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  1. The Effect of Ballistic Impacts on the High Cycle Fatigue Properties of Ti-48Al-2Nb-2Cr (at.%)

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    Draper, S. L.; Lerch, B. A.; Pereira, J. M.; Nathal, M. V.; Austin, C. M.; Erdman, O.

    2000-01-01

    The ability of gamma - TiAl to withstand potential foreign and/or domestic object damage is a technical risk to the implementation of gamma - TiAl in low pressure turbine (LPT) blade applications. The overall purpose of the present study was to determine the influence of ballistic impact damage on the high cycle fatigue strength of gamma - TiAl simulated LPT blades. Impact and specimen variables included ballistic impact energy, projectile hardness, impact temperature, impact location, and leading edge thickness. The level of damage induced by the ballistic impacting was studied and quantified on both the impact (front) and backside of the specimens. Multiple linear regression was used to model the cracking and fatigue response as a function of the impact variables. Of the impact variables studied, impact energy had the largest influence on the response of gamma - TiAl to ballistic impacting. Backside crack length was the best predictor of remnant fatigue strength for low energy impacts (fatigue strength. For the fatigue design stresses of a 6th stage LPT blade in a GE90 engine, a Ti-48Al-2Nb-2Cr LPT blade would survive an impact of normal service conditions.

  2. Deformation in 2CrMo-1/2CrMoV pressure vessel weldments at elevated temperature

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    The elastic and creep deformation occurring in low alloy ferritic steel pipe to pipe weldments has been studied in pressure vessel experiments carried out at 838 K and a range of internal steam pressures. The welds were made in heavy section 1/2CrMoV parent pipe, using 2CrMo weld metal and tested in either the as-welded or stress relieved condition. The results obtained are analysed in terms of the deformations that occur in the hoop and axial direction of the parent pipe and weld metals. Elastically the parent pipe and weld metals behave identically, and both exhibit primary and steady state creep. The steady state behaviour of the parent pipe agrees with that expected from multi-axial creep deformation theory. The stress relieved welds behave similarly to the parent pipe in the hoop direction, but not in the axial direction. This is considered to be due to offloading of stress predominantly in the hoop direction. In the as-welded condition, the hoop and axial creep strains and strain rates are greater than in the parent pipe or stress relieved welds. The reasons for this are discussed in terms of welding residual stresses. (author)

  3. Type IIIa cracking at 2CrMo welds in 1/2CrMoV pipework

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    Brett, S.J.; Smith, P.A. [National Power plc, Swindon (United Kingdom)

    1998-12-31

    The most common form of in-service defect found today on the welds of National Power`s 1/2CrMoV pipework systems is Type IV cracking which occurs in intercritically transformed material at the edge of the heat affected zone. However an alternate form of cracking, termed IIIa, which occurs close to the weld fusion line in fully grain refined heat affected zones, has also been observed. The incidence of Type IIIa cracking has increased in recent years and these defects now constitute a significant part of the total recorded crack population. This presentation describes Type IIIa cracking and compares and contrasts it with the better documented Type IV cracking. Particular reference is made to the role of carbon diffusion at the weld fusion line in promoting Type IIIa damage in preference to Type IV. (orig.) 5 refs.

  4. Optical properties of heusler alloys Co2FeSi, Co2FeAl, Co2CrAl, and Co2CrGa

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    Shreder, E. I.; Svyazhin, A. D.; Belozerova, K. A.

    2013-11-01

    The results of an investigation of optical properties and the calculations of the electronic structure of Co2FeSi, Co2FeAl, Co2CrAl, and Co2CrGa Heusler alloys are presented. The main focus of our attention is the study of the spectral dependence of the real part (ɛ1) and imaginary part (ɛ2) of the dielectric constant in the range of wavelengths λ = 0.3-13 μm using the ellipsometric method. An anomalous behavior of the optical conductivity σ(ω) has been found in the infrared range in the Co2CrAl and Co2CrGa alloys, which differs substantially from that in the Co2FeSi and Co2FeAl alloys. The results obtained are discussed based on the calculations of the electronic structure.

  5. An unexpected tetranuclear Li2Cr2 trimethylsilylacetylide complex bridged by two μ3-pyrazolates

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    WANG Feng; CAO Li; LIAO HongLin; JIANG Jun; JIA XiaoLu; GAO Qian; LI DongFeng

    2012-01-01

    A tetranuclear Li2Cr2 acetylide precursor complex,[Li(Tp)CrⅢ(C≡CSiMe3)2(μ3-pz)]2.(n-pentane)2(Tp =hydridotris(pyrazolyl)borate,pz =pyrazolate)(1)has been synthesized and characterized.The X-ray structure analysis shows that the complex contains a Li2Cr2 core bridged by twoμa-pyrazolates.The magnetic data exhibit the existenceof weak antiferromagnetic interaction in the cluster.

  6. Investigation on Crystal Structure, Magnetism and Colossal Magnetoresistance of Y_2CrS_4

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    2011-01-01

    Ternary yttrium chromium sulfide, Y2CrS4, was well prepared by a solid state reaction of Y2S3, Cr, and S. In this year we investigated its crystal structure, magnetism and magnetotransport properties. The X-ray diffraction pattern at 300 K was refined with

  7. The Cracking Analysis of 2Cr13 Steel Piston Rod While Quenching%2Cr13钢活塞杆淬火裂纹分析

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    黄丽秋; 曹虹; 周预平; 赵林武; 张庆坤; 汤晶晶; 王明哲

    2006-01-01

    在生产2Cr13马氏体不锈钢活塞杆时发现,已锻成形的部分有一段被加热到锻造温度范围内,在后续锻造中变形很小甚至没有变形,且淬火时产生了裂纹.经试验分析是由于该段晶粒粗大,淬火时组织应力超过该段的材料强度所致.

  8. Magnetism in Sr2CrMoO6 : A combined ab initio and model study

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    Sanyal, Prabuddha; Halder, Anita; Si, Liang; Wallerberger, Markus; Held, Karsten; Saha-Dasgupta, Tanusri

    2016-07-01

    Using a combination of first-principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations and exact diagonalization studies of a first-principles derived model, we carry out a microscopic analysis of the magnetic properties of the half-metallic double perovskite compound Sr2CrMoO6 , a sister compound of the much discussed material Sr2FeMoO6 . The electronic structure of Sr2CrMoO6 , though appearing similar to Sr2FeMoO6 at first glance, shows nontrivial differences with that of Sr2FeMoO6 on closer examination. In this context, our study highlights the importance of charge transfer energy between the two transition metal sites. The change in charge transfer energy due to a shift of Cr d states in Sr2CrMoO6 compared to Fe d in Sr2FeMoO6 suppresses the hybridization between Cr t2 g and Mo t2 g. This strongly weakens the hybridization-driven mechanism of magnetism discussed for Sr2FeMoO6 . Our study reveals that, nonetheless, the magnetic transition temperature of Sr2CrMoO6 remains high since an additional superexchange contribution to magnetism arises with a finite intrinsic moment developed at the Mo site. We further discuss the situation in comparison to another related double perovskite compound, Sr2CrWO6 . We also examine the effect of correlation beyond DFT, using dynamical mean field theory.

  9. Strain-tunable extraordinary magnetocrystalline anisotropy in Sr2CrReO6 epitaxial films

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    Lucy, J. M.; Ball, M. R.; Restrepo, O. D.; Hauser, A. J.; Soliz, J. R.; Freeland, J. W.; Woodward, P. M.; Windl, W.; Yang, F. Y.

    2014-11-01

    We report the discovery of extraordinarily large anisotropy fields and strain-tunable magnetocrystalline anisotropy in Sr2CrReO6 epitaxial films. We determine the strain-induced tetragonal distortions and octahedral rotations in Sr2CrReO6 epitaxial films grown on (LaAlO3)0.3(Sr2AlTaO6)0.7 (LSAT), SrTiO3 (STO), and SrCr0.5Nb0.5O3/LSAT substrates using x-ray diffraction and density functional theory. The structural distortions drive dramatic changes in magnetocrystalline anisotropy. We use magnetometry measurements and first principles calculations to determine the atomic origins of the large anisotropy observed. These techniques elucidate the interplay between structural deformations and magnetic behavior and lay the groundwork for the study of other strongly correlated systems in this class of ferromagnetic oxides.

  10. Orbital ordering in the two-dimensional ferromagnetic semiconductor Rb2CrCl4

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    Schwingenschlögl, U.; Eyert, V.

    2007-05-01

    We present the results of electronic structure calculations for the two-dimensional ferromagnet Rb2CrCl4. They are obtained by the augmented spherical wave (ASW) method as based on density functional theory and the local density approximation. In agreement with experimental data, Rb2CrCl4 is found to be semiconducting and displays long-range ferromagnetic order of the localized Cr 3d moments. The magnetic properties are almost independent of the structural modifications arising from the Jahn-Teller instability, which leads from the parent body-centered tetragonal K2NiF4 structure to a side-centered orthorhombic lattice. In contrast, the insulating gap is observed only for the latter structure due to the reduced symmetry. Our results thus suggest to interpret the orbital ordering as a necessary prerequisite for the opening of the gap rather than for the ferromagnetic order.

  11. Electronic structure, magnetism, and transport properties of the Heusler alloy Fe2CrAl

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    We report the electronic band structure, magnetism, and transport properties of the Heusler compound Fe2CrAl. The band-structure calculation for Fe2CrAl at the experimental lattice constant does not show the half-metallicity. The magnetism measurements show that the saturated moment at 5 K and the Curie temperature are 1.75 μB per formula unit and 234 K, respectively. The temperature dependence of the magnetization follows the spin-wave behavior at low temperature. The electrical resistivity shows a semiconducting-like behavior, which can be explained by the electronic band-structure calculations. The dependence of the magnetoresistance on the applied field is related to the competition between the effect of the Lorentz force and the extinction of inelastic s-d-s scattering

  12. Long afterglow properties of Zn2GeO4:Mn2+, Cr3+ phosphor

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    Cong, Yan; He, Yangyang; Dong, Bin; Xiao, Yu; Wang, Limei

    2015-04-01

    Zn2GeO4:Mn2+, Cr3+ phosphors were prepared by conventional solid state reaction and the photoluminescence properties were investigated. The Mn2+ activated Zn2GeO4 phosphors exhibited green emission at 533 nm due to the 4T1(4G) → 6A1(6S) transition of Mn2+ ions. With Cr3+ co-doping in Zn2GeO4 host, long afterglow characteristics were found from the same transition of Mn2+. The TL results revealed the presence of same traps in the phosphor, and the doping of Cr3+ ions deepened the VGe traps. The native defect VGe as a hole traps is responsible for the long afterglow emission in Zn2GeO4:Mn2+, Cr3+ phosphor. The possible mechanism of this phosphor has also been discussed.

  13. Structure, magnetism, and electron-transport properties of Mn2CrGa-based nanomaterials

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    Wenyong Zhang

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Mn2CrGa in the disordered cubic structure has been synthesized using rapid quenching and subsequent annealing. The cubic phase transforms to a stable tetragonal phase when a fraction of Cr or Ga is replaced by Pt or Al, respectively. All samples are ferrimagnetic with high Curie temperatures (Tc; Mn2CrGa exhibits the highest Tc of about 813 K. The tetragonal samples have appreciable values of magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy, which leads to an increase in coercivity (Hc that approaches about 10 kOe in the Pt-doped sample. The Hc linearly increases with a decrease of temperature, concomitant with the anisotropy change with temperature. All samples are metallic and show negative magnetoresistance with room-temperature resistivities on the order of 1 mΩcm. The magnetic properties including high Tc and low magnetic moment suggest that these tetragonal materials have potential for spin-transfer-torque-based devices.

  14. Hexavalent hydrogen complex in hypothetical Y{sub 2}CrH{sub 6}

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    Takagi, Shigeyuki, E-mail: shigeyuki.takagi@imr.tohoku.ac.jp [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Miwa, Kazutoshi [Toyota Central R and D Laboratories, Inc., Nagakute 480-1192 (Japan); Ikeshoji, Tamio; Sato, Ryutaro; Matsuo, Motoaki; Li, Guanqiao; Aoki, Katsutoshi [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Orimo, Shin-ichi [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); WPI-Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan)

    2013-12-15

    Highlights: ► A possible synthesis of Y{sub 2}CrH{sub 6} was theoretically investigated. ► We found the thermodynamically stable structure with a hexavalent [CrH{sub 6}]{sup 6−}. ► The large charge state of [CrH{sub 6}]{sup 6−} brings diversity to the cation combinations. ► The large charge state would provide a chemical flexibility to the complex hydride. -- Abstract: The crystal, electronic and phonon structures, and thermodynamic stability of a hypothetical complex hydride Y{sub 2}CrH{sub 6} were investigated using first-principles calculations. We found that the hydride contains CrH{sub 6} octahedra in the K{sub 2}PtCl{sub 6}-type structure. The electronic structure illustrates that two yttrium atoms donate a total of six electrons to the octahedra, indicating the charge state Y{sub 2}{sup 3+}[CrH{sub 6}]{sup 6-} which abides by the 18-electron rule. The phonon dispersion curves demonstrate that the hydride is dynamically stable. The calculated enthalpy change of −11 kJ/mol for the reaction, 2YH{sub 2}+Cr + H{sub 2} → Y{sub 2}CrH{sub 6}, gives a possible route to synthesize the stable complex hydride containing [CrH{sub 6}]{sup 6−}. The large charge state of the hexavalent complex anion [CrH{sub 6}]{sup 6−} would be useful to explore new complex hydrides, providing the chemical flexibility through the multiple combinations of cations.

  15. Strain-dependent, Extraordinary Magnetocrystalline Anisotropy in Sr2CrReO6 Epitaxial Films

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    Lucy, Jeremy; Soliz, Jennifer; Ball, Molly; Restrepo, Oscar; Windl, Wolfgang; Woodward, Patrick; Yang, Fengyuan; Hauser, Adam; Freeland, John; CenterEmergent Materials Collaboration; Magnetic Materials Group Collaboration

    2014-03-01

    We have grown Sr2CrReO6 films that exhibit one of the largest anisotropy fields shown to date (18.1 T) and a large uniaxial magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy Ku = 9.05 × 106 erg/cm3. We investigate strain-controlled magnetocrystalline anisotropy for epitaxial Sr2CrReO6 films grown on (LaAlO3)0.3 (Sr2AlTaO6)0.7 , SrTiO3 and Sr2CrNbO6/LSAT substrates using high resolution X-ray diffraction, in-plane and out-of-plane superconducting quantum interference device magnetometry, and density functional theory calculations. The substrates impose tetragonal distortions of c/ a = 1.025, 1.007 and 0.991, respectively, which lead to dramatic changes in magnetocrystalline anisotropy of order tens of tesla and a switching of the magnetic easy axis from in-plane for compressive strain to out-of-plane for tensile strain, as observed via magnetometry measurements. Density functional theory calculations elucidate the dependence of oxygen octahedra tilting and rotation on tetragonal distortions, which affect both electronic and magnetic properties of the films. Finally, X-ray magnetic circular dichroism measurements reveal strong magnetic moment contributions at the oxygen sites, as evident in oxygen-specific X-ray absorption spectra.

  16. COST 505 - project D 31. Evaluation of 2% CrMoWV steel (23 CrMoNiWV 8 8) for high temperature steam turbine rotor forgings

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    The aim of the research work has been to examine the behaviour of the newly developed 2% CrMoWV (23 CrMoNiWV 8 8) HP and IP rotor steel in creep, low-cycle fatigue, toughness and long-time embrittlement tests. The results of the tests over a duration of about 20 000 h showed that in comparison with the traditional 1% CrMoV shaft steel the 2% CrMoWV shaft steel has a distinctly higher fracture toughness with equal creep and low-cicle fatigue strength. Exposures of notched-bar impact test specimens revealed in the temperature range of 400 bis 500deg C a time and temperature-dependent reduction in fracture toughness on account of P-segregations at the grain boundaries. However, the loss of toughness is within acceptable limits and can presumably be prevented or distinctly decreased by a further reduction of the P-contend during the steel melting process. (orig./MM)

  17. Sign reversal of transformation entropy change in Co2Cr(Ga,Si) shape memory alloys

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    Xu, Xiao; Omori, Toshihiro; Nagasako, Makoto; Kanomata, Takeshi; Kainuma, Ryosuke

    2015-11-01

    In situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements and compression tests were performed on Co2Cr(Ga,Si) shape memory alloys. The reentrant martensitic transformation behavior was directly observed during the in situ XRD measurements. The high-temperature parent phase and low-temperature reentrant parent phase were found to have a continuous temperature dependence of lattice parameter, therefore suggesting that they are the same phase in nature. Moreover, compression tests were performed on a parent-phase single crystal sample; an evolution from normal to inverse temperature dependence of critical stress for martensitic transformation was directly observed. Based on the Clausius-Clapeyron analysis, a sign reversal of entropy change can be expected on the same alloy.

  18. Grain-size control in Ti-48Al-2Cr-2Nb with yttrium additions

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    Trivedi, P. B.; Patankar, S. N.; (Sam) Froes, F. H.; Baburaj, E. G.; Genç, A.; Ovecoglu, L.

    2002-08-01

    A gas-atomized (GA) prealloyed powder of the Ti-48Al-2Cr-2Nb intermetallic and 1.6 wt pct Y were mechanically alloyed (MA) and hot isostatically pressed (hipped) to produce a fully dense nanocrystalline material. Mechanical alloying of the as-blended powder for 16 hours resulted in the formation of a disordered fcc phase. Hipping of the alloy powder produced a single-phase nanocrystalline TiAl intermetallic, containing a distribution of 20 to 35-nm-sized Al2Y4O9 particles. The formation of oxide particles occurred by the chemical combination of Al and Y with oxygen, which entered as a contaminant during milling. Oxide particles increased the hardness of the intermetallic compound and minimized grain growth even at 0.8 T m , where T m is the melting point of the compound.

  19. Study of energy bands and magnetic properties of Co2CrSi Heusler alloy

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    Dibya Prakash Rai; Sandeep; M P Ghimire; R K Thapa

    2011-10-01

    The electronic and magnetic properties of Co2CrSi is calculated by using full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP–LAPW) method based on density functional theory (DFT). Density of states (DOS), magnetic moment and band structures of the system are presented. For the exchange and correlation energy, local spin density approximation (LSDA+U) with the inclusion of Hubbard potential U is used. Our calculation shows indirect bandgap of 0.91 eV in the minority channel of DOS. This is supported by band structures and hence favoured the half metallic ferromagnetic (HMF) nature of the system. The effective magnetic moment of 4.006 B also supported our conclusion with a near integral value. The DOS of Co and Cr were found to hybridize and was also responsible for the ferromagnetic nature of the system.

  20. Laser induced infrared spectral shift of the MgB2:Cr superconductor films.

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    AlZayed, N S; Kityk, I V; Soltan, S; El-Naggar, A M; Shahabuddin, M

    2015-02-01

    During illumination of the MgB2:Cr2O3 films it was established substantial spectral shift of the infrared spectra in the vicinity of 20-50cm(-1). The excitations were performed by nanosecond Er:glass laser operating at 1.54μm and by microsecond 10.6μm CO2 laser. The spectral shifts of the IR maxima were in opposite spectral directions for the two types of lasers. This one observed difference correlates well with spectral shift of their critical temperatures. The possible explanation is given by performance of DFT calculations of the charge density redistribution and the time kinetics of the photovoltaic response. To understand the kinetics of the photoinduced processes the time kinetics of photoresponse was done for the particular laser wavelengths.

  1. Band Structure Simulations of the Photoinduced Changes in the MgB2:Cr Films

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    Iwan V. Kityk

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available An approach for description of the photoinduced nonlinear optical effects in the superconducting MgB2:Cr2O3 nanocrystalline film is proposed. It includes the molecular dynamics step-by-step optimization of the two separate crystalline phases. The principal role for the photoinduced nonlinear optical properties plays nanointerface between the two phases. The first modified layers possess a form of slightly modified perfect crystalline structure. The next layer is added to the perfect crystalline structure and the iteration procedure is repeated for the next layer. The total energy here is considered as a varied parameter. To avoid potential jumps on the borders we have carried out additional derivative procedure.

  2. Electrochemical corrosion resistance of CeO2-Cr/Ti coatings on 304 stainless steel via pack cementation

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    邢学刚; 韩志军; 王鹤峰; 卢盼娜

    2015-01-01

    The pack cementation was employed to improve the electrochemical corrosion resistance of 304 stainless steel via CeO2- Cr modified Ti coatings. Continuous coatings were formed on 304 stainless steel surface by this method. A series of electrochemical experiments were carried out to investigate the corrosion resistance of 304 stainless steel, Ti coating and CeO2-Cr/Ti coatings. The sample surface was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The phases of sample surface were detected by X-ray dif-fraction (XRD). It was concluded from all the outcomes that the corrosion resistance of the samples could be sorted in the following sequence: CeO2-Cr/Ti coatings>Ti coating>304 stainless steel.

  3. The effect of chemical pressure on the structure and properties of A2CrOsO6 (A=Sr, Ca) ferrimagnetic double perovskite

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    Morrow, Ryan; Soliz, Jennifer R.; Hauser, Adam J.; Gallagher, James C.; Susner, Michael A.; Sumption, Michael D.; Aczel, Adam A.; Yan, Jiaqiang; Yang, Fengyuan; Woodward, Patrick M.

    2016-06-01

    The ordered double perovskites Sr2CrOsO6 and Ca2CrOsO6 have been synthesized and characterized with neutron powder diffraction, electrical transport measurements, and high field magnetization experiments. As reported previously Sr2CrOsO6 crystallizes with R 3 bar symmetry due to a-a-a- octahedral tilting. A decrease in the tolerance factor leads to a-a-b+ octahedral tilting and P21/n space group symmetry for Ca2CrOsO6. Both materials are found to be ferrimagnetic insulators with saturation magnetizations near 0.2 μB. Sr2CrOsO6 orders at 660 K while Ca2CrOsO6 orders at 490 K. Variable temperature magnetization measurements suggest that the magnetization of the Cr3+ and Os3+ sublattices have different temperature dependences in Sr2CrOsO6. This leads to a non-monotonic temperature evolution of the magnetic moment. Similar behavior is not seen in Ca2CrOsO6. Both compounds have similar levels of Os/Cr antisite disorder, with order parameters of η=80.2(4)% for Sr2CrOsO6 and η=76.2(5)% for Ca2CrOsO6, where η=2θ-1 and θ is the occupancy of the osmium ion on the osmium-rich Wyckoff site.

  4. Epitaxy of thin films of the Heusler compound Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al

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    Conca, A.; Jourdan, M; Herbort, C.; Adrian, H.

    2006-01-01

    Epitaxial thin films of the highly spin polarized Heusler compound Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al are deposited by dc magnetron sputtering. It is shown by XRD and TEM investigations how the use of an Fe buffer layer on MgO(100) substrates supports the growth of highly ordered Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al at low deposition temperatures. The as grown samples show a relatively large ordered magnetic moment of mu = 3.0mu_B/f.u. providing evidence for a low level of disorder.

  5. 利用离子液体[BMIM]2[CR]萃取牛血清蛋白的研究%Study on the BSA extraction by ionic liquid of [BMIM]2 [CR

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    娄本浊

    2012-01-01

    An environmental friendly ionic liquid [ BMIM]2[CR] with affinity is synthesized by ionic exchange and the bovine serum albumin ( BSA) is extracted by this new type of extracting agent. The results showed that the optimum conditions of BSA extraction are 10 mmol/L of ionic liquid concentration, 30 min of extraction time and in acidic solution, and the extraction efficiency can be above 90%. This studied providing certain feasibility conditions for protein extraction application.%利用离子交换过程将亲和性染料刚果红合成为[BMIM]2[CR],并进行牛血清蛋白萃取实验.研究结果表明,[BMIM]2[CR]离子液体的浓度为10mmol/L,萃取时间为30min以及溶液呈酸性时,对牛血清蛋白的萃取效果最佳,可达90%以上.该研究可为[BMIM]2[CR]实际蛋白质萃取应用中提供一定的可行性条件.

  6. Pitting Corrosion of Ni3(Si,Ti+2Cr Intermetallic Compound at Various Chloride Concentrations

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    Gadang Priyotomo

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The pitting corrosion of Ni3(Si,Ti with 2 at% Cr containing two regions of a Ni3(Si,Ti single-phase of L12 structure and a mixture phase of of (L12 +Niss was investigated as function of chloride concentrations by using a polarization method, scanning electron microscope and energy dispersive X-Ray spectroscopy in neutral sodium chloride solutions at 293 K.  The pitting corrosion of Ni3(Si,Ti with and without the addition of aluminium and type C276 alloy were also studied under the same experimental condition for the comparison.  The pitting potential obtained for the Ni3(Si,Ti with 2 at% Cr decreased with increasing chloride concentration.  The specific pitting potentials and the pitting potentials were decreased in the order of C276 alloy > Ni3(Si,Ti > Ni3(Si,Ti + 2Cr > Ni3(Si,Ti + 4Al, which means that the pitting corrosion resistance of Ni3(Si,Ti with 2 at% Cr was higher than Ni3(Si,Ti with 4 at% Al, but lower than that of Ni3(Si,Ti.  A critical chloride concentration of Ni3(Si,Ti with 2 at% Cr was found to be higher than that of Ni3(Si,Ti with at% Al. In addition, the presence of high concentration for oxygen indicates the occurrence of pit formation.

  7. High-temperature deformation behavior of the gamma alloy Ti-48Al-2Cr-2Nb

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    The hot-workability of a two-phase (gamma + alpha-2) alloy, Ti-48Al-2Cr-2Nb, has been studied by conducting isothermal compression tests to 0.8 true strain over the temperature range of 975-1200 C at strain rates between 0.1 and 0.003/S. A deformation map showing temperature, strain rate, soundness of deformation, and isostress contours was constructed. Good workability is found from the low temperature/low strain rate regime to combinations of high temperature and either high or low strain rate. The upper-limit flow stress for good workability is between 450 and 500 MPa. Deformation induced softening occurs at all conditions. SEM and TEM examinations of the deformed specimens reveal that nonuniform deformation takes place at all strain rates, but cracking occurs mostly at high strain rates (e.g. 0.1/s), especially combined with low temperatures. The cracking appears to progress primarily along gamma/alpha-2 interfaces. It is thought that nonuniform deformation develops channels of shear bands, which in turn promote localized recrystallization, thus accommodating higher strains. 9 refs

  8. Structural properties of the quaternary Heusler alloy Co2Cr1-xFexAl

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    The quarternary substitutional series Co2Cr1-xFexAl was investigated by means of surface and bulk sensitive techniques in order to exploit its structural and compositional properties. Both bulk and powder samples of the alloy series were investigated to obtain specific information about this material. The long range order was determined by means of x-ray diffraction and neutron diffraction, while the site specific (short range) order was proved by extended x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy. The magnetic structure was investigated by Moessbauer spectroscopy in transmission and scattering modes in order to compare and separate powder and bulk properties. The chemical composition was analysed by means of x-ray photo emission spectroscopy combined with Auger electron spectroscopy depth profiling. The results from these methods are compared to get an insight into the differences between surface and bulk properties and the appearance of disorder in such alloys. The material shows an extremely high sensitivity to oxygen. In particular, powder materials show a high amount of oxygen contamination. Therefore, an additional oxide-mediated tunnel magneto-resistance may always contribute to measurements of magneto-resistive effects because the oxide layers will provide natural tunnelling barriers. In addition, the results suggest that thin films have to be produced under ultra-high vacuum conditions

  9. Structural properties of the quaternary Heusler alloy Co2Cr1-xFexAl

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    Wurmehl, Sabine; Martins Alves, Maria C.; Morais, Jonder; Ksenofontov, Vadim; Teixeira, Sergio R.; Machado, Giovanna; Fecher, Gerhard H.; Felser, Claudia

    2007-03-01

    The quarternary substitutional series Co2Cr1-xFexAl was investigated by means of surface and bulk sensitive techniques in order to exploit its structural and compositional properties. Both bulk and powder samples of the alloy series were investigated to obtain specific information about this material. The long range order was determined by means of x-ray diffraction and neutron diffraction, while the site specific (short range) order was proved by extended x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy. The magnetic structure was investigated by Mössbauer spectroscopy in transmission and scattering modes in order to compare and separate powder and bulk properties. The chemical composition was analysed by means of x-ray photo emission spectroscopy combined with Auger electron spectroscopy depth profiling. The results from these methods are compared to get an insight into the differences between surface and bulk properties and the appearance of disorder in such alloys. The material shows an extremely high sensitivity to oxygen. In particular, powder materials show a high amount of oxygen contamination. Therefore, an additional oxide-mediated tunnel magneto-resistance may always contribute to measurements of magneto-resistive effects because the oxide layers will provide natural tunnelling barriers. In addition, the results suggest that thin films have to be produced under ultra-high vacuum conditions.

  10. Instant capture of recoil 51Cr(III) from neutron activated K2CrO4

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    A new method of measuring the initial 51Cr(III) produced from nuclear recoil of K2CrO4 was developed. In this method K2CrO4 was mixed with MgO in the presence of a small amount of water, and the mixture was irradiated in a nuclear reactor. After irradiation, the mixture was dissolved in water, and MgO precipitate was separated from the solution. The yield of recoil 51Cr(III) could be calculated from the 51Cr activity in the precipitate measured. On the other hand, the yield of retention of 51Cr as chromate could be calculated from the activity found in the supernatant. The 51Cr(III) yield thus obtained is almost a factor of 2 higher than observed in pure K2CrO4 without mixing with MgO, irradiated under the same condition. Another important observation is that the 51Cr(III) yield is independent of irradiation time in presence of MgO. Without MgO the observed 51Cr(III) yield decreases with increasing irradiation time, suggesting possible oxidation of Cr(III) to chromate during irradiation. This variation is not observed in the system of K2CrO4 containing MgO, indicating that the initial Cr(III) is adsorbed immediately after nuclear recoil by MgO and is protected from oxidation by gamma radiation. (author) 4 refs.; 4 figs.; 2 tabs

  11. Magnetic and structural properties of nanostructured Fe–20Al–2Cr powder mixtures

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    Zerniz, N. [Laboratory of Inorganic Materials Chemistry, Chemistry Department, University Badji Mokhtar of Annaba, BP: 12, Annaba 23000 (Algeria); Azzaza, S., E-mail: s.azzaza@gmail.com [Laboratory of Magnetism and Spectroscopy of Solids, Department of Physics, University Badji Mokhtar of Annaba, BP: 12, Annaba 23000 (Algeria); Department of Technology, Faculty of Technology, University 20 Août 1955 of Skikda, B.P.26, Route d' El-Hadaiek, Skikda 21000 (Algeria); Chater, R. [Laboratory of Inorganic Materials Chemistry, Chemistry Department, University Badji Mokhtar of Annaba, BP: 12, Annaba 23000 (Algeria); Abbas, H. [Department of Biology, College of Science, University of Bahrain, PO Box 32038 (Bahrain); Bououdina, M. [Nanotechnology Centre, University of Bahrain, PO Box 32038 (Bahrain); Department of Physics, College of Science, University of Bahrain, PO Box 32038 (Bahrain); Bouchelaghem, W. [Laboratory of Inorganic Materials Chemistry, Chemistry Department, University Badji Mokhtar of Annaba, BP: 12, Annaba 23000 (Algeria)

    2015-02-15

    Nanostructured Fe–20Al–2Cr (wt.%) powders have been prepared using high energy planetary ball-mill. Changes in structural, morphological and magnetic properties of the powders during mechanical alloying (MA) and during subsequent annealing have been examined by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The observed structural and microstructural changes have been related to several processes occurring during MA. After MA, the material becomes significantly disordered and refines to nanoscale grain sizes (~ 14 nm). The obtained bcc α-Fe(Al,Cr) solid solution shows a ferromagnetic behavior. Upon subsequent annealing at 400 °C, α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and spinel oxides are formed at the surface of particles, while structural defects disappeared as Fe(Al,Cr) solid solution becomes more ordered and grain growth occurs. The saturation magnetization (Ms) shows lower values after annealing, attributed to the formation of metal oxides with low magnetic moment. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • Nanostructured Fe–Al–Cr powders were prepared by MA. • Careful analysis of the XRD patterns by using the Rietveld refinement • The lattice distortion is evidenced by the increase of both the lattice parameter and the static Debye Waller parameter. • Annealing at 400 °C stabilizes the microstructure at the nanometer range and leads to the formation of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} and Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} oxides. • Both the milled and annealed samples are ferromagnetic.

  12. The Structure-Function Relationships of Complement Receptor Type 2 (CR2; CD21).

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    Hannan, Jonathan Paul

    2016-01-01

    Human complement receptor type 2 (CR2; CD21) is a surface-associated glycoprotein which binds to a variety of endogenous ligands, including the complement component C3 fragments iC3b, C3dg and C3d, the low-affinity IgE receptor CD23, and the type I cytokine, interferon-alpha. CR2 links the innate complement-mediated immune response to pathogens and foreign antigens with the adaptive immune response by binding to C3d that is covalently attached to targets, and which results in a cell signalling phenomenon that lowers the threshold for B cell activation. Variations or deletions of the CR2 gene in humans, or the Cr2 gene in mice associate with a variety of autoimmune and inflammatory conditions. A number of infectious agents including Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and prions also bind to CR2 either directly or indirectly by means of C3d-targeted immune complexes. In this review we discuss the interactions that CR2 undertakes with its best characterized ligands C3d, CD23 and the EBV gp350/220 envelope protein. To date only a single physiologically relevant complex of CR2 with one of its ligands, C3d, has been elucidated. By contrast, the interactions with CD23 and EBV gp350/220, while being important from physiologic and disease-associated standpoints, respectively, are only incompletely understood. A detailed knowledge of the structure-function relationships that CR2 undergoes with its ligands is necessary to understand the implications of using recombinant CR2 in therapeutic or imaging agents, or alternatively targeting CR2 to down-regulate the antibody mediated immune response in cases of autoimmunity. PMID:26916158

  13. The Structure-Function Relationships of Complement Receptor Type 2 (CR2; CD21).

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    Hannan, Jonathan Paul

    2016-01-01

    Human complement receptor type 2 (CR2; CD21) is a surface-associated glycoprotein which binds to a variety of endogenous ligands, including the complement component C3 fragments iC3b, C3dg and C3d, the low-affinity IgE receptor CD23, and the type I cytokine, interferon-alpha. CR2 links the innate complement-mediated immune response to pathogens and foreign antigens with the adaptive immune response by binding to C3d that is covalently attached to targets, and which results in a cell signalling phenomenon that lowers the threshold for B cell activation. Variations or deletions of the CR2 gene in humans, or the Cr2 gene in mice associate with a variety of autoimmune and inflammatory conditions. A number of infectious agents including Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and prions also bind to CR2 either directly or indirectly by means of C3d-targeted immune complexes. In this review we discuss the interactions that CR2 undertakes with its best characterized ligands C3d, CD23 and the EBV gp350/220 envelope protein. To date only a single physiologically relevant complex of CR2 with one of its ligands, C3d, has been elucidated. By contrast, the interactions with CD23 and EBV gp350/220, while being important from physiologic and disease-associated standpoints, respectively, are only incompletely understood. A detailed knowledge of the structure-function relationships that CR2 undergoes with its ligands is necessary to understand the implications of using recombinant CR2 in therapeutic or imaging agents, or alternatively targeting CR2 to down-regulate the antibody mediated immune response in cases of autoimmunity.

  14. Influence of adding vanadium element on stress corrosion cracking and elastic creep of 2Cr13 steel%添加V对2Cr13钢抗应力腐蚀开裂和弹性蠕变性能的影响

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    任树霞; 戴起勋; 朱子健; 朱向群

    2012-01-01

    Vanadium element with 0.12wt% content was added to 2Cr13 stainless steel,influence of vanadium element on stress corrosion cracking of 2Cr13 steel was tested by slow strain rate test(SSRT) and elastic creep property of 2Cr13 steel before and after adding vanadium element were investigated by using the strain gage based load cell technique.The results show that the addition of vanadium can refine grain size and improve the stress corrosion of 2Cr13 steel and reduce the elastic creep property of 2Cr13 steel.%在2Cr13不锈钢中加入了0.12%(质量分数,%)的V,采用慢应变速率试验(SSRT)测试了V元素对2Cr13钢抗应力腐蚀开裂的影响,并用电阻应变式称重传感器分析了添加V前后2Cr13钢的弹性蠕变性能。结果表明,V加入2Cr13不锈钢可以细化晶粒,提高2Cr13钢的抗应力腐蚀性能和弹性蠕变性能。

  15. Tunnelkontakte mit Heusler-Elektrode: Spinpolarisation von Co 2Cr 0,6Fe 0,4Al und Einfluss der Barriere

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    Herbort, Christian

    2010-01-01

    Ziel dieser Arbeit ist die Bestimmung der Spinpolarisation von der Heusler-Verbindung Co2Cr0,6Fe0,4Al. Dieses Ziel wurde durch die sorgfältige Präparation von Co2Cr0,6Fe0,4Al basierten Tunnelkontakten realisiert. Tunnelwiderstandsmessungen an Co2Cr0,6Fe0,4Al-basiertenrnTunnelkontakten ergaben einen Tunnelmagnetowiderstand von 101% bei 4 K. DieserrnTunnelmagnetowiderstand legt eine untere Grenze von 67% für die Spinpolarisation von Co2Cr0,6Fe0,4Al fest.rnrnCo2Cr0,6Fe0,4Al ist eine Heusler-Verb...

  16. Electronic and magnetic tunability of Sr2CrReO6 films by growth-mediated oxygen modulation

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    Highly ordered epitaxial films of ferrimagnetic semiconductor Sr2CrReO6 (SCRO) have been fabricated by off-axis magnetron sputtering, and characterized as a function of the oxygen partial pressure. In this Letter, we report 18 000% modulation in electrical resistivity at T = 7K (60% at room temperature) from a 1% modulation in the oxygen partial pressure during film growth. The growth window was centered at peak saturation magnetization, which drops due to both increasing and decreasing oxygen growth pressure. The results suggest that n-type doping due to oxygen vacancies plays a dominant role in the electrical properties and modulation of Sr2CrReO6 thin films.

  17. Renormalization of Long Wavelength Spin Waves in the 2d Ferromagnet Rb2CrCl4

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    Lindgård, Per-Anker; Als-Nielsen, Jens Aage; Hutchings, M. T.

    1980-01-01

    Rb2CrCl4 is a nearly 2d-ferromagnetic, optically transparent insulator isomorphous with K2CuF4. High resolution neutron scattering data for temperatures below Tc = 52.4 K of the low energy long wavelength spin waves are presented and a Hartree-Fock analysis yields Hamiltonian parameters and accou......Rb2CrCl4 is a nearly 2d-ferromagnetic, optically transparent insulator isomorphous with K2CuF4. High resolution neutron scattering data for temperatures below Tc = 52.4 K of the low energy long wavelength spin waves are presented and a Hartree-Fock analysis yields Hamiltonian parameters...

  18. Magnetic and electrical properties of K2NiF4-type Sr2CrO4%K2NiF4型Sr2CrO4的磁电性质研究

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    曹立朋; 望贤成; 刘清青; 潘礼庆; 顾长志; 靳常青

    2015-01-01

    Sr2CrO4 with a K2NiF4 structure can be synthesized by different methods under ambient pressure and high pressure, while the properties reported are quite different. In this paper, pure phase Sr2CrO4 with K2NiF4 structure is obtained by one-step solid state reaction under high pressure and high temperature. Powders of SrO and CrO2 are used as the starting materials. The Sr2CrO4 structure at room temperature is determined by powder XRD measurement and GSAS Rietveld refinement. Sr2CrO4 crystal is of tetragonal symmetry with space group I4/mmm and its lattice parameters a = 3.8191 Å and c = 12.5046 Å. There are two oxygen sites, apical O1 and equatorial O2. The CrO6 octahedron is slightly elongated along the c-axis, forming a longer bond Cr—O1 =1.9180 Å and a shorter bond Cr—O2 =1.9096 Å. Temperature dependence of the magnetic susceptibility is measured in the temperature range of 2–300 K under the magnetic field 1 T. A weak antiferromagnetic transition can be seen at TN =95 K. Above TN, the susceptibility obeys Curie-Weiss law. The Curie-Weiss fitting gives the Weiss constant θ = −364 K and the effective magnetic moment µeff =2.9 µB, in good agreement with the theoretical value of localized Cr4+, indicating the localized electronic state. Field dependence of susceptibility has been measured at different temperatures. The magnetic properties here are different from those in the previous reports, and this discrepancy is attributed to the quite different sample synthesis methods. Temperature dependence of electrical resistivity of Sr2CrO4 shows insulating behavior. Activation energy ∆is estimated by the relation ρ ∝ exp(∆/kBT ) at temperature range 150–300 K. In the temperature range 150–200 K and 200–300 K the activation energies are ∆L = 0.134 eV and ∆H = 0.168 eV, respectively. The insulating behavior is consistent with the previous experiment reports and the theoretical calculation, which is possibly attributed to the suppression of

  19. Effect of heat treatment on the microstructure of a 2CrMoNiWV rotor steel

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    Li, Cheng

    1996-01-01

    A wide range of experiments have been carried out on a 2CrMoNiWV low alloy steel to investigate the effect of various heat treatment conditions on microstructural change, alloy carbide transformation mechanism and mechanical properties. Two complete continuous cooling transformation (CCT) diagrams were constructed for this steel on the basis of experimental dilatometry thermal analysis, metallographic examination and current phase transformation theory. The significance of these two ...

  20. Expression and modulation of complement receptor 2 (CR2/CD21) in the pathophysiology of rheumatoid arthritis

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    Rozaleen Dash; Uma Kumar; Maumita Kanjilal; Nibhriti Das

    2016-01-01

    Background: The involvement of B cells, complement activation and subsequent immune complex deposition has been implicated in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Although the reduced expression of complement receptor 2 (CR2, CD21) on the B cells of RA patients is known for long, we aimed at determining the modulation and expression of CR2 on PBMC of healthy individuals and RA patients. Methods: Sixty controls and 57 RA patients were enrolled. PBMC-CR2 transcript levels were corr...

  1. Strong-coupling electron-phonon superconductivity in noncentrosymmetric quasi-one-dimensional K$_2$Cr$_3$As$_3$

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    Subedi, Alaska

    2015-01-01

    I study the lattice dynamics and electron-phonon coupling in non-centrosymmetric quasi-one-dimensional K$_2$Cr$_3$As$_3$ using density functional theory based first principles calculations. The phonon dispersions show stable phonons without any soft-mode behavior. They also exhibit features that point to a strong interaction of K atoms with the lattice. I find that the calculated Eliashberg spectral function shows a large enhancement around 50 cm$^{-1}$. The phonon modes that show large coupl...

  2. Depth-resolved magnetic and structural analysis of relaxing epitaxial Sr2CrReO6

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    Lucy, Jeremy; Yang, Fengyuan; Hauser, Adam; Liu, Yaohua; Zhou, Hua; Choi, Yongseong; Te Velthuis, Suzanne G. E.; Haskel, Daniel

    2015-03-01

    Structural relaxation in a Sr2CrReO6 epitaxial film, with strong spin-orbit coupling, leads to depth-dependent magnetism. We combine a couple of depth-resolved synchrotron x-ray techniques, including two-dimensional reciprocal space mapping and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism experiments, to demonstrate this effect. An 800 nm film of Sr2CrReO6, grown with tensile epitaxial strain on SrCr0.5Nb0.5O3(200 nm)/LSAT, relaxes away from the Sr2CrReO6/SrCr0.5Nb0.5O3 interface. Grazing incidence x-ray diffraction measurements of the film elucidate the in-plane strain relaxation while depth-resolved x-ray magnetic circular dichroism at the Re L edge reveals the magnetic contributions of the Re site. The smooth relaxation of the film correlates with a systematic change in the magnetism.This provides an interesting and powerful way to probe the depth-varying structural and magnetic properties of a complex oxide with synchrotron-source x-ray techniques. Work supported by the NSF, Grant No. DMR-1420451.

  3. Morphology and magnetoresistance of Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al-based tunnelling junctions

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    Some ferromagnetic Heusler compounds are theoretically predicted to be half metallic materials, i.e. to be characterized by a huge spin polarization at the Fermi energy. We investigate the correlations between junction preparation conditions, morphology and transport properties of planar MgO/Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al/AlOx/Co/CoOx/Pt tunnelling junctions. Epitaxial Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al thin films were deposited by dc and rf magnetron sputtering on different buffer layers (Cr, Fe, MgO) on MgO(1 0 0) substrates. By RHEED, LEED and in situ STM investigations different surface morphologies were observed. Atomically flat surfaces with Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al unit cell sized steps (B2 structure) were obtained by rf sputtering on MgO substrates with e-beam evaporated MgO buffer layers. However, this morphology results in AlOx tunnelling barriers with improper wetting properties.

  4. Modeling the Constitutive Relationship of Powder Metallurgy Ti-47Al-2Nb-2Cr Alloy During Hot Deformation

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    Sun, Yu; Hu, Lianxi; Ren, Junshuai

    2015-03-01

    In the present work, the isothermal compression tests of PM alloy Ti-47Al-2Nb-2Cr were carried out in the temperature range of 950-1200 °C. A Gleeble 1500D thermosimulation machine was used, and samples were tested at strain rates ranging from 10-3 to 10-1 s-1. Based on the obtained flow stress curves, the hot deformation behavior was presented. The constitutive relationship of powder metallurgy (PM) Ti-47Al-2Nb-2Cr alloy was developed using an Arrhenius-type constitutive model that involves strain compensation in addition to an artificial neural network model. The accuracy and reliability of the developed models were quantified in terms of statistical parameters such as correlation coefficient and absolute value of relative error. It was found that deformation temperature and strain rate have obvious effects on the flow characteristics, and the flow stress increases with the increasing strain rate and the decreasing temperature. Moreover, the proposed models possess excellent prediction capability of flow stresses for the present alloy during hot deformation. Compared with the traditional Arrhenius-type model, the backpropagation neural network model is more accurate when presenting the isothermal compressing deformation behavior at elevated temperatures for PM Ti-47Al-2Nb-2Cr alloy.

  5. Structural and magnetic properties of epitaxial Heusler alloy Fe2Cr0.5Co0.5Si

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    This paper reports the study of structural and magnetic properties of Heusler alloy Fe2Cr0.5Co0.5Si (FCCS) thin film and its tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) effect. The smooth quaternary Heusler alloy FCCS film with surface roughness of rms value of 0.25 nm measured by atomic force microscopy and partial L21 phase was obtained by magnetron sputtering at room temperature followed by in-situ annealing at 400 °C. The saturation magnetization and coercivity of FCCS are 410 emu/cm3 and 20 Oe, respectively. The magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) using FCCS as free layer were studied in detail as a function of post-annealing temperature. A TMR ratio of 15.6% has been achieved with 300 °C post-annealing. This is about twice the highest TMR ratio obtained in MTJs using Fe2CrSi. The enhancement of TMR ratio can be attributed to the successful tuning of the Fermi level of Fe2CrSi close to the center of the minority band gap by Co-doping

  6. 不同热处理工艺下的2Cr13组织和性能%Microstructure and Properties of 2Cr13 Stainless Steel After Different Heat Treatment

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    赵晓磊; 吴志星; 张晓健; 闫昭卓

    2015-01-01

    2Cr13不锈钢进行淬火及不同温度下的回火处理;分析了淬火组织,研究了不同的回火温度对其组织和性能的影响.结果表明:采用960~990℃保温1 h+720℃保温3h的热处理工艺,性能满足API 5CT中L80级的要求.

  7. Process Practice of EAF-LF(VD)-CC for Spring Steel 60Si2CrVAT%60Si2CrVAT弹簧钢EAF-LF(VD)-CC工艺实践

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    谢文新; 沈建军

    2003-01-01

    用100 t UHP EAF+LF(VD)+300 mm方CC工艺生产提速铁路车辆用弹簧钢60Si2CrVAT的工艺实践表明,钢的清洁度为[O]10×10-6,S 0.005%,P 0.012%,连铸时用结晶器+凝固末端电磁搅拌,使连铸坯中心碳偏析指数达1.08.

  8. Experimental Studies on the Sulfide Capacities of CaO-SiO2-CrOx Slags

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    Wang, Lijun; Seetharaman, Seshadri

    2010-04-01

    To understand the desulfurization process during the refining of Cr-containing steel grades, this work was initiated to study the reactions between Cr-sulfur and chromium-containing slags. The sulfide capacities of CaO-SiO2-CrOx pseudo-ternary slags were measured using the traditional gas-slag equilibration technique between 1823 K and 1923 K. Sixteen different slag compositions were examined, and two different equilibrium oxygen partial pressures were used to understand the impact of the varying valence of Cr on the sulfide capacities. The results showed that log10 Cs varied linearly with the reciprocal T, and the slope was higher than the corresponding value reported for the binary CaO-SiO2 of corresponding composition. It was difficult to isolate the relative effects of the bi- and trivalent Cr in the slags because the Cr2+/Cr3+ ratio was influenced by the basicity of the slag. By using the equation developed by these authors earlier that related Cr2+/Cr3+ with basicity, oxygen partial pressure, and temperature, it was possible to obtain an approximate trend of the CrO effect on the sulfide capacities; viz. the sulfide shows a decreasing trend as Cr2+ replaces Ca2+ in the slag. With a continued increase of Cr2+ content, indications of the occurrence of a minimum point were observed; beyond which the sulfide capacities showed a slight increasing trend. The latter was attributed, based on slag-structure analysis by Gaskell et al., to the increasing extent of the polymerization reaction releasing oxygen ions for sulfide reactions.

  9. Complement receptor type two (CR2,CR21): a target for influencing the humoral immune response and antigen-trapping.

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    Prodinger, W M

    1999-01-01

    Cellular receptors for complement C3 fragments deposited on antigens are important bricks in the wall defending against microbial pathogens. The part of complement receptor type 2 (CR2; CD21) deals with enhancing humoral immune responses and with long-term trapping of C3d-coated antigen by follicular dendritic cells. CR2 is also pivotal for Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection. Here, the current understanding, how CR2 interacts with its ligands C3d, EBV, and CD23 is summarized. The potential to target CR2 for clinical therapy or immunization purposes are discussed. PMID:10741859

  10. Effects of processing variables on the creep behavior of investment cast Ti-48Al-2Nb-2Cr

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    Intermetallics based on ordered γ-TiAl are being considered for the replacement of steels and nickel-based superalloys for high temperature aerospace and automotive applications. This study investigates the creep behavior of investment cast Ti-48Al-2Nb-2Cr with microstructures ranging from duplex to nearly lamellar. Constant load creep tests were conducted in air at temperatures of 650 C and 760 C and at stress levels of 104MPa, 155MPa, and 207MPa. The effects of cooling rates during casting, aluminum content, oxygen level, and microstructure on creep properties are discussed. The activation energy for creep and stress exponent are also reported

  11. A new oxochromate: SrNi2Cr8O15 of the BaV10O15 type

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    A new quaternary oxochromate(III) was prepared by solid state reaction. Single crystal X-ray investigations of SrNi2Cr8O15 show that this compound belongs to the BaV10O15type. [Space group D2h18-Ccmb, a = 10,042; b = 11,413; c = 9,260A; Z = 4.] Ni2+ and Cr3+ occupy the octahedrally coordinated point positions statistically. The surrounding of Sr2+ is similar to the iso- and heteropolyacids. (Author)

  12. 强流脉冲电子束2Cr13钢的表面改性%Surface Modification of 2Cr13 Steel by High Current Pulsed Electron Beam

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    谭畅; 郝胜智; 王慧慧; 韩丹

    2013-01-01

    The surface modification of 2Cr13 steel was carried out by HOPE-Ⅰ type high current pulsed electron beam (HCPEB) system.The surface microstructure and mechanical properties were detected by optical metalloscopy,X-ray diffraction (XRD),microhardness and wear testers.The results show that the craters formed on the HCPEB modified surface due to the selective eruption around the (FeCr)23C6 carbide.The initial 2Cr13 steel was mainly composed of Fe-Cr(α)phase.After HCPEB treatment,the content of carbides is reduced by eruptions and liquid dissolution during surface melting,and a rather more austenite phase content appears in the modified surface layer.As a result,the surface microhardness decreases and the distribution of microhardness measured on the cross-section is fluctuant.After the HCPEB treatment with accelerating voltage of 27 kV and 15 pulses,the depth of wear trace is reduced from 7.3μm of the initial state to 5.1 μm,and the wear resistance is improved by 30%.%利用HOPE-Ⅰ型强流脉冲电子束(HCPEB)装置处理2Cr13马氏体不锈钢.通过金相显微镜、X射线衍射仪、显微硬度检测和摩擦磨损测试方法对表面显微组织和力学性能进行分析.结果表明:处理样品表面产生熔坑,主要由样品表层的(FeCr)23C6型碳化物选择喷发造成.原始样品主要为马氏体Fe-Cr(α)相,处理后样品表层中碳化物经喷发和液相溶解后减少,相反奥氏体相含量增加.由于表面碳化物的去除和高奥氏体含量的形成,处理样品表面显微硬度降低,截面显微硬度呈波动分布.使用加速电压27 kV和15次脉冲处理后,磨痕深度由原始样品的7.3 μm降低到5.1 μm,耐磨性能提高了约30%.

  13. 金属切削加工中难加工材料2Cr13的本构模型%Constitutive Model of 2Cr13 for Finite Element Analysis of Chip Formation Process

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    李琳; 解丽静; 王西彬; 张之敬

    2009-01-01

    使用准静态压缩实验和切削实验相结合的方法,拟合出2Cr13材料的Johnson-Cook模型.在低应变率范围内采用压缩实验的方法来获得材料模型的系数,使用切削实验来获得高应变率条件下的材料系数.由于压缩实验所能获得的最大应变率仍然比切削实验中所能达到的最低应变率低几个数量级,因此实验采用应变外推的方法来获得符合Johnson-Cook公式应用范围的材料参数.在切屑成形仿真模型中,使用新建立的Jonhson-Cook材料模型,将仿真结果同实验进行对比,验证了模型的准确性.%The prediction accuracy of cutting process simulation is related with the description of nonlinear behavior of material at extremely high strain, strain rate and temperature in machining. An integral Johnson-Cook model was presented herein to characterize the mechanical behavior of work materials in machining, and the parameters in the model were determined by fitting the data from both quasi -static compression and cutting tests. Then the material equation of 2Cr13 stainless steel was derived with this method and used in the finite element model of orthogonal cutting with carbide tools. At last, the simulation results were verified with experimental data.

  14. Numerical Simulation on Effect of Filler Material on Q345/2Cr13 Dissimilar Steel Welding%填充材料对Q345/2Cr13异种钢焊接影响的数值模拟

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    彭小洋; 凌泽民; 张永龙; 李金阁

    2013-01-01

    Based on the welding expert numerical simulation SYSWELD, using different filler material, numerical simulation welding between Q345 low alloy steel and 2Crl3 stainless steel was carried out under different welding temperature field and residual stress. The research results show that, the effect for welding temperature field is not obvious by using different filler material, for residual stress distribution is prominent. The measuring welding thermal cycle and the simulation.%基于焊接数值模拟专用软件SYSWELD,针对Q345/2Cr13异种钢在不通填充材料下焊接的温度场和应力场进行了数值模拟计算.结果表明,不同填充材料对异种钢焊接的温度场变化影响不明显,对残余应力分布影响较大,并实测焊接热循环曲线得到的数据与模拟结果基本一致.

  15. Microstructure of Co2Cr xFe1-xAl thin films for magneto-electronic applications

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    Thin films of the Heusler alloy Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al have been prepared by means of magnetron sputtering under varying conditions (sputter power, sputter pressure and substrate temperature). All the films are polycrystalline with the cubic B2 structure. The extent of Co-Al antisite defects, lattice constants, internal stress states are influenced by the sputter conditions which is related to differences in the saturation magnetization. The magnetic moment can be increased by additional annealing up to an optimum temperature of 400 deg. C, but does not reach the theoretically predicted value. Above 600 deg. C the metastable B2 phase transforms into either (ε)-Co/Cr or (α)-Co/Cr

  16. Conversion electron Moessbauer spectroscopy of epitaxial Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al thin films

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    Heusler half-metals are promising for spintronic applications. Epitaxial thin films of the exemplar compound Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al (CCFA) were investigated using conversion electron Moessbauer spectroscopy to clarify the factors influencing the spin polarization. CCFA films were deposited by rf magnetron sputtering on MgO substrates with and without an Fe buffer layer. Annealing improves their crystallographic order, causes the diffusion of Fe atoms from the Fe buffer layer into the CCFA, and favors the Co-Fe disorder. The listed factors are possible reasons for the increase and subsequent reduction of the tunneling magnetoresistance in CCFA thin films observable across the annealing temperature range

  17. Strong-coupling electron-phonon superconductivity in noncentrosymmetric quasi-one-dimensional K2Cr3As3

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    Subedi, Alaska

    2015-11-01

    I study the lattice dynamics and electron-phonon coupling in noncentrosymmetric quasi-one-dimensional K2Cr3As3 using density functional theory based first principles calculations. The phonon dispersions show stable phonons without any soft-mode behavior. They also exhibit features that point to a strong interaction of K atoms with the lattice. I find that the calculated Eliashberg spectral function shows a large enhancement around 50 cm-1. The phonon modes that show large coupling involve in-plane motions of all three species of atoms. The q dependent electron-phonon coupling decreases strongly away from the qz=0 plane. The total electron-phonon coupling is large, with a value of λep=3.0 , which readily explains the experimentally observed large mass enhancement.

  18. Mössbauer studies of hyperfine fields in disordered Fe2CrAl

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    N Lakshmi; K Venugopalan; J Varma

    2002-09-01

    Heusler-like alloy Fe2CrAl was prepared and studied. Structure determination was done by X-ray. The structure was found to conform to the B2 type. Magnetic hyperfine fields in this sample were studied by the Mössbauer effect. The Mössbauer spectra were recorded over a range of temperature from 40 to 296 K. The Mössbauer spectra showed the co-existence of a paramagnetic part with a magnetic hyperfine portion at all recorded temperatures. Even with the distribution in the magnetic hyperfine field, the average hyperfine field follows the $(T=T_{c})^{3/2}$ law. The paramagnetic part of the hyperfine field is explained in terms of the clustering of Cr atoms.

  19. Structure and luminescent properties of Co2+/Cr3+ co-doped ZnGa2O4 nanoparticles

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    Co2+/Cr3+ co-doped ZnGa2O4 nanoparticles were prepared by a citrate sol–gel method. Their structure and luminescent properties were studied by using X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and fluorescence spectrophotometer. The nanoparticles with the size of 18–50 nm were obtained when the precursor was annealed at 500 °C or above. Ga3+ ions occupied the octahedral sites as well as the tetrahedral sites, while Cr3+ ions only entered the octahedral sites by replacing Ga3+. The as-synthesized samples had partially inverted spinel structure and the inversion degree slightly decreased with increasing temperature. The Cr3+:ZnGa2O4 sample exhibited an intense emission at 695 nm, corresponding to the 2E→4A2 transition of octahedral Cr3+. The emission intensity of Cr3+ was largely reduced when the sample was co-doped with Co2+. However, the emission intensity of Co2+ in 2% Co/1% Cr co-doped ZnGa2O4 is improved approximately 2 times when compared with 2% co-doped sample. This enhanced emission could be attributed to an efficient energy transfer from Cr3+ to Co2+. The energy transfer mechanism is also discussed. - Highlights: • Co2+/Cr3+: ZnGa2O4 nanoparticles have been synthesized by a citrate sol–gel method. • The chemical environments of Ga3+ and Cr3+ as a function of annealing temperature were studied. • Ga3+ ions occupy both the tetrahedral and octahedral sites of spinel structure in the samples. • The emission intensity of Co2+ is improved by Cr3+ codoping in ZnGa2O4 with 550 nm excitation. • The possible energy transfer process was discussed

  20. Experimental determination of UO2(cr) dissolution kinetics: Effects of solution saturation state and pH

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    To evaluate the release of uranium from natural ore deposits, spent nuclear fuel repositories, and REDOX permeable reactive barriers (PRB), knowledge of the fundamental reaction kinetics associated with the dissolution of uranium dioxide is necessary. Dissolution of crystalline uranium (IV) dioxide under environmental conditions has been studied for four decades but a cardinal gap in the published literature is the effect of pH and solution saturation state on UO2(cr) dissolution. To resolve inconsistencies, UO2 dissolution experiments have been conducted under oxic conditions using the single-pass flow-through system. Experiments were conducted as a function of total dissolved carbonate ([CO3-3]T) from 0.001 to 0.1M; pH from 7.5 to 11.1; ratio of flow-through rate (q) to specific surface area (S), constant ionic strength (I)=0.1M, and temperatures (T) from 23 to 60oC utilizing both powder and monolithic specimens. The results show that UO2 dissolution varies as a function of the ratio q/S and temperature. At values of log10q/S>-7.0, UO2 dissolution becomes invariant with respect to q/S, which can be interpreted as evidence for dissolution at the forward rate of reaction. The data collected in these experiments show the rate of UO2 dissolution increased by an order of magnitude with a 30oC increase in temperature. The results also show the overall dissolution rate increases with an increase in pH and decreases as the dissolved uranium concentration approaches saturation with respect to secondary reaction products. Thus, as the value of the reaction quotient, Q, approaches equilibrium, K (with respect to a potential secondary phase) the dissolution rate decreases. This decrease in dissolution rate (r) was also observed when comparing measured UO2 dissolution rates from static tests where r=1.7+/-0.14x10-8molm-2s-1 to the rate for flow-through reactors where r=3.1+/-1.2x10-7molm-2s-1. Thus, using traditional static test methods can result in an underestimation of the

  1. Structural and optical properties of crystalline and nanocrystalline NaIn(WO4)2:Cr3+

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    Highlights: • Optical properties are summarized for single crystals and nanopowders of NaIn(WO4)2:Cr. • EPR properties are compared in terms of different site occupation of Cr ion in the NaIn(WO4)2 matrix. • The changes in the PL and ESR properties of the nanopowders vs. their decreasing size are studied. • An increase of isolated ions with temperature at the expense of chromium complexes is observed. • Magnetic susceptibility and moment of the powders are discussed in terms of Cr substitution. -- Abstract: EPR and optical spectra of chromium doped NaIn(WO4)2 single crystals and nanopowders have been measured. The resonance EPR measurements have been performed for two crystal orientations in respect to the magnetic field and analyzed in terms of various Cr3+ ion site occupancies in the crystal lattice. They have been structurally and optically identified. The changes in the photoluminescence and electron spin resonance properties of the nanoparticles vs. their decreasing size have also been studied. Magnetic susceptibility and effective magnetic moment of the nanopowders were measured and discussed in terms of chromium substitution. Comparisons between chromium substitution in single crystals and nanopowders have been performed

  2. Moessbauer study of epitaxial Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al thin films

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    Epitaxial thin films of the promising for spintronic applications Heusler half-metallic compound Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al (CCFA) were investigated using conversion electron Moessssbauer spectroscopy (CEMS) in order to get insight into the structural and magnetic properties. Thin films of 100 nm thickness were deposited by rf magnetron sputtering on MgO substrates without and with 10 nm Fe buffer layer. We discuss a correlation between the annealing temperature and the structural disorder and hyperfine fields on Fe atoms measured by Moessbauer spectroscopy. Samples prepared at the optimum annealing temperature as determined by tunneling magnetoresistance measurements show the optimum degree of order on the Fe sites as determined by CEMS. Additionally, we observed evidence for a diffusion of Cr atoms from the CCFA thin film into the Fe buffer layer and the related diffusion of Fe atoms from the buffer into the CCFA film. Thus the thermal treatment changes the Fe to Cr ratio of the Heusler compound additional to influencing the degree of disorder on the Fe/Cr sites

  3. Electrochemical treatment of heavy metals (Cu2+, Cr6+, Ni2+) from industrial effluent and modeling of copper reduction.

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    Hunsom, M; Pruksathorn, K; Damronglerd, S; Vergnes, H; Duverneuil, P

    2005-02-01

    An electrochemical technique was tested in a laboratory scale to treat heavy metals (Cu2+, Cr6+ and Ni2+) from plating industrial effluent. The experiments were performed in a membrane reactor having a capacity of 1 l. Stainless-steel sheets with surface area of 0.011 m2 and titanium coated with ruthenium oxide were used as cathode and anode, respectively. The electrolyte was circulated at a constant flow rate (0.42 l/min) and the pH was kept constant at 1. Applied current densities were 10 and 90 A/m2. According to the experiment, it was found that a membrane reactor with plane electrode was capable for treating plating wastewater with low energy consumption (42.30 kWh/kg metal) and low operating cost (5.43 US dollars/m3). More than 99% of metal reduction was achieved and the final concentrations of copper, chromium and nickel in treated water were 0.10-0.13, 0.19-0.20 and 0.05-0.13 ppm, respectively. The brightener had no effect on copper reduction whereas hexavalent chromium had strong effect. The kinetic of copper reduction in the presence of hexavalent chromium was modeled as a two-step process with respect to copper concentration. PMID:15707634

  4. Widmannstätten laths in Ti48Al2Cr2Nb alloy by undercooled solidification

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    Liu, Yi; Hu, Rui, E-mail: rhu@nwpu.edu.cn; Yang, Guang; Kou, Hongchao; Zhang, Tiebang; Wang, Jun; Li, Jinshan

    2015-09-15

    Widmannstätten laths in Ti48Al2Cr2Nb alloy were obtained by containerless electromagnetic levitation during undercooled solidification rather than heat treatments in most cases. The nucleation of γ{sub Widmannstätten} is confirmed by the thermal history of the second recalescence behaviour. High dislocation density, stacking faults and dislocation slip are observed by transmission electron microscopy. By quantitative analysis of the transformation energy, the driving force for γ{sub Widmannstätten} in the solid state phase transformation is calculated, compared with that of heat treatments. Meanwhile, the proper undercoolings (ΔT = 257–300 K), post-solidification cooling rates (11.1–29.1 K/s), the fine lamellar colony sizes (306–467 μm) and proper undercoolings in the solid state phase transformation are in favour of promoting the formation of Widmannstätten laths at moderate undercoolings. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • Widmannstätten laths were observed in undercooled TiAl alloy. • The influencing factors were discussed in undercooled TiAl alloy. • An analysis of the nucleation of γ{sub Widmannstätten} is carried out.

  5. Manganese-mediated ferromagnetism in La2Fe1-Mn2Cr1-O6 perovskite oxides

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    R M Tiwari; Mrudul Gadhvi; Abanti Nag; N Y Vasanthacharya; J Gopalakrishnan

    2010-07-01

    We have investigated the structure and magnetic properties of the perovskite oxides of the formula La2Fe1-Mn2Cr1-O6 (0 < < 1.0). For 0 < ≤ 0.5, the members adopt the orthorhombic (Pbnm) structure, where the transition metal atoms are disordered at the 4b sites and the MO6 (M = Fe, Mn, Cr) octahedra become increasingly distorted with increasing . For 0.65 ≤ < 1.0, the members adopt the rhombohedral (R-3c) structure that is similar to LaMnO3+ ( ≥ 0.1) where the MO6 octahedra are undistorted. While the magnetic properties of the latter series are largely similar to the parent LaMnO3+ arising from the double-exchange (DE) between mixed valent MnIII/MnIV, the magnetic properties of the orthorhombic members show a distinct (albeit weak) ferromagnetism (C ∼ 200 K) that seems to arise from a MnIII-mediated superexchange (SE) between FeIII/CrIII in the disordered perovskite structure containing FeIII, MnIII and CrIII.

  6. A mixture of massive and feathery microstructures of Ti48Al2Cr2Nb alloy by high undercooled solidification

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    A mixture of massive and feathery microstructures was observed in Ti48Al2Cr2Nb alloy subjected to the undercooled solidification rather than the heat treatments in most cases. Double recalescence events and primary β solidification confirmed that massive γ phase did not directly nucleate from the undercooled melt but formed during the solid-state transformations. It is believed that small white areas (aluminium-poor) along lamellar grain boundaries may be closely related to the formation of massive γ phase and feathery γ phase. High dislocation density and stacking faults were detected in massive γ phase by transmission electron microscopy. The high energy of defects and undercooling in the solid state phase transformation can provide sufficiently high driving force for the nucleation of massive γ phase. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • A mixture of massive and feathery microstructures was observed. • Massive γ formed during the solid-state transformations. • Defects and undercooling provide driving force for the nucleation of massive γ

  7. High-pressure structural behavior of the double perovskite Sr2CrReO6: an experimental and theoretical study

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    Olsen, J.S.; Gerward, Leif; Vaitheeswaran, G.;

    2009-01-01

    The high-pressure structural behavior of Sr2CrReO6 has been studied experimentally using synchrotron radiation and the diamond anvil cell and theoretically using density functional theory. The experimental zero-pressure bulk modulus is B0=1704GPa and the pressure derivative is B0'=4.71.0. These r...

  8. Effect of Cr incorporation on the structural and optoelectronic properties of TiO{sub 2}:Cr deposited by means of a magnetron co-sputtering process

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    Hajjaji, A. [Photovoltaic Laboratory Research and Technology Centre of Energy, Borj-Cedria Science and Technology Park, BP 95, 2050 Hammam-Lif (Tunisia); Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, INRS-Energie, Materiaux et Telecommunications, 1650, Blvd. Lionel-Boulet, Varennes, Quebec J3X 1S2 (Canada); Gaidi, M., E-mail: mounir.gaidi@crten.rnrt.tn [Photovoltaic Laboratory Research and Technology Centre of Energy, Borj-Cedria Science and Technology Park, BP 95, 2050 Hammam-Lif (Tunisia); Bessais, B. [Photovoltaic Laboratory Research and Technology Centre of Energy, Borj-Cedria Science and Technology Park, BP 95, 2050 Hammam-Lif (Tunisia); El Khakani, M.A. El, E-mail: elkhakani@emt.inrs.ca [Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, INRS-Energie, Materiaux et Telecommunications, 1650, Blvd. Lionel-Boulet, Varennes, Quebec J3X 1S2 (Canada)

    2011-10-01

    In this work, we report on the effect of Cr incorporation on the microstructural and optical properties of TiO{sub 2}:Cr thin films deposited by the RF-magnetron sputtering method. The structural, morphological, chemical bonding and optoelectronic properties of the sputter-deposited TiO{sub 2}:Cr films were systematically investigated, as a function the incorporated Cr content, by means of various techniques including X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), Fourier-Transform Infra-Red (FTIR) absorption, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and ellipsometry. The Cr incorporation into the TiO{sub 2} films was controlled by adjusting the RF power (P{sub Cr}) on the Cr target during the co-sputtering process of TiO{sub 2} and Cr. We were thus able to demonstrate that by varying P{sub Cr} from 8 W to 150 W, the Cr content of the TiO{sub 2}:Cr films can be fairly controlled from {approx}2 at.% to {approx}18 at.% and their associated bandgap engineered from 3.3 eV to 1.5 eV. The room-temperature deposited TiO{sub 2}:Cr are mainly amorphous with the presence of some TiO{sub 2} nanocrystallites, and their density increases as their Cr content is increased. The Cr inclusions were found to coexist under both metallic and oxidized forms in the films. By subjecting the TiO{sub 2}:Cr films to post-annealing treatment (at 550 deg. C), their crystalline structure was found to be sensitive to their Cr content. Indeed, an anatase-to-rutile phase transformation has been pointed out to occur at a Cr content of {approx}7 at.%. Likewise, the Cr-content dependence of the bandgap of annealed TiO{sub 2}:Cr films undergoes a transition around the 7 at.% of Cr. Our results demonstrate the ability to control the Cr-content of TiO{sub 2}:Cr films, which leads to tune their optoelectronic properties, such as bandgap or optical absorption edge.

  9. Effects of quenching water temperature and tempering temperature on microstructure and hardness of 60Si2CrVA steel%淬火水温和回火温度对60Si2CrVA钢微观组织和硬度的影响

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    张春蕾; 王宝雨; 周靖; 霍元明; 黄河

    2016-01-01

    Influence of quenching water temperature and tempering temperature on microstructure and hardness of ball -mill steel 60Si2CrVA were investigated by using scanning electron microscopy , optical microscope , and rockwell hardness test .The results show that with decreasing of the water cooled temperature , martensite structure of 60Si2CrVA steel will be finer and uniform , and its hardness will be higher.In addition, with the increasing of tempering temperature , the hardness will decline due to phase transformation from martensite structure to tempered troostite.Comprehensive results show that when 60Si2CrVA steel is quenched in 20℃water and tempered at 200 ℃, its hardness is the highest .%利用扫描电镜、金相显微镜、洛氏硬度计等手段研究了淬火水温和回火温度对斜轧磨球用60Si2CrVA钢微观组织和硬度的影响规律。结果表明:淬火水温越高,60Si2CrVA钢的针状马氏体含量越少,残留奥氏体含量越多,硬度越高;随着回火温度的升高,60Si2CrVA钢的微观组织由回火马氏体转变为回火屈氏体,硬度下降。综合表明,斜轧磨球用60Si2CrVA钢在20℃水温淬火,200℃回火条件下,具有较高的硬度。

  10. Expression and modulation of complement receptor 2 (CR2/CD21 in the pathophysiology of rheumatoid arthritis

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    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Background: The involvement of B cells, complement activation and subsequent immune complex deposition has been implicated in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA. Although the reduced expression of complement receptor 2 (CR2, CD21 on the B cells of RA patients is known for long, we aimed at determining the modulation and expression of CR2 on PBMC of healthy individuals and RA patients. Methods: Sixty controls and 57 RA patients were enrolled. PBMC-CR2 transcript levels were correlated with the levels of C3, C3d and circulating immune complexes (CIC in controls and patients and with DAS28 in patients only. CIC levels were determined by PEG precipitation, C3 levels by nephlometry and C3d levels were determined by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA. Sixteen patients were recruited for 6 months follow up studies of transcript levels of PBMC correlated with DAS28 score. Appropriate statistical methods were used for the analyses of data. Results: Sixty controls and 57 RA patients were enrolled. PBMC-CR2 transcript levels were correlated with the levels of C3, C3d and circulating immune complexes (CIC in controls and patients and with DAS28 in patients only. CIC levels were determined by PEG precipitation, C3 levels by nephlometry and C3d levels were determined by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA. Sixteen patients were recruited for 6 months follow up studies of transcript levels of PBMC correlated with DAS28 score. Appropriate statistical methods were used for the analyses of data. Conclusions: Low level of CR2 expression in patients may, thus, contribute significantly to the pathological manifestation of RA. Cause-effect relationships of the up regulation of CR2 on improvement of health condition with the pathophysiology of RA and their importance as putative disease markers is being confirmed.

  11. {[Na1(μ-H2O)Na2]2[(C2O4)2Cr(μ-OH)2Cr(C2O4)2]·H2O} n , a novel hydrated form

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    Bélombé, Michel M.; Nenwa, Justin; Ngoune, Jean; Álvarez, Eleuterio; Galindo, Agustín

    2010-01-01

    The unit cell of the title compound, poly[[μ-aqua-μ-hydroxido-di-μ-oxalato-chromium(III)disodium] monohydrate], {[CrNa2(C2O4)2(OH)(H2O)]·H2O} n , contains four [Na1(μ-H2O)Na2][(C2O4)2Cr(μ-OH)·H2O] formula units, each of which consists of two crystallographically independent Na+ sites (bridged by one aqua ligand), one half of a centrosymmetric di-μ-hydroxido-bis­[cis-bis­(oxalato)chromate(III)] dimer, [(C2O4)2Cr(μ-OH)2Cr(C2O4)2]4−, and one uncoordin­ated water mol­ecule. The structure is best ...

  12. Magnetic tunneling junctions with the Heusler compound Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al

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    Materials with large spin polarization are required for applications in spintronics devices. For this reason, major research efforts are directed to study the properties of compounds which are expected to be half metals, i.e. materials with 100% spin polarization. Half metals are expected to have a gap in the density of states at the Fermi energy for one spin band while the other spin band is metallic leading to a completely spin polarized current. The ferromagnetic full Heusler alloy Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al (CCFA) has attracted great interest in the field of spintronics. The high Tc (800 K) and the expected half metallicity make CCFA a good candidate for applications in spintronic devices such as magnetic tunneling junctions (MTJs). This thesis presents the results of the study of the electronic and structural properties of CCFA thin films. The films were implemented in magnetic tunneling junctions and the tunneling magnetoresistance effect (TMR) was investigated. The main objectives were the measurement of the spin polarisation of the CCFA alloy and to obtain information about its electronic structure. The influence of the deposition conditions on the thin film properties and on the surface crystalline order and their respective influence on the TMR ratio was investigated. Epitaxial CCFA thin films with two alternative growth orientations were deposited on different substrates and buffer layers. An annealing step was used to improve the crystalline properties of the thin films. In the tunneling junctions, Al2O3 was used as a barrier material and Co was chosen as counter electrode. The multilayer systems were patterned in Mesa structures using lithographic techniques. In the framework of the Julliere model, a maximum spin polarisation of 54% at 4K was measured in tunneling junctions with epitaxial CCFA electrodes. A strong influence of the annealing temperature on the TMR ratio was determined. The increase of the TMR ratio could be correlated to an improvement of the

  13. Microstructure and composition of cast Ti-47Al-2Cr-2Nb alloys produced by yttria crucibles

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    Cui, R.J.; Tang, X.X.; Gao, M. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beihang University, No. 37, Xueyuan Road, Beijing 100191 (China); Zhang, H., E-mail: zhanghu@buaa.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beihang University, No. 37, Xueyuan Road, Beijing 100191 (China); Gong, S.K. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beihang University, No. 37, Xueyuan Road, Beijing 100191 (China)

    2012-04-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Second-generation {gamma}-TiAl alloys were melted and allowed to solidify in yttria crucibles. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The effects of processing parameters on the microstructure and composition of the cast alloys were investigated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The cubic crystal structure of {beta} phase was the primary solidification phase and there were three microsegregations in the lamellar microstructure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A kinetic view of the transport processes and interactions between the melt and the crucible was given. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The increase of oxygen concentration in TiAl melts was governed by a rate equation of dc{sub t}/d{tau}=-KA(c{sub 0}-c{sub s})/V. - Abstract: In this work, second-generation {gamma}-TiAl alloys with chemical compositions of Ti-47Al-2Cr-2Nb (at.%) with an initial oxygen concentration of 0.05 wt% were melted with different melting parameters (temperatures and times) and allowed to solidify in yttria crucibles. The microstructure and composition of the cast alloys were investigated, using back-scattered scanning electron microanalysis (BSE), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS) and chemical composition analysis. The microstructure observations and composition analysis showed that {beta} phase was the primary solidification phase and there were three microsegregations in the metal matrix, i.e. single {gamma} phase, remaining {beta} phase and yttria inclusions. There was not a clear change in the morphology of {beta} phase and the lamellar spacing as melting parameters were changed, while the size and morphology of the yttria inclusions depend on melting parameters. Lower melt temperature and shorter interaction time result in the formation of near-equiaxed yttria particles. Higher melt temperature and longer interaction time lead to the formation of coarser and elongated ribbon-like particles. The oxygen content and the

  14. TiO2-K2Cr2O7协同体系测定染料浓度实验条件的正交优化%Condition Optimization for Rapid Determination of Dye Concentration Using TiO2-K2 Cr2 O7 Synergistic System Based on Orthogonal Method

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    张一平

    2013-01-01

    A nano TiO2-K2 Cr2 O7 synergistic photocatalytic oxidation system was used to determine dye concentration.Through orthogonal experimental design, we studied the influencing factors on dye digestion such as pH,TiO2 dosage,the initial concentration of K2 Cr2 O7 ,reaction temperature and UV irradiation time. The results showed that the influence degree of each factor was:pH>K2 Cr2 O7 initial concentration>TiO2 dos-age,reaction temperature and irradiation time had the minor effects.According to the results,the optimal di-gestion conditions were as follows:pH=1.0, TiO2 dosage=1.0g · L-1 , K2 Cr2 O7 initial concentration=10mmol·L-1 ,reaction temperature=90℃,and irradiation time=12min.%采用纳米TiO2-K2 Cr2 O7协同体系光催化氧化,分光光度法测定染料浓度.通过正交实验设计,研究pH值、TiO2用量、K2 Cr2 O7初始浓度、反应温度、紫外光照时间等因素对染料消解的影响.实验结果表明,各因素的影响程度从大到小依次为pH值>K2 Cr2 O7浓度>TiO2用量>反应温度>紫外光照时间;最佳消解条件为pH=1.0,TiO2用量为1.0g·L-1,K2 Cr2 O7初始浓度为10mmol·L-1,反应温度为90℃,紫外光照时间为12min.

  15. DIMERIC AND MONOMERIC CHROMIUM(II) AND MONOMERIC CHROMIUM(III) ARYLS - CRYSTAL-STRUCTURE OF PYRAMIDAL MZ2CR(PY) (MZ = ORTHO-ME2NCH2C6H4, PY = PYRIDINE), DIMERIC [(ME2NC6H4)2CR]2, AND OCTAHEDRAL (ME2NC6H4)3CR

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    EDEMA, JJH; GAMBAROTTA, S; MEETSMA, A; SPEK, AL

    1992-01-01

    Reaction of CrCl2(THF)2 with 2 equiv of [omicron-Me2NCH2C6H4]Li and [omicron-Me2NC6H4]Li led to formation of the monomeric pyramidal [omicron-Me2NCH2C6H4]2Cr(pyridine) (2) and dimeric [(omicron-Me2NC6H4)2Cr]2 (3) with a supershort Cr-Cr contact. Both compounds can be thermolyzed in toluene to form t

  16. Optical properties and electronic structure of alloys Co2Cr1- x Fe x Al ( x = 0, 0.4, 0.6, 1.0)

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    Shreder, E. I.; Lukoyanov, A. V.; Marchenkov, V. V.

    2016-01-01

    The results of the investigation of the optical properties and calculations of the density of states N( E) of the Heusler alloys Co2Cr1- x Fe x Al ( x = 0, 0.4, 0.6, 1.0) have been presented. It has been found that the band spectrum substantially changes, especially in the vicinity of the Fermi level, due to the concentration transition from Co2FeAl to Co2CrAl. These changes are accompanied by significant changes in the optical properties. The optical properties of the Co2FeAl alloy are typical of metals. The anomalous behavior of the optical properties of the alloys with x = 0, 0.4, and 0.6 is determined by the electronic states at the Fermi level.

  17. The Influence of Microalloying and Thermal Treatment on Mechanical Properties of Billets and Pipes Prepared from Microalloyed Steel C0.2Mn2Cr1

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    The influence of doping with Ca, Ba and B on processing and mechanical properties of tubes prepared from steel C0.2Mn2Cr1 was investigated. Significant increase of plasticity and impact strength was observed. Optimal technological parameters of broaching and reducing processes for obtaining high strength was established and the critical reduction needed for cavity formation at the tip of mandrel was determined. Cavity formation parameters were established via hot-twisting and tapered sample rolling tests. (author)

  18. FP-LMTO investigation of the structural, electronic and agneticproperties of Heusler compounds Ru2CrZ (Ge, Sn, Si)

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    Elchikh M.; Bahlouli S.; Aarizou Z.

    2013-01-01

    The electronic structure of the antiferomagnetic full Heusler alloys Ru2CrZ (Ge, Sn, Si) have been studied by first principal calculations using Full-Potential linearized Muffin Tin Orbital (FP-LMTO) method based on the generalized Gradient Approximation (GGA). It was shown that obtained equilibrium lattice parameters agree well with available experimental data. The influence of Z-elements on the electronic structure and magnetic properties of these compounds is analysed.

  19. Morphology and magnetoresistance of Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al-based tunnelling junctions

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    Herbort, C; Arbelo, E; Jourdan, M, E-mail: jourdan@uni-mainz.d [Institute of Physics, Johannes Gutenberg University, 55099 Mainz (Germany)

    2009-04-21

    Some ferromagnetic Heusler compounds are theoretically predicted to be half metallic materials, i.e. to be characterized by a huge spin polarization at the Fermi energy. We investigate the correlations between junction preparation conditions, morphology and transport properties of planar MgO/Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al/AlO{sub x}/Co/CoO{sub x}/Pt tunnelling junctions. Epitaxial Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al thin films were deposited by dc and rf magnetron sputtering on different buffer layers (Cr, Fe, MgO) on MgO(1 0 0) substrates. By RHEED, LEED and in situ STM investigations different surface morphologies were observed. Atomically flat surfaces with Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al unit cell sized steps (B2 structure) were obtained by rf sputtering on MgO substrates with e-beam evaporated MgO buffer layers. However, this morphology results in AlO{sub x} tunnelling barriers with improper wetting properties.

  20. Structural characterization and complex impedance studies on fast ion conducting mixed system (SbI3)–(Ag2CrO4)1−

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    S Austin Suthanthiraraj; S Sarojini

    2013-12-01

    This paper deals with preparation and physico-chemical characterization of a new mixed system, (SbI3)–(Ag2CrO4)1− (0.1 ≤ ≤ 0.9), undertaken with a view to evaluate silver ion transport properties and identify those fast ion conducting compositions. Polycrystalline samples of various compositions were synthesized by rapid melt-quenching method. Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis in conjunction with differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and electrical transport evaluation involving silver ionic transport number and temperaturedependent electrical complex impedance measurements were carried out in order to identify the different phases responsible for the conduction mechanism. Realization of a fast ionic conductivity value of 3.2 × 10-2 S cm-1 in the case of the composition, (SbI3)0.3–(Ag2CrO4)0.7, at room temperature due to silver ion transport has been discussed in terms of observed structural and thermal characteristics. A detailed analysis of conductivity spectra pertaining to the best conducting system, (SbI3)0.3–(Ag2CrO4)0.7, has also been presented.

  1. Vacancy-induced insulator - direct spin gapless semiconductor - half-metal transition in double perovskite La2CrFeO6: A first-principles study

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    Wu, Haiping; Qian, Yan; Tan, Weishi; Kan, Erjun; Lu, Ruifeng; Deng, Kaiming

    2015-11-01

    Double perovskite oxide La2CrFeO6 with the characteristic of ferrimagnetic insulator has been reported by Chakraverty and Lee et al. Engineering the physical properties of materials, including obtaining unusual properties, can be achieved by some measures, and defect-tuning has been one of the most efficient measures. Here, by using density-functional calculations, La vacancy is introduced in La2CrFeO6 and special properties are obtained successfully. The results show that the magnetic phase of La2CrFeO6 would transfer from ferrimagnetic to ferromagnetic ordering as long as La vacancy is introduced. Furthermore, La1.75CrFeO6 shows direct spin gapless semiconductor, and La1.5CrFeO6 behaves as half-metal with the half-metallic gap of 0.42 eV. In the whole range of La vacancy, the electronic configurations of both Cr and Fe ions exhibit high-spin states, the magnetic moment of Fe remains 4.20 μB, while that of Cr ions decreases from 2.66 to 1.97 μB with increasing the amount of La vacancy. This work opens an alternative way to design spintronic materials, especially for direct spin gapless semiconductors which have never been reported in perovskite oxides.

  2. 新型低碳马氏体弹簧钢35Si2CrVB的研究%Study on New Low Carbon Martensite Spring Steel

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    黎业生; 饶克

    2001-01-01

    传统中、高碳弹簧钢在性能、生产和使用上存在许多缺点,为适应汽车工业发展的需要,研究了碳含量较低的新型低碳马氏体弹簧钢35Si2CrVB。经与传统弹簧钢60Si2MnA相比较,该钢不仅有高的强度、塑韧性,良好的综合力学性能,而且具有低的脱碳敏感性、高的淬透性和高的弹减抗力等。显微组织观察发现,由于35Si2CrVB钢的含碳量降低,其淬火组织发生了变化,几乎全是具有高位错密度的板条状马氏体,而只有极少量孪晶结构的片状马氏体。%The traditional middle and high carbon spring steels have some drawbacks in properties,production and application,in order to meet the demands of rapid development of automobile,therefore,a new low carbon spring steel 35Si2CrVB has been investigated.Comparing the new spring steel 35Si2CrVB with the traditional spring steel 60Si2MnA it is shown that the new spring steel has not only high strength,good ductility,good comprehensive mechanical properties,but also low decarbonization tendency,sufficient hardenability and high elastic sag resistance etc.The microstructure change in quenched steel,caused by the decreasing of carbon content,was detected through metallographic observation.The new low carbon spring steel 35Si2CrVB after quenching is composed of almost lath martensite with high dislocation density and only a little plaste martensite with twins structure.

  3. Synthesis and Characterization of Ultra-fine Cr2O3 from Hydrogen Reduction of K2CrO4

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    BAI Yulan; XU Hongbin; ZHANG Yi; LI Zuohu

    2008-01-01

    As a part of the green process for manufacturing chromium compounds, two steps are involved in the synthesis of ultra-fine Cr2O3 powders: the first is the hydrogen reduction of K2CrO4 into intermediate trivalent (Cr3+) or tetravalent (Cr4+) chromium compounds; the second is the decomposing of the intermediate into Cr2O36 by heat treating. The intermediate is well characterized by means of SEM, XRD, and XPS. The possible reaction mechanism of the process is analyzed.

  4. The double perovskite oxide Sr2CrMoO(6-δ) as an efficient electrocatalyst for rechargeable lithium air batteries.

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    Ma, Zhong; Yuan, Xianxia; Li, Lin; Ma, Zi-Feng

    2014-12-01

    A double perovskite oxide Sr2CrMoO6-δ (SCM), synthesized using the sol-gel and annealing method with the assistance of citric acid and ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid, was investigated for the first time as an efficient catalyst for rechargeable lithium air batteries. The SCM cathode enables higher specific capacity, lower overpotential and a much better cyclability compared to the pure Super P electrode owing to its excellent electrocatalytic activity towards the formation/decomposition of Li2O2. PMID:25325080

  5. Investigations on intercrystalline resistance of plasma arc-welded coating materials X 2 CrNiNb 19 9 and S-NiCr 20 Nb

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    The resistance to intercrystalline corrosion (IC) has been tested on single and double layer plasma arc-weldings of austenite steel X2CrNiNb199 as well as the alloy inconel 82 (S-NiCr 20 Nb) using short-term testing methods. The austenite platings can be considered as IC resistant. The inconel alloy tends to selective corrosion in the potential range of -30 to +30 mVEsub(H), the areas of greater precipitation are particularly attacked. (GSCH)

  6. Brillouin light scattering study of Co$_{2}$Cr$_{0.6}$Fe$_{0.4}$Al and Co$_{2}$FeAl Heusler compounds

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    Gaier, O.; Hamrle, J.; Trudel, S; Parra, A. Conca; Hillebrands, B.; Arbelo, E.; Herbort, C.; Jourdan, M

    2008-01-01

    The thermal magnonic spectra of Co$_{2}$Cr$_{0.6}$Fe$_{0.4}$Al (CCFA) and Co$_2$FeAl were investigated using Brillouin light scattering spectroscopy (BLS). For CCFA, the exchange constant A (exchange stiffness D) is found to be 0.48 $\\mu$erg/cm (203 meV A$^2$), while for Co$_2$FeAl the corresponding values of 1.55 $\\mu$erg/cm (370 meV A$^2$) were found. The observed asymmetry in the BLS spectra between the Stokes and anti-Stokes frequencies was assigned to an interplay between the asymmetrica...

  7. Molecular Basis of the Interaction between Complement Receptor Type 2 (CR2/CD21) and Epstein-Barr Virus Glycoprotein gp350

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    Young, Kendra A.; Herbert, Andrew P.; Barlow, Paul N; Holers, V. Michael; Hannan, Jonathan P.

    2008-01-01

    The binding of the Epstein-Barr virus glycoprotein gp350 by complement receptor type 2 (CR2) is critical for viral attachment to B lymphocytes. We set out to test hypotheses regarding the molecular nature of this interaction by developing an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for the efficient analysis of the gp350-CR2 interaction by utilizing wild-type and mutant forms of recombinant gp350 and also of the CR2 N-terminal domains SCR1 and SCR2 (designated CR2 SCR1-2). To delineate the C...

  8. CYCLIC OXIDATION OF Ti-48%Al-2%Cr-2%Nb-(0~1%)W ALLOYS BETWEEN 800 AND 1000°C IN AIR

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    SANG-HWAN BAK; DONG YI SEO; SEON-JIN KIM; JAE CHUN LEE; DONG BOK LEE

    2010-01-01

    Ti-48%Al-2%Cr-2%Nb-(0, 0.5, 1) at.%W alloys were synthesized via the powder metallurgical route, and cyclically oxidized at 800, 900, or 1000°C in air for up to 100 h in order to find the effects of W on their oxidation characteristics. At 800°C, they oxidized relatively slowly, and the scales were thin and adherent. At 900°C, the scales began to spall locally. At 1000°C, they spalled repetitively during oxidation. Cr, Nb, and W improved the cyclic oxidation resistance of TiAl alloys. The oxi...

  9. Dependency of microstructure and microhardness on withdrawal rate of Ti-43Al-2Cr-2Nb alloy prepared by electromagnetic cold crucible directional solidification

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    Yong-zhe Wang

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available The intermetallic Ti-43Al-2Cr-2Nb (at.% alloy was directionally solidified in an electromagnetic cold crucible with different withdrawal rates (V ranging from 0.2 to 1.0 mm昺in-1, at a constant temperature gradients (G=18 K昺m-1 . Macrostructures of the alloy were observed by optical microscopy. Microstructures of the alloy were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM in back-scattered electron mode and transmission electron microscopy. Results showed that morphologies of macrostructure depend greatly on the applied withdrawal rate. Continuous columnar grains can be obtained under slow withdrawal rates ranging from 0.2 to 0.6 mm昺in-1. The microstructure of the alloy was composed of ?/?lamellar structures and a small number of mixtures of B2 phases and blocky ?phases. The columnar grain size (d and interlamellar spacing (? decrease with an increasing withdrawal rate. The effect of withdrawal rate on microhardness was also investigated. The microhardness of the directionally solidified Ti-43Al-2Cr-2Nb alloy increases with an increase in withdrawal rate. This is mainly attributed to the increase of B2 and ? phases as well as the refinement of lamellae.

  10. The interface of tunnelling junctions with the Heusler electrode Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al

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    Jourdan, Martin; Herbort, Christian; Arbelo Jorge, Elena; Kallmayer, Michael; Elmers, Hans Joachim [Institut fuer Physik, Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet, Mainz (Germany)

    2009-07-01

    The compound Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al was the first Heusler material for which half metallic properties and a magnetic ordering temperature well above room temperature were predicted. However, no Julliere spin polarisation larger than {approx_equal}60% could be observed up to now. The affinity of Cr for oxidation is considered to be the origin for this reduced value. We improved the vacuum condition of our preparation system to below 10{sup -9} mbar. This resulted in a pronounced change of the morphology of the rf sputter deposited Al layer which is deposited on top of the Heusler electrode in order to become the tunnelling barrier after oxidation. In situ STM investigation show the growth of Al islands on the Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al surface. This growth mode results in an increased roughness of the barrier, which limits the achievable tunnelling magnetoresistance (TMR). Alternative methods of barrier deposition are employed and investigated by in situ STM and RHEED. Additionally, the effect of the Al deposition method and oxidation process on the surface magnetisation of the Heusler electrode is investigated by XMCD-TEY experiments.

  11. Effects of the preparation method on the structure and the visible-light photocatalytic activity of Ag2CrO4

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    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Silver chromate (Ag2CrO4 photocatalysts are prepared by microemulsion, precipitation, and hydrothermal methods, in order to investigate the effect of preparation methods on the structure and the visible-light photocatalytic activity. It is found that the photocatalytic activity of the prepared Ag2CrO4was highly dependent on the preparation methods. The sample prepared by microemulsion method exhibits the highest photocatalytic efficiency on the degradation of methylene blue (MB under visible-light irradiation. The enhanced photocatalytic activity could be ascribed to the smaller particle size, higher surface area, relatively stronger light absorption, and blue-shift absorption edge, which result in the adsorption of more MB molecules, a shorter diffusion process of more photogenerated excitons, and a stronger oxidation ability of the photogenerated holes. Considering the universalities of microemulsion, precipitation, and hydrothermal methods, this work may also provide a prototype for the comparative study of semiconductor based photocatalysis for water purification and environmental remediation.

  12. Corrosion Behaviour of 2Cr13 Stainless Steel in CO2-saturated NaCl Solution in Presence of Acetic Acid%2Cr13不锈钢在含乙酸的C02饱和的NaC1溶液中的腐蚀行为

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    陈伟; 彭乔

    2012-01-01

    采用极化曲线、电化学阻抗谱等电化学测试方法,和扫描电镜(SEM)、X射线能谱(EDS)、X射线衍射(XRD)等物理检测方法,研究了乙酸(HAc)对2Cr13不锈钢在60℃下C02饱和的3%NaC1溶液中腐蚀行为的影响,并讨论了腐蚀机理。研究表明,HAc能够直接在电极表面还原,并能促进腐蚀产物FeC(k的形成和溶解,HAc的存在同时加速了金属上的阴极反应和阳极反应,极大促进了2Cr13不锈钢的局部腐蚀和全面腐蚀的发生。%The effect of acetic acid on corrosion behaviour of 2Cr13 stainless steel in CO2-saturated 3 % NaC1 solution at 60 ℃ was investigated by using polarization curves, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Corrosion mechanism was discussed. With the addition of acetic acid in the solution, both cathodic and anodic reaction rates increase remarkably. It is attributed to the fact that acetic acid adsorbed on electrode surface can be reduced directly by electrochemical reaction, and facilitate the formation and dissolution of ferrous carbonate due to the decrease of solution pH. Acetic acid enhances both localized corrosion and general corrosion attack on 2Cr13 stainless steel.

  13. Biogeochemical Cycling

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    Bebout, Brad; Fonda, Mark (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    This lecture will introduce the concept of biogeochemical cycling. The roles of microbes in the cycling of nutrients, production and consumption of trace gases, and mineralization will be briefly introduced.

  14. 焊后热处理对1Cr18Ni9Ti与2Cr13钢焊接接头组织和性能的影响%Effect of post-welding heat treatment on microstructure and mechanical properties of 1Crl8Ni9Ti and 2Cr13 steel welded joints

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    赵勇桃; 董俊慧; 刘宗昌; 周军伟

    2012-01-01

    By method of tungsten inert gas welding, 1Crl 8Ni9Ti and 2Cr13 steels were welded, and heat treatment was carried on the welded joint. By OM and SEM, the microstructure of 2Cr13 and 1Crl8Ni9Ti steels welded joints was analyzed before and after heat treatment. Mechanical properties of the welded joints were measured by micro-hardness tester and electronic universal tensile machine. The resuhs show that before heat treatment, 2Cr13 and 1Crl8NigTi steels welded joint is typical columnar crystal, the microstructure is lath martensite + restained austenite + carbide, After heat treatment, the microstructure changes from lath martensite into tempered sorbite, and carbide quantity also increases significantly. The position of fracture is at the heat affected zone of austenitic stainless steel. Before and after heat treatment, the tensile strength of welded joints is about 635.56,649.44 MPa respectively; micro-hardness of welded zone 1Crl8NigTi and 2Cr13 steels is about 276, 222 HV0.5 respectively. After heat treatment,the micro-hardness of all welded joint decreases obviously.%通过钨极氩弧焊方法,对1Cr18Ni9Ti与2Cr13钢实施焊接,并对焊接接头整体进行焊后热处理。采用OM、SEM对2Cr13与1Cr18Ni9Ti钢热处理前后的焊接接头组织进行分析,利用显微硬度计、电子万能拉伸机测量了焊接接头的力学性能。结果表明,1Cr18Ni9Ti和2Cr13钢焊接接头热处理前焊缝组织为典型的柱状晶,组织为板条马氏体+残留奥氏体+碳化物;热处理后焊缝组织为回火索氏体,而且碳化物析出量也明显增多。拉伸时,热处理前后焊接接头断裂的部位都发生在奥氏体不锈钢热影响区一侧,热处理前后焊接接头的抗拉强度分别约为635.56、649.44 MPa;焊缝区的显微硬度分别约为276、222 HV0.5,热处理后焊接接头的整体显微硬度比热处理前的明显降低。

  15. Cr(III)-Cr(III) interactions in two alkoxo-bridged heterometallic Zn2Cr2 complexes self-assembled from zinc oxide, Reinecke's salt, and diethanolamine.

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    Semenaka, Valentyna V; Nesterova, Oksana V; Kokozay, Volodymyr N; Dyakonenko, Viktoriya V; Zubatyuk, Roman I; Shishkin, Oleg V; Boca, Roman; Jezierska, Julia; Ozarowski, Andrew

    2010-06-21

    Two new tetranuclear complexes, [Zn(2)Cr(2)(NCS)(4)(Dea)(2)(HDea)(2)].4DMSO (1; DMSO = dimethyl sulfoxide) and [Zn(2)Cr(2)(NCS)(4)(Dea)(2)(HDea)(2)].2CH(3)CN (2), were prepared from zinc oxide, Reinecke's salt, NH(4)[Cr(NCS)(4)(NH(3))(2)].H(2)O, ammonium thiocyanate, and a nonaqueous solution of diethanolamine (H(2)Dea) in a reaction carried out under open air. Both compounds have similar centrosymmetric crystal structures based on a tetranuclear {Zn(2)Cr(2)(mu(3)-O)(2)(mu-O)(4)} core. Variable-temperature magnetic susceptibility measurements of 1 and 2 show weak antiferromagnetic coupling between chromium centers. The magnetic data and high-field, high-frequency electron paramagnetic resonance spectra were analyzed in terms of the spin Hamiltonian H = JS(1).S(2) - j(S(1).S(2) + mu(B)B{g(1)}S(1) + D(Cr){S(z1)(2) - S(1)(S(1) + 1)/3} + E(Cr)(S(x1)(2) - S(y1)(2)) + mu(B)B{g(2)}S(2) + D(Cr){S(z2)(2) - S(2)(S(2) + 1)/3} + E(Cr)(S(x2)(2) - S(y2)(2)) + D(12){S(z1)S(z2) - S(1).S(2)/3} + E(12)(S(x1)S(x2) - S(y1)S(y2)) with J = 13.7 cm(-1), j = 1.1 cm(-1), D(Cr) = 0.3864 cm(-1), E(Cr) = -0.1104 cm(-1), D(12) = -0.1873 cm(-1), and E(12) = -0.0155 cm(-1) for 1 and J = 9.4 cm(-1), j = 0.8 cm(-1), D(Cr) = 0.3564 cm(-1), E(Cr) = -0.0647 cm(-1), D(12) = -0.1850 cm(-1), and E(12) = -0.0112 cm(-1) for 2. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations were employed to calculate the zero-field splitting on Cr(3+) ions. Calculations of the exchange integrals J were attempted by using the "broken-symmetry" DFT method. PMID:20540565

  16. X-Ray Phase Analysis Of Nitrided Layers Of X2CrNiMo17-12-2 Austenitic Steel

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    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available This work presents the results of diffraction analyses carried out using X-ray phase analyses (XRD and GIXRD of nitrided layers of X2CrNiMo17-12-2 austenitic steel. Plasma nitriding process was c arried out in the temperature range of 325 ÷ 400 °C and time of 2 ÷ 4 h. Hydrogen-nitrogen plasma was used as reactive atmosphere (H2 75% + N2 25% with pressure of 150 Pa. On the basis of the X-ray analyses it was stated that the obtained nitrided layers consisted of a subsurface layer of chromium nitrides and a zone of nitrogen saturated austenite.

  17. The strain induced band gap modulation from narrow gap semiconductor to half-metal on Ti2CrGe: A first principles study

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    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available The Heusler alloy Ti2CrGe is a stable L21 phase with antiferromagnetic ordering. With band-gap energy (∼ 0.18 eV obtained from a first-principles calculation, it belongs to the group of narrow band gap semiconductor. The band-gap energy decreases with increasing lattice compression and disappears until a strain of −5%; moreover, gap contraction only occurs in the spin-down states, leading to half-metallic character at the −5% strain. The Ti1, Ti2, and Cr moments all exhibit linear changes in behavior within strains of −5%– +5%. Nevertheless, the total zero moment is robust for these strains. The imaginary part of the dielectric function for both up and down spin states shows a clear onset energy, indicating a corresponding electronic gap for the two spin channels.

  18. Preparation of La0.8Sr0.2Cr0.97V0.03O3-delta films for solid oxide fuel cell application

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    Mikkelsen, Lars; Pryds, Nini; Hendriksen, Peter Vang

    2007-01-01

    La0.8Sr0.2Cr0.97V0.03O3-delta (LSC) is commonly studied as a ceramic interconnect material as well as a coating material for metallic interconnects for solid oxide fuel cell applications. However, it is difficult to sinter this type of material to high density. In order to overcome this problem...... and to study the material in form of a thin film we have used Pulsed Laser Deposition to obtain a dense, uniform film with the right stochiometry. Investigation of preparation-parameter dependence of the LSC films deposited on a stainless steel substrate during pulsed-laser deposition was carried out. The LSC...

  19. Sulfide Capacities of CaO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2-CrO x Slags

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    Wang, Lijun; Wang, Yaxian; Chou, Kuo-chih; Seetharaman, Seshadri

    2016-08-01

    The sulfide capacities of CaO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2-CrO x slags were measured by gas-slag equilibration method in the temperature range of 1823 K to 1898 K (1550 °C to 1625 °C) to reveal the effect of CrO x on the sulfide capacities of slags. Both higher basicity and temperature enhanced sulfide capacities. The CrO x additions in the range of 0 to 5 mass pct increased the sulfide capacity, but, further increase of CrO x contents to 7 pct was found to lower the sulfide capacity. Utilizing the relationship for estimating the ratio of Cr(II)/Cr(III) put forward by the present authors, the influence of Cr(II) on the sulfide capacities of the slags studied is discussed.

  20. The strain induced band gap modulation from narrow gap semiconductor to half-metal on Ti{sub 2}CrGe: A first principles study

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    Li, Jia, E-mail: jiali@hebut.edu.cn [School of Science, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300401 (China); Research Institute for Energy Equipment Materials, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300401 (China); Zhang, Zhidong [School of Science, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300401 (China); Lu, Zunming; Xie, Hongxian; Fang, Wei; Li, Shaomin; Liang, Chunyong; Yin, Fuxing [Research Institute for Energy Equipment Materials, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300401 (China)

    2015-11-15

    The Heusler alloy Ti{sub 2}CrGe is a stable L2{sub 1} phase with antiferromagnetic ordering. With band-gap energy (∼ 0.18 eV) obtained from a first-principles calculation, it belongs to the group of narrow band gap semiconductor. The band-gap energy decreases with increasing lattice compression and disappears until a strain of −5%; moreover, gap contraction only occurs in the spin-down states, leading to half-metallic character at the −5% strain. The Ti{sub 1}, Ti{sub 2}, and Cr moments all exhibit linear changes in behavior within strains of −5%– +5%. Nevertheless, the total zero moment is robust for these strains. The imaginary part of the dielectric function for both up and down spin states shows a clear onset energy, indicating a corresponding electronic gap for the two spin channels.

  1. Brillouin light scattering study of Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al and Co2FeAl Heusler compounds

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    The thermal magnonic spectra of Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al (CCFA) and Co2FeAl were investigated using Brillouin light scattering (BLS) spectroscopy. For CCFA, the exchange constant A (exchange stiffness D) is found to be 0.48 ± 0.04 μerg cm-1 (203 ± 16 meV A2), while for Co2FeAl the corresponding values of 1.55 ± 0.05 μerg cm-1 (370 ± 10 meV A2) were found. The observed asymmetry in the BLS spectra between the Stokes and anti-Stokes frequencies was assigned to an interplay between the asymmetrical profiles of hybridized Damon-Esbach and perpendicular standing spin-wave modes, combined with the optical sensitivity of the BLS signal to the upper side of the CCFA or Co2FeAl film.

  2. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of a Cyano-bridged Bimetallic Complex K3(TMS)2(H2O)2Cr(CN)6 [TMS = Tetramethylene Sulfone

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    CHEN Wei; CHE Yun-Xia; ZHENG Ji-Min

    2005-01-01

    The cyano-bridged bimetallic complex K3(TMS)2(H2O)2Cr(CN)6 with three- dimensional microporous structure was synthesized and characterized. The title complex (C14H20CrK3N, Mr = 601.78) crystallizes in monoclinic, space group C2/c with a = 14.357(4), b = 9.331(3), c = 19.180(6)(A), β = 96.754(5)o, V = 2551.6(13) (A)3, Z = 4, Dc = 1.567 g/m3, μ(MoKα) = 1.141 mm-1, F(000) = 1228, the final R = 0.0440 and wR = 0.0990 for 1760 observed reflections (I > 2σ(I)). In the crystal, two [Cr(CN) 6]3- units, four K+ ions and two oxygen atoms of two TMS molecules are linked to form a sixteen-membered ring and an extended three-dimensional structure.

  3. Identification and characterization of novel associations in the CASP8/ALS2CR12 region on chromosome 2 with breast cancer risk

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    Lin, Wei-Yu; Camp, Nicola J.; Ghoussaini, Maya; Beesley, Jonathan; Michailidou, Kyriaki; Hopper, John L.; Apicella, Carmel; Southey, Melissa C.; Stone, Jennifer; Schmidt, Marjanka K.; Broeks, Annegien; Van't Veer, Laura J.; Th Rutgers, Emiel J.; Muir, Kenneth; Lophatananon, Artitaya; Stewart-Brown, Sarah; Siriwanarangsan, Pornthep; Fasching, Peter A.; Haeberle, Lothar; Ekici, Arif B.; Beckmann, Matthias W.; Peto, Julian; Dos-Santos-Silva, Isabel; Fletcher, Olivia; Johnson, Nichola; Bolla, Manjeet K.; Wang, Qin; Dennis, Joe; Sawyer, Elinor J.; Cheng, Timothy; Tomlinson, Ian; Kerin, Michael J.; Miller, Nicola; Marmé, Frederik; Surowy, Harald M.; Burwinkel, Barbara; Guénel, Pascal; Truong, Thérèse; Menegaux, Florence; Mulot, Claire; Bojesen, Stig E.; Nordestgaard, Børge G.; Nielsen, Sune F.; Flyger, Henrik; Benitez, Javier; Zamora, M. Pilar; Arias Perez, Jose Ignacio; Menéndez, Primitiva; González-Neira, Anna; Pita, Guillermo; Alonso, M. Rosario; Álvarez, Nuria; Herrero, Daniel; Anton-Culver, Hoda; Brenner, Hermann; Dieffenbach, Aida Karina; Arndt, Volker; Stegmaier, Christa; Meindl, Alfons; Lichtner, Peter; Schmutzler, Rita K.; Müller-Myhsok, Bertram; Brauch, Hiltrud; Brüning, Thomas; Ko, Yon-Dschun; Tessier, Daniel C.; Vincent, Daniel; Bacot, Francois; Nevanlinna, Heli; Aittomäki, Kristiina; Blomqvist, Carl; Khan, Sofia; Matsuo, Keitaro; Ito, Hidemi; Iwata, Hiroji; Horio, Akiyo; Bogdanova, Natalia V.; Antonenkova, Natalia N.; Dörk, Thilo; Lindblom, Annika; Margolin, Sara; Mannermaa, Arto; Kataja, Vesa; Kosma, Veli-Matti; Hartikainen, Jaana M.; Wu, Anna H.; Tseng, Chiu-Chen; Van Den Berg, David; Stram, Daniel O.; Neven, Patrick; Wauters, Els; Wildiers, Hans; Lambrechts, Diether; Chang-Claude, Jenny; Rudolph, Anja; Seibold, Petra; Flesch-Janys, Dieter; Radice, Paolo; Peterlongo, Paolo; Manoukian, Siranoush; Bonanni, Bernardo; Couch, Fergus J.; Wang, Xianshu; Vachon, Celine; Purrington, Kristen; Giles, Graham G.; Milne, Roger L.; Mclean, Catriona; Haiman, Christopher A.; Henderson, Brian E.; Schumacher, Fredrick; Le Marchand, Loic; Simard, Jacques; Goldberg, Mark S.; Labrèche, France; Dumont, Martine; Teo, Soo Hwang; Yip, Cheng Har; Hassan, Norhashimah; Vithana, Eranga Nishanthie; Kristensen, Vessela; Zheng, Wei; Deming-Halverson, Sandra; Shrubsole, Martha J.; Long, Jirong; Winqvist, Robert; Pylkäs, Katri; Jukkola-Vuorinen, Arja; Kauppila, Saila; Andrulis, Irene L.; Knight, Julia A.; Glendon, Gord; Tchatchou, Sandrine; Devilee, Peter; Tollenaar, Robert A.E.M.; Seynaeve, Caroline; Van Asperen, Christi J.; García-Closas, Montserrat; Figueroa, Jonine; Lissowska, Jolanta; Brinton, Louise; Czene, Kamila; Darabi, Hatef; Eriksson, Mikael; Brand, Judith S.; Hooning, Maartje J.; Hollestelle, Antoinette; Van Den Ouweland, Ans M.W.; Jager, Agnes; Li, Jingmei; Liu, Jianjun; Humphreys, Keith; Shu, Xiao-Ou; Lu, Wei; Gao, Yu-Tang; Cai, Hui; Cross, Simon S.; Reed, Malcolm W. R.; Blot, William; Signorello, Lisa B.; Cai, Qiuyin; Pharoah, Paul D.P.; Perkins, Barbara; Shah, Mitul; Blows, Fiona M.; Kang, Daehee; Yoo, Keun-Young; Noh, Dong-Young; Hartman, Mikael; Miao, Hui; Chia, Kee Seng; Putti, Thomas Choudary; Hamann, Ute; Luccarini, Craig; Baynes, Caroline; Ahmed, Shahana; Maranian, Mel; Healey, Catherine S.; Jakubowska, Anna; Lubinski, Jan; Jaworska-Bieniek, Katarzyna; Durda, Katarzyna; Sangrajrang, Suleeporn; Gaborieau, Valerie; Brennan, Paul; Mckay, James; Slager, Susan; Toland, Amanda E.; Yannoukakos, Drakoulis; Shen, Chen-Yang; Hsiung, Chia-Ni; Wu, Pei-Ei; Ding, Shian-ling; Ashworth, Alan; Jones, Michael; Orr, Nick; Swerdlow, Anthony J; Tsimiklis, Helen; Makalic, Enes; Schmidt, Daniel F.; Bui, Quang M.; Chanock, Stephen J.; Hunter, David J.; Hein, Rebecca; Dahmen, Norbert; Beckmann, Lars; Aaltonen, Kirsimari; Muranen, Taru A.; Heikkinen, Tuomas; Irwanto, Astrid; Rahman, Nazneen; Turnbull, Clare A.; Waisfisz, Quinten; Meijers-Heijboer, Hanne E. J.; Adank, Muriel A.; Van Der Luijt, Rob B.; Hall, Per; Chenevix-Trench, Georgia; Dunning, Alison; Easton, Douglas F.; Cox, Angela

    2015-01-01

    Previous studies have suggested that polymorphisms in CASP8 on chromosome 2 are associated with breast cancer risk. To clarify the role of CASP8 in breast cancer susceptibility, we carried out dense genotyping of this region in the Breast Cancer Association Consortium (BCAC). Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) spanning a 1 Mb region around CASP8 were genotyped in 46 450 breast cancer cases and 42 600 controls of European origin from 41 studies participating in the BCAC as part of a custom genotyping array experiment (iCOGS). Missing genotypes and SNPs were imputed and, after quality exclusions, 501 typed and 1232 imputed SNPs were included in logistic regression models adjusting for study and ancestry principal components. The SNPs retained in the final model were investigated further in data from nine genome-wide association studies (GWAS) comprising in total 10 052 case and 12 575 control subjects. The most significant association signal observed in European subjects was for the imputed intronic SNP rs1830298 in ALS2CR12 (telomeric to CASP8), with per allele odds ratio and 95% confidence interval [OR (95% confidence interval, CI)] for the minor allele of 1.05 (1.03–1.07), P = 1 × 10−5. Three additional independent signals from intronic SNPs were identified, in CASP8 (rs36043647), ALS2CR11 (rs59278883) and CFLAR (rs7558475). The association with rs1830298 was replicated in the imputed results from the combined GWAS (P = 3 × 10−6), yielding a combined OR (95% CI) of 1.06 (1.04–1.08), P = 1 × 10−9. Analyses of gene expression associations in peripheral blood and normal breast tissue indicate that CASP8 might be the target gene, suggesting a mechanism involving apoptosis. PMID:25168388

  4. Tunneling junctions with the Heusler electrode Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al

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    Herbort, Christian; Arbelo, Elena; Jourdan, Martin [Institute of Physics, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz (Germany)

    2008-07-01

    Some ferromagnetic Heusler compounds are theoretically predicted to be half metallic materials, i. e. to be characterized by a huge spin polarization at the Fermi energy. We investigate the correlations between junction preparation conditions, morphology and transport properties of planar MgO-Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al-AlO{sub x}-Co/CoO{sub x}-Pt tunnelling junctions. Epitaxial Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al (CCFA) thin films were deposited by dc- and rf-sputtering on different buffer layers (Cr,Fe,MgO) on MgO(1,0,0) substrates. By RHEED, LEED and in-situ STM investigations very different surface morphologies were observed for the different preparation processes. With dc-sputtered CCFA films (island morphology) on Fe buffer layers we determined a maximum spin polarization of the Heusler compound of 54% (Julliere model, T=4 K). Atomically flat surfaces with CCFA unit cell sized steps (B2 structure) were obtained by rf-sputtering on MgO substrates with e-beam evaporated MgO buffer layers. Considering that the TMR of the CCFA based junctions depends strongly on the interface at the tunneling barrier, the AlO{sub x} layer needs to be optimized separately for the different CCFA morphologies. The barrier optimization process on the new atomically flat CCFA surfaces (rf-sputtered on MgO buffer) is in progress and current results of spectroscopic and TMR measurements will be shown.

  5. FES cycling.

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    Newham, D J; Donaldson, N de N

    2007-01-01

    Spinal cord injury (SCI) leads to a partial or complete disruption of motor, sensory, and autonomic nerve pathways below the level of the lesion. In paraplegic patients, functional electrical stimulation (FES) was originally widely considered as a means to restore walking function but this was proved technically very difficult because of the numerous degrees of freedom involved in walking. FES cycling was developed for people with SCI and has the advantages that cycling can be maintained for reasonably long periods in trained muscles and the risk of falls is low. In the article, we review research findings relevant to the successful application of FES cycling including the effects on muscle size, strength and function, and the cardiovascular and bone changes. We also describe important practical considerations in FES cycling regarding the application of surface electrodes, training and setting up the stimulator limitations, implanted stimulators and FES cycling including FES cycling in groups and other FES exercises such as FES rowing.

  6. Cycling more for safer cycling

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    VAN HOUT, Kurt

    2009-01-01

    Cycling presents a lot of benefits to the individual and to society. Health, environment, accessibility, local businesses, … all gain when more people cycle. Yet many governments are reluctant when it comes to promoting cycling, mainly because of (perceived) safety issues. Since studies have established a clear and consistent relationship between bicycle use and cyclist accident risk, this lack of bicycle promotion will influence the safety outcome of bicyclists. In this paper the relation be...

  7. 压缩机2Cr13活塞杆亚温淬火工艺及其弯曲问题的研究%Research of Subcritical Quenching Process of Compressor 2Cr13 Piston Rod and Its Bending Problems

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    曲德毅; 朱国庆

    2011-01-01

    After the 2Crl3 piston rod passes through subcritical quenching and quenching & tempering,the stabilization process of adopting air cooling or furnace cooling of 3 ~ 4h under 580 t can basically eliminate the stress,and there is no obvious second tempering Brittle production. Thus it can ensure the amount of bending decreased when the 2Crl3 piston rod with high - frequency quenching and avoid the discharge phenomenon of sensor from melting piston rod.%2Cr13活塞杆经过亚温淬火、回火调质后,采用580℃保温3~4h空冷或炉冷的稳定化工艺,基本上可以消除应力,并且没有明显的第二类回火脆性的产生,从而保证了2Cr13活塞杆高频淬火时减小弯曲量,避免感应器放电现象熔化活塞杆.

  8. Structure and luminescent properties of Co{sup 2+}/Cr{sup 3+} co-doped ZnGa{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles

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    Duan, Xiulan, E-mail: xlduan@sdu.edu.cn; Liu, Jian; Wu, Yuanchun; Yu, Fapeng; Wang, Xinqiang

    2014-09-15

    Co{sup 2+}/Cr{sup 3+} co-doped ZnGa{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were prepared by a citrate sol–gel method. Their structure and luminescent properties were studied by using X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and fluorescence spectrophotometer. The nanoparticles with the size of 18–50 nm were obtained when the precursor was annealed at 500 °C or above. Ga{sup 3+} ions occupied the octahedral sites as well as the tetrahedral sites, while Cr{sup 3+} ions only entered the octahedral sites by replacing Ga{sup 3+}. The as-synthesized samples had partially inverted spinel structure and the inversion degree slightly decreased with increasing temperature. The Cr{sup 3+}:ZnGa{sub 2}O{sub 4} sample exhibited an intense emission at 695 nm, corresponding to the {sup 2}E→{sup 4}A{sub 2} transition of octahedral Cr{sup 3+}. The emission intensity of Cr{sup 3+} was largely reduced when the sample was co-doped with Co{sup 2+}. However, the emission intensity of Co{sup 2+} in 2% Co/1% Cr co-doped ZnGa{sub 2}O{sub 4} is improved approximately 2 times when compared with 2% co-doped sample. This enhanced emission could be attributed to an efficient energy transfer from Cr{sup 3+} to Co{sup 2+}. The energy transfer mechanism is also discussed. - Highlights: • Co{sup 2+}/Cr{sup 3+}: ZnGa{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles have been synthesized by a citrate sol–gel method. • The chemical environments of Ga{sup 3+} and Cr{sup 3+} as a function of annealing temperature were studied. • Ga{sup 3+} ions occupy both the tetrahedral and octahedral sites of spinel structure in the samples. • The emission intensity of Co{sup 2+} is improved by Cr{sup 3+} codoping in ZnGa{sub 2}O{sub 4} with 550 nm excitation. • The possible energy transfer process was discussed.

  9. Effect of the Heat Treatment on the Chromium Partition in CaO-MgO-SiO2-Cr2O3 Synthetic Slags

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    Albertsson, Galina Jelkina; Teng, Lidong; Engström, Fredrik; Seetharaman, Seshadri

    2013-12-01

    Mg-spinel phase is known to be important for control of Cr leaching from Cr-containing slags. The objective of the present study is to get an understanding of the phase relationships in the CaO-MgO-SiO2-Cr2O3 system with a view to control the precipitation of Cr-spinel in the slag phase. The equilibrium phases in CaO-MgO-SiO2-Cr2O3 slag system in the range of 1673 K to 1873 K (1400 °C to 1600 °C) have been investigated experimentally and compared with the results from thermodynamic calculations. The slag compositions close to the industrial slag systems were chosen. The Cr2O3 and MgO contents in the slag were fixed to be 6 and 8 wt pct, respectively. The basicity (CaO/SiO2) of the slag was varied in the range of 1.0 to 2.0. The slags were synthesized at a pre-determined oxygen partial pressure (10-4) or air (2.13 × 104 Pa) at a temperature above the liquidus temperature. The samples were then soaked at targeted temperatures for 24 hours in controlled atmosphere in order to achieve the equilibrium state before quenching in water. Four different heat-treatment regimes (defined as Ia, Ib, II.a and II.b) in Section II-D) were used in the present experiments. The lower oxygen partial pressure was maintained by a suitable mixture of CO and CO2 gases. Phases present and their compositions in the quenched slags were studied using scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy-dispersive spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction techniques. The chromium content in the phases present was analyzed using wavelength-dispersive spectrometer. The experimental results obtained are compared with the calculation results from Factsage software. The size of spinel crystals increased drastically after slow-cooling from 1873 K (1600 °C) followed by annealing at 1673 K (1400 °C) for 24 hours (heating regimes II) compared to samples being quenched directly after soaking at 1873 K (1600 °C) (heating regime I.a). It was found that the amount of foreign elements in the spinel phase, and

  10. Fuel cycles

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    AECL publications, from the open literature, on fuels and fuel cycles used in CANDU reactors are listed in this bibliography. The accompanying index is by subject. The bibliography will be brought up to date periodically

  11. Fes cycling

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    Berkelmans Rik

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Many research with functional electrical stimulation (FES has been done to regain mobility and for health benefits. Better results have been reported for FES-cycling than for FES-walking. The majority of the subjects during such research are people with a spinal cord injury (SCI, cause they often lost skin sensation. Besides using surface stimulation also implanted stimulators can be used. This solves the skin sensation problem, but needs a surgery. Many physiological effects of FES-cycling has been reported, e.g., increase of muscles, better blood flow, reduction of pressure ulcers, improved self-image and some reduction of bone mineral density (BMD loss. Also people with an incomplete SCI benefit by FES-cycling, e.g. cycling time without FES, muscle strength and also the walking abilities increased. Hybrid exercise gives an even better cardiovascular training. Presently 4 companies are involved in FES-cycling. They all have a stationary mobility trainer. Two of them also use an outdoor tricycle. One combined with voluntary arm cranking. By optimizing the stimulation parameters the power output and fatigue resistance will increase, but will still be less compared to voluntary cycling.

  12. Forming Mechanism of Gaseous Defect in Ti-48A1-2Cr-2Nb Exhaust Valves Formed with Permanent Mold Centrifugal Casting Method

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    2001-01-01

    A method combining theoretical analysis with experiment is adopted and the flowing process of Ti-48AI-2Cr-2Nb alloy melt poured in a permanent mould during the centrifugal casting process has been analyzed. A mathematical model of the filling process is established and the forming mechanism of internal gaseous defect is summarized. The results of calculation show that the melt fills the mould with varying cross-section area and inclined angle. The filling speed of the cross-section is a function of filling time. The cross-section area is directly proportional to the filling speed and the inclined angle is inversely proportional to the filling speed at a given rotating speed of the platform. Both of them changes more obvious near the mould entrance.The gaseous defect can be formed in several ways and the centrifugal field has an important influence on the formation of the defect. In addition, the filling process in centrifugal field has been verified by wax experiments and the theoretical analysis are consistent with experimental results.

  13. Moessbauer study of epitaxial Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al thin films.

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    Ksenofontov, Vadim; Felser, Claudia [Institute of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg - University, 55099 Mainz (Germany); Herbort, Christian; Jourdan, Martin [Institute of Physics, Johannes Gutenberg - University, 55099 Mainz (Germany)

    2008-07-01

    Epitaxial thin films of the promising for spintronic applications Heusler half-metallic compound Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al (CCFA) were investigated using conversion electron Moessssbauer spectroscopy (CEMS) in order to get insight into the structural and magnetic properties. Thin films of 100 nm thickness were deposited by rf magnetron sputtering on MgO substrates without and with 10 nm Fe buffer layer. We discuss a correlation between the annealing temperature and the structural disorder and hyperfine fields on Fe atoms measured by Moessbauer spectroscopy. Samples prepared at the optimum annealing temperature as determined by tunneling magnetoresistance measurements show the optimum degree of order on the Fe sites as determined by CEMS. Additionally, we observed evidence for a diffusion of Cr atoms from the CCFA thin film into the Fe buffer layer and the related diffusion of Fe atoms from the buffer into the CCFA film. Thus the thermal treatment changes the Fe to Cr ratio of the Heusler compound additional to influencing the degree of disorder on the Fe/Cr sites.

  14. Epitaxial Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al thin films and magnetic tunneling junctions

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    Conca, Andres; Jourdan, Martin; Herbort, Christian; Adrian, Hermann [Institut fuer Physik, Johannes Gutenberg University, Staudinger Weg 7, 55128 Mainz (Germany)

    2007-07-01

    The full-Heusler compound Co2Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al (CCFA) is expected to be a half metal, i.e. to show a 100% spin polarization at the Fermi energy. This property, together with the relatively high Curie temperature (800 K) and the soft magnetic behaviour make CCFA a promising candidate for implementation in spinelectronic devices. Magnetic tunneling junctions were deposited using epitaxial CCFA thin films as ground electrode with AlOx as barrier and Co as counter electrode. The use of an Fe buffer layer on MgO(100) induces the growth of highly ordered CCFA films with smooth surface even at low deposition temperatures, as proved by XRD, TEM and in-situ STM investigations. The CCFA films were additionally annealed at different temperatures up to 600 C. The dependence of the TMR ratio on the annealing temperature was studied. A maximum TMR ratio of 40.5% was measured from which a spin polarization of 54% is deduced by the Julliere model. Possible correlations between the TMR ratio and the surface properties, as observed with STM and RHEED, are discussed. Alternatively, epitaxial CCFA films were also grown directly on MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}(100) and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(110). A comparison with the results on MgO substrates is shown.

  15. Deficiency of complement receptors CR2/CR1 in Cr2⁻/⁻ mice reduces the extent of secondary brain damage after closed head injury.

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    Neher, Miriam D; Rich, Megan C; Keene, Chesleigh N; Weckbach, Sebastian; Bolden, Ashley L; Losacco, Justin T; Patane, Jenée; Flierl, Michael A; Kulik, Liudmila; Holers, V Michael; Stahel, Philip F

    2014-01-01

    Complement activation at the C3 convertase level has been associated with acute neuroinflammation and secondary brain injury after severe head trauma. The present study was designed to test the hypothesis that Cr2-/- mice, which lack the receptors CR2/CD21 and CR1/CD35 for complement C3-derived activation fragments, are protected from adverse sequelae of experimental closed head injury. Adult wild-type mice and Cr2-/- mice on a C57BL/6 genetic background were subjected to focal closed head injury using a standardized weight-drop device. Head-injured Cr2-/- mice showed significantly improved neurological outcomes for up to 72 hours after trauma and a significantly decreased post-injury mortality when compared to wild-type mice. In addition, the Cr2-/- genotype was associated with a decreased extent of neuronal cell death at seven days post-injury. Western blot analysis revealed that complement C3 levels were reduced in the injured brain hemispheres of Cr2-/- mice, whereas plasma C3 levels remained unchanged, compared to wild-type mice. Finally, head-injured Cr2-/- had an attenuated extent of post-injury C3 tissue deposition, decreased astrocytosis and microglial activation, and attenuated immunoglobulin M deposition in injured brains compared to wild-type mice. Targeting of these receptors for complement C3 fragments (CR2/CR1) may represent a promising future approach for therapeutic immunomodulation after traumatic brain injury. PMID:24885042

  16. Structural investigations of La{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}CrO{sub 3} by X-ray and neutron scattering

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    Patra, A.K. [Solid State Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Nair, Sathi [Energy Conversion Materials Section, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Vashi Complex, Navi Mumbai 400705 (India); Sastry, P.U. [Solid State Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Tyagi, A.K. [Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India)], E-mail: aktyagi@barc.gov.in

    2009-05-05

    Effect of heat treatment on pore microstructure of La{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}CrO{sub 3} compacts was investigated by small angle neutron scattering (SANS) over the scattering wave-vector range of 0.003-3.5 nm{sup -1}. Phase and composition of the powder synthesized by gel combustion method were characterized by X-ray diffraction. Agglomerate size distribution was measured by laser diffraction. Average agglomerate size (D{sub 50}) was found to be 950 nm. Analysis of SANS data showed that pores in the green compact follow power law distribution. Pores in sintered compacts follow log-normal size distribution. Though there was decrease in porosity of the compact with increasing sintering temperature, a shift in size distribution of pores towards higher side was observed. Scaling of SANS profiles of sintered compacts using Rg as characteristic length indicated that morphological pattern of the pores in the system look nearly similar at different temperatures.

  17. Effects of support property on the catalytic performance of CeO2-ZrO2-CrOx for 1,2-dichloroethane oxidation

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    陶飞; 杨姗姗; 杨鹏; 石智男; 周仁贤

    2016-01-01

    HZSM-5, Al2O3, TiO2 and SiO2 supported CeO2-ZrO2-CrOx catalysts were prepared by deposition-precipitation method and tested for deep catalytic oxidation of 1,2-dichloroethane (DCE), as one of the common chlorinated organic pollutants. All the catalysts were characterized by means of N2adsorption-desorption, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), ammonia-temperature- programmed desorption (NH3-TPD) and hydrogen temperature-programmed reduction (H2-TPR). The characterization results re-vealed that there was strongly synergistic effect between the oxidizability of CZCr species and the acidity of supports, which obvi-ously promoted the catalytic activity for DCE degradation. 20%CZCr/HZSM-5 showed the highest activity and good durability dur-ing the long-term continuous test. The catalytic activity decreased in the order: 20%CZCr/HZSM-5>CZCr>20%CZCr/TiO2> 20%CZCr/Al2O3>20%CZCr/SiO2.

  18. Laser stimulated kinetics effects on the phase transition of the ferromagnetic/superconducting MgB{sub 2}/(CrO{sub 2}) bilayer thin films

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    AlZayed, N.S. [Physics and Astronomy Department, College of Science, King Saud University, P.O. Box 2455, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia); Kityk, I.V., E-mail: ikityk@el.pcz.czest.pl [Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czestochowa University Technology, Armii Krajowej 17, PL-42201 Czestochowa (Poland); Soltan, S. [Max Planck Institute, Solid State Research, D-70569 Stuttgart (Germany); Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Helwan University, 11798 Helwan, Cairo (Egypt); Wojciechowski, A. [Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czestochowa University Technology, Armii Krajowej 17, PL-42201 Czestochowa (Poland); Fedorchuk, A.O. [Department of Inorganic and Organic Chemistry, Lviv National University of Veterinary Medicine and Biotechnologies, Pekarska St., 50, 79010 Lviv (Ukraine); Lakshminarayana, G. [Materials Science and Technology Division (MST-7), Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Shahabuddin, M. [Physics and Astronomy Department, College of Science, King Saud University, P.O. Box 2455, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia)

    2014-05-01

    Graphical abstract: Dependence of resistance versus temperature for different power densities. The nonzero value is generated from the bottom CrO{sub 2} resistive layer. The onset transition temperature is our reference for the enhancement value. - Highlights: • Photoinduced enhancement of critical temperature in MgB{sub 2}–Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} films was found. • Crucail role of electron–phonon interacton was shown. • Optimal ratio fundamental/SHG intensities was varied within 4:1 and 6:1. - Abstract: Using bicolor laser treatment by Nd:YAG 20 ns laser (1064–532 nm) and 180 ns CO{sub 2} laser beams (10.6–5.3 μm) it was shown a possibility of critical temperature enhancement in ferromagnetic superconducting MgB{sub 2}/CrO{sub 2} bilayer films. The role of the phonon sub-system effectively interacting with 3d Cr originating localized trapping levels is discussed. The pump–probe laser kinetics for the probing second harmonic generation at 1064 nm is explored in details to show principal role of the localized trapping levels. The relaxation of the processes after the switching off the photo inducing beams show the disappearance of the enhanced superconductivity after the 20–30 s. The temperature dependence of the resistance show nonlinear dependence versus the pumping power and different optimal fundamental to writing power density beams ratio.

  19. Deficiency of complement receptors CR2/CR1 in Cr2⁻/⁻ mice reduces the extent of secondary brain damage after closed head injury.

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    Neher, Miriam D; Rich, Megan C; Keene, Chesleigh N; Weckbach, Sebastian; Bolden, Ashley L; Losacco, Justin T; Patane, Jenée; Flierl, Michael A; Kulik, Liudmila; Holers, V Michael; Stahel, Philip F

    2014-05-24

    Complement activation at the C3 convertase level has been associated with acute neuroinflammation and secondary brain injury after severe head trauma. The present study was designed to test the hypothesis that Cr2-/- mice, which lack the receptors CR2/CD21 and CR1/CD35 for complement C3-derived activation fragments, are protected from adverse sequelae of experimental closed head injury. Adult wild-type mice and Cr2-/- mice on a C57BL/6 genetic background were subjected to focal closed head injury using a standardized weight-drop device. Head-injured Cr2-/- mice showed significantly improved neurological outcomes for up to 72 hours after trauma and a significantly decreased post-injury mortality when compared to wild-type mice. In addition, the Cr2-/- genotype was associated with a decreased extent of neuronal cell death at seven days post-injury. Western blot analysis revealed that complement C3 levels were reduced in the injured brain hemispheres of Cr2-/- mice, whereas plasma C3 levels remained unchanged, compared to wild-type mice. Finally, head-injured Cr2-/- had an attenuated extent of post-injury C3 tissue deposition, decreased astrocytosis and microglial activation, and attenuated immunoglobulin M deposition in injured brains compared to wild-type mice. Targeting of these receptors for complement C3 fragments (CR2/CR1) may represent a promising future approach for therapeutic immunomodulation after traumatic brain injury.

  20. First-Principles Calculations of the Mechanical and Elastic Properties of 2Hc- and 2Ha-WS2/CrS2 Under Pressure

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    Jiang, Hua-Long; Jia, Song-Hao; Zhou, Da-Wei; Pu, Chun-Ying; Zhang, Fei-Wu; Zhang, Shuai

    2016-06-01

    By utilizing the first-principles method, the pressure-induced effects on phase transition, mechanical stability, and elastic properties of WS2/CrS2 are investigated in the pressure range from 0 to 80 GPa. Transitions from 2Hc to 2Ha for WS2 and CrS2 are found to occur at 17.5 and 25 GPa, respectively. It is found that both 2Ha and 2Hc phases of WS2 and CrS2 meet the mechanical stability criteria up to 80 GPa, suggesting that those structures are mechanically stable. The bulk and shear modulus anisotropy of the two phases of WS2 and CrS2 decrease rapidly under pressure and, finally, trend to isotropy. With increasing pressure, the elastic moduli (Y, B, and G), sound velocities (vs, vp, vm), and Debye temperatures (Θ) of 2Ha and 2Hc of WS2 and CrS2 increase monotonously. Moreover, the Debye temperature (Θ) of 2Hc phase is higher than that of 2Ha phase for both WS2 and CrS2. The bulk, shear, and Young's modulus, Poisson coefficient, and brittle/ductile behaviour are estimated. The percentages of anisotropy in compressibility and shear and the ratio of bulk to shear modulus (B/G) are also studied.

  1. Electronic, magnetic, and optical characteristics of half-semiconductor double perovskite oxide Sr2CrOsO6 governed by 3d (t2g3)-5d (t2g3) antiferromagnetic coupling

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    H.-E., M. Musa Saad

    2016-07-01

    In this study, motivated by observations of the remarkable magnetic insulating nature and high Curie temperature (TC=725 K) of double perovskite oxide Sr2CrOsO6, the electronic, magnetic, and optical characteristics of Sr2CrOsO6 were determined using the full potential linear muffin-tin orbital method according to density functional theory. The spin-orbit coupling contribution was included in the local spin density approximation (LSDA) and generalized gradient approximation (GGA). In addition, the Coulomb repulsion (U) and Hund's exchange (J) energies were considered in both methods (LSDA+U and GGA+U). Full structural optimization confirmed that the ground state of Sr2CrOsO6 is face-centered cubic (Fm-3m symmetry). Calculations predicted that Sr2CrOsO6 is ferrimagnetic half-semiconductive (HSC) due to the vertical hopping of t2g electrons via antiferromagnetic coupling [Cr3+ (t2g3↑)-O (2pπ)-Os5+ (t2g3↓)], which agreed with the experimental results. The HSC energy-gaps originate from the splitting of three partially occupied Os5+ (5d) bands into two fully filled bands and one empty spin-down band. The real ε1 (ω) and imaginary ε2 (ω) parts of the dielectric function ε (ω) and energy-loss spectrum L (ω) were calculated, analyzed, and compared with the electronic results.

  2. Simultaneous preconcentrations of Co(2+), Cr(6+), Hg(2+) and Pb(2+) ions by Bacillus altitudinis immobilized nanodiamond prior to their determinations in food samples by ICP-OES.

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    Ozdemir, Sadin; Kilinc, Ersin; Celik, Kadir Serdar; Okumus, Veysi; Soylak, Mustafa

    2017-01-15

    A novel solid phase extraction method was developed for simultaneous preconcentration-separation of Co(2+), Cr(6+), Hg(2+) and Pb(2+) ions prior to their determinations in food samples by ICP-OES. Thermophilic Bacillus altitudinis immobilized nanodiamond was used as a new biosorbent. SEM and FT-IR analysis were studied to characterize the biosorbent. The optimum pH values of quantitative biosorption for Co(2+), Cr(6+), Hg(2+) and Pb(2+) were found to be 5.0, 6.0, 6.0 and 6.0, respectively. A flow rate of 3.0mLmin(-1) was selected as optimum for all metal ions. 5mL of 1mol/L HCl was used as eluent. Preconcentration factor was achieved as 80. LODs were calculated as 0.071, 0.023, 0.016 and 0.034ngmL(-1), respectively for Hg(2+), Co(2+), Cr(6+) and Pb(2+). The biosorption capacities were calculated for Co(2+), Cr(6+), Hg(2+) and Pb(2+) as 26.4, 30.4, 19.5, and 35.2mg/g, respectively. The developed method was successfully applied to food samples to determine analyte concentrations. PMID:27542497

  3. Ultrasonic-assisted preparation of novel ternary ZnO/Ag3VO4/Ag2CrO4 nanocomposites and their enhanced visible-light activities in degradation of different pollutants

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    Pirhashemi, Mahsa; Habibi-Yangjeh, Aziz

    2016-05-01

    Novel ternary ZnO/Ag3VO4/Ag2CrO4 nanocomposites were successfully fabricated via preparation of ZnO/Ag3VO4 followed by coupling of it with Ag2CrO4 through facile ultrasonic-assisted method. The resultant samples were carefully characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive analysis of X-rays, UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy, and photoluminescence techniques. Photocatalytic activity for degradation of organic dyes, including rhodamine B, methylene blue, and methyl orange was examined under visible-light irradiation. Among the prepared samples, the ternary nanocomposite with 20% of Ag2CrO4 demonstrated the superior activity. This nanocomposite showed 10.6, 2.9, and 3.0-folds greater activity compared to ZnO, ZnO/Ag2CrO4, and ZnO/Ag3VO4, respectively. The enhanced activity was attributed to more harvesting of the visible-light irradiation and efficiently separation of the photogenerated charge carriers in the ternary nanocomposites. To understand efficiently separation of the charge carriers, a plausible diagram was proposed based on formation of tandem n-n heterojunctions.

  4. Trigonal-bipyramidal and square-pyramidal chromium-manganese chalcogenide clusters, [E2CrMn2(CO)n](2-) (E=S, Se, Te; n=9, 10): synthesis, electrochemistry, UV/Vis absorption, and computational studies.

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    Shieh, Minghuey; Yu, Chun-Hsien; Chu, Yen-Yi; Guo, Yu-Wen; Huang, Chung-Yi; Hsing, Kai-Jieah; Chen, Pei-Chi; Lee, Chung-Feng

    2013-05-01

    The reactions of E powder (E=S, Se) with a mixture of Cr(CO)6 and Mn2(CO)10 in concentrated solutions of KOH/MeOH produced two new mixed Cr-Mn-carbonyl clusters, [E2CrMn2(CO)9](2-) (E=S, 1; Se, 2). Clusters 1 and 2 were isostructural with one another and each displayed a trigonal-bipyramidal structure, with the CrMn2 triangle axially capped by two μ3-E atoms. The analogous telluride cluster, [Te2CrMn2(CO)9](2-) (3), was obtained from the ring-closure of Te2Mn2 ring complex [Te2Mn2Cr2(CO)18](2-) (4). Upon bubbling with CO, clusters 2 and 3 were readily converted into square-pyramidal clusters, [E2CrMn2(CO)10](2-) (E=Se, 5; Te, 6), accompanied with the cleavage of one Cr-Mn bond. According to SQUID analysis, cluster 6 was paramagnetic, with S=1 at room temperature; however, the Se analogue (5) was spectroscopically proposed to be diamagnetic, as verified by TD-DFT calculations. Cluster 6 could be further carbonylated, with cleavage of the Mn-Mn bond to produce a new arachno-cluster, [Te2CrMn2(CO)11](2-) (7). The formation and structural isomers, as well as electrochemistry and UV/Vis absorption, of these clusters were also elucidated by DFT calculations. PMID:23610078

  5. Effect of Heat Treatment on Fracture Microstructure and Image of 1Cr18Ni9Ti and 2Cr13 Steel Welded Joints%热处理对1Cr18Ni9Ti与2Cr13钢焊接接头断口组织形貌的影响

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    赵勇桃; 董俊慧; 刘宗昌; 周军伟

    2012-01-01

    By TIG, under certain welding craft conditions, lCrl8Ni9Ti and 2Crl3 was welded, and certain heat treatment was carried out to welded joint The fracture image and properties of 2Cr13 and lCrl8Ni9Ti welded joints before and after heat treatment were observed by OM, SEM, electronic universal tensile machine and tensile experiments. The results show that before heat treatment, 2Crl3 and lCrl8Ni9Ti welded joints is columnar crystal, the microstructure is lath martensite + austenite + carbide. After heat treatment, the structure changes from lath martensite into tempered sorbite. After tensile,the fracture position of welded joints is HAZ of austenitic stainless steel, belong to toughness fracture. Before heat treatment, the dimple size and distribution are not uniform; after heat treatment, they are uniform. Before heat treatment, the tensile strength of the welded joints is about 635 Mpa, elongation is 26%, reduction of area is 44%; after heat treatment, the tensile strength of the welded joints is about 645 Mpa, elongation is 24%, reduction of area is 44%.%通过钨极氩弧焊方法,在一定工艺条件下对1Cr18Ni9Ti与2Cr13实施焊接,后对焊接接头进行焊后热处理.通过万能拉伸机对热处理前后的焊接接头进行拉伸试验,采用OM、SEM对1Cr18Ni9Ti与2Cr13钢热处理前后的焊接接头进行断口组织形貌观察及分析.结果表明,1Cr18Ni9Ti和2Cr13焊接接头热处理前焊缝组织为典型的柱状晶,组织为板条马氏体+残余奥氏体+碳化物;热处理后焊缝组织转变为回火索氏体.拉伸时,热处理前后焊接接头断裂部位都发生在奥氏体不锈钢热影响区一侧,均属于韧性断裂,热处理前韧窝大小、分布不均匀;热处理后韧窝变小,分布均匀,大小尺寸均等.热处理前,焊接接头的抗拉强度约为635 MPa,伸长率约为26%,断面收缩率约为44%;热处理后,焊接接头的抗拉强度约为645 MPa,伸长率约为24%,断面收缩率约为44%.

  6. First principles study of the origin of Strain-tunable extraordinary magnetocrystalline anisotropy in Sr2CrReO6 epitaxial films

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    Ball, M. R.; Lucy, J. M.; Restrepo, O. D.; Hauser, A. J.; Soliz, J. R.; Freeland, J. W.; Woodward, P. M.; Windl, W.; Yang, F. Y.

    2015-03-01

    Magnetocrystalline anisotropy (MCA) has significant implications in a range of applications such as power generation and magnetic data storage. We report the discovery of extraordinarily large anisotropy fields and strain-tunable MCA in Sr2CrReO6 epitaxial films. These films grown on (LaAlO3)0.3 (Sr2AlTaO6)0.7 (LSAT), SrTiO3, and SrCr0.5Nb0.5O3/LSAT substrates undergo dramatic changes in MCA shown by a shift in easy axis from in-plane to out-of plane. To find the origin of this, we determine the strain-induced distortions and octahedral rotations by performing density functional theory (DFT) calculations using VASP. Correlation effects were treated within GGA +U. In DFT, the change in easy axis under strain seen in experiment can be examined through the difference in total energies for magnetic orientation along different crystalline axes known as the magnetic anisotropy energy (MAE). The MAE is directly related to the moment anisotropy which is the difference between hard- and easy-axis orbital moments. When a sign change in the moment anisotropy is present, a change in easy axis is indicated. We indeed find this sign change with increasing c / a ratio which is in agreement with experiments. The origin of the MAE resides in the strain-induced changes in spin-orbit coupling on the Re-atoms. This interplay between structural deformations and magnetism leads to a giant MCA

  7. Microstructure and temperature coefficient of resistance of thin cermet resistor films deposited from CrSi2-Cr-SiC targets by S-gun magnetron

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    Technological solutions for producing nanoscale cermet resistor films with sheet resistances above 1000 Ω/□ and low temperature coefficients of resistance (TCR) have been investigated. 2-40 nm thick cermet films were sputter deposited from CrSi2-Cr-SiC targets by a dual cathode dc S-gun magnetron. In addition to studying film resistance versus temperature, the nanofilm structural features and composition were analyzed using scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and electron energy loss spectroscopy. This study has revealed that all cermet resistor films deposited at ambient and elevated temperatures were amorphous. The atomic ratio of Si to Cr in these films was about 2 to 1. The film TCR displayed a significant increase when the deposited film thickness was reduced below 2.5 nm. An optimized sputter process consisting of wafer degassing, cermet film deposition at elevated temperature with rf substrate bias, and a double annealing in vacuum, consisting of in situ annealing following the film sputtering and an additional annealing following the exposure of the wafers to air, has been found to be very effective for the film thermal stabilization and for fine tuning the film TCR. Cermet films with thicknesses in the range of 2.5-4 nm deposited using this technique had sheet resistances ranging from 1800 to 1200 Ω/□ and TCR values from -50 ppm/ deg. C to near zero, respectively. A possible mechanism responsible for the high efficiency of annealing the cermet films in vacuum (after preliminary exposure to air), resulting in resistance stabilization and TCR reduction, is also discussed.

  8. Isolating the Epstein-Barr virus gp350/220 binding site on complement receptor type 2 (CR2/CD21).

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    Young, Kendra A; Chen, Xiaojiang S; Holers, V Michael; Hannan, Jonathan P

    2007-12-14

    Complement receptor type 2 (CR2/CD21) is essential for the attachment of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) to the surface of B-lymphocytes in an interaction mediated by the viral envelope glycoprotein gp350. The heavily glycosylated structure of EBV gp350 has recently been elucidated by x-ray crystallography, and the CR2 binding site on this protein has been characterized. To identify the corresponding gp350 binding site on CR2, we have undertaken a site-directed mutagenesis study targeting regions of CR2 that have previously been implicated in the binding of CR2 to the C3d/C3dg fragments of complement component C3. Wild-type or mutant forms of CR2 were expressed on K562 cells, and the ability of these CR2-expressing cells to bind gp350 was measured using flow cytometry. Mutations directed toward the two N-terminal extracellular domains of CR2 (SCR1-2) reveal that a large contiguous surface of CR2 SCR1-2 is involved in gp350 binding, including a number of positively charged residues (Arg-13, (Arg-28, (Arg-36, Lys-41, Lys-57, Lys-67, and Arg-83). These data appear to complement the CR2 binding site on gp350, which is characterized by a preponderance of negative charge. In addition to identifying the importance of charge in the formation of a CR2-gp350 complex, we also provide evidence that both SCR1 and SCR2 make contact with gp350. Specifically, two anti-CR2 monoclonal antibodies, designated as monoclonal antibodies 171 and 1048 whose primary epitopes are located within SCR2, inhibit binding of wild-type CR2 to EBV gp350; with regard to SCR1, both K562 cells expressing an S15P mutation and recombinant S15P CR2 proteins exhibit diminished gp350 binding. PMID:17925391

  9. Isolating the Epstein-Barr virus gp350/220 binding site on complement receptor type 2 (CR2/CD21).

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    Young, Kendra A; Chen, Xiaojiang S; Holers, V Michael; Hannan, Jonathan P

    2007-12-14

    Complement receptor type 2 (CR2/CD21) is essential for the attachment of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) to the surface of B-lymphocytes in an interaction mediated by the viral envelope glycoprotein gp350. The heavily glycosylated structure of EBV gp350 has recently been elucidated by x-ray crystallography, and the CR2 binding site on this protein has been characterized. To identify the corresponding gp350 binding site on CR2, we have undertaken a site-directed mutagenesis study targeting regions of CR2 that have previously been implicated in the binding of CR2 to the C3d/C3dg fragments of complement component C3. Wild-type or mutant forms of CR2 were expressed on K562 cells, and the ability of these CR2-expressing cells to bind gp350 was measured using flow cytometry. Mutations directed toward the two N-terminal extracellular domains of CR2 (SCR1-2) reveal that a large contiguous surface of CR2 SCR1-2 is involved in gp350 binding, including a number of positively charged residues (Arg-13, (Arg-28, (Arg-36, Lys-41, Lys-57, Lys-67, and Arg-83). These data appear to complement the CR2 binding site on gp350, which is characterized by a preponderance of negative charge. In addition to identifying the importance of charge in the formation of a CR2-gp350 complex, we also provide evidence that both SCR1 and SCR2 make contact with gp350. Specifically, two anti-CR2 monoclonal antibodies, designated as monoclonal antibodies 171 and 1048 whose primary epitopes are located within SCR2, inhibit binding of wild-type CR2 to EBV gp350; with regard to SCR1, both K562 cells expressing an S15P mutation and recombinant S15P CR2 proteins exhibit diminished gp350 binding.

  10. The effect of heat treatment on the corrosion resistance of 440C stainless steel in 20% HNO3 + 2.5% Na2Cr2O7 solution

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    Savas, Terence P.; Wang, Allen Yi-Lan; Earthman, James C.

    2003-04-01

    The effect of heat treatment on the corrosion resistance of 440C stainless steel was investigated in a 20% HNO3 + 2.5% Na2Cr2O7 solution using electrochemical noise (ECN) measurements, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) examinations. The noise resistance ( Rn), which has been found to be inversely related to the localized corrosion rate, was measured to be 5.7E + 08 Ω-cm2, 4.2E + 08 Ω-cm2, and 3.7E + 04 Ω-cm2 for the oil-quenched, air-quenched, and vacuum furnace cooled (VFC) samples, respectively, after 1200 s exposures. The Rn for all heat treat conditions stabilized within a range of 1.0E + 07 Ω-cm2 to 3.2E + 08 Ω-cm2 after 2 h exposures. The EIS response showed a polarization resistance ( R p) on the order of 6.6E + 04 Ω-cm2, 5.3E + 04 Ω-cm2, and 1.1E + 04 Ω-cm2 for the oil-quenched, air-quenched, and VFC samples, respectively, after 2 h exposures. The EIS data are in good agreement with ECN data and indicate that after longer exposures, general corrosion mechanisms dominate and the corrosion rates are comparable. SEM examinations of specimens subjected to 1200 s exposures revealed that severity of pitting and intergranular corrosion damage was consistent with trends in the Rn data. Specifically, the electrochemical noise data as well as SEM examinations of specimens revealed a higher localized corrosion resistance of the hardened specimens during the early stages of passivation. This greater resistance to localized corrosion can be attributed to an increased stability of the natural passive film resulting from a higher concentration of chromium atoms in solution for the martensite phase.

  11. Koszul cycles

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    Bruns, Winfreid; Römer, Tim

    2010-01-01

    We prove regularity bounds for Koszul cycles holding for every ideal of dimension at most 1 in a polynomial ring. We generalize the lower bound for the Green-Lazarsfeld index of Veronese rings we proved in arXiv:0902.2431 to the multihomogeneous setting.

  12. Happy Cycling

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    Geert Jensen, Birgitte; Nielsen, Tom

    2013-01-01

    og Interaktions Design, Aarhus Universitet under opgave teamet: ”Happy Cycling City – Aarhus”. Udfordringen i studieopgaven var at vise nye attraktive løsningsmuligheder i forhold til cyklens og cyklismens integration i byrum samt at påpege relationen mellem design og overordnede diskussioner af...

  13. Glacial cycles

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    Kaufmann, R. K.; Juselius, Katarina

    and compare the accuracy of their in-sample simulations. Results indicate that strong statistical associations between endogenous climate variables are not enough for statistical models to reproduce glacial cycles. Rather, changes in solar insolation associated with changes in Earth's orbit are needed...

  14. Sulfur cycle

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    Ecological Society Symposium held jointly with the Linnean Society of London. Oxford: Blackwell. Huston MH and Smith T (1987) Plant succession: Life history and competition. American Naturalist 130: 168–198. Sulfur Cycle P A Loka Bharathi, National Institute.... Vegetatio 110: 115–147. Odum EP (1969) The strategy of ecosystem development. Science 164: 262–270. Walker KR and Alberstadt LP(1975) Ecological succession asan aspect of structure in fossil communities. Paleobiology 1: 238–257. Author's personal copy S 4 O...

  15. High-cycle Fatigue Fracture Behavior of Ultrahigh Strength Steels

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    Weijun HUI; Yihong NIE; Han DONG; Yuqing WENG; Chunxu WANG

    2008-01-01

    The fatigue fracture behavior of four ultrahigh strength steels with different melting processes and therefore different inclusion sizes were studied by using a rotating bar two-point bending fatigue machine in the high-cycle regime up to 107 cycles of loading. The fracture surfaces were observed by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). It was found that the size of inclusion has significant effect on the fatigue behavior.For AISI 4340 steel in which the inclusion size is smaller than 5.5 μm, all the fatigue cracks except one did not initiated from inclusion but from specimen surface and conventional S-N curve exists. For 65Si2MnWE and Aermet 100 steels in which the average inclusion sizes are 12.2 and 14.9 μm, respectively, fatigue cracks initiated from inclusions at lower stress amplitudes and stepwise S-N curves were observed. The S-N curvedisplays a continuous decline and fatigue failures originated from large oxide inclusion for 60Si2CrVA steel in which the average inclusion size is 44.4 μm. In the case of internal inclusion-induced fractures at cycles beyond about 1×106 for 65Si2MnWE and 60Si2CrVA steels, inclusion was always found inside the fish-eye and a granular bright facet (GBF) was observed in the vicinity around the inclusion. The GBF sizes increasewith increasing the number of cycles to failure Nf in the long-life regime. The values of stress intensity factor range at crack initiation site for the GBF are almost constant with Nf, and are almost equal to that for the surface inclusion and the internal inclusion at cycles lower than about 1×106. Neither fish-eye nor GBF was observed for Aermet 100 steel in the present study.

  16. Numerical adiabatic potentials of orthorhombic Jahn-Teller effects retrieved from ultrasound attenuation experiments. Application to the SrF2:Cr crystal

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    Zhevstovskikh, I. V.; Bersuker, I. B.; Gudkov, V. V.; Averkiev, N. S.; Sarychev, M. N.; Zherlitsyn, S.; Yasin, S.; Shakurov, G. S.; Ulanov, V. A.; Surikov, V. T.

    2016-06-01

    A methodology is worked out to retrieve the numerical values of all the main parameters of the six-dimensional adiabatic potential energy surface (APES) of a polyatomic system with a quadratic T-term Jahn-Teller effect (JTE) from the ultrasound experiments. The method is based on a verified assumption that ultrasound attenuation and speed encounter anomalies when the direction of propagation and polarization of its wave of strain coincides with the characteristic directions of symmetry breaking in the JTE. For the SrF2:Cr crystal, employed as a basic example, we observed anomaly peaks in the temperature dependence of attenuation of ultrasound at frequencies of 50-160 MHz in the temperature interval of 40-60 K for the wave propagating along the [110] direction, for both the longitudinal and the shear modes, the latter with two polarizations along the [001] and [1 1 ¯ 0 ] axes, respectively. We show that these anomalies are due to the ultrasound relaxation by the system of non-interacting Cr2+ JT centers with orthorhombic local distortions. The interpretation of the experimental findings is based on the T2 g⊗(eg+t2 g) JTE problem including the linear and the quadratic terms of vibronic interactions in the Hamiltonian and the same-symmetry modes reduced to one interaction mode. Combining the experimental results with a theoretical analysis, we show that on the complicated six-dimensional APES of this system with three tetragonal, four trigonal, and six orthorhombic extrema points, the latter are global minima, while the former are saddle points, and we estimate numerically all the main parameters of this surface, including the linear and quadratic vibronic coupling constants, the primary force constants, the coordinates of all the extrema points and their energies, the energy barrier between the orthorhombic minima, and the tunneling splitting of the ground vibrational states. To our knowledge, such a based-on-experimental-data numerical reconstruction of the APES

  17. Molecular basis of the interaction between complement receptor type 2 (CR2/CD21) and Epstein-Barr virus glycoprotein gp350.

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    Young, Kendra A; Herbert, Andrew P; Barlow, Paul N; Holers, V Michael; Hannan, Jonathan P

    2008-11-01

    The binding of the Epstein-Barr virus glycoprotein gp350 by complement receptor type 2 (CR2) is critical for viral attachment to B lymphocytes. We set out to test hypotheses regarding the molecular nature of this interaction by developing an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for the efficient analysis of the gp350-CR2 interaction by utilizing wild-type and mutant forms of recombinant gp350 and also of the CR2 N-terminal domains SCR1 and SCR2 (designated CR2 SCR1-2). To delineate the CR2-binding site on gp350, we generated 17 gp350 single-site substitutions targeting an area of gp350 that has been broadly implicated in the binding of both CR2 and the major inhibitory anti-gp350 monoclonal antibody (MAb) 72A1. These site-directed mutations identified a novel negatively charged CR2-binding surface described by residues Glu-21, Asp-22, Glu-155, Asp-208, Glu-210, and Asp-296. We also identified gp350 amino acid residues involved in non-charge-dependent interactions with CR2, including Tyr-151, Ile-160, and Trp-162. These data were supported by experiments in which phycoerythrin-conjugated wild-type and mutant forms of gp350 were incubated with CR2-expressing K562 cells and binding was assessed by flow cytometry. The ELISA was further utilized to identify several positively charged residues (Arg-13, Arg-28, Arg-36, Lys-41, Lys-57, Lys-67, Arg-83, and Arg-89) within SCR1-2 of CR2 that are involved in the binding interaction with gp350. These experiments allowed a comparison of those CR2 residues that are important for binding gp350 to those that define the epitope for an effective inhibitory anti-CR2 MAb, 171 (Asn-11, Arg-13, Ser-32, Thr-34, Arg-36, and Tyr-64). The mutagenesis data were used to calculate a model of the CR2-gp350 complex using the soft-docking program HADDOCK. PMID:18786993

  18. Mutational analysis of the complement receptor type 2 (CR2/CD21)-C3d interaction reveals a putative charged SCR1 binding site for C3d.

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    Hannan, Jonathan P; Young, Kendra A; Guthridge, Joel M; Asokan, Rengasamy; Szakonyi, Gerda; Chen, Xiaojiang S; Holers, V Michael

    2005-02-25

    We have characterized the interaction between the first two short consensus repeats (SCR1-2) of complement receptor type 2 (CR2, CD21) and C3d in solution, by utilising the available crystal structures of free and C3d-bound forms of CR2 to create a series of informative mutations targeting specific areas of the CR2-C3d complex. Wild-type and mutant forms of CR2 were expressed on the surface of K562 erythroleukemia cells and their binding ability assessed using C3dg-biotin tetramers complexed to fluorochrome conjugated streptavidin and measured by flow cytometry. Mutations directed at the SCR2-C3d interface (R83A, R83E, G84Y) were found to strongly disrupt C3dg binding, supporting the conclusion that the SCR2 interface reflected in the crystal structure is correct. Previous epitope and peptide mapping studies have also indicated that the PILN11GR13IS sequence of the first inter-cysteine region of SCR1 is essential for the binding of iC3b. Mutations targeting residues within or in close spatial proximity to this area (N11A, N11E, R13A, R13E, Y16A, S32A, S32E), and a number of other positively charged residues located primarily on a contiguous face of SCR1 (R28A, R28E, R36A, R36E, K41A, K41E, K50A, K50E, K57A, K57E, K67A, K67E), have allowed us to reassess those regions on SCR1 that are essential for CR2-C3d binding. The nature of this interaction and the possibility of a direct SCR1-C3d association are discussed extensively. Finally, a D52N mutant was constructed introducing an N-glycosylation sequence at an area central to the CR2 dimer interface. This mutation was designed to disrupt the CR2-C3d interaction, either directly through steric inhibition, or indirectly through disruption of a physiological dimer. However, no difference in C3dg binding relative to wild-type CR2 could be observed for this mutant, suggesting that the dimer may only be found in the crystal form of CR2. PMID:15713467

  19. Magnetic tunneling junctions with the Heusler compound Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al

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    Conca Parra, A.

    2007-07-20

    Materials with large spin polarization are required for applications in spintronics devices. For this reason, major research efforts are directed to study the properties of compounds which are expected to be half metals, i.e. materials with 100% spin polarization. Half metals are expected to have a gap in the density of states at the Fermi energy for one spin band while the other spin band is metallic leading to a completely spin polarized current. The ferromagnetic full Heusler alloy Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al (CCFA) has attracted great interest in the field of spintronics. The high Tc (800 K) and the expected half metallicity make CCFA a good candidate for applications in spintronic devices such as magnetic tunneling junctions (MTJs). This thesis presents the results of the study of the electronic and structural properties of CCFA thin films. The films were implemented in magnetic tunneling junctions and the tunneling magnetoresistance effect (TMR) was investigated. The main objectives were the measurement of the spin polarisation of the CCFA alloy and to obtain information about its electronic structure. The influence of the deposition conditions on the thin film properties and on the surface crystalline order and their respective influence on the TMR ratio was investigated. Epitaxial CCFA thin films with two alternative growth orientations were deposited on different substrates and buffer layers. An annealing step was used to improve the crystalline properties of the thin films. In the tunneling junctions, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} was used as a barrier material and Co was chosen as counter electrode. The multilayer systems were patterned in Mesa structures using lithographic techniques. In the framework of the Julliere model, a maximum spin polarisation of 54% at 4K was measured in tunneling junctions with epitaxial CCFA electrodes. A strong influence of the annealing temperature on the TMR ratio was determined. The increase of the TMR ratio could be correlated

  20. Mutational analysis of the complement receptor type 2 (CR2/CD21)-C3d interaction reveals a putative charged SCR1 binding site for C3d.

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    Hannan, Jonathan P; Young, Kendra A; Guthridge, Joel M; Asokan, Rengasamy; Szakonyi, Gerda; Chen, Xiaojiang S; Holers, V Michael

    2005-02-25

    We have characterized the interaction between the first two short consensus repeats (SCR1-2) of complement receptor type 2 (CR2, CD21) and C3d in solution, by utilising the available crystal structures of free and C3d-bound forms of CR2 to create a series of informative mutations targeting specific areas of the CR2-C3d complex. Wild-type and mutant forms of CR2 were expressed on the surface of K562 erythroleukemia cells and their binding ability assessed using C3dg-biotin tetramers complexed to fluorochrome conjugated streptavidin and measured by flow cytometry. Mutations directed at the SCR2-C3d interface (R83A, R83E, G84Y) were found to strongly disrupt C3dg binding, supporting the conclusion that the SCR2 interface reflected in the crystal structure is correct. Previous epitope and peptide mapping studies have also indicated that the PILN11GR13IS sequence of the first inter-cysteine region of SCR1 is essential for the binding of iC3b. Mutations targeting residues within or in close spatial proximity to this area (N11A, N11E, R13A, R13E, Y16A, S32A, S32E), and a number of other positively charged residues located primarily on a contiguous face of SCR1 (R28A, R28E, R36A, R36E, K41A, K41E, K50A, K50E, K57A, K57E, K67A, K67E), have allowed us to reassess those regions on SCR1 that are essential for CR2-C3d binding. The nature of this interaction and the possibility of a direct SCR1-C3d association are discussed extensively. Finally, a D52N mutant was constructed introducing an N-glycosylation sequence at an area central to the CR2 dimer interface. This mutation was designed to disrupt the CR2-C3d interaction, either directly through steric inhibition, or indirectly through disruption of a physiological dimer. However, no difference in C3dg binding relative to wild-type CR2 could be observed for this mutant, suggesting that the dimer may only be found in the crystal form of CR2.

  1. Molecular basis of the interaction between complement receptor type 2 (CR2/CD21) and Epstein-Barr virus glycoprotein gp350.

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    Young, Kendra A; Herbert, Andrew P; Barlow, Paul N; Holers, V Michael; Hannan, Jonathan P

    2008-11-01

    The binding of the Epstein-Barr virus glycoprotein gp350 by complement receptor type 2 (CR2) is critical for viral attachment to B lymphocytes. We set out to test hypotheses regarding the molecular nature of this interaction by developing an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for the efficient analysis of the gp350-CR2 interaction by utilizing wild-type and mutant forms of recombinant gp350 and also of the CR2 N-terminal domains SCR1 and SCR2 (designated CR2 SCR1-2). To delineate the CR2-binding site on gp350, we generated 17 gp350 single-site substitutions targeting an area of gp350 that has been broadly implicated in the binding of both CR2 and the major inhibitory anti-gp350 monoclonal antibody (MAb) 72A1. These site-directed mutations identified a novel negatively charged CR2-binding surface described by residues Glu-21, Asp-22, Glu-155, Asp-208, Glu-210, and Asp-296. We also identified gp350 amino acid residues involved in non-charge-dependent interactions with CR2, including Tyr-151, Ile-160, and Trp-162. These data were supported by experiments in which phycoerythrin-conjugated wild-type and mutant forms of gp350 were incubated with CR2-expressing K562 cells and binding was assessed by flow cytometry. The ELISA was further utilized to identify several positively charged residues (Arg-13, Arg-28, Arg-36, Lys-41, Lys-57, Lys-67, Arg-83, and Arg-89) within SCR1-2 of CR2 that are involved in the binding interaction with gp350. These experiments allowed a comparison of those CR2 residues that are important for binding gp350 to those that define the epitope for an effective inhibitory anti-CR2 MAb, 171 (Asn-11, Arg-13, Ser-32, Thr-34, Arg-36, and Tyr-64). The mutagenesis data were used to calculate a model of the CR2-gp350 complex using the soft-docking program HADDOCK.

  2. Deposition of La0.8Sr0.2Cr0.97V0.03O3 and MnCr2O4 thin films on ferritic alloy for solid oxide fuel cell application

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    Mikkelsen, Lars; Chen, Ming; Hendriksen, Peter Vang;

    2007-01-01

    Single layer dense films of La0.8Sr0.2Cr0.97V0.03O3 (LSC) and MnCr2O4 with a thickness of 500 nm were deposited on a commercially available ferritic alloy (Crofer 22APU) by large-area Pulsed Laser Deposition. The deposited samples were subsequently oxidized at 1173 K for 500 h in humidified air...

  3. Finite Element Analysis of Precision Forging Process for 2Cr18Ni8W2 Stainless Steel Bar%2Cr18Ni8W2不锈钢圆棒精锻过程的有限元模拟

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    采用DEFORM-3D有限元软件模拟了2Cr18Ni8W2不锈钢在两种精锻工艺下的温度和等效应变分布,分析了工艺条件对精锻过程中温度场和应变场的影响,并进行了试验验证.结果表明:采用优化工艺条件锻造时钢坯表面及内部温度均比现场工艺条件下的低,其内部应变分布也比现场工艺条件下的均匀;在精锻过程中增加倒数第二道次的变形量会导致锻造后的钢坯内部应变分布的不均匀性,造成晶粒大小不均,从而引起探伤误报警;采用优化工艺条件锻造后的圆棒经探伤完全合格,其组织均匀,在等轴晶的内部出现大量的形变孪晶.%The temperature and equivalent strain distribution of 2Cr18Ni8W2 stainless steel bar in two different precision forging processes were simulated by the DEFORM-3D finite element analysis software.The effects of forging process condition on the temperature field and strain field during precision forging process were analyzed and then verified by experimental results.The results show that the temperatures on the surface and inner of the billet in the optimized forging process were lower than those in the on-site process,and the strain distribution in the billet was also more homogeneous than that in on-site process.The deformation increase in the penultimate pass during the precision forging process would increase the uneven distribution of the strain in the billet after the last pass,initiating the grain size nonuniformity,and then resulted in ultrasonic test misinformation.The stainless steel bar forged with optimized process passed the ultrasonic test.The microstructure was uniform and the deformation twin was observed inside the isometric crystal.

  4. Nanostructured and Conventional Cr2O3, TiO2, and TiO2-Cr2O3 Thermal-Sprayed Coatings for Metal-Seated Ball Valve Applications in Hydrometallurgy

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    Vernhes, Luc; Bekins, Craig; Lourdel, Nicolas; Poirier, Dominique; Lima, Rogerio S.; Li, Duanjie; Klemberg-Sapieha, Jolanta E.

    2016-06-01

    A detailed characterization project was undertaken by Velan, an international industrial valve designer and manufacturer, in collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada, Boucherville, and Polytechnique Montréal. The purpose was to assess the mechanical and tribological resistances of promising ceramic coatings for hydrometallurgy applications, including a novel n-TiO2-Cr2O3 blend. Hardness and shear strength were determined using microhardness indentation testers and universal tensile testing equipment. Wear resistance of the coatings under sliding wear, abrasion, and galling conditions were measured by standard pin-on-disk tests, abrasion tests, and custom-designed galling tests. The main result is that the synergy between Cr2O3 and n-TiO2 produced abrasion performance exceeding that of these materials alone. Also, an optimized balance between the hard and brittle Cr2O3 phases and the soft and ductile n-TiO2 phases resulted in higher abrasion, sliding, and galling resistance. The novel n-TiO2-Cr2O3 blend is therefore considered as a promising evolution of the current TiO2-Cr2O3 blend.

  5. Safe cycling!

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    2012-01-01

    The HSE Unit will be running a cycling safety campaign at the entrances to CERN's restaurants on 14, 15 and 16 May. Pop along to see if they can persuade you to get back in the saddle!   With summer on its way, you might feel like getting your bike out of winter storage. Well, the HSE Unit has come up with some original ideas to remind you of some of the most basic safety rules. This year, the prevention campaign will be focussing on three themes: "Cyclists and their equipment", "The bicycle on the road", and "Other road users". This is an opportunity to think about the condition of your bike as well as how you ride it. From 14 to 16 May, representatives of the Swiss Office of Accident Prevention and the Touring Club Suisse will join members of the HSE Unit at the entrances to CERN's restaurants to give you advice on safe cycling (see box). They will also be organising three activity stands where you can test your knowle...

  6. Mechanisms and rates of proton transfer to coordinated carboxydithioates: studies on [Ni(S2CR){PhP(CH2CH2PPh2)2}](+) (R = Me, Et, Bu(n) or Ph).

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    Alwaaly, Ahmed; Clegg, William; Henderson, Richard A; Probert, Michael R; Waddell, Paul G

    2015-02-21

    The complexes [Ni(S2CR)(triphos)]BPh4 (R = Me, Et, Bu(n) or Ph; triphos = PhP{CH2CH2PPh2}2) have been prepared and characterised. X-ray crystallography (for R = Et, Ph, C6H4Me-4, C6H4OMe-4 and C6H4Cl-4) shows that the geometry of the five-coordinate nickel in the cation is best described as distorted trigonal bipyramidal, containing a bidentate carboxydithioate ligand with the two sulfur atoms spanning axial and equatorial sites, the other axial site being occupied by the central phosphorus of triphos. The reactions of [Ni(S2CR)(triphos)](+) with mixtures of HCl and Cl(-) in MeCN to form equilibrium solutions containing [Ni(SH(S)CR)(triphos)](2+) have been studied using stopped-flow spectrophotometry. The kinetics show that proton transfer is slower than the diffusion-controlled limit and involves at least two coupled equilibria. The first step involves the rapid association between [Ni(S2CR)(triphos)](+) and HCl to form the hydrogen-bonded precursor, {[Ni(S2CR)(triphos)](+)HCl} (K) and this is followed by the intramolecular proton transfer (k) to produce [Ni(SH(S)CR)(triphos)](2+). In the reaction of [Ni(S2CMe)(triphos)](+) the rate law is consistent with the carboxydithioate ligand undergoing chelate ring-opening after protonation. It seems likely that chelate ring-opening occurs for all [Ni(S2CR)(triphos)](+), but only with [Ni(S2CMe)(triphos)](+) is the protonation step sufficiently fast that chelate ring-opening is rate-limiting. With all other systems, proton transfer is rate-limiting. DFT calculations indicate that protonation can occur at either sulfur atom, but only protonation at the equatorial sulfur results in chelate ring-opening. The ways in which protonation of either sulfur atom complicates the analyses and interpretation of the kinetics are discussed.

  7. Dependence of the chemical properties of macrocyclic [Ni(II)(2)L(μ-O(2)CR)](+) complexes on the basicity of the carboxylato coligands (L(2-) = macrocyclic N(6)S(2) ligand).

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    Lehmann, Ulrike; Klingele, Julia; Lozan, Vasile; Steinfeld, Gunther; Klingele, Marco H; Käss, Steffen; Rodenstein, Axel; Kersting, Berthold

    2010-12-01

    The dependence of the properties of mixed ligand [Ni(II)(2)L(μ-O(2)CR)](+) complexes (where L(2-) represents a 24-membered macrocyclic hexaamine-dithiophenolato ligand) on the basicity of the carboxylato coligands has been examined. For this purpose 19 different [Ni(II)(2)L(μ-O(2)CR)](+) complexes (2-20) incorporating carboxylates with pK(b) values in the range 9 to 14 have been prepared by the reaction of [Ni(II)(2)L(μ-Cl)](+) (1) and the respective sodium or triethylammonium carboxylates. The resulting carboxylato complexes, isolated as ClO(4)(-) or BPh(4)(-) salts, have been fully characterized by elemental analyses, IR, UV/vis spectroscopy, and X-ray crystallography. The possibility of accessing the [Ni(II)(2)L(μ-O(2)CR)](+) complexes by carboxylate exchange reactions has also been examined. The main findings are as follows: (i) Substitution reactions between 1 and NaO(2)CR are not affected by the basicity or the steric hindrance of the carboxylate. (ii) Complexes 2-20 form an isostructural series of bisoctahedral [Ni(II)(2)L(μ-O(2)CR)](+) compounds with a N(3)Ni(μ-SR)(2)(μ-O(2)CR)NiN(3) core. (iii) They are readily identified by their ν(as)(CO) and ν(s)(CO) stretching vibration bands in the ranges 1684-1576 cm(-1) and 1428-1348 cm(-1), respectively. (iv) The spin-allowed (3)A(2g) → (3)T(2g) (ν(1)) transition of the NiOS(2)N(3) chromophore is steadily red-shifted by about 7.5 nm per pK(b) unit with increasing pK(b) of the carboxylate ion. (v) The less basic the carboxylate ion, the more stable the complex. The stability difference across the series, estimated from the difference of the individual ligand field stabilization energies (LFSE), amounts to about 4.2 kJ/mol [Δ(LFSE)(2,18)]. (vi) The "second-sphere stabilization" of the nickel complexes is not reflected in the electronic absorption spectra, as these forces are aligned perpendicularly to the Ni-O bonds. (vii) Coordination of a basic carboxylate donor to the [Ni(II)(2)L](2+) fragment weakens

  8. Novel mode of 2-fold interpenetration observed in a primitive cubic network of formula [Ni(1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)acetylene)2(Cr2O7)]n.

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    Scott, Hayley S; Bajpai, Alankriti; Chen, Kai-Jie; Pham, Tony; Space, Brian; Perry, John J; Zaworotko, Michael J

    2015-10-14

    A primitive cubic (pcu) network of formula [Ni(1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)acetylene)2(Cr2O7)]n, , has been synthesised and found to exhibit a novel type of inclined 2-fold interpenetration and an isosteric heat of adsorption (Q(st)) of 30.5 kJ mol(-1) towards CO2 at zero loading. Q(st) is relatively high in the broad context but less than that observed in related hybrid ultramicroporous materials, a feature that can be understood after studying pore structure and molecular simulations of CO2 adsorption. PMID:26307270

  9. Manufacturing, Microstructure and Corrosion Resistance of Electrophoretically Deposited SiO2 and Ni/SiO2 Coatings On X2CrNiMo17–12–2 Steel

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    Ratajski T.

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The SiO2 and Ni/SiO2 coatings were electrophoretically deposited on X2CrNiMo17-12-2 steel using ethanol-based suspensions of the SiO2 and Ni powders. The influence of the zeta potential and concentration of the suspensions, the applied voltage and deposition time on the quality of the coatings was studied. Microstructure of the plan-view and cross sections of the coatings was investigated using scanning electron microscopy. The plan-view images revealed the uniform microstructure of the coatings with sporadically observed cracks, pores as well SiO2 and Ni agglomerates. On the cross-sections, the Cr2O3 layer, resulted from oxidation of the substrate during sintering of the coatings was observed. The polarization tests have shown that SiO2 and Ni/SiO2 coatings improve the corrosion resistance of the X2CrNiMo17-12-2 steel in 3.5% NaCl aqueous solution.

  10. Chromium substitution in mullite type bismuth aluminate: Bi{sub 2}Cr{sub x}Al{sub 4−x}O{sub 9} with 0≤x≤2.0

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    Debnath, Tapas, E-mail: debnath@du.ac.bd [Department of Chemistry, University of Dhaka, Dhaka (Bangladesh); Ullah, Ahamed [Department of Chemistry, University of Dhaka, Dhaka (Bangladesh); Rüscher, Claus H. [Institute of Mineralogy, Leibniz University of Hannover, Hannover (Germany); Hussain, Altaf [Department of Chemistry, University of Dhaka, Dhaka (Bangladesh)

    2014-12-15

    Nominal compositions Bi{sub 2}Cr{sub x}Al{sub 4−x}O{sub 9} with 0.0≤x≤2.0 (Δx=0.2) were prepared using appropriate amounts of nitrates dissolved in glycerine and heated at 800 °C for 24 h as we previously used for the preparation of solid solution series Bi{sub 2}M{sub x}/M′{sub 4−x}O{sub 9} (M/M′=Fe/Al, Ga/Al and Fe/Ga). The samples were characterized using XRD, FTIR and optical microscopic techniques. Analyses of XRD data show mullite type single phase can be prepared up to x=1.2. The lattice parameters (a, b and c) increases with increasing Cr content. Further increase in x (i.e., x≥1.4) show the presence of some additional phases indicating a limiting value for Cr doping is in the range of 1.2≤x<1.4. The effect of Cr incorporation could also be observed in the infrared absorption spectra via systematic hard mode shifts of certain lattice modes, e.g. the Bi–O related vibration changes from 96 cm{sup −1} to 93 cm{sup −1} with increasing x up to 1.2 and certain intensity changes together with shift in peak positions. Interestingly, the absence of any splitting and shift of the high energy IR absorption peak at 821 cm{sup −1} as assigned to the characteristic tetrahedral type dimer, Al{sub 2}O{sub 7}, indicate that the Cr thus partially substitutes only the octahedrally coordinated Al. This is confirmed by Rietveld structure refinements, too. - Graphical abstract: Structural model of Cr doped bismuth aluminate, Bi{sub 2}Cr{sub x}Al{sub 4−x}O{sub 9}. - Highlights: • Chromium doped bismuth aluminate, Bi{sub 2}Cr{sub x}Al{sub 4−x}O{sub 9} with mullite type structure are synthesized. • The samples are characterized by XRD and FTIR techniques. • Cr can replace only certain amount of octahedrally coordinated Al in Bi{sub 2}Al{sub 4}O{sub 9} under present experimental conditions.

  11. In-situ observations on interphase boundary migration and grain growth during α/γ phase transformation in iron-4. 2%Cr alloy%Fe-4.2%Cr合金α/γ相变中相边界移动和晶粒长大的原位观察

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    2005-01-01

    In-situ observations on α/γ phase transformation were made to study the effects of grain boundary microstructures on the formation of a new phase and the migration of α/γ interphase boundary in an iron-4. 2%Cr alloy. It was found that triple junctions with more random boundaries could be the primary nucleation sites for a new phase, while triple junctions with low angle or low ∑ coincidence boundaries did not play any role as preferential sites. The migration of α/γ interphase boundary during heating over the transformation temperature range showed the two stage behaviour characterized by a stage with a migration velocity of 0. 33~0. 75 mm/s and secondly by a stage with 3. 7~7. 6 mm/s. It was also found that abnormal grain growth and a high density of ∑3 coincidence boundaries could occur in a phase with bcc structure after cycling of α/γ phase transformation. A new mechanism of nucleation and growth of a new phase in α/γ phase transformation is proposed on the basis of roles of plane-matching interphase boundaries, as previously discussed on the origin of anisotropy of grain growth due to the migration of {110} plane-matching boundaries in Fe-3%Si alloy. The most recent theoretical work on the distribution of plane-matching boundaries in solids with different crystal structures was found to be useful for the understanding of nucleation and growth during α/γ phase transformation.

  12. Essays on economic cycles

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    Groot, de E.A. (Bert)

    2006-01-01

    Schumpeter’s line of thought of multiple economic cycles is further investigated. The existence of multiple cycles in economic variables is demonstrated. In basic innovations five different cycles are found. Multiple cycle structures are shown in various macro-economic variables from the United King

  13. The role of complement receptors type 1 (CR1, CD35) and 2 (CR2, CD21) in promoting C3 fragment deposition and membrane attack complex formation on normal peripheral human B cells

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    Nielsen, Claus Henrik; Pedersen, Morten Løbner; Marquart, Hanne Vibeke Hansen;

    2002-01-01

    Normal human B lymphocytes are known to activate the alternative pathway (AP) of complement, leading to C3-fragment deposition and membrane attack complex (MAC) formation. The process is mediated via complement receptor type 2 (CR2, CD21), with complement receptor type 1 (CR1, CD35) playing...... a subsidiary role. In this study, we examine the relative contributions of CR1 and CR2 to the deposition of C3 fragments and MAC on B lymphocytes under circumstances where all complement pathways are operational. C3-fragment deposition and MAC formation were assessed on human peripheral B lymphocytes...... in the presence of 30% autologous serum. Blocking the CR2 ligand-binding site with monoclonal antibody (mAb) FE8 resulted in significant reduction (37.9+/-11.9%) in C3-fragment deposition, whereas MAC formation was only marginally affected (12.1+/-22.2% reduction). Blocking the CR1 binding-site resulted...

  14. Effect of Post-Weld Heat Treatment on Mechanical and Electrochemical Properties of Gas Metal Arc-Welded 316L (X2CrNiMo 17-13-2) Stainless Steel

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    Muhammad, F.; Ahmad, A.; Farooq, A.; Haider, W.

    2016-10-01

    In the present research work, corrosion behavior of post-weld heat-treated (PWHT) AISI 316L (X2CrNiMo 17-13-2) specimens joined by gas metal arc welding is compared with as-welded samples by using potentiodynamic polarization technique. Welded samples were PWHT at 1323 K for 480 s and quenched. Mechanical properties, corrosion behavior and microstructures of as-welded and PWHT specimens were investigated. Microstructural studies have shown grain size refinement after PWHT. Ultimate tensile strength and yield strength were found maximum for PWHT samples. Bend test have shown that PWHT imparted ductility in welded sample. Fractographic analysis has evidenced ductile behavior for samples. Potentiodynamic polarization test was carried out in a solution composed of 1 M H2SO4 and 1 N NaCl. Corrosion rate of weld region was 127.6 mpy, but after PWHT, it was decreased to 13.12 mpy.

  15. Selective corrosion of duplex stainless steel. Pt. 1 Corrosion behaviour of duplex stainless steel X2CrNiMoN22-5-3 with special consideration of the microstructure

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    This paper is dealing with investigations on interrelations between microstructure and corrosion behaviour of duplex stainless steel X2CrNiMoN22-5-3. With the application of conventional methods like Strauss- and Huey-test it is not possible to describe correctly the corrosion behaviour. In contrary, by means of the development of the electrochemical potentiodynamic reactivation (EPR) method it is possible to give a reliable proof of corrosion susceptibility. The knowledge about the corrosion of duplex stainless steel was intensified by fundamental investigation of interrelations between precipitations and corrosion behaviour. By means of numerous investigations on the microstructure by means of SEM and TEM secondary phases were analysed and quantified and depletion areas created by precipitations were characterized. (orig.)

  16. Selective corrosion of duplex stainless steel. Pt. 2 Localized corrosion manifestations under exposure of chlorides on duplex stainless steel X2CrNiMoN22-5-3 and mechanical behavior in dependence of the microstructure

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    In completion to part 1 of this paper this part deals with interrelations between localized corrosion manifestations, mechanical properties and the microstructure of duplex stainless steel X2CrNiMoN22-5-3. The pit formation on duplex stainless steels is substantially determined by the distribution of the alloying elements within single phases and by defects in the oxide layer. The positive properties of molybdenum become ineffective at thicker oxide layers due to the fact, that molybdate, which is responsible for inhibition of pitting, can not be formed. Depletion areas caused by precipitations are preferential attack places for corrosion. The influence of chlorides for duplex stainless steels in rolled and welded conditions is characterized by a logarithmic dependence. (orig.)

  17. The role of complement receptors type 1 (CR1, CD35) and 2 (CR2, CD21) in promoting C3 fragment deposition and membrane attack complex formation on normal peripheral human B cells

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    Nielsen, Claus Henrik; Pedersen, Morten Løbner; Marquart, Hanne Vibeke;

    2002-01-01

    Normal human B lymphocytes are known to activate the alternative pathway (AP) of complement, leading to C3-fragment deposition and membrane attack complex (MAC) formation. The process is mediated via complement receptor type 2 (CR2, CD21), with complement receptor type 1 (CR1, CD35) playing a...... subsidiary role. In this study, we examine the relative contributions of CR1 and CR2 to the deposition of C3 fragments and MAC on B lymphocytes under circumstances where all complement pathways are operational. C3-fragment deposition and MAC formation were assessed on human peripheral B lymphocytes in the......) bearing CR1, however, markedly reduced both C3-fragment deposition and MAC formation. Our data suggest that C3-fragment deposition and MAC formation on B lymphocytes in vivo may involve both AP and classical pathway activation, with CR1 contributing significantly to the latter. On the other hand, the...

  18. Effect of Post-Weld Heat Treatment on Mechanical and Electrochemical Properties of Gas Metal Arc-Welded 316L (X2CrNiMo 17-13-2) Stainless Steel

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    Muhammad, F.; Ahmad, A.; Farooq, A.; Haider, W.

    2016-08-01

    In the present research work, corrosion behavior of post-weld heat-treated (PWHT) AISI 316L (X2CrNiMo 17-13-2) specimens joined by gas metal arc welding is compared with as-welded samples by using potentiodynamic polarization technique. Welded samples were PWHT at 1323 K for 480 s and quenched. Mechanical properties, corrosion behavior and microstructures of as-welded and PWHT specimens were investigated. Microstructural studies have shown grain size refinement after PWHT. Ultimate tensile strength and yield strength were found maximum for PWHT samples. Bend test have shown that PWHT imparted ductility in welded sample. Fractographic analysis has evidenced ductile behavior for samples. Potentiodynamic polarization test was carried out in a solution composed of 1 M H2SO4 and 1 N NaCl. Corrosion rate of weld region was 127.6 mpy, but after PWHT, it was decreased to 13.12 mpy.

  19. The business cycle and the life cycle

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    Paul Gomme; Richard Rogerson; Peter Rupert; Randall Wright

    2004-01-01

    The paper documents how cyclical fluctuations in market work vary over the life cycle and then assesses the predictions of a life-cycle version of the growth model for those observations. The analysis yields a simple but striking finding. The main discrepancy between the model and that data lies in the inability of the model to account for fluctuations in hours for individuals in the first half of their life cycle. The predictions for those in the latter half of the life cycle are quite close...

  20. The Solar Cycle

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    Hathaway, David H

    2015-01-01

    The Solar Cycle is reviewed. The 11-year cycle of solar activity is characterized by the rise and fall in the numbers and surface area of sunspots. A number of other solar activity indicators also vary in association with the sunspots including; the 10.7cm radio flux, the total solar irradiance, the magnetic field, flares and coronal mass ejections, geomagnetic activity, galactic cosmic ray fluxes, and radioisotopes in tree rings and ice cores. Individual solar cycles are characterized by their maxima and minima, cycle periods and amplitudes, cycle shape, the equatorward drift of the active latitudes, hemispheric asymmetries, and active longitudes. Cycle-to-cycle variability includes the Maunder Minimum, the Gleissberg Cycle, and the Gnevyshev-Ohl (even-odd) Rule. Short-term variability includes the 154-day periodicity, quasi-biennial variations, and double-peaked maxima. We conclude with an examination of prediction techniques for the solar cycle and a closer look at cycles 23 and 24.

  1. Sucrose-aided combustion synthesis of nanosized LiMn{sub 1.99-y}Li{sub y}M{sub 0.01}O{sub 4} (M = Al{sup 3+}, Ni{sup 2+}, Cr{sup 3+}, Co{sup 3+}, y = 0.01 and 0.06) spinels. Characterization and electrochemical behavior at 25 and at 55 C in rechargeable lithium cells

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    Amarilla, J.M.; Pico, F.; Rojo, J.M.; Rojas, R.M. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz no. 3, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Petrov, K.; Avdeev, G. [Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1113 Sofia (Bulgaria)

    2009-06-15

    Doubly doped LiMn{sub 1.99-y}Li{sub y}M{sub 0.01}O{sub 4} (M = Al{sup 3+}, Ni{sup 2+}, Cr{sup 3+}, Co{sup 3+}; y = 0.01 and 0.06) spinels have been synthesized by the sucrose-aided combustion method. Combined TG/DTA and XRD studies have shown that stoichiometric single-phase spinels are formed after annealing of the samples at 700 C for 1 h. The samples obtained are nanocrystalline materials having a narrow size-distribution and a coherent domain size between 40 and 60 nm, depending on the amount of fuel (sucrose) used in the synthesis. The influence of the Li-excess, the type of M{sup n+}-dopant cation and the amount of fuel used in the synthesis on the electrochemical behavior of the spinels in a Li-cell at room and at elevated temperature (55 C) has been studied. At 25 C all the spinels synthesized have a good capacity retention after 100 cycles, QRt-100 > 92%. At 55 C the increase of the Li-excess improves the cycling performances. Rate capability studies show that the spinels retain >90% of their capacity even at 5C rate. The synergic effect of the Li-excess and the particle size on the electrochemical properties of the spinels as cathode material has been settled. The LiMn{sub 1.93}Li{sub 0.06}M{sub 0.01}O{sub 4}, (M = Al{sup 3+}, Ni{sup 2+}) spinels, with cyclabilities >99.9% by cycle at both 25 and 55 C, and high rate capabilities, are the ones that show the best electrochemical properties. (author)

  2. Solar cycle 25: another moderate cycle?

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    Cameron, Robert H; Schuessler, Manfred

    2016-01-01

    Surface flux transport simulations for the descending phase of cycle 24 using random sources (emerging bipolar magnetic regions) with empirically determined scatter of their properties provide a prediction of the axial dipole moment during the upcoming activity minimum together with a realistic uncertainty range. The expectation value for the dipole moment around 2020 $(2.5\\pm1.1\\,$G) is comparable to that observed at the end of cycle 23 (about $2\\,$G). The empirical correlation between the dipole moment during solar minimum and the strength of the subsequent cycle thus suggests that cycle 25 will be of moderate amplitude, not much higher than that of the current cycle. However, the intrinsic uncertainty of such predictions resulting from the random scatter of the source properties is considerable and fundamentally limits the reliability with which such predictions can be made before activity minimum is reached.

  3. Solar Cycle 25: Another Moderate Cycle?

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    Cameron, R. H.; Jiang, J.; Schüssler, M.

    2016-06-01

    Surface flux transport simulations for the descending phase of Cycle 24 using random sources (emerging bipolar magnetic regions) with empirically determined scatter of their properties provide a prediction of the axial dipole moment during the upcoming activity minimum together with a realistic uncertainty range. The expectation value for the dipole moment around 2020 (2.5 ± 1.1 G) is comparable to that observed at the end of Cycle 23 (about 2 G). The empirical correlation between the dipole moment during solar minimum and the strength of the subsequent cycle thus suggests that Cycle 25 will be of moderate amplitude, not much higher than that of the current cycle. However, the intrinsic uncertainty of such predictions resulting from the random scatter of the source properties is considerable and fundamentally limits the reliability with which such predictions can be made before activity minimum is reached.

  4. Cycling in Sydney, Australia

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    Alexis Zander

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Cycling can be an enjoyable way to meet physical activity recommendations and is suitable for older people; however cycling participation by older Australians is low. This qualitative study explored motivators, enablers, and barriers to cycling among older people through an age-targeted cycling promotion program. Methods. Seventeen adults who aged 50–75 years participated in a 12-week cycling promotion program which included a cycling skills course, mentor, and resource pack. Semistructured interviews at the beginning and end of the program explored motivators, enablers, and barriers to cycling. Results. Fitness and recreation were the primary motivators for cycling. The biggest barrier was fear of cars and traffic, and the cycling skills course was the most important enabler for improving participants’ confidence. Reported outcomes from cycling included improved quality of life (better mental health, social benefit, and empowerment and improved physical health. Conclusions. A simple cycling program increased cycling participation among older people. This work confirms the importance of improving confidence in this age group through a skills course, mentors, and maps and highlights additional strategies for promoting cycling, such as ongoing improvement to infrastructure and advertising.

  5. Life cycle assessment (LCA)

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    Thrane, Mikkel; Schmidt, Jannick Andresen

    2004-01-01

    The chapter introduces Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and its application according to the ISO 1404043 standards.......The chapter introduces Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and its application according to the ISO 1404043 standards....

  6. HIV Life Cycle

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    HIV Overview The HIV Life Cycle (Last updated 9/22/2015; last reviewed 9/22/2015) Key Points HIV gradually destroys the immune ... life cycle. What is the connection between the HIV life cycle and HIV medicines? Antiretroviral therapy (ART) ...

  7. Cycling To Awareness.

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    Kozak, Stan

    1999-01-01

    Encourages environmental and outdoor educators to promote bicycling. In the community and the curriculum, cycling connects environmental issues, health and fitness, law and citizenship, appropriate technology, and the joy of being outdoors. Describes the Ontario Cycling Association's cycling strategy and its four components: school cycling…

  8. Spectroscopy of the electronic states of the Heusler compounds Co2FeAl and Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al and the influence of oxidation

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    Jourdan, Martin; Große-Schulte, Fabian; Hahn, Michaela; Schönhense, Gerd

    2011-04-01

    The band structures of the Heusler compounds Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al and Co2FeAl were investigated in situ by angle-resolved ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy. The samples were prepared by a sputtering process optimized for tunnelling junction preparation, the photoemission process in the normal direction of the (0 0 1)-oriented thin films was excited by a helium gas discharge lamp (hν = 21.2 eV and hν = 40.8 eV). The spectra of clean samples are compared with calculations of the total and partial bulk density of states and are evaluated within the three-step model of photoemission. Basic agreement with theoretical predictions of the bulk band structure is concluded. At oxygen exposures of the thin films of only 1 Langmuir a chemisorption phase with significant changes in the valence-band spectrum near the Fermi energy is observed. At 10 L oxygen the spectra are indicative of an oxide within the UPS probing depth.

  9. Structural characterization and electron density distribution studies of (La0.8Ca0.2)(Cr0.9-xCo0.1Mnx)O3

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    Saravanan, R.; Thenmozhi, N.; Fu, Yen-Pei

    2016-07-01

    The doped lanthanum chromite (La0.8Ca0.2)(Cr0.9-xCo0.1Mnx)O3 (x=0.03, 0.06, 0.09 and 0.12) were synthesized by solid state reaction technique. The samples have been characterized by X-ray diffraction for structural and charge density analysis. XRD data show that the grown samples are orthorhombic in structure with single phase. The spatial charge density distribution in the unit cell for the synthesized samples has been studied using maximum entropy method. Further, the samples were analyzed by UV-visible spectrometry for optical properties and scanning electron microscopy for surface morphology. From the optical data, it was found that the direct band gap of the samples range from 2.27 to 2.46 eV. The samples were also investigated by vibrating sample magnetometry for magnetic properties. From VSM data, it is inferred that all the samples in this series are found to be predominantly antiferromagnetic in nature. Since the doped lanthanum chromites have good mechanical properties and electrical conductivity at high temperature, these materials are used in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC).

  10. Corrosion behaviors of a γ-toughened Cr13Ni5Si2/Cr3Ni5Si2 multi-phase ternary metal silicide alloy in NaCl solution

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    Corrosion behaviors of a novel corrosion-resistant γ-toughened Cr13Ni5Si2/Cr3Ni5Si2 multi-phase ternary metal silicide alloy and properties of the passive film formed in NaCl solution were examined by anodic polarization, cyclic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) experiments as well as X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and potentiostatic polarization measurements. Effects of immersion time and chloride ion concentration on corrosion behaviors of the alloy were also evaluated. Results indicated that the alloy exhibited excellent corrosion resistance in NaCl solution due to the spontaneous formation of a compact and protective passive film composed mainly of chromium (III) oxide as well as the high chemical stability and strong inter-atomic bonds inherent to Cr13Ni5Si2 and Cr3Ni5Si2 intermetallic phases. Moreover, corrosion resistance of the alloy was quite insensitive to the increase of chloride ion concentration and was improved noticeably with the increasing immersion time

  11. Study of vibrational and rapid local motions of hydrogen in the storage compound Ti0.8 Zr0.2 CrMnH3 by slow neutron scattering

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    The vibrational and the rapid local motions of hydrogen in the storage compound Ti0,8 Zr0,2 CrMnH3 have been studied by slow neutron scattering with the beryllium-filter-time-of-flight spectrometer. The form of the density of states of the normal modes of vibrations in host metal does no appear to change on hydrogenation, but a shift of 25% towards lower frequencies has been observed. Debye temperatures for the metal and corresponding hydride have been estimated to be respectively (522 +- 15)K and (311 +- 10)K. An energy distribution consisting of three peeks ∼ 50mev (FWHM) wide corresponding to the energy transfer of 85, 115 and 141mev has been observed and were attributed to hydrogen local vibrations in three types of interstices wich differs in composition of Ti and Zr atoms. In the quasielastic scattering, a broadening of 15μev has been detected for the momentum transfer Q = 2,1(angstrom)-1 and for temperature T= 1250C. The broadening has been attributed to rapid local motions of hydrogen in a dumb-bell of lenght equal to the jump lenght for diffusion, l approx. 3(angstrom). (author)

  12. Comparison between MgO and AlO{sub x} barriers in Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al-tunnel junctions

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    Herbort, Christian; Conca, Andres; Jourdan, Martin; Adrian, Hermann [Institut fuer Physik, Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet, Staudinger Weg 7, 55128 Mainz (Germany)

    2007-07-01

    In magnetic tunnel junctions with conventional ferromagnetic electrodes MgO proved to be a superior barrier material concerning the achievable tunnel magnetoresistance effect (TMR). Alternatively, large TMR effects could be obtained by employing novel materials with high spin polarisation. On example for such a material is the Heusler compound Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al (CCFA). We compare the TMR effect of CCFA based tunnel junctions with amorphous AlO{sub x} and epitaxial MgO barriers. Whereas we have already optimized junctions with AlO{sub x} barriers and obtained TMR effects which can be associated to a spin polarization of the CCFA>50%, the process of MgO deposition requires further improvement. The interface at the barriers is characterized by in situ RHEED and LEED as well as by STM investigations. It is shown that epitaxial MgO can be grown by rf-magnetron sputtering on epitaxial (100) oriented CCFA thin films. The barrier morphology of AlO{sub x} and MgO is compared by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and related to the TMR effect. The dependence of the TMR effect on the major preparation parameters is shown.

  13. Effects of post-growth annealing on structural and compositional properties of the Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al surface and its relevance for the surface electron spin polarization

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    Wuestenberg, Jan-Peter; Fischer, Johannes; Aeschlimann, Martin; Cinchetti, Mirko [Department of Physics and Research Center OPTIMAS, University of Kaiserslautern, Erwin-Schroedingerstr. 46, D-67663 Kaiserslautern (Germany); Herbort, Christian; Jourdan, Martin, E-mail: jpwuest@physik.uni-kl.d [Institute of Physics, University of Mainz, Staudinger Weg 7, D-55099 Mainz (Germany)

    2009-04-21

    In this study we investigate the influence of post-growth annealing on different Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al samples. We find strong changes in the geometric surface structure as well as in the element specific concentrations during the annealing process. These irreversible changes go in hand with characteristic changes in the electron spin polarization (ESP) at the surface: as observed in Cinchetti et al (2007 J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 40 1544), the iron buffered sample shows the largest spin polarization at the Fermi level. The latter remains positive as a consequence of the reduced density of states for the minority carriers due to the predicted minority gap, which can be clearly seen for all samples above the proposed minimum annealing temperature of 400 {sup 0}C. Above this temperature we observe a characteristic dip in the ESP as a sign of increasing structure quality. It appears at 0.6 eV binding energy and is consistent with a peak in the minority electron density of states seen in both experiment and theory.

  14. Brillouin light scattering study of Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al and Co{sub 2}FeAl Heusler compounds

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    Gaier, O; Hamrle, J; Trudel, S; Conca Parra, A; Hillebrands, B [Fachbereich Physik and Forschungszentrum OPTIMAS, Technische Universitaet Kaiserslautern, Erwin-Schroedinger-Strasse 56, D-67663 Kaiserslautern (Germany); Arbelo, E; Herbort, C; Jourdan, M, E-mail: gaier@physik.uni-kl.d [Institut fuer Physik, Johannes-Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz, Staudinger Weg 7, D-55099 Mainz (Germany)

    2009-04-21

    The thermal magnonic spectra of Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al (CCFA) and Co{sub 2}FeAl were investigated using Brillouin light scattering (BLS) spectroscopy. For CCFA, the exchange constant A (exchange stiffness D) is found to be 0.48 {+-} 0.04 {mu}erg cm{sup -1} (203 {+-} 16 meV A{sup 2}), while for Co{sub 2}FeAl the corresponding values of 1.55 {+-} 0.05 {mu}erg cm{sup -1} (370 {+-} 10 meV A{sup 2}) were found. The observed asymmetry in the BLS spectra between the Stokes and anti-Stokes frequencies was assigned to an interplay between the asymmetrical profiles of hybridized Damon-Esbach and perpendicular standing spin-wave modes, combined with the optical sensitivity of the BLS signal to the upper side of the CCFA or Co{sub 2}FeAl film.

  15. Magnetism of the Heusler compound Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al at interfaces with Cr and AlO{sub x}

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    Jourdan, Martin; Arbelo-Jorge, Elena; Herbort, Christian [Institut fuer Physik, Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz (Germany); Charlton, Timothy; Langridge, Sean [ISIS Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire (United Kingdom)

    2008-07-01

    Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al (CCFA) belongs to the Heusler compounds for which a huge spin polarization is theoretically predicted. However, for spintronics applications the electronic properties at the interface with insulating barriers (tunneling devices) or paramagnetic metals (spin valves) are of major importance. We investigate the ferromagnetic moment of CCFA at interfaces with Cr and AlO{sub x} by polarised neutron reflectometry (PNR). Fitting the reflectometry data to a model which allows layers of the CCFA with different magnetic moments compared to the bulk moment, evidence for a reduced moment in a 1-2nm interface layer of the CCFA was identified. However, the reduction is clearly smaller at the Cr interface compared to the AlO{sub x} interface. Additionally, at the Cr interface the best fits are obtained, if ferromagnetic order of the complete 6nm Cr layer is assumed (with {approx_equal}0.3 {mu}{sub B}/Cr-atom). This surprising observation is discussed in the framework of epitaxially induced stress of the Cr layer.

  16. Effects of post-growth annealing on structural and compositional properties of the Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al surface and its relevance for the surface electron spin polarization

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    In this study we investigate the influence of post-growth annealing on different Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al samples. We find strong changes in the geometric surface structure as well as in the element specific concentrations during the annealing process. These irreversible changes go in hand with characteristic changes in the electron spin polarization (ESP) at the surface: as observed in Cinchetti et al (2007 J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 40 1544), the iron buffered sample shows the largest spin polarization at the Fermi level. The latter remains positive as a consequence of the reduced density of states for the minority carriers due to the predicted minority gap, which can be clearly seen for all samples above the proposed minimum annealing temperature of 400 0C. Above this temperature we observe a characteristic dip in the ESP as a sign of increasing structure quality. It appears at 0.6 eV binding energy and is consistent with a peak in the minority electron density of states seen in both experiment and theory.

  17. T lymphocyte expression of complement receptor 2 (CR2/CD21): a role in adhesive cell-cell interactions and dysregulation in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

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    Levy, E; Ambrus, J; Kahl, L; Molina, H; Tung, K; Holers, V M

    1992-11-01

    Complement receptor 2 (CR2, CD21), the receptor for both the C3d,g portion of human complement component C3 and the Epstein-Barr virus, has been recently described on peripheral T cells. By using dual stain flow cytometric analysis, we have also observed that a peripheral T lymphocyte subpopulation of normal healthy donors bears CR2 in a range varying from 1.1 to 23.2% (mean 12.6%) of total CD3+ cells. T lymphocytes from nine patients with inactive SLE expressed CR2 in a similar range. Three patients with active SLE were also studied. One of them, having neuropathy and glomerulonephritis, displayed an expansion of the CR2 T cell subpopulation which reached as much as 89% of total CD3+ cells. To examine potential functional roles of T cell CR2, cells from a Jurkat-derived CR2 expressing T cell line were found to bind in vitro to human CR2-, complement-coated K562 cell targets in a CR2- and complement-dependent fashion. Based on these studies, we hypothesize that CR2 might act to increase adherence of T cells to nucleated target cells bearing C3d,g, a function which may be relevant to cytotoxicity or other T cell activities requiring cell-cell interaction. PMID:1424280

  18. Spectroscopy of the electronic states of the Heusler compounds Co2FeAl and Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al and the influence of oxidation

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    The band structures of the Heusler compounds Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al and Co2FeAl were investigated in situ by angle-resolved ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy. The samples were prepared by a sputtering process optimized for tunnelling junction preparation, the photoemission process in the normal direction of the (0 0 1)-oriented thin films was excited by a helium gas discharge lamp (hν = 21.2 eV and hν = 40.8 eV). The spectra of clean samples are compared with calculations of the total and partial bulk density of states and are evaluated within the three-step model of photoemission. Basic agreement with theoretical predictions of the bulk band structure is concluded. At oxygen exposures of the thin films of only 1 Langmuir a chemisorption phase with significant changes in the valence-band spectrum near the Fermi energy is observed. At 10 L oxygen the spectra are indicative of an oxide within the UPS probing depth.

  19. The Solar Cycle

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    David H. Hathaway

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The solar cycle is reviewed. The 11-year cycle of solar activity is characterized by the rise and fall in the numbers and surface area of sunspots. A number of other solar activity indicators also vary in association with the sunspots including; the 10.7 cm radio flux, the total solar irradiance, the magnetic field, flares and coronal mass ejections, geomagnetic activity, galactic cosmic ray fluxes, and radioisotopes in tree rings and ice cores. Individual solar cycles are characterized by their maxima and minima, cycle periods and amplitudes, cycle shape, the equatorward drift of the active latitudes, hemispheric asymmetries, and active longitudes. Cycle-to-cycle variability includes the Maunder Minimum, the Gleissberg Cycle, and the Gnevyshev–Ohl (even-odd Rule. Short-term variability includes the 154-day periodicity, quasi-biennial variations, and double-peaked maxima. We conclude with an examination of prediction techniques for the solar cycle and a closer look at cycles 23 and 24.

  20. [Cycling in Zagreb].

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    Matos, Stipan; Krapac, Ladislav; Krapac, Josip

    2007-01-01

    Cycling in Zagreb, as means of urban transport inside and outside the city, has a bright past, hazy presence but a promising future. Every day, aggressive citizens who lack urban traffic culture mistreat many cyclists but also many pedestrians. Sedentary way of living, unhealthy eating habits and inadequate recreation would surely be reduced if Zagreb had a network of cycling tracks (190 cm) or lanes (80 cm). Main city roads were constructed at the beginning of the 20th century. Today, the lack of cycling tracks is particularly evident in terms of missing connections between northern and southern parts of the city. Transportation of bikes in public vehicles, parking of bikes as well as cycling along the foot of the mountains Medvednica and Zumberacko gorje is not adequately organized. Better organization is necessary not only because of the present young generation but also because of the young who will shortly become citizens of the EU, where cycling is enormously popular. Cycling tourism is not known in Zagreb, partly due to inadequate roads. The surroundings of Zagreb are more suitable for cycling tourism and attractive brochures and tourist guides offer information to tourists on bikes. Professional, acrobatic and sports cycling do not have a tradition in Zagreb and in Croatia. The same holds true for recreational cycling and indoor exercise cycling. The authors discuss the impact of popularization of cycling using print and electronic media. The role of district and local self-government in the construction and improvement of traffic roads in Zagreb is very important. It is also significant for the implementation of legal regulations that must be obeyed by all traffic participants in order to protect cyclists, the most vulnerable group of traffic participants besides passengers. Multidisciplinary action of all benevolent experts would surely increase safety and pleasure of cycling in the city and its surroundings. This would also help reduce daily stress and

  1. Real business cycle realizations

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    Smith, Gregor W.; Stanley E. Zin

    1997-01-01

    Much recent business cycle research focuses on moments of macroeconomic aggregates. We construct examples of real business cycle sample paths for output, consumption, and employment for the U.S. economy. Annual sample paths are generated from an initial condition in 1925, measured technology and government spending shocks since then, and a standard, calibrated, one-sector model of the business cycle. Quarterly sample paths are generated similarly, from an initial condition in 1955. The law of...

  2. Fictitious Supercontinent Cycles

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    Herndon, J Marvin

    2013-01-01

    Descriptions of phenomena, events, or processes made on the basis of problematic paradigms can be unreasonably complex (e.g. epicycles) or simply wrong (e.g. ultraviolet catastrophe). Supercontinent cycles, also called Wilson cycles, are, I submit, artificial constructs, like epicycles. Here I provide the basis for that assertion and describe published considerations from a fundamentally different, new, indivisible geoscience paradigm which obviate the necessity for assuming supercontinent cycles.

  3. Alternative fuel cycles

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    Uranium resource utilization and economic considerations provide incentives to study alternative fuel cycles as future options to the PHWR natural uranium cycle. Preliminary studies to define the most favourable alternatives and their possible introduction dates are discussed. The important and uncertain components which influence option selection are reviewed, including nuclear capacity growth, uranium availability and demand, economic potential, and required technological developments. Finally, a summary of Ontario Hydro's program to further assess cycle selection and define development needs is given. (auth)

  4. Fast breeder fuel cycle

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    Basic elements of the ex-reactor part of the fuel cycle (reprocessing, fabrication, waste handling and transportation) are described. Possible technical and proliferation measures are evaluated, including current methods of accountability, surveillance and protection. The reference oxide based cycle and advanced cycles based on carbide and metallic fuels are considered utilizing conventional processes; advanced nonaqueous reprocessing is also considered. This contribution provides a comprehensive data base for evaluation of proliferation risks

  5. Friction Generated Limit Cycles

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    Ohlsson, Henrik; Åström, Karl Johan

    2001-01-01

    This paper treats limit cycles caused by friction. The goal has been to explain phenomena that have been observed experimentally in mechatronic systems. Experiments have shown that oscillations of qualitatively different types can be obtained simply by changing controller specifications. Stiction is important in some cases but not in others. Necessary conditions for limit cycle are given for the case where stiction is important. Conditions for local stability of the limit cycles are also pres...

  6. Historicising the Hydrosocial Cycle

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    Jeremy J. Schmidt

    2014-01-01

    This paper examines the historical claims made in support of the hydrosocial cycle. In particular, it considers how arguments advancing the hydrosocial cycle make historical claims regarding modernist conceptions of what water is (i.e. H2O) and its fit with society. The paper gives special emphasis to the society/nature dualism and to the notion of agency as key sites of contest in arguments regarding the hydrosocial cycle. It finds that, while several versions of the hydrosocial cycle seek t...

  7. Edgeworth cycles revisited

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    Doyle, Joseph [MIT Sloan School of Management, 50 Memorial Drive, E52-447, Cambridge MA 02142 (United States); Muehlegger, Erich [John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Mailbox 25, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States); Samphantharak, Krislert [Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California at San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive 1519, La Jolla, CA 92093 (United States)

    2010-05-15

    Some gasoline markets exhibit remarkable price cycles, where price spikes are followed by a series of small price declines: a pattern consistent with a model of Edgeworth cycles described by Maskin and Tirole. We extend the model and empirically test its predictions with a new dataset of daily station-level prices in 115 US cities. Consistent with the theory, and often in contrast with previous empirical work, we find the least and most concentrated markets are much less likely to exhibit cycling behavior both within and across cities; areas with more independent convenience-store gas stations are also more likely to cycle. (author)

  8. Initiation and growth of thermal fatigue crack networks in an AISI 304 L type austenitic stainless steel (X2 CrNi18-09); Amorcage et propagation de reseaux de fissures de fatigue thermique dans un acier inoxydable austenitique de type X2 CrNi18-09 (AISI 304 L)

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    Maillot, V

    2004-07-01

    We studied the behaviour of a 304 L type austenitic stainless steel submitted to thermal fatigue. Using the SPLASH equipment of CEA/SRMA we tested parallelepipedal specimens on two sides: the specimens are continuously heated by Joule effect, while two opposites faces are cyclically. cooled by a mixed spray of distilled water and compressed air. This device allows the reproduction and the study of crack networks similar to those observed in nuclear power plants, on the inner side of circuits fatigued by mixed pressurized water flows at different temperatures. The crack initiation and the network constitution at the surface were observed under different thermal conditions (Tmax = 320 deg C, {delta}T between 125 and 200 deg C). The experiment produced a stress gradient in the specimen, and due to this gradient, the in-depth growth of the cracks finally stopped. The obtained crack networks were studied quantitatively by image analysis, and different parameters were studied: at the surface during the cycling, and post mortem by step-by-step layer removal by grinding. The maximal depth obtained experimentally, 2.5 mm, is relatively coherent with the finite element modelling of the SPLASH test, in which compressive stresses appear at a depth of 2 mm. Some of the crack networks obtained by thermal fatigue were also tested in isothermal fatigue crack growth under 4-point bending, at imposed load. The mechanisms of the crack selection, and the appearance of the dominating crack are described. Compared to the propagation of a single crack, the crack networks delay the propagation, depending on the severity of the crack competition for domination. The dominating crack can be at the network periphery, in that case it is not as shielded by its neighbours as a crack located in the center of the network. It can also be a straight crack surrounded by more sinuous neighbours. Indeed, on sinuous cracks, the loading is not the same all along the crack path, leading to some

  9. Teaching the Krebs Cycle.

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    Akeroyd, F. Michael

    1983-01-01

    Outlines a simple but rigorous treatment of the Krebs Cycle suitable for A-level Biology students. The importance of the addition of water molecules in various stages of the cycle is stressed as well as the removal of hydrogen atoms by the oxidizing enzymes. (JN)

  10. Life Cycle Environmental Management

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    Pedersen, Claus Stig; Jørgensen, Jørgen; Pedersen, Morten Als

    1996-01-01

    processes. The discipline of life cycle environmental management (LCEM) focuses on the incorporation of environmental criteria from the life cycles of products and other company activities into the company management processes. This paper introduces the concept of LCEM as an important element...

  11. Life cycle management (LCM)

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    Remmen, Arne; Thrane, Mikkel

    2004-01-01

    The chapter gives an introduction to Life Cycle Management (LCM) and shows how LCM can be practiced in different contexts and at different ambition levels.......The chapter gives an introduction to Life Cycle Management (LCM) and shows how LCM can be practiced in different contexts and at different ambition levels....

  12. Power Plant Cycling Costs

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    Kumar, N.; Besuner, P.; Lefton, S.; Agan, D.; Hilleman, D.

    2012-07-01

    This report provides a detailed review of the most up to date data available on power plant cycling costs. The primary objective of this report is to increase awareness of power plant cycling cost, the use of these costs in renewable integration studies and to stimulate debate between policymakers, system dispatchers, plant personnel and power utilities.

  13. Predicting the Sunspot Cycle

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    Hathaway, David H.

    2009-01-01

    The 11-year sunspot cycle was discovered by an amateur astronomer in 1844. Visual and photographic observations of sunspots have been made by both amateurs and professionals over the last 400 years. These observations provide key statistical information about the sunspot cycle that do allow for predictions of future activity. However, sunspots and the sunspot cycle are magnetic in nature. For the last 100 years these magnetic measurements have been acquired and used exclusively by professional astronomers to gain new information about the nature of the solar activity cycle. Recently, magnetic dynamo models have evolved to the stage where they can assimilate past data and provide predictions. With the advent of the Internet and open data policies, amateurs now have equal access to the same data used by professionals and equal opportunities to contribute (but, alas, without pay). This talk will describe some of the more useful prediction techniques and reveal what they say about the intensity of the upcoming sunspot cycle.

  14. Assessing Cycling Participation in Australia

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    Chris Rissel; Cameron Munro; Adrian Bauman

    2013-01-01

    Planning and evaluating cycling programs at a national or state level requires accurate measures of cycling participation. However, recent reports of cycling participation have produced very different estimates. This paper examines the reported rates of cycling in five recent population surveys of cycling. Three surveys (one national and two from Sydney) asking respondents when they last rode a bicycle generated cycling participation (cycled in the past year) estimates of 29.7%, 34.1% and 28....

  15. Bimodality and the Hale cycle

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    Wilson, Robert M.

    1988-01-01

    Evidence is provided of a modulation of between 20 and 24 yr for the Hale cycle, and comparison of consecutive pairs of cycles strongly suggests that even-numbered cycles are preferentially paired with odd-numbered following cycles. The results indicate that cycles 22 and 23 form a new cyle pair. The sum of monthly mean sunspot numbers over consecutively paired sunspot cycles for Hale cycle 12 is found to be about 19,100 + or - 3000.

  16. The Anderson Quin Cycle

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    Anderson, J.H.; Bilbow, W.M.

    1993-03-18

    The objective of this study was to make a more refined evaluation of the Anderson Quin Cycle based on most recent information on the performance of various elements that will be used in the Anderson Quin Cycle. My original estimate of the work plan for evaluating and optimizing the Anderson Quin Cycle called for 7000 man hours of work. Since this grant was limited to 2150 man hours, we could not expect to achieve all the objectives within the allotted period of work. However, the most relevant program objectives have been completed as reported here. The analysis generally confirms the results originally estimated in my paper on the subject. (Ref. 2) Further optimizations should show even higher efficiencies. The Anderson Quin Cycle (US Patent applied for) basically consists of 5 elements in the power cycle: A refrigeration system to cool and clean the inlet air before it enters the compressor that supplies air for the gas turbine; a gas turbine consisting of a compressor, combustor, and turbine; a steam boiler and steam turbine system using the heat from the exhaust gas out of the gas turbine; a vapor turbine cycle, which utilizes the condensed heat from the exhaust of the steam turbine and the exhaust gas heat leaving the steam boiler to operate a vapor turbine cycle which utilizes another fluid than water, in this case isobutane; and the fifth element consists of a gas cooler and heat pump system, which removes the heat from the exhaust gas to lower its temperature essentially to atmospheric temperature, and at the same time permits treatment of the exhaust gas to remove acid components such as sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. Current industry accepted component characteristics were incorporated in the performance analysis of the overall cycle, ensuring accurate and meaningful operating predictions. The characteristics and performance of each of the elements are described. The thermal efficiency of the optimized calculated Anderson Quin Cycle is 62 percent.

  17. Future fuel cycles

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    A fuel cycle must offer both financial and resource savings if it is to be considered for introduction into Ontario's nuclear system. The most promising alternative CANDU fuel cycles are examined in the context of both of these factors over a wide range of installed capacity growth rates and economic assumptions, in order to determine which fuel cycle, or cycles, should be introduced, and when. It is concluded that the optimum path for the long term begins with the prompt introduction of the low-enriched-uranium fuel cycle. For a wide range of conditions, this cycle remains the optimum throughout the very long term. Conditions of rapid nuclear growth and very high uranium price escalation rates warrant the supersedure of the low-enriched-uranium cycle by either a plutonium-topped thorium cycle or plutonium recycle, beginning between 2010 and 2025. It is also found that the uranium resource position is sound in terms of both known resources and production capability. Moreover, introduction of the low-enriched-uranium fuel cycle and 1250 MWe reactor units will assure the economic viability of nuclear power until at least 2020, even if uranium prices increase at a rate of 3.5% above inflation. The interrelationship between these two conclusions lies in the tremendous incentive for exploration which will occur if the real uranium price escalation rate is high. From a competitive viewpoint, nuclear power can withstand increases in the price of uranium. However, such increases will likely further expand the resource base, making nuclear an even more reliable energy source. (auth)

  18. Cycling across borders

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    Jože Kos

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available The article describes the intent and content of the international Velo-City conference 1999, Maribor–Graz and the organisation of this cycling development planning meeting. It focuses on the resolution of the conference concerning cycling traffic policies, the emerging network of European cycling connections and the traffic planning workshop about a difficult square in Maribor. The content framework of particular papers is shown, as well as other post-conference events. In the conclusion certain useful addresses for obtaining added data on sustainable traffic planning are given.

  19. Life Cycle Sustainability Dashboard

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    Traverso, Marzia; Finkbeiner, Matthias; Jørgensen, Andreas;

    2012-01-01

    One method to assess the sustainability performance of products is life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA), which assesses product performance considering the environmental,economic, and social dimensions of the life cycle. The results of LCSA can be used to compare different products...... of sustainability is the communicability of the results by means of a graphical representation (a cartogram), characterized by a suitable chromatic scale and ranking score. The integration of LCSA and the dashboard of sustainability into a so-called Life Cycle Sustainability Dashboard (LCSD) is described here...

  20. Fuel cycle data survey

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    A survey of the fuel cycle cost data published during 1977 and 1978 is presented in tabular and graphical form. Cost trends for the period 1965 onwards are presented for yellow cake, conversion, uranium enrichment, fuel fabrication and reprocessing

  1. Cycles in graphs

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    Alspach, BR

    1985-01-01

    This volume deals with a variety of problems involving cycles in graphs and circuits in digraphs. Leading researchers in this area present here 3 survey papers and 42 papers containing new results. There is also a collection of unsolved problems.

  2. Fuel cycle studies

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    Programs are being conducted in the following areas: advanced solvent extraction techniques, accident consequences, fuel cycles for nonproliferation, pyrochemical and dry processes, waste encapsulation, radionuclide transport in geologic media, hull treatment, and analytical support for LWBR

  3. Resuscitating Real Business Cycles

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    Robert G. King; Sergio T. Rebelo

    2000-01-01

    The Real Business Cycle (RBC) research program has grown spectacularly over the last decade, as its concepts and methods have diffused into mainstream macroeconomics. Yet, there is increasing skepticism that technology shocks are a major source of business fluctuations. This chapter exposits the basic RBC model and shows that it requires large technology shocks to produce realistic business cycles. While Solow residuals are sufficiently volatile, these imply frequent technological regress. Pr...

  4. Quantifying the adaptive cycle

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    Angeler, David G.; Allen, Craig R.; Garmestani, Ahjond S.; Gunderson, Lance H.; Hjerne, Olle; Winder, Monika

    2015-01-01

    The adaptive cycle was proposed as a conceptual model to portray patterns of change in complex systems. Despite the model having potential for elucidating change across systems, it has been used mainly as a metaphor, describing system dynamics qualitatively. We use a quantitative approach for testing premises (reorganisation, conservatism, adaptation) in the adaptive cycle, using Baltic Sea phytoplankton communities as an example of such complex system dynamics. Phytoplankton organizes in recurring spring and summer blooms, a well-established paradigm in planktology and succession theory, with characteristic temporal trajectories during blooms that may be consistent with adaptive cycle phases. We used long-term (1994–2011) data and multivariate analysis of community structure to assess key components of the adaptive cycle. Specifically, we tested predictions about: reorganisation: spring and summer blooms comprise distinct community states; conservatism: community trajectories during individual adaptive cycles are conservative; and adaptation: phytoplankton species during blooms change in the long term. All predictions were supported by our analyses. Results suggest that traditional ecological paradigms such as phytoplankton successional models have potential for moving the adaptive cycle from a metaphor to a framework that can improve our understanding how complex systems organize and reorganize following collapse. Quantifying reorganization, conservatism and adaptation provides opportunities to cope with the intricacies and uncertainties associated with fast ecological change, driven by shifting system controls. Ultimately, combining traditional ecological paradigms with heuristics of complex system dynamics using quantitative approaches may help refine ecological theory and improve our understanding of the resilience of ecosystems.

  5. Solar Cycle Prediction

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    Petrovay, K

    2010-01-01

    A review of solar cycle prediction methods and their performance is given, including forecasts for cycle 24 and focusing on aspects of the solar cycle prediction problem that have a bearing on dynamo theory. The scope of the review is further restricted to the issue of predicting the amplitude (and optionally the epoch) of an upcoming solar maximum no later than right after the start of the given cycle. Prediction methods form three main groups. Precursor methods rely on the value of some measure of solar activity or magnetism at a specified time to predict the amplitude of the following solar maximum. Their implicit assumption is that each numbered solar cycle is a consistent unit in itself, while solar activity seems to consist of a series of much less tightly intercorrelated individual cycles. Extrapolation methods, in contrast, are based on the premise that the physical process giving rise to the sunspot number record is statistically homogeneous, i.e., the mathematical regularities underlying its variati...

  6. Helium process cycle

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    Ganni, Venkatarao

    2007-10-09

    A unique process cycle and apparatus design separates the consumer (cryogenic) load return flow from most of the recycle return flow of a refrigerator and/or liquefier process cycle. The refrigerator and/or liquefier process recycle return flow is recompressed by a multi-stage compressor set and the consumer load return flow is recompressed by an independent consumer load compressor set that maintains a desirable constant suction pressure using a consumer load bypass control valve and the consumer load return pressure control valve that controls the consumer load compressor's suction pressure. The discharge pressure of this consumer load compressor is thereby allowed to float at the intermediate pressure in between the first and second stage recycle compressor sets. Utilizing the unique gas management valve regulation, the unique process cycle and apparatus design in which the consumer load return flow is separate from the recycle return flow, the pressure ratios of each recycle compressor stage and all main pressures associated with the recycle return flow are allowed to vary naturally, thus providing a naturally regulated and balanced floating pressure process cycle that maintains optimal efficiency at design and off-design process cycle capacity and conditions automatically.

  7. Helium process cycle

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    Ganni, Venkatarao

    2008-08-12

    A unique process cycle and apparatus design separates the consumer (cryogenic) load return flow from most of the recycle return flow of a refrigerator and/or liquefier process cycle. The refrigerator and/or liquefier process recycle return flow is recompressed by a multi-stage compressor set and the consumer load return flow is recompressed by an independent consumer load compressor set that maintains a desirable constant suction pressure using a consumer load bypass control valve and the consumer load return pressure control valve that controls the consumer load compressor's suction pressure. The discharge pressure of this consumer load compressor is thereby allowed to float at the intermediate pressure in between the first and second stage recycle compressor sets. Utilizing the unique gas management valve regulation, the unique process cycle and apparatus design in which the consumer load return flow is separate from the recycle return flow, the pressure ratios of each recycle compressor stage and all main pressures associated with the recycle return flow are allowed to vary naturally, thus providing a naturally regulated and balanced floating pressure process cycle that maintains optimal efficiency at design and off-design process cycle capacity and conditions automatically.

  8. Advanced heat pump cycle

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    Groll, E.A.; Radermacher, R.

    1993-07-01

    The desorption and absorption process of a vapor compression heat pump with a solution circuit (VCHSC) proceeds at gliding temperature intervals, which can be adjusted over a wide range. In case that the gliding temperature intervals in the desorber and the absorber overlap, a modification of the VCHSC employing a desorber/absorber heat exchange (DAHX) can be introduced, which results in an extreme reduction of the pressure ratio. Although the DAHX-cycle has features of a two-stage cycle, it still requires only one solution pump, one separator and one compressor. Such a cycle for the working pair ammonia/water is built in the Energy Laboratory of the Center for Environmental Energy Engineering at the University of Maryland. The experimental results obtained with the research plant are discussed and compared to those calculated with a simulation program. The possible temperature lift between heat source and heat sink depending on the achievable COP are presented.

  9. Superfluid thermodynamic cycle refrigerator

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    Swift, Gregory W.; Kotsubo, Vincent Y.

    1992-01-01

    A cryogenic refrigerator cools a heat source by cyclically concentrating and diluting the amount of .sup.3 He in a single phase .sup.3 He-.sup.4 He solution. The .sup.3 He in superfluid .sup.4 He acts in a manner of an ideal gas in a vacuum. Thus, refrigeration is obtained using any conventional thermal cycle, but preferably a Stirling or Carnot cycle. A single phase solution of liquid .sup.3 He at an initial concentration in superfluid .sup.4 He is contained in a first variable volume connected to a second variable volume through a superleak device that enables free passage of .sup.4 He while restricting passage of .sup.3 He. The .sup.3 He is compressed (concentrated) and expanded (diluted) in a phased manner to carry out the selected thermal cycle to remove heat from the heat load for cooling below 1 K.

  10. The global sulfur cycle

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    Sagan, D. (Editor)

    1985-01-01

    The results of the planetary biology microbial ecology's 1984 Summer Research Program, which examined various aspects of the global sulfur cycle are summarized. Ways in which sulfur flows through the many living and chemical species that inhabit the surface of the Earth were investigated. Major topics studied include: (1) sulfur cycling and metabolism of phototropic and filamentous sulfur bacteria; (2) sulfur reduction in sediments of marine and evaporite environments; (3) recent cyanobacterial mats; (4) microanalysis of community metabolism in proximity to the photic zone in potential stromatolites; and (5) formation and activity of microbial biofilms on metal sulfides and other mineral surfaces. Relationships between the global sulfur cycle and the understanding of the early evolution of the Earth and biosphere and current processes that affect global habitability are stressed.

  11. Cycles in fossil diversity

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    Rohde, Robert A.; Muller, Richard A.

    2004-10-20

    It is well-known that the diversity of life appears to fluctuate during the course the Phanerozoic, the eon during which hard shells and skeletons left abundant fossils (0-542 Ma). Using Sepkoski's compendium of the first and last stratigraphic appearances of 36380 marine genera, we report a strong 62 {+-} 3 Myr cycle, which is particularly strong in the shorter-lived genera. The five great extinctions enumerated by Raup and Sepkoski may be an aspect of this cycle. Because of the high statistical significance, we also consider contributing environmental factors and possible causes.

  12. Revenue cycle management.

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    Manley, Ray; Satiani, Bhagwan

    2009-11-01

    With the widening gap between overhead expenses and reimbursement, management of the revenue cycle is a critical part of a successful vascular surgery practice. It is important to review the data on all the components of the revenue cycle: payer contracting, appointment scheduling, preregistration, registration process, coding and capturing charges, proper billing of patients and insurers, follow-up of accounts receivable, and finally using appropriate benchmarking. The industry benchmarks used should be those of peers in identical groups. Warning signs of poor performance are discussed enabling the practice to formulate a performance improvement plan.

  13. Global water cycle

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    Robertson, Franklin; Goodman, Steven J.; Christy, John R.; Fitzjarrald, Daniel E.; Chou, Shi-Hung; Crosson, William; Wang, Shouping; Ramirez, Jorge

    1993-01-01

    This research is the MSFC component of a joint MSFC/Pennsylvania State University Eos Interdisciplinary Investigation on the global water cycle extension across the earth sciences. The primary long-term objective of this investigation is to determine the scope and interactions of the global water cycle with all components of the Earth system and to understand how it stimulates and regulates change on both global and regional scales. Significant accomplishments in the past year are presented and include the following: (1) water vapor variability; (2) multi-phase water analysis; (3) global modeling; and (4) optimal precipitation and stream flow analysis and hydrologic processes.

  14. Marine nitrogen cycle

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    Naqvi, S.W.A.

    and particulate organic forms, respectively) and atmospheric deposition (~50 Tg N a -1 ), a substantial fraction of which is believed to be of anthropogenic (human-made) origin. Of the various loss terms of combined nitrogen from the ocean, emission of N 2 O... and nitrous oxide budgets: Moving targets as we enter the anthropocene?, Sci. Mar., 65, 85-105, 2001. Page 2 of 3Marine nitrogen cycle - Encyclopedia of Earth 11/20/2006http://www.eoearth.org/article/Marine_nitrogen_cycle square6 Gruber, N.: The dynamics...

  15. Carbon cycle makeover

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    Canfield, Donald Eugene; Kump, Lee R.

    2013-01-01

    remaining in sediments after respiration leave a residual of oxygen in the atmosphere. The source of oxygen to the atmosphere represented by organic matter burial is balanced by oxygen sinks associated with rock weathering and chemical reaction with volcanic gases. This is the long-term carbon and oxygen...... geochemical cycle. But Earth is an old planet, and oxygen levels have changed through time (2). On page 540 of this issue, Schrag et al. (3) challenge the most commonly used geochemical approach to assess long-term changes in the coupled oxygen and carbon cycles....

  16. Menstrual cycle pattern and fertility

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    Kolstad, Henrik A.; Bonde, Jens Peter; Hjøllund, Niels Henrik;

    1999-01-01

    To characterize how the menstrual cycle pattern relates to fertility regardless of potential biases caused by inappropriate coital timing during the menstrual cycle or early embryonal loss.......To characterize how the menstrual cycle pattern relates to fertility regardless of potential biases caused by inappropriate coital timing during the menstrual cycle or early embryonal loss....

  17. The Science of Cycling

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    Crompton, Zoe; Daniels, Shelley

    2014-01-01

    Children are engaged by finding out about science in the real world (Harlen, 2010). Many children will be cyclists or will have seen or heard about the success of British cyclists in the Olympics and the Tour de France. This makes cycling a good hook to draw children into learning science. It is also a good cross-curricular topic, with strong…

  18. Assisted Cycling Tours

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    Hollingsworth, Jan Carter

    2008-01-01

    This article discusses Assisted Cycling Tours (ACT), a Westminster, Colorado based 501(c)3, non-profit that is offering the joy of bicycle tours in breathtaking, scenic locations to children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities and their families. ACT was founded by Bob Matter and his son David with a goal of opening up the…

  19. Re-Cycling

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    Brown, Robert W.; Covault, Corbin E.

    2015-01-01

    An old comedy routine on Saturday Night Live by Father Guido Sarducci introduced a "Five-Minute University," because five minutes is all that's remembered after graduation anyway. In counterpoint, we discuss "cycling," a teaching method for memory enhancement. Our principal implementation consists of offering a simple version…

  20. Educational Business Cycles

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    Tepe, Markus; Vanhuysse, Pieter

    Strong institutional constraints and better-informed voters may lead re-election seeking incumbents to shift the use of political business cycle mechanisms away from monetary and fiscal policy towards other policy domains that are more easily manipulable, targetable, and timeable. We investigate...

  1. Educational Business Cycles

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    Tepe, Markus; Vanhuysse, Pieter

    2009-01-01

    Strong institutional constraints and better-informed voters may lead re-election seeking incumbents to shift the use of political business cycle mechanisms away from monetary and fiscal policy towards other policy domains that are more easily manipulable, targetable, and timeable. We investigate...

  2. Boundedly rational credit cycles

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    S??ez, Mar??a

    1996-01-01

    We propose an evolutionary model of a credit market. We show that the economy exhibits credit cycles. The model predicts dynamics which are consistent with some evidence about the Great Depression. Real shocks trigger episodes of credit--crunch which are observed in the process of adjustment towards the post shock equilibrium.

  3. Life Cycle Collection Management

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    Helen Shenton

    2003-09-01

    Full Text Available Life cycle collection management is a way of taking a long-term approach to the responsible stewardship of the British Library's collections and is one of the Library's strategic strands. It defines the different stages in a collection item's existence over time. These stages range from selection and acquisitions processing, cataloguing and press marking, through to preventive conservation, storage and retrieval. Life cycle collection management seeks to identify the costs of each stage in order to show the economic interdependencies between the phases over time. It thereby aims to demonstrate the long-term consequences of what the library takes into its collections, by making explicit the financial and other implications of decisions made at the beginning of the life cycle for the next 100 plus years. This paper describes the work over the past year at the British Library on this complex and complicated subject. It presents the emerging findings and suggests how it can be used for practical reasons (by individual curators and selectors and for economic, governance and political purposes. The paper describes the next steps in the project, for example, on a predictive data model. The British Library is seeking to benchmark itself against comparable organisations in this area. It intends to work with others on specific comparison for example, of life cycle costing of electronic and paper journals, as a prelude to eliding digital and 'traditional' formats.

  4. Skills, sunspots and cycles

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    Busato, Francesco; Marchetti, Enrico

    This paper explores the ability of a class of one-sector,multi-input models to generate indeterminate equilibrium paths, andendogenous cycles, without relying on factors' hoarding. The modelpresents a novel theoretical economic mechanism that supportssunspot-driven expansions without requiring up...

  5. The Pneumocystis life cycle

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    Cécile-Marie Aliouat-Denis

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available First recognised as "schizonts" of Trypanosoma cruzi, Pneumocystis organisms are now considered as part of an early-diverging lineage of Ascomycetes. As no robust long-term culture model is available, most data on the Pneumocystis cell cycle have stemmed from ultrastructural images of infected mammalian lungs. Although most fungi developing in animals do not complete a sexual cycle in vivo, Pneumocystis species constitute one of a few exceptions. Recently, the molecular identification of several key players in the fungal mating pathway has provided further evidence for the existence of conjugation and meiosis in Pneumocystisorganisms. Dynamic follow-up of stage-to-stage transition as well as studies of stage-specific proteins and/or genes would provide a better understanding of the still hypothetical Pneumocystislife cycle. Although difficult to achieve, stage purification seems a reasonable way forward in the absence of efficient culture systems. This mini-review provides a comprehensive overview of the historical milestones leading to the current knowledge available on the Pneumocystis life cycle.

  6. Stellar magnetic cycles

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    Baliunas, S. L.

    2004-05-01

    Is hope for understanding the solar magnetic cycle to be found in stars? Observations of stars with significant sub-surface convective zones -- masses smaller than about 1.5 solar masses on the lower main sequence and many types of cool, post-main-sequence stars -- indicate the presence of surface and atmospheric inhomogeneities analogous to solar magnetic features, making stellar magnetic activity a cosmically widespread phenomenon. Observations have been made primarily in visible wavelengths, and important information has also been derived from the ultraviolet and x-ray spectrum regions. Interannual to interdecadal variability of spectrum indicators of stellar magnetic features is common, and in some cases similar in appearance to the 11-year sunspot cycle. Successful models of the physical processes responsible for stellar magnetic cycles, typically cast as a magnetohydrodynamic dynamo, require advances in understanding not only convection but also the magnetic field's interaction with it. The observed facts that underpin the hope for models will be summarized. Properties of stellar magnetic cycles will be compared and contrasted with those of the sun, including inferences from paleo-environmental reservoirs that contain information on solar century- to millennial-scale magnetic variability. Partial support of this research came from NASA NAG5-7635, NRC COBASE, CRDF 322, MIT-MSG 5710001241, JPL 1236821, AF 49620-02-1-0194, Richard Lounsberry Foundation, Langley-Abbot, Rollins, Scholarly Studies and James Arthur Funds (Smithsonian Institution) and several generous individuals.

  7. Big Data and Cycling

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    Romanillos, Gustavo; Zaltz Austwick, Martin; Ettema, Dick; De Kruijf, Joost

    2016-01-01

    Big Data has begun to create significant impacts in urban and transport planning. This paper covers the explosion in data-driven research on cycling, most of which has occurred in the last ten years. We review the techniques, objectives and findings of a growing number of studies we have classified

  8. The Geologic Nitrogen Cycle

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    Johnson, B. W.; Goldblatt, C.

    2013-12-01

    N2 is the dominant gas in Earth's atmosphere, and has been so through the majority of the planet's history. Originally thought to only be cycled in significant amounts through the biosphere, it is becoming increasingly clear that a large degree of geologic cycling can occur as well. N is present in crustal rocks at 10s to 100s of ppm and in the mantle at 1s to perhaps 10s of ppm. In light of new data, we present an Earth-system perspective of the modern N cycle, an updated N budget for the silicate Earth, and venture to explain the evolution of the N cycle over time. In an fashion similar to C, N has a fast, biologically mediated cycle and a slower cycle driven by plate tectonics. Bacteria fix N2 from the atmosphere into bioavailable forms. N is then cycled through the food chain, either by direct consumption of N-fixing bacteria, as NH4+ (the primary waste form), or NO3- (the most common inorganic species in the modern ocean). Some organic material settles as sediment on the ocean floor. In anoxic sediments, NH4+ dominates; due to similar ionic radii, it can readily substitute for K+ in mineral lattices, both in sedimentary rocks and in oceanic lithosphere. Once it enters a subduction zone, N may either be volatilized and returned to the atmosphere at arc volcanoes as N2 or N2O, sequestered into intrusive igneous rocks (as NH4+?), or subducted deep into the mantle, likely as NH4+. Mounting evidence indicates that a significant amount of N may be sequestered into the solid Earth, where it may remain for long periods (100s m.y.) before being returned to the atmosphere/biosphere by volcanism or weathering. The magnitude fluxes into the solid Earth and size of geologic N reservoirs are poorly constrained. The size of the N reservoirs contained in the solid Earth directly affects the evolution of Earth's atmosphere. It is possible that N now sequestered in the solid Earth was once in the atmosphere, which would have resulted in a higher atmospheric pressure, and

  9. Stirling cycle cryogenic cooler

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    Gasser, M. G.; Sherman, A.; Studer, P. A.; Daniels, A.; Goldowsky, M. P. (Inventor)

    1983-01-01

    A long lifetime Stirling cycle cryogenic cooler particularly adapted for space applications is described. It consists of a compressor section centrally aligned end to end with an expansion section, and respectively includes a reciprocating compressor piston and displacer radially suspended in interconnecting cylindrical housings by active magnetic bearings and has adjacent reduced clearance regions so as to be in noncontacting relationship therewith and wherein one or more of these regions operate as clearance seals. The piston and displacer are reciprocated in their housings by linear drive motors to vary the volume of respectively adjacent compression and expansion spaces which contain a gaseous working fluid and a thermal regenerator to effect Stirling cycle cryogenic cooling.

  10. Stirling cycle cryogenic cooler

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    Gasser, M. G.; Sherman, A.; Studer, P. A.; Daniels, A.; Goldowsky, M. P.

    1983-06-01

    A long lifetime Stirling cycle cryogenic cooler particularly adapted for space applications is described. It consists of a compressor section centrally aligned end to end with an expansion section, and respectively includes a reciprocating compressor piston and displacer radially suspended in interconnecting cylindrical housings by active magnetic bearings and has adjacent reduced clearance regions so as to be in noncontacting relationship therewith and wherein one or more of these regions operate as clearance seals. The piston and displacer are reciprocated in their housings by linear drive motors to vary the volume of respectively adjacent compression and expansion spaces which contain a gaseous working fluid and a thermal regenerator to effect Stirling cycle cryogenic cooling.

  11. Gap Cycling for SWIFT

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    Corum, Curtis A; Snyder, Carl J; Garwood, Michael

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: SWIFT (SWeep Imaging with Fourier Transformation) is a non- Cartesian MRI method with unique features and capabilities. In SWIFT, radiofrequency (RF) excitation and reception are performed nearly simultaneously, by rapidly switching between transmit and receive during a frequency-swept RF pulse. Because both the transmitted pulse and data acquisition are simultaneously amplitude-modulated in SWIFT (in contrast to continuous RF excitation and uninterrupted data acquisition in more familiar MRI sequences), crosstalk between different frequency bands occurs in the data. This crosstalk leads to a "bulls-eye" artifact in SWIFT images. We present a method to cancel this inter-band crosstalk by cycling the pulse and receive gap positions relative to the un-gapped pulse shape. We call this strategy "gap cycling." Methods: We carry out theoretical analysis, simulation and experiments to characterize the signal chain, resulting artifacts, and their elimination for SWIFT. Results: Theoretical analysis reveals t...

  12. Archaea in biogeochemical cycles.

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    Offre, Pierre; Spang, Anja; Schleper, Christa

    2013-01-01

    Archaea constitute a considerable fraction of the microbial biomass on Earth. Like Bacteria they have evolved a variety of energy metabolisms using organic and/or inorganic electron donors and acceptors, and many of them are able to fix carbon from inorganic sources. Archaea thus play crucial roles in the Earth's global geochemical cycles and influence greenhouse gas emissions. Methanogenesis and anaerobic methane oxidation are important steps in the carbon cycle; both are performed exclusively by anaerobic archaea. Oxidation of ammonia to nitrite is performed by Thaumarchaeota. They represent the only archaeal group that resides in large numbers in the global aerobic terrestrial and marine environments on Earth. Sulfur-dependent archaea are confined mostly to hot environments, but metal leaching by acidophiles and reduction of sulfate by anaerobic, nonthermophilic methane oxidizers have a potential impact on the environment. The metabolisms of a large number of archaea, in particular those dominating the subsurface, remain to be explored.

  13. Menstrual cycle pattern and fertility

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    Kolstad, Henrik A.; Bonde, Jens Peter; Hjøllund, Niels Henrik;

    1999-01-01

    OUTCOME MEASURE(S): The probability of pregnancy occurring within one menstrual cycle (fecundity). RESULT(S): In women who had a cycle length that differed by >10 days from the usual cycle length, fecundity was approximately 25% that of women who had no variation (odds ratio 0.25, 95% confidence interval...... 0.09-0.68). When the combined effect of cycle variation and cycle length was assessed, cycle variation was a persistent strong predictor of fecundity. CONCLUSION(S): The mechanisms of the present findings probably are female functional disturbances in ovulation, conception, implantation......, or sustained pregnancy, linked with variable menstrual cycle length. Thus, identification of medical and environmental causes of abnormal menstrual cycle patterns may provide clues to the causes of infertility. Moreover, the menstrual cycle pattern also should be taken into consideration in the clinical...

  14. Assessing Cycling Participation in Australia

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    Chris Rissel

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Planning and evaluating cycling programs at a national or state level requires accurate measures of cycling participation. However, recent reports of cycling participation have produced very different estimates. This paper examines the reported rates of cycling in five recent population surveys of cycling. Three surveys (one national and two from Sydney asking respondents when they last rode a bicycle generated cycling participation (cycled in the past year estimates of 29.7%, 34.1% and 28.9%. Two other national surveys which asked participants to recall (unprompted any physical activity done for exercise, recreation or sport in the previous 12 months, estimated cycling in the past year as 11.1% and 6.5%. While unprompted recall of cycling as a type of physical activity generates lower estimates of cycling participation than specific recall questions, both assessment approaches produced similar patterns of cycling by age and sex with both approaches indicating fewer women and older adults cycling. The different question styles most likely explain the substantial discrepancies between the estimates of cycling participation. Some differences are to be expected due to sampling variability, question differences, and regional variation in cycling.

  15. The nuclear fuel cycle

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    The papers presented at the International Conference on The Nuclear Fuel Cycle, held at Stockholm, 28 to 31 October 1975, are reviewed. The meeting, organised by the U.S. Atomic Industrial Forum, and the Swedish Nuclear Forum, was concerned more particularly with economic, political, social and commercial aspects than with tecnology. The papers discussed were considered under the subject heading of current status, uranium resources, enrichment, and reprocessing. (U.K.)

  16. Concordance in Business Cycles

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    C. John McDermott; Alasdair Scott

    2000-01-01

    We study the properties of a test that determines whether two time series comove. The test computes a simple nonparametric statistic for “concordance,” which describes the proportion of time that the cycles of two series spend in the same phase. We establish the size and power properties of this test. As an illustration, the procedures are applied to output series from selected major industrial countries. We find limited evidence of widespread concordance for these countries.

  17. Cycles in Nonlinear Macroeconomics

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    Voronin, Anatoly V.; Chernyshov, Sergey I.

    2007-01-01

    The monograph is concerned with some key problems of the theory of nonlinear economic dynamics. The authors' concept consists in analyzing the problem of structural instability of economic systems within the framework of the synergetic paradigm. As examples, the classical models of macroeconomics are considered. The authors present the results of the study of the phenomenon of self-organization in open and nonequilibrium economic systems. The generation of limit cycles, as well as of more com...

  18. Steps and cycles

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    Chadwick, Andy

    2015-01-01

    Andy Chadwick* explains how interaction between continuous trend with natural climate cycles produces the observed stepped pattern of global warming Climate-change ‘sceptics’ have made great mileage out of the current hiatus in observed global warming. Atmospheric temperatures have not really increased since the turn of the 21st Century, a fact frequently cited as incompatible with, or even disproving, global warming. These same commentators draw a discreet veil over the fact that temper...

  19. FUZZY REASONING IN CYCLES

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    曹立明

    1990-01-01

    By the similarity between the syllogism in logic and a path proposition in graph theory,a new concept,fuzzy reasoning graph G has been given in this paper. Transitive closure has been studied and used to do reasoning related to self-loop in G,and an algorithm has been designed to cope with reasoning in other cycles in G. Both approaches are applicable and efficient.

  20. Nuclear Fuel Cycle

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    Dale, Deborah J. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2014-10-28

    These slides will be presented at the training course “International Training Course on Implementing State Systems of Accounting for and Control (SSAC) of Nuclear Material for States with Small Quantity Protocols (SQP),” on November 3-7, 2014 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The slides provide a basic overview of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle. This is a joint training course provided by NNSA and IAEA.

  1. International Business Cycle

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    Marek Lubiński

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Prime stylized facts of international business cycle theory refer to positive correlation in the cyclical components of important macroeconomic variables across countries. However a number of indicators of business cycle synchronization do not point to clear trends. It can be ascribed to the fact that different forces influence level of business cycle correlation. When investigating into the forces behind the commonness in aggregate fluctuations economic research seems to have pointed in two directions. One strand of the literature examines the idea of common exogenous shocks that affect economies simultaneously. In addition to that economic interdependencies such as trade in goods and services or capital account transactions may serve as the channels through which disturbances spill over across countries.The observed degree of output co movement reflects both the nature of the shocks that have occurred and the degree of economic interdependence. In the periods when common shocks prevail level of synchronization is usually higher than in times of transmission dominance.

  2. Terrestrial Carbon Cycle Variability

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    Baldocchi, Dennis; Ryu, Youngryel; Keenan, Trevor

    2016-01-01

    A growing literature is reporting on how the terrestrial carbon cycle is experiencing year-to-year variability because of climate anomalies and trends caused by global change. As CO 2 concentration records in the atmosphere exceed 50 years and as satellite records reach over 30 years in length, we are becoming better able to address carbon cycle variability and trends. Here we review how variable the carbon cycle is, how large the trends in its gross and net fluxes are, and how well the signal can be separated from noise. We explore mechanisms that explain year-to-year variability and trends by deconstructing the global carbon budget. The CO 2 concentration record is detecting a significant increase in the seasonal amplitude between 1958 and now. Inferential methods provide a variety of explanations for this result, but a conclusive attribution remains elusive. Scientists have reported that this trend is a consequence of the greening of the biosphere, stronger northern latitude photosynthesis, more photosynthesis by semi-arid ecosystems, agriculture and the green revolution, tropical temperature anomalies, or increased winter respiration. At the global scale, variability in the terrestrial carbon cycle can be due to changes in constituent fluxes, gross primary productivity, plant respiration and heterotrophic (microbial) respiration, and losses due to fire, land use change, soil erosion, or harvesting. It remains controversial whether or not there is a significant trend in global primary productivity (due to rising CO 2, temperature, nitrogen deposition, changing land use, and preponderance of wet and dry regions). The degree to which year-to-year variability in temperature and precipitation anomalies affect global primary productivity also remains uncertain. For perspective, interannual variability in global gross primary productivity is relatively small (on the order of 2 Pg-C y -1) with respect to a large and uncertain background (123 +/- 4 Pg-C y -1), and

  3. Bifurcation of limit cycles near equivariant compound cycles

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    Mao-an HAN; Tong-hua ZHANG; Hong ZANG

    2007-01-01

    In this paper we study some equivariant systems on the plane. We first give some criteria for the outer or inner stability of compound cycles of these systems. Then we investigate the number of limit cycles which appear near a compound cycle of a Hamiltonian equivariant system under equivariant perturbations. In the last part of the paper we present an application of our general theory to show that a Z3 equivariant system can have 13 limit cycles.

  4. Cycle-to-cycle variability as an optimal behavioral strategy

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    Brezina, Vladimir; Proekt, Alex; Weiss, Klaudiusz R.

    2006-01-01

    Aplysia feeding behavior is highly variable from cycle to cycle. In some cycles, when the variability causes a mismatch between the animal's movements and the requirements of the feeding task, the variability makes the behavior unsuccessful. We propose that the behavior is variable nevertheless because the variability serves a higher-order functional purpose. When the animal is faced with a new and only imperfectly known feeding task in each cycle, the variability implements a trial-and-error...

  5. How well can business cycle accounting account for business cycles?

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    Otsu, Keisuke

    2012-01-01

    The business cycle accounting method introduced by Chari, Kehoe and McGrattan (2007) is a useful tool to decompose business cycle fluctuations into their contributing factors. However, the model estimated by the maximum likelihood method cannot replicate business cycle moments computed from data. Moment-based estimation might be an attractive alternative if the purpose of the research is to study business cycle properties such as volatility, persistence and cross-correlation of variables inst...

  6. The software life cycle

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    Ince, Darrel

    1990-01-01

    The Software Life Cycle deals with the software lifecycle, that is, what exactly happens when software is developed. Topics covered include aspects of software engineering, structured techniques of software development, and software project management. The use of mathematics to design and develop computer systems is also discussed. This book is comprised of 20 chapters divided into four sections and begins with an overview of software engineering and software development, paying particular attention to the birth of software engineering and the introduction of formal methods of software develop

  7. Geomicrobiological cycling of antimony

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    Kulp, T. R.; Terry, L.; Dovick, M. A.; Braiotta, F.

    2013-12-01

    Microbiologically catalyzed oxidation and reduction of toxic metalloids (e.g., As, Se, and Te) generally proceeds much faster than corresponding abiotic reactions. These microbial transformations constitute biogeochemical cycles that control chemical speciation and environmental behavior of metalloids in aqueous environments. Particular progress has been made over the past two decades in documenting microbiological biotransformations of As, which include anaerobic respiratory reduction of As(V) to As(III), oxidation of As(III) to As(V) linked to chemoautotrophy or photoautotrophy, and cellular detoxification pathways. By contrast, microbial interactions with Sb, As's group 15 neighbor and a toxic element of emerging global concern, are poorly understood. Our work with sediment microcosms, enrichment cultures, and bacterial isolates suggests that prokaryotic metabolisms may be similarly important to environmental Sb cycling. Enrichment cultures and isolates from a Sb-contaminated mine site in Idaho exhibited Sb(V)-dependent heterotrophic respiration under anaerobic conditions and Sb(III)-dependent autotrophic growth in the presence of air. Live, anoxic cultures reduced 2 mM Sb(V) to Sb(III) within 5 d, while no activity occurred in killed controls. Sb(V) reduction was stimulated by lactate or acetate and was quantitatively coupled to the oxidation of lactate. The oxidation of radiolabeled 14C-acetate (monitored by GC-GPC) demonstrated Sb(V)-dependent oxidation to 14CO2, suggesting a dissimilatory process. Sb(V) dependent growth in cultures was demonstrated by direct counting. Microbiological reduction of Sb(V) also occurred in anerobic sediment microcosms from an uncontaminated suburban lake, but did not appear to be linked to growth and is interpreted as a mechanism of biological detoxification. Aerobic microcosms and cultures from the Idaho mine oxidized 2 mM Sb(III) to Sb(V) within 7 d and coupled this reaction to cell growth quantified by direct counting. An

  8. Revenue cycle management: part I.

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    Crew, Matt

    2006-01-01

    The revenue cycle starts long before a patient is seen and continues until a claim is completely resolved. Each step in the revenue cycle must be clearly defined and easy to follow. Use of various tools such as templates, forms, reports, spreadsheets, and components of your practice management system will help to provide the consistency you need for profitable revenue cycle management.

  9. Sometimes "Newton's Method" Always "Cycles"

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    Latulippe, Joe; Switkes, Jennifer

    2012-01-01

    Are there functions for which Newton's method cycles for all non-trivial initial guesses? We construct and solve a differential equation whose solution is a real-valued function that two-cycles under Newton iteration. Higher-order cycles of Newton's method iterates are explored in the complex plane using complex powers of "x." We find a class of…

  10. Paths and cycles of hypergraphs

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    王建方; Tony; T.Lee

    1999-01-01

    Hypergraphs are the most general structures in discrete mathematics. Acyclic hypergraphs have been proved very useful in relational databases. New systems of axioms for paths, connectivity and cycles of hypergraphs are constructed. The systems suit the structure properties of relational databases. The concepts of pseudo cycles and essential cycles of hypergraphs are introduced. They are relative to each other. Whether a family of cycles of a hypergraph is dependent or independent is defined. An enumeration formula for the maximum number of independent essential cycles of a hypergraph is given.

  11. Part 5. Fuel cycle options

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    The results of the FBR fuel cycle study that supported US contributions to the INFCE are presented. Fuel cycle technology is reviewed from both generic and historical standpoints. Technology requirements are developed within the framework of three deployment scenarios: the reference international, the secured area, and the integral cycle. Reprocessing, fabrication, waste handling, transportation, and safeguards are discussed for each deployment scenario. Fuel cycle modifications designed to increase proliferation defenses are described and assessed for effectiveness and technology feasibility. The present status of fuel cycle technology is reviewed and key issues that require resolution are identified

  12. Krebs Cycle Wordsearch

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    Helser, Terry L.

    2001-04-01

    This puzzle embeds 46 names, terms, abbreviations, and acronyms about the citric acid (Krebs) cycle in a 14- x 17-letter matrix. A descriptive narrative beside it describes important features of the pathway. All the terms a student needs to find are embedded there with the first letter followed by underlined blanks to be completed. Therefore, the students usually must find the terms to know how to spell them, correctly fill in the blanks in the narrative with the terms, and then find and highlight the terms in the letter matrix. When all are found, the 24 unused letters complete a sentence that describes a major feature of this central pathway. The puzzle may be used as homework, an extra-credit project, or a group project in the classroom in any course where basic metabolism is learned. It disguises as fun the hard work needed to learn the names of the intermediates, enzymes, and cofactors.

  13. Open cycle thermoacoustics

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    Reid, Robert Stowers

    2000-01-01

    A new type of thermodynamic device combining a thermodynamic cycle with the externally applied steady flow of an open thermodynamic process is discussed and experimentally demonstrated. The gas flowing through this device can be heated or cooled in a series of semi-open cyclic steps. The combination of open and cyclic flows makes possible the elimination of some or all of the heat exchangers (with their associated irreversibility). Heat is directly exchanged with the process fluid as it flows through the device when operating as a refrigerator, producing a staging effect that tends to increase First Law thermodynamic efficiency. An open-flow thermoacoustic refrigerator was built to demonstrate this concept. Several approaches are presented that describe the physical characteristics of this device. Tests have been conducted on this refrigerator with good agreement with a proposed theory.

  14. HTGR fuel cycle

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    In the spring of 1987, the HTGR fuel cycle project has been existing for ten years, and for this reason a status seminar has been held on May 12, 1987 in the Juelich Nuclear Research Center, that gathered the participants in this project for a discussion on the state of the art in HTGR fuel element development, graphite development, and waste management. The papers present an overview of work performed so far and an outlook on future tasks and goals, and on taking stock one can say that the project has been very successful so far: The HTGR fuel element now available meets highest requirements and forms the basis of today's HTGR safety philosophy; research work on graphite behaviour in a high-temperature reactor has led to complete knowledge of the temperature or neutron-induced effects, and with the concept of direct ultimate waste disposal, the waste management problem has found a feasible solution. (orig./GL)

  15. The supercontinent cycle

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    Nance, R.D.; Worsley, T.R.; Moody, J.B.

    1988-07-01

    This paper discusses a new theory of plate tectonics which proposes that Pangaea was only the most recent in a series of supercontinents that have been breaking up and reassembling every 500 million years or so. The cycle, driven by heat percolating up from the mantle, splits continents and drives interrelated processes that shape the earth's geology and climate and play a role in biological evolution. The framework of the supercontinent theory makes it possible to understand the timing of changes in sea level that have taken place in the past 570 million years, and also helps to explain periods of intense mountain building, episodes of glaciation, and changes in the nature of life on the earth.

  16. The uranium cycle

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    In identifying uranium provinces, and, more importantly, mineralized zones within these provinces, it is of paramount importance to attempt to trace the geochemical behaviour of an element through all stages of Earth's evolution. Aspects that need to be addressed in this regard include solar abundance levels and fractionation processes during accretion, changing patterns of crustal evolution, effects of an evolving atmosphere, and the weathering cycle. Abundance patterns and partition coefficients of some of the siderophile elements in mantle rocks lend support to a multistage accretionary process. Lack of a terrestrial record in the first 500 Ma necessitates that lunar models be invoked, which suggests that early fractionation of a mafic/ultramafic magma resulted in an anorthositic crust. Fractionation of the mantle and transfer of materials to the upper levels must be central to any model invoked for development of the crust. Given high heat flow conditions in the early Archaean it would seem inescapable that the process of sea floor spreading and plate tectonics was an ongoing process. If the plate tectonic model is taken back to 3500 Ma, and assuming current speading rates, then about half of the mantle has passed through the irreversible differentiation cycle. Arguments in support of recycled material must be balanced against mantle metasomatism effects. With the associated advent of partial melting of the mantle material a partitioning of minor and trace elements into the melt fraction would take place. The early primitive mafic and ultramafic komatiites exemplify this feature by concentrating U and Th by a factor of 5 compared to chondritic abundances. It is of tantamount importance to understand the generation of the magmas in order to predict which are the 'fertile' bodies in terms of radioelement concentrations. In that the granitoid magmas image their source compositions, the association of high radioelements will primarily be source-dependent. Uranium

  17. Measurement of single cycle and sub-cycle pulse duration

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    Zhenglie Gong(龚正烈); Wenzhuo Ge(葛文卓); Guizhong Zhang(张贵忠); Wanghua Xiang(向望华)

    2004-01-01

    This paper suggests that the linear interferometric correlation (LFC) can be used to measure pulse duration of a few cycles, single cycle or even sub-cycle light pulse. The relations between pulsewidth and LFC curve are derived for Gaussian- and hyperbolic secant-shaped pules. This new method abandons focusing,frequency doubling and filtering in the traditional second order correlation method, meanwhile the signalto-noise ratio (SNR) is improved.

  18. Overview of cycling injuries: results of a cycling club survey.

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    Decalzi, Javier F; Narvy, Steven J; Vangsness, C Thomas

    2013-04-01

    Participation in competitive bicycling has increased substantially over the past decade, and bicycle injuries have increased accordingly. Cycling has been reported in several studies to have higher rates of injury than other sports and recreational activities; accordingly, riders must be cognizant of the potential for injury and protect themselves appropriately. The purpose of the current study was to survey an established competitive Los Angeles-based road cycling team to determine the epidemiology of and circumstances for traumatic cycling injuries.

  19. Removing Cycles in Esterel Programs

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    Reinhard von Hanxleden

    2007-05-01

    Full Text Available Esterel belongs to the family of synchronous programming languages, which are affected by cyclic signal dependencies. This prohibits a static scheduling, limiting the choice of available compilation techniques for programs with such cycles. This work proposes an algorithm that, given a constructive synchronous Esterel program, performs a semantics-preserving source code level transformation that removes cyclic signal dependencies. The transformation is divided into two parts: detection of cycles and iterative resolution of these cycles. It is based on the replacement of cycle signals by a signal expression involving no other cycle signals, thereby breaking the cycle. This transformation of cyclic Esterel programs enables the use of efficient compilation techniques, which are only available for acyclic programs. Furthermore, experiments indicate that the code transformation can even improve code quality produced by compilers that can already handle cyclic programs.

  20. Reproductive cycles of buffalo.

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    Perera, B M A O

    2011-04-01

    The domestic water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) has an important role in the agricultural economy of many developing countries in Asia, providing milk, meat and draught power. It is also used in some Mediterranean and Latin American countries as a source of milk and meat for specialized markets. Although the buffalo can adapt to harsh environments and live on poor quality forage, reproductive efficiency is often compromised by such conditions, resulting in late sexual maturity, long postpartum anoestrus, poor expression of oestrus, poor conception rates and long calving intervals. The age at puberty is influenced by genotype, nutrition, management and climate, and under favourable conditions occurs at 15-18 months in river buffalo and 21-24 months in swamp buffalo. The ovaries are smaller than in cattle and contain fewer primordial follicles. Buffalo are capable of breeding throughout the year, but in many countries a seasonal pattern of ovarian activity occurs. This is attributed in tropical regions to changes in rainfall resulting in feed availability or to temperature stress resulting in elevated prolactin secretion, and in temperate regions to changes in photoperiod and melatonin secretion. The mean length of the oestrous cycle is 21 days, with greater variation than observed in cattle. The signs of oestrus in buffalo are less overt than in cattle and homosexual behaviour between females is rare. The duration of oestrus is 5-27 h, with ovulation occurring 24-48 h (mean 34 h) after the onset of oestrus. The hormonal changes occurring in peripheral circulation are similar to those observed in cattle, but the peak concentrations of progesterone and oestradiol-17β are less. The number of follicular waves during an oestrous cycle varies from one to three and influences the length of the luteal phase as well as the inter-ovulatory interval. Under optimal conditions, dairy types managed with limited or no suckling resume oestrus cyclicity by 30-60 days after calving

  1. Entrepreneurship and the business cycle

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    Thurik, Roy

    2014-01-01

    Entrepreneurship has a cyclical component, raising two questions. Is the entrepreneurship cycle related to the business cycle? And is there causality? A two-way relationship between entrepreneurship and the business cycle would be in line with the two faces of entrepreneurs: as agents of change creating upswings (opportunity entrepreneurship) and as rational actors escaping unemployment by setting up a business (necessity entrepreneurship). Nascent entrepreneurship can indeed be precyclical, ...

  2. Rethinking the Ancient Sulfur Cycle

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    Fike, David A.; Bradley, Alexander S.; Rose, Catherine V.

    2015-05-01

    The sulfur biogeochemical cycle integrates the metabolic activity of multiple microbial pathways (e.g., sulfate reduction, disproportionation, and sulfide oxidation) along with abiotic reactions and geological processes that cycle sulfur through various reservoirs. The sulfur cycle impacts the global carbon cycle and climate primarily through the remineralization of organic carbon. Over geological timescales, cycling of sulfur is closely tied to the redox state of Earth's exosphere through the burial of oxidized (sulfate) and reduced (sulfide) sulfur species in marine sediments. Biological sulfur cycling is associated with isotopic fractionations that can be used to trace the fluxes through various metabolic pathways. The resulting isotopic data provide insights into sulfur cycling in both modern and ancient environments via isotopic signatures in sedimentary sulfate and sulfide phases. Here, we review the deep-time δ34S record of marine sulfates and sulfides in light of recent advances in understanding how isotopic signatures are generated by microbial activity, how these signatures are encoded in marine sediments, and how they may be altered following deposition. The resulting picture shows a sulfur cycle intimately coupled to ambient carbon cycling, where sulfur isotopic records preserved in sedimentary rocks are critically dependent on sedimentological and geochemical conditions (e.g., iron availability) during deposition.

  3. Regenerative superheated steam turbine cycles

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    Fuller, L. C.; Stovall, T. K.

    1980-01-01

    PRESTO computer program was developed to analyze performance of wide range of steam turbine cycles with special attention given to regenerative superheated steam turbine cycles. It can be used to model standard turbine cycles, including such features as process steam extraction, induction and feedwater heating by external sources, peaking, and high back pressure. Expansion line efficiencies, exhaust loss, leakages, mechanical losses, and generator losses are used to calculate cycle heat rate and generator output. Program provides power engineer with flexible aid for design and analysis of steam turbine systems.

  4. Organic rankine cycle fluid

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    Brasz, Joost J.; Jonsson, Ulf J.

    2006-09-05

    A method of operating an organic rankine cycle system wherein a liquid refrigerant is circulated to an evaporator where heat is introduced to the refrigerant to convert it to vapor. The vapor is then passed through a turbine, with the resulting cooled vapor then passing through a condenser for condensing the vapor to a liquid. The refrigerant is one of CF.sub.3CF.sub.2C(O)CF(CF.sub.3).sub.2, (CF.sub.3).sub.2 CFC(O)CF(CF.sub.3).sub.2, CF.sub.3(CF.sub.2).sub.2C(O)CF(CF.sub.3).sub.2, CF.sub.3(CF.sub.2).sub.3C(O)CF(CG.sub.3).sub.2, CF.sub.3(CF.sub.2).sub.5C(O)CF.sub.3, CF.sub.3CF.sub.2C(O)CF.sub.2CF.sub.2CF.sub.3, CF.sub.3C(O)CF(CF.sub.3).sub.2.

  5. The earth's hydrological cycle

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    Bonnet, R-M; Calisto, M; Destouni, G; Gurney, R; Johannessen, J; Kerr, Y; Lahoz, WA; Rast, M

    2014-01-01

    This book gives a comprehensive presentation of our present understanding of the Earth's Hydrological cycle and the problems, consequences and impacts that go with this topic. Water is a central component in the Earth's system. It is indispensable for life on Earth in its present form and influences virtually every aspect of our planet's life support system. On relatively short time scales, atmospheric water vapor interacts with the atmospheric circulation and is crucial in forming the Earth's climate zones. Water vapor is the most powerful of the greenhouse gases and serves to enhance the tropospheric temperature. The dominant part of available water on Earth resides in the oceans. Parts are locked up in the land ice on Greenland and Antarctica and a smaller part is estimated to exist as groundwater. If all the ice over the land and all the glaciers were to melt, the sea level would rise by some 80 m. In comparison, the total amount of water vapor in the atmosphere is small; it amounts to ~ 25 kg/m2, or the ...

  6. Biomass Gasification Combined Cycle

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    Judith A. Kieffer

    2000-07-01

    Gasification combined cycle continues to represent an important defining technology area for the forest products industry. The ''Forest Products Gasification Initiative'', organized under the Industry's Agenda 2020 technology vision and supported by the DOE ''Industries of the Future'' program, is well positioned to guide these technologies to commercial success within a five-to ten-year timeframe given supportive federal budgets and public policy. Commercial success will result in significant environmental and renewable energy goals that are shared by the Industry and the Nation. The Battelle/FERCO LIVG technology, which is the technology of choice for the application reported here, remains of high interest due to characteristics that make it well suited for integration with the infrastructure of a pulp production facility. The capital cost, operating economics and long-term demonstration of this technology area key input to future economically sustainable projects and must be verified by the 200 BDT/day demonstration facility currently operating in Burlington, Vermont. The New Bern application that was the initial objective of this project is not currently economically viable and will not be implemented at this time due to several changes at and around the mill which have occurred since the inception of the project in 1995. The analysis shows that for this technology, and likely other gasification technologies as well, the first few installations will require unique circumstances, or supportive public policies, or both to attract host sites and investors.

  7. The closed fuel cycle

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    Available in abstract form only. Full text of publication follows: The fast growth of the world's economy coupled with the need for optimizing use of natural resources, for energy security and for climate change mitigation make energy supply one of the 21. century most daring challenges. The high reliability and efficiency of nuclear energy, its competitiveness in an energy market undergoing a new oil shock are as many factors in favor of the 'renaissance' of this greenhouse gas free energy. Over 160,000 tHM of LWR1 and AGR2 Used Nuclear Fuel (UNF) have already been unloaded from the reactor cores corresponding to 7,000 tons discharged per year worldwide. By 2030, this amount could exceed 400,000 tHM and annual unloading 14,000 tHM/year. AREVA believes that closing the nuclear fuel cycle through the treatment and recycling of Used Nuclear Fuel sustains the worldwide nuclear power expansion. It is an economically sound and environmentally responsible choice, based on the preservation of natural resources through the recycling of used fuel. It furthermore provides a safe and secure management of wastes while significantly minimizing the burden left to future generations. (authors)

  8. Life Cycle of Stars

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    1999-01-01

    In this stunning picture of the giant galactic nebula NGC 3603, the crisp resolution of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captures various stages of the life cycle of stars in one single view. To the upper left of center is the evolved blue supergiant called Sher 25. The star has a unique circumstellar ring of glowing gas that is a galactic twin to the famous ring around the supernova 1987A. The grayish-bluish color of the ring and the bipolar outflows (blobs to the upper right and lower left of the star) indicates the presence of processed (chemically enriched) material. Near the center of the view is a so-called starburst cluster dominated by young, hot Wolf-Rayet stars and early O-type stars. A torrent of ionizing radiation and fast stellar winds from these massive stars has blown a large cavity around the cluster. The most spectacular evidence for the interaction of ionizing radiation with cold molecular-hydrogen cloud material are the giant gaseous pillars to the right of the cluster. These pillars are sculptured by the same physical processes as the famous pillars Hubble photographed in the M16 Eagle Nebula. Dark clouds at the upper right are so-called Bok globules, which are probably in an earlier stage of star formation. To the lower left of the cluster are two compact, tadpole-shaped emission nebulae. Similar structures were found by Hubble in Orion, and have been interpreted as gas and dust evaporation from possibly protoplanetary disks (proplyds). This true-color picture was taken on March 5, 1999 with the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2.

  9. The LifeCycle model

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    Krink, Thiemo; Løvbjerg, Morten

    2002-01-01

    Adaptive search heuristics are known to be valuable in approximating solutions to hard search problems. However, these techniques are problem dependent. Inspired by the idea of life cycle stages found in nature, we introduce a hybrid approach called the LifeCycle model that simultaneously applies...

  10. Nuclear fuel cycle information workshop

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    This overview of the nuclear fuel cycle is divided into three parts. First, is a brief discussion of the basic principles of how nuclear reactors work; second, is a look at the major types of nuclear reactors being used and world-wide nuclear capacity; and third, is an overview of the nuclear fuel cycle and the present industrial capability in the US

  11. Economic growth and business cycles

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    Canton, E.J.F.

    1997-01-01

    This thesis contains five essays on economic growth and business cycles. The main focus is on the interaction between economic growth and the cycle: is cyclical variability good or bad for the long-run rate of economic growth? The introduction aims to provide some empirical evidence for an investmen

  12. Variations on the Zilch Cycle

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    Binder, P.-M.; Tanoue, C. K. S.

    2013-01-01

    Thermo dynamic cycles in introductory physics courses are usually made up from a small number of permutations of isothermal, adiabatic, and constant-pressure and volume quasistatic strokes, with the working fluid usually being an ideal gas. Among them we find the Carnot, Stirling, Otto, Diesel, and Joule-Brayton cycles; in more advanced courses,…

  13. The water cycle for kids

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    Neno, Stephanie; Morgan, Jim; Zonolli, Gabriele; Perlman, Howard; Gonthier, Gerard

    2013-01-01

    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have created a water-cycle diagram for use in elementary and middle schools. The diagram is available in many languages. This diagram is part of the USGS's Water Science School, in which the water cycle is described in detail.

  14. Activity Cycle of Solar Filaments

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    K. J. Li; Q. X. Li; P. X. Gao; J. Mu; H. D. Chen; T. W. Su

    2007-06-01

    Long-term variation in the distribution of the solar filaments observed at the Observatorie de Paris, Section de Meudon from March 1919 to December 1989 is presented to compare with sunspot cycle and to study the periodicity in the filament activity, namely the periods of the coronal activity with the Morlet wavelet used. It is inferred that the activity cycle of solar filaments should have the same cycle length as sunspot cycle, but the cycle behavior of solar filaments is globally similar in profile with, but different in detail from, that of sunspot cycles. The amplitude of solar magnetic activity should not keep in phase with the complexity of solar magnetic activity. The possible periods in the filament activity are about 10.44 and 19.20 years. The wavelet local power spectrum of the period 10.44 years is statistically significant during the whole consideration time. The wavelet local power spectrum of the period 19.20 years is under the 95% confidence spectrum during the whole consideration time, but over the mean red-noise spectrum of = 0.72 before approximate Carrington rotation number 1500, and after that the filament activity does not statistically show the period. Wavelet reconstruction indicates that the early data of the filament archive (in and before cycle 16) are more noiseful than the later (in and after cycle 17).

  15. Prospects for Predicting Cycle 24

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    Arnab Rai Choudhuri

    2008-03-01

    Although we have reliable data of solar polar fields only from the mid-1970s, it seems that the polar field at a minimum is well correlated with the next cycle, but the strength of the cycle is not correlated with the polar field produced at its end. We explain this by suggesting that the Babcock–Leighton mechanism of poloidal field generation from tilted active regions involves randomness, whereas the other aspects of the dynamo process are more ordered. To model actual cycles, we have to ‘correct’ our theoretical dynamo model by ‘feeding’ information about the polar field at the minima. Following this process, we find that our model fits the observed sunspot numbers of cycles 21–23 reasonably well and predicts that cycle 24 will be the weakest in a century.

  16. Limit cycles in quantum systems

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    Niemann, Patrick

    2015-04-27

    In this thesis we investigate Limit Cycles in Quantum Systems. Limit cycles are a renormalization group (RG) topology. When degrees of freedom are integrated out, the coupling constants flow periodically in a closed curve. The presence of limit cycles is restricted by the necessary condition of discrete scale invariance. A signature of discrete scale invariance and limit cycles is log-periodic behavior. The first part of this thesis is concerned with the study of limit cycles with the similarity renormalization group (SRG). Limit cycles are mainly investigated within conventional renormalization group frameworks, where degrees of freedom, which are larger than a given cutoff, are integrated out. In contrast, in the SRG potentials are unitarily transformed and thereby obtain a band-diagonal structure. The width of the band structure can be regarded as an effective cutoff. We investigate the appearance of limit cycles in the SRG evolution. Our aim is to extract signatures as well as the scaling factor of the limit cycle. We consider the 1/R{sup 2}-potential in a two-body system and a three-body system with large scattering lengths. Both systems display a limit cycle. Besides the frequently used kinetic energy generator we apply the exponential and the inverse generator. In the second part of this thesis, Limit Cycles at Finite Density, we examine the pole structure of the scattering amplitude for distinguishable fermions at zero temperature in the medium. Unequal masses and a filled Fermi sphere for each fermion species are considered. We focus on negative scattering lengths and the unitary limit. The properties of the three-body spectrum in the medium and implications for the phase structure of ultracold Fermi gases are discussed.

  17. Life cycle of mobile devices

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    T.V. Rohal

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Article is devoted features of life cycle of mobile devices. The article highlighted a number of disadvantages associated with managing the life cycle of the product. Disadvantages include the orientation is not on the quality of mobile devices and their design, the obsolescence of digital products. The article drew attention to the need for process improvement life cycle management of mobile devices. For since this type of product is now the most popular among the population, consumers are interested, first of all, quality, and only then, look good.

  18. Introducing Life Cycle Impact Assessment

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    Hauschild, Michael Zwicky; Huijbregts, Mark AJ

    2015-01-01

    methodology projects and presents the international scientific discussions and methodological consensus attempts in consecutive working groups under the auspices of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) as well as the UNEP/ SETAC Life Cycle Initiative, and the (almost) parallel......This chapter serves as an introduction to the presentation of the many aspects of life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) in this volume of the book series ‘LCA Compendium’. It starts with a brief historical overview of the development of life cycle impact assessment driven by numerous national LCIA...

  19. Prospects for predicting cycle 24

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    Choudhuri, Arnab Rai

    2008-01-01

    Although we have reliable data of solar polar fields only from the mid-1970s, it seems that the polar field at a minimum is well correlated with the next cycle, but the strength of the cycle is not correlated with the polar field produced at its end. We explain this by suggesting that the Babcock–Leighton mechanism of poloidal field generation from tilted active regions involves randomness, whereas the other aspects of the dynamo process are more ordered. To model actual cycles, we have to 'c...

  20. (Auto)Ethnographies and Cycling

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    Larsen, Jonas

    2014-01-01

    , habits and affective capacities of cycling are cultivated and performed. The article argues that autoethnography is particularly apt at illuminating the embodied qualities of movement, and it sits within established ethnographies of ‘excising’ and ‘mobile bodies’. In the second part of the article, I...... draw upon ongoing autoethnographies of cycling in a familiar place (my hometown, Copenhagen) and by learning to cycle ‘out-of-place’ (in London) and ‘in-a-new–way’ (when commuting long distance on a racer bike). The study challenges static notions of the body by analysing how cyclists’ (and researchers...

  1. BWROPT: A multi-cycle BWR fuel cycle optimization code

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    Ottinger, Keith E.; Maldonado, G. Ivan, E-mail: Ivan.Maldonado@utk.edu

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • A multi-cycle BWR fuel cycle optimization algorithm is presented. • New fuel inventory and core loading pattern determination. • The parallel simulated annealing algorithm was used for the optimization. • Variable sampling probabilities were compared to constant sampling probabilities. - Abstract: A new computer code for performing BWR in-core and out-of-core fuel cycle optimization for multiple cycles simultaneously has been developed. Parallel simulated annealing (PSA) is used to optimize the new fuel inventory and placement of new and reload fuel for each cycle considered. Several algorithm improvements were implemented and evaluated. The most significant of these are variable sampling probabilities and sampling new fuel types from an ordered array. A heuristic control rod pattern (CRP) search algorithm was also implemented, which is useful for single CRP determinations, however, this feature requires significant computational resources and is currently not practical for use in a full multi-cycle optimization. The PSA algorithm was demonstrated to be capable of significant objective function reduction and finding candidate loading patterns without constraint violations. The use of variable sampling probabilities was shown to reduce runtime while producing better results compared to using constant sampling probabilities. Sampling new fuel types from an ordered array was shown to have a mixed effect compared to random new fuel type sampling, whereby using both random and ordered sampling produced better results but required longer runtimes.

  2. Life-cycle cost analysis of adsorption cycles for desalination

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    Thu, Kyaw

    2010-08-01

    This paper presents the thermo-economic analysis of the adsorption desalination (AD) cycle that is driven by low-temperature waste heat from exhaust of industrial processes or renewable sources. The AD cycle uses an adsorbent such as the silica gel to desalt the sea or brackish water. Based on an experimental prototype AD plant, the life-cycle cost analysis of AD plants of assorted water production capacities has been simulated and these predictions are translated into unit cost of water production. Our results show that the specific energy consumption of the AD cycle is 1.38 kWh/m3 which is the lowest ever reported. For a plant capacity of 1000 m3/d, the AD cycle offers a unit cost of $0.457/m3 as compared to more than $0.9 for the average RO plants. Besides being cost-effective, the AD cycle is also environment-friendly as it emits less CO2 emission per m3 generated, typically 85% less, by comparison to an RO process. © 2010 Desalination Publications.

  3. Corporate governance cycles during transition

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    Mygind, Niels; Demina, Natalia; Gregoric, Aleksandra;

    2004-01-01

    -nancial system. To provide simple hypothesis tests, we use Russian enterprise data for 1995-2003 and Slovenian data covering 1998-2003. In spite of differences in institutional development, con-cerning privatization and development of corporate governance institutions, we find that govern-ance cycles are broadly...... of ownership on managers, external domestic and foreign owners. JEL-codes: G3, J5, P2, P3 - Keywords: corporate governance, life-cycle, privatization, ownership change, transition economies, Russia and Slovenia.......Ownership is determined by firm specific factors and the environment. Firms change over their life-cycle. The governance cycle - here defined as changes in identity of the dominant owner and own-ership concentration - is marked by key phases including start-up, growth, and possibly a restructur...

  4. Revenue cycle management, Part II.

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    Crew, Matt

    2007-01-01

    The proper management of your revenue cycle requires the application of "best practices" and the continual monitoring and measuring of the entire cycle. The correct technology will enable you to gain the insight and efficiencies needed in the ever-changing healthcare economy. The revenue cycle is a process that begins when you negotiate payor contracts, set fees, and schedule appointments and continues until claims are paid in full. Every single step in the cycle carries equal importance. Monitoring all phases and a commitment to continually communicating the results will allow you to achieve unparalleled success. In part I of this article, we explored the importance of contracting, scheduling, and case management as well as coding and clinical documentation. We will now take a closer look at the benefits charge capture, claim submission, payment posting, accounts receivable follow-up, and reporting can mean to your practice.

  5. Total Product Life Cycle (TPLC)

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — The Total Product Life Cycle (TPLC) database integrates premarket and postmarket data about medical devices. It includes information pulled from CDRH databases...

  6. Mirador - Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Earth Science data access made simple. This Focus Area deals with the cycling of carbon in reservoirs and ecosystems as it changes naturally, is changed by humans,...

  7. Mirador - Water and Energy Cycles

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Earth Science data access made simple. Through water and energy cycle research we can improve hurricane prediction, quantify tropical rainfall and eventually begin...

  8. Cycling in multimodal transport behaviours

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    Olafsson, Anton Stahl; Nielsen, Thomas Sick; Carstensen, Trine Agervig

    2016-01-01

    explores how cycling forms part of multimodal transport behaviour based on survey data on transport modes and travel purposes and the weekly frequency of out-of-home activities and travel mode use in a representative sample of adult Danes (n = 1957). The following five distinct multimodal travel segments......Multimodality is important for achieving less car dependent lifestyles and more sustainable transport behaviours. It is widely recognised that cycling plays a prominent role in sustainable transport. However, research has largely focused on cycling substituting motorised transport. This study...... or 'modality styles' are identified: 'education transport'; 'public-based transport'; 'limited transport'; 'bicycle-based transport'; and 'car-based transport'. Travel behaviour is predominantly multimodal with few unimodal car-drivers being identified. Substantial cycling takes place in all modality styles...

  9. Towards Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment

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    Marzia Traverso

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Sustainability is nowadays accepted by all stakeholders as a guiding principle for both public policy making and corporate strategies. However, the biggest challenge for most organizations remains in the real and substantial implementation of the sustainability concept. The core of the implementation challenge is the question, how sustainability performance can be measured, especially for products and processes. This paper explores the current status of Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA for products and processes. For the environmental dimension well established tools like Life Cycle Assessment are available. For the economic and social dimension, there is still need for consistent and robust indicators and methods. In addition to measuring the individual sustainability dimensions, another challenge is a comprehensive, yet understandable presentation of the results. The “Life Cycle Sustainability Dashboard” and the “Life Cycle Sustainability Triangle” are presented as examples for communication tools for both experts and non expert stakeholders.

  10. Venus Altitude Cycling Balloon Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The ISTAR Group ( IG) and team mate Thin Red Line Aerospace (TRLA) propose a Venus altitude cycling balloon (Venus ACB), an innovative superpressure balloon...

  11. Endogenous, Imperfectly Competitive Business Cycles

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    Whitta-Jacobsen, Hans Jørgen

    We investigate how imperfect competition affects the occurrence and the properties of endogenous, rational expectations business cycles in an overlapping generations model with constant returns to scale in production. The model has explicit product and labor markets all characterized...... by monopolistic competition. An implicit assumption of barriers to entry justifies that the number of firms is fixed even when positive profits occur. It turns out that both market power of firms on the product markets and market power of unions on the labor markets make the occurrence of cycles more likely....... In particular, imperfect competition on the product markets and the positive profits associated with it may have the effect that there is a cycle even if the labor supply curve is increasing in the real-wage rate. For competitive cycles is required not only a decreasing labor supply curve, but a wage elasticity...

  12. Stability ordering of cycle expansions

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    Dettmann, C P

    1997-01-01

    We propose that cycle expansions be ordered with respect to stability rather than orbit length for many chaotic systems, particularly those exhibiting crises. This is illustrated with the strong field Lorentz gas, where we obtain significant improvements over traditional approaches.

  13. Glacial Cycles and Milankovitch Forcing

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    Raghuraman, Shiv Priyam

    2015-01-01

    Using a recent conceptual model of the glacial-interglacial cycles we present more evidence of Milankovitch cycles being the trigger for retreat and forming of ice sheets in the cycles. This model is based on a finite approximation of an infinite dimensional model which has three components: Budyko's energy balance model describing the annual mean temperatures at latitudes, Widiasih's ODE which describes the behavior of the edge of the ice sheet, and Walsh et al. who introduced a snow line to account for glacial accumulation and ablation zones. Certain variables in the model are made to depend on the Milankovitch cycles, in particular, the obliquity of the Earth's axis and the eccentricity of the Earth's orbit. We see as a result that deglaciation and glaciation do occur mostly due to obliquity and to some extent eccentricity.

  14. On acyclicity of games with cycles

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    Andersson, Klas Olof Daniel; Hansen, Thomas Dueholm; Gurvich, Vladimir

    2010-01-01

    We study restricted improvement cycles (ri-cycles) in finite positional n-person games with perfect information modeled by directed graphs (di-graphs) that may contain directed cycles (di-cycles). We assume that all these di-cycles form one outcome c, for example, a draw. We obtain criteria of re...

  15. Detonation Jet Engine. Part 1--Thermodynamic Cycle

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    Bulat, Pavel V.; Volkov, Konstantin N.

    2016-01-01

    We present the most relevant works on jet engine design that utilize thermodynamic cycle of detonative combustion. The efficiency advantages of thermodynamic detonative combustion cycle over Humphrey combustion cycle at constant volume and Brayton combustion cycle at constant pressure were demonstrated. An ideal Ficket-Jacobs detonation cycle, and…

  16. No News in Business Cycles

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    Forni, Mario; Gambetti, Luca; Sala, Luca

    2011-01-01

    This paper uses a structural, large dimensional factor model to evaluate the role of 'news' shocks (shocks with a delayed effect on productivity) in generating the business cycle. We find that (i) existing small-scale VECM models are affected by 'non-fundamentalness' and therefore fail to recover the correct shock and impulse response functions; (ii) news shocks have a limited role in explaining the business cycle; (iii) their effects are in line with what predicted by standard neoclassical t...

  17. Business Cycle Theory and Econometrics

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    Allan W. Gregory; Smith, Gregor W.

    1995-01-01

    We outline in turn criticisms made by econometricians of the methods used in empirical business-cycle research and then criticisms made by business-cycle researchers of some methods used by econometricians. The aim is to clarify and in some cases correct these criticisms. Overall there is no conflict in using rigourous statistical procedures to study modern dynamic stochastic general equilibrium models. We also provide a concise bibliography of recent research on statistical methods for busin...

  18. Limit cycles of effective theories

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    Glazek, Stanislaw D.

    2006-01-01

    A simple example is used to show that renormalization group limit cycles of effective quantum theories can be studied in a new way. The method is based on the similarity renormalization group procedure for Hamiltonians. The example contains a logarithmic ultraviolet divergence that is generated by both real and imaginary parts of the Hamiltonian matrix elements. Discussion of the example includes a connection between asymptotic freedom with one scale of bound states and the limit cycle with a...

  19. Social learning and innovation cycles

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    Garfagnini, Umberto; Strulovici, Bruno

    2012-01-01

    We study social learning and innovation in an overlapping generations model, emphasizing the trade-off between marginal innovation (combining existing technologies) and radical innovation (breaking new ground). We characterize both short-term and long-term dynamics of innovation, and the intergenerational accumulation of knowledge. Innovation cycles emerge endogenously, but the number of cycles is finite almost surely, and radical innovation terminates in finite time. We identify a negative r...

  20. Animal spirits and business cycles

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    Bidder, Rhys

    2015-01-01

    Animal spirits are often suggested as a cause of business cycles, but they are very difficult to define. Recent research proposes a novel explanation based on the changing level of risk over time and people’s uncertainty about how the world works. The interaction of these two can lead to significant business cycle fluctuations in response to spikes in volatility. This finding gives researchers an alternative to irrational behavior as an explanation for why swings in consumer sentiment appear ...

  1. The NEWS Water Cycle Climatology

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    Rodell, Matthew; Beaudoing, Hiroko Kato; L'Ecuyer, Tristan; William, Olson

    2012-01-01

    NASA's Energy and Water Cycle Study (NEWS) program fosters collaborative research towards improved quantification and prediction of water and energy cycle consequences of climate change. In order to measure change, it is first necessary to describe current conditions. The goal of the first phase of the NEWS Water and Energy Cycle Climatology project was to develop "state of the global water cycle" and "state of the global energy cycle" assessments based on data from modern ground and space based observing systems and data integrating models. The project was a multi-institutional collaboration with more than 20 active contributors. This presentation will describe the results of the water cycle component of the first phase of the project, which include seasonal (monthly) climatologies of water fluxes over land, ocean, and atmosphere at continental and ocean basin scales. The requirement of closure of the water budget (i.e., mass conservation) at various scales was exploited to constrain the flux estimates via an optimization approach that will also be described. Further, error assessments were included with the input datasets, and we examine these in relation to inferred uncertainty in the optimized flux estimates in order to gauge our current ability to close the water budget within an expected uncertainty range.

  2. Fuel cycles using adulterated plutonium

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    Brooksbank, R. E.; Bigelow, J. E.; Campbell, D. O.; Kitts, F. G.; Lindauer, R. B.

    1978-01-01

    Adjustments in the U-Pu fuel cycle necessitated by decisions made to improve the nonproliferation objectives of the US are examined. The uranium-based fuel cycle, using bred plutonium to provide the fissile enrichment, is the fuel system with the highest degree of commercial development at the present time. However, because purified plutonium can be used in weapons, this fuel cycle is potentially vulnerable to diversion of that plutonium. It does appear that there are technologically sound ways in which the plutonium might be adulterated by admixture with /sup 238/U and/or radioisotopes, and maintained in that state throughout the fuel cycle, so that the likelihood of a successful diversion is small. Adulteration of the plutonium in this manner would have relatively little effect on the operations of existing or planned reactors. Studies now in progress should show within a year or two whether the less expensive coprocessing scheme would provide adequate protection (coupled perhaps with elaborate conventional safeguards procedures) or if the more expensive spiked fuel cycle is needed as in the proposed civex pocess. If the latter is the case, it will be further necessary to determine the optimum spiking level, which could vary as much as a factor of a billion. A very basic question hangs on these determinations: What is to be the nature of the recycle fuel fabrication facilities. If the hot, fully remote fuel fabrication is required, then a great deal of further development work will be required to make the full cycle fully commercial.

  3. Optimization of the fuel cycle

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    The nuclear fuel cycle can be optimized subject to a wide range of criteria. Prime amongst these are economics, sustainability of resources, environmental aspects, and proliferation-resistance of the fuel cycle. Other specific national objectives will also be important. These criteria, and their relative importance, will vary from country to country, and with time. There is no single fuel cycle strategy that is optimal for all countries. Within the short term, the industry is attached to dominant thermal reactor technologies, which themselves have two main variants, a cycle closed by reprocessing of spent fuel and subsequent recycling and a once through one where spent fuel is stored in advance of geological disposal. However, even with current technologies, much can be done to optimize the fuel cycles to meet the relevant criteria. In the long term, resource sustainability can be assured for centuries through the use of fast breeder reactors, supporting high-conversion thermal reactors, possibly also utilizing the thorium cycle. These must, however, meet the other key criteria by being both economic and safe. (author)

  4. A biogeochemical cycle for aluminium?

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    Exley, Christopher

    2003-09-15

    The elaboration of biogeochemical cycles for elements which are known to be essential for life has enabled a broad appreciation of the homeostatic mechanisms which underlie element essentiality. In particular they can be used effectively to identify any part played by human activities in element cycling and to predict how such activities might impact upon the lithospheric and biospheric availability of an element in the future. The same criteria were the driving force behind the construction of a biogeochemical cycle for aluminium, a non-essential element which is a known ecotoxicant and a suspected health risk in humans. The purpose of this exercise was to examine the concept of a biogeochemical cycle for aluminium and not to review the biogeochemistry of this element. The cycle as presented is rudimentary and qualitative though, even in this nascent form, it is informative and predictive and, for these reasons alone, it is deserving of future quantification. A fully fledged biogeochemical cycle for aluminium should explain the biospheric abundance of this element and whether we should expect its (continued) active involvement in biochemical evolution.

  5. The Water Cycle Solutions Network

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    Houser, P.; Belvedere, D.; Imam, B.; Schiffer, R.; Schlosser, C.; Gupta, H.; Welty, C.; Vörösmarty, C.; Matthews, D.; Lawford, R.

    2006-12-01

    The goal of the Water cycle Solutions Network is to improve and optimize the sustained ability of water cycle researchers, stakeholders, organizations and networks to interact, identify, harness, and extend research results to augment decision support tools and meet national needs. WaterNet will engage relevant NASA water cycle research resources and community-of-practice organizations, to develop what we term an "actionable database" that can be used to communicate and connect water cycle research results (WCRs) towards the improvement of water-related Decision Support Tools (DSTs). An actionable database includes enough sufficient knowledge about its nodes and their heritage so that connections between these nodes are identifiable and robust. Recognizing the many existing highly valuable water-related science and application networks, we will focus the balance of our efforts on enabling their interoperability in a solutions network context. We will initially focus on identification, collection, and analysis of the two end points, these being the WCRs and water related DSTs. We will then develop strategies to connect these two end points via innovative communication strategies, improved user access to NASA resources, improved water cycle research community appreciation for DST requirements, improved policymaker, management and stakeholder knowledge of NASA research and application products, and improved identification of pathways for progress. Finally, we will develop relevant benchmarking and metrics, to understand the network's characteristics, to optimize its performance, and to establish sustainability. The WaterNet will deliver numerous pre-evaluation reports that will identify the pathways for improving the collective ability of the water cycle community to routinely harness WCRs that address crosscutting water cycle challenges.

  6. Response of Nostoc flagelliforme cell to Cu2+ , Cr2+ and Pb2 + stress%发状念珠蓝细菌细胞对Cu2+、Cr2+和pb2+胁迫的响应

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    郭金英; 史明科; 赵艳丽; 任国艳; 易军鹏; 牛蕾蕾; 李娟

    2013-01-01

    [目的] 对发状念珠蓝细菌细胞进行重金属离子Cu2+(CuSO4)、Cr2+(CrCl2)和Pb2+(PbCl2)胁迫,探讨发状念珠蓝细菌细胞对重金属离子胁迫的响应.[方法] 25℃,80 μmol/(m·s)光照下,BG11培养液培养发状念珠蓝细菌,利用不同浓度(0、0.1、1.0、10、100 mg/L) Cu2+、Cr2+和pb2+胁迫发状念珠蓝细菌细胞,测定其质膜透性、超氧化物歧化酶活性、丙二醛含量、脯氨酸含量、可溶性蛋白含量以及海藻糖含量,分析发状念珠蓝细菌细胞对重金属离子胁迫的响应.[结果] 在Cu2、Cr2和pb2胁迫下,发状念珠蓝细菌细胞的外渗率和丙二醛(malondialdehyde)含量随着重金属离子浓度的升高而升高,相对渗透率和膜脂过氧化水平的变化趋势一致.超氧化物歧化酶(superoxide dismutase)活性随重金属离子浓度的升高先升后降,脯氨酸含量随着重金属离子处理浓度的升高,呈先降后升的趋势,可溶性糖含量随浓度的增大而减少.[结论] 低浓度的重金属离子可以诱导发状念珠蓝细菌细胞产生结构和生理的应激响应,高浓度会导致发状念珠蓝细菌细胞膜结构和功能的严重损害.%[Objective] This study aimed to investigate the effects of Cu2+,Cr2+ and Pb2+ stress on Nostocflagelliforme cell.[Methods] The response of Nostoc flagelliforme cell was analyzed under the stress.The modified BG11 culture medium containing different heavy metal ions of 0,0.1,1.0,10,100 mg/L was used to cultivate Nostocflagelliforme cell at 25℃ and light intensity of 80 μmol/(m· s).Electrolyte leakage,the activities of superoxide dismutase,the content of malondialdehyde,proline,soluble protein and trehalose were analyzed.[Results] Under 1-100 mg/L Cu2+,Cr2+ and Pb2+ stress,electrolyte leakage and malondialdehyde contents in Nostocflagelliforme cell were higher than those in the control group during heavy metal ions stress.Meanwhile,superoxide dismutase activity increased slightly under 10 mg

  7. Focused training boosts revenue cycle skills, accountability.

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    Richmond, Craig

    2011-09-01

    In 2009, the MetroHealth System took its first steps toward creating a comprehensive revenue cycle university, with the goal of developing revenue cycle staff talent and achieving best-in-class revenue cycle operations. MetroHealth became a beta site for HFMA's online Credentialed Revenue Cycle Representative (CRCR) program, and asked its revenue cycle leaders to present classes on key revenue cycle issues. As of June 2011, 62 percent of 122 revenue cycle employees who had taken the CRCR course passed the exam. The CRCR designation is now a prerequisite for career advancement in certain revenue cycle areas at MetroHealth.

  8. Antifreeze life cycle assessment (LCA

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    Kesić Jelena

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Antifreeze based on ethylene glycol is a commonly used commercial product The classification of ethylene glycol as a toxic material increased the disposal costs for used antifreeze and life cycle assessment became a necessity. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA considers the identification and quantification of raw materials and energy inputs and waste outputs during the whole life cycle of the analyzed product. The objectives of LCA are the evaluation of impacts on the environment and improvements of processes in order to reduce and/or eliminate waste. LCA is conducted through a mathematical model derived from mass and energy balances of all the processes included in the life cycle. In all energy processes the part of energy that can be transformed into some other kind of energy is called exergy. The concept of exergy considers the quality of different types of energy and the quality of different materials. It is also a connection between energy and mass transformations. The whole life cycle can be described by the value of the total loss of exergy. The physical meaning of this value is the loss of material and energy that can be used. The results of LCA are very useful for the analyzed products and processes and for the determined conditions under which the analysis was conducted. The results of this study indicate that recycling is the most satisfactory solution for the treatment of used antifreeze regarding material and energy consumption but the re-use of antifreeze should not be neglected as a solution.

  9. Air bottoming cycle, an alternative to combined cycles. Final report

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    Kaikko, J. [Royal Inst. of Techn., Stockholm (Sweden). Dept. of Energy Technology

    2001-10-01

    In this work, the idea of Air Bottoming Cycle (ABC) has been studied. The objectives for the work have been to establish an understanding of the concept for power and heat generation as well as to find - if possible - feasible concepts for future use in the Swedish energy system. Combined cycle in power generation is an established technology. In the conventional combined cycle, a gas turbine works as a topping cycle together with the steam (Rankine) bottoming cycle. In the ABC the steam bottoming cycle is replaced with a gas turbine (Brayton) bottoming cycle having air as a working fluid. The two gas turbines are thermally connected over a gas-to-gas heat exchanger. This concept promises savings in weight and cost, as well as operating benefits, compared to the Rankine bottoming technology. The ABC has been modelled using a heat balance program, and a parametric study for the concept optimisation as well as for off-design analysis has been performed. Performance of the ABC has been compared to other, established technologies. A preliminary economic evaluation has been made. As a result of the study, it is clarified that the Rankine bottoming cycle with steam remains superior to the ABC as regards electrical efficiency in the medium and large power scale. For small-scale applications (<10 MW{sub e}) where the thermodynamic advantage of the Rankine cycle is not dominating any longer and its economy is burdened by the heavy investment structure, the ABC becomes the better alternative for energy utilisation. A preliminary economic evaluation shows that (at energy prices autumn 2000) the ABC is at the same level as the comparable small-scale cogeneration installations. Due to high power-to-heat ratio however, higher electricity prices will favour the ABC. One interesting feature of the ABC is that about 50% of the dissipated low-value heat from the cycle is carried by clean (sterile) air at the temperature around 200 deg C. This air can be utilised for space heating or

  10. Air bottoming cycle, an alternative to combined cycles. Final report

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    Kaikko, J. [Royal Inst. of Tech., Stockholm (Sweden). Dept. of Energy Technology

    2002-02-01

    In this work, the idea of Air Bottoming Cycle (ABC) has been studied. The objectives for the work have been to establish an understanding of the concept for power and heat generation as well as to find - if possible - feasible concepts for future use in the Swedish energy system. Combined cycle in power generation is an established technology. In the conventional combined cycle, a gas turbine works as a topping cycle together with the steam (Rankine) bottoming cycle. In the ABC the steam bottoming cycle is replaced with a gas turbine (Brayton) bottoming cycle having air as a working fluid. The two gas turbines are thermally connected over a gas-to-gas heat exchanger. This concept promises savings in weight and cost, as well as operating benefits, compared to the Rankine bottoming technology. The ABC has been modelled using a heat balance program, and a parametric study for the concept optimisation as well as for off-design analysis has been performed. Performance of the ABC has been compared to other, established technologies. A preliminary economic evaluation has been made. As a result of the study, it is clarified that the Rankine bottoming cycle with steam remains superior to the ABC as regards electrical efficiency in the medium and large power scale. For small-scale applications (<10 MW{sub e}) where the thermodynamic advantage of the Rankine cycle is not dominating any longer and its economy is burdened by the heavy investment structure, the ABC becomes the better alternative for energy utilisation. A preliminary economic evaluation shows that (at energy prices autumn 2000) the ABC is at the same level as the comparable small-scale cogeneration installations. Due to high power-to-heat ratio however, higher electricity prices will favour the ABC. One interesting feature of the ABC is that about 50% of the dissipated low-value heat from the cycle is carried by clean (sterile) air at the temperature around 200 deg C. This air can be utilised for space heating or

  11. Proliferation resistance fuel cycle technology

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    Lee, J. S.; Ko, W. I

    1999-02-01

    The issues of dual use in nuclear technology are analysed for nuclear fuel cycle with special focus on uranium enrichment and spent fuel reprocessing which are considered as the most sensitive components in terms of vulnerability to diversion. Technical alternatives to mitigrate the vulnerability, as has been analysed in depth during the NASAP and INFCE era in the late seventies, are reviewed to characterize the DUPIC fuel cycle alternative. On the other hand, the new realities in nuclear energy including the disposition of weapon materials as a legacy of cold war are recast in an angle of nuclear proliferation resistance and safeguards with a discussion on the concept of spent fuel standard concept and its compliance with the DUPIC fuel cycle technology. (author)

  12. Corporate governance cycles during transition

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    Jones, Derek C.; Mygind, Niels

    2004-01-01

    is faster in Estonia and this can be explained by the relatively fast pace of institutional change and evolution of important gov-ernance institutions, including tough bankruptcy legislation and advances in the financial system. JEL-codes: G3, J5, P2, P3 Keywords: corporate governance, life......We begin by identifying a typical governance life-cycle, defined as changes in ownership structure, and including both the identity of the major owner and ownership concentration. The cycle is marked by key events and phases including start-up, initial growth, mature growth, and possibly a crisis...... and restructuring stage or exit stage. The governance cycle for transitional countries reflects some specific characteristics -e.g. often privatization produces specific initial ownership structures, with an unusually high proportion of insider, especially, employee ownership. Subsequently pres...

  13. Measuring risky adolescent cycling behaviour.

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    Feenstra, Hans; Ruiter, Robert A C; Schepers, Jan; Peters, Gjalt-Jorn; Kok, Gerjo

    2011-09-01

    Adolescents are at a greater risk of being involved in traffic accidents than most other age groups, even before they start driving cars. This article aims to determine the factor structure of a self-report questionnaire measuring adolescent risky cycling behaviour, the ACBQ (Adolescent Cycling Behaviour Questionnaire). The questionnaire's structure was based on the widely used Driver Behaviour Questionnaire (DBQ). A sample of secondary school students (N = 1749; age range: 13-18 years) filled out the questionnaire. Factor analysis revealed a three-factor structure underlying the questionnaire, which was confirmed on two equally large portions of the entire sample. These three underlying factors were identified as errors, common violations and exceptional violations. The ACBQ is a useful instrument for measuring adolescents' risky cycling behaviour.

  14. Proliferation resistance fuel cycle technology

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    The issues of dual use in nuclear technology are analysed for nuclear fuel cycle with special focus on uranium enrichment and spent fuel reprocessing which are considered as the most sensitive components in terms of vulnerability to diversion. Technical alternatives to mitigrate the vulnerability, as has been analysed in depth during the NASAP and INFCE era in the late seventies, are reviewed to characterize the DUPIC fuel cycle alternative. On the other hand, the new realities in nuclear energy including the disposition of weapon materials as a legacy of cold war are recast in an angle of nuclear proliferation resistance and safeguards with a discussion on the concept of spent fuel standard concept and its compliance with the DUPIC fuel cycle technology. (author)

  15. Optimization of data life cycles

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    Jung, C.; Gasthuber, M.; Giesler, A.; Hardt, M.; Meyer, J.; Rigoll, F.; Schwarz, K.; Stotzka, R.; Streit, A.

    2014-06-01

    Data play a central role in most fields of science. In recent years, the amount of data from experiment, observation, and simulation has increased rapidly and data complexity has grown. Also, communities and shared storage have become geographically more distributed. Therefore, methods and techniques applied to scientific data need to be revised and partially be replaced, while keeping the community-specific needs in focus. The German Helmholtz Association project "Large Scale Data Management and Analysis" (LSDMA) aims to maximize the efficiency of data life cycles in different research areas, ranging from high energy physics to systems biology. In its five Data Life Cycle Labs (DLCLs), data experts closely collaborate with the communities in joint research and development to optimize the respective data life cycle. In addition, the Data Services Integration Team (DSIT) provides data analysis tools and services which are common to several DLCLs. This paper describes the various activities within LSDMA and focuses on the work performed in the DLCLs.

  16. ALMA Cycle 0 Publication Statistics

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    Stoehr, Felix; Meakins, Silvia; Bishop, Marsha; Uchida, Ayako; Testi, Leonardo; Iono, Daisuke; Tatematsu, Kenichi; Wootten, Al

    2016-01-01

    The scientific impact of a facility is the most important measure of its success. Monitoring and analysing the scientific return can help to modify and optimise operations and adapt to the changing needs of scientific research. The methodology that we have developed to monitor the scientific productivity of the ALMA Observatory, as well as the first results, are described. We focus on the outcome of the first cycle (Cycle 0) of ALMA Early Science operations. Despite the fact that only two years have passed since the completion of Cycle 0 and operations have already changed substantially, this analysisconfirms the effectiveness of the underlying concepts. We find that ALMA is fulfilling its promise as a transformational facility for the observation of the Universe in the submillimetre.

  17. Modeling road-cycling performance.

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    Olds, T S; Norton, K I; Lowe, E L; Olive, S; Reay, F; Ly, S

    1995-04-01

    This paper presents a complete set of equations for a "first principles" mathematical model of road-cycling performance, including corrections for the effect of winds, tire pressure and wheel radius, altitude, relative humidity, rotational kinetic energy, drafting, and changed drag. The relevant physiological, biophysical, and environmental variables were measured in 41 experienced cyclists completing a 26-km road time trial. The correlation between actual and predicted times was 0.89 (P road-cycling performance are maximal O2 consumption, fractional utilization of maximal O2 consumption, mechanical efficiency, and projected frontal area. The model is then applied to some practical problems in road cycling: the effect of drafting, the advantage of using smaller front wheels, the effects of added mass, the importance of rotational kinetic energy, the effect of changes in drag due to changes in bicycle configuration, the normalization of performances under different conditions, and the limits of human performance.

  18. SIRTF Cycle-1 Research Opportunities

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    Soifer, B. T.; Bicay, M. D.

    2003-12-01

    The Space InfraRed Telescope Facility (SIRTF), the fourth and final element in NASA's family of Great Observatories, was successfully launched into an Earth-trailing heliocentric orbit on August 25, 2003. The SIRTF Science Center (SSC) at Caltech is now soliciting Cycle-1 research proposals from the worldwide scientific community. Proposals must be submitted electronically to the SSC by February 14, 2004. A preliminary version of the Cycle-1 Call for Proposals (CP) was issued by the SSC in November 2002. A CP Update and supporting technical documentation, which incorporates the on-orbit performance of the observatory, were released in December 2003. Investigations may be proposed for new SIRTF observations, through the General Observer (GO) program, or for archival research. About 3700 hours of observing time is being offered for the Cycle-1 GO Program, in small (less than 50 hours) and medium (50 to 200 hours) categories. More than \\15 million in NASA data analysis support is available to qualified GO investigators. For GO proposals, a detailed list of proposed observations, generated by the SIRTF Planning Observations Tool, must accompany the research proposal. The Archival Research (AR) Program in Cycle-1 is limited to the analysis of data from the First-Look Survey, a 100-hour program to be executed by the SSC at the start of the science mission. Up to \\750,000 in NASA data analysis support is available to qualified AR investigators. All documents supporting the Cycle-1 solicitation are available online in the Proposal Kit section of the SSC public Web site (http://sirtf.caltech.edu/SSC/). Questions pertaining to the Cycle-1 CP should be sent electronically to the SSC HelpDesk at sirtf@ipac.caltech.edu. SIRTF is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with NASA.

  19. Tracing the glacial sulphur cycle

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    Hansson, M. E.; Jonsell, U.; Bigler, M.; de Angelis, M.; Fischer, H.; Siggaard-Andersen, M.-L.; Steffensen, J. P.; Udisti, R.; Wolff, E.

    2003-04-01

    Sulphate aerosols are playing a major role in climate forcing in the present atmosphere and therefore possibly also during other climatic stages. The deposition of sulphur-containing species onto polar ice sheets provides a tool for determining variations in the sulphur cycle in the past. Relatively short atmospheric residence times for sulphate aerosols cause spatial gradients and a high sensitivity to variations in the general circulation of the atmosphere and the hydrological cycle. Several factors may influence the air-snow transfer functions and post-depositional process may modify the deposited signal. Therefore, both a large spatial and temporal coverage is needed to identify significant changes in the sulphur cycle in the past. The EPICA Dome C ice core from Antarctica is providing the longest records ever, spanning several glacial cycles. Unique high-resolution chemical records, from discontinuous samples analysed by Ion Chromatography (IC), are gradually evolving from the cooperation between the laboratories in the EPICA Chemistry Consortium. The EPICA DML ice core is analysed in parallel by the same laboratories and the profiles are growing with the progress of the drilling each season. The sulphate and methane sulphonate records are here in focus and will be presented as far as they reach at present. High-resolution chemical records are now also available from the NorthGRIP ice core from Greenland spanning the last glacial cycle. An interhemispheric comparison of sulphur-containing species during the glacial period will be presented, using both new high-resolution data and previous ice core data from a few locations as well as initial results from sulphur isotope measurements, with the aim to increase our understanding of variations in the global sulphur cycle with climate change.

  20. Tricarboxylic-acid-cycle intermediates and cycle endurance capacity.

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    Brown, Amy C; Macrae, Holden S H; Turner, Nathan S

    2004-12-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine whether ingestion of a multinutrient supplement containing 3 tricarboxylic-acid-cycle intermediates (TCAIs; pyridoxine-alpha-ketoglutarate, malate, and succinate) and other substances potentially supporting the TCA cycle (such as aspartate and glutamate) would improve cyclists' time to exhaustion during a submaximal endurance-exercise test (approximately 70 % to 75 % VO2peak) and rate of recovery. Seven well-trained male cyclists (VO2max 67.4 2.1 mL x kg(-1) x in(-1), 28.6 +/- 2.4 y) participated in a randomized, double-blind crossover study for 7 wk. Each took either the treatment or a placebo 30 min before and after their normal training sessions for 3 wk and before submaximal exercise tests. There were no significant differences between the TCAI group (KI) and placebo group (P) in time to exhaustion during cycling (KI = 105 +/- 18, P = 113 +/- 11 min); respiratory-exchange ratio at 20-min intervals; blood lactate and plasma glucose before, after, and at 30-min intervals during exercise; perceived exertion at 20-min intervals during exercise; or time to fatigue after the 30-min recovery (KI = 16.1 +/- 3.2, P = 15 +/- 2 min). Taking a dietary sport supplement containing several TCAIs and supporting substances for 3 wk does not improve cycling performance at 75 % VO2peak or speed recovery from previously fatiguing exercise.

  1. Optimal Life Cycle Portfolio Choice with Housing Market Cycles

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    Fischer, Marcel; Stamos, Michael Z.

    2013-01-01

    income, and pre-existing housing wealth but also the state of the housing market significantly affect household decisions. Consistently with the data, the model predicts that in good states of housing market cycles (1) homeownership rates increase, (2) households buying homes invest a larger share...

  2. Simple ocean carbon cycle models

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    Caldeira, K. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States); Hoffert, M.I. [New York Univ., NY (United States). Dept. of Earth System Sciences; Siegenthaler, U. [Bern Univ. (Switzerland). Inst. fuer Physik

    1994-02-01

    Simple ocean carbon cycle models can be used to calculate the rate at which the oceans are likely to absorb CO{sub 2} from the atmosphere. For problems involving steady-state ocean circulation, well calibrated ocean models produce results that are very similar to results obtained using general circulation models. Hence, simple ocean carbon cycle models may be appropriate for use in studies in which the time or expense of running large scale general circulation models would be prohibitive. Simple ocean models have the advantage of being based on a small number of explicit assumptions. The simplicity of these ocean models facilitates the understanding of model results.

  3. SNMR pulse sequence phase cycling

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    Walsh, David O; Grunewald, Elliot D

    2013-11-12

    Technologies applicable to SNMR pulse sequence phase cycling are disclosed, including SNMR acquisition apparatus and methods, SNMR processing apparatus and methods, and combinations thereof. SNMR acquisition may include transmitting two or more SNMR pulse sequences and applying a phase shift to a pulse in at least one of the pulse sequences, according to any of a variety cycling techniques. SNMR processing may include combining SNMR from a plurality of pulse sequences comprising pulses of different phases, so that desired signals are preserved and indesired signals are canceled.

  4. Ramsey Results for Cycle Spectra

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    Brandt, S.; Joos, F.; Muttel, J.;

    2013-01-01

    Let C(G) denote the set of lengths of cycles of a graph G of order n and let (G) over bar denote the complement of G. We show that if n >= 6, then C(G) boolean OR C((G) over bar) contains all odd l with 3......Let C(G) denote the set of lengths of cycles of a graph G of order n and let (G) over bar denote the complement of G. We show that if n >= 6, then C(G) boolean OR C((G) over bar) contains all odd l with 3...

  5. Business Cycles in Developing Countries

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    Rand, John; Tarp, Finn

    2002-01-01

    This paper demonstrates that developing countries differ considerably from their developed counterparts when focus is on the nature and characteristics of short run macroeconomic fluctuations. Cycles are generally shorter, and the stylized facts of business cycles across countries are more diverse...... than those of the rather uniform industrialized countries. Supply-side models are generally superior in explaining changes in output, but a “one-size fits all” approach in formulating policy is inappropriate. Our results also illustrate the critical importance of understanding business regularities...... as a stepping-stone in the process of designing appropriate stabilization policy and macroeconomic management in developing countries....

  6. Life cycle of remanufactured engines

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    YANG Ming; CHEN Ming

    2005-01-01

    The life cycle index of remanufactured engines was assessed by using the method of life cycle assessment (LCA). A remanufactured engine of a certain domestic brand was taken as researching object. Engine reproducing engineering was investigated from three aspects which were energy, material and environment. The application of LCA on remanufacturing engines was discussed in detail with a practical case. The results indicate that remanufackg CO2 , 6.09 kg CO, 1.01 kg NOx, 3. 985 kg SOx and 288. 725 kg solid waste. The remanufacturing of engines possesses great economic value and practicability.

  7. Digital calculations of engine cycles

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    Starkman, E S; Taylor, C Fayette

    1964-01-01

    Digital Calculations of Engine Cycles is a collection of seven papers which were presented before technical meetings of the Society of Automotive Engineers during 1962 and 1963. The papers cover the spectrum of the subject of engine cycle events, ranging from an examination of composition and properties of the working fluid to simulation of the pressure-time events in the combustion chamber. The volume has been organized to present the material in a logical sequence. The first two chapters are concerned with the equilibrium states of the working fluid. These include the concentrations of var

  8. Biogeochemical cycling and remote sensing

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    Peterson, D. L.

    1985-01-01

    Research is underway at the NASA Ames Research Center that is concerned with aspects of the nitrogen cycle in terrestrial ecosystems. An interdisciplinary research group is attempting to correlate nitrogen transformations, processes, and productivity with variables that can be remotely sensed. Recent NASA and other publications concerning biogeochemical cycling at global scales identify attributes of vegetation that could be related or explain the spatial variation in biologically functional variables. These functional variables include net primary productivity, annual nitrogen mineralization, and possibly the emission rate of nitrous oxide from soils.

  9. Properties of stellar activity cycles

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    Korhonen, Heidi

    2015-01-01

    The current photometric datasets, that span decades, allow for studying long-term cycles on active stars. Complementary Ca H&K observations give information also on the cycles of normal solar-like stars, which have significantly smaller, and less easily detectable, spots. In the recent years, high precision space-based observations, for example from the Kepler satellite, have allowed also to study the sunspot-like spot sizes in other stars. Here I review what is known about the properties of the cyclic stellar activity in other stars than our Sun.

  10. Properties of stellar activity cycles

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    Korhonen, Heidi

    2015-01-01

    The current photometric datasets, that span decades, allow for studying long-term cycles on active stars. Complementary Ca H&K observations give information also on the cycles of normal solar-like stars, which have significantly smaller, and less easily detectable, spots. In the recent years, high precision space-based observations, for example from the Kepler satellite, have allowed also to study the sunspot-like spot sizes in other stars. Here I review what is known about the properties of ...

  11. A short note on Reitlinger thermodynamic cycles

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    Sparavigna, Amelia Carolina

    2015-01-01

    It is well known that Carnot cycle is the thermodynamic cycle which has the best thermal efficiency. However, an entire class of cycles exists that can have the same maximum efficiency: this class is that of the regenerative Reitlinger cycles. Here we discuss them.

  12. Fundamental Cycles of Cognitive Growth.

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    Pegg, John

    Over recent years, various theories have arisen to explain and predict cognitive development in mathematics education. We focus on an underlying theme that recurs throughout such theories: a fundamental cycle of growth in the learning of specific concepts, which we frame within broader global theories of individual cognitive growth. Our purpose is…

  13. The product life cycle revisited

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    Ulhøi, John Parm

    1995-01-01

    Efter et introduktionsafsnit følger afsnit II, hvor der gives en historisk analyse af Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) og Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). I afsnit III munder analysen ud i en vurdering af ligheder og forskelle mellem LCA analyser og EIA analyser, og en diskussion følger af...

  14. Business Cycle Dependent Unemployment Insurance

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    Andersen, Torben M.; Svarer, Michael

    The consequences of business cycle contingencies in unemployment insurance systems are considered in a search-matching model allowing for shifts between "good" and "bad" states of nature. We show that not only is there an insurance argument for such contingencies, but there may also be an incentive...

  15. Digital daily cycles of individuals

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    Aledavood, Talayeh; Jørgensen, Sune Lehmann; Saramäki, Jari

    2015-01-01

    day-night pattern, there are individual differences: e.g., some of us are intrinsically morning-active, while others prefer evenings. In this article, we look at digital daily cycles: circadian patterns of activity viewed through the lens of auto-recorded data of communication and online activity. We...

  16. Nuclear fuel cycle. V. 2

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    Nuclear fuel cycle information in some countries that develop, supply or use nuclear energy is presented. Data about Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Denmarmark, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Finland, Spain and India are included. The information is presented in a tree-like graphic way. (C.S.A.)

  17. Cycles and events in stratigraphy

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    Einsele, G.; Ricken, W.; Seilacher, A. (eds.)

    1991-01-01

    This book reviews and discusses the most up-to-date knowledge in the fields of cyclostratigraphy and event stratigraphy. The book contains 48 papers contributed by the most knowledgeable geologists and paleontologists in the fields of cycle and event stratigraphy. It is divided into two parts. Part one is concerned with the structure of individual beds and larger cycles and sequences and discusses; rhythmic stratification, event stratification, diagenetic overprint, cherts and phosphorites, and preservation and biologic destruction of laminated sediments. Part two, on larger cycles and sequences, looks at sequences, hierarchies, causes and environmental expression, and timing and correlation, i.e. the cycles of frequencies from millions of years to thousands of years (Milankovich band). Summaries on spectral analysis are also presented. There are 80 pages of references and a comprehensive index. It is extensively illustrated with line drawings and graphs. Practicing sedimentary geologists without access to a good library or find it hard to keep up with the plethora of journal articles and want a refresher in this area of stratigraphy will find the book particularly useful.

  18. Nuclear fuel cycle. V. 1

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    Nuclear fuel cycle information in the main countries that develop, supply or use nuclear energy is presented. Data about Japan, FRG, United Kingdom, France and Canada are included. The information is presented in a tree-like graphic way. (C.S.A.)

  19. Sorption Refrigeration / Heat Pump Cycles

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    Saha, Bidyut Baran; Alam, K. C. Amanul; Hamamoto, Yoshinori; Akisawa, Atsushi; Kashiwagi, Takao

    Over the past few decades there have been considerable efforts to use adsorption (solid/vapor) for cooling and heat pump applications, but intensified efforts were initiated only since the imposition of international restrictions on the production and use of CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) and HCFCs (hydrochlorofluorocarbons). Up to now, only the desiccant evaporative cooling system of the open type has achieved commercial use, predominantly in the United States. Closed-type adsorption refrigeration and heat pump systems are rarely seen in the market, or are still in the laboratory testing stage. Promising recent development have been made in Japan for the use of porous metal hydrides and composite adsorbents. In this paper, a short description of adsorption theories along with an overview of present status and future development trends of thermally powered adsorption refrigeration cycles are outlined putting emphasis on experimental achievements. This paper also addressed some advanced absorption cycles having relatively higher COP, and also summarizes fundamental concepts of GAX cycles and various GAX cycles developed for heat pump applications.

  20. H gas turbine combined cycle

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    Corman, J. [General Electric Co., Schenectady, NY (United States)

    1995-10-01

    A major step has been taken in the development of the Next Power Generation System - {open_quotes}H{close_quotes} Technology Combined Cycle. This new gas turbine combined-cycle system increases thermal performance to the 60% level by increasing gas turbine operating temperature to 1430 C (2600 F) at a pressure ratio of 23 to 1. Although this represents a significant increase in operating temperature for the gas turbine, the potential for single digit NOx levels (based upon 15% O{sub 2}, in the exhaust) has been retained. The combined effect of performance increase and environmental control is achieved by an innovative closed loop steam cooling system which tightly integrates the gas turbine and steam turbine cycles. The {open_quotes}H{close_quotes} Gas Turbine Combined Cycle System meets the goals and objectives of the DOE Advanced Turbine System Program. The development and demonstration of this new system is being carried out as part of the Industrial/Government cooperative agreement under the ATS Program. This program will achieve first commercial operation of this new system before the end of the century.

  1. Multilevel cycle of anthropogenic copper.

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    Graedel, T E; van Beers, D; Bertram, M; Fuse, K; Gordon, R B; Gritsinin, A; Kapur, A; Klee, R J; Lifset, R J; Memon, L; Rechberger, H; Spatari, S; Vexler, D

    2004-02-15

    A comprehensive contemporary cycle for stocks and flows of copper is characterized and presented, incorporating information on extraction, processing, fabrication and manufacturing, use, discard, recycling, final disposal, and dissipation. The analysis is performed on an annual basis, ca. 1994, at three discrete governmental unit levels--56 countries or country groups that together comprise essentially all global anthropogenic copper stocks and flows, nine world regions, and the planet as a whole. Cycles for all of these are presented and discussed, and a "best estimate" global copper cycle is constructed to resolve aggregation discrepancies. Among the most interesting results are (1) transformation rates and recycling rates in apparently similar national economies differ by factors of two or more (country level); (2) the discard flows that have the greatest potential for copper recycling are those with low magnitude flows but high copper concentrations--electronics, electrical equipment, and vehicles (regional level); (3) worldwide, about 53% of the copper that was discarded in various forms was recovered and reused or recycled (global level); (4) the highest rate of transfer of discarded copper to repositories is into landfills, but the annual amount of copper deposited in mine tailings is nearly as high (global level); and (5) nearly 30% of copper mining occurred merely to replace copper that was discarded. The results provide a framework for similar studies of other anthropogenic resource cycles as well as a basis for supplementary studies in resource stocks, industrial resource utilization, waste management, industrial economics, and environmental impacts. PMID:14998044

  2. Activity cycles of M dwarfs

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    Savanov, I. S.

    2012-09-01

    We have determined activity cycles for coolest M dwarfs using photometry from the ASAS survey. The time scales of brightness variations were determined for the program stars using calculated amplitude power spectra and wavelet spectra. Most of ther program stars display periodicities in their light-curve variations, with periods from hundreds of days to years. Analysis of diagrams plotting P cyc/ P rot versus 1/ P rot in logarithmic coordinates shows that the data for all our program objects fit the general relation quite well. No differences in the activity cycles are found for our sample stars, which have different masses and thus internal structures, some having convective envelopes and others being totally convective. Our analysis indicates that the slope i of this relation is close to unity, regardless of whether it is determined from all data, from data for the shortest cycles, or from data for the longest cycles. This value of i differs from values in the literature for stars of other spectral types. Our analysis of the P cyc- P rot relation indicates that the activity cycles for the studied sample of M dwarfs do not depend on the rotation periods of these objects. The data for the studied objects do not agree with any of the relations for relatively young (active) stars or older (less active) stars. The studied M dwarfs probably form another branch of low-mass stars that display more random, irregular magnetic activity on their surfaces, which is generated and supported by the distributed dynamo mechanism or a small-scale dynamo mechanism.

  3. The economics of thorium fuel cycles

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    The individual cost components and the total fuel cycle costs for natural uranium and thorium fuel cycles are discussed. The thorium cycles are initiated by using either enriched uranium or plutonium. Subsequent thorium cycles utilize recycled uranium-233 and, where necessary, either uranium-235 or plutonium as topping. A calculation is performed to establish the economic conditions under which thorium cycles are economically attractive. (auth)

  4. When Product Life Cycle Meets Customer Activity Cycle

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    Tan, Adrian Ronald

    2007-01-01

    Manufacturing companies have traditionally focused their efforts on designing, developing and producing products to offer on the market. Today global competition and demands for greater company responsibility of products throughout their entire life cycle are driving manufacturing companies...... to shift market strategies from a transactional approach to an approach based on the establishment and management of customer relationships (Grönroos, 1999). A growing number of studies and research programmes have focused on the potentials of business strategies based on providing the value of utility...... of products throughout their life cycle by designing integrated solutions of products and services. This approach has been dubbed ‘product/service-systems (PSS)’ (Mont, 2004). Although relationship marketing and product/service-system design have their roots in each their own research fields - marketing...

  5. Nitrogen cycling. Rapid nitrous oxide cycling in the suboxic ocean.

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    Babbin, Andrew R; Bianchi, Daniele; Jayakumar, Amal; Ward, Bess B

    2015-06-01

    Nitrous oxide (N2O) is a powerful greenhouse gas and a major cause of stratospheric ozone depletion, yet its sources and sinks remain poorly quantified in the oceans. We used isotope tracers to directly measure N2O reduction rates in the eastern tropical North Pacific. Because of incomplete denitrification, N2O cycling rates are an order of magnitude higher than predicted by current models in suboxic regions, and the spatial distribution suggests strong dependence on both organic carbon and dissolved oxygen concentrations. Furthermore, N2O turnover is 20 times higher than the net atmospheric efflux. The rapid rate of this cycling coupled to an expected expansion of suboxic ocean waters implies future increases in N2O emissions. PMID:26045434

  6. When Product Life Cycle Meets Customer Activity Cycle

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    Tan, Adrian Ronald

    2007-01-01

    Manufacturing companies have traditionally focused their efforts on designing, developing and producing products to offer on the market. Today global competition and demands for greater company responsibility of products throughout their entire life cycle are driving manufacturing companies to shift market strategies from a transactional approach to an approach based on the establishment and management of customer relationships (Grönroos, 1999). A growing number of studies and research progra...

  7. VISION - Verifiable Fuel Cycle Simulation of Nuclear Fuel Cycle Dynamics

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    The U.S. DOE Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative's (AFCI) fundamental objective is to provide technology options that--if implemented--would enable long-term growth of nuclear power while improving sustainability and energy security. The AFCI organization structure consists of four areas; Systems Analysis, Fuels, Separations and Transmutations. The Systems Analysis Working Group is tasked with bridging the program technical areas and providing the models, tools, and analyses required to assess the feasibility of design and deployment options and inform key decision makers. An integral part of the Systems Analysis tool set is the development of a system level model that can be used to examine the implications of the different mixes of reactors, implications of fuel reprocessing, impact of deployment technologies, as well as potential ''exit'' or ''off ramp'' approaches to phase out technologies, waste management issues and long-term repository needs. The Verifiable Fuel Cycle Simulation Model (VISION) is a computer-based simulation model that allows performing dynamic simulations of fuel cycles to quantify infrastructure requirements and identify key trade-offs between alternatives. It is based on the current AFCI system analysis tool ''DYMOND-US'' functionalities in addition to economics, isotopic decay, and other new functionalities. VISION is intended to serve as a broad systems analysis and study tool applicable to work conducted as part of the AFCI and Generation IV reactor development studies

  8. ITER-FEAT fuel cycle

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    The Fuel Cycle, which includes plasma fuelling and exhaust, as well as exhaust processing and isotope separation, is one of the key elements on which the successful operation of ITER will depend. This paper provides an overview of this system, reviewing requirements, operational scenarios, and the integration of the various subsystems using the ITER fuel cycle dynamic simulation program CFTSIM. The requirements to provide a plasma fuelling rate of 200 Pam3s-1, with a flat-top burn of ∼400s and a repetition rate of two pulses per hour have the greatest influence on the design. However, while a flat-top burn of ∼400s is the initial design basis, the capability to extend the pulse to 3,000s in the longer term is essential from an operational perspective. (author)

  9. Soleus stretch reflex during cycling

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    Grey, Michael James; Pierce, C. W.; Milner, T. E.;

    2001-01-01

    The modulation and strength of the human soleus short latency stretch reflex was investigated by mechanically perturbing the ankle during an unconstrained pedaling task. Eight subjects pedaled at 60 rpm against a preload of 10 Nm. A torque pulse was applied to the crank at various positions during...... the crank cycle, producing ankle dorsiflexion perturbations of similar trajectory. The stretch reflex was greatest during the power phase of the crank cycle and was decreased to the level of background EMG during recovery. Matched perturbations were induced under static conditions at the same crank angle...... and background soleus EMG as recorded during the power phase of active pedaling. The magnitude of the stretch reflex was not statistically different from that during the static condition throughout the power phase of the movement. The results of this study indicate that the stretch reflex is not depressed during...

  10. THE CANADIAN POLITICAL BUSINESS CYCLE

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    Barbara Libby

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper will discuss the existence of a Canadian Political Business Cycle (PBC during the period 1946-1989. Logit analysis was used to determine if changes in the unemployment rate, growth of real GNE and the rate of inflation are significantly different in the period before an election than during the rest of the electoral term. It was found that the rate of growth in the unemployment rate declines and the rate of growth of real GNP increases in the four quarters before an election. The behavior of these variables reverses in the period after an election. These findings are consistent with a political business cycle. Policy variables, under a majority government, also behave in a manner associated with a PBC, with the government stimulating the economy approximately two years into its term so that good economic news will occur before it has to call an election. Minority governments tend to simulate the economy immediately after taking office.

  11. Breaking the cycle of abuse.

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    Egeland, B; Jacobvitz, D; Sroufe, L A

    1988-08-01

    The aim of this study was to identify variables that distinguish mothers who broke the cycle of abuse from mothers who were abused as children and who also abused their own children. Based on maternal interviews and questionnaires completed over a 64-month period, measures of mothers' past and current relationship experiences, stressful life events, and personality characteristics were obtained. Abused mothers who were able to break the abusive cycle were significantly more likely to have received emotional support from a nonabusive adult during childhood, participated in therapy during any period of their lives, and to have had a nonabusive and more stable, emotionally supportive, and satisfying relationship with a mate. Abused mothers who reenacted their maltreatment with their own children experienced significantly more life stress and were more anxious, dependent, immature, and depressed. PMID:3168615

  12. Swimming as a limit cycle

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    Jacobs, Henry O

    2012-01-01

    Steady swimming can be characterized as both periodic and stable. These characteristics are the very definition of limit cycles, and so we ask "Can we view swimming as a limit cycle?" In this paper we will find that the answer is "yes". We will define a class of dissipative systems which correspond to the passive dynamics of a body immersed in a Navier-Stokes fluid (i.e. the dynamics of a dead fish). Upon performing reduction by symmetry we will find a hyperbolically stable fixed point which corresponds to the stability of a dead fish in stagnant water. Given a periodic force on the shape of the body we will invoke the persistence theorem to assert the existence of a loop which approximately satisfies the exact equations of motion. If we lift this loop with a phase reconstruction formula we will find that the lifted loops are not loops, but stable trajectories which represent regular periodic motion reminiscent of swimming.

  13. Carnot cycle for an oscillator

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    Arnaud, J; Philippe, F

    2002-01-01

    Carnot established in 1824 that the efficiency of cyclic engines operating between a hot bath at absolute temperature Th and a cold bath at temperature Tc cannot exceed 1-Tc/Th. This result implies the existence of an entropy function S(U) with the property that d^2S/dU^2 less equal 0, where U denotes the average energy. Linear single-mode systems alternately in contact with hot and cold baths obey these principles. A specific expression of the work done per cycle by an oscillator is derived from a prescription established by Einstein in 1906: heat baths may exchange energy with oscillators at angular frequency omega only by amounts hbar *omega, where 2*pi*hbar denotes the Planck constant. Non-reversible cycles are illustrated. The paper is essentially self-contained.

  14. Life cycle assessment of turbines

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    2004-10-15

    This report forms part of the final reporting of the project 'LCA and turbines, which has been carried out as a cooperation between Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Tech-wise A/S on behalf of Elsam A/S. The goal of the project was to create a life cycle model for a big Vestas offshore turbine. Based on the offshore model an analysis has been prepared and this analysis will show the most significant environmental impacts a turbine will be subject to during its life cycle. Furthermore we have prepared a recommendation on how an improvement strategy on a selected area can be drafted. Finally, a preliminary environmental declaration of contents will be prepared for the turbine in question and 1 kWh generated from here. (BA)

  15. Business cycle synchronization in Europe

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    Bergman, Ulf Michael; Jonung, Lars

    2011-01-01

    In this paper we study business cycle synchronization in the three Scandinavian countries Denmark, Norway and Sweden prior to, during and after the Scandinavian Currency Union 1873–1913. We find that the degree of synchronization tended to increase during the currency union, thus supporting earli...... empirical evidence. Estimates of factor models suggest that common Scandinavian shocks are important for these three countries. At the same time we find evidence suggesting that the importance of these shocks does not depend on the monetary regime.......In this paper we study business cycle synchronization in the three Scandinavian countries Denmark, Norway and Sweden prior to, during and after the Scandinavian Currency Union 1873–1913. We find that the degree of synchronization tended to increase during the currency union, thus supporting earlier...

  16. Single-cycle nonlinear optics

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    Max-Planck-Institut fur Quantenoptik; Goulielmakis, E.; Schultze, M.; Hofstetter, M.; Yakovlev, V. S.; Gagnon, J.; Uiberacker, M.; Aquila, A. L.; gullikson, E. M.; attwood, D. T.; Kienberger, R.; Krausz, F.; Kleineberg, U.

    2008-11-05

    Nonlinear optics plays a central role in the advancement of optical science and laser-based technologies. We report on the confinement of the nonlinear interaction of light with matter to a single wave cycle and demonstrate its utility for time-resolved and strong-field science. The electric field of 3.3-femtosecond, 0.72-micron laser pulses with a controlled and measured waveform ionizes atoms near the crests of the central wave cycle, with ionization being virtually switched off outside this interval. Isolated sub-100-attosecond pulses of extreme ultraviolet light (photon energy {approx} 80 electron volts), containing {approx} 0.5 nanojoule of energy, emerge from the interaction with a conversion efficiency of {approx} 10{sup -6}. These tools enable the study of the precision control of electron motion with light fields and electron-electron interactions with a resolution approaching the atomic unit of time ({approx} 24 attoseconds).

  17. HTGR fuel and fuel cycle technology

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    Lotts, A.L.; Coobs, J.H.

    1976-08-01

    The status of fuel and fuel cycle technology for high-temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGRs) is reviewed. The all-ceramic core of the HTGRs permits high temperatures compared with other reactors. Core outlet temperatures of 740/sup 0/C are now available for the steam cycle. For advanced HTGRs such as are required for direct-cycle power generation and for high-temperature process heat, coolant temperatures as high as 1000/sup 0/C may be expected. The paper discusses the variations of HTGR fuel designs that meet the performance requirements and the requirements of the isotopes to be used in the fuel cycle. Also discussed are the fuel cycle possibilities, which include the low-enrichment cycle, the Th-/sup 233/U cycle, and plutonium utilization in either cycle. The status of fuel and fuel cycle development is summarized.

  18. National Policy on Nuclear Fuel Cycle

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    National policy on nuclear fuel cycle is aimed at attaining the expected condition, i.e. being able to support optimality the national energy policy and other related Government policies taking into account current domestic nuclear fuel cycle condition and the trend of international nuclear fuel cycle development, the national strength, weakness, thread and opportunity in the field of energy. This policy has to be followed by the strategy to accomplish covering the optimization of domestic efforts, cooperation with other countries, and or purchasing licences. These policy and strategy have to be broken down into various nuclear fuel cycle programmes covering basically assesment of the whole cycle, performing research and development of the whole cycle without enrichment and reprocessing being able for weapon, as well as programmes for industrialization of the fuel cycle stepwisery commencing with the middle part of the cycle and ending with the edge of the back-end of the cycle

  19. Phase lags of solar hemispheric cycles

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    Muraközy, J

    2013-01-01

    The North-South asymmetry of solar activity is variable in time and strength. We analyse the long-term variation of the phase lags of hemispheric cycles and check a conjectured relationship between these phase lags and the hemispheric cycle strengths. Sunspot data are used from cycles 12-23 in which the separation of northern and southern hemispheres is possible. The centers of mass of the hemispheric cycle profiles were used to study the phase relations and relative strengths of the hemispheric cycles. This approach considers a cycle as a whole and disregards the short-term fluctuations of the cycle time profile. The phase of the hemispheric cycles shows an alternating variation: the northern cycle leads in 4 cycles and follows in 4 cycles. No significant relationship is found between the phase and strength differences of the hemispheric cycles. The period of 4+4 cycles appears to be close to the Gleissberg cycle and may provide a key to its physical background. It may raise a new aspect in the solar dynamo ...

  20. Biomechanics of Counterweighted One-Legged Cycling.

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    Elmer, Steven J; McDaniel, John; Martin, James C

    2016-02-01

    One-legged cycling has served as a valuable research tool and as a training and rehabilitation modality. Biomechanics of one-legged cycling are unnatural because the individual must actively lift the leg during flexion, which can be difficult to coordinate and cause premature fatigue. We compared ankle, knee, and hip biomechanics between two-legged, one-legged, and counterweighted (11.64 kg) one-legged cycling. Ten cyclists performed two-legged (240 W), one-legged (120 W), and counterweighted one-legged (120 W) cycling (80 rpm). Pedal forces and limb kinematics were recorded to determine work during extension and flexion. During counterweighted one-legged cycling relative ankle dorsiflexion, knee flexion, and hip flexion work were less than one-legged but greater than two-legged cycling (all P one-legged cycling were greater than one-legged but less than two-legged cycling (all P one-legged cycling reduced but did not eliminate differences in joint flexion and extension actions between one- and two-legged cycling. Even with these differences, counterweighted one-legged cycling seemed to have advantages over one-legged cycling. These results, along with previous work highlighting physiological characteristics and training adaptations to counterweighted one-legged cycling, demonstrate that this exercise is a viable alternative to one-legged cycling.

  1. Branes wrapped on coassociative cycles

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    We obtain a supergravity solution arising when D6-branes are wrapped on coassociative four-cycles of constant curvature in seven manifolds of G2 holonomy. The solutions preserve two supercharges and thus represent supergravity duals of three dimensional Yang-Mills with N=1 supersymmetry. When uplifted to eleven dimensions our solution describes M-theory on the background of an eight manifold with Spin(7) holonomy. (author)

  2. Technology cycles and technology revolutions

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    Paganetto, Luigi; Scandizzo, Pasquale Lucio

    2010-09-15

    Technological cycles have been characterized as the basis of long and continuous periods economic growth through sustained changes in total factor productivity. While this hypothesis is in part consistent with several theories of growth, the sheer magnitude and length of the economic revolutions experienced by humankind seems to indicate surmise that more attention should be given to the origin of major technological and economic changes, with reference to one crucial question: role of production and use of energy in economic development.

  3. Entrepreneurship and the Business Cycle

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    KOELLINGER, Philipp; Thurik, Roy

    2009-01-01

    This discussion paper resulted in a publication in 'The Review of Economics and Statistics' (2012). Volume 94, issue 4, pages 1143-1156. We study the cyclical pattern of entrepreneurial activity. Results across 22 OECD countries for the period 1972-2007 show that entrepreneurial activity is a leading indicator of the business cycle in a Granger-causality sense. This contradicts existing theoretical hypotheses which predict that entrepreneurship is pro-cyclical or not cyclical. We discuss poss...

  4. Immigration, remittances, and business cycles

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    Federico S. Mandelman; Zlate, Andrei

    2010-01-01

    We use data on border enforcement and macroeconomic indicators from the United States and Mexico to estimate a two-country business cycle model of labor migration and remittances. The model matches the cyclical dynamics of labor migration to the United States and documents how remittances to Mexico serve an insurance role to smooth consumption across the border. During expansions in the destination economy, immigration increases with the expected stream of future wage gains, but it is dampene...

  5. Cycling Behavior and Memory Formation

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    Gerstner, Jason R.; Lyons, Lisa C.; Wright, Kenneth P.; Loh, Dawn H; Rawashdeh, Oliver; Eckel-Mahan, Kristin L.; Roman, Gregg W.

    2009-01-01

    Circadian research has spent considerable effort in the determining clock output pathways, including identifying both physiological and behavioral processes that demonstrate significant time-of-day variation. Memory formation and consolidation represent notable processes shaped by endogenous circadian oscillators. To date, very few studies on memory mechanisms have considered potential confounding effects of time-of-day and the organism’s innate activity cycles (e.g., nocturnal, diurnal, or c...

  6. Cardiac Biomarkers and Cycling Race

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    Caroline Le Goff, Jean-François Kaux, Sébastien Goffaux, Etienne Cavalier

    2015-01-01

    In cycling as in other types of strenuous exercise, there exists a risk of sudden death. It is important both to understand its causes and to see if the behavior of certain biomarkers might highlight athletes at risk. Many reports describe changes in biomarkers after strenuous exercise (Nie et al., 2011), but interpreting these changes, and notably distinguishing normal physiological responses from pathological changes, is not easy. Here we have focused on the kinetics of different cardiac bi...

  7. Miller cycle analysis using EGM

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    Ribeiro, Bernardo Sousa; Martins, Jorge

    2005-01-01

    The Entropy Generation Minimization (EGM) method is based on the analysis by three sciences (thermodynamics, fluid flow and heat transfer) of the different processes that may occur in a system or in an equipment. Herein the EGM method is applied to internal combustion engines to determine the entropy generation caused by different processes. A model incorporating entropy generation calculations is used to assess various engines configurations. Otto cycle was tested and...

  8. Creative Cycling of News Professionals

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    Astrid Gynnild, PhD.

    2007-01-01

    The theory of creative cycling emerged from my PhD study of news professionals in Norway. The study was carried out according to classic grounded theory principles (Glaser and Strauss 1967, Glaser 1978, 1998, 2001, 2005), and the area of interest was the performance of news journalism in the multimedia age. The theory runs counter to widespread tendencies of industrial age thinking in news media. It emphasizes news professionals’ search for meaning in their daily work, and suggests that their...

  9. Sickness Absence and Business Cycles

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    Jan Erik Askildsen; Espen Bratberg; Oivind Anti Nilsen

    2000-01-01

    Absenteeism is affected by the sickness benefit system. Countries with generous compensation during sick leaves also experience high numbers of sick leave. Sick leaves may vary over the business cycle due to unemployment disciplining effects or changes in labour force composition. The latter hypothesis maintains that sickness may be pro-cyclical due to employment of `marginal' workers with poorer health when demand increases. Using individual records of labour force participants in Norway, we...

  10. Containing revenue-cycle costs.

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    Geer, Robert; Burton, Eric

    2003-04-01

    Healthcare organizations can achieve revenue-cycle improvement while maintaining optimum staffing levels by taking a three-step approach-developing a plan, measuring costs, and using benchmarks to measure performance. Planned cost reductions can be achieved without a negative impact on the organization. Cost-reduction strategies should look at purchased services, staffing, and the cost-to-collect ratio. Healthcare organizations should reach target performance levels before implementing a cost-reduction strategy.

  11. Fundamental cycles and graph embeddings

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    2009-01-01

    In this paper, we investigate fundamental cycles in a graph G and their relations with graph embeddings. We show that a graph G may be embedded in an orientable surface with genus at least g if and only if for any spanning tree T , there exists a sequence of fundamental cycles C1, C2, . . . , C2g with C2i-1 ∩ C2i≠ф for 1≤ i ≤g. In particular, among β(G) fundamental cycles of any spanning tree T of a graph G, there are exactly 2γM (G) cycles C1, C2, . . . , C2γM (G) such that C2i-1 ∩ C2i≠ф for 1 ≤i≤γM (G), where β(G) and γM (G) are the Betti number and the maximum genus of G, respectively. This implies that it is possible to construct an orientable embedding with large genus of a graph G from an arbitrary spanning tree T (which may have very large number of odd components in G\\E(T )). This is different from the earlier work of Xuong and Liu, where spanning trees with small odd components are needed. In fact, this makes a common generalization of Xuong, Liu and Fu et al. Furthermore, we show that (1) this result is useful for locating the maximum genus of a graph having a specific edge-cut. Some known results for embedded graphs are also concluded; (2) the maximum genus problem may be reduced to the maximum matching problem. Based on this result and the algorithm of Micali-Vazirani, we present a new efficient algorithm to determine the maximum genus of a graph in O((β(G)) 25 ) steps. Our method is straight and quite different from the algorithm of Furst, Gross and McGeoch which depends on a result of Giles where matroid parity method is needed.

  12. Biogeochemical Cycles in Degraded Lands

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    Davidson, Eric A.; Vieira, Ima Celia G.; ReisdeCarvalho, Claudio Jose; DeanedeAbreuSa, Tatiana; deSouzaMoutinho, Paulo R.; Figueiredo, Ricardo O.; Stone, Thomas A.

    2004-01-01

    The objectives of this project were to define and describe the types of landscapes that fall under the broad category of "degraded lands" and to study biogeochemical cycles across this range of degradation found in secondary forests. We define degraded land as that which has lost part of its capacity of renovation of a productive ecosystem, either in the context of agroecosystems or as native communities of vegetation. This definition of degradation permits evaluation of biogeochemical constraints to future land uses.

  13. Product development cycle time reduction

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    Farran, Robin

    1992-05-01

    We are facing here today the key issues that face us in the competitive environment. North American companies are struggling to compete in the global marketplace. Gone are the days when presence ensured success. Then, sales and earnings were guaranteed. Today the competition is intense. Many manufacturing and service companies are no longer competitive. Traditionally, manufacturing companies have created the most wealth for the community and economy. Losing this ability to create wealth is tragic and unnecessary. A company can only be successful by focusing on customer satisfaction at competitive costs. Revenue growth and earnings growth require a continuous stream of products that anticipate the customers' needs, result from shorter and shorter innovation cycles, continually improve in quality, and are produced at improved costs on each cycle. The best opportunities for increased quality and decreased costs are with new products. Sure, work on quality and costs everyday. The biggest changes, however, will come through the new product development cycle. We must improve our development processes to provide leadership products which result in high levels of customer satisfaction. This is a prerequisite for business success. When presence in the marketplace was a virtual guarantee of success for a North American company, technology tended to drive the products, and the customers bought virtually everything that was produced. Functional excellence was stressed within companies ... and that was enough. Effective planning processes were not a prerequisite for success. Today success demands highly developed business research and planning processes, and functional excellence combined with organizational capabilities that ensure commercialization excellence.

  14. The parenting cycle of deployment.

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    DeVoe, Ellen R; Ross, Abigail

    2012-02-01

    Parents of dependent children comprise approximately 42% of Active Duty and National Guard/Reserve military members serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. Recent estimates indicate that more than two million children have experienced parental deployment since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. This article seeks to characterize the impact of the deployment life cycle on parenting roles among service members and at-home partners/caregivers of dependent children. Specifically, a new conceptual framework is presented for considering the ways in which parenting and co-parenting processes are affected by the demands and transitions inherent in contemporary deployment to a war zone. Although the phase-based emotional cycle of deployment continues to offer an instructive description of the broad challenges faced by military couples, a parenting cycle of deployment model shifts the perspective to the critical and largely ignored processes of parenting in the context of deployment and war, and to the realities faced by parents serving in the U.S. military. Implications for prevention, intervention, and future research related to military families are addressed. PMID:22360065

  15. Managing the strategic capital cycle.

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    Kaufman, K

    1997-12-01

    A healthcare organization's financial strategy should be defined within the context of the capital cycle and provide for the management of three critical components that will ensure the expansion and renewal of capital capacity--the design and implementation of the financial plan, the design and implementation of an appropriate capital structure, and a means to strategically utilize capital and reinvest it in the organization. The capital cycle comprises two parts--strategic planning and implementation, and the development of the support infrastructure that includes financial planning, capital structure, and capital allocation. The financial plan positions an organization within an area of financial equilibrium and defines its organizational capabilities. The financial infrastructure gives integrity and momentum to the capital cycle. Capital structure addresses critical funding and financing questions and is best defined as the combination of debt and equity that funds the strategic plan. In regard to capital allocation, healthcare organizations should follow a corporate "best practices" approach for such areas as financial objectives and policies, project review, and the capital expenditures approval process.

  16. ZPC Matrices and Zero Cycles

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    Marina Arav

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Let H be an m×n real matrix and let Zi be the set of column indices of the zero entries of row i of H. Then the conditions |Zk∩(∪i=1k−1Zi|≤1 for all k  (2≤k≤m are called the (row Zero Position Conditions (ZPCs. If H satisfies the ZPC, then H is said to be a (row ZPC matrix. If HT satisfies the ZPC, then H is said to be a column ZPC matrix. The real matrix H is said to have a zero cycle if H has a sequence of at least four zero entries of the form hi1j1,hi1j2,hi2j2,hi2j3,…,hikjk,hikj1 in which the consecutive entries alternatively share the same row or column index (but not both, and the last entry has one common index with the first entry. Several connections between the ZPC and the nonexistence of zero cycles are established. In particular, it is proved that a matrix H has no zero cycle if and only if there are permutation matrices P and Q such that PHQ is a row ZPC matrix and a column ZPC matrix.

  17. Endoreversible Meletis-Georgiou cycle

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    Chang Liu, Lingen Chen, Fengrui Sun

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available An endoreversible Meletis-Georgiou (MG cycle model with constant specific heat of working fluid is established and the analytical formulae of performance parameters including working fluid temperatures, work output and efficiency are derived using the finite time thermodynamic theory. The performance of the endoreversible MG cycle is analyzed and optimized. The characteristics of the work output versus compression ratio, efficiency versus compression ratio, and work output versus efficiency are obtained, respectively, by detailed numerical examples, and the effects of changeover ratio, over-expansion ratio, heating value of fuel, heat transfer loss coefficient, initial temperature of working fluid, and the transferred volume ratio on the relationship mentioned above are also discussed. The maximum work output and the corresponding optimal compression ratio, changeover ratio, over-expansion ratio as well as the maximum efficiency and the corresponding optimal changeover ratio and over-expansion ratio are obtained by taking the cycle work output and efficiency as the optimization objectives, respectively. Moreover, the effects of the parameters such as the heating value of fuel, heat transfer loss coefficient, initial temperature of working fluid, and the transferred volume ratio on the maximum work output, the maximum efficiency and the corresponding optimal ratios are analyzed. The results may provide guidelines for the optimal design of practical MG engine.

  18. Nutrient cycling in mango trees

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    Cinara Xavier de Almeida

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Estimates of nutrient amounts both shedding and demanding replacement in the maintenance of productivity of fruit trees require studies on element dynamics within the many ecosystem components generally made up of nutrient cycling. Thus, it was the objective of this study to evaluate the nutrient biochemical cycling in a mango tree (Mangifera indica L. orchard, Palmer variety. Macronutrients [nitrogen (N, phosphorus (P, potassium (K, calcium (Ca, magnesium (Mg, and sulfur (S] had their contents evaluated in leaves at different stages: new, mature, senescent, and litter. First exploratory analysis was performed for main components which preserve the multivariate structure shown by the data. It was possible to observe the association of new leaves with N, P, K, Mg, and S; senescent leaves and the leaves from the litter were associated to Ca, while mature leaves, to K. As a complement, taking the independent variables into consideration, Tukey test (p?0.01 showed that the averages of N, P, and Ca differ between the new and the mature leaves; average of Mg in new leaves differs from the others, and S does not differ along the stages. Also observed was the re-translocation of 41%, 63% and 57% of N, P, and K, respectively, when comparison was made among the contents of the elements in mature leaves as well as in litter, which indicates that the biochemical cycling is important for the mango tree cultivation.

  19. Digital Daily Cycles of Individuals

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    Aledavood, Talayeh; Lehmann, Sune; Saramäki, Jari

    2015-10-01

    Humans, like almost all animals, are phase-locked to the diurnal cycle. Most of us sleep at night and are active through the day. Because we have evolved to function with this cycle, the circadian rhythm is deeply ingrained and even detectable at the biochemical level. However, within the broader day-night pattern, there are individual differences: e.g., some of us are intrinsically morning-active, while others prefer evenings. In this article, we look at digital daily cycles: circadian patterns of activity viewed through the lens of auto-recorded data of communication and online activity. We begin at the aggregate level, discuss earlier results, and illustrate differences between population-level daily rhythms in different media. Then we move on to the individual level, and show that there is a strong individual-level variation beyond averages: individuals typically have their distinctive daily pattern that persists in time. We conclude by discussing the driving forces behind these signature daily patterns, from personal traits (morningness/eveningness) to variation in activity level and external constraints, and outline possibilities for future research.

  20. Digital Daily Cycles of Individuals

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    Talayeh eAledavood

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Humans, like almost all animals, are phase-locked to the diurnal cycle. Most of us sleep at night and are active through the day. Because we have evolved to function with this cycle, the circadian rhythm is deeply ingrained and even detectable at the biochemical level. However, within the broader day-night pattern, there are individual differences: e.g., some of us are intrinsically morning-active, while others prefer evenings. In this article, we look at digital daily cycles: circadian patterns of activity viewed through the lens of auto-recorded data of communication and online activity. We begin at the aggregate level, discuss earlier results, and illustrate differences between population-level daily rhythms in different media. Then we move on to the individual level, and show that there is a strong individual-level variation beyond averages: individuals typically have their distinctive daily pattern that persists in time. We conclude by discussing the driving forces behind these signature daily patterns, from personal traits (morningness/eveningness to variation in activity level and external constraints, and outline possibilities for future research.

  1. Solar storms, cycles and topology

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    Lundstedt H.

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Solar storms are produced due to plasma processes inside and between coronal loops. These loops are topologically examined using knot and braid theory. Solar cycles are topologically explored with a complex generalization of the three ordinary differential equations studied by Lorenz. By studying the Poincaré map we give numerical evidence that the flow has an attractor with fractal structure. The period is defined as the time needed for a point on a hyperplane to return to the hyperplane again. The periods are distributed in an interval. For large values of the Dynamo number there is a long tail toward long periods and other interesting comet-like features. We also found a relationship between the intensity of a cycle and the length for the previous cycle. Maunder like minima are also appearing. These general relations found for periods can further be physically interpreted with improved helioseismic estimates of the parameters used by the dynamical systems. Solar Dynamic Observatory is expected to offer such improved measurements.

  2. Advanced Fuel Cycle Cost Basis

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    D. E. Shropshire; K. A. Williams; W. B. Boore; J. D. Smith; B. W. Dixon; M. Dunzik-Gougar; R. D. Adams; D. Gombert; E. Schneider

    2009-12-01

    This report, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), provides a comprehensive set of cost data supporting a cost analysis for the relative economic comparison of options for use in the Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative (AFCI) Program. The report describes the AFCI cost basis development process, reference information on AFCI cost modules, a procedure for estimating fuel cycle costs, economic evaluation guidelines, and a discussion on the integration of cost data into economic computer models. This report contains reference cost data for 25 cost modules—23 fuel cycle cost modules and 2 reactor modules. The cost modules were developed in the areas of natural uranium mining and milling, conversion, enrichment, depleted uranium disposition, fuel fabrication, interim spent fuel storage, reprocessing, waste conditioning, spent nuclear fuel (SNF) packaging, long-term monitored retrievable storage, near surface disposal of low-level waste (LLW), geologic repository and other disposal concepts, and transportation processes for nuclear fuel, LLW, SNF, transuranic, and high-level waste.

  3. Advanced Fuel Cycle Cost Basis

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    D. E. Shropshire; K. A. Williams; W. B. Boore; J. D. Smith; B. W. Dixon; M. Dunzik-Gougar; R. D. Adams; D. Gombert; E. Schneider

    2008-03-01

    This report, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), provides a comprehensive set of cost data supporting a cost analysis for the relative economic comparison of options for use in the Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative (AFCI) Program. The report describes the AFCI cost basis development process, reference information on AFCI cost modules, a procedure for estimating fuel cycle costs, economic evaluation guidelines, and a discussion on the integration of cost data into economic computer models. This report contains reference cost data for 25 cost modules—23 fuel cycle cost modules and 2 reactor modules. The cost modules were developed in the areas of natural uranium mining and milling, conversion, enrichment, depleted uranium disposition, fuel fabrication, interim spent fuel storage, reprocessing, waste conditioning, spent nuclear fuel (SNF) packaging, long-term monitored retrievable storage, near surface disposal of low-level waste (LLW), geologic repository and other disposal concepts, and transportation processes for nuclear fuel, LLW, SNF, transuranic, and high-level waste.

  4. Advanced Fuel Cycle Cost Basis

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    D. E. Shropshire; K. A. Williams; W. B. Boore; J. D. Smith; B. W. Dixon; M. Dunzik-Gougar; R. D. Adams; D. Gombert

    2007-04-01

    This report, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), provides a comprehensive set of cost data supporting a cost analysis for the relative economic comparison of options for use in the Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative (AFCI) Program. The report describes the AFCI cost basis development process, reference information on AFCI cost modules, a procedure for estimating fuel cycle costs, economic evaluation guidelines, and a discussion on the integration of cost data into economic computer models. This report contains reference cost data for 26 cost modules—24 fuel cycle cost modules and 2 reactor modules. The cost modules were developed in the areas of natural uranium mining and milling, conversion, enrichment, depleted uranium disposition, fuel fabrication, interim spent fuel storage, reprocessing, waste conditioning, spent nuclear fuel (SNF) packaging, long-term monitored retrievable storage, near surface disposal of low-level waste (LLW), geologic repository and other disposal concepts, and transportation processes for nuclear fuel, LLW, SNF, and high-level waste.

  5. BUSINESS CYCLES, ELECTORAL CYCLES. TOWARD A THEORETICAL FRAME OF INTERACTION

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    BOGDAN-LUCIAN DOSPINESCU

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The idea of cyclical movement of a system: be it political, economic, institutional, is one of the constants of critical thinking. In this sense, there is a natural cyclic movement that cannot be avoided (only amplified or diminished and is connected with the nature of these systems. The economy follows a cyclical movement; a period of growth follows a period of decline, and so on. So does popularity for political parties or leaders. In this paper, I explore the links between the business cycles and electoral cycles. For this purpose, I introduce the concept of electoral perception cycles. My hypothesis is that popularity of political parties and leaders follow a cyclical evolution, both on short and long term. I show how perception cycles can impact the “political business cycle theory”. There is great interest in political science literature for the factors that influence the fluctuations in Presidents’ popularity, especially from United States. However, very little has been said about Romania’s case. I investigate the hypothesis of electoral perception cycles looking at the popularity of former president Traian Basescu, over his two terms. The variable used to measure popularity is favorability, measured in national surveys, done face to face, on representative samplez, of around 1000 subjects. I’ve correlated the fluctuations in favorability over time, with key public events or political decisions taken by Traian Băsescu. The main findings are as follows. Firstly, there are significant short term fluctuations (short term perception cycles and they are correlated with major events on the agenda. I would point the following key moments: 1. The referendum for dismissal of the President in May 2007 – Traian Băsescu’s favorability increased by 7 percentage points; 2. The referendum for unicameral Parliament with 300 MPs in the fall of 2009. Coupled with victory in the presidential election, it lead to an increase of 10 percentage

  6. High performance heat pump absorption cycles

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    Lazzarin, R.; Longo, G.; Rossetto, L.

    1988-10-01

    Absorption heat pumps can provide high performances when operating in suitable cycles with multiple effects. This report describes some multistage cycles and evaluates the coefficient of performance realistically obtainable both in winter and summer working conditions.

  7. Not all counterclockwise thermodynamic cycles are refrigerators

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    Dickerson, R. H.; Mottmann, J.

    2016-06-01

    Clockwise cycles on PV diagrams always represent heat engines. It is therefore tempting to assume that counterclockwise cycles always represent refrigerators. This common assumption is incorrect: most counterclockwise cycles cannot be refrigerators. This surprising result is explored here for quasi-static ideal gas cycles, and the necessary conditions for refrigeration cycles are clarified. Three logically self-consistent criteria can be used to determine if a counterclockwise cycle is a refrigerator. The most fundamental test compares the counterclockwise cycle with a correctly determined corresponding Carnot cycle. Other criteria we employ include a widely accepted description of the functional behavior of refrigerators, and a corollary to the second law that limits a refrigerator's coefficient of performance.

  8. Biogeochemical cycles: Interactions in global metabolism

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    Moore, B., III; Morowitz, H.; Dastoor, M. N.

    1984-01-01

    A science that chooses the globe as it fundamental biogeophysical unit forces extraordinary conceptual difficulties. The roles of energy flow, matter cycles, carbon cycle, air pollution, global effects, air water interactions are discussed.

  9. Terminology gap in hydrological cycle

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    Zhuo, Lu; Han, Dawei

    2016-04-01

    Water is central to life on Earth. People have been trying to understand how water moves in the hydrosphere throughout the human history. In the 9th century BC, the famous Greek poet Homer described the hydrological cycle in Iliad as "okeanos whose stream bends back in a circle" with a belief that rivers are ocean-fed from subterranean seas. Later, Aristotle (4th century BC) claimed that most of the water came from underground caverns in which air was transformed into water. It was only until 1674, French scientist Perrault developed the correct concept of the water cycle. In modern times, scientists are interested in understanding the individual processes of the hydrological cycle with a keen focus on runoff which supplies water to rivers, lakes, and oceans. Currently, the prevailing concepts on runoff processes include 'infiltration excess runoff' and 'saturation excess runoff'. However, there is no term to describe another major runoff due to the excess beyond the soil water holding capacity (i.e., the field capacity). We argue that a new term should be introduced to fill this gap, and it could be called 'holding excess runoff' which is compatible with the convention. This new term is significant in correcting a half-century misnomer where 'holding excess runoff' has been incorrectly named as 'saturation excess runoff', which was introduced by the Xinanjiang model in China in 1960s. Similar concept has been adopted in many well-known hydrological models such as PDM and HBV in which the saturation refers to the field capacity. The term 'holding excess runoff' resolves such a common confusion in the hydrological community.

  10. Fundamental cycles and graph embeddings

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    REN Hani; ZHAO HongTao; LI HaoLing

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, we investigate fundamental cycles in a graph G and their relations with graph embeddings. We show that a graph G may be embedded in an orientable surface with genus at least g if and only if for any spanning tree T, there exists a sequence of fundamental cycles of any spanning tree T of a graph G, there are exactly 2γM(G) cycles G1,G2,…,C2γM(G) such that C2i-1 ∩ C2i≠ for 1≤I≤γM(G), where β(G) and γM(G) are the Betti number and the maximum genus of G, respectively. This implies that it is possible to construct an orientable embedding with large genus of a graph G from an arbitrary spanning tree T (which may have very large number of odd components in G\\E(T)). This is different from the earlier work of Xuong and Liu, where spanning trees with small odd components are needed. In fact, this makes a common generalization of Xuong, Liu and Fu et al. Furthermore, we show that (1) this result is useful for locating the maximum genus of a graph having a specific edge-cut. Some known results for embedded graphs are also concluded; (2) the maximum genus problem may be reduced to the maximum matching problem. Based on this result and the algorithm of Micali-Vazirani, we present a new efficient algorithm to determine the maximum genus of a graph in O((β(G))5/2) steps. Our method is straight and quite different from the algorithm of Furst, Gross and McGeoch which depends on a result of Giles where matroid parity method is needed.

  11. Rankine cycle system and method

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    Ernst, Timothy C.; Nelson, Christopher R.

    2014-09-09

    A Rankine cycle waste heat recovery system uses a receiver with a maximum liquid working fluid level lower than the minimum liquid working fluid level of a sub-cooler of the waste heat recovery system. The receiver may have a position that is physically lower than the sub-cooler's position. A valve controls transfer of fluid between several of the components in the waste heat recovery system, especially from the receiver to the sub-cooler. The system may also have an associated control module.

  12. The biogeochemistry of metal cycling

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    Nealson, Kenneth H. (Editor); Nealson, Molly (Editor); Dutcher, F. Ronald (Editor)

    1990-01-01

    The results of the Planetary Biology and Microbial Ecology's summer 1987 program are summarized. The purpose of the interdisciplinary PBME program is to integrate, via lectures and laboratory work, the contributions of university and NASA scientists and student interns. The 1987 program examined various aspects of the biogeochemistry of metal cycling, and included such areas as limnology, metal chemistry, metal geochemistry, microbial ecology, and interactions with metals. A particular area of focus was the use of remote sensing in the study of biogeochemistry. Abstracts and bibliographies of the lectures and reports of the laboratory projects are presented.

  13. Heteroclinic Cycles in Hopfield Networks

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    Chossat, Pascal; Krupa, Maciej

    2016-04-01

    It is widely believed that information is stored in the brain by means of the varying strength of synaptic connections between neurons. Stored patterns can be replayed upon the arrival of an appropriate stimulus. Hence, it is interesting to understand how an information pattern can be represented by the dynamics of the system. In this work, we consider a class of network neuron models, known as Hopfield networks, with a learning rule which consists of transforming an information string to a coupling pattern. Within this class of models, we study dynamic patterns, known as robust heteroclinic cycles, and establish a tight connection between their existence and the structure of the coupling.

  14. Search for relationship between duration of the extended solar cycles and amplitude of sunspot cycle

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    Tlatov, A G

    2007-01-01

    Duration of the extended solar cycles is taken into the consideration. The beginning of cycles is counted from the moment of polarity reversal of large-scale magnetic field in high latitudes, occurring in the sunspot cycle n till the minimum of the cycle n+2. The connection between cycle duration and its amplitude is established. Duration of the "latent" period of evolution of extended cycle between reversals and a minimum of the current sunspot cycle is entered. It is shown, that the latent period of cycles evolution is connected with the next sunspot cycle amplitude and can be used for the prognosis of a level and time of a sunspot maximum. The 24-th activity cycle prognosis is done. Long-term behavior of extended cycle's lengths is considered.

  15. Multiple Limit Cycles in an Immune System

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    Xun-cheng Huang; Le-min Zhu; Minaya Villasana

    2008-01-01

    The nonlinear oscillatory phenomenon has been observed in the system of immune response, which corresponds to the limit cycles in the mathematical models. We prove that the system simulating an immune response studied by Huang has at least three limit cycles in the system. The conditions for the multiple limit cycles are useful in analyzing the nonlinear oscillation in immune response.

  16. The next generation of revenue cycle management.

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    Hammer, David C

    2007-07-01

    The revenue cycle management environment is dynamic. Revenue cycle leaders are now responsible for additional functional areas and have to deal with new financing arrangements that expose the organization to greater financial risk. Financial managers can use key performance indicators and the suggested practice processes checklist to determine whether their revenue cycle operations are in good shape or need shaping up.

  17. Does It Have a Life Cycle?

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    Keeley, Page

    2010-01-01

    If life continues from generation to generation, then all plants and animals must go through a life cycle, even though it may be different from organism to organism. Is this what students have "learned," or do they have their own private conceptions about life cycles? The formative assessment probe "Does It Have a Life Cycle?" reveals some…

  18. Dormancy cycling in seeds: mechanisms and regulation

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    Claessens, S.M.C.

    2012-01-01

    The life cycle of most plants starts, and ends, at the seed stage. In most species mature seeds are shed and dispersed on the ground. At this stage of its life cycle the seed may be dormant and will, by definition, not germinate under favourable conditions (Bewley, 1997). Seasonal dormancy cycling

  19. Combined cycles with gas turbine engines

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    Najjar, Y.S.H.; Akyurt, M. (King Abdulaziz Univ., Jeddah (Saudi Arabia). Mechanical Engineering Dept.)

    1994-03-01

    Simple cycle gas turbine engines suffer from limited efficiencies and consequential dominance of fuel prices on generation costs. Combined cycles, however. exploit the waste heat from exhaust gases to boost power output, resulting in overall efficiencies around 50%, which are significantly above those of steam power plants. This paper reviews various types of combined cycles, including repowering, integrated gasification and other advanced systems. (author)

  20. Kinetic models of conjugated metabolic cycles

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    Ershov, Yu. A.

    2016-01-01

    A general method is developed for the quantitative kinetic analysis of conjugated metabolic cycles in the human organism. This method is used as a basis for constructing a kinetic graph and model of the conjugated citric acid and ureapoiesis cycles. The results from a kinetic analysis of the model for these cycles are given.

  1. Hopf limit cycles estimation in power systems

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    Barquin, J.; Gomez, T.; Pagola, L.F. [Univ. Pontificia Comillas, Madrid (Spain). Inst. de Investigacion Tecnologica

    1995-11-01

    This paper addresses the computation of the Hopf limit cycle. This limit cycle is associated to the appearance of an oscillatory instability in dynamical power systems. An algorithm is proposed to estimate the dimensions and shape of this limit cycle. The algorithm is computationally efficient and is able to deal with large power systems. 7 refs, 4 figs, 1 tab

  2. On Acyclicity of Games with Cycles

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    Andersson, Daniel; Gurvich, Vladimir; Hansen, Thomas Dueholm

    2009-01-01

    We study restricted improvement cycles (ri-cycles) in finite positional n-person games with perfect information modeled by directed graphs (digraphs) that may contain cycles. We obtain criteria of restricted improvement acyclicity (ri-acyclicity) in two cases: for n = 2 and for acyclic digraphs. We...

  3. Rock weathering and Carbon cycle

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    Strozza, Patrick

    2010-05-01

    In the history of the Earth system, we can find indicators of hot or glacial periods, as well as brutal climatic change… How can we explain those climate variations on a geological timescale ? One of the causative agents is probably the fluctuation of atmospheric CO2 amounts, (gas responsible for the greenhouse effect). A concrete study of some CO2 fluxes between Earth system reservoirs (atmo, hydro and lithosphere) is proposed in this poster. Hydrogencarbonate is the major ion in river surface waters and its amount is so high that it can not be explained by a simple atmospheric Carbon diffusion. From a simple measurement of river HCO3- concentration, we can estimate the consumption of atmospheric CO2 that arises from carbonate and silicate weathering processes. Practical experiments are proposed. These are carried out in the local environment, and are conform to the curriculums of Chemistry and Earth sciences. These tests enable us to outline long-term Carbon cycles and global climatic changes. Key words : Erosion, rock weathering, CO2 cycle, Hydrogencarbonate in waters, climatic changes

  4. Social Life Cycle Assessment Revisited

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    Ruqun Wu

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available To promote the development of Social Life Cycle Assessment (SLCA, we conducted a comprehensive review of recently developed frameworks, methods, and characterization models for impact assessment for future method developers and SLCA practitioners. Two previous reviews served as our foundations for this review. We updated the review by including a comprehensive list of recently-developed SLCA frameworks, methods and characterization models. While a brief discussion from goal, data, and indicator perspectives is provided in Sections 2 to 4 for different frameworks/methods, the focus of this review is Section 5 where discussion on characterization models for impact assessment of different methods is provided. The characterization models are categorized into two types following the UNEP/SETAC guidelines: type I models without impact pathways and type II models with impact pathways. Different from methods incorporating type I/II characterization models, another LCA modeling approach, Life Cycle Attribute Assessment (LCAA, is also discussed in this review. We concluded that methods incorporating either type I or type II models have limitations. For type I models, the challenge lies in the systematic identification of relevant stakeholders and materiality issues; while for type II models, identification of impact pathways that most closely and accurately represent the real-world causal relationships is the key. LCAA may avoid these problems, but the ultimate questions differ from those asked by the methods using type I and II models.

  5. Life Cycle Assessment of Concrete

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    Sjunnesson, Jeannette

    2005-09-15

    This is an environmental study on concrete that follows the standard protocol of life cycle assessment (LCA). The study is done for two types of concrete, ordinary and frost-resistant concrete, and has an extra focus on the superplasticizers used as admixtures. The utilization phase is not included in this study since the type of construction for which the concrete is used is not defined and the concrete is assumed to be inert during this phase. The results show that it is the production of the raw material and the transports involved in the life cycle of concrete that are the main contributors to the total environmental load. The one single step in the raw material production that has the highest impact is the production of cement. Within the transportation operations the transportation of concrete is the largest contributor, followed by the transportation of the cement. The environmental impact of frost-resistant concrete is between 24-41 % higher than that of ordinary concrete due to its higher content of cement. Superplasticizers contribute with approximately 0.4-10.4 % of the total environmental impact of concrete, the least to the global warming potential (GWP) and the most to the photochemical ozone creation potential (POCP). Also the toxicity of the superplasticizers is investigated and the conclusion is that the low amount of leakage of superplasticizers from concrete leads to a low risk for the environment and for humans.

  6. Technology development life cycle processes.

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    Beck, David Franklin

    2013-05-01

    This report and set of appendices are a collection of memoranda originally drafted in 2009 for the purpose of providing motivation and the necessary background material to support the definition and integration of engineering and management processes related to technology development. At the time there was interest and support to move from Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Level One (ad hoc processes) to Level Three. As presented herein, the material begins with a survey of open literature perspectives on technology development life cycles, including published data on %E2%80%9Cwhat went wrong.%E2%80%9D The main thrust of the material presents a rational expose%CC%81 of a structured technology development life cycle that uses the scientific method as a framework, with further rigor added from adapting relevant portions of the systems engineering process. The material concludes with a discussion on the use of multiple measures to assess technology maturity, including consideration of the viewpoint of potential users.

  7. MHD Integrated Topping Cycle Project

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    1992-01-01

    The overall objective of the project is to design and construct prototypical hardware for an integrated MHD topping cycle, and conduct long duration proof-of-concept tests of integrated system at the US DOE Component Development and Integration Facility in Butte, Montana. The results of the long duration tests will augment the existing engineering design data base on MHD power train reliability, availability, maintainability, and performance, and will serve as a basis for scaling up the topping cycle design to the next level of development, an early commercial scale power plant retrofit. The components of the MHD power train to be designed, fabricated, and tested include: A slagging coal combustor with a rated capacity of 50 MW thermal input, capable of operation with an Eastern (Illinois {number sign}6) or Western (Montana Rosebud) coal, a segmented supersonic nozzle, a supersonic MHD channel capable of generating at least 1.5 MW of electrical power, a segmented supersonic diffuser section to interface the channel with existing facility quench and exhaust systems, a complete set of current control circuits for local diagonal current control along the channel, and a set of current consolidation circuits to interface the channel with the existing facility inverter.

  8. MHD Integrated Topping Cycle Project

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    1992-03-01

    The Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) Integrated Topping Cycle (ITC) Project represents the culmination of the proof-of-concept (POC) development stage in the US Department of Energy (DOE) program to advance MHD technology to early commercial development stage utility power applications. The project is a joint effort, combining the skills of three topping cycle component developers: TRW, Avco/TDS, and Westinghouse. TRW, the prime contractor and system integrator, is responsible for the 50 thermal megawatt (50 MW{sub t}) slagging coal combustion subsystem. Avco/TDS is responsible for the MHD channel subsystem (nozzle, channel, diffuser, and power conditioning circuits), and Westinghouse is responsible for the current consolidation subsystem. The ITC Project will advance the state-of-the-art in MHD power systems with the design, construction, and integrated testing of 50 MW{sub t} power train components which are prototypical of the equipment that will be used in an early commercial scale MHD utility retrofit. Long duration testing of the integrated power train at the Component Development and Integration Facility (CDIF) in Butte, Montana will be performed, so that by the early 1990's, an engineering data base on the reliability, availability, maintainability and performance of the system will be available to allow scaleup of the prototypical designs to the next development level. This Sixteenth Quarterly Technical Progress Report covers the period May 1, 1991 to July 31, 1991.

  9. Water Cycling &the GPM Mission

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    Smith, E. A.

    2003-04-01

    The GPM mission is currently planned for start in the late'07 - early'08 time frame. Its main scientific goal is to help answer pressing scientific problems arising within the context of global and regional water cycles. These problems cut across a hierarchy of scales and include climate-water cycle interactions, techniques for improving weather and climate predictions, and better methods for combining observed precipitation with hydrometeorological prediction models for applications to hazardous flood-producing storms, seasonal flood/draught conditions, and fresh water resource assessments. The GPM mission will expand the scope of precipitation measurement through the use of a constellation of some 9 satellites, one of which will be an advanced TRMM-like "core" satellite carrying a dual-frequency Ku-Ka band precipitation radar and an advanced, multifrequency passive microwave radiometer with vertical-horizontal polarization discrimination. The other constellation members will include new dedicated satellites and co-existing operational/research satellites carrying similar (but not identical) passive microwave radiometers. The goal of the constellation is to achieve 3-hour sampling at any spot on the globe - continuously. The constellation's orbit architecture will consist of a mix of sun-synchronous and non-sun-synchronous satellites with the "core" satellite providing measurements of cloud-precipitation microphysical processes plus calibration-quality rainrates to be used with the other retrieval information to ensure bias-free constellation coverage. GPM is organized internationally, involving existing, pending, projected, and under-study partnerships which will link NASA and NOAA in the US, NASDA in Japan, ESA in Europe, ISRO in India, CNES in France, and possibly ASI in Italy, KARI in South Korea, CSA in Canada, and AEB in Brazil. Additionally, the program is actively pursuing agreements with other international collaborators and domestic scientific agencies

  10. Advanced Fuel Cycle Economic Sensitivity Analysis

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    David Shropshire; Kent Williams; J.D. Smith; Brent Boore

    2006-12-01

    A fuel cycle economic analysis was performed on four fuel cycles to provide a baseline for initial cost comparison using the Gen IV Economic Modeling Work Group G4 ECON spreadsheet model, Decision Programming Language software, the 2006 Advanced Fuel Cycle Cost Basis report, industry cost data, international papers, the nuclear power related cost study from MIT, Harvard, and the University of Chicago. The analysis developed and compared the fuel cycle cost component of the total cost of energy for a wide range of fuel cycles including: once through, thermal with fast recycle, continuous fast recycle, and thermal recycle.

  11. Design and Fabrication of Eu-Cycle

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    A.Venkat Sai

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available EU-Cycle is a self balancing electric unicycle. A regular unicycle is powered by pedal and is balanced by a rider, whilst the EU-Cycle runs by an electric motor and balance by control system in the roll direction. The simple thing to do by rider is to lean forward for acceleration, to lean backward for braking. EU-Cycle is designed as to be a fast and portable means of transport among crowded area, home and office. Therefore, The EU-Cycle gives tough challenge to the unicycle. EU-Cycle has attracted print media including future stories in radio, television. Thus in addition to successful development of EU-Cycle in urban use, the project has to implement the EU-cycle as an educative device.

  12. A class of internally irreversible refrigeration cycles

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    Ait-Ali, Mohand A.

    1996-03-01

    A Carnot-like irreversible refrigeration cycle is modelled with two isothermal and two non-adiabatic, irreversible processes. The generic source of internal irreversibility, measured by the Clausius inequality, is a general irreversibility term which could include any heat leaks into the Joule - Thompson expansion valve, the evaporator and compressor cold boxes. This cycle is optimized first for maximum refrigeration power and maximum refrigeration load, then for maximum coefficient of performance. Its performances are compared with those of the endoreversible refrigeration cycle, based on a propane stage of a classical cascade liquefaction cycle example. Both cycle models achieve optimum power and maximum refrigeration load at nearly the same refrigeration temperature, but only the coefficient of performance of the irreversible refrigeration cycle reaches a maximum. Moreover, its prediction of heat conductance allocation between evaporator and condenser appears to be not only more conservative, but also more realistic for actual design considerations of refrigeration cycles.

  13. Search for relationship between duration of the extended solar cycles and amplitude of sunspot cycle

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    Tlatov, A. G.

    2007-01-01

    Duration of the extended solar cycles is taken into the consideration. The beginning of cycles is counted from the moment of polarity reversal of large-scale magnetic field in high latitudes, occurring in the sunspot cycle n till the minimum of the cycle n+2. The connection between cycle duration and its amplitude is established. Duration of the "latent" period of evolution of extended cycle between reversals and a minimum of the current sunspot cycle is entered. It is shown, that the latent ...

  14. Fuel Cycle System Analysis Handbook

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    Steven J. Piet; Brent W. Dixon; Dirk Gombert; Edward A. Hoffman; Gretchen E. Matthern; Kent A. Williams

    2009-06-01

    This Handbook aims to improve understanding and communication regarding nuclear fuel cycle options. It is intended to assist DOE, Campaign Managers, and other presenters prepare presentations and reports. When looking for information, check here. The Handbook generally includes few details of how calculations were performed, which can be found by consulting references provided to the reader. The Handbook emphasizes results in the form of graphics and diagrams, with only enough text to explain the graphic, to ensure that the messages associated with the graphic is clear, and to explain key assumptions and methods that cause the graphed results. Some of the material is new and is not found in previous reports, for example: (1) Section 3 has system-level mass flow diagrams for 0-tier (once-through), 1-tier (UOX to CR=0.50 fast reactor), and 2-tier (UOX to MOX-Pu to CR=0.50 fast reactor) scenarios - at both static and dynamic equilibrium. (2) To help inform fast reactor transuranic (TRU) conversion ratio and uranium supply behavior, section 5 provides the sustainable fast reactor growth rate as a function of TRU conversion ratio. (3) To help clarify the difference in recycling Pu, NpPu, NpPuAm, and all-TRU, section 5 provides mass fraction, gamma, and neutron emission for those four cases for MOX, heterogeneous LWR IMF (assemblies mixing IMF and UOX pins), and a CR=0.50 fast reactor. There are data for the first 10 LWR recycle passes and equilibrium. (4) Section 6 provides information on the cycle length, planned and unplanned outages, and TRU enrichment as a function of fast reactor TRU conversion ratio, as well as the dilution of TRU feedstock by uranium in making fast reactor fuel. (The recovered uranium is considered to be more pure than recovered TRU.) The latter parameter impacts the required TRU impurity limits specified by the Fuels Campaign. (5) Section 7 provides flows for an 800-tonne UOX separation plant. (6) To complement 'tornado' economic

  15. The effect of turbo trainer cycling on pedalling technique and cycling efficiency.

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    Arkesteijn, M; Hopker, J; Jobson, S A; Passfield, L

    2013-06-01

    Cycling can be performed on the road or indoors on stationary ergometers. The purpose of this study was to investigate differences in cycling efficiency, muscle activity and pedal forces during cycling on a stationary turbo trainer compared with a treadmill. 19 male cyclists cycled on a stationary turbo trainer and on a treadmill at 150, 200 and 250 W. Cycling efficiency was determined using the Douglas bags, muscle activity patterns were determined using surface electromyography and pedal forces were recorded with instrumented pedals. Treadmill cycling induced a larger muscular contribution from Gastrocnemius Lateralis, Biceps Femoris and Gluteus Maximus of respectively 14%, 19% and 10% compared with turbo trainer cycling (pcycling induced larger muscular contribution from Vastus Lateralis, Rectus Femoris and Tibialis Anterior of respectively 7%, 17% and 14% compared with treadmill cycling (pcycling was observed. These results suggest that cycling technique and type of ergometer can be altered without affecting cycling efficiency.

  16. The evolution of nitrogen cycling

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    Mancinelli, Rocco L.; Mckay, Christopher P.

    1988-01-01

    The energetics of nitrogen transformation reactions and the evolution of nitrogen cycling are examined. It is suggested that meteor impact-produced fixed nitrogen could have caused the entire reservoir of the earth's N2 to convert into fixed nitrogen at the end of accretion. The abiotic fixation rate on the early earth by lightning is estimated at about 1-3 X 10 to the 16th molecules of NO/J. It is found that biological nitrogen fixation may have evolved after the development of an aerobic atmosphere. It is shown that HNO could eventually become NO2(-) and NO3(-) after reaching the earth's surface. It is concluded that the evolutionary sequence for the biological transformation of nitrogen compounds is ammonification - denitrification - nitrification - nitrogen fixation.

  17. Thorium nuclear fuel cycle technology

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    Eom, Tae Yoon; Do, Jae Bum; Choi, Yoon Dong; Park, Kyoung Kyum; Choi, In Kyu; Lee, Jae Won; Song, Woong Sup; Kim, Heong Woo

    1998-03-01

    Since thorium produces relatively small amount of TRU elements after irradiation in the reactor, it is considered one of possible media to mix with the elements to be transmuted. Both solid and molten-salt thorium fuel cycles were investigated. Transmutation concepts being studied involved fast breeder reactor, accelerator-driven subcritical reactor, and energy amplifier with thorium. Long-lived radionuclides, especially TRU elements, could be separated from spent fuel by a pyrochemical process which is evaluated to be proliferation resistance. Pyrochemical processes of IFR, MSRE and ATW were reviewed and evaluated in detail, regarding technological feasibility, compatibility of thorium with TRU, proliferation resistance, their economy and safety. (author). 26 refs., 22 figs

  18. Business cycles in oil economies

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    Al-Mutairi, N.H.

    1991-01-01

    This study examines the impact of oil price shocks on output fluctuations of several oil-exporting economies. In most studies of business cycles, the role of oil price is ignored; the few studies that use oil price as one of the variables in the system focus on modeling oil-importing economies. The vector autoregression (VAR) technique is used to consider the cases of Norway, Nigeria, and Mexico. Both atheoretical and structural' VARs are estimated to determine the importance of oil price impulses on output variations. The study reports two types of results: variance decomposition and impulse response functions, with particular emphasis on the issues of stationarity and co-integration among the series. The empirical results suggest that shocks to oil price are important in explaining output variations. In most cases, shocks to oil price are shown to explain more than 20% of the forecast variance of output over a 40-quarter horizon.

  19. Violence as a Vicious Cycle

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    Huseyin Gulec

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Since the conclusion that the violence as a behavior is not (cannot be determined within an absolute genetic determinism has been reached for long years, environmental factors are increasingly examined. We witness that human behavior in society can easily convert into coping with stressful events with violence. Individual or social violence as a behavior has a similar pattern with violence committed in primitive society and by children. After a brief review of violence, its description, etiological theories and types, this article majorly focuses on children and their early and late response to violence. The purpose here is to draw attention to the individuals who were previously exposed to violence (either directly or indirectly resort to violence, perpetuating a vicious cycle.

  20. Canard cycles in global dynamics

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    Vidal, Alexandre

    2009-01-01

    Fast-slow systems are studied usually by "geometrical dissection". The fast dynamics exhibit attractors which may bifurcate under the influence of the slow dynamics which is seen as a parameter of the fast dynamics. A generic solution comes close to a connected component of the stable invariant sets of the fast dynamics. As the slow dynamics evolves, this attractor may lose its stability and the solution eventually reaches quickly another connected component of attractors of the fast dynamics and the process may repeat. This scenario explains quite well relaxation and bursting oscillations. More recently, in relation both with theory of dynamical systems and with applications to physiology, a new interest has emerged in canard cycles. These orbits share the property that they remain for a while close to an unstable invariant set (either singular set or periodic orbits of the fast dynamics). Although canards were first discovered when the transition points are folds, in this article, we focus on the case where...

  1. Fuel cycle of the AVR

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    All the stages of development were secured by irradiation tests and by the use of the elements concerned in the AVR. Summarising, these were: The first charge with fuel elements from Union Carbide, with U-Th mixed carbide particles, wallpaper variants, U-Th mixed carbide particles, the pressed fuel element with U-Th mixed carbide particles, the pressed fuel element with U-Th mixed oxide particles, with an intermediate boundary layer; the present THTR element, the pressed fuel element with U-Th mixed oxide particles and low temperature PyC coating, the pressed fuel element with U-Th mixed oxide particles, with PyC and SiC layers, i.e.: TRISO particles, the pressed fuel element with pure uranium oxide particles for the low enrichment cycle, one coated only by 2 PyC layers, the other coated with PyC and SiC, i.e.: TRISO coating. (orig.)

  2. MAPK uncouples cell cycle progression from cell spreading and cytoskeletal organization in cycling cells

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    Margadant, Coert; Cremers, Lobke; Sonnenberg, Arnoud; Boonstra, Johannes

    2012-01-01

    Integrin-mediated cytoskeletal tension supports growth-factor-induced proliferation, and disruption of the actin cytoskeleton in growth factor-stimulated cells prevents the re-expression of cyclin D and cell cycle re-entry from quiescence. In contrast to cells that enter the cell cycle from G0, cycling cells continuously express cyclin D, and are subject to major cell shape changes during the cell cycle. Here, we investigated the cell cycle requirements for cytoskeletal tension and cell sprea...

  3. Ternary Borides Cr2AlB2, Cr3AlB4, and Cr4AlB6: The First Members of the Series (CrB2)nCrAl with n = 1, 2, 3 and a Unifying Concept for Ternary Borides as MAB-Phases.

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    Ade, Martin; Hillebrecht, Harald

    2015-07-01

    Single crystals of the ternary borides Cr2AlB2, Cr3AlB4, Cr4AlB6, MoAlB, WAlB, Mn2AlB2, and Fe2AlB2 were grown from the elements with an excess of Al. Structures were refined by X-ray methods on the basis of single crystal data. All compounds crystallize in orthorhombic space groups. In each case boron atoms show the typical trigonal prisms BM6. The BM6-units are linked by common rectangular faces forming B-B-bonds. Thus, zigzag chains of boron atoms are obtained for MoAlB, WAlB, and M2AlB2 (M = Cr, Mn, Fe); chains of hexagons for Cr3AlB4; and double chains of hexagons for Cr4AlB6. The same subunits are known for the binary borides CrB, Cr3B4, Cr2B3, and β-WB, too. The boride partial structures are separated by single layers of Al-atoms in the case of the chromium compounds and double layers for WAlB, i.e., W2Al2B2. All crystal structures can be described using a unified building set principle with quadratic 4(4)-nets of metal atoms. The different compositions and crystal structures are obtained by different numbers of metal layers in the corresponding parts according to the formula (MB)2Aly(MB2)x. This principle is an extension of a scheme which was developed for the boridecarbides of niobium. Furthermore, there is a close similarity to the group of ternary carbides MAl(MC)n, so-called MAX-phases. Therefore, they might be named as "MAB-phases". The pronounced two-dimensionality and the mixture of strong covalent and metallic interactions make MAB-phases to promising candidates for interesting material properties. All compositions were confirmed by EDX measurements. Additionally, microhardness measurements were performed. PMID:26069993

  4. Solar Cycle Predictions Near Sunspot Minimum

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    Hathaway, David H.

    1997-01-01

    Observations of solar magnetic activity and the dynamics of the solar convection zone have produced severe constraints on models of the Sun's magnetic dynamo. These constraints are so severe that, at present, we do not have numerical models that can accept the current conditions and then march forward in time to predict future activity. Given this state of solar dynamo theory we are forced to examine previous behavior to discover patterns and trends that afford us some measure of predictability. Here we examine the behavior of several indicators of solar activity near solar minimum that are well correlated with the amplitude of the following solar maximum to predict the level of solar activity over cycle 23. Sunspot numbers, areas, and positions are useful for characterizing solar cycle behavior due to the extent of the data (12 cycles or more). These data exhibit several patterns that relate future activity to past behavior. With the Odd-Even effect the odd numbered cycles have been larger than their even numbered predecessors for each of the last six cycle pairs. With the Amplitude-Period effect short period cycles have been followed by large amplitude cycles and long period cycles have been followed by small amplitude cycles for 10 of the last 13 cycles. With the Maximum-Minimum effect the sunspot number at minimum is directly correlated with the sunspot number at maximum for a given cycle. The geomagnetic indices aa and Ap are also related to solar activity by the connections between disturbances in the solar wind and variations in the Earth's magnetic field. Like the Maximum-Minimum effect for sunspots, the size of the aa and Ap indices at minimum are directly related to the amplitude of the following maximum. The number of geomagnetically disturbed days (days with Ap >= 25) over the course of a cycle is another indicator for the size of the next cycle. The aa and Ap indices can each be separated into a component in phase with the current sunspot cycle and an

  5. Battery charging in float vs. cycling environments

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    COREY,GARTH P.

    2000-04-20

    In lead-acid battery systems, cycling systems are often managed using float management strategies. There are many differences in battery management strategies for a float environment and battery management strategies for a cycling environment. To complicate matters further, in many cycling environments, such as off-grid domestic power systems, there is usually not an available charging source capable of efficiently equalizing a lead-acid battery let alone bring it to a full state of charge. Typically, rules for battery management which have worked quite well in a floating environment have been routinely applied to cycling batteries without full appreciation of what the cycling battery really needs to reach a full state of charge and to maintain a high state of health. For example, charge target voltages for batteries that are regularly deep cycled in off-grid power sources are the same as voltages applied to stand-by systems following a discharge event. In other charging operations equalization charge requirements are frequently ignored or incorrectly applied in cycled systems which frequently leads to premature capacity loss. The cause of this serious problem: the application of float battery management strategies to cycling battery systems. This paper describes the outcomes to be expected when managing cycling batteries with float strategies and discusses the techniques and benefits for the use of cycling battery management strategies.

  6. A comparison of advanced heat recovery power cycles in a combined cycle for large ships

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    Larsen, Ulrik; Sigthorsson, Oskar; Haglind, Fredrik

    2014-01-01

    Strong motivation exists within the marine sector to reduce fuel expenses and to comply with ever stricter emission regulations. Heat recovery can address both of these issues. The ORC (organic Rankine cycle), the Kalina cycle and the steam Rankine cycle have received the majority of the focus...... in the literature. In the present work we compare these cycles in a combined cycle application with a large marine two-stroke diesel engine. We present an evaluation of the efficiency and the environmental impact, safety concerns and practical aspects of each of the cycles. A previously validated numerical engine...... model is combined with a turbocharger model and bottoming cycle models written in Matlab. Genetic algorithm optimisation results suggest that the Kalina cycle possess no significant advantages compared to the ORC or the steam cycle. While contributing to very high efficiencies, the organic working...

  7. Thermodynamic Analysis of Combined Cycle Power Plant

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    A.K.Tiwari,

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Air Bottoming Cycle (ABC can replace the heat recovery steam generator and the steam turbine of the conventionalcombined cycle plant. The exhaust energy of the topping gas turbine of existing combine cycle is sent to gas-air heat exchange, which heats the air in the secondary gas turbine cycle. In 1980’s the ABC was proposed as an alternative for the conventional steam bottoming cycle. In spite of the cost of reducing hardware installations it could achieve a thermal efficiency of 80%. The complete thermodynamic analysis of the system has been performed by using specially designed programme, enabling the variation of main independent variables. The result shows the gain in net work output as well as efficiency of combined cycle is 35% to 68%.

  8. Short Time Cycles of Purely Quantum Refrigerators

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    Feldmann, Tova

    2012-01-01

    Four stroke Otto refrigerator cycles with no classical analogue are studied. Extremely short cycle times with respect to the internal time scale of the working medium characterize these refrigerators. Therefore these cycles are termed sudden. The sudden cycles are characterized by the stable limit cycle which is the invariant of the global cycle propagator. During their operation the state of the working medium possesses significant coherence which is not erased in the equilibration segments due to the very short time allocated. This characteristic is reflected in a difference between the energy entropy and the Von Neumann entropy of the working medium. A classification scheme for sudden refrigerators is developed allowing simple approximations for the cooling power and coefficient of performance.

  9. Nuclear reactors and fuel cycle

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    2014-07-01

    fulfill its mission that is to contribute in improving the quality of life of the Brazilian people. The nuclear fuel cycle is a series of steps involved in the production and use of fuel for nuclear reactors. The Laboratories of Chemistry and Environmental Diagnosis Center, CQMA, support the demand of Nuclear Fuel Cycle Program providing chemical characterization of uranium compounds and other related materials. In this period the Research Reactor Center (CRPq) concentrated efforts on improving equipment and systems to enable the IEA-R1 research reactor to operate at higher power, increasing the capacity of radioisotopes production, samples irradiation, tests and experiments. (author)

  10. Life cycle of transformer oil

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    Đurđević Ksenija R.

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The consumption of electric power is constantly increasing due to industrialization and population growth. This results in much more severe operating conditions of transformers, the most important electrical devices that make integral parts of power transmission and distribution systems. The designed operating life of the majority of worldwide transformers has already expired, which puts the increase of transformer reliability and operating life extension in the spotlight. Transformer oil plays a very important role in transformer operation, since it provides insulation and cooling, helps extinguishing sparks and dissolves gases formed during oil degradation. In addition to this, it also dissolves moisture and gases from cellulose insulation and atmosphere it is exposed to. Further and by no means less important functions of transformer are of diagnostic purpose. It has been determined that examination and inspection of insulation oil provide 70% of information on transformer condition, which can be divided in three main groups: dielectric condition, aged transformer condition and oil degradation condition. By inspecting and examining the application oil it is possible to determine the condition of insulation, oil and solid insulation (paper, as well as irregularities in transformer operation. All of the above-mentioned reasons and facts create ground for the subject of this research covering two stages of transformer oil life cycle: (1 proactive maintenance and monitoring of transformer oils in the course of utilization with reference to influence of transformer oil condition on paper insulation condition, as well as the condition of the transformer itself; (2 regeneration of transformer oils for the purpose of extension of utilization period and paper insulation revitalization potential by means of oil purification. The study highlights advantages of oil-paper insulation revitalization over oil replacement. Besides economic, there are

  11. Nuclear reactors and fuel cycle

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    contribute in improving the quality of life of the Brazilian people. The nuclear fuel cycle is a series of steps involved in the production and use of fuel for nuclear reactors. The Laboratories of Chemistry and Environmental Diagnosis Center, CQMA, support the demand of Nuclear Fuel Cycle Program providing chemical characterization of uranium compounds and other related materials. In this period the Research Reactor Center (CRPq) concentrated efforts on improving equipment and systems to enable the IEA-R1 research reactor to operate at higher power, increasing the capacity of radioisotopes production, samples irradiation, tests and experiments. (author)

  12. Variants of closing the nuclear fuel cycle

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    Andrianova, E. A.; Davidenko, V. D.; Tsibulskiy, V. F.; Tsibulskiy, S. V.

    2015-12-01

    Influence of the nuclear energy structure, the conditions of fuel burnup, and accumulation of new fissile isotopes from the raw isotopes on the main parameters of a closed fuel cycle is considered. The effects of the breeding ratio, the cooling time of the spent fuel in the external fuel cycle, and the separation of the breeding area and the fissile isotope burning area on the parameters of the fuel cycle are analyzed.

  13. Epigenetic dynamics across the cell cycle

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    Kheir, Tony Bou; Lund, Anders H.

    2010-01-01

    Progression of the mammalian cell cycle depends on correct timing and co-ordination of a series of events, which are managed by the cellular transcriptional machinery and epigenetic mechanisms governing genome accessibility. Epigenetic chromatin modifications are dynamic across the cell cycle...... a correct inheritance of epigenetic chromatin modifications to daughter cells. In this chapter, we summarize the current knowledge on the dynamics of epigenetic chromatin modifications during progression of the cell cycle....

  14. Empirical solar/stellar cycle simulations

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    Santos Ângela R. G.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available As a result of the magnetic cycle, the properties of the solar oscillations vary periodically. With the recent discovery of manifestations of activity cycles in the seismic data of other stars, the understanding of the different contributions to such variations becomes even more important. With this in mind, we built an empirical parameterised model able to reproduce the properties of the sunspot cycle. The resulting simulations can be used to estimate the magnetic-induced frequency shifts.

  15. Overview of the nuclear fuel cycle

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    The nuclear fuel cycle is substantially more complicated than the energy production cycles of conventional fuels because of the very low abundance of uranium 235, the presence of radioactivity, the potential for producing fissile nuclides from irradiation, and the risk that fissile materials will be used for nuclear weapons. These factors add enrichment, recycling, spent fuel storage, and safeguards to the cycle, besides making the conventional steps of exploration, mining, processing, use, waste disposal, and transportation more difficult

  16. The spatial dimension of cycle logistics

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    Vitale Brovarone, Elisabetta; Staricco, Luca

    2016-01-01

    Cycle logistics is emerging as a promising alternative in urban freight transport. Compared to fossil fuelled vans, the use of cycles for delivering goods within urban areas offers advantages in terms of environmental friendliness, economic efficiency, flexibility, and liveability of urban neighbourhood. At the same time, cycle logistics has to face limits in terms of weight and volume of goods that can be delivered, distances that can be covered, and spatial urban structures that can be serv...

  17. Should We Rely on Intelligence Cycle?

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    Aydın, Bahadir; Ozleblebici, Zafer

    2015-01-01

    Intelligence cycle is a systematic process which is usually applied in order to obtain intelligence from raw data. Today the world has been experiencing dazzling changes on many fields as well as technology. With the help of the new emerging technologies the data that have to be handled for intelligence is much more than ever. In addition to new technological contributions, there are discussions about intelligence cycle whether it’s being out-dated and old fashioned. Intelligence cycle was ma...

  18. The Frequency Analysis of the Business Cycle

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    2008-01-01

    An account is given of some techniques of linear filtering that can be used for extracting the business cycle from economic data sequences of limited duration. It is argued that there can be no definitive definition of the business cycle. Both the definition of the business cycle and the methods that are used to extract it must be adapted to the purposes of the analysis; and different definitions may be appropriate to different eras.

  19. Limit Cycle Oscillations in Pacemaker Cells

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    Endresen, L P; Endresen, Lars Petter; Skarland, Nils

    1999-01-01

    In recent decades, several mathematical models describing the pacemaker activity of the rabbit sinoatrial node have been developed. We demonstrate that it is not possible to establish the existence, uniqueness, and stability of a limit cycle oscillation in those models. Instead we observe an infinite number of limit cycles. We then display numerical results from a new model, with a limit cycle that can be reached from many different initial conditions.

  20. The sulfur cycle in the marine atmosphere

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    Toon, Owen B.; Kasting, James F.; Turco, Richard P.; Liu, May S.

    1987-01-01

    The simulation of the sulfur cycle in the marine atmosphere using a one-dimensional photochemical model is described and evaluated. Theoretical uncertainties concerning the operation of the marine sulfur cycle are examined, and measurements of sulfur gases in the marine atmosphere necessary for developing the model are derived. Previous modeling studies are reviewed, and the data from these studies are compared to the model simulations. Recommendations for improving the simulation of the sulfur cycle in the marine atmosphere are discussed.

  1. Open cycle cooling systems using solar energy

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    Lazzarin, R.; Sovrano, M.

    Open cycle cooling systems are particularly suitable for utilizing solar energy. In all these systems the adsorption and absorption phenomena are very important, hence they are described separately. The cycles used are essentially two: the Baum-Kakabaev cycle using liquid absorbers and the dehumidification/humidification cycle where also adsorbent substances can be utilized. Solar energy is used in the regeneration process of dehumidifying substances. Reactivation modes can be various: suitability of one mode or the other can depend on the climate of the site where the system is installed.

  2. Supermarket Defrost Cycles As Flexible Reserve

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    Pedersen, Rasmus; Sloth, Christoffer; Wisniewski, Rafal;

    2015-01-01

    This work analyses how supermarket defrost cycles can be used as flexible reserve in a smart grid context. The consumption flexibility originates from being able to shift defrost cycles in time, while adhering to the underlying refrigeration systems constraints. It is shown how this time constrai......This work analyses how supermarket defrost cycles can be used as flexible reserve in a smart grid context. The consumption flexibility originates from being able to shift defrost cycles in time, while adhering to the underlying refrigeration systems constraints. It is shown how this time...

  3. Reproductive cycle of dogs and artificial insemination

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    Zvolská, Helena

    2012-01-01

    The first sexual cycle of a bitch begins in the period of pubescence, approximately between 6th and 24th month of life. Considering breed and individuality, estrus is repeated mostly twice a year. The whole cycle is divided into 4 stadiums: proestrus (5 – 20 days), estrus (3 – 21 days), metestrus (diestrus, 50-80 days) and anestrus (80 – 240 days). The cycle is initiated due to the evaluation of inner and extinor impulses by the central nervous system. In the first stadium of the cycle, ...

  4. Probable Values of Current Solar Cycle Peak

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available An analysis of multiple linear regression method applied to solar cycles 4 to 23 using lagged values of smoothed monthly mean sunspot numbers as independent variables is presented. According to that, the amplitude of current solar cycle 24 is estimated providing a quantitative prediction result. Our adjustment shows that the current cycle would have a sunspot peak less than the biggest one observed during the cycle 19 giving an additional support to the declination in solar activity which is currently happening.

  5. Combined rankine and vapor compression cycles

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    Radcliff, Thomas D.; Biederman, Bruce P.; Brasz, Joost J.

    2005-04-19

    An organic rankine cycle system is combined with a vapor compression cycle system with the turbine generator of the organic rankine cycle generating the power necessary to operate the motor of the refrigerant compressor. The vapor compression cycle is applied with its evaporator cooling the inlet air into a gas turbine, and the organic rankine cycle is applied to receive heat from a gas turbine exhaust to heat its boiler within one embodiment, a common condenser is used for the organic rankine cycle and the vapor compression cycle, with a common refrigerant, R-245a being circulated within both systems. In another embodiment, the turbine driven generator has a common shaft connected to the compressor to thereby eliminate the need for a separate motor to drive the compressor. In another embodiment, an organic rankine cycle system is applied to an internal combustion engine to cool the fluids thereof, and the turbo charged air is cooled first by the organic rankine cycle system and then by an air conditioner prior to passing into the intake of the engine.

  6. Aromatase inhibitors in stimulated IVF cycles

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    Papanikolaou, Evangelos G; Polyzos, Nikolaos P; Al Humaidan, Peter Samir Heskjær;

    2011-01-01

    are available regarding their efficacy in IVF stimulated cycles. Current available evidence support that letrozole may have a promising role in stimulated IVF cycles, either when administered during the follicular phase for ovarian stimulation. Especially for women with poor ovarian response, letrozole appears...... to test in the future how it may perform when used in GnRH agonist cycles. Finally administration of letrozole during luteal phase in IVF cycles offers another treatment modality for patients at high risk for OHSS taking into account that it drastically reduces estradiol levels....

  7. Economic aspects of Dukovany NPP fuel cycle

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    The paper discusses some aspects of high burnup program implementation at Dukovany NPP and its influence on the fuel cycle costs. Dukovany internal fuel cycle is originally designed as a three years cycle of the Out-In-In fuel reloading patterns. These reloads are not only uneconomical but they additionally increased the radiation load of the reactor pressure vessel due to high neutron leakage typical for Out-In-In loading pattern. To avoid the high neutron leakage from the core a transition to 4-year fuel cycle is started in 1987. The neutron leakage from the core is sequentially decreased by insertion of older fuel assemblies at the core periphery. Other developments in fuel cycle are: 1) increasing of enrichment in control assemblies (3.6% of U-235); 2) improvement in fuel assembly design (reduce the assembly shroud thickness from 2.1 to 1.6 mm); 3) introduction of Zr spacer grid instead of stainless steel; 4) introduction of new type of assembly with profiled enrichment with average value of 3.82%. Due to increased reactivity of the new assemblies the transition to the partial 5-year fuel cycle is required. Typical fuel loading pattern for 3, 3.5, 4 and 5-year cycles are shown in the presented paper. An evaluation of fuel cost is also discussed by using comparative analysis of different fuel cycle options. The analysis shows that introduction of the high burnup program has decrease relative fuel cycle costs

  8. Nonlinear solar cycle forecasting: theory and perspectives

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    A. L. Baranovski

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we develop a modern approach to solar cycle forecasting, based on the mathematical theory of nonlinear dynamics. We start from the design of a static curve fitting model for the experimental yearly sunspot number series, over a time scale of 306 years, starting from year 1700 and we establish a least-squares optimal pulse shape of a solar cycle. The cycle-to-cycle evolution of the parameters of the cycle shape displays different patterns, such as a Gleissberg cycle and a strong anomaly in the cycle evolution during the Dalton minimum. In a second step, we extract a chaotic mapping for the successive values of one of the key model parameters – the rate of the exponential growth-decrease of the solar activity during the n-th cycle. We examine piece-wise linear techniques for the approximation of the derived mapping and we provide its probabilistic analysis: calculation of the invariant distribution and autocorrelation function. We find analytical relationships for the sunspot maxima and minima, as well as their occurrence times, as functions of chaotic values of the above parameter. Based on a Lyapunov spectrum analysis of the embedded mapping, we finally establish a horizon of predictability for the method, which allows us to give the most probable forecasting of the upcoming solar cycle 24, with an expected peak height of 93±21 occurring in 2011/2012.

  9. Rotary Stirling-Cycle Engine And Generator

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    Chandler, Joseph A.

    1990-01-01

    Proposed electric-power generator comprises three motor generators coordinated by microprocessor and driven by rotary Stirling-cycle heat engine. Combination offers thermodynamic efficiency of Stirling cycle, relatively low vibration, and automatic adjustment of operating parameters to suit changing load on generator. Rotary Stirling cycle engine converts heat to power via compression and expansion of working gas between three pairs of rotary pistons on three concentric shafts in phased motion. Three motor/generators each connected to one of concentric shafts, can alternately move and be moved by pistons. Microprocessor coordinates their operation, including switching between motor and generator modes at appropriate times during each cycle.

  10. Cycle slipping in phase synchronization systems

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    Yang, Ying; Huang, Lin

    2007-02-01

    Cycle slipping is a characteristically nonlinear phenomenon in phase synchronization systems, which is highly dependent of the initial state of the system. Slipping a cycle means that the phase error is increased to such an extent that the generator to be synchronized slips one complete cycle with respect to the input phase. In this Letter, a linear matrix inequality (LMI) based approach is proposed and the estimation of the number of cycles which slips a solution of the system is obtained by solving a quasi-convex optimization problem of LMI. Applications to phase locked loops demonstrate the validity of the proposed approach.

  11. Kalina cycle. Thermodynamic principles and feasibility

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    Gajewski, W.; Lezuo, A.; Nuernberg, R.; Rukes, B.; Vesper, H.

    1989-05-01

    The Kalina cycle belongs to the group of absorption cycles. It is operated with the two substances H/sub 2/O/NH/sub 3/. For combined gas- and steam power plants using the Kalina retrofit cycle in place of the normal water/steam cycle an increase in efficiency by about 2 to 3 percentage points can be expected. The advantage in efficiency contrasts with the high additional expenditure in capital costs. In addition operating difficulties as a result of partial decomposition of the ammonia are to be expected.

  12. Radioecology of nuclear fuel cycles

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    Sites where radioactive wastes are found are solid waste burial grounds, soils below liquid stoage areas, surface ditches and ponds, and the terrestrial environment around chemical processing facilities that discharge airborne radioactive debris from stacks. This study provides information to help assess the environmental impacts and certain potentiall human hazards associated with nuclear fuel cycles. A data base is being developed to define and quantify biological transport routes which will permit credible predictions and assessment of routine and potential large-scale releases of radionuclides and other toxic materials. These data, used in assessment models, will increase the accuracy of estimating radiation doses to man and other life forms. Information obtained from existing storage and disposal sites will provide a meaningful radioecological perspective with which to improve the effectiveness of waste management practices. Results will provide information to determine if waste management procedures on the Hanford Site have caused ecological perturbations, and if so, to determine the source, nature, and magnitude of such disturbances

  13. Mercury cycling in terrestrial watersheds

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    Shanley, James B.; Bishop, Kevin; Banks, Michael S.

    2012-01-01

    This chapter discusses mercury cycling in the terrestrial landscape, including inputs from the atmosphere, accumulation in soils and vegetation, outputs in streamflow and volatilization, and effects of land disturbance. Mercury mobility in the terrestrial landscape is strongly controlled by organic matter. About 90% of the atmospheric mercury input is retained in vegetation and organic matter in soils, causing a buildup of legacy mercury. Some mercury is volatilized back to the atmosphere, but most export of mercury from watersheds occurs by streamflow. Stream mercury export is episodic, in association with dissolved and particulate organic carbon, as stormflow and snowmelt flush organic-rich shallow soil horizons. The terrestrial landscape is thus a major source of mercury to downstream aquatic environments, where mercury is methylated and enters the aquatic food web. With ample organic matter and sulfur, methylmercury forms in uplands as well—in wetlands, riparian zones, and other anoxic sites. Watershed features (topography, land cover type, and soil drainage class) are often more important than atmospheric mercury deposition in controlling the amount of stream mercury and methylmercury export. While reductions in atmospheric mercury deposition may rapidly benefit lakes, the terrestrial landscape will respond only over decades, because of the large stock and slow turnover of legacy mercury. We conclude with a discussion of future scenarios and the challenge of managing terrestrial mercury.

  14. MHD Integrated Topping Cycle Project

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    This fourteenth quarterly technical progress report of the MHD Integrated Topping Cycle Project presents the accomplishments during the period November 1, 1990 to January 31, 1991. Testing of the High Pressure Cooling Subsystem electrical isolator was completed. The PEEK material successfully passed the high temperature, high pressure duration tests (50 hours). The Combustion Subsystem drawings were CADAM released. The procurement process is in progress. An equipment specification and RFP were prepared for the new Low Pressure Cooling System (LPCS) and released for quotation. Work has been conducted on confirmation tests leading to final gas-side designs and studies to assist in channel fabrication.The final cathode gas-side design and the proposed gas-side designs of the anode and sidewall are presented. Anode confirmation tests and related analyses of anode wear mechanisms used in the selection of the proposed anode design are presented. Sidewall confirmation tests, which were used to select the proposed gas-side design, were conducted. The design for the full scale CDIF system was completed. A test program was initiated to investigate the practicality of using Avco current controls for current consolidation in the power takeoff (PTO) regions and to determine the cause of past current consolidation failures. Another important activity was the installation of 1A4-style coupons in the 1A1 channel. A description of the coupons and their location with 1A1 channel is presented herein.

  15. Production cycles in aquatic microcosms

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    Jassby, A.; Dudzik, M.; Rees, J.; Lapan, E.; Levy, D.; Harte, J.

    1977-02-08

    Four 700-liter cylindrical containers were filled with demineralized water, enriched with nutrients, and inoculated with 3.5-liter lakewater samples. The microcosms were maintained at a temperature of 18/sup 0/C under a 12:12 L:D cycle for 6 months and several manipulations of their trophic structure were carried out, including addition of snails (Physa sp.), mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis), and catfish (Placostomas placostomas). Temporal variation of the phytoplankton resembled the bimodal patterns of certain natural systems. Further analysis demonstrated a close analogy with the predator-prey oscillations of temperate marine waters: an initial bloom is terminated by zooplankton grazing; the resulting low phytoplankton levels lead to gradual starvation of the zooplankton; and a second bloom follows the final dieoff of zooplankton. Both decreasing the concentration of initial nutrients and stocking the microcosms with Gambusia decreases the time between the spring and fall blooms. The problem of heavy periphyton growth in microcosms was not solved with the introduction of either Physa or Placostomas. Possible solutions to this and to other problems peculiar to microcosm research are discussed, and modifications are suggested for increasing the ability of microcosms to simulate natural systems.

  16. Exergoeconomic comparison of TLC (trilateral Rankine cycle), ORC (organic Rankine cycle) and Kalina cycle using a low grade heat source

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    Recently, the TLC (trilateral power cycle) has attracted significant interest as it provides better matching between the temperature profiles in the evaporator compared to conventional power cycles. This article investigates the performance of this cycle and compares it with those for the ORC (organic Rankine cycle) and the Kalina cycle, from the viewpoints of thermodynamics and thermoeconomics. A low-grade heat source with a temperature of 120 °C is considered for all the three systems. Parametric studies are performed for the systems for several working fluids in the ORC and TLC. The systems are then optimized for either maximum net output power or minimum product cost, using the EES (engineering equation solver) software. The results for the TLC indicate that an increase in the expander inlet temperature leads to an increase in net output power and a decrease in product cost for this power plant, whereas this is not the case for the ORC system. It is found that, although the TLC can achieve a higher net output power compared with the ORC and Kalina (KCS11 (Kalina cycle system 11)) systems, its product cost is greatly affected by the expander isentropic efficiency. It is also revealed that using n-butane as the working fluid can result in the lowest product cost in the ORC and the TLC. In addition, it is observed that, for both the ORC and Kalina systems, the optimum operating condition for maximum net output power differs from that for minimum product cost. - Highlights: • Exergoeconomic analysis of trilateral Rankine cycle is performed. • The system performance is compared with Organic Rankine and Kalina cycles. • Net power from trilateral Rankine cycle is higher than the other power systems. • Superiority of trilateral cycle depends on its expander isentropic efficiency

  17. Science Illiteracy: Breaking the Cycle

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    Lebofsky, L. A.; Lebofsky, N. R.

    2003-12-01

    At the University of Arizona, as at many state universities and colleges, the introductory science classes for non-science majors may be the only science classes that future K--8 teachers will take. The design of the UA's General Education program requires all future non-science certified teachers to take the General Education science classes. These classes are therefore an ideal venue for the training of the state's future teachers. Many students, often including future teachers, are ill-prepared for college, i.e., they lack basic science content knowledge, basic mathematics skills, and reading and writing skills. They also lack basic critical thinking skills and study skills. It is within this context that our future teachers are trained. How do we break the cycle of science illiteracy? There is no simple solution, and certainly not a one-size-fits-all panacea that complements every professor's style of instruction. However, there are several programs at the University of Arizona, and also principles that I apply in my own classes, that may be adaptable in other classrooms. Assessment of K--12 students' learning supports the use of inquiry-based science instruction. This approach can be incorporated in college classes. Modeling proven and productive teaching methods for the future teachers provides far more than ``just the facts,'' and all students gain from the inquiry approach. Providing authentic research opportunities employs an inquiry-based approach. Reading (outside the textbook) and writing provide feedback to students with poor writing and critical thinking skills. Using peer tutors and an instant messaging hot line gives experience to the tutors and offers "comfortable" assistance to students.

  18. Nature's third cycle a story of sunspots

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    Choudhuri, Arnab Rai

    2015-01-01

    The cycle of day and night and the cycle of seasons are two familiar natural cycles around which many human activities are organized. But is there a third natural cycle of importance for us humans? On 13 March 1989, six million people in Canada went without electricity for many hours: a large explosion on the sun was discovered as the cause of this blackout. Such explosions occur above sunspots, dark features on the surface of the Sun that have been observed through telescopes since the time of Galileo. The number of sunspots has been found to wax and wane over a period of 11 years. Although this cycle was discovered less than two centuries ago, it is becoming increasingly important for us as human society becomes more dependent on technology. For nearly a century after its discovery, the cause of the sunspot cycle remained completely shrouded in mystery. The 1908 discovery of strong magnetic fields in sunspots made it clear that the 11-year cycle is the magnetic cycle of the sun. It is only during the last ...

  19. Finite Feedback Cycling in Structural Equation Models

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    Hayduk, Leslie A.

    2009-01-01

    In models containing reciprocal effects, or longer causal loops, the usual effect estimates assume that any effect touching a loop initiates an infinite cycling of effects around that loop. The real world, in contrast, might permit only finite feedback cycles. I use a simple hypothetical model to demonstrate that if the world permits only a few…

  20. Ocular biometric characteristics during the menstrual cycle

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Harun Çakmak,1 Ayten Taspinar,2 Mehmet Ozbagcivan,1 Tolga Kocatürk1 1Department of Ophthalmology, 2Department of Midwifery, School of Health, Adnan Menderes University Medical Faculty, Aydin, Turkey Purpose: To determine the ocular biometric characteristics during the menstrual cycle using the optical low-coherence reflectometry (OLCR biometry. Methods: Twenty-two healthy women between the ages of 19 and 36 years with regular menstrual cycles were enrolled in this prospective study. Subjects with irregular menstrual cycles, those taking contraceptive pills, those with a history of ocular surgery or trauma, and women unable to cooperate with the ocular biometry device were excluded from this study. A complete ophthalmic examination was performed between 8.30 and 10.30 am for all participants. Also, central corneal thickness, axial length, anterior chamber depth, lens thickness, and keratometric measurements were made at the same time using the OLCR device. Measurements were taken at the beginning of the cycle (1–3 days, at ovulation (12–16 days, and at the end of the cycle (26–32 days. Results: The mean age of the participants was 22.86±4.22 (range: 18–36 years. The difference in central corneal thickness, axial length, anterior chamber depth, lens thickness, and keratometry values were not statistically significant during the menstrual cycle. Conclusion: The ocular biometric parameters did not significantly vary during the menstrual cycle according to the OLCR biometry. Keywords: ocular biometry, OLCR, menstrual cycle

  1. The Experiential Learning Cycle in Visual Design

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    Arsoy, Aysu; Özad, Bahire Efe

    2004-01-01

    Experiential Learning Cycle has been applied to the Layout and Graphics Design in Computer Course provided by the Faculty of Communication and Media Studies to the students studying at the Public Relations and Advertising Department. It is hoped that by applying the Experiential Learning Cycle, the creativity and problem solving strategies of the…

  2. The Brain-Mind Cycle of Reflection.

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    Iran-Nejad, Asghar; Gregg, Madeleine

    2001-01-01

    Discusses a theory of thinking, learning, and schooling based on developments in biofunctional cognition and the notion that the brain-awareness-mind cycle directly represents the natural course of human reflection. The paper argues that what makes this brain-mind cycle of reflection possible is intuitive self-awareness. Data from an experimental…

  3. Integrating hospital and physician revenue cycle operations.

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    Lockett, Kevin M

    2014-03-01

    Standardized revenue cycle processes should be a key component of the coordinated care delivery strategy organizations will require to complete the transition to population health management. Integrating hospital and physician revenue cycle operations can help organizations better navigate new payment models, reduce costs, and improve value. The most comprehensive approach involves integrating patient access and registration, coding operations, and receivables management across different settings.

  4. Magnetic cycles at different ages of stars

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    Oláh, K.; Kővári, Zs.; Petrovay, K.; Soon, W.; Baliunas, S.; Kolláth, Z.; Vida, K.

    2016-06-01

    Aims: We study the different patterns of interannual magnetic variability in stars on or near the lower main sequence, approximately solar-type (G-K dwarf) stars in time series of 36 yr from the Mount Wilson Observatory Ca ii H&K survey. Our main aim is to search for correlations between cycles, activity measures, and ages. Methods: Time-frequency analysis has been used to discern and reveal patterns and morphology of stellar activity cycles, including multiple and changing cycles, in the datasets. Both the results from short-term Fourier transform and its refinement using the Choi-Williams distribution, with better frequency resolution, are presented in this study. Rotational periods of the stars were derived using multifrequency Fourier analysis. Results: We found at least one activity cycle on 28 of the 29 stars we studied. Twelve stars, with longer rotational periods (39.7 ± 6.0 days), have simple smooth cycles, and the remaining stars, with much faster rotation (18.1 ± 12.2 days) on average, show complex and sometimes vigorously changing multiple cycles. The cycles are longer and quite uniform in the first group (9.7 ± 1.9 yr), while they are generally shorter and vary more strongly in the second group (7.6 ± 4.9). The clear age division between stars with smooth and complex cycles follows the known separation between the older and younger stars at around 2 to 3 Gyr of age.

  5. An Ethnography of the Navajo Reproductive Cycle.

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    Wright, Anne

    1982-01-01

    Describes the reproductive cycle (menarche, menstrual cycle, fertility and contraceptive use, and menopause) as experienced by two groups of contemporary Navajo women. Eighty Navajo women, 40 traditional and 40 acculturated, participated in the 1978 research project which focused on influences of menopause. (ERB)

  6. LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE

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    The following document provides an introductory overview of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and describes the general uses and major components of LCA. This document is an update and merger of two previous EPA documents on LCA ("Life Cycle Assessment: Inventory Guidelines and Princip...

  7. How people with low vision cycle safely

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    Jelijs, Bart; Melis-Dankers, Bart; de Waard, Dick; Heutink, Jochem

    2015-01-01

    In the Netherlands, the ability to cycle safely and responsibly is important for independent mobility across the lifespan. In addition, cycling can be important in maintaining physical health. But when can a visually challenged person use a bicycle safely? Opinions vary, but there are no reliable -

  8. Uncertainty Analyses of Advanced Fuel Cycles

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    Laurence F. Miller; J. Preston; G. Sweder; T. Anderson; S. Janson; M. Humberstone; J. MConn; J. Clark

    2008-12-12

    The Department of Energy is developing technology, experimental protocols, computational methods, systems analysis software, and many other capabilities in order to advance the nuclear power infrastructure through the Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative (AFDI). Our project, is intended to facilitate will-informed decision making for the selection of fuel cycle options and facilities for development.

  9. Survey of the nuclear fuel cycle

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    A brief outline of the technical aspects of the fuel cycle, starting from the mining of uranium up to fuel element fabrication, is followed by a more detailed description of the management of the outer fuel cycle. This includes the system of contracts and their reciprocal technical and chronological interdepence, as well as financial aspects, market conditions and trends. (RB)

  10. Khovanov-Rozansky homology and Directed Cycles

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    Wu, Hao

    2015-01-01

    We determine the cycle packing number of a directed graph using elementary projective algebraic geometry. Our idea is rooted in the Khovanov-Rozansky theory. In fact, using the Khovanov-Rozansky homology of a graph, we also obtain algebraic methods of detecting directed and undirected cycles containing a particular vertex or edge.

  11. Physics challenges for advanced fuel cycle assessment

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    Giuseppe Palmiotti; Massimo Salvatores; Gerardo Aliberti

    2014-06-01

    Advanced fuel cycles and associated optimized reactor designs will require substantial improvements in key research area to meet new and more challenging requirements. The present paper reviews challenges and issues in the field of reactor and fuel cycle physics. Typical examples are discussed with, in some cases, original results.

  12. Analysis of the Schizosaccharomyces pombe Cell Cycle.

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    Hagan, Iain M; Grallert, Agnes; Simanis, Viesturs

    2016-01-01

    Schizosaccharomyces pombe cells are rod shaped, and they grow by tip elongation. Growth ceases during mitosis and cell division; therefore, the length of a septated cell is a direct measure of the timing of mitotic commitment, and the length of a wild-type cell is an indicator of its position in the cell cycle. A large number of documented stage-specific changes can be used as landmarks to characterize cell cycle progression under specific experimental conditions. Conditional mutations can permanently or transiently block the cell cycle at almost any stage. Large, synchronously dividing cell populations, essential for the biochemical analysis of cell cycle events, can be generated by induction synchrony (arrest-release of a cell cycle mutant) or selection synchrony (centrifugal elutriation or lactose-gradient centrifugation). Schizosaccharomyces pombe cell cycle studies routinely combine particular markers, mutants, and synchronization procedures to manipulate the cycle. We describe these techniques and list key landmarks in the fission yeast mitotic cell division cycle. PMID:27587785

  13. Cycle-maximal triangle-free graphs

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    Durocher, Stephane; Gunderson, David S.; Li, Pak Ching;

    2015-01-01

    Abstract We conjecture that the balanced complete bipartite graph K ⌊ n / 2 ⌋ , ⌈ n / 2 ⌉ contains more cycles than any other n -vertex triangle-free graph, and we make some progress toward proving this. We give equivalent conditions for cycle-maximal triangle-free graphs; show bounds...

  14. Uncertainty Analyses of Advanced Fuel Cycles

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    The Department of Energy is developing technology, experimental protocols, computational methods, systems analysis software, and many other capabilities in order to advance the nuclear power infrastructure through the Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative (AFDI). Our project, is intended to facilitate will-informed decision making for the selection of fuel cycle options and facilities for development

  15. Fuel cycles for the 80's

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    Papers presented at the American Nuclear Society's topical meeting on the fuel cycle are summarized. Present progress and goals in the areas of fuel fabrication, fuel reprocessing, spent fuel storage, accountability, and safeguards are reported. Present governmental policies which affect the fuel cycle are also discussed. Individual presentations are processed for inclusion in the Energy Data Base

  16. General framework for bridge life cycle design

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    Junhai MA; Airong CHEN; Jun HE

    2009-01-01

    Based on a detailed illustration for bridge life cycle design which comprises the processes of service life design, aesthetics design, performance design, environ-mental and ecological design, inspection, maintenance and repair design as well as cost analysis, this paper presented a general framework for bridge life cycle design comprising three design phases and six design processes.

  17. Possible types of breeders with thorium cycle

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    Neutronics calculations of simplified homogeneous reactor models show the possibility that metal-fueled LMFBRs and coated particle fueled gas cooled reactors achieve reactor doubling times of around 10 years with the thorium cycle. Three concepts of gas-cooled thorium cycle breeders are discused. (Author)

  18. Possible types of breeders with thorium cycle

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    Neutronics calculations of simplified homogeneous reactor models show the possibility that metal-fueled LMFBRs and coated particle fueled gas cooled reactors achieve doubling times of around 10 years with the thorium cycle. Three concepts of gas-cooled thorium cycle breeders are discussed. (Author)

  19. Helioseismic Solar Cycle Changes and Splitting Coefficients

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    S. C. Tripathy; Kiran Jain; A. Bhatnagar

    2000-09-01

    Using the GONG data for a period over four years, we have studied the variation of frequencies and splitting coefficients with solar cycle. Frequencies and even-order coefficients are found to change significantly with rising phase of the solar cycle. We also find temporal variations in the rotation rate near the solar surface.

  20. Few-optical-cycle dissipative solitons

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    Leblond, H [Laboratoire de Photonique d' Angers EA 4464, Universite d' Angers, 2 Bd. Lavoisier, 49045 Angers Cedex 01 (France); Mihalache, D, E-mail: herve.leblond@univ-angers.f [Horia Hulubei National Institute for Physics and Nuclear Engineering (IFIN-HH), 407 Atomistilor, Magurele-Bucharest, 077125 (Romania)

    2010-09-17

    By using a powerful reductive perturbation technique, or multiscale analysis, a generalized modified Korteweg-de Vries partial differential equation is derived, which describes the physics of few-optical-cycle dissipative solitons beyond the slowly varying envelope approximation. Numerical simulations of the formation of stable dissipative solitons from arbitrary breather-like few-cycle pulses are also given.

  1. Effective risk management SOGO life cycle management

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    Ali, Mohamed Omar

    2012-01-01

    After new or upgrade projects the offshore installation gets maintenance or support through the life cycle management organization at Siemens. Small to medium modification projects are executed by the life cycle management. Risk assessment on these projects show different risks when it comes to estimation and pricing of projects, planning and executing, resource management, competence and knowledge.

  2. Advanced fuel cycles: a rationale and strategy for adopting the low-enriched-uranium fuel cycle

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    A two-year study of alternatives to the natural uranium fuel cycle in CANDU reactors is summarized. The possible advanced cycles are briefly described. Selection criteria for choosing a cycle for development include resource utilization, economics, ease of implementaton, and social acceptability. It is recommended that a detailed study should be made with a view to the early implementation of the low-enriched uranium cycle. (LL)

  3. Verification of a Similar Cycle Prediction for the Ascending and Peak Phases of Solar Cycle 23

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    2002-01-01

    Reviews of long-term predictions of solar cycles have shown that a precise prediction with a lead time of 2 years or more of a solar cycle remains an unsolved problem. We used a simple method, the method of similar cycles, to make long-term predictions of not only the maximum amplitude but also the smoothed monthly mean sunspot number for every month of Solar Cycle 23. We verify and compare our prediction with the latest available observational results.

  4. Associations between urban form and cycling

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    Nielsen, Thomas Alexander Sick; Olafsson, Anton Stahl; Carstensen, Trine Agervig

    The bikeability project has analysed the environmental correlates of cycling based on Danish National Transportation Survey data transportation and urban form micro-data; and based on a smaller sample of primary data which included housing preferences, policy and attitude variables. Analysis...... of National Travel Survey data indicated that established walkability factors such as density, connectivity and diversity are related to cycling, and that access to retail concentrations/centres, public transportation level-of-service, as well as competition between walking and cycling depending...... on environmental features can be added to the set of influential environmental factors. Attractive conditions for using public transportation or walking are related to less cycling. Highly relevant in the context of the promotion of cycling, the results suggest different effects of urban form on the probability...

  5. Cycles and Clustering in Multiplex Networks

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    Baxter, Gareth J; Dorogovtsev, Sergey N; Mendes, José F F

    2016-01-01

    In multiplex networks, cycles cannot be characterized only by their length, as edges may occur in different layers in different combinations. We define a classification of cycles by the number of edges in each layer and the number of switches between layers. We calculate the expected number of cycles of each type in the configuration model of a large sparse multiplex network. Our method accounts for the full degree distribution including correlations between degrees in different layers. In particular, we obtain the numbers of cycles of length 3 of all possible types. Using these, we give a complete set of clustering coefficients and their expected values. We show that correlations between the degrees of a vertex in different layers strongly affect the number of cycles of a given type, and the number of switches between layers. Both increase with assortative correlations and are strongly decreased by disassortative correlations. The effect of correlations on clustering coefficients is equally pronounced.

  6. Life cycle assessment of fertilizers: a review

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    Skowrońska, Monika; Filipek, Tadeusz

    2014-03-01

    Life cycle assessment has become an increasingly common approach for identifying, quantifying, and evaluating the total potential environmental impact of production processes or products, from the procurement of raw materials (the `cradle'), to production and utilization (the `gates') and their final storage (the `grave'), as well as for determining ways to repair damage to the environment. The paper describes life cycle assessment of mineral fertilizers. On the basis of results provided by life cycle assessment, it can be concluded that an effective strategy for protecting the environment against the harmful effects of fertilizers is to attempt to `seal' the nutrient cycle on a global, regional, and local scale. Pro-environ- mental measures aim on the one hand to reduce resource utilization, and on the other hand to limit losses of nutrients, during both production and use of fertilizers. An undoubted challenge for life cycle assessment when used in agricultural production is the need for relevance at each scale.

  7. Low cycle fatigue problem in RAPP fuel

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    In a nuclear power plant, the fuel sheath is subjected to power cycling during start-up and shut-down, and also during normal operation. Power reactors operating in relatively small electrical grids, as for example RAPS-1 are prone to large number of such power cycles. RAPS fuel sheath being of the collapsible design is subjected to high initial plastic strains. These environmental conditions pose serious low cycle fatigue problem in RAPS fuel operations. The limitations on fuel life due to low cycle fatigue are described. The low cycle fatigue behaviour of zircaloy under normal and irradiation is discussed. UO2 expansion model used for calculating plastic strains is also described. (author)

  8. Thorium fuel cycle - Potential benefits and challenges

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    There has been significant interest among Member States in developing advanced and innovative technologies for safe, proliferation resistant and economically efficient nuclear fuel cycles, while minimizing waste and environmental impacts. This publication provides an insight into the reasons for renewed interest in the thorium fuel cycle, different implementation scenarios and options for the thorium cycle and an update of the information base on thorium fuels and fuel cycles. The present TECDOC focuses on the upcoming thorium based reactors, current information base, front and back end issues, including manufacturing and reprocessing of thorium fuels and waste management, proliferation-resistance and economic issues. The concluding chapter summarizes future prospects and recommendations pertaining to thorium fuels and fuel cycles

  9. Plutonium in an enduring fuel cycle

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    Pillay, K.K.S.

    1998-05-01

    Nuclear fuel cycles evolved over the past five decades have allowed many nations of the world to enjoy the benefits of nuclear energy, while contributing to the sustainable consumption of the world`s energy resources. The nuclear fuel cycle for energy production suffered many traumas since the 1970s because of perceived risks of proliferation of nuclear weapons. However, the experience of the past five decades has shown that the world community is committed to safeguarding all fissile materials and continuing the use of nuclear energy resources. Decisions of a few nations to discard spent nuclear fuels in geologic formations are contrary to the goals of an enduring nuclear fuel cycle and sustainable development being pursued by the world community. The maintenance of an enduring nuclear fuel cycle is dependent on sensible management of all the resources of the fuel cycle, including spent fuels.

  10. Income inequality and the business cycle

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    Shahee Mostafa

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper first examines the relationship between ordinary least squares estimators of consumption and investment for 36 selected countries with their respective Gini indices. The analysis shows that income inequality is consistent with a smaller estimator of consumption and a greater estimator of investment. Second, the cycles of GDP, consumption and investment are dated separately to determine how the deepness and duration of cycles of those variables are correlated with the Gini indices of countries. The results show that income inequality leads to a deeper and longer decline of GDP, which causes a greater cumulative income loss of GDP during recession, and a somewhat faster speed of recovery during expansion. Likewise, the result of a correlation between Gini indices and the number of cycles in consumption, investment and GDP indicate that income inequality is associated with a greater number of cycles in consumption and GDP and a lower number of cycles in investment.

  11. Life-cycle assessment of semiconductors

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    Boyd, Sarah B

    2012-01-01

    Life-Cycle Assessment of Semiconductors presents the first and thus far only available transparent and complete life cycle assessment of semiconductor devices. A lack of reliable semiconductor LCA data has been a major challenge to evaluation of the potential environmental benefits of information technologies (IT). The analysis and results presented in this book will allow a higher degree of confidence and certainty in decisions concerning the use of IT in efforts to reduce climate change and other environmental effects. Coverage includes but is not limited to semiconductor manufacturing trends by product type and geography, unique coverage of life-cycle assessment, with a focus on uncertainty and sensitivity analysis of energy and global warming missions for CMOS logic devices, life cycle assessment of flash memory and life cycle assessment of DRAM. The information and conclusions discussed here will be highly relevant and useful to individuals and institutions. The book also: Provides a detailed, complete a...

  12. LIFE CYCLE BIOASSAY FOR ASSESSMENT OF THE EFFECTS OF TOXIC CHEMICALS USING RAPID CYCLING OF BRASSICA

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    Initial evaluation of a new plant life cycle bioassay for the assessment of the effects of toxic chemicals is presented. he bioassay features a rapid cycling Brassica species that can complete its life cycle in as little as 36 days. he herbicide dalapon (2,2 dichloropropionic aci...

  13. Dual Expander Cycle Rocket Engine with an Intermediate, Closed-cycle Heat Exchanger

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    Greene, William D. (Inventor)

    2008-01-01

    A dual expander cycle (DEC) rocket engine with an intermediate closed-cycle heat exchanger is provided. A conventional DEC rocket engine has a closed-cycle heat exchanger thermally coupled thereto. The heat exchanger utilizes heat extracted from the engine's fuel circuit to drive the engine's oxidizer turbomachinery.

  14. The spatial dimension of cycle logistics

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    Luca Staricco

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Cycle logistics is emerging as a promising alternative in urban freight transport. Compared to fossil fuelled vans, the use of cycles for delivering goods within urban areas offers advantages in terms of environmental friendliness, economic efficiency, flexibility, and liveability of urban neighbourhood. At the same time, cycle logistics has to face limits in terms of weight and volume of goods that can be delivered, distances that can be covered, and spatial urban structures that can be served. This latter issue has till now received less attention in the scientific literature: it is generally recognized that cycle logistics performs at its best in inner urban areas, but no systematic study has been realized to identify specific spatial requisites for the effectiveness of cycle logistics. This paper provides a brief review of the main issues that emerge from the literature over cycle logistics, and contributes to stimulate the debate over the spatial dimension of cycle logistics: it presents a classification of cycle logistics schemes, on the basis of their integration with other urban logistic facilities and of the spatial structure of delivery operations. A three-level classification is proposed, depending on the type of goods consolidation: only distribution without consolidation, consolidation in a fixed urban consolidation centre, or consolidation in a mobile depot; for each level, operational examples and case studies are provided. This systematizing typology could support both public and private operators in decisions about the organization of cycle logistics facilities, such as the location of urban consolidation centres or the composition of cycle fleets.

  15. Pipeline bottoming cycle study. Final report

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    1980-06-01

    The technical and economic feasibility of applying bottoming cycles to the prime movers that drive the compressors of natural gas pipelines was studied. These bottoming cycles convert some of the waste heat from the exhaust gas of the prime movers into shaft power and conserve gas. Three typical compressor station sites were selected, each on a different pipeline. Although the prime movers were different, they were similar enough in exhaust gas flow rate and temperature that a single bottoming cycle system could be designed, with some modifications, for all three sites. Preliminary design included selection of the bottoming cycle working fluid, optimization of the cycle, and design of the components, such as turbine, vapor generator and condensers. Installation drawings were made and hardware and installation costs were estimated. The results of the economic assessment of retrofitting bottoming cycle systems on the three selected sites indicated that profitability was strongly dependent upon the site-specific installation costs, how the energy was used and the yearly utilization of the apparatus. The study indicated that the bottoming cycles are a competitive investment alternative for certain applications for the pipeline industry. Bottoming cycles are technically feasible. It was concluded that proper design and operating practices would reduce the environmental and safety hazards to acceptable levels. The amount of gas that could be saved through the year 2000 by the adoption of bottoming cycles for two different supply projections was estimated as from 0.296 trillion ft/sup 3/ for a low supply projection to 0.734 trillion ft/sup 3/ for a high supply projection. The potential market for bottoming cycle equipment for the two supply projections varied from 170 to 500 units of varying size. Finally, a demonstration program plan was developed.

  16. Random transitions and cell cycle control.

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    Brooks, R F

    1981-01-01

    Differences between the cycle times of sister cells are exponentially distributed, which means that these differences can be explained entirely by the existence of a single critical step in the cell cycle which occurs at random. Cycle times as a whole are not exponentially distributed, indicating an additional source of variation in the cell cycle. It follows that this additional variation must affect sister cells identically; ie, sister cell cycle times are correlated. This correlation and the overall distribution of cycle times can be predicted quantitatively by a model that was developed initially in order to explain certain problematic features of the response of quiescent cells to mitogenic stimulation - in particular, the significance of the lag that almost invariably occurs between stimulation and the onset of DNA synthesis. This model proposes that each cell cycle depends not on one but two random transitions, one of which (at reasonably high growth rates) occurs in the mother cell, its effects being inherited equally by the two daughter cells. The fundamental timing element in the cell cycle is proposed to be a lengthy process, called L, which accounts for most of the lag on mitogenic stimulation and also for the minimum cycle time in growing cultures. One of the random transitions is concerned with the initiation of L, whereas the other becomes possible on completion of L. The latter transition has two consequences: the first is the initiation of a sequence of events which includes S, G2 and M; the second is the restoration of the state from which L may be initiated once more. As a result, L may begin (at random) at any stage of the conventional cycle, ie, S, G2, M, or G1. There are marked similarities between the hypothetical process L and the biogenesis of mitotic centres - the structures responsible for organising the spindle poles. PMID:7312875

  17. The timing of the cognitive cycle.

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    Tamas Madl

    Full Text Available We propose that human cognition consists of cascading cycles of recurring brain events. Each cognitive cycle senses the current situation, interprets it with reference to ongoing goals, and then selects an internal or external action in response. While most aspects of the cognitive cycle are unconscious, each cycle also yields a momentary "ignition" of conscious broadcasting. Neuroscientists have independently proposed ideas similar to the cognitive cycle, the fundamental hypothesis of the LIDA model of cognition. High-level cognition, such as deliberation, planning, etc., is typically enabled by multiple cognitive cycles. In this paper we describe a timing model LIDA's cognitive cycle. Based on empirical and simulation data we propose that an initial phase of perception (stimulus recognition occurs 80-100 ms from stimulus onset under optimal conditions. It is followed by a conscious episode (broadcast 200-280 ms after stimulus onset, and an action selection phase 60-110 ms from the start of the conscious phase. One cognitive cycle would therefore take 260-390 ms. The LIDA timing model is consistent with brain evidence indicating a fundamental role for a theta-gamma wave, spreading forward from sensory cortices to rostral corticothalamic regions. This posteriofrontal theta-gamma wave may be experienced as a conscious perceptual event starting at 200-280 ms post stimulus. The action selection component of the cycle is proposed to involve frontal, striatal and cerebellar regions. Thus the cycle is inherently recurrent, as the anatomy of the thalamocortical system suggests. The LIDA model fits a large body of cognitive and neuroscientific evidence. Finally, we describe two LIDA-based software agents: the LIDA Reaction Time agent that simulates human performance in a simple reaction time task, and the LIDA Allport agent which models phenomenal simultaneity within timeframes comparable to human subjects. While there are many models of reaction time

  18. A review on Life Cycle Assessment, Life Cycle Energy Assessment and Life Cycle Carbon Emissions Assessment on buildings

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    Highlights: • Three streams of life cycle studies, namely LCA, LCEA and LCCO2A, were compared. • Previous findings from the three streams were reviewed. • Cases led to discrepancies of results arising from different types of life cycle studies were discussed. • Limitations in using life cycle studies as decision tools for building design were identified. - Abstract: This paper provides a review on three streams of life cycle studies that have been frequently applied to evaluate the environmental impacts of building construction with a major focus on whether they can be used for decision making. The three streams are Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Life Cycle Energy Assessment (LCEA) and Life Cycle Carbon Emissions Assessment (LCCO2A). They were compared against their evaluation objectives, methodologies, and findings. Although they share similar objectives in evaluating the environmental impacts over the life cycle of building construction, they show some differences in the major focuses of evaluation and methodologies employed. Generally, it has been revealed that quite consistent results can be derived from the three streams with regard to the relative contribution of different phases of life cycle. However, discrepancies occur among the findings obtained from the three streams when different compositions of fuel mixes are used in power generation, or when the overall impacts are not contributed mostly by greenhouse gases emissions. The use of different functional units in different studies also makes it difficult to compare results with benchmarks or results from previous studies. Besides, there are drawbacks in boundary scoping, methodology framework, data inventory and practices which impair their usefulness as a decision making support tool for sustainable building designs

  19. A Model for Wilson Cycles

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    Coakley, B.

    2001-12-01

    While the steady state tectonics of subduction are reasonably well understood, the initiation of subduction is not. Theoretical and modeling studies of subduction initiation require large, sustained in-plane stresses to break the continuous oceanic plate and drive the slab into the mantle before a new subduction zone can be self-sustaining. These studies have identified sediment loading and old, dense oceanic lithosphere associated with passive margins as factors favoring the localization of subduction. Old oceanic lithosphere is also quite strong, increasing the stress necessary to break the plate, making passive margins less appealing as a locale for initiation. In contrast to breaking the plate in-plane, a subduction zone could grow laterally, by crack propagation, extending to join a passive margin. "Primed" by the bouyancy flux of the pre-existing subduction zone, progressive failure along a passive continental margin would disrupt the oceanic lithosphere and become self-sustaining as the dense plate sank into the mantle, accelerating the tear. The Caribbean plate provides an example of how a micro-plate might nucleate a subduction zone through stress concentration. As the Caribbean plate advanced, the subduction zone at its leading, eastern edge was progressively channeled to the south as first Cuba and then Hispanola were jammed against the Bahamas platform. The Antilles arc is the current site of active subduction. The Caribbean plate is being over-ridden at the Muertos trough, south of Puerto Rico, and at the northern limit of South America and is over-riding the Pacific plate on the west and the North American plate on the east. The Caribbean plate is pinned between the three surrounding plates, which may provide the necessary stress concentration which could lead to the development of a new active margin on the East coast of North America. Wilson cycle tectonics, as seen in the Phanerozoic history of North Atlantic passive margins, require that passive

  20. A comparison of advanced heat recovery power cycles in a combined cycle for large ships

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    Strong motivation exists within the marine sector to reduce fuel expenses and to comply with ever stricter emission regulations. Heat recovery can address both of these issues. The ORC (organic Rankine cycle), the Kalina cycle and the steam Rankine cycle have received the majority of the focus in the literature. In the present work we compare these cycles in a combined cycle application with a large marine two-stroke diesel engine. We present an evaluation of the efficiency and the environmental impact, safety concerns and practical aspects of each of the cycles. A previously validated numerical engine model is combined with a turbocharger model and bottoming cycle models written in Matlab. Genetic algorithm optimisation results suggest that the Kalina cycle possess no significant advantages compared to the ORC or the steam cycle. While contributing to very high efficiencies, the organic working fluids possess high global warming potentials and hazard levels. It is concluded that the ORC has the greatest potential for increasing the fuel efficiency, and the combined cycle offers very high thermal efficiency. While being less efficient, the steam cycle has the advantages of being well proven, harmless to the environment as well as being less hazardous in comparison. - Highlights: • We compare steam, ORC (organic Rankine cycle) and Kalina cycles for waste heat recovery in marine engines. • We evaluate the efficiency and important qualitative differences. • The Kalina cycle presents no apparent advantages. • The steam cycle is well known, harmless and has a high efficiency. • The ORC has the highest efficiency but also important drawbacks