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  1. Assessment of Crack Detection in Heavy-Walled Cast Stainless Steel Piping Welds Using Advanced Low-Frequency Ultrasonic Methods

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    Anderson, Michael T.; Crawford, Susan L.; Cumblidge, Stephen E.; Denslow, Kayte M.; Diaz, Aaron A.; Doctor, Steven R.

    2007-03-01

    Studies conducted at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, have focused on assessing the effectiveness and reliability of novel approaches to nondestructive examination (NDE) for inspecting coarse-grained, cast stainless steel reactor components. The primary objective of this work is to provide information to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on the effectiveness and reliability of advanced NDE methods as related to the inservice inspection of safety-related components in pressurized water reactors (PWRs). This report provides progress, recent developments, and results from an assessment of low frequency ultrasonic testing (UT) for detection of inside surface-breaking cracks in cast stainless steel reactor piping weldments as applied from the outside surface of the components. Vintage centrifugally cast stainless steel piping segments were examined to assess the capability of low-frequency UT to adequately penetrate challenging microstructures and determine acoustic propagation limitations or conditions that may interfere with reliable flaw detection. In addition, welded specimens containing mechanical and thermal fatigue cracks were examined. The specimens were fabricated using vintage centrifugally cast and statically cast stainless steel materials, which are typical of configurations installed in PWR primary coolant circuits. Ultrasonic studies on the vintage centrifugally cast stainless steel piping segments were conducted with a 400-kHz synthetic aperture focusing technique and phased array technology applied at 500 kHz, 750 kHz, and 1.0 MHz. Flaw detection and characterization on the welded specimens was performed with the phased array method operating at the frequencies stated above. This report documents the methodologies used and provides results from laboratory studies to assess baseline material noise, crack detection, and length-sizing capability for low-frequency UT in cast stainless steel piping.

  2. Assessment of Crack Detection in Heavy-Walled Cast Stainless Steel Piping Welds Using Advanced Low-Frequency Ultrasonic Methods

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    Studies conducted at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, have focused on assessing the effectiveness and reliability of novel approaches to nondestructive examination (NDE) for inspecting coarse-grained, cast stainless steel reactor components. The primary objective of this work is to provide information to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on the effectiveness and reliability of advanced NDE methods as related to the inservice inspection of safety-related components in pressurized water reactors (PWRs). This report provides progress, recent developments, and results from an assessment of low frequency ultrasonic testing (UT) for detection of inside surface-breaking cracks in cast stainless steel reactor piping weldments as applied from the outside surface of the components. Vintage centrifugally cast stainless steel piping segments were examined to assess the capability of low-frequency UT to adequately penetrate challenging microstructures and determine acoustic propagation limitations or conditions that may interfere with reliable flaw detection. In addition, welded specimens containing mechanical and thermal fatigue cracks were examined. The specimens were fabricated using vintage centrifugally cast and statically cast stainless steel materials, which are typical of configurations installed in PWR primary coolant circuits. Ultrasonic studies on the vintage centrifugally cast stainless steel piping segments were conducted with a 400-kHz synthetic aperture focusing technique and phased array technology applied at 500 kHz, 750 kHz, and 1.0 MHz. Flaw detection and characterization on the welded specimens was performed with the phased array method operating at the frequencies stated above. This report documents the methodologies used and provides results from laboratory studies to assess baseline material noise, crack detection, and length-sizing capability for low-frequency UT in cast stainless steel piping

  3. Advances in ultrasonic fuel cleaning

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    Ultrasonic fuel cleaning has been demonstrated to be effective for avoiding or postponing the axial offset anomaly (AOA) in high-duty PWRs. In addition, the reduction in corrosion product inventory achieved by this method of fuel cleaning has been shown to reduce ex-core dose rates, and hence reduce personnel exposure. Through laboratory mock-up tests as well as tests on discharged fuel in the Callaway spent fuel pool, the EPRI ultrasonic fuel cleaning system was demonstrated to clean crud from fuel rods throughout the assembly without deleterious effects on fuel integrity. This paper presents details of the evaluation tests at AmerenUE's Callaway PWR, as well as the full-reload ultrasonic cleaning for Cycle 12. Ninety-six once-burned fuel assemblies were cleaned via the EPRI ultrasonic process during refueling outage 11 in April 2001. Fuel cleaning activities presented no special problems in or around the fuel pool, neither in terms of activity nor in terms of turbidity of the pool water, nor were special radiological situations encountered by personnel working in the area. The corrosion products were captured on cartridge filters designed to avoid loss of material into the fuel pool water during interim storage. Activity levels on the cartridges were maintained sufficiently low for ease of handling, processing, and shipment in Radwaste. The fuel cleaning operation was completed within a time window of approximately 48 hours. The cleaned fuel was returned to service in May 2001 for Cycle 12. To date, this fuel cycle remains free of AOA (Axial Offset Anomaly). This result is in contrast to earlier cycles of similar design and power duty, but without reload fuel cleaning. These cycles were operated at a reduced TAVE in order to mitigate AOA. Nevertheless, Cycle 11 experienced AOA starting as early as 6 GWD/MTU. Based on the favorable Cycle 12 data, the utility intends to institute fuel cleaning as a routine outage activity, thus expecting to recover the TAVE

  4. Pulsed ultrasonic stir welding method

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    Ding, R. Jeffrey (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    A method of performing ultrasonic stir welding uses a welding head assembly to include a plate and a rod passing through the plate. The rod is rotatable about a longitudinal axis thereof. In the method, the rod is rotated about its longitudinal axis during a welding operation. During the welding operation, a series of on-off ultrasonic pulses are applied to the rod such that they propagate parallel to the rod's longitudinal axis. At least a pulse rate associated with the on-off ultrasonic pulses is controlled.

  5. New experience and methods in ultrasonic testing

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    In addition to the conventional ultrasonic testing, ultrasonic line holography is a significant tool for improved interpretation of measured data. The creep wave scanning head is particularly suited for detecting sub-seam cracks, crack initiation under platings, and terrace-shaped fracture. The ultrasonic holography method also proved to be good for evaluating spot welds of austenitic sheets. (DG)

  6. Preliminary study of the advanced ultrasonic imaging system development

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    Ultrasonic imaging is an advanced technique of ultrasonic testing which utilize computerized techniques in evaluating and interpreting signal reflected from any sound reflectors including flaws located inside materials. One of the most commonly used imaging technique is known as C-Scan system. The system collects both ultrasonic data and the position tracker to create a C-Scan map of the sample being inspected. This paper describes the development of a portable PC-based ultrasonic data acquisition and processing system for industrial applications. (Author)

  7. New Methods and Transducer Designs for Ultrasonic Diagnostics and Therapy

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    Rybyanets, A. N.; Naumenko, A. A.; Sapozhnikov, O. A.; Khokhlova, V. A.

    Recent advances in the field of physical acoustics, imaging technologies, piezoelectric materials, and ultrasonic transducer design have led to emerging of novel methods and apparatus for ultrasonic diagnostics, therapy and body aesthetics. The paper presents the results on development and experimental study of different high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) transducers. Technological peculiarities of the HIFU transducer design as well as theoretical and numerical models of such transducers and the corresponding HIFU fields are discussed. Several HIFU transducers of different design have been fabricated using different advanced piezoelectric materials. Acoustic field measurements for those transducers have been performed using a calibrated fiber optic hydrophone and an ultrasonic measurement system (UMS). The results of ex vivo experiments with different tissues as well as in vivo experiments with blood vessels are presented that prove the efficacy, safety and selectivity of the developed HIFU transducers and methods.

  8. Flow measurement by ultrasonic method

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    An Ultrasonic Flow Meter (USFM) wasdeveloped to measure flow velocity of high temperature fluid in a pipe. To protect ultrasonic transducers from high temperature, guide rods were used. From the study on mechanical structure and acoustic property, the guide rod and the electronic circuit were improved to have capabilities of temperature compensation, quick response, high accuracy and not to be easily disturbed by bubbles contained in the fluid flow. Using a water flow loop, the test results proved the accuracy of +-1.0 percent and response time of 10 m sec

  9. Ultrasonic methods in solid state physics

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    Truell, John; Elbaum, Charles

    1969-01-01

    Ultrasonic Methods in Solid State Physics is devoted to studies of energy loss and velocity of ultrasonic waves which have a bearing on present-day problems in solid-state physics. The discussion is particularly concerned with the type of investigation that can be carried out in the megacycle range of frequencies from a few megacycles to kilomegacycles; it deals almost entirely with short-duration pulse methods rather than with standing-wave methods. The book opens with a chapter on a classical treatment of wave propagation in solids. This is followed by separate chapters on methods and techni

  10. Advanced ultrasonic testing of complex shaped composite structures

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    Dolmatov, D.; Zhvyrblya, V.; Filippov, G.; Salchak, Y.; Sedanova, E.

    2016-06-01

    Due to the wide application of composite materials it is necessary to develop unconventional quality control techniques. One of the methods that can be used for this purpose is ultrasonic tomography. In this article an application of a robotic ultrasonic system is considered. Precise positioning of the robotic scanner and path generating are defined as ones of the most important aspects. This study proposes a non-contact calibration method of a robotic ultrasonic system. Path of the scanner requires a 3D model of controlled objects which are created in accordance with the proposed algorithm. The suggested techniques are based on implementation of structured light method.

  11. Characterization methods for ultrasonic test systems

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    Methods for the characterization of ultrasonic transducers (search units) and instruments are presented. The instrument system is considered as three separate components consisting of a transducer, a receiver-display, and a pulser. The operation of each component is assessed independently. The methods presented were chosen because they provide the greatest amount of information about component operation and were not chosen based upon such conditions as cost, ease of operation, field implementation, etc. The results of evaluating a number of commercially available ultrasonic test instruments are presented

  12. Nondestructive evaluation ultrasonic methods for construction materials

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    The paper presents some ultrasonic methods for evaluation of physical-mechanical properties of construction materials (bricks, concrete, BCA), such as: pulse method, examination methods, and direct measurement of the propagation velocity and impact-echo method. Utilizing these nondestructive evaluation ultrasonic methods it can be determined the main material parameters and material characteristics (elasticity coefficients, density, propagation velocity, ultrasound attenuation, etc.) of construction materials. These method are suitable for construction materials because the defectoscopy methods for metallic materials cannot be utilized, due to its rugged and non-homogeneous structures and grate attenuation coefficients of ultrasound propagation through materials. Also, the impact-echo method is a technique for flaw detection in concrete based on stress wave propagation. Studies have shown that the impact-echo method is effective for locating voids, honeycombing, delaminating, depth of surface opening cracks, and measuring member thickness

  13. High-power ultrasonic processing: Recent developments and prospective advances

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    Gallego-Juarez, Juan A.

    2010-01-01

    Although the application of ultrasonic energy to produce or to enhance a wide variety of processes have been explored since about the middle of the 20th century, only a reduced number of ultrasonic processes have been established at industrial level. However, during the last ten years the interest in ultrasonic processing has revived particularly in industrial sectors where the ultrasonic technology may represent a clean and efficient tool to improve classical existing processes or an innovation alternative for the development of new processes. Such seems to be the case of relevant sectors such as food industry, environment, pharmaceuticals and chemicals manufacture, machinery, mining, etc where power ultrasound is becoming an emerging technology for process development. The possible major problem in the application of high-intensity ultrasound on industrial processing is the design and development of efficient power ultrasonic systems (generators and reactors) capable of large scale successful operation specifically adapted to each individual process. In the area of ultrasonic processing in fluid media and more specifically in gases, the development of the steppedplate transducers and other power ge with extensive radiating surface has strongly contributed to the implementation at semi-industrial and industrial stage of several commercial applications, in sectors such as food and beverage industry (defoaming, drying, extraction, etc), environment (air cleaning, sludge filtration, etc...), machinery and process for manufacturing (textile washing, paint manufacture, etc). The development of different cavitational reactors for liquid treatment in continuous flow is helping to introduce into industry the wide potential of the area of sonochemistry. Processes such as water and effluent treatment, crystallization, soil remediation, etc have been already implemented at semi-industrial and/or industrial stage. Other single advances in sectors like mining or energy have

  14. Equipment for flow measurements according to the ultrasonic Doppler method

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    An instrument for flow measurements according to the ultrasonic Doppler method is described. It consists of an applicator with an ultrasonic oscillator and, connected to it, a Doppler instrument for the Doppler flow record. The angle of incidence of the ultrasonic beam may be taken into account, flow measurement independent of the angle thus becoming possible. (RW)

  15. Training methods in non-destructive examination with ultrasonic testing

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    German concept for inspection of LWR, leak before break, basic safety; General inspection methods; Ultrasonic inspection - basic principle, generation of ultrasound, bulk and surface waves, piezo electric and electromagnetic transducers, energy balance, scattering and adsorption, divergence; Ultra techniques in compliance with KTA-rules - pulse-echo, tandem, throughtransmission; Valuation of ultrasonic indications; Pre- and in-service inspection; Practical part - ultrasonic equipment, ultrasonic piezo electric transducers, wall thickness measurement, crack depth measurement with potential drop technique. (orig.)

  16. Advanced welding for closed structure. Pt. 2 The ultrasonic approach

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    Sacripanti, A.; Paoloni, M.; Sagratella, G. [ENEA Centro Ricerche Casaccia, Rome (Italy). Dipt. Innovazione

    1999-07-01

    This report describes the activities developed for the European Contract BRITE AWCS III to study the use of ultrasonic sensing techniques to obtain an accurate detection of the internal reinforcement of the closed steel structures employed in the shipbuilding industry. After a description of the methods, techniques and problems for the ultrasonic testing of materials in the conventional approach, a new method of the multiple reflection-absorption is introduced with their experimental tests and results. The obtained conclusion shows that the ultrasonic non destructive testing techniques in the new approach should be useful to assemble a complete sensing system with two receivers, one thermal and one ultrasonic. [Italian] Questo rapporto descrive le attivita' sperimentali sviluppate nell'ambito del contratto europeo BRITE AWCS III, in cui si sono utilizzate tecniche ultrasoniche per ottenere un preciso rilevamento dei rinforzi interni di strutture metalliche chiuse utilizzate nell'industria delle costruzioni navali. Dopo la descrizione dei metodi, delle tecniche e dei problemi riguardanti il testing ultrasonico dei materiali, e' stato introdotto un approccio innovativo basato sul metodo dell'assorbimento delle riflessioni multiple con i risultati sperimentali. Le conclusioni ottenute mostrano che nel nuovo approccio, il testing ultrasonico non distruttivo dovrebbe essere utile per assemblare un sistema sensoriale con due sensori, uno di tipo termico, uno di tipo ultrasonico.

  17. Method and device for ultrasonic testing

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    Ultrasonic inspection of the rotor of a gas turbine engine is carried out through a borehole inspection opening, the rotor remaining mounted is the engine. Then the rotor is not accessible for a direct ultrasonic oscillation signal. Therefore a reference signal as well as a reflected signal are picked up by the rotor and compared with one another. The reflected signal is represented visually. (RW) 891 RW/RW 892 GR

  18. Ultrasonic methods in diagnostics of polyethylene

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    Ł. Wierzbicki; G. Wróbel

    2007-01-01

    Purpose: The aim of the work was to find relationship between the ultrasonic wave velocity and the strenght and stess in a polyethylene specimens.Design/methodology/approach: The experiments have been performed in three distinct phases. During the first phase, typical polyethylene was ageing to get different mechanical properties. In the second phase, strength and ultrasonic properties of composite was testing. In the last of phases we compare changes of properties.Findings: The experimenta...

  19. Development of an ultrasonic cleaning method for fuel assemblies

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    Almost all radiation buildup in light water reactors is the result of the deposition of activated corrosion and wear products in out-of-core areas. After operation, a significant quantity of corrosion and wear products is deposited on the fuel rods as crud. At refueling shutdowns, these activation products are available for removal. If they can be quickly and easily removed, buildup of radioactivity on out-of-core surfaces and individual exposure dose can be greatly reduced. After studying various physical cleaning methods (e.g., water jet and ultrasonic), the ultrasonic cleaning method was selected as the most effective for fuel assembly cleaning. The ultrasonic cleaning method is especially able to efficiently clean the fuel without removing the channel box. The removed crud in the channel box would be swept out to the filtration unit. Parameter survey tests were carried out to evaluate the optimum conditions for ultrasonic cleaning using a mock-up of a short section of fuel assembly with the channel box. The ultrasonic device used was a 600-W ultrasonic transducer operating at 26-kHz ultrasonic frequency

  20. Development of an ultrasonic cleaning method for fuel assemblies

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    Heki, H.; Komura, S.; Kato, H.; Sakai, H. (Toshiba Corp., Kawasaki City (Japan)); Hattori, T. (Tokyo Electric Power Co., Kashiwazaki-shi (Japan))

    1991-01-01

    Almost all radiation buildup in light water reactors is the result of the deposition of activated corrosion and wear products in out-of-core areas. After operation, a significant quantity of corrosion and wear products is deposited on the fuel rods as crud. At refueling shutdowns, these activation products are available for removal. If they can be quickly and easily removed, buildup of radioactivity on out-of-core surfaces and individual exposure dose can be greatly reduced. After studying various physical cleaning methods (e.g., water jet and ultrasonic), the ultrasonic cleaning method was selected as the most effective for fuel assembly cleaning. The ultrasonic cleaning method is especially able to efficiently clean the fuel without removing the channel box. The removed crud in the channel box would be swept out to the filtration unit. Parameter survey tests were carried out to evaluate the optimum conditions for ultrasonic cleaning using a mock-up of a short section of fuel assembly with the channel box. The ultrasonic device used was a 600-W ultrasonic transducer operating at 26-kHz ultrasonic frequency.

  1. Development and preliminary study on the ultrasonic assisted GMAW method

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    Fan Yangyang; Fan Chenglei; Yang Chunli; Liu Wenge; Lin Sanbao

    2010-01-01

    The ultrasonic assisted GMAW (U-GMAW)method is proposed to achieve a more stable welding process and better weld quality. The U-GMA W system is developed, which consists of power supplies, ultrasonic vibration system and specially de-signed welding torch. The U-GMAW process and conventional GMA W process are compared through bend-on-plate welding.The weld beads are continuous and well protected, while the weld surface appearances by GMA W and U-GMA W are apparently different. The metal transfer mode changes from globular transfer to short-circuiting transfer after ultrasonic wave is applied onto the arc.

  2. Advances in Numerical Methods

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    Mastorakis, Nikos E

    2009-01-01

    Features contributions that are focused on significant aspects of current numerical methods and computational mathematics. This book carries chapters that advanced methods and various variations on known techniques that can solve difficult scientific problems efficiently.

  3. Research into Thermal Sprayed Coatings with Ultrasonic Methods

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    Justinas Gargasas

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Research on thermal sprayed coatings with ultrasonic methods is the main object of this thesis. Metal surface coating was applied to modify its mechanical and physical-chemical properties and resistance to external impact and improve aesthetics. Spraying was carried out by scanning the rotating sample of 30 cm/s speed. Surface microstructure, ultrasonic thickness, porosity, micro hardness and surface modulus tests performed. Conclusions were formulated.Article in Lithuanian

  4. Research into Thermal Sprayed Coatings with Ultrasonic Methods

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    Justinas Gargasas; Irmantas Gedzevičius; Saulius Nagurnas

    2012-01-01

    Research on thermal sprayed coatings with ultrasonic methods is the main object of this thesis. Metal surface coating was applied to modify its mechanical and physical-chemical properties and resistance to external impact and improve aesthetics. Spraying was carried out by scanning the rotating sample of 30 cm/s speed. Surface microstructure, ultrasonic thickness, porosity, micro hardness and surface modulus tests performed. Conclusions were formulated.Article in Lithuanian

  5. Ultrasonic methods for locating hold-up

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    Hold-up remains one of the major contributing factors to unaccounted for materials and can be a costly problem in decontamination and decommissioning activities. Ultrasonic techniques are being developed to noninvasively monitor hold-up in process equipment where the inner surface of such equipment may be in contact with the hold-up material. These techniques may be useful in improving hold-up measurements as well as optimizing decontamination techniques

  6. Advance ultrasonic instrumentation and sensor for tubing industries

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    For thin wall tubing specially in nuclear industry, there are number of institutes/industries provides dimension and flaw detection ultrasonic units. However, full dimension information, for example average ID, OD, wall thickness, true ID, OD, wall thickness, ovality and eccentricity etc. is not available. The paper discusses the state-of-the-art Ultrasonic System and Sensor and its application in tubing industries

  7. Ultrasonication of Bismuth Telluride Nanocrystals Fabricated by Solvothermal Method

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    Chu, Sang-Hyon; Choi, Sang H.; Kim, Jae-Woo; King, Glen C.; Elliott, James R.

    2006-01-01

    The objective of this study is to evaluate the effect of ultrasonication on bismuth telluride nanocrystals prepared by solvothermal method. In this study, a low dimensional nanocrystal of bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3) was synthesized by a solvothermal process in an autoclave at 180 C and 200 psi. During the solvothermal reaction, organic surfactants effectively prevented unwanted aggregation of nanocrystals in a selected solvent while controlling the shape of the nanocrystal. The atomic ratio of bismuth and tellurium was determined by energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The cavitational energy created by the ultrasonic probe was varied by the ultrasonication process time, while power amplitude remained constant. The nanocrystal size and its size distribution were measured by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and a dynamic light scattering system. When the ultrasonication time increased, the average size of bismuth telluride nanocrystal gradually increased due to the direct collision of nanocrystals. The polydispersity of the nanocrystals showed a minimum when the ultrasonication was applied for 5 min. Keywords: bismuth telluride, nanocrystal, low-dimensional, ultrasonication, solvothermal

  8. Method of manufacturing ultrasonic search units

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    The transducer combs for ultrasonic arrays or compound scanners are fabricated simultaneously from a transducer ground molding, placed on a carrier element, by means of a separating gate with cutting beams of ultrasound or laser radiation. Cutting is performed e.g. on a circular transducer plate in parallel or trapezoidal steps, in rod or mosaic shape. The step intervals in cutting are smaller than 2/4. The contacts between adjoining transducer elements, consisting of e.g. Pb-zirconate-titanate, are soldered to the carrier element of epoxy resin. (DG)

  9. Advanced defect detection algorithm using clustering in ultrasonic NDE

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    Gongzhang, Rui; Gachagan, Anthony

    2016-02-01

    A range of materials used in industry exhibit scattering properties which limits ultrasonic NDE. Many algorithms have been proposed to enhance defect detection ability, such as the well-known Split Spectrum Processing (SSP) technique. Scattering noise usually cannot be fully removed and the remaining noise can be easily confused with real feature signals, hence becoming artefacts during the image interpretation stage. This paper presents an advanced algorithm to further reduce the influence of artefacts remaining in A-scan data after processing using a conventional defect detection algorithm. The raw A-scan data can be acquired from either traditional single transducer or phased array configurations. The proposed algorithm uses the concept of unsupervised machine learning to cluster segmental defect signals from pre-processed A-scans into different classes. The distinction and similarity between each class and the ensemble of randomly selected noise segments can be observed by applying a classification algorithm. Each class will then be labelled as `legitimate reflector' or `artefacts' based on this observation and the expected probability of defection (PoD) and probability of false alarm (PFA) determined. To facilitate data collection and validate the proposed algorithm, a 5MHz linear array transducer is used to collect A-scans from both austenitic steel and Inconel samples. Each pulse-echo A-scan is pre-processed using SSP and the subsequent application of the proposed clustering algorithm has provided an additional reduction to PFA while maintaining PoD for both samples compared with SSP results alone.

  10. A new deconvolution method applied to ultrasonic images

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    This dissertation presents the development of a new method for restoration of ultrasonic signals. Our goal is to remove the perturbations induced by the ultrasonic probe and to help to characterize the defects due to a strong local discontinuity of the acoustic impedance. The point of view adopted consists in taking into account the physical properties in the signal processing to develop an algorithm which gives good results even on experimental data. The received ultrasonic signal is modeled as a convolution between a function that represents the waveform emitted by the transducer and a function that is abusively called the 'defect impulse response'. It is established that, in numerous cases, the ultrasonic signal can be expressed as a sum of weighted, phase-shifted replicas of a reference signal. Deconvolution is an ill-posed problem. A priori information must be taken into account to solve the problem. The a priori information translates the physical properties of the ultrasonic signals. The defect impulse response is modeled as a Double-Bernoulli-Gaussian sequence. Deconvolution becomes the problem of detection of the optimal Bernoulli sequence and estimation of the associated complex amplitudes. Optimal parameters of the sequence are those which maximize a likelihood function. We develop a new estimation procedure based on an optimization process. An adapted initialization procedure and an iterative algorithm enables to quickly process a huge number of data. Many experimental ultrasonic data that reflect usual control configurations have been processed and the results demonstrate the robustness of the method. Our algorithm enables not only to remove the waveform emitted by the transducer but also to estimate the phase. This parameter is useful for defect characterization. At last the algorithm makes easier data interpretation by concentrating information. So automatic characterization should be possible in the future. (author)

  11. The display of ultrasonic waves by the Schlieren method and the application to nondestructive testing

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    The principle of the Schlieren method applied to the ultrasonic wave range is presented: diffraction of light by ultrasonic waves; diffraction pattern; image. The advantages of the Schlieren method and the possible applications in nondestructive testing are discussed

  12. Advanced differential quadrature methods

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    Zong, Zhi

    2009-01-01

    Modern Tools to Perform Numerical DifferentiationThe original direct differential quadrature (DQ) method has been known to fail for problems with strong nonlinearity and material discontinuity as well as for problems involving singularity, irregularity, and multiple scales. But now researchers in applied mathematics, computational mechanics, and engineering have developed a range of innovative DQ-based methods to overcome these shortcomings. Advanced Differential Quadrature Methods explores new DQ methods and uses these methods to solve problems beyond the capabilities of the direct DQ method.After a basic introduction to the direct DQ method, the book presents a number of DQ methods, including complex DQ, triangular DQ, multi-scale DQ, variable order DQ, multi-domain DQ, and localized DQ. It also provides a mathematical compendium that summarizes Gauss elimination, the Runge-Kutta method, complex analysis, and more. The final chapter contains three codes written in the FORTRAN language, enabling readers to q...

  13. Thickness-Independent Ultrasonic Imaging Applied to Abrasive Cut-Off Wheels: An Advanced Aerospace Materials Characterization Method for the Abrasives Industry. A NASA Lewis Research Center Technology Transfer Case History

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    Roth, Don J.; Farmer, Donald A.

    1998-01-01

    Abrasive cut-off wheels are at times unintentionally manufactured with nonuniformity that is difficult to identify and sufficiently characterize without time-consuming, destructive examination. One particular nonuniformity is a density variation condition occurring around the wheel circumference or along the radius, or both. This density variation, depending on its severity, can cause wheel warpage and wheel vibration resulting in unacceptable performance and perhaps premature failure of the wheel. Conventional nondestructive evaluation methods such as ultrasonic c-scan imaging and film radiography are inaccurate in their attempts at characterizing the density variation because a superimposing thickness variation exists as well in the wheel. In this article, the single transducer thickness-independent ultrasonic imaging method, developed specifically to allow more accurate characterization of aerospace components, is shown to precisely characterize the extent of the density variation in a cut-off wheel having a superimposing thickness variation. The method thereby has potential as an effective quality control tool in the abrasives industry for the wheel manufacturer.

  14. Bruce Thompson: Adventures and advances in ultrasonic backscatter

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    Margetan, Frank J.

    2012-05-01

    Over the course of his professional career Dr. R. Bruce Thompson published several hundred articles on non-destructive evaluation, the majority dealing with topics in ultrasonics. One longtime research interest of Dr. Thompson, with applications both to microstructure characterization and defect detection, was backscattered grain noise in metals. Over a 20 year period he led a revolving team of staff members and graduate students investigating various aspects of ultrasonic backscatter. As a member of that team I had the privilege of working along side Dr. Thompson for many years, serving as a sort of Dr. Watson to Bruce's Sherlock Holmes. This article discusses Dr. Thompson's general approaches to modeling backscatter, the research topics he chose to explore to systematically elucidate a better understanding of the phenomena, and the many contributions to the field achieved under his leadership. The backscatter work began in earnest around 1990, motivated by a need to improve inspections of aircraft engine components. At that time Dr. Thompson launched two research efforts. The first led to the heuristic Independent Scatterer Model which could be used to estimate the average grain noise level that would be seen in any given ultrasonic inspection. There the contribution from the microstructure was contained in a measureable parameter known as the Figure-of-Merit or FOM. The second research effort, spearheaded by Dr. Jim Rose, led to a formal relationship between FOM and details of the metal microstructure. The combination of the Independent Scattering Model and Rose's formalism provided a powerful tool for investigating backscatter in metals. In this article model developments are briefly reviewed and several illustrative applications are discussed. These include: the determination of grain size and shape from ultrasonic backscatter; grain noise variability in engine-titanium billets and forgings; and the design of ultrasonic inspection systems to improve defect

  15. Ultrasonic defect detection method for socket welding joint

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    The present invention provides a method of detecting defects over a wide range of a socket weld portion of various kinds of pipelines used, for example, in a nuclear power plant. Namely, an inclined probe is disposed to a jig for detecting defects by ultrasonic waves. This is rotated at least by one turn along the peripheral surface of the material to be detected such as weld tube joints. Defects of weld portion of the material can be detected automatically by using ultrasonic waves during the rotation. The inclined probe for detecting defects by ultrasonic waves comprises a transmission portion having a planar transmittance oscillator disposed to a wedge on the transmission side and a receiving portion comprising a planar receiving oscillator disposed to a wedge on the receiving side. With such a constitution, ultrasonic waves are emitted from the transmission portion to the defect detection portion in the welded portion. If a defect is present, defective echo is reflected to the receiving portion disposed ahead of the probe. Since the defective echo changes depending on the height of the detective portion, the estimation of the height of the defect can be facilitated. (I.S.)

  16. The treatment of radioactive wastewater by ultrasonic standing wave method

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    Highlights: • USWM can be considered as the green cleaning separation techniques. • A physical model of suspended radioactive particle is established. • A computer program is developed to achieve numerical calculation and analysis. • The experimental device for low-level radioactive wastes treatment is designed. • Lots of experimental data are used to analysis the influence of the parameters. - Abstract: The radiation hazards of radionuclide arising from the storage of nuclear weapons cannot be ignored to the operators. Ultrasonic standing wave methods can be considered as the green cleaning separation techniques with high efficiency. The application of ultrasonic standing wave methods for liquid radioactive wastes treatment requires solving many problems connected with the proper selection of the frequency and power of ultrasonic transducers, and the processing time, etc. Based on the model of one single suspended radioactive particle subjected to in the field of ultrasonic standing wave, the principle of the treatment of low-level radioactive wastewater by ultrasound was analyzed. The theoretical and simulation results show that under the action of ultrasonic standing wave, the particle will move toward the wave node plane, and the time of particle reaching the plane become shorter when the radius of particle and the frequency and power of ultrasound was enlarged. The experimental results show that the radioactive concentration of wastewater could be reduced from 400 Bq L−1 to 9.3 Bq L−1 and the decontamination efficiency was 97.68%. The decontamination efficiency could not be obviously improved by further increasing the treating time

  17. An effective segmentation method of ultrasonic thyroid nodules

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    Du, Wenpeng; Sang, Nong

    2015-12-01

    Segmentation of ultrasound image is an important port of ultrasound medical computer-aided system. However, due to the speckle noise, intensity heterogeneity, and low contrast, the ultrasonic segmentation is much difficult. In this paper, we introduce an effective method which integrates edge phase information and an effective active contour model to make the segmentation better. First, we use the speckle reducing anisotropic diffusion method to suppress the noise in ultrasound images. Then, we utilize the local phase information from monogenic signal to form a novel edge indicator and we use the indicator to replace the traditional intensity-based speed stopping term in distance regularized level set evolution. Another contribution of this paper is that we extend the proposed method to the field of ultrasonic thyroid nodules segmentation, qualitative and quantitative comparative results demonstrate the outperformance of our approach.

  18. Method of Noncontact Calibration of the Robotic Ultrasonic Tomograph

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    Borikov, V. N.; Galtseva, O. V.; Filippov, G. A.

    2016-01-01

    The method of calibration of robotic ultrasonic tomograph with the construction of the trajectory of movement of the robot-manipulator on the object of control by using 3D- scanner is described. This method can significantly accelerate the process of calibration of tomograph and prevent possible displacement of the object during calibration. The algorithm of transition from use of a contact method of calibration of the tomograph to noncontact calibration is offered. Experimental data of application of this algorithm show a positive result: the time of research of object considerably decreases. Results of researches prove the practical relevance of the presented work and high efficiency of application of robotic ultrasonic tomography for nondestructive testing of objects of different forms.

  19. Ultrasonic measurement method of calandria tube sagging in CANDU reactor

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    Calandria tube wrapping each pressure tube is one of the key structural components of CANDU reactor (calandria) which is consisted of many pressure tubes containing nuclear fuel assemblies. As the calandria tube (made of zirconium alloy) is sagging due to its thermal and irradiation creep during the plant operation, it possibly contacts with liquid injection nozzle crossing beneath the calandria tube, which subsequently results in difficulties on the safe operation. It is therefore necessary to check the gap for the confirmation of no contacts between the two tubes, calandria tube and liquid inject ion tube, with a proper measure during the life of plant. In this study, an ultrasonic measurement method was selected among several methods investigated. The ultrasonic device being developed for the measurement of the gap was introduced and its preliminary performance test results were presented here

  20. Non-destructive evaluation method employing dielectric electrostatic ultrasonic transducers

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    Yost, William T. (Inventor); Cantrell, Jr., John H. (Inventor)

    2003-01-01

    An acoustic nonlinearity parameter (.beta.) measurement method and system for Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) of materials and structural members novelly employs a loosely mounted dielectric electrostatic ultrasonic transducer (DEUT) to receive and convert ultrasonic energy into an electrical signal which can be analyzed to determine the .beta. of the test material. The dielectric material is ferroelectric with a high dielectric constant .di-elect cons.. A computer-controlled measurement system coupled to the DEUT contains an excitation signal generator section and a measurement and analysis section. As a result, the DEUT measures the absolute particle displacement amplitudes in test material, leading to derivation of the nonlinearity parameter (.beta.) without the costly, low field reliability methods of the prior art.

  1. Multi-wave ultrasonic Doppler method for measuring high flow-rates using staggered pulse intervals

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    The ultrasonic pulsed Doppler method (UDM) can obtain a velocity profile along the path of an ultrasonic beam. However, the UDM measurement volume is relatively large and it is known that the measurement volume affects the measurement accuracy. In this study, the effect of the measurement volume on velocity and flow rate measurements is analytically and experimentally evaluated. The velocities measured using UDM are considered to be ensemble-averaged values over the measurement volume in order to analyze the velocity error due to the measurement volume, while the flow rates are calculated from the integration of the velocity profile across the pipe. The analytical results show that the channel width, i.e. the spatial resolution along the ultrasonic beam axis, rather than the ultrasonic beam diameter, strongly influences the flow rate measurement. To improve the accuracy of the flow rate, a novel method using a multi-wave ultrasonic transducer consisting of two piezo-electric elements with different basic frequencies is proposed to minimize the size of the measurement volume in the near-wall region of a pipe flow. The velocity profiles in the near-wall region are measured using an 8 MHz sensor with a small diameter, while those far from the transducer are measured using a hollow 2 MHz sensor in the multi-wave transducer. The applicability of the multi-wave transducer was experimentally investigated using the water flow-rate calibration facility at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). As a result, the errors in the flow rate were found to be below  −1%, while the multi-wave method is shown to be particularly effective for measuring higher flow rates in a large-diameter pipe. (paper)

  2. Fatigue Crack Measurement in Composite Materials by Ultrasonic Methods

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    Walker, James L.; Russell, Samuel S.; Suits, Michael W.; Workman, Gary L.; Watson, Jason M.; Thom, Robert (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    The nondestructive detection of intra-ply microcracking in unlined pressure vessels fabricated from composite materials is critical to ensuring mission success. Microcracking in composite structures due to combined fatigue and cryogenic thermal loading can be very troublesome to detect in-service and when it begins to link through the thickness can cause leakage and failure of the structure. These leaks may lead to loss of pressure/propellant, increased risk of explosion and possible cryo-pumping. The work presented herein develops a method and an instrument to locate and measure intraply fatigue cracking through the thickness of laminated composite material by means of correlation with ultrasonic resonance. Resonant ultrasound spectroscopy provides measurements which are, sensitive to both the microscopic and macroscopic properties of an object. Elastic moduli, acoustic attenuation, and geometry can all be probed. The approach is based on the premise of half-wavelength resonance. The method injects a broadband ultrasonic wave into the test structure using a swept frequency technique. This method provides dramatically increased energy input into the test article, as compared to conventional spike pulsed ultrasonics. This relative energy increase improves the ability to measure finer details in the materials character, such as micro-cracking and porosity. As the micro-crack density increases, more interactions occur with the higher frequency (small wavelength) components of the signal train causing the spectrum to shift toward lower frequencies. Preliminary experiments have verified a measurable effect on the resonance spectrum of the ultrasonic data to detect microcracking. Methods involving self organizing neural networks and other clustering algorithms show that the resonance ultrasound signatures from composites vary with the degree of microcracking and can be separated and identified.

  3. A new ultrasonic signal amplification method for detection of bacteria

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    A new method is presented that increases the sensitivity of ultrasound-based techniques for detection of bacteria. The technique was developed for the detection of catalase-positive microorganisms. It uses a bubble trapping medium containing hydrogen peroxide that is mixed with the sample for microbiological evaluation. The enzyme catalase is present in catalase-positive bacteria, which induces a rapid hydrolysis of hydrogen peroxide, forming bubbles which remain in the medium. This reaction results in the amplification of the mechanical changes that the microorganisms produce in the medium. The effect can be detected by means of ultrasonic wave amplitude continuous measurement since the bubbles increase the ultrasonic attenuation significantly. It is shown that microorganism concentrations of the order of 105 cells ml−1 can be detected using this method. This allows an improvement of three orders of magnitude in the ultrasonic detection threshold of microorganisms in conventional culture media, and is competitive with modern rapid microbiological methods. It can also be used for the characterization of the enzymatic activity. (paper)

  4. Materials characterization by resonant ultrasonic spectroscopy method

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    Cheong, Yong Moo; Jung, H.K.; Joo, Y.S.; Sim, C.M

    2001-01-01

    A high temperature resonant ultrasound spectroscopy(RUS) was developed. The dynamic elastic constant of RPV weld, which has various different microstructure was determined by RUS. It was confirmed the RUS method is very sensitive to the microstructures of the material. RUS can be used to monitor the degradation of nuclear materials including neutron irradiation embrittlement through the measurement of dynamic elastic constants, elastic anisotropy, high temperature elastic constant and Q-factor.

  5. Materials characterization by resonant ultrasonic spectroscopy method

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    A high temperature resonant ultrasound spectroscopy(RUS) was developed. The dynamic elastic constant of RPV weld, which has various different microstructure was determined by RUS. It was confirmed the RUS method is very sensitive to the microstructures of the material. RUS can be used to monitor the degradation of nuclear materials including neutron irradiation embrittlement through the measurement of dynamic elastic constants, elastic anisotropy, high temperature elastic constant and Q-factor

  6. Ultrasonic inspection methods for small-bore applications

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    The nondestructive inspection of tubing and tube-to-tubesheet weldments in heat exchangers for reactor systems is necessary to ensure the high integrity essential for safe, reliable, continuously operating units. An ultrasonic inspection system has been developed for small-bore applications. The current system can be used to inspect tubing or weldments with bores as small as 10.1 mm (0.4 in.) for transversely or longitudinally oriented discontinuities; however, similar inspections are possible within even smaller bores. Since the probe head is rotated to provide inspection along a helical path, special ultrasonic signal connectors are employed. The miniature probe heads employed are designed for rapid exchange in the mechanical scanner. These probes use commercially available transducers and are capable of performing various ultrasonic inspections with both single and dual examination techniques. The inspection methods and equipment are discussed, along with results of calibration, recording, and correlation studies performed on laboratory-type specimens. Reference notches with depths representing 2 percent of the wall thickness were detected and recorded from the bore of 15.88 mm OD x 2.77 mm wall (0.625 x 0.109 in.) tubing

  7. Ultrasonic defect sizing using decibel drop methods. III

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    An earlier study on the use of ultrasonic decibel drop sizing methods for determining the length and vertical extent of flaws in welded steel sections was based on the scanning of machined flaws and fabrication flaws. The present study utilized the techniques developed to perform a similar study of the type of flaws expected to develop during service (e.g. fatigue cracks). The general findings are that: a) the use of decibel drops of less than 14 dB generally undersize the length of fatigue cracks; and b) the use of decibel drop methods to determine vertical extent is questionable

  8. Investigations on the performance of ultrasonic drilling process with special reference to precision machining of advanced ceramics

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    Advanced ceramics are assuming an important role in modern industrial technology. The applications and advantages of using advanced ceramics are many. There are several reasons why we should go in for machining of advanced ceramics after their compacting and sintering. These are discussed in this paper. However, precision machining of advanced ceramics must be economical. Critical technological issues to be addressed in cost effective machining of ceramics include design of machine tools, tooling arrangements, improved yield and precision, relationship of part dimensions and finish specifications to functional performance, and on-line inspection. Considering the above ultrasonic drilling is an important process used for the precision machining of advanced ceramics. Extensive studies on tool wear occurring in the ultrasonic machining of advanced ceramics have been carried out. In addition, production accuracy of holes drilled, surface finish obtained and surface integrity aspects in the machining of advanced ceramics have also been investigated. Some specific findings with reference to surface integrity are: a) there were no cracks or micro-cracks developed during or after ultrasonic machining of advanced ceramics, b) while machining Hexoloy alpha silicon carbide a recast layer is formed as a result of ultrasonic machining. This is attributed to the viscous heating resulting from high energy impacts during ultrasonic machining. While machining all other types of ceramics no such formation of recast layer was observed, and , c) there is no change in the microstructure of the advanced ceramics as a result of ultrasonic machining

  9. Concrete deterioration: detection by ultrasonic pulse velocity method

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    Tests were performed to evaluate the feasibility of using Ultrasonic Pulse Velocity Method (UPVM) in detecting defect and determining its depth during the early age concrete. Five reinforced concrete (RC) slabs of grade 30, 40 and 50 specimens at day 3, 7,14 and 28 with a fabricated void at a known location were used. The results obtained were compared to determine the accuracy of the method hence the effectiveness of the method with different strength and as the concrete matures. This method detects defects in specimens during the early age The accuracy varies with concrete strength and as the concrete mature. The test results indicate the method can be used to assess the in-situ properties of concrete or for quality control on site. The method showed better accuracy with stronger concrete detects defects with the accuracy ranging from 55.75-99.62% from day 3-28 (full strength) respectively. (author)

  10. Ultrasonic NDE Classifications with the Gradient Descent Method and Synthetic Aperture Focusing Technique

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    Ultrasonic inspection methods are widely used for detecting flaws in materials. One of the more popular methods involves the extraction of an appropriate set of features followed by the use of a neural network for the classification of the signals in the feature space. This paper describes an approach which uses LMS method to determine the coordinates of the ultrasonic probe followed by the use of SAFT to estimate the location of the ultrasonic reflector. The method is employed for classifying NDE signals from the steam generator tubes in a nuclear power plant. The classification results using this scheme for the ultrasonic signals from cracks and deposits within steam generator tubes are presented

  11. Welding apparatus and methods for using ultrasonic sensing

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    McJunkin, Timothy R.; Johnson, John A.; Larsen, Eric D.; Smartt, Herschel B.

    2006-08-22

    A welding apparatus using ultrasonic sensing is described and which includes a movable welder having a selectively adjustable welding head for forming a partially completed weld in a weld seam defined between adjoining metal substrates; an ultrasonic assembly borne by the moveable welder and which is operable to generate an ultrasonic signal which is directed toward the partially completed weld, and is further reflected from same; and a controller electrically coupled with the ultrasonic assembly and controllably coupled with the welding head, and wherein the controller receives information regarding the ultrasonic signal and in response to the information optimally positions the welding head relative to the weld seam.

  12. Advanced non-destructive methods for an efficient service performance

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    Due to the power generation industry's desire to decrease outage time and extend inspection intervals for highly stressed turbine parts, advanced and reliable Non-destructive methods were developed by Siemens Non-destructive laboratory. Effective outage performance requires the optimized planning of all outage activities as well as modern Non-destructive examination methods, in order to examine the highly stressed components (turbine rotor, casings, valves, generator rotor) reliably and in short periods of access. This paper describes the experience of Siemens Energy with an ultrasonic Phased Array inspection technique for the inspection of radial entry pinned turbine blade roots. The developed inspection technique allows the ultrasonic inspection of steam turbine blades without blade removal. Furthermore advanced Non-destructive examination methods for joint bolts will be described, which offer a significant reduction of outage duration in comparison to conventional inspection techniques. (authors)

  13. The use of ultrasonic method to monitor the setting and hardening process of concrete

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    Trtnik, Gregor

    2009-01-01

    The objective of this work is to show the possibility of using an ultrasonic wave transmission method to monitor the setting and hardening process of cement based materials. Therefore, a comprehensive experimental work was performed. The ability of using ultrasonic wave transmission (USWT) and ultrasonic wave reflection (USWR) method to monitor the hydration process and to estimate the initial and final setting times of different cement based materials is studied in detail. The correlation be...

  14. Monitoring of concrete structures using the ultrasonic pulse velocity method

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    Karaiskos, G.; Deraemaeker, A.; Aggelis, D. G.; Van Hemelrijck, D.

    2015-11-01

    Concrete is the material most produced by humanity. Its popularity is mainly based on its low production cost and great structural design flexibility. Its operational and ambient loadings including environmental effects have a great impact in the performance and overall cost of concrete structures. Thus, the quality control, the structural assessment, the maintenance and the reliable prolongation of the operational service life of the existing concrete structures have become a major issue. In the recent years, non-destructive testing (NDT) is becoming increasingly essential for reliable and affordable quality control and integrity assessment not only during the construction of new concrete structures, but also for the existing ones. Choosing the right inspection technique is always followed by a compromise between its performance and cost. In the present paper, the ultrasonic pulse velocity (UPV) method, which is the most well known and widely accepted ultrasonic concrete NDT method, is thoroughly reviewed and compared with other well-established NDT approaches. Their principles, inherent limitations and reliability are reviewed. In addition, while the majority of the current UPV techniques are based on the use of piezoelectric transducers held on the surface of the concrete, special attention is paid to a very promising technique using low-cost and aggregate-size piezoelectric transducers embedded in the material. That technique has been evaluated based on a series of parameters, such as the ease of use, cost, reliability and performance.

  15. Closed crack growth monitoring using nonlinear ultrasonic imaging method

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    It was necessary to clarify closing mechanism of closed fatigue crack and evaluate such in high precision so as to ensure reliability of nuclear reactor and airplane. Three dimensional crack growth monitoring of closed crack depth distribution in the length direction and change in open and closed region within a crack with crack extension was conducted for closed fatigue crack created at compact tension specimen made of aluminium alloy A 7075 using such developed methods of subharmonic phased array for crack evaluation (SPACE), imaging method for closed cracks using nonlinear response of elastic waves at subharmonic frequency, and also load difference phased array (LPDA), nonlinear ultrasonic imaging method for closed cracks using subtraction of responses at different external loads. Results showed closed region within a crack was different in surface and inside and also open and closed region changed with crack extension in the three-dimensional way. (T. Tanaka)

  16. Thermal dispersion method for an ultrasonic phased-array transducer

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    Choi, Euna; Lee, Wonseok; Roh, Yongrae

    2016-07-01

    When the driving voltage of an ultrasonic transducer is increased to improve the quality of ultrasound images, heat is generated inside the transducer, which can burn the patient’s skin and degrade transducer performance. In this study, the method to disperse the heat inside an ultrasonic phased-array transducer has been examined. The mechanism of temperature rise due to heat generation inside the transducer was investigated by numerical analysis and the effects of the thermal properties of the components of the transducer such as specific heat and thermal conductivity on the temperature rise were analyzed. On the basis of the results, a heat-dispersive structure was devised to reduce the temperature at the surface of the acoustic lens of the transducer. Prototype transducers were fabricated to check the efficacy of the heat-dispersive structure. By experiments, we have confirmed that the new heat-dispersive structure can reduce the internal temperature by as much as 50% in comparison with the conventional structure, which confirms the validity of the thermal dispersion mechanism developed in this work.

  17. Automatic ultrasonic image analysis method for defect detection

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    Ultrasonic examination of austenitic steel weld seams raises well known problems of interpreting signals perturbed by this type of material. The JUKEBOX ultrasonic imaging system developed at the Cadarache Nuclear Research Center provides a major improvement in the general area of defect localization and characterization, based on processing overall images obtained by (X, Y) scanning. (X, time) images are formed by juxtaposing input signals. A series of parallel images shifted on the Y-axis is also available. The authors present a novel defect detection method based on analysing the timeline positions of the maxima and minima recorded on (X, time) images. This position is statistically stable when a defect is encountered, and is random enough under spurious noise conditions to constitute a discriminating parameter. The investigation involves calculating the trace variance: this parameters is then taken into account for detection purposes. Correlation with parallel images enhances detection reliability. A significant increase in the signal-to-noise ratio during tests on artificial defects is shown

  18. The Elastic Constants Measurement of Metal Alloy by Using Ultrasonic Nondestructive Method at Different Temperature

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The ultrasonic nondestructive method is introduced into the elastic constants measurement of metal material. The extraction principle of Poisson’s ratio, elastic modulus, and shear modulus is deduced from the ultrasonic propagating equations with two kinds of vibration model of the elastic medium named ultrasonic longitudinal wave and transverse wave, respectively. The ultrasonic propagating velocity is measured by using the digital correlation technique between the ultrasonic original signal and the echo signal from the bottom surface, and then the elastic constants of the metal material are calculated. The feasibility of the correlation algorithm is verified by a simulation procedure. Finally, in order to obtain the stability of the elastic properties of different metal materials in a variable engineering application environment, the elastic constants of two kinds of metal materials in different temperature environment are measured by the proposed ultrasonic method.

  19. Ultrasonic methods of inducing hyperthermia in deep-seated tumors

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    The absorption of ultrasonic energy appears to be the only non-invasive method for selectively elevating the temperature within a prescribed target volume located deep within the patient. The reason is that the wavelengths of the radiation is very much smaller than the transverse dimension of the applicator; thus the beam profile is not dominated by diffraction spread and tight focussing or collimation can be readily achieved. This paper briefly covers the methods by which the temperature fields can be calculated and reviews the design trade-offs that are necessary to accommodate different target volumes and tissue characteristics. It is shown that, inevitably, scanning or multiple transducers are required for the treatment of arbitrarily defined target volumes. Some of the systems that have already been built and used are described

  20. Characteristic Evaluation on Bolt Stress by Ultrasonic Nondestructive Methods

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    Full Text Available Based on the acoustoelasticity theory, a certain relationship exists between ultrasonic velocity and stress. By combining shear and longitudinal waves, this paper provides a nondestructive method of evaluating axial stress in a tightened bolt. For measuring the bolt axial stress in different situations, such as under low or high loads, this paper provides guidelines for calculating the stress for a given load factor. Experimental and calculated results were compared for three bolt test samples: an austenitic stainless steel bolt (A2-70 and low-carbon steel 4.8 and 8.8 bolts. On average, the experimental results were in good agreement with those obtained through calculations, thus providing a nondestructive method for bolt stress measurements.

  1. Measuring mass density and ultrasonic wave velocity: A wavelet-based method applied in ultrasonic reflection mode.

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    Metwally, Khaled; Lefevre, Emmanuelle; Baron, Cécile; Zheng, Rui; Pithioux, Martine; Lasaygues, Philippe

    2016-02-01

    When assessing ultrasonic measurements of material parameters, the signal processing is an important part of the inverse problem. Measurements of thickness, ultrasonic wave velocity and mass density are required for such assessments. This study investigates the feasibility and the robustness of a wavelet-based processing (WBP) method based on a Jaffard-Meyer algorithm for calculating these parameters simultaneously and independently, using one single ultrasonic signal in the reflection mode. The appropriate transmitted incident wave, correlated with the mathematical properties of the wavelet decomposition, was determined using a adapted identification procedure to build a mathematically equivalent model for the electro-acoustic system. The method was tested on three groups of samples (polyurethane resin, bone and wood) using one 1-MHz transducer. For thickness and velocity measurements, the WBP method gave a relative error lower than 1.5%. The relative errors in the mass density measurements ranged between 0.70% and 2.59%. Despite discrepancies between manufactured and biological samples, the results obtained on the three groups of samples using the WBP method in the reflection mode were remarkably consistent, indicating that it is a reliable and efficient means of simultaneously assessing the thickness and the velocity of the ultrasonic wave propagating in the medium, and the apparent mass density of material. PMID:26403278

  2. Developing de-noising methods for ultrasonic NDT based on wavelet transform and adaptive filtering

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    Digital signal processing methods based on the advanced wavelet transform and adaptive filtering were developed to deal with the problem of material's grain noise in ultrasonic Non Destructive Testing applications. The developed methods were implemented in lab View (Laboratory Virtual Instruments Engineering Workbench) programming environment. The experimental ultrasonic signals were obtained by inspecting stainless steel blocks with side-drilled holes, and carbon steel welded plates contain three types of welding flaws: root crack, centerline crack and slag inclusion. The simulations were carried out using CIVA Non Destructive Evaluation modeling software. Wavelet transform has introduced innovative changes in different fields of science and engineering. One of its important applications is in de-noising of signals and images. Wavelet packet is an efficient de-noising method, which has been used for ultrasonic Non Destructive Testing signals de-noising, wavelet packet is generalizations of the discrete wavelet transform. The first part of this research proposes the use of the un decimated wavelet transform in implementing wavelet packets to overcome the limitation of the shift variance encountered in discrete wavelet transform. Simulations and experiments were carried out on flaw's echo signals contaminated with material's grain noise, various wavelet transform processing parameters were investigated, including the number of decomposition levels, analyzing wavelets, and threshold setting. The results showed superior de-noising effect of the developed method over the conventional one. In the second part of the research, improvements are proposed to the multi-stage adaptive filter, which has been reported in a previous study as an advanced adaptive noise cancellation system for ultrasonic None Destructive Testing applications. The multi stage adaptive filter is limited by the slow convergence speed of the least-mean-squares algorithm as well as

  3. An inverse method for crack characterization from ultrasonic B-Scan images

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    Concern has been expressed about the capabilities of performing non destructive evaluation (NDE) of flaws located near to the outer surface in nuclear pressurized water reactor (PWR) vessels. The ultrasonic examination of PWR is accomplished from the inside with ultrasonic focused transducers working in the pulse echo mode. By recording the echoes as a function of time, the Ascan representation may be obtained. Many ultrasonic flaw detectors used for NDE are based on the simple Ascan concept involving measuring a time interval called 'time of flight'. By combining the Ascan concept synchronized transducer scanning, one can produce Bscan images that are two dimensional descriptions of the flaw interaction with the ultrasonic field. In the following, the flaw is assumed to be an axially oriented crack (the most serious flaw to be found in a pressurized component). In the case of the outer surface cracks (OSC's), analyzing and interpreting ultrasonic Ascan images become difficult because of the various reflections of the ultrasonic beam on the crack and on the outer surface (the so-called corner effect). Methods for automatic interpretation of ultrasonic experimental data are currently under investigation. In this paper, we present an inverse method for determining the geometrical characteristics of OSC's from ultrasonic Bscan images. The direct model used for the inversion procedure predicts synthetic Bscan images of ultrasonic examination of blocks containing planar defects interrogated by focused probes. (authors)

  4. Electronic device for specimens testing by ultrasonic resonance method

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    A device for processing of electric signals, which permits to measure a number of characteristics of ultrasonic oscillations, is described. The electron device developed in combination with standard apparatus can be used for out-of-reactor and in-reactor ultrasonic investigations of material and articles, in particular, for the control of defects in nuclear fuel pellets

  5. Method and system having ultrasonic sensor movable by translation device for ultrasonic profiling of weld samples

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    Panyard, James; Potter, Timothy; Charron, William; Hopkins, Deborah; Reverdy, Frederic

    2010-04-06

    A system for ultrasonic profiling of a weld sample includes a carriage movable in opposite first and second directions. An ultrasonic sensor is coupled to the carriage to move over the sample as the carriage moves. An encoder determines the position of the carriage to determine the position of the sensor. A spring is connected at one end of the carriage. Upon the carriage being moved in the first direction toward the spring such that the carriage and the sensor are at a beginning position and the spring is compressed the spring decompresses to push the carriage back along the second direction to move the carriage and the sensor from the beginning position to an ending position. The encoder triggers the sensor to take the ultrasonic measurements of the sample when the sensor is at predetermined positions while the sensor moves over the sample between the beginning and positions.

  6. Ultrasonic defect-sizing using decibel drop methods. II

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    Results are reported of a study performed to investigate the accuracy and repeatability of various ultrasonic decibel (dB) drop sizing methods in determining the length, vertical extent and orientation of artificial and real weld flaws in thin steel section. Seven artificial flaws and nine real weld flaws were examined; over 200 data plots were produced. The general findings are: a) length and vertical extent are assessed most accurately when using a 14 dB drop from the maximum indication amplitude, b) decibel drops less than 14 dB generally undersize flaws while decibel drops greater than 14 dB generally oversize flaws, c) flaws which are smaller than the width of the sound beam cannot be assessed accurately using dB drop methods, d) large flaws are assessed most accurately when the sound beam strikes the flaws at near normal incidence, e) the vertical extent and orientation of large flaws are plotted most accurately using the beam centre line method as opposed to the beam profile method, and f) the limitations of dB-drop-sizing methods have considerable ramifications for CAN3-N285.4-M83 and ASME XI evaluation criteria

  7. Ultrasonic defect-sizing using decibel drop methods. I

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    Results are reported of a study performed to investigate the accuracy and repeatability of various ultrasonic decibel (dB) drop sizing methods in determining the length, vertical extent and orientation of artificial and real weld flaws in thin steel sections. Seven artificial flaws and nine real weld flaws were examined; over 200 data plots were produced. The general findings are: a) length and vertical extent are assessed most accurately when using a 14 dB drop from the maximum indication amplitude; b) decibel drops less that 14 dB generally undersize flaws while decibel drops greater than 14 dB generally oversize flaws; c) flaws which are smaller than the width of the sound beam cannot be assessed accurately using dB drop methods; d) large flaws are assessed most accurately when the sound beam strikes the flaws at near normal incidence; e) the vertical extent and orientation of large flaws are plotted most accurately using the beam centre line method as opposed to the beam profile method; and, f) the limitations of dB-drop-sizing methods have considerable ramifications for CAN3-N285.4-M83 and ASME XI evaluation criteria

  8. Advanced Ultrasonic Diagnosis of Extremity Trauma: The Faster Exam

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    Dulchavsky, S. A.; Henry, S. E.; Moed, B. R.; Diebel, L. N.; Marshburn, T.; Hamilton, D. R.; Logan, J.; Kirkpatrick, A. W.; Williams, D. R.

    2002-01-01

    Ultrasound is of prO)len accuracy in abdominal and thoracic trauma and may be useful to diagnose extremity injury in situations where radiography is not available such as military and space applications. We prospectively evaluated the utility of extremity , ultrasound performed by trained, non-physician personnel in patients with extremity trauma, to simulate remote aerospace or military applications . Methods: Patients with extremity trauma were identified by history, physical examination, and radiographic studies. Ultrasound examination was performed bilaterally by nonphysician personnel with a portable ultrasound device using a 10-5 MHz linear probe, Images were video-recorded for later analysis against radiography by Fisher's exact test. The average time of examination was 4 minutes. Ultrasound accurately diagnosed extremity, injury in 94% of patients with no false positive exams; accuracy was greater in mid-shaft locations and least in the metacarpa/metatarsals. Soft tissue/tendon injury was readily visualized . Extremity ultrasound can be performed quickly and accurately by nonphysician personnel with excellent accuracy. Blinded verification of the utility of ultrasound in patients with extremity injury should be done to determine if Extremity and Respiratory evaluation should be added to the FAST examination (the FASTER exam) and verify the technique in remote locations such as military and aerospace applications.

  9. Advanced Test Reactor In-Canal Ultrasonic Scanner: Experiment Design and Initial Results on Irradiated Plates

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    D. M. Wachs; J. M. Wight; D. T. Clark; J. M. Williams; S. C. Taylor; D. J. Utterbeck; G. L. Hawkes; G. S. Chang; R. G. Ambrosek; N. C. Craft

    2008-09-01

    An irradiation test device has been developed to support testing of prototypic scale plate type fuels in the Advanced Test Reactor. The experiment hardware and operating conditions were optimized to provide the irradiation conditions necessary to conduct performance and qualification tests on research reactor type fuels for the RERTR program. The device was designed to allow disassembly and reassembly in the ATR spent fuel canal so that interim inspections could be performed on the fuel plates. An ultrasonic scanner was developed to perform dimensional and transmission inspections during these interim investigations. Example results from the AFIP-2 experiment are presented.

  10. Toxicity of coke wastewater treated with advanced oxidation by Fenton process supported by ultrasonic field

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    Kwarciak-Kozłowska Anna; Krzywicka Aleksandra

    2016-01-01

    The aim of the presented study was to determine the toxicity of wastewater from the production of coke. The wastewater was treated with advanced oxidation involving ultrasonic field with Fenton’s reagent (the amplitude was 61.5 μm and sonication time 8 min). Two doses of iron and four doses of hydrogen peroxide were used. The amount of hydrogen peroxide was proportional to the value of the chemical oxygen demand of raw wastewater, ranging from COD/H2O2 ratio of 1:2.5 to 1:20. Two tests were u...

  11. Enhancing the adhesion strength of micro electroforming layer by ultrasonic agitation method and the application.

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    Zhao, Zhong; Du, Liqun; Tao, Yousheng; Li, Qingfeng; Luo, Lei

    2016-11-01

    Micro electroforming is widely used for fabricating micro metal devices in Micro Electro Mechanism System (MEMS). However, there is the problem of poor adhesion strength between micro electroforming layer and substrate. This dramatically influences the dimensional accuracy of the device. To solve this problem, ultrasonic agitation method is applied during the micro electroforming process. To explore the effect of the ultrasonic agitation on the adhesion strength, micro electroforming experiments were carried out under different ultrasonic power (0W, 100W, 150W, 200W, 250W) and different ultrasonic frequencies (0kHz, 40kHz, 80kHz, 120kHz, 200kHz). The effects of the ultrasonic power and the ultrasonic frequency on the micro electroforming process were investigated by polarization method and alternating current (a.c.) impedance method. The adhesion strength between the electroforming layer and the substrate was measured by scratch test. The compressive stress of the electroforming layer was measured by X-ray Diffraction (XRD) method. The crystallite size of the electroforming layer was measured by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) method. The internal contact surface area of the electroforming layer was measured by cyclic voltammetry (CV) method. The experimental results indicate that the ultrasonic agitation can decrease the polarization overpotential and increase the charge transfer process. Generally, the internal contact surface area is increased and the compressive stress is reduced. And then the adhesion strength is enhanced. Due to the different depolarization effects of the ultrasonic power and the ultrasonic frequency, the effects on strengthening the adhesion strength are different. When the ultrasonic agitation is 200W and 40kHz, the effect on strengthening the adhesion strength is the best. In order to prove the effect which the ultrasonic agitation can improve the adhesion strength of the micro devices, micro pillar arrays were fabricated under

  12. The application of an ultrasonic method for the estimation of concrete strength

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    Ultrasonic method is considered as an established tool for quality control of metallic materials. However, its application in nonmetallic materials, especially for concretes is not yet fully established. Investigations are still carried out to improve the reliability of this technique. This paper presents some of the results obtained from investigations on the correlation between ultrasonic propagation behaviour, namely pulse wave velocity, with the compressive strength of concretes. The results indicate that such a correlation exists. By applying an equation derived from other workers, it is indicated that ultrasonic pulse velocity measurement is capable of predicting the compressive strength of concrete with a reasonable degree of accuracy

  13. Single Transducer Ultrasonic Imaging Method that Eliminates the Effect of Plate Thickness Variation in the Image

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    Roth, Don J.

    1996-01-01

    This article describes a single transducer ultrasonic imaging method that eliminates the effect of plate thickness variation in the image. The method thus isolates ultrasonic variations due to material microstructure. The use of this method can result in significant cost savings because the ultrasonic image can be interpreted correctly without the need for machining to achieve precise thickness uniformity during nondestructive evaluations of material development. The method is based on measurement of ultrasonic velocity. Images obtained using the thickness-independent methodology are compared with conventional velocity and c-scan echo peak amplitude images for monolithic ceramic (silicon nitride), metal matrix composite and polymer matrix composite materials. It was found that the thickness-independent ultrasonic images reveal and quantify correctly areas of global microstructural (pore and fiber volume fraction) variation due to the elimination of thickness effects. The thickness-independent ultrasonic imaging method described in this article is currently being commercialized under a cooperative agreement between NASA Lewis Research Center and Sonix, Inc.

  14. An ultrasonic method for the internal inspection of tubing

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    An ultrasonic inspection to complete eddy current testing is proposed. Devices that can measure thickness and detect flaws without the need to rotate a transducer are described. A procedure taking into account the lack of precision of the measurements is presented

  15. A new measurement method for ultrasonic surface roughness measurements

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    Forouzbakhsh, Farshid; Rezanejad Gatabi, Javad; Rezanejad Gatabi, Iman

    2008-01-01

    an ultrasonic transmitter emits sound pulses that travel across to the under-test surface. The reflected wave is separated into many weak sounds, a few of which are received by the receiver. The Doppler effect caused the frequency of the received wave to be shifted with respect to the surface roughness...

  16. Specific ultrasonic inspection methods for steam generator tubes

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    Framatome has developed a computerized equipment for inspecting PWR steam generator tubes using a rotating ultrasonic probe. Firstly devoted to the examination of the roll transition zone at the tube sheet secondary side level, the testing system can also operate now for inspections at the tube support plate levels. It is used independently for specific tube inspection, or it can be integrated into a broader-purpose system for sleeve weld testing, etc. The testing results are displayed in real time by means of two eight-level coded colored maps. Some applications, ranging from mockup testing to on-site inspection, are presented in this paper. In conclusion: An automated ultrasonic real-time imaging system for tube-wall thickness measurement, internal profilometry, and flaw detection, has been developed. This system has been successfully applied for on-site specific inspections within an industrial environment. In all cases the ultrasonic acquisition time was less than two minutes per tube. It should be pointed out that analysis of this new set of ultrasonic inspection results should also improve understanding of the in-service behaviour of these materials and components

  17. A Wavelet-Based Processing method for simultaneously determining ultrasonic velocity and material thickness

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    Loosvelt, Matthieu; Lasaygues, Philippe

    2011-01-01

    Methods of measuring ultrasonic wave velocity in an elastic sample require data on the thickness of the sample and/or the distances between the transducers and the sample. The uncertainty of the ultrasonic wave velocity measurements generally depends on that of the data available. Conversely, to determine the thickness of a material, it is necessary to have a priori information about the wave velocity. This problem is particularly hard to solve when measuring the parameters of biological spec...

  18. Production of Biodiesel from Lipid of Phytoplankton Chaetoceros calcitrans through Ultrasonic Method

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    Raymond Kwangdinata; Indah Raya; Muhammad Zakir

    2014-01-01

    A research on production of biodiesel from lipid of phytoplankton Chaetoceros calcitrans through ultrasonic method has been done. In this research, we carried out a series of phytoplankton cultures to determine the optimum time of growth and biodiesel synthesis process from phytoplankton lipids. Process of biodiesel synthesis consists of two steps, that is, isolation of phytoplankton lipids and biodiesel synthesis from those lipids. Oil isolation process was carried out by ultrasonic extracti...

  19. Toxicity of coke wastewater treated with advanced oxidation by Fenton process supported by ultrasonic field

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the presented study was to determine the toxicity of wastewater from the production of coke. The wastewater was treated with advanced oxidation involving ultrasonic field with Fenton’s reagent (the amplitude was 61.5 μm and sonication time 8 min. Two doses of iron and four doses of hydrogen peroxide were used. The amount of hydrogen peroxide was proportional to the value of the chemical oxygen demand of raw wastewater, ranging from COD/H2O2 ratio of 1:2.5 to 1:20. Two tests were used to determine the toxicity (algae growth inhibition test and Lepidium test. It was found that more toxic to algae was wastewater treated by Fenton’s reagent containing a higher dose of iron. A similar inhibitory effect was observed on the germination of cress seeds.

  20. Application of laser ultrasonic method for on-line monitoring of friction stir spot welding process.

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    Zhang, Kuanshuang; Zhou, Zhenggan; Zhou, Jianghua

    2015-09-01

    Application of a laser ultrasonic method is developed for on-line monitoring of the friction stir spot welding (FSSW) process. Based on the technology of FSSW, laser-generated ultrasonic waves in a good weld and nonweld area are simulated by a finite element method. The reflected and transmitted waves are analyzed to disclose the properties of the welded interface. The noncontact-laser ultrasonic-inspection system was established to verify the numerical results. The reflected waves in the good-weld and nonweld area can be distinguished by time-of-flight. The transmitted waves evidently attenuate in the nonweld area in contrast to signal amplitude in the good weld area because of interfacial impedance difference. Laser ultrasonic C-scan images can sufficiently evaluate the intrinsic character of the weld area in comparison with traditional water-immersion ultrasonic testing results. The research results confirm that laser ultrasonics would be an effective method to realize the characterization of FSSW defects. PMID:26368866

  1. Critical review of advanced decontamination methods and their application and selection of methods suitable for disposal decontamination

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    The report is structured as follows: (i) Critical review of advanced decontamination methods (chemical methods; electrochemical methods; mechanical methods - high-pressure water jet, abrasive methods, ultrasonic methods); (ii) Effective management of the entire decontamination process; (iii) Proposal for advanced decontamination methods suitable for disposal decontamination; and (iv) Effect of decontamination on waste management. It is concluded that (i) No single universal method exists for efficient decontamination of different materials, so a combination of methods must be used; (ii) The decontamination process should be optimised so that its cost should not exceed the cost of contaminated material handling without decontamination. The following methods were selected for additional examination: dry abrasive blasting, chemical decontamination, and ultrasonic decontamination. (P.A.)

  2. Numeric ultrasonic image processing method: application to non-destructive testing of stainless austenitic steel welds

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    A bibliographic research on the means used to improve the ultrasonic inspection of heterogeneous materials such as stainless austenitic steel welds has shown, taking into account the first analysis, a signal assembly in the form of an image (space, time) which carries an original solution to fault detection in highly noisy environments. A numeric grey-level ultrasonic image processing detection method is proposed based on the research of a certain determinism, in the way which the ultrasonic image evolves in space and time in the presence of a defect: the first criterion studies the horizontal stability of the gradients in the image and the second takes into account the time-transient nature of the defect echo. A very important rise in the signal-to-noise ratio obtained in welding inspections evidencing defects (real and artificial) is shown with the help of a computerized ultrasonic image processing/management system, developed for this application

  3. Self-calibration method for rotating laser positioning system using interscanning technology and ultrasonic ranging.

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    Wu, Jun; Yu, Zhijing; Zhuge, Jingchang

    2016-04-01

    A rotating laser positioning system (RLPS) is an efficient measurement method for large-scale metrology. Due to multiple transmitter stations, which consist of a measurement network, the position relationship of these stations must be first calibrated. However, with such auxiliary devices such as a laser tracker, scale bar, and complex calibration process, the traditional calibration methods greatly reduce the measurement efficiency. This paper proposes a self-calibration method for RLPS, which can automatically obtain the position relationship. The method is implemented through interscanning technology by using a calibration bar mounted on the transmitter station. Each bar is composed of three RLPS receivers and one ultrasonic sensor whose coordinates are known in advance. The calibration algorithm is mainly based on multiplane and distance constraints and is introduced in detail through a two-station mathematical model. The repeated experiments demonstrate that the coordinate measurement uncertainty of spatial points by using this method is about 0.1 mm, and the accuracy experiments show that the average coordinate measurement deviation is about 0.3 mm compared with a laser tracker. The accuracy can meet the requirements of most applications, while the calibration efficiency is significantly improved. PMID:27140762

  4. Recent advances in ultrasonic downcomer flow-measurement techniques for recirculating steam generators

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    Non-intrusive ultrasonic measurements of downcomer flow velocity have been successfully used in the past to determine recirculation ratios and water inventory in CANDU steam generators. Knowledge of these process conditions allows operators to assess the effectiveness of maintenance programs, monitor the effects of tube fouling, and observe flow conditions following component modifications. It also provides designers with a means to verify or improve code predictions. Ultrasonic measurement systems have recently been installed on sixteen steam generators at the Bruce B Nuclear Generating Station, as part of an investigation into the possible effects of long-term boiler degradation. The most recent version of AECL's downcomer-flow technology was used, which features high-temperature transducers that are attached magnetically and then welded to the steam-generator outer shell. This method eliminates the complications of precision surface preparation, high-temperature couplants and awkward mechanical attachments. The paper will outline the method and summarize flow velocities measured during normal operation, over extended periods of time. It will also describe how the information might be used, e.g., to assess thermalhydraulic conditions, verify design calculations and support the case for reactor uprating. Further improvements that may allow the reliable measurement of flow in steam generators with steam carry-under are suggested, and preliminary results are presented from a dual-purpose single- and two-phase flow-measurement system. (author)

  5. Conjunction of two ultrasonic NDT methods in SHM system

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    Převorovský, Zdeněk

    Brno: University of Technology Brno, 2010 - (Mazal, P.; Pazdera, L.). s. 337-338 ISBN 978-80-214-4182-8. [NDE for Safety / DEFEKTOSKOPIE 2010 /40./. 10.11.2010-12.11.2010, Plzeň] R&D Projects: GA MPO(CZ) FR-TI1/274; GA MPO(CZ) FR-TI1/198 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20760514 Keywords : SHM * NDT * acoustic emission * nonlinear ultrasonic spectroscopy * defect location Subject RIV: BI - Acoustics

  6. The Testing Strength Curves of Lightweight Aggregate Concrete by Rebound Method and Ultrasonic-rebound Combined Method

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    RONG Hui; QIAN Chunxiang; GAO Lixiong; HAN Jiande; WANG Caihui

    2011-01-01

    The strength curves of lightweight aggregate concrete (LWAC) were tested based on detecting LWAC with density of 1 400-1 900 kg/m3 and LWAC with strength grade of LCI5-LC50 by rebound method and ultrasonic-rebound combined method.The results show that the common measured strength curves tested by above two methods can not satisfy the required accuracy of LWAC strength test.In addition,specified compressive strength curves of testing LWAC by rebound method and ultrasonic-rebound combined method are obtained,respectively.

  7. Quantitative evaluation of ultrasonic wave propagation in inhomogeneous anisotropic austenitic welds using 3D ray tracing method. Numerical and experimental validation

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    Austenitic welds and dissimilar welds are extensively used in primary circuit pipes and pressure vessels in nuclear power plants, chemical industries and fossil fuelled power plants because of their high fracture toughness, resistance to corrosion and creep at elevated temperatures. However, cracks may initiate in these weld materials during fabrication process or stress operations in service. Thus, it is very important to evaluate the structural integrity of these materials using highly reliable non-destructive testing (NDT) methods. Ultrasonic non-destructive inspection of austenitic welds and dissimilar weld components is complicated because of anisotropic columnar grain structure leading to beam splitting and beam deflection. Simulation tools play an important role in developing advanced reliable ultrasonic testing (UT) techniques and optimizing experimental parameters for inspection of austenitic welds and dissimilar weld components. The main aim of the thesis is to develop a 3D ray tracing model for quantitative evaluation of ultrasonic wave propagation in an inhomogeneous anisotropic austenitic weld material. Inhomogenity in the anisotropic weld material is represented by discretizing into several homogeneous layers. According to ray tracing model, ultrasonic ray paths are traced during its energy propagation through various discretized layers of the material and at each interface the problem of reflection and transmission is solved. The influence of anisotropy on ultrasonic reflection and transmission behaviour in an anisotropic austenitic weld material are quantitatively analyzed in three dimensions. The ultrasonic beam directivity in columnar grained austenitic steel material is determined three dimensionally using Lamb's reciprocity theorem. The developed ray tracing model evaluates the transducer excited ultrasonic fields accurately by taking into account the directivity of the transducer, divergence of the ray bundle, density of rays and phase

  8. Advanced probabilistic method of development

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    Wirsching, P. H.

    1987-01-01

    Advanced structural reliability methods are utilized on the Probabilistic Structural Analysis Methods (PSAM) project to provide a tool for analysis and design of space propulsion system hardware. The role of the effort at the University of Arizona is to provide reliability technology support to this project. PSAM computer programs will provide a design tool for analyzing uncertainty associated with thermal and mechanical loading, material behavior, geometry, and the analysis methods used. Specifically, reliability methods are employed to perform sensitivity analyses, to establish the distribution of a critical response variable (e.g., stress, deflection), to perform reliability assessment, and ultimately to produce a design which will minimize cost and/or weight. Uncertainties in the design factors of space propulsion hardware are described by probability models constructed using statistical analysis of data. Statistical methods are employed to produce a probability model, i.e., a statistical synthesis or summary of each design variable in a format suitable for reliability analysis and ultimately, design decisions.

  9. Detection of defect in concrete specimen using ultrasonic wave overlap method

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    The detection of defects in concrete specimens using ultrasonic wave overlap method is studied. Experimental studies are performed to understand the interaction between crack depth, inclusion, and steel bar. In this study, the specimens with surface-opening crack and inclusion were made and tested. The scope of measurement is evaluated through the extension of probing distance. The relationship between crack depth and probing distance estimates that it is effect in case of probing distance less than crack depth. With the results from this study, it is found that the technique using the ultrasonic wave overlap is one of very useful method to evaluate the concrete defect.

  10. Detection of defect in concrete specimen using ultrasonic wave overlap method

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    Kim, Yeon Su; Rhim, Hong Chul [Yonsei University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Woo, Sang Kyun; Song, Young Chul [Korea Electric Power ResearchInstitue, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2001-11-15

    The detection of defects in concrete specimens using ultrasonic wave overlap method is studied. Experimental studies are performed to understand the interaction between crack depth, inclusion, and steel bar. In this study, the specimens with surface-opening crack and inclusion were made and tested. The scope of measurement is evaluated through the extension of probing distance. The relationship between crack depth and probing distance estimates that it is effect in case of probing distance less than crack depth. With the results from this study, it is found that the technique using the ultrasonic wave overlap is one of very useful method to evaluate the concrete defect.

  11. Contribution of the ultrasonic simulation to the testing methods qualification process

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    The CEA and EDF have started a study concerning the simulation interest in the qualification of nuclear components control by ultrasonic methods. In this framework, the simulation tools of the CEA, as CIVA, have been tested on real control. The method and the results obtained on some examples are presented. (A.L.B.)

  12. Grain size evaluation of structural materials in nuclear power plant using a thickness independent ultrasonic method

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    Highlights: •We derive a coefficient of ultrasonic attenuation rate related to the grain size. •The mean grain size of the pipe can be evaluated without measuring its thickness. •Experiments show this method is better suited to square pipe than other methods. -- Abstract: It is important to accurately and nondestructively evaluate the grain size of structural materials used in nuclear power plants. The current ultrasonic non-destructive methods are so dependent on the thickness measurement of a square pipe that it reduces their practicality and reliability. In this paper, a novel method using the coefficient of ultrasonic attenuation rate is developed by using the transmission and reflection coefficients. As a result, the mean grain size of the pipe can be nondestructively evaluated without measuring its thickness. Moreover, the signal preprocessing is studied to improve the stability and accuracy of evaluation results. The experimental results show that the dependence of the attenuation rate on grain sizes is much higher than that of the ultrasonic velocity. The relative error of the attenuation rate method is lower than that of the backscatter method if the thickness of the sample is less than 5 mm. When evaluating a TP304 stainless steel square pipe whose thickness is not convenient to measure, the mean grain sizes are measured 103.5 ± 2.6 μm, 96.9 ± 3.5 μm and 94.0 ± 1.7 μm by the attenuation method, the attenuation rate method and the electron backscattering diffraction method, respectively. The result verifies that the presented method works better than the attenuation method due to the fact that the error of the thickness measurement has no effect on the ultrasonic attenuation rate

  13. A Study on Advanced Ultrasonic Technique for Thermal Fatigue Crack Detection of Thermal Stratification Pipeline in NPPs

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    Ultrasonic inspection techniques are widely used to ensure the reliable operation and lifetime extension of nuclear power plants. Thermal stratification typically occurs in the surge line or the main feed water lines in nuclear power plants. Thermal stratification is a flow condition in which hotter fluid flows over a colder region of fluid in pipeline. Since a change in temperature causes a change in the density of the pipe wall, these thermal conditions might lead to increased overall bending stresses in pipelines. In addition, cyclic changes in stratification height cause thermal stress. This cycling can lead to thermal fatigue crack initiation and crack growth. If thermal fatigue crack grows continuously, the leakage of water or steam will occur and this may cause serious problems on reactor cooling system. Therefore, these cracks must be detected before the crack growth reaches for leakage. In this study, an ultrasonic technique was employed for evaluation of thermal fatigue cracks due to thermal stratification in pipelines of nuclear power plants. The angle beam ultrasonic techniques(time-of-flight diffraction(TOFD) and shadow effect method) were used to detect thermal fatigue cracks which grow from the inner surface of the pipeline. The angle beam ultrasonic technique is usually used for the detection of cracks on the inside of the structures. When ultrasonic waves generated from the angle probe encounters a crack, ultrasonic waves of the shear modes are reflect or transmit from the crack wall. Also ultrasonic waves generated from the angle probe shear modes are diffracted from the tip of the crack, and the shear wave is reflected from the corner of the crack

  14. Advanced methods of fatigue assessment

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    2013-01-01

    The book in hand presents advanced methods of brittle fracture and fatigue assessment. The Neuber concept of fictitious notch rounding is enhanced with regard to theory and application. The stress intensity factor concept for cracks is extended to pointed and rounded corner notches as well as to locally elastic-plastic material behaviour. The averaged strain energy density within a circular sector volume around the notch tip is shown to be suitable for strength-assessments. Finally, the various implications of cyclic plasticity on fatigue crack growth are explained with emphasis being laid on the DJ-integral approach.   This book continues the expositions of the authors’ well known reference work in German language ‘Ermüdungsfestigkeit – Grundlagen für Ingenieure’ (Fatigue strength – fundamentals for engineers).

  15. Advanced construction methods in ACR

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    The ACR - Advanced CANDU Reactor, developed by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), is designed with constructability considerations as a major requirement during all project phases from the concept design stage to the detail design stage. This necessitated a much more comprehensive approach in including constructability considerations in the design to ensure that the construction duration is met. For the ACR-700, a project schedule of 48 months has been developed for the nth replicated unit with a 36 month construction period duration from First Concrete to Fuel Load. An overall construction strategy that builds on the success of the construction methods that are proven in the construction of the Qinshan CANDU 6 project has been developed for the ACR. The overall construction strategy comprises the 'Open Top' construction technique using a Very Heavy Lift crane, parallel construction activities, with extensive modularization and prefabrication. In addition, significant applications of up to date construction technology will be implemented, e.g. large volume concrete pours, prefabricated rebar, use of climbing forms, composite structures, prefabricated permanent formwork, automatic welding, and utilization of the latest electronic technology tools such as 3D CADDs modelling yields a very high quality, clash free product to allow construction to be completed 'right the first time' and eliminates rework. Integration of 3D CADDs models and scheduling tools such as Primavera has allowed development of actual construction sequences and an iterative approach to schedule verification and improvement. Modularization and prefabrication are major features of the ACR design in order to achieve the project schedule. For the reactor building approximately 80% of the volume will be installed as modules or prefabricated assembles. This ensures critical path activities are achieved. This paper examines the advanced construction methods implemented in the design in order to

  16. Ultrasonic Doppler methods to extract signatures of a walking human.

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    Mehmood, Asif; Sabatier, James M; Damarla, Thyagaraju

    2012-09-01

    Extraction of Doppler signatures that characterize human motion has attracted a growing interest in recent years. These Doppler signatures are generated by various components of the human body while walking, and contain unique features that can be used for human detection and recognition. Although, a significant amount of research has been done in radio frequency regime for human Doppler signature extraction, considerably less has been done in acoustics. In this work, 40 kHz ultrasonic sonar is employed to measure the Doppler signature generated by the motion of body segments using different electronic and signal processing schemes. These schemes are based on both analog and digital demodulation with homodyne and heterodyne receiver circuitry. The results and analyses from these different schemes are presented. PMID:22979839

  17. Ultrasonic tests. Pt. 2

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    After a basic treatment of ultrasonic wave propagation, of the state-of-the-art methods and the technical background in the preceeding part, advanced ultrasonic NDT techniques are presented here. The discussion of new development includes - manipulation systems, - automation of ultrasonic testing methods, documentation and evaluation. In the middle of this part the main problem areas will be discussed: - detection of defects (e.g. in coarse grained structures and welds), - classification of defects (e.g. discrimination between crack-like and volumetric faults), - sizing of defects. Research in the field of acoustical holography, development of probes and phased arrays, electromagnetic acoustic transducers and signal enhancement are the main contributing parts to the report. (orig./RW)

  18. A method for ultrasonic quality evaluation of glass/polyester composites

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    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available attenuation coefficient and the local fiber content in glass/polyester composites.Design/methodology/approach: Experimental data have been obtained using ultrasonic wave velocity and attenuation measurements. To determine the actual fiber content in the composites, needed to build proper relationships between considered factors, the standard destructive analysis was applied. For ultrasonic non-destructive testing, through-transmission technique was used.Findings: Experimental results have shown that the longitudinal wave velocity increases almost linearly with an increase of the fiber content in the investigated specimens. The second considered parameter of an ultrasonic wave, namely attenuation coefficient was not correlated with the glass content.Research limitations/implications: The propagation velocity of the ultrasonic waves can be affected, apart from fiber content, by interfacial stresses and changes of elastic modulus in polymer matrix during long-lasting service time. These factors overlap and which of the two can affect the ultrasonic wave to a higher degree is yet to established. Further work is needed in this area.Practical implications: The described method can be applied to the post-production quality control of a finished composite product, but in the case of composites made of different constituent materials it is necessary to determine distinct relationships for each composite.Originality/value: The results obtained would be of considerable importance in the industrial applications to achieve a first estimate of fiber content variations in polymer composite materials.

  19. Calibration and validation of ultrasonic reflection methods for thin-film measurement in tribology

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    Interfacial thin liquid films between solid bodies have been measured using ultrasonic reflective techniques in a range of tribological applications such as those present in hydrodynamic bearings, piston rings and mechanical seals (Dwyer-Joyce et al (2004) Tribol. Lett. 17 337–48, Dwyer-Joyce et al (2006) Proc. Instn Mech. Eng. A 220 619–28, Reddyhoff et al (2006) Tribol. Trans. 51 140–49, Harper et al (2005) Tribol. Interface Eng. Ser. 48 305–12). There are two main ultrasonic methods used, the spring model and film resonance techniques. For very thin films (<20 µm) a simple quasi-static spring model has been used to show that the proportion of the wave reflected by the liquid layer depends on the stiffness of the layer. This stiffness can be related to the layer thickness and its material properties. In the film resonance technique the incident ultrasonic wave is used to resonate the liquid layer. The frequency of resonance can then be related to the layer thickness. This paper collates four experiments where oil film thickness is measured by both ultrasonic reflection and an independent method. In the first three experiments the film thickness is measured ultrasonically and this measurement is compared to the thickness inferred from the geometry of the surfaces constraining the liquid film. In the final experiment the ultrasonic results are compared to measurements taken using capacitive and verified laser interferometer techniques. Excellent correlation was observed between the measurement methods in all of the experiments. In particular the film resonance technique showed repeatable and consistent results across a wide range of film thicknesses. The spring model showed a degree of agreement for films above a few microns but this relationship diverged as the film thickness approached the magnitude of the surface roughness. (paper)

  20. Analysis of ultrasound propagation in a steel pipe using ultrasonic pulse doppler method

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    Thermal powers of nuclear reactors are calculated by the enthalpy difference between reactor feed water and main steam. Improvement of the measurement accuracy in the flow rate measurements of reactor feed water enables us to uprate reactor thermal power, called MUR (Measurement Uncertainly Recapture) uprate. The ultrasonic pulse Doppler system is expected to be a suitable method featuring the capability of measuring the flow profile directly in a pipe. For the optimum measurements, ultrasonic path from ultrasonic transducer into the fluid through steel pipe wall should be carefully predicted in high temperature water. This paper presents analytical results of ultrasound propagation using FEM simulation code and experimental results of pipe flow rate at high temperature thermal conditions. (author)

  1. The two coupling fluids method for ultrasonic velocity measurement. Application to biological tissues

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    Measuring the ultrasonic velocity in soft materials, especially in biological tissues, is never easy. One of the main issues is that the thickness of the sample under test is badly defined. From the time-of-flight measurement method, uncertainties in the thickness induce important uncertainties in experimental results. This implies that the ultrasonic velocity is often a poor criterion when it could be a good one. This paper introduces a new method to measure the ultrasonic velocity in soft materials without knowing the sample thickness The main idea of this method is to use two different coupling media to make two relative time-of-flight measurements. The comparison of these two measurements gives the ultrasonic velocity in the sample under test. Furthermore, this comparison can give the local thickness of the sample. The uncertainty calculations show that the effect on the thickness is drastically reduced by using this new ultrasound method. This method is validated on a reference sample (silicone). Before conclusion, some experimental results obtained with mouse skin samples are presented

  2. Liquid film thickness measurement in small square pipe using ultrasonic pulse-echo method

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    The ultrasonic pulse-echo method is applied to measure thickness in a liquid film. To prevent a piezoelectric element cracking under high temperature conditions, the maximum frequency of sound is limited. On the other hand, the required thickness resolution is about 0.05mm to detect whether or not dryout has occurred. An ultrasonic transducer frequency of 5MHz is selected to satisfy both frequency and resolution requirements for air-water experiments. The changing liquid film thickness on a stainless steel plate is simultaneously measured with the ultrasonic transducer and a laser displacement sensor. The two types of results show good agreement within the range from 0.06 to 0.22mm. Next, the air-water annular flow in the small vertical square pipe is measured using the pulse-echo method. A liquid film sensor based on the electrical conductance method is also used for results comparison. The most frequently observed thickness measured by the two methods is almost the same based on comparison of the measurement histograms. To estimate the resolution of the pulse-echo method, the pulse intensities of multiple reflections in the liquid film are simulated. The results show that a liquid film thickness of 0.03mm can be measured even if the ultrasonic frequency is less than 5MHz. (author)

  3. New junction method of plastic by ultrasonic wave; Choonpa ni yoru plastic no shinsetsugoho

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    Kaneko, S. [Shibaura Institute of Technology, Tokyo (Japan). Faculty of Engineering

    1996-05-01

    This paper describes three types of new junction methods for plastic in which ultrasonic energy is used. The node junction method by longitudinal vibration is based on the feature that the heat generation by ultrasonic energy is high in the node of amplitude distribution by vibration of a joined object. An impedance matching section is set among the tool, joined object, and jig, and the junction place is set in the node position of amplitude by longitudinal vibration to improve the efficiency. For the junction of a vessel cover, the power and operation efficiencies were improved. The junction method by torsional vibration uses torsional vibration instead of longitudinal vibration. The manufactured device has the characteristics that the sound output is 40 W when the vibration rate of a torsional vibrator is 1.61 m/s. In this case, the electric sound exchange efficiency is 92% at maximum. The junction of a tetrafluoroethylene sheet that is difficult in a longitudinal vibration system was tried as a preliminary experiment. As a result, the information on junction was obtained. In the junction method by a focusing ultrasonic wave, ultrasonic energy of several megahertzs is focused for junction. A PZT electrostrictive spherical vibrator is used. Junction is carried out in the focal area. The junction strength increases. 1 ref., 5 figs.

  4. THE USE OF ULTRASONIC METHODS FOR VISCOSITY CONTROL OF SOLUTIONS IN THE PECTIN PRODUCTION

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    Mishchenko, E.; Mishchenko, V.

    2013-01-01

    The construction of the ultrasonic viscometer for the viscosity continuous control of a liquid in a stream is developed. Perspective of the application of ul'traacoustics methods of control of the viscosity in the production of pectin substances from plant raw materials is showed.

  5. A Novel Ultrasonic Method for Characterizing Microstructural Gradients in Tubular Structures

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    Roth, Don J.; Carney, Dorothy V.; Baaklini, George Y.; Bodis, James R.; Rauser, Richard W.

    1998-01-01

    Ultrasonic velocity and time-of-flight (TOF) imaging that uses back surface reflections to gage volumetric material quality is highly suited for quantitative characterization of microstructural gradients including those due to pore fraction, density, fiber fraction, and chemical composition variations. However, a weakness of conventional pulse echo ultrasonic velocity and TOF imaging is that the image shows the effects of thickness as well as microstructural variations, unless the part is uniformly thick. This limits this imaging method's usefulness in practical applications. Prior studies have described a pulse echo TOF based ultrasonic imaging method that requires using a single transducer in combination with a reflector plate placed behind samples which, eliminates the effect of thickness variation in the image. In those studies, this method was successful at isolating ultrasonic variations due to material in plate like samples of silicon nitride, metal matrix composite, and polymer matrix composite. In this study, the method is engineered for inspection of more complex shaped structures- those having (hollow) tubular or curved geometry. The experimental inspection technique and results are described as applied to a polymer matrix composite "proof of concept" tube that contains machined patches of various depths and an as manufactured monolithic silicon nitride ceramic tube that might be used in "real world" applications.

  6. Gas leak localization and detection method based on a multi-point ultrasonic sensor array with TDOA algorithm

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    Tao, Wang; Dongying, Wang; Yu, Pei; Wei, Fan

    2015-09-01

    To resolve the measured target position to determine and locate leak problems with current gas leak detection and localization systems based on ultrasonic technology, this paper presents an improved multi-array ultrasonic gas leak TDOA (time difference of arrival) localization and detection method. This method involves arranging ultrasonic transducers at equal intervals in a high-sensitivity detector array, using small differences in ultrasonic sound intensity to determine the scope of the leak and generate a rough localization, and then using an array TDOA localization algorithm to determine the precise leak location. This method is then implemented in an ultrasonic leak detection and localization system. Experimental results showed that the TDOA localization method, using auxiliary sound intensity factors to avoid dependence on a single sound intensity to determine the leak size and location, achieved a localization error of less than 2 mm. The validity and correctness of this approach were thus verified.

  7. Modern ultrasonic flowmeters

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    Gurevich, V. M.; Truman, S. G.

    1986-01-01

    The current status of ultrasonic flowmeters were reviewed on the basis of materials published in the Soviet Union and elsewhere. The following advantages of ultrasonic flowmeters over earlier instruments are cited. A comparative analysis is made of the design methods employed in ultrasonic flowmeters. The evolution of ultrasonic flowmetering is traced from the first generation and trends in their development are analyzed.

  8. Early discriminant method of infected kernel based on the erosion effects of laser ultrasonics

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    Fan, Chao

    2015-07-01

    To discriminate the infected kernel of the wheat as early as possible, a new kind of detection method of hidden insects, especially in their egg and larvae stage, was put forward based on the erosion effect of the laser ultrasonic in this paper. The surface of the grain is exposured by the pulsed laser, the energy of which is absorbed and the ultrasonic is excited, and the infected kernel can be recognized by appropriate signal analyzing. Firstly, the detection principle was given based on the classical wave equation and the platform was established. Then, the detected ultrasonic signal was processed both in the time domain and the frequency domain by using FFT and DCT , and six significant features were selected as the characteristic parameters of the signal by the method of stepwise discriminant analysis. Finally, a BP neural network was designed by using these six parameters as the input to classify the infected kernels from the normal ones. Numerous experiments were performed by using twenty wheat varieties, the results shown that the the infected kernels can be recognized effectively, and the false negative error and the false positive error was 12% and 9% respectively, the discriminant method of the infected kernels based on the erosion effect of laser ultrasonics is feasible.

  9. Study of a method for the defect detection by ultrasonic's technic: Prony's method, theory and practice

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    The goal of PRONY's method is to identify a sampling of N signal's values with a finite linear development of p complex exponentials. This work has been done to use this method for the identification of a signal obtained by ''insonification'' (i.e. by interacting with an ultrasonic impulsion) of a target. The identified complex exponentials give the constitutive amplitudes, dampings, frequencies and phases of the signal, these values characterize geometry and size of unknown targets. Mathematics involve that the solution of 3D-elastodynamic equations is given asymptotically in time by an infinite summation of complex exponentials. The signal obtained by ''insonification'' is characteristic of this solution: it means that PRONY's method can be well suited for this identification. For that it was necessary to understand this method in all its aspects. Consequently in paragraph 1 we expose its principle and algorithm. We prove, it is one of its advantage, that PRONY's is an interpolation method if N = 2p. If N > 2p the method is working like a least square method. We study, at the paragraph 2, how the two essentials parameters N and p of the method interact one with the other. The influence of the noise is observed, knowing that a complete study of it will need some developments out of this presentation. And then we approach, in the paragraph 3, the practice of the method, in order to verify its quality for identified tests problems. Successively we analyze a damping signal, an electric signal with damping, a pure periodic signal. The behaviour of PRONY's is excellent with a few precautions that we specify. Finally we are interested with a ''realistic'' seismic signal. The ultrasonic wave iteration with defect is then observed in paragraph 4. Physical and experimental device are briefly described. The identification's problem of a target, in practice the identification of a defect, is still widely opened if we use PRONY. Is it necessary to give up. Certainly not, the

  10. Ultrasonics - a new method of bubble detection and level measuring in the main coolant lines of PWR reactors

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    According to many experts, level measurements in the pressurizer do not give reliable information on the coolant level for all accident conditions. In PWR reactors, ultrasonic measurement at right angles to the flow direction using a piezoelectric ultrasonic transducer acting intermittently as transmitter and receiver is the most appropriate method. (orig./GL)

  11. Advanced median method for timing jitter compensation

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    Wang Chen; Zhu Jiangmiao; Jan Verspecht; Liu Mingliang; Li Yang

    2008-01-01

    Timing jitter is one of the main factors that influence on the accuracy of time domain precision measurement. Timing jitter compensation is one of the problems people concern. Because of the flaws of median method, PDF deconvolution method and synthetic method, we put forward a new method for timing jitter compensation, which is called advanced median method. The theory of the advanced median method based on probability and statistics is analyzed, and the process of the advanced median method is summarized in this paper. Simulation and experiment show that compared with other methods, the new method could compensate timing jitter effectively.

  12. Research on a measurement method for wheat hardness based on the erosion effects of laser ultrasonics

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    The assessment of wheat hardness is very important in each of its production stages. A new kind of detection method of wheat hardness based on the erosion effect of laser ultrasonics is proposed in this paper. The numeric model of laser ultrasonics excited by the erosion effect is established based on the classical theory of heat conduction and the wave equation. Then five characteristic parameters of the longitudinal ultrasonic wave are extracted both in the time domain and the frequency domain by wavelet transform, which include the parameters of TF5, TF6, TF7, WF1 and WF2. Finally, a back propagation neural network is designed using these five parameters as the input of the network to test the hardness of the wheat. Numerous experiments are performed using 20 wheat samples with different hardness index. The results show that the maximal relative measurement error is about −2.24%, that the mean relative error is about 0.15%, and that the measurement method of wheat hardness based on the erosion effect of laser ultrasonics is feasible. (paper)

  13. Monitoring Low-Cycle Fatigue Material-Degradation by Ultrasonic Methods

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    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Any system consisting of structural material often undergoes fatigue, which is caused by dynamic load cycle. As a structural system, nuclear power plant is very likely to have low-cycle fatigue at many of its components. Taking into account the importance of monitoring low-cycle fatigue on structural components to prevent them from getting failure, the authors have conducted a work to monitor material degradation caused by low-cycle fatigue by using ultrasonic method. An alloy of Cu-40Zn was used as a test specimen. Ultrasonic water immersion procedure was employed in this ultrasonic test. The probe used is a focusing type and has frequency as high as 15 MHz. The specimen area tested is in the middle part divided into 14 points × 23 points. The results, which were frequency spectrums, were analyzed using two parameters: frequency spectrum peak intensity and attenuation function gradient. The analysis indicates that peak intensity increases at the beginning of load cycle and then decreases. Meanwhile, gradient of attenuation function is lower at the beginning of fatigue process, and then consistently gets higher. It concludes that low-fatigue material degradation can be monitored by using ultrasonic method.

  14. A new deconvolution method applied to ultrasonic images; Etude d'une methode de deconvolution adaptee aux images ultrasonores

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    Sallard, J

    1999-07-01

    This dissertation presents the development of a new method for restoration of ultrasonic signals. Our goal is to remove the perturbations induced by the ultrasonic probe and to help to characterize the defects due to a strong local discontinuity of the acoustic impedance. The point of view adopted consists in taking into account the physical properties in the signal processing to develop an algorithm which gives good results even on experimental data. The received ultrasonic signal is modeled as a convolution between a function that represents the waveform emitted by the transducer and a function that is abusively called the 'defect impulse response'. It is established that, in numerous cases, the ultrasonic signal can be expressed as a sum of weighted, phase-shifted replicas of a reference signal. Deconvolution is an ill-posed problem. A priori information must be taken into account to solve the problem. The a priori information translates the physical properties of the ultrasonic signals. The defect impulse response is modeled as a Double-Bernoulli-Gaussian sequence. Deconvolution becomes the problem of detection of the optimal Bernoulli sequence and estimation of the associated complex amplitudes. Optimal parameters of the sequence are those which maximize a likelihood function. We develop a new estimation procedure based on an optimization process. An adapted initialization procedure and an iterative algorithm enables to quickly process a huge number of data. Many experimental ultrasonic data that reflect usual control configurations have been processed and the results demonstrate the robustness of the method. Our algorithm enables not only to remove the waveform emitted by the transducer but also to estimate the phase. This parameter is useful for defect characterization. At last the algorithm makes easier data interpretation by concentrating information. So automatic characterization should be possible in the future. (author)

  15. A novel method for detecting second harmonic ultrasonic components generated from fastened bolts

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    Fukuda, Makoto; Imano, Kazuhiko

    2012-09-01

    This study examines the use of ultrasonic second harmonic components in the quality control of bolt-fastened structures. An improved method for detecting the second harmonic components, from a bolt fastened with a nut, using the transmission method is constructed. A hexagon head iron bolt (12-mm diameter and 25-mm long) was used in the experiments. The bolt was fastened using a digital torque wrench. The second harmonic component increased by approximately 20 dB before and after the bolt was fastened. The sources of second harmonic components were contact acoustic nonlinearity in the screw thread interfaces of the bolt-nut and were the plastic deformation in the bolt with fastening bolt. This result was improved by approximately 10 dB compared with previous our method. Consequently, usefulness of the novel method for detecting second harmonic ultrasonic components generated from fastened bolt was confirmed.

  16. Compressive strength evaluation of structural lightweight concrete by non-destructive ultrasonic pulse velocity method.

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    Bogas, J Alexandre; Gomes, M Glória; Gomes, Augusto

    2013-07-01

    In this paper the compressive strength of a wide range of structural lightweight aggregate concrete mixes is evaluated by the non-destructive ultrasonic pulse velocity method. This study involves about 84 different compositions tested between 3 and 180 days for compressive strengths ranging from about 30 to 80 MPa. The influence of several factors on the relation between the ultrasonic pulse velocity and compressive strength is examined. These factors include the cement type and content, amount of water, type of admixture, initial wetting conditions, type and volume of aggregate and the partial replacement of normal weight coarse and fine aggregates by lightweight aggregates. It is found that lightweight and normal weight concretes are affected differently by mix design parameters. In addition, the prediction of the concrete's compressive strength by means of the non-destructive ultrasonic pulse velocity test is studied. Based on the dependence of the ultrasonic pulse velocity on the density and elasticity of concrete, a simplified expression is proposed to estimate the compressive strength, regardless the type of concrete and its composition. More than 200 results for different types of aggregates and concrete compositions were analyzed and high correlation coefficients were obtained. PMID:23351273

  17. A Curve-fitting Calibration Method applied for Ultrasonic Flow-meter

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    Yong Luo

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available As the influence of fluid distribution in the internal pipe, the measurement characteristics of theory and practice exist significant differences in Ultrasonic Flow-meter(USF. Through analysis of fluid state, the method of curve-fitting is applied for the calibration of USF. Experimental results show that the USF can achieve level-1 accuracy with just a correction of 5 flow points, and this method performs a low computational complexity and strong practicality.  

  18. A Curve-fitting Calibration Method applied for Ultrasonic Flow-meter

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    Yong Luo; Rangding Wang; Ling Yao

    2013-01-01

    As the influence of fluid distribution in the internal pipe, the measurement characteristics of theory and practice exist significant differences in Ultrasonic Flow-meter(USF). Through analysis of fluid state, the method of curve-fitting is applied for the calibration of USF. Experimental results show that the USF can achieve level-1 accuracy with just a correction of 5 flow points, and this method performs a low computational complexity and strong practicality.  

  19. High pressure changes of the castor oil viscosity by ultrasonic method

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    Rostocki, A. J.; Siegoczyński, R. M.; Kielczyński, P.; Szalewski, M.

    2008-07-01

    The pressure change of viscosity of castor oil have been measured by ultrasonic method within the range of pressure up to 0.9 GPa. For the measurement, the authors have applied a new ultrasonic method based on Bleustein-Gulyaev (B-G) waves. For the lower pressures (up to 0.3 GPa) the results have been compared with earlier results obtained by falling body method, whereas for the higher pressure range results were compared with those obtained by the flow type viscometer. The measurements have shown: 1. Exponential rise of viscosity with pressure up to 0.4 GPa according to the Barus formula. 2. Extraordinary increment of viscosity at constant pressure during phase transition. 3. The decomposition of the high pressure phase during the decompression process have shown very large hysteresis of viscosity on pressure. 4. After the decompression process the viscosity lasts higher then a initial value for several hours.

  20. Chromium containing silica: effect of ultrasonic and purification methods on color products

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    Chromium containing silica has numerous applications, such as: fiber-optics, luminescent materials, catalysts and pigments. In paint and ceramic pigments, chromate and dichromate ions, and silica are largely used. In this paper, it has been investigated the effect of pH, heating methods, and ultrasonic stirring on chromium oxidation states coprecipitated with silica. The material has been obtained from the coprecipitation of an aqueous diluted sodium silicate solution and acid chromium nitrate solution, purified by extractions and dialysis, and dried with microwave oven. Products have been characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, infrared vibrational spectroscopy and nitrogem adsorption isotherm (BET). Coprecipitates are non cristalline and the specific surface area value for sample obtained by conventional heating is smaller than the one for sample obtained by ultrasonic method. It is possible to obtain silica with different colors from blue due to the Cr(III), to yellow due to the Cr (VI), depending on the precipitation, purification and drying methods. (author)

  1. Estimate of Compressive Strength for Concrete using Ultrasonics by Multiple Regression Analysis Method

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    Various types of ultrasonic techniques have been used for the estimation of compressive strength of concrete structures. However, conventional ultrasonic velocity method using only longitudial wave cannot be determined the compressive strength of concrete structures with accuracy. In this paper, by using the introduction of multiple parameter, e. g. velocity of shear wave, velocity of longitudinal wave, attenuation coefficient of shear wave, attenuation coefficient of longitudinal wave, combination condition, age and preservation method, multiple regression analysis method was applied to the determination of compressive strength of concrete structures. The experimental results show that velocity of shear wave can be estimated compressive strength of concrete with more accuracy compared with the velocity of longitudinal wave, accuracy of estimated error range of compressive strength of concrete structures can be enhanced within the range of ± 10% approximately

  2. Advanced Ultrasonic Inspection Techniques for General Purpose Heat Source Fueled Clad Closure Welds

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    Moyer, M.W.

    2001-01-11

    A radioisotope thermoelectric generator is used to provide a power source for long-term deep space missions. This General Purpose Heat Source (GPHS) is fabricated using iridium clad vent sets to contain the plutonium oxide fuel pellets. Integrity of the closure weld is essential to ensure containment of the plutonium. The Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant took the lead role in developing the ultrasonic inspection for the closure weld and transferring the inspection to Los Alamos National Laboratory for use in fueled clad inspection for the Cassini mission. Initially only amplitude and time-of-flight data were recorded. However, a number of benign geometric conditions produced signals that were larger than the acceptance threshold. To identify these conditions, a B-scan inspection was developed that acquired full ultrasonic waveforms. Using a test protocol the B-scan inspection was able to identify benign conditions such as weld shield fusion and internal mismatch. Tangential radiography was used to confirm the ultrasonic results. All but two of 29 fueled clads for which ultrasonic B-scan data was evaluated appeared to have signals that could be attributed to benign geometric conditions. This report describes the ultrasonic inspection developed at Y-12 for the Cassini mission.

  3. Nondestructive testing and characterization of residual stress field using an ultrasonic method

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    Song, Wentao; Xu, Chunguang; Pan, Qinxue; Song, Jianfeng

    2016-03-01

    To address the difficulty in testing and calibrating the stress gradient in the depth direction of mechanical components, a new technology of nondestructive testing and characterization of the residual stress gradient field by ultrasonic method is proposed based on acoustoelasticity theory. By carrying out theoretical analysis, the sensitivity coefficients of different types of ultrasonic are obtained by taking the low carbon steel(12%C) as a research object. By fixing the interval distance between sending and receiving transducers, the mathematical expressions of the change of stress and the variation of time are established. To design one sending-one receiving and oblique incidence ultrasonic detection probes, according to Snell law, the critically refracted longitudinal wave (LCR wave) is excited at a certain depth of the fixed distance of the tested components. Then, the relationship between the depth of LCR wave detection and the center frequency of the probe in Q235 steel is obtained through experimental study. To detect the stress gradient in the depth direction, a stress gradient LCR wave detection model is established, through which the stress gradient formula is derived by the relationship between center frequency and detecting depth. A C-shaped stress specimen of Q235 steel is designed to conduct stress loading tests, and the stress is measured with the five group probes at different center frequencies. The accuracy of ultrasonic testing is verified by X-ray stress analyzer. The stress value of each specific depth is calculated using the stress gradient formula. Accordingly, the ultrasonic characterization of residual stress field is realized. Characterization results show that the stress gradient distribution is consistent with the simulation in ANSYS. The new technology can be widely applied in the detection of the residual stress gradient field caused by mechanical processing, such as welding and shot peening.

  4. A novel method for digital ultrasonic time-of-flight measurement

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    Wang, X. F.; Tang, Z. A.

    2010-10-01

    Most ultrasonic ranging measurements are based on the determination of the ultrasonic time-of-flight (TOF). This paper develops a novel method for the TOF measurement which combines both the improved self-interference driving technique and the optional optimization signal processing algorithms. By stimulating the transmitter with the amplitude modulation and the phase modulation envelope square waveforms (APESWs), the proposed system can effectively reduce the errors caused by inertia delay and amplitude attenuation. In addition, based on different signal-to-noise ratio test conditions, the resultant received zero-crossing samples, which are deteriorated by noise, can be precisely inspected and calculated with two optimized algorithms named zero-crossing tracking (ZCT) and time-shifted superposition (TSS) method. The architecture of the designed system is divided into two parts. The novel APESW driving module, the received envelope zero-crossings phase detection module, and the ZCT method processing module are designed in a complex programable logic device. The TSS signal processing module and the optimization algorithm discrimination program module are integrated in a digital signal processor. The TOF measurements calibrated in ultrasonic ranging experiments indicate that the relative errors of the method are limited in ±0.8%. Therefore, a feasible method is provided with the advantages of high noise immunity, accuracy, low cost, and ease of implementation.

  5. Utility guide to advanced ultrasonic systems for preservice and in-service inspections, revision 1: Topical report, March 1988

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    This report is the second compilation of information on advanced ultrasonic (UT) inspection systems and contains evaluation guidelines, relative inspection costs and systems availability data effective through calendar year 1987. It is intended to answer the need of utility NDE managers for guidelines to evaluate the merits of using advanced (UT) inspection systems. A large number of advanced UT systems are now commercially available and boast a variety of capabilities. These systems are called /open quotes/advanced/close quotes/ because they employ state-of-the-art electronics, computers, and signal processing and imaging software. This guide recognizes that it is not expected of the NDE manager to be intimately familiar with all the components comprising a particular system, but rather that he be aware of the beneficial applications of such a system and its limitation. The guide includes systems that have applications to the inspection of boiling water reactor (BWR) piping. Information is presented in tabular form to facilitate simple comparisons between systems and to simplify access to system hardware and software requirements. A tutorial section discusses general ultrasonic inspection theory and gives a perspective from which a manager can view advanced systems. The dollars and cents of using an advanced UT system versus the standard manual mode inspection is also discussed. The results of a survey of utilities, service and vendor organizations are presented, cast in a benefit-to-cost framework. An example of specifications that a system should meet is also given and is modeled along the lines of a purchase order specification

  6. Effect of low-frequency ultrasound on flow rate measurements using the ultrasonic velocity profile method

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    This study presents a low-frequency ultrasonic propagation analysis using the finite-element method (FEM). Experimental results of flow rate measurements using the ultrasonic velocity profile (UVP) method are also presented. The ultrasound frequency, pipe diameter, and pipe wall thickness are 0.274 MHz, 590.6 mm, and 9.5 mm, respectively. Six waves are generated per ultrasound pulse. To analyze the entire pipe region, the FEM is combined with the Kirchhoff method. The experiments of flow rate measurements are conducted using the high Reynolds number calibration facility at the National Metrology Institute of Japan. The range of the Reynolds number is from 4.4×106 to 1.7×107. Wide spreading of the ultrasonic beam in the axial direction of the pipe is observed because of multiple reflections in the pipe wall. This wide beam affects the measured velocity profile, particularly in the region near the pipe wall. In addition, the flow rate errors are approximately 10% (deviating by 1.1%) across the investigated range of Reynolds number. This result suggests that the experimental flow rate errors might be used as correction factors of flow rate measurements using the UVP method. (author)

  7. Detection of Hydride Blisters in Zirconium Pressure Tubes using Ultrasonic Mode Conversion and Velocity Ratio Method

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    When the pressure tubes(f are in contact with the calandria tube(CT) in the pressurized heavy water reactor(PHWR), the temperature difference between inner and outer wall of W results in a thermal diffusion of hydrogen (deuterium) and hydride blisters are formed on the outer surface of PT. Because the hydride blisters and zirconium matrix are acoustically continuous, it is not easy to distinguish the blisters from the matrix with conventional ultrasonic method. An ultrasonic velocity ratio method was developed to detect small hydride blisters on the zirconium pressure tube. Hydride blisters were grown in the PT specimen using a steady state thermal diffusion device. The flight times of longitudinal echo and reflected shear echo from the outer surface were measured accurately. The velocity ratio of the longitudinal wave to the shear wave was calculated and displayed using contour plot. Compared to the conventional flight time method of longitudinal wave, the velocity ratio method shows superior sensitivity to detect smaller blisters as well as better images for the blister shapes. Detectable limit of the outer shape of the hydride blisters was conservatively estimated as 50μm, with the same specifications of ultrasonic transducer used in the actual PHWR pressure tube inspection

  8. Characterization and comparison of defects detection limits of three ultrasonic non destructive methods

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    Welemane H.

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available This work deals with the Liquid Resin Infusion (LRI process developed within the research program “FUSelage COMPosite” of DAHER SOCATA. This manufacturing process enables the realization of complex composite structures or fuselage elements in a single phase (mono-material, which considerably reduce connections and relative difficulties. The concern here is the investigation of non destructive testing (NDT methods that can be applied to LRI-structures in order to define their capacities for defect detection, and especially their associated critical defect size. In aviation industry, the AITM standards require the ultrasonic testing as NDT for composite materials. Therefore the aim of this work is to characterize and compare three different and complementary ultrasonic techniques on composite specimens. Such analysis allows to define the NDT application field of each method in term of defect detection.

  9. An automated data processing method dedicated to 3D ultrasonic non destructive testing of composite pieces

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    State-of the art Non Destructive Testing using ultrasound is based on evaluation of C-scan images, which is done mainly visually. The development of the new Sampling Phased Array technique SPA by IZFP Fraunhofer provides a fast three-dimensional reconstruction of inner object structures. This new inspection technique is to be complemented with fully or semi-automated evaluation of ultrasonic data, providing maximum support to the operator. We present in this contribution a processing method for SPA ultrasonic data, where the main focus of this paper will be on speckle noise reduction. The evaluation method is applied on carbon fibre composite where it demonstrates robust and successful performance in recognition of defects.

  10. Ultrasonic imaging methods for quality evaluation of the CANDU fuel bundle welds

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    For more than 20 years, the quality control of the end-cap/end-plates welds and of the brazed appendage joints is made by destructive methods (metallographic examinations or mechanical tests) on specimens sampled from production. Having a very limited statistics, these destructive methods are useful only to indicate 'trends' of the production quality, not for detecting infrequent single defect events. It is recognized that nondestructive examination techniques are required to achieve sufficient 'visibility' of the production quality, at a statistically significant sampling rate. For this reason, the INR-Ultra-acoustics R and D has developed the MICROSCAN equipment family for high resolution ultrasonic imaging, with performances close to the Acoustic Microscopy domain. The paper makes a presentation of the performances of the MICROSCAN 02/03 equipment for B and C-scan high-frequency ultrasonic imaging. Experimental results are presented and comparisons are make with metallographic examinations. (Author) 8 Figs., 4 Refs

  11. RAPID AND NONDESTRUCTIVE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM FOR WELDING RESDIUAL STRESS BY ULTRASONIC METHOD

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    2008-01-01

    Traditional methods of residual stress measurement are generally destructive or semi-destructive, as well as expensive, time-consuming and complex to implement. With the new development of welded structure, traditional methods can not satisfy the need of full life task management. So the acoustical theory is introduced, since the ultrasonic technique provides a useful nondestructive tool in the evaluation of stresses. In this study an ultrasonic stress measurement experimental installation is established, which consists of a special transducer, a signal emission unit and a signal recipient processing unit. Longitudinal critically refracted wave is selected as the measurement wave mode. The supporting software is programmed by Labview software. The longitudinal residual stress and transverse residual stress of twin wire welded plate are measured by this installment, in which the measuring process is real-time, quick and nondestructive. The experiment results indicate that the system can satisfy the need of life evaluation for welded structure. The system is light and portable.

  12. Advanced ultrasonic inspection system for the ID-inspection of reactor pressure vessels of BWRs

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    A newly-developed, modular ultrasonic examination system has been developed by Siemens for the ID inspection of BWR RPV'S. It is based on the phased-array technique with hybrid probes using the latest in manipulator and control equipment technology to allow the often hard-to-access weld areas of older reactor pressure vessels in US BWR plants to be examined within a very short time and with minimal radiation exposure of the examination personnel. New NRC stipulations requiring almost complete ultrasonic examination of all RPV welds can be fully satisfied using this system for the ID inspection of all longitudinal and circumferential welds above the jet pump baffle plate

  13. Preparation of Al/Si functionally graded materials using ultrasonic separation method

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    Zhang Zhongtao; Li Tingju; Yue Hongyun

    2008-01-01

    Functionally graded materials (FGM) have been widely used in many industries such as aerospace, energy and electronics. In this experimental study of fabricating FGM, an approach was developed to prepare Al/Si FGM using power ultrasonic separation method. Material sample with continuously changing composition and performance/properties was successfully produced. Results showed that the microstructure of the FGM sample transited, from its top to bottom, from the hypereutectic structure with a ...

  14. Structural health monitoring of a railway truss bridge using vibration-based and ultrasonic methods

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    This paper presents results of in situ investigation of a railway truss bridge in the context of structural health monitoring (SHM). Three experimental methods are examined. Dynamic responses of the bridge recorded by strain gauges are confronted with alternative ways of acquisition using piezoelectric patch sensors and ultrasonic probeheads. All types of sensors produce similar output. Also the corresponding responses of the numerical model of the bridge match experimental data

  15. A new ultrasonic method to detect chemical additives in branded milk

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    S Mohanan; P G Thomas Panicker; Lilly Iype; M Laila; I Domini; R G Bindu

    2002-09-01

    A new ultrasonic method – thermoacoustic analysis – is reported for the detection of the added chemical preservatives in branded milk. The nature of variation and shift in the thermal response of the acoustic parameters specific acoustic impedance, adiabatic compressibility and Rao’s specific sound velocity for different samples of branded milk as compared to the chemical added pure milk are explained as due to the presence of chemicals in these branded samples.

  16. A method for the measurement of hydrodynamic oil films using ultrasonic reflection

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    Dwyer-Joyce, R.S.; Harper, P; Drinkwater, B. W.

    2004-01-01

    The measurement of the thickness of an oil film in a lubricated component is essential information for performance monitoring and control. In this work, a new method for oil film thickness measurement, based on the reflection of ultrasound, is evaluated for use in fluid film journal bearing applications. An ultrasonic wave will be partially reflected when it strikes a thin layer between two solid media. The proportion of the wave reflected depends on the thickness of the layer and its acousti...

  17. Analysis of ultrasonically rotating droplet using moving particle semi-implicit and distributed point source methods

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    Wada, Yuji; Yuge, Kohei; Tanaka, Hiroki; Nakamura, Kentaro

    2016-07-01

    Numerical analysis of the rotation of an ultrasonically levitated droplet with a free surface boundary is discussed. The ultrasonically levitated droplet is often reported to rotate owing to the surface tangential component of acoustic radiation force. To observe the torque from an acoustic wave and clarify the mechanism underlying the phenomena, it is effective to take advantage of numerical simulation using the distributed point source method (DPSM) and moving particle semi-implicit (MPS) method, both of which do not require a calculation grid or mesh. In this paper, the numerical treatment of the viscoacoustic torque, which emerges from the viscous boundary layer and governs the acoustical droplet rotation, is discussed. The Reynolds stress traction force is calculated from the DPSM result using the idea of effective normal particle velocity through the boundary layer and input to the MPS surface particles. A droplet levitated in an acoustic chamber is simulated using the proposed calculation method. The droplet is vertically supported by a plane standing wave from an ultrasonic driver and subjected to a rotating sound field excited by two acoustic sources on the side wall with different phases. The rotation of the droplet is successfully reproduced numerically and its acceleration is discussed and compared with those in the literature.

  18. Detection of hydride blister in PHWR pressure tubes using ultrasonic velocity ratio method

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    When the pressure tubes(PT) contact to the calandria tube(CT) in the pressurized heavy water reactor(PHWR), the temperature difference between inner and outer wall of PT results in a thermal diffusion of hydrogen (deuterium) and hydride blisters are formed on the outer surface of PT. Because the hydride blisters are acoustically continued to zirconium matrix, it is not easy to detect the blisters with conventional ultrasonic method. An ultrasonic velocity ratio method was developed to detect small hydride blisters on the zirconium pressure tube. Hydride blisters were grown in the PT specimen with a steady state thermal diffusion device. Ultrasonic velocity ratio method were developed for detection of hydride blisters. The flight time of longitudinal echo and reflected shear echo from the outer surface were measured and calculated to the parameter of velocity ratio of longitudinal wave to shear wave. The velocity ratio was plotted to modified c-scan display and converted to contour plot. The plots shows the capability that the blisters could be detected as well as imaged the shapes.

  19. Ultrasonic mammography

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    608 women are examined by means of ultrasonic mammography during the period of 1 year. 432 patients were examined with the compound method with the U.I. Octoson, a water tank scanner, and 176 patients with the real time method with a directly connected linear-array-scanner. The following results were obtained at the end of the examination period: In the ultrasonic and also in the X-ray mammogram tumour diameters can be determined with an error rate of +- 30%. In the diagnosing of carcinomas, a significant dependence of the exactness on the sice of the tumour is found for the combination of the five methods tested (clinical examination, X-ray mammography, ultrasonic mammography, thermography, cytology). Classifying the individual methods with regard to their exactness, X-ray mammography ranks in front of ultrasonic mammography. Mastopathic changes in the breast can be screened by means of ultrasonic mammography. The structure of the changes can be determined more exactly than with an X-ray picture which is due to the possibility of differentiating solid and cystic structures. In diagnosing fibro-adenomas and establishing diagnoses on young women with dense gland bodies, ultrasonic mammography is superior to radiology both in the ability of screening a finding of a fibro-adenoma (US=88%, X-ray=75%) and in the possibility of classifying it as ''more benign than malignant''. (orig./MG)

  20. Development of ultrasonic methods for the nondestructive inspection of concrete

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    Claytor, T. M.; Ellingson, W. A.

    1983-08-01

    Nondestructive inspection of Portland cement and refractory concrete is conducted to determine strength, thickness, presence of voids or foreign matter, presence of cracks, amount of degradation due to chemical attack, and other properties without the necessity of coring the structure (which is usually accomplished by destructively removing a sample). The state of the art of acoustic nondestructive testing methods for Portland cement and refractory concrete is reviewed. Most nondestructive work on concrete has concentrated on measuring acoustic velocity by through transmission methods. Development of a reliable pitch-catch or pulse-echo system would provide a method of measuring thickness with access from only one side of the concrete.

  1. System and method for the mitigation of paraffin wax deposition from crude oil by using ultrasonic waves

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    Towler, Brian F.

    2007-09-04

    A method for mitigating the deposition of wax on production tubing walls. The method comprises positioning at least one ultrasonic frequency generating device adjacent the production tubing walls and producing at least one ultrasonic frequency thereby disintegrating the wax and inhibiting the wax from attaching to the production tubing walls. A system for mitigating the deposition of wax on production tubing walls is also provided.

  2. Analysis of ultrasound propagation in a steel pipe using ultrasonic pulse doppler method

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    Thermal powers of nuclear reactors are calculated by the enthalpy difference between reactor feed water and main steam. Improvement of the measurement accuracy in the flow rate measurements of reactor feed water enables us to uprate reactor thermal power, called MUR (Measurement Uncertainly Recapture) uprate. The ultrasonic pulse Doppler system is expected to be a suitable method featuring the capability o measuring the flow profile directly in a pipe. For the optimum measurements, ultrasound path from ultrasonic transducer into the fluid through steel pipe wall should be carefully predicted in high temperature water. This paper presents analytical results of ultrasound propagation using FEM simulation code and experimental results of pipe flow rate at high temperature thermal conditions. (author)

  3. Control system for detecting cut-time of milk coagulation using ultrasonic method

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    Wen, Youxian; Liu, Jianyin; Yu, Liming; Gunasekaran, Sundaram

    1993-09-01

    The research developed new and non-destructive method to detect the cutting time of milk coagulation. The system used for estimating cut-time of milk coagulation consisted of a high frequency signal generator transmitter and receiver transducers computerized data acquisition and control executive circuits. When input signal frequency equals to the inherent frequency of the ultrasonic transducer-milk coagulation system the output signal of the receiver transducer is the same frequency sine wave as that of the emit transducer and only different on their amplitude. The RMS. to DC conversion designed converted the high frequency signal into dc signal so that the computer can process easily it. The whole control system was operated by running designed EASYEST program and the clotting time(turning point) and cutting time(cutting point) was determined automatically. The experiments running the control system in laboratory produced positive correlation between the attenuation of ultrasonic signal and the physical property of milk coagulation.

  4. Nondestructive evaluation of plate type nuclear fuel elements during manufacturing stage using ultrasonic test method

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    Structural discontinuities, such as cracks and bonding lacks at the core/cladding interface can be introduced in plate type nuclear fuel elements during the manufacturing stages, due to the mechanical and thermal processing conditions. They can reduce the performance of the nuclear fuel during its operational life or contribute to its premature failure. Plate type nuclear fuels (PTNF) consist of a core formed by a dispersion of UO2 into a metallic matrix, involved by a metallic cladding. Nondestructive testing methods such as eddy current, radiography and ultrasonic have been used to detect and monitoring discontinuities generated in the fuel's manufacturing stage, each one presenting advantages and limitations. The use of ultrasonic testing for this purpose presents two main difficulties: the small thickness of the plates as well as the presence of materials with different characteristics. The study described in this paper presents the methodology used in the evaluation of a prototype of PTNF by ultrasonic testing method, using different test techniques and transducers. The main results obtained and the next steps to be developed in this activity are discussed. (author)

  5. Ultrasonic method for measurement of D2O concentration

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    A correlation of the velocity of sound with mole percent of heavy water in D2O-H2O mixtures has been measured using a modified commercially available instrument. This is being developed as a practical method for the analysis of heavy water stored in 210 l drums. The drums need not be opened, and measurements can be made under field conditions. The application of this method would permit quick, in-field verification of drum contents in production or user facilities without having to violate drum seals

  6. Synthesis and characterization of CuInS2 nanostructure by ultrasonic-assisted method and different precursors

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    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► CuInS2 nanoparticles were synthesized by ultrasonic assisted method. ► CuInS2 nanoparticles obtained after annealing at 350 °C for 1 h. ► The effect of some parameters including ultrasonic was investigated. -- Abstract: This paper reports on the synthesis of CuInS2 nanostructure via an ultrasonic assisted method by employing different sulfur source. Morphology, structure and composition of the obtained products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), scanning electron microscope (SEM), infrared (IR) spectrum, and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The effects of ultrasonic irradiation, power and time of irradiation, surfactant, and type of copper source were investigated.

  7. Synthesis and characterization of CuInS{sub 2} nanostructure by ultrasonic-assisted method and different precursors

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    Mousavi-Kamazani, Mehdi [Institute of Nano Science and Nano Technology, University of Kashan, Kashan, P.O. Box 87317-51167 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Salavati-Niasari, Masoud, E-mail: salavati@kashanu.ac.ir [Institute of Nano Science and Nano Technology, University of Kashan, Kashan, P.O. Box 87317-51167 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Kashan, Kashan, P.O. Box 87317-51167 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Emadi, Hamid [School of Chemistry, University College of Science, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2012-12-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► CuInS{sub 2} nanoparticles were synthesized by ultrasonic assisted method. ► CuInS{sub 2} nanoparticles obtained after annealing at 350 °C for 1 h. ► The effect of some parameters including ultrasonic was investigated. -- Abstract: This paper reports on the synthesis of CuInS{sub 2} nanostructure via an ultrasonic assisted method by employing different sulfur source. Morphology, structure and composition of the obtained products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), scanning electron microscope (SEM), infrared (IR) spectrum, and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The effects of ultrasonic irradiation, power and time of irradiation, surfactant, and type of copper source were investigated.

  8. Interfacial morphology evolution of a novel room-temperature ultrasonic bonding method based on nanocone arrays

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • A novel ultrasonic bonding method based on Ni nanocone arrays was developed. • Two types of voids were confirmed at the interface. • Type I voids caused by insufficient indentation can be eliminated by increasing time and pressure. • The formation of Type II voids caused by ultrasonic energy has a crucial bonding pressure, 7MPa. • Morphology evolution from cone-like to ladder-like and finally a planar structure was found. - Abstract: The evolution of interfacial morphology is investigated in joints bonded by a newly developed ambient-temperature ultrasonic bonding process based on Ni nano-cone arrays. This confirmed two types of void at the interface: a Type I void in the concave area among the cone-like nanocrystals, and a Type II void on the top of the cone-like nanocrystals. By increasing the bonding pressure or time, the Type I voids can be eliminated; however, a pressure threshold exists for the Type II voids, below which increasing the bonding time accelerates the formation of Type II voids. At pressures above this threshold, on the other hand, increasing the bonding time results in shrinkage of the Type II voids. Varying the pressure and time was also found to induce a change in the interfacial morphology from cone-like to ladder-like and finally a planar structure. In this way, the critical pressure for obtaining a solid bonding joint was found to be 7 MPa

  9. Ultrasonic inspection of thick section pressure vessel steel by the time of flight diffraction method

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    During recent years considerable research effort has been directed at the development of improved methods of non-destructive steel as used in the construction of PWR pressure vessels. This paper reviews work carried out at Harwell during the last year on an ultrasonic technique based on the time of flight of an ultrasonic compressional wave scattered by the edge of a defect and called the Silk Technique. Two automated multiprobe scanning systems have been developed: the first was designed for inspection of large flat test blocks and the second for the inspection of the nozzle inner radii. Results obtained using the first system on a large test block, containing inserted coupons, carbon cracking, copper induced cracking and slag lines, are described. The initial aim of the work was to demonstrate the ability of an automated time of flight system to detect and size crack-like defects down to 10 mm in through-thickness in clad, thick section, pressure vessel steel. However an examination of the ultrasonic responses from several types of defect has enabled a preliminary assessment of the defect characterisation possible with the technique

  10. An ultrasonic method for dynamic monitoring of fatigue crack initiation and growth.

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    Mi, Bao; Michaels, Jennifer E; Michaels, Thomas E

    2006-01-01

    Attached ultrasonic sensors can detect changes caused by crack initiation and growth if the wave path is directed through the area of critical crack formation. Dynamics of cracks opening and closing under load cause nonlinear modulation of received ultrasonic signals, enabling small cracks to be detected by stationary sensors. A methodology is presented based upon the behavior of ultrasonic signals versus applied load to detect and monitor formation and growth of cracks originating from fastener holes. Shear wave angle beam transducers operating in through transmission mode are mounted on either side of the hole such that the transmitted wave travels through the area of expected cracking. Time shift is linear with respect to load, and is well explained by path changes due to strain combined with wave speed changes due to acoustoelasticity. During subsequent in situ monitoring with unknown loads, the measured time of flight is used to estimate the load, and behavior of the received energy as a function of load is the basis for crack detection. Results are presented from low cycle fatigue tests of several aluminum specimens and illustrate the efficacy of the method in both determining the applied load and monitoring crack initiation and growth. PMID:16454266

  11. Advanced reliability methods - A review

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    Forsyth, David S.

    2016-02-01

    There are a number of challenges to the current practices for Probability of Detection (POD) assessment. Some Nondestructive Testing (NDT) methods, especially those that are image-based, may not provide a simple relationship between a scalar NDT response and a damage size. Some damage types are not easily characterized by a single scalar metric. Other sensing paradigms, such as structural health monitoring, could theoretically replace NDT but require a POD estimate. And the cost of performing large empirical studies to estimate POD can be prohibitive. The response of the research community has been to develop new methods that can be used to generate the same information, POD, in a form that can be used by engineering designers. This paper will highlight approaches to image-based data and complex defects, Model Assisted POD estimation, and Bayesian methods for combining information. This paper will also review the relationship of the POD estimate, confidence bounds, tolerance bounds, and risk assessment.

  12. Development of pulse ultrasonic doppler method for flow rate measurement in power plant. Multilines flow rate measurement on metal pipe

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    Ultrasonic Doppler method for a flow metering system has been developed. The method has the capability to obtain instantaneous velocity profiles along the ultrasonic beam. Our purpose is to apply the ultrasonic Doppler method to a flow rate measurement of feed- or recirculation- water in power plants. The principle of the flow measurement method is based on the integration of an instantaneous velocity profile over a pipe diameter. Hence, it is expected to eliminate installation problems such as entry length, also to follow transient flow rate precisely by increasing ultrasonic trans-ducers. In this paper, we report that the errors are less than 1% just below a bend and sudden expansion pipe employing three measuring lines. And then, for constructing a basic system of a flow rate measurement in power plants, a transmission of ultrasound through a metallic wall is investigated, at first. Afterward, since there is no ultrasonic reflectors in the feedwater in power plants, cavitation bubbles are induced as ultrasonic reflectors and the results are appeared that cavitation bubbles are effective when the pipe material is metallic. (author)

  13. Single-Transducer, Ultrasonic Imaging Method for High-Temperature Structural Materials Eliminates the Effect of Thickness Variation in the Image

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    Roth, Don J.

    1998-01-01

    NASA Lewis Research Center's Life Prediction Branch, in partnership with Sonix, Inc., and Cleveland State University, recently advanced the development of, refined, and commercialized an advanced nondestructive evaluation (NDE) inspection method entitled the Single Transducer Thickness-Independent Ultrasonic Imaging Method. Selected by R&D Magazine as one of the 100 most technologically significant new products of 1996, the method uses a single transducer to eliminate the superimposing effects of thickness variation in the ultrasonic images of materials. As a result, any variation seen in the image is due solely to microstructural variation. This nondestructive method precisely and accurately characterizes material gradients (pore fraction, density, or chemical) that affect the uniformity of a material's physical performance (mechanical, thermal, or electrical). Advantages of the method over conventional ultrasonic imaging include (1) elimination of machining costs (for precision thickness control) during the quality control stages of material processing and development and (2) elimination of labor costs and subjectivity involved in further image processing and image interpretation. At NASA Lewis, the method has been used primarily for accurate inspections of high temperature structural materials including monolithic ceramics, metal matrix composites, and polymer matrix composites. Data were published this year for platelike samples, and current research is focusing on applying the method to tubular components. The initial publicity regarding the development of the method generated 150 requests for further information from a wide variety of institutions and individuals including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Lockheed Martin Corporation, Rockwell International, Hewlett Packard Company, and Procter & Gamble Company. In addition, NASA has been solicited by the 3M Company and Allison Abrasives to use this method to inspect composite materials that are

  14. Advanced Fine Particulate Characterization Methods

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    Steven Benson; Lingbu Kong; Alexander Azenkeng; Jason Laumb; Robert Jensen; Edwin Olson; Jill MacKenzie; A.M. Rokanuzzaman

    2007-01-31

    The characterization and control of emissions from combustion sources are of significant importance in improving local and regional air quality. Such emissions include fine particulate matter, organic carbon compounds, and NO{sub x} and SO{sub 2} gases, along with mercury and other toxic metals. This project involved four activities including Further Development of Analytical Techniques for PM{sub 10} and PM{sub 2.5} Characterization and Source Apportionment and Management, Organic Carbonaceous Particulate and Metal Speciation for Source Apportionment Studies, Quantum Modeling, and High-Potassium Carbon Production with Biomass-Coal Blending. The key accomplishments included the development of improved automated methods to characterize the inorganic and organic components particulate matter. The methods involved the use of scanning electron microscopy and x-ray microanalysis for the inorganic fraction and a combination of extractive methods combined with near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure to characterize the organic fraction. These methods have direction application for source apportionment studies of PM because they provide detailed inorganic analysis along with total organic and elemental carbon (OC/EC) quantification. Quantum modeling using density functional theory (DFT) calculations was used to further elucidate a recently developed mechanistic model for mercury speciation in coal combustion systems and interactions on activated carbon. Reaction energies, enthalpies, free energies and binding energies of Hg species to the prototype molecules were derived from the data obtained in these calculations. Bimolecular rate constants for the various elementary steps in the mechanism have been estimated using the hard-sphere collision theory approximation, and the results seem to indicate that extremely fast kinetics could be involved in these surface reactions. Activated carbon was produced from a blend of lignite coal from the Center Mine in North Dakota and

  15. Measurement of film thickness and void fraction in stratified horizontal gas-liquid flow using an advanced ultrasonic technique

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    The main objective of this work is to present the development and assembling of a new ultrasonic system for the dynamic measurements of liquid film thickness, void fraction and liquid speed of air-water two-phase flow in a horizontal circular pipe test section by using an advanced time averaging ultrasonic technique. Together we present the experimental results of the system tests and its performance on different static and dynamic conditions of stratified air-water flow. In a stratified air-water flow through the horizontal circular pipe, one part of ultrasound pulse discharged from an emitter-receiver transducer, placed at bottom of tube, will be transmitted through the water and then reflected back to the same transducer from air-water or tube wall-water interfaces. These signals can be acquired by an oscilloscope over a period of time, stored on a computer and then plotted as the waveforms. The transit time of a pulse is calculated and converted to the distance between the interfaces, as the sound velocity in water is known at a given temperature. In this way it is possible to determine both water film thickness and void fraction. Other parameters could be deduced too as the wall thickness and the inner diameter of pipe. To determine the liquid speed a pair of ultrasonic transducers were placed respectively upstream and downstream outside tube wall on the same side. The difference in the transit time between the pair of the transducers can be measured and is used to calculate the water speed in the tube. (author)

  16. Inverse method for effects characterization from ultrasonic b-scan images

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    In service inspections of French nuclear pressure water reactor vessels are carried out automatically in complete immersion from the inside by means of ultrasonic focused probes working in the pulse echo mode. Concern has been expressed about the capabilities of performing non destructive evaluation of the Outer Surface Defects (OSD), i.e. defects located in the vicinity of the outer surface of the inspected components. OSD are insonified by both a direct field that passes through the inner surface (water/steel) of the component containing the defect and a secondary field reflected from the outer surface. Consequently, the Bscan images, containing the signatures of such defects, are complicated and their interpretation is a difficult task. This work deals with extraction of the maximum available information for characterizing OSD from ultrasonic Bscan images. Our main objectives are to obtain the type of OSD and their geometric parameters by means of two specific inverse methods. The first method is used for the identification of the geometrical parameters of the equivalent planar OSD from segmented Bscan images. Ultrasonic equivalent defect sizing model-based methods may be used to size a defect in a material by obtaining a best-fit simple equivalent shape that matches the ultrasonic observed data. We illustrate the application of such an equivalent sizing OSD method that is based on a simplified direct model. The major drawback of this identification method, as used to date, is that only a part of the useful information contained into original Bscan image, i.e. segmented Bscan image, is used for defect characterization. Moreover, it requires the availability of defect classification information (i.e. if the defect is volumetric or planer, e. g. a crack or a lack of fusion), which, generally, may be as difficult to obtain as the defect parameters themselves. Therefore, we propose a parameter estimation method for extracting complementary information on the defect

  17. A study on ultrasonic flaw sizing methods using crack tip diffraction wave

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    Flaw sizing is one of the fundamental issues in the ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation of various materials, components and structures. Especially, for crack-like flaws accurate sizing is very crucial for the integrity evaluation. In this work, various flaw sizing methods that have been proposed up to now are investigated to characterize topical strengths. Furthermore, proposed in a new robust sizing method, the mode converted tip diffraction (MCTD) technique, which uses the mode converted shear waves diffracted from the crack tips for sizing. The characteristics and the performance of the MCTD method are addressed with the comparison to three different sizing methods of the tip-echo method, the time-of-flight diffraction method, and the modified time-of-flight diffraction method.

  18. A study on ultrasonic flaw sizing methods using crack tip diffraction wave

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    Song, Sung Jin; Choi, Yong Seok [Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1999-11-15

    Flaw sizing is one of the fundamental issues in the ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation of various materials, components and structures. Especially, for crack-like flaws accurate sizing is very crucial for the integrity evaluation. In this work, various flaw sizing methods that have been proposed up to now are investigated to characterize topical strengths. Furthermore, proposed in a new robust sizing method, the mode converted tip diffraction (MCTD) technique, which uses the mode converted shear waves diffracted from the crack tips for sizing. The characteristics and the performance of the MCTD method are addressed with the comparison to three different sizing methods of the tip-echo method, the time-of-flight diffraction method, and the modified time-of-flight diffraction method.

  19. A study on scattered fields analysis of ultrasonic SH-wave by boundary element method

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    In this paper, the SH-wave scattering by multi-defects and inclusion using Boundary Element Method is studied. The effects of shape and distance of defects on transmitted and reflected fields are considered. The interaction of multi-defects in SH-wave scattering is also investigated. Numerical calculations by the BEM have been carried out to predict near field solution of scattered fields of ultrasonic SH-wave. The presented results can be used to improve the detection sensitivity and pursue quantitative nondestructive evaluation for inverse problem.

  20. Simple method for measuring vibration amplitude of high power airborne ultrasonic transducer: using thermo-couple.

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    Saffar, Saber; Abdullah, Amir

    2014-03-01

    Vibration amplitude of transducer's elements is the influential parameters in the performance of high power airborne ultrasonic transducers to control the optimum vibration without material yielding. The vibration amplitude of elements of provided high power airborne transducer was determined by measuring temperature of the provided high power airborne transducer transducer's elements. The results showed that simple thermocouples can be used both to measure the vibration amplitude of transducer's element and an indicator to power transmission to the air. To verify our approach, the power transmission to the air has been investigated by other common method experimentally. The experimental results displayed good agreement with presented approach. PMID:24246149

  1. The maturity characterization of orange fruit by using high frequency ultrasonic echo pulse method

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    ABOUDAOUD, Idriss; FAIZ, BOUAZZA; AASSIF, EL HOUCEIN; Moudden, Ali; IZBAIM, DRIS; EL ABASSI, DRIS; MALAININE, MOHAMED

    2012-01-01

    In this present work, our objective is to study the feasibility of the control of the maturity of orange fruit by the ultrasonic echo pulse method with immersion in water. This study relates to two varieties of orange (Navel and Mandarin) which are the most harvested particularly in the region of Souss-Massa-Drâa in Morocco. Contrary to the works already published in this field, we worked in the high frequencies by the means of a focusing transducer with 20MHz as a central frequency. By takin...

  2. A novel preparation method for drug nanocrystals and characterization by ultrasonic spray-assisted electrostatic adsorption

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    Gao, Bing; Wang, Jun; Wang, Dunju; Zhu, Ziqiang; Qiao, Zhiqiang; Yang, Guangcheng; Nie, Fude

    2013-01-01

    Purpose The purpose of this study was to develop a novel and continuous method for preparing a nanosized particle of drug crystals and to characterize its properties. Materials and methods A new apparatus was introduced to crystallize nanosized drug crystals of amitriptyline hydrochloride as a model drug. The samples were prepared in the pure state by ultrasonic spray, and elaborated deposition was completed via electrostatic adsorption. Scanning electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, and atomic force microscopy were used to characterize the size of the particles; this was subsequently followed by differential scanning calorimetry. Results and discussion Nanoparticles of drug crystals were successfully prepared. The size of the drug crystals ranged from 20 nm to 400 nm; the particle size of amitriptyline hydrochloride was approximately 71 nm. The particles were spherical and rectangular in shape. Moreover, the melting point of the nanoparticles decreased from 198.2°C to 196.3°C when compared to raw particle crystals. Furthermore, the agglomeration effect was also attenuated as a result of electrostatic repulsion among each particle when absorbed, and depositing on the inner wall of the gathering unit occurred under the electrostatic effect. Conclusion Ultrasonic spray-assisted electrostatic adsorption is a very effective and continuous method to produce drug nanocrystals. This method can be applied to poorly water-soluble drugs, and it can also be a very effective alternative for industrial production. Once the working parameters are given, drug nanocrystals will be produced continuously. PMID:24143097

  3. Ultrasonic tests. Pt. 1

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    Nondestructive testing (NDT) plays an important part in the field of nuclear power plants operation. The report is concentrated to the primary loop components' ultrasonic NDT. It includes inspection techniques used during fabrication and in service. While a second part is dealing with advanced NDT methods, this first presentation introduces into the variety of ultrasonic testing procedures. After a treatment of the physical background the appropriate choice of equipment and techniques in respect of material, geometry and accessibility will be discussed. The state-of-the-art for detection, location, normalization, classification and sizing of defects will be presented. Finally, evaluation of faults and accept/reject criteria (e.g. based on fracture mechanics) together with the qualification of NDE personnel are concluding the contribution. (orig./RW)

  4. High quantum yield ZnO quantum dots synthesizing via an ultrasonication microreactor method.

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    Yang, Weimin; Yang, Huafang; Ding, Wenhao; Zhang, Bing; Zhang, Le; Wang, Lixi; Yu, Mingxun; Zhang, Qitu

    2016-11-01

    Green emission ZnO quantum dots were synthesized by an ultrasonic microreactor. Ultrasonic radiation brought bubbles through ultrasonic cavitation. These bubbles built microreactor inside the microreactor. The photoluminescence properties of ZnO quantum dots synthesized with different flow rate, ultrasonic power and temperature were discussed. Flow rate, ultrasonic power and temperature would influence the type and quantity of defects in ZnO quantum dots. The sizes of ZnO quantum dots would be controlled by those conditions as well. Flow rate affected the reaction time. With the increasing of flow rate, the sizes of ZnO quantum dots decreased and the quantum yields first increased then decreased. Ultrasonic power changed the ultrasonic cavitation intensity, which affected the reaction energy and the separation of the solution. With the increasing of ultrasonic power, sizes of ZnO quantum dots first decreased then increased, while the quantum yields kept increasing. The effect of ultrasonic temperature on the photoluminescence properties of ZnO quantum dots was influenced by the flow rate. Different flow rate related to opposite changing trend. Moreover, the quantum yields of ZnO QDs synthesized by ultrasonic microreactor could reach 64.7%, which is higher than those synthesized only under ultrasonic radiation or only by microreactor. PMID:27245962

  5. Advances in structure research by diffraction methods

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    1970-01-01

    Advances in Structure Research by Diffraction Methods reviews advances in the use of diffraction methods in structure research. Topics covered include the dynamical theory of X-ray diffraction, with emphasis on Ewald waves in theory and experiment; dynamical theory of electron diffraction; small angle scattering; and molecular packing. This book is comprised of four chapters and begins with an overview of the dynamical theory of X-ray diffraction, especially in terms of how it explains all the absorption and propagation properties of X-rays at the Bragg setting in a perfect crystal. The next

  6. Determination of corrective factors for an ultrasonic flow measuring method in pipes accounting for perturbations

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    By current ultrasonic flow measuring equipment (UFME) the mean velocity is measured for one or two measuring paths. This mean velocity is not equal to the velocity averaged over the flow cross-section, by means of which the flow rate is calculated. This difference will be found already for axially symmetrical, fully developed velocity profiles and, to a larger extent, for disturbed profiles varying in flow direction and for nonsteady flow. Corrective factors are defined for steady and nonsteady flows. These factors can be derived from the flow profiles within the UFME. By mathematical simulation of the entrainment effect the influence of cross and swirl flows on various ultrasonic measuring methods is studied. The applied UFME with crossed measuring paths is shown to be largely independent of cross and swirl flows. For evaluation in a computer of velocity network measurements in circular cross-sections the equations for interpolation and integration are derived. Results of the mathematical method are the isotach profile, the flow rate and, for fully developed flow, directly the corrective factor. In the experimental part corrective factors are determined in nonsteady flow in a measuring plane before and in form measuring planes behind a perturbation. (orig./RW)

  7. Production of Biodiesel from Lipid of Phytoplankton Chaetoceros calcitrans through Ultrasonic Method

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A research on production of biodiesel from lipid of phytoplankton Chaetoceros calcitrans through ultrasonic method has been done. In this research, we carried out a series of phytoplankton cultures to determine the optimum time of growth and biodiesel synthesis process from phytoplankton lipids. Process of biodiesel synthesis consists of two steps, that is, isolation of phytoplankton lipids and biodiesel synthesis from those lipids. Oil isolation process was carried out by ultrasonic extraction method using ethanol 96%, while biodiesel synthesis was carried out by transesterification reaction using methanol and KOH catalyst under sonication. Weight of biodiesel yield per biomass Chaetoceros calcitrans is 35.35%. Characterization of biodiesel was well carried out in terms of physical properties which are density and viscosity and chemical properties which are FFA content, saponification value, and iodine value. These values meet the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM D6751 standard levels, except for the viscosity value which was 1.14 g·cm−3.

  8. A novel pyroelectric method of determining ultrasonic transducer output power: device concept, modeling, and preliminary studies.

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    Zeqiri, Bajram; Gélat, Pierre N; Barrie, Jill; Bickley, Catherine J

    2007-11-01

    This paper describes a new thermally based method of monitoring acoustic output power generated by ultrasonic transducers. Its novelty lies in the exploitation of the pyroelectric properties of a thin membrane of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF). The membrane is backed by a thick layer of polyurethane rubber that is extremely attenuating to ultrasound, with the result that the majority of the applied acoustic power is absorbed within a few millimeters of the membrane-backing interface. Through the resultant rapid increase in temperature of the membrane, a voltage is generated across its electrodes whose magnitude is proportional to the rate of change of temperature with respect to time. Changes in the pyroelectric voltage generated by switching the transducer ON and OFF are related to the acoustic power delivered by the transducer. Features of the technique are explored through the development of a simple one-dimensional model. An experimental evaluation of the potential secondary measurement technique is also presented, covering the frequency range 1 to 5 MHz, for delivered powers up to a watt. Predictions of the sensor output signals, as well as the frequency dependent sensitivity, are in good agreement with observation. The potential of the new method as a simple, rapid means of providing traceable ultrasonic power measurements is outlined. PMID:18051166

  9. An alternative ultrasonic method for measuring the elastic properties of cortical bone

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    Pithioux, M; Chabrand, P; Pithioux, Martine

    2002-01-01

    We studied the elastic properties of bone to analyze its mechanical behavior. The basic principles of ultrasonic methods are now well established for varying isotropic media, particularly in the field of biomedical engineering. However, little progress has been made in its application to anisotropic materials. This is largely due to the complex nature of wave propagation in these media. In the present study, the theory of elastic waves is essential because it relates the elastic moduli of a material to the velocity of propagation of these waves along arbitrary directions in a solid. Transducers are generally placed in contact with the samples which are often cubes with parallel faces that are difficult to prepare. The ultrasonic method used here is original, a rough preparation of the bone is sufficient and the sample is in rotation. Moreover, to analyze heterogeneity of the structure we measure velocities in different points on the sample. The aim of the present study was to determine in vitro the anisotropi...

  10. Measurement of liquid turbulent structure in bubbly flow at low void fraction using ultrasonic doppler method

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    Microscopic structure in bubbly flows has been a topic of interest in the study of fluid dynamics. In the present paper, the ultrasonic Doppler method was applied to the measurement of bubbly. The experiments were carried out for an air-water dispersed bubbly flow in a 20 mm x 100 mm vertical rectangular channel having a void fraction smaller than 3%. Two ultrasonic transducers were installed on the outer surface of the test section with a contact angle of 45deg off the vertical axis, one facing upward and the other facing downward. By applying statistical methods to the two directional velocity profiles. Reynolds stress profiles were calculated. Furthermore, to clarify the wake effect induced by the leading bubbles, the velocity profiles were divided into two types of data. The first one is for all of the liquid data and the other is the data which did not include the wake effect. For Rem ≥ 1,593, it was observed that the bubbles suppressed the liquid turbulence. Furthermore, comparing with the Reynolds stress profiles in bubbly flow, it was found that Reynolds stress profiles varied with the amount of bubbles present in the flow and the effect of wake causes turbulence in the liquid. (author)

  11. Advanced analysis methods in particle physics

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    2010-10-01

    Each generation of high energy physics experiments is grander in scale than the previous - more powerful, more complex and more demanding in terms of data handling and analysis. The spectacular performance of the Tevatron and the beginning of operations of the Large Hadron Collider, have placed us at the threshold of a new era in particle physics. The discovery of the Higgs boson or another agent of electroweak symmetry breaking and evidence of new physics may be just around the corner. The greatest challenge in these pursuits is to extract the extremely rare signals, if any, from huge backgrounds arising from known physics processes. The use of advanced analysis techniques is crucial in achieving this goal. In this review, I discuss the concepts of optimal analysis, some important advanced analysis methods and a few examples. The judicious use of these advanced methods should enable new discoveries and produce results with better precision, robustness and clarity.

  12. Resolution improvement of ultrasonic echography methods in non destructive testing by adaptative deconvolution

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    The ultrasonic echography has a lot of advantages which make it attractive for nondestructive testing. But the important acoustic energy useful to go through very attenuating materials can be got only with resonant translators, that is a limit for the resolution on measured echograms. This resolution can be improved by deconvolution. But this method is a problem for austenitic steel. Here is developed a method of time deconvolution which allows to take in account the characteristics of the wave. A first step of phase correction and a second step of spectral equalization which gives back the spectral contents of ideal reflectivity. The two steps use fast Kalman filters which reduce the cost of the method

  13. Flow acoustics modelling and implications for ultrasonic flow measurement based on the transit-time method.

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    Willatzen, M

    2004-05-01

    A comparison between three mathematical models frequently used in flow acoustics is presented and discussed with respect to ultrasonic flow-meter performance based on the transit-time method. The flow-meter spoolpiece geometry is assumed to be a cylindrical pipe. Semi-analytical calculations employing the Frobenius power series expansion method are shown for the cases of a constant-, linear-, parabolic-, and cubic-flow profiles although the Frobenius method presented can be applied to any smooth flow profile. It is shown that the so-called deviation of measurement, often used as a measure of the flow-meter accuracy, is strongly dependent on the acoustic mode excited and the flow profile. Furthermore, differences with respect to deviation of measurement results exist among the three mathematical models analyzed. PMID:15110538

  14. A Novel Three-Head Ultrasonic System for Distance Measurements Based on the Correlation Method

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    Full Text Available A novel double-emitter ultrasonic system for distance measurements based on the correlation method is presented. The proposed distance measurement method may be particularly useful in difficult conditions, e.g. for media parameters undergoing fast changes or in cases when obstacles and mechanical interference produce false reflections. The system is a development of a previously studied single-head idea. The present article covers a comparison of the two systems in terms of efficiency and precision. Experimental research described in this paper indicated that adding the second head improved the measurement exactness – standard deviation decreased by 40%. The correlation method is also described in detail, also giving the criterion for the quality of the measurement signal.

  15. Preparation of FeCeOx by ultrasonic impregnation method for heterogeneous Fenton degradation of diclofenac.

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    Chong, Shan; Zhang, Guangming; Zhang, Nan; Liu, Yucan; Zhu, Jia; Huang, Ting; Fang, Shunyan

    2016-09-01

    FeCeOx has been successfully synthesized by ultrasonic impregnation method and applied in diclofenac removal in heterogeneous Fenton process. The effects of ultrasonic density, impregnation time, mole ratio of Fe and Ce and calcination temperature were investigated. Nitrogen adsorption/desorption, SEM, XRD, HRTEM, Raman and XPS analyses were characterized. Stability and reusability of FeCeOx were evaluated. The results indicated that 83% degradation efficiency of diclofenac was achieved by FeCeOx under the optimum preparation conditions. Fe ions were distributed uniformly in crystal structure and the solid solution structure of FeCeOx with a lattice constriction was formed. Exposed crystalline plane (200) with a relatively high surface energy may be the main reason to provide high catalytic activity of FeCeOx. Oxygen vacancies took part in catalytic process and a portion of them were oxidized after reaction. FeCeOx showed an excellent chemical stability and reusability in heterogeneous Fenton process. PMID:27150766

  16. Investigating and understanding fouling in a planar setup using ultrasonic methods

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    Wallhäußer, E.; Hussein, M. A.; Becker, T.

    2012-09-01

    Fouling is an unwanted deposit on heat transfer surfaces and occurs regularly in foodstuff heat exchangers. Fouling causes high costs because cleaning of heat exchangers has to be carried out and cleaning success cannot easily be monitored. Thus, used cleaning cycles in foodstuff industry are usually too long leading to high costs. In this paper, a setup is described with which it is possible, first, to produce dairy protein fouling similar to the one found in industrial heat exchangers and, second, to detect the presence and absence of such fouling using an ultrasonic based measuring method. The developed setup resembles a planar heat exchanger in which fouling can be made and cleaned reproducible. Fouling presence, absence, and cleaning progress can be monitored by using an ultrasonic detection unit. The setup is described theoretically based on electrical and mechanical lumped circuits to derive the wave equation and the transfer function to perform a sensitivity analysis. Sensitivity analysis was done to determine influencing quantities and showed that fouling is measurable. Also, first experimental results are compared with results from sensitivity analysis.

  17. Comparison of Polyacetylene Content in Organically and Conventionally Grown Carrots Using a Fast Ultrasonic Liquid Extraction Method

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    Søltoft, Malene; Eriksen, Morten Rosbjørn; Träger, Anne Wibe Brændholt;

    2010-01-01

    A rapid and sensitive analytical method for quantification of polyacetylenes in carrot roots was developed. The traditional extraction method (stirring) was compared to a new ultrasonic liquid processor (ULP)-based methodology using high-performance liquid chromatography−ultraviolet (HPLC−UV) and...

  18. Mathematics for natural scientists II advanced methods

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    Kantorovich, Lev

    2016-01-01

    This book covers the advanced mathematical techniques useful for physics and engineering students, presented in a form accessible to physics students, avoiding precise mathematical jargon and laborious proofs. Instead, all proofs are given in a simplified form that is clear and convincing for a physicist. Examples, where appropriate, are given from physics contexts. Both solved and unsolved problems are provided in each chapter. Mathematics for Natural Scientists II: Advanced Methods is the second of two volumes. It follows the first volume on Fundamentals and Basics.

  19. A method to obtain reference images for evaluation of ultrasonic tissue characterization techniques

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    Jensen, M.S.; Wilhjelm, Jens E.; Sahl, B.;

    2002-01-01

    present in the biological tissue scanned in vitro. A 30 x 10 x 2 mm(3) piece of formalin fixed porcine tissue was molded into an agar block, which on the top surface, contained a set of fiducial markers, spaced 2.5 mm. The block was submerged into 20 degreesC water and a set of parallel 7.5 MHz spatial......A general problem when evaluating ultrasonic methods for tissue characterization is that "a golden standard" is seldom known. This paper describes a manual method to obtain a reference image, with the same geometry as the ultrasound image, indicating spatial location of the different tissue types...... compound ultrasound images of tissue and fiducial markers were recorded each 0.5 mm. Guided by the fiducial markers, the agar block was subsequently cut into slices 2.5 mm thick, photographed and finally analyzed histologically identifying these tissues: collagen rich, collagen poor, micro vessels and...

  20. Subsection method of fatigue design for welded joints treated by ultrasonic peening

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    Wang Ting; Wang Dongpo; Huo Lixing; Zhang Yufeng

    2006-01-01

    Concerning the notable difference between the S-N curve slope of welded joints treated by ultrasonic peening treatment (UPT) and that of as-welded joints, the subsection method is put forward for fatigue design of welded joints treated by UPT, using the design method of nominal S-N curves. Results show that, in medium life zone, strength grade of the fatigue design curves for UPT welded joints is two grades higher than that for as-welded joints. Furthermore, in medium life zone, strength grade of the fatigue design curves for UPT welded joints is three grades lower than that in long life zone.Conclusion of the comparison is that as for different joint types in different life zones, fatigue design should be processed according to different S-N curves respectively.

  1. A method to obtain reference images for evaluation of ultrasonic tissue characterization techniques

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    Jensen, M.S.; Wilhjelm, Jens E.; Sahl, B.; Brandt, T.; Martinsen, K.; Jespersen, S.K.; Falk, E.

    A general problem when evaluating ultrasonic methods for tissue characterization is that "a golden standard" is seldom known. This paper describes a manual method to obtain a reference image, with the same geometry as the ultrasound image, indicating spatial location of the different tissue types...... present in the biological tissue scanned in vitro. A 30 x 10 x 2 mm(3) piece of formalin fixed porcine tissue was molded into an agar block, which on the top surface, contained a set of fiducial markers, spaced 2.5 mm. The block was submerged into 20 degreesC water and a set of parallel 7.5 MHz spatial...... compound ultrasound images of tissue and fiducial markers were recorded each 0.5 mm. Guided by the fiducial markers, the agar block was subsequently cut into slices 2.5 mm thick, photographed and finally analyzed histologically identifying these tissues: collagen rich, collagen poor, micro vessels and...

  2. Evaluation of creep damage of IN738LC superalloy used for turbine blade by ultrasonic method

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    The IN738LC(Ni-base superalloy) alloy was crept undo. various creep stresses at 900 C degrees Microstructural analysis (change of γ' length and width with creep), measurement of mechanical properties(Vickers hardness) and ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation(velocity, attenuation coefficient, nonlinear parameter) were performed to investigate the effect of creep on the relationship between experimental parameters. The ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation result showed that the longitudinal ultrasonic wave velocity did not change with creep damage, while the ultrasonic attenuation coefficient increased from 6.2 dB/mm to 8.0 dB/mm. In particular, tile ultrasonic nonlinear parameter(β') increased from 0.7 tc 1.3 indicating that measurement of ultrasonic nonlinear parameter could be strong tool to evaluate the creep damage of metallic materials.

  3. Ultrasonic Digital Communication System for a Steel Wall Multipath Channel: Methods and Results

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    TL Murphy

    2006-02-16

    As of the development of this thesis, no commercially available products have been identified for the digital communication of instrumented data across a thick ({approx} 6 n.) steel wall using ultrasound. The specific goal of the current research is to investigate the application of methods for digital communication of instrumented data (i.e., temperature, voltage, etc.) across the wall of a steel pressure vessel. The acoustic transmission of data using ultrasonic transducers prevents the need to breach the wall of such a pressure vessel which could ultimately affect its safety or lifespan, or void the homogeneity of an experiment under test. Actual digital communication paradigms are introduced and implemented for the successful dissemination of data across such a wall utilizing solely an acoustic ultrasonic link. The first, dubbed the ''single-hop'' configuration, can communicate bursts of digital data one-way across the wall using the Differential Binary Phase-Shift Keying (DBPSK) modulation technique as fast as 500 bps. The second, dubbed the ''double-hop'' configuration, transmits a carrier into the vessel, modulates it, and retransmits it externally. Using a pulsed carrier with Pulse Amplitude Modulation (PAM), this technique can communicate digital data as fast as 500 bps. Using a CW carrier, Least Mean-Squared (LMS) adaptive interference suppression, and DBPSK, this method can communicate data as fast as 5 kbps. A third technique, dubbed the ''reflected-power'' configuration, communicates digital data by modulating a pulsed carrier by varying the acoustic impedance at the internal transducer-wall interface. The paradigms of the latter two configurations are believed to be unique. All modulation methods are based on the premise that the wall cannot be breached in any way and can therefore be viably implemented with power delivered wirelessly through the acoustic channel using ultrasound. Methods

  4. Ultrastructural investigation of root canal dentine surface after application of active ultrasonic method

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    Mitić Aleksandar; Mitić Nadica; Muratovska Ilijana; Stojanovska Vera; Popovska Lidija; Mitić Vladimir

    2008-01-01

    INTRODUCTION The basic work principle of all ultrasonic techniques is the piezoelectric effect of producing high frequency ultrasounds of small length, which are transmitted over the endodontic extensions or canal instruments into the root canal. When in contact with the tissue, ultrasonic vibrations are converted into mechanical oscillations. Ultrasonic waves and the obtained oscillations along with the synergic effect of irrigation bring about the elimination of smear layer from the root ca...

  5. Catalytic activity of acid and base with different concentration on sol-gel kinetics of silica by ultrasonic method.

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    Das, R K; Das, M

    2015-09-01

    The effects of both acid (acetic acid) and base (ammonia) catalysts in varying on the sol-gel synthesis of SiO2 nanoparticles using tetra ethyl ortho silicate (TEOS) as a precursor was determined by ultrasonic method. The ultrasonic velocity was received by pulsar receiver. The ultrasonic velocity in the sol and the parameter ΔT (time difference between the original pulse and first back wall echo of the sol) was varied with time of gelation. The graphs of ln[ln1/ΔT] vs ln(t), indicate two region - nonlinear region and a linear region. The time corresponds to the point at which the non-linear region change to linear region is considered as gel time for the respective solutions. Gelation time is found to be dependent on the concentration and types of catalyst and is found from the graphs based on Avrami equation. The rate of condensation is found to be faster for base catalyst. The gelation process was also characterized by viscosity measurement. Normal sol-gel process was also carried out along with the ultrasonic one to compare the effectiveness of ultrasonic. The silica gel was calcined and the powdered sample was characterized with scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectra, X-ray diffractogram, and FTIR spectroscopy. PMID:25600993

  6. Prediction of mechanical properties of hot rolled steel by ultrasonic method

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    The ultrasonic attenuation and the velocity in hot rolled steel have been evaluated by ultrasonic contact measurement. The measured attenuation is calibrated by diffraction correction integral suggested by Lommel. The attenuation is also calculated by the model suggested by Mason. The agreement between the experimentally determined attenuation and the calculated one was good. As the results, the mechanical properties of the ferrite plus pearlite steels could be assessed by the ultrasonic attenuation. The mechanical properties of the martensite plus bainite steels could be assessed by the ultrasonic velocity.

  7. Development of ultrasonic testing technique for anchor bolts. Part 2. Development of nondestructive examination method for fatigue cracks by ultrasonic phased array technology

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    Cracks may initiate in anchor bolts in nuclear power plants due to a severe earthquake. Moreover, number of fatigue cracks have been found in the anchor bolts in aged nuclear and thermal power plants. Ultrasonic phased array technology is effective to detect such cracks, and a method is proposed to determine crack depth by using refection echo at the vicinity of crack according to simulation results of wave propagation within bolts. However, detectability of crack and applicability of this method for crack sizing are not known though they are essential to evaluation of crack in bolts by ultrasonic phased array technology. In this report, we prepared M24 and M30 bolt specimens with various slits and fatigue cracks introduced. Three linear array probes with respective frequency of 2, 5 and 10 MHz are used to measure these specimens. The investigation of fracture surface is also performed after finishing all measurements. Measurement results show the following: (1) the frequency of 10 MHz is more appropriate than frequencies of 5 and 2 MHz for detecting crack in bolts; (2) it is easy to detect 1-mm-deep cracks; and (3) it is possible to determine crack depth for M30 bolts with the deviation of 2 mm from actual depth by proposed method, but difficult for M24 bolts. (author)

  8. Advances of evolutionary computation methods and operators

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    Cuevas, Erik; Oliva Navarro, Diego Alberto

    2016-01-01

    The goal of this book is to present advances that discuss alternative Evolutionary Computation (EC) developments and non-conventional operators which have proved to be effective in the solution of several complex problems. The book has been structured so that each chapter can be read independently from the others. The book contains nine chapters with the following themes: 1) Introduction, 2) the Social Spider Optimization (SSO), 3) the States of Matter Search (SMS), 4) the collective animal behavior (CAB) algorithm, 5) the Allostatic Optimization (AO) method, 6) the Locust Search (LS) algorithm, 7) the Adaptive Population with Reduced Evaluations (APRE) method, 8) the multimodal CAB, 9) the constrained SSO method.

  9. Preparation of Al/Si functionally graded materials using ultrasonic separation method

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    Zhang Zhongtao

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Functionally graded materials (FGM have been widely used in many industries such as aerospace, energy and electronics. In this experimental study of fabricating FGM, an approach was developed to prepare Al/Si FGM using power ultrasonic separation method. Material sample with continuously changing composition and performance/properties was successfully produced. Results showed that the microstructure of the FGM sample transited, from its top to bottom, from the hypereutectic structure with a large quantity of primary Si gradually to the eutectic, and fi nally to the hypoeutectic with numerous primary Al dendrites. The distribution of primary Si and microhardness of the FGM sample also presented graded characteristics, resulting that the wear resistance of the FGM sample decreased from top to bottom. Preliminary discussion was made on the mechanism of the formation of Al/Si FGM.

  10. Preparation of Al/Si functionally graded materials using ultrasonic separation method

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    Zhang Zhongtao; LI Tingju; Yue Hongyun; Zhang Jian; Li Jie

    2008-01-01

    Functionally graded materials (FGM) have been widely used in many industries such as aerospace, energy and electronics. In this experimental study of fabricating FGM, an approach was developed to prepare Al/Si FGM using power ultrasonic separation method. Material sample with continuously changing composition and performance/properties was successfully produced. Results showed that the microstructure of the FGM sample transited, from its top to bottom, from the hypereutectic structure with a large quantity of primary Si gradually to the eutectic, and finally to the hypoeutectic with numerous primary AI dendrites. The distribution of primary Si and microhardness of the FGM sample also presented graded characteristics, resulting that the wear resistance of the FGM sample decreased from top to bottom. Preliminary discussion was made on the mechanism of the formation of Al/Si FGM.

  11. Marine rock physical flume experiment: The method of seafloor shallow sediment recognition by ultrasonic physical attributes

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    Wang, Qing; Wang, Yun; Hu, Xiaoya; Zhang, Jianli; Guo, Shiguang

    2015-04-01

    It's a key problem to recognize the kinds of sediments in the ocean bottom during an acoustic survey or seismic exploration. In this paper, an ultrasonic rock physics experiment was introduced in the flume, which simulated different sedimentary types of ocean bottom, such as stone, fine sand, coarse sand, silt and cement. After processing the simulated acoustic data, some physical attributes, which are sensitive to different types of sediment, was found. In which, the weighted average frequency attribute can distinguish the coarse sand, silt and stone substrate if combined with sweetness attribute. The instantaneous quality factor (Q) attribute highlights the cement restrained with the weighted average frequency attribute. Through analyzing the relationships between porosity, density and these sensitive acoustic attributes, the types of sediment in the flume can be deduced and inversed by artificial neural network method.

  12. Dynamic Analysis of Specimen Under Ultrasonic Fatigue Using Finite Element Method

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    An accelerated ultrasonic fatigue test (UFT) was used for analyzing very high cycle fatigue (VHCF, Nf > 107) behaviors of a specimen with a test resonance of 20 kHz. Using the finite element method (FEM), the dynamic behaviors of the specimen was studied by calculating the stresses along its gauge portion, with displacement. The shape of gauge portion profile was assumed to be a hyperbolic according to the stress equation of the UFT. However, as the specimen used in the test had a circular arc profile, the FEM was used for studying the local stresses for two cases of the gauge profile. The results were compared with those obtain from the stress equation of the UFT. The dynamic behavior of the gauge portion could be understood for further comparison with the actual results

  13. Standard practice for digital imaging and communication in nondestructive evaluation (DICONDE) for ultrasonic test methods

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    2008-01-01

    1.1 This practice facilitates the interoperability of ultrasonic imaging equipment by specifying image data transfer and archival storage methods in commonly accepted terms. This document is intended to be used in conjunction with Practice E 2339 on Digital Imaging and Communication in Nondestructive Evaluation (DICONDE). Practice E 2339 defines an industrial adaptation of the NEMA Standards Publication titled Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM, see http://medical.nema.org), an international standard for image data acquisition, review, transfer and archival storage. The goal of Practice E 2339, commonly referred to as DICONDE, is to provide a standard that facilitates the display and analysis of NDE test results on any system conforming to the DICONDE standard. Toward that end, Practice E 2339 provides a data dictionary and set of information modules that are applicable to all NDE modalities. This practice supplements Practice E 2339 by providing information object definitions, information ...

  14. Pulse-Echo Ultrasonic Imaging Method for Eliminating Sample Thickness Variation Effects

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    Roth, Don J. (Inventor)

    1997-01-01

    A pulse-echo, immersion method for ultrasonic evaluation of a material which accounts for and eliminates nonlevelness in the equipment set-up and sample thickness variation effects employs a single transducer and automatic scanning and digital imaging to obtain an image of a property of the material, such as pore fraction. The nonlevelness and thickness variation effects are accounted for by pre-scan adjustments of the time window to insure that the echoes received at each scan point are gated in the center of the window. This information is input into the scan file so that, during the automatic scanning for the material evaluation, each received echo is centered in its time window. A cross-correlation function calculates the velocity at each scan point, which is then proportionalized to a color or grey scale and displayed on a video screen.

  15. An Ultrasonic-Adaptive Beamforming Method and Its Application for Trans-skull Imaging of Certain Types of Head Injuries; Part I: Transmission Mode.

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    Shapoori, Kiyanoosh; Sadler, Jeff; Wydra, Adrian; Malyarenko, Eugene V; Sinclair, Anthony N; Maev, Roman Gr

    2015-05-01

    A new adaptive beamforming algorithm for imaging via small-aperture 1-D ultrasonic-phased arrays through composite layered structures is reported. Such structures cause acoustic phase aberration and wave refraction at undulating interfaces and can lead to significant distortion of an ultrasonic field pattern produced by conventional beamforming techniques. This distortion takes the form of defocusing the ultrasonic field transmitted through the barrier and causes loss of resolution and overall degradation of image quality. To compensate for the phase aberration and the refractional effects, we developed and examined an adaptive beamforming algorithm for small-aperture linear-phased arrays. After accurately assessing the barrier's local geometry and sound speed, the method calculates a new timing scheme to refocus the distorted beam at its original location. As a tentative application, implementation of this method for trans-skull imaging of certain types of head injuries through human skull is discussed. Simulation and laboratory results of applying the method on skull-mimicking phantoms are presented. Correction of up to 2.5 cm focal point displacement at up to 10 cm depth under our skull phantom is demonstrated. Quantitative assessment of the method in a variety of temporal focusing scenarios is also reported. Overall temporal deviation on the order of a few nanoseconds was observed between the simulated and experimental results. The single-point adaptive focusing results demonstrate strong potential of our approach for diagnostic imaging through intact human skull. The algorithms were implemented on an ultrasound advanced open-platform controlling 64 active elements on a 128-element phased array. PMID:25423646

  16. Evaluation of crack parameters by a nonlinear frequency-mixing laser ultrasonics method.

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    Mezil, Sylvain; Chigarev, Nikolay; Tournat, Vincent; Gusev, Vitalyi

    2016-07-01

    The local evaluation of several parameters of a crack is realized with a nonlinear laser ultrasonic method. The method is based on the sample excitation by two laser beams, independently intensity modulated at two cyclic frequencies ωH and ωL (ωH≫ωL) and on the detection of nonlinear frequency-mixing ultrasonic components at frequencies ωH±nωL (n an integer). Frequency-mixing is a nonlinear process originating from the modulation of the crack state at low frequency ωL by laser-induced thermo-elastic stresses, which causes in turn the modulation of the acoustic waves at frequency ωH reflected/transmitted by the crack. We carry experiments with increasing laser power and observe a non-monotonous variation in the amplitude of up to 6 nonlinear sidelobes. We also improve a previously introduced theoretical model which leads to interpreting the experimental observations by the combined action on the crack of the thermo-elastic waves at low frequency ωL and of the stationary thermo-elastic stresses at ω=0. The latter are induced by the average laser power absorbed by the sample. While thermo-elastic wave can periodically modulate the parameters of the crack up to its periodic opening/closing, the stationary heating could cause complete local closure of the crack. By fitting the experimental amplitude evolutions for all monitored sidelobes with the theoretically predicted ones, various local parameters of the crack are extracted, including its local width and effective rigidity. PMID:27090110

  17. Internal Stress Monitoring of In-Service Structural Steel Members with Ultrasonic Method

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Internal stress in structural steel members is an important parameter for steel structures in their design, construction, and service stages. However, it is hard to measure via traditional approaches. Among the existing non-destructive testing (NDT methods, the ultrasonic method has received the most research attention. Longitudinal critically refracted (Lcr waves, which propagate parallel to the surface of the material within an effective depth, have shown great potential as an effective stress measurement approach. This paper presents a systematic non-destructive evaluation method to determine the internal stress in in-service structural steel members using Lcr waves. Based on theory of acoustoelasticity, a stress evaluation formula is derived. Factor of stress to acoustic time difference is used to describe the relationship between stress and measurable acoustic results. A testing facility is developed and used to demonstrate the performance of the proposed method. Two steel members are measured by using the proposed method and the traditional strain gauge method for verification. Parametric studies are performed on three steel members and the aluminum plate to investigate the factors that influence the testing results. The results show that the proposed method is effective and accurate for determining stress in in-service structural steel members.

  18. A Method For The Verification Of Wire Crimp Compression Using Ultrasonic Inspection

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    Cramer, K. E.; Perey, Daniel F.; Yost, William t.

    2010-01-01

    The development of a new ultrasonic measurement technique to assess quantitatively wire crimp terminations is discussed. The amplitude change of a compressional ultrasonic wave propagating at right angles to the wire axis and through the junction of a crimp termination is shown to correlate with the results of a destructive pull test, which is a standard for assessing crimp wire junction quality. To demonstrate the technique, the case of incomplete compression of crimped connections is ultrasonically tested, and the results are correlated with pull tests. Results show that the nondestructive ultrasonic measurement technique consistently predicts good crimps when the ultrasonic transmission is above a certain threshold amplitude level. A quantitative measure of the quality of the crimped connection based on the ultrasonic energy transmitted is shown to respond accurately to crimp quality. A wave propagation model, solved by finite element analysis, describes the compressional ultrasonic wave propagation through the junction during the crimping process. This model is in agreement within 6% of the ultrasonic measurements. A prototype instrument for applying this technique while wire crimps are installed is also presented. The instrument is based on a two-jaw type crimp tool suitable for butt-splice type connections. A comparison of the results of two different instruments is presented and shows reproducibility between instruments within a 95% confidence bound.

  19. A hybrid method for damage detection and quantification in advanced X-COR composite structures

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    Neerukatti, Rajesh Kumar; Rajadas, Abhishek; Borkowski, Luke; Chattopadhyay, Aditi; Huff, Daniel W.

    2016-04-01

    Advanced composite structures, such as foam core carbon fiber reinforced polymer composites, are increasingly being used in applications which require high strength, high in-plane and flexural stiffness, and low weight. However, the presence of in situ damage due to manufacturing defects and/or service conditions can complicate the failure mechanisms and compromise their strength and reliability. In this paper, the capability of detecting damages such as delaminations and foam-core separations in X-COR composite structures using non-destructive evaluation (NDE) and structural health monitoring (SHM) techniques is investigated. Two NDE techniques, flash thermography and low frequency ultrasonics, were used to detect and quantify the damage size and locations. Macro fiber composites (MFCs) were used as actuators and sensors to study the interaction of Lamb waves with delaminations and foam-core separations. The results indicate that both flash thermography and low frequency ultrasonics were capable of detecting damage in X-COR sandwich structures, although low frequency ultrasonic methods were capable of detecting through thickness damages more accurately than flash thermography. It was also observed that the presence of foam-core separations significantly changes the wave behavior when compared to delamination, which complicates the use of wave based SHM techniques. Further, a wave propagation model was developed to model the wave interaction with damages at different locations on the X-COR sandwich plate.

  20. Advanced Bayesian Method for Planetary Surface Navigation

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    Center, Julian

    2015-01-01

    Autonomous Exploration, Inc., has developed an advanced Bayesian statistical inference method that leverages current computing technology to produce a highly accurate surface navigation system. The method combines dense stereo vision and high-speed optical flow to implement visual odometry (VO) to track faster rover movements. The Bayesian VO technique improves performance by using all image information rather than corner features only. The method determines what can be learned from each image pixel and weighs the information accordingly. This capability improves performance in shadowed areas that yield only low-contrast images. The error characteristics of the visual processing are complementary to those of a low-cost inertial measurement unit (IMU), so the combination of the two capabilities provides highly accurate navigation. The method increases NASA mission productivity by enabling faster rover speed and accuracy. On Earth, the technology will permit operation of robots and autonomous vehicles in areas where the Global Positioning System (GPS) is degraded or unavailable.

  1. Evaluation of induced defetcs in AISI 304 a steel test pieces using conventional and non conventional ultrasonic inspection methods

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    The use of patterns of reference in the evaluation of pieces by non destructive methods, particularly with ultrasonic techniques, is indispensable because the features of this pattern's defects can be correlated with those found in pieces that are in service. In the industry, stainless steels, particularly Type 340 austenitic steels, are widely used in some systems for their excellent mechanical properties in corrosive mediums. But these same pieces may have discontinuities and defects in the welded regions, that occur mainly during production and installation and are also due to subsequent operating conditions. Volumetric inspection techniques reveal the integrity of a material in its thickness and detect internal discontinuities that are not visible on the surface of the piece. Conventional and non conventional ultrasonic techniques are used most often now and among the non conventional techniques is Ultrasonic Spectroscopy [1-2]. Ultrasonic spectroscopy aims to determine the dependence of the properties and characteristics of the material under study with the frequency. These may be geometric in origin (thickness of layers, size, shape and direction of the discontinuity) or inherent (attenuation, dispersion, absorption). The dependence of the frequency is usually connected to some microscopic geometric properties, such as the grain size in polycrystalline materials. In the characterization and detection of discontinuities, the frequency spectrum of an ultrasonic pulse contains information about the shape, size and direction of a discontinuity [1-3]. Therefore, the ultrasonic spectral analysis is very important for the characterization of materials and contributes to the study and evaluation of the ultrasonic signals [4-6]. This study evaluates the behavior of the ultrasonic signals obtained from patterns of welded pieces of AISI 304 stainless steel by using conventional and non conventional methods of ultrasonic inspection. Welded test pieces of AISI 304

  2. Contribution of the ultrasonic simulation to the testing methods qualification process; Contribution de la modelisation ultrasonore au processus de qualification des methodes de controle

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    Le Ber, L.; Calmon, P. [CEA/Saclay, STA, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Abittan, E. [Electricite de France (EDF-GDL), 93 - Saint-Denis (France)

    2001-07-01

    The CEA and EDF have started a study concerning the simulation interest in the qualification of nuclear components control by ultrasonic methods. In this framework, the simulation tools of the CEA, as CIVA, have been tested on real control. The method and the results obtained on some examples are presented. (A.L.B.)

  3. Detection of plating defects using ultrasonic and eddy current test methods

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    The validity of ultrasonic and eddy current testing of austenitic platings of reactor pressure vessels was investigated in the context of a project funded by the Federal Radiation Protection Office (Bundesamt fuer Strahlenschutz). In the first phase, test specimens with natural defects were fabricated at MPA Stuttgart; in the second phase, plating defects were introduced in a MPA large-size vessel. Measurements showed that most plating defects will be detected by standard ultrasonic testing. The highest accuracy was achieved by a combination of ultrasonic and eddy current testing. (orig.)

  4. Experimental study and finite element analysis based on equivalent load method for laser ultrasonic measurement of elastic constants.

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    Zhan, Yu; Liu, Changsheng; Zhang, Fengpeng; Qiu, Zhaoguo

    2016-07-01

    The laser ultrasonic generation of Rayleigh surface wave and longitudinal wave in an elastic plate is studied by experiment and finite element method. In order to eliminate the measurement error and the time delay of the experimental system, the linear fitting method of experimental data is applied. The finite element analysis software ABAQUS is used to simulate the propagation of Rayleigh surface wave and longitudinal wave caused by laser excitation on a sheet metal sample surface. The equivalent load method is proposed and applied. The pulsed laser is equivalent to the surface load in time and space domain to meet the Gaussian profile. The relationship between the physical parameters of the laser and the load is established by the correction factor. The numerical solution is in good agreement with the experimental result. The simple and effective numerical and experimental methods for laser ultrasonic measurement of the elastic constants are demonstrated. PMID:27079489

  5. A time-domain finite element boundary integration method for ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation.

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    Shi, Fan; Choi, Wonjae; Skelton, Elizabeth A; Lowe, Michael J S; Craster, Richard V

    2014-12-01

    A 2-D and 3-D numerical modeling approach for calculating the elastic wave scattering signals from complex stress-free defects is evaluated. In this method, efficient boundary integration across the complex boundary of the defect is coupled with a time-domain finite element (FE) solver. The model is designed to simulate time-domain ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation in bulk media. This approach makes use of the hybrid concept of linking a local numerical model to compute the near-field scattering behavior and theoretical mathematical formulas for postprocessing to calculate the received signals. It minimizes the number of monitoring signals from the FE calculation so that the computation effort in postprocessing decreases significantly. In addition, by neglecting the conventional regular monitoring box, the region for FE calculation can be made smaller. In this paper, the boundary integral method is implemented in a commercial FE code, and it is validated by comparing the scattering signals with results from corresponding full FE models. The coupled method is then implemented in real inspection scenarios in both 2-D and 3-D, and the accuracy and the efficiency are demonstrated. The limitations of the proposed model and future works are also discussed. PMID:25474780

  6. A coupled finite-element, boundary-integral method for simulating ultrasonic flowmeters.

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    Bezdĕk, Michal; Landes, Hermann; Rieder, Alfred; Lerch, Reinhard

    2007-03-01

    Today's most popular technology of ultrasonic flow measurement is based on the transit-time principle. In this paper, a numerical simulation technique applicable to the analysis of transit-time flowmeters is presented. A flowmeter represents a large simulation problem that also requires computation of acoustic fields in moving media. For this purpose, a novel boundary integral method, the Helmholtz integral-ray tracing method (HIRM), is derived and validated. HIRM is applicable to acoustic radiation problems in arbitrary mean flows at low Mach numbers and significantly reduces the memory demands in comparison with the finite-element method (FEM). It relies on an approximate free-space Green's function which makes use of the ray tracing technique. For simulation of practical acoustic devices, a hybrid simulation scheme consisting of FEM and HIRM is proposed. The coupling of FEM and HIRM is facilitated by means of absorbing boundaries in combination with a new, reflection-free, acoustic-source formulation. Using the coupled FEM-HIRM scheme, a full three-dimensional (3-D) simulation of a complete transit-time flowmeter is performed for the first time. The obtained simulation results are in good agreement with measurements both at zero flow and under flow conditions. PMID:17375833

  7. Production of new and conventional metallic materials and their characterization by ultrasonic and metallographic methods

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    The investigations of this project were realized by proposed program. As an initial material the powder metallic particle was used and other metallic materials obtained by conventional procedure in the domicile metallic industry. The metals in powder (Ti, Ni, Cu, Fe) were got from the companies MERCK and FLUKA. According to the methods of the powder metallurgy (first mixed, after that compacted and densified) the samples for need investigations were prepared. In this case (with special procedure; homogenization, pressing and sintering) new porous materials were produced, with defined geometry and with characteristic properties, most interesting as both theoretical and applied aspects. The ultrasonic and metallographic characterization and some other examination were made on this materials. The materials, steel and aluminium, were obtained in domicile factories which produced and manufactured this conventional materials. The choice of this material is selected by defined technological procedure, needed for obtaining correlation between microstructure and macroscopic properties of the examined materials. For the examination on the influence of the different concentration of the components, as a thermal and mechanical treatment, metallographic analyze in the examined materials was made. The ultrasonic investigations in previous noted materials were made in isothermal and in some special case in nonisothermal conditions. For this purpose special equipment was constructed with possibility to program changing of the temperature. From the experimental measured values of the density and velocities of ultrasound, by relationship from theory of elasticity the modulus of elasticity (E, K and G) and Poisson's ratio are determined. In this case it is possible to obtain complete information of the elastic state on the examined materials - most important characteristic in examination of the materials with shape memory effect. Finally in this project the special attention was made

  8. Advances in Packaging Methods, Processes and Systems

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    Nitaigour Premchand Mahalik

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The food processing and packaging industry is becoming a multi-trillion dollar global business. The reason is that the recent increase in incomes in traditionally less economically developed countries has led to a rise in standards of living that includes a significantly higher consumption of packaged foods. As a result, food safety guidelines have been more stringent than ever. At the same time, the number of research and educational institutions—that is, the number of potential researchers and stakeholders—has increased in the recent past. This paper reviews recent developments in food processing and packaging (FPP, keeping in view the aforementioned advancements and bearing in mind that FPP is an interdisciplinary area in that materials, safety, systems, regulation, and supply chains play vital roles. In particular, the review covers processing and packaging principles, standards, interfaces, techniques, methods, and state-of-the-art technologies that are currently in use or in development. Recent advances such as smart packaging, non-destructive inspection methods, printing techniques, application of robotics and machineries, automation architecture, software systems and interfaces are reviewed.

  9. Advances in quantitative electroencephalogram analysis methods.

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    Thakor, Nitish V; Tong, Shanbao

    2004-01-01

    Quantitative electroencephalogram (qEEG) plays a significant role in EEG-based clinical diagnosis and studies of brain function. In past decades, various qEEG methods have been extensively studied. This article provides a detailed review of the advances in this field. qEEG methods are generally classified into linear and nonlinear approaches. The traditional qEEG approach is based on spectrum analysis, which hypothesizes that the EEG is a stationary process. EEG signals are nonstationary and nonlinear, especially in some pathological conditions. Various time-frequency representations and time-dependent measures have been proposed to address those transient and irregular events in EEG. With regard to the nonlinearity of EEG, higher order statistics and chaotic measures have been put forward. In characterizing the interactions across the cerebral cortex, an information theory-based measure such as mutual information is applied. To improve the spatial resolution, qEEG analysis has also been combined with medical imaging technology (e.g., CT, MR, and PET). With these advances, qEEG plays a very important role in basic research and clinical studies of brain injury, neurological disorders, epilepsy, sleep studies and consciousness, and brain function. PMID:15255777

  10. Development of a method to characterize high-protein dairy powders using an ultrasonic flaw detector.

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    Hauser, M; Amamcharla, J K

    2016-02-01

    Dissolution behavior of high-protein dairy powders plays a critical role for achieving functional and nutritional characteristics of a finished food product. Current methods for evaluating powder dissolution properties are time consuming, difficult to reproduce, and subjective. Ultrasound spectroscopy is a rapid and precise method, but requires expensive equipment and skilled technicians to carry out the tests. In the present study, an ultrasonic flaw detector (UFD) was used as an economical alternative to characterize the powder dissolution properties. The objective of study was to develop a method to characterize the dissolution behavior of milk protein concentrate (MPC) using a UFD. The experimental setup included a UFD connected to a 1-MHz immersion transducer that was kept a constant distance from a reflector plate. To validate the method, 2 batches of MPC80 from a commercial manufacturer were procured and stored at 25 and 40°C for 4 wk. Focus beam reflectance measurement and solubility index were used as reference methods. Relative ultrasound velocity and ultrasound attenuation were acquired during the dissolution of MPC samples. To characterize the MPC dissolution, 4 parameters including standard deviation of relative velocity, area under the attenuation curve, and peak attenuation were extracted from ultrasound data. As the storage temperature and time increased, the area under the attenuation curve and peak height decreased, indicating a loss of solubility. The proposed UFD-based method was able to capture the changes in dissolution of MPC during storage at 25 and 40°C. It was observed that a high-quality MPC had a low standard deviation and a larger area under the attenuation curve. As the MPC aged at 40°C, the particle dispersion rate decreased and, consequently, an increase in standard deviation and reduction in area were observed. Overall, the UFD can be a low-cost method to characterize the dissolution behavior of high-protein dairy powders. PMID

  11. A method for ultrasonic quality evaluation of glass/polyester composites

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    S. Pawlak; L. Wierzbicki; G. Wróbel

    2007-01-01

    attenuation coefficient and the local fiber content in glass/polyester composites.Design/methodology/approach: Experimental data have been obtained using ultrasonic wave velocity and attenuation measurements. To determine the actual fiber content in the composites, needed to build proper relationships between considered factors, the standard destructive analysis was applied. For ultrasonic non-destructive testing, through-transmission technique was used.Findings: Experimental results have sho...

  12. Further development of the ultrasonic testing method for improving the detection and analysis of corrosion cracks

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    Defect detection and analysis can be improved applying the ultrasonic multifrequency technique basing on the principle that each defect type reveals two characteristic domains during ultrasonic testing, i.e. scattering and reflection. The frequency range ft, which is the frequency range where transition from scattering to reflection occurs, is a major characteristic value identifying the defect size, which in the case of corrosion cracks is directly proportional to the crack depth. (orig.)

  13. Electromagnetic ultrasonic guided waves

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    Huang, Songling; Li, Weibin; Wang, Qing

    2016-01-01

    This book introduces the fundamental theory of electromagnetic ultrasonic guided waves, together with its applications. It includes the dispersion characteristics and matching theory of guided waves; the mechanism of production and theoretical model of electromagnetic ultrasonic guided waves; the effect mechanism between guided waves and defects; the simulation method for the entire process of electromagnetic ultrasonic guided wave propagation; electromagnetic ultrasonic thickness measurement; pipeline axial guided wave defect detection; and electromagnetic ultrasonic guided wave detection of gas pipeline cracks. This theory and findings on applications draw on the author’s intensive research over the past eight years. The book can be used for nondestructive testing technology and as an engineering reference work. The specific implementation of the electromagnetic ultrasonic guided wave system presented here will also be of value for other nondestructive test developers.

  14. Ultrasonic Method for Concentration and Particle Size Analysis in Dense Coal-water Slurry

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    Xue, Minghua; Su, Mingxu; Dong, Lili; Shang, Zhitao; Cai, Xiaoshu

    2007-06-01

    The concentration and particle size distribution in particulate two-phase flow are the important parameters in a wide variety of industrial areas. For the purpose of on-line characterizing dense coal-water slurry, ultrasonic methods have many advantages, such as no-dilution, real-time and no-invasion, while light-based techniques are not capable of providing information because optical methods normally require the sample to be diluted. In this paper, the modified Urick equation including temperature modification, which can be used to determine concentration from the measurement of velocity in the coal-water slurry, is evaluated on the basis of model analysis and experiments. Combined with the optimum regulation technique inverse algorithm, the particle size distribution of the coal-water slurry is obtained according to the attenuation prediction of Coupled-phase model plus Bouguer-Lambert-Beer-Law scattering model and experimental attenuation at frequencies ranges from 3MHz to 12MHz. This technique brings the possibility of using ultrasound for on-line measurement of dense slurry.

  15. Hand Gesture Recognition Using Ultrasonic Waves

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    AlSharif, Mohammed Hussain

    2016-04-01

    Gesturing is a natural way of communication between people and is used in our everyday conversations. Hand gesture recognition systems are used in many applications in a wide variety of fields, such as mobile phone applications, smart TVs, video gaming, etc. With the advances in human-computer interaction technology, gesture recognition is becoming an active research area. There are two types of devices to detect gestures; contact based devices and contactless devices. Using ultrasonic waves for determining gestures is one of the ways that is employed in contactless devices. Hand gesture recognition utilizing ultrasonic waves will be the focus of this thesis work. This thesis presents a new method for detecting and classifying a predefined set of hand gestures using a single ultrasonic transmitter and a single ultrasonic receiver. This method uses a linear frequency modulated ultrasonic signal. The ultrasonic signal is designed to meet the project requirements such as the update rate, the range of detection, etc. Also, it needs to overcome hardware limitations such as the limited output power, transmitter, and receiver bandwidth, etc. The method can be adapted to other hardware setups. Gestures are identified based on two main features; range estimation of the moving hand and received signal strength (RSS). These two factors are estimated using two simple methods; channel impulse response (CIR) and cross correlation (CC) of the reflected ultrasonic signal from the gesturing hand. A customized simple hardware setup was used to classify a set of hand gestures with high accuracy. The detection and classification were done using methods of low computational cost. This makes the proposed method to have a great potential for the implementation in many devices including laptops and mobile phones. The predefined set of gestures can be used for many control applications.

  16. Comparison between sensitivities of quality control methods using ultrasonic waves, radiography and acoustic emission for the thick welded joint testing

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    The testing of the thick welded joints of the nuclear industry is carried out by radiography and ultrasonics on completion of welding. When a fault is found, its repair requires a sometimes deep cut down to the position of the fault, then filling in of the cut by hand welding with a coated electrode. This very costly operation also involves the risk of causing new defects when building up by hand. Listening to the acoustic emission during the welding has been considered in order to seek the possibility of detecting defects when they appear, or soon after. The industrial use of this method would make an instant repair of the defective areas possible at less cost and with greater reliability. The study presented concerns the comparison between the results of the various non-destructive testing methods: radiography, ultrasonics and acoustic emission, for a thick welded joint in which the defects have been brought about

  17. Photocatalytic studies of Ag/ZnO nanocomposite particles produced via ultrasonic spray pyrolysis method

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    Dermenci, Kamil Burak [Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, Anadolu University, Eskisehir (Turkey); Dept. of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul (Turkey); Genc, Bora [Dept. of Environmental Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul (Turkey); Ebin, Burçak [Dept. of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul (Turkey); Olmez-Hanci, Tugba [Dept. of Environmental Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul (Turkey); Gürmen, Sebahattin, E-mail: gurmen@itu.edu.tr [Dept. of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul (Turkey)

    2014-02-15

    Highlights: • Ag/ZnO nanocomposite catalyst with a single step route is synthesized. • Methylene Blue decolorization, degradation and first order kinetics is studied. • The highest decolorization and degradation rates are 40% and 27% respectively. • The highest degradation rate coefficient is 9 × 10{sup −3} min{sup −1}. • Crystallite sizes and atomic fraction difference are important parameters. -- Abstract: Noble metal/semiconductor oxide nanocomposites have considerable interest on degradation of pollutants from textile wastewaters. Ag/ZnO, as one of the noble metal/semiconductor oxide nanocomposite, is highly efficient catalyst in textile pollutant degradation that allows irradiation wavelength towards visible light region. Ultrasonic spray pyrolysis method was used to produce spherical, homogenously distributed and submicron Ag/ZnO nanocomposite particles in one step. A water leach solution (0.05–0.2 M, Ag{sup +}:Zn{sup 2+} = 1:1) is carried by non-cost air into the reaction furnace (T = 700 °C, 800 °C and 900 °C). UV-A illumination of Methylene Blue (MB) with the presence of Ag/ZnO nanocatalysts after 60 min results up to 40% MB decolorization, 9 × 10{sup −3} min{sup −1} decolorization rate constant.

  18. Photocatalytic studies of Ag/ZnO nanocomposite particles produced via ultrasonic spray pyrolysis method

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    Highlights: • Ag/ZnO nanocomposite catalyst with a single step route is synthesized. • Methylene Blue decolorization, degradation and first order kinetics is studied. • The highest decolorization and degradation rates are 40% and 27% respectively. • The highest degradation rate coefficient is 9 × 10−3 min−1. • Crystallite sizes and atomic fraction difference are important parameters. -- Abstract: Noble metal/semiconductor oxide nanocomposites have considerable interest on degradation of pollutants from textile wastewaters. Ag/ZnO, as one of the noble metal/semiconductor oxide nanocomposite, is highly efficient catalyst in textile pollutant degradation that allows irradiation wavelength towards visible light region. Ultrasonic spray pyrolysis method was used to produce spherical, homogenously distributed and submicron Ag/ZnO nanocomposite particles in one step. A water leach solution (0.05–0.2 M, Ag+:Zn2+ = 1:1) is carried by non-cost air into the reaction furnace (T = 700 °C, 800 °C and 900 °C). UV-A illumination of Methylene Blue (MB) with the presence of Ag/ZnO nanocatalysts after 60 min results up to 40% MB decolorization, 9 × 10−3 min−1 decolorization rate constant

  19. Corrosion Resistance Analysis of Sintered NdFeB Magnets Using Ultrasonic-Aided EDM Method

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    Li, L.; Wei, X. T.; Li, Z. Y.; Cheng, X.

    2015-01-01

    Sintered neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) permanent magnets are widely used in many fields because of their excellent magnetic property. However, their poor corrosion resistance has been cited as a potential problem that limits their extensive application. This paper presents an experimental investigation into the improvement of surface corrosion resistance with the ultrasonic-aided electrical discharge machining (U-EDM) method. A scanning electron microscope was used to analyze the surface morphology of recast layers formed through the EDM and U-EDM processes. The chemical structure and elements of these recast layers were characterized using x-ray diffraction and energy dispersive spectroscopy. Corrosion resistance was also studied by means of potentiodynamic polarization, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and immersion tests in 0.5 mol/L H2SO4 solution. Experimental results show that an amorphous structure was formed in the recast layer during the EDM and U-EDM processes and that this structure could improve the corrosion resistance of sintered NdFeB magnets. Moreover, the corrosion resistance of U-EDM-treated surface was better than that of the EDM-treated surface.

  20. An Adaptive 6-DOF Tracking Method by Hybrid Sensing for Ultrasonic Endoscopes

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    Chengyang Du

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, a novel hybrid sensing method for tracking an ultrasonic endoscope within the gastrointestinal (GI track is presented, and the prototype of the tracking system is also developed. We implement 6-DOF localization by sensing integration and information fusion. On the hardware level, a tri-axis gyroscope and accelerometer, and a magnetic angular rate and gravity (MARG sensor array are attached at the end of endoscopes, and three symmetric cylindrical coils are placed around patients’ abdomens. On the algorithm level, an adaptive fast quaternion convergence (AFQC algorithm is introduced to determine the orientation by fusing inertial/magnetic measurements, in which the effects of magnetic disturbance and acceleration are estimated to gain an adaptive convergence output. A simplified electro-magnetic tracking (SEMT algorithm for dimensional position is also implemented, which can easily integrate the AFQC’s results and magnetic measurements. Subsequently, the average position error is under 0.3 cm by reasonable setting, and the average orientation error is 1° without noise. If magnetic disturbance or acceleration exists, the average orientation error can be controlled to less than 3.5°.

  1. Resolution enhancement for ultrasonic echographic technique in non destructive testing with an adaptive deconvolution method

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    The ultrasonic echographic technique has specific advantages which makes it essential in a lot of Non Destructive Testing (NDT) investigations. However, the high acoustic power necessary to propagate through highly attenuating media can only be transmitted by resonant transducers, which induces severe limitations of the resolution on the received echograms. This resolution may be improved with deconvolution methods. But one-dimensional deconvolution methods come up against problems in non destructive testing when the investigated medium is highly anisotropic and inhomogeneous (i.e. austenitic steel). Numerous deconvolution techniques are well documented in the NDT literature. But they often come from other application fields (biomedical engineering, geophysics) and we show they do not apply well to specific NDT problems: frequency-dependent attenuation and non-minimum phase of the emitted wavelet. We therefore introduce a new time-domain approach which takes into account the wavelet features. Our method solves the deconvolution problem as an estimation one and is performed in two steps: (i) A phase correction step which takes into account the phase of the wavelet and estimates a phase-corrected echogram. The phase of the wavelet is only due to the transducer and is assumed time-invariant during the propagation. (ii) A band equalization step which restores the spectral content of the ideal reflectivity. The two steps of the method are performed using fast Kalman filters which allow a significant reduction of the computational effort. Synthetic and actual results are given to prove that this is a good approach for resolution improvement in attenuating media

  2. Development of Translational Methods in Spectral Analysis of Human Infant Crying and Rat Pup Ultrasonic Vocalizations for Early Neurobehavioral Assessment

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    Philip Sanford Zeskind; McMurray, Matthew S.; Kristin Ann Garber; Juliana Miriam Neuspiel; Elizabeth Thomas Cox; Grewen, Karen M.; Mayes, Linda C.; Johns, Josephine M.

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this article is to describe the development of translational methods by which spectrum analysis of human infant crying and rat pup ultrasonic vocalizations (USVs) can be used to assess potentially adverse effects of various prenatal conditions on early neurobehavioral development. The study of human infant crying has resulted in a rich set of measures that has long been used to assess early neurobehavioral insult due to non-optimal prenatal environments, even among seemingly he...

  3. Photocatalytic Activities of Copper Doped Cadmium Sulfide Microspheres Prepared by a Facile Ultrasonic Spray-Pyrolysis Method

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    Jinzhan Su; Tao Zhang; Yufeng Li; Yubin Chen; Maochang Liu

    2016-01-01

    Ultrasonic spray pyrolysis is a superior method for preparing and synthesizing spherical particles of metal oxide or sulfide semiconductors. Cadmium sulfide (CdS) photocatalysts with different sizes and doped-CdS with different dopants and doping levels have been synthesized to study their properties of photocatalytic hydrogen production from water. The CdS photocatalysts were characterized with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray fluorescence-spectrometry (XRF), UV-Vis absorption spect...

  4. Ultrasonic TOFD method application for steel components and welds of 10 mm wall thickness using ultrasonic flaw detector and ULTRA7 TOFD software

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    Pressure Vessels inspection is carried out using complex of NDT techniques. A relatively recent technique ultrasonic NDJ is the Time-of-Flight Diffraction (TOFD,) method as an effective method for detection and sizing of flaws. One of the way inspection heavy duty steel elements and welds is to use manual TOFD technique with longitudinal waves at refracted angles of 45 to 70 degrees. Typically inspections using this method have been on steel elements and welds varying from 12 mm to 300 mm wall thickness. In this paper is presented examples of using the TOFD techniques for 10 mm wall thickness using USM 35X5 and ULTRA-7 TOFD software. This software provides TOFD inspection design (PCS, sound path, beam coverage, dead zones) and validation services. The calculations of the two dead zones are derived from relatively trigonometric equation, graphically displayed on a PC-screen and weld frame form. Using ULTRA-7 TOFD the user must move the gate at which the flaw is located on PC-screen to determine the depth of defect. The diffraction points graphically displayed in a weld frame form and analyzed using geometry calculations. (authors)

  5. Ultrasonic and eddy current testing of austenitic platings of reactor pressure vessels - qualification according the ENIQ method

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    In the context of the research project SR2318, which received funds from the Federal Radiation Protection Office (Bundesamt fuer Strahlenschutz) and the BMU, the accuracy of eddy current and ultrasonic tests of austenitic platings on reactor pressure vessels was investigated. The results were evaluated with a view to qualification of combined ultrasonic and eddy current tests of platings and base materials on the one hand; on the other hand, a standard test procedure according to the ENIQ method (European Network of Inspection Qualification) is proposed which can serve as a basis for qualification of test procedures. Summarizing suggestions are made for updating the KTA 3201.4 regulation for recurrent inspections of platings. The results of research project SR 2351 are considered. (orig.)

  6. Non-destructive testing methods for detection of creep-induced defects by means of ultrasonic surface waves

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    A method is presented for measuring the propagation velocity of surface waves in the ultrasonic frequency range. The creep-induced defect occurs predominantly at the topmost surface and leads to a minor deceleration of the ultrasonic waves in the material. With increasing penetration depth, the waves increasingly scan the material layers deeper down from the surface, which are increasingly less damaged. This indicates a smooth increase in the propagation velocity. Initial measurements at two damaged pipe bends, both after service times of more than 200.000 hours, exhibit the predicted behaviour. In both cases, the wave velocity increases at damaged sites with increasing penetration depth. The results obtained are in good agreement with metallographic examinations of the detected defect sites at the pipe bends. (orig./MM)

  7. Study on the ultrasonic inspection method using the full matrix capture for the in service railway wheel

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    The quality of wheel is especially important for the safety of high speed railway. In this paper, a new ultrasonic array inspection method, the Full Matrix Capture (FMC) has been studied and applied to the high speed railway wheel inspection, especially in the wheel web from the tread. Firstly, the principle of FMC and TFM algorithm is discussed, and then the new optimization is applied to the standard FMC; Secondly the fundamentals of optimization is described in detail and the performance is analyzed. Finally, the experiment has been built with a standard phased array block and railway wheel, and then the testing results are discussed and analyzed. It is demonstrated that this change for the ultrasonic data acquisition and image reconstruction has higher efficiency and lower cost comparing to the FMC's procedure

  8. Review and statistical analysis of the ultrasonic velocity method for estimating the porosity fraction in polycrystalline materials

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    Roth, D. J.; Swickard, S. M.; Stang, D. B.; Deguire, M. R.

    1990-01-01

    A review and statistical analysis of the ultrasonic velocity method for estimating the porosity fraction in polycrystalline materials is presented. Initially, a semi-empirical model is developed showing the origin of the linear relationship between ultrasonic velocity and porosity fraction. Then, from a compilation of data produced by many researchers, scatter plots of velocity versus percent porosity data are shown for Al2O3, MgO, porcelain-based ceramics, PZT, SiC, Si3N4, steel, tungsten, UO2,(U0.30Pu0.70)C, and YBa2Cu3O(7-x). Linear regression analysis produced predicted slope, intercept, correlation coefficient, level of significance, and confidence interval statistics for the data. Velocity values predicted from regression analysis for fully-dense materials are in good agreement with those calculated from elastic properties.

  9. Review and statistical analysis of the ultrasonic velocity method for estimating the porosity fraction in polycrystalline materials

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    A review and statistical analysis of the ultrasonic velocity method for estimating the porosity fraction in polycrystalline materials is presented. Initially, a semi-empirical model is developed showing the origin of the linear relationship between ultrasonic velocity and porosity fraction. Then, from a compilation of data produced by many researchers, scatter plots of velocity versus percent porosity data are shown for Al2O3, MgO, porcelain-based ceramics, PZT, SiC, Si3N4, steel, tungsten, UO2,(U0.30Pu0.70)C, and YBa2Cu3O(7-x). Linear regression analysis produced predicted slope, intercept, correlation coefficient, level of significance, and confidence interval statistics for the data. Velocity values predicted from regression analysis for fully-dense materials are in good agreement with those calculated from elastic properties

  10. Syntheses and characterization of Sr(OH)2 and SrCO3 nanostructures by ultrasonic method.

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    Alavi, Mohammad Amin; Morsali, Ali

    2010-01-01

    The Sr(OH)(2) and SrCO(3) nanostructures were synthesized by reaction of strontium(II) acetate and sodium hydroxide or tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH) via ultrasonic method. Reaction conditions, such as the concentration of the Sr(2+) ion, aging time, power of the ultrasonic device and alkali salts show important roles in the size, morphology and growth process of the final products. The pure crystalline SrCO(3) were obtained by heating of product at 400 degrees C. The Sr(OH)(2) and SrCO(3) nanostructures were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), thermal gravimetric (TG), differential thermal analyses (DTA) and the infrared spectroscopy (IR). PMID:19501537

  11. Comparison of Ultrasonic and CO2 Laser Pretreatment Methods on Enzyme Digestibility of Corn Stover

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    Li-Li Zuo

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available To decrease the cost of bioethanol production, biomass recalcitrance needs to be overcome so that the conversion of biomass to bioethanol becomes more efficient. CO2 laser irradiation can disrupt the lignocellulosic physical structure and reduce the average size of fiber. Analyses with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, specific surface area, and the microstructure of corn stover were used to elucidate the enhancement mechanism of the pretreatment process by CO2 laser irradiation. The present work demonstrated that the CO2 laser had potential to enhance the bioconversion efficiency of lignocellulosic waste to renewable bioethanol. The saccharification rate of the CO2 laser pretreatment was significantly higher than ultrasonic pretreatment, and reached 27.75% which was 1.34-fold of that of ultrasonic pretreatment. The results showed the impact of CO2 laser pretreatment on corn stover to be more effective than ultrasonic pretreatment.

  12. Ultrasonic flaw detecting device for welded portion of stab and flaw detecting method therefor

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    In the present invention, flaws are detected efficiently only for the welded portion of a stab disposed to a lower end plate of a pressure vessel used in a nuclear power plant. Namely, the device of the present invention comprises (1) an ultrasonic probe disposed to a shaft of the stab of control rod drives (CRD), (2) a shaft for supporting the ultrasonic probe, (3) a driving mechanism for circumferentially rotating and further axially moving the shaft, and (4) a controlling device for controlling the equipments described above and processing data. The position of the supersonic probe is moved vertically in the axial direction while rotating the shaft and rotating the supersonic probe in the circumferential direction by the driving mechanism driven upon receiving signals from the controlling device. Flaws can be detected only for the welded portion of the CRD stab using the ultrasonic probe by repeating the operation. In addition, efficiency for the flaw detecting operation is improved. (I.S.)

  13. Mesh-free distributed point source method for modeling viscous fluid motion between disks vibrating at ultrasonic frequency.

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    Wada, Yuji; Kundu, Tribikram; Nakamura, Kentaro

    2014-08-01

    The distributed point source method (DPSM) is extended to model wave propagation in viscous fluids. Appropriate estimation on attenuation and boundary layer formation due to fluid viscosity is necessary for the ultrasonic devices used for acoustic streaming or ultrasonic levitation. The equations for DPSM modeling in viscous fluids are derived in this paper by decomposing the linearized viscous fluid equations into two components-dilatational and rotational components. By considering complex P- and S-wave numbers, the acoustic fields in viscous fluids can be calculated following similar calculation steps that are used for wave propagation modeling in solids. From the calculations reported the precision of DPSM is found comparable to that of the finite element method (FEM) for a fundamental ultrasonic field problem. The particle velocity parallel to the two bounding surfaces of the viscous fluid layer between two rigid plates (one in motion and one stationary) is calculated. The finite element results agree well with the DPSM results that were generated faster than the transient FEM results. PMID:25096081

  14. Improvement of ultrasonic testing methods of austeno-ferritic steel cast components

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    Due to the low signal to noise ratio incountered in cast stainless steel components of P.W.R. reactor cooling system, usual ultrasonic testing aren't efficient. In order to enhance ultrasonics capabilities Electricite de France and C.E.A. have carried out a study main results of which are shown in this paper. These results include: Metallurgical structure effects: very high diffusion noise, beam distortion, low pass filter. Probe parameters that leed to examinations enhancement: focusing, aperture, damper. Efficient signal processing techniques: Split Spectrum, Image processing. Results of enhancement means on actual defects (shrinkage cavities). (authors). 2 refs., 9 figs

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  16. Advanced continuous cultivation methods for systems microbiology.

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    Adamberg, Kaarel; Valgepea, Kaspar; Vilu, Raivo

    2015-09-01

    Increasing the throughput of systems biology-based experimental characterization of in silico-designed strains has great potential for accelerating the development of cell factories. For this, analysis of metabolism in the steady state is essential as only this enables the unequivocal definition of the physiological state of cells, which is needed for the complete description and in silico reconstruction of their phenotypes. In this review, we show that for a systems microbiology approach, high-resolution characterization of metabolism in the steady state--growth space analysis (GSA)--can be achieved by using advanced continuous cultivation methods termed changestats. In changestats, an environmental parameter is continuously changed at a constant rate within one experiment whilst maintaining cells in the physiological steady state similar to chemostats. This increases the resolution and throughput of GSA compared with chemostats, and, moreover, enables following of the dynamics of metabolism and detection of metabolic switch-points and optimal growth conditions. We also describe the concept, challenge and necessary criteria of the systematic analysis of steady-state metabolism. Finally, we propose that such systematic characterization of the steady-state growth space of cells using changestats has value not only for fundamental studies of metabolism, but also for systems biology-based metabolic engineering of cell factories. PMID:26220303

  17. Determination Strength of Concrete in-Situ by Seismic Ultrasonic Method in Detecting Risky Structure

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    Uyanik, O.; Öziçer, S.; Sabbağ, N.

    2014-12-01

    Strength of concrete is important in the analysis of structures. Strength of concrete can be determined as destructive or non destructive. In order to determine to strength of concrete as destructive, core is taken from concrete parts of the structure and uniaxial compressive strength test is applied in the laboratory. In contrast, strength of concrete can be determined as non destructive in situ by seismic ultrasonic technique. In this study, seismic ultrasonic P wave velocity measurements. Schmidt hammer test in situ and core sampling along with uniaxial compressive test are carried out in order to determine the strength of concrete in existing structures in Bornova district of İzmir. Seismic ultrasonic P wave velocity measurements in situ were also applied on the core. The concrete strength values obtained from techniques applied in study were compared and error values are determined. By seismic ultrasonic P wave velocity measurements with error value %5 strength of concrete is determined quickly without any destruction on structures studied.

  18. Application of a Modified Method of Ultrasonic Measurements for Determination of Elastic Moduli of Rocks

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    Zel, I. Yu.; Ivankina, T. I.; Levin, D.M.; Lokajíček, Tomáš

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 60, č. 4 (2015), s. 591-599. ISSN 1063-7745 R&D Projects: GA MŠk LH13102; GA ČR(CZ) GAP104/12/0915; GA ČR GA13-13967S Institutional support: RVO:67985831 Keywords : rocks * ultrasonic measurements Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy Impact factor: 0.489, year: 2014

  19. Static modulus of elasticity of concrete measured by the ultrasonic method

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    Sena Rodrigues, S.

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Lately, a huge number of accidents caused by problems found in the durability of concrete structures due to inappropriate project design, lack of control of quality during the project s execution, inadequate maintenance practices and an aggressive environment has been reported. This finding has required from the professionals constant inspections and evaluations of the real conditions of all concrete structures. In order to perform those inspections, one should know not only the elastic modulus to analyze the concrete structural behaviour but also to investigate its performance, since the strains may yield cracks able to compromise the durability- of structures. Non-destructive testing techniques, particularly the ultrasonic testing, are performed to evaluate and determine the quality of a concrete structure or element. Currently, such essays have been widely researched and analyzed all over the world because they enable the examination of structures without damaging them. The purpose of the present study was to correlate the ultrasonic pulse velocity and the elastic modulus of several concrete specimens molded with a range of water-cement ratios, different kinds of aggregates and curing methods. All the concrete specimens were tested in different ages to determine the pulse velocity and the static modulus of elasticity standardized according to KBR 8522, through mechanical extensometers, electrical strain gauge and LVTD inductive transducer.

    Recientemente se ha registrado un gran número de accidentes causados por problemas relacionados con la durabilidad de las estructuras de hormigón y debidos a un inadecuado proyecto de diseño, ausencia de control de calidad durante la ejecución del proyecto, prácticas inadecuadas de construcción y un ambiente agresivo. Este hallazgo ha dado lugar a que los ingenieros realicen constantes inspecciones y evaluaciones de la condición real de todas las estructuras de hormigón. Para llevar a cabo

  20. Advanced Numerical Modeling of the Dispersion of Ceramic Nanoparticles during Ultrasonic Cavitation Processing and Solidification of 6061-based Nanocomposites

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    Zhang, D.; Nastac, L.

    2015-06-01

    The metal-matrix-nano-composites (MMNCs) in this study consist of a 6061 alloy matrix reinforced with 1.0 wt.% SiC 50 nm diameter nanoparticles that are dispersed uniformly within the matrix in large volume using an ultrasonic cavitation dispersion technique (UCDS) available in the Solidification Laboratory at UA. The required ultrasonic parameters to achieve the required cavitation for adequate degassing and refining of the aluminium alloy as well as the fluid flow characteristics for uniform dispersion of the nanoparticles into the 6061 matrix are being investigated in this study by using an in-house developed CFD ultrasonic cavitation model. The multiphase CFD model accounts for turbulent fluid flow, heat transfer and solidification as well as the complex interaction between the solidifying alloy and nanoparticles by using the Ansys's Fluent Dense Discrete Phase Model (DDPM) and a particle engulfment and pushing (PEP) model. The PEP model accounts for the Brownian motion. SEM analysis was performed on the as-cast MMNC coupons processed via UCDS and confirmed the distribution of the nanoparticles predicted by the current CFD model. A parametric study was performed using the validated CFD model. The study includes the effects of magnitude of the fluid flow and ultrasonic probe location (gravity direction).

  1. Ultrasonic assisted-ECAP.

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    Djavanroodi, F; Ahmadian, H; Koohkan, K; Naseri, R

    2013-08-01

    Equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) is one of the most prominent procedures for achieving ultra-fine grain (UFG) structures among the various severe plastic deformation (SPD) techniques. In this study, the effect of ultrasonic vibration on deformation behavior of commercial pure aluminum in the ECAP process is analyzed successfully using three dimensional (3D) by finite element methods (FEMs). The investigation includes the effects of die geometry, billet length, friction factor, ram speed, ultrasonic amplitude and ultrasonic frequency. Conventional as well as ultrasonic ECAP has been performed on aluminium 1070 alloy and the obtained data were used for validating simulations. It is observed that a 13% reduction in the average force was achieved when ultrasonic vibration with amplitude of 2.5 μm at 20 kHz is applied. Also, further reduction in ECAP forming forces are obtained with increase of vibration amplitude, vibration frequency, friction factor, billet length and die channel angle. PMID:23523093

  2. "Advanced Manufacturing Methods for Systems of Nanospacecrafts".

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    Rochus, Pierre

    2014-01-01

    Space instrumentation and Space Environmental testing activities at CSL Dreams, a priori expectations and space specificities Advanced Manufacturing Techniques considered in our studies First steps realizations 15 years ago More concrete and more recent examples Conclusions and future activities

  3. Ultrasonic testing

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    Song, Sung Jin [Sungkwunkwan Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Jeong, Hyun Jo [Wonkwang Univ., Iksan (Korea, Republic of)

    2004-02-15

    For the proper performance of ultrasonic testing of steel welded joints, and anisotropic material it is necessary to have sound understanding on the underlying physics. To provide such an understanding, it is beneficial to have simulation tools for ultrasonic testing. In order to address such a need, we develop effective approaches to simulate angle beam ultrasonic testing with a personal computer. The simulation is performed using ultrasonic measurement models based on the computationally efficient multi-Gaussian beams. This reach will describe the developed ultrasonic testing models together with the experimental verification of their accuracy.

  4. Characterization, properties and catalytic application of TiO2 nanotubes prepared by ultrasonic-assisted sol-hydrothermal method

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    Graphical abstract: A novel class of titania nanotubes (TNTs) have been prepared by ultrasonic assisted sol-hydrothermal method using tetrabutyl titanate and ethanol as the precursors. The physicochemical characteristics of the catalysts were investigated by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Brunauer–Emmett–Teller method, Differential Scanning Calorimeters-Thermogravimetric Analysis (DSC–TG) and UV–vis absorption spectra. The photocatalytic activity of the products was evaluated in terms of reactive brilliant red X-3B in an aqueous solution under UV irradiation for 1 h. The results showed that the catalyst revealed an excellent photocatalytic activity. The degradation rate of reactive brilliant X-3B could be up to 96%. Display Omitted Highlights: ► TiO2 nanotubes were prepared by ultrasonic-assisted sol-hydrothermal method. ► TEM, HRTEM, XRD, and BET were used to study morphology and crystalline structure. ► FTIR, DSC-TG was used to investigate pyrolytic process and phase structure. ► UV–vis absorption spectra were used to evaluate the photocatalysis of catalysts. ► Dye degradation result showed that the catalyst had excellent photocatalytic activity. -- Abstract: A novel class of titania nanotubes (TNTs) have been prepared by ultrasonic assisted sol-hydrothermal method using tetrabutyl titanate and ethanol as the precursors. The physicochemical characteristics of the catalysts were investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) method, Differential Scanning Calorimeters-Thermogravimetric Analysis (DSC-TG) and UV–vis absorption spectra. The photocatalytic activity of the products was evaluated in terms of reactive brilliant red X-3B in an aqueous solution under UV irradiation for 1 h. The results showed that the anatase nanotubes prepared by ultrasonic assisted sol-hydrothermal method exhibited excellent photocatalytic activity. The degradation rate of

  5. Damped time advance methods for particles and EM fields

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    Recent developments in the application of damped time advance methods to plasma simulations include the synthesis of implicit and explicit ''adjustably damped'' second order accurate methods for particle motion and electromagnetic field propagation. This paper discusses this method

  6. Ultrasonic Nondestructive Characterization of Adhesive Bonds

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    Qu, Jianmin

    1999-01-01

    Adhesives and adhesive joints are widely used in various industrial applications to reduce weight and costs, and to increase reliability. For example, advances in aerospace technology have been made possible, in part, through the use of lightweight materials and weight-saving structural designs. Joints, in particular, have been and continue to be areas in which weight can be trimmed from an airframe through the use of novel attachment techniques. In order to save weight over traditional riveted designs, to avoid the introduction of stress concentrations associated with rivet holes, and to take full advantage of advanced composite materials, engineers and designers have been specifying an ever-increasing number of adhesively bonded joints for use on airframes. Nondestructive characterization for quality control and remaining life prediction has been a key enabling technology for the effective use of adhesive joints. Conventional linear ultrasonic techniques generally can only detect flaws (delamination, cracks, voids, etc) in the joint assembly. However, more important to structural reliability is the bond strength. Although strength, in principle, cannot be measured nondestructively, a slight change in material nonlinearity may indicate the onset of failure. Furthermore, microstructural variations due to aging or under-curing may also cause changes in the third order elastic constants, which are related to the ultrasonic nonlinear parameter of the polymer adhesive. It is therefore reasonable to anticipate a correlation between changes in the ultrasonic nonlinear acoustic parameter and the remaining bond strength. It has been observed that higher harmonics of the fundamental frequency are generated when an ultrasonic wave passes through a nonlinear material. It seems that such nonlinearity can be effectively used to characterize bond strength. Several theories have been developed to model this nonlinear effect. Based on a microscopic description of the nonlinear

  7. Advanced Aqueous Phase Catalyst Development using Combinatorial Methods Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Combinatorial methods are proposed to develop advanced Aqueous Oxidation Catalysts (AOCs) with the capability to mineralize organic contaminants present in...

  8. An absolute method for determination of misalignment of an immersion ultrasonic transducer.

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    Narayanan, M M; Singh, Narender; Kumar, Anish; Babu Rao, C; Jayakumar, T

    2014-12-01

    An absolute methodology has been developed for quantification of misalignment of an ultrasonic transducer using a corner-cube retroreflector. The amplitude based and the time of flight (TOF) based C-scans of the reflector are obtained for various misalignments of the transducer. At zero degree orientation of the transducer, the vertical positions of the maximum amplitude and the minimum TOF in the C-scan coincide. At any other orientation of the transducer with the horizontal plane, there is a vertical shift in the position of the maximum amplitude with respect to the minimum TOF. The position of the minimum (TOF) remains the same irrespective of the orientation of the transducer and hence is used as a reference for any misalignment of the transducer. With the measurement of the vertical shift and the horizontal distance between the transducer and the vertex of the reflector, the misalignment of the transducer is quantified. Based on the methodology developed in the present study, retroreflectors are placed in the Indian 500MWe Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor for assessment of the orientation of the ultrasonic transducer prior to the under-sodium ultrasonic scanning for detection of any protrusion of the subassemblies. PMID:25041979

  9. Measuring technique of liner thickness of zirconium-lined zircaloy-2 tube-shell using ultrasonic method

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    In order to control the liner thickness of a Zr-lined Zircaloy fuel cladding tube, it is very important to know accurately the liner thickness of the original tube from which it was rolled. A new technique was developed using an ultrasonic method to measure liner thickness. It measures at every point on the circumference over the 4-meter length of the original tube in only 3 minutes. The error of measurement is less than 50 microns. The technique has been in use on the production line of our Chofu-Kita Plant. (author)

  10. Magneto-elastic attenuation in austenitic phase of Ni-Mn-Ga alloy investigated by ultrasonic methods

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    Seiner, Hanuš; Bicanová, Lucie; Sedlák, Petr; Landa, Michal; Heller, Luděk; Aaltio, I.

    521-522, - (2009), s. 205-208. ISSN 0921-5093 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA101/06/0768 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20760514 Keywords : ultrasonics methods * Shape memory alloys * RUS * magnetoelasticity Subject RIV: BI - Acoustics Impact factor: 1.901, year: 2009 http:// apps .isiknowledge.com/full_record.do?product=WOS&search_mode=GeneralSearch&qid=1&SID=S1446KoaJ84G2G4LchI&page=1&doc=1

  11. Synthesis of Vanadium Oxide Nano tubes From V2O5 Gel Via An Ultrasonic and Hydrothermal Method

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    Vanadium oxide nano tubes have been prepared by using two types of amine, hexadecenylamine and hexylamine. The amines and V2O5.nH2O gel were combined via ultrasonic method for better mixing and distribution. This was followed by one- step hydrothermal treatment between 1 to 7 days. The main objective of the study is to produce good quality VOX-NTS at the fastest synthesis time. Well-developed vanadium oxide nano tubes using hexadecenylamine template were obtained with just two days of hydrothermal treatment. (author)

  12. Structural health monitoring ultrasonic thickness measurement accuracy and reliability of various time-of-flight calculation methods

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    Eason, Thomas J.; Bond, Leonard J.; Lozev, Mark G.

    2016-02-01

    The accuracy, precision, and reliability of ultrasonic thickness structural health monitoring systems are discussed in-cluding the influence of systematic and environmental factors. To quantify some of these factors, a compression wave ultrasonic thickness structural health monitoring experiment is conducted on a flat calibration block at ambient temperature with forty four thin-film sol-gel transducers and various time-of-flight thickness calculation methods. As an initial calibration, the voltage response signals from each sensor are used to determine the common material velocity as well as the signal offset unique to each calculation method. Next, the measurement precision of the thickness error of each method is determined with a proposed weighted censored relative maximum likelihood analysis technique incorporating the propagation of asymmetric measurement uncertainty. The results are presented as upper and lower confidence limits analogous to the a90/95 terminology used in industry recognized Probability-of-Detection assessments. Future work is proposed to apply the statistical analysis technique to quantify measurement precision of various thickness calculation methods under different environmental conditions such as high temperature, rough back-wall surface, and system degradation with an intended application to monitor naphthenic acid corrosion in oil refineries.

  13. Elastic moduli of boron carbide/copper composites from -400C to 8000C by ultrasonic methods

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    An ultrasonic through-transmission technique for high attenuating materials was developed to determine the ultrasonic longitudinal and shear velocities in B4C/Cu composites to 8000C. Ultrasonic velocity data was used to calculate Young's modulus, shear modulus, and Poisson's ratio for the composites from -400C to 8000C. 5 figures, 1 table

  14. CoSn-graphite electrode material prepared by using the polyol method and high-intensity ultrasonication

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    Gonzalez, Jose R. [Laboratorio de Quimica Inorganica, Universidad de Cordoba, Edificio C3, Campus de Rabanales, 14071 Cordoba (Spain); Alcantara, Ricardo, E-mail: iq2alror@uco.es [Laboratorio de Quimica Inorganica, Universidad de Cordoba, Edificio C3, Campus de Rabanales, 14071 Cordoba (Spain); Nacimiento, Francisco; Tirado, Jose L. [Laboratorio de Quimica Inorganica, Universidad de Cordoba, Edificio C3, Campus de Rabanales, 14071 Cordoba (Spain)

    2011-11-30

    Highlights: > New anode materials are prepared by combined polyol and ultrasonication methods. > Highly-dispersed, amorphous nano-CoSn/ultrathin graphite composites can be obtained. > Ultrasonication under Ar-flow and LiPAA-binder leads to high Coulombic efficiency. - Abstract: Composite electrode materials containing nanoparticles of nearly amorphous CoSn and ultrathin layers of graphite are prepared here. For this purpose, Sn(II) and Co(II) ions in tetraethyleneglycol are reduced with NaBH{sub 4} in the presence of ball-milled graphite while high-intensity ultrasonication is continuously applied. The followed preparative route is a combination of the polyol and sonochemical methods. The observed capacity value for CoSn-ball milled graphite is over 400 mAh/g after 40 cycles (this is superior to graphite). The good electrochemical cycling behavior is connected to the small particle size of CoSn, the low crystallinity of CoSn and the dispersion of the CoSn particles in an optimized carbon matrix. The selected binder (polyvinylidene fluoride or lithium polyacrylate) also can contribute to improve the cycling behavior. The low electrochemical efficiency, particularly in the first cycles, may be related to the spontaneous oxidation of the metallic particles surface and irreversible electrolyte consumption. The use of inert atmosphere (Ar-flow) results in a decrease of the tin oxide content, as determined by using {sup 119}Sn Moessbauer spectroscopy, an increase of the initial electrochemical efficiency up to a maximum of 90.4%, and higher capacities (507 mAh/g after 40 cycles).

  15. Study of different ultrasonic focusing methods applied to non destructive testing; Etude de differentes methodes de focalisation ultrasonore appliquees au controle non destructif

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    El Amrani, M.

    1995-11-17

    The work presented in this thesis concerns the study of different ultrasonic focusing techniques applied to Nondestructive Testing (mechanical focusing and electronic focusing) and compares their capabilities. We have developed a model to predict the ultrasonic field radiated into a solid by water-coupled transducers. The model is based upon the Rayleigh integral formulation, modified to take account the refraction at the liquid-solid interface. The model has been validated by numerous experiments in various configurations. Running this model and the associated software, we have developed new methods to optimize focused transducers and studied the characteristics of the beam generated by transducers using various focusing techniques. (author). 120 refs., 95 figs., 4 appends.

  16. Ultrasonic washing of textiles.

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    Choi, Junhee; Kim, Tae-Hong; Kim, Ho-Young; Kim, Wonjung

    2016-03-01

    We present the results of experimental investigation of ultrasonic washing of textiles. The results demonstrate that cavitation bubbles oscillating in acoustic fields are capable of removing soils from textiles. Since the washing performance is mitigated in a large washing bath when using an ultrasonic transducer, we propose a novel washing scheme by combining the ultrasonic vibration with a conventional washing method utilizing kinetic energy of textiles. It is shown that the hybrid washing scheme achieves a markedly enhanced performance up to 15% in comparison with the conventional washing machine. This work can contribute to developing a novel laundry machine with reduced washing time and waste water. PMID:26215790

  17. Methods testing electrodes for advanced batteries

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    Novák, V.; Vondrák, Jiří

    Vol. 2. Brno: Akademické nakladatelství CERM, 2000 - (Vondrák, J.; Sedlaříková, M.), s. 13.1-13.4 ISBN 80-214-1615-7. [Advanced Batteries and Accumulators /1./. Brno (CZ), 28.08.2000-01.09.2000] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA4032002 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4032918 Keywords : electrodes * batteries * electrochemistry Subject RIV: CG - Electrochemistry

  18. Application of the Gaussian beam summation method to the study of the ultrasonic wave propagation in a turbulent medium

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    Some systems for the control and the surveillance of fast reactors are based on the characteristics of the ultrasonic wave propagation. We present here the results of a numerical and experimental study of ultrasonic propagation in a thermal turbulent medium. A numerical model, based on the technique of superposition of discrete Fourier modes for representing isotropic and homogeneous turbulence and on the Gaussian beam summation method for calculating the acoustic field, has been implemented in order to study the propagation of a point source wave in a bidimensional turbulent medium. Our model is based on the following principle: the medium is represented by a great number of independent realizations of a turbulent field and for each of them we calculate the acoustic field in a deterministic way. Statistics over a great number of realizations enable us to access to the different quantities of the distorted acoustic field: variance of the time of flight fluctuations, scintillation index and intensity probability density function. In the case of small fluctuations, the results for these three quantities are in a good agreement with analytical solutions. When the level of the fluctuations grows, the model predicts correct evolutions. However, a great sensitivity to the location of a receiver in the vicinity of a caustic has been proved. Calculations in the temporal domain have also been performed. They give an illustration of the possible effects of the turbulence on an impulsion signal. An experimental device, fitted with thermocouples and acoustic transducers, has been used to study the ultrasonic propagation in turbulent water. The different measures permitted to characterize the turbulent field and to get aware of the effect of the turbulence on the acoustic propagation. The acoustical measures agree well with the analytical solution of Chernov and Rytov. They are show the importance of the knowledge of the real spectrum of the fluctuations and the limitations of

  19. The quality evaluation of the end-plate welds and brazed joints for CANDU nuclear fuel by an ultrasonic imaging method

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    This paper describes a method for the quality evaluation of spot welds and brazed joints by analysing ultrasonic images (C-scan). A present, the quality control for these joints is made by destructive methods. The authors present the most frequent types of flaw met in their investigations. They have attempted to obtain a dependence of torsion moment, measured by a destructive method against the polar inertia moment, obtained from parameters measured on ultrasound images. The ultrasonic images were analysed off-line using a dedicated software. (author)

  20. Advanced Methods of Biomedical Signal Processing

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    Cerutti, Sergio

    2011-01-01

    This book grew out of the IEEE-EMBS Summer Schools on Biomedical Signal Processing, which have been held annually since 2002 to provide the participants state-of-the-art knowledge on emerging areas in biomedical engineering. Prominent experts in the areas of biomedical signal processing, biomedical data treatment, medicine, signal processing, system biology, and applied physiology introduce novel techniques and algorithms as well as their clinical or physiological applications. The book provides an overview of a compelling group of advanced biomedical signal processing techniques, such as mult

  1. Photocatalytic Activities of Copper Doped Cadmium Sulfide Microspheres Prepared by a Facile Ultrasonic Spray-Pyrolysis Method

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    Jinzhan Su

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Ultrasonic spray pyrolysis is a superior method for preparing and synthesizing spherical particles of metal oxide or sulfide semiconductors. Cadmium sulfide (CdS photocatalysts with different sizes and doped-CdS with different dopants and doping levels have been synthesized to study their properties of photocatalytic hydrogen production from water. The CdS photocatalysts were characterized with scanning electron microscopy (SEM, X-ray fluorescence-spectrometry (XRF, UV-Vis absorption spectra and X-ray diffraction (XRD to study their morphological and optical properties. The sizes of the prepared CdS particles were found to be proportional to the concentration of the metal nitrates in the solution. The CdS photocatalyst with smaller size showed a better photocatalytic activity. In addition, Cu doped CdS were also deposited and their photocatalytic activities were also investigated. Decreased bandgaps of CdS synthesized with this method were found and could be due to high density surface defects originated from Cd vacancies. Incorporating the Cu elements increased the bandgap by taking the position of Cd vacancies and reducing the surface defect states. The optimal Cu-doped level was found to be 0.5 mol % toward hydrogen evolution from aqueous media in the presence of sacrificial electron donors (Na2S and Na2SO3 at a pH of 13.2. This study demonstrated that ultrasonic spray pyrolysis is a feasible approach for large-scale photocatalyst synthesis and corresponding doping modification.

  2. An Ultrasonic Sensor System Based on a Two-Dimensional State Method for Highway Vehicle Violation Detection Applications

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    Jun Liu

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available With the continuing growth of highway construction and vehicle use expansion all over the world, highway vehicle traffic rule violation (TRV detection has become more and more important so as to avoid traffic accidents and injuries in intelligent transportation systems (ITS and vehicular ad hoc networks (VANETs. Since very few works have contributed to solve the TRV detection problem by moving vehicle measurements and surveillance devices, this paper develops a novel parallel ultrasonic sensor system that can be used to identify the TRV behavior of a host vehicle in real-time. Then a two-dimensional state method is proposed, utilizing the spacial state and time sequential states from the data of two parallel ultrasonic sensors to detect and count the highway vehicle violations. Finally, the theoretical TRV identification probability is analyzed, and actual experiments are conducted on different highway segments with various driving speeds, which indicates that the identification accuracy of the proposed method can reach about 90.97%.

  3. An Ultrasonic Sensor System Based on a Two-Dimensional State Method for Highway Vehicle Violation Detection Applications

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    Liu, Jun; Han, Jiuqiang; Lv, Hongqiang; Li, Bing

    2015-01-01

    With the continuing growth of highway construction and vehicle use expansion all over the world, highway vehicle traffic rule violation (TRV) detection has become more and more important so as to avoid traffic accidents and injuries in intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and vehicular ad hoc networks (VANETs). Since very few works have contributed to solve the TRV detection problem by moving vehicle measurements and surveillance devices, this paper develops a novel parallel ultrasonic sensor system that can be used to identify the TRV behavior of a host vehicle in real-time. Then a two-dimensional state method is proposed, utilizing the spacial state and time sequential states from the data of two parallel ultrasonic sensors to detect and count the highway vehicle violations. Finally, the theoretical TRV identification probability is analyzed, and actual experiments are conducted on different highway segments with various driving speeds, which indicates that the identification accuracy of the proposed method can reach about 90.97%. PMID:25894940

  4. Photocatalytic Activities of Copper Doped Cadmium Sulfide Microspheres Prepared by a Facile Ultrasonic Spray-Pyrolysis Method.

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    Su, Jinzhan; Zhang, Tao; Li, Yufeng; Chen, Yubin; Liu, Maochang

    2016-01-01

    Ultrasonic spray pyrolysis is a superior method for preparing and synthesizing spherical particles of metal oxide or sulfide semiconductors. Cadmium sulfide (CdS) photocatalysts with different sizes and doped-CdS with different dopants and doping levels have been synthesized to study their properties of photocatalytic hydrogen production from water. The CdS photocatalysts were characterized with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray fluorescence-spectrometry (XRF), UV-Vis absorption spectra and X-ray diffraction (XRD) to study their morphological and optical properties. The sizes of the prepared CdS particles were found to be proportional to the concentration of the metal nitrates in the solution. The CdS photocatalyst with smaller size showed a better photocatalytic activity. In addition, Cu doped CdS were also deposited and their photocatalytic activities were also investigated. Decreased bandgaps of CdS synthesized with this method were found and could be due to high density surface defects originated from Cd vacancies. Incorporating the Cu elements increased the bandgap by taking the position of Cd vacancies and reducing the surface defect states. The optimal Cu-doped level was found to be 0.5 mol % toward hydrogen evolution from aqueous media in the presence of sacrificial electron donors (Na₂S and Na₂SO₃) at a pH of 13.2. This study demonstrated that ultrasonic spray pyrolysis is a feasible approach for large-scale photocatalyst synthesis and corresponding doping modification. PMID:27314320

  5. Ultrasonic physics

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    1962-01-01

    Ultrasonic Physics, Second Edition, provides an introduction to the fundamental principles of ultrasonic physics. The book opens with a discussion of the sources of ultrasound. This is followed by separate chapters on the properties and detection of ultrasonic radiation; measurement of propagation constants, i.e., the velocity and absorption, of ultrasound; ultrasound propagation in gases, liquids, and solids; and ultrasound propagation in aerosols, suspensions, and emulsions. The final chapter covers miscellaneous physical and physico-chemical actions, including dispersion and coagulation of

  6. Recent advances in boundary element methods

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    Manolis, GD

    2009-01-01

    Addresses the needs of the computational mechanics research community in terms of information on boundary integral equation-based methods and techniques applied to a variety of fields. This book collects both original and review articles on contemporary Boundary Element Methods (BEM) as well as on the Mesh Reduction Methods (MRM).

  7. Assessing ultrasonic examination results

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    Amongst nondestructive examination methods, the ultrasonic examination plays an important role. The reason why its scope of application is so wide is because the sound conducting capacity is the only property the material of a test specimen has to have. As the fields are so manifold, only main aspects can be described briefly. The list of references, however, is very extensive and gives plenty of information of all the problems concerning the assessment of ultrasonic examination results. (orig./RW)

  8. Advanced methods in teaching reactor physics

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    Modern computer codes allow detailed neutron transport calculations. In combination with advanced 3D visualization software capable of treating large amounts of data in real time they form a powerful tool that can be used as a convenient modern educational tool for (nuclear power plant) operators, nuclear engineers, students and specialists involved in reactor operation and design. Visualization is applicable not only in education and training, but also as a tool for fuel management, core analysis and irradiation planning. The paper treats the visualization of neutron transport in different moderators, neutron flux and power distributions in two nuclear reactors (TRIGA type research reactor and typical PWR). The distributions are calculated with MCNP and CORD-2 computer codes and presented using Amira software.

  9. Deconvolution algorithms applied in ultrasonics; Methodes de deconvolution en echographie ultrasonore

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    Perrot, P.

    1993-12-01

    In a complete system of acquisition and processing of ultrasonic signals, it is often necessary at one stage to use some processing tools to get rid of the influence of the different elements of that system. By that means, the final quality of the signals in terms of resolution is improved. There are two main characteristics of ultrasonic signals which make this task difficult. Firstly, the signals generated by transducers are very often non-minimum phase. The classical deconvolution algorithms are unable to deal with such characteristics. Secondly, depending on the medium, the shape of the propagating pulse is evolving. The spatial invariance assumption often used in classical deconvolution algorithms is rarely valid. Many classical algorithms, parametric and non-parametric, have been investigated: the Wiener-type, the adaptive predictive techniques, the Oldenburg technique in the frequency domain, the minimum variance deconvolution. All the algorithms have been firstly tested on simulated data. One specific experimental set-up has also been analysed. Simulated and real data has been produced. This set-up demonstrated the interest in applying deconvolution, in terms of the achieved resolution. (author). 32 figs., 29 refs.

  10. Influence enhancement effect of bi-frequency ultrasonic irradiation by TA fluorescence method

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    FAN Xinnan; ZHU Changping; FENG Ruo; WANG Yuming; He Shichuan

    2004-01-01

    Based on a previous research of cavitation effect under bi-frequency ultrasound irradiation, this paper studies bi-frequency irradiations with similar experimental settings. The additional irradiation sources with frequencies of 1.04MHz, 0.8MHz and 1.7MHz are individually combined with the main ultrasonic irradiation source with frequency of 28kHz to form bi-frequency ultrasonic irradiation. The intensity of 28kHz irradiation was fixed at 12.5W/cm2, while the intensity of the ultrasound at the other three frequencies is varied from1 W/cm2 to 18 W/cm2. It turns out that under the influence of the bi-frequency irradiation, the fluorescence intensity is obviously greater than the sum of those at individual frequencies. So the frequency of the additional sonication strikingly influences the fluorescence enhancement effect. For example, the fluorescence enhancement effect of 1.04MHz is stronger than that of 1.7MHz, and the enhancement effect of 0.8MHz is further stronger than that of 1.04MHz. Under the sonic intensity of 7.9W/cm2, the fluorescence intensity of 1.04MHz is approximately twice that of 1.7MHz while the fluorescence intensity of 0.8MHz is approximately 1.5 times that of 1.04MHz.

  11. Catalytic Methods in Asymmetric Synthesis Advanced Materials, Techniques, and Applications

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    Gruttadauria, Michelangelo

    2011-01-01

    This book covers advances in the methods of catalytic asymmetric synthesis and their applications. Coverage moves from new materials and technologies to homogeneous metal-free catalysts and homogeneous metal catalysts. The applications of several methodologies for the synthesis of biologically active molecules are discussed. Part I addresses recent advances in new materials and technologies such as supported catalysts, supports, self-supported catalysts, chiral ionic liquids, supercritical fluids, flow reactors and microwaves related to asymmetric catalysis. Part II covers advances and milesto

  12. Computer-aided ultrasonic inspection of steam turbine rotors

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    Mayer, K.H.; Weber, M.; Weiss, M. [GEC ALSTHOM Energie GmbH, Nuremberg (Germany)

    1998-12-31

    As the output and economic value of power plants increase, the detection and sizing of the type of flaws liable to occur in the rotors of turbines using ultrasonic methods assumes increasing importance. An ultrasonic inspection carried out at considerable expense is expected to bring to light all safety-relevant flaws and to enable their size to be determined so as to permit a fracture-mechanics analysis to assess the reliability of the rotor under all possible stresses arising in operation with a high degree of accuracy. The advanced computer-aided ultrasonic inspection of steam turbine rotors have improved reliability, accuracy and reproducibility of ultrasonic inspection. Further, there has been an improvement in the resolution of resolvable group indications by applying reconstruction and imagine methods. In general, it is also true for the advanced computer-aided ultrasonic inspection methods that, in the case of flaw-affected forgings, automated data acquisition provides a substantial rationalization and a significant documentation of the results for the fracture mechanics assessment compared to manual inspection. (orig.) 8 refs.

  13. Advanced mathematical methods in science and engineering

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    2010-01-01

    Ordinary Differential EquationsDEFINITIONS LINEAR DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS OF FIRST ORDER LINEAR INDEPENDENCE AND THE WRONSKIAN LINEAR HOMOGENEOUS DIFFERENTIAL EQUATION OF ORDER N WITH CONSTANT COEFFICIENTS EULER'S EQUATION PARTICULAR SOLUTIONS BY METHOD OF UNDETERMINED COEFFICIENTS PARTICULAR SOLUTIONS BY THE METHOD OF VARIATIONS OF PARAMETERS ABEL'S FORMULA FOR THE WRONSKIAN INITIAL VALUE PROBLEMSSeries Solutions of Ordinary Differential EquationsINTRODUCTION POWER SERIES SOLUTIONS CLASSIFICATION

  14. Advanced finite element method in structural engineering

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    Long, Yu-Qiu; Long, Zhi-Fei

    2009-01-01

    This book systematically introduces the research work on the Finite Element Method completed over the past 25 years. Original theoretical achievements and their applications in the fields of structural engineering and computational mechanics are discussed.

  15. Advanced spectral methods for climatic time series

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    Ghil, M.; Allen, M.R.; Dettinger, M.D.; Ide, K.; Kondrashov, D.; Mann, M.E.; Robertson, A.W.; Saunders, A.; Tian, Y.; Varadi, F.; Yiou, P.

    2002-01-01

    The analysis of univariate or multivariate time series provides crucial information to describe, understand, and predict climatic variability. The discovery and implementation of a number of novel methods for extracting useful information from time series has recently revitalized this classical field of study. Considerable progress has also been made in interpreting the information so obtained in terms of dynamical systems theory. In this review we describe the connections between time series analysis and nonlinear dynamics, discuss signal- to-noise enhancement, and present some of the novel methods for spectral analysis. The various steps, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of these methods, are illustrated by their application to an important climatic time series, the Southern Oscillation Index. This index captures major features of interannual climate variability and is used extensively in its prediction. Regional and global sea surface temperature data sets are used to illustrate multivariate spectral methods. Open questions and further prospects conclude the review.

  16. Ultrasonic Characterization of Aerospace Composites

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    Leckey, Cara; Johnston, Patrick; Haldren, Harold; Perey, Daniel

    2015-01-01

    Composite materials have seen an increased use in aerospace in recent years and it is expected that this trend will continue due to the benefits of reduced weight, increased strength, and other factors. Ongoing work at NASA involves the investigation of the large-scale use of composites for spacecraft structures (SLS components, Orion Composite Crew Module, etc). NASA is also involved in work to enable the use of composites in advanced aircraft structures through the Advanced Composites Project (ACP). In both areas (space and aeronautics) there is a need for new nondestructive evaluation and materials characterization techniques that are appropriate for characterizing composite materials. This paper will present an overview of NASA's needs for characterizing aerospace composites, including a description of planned and ongoing work under ACP for the detection of composite defects such as fiber waviness, reduced bond strength, delamination damage, and microcracking. The research approaches include investigation of angle array, guided wave, and phase sensitive ultrasonic methods. The use of ultrasonic simulation tools for optimizing and developing methods will also be discussed.

  17. Experimental study on large flow rate monitoring downstream of double elbows using an ultrasonic velocity profile method

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    This paper describes simple flow rate monitoring using the Ultrasonic Velocity Profile method (UVP), for disturbed flow just after double elbows and large pipes with high Reynolds numbers. This method utilizes the linearity between the flow rate and the velocity at the pipe center under the following flow conditions. The Reynolds number is from 4.1×106 to 5.1×106, the dihedral angle of double elbows is 30° and the distance between double elbows is six diameters. The measuring position is set at two diameters distance downstream of the second elbow. The Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations and experimental results indicate that it can monitor flow rate changes with an accuracy of less than 1% under these flow conditions. (author)

  18. Rapid and simple method for determination of vanadium in beer by ICP-AES with ultrasonic nebulization

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    An accurate and reproducible method for direct determination of vanadium in beer using inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) with an ultrasonic nebulization system is described. The analytical conditions were optimized in order to achieve the appropriate sensitivity. Samples were digested with a 1:1 nitric acid-perchloric acid (or hydrogen peroxide) mixture. The analytical detection limit was 0.4 μg/L, and the relative standard deviation was 2.8% at the 10 ng/ml V levels. The method was applied to determine vanadium in 11 different samples of beer widely consumed in the Argentine Republic. Vanadium levels ranged from 15.9 to 244.3 μg/L

  19. Formation of P3KHT:PCBM bulk-heterojunction using orthogonal solvents by ultrasonic spray method

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    Bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) morphologies with pure domains and sharp interfaces can lead to a more pronounced photovoltaic performance in organic solar cells. In this paper we report the formation of bulk-heterojunction of P3KHT (poly [3-(sodium-6 hexanoate) thiophene-2, 5-diyl]) and PCBM (phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester) using orthogonal solvents by the ultrasonic spray method, which can lead to pure phases and sharp interfaces. P3KHT and PCBM are soluble in water and chlorobenzene respectively, which are orthogonal solvents. The modelling and simulation of the ultrasonic spray method is reported, and shows the possibility of formation of interconnecting phases of the two components in P3KHT:PCBM BHJ, formed using orthogonal solvents, if specific process parameters are chosen. The modelling and simulation also presents a way to determine optimum parameter space in an intermittent spray deposition method using orthogonal solvents. P3KHT:PCBM BHJ has been prepared using three different approaches. Significant photoluminescence quenching, suggesting efficient excitons separation before recombination has been observed in BHJ prepared by the ‘emulsion of solutions’ method. The study of the optical properties of P3KHT:PCBM BHJ suggests that the BHJ may contain bilayer type structures embedded in the BHJ morphology, which is further confirmed by complementary experiments. This new approach to preparing BHJ with pure phase domains and sharp donor/acceptor interfaces may find applications in optoelectronic devices such as organic thin-film transistors, photodetectors, organic light emitting diodes and organic solar cells. (paper)

  20. Ultrasonic Defect Characterization in Heavy Rotor Forgings by Means of the Synthetic Aperture Focusing Technique and Optimization Methods.

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    Fendt, Karl T; Mooshofer, Hubert; Rupitsch, Stefan J; Ermert, Helmut

    2016-06-01

    Ultrasonic nondestructive testing of steel forgings aims at the detection and classification of material inhomogeneities to ensure the components fitness for use. Due to the high price and safety critical nature of large forgings for turbomachinery, there is great interest in the application of imaging algorithms to inspection data. However, small flaw indications that cannot be sufficiently resolved have to be characterized using amplitude-based quantification. One such method is the distance gain size method, which converts the maximum echo amplitudes into the diameters of penny-shaped equivalent size reflectors. The approach presented in this contribution combines the synthetic aperture focusing technique (SAFT) with an iterative inversion scheme to locate and quantify small flaws in a more reliable way. Ultrasonic inspection data obtained in a pulse-echo configuration are reconstructed by means of an Synthetic Focusing Technique (SAFT). From the reconstructed data, the amount and approximate location of small flaws are extracted. These predetermined positions, along with the constrained defect model of a penny-shaped crack, provide the initial parametrization for an elastodynamic simulation based on the Kirchhoff approximation. The identification of the optimal parameter set is achieved through an iteratively regularized Gauss-Newton method. By testing the characterization method on a series of flat-bottom holes under laboratory conditions, we demonstrate that the procedure is applicable over a wide range of defect sizes. To show suitability for large forging inspection, we additionally evaluate the inspection data of a large generator shaft forging of 0.6-m diameter. PMID:27116736

  1. Transonic wing analysis using advanced computational methods

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    Henne, P. A.; Hicks, R. M.

    1978-01-01

    This paper discusses the application of three-dimensional computational transonic flow methods to several different types of transport wing designs. The purpose of these applications is to evaluate the basic accuracy and limitations associated with such numerical methods. The use of such computational methods for practical engineering problems can only be justified after favorable evaluations are completed. The paper summarizes a study of both the small-disturbance and the full potential technique for computing three-dimensional transonic flows. Computed three-dimensional results are compared to both experimental measurements and theoretical results. Comparisons are made not only of pressure distributions but also of lift and drag forces. Transonic drag rise characteristics are compared. Three-dimensional pressure distributions and aerodynamic forces, computed from the full potential solution, compare reasonably well with experimental results for a wide range of configurations and flow conditions.

  2. Advances in the homotopy analysis method

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    Liao, Shijun

    2013-01-01

    Unlike other analytic techniques, the Homotopy Analysis Method (HAM) is independent of small/large physical parameters. Besides, it provides great freedom to choose equation type and solution expression of related linear high-order approximation equations. The HAM provides a simple way to guarantee the convergence of solution series. Such uniqueness differentiates the HAM from all other analytic approximation methods. In addition, the HAM can be applied to solve some challenging problems with high nonlinearity. This book, edited by the pioneer and founder of the HAM, describes the current ad

  3. Recent advances in coupled-cluster methods

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    Bartlett, Rodney J

    1997-01-01

    Today, coupled-cluster (CC) theory has emerged as the most accurate, widely applicable approach for the correlation problem in molecules. Furthermore, the correct scaling of the energy and wavefunction with size (i.e. extensivity) recommends it for studies of polymers and crystals as well as molecules. CC methods have also paid dividends for nuclei, and for certain strongly correlated systems of interest in field theory.In order for CC methods to have achieved this distinction, it has been necessary to formulate new, theoretical approaches for the treatment of a variety of essential quantities

  4. Turbulent slurry flow measurement using ultrasonic Doppler method in rectangular pipe

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    Bareš V.

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Distribution of velocity and Reynolds stress was measured using ultrasonic velocimetry in flows of water and Newtonian water-ballotini slurries in a pressurized Plexiglas pipe. Profiles of the measured parameters were sensed in the vertical plane at the centreline of a rectangular cross section of the pipe. Reference measurements in clear water produced expected symmetrical velocity profiles the shape of which was affected by secondary currents developed in the rectangular pipe. Slurry-flow experiments provided information on an effect of the concentration of solid grains on the internal structure of the flow. Strong attenuation of velocity fluctuations caused by a presence of grains was identified. The attenuation increased with the increasing local concentration of the grains.

  5. Mobile ultrasonic testing in pipes

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    The paper deals with the development of the ultrasonic test method, in particular with the functioning of the impulse reflection method which is used for weld testing and wall thickness measurement in pipeline construction. The paper closes on a few remarks on ultrasonic testing in plastic tubes and some other special testing problems. (RW)

  6. The method of waste liquid atomization/incineration by using ultrasonic industrial burners

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    The problem of burning a fuel is closely related to distributing that fuel and mixing it with the combustion air within a pre-designated space, the combustion chamber. For fuel engineers, the rule of thumb is unchanged: mix it and it will burn. That is why the burner designer focuses his attention on incorporating the best possible atomization and mixing, equipment, i.c. in the end, on the construction of the atomizer nozzle and the control of the combustion air. It was these considerations plus the inability of conventional burners to meet the tough demands of today's applications that led DUMAG to undertake an intensive program of research which has now been crowned with success. Below, basic points drawn from the fundamental knowledge of all fuel engineers have been included to bring into sharper focus the operating principles of the DUMAG Ultrasonic Industrial Burner, a world class Austrian product. This paper describes a plant which has been operating without incident since October 1977. Its level of operational effectiveness is at least equivalent to that of a standard oil burner plant. The plant is also in full compliance with current environmental standards following the installation of additional safety equipment such as pre-combustion chambers, sensors to monitor pre-combustion chamber temperatures, cut-off valves for reaction water and solvents to block their flow if no heating oil is being fed in, flue gas density monitor, and finer atomization and better mixing by means of an ultrasonic system - even with fluctuations in the viscosity. By eliminating disposal costs and recovering power from liquid waste materials, the entire plant pays for itself within one year. (Original)

  7. Microstructure and mechanical properties of aluminum–fly ash nano composites made by ultrasonic method

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    Highlights: ► Nano structured fly ash has been produced by 30 h milling time. ► Al–fly ash nano composites were produced by ultrasonic cavitation route. ► A homogeneous distribution of nano fly ash particles was observed in the matrix. ► No additional contamination in the nano composites from the atmosphere. ► Presence of nano fly ash leads to improvement in the strength of the composites. -- Abstract: In this paper an attempt has been made to modify the micro sized fly ash into nano structured fly ash using high energy ball mill. Ball milling was carried out for the total duration of 30 h. The sample was taken out after every 5 h of milling for characterizing. The nano structured fly ash was characterized for its crystallite size and lattice strain by using X-ray diffractometer. It was found that a steady decrease in the crystallite size and increased lattice strain was observed with milling time; the crystallite size at 30 h milling time was found to be 23 nm. The fresh fly ash particles are mostly spherical in shape; whereas the shape of the 30 h milled fly ash particles is irregular and the surface morphology is rough. Al–fly ash nano composites were produced by ultrasonic cavitation route successfully. Scanning electron microscopy images of nano composites reveal a homogeneous distribution of the nano fly ash particles in the AA 2024 matrix. Energy dispersive spectroscopy analysis of nano composites reveals that the fabricated nano composite did not contain any additional contamination from the atmosphere. As the amount of nano fly ash is increasing the hardness of the composite also increasing. The nano fly ash addition leads to improvement in the compression strength of the composites.

  8. Advanced Bayesian Methods for Lunar Surface Navigation Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The key innovation of this project is the application of advanced Bayesian methods to integrate real-time dense stereo vision and high-speed optical flow with an...

  9. Advanced Bayesian Methods for Lunar Surface Navigation Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The key innovation of this project will be the application of advanced Bayesian methods to integrate real-time dense stereo vision and high-speed optical flow with...

  10. Advanced Topology Optimization Methods for Conceptual Architectural Design

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    Aage, Niels; Amir, Oded; Clausen, Anders;

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    This paper presents a series of new, advanced topology optimization methods, developed specifically for conceptual architectural design of structures. The proposed computational procedures are implemented as components in the framework of a Grasshopper plugin, providing novel capacities in...

  11. Advanced Aqueous Phase Catalyst Development using Combinatorial Methods Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The use of combinatorial methods is proposed to rapidly screen catalyst formulations for the advanced development of aqueous phase oxidation catalysts with greater...

  12. Advanced methods of treatment of hypophysis adenoma

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    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Hypophysis adenomas are mostly spread in the chiasmatic cellular area. They account 18% of all new brain formations, the structure of pituitary adenomas includes prolactinomas in a large number of cases which are manifested by the syndrome of hyperprolactinemia and hormone inactive hypophysis tumours (35%. Somatotropins (13-15% are lower in frequency, the main clinical feature is acromegalia. One can rarely reveal corticotropins (8-10%, gonadotro-pins (7-9% and thyrotropins (1% and their mixed forms. Transsphenoidal surgical interventions are considered to be methods of choice treatment of hypophysis adenomas and other formations in the chiasmatic cellular area. Alternative methods of treatment are conservative. They can be as an addition to microsurgery (radiotherapy

  13. An advanced method of heterogeneous reactor theory

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    Recent approaches to heterogeneous reactor theory for numerical applications were presented in the course of 8 lectures given in JAERI. The limitations of initial theory known after the First Conference on Peacefull Uses of Atomic Energy held in Geneva in 1955 as Galanine-Feinberg heterogeneous theory:-matrix from of equations, -lack of consistent theory for heterogeneous parameters for reactor cell, -were overcome by a transformation of heterogeneous reactor equations to a difference form and by a development of a consistent theory for the characteristics of a reactor cell based on detailed space-energy calculations. General few group (G-number of groups) heterogeneous reactor equations in dipole approximation are formulated with the extension of two-dimensional problem to three-dimensions by finite Furie expansion of axial dependence of neutron fluxes. A transformation of initial matrix reactor equations to a difference form is presented. The methods for calculation of heterogeneous reactor cell characteristics giving the relation between vector-flux and vector-current on a cell boundary are based on a set of detailed space-energy neutron flux distribution calculations with zero current across cell boundary and G calculations with linearly independent currents across the cell boundary. The equations for reaction rate matrices are formulated. Specific methods were developed for description of neutron migration in axial and radial directions. The methods for resonance level's approach for numerous high-energy resonances. On the basis of these approaches the theory, methods and computer codes were developed for 3D space-time react or problems including simulation of slow processes with fuel burn-up, control rod movements, Xe poisoning and fast transients depending on prompt and delayed neutrons. As a result reactors with several thousands of channels having non-uniform axial structure can be feasibly treated. (author)

  14. Advanced diagnostic methods for human brucellosis

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    2011-01-01

    Brucellosis is a typical zoonotic disease caused by organisms of genus brucella. Humans become infected by ingestion of animal food products, direct contact with infected animals or inhalation of infectious aerosols. Variable symptoms, sub-clinical and atypical infections make diagnosis of human brucellosis difficult. Objective of this paper is to evaluate specificity and sensitivity of different diagnostic methods, on large number of samples, in patients at different stages of...

  15. Method of Improving Measurement Precision of Ultrasonic Flowmeter%提高超声波流量计量精度的方法

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    王璐; 段晨旭; 高泉春; 葛祖郁; 徐丽平; 段培永

    2014-01-01

    时差法超声波流量计通过检测换能器发射和接收的超声波信号的传播时间信号,实现流量的计量。超声波换能器的谐振频率及超声波信号传播过程中相位和幅值的变化等因素,会影响对超声波信号到达时间的准确计量,从而影响流量测量的精度。准确计量超声波信号的到达时刻是提升时差法超生波流量计的计量精度的关键之一。针对换能器发射和接收超声波信号的处理和获取电路进行了设计和分析,得出了实验结果和实验数据,对实验结果给出了实验分析和结论,并通过软件算法给出了进一步提高测量精度的方法。%The ultrasonic flowmeter with transit-time difference method can realize the flow measurement by detecting the propagation time of ultrasonic signals between the transmit and receive from the transducer. The resonant frequency of ultrasonic transducer and the phase and amplitude changes in the process of ultrasonic signal propagation will affect the measurement precision of the arrival time of ultrasonic signal, and the measurement accuracy of ultrasonic flowmeter is affected finally. The precise measurement for arrival time of ultrasonic is one of the effective way to improve the measurement accuracy of ultrasonic flowmeter. The processing and acquisition circuit of the ultrasonic signal transmitted and received are designed and researched by the paper. The experimental results and experimental data are obtained and the experimental analysis and conclusionare given. The way to improve the measurement accuracy is given by software algorithm.

  16. Advanced CFD methods for wind turbine analysis

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    Lynch, C. Eric

    2011-12-01

    Horizontal-axis wind turbines operate in a complex, inherently unsteady aerodynamic environment. Even when the rotor is not stalled, the flow over the blades is dominated by three-dimensional (3-D) effects. Stall is accompanied by massive flow separation and vortex shedding over the suction surface of the blades. Under yawed conditions, dynamic stall may be present as well. In all operating conditions, there is bluff-body shedding from the turbine nacelle and support structure which interacts with the rotor wake. In addition, the high aspect ratios of wind turbine blades make them very flexible, leading to substantial aeroelastic deformation of the blades, altering the aerodynamics. Finally, when situated in a wind farm, turbines must operate in the unsteady wake of upstream neighbors. Though computational fluid dynamics (CFD) has made significant inroads as a research tool, simple, inexpensive methods, such as blade element momentum (BEM) theory, are still the workhorses in wind turbine design and aeroelasticity applications. These methods generally assume a quasi-steady flowfield and use two-dimensional aerodynamic approximations with very limited empirical 3-D corrections. As a result, they are unable to accurately predict rotor loads near the edges of the operating envelope. CFD methods make very few limiting assumptions about the flowfield, and thus have much greater potential for predicting these flows. In this work, a range of unstructured grid CFD techniques for predicting wind turbine loads and aeroelasticity has been developed and applied to a wind turbine configuration of interest. First, a nearest neighbor search algorithm based on a k-dimensional tree data structure was used to improve the computational efficiency of an approximate unsteady actuator blade method. This method was then shown to predict root and tip vortex locations and strengths similar to an overset method on the same background mesh, but without the computational expense of modeling

  17. Method of adjusting depth compensation in an ultrasonic-pulse reflection apparatus with respect to uniform fault sensitivity independent of depth

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    With this method, on adjusting depth compensation, there is accounted not only for the decrease of echo hight with distance, caused by the divergence of the ultrasonic beam, but simultaneously for the influence of sound absorption in the workpiece. After adjustment it can also be applied to longitudinal waves. The reflectors are smaller than the beam cross-section. Moreover, there is provided for a three-dimensional scale configuration on the screen of a cathode ray oscillograph being part of the ultrasonic pulse reflection equipment. By means of the scale configuration also the teeth resulting from weak echos are made visible. (RW)

  18. Advances in organometallic synthesis with mechanochemical methods.

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    Rightmire, Nicholas R; Hanusa, Timothy P

    2016-02-14

    Solvent-based syntheses have long been normative in all areas of chemistry, although mechanochemical methods (specifically grinding and milling) have been used to good effect for decades in organic, and to a lesser but growing extent, inorganic coordination chemistry. Organometallic synthesis, in contrast, represents a relatively underdeveloped area for mechanochemical research, and the potential benefits are considerable. From access to new classes of unsolvated complexes, to control over stoichiometries that have not been observed in solution routes, mechanochemical (or 'M-chem') approaches have much to offer the synthetic chemist. It has already become clear that removing the solvent from an organometallic reaction can change reaction pathways considerably, so that prediction of the outcome is not always straightforward. This Perspective reviews recent developments in the field, and describes equipment that can be used in organometallic synthesis. Synthetic chemists are encouraged to add mechanochemical methods to their repertoire in the search for new and highly reactive metal complexes and novel types of organometallic transformations. PMID:26763151

  19. Advancements in Research Synthesis Methods: From a Methodologically Inclusive Perspective

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    Suri, Harsh; Clarke, David

    2009-01-01

    The dominant literature on research synthesis methods has positivist and neo-positivist origins. In recent years, the landscape of research synthesis methods has changed rapidly to become inclusive. This article highlights methodologically inclusive advancements in research synthesis methods. Attention is drawn to insights from interpretive,…

  20. Procedure for the creation of reproducible acoustic coupling using the ultrasonic contact method for nondestructive testing of materials

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    The transducer is pressed to the specimen, a lubricating coating being applied as an intermediate layer. By means of a vibrator belonging to the transducer there are generated vibrations, the growth rate of the amplitude of the reflected signal picked up being observed. This growth rate is monotonously decreasing. If the growth rate is abruptly decreasing or if the amplitude of the measured signal remains constant the vibrator is turned off, because now good acoustic contact is established. After a short time of waiting for the residual stress of the transducer to decay, recording of the ultrasonic parameters may then be taken up. The method can be applied to thickness measurements and inhomogeneous materials with low surface quality. (RW)

  1. Contact method or automated immersion technique: possible application and limitations of ultrasonic testing in the fusion reactor

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    The tritium breeding blanket is the most important component of a thermonuclear reactor combining the protective function against plasma impact and heat exchange. The breeding blanket concept is based on the use of helium as coolant and beryllium pebbles as neutron multiplier. As structural material the low-activation ferritic-martensitic steel EUROFER (9Cr-W-V-T) is used. For quality assurance the components of the breeding blankets are tested using different non-destructive testing methods. The contact methodology applies the testing equipment VEO in combination of the 10 MHz array-wheel sensor of the ultrasonic phased array series. Immersion testing is performed using the automated facility KC 200 from GE Inspection technologies.

  2. Current methods and advances in bone densitometry

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    Guglielmi, G. [Dept. of Radiology, Scientific Inst. ``CSS``, San Giovanni Rotondo (Italy); Glueer, C.C. [Dept. of Radiology, Musculoskeletal Section and Osteoporosis Research Group, Univ. of California, San Francisco, CA (United States); Majumdar, S. [Dept. of Radiology, Musculoskeletal Section and Osteoporosis Research Group, Univ. of California, San Francisco, CA (United States); Blunt, B.A. [Dept. of Radiology, Musculoskeletal Section and Osteoporosis Research Group, Univ. of California, San Francisco, CA (United States); Genant, H.K. [Dept. of Radiology, Musculoskeletal Section and Osteoporosis Research Group, Univ. of California, San Francisco, CA (United States)

    1995-08-01

    Bone mass is the primary, although not the only, determinant of fracture. Over the past few years a number of noninvasive techniques have been developed to more sensitively quantitate bone mass. These include single and dual photon absorptiometry (SPA and DPA), single and dual X-ray absorptiometry (SXA and DXA) and quantitative computed tomography (QCT). While differing in anatomic sites measured and in their estimates of precision, accuracy, and fracture discrimination, all of these methods provide clinically useful measurements of skeletal status. It is the intent of this review to discuss the pros and cons of these techniques and to present the new applications of ultrasound (US) and magnetic resonance (MRI) in the detection and management of osteoporosis. (orig.)

  3. Current methods and advances in bone densitometry

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    Guglielmi, G.; Gluer, C. C.; Majumdar, S.; Blunt, B. A.; Genant, H. K.

    1995-01-01

    Bone mass is the primary, although not the only, determinant of fracture. Over the past few years a number of noninvasive techniques have been developed to more sensitively quantitate bone mass. These include single and dual photon absorptiometry (SPA and DPA), single and dual X-ray absorptiometry (SXA and DXA) and quantitative computed tomography (QCT). While differing in anatomic sites measured and in their estimates of precision, accuracy, and fracture discrimination, all of these methods provide clinically useful measurements of skeletal status. It is the intent of this review to discuss the pros and cons of these techniques and to present the new applications of ultrasound (US) and magnetic resonance (MRI) in the detection and management of osteoporosis.

  4. Advanced Methods and Applications in Computational Intelligence

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    Nikodem, Jan; Jacak, Witold; Chaczko, Zenon; ACASE 2012

    2014-01-01

    This book offers an excellent presentation of intelligent engineering and informatics foundations for researchers in this field as well as many examples with industrial application. It contains extended versions of selected papers presented at the inaugural ACASE 2012 Conference dedicated to the Applications of Systems Engineering. This conference was held from the 6th to the 8th of February 2012, at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, organized by the University of Technology, Sydney (Australia), Wroclaw University of Technology (Poland) and the University of Applied Sciences in Hagenberg (Austria). The  book is organized into three main parts. Part I contains papers devoted to the heuristic approaches that are applicable in situations where the problem cannot be solved by exact methods, due to various characteristics or  dimensionality problems. Part II covers essential issues of the network management, presents intelligent models of the next generation of networks and distributed systems ...

  5. Ultrasonic-microwave method in preparation of polypyrrole-coated magnetic particles for vitamin D extraction in milk.

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    Jiao, Zhe; Zhang, Yan; Fan, Hongbo

    2016-07-29

    In this study, a nanocomposite of polypyrrole-coated magnetite nanoparticles (Fe3O4@PPy) was prepared by ultrasonic-microwave technique, and employed as magnetic solid-phase extraction (MSPE) sorbent for extraction of vitamin D from milk samples. The term of the synthesis by ultrasonic-microwave technique was dramatically shortened within 4h compared to 20h by conventional stirring-heating method. The resultant composites incorporating the π-π bonding (between PPy coating and the analytes) and magnetic separation can be applied for vitamin D analysis in complicated samples. Without saponification or protein precipitation, vitamin D2 and vitamin D3 could be captured directly from milk samples by Fe3O4@PPy, and separated by magnetic field with only 0.5mL desorption solvent. The total preparation time was completed within 15min. A method for the determination of vitamin D in milk samples by the Fe3O4@PPy extraction coupled with high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) was developed. The LODs of vitamin D2 and vitamin D3, based on signal-to-noise ratio (S/N) of 3, were 0.02ng/mL and 0.05ng/mL respectively. The recoveries of vitamin D2 and vitamin D3 from milk samples were in the range of 71.9-90.3%, with relative standard deviations ranging between 3.6%-9.9%. The results indicated that the Fe3O4@PPy can be favorably used for the extraction of the vitamin D in milk samples. PMID:27371018

  6. Scaling up the Single Transducer Thickness-Independent Ultrasonic Imaging Method for Accurate Characterization of Microstructural Gradients in Monolithic and Composite Tubular Structures

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    Roth, Don J.; Carney, Dorothy V.; Baaklini, George Y.; Bodis, James R.; Rauser, Richard W.

    1998-01-01

    Ultrasonic velocity/time-of-flight imaging that uses back surface reflections to gauge volumetric material quality is highly suited for quantitative characterization of microstructural gradients including those due to pore fraction, density, fiber fraction, and chemical composition variations. However, a weakness of conventional pulse-echo ultrasonic velocity/time-of-flight imaging is that the image shows the effects of thickness as well as microstructural variations unless the part is uniformly thick. This limits this imaging method's usefulness in practical applications. Prior studies have described a pulse-echo time-of-flight-based ultrasonic imaging method that requires using a single transducer in combination with a reflector plate placed behind samples that eliminates the effect of thickness variation in the image. In those studies, this method was successful at isolating ultrasonic variations due to material microstructure in plate-like samples of silicon nitride, metal matrix composite, and polymer matrix composite. In this study, the method is engineered for inspection of more complex-shaped structures-those having (hollow) tubular/curved geometry. The experimental inspection technique and results are described as applied to (1) monolithic mullite ceramic and polymer matrix composite 'proof-of-concept' tubular structures that contain machined patches of various depths and (2) as-manufactured monolithic silicon nitride ceramic and silicon carbide/silicon carbide composite tubular structures that might be used in 'real world' applications.

  7. 小直径钢管超声波水浸法探伤分析%Discussion on Ultrasonic Water Immersion Method for Small Diameter Steel Pipe

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    徐轲; 卫栋; 杨力能; 田新新; 易晓明

    2012-01-01

    In this article, it summarized ultrasonic water immersion method from 5 aspects, covering the principle of ultrasonic water immersion method, selecting probe, selecting detection parameter, adjusting detection sensitivity and quality evaluation. Thereamong it introduced selecting detection parameters in detail, such as eccentricity, water layer thickness, focus and etc. At the same time, it analyzed the difference between ultrasonic water immersion method and contact detection method, introduced its advantages, disadvantages and range of use of ultrasonic water immersion, and pointed out problems needing attention during detection process.%主要从超声波水浸法探伤的原理、探头的选择、探测参数的选择、探伤灵敏度的调整和质量评定5方面综述了小直径钢管的超声波水浸探伤方法,其中详细介绍了探测参数,如偏心距、水层厚度、焦距等的选择.分析了超声波水浸法探伤与接触法探伤的区别,介绍了超声波水浸法的优缺点和使用范围,指出了水浸法探伤过程中应注意的问题.

  8. Development and improvement of synthetic imaging methods for non-destructive ultrasonic testing of complex industrial components

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    The goal of this thesis was, initially, to evaluate phased array methods for ultrasonic Non Destructive Testing (NDT) in order to propose optimizations, or to develop new alternative methods. In particular, this works deals with the detection of defects in complex geometries and/or materials parts. The TFM (Total Focusing Method) algorithm provides high resolution images and several representations of a same defect thanks to different reconstruction modes. These properties have been exploited judiciously in order to propose an adaptive imaging method in immersion configuration. We showed that TFM imaging can be used to characterize more precisely the defects. However, this method presents two major drawbacks: the large amount of data to be processed and a low signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), especially in noisy materials. We developed solutions to these two problems. To overcome the limitation caused by the large number of signals to be processed, we propose an algorithm that defines the sparse array to activate. As for the low SNR, it can be now improved by use of virtual sources and a new filtering method based on the DORT method (Decomposition of the Time Reversal Operator). (author)

  9. Ultrasonic transducer

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    A description is given of an ultrasonic transducer capable of operating at high temperature and comprising a transducer crystal and a coupling piece. This coupling piece is composed of several thin plates, generally triangular in shape, in a material withstanding corrosion and high temperatures, these plates being applied one against the other by pressure. One of the edges of the coupling piece is designed so as to direct towards the junction surfaces of the various plates the ultrasonic waves reflected from the junction between the coupling piece and the piece to which the ultrasonic waves must be transmitted

  10. Advanced intelligent systems

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    Ryoo, Young; Jang, Moon-soo; Bae, Young-Chul

    2014-01-01

    Intelligent systems have been initiated with the attempt to imitate the human brain. People wish to let machines perform intelligent works. Many techniques of intelligent systems are based on artificial intelligence. According to changing and novel requirements, the advanced intelligent systems cover a wide spectrum: big data processing, intelligent control, advanced robotics, artificial intelligence and machine learning. This book focuses on coordinating intelligent systems with highly integrated and foundationally functional components. The book consists of 19 contributions that features social network-based recommender systems, application of fuzzy enforcement, energy visualization, ultrasonic muscular thickness measurement, regional analysis and predictive modeling, analysis of 3D polygon data, blood pressure estimation system, fuzzy human model, fuzzy ultrasonic imaging method, ultrasonic mobile smart technology, pseudo-normal image synthesis, subspace classifier, mobile object tracking, standing-up moti...

  11. A Verification Method of Wide Range in Ultrasonic Flowmeter%一种超声流量计检定方法

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    李浩; 王让定; 姚灵

    2012-01-01

    In order to ensure the performance of ultrasonic flowmeter measurement stability, ultrasonic flowmeter must be strictly taken a verification before being put into produetization. A verification method which is reliable is proposed in this paper. This method which is based on national verification regulation adjusts the flow point of verification according analyzing the accuracy influence of ultrasonic flowmeter caused by the fluid state. According to the experiment, the method can reflect the real quality of ultrasonic flowmeter truly and reliably, and can be operated and spreaded easily.%为了保证超声流量计计量性能的稳定性,超声流量计在产品化前必须先进行严格的检定,本文提出一种可靠的检定方法.该方法在国家检定规程的基础上,分析了流体状态对超声流量计精度影响,调整和增加超声流量计检定规程规定的检定流量点.实验表明,该检定方法能真实可靠反映被检定流量计的真实情况,且操作实际可行,可推广性强.

  12. Low frequency ultrasonic multi-mode Lamb wave method for characterizing the ultra-thin transversely isotropic laminate composite: Theory and experiment

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    ZHANG Rui; WAN Mingxi; CHEN Xiao; CAO Wenwu

    2001-01-01

    A low-frequency multi-mode ultrasonic Lamb wave method suitable for characterizing the thickness, the density and the elastic constants of the ultra-thin transversely isotropic laminate composite is presented, The "ultra-thin" here means that the thickness of the plate is much less than the wavelength of the ultrasonic wave so that the echoes from the front and back faces of the plate can't be separated in the time domain. The dispersion equations for the low frequency ultrasonic Lamb waves with the propagation directions parallel and vertical to the fiber direction are derived. In conjunction with the least square algorithm method, the secant algorithm is used to estimate the parameters of the ultra-thin fiber-reinforced composite layer. The evaluation errors and the sensitivity of the method to different parameters of the thin composite are analyzed. The technique has been used to characterize the ultra-thin grass fiber reinforced PES composite with thickness down to ten percents of the ultrasonic wavelength. It is observed that the agreement between the nominal and the estimation values is reasonably good.

  13. Ultrasonic Direction Measurement Method Using Sensitivity Compensated Transmitting Signal and Pulse Compression

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    Chimura, Dai; Toh, Ryo; Motooka, Seiichi

    We have studied high resolution pulse compression technique for ultrasonic pulse-echo measurement. To acquire broader and flatter spectrum, a Sensitivity Compensate Transmitting (SCT) signal was proposed. The SCT signal is calculated from inversed filtering of received signal. Here, two types SCT signal are proposed. As a Sensitivity Compensated AM (SCAM) signal, an amplitude modulated chirp wave is proposed. Furthermore, for higher Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR), a non-linear FM signal is proposed as a Sensitivity Compensate FM (SCFM) signal. In this paper, effectiveness of the SCT signal on 2-D direction measurement is discussed. By using the SCT signal, the time resolution of compressed pulse is improved, and accuracies of direction measurement using the SCT signal are improved than that of using the chirp wave. Furthermore, by using the SCFM signal, accuracy of direction measurement is improved than that of using the SCAM signal when the target is located at the position where the SNR of received signal is lower.

  14. Micro-molding with ultrasonic vibration energy: new method to disperse nanoclays in polymer matrices.

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    Planellas, Marc; Sacristán, Matías; Rey, Lorena; Olmo, Cristian; Aymamí, Joan; Casas, María T; del Valle, Luis J; Franco, Lourdes; Puiggalí, Jordi

    2014-07-01

    Ultrasound technology was proved as an efficient processing technique to obtain micro-molded specimens of polylactide (PLA) and polybutylene succinate (PBS), which were selected as examples of biodegradable polyesters widely employed in commodity and specialty applications. Operational parameters such as amplitude, molding force and processing time were successfully optimized to prepare samples with a decrease in the number average molecular weight lower than 6%. Ultrasonic waves also seemed an ideal energy source to provide effective disaggregation of clay silicate layers, and therefore exfoliated nanocomposites. X-ray diffraction patterns of nanocomposites prepared by direct micro-molding of PLA or PBS powder mixtures with natural montmorillonite or different organo-modified clays showed the disappearance of the 001 silicate reflection for specimens having up to 6 wt.% clay content. All electron micrographs revealed relatively homogeneous dispersion and sheet nanostructures oriented in the direction of the melt flow. Incorporation of clay particles during processing had practically no influence on PLA characteristics but enhanced PBS degradation when an organo-modifier was employed. This was in agreement with thermal stability data deduced from thermogravimetric analysis. Cold crystallization experiments directly performed on micro-molded PLA specimens pointed to a complex influence of clay particles reflected by the increase or decrease of the overall non-isothermal crystallization rate when compared to the neat polymer. In all cases, the addition of clay led to a clear decrease in the Avrami exponent. PMID:24457002

  15. Study of an ultrasonic method of estimating local temperatures of liquid sodium at the output of the core of SFRs

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    In the frame of research on Sodium cooled Fast nuclear Reactor (SFR), CEA aims to develop an innovative instrumentation, specific to these reactors. The present work relates to the measurement of the sodium temperature at the outlet of the assemblies of the reactor's core by an ultrasonic method. This instrumentation involves the propagation of ultrasonic waves in liquid sodium, thermally inhomogeneous and turbulent. Environment causes deviations of the acoustic beam that must be understood to predict and quantify to consider ultrasound as a measure means in a core of SFR reactor. To determine the magnitude of these influences, a code named AcRaLiS (Acoustic Ray in Liquid Sodium) has been implemented. In a first step, a thermal-hydraulic study specific to the medium, was conducted to provide an adequate description of the environment and choose a suitable acoustic propagation model. Then an implementation has been performed to allow rapid simulations of the wave propagation at several megahertz in this particular environment. This code provides ultrasounds deviations and changes in beam intensity.Two experiments were designed and conducted to verify the code. The first, named UPSilon innovates by replacing sodium by silicone oil in order to have a stable thermal inhomogeneity during the experiment. It allows to determine the validity of the code AcRaLiS with thermal inhomogeneities. The second, called IKHAR allows to study the influence of water turbulence on the propagation of waves, using the Kelvin-Helmholtz instabilities. Conclusions and perspectives are presented, including perspectives for other application domains. (author)

  16. Ultrasonic stir welding process and apparatus

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    Ding, R. Jeffrey (Inventor)

    2009-01-01

    An ultrasonic stir welding device provides a method and apparatus for elevating the temperature of a work piece utilizing at least one ultrasonic heater. Instead of relying on a rotating shoulder to provide heat to a workpiece an ultrasonic heater is utilized to provide ultrasonic energy to the workpiece. A rotating pin driven by a motor assembly performs the weld on the workpiece. A handheld version can be constructed as well as a fixedly mounted embodiment.

  17. The Advanced Computational Methods Center, University of Georgia

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    Nute, Donald; Covington, Michael; Rankin, Terry

    1986-01-01

    The Advanced Computational Methods Center (ACMC) established at the University of Georgia in 1984, supports several research projects in artificial intelligence. The primary goal of AI research at ACMC is the design and installation of a logic-programming environment with advanced natural language processing and knowledge-acquisition capabilities on the university's highly parallel CYBERPLUS system from Control Data Corporation. This article briefly describes current research projects in arti...

  18. Comparison of X-Ray, Millimeter Wave, Shearography and Through-Transmission Ultrasonic Methods for Inspection of Honeycomb Composites

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    Abou-Khousa, M. A.; Ryley, A.; Kharkovsky, S.; Zoughi, R.; Daniels, D.; Kreitinger, N.; Steffes, G.

    2007-03-01

    Honeycomb composites are increasingly finding utility in a variety of environments and applications, such as aircraft structural components, flight control components, radomes, etc. In-service and environmental stresses can produce unwanted flaws that adversely affect the structural integrity and functionality of these composites. These flaws may be in the forms of disbonds, delaminations, impact damage, crushed honeycomb, moisture intrusion, internal cracks, etc. There are several nondestructive testing (NDT) methods that may be used to inspect these composites for the presence and evaluation of these flaws. Such NDT methods include X-ray computed tomography, near-field millimeter wave, shearography, and ultrasonic testing. To assess the capabilities of these methods for honeycomb composite inspection, two honeycomb composites panels were produced with several embedded flaws and missing material primarily representing planar disbonds at various levels within the thickness of the panels and with different shapes. Subsequently, the aforementioned NDT methods were used to produce images of the two panels. This paper presents the results of these investigations and a comparison among the capabilities of these methods.

  19. Advanced methods of solid oxide fuel cell modeling

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    Milewski, Jaroslaw; Santarelli, Massimo; Leone, Pierluigi

    2011-01-01

    Fuel cells are widely regarded as the future of the power and transportation industries. Intensive research in this area now requires new methods of fuel cell operation modeling and cell design. Typical mathematical models are based on the physical process description of fuel cells and require a detailed knowledge of the microscopic properties that govern both chemical and electrochemical reactions. ""Advanced Methods of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Modeling"" proposes the alternative methodology of generalized artificial neural networks (ANN) solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) modeling. ""Advanced Methods

  20. Strategy to Promote Active Learning of an Advanced Research Method

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    McDermott, Hilary J.; Dovey, Terence M.

    2013-01-01

    Research methods courses aim to equip students with the knowledge and skills required for research yet seldom include practical aspects of assessment. This reflective practitioner report describes and evaluates an innovative approach to teaching and assessing advanced qualitative research methods to final-year psychology undergraduate students. An…

  1. A dealiasing method for use with ultrasonic pulsed Doppler in measuring velocity profiles and flow rates in pipes

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    The ultrasonic pulsed Doppler method (UDM) is a powerful tool for measuring velocity profiles in a pipe. However, the maximum detectable velocity is limited by the Nyquist sampling theorem. Furthermore, the maximum detectable velocity (also called Nyquist velocity), vmax, and the maximum measurable length are related and cannot be increased at the same time. If the velocity is greater than vmax, velocity aliasing occurs. Hence, the higher velocity that occurs with a larger pipe diameter, i.e. under higher flow rate conditions, cannot be measured with the conventional UDM. To overcome these limitations, dual-pulse repetition frequency (dual PRF) and feedback methods were employed in this study to measure velocity profiles in a pipe. The velocity distributions obtained with the feedback method were found to be more accurate than those obtained with the dual PRF method. However, misdetection of the Nyquist folding number using the feedback method was found to increase with the flow velocity. A feedback method with a moving average is proposed to improve the measurement accuracy. The method can accurately measure the velocity distributions at a velocity five times greater than the maximum velocity that can be measured with the conventional UDM. The measurement volume was found to be among the important parameters that must be considered in assessing the traceability of the reflector during the pulse emission interval. Hence, a larger measurement volume is required to measure higher velocities using the dual PRF method. Integrating velocity distributions measured using the feedback method with a moving average makes it possible to accurately determine flow rates six times greater than those that can be determined using the conventional pulsed Doppler method. (paper)

  2. Ultrasonic colour Doppler imaging

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    Evans, David H; Jensen, Jørgen Arendt; Nielsen, Michael Bachmann

    2011-01-01

    Ultrasonic colour Doppler is an imaging technique that combines anatomical information derived using ultrasonic pulse-echo techniques with velocity information derived using ultrasonic Doppler techniques to generate colour-coded maps of tissue velocity superimposed on grey-scale images of tissue...... weaknesses, perhaps the greatest being that in conventional systems, the velocities measured and thus displayed are the components of the flow velocity directly towards or away from the transducer, while ideally the method would give information about the magnitude and direction of the three-dimensional flow...... vectors. This review briefly introduces the principles behind colour Doppler imaging and describes some clinical applications. It then describes the basic components of conventional colour Doppler systems and the methods used to derive velocity information from the ultrasound signal. Next, a number of new...

  3. 超声波-酶法提取牛跟腱胶原蛋白%Extraction of Collagen from Bovine Tendon by Ultrasonic - Enzymatic Method

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    张云凤

    2015-01-01

    分别采用胃蛋白酶法与超声波-酶法提取牛跟腱胶原蛋白,比较了两种方法胶原蛋白的产率,并对胶原蛋白进行光谱测试.实验证明,超声波酶法的产率明显较高.%This study compared the collagen yield which extracted from bovine tendon by stomach protein enzymatic method and ultrasonic-enzymatic method. The collagen was tested by infrared spectrum and ultraviolet spectrum. Experiments showed that the yield of ultrasonic-enzymatic method was significantly higher than stomach protein enzymatic method.

  4. Methods for studying fuel management in advanced gas cooled reactors

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    The methods used for studying fuel and absorber management problems in AGRs are described. The basis of the method is the use of ARGOSY lattice data in reactor calculations performed at successive time steps. These reactor calculations may be quite crude but for advanced design calculations a detailed channel-by-channel representation of the whole core is required. The main emphasis of the paper is in describing such an advanced approach - the ODYSSEUS-6 code. This code evaluates reactor power distributions as a function of time and uses the information to select refuelling moves and determine controller positions. (author)

  5. Development on ultrasonic testing technique for weldment of small diameter pipe branch. A case of trouble at a nuclear power station and development of ultrasonic testing technique (V-detection method)

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    The weldment between a mother tube and a nozzle stub of small diameter pipings at a nuclear power station (austenitic stainless steel) has conventionally been inspected by the liquid penetrant testing (PT). However, on December, 1998, a leak trouble caused by inner flaw at welded portion formed, and then to confirm soundness of the weldment, necessity of not surface inspection (containing PT, and so on) but volume inspection was required. For the volume inspection, there were considered on radiographic testing (RT) and ultrasonic testing (UT). However, RT has a limitation such as detection of radiation in site and so on, so application of UT has been desired. To solve a problem with conventional method, a flaw detection arrangement to input ultrasonic wave directly to a flaw was considered. Because of V-letter arrangement of a detection feeler for transmission and receiving to a branch pipe, this method is called V-detection method. As a result of an experiment on nozzle stub weldment at an actual machine by using this method, it was found that all of flaws in the nozzle stub detected by RT could also be detected by using UT. (G.K.)

  6. Application of ultrasonic phased array technique for inspection of stud bolts in nuclear reactor vessel

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    The stud bolt is one of crucial parts for safety of reactor vessels in nuclear power plants. Cracks initiation and propagation were reported in stud bolts using closure of reactor vessel and head. Stud bolts are inspected by ultrasonic technique during overhaul periodically for the prevention of stud bolt failure and radioactive leakage from nuclear reactor. In conventional ultrasonic testing for inspection of stud bolts, crack was detected by using shadow effect. It take too much time to inspect stud bolt by using conventional ultrasonic technique. In addition, there were numerous spurious signal reflected from every thread. In this study, the advanced ultrasonic phased array technique was introduced for inspect stud bolts. The phased array technique provide fast inspection and high detectability of defects. There are sector scanning and linear scanning method in phased array technique, and these scanning methods were applied to inspect stud bolt and detectability was investigated.

  7. Technical Letter Report Assessment of Ultrasonic Phased Array Inspection Method for Welds in Cast Austenitic Stainless Steel Pressurizer Surge Line Piping JCN N6398, Task 1B

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    Diaz, Aaron A.; Cinson, Anthony D.; Crawford, Susan L.; Mathews, Royce; Moran, Traci L.; Anderson, Michael T.

    2009-07-28

    Research is being conducted for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to assess the effectiveness and reliability of advanced nondestructive examination (NDE) methods for the inspection of light water reactor components. The scope of this research encompasses primary system pressure boundary materials including cast austenitic stainless steels (CASS); dissimilar metal welds; piping with corrosion-resistant cladding; weld overlays, inlays and onlays; and far-side examinations of austenitic piping welds. A primary objective of this work is to evaluate various NDE methods to assess their ability to detect, localize, and size cracks in coarse-grained steel components. In this effort, PNNL supports cooperation with Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA) to assess reliable inspection of CASS materials. The NRC Project Manager has established a cooperative effort with the Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire (IRSN). CEA, under funding from IRSN, are supporting collaborative efforts with the NRC and PNNL. Regarding its work on the NDE of materials, CEA is providing its modeling software (CIVA) in exchange for PNNL offering expertise and data related to phased-array detection and sizing, acoustic attenuation, and back scattering on CASS materials. This collaboration benefits the NRC because CEA performs research and development on CASS for Électricité de France (EdF). This technical letter report provides a summary of a technical evaluation aimed at assessing the capabilities of phased-array (PA) ultrasonic testing (UT) methods as applied to the inspection of welds in CASS pressurizer (PZR) surge line nuclear reactor piping. A set of thermal fatigue cracks (TFCs) was implanted into three CASS PZR surge-line specimens (pipe-to-elbow welds) that were fabricated using vintage CASS materials formed in the 1970s, and flaw responses from these cracks were used to evaluate detection and sizing

  8. Flaw acceptance criteria taking into consideration the NDT: radiographic and ultrasonic testing. Analysis through the fracture mechanics methods

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    The present study compares and evaluates the flaw acceptance criteria of the non-destructive inspections meeting European Community standards, through the application of the fracture mechanics methods that were determined and verified by the previous activity. Some choices were made; these, however, do not change the general validity of the conclusions. Shaved full-penetration butt welds of Class 1 components making up the primary circuit were considered and the following parameters varied: standards: French, German, Italian (ASME III) and UK; material: AISI 316 and low alloy steel A 533; base material and weld metal; temperature: RT, 370 deg C for the austenitic and 260 deg C for the ferritic steel; ultrasonic and radiographic methods; defect position: surface and internal; stress condition: situations with different primary and secondary stresses. From a preliminary examination of this study it is evident that the large quantity of results available and the abundance of information contained therein make a simple and exhaustive synthesis difficult. In fact, different analyses are possible and we have, therefore, limited the research to activities to perform a comparison and a general evaluation of the acceptance criteria of the non-destructive testing. (authors). 57 refs., 25 figs., 11 tabs

  9. METHODS ADVANCEMENT FOR MILK ANALYSIS: THE MAMA STUDY

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    The Methods Advancement for Milk Analysis (MAMA) study was designed by US EPA and CDC investigators to provide data to support the technological and study design needs of the proposed National Children=s Study (NCS). The NCS is a multi-Agency-sponsored study, authorized under the...

  10. Method and Tools for Development of Advanced Instructional Systems

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    Arend, J. van der; Riemersma, J.B.J.

    1994-01-01

    The application of advanced instructional systems (AISs), like computer-based training systems, intelligent tutoring systems and training simulators, is widely spread within the Royal Netherlands Army. As a consequence there is a growing interest in methods and tools to develop effective and efficie

  11. Ultrasonic neuromodulation

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    Naor, Omer; Krupa, Steve; Shoham, Shy

    2016-06-01

    Ultrasonic waves can be non-invasively steered and focused into mm-scale regions across the human body and brain, and their application in generating controlled artificial modulation of neuronal activity could therefore potentially have profound implications for neural science and engineering. Ultrasonic neuro-modulation phenomena were experimentally observed and studied for nearly a century, with recent discoveries on direct neural excitation and suppression sparking a new wave of investigations in models ranging from rodents to humans. In this paper we review the physics, engineering and scientific aspects of ultrasonic fields, their control in both space and time, and their effect on neuronal activity, including a survey of both the field’s foundational history and of recent findings. We describe key constraints encountered in this field, as well as key engineering systems developed to surmount them. In closing, the state of the art is discussed, with an emphasis on emerging research and clinical directions.

  12. Irradiation Testing of Ultrasonic Transducers

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    Ultrasonic technologies offer the potential for high accuracy and resolution in-pile measurement of numerous parameters, including geometry changes, temperature, crack initiation and growth, gas pressure and composition, and microstructural changes. Many Department of Energy-Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) programs are exploring the use of ultrasonic technologies to provide enhanced sensors for in-pile instrumentation during irradiation testing. For example, the ability of single, small diameter ultrasonic thermometers (UTs) to provide a temperature profile in candidate metallic and oxide fuel would provide much needed data for validating new fuel performance models. Other efforts include an ultrasonic technique to detect morphology changes (such as crack initiation and growth) and acoustic techniques to evaluate fission gas composition and pressure. These efforts are limited by the lack of existing knowledge of ultrasonic transducer material survivability under irradiation conditions. To address this need, the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) was awarded an Advanced Test Reactor National Scientific User Facility (ATR NSUF) project to evaluate promising magnetostrictive and piezoelectric transducer performance in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Research Reactor (MITR) up to a fast fluence of at least 1021 n/cm2 (E> 0.1 MeV). This test will be an instrumented lead test; and real-time transducer performance data will be collected along with temperature and neutron and gamma flux data. By characterizing magnetostrictive and piezoelectric transducer survivability during irradiation, test results will enable the development of novel radiation tolerant ultrasonic sensors for use in Material and Test Reactors (MTRs). The current work bridges the gap between proven out-of-pile ultrasonic techniques and in-pile deployment of ultrasonic sensors by acquiring the data necessary to demonstrate the performance of ultrasonic transducers. (authors)

  13. Advanced Measuring (Instrumentation Methods for Nuclear Installations: A Review

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    Wang Qiu-kuan

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The nuclear technology has been widely used in the world. The research of measurement in nuclear installations involves many aspects, such as nuclear reactors, nuclear fuel cycle, safety and security, nuclear accident, after action, analysis, and environmental applications. In last decades, many advanced measuring devices and techniques have been widely applied in nuclear installations. This paper mainly introduces the development of the measuring (instrumentation methods for nuclear installations and the applications of these instruments and methods.

  14. An advanced probabilistic structural analysis method for implicit performance functions

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    Wu, Y.-T.; Millwater, H. R.; Cruse, T. A.

    1989-01-01

    In probabilistic structural analysis, the performance or response functions usually are implicitly defined and must be solved by numerical analysis methods such as finite element methods. In such cases, the most commonly used probabilistic analysis tool is the mean-based, second-moment method which provides only the first two statistical moments. This paper presents a generalized advanced mean value (AMV) method which is capable of establishing the distributions to provide additional information for reliability design. The method requires slightly more computations than the second-moment method but is highly efficient relative to the other alternative methods. In particular, the examples show that the AMV method can be used to solve problems involving non-monotonic functions that result in truncated distributions.

  15. A Model for Measured Traveling Waves at End-Diastole in Human Heart Wall by Ultrasonic Imaging Method

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    Bekki, Naoaki; Shintani, Seine A.; Ishiwata, Shin'ichi; Kanai, Hiroshi

    2016-04-01

    We observe traveling waves, measured by the ultrasonic noninvasive imaging method, in a longitudinal beam direction from the apex to the base side on the interventricular septum (IVS) during the period from the end-diastole to the beginning of systole for a healthy human heart wall. We present a possible phenomenological model to explain part of one-dimensional cardiac behaviors for the observed traveling waves around the time of R-wave of echocardiography (ECG) in the human heart. Although the observed two-dimensional patterns of traveling waves are extremely complex and no one knows yet the exact solutions for the traveling homoclinic plane wave in the one-dimensional complex Ginzburg-Landau equation (CGLE), we numerically find that part of the one-dimensional homoclinic dynamics of the phase and amplitude patterns in the observed traveling waves is similar to that of the numerical homoclinic plane-wave solutions in the CGLE with periodic boundary condition in a certain parameter space. It is suggested that part of the cardiac dynamics of the traveling waves on the IVS can be qualitatively described by the CGLE model as a paradigm for understanding biophysical nonlinear phenomena.

  16. Structural and Morphological Properties of Nanostructured ZnO Particles Grown by Ultrasonic Spray Pyrolysis Method with Horizontal Furnace

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized in a horizontal furnace at 500°C using different zinc nitrate hexahydrate concentrations (0.01 and 0.1 M as reactive solution by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis method. The physical-chemical properties of synthesized ZnO nanoparticles have been characterized by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA, X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS, and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM. With the TGA is has optimized the temperature at which the initial reactive (Zn(NO32·6H2O, is decomposed completely to give way to its corresponding oxide, ZnO. SEM revealed secondary particles with a quasispherical shape that do not change significantly with the increasing of precursor solution concentration as well as some content of the broken spheres. Increasing the precursor solution concentration leads to the increase in the average size of ZnO secondary particles from 248±73 to 470±160 nm; XRD reveals the similar tendency for the crystallite size which changes from 23±4 to 45±4 nm. HRTEM implies that the secondary particles are with hierarchical structure composed of primary nanosized subunits. These results showed that the precursor concentration plays an important role in the evolution on the size, stoichiometry, and morphology of ZnO nanoparticles.

  17. Optimization of Ultrasonic-Assisted Extraction of Flavonoid Compounds and Antioxidants from Alfalfa Using Response Surface Method

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    Chang-Liang Jing

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Ultrasonic-assisted extraction (UAE was used to extract flavonoid-enriched antioxidants from alfalfa aerial part. Response surface methodology (RSM, based on a four-factor, five-level central composite design (CCD, was employed to obtain the optimal extraction parameters, in which the flavonoid content was maximum and the antioxidant activity of the extracts was strongest. Radical scavenging capacity of the extracts, which represents the amounts of antioxidants in alfalfa, was determined by using 2,2′-azino-bis (3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulphonicacid (ABTS and 2,2′-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH methods. The results showed good fit with the proposed models for the total flavonoid extraction (R2 = 0.9849, for the antioxidant extraction assayed by ABTS method (R2 = 0.9764, and by DPPH method (R2 = 0.9806. Optimized extraction conditions for total flavonoids was a ratio of liquid to solid of 57.16 mL/g, 62.33 °C, 57.08 min, and 52.14% ethanol. The optimal extraction parameters of extracts for the highest antioxidant activity by DPPH method was a ratio of liquid to solid 60.3 mL/g, 54.56 °C, 45.59 min, and 46.67% ethanol, and by ABTS assay was a ratio of liquid to solid 47.29 mL/g, 63.73 °C, 51.62 min, and 60% ethanol concentration. Our work offers optimal extraction conditions for total flavonoids and antioxidants from alfalfa.

  18. Ultrasonic transducer

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    An ultrasonic transducer suitable for use up to a temperature of about 6000C comprises a stainless steel casing containing a lithium niobate piezoelectric element and a backing material of a powder which provides a partial pressure of oxygen and thereby prevents deterioration of the element by oxygen loss or contamination. The powder might be of lithium niobate or magnesia. (author)

  19. Ultrasonic transducer

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    The invention concerns an ultrasonic piezoelectric transducer fitted in sealed boxes for use in liquid sodium cooled fast nuclear reactors. These transducers are immersed in the sodium. The box is so constructed that its enables a removable connexion to be made between the transducer box itself and the connector

  20. Effect of Particle Addition on Degradation Rate of Methylene Blue in an Ultrasonic Field

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    Honma, Chiemi; Kobayashi, Daisuke; Matsumoto, Hideyuki; Takahashi, Tomoki; Kuroda, Chiaki; Otake, Katsuto; Shono, Atsushi

    2013-07-01

    Ultrasound has been found to be an attractive advanced technology for the degradation of hazardous organic compounds in water. In addition, the sonochemical reaction is enhanced by particle addition. However, the enhancement mechanism of particle addition has not been investigated well, because ultrasound enhances not only chemical reactions but also mass transfer. In this study, the ultrasonic degradation of methylene blue was carried out, and the effects of the ultrasonic irradiation condition on the degradation rate were investigated. The effect of ultrasonic frequency on the improvement of degradation by particle addition was also investigated. The order of degradation rate with frequency was the same as the tendency of sonochemical efficiency value obtained using KI oxidation dosimetry method (SEKI). The degradation process of methylene blue was intensified by particle addition, and the degradation rate increased with increasing amount of particle addition. The enhancement of degradation rate by particle addition was influenced by both ultrasonic frequency and type or diameter of particles.

  1. Comparative study of nonlinear ultrasonic methods applied to experimental models of prostheses osseointegration

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    RIVIERE, Jacques; Haupert, Sylvain; Johnson, Paul; Laugier, Pascal

    2012-01-01

    International audience This study is part of the long-term perspective to implement in vivo some new noninvasive methods to monitor the bone prostheses sealing or osseointegration (dental implants, hip prostheses). Although the most widely used clinically, X-ray radiography suffers from low sensitivity, limiting for instance its ability to detect early loosening of a prosthesis. The potential of methods developed over the past twenty years and based on elasticity measurements has been show...

  2. IMPROVEMENT OF METHODS AND MEANS OF ULTRASONIC CONTROL OF METAL GOODS WITH MODIFIED SURFACE LAYER

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    A. R. Baev

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available In the report perspective methods of diagnostics of surface layers state of products after various technological processes (a face hardening by means of induction or after cementation, coating are viewed. The testing is carried out to geometrical attributes (thickness of a layer and presence of flaws. The offered methods of measuring allow making the test in a work cycle of products manufacture.

  3. Advanced symbolic analysis for VLSI systems methods and applications

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    Shi, Guoyong; Tlelo Cuautle, Esteban

    2014-01-01

    This book provides comprehensive coverage of the recent advances in symbolic analysis techniques for design automation of nanometer VLSI systems. The presentation is organized in parts of fundamentals, basic implementation methods and applications for VLSI design. Topics emphasized include  statistical timing and crosstalk analysis, statistical and parallel analysis, performance bound analysis and behavioral modeling for analog integrated circuits . Among the recent advances, the Binary Decision Diagram (BDD) based approaches are studied in depth. The BDD-based hierarchical symbolic analysis approaches, have essentially broken the analog circuit size barrier. In particular, this book   • Provides an overview of classical symbolic analysis methods and a comprehensive presentation on the modern  BDD-based symbolic analysis techniques; • Describes detailed implementation strategies for BDD-based algorithms, including the principles of zero-suppression, variable ordering and canonical reduction; • Int...

  4. NATO Advanced Study Institute on Methods in Computational Molecular Physics

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    1992-01-01

    This volume records the lectures given at a NATO Advanced Study Institute on Methods in Computational Molecular Physics held in Bad Windsheim, Germany, from 22nd July until 2nd. August, 1991. This NATO Advanced Study Institute sought to bridge the quite considerable gap which exist between the presentation of molecular electronic structure theory found in contemporary monographs such as, for example, McWeeny's Methods 0/ Molecular Quantum Mechanics (Academic Press, London, 1989) or Wilson's Electron correlation in moleeules (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1984) and the realization of the sophisticated computational algorithms required for their practical application. It sought to underline the relation between the electronic structure problem and the study of nuc1ear motion. Software for performing molecular electronic structure calculations is now being applied in an increasingly wide range of fields in both the academic and the commercial sectors. Numerous applications are reported in areas as diverse as catalysi...

  5. Optimisation of Ultrasonic Conditions as an Advanced Extraction Technique for Recovery of Phenolic Compounds and Antioxidant Activity from Macadamia (Macadamia tetraphylla) Skin Waste

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    Adriana Dailey; Quan V. Vuong

    2015-01-01

    Thousands of tons of macadamia skin waste are generated annually with very limited utilisation of this extensive by-product. The aim of this study was to develop optimal ultrasonic extraction conditions for maximized recovery of phenolic compounds and antioxidant properties from macadamia skin using Response Surface Methodology (RSM). Three ultrasonic parameters, including temperature (30–50 °C), time (10–50 min) and power (150–250 W), were tested for their impact on the extraction of total p...

  6. A Study on the Ultrasonic Sensor and Accelerometer Installation and Signal Acquisition Method for Engine Condition Diagnosis on EDG in Nuclear Power Plant

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    Lee, Sang Guk; Choi, Kwang Hee; Choi, You Sung [Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co., Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-05-15

    As a plan for the improvement of the EDG (Emergency Diesel Generator) maintenance program, the research project is being done by changing from time to condition based maintenance. First of all, the condition of EDG was analyzed and CBM(Condition Based Maintenance) was applied. The diagnoses for EDG are mainly composed of combustion in cylinders, vibration and ultrasonic signal analysis. The combustion analysis provides information of the combustion performance on each cylinder of EDG. Vibration and ultrasonic analysis provide timing signal on each event and information on mechanical condition. These signals can be collected without trouble causing on the operation of EDG. In this paper, the optimum sensor installation and the signal acquisition method are described for monitoring and diagnosis of EDG

  7. Advanced Discrete-Time Control Methods for Industrial Applications

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    Khatamianfar, Arash

    2015-01-01

    This thesis focuses on developing advanced control methods for two industrial systems in discrete-time aiming to enhance their performance in delivering the control objectives as well as considering the practical aspects. The first part addresses wind power dispatch into the electricity network using a battery energy storage system (BESS). To manage the amount of energy sold to the electricity market, a novel control scheme is developed based on discrete-time model predictive control (MPC) to...

  8. Advances in nucleic acid-based detection methods.

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    Wolcott, M J

    1992-01-01

    Laboratory techniques based on nucleic acid methods have increased in popularity over the last decade with clinical microbiologists and other laboratory scientists who are concerned with the diagnosis of infectious agents. This increase in popularity is a result primarily of advances made in nucleic acid amplification and detection techniques. Polymerase chain reaction, the original nucleic acid amplification technique, changed the way many people viewed and used nucleic acid techniques in cl...

  9. Underwater Photosynthesis of Submerged Plants – Recent Advances and Methods

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    PEDERSEN, OLE; Colmer, Timothy D.; Sand-Jensen, Kaj

    2013-01-01

    We describe the general background and the recent advances in research on underwater photosynthesis of leaf segments, whole communities, and plant dominated aquatic ecosystems and present contemporary methods tailor made to quantify photosynthesis and carbon fixation under water. The majority of studies of aquatic photosynthesis have been carried out with detached leaves or thalli and this selectiveness influences the perception of the regulation of aquatic photosynthesis. We thus recommend a...

  10. Advanced Topology Optimization Methods for Conceptual Architectural Design

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    Aage, Niels; Amir, Oded; Clausen, Anders;

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents a series of new, advanced topology optimization methods, developed specifically for conceptual architectural design of structures. The proposed computational procedures are implemented as components in the framework of a Grasshopper plugin, providing novel capacities in...... frames are implemented. The developed procedures allow for the exploration of new territories in optimization of architectural structures, and offer new methodological strategies for bridging conceptual gaps between optimization and architectural practice....

  11. Advancing Comparative Climate Change Politics: Theory and Method

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    Mark Purdon

    2015-01-01

    Central to this special issue is the notion that the methods and conceptual tools of comparative politics can improve our understanding of global climate change politics. Building on recent advancements in the field of comparative environmental politics, the special issues offers a more comprehensive treatment of climate change politics in developed countries, emerging economies and least developed countries. In this introduction, I distil the key features of comparative politics, advocate fo...

  12. Advanced Regression Methods in Finance and Economics: Three Essays

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    Hofmarcher, Paul

    2012-01-01

    In this thesis advanced regression methods are applied to discuss and investigate highly relevant research questions in the areas of finance and economics. In the field of credit risk the thesis investigates a hierarchical model which allows to obtain a consensus score, if several ratings are available for each firm. Autoregressive processes and random effects are used to model both a correlation structure between and within the obligors in the sample. The model also allows to validate ...

  13. S55Cr大型模块超声探伤方法探究%Study on Ultrasonic Inspection Method for S55Cr Large Modules

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    2015-01-01

    The ultrasonic inspection for ultra thick and ultra thin material is still a difficult problem. Because of large cross section of ultra thick material, it’s difficult to be forged for the material and deformed for the heart part of the material, so the poor forgeability of the material will form uneven microstructure which will cause the serious scat⁃tering and acoustic attenuation during the ultrasonic inspection. Lack of fine grain composition in S55Cr steel, uneven grain or coarse grain will easily cause the adverse effect of ultrasonic inspection. During the ultrasonic inspection there often exists the UT unqualified phenomenon not meeting the specified requirements of the standard due to insufficient margin bottom echo. The flexible use of various ultrasonic detection methods and equipments solved the problem exist⁃ed during the ultrasonic inspection of S55Cr steel large modules with the lowest cost and the fastest way.%对超声波检测而言,超厚和超薄材料检测一直是难题。由于超厚材料断面超大,锻造难度大,心部变形困难,锻透性差,易发生组织不均匀,造成散射严重、声波衰减大。S55Cr缺乏细化晶粒成分,极易因晶粒不均匀或粗大,给超声波探伤带来不利影响,常常出现因底面回波余量不足造成达不到标准规定的现象导致超探不合格。本文灵活运用多种超声检测方法及设备手段,用最低的成本、最快的办法解决了S55Cr大型模块超声波探伤中出现的这一问题。

  14. Properties of ultrasonic testing systems

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    For a long time, ultrasonic testing of reactor components and plants whose safety had to meet high demands, lacked definitions of the required properties of the ultrasonic testing system. The standard draft DIN 25 450 states demands on the ultrasonic testing unit and the test heads and recommends measuring methods to determine their properties. With test units and test heads meeting the demands of the draft a better reproducibility of the test is obtained than before; the improved test statement results in an increased safety during production and operation of components and plants. (orig./HP)

  15. Evaluation of an ultrasonic method for measurement of oil film thickness in a hydraulic motor piston ring

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    Harper, P; Dwyer-Joyce, R.S.; Sjodin, U.; Olofsson, U.

    2005-01-01

    The efficiency of a hydraulic motor depends on the lubrication performance of the piston ring. If the film is too thin then wear occurs quickly, if it is too thick then oil is lost into the cylinder and efficiency is reduced. In this paper a technique for oil film measurement based on ultrasonic reflection is investigated. This has the potential to be used non-invasively on real components. An ultrasonic pulse will reflect from a thin film interposed between two solids. The proportion of the ...

  16. Advanced applications of boundary-integral equation methods

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    Numerical analysis has become the basic tool for both design and research problems in solid mechanics. The need for accuracy and detail, plus the availablity of the high speed computer has led to the development of many new modeling methods ranging from general purpose structural analysis finite element programs to special purpose research programs. The boundary-integral equation (BIE) method is based on classical mathematical techniques but is finding new life as a basic stress analysis tool for engineering applications. The paper summarizes some advanced elastic applications of fracture mechanics and three-dimensional stress analysis, while referencing some of the much broader developmental effort. Future emphasis is needed to exploit the BIE method in conjunction with other techniques such as the finite element method through the creation of hybrid stress analysis methods. (Auth.)

  17. Digital spectral analysis parametric, non-parametric and advanced methods

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    Castanié, Francis

    2013-01-01

    Digital Spectral Analysis provides a single source that offers complete coverage of the spectral analysis domain. This self-contained work includes details on advanced topics that are usually presented in scattered sources throughout the literature.The theoretical principles necessary for the understanding of spectral analysis are discussed in the first four chapters: fundamentals, digital signal processing, estimation in spectral analysis, and time-series models.An entire chapter is devoted to the non-parametric methods most widely used in industry.High resolution methods a

  18. Characterization and comparison of defects detection limits of three ultrasonic non destructive methods

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    Welemane H.; Eyma F.; Pescay C.; Péronnet E.

    2010-01-01

    This work deals with the Liquid Resin Infusion (LRI) process developed within the research program “FUSelage COMPosite” of DAHER SOCATA. This manufacturing process enables the realization of complex composite structures or fuselage elements in a single phase (mono-material), which considerably reduce connections and relative difficulties. The concern here is the investigation of non destructive testing (NDT) methods that can be applied to LRI-structures in order to define their capaciti...

  19. Simultaneous assessment of bone thickness and velocity for ultrasonic computed tomography using transmission-echo method

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    Zheng, Rui; Lasaygues, Philippe

    2013-01-01

    The robustness and accuracy of the transmissionecho (TE) method is investigated on simultaneous thickness and velocity estimation of double-layered thin bone samples. Twentytwo pairs of bovine cortical samples were assembled and measured by two pairs of immersion transducers with nominal frequencies of 1MHz and 2.25MHz. For each measurement, the TOF of six pulses contained by one transmission and two echo signals were detected and then used for the calculation. The mean relative errors of eff...

  20. Graphene electrostatic microphone and ultrasonic radio

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    Zhou, Qin; Zheng, Jinglin; Onishi, Seita; Crommie, M. F.; Zettl, Alex K.

    2015-01-01

    Humans and other animals effectively use acoustic waves to communicate with each other. Ultrasonic acoustic waves are intriguing because they do not interfere with normal voice communication and can be highly directional with long range. Therefore, wireless ultrasonic radio is a useful communications method. Here we find that graphene has mechanical properties that make it ideally suited for wide-band ultrasonic transduction. Using simple and low-cost fabrication methods we have produced an u...

  1. Ultrasonic Microtransport

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    Moroney, Richard Morgan, III

    We have observed numerous kinetic effects using ultrasonic flexural plate waves (FPWs) in 4mu -thick composite plates of low-stress silicon nitride, piezoelectric zinc oxide and aluminum. The wavelength is typically 100 mum, and the area 3 x 8 mm^2. A successful new surface micromachining fabrication process is presented here for the first time. FPWs have been used to move liquids and gasses with motion typically indicated by polysilicon blocks in air and polystyrene spheres in water; the velocity in air is 4.5 mm/s (with a zero-to-peak input of 3 V), and in water it is 100 mum/s (with an input of 7.8 V). Other observations include pumping of a liquid dye, and mixing near the FPW surface. All quantitative observations demonstrate that the kinetic effects of FPWs are proportional to the square of the wave amplitude. The amplitude for a typical device is 250 A at 9 V input; the power in a typical FPW is about 2 mW. The amplitude can be accurately measured using a laser diffraction technique. Experimental error is about +/-10%, and many of the results agree well with a simple theory to predict the FPW amplitude; extensions of the theory model the fluid loading of FPW devices, but experiment and theory disagree by about 15%. Pumping by flexural plate waves is an example of the phenomenon known as acoustic streaming. A common solution approach is the method of successive approximations, where the nonlinear equations are first linearized and solved. This "first-order" solution is then used to determine the inhomogeneous source terms in the linearized, "second -order" equations of motion. Theoretical predictions of streaming theory are in excellent agreement with experiment in the case where the FPW device contacts a half-space of fluid; predictions for flow in small channels encourage the development of integrated micropumps. Applications for microflow include thermal redistribution in integrated circuits and liquid movement in analytical instruments--particularly where

  2. Advanced thermal hydraulic method using 3x3 pin modeling

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    Advanced thermal hydraulic methods are being developed as part of the US DOE sponsored Nuclear Hub program called CASL (Consortium for Advanced Simulation of LWRs). One of the key objectives of the Hub program is to develop a multi-physics tool which evaluates neutronic, thermal hydraulic, structural mechanics and nuclear fuel rod performance in rod bundles to support power uprates, increased burnup/cycle length and life extension for US nuclear plants. Current design analysis tools are separate and applied in series using simplistic models and conservatisms in the analysis. In order to achieve key Nuclear Hub objectives a higher fidelity, multi-physics tool is needed to address the challenge problems that limit current reactor performance. This paper summarizes the preliminary development of a multi-physics tool by performing 3x3 pin modeling and making comparisons to available data. (author)

  3. NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Vectorization of Advanced Methods for Molecular Electronic Structure

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    1984-01-01

    That there have been remarkable advances in the field of molecular electronic structure during the last decade is clear not only to those working in the field but also to anyone else who has used quantum chemical results to guide their own investiga­ tions. The progress in calculating the electronic structures of molecules has occurred through the truly ingenious theoretical and methodological developments that have made computationally tractable the underlying physics of electron distributions around a collection of nuclei. At the same time there has been consider­ able benefit from the great advances in computer technology. The growing sophistication, declining costs and increasing accessibi­ lity of computers have let theorists apply their methods to prob­ lems in virtually all areas of molecular science. Consequently, each year witnesses calculations on larger molecules than in the year before and calculations with greater accuracy and more com­ plete information on molecular properties. We can surel...

  4. Ultrasonic Evaluation of Well Integrity

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    Hoel, Kristian

    2014-01-01

    This thesis presents the acoustic theory behind current ultrasonic cement evaluation tools. The UltraSonic Imager tool's pulse echo technique and the new Isolation Scanner tool's pitch-catch leaky lamb wave measuring technique is explained. A laboratory experiment is conducted on a steel casing set-up (BeCaLoS) designed by SINTEF Petroleum Research to test, and highlight weaknesses of these measuring techniques. Both evaluation methods are successfully performed under four differen...

  5. Methods and advances in the study of aeroelasticity with uncertainties

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Uncertainties denote the operators which describe data error, numerical error and model error in the mathematical methods. The study of aeroelasticity with uncertainty embedded in the subsystems, such as the uncertainty in the modeling of structures and aerodynamics, has been a hot topic in the last decades. In this paper, advances of the analysis and design in aeroelasticity with uncertainty are summarized in detail. According to the non-probabilistic or probabilistic uncertainty, the developments of theories, methods and experiments with application to both robust and probabilistic aeroelasticity analysis are presented, respectively. In addition, the advances in aeroelastic design considering either probabilistic or non-probabilistic uncertainties are introduced along with aeroelastic analysis. This review focuses on the robust aeroelasticity study based on the structured singular value method, namely the μ method. It covers the numerical calculation algorithm of the structured singular value, uncertainty model construction, robust aeroelastic stability analysis algorithms, uncertainty level verification, and robust flutter boundary prediction in the flight test, etc. The key results and conclusions are explored. Finally, several promising problems on aeroelasticity with uncertainty are proposed for future investigation.

  6. Development of advanced nodal diffusion methods for modern computer architectures

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    A family of highly efficient multidimensional multigroup advanced neutron-diffusion nodal methods, ILLICO, were implemented on sequential, vector, and vector-concurrent computers. Three-dimensional realistic benchmark problems can be solved in vectorized mode in less than 0.73 s (33.86 Mflops) on a Cray X-MP/48. Vector-concurrent implementations yield speedups as high as 9.19 on an Alliant FX/8. These results show that the ILLICO method preserves essentially all of its speed advantage over finite-difference methods. A self-consistent higher-order nodal diffusion method was developed and implemented. Nodal methods for global nuclear reactor multigroup diffusion calculations which account explicitly for heterogeneities in the assembly nuclear properties were developed and evaluated. A systematic analysis of the zero-order variable cross section nodal method was conducted. Analyzing the KWU PWR depletion benchmark problem, it is shown that when burnup heterogeneities arise, ordinary nodal methods, which do not explicitly treat the heterogeneities, suffer a significant systematic error that accumulates. A nodal method that treats explicitly the space dependence of diffusion coefficients was developed and implemented. A consistent burnup-correction method for nodal microscopic depletion analysis was developed

  7. Advanced applications of boundary-integral equation methods

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    The BIE (boundary integral equation) method is based on the numerical solution of a set of integral constraint equations which couple boundary tractions (stresses) to boundary displacements. Thus the dimensionality of the problem is reduced by one; only boundary geometry and data are discretized. Stresses at any set of selected interior points are computed following the boundary solution without any further numerical approximations. Thus, the BIE method has inherently greater resolution capability for stress gradients than does the finite element method. Conversely, the BIE method is not efficient for problems involving significant inhomogeneity such as in multi-thin-layered materials, or in elastoplasticity. Some progress in applyiing the BIE method to the latter problem has been made but much more work remains. Further, the BIE method is only optional for problems with significant stress risers, and only when boundary stresses are most important. Interior stress calculations are expensive, per point, and can drive the solution costs up rapidly. The current report summarizes some of the advanced elastic applications of fracture mechanics and three-dimensional stress analysis, while referencing some of the much broader developmental effort. Future emphasis is needed to exploit the BIE method in conjunction with other techniques such as the finite element method through the creation of hybrid stress analysis methods

  8. 超声波流量测量中流速计算方法的对比%Comparison of flow rate calculation method for ultrasonic flow measurement

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    于洋; 宗光华; 丁凤林

    2013-01-01

    超声波流量计(UFM,Ultrasonic Flow Meter)通过测量管路中顺流和逆流方向的超声波传播时间变化计算流速,因此超声波传播时间的准确测量对流量计的精度影响至关重要.对超声波流量计的测量方法进行研究,从环境温度的变化、时间测量的准确性、不确定度的计算3个方面,对比超声波传播时间差法和频率差法对流量测量精度的影响.通过超声波流量测量实验,验证了在流量计未校准的情况下,与频率差法相比,时间差法的测量精度更高,且其校准系数曲线的线性度更好,校准后可在全流量范围内获得更高的测量精度.%Ultrasonic flow meter ( UFM ) calculates the flow rate, by measuring the difference of ultrasound transit time between the upstream direction and downstream direction. For the purpose of accurate flow measurement, transit time difference method and frequency difference method were compared from three aspects; change of environment temperature, accuracy of time measurement, and uncertainty calculation. Ultrasonic flow measurement experiment shows, when the flow meter is not calibrated, compared with frequency difference method, transit time difference method can achieve better accuracy. The calibrated factor for the transit time difference method is more linear, so better accuracy is achieved for full flow range measurement.

  9. 超声刀清洗方法的对比研究%COMPARISON STUDY OF DIFFERENT ULTRASONIC SCALPELS CLEANING METHOD

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    陈延茹; 陈静; 倪乐丹; 陈洁; 徐海丽

    2011-01-01

    Objective To observe cleaning effect of used ultrasonic scalpels by three different cleaning methods. Methods Ocular estimation and occult blood test were used to evaluate the cleaning effect of ultrasonic scalpels by 3 different cleaning methods. Results By the methods of ocular estimation and occult blood test, the highest cleaning quality rate was group C, which reaches to 98.68%. The cleaning methodes of multi - enzyme detergent immersion or hydrogen peroxide immersion respectively could not clean thoroughly. Conclusion The used ultrasonic scalpels dipping in multi -enzyme detergent for 5 minutes after prewashing with H2O2 of 30 g/L for 5 min, can reach satisfactory cleaning effect.%目的 观察3种不同的方法对超声刀清洗效果.方法 通过目测法和隐血试验法,对3种清洗方法清洗后超声刀进行了评价.结果 目测法与隐血试验法检测清洗后超声刀洁净质量以c组方法清洗质量合格率最高,均达到98.68%.使用后带血的超声刀单独用多酶洗剂浸泡或过氧化氢浸泡都不足以达到彻底清洗干净.结论 使用后的超声刀经过预清洗,用浓度为30g/L过氧化氢溶液浸泡5 min,再用碱性复合酶稀释液浸泡5 min,进行手工清洗可以获得满意的清洗效果.

  10. Advanced reactor physics methods for heterogeneous reactor cores

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    Thompson, Steven A.

    To maintain the economic viability of nuclear power the industry has begun to emphasize maximizing the efficiency and output of existing nuclear power plants by using longer fuel cycles, stretch power uprates, shorter outage lengths, mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel and more aggressive operating strategies. In order to accommodate these changes, while still satisfying the peaking factor and power envelope requirements necessary to maintain safe operation, more complexity in commercial core designs have been implemented, such as an increase in the number of sub-batches and an increase in the use of both discrete and integral burnable poisons. A consequence of the increased complexity of core designs, as well as the use of MOX fuel, is an increase in the neutronic heterogeneity of the core. Such heterogeneous cores introduce challenges for the current methods that are used for reactor analysis. New methods must be developed to address these deficiencies while still maintaining the computational efficiency of existing reactor analysis methods. In this thesis, advanced core design methodologies are developed to be able to adequately analyze the highly heterogeneous core designs which are currently in use in commercial power reactors. These methodological improvements are being pursued with the goal of not sacrificing the computational efficiency which core designers require. More specifically, the PSU nodal code NEM is being updated to include an SP3 solution option, an advanced transverse leakage option, and a semi-analytical NEM solution option.

  11. Advances in product family and product platform design methods & applications

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    Jiao, Jianxin; Siddique, Zahed; Hölttä-Otto, Katja

    2014-01-01

    Advances in Product Family and Product Platform Design: Methods & Applications highlights recent advances that have been made to support product family and product platform design and successful applications in industry. This book provides not only motivation for product family and product platform design—the “why” and “when” of platforming—but also methods and tools to support the design and development of families of products based on shared platforms—the “what”, “how”, and “where” of platforming. It begins with an overview of recent product family design research to introduce readers to the breadth of the topic and progresses to more detailed topics and design theory to help designers, engineers, and project managers plan, architect, and implement platform-based product development strategies in their companies. This book also: Presents state-of-the-art methods and tools for product family and product platform design Adopts an integrated, systems view on product family and pro...

  12. Advanced applications of boundary-integral equation methods

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    Numerical analysis has become the basic tool for both design and research problems in solid mechanics. The boundary-integral equation (BIE) method is based on classical mathematical techniques but is finding new life as a basic stress analysis tool for engineering applications. The BIE method is based on the numerical solution of a set of integral constraint equations which couple boundary tractions (stresses) to boundary displacements. Thus the dimensionality of the problem is reduced by one; only boundary geometry and data are discretized. Stresses at any set of selected interior points are computed following the boundary solution without any further numerical approximations. Thus, the BIE method has inherently greater resolution capability for stress gradients than does the finite element method. Conversely, the BIE method is not efficient for problems involving significant inhomogeneity such as in multi-thin-layered materials, or in elastoplasticity. Some progress in applying the BIE method to the latter problem has been made but much more work remains. Further, the BIE method is only optional for problems with significant stress risers, and only when boundary stresses are more important. Interior stress calculations are expensive, per point, and can drive the solution costs up rapidly. The current report summarizes some of the advanced elastic applications of fracture mechanics and three-dimensional stress analysis, while referring some of the much broader developmental effort. (Auth.)

  13. Bubble Manipulation by Self Organization of Bubbles inside Ultrasonic Wave

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    Yamakoshi, Yoshiki; Koganezawa, Masato

    2005-06-01

    Microbubble manipulation using ultrasonic waves is a promising technology in the fields of future medicine and biotechnology. For example, it is considered that bubble trapping using ultrasonic waves may play an important role in drug or gene delivery systems in order to trap the drugs or genes in the diseased tissue. Usually, when bubbles are designed so that they carry payloads, such as drug or gene, they tend to be harder than free bubbles. These hard bubbles receive a small acoustic radiation force, which is not sufficient for bubble manipulation. In this paper, a novel method of microbubble manipulation using ultrasonic waves is proposed. This method uses seed bubbles in order to manipulate target bubbles. When the seed bubbles are introduced into the ultrasonic wave field, they start to oscillate to produce a bubble aggregation of a certain size. Then the target bubbles are introduced, the target bubbles attach around the seed bubbles producing a bubble mass with bilayers (inner layer: seed bubbles, outer layer: target bubbles). The target bubbles are manipulated as a bilayered bubble mass. Basic experiments are carried out using polyvinyl chloride (PVC) shell bubbles. No target bubbles are trapped when only the target bubbles are introduced. However, they are trapped if the seed bubbles are introduced in advance.

  14. Application of ultrasonic techniques for evaluation of thermal fatigue crack

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    Damage in nuclear facilities during operation is caused by cyclic loadings due to mechanical or thermal fatigue. Fatigue damage is often related with loads, which were not taken into account in the design, e.g. temperature cycling arising from unexpected stratified flow conditions. Thermal stratification typically occurs in the surge line or the main feed water lines. The large number of thermal cycles with great amplitude produced by stratification raises some concerns about the damage induced by fatigue in these lines. Therefore, nondestructive technique should be employed for the evaluation of residual life to guarantee its integrity. In this study, an ultrasonic technique was applied for evaluation of thermal fatigue cracks in stainless steel used for piping systems in the nuclear power plant. Quantitative evaluation of thermal fatigue cracks is available by the employment of advanced ultrasonic techniques equipped with digital signal processing techniques such as wavelet transform and neural network method in ultrasonic testing. In this investigation, fatigue cracks were generated in austenitic stainless steel specimen by mechanical load and thermal cycle, and the thermal fatigue cracks were quantitatively evaluated by the ultrasonic technique with the digital signal processing method. (orig.)

  15. Advanced methods for fabrication of PHWR and LMFBR fuels

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    For self-reliance in nuclear power, the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), India is pursuing two specific reactor systems, namely the pressurised heavy water reactors (PHWR) and the liquid metal cooled fast breeder reactors (LMFBR). The reference fuel for PHWR is zircaloy-4 clad high density (≤ 96 per cent T.D.) natural UO2 pellet-pins. The advanced PHWR fuels are UO2-PuO2 (≤ 2 per cent), ThO2-PuO2 (≤ 4 per cent) and ThO2-U233O2 (≤ 2 per cent). Similarly, low density (≤ 85 per cent T.D.) (UPu)O2 pellets clad in SS 316 or D9 is the reference fuel for the first generation of prototype and commercial LMFBRs all over the world. However, (UPu)C and (UPu)N are considered as advanced fuels for LMFBRs mainly because of their shorter doubling time. The conventional method of fabrication of both high and low density oxide, carbide and nitride fuel pellets starting from UO2, PuO2 and ThO2 powders is 'powder metallurgy (P/M)'. The P/M route has, however, the disadvantage of generation and handling of fine powder particles of the fuel and the associated problem of 'radiotoxic dust hazard'. The present paper summarises the state-of-the-art of advanced methods of fabrication of oxide, carbide and nitride fuels and highlights the author's experience on sol-gel-microsphere-pelletisation (SGMP) route for preparation of these materials. The SGMP process uses sol gel derived, dust-free and free-flowing microspheres of oxides, carbide or nitride for direct pelletisation and sintering. Fuel pellets of both low and high density, excellent microhomogeneity and controlled 'open' or 'closed' porosity could be fabricated via the SGMP route. (author). 5 tables, 14 figs., 15 refs

  16. Advanced Burnup Method using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry

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    Hilton, Bruce A. [Idaho Natonal Laboratory, P.O. Box 1625, Idaho Falls, ID 83415-6188 (United States); Glagolenko, Irina; Giglio, Jeffrey J.; Cummings, Daniel G

    2009-06-15

    Nuclear fuel burnup is a key parameter used to assess irradiated fuel performance, to characterize the dependence of property changes due to irradiation, and to perform nuclear materials accountability. For advanced transmutation fuels and high burnup LWR fuels that have multiple fission sources, the existing Nd-148 ASTM burnup determination practice requires input of calculated fission fractions (identifying the specific fission source isotope and neutron energy that yielded fission, e.g., U-235 from thermal neutron, U-238 from fast neutron) from computational neutronics analysis in addition to the measured concentration of a single fission product isotope. We report a novel methodology of nuclear fuel burnup determination, which is completely independent of model predictions and reactor types. The proposed method leverages the capability of Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) to quantify multiple fission products and actinides and uses these data to develop a system of burnup equations whose solution is the fission fractions. The fission fractions are substituted back in the equations to determine burnup. This technique requires high fidelity fission yield data, which is not uniformly available for all fission products. We discuss different means that can potentially assist in indirect determination, verification and improvement (refinement) of the ambiguously known fission yields. A variety of irradiated fuel samples are characterized by ICP-MS and the results used to test the advanced burnup method. The samples include metallic alloy fuel irradiated in fast spectrum reactor (EBRII) and metallic alloy in a tailored spectrum and dispersion fuel in the thermal spectrum of the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR). The derived fission fractions and measured burnups are compared with calculated values predicted by neutronics models. (authors)

  17. Advanced Burnup Method using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry

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    Nuclear fuel burnup is a key parameter used to assess irradiated fuel performance, to characterize the dependence of property changes due to irradiation, and to perform nuclear materials accountability. For advanced transmutation fuels and high burnup LWR fuels that have multiple fission sources, the existing Nd-148 ASTM burnup determination practice requires input of calculated fission fractions (identifying the specific fission source isotope and neutron energy that yielded fission, e.g., U-235 from thermal neutron, U-238 from fast neutron) from computational neutronics analysis in addition to the measured concentration of a single fission product isotope. We report a novel methodology of nuclear fuel burnup determination, which is completely independent of model predictions and reactor types. The proposed method leverages the capability of Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) to quantify multiple fission products and actinides and uses these data to develop a system of burnup equations whose solution is the fission fractions. The fission fractions are substituted back in the equations to determine burnup. This technique requires high fidelity fission yield data, which is not uniformly available for all fission products. We discuss different means that can potentially assist in indirect determination, verification and improvement (refinement) of the ambiguously known fission yields. A variety of irradiated fuel samples are characterized by ICP-MS and the results used to test the advanced burnup method. The samples include metallic alloy fuel irradiated in fast spectrum reactor (EBRII) and metallic alloy in a tailored spectrum and dispersion fuel in the thermal spectrum of the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR). The derived fission fractions and measured burnups are compared with calculated values predicted by neutronics models. (authors)

  18. Finite element analysis simulations for ultrasonic array NDE inspections

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    Dobson, Jeff; Tweedie, Andrew; Harvey, Gerald; O'Leary, Richard; Mulholland, Anthony; Tant, Katherine; Gachagan, Anthony

    2016-02-01

    Advances in manufacturing techniques and materials have led to an increase in the demand for reliable and robust inspection techniques to maintain safety critical features. The application of modelling methods to develop and evaluate inspections is becoming an essential tool for the NDE community. Current analytical methods are inadequate for simulation of arbitrary components and heterogeneous materials, such as anisotropic welds or composite structures. Finite element analysis software (FEA), such as PZFlex, can provide the ability to simulate the inspection of these arrangements, providing the ability to economically prototype and evaluate improved NDE methods. FEA is often seen as computationally expensive for ultrasound problems however, advances in computing power have made it a more viable tool. This paper aims to illustrate the capability of appropriate FEA to produce accurate simulations of ultrasonic array inspections - minimizing the requirement for expensive test-piece fabrication. Validation is afforded via corroboration of the FE derived and experimentally generated data sets for a test-block comprising 1D and 2D defects. The modelling approach is extended to consider the more troublesome aspects of heterogeneous materials where defect dimensions can be of the same length scale as the grain structure. The model is used to facilitate the implementation of new ultrasonic array inspection methods for such materials. This is exemplified by considering the simulation of ultrasonic NDE in a weld structure in order to assess new approaches to imaging such structures.

  19. Intravascular Ultrasonic Imaging

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    Tobis, JM; Mahon, D.; Moriuchi, M; Mallery, JA; Lehmann, K; Griffith, J.; Gessert, J; Zalesky, P; McRae, M; Dwyer, ML; Henry, WL

    1990-01-01

    Because conventional imaging methods are inadequate for evaluating human coronary arteries in vivo, an intravascular ultrasonic imaging catheter was developed that allows the arterial wall to be studied in cross-section from within the artery. The catheter incorporates a mechanically rotating 20-MHz transducer, which is designed so that the ringdown occurs within the catheter and imaging is permitted up to the catheter's surface. The device rotates at 1800-rpm within a plastic sleeve and prov...

  20. Ultrasonic ash/pyrite liberation

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    Yungman, B.A.; Buban, K.S.; Stotts, W.F.

    1990-06-01

    The objective of this project was to develop a coal preparation concept which employed ultrasonics to precondition coal prior to conventional or advanced physical beneficiation processes such that ash and pyrite separation were enhanced with improved combustible recovery. Research activities involved a series of experiments that subjected three different test coals, Illinois No. 6, Pittsburgh No. 8, and Upper Freeport, ground to three different size fractions (28 mesh [times] 0, 200 mesh [times] 0, and 325 mesh [times] 0), to a fixed (20 kHz) frequency ultrasonic signal prior to processing by conventional and microbubble flotation. The samples were also processed by conventional and microbubble flotation without ultrasonic pretreatment to establish baseline conditions. Product ash, sulfur and combustible recovery data were determined for both beneficiation processes.

  1. Lamb Wave Helical Ultrasonic Tomography

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    Leonard, K. R.; Hinders, M. K.

    2004-02-01

    Ultrasonic guided waves have been used for a wide variety of ultrasonic inspection techniques. We describe here a new variation called helical ultrasound tomography (HUT). This new technique, among other things, has direct application to advanced pipe inspection. HUT uses guided ultrasonic waves along with an adaptation of the tomographic reconstruction algorithms developed by seismologists for what they call "cross borehole" tomography. In HUT, the Lamb-like guided waves travel in various helical crisscross paths between two parallel circumferential transducer arrays instead of the planar crisscross seismic paths between two boreholes. Although the measurement itself is fairly complicated, the output of the tomographic reconstruction is a readily interpretable map of a quantity of interest such as pipe wall thickness. We demonstrate the feasibility of the HUT technique via laboratory scans on steel pipe segments into which controlled thinnings have been introduced.

  2. The application of advanced rotor (performance) methods for design calculations

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    Bussel, G.J.W. van [Delft Univ. of Technology, Inst. for Wind Energy, Delft (Netherlands)

    1997-08-01

    The calculation of loads and performance of wind turbine rotors has been a topic for research over the last century. The principles for the calculation of loads on rotor blades with a given specific geometry, as well as the development of optimal shaped rotor blades have been published in the decades that significant aircraft development took place. Nowadays advanced computer codes are used for specific problems regarding modern aircraft, and application to wind turbine rotors has also been performed occasionally. The engineers designing rotor blades for wind turbines still use methods based upon global principles developed in the beginning of the century. The question what to expect in terms of the type of methods to be applied in a design environment for the near future is addressed here. (EG) 14 refs.

  3. Methods and Systems for Advanced Spaceport Information Management

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    Fussell, Ronald M. (Inventor); Ely, Donald W. (Inventor); Meier, Gary M. (Inventor); Halpin, Paul C. (Inventor); Meade, Phillip T. (Inventor); Jacobson, Craig A. (Inventor); Blackwell-Thompson, Charlie (Inventor)

    2007-01-01

    Advanced spaceport information management methods and systems are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method includes coupling a test system to the payload and transmitting one or more test signals that emulate an anticipated condition from the test system to the payload. One or more responsive signals are received from the payload into the test system and are analyzed to determine whether one or more of the responsive signals comprises an anomalous signal. At least one of the steps of transmitting, receiving, analyzing and determining includes transmitting at least one of the test signals and the responsive signals via a communications link from a payload processing facility to a remotely located facility. In one particular embodiment, the communications link is an Internet link from a payload processing facility to a remotely located facility (e.g. a launch facility, university, etc.).

  4. Ultrasonic evaluation of end cap weld joints of fuel elements of pressurized heavy water reactors using signal analysis methods

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    This paper describes the application of ultrasonic digital signal analysis for the detection of fine defects of the order of 10% or lower of wall thickness (WT) of 370 microns in the resistance welded end cap-cladding tube joints of fuel elements used in Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR s). The results obtained for the detection of such defects, have confirmed the sensitivity and reliability of this approach, and were further validated by destructive metallography. (author)

  5. Optimization of Ultrasonic-Assisted Extraction of Flavonoid Compounds and Antioxidants from Alfalfa Using Response Surface Method

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    Chang-Liang Jing; Xiao-Fang Dong; Jian-Ming Tong

    2015-01-01

    Ultrasonic-assisted extraction (UAE) was used to extract flavonoid-enriched antioxidants from alfalfa aerial part. Response surface methodology (RSM), based on a four-factor, five-level central composite design (CCD), was employed to obtain the optimal extraction parameters, in which the flavonoid content was maximum and the antioxidant activity of the extracts was strongest. Radical scavenging capacity of the extracts, which represents the amounts of antioxidants in alfalfa, was determined b...

  6. Ultrasonic Interferometers Revisited

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    Greenslade, Thomas B., Jr.

    2007-01-01

    I have been tinkering with ultrasonic transducers once more. In earlier notes I reported on optics-like experiments performed with ultrasonics, described a number of ultrasonic interferometers, and showed how ultrasonic transducers can be used for Fourier analysis. This time I became interested in trying the technique of using two detectors in…

  7. Ultrasonic thermometer isolation standoffs

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    A method is provided for minimizing sticking of the transmission line to the protective sheath and preventing noise echoes from interfering with signal echoes in an improved high temperature ultrasonic thermometer which includes an ultrasonic transmission line surrounded by a protective sheath. Small isolation standoffs are mounted on the transmission line to minimize points of contact between the transmission line and the protective sheath, the isolation standoffs serving as discontinuities mounted on the transmission line at locations where a signal echo is desired or where an echo can be tolerated. Consequently any noise echo generated by the sticking of the standoff to the protective sheath only adds to the amplitude of the echo generated at the standoff and does not interfere with the other signal echoes. 6 claims, 3 figures

  8. Nondestructive strength evaluation of adhesive-bonded single-lap joints by signal processing method

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    Application of bonding by adhesives can be found in many industries, particularly in advanced technological domains such as the aeronautical and space industries, automobile manufacture, and electronics. Periodic inspection with conventional ultrasonic NDE techniques is capable of indicating the presence and possible location of crack. Continuous ultrasonic attenuation monitoring has potential to supply information. This study used adhesive-bonded single-lap joints specimen to evaluate such possibility by ultrasonic signal processing method

  9. Evaluation on ultrasonic examination methods applied to Ni-base alloy weld including cracks due to stress corrosion cracking found in BWR reactor internal

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    A Ni-base alloy weld, including cracks due to stress corrosion cracking found in the reactor internal of the oldest BWR in Japan, Tsuruga unit 1, in 1999, was examined by three (3) types of UT method. After this examination, a depth of each crack was confirmed by carrying out a little excavation with a grinder and PT examination by turns until each crack disappeared. Then, the depth measured by the former method was compared with the one measured by the latter method. In this fashion, performances of the UT methods were verified. As a result, a combination of the three types of UT method was found to meet the acceptance criteria given by ASME Sec.XI Appendix VIII, Performance Demonstration for Ultrasonic Examination Systems-Supplement 6. In this paper, the results of the UT examination described above and their evaluation are discussed. (author)

  10. Recent advances in computational structural reliability analysis methods

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    Thacker, Ben H.; Wu, Y.-T.; Millwater, Harry R.; Torng, Tony Y.; Riha, David S.

    1993-01-01

    The goal of structural reliability analysis is to determine the probability that the structure will adequately perform its intended function when operating under the given environmental conditions. Thus, the notion of reliability admits the possibility of failure. Given the fact that many different modes of failure are usually possible, achievement of this goal is a formidable task, especially for large, complex structural systems. The traditional (deterministic) design methodology attempts to assure reliability by the application of safety factors and conservative assumptions. However, the safety factor approach lacks a quantitative basis in that the level of reliability is never known and usually results in overly conservative designs because of compounding conservatisms. Furthermore, problem parameters that control the reliability are not identified, nor their importance evaluated. A summary of recent advances in computational structural reliability assessment is presented. A significant level of activity in the research and development community was seen recently, much of which was directed towards the prediction of failure probabilities for single mode failures. The focus is to present some early results and demonstrations of advanced reliability methods applied to structural system problems. This includes structures that can fail as a result of multiple component failures (e.g., a redundant truss), or structural components that may fail due to multiple interacting failure modes (e.g., excessive deflection, resonate vibration, or creep rupture). From these results, some observations and recommendations are made with regard to future research needs.

  11. Exploration of Advanced Probabilistic and Stochastic Design Methods

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    Mavris, Dimitri N.

    2003-01-01

    The primary objective of the three year research effort was to explore advanced, non-deterministic aerospace system design methods that may have relevance to designers and analysts. The research pursued emerging areas in design methodology and leverage current fundamental research in the area of design decision-making, probabilistic modeling, and optimization. The specific focus of the three year investigation was oriented toward methods to identify and analyze emerging aircraft technologies in a consistent and complete manner, and to explore means to make optimal decisions based on this knowledge in a probabilistic environment. The research efforts were classified into two main areas. First, Task A of the grant has had the objective of conducting research into the relative merits of possible approaches that account for both multiple criteria and uncertainty in design decision-making. In particular, in the final year of research, the focus was on the comparison and contrasting between three methods researched. Specifically, these three are the Joint Probabilistic Decision-Making (JPDM) technique, Physical Programming, and Dempster-Shafer (D-S) theory. The next element of the research, as contained in Task B, was focused upon exploration of the Technology Identification, Evaluation, and Selection (TIES) methodology developed at ASDL, especially with regards to identification of research needs in the baseline method through implementation exercises. The end result of Task B was the documentation of the evolution of the method with time and a technology transfer to the sponsor regarding the method, such that an initial capability for execution could be obtained by the sponsor. Specifically, the results of year 3 efforts were the creation of a detailed tutorial for implementing the TIES method. Within the tutorial package, templates and detailed examples were created for learning and understanding the details of each step. For both research tasks, sample files and

  12. THE CALCULATION OF THE PROFILE-LINEAR AVERAGE VELOCITY IN THE TRANSITION REGION FOR ULTRASONIC HEAT METER BASED ON THE METHOD OF LES*

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    LIU Yong-hui; DU Guang-sheng; TAO Li-li; SHEN Fang

    2011-01-01

    The measurement accuracy of an ultrasonic heat meter depends on the relationship of the profile-linear average velocity.There are various methods for the calculation of the laminar and turbulence flow regions, but few methods for the transition region.At present, the traditional method to deal with the transition region is to adopt the relationship for the turbulent flow region. In this article, a simplified model of the pipe is used to study the characteristics of the transition flow with specific Reynolds number. The k-ε model and the Large Eddy Simulation (LES) model are, respectively, used to calculate the flow field of the transition region,and a comparison with the experiment results shows that the LES model is more effective than the k- ε model, it is also shown that there will be a large error if the relationship based on the turbulence flow is used to calculate the profile-linear average velocity relationship of the transition flow. The profile-linear average velocity for the Reynolds number ranging from 5 300 to 10 000 are calculated, and the relationship curve is obtained. The results of this article can be used to improve the measurement accuracy of ultrasonic heat meter and provide a theoretical basis for the research of the whole transition flow.

  13. Estimation of Postmortem Interval by Detecting Thickness of Cornea Using Ultrasonic Method%超声法测量角膜厚度推断死亡时间

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    吕国丽; 姜富学; 许心舒; 蒋拥军; 李志刚; 王欣; 石河; 余礼聪; 许传超

    2012-01-01

    目的 用超声法测量角膜厚度,探索其死后变化规律.方法 11只家兔随机分为两组,分别为角膜上皮完整组及去角膜上皮组.后者采用机械刮除法去除角膜上皮.利用超声测厚仪连续监测两组动物的死后多个时间点的角膜厚度,并对角膜厚度变化与死亡时间进行相关回归分析.结果 超声法测量角膜上皮完整组死后兔角膜厚度的变化值与死亡时间呈非线性相关,且具有较强的相关性,相关系数为0.922,而去角膜上皮组的相关系数为0.822.结论 超声法测量角膜厚度对推断早期死亡时间具有较可靠的应用前景.完整的角膜上皮对于超声测量角膜厚度具有关键作用.%Objective To explore the postmortem changes of cornea thickness measured by ultrasonic pachymetry. Methods Eleven rabbits were randomly divided into two groups: one group with intact corneal epithelium and another group without intact corneal epithelium. In the later group, the corneal epithelium of the rabbit was scraped using mechanical elimination method. The corneal thickness was monitored continuously by ultrasonic pachymetry at several postmortem interval points in rabbits of the two groups. The changes of corneal thickness and postmortem interval were explored by relative regression analysis. Results The thickness of the cornea showed a strong non-linear correlation with the postmortem interval in the group with intact corneal epithelium. The group with intact corneal epithelium showed the correlation coefficient 0.922 and the group without intact corneal epithelium showed the correlation coefficient 0.822, respectively. Conclusion The corneal thickness measured by ultrasonic pachymetry shows a potential value for estimating early postmortem interval. The intact corneal epithelium is a crucial factor for the measurement of cornea thickness by ultrasonic pachymetry.

  14. A Feasibility Study on the Application of Ultrasonic Method for Surface Crack Detection of SiC/SiC Composite Ceramics

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    Nondestructive evaluation(NDE) of ceramic matrix composites is essential for developing reliable ceramics for industrial applications. In the work, C-Scan image analysis has been used to characterize surface crack of SiC ceramics nondestructively. The possibility of detection of surface crack were carried out experimentally by two types of ultrasonic equipment of SDS-win and μ-SDS, and three types of transducer of 25, 50 and 125 MHz. A surface micro-crack of ceramics was not detected by transducer of 25 MHz and 50 MHz. Though the focus method was detected dimly the crack by transducer of 125 MHz, the defocus method could detect the shape of diamond indenter. As a whole, the focus method and the defocus method came to the conclusion that micro crack have a good possibility for detection

  15. Development of an accelerated solvent extraction, ultrasonic derivatisation LC-MS/MS method for the determination of the marker residues of nitrofurans in freshwater fish.

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    Tao, Yanfei; Chen, Dongmei; Wei, Huimin; Yuanhu, Pan; Liu, Zhenli; Huang, Lingli; Wang, Yulian; Xie, Shuyu; Yuan, Zonghui

    2012-01-01

    A rapid method using accelerated solvent extraction (ASE) and ultrasound enhanced derivatisation has been developed for the quantitative determination of metabolites of nitrofurans, namely 3-amino-2-oxalidinone (AOZ), 5-morpholinomethyl-3-amino-2-oxalidinone (AMOZ), 1-amino-hydantoin (AHD) and semicarbazide (SEM), in muscle and skin of carp and finless eel. The target analytes were extracted using ASE, ultrasonic derivatisation for 1 h and then purified by solid phase extraction. Averaged decision limits (CCα) and detection capability (CCβ) of the method were in the range of 0.07-0.13 and 0.31-0.49 µg kg⁻¹ in carp and finless eel, respectively. The accuracy in terms of recovery was in the range 77.2-97.4%. The simplified and traditional methods were compared with incurred residue samples. The simplified method reduced the derivatisation time and has been applied to the determination of nitrofurans residues in fish. PMID:22320705

  16. Advanced methods for the study of PWR cores

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    This document gathers the transparencies presented at the 6. technical session of the French nuclear energy society (SFEN) in October 2003. The transparencies of the annual meeting are presented in the introductive part: 1 - status of the French nuclear park: nuclear energy results, management of an exceptional climatic situation: the heat wave of summer 2003 and the power generation (J.C. Barral); 2 - status of the research on controlled thermonuclear fusion (J. Johner). Then follows the technical session about the advanced methods for the study of PWR reactor cores: 1 - the evolution approach of study methodologies (M. Lambert, J. Pelet); 2 - the point of view of the nuclear safety authority (D. Brenot); 3 - the improved decoupled methodology for the steam pipe rupture (S. Salvatores, J.Y. Pouliquen); 4 - the MIR method for the pellet-clad interaction (renovated IPG methodology) (E. Baud, C. Royere); 5 - the improved fuel management (IFM) studies for Koeberg (C. Cohen); 6 - principle of the methods of accident study implemented for the European pressurized reactor (EPR) (F. Foret, A. Ferrier); 7 - accident studies with the EPR, steam pipe rupture (N. Nicaise, S. Salvatores); 8 - the co-development platform, a new generation of software tools for the new methodologies (C. Chauliac). (J.S.)

  17. Fundamentals and Applications of Ultrasonic Waves

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    2012-01-01

    Designed specifically for newcomers to the field, this fully updated second edition begins with fundamentals and quickly advances beyond general wave concepts into an in-depth treatment of ultrasonic waves in isotropic media. Focusing on the physics of acoustic waves, their propagation, technology, and applications, this accessible overview of ultrasonics includes accounts of viscoelasticity and multiple scattering. It examines new technologies, including atomic force acoustic microscopy, lasers, micro-acoustics, and nanotechnology. In addition, it highlights both direct and indirect applicati

  18. 超声波流量检测新方法研究%Research on New Method for Detection of Ultrasonic Flow

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    杨秋菊

    2013-01-01

      This paper analyses the time-difference detection method of ultrasonic flow and proposes a noves signal processing way based on the integral method and zero crossing detection technology, which aims to reduce the power consumption and avoids the complexity of signal processing. Inaddition, the paper also combines the timing procedure design and puts forward a effective measure to achieve low power consumption of ultrasonic flow detection.%  文章通过分析超声波流量的时差式检测方法,创新地采用了基于积分法及过零检测技术,提出了基于此方法的信号处理方式,达到了降低整机功耗的目的,规避了复杂的信号处理。此外,文章还结合了对时序工作方面的设计,提出了一种有效的措施来达到对超声波流量低功耗检测的目的。

  19. Comparison of advanced iterative reconstruction methods for SPECT/CT

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    Aim: Corrective image reconstruction methods which produce reconstructed images with improved spatial resolution and decreased noise level became recently commercially available. In this work, we tested the performance of three new software packages with reconstruction schemes recommended by the manufacturers using physical phantoms simulating realistic clinical settings. Methods: A specially designed resolution phantom containing three 99mTc lines sources and the NEMA NU-2 image quality phantom were acquired on three different SPECT/CT systems (General Electrics Infinia, Philips BrightView and Siemens Symbia T6). Measurement of both phantoms was done with the trunk filled with a 99mTc-water solution. The projection data were reconstructed using the GE's Evolution for Bone registered, Philips Astonish registered and Siemens Flash3D registered software. The reconstruction parameters employed (number of iterations and subsets, the choice of post-filtering) followed theses recommendations of each vendor. These results were compared with reference reconstructions using the ordered subset expectation maximization (OSEM) reconstruction scheme. Results: The best results (smallest value for resolution, highest percent contrast values) for all three packages were found for the scatter corrected data without applying any post-filtering. The advanced reconstruction methods improve the full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the line sources from 11.4 to 9.5 mm (GE), from 9.1 to 6.4 mm (Philips), and from 12.1 to 8.9 mm (Siemens) if no additional post filter was applied. The total image quality control index measured for a concentration ratio of 8:1 improves for GE from 147 to 189, from 179. to 325 for Philips and from 217 to 320 for Siemens using the reference method for comparison. The same trends can be observed for the 4:1 concentration ratio. The use of a post-filter reduces the background variability approximately by a factor of two, but deteriorates significantly the

  20. Arrangement for the electronic ultrasonic leak testing

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    The electronic equipment serves to receive ultrasonic signals, originated by a fluid (for example He) that under high pressure flows out of an opening (box cap-leak testing method). The ultrasonic signal is received by a microphone, amplified, and then led to an average signal value circuit, which together with a logic circuit locates the failed boxes. (DG)

  1. Study on the method of ultrasonic measurement for gastric emptying function%胃排空功能超声测定方法的研究

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    杨舒萍; 林丽卿; 洪理伟; 蔡晓菡; 刘彦; 沈浩霖

    2013-01-01

    Objective To search one ultrasonic method which could evaluate gastric emptying function accurately.Methods The gastric emptying time of 74 normal volunteers were measured by radioisotope scanning and different ultrasonic methods which including gastric antrum area,gastric antrum volume and whole gastric cylinder method.Results The gastric emptying time measured by whole gastric cylinder method related best with those measured by radioisotope scanning (r =0.79).The gastric emptying time was no significant difference between the cylinder method and radionuclide scanning (P >0.05).Compared with radionuclide scanning,those measured by gastric antrum area and gastric antrum volume had significant differences.Conclusions The whole gastric cylinder method can accurately reflect the gastric emptying function.%目的 探讨超声技术准确测定胃排空功能的方法.方法 分别采用胃窦面积法、胃窦体积法和全胃圆柱体法对74例正常志愿者的胃排空时间进行测定,并与核素扫描测定结果比较,准确反映胃排空功能.结果 应用全胃圆柱体法超声所测定的胃排空时间与核素扫描测定的胃排空时间相关性最好(r=0.79),差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).胃窦面积法、胃窦体积法测得的胃排空时间与核素扫描对比差异均有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论 应用超声全胃圆柱体法能够准确测定胃排空功能.

  2. Defect detection and size estimation in billet from profile of time-of-flight using ultrasonic transmission method with linear scanning

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    Miyamoto, Ryusuke; Mizutani, Koichi; Ebihara, Tadashi; Wakatsuki, Naoto

    2015-07-01

    In this study, defect detection and size estimation in billet by transmission method with linear scanning were carried out and the validity of the method was evaluated by numerical simulation. In addition, the suitable signal frequency and aperture of transducers were clarified. As a result, the following were found: a defect can be detected, signals with frequencies lower than those generally used in conventional ultrasonic testing (i.e., 0.5-1.5 MHz) are desirable, and the time-of-flight (TOF) deviation Δτ becomes largest when the wavelength at center frequency and the aperture of transducers are comparable. Defect size can be estimated when a single defect exists alone and the defect is not near the surface of a billet. Although defect size estimation becomes difficult when the defect is near the surface of a billet, the defect can be detected by our proposed method.

  3. Development of ultrasonic velocity profile method for flow rate measurements of power plant (effect of measurement volume on turbulent flow measurement)

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    Ultrasonic Velocity Profile method has many advantages for flow rate measurement of power plant over the conventional flow measurement methods, such as measurement of the instantaneous velocity profile along the measuring line and its applicability to opaque liquids. Furthermore, the method has an advantage of being non-intrusive. Hence, it is applicable to various flow conditions, although it requires a relatively large measurement volume. In this paper, the effects of the measurement volume on the mean velocity profile for flow rate measurements of power plant and the Reynolds stress measurement have been investigated for fully developed turbulent pipe flows in a vertical pipe. The results are then compared with data obtained by Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS). (authors)

  4. Ultrasonic velocity and absorption study of binary mixtures of cyclohexane with acrylonitrile by interferometric method at different frequencies

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    Pawar, N. R.; Chimankar, O. P.; Bhandakkar, V. D.; Padole, N. N.

    2012-12-01

    The ultrasonic velocity (u), absorption (α), density (ρ), and viscosity (η) has been measured at different frequencies (1MHz to 10MHz) in the binary mixtures of cyclohexane with acrylonitriile over the entire range of composition at temperature 303K. Vander Waal's constant (b), adiabatic compressibility (βa), acoustic impedance (Z), molar volume (V), free length (Lf), free volume, internal pressure, intermolecular radius and relative association have been also calculated. A special application for acrylonitrile is in the manufacture of carbon fibers. These are produced by paralysis of oriented poly acrylonitrile fibers and are used to reinforce composites for high-performance applications in the aircraft, defense and aerospace industries. Other applications of acrylonitrile are in the production of fatty amines, ion exchange resins and fatty amine amides used in cosmetics, adhesives, corrosion inhibitors and water-treatment resins. Cyclohexane derivatives can be used for the synthesis of pharmaceuticals, dyes, herbicides, plant growth regulator, plasticizers, rubber chemicals, nylon, cyclamens and other organic compounds. In the view of these extensive applications of acrylonitrile and cyclohexane in the engineering process, textile and pharmaceutical industries present study provides qualitative information regarding the nature and strength of interaction in the liquid mixtures through derive parameters from ultrasonic velocity and absorption measurement.

  5. Dissolution and reconstitution of casein micelle containing dairy powders by high shear using ultrasonic and physical methods.

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    Chandrapala, Jayani; Martin, Gregory J O; Kentish, Sandra E; Ashokkumar, Muthupandian

    2014-09-01

    The effect of shear on the solubilization of a range of dairy powders was investigated. The rate of solubilization of low solubility milk protein concentrate and micellar casein powders was examined during ultrasonication, high pressure homogenization and high-shear rotor-stator mixing and compared to low-shear overhead stirring. The high shear techniques were able to greatly accelerate the solubilization of these powders by physically breaking apart the powder agglomerates and accelerating the release of individual casein micelles into solution. This was achieved without affecting the structure of the solubilized proteins. The effect of high shear on the re-establishment of the mineral balance between the casein micelles and the serum was examined by monitoring the pH of the reconstituted skim milk powder after prior exposure to ultrasonication. Only minor differences in the re-equilibration of the pH were observed after sonication for up to 3 min, suggesting that the localized high shear forces exerted by sonication did not significantly affect the mass transfer of minerals from within the casein micelles. PMID:24798226

  6. Ultrasonic velocity and absorption study of binary mixtures of cyclohexane with acrylonitrile by interferometric method at different frequencies

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    The ultrasonic velocity (u), absorption (α), density (ρ), and viscosity (η) has been measured at different frequencies (1MHz to 10MHz) in the binary mixtures of cyclohexane with acrylonitriile over the entire range of composition at temperature 303K. Vander Waal's constant (b), adiabatic compressibility (βa), acoustic impedance (Z), molar volume (V), free length (Lf), free volume, internal pressure, intermolecular radius and relative association have been also calculated. A special application for acrylonitrile is in the manufacture of carbon fibers. These are produced by paralysis of oriented poly acrylonitrile fibers and are used to reinforce composites for high-performance applications in the aircraft, defense and aerospace industries. Other applications of acrylonitrile are in the production of fatty amines, ion exchange resins and fatty amine amides used in cosmetics, adhesives, corrosion inhibitors and water-treatment resins. Cyclohexane derivatives can be used for the synthesis of pharmaceuticals, dyes, herbicides, plant growth regulator, plasticizers, rubber chemicals, nylon, cyclamens and other organic compounds. In the view of these extensive applications of acrylonitrile and cyclohexane in the engineering process, textile and pharmaceutical industries present study provides qualitative information regarding the nature and strength of interaction in the liquid mixtures through derive parameters from ultrasonic velocity and absorption measurement.

  7. Ultrasonic imaging of projected components of PFBR

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    Highlights: ► Under sodium ultrasonic scanner in PFBR is for detecting protruding objects. ► Feasibility study for detecting Absorber rods and its drive mechanisms. ► Developed in-house PC based ultrasonic imaging system. ► Different case studies were carried out on simulated ARDM's. ► Implemented the experimental results to PFBR application. -- Abstract: The 500 MWe, sodium cooled, Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) is under advanced stage of construction at Kalpakkam in India. Opacity of sodium restricts visual inspection of components immersed in sodium by optical means. Ultrasonic wave passes through sodium hence ultrasonic techniques using under sodium ultrasonic scanners are developed to obtain under sodium images. The main objective of such an Under Sodium Ultrasonic Scanner (USUSS) for Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) is to detect and ensure that no core Sub Assembly (SA) or Absorber Rod or its Drive Mechanism is protruded in the above core plenum before starting the fuel handling operation. Hence, it is necessary to detect and locate the object, if it is protruding the above core plenum. To study the feasibility of detecting the absorber rods and their drive mechanisms using direct ultrasonic imaging technique, experiments were carried out for different orientations and profiles of the projected components in a 5 m diameter water tank. The in-house developed PC based ultrasonic scanning system is used for acquisition and analysis of data. The pseudo three dimensional color images obtained are discussed and the results are applicable for PFBR. This paper gives the details of the features of the absorber rods and their drive mechanisms, their orientation in the reactor core, experimental setup, PC based ultrasonic scanning system, ultrasonic images and the discussion on the results

  8. Enhanced Sonocatalytic Degradation of Rhodamine B by Graphene-TiO2 Composites Synthesized by an Ultrasonic-Assisted Method%Enhanced Sonocatalytic Degradation of Rhodamine B by Graphene-TiO2 Composites Synthesized by an Ultrasonic-Assisted Method

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    ZHU Lei; Trisha GHOSH; Chong-Yeon PARK; MENG Ze-Da; OH Won-Chun

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    A series of graphene-TiO2 composites was fabricated from graphene oxide and titanium n-butoxide (TNB) by an ultrasonic-assisted method.The structure and composition of the nanocomposites were characterized by Raman spectroscopy,BET surface area measurements,X-ray diffraction,transmission electron microscopy,and ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy.The average size of the TiO2 nanoparticles on the graphene nanosheets was controlled at around 10-15 nm without using surfactant,which is attributed to the pyrolysis and condensation of dissolved TNB into TiO2 by ultrasonic irradiation.The catalytic activity of the composites under ultrasonic irradiation was determined using a rhodamine B (RhB) solution.The graphene-TiO2 composites possessed a high specific surface area,which increased the decolorization rate for RhB solution.This is because the graphene and TiO2 nanoparticles in the composites interact strongly,which enhances the photoelectric conversion of TiO2 by reducing the recombination ofphotogenerated electron-hole pairs.

  9. Production and characterization of submicron hematite (α−Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) particles by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis method

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    Kırcı, Burak; Ebin, Burçak; Gürmen, Sebahattin [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Istanbul Technical University Istanbul (Turkey)

    2013-12-16

    The ultrasonic spray pyrolysis (USP) method has been used to prepare submicron hematite (α−Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) particles using two different industrial pickling solutions of iron chloride (41 g/L FeCl{sub 2} and 54 g/L FeCl{sub 3}) Particles were obtained by thermal decomposition of generated aerosols from precursor solutions using 1.7 MHz ultrasonic atomizer. Reaction temperature was set up at 800 °C and aerosol droplets were carried into the heated zone by 0.7 L/min air flow rate. X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) studies were used to determine the crystal structure and crystallite size of the particles. Results indicate that patterns correspond to hematite phase with rhombohedral crystal structure (space group: R3c). The crystallite sizes of particles prepared from FeCl{sub 2} and FeCl{sub 3} solutions that were calculated from Scherrer equation are 59 and 33 nm, respectively. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) investigations give detailed information about particle size, morphology and composition. SEM micrographs show that hematite nanoparticles aggregate and formed spherical secondary particles in submicron range.

  10. Radiation Mitigation Methods for Advanced Readout Array Project

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  11. Ultrasonic Testing of Metallic Uranium

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    The development of ultrasonic testing and the results of routine inspection on cast billets and rolled rods for JRR-3 fuel-elements are described. The reactor is a domestic made, heavy-water-moderated and cooled, research reactor of 10 MW capacity, with aluminium clad metallic uranium fuel-elements. Cast billets of 3-in diam. were rolled to rods of 1-in diam. Ultrasonic testing was applied for detecting internal voids and cracks and for evaluating random orientation and grain size after heat treatment. The ultrasonic testing of uranium was very difficult because of its high acoustic impedance, and the high sensitivity of the transducers and special beam mask were necessary for the water-immersed transmission method. A set of brass billets with artificial defects was used as the standard. During the development of these standards, several kinds of Cu-Zn alloy were examined for their acoustic properties. Any internal defects greater than 2 mm and 0.5 mm equivalent diameter were rejected in the case of billets and rolled rods respectively. Two billets which included typical voids were rolled to size, and ultrasonic testing and radiography with Betatron were carried out at several stages to find the behaviour of the voids during fabrication. The attenuation of ultrasonic waves is affected by the grain size, and is particularly large if the ultrasonic wave-length is comparable to the grain size.- This was used for the detection of unsatisfactory heat treatment. The ultrasonic wave-speed is different in the parallel and perpendicular rolling directions in as-rolled state. This difference decreased as the temperature of heat treatment is increased; however, a small difference was observed in a beta-quenched specimen, and real acoustic isotropy was obtained by gamma-quenching. (author)

  12. Development and validation of a sensitive method for simultaneous determination of eight β₂-agonists in pork by ultrasonic-assisted extraction and liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Pan, Shengdong; Zhou, Lixin; Zhao, Yonggang; Chen, Xiaohong; Li, Xiaoping; Jin, Micong

    2015-01-01

    A simple and sensitive ultrasonic-assisted extraction coupled with liquid chromatography-tandem quadrupole mass spectrometry was developed for the simultaneous determination of eight β2-agonists (i.e., phenylethanolamine, fenoterol, formoterol, clenbuterol, ractopamine, salbutamol, terbutaline and tulobuterol) in pork. The recovery rate of ultrasonic-assisted extraction was compared with that of enzymolysis. Results showed that ultrasonic-assisted extraction is a satisfactory method for the treatment of pork samples, yielding β2-agonist recovery rates of 82.0-114.0%. In contrast, most of the recovery rates obtained by enzymolysis were clenbuterol. The correlation coefficients were >0.9945 for all analytes. The lower limits of quantification were between 0.086 and 0.20 μg kg(-1). The applicability of the proposed method for detecting and quantifying β2-agonists was demonstrated in the analysis of 50 pork samples. PMID:24771052

  13. New method based on combining ultrasonic assisted miniaturized matrix solid-phase dispersion and homogeneous liquid-liquid extraction for the determination of some organochlorinated pesticides in fish

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    Highlights: → Ultrasonic assisted miniaturized matrix solid-phase dispersion combined with HLLE was developed as a new method for the extraction of OCPs in fish. → The goal of this combination was to enhance the selectivity of HLLE procedure and to extend its application in biological samples. → This method proposed the advantages of good detection limits, lower consumption of reagents, and does not need any special instrumentation. - Abstract: In this study, ultrasonic assisted miniaturized matrix solid-phase dispersion (US-MMSPD) combined with homogeneous liquid-liquid extraction (HLLE) has been developed as a new method for the extraction of organochlorinated pesticides (OCPs) in fish prior to gas chromatography with electron capture detector (GC-ECD). In the proposed method, OCPs (heptachlor, aldrin, DDE, DDD, lindane and endrin) were first extracted from fish sample into acetonitrile by US-MMSPD procedure, and the extract was then used as consolute solvent in HLLE process. Optimal condition for US-MMSPD step was as follows: volume of acetonitrile, 1.5 mL; temperature of ultrasound, 40 deg. C; time of ultrasound, 10 min. For HLLE step, optimal results were obtained at the following conditions: volume of chloroform, 35 μL; volume of aqueous phase, 1.5 mL; volume of double distilled water, 0.5 mL; time of centrifuge, 10 min. Under the optimum conditions, the enrichment factors for the studied compounds were obtained in the range of 185-240, and the overall recoveries were ranged from 39.1% to 81.5%. The limits of detection were 0.4-1.2 ng g-1 and the relative standard deviations for 20 ng g-1 of the OCPs, varied from 3.2% to 8% (n = 4). Finally, the proposed method has been successfully applied to the analysis of the OCPs in real fish sample, and satisfactory results were obtained.

  14. New method based on combining ultrasonic assisted miniaturized matrix solid-phase dispersion and homogeneous liquid-liquid extraction for the determination of some organochlorinated pesticides in fish

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    Rezaei, Farahnaz [Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Iran University of Science and Technology, Narmak, Tehran 16846 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Hosseini, Mohammad-Reza Milani, E-mail: drmilani@iust.ac.ir [Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Iran University of Science and Technology, Narmak, Tehran 16846 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Electroanalytical Chemistry Research Center, Iran University of Science and Technology, Narmak, Tehran 16846 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2011-09-30

    Highlights: {yields} Ultrasonic assisted miniaturized matrix solid-phase dispersion combined with HLLE was developed as a new method for the extraction of OCPs in fish. {yields} The goal of this combination was to enhance the selectivity of HLLE procedure and to extend its application in biological samples. {yields} This method proposed the advantages of good detection limits, lower consumption of reagents, and does not need any special instrumentation. - Abstract: In this study, ultrasonic assisted miniaturized matrix solid-phase dispersion (US-MMSPD) combined with homogeneous liquid-liquid extraction (HLLE) has been developed as a new method for the extraction of organochlorinated pesticides (OCPs) in fish prior to gas chromatography with electron capture detector (GC-ECD). In the proposed method, OCPs (heptachlor, aldrin, DDE, DDD, lindane and endrin) were first extracted from fish sample into acetonitrile by US-MMSPD procedure, and the extract was then used as consolute solvent in HLLE process. Optimal condition for US-MMSPD step was as follows: volume of acetonitrile, 1.5 mL; temperature of ultrasound, 40 deg. C; time of ultrasound, 10 min. For HLLE step, optimal results were obtained at the following conditions: volume of chloroform, 35 {mu}L; volume of aqueous phase, 1.5 mL; volume of double distilled water, 0.5 mL; time of centrifuge, 10 min. Under the optimum conditions, the enrichment factors for the studied compounds were obtained in the range of 185-240, and the overall recoveries were ranged from 39.1% to 81.5%. The limits of detection were 0.4-1.2 ng g{sup -1} and the relative standard deviations for 20 ng g{sup -1} of the OCPs, varied from 3.2% to 8% (n = 4). Finally, the proposed method has been successfully applied to the analysis of the OCPs in real fish sample, and satisfactory results were obtained.

  15. A rapid and sensitive method to determine tacrolimus in rat whole blood using liquid-liquid extraction with mild temperature ultrasonication and LC-MS/MS.

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    Park, Jun Seo; Cho, Ha Ra; Kang, Myung Joo; Choi, Yong Seok

    2016-01-01

    Tacrolimus (TAC) is an immunosuppressant widely used in organ transplantation, but its extremely low aqueous solubility causes poor intestinal absorption. There have been efforts to develop an alternative TAC formulation with an improved dissolution rate and oral bioavailability (BA), and the development of a rapid and sensitive analytical method for its in vivo pharmacokinetic study is an essential prerequisite. Thus, here, we develop a novel method to determine TAC in rat whole blood based on liquid chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry, and liquid-liquid extraction (LLE) with mild temperature ultrasonication. For rapid and efficient separation of TAC from other hydrophobic compounds, a C8 column was chosen with isocratic mobile phase elution. With the help of the high specificity and the high sensitivity of multiple reaction monitoring in positive ion mode, the present method showed good performance including specificity, linearity (r(2) ≥ 0.996 within 1-200 ng/mL), sensitivity (the lower limit of quantitation at 1 ng/mL), intra- and inter-day accuracy (88.7-104.5 %) and precision (≤10.3 %), and recovery (94.7-102.6 %). Also, the stability of TAC and ascomycin, the internal standard, in rat whole blood was confirmed before and after the sample preparation. The validated method was satisfactorily applied to a pharmacokinetic study to determine TAC in rat whole blood following oral administration of the marketed product (Prograf(®), Astellas Pharma). In the present study, LLE with mild temperature ultrasonication was successfully expanded to the determination of a drug from whole blood or plasma for the first time. Therefore, the present method can contribute to the rapid in vivo evaluation of novel TAC formulations, and will be able to contribute to the development of TAC formulations with a higher dissolution rate and a higher BA. PMID:26589688

  16. Advances in Airborne and Ground Geophysical Methods for Uranium Exploration

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    through the use of effective exploration techniques. Geophysical methods with the capability of mapping surface and subsurface parameters in relation to uranium deposition and accumulation are proving to be vital components of current exploration efforts around the world. There is continuous development and improvement of technical and scientific disciplines using measuring instruments and spatially referenced data processing techniques. Newly designed geophysical instruments and their applications in uranium exploration are contributing to an increased probability of successful discoveries. Dissemination of information on advances in geophysical techniques encourages new strategies and promotes new approaches toward uranium exploration. Meetings and conferences organized by the IAEA, collecting the experience of participating countries, as well as its publications and the International Nuclear Information System, play an important role in the dissemination of knowledge of all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle. The purpose of this report is to highlight advances in airborne and ground geophysical techniques, succinctly describing modern geophysical methods and demonstrating the application of techniques through examples. The report also provides some basic concepts of radioactivity, nuclear radiation and interaction with matter.

  17. Quantitative ultrasonic evaluation of mechanical properties of engineering materials

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    1978-01-01

    Current progress in the application of ultrasonic techniques to nondestructive measurement of mechanical strength properties of engineering materials is reviewed. Even where conventional NDE techniques have shown that a part is free of overt defects, advanced NDE techniques should be available to confirm the material properties assumed in the part's design. There are many instances where metallic, composite, or ceramic parts may be free of critical defects while still being susceptible to failure under design loads due to inadequate or degraded mechanical strength. This must be considered in any failure prevention scheme that relies on fracture analysis. This review will discuss the availability of ultrasonic methods that can be applied to actual parts to assess their potential susceptibility to failure under design conditions.

  18. Preliminary study of ultrasonic tomography on Aqualaria sample

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    Methods based on propagation of stress wave's phenomena indicate particular usefulness in diagnosis of non-metallic materials. The aim of this research is perform a feasibility study of Ultrasonic measurement in producing a tomography image on Aquilaria sample. Experiment has been conducted in laboratory on an Aquilaria trunk using ultrasonic equipment namely TICO. The apparatus equipped with exponential horn 54 kHz normal probe. A through transmission method of longitudinal ultrasonic wave has been used throughout this experiment to measure velocity of ultrasonic signal through the trunk of standing tree. The result showed that ultrasonic technique can be used to produce a tomography image of Aquilaria sample. (author)

  19. Methods for integrating optical fibers with advanced aerospace materials

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    Poland, Stephen H.; May, Russell G.; Murphy, Kent A.; Claus, Richard O.; Tran, Tuan A.; Miller, Mark S.

    1993-07-01

    Optical fibers are attractive candidates for sensing applications in near-term smart materials and structures, due to their inherent immunity to electromagnetic interference and ground loops, their capability for distributed and multiplexed operation, and their high sensitivity and dynamic range. These same attributes also render optical fibers attractive for avionics busses for fly-by-light systems in advanced aircraft. The integration of such optical fibers with metal and composite aircraft and aerospace materials, however, remains a limiting factor in their successful use in such applications. This paper first details methods for the practical integration of optical fiber waveguides and cable assemblies onto and into materials and structures. Physical properties of the optical fiber and coatings which affect the survivability of the fiber are then considered. Mechanisms for the transfer of the strain from matrix to fiber for sensor and data bus fibers integrated with composite structural elements are evaluated for their influence on fiber survivability, in applications where strain or impact is imparted to the assembly.

  20. Advanced methods of quality control in nuclear fuel fabrication

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    Under pressure of current economic and electricity market situation utilities implement more demanding fuel utilization schemes including higher burn ups and thermal rates, longer fuel cycles and usage of Mo fuel. Therefore, fuel vendors have recently initiated new R and D programmes aimed at improving fuel quality, design and materials to produce robust and reliable fuel. In the beginning of commercial fuel fabrication, emphasis was given to advancements in Quality Control/Quality Assurance related mainly to product itself. During recent years, emphasis was transferred to improvements in process control and to implementation of overall Total Quality Management (TQM) programmes. In the area of fuel quality control, statistical control methods are now widely implemented replacing 100% inspection. This evolution, some practical examples and IAEA activities are described in the paper. The paper presents major findings of the latest IAEA Technical Meetings (TMs) and training courses in the area with emphasis on information received at the TM and training course held in 1999 and other latest publications to provide an overview of new developments in process/quality control, their implementation and results obtained including new approaches to QC

  1. Quantifying hydrate solidification front advancing using method of characteristics

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    You, Kehua; DiCarlo, David; Flemings, Peter B.

    2015-10-01

    We develop a one-dimensional analytical solution based on the method of characteristics to explore hydrate formation from gas injection into brine-saturated sediments within the hydrate stability zone. Our solution includes fully coupled multiphase and multicomponent flow and the associated advective transport in a homogeneous system. Our solution shows that hydrate saturation is controlled by the initial thermodynamic state of the system and changed by the gas fractional flow. Hydrate saturation in gas-rich systems can be estimated by 1-cl0/cle when Darcy flow dominates, where cl0 is the initial mass fraction of salt in brine, and cle is the mass fraction of salt in brine at three-phase (gas, liquid, and hydrate) equilibrium. Hydrate saturation is constant, gas saturation and gas flux decrease, and liquid saturation and liquid flux increase with the distance from the gas inlet to the hydrate solidification front. The total gas and liquid flux is constant from the gas inlet to the hydrate solidification front and decreases abruptly at the hydrate solidification front due to gas inclusion into the hydrate phase. The advancing velocity of the hydrate solidification front decreases with hydrate saturation at a fixed gas inflow rate. This analytical solution illuminates how hydrate is formed by gas injection (methane, CO2, ethane, propane) at both the laboratory and field scales.

  2. Advances in the analysis of iminocyclitols: Methods, sources and bioavailability.

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    Amézqueta, Susana; Torres, Josep Lluís

    2016-05-01

    Iminocyclitols are chemically and metabolically stable, naturally occurring sugar mimetics. Their biological activities make them interesting and extremely promising as both drug leads and functional food ingredients. The first iminocyclitols were discovered using preparative isolation and purification methods followed by chemical characterization using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. In addition to this classical approach, gas and liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry are increasingly used; they are highly sensitive techniques capable of detecting minute amounts of analytes in a broad spectrum of sources after only minimal sample preparation. These techniques have been applied to identify new iminocyclitols in plants, microorganisms and synthetic mixtures. The separation of iminocyclitol mixtures by chromatography is particularly difficult however, as the most commonly used matrices have very low selectivity for these highly hydrophilic structurally similar molecules. This review critically summarizes recent advances in the analysis of iminocyclitols from plant sources and findings regarding their quantification in dietary supplements and foodstuffs, as well as in biological fluids and organs, from bioavailability studies. PMID:26946023

  3. Application of the Advanced Distillation Curve Method to Fuels for Advanced Combustion Engine Gasolines

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    Burger, Jessica L.

    2015-07-16

    © This article not subject to U.S. Copyright. Published 2015 by the American Chemical Society. Incremental but fundamental changes are currently being made to fuel composition and combustion strategies to diversify energy feedstocks, decrease pollution, and increase engine efficiency. The increase in parameter space (by having many variables in play simultaneously) makes it difficult at best to propose strategic changes to engine and fuel design by use of conventional build-and-test methodology. To make changes in the most time- and cost-effective manner, it is imperative that new computational tools and surrogate fuels are developed. Currently, sets of fuels are being characterized by industry groups, such as the Coordinating Research Council (CRC) and other entities, so that researchers in different laboratories have access to fuels with consistent properties. In this work, six gasolines (FACE A, C, F, G, I, and J) are characterized by the advanced distillation curve (ADC) method to determine the composition and enthalpy of combustion in various distillate volume fractions. Tracking the composition and enthalpy of distillate fractions provides valuable information for determining structure property relationships, and moreover, it provides the basis for the development of equations of state that can describe the thermodynamic properties of these complex mixtures and lead to development of surrogate fuels composed of major hydrocarbon classes found in target fuels.

  4. Electrochemical test methods for advanced battery and semiconductor technology

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    Hsu, Chao-Hung

    This dissertation consists of two studies. The first study was the evaluation of metallic materials for advanced lithium ion batteries and the second study was the determination of the dielectric constant k for the low-k materials. The advanced lithium ion battery is miniature for implantable medical devices and capable of being recharged from outside of the body using magnetic induction without physical connections. The stability of metallic materials employed in the lithium ion battery is one of the major safety concerns. Three types of materials---Pt-Ir alloy, Ti alloys, and stainless steels---were evaluated extensively in this study. The electrochemical characteristics of Pt-Ir alloy, Ti alloys, and stainless steels were evaluated in several types of battery electrolytes in order to determine the candidate materials for long-term use in lithium ion batteries. The dissolution behavior of these materials and the decomposition behavior of the battery electrolyte were investigated using the anodic potentiodynamic polarization (APP) technique. Lifetime prediction for metal dissolution was conducted using constant potential polarization (CPP) technique. The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) technique was employed to investigate the metal dissolution behavior or the battery electrolyte decomposition at the open circuit potential (OCP). The scanning electron microscope (SEM) was used to observe the morphology changes after these tests. The effects of experimental factors on the corrosion behaviors of the metallic materials and stabilities of the battery electrolytes were also investigated using the 23 factorial design approach. Integration of materials having low dielectric constant k as interlayer dielectrics and/or low-resistivity conductors will partially solve the RC delay problem for the limiting performance of high-speed logic chips. The samples of JSR LKD 5109 material capped by several materials were evaluated by using EIS. The feasibility of using

  5. Introduction of measurement techniques in ultrasonic electronics: Basic principles and recent trends

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    Mizutani, Koichi; Wakatsuki, Naoto; Ebihara, Tadashi

    2016-07-01

    Measurement — the act of measuring physical properties that we perform — has the potential to contribute to the successful advancement of sciences and society. To open doors in physics and other sciences, various measurement methods and related applications have been developed, and ultrasound has remained a useful probe, power source, and interesting measurement object for the past two centuries. In this paper, we first summarize the basic principles of ultrasound from the viewpoint of measurement techniques for readers who just have started studying or are interested in the field of ultrasonic electronics. Moreover, we also introduce recent studies — ultrasonic properties of materials, measurement techniques, piezoelectric devices, nonlinear acoustics, biomedical ultrasound, and ocean acoustics — and their trends related to measurement techniques in ultrasonic electronics to provide some ideas for related applications.

  6. Methods of analysis by the U.S. Geological Survey National Water Quality Laboratory; use of a modified ultrasonic nebulizer for the analysis of low ionic-strength water by inductively coupled optical emission spectrometry

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    Harris, Carl M.; Litteral, Charles J.; Damrau, Donna L.

    1997-01-01

    The U.S. Geological Survey National Water Quality Laboratory has developed a method for the determination of dissolved calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, silica, and sodium using a modified ultrasonic nebulizer sample-introduction system to an inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometer. The nebulizer's spray chamber has been modified to avoid carryover and memory effects common in some conventional ultrasonic designs. The modified ultrasonic nebulizer is equipped with a high-speed rinse cycle to remove previously analyzed samples from the spray chamber without excessive flush times. This new rinse cycle decreases sample washout times by reducing carryover and memory effects from salt or analytes in previously analyzed samples by as much as 45 percent. Plasma instability has been reduced by repositioning the argon carrier gas inlet on the spray chamber and by directly pumping waste from the chamber, instead of from open drain traps, thereby maintaining constant pressure to the plasma. The ultrasonic nebulizer improves signal intensities, which are 8 to 16 times greater than for a conventional cross-flow pneumatic nebulizer, without being sensitive to clogging from salt buildup as in cross-flow nebulizers. Detection limits for the ultrasonic nebulizer are 4 to 18 times less than detection limits achievable using a cross-flow pneumatic nebulizer, with equivalent sample analysis time.

  7. Enhancement of crack detection in stud bolts of nuclear reactor by ultrasonic technique

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    The stud bolt is one of crucial parts for safety of reactor vessels in nuclear power plants. Crack initiation and propagation were reported in stud bolts using closure of reactor vessel and head. Stud bolts are inspected by ultrasonic technique during overhaul periodically for the prevention of stud bolt failure and radioactive leakage from nuclear reactor. In conventional ultrasonic testing for inspection of stud bolts, crack was detected by using shadow effect. It takes too much time to inspect stud bolt by using conventional ultrasonic technique. In addition, there were numerous spurious signals reflected from every oblique surfaces of thread. In this study, the signal processing technique for enhancing conventional ultrasonic technique and the advanced ultrasonic phased array technique were introduced for inspect stud bolts. The signal processing technique provides removing spurious signal reflected from every oblique surfaces of thread and enhances detectability of defects. The phased array technique provides fast inspection and can be applied for structure of complex shape. There are sector scanning and linear scanning methods in phased array technique, and these scanning methods were applied to inspect stud bolt and detectability was investigated. (author)

  8. Effect of acoustic field parameters on arc acoustic binding during ultrasonic wave-assisted arc welding.

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    Xie, Weifeng; Fan, Chenglei; Yang, Chunli; Lin, Sanbao

    2016-03-01

    As a newly developed arc welding method, power ultrasound has been successfully introduced into arc and weld pool during ultrasonic wave-assisted arc welding process. The advanced process for molten metals can be realized by utilizing additional ultrasonic field. Under the action of the acoustic wave, the plasma arc as weld heat source is regulated and its characteristics make an obvious change. Compared with the conventional arc, the ultrasonic wave-assisted arc plasma is bound significantly and becomes brighter. To reveal the dependence of the acoustic binding force on acoustic field parameters, a two-dimensional acoustic field model for ultrasonic wave-assisted arc welding device is established. The influences of the radiator height, the central pore radius, the radiator radius, and curvature radius or depth of concave radiator surface are discussed using the boundary element method. Then the authors analyze the resonant mode by this relationship curve between acoustic radiation power and radiator height. Furthermore, the best acoustic binding ability is obtained by optimizing the geometric parameters of acoustic radiator. In addition, three concave radiator surfaces including spherical cap surface, paraboloid of revolution, and rotating single curved surface are investigated systematically. Finally, both the calculation and experiment suggest that, to obtain the best acoustic binding ability, the ultrasonic wave-assisted arc welding setup should be operated under the first resonant mode using a radiator with a spherical cap surface, a small central pore, a large section radius and an appropriate curvature radius. PMID:26558995

  9. Physical Characterization of Solid-Liquid Slurries at High Weight Fractions Using Optical and Ultrasonic Methods, Final Report

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    Burgess, Lloyd W.

    2009-09-17

    Remediation of highly radioactive waste is a major technical and programmatic challenge for the DOE. Rapid, on-line physical characterization of highly concentrated slurries is required for the safe and efficient remediation of 90 million gallons of high level radioactive waste (HLW), sodium bearing waste, and mixed waste. The research presented here, describes a collaborative effort between Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the University of Washington to directly address the need for rapid on-line characterization of the physical properties of HLW slurries during all phases of the remediation process, from in-tank characterization of sediments to monitoring of the concentration, particle size, and degree of agglomeration and gelation of slurries during transport. Near-surface characterization of the slurry flow in the particle size range from nanometer to micrometer is examined using optical low coherence reflectometry. Volumetric characterization at depths in the slurry flow, up to several centimeters in the particle size range from the micrometer to millimeter, is realized by utilizing ultrasonic backscatter and diffuses fields. One of the strengths, the teaming up of significant talents in both experimental and theoretical optics (University of Washington) and in ultrasonics [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)] provides a synergistic approach to integrate these complimentary techniques. One of the benefits of this combined approach is the physical characterization of HLW over a concentration and particle size range that is broader than can be achieved with today’s technology. This will avoid a costly increase in waste stream volume due to excess dilution, and will lessen chance of plugging pipes that could shut down expensive processing lines.

  10. Physical Characterization of Solid-Liquid Slurries at High Weight Fractions Using Optical and Ultrasonic Methods. Final Report

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    Remediation of highly radioactive waste is a major technical and programmatic challenge for the DOE. Rapid, on-line physical characterization of highly concentrated slurries is required for the safe and efficient remediation of 90 million gallons of high level radioactive waste (HLW), sodium bearing waste, and mixed waste. The research presented here, describes a collaborative effort between Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the University of Washington to directly address the need for rapid on-line characterization of the physical properties of HLW slurries during all phases of the remediation process, from in-tank characterization of sediments to monitoring of the concentration, particle size, and degree of agglomeration and gelation of slurries during transport. Near-surface characterization of the slurry flow in the particle size range from nanometer to micrometer is examined using optical low coherence reflectometry. Volumetric characterization at depths in the slurry flow, up to several centimeters in the particle size range from the micrometer to millimeter, is realized by utilizing ultrasonic backscatter and diffuses fields. One of the strengths, the teaming up of significant talents in both experimental and theoretical optics (University of Washington) and in ultrasonics (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)) provides a synergistic approach to integrate these complimentary techniques. One of the benefits of this combined approach is the physical characterization of HLW over a concentration and particle size range that is broader than can be achieved with today's technology. This will avoid a costly increase in waste stream volume due to excess dilution, and will lessen chance of plugging pipes that could shut down expensive processing lines.

  11. Ultrasonic testing device

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    The ultrasonic testing system serves to inspect welds and the adjoining heat-affected zones on reactor pressure vessels. The three-oscillator search unit has got either two external emitter crystal oscillators simultaneously loaded and an internal receiver crystal oscillator of equal width or vice versa. The inspection path is run through meanderingly. With the search unit there is succeeded to do the inspection by SEL technique, by SE technique with shear waves or by tandem technique. Loading of the oscillators is done with a time-multiplex method. (RW)

  12. On measuring precision of thickness measurement with pulsed ultrasonic wave reflection method%浅谈脉冲式超声波反射法测厚的测量精度

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    蔡保山; 王俊立; 朱超阳

    2015-01-01

    本文介绍了脉冲式超声波反射法测厚原理,分析了影响测量精度的相关因素,提出了相应措施,通过试验验证,探讨了采用超声波检测仪进行测厚的应用范围及测量误差问题,为使用超声波检测仪进行高精度测厚提供了借鉴。%The principle of thickness measurement with pulsed ultrasonic wave reflection method is mainly introduced in this paper.Related factors affecting measurement precision are analyzed,and corresponding countermeasures are proposed. Application scope and measurement error problems of thickness measurement with ultrasonic detector are discussed through practical experiment.It provides reference for high-precision thickness measurement with ultrasonic detector.

  13. Advanced Methods for Treatment of Organic Compounds Contamined Water

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    PREDESCU Andra; A.Predescu; Ecaterina MATEI

    2009-01-01

    The progress recorded in the field of science and advanced engineering at nanometric scale supplies largeopportunities for more efficient (from the point of view of the costs) and more ecological approach of the processes ofwater purifying. This paper delivers a short description of the possibilities of using advanced materials in purifying thecontamined water with toxic metallic ions, organic and anorganic compounds. The opportunities and challenges werealso emphasized when nanomaterials wer...

  14. Advanced Methods for Treatment of Organic Compounds Contamined Water

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    PREDESCU Andra

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available The progress recorded in the field of science and advanced engineering at nanometric scale supplies largeopportunities for more efficient (from the point of view of the costs and more ecological approach of the processes ofwater purifying. This paper delivers a short description of the possibilities of using advanced materials in purifying thecontamined water with toxic metallic ions, organic and anorganic compounds. The opportunities and challenges werealso emphasized when nanomaterials were used for the surface, underground and industrial used waters treatment.

  15. Advanced methods of continuum mechanics for materials and structures

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    Aßmus, Marcus

    2016-01-01

    This volume presents a collection of contributions on advanced approaches of continuum mechanics, which were written to celebrate the 60th birthday of Prof. Holm Altenbach. The contributions are on topics related to the theoretical foundations for the analysis of rods, shells and three-dimensional solids, formulation of constitutive models for advanced materials, as well as development of new approaches to the modeling of damage and fractures.

  16. ADVANCED SEISMIC BASE ISOLATION METHODS FOR MODULAR REACTORS

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    E. Blanford; E. Keldrauk; M. Laufer; M. Mieler; J. Wei; B. Stojadinovic; P.F. Peterson

    2010-09-20

    Advanced technologies for structural design and construction have the potential for major impact not only on nuclear power plant construction time and cost, but also on the design process and on the safety, security and reliability of next generation of nuclear power plants. In future Generation IV (Gen IV) reactors, structural and seismic design should be much more closely integrated with the design of nuclear and industrial safety systems, physical security systems, and international safeguards systems. Overall reliability will be increased, through the use of replaceable and modular equipment, and through design to facilitate on-line monitoring, in-service inspection, maintenance, replacement, and decommissioning. Economics will also receive high design priority, through integrated engineering efforts to optimize building arrangements to minimize building heights and footprints. Finally, the licensing approach will be transformed by becoming increasingly performance based and technology neutral, using best-estimate simulation methods with uncertainty and margin quantification. In this context, two structural engineering technologies, seismic base isolation and modular steel-plate/concrete composite structural walls, are investigated. These technologies have major potential to (1) enable standardized reactor designs to be deployed across a wider range of sites, (2) reduce the impact of uncertainties related to site-specific seismic conditions, and (3) alleviate reactor equipment qualification requirements. For Gen IV reactors the potential for deliberate crashes of large aircraft must also be considered in design. This report concludes that base-isolated structures should be decoupled from the reactor external event exclusion system. As an example, a scoping analysis is performed for a rectangular, decoupled external event shell designed as a grillage. This report also reviews modular construction technology, particularly steel-plate/concrete construction using

  17. ADVANCED SEISMIC BASE ISOLATION METHODS FOR MODULAR REACTORS

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    Advanced technologies for structural design and construction have the potential for major impact not only on nuclear power plant construction time and cost, but also on the design process and on the safety, security and reliability of next generation of nuclear power plants. In future Generation IV (Gen IV) reactors, structural and seismic design should be much more closely integrated with the design of nuclear and industrial safety systems, physical security systems, and international safeguards systems. Overall reliability will be increased, through the use of replaceable and modular equipment, and through design to facilitate on-line monitoring, in-service inspection, maintenance, replacement, and decommissioning. Economics will also receive high design priority, through integrated engineering efforts to optimize building arrangements to minimize building heights and footprints. Finally, the licensing approach will be transformed by becoming increasingly performance based and technology neutral, using best-estimate simulation methods with uncertainty and margin quantification. In this context, two structural engineering technologies, seismic base isolation and modular steel-plate/concrete composite structural walls, are investigated. These technologies have major potential to (1) enable standardized reactor designs to be deployed across a wider range of sites, (2) reduce the impact of uncertainties related to site-specific seismic conditions, and (3) alleviate reactor equipment qualification requirements. For Gen IV reactors the potential for deliberate crashes of large aircraft must also be considered in design. This report concludes that base-isolated structures should be decoupled from the reactor external event exclusion system. As an example, a scoping analysis is performed for a rectangular, decoupled external event shell designed as a grillage. This report also reviews modular construction technology, particularly steel-plate/concrete construction using

  18. Inverse method for effects characterization from ultrasonic b-scan images; Caracterisation des defauts par une methode d'inversion lors d'un controle ultrasonore. Application au controle des defauts en paroi externe

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    Faur, M. [Paris-11 Univ., 91 - Orsay (France)

    1999-02-01

    In service inspections of French nuclear pressure water reactor vessels are carried out automatically in complete immersion from the inside by means of ultrasonic focused probes working in the pulse echo mode. Concern has been expressed about the capabilities of performing non destructive evaluation of the Outer Surface Defects (OSD), i.e. defects located in the vicinity of the outer surface of the inspected components. OSD are insonified by both a direct field that passes through the inner surface (water/steel) of the component containing the defect and a secondary field reflected from the outer surface. Consequently, the Bscan images, containing the signatures of such defects, are complicated and their interpretation is a difficult task. This work deals with extraction of the maximum available information for characterizing OSD from ultrasonic Bscan images. Our main objectives are to obtain the type of OSD and their geometric parameters by means of two specific inverse methods. The first method is used for the identification of the geometrical parameters of the equivalent planar OSD from segmented Bscan images. Ultrasonic equivalent defect sizing model-based methods may be used to size a defect in a material by obtaining a best-fit simple equivalent shape that matches the ultrasonic observed data. We illustrate the application of such an equivalent sizing OSD method that is based on a simplified direct model. The major drawback of this identification method, as used to date, is that only a part of the useful information contained into original Bscan image, i.e. segmented Bscan image, is used for defect characterization. Moreover, it requires the availability of defect classification information (i.e. if the defect is volumetric or planer, e. g. a crack or a lack of fusion), which, generally, may be as difficult to obtain as the defect parameters themselves. Therefore, we propose a parameter estimation method for extracting complementary information on the defect

  19. Optimization of Process Conditions of Total Flavonoids Extraction from Blueberry Leaves by Ultrasonic Method%超声波法提取蓝树莓叶黄酮类物质的工艺条件优化

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    张青峰; 张琴琴; 冯丽娟

    2012-01-01

    为明确提取蓝树莓叶中黄酮类物质的最佳工艺条件,利用超声波法提取蓝树莓叶中的总黄酮,研究超声时间、乙醇浓度、料液比3个因素对总黄酮提取率的影响,并通过正交试验确定了提取的最佳工艺条件.结果表明,蓝树莓最佳提取工艺为超声时间70 min,乙醇浓度50.0%,料液比1:20,总黄酮的提取率为23.178%.说明,该提取工艺简单、合理,可以用于测定蓝树莓总黄酮的含量.%To optimize the extraction conditions of total flavonoids from raspberry leaves by ultrasonic method. Total flavonoids was extracted from blueberry by ultrasonic method. The effects of four factors including ultrasonic power, ultrasonic time, ethanol concentration, solid-liquid ratio on the yield of total flavonoids were investigated. The optimum technological conditions of total flavonoids extraction were confirmed through the orthogonal test. The results showed that the optimum exaction technology conditions of blueberry were as follows; ultrasonic power for high stall, ultrasonic time of 70 min, 50% ethanol concentrationand solid-liquid ratio of 1 : 20, the yield of total flavonoids was 23. 178%. The extraction process was simple, reasonable, and could be used for determining the content of total flavonoids from raspberry.

  20. Ultrasonic examination techniques for multicouple thermoelectric subcomponents and assemblies: Status report

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    Cook, K.V.; McClung, R.W.; Simpson, W.A. Jr.; Cunningham, R.A. Jr.

    1986-09-01

    Since the early 1960s, the United States has been using radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs), developed by the US Department of Energy and its predecessors, for a variety of environments including space. A recent concept in building RTGs uses modular components to allow for an advanced, lighter space mission generator that provides scaled power level outputs. The scalability feature of the modular isotopic thermoelectric generator (MITG) represents a major advance over earlier RTG designs. However, special problems are encountered in applying nondestructive testing methods because of the miniature size of parts that require inspection. This report describes the status of ultrasonic inspection methods being developed to examine the subcomponents and assemblies of the; MITG. The principal emphasis has been to evaluate various bonds between subcomponents using ultrasonic techniques that employ focused search units and a pulse-echo method.

  1. A New Inverse Method of Elastic Constants for a Fibre-Reinforced Composite Plate from Laser-Based Ultrasonic Lamb Waves

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    Yang, Jing; Cheng, Jian-Chun

    2001-12-01

    A new inverse method based on the wavelet transform and artificial neural networks (ANN) is presented to recover elastic constants of a fibre-reinforced composite plate from laser-based ultrasonic Lamb waves. The transient waveforms obtained by numerical simulations under different elastic constants are taken as the input of the ANN for training and learning. The wavelet transform is employed for extracting the eigenvectors from the raw Lamb wave signals so as to simplify the structure of the ANN. Then these eigenvectors are input to a multi-layer internally recurrent neural network with a back-propagation algorithm. Finally, the experimental waveforms are used as the input in the whole system to inverse elastic constants of the experimental material.

  2. A New Inverse Method of Elastic Constants for a Fibre-Reinforced Composite Plate from Laser-Based Ultrasonic Lamb Waves

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    杨京; 程建春

    2001-01-01

    A new inverse method based on the wavelet transform and artificial neural networks (ANN) is presented to recover elastic constants of a fibre-reinforced composite plate from laser-based ultrasonic Lamb waves. The transient waveforms obtained by numerical simulations under different elastic constants are taken as the input of the ANN for training and learning. The wavelet transform is employed for extracting the eigenvectors from the raw Lamb wave signals so as to simplify the structure of the ANN. Then these eigenvectors are input to a multi-layer internally recurrent neural network with a back-propagation algorithm. Finally, the experimental waveforms are used as the input in the whole system to inverse elastic constants of the experimental material.

  3. Sm-Doped Tio2 Nanoparticles with High Photocatalytic Activity for ARS Dye Under Visible Light Synthesized by Ultrasonic Assisted Sol-Gel Method

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    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available In this article series of nano crystalline Sm-doped TiO2 nano particles with various molar concentration of samarium were synthesized by modified ultrasonic assisted sol-gel method and calcined at 500°C for 2 h. The synthesized nanomaterials were characterized in details using XRD, TEM, XPS UV–vis DRS and BET analysis. The detailed photocatalytic activity results revealed that doped samples shows excellent photodegradation efficiency towards model pollutant Alizarin red-S (ARS and almost 93% dye degrades within 120 minutes. The highest photodegradation efficiency was noticed for 1mole % samarium doped sample at 50 mgL-1 of catalyst dose. The photocatalytic activity of synthesized nano particles were also compared with commercially available ZnO and TiO2 (Degussa, P-25 photocatalyst. It was found that synthesized nano materials showed enhanced photocatalytic efficiency than commercially available semiconducting photocatalyst.

  4. Design of Ultrasonic Heat Meter Based on Quadrature Integration Method%基于相差积分法的超声波热量表设计

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    赵利国; 张金亮

    2012-01-01

    A high precision ultrasonic heat meter based on the quadrature integration method was designed,according to the household heat metering program for heating system.This paper mainly focuses on the principle and implementation of the quadrature Integration method ultrasonic flow measurement,as well as the calculation principles of heat and temperature measurement.The hardware test circuit was designed according to the measuring principle,and implemented based on the MSP430F437 control core.The battery-powered heat meters were designed to guarantee which can the long-term operation.Finally,after the on-line debugging and testing experiments on the entire system,this paper analyzed the error of the flow measurement.%针对供热系统分户式热量计量要求,设计了一种基于相差积分法的超声波热量表.主要介绍了相差积分法的超声波流量测量原理和实现方法,以及方案中所涉及到的热量计算、温度测量原理等;根据测量要求,设计了以MSP430F437为控制核心的硬件测试电路.由于热量表需用电池供电,为了保证热量表的长期运行,在硬件和软件上都进行了低功耗设计.最后,对整个系统进行了联机调试和测试实验,并对流量测量结果作了简单的误差分析.

  5. Atmospheric contamination during ultrasonic scaling

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    Timmerman, MF; Menso, L; Steinfort, J; van Winkelhoff, AJ; van der Weijden, GA

    2004-01-01

    Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the microbial atmospheric contamination during initial periodontal treatment using a piezoelectric ultrasonic scaler in combination with either high-volume evacuation (HVE) or conventional dental suction (CDS). Methods: The study included 17 treatmen

  6. Ultrasonic testing of materials at level 2

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    Ultrasonic inspection is a nondestructive method in which high frequency sound waves are introduced into the material being inspected. Ultrasonic testing has a superior penetrating power to radiography and can detect flaws deep in the test specimen (say up to about 6 to 7 meters of steel). It is quite sensitive to small flaws and allows the precise determination of the location and size of the flaws. Basic ultrasonic test methods such as the through transmission method and the resonance method, sensors and testing techniques are described. Pulse echo type flaw detectors and their applications for inspection of welds are surveyed. Ultrasonic standards, calibration of the equipment and evaluation methods are presented. Examples of practical applications in welding, casting and forging processes are given. Figs and tabs

  7. Advanced Methods of Observing Surface Plasmon Polaritons and Magnons

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    Moghaddam, Abolghasem Mobaraki

    Available from UMI in association with The British Library. Requires signed TDF. The primary objectives of this thesis are the investigation of the theoretical and experimental aspects of the design and construction of advanced techniques for the excitation of surface plasmon-polaritons, surface magneto -plasmon-polaritons and surface magnons. They involve on -line observation of these phenomena and to accomplish these goals, analytical studies of the characteristic behaviour of these phenomena have been undertaken. For excitations of surface plasmon- and surface magneto-plasmon-polaritons the most robust and conventional configuration, namely Prism-Medium-Air, coupled to a novel angle scan (prism spinning) method was employed. The system to be described here can automatically measure the reflectivity of a multilayer system over a range of angles that includes the resonance angle in an Attenuated Total Reflection (ATR) experiment. The computer procedure that controls the system is quite versatile so that it allows any right-angle prism of different angle or refractive index to be utilised. It also provided probes to check for optical alignment within the system. Moreover, it performs the angular scan many times and then averages the results in order to reduce the environmental and other possible sources of noise within the system. The mechanical side of the system is unique and could eventually be adopted as a marketable piece of equipment. It consists of a turntable for holding the prism-sample assembly and a drive motor in conjunction with a servo-potentiometer whose output not only operates the turntable but also sends a signal to a computer to measure accurately its position. The interface unit enables a computer to control automatically an angular scan ATR experiment for measuring the resonance reflectivity spectrum of a multilayer system. The interface unit uses an H-bridge switch formed by four bipolar power transistor and two small signal MOSFETs to convert

  8. Verification of ultrasonic indications in austenitic overlay

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    An austenitic overlay on steel 15Kh2MFA was tested by an ultrasonic probe. Overlays of this kind are used in nuclear reactor pressure vessels. The results of the ultrasonic method were compared with those of the metallographic method. Metallographic analysis showed that the majority of defects found by ultrasonic tests included clusters of cavities, welded-in slag and cracks, which mostly occurred between the weld beads. The experiments gave evidence that defects not smaller than 0.5 mm in size can be well detected at depths not exceeding 7 mm. (M.D.). 3 figs

  9. Modeling of ultrasonic propagation in heavy-walled centrifugally cast austenitic stainless steel based on EBSD analysis.

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    Chen, Yao; Luo, Zhongbing; Zhou, Quan; Zou, Longjiang; Lin, Li

    2015-05-01

    The ultrasonic inspection of heavy-walled centrifugally cast austenitic stainless steel (CCASS) is challenging due to the complex metallurgical structure. Numerical modeling could provide quantitative information on ultrasonic propagation and plays an important role in developing advanced and reliable ultrasonic inspection techniques. But the fundamental obstacle is the accurate description of the complex metallurgical structure. To overcome this difficulty, a crystal orientation map of a CCASS specimen in the 96 mm × 12 mm radial-axial cross section was acquired based on the electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) technique and it was used to describe the coarse-grained structure and grain orientation. A model of ultrasonic propagation for CCASS was built according to the EBSD map. The ultrasonic responses of the CCASS sample were also tested. Some experimental phenomena such as structural noise and signal distortion were reproduced. The simulated results showed a good consistence with the experiments. The modeling method is expected to be effective for the precise interpretation of ultrasonic propagation in the polycrystalline structures of CCASS. PMID:25670411

  10. Effect of ultrasonic treatment of activated carbon on capacitive and pseudocapacitive energy storage in electrochemical supercapacitors

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    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Use of ultrasonic radiation for improving the properties of activated carbon was the aim of this paper. Increase of density of states at Fermi level was the main factor, responsible for working characteristics of electrochemical supercapacitors. Design/methodology/approach: Working parameters of supercapacitors on the base of activated carbon have been studied by means of precisional porometry, small angle X-ray scattering, cyclic voltamerometry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and computer simulation methods. Findings: The possibility to effect the interface between activated carbon and electrolyte by means of ultrasonic treatment in cavitation and noncavitation regimes is proved. It is shown that ultrasonic treatment in noncavitation regimes causes the significant increase of density of states at Fermi level that results in better farad-volt dependences. Research limitations/implications: This research is a complete and accomplished work. Practical implications: Modification of electric double layer by meanans in ultrasonic treatment, proposed in this work, could be regarded as effective way to obtaine the advanced electrode materials in devices of energy generation and storage. Originality/value: This work is important for physics, material science and chemistry because it is related with new possibilities to change the mobility of charge carries in electric double layer by means of ultrasonic irradiation.

  11. Combination of retrograde superselective intra-arterial chemotherapy and Seldinger method in locally advanced oral cancer

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    Masataka Uehara

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The nonsurgical strategies for locally advanced oral cancer are desirable. Superselective intra-arterial infusion with radiotherapy was utilized for this purpose, and there are two types of superselective intra-arterial infusion methods: The Seldinger method and the retrograde superselective intra-arterial chemotherapy (HFT method. In one case, the HFT method was applied to locally advanced tongue cancer, and the Seldinger method was used for additional administration of cisplatin (CDDP to compensate for a lack of drug flow in the HFT method. In another case, the HFT method was applied to locally advanced lower gingival cancer. The Seldinger method was applied to metastatic lymph nodes. In both cases, additional administration of CDDP using the Seldinger method resulted in a complete response. The combination of the HFT and Seldinger methods was useful to eradicate locally advanced oral cancer because each method compensated for the defects of the other.

  12. Combination of retrograde superselective intra-arterial chemotherapy and Seldinger method in locally advanced oral cancer.

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    Uehara, Masataka; Ohya, Ryouichi; Kodama, Masaaki; Shiraishi, Takeshi; Asahina, Izumi; Tominaga, Kazuhiro

    2015-01-01

    The nonsurgical strategies for locally advanced oral cancer are desirable. Superselective intra-arterial infusion with radiotherapy was utilized for this purpose, and there are two types of superselective intra-arterial infusion methods: The Seldinger method and the retrograde superselective intra-arterial chemotherapy (HFT method). In one case, the HFT method was applied to locally advanced tongue cancer, and the Seldinger method was used for additional administration of cisplatin (CDDP) to compensate for a lack of drug flow in the HFT method. In another case, the HFT method was applied to locally advanced lower gingival cancer. The Seldinger method was applied to metastatic lymph nodes. In both cases, additional administration of CDDP using the Seldinger method resulted in a complete response. The combination of the HFT and Seldinger methods was useful to eradicate locally advanced oral cancer because each method compensated for the defects of the other. PMID:26148622

  13. Ultrasonic/Sonic Impacting Penetrators

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    Bao, Xiaoqi; Bar-Cohen, Yoseph; Chang, Zensheu; Sherrit, Stewart; Stark, Randall A.

    2008-01-01

    are so effective that the axial force needed to make the tool bit advance into the material of interest is much smaller than in ordinary twist drilling, ultrasonic drilling, or ordinary steady pushing.

  14. In situ use of electromagnetic ultrasonic and leakage flux methods for the instrumentation of fracture mechanics experiments

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    Ensuring sufficient material quality in terms of tenacity and brittle fracture resistance is an indispensable part of any safety concept for the design of nuclear installations. Although there are tried and tested standardised experiments for the description of material behaviour, some of the parameters studied for this purpose are associated with considerable uncertainty, necessitating wide safety margins in component design. Moreover, experiments on, for example, crack initiation or crack propagation take a long time to evaluate. In a feasibility study funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs it was shown that single edge bending (SE(B)) experiments can be additionally instrumented with electromagnetic ultrasonic transducers (EMUS/EMAT) and giant magnetoresistance (GMR) leakage flux sensors in such a way as to allow conclusions to be drawn on changes in crack shape while the experiment is still in process. Based on the signals measured it was possible to determine the exact time of crack initiation and to identify parameters proportional to crack propagation.

  15. Design of advanced industrial furnaces using numerical modeling method

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    Dong, Wei

    2000-01-01

    This doctoral thesis describes the fundamentals ofmathematical modeling for the industrial furnaces and boilersand presents the results from the numerical simulations of sometypical applications in advanced industrial furnaces andboilers. The main objective of this thesis work is to employcomputational fluid dynamics (CFD) technology as an effectivecomputer simulation tool to study and develop the newcombustion concepts, phenomena and processes in advancedindustrial furnaces and boilers. The ...

  16. Nondestructive evaluation method on mechanical property change of graphite components in the HTGR by ultrasonic wave propagation with grain/pore microstructure

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    Oxidation damage is one of the crucial factors to degrade mechanical properties of graphite components in the HTGRs. The oxidation increases the porosity of graphite and, hence, results in degradation. In order to evaluate the oxidation damage at neutron irradiated conditions, a new analytical method by ultrasonic wave propagation characteristics was developed. Irradiation effects, a dimensional change and a pinning of dislocations in crystals, on the propagation characteristics in graphite are taken into consideration in the method. It was shown that an equivalent velocity of the wave in graphite is increased by the irradiation, and that a signal height of a propagated waveform is increased by the irradiation, and it decreases with increasing porosity caused by the oxidation. The Young's modulus for an ideal graphite polycrystals without pore was evaluated by considering the wave velocity in them in order to evaluate the change of the apparent modulus at simultaneous irradiated and oxidized conditions as an application of the developed method. It was also shown that the oxidation-induced change of the modulus is appropriately evaluated by the method, suggesting that it is possible to evaluate the change for the irradiated conditions. It can be said from this study that the developed method is promising to evaluate the oxidation damage on graphite components in the HTGRs by nondestructive way. (author)

  17. Ultrasonic Evaluation of the Impact Damage of Polymer Bonded Explosives

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    陈鹏万; 戴开达; 黄风雷; 丁雁生

    2004-01-01

    The damage properties of polymer bonded explosives under dynamic loading were studied by using ultrasonic evaluation. Explosive samples were damaged by a low-velocity gas gun at different impact velocities. Ultrasonic examination was carried out with a pulse through-transmission method. Spectra analyses were carried out by using fast Fourier transform. Characteristic ultrasonic parameters, including ultrasonic velocities, attenuation coefficients, spectra area and master frequency, were obtained. The correlation between the impact damage and ultrasonic parameters was analyzed. A damage coefficient D was defined by considering a combination of ultrasonic velocity and amplitude. The results show that ultrasonic parameters can be used to quantitatively assess the damage extent in impacted plastic bonded explosives.

  18. Combination of retrograde superselective intra-arterial chemotherapy and Seldinger method in locally advanced oral cancer

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    Masataka Uehara; Ryouichi Ohya; Masaaki Kodama; Takeshi Shiraishi; Izumi Asahina; Kazuhiro Tominaga

    2015-01-01

    The nonsurgical strategies for locally advanced oral cancer are desirable. Superselective intra-arterial infusion with radiotherapy was utilized for this purpose, and there are two types of superselective intra-arterial infusion methods: The Seldinger method and the retrograde superselective intra-arterial chemotherapy (HFT method). In one case, the HFT method was applied to locally advanced tongue cancer, and the Seldinger method was used for additional administration of cisplatin (CDDP) to ...

  19. 超声波流量计的低功耗高精度时间测量方法%Low Power and High Precision Time Measurement Method of Ultrasonic Flow Meter

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    刘秀红; 田志宏; 果红军

    2009-01-01

    Measure of time is a key technique of ultrasonic flow meter. A low power and high precision time-measurement method was analyzed. Work theory of time difference ultrasonic flow meter was described. Low power and high precision design method of ultrasonic flow meter was presented. It achieved the designing project that made use of technique of super low power Msp430 MCU and 'zero power' high speed CPLD. The ultrasonic flow meter has some characteristic,such as high measurement precision,big pipe diameter width,untouching flow,jam mingless,using convenience.%时间测量是超声波流量计的关键技术,分析了一种低功耗高精度的时间测量方法.介绍了时差法超声波流量计工作原理和超声波流量计低功耗高精度的设计方法,采用超低功耗的MSP430单片机及"零功耗"高速CPLD技术实现了设计方案.该方法设计的超声波流量计具有计量精度高、管径范围宽、不接触流体、不易堵塞、使用方便等特点,测时精度可以达到2.5 ns以上.

  20. ADVANCED MANUFACTURING METHODS FOR SYSTEMS OF MICROSYSTEM NANOSPACECRAFT – STATUS OF THE PROJECT

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    Rochus, Pierre; Plesseria, Jean-Yves; Corbelli, Alberto; Masse, Christian; Rigo, Olivier; Pambaguian; Bonvoisin, Benoit

    2014-01-01

    In the frame of an ESA TRP project, CSL, SIRRIS, ALMASpace and TAS-F associated to evaluate advanced manufacturing methods for application to space hardware. The state of the art of the new manufacturing methods, including additive manufacturing but also advanced bonding, joining and shaping techniques has been reviewed. Then three types of case studies have been developed successively. The first type was a re- manufacture of an existing piece of hardware using advanced techniques to evalu...

  1. Ultrasonic wave inspection device

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    The device of the present invention inspects incore structural components by visualizing them by scanning an ultrasonic transducer in an opaque liquid metal sodium in a pressure vessel of an FBR type reactor. Namely, a piezoelectric vibrator for transmitting/receiving ultrasonic waves is formed into a protruded shape. A portion at the center of the protruded piezoelectric vibrator is coaxially separated. Upon transmitting ultrasonic waves, a large opening of the entire piezoelectric vibrator is used. A small opening at the center of the piezoelectric vibrator is used upon receiving ultrasonic waves. With such a constitution, an object to be inspected is visualized based on the waveform of the received ultrasonic wave signals defining the center of a curvature of the protruded piezoelectric vibrator as a position of transmitting ultrasonic waves and defining the center of the opening at the center of the piezoelectric vibrator as a position of receiving ultrasonic waves. As a result, the energy of the ultrasonic waves can be enhanced to improve sensitivity upon transmitting ultrasonic waves. Since the distance between an optional position of the receiving surface and the reflecting surface of the object is minimized upon receiving ultrasonic waves, there is no distortion in the waveforms of the received signals thereby enabling to obtain images at high accuracy. (I.S.)

  2. Ultrasonic flowmeter for JSFR

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    The piping materials of the Japan Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactor (JSFR) at the commercialized stage, will be ferromagnetic materials Mod. 9-Cr steel.Therefore, it is not feasible to adopt the electromagnetic flowmeters used in conventional FBR plants. This paper describes the developmental status of the ultrasonic flowmeter system (USFM) as a substitute flow rate measurement system to JSFR. The features of the USFM are the following; In consideration of the double wall piping structure on JSFR, ultrasonic transducers should be installed directly on the surface of the inner primary coolant pipe. Therefore, the transducers should work properly under the temperature of 395 degrees Cat the rated power, and be replaced by remote replacement system; The transducer remote exchange system should maintain with air tightness between the inner primary coolant piping and the outer piping during the normal plant operation, apply appropriate pressure to the transducers against the inner primary coolant piping, and exchange the transducers without removing the outer piping under the maintenance outage; Multi-pass propagation time method is effective for detection of flow rate in the short entrance region (e.g. in the short straight piping) and the requirements of the signal processing equipment are the following; Linearity and repeatability of output signal : less than± 2% of Full Scale; Fluctuation rate of output signal : less than ± 5% of median; Response : less than 0.3 s; The USFM is designed as one of the Safety Protection System

  3. Ultrasonic Flowmeter for JSFR

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    The piping materials of the Japan Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactor (JSFR) at the commercialized stage, will be ferromagnetic materials Mod. 9-Cr steel. Therefore, it is not feasible to adopt the electromagnetic flowmeters used in conventional FBR plants. This paper describes the developmental status of the ultrasonic flowmeter system (USFM) as a substitute flow rate measurement system for JSFR. The features of the USFM are the following; - In consideration of the double wall piping structure of JSFR, ultrasonic transducers should be installed directly on the surface of the inner primary coolant piping. Therefore, the transducers should work properly under 395 oC at the rated power, and be replaced by a remote replacement system. - The transducer remote replacement system should maintain the air tightness between the inner primary coolant piping and the outer piping during the normal plant operation, apply appropriate pressure to the transducers against the inner primary coolant piping, and replace the transducers without removing the outer piping under the maitenance outage. - The multi-pass propagation time method is effective for detection of the flow rate in the short entrance region (in the short straight piping). The requirements of the signal processor are the following; Linearity and repeatability of the output signal : ± 2% or less of full scale; Fluctuation rate of the output signal : ± 5% or less of the median; Response : 0.3 s or less. - The USFM is designed as one of the safety protection system. (author)

  4. Ultrasonic characterization of yogurt fermentation process

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    IZBAIM, DRIS; FAIZ, BOUAZZA; Moudden, Ali; MALAININE, MOHAMED; ABOUDAOUD, Idriss

    2012-01-01

    The objective of this work is to characterize the fermentation of yogurt based on an ultrasonic technique. Conventionally, the acidity of the yogurt is measured by a pH meter to determine the progress of fermentation. However, the pH meter should be cleaned and calibrated for each measurement and, therefore, this method is not practical. In this regard, ultrasonic techniques are fast, non-invasive and inexpensive. The measurement of ultrasonic parameters such as amplitude and time-of-flight o...

  5. Ultrasonic Time Reversal Technique Used to In-Vivo Investigation of Humen Skin Under Loading

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    Hradilová, Jana; Tokar, Daniel; Převorovský, Zdeněk; Dos Santos, S.

    Singapore, 2013. s. 12-12. [International Congress on ULTRASONICS. 02.05.2013-05.05.2013, Singapore] Institutional support: RVO:61388998 Keywords : Time-reversal method * in-vivo methods * ultrasonic testing * viscoelasticity Subject RIV: FO - Dermatovenerology

  6. Experiences from introduction of peer-to-peer teaching methods in Advanced Biochemistry E2010

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    Brodersen, Ditlev; Etzerodt, Michael; Rasmussen, Jan Trige

    2012-01-01

    During the autumn semester 2010, we experimented with a range of active teaching methods on the course, Advanced Biochemistry, at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.......During the autumn semester 2010, we experimented with a range of active teaching methods on the course, Advanced Biochemistry, at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics....

  7. Methodical aspects of ultrasonic research of cervical intervertebral disk and spiral canal children of the advanced school age

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    Held ultrasound intervertebral discs (MPD), the spinal canal (PC) with the level of C2-C3 to C7-TH1 67 healthy children in the age groups 13-15 and 16-18 years. In the sagittal and axial projections defined sizes MPD PC dural spaces, radicular channels. Studied echo structure nucleus pulposus, the contours of the fibrous ring

  8. Mechanoluminescent Film Sensor for Visualizing Ultrasonic Power Distribution

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    The measurement of the ultrasonic output power emission from transducers is a very important subject because strong ultrasonic power may be harmful to human health during medical diagnosis and therapy. Conventional techniques for measuring ultrasonic power such as radiation force balance method and calorimetry method provides no information on power distribution, laser interferometry method is very expensive and time-consuming. We have demonstrated in previous research that the mechanoluminescent (ML) film can be used as a sensor for visualizing the ultrasonic power distribution of a transducer with a frequency of 20 MHz. In this research, the ultrasonic power distribution of a transducer with a frequency of 6 MHz was also visualized. The results suggest that this method can be used for visualizing the ultrasonic power distribution of transducers with a wide range of frequency.

  9. Determination of plant components degradation using ultrasonic C-scan

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    C-scan Ultrasonic Inspection technique is increasingly used for the assessment of plant integrity. Due to the advancement of the equipment, Probability of Detection (POD) of this technique increased significantly as compared with the conventional techniques. Thus in many cases, the technique is accepted by engineers to be used to replace the conventional inspection methods such as visual inspections, thickness gauging and ultrasonic B-Scan. Thickness gauging and ultrasonic B-scan is still widely used by industries. However, both techniques have their own disadvantages. The most notable disadvantages of these techniques are related to the reliability of readings given by the equipment. In addition to this, thickness gauge would only provide data at certain points and B-scan would only provide data for certain lines. This paper presents and discusses results of C-scan measurement performed in power generation, chemical and petro-chemical plants. Due to its high accuracy, results from these measurements were used to establish the true condition of plant and to calculate its remaining safe life. Results presented in this paper include those related to corrosion, erosion and lamination in acid and gas pipelines, finger sludge catcher, steam drums in vessels and piping and electron beam machine. (Author)

  10. Ultrasonic decontamination robot

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    A method is described of removing radioactive contamination from a primary fluid header of a steam generator between periods of active operation thereof, the header having a sealable access manway therein to permit access to interior surfaces of the header. The method consists of: inserting through the header manway into the interior thereof a robotic arm having a base portion sized to fit sealably in the manway, an ultrasonic decontamination head disposed to be movable at an end of the robotic arm, a solvent supply tube connected to the decontamination head, and a fluid removal conduit disposed at a low point in the interior of the header; sealing the base portion in the header manway

  11. The driving methods of the autonomous navigated ultrasonic exploring car%超声探路车的自主导航行驶办法

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    张海鹰; 高艳丽; 张树团

    2011-01-01

    In order to increase the autonomous navigated capability of the intelligent car in absolute unknown environment,a method that using an ultrasonic sensor driven by a step motor for rotating detection is designed. It could get more exact and comprehensive environment information than the old ways. Base on this, several kinds of traveling methods including the tracking drive method are designed against different conditions. And also the setting values of the parameters and the relations between parameters in the system are analyzed. It makes the car can drive with high efficiency in ali environments.%为了加强智能车辆在全未知环境下的自主导航行驶能力,设计了使用步进电动机驱动小波束角超声传感器旋转探测的方法,获取了较以往相比更加全面准确地环境信息.在此基础上,针对不同的环境状况设计了包含循线行驶模式在内的多种行驶方法,并分析了在各种不同的行驶模式下系统相关参数的设置,和各参数之间的关系,使车辆在各类环境下都能保持较高的行驶效率.

  12. Nonlinear dynamics of rotating shallow water methods and advances

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    Zeitlin, Vladimir

    2007-01-01

    The rotating shallow water (RSW) model is of wide use as a conceptual tool in geophysical fluid dynamics (GFD), because, in spite of its simplicity, it contains all essential ingredients of atmosphere and ocean dynamics at the synoptic scale, especially in its two- (or multi-) layer version. The book describes recent advances in understanding (in the framework of RSW and related models) of some fundamental GFD problems, such as existence of the slow manifold, dynamical splitting of fast (inertia-gravity waves) and slow (vortices, Rossby waves) motions, nonlinear geostrophic adjustment and wa

  13. Advanced 3D inverse method for designing turbomachine blades

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    Dang, T. [Syracuse Univ., NY (United States)

    1995-10-01

    To meet the goal of 60% plant-cycle efficiency or better set in the ATS Program for baseload utility scale power generation, several critical technologies need to be developed. One such need is the improvement of component efficiencies. This work addresses the issue of improving the performance of turbo-machine components in gas turbines through the development of an advanced three-dimensional and viscous blade design system. This technology is needed to replace some elements in current design systems that are based on outdated technology.

  14. The Riemann Conjecture and the advanced Calculus Methods for Physics

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    Botelho, Luiz. C. L.

    2009-01-01

    We present a set of lectures on topics of advanced calculus in one real and complex variable with several new results and proofs on the subject, specially with detailed proof-always missing in the literature - of the Cissoti explicitly integral formula conformally representing a polygon onto a disc.Besides we present-in the paper appendix-a new study embodied with a mathematical physicist perspective,on the famous Riemann conjecture on the zeros of the Zeta function, reducing its proof to a c...

  15. The Study of T-beam Thickness Detection Method Based on Ultrasonic Velocity Measurement%基于超声波法的T梁厚度检测方法研究

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    谢盛明; 汪继文; 詹小丽; 姜维; 邵华

    2015-01-01

    In order to do an express test for bridge slab thickness, a research was carried out on detection method of thickness of typical T-beam on bridge by ultrasonic.The detection precision of this detection method was also analyzed in this paper.The results indicate that the maximum measurement error of T-beam diaphragm by ul-trasonic is 3.5%and the maximum measurement error of T-beam web is 16.4%.According to the test results by ultrasonic velocity measurement, this paper focuses on the problem of ultrasonic measurement on bridge slab thick-ness and proposes accuracy correction of ultrasonic velocity measurement on bridge slab thickness.Research results show that ultrasonic velocity measurement on bridge slab thickness has superiority while still existing drawbacks. The difficult and key points of bridge slab thickness test by ultrasonic are how to select positions quickly and im-prove the precision of data processing.%为快速测试桥梁梁板厚度,本研究运用超声波法对典型桥梁T梁梁板厚度检测方法进行研究,并对其检测方法的检测精度进行分析。研究发现超声波测量T梁横隔板边缘测量误差最大为3.5%,T梁中腹板超声波测量误差最大为20%。根据超声波法的测试结果,提出了超声波测试桥梁梁板精度修正的处理方法。研究结果表明超声波在桥梁梁板厚度测试中具有优越性的同时也存在一些问题,如何克服超声波梁板厚度测试快速定点及测试结果数据处理提高精度是超声波梁板厚度测试的难点和关键。

  16. Ultrasonic Verification of Composite Structures

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    Pelt, Maurice; Boer, Robert Jan,; Schoemaker, Christiaan; Sprik, Rudolf

    2014-01-01

    International audience Ultrasonic Verification is a new method for the monitoring large surface areas of CFRP by ultrasound with few sensors. The echo response of a transmitted pulse through the structure is compared with the response of an earlier obtained reference signal to calculate a fidelity parameter. A change in fidelity over time is indicative for a new defect in the structure. This paper presents an experimental assessment of the effectiveness and reproducibility of the method.

  17. Ultrasonic testing device

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    The ultrasonic transmitter made of polarized ferroelectric ceramic material (lead zirconate titanate) is arranged in a strip carrier which allows it to be introduced between the fuel elements of a fuel subassembly in a water cooled nuclear reactor. The ultrasonic transmitter is insulated relative to the carrier. The echo of the ra dal ultrasonic pulse is recorded which changes as faulty water filled fuel elements are detected. (RW)

  18. Wedges for ultrasonic inspection

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    Gavin, Donald A. (Rexford, NY)

    1982-01-01

    An ultrasonic transducer device is provided which is used in ultrasonic inspection of the material surrounding a threaded hole and which comprises a wedge of plastic or the like including a curved threaded surface adapted to be screwed into the threaded hole and a generally planar surface on which a conventional ultrasonic transducer is mounted. The plastic wedge can be rotated within the threaded hole to inspect for flaws in the material surrounding the threaded hole.

  19. Method of advancing research and development of fast breeder reactors

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    In the long term plan of atomic energy development and utilization, FBRs are to be developed as the main of future nuclear power generation in Japan, and when the development is advanced, it is positivity aimed at building up the plutonium utilization system using FBRs superior to the uranium utilization system with LWRs. Also it was decided that it is necessary to exert incessant effort for the development of FBRs under the proper cooperation system of the government and people for a considerable long period, and as for the concrete development, hereafter, the deliberation is advanced by the expert subcommittee on FBR development project of the Atomic Energy Commission in succession. The subcommittee was founded in May, 1986, to carry out the deliberation on the long term promotion measures for the development of FBRs, the promotion measures for the research and development, the evaluation and examination of the basic specification of a demonstration FBR, the promotion measures for the international cooperation and other important matters related to the development of FBRs. The construction of the prototype FBR 'Monju' is in progress aiming at the criticality in 1992, and the start of construction of a demonstration FBR is expected in the latter half of 1990s. The situation around the development of FBRs, the fundamentals for promoting the research and development, and the subjects of the research and development are reported. (Kako, I.)

  20. Ultrasonic Waves and Strength Reduction Indexes for the Assessment of the Advancement of Deterioration Processes in Travertines from Pamukkale and Hierapolis (Turkey)

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    Bobrowska, Alicja; Domonik, Andrzej

    2015-09-01

    In constructions, the usefulness of modern technical diagnostics of stone as a raw material requires predicting the effects of long-term environmental impact of its qualities and geomechanical properties. The paper presents geomechanical research enabling presentation of the factors for strength loss of the stone and forecasting the rate of development of destructive phenomena on the stone structure on a long-time basis. As research material Turkish travertines were selected from the Denizli-Kaklık Basin (Pamukkale and Hierapolis quarries), which have been commonly used for centuries in global architecture. The rock material was subjected to testing of the impact of various environmental factors, as well as European standards recommended by the author of the research program. Their resistance to the crystallization of salts from aqueous solutions and the effects of SO2, as well as the effect of frost and high temperatures are presented. The studies allowed establishing the following quantitative indicators: the ultrasonic waves index (IVp) and the strength reduction index (IRc). Reflections on the assessment of deterioration effects indicate that the most active factors decreasing travertine resistance in the aging process include frost and sulphur dioxide (SO2). Their negative influence is particularly intense when the stone material is already strongly weathered.

  1. Experimental method of measuring sound velocity using ultrasonic flowmeter%超声波流量计测量流体声速的实验方法

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    王新峰; 熊显潮; 高敏忠

    2011-01-01

    为获取液体介质的声速值,设计了一种测定流体声速的实验方法,该方法利用时差式超声波流量计和标准流量校验设备同时对封闭管道中的液体进行流速测量,分别得到流速的测量值和真实值,从而计算出超声波流量计的仪表系数,并以此导出了一定条件下液体介质的声速值随仪表系数的变化关系式.利用该方法测量给出了0.17MPa下四氧化二氮(N2O4)在7.6—19.4℃、偏二甲肼((CH3)2NNH2)在6.5—25.2℃范围内的流体声速值,并为其他液体介质的声速测量提供了借鉴.%In order to obtain sound velocity in liquid,an experimental method of measuring sound velocity is designed.A time-difference type ultrasonic flowmeter and normal flow checkout equipment are used to measure the flow speed of liquid in closed hydraulic pipeline simultaneously,then the measured value and the true value of the flow rate are measured,and the meter-factor of the ultrasonic flowmeter is determined.Furthermore,the relationship between the sound velocity and the meter-factor is derived under a certain condition.Based on the method,the velocity of sound in dinitrogen tetroxide (N2O4) at 7.6—19.4℃ and unsymmetric dimethyl hydrazine ((CH3)2NNH2) at 6.5—25.2℃ are measured at 0.17MPa.It provides reference for measuring the sound velocity in other liquid.

  2. Ultrasonic Sensing and Life Prediction for the DARPA Structural Integrity Prognosis System

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    Michaels, Jennifer E.; Michaels, Thomas E.; Cobb, Adam C.; Kacprzynski, Gregory J.

    2007-03-01

    The overall objective of the DARPA Structural Integrity Prognosis System (SIPS) program is to develop technologies to advance material damage state condition assessment with limited or no dedicated maintenance action. As a part of the sensors thrust area, an in situ ultrasonic sensing method was developed and demonstrated to detect cracks initiating from fastener holes and provide an estimate of total crack area. Crack area estimates were combined with load history data, projected future loads, and life prediction models to determine a probability density function for time-to-failure. The ultrasonic method utilizes two shear wave angle beam transducers operating in through transmission mode which are mounted on either side of the hole. The transmitted wave travels through the area of expected cracking, and the presence of cracks around the fastener holes decreases the amount of acoustic energy that is received. Furthermore, as cracks open and close during the fatigue process, the received energy is modulated, i.e., decreased when the cracks are open versus closed, and this non-linear behavior is the basis of algorithms developed to detect and size fastener holes cracks. The ultrasonic method was demonstrated as part of an integrated SIPS demonstration whereby aircraft-grade aluminum subcomponents were fatigued to failure. Results are presented from both the ultrasonic measurements and the integrated life prediction software.

  3. A novel solvent-free method for the manufacture of biodegradable antibiotic-capsules for a long-term drug release using compression sintering and ultrasonic welding techniques.

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    Liu, Shih-Jung; Tsai, Ying-E; Wen-Neng Ueng, Steve; Chan, Err-Cheng

    2005-08-01

    This report was to develop a novel solvent-free method for the manufacture of biodegradable capsules for a long-term drug delivery. To manufacture an antibiotic capsule, polylactide-polyglycolide copolymers were pre-mixed with vancomycin. The mixture was then injection compression molded to form a cylinder with a cover of 8mm in diameter. After the addition of gentamicin sulfate into the core, an ultrasonic welder was used to seal the capsule. An elution method and an high-performance liquid chromatography assay were employed to characterize the in vitro release rates of the antibiotics over a 30-day period. It was found that biodegradable capsules released high concentration of vancomycin and gentamicin (well above the minimum inhibition concentration) in vitro for the period of time needed to treat bone infection; i.e., 2-4 weeks. A bacterial inhibition test was carried out to determine the relative activity of the released antibiotics. The diameter of the sample inhibition zone ranged from 3 to 18 mm, which is equivalent to 16.7-100% of relative activity. By adopting this novel technique, we will be able to manufacture biodegradable capsules of various medicines for long-term drug delivery. PMID:15722136

  4. Design of travel time difference method ultrasonic flowmeter based on FPGA%基于FPGA的时差法超声波流量计的设计

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    肖海; 王亚非; 高椿明

    2009-01-01

    设计了一种基于现场可编程门阵列(FPGA)的时差法超声波流量计.主要介绍了系统的硬件组成和实现方法,概述了软件功能和软件设计流程.系统硬件电路为微控制器+FPGA结构,微控制器是系统的控制核心.利用FPGA的可编程特性和很高的工作频率以及丰富的内部资源设计了包括高速计数器在内的数字信号处理模块,提高了系统的可靠性和测量精度,并具有良好的硬件可升级性.%A travel time difference method ultrasonic flowmeter based on field programmable gate array (FPGA) is designed. The hardware structure and realization method are introduced. The software function and work mode are overviewed. The hardware structure of the system is microcontroller +FPGA. The microcontroller is the control center. Making use of the programmable characteristic, the rich inner resources and very high work frequency of a FPGA chip,a date signal processes module including a high speed counter is designed. The reliability and the measurement precision of system are improved. And the hardware can be upgraded more easily.

  5. Ultraprecision finishing of micro-aspherical surface by ultrasonic assisted polishing; Technical Digest

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    Suzuki, Hirofumi; Kawamori, Ryota; Yamamoto, Yuji; Miyabara, Mitsuru; Okino, Tadashi; Hijikata, Yoshio; Moriwaki, Toshimichi

    2005-05-01

    Micro aspherical glass lenses are required for electronic devices, optical devices and advanced optical fiber transmission equipments. The glass lenses are manufactured by glass molding method by using micro ceramics dies such as tungsten carbide or silicon carbide (1). Therefore molding dies are most important and they were ground by ultra-precision grinding method with diamond wheel. Recently, the wavelength of used laser is becoming shorter and then the accuracies of the micro molding die are required to be much more precise (2). In this paper, ultrasonic assisted polishing methods/systems were developed in order to finish micro aspherical dies that were ground with micro diamond wheel. In the polishing experiments, the molding die of tungsten carbide was polished with diamond abrasives to test the basic polishing characteristics and the aspheric die was polished with proposed ultrasonic assisted polishing method.

  6. Advances In Burnup Credit Criticality Safety Analysis Methods And Applications

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    An International Workshop on “Advances in Applications of Burnup Credit for Spent Fuel Storage, Transport, Reprocessing, and Disposition” organized by the Nuclear Safety Council of Spain (CSN) in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was held at Córdoba, Spain, on October 27– 30, 2009. The objectives of this workshop were to identify the benefits that accrue from recent improvements of the burnup credit (BUC) analysis methodologies, to analyze the implications of applying improved BUC methodologies, focusing on both the safety-related and operational aspects, and to foster the exchange of international experience in licensing and implementation of BUC applications. In the paper on hand the attention is focused on the improvements of BUC analysis methodologies. (author)

  7. Advanced methods of microscope control using μManager software

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    Arthur D Edelstein

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available µManager is an open-source, cross-platform desktop application, to control a wide variety of motorized microscopes, scientific cameras, stages, illuminators, and other microscope accessories. Since its inception in 2005, µManager has grown to support a wide range of microscopy hardware and is now used by thousands of researchers around the world. The application provides a mature graphical user interface and offers open programming interfaces to facilitate plugins and scripts. Here, we present a guide to using some of the recently added advanced µManager features, including hardware synchronization, simultaneous use of multiple cameras, projection of patterned light onto a specimen, live slide mapping, imaging with multi-well plates, particle localization and tracking, and high-speed imaging.

  8. Comparison of Advanced Distillation Control Methods, Final Technical Report

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    2000-11-30

    Detailed dynamic simulations of three industrial distillation columns (a propylene/propane splitter, a xylene/toluene column, and a depropanizer) have been used to evaluate configuration selections for single-ended and dual-composition control, as well as to compare conventional and advanced control approaches. In addition, a simulator of a main fractionator was used to compare the control performance of conventional and advanced control. For each case considered, the controllers were tuned by using setpoint changes and tested using feed composition upsets. Proportional Integral (PI) control performance was used to evaluate the configuration selection problem. For single ended control, the energy balance configuration was found to yield the best performance. For dual composition control, nine configurations were considered. It was determined that the use of dynamic simulations is required in order to identify the optimum configuration from among the nine possible choices. The optimum configurations were used to evaluate the relative control performance of conventional PI controllers, MPC (Model Predictive Control), PMBC (Process Model-Based Control), and ANN (Artificial Neural Networks) control. It was determined that MPC works best when one product is much more important than the other, while PI was superior when both products were equally important. PMBC and ANN were not found to offer significant advantages over PI and MPC. MPC was found to outperform conventional PI control for the main fractionator. MPC was applied to three industrial columns: one at Phillips Petroleum and two at Union Carbide. In each case, MPC was found to significantly outperform PI controls. The major advantage of the MPC controller is its ability to effectively handle a complex set of constraints and control objectives.

  9. Viscous-Inviscid Coupling Methods for Advanced Marine Propeller Applications

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    Martin Greve; Katja Wöckner-Kluwe; Moustafa Abdel-Maksoud; Thomas Rung

    2012-01-01

    The paper reports the development of coupling strategies between an inviscid direct panel method and a viscous RANS method and their application to complex propeller ows. The work is motivated by the prohibitive computational cost associated to unsteady viscous flow simulations using geometrically resolved propellers to analyse the dynamics of ships in seaways. The present effort aims to combine the advantages of the two baseline methods in order to reduce the numerical effort without comprom...

  10. Application of TDC-GP21 in ultrasonic flowmeter based on time difference method%TDC-GP21在时差法超声波流量计中的应用

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    邵慧

    2012-01-01

    为了使超声波流量计的精度范围能达到±0.5%,研究了时差法超声波的测量原理,分析了实现高精度测量的设计方法.介绍了系统的工作过程和硬件组成,详细阐述了测时芯片高速时间数字转换器TDC-GP21 (Time-to-Digital-Converter)的结构和功能原理,以及其在超声波流量计时间测量模块中系统硬件部分的实现.采用TDC-GP21,ARM微处理器、超声波收发电路等硬件架构,实现了高精度测量超声波顺流和逆流传播时间差.实验结果和精度分析表明,研制的超声波流量计符合设计要求,并为超声波流量计的高精度和低功耗设计提供了一个参考.%In order to make the accuracy of ultrasonic flowmeter reach ,the measurement principle of time-difference ultrasonic is studied, and the method to achieve high-precision measurements is analyzed. The system work process and hardware composition is introduced . The structure and principle of high-speed interval measuring chip TDC-GP21 as well as the hardware realization of ultrasonic measurement system is mainly elaborated. The high-precision measurement of ultrasonic downstream and upstream propagation time difference was achieved by using TDC-GP21 , ARM microprocessor, ultrasonic transceiver circuit and other hardware architecture. The experiment result and accuracy analysis confirms that the ultrasonic flowmeter developed in this way can meet the design requirements. It provides a reference for high-accuracy and low-power design of ultrasonic flowmeter.

  11. Advanced RF-KO slow-extraction method for the reduction of spill ripple

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    Noda, K; Shibuya, S; Uesugi, T; Muramatsu, M; Kanazawa, M; Takada, E; Yamada, S

    2002-01-01

    Two advanced RF-knockout (RF-KO) slow-extraction methods have been developed at HIMAC in order to reduce the spill ripple for accurate heavy-ion cancer therapy: the dual frequency modulation (FM) method and the separated function method. As a result of simulations and experiments, it was verified that the spill ripple could be considerably reduced using these advanced methods, compared with the ordinary RF-KO method. The dual FM method and the separated function method bring about a low spill ripple within standard deviations of around 25% and of 15% during beam extraction within around 2 s, respectively, which are in good agreement with the simulation results.

  12. Modal methods for 3D modelling of advanced photonic structures

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    Čtyroký, Jiří; Kwiecien, P.; Richter, I.; Petráček, J.; Luksch, J.

    NEW YORK : IEEE, 2012 - (Jaworski, M.; Marciniak, M.) ISBN 978-1-4673-2228-7. ISSN 2161-2056. [14th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, ICTON 2012. Coventry (GB), 02.07.2012-05.07.2012] Institutional support: RVO:67985882 Keywords : finite-difference method * finite-element method * plasmonics Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering

  13. Advanced Welding Concepts

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    Ding, Robert J.

    2010-01-01

    Four advanced welding techniques and their use in NASA are briefly reviewed in this poster presentation. The welding techniques reviewed are: Solid State Welding, Friction Stir Welding (FSW), Thermal Stir Welding (TSW) and Ultrasonic Stir Welding.

  14. Features of methods of advancement of information product in network the Interne

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    Oksentyuk, Roman Andriyovych

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available In the article the features of construction of world network are considered the Internet as one of types of modern innovative technologies in marketing. His role is exposed in the modern world of entrepreneurial activity, most widespread methods of advancement of product by internet marketing. Pointed suggestion from advancement of informative product in a network the Internet.

  15. Preface: Special Topic Section on Advanced Electronic Structure Methods for Solids and Surfaces

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    This Special Topic section on Advanced Electronic Structure Methods for Solids and Surfaces contains a collection of research papers that showcase recent advances in the high accuracy prediction of materials and surface properties. It provides a timely snapshot of a growing field that is of broad importance to chemistry, physics, and materials science

  16. Advances in methods for colour marking of mosquitoes

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    2013-01-01

    Background Different techniques are available for colour marking insects and each technique may be suitable for different insect species. Mosquitoes can be marked to determine population size, distribution and flight distance or distinguish closely related species. In this study, two methods of colour marking mosquitoes were described in detail and the impact of both methods on the survival and host-seeking behaviour of the malaria mosquito Anopheles gambiae sensu stricto was investigated. Me...

  17. Advanced methods for BWR transient and stability analysis

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    Schmidt, A.; Wehle, F.; Opel, S.; Velten, R. [AREVA, AREVA NP, Erlangen (Germany)

    2008-07-01

    The design of advanced Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) fuel assemblies and cores is governed by the basic requirement of safe, reliable and flexible reactor operation with optimal fuel utilization. AREVA NP's comprehensive steady state and transient BWR methodology allows the designer to respond quickly and effectively to customer needs. AREVA NP uses S-RELAP5/RAMONA as the appropriate methodology for the representation of the entire plant. The 3D neutron kinetics and thermal-hydraulics code has been developed for the prediction of system, fuel and core behavior and provides additional margins for normal operation and transients. Of major importance is the extensive validation of the methodology. The validation is based on measurements at AREVA NP's test facilities, and comparison of the predictions with a great wealth of measured data gathered from BWR plants during many years of operation. Three of the main fields of interest are stability analysis, operational transients and reactivity initiated accidents (RIAs). The introduced 3D methodology for operational transients shows significant margin regarding the operational limit of critical power ratio, which has been approved by the German licensing authority. Regarding BWR stability a large number of measurements at different plants under various conditions have been performed and successfully post-calculated with RAMONA. This is the basis of reliable pre-calculations of the locations of regional and core-wide stability boundaries. (authors)

  18. Review: Advances in delta-subsidence research using satellite methods

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    Higgins, Stephanie A.

    2016-05-01

    Most of the world's major river deltas are sinking relative to local sea level. The effects of subsidence can include aquifer salinization, infrastructure damage, increased vulnerability to flooding and storm surges, and permanent inundation of low-lying land. Consequently, determining the relative importance of natural vs. anthropogenic pressures in driving delta subsidence is a topic of ongoing research. This article presents a review of knowledge with respect to delta surface-elevation loss. The field is rapidly advancing due to applications of space-based techniques: InSAR (interferometric synthetic aperture radar), GPS (global positioning system), and satellite ocean altimetry. These techniques have shed new light on a variety of subsidence processes, including tectonics, isostatic adjustment, and the spatial and temporal variability of sediment compaction. They also confirm that subsidence associated with fluid extraction can outpace sea-level rise by up to two orders of magnitude, resulting in effective sea-level rise that is one-hundred times faster than the global average rate. In coming years, space-based and airborne instruments will be critical in providing near-real-time monitoring to facilitate management decisions in sinking deltas. However, ground-based observations continue to be necessary for generating complete measurements of surface-elevation change. Numerical modeling should seek to simulate couplings between subsidence processes for greater predictive power.

  19. Method of advancing research and development of fast breeder reactors

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    In the long term plan of atomic energy development and utilization, fast breeder reactors are to be developed as the main of the future nuclear power generation in Japan, and when their development is advanced, it has been decided to positively aim at building up the plutonium utilization system using FBRs superior to the uranium utilization system using LWRs. Also it has been decided that the development of FBRs requires to exert incessant efforts for a considerable long period under the proper cooperation system of government and people, and as for its concrete development, hereafter the deliberation is to be carried out in succession by the expert subcommittee on FBR development projects of the Atomic Energy Commission. The subcommittee was founded in May, 1986, to deliberate on the long term promotion measures for FBR development, the measures for promoting the research and development, the examination of the basic specification of a demonstration FBR, the measures for promoting international cooperation, and other important matters. As the results of investigation, the situation around the development of FBRs, the fundamentals at the time of promoting the research and development, the subjects of the research and development and so on are reported. (Kako, I.)

  20. Advanced methods for BWR transient and stability analysis

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    The design of advanced Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) fuel assemblies and cores is governed by the basic requirement of safe, reliable and flexible reactor operation with optimal fuel utilization. AREVA NP's comprehensive steady state and transient BWR methodology allows the designer to respond quickly and effectively to customer needs. AREVA NP uses S-RELAP5/RAMONA as the appropriate methodology for the representation of the entire plant. The 3D neutron kinetics and thermal-hydraulics code has been developed for the prediction of system, fuel and core behavior and provides additional margins for normal operation and transients. Of major importance is the extensive validation of the methodology. The validation is based on measurements at AREVA NP's test facilities, and comparison of the predictions with a great wealth of measured data gathered from BWR plants during many years of operation. Three of the main fields of interest are stability analysis, operational transients and reactivity initiated accidents (RIAs). The introduced 3D methodology for operational transients shows significant margin regarding the operational limit of critical power ratio, which has been approved by the German licensing authority. Regarding BWR stability a large number of measurements at different plants under various conditions have been performed and successfully post-calculated with RAMONA. This is the basis of reliable pre-calculations of the locations of regional and core-wide stability boundaries. (authors)