casanova, F.; Hueso, L. E. [CIC nanoGUNE, Tolosa Hiribidea 76, 20018 Donostia, San Sebastian, Basque Country (Spain); IKERBASQUE, Basque Foundation for Science, 48011 Bilbao, Basque Country (Spain)

    2014-11-15

    We report the fabrication of single electron transistors (SETs) by feedback-controlled electromigration of palladium and palladium-nickel alloy nanowires. We have optimized a gradual electromigration process for obtaining devices consisting of three terminals (source, drain and gate electrodes), which are capacitively coupled to a metallic cluster of nanometric dimensions. This metal nanocluster forms into the inter-electrode channel during the electromigration process and constitutes the active element of each device, acting as a quantum dot that rules the electron flow between source and drain electrodes. The charge transport of the as-fabricated devices shows Coulomb blockade characteristics and the source to drain conductance can be modulated by electrostatic gating. We have thus achieved the fabrication and in situ measurement of palladium-based SETs inside a liquid helium cryostat chamber.

  13. Stability Study of Filtering Techniques in Pictures of mini-MIAS Database

    The study of filtering techniques applied to medical imaging is particularly important because it can be decisive for an accurate diagnosis. This work aims to study the stability of Fuzzy Peer Group Averaging filter when applied to mammographic images of different nature in relation to the type of tissue abnormality found and diagnosis. The results show that the filter is effective, because obtained a PSNR value of 27 by comparing the filtered image with the original, and a value of 17 by comparing the filtered image with contaminated with noise. Also show that the filter will behave properly regardless of the image characteristics. (Author)

  14. Application Of Differential Pulse Cathodic Stripping Voltammetric Technique In Studying Stability Of Aflatoxins

    Yaacob, Mohammad Hadzri; Yusoff, Abdull Rahim Hj. Mohd.; Ahamad, Rahmalan; Marpongahtun

    2009-01-01

    A stability studies of aflatoxins (AFB1, AFB2, AFG1 and AFG2 ) in Britton-Robinson buffer (BRb) using a Differential Pulse Cathodic Stripping Voltammetric (DPCSV) technique is described. The DPCSV was performed by cathodic potential scan through within the range of -950 to -1400 mV with 80s accumulation time using a BRb at pH 9.0 as the supporting electrolyte. The sampels were exposed for 0 to 8 hrs to normal laboratory condition before being scanned under optimised voltammetric parameters...

  15. 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 ?m) 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 well as a droplet freezing method on aerosol particles either collected in a suspension or on PM10-filters to obtain atmospheric IN concentrations based on the measured ambient aerosol. Investigation of physical properties (number and size distribution) and chemical composition as well as the meteorological conditions provide supplementary information that help to understand the nature of particles and air masses that contribute to immersion freezing. Acknowledgements We thank Hannes Wydler and Hansjrg Frei from ETH Zurich for their technical support. Furthermore, the authors want thank Franz Conen from the University of Basel for sharing equipment and training in the drop freezing experiment. References [1] Chou et al. (2011), Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 4725-4738. [2] Nicolet et al. (2010), Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 313-325. [3] Conen et al. (2012), Atmos. Meas. Tech., 5, 321-327. [4] Stopelli et al. (2014), Atmos. Meas. Tech., 7, 129-134.

  16. Enhancement of the stability of the flow focusing technique for low-viscosity liquids

    We propose a modified flow focusing configuration to produce low-viscosity microjets at much smaller flow rates than those reached by the standard configuration. In the modified flow focusing device, a sharpened rod blocks the recirculation cell appearing in the tapering liquid meniscus for low flow rates, which considerably improves its stability. We measured the minimum flow rates attainable with the modified configuration and compared the results with the corresponding values for the standard technique. For moderate and large applied pressure drops, the minimum flow rate reached with the modified configuration was about five times smaller than its counterpart in the standard configuration. The Weber numbers of the jets produced with the modified flow focusing configuration were considerably smaller than those with the standard technique. Numerical simulations were conducted to show how the presence of the inner rod substantially changes the flow pattern in the liquid meniscus. (paper)

  17. Novel XRD technique and equipment for in-situ monitoring of phase transformations in lithium batteries during cycling

    Full text: Safe, rechargeable batteries utilising a lithium metal electrode have not been realised due to phenomena, which occur on the lithium surface during the cycling of a battery. Lithium ion conduction inhomogeneities through the surface film give rise to uneven deposition of lithium, which can result in short circuits. The large potential increase in energy density that the use of the lithium electrode represents makes the nature of the surface film of interest to battery researchers. The lithium surface is highly reactive, particularly in the case of electrodes with a rough surface deposit. This presents difficulties to researchers hoping to obtain representative measurements of the lithium surface and requires the use of environmental sample chambers and in-situ techniques. X-ray diffraction techniques have been used to probe changes in cathode materials (typically transition metal oxides) for lithium batteries, but to our knowledge has not been successfully used to study changes taking place on the lithium surface during cycling. We present early results from work we have undertaken to develop a technique for characterising the surface film on lithium battery electrodes. The instrumentation was set-up as follows. An XRD was fitted with an INEL CPS 120 position sensitive detector (PSD), multilayer mirror and environmental chamber. The latter was specially developed in our laboratory for the purpose of these experiments. The lithium cells were sealed in laminated foil. Cycled and uncycled cells were investigated. Different radiation sources were used (Cu, Co and Cr). The in-situ measurements aiming at monitoring the phase transitions of cycled/uncycled cells at different angles (including grazing angles) in time were carried out in both transmission and reflection mode. Copyright (2002) Australian X-ray Analytical Association Inc

  18. Predicting thermal stability of organic solar cells through real-time capacitive techniques (Presentation Recording)

    Tessarolo, Marta; Guerrero, Antonio; Seri, Mirko; Prosa, Mario; Bolognesi, Margherita; Garcia Belmonte, Germ

    2015-10-01

    Bulk Heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells have reached Power Conversion Efficiencies (PCE) over 10% but to be a competitive product long lifetimes are mandatory. In this view, guidelines for the prediction and optimization of the device stability are crucial to generate improved materials for efficient and stable BHJ devices. For encapsulated cells, degradation mechanisms can be mainly ascribed to external agents such as light and temperature. In particular, thermal degradation appears to be related not only to the BHJ morphology but also to the adjacent interfaces. Therefore, in order to have a complete description of the thermal stability of a BHJ cell, it is necessary to consider the entire stack degradation processes by using techniques enabling a direct investigation on working devices. Here, five different donor polymers were selected and the OPV performance of the corresponding BHJ devices were monitored during the thermal degradation at 85C, showing an exponential decay of the corresponding PCEs. In parallel, we measured the geometrical capacitance of analogous OPV devices as a function of temperature and we observed that at a defined temperature (TMAX), typical for each polymer-based device, the capacitance starts to decrease. Combining all these results we found an evident and direct correlation between TMAX and the PCE decay parameters (obtained from capacitance-temperature an thermal measurements, respectively). This implies that the capacitance-method here presented is a fast, reliable and relatively simple method to predict the thermal stability of BHJ solar cells without the need to perform time-consuming thermal degradation tests.

  19. 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)

  20. 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.

  1. 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...

  2. A novel fluidized bed respirometric technique for determination of in situ biofilm kinetics.

    Chowdhury, Nabin; Nakhla, George; Zhu, Jesse

    2012-01-01

    A respirometric approach has been developed to determine heterotrophic biofilm kinetics using fluidized bioparticles--particles with attached biomass. Lava rock particles of 600 microm were used as a biomass carrier medium. The modified respirometer successfully estimates in situ biofilm kinetics of the bioparticles collected from a pilot-scale liquid-solid circulating fluidized bed (LSCFB) bioreactor. The observed maximum specific growth rates (micro(max)) of 3.69 +/- 0.44 d(-1) and biomass yields (Y(H)) of 0.36 +/- 0.03 g COD/g COD in the fluidized bed respirometers were significantly different from the micro(max) of 5.57-5.72 d(-1) and Y(H) of 0.54-0.59 g COD/g COD observed in the conventional respirometric tests for bioparticles and detached biomass. The higher Monod half-saturation coefficient (K(S)) of 186-219mg COD/L observed in the fluidized bed respirometers relative to the 49-58 mg COD/L in the conventional respirometers reveals the presence of mass transfer resistance in the LSCFB despite fluidization. Significantly reduced yields in the fluidized bed respirometers and the estimated maintenance coefficient of 1.16 d(-1) for the particulate biofilm in the LSCFB clearly emphasize that a substantial amount of substrate was utilized for cell maintenance at the low food to microorganism (S/X) ratio of 0.5 g COD/g VSS. PMID:22629617

  3. 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.

  4. 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)

  5. Marital stability and quality in families created by assisted reproduction techniques: a follow-up study.

    Blake, L; Casey, P; Jadva, V; Golombok, S

    2012-12-01

    An increasing number of children are being born with the use of assisted reproduction techniques such as donor insemination, egg donation and surrogacy. There have been concerns that the use of these third-party reproduction techniques may have a negative effect on the quality of the relationship between the mother and father. Marital stability and quality was examined in a UK sample of donor insemination, egg donation and surrogacy families and families in which children were naturally conceived. Interview and questionnaire assessments of marital stability and quality were collected from mothers and fathers over five time points, when the children in the families were aged 1, 2, 3, 7 and 10. Of those families who participated when children were 10years old, a minority of couples in each family type had divorced/separated and few differences emerged between the different family types in terms of mothers' or fathers' marital quality. Despite concerns, couples in families created by donor insemination, egg donation and surrogacy were found to be functioning well. PMID:23063821

  6. 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

  7. The practical use of the technique of choosing an optimal value-set of qualitative attributes: the problem of stability

    The practical use of the technique of choosing optimal sets of significances of qualitative attributes is discussed. One of the aspects of the practical use of any technique is the problem of its stability. The stability of the technique, the top and bottom valuations of the degree of fuzziness, of losses of information and of noise is considered. It is shown that the technique is stable with respect to small changes of the initial data. This permits to assert that its use in practical tasks is possible

  8. Development of laser-based techniques for in situ characterization of the first wall in ITER and future fusion devices

    Philipps, V.; Malaquias, A.; Hakola, A.; Karhunen, J.; Maddaluno, G.; Almaviva, S.; Caneve, L.; Colao, F.; Fortuna, E.; Gasior, P.; Kubkowska, M.; Czarnecka, A.; Laan, M.; Lissovski, A.; Paris, P.; van der Meiden, H. J.; Petersson, P.; Rubel, M.; Huber, A.; Zlobinski, M.; Schweer, B.; Gierse, N.; Xiao, Q.; Sergienko, G.

    2013-09-01

    Analysis and understanding of wall erosion, material transport and fuel retention are among the most important tasks for ITER and future devices, since these questions determine largely the lifetime and availability of the fusion reactor. These data are also of extreme value to improve the understanding and validate the models of the in vessel build-up of the T inventory in ITER and future D-T devices. So far, research in these areas is largely supported by post-mortem analysis of wall tiles. However, access to samples will be very much restricted in the next-generation devices (such as ITER, JT-60SA, W7-X, etc) with actively cooled plasma-facing components (PFC) and increasing duty cycle. This has motivated the development of methods to measure the deposition of material and retention of plasma fuel on the walls of fusion devices in situ, without removal of PFC samples. For this purpose, laser-based methods are the most promising candidates. Their feasibility has been assessed in a cooperative undertaking in various European associations under EFDA coordination. Different laser techniques have been explored both under laboratory and tokamak conditions with the emphasis to develop a conceptual design for a laser-based wall diagnostic which is integrated into an ITER port plug, aiming to characterize in situ relevant parts of the inner wall, the upper region of the inner divertor, part of the dome and the upper X-point region.

  9. Use of Sensitive and Specific Biomolecular and Mass Spectrometric Techniques to Monitor the Performance of In-Situ Hydrocarbon Biodegradation

    Beller, H. R.; Kane, S. R.; Legler, T. C.

    2008-12-01

    Monitored natural attenuation (MNA) can be a cost-effective and viable approach for remediation of hydrocarbon-contaminated groundwater. However, regulatory acceptance of the approach is often contingent on monitoring that can convincingly demonstrate the role of microbial degradation. Recent advances in anaerobic hydrocarbon biochemistry, analytical chemistry, and molecular biology have fostered the development of powerful techniques that can be applied to MNA of BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes). Here, I discuss two independent methods that have been developed to monitor in situ, anaerobic biodegradation of toluene and xylenes. A method has been developed for rapid, sensitive, and highly selective detection of distinctive indicators of anaerobic alkylbenzene metabolism. The target metabolites, benzylsuccinic acid and methylbenzylsuccinic acid isomers, have no known sources other than anaerobic toluene or xylene degradation; thus, their mere presence in groundwater provides definitive evidence of in situ metabolism. The method, which involves small sample size ( 7 orders of magnitude. Application of these two methods in field studies will be discussed in the context of the methods' strengths and limitations. Field data will include a side-by-side comparison of the two methods during a controlled release of BTX and ethanol, simulating release of gasohol from a leaking underground storage tank.

  10. Development of laser-based techniques for in situ characterization of the first wall in ITER and future fusion devices

    Analysis and understanding of wall erosion, material transport and fuel retention are among the most important tasks for ITER and future devices, since these questions determine largely the lifetime and availability of the fusion reactor. These data are also of extreme value to improve the understanding and validate the models of the in vessel build-up of the T inventory in ITER and future D–T devices. So far, research in these areas is largely supported by post-mortem analysis of wall tiles. However, access to samples will be very much restricted in the next-generation devices (such as ITER, JT-60SA, W7-X, etc) with actively cooled plasma-facing components (PFC) and increasing duty cycle. This has motivated the development of methods to measure the deposition of material and retention of plasma fuel on the walls of fusion devices in situ, without removal of PFC samples. For this purpose, laser-based methods are the most promising candidates. Their feasibility has been assessed in a cooperative undertaking in various European associations under EFDA coordination. Different laser techniques have been explored both under laboratory and tokamak conditions with the emphasis to develop a conceptual design for a laser-based wall diagnostic which is integrated into an ITER port plug, aiming to characterize in situ relevant parts of the inner wall, the upper region of the inner divertor, part of the dome and the upper X-point region. (paper)

  11. 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 feedback control theory and parallel element-by-element strategies. Extensive numerical results will show the effectiveness of our approach. (author)

  12. Coating stresses in thermal barrier coatings by an in-situ curvature monitoring technique

    In this paper, coating stresses in thermal barrier coating (TBC) changing with cyclic heating - cooling are measured with a curvature measurement device developed in this study. The coating system chosen in this study is a dual-layered structure, and it consists of a partially stabilized zirconia (PSZ) as the ceramic coating layer and CoNiCrAlY as the metal-bond coating layer. The specimen used here is a strip-plate shape with thin thickness (600μm) extracted chemically from carbon steel coated by a thermal spraying process. A cyclic heating-cooling test and a cyclic heating-cooling test with a dwelling time at the maximum temperature are conducted for the strip-plate specimen. Deflection and coating stresses are measured continuously under these cyclic tests, and thermal deformation mechanisms generating the deflection and coating stresses are discussed based on primitive knowledge using an elementary beam theory. (author)

  13. Observation of localized heating phenomena during microwave heating of mixed powders using in situ x-ray diffraction technique

    Sabelström, N., E-mail: sabelstrom.n.aa@m.titech.ac.jp; Hayashi, M. [Department of Metallurgy and Ceramics Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo 152-8552 (Japan); Watanabe, T. [Department of Chemistry and Materials Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo 152-8552 (Japan); Nagata, K. [Department of Conservation Science, Tokyo University of the Arts, 12-8 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Japan)

    2014-10-28

    In materials processing research using microwave heating, there have been several observations of various phenomena occurring known as microwave effects. One significant example of such a phenomenon is increased reaction kinetics. It is believed that there is a possibility that this might be caused by localized heating, were some reactants would attain a higher than apparent temperature. To examine whether such thermal gradients are indeed possible, mixed powders of two microwave non-absorbers, alumina and magnesia, were mixed with graphite, a known absorber, and heated in a microwave furnace. During microwave irradiation, the local temperatures of the respective sample constituents were measured using an in situ x-ray diffraction technique. In the case of the alumina and graphite sample, a temperature difference of around 100 °C could be observed.

  14. 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)

  15. 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.

  16. Fluorescent immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization analysis of mouse pancreas using low-power antigen-retrieval technique.

    Ge, Shundi; Crooks, Gay M; McNamara, George; Wang, Xiuli

    2006-07-01

    To facilitate the immunological reaction of antibodies with antigens in fixed tissues, it is necessary to unmask or retrieve the antigens through pretreatment of the specimens. However, adjustment of heating-induced antigen retrieval is always required for different tissues and antigens. In this study, by using a low-power antigen-retrieval technique with appropriate dilution of antibodies, we successfully immunostained key antigens in pancreas such as insulin, PDX-1, glucagon, cytokeratin, and CD31, which have previously presented a particular challenge for investigators because of the rapid autodigestion and high nonspecific antibody binding in this tissue. Satisfactory results were obtained when immunohistochemistry and fluorescence in situ hybridization analysis were combined in the same slides. PMID:16549508

  17. 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.

  18. Steel research using neutron beam techniques. In-situ neutron diffraction, small-angle neutron scattering and residual stress analysis

    Recently, the neutron beam techniques have been applied for steel researches and industrial applications. In particular, the neutron diffraction is a powerful non-destructive method that can analyze phase transformation and residual stress inside the steel. The small-angle neutron scattering is also an effective method for the quantitative evaluation of microstructures inside the steel. In this study, in-situ neutron diffraction measurements during tensile test and heat treatment were conducted in order to investigate the deformation and transformation behaviors of TRIP steels. The small-angle neutron scattering measurements of TRIP steels were also conducted. Then, the neutron diffraction analysis was conducted on the high strength steel weld joint in order to investigate the effect of the residual stress distribution on the weld cracking. (author)

  19. In situ preparation of Y 1Ba 2Cu 4O 8 thin films by the laser ablation technique

    Badaye, M.; Kanke, Y.; Fukushima, K.; Morishita, T.

    1994-10-01

    Thin films of Y 1Ba 2Cu 4O 8 have been prepared by the laser ablation of sintered Y 1Ba 2Cu 4O 8 targets, followed by a short in situ oxygen annealing. The films obtained under optimum conditions show a high degree of phase purity compared to the films obtained by the other methods. The films' surface morphology has been studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM), their crystalline structure was examined by the X-ray diffraction (XRD) method, and their transport characteristics have been measured by the DC four-probe technique. It is shown that the fabricated films are of high enough quality to be considered for device applications.

  20. Flow characterization of electroconvective micromixer with a nanoporous polymer membrane in-situ fabricated using a laser polymerization technique.

    Hwang, Sangbeom; Song, Simon

    2015-05-01

    Electroconvection is known to cause strong convective mixing in a microchannel near a nanoporous membrane or a nanochannel in contact with an electrolyte solution due to the external electric field. This study addresses micromixer behavior subject to electroconvection occurring near a nanoporous membrane in-situ fabricated by a laser polymerization technique on a microfluidic chip. We found that the micromixer behavior can be categorized into three regimes. Briefly, the weak electroconvection regime is characterized by weak mixing performance at a low applied voltage and KCl concentration, whereas the strong electroconvection regime has a high mixing performance when the applied voltage and KCl concentration are moderately high. Finally, the incomplete electroconvection regime has an incomplete electric double-layer overlap in the nanopores of the membrane when the electrolyte concentration is very high. The mixing index reached 0.92 in the strong electroconvection regime. The detailed fabrication methods for the micromixer and characterization results are discussed in this paper. PMID:26064195

  1. 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.

  2. 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 resistance has a high level of osmotic adjustment. Analysis of GEI allowed differentiating experimental material by the level of stability. The best stability observed in donors of RL-genes - Grekum 476 and Album 109. The biggest level of field drought resistance was observed in varieties Bogarnaya 56, Krasnovodopadskaya 210 and Grekum 476, which were high yielding in stress environments. It is known that ecological reaction of adaptability - the rolling of leaves, is the characteristics for the varieties with Rl-genes. This trait allows using water economically by limitation of transpiration, to regulate plant water balance more efficiently. Obviously, the high level of drought resistance of Grekum 476 has been provided by the presence in its genotype of Rl-genes. Thus, the use of chemical mutagen allowed widening the spectrum of genetic variability of wheat germplasm. In comparison to the origin cultivar Kazakhstanskaya 126, their mutant derivatives demonstrated higher level of drought resistance and yield stability. These germplasms were ranged by the level of yield stability and drought resistance in wheat. The relationship between field drought resistance and ecological parameters of stability was found. (author)

  3. ECR plasma cleaning: an in-situ processing technique for RF cavities

    Wu, G.; /Fermilab; Moeller, W-D.; /DESY; Antoine, C.; /Saclay; Jiang, H.; Pechenezhskiy, I.; Cooley, L.; Khabiboulline, T.; Terechkine, Y.; Edwards, H.; Koeth, T.; Romanenko, A.; /Cornell U., Phys. Dept. /Jefferson Lab

    2008-01-01

    A condition for Electron Cyclotron Resonance (ECR) can be established inside a fully assembled RF cavity without the need for removing high-power couplers. As such, plasma generated by this process can be used as a final cleaning step, or as an alternative cleaning step in place of other techniques. Tests showed filtered dry air plasma can successfully remove sulfur particles on niobium surface while the surface oxygen content remains intact.

  4. In situ sorbtion techniques for radiocaesium. Rapid group separation and measurement of actinides

    Full text: a) A technique for impregnation of filters with copperferrocyanide has been developed. The sorbtion of radiocaesium has been tested on different types of liquids containing radiocaesium; urine (1-2 l), lake, river and sea water (100-2000 l) and dialysis liquid (120 l). The efficiency and analytical results were investigated and compared with results using ammonium molybdophosphate for sorbtion of caesium. Results are in good agreement with volumes not exceeding 500 I using two consecutive filters. Assessment of radiocaesium in large groups of people can be done rapidly by sorbtion from urine. Persons with malfunctioning kidneys and undergoing regular dialysis do not constitute a critical group. Dialysis is an effective method for cleaning the blood from radiocaesium. b) Actinides can be grouped separately from the bulk of solids using anion exchange from polar solvent-mineral acid media. This method is known since long. In combination with new techniques for source preparation using fluoride precipitation and new measurement techniques, mass spectrometry, laser excitation or gridded ion chambers (if sources have to be large) offers a possibility to shorten the analytical method. 2) Proposed Work for the Next Year: Decontamination of iodine (131I) from the body using dialysis will be investigated. Also other radiologically important radionuclides, 210Po and 226Ra will be investigated with this emphasis. Source preparation by fluoride precipitation and large area sources measured with gridded ionization chamber will be executed. (author)

  5. 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

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

    Borsaru, M.; Charbucinski, J. [Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Kenmore, QLD (Australia). Exploration and Mining

    1997-10-01

    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 17 refs., 7 figs.

  7. 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 additionally for signal stabilization after switching the sample, an effective data coverage of only 1/6 for the KUP system is achieved while the Empa system has a nearly complete data coverage. Additionally, different internal volumes and flow rates between the two systems may affect observed differences.

  8. Advanced Techniques for Assessment of Postural and Locomotor Ataxia, Spatial Orientation, and Gaze Stability

    Wall, Conrad., III

    1999-01-01

    In addition to adapting to microgravity, major neurovestibular problems of space flight include postflight difficulties with standing, walking, turning corners, and other activities that require stable upright posture and gaze stability. These difficulties inhibit astronauts' ability to stand or escape from their vehicle during emergencies. The long-ter7n goal of the NSBRI is the development of countermeasures to ameliorate the effects of long duration space flight. These countermeasures must be tested with valid and reliable tools. This project aims to develop quantitative, parametric approaches for assessing gaze stability and spatial orientation during normal gait and when gait is perturbed. Two of this year's most important findings concern head fixation distance and ideal trajectory analysis. During a normal cycle of walking the head moves up and down linearly. A simultaneous angular pitching motion of the head keeps it aligned toward an imaginary point in space at a distance of about one meter in front of a subject and along the line of march. This distance is called the head fixation distance. Head fixation distance provides the fundamental framework necessary for understanding the functional significance of the vestibular reflexes that couple head motion to eye motion. This framework facilitates the intelligent design of counter-measures for the effects of exposure to microgravity upon the vestibular ocular reflexes. Ideal trajectory analysis is a simple candidate countermeasure based upon quantifying body sway during repeated up and down stair stepping. It provides one number that estimates the body sway deviation from an ideal sinusoidal body sway trajectory normalized on the subject's height. This concept has been developed with NSBRI funding in less than one year. These findings are explained in more detail below. Compared to assessments of the vestibuo-ocular reflex, analysis of vestibular effects on locomotor function is relatively less well developed and quantified. We are improving this situation by applying methodologies such as nonlinear orbital stability to quantify responses and by using multivariate statistical approaches to link together the responses across separate tests. In this way we can exploit the information available and increase the ability to discriminate between normal and pathological responses. Measures of stability and orientation are compared to measures such as dynamic visual acuity and with balance function tests. The responses of normal human subjects and of patients having well documented pathophysiologies are being characterized. When these studies are completed, we should have a clearer idea about normal and abnormal patterns of eye, head, and body movements during locomotion and their stability in a wide range of environments. We plan eventually to use this information to validate the efficacy of candidate neurovestibular and neuromuscular rehabilitative techniques. Some representative studies made during this year are summarized.

  9. Primary stability of tibial components in TKA: in vitro comparison of two cementing techniques.

    Skwara, Adrian; Figiel, J; Knott, T; Paletta, J R J; Fuchs-Winkelmann, S; Tibesku, C O

    2009-10-01

    In spite of improvements in cementing technique, migration of tibial component remains a problem in total knee arthroplasty. This study compares the primary stability of tibial components using two different cementing techniques with roentgen stereophotogrammetric analysis (RSA) in vitro. A total of 20 tibia specimens were matched into two groups, 10 specimens per group. Cementing technique was randomized to each group. In the first group only the base and in the second group the base and stem were cemented. The implants and the tibial metaphysis were marked with markers for the RSA analysis. All specimens were tested with an axial load of 2,000 N for 1,000 and 10,000 cycles and RSA analysis was performed. Endpoints for radiosterometric analysis were maximum total point motion, maximum subsidence, lift off, rotation and translation along the x-, y-, and z-axes. After 1,000 and 10,000 cycles, no significant differences could be found, but two tibial components of the surface cementing group showed a migration of more than 2 mm defined as failure compared to six failed tibial components in the full cementing group (P = 0.068). This higher number of failed arthroplasties in the fully cemented prosthesis group demonstrates a disadvantageous load distribution in the tibia apophysis which can cause an early component loosening. PMID:19572121

  10. Interaction mechanics of embedded single-ended optical fibre sensors using novel in situ measurement techniques

    Leblanc, Michel Joseph

    This thesis presents an investigation of the mechanics of axial strain transfer and interfacial failure for optical fibre strain sensors embedded within a host material. This study focuses on single-ended embedded optical fibre sensors: In this configuration, the optical fibre is terminated within the host material and the region near the embedded end is an area where large interfacial radial and shear stresses are present. Our investigation is both theoretical and experimental. For the theory, finite element as well as analytical models are used. In particular, a fracture-mechanics-based model of the debonding of the embedded optical fibre is proposed. Experimentally, two new techniques are developed to study the sensor/host interaction. Both involve using an optical fibre to make measurements of its own interaction with the host material in which it is embedded. In the first approach, the Fabry-Prot gap measurement technique, the displacement of the embedded optical fibre end is measured as a function of applied load. Information concerning the sensor/host interaction is gained from its analysis. In the second approach, the Bragg distributed strain sensing technique, the strain profile along the optical fibre from its tip to a distance 2 to 6 mm further along the optical fibre is obtained by the analysis of the full reflection spectrum of the grating. Several types of samples are tested. The results obtained show that the silica/epoxy and polyimide/epoxy interfaces are stronger than the silica/polyimide interface. Yielding of materials (plastic failure) is observed as an important failure mode and it is also observed that debonding of the silica/polyimide interface strongly depends on the state of residual radial stress in the optical fibre. This crucial effect of radial stress on the failure mechanism is also a key result of the theoretical modeling.

  11. A study on in-situ measuring method and modeling technique of an unsaturated zone

    Imai, Hisashi [Hazama Corp., Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan). Technical Research Inst.; Amemiya, Kiyoshi; Nishida, Kaoru; Lin, Weiren; Lei, Xinglin

    1997-03-01

    It is generally considered that an unsaturated zone is generated in the vicinity of a drift after excavation. In such a zone, invasion of air containing oxygen possibly changes geochemical environment (redox condition) of the rock mass. However, no measurement technique for quantitative understanding of this unsaturated zone is currently available. This study has been started to develop the measuring method in the several years. This year, fundamental information has been obtained through analysis, laboratory experiments using homogeneous rock samples and field measurement described below. (1) experiments on the mechanism of undersaturation in rock. (2) experiments on the measuring method of the extend of unsaturated zone. (author)

  12. 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...

  13. Growth of Zn S single crystals by CVT technique under different mass transport stability conditions

    A thermodynamic model was used to find out the optimum temperature for the growth of Zn S single crystals in closed ampoules by chemical vapor transport technique. Based on this model 1002 degreeC was found to be optimum temperature for 2 mg/cm3 concentration of transporting agent (iodine). Zn S Crystals were grown in optimum (1102 degreeC) and non-optimum (902 degreeC and 1102 degreeC) temperatures. The composition structure and microstructure of the grown crystals were studied by Atomic absorption spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and Scanning electron microscopy measurements. Properties of the grown crystals were correlated to the growth conditions especially a stability in mass transport along the closed tube length.

  14. 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)

  15. 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)

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

    Behringer, K.; Hennig, D

    2002-11-01

    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)

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. Quantifying in-situ gas hydrates at active seep sites in the eastern Black Sea using pressure coring technique

    K. Heeschen

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available In the eastern Black Sea, we determined methane (CH4 concentrations, gas hydrate volumes and their vertical distribution from combined gas and chloride (Cl? measurements within pressurized sediment cores. The total gas volume collected from the cores corresponds to concentrations of 1.21.4 mol of methane per kg porewater at in-situ pressure, which is equivalent to a gas hydrate saturation of 1518% of pore volume and amongst the highest values detected in shallow seep sediments. At the central seep site, a high-resolution Cl? profile resolves the upper gas hydrate stability boundary and a continuous layer of hydrates in a sediment column of 120 cm thickness. Including this information, a more precise gas hydrate saturation of 2224% pore volume can be calculated. This is higher in comparison to a saturation calculated from the Cl? profile alone, resulting in 14.4%. The likely explanation is an active gas hydrate formation from CH4 gas ebullition. The hydrocarbons at Batumi Seep are of shallow biogenic origin (CH4 > 99.6%, at Pechori Mound they originate from deeper thermocatalytic processes as indicated by the lower ratios of C1 to C2C3 and the presence of C5.

  1. 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

  2. An in-situ technique to measure erosion and deposition in fusion devices

    Erosion or deposition of sub-micron layers of graphite or other materials can be measured by bombarding a sub-surface layer of 10B or 6Li with thermal neutrons and observing with a surface-barrier detector the energy loss of the prompt alphas or tritons produced. To demonstrate the feasibility of this technique, a (5250250) A layer of boron and a (1.250.05) ?m layer of Li2B4O7 were electron-beam evaporated onto graphite substrates and exposed to a thermal neutron flux of (8.00.5)x105 cm-2 s-1. The (n, ?) reactions of the 10B produce a 1.78 MeV ?, a 1.48 MeV ?, and a 0.848 MeV 7Li. The reactions of 6Li produce a 2.73 MeV 3H and a 2.05 MeV ?. Carbon coatings of (60025) A, (8250500) A, (2.00.2) ?m, and (4.00.4) ?m were placed between the active layers and a surface barrier detector in vacuuo. The thinner layers shifted the 1.48 MeV ? peak by (31.74.5) keV and (43143) keV respectively. The thicker layers shifted the 2.73 MeV 3H peak by (20615) keV and (34620) keV respectfully. Therefore, utilizing boron implants, 100 A to 1 ?m of graphite erosion or redeposition can be determined. Utilizing lithium implants, thicknesses in the range of 1 ?m to 10 ?m can be determined. Theoretical energy shifts, thermal diffusion, and the feasibility of this technique as a between shot diagnostic for limiters, divertor plates, and/or first-wall armor are discussed. (orig.)

  3. Transport critical current of Solenoidal MgB2/Cu Coils Fabricated Using a Wind-Reaction In-situ Technique

    Soltanian, S.; Horvat, J.; Wang, X. L.; Tomsic, M.; Dou, S.X.

    2002-01-01

    In this letter, we report the results of transport Jc of solenoid coils upto 100 turns fabricated with Cu-sheathed MgB2 wires using a wind-reaction in-situ technique. Despite the low density of single core and some reaction between Mg and Cu-sheath, our results demonstrate the decrease in transport Jc with increasing length of MgB2 wires is insignificant. Solenoid coils with diameter as small as 10 mm can be readily fabricated using a wind-reaction in-situ technique. The Jc of coils is essent...

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

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

    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...

  5. Preliminary in situ and real-time study of directional solidification of metallic alloys by x-ray imaging techniques

    During directional solidification of a binary alloy, the solid-liquid interface exhibits a variety of patterns that are due to the Mullins-Sekerka instability and governed by the growth conditions. It is well known that properties of the grown material are largely controlled by the microstructures left in the solid during processing. Thus, a precise mastering of the solidification is essential to tailor products in a reproducible fashion to a specified quality. One major difficulty for this study is the real-time and in situ observation of the interface, especially for metallic alloys. A possibility is to use an intense and coherent third generation x-ray beam. By combining different x-ray imaging techniques (absorption/phase contrast radiography and diffraction topography), we have studied the directional melting and solidification of aluminium-based alloys. The preliminary results show the great potential of these techniques for the study of the coupling between stress effects and microstructure formation in solidification processing

  6. Assaying depleted uranium in bones in-situ using a non-invasive x-ray fluorescence technique

    The occupational exposure to uranium associated with milling and fabrication of depleted uranium is presently assessed from bioassay of urine samples. The evaluation of the body-burden of uranium from urine analysis has many difficulties and uncertainties associated with accounting for the bio-transport of inhaled uranium particles from the lungs, to absorption in the blood and excretion through the kidneys. The chemical toxicity of uranium and other transuranic elements is not fully understood, partially because of the difficulty of assessing the body burden of these metals in-situ. The transuranic elements are known to be deposited and retained in bone. A non-invasive X-ray fluorescence technique has been developed to assay the depleted uranium in bones in-situ. The K-shell electrons in uranium, which have a binding energy of 115.6 keV, are excited by the 122 and 136 keV gamma rays from a Co-57 source. A liquid N2 cooled intrinsic Ge-detector is employed to measure the characteristic K fluorescence from the uranium as well as the coherently scattered gamma rays from the Co-57 source. The quantity of uranium in the bone is determined from the number of K fluorescence events extracted from the measured scattered photon spectrum. In addition, the bone mineral mass is determined from the number of coherently scattered gamma rays, permitting the assay of uranium to be pressed in terms of micrograms per unit mass bone. Using this system it was possible to measure molar concentrations of uranium with high precision and reproducibility

  7. 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)

  8. Stability analysis of resistive MHD modes via a new numerical matching technique

    Full text: Asymptotic matching technique is one of the principal methods for calculating linear stability of resistive magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) modes such as tearing modes. In applying the asymptotic method, the plasma region is divided into two regions: a thin inner layer around the mode-resonant surface and ideal MHD regions except for the layer. If we try to solve this asymptotic matching problem numerically, we meet practical difficulties. Firstly, the inertia-less ideal MHD equation or the Newcomb equation has a regular singular point at the mode-resonant surface, leading to the so-called big and small solutions. Since the big solution is not square-integrable, it needs sophisticated treatment. Even if such a treatment is applied, the matching data or the ratio of small solution to the big one, has been revealed to be sensitive to local MHD equilibrium accuracy and grid structure at the mode-resonant surface by numerical experiments. Secondly, one of the independent solutions in the inner layer, which should be matched onto the ideal MHD solution, is not square-integrable. The response formalism has been adopted to resolve this problem. In the present paper, we propose a new method for computing the linear stability of resistive MHD modes via matching technique, where the plasma region is divided into ideal MHD regions and an inner region with finite width. The matching technique using an inner region with finite width was recently developed for ideal MHD modes in cylindrical geometry, and good performance was shown. Our method extends this idea to resistive MHD modes. In the inner region, the low-beta reduced MHD equations are solved, and the solution is matched onto the solution of the Newcomb equation by using boundary conditions such that the parallel electric field vanishes properly as approaching the computational boundaries. If we use the inner region with finite width, the practical difficulties raised above can be avoided from the beginning. Figure 1 shows the growth rate of m/n = 2/1 tearing mode as a function of the width of the 'inner region' ?r. The growth rate is normalized by its value without the numerical matching. We see that the growth rate is calculated in a sufficient accuracy even for ?r = 0.1. In addition, the smaller resistivity ? allows thinner inner region. (author)

  9. Influence of in situ synthesized TiC on thermal stability and corrosion behavior of Zr60Cu10Al15Ni15 amorphous composites

    In situ synthesized TiC particles were prepared by a thermal explosion method. Adding in situ synthesized TiC into Zr60Cu10Al15Ni15 glass matrix to obtain amorphous matrix composites was achieved. The corrosion behavior of Zr60Cu10Al15Ni15 amorphous composites was evaluated using potentiodynamic polarization measurements in 3.5 wt% NaCl solution at room temperature. The results show that the microhardness and thermal stability are improved apparently, while the TiC (?0.6 wt%) does not significantly affect the supercooled liquid behavior. Moreover, the corrosion resistance is improved apparently because the nanocrystals accelerate the diffusion of passive elements for faster formation of the protective passive film at nanocrystals/amorphous interfaces. However, when the TiC content is more than 0.6 wt%, both glass forming ability and corrosion resistance are reduced significantly

  10. 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 compactness and portability. (author)

  11. 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

  12. 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)

  13. Technique of stabilization of stress-strain state at a fatigue crack tip in specimens under pure bending

    A technique is described for stabilization of stress-strain conditions at a fatigue crack tip in rectangular section specimens, sub ected to pure bending under rigid loading. The technique includes the determination of reduced pliability for elastic parts of a testing machine; the choice of optimum parameters of a testing machine - specimen system; the determination of specimen dimensions. Testing of stress-strain state stabilization at a crack tip was carried out on 40Kh steel specimens. The investigation results correlate well with a calculated curve. A sraight portion of the fatigue crack growth curve testifies to constancy of a stress intensity factor

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. A study on the machinability behaviour of Al-TiC composite prepared by in situ technique

    With the wide range of applications of metal-matrix composites (MMCs), the machining of these materials has become a very important subject for research. This paper discusses the experimental investigation on chip formation and cutting force measurement during shaping operation of Al-TiC MMCs produced by the in situ technique and compared with those for Al-TiAl3 composite and Al-Si alloys. The machinability of MMCs was characterised by the nature of chip formed, cutting force and machined surface produced. It was observed that there was improvement in the quality of the machined surface with increased amount of TiC particles in the composite. The cutting force for Al-TiAl3 composite and Al-Si was higher than that for Al-TiC composite. The machinability studies were supplemented by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and X-ray diffractometer (XRD) studies. The cutting forces were measured during the shaping operation with the help of a dynamometer using HSS cutting tool, dry environment and keeping cutting velocity, feed and depth of cut constant. The chips formed were also characterised and compared from the point of view of machinability

  18. Meteoric smoke and mesospheric ice particles studied with in-situ techniques: Science highlights from the ECOMA-project

    Rapp, Markus; Strelnikova, Irina; Strelnikov, Boris; Latteck, Ralph; Baumgarten, Gerd; Friedrich, Martin; Gumbel, Jorg; Hoppe, Ulf-Peter

    A total of six sounding rockets were launched during three field campaigns in the years 2006, 2007, and 2008 from the North-Norwegian Andøya Rocket Range to study the Existence and Charge state Of Meteoric smoke in the middle Atmosphere (ECOMA) and its relation to mesospheric ice particles. A new particle detector was successfully developed which combines the conventional technique of a Faraday-Cup with the active photo ionization of particles and subsequent detection of corresponding photo electrons. In this paper we will give an overview of results from these rocket campaigns. Some noteworthy findings are the experimental verification of meteor smoke existence throughout the entire mesosphere, the first direct in situ measurement of mesospheric ice volume, and new insights into the charging properties of meteoric smoke under the conditions of polar summer. Finally, we will outline future plans for a concluding ECOMA campaign that is scheduled for December 2010 to study the effect of the Geminid meteor shower on the properties of meteor smoke particles in the middle atmosphere.

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

    Sarma, Abhisakh; Sanyal, Milan K., E-mail: milank.sanyal@saha.ac.in [Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, 1/AF Bidhannagar, Kolkata 700 064 (India)

    2014-09-15

    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 10{sup 7}. This value remain almost constant over a frequency range from 1Hz to 10{sup 6} Hz even at 80 K temperature.

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

    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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. A comparison of the mechanical stability of silicon nitride films deposited with various techniques

    Highlights: ► LPCVD, RTCVD and ALD as-deposited nitride films present tensile stress dependant on the Si/N ratio and are thermally stable. ► Stress of as-deposited PECVD nitride layers range from compressive to tensile, depending on ion bombardment during growth. ► After high temperature annealing, PECVD nitride films behave similarly to LPCVD layers. ► Young's moduli and density are positively correlated. - Abstract: A comparison of mechanical properties of amorphous silicon nitride thin films deposited with various techniques used for microelectronic applications was conducted. Nitride films with thicknesses less than 80 nm were deposited on (0 0 1) oriented silicon wafers by using various methods: low pressure chemical vapor deposition (LPCVD), rapid thermal CVD (RTCVD), atomic layer deposition (ALD) and plasma enhanced CVD (PECVD). The wafer curvature method was used to show that the as-deposited LPCVD, RTCVD and ALD films exhibited tensile residual stresses that decreased with silicon richness. In contrast, the stress of the PECVD as-deposited layers ranged from tensile to ultra-compressive, depending on the exposure to high plasma power and ion bombardment during growth. After high temperature annealing, the LPCVD, RTCVD and ALD nitride stresses were almost unchanged, indicating that these films/substrate systems have significant thermal mechanical stability. In contrast, it was observed that, regardless of the initial stress, the annealed PECVD films developed tensile stress after high temperature treatment, with the same dependence of stress on refractive index as was found with the other deposition techniques. The Young's moduli, measured by performing nano-indentation on 200 nm thick nitride layers, were found for most samples to be correlated with film density.

  4. Electronic conductivity measurement of yttria-stabilized zirconia solid electrolytes by a transient technique

    Zhang, Lei; Zhu, Liangzhu; Virkar, Anil V.

    2016-01-01

    A new oxygen permeation technique is developed to measure the electronic conductivity of yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ). The permeation cell is a YSZ disc with an embedded Pt probe and a cavity at the center. Two porous platinum electrodes are applied on the disc surfaces. By applying a small DC bias (0.03 V) across one surface electrode and the embedded probe, oxygen is pumped into the YSZ disc and stored in the cavity. In steady state, a stable Nernst potential is developed between the cavity and the outer surfaces. The Nernst voltage is very close to the applied voltage since YSZ is essentially an ionic conductor. When the DC bias is removed, oxygen permeates out of the cavity leading to a decay of the Nernst potential. Electronic conductivity of YSZ corresponding to the ambient oxygen pressure (?0.21 atm) is determined by analyzing the time dependence of the decay of Nernst potential. The measured electronic conductivity is in good agreement with values reported in the literature.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

    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 sp2 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. - Highlights: • Thermal stability of amorphous hydrogenated/deuterated layers has been studied. • In situ Raman spectroscopy linear ramp and long term isotherms have been recorded. • The effects of isotopic substitution have been investigated. • We confirm that the layers containing the more H or D are the less thermally stable. • 514 nm photon absorption evolves as the G band shifts

  8. A numerical study on combustion-stability rating of impinging-jet injector using air-injection technique

    Combustion stability rating of jet injector is conducted numerically using air-injection technique in a model chamber, where air is supplied to oxidizer and fuel manifolds of the model five-element injector head. A sample F(fuel-O(oxidizer)-O-F impinging-jet injector is adopted. In this technique, we can simulate mixing process of streams flowing through oxidizer and fuel orifices under cold-flow condition without chemical reaction. The model chamber was designed based on the methodologies proposed in the previous work regarding geometrical dimensions and operating conditions. From numerical data, unstable regions can be identified and they are compared with those from air-injection acoustic and hot-fire tests. The present stability boundaries are in a good agreement with experimental results. The proposed numerical method can be applied cost-effectively to stability rating of jet injectors when mixing of fuel and oxidizer jets is the dominant process in instability triggering

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. Advanced techniques for the analysis of crisis stability, deterrence, and latency

    Canavan, G.H.

    1998-12-31

    This is the final report of a one-year, Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The principal results of studies on crisis stability, deterrence, and latency are presented in their order of development. They capture the main features of stability analysis; relate first strike, crisis, and arms control stability as seen from US and Russian perspective; and address whether different metrics, uncertain damage preferences, or the deployment of defenses can be destabilizing. The report explores differences between unilateral and proportional force reductions in the region of deep reductions where concern shifts from stability to latency.

  13. Effects of microbial inoculant on composition, aerobic stability, in situ ruminal degradability and in vitro gas production of corn silage

    Bayatkouhsar et al.

    2012-01-01

    In this study, two fresh culture multistrains were produced and tested on corn silage; homofermentative and hetrofermentative from commercially and laboratory produced inoculants. Chemical properties and characteristics of silage samples were determined in mini- silos for 7, 14, 28, 45 and 90 days (triplicate per treatment). In situ ruminal degradability of DM and CP and in vitro gas production of fresh forage and silage (45 and 90 day silage) were investigated. There were differences between...

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. Forage Legume Seeds Submitted to in Vitro and in Situ Fermentation Techniques

    Bruno B. Deminicis; Henrique D. Vieira; Joo C. C. Almeida; Saulo A. C. Arajo; Cesar C. Guimares Filho; Raphael P. Arajo; Deise D Castagnara; Deolindo Stradiotti Jnior

    2013-01-01

    The present study was carried out to evaluate the survival rate of four tropical legume seeds submitted to different periods of ruminal incubation simulated by in vitro and in situ fermentation. The species studied were butterfly pea, stylosanthes, archer and perennial soybean. Four Holstein dairy cows fistulated in rumen were used in the in situ stage. A completely randomized design was used, in a 4 6 factorial arrangement (four species, six treatment periods) in the in vitro stage, w...

  17. Determination of stability constants of iron(III and chromium(III-nitrilotriacetate-methyl cysteine mixed complexes by electrophoretic technique

    Brij Bhushan Tewari

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available The stability constants of Fe(III and Cr(III with methyl cysteine and nitrilotriacetate (NTA were determined by paper electrophoretic technique. Beside binary ternary complexes have also been studied, in which nitrilotriacetate and methyl cysteine acts as primary and secondary ligand, respectively. The stability constants of mixed ligand complexes metal (M-nitrilotriacetate-methyl cysteine have been found to be 5.72 plus or minus 0.09 and 5.54 plus or minus 0.11 (log K values for Fe(III and Cr(III complexes, respectively, at 35 oC and ionic strength 0.1 M.

  18. 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.

  19. In situ non-DLVO stabilization of surfactant-free, plasmonic gold nanoparticles: effect of Hofmeister's anions.

    Merk, Vivian; Rehbock, Christoph; Becker, Felix; Hagemann, Ulrich; Nienhaus, Hermann; Barcikowski, Stephan

    2014-04-22

    Specific ion effects ranking in the Hofmeister sequence are ubiquitous in biochemical, industrial, and atmospheric processes. In this experimental study specific ion effects inexplicable by the classical DLVO theory have been investigated at curved water-metal interfaces of gold nanoparticles synthesized by a laser ablation process in liquid in the absence of any organic stabilizers. Notably, ion-specific differences in colloidal stability occurred in the Hckel regime at extraordinarily low salinities below 50 ?M, and indications of a direct influence of ion-specific effects on the nanoparticle formation process are found. UV-vis, zeta potential, and XPS measurements help to elucidate coagulation properties, electrokinetic potential, and the oxidation state of pristine gold nanoparticles. The results clearly demonstrate that stabilization of ligand-free gold nanoparticles scales proportionally with polarizability and antiproportionally with hydration of anions located at defined positions in a direct Hofmeister sequence of anions. These specific ion effects might be due to the adsorption of chaotropic anions (Br(-), SCN(-), or I(-)) at the gold/water interface, leading to repulsive interactions between the partially oxidized gold particles during the nanoparticle formation process. On the other hand, kosmotropic anions (F(-) or SO4(2-)) seem to destabilize the gold colloid, whereas Cl(-) and NO3(-) give rise to an intermediate stability. Quantification of surface charge density indicated that particle stabilization is dominated by ion adsorption and not by surface oxidation. Fundamental insights into specific ion effects on ligand-free aqueous gold nanoparticles beyond purely electrostatic interactions are of paramount importance in biomedical or catalytic applications, since colloidal stability appears to depend greatly on the type of salt rather than on the amount. PMID:24720469

  20. In situ formation of stabilizers for the implementation of dispersion nitroxide mediated polymerization of MMA in supercritical carbon dioxide

    Grignard, Bruno; Gigmes, Didier; Jrme, Christine; Detrembleur, Christophe

    2009-01-01

    Controlled dispersion Nitroxide Mediated Polymerization (NMP) of methyl methacrylate (MMA) was successfully carried out for the first time in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) in the presence of CO2-philic perfluorinated surfactant that was generated in situ. The control of the MMA polymerization relies on the strategy developed by Charleux et al. that consists of using a SG1-based alkoxyamine, i.e. the block-builder, in the presence of small amount of styrene. In a first step, CO2 solub...

  1. Development of 19F nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopic techniques for investigation in situ: application to cerebral evolution of 2-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose

    Fluorine-19 nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopic techniques have been developed to noninvasively investigate evolving cerebral 2-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose (2FDG) transport and metabolism in the conscious, intact rat. Significant improvements in spectral sensitivity and resolution are achieved upon implementation of proton decoupling the fluorine nuclide in situ and result from the collapse of 18F-1H scalar coupling multiplet structure and a substantial positive nuclear Overhauser effect

  2. Popliteal-to-Dorsalis Pedis In-Situ Small Saphenous Vein Bypass under Planning with Mapping Using Computed Tomography Volume Rendering Technique

    Byun, Seung-Jae

    2015-01-01

    The small saphenous vein (SSV) is an important graft in limb salvage surgery. It is frequently translocated for bypass surgery. Sometimes, the use of the SSV as an in-situ graft for posterior tibial artery or peroneal artery reconstruction offers the advantages of reduced vein graft injury and improved patency. Recently, saphenous vein mapping through computed tomography (CT) volume rendering technique offers a great quality view to the surgeon. We experienced a patient in whom a CT image wit...

  3. 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.

  4. Effect of particle size on the pore characterization and strength of porous cordierite-mullite ceramics prepared by a pore-forming in-situ technique

    Yan W.; Li N.; Tong J.; Liu G.; Xu J.

    2013-01-01

    The porous cordierite-mullite ceramics were prepared by the pore-forming in-situ technique. The characterizations of porous cordierite-mullite ceramics were determined by an X-ray diffractometer (XRD), a scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and a microscopy measured method, etc., and the effect of particle size on phase composition, pore characterization and strength were investigated. Its found that particle size affects strongly the formations of cordierite and mullite, and then chang...

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Primary stability in cementless total hip replacement: measurement techniques and aided-surgery

    Varini, Elena

    2007-01-01

    Primary stability of stems in cementless total hip replacements is recognized to play a critical role for long-term survival and thus for the success of the overall surgical procedure. In Literature, several studies addressed this important issue. Different approaches have been explored aiming to evaluate the extent of stability achieved during surgery. Some of these are in-vitro protocols while other tools are coinceived for the post-operative assessment of prosthesis migratio...

  9. 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.

  10. 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

    2015-12-14

    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. PMID:26531687

  11. 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.

  12. 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...

  13. 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 in such areas as environmental pollution monitoring, mineral exploration, the preservation of cultural heritage, the control of industrial processes and the optimisation of analytical methodologies for these applications using FPXRF

  14. 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.

  15. Dynamic Stability Improvement of Grid Connected DFIG Using Enhanced Field Oriented Control Technique for High Voltage Ride Through

    V. N. Ananth Duggirala; V. Nagesh Kumar Gundavarapu

    2015-01-01

    Doubly fed induction generator (DFIG) is a better alternative to increased power demand. Modern grid regulations force DFIG to operate without losing synchronism during overvoltages called high voltage ride through (HVRT) during grid faults. Enhanced field oriented control technique (EFOC) was proposed in Rotor Side Control of DFIG converter to improve power flow transfer and to improve dynamic and transient stability. Further electromagnetic oscillations are damped, improved voltage mitigati...

  16. 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) treatment will be sustained for 2 years, followed by a period of rebound monitoring to determine the stability of the insoluble metals and radionuclides. The treatment will promote microbial sulfate-reducing conditions in order to facilitate uranium precipitation as well as formation of sparingly soluble technetium phases incorporated into iron sulfide and other biogenic iron minerals. A key to sustained treatment is the establishment of a mass of minerals within the treatment zone capable of consuming incoming oxidants (present in the naturally oxic aquifer) as well as the creation of sorptive mineral phases for long-term stabilization. Soil samples were obtained during well installation for geochemical, radiological, and mineralogical analysis to establish the baseline conditions; the biogenic mineral matrix will be characterized in the post-treatment soil samples. A key aspect for achieving optimum treatment is through initial tracer testing, which is being used to refine substrate distribution strategy. The treatment pilot will be discussed in the context of this strategy.

  17. Technique for the numerical analysis of the riblet effect on temporal stability of plane flows

    Boiko, A. V.; Nechepurenko, Yu. M.

    2010-06-01

    Problems related to the temporal stability of laminar viscous incompressible flows in plane channels with ribbed walls are formulated, justified, and numerically solved. A new method is proposed whereby the systems of ordinary differential and algebraic equations obtained after a spatial approximation are transformed into systems of ordinary differential equations with a halved number of unknowns. New algorithms that effectively calculate stability characteristics, such as the critical Reynolds numbers, the maximum amplification of the disturbance kinetic energy density, and optimal disturbances are described and substantiated. The results of numerical experiments with riblets similar in shape to those used in practice are presented and discussed.

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

    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−1 was calculated to be 1.6 × 105

  19. 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.

  20. 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}.

  1. 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...

  2. In Situ Nitroxide-Mediated Polymerized Poly(acrylic acid as a Stabilizer/Compatibilizer Carbon Nanotube/Polymer Composites

    Laurence Couvreur

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available Carbon nanotube (CNT polymer composites were synthesized via in situ nitroxide-mediated diblock copolymerization. Poly(acrylic acid (PAA was chosen as a first block to obtain a precomposite CNT-PAA which is readily dispersible in various solvents including water. The immobilization of the stable poly(acrylic acid alkoxyamine functionality on the nanotube surface occurs during the synthesis of the first block without CNT prior treatment. The living character of this block is established by spectroscopic methods and the nature of the CNT/PAA interaction is discussed. This living first block offers the opportunity to reinitiate the polymerization of a second block that can be chosen among a wide range of monomers. This versatility is illustrated with a second block containing methyl acrylate (MA or styrene (S. Scanning and transmission electron microscopies confirm good CNT dispersion in the polymer network, while transmission electron microscopy also spots the anchorage locations of PAA on the CNT surface. Such nanotubes wrapped by diblock copolymers can be dispersed in various polymer matrices to create CNT—polymer composites. Conductivity measurements show that these composites obey a percolation-like power law with a low percolation threshold (less than 0.5 vol% and a high maximum conductivity (up to 1.5 S/cm at room temperature.

  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. 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.

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

    Iwasaki, Takuya; Sada, Tetsutaro; Terai, Masanori; Sato, Yuko; Kurata, Takeshi [National Inst. of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo (Japan); Yamaguchi, Kazuyoshi; Yanagisawa, Akio; Sakai, Yuzo

    1998-02-01

    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.)

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Rapid oxidation/stabilization technique for carbon foams, carbon fibers and C/C composites

    Tan, Seng; Tan, Cher-Dip

    2004-05-11

    An enhanced method for the post processing, i.e. oxidation or stabilization, of carbon materials including, but not limited to, carbon foams, carbon fibers, dense carbon-carbon composites, carbon/ceramic and carbon/metal composites, which method requires relatively very short and more effective such processing steps. The introduction of an "oxygen spill over catalyst" into the carbon precursor by blending with the carbon starting material or exposure of the carbon precursor to such a material supplies required oxygen at the atomic level and permits oxidation/stabilization of carbon materials in a fraction of the time and with a fraction of the energy normally required to accomplish such carbon processing steps. Carbon based foams, solids, composites and fiber products made utilizing this method are also described.

  10. 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.

  11. A study on the annealing behavior of Cu-added bake-hardenable steel using an in situ EBSD technique

    A combination of electron backscatter diffraction and in situ heating was used to study the annealing behavior of Cu-added bake-hardenable (BH) steel. The annealing behavior of cold-rolled, Cu-added BH steel was strongly dependent on the type and number of average orientations developed in the deformed grains. If deformed grains (type I) had a single γ-fiber component as the average orientation of a unique grain (UG), the density of the nuclei was very low and recrystallization began at a later stage of the in situ annealing. However, the average grain size of the recrystallized grains was drastically increased regardless of the deformed grain as soon as recrystallization had begun. If deformed grains (type II) had multiple γ-fiber components as the average orientation of a UG, the density of the nuclei steadily increased as the elapsed time of in situ annealing increased. The area fraction of the recrystallized grains in the partially recrystallized specimens gradually increased, but the kinetics depended on the deformed matrix. However, the average grain size of the recrystallized grains gradually increased in all deformed grains from the beginning of in situ annealing. If deformed grains (type III) had texture components which could not be assigned to either γ-fiber or α-fiber components as the average orientation of a UG, the number of the recrystallized grains was maximized, but the recrystallization kinetics based on a normalized number of recrystallized grains was similar to that of type II. Since type III was a minor deformed grain in the as-rolled Cu-added BH steel, the recrystallization in types I and II was identified as the principal feature determining the overall recrystallization phenomena of Cu-added BH steel

  12. Comparison of wind measurements in the troposphere and mesosphere by VHF/MF radars and in-situ techniques

    Engler, N.; Singer, W.; Latteck, R.; Strelnikov, B.

    2008-01-01

    Radar wind observations at frequencies between 1.98 and 53.5 MHz obtained at polar latitudes were compared to in-situ wind measurements by radiosondes at tropospheric altitudes and to winds from falling spheres at mesospheric altitudes. Comparisons are shown for several campaigns of radiosonde and falling sphere observations. The radar wind directions agree well to the radiosonde and falling sphere observations and are highly correlated. The winds estimated from radar measurements are less th...

  13. Edible moisture barriers: materials, shaping techniques and promises in food product stabilization

    Bourlieu, Claire; Guillard, Valrie; Valls-Pmies, Baltasar; Gontard, N.

    2007-01-01

    Edible moisture barriers are effective alternatives to stabilize fresh or processed food products and satisfy consumers demand for long shelf-life products that are of good quality and nutritionally acceptable. This chapter deals with traditional and innovative film-forming materials and barrier technologies of edible films reporte d in scientific literature and patents over the last thirty years. The necessity of adopting an integrated approach in the development of edible moisture barri...

  14. Microstructural stability and mechanical properties of in-situ reinforced Ti-8.5Al-1B-Si

    The application of conventional titanium alloys at high temperature is limited by their metastable microstructure, high oxidation rates and loss of strength. Dispersion strengthening and particle reinforcement of titanium alloys offers the promise of substantial property improvement at elevated temperature. The intent of this work is to evaluate the post-extruded microstructural stability of two kinds of dispersoids: spherical titanium silicides and rod shaped titanium borides in a Ti-8.5Al-1B-1Si (wt% alloy). Several heat treatments were made in two different atmospheres, namely air and argon. Section 2 will provide detailed experimental procedures. Section 3 will deal with the effect of time of heat treatment on coarsening behavior of the dispersoids at different temperatures. Sections 4 will discuss the coarsening behavior of the dispersoids as a function of temperature at different times. Section 5 will provide some generalized conclusions

  15. 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

  16. Comparative study of different techniques of composting and their stability evaluation in municipal solid waste

    Spatial differences in the physical and chemical characteristics related to maturity of composted organic matter are strongly influenced by composting methods. For evaluation of compost maturity three locally fabricated composters (aerobic, mixed type, anaerobic) processes were examined at seven days interval up to 91 days by loading MSW along with bulking agent. Gradual changes in physico chemical characteristics (temperature, pH, moisture, CEC, humification) related to stability and maturity of compost were studied and compared. Increase in ammonia nitrogen level due to rise in temperature was maximum in aerobic process. Substantial increase in CEC in aerobic process was earlier which leads to establish the optimal degree of maturity as compared to other processes. FA and HI decrease rapidly as composting progressed. Optimal level in stability and maturity parameters like C:N, HA, DH and HR were attained earlier in aerobic process as compared to mixed type and anaerobic processes due to continuous aeration. The parameters (HR, DH, FA, HA), which indicate the compost stability were correlated among themselves. The parameters defining maturity such as CEC, ammonia nitrate and C:N ratio were also related to above mention parameters. The compost from the aerobic process provided good humus and micro nutrients. Result from this study will assist in method optimization and quality of the compost product. (author)

  17. 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.

  18. A transposed frequency technique for phase noise and frequency stability measurements

    Hartnett, John G.; Povey, Travis; Parker, Stephen; Ivanov, Eugene

    2012-01-01

    The digital signal processing has greatly simplified the process of phase noise measurements, especially in oscillators, but its applications are largely confined to the frequencies below 400 MHz. We propose a novel transpose frequency technique, which extends the frequency range of digital noise measurements to the microwave domain and beyond. We discuss two basic variations of the proposed noise measurement technique, one of which enables characterization of phase fluctuations added to the ...

  19. Fiber Transmission Stabilization by Optical Heterodyning Techniques and Synchronization of Mode-Locked Lasers Using Two Spectral Lines

    Staples, J W

    2005-01-01

    Stabilization of the transit time through a glass fiber using an optical heterodyne technique promises to provide jitter reduction down to the few femtosecond level using inexpensive commodity hardware. An acousto-optical frequency shifter provides the optical frequency offset that is used to downconvert phase shifts at optical frequency to equivalent phase shifts at radio frequency which are used to close a phase-lock loop driving a piezoelectric phase shifter. Using the stabilized fiber transmission medium, two spectral lines of a mode locked laser lock two low-power CW lasers which are transmitted to a receiver which phase locks the same spectral lines of a second mode-locked laser to the first. The optical transmission system operates at low power and is linear, providing excellent signal-to-noise ratio and allows many signals to be transmitted without mutual interference. Experimental results will be presented.

  20. 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.

  1. Investigations on dry sliding wear behavior of in situ casted AA7075–TiC metal matrix composites by using Taguchi technique

    Highlights: • The AA7075–TiC metal matrix composites were produced by in situ casting technique. • The produced composites were characterized by XRD analysis and SEM. • The dry sliding wear behavior of composites was investigated by Taguchi technique. • The significant factors and their contribution in wear rate identified by ANOVA. • The formation of oxidation at high sliding velocity was verified by EDS. - Abstract: High strength 7075 aluminum matrix composites with 4 and 8 wt.% of TiC particulate reinforcement was synthesized by reactive in situ casting technique. X-ray diffraction analysis and scanning electron microscopy were used to confirm the presence of TiC particles and its uniform distribution over the aluminum matrix. The dry sliding wear behavior of the as-casted composites was investigated based on Taguchi L27 orthogonal array experimental design to examine the significance of reinforcement quantity, load, sliding velocity and sliding distance on wear rate. The combination of 4 wt.% of TiC, 9.81 N load, 3 m/s sliding velocity and 1500 m sliding distance was identified as the optimum blend for minimum wear rate using the main effect plot. Load and sliding velocity were identified as the highly contributing significant parameters on the wear rate using ANOVA analysis. Further a confirmation test was also conducted with the optimum parameter combination for validation of the Taguchi results

  2. Exploration of surface chemistry and structure of catalysts under reaction condition and during catalysis with surface-sensitive in-situ techniques

    Tao, Franklin (Feng)

    2014-03-01

    In heterogeneous catalysis, each catalytic event occurs on a catalytic site. The catalytic site typically consists of a couple of or a few atoms of a catalyst which pack into a structure to offer specific electronic state to turn on a catalytic reaction. Surface structure and chemistry are the key for understanding a catalytic mechanism. From thermodynamic point of view, the surface structure of a catalyst depends on the environment of reactant gases or liquid around the catalyst. Thus, the surface chemistry and structure of a catalyst under a reaction condition or during catalysis (in an environment of reactant(s) with certainly pressure) could be different from those from ex-situ studies. In-situ surface science characterization techniques have been developed for disclosing the hidden surface chemistry and structure of catalysts under reaction conditions or during catalysis. In-situ ambient pressure XPS (AP-XPS) and ambient pressure STM (AP-STM) are two of these surface-sensitive techniques appropriate for exploring surface chemistry and structure, respectively. In this talk, I will present the origin of pressure dependent surface chemistry and structure from thermodynamic point of view. AP-XPS and AP-STM techniques will be introduced briefly. I will focus on (1) the evolution of surface composition and oxidation state of a reducible oxide and how the evolution is correlated to the corresponding catalytic performances, (2) the distribution of surface elements on surface of a bimetallic catalyst under a reaction condition and how a restructuring is used to generate a new surface with different catalytic performance, and (3) geometric restructuring of a metal catalyst surface at atomic scale and how it is related to its catalytic performances. This work is supported by the Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Biosciences Division, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy under the grant DE-FG02-12ER1635.

  3. 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.

  4. Soot production from in-situ oil fires: review of the literature, measurement and estimation techniques and calculation of values from experimental spills

    Two methods of estimating soot production by in-situ oil and fuel fires were described. Much refining is needed in current measurement estimation techniques, since no method can accurately measure soot production from large-scale fires. One method which may have potential is the use of laser particle counters to count particles by size as they move overhead. Studies of oil and fuel fires have shown that there is significant gas separation between the plume and the surface, and that there is also significant soot precipitation out of the plume near the fire. Data from many burns has shown that the CO2 is often ten times lower in the plume than on the surface. Most estimation methods over-estimate soot production by as much as a factor of 10. The value of soot produced varies significantly down-plume because of the precipitation of material. True values, regarding soot production by in-situ oil fires are necessary to establish a mass balance of burning, to understand the air emissions of in-situ fires, and to establish guidelines for the burning of various fuels. 71 refs., 11 tabs., 8 figs

  5. Advancements in subsea intervention and construction techniques for dropped object protection, pipeline stabilization and grouting related activities

    Hudson, J.W.

    1998-12-31

    This paper is a state of the art review of Subsea Intervention and Construction Techniques using ROVs for pipeline protection, stabilization and grouting-related activities. It identifies the important stages involved in the various processes and reviews the problems experienced. Technical advances and improvements over the years have, in certain instances, produced new problems, these are highlighted and discussed. Common problem areas are investigated and the remedial measures used to overcome these are discussed, together with their effect on the final integrity of the particular product or service affected.

  6. Formulation and In-Vitro Evaluation of Controlled Release Tablet of Bupropion Hydrochloride by Direct Compression Technique and Stability Study

    ANJAN PAUDEL; YOGENDRA RAJ PANDEY; SUBASH THA SHRESTHA; SUMIT CHANDRA SHRESTHA

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: The aim of the study was to develop and evaluate matrix based controlled drug delivery system by direct compression technique of Bupropion hydrochloride tablet and stability studies. Methods: Controlled release tablets were prepared by employing Eudragit RS 100, HPMC K15M, HPMC K100M at different concentration. Result and conclusion: All 10 batches pass friability, hardness, weight variation, assay but only three batches (CRB3D, CRB4D and CRB7D) passed the dissolution as per USP 30 N...

  7. 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.

  8. Tactile Intervention as a Novel Technique in Improving Body Stability in Healthy Elderly and Elderly with Diabetes

    Alshammari, Faris S.; Petrofsky, Jerrold S.; Daher, Noha; Alzoghbieh, Eman S.; Dehom, Salem O.; Laymon, Michael S.

    2014-01-01

    Background: Body sway increases in the elderly because of normal aging and high incidence of disease such as diabetes. Prevalence of sway is greater in the elderly with diabetes because of damage to the central and peripheral nervous systems. Increase in body sway is associated with an elevated risk of falling. Falling is one of the major causes of morbidity and mortality in the elderly. The purpose of this study was to develop a new technique to improve body stability and decrease body sway ...

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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...

  12. Emulsification technique affects oxidative stability of fish oil-in-water emulsions

    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 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 protein.......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...

  13. In Situ formation of pentafluorophosphate benzimidazole anion stabilizes high-temperature performance of lithium-ion batteries

    Highlights: • A new pentafluorophosphate benzimidazole anion was formed by Lewis acid-base reaction. • This pentafluorophosphate benzimidazole anion is fabricated with the benzimidazole anion and PF5. • This pentafluorophosphate benzimidazole anion avoids the ominous side reactions that PF5 reacts SEI to form LiF and HF at high temperature. • The additional pentafluorophosphate benzimidazole anion formation well maintains the battery performance at 60 °C measurement compares to the electrolyte only with contains the salt, LiPF6. - Abstract: Lithium salts play a critical role in initiating electrochemical reactions in Li-ion batteries. Single Li ions dissociate from bulk-salt and associate with carbonates to form a solid electrolyte interface (SEI) during the first charge-discharge of the battery. SEI formation and the chemical stability of salt must both be controlled and optimized to minimize irreversible reactions in SEI formation and to suppress the decomposition of the salt at high temperatures. This study synthesizes a new benzimidazole-based anion in the electrolyte. This anion, pentafluorophosphate benzimidazole, results from a Lewis acid-base reaction between the benzimidazole anion and PF5. The new pentafluorophosphate benzimidazole anion inhibits the decomposition of LiPF6 by inhibiting PF5 side reactions, which degrade the SEI, and lead to the formation of LiF and HF at high temperatures. In addition, the use of the pentafluorophosphate benzimidazole anion results in the formation of a modified SEI that is able to modify the battery's performance. Cyclic voltammetry, scanning electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, as well as charge-discharge and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements have been used to characterize the materials in this study. The formation of the pentafluorophosphate benzimidazole anion in the electrolyte caused a 14% decrease in the activation energy for ionic diffusion, a 19% increase in capacity at room temperature, and led to a well-maintained battery performance at 60 °C, compared with an electrolyte only cell used in conjunction with the anion of PF6−

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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)

  18. 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.

  19. Transport critical current of Solenoidal MgB2/Cu Coils Fabricated Using a Wind-Reaction In-situ Technique

    Soltanian, S; Wang, X L; Tomsic, M; Dou, S X

    2003-01-01

    In this letter, we report the results of transport Jc of solenoid coils upto 100 turns fabricated with Cu-sheathed MgB2 wires using a wind-reaction in-situ technique. Despite the low density of single core and some reaction between Mg and Cu-sheath, our results demonstrate the decrease in transport Jc with increasing length of MgB2 wires is insignificant. Solenoid coils with diameter as small as 10 mm can be readily fabricated using a wind-reaction in-situ technique. The Jc of coils is essentially the same as in the form of straight wires. A Jc of 133,000 A/cm2 and 125,000 A/cm2 at 4 K and self field has been achieved for a small coil wound using Cu-sheathed tape and Cu-sheathed wire respectively. These results indicate that the MgB2 wires have a great potential for lage scale applications

  20. 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...

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. In situ formation and chemical stability of Er2O3 coating on V-4Cr-4Ti in liquid lithium

    An electrically insulating coating is under development to mitigate magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD) pressure drop in self-cooled Li/V-alloy blanket. A previous study showed the feasibility of in situ formation of an Er2O3 coating by exposing V-4Cr-4Ti to liquid Li doped with Er at high temperature. In this paper, the characteristics and the long-term stability of such a coating were investigated. A V-4Cr-4Ti substrate was oxidized in flowing Ar at 973 K, annealed in vacuum at 973 K and finally exposed to liquid Li doped with Er from 773 to 973 K. The oxygen charged and homogenized at the surface of the substrate that acted as a source for coating formation. The surface layer formed on V-4Cr-4Ti consists of double sub-layers, namely an insulating coating of Er2O3 and an intermediate layer of mixed ErN and V-compounds. The Er2O3 coating was found stable up to 750 h of exposure time in liquid Li at 873 K with its saturated thickness of ∼0.1 μm. The coating was stable up to 300 h at 973 K with its thickness increased to ∼1.2 μm. Cracks were observed in coatings formed at 923 and 973 K. The mechanism of cracking is under investigation

  4. 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 end our existing education and outreach activities are evaluated, and new activities are suggested. A coordinated education and outreach effort is sketched, involving the DPP, the DOE, labs and universities, and everyone from our senior management to our enthusiastic students. A modification of the professional physics pipeline is proposed to encourage recruitment, retention, and development of scientists who are not only sources of new knowledge, but who also conduct, convect, and radiate their knowledge to others. The implantation of plasma topics and examples into the educational system is advocated, not to make learning harder, but so plasmas are actually treated as the fourth state of matter. If younger scientists adopt this "Coordinated Civic Science" professional spirit, and older scientists and program leaders support it, we should succeed.

  5. Growth mechanism of in situ synthesized TiBw in titanium matrix composites prepared by common casting technique

    Titanium matrix composites reinforced with TiB and RE2O3 (RE = rare earth metal) were fabricated by a non-consumable arc-melting technology utilizing chemical reaction between titanium, B2O3 and RE. Microstructural characterization of in situ synthesized TiB was performed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). When the volume percentage is relatively low, the TiB shows a typical fine needle-shape due to the solidification process. The TiB whiskers have a B27 crystal structure and grow along the B27 [010] direction. Based on Density Functional Theory (DFT), the surface energies of B27 (100), (101), (101-bar ) and (001) planes were calculated. The results show that the cross sections of TiB whiskers are hexagonal and consist of (100), (101), (101-bar ) planes

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

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

    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-chromosomes......, a metacentric and a submetacentric pair. SAT-chromosomes from one population carried exclusively minute satellites, whereas SAT-chromosomes from another population also carried larger polymorphic satellites, suggesting a geographical differentiation. The existence of four chromosomes with nucleolus...... forming activity was established through AgNO3 staining; however, the rDNA probe additionally hybridized to intercalary positions in the short arms of two metacentric chromosomes revealing two inactive rDNA sites. C-banding patterns comprised from zero and up to four very small to larger, generally...

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

    Iwasaki, Takuya; Sato, Yuko [National Inst. of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo (Japan); Yamaguchi, Kazuyoshi; Yanagisawa, Akio; Maeda, Hatsuhiko

    1999-02-01

    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.)

  8. 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.)

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. [The AO external clamp fixator. New techniques in external stabilization of tibial fractures].

    Haas, N P; Schütz, M; Frigg, R; Südkamp, N P; Hoffmann, R

    1994-11-01

    A serious disadvantage of conventional external fixators is the opening of the medullary canal. This creates a direct communication between the canal and the exterior. The new pinless external fixator does not have this disadvantage. The clamps of the new fixator system do not penetrate cortical bone, they simply rest on the cortical surface. The clinical indications of this easily managed system are fractures of the tibial shaft in cases in which primary internal fixation is precluded either by precarious local or general conditions, or even by a lack of infrastructure. In such situations the pinless external fixator is an excellent device to achieve a good fracture stabilisation rapidly, while leaving open all subsequent alteration of treatment. In case of secondary change to an intramedullary nail the pinless fixator facilitates the procedure, because this fixator can be also used as an distractor during nailing. Furthermore this fixator can be combined with any intramedullary nail to increase the stability in case of very proximal or distal as well as highly instable shaft fractures. The clamps of the pinless external fixator set are used in combination with the standard AO fixator system. PMID:7821065

  12. First-year evaluation of low-level waste-management stabilization techniques

    The first year of observation for effectiveness of biobarriers and herbicides in revegetation efforts demonstrated that certain practices will result in successful site stabilization: proper orientation of burial trench to reduce erosion; utilization of mulches to conserve moisture; seeding mixed perennial or annual grass species at the proper time for optimization of establishment and growth; and applying 2,4-D amine/Dicamba selective herbicide at the optimum time for enhancement of disirable grasses and reduction of competition from other species. The ultimate success or failure of a revegetation operation depends in part on the availability of equipment and manpower, weather conditions, and engineering feasibility. The data indicated that perennial grasses offered advantages over annual grasses and that the 2,4-D amine/Dicamba herbicide spray program was successful and should be expanded for next year. However, programmatic decisions should not be based on the data for 1 year, but should be based on data gathered over the full 3 years of the project

  13. Immobilization, stabilization, and patterning techniques for enzyme-based sensor systems

    Flounders, A. William; Carichner, Scott C.; Singh, Anup K.; Volponi, Joanne V.; Schoeniger, Joseph S.; Wally, Karl

    1997-03-01

    Sandia National Laboratories has recently opened the Chemical and Radiation Detection Laboratory (CRDL) in Livermore, Calif. to address the detection needs of a variety of government agencies (e.g., Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Agriculture) as well as provide a fertile environment for the cooperative development of new industrial technologies. This laboratory consolidates a variety of existing chemical and radiation detection efforts and enables Sandia to expand into the novel area of biochemically based sensors. One aspect of our biosensor effort is further development and optimization of enzyme modified field effect transistors (EnFETs). Recent work has focused upon covalent attachment of enzymes to silicon dioxide and silicon nitride surfaces for EnFET fabrication. We are also investigating methods to pattern immobilized proteins; a critical component for development of array-based sensor systems. Novel enzyme stabilization procedures are key to patterning immobilized enzyme layers while maintaining enzyme activity. Results related to maximized enzyme loading, optimized enzyme activity and fluorescent imaging of patterned surfaces are presented.

  14. 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)

  15. Synthesis and characterization of Yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) thin films using spray pyrolysis technique

    Micro solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) are of great potential, which require components in film form. We are reporting the spray pyrolysis of 8YSZ films as solid electrolyte for micro-SOFC. The process parameters of the technique were optimized to get stoichiometric films of YSZ. The micro-structural and electrical properties of the films were studied. The elemental analysis of the film showed the desired composition in the film. The conductivity of the film was 0.05 S/cm at 500 deg C with activation energy of 0.90eV. (author)

  16. 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

  17. Deproteinization technique stabilizes the adhesion of the fiberglass post relined with resin composite to root canal.

    Cecchin, Doglas; Almeida, Jos F A; Gomes, Brenda P F A; Zaia, Alexandre A; Ferraz, Caio C R

    2012-02-01

    To evaluate the effects of pretreatment of root dentin by 5.25% sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) alone, associated with 2% chlorhexidine in gel base (CHX) and/or ethanol (EtOH), and the air-drying technique (Air) on the bond strength and adhesive durability of fiberglass post relined with resin composite to root dentin. A total of 100 bovine incisor roots were divided into 10 groups: G1 (control), irrigation with physiologic solution; G2, Air; G3, NaOCl; G4, NaOCl + Air; G5, NaOCl + EtOH; G6, NaOCl + EtOH + Air; G7, NaOCl + CHX; G8, NaOCl + CHX + Air; G9, NaOCl + CHX + EtOH; G10, NaOCl + CHX + EtOH + Air. Fiberglass post relined with resin composite was cemented and each group was randomly divided into two subgroups: 24 h of water storage and 12 months of water storage. The push-out test was performed and bond strength values were analyzed by ANOVA and Tukey's test. The use of NaOCl alone or associated with CHX had the highest values of bond strength with or without Air in the immediate and stored groups, being statistically similar to the immediate control group (p > 0.05). The groups using EtOH or Air alone had lower bond strength in the immediate and stored groups (p 0.05). The use of NaOCl or NaOCl associated with CHX preserved the bond strength immediate and for 12 months. The air-drying technique and the other associations decreased the immediate bond strength values. PMID:22102546

  18. 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.)

  19. Quantifying in-situ gas hydrates at active seep sites in the eastern Black Sea using pressure coring technique

    K. U. Heeschen

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available In the eastern Black Sea, we determined methane (CH4 concentrations, gas hydrate volumes, and their vertical distribution from combined gas and chloride (Cl? measurements within pressurized sediment cores. The total gas volume collected from the cores corresponded to concentrations of 1.21.4 mol CH4 kg?1 porewater at in-situ pressure, which is equivalent to a gas hydrate saturation of 1518% of pore volume and amongst the highest values detected in shallow seep sediments. At the central seep site, a high-resolution Cl? profile resolved the upper boundary of gas hydrate occurrence and a continuous layer of hydrates in a sediment column of 120 cm thickness. Including this information, a more precise gas hydrate saturation of 2224% pore volume could be calculated. This volume was higher in comparison to a saturation calculated from the Cl? profile alone, resulting in only 14.4%. The likely explanation is an active gas hydrate formation from CH4 gas ebullition. The hydrocarbons at Batumi Seep are of shallow biogenic origin (CH4 > 99.6%, at Pechori Mound they originate from deeper thermocatalytic processes as indicated by the lower ratios of C1 to C2C3 and the presence of C5.

  20. Development of in-situ UV-vis technique for the molten salt electrorefining process of uranium

    Lee, J. H.; Hwang, S. C.; Kang, Y. H.; Shim, J. B.; Ahn, B. G.; Kwon, S. W.; Woo, M. S.; Lee, B. J.; Kim, E. H.; Park, S. W. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    2005-07-01

    During the last decade, interest in the pyrometallrugical treatment of spent nuclear fuel has been drastically increased because of its relatively low processing cost as well as its proliferation resistance of the nuclear fuel cycles. Similar but unique researches have been conducted by several institutions in various countries using their own strategies, i.e. IFR fuel cycle in ANL, DOVITA process in RIAR and ,OMEGA program in JAERI. The Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) is developing an electrorefining process using PWR surrogate spent fuels. In this fuel cycle, uranium and TRU oxides are electrochemically reduced while the rare earth oxides are intact. Thus, the prepared ingot consists of metallic uranium, TRU and rare earth oxides. The main scientific and technological interests in the electrorefining process using the electrochemically reduced fuel ingot are how to effectively partition a spent fuel into Uranium, TRU and fission products (FPs). Furthermore a systematic consideration for a series of pyrochemical treatments of the spent fuel which includes not only an electrorefining but also a cathode process has not been reported. Hence in this study, we would like to report on the methodology to recycle PWR fuel for a future use and some important results in the electrorefining of the uranium and the cathode process of the deposit. Also, in-situ UV-vis absorption spectrometry was adopted to observe the behavior of Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3} in molten salt encouraged by the recent results of Yamana et. al.

  1. 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)

  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, 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. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr04879f

  3. Investigating Morphological Stability of Faceted Interfaces with Axial Heat Processing (AHP) Technique

    Abbaschian, Reza; Balikci, Ercan; Deal, Andrew; Gonik, Michael; Golyshev, Viladimir D.; Leonardi, Eddie; deVahlDavis, G.; Chen, P. Y. P.; Timchenko, V.

    2003-01-01

    Successful processing of homogeneous semiconductor single crystals from their melts depends strongly on precise control of thermal and fluid flow conditions near the solid/liquid interface. In this project, we utilize a novel crystal growth technique called Axial Heat Processing (AHP) that uses a baffle, positioned inside the melt near the interface, to supply and/or conduct heat axially to the interface. The baffle, which may or may not have a heater encased in it, can promote more stable and planar growth as well as reduce buoyancy driven convection. The latter is because the baffle reduces the aspect ratio of the melt as it separates the melt into three sections, above the baffle, in the feed gap between the baffle and the crucible wall, and below the baffle between the baffle base and the interface. AHP also enables a close monitoring and/or control of thermal boundaries near the solid/liquid interface during crystal growth by means of thermocouples placed in the baffle. The interface is kept planar when a heating element in the baffle is used. However, a proper choice of melt height is necessary to keep the interface planar when using the baffle without a heater. This study addresses the influence of melt height and growth velocity on the segregation profile of AHP-grown Sb doped Ge single crystals.

  4. The Load Analysis of a Small Grid System and Its Stability Improvement using Modern Techniques

    Load flow study for three phase balanced power system can be carried out using various numerical techniques. The most prominent are Gauss-Seidel and Newton-Raphson methods. Besides these Gauss-Seidel and Newton-Raphson methods some other dedicated software's have also been utilized for such purposes. In this research work Gauss-Seidel and Newton-Raphson methods have been employed with MATLAB program. Three different cases have been studied and analyzed. Initially, the first two cases were analyzed comprising three buses each, while the third case has been analyzed for small grid of six buses. The power flow has been analyzed from different generating units to different loads, and transmission line losses have also been analyzed. The results obtained from the POWER WORLD software for small grid of six nodes has been compared with Gauss-Seidel and Newton-Raphson methods, and found promising results. In addition, the effect of small perturbation on certain node and its consequent reflection on other six nodes has also been analyzed. (author)

  5. In situ technique for synthesizing multiple ceramic particulates reinforced titanium matrix composites (TiB + TiC + Y2O3)/Ti

    In situ synthesized titanium matrix composites reinforced with multiple ceramic particulates including TiB, TiC and Y2O3 were fabricated by non-consumable arc-melting technique utilizing the chemical reaction among Ti, B2O3, B4C and Y. The thermodynamic feasibility of the in situ reactions has been considered. X-ray diffraction (XRD) was used to identify the phases in the composites. Microstructures of the composites were observed by means of optical microscope (OM), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and electron probe. It is concluded that multiple reinforcements are synthesized and they show different shapes: TiB grows in needle shape; TiC grows in near-equiaxed and rod-like shapes; Y2O3 grows in near-equiaxed shapes when the content of Y is 0.6 wt.% and grows in dendritic shapes when the content of Y increases to 1.8 wt.%. Reinforcements TiB, TiC and Y2O3 are distributed uniformly in the titanium matrix

  6. 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.

  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. Comparative proteomics evaluation of plasma exosome isolation techniques and assessment of the stability of exosomes in normal human blood plasma.

    Kalra, Hina; Adda, Christopher G; Liem, Michael; Ang, Ching-Seng; Mechler, Adam; Simpson, Richard J; Hulett, Mark D; Mathivanan, Suresh

    2013-11-01

    Exosomes are nanovesicles released by a variety of cells and are detected in body fluids including blood. Recent studies have highlighted the critical application of exosomes as personalized targeted drug delivery vehicles and as reservoirs of disease biomarkers. While these research applications have created significant interest and can be translated into practice, the stability of exosomes needs to be assessed and exosome isolation protocols from blood plasma need to be optimized. To optimize methods to isolate exosomes from blood plasma, we performed a comparative evaluation of three exosome isolation techniques (differential centrifugation coupled with ultracentrifugation, epithelial cell adhesion molecule immunoaffinity pull-down, and OptiPrep(TM) density gradient separation) using normal human plasma. Based on MS, Western blotting and microscopy results, we found that the OptiPrep(TM) density gradient method was superior in isolating pure exosomal populations, devoid of highly abundant plasma proteins. In addition, we assessed the stability of exosomes in plasma over 90 days under various storage conditions. Western blotting analysis using the exosomal marker, TSG101, revealed that exosomes are stable for 90 days. Interestingly, in the context of cellular uptake, the isolated exosomes were able to fuse with target cells revealing that they were indeed biologically active. PMID:24115447

  9. 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 autunite, (2) understand the rate and extent of reaction between polyphosphate and uranium-bearing phases, (3) evaluate the effect of chemical microenvironments on the degradation of polyphosphate and the formation of autunite, and (4) quantify the mobility of polyphosphate as a function of water content. These activities are being conducted in parallel with a limited field investigation, to more accurately define the vertical extent of uranium in the vadose zone, and in the capillary fringe laterally throughout the plume

  10. 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

  11. Enhanced cycle stability of micro-sized Si/C anode material with low carbon content fabricated via spray drying and in situ carbonization

    Wang, Dingsheng; Gao, Mingxia, E-mail: gaomx@zju.edu.cn; Pan, Hongge; Liu, Yongfeng; Wang, Junhua; Li, Shouquan; Ge, Hongwei

    2014-08-01

    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.

  12. 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

  13. A Comparison of the Stability Performance of Blends of Paraffinic Diesel and Petroleum-Derived Diesel, with RME Biodiesel Using Laboratory Stability Measurement Techniques

    Goede, S. de; Wilken, C.; M. Ajam; P. Roets; P. Engelbrecht; Woolard, C.

    2015-01-01

    In 2012, a new specification for synthetic fuels containing up to 7% biodiesel (FAME) was approved (CEN TS 15940). This specification allows the sale of neat paraffinic diesel, such as Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) diesel, to captive fleets in Europe. Several aspects are important in the final end-use application, including the stability of the fuel. The current study evaluated the stability of neat GTL diesel and FAME/paraffinic fuel blends via standard laboratory stability tests commonly used to stu...

  14. In Situ Object Counting System (ISOCS) Technique: Cost-Effective Tool for NDA Verification in IAEA Safeguards

    Uranium materials measurements using the ISOCS technique play an increasing role in IAEA verification activities. This methodology provides high uranium/plutonium sensitivity and a low detection limit together with the capability to measure items with different shapes and sizes. In addition, the numerical absolute efficiency calibration of a germanium detector which is used by the technique does not require any calibration standards or reference materials. ISOCS modelling software allows performing absolute efficiency calibration for items of arbitrary container shape and wall material, matrix chemical composition, material fill-height, uranium or plutonium weight fraction inside the matrix and even nuclear material/matrix non-homogeneous distribution. Furthermore, in a number of cases, some key parameters such as matrix density and U/Pu weight fraction can be determined along with analysis of nuclear 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. Today, the basic tool for uranium and plutonium mass measurement used in Safeguards verification activities is the neutron counting technique which employs neutron coincidence and multiplicity counters. In respect to the neutron counting technique, ISOCS calibrated detectors have relatively low cost. Taking into account its advantages, this methodology becomes a cost-effective solution for nuclear material NDA verification. At present, the Agency uses ISOCS for quantitative analysis in a wide range of applications: - Uranium scrap materials; - Uranium contaminated solid wastes; - Uranium fuel elements; - Some specific verification cases like measurement of Pu-Be neutron sources, quantification of fission products in solid wastes etc. For uranium hold-up measurements, ISOCS the only available methodology for quantitative and isotopic composition analysis of nuclear materials deposited in process equipment. With U.S. support program funding, together with the ISOCS developer Canberra Inc, the IAEA manages a task on development of 'Advanced ISOCS software' to provide new functionality with self-modelling capabilities for absolute detection efficiency calibration (software self-calibration) and simplifies the usage of the technique, reducing the required level of expertise necessary for ISOCS analysis. In the framework of this task, the IAEA is also planning to conduct a pilot training course on the technique for IAEA inspectors. (author)

  15. Demonstration of In-Situ Stabilization of Buried Waste at Pit G-11 at the Brookhaven National laboratory Glass Pits Disposal Site

    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

  16. 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 good agreement with the experimental literature

  17. 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

  18. Probe-based confocal laser endomicroscopy (pCLE) - a new imaging technique for in situ localization of spermatozoa.

    Trottmann, Matthias; Stepp, Herbert; Sroka, Ronald; Heide, Michael; Liedl, Bernhard; Reese, Sven; Becker, Armin J; Stief, Christian G; Klle, Sabine

    2015-05-01

    In azoospermic patients, spermatozoa are routinely obtained by testicular sperm extraction (TESE). However, success rates of this technique are moderate, because the site of excision of testicular tissue is determined arbitrarily. Therefore the aim of this study was to establish probe-based laser endomicroscopy (pCLE) a noval biomedical imaging technique, which provides the opportunity of non-invasive, real-time visualisation of tissue at histological resolution. Using pCLE we clearly visualized longitudinal and horizontal views of the tubuli seminiferi contorti and localized vital spermatozoa. Obtained images and real-time videos were subsequently compared with confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) of spermatozoa and tissues, respectively. Comparative visualization of single native Confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM, left) and probe-based laser endomicroscopy (pCLE, right) using Pro Flex(TM) UltraMini O after staining with acriflavine. PMID:24995398

  19. 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

  20. Sublimation extraction coupled with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry: A new technique for future in situ analyses of purines and pyrimidines on Mars

    Glavin, D. P.; Cleaves, H. J.; Buch, A.; Schubert, M.; Aubrey, A.; Bada, J. L.; Mahaffy, P. R.

    2006-12-01

    We have developed a sublimation technique coupled with chemical derivatization and gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS) to detect nucleobases and other volatile organic compounds derived from bacteria in Mars analog materials. To demonstrate this technique, a sample of serpentine inoculated with Escherichia coli ( E. coli) cells was heated to 500 C for several seconds under Martian ambient pressure. The sublimate was collected on a cold finger, then derivatized and analyzed by GC-MS. We found that adenine, cytosine, thymine and uracil were the most abundant molecules detected in the sublimed E. coli extract by GC-MS. In addition, nucleobases were also detected in sublimed extracts of a deep-sea sediment sample, seawater, and soil collected from the Atacama Desert in Chile after heating the samples under the same conditions. Our results indicate that nucleobases can be easily isolated directly from natural samples using sublimation and then detected by GC-MS after chemical derivatization. The sublimation-based extraction technique is one approach that should be considered for use by future in situ instruments designed to detect organic compounds relevant to life in the Martian regolith.

  1. Optimization of colorimetric DET technique for the in situ, two-dimensional measurement of iron(II) distributions in sediment porewaters.

    Bennett, William W; Teasdale, Peter R; Welsh, David T; Panther, Jared G; Jolley, Dianne F

    2012-01-15

    The recently developed colorimetric diffusive equilibration in thin films (DET) technique for the in situ, high-resolution measurement of iron(II) in marine sediments is optimized to allow measurement of the higher iron concentrations typical of freshwater sediment porewaters. Computer imaging densitometry (CID) is used to analyze the retrieved samplers following exposure to ferrozine, a colorimetric reagent selective for iron(II). The effect of ferrozine concentration, image processing parameters and ionic strength are investigated to improve the applicability of this technique to a wider range of aquatic systems than reported in the first publications of this approach. The technique was optimized to allow detection of up to 2,000 μmol L(-1) iron(II), a four-fold increase on the previous upper detection limit of 500 μ mol L(-1). The CID processing of the scanned color image was also optimized to adjust the sensitivity of the assay as required; by processing the image with different color channel filters, the sensitivity of the assay can be optimized for lower concentrations (up to 100 μmol L(-1)) or higher concentrations (up to 2,000 μmol L(-1)) of iron(II), depending on the specific site characteristics. This process does not require separate sampling probes or even separate scans of the DET gels as the color filter and grayscale conversion is done post-image capture. The optimized technique is very simple to use and provides highly representative, high-resolution (1mm) two-dimensional distributions of iron(II) in sediment porewaters. The detection limit of the optimized technique was 4.1±0.3 μmol L(-1) iron(II) and relative standard deviations were less than 6%. PMID:22265531

  2. 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 second part of the project. Alumina sol was synthesized by the hydrolysis of Aluminum isopropoxide using the Yoldas method. Alumina sol was homogenous and had a needle-like shape with a thickness of 2--3 nm. Crystalline changes during the heating process of alumina sol were studied using XRD. In addition, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy was performed to identify the functional groups on the alumina sol surface as a function of temperature. In the third part of the project, the feasibility of the in-situ polymerization technique was investigated to fabricate porous SiC ceramics. In this part, the mixture of SiC and calcined alumina powders were coated by polyethylene via in-situ polymerizing referred to as the polymerization compounding process in a slurry phase. The polymerization was conducted under very moderate operational conditions using the Ziegler-Natta catalyst system. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and TGA analysis and morphological studies (SEM and TEM) revealed the presence of a high density of polyethylene on the surface of SiC and alumina powders. The amount of polymer was controlled by the polymerization reaction time. Most parts of particles were coated by a thin layer of polyethylene and polymer. The porous SiC ceramics, which were fabricated by these treated particles showed higher mechanical and physical properties compared to the samples made without any treatment. The relative intensity of mullite was higher compared to the samples prepared by the traditional process. The effects of the sintering temperature, forming pressure and polymer content were also studied on the physical and mechanical properties of the final product. In the last phase of this research work, the focus of the investigation was to take advantage of both the sol-gel processing and in-situ polymerization method to develop a new process to manufacture mullite-bonded porous SiC ceramic with enhanced mechanical and physical properties. Therefore, first the SiC particles and alumina nano powders were mixed in alumina sol to adjust the alumina weight to 35 wt%. Then, the desired amount of catalyst, which depends on the total surface area of the particles, was grafted onto the surface of the powders under an inert atmosphere. Consequently, the polymerization started from the surface of the substrate. The treated powders were characterized by SEM, XPS and TGA. In addition, the amount of pore-former was determined by TGA analysis. Porous SiC ceramics, which were fabricated by the novel process, consist of mullite, SiC, cristobalite and a small amount of alumina and TiO 2 as a result of reaction of TiCl4 with air. Furthermore, the effect of the sintering temperatures (1500°C, 1550°C and 1600°C) on the crystalline structure of the porous samples was investigated. Furthermore, it was proposed that converting TiCl4 to TiO2 acted as the sintering additive to form mullite at a lower sintering temperature. (Abstract shortened by UMI.).

  3. 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. In some cases, the first option is too expensive and places a high demand on inspector and operator time. Quantitative NDA based on the ISOCS technique verifies these materials and significantly decreases the resources required for assuring the continuity-of-knowledge. (authors)

  4. Evaluation of cover concrete by coupling some non-destructive techniques : Contribution of in-situ measurements

    KLYSZ, G; BALAYSSAC, JP; DEROBERT, X; AUBAGNAC, C

    2003-01-01

    This paper presents part of the work performed within a project supported by "Réseau Génie Civil et Urbain". The project aims to assess the contribution that can be expected from the combining of several non-destructive techniques for cover concrete sounding. Investigations were carried out on a Bow-String bridge in Toulouse (France) which presents damage of the cover concrete such as cracks or delaminations resulting from corrosion of the reinforcement, structural faults or under-design. The...

  5. 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 (Biochemical Laboratory of the Medical Faculty) the first PBG-SP : 'Pole Biotechnologique et Genetique - Sites Pollues' in France. The modern tools and approaches have been applied successfully at several field sites for the evaluation, implementation and on-going monitoring of the bio-restoration/ attenuation of various aromatic and chlorinated compounds. (authors)

  6. Advanced Techniques for In-Situ Monitoring of Phase Transformations During Welding Using Synchrotron-Based X-Ray Diffraction

    Elmer, J W; Palmer, T A; Zhang, W; DebRoy, T

    2005-06-05

    Understanding the evolution of microstructure in welds is an important goal of welding research because of the strong correlation between weld microstructure and weld properties. To achieve this goal it is important to develop a quantitative measure of phase transformations encountered during welding in order to ultimately develop methods for predicting weld microstructures from the characteristics of the welding process. To aid in this effort, synchrotron radiation methods have been developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) for direct observation of microstructure evolution during welding. Using intense, highly collimated synchrotron radiation, the atomic structure of the weld heat affected and fusion zones can be probed in real time. Two synchrotron-based techniques, known as spatially resolved (SRXRD) and time resolved (TRXRD) x-ray diffraction, have been developed for these investigations. These techniques have now been used to investigate welding induced phase transformations in titanium alloys, low alloy steels, and stainless steel alloys. This paper will provide a brief overview of these methods and will discuss microstructural evolution during the welding of low carbon (AISI 1005) and medium carbon (AISI 1045) steels where the different levels of carbon influence the evolution of microstructures during welding.

  7. 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 implemented to study spectral reflectance changes due to breast cancer. The effect of adding an illumination-detection fiber to a linear array fiber for optical property determination was also evaluated. In Chapter 5, an investigation of extracting the optical properties from two-layer tissues was performed. The relationship between spatially-resolved reflectance distributions and optical properties in two-layer tissue was investigated. Based on all the aforementioned studies, spatially resolved reflectance system coupled with condensed Monte Carlo and neural network models was found to be objective and appear to be sensitive and accurate in quantitatively assessing optical property change of mucosal tissues.

  8. 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.

  9. Sensitivity analysis of standard toxicity tests, rapid bioassays and in-situ techniques to indicate effluent toxicity in Gulf of Mexico estuaries

    Lewis, M.; Weber, D. [Environmental Protection Agency, Gulf Breeze, FL (United States)

    1995-12-31

    The toxicities of eight industrial and municipal effluents discharged into the Pensacola Bay System (Florida) were evaluated for two years. Standard chronic toxicity tests with algae, invertebrates and fish were determined, as were effects monitored by Mutatox{reg_sign} and Microtox{reg_sign}. Sediment toxicity in the receiving water to four test species, in-situ effects on colonized periphyton and oyster tissue analysis were determined to assess environmental relevance of single-species toxicity tests. Overall, chronic toxicity to fish and Microtox effects were rarely observed; whereas, Mutatox effects and chronic toxicity to invertebrates were more common. Phytotoxicity (inhibition) of the effluents and sediment in the receiving water was not usually observed; however, significant stimulation of plant growth was common. Biomass and chlorophyll content of periphyton in the receiving water were greater than those in control areas, reflecting the stimulatory effect on growth observed in the laboratory phytotoxicity tests. Overall, toxicity was observed for all effluents by at least one diagnostic technique. There was no most sensitive test since effects were effluent-specific. Consequently, since there was no single effective test, the scientific and regulatory communities need to decide the significance of the various effluent assessment techniques and the ramifications of this issue on the NPDES permitting process.

  10. Optical and Acoustical Techniques for Non-viral Gene Delivery to Mammalian Cells and In-situ Study of Cytoskeletal Mechanics

    Ma, Zili

    Since the first optical microscope invented by Anton van Leeuwenhoek in 1674, the great development of laser technique and its applications in biophotonics have helped us reveal the mechanisms underlying numerous biological activities gradually. The introduction of fs lasers to the studies of biology has emerged as a fast developing area calling for the efforts and skills both from optics and electric engineering and biology and medicine. Due to the fast update of laser source techniques, there has been an increasing number of commercialized fs lasers available for this growing market of biophotonics. To better utilize the potential offered by fs lasers, we studied the technique of optical gene delivery and tried to narrow the gap between laboratorial research and industrial/clinical applications, in that the strict experimental conditions of specific optical laboratorial studies are generally not appropriate for the practical biological applications. To carry out our experiments, we built a two-stage amplifier fs laser system to generate the desired pulse train. The laser pulse train was coupled into an invert fluorescence microscope for the imaging and manipulation of each cell. To overcome limitations brought by the tight focus of laser beam due to high NA objective, we introduced gold nanorods (GNRs), a metallic nanomaterial, with tunable optical property. With these additional membrane for membrane permeabilization, which could significantly improve the manipulation speed than that based on the tightly focused laser. We used GFP plasmid to demonstrate the applications of this technique in gene delivery, and successfully transfected and GFP-expressed cells were observed one day after the optical transfection. Additionally, as an important trend of biophotonics, the integration of optics with microfluidic chips has become the new frontier of both biology and engineering. Here we firstly demonstrated a technique of gene delivery by an on-chip device generating 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.

  11. Controllable synthesis and characterization of porous polyvinyl alcohol/hydroxyapatite nanocomposite scaffolds via an in situ colloidal technique.

    Poursamar, S Ali; Azami, Mahmoud; Mozafari, Masoud

    2011-06-01

    During the last decades, there have been several attempts to combine bioactive materials with biocompatible and biodegradable polymers to create nanocomposite scaffolds with excellent biocompatibility, bioactivity, biodegradability and mechanical properties. In this research, the nanocomposite scaffolds with compositions based on PVA and HAp nanoparticles were successfully prepared using colloidal HAp nanoparticles combined with freeze-drying technique for tissue engineering applications. In addition, the effect of the pH value of the reactive solution and different percentages of PVA and HAp on the synthesis of PVA/HAp nanocomposites were investigated. The SEM observations revealed that the prepared scaffolds were porous with three dimensional microstructures, and in vitro experiments with osteoblast cells indicated an appropriate penetration of the cells into the scaffold's pores, and also the continuous increase in cell aggregation on the scaffolds with increase in the incubation time demonstrated the ability of the scaffolds to support cell growth. According to the obtained results, the nanocomposite scaffolds could be considered as highly bioactive and potential bone tissue engineering implants. PMID:21310596

  12. 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

  13. Experimental study for determining the corrosion in situ of SS-304 in heat transformers applying electrochemical techniques

    In this work the corrosion performance of SS-304 experimentally tested in a single stage absorption heat transformer (SSAHT) operating with lithium-bromide aqueous solution and water as the absorbent and work fluids coupled to a desalinizer is reported. The main aim of this work was to determine the corrosion rate and corrosion mechanism of SS-304 through some electrochemical cells designed for this specific purpose and connected in one of the pipe constituting the heat transformer. Some electrochemical techniques named electrochemical noise (EN), and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) were applied under the next experimental conditions: temperature 83-85 C, concentration of LiBr-H2O corrosive solution 56 (wt.%), and flow rate 0.0278 m3/s. According to the physical characterization, SS-304 suffered a mixed corrosion process, which is in concordance with the signal noise pattern obtained. Through the Nyquist plots from EIS the corrosion process was obtained as controlled by charge transfer at the first 3:25 h, and then a diffusion effect was observed. (authors)

  14. 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 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. Keywords: ritonavir, pediatric formulation, taste, pharmacokinetics, lipid formulation, drug loading

  15. 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 in the measurements from both MODEM radiosondes. Investigation of situations with low RH values (< 10%RH in the lower and middle troposphere reveals, on occasion, a lower RH detection limit in the Snow White measurements compared to RS92 due to a saturation of the Peltier device. However, on other occasions, a dry bias is found in RS92, instead. On average, both RS92 and Snow White measurements show a slight moist bias at night-time compared to GPS IWV, while the MODEM measurements show a large dry bias. The IWV measurements from SOPHIE (night-time and SAOZ (daytime spectrometers, AERONET photometer (daytime and calibrated Raman lidar (night-time showed excellent agreement with the GPS IWV measurements.

  16. COMPARISON BETWEEN DYNAMIC MUSCULAR STABILIZATION TECHNIQUE (DMST, YOGA THERAPY AND HOT PACKS IN IMPROVING GENERAL HEALTH STATUS OF POSTURAL LOW BACK PAIN PATIENTS

    Deepak Chhabra

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: Different interventions can reduce the burden of postural low back pain. For example the use of Dynamic Muscular Stabilization Technique(DMST, Yoga Therapy and Hot Packs, which aids patients by muscle strengthening and relaxation. This study is aimed to evaluate to what extent the above techniques can improve the quality of life in those who suffer from the condition. Materials and Methods: This was a randomized controlled trial. Thirty subjects (15 male and 15 females with postural low back pain (n=30 were randomly divided into three groups. Group A (DMST Group; n = 10, Group B (Yoga Group; n = 10 and Group C (Control Group; n = 10. Then General Health Status using SF – 36 QOL was assessed at 0, 1st and 2nd week. The values were compared between the three groups. Results: The Dynamic Muscular Stabilization Technique was effective in improving general health status; significant differences were found on both physical and mental health components of SF – 36 QOL. Yoga Therapy was found effective over Hot Packs. The mean improvement overall on general health status was significantly better to Dynamic Muscular Stabilization Technique. Conclusion: The Dynamic Muscular Stabilization Technique is an effective intervention improving general health status over a period of 1 month in patients who experience postural low back pain.

  17. Analysis of flow and density oscillations in a swirl-stabilized flame employing highly resolving optical measurement techniques

    Fischer, Andreas; König, Jörg; Czarske, Jürgen; Peterleithner, Johannes; Woisetschläger, Jakob; Leitgeb, Thomas

    2013-12-01

    Modern aircraft engines operate with a reduced core air mass flow, which is challenging regarding an efficient and most of all stable combustion of fuel. A variable geometry burner investigated here allows a stable lean combustion with lower air mass flow rate than with a fixed geometry. In order to optimize such burners further, the occurring flame instabilities have to be investigated. This requires optical measurement techniques with a high measurement rate and an insensitivity regarding flame glow. Concerning flow velocity measurements, the frequency modulated Doppler global velocimetry (FM-DGV) fulfills these demands. In the swirl-stabilized flame of the variable geometry burner, spectra up to 2.5 kHz of the flow velocity field were obtained with FM-DGV. For example, a resonance peak at about 255 Hz was identified in the swirled flame, which also occurs in complementing density measurements by laser interferometric vibrometry. The combined analysis of velocity and density oscillations offer new insights into the physics of flame flows.

  18. Clasificacin molecular del cncer de mama, obtenida a travs de la tcnica de hibridacin in situ cromognica (CISH) / Molecular classification of breast cancer patients obtained through the technique of chromogenic in situ hybridization (CISH)

    ngel, Fernndez; Aldo, Reigosa.

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available El cncer de mama es una enfermedad heterognea compuesta de un nmero creciente de subtipos biolgicos, con una sustancial variabilidad en la evolucin de la enfermedad dentro de cada categora. El objetivo del presente trabajo fue clasificar las muestras objeto a estudio de acuerdo a las clases mo [...] leculares de carcinoma de mama: luminal A, luminal B, HER2 y triple negativo, considerando el estado de amplificacin de HER2 obtenido a travs de la tcnica de hibridacin in situ cromognica (CISH). La muestra estuvo constituida por 200 biopsias fijadas en formol al 10%, procesadas por las tcnicas habituales hasta la inclusin en parafina, correspondientes a pacientes diagnosticadas con carcinoma ductal infiltrante de la mama, procedentes de consulta privada y del Instituto de Oncologa Dr. Miguel Prez Carreo, con estudio inmunohistoqumico (IHQ) para receptores hormonales y HER2 realizado en el Hospital Metropolitano del Norte de Valencia, Venezuela. La clasificacin molecular de los tumores de las pacientes, considerando la expresin de los Receptores de Estrgeno (RE) y Receptores de Progesterona (RP) a travs de IHQ y la amplificacin de HER2 por CISH, permiti agrupar en las diferentes clases moleculares los casos calificados inicialmente como desconocidos, debido a que tenan un resultado indeterminado (2+) para la expresin de HER2 por IHQ; asimismo, esta clasificacin ocasion que algunos casos considerados inicialmente en una clase molecular pasaron a otra clase, posterior a la revaloracin del estado de HER2 a travs de CISH. Abstract in english Breast cancer is a heterogeneous disease composed of a growing number of biological subtypes, with substantial variability of the disease progression within each category. The aim of this research was to classify the samples object of study according to the molecular classes of breast cancer: lumina [...] l A, luminal B, HER2 and triple negative, as a result of the state of HER2 amplification obtained by the technique of chromogenic in situ hybridization (CISH). The sample consisted of 200 biopsies fixed in 10% formalin, processed by standard techniques up to paraffin embedding, corresponding to patients diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast. These biopsies were obtained from patients from private practice and the Institute of Oncology Dr. Miguel Prez Carreo", for immunohistochemistry (IHC) of hormone receptors and HER2 made in the Hospital Metropolitano del Norte, Valencia, Venezuela. The molecular classification of the patients tumors considering the expression of estrogen and progesterone receptors by IHC and HER2 amplification by CISH, allowed those cases originally classified as unknown, since they had an indeterminate (2+) outcome for HER2 expression by IHC, to be grouped into the different molecular classes. Also, this classification permitted that some cases, initially considered as belonging to a molecular class, were assigned to another class, after the revaluation of the HER2 status by CISH.

  19. Stabilization of compactible waste

    This report summarizes the results of series of experiments performed to determine the feasibility of stabilizing compacted or compactible waste with polymers. The need for this work arose from problems encountered at disposal sites attributed to the instability of this waste in disposal. These studies are part of an experimental program conducted at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) investigating methods for the improved solidification/stabilization of DOE low-level wastes. The approach taken in this study was to perform a series of survey type experiments using various polymerization systems to find the most economical and practical method for further in-depth studies. Compactible dry bulk waste was stabilized with two different monomer systems: styrene-trimethylolpropane trimethacrylate (TMPTMA) and polyester-styrene, in laboratory-scale experiments. Stabilization was accomplished by wetting or soaking compactible waste (before or after compaction) with monomers, which were subsequently polymerized. Three stabilization methods are described. One involves the in-situ treatment of compacted waste with monomers in which a vacuum technique is used to introduce the binder into the waste. The second method involves the alternate placement and compaction of waste and binder into a disposal container. In the third method, the waste is treated before compaction by wetting the waste with the binder using a spraying technique. A series of samples stabilized at various binder-to-waste ratios were evaluated through water immersion and compression testing. Full-scale studies were conducted by stabilizing two 55-gallon drums of real compacted waste. The results of this preliminary study indicate that the integrity of compacted waste forms can be readily improved to ensure their long-term durability in disposal environments. 9 refs., 10 figs., 2 tabs

  20. In-situ investigation of stress conditions during expansion of bare metal stents and PLLA-coated stents using the XRD sin(2)ψ-technique.

    Kowalski, Wolfgang; Dammer, Markus; Bakczewitz, Frank; Schmitz, Klaus-Peter; Grabow, Niels; Kessler, Olaf

    2015-09-01

    Drug eluting stents (DES) consist of platform, coating and drug. The platform often is a balloon-expandable bare metal stent made of the CoCr alloy L-605 or stainless steel 316 L. The function of the coating, typically a permanent polymer, is to hold and release the drug, which should improve therapeutic outcome. Before implantation, DES are compressed (crimped) to allow implantation in the human body. During implantation, DES are expanded by balloon inflation. Crimping, as well as expansion, causes high stresses and high strains locally in the DES struts, as well as in the polymer coating. These stresses and strains are important design criteria of DES. Usually, they are calculated numerically by finite element analysis (FEA), but experimental results for validation are hardly available. In this work, the X-ray diffraction (XRD) sin(2)ψ-technique is applied to in-situ determination of stress conditions of bare metal L-605 stents, and Poly-(L-lactide) (PLLA) coated stents. This provides a realistic characterization of the near-surface stress state and a validation option of the numerical FEA. XRD-results from terminal stent struts of the bare metal stent show an increasing compressive load stress in tangential direction with increasing stent expansion. These findings correlate with numerical FEA results. The PLLA-coating also bears increasing compressive load stress during expansion. PMID:25974098

  1. 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.

  2. Characterization of CdTe films with in situ CdCl2 treatment grown by a simple vapor phase deposition technique

    A unique vapor phase deposition (VPD) technique was designed and built to achieve in situ CdCl2 treatment of CdTe film. The substrate temperature was 400 deg. C, and the temperature of CdTe mixture with CdCl2 source was 500 deg. C. The structural and morphological properties of CdTe have been studied as a function of wt.% CdCl2 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 CdCl2 vapor induces (1 1 1)-oriented growth in the CdTe film. SEM measurements have shown enhance growth of grains, in the presence of CdCl2. From AFM the roughness of the films showed a heavy dependence on CdCl2 concentration. In the presence of 4% CdCl2 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.

  3. Structural change of Ni-Cu alloy nanowires with temperature studied by in situ X-ray absorption fine structure technique

    Mo Guang; Cheng Weidong; Cai Quan; Wang Wei; Zhang Kunhao; Xing Xueqing [Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Chen Zhongjun [Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Wu Zhonghua, E-mail: wuzh@ihep.ac.cn [Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China)

    2010-05-15

    Ni-Cu alloy nanowire array, with uniform length and diameter, was well fabricated by using alternating current electrodeposition. Both X-ray diffraction and in situ heating extended X-ray absorption fine structure technique were employed to characterize its structural change with temperature. As expected, a weak concentration fluctuation of Ni and Cu atoms was found in the as-prepared nanowires. However, this concentration fluctuation can be easily eliminated by heating the as-prepared sample at 200 deg. C, which resulting in an approximately homogeneous Ni-Cu solid solution. From the nanostructural point of view, the serviceability temperature of Ni-Cu alloy nanowire array in magnetism could not exceed 200 deg. C. The Ni-Ni, Ni-Cu and Cu-Cu bonds were found to have different thermal expansion behaviors, causing the distortion of the crystal cell. An average thermal expansion coefficient (1.1 x 10{sup -5} K{sup -1}) was obtained. The structural change of Ni-Cu alloy nanowires with temperature was discussed.

  4. In situ Raman spectroscopy and confocal microscopy of 2.5-billion-year-old fossil microorganisms: viable nondestructive techniques for the study of returned Martian samples

    Czaja, A. D.; Lorber, K.

    2014-12-01

    This study presents the discovery of two sets of Archean fossil microorganisms (microfossils) and describes how such a study can be an analogue for a potential Martian sample return mission like that proposed as a follow up to the Mars 2020 mission. Microfossils are not easily preserved and their simple morphologies (made less distinct by taphonomy and diagenesis) can be confused with nonbiological structures. Thus, several lines of evidence are required for a biological interpretation of such remains. Despite this limitation, microfossils represent the most direct and easily illustrated evidence of life, and this will also be true of any microfossils that might be found on Mars. Martian sample return will provide the first chance to apply a full suite of analytical techniques to the study of possible Martian microfossils. Because such precious samples would be of limited quantity, this suite must include nondestructive techniques that are performed in situ and at a micron-scale.The samples studied here were collected from two chert units within the Gamohaan Formation of the Kaapvaal Craton of South Africa. One set was collected from the Tsineng Member near the top of the formation and contains fossils of mat-forming filamentous microorganisms (~15-20 m in diameter) that were buried in place. The other set comes from a chert bed stratigraphically lower within the Gamohaan Formation. This bed contains shriveled and somewhat compacted spherical microfossils (~100 m in diameter) and are interpreted to be the remains of planktonic forms that settled from above. Cherts were collected based on a visual identification of their likelihood to contain microfossils. Optical microscopy was used to locate microstructures of interest within thin sections. The biological nature of these structures is supported by analyses of their three dimensional morphologies by confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) as well as their carbonaceous compositions by Raman spectroscopy. Raman and CLSM are nondestructive techniques that can be used to analyze specimens within rock to the depth of several tens of microns with no special sample preparation. Also, because Raman and CLSM can be used to study modern microorganisms, they are ideal techniques for the study of returned Martian samples that could contain either fossil or living material.

  5. An evaluation of the color stability of tooth-colored restorative materials after bleaching using CIELAB color technique

    Rao Y

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Aims and Objective: The aim of this laboratory study was to evaluate the effect of three home bleaching agents: Vivastyle Paint On, Vivastyle, and Opalascence PF on the color stability of the microfilled composite Durafill, the nanofilled composite Filtek Z 350, and the glass ionomer cement Fuji II. Materials and Methods: There were 3 groups in this study (n=40-Group I: durafill, Group II: Filtek Z 350, and Group III: Fuji II. Each group was further subdivided into 4 subgroups (n=10, Subgroup A: bleaching with Vivastyle Paint On, Subgroup B: bleaching with Vivastyle, Subgroup C: bleaching with Opalascence PF, and Subgroup D: control specimens stored in distilled water. Bleaching was carried out following the manufacturer′s instructions for a period of 14 days. At the end of the bleaching regimen, the specimens were tested for color change using the CIELAB technique and a reflectance spectrophotometer. Results: The data was subjected to statistical analysis. A Kruskal-Wallis variance analysis and Mann Whitney U test were done to determine the significant color change of the restorative materials. All restorative materials demonstrated a significantly higher color change (ΔE with Vivastyle ( P < 0.0001. The mean color change of GIC (11.4 ± 0.3 was the highest among the materials followed by Durafill (7.5 ± 0.1. Filtek z 350 (0.3 ± 0.1 showed the least color change with all the bleaching agents. Conclusion: Glass ionomer cement showed the highest color change followed by the microfilled composite. The nanofilled composite was found to be highly stable in terms of color.

  6. 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.

  7. Dimensional Stability of Polyether, Alginate, and Silicone Impression Materials After Disinfection With 2% Sanosil Through the Immersion Technique

    Izadi; Badamchizadeh; Mojaver Kahnamouyi; Marefat

    2014-01-01

    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 mater...

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Rapid in situ hybridization technique using 16S rRNA segments for detecting and differentiating the closely related gram-positive organisms Bacillus polymyxa and Bacillus macerans

    Jurtshuk, R. J.; Blick, M.; Bresser, J.; Fox, G. E.; Jurtshuk, P. Jr

    1992-01-01

    A rapid, sensitive, inexpensive in situ hybridization technique, using 30-mer 16S rRNA probes, can specifically differentiate two closely related Bacillus spp., B. polymyxa and B. macerans. The 16S rRNA probes were labeled with a rhodamine derivative (Texas Red), and quantitative fluorescence measurements were made on individual bacterial cells. The microscopic fields analyzed were selected by phase-contrast microscopy, and the fluorescence imaging analyses were performed on 16 to 67 individual cells. The labeled 16S rRNA probe, POL, whose sequence was a 100% match with B. polymyxa 16S rRNA but only a 60% match with B. macerans 16S rRNA, gave quantitative fluorescence ratio measurements that were 34.8-fold higher for B. polymyxa cells than for B. macerans cells. Conversely, the labeled probe, MAC, which matched B. polymyxa 16S rRNA in 86.6% of its positions and B. macerans 16S rRNA in 100% of its positions, gave quantitative fluorescence measurements that were 59.3-fold higher in B. macerans cells than in B. polymyxa cells. Control probes, whose 16S rRNA sequence segment (P-M) was present in both B. polymyxa and B. macerans as well as a panprokaryotic probe (16S), having a 100% match with all known bacteria, hybridized equally well with both organisms. These latter hybridizations generated very high fluorescence signals, but their comparative fluorescence ratios (the differences between two organisms) were low. The control paneukaryotic probe (28S), which had less than 30% identity for both B. macerans and B. polymyxa, did not hybridize with either organism.

  12. Ex-situ evaluation of bauxite residues as amendment for trace elements stabilization in dredged sediment from Mediterranean Sea: A case study.

    Taneez, Mehwish; Hurel, Charlotte; Marmier, Nicolas

    2015-09-15

    Stabilization of marine dredged sediments contaminated with multi-elements is a challenging task in choosing the appropriate sorbent and application dosage. The present study investigates the possibility of using bauxite residues (Bauxaline® and Bauxsol) as amendment for the treatment of contaminated sediment. A pilot scale experiment was conducted for three months to stabilize trace elements in composted contaminated sediment sample using 5% by-product amendment. The results showed that after 3months of treatment, cationic trace elements were effectively immobilized but increased leaching of anionic pollutants was observed. Increased leaching of anionic pollutants could be limited by addition of higher quantities of amendments. The total content of available pollutants decreased in stabilized sediments but this treatment has no effect on the classification of waste. The leachates were then evaluated for acute toxicity using estuarine rotifers Brachionus plicatilis. Bauxite residues can be inexpensive choices for the stabilization of cationic pollutants in dredged sediments. PMID:26146133

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  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. 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.

  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. 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; Voroshazi, Eszter; Hermenau, Martin; Lloyd, Matthew T.; Teran-Escobar, Gerardo; Galagan, Yulia; Zimmermann, Birger; Hösel, Markus; Dam, Henrik Friis; Jørgensen, Mikkel; Gevorgyan, Suren; Lutsen, Laurence; Vanderzande, Dirk; Hoppe, Harald; Rösch, Roland; Würfel, Uli; Andriessen, Ronn; Rivaton, Agnès; Uzunoğlu, Gülşah Y.; Germack, David; Andreasen, Birgitta; Vesterager Madsen, Morten; Bundgaard, Eva; Krebs, Frederik C

    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 ...

  20. A field-validated model for in situ transport of polymer-stabilized nZVI and implications for subsurface injection.

    Krol, Magdalena M; Oleniuk, Andrew J; Kocur, Chris M; Sleep, Brent E; Bennett, Peter; Xiong, Zhong; O'Carroll, Denis M

    2013-07-01

    Nanoscale zerovalent iron (nZVI) particles have significant potential to remediate contaminated source zones. However, the transport of these particles through porous media is not well understood, especially at the field scale. This paper describes the simulation of a field injection of carboxylmethyl cellulose (CMC) stabilized nZVI using a 3D compositional simulator, modified to include colloidal filtration theory (CFT). The model includes composition dependent viscosity and spatially and temporally variable velocity, appropriate for the simulation of push-pull tests (PPTs) with CMC stabilized nZVI. Using only attachment efficiency as a fitting parameter, model results were in good agreement with field observations when spatially variable viscosity effects on collision efficiency were included in the transport modeling. This implies that CFT-modified transport equations can be used to simulate stabilized nZVI field transport. Model results show that an increase in solution viscosity, resulting from injection of CMC stabilized nZVI suspension, affects nZVI mobility by decreasing attachment as well as changing the hydraulics of the system. This effect is especially noticeable with intermittent pumping during PPTs. Results from this study suggest that careful consideration of nZVI suspension formulation is important for optimal delivery of nZVI which can be facilitated with the use of a compositional simulator. PMID:23725414

  1. Biomaterial-Stabilized Soft Tissue Healing for Healing of Critical-Sized Bone Defects: the Masquelet Technique.

    Tarchala, Magdalena; Harvey, Edward J; Barralet, Jake

    2016-03-01

    Critical-sized bone defects present a significant burden to the medical community due to their challenging treatment. However, a successful limb-salvaging technique, the Masquelet Technique (MT), has significantly improved the prognosis of many segmental bone defects in helping to restore form and function. Although the Masquelet Technique has proven to be clinically effective, the physiology of the healing it induces is not well understood. Multiple modifiable factors have been implicated by various surgical and research teams, but no single factor has been proven to be critical to the success of the Masquelet Technique. In this review the most recent clinical and experimental evidence that supports and helps to decipher the traditional Masquelet, as well as the modifiable factors and their effect on the success of the technique are discussed. In addition, future developments for the integration of the traditional Masquelet Technique with the use of alternative biomaterials to increase the effectiveness and expand the clinical applicability of the Masquelet Technique are reviewed. PMID:26855349

  2. Biological activity and mechanical stability of sol-gel-based biofilters using the freeze-gelation technique for immobilization of Rhodococcus ruber.

    Pannier, Angela; Mkandawire, Martin; Soltmann, Ulrich; Pompe, Wolfgang; Böttcher, Horst

    2012-02-01

    Biofilters with long lifetime and high storage stability are very important for bioremediation processes to ensure the readiness at the occurrence of sudden contaminations. By using the freeze-gelation technique, living cells can be immobilized within a mechanically and chemically stable ceramic-like matrix. Due to a freeze-drying step, the embedded microorganisms are converted into a preserved form. In that way, they can be stored under dry conditions, which comply better with storage, transport, and handling requirements. Thus, in contrast to other immobilization techniques, there is no need for storage in liquid or under humid atmosphere. The biological activity, mechanical strength, and the structure of the biologically active ceramic-like composites (biocers) produced by freeze gelation have been investigated by using the phenol-degrading bacteria Rhodococcus ruber as model organism. Samples of freeze-gelation biocers have been investigated after defined storage periods, demonstrating nearly unchanged mechanical strength of the immobilization matrix as well as good storage stability of the activity of the immobilized cells over several months of storage at 4 °C. Repeated-batch tests demonstrated further that the freeze-gelation biocers can be repeatedly used over a period of more than 12 months without losing its bioactivity. Thus, these results show that freeze-gelation biocers have high potential of being scaled up from laboratory test systems to applications in real environment because of their long bioactivity as well as mechanical stability. PMID:21800029

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Immobilization of Yarrowia lipolytica LipaseA Comparison of Stability of Physical Adsorption and Covalent Attachment Techniques

    Cunha, Aline G.; Fernndez-Lorente, Gloria; Bevilaqua, Juliana V.; Destain, Jacqueline; Paiva, Lcia M. C.; Freire, Denise M. G.; Fernndez-Lafuente, Roberto; Guisn, 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 45C 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. HER2 amplification status in breast cancer: a comparison between immunohistochemical staining and fluorescence in situ hybridisation using manual and automated quantitative image analysis scoring techniques

    Ellis, C M; Dyson, M J; Stephenson, T J; Maltby, E L

    2005-01-01

    Aims: To compare the results of breast cancer sections with HercepTest immunohistochemistry (IHC) scores ranging from 0 to 3+ with fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH) for HER2 amplification. The HER2 digital scoring application of the Micrometastasis Detection System (MDS) was used, together with manual scoring of FISH and HercepTest, to determine whether this system provides an accurate alternative.

  10. Tracer-level radioactive pilot-scale test of in situ vitrification technology for the stabilization of contaminated soil sites at ORNL

    This plan summarizes the activities to be performed during FY 1990 and FY 1991 for the tracer-level radioactive pilot-scale in situ vitrification (ISV) test. This test is the second step in evaluating ISV as a remedial action for the pits and trenches at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). A previous test used nonradioactive tracers for cesium and strontium. This new test will again use a one-half-scale model of trench 7 and the pilot-scale ISV equipment of Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL). A small and precisely known amount of waste from a liquid waste disposal pit will be used for the test. An actually contaminated waste site cannot be used for this test because of the necessity to use an exactly known inventory of radionuclides so that a precise measurement of the volatilization of various constituents to the off-gas can be determined

  11. Sinus floor augmentation using miniscrew and in situ hardening biomaterial: method and case report

    Engelke, Wilfried; Fuentes, Ramón; Beltrán, Víctor

    2014-01-01

    Sinus floor augmentation in case of severe pneumatization is a challenge for surgical management. We present a low invasive endoscopically assisted technique facilitating the stabilization of augmentation material in the subantral space. The technique consists of (1) trepanation of the lateral sinus wall with tunnelling of the sinus membrane and creation of the subantral space, (2) subantroscopically assisted insertion of a mini screw, (3) precise stepwise placement of in situ hardening graft...

  12. Knee stability, athletic performance and sport-specific tasks in non-professional soccer players after ACL reconstruction: comparing trans-tibial and antero-medial portal techniques

    Tudisco, Cosimo; Bisicchia, Salvatore; Cosentino, Andrea; Chiozzi, Federica; Piva, Massimo

    2015-01-01

    Summary Background a wrong position of bone tunnels, in particular on the femur, is one of the most frequent causes of a failed anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. Several studies demonstrated that drilling the femoral tunnel through the antero-medial portal (AMP) allows a more anatomical placement on the lateral femoral condyle and higher knee stability, compared to trans-tibial (TT) technique. The aim of this study was to retrospectively evaluate two groups of soccer players operated on for ACL reconstruction according to either one of these two techniques. Methods two groups of non-professional soccer players operated on for a single bundle ACL reconstruction with hamstrings autograft using either a TT (20 patients) or an AMP (23 patients) technique were retrospectively evaluated with KT-1000 arthrometer, manual pivot shift test, isokinetic test, the incremental treadmill-running test, athletic and sport specific tasks, and knee scores (IKDC, Lysholm and KOOS). Results the AMP group showed better results at pivot shift test and KOOS, but lower flexion angles at single leg squat test. There were no differences in all the other considered outcomes. Conclusions the better rotational stability of the knee achieved in AMP group did not lead to significantly better clinical and functional results in our patients. Level of evidence III. Treatment study Case-control study. PMID:26605191

  13. A Stability Indicating Method for the Determination of the Antioxidant Sodium Bisulfite in Pharmaceutical Formulation by RP-HPLC Technique

    Trivedi, Harshal Kanubhai; Patel, Mukesh C.

    2011-01-01

    A stability-indicating reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatographic (RP-HPLC) method was developed for the determination of sodium bisulfate (SB), an antioxidant, in injectable dosage form. The chromatographic separation was achieved on a Zorbax CN (250 mm × 4.6 mm, 5 μm) column, with a mobile phase consisting of a buffer mixture of 0.03 M tetrabutylammonium hydrogen sulfate, 0.01 M potassium dihydrogen orthophosphate, and acetonitrile at a ratio of 70:30 (v/v) and a flow rate of 0....

  14. An evaluation of the color stability of tooth-colored restorative materials after bleaching using CIELAB color technique

    Rao Y; Srilakshmi V; Vinayagam K; Narayanan L

    2009-01-01

    Aims and Objective: The aim of this laboratory study was to evaluate the effect of three home bleaching agents: Vivastyle Paint On, Vivastyle, and Opalascence PF on the color stability of the microfilled composite Durafill, the nanofilled composite Filtek Z 350, and the glass ionomer cement Fuji II. Materials and Methods: There were 3 groups in this study (n=40)-Group I: durafill, Group II: Filtek Z 350, and Group III: Fuji II. Each group was further subdivided into 4 subgroups (n=10), Su...

  15. Development and application of compact denuder sampling techniques with in situ derivatization followed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry for halogen speciation in volcanic plumes

    Rdiger, Julian; Bobrowski, Nicole; Hoffmann, Thorsten

    2015-04-01

    Volcanoes are a large source for several reactive atmospheric trace gases including sulphur and halogen containing species. The detailed knowledge of volcanic plume chemistry can give insights into subsurface processes and can be considered as a useful geochemical tool for monitoring of volcanic activity, especially halogen to sulphur ratios (e.g. Bobrowski and Giuffrida, 2012; Donovan et al., 2014). The reactive bromine species bromine monoxide (BrO) is of particular interest, because BrO as well as SO2 are readily measurable by UV spectrometers at a safe distance. Furthermore it is formed in the plume by a multiphase reaction mechanism under depletion of ozone in the plume. The abundance of BrO changes as a function of the reaction time and therefore distance from the vent as well as the spatial position in the plume. Due to the lack of analytical approaches for the accurate speciation of certain halogens (HBr, Br2, Br, BrCl, HOBr etc.) there are still uncertainties about the magnitude of volcanic halogen emissions and in particular their specificationtheir species and therefore also in the understanding of the bromine chemistry in volcanic plumes (Bobrowski et al., 2007). In this study, the first application of a 1,3,5-trimethoxybenzene (1,3,5-TMB)-coated gas diffusion denuder (Huang and Hoffmann, 2008) on volcanic gases proved to be suitable to collect selectively gaseous bromine species with oxidation states of +1 or 0 (Br2 and BrO(H)), while being ignorant to HBr (OS -1). The reaction of 1,3,5-TMB with bromine gives 1-bromo-2,4,6-trimethoxybenzene (1-bromo-2,4,6-TMB) - other halogens give corresponding products. The diffusion denuder technique allows sampling of gaseous compounds exclusively without collecting particulate matter. Choosing a flow rate of 500 mL-min-1 and a denuder length of 0.5 m a nearly quantitative collection efficiency was achieved. Solvent elution of the derivatized analytes and subsequent analysis with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry gives a limit of detection below 1 ng of bromine. The method was applied on volcanic gas plumes at Mt. Etna and Mt. Stromboli in Italy in July 2014 and on fumarolic gas emissions at Mt. Lastarria in Chile in November 2014. The results show significant amounts of the concerning bromine species (lower ppb range). Comprehensive data evaluation and comparison with results of impinger extraction with NaOH solution as well as chamber experiments are still in progress. References Bobrowski, N. and G. Giuffrida: Bromine monoxide / sulphur dioxide ratios in relation to volcanological observations at Mt. Etna 2006-2009. Solid Earth, 3, 433-445, 2012 Bobrowski, N., R. von Glasow, A. Aiuppa, S. Inguaggiato, I. Louban, O. W. Ibrahim and U. Platt: Reactive halogen chemistry in volcanic plumes. J. Geophys. Res., 112, 2007 Donovan A., V. Tsanev, C. Oppenheimer and M. Edmonds: Reactive halogens (BrO and OClO) detected in the plume of Soufrire Hills Volcano during an eruption hiatus. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 15, 3346-3363, 2014 Huang, R.-J. and T. Hoffmann: A denuder-impinger system with in situ derivatization followed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry for the determination of gaseous iodine-containing halogen species. Journal of Chromatography A, 1210, 135-141, 2008

  16. 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 dry feed ingredients and its relative content (0.79 ± 0.18 of total N in W-S) was higher than in the D + U fraction (0.59 ± 0.07 of total N in D + U) for all feedstuff except maize. The molecular weight distribution of the alkaline-soluble proteins differed between the W-S and the D + U fractions of all dry feed ingredients, except soya beans and wheat. PMID:23472613

  17. 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

  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. Initial stability of tibial components in primary knee arthroplasty. A cadaver study comparing cemented and cementless fixation techniques.

    Efe, Turgay; Figiel, Jens; Danek, Susanna; Tibesku, Carsten O; Paletta, Jürgen R J; Skwara, Adrian

    2011-06-01

    The purpose of this roentgen stereophotogrammetric analysis (RSA) study was to evaluate the initial stability of cemented and cementless tibial components in vitro. Twenty tibia specimens were matched into two groups. In the first group, the tibial trays were cemented superficially and in the second group cementless fixation with stem and screws was performed. An axial load of 2000 N for 1000 and 10,000 cycles was applied onto the specimens and RSA was performed. The experimental results after 1000 cycles showed a higher migration with significant differences for the parameters maximum lift off (p = 0.011) and maximum total point motion (p = 0.002) in the cementless group. After 10,000 cycles, the migration in the cementless group increased significantly for maximum lift off (p = 0.043), maximum subsidence (p = 0.045) and maximum total point motion (p = 0.013). The higher migration rates in the cementless group demonstrate a lower initial mechanical stability of cementless tibial components which can cause an early component loosening. PMID:21845999

  20. 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.

  1. 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

    In order to gauge the appropriateness of CO2 reaction with Mg chloride solutions as a process for storing carbon dioxide, the thermal behaviour and structural stability of its solid product, nesquehonite (MgCO3.3H2O), 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 MgCO3.2H2O, which is characterized by significant structural disorder. At higher temperatures (423-483 K), both magnesite and MgO.2MgCO3 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 CO2 sequestration via the synthesis of nesquehonite for industrial application.

  2. 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

  3. In situ synthesis of cobalt stabilized on macroscopic biopolymer hydrogel as economical and recyclable catalyst for hydrogen generation from sodium borohydride hydrolysis

    Ai, Lunhong; Gao, Xiaoyan; Jiang, Jing

    2014-07-01

    In this study, we describe the successful fabrication of cobalt grown in situ on macroscopic alginate hydrogels (Co@AHs) and demonstrate that the as-prepared Co@AHs can act as a cost-effective and recyclable catalyst for hydrogen generation from the hydrolysis of NaBH4. The structure and morphology of the Co@AHs catalyst are identified by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The resultant Co@AHs samples show an excellent catalytic performance for the hydrogen generation from NaBH4 hydrolysis. The catalytic activity of the Co@AHs towards the hydrolysis reaction is systematically investigated by varying different reaction parameters, such as the catalyst dosage, temperature, and initial concentration of NaBH4 or NaOH. The Co@AHs catalyst can be easily separated after catalytic reaction and readily recycled over four successive reaction cycles. Considering that the eco-friendly and inexpensive Co@AHs is catalytically effective with superior recyclability, it should have potential application in the hydrogen generation from the hydrolysis of borohydrides.

  4. Technology evaluation report: SITE (Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation) program demonstration test. International Waste Technologies in-situ stabilization/solidification, Hialeah, Florida, Volume 1

    Sawyer, S.

    1989-06-01

    A demonstration of the International Waste Technologies (IWT) process utilizing the Geo-Con, Inc., deep-soil-mixing equipment occurred in April 1988 at the site of a General Electric Co., electric-service shop in Hialeah, FL where the soil contained polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and localized concentrations of volatile organics and heavy-metal contaminants. The demonstrated process mixed the contaminated soil in-situ with a mixture of a proprietary additive, called HWT-20, and water. The technical criteria used to evaluate the effectiveness of the IWT process were contaminant mobility, based on leaching and permeability tests; and the potential integrity of solidified soils, based on measurements of physical and microstructural properties. The performance of the Geo-Con deep-soil-mixing equipment was also evaluated. The process did appear to immobiliz PCBs. However, because of very low PCB concentrations in the leachates, caused in part by the low concentrations of PCBs in the untreated and treated soils, absolute confirmation of PCB immobilization in the SITE project was not possible. The cost per ton of treating contaminated soil under the demonstration test conditions was determined at approximately $194.

  5. 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.

  6. Fabrication of scandium stabilized zirconia thin film by electrostatic spray deposition technique for solid oxide fuel cell electrolyte

    A cost-effective and promising simple deposition method, electrostatic spray deposition (ESD), was used to fabricate dense scandium stabilized zirconia (ScSZ) thin films. The effect of solvent mixtures on their surface morphology was investigated. The films deposited using a mixed ethanol-butyl carbitol solvent with high boiling point showed higher smoothness compared with those deposited using ethanol and a mixture of ethanol and ethylene glycol, respectively. Single-phase ScSZ dense films were formed within 2 h at a low deposition temperature of 450 oC. Analysis of as heat-treated films using scanning electron microscope and atomic force microscope also indicated the formation of the uniform, smooth and dense thin films even at a low densification temperature. Furthermore, the ScSZ film deposited under the optimal condition showed the maximum in electrical conductivity of approximately 0.33 S cm-1 at a low operating temperature of 800 oC.

  7. Impact of atomization technique on the stability and transport efficiency of nebulized liposomes harboring different surface characteristics.

    Lehofer, Bernhard; Bloder, Florian; Jain, Pritesh P; Marsh, Leigh M; Leitinger, Gerd; Olschewski, Horst; Leber, Regina; Olschewski, Andrea; Prassl, Ruth

    2014-11-01

    The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of nebulization on liposomes with specific surface characteristics by applying three commercially available inhaler systems (air-jet, ultrasonic and vibrating-mesh). Conventional liposome formulations composed of phosphatidylcholine and cholesterol were compared to sterically stabilized PEGylated liposomes and cationic polymer coated liposomes.Liposomes of similar size (between 140 and 165 nm in diameter with polydispersity indices nebulization was determined in terms of size, polydispersity index and leakage using a fluorescence quenching system. The transport efficiencies of the nebulizer devices and the influences of both salt and liposomes on the droplet size distribution of the aerosol were investigated. While the droplet size of the aerosol decreased with increasing salt concentration the liposomes had no influence on the droplet size distribution. The output of the nebulizers in terms of liposomal transport efficiencies differed significantly among the nebulizer principles (20–100%, p nebulizers being the most effective. The integrity of the conventional liposomes was almost unaffected by the atomization process, while polymer coated and especially positively charged liposomes showed enhanced leakage. The release rates for the hydrophilic model drug system were highest for the vibrating-mesh nebulizers regardless of the surface characteristics of the liposomes (increasing from 10% to 20% and 50% for the conventional, PEGylated and positively charged formulations, respectively). In view of surface modified liposomes our data suggest that drug delivery via nebulization necessitates the finding of a compromise between nebulizer efficiency, formulation stability and drug release profile to accomplish the development of tailored formulations suitable for advanced inhalation therapy. PMID:25460154

  8. Moessbauer spectroscopy of frozen solutions as a stepwise control tool in preparation of biocompatible humic-stabilized feroxyhyte nanoparticles

    Polyakov, A. Yu., E-mail: a.yu.polyakov@gmail.com [Lomonosov Moscow State University, Department of Materials Science (Russian Federation); Sorkina, T. A. [Lomonosov Moscow State University, Department of Chemistry (Russian Federation); Goldt, A. E. [Lomonosov Moscow State University, Department of Materials Science (Russian Federation); Pankratov, D. A.; Perminova, I. V. [Lomonosov Moscow State University, Department of Chemistry (Russian Federation); Goodilin, E. A. [Lomonosov Moscow State University, Department of Materials Science (Russian Federation)

    2013-04-15

    Moessbauer spectroscopy of frozen aqueous solutions was demonstrated as an efficient stepwise control technique in the new one-pot synthesis of biocompatible feroxyhyte ({delta}{sup Prime }-FeOOH) nanoparticles in situ stabilized by humic substances. Formation of ultradispersed Fe(OH){sub 2} as an intermediate product and its interaction with humic substances were ascertained. The interaction of the surface of Fe(OH){sub 2} with humic substances was considered as a starting point in the mechanism of in situ stabilization and further growth control of humic-stabilized feroxyhyte nanoparticles.

  9. On the Application of a Response Surface Technique to Analyze Roll-over Stability of Capsules with Airbags Using LS-Dyna

    Horta, Lucas G.; Reaves, Mercedes C.

    2008-01-01

    As NASA moves towards developing technologies needed to implement its new Exploration program, studies conducted for Apollo in the 1960's to understand the rollover stability of capsules landing are being revisited. Although rigid body kinematics analyses of the roll-over behavior of capsules on impact provided critical insight to the Apollo problem, extensive ground test programs were also used. For the new Orion spacecraft being developed to implement today's Exploration program, new air-bag designs have improved sufficiently for NASA to consider their use to mitigate landing loads to ensure crew safety and to enable re-usability of the capsule. Simple kinematics models provide only limited understanding of the behavior of these air bag systems, and more sophisticated tools must be used. In particular, NASA and its contractors are using the LS-Dyna nonlinear simulation code for impact response predictions of the full Orion vehicle with air bags by leveraging the extensive air bag prediction work previously done by the automotive industry. However, even in today's computational environment, these analyses are still high-dimensional, time consuming, and computationally intensive. To alleviate the computational burden, this paper presents an approach that uses deterministic sampling techniques and an adaptive response surface method to not only use existing LS-Dyna solutions but also to interpolate from LS-Dyna solutions to predict the stability boundaries for a capsule on airbags. Results for the stability boundary in terms of impact velocities, capsule attitude, impact plane orientation, and impact surface friction are discussed.

  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. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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 coming from the nearby forests, while there are just small tracks of the original plantation.

  16. 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; Snickt, van der, Geert; Cotte, Marine; Falkenberg, Gerald; Brunetti, Brunetto Giovanni; Miliani, Costanza

    2015-01-01

    Abstract: 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-xSxO4 (x approximate to 0.5) variety that is known...

  17. Detecting In Situ Copepod Diet Diversity Using Molecular Technique: Development of a Copepod/Symbiotic Ciliate-Excluding Eukaryote-Inclusive PCR Protocol

    Hu, Simin; Guo, Zhiling; Li, Tao; Carpenter, Edward J.; Liu, Sheng; Lin, Senjie

    2014-01-01

    Knowledge of in situ copepod diet diversity is crucial for accurately describing pelagic food web structure but is challenging to achieve due to lack of an easily applicable methodology. To enable analysis with whole copepod-derived DNAs, we developed a copepod-excluding 18S rDNA-based PCR protocol. Although it is effective in depressing amplification of copepod 18S rDNA, its applicability to detect diverse eukaryotes in both mono- and mixed-species has not been demonstrated. Besides, the pro...

  18. 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.

  19. The use of GPR technique in the slope stability survey at radar doppler terminal, Bukit Tampoi, Dengkil, Selangor

    A site investigation survey using GPR technique was carried out at Radar Doppler Terminal, Bukit Tampoi, Dengkil, and Selangor. The Terminal is situated approximately 10 km to the North of Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Geologically, the study area is located in the Kenny Hill formation consisting of low grade meta sedimentary rocks mainly of quartzite and phylline. A detailed geotechnical investigation at a cut slope of Kenny Hill formation in Selangor showed that the inter bedded rock mass is dominated by relatively thick sandstone with thin shale of slightly to highly weathered materials. The objective of study is to investigate any fractured or weak zone in the study area using the GPR technique. In this survey, 100 MHz frequency antenna model RAMAC/ GPR was used as a source to send the electromagnetic wave into the ground. A control unit (CUII) was used in monitoring the antenna via a laptop. A total of 25 parallel and vertical lines with 3 m-5 m spacing between each line were traversed in the study area. The maximum subsurface depth investigated was approximately 12 m. Reflected waves arrival between 0 m to 5 m depth in the radar gram section shows discontinuous, sub parallel and wavy patterns. These chaotic reflections patterns correspond to highly weathered silt with sandstone and gravel based on nearby borehole information as well as indicated by low SPT N-values of 0 to 13. For depth deeper than 5 m, the reflection pattern is dominated by high frequency parallel waveform that could be associated with stiff mud stone of 28-34 SPT N-values. The radar gram section also shows the presence of internal features in the meta sedimentary soils and rocks such as several small scale normal faults as well as sliding planes trending northwest-southeast in direction. (author)

  20. 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 most stable. This was confirmed by changes detected with the spectroscopic methods in the composition of the organic wastes due to C mineralization. Differences were especially pronounced for TS, which showed a remarkable loss of aliphatic and proteinaceous compounds during the incubation process. TG, and especially DSC analysis, clearly reflected these differences between the three organic wastes before and after the incubation. Furthermore, the calculated energy density, which represents the energy available per unit of organic matter, showed a strong correlation with cumulative respiration. Results obtained support the hypothesis of a potential link between the thermal and biological stability of the studied organic materials, and consequently the ability of thermal analysis to characterize the maturity of municipal organic wastes and composts.