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  1. Analysis of the evolution of the aggregate surface texture and asphalt under the effect of polishing

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    SOUDANI, Khedoudja; Cerezo, Véronique; HADDADI, Smaïl

    2015-01-01

    Skid-resistance decreases when the road surface is polished by the traffic. Skid resistance provided by the pavement surface partly depends on its surface texture that is conditioned by the road technique and its components, including petrographic and mineralogical nature of the aggregates. Moreover, the geometric profile of the road in the vertical plane is divided into different wavelength scales, megatexture, macrotexture and microtexture. Polishing by traffic predominantly affects the mic...

  2. Capturing the surface texture and shape of pollen: a comparison of microscopy techniques.

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    Mayandi Sivaguru

    Full Text Available Research on the comparative morphology of pollen grains depends crucially on the application of appropriate microscopy techniques. Information on the performance of microscopy techniques can be used to inform that choice. We compared the ability of several microscopy techniques to provide information on the shape and surface texture of three pollen types with differing morphologies. These techniques are: widefield, apotome, confocal and two-photon microscopy (reflected light techniques, and brightfield and differential interference contrast microscopy (DIC (transmitted light techniques. We also provide a first view of pollen using super-resolution microscopy. The three pollen types used to contrast the performance of each technique are: Croton hirtus (Euphorbiaceae, Mabea occidentalis (Euphorbiaceae and Agropyron repens (Poaceae. No single microscopy technique provided an adequate picture of both the shape and surface texture of any of the three pollen types investigated here. The wavelength of incident light, photon-collection ability of the optical technique, signal-to-noise ratio, and the thickness and light absorption characteristics of the exine profoundly affect the recovery of morphological information by a given optical microscopy technique. Reflected light techniques, particularly confocal and two-photon microscopy, best capture pollen shape but provide limited information on very fine surface texture. In contrast, transmitted light techniques, particularly differential interference contrast microscopy, can resolve very fine surface texture but provide limited information on shape. Texture comprising sculptural elements that are spaced near the diffraction limit of light (~250 nm; NDL presents an acute challenge to optical microscopy. Super-resolution structured illumination microscopy provides data on the NDL texture of A. repens that is more comparable to textural data from scanning electron microscopy than any other optical

  3. Tribological performance of surfaces enhanced by texturing and nitrogen implantation

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    Liu, Derong; Zhang, Qi; Qin, Zhenbo; Luo, Qin; Wu, Zhong; Liu, Lei

    2016-02-01

    In this paper, a novel texturing technology by means of electrodepositon is introduced. Textured surface covered with small bumps with the average size of 28 μm in diameter and 10 μm in height was fabricated. The trough around the bumps acts as the pocket to trap the debris. The nitrogen implantation was used to enhance the tribological properties of textured surfaces. The effects of implanted energy and dose on the structures of coating and tribological performances of textured surfaces were studied. The results show that the formation of Cr2N or CrN depends on the implanted dose. After nitrogen ion implantation, the friction coefficient of textured surface reduced and the wear resistance of textured surface was improved. The wear resistance enhances with increase of implanted dose, and has little to do with implanted energy.

  4. Shapes and textures for rendering coral

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    Max, N.L. (Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (USA)); Wyvill, G. (Otago Univ., Dunedin (New Zealand))

    1990-10-18

    A growth algorithm has been developed to build coral shapes out of a tree of spheres. A volume density defined by the spheres is contoured to give a soft object.'' The resulting contour surfaces are rendered by ray tracing, using a generalized volume texture to produce shading and bump mapped'' normal perturbations. 16 refs., 8 figs.

  5. Shape-Tailored Features and their Application to Texture Segmentation

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    Khan, Naeemullah

    2014-04-01

    Texture Segmentation is one of the most challenging areas of computer vision. One reason for this difficulty is the huge variety and variability of textures occurring in real world, making it very difficult to quantitatively study textures. One of the key tools used for texture segmentation is local invariant descriptors. Texture consists of textons, the basic building block of textures, that may vary by small nuisances like illumination variation, deformations, and noise. Local invariant descriptors are robust to these nuisances making them beneficial for texture segmentation. However, grouping dense descriptors directly for segmentation presents a problem: existing descriptors aggregate data from neighborhoods that may contain different textured regions, making descriptors from these neighborhoods difficult to group, leading to significant errors in segmentation. This work addresses this issue by proposing dense local descriptors, called Shape-Tailored Features, which are tailored to an arbitrarily shaped region, aggregating data only within the region of interest. Since the segmentation, i.e., the regions, are not known a-priori, we propose a joint problem for Shape-Tailored Features and the regions. We present a framework based on variational methods. Extensive experiments on a new large texture dataset, which we introduce, show that the joint approach with Shape-Tailored Features leads to better segmentations over the non-joint non Shape-Tailored approach, and the method out-performs existing state-of-the-art.

  6. Island shapes and aggregation steered by the geometry of the substrate lattice

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    Casu, M.; Savu, S.; Schuster, B.; Biswas, I.; Raisch, C.; H. Marchetto; Schmidt, T.; Chassé, T.

    2012-01-01

    We find that island shapes and aggregation in diindenoperylene deposited on Au(100), Au(110), and Au(111) single crystals are steered by the anisotropy due to the lattice geometry of the substrate. This phenomenon may be exploited as a tool for molecular patterning of surfaces.

  7. Friction and the texture of aggregate particles used in the road surface course

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    Dunford, Alan

    2013-01-01

    Skid resistance, the road surface’s contribution to friction, is a crucial property of a road surface course required to maintain a safe and serviceable road network. Measurement of skid resistance is restricted by the need to measure the forces acting on a rubber wheel or slider while it is dragged across the surface. If the skid resistance of the road could be determined without the need for contact then measurement could be cheaper and more thorough. One route to achieving this goa...

  8. QBIC project: querying images by content, using color, texture, and shape

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    Niblack, Carlton W.; Barber, Ron; Equitz, Will; Flickner, Myron D.; Glasman, Eduardo H.; Petkovic, Dragutin; Yanker, Peter; Faloutsos, Christos; Taubin, Gabriel

    1993-04-01

    In the query by image content (QBIC) project we are studying methods to query large on-line image databases using the images' content as the basis of the queries. Examples of the content we use include color, texture, and shape of image objects and regions. Potential applications include medical (`Give me other images that contain a tumor with a texture like this one'), photo-journalism (`Give me images that have blue at the top and red at the bottom'), and many others in art, fashion, cataloging, retailing, and industry. Key issues include derivation and computation of attributes of images and objects that provide useful query functionality, retrieval methods based on similarity as opposed to exact match, query by image example or user drawn image, the user interfaces, query refinement and navigation, high dimensional database indexing, and automatic and semi-automatic database population. We currently have a prototype system written in X/Motif and C running on an RS/6000 that allows a variety of queries, and a test database of over 1000 images and 1000 objects populated from commercially available photo clip art images. In this paper we present the main algorithms for color texture, shape and sketch query that we use, show example query results, and discuss future directions.

  9. Microstructure and texture of electroformed copper liners of shaped charges

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    2002-01-01

    The microstructures of copper liners of shaped charges prepared by electroforming technique were investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Meanwhile, the orientations distributing of thegrains in the electroformed copper liners of shaped charges was examined by the electron backscattering Kikuchi pattern (EBSP) technique. TEM observations have revealed that these electroformed copper liners of shaped charges have the grain size of about 1-3 m and the grains have a preferential orientation distribution along the growth direction.EBSP analysis has demonstrated that the as-formed copper liners of shaped charges exhibit a micro-texture, i.e. one type of fiber texture, and the preferred growth direction is normal to the surface of the liners.

  10. Effect of surface texture by ion beam sputtering on implant biocompatibility and soft tissue attachment

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    Gibbons, D. F.

    1977-01-01

    The objectives in this report were to use the ion beam sputtering technique to produce surface textures on polymers, metals, and ceramics. The morphology of the texture was altered by varying both the width and depth of the square pits which were formed by ion beam erosion. The width of the ribs separating the pits were defined by the mask used to produce the texture. The area of the surface containing pits varies as the width was changed. The biological parameters used to evaluate the biological response to the texture were: (1) fibrous capsule and inflammatory response in subcutaneous soft tissue; (2) strength of the mechanical attachment of the textured surface by the soft tissue; and (3) morphology of the epidermal layer interfacing the textured surface of percutaneous connectors. Because the sputter yield on teflon ribs was approximately an order of magnitude larger than any other material the majority of the measurements presented in the report were obtained with teflon.

  11. Unsupervised Skin cancer detection by combination of texture and shape features in dermoscopy images

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    Hamed aghapanah rudsari

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available In this paper a novel unsupervised feature extraction method for detection of melanoma in skin images is presented. First of all, normal skin surrounding the lesion is removed in a segmentation process. In the next step, some shape and texture features are extracted from the output image of the first step: GLCM, GLRLM, the proposed directional-frequency features, and some parameters of Ripplet transform are used as texture features; Also, NRL features and Zernike moments are used as shape features. Totally, 63 texture features and 31 shape features are extracted. Finally, the number of extracted features is reduced using PCA method and a proposed method based on Fisher criteria. Extracted features are classified using the Perceptron Neural Networks, Support Vector Machine, 4-NN, and Naïve Bayes. The results show that SVM has the best performance. The proposed algorithm is applied on a database that consists of 160 labeled images. The overall results confirm the superiority of the proposed method in both accuracy and reliability over previous works.

  12. Influence of Polyethylene Glycol on Asphaltic Concrete for Cubical and Rod shaped Aggregates

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    U. Arun Kumar

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Aggregates are the principle material in pavement construction. Conventional road aggregates in India are natural aggregates obtained by crushing rocks. Aggregate characteristics such as particle size, shape, and texture etc.., influence the performance and serviceability of pavement. Pavements laid with polymer modified asphalt exhibits greater resistance to rutting, thermal cracking and fatigue damages and hence these were used at locations of higher stress. The present work concentrates on aggregate characteristics which include the shape indices. The particle shapes namely Cubical and Rod are being used in the study. The study shows the behavior of the two shapes of aggregate in terms of Penetration, Ductility, Softening Point and Marshall Stability tests with varying percentages of asphalt and also with varying the percentages of PEG. The results of unmodified asphalt mix are compared with the modified asphalt mix against some critical Marshall Mix parameters.

  13. Hydrophobic Hydrophobic and superhydrophobic surfaces by means of atmospheric plasmas :synthesis and texturization of fluorinated materials

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    Hubert, Julie

    2014-01-01

    In this thesis, we focused on the understanding of the synthesis and texturization processes of hydrophobic and (super)hydrophobic fluorinated surfaces by atmospheric plasmas. First, we focused on the surface modifications of a model surface, the polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), by the post-discharge of a radio-frequency plasma torch. The post-discharge used for the surface treatment was characterized by optical emission spectroscopy (OES) and mass spectrometry (MS) as a function of the gap...

  14. Hydrophobic and superhydrophobic surfaces by means of atmospheric plasmas: synthesis and texturization of fluorinated materials

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    Hubert, Julie

    2014-01-01

    In this thesis, we focused on the understanding of the synthesis and texturization processes of hydrophobic and (super)hydrophobic fluorinated surfaces by atmospheric plasmas.First, we focused on the surface modifications of a model surface, the polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), by the post-discharge of a radio-frequency plasma torch. The post-discharge used for the surface treatment was characterized by optical emission spectroscopy (OES) and mass spectrometry (MS) as a function of the gap (to...

  15. Recognition of interior photoelectric devices by using dual criteria of shape and local texture

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    Qian, Feng; Zhang, Bao; Yin, Chuanli; Yang, Mingyu; Li, Xiantao

    2015-12-01

    A necessity exists for the protection of people and their property against the unauthorized use of photoelectric devices. The retroreflection of optical systems can be utilized to detect and recognize photoelectric devices. The reduction of false alarms and processing speed are two crucial issues, particularly for interior applications involving complex scenes. Here, we propose a local texture criterion that determines the local maximum and local continuity of the reflections. A comprehensive evaluation method that combines a modified shape criterion and the local texture criterion to improve the recognition probability is also presented. A searching strategy for scanning and locating the target candidates with reduced time cost was used in laboratory experiments performed at operating distances of 2.2, 3.2, and 4.2 m with the presence of disturbing objects. The results demonstrated the practicability of the proposed method, its superior recognition probability over that of single-criterion methods, and its enhanced average processing speed in comparison with existing methods.

  16. Quantitative Morphologic Analysis of Boulder Shape and Surface Texture to Infer Environmental History: A Case Study of Rock Breakdown at the Ephrata Fan, Channeled Scabland, Washington

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    Ehlmann, Bethany L.; Viles, Heather A.; Bourke, Mary C.

    2008-01-01

    Boulder morphology reflects both lithology and climate and is dictated by the combined effects of erosion, transport, and weathering. At present, morphologic information at the boulder scale is underutilized as a recorder of environmental processes, partly because of the lack of a systematic quantitative parameter set for reporting and comparing data sets. We develop such a parameter set, incorporating a range of measures of boulder form and surface texture. We use standard shape metrics measured in the field and fractal and morphometric classification methods borrowed from landscape analysis and applied to laser-scanned molds. The parameter set was pilot tested on three populations of basalt boulders with distinct breakdown histories in the Channeled Scabland, Washington: (1) basalt outcrop talus; (2) flood-transported boulders recently excavated from a quarry; and (3) flood-transported boulders, extensively weathered in situ on the Ephrata Fan surface. Size and shape data were found to distinguish between flood-transported and untransported boulders. Size and edge angles (approximately 120 degrees) of flood-transported boulders suggest removal by preferential fracturing along preexisting columnar joints, and curvature data indicate rounding relative to outcrop boulders. Surface textural data show that boulders which have been exposed at the surface are significantly rougher than those buried by fan sediments. Past signatures diagnostic of flood transport still persist on surface boulders, despite ongoing overprinting by processes in the present breakdown environment through roughening and fracturing in situ. Further use of this quantitative boulder parameter set at other terrestrial and planetary sites will aid in cataloging and understanding morphologic signatures of environmental processes.

  17. Synthesis and texturization processes of (super)-hydrophobic fluorinated surfaces by atmospheric plasma

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    Hubert, Julie; Dufour, Thierry; Vandencasteele, Nicolas; Reniers, François; Viville, Pascal; Lazzaroni, Roberto; Raes, M; Terryn, Herman

    2016-01-01

    The synthesis and texturization processes of fluorinated surfaces by means of atmospheric plasma are investigated and presented through an integrated study of both the plasma phase and the resulting material surface. Three methods enhancing the surface hydrophobicity up to the production of super-hydrophobic surfaces are evaluated: (i) the modification of a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) surface, (ii) the plasma deposition of fluorinated coatings and (iii) the incorporation of nanoparticles into those fluorinated films. In all the approaches, the nature of the plasma gas appears to be a crucial parameter for the desired property. Although a higher etching of the PTFE surface can be obtained with a pure helium plasma, the texturization can only be created if O2 is added to the plasma, which simultaneously decreases the total etching. The deposition of CxFy films by a dielectric barrier discharge leads to hydrophobic coatings with water contact angles (WCAs) of 115{\\textdegree}, but only the filamentary argon d...

  18. Image Mining Using Texture and Shape Feature

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    Prof.Rupali Sawant

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Discovering knowledge from data stored in typical alphanumeric databases, such as relational databases, has been the focal point of most of the work in database mining. However, with advances in secondary and tertiary storage capacity, coupled with a relatively low storage cost, more and more non standard data (in the form of images is being accumulated. This vast collection of image data can also be mined to discover new and valuable knowledge. During theprocess of image mining, the concepts in different hierarchiesand their relationships are extracted from different hierarchies and granularities, and association rule mining and concept clustering are consequently implemented. The generalization and specialization of concepts are realized in different hierarchies, lower layer concepts can be upgraded to upper layer concepts, and upper layer concepts guide the extraction of lower layer concepts. It is a process from image data to image information, from image information to imageknowledge, from lower layer concepts to upper layer concept lattice and cloud model theory is proposed. The methods of image mining from image texture and shape features are introduced here, which include the following basic steps: firstly pre-process images secondly use cloud model to extract concepts, lastly use concept lattice to extracta series of image knowledge.

  19. Optical and electrical properties of porous silicon layer formed on the textured surface by electrochemical etching

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    Porous silicon (PS) layers were formed on textured crystalline silicon by electrochemical etching in HF-based electrolyte. Optical and electrical properties of the TMAH textured surfaces with PS formation are studied. Moreover, the influences of the initial structures and the anodizing time on the optical and electrical properties of the surfaces after PS formation are investigated. The results show that the TMAH textured surfaces with PS formation present a dramatic decrease in reflectance. The longer the anodizing time is, the lower the reflectance. Moreover, an initial surface with bigger pyramids achieved lower reflectance in a short wavelength range. A minimum reflectance of 3.86% at 460 nm is achieved for a short anodizing time of 2 min. Furthermore, the reflectance spectrum of the sample, which was etched in 3 vol.% TMAH for 25 min and then anodized for 20 min, is extremely flat and lies between 3.67% and 6.15% in the wavelength range from 400 to 1040 nm. In addition, for a short anodizing time, a slight increase in the effective carrier lifetime is observed. Our results indicate that PS layers formed on a TMAH textured surface for a short anodization treatment can be used as both broadband antireflection coatings and passivation layers for the application in solar cells. (semiconductor technology)

  20. Optical and electrical properties of porous silicon layer formed on the textured surface by electrochemical etching

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    Ou Weiying; Zhao Lei; Diao Hongwei; Zhang Jun; Wang Wenjing, E-mail: wjwangwj@126.com [Key Laboratory of Solar Thermal Energy and Photovoltaic System, Institute of Electrical Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China)

    2011-05-15

    Porous silicon (PS) layers were formed on textured crystalline silicon by electrochemical etching in HF-based electrolyte. Optical and electrical properties of the TMAH textured surfaces with PS formation are studied. Moreover, the influences of the initial structures and the anodizing time on the optical and electrical properties of the surfaces after PS formation are investigated. The results show that the TMAH textured surfaces with PS formation present a dramatic decrease in reflectance. The longer the anodizing time is, the lower the reflectance. Moreover, an initial surface with bigger pyramids achieved lower reflectance in a short wavelength range. A minimum reflectance of 3.86% at 460 nm is achieved for a short anodizing time of 2 min. Furthermore, the reflectance spectrum of the sample, which was etched in 3 vol.% TMAH for 25 min and then anodized for 20 min, is extremely flat and lies between 3.67% and 6.15% in the wavelength range from 400 to 1040 nm. In addition, for a short anodizing time, a slight increase in the effective carrier lifetime is observed. Our results indicate that PS layers formed on a TMAH textured surface for a short anodization treatment can be used as both broadband antireflection coatings and passivation layers for the application in solar cells. (semiconductor technology)

  1. Optical and electrical properties of porous silicon layer formed on the textured surface by electrochemical etching

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    Weiying, Ou; Lei, Zhao; Hongwei, Diao; Jun, Zhang; Wenjing, Wang

    2011-05-01

    Porous silicon (PS) layers were formed on textured crystalline silicon by electrochemical etching in HF-based electrolyte. Optical and electrical properties of the TMAH textured surfaces with PS formation are studied. Moreover, the influences of the initial structures and the anodizing time on the optical and electrical properties of the surfaces after PS formation are investigated. The results show that the TMAH textured surfaces with PS formation present a dramatic decrease in reflectance. The longer the anodizing time is, the lower the reflectance. Moreover, an initial surface with bigger pyramids achieved lower reflectance in a short wavelength range. A minimum reflectance of 3.86% at 460 nm is achieved for a short anodizing time of 2 min. Furthermore, the reflectance spectrum of the sample, which was etched in 3 vol.% TMAH for 25 min and then anodized for 20 min, is extremely flat and lies between 3.67% and 6.15% in the wavelength range from 400 to 1040 nm. In addition, for a short anodizing time, a slight increase in the effective carrier lifetime is observed. Our results indicate that PS layers formed on a TMAH textured surface for a short anodization treatment can be used as both broadband antireflection coatings and passivation layers for the application in solar cells.

  2. Aggregate stability as affected by polyacrylamide molecular weight, soil texture and water quality

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    The favorable effects of the environmentally friendly, non toxic, anionic polyacrylamide (PAM) as a soil conditioner have long been established. However, some uncertainties exist regarding the effects of PAM molecular weight (MW) on its performance as a soil amendment and the ability of PAM to penet...

  3. Effect of strontium tantalate surface texture on nickel nanoparticle dispersion by electroless deposition

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    Highlights: • Efficient short-time procedure for nickel nanoparticles dispersion by electroless. • Nanoparticles are spherical in shape with an average size of 15 nm. • Influence of surface texture on deposition temperature and time was observed. • Nickel deposition can be done below 50 °C. - Abstract: The present work studies the effect of smooth and porous texture of Sr2Ta2O7 on its surface modification with nickel nanoparticles through electroless deposition technique. The influence of temperature to control Ni nanoparticles loading amount and dispersion were analyzed. Nitrogen adsorption isotherms were used to examine surface texture characteristics. The morphology was observed by scanning electron microscopy (MEB) equipped with an energy dispersive spectrometry system (EDS), which was used to determine the amount of deposited Ni. The material with smooth texture (SMT) consists of big agglomerates of semispherical shape particles of 400 nm. Whilst the porous texture (PRT) exhibit a pore-wall formed of needles shape particles of around 200 nm in size. Results indicated that texture characteristics strongly influence the deposition reaction rate; for PRT oxide, Ni deposition can be done from 20 °C while for SMT oxide deposition begins at 40 °C. Analysis of Sr2Ta2O7 surface indicated that in both textures, Ni nanoparticles with spherical shape in the range of 10–20 nm were obtained

  4. Effect of strontium tantalate surface texture on nickel nanoparticle dispersion by electroless deposition

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    Compean-González, C.L. [Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Facultad de Ingeniería Civil, Departamento de Ecomateriales y Energía, Av. Universidad s/n, Ciudad Universitaria, San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León C.P. 66451 (Mexico); Arredondo-Torres, V.M. [Facultad de Químico Farmacobiología, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Tzintzuntzan #173, Col. Matamoros, Morelia, Michoacán C.P. 58240 (Mexico); Zarazúa-Morin, M.E. [Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Facultad de Ingeniería Civil, Departamento de Ecomateriales y Energía, Av. Universidad s/n, Ciudad Universitaria, San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León C.P. 66451 (Mexico); Figueroa-Torres, M.Z., E-mail: m.zyzlila@gmail.com [Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Facultad de Ingeniería Civil, Departamento de Ecomateriales y Energía, Av. Universidad s/n, Ciudad Universitaria, San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León C.P. 66451 (Mexico)

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • Efficient short-time procedure for nickel nanoparticles dispersion by electroless. • Nanoparticles are spherical in shape with an average size of 15 nm. • Influence of surface texture on deposition temperature and time was observed. • Nickel deposition can be done below 50 °C. - Abstract: The present work studies the effect of smooth and porous texture of Sr{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 7} on its surface modification with nickel nanoparticles through electroless deposition technique. The influence of temperature to control Ni nanoparticles loading amount and dispersion were analyzed. Nitrogen adsorption isotherms were used to examine surface texture characteristics. The morphology was observed by scanning electron microscopy (MEB) equipped with an energy dispersive spectrometry system (EDS), which was used to determine the amount of deposited Ni. The material with smooth texture (SMT) consists of big agglomerates of semispherical shape particles of 400 nm. Whilst the porous texture (PRT) exhibit a pore-wall formed of needles shape particles of around 200 nm in size. Results indicated that texture characteristics strongly influence the deposition reaction rate; for PRT oxide, Ni deposition can be done from 20 °C while for SMT oxide deposition begins at 40 °C. Analysis of Sr{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 7} surface indicated that in both textures, Ni nanoparticles with spherical shape in the range of 10–20 nm were obtained.

  5. Road surface texture and skid resistance

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    Do, Minh Tan; Cerezo, Véronique

    2015-01-01

    This paper deals with the relationship between road surface texture and skid resistance. Mechanisms underlying the tire/wet road friction are first described. Definitions of road surface irregularities scales are given. The rest of the paper is then focused on the macrotexture and microtexture scales and their respective roles in what happens at the tire/road interface. Existing methods to measure and characterize the road surface texture are presented. On the one hand, problems encountered w...

  6. Advanced measurement and analysis of surface textures produced by micro-machining processes

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    Surface texture of a part or a product has significant effects on its functionality, physical-mechanical properties and visual appearance. In particular for miniature products, the implication of surface quality becomes critical owing to the presence of geometrical features with micro/nano-scale dimensions. Qualitative and quantitative assessments of surface texture are carried out predominantly by profile parameters, which are often insufficient to address the contribution of constituent spatial components with varied amplitudes and wavelengths. In this context, this article presents a novel approach for advanced measurement and analysis of profile average roughness (Ra) and its spatial distribution at different wavelength intervals. The applicability of the proposed approach was verified for three different surface topographies prepared by grinding, laser micro-polishing and micro-milling processes. From the measurement and analysis results, Ra(λ) spatial distribution was found to be an effective measure of revealing the contributions of various spatial components within specific wavelength intervals towards formation of the entire surface profile. In addition, the approach was extended to the measurement and analysis of areal average roughness Sa(λ) spatial distribution within different wavelength intervals. Besides, the proposed method was demonstrated to be a useful technique in developing a functional correlation between a manufacturing process and its corresponding surface profile. (paper)

  7. Holographic measurement of wall stress distribution and 3D flow over a surface textured by microfibers

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    Bocanegra, Humberto; Gorumlu, Seder; Aksak, Burak; Castillo, Luciano; Sheng, Jian

    2015-11-01

    Understanding how fluid flow interacts with micro-textured surfaces is crucial for a broad range of key biological processes and engineering applications including particle dispersion, pathogenic infections, and drag manipulation by surface topology. Existing methods, such as μPIV, suffers from low spatial resolution and fail to track tracer particle motion very close to a rough surface and within roughness elements. In this paper, we present a technique that combines high speed digital holographic microscopy (DHM) with a correlation based de-noising algorithm to overcome the optical interference generated by surface roughness and to capture a large number of 3D particle trajectories. It allows us to obtain a 3D velocity field with an uncertainty of 0.01% and 2D wall shear stress distribution at the resolution of ~ 65 μPa. Applying the technique to a microfluidics with a surface textured by microfibers, we find that the flow is three-dimensional and complex. While the microfibers affect the velocity flow field locally, their presence is felt globally in terms of wall shear stresses. The study of effect of microfiber patterns and flow characteristics on skin frictions are ongoing and will be reported.

  8. Control and characterization of textured, hydrophobic ionomer surfaces

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    Wang, Xueyuan

    Polymer thin films are of increasing interest in many industrial and technological applications. Superhydrophobic, self-cleaning surfaces have attracted a lot of attention for their application in self-cleaning, anti-sticking coatings, stain resistance, or anti-contamination surfaces in diverse technologies, including medical, transportation, textiles, electronics and paints. This thesis focuses on the preparation of nanometer to micrometer-size particle textured surfaces which are desirable for super water repellency. Textured surfaces consisting of nanometer to micrometer-sized lightly sulfonated polystyrene ionomer (SPS) particles were prepared by rapid evaporation of the solvent from a dilute polymer solution cast onto silica. The effect of the solvent used to spin coat the film, the molecular weight of the ionomer, and the rate of solvent evaporation were investigated. The nano-particle or micron-particle textured ionomer surfaces were prepared by either spin coating or solution casting ionomer solutions at controlled evaporation rates. The surface morphologies were consistent with a spinodal decomposition mechanism where the surface first existed as a percolated-like structure and then ripened into droplets if molecular mobility was retained for sufficient time. The SPS particles or particle aggregates were robust and resisted deformation even after annealing at 120°C for one week. The water contact angles on as-prepared surfaces were relatively low, ~ 90° since the polar groups in ionomer reduce the surface hydrophobicity. After chemical vapor deposition of 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorooctyltrichlorosilane, the surface contact angles increased to ~ 109° on smooth surfaces and ~140° on the textured surfaces. Water droplets stuck to these surfaces even when tilted 90 degrees. Superhydrophobic surfaces were prepared by spraying coating ionomer solutions and Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) of 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorooctyltrichlorosilane onto textured surfaces. The

  9. Road surface texture and skid resistance

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    Do, Minh-Tan; Cerezo, Veronique

    2015-12-01

    This paper deals with the relationship between road surface texture and skid resistance. Mechanisms underlying the tire/wet road friction are first described. Definitions of road surface irregularities scales are given. The rest of the paper is then focused on the macrotexture and microtexture scales and their respective roles in what happens at the tire/road interface. Existing methods to measure and characterize the road surface texture are presented. On the one hand, problems encountered when using sensors developed for machined surfaces for the measurement of road surface profiles or cartographies are discussed. On the other hand, potential improvements when applying characterization methods developed for machined surfaces to road surfaces are highlighted. The paper presents finally modeling approaches to calculate friction forces from road surface texture. The generalized form of the models is presented from which terms related respectively to the macrotexture and the microtexture are identified. Approaches used to calculate these terms, integrating eventually other variables, are presented.

  10. Surface Texture

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    2005-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site] Context image for PIA03191 Surface Texture Now that all the frost is gone, the south polar region is exhibiting more than just layering and surface markings. As this image shows, the polar surface is not smooth at this resolution. Image information: VIS instrument. Latitude 85.9S, Longitude 192.5E. 17 meter/pixel resolution. Note: this THEMIS visual image has not been radiometrically nor geometrically calibrated for this preliminary release. An empirical correction has been performed to remove instrumental effects. A linear shift has been applied in the cross-track and down-track direction to approximate spacecraft and planetary motion. Fully calibrated and geometrically projected images will be released through the Planetary Data System in accordance with Project policies at a later time. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS investigation is led by Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the Odyssey project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

  11. Analysis of Human Gaze Interactions with Texture and Shape

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    Filip, Jiří; Vácha, Pavel; Haindl, Michal

    Berlin: Springer, 2012, s. 160-171. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 7252). ISBN 978-3-642-32435-2. ISSN 0302-9743. [MUSCLE. Pisa (IT), 13.12.2011-15.12.2011] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA102/08/0593; GA ČR GAP103/11/0335 Grant ostatní: EC(BE) ERG 239294; CESNET(CZ) 387/2010; CESNET(CZ) 409/2011 Keywords : texture * shape * human gaze * perception * psychophysics Subject RIV: BD - Theory of Information http://library.utia.cas.cz/separaty/2012/RO/filip-analysis of human gaze interactions with texture and shape.pdf

  12. Evolution of texture and microstructure in pulsed electro-deposited Cu treated by Surface Mechanical Attrition Treatment (SMAT)

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    This paper presents the microstructure and texture evolution in pulsed electro-deposited copper samples and the additional effect of the Surface Mechanical Attrition Treatment (SMAT), which were analyzed by means of electron backscattering and X-ray diffractions. A transition in the microstructure was observed as the thickness of the deposit increased: from randomly oriented equiaxed (3D) nanograins at the beginning of the deposition process towards elongated (2D) nanograins having a strong fibre texture. Meanwhile, the SMAT treatment is shown to randomize the strong texture of the electrodeposits.

  13. Texture development and anisotropic behaviour in a Ti-45Ni-5Cu (AT.%) shape memory alloy

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    Zhao, Lie

    1997-01-01

    The objective of this work was to determine the relationship between texture development and anisotropy of shape memory properties. A commercial Ti-45Ni-5Cu (at.%) shape memory alloy was selected. Textures were developed by controlling rolling parameters, such as rolling temperature, intermediate annealing temperature, thickness reduction and annealing temperature. The anisotropy of shape memory properties, in particular the transformation strain, was measured by tensile and thermal cyclic te...

  14. Study on the Microstructure and Texture of 3003 Aluminum Sheets Rolled by Laser-Textured Roll

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    Huajun Zhang; Zesheng Ji; Chunbo Cai; Guojun Wang

    2009-01-01

    In order to improve the surface quality and formability of 3003 aluminum alloy sheet, laser-textured rolls are used in cold rolling. The influences of the cold rolling procedures with conventional and laser-textured rolls on the evolution of microstructure and texture were studied by the means of microstructural observations and X-ray texture analysis. Experimental results show that the microstructures are similar besides the samples rolled with laser-textured rolls containing a relatively la...

  15. Slow Relaxation of Shape and Orientational Texture in Membrane Gel Domains.

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    Jeppesen, Jonas Camillus; Solovyeva, Vita; Brewer, Jonathan R; Johannes, Ludger; Hansen, Per Lyngs; Simonsen, Adam Cohen

    2015-11-24

    Gel domains in lipid bilayers are structurally more complex than fluid domains. Growth dynamics can lead to noncircular domains with a heterogeneous orientational texture. Most model membrane studies involving gel domain morphology and lateral organization assume the domains to be static. Here we show that rosette shaped gel domains, with heterogeneous orientational texture and a central topological defect, after early stage growth, undergo slow relaxation. On a time scale of days to weeks domains converge to circular shapes and approach uniform texture. 1,2-Dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC) enriched gel domains are grown by cooling 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DOPC):DPPC bilayers into the solid-liquid phase coexistence region and are visualized with fluorescence microscopy. The relaxation of individual domains is quantified through image analysis of time-lapse image series. We find a shape relaxation mechanism which is inconsistent with Ostwald ripening and coalescence as observed in membrane systems with coexisting liquid phases. Moreover, domain texture changes in parallel with the changes in domain shape, and selective melting and growth of particular subdomains cause the texture to become more uniform. We propose a relaxation mechanism based on relocation of lipids from high-energy lattice positions, through evaporation-condensation and edge diffusion, to low-energy positions. The relaxation process is modified significantly by binding Shiga toxin, a bacterial toxin from Shigella dysenteriae, to the membrane surface. Binding alters the equilibrium shape of the gel domains from circular to eroded rosettes with disjointed subdomains. This observation may be explained by edge diffusion while evaporation-condensation is restricted, and it provides further support for the proposed overall relaxation mechanism. PMID:26501924

  16. Improving efficiency of silicon heterojunction solar cells by surface texturing of silicon wafers using tetramethylammonium hydroxide

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    Wang, Liguo; Wang, Fengyou; Zhang, Xiaodan; Wang, Ning; Jiang, Yuanjian; Hao, Qiuyan; Zhao, Ying

    2014-12-01

    Texturing of silicon surfaces is an effective method for improving the efficiency of silicon solar cells. Etching by using tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH) is more attractive than other texturing processes because TMAH is non-toxic, and high-quality anisotropic features can be realized without any metal ion contaminants. In this study, TMAH texturing conditions are varied to optimize the surface morphology of silicon wafers. Excellent optical properties are obtained. This is because of the formation of pyramidal structures with different random sizes but uniform shapes; in fact, when the optimal etching conditions (2% TMAH, 10% isopropyl alcohol (IPA) at 80 °C) are used, the reflectance is only 10.7%. In comparison with NaOH texturing, the TMAH process described here yields smaller pyramids with smoother (111) facets, leading to improved performance in silicon heterojunction solar cells, with a conversion efficiency of 17.8%.

  17. Laser surface texturing of tool steel: textured surfaces quality evaluation

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    Šugár, Peter; Šugárová, Jana; Frnčík, Martin

    2016-05-01

    In this experimental investigation the laser surface texturing of tool steel of type 90MnCrV8 has been conducted. The 5-axis highly dynamic laser precision machining centre Lasertec 80 Shape equipped with the nano-second pulsed ytterbium fibre laser and CNC system Siemens 840 D was used. The planar and spherical surfaces first prepared by turning have been textured. The regular array of spherical and ellipsoidal dimples with a different dimensions and different surface density has been created. Laser surface texturing has been realized under different combinations of process parameters: pulse frequency, pulse energy and laser beam scanning speed. The morphological characterization of ablated surfaces has been performed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) technique. The results show limited possibility of ns pulse fibre laser application to generate different surface structures for tribological modification of metallic materials. These structures were obtained by varying the processing conditions between surface ablation, to surface remelting. In all cases the areas of molten material and re-cast layers were observed on the bottom and walls of the dimples. Beside the influence of laser beam parameters on the machined surface quality during laser machining of regular hemispherical and elipsoidal dimple texture on parabolic and hemispherical surfaces has been studied.

  18. Friction reduction using discrete surface textures: principle and design

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    There have been many reports on the use of dimples, grooves, and other surface textures to control friction in sliding interfaces. The effectiveness of surface textures in friction reduction has been demonstrated in conformal contacts under high speed low load applications such as mechanical seals and automotive water pump seals, etc., resulting in reduced friction and longer durability. For sliding components with higher contact pressures or lower speeds, conflicting results were reported. Reasons for the inconsistency may be due to the differences in texture fabrication techniques, lack of dimple size and shape uniformity, and different tester used. This paper examines the basic principles on which surface textural patterns influence friction under the three principle lubrication regimes: hydrodynamic, elastohydrodynamic, and boundary lubrication regimes. Our findings suggest that each regime requires specific dimple size, shape, depth, and areal density to achieve friction reduction. Control experiments were also conducted to explore mechanisms of friction reduction. The dimple geometric shape and the dimple's orientation with respect to the sliding direction influence friction significantly. The underlying mechanisms for friction control via textures are discussed. (paper)

  19. Stabilization of Leidenfrost vapour layer by textured superhydrophobic surfaces

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    Vakarelski, Ivan Uriev

    2012-09-12

    In 1756, Leidenfrost observed that water drops skittered on a sufficiently hot skillet, owing to levitation by an evaporative vapour film. Such films are stable only when the hot surface is above a critical temperature, and are a central phenomenon in boiling. In this so-called Leidenfrost regime, the low thermal conductivity of the vapour layer inhibits heat transfer between the hot surface and the liquid. When the temperature of the cooling surface drops below the critical temperature, the vapour film collapses and the system enters a nucleate-boiling regime, which can result in vapour explosions that are particularly detrimental in certain contexts, such as in nuclear power plants. The presence of these vapour films can also reduce liquid-solid drag. Here we show how vapour film collapse can be completely suppressed at textured superhydrophobic surfaces. At a smooth hydrophobic surface, the vapour film still collapses on cooling, albeit at a reduced critical temperature, and the system switches explosively to nucleate boiling. In contrast, at textured, superhydrophobic surfaces, the vapour layer gradually relaxes until the surface is completely cooled, without exhibiting a nucleate-boiling phase. This result demonstrates that topological texture on superhydrophobic materials is critical in stabilizing the vapour layer and thus in controlling-by heat transfer-the liquid-gas phase transition at hot surfaces. This concept can potentially be applied to control other phase transitions, such as ice or frost formation, and to the design of low-drag surfaces at which the vapour phase is stabilized in the grooves of textures without heating. © 2012 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.

  20. The effect of mineralogy, texture and mechanical properties of anti-skid and asphalt aggregates on urban dust

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    RÀisÀnen, M.; Kupiainen, K.; Tervahattu, H.

    2003-01-01

    In northern latitudes mineral dust is formed when cars use studded tyres and roads are sanded to obtain more traction on the icy surfaces. Anti-skid and asphalt aggregates with different textural, mineralogical and mechanical properties were tested with an indoor road simulator fitted with studded and friction tyres. The particle size distribution and proportions of dust from pavement and anti-skid aggregate were analyzed using SEM-EDX. The wear on the road pavement...

  1. Large-Area Crystalline Silicon Solar Cell Using Novel Antireflective Nanoabsorber Texturing Surface by Multihollow Cathode Plasma System and Spin-On Doping

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    Utpal Gangopadhyay; Sukhendu Jana; Sayan Das

    2013-01-01

    We present 11.7% efficient p-type crystalline silicon solar cells with a nanoscale textured surface and no dielectric antireflection coating. We propose nanocrystalline-like textured surface consisting of nanocrystalline columnar structures of diameters from 50 to 100 nm and depth of about 500 nm formed by reactive-ion etching (RIE) in multihollow cathode system. This novel nano textured surface acts as an antireflective absorbing surface of c-Si abbreviate as ARNAB (antireflective nanoabsorb...

  2. Effect of Salinity, Sodicity and Soil Texture on Aggregate Stability of Semi-arid Soils

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    Soil texture, sodicity and salinity or water quality play a significant role in determining soil aggregate stability, hydraulic properties and the response of soil clays to dispersion and swelling. We studied aggregate stability from 60 samples of Israeli top soils, widely varying in clay content an...

  3. Discrepancies over the onset of surfactant monomer aggregation interpreted by fluorescence, conductivity and surface tension methods

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    1998-01-01

    Molecular probe techniques have made important contributions to the determination of microstructure of surfactant assemblies such as size, stability, micropolarity and conformation. Conductivity and surface tension were used to determine the critical aggregation concentration (cac) of polymer-surfactant complexes and the critical micellar concentration (cmc) of aqueous micellar aggregates. The results are compared with those of fluorescent techniques. Several surfactant systems were examined,...

  4. Compatibility of surface texturization and beam processing of solar cells

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    The use of beam processing, especially pulsed-laser annealing, for junction formation in silicon with texturized surfaces was thought by many to be impossible, because the rapid melting and solidification of the surface cause a rounding of the pyramids, uneven junction formation, and even punch-through of the junction in some areas. Early work by Spire Corporation with e-beam annealing seemed to indicate that extensive rounding of the pyramids was unavoidable when melting occurred. More recently, early attempts at excimer laser annealing of ion-implanted texturized surfaces gave disappointing results. Nevertheless, the recent success of Spire in obtaining 18% AM1 solar cells on texturized surfaces convinced the authors that they should make a more careful study of the compatibility of texturization and beam processing. They report here on the present status of this study

  5. Aggregate breakdown and surface seal development influenced by rain intensity, slope gradient and soil particle size

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    S. Arjmand Sajjadi

    2014-12-01

    Dmax 4.75 mm were in the finest size classes of 0.02 and 0.043 mm, respectively for all slope gradients and rain intensities. The soil containing finer aggregates exhibited higher transportability of pre-detached material than the soil containing larger aggregates. Also, IR increased with increasing slope gradient, rain intensity and aggregate size under unsteady state conditions because of less development of surface seal. But under steady state conditions, no significant relationship was found between slope and IR. The finding of this study revealed the importance of rain intensity, slope steepness and soil aggregate size on aggregate breakdown and seal formation, which can control infiltration rate and the consequent runoff and erosion rates.

  6. Discrepancies over the onset of surfactant monomer aggregation interpreted by fluorescence, conductivity and surface tension methods

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    Maria de Fátima Carvalho Costa

    1998-06-01

    Full Text Available Molecular probe techniques have made important contributions to the determination of microstructure of surfactant assemblies such as size, stability, micropolarity and conformation. Conductivity and surface tension were used to determine the critical aggregation concentration (cac of polymer-surfactant complexes and the critical micellar concentration (cmc of aqueous micellar aggregates. The results are compared with those of fluorescent techniques. Several surfactant systems were examined, 1-butanol-sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS mixtures, solutions containing poly(ethylene oxide-SDS, poly(vinylpyrrolidone-SDS and poly(acrylic acid-alkyltrimethylammonium bromide complexes. We found differences between the cac and cmc values obtained by conductivity or surface tension and those obtained by techniques which use hydrophobic probe.

  7. Staphylococcus epidermidis adhesion on hydrophobic and hydrophilic textured biomaterial surfaces

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    It is of great interest to use nano- or micro-structured surfaces to inhibit microbial adhesion and biofilm formation and thereby to prevent biomaterial-associated infection, without modification of the surface chemistry or bulk properties of the materials and without use of the drugs. Our previous study showed that a submicron textured polyurethane surface can inhibit staphylococcal bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation. To further understand the effect of the geometry of textures on bacterial adhesion as well as the underlying mechanism, in this study, submicron and micron textured polyurethane surfaces featuring ordered arrays of pillars were fabricated and modified to have different wettabilities. All the textured surfaces were originally hydrophobic and showed significant reductions in Staphylococcus epidermidis RP62A adhesion in phosphate buffered saline or 25% platelet poor plasma solutions under shear, as compared to smooth surfaces. After being subjected to an air glow discharge plasma treatment, all polyurethane surfaces were modified to hydrophilic, and reductions in bacterial adhesion on surfaces were subsequently found to be dependent on the size of the patterns. The submicron patterned surfaces reduced bacterial adhesion, while the micron patterned surfaces led to increased bacterial adhesion. The extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) from the S. epidermidis cell surfaces were extracted and purified, and were coated on a glass colloidal surface so that the adhesion force and separation energy in interactions of the EPS and the surface could be measured by colloidal probe atomic force microscopy. These results were consistent with the bacterial adhesion observations. Overall, the data suggest that the increased surface hydrophobicity and the decreased availability of the contact area contributes to a reduction in bacterial adhesion to the hydrophobic textured surfaces, while the availability of the contact area is the primary determinant factor

  8. Liquid drop splashing on smooth, rough and textured surfaces

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    Xu, Lei

    2007-01-01

    Splashing occurs when a liquid drop hits a dry solid surface at high velocity. This paper reports experimental studies of how the splash depends on the roughness and the texture of the surfaces as well as the viscosity of the liquid. For smooth surfaces, there is a "corona" splash caused by the presence of air surrounding the drop. There are several regimes that occur as the velocity and liquid viscosity are varied. There is also a "prompt" splash that depends on the roughness and texture of the surfaces. A measurement of the size distribution of the ejected droplets is sensitive to the surface roughness. For a textured surface in which pillars are arranged in a square lattice, experiment shows that the splashing has a four-fold symmetry. The splash occurs predominantly along the diagonal directions. In this geometry, two factors affect splashing the most: the pillar height and spacing between pillars.

  9. Texture and recrystallization on ground surfaces of hafnia

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    The texture in X-ray diffraction patterns of polycrystalline monoclinic hafnia after surface grinding and annealing has been examined and compared to that expected from ferroelastic twinning. The changes in relative peak intensity were consistent with textures expected for twinning. Examination by TEM verified with presence of twins just below the ground surface. At the ground surface, recrystallization was observed at temperatures as low as 450 degrees C. The results support the proposal that similar changes in XRD patterns observed in surface-ground zirconia materials are due partly to ferroelastic domain switching

  10. Color and texture of low-calorie peanuts as affected by a new oil extraction process named "Mechanical Expression Preserving Shape Integrity" (MEPSI).

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    Nader, Joelle; Afif, Charbel; Louka, Nicolas

    2016-03-01

    The current healthy life style pushed to develop and implement a novel efficient defatting process of high quality called "Mechanical Expression Preserving Shape Integrity" that conserved the sensory, color, textural, morphological and acceptability of partially defatted roasted peanuts. In this study, Response Surface Methodology was used to investigate the best extraction parameters (initial water content, pressure and pressing duration) based on the highest Color Consumer Evaluation scores, the best colorimetric parameters (L*, a*, b*, ΔE*) and the most appealing textural attributes (Fracturability, First Fracture Work Done, First Fracture Percentage of Deformation, Rupture Force, Percentage of Deformation at Rupture). Experimental results showed that defatting promotes a lighter and neutral grain color, higher fracturability and rupture force as well as higher deformation strength. Aiming to retain most of the colorimetric and textural properties after defatting and roasting, it was found that peanuts should be hydrated to 7 % d.b. and treated at 4.74 MPa for 14.22 min. PMID:27570290

  11. Friction behavior of nano-textured polyimide surfaces measured by AFM colloidal probe

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    Zhang, Xiaoliang [College of Equipment Manufacturing, Hebei University of Engineering, Handan 056038 (China); State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Wu, Chunxia; Che, Hongwei; Hou, Junxian [College of Equipment Manufacturing, Hebei University of Engineering, Handan 056038 (China); Jia, Junhong, E-mail: jhjia@licp.cas.cn [State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2014-11-30

    Highlights: • Flat PI film and nano-textured PI film were prepared by spin-coating process. • The nano-textured PI surface has effectively reduced the adhesion and friction. • Friction increased with the increasing of contact area and adhesion. • The growth rate of friction decreased with the increasing of applied load. - Abstract: Flat polyimide (PI) film and silicon dioxide nanoparticle-textured PI film were prepared by means of the spin-coating technique. The adhesion and friction properties of the flat PI surface and nano-textured PI surface were investigated by a series of Atomic force microscope (AFM) colloidal probes. Experimental results revealed that the nano-textured PI surface can significantly reduce the adhesive force and friction force, compared with the flat PI surface. The main reason is that the nano-textures can reduce the contact area between the sample surface and colloidal probe. The effect of colloidal probe size on the friction behavior of the flat and nano-textured PI surfaces was evaluated. The adhesive force and friction force of nano-textured PI surface were increased with the increasing of the size of interacting pairs (AFM colloidal probe) due to the increased contact area. Moreover, the friction forces of flat and nano-textured PI surfaces were increased with applied load and sliding velocity.

  12. Friction behavior of nano-textured polyimide surfaces measured by AFM colloidal probe

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    Highlights: • Flat PI film and nano-textured PI film were prepared by spin-coating process. • The nano-textured PI surface has effectively reduced the adhesion and friction. • Friction increased with the increasing of contact area and adhesion. • The growth rate of friction decreased with the increasing of applied load. - Abstract: Flat polyimide (PI) film and silicon dioxide nanoparticle-textured PI film were prepared by means of the spin-coating technique. The adhesion and friction properties of the flat PI surface and nano-textured PI surface were investigated by a series of Atomic force microscope (AFM) colloidal probes. Experimental results revealed that the nano-textured PI surface can significantly reduce the adhesive force and friction force, compared with the flat PI surface. The main reason is that the nano-textures can reduce the contact area between the sample surface and colloidal probe. The effect of colloidal probe size on the friction behavior of the flat and nano-textured PI surfaces was evaluated. The adhesive force and friction force of nano-textured PI surface were increased with the increasing of the size of interacting pairs (AFM colloidal probe) due to the increased contact area. Moreover, the friction forces of flat and nano-textured PI surfaces were increased with applied load and sliding velocity

  13. Effects of Texture Component Orientation on Orientation Flow Visibility for 3-D Shape Perception

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    Michelle L Fowler; Andrea Li

    2013-01-01

    In images of textured 3-D surfaces, orientation flows created by the texture components parallel to the surface slant play a critical role in conveying the surface slant and shape. This study examines the visibility of these orientation flows in complex patterns. Specifically, we examine the effect of orientation of neighboring texture components on orientation flow visibility. Complex plaids consisting of gratings equally spaced in orientation were mapped onto planar and curved surfaces. The...

  14. Surface parametrization and shape description

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    Brechbuehler, Christian; Gerig, Guido; Kuebler, Olaf

    1992-09-01

    Procedures for the parameterization and description of the surface of simply connected 3-D objects are presented. Critical issues for shape-based categorization and comparison of 3-D objects are addressed, which are generality with respect to object complexity, invariance to standard transformations, and descriptive power in terms of object geometry. Starting from segmented volume data, a relational data structure describing the adjacency of local surface elements is generated. The representation is used to parametrize the surface by defining a continuous, one-to-one mapping from the surface of the original object to the surface of a unit sphere. The mapping is constrained by two requirements, minimization of distortions and preservation of area. The former is formulated as the goal function of a nonlinear optimization problem and the latter as its constraints. Practicable starting values are obtained by an initial mapping based on a heat conduction model. In contract to earlier approaches, the novel parameterization method provides a mapping of arbitrarily shaped simply connected objects, i.e., it performs an unfolding of convoluted surface structures. This global parameterization allows the systematical scanning of the object surface by the variation of two parameters. As one possible approach to shape analysis, it enables us to expand the object surface into a series of spherical harmonic functions, extending the concept of elliptical Fourier descriptors for 2-D closed curves. The novel parameterization overcomes the traditional limitations of expressing an object surface in polar coordinates, which restricts such descriptions to star-shaped objects. The numerical coefficients in the Fourier series form an object-centered, surface-oriented descriptor of the object''s form. Rotating the coefficients in parameter space and object space puts the object into a standard position and yields a spherical harmonic descriptor which is invariant to translations, rotations

  15. Texture development and slip systems in bridgmanite and bridgmanite + ferropericlase aggregates

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    Miyagi, L.; Wenk, H.-R.

    2016-06-01

    Bridgmanite (Mg,Fe)SiO3 and ferropericlase (Mg,Fe)O are the most abundant phases in the lower mantle and localized regions of the D″ layer just above the core mantle boundary. Seismic anisotropy is observed near subduction zones at the top of the lower mantle and in the D″ region. One source of anisotropy is dislocation glide and associated texture (crystallographic preferred orientation) development. Thus, in order to interpret seismic anisotropy, it is important to understand texture development and slip system activities in bridgmanite and bridgmanite + ferropericlase aggregates. Here we report on in situ texture development in bridgmanite and bridgmanite + ferropericlase aggregates deformed in the diamond anvil cell up to 61 GPa. When bridgmanite is synthesized from enstatite, it exhibits a strong (4.2 m.r.d.) 001 transformation texture due to a structural relationship with the precursor enstatite phase. When bridgmanite + ferropericlase are synthesized from olivine or ringwoodite, bridgmanite exhibits a relatively weak 100 transformation texture (1.2 and 1.6 m.r.d., respectively). This is likely due to minimization of elastic strain energy as a result of Young's modulus anisotropy. In bridgmanite, 001 deformation textures are observed at pressures 55 GPa a change in texture to a 100 maximum is observed, consistent with slip on the (100) plane. Ferropericlase, when deformed with bridgmanite, does not develop a coherent texture. This is likely due to strain heterogeneity within the softer ferropericlase grains. Thus, it is plausible that ferropericlase is not a significant source of anisotropy in the lower mantle.

  16. Holographic microscopy and microfluidics platform for measuring wall stress and 3D flow over surfaces textured by micro-pillars.

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    Bocanegra Evans, Humberto; Gorumlu, Serdar; Aksak, Burak; Castillo, Luciano; Sheng, Jian

    2016-01-01

    Understanding how fluid flow interacts with micro-textured surfaces is crucial for a broad range of key biological processes and engineering applications including particle dispersion, pathogenic infections, and drag manipulation by surface topology. We use high-speed digital holographic microscopy (DHM) in combination with a correlation based de-noising algorithm to overcome the optical interference generated by surface roughness and to capture a large number of 3D particle trajectories in a microfluidic channel with one surface patterned with micropillars. It allows us to obtain a 3D ensembled velocity field with an uncertainty of 0.06% and 2D wall shear stress distribution at the resolution of ~65 μPa. Contrary to laminar flow in most microfluidics, we find that the flow is three-dimensional and complex for the textured microchannel. While the micropillars affect the velocity flow field locally, their presence is felt globally in terms of wall shear stresses at the channel walls. These findings imply that micro-scale mixing and wall stress sensing/manipulation can be achieved through hydro-dynamically smooth but topologically rough micropillars. PMID:27353632

  17. Holographic microscopy and microfluidics platform for measuring wall stress and 3D flow over surfaces textured by micro-pillars

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    Bocanegra Evans, Humberto; Gorumlu, Serdar; Aksak, Burak; Castillo, Luciano; Sheng, Jian

    2016-06-01

    Understanding how fluid flow interacts with micro-textured surfaces is crucial for a broad range of key biological processes and engineering applications including particle dispersion, pathogenic infections, and drag manipulation by surface topology. We use high-speed digital holographic microscopy (DHM) in combination with a correlation based de-noising algorithm to overcome the optical interference generated by surface roughness and to capture a large number of 3D particle trajectories in a microfluidic channel with one surface patterned with micropillars. It allows us to obtain a 3D ensembled velocity field with an uncertainty of 0.06% and 2D wall shear stress distribution at the resolution of ~65 μPa. Contrary to laminar flow in most microfluidics, we find that the flow is three-dimensional and complex for the textured microchannel. While the micropillars affect the velocity flow field locally, their presence is felt globally in terms of wall shear stresses at the channel walls. These findings imply that micro-scale mixing and wall stress sensing/manipulation can be achieved through hydro-dynamically smooth but topologically rough micropillars.

  18. Holographic microscopy and microfluidics platform for measuring wall stress and 3D flow over surfaces textured by micro-pillars

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    Bocanegra Evans, Humberto; Gorumlu, Serdar; Aksak, Burak; Castillo, Luciano; Sheng, Jian

    2016-01-01

    Understanding how fluid flow interacts with micro-textured surfaces is crucial for a broad range of key biological processes and engineering applications including particle dispersion, pathogenic infections, and drag manipulation by surface topology. We use high-speed digital holographic microscopy (DHM) in combination with a correlation based de-noising algorithm to overcome the optical interference generated by surface roughness and to capture a large number of 3D particle trajectories in a microfluidic channel with one surface patterned with micropillars. It allows us to obtain a 3D ensembled velocity field with an uncertainty of 0.06% and 2D wall shear stress distribution at the resolution of ~65 μPa. Contrary to laminar flow in most microfluidics, we find that the flow is three-dimensional and complex for the textured microchannel. While the micropillars affect the velocity flow field locally, their presence is felt globally in terms of wall shear stresses at the channel walls. These findings imply that micro-scale mixing and wall stress sensing/manipulation can be achieved through hydro-dynamically smooth but topologically rough micropillars. PMID:27353632

  19. Shaping the Growth Behaviour of Bacterial Aggregates in Biofilms

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    Melaugh, Gavin; Kragh, Kasper Nørskov; Irie, Yasuhiko; Roberts, Aled; Bjarnsholt, Thomas; Diggle, Steve P; Gordon, Vernita; Allen, Rosalind J

    2015-01-01

    Bacterial biofilms are usually assumed to originate from individual cells deposited on a surface. However, many biofilm-forming bacteria tend to aggregate in the planktonic phase meaning it is possible that many natural and infectious biofilms originate wholly or partially from pre-formed cell aggregates. Here, we use agent-based computer simulations to investigate the role of pre-formed aggregates in biofilm development. Focusing on the role of aggregate shape, we find that the degree of spreading of an aggregate on a surface can play a key role in determining its eventual fate during biofilm development. Specifically, initially spread aggregates perform better when competition with surrounding bacterial cells is low, while initially rounded aggregates perform better when competition is high. These contrasting outcomes are governed by a trade-off between aggregate surface area and height. Our results provide new insight into biofilm formation and development, and reveal new factors that may be at play in the...

  20. A Finger-Shaped Tactile Sensor for Fabric Surfaces Evaluation by 2-Dimensional Active Sliding Touch

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    Haihua Hu

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Sliding tactile perception is a basic function for human beings to determine the mechanical properties of object surfaces and recognize materials. Imitating this process, this paper proposes a novel finger-shaped tactile sensor based on a thin piezoelectric polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF film for surface texture measurement. A parallelogram mechanism is designed to ensure that the sensor applies a constant contact force perpendicular to the object surface, and a 2-dimensional movable mechanical structure is utilized to generate the relative motion at a certain speed between the sensor and the object surface. By controlling the 2-dimensional motion of the finger-shaped sensor along the object surface, small height/depth variation of surface texture changes the output charge of PVDF film then surface texture can be measured. In this paper, the finger-shaped tactile sensor is used to evaluate and classify five different kinds of linen. Fast Fourier Transformation (FFT is utilized to get original attribute data of surface in the frequency domain, and principal component analysis (PCA is used to compress the attribute data and extract feature information. Finally, low dimensional features are classified by Support Vector Machine (SVM. The experimental results show that this finger-shaped tactile sensor is effective and high accurate for discriminating the five textures.

  1. Perception of Object Shape and Texture in Human Newborns: Evidence from Cross-Modal Transfer Tasks

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    Sann, Coralie; Streri, Arlette

    2007-01-01

    The present research investigates newborn infants' perceptions of the shape and texture of objects through studies of the bi-directionality of cross-modal transfer between vision and touch. Using an intersensory procedure, four experiments were performed in newborns to study their ability to transfer shape and texture information from vision to…

  2. Characteristics of airborne gold aggregates generated by spark discharge and high temperature evaporation furnace: Mass-mobility relationship and surface area

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    Svensson, Christian; Ludvigsson, Linus; Meuller, Bengt; Eggersdorfer, M.L.; Deppert, Knut; Bohgard, Mats; Pagels, Joakim; Messing, Maria; Rissler, Jenny

    2015-01-01

    The properties of gas-borne aggregates are important in nano-technology and for potential health effects. Gold aggregates from three generators (one commercial and one custom built spark discharge generator and one high-temperature furnace) have been characterized. The aggregate surface areas were determined using five approaches - based on aggregation theory and/or measured aggregate properties. The characterization included mass-mobility relationships, effective densities (assessed by an Ae...

  3. Thermal emission by photonic micro-textured surfaces

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    Wan, Jones T. K.; Chan, C. T.

    2005-01-01

    Ordinary metallic photonic crystals (PCs) have photonic band gaps in which the density of states (DOS) is strongly modified. Thermal emission of photons can be suppressed and enhanced accordingly. We consider the thermal emission characteristics of a metallic photonic crystal slab with a tunable thickness which in the thick limit approaches that of a photonic crystal and in the thin limit approaches that of a textured surface. We find that a thick photonic crystal suppresses emission in a spe...

  4. Laser textured surface gradients

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    Ta, Van Duong; Dunn, Andrew; Wasley, Thomas J.; Li, Ji; Kay, Robert W.; Stringer, Jonathan; Smith, Patrick J.; Esenturk, Emre; Connaughton, Colm; Shephard, Jonathan D.

    2016-05-01

    This work demonstrates a novel technique for fabricating surfaces with roughness and wettability gradients and their subsequent applications for chemical sensors. Surface roughness gradients on brass sheets are obtained directly by nanosecond laser texturing. When these structured surfaces are exposed to air, their wettability decreases with time (up to 20 days) achieving both spatial and temporal wettability gradients. The surfaces are responsive to organic solvents. Contact angles of a series of dilute isopropanol solutions decay exponentially with concentration. In particular, a fall of 132° in contact angle is observed on a surface gradient, one order of magnitude higher than the 14° observed for the unprocessed surface, when the isopropanol concentration increased from 0 to 15.6 wt%. As the wettability changes gradually over the surface, contact angle also changes correspondingly. This effect offers multi-sensitivity at different zones on the surface and is useful for accurate measurement of chemical concentration.

  5. Adsorption of dyes by ACs prepared from waste tyre reinforcing fibre. Effect of texture, surface chemistry and pH.

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    Acevedo, Beatriz; Rocha, Raquel P; Pereira, Manuel F R; Figueiredo, José L; Barriocanal, Carmen

    2015-12-01

    This paper compares the importance of the texture and surface chemistry of waste tyre activated carbons in the adsorption of commercial dyes. The adsorption of two commercial dyes, Basic Astrazon Yellow 7GLL and Reactive Rifafix Red 3BN on activated carbons made up of reinforcing fibres from tyre waste and low-rank bituminous coal was studied. The surface chemistry of activated carbons was modified by means of HCl-HNO3 treatment in order to increase the number of functional groups. Moreover, the influence of the pH on the process was also studied, this factor being of great importance due to the amphoteric characteristics of activated carbons. The activated carbons made with reinforcing fibre and coal had the highest SBET, but the reinforcing fibre activated carbon samples had the highest mesopore volume. The texture of the activated carbons was not modified upon acid oxidation treatment, unlike their surface chemistry which underwent considerable modification. The activated carbons made with a mixture of reinforcing fibre and coal experienced the largest degree of oxidation, and so had more acid surface groups. The adsorption of reactive dye was governed by the mesoporous volume, whilst surface chemistry played only a secondary role. However, the surface chemistry of the activated carbons and dispersive interactions played a key role in the adsorption of the basic dye. The adsorption of the reactive dye was more favored in a solution of pH 2, whereas the basic dye was adsorbed more easily in a solution of pH 12. PMID:26295195

  6. Complex polyion-surfactant ion salts in equilibrium with water: changing aggregate shape and size by adding oil.

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    Bernardes, Juliana S; Norrman, Jens; Piculell, Lennart; Loh, Watson

    2006-11-23

    The phase behavior of ternary mixtures containing an alkyltrimethylammonium polyacrylate complex salt, water, and a nonpolar "oil" (n-decanol, p-xylene or cyclohexane) is investigated. The complex salts were prepared with short or long polyacrylates (30 or 6000 repeating units) and with hexadecyltrimethylammonium or dodecyltrimethylammonium surfactant ions. Phase diagrams and structures were determined by visual inspection and small-angle X-ray scattering analyses. Systems containing decanol display a predominance of lamellar phases, while hexagonal phases prevail in systems containing p-xylene or cyclohexane. The difference is interpreted as a result of the different locations of the oils within the surfactant aggregates. Decanol is incorporated at the aggregate interface, leading to a decrease in its curvature, which favors the appearance of lamellar structures. p-Xylene and cyclohexane, on the other hand, are mostly incorporated in the interior of the cylindrical aggregate, as reflected by its swelling as the oil content increases. The comparison of these results with those reported for similar systems with monovalent (bromide) counterions indicates a much more limited swelling of the lamellar phases with polymeric counterions by water. This limited swelling behavior is predominantly ascribed to bridging due to the polyions. PMID:17107195

  7. CMB Anisotropies by Collapsing Textures

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    Sousa, Kepa; Urrestilla, Jon

    2013-01-01

    CMB photons passing through a collapsing texture knot receive an energy shift, creating characteristic cold and hot spots on the sky. We calculate the anisotropy pattern produced by collapsing texture knots of arbitrary shape. The texture dynamics are solved numerically on a Minkowski background.

  8. Synergistic Effect of Superhydrophobicity and Oxidized Layers on Corrosion Resistance of Aluminum Alloy Surface Textured by Nanosecond Laser Treatment.

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    Boinovich, Ludmila B; Emelyanenko, Alexandre M; Modestov, Alexander D; Domantovsky, Alexandr G; Emelyanenko, Kirill A

    2015-09-01

    We report a new efficient method for fabricating a superhydrophobic oxidized surface of aluminum alloys with enhanced resistance to pitting corrosion in sodium chloride solutions. The developed coatings are considered very prospective materials for the automotive industry, shipbuilding, aviation, construction, and medicine. The method is based on nanosecond laser treatment of the surface followed by chemisorption of a hydrophobic agent to achieve the superhydrophobic state of the alloy surface. We have shown that the surface texturing used to fabricate multimodal roughness of the surface may be simultaneously used for modifying the physicochemical properties of the thick surface layer of the substrate itself. Electrochemical and wetting experiments demonstrated that the superhydrophobic state of the metal surface inhibits corrosion processes in chloride solutions for a few days. However, during long-term contact of a superhydrophobic coating with a solution, the wetted area of the coating is subjected to corrosion processes due to the formation of defects. In contrast, the combination of an oxide layer with good barrier properties and the superhydrophobic state of the coating provides remarkable corrosion resistance. The mechanisms for enhancing corrosion protective properties are discussed. PMID:26271017

  9. Surface classification and detection of latent fingerprints based on 3D surface texture parameters

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    Gruhn, Stefan; Fischer, Robert; Vielhauer, Claus

    2012-06-01

    In the field of latent fingerprint detection in crime scene forensics the classification of surfaces has importance. A new method for the scientific analysis of image based information for forensic science was investigated in the last years. Our image acquisition based on a sensor using Chromatic White Light (CWL) with a lateral resolution up to 2 μm. The used FRT-MicroProf 200 CWL 600 measurement device is able to capture high-resolution intensity and topography images in an optical and contact-less way. In prior work, we have suggested to use 2D surface texture parameters to classify various materials, which was a novel approach in the field of criminalistic forensic using knowledge from surface appearance and a chromatic white light sensor. A meaningful and useful classification of different crime scene specific surfaces is not existent. In this work, we want to extend such considerations by the usage of fourteen 3D surface parameters, called 'Birmingham 14'. In our experiment we define these surface texture parameters and use them to classify ten different materials in this test set-up and create specific material classes. Further it is shown in first experiments, that some surface texture parameters are sensitive to separate fingerprints from carrier surfaces. So far, the use of surface roughness is mainly known within the framework of material quality control. The analysis and classification of the captured 3D-topography images from crime scenes is important for the adaptive preprocessing depending on the surface texture. The adaptive preprocessing in dependency of surface classification is necessary for precise detection because of the wide variety of surface textures. We perform a preliminary study in usage of these 3D surface texture parameters as feature for the fingerprint detection. In combination with a reference sample we show that surface texture parameters can be an indication for a fingerprint and can be a feature in latent fingerprint detection.

  10. Knowledge modeling for specifications and verification in areal surface texture

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    Qi, Qunfen; Jiang, Xiangqian; Scott, Paul J.

    2012-01-01

    The 25178 series of standards in areal surface texture covers terms and definitions for specification and verification operators and is being developed by work group (WG) 16 in the International Standards Organization (ISO) TC 213. As there are many innovative concepts and definitions included in these standards, it is often considered difficult for mechanical engineers to comprehend and for computing engineers to apply in computing science. This paper presents the utilization of category the...

  11. Modification of surface texture by grinding and polishing lead zirconate titanate ceramics

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    This paper reports that grinding and polishing affected the orientation of 90 degrees domains at the surface of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics. This was quantified by using changes in the intensity ratio of the (002) and (200) X-ray reflections. Grinding unpoled PZT with 600-grit SiC paper gave X-ray intensity ratios similar to those of poled material. This implies that 90 degrees domain realignments had occurred in the near surface region probed by the X-rays. Grinding poled samples with 600-grit SiC further increased the X-ray intensity ratio beyond that caused by poling, indicating that additional surface reorientation of 90 degrees domains had occurred. The effects of diamond polishing depended on the size of the diamond particles. The use of 6-μm diamond had no effect on the (002)/(200) intensity ratio of either poled or unpoled samples, while polishing with 15- or 45-μm diamond significantly enhanced the 90 degrees domain rotation. In unpoled samples, the increase in the X-ray intensity ratio then approached that induced by poling or grinding with 600-grit SiC paper. While the observed increase in X-ray intensity ratio upon grinding is attributed to the rotation of 90 degrees domains, the simultaneous formation of 180 degrees domains appears to minimize or reduce the increase in electrical polarization

  12. Ellipsometric analysis of silicon surfaces textured by ns and sub-ps KrF laser pulses

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    Efficiency of solar cells can be enhanced by lowering their surface reflectance. A possible method to produce textured surfaces with low reflectance is by irradiating them with multiple low intensity nano-, pico- or femtosecond length laser pulses. In this study, the treatment of single crystal silicon surface by series of sub-ps and ns pulses from KrF excimer lasers was investigated. The change in surface properties was observed by spectroscopic ellipsometry, scanning electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. Spatial and temporal temperature distributions due to single laser pulse irradiations were numerically calculated and used for interpretation of experimental results. Ellipsometry and Raman spectroscopy clearly indicated that in the case of the sub-ps laser irradiation the first laser pulse caused the formation of a ∼ 15 nm thick amorphous silicon layer. In the case of the irradiation by ns laser pulses, the thickening of the top oxide layer and the appearance of a modified, less crystalline silicon layer, up to ∼ 200 nm thickness was observed. A series of ns laser pulses resulted in cycles of surface melting followed by recrystallization, which introduced partial degradation of crystalline structure. As indicated by scanning electron microscopy images and decreasing fitting quality of the ellipsometric spectra, the surface became structured after 5 and 100 laser shots in the case of sub-ps and ns length laser pulses, respectively. - Highlights: • The effects of multipulse laser irradiation of single crystal silicon were studied. • Surface changes were detected by spectroscopic ellipsometry as the main tool. • Raman spectroscopy, electron microscopy and numerical calculations were also used. • In the case of sub-ps KrF excimer laser treatment amorphous Si layer was formed. • A slightly modified crystalline layer was created in the case of ns KrF laser processing

  13. Texture descriptions of lunar surface derived from LOLA data: Kilometer-scale roughness and entropy maps

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    Li, Bo; Ling, Zongcheng; Zhang, Jiang; Chen, Jian; Wu, Zhongchen; Ni, Yuheng; Zhao, Haowei

    2015-11-01

    The lunar global texture maps of roughness and entropy are derived at kilometer scales from Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) data obtained by Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) aboard on Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft. We use statistical moments of a gray-level histogram of elevations in a neighborhood to compute the roughness and entropy value. Our texture descriptors measurements are shown in global maps at multi-sized square neighborhoods, whose length of side is 3, 5, 10, 20, 40 and 80 pixels, respectively. We found that large-scale topographical changes can only be displayed in maps with longer side of neighborhood, but the small scale global texture maps are more disorderly and unsystematic because of more complicated textures' details. Then, the frequency curves of texture maps are made out, whose shapes and distributions are changing as the spatial scales increases. Entropy frequency curve with minimum 3-pixel scale has large fluctuations and six peaks. According to this entropy curve we can classify lunar surface into maria, highlands, different parts of craters preliminarily. The most obvious textures in the middle-scale roughness and entropy maps are the two typical morphological units, smooth maria and rough highlands. For the impact crater, its roughness and entropy value are characterized by a multiple-ring structure obviously, and its different parts have different texture results. In the last, we made a 2D scatter plot between the two texture results of typical lunar maria and highlands. There are two clusters with largest dot density which are corresponded to the lunar highlands and maria separately. In the lunar mare regions (cluster A), there is a high correlation between roughness and entropy, but in the highlands (Cluster B), the entropy shows little change. This could be subjected to different geological processes of maria and highlands forming different landforms.

  14. Cooling of hot bubbles by surface texture during the boiling crisis

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    Dhillon, Navdeep; Buongiorno, Jacopo; Varanasi, Kripa

    2015-11-01

    We report the existence of maxima in critical heat flux (CHF) enhancement for pool boiling on textured hydrophilic surfaces and reveal the interaction mechanism between bubbles and surface texture that governs the boiling crisis phenomenon. Boiling is a process of fundamental importance in many engineering and industrial applications but the maximum heat flux that can be absorbed by the boiling liquid (or CHF) is limited by the boiling crisis. Enhancing the CHF of industrial boilers by surface texturing can lead to substantial energy savings and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions on a global scale. However, the fundamental mechanisms behind this enhancement are not well understood, with some previous studies indicating that CHF should increase monotonically with increasing texture density. However, using pool boiling experiments on a parametrically designed set of plain and nano-textured micropillar surfaces, we show that there is an optimum intermediate texture density that maximizes CHF and further that the length scale of this texture is of fundamental significance. Using imbibition experiments and high-speed optical and infrared imaging, we reveal the fundamental mechanisms governing the CHF enhancement maxima in boiling crisis. We acknowledge funding from the Chevron corporation.

  15. Systematic Surface Phase Transition of Ag Thin Films by Iodine Functionalization at Room Temperature: Evolution of Optoelectronic and Texture Properties.

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    Bashouti, Muhammad Y; Talebi, Razieh; Kassar, Thaer; Nahal, Arashmid; Ristein, Jürgen; Unruh, Tobias; Christiansen, Silke H

    2016-01-01

    We show a simple room temperature surface functionalization approach using iodine vapour to control a surface phase transition from cubic silver (Ag) of thin films into wurtzite silver-iodid (β-AgI) films. A combination of surface characterization techniques (optical, electronical and structural characterization) reveal distinct physical properties of the new surface phase. We discuss the AgI thin film formation dynamics and related transformation of physical properties by determining the work-function, dielectric constant and pyroelectric behavior together with morphological and structural thin film properties such as layer thickness, grain structure and texture formation. Notable results are: (i) a remarkable increase of the work-function (by 0.9 eV) of the Ag thin layer after short a iodine exposure time (≤60 s), with simultaneous increase of the thin film transparency (by two orders of magnitude), (ii) pinning of the Fermi level at the valance band maximum upon iodine functionalization, (iii) 84% of all crystallites grain were aligned as a result of the evolution of an internal electric field. Realizing a nano-scale layer stack composed of a dielectric AgI layer on top of a metallic thin Ag layer with such a simple method has some technological implications e.g. to realize optical elements such as planar optical waveguides. PMID:26899434

  16. Effects of texture component orientation on orientation flow visibility for 3-D shape perception.

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    Full Text Available In images of textured 3-D surfaces, orientation flows created by the texture components parallel to the surface slant play a critical role in conveying the surface slant and shape. This study examines the visibility of these orientation flows in complex patterns. Specifically, we examine the effect of orientation of neighboring texture components on orientation flow visibility. Complex plaids consisting of gratings equally spaced in orientation were mapped onto planar and curved surfaces. The visibility of the component that creates the orientation flows was quantified by measuring its contrast threshold (CT while varying the combination of neighboring components present in the pattern. CTs were consistently lowest only when components closest in orientation to that of the orientation flows were subtracted from the pattern. This finding suggests that a previously reported frequency-selective cross-orientation suppression mechanism involved with the perception of 3-D shape from texture is affected by proximity in orientation of concurrent texture components.

  17. 粗集料的表面微观纹理的激光测量方法及分形性质研究%Research on Measurement of Surface Micro-texture of Aggregate Using Laser and Its Fractal Character

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    张肖宁; 孙杨勇

    2011-01-01

    研制了一种采用激光三角测量技术的微距测量系统,对路面常用的花岗岩、玄武岩等粗集料的表面微观纹理进行测量,并分析了系统各种误差等干扰因素.利用MATLAB平台,采用盒子计数法对各种表面曲线及其所对应的原始数据进行分析,得出表面纹理的分形维数.测量分析系统总体抗干扰能力较强,满足粗集料微观测量要求,系统总体可靠、可行.对比研究结果表明,粗集料表面微观纹理分维数越大则其粗糙程度越复杂,越有利于提高路面抗滑性能,所选样品的玄武岩,花岗岩和卵石的表面微观纹理分维数依次减小且分维数有明显差异,符合实际应用情况,因此本测量分析方法为沥青面层石料的优选提供了新的方法和指标.%A micro-distance measurement system was developed using laser triangulation technique, the surface micro-texture of granite, basalt and other coarse aggregates commonly used on the road was measured,and the system errors were analyzed. Using MATLAB platform, the curves and their original data of various surfaces were analysised by box-counting method, and the fractal dimension of surface texture was derived.The overall anti-interference ability of the measurement system is strong and meets the requirements of coarse aggregate micro-measurement, and the overall system is reliable and feasible. Comparative results show that (1) the larger the fractal dimension of surface micro-texture of coarse aggregate, the more complex its roughness, and more help to improve road skid resistance; (2) the fractal dimensions of surface microtexture of the selected samples of basalt, granite and pebble decrease in order and the fractal dimensions are significantly different, which in line with the actual application. Therefore, this measurement method provides a new approach and indicators for the stone preferred for asphalt surface.

  18. Comparing Shape and Texture Features for Pattern Recognition in Simulation Data

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    Newsam, S; Kamath, C

    2004-12-10

    Shape and texture features have been used for some time for pattern recognition in datasets such as remote sensed imagery, medical imagery, photographs, etc. In this paper, we investigate shape and texture features for pattern recognition in simulation data. In particular, we explore which features are suitable for characterizing regions of interest in images resulting from fluid mixing simulations. Three texture features--gray level co-occurrence matrices, wavelets, and Gabor filters--and two shape features--geometric moments and the angular radial transform--are compared. The features are evaluated using a similarity retrieval framework. Our preliminary results indicate that Gabor filters perform the best among the texture features and the angular radial transform performs the best among the shape features. The feature which performs the best overall is dependent on how the groundtruth dataset is created.

  19. Content-Based Image Retrieval Using Texture Color Shape and Region

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    Syed Hamad Shirazi; Arif Iqbal Umar; Saeeda Naz; Noor ul Amin Khan; Muhammad Imran Razzak; Bandar AlHaqbani

    2016-01-01

    Interests to accurately retrieve required images from databases of digital images are growing day by day. Images are represented by certain features to facilitate accurate retrieval of the required images. These features include Texture, Color, Shape and Region. It is a hot research area and researchers have developed many techniques to use these feature for accurate retrieval of required images from the databases. In this paper we present a literature survey of the Content Based Image Retrie...

  20. Investigation of relationship between interfacial electroadhesive force and surface texture

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    A novel investigation into the relationship between the obtainable interfacial electroadhesive forces and different surface textures is presented in this paper. Different surface textures were generated then characterized based on a recognized areal-based non-contact surface texture measurement platform and procedure. An advanced electroadhesive force measurement platform and procedure were then implemented to measure the obtainable electroadhesive forces on those different surface textures. The results show that the obtained interfacial electroadhesive forces increase with decreasing Sq (root mean square height) value of the substrate surface provided that the difference in Sq between the different substrates is over 5 μm. Also, the higher the applied voltage, the larger the relative increase in electroadhesive forces observed. However, when the difference of Sq value between different substrate surfaces is below 2 μm, the obtained interfacial electroadhesive forces do not necessarily increase with decreasing Sq. Furthermore, the obtainable electroadhesive forces are not necessarily the same when the Sq value of two substrate surfaces are the same due to the fact that the direction of the surface texture plays an important role in achieving electroadhesive forces. (paper)

  1. Modification of Activated Carbon by Means of Microwave Heating and Its Effects on the Pore Texture and Surface Chemistry

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    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Two kinds of typical Activated Carbons (coal based AC and coconut shell based AC were modified in a flow of N0 gas has been carried out using a microwave device operating at 2450 MHz and different input power, instead of a conventional furnace. The samples were analyzed by means of low temperatureN0 adsorption, elemental analysis and Boehm titration. The results show that microwave heating is an effective means of activated carbon modification. The temperature of activated carbon increases rapidly under microwave heating and then gradual increase to a quasi-stationary temperature. The pore texture of activated carbon changes slightly after microwave treatment and the two activated carbons still keep rich pore structure. The oxygen functional groups decompose and evolve with the form of CO and CO2. This in turn gives rise to a significant decrease in oxygen content. These changes of oxygen contents increase as the microwave input power increases. During microwave treatment, a gradual decrease in the surface acidic functional groups is observed. More important, with the removal of the surface acidic groups, the number of the basic group increased gradually, the activated carbon with oxygen functional groups become basic properties material.

  2. Effects of laser shock peening and groove spacing on the wear behavior of non-smooth surface fabricated by laser surface texturing

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    Highlights: • Effects of groove spacing on wear resistance of non-smooth surface are studied. • Effects of LSP on the wear resistance of non-smooth surface are investigated. • Influence process of LSP on wear resistance of non-smooth surface is analyzed. - Abstract: The friction coefficient and wear resistance of non-smooth surface with different conditions are studied in this work. First, the effects of groove spacing on the friction behavior and wear resistance of the non-smooth surface are investigated. Second, the effects of massive laser shock peening (LSP) impact on the dry sliding wear performance of the non-smooth surface manufactured by laser surface texture (LST) are evaluated. In addition, the worn surfaces and typical microstructure in the top surface layer of all samples were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscope (SEM) with an EDS elemental analysis and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The influence process of groove spacing and LSP on the friction behavior and wear resistance of T9 tool steel are also analyzed and discussed

  3. Texture and Strain Measurements from Bending of NiTi Shape Memory Alloy Wires

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    Carl, Matthew; Zhang, Baozhuo; Young, Marcus L.

    2016-07-01

    Shape memory alloys (SMAs) are a new generation of materials that exhibit unique nonlinear deformations due to a phase transformation which allows the material to return to its original shape after removal of stress or a change in temperature. These unique properties are the result of a martensitic/austenitic phase transformation through the application of temperature changes or applied stress. Many technological applications of austenitic SMAs involve cyclical mechanical loading and unloading in order to take advantage of pseudoelasticity, but are limited due to poor fatigue life. In this paper, commercial pseudoelastic NiTi SMA wires (50.7 at.% Ni) were placed under different bending strains and examined using scanning electron microscopy and high-energy synchrotron radiation X-ray diffraction (SR-XRD). By observing the microstructure, phase transformation temperatures, surface texture and diffraction patterns along the wire, it is shown that the wire exhibits a strong anisotropic behavior whether on the tensile or compressive side of the bending axis and that the initiation of micro-cracks in the wires is localized on the compression side, but that crack propagation will still happen if the wire is reloaded in the opposite direction. In addition, lattice strains are examined for both the austenite and martensite phases.

  4. Assessing the shape symbolism of the taste, flavour, and texture of foods and beverages

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    Spence Charles; Ngo Mary

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Consumers reliably match a variety of tastes (bitterness, sweetness, and sourness), oral-somatosensory attributes (carbonation, oral texture, and mouth-feel), and flavours to abstract shapes varying in their angularity. For example, they typically match more rounded forms such as circles with sweet tastes and more angular shapes such as triangles and stars with bitter and/or carbonated foods and beverages. Here, we suggest that such shape symbolic associations could be, and in some c...

  5. Evolution of road-surface skid-resistance and texture due to polishing

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    Do, Minh Tan; TANG, Zhen Zhong; Kane, Malal; De Larrard, François

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, works are conducted to have a better understanding of the evolution of the road-surface texture due to traffic polishing. Examples are shown for two aggregates having respectively low and high -polishing-resistances. Surface profiles measured at different polishing stages are analyzed. Roughness parameters characterizing asperity height and sharpness are calculated and their evolution is compared with the friction evolution.

  6. Sign Language Video Segmentation with Level Sets Fusing Color, Texture, Boundary and Shape Features

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a new and improved concept for segmenting gestures of sign language. The algorithm presented extracts signs from video sequences under various non static backgrounds. The signs are segmented which are normally hands and head of the signing person by minimizing the energy function of the level set fused by various image characteristics such as colour, texture, boundary and shape information. From RGB color video three color planes are extracted and one color plane is used based on the contrasting environments presented by the video background. Texture edge map provides spatial information which makes the color features more distinctive for video segmentation. The boundary features are extracted by forming image edge map form the existing color and texture features. The shape of the sign is calculated dynamically and is made adaptive to each video frame for segmentation of occlude objects. The energy minimization is achieved using level sets. Experiments show that our approach provides excellent segmentation on signer videos for different signs under robust environments such as diverse backgrounds, sundry illumination and different signers.

  7. Differential survival of solitary and aggregated bacterial cells promotes aggregate formation on leaf surfaces

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    Monier, J.-M.; Lindow, S. E.

    2003-01-01

    The survival of individual Pseudomonas syringae cells was determined on bean leaf surfaces maintained under humid conditions or periodically exposed to desiccation stress. Cells of P. syringae strain B728a harboring a GFP marker gene were visualized by epifluorescence microscopy, either directly in situ or after recovery from leaves, and dead cells were identified as those that were stained with propidium iodide in such populations. Under moist, conducive conditions on plants, the proportion of total live cells was always high, irrespective of their aggregated state. In contrast, the proportion of the total cells that remained alive on leaves that were periodically exposed to desiccation stress decreased through time and was only ≈15% after 5 days. However, the fraction of cells in large aggregates that were alive on such plants in both condition was much higher than more solitary cells. Immediately after inoculation, cells were randomly distributed over the leaf surface and no aggregates were observed. However, a very aggregated pattern of colonization was apparent within 7 days, and >90% of the living cells were located in aggregates of 100 cells or more. Our results strongly suggest that, although conducive conditions favor aggregate formation, such cells are much more capable of tolerating environmental stresses, and the preferential survival of cells in aggregates promotes a highly clustered spatial distribution of bacteria on leaf surfaces. PMID:14665692

  8. Simulation studies on shape and growth kinetics for fractal aggregates in aerosol and colloidal systems

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    Heinson, William Raymond

    The aim of this work is to explore, using computational techniques that simulate the motion and subsequent aggregation of particles in aerosol and colloidal systems, many common but not well studied systems that form fractal clusters. Primarily the focus is on cluster shape and growth kinetics. The structure of clusters made under diffusion limited cluster-cluster aggregation (DLCA) is looked at. More specifically, the shape anisotropy is found to have an inverse relationship on the scaling prefactor k0 and have no effect on the fractal dimension Df . An analytical model that predicts the shape and fractal dimension of diffusion limited cluster-cluster aggregates is tested and successfully predicts cluster shape and dimensionality. Growth kinetics of cluster-cluster aggregation in the free molecular regime where the system starts with ballistic motion and then transitions to diffusive motion as the aggregates grow in size is studied. It is shown that the kinetic exponent will crossover from the ballistic to the diffusional values and the onset of this crossover is predicted by when the nearest neighbor Knudsen number reaches unity. Simulations were carried out for a system in which molten particles coalesce into spheres, then cool till coalescing stops and finally the polydispersed monomers stick at point contacts to form fractal clusters. The kinetic exponent and overall cluster structure for these aggregates was found to be in agreement with DLCA that started with monodispersed monomers. Colloidal aggregation in the presence of shear was studied in detail. Study of a colloidal system characterized a by short-range attractive potential showed that weak shear enhanced the aggregation process. Strong shear led to fragmentation and subsequent nucleation as cluster growth rebounded after an induction time.

  9. Effect of irregularity in shape and boundary of a macro-texture region in titanium

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    Na, Jeong K.; Blackshire, James L.; Freed, Shaun L.

    2016-02-01

    Peak amplitudes of mode converted shear wave signals back scattered from macro-texture regions (MTRs) in an aerospace grade titanium alloy material are measured to be about the same level as corner trapped shear wave signals. In addition to the abnormally high shear wave responses, the time of flight data indicates that the MTR signals are back scattered from a location deep in the sample so that the round trip travel time is close to that of corner trapped signals. In this work, these two ultrasonic properties of an MTR in a test specimen cut from a titanium jet engine disk are closely studied to understand the root cause of abnormally high shear wave responses. Based on the amplitude and time of flight data collected in a laboratory condition, a decision has been made to investigate further experimentally and computationally how surface irregularity of an acoustically reflective surface affects incoming shear waves upon reflection. Attempts are made to correlate the localized back scattered signal response of the MTR in the test specimen to the beam focusing effect of a non-planar surface of an acoustically impedance mismatched boundary layer such as a fatigue crack face. From the current experimental and computational results on the reflection of corner trapped shear waves from a concave shaped section of a non-planar crack face and the time of flight data, it is speculated that the root cause of the abnormally high peak amplitude MTR signal is possibly due to the beam focusing effect caused by the shape of the MTR.

  10. Angle-dependent lubricated tribological properties of stainless steel by femtosecond laser surface texturing

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    Wang, Zhuo; Li, Yang-Bo; Bai, Feng; Wang, Cheng-Wei; Zhao, Quan-Zhong

    2016-07-01

    Lubricated tribological properties of stainless steel were investigated by femtosecond laser surface texturing. Regular-arranged micro-grooved textures with different spacing and micro-groove inclination angles (between micro-groove path and sliding direction) were produced on AISI 304L steel surfaces by an 800 nm femtosecond laser. The spacing of micro-groove was varied from 25 to 300 μm, and the inclination angles of micro-groove were measured as 90° and 45°. The tribological properties of the smooth and textured surfaces with micro-grooves were investigated by reciprocating ball-on-flat tests against Al2O3 ceramic balls under starved oil lubricated conditions. Results showed that the spacing of micro-grooves significantly affected the tribological property. With the increase of micro-groove spacing, the average friction coefficients and wear rates of textured surfaces initially decreased then increased. The tribological performance also depended on the inclination angles of micro-grooves. Among the investigated patterns, the micro-grooves perpendicular to the sliding direction exhibited the lowest average friction coefficient and wear rate to a certain extent. Femtosecond laser-induced surface texturing may remarkably improve friction and wear properties if the micro-grooves were properly distributed.

  11. SHAPE FROM TEXTURE USING LOCALLY SCALED POINT PROCESSES

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    Eva-Maria Didden

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Shape from texture refers to the extraction of 3D information from 2D images with irregular texture. This paper introduces a statistical framework to learn shape from texture where convex texture elements in a 2D image are represented through a point process. In a first step, the 2D image is preprocessed to generate a probability map corresponding to an estimate of the unnormalized intensity of the latent point process underlying the texture elements. The latent point process is subsequently inferred from the probability map in a non-parametric, model free manner. Finally, the 3D information is extracted from the point pattern by applying a locally scaled point process model where the local scaling function represents the deformation caused by the projection of a 3D surface onto a 2D image.

  12. Effects of Particle Shape on Mechanical Properties of Aggregates

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    Benediktsson, Stefán

    2015-01-01

    Aggregates are one of the primary building material used in the world. The durability of construction aggregates will therefore depend upon the quality of aggregate mechanical properties. It is therefore important to understand how particle shape will effect mechanical properties of aggregates, measured by the Los Angeles and micro-Deval values. In order to assess the influence of particle shape on aggregate mechanical properties, the proportion of flaky and cubic particles, measured by the f...

  13. Dynamic shape factors: measurement techniques and results on aggregates of solid primaries

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    Two different methods for measuring dynamic shape factors kappa of aerosols are described: (A) using aerodynamic size classification by means of e.g. the spiral centrifuge, (B) using aerosol decay curves of mass and number concentrations. Limited attention is given to a third method which uses the spatial dimensions of more spherical aggregates. Comparison between results from (A) and (B) for solid aggregates of U3O8 and copper oxide has yielded good agreement. These results and additional experimental data from method B on gold and copper oxide aerosols lead to a proportionality between kappa and the cube root on the number n of primaries per aggregate for n up to about 104. The different results on kappa from literature, (A) and (B) mainly for the range n > 104 are discussed. Shape changes of aggregates in humid atmospheres like the human respiratory tract lead to a drastic increase of the aerodynamic diameter. (author)

  14. Result Analysis on Content Base Image Retrieval using Combination of Color, Shape and Texture Features

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    Neha Jain, Sumit Sharma, Ravi Mohan Sairam

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Image retrieval based on color, texture and shape is an emerging and wide area of research scope. In this paper we present a novel framework for combining all the three i.e. color, texture and shape information, and achieve higher retrieval efficiency using dominant color feature. The image and its complement are partitioned into non-overlapping tiles of equal size. The features drawn from conditional co-occurrence histograms between the image tiles and corresponding complement tiles, in RGB color space, serve as local descriptors of color, shape and texture. We apply the integration of the above combination, then we cluster based on alike properties. Based on five dominant colors we retrieve the similar images. We also create the histogram of edges. Image information is captured in terms of edge images computed using Gradient Vector Flow fields. Invariant moments are then used to record the shape features. The combination of the color, shape and texture features between image and its complement in conjunction with the shape features provide a robust feature set for image retrieval. The experimental results demonstrate the efficacy of the method.

  15. Relationship between soil aggregate strength, shape and porosity for soils under different long-term management

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    Munkholm, Lars Juhl; Heck, Richard J; Deen, Bill;

    2016-01-01

    Soil aggregate properties, such as strength, shape and porosity, influence a range of essential soil functions and there is a need for more detailed understanding of the effect of soil management on these aggregate properties. There is also a need for improved knowledge on the link between...... aggregate and bulk soil properties. The objectives of this study were to quantify the long-term effect of rotation and tillage on aggregate shape, strength and pore characteristics, to evaluate the influence of aggregate shape and pore characteristics on aggregate strength and soil friability and to...... the aggregateswere determined using image analysis with 40 μm voxel size. Subsequently, aggregate tensile strength was determined in an indirect tension test. Rotation had a more pronounced effect than tillage treatment on the different aggregate properties. The diverse rotation resulted in higher...

  16. Cell Surface Binding and Internalization of Aβ Modulated by Degree of Aggregation

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    David A. Bateman

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The amyloid peptides, Aβ40 and Aβ42, are generated through endoproteolytic cleavage of the amyloid precursor protein. Here we have developed a model to investigate the interaction of living cells with various forms of aggregated Aβ40/42. After incubation at endosomal pH 6, we observed a variety of Aβ conformations after 3 (Aβ3, 24 (Aβ24, and 90 hours (Aβ90. Both Aβ4224 and Aβ4024 were observed to rapidly bind and internalize into differentiated PC12 cells, leading to accumulation in the lysosome. In contrast, Aβ40/4290 were both found to only weakly associate with cells, but were observed as the most aggregated using dynamic light scattering and thioflavin-T. Internalization of Aβ40/4224 was inhibited with treatment of monodansylcadaverine, an endocytosis inhibitor. These studies indicate that the ability of Aβ40/42 to bind and internalize into living cells increases with degree of aggregation until it reaches a maximum beyond which its ability to interact with cells diminishes drastically.

  17. Measurement of Fine Grain Copper Surface Texture Created by Abrasive Water Jet Cutting

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    Hlaváček, Petr; Valíček, Jan; Hloch, Sergej; Greger, Miroslav; Foldyna, Josef; IVANDIĆ, Željko; Sitek, Libor; Kušnerová, Milena; ZELEŃÁK, Michal

    2009-01-01

    The paper presents results of experiments performed on copper with commercial purity to determine the influence of material grain size on both mechanical properties and texture of surface machined by abrasive water jet. An Equal Channel Angular Extrusion technology was used for creation of fine-grain copper samples. Hardness and grain size of fine-grain copper were measured, and, subsequently, surface of prepared copper samples was machined by abrasive water jet technology. Surface irregul...

  18. Optimization of surface morphology and scattering properties of TCO/AIT textured glass front electrode for thin film solar cells

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    Addonizio, M. L.; Fusco, L.; Antonaia, A.; Cominale, F.; Usatii, I.

    2015-12-01

    Aluminium induced texture (AIT) method has been used for obtaining highly textured glass substrate suitable for silicon based thin film solar cell technology. Wet etch step parameters of AIT process have been varied and effect of different etchants and different etching times on morphological and optical properties has been analyzed. The resulting morphology features (shape, size distribution, inclination angle) have been optimized in order to obtain the best scattering properties. ZnO:Ga (GZO) films have been deposited by sputtering technique on AIT-processed glass. Two different ZnO surface morphologies have been obtained, strongly depending on the underlying glass substrate morphology induced by different etching times. Very rough and porous texture (σrms ∼ 150 nm) was obtained on glass etched 2 min showing cauliflower-like structure, whereas a softer texture (σrms ∼ 78 nm) was obtained on glass etched 7 min giving wider and smoother U-shaped craters. The effect of different glass textures on optical confinement has been tested in amorphous silicon based p-i-n devices. Devices fabricated on GZO/high textured glass showed a quantum efficiency enhancement due to both an effective light trapping phenomenon and an effective anti-reflective optical behaviour. Short etching time produce smaller cavities (PV device.

  19. Identification of aggregates for Tennessee bituminous surface courses

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    Sauter, Heather Jean

    Tennessee road construction is a major venue for federal and state spending. Tax dollars each year go to the maintenance and construction of roads. One aspect of highway construction that affects the public is the safety of its state roads. There are many factors that affect the safety of a given road. One factor that was focused on in this research was the polish resistance capabilities of aggregates. Several pre-evaluation methods have been used in the laboratory to predict what will happen in a field situation. A new pre-evaluation method was invented that utilized AASHTO T 304 procedure upscaled to accommodate surface bituminous aggregates. This new method, called the Tennessee Terminal Textural Condition Method (T3CM), was approved by Tennessee Department of Transportation to be used as a pre-evaluation method on bituminous surface courses. It was proven to be operator insensitive, repeatable, and an accurate indication of particle shape and texture. Further research was needed to correlate pre-evaluation methods to the current field method, ASTM E 274-85 Locked Wheel Skid Trailer. In this research, twenty-five in-place bituminous projects and eight source evaluations were investigated. The information gathered would further validate the T3CM and find the pre-evaluation method that best predicted the field method. In addition, new sources of aggregates for bituminous surface courses were revealed. The results of this research have shown T3CM to be highly repeatable with an overall coefficient of variation of 0.26% for an eight sample repeatability test. It was the best correlated pre-evaluation method with the locked wheel skid trailer method giving an R2 value of 0.3946 and a Pearson coefficient of 0.710. Being able to predict field performance of aggregates prior to construction is a powerful tool capable of saving time, money, labor, and possibly lives.

  20. Soil Texture Estimates: A Tool to Compare Texture-by-Feel and Lab Data

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    Franzmeier, D.P.; Owens, P.R.

    2008-01-01

    Soil texture is a fundamental soil property that impacts agricultural and engineering land-use. Comparing texture estimates-by-feel to laboratory-known values to calibrate fingers is a common practice. As educators, it is difficult to assess this field skill consistently and fairly. The instructor may give full credit for the correct texture class…

  1. Shaping the Growth Behaviour of Biofilms Initiated from Bacterial Aggregates.

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    Melaugh, Gavin; Hutchison, Jaime; Kragh, Kasper Nørskov; Irie, Yasuhiko; Roberts, Aled; Bjarnsholt, Thomas; Diggle, Stephen P; Gordon, Vernita D; Allen, Rosalind J

    2016-01-01

    Bacterial biofilms are usually assumed to originate from individual cells deposited on a surface. However, many biofilm-forming bacteria tend to aggregate in the planktonic phase so that it is possible that many natural and infectious biofilms originate wholly or partially from pre-formed cell aggregates. Here, we use agent-based computer simulations to investigate the role of pre-formed aggregates in biofilm development. Focusing on the initial shape the aggregate forms on the surface, we find that the degree of spreading of an aggregate on a surface can play an important role in determining its eventual fate during biofilm development. Specifically, initially spread aggregates perform better when competition with surrounding unaggregated bacterial cells is low, while initially rounded aggregates perform better when competition with surrounding unaggregated cells is high. These contrasting outcomes are governed by a trade-off between aggregate surface area and height. Our results provide new insight into biofilm formation and development, and reveal new factors that may be at play in the social evolution of biofilm communities. PMID:26934187

  2. In vitro platelet activation, aggregation and platelet-granulocyte complex formation induced by surface modified single-walled carbon nanotubes.

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    Fent, János; Bihari, Péter; Vippola, Minnamari; Sarlin, Essi; Lakatos, Susan

    2015-08-01

    Surface modification of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) such as carboxylation, amidation, hydroxylation and pegylation is used to reduce the nanotube toxicity and render them more suitable for biomedical applications than their pristine counterparts. Toxicity can be manifested in platelet activation as it has been shown for SWCNTs. However, the effect of various surface modifications on the platelet activating potential of SWCNTs has not been tested yet. In vitro platelet activation (CD62P) as well as the platelet-granulocyte complex formation (CD15/CD41 double positivity) in human whole blood were measured by flow cytometry in the presence of 0.1mg/ml of pristine or various surface modified SWCNTs. The effect of various SWCNTs was tested by whole blood impedance aggregometry, too. All tested SWCNTs but the hydroxylated ones activate platelets and promote platelet-granulocyte complex formation in vitro. Carboxylated, pegylated and pristine SWCNTs induce whole blood aggregation as well. Although pegylation is preferred from biomedical point of view, among the samples tested by us pegylated SWCNTs induced far the most prominent activation and a well detectable aggregation of platelets in whole blood. PMID:25956790

  3. Effect of Groove Surface Texture on Tribological Characteristics and Energy Consumption under High Temperature Friction

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    Wu, Wei; Chen, Guiming; Fan, Boxuan; Liu, Jianyou

    2016-01-01

    Energy consumption and tribological properties could be improved by proper design of surface texture in friction. However, some literature focused on investigating their performance under high temperature. In the study, different groove surface textures were fabricated on steels by a laser machine, and their tribological behaviors were experimentally studied with the employment of the friction and wear tester under distinct high temperature and other working conditions. The friction coefficient was recorded, and wear performance were characterized by double light interference microscope, scanning electron microscope (SEM) and x-ray energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS). Then, the performances of energy consumptions were carefully estimated. Results showed that friction coefficient, wear, and energy consumption could almost all be reduced by most textures under high temperature conditions, but to a different extent which depends on the experimental conditions and texture parameters. The main improvement mechanisms were analyzed, such as the hardness change, wear debris storage, thermal stress release and friction induced temperature reduction by the textures. Finally, a scattergram of the relatively reduced ratio of the energy consumption was drawn for different surface textures under four distinctive experimental conditions to illustrate the comprehensive energy consumption improving ability of textures, which was of benefit for the application of texture design. PMID:27035658

  4. Two dimensional nanoscale reciprocating sliding contacts of textured surfaces

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    Tong, Ruiting; Liu, Geng; Liu, Tianxiang

    2016-05-01

    Detailed behaviors of nanoscale textured surfaces during the reciprocating sliding contacts are still unknown although they are widely used in mechanical components to improve tribological characteristics. The current research of sliding contacts of textured surfaces mainly focuses on the experimental studies, while the cost is too high. Molecular dynamics(MD) simulation is widely used in the studies of nanoscale single-pass sliding contacts, but the CPU cost of MD simulation is also too high to simulate the reciprocating sliding contacts. In this paper, employing multiscale method which couples molecular dynamics simulation and finite element method, two dimensional nanoscale reciprocating sliding contacts of textured surfaces are investigated. Four textured surfaces with different texture shapes are designed, and a rigid cylindrical tip is used to slide on these textured surfaces. For different textured surfaces, average potential energies and average friction forces of the corresponding sliding processes are analyzed. The analyzing results show that "running-in" stages are different for each texture, and steady friction processes are discovered for textured surfaces II, III and IV. Texture shape and sliding direction play important roles in reciprocating sliding contacts, which influence average friction forces greatly. This research can help to design textured surfaces to improve tribological behaviors in nanoscale reciprocating sliding contacts.

  5. Aggregation on heterogeneous surface

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    Lu Hang-Jun; Wu Feng-Min; Fang Yun-Zhang

    2004-01-01

    Chessboard-like substrates are introduced in this paper, in order to study the diffusion-limited aggregation (DLA)and the motion of poly-atoms on heterogeneous surfaces. The effect of morphology of such substrates upon the cluster aggregation is investigated using the Monte Carlo simulation. It is found that the growth process and the cluster morphology are governed by the energetic topography of the substrates. Our simulation also indicate that the island density and the fractal dimension of the clusters depend strongly on the substrate topography and the activation energy.

  6. Recognition methods for 3D textured surfaces

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    Cula, Oana G.; Dana, Kristin J.

    2001-06-01

    Texture as a surface representation is the subject of a wide body of computer vision and computer graphics literature. While texture is always associated with a form of repetition in the image, the repeating quantity may vary. The texture may be a color or albedo variation as in a checkerboard, a paisley print or zebra stripes. Very often in real-world scenes, texture is instead due to a surface height variation, e.g. pebbles, gravel, foliage and any rough surface. Such surfaces are referred to here as 3D textured surfaces. Standard texture recognition algorithms are not appropriate for 3D textured surfaces because the appearance of these surfaces changes in a complex manner with viewing direction and illumination direction. Recent methods have been developed for recognition of 3D textured surfaces using a database of surfaces observed under varied imaging parameters. One of these methods is based on 3D textons obtained using K-means clustering of multiscale feature vectors. Another method uses eigen-analysis originally developed for appearance-based object recognition. In this work we develop a hybrid approach that employs both feature grouping and dimensionality reduction. The method is tested using the Columbia-Utrecht texture database and provides excellent recognition rates. The method is compared with existing recognition methods for 3D textured surfaces. A direct comparison is facilitated by empirical recognition rates from the same texture data set. The current method has key advantages over existing methods including requiring less prior information on both the training and novel images.

  7. Influence of aggregate shapes on drying and carbonation phenomena in 3D concrete numerical samples

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    This study aims at generating numerical 3D samples of concrete so as to study the effects of the granular inclusions shape on the macroscopic kinetics of reactive transport phenomena. Two types of meso-structure configurations are considered: the first one is composed of a matrix of mortar in which are randomly distributed inclusions corresponding to the concrete coarse aggregates, and the second one also includes a steel rebar. The choice of a mesoscopic modeling for the mortar matrix is based on the need to obtain numerical structures of reasonable size. In particular, the Interfacial Transition Zones (ITZs) are assumed to be incorporated into the homogenized mortar properties. This study is applied to the case of drying and atmospheric carbonation by using simplified models solved by the finite element code Cast3M. The purpose is to quantify the influence of the aggregate shape on the kinetics of macroscopic transfer and the iso-value lines for some physical variables representative of the reactive transport problems: saturation degree for drying, and porosity, calcite and portlandite concentrations for carbonation. Basic aggregates shapes are studied (spheres, cubes), as well as more complex ones (Voronoi particles) which are supposed to be more representative of real aggregates. The effects of 'non-isotropic' shapes (oblate and prolate ones) are also investigated. It is shown that the influence of the aggregate shapes appears negligibly small on macroscopic indicators, except for oblate shapes with aspect ratios of 3. This latter case also exhibits substantial local delayed effects and a more important variability, which may have some importance for a precise description and estimation of degradation processes related to steel rebar corrosion. (authors)

  8. Soil surface protection by Biocrusts: effects of functional groups on textural properties

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    Concostrina-Zubiri, Laura; Huber-Sannwald, Elisabeth; Martínez, Isabel; Flores Flores, José Luis; Escudero, Adrián

    2015-04-01

    In drylands, where vegetation cover is commonly scarce, soil surface is prone to wind and water soil erosion, with the subsequent loss of topsoil structure and chemical properties. These processes are even more pronounced in ecosystems subjected to extra erosive forces, such as grasslands and rangelands that support livestock production. However, some of the physiological and functional traits of biocrusts (i.e., complex association of cyanobacteria, lichens, mosses, fungi and soil particles) make them ideal to resist in disturbed environments and at the same time to protect soil surface from mechanical perturbations. In particular, the filaments and exudates of soil cyanobacteria and the rhizines of lichen can bind together soil particles, forming soil aggregates at the soil surface and thus enhancing soil stability. Also, they act as "biological covers" that preserve the most vulnerable soil layer from wind and runoff erosion and raindrop impact, maintaining soil structure and composition. In this work, we evaluated soil textural properties and organic matter content under different functional groups of biocrusts (i.e., cyanobacteria crust, 3 lichen species, 1 moss species) and in bare soil. In order to assess the impact of livestock trampling on soil properties and on Biocrust function, we sampled three sites conforming a disturbance gradient (low, medium and high impact sites) and a long-term livestock exclusion as control site. We found that the presence of biocrusts had little effects on soil textural properties and organic matter content in the control site, while noticeable differences were found between bare soil and soil under biocrusts (e.g., up to 16-37% higher clay content, compared to bare soil and up to 10% higher organic matter content). In addition, we found that depending on morphological traits and grazing regime, the effects of biocrusts changed along the gradient. For example, soil under the lichen Diploschistes diacapsis, with thick thallus

  9. Moving Object Segmentation Using Level Set Method with Shape Prior, Color and Texture

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    Shu Xian

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a method for the combination of different feature cues in a level set based moving object segmentation framework. To distinguish object from background, motion detection is firstly adopted to locate object position and obtain coarse shape prior. Moreover, the color and texture feature descriptors that represent object contour are designed in this dissertation. Then the finer segmentation solution based on the color and texture difference between the object and background is proposed, which avoids the invalid feature components to hamper segmentation and improves the accuracy. Extensive experiments have been carried out on surveillance video sequences to validate the proposed method

  10. Geometric and Texture Inpainting by Gibbs Sampling

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    Gustafsson, David Karl John; Pedersen, Kim Steenstrup; Nielsen, Mads

    2007-01-01

    This paper discuss a method suitable for inpainting both large scale geometric structures and more stochastic texture components. Image inpainting concerns the problem of reconstructing the intensity contents inside regions of missing data. Common techniques for solving this problem are methods...... based on variational calculus and based on statistical methods. Variationalmethods are good at reconstructing large scale geometric structures but have a tendency to smooth away texture. On the contrary statistical methods can reproduce texture faithfully but fails to reconstruct large scale structures...

  11. Tetrahedral shape and surface density wave of $^{16}$O caused by $\\alpha$-cluster correlations

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    Kanada-En'yo, Yoshiko

    2016-01-01

    $\\alpha$-cluster correlations in the $0^+_1$ and $3^-_1$ states of $^{12}$C and $^{16}$O are studied using the method of antisymmetrized molecular dynamics, with which nuclear structures are described from nucleon degrees of freedom without assuming existence of clusters. The intrinsic states of $^{12}$C and $^{16}$O have triangle and tetrahedral shapes, respectively, because of the $\\alpha$-cluster correlations. These shapes can be understood as spontaneous symmetry breaking of rotational invariance, and the resultant surface density oscillation is associated with density wave (DW) caused by the instability of Fermi surface with respect to particle-hole correlations with the wave number $\\lambda=3$. $^{16}$O($0^+_1$) and $^{16}$O($3^-_1$) are regarded as a set of parity partners constructed from the rigid tetrahedral intrinsic state, whereas $^{12}$C($0^+_1$) and $^{12}$C($3^-_1$) are not good parity partners as they have triangle intrinsic states of different sizes with significant shape fluctuation because...

  12. Strain Partitioning and Crystallographic Textures of Experimentally Deformed Olivine + Orthopyroxene Aggregates

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    Sundberg, M.; Cooper, R. F.

    2005-12-01

    The plastic deformation of polycrystalline rocks incorporates the grain matrix deformation of the individual grains (via chemical diffusion and/or dislocation propagation) acting in kinetic series with inter-grain sliding along grain- and phase-boundaries. In a polyphase aggregate where multiple types of interfaces exist, plastic deformation necessarily leads to strain partitioning and phase separation predicated on the relative effective viscosities of grain- and phase-boundaries. This segregation is sensitive both to lithology and stress, and manifests itself both in the grain-scale microstructures and in the lattice preferred orientations of the component phases. We have deformed fine-grained (~5 μm) aggregates of Balsam Gap dunite + Bamble, Norway orthopyroxene in triaxial compression and in (nominally) simple shear to investigate textural development in polyphase mantle rocks. Constant-load triaxial compression tests were conducted at P=300 MPa, T=1200°C in a Paterson-type gas medium apparatus. Simple shear tests were conducted at P=1.6 GPa and T=1200°C in a Griggs apparatus using a molten-salt cell at strain rates of 10-5s-1 to 10-4s-1. Samples were dried for 12 h (CO:CO2 buffer at 950-1000°C) prior to sintering to ensure that these experiments were conducted in an anhydrous environment. No melt was produced during these experiments. Constant-load tests, conducted over the range of strain-rates used in the constant displacement-rate shear experiments, on a 50:50 mixture of olivine and orthopyroxene, reveal a stress exponent of 1.5±0.2. Similar experiments conducted on a 35:65 mixture of olivine and orthopyroxene reveal a stress exponent of 2.0±0.2. The fine grain size of the aggregates and the small stresses (<15 MPa) used in the creep tests would seem to preclude significant contribution of dislocation motion to the rheology. Samples composed of 35 vol% orthopyroxene deformed in shear at a constant strain-rate of 10-5s-1 develop a pronounced olivine

  13. An online detection system for aggregate sizes and shapes based on digital image processing

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    Yang, Jianhong; Chen, Sijia

    2016-07-01

    Traditional aggregate size measuring methods are time-consuming, taxing, and do not deliver online measurements. A new online detection system for determining aggregate size and shape based on a digital camera with a charge-coupled device, and subsequent digital image processing, have been developed to overcome these problems. The system captures images of aggregates while falling and flat lying. Using these data, the particle size and shape distribution can be obtained in real time. Here, we calibrate this method using standard globules. Our experiments show that the maximum particle size distribution error was only 3 wt%, while the maximum particle shape distribution error was only 2 wt% for data derived from falling aggregates, having good dispersion. In contrast, the data for flat-lying aggregates had a maximum particle size distribution error of 12 wt%, and a maximum particle shape distribution error of 10 wt%; their accuracy was clearly lower than for falling aggregates. However, they performed well for single-graded aggregates, and did not require a dispersion device. Our system is low-cost and easy to install. It can successfully achieve online detection of aggregate size and shape with good reliability, and it has great potential for aggregate quality assurance.

  14. Quantitative Characterisation of Surface Texture

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    De Chiffre, Leonardo; Lonardo, P.M.; Trumpold, H.; Lucca, D.A.; Goch, G.; Brown, C. A.; Raja, J.; Hansen, Hans Nørgaard

    2000-01-01

    This paper reviews the different methods used to give a quantitative characterisation of surface texture. The paper contains a review of conventional 2D as well as 3D roughness parameters, with particular emphasis on recent international standards and developments. It presents new texture...

  15. Biomimetic control over size, shape and aggregation in magnetic nanoparticles

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    Sommerdijk, Nico

    2013-03-01

    Magnetite (Fe3O4) is a widespread magnetic iron oxide encountered in both geological and biomineralizing systems, which also has many technological applications, e.g. in ferrofluids, inks, magnetic data storage materials and as contrast agents in magnetic resonance imaging. As its magnetic properties depend largely on the size and shape of the crystals, control over crystal morphology is an important aspect in the application of magnetite nanoparticles, both in biology and synthetic systems. Indeed, in nature organisms such as magnetotactic bacteria demonstrate a precise control over the magnetite crystal morphology, resulting in uniform and monodisperse nanoparticles. The magnetite formation in these bacteria is believed to occur through the co-precipitation of Fe(II) and Fe(III) ions, which is also the most widely applied synthetic route in industry. Synthetic strategies to magnetite with controlled size and shape exist, but involve high temperatures and rather harsh chemical conditions. However, synthesis via co-precipitation generally yields poor control over the morphology and therefore over the magnetic properties of the obtained crystals. Here we demonstrate that by tuning the reaction kinetics we can achieve biomimetic control over the size and shape of magnetite crystals but also over their organization in solution as well as their magnetic properties. We employ amino acids-based polymers to direct the formation of magnetite in aqueous media at room temperature via both the co-precipitation and the partial oxidation method. By using 2D and 3D (cryo)TEM it is shown that acidic amino acid monomers are most effective in affecting the magnetite particle morphology. By changing the composition of the polymers we can tune the morphology, the dispersibility as well as the magnetic properties of these nanoparticles.

  16. Molecular kinetic theory of boundary slip on textured surfaces by molecular dynamics simulations

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    WANG LiYa; WANG FengChao; YANG FuQian; WU HengAn

    2014-01-01

    A theoretical model extended from the Frenkel-Eyring molecular kinetic theory (MKT) was applied to describe the boundary slip on textured surfaces.The concept of the equivalent depth of potential well was adopted to characterize the solid-liquid interactions on the textured surfaces.The slip behaviors on both chemically and topographically textured surfaces were investigated using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations.The extended MKT slip model is validated by our MD simulations under various situations,by constructing different complex surfaces and varying the surface wettability as well as the shear stress exerted on the liquid.This slip model can provide more comprehensive understanding of the liquid flow on atomic scale by considering the influence of the solid-liquid interactions and the applied shear stress on the nano-flow.Moreover,the slip velocity shear-rate dependence can be predicted using this slip model,since the nonlinear increase of the slip velocity under high shear stress can be approximated by a hyperbolic sine function.

  17. Effect of regular surface textures generated by laser on tribological behavior of Si3N4/TiC ceramic

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    Xing, Youqiang; Deng, Jianxin; Wu, Ze; Cheng, Hongwei

    2013-01-01

    Two kinds of regular micro-grooved textures with different geometric characteristics were fabricated on the surfaces of Si3N4/TiC ceramics by Nd:YAG laser; friction and wear tests were carried out to investigate the tribological properties of these textured ceramics in unlubricated and MoS2 lubricated conditions. The wear surfaces of the textured ceramics and the balls were examined by SEM and the possible friction reduction and wear resistant mechanisms were discussed. The results show that the friction coefficient of the textured ceramics was reduced compared with the smooth ceramics among all the experiments, the wavy grooves are the most effective in the friction-reduction among the patterns investigated, and the wear life of textured ceramics can be increased in MoS2 lubricated condition. Furthermore, it is observed that the textured ceramics produce more abrasive wear on the ball specimens in unlubricated friction, while it reduces the wear of balls in MoS2 lubricated condition. The main effect mechanism of textures is to capture debris and reduces the contact area of couples in unlubricated condition, and increase lubricant supply by reservoir creation and form the continued lubricating film on the surfaces of spacing between the textures in MoS2 solid lubricated condition.

  18. SOFT COMPUTING BASED MEDICAL IMAGE RETRIEVAL USING SHAPE AND TEXTURE FEATURES

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    M. Mary Helta Daisy

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Image retrieval is a challenging and important research applications like digital libraries and medical image databases. Content-based image retrieval is useful in retrieving images from database based on the feature vector generated with the help of the image features. In this study, we present image retrieval based on the genetic algorithm. The shape feature and morphological based texture features are extracted images in the database and query image. Then generating chromosome based on the distance value obtained by the difference feature vector of images in the data base and the query image. In the selected chromosome the genetic operators like cross over and mutation are applied. After that the best chromosome selected and displays the most similar images to the query image. The retrieval performance of the method shows better retrieval result.

  19. Systematic Surface Phase Transition of Ag Thin Films by Iodine Functionalization at Room Temperature: Evolution of Optoelectronic and Texture Properties

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    Bashouti, Muhammad Y.; Razieh Talebi; Thaer Kassar; Arashmid Nahal; Jürgen Ristein; Tobias Unruh; Christiansen, Silke H.

    2016-01-01

    We show a simple room temperature surface functionalization approach using iodine vapour to control a surface phase transition from cubic silver (Ag) of thin films into wurtzite silver-iodid (β-AgI) films. A combination of surface characterization techniques (optical, electronical and structural characterization) reveal distinct physical properties of the new surface phase. We discuss the AgI thin film formation dynamics and related transformation of physical properties by determining the wor...

  20. Learning Shape and Texture Characteristics of CT Tree-in-Bud Opacities for CAD Systems

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    Bagci, Ulas; Caban, Jesus; Suffredini, Anthony F; Palmore, Tara N; Mollura, Daniel J

    2011-01-01

    Although radiologists can employ CAD systems to characterize malignancies, pulmonary fibrosis and other chronic diseases; the design of imaging techniques to quantify infectious diseases continue to lag behind. There exists a need to create more CAD systems capable of detecting and quantifying characteristic patterns often seen in respiratory tract infections such as influenza, bacterial pneumonia, or tuborculosis. One of such patterns is Tree-in-bud (TIB) which presents \\textit{thickened} bronchial structures surrounding by clusters of \\textit{micro-nodules}. Automatic detection of TIB patterns is a challenging task because of their weak boundary, noisy appearance, and small lesion size. In this paper, we present two novel methods for automatically detecting TIB patterns: (1) a fast localization of candidate patterns using information from local scale of the images, and (2) a M\\"{o}bius invariant feature extraction method based on learned local shape and texture properties. A comparative evaluation of the pr...

  1. Spatial arrangement in texture discrimination and texture segregation

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    Vancleef, Kathleen; Putzeys, Tom; Gheorghiu, Elena; Sassi, Michaël; Machilsen, Bart; Wagemans, Johan

    2013-01-01

    We investigated the role of spatial arrangement of texture elements in three psychophysical experiments on texture discrimination and texture segregation. In our stimuli, oriented Gabor elements formed an iso-oriented and a randomly oriented texture region. We manipulated (1) the orientation similarity in the iso-oriented region by adding orientation jitter to the orientation of each Gabor; (2) the spatial arrangement of the Gabors: quasi-random or regular; and (3) the shape of the edge betwe...

  2. Effects of Polyacrylamide Molecular Weight, Soil Texture and Electrolyte Concentration on Drainable Porosity and Aggregate Stability

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    The literature reports on the intricate relations between soil type and molecular weight (MW) of polyacrylamide (PAM) with respect to PAM efficacy as a soil conditioner. This relation may depend on the ability of PAM to penetrate into aggregates and thus stabilize both outer and inner aggregate surf...

  3. EUROMET SUPPLEMENTARY COMPARISON - SURFACE TEXTURE

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    Koenders, L.; Andreasen, Jan Lasson; De Chiffre, Leonardo

    At the length meeting in Prague in Oct. 1999 a new comparison was suggested on surface texture. The last comparison on this field was finished in 1989. In the meantime the instrumentation, the standards and the written standards have been improved including some software filters. The pilot...... laboratories for this supplementary comparison on surface texture are the Centre for Geometrical Metrology at the Technical University of Denmark and the Micro- and Nanotopography laboratory at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Germany....

  4. Systems and Methods of Laser Texturing of Material Surfaces and Their Applications

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    Gupta, Mool C. (Inventor); Nayak, Barada K. (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    The surface of a material is textured and by exposing the surface to pulses from an ultrafast laser. The laser treatment causes pillars to form on the treated surface. These pillars provide for greater light absorption. Texturing and crystallization can be carried out as a single step process. The crystallization of the material provides for higher electric conductivity and changes in optical and electronic properties of the material. The method may be performed in vacuum or a gaseous environment. The gaseous environment may aid in texturing and/or modifying physical and chemical properties of the surfaces. This method may be used on various material surfaces, such as semiconductors, metals and their alloys, ceramics, polymers, glasses, composites, as well as crystalline, nanocrystalline, polycrystalline, microcrystalline, and amorphous phases.

  5. Microstructured block copolymer surfaces for control of microbe capture and aggregation

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    Hansen, Ryan R [ORNL; Shubert, Katherine R [ORNL; Morrell, Jennifer L. [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK); Lokitz, Bradley S [ORNL; Doktycz, Mitchel John [ORNL; Retterer, Scott T [ORNL

    2014-01-01

    The capture and arrangement of surface-associated microbes is influenced by biochemical and physical properties of the substrate. In this report, we develop lectin-functionalized substrates containing patterned, three-dimensional polymeric structures of varied shapes and densities and use these to investigate the effects of topology and spatial confinement on lectin-mediated microbe capture. Films of poly(glycidyl methacrylate)-block-4,4-dimethyl-2-vinylazlactone (PGMA-b-PVDMA) were patterned on silicon surfaces into line or square grid patterns with 5 m wide features and varied edge spacing. The patterned films had three-dimensional geometries with 900 nm film thickness. After surface functionalization with wheat germ agglutinin, the size of Pseudomonas fluorescens aggregates captured was dependent on the pattern dimensions. Line patterns with edge spacing of 5 m or less led to the capture of individual microbes with minimal formation of aggregates, while grid patterns with the same spacing also captured individual microbes with further reduction in aggregation. Both geometries allowed for increases in aggregate size distribution with increased in edge spacing. These engineered surfaces combine spatial confinement with affinity-based microbe capture based on exopolysaccharide content to control the degree of microbe aggregation, and can also be used as a platform to investigate intercellular interactions and biofilm formation in microbial populations of controlled sizes.

  6. Diamond-shaped small-angle scattering and the deformation of fibrous textures

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    Wang, Wenjie; Sanjeeva Murthy, N.

    2009-03-01

    Small-angle x-ray scattering from materials with fibrous texture are typically characterized by intense diamond-shaped equatorial streaks. Single family of elongated voids aligned along the fiber axis modeled as ellipsoids with a certain orientation distribution yield a fan-like 2D pattern. The diamond-shaped patterns from fibers, such as polyesters, polyamide 6 and polyacrylonitrile, could not be explained with such single class of misoriented voids. Analysis of the orientation distribution and the isointensity contours suggest that there are at least two distinct entities that contribute to this equatorial scattering. Voids with larger cross section (˜ 20 nm dia.), which are likely to be in the interfibrillar regions, give rise to low-q contours with smaller eccentricities and respond poorly to deformation. Entities with smaller cross section (˜ 5 nm dia.), which are likely to be in the intrafibrillar regions, give rise to high-q contours with larger eccentricities and respond to deformation in the same way as crystalline domains. The scattering from these objects appear as two distinct families of elliptical contours with different eccentricities, and the observed diamond-shaped scattering results from the superposition of these two sets of contours.

  7. Use of Textured Surfaces to Mitigate Sliding Friction and Wear of Lubricated and Non-Lubricated Contacts

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    Blau, Peter Julian [ORNL

    2012-03-01

    If properly employed, the placement of three-dimensional feature patterns, also referred to as textures, on relatively-moving, load-bearing surfaces can be beneficial to their friction and wear characteristics. For example, geometric patterns can function as lubricant supply channels or depressions in which to trap debris. They can also alter lubricant flow in a manner that produces thicker load-bearing films locally. Considering the area occupied by solid areas and spaces, textures also change the load distribution on surfaces. At least ten different attributes of textures can be specified, and their combinations offer wide latitude in surface engineering. By employing directional machining and grinding procedures, texturing has been used on bearings and seals for well over a half century, and the size scales of texturing vary widely. This report summarizes past work on the texturing of load-bearing surfaces, including past research on laser surface dimpling of ceramics done at ORNL. Textured surfaces generally show most pronounced effects when they are used in conformal or nearly conformal contacts, like that in face seals. Combining textures with other forms of surface modification and lubrication methods can offer additional benefits in surface engineering for tribology. As the literature and past work at ORNL shows, texturing does not always provide benefits. Rather, the selected pattern and arrangement of features must be matched to characteristics of the proposed application, bearing materials, and lubricants.

  8. Measurement of shape by ultrasonic waves and surface inspection of the cold neutron source vertical hole

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    Park, Kook Nam; Choi, Chang Oong; Sim, Cheul Mu; Choi, Young Hyun; Koo, Kil Mo [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea)

    1999-03-01

    Considerations in design of CNS containment, which will be put into the CNS installation hole, should be taken into obtaining the maximum gain by minimizing thickness of water film existing between walls of CN hole and the inserted containment and easy maintenance of the in-pile structures including the containment. In this experiment, inside diameter and thickness of the CN hole were measured and the possibility of the surface degradation was inspected in Hanaro which has been operated for about 4 years since its criticality in Feb, 1995. The result will be used in the design of containment. The data were obtained by measuring inside diameter and thickness for 550 points of CN hole using 2 channels of ultrasonic sensor. The result showed that the thickness is in the range of 3.3 {approx} 6.7 mm and inside diameter is in the range of {phi} 156 {approx} {phi} 165 mm. And this result was analyzed using plots and tables for making the visual shape understood better. Status of surface treatment and corrosion during 4 years of operation in highly radiated water was investigated through the surface inspection and the result was recorded on video-tape. This report will be used in design of the CNS containment, and the experiment for inserting the containment model will be followed next year. The 4-axis measuring manipulator developed in this measurement will be used for measuring shape of other experimental holes of Hanaro reactor, and also for detecting some indications in the radiation zone. This device will be applied in the other useful inspections in pool water during Hanaro ISI(In-service Inspection) after introducing automatic system for acquisition of ultrasonic signals. The 4-axis measuring manipulator will be applied for a patent with ultrasonic measuring system. (author). 19 refs., 99 figs., 5 tabs.

  9. Assessing the shape symbolism of the taste, flavour, and texture of foods and beverages

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    Spence Charles

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Consumers reliably match a variety of tastes (bitterness, sweetness, and sourness, oral-somatosensory attributes (carbonation, oral texture, and mouth-feel, and flavours to abstract shapes varying in their angularity. For example, they typically match more rounded forms such as circles with sweet tastes and more angular shapes such as triangles and stars with bitter and/or carbonated foods and beverages. Here, we suggest that such shape symbolic associations could be, and in some cases already are being, incorporated into the labelling and/or packaging of food and beverage products in order to subconsciously set up specific sensory expectations in the minds of consumers. Given that consumers normally prefer those food and beverage products that meet their sensory expectations, as compared to those that give rise to a ‘disconfirmation of expectation’, we believe that the targeted use of such shape symbolism may provide a means for companies to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Here, we review the latest research documenting a variety of examples of shape symbolism in the food and beverage sector. We also highlight a number of the explanations for such effects that have been put forward over the years. Finally, we summarise the latest evidence demonstrating that the shapes a consumer sees on the label and even the shape of the packaging in which the product is served can all impact on a consumer’s sensory-discriminative and hedonic responses to food and beverage products.

  10. α- and γ-mangostin cause shape changes, inhibit aggregation and induce cytolysis of rat platelets.

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    Liu, Yingqiu; Park, Jung-Min; Chang, Kyung-Hwa; Chin, Young-Won; Lee, Moo-Yeol

    2015-10-01

    α- and γ-mangostin are natural xanthones isolated from mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana) and the major constituents responsible for the plant's diverse biological activities. In this study, the effects of α- and γ-mangostin on platelets were investigated based on their possible antiplatelet activity. Treatment of isolated platelets with α-mangostin resulted in attenuation of platelet aggregatory response to collagen, thrombin or ADP. Such antiaggregatory effects were concentration-dependent in ranges of 1-10 μM. Interestingly, α-mangostin alone induced shape changes in platelets at the same concentration, and higher levels, 25 and 50 μM caused platelet lysis. Similarly, γ-mangostin induced shape changes and inhibited aggregation at 2.5-25 μM, while 50 and 100 μM γ-mangostin exhibited cytotoxicity. Platelet shape change induced by α- and γ-mangostin was accompanied by increases in myosin light chain (MLC) phosphorylation. MLC phosphorylation and subsequent shape changes were prevented by pretreatment with Rho kinase (ROCK) inhibitor Y-27632, but not by the intracellular Ca(2+) chelating with BAPTA-AM and extracellular Ca(2+) removal. Cytolysis by both α- and γ-mangostin was abolished in the absence of extracellular Ca(2+). Taken together, α- and γ-mangostin have differential effects on platelets depending on their concentration, which includes inducing shape change, inhibiting aggregation and causing cytolysis. Platelet shape change is attributed to stimulation of the Rho/ROCK signaling pathway, while platelet lysis is presumably mediated by extracellular Ca(2+) influx. These results suggest that mangosteen consumption may have potential platelet effects, although the in vivo or clinical consequences have yet to be assessed. PMID:26343955

  11. Laboratory Evaluation of Aggregate Polishing as a function of Load and Velocity : Application to the Prediction of Damages on Skid Resistance of Pavement Surface due to Trucks and Passenger Cars

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    Kane, Malal; ZHAO, Dan; De Larrard, François; Do, Minh Tan

    2012-01-01

    Skid resistance of road surfaces depends mostly on pavement texture. This texture is usually divided to two components:microtexture and macrotexture. Microtexture refers to the smallscale texture of the road aggregate component while macrotexture refers to the large-scale texture of the road as a whole due to the aggregate particle arrangement. Both components contribute to the generation of friction between tyre and road. However, due to traffic, the firstcited component is continuously poli...

  12. Aesthetics by Numbers: Links between Perceived Texture Qualities and Computed Visual Texture Properties

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    Jacobs, Richard H. A. H.; Haak, Koen V.; Thumfart, Stefan; Renken, Remco; Henson, Brian; Cornelissen, Frans W.

    2016-01-01

    Our world is filled with texture. For the human visual system, this is an important source of information for assessing environmental and material properties. Indeed—and presumably for this reason—the human visual system has regions dedicated to processing textures. Despite their abundance and apparent relevance, only recently the relationships between texture features and high-level judgments have captured the interest of mainstream science, despite long-standing indications for such relationships. In this study, we explore such relationships, as these might be used to predict perceived texture qualities. This is relevant, not only from a psychological/neuroscience perspective, but also for more applied fields such as design, architecture, and the visual arts. In two separate experiments, observers judged various qualities of visual textures such as beauty, roughness, naturalness, elegance, and complexity. Based on factor analysis, we find that in both experiments, ~75% of the variability in the judgments could be explained by a two-dimensional space, with axes that are closely aligned to the beauty and roughness judgments. That a two-dimensional judgment space suffices to capture most of the variability in the perceived texture qualities suggests that observers use a relatively limited set of internal scales on which to base various judgments, including aesthetic ones. Finally, for both of these judgments, we determined the relationship with a large number of texture features computed for each of the texture stimuli. We find that the presence of lower spatial frequencies, oblique orientations, higher intensity variation, higher saturation, and redness correlates with higher beauty ratings. Features that captured image intensity and uniformity correlated with roughness ratings. Therefore, a number of computational texture features are predictive of these judgments. This suggests that perceived texture qualities—including the aesthetic appreciation

  13. Competitive Protein Adsorption - Multilayer Adsorption and Surface Induced Protein Aggregation

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    Holmberg, Maria; Hou, Xiaolin

    2009-01-01

    high concentration with investigation of single protein adsorption and interdependent adsorption between two specific proteins enables us to map protein adsorption sequences during competitive protein adsorption. Our study shows that proteins can adsorb in a multilayer fashion onto the polymer surfaces......In this study, competitive adsorption of albumin and IgG (immunoglobulin G) from human serum solutions and protein mixtures onto polymer surfaces is studied by means of radioactive labeling. By using two different radiolabels (125I and 131I), albumin and IgG adsorption to polymer surfaces is...... and that the outcome of IgG adsorption is much more sensitive to surface characteristics than the outcome of albumin adsorption. Using high concentrations of protein solution and hydrophobic polymer surfaces during adsorption can induce IgG aggregation, which is observed as extremely high Ig...

  14. How Do the Size, Charge and Shape of Nanoparticles Affect Amyloid β Aggregation on Brain Lipid Bilayer?

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    Kim, Yuna; Park, Ji-Hyun; Lee, Hyojin; Nam, Jwa-Min

    2016-01-01

    Here, we studied the effect of the size, shape, and surface charge of Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) on amyloid beta (Aβ) aggregation on a total brain lipid-based supported lipid bilayer (brain SLB), a fluid platform that facilitates Aβ-AuNP aggregation process. We found that larger AuNPs induce large and amorphous aggregates on the brain SLB, whereas smaller AuNPs induce protofibrillar Aβ structures. Positively charged AuNPs were more strongly attracted to Aβ than negatively charged AuNPs, and the stronger interactions between AuNPs and Aβ resulted in fewer β-sheets and more random coil structures. We also compared spherical AuNPs, gold nanorods (AuNRs), and gold nanocubes (AuNCs) to study the effect of nanoparticle shape on Aβ aggregation on the brain SLB. Aβ was preferentially bound to the long axis of AuNRs and fewer fibrils were formed whereas all the facets of AuNCs interacted with Aβ to produce the fibril networks. Finally, it was revealed that different nanostructures induce different cytotoxicity on neuroblastoma cells, and, overall, smaller Aβ aggregates induce higher cytotoxicity. The results offer insight into the roles of NPs and brain SLB in Aβ aggregation on the cell membrane and can facilitate the understanding of Aβ-nanostructure co-aggregation mechanism and tuning Aβ aggregate structures.

  15. Self-similarity Based Editing of 3D Surface Textures Using Height and Albedo Maps

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    DONG Junyu; REN Jing; CHEN Guojiang

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents an inexpensive method for self-similarity based editing of real-world 3D surface textures by using height and albedo maps. Unlike self-similarity based 2D texture editing approaches which only make changes to pixel color or intensity values, this technique also allows surface geometry and reflectance of the captured 3D surface textures to be edited and relit using illumination conditions and viewing angles that differ from those of the original. A single editing operation at a given location affects all similar areas and produces changes on all images of the sample rendered under different conditions. Since surface height and albedo maps can be used to describe seabed topography and geologic features, which play important roles in many oceanic processes, the proposed method can be effectively employed in applications regarding visualization and simulation of oceanic phenomena.

  16. Microstructured Block Copolymer Surfaces for Control of Microbe Adhesion and Aggregation

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    Ryan R. Hansen

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The attachment and arrangement of microbes onto a substrate is influenced by both the biochemical and physical surface properties. In this report, we develop lectin-functionalized substrates containing patterned, three-dimensional polymeric structures of varied shapes and densities and use these to investigate the effects of topology and spatial confinement on lectin-mediated microbe immobilization. Films of poly(glycidyl methacrylate-block-4,4-dimethyl-2-vinylazlactone (PGMA-b-PVDMA were patterned on silicon surfaces into line arrays or square grid patterns with 5 μm wide features and varied pitch. The patterned films had three-dimensional geometries with 900 nm film thickness. After surface functionalization with wheat germ agglutinin, the size of Pseudomonas fluorescens aggregates immobilized was dependent on the pattern dimensions. Films patterned as parallel lines or square grids with a pitch of 10 μm or less led to the immobilization of individual microbes with minimal formation of aggregates. Both geometries allowed for incremental increases in aggregate size distribution with each increase in pitch. These engineered surfaces combine spatial confinement with affinity-based capture to control the extent of microbe adhesion and aggregation, and can also be used as a platform to investigate intercellular interactions and biofilm formation in microbial populations of controlled sizes.

  17. Surface texture metrology for high precision surfaces

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    Hansen, Hans Nørgaard; Gasparin, Stefania; Tosello, Guido

    This paper introduces some of the challenges related to surface texture measurement of high precision surfaces. The paper is presenting two case studies related to polished tool surfaces and micro part surfaces. In both cases measuring instrumentation, measurement procedure and the measurement...

  18. Surface roughness of MgO thin film and its critical thickness for optimal biaxial texturing by ion-beam-assisted deposition

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    We investigated the deposition time dependences of the in-plane grain alignment (Δφ) and the surface roughness (w) of biaxially textured MgO thin films fabricated by ion-beam-assisted deposition (IBAD) and found a strong correlation between them. The time evolution of the surface roughness of IBAD-MgO showed an abrupt increase at the same time corresponding to the beginning of the deterioration in Δφ. The roughness versus thickness profiles obtained under different deposition conditions with different assisting ion-beam currents collapsed to a single curve, even though the deposition rates were significantly different in each condition. This implies that the abrupt increase in roughness occurred at the same thickness--of about 4 nm--irrespective of the deposition rate. The result also indicated that the Δφ deterioration began with the same thickness of about 4 nm. This ''critical'' thickness of about 4 nm might be related to the completion of the crystallization of the film. Further, deposition beyond the critical thickness, therefore, became merely a homoepitaxial deposition under the ''IBAD'' condition, which was far from optimal because of the ion bombardment and low temperature (no-heating), and thus Δφ deteriorated. Based on these considerations, we propose an approach to attain a sharp texture in a IBAD-MgO-based biaxial substrate; moreover, we demonstrated this approach using a two-step deposition process.

  19. A semi-automatic multiple view texture mapping for the surface model extracted by laser scanning

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    Zhang, Zhichao; Huang, Xianfeng; Zhang, Fan; Chang, Yongmin; Li, Deren

    2008-12-01

    Laser scanning is an effective way to acquire geometry data of the cultural heritage with complex architecture. After generating the 3D model of the object, it's difficult to do the exactly texture mapping for the real object. we take effort to create seamless texture maps for a virtual heritage of arbitrary topology. Texture detail is acquired directly from the real object in a light condition as uniform as we can make. After preprocessing, images are then registered on the 3D mesh by a semi-automatic way. Then we divide the mesh into mesh patches overlapped with each other according to the valid texture area of each image. An optimal correspondence between mesh patches and sections of the acquired images is built. Then, a smoothing approach is proposed to erase the seam between different images that map on adjacent mesh patches, based on texture blending. The obtained result with a Buddha of Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes is presented and discussed.

  20. Nucleation and growth of copper phthalocyanine aggregates deposited from solution on planar surfaces

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Copper phthalocyanine deposited on planar surfaces by 3 solution process methods. • Aggregate morphology examined for coverage extending over 3 orders of magnitude. • Morphologies vary from small individual domains to mesh-like multilayers. • Nucleation and growth model explains the observed deposit morphologies. - Abstract: Copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) dissolved in trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) is deposited on solid SiO2 surfaces by solvent evaporation. The deposited CuPc aggregates are investigated by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The CuPc deposits were prepared by spin casting, dip coating, and spray deposition. Depending on the amount of deposited CuPc the aggregate morphology ranges from small individual domains to mesh-like multilayers. Each domain/layer consists of many parallel stacks of CuPc molecules with the square, plate-like molecules piled face-wise within each stack. The parallel stacks are attached sideways (i.e., edgewise attachment molecularly) to the substrate forming “nanoribbons” with uniform thickness of about 1 nm and varying width. The thickness reflects the length of a molecular edge, the width the number of stacks. A nucleation and growth model is presented that explains the observed aggregate and multilayer morphologies as result of the combination of nucleation, transport processes and a consequence of the anisotropic intermolecular interactions due to the shape of the CuPc molecule

  1. Nucleation and growth of copper phthalocyanine aggregates deposited from solution on planar surfaces

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    Ghani, Fatemeh [Department of Theory & Bio-Systems, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Am Mühlenberg 1 Golm, 14476 Potsdam (Germany); Gojzewski, Hubert, E-mail: hubert.gojzewski@put.poznan.pl [Department of Theory & Bio-Systems, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Am Mühlenberg 1 Golm, 14476 Potsdam (Germany); Institute of Physics, Poznan University of Technology, Piotrowo 3, 60-965 Poznan (Poland); Riegler, Hans [Department of Theory & Bio-Systems, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Am Mühlenberg 1 Golm, 14476 Potsdam (Germany)

    2015-10-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Copper phthalocyanine deposited on planar surfaces by 3 solution process methods. • Aggregate morphology examined for coverage extending over 3 orders of magnitude. • Morphologies vary from small individual domains to mesh-like multilayers. • Nucleation and growth model explains the observed deposit morphologies. - Abstract: Copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) dissolved in trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) is deposited on solid SiO{sub 2} surfaces by solvent evaporation. The deposited CuPc aggregates are investigated by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The CuPc deposits were prepared by spin casting, dip coating, and spray deposition. Depending on the amount of deposited CuPc the aggregate morphology ranges from small individual domains to mesh-like multilayers. Each domain/layer consists of many parallel stacks of CuPc molecules with the square, plate-like molecules piled face-wise within each stack. The parallel stacks are attached sideways (i.e., edgewise attachment molecularly) to the substrate forming “nanoribbons” with uniform thickness of about 1 nm and varying width. The thickness reflects the length of a molecular edge, the width the number of stacks. A nucleation and growth model is presented that explains the observed aggregate and multilayer morphologies as result of the combination of nucleation, transport processes and a consequence of the anisotropic intermolecular interactions due to the shape of the CuPc molecule.

  2. Pool-riffle sedimentation and surface texture trends in a gravel bed stream

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    Chartrand, Shawn M.; Hassan, Marwan A.; Radić, Valentina

    2015-11-01

    A 3 year field campaign was completed to investigate spatial and temporal variability of sedimentation trends for a single pool-riffle pair located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, California. Our measurements represent a range of hydrologic conditions over 11 sediment-mobilizing events. Two different statistical methods were used to explore riffle sedimentation. Cochran's Q and McNemar's nonparametric tests (one method) indicate that riffle sediment surface texture was spatially and temporally varied at the transect level. For McNemar's test, variation was significant at pflood event. A nonlinear empirical orthogonal function method known as self-organizing maps (SOMs; the second method) shows that riffle sediment surface texture is well described by two characteristic temporal signals, and one transitional signal at the sampling node level. SOM mapping to each sampling node clearly shows riffle sediment surface texture change was spatially organized over the 11 sediment-mobilizing events. Observations of pool sediment storage indicate that the pool-riffle pair exhibited a coupled sedimentation response (i.e., similar texture trends between pool and riffle) following the 20-year flood. The coupled response was characterized by a trend toward overall sedimentation conditions that were similar to those measured at the beginning of the study. The reported texture trends may be of interest to salmonid habitat studies that examine factors contributing to successful versus unsuccessful fry emergence.

  3. Improving copper plating adhesion on glass using laser machining techniques and areal surface texture parameters

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    He, Baofeng; Petzing, Jon; Webb, Patrick; Leach, Richard

    2015-12-01

    Glass is a promising substitute substrate material being evaluated for electronic packaging technology. Improving the electroless copper plated layer adhesion of the glass is one of the most important considerations for development of the technology. An excimer laser (248 nm) was used for structured texturing of glass surfaces (to improve adhesion) by changing mask dimensions, laser operating parameters and overlapping pitch spacing, and therefore producing a range of micro-scale features. Electroless plated copper adhesion strength was assessed using quantitative scratch testing, demonstrating that micro-patterned structures can significantly improve copper/glass adhesion. New ISO 25178 Part 2 areal surface texture parameters were used to characterise the surface roughness of ablated glass surfaces, and correlated to the scratch testing results. Highly correlated parameters were identified that could be used as predictive surface design tools, directly linking surface topography to adhesion performance, without the need for destructive adhesion quantification via scratch testing.

  4. The visual appearance and surface texture of materials according to the old masters

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    Parraman, Carinna

    2014-02-01

    Primary components in the colour reproduction of textured materials are firstly, the accurate rendering of the appearance of texture, and secondly the ability to print a surface topology that moves towards 2.5D printing. However, in order to render surfaces that contain no discernable pattern structure, unlimited variations in pattern can result in enormous file sizes. The paper explores how painters from the 15th to 21st century were absorbed in creating convincing representations of the attributes of materials. However, on close inspection, these paintings demonstrate a gestural, almost abstracted approach to capturing the appearance of the material, surface and object. The evolving question is: what are the key elements in paintings produced by artists that through the application of coloured brush marks, are able to create a verisimilitude of the material qualities of wood, metal, glass and fabric? The paper suggests that in order to create both a convincing visual appearance, a high level of detail is not necessary, and, that too much information possibly hinders the final appearance. It suggests that by using a more gestural approach, whereby the relationship of mark and colour, and by modulating the fluid dynamics of a mark through a textured surface, a more convincing rendering of texture can be achieved. Finally, by exploring analogue approaches to image making, and by addressing the complex way digital images are constructed, new methods could assist in reducing huge memory and image processing requirements.

  5. Euromet Comparison on Surface Texture

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    Koenders, L.; Andreasen, Jan Lasson; De Chiffre, Leonardo; Jung, L.; Krüger-Sehm, R.

    2004-01-01

    In the region of EUROMET, we performed from 2001 to 2003 a comparison covering a number among the most interesting parameters in the field of surface texture, i.e. Pt, D, Ra, Rz, RSm, and the Rk-parameters. 16 institutes carried out measurements on typical roughness standards as described in ISO...

  6. Modeling Changes in Bed Surface Texture and Aquatic Habitat Caused by Run-of-River Hydropower Development

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    Fuller, T. K.; Venditti, J. G.; Nelson, P. A.; Popescu, V.; Palen, W.

    2014-12-01

    Run-of-river (RoR) hydropower has emerged as an important alternative to large reservoir-based dams in the renewable energy portfolios of China, India, Canada, and other areas around the globe. RoR projects generate electricity by diverting a portion of the channel discharge through a large pipe for several kilometers downhill where it is used to drive turbines before being returned to the channel. Individual RoR projects are thought to be less disruptive to local ecosystems than large hydropower because they involve minimal water storage, more closely match the natural hydrograph downstream of the project, and are capable of bypassing trapped sediment. However, there is concern that temporary sediment supply disruption may degrade the productivity of salmon spawning habitat downstream of the dam by causing changes in the grain size distribution of bed surface sediment. We hypothesize that salmon populations will be most susceptible to disruptions in sediment supply in channels where; 1) sediment supply is high relative to transport capacity prior to RoR development, and 2) project design creates substantial sediment storage volume. Determining the geomorphic effect of RoR development on aquatic habitat requires many years of field data collection, and even then it can be difficult to link geomorphic change to RoR development alone. As an alternative, we used a one-dimensional morphodynamic model to test our hypothesis across a range of pre-development sediment supply conditions and sediment storage volumes. Our results confirm that coarsening of the median surface grain-size is greatest in cases where pre-development sediment supply was highest and sediment storage volumes were large enough to disrupt supply over the course of the annual hydrograph or longer. In cases where the pre-development sediment supply is low, coarsening of the median surface grain-size is less than 2 mm over a multiple-year disruption period. When sediment supply is restored, our results

  7. A micromechanical analysis of the coupled thermomechanical superelastic response of textured and untextured polycrystalline NiTi shape memory alloys

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    In this paper a micromechanical model that incorporates single crystal constitutive relationships is used for studying the pseudoelastic response of polycrystalline shape memory alloys (SMAs). In the micromechanical framework, the stress-free transformation strains of the possible martensite twinned structures, correspondence variant pairs (CVPs), obtained from the crystallographic data of NiTi are used, and the overall transformation strain is obtained by defining a set of martensitic volume fractions corresponding to active CVPs during phase transformation. The local form of the first law of thermodynamics is used and the energy balance relation for the polycrystalline SMAs is obtained. Generalized coupled thermomechanical governing equations considering the phase transformation latent heat are derived for polycrystalline SMAs. A three-dimensional finite element framework is used and different polycrystalline samples are modeled based on Voronoi tessellations. By considering appropriate distributions of crystallographic orientations in the grains obtained from experimental texture measurements of NiTi samples, the effects of texture and the tension–compression asymmetry in polycrystalline SMAs are studied. The interaction between the stress state (tensile or compressive), the number of grains and the texture on the mechanical response of polycrystalline SMAs is studied. It is found that the number of grains (or size) affects both the stress–strain response and the phase transformation propagation in the material. In addition to tensile and compressive loadings, textured and untextured NiTi micropillars with different sizes are also studied in bending. The coupled thermomechanical framework is used for analyzing the effect of loading rate and the phase transformation latent heat on the response of both textured and untextured samples. It is shown that the temperature changes due to the heat generation during phase transformation can affect the propagation of

  8. Average Shape of Transport-Limited Aggregates

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    Davidovitch, Benny; Choi, Jaehyuk; Bazant, Martin Z.

    2005-08-01

    We study the relation between stochastic and continuous transport-limited growth models. We derive a nonlinear integro-differential equation for the average shape of stochastic aggregates, whose mean-field approximation is the corresponding continuous equation. Focusing on the advection-diffusion-limited aggregation (ADLA) model, we show that the average shape of the stochastic growth is similar, but not identical, to the corresponding continuous dynamics. Similar results should apply to DLA, thus explaining the known discrepancies between average DLA shapes and viscous fingers in a channel geometry.

  9. Mathematical and computer modeling of component surface shaping

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    Lyashkov, A.

    2016-04-01

    The process of shaping technical surfaces is an interaction of a tool (a shape element) and a component (a formable element or a workpiece) in their relative movements. It was established that the main objects of formation are: 1) a discriminant of a surfaces family, formed by the movement of the shape element relatively the workpiece; 2) an enveloping model of the real component surface obtained after machining, including transition curves and undercut lines; 3) The model of cut-off layers obtained in the process of shaping. When modeling shaping objects there are a lot of insufficiently solved or unsolved issues that make up a single scientific problem - a problem of qualitative shaping of the surface of the tool and then the component surface produced by this tool. The improvement of known metal-cutting tools, intensive development of systems of their computer-aided design requires further improvement of the methods of shaping the mating surfaces. In this regard, an important role is played by the study of the processes of shaping of technical surfaces with the use of the positive aspects of analytical and numerical mathematical methods and techniques associated with the use of mathematical and computer modeling. The author of the paper has posed and has solved the problem of development of mathematical, geometric and algorithmic support of computer-aided design of cutting tools based on computer simulation of the shaping process of surfaces.

  10. Osmotic pressure and aggregate shape in BSA/Poly(Ethylene Glycol)-Lipid/Dextran solutions

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    Castelletto, Valeria; Hamley, Ian W.; Clifton, Luke. A.; Green, Rebecca J.

    2008-01-01

    Osmotic pressure and aggregate shape in BSA/Poly(Ethylene Glycol)-Lipid/Dextran solutions correspondance: Corresponding author. Tel.: +44 113 343 7595; fax: +44 113 343 6551. (Castelletto, Valeria) (Castelletto, Valeria) School of Chemistry--> , Food Biosciences and Pharmacy--> , The University of Reading--> , P.O. Box 226--> , Whiteknights--> , Reading--> - UNIT...

  11. Web Based Image Retrieval System Using Color, Texture and Shape Analysis: Comparative Analysis

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    Amol P Bhagat

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The internet is one of the best media to disseminate scientific and technological research results [1, 2, 6]. It deals with the implementation of a web-based extensible architecture that is easily integral with applications written in different languages and linkable with different data sources. This paper work deals with developing architecture which is expandable and modular; its client–server functionalities permit easily building web applications that can be run using any Internet browser without compatibility problems regarding platform, program and operating system installed. This paper presents the implementation of Content Based Image Retrieval using different methods of color, texture and shape analysis. The primary objective is to compare the different methods of image analysis.

  12. EDTA enhances high-throughput two-dimensional bioprinting by inhibiting salt scaling and cell aggregation at the nozzle surface.

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    Parzel, Cheryl A; Pepper, Matthew E; Burg, Timothy; Groff, Richard E; Burg, Karen J L

    2009-06-01

    Tissue-engineering strategies may be employed in the development of in vitro breast tissue models for use in testing regimens of drug therapies and vaccines. The physical and chemical interactions that occur among cells and extracellular matrix components can also be elucidated with these models to gain an understanding of the progression of transformed epithelial cells into tumours and the ultimate metastases of tumour cells. The modified inkjet printer may be a useful tool for creating three-dimensional (3D) in vitro models, because it offers an inexpensive and high-throughput solution to microfabrication, and because the printer can be easily manipulated to produce varying tissue attributes. We hypothesized, however, that when ink is replaced with a biologically based fluid (i.e. a 'bio-ink'), specifically a serum-free cell culture medium, printer nozzle failure can result from salt scale build-up as fluid evaporates on the printhead surface. In this study, ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid (EDTA) was used as a culture medium additive to prevent salt scaling and cell aggregation during the bioprinting process. The results showed that EDTA, at a concentration typically found in commercially available trypsin solutions (0.53 mM), prevented nozzle failure when a serum-free culture medium was printed from a nozzle at 1000 drops/s. Furthermore, increasing concentrations of EDTA appeared to mildly decrease aggregation of 4T07 cells. Cell viability studies were performed to demonstrate that addition of EDTA did not result in significant cell death. In conclusion, it is recommended that EDTA be incorporated into bio-ink solutions containing salts that could lead to nozzle failure. PMID:19347840

  13. The study of road surface micro-texture's effects for the pavement's decontamination by high pressure water washing

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    In the result of “decontamination technical demonstration project” by Ministry of the Environment, it has became clear that the effect variation is larger in high pressure water washing method, compared with others in road surface decontamination technology. In this study, we have hypothesized the fact at the difference of micro-texture of the road surface, by carrying out high pressure water washing method in different kinds of road surfaces and verified the relation between washing efficiency and micro-texture road surface. Positive correlation has admitted between the washing number of times and radiation reduction rate and the trend of primary regression equation (i.e. radiation reduction rate per washing time) is indicating that decreasing tendency of radiation carried by the increasing of micro-texture of the road surface. Here, we proposed the method to estimated essential washing number of times to achieve the targeted radiation reduction rate from the relation of that trend and micro-texture of the road surface. (author)

  14. Investigations of surface textures produced by oblique machining of different workpiece materials

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    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The intention of this research is to test the applicability of oblique cutting tools for improving surface textures produced in turning operations on parts made of popular steels (carbon, low- and high-alloy with different chemical compositions and microstructures as well as P-F ductile iron. The aim of the research is to quantify the surface roughness and lays produced under practical working conditions.Design/methodology/approach: The objectives were achieved by the characterization of machined surfaces using 2D and 3D scanning techniques and typical LOM examinations. The surface profile and surface topographies were characterized and compared for optimal machining conditions.Findings: This investigation confirms that oblique machining allows producing surfaces with lower surface roughness and, in some cases, with attractive service properties. The main conclusion is that oblique cutting operations can reduce machining times and partly eliminate grinding operations, especially in the machining of hardened materials.Research limitations/implications: The basic limitations concern the measurement of residual stresses and microstructural alterations. Another important problem is to optimize the surface integrity including surface roughness and sublayer properties.Practical implications: One practical outcome is selecting the machining conditions which guarantee the demanded surface finish together with bearing properties. In particular, surfaces with characteristic plateau can be produced instead of special abrasive finishing operations.Originality/value: Original value of the paper is the presentation of new cutting tools and their effects in turning operations. Experiments were performed under the conditions combining low surface roughness with attractive service properties. This knowledge can support the design of technological processes of steel and NDI parts.

  15. Optical design and laser ablation of surface textures: demonstrating total internal reflection

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    Gommans, Hans; Booij, Silvia; Pijlman, Fetze; Krijn, Marcel; de Zwart, Siebe; Sepkhanov, Ruslan; Beaumont, Dave; van der Schaft, Hans; Sanders, Rene

    2015-09-01

    In lighting applications key drivers for optical design of surface textures are integration of optical elements, the disentanglement of optical functionality and appearance and late stage configuration. We investigated excimer laser ablation as a mastering technology for micro textured surfaces, where we targeted an increase in correspondence between surface design and ablated surface for high aspect ratio structures. To achieve this we have improved the photo mask design using a heuristic algorithm that corrects for the angular dependence of the ablation process and the loss of image resolution at ablation depths that exceed the depth of field. Using this approach we have been able to demonstrate close correspondence between designed and ablated facet structures up to 75° inclination at 75 μm depth. These facet design parameters allow for total internal reflection (TIR) as a means of beam deflection which is demonstrated in a range of mono shaped cone arrays in hexagonal tessellation. BSDF analysis was used to characterize the narrow TIR deflection beams that matched the peak positions of the design down to 28° apex. In addition, a single surface TIR-Fresnel lens design with focal distance 5 mm has been manufactured using this photo mask design algorithm and beam collimation up to 12° beam angle and 32° field angle is shown. These outcomes demonstrate that the laser ablation process intrinsically yields sufficient small dispersion in structure and fillet radii for lighting applications.

  16. Auto detection of wood texture orientation by Radon transform

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    YU Hai-peng; LIU Yi-xing; LIU Zhen-bo

    2005-01-01

    A novel and efficient approach for detecting wood texture orientation by computer was presented. Four Matlab functions were tried to describe the relative position and orientation of wood texture pixels, to detect texture shape and to create skeletal lines image of wood texture, and BWMORPH function was found the best one. Then by Radon transform, it generated a signature composed of 180 values, each value summing up the size of texture lines that are shaped along that angle, and a two dimensional curve plot was drawn to represent the texture orientation of wood. Furthermore, it analyzed texture orientations of forty species as well as their general statistic laws, classified by softwood, hardwood, radial section and tangential section, and the results showed that texture orientation laws described by Radon transform plot and their extracting datum were in accord with the impression of wood texture that people possessed in daily life, which confirmed the validity of this new approach and their appealing utilization potentials.

  17. Laser textured superhydrophobic surfaces and their applications for homogeneous spot deposition

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    Ta, Van Duong; Dunn, Andrew; Wasley, Thomas J.; Li, Ji; Kay, Robert W.; Stringer, Jonathan; Smith, Patrick J.; Esenturk, Emre; Connaughton, Colm; Shephard, Jonathan D.

    2016-03-01

    This work reports the laser surface modification of 304S15 stainless steel to develop superhydrophobic properties and the subsequent application for homogeneous spot deposition. Superhydrophobic surfaces, with steady contact angle of ∼154° and contact angle hysteresis of ∼4°, are fabricated by direct laser texturing. In comparison with common pico-/femto-second lasers employed for this patterning, the nanosecond fiber laser used in this work is more cost-effective, compact and allows higher processing rates. The effect of laser power and scan line separation on surface wettability of textured surfaces are investigated and optimized fabrication parameters are given. Fluid flows and transportations of polystyrene (PS) nanoparticles suspension droplets on the processed surfaces and unprocessed wetting substrates are investigated. After evaporation is complete, the coffee-stain effect is observed on the untextured substrates but not on the superhydrophobic surfaces. Uniform deposition of PS particles on the laser textured surfaces is achieved and the deposited material is confined to smaller area.

  18. Molecular diffusion and slip boundary conditions at smooth surfaces with periodic and random nanoscale textures

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    Priezjev, Nikolai V.

    2011-01-01

    The influence of periodic and random surface textures on the flow structure and effective slip length in Newtonian fluids is investigated by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. We consider a situation where the typical pattern size is smaller than the channel height and the local boundary conditions at wetting and nonwetting regions are characterized by finite slip lengths. In case of anisotropic patterns, transverse flow profiles are reported for flows over alternating stripes of different ...

  19. Ensemble averaging stress-strain fields in polycrystalline aggregates with a constrained surface microstructure-Part 1: Computational tools and application to anisotropic elastic behaviour

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    FOREST, Samuel; Zeghadi, Asmahana; Nguyen, Franck; Gourgues, Anne-Francoise; Bouaziz, Olivier

    2007-01-01

    Abstract The effect of three-dimensional grain morphology on the deformation at a free surface in polycrystalline aggregates is investigated by means of a large scale finite element and statistical approach. For a given 2D surface at z=0 containing 39 grains with given lattice orientations, 17 random 3D polycrystalline aggregates are constructed having different 3D grain shapes and orientations except at z=0, based on an original 3D image analysis procedure. They are subjected to o...

  20. Frequency, Size, and Localization of Bacterial Aggregates on Bean Leaf Surfaces

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    Monier, J.-M.; Lindow, S. E.

    2004-01-01

    Using epifluorescence microscopy and image analysis, we have quantitatively described the frequency, size, and spatial distribution of bacterial aggregates on leaf surfaces of greenhouse-grown bean plants inoculated with the plant-pathogenic bacterium Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae strain B728a. Bacterial cells were not randomly distributed on the leaf surface but occurred in a wide range of cluster sizes, ranging from single cells to over 104 cells per aggregate. The average cluster size increased through time, and aggregates were more numerous and larger when plants were maintained under conditions of high relative humidity levels than under dry conditions. The large majority of aggregates observed were small (less than 100 cells), and aggregate sizes exhibited a strong right-hand-skewed frequency distribution. While large aggregates are not frequent on a given leaf, they often accounted for the majority of cells present. We observed that up to 50% of cells present on a leaf were located in aggregates containing 103 cells or more. Aggregates were associated with several different anatomical features of the leaf surface but not with stomates. Aggregates were preferentially associated with glandular trichomes and veins. The biological and ecological significance of aggregate formation by epiphytic bacteria is discussed. PMID:14711662

  1. Aggregation and resuspension of graphene oxide in simulated natural surface aquatic environments

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    A series of experiments were performed to simulate the environmental behavior and fate of graphene oxide nanoparticles (GONPs) involved in the surface environment relating to divalent cations, natural organic matter (NOM), and hydraulics. The electrokinetic properties and hydrodynamic diameters of GONPs was systematically determined to characterize GONPs stability and the results indicated Ca2+ (Mg2+) significantly destabilized GONPs with high aggregate strength factors (SF) and fractal dimension (FD), whereas NOM decreased aggregate SF with lower FD and improved GONPs stability primarily because of increasing steric repulsion and electrostatic repulsion. Furthermore, the GONPs resuspension from the sand bed into overlying water with shear flow confirmed that the release would be restricted by Ca2+ (Mg2+), however, enhanced by NOM. The interaction energy based on Derjaguin–Landau–Verwey–Overbeek theory verifies the aggregation and resuspension well. Overall, these experiments provide an innovative look and more details to study the behavior and fate of GONPs. - Highlights: • Aggregation and resuspension of GONPs relating to surface environment are presented. • Aggregate strength factors of GONPs aggregates are quantitated by breakage experiment. • Compactness of the aggregates is closely related to fractal dimension. • Models for GONPs aggregation and breakage are synthetically proposed. • Interaction energy based on DLVO theory could interpret aggregation and resuspension of GONPs. - Aggregation and resuspension of graphene oxide relating to divalent cations, natural organic matter (NOM), and hydraulics are investigated based on DLVO theory

  2. Surface-induced and oriented textures of smectic liquid crystals: effect of thin films

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    In this work, the effect of YBa2Cu3O7-x complex compound thin films on the morphological, thermotropical, optical and orientational properties of smectic liquid crystals have been studied. The peculiarities of surface-induced textures and dynamics of their temperature transformations have been investigated. Stable, homogeneous and reproducible oriented textures of smectic liquid crystals have been obtained

  3. Quantitative Characterisation of Surface Texture

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    De Chiffre, Leonardo; Lonardo, P.M.; Trumpold, H.; Lucca, D.A.; Goch, G.; Brown, C. A.; Raja, J.; Hansen, Hans Nørgaard

    2000-01-01

    This paper reviews the different methods used to give a quantitative characterisation of surface texture. The paper contains a review of conventional 2D as well as 3D roughness parameters, with particular emphasis on recent international standards and developments. It presents new texture...... characterisation methods, such as fractals, wavelets, change trees and others, including for each method a short review, the parameters that the new methods calculate, and applications of the methods to solve surface problems. The paper contains a discussion on the relevance of the different parameters and...... quantification methods in terms of functional correlations, and it addresses the need for reducing the large number of existing parameters. The review considers the present situation and gives suggestions for future activities....

  4. Finite-difference time domain solution of light scattering by arbitrarily shaped particles and surfaces

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    Tanev, Stoyan; Sun, Wenbo

    2012-01-01

    for particle and surface scattering calculations and the uniaxial perfectly matched layer (UPML) absorbing boundary conditions for truncation of the FDTD grid. We show that the FDTD approach has a significant potential for studying the light scattering by cloud, dust, and biological particles. The...

  5. Optimization of Textured-surface Light Emitting Diode

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    Li, EH; Chan, CC; Kwok, PCK

    1998-01-01

    We present an analysis of the efficiency and radiation pattern of the textured-surface LED by tracing the light rays that emits from the active layer. Through simulation, we discover that the efficiency depends on the thickness of the textured layer and its separation distance from the active layer. By carefully choosing these two parameters, maximum efficiency an be achieved. The radiation pattern of a texture-surface LED is found to be different from the flat-surfaced LED in that the textur...

  6. Surface passivation of nano-textured fluorescent SiC by atomic layer deposited TiO2

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    Lu, Weifang; Ou, Yiyu; Jokubavicius, Valdas;

    2016-01-01

    Nano-textured surfaces have played a key role in optoelectronic materials to enhance the light extraction efficiency. In this work, morphology and optical properties of nano-textured SiC covered with atomic layer deposited (ALD) TiO2 were investigated. In order to obtain a high quality surface for...

  7. Surface fractal dimensions and textural properties of mesoporous alkaline-earth hydroxyapatites

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    Vilchis-Granados, J. [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Departamento de Química, A.P. 18-1027, Col. Escandón, Delegación Miguel Hidalgo, C.P. 11801, México, DF (Mexico); Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Facultad de Química, Av. Paseo Colón esquina con Paseo Tollocan s/n Toluca, México (Mexico); Granados-Correa, F., E-mail: francisco.granados@inin.gob.mx [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Departamento de Química, A.P. 18-1027, Col. Escandón, Delegación Miguel Hidalgo, C.P. 11801, México, DF (Mexico); Barrera-Díaz, C.E. [Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Facultad de Química, Av. Paseo Colón esquina con Paseo Tollocan s/n Toluca, México (Mexico)

    2013-08-15

    This work examines the surface fractal dimensions (D{sub f}) and textural properties of three different alkaline-earth hydroxyapatites. Calcium, strontium and barium hydroxyapatite compounds were successfully synthesized via chemical precipitation method and characterized using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and N{sub 2}-physisorption measurements. Surface fractal dimensions were determined using single N{sub 2}-adsorption/desorption isotherms method to quantify the irregular surface of as-prepared compounds. The obtained materials were also characterized through their surface hydroxyl group content, determined by the mass titration method. It was found that the D{sub f} values for the three materials covered the range of 0.77 ± 0.04–2.33 ± 0.11; these results indicated that the materials tend to have smooth surfaces, except the irregular surface of barium hydroxyapatite. Moreover, regarding the synthesized calcium hydroxyapatite exhibited better textural properties compared with the synthesized strontium and barium hydroxyapatites for adsorbent purposes. However, barium hydroxyapatite shows irregular surface, indicating a high population of active sites across the surface, in comparison with the others studied hydroxyapatites. Finally, the results showed a linear correlation between the surface hydroxyl group content at the external surface of materials and their surface fractal dimensions.

  8. Wetting and other physical characteristics of polycarbonate surface textured using laser ablation

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    Highlights: • Laser causes micro/nano size pores and shallow fine-size cavities. • Crystallinity at surface is 18% after laser treatment increasing hydrophobicity. • Surface hydrophobicity improves after laser treatment. • Microhardness increases twofold after laser treatment process. • Residual stress is compressive and scratch hardness is 110 ± 11 MPa. • Optical transmittance reduces by 15% after laser treatment. - Abstract: Surface texturing of polycarbonate glass is carried out for improved hydrophobicity via controlled laser ablation at the surface. Optical and physical characteristics of the laser treated layer are examined using analytical tools including optical, atomic force, and scanning electron microscopes, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction. Contact angle measurements are carried out to assess the hydrophobicity of the laser treated surface. Residual stress in the laser ablated layer is determined using the curvature method, and microhardnes and scratch resistance are analyzed using a micro-tribometer. Findings reveal that textured surfaces compose of micro/nano pores with fine cavities and increase the contact angle to hydrophobicity such a way that contact angles in the range of 120° are resulted. Crystallization of the laser treated surface reduces the optical transmittance by 15%, contributes to residual stress formation, and enhances the microhardness by twice the value of untreated polycarbonate surface. In addition, laser treatment improves surface scratch resistance by 40%

  9. Micro-Shaping of Nanopatterned Surfaces by Electron Beam Irradiation

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    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available We show that planar nanopatterned thin films on standard polycarbonate (PC compact discs (CD can be micro-shaped in a non-contact manner via direct e-beam exposure. The shape of the film can be controlled by proper selection of the e-beam parameters. As an example of application, we demonstrate a two-dimensional (2D array of micro-lenses/reservoirs conformally covered by an Al 2D nanohole array (NHA film on a PC CD substrate. It is also shown that such a curvilinear Al NHA layer can be easily transferred onto a flexible polymeric support. The presented technique provides a new tool for creating lab-on-CD architectures and developing multifunctional (flexible non-planar nanostructured films and surfaces.

  10. Determination of the texture of a TiNi shape memory alloy by treatment of a set of overlapping rays

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    The determination of the crystallographic texture of a Ti Ni shape memory alloy (SMA) in its 2/m monoclinic martensitic phase is very difficult because two main problems have to be faced: The first problem is to make a sufficient number of correct pole figures even though the diffraction rays are very near one another and many peaks overlap and give very intricate clusters of rays. The second problem is that the resolution should remain reasonably good. Low symmetry increases the fiber axis domain, which now covers half the North hemisphere of the pole sphere, i.e. 12 m3m cubic unit triangles. As it is practically impossible to separate the rays, one pole figure is made for a whole set including several families of plans. Correlatively we calculate the matrix of a multiple plane family by making the weighted sum of the individual matrices of each family. The weight coefficient is chosen equal to the area of each peak deconvoluted on the diffraction pattern integrated on all the pole figure measured. (orig.)

  11. Assessment of optimum threshold and particle shape parameter for the image analysis of aggregate size distribution of concrete sections

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    Ozen, Murat; Guler, Murat

    2014-02-01

    Aggregate gradation is one of the key design parameters affecting the workability and strength properties of concrete mixtures. Estimating aggregate gradation from hardened concrete samples can offer valuable insights into the quality of mixtures in terms of the degree of segregation and the amount of deviation from the specified gradation limits. In this study, a methodology is introduced to determine the particle size distribution of aggregates from 2D cross sectional images of concrete samples. The samples used in the study were fabricated from six mix designs by varying the aggregate gradation, aggregate source and maximum aggregate size with five replicates of each design combination. Each sample was cut into three pieces using a diamond saw and then scanned to obtain the cross sectional images using a desktop flatbed scanner. An algorithm is proposed to determine the optimum threshold for the image analysis of the cross sections. A procedure was also suggested to determine a suitable particle shape parameter to be used in the analysis of aggregate size distribution within each cross section. Results of analyses indicated that the optimum threshold hence the pixel distribution functions may be different even for the cross sections of an identical concrete sample. Besides, the maximum ferret diameter is the most suitable shape parameter to estimate the size distribution of aggregates when computed based on the diagonal sieve opening. The outcome of this study can be of practical value for the practitioners to evaluate concrete in terms of the degree of segregation and the bounds of mixture's gradation achieved during manufacturing.

  12. Optical line shapes of dynamically disordered ring aggregates

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    Bakalis, LD; Coca, M; Knoester, J

    1999-01-01

    We study the absorption line shape caused by Frenkel excitons in one-dimensional ring-shaped molecular aggregates, such as circular light-harvesting systems, subjected to dynamic disorder with a finite correlation time. We focus on dichotomic noise and show that for arbitrary orientations of the mol

  13. Optical simulation of surface textured TCO using FDTD method

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    Elviyanti, I. L.; Purwanto, H.; Kusumandari

    2016-02-01

    The purpose of this research is simulating the transmittance of surface textured transparent conducting oxide (TCO) for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell (DSSC) application. The simulation based on finite difference time domain (FDTD) was performed using the MatLab software for flat and pyramid surface textured TCO. Fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) and indium tin oxide (ITO) were used as TCO material. The transmittance simulation of flat TCO was compared to UV-Vis spectrophotometer measurement of real TCO to ensure the accuracy of the simulation. Then, the transmittance simulation of pyramid surface textures of TCO is higher than a flat one. It suggested that surface texturing enhance the path of light through dispersion and reflectance light by the pattern of the surface. This result indicates that surface textured increasing the transmittance of TCO through a complex light trapping mechanism which might be used to increase the light harvesting for DSSC application.

  14. Lizard-Skin Surface Texture

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    2007-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site] Figure 1 The south polar region of Mars is covered seasonally with translucent carbon dioxide ice. In the spring gas subliming (evaporating) from the underside of the seasonal layer of ice bursts through weak spots, carrying dust from below with it, to form numerous dust fans aligned in the direction of the prevailing wind. The dust gets trapped in the shallow grooves on the surface, helping to define the small-scale structure of the surface. The surface texture is reminiscent of lizard skin (figure 1). Observation Geometry Image PSP_003730_0945 was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft on 14-May-2007. The complete image is centered at -85.2 degrees latitude, 181.5 degrees East longitude. The range to the target site was 248.5 km (155.3 miles). At this distance the image scale is 24.9 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects 75 cm across are resolved. The image shown here has been map-projected to 25 cm/pixel . The image was taken at a local Mars time of 06:04 PM and the scene is illuminated from the west with a solar incidence angle of 69 degrees, thus the sun was about 21 degrees above the horizon. At a solar longitude of 237.5 degrees, the season on Mars is Northern Autumn.

  15. Self-adaptive surface texture design for friction reduction across the lubrication regimes

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    Hsu, Stephen M.; Jing, Yang; Zhao, Fei

    2016-03-01

    Surface texturing has been shown to reduce friction and improve durability in mechanical face seals and metal forming operations, and lightly loaded thrust bearings. However, the success has been limited to conformal contacts and low load high speed operating conditions, i.e. hydrodynamic lubrication dominated regime. Both experiments and numerical simulations have shown that textural patterns, under higher loading and/or slower speeds may increase friction and even cause the lubrication film collapse. Specific designs of surface texture pattern, as its shape, depth and density, are required for different lubrication regimes. Our own study has shown (Hsu et al 2014 J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 47 335307) that large/shallow dimple reduces friction in hydrodynamic lubrication regime, whereas small/deep dimple shows benefit in mixed/boundary lubrication regimes (if the textural designs can provides hydrodynamic/hydrostatic lift forces to reduce the machine loading). In considering an engine component typically experiences duty cycles that may cross various lubrication regimes, a multiscale surface texture design appears attractive. This type of mixed shape texturing combines textures designed for low load, high speed operating conditions and the textures that are designed for high load, low speed operations. In this paper, two types of multiscale surface texture designs are presented. Ball-on-three-flats (BOTF) wear tester (under high loading conditions) is used to evaluate the performance of these multiscale texture designs along with the baselines of un-textured surfaces under the same surface preparation procedures. Two texture designs with only a single shape dimples are included in the study. Results suggest that multiscale surface texture design not only further reduces friction in comparison to the textures with single shape dimples, but also shows the effectiveness across hydrodynamic regimes to the mixed lubrication regimes.

  16. Effects of texture on the damping characteristics of cold-rolled and annealed Ti50Ni40Cu10 shape memory alloy

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    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Cold-rolled and annealed Ti50Ni40Cu10 shape memory alloy possesses a major (110[001] texture along the rolling direction and a minor {111} γ-fiber texture along the normal direction. The damping capacity of the B2→B19 and B19→B2 martensitic transformation internal friction peaks for the Ti50Ni40Cu10 shape memory alloy was more pronounced in the rolling direction than in the transverse direction due to the effects of the cold-rolled and annealed textures. The damping capacity of the B19→B19’ and B19’→B19 martensitic transformation internal friction peaks was not noticeable affected by the orientation of the specimen.

  17. Bio-inspired scale-like surface textures and their tribological properties.

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    Greiner, Christian; Schäfer, Michael

    2015-08-01

    Friction, wear and the associated energy dissipation are major challenges in all systems containing moving parts. Examples range from nanoelectromechanical systems over hip prosthesis to off-shore wind turbines. Bionic approaches have proven to be very successful in many engineering problems, while investigating the potential of a bio-inspired approach in creating morphological surface textures is a relatively new field of research. Here, we developed laser-created textures inspired by the scales found on the skin of snakes and certain lizards. We show that this bio-inspired surface morphology reduced dry sliding friction forces by more than 40%. In lubricated contacts the same morphology increased friction by a factor of three. Two different kinds of morphologies, one with completely overlapping scales and one with the scales arranged in individual rows, were chosen. In lubricated as well as unlubricated contacts, the surface texture with the scales in rows showed lower friction forces than the completely overlapping ones. We anticipate that these results could have significant impact in all dry sliding contacts, ranging from nanoelectromechanical and micro-positioning systems up to large-scale tribological contacts which cannot be lubricated, e.g. because they are employed in a vacuum environment. PMID:26125522

  18. Hydration and diffusion processes shape microbial community organization and function in model soil aggregates

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    Ebrahimi, Ali; Or, Dani

    2015-12-01

    The constantly changing soil hydration status affects gas and nutrient diffusion through soil pores and thus the functioning of soil microbial communities. The conditions within soil aggregates are of particular interest due to limitations to oxygen diffusion into their core, and the presence of organic carbon often acting as binding agent. We developed a model for microbial life in simulated soil aggregates comprising of 3-D angular pore network model (APNM) that mimics soil hydraulic and transport properties. Within these APNM, we introduced individual motile (flagellated) microbial cells with different physiological traits that grow, disperse, and respond to local nutrients and oxygen concentrations. The model quantifies the dynamics and spatial extent of anoxic regions that vary with hydration conditions, and their role in shaping microbial community size and activity and the spatial (self) segregation of anaerobes and aerobes. Internal carbon source and opposing diffusion directions of oxygen and carbon within an aggregate were essential to emergence of stable coexistence of aerobic and anaerobic communities (anaerobes become extinct when carbon sources are external). The model illustrates a range of hydration conditions that promote or suppress denitrification or decomposition of organic matter and thus affect soil GHG emissions. Model predictions of CO2 and N2O production rates were in good agreement with limited experimental data. These limited tests support the dynamic modeling approach whereby microbial community size, composition, and spatial arrangement emerge from internal interactions within soil aggregates. The upscaling of the results to a population of aggregates of different sizes embedded in a soil profile is underway.

  19. Correlations Between Textures and Infrared Spectra of the Martian Surface in Valles Marineris

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    Ralston, S. J.; Wray, J. J.

    2013-12-01

    RALSTON, S. J., School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, 311 Ferst Drive, Atlanta, GA 30332, sralston3@gatech.edu, WRAY, James, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, 311 Ferst Drive, Atlanta, GA 30332, jwray@eas.gatech.edu In the past few decades, a wealth of information has become available on the appearance and composition of the Martian surface. While some previous research has examined possible correlations between certain surface features and mineralogy (such as the hypothesized connection between Recurring Slope Lineae and perchlorate salts), little has yet been done to determine possible correlations between mineralogy and texture in less extraordinary circumstances. In this project, one hundred images taken from across the Valles Marineris region were examined both in infrared (obtained from the CRISM instrument aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter) and in visible-light images from the HiRISE camera. Spectra were obtained from regions of interest, focusing mainly on the identification of monohydrated and polyhydrated sulfates. Other materials were included in the imaging, including phyllosilicate clays, gypsum, and jarosite, although those materials proved less abundant than the sulfates. The areas from which the spectra were taken were then examined in visible-light wavelengths using HiRISE images to determine textural qualities. The focus of this research was on two particular textures, a 'reticulated' texture and a 'stepped texture,' hypothesized to correlate to monohydrated and polyhydrated sulfates, respectively. Results showed that over 55% of areas containing monohydrated sulfates also contained reticulate texture, whereas areas that contained other materials, such as polyhydrated sulfates and clays, had only a 2-8% correlation with reticulate texture. The stepped texture was shown to have no significant correlation to any one material, although other texture/mineral pairs did

  20. Rational design of organic semiconductors for texture control and self-patterning on halogenated surfaces

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    Ward, Jeremy W.

    2014-05-15

    Understanding the interactions at interfaces between the materials constituting consecutive layers within organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) is vital for optimizing charge injection and transport, tuning thin-film microstructure, and designing new materials. Here, the influence of the interactions at the interface between a halogenated organic semiconductor (OSC) thin film and a halogenated self-assembled monolayer on the formation of the crystalline texture directly affecting the performance of OTFTs is explored. By correlating the results from microbeam grazing incidence wide angle X-ray scattering (μGIWAXS) measurements of structure and texture with OTFT characteristics, two or more interaction paths between the terminating atoms of the semiconductor and the halogenated surface are found to be vital to templating a highly ordered morphology in the first layer. These interactions are effective when the separating distance is lower than 2.5 dw, where dw represents the van der Waals distance. The ability to modulate charge carrier transport by several orders of magnitude by promoting "edge-on" versus "face-on" molecular orientation and crystallographic textures in OSCs is demonstrated. It is found that the "edge-on" self-assembly of molecules forms uniform, (001) lamellar-textured crystallites which promote high charge carrier mobility, and that charge transport suffers as the fraction of the "face-on" oriented crystallites increases. The role of interfacial halogenation in mediating texture formation and the self-patterning of organic semiconductor films, as well as the resulting effects on charge transport in organic thin-film transistors, are explored. The presence of two or more anchoring sites between a halogenated semiconductor and a halogenated self-assembled monolayer, closer than about twice the corresponding van der Waals distance, alter the microstructure and improve electrical properties. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  1. Hedgehog spin texture and competing orders on the surface of strained topological crystalline insulators

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    Huang, Cheng-Yi; Tsai, Wei-Feng; Wang, Yung Jui; Lin, Hsin; Bansil, Arun

    2014-03-01

    We discuss spin reorientation phenomena, which may or may not yield gap formation, on the surface of topological crystalline insulators Pb1-xSnx(Te, Se) under various applied strains. The low-energy surface electrons on the (001) surface behave like massless Dirac particles with four Dirac points centered along the intersection of the mirror (xz or yz) plane and the surface plane. We use a four-band k.p model, which captures the spin and orbital texture of the surface states around surface X (or Y) point up to the energy around the Lifshitz transition, and systematically study effects of the applied strain. In contrast to the case without any strain, where the absence of the out-of-the-plane spin component is guaranteed by both the mirror and the time-reversal symmetries, we find that without time-reversal symmetry breaking, the hedgehog-like spin textures associated with a gap formation can be induced by the strain only, breaking the xz mirror symmetry. The other cases cannot induce a gap at Dirac points. We also investigate interaction-driven competing orders under the strain and obtain a phase diagram at the mean-field level to reveal the possible novel surface states in the system.

  2. Texture development during progressive deformation of hematite aggregates: Constraints from VPSC models and naturally deformed iron oxides from Minas Gerais, Brazil

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    Ferreira, Filippe; Lagoeiro, Leonardo; Morales, Luiz F. G.; Oliveira, Claudinei G. de; Barbosa, Paola; Ávila, Carlos; Cavalcante, Geane C. G.

    2016-09-01

    We show that naturally-deformed hematite from the Quadrilátero Ferrífero Province, Minas Gerais, Brazil, develops CPOs by dislocation creep, strongly influenced by basal plane parallel glide, even when this is not the favored slip system. Characterization of microstructure and texture, particularly intragranular misorientations, of naturally deformed hematite aggregates by EBSD allowed us to determine the importance of different slip systems, and confirm dislocation creep as the dominant deformation mechanism. Viscoplastic self-consistent (VPSC) models were constructed to constrain the slip systems required to operate for the observed CPO to develop, and its rheological implications. Changes in the CRSS ratio of hematite prism and basal slip systems and deformation regime lead to the development of distinct patterns of hematite crystallographic orientations. The basal slip-dominated simple shear model is the only one that can develop quasi-single-crystal CPO of the kind observed in highly deformed rocks from Quadrilátero Ferrífero. Comparison between naturally deformed hematite aggregates and VPSC models shows that CPO development of hematite is strongly influenced by a highly viscoplastic anisotropy through dislocation creep on hematite basal plane. Nonetheless, our results demonstrate that even the unfavorable slip systems should be regarded when the bulk rheology of mineral aggregates is evaluated.

  3. What Controls the Sizes and Shapes of Volcanic Ash? Integrating Morphological, Textural and Geochemical Ash Properties to Decipher Eruptive Processes

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    Liu, E. J.; Cashman, K. V.; Rust, A.

    2015-12-01

    Volcanic ash particles encompass a diverse spectrum of shapes as a consequence of differences in the magma properties and the magma ascent and eruption conditions. We show how the quantitative analysis of ash particle shapes can be a valuable tool for deciphering magma fragmentation and transport processes. Importantly, integrating morphological data with ash texture (e.g. bubble and crystal sizes) and dissolved volatile data provides valuable insights into the physical and chemical controls on the resulting ash deposit. To explore the influence of magma-water interaction (MWI) on fine ash generation, we apply this multi-component characterisation to tephra from the 2500BC Hverfjall Fires, Iceland. Here, coeval fissure vents spanned sub-aerial to shallow lacustrine environments. Differences in the size and morphology of pyroclasts thus reflect fragmentation mechanisms under different near-surface conditions. Using shape parameters sensitive to both particle roughness and internal vesicularity, we quantify the relative proportions of dense fragments, bubble shards, and vesicular grains from 2-D SEM images. We show that componentry (and particle morphology) varies as a function of grain size, and that this variation can be related back to the bubble size distribution. Although both magmatic and hydromagmatic deposits exhibit similar component assemblages, they differ in how these assemblages change with grain size. These results highlight the benefits of characterising ash deposits over a wide range of grain sizes, and caution against inferring fragmentation mechanism from a narrow grain size range. Elevated matrix glass S concentrations in hydromagmatic ash (600-1500 ppm) compared to those in magmatic ash and scoria lapilli (200-500 ppm) indicate interrupted vesiculation. In contrast to the subaerial 'dry' deposits, fragmentation during MWI likely occurred over a greater range of depths with quench rates sufficient to prevent post-fragmentation degassing. High

  4. Effects of surface roughness, texture and polymer degradation on cathodic delamination of epoxy coated steel samples

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    Highlights: ► Cathodic delamination of epoxy coated steel samples was studied using SKP. ► Delamination of the coating decreased with increased substrate surface roughness. ► Delamination of the coating was faster on the substrate with parallel surface scratches. ► Delamination of the coating exposed to weathering conditions increased with prolonged exposure. - Abstract: The Scanning Kelvin Probe (SKP) technique was used to investigate the effects of surface roughness, texture and polymer degradation on cathodic delamination of epoxy coated steel. The cathodic delamination rate of the epoxy coatings dramatically decreased with increased surface roughness of the underlying steel substrate. The surface texture of the steel substrates also had a significant effect in that samples with parallel abrasion lines exhibiting faster cathodic delamination in the direction of the lines compared to the direction perpendicular to the lines. The cathodic delamination kinetics of epoxy coatings previously exposed to weathering conditions increased with prolonged exposure due to pronounced polymer degradation. SEM observation confirmed that the cyclic exposure to UV radiation and water condensation caused severe deterioration in the polymer structures with surface cracking and erosion. The SKP results clearly showed that the cathodic delamination of the epoxy coatings was significantly influenced by the surface features of the underlying steel substrates and the degradation of the coatings.

  5. A 2-year report on maxillary and mandibular fixed partial dentures supported by Astra Tech dental implants. A comparison of 2 implants with different surface textures

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    Karlsson, U; Gotfredsen, K; Olsson, C

    1998-01-01

    In 50 partially edentulous patients, 133 (48 maxillary; 85 mandibular) Astra Tech dental implants of 2 different surface textures (machined; TiO-blasted) were alternately installed, supporting 52 fixed partial dentures (FPDs). Before abutment connection 2 machined implants (1 mandibular; 1...

  6. Surface passivation of nano-textured fluorescent SiC by atomic layer deposited TiO2

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    Lu, Weifang; Ou, Yiyu; Jokubavicius, Valdas; Fadil, Ahmed; Syväjärvi, Mikael; Petersen, Paul Michael; Ou, Haiyan

    2016-07-01

    Nano-textured surfaces have played a key role in optoelectronic materials to enhance the light extraction efficiency. In this work, morphology and optical properties of nano-textured SiC covered with atomic layer deposited (ALD) TiO2 were investigated. In order to obtain a high quality surface for TiO2 deposition, a three-step cleaning procedure was introduced after RIE etching. The morphology of anatase TiO2 indicates that the nano-textured substrate has a much higher surface nucleated grain density than a flat substrate at the beginning of the deposition process. The corresponding reflectance increases with TiO2 thickness due to increased surface diffuse reflection. The passivation effect of ALD TiO2 thin film on the nano-textured fluorescent 6H-SiC sample was also investigated and a PL intensity improvement of 8.05% was obtained due to the surface passivation.

  7. Shape-tailored local descriptors and their application to segmentation and tracking

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    Khan, Naeemullah

    2015-06-07

    We propose new dense descriptors for texture segmentation. Given a region of arbitrary shape in an image, these descriptors are formed from shape-dependent scale spaces of oriented gradients. These scale spaces are defined by Poisson-like partial differential equations. A key property of our new descriptors is that they do not aggregate image data across the boundary of the region, in contrast to existing descriptors based on aggregation of oriented gradients. As an example, we show how the descriptor can be incorporated in a Mumford-Shah energy for texture segmentation. We test our method on several challenging datasets for texture segmentation and textured object tracking. Experiments indicate that our descriptors lead to more accurate segmentation than non-shape dependent descriptors and the state-of-the-art in texture segmentation.

  8. The effect of controlled microrobotized blasting on implant surface texturing and early osseointegration.

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    Gil, Luiz F; Marin, Charles; Teixeira, Hellen; Marão, Heloisa F; Tovar, Nick; Khan, Rehan; Bonfante, Estevam A; Janal, Malvin; Coelho, Paulo G

    2016-02-01

    Surface topography modifications have become a key strategy for hastening the host-to-implant response to implantable materials. The present study evaluated the effect of three different carefully controlled surface texture patterns achieved through microrobotized blasting (controlled to high, medium and low roughness) relative to a larger scale blasting procedure (control) in early osseointegration in a canine model. Four commercially pure grade 2 titanium alloy implants (one of each surface) were bilaterally placed in the radii of six beagle dogs and allowed end points of 1 and 6 weeks in vivo. Following sacrifice, implants in bone were non-decalcified processed for bone morphologic and histometric (bone-to-implant contact; bone area fraction occupancy) evaluation. Surface topography was characterized by scanning electron microscopy and optical interferometry. Results showed initial osteogenic tissue interaction at one week and new bone in intimate contact with all implant surfaces at 6 weeks. At 1 and 6 weeks in vivo, higher bone-to-implant and bone area fraction occupancy were observed for the high texture pattern microrobotized blasted surface relative to others. PMID:26508287

  9. Structure and properties of nitrided surface layer produced on NiTi shape memory alloy by low temperature plasma nitriding

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    Czarnowska, Elżbieta [Children' s Memorial Health Institute, Pathology Department, Al. Dzieci Polskich 20, 04-730 Warsaw (Poland); Borowski, Tomasz [Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Wołoska 141, 02-507 Warsaw (Poland); Sowińska, Agnieszka [Children' s Memorial Health Institute, Pathology Department, Al. Dzieci Polskich 20, 04-730 Warsaw (Poland); Lelątko, Józef [Silesia University, Faculty of Computer Science and Materials Science, 75 Pułku Piechoty 1A, 41-500 Chorzów (Poland); Oleksiak, Justyna; Kamiński, Janusz; Tarnowski, Michał [Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Wołoska 141, 02-507 Warsaw (Poland); Wierzchoń, Tadeusz, E-mail: twierz@inmat.pw.edu.pl [Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Wołoska 141, 02-507 Warsaw (Poland)

    2015-04-15

    Highlights: • Low temperature plasma nitriding process of NiTi shape memory alloy is presented. • The possibility of treatment details of sophisticated shape. • TiN surface layer has diffusive character. • TiN surface layer increases corrosion resistance of NiTi alloy. • Produced TiN layer modify the biological properties of NiTi alloy. - Abstract: NiTi shape memory alloys are used for bone and cardiological implants. However, on account of the metallosis effect, i.e. the release of the alloy elements into surrounding tissues, they are subjected to various surface treatment processes in order to improve their corrosion resistance and biocompatibility without influencing the required shape memory properties. In this paper, the microstructure, topography and morphology of TiN surface layer on NiTi alloy, and corrosion resistance, both before and after nitriding in low-temperature plasma at 290 °C, are presented. Examinations with the use of the potentiodynamic and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy methods were carried out and show an increase of corrosion resistance in Ringer's solution after glow-discharge nitriding. This surface titanium nitride layer also improved the adhesion of platelets and the proliferation of osteoblasts, which was investigated in in vitro experiments with human cells. Experimental data revealed that nitriding NiTi shape memory alloy under low-temperature plasma improves its properties for bone implant applications.

  10. Structure and properties of nitrided surface layer produced on NiTi shape memory alloy by low temperature plasma nitriding

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    Highlights: • Low temperature plasma nitriding process of NiTi shape memory alloy is presented. • The possibility of treatment details of sophisticated shape. • TiN surface layer has diffusive character. • TiN surface layer increases corrosion resistance of NiTi alloy. • Produced TiN layer modify the biological properties of NiTi alloy. - Abstract: NiTi shape memory alloys are used for bone and cardiological implants. However, on account of the metallosis effect, i.e. the release of the alloy elements into surrounding tissues, they are subjected to various surface treatment processes in order to improve their corrosion resistance and biocompatibility without influencing the required shape memory properties. In this paper, the microstructure, topography and morphology of TiN surface layer on NiTi alloy, and corrosion resistance, both before and after nitriding in low-temperature plasma at 290 °C, are presented. Examinations with the use of the potentiodynamic and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy methods were carried out and show an increase of corrosion resistance in Ringer's solution after glow-discharge nitriding. This surface titanium nitride layer also improved the adhesion of platelets and the proliferation of osteoblasts, which was investigated in in vitro experiments with human cells. Experimental data revealed that nitriding NiTi shape memory alloy under low-temperature plasma improves its properties for bone implant applications

  11. Texturing of UHMWPE surface via NIL for low friction and wear properties

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    Kustandi, Tanu Suryadi; Low, Hong Yee [Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, 3 Research Link, Singapore 117602 (Singapore); Choo, Jian Huei; Sinha, Sujeet K, E-mail: hy-low@imre.a-star.edu.s, E-mail: mpesks@nus.edu.s [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore, 9 Engineering Drive 1, Singapore 117576 (Singapore)

    2010-01-13

    Wear is a major obstacle limiting the useful life of implanted ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) components in total joint arthroplasty. It has been a continuous effort in the implant industry to reduce the frictional wear problem of UHMWPE by improving the structure, morphology and mechanical properties of the polymer. In this paper, a new paradigm that utilizes nanoimprint lithography (NIL) in producing textures on the surface of UHMWPE is proposed to efficiently improve the tribological properties of the polymer. Friction and wear experiments were conducted on patterned and controlled (non-patterned) UHMWPE surfaces using a commercial tribometer, mounted with a silicon nitride ball, under a dry-sliding condition with normal loads ranging from 60 to 200 mN. It has been shown that the patterned UHMWPE surface showed a reduction in the coefficient of friction between 8% and 35% as compared with the controlled (non-patterned) surface, depending on the magnitude of the normal load. Reciprocating wear experiments also showed that the presence of surface textures on the polymer resulted in lower wear depth and width, with minimal material transfer to the sliding surface.

  12. Texturing of UHMWPE surface via NIL for low friction and wear properties

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    Wear is a major obstacle limiting the useful life of implanted ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) components in total joint arthroplasty. It has been a continuous effort in the implant industry to reduce the frictional wear problem of UHMWPE by improving the structure, morphology and mechanical properties of the polymer. In this paper, a new paradigm that utilizes nanoimprint lithography (NIL) in producing textures on the surface of UHMWPE is proposed to efficiently improve the tribological properties of the polymer. Friction and wear experiments were conducted on patterned and controlled (non-patterned) UHMWPE surfaces using a commercial tribometer, mounted with a silicon nitride ball, under a dry-sliding condition with normal loads ranging from 60 to 200 mN. It has been shown that the patterned UHMWPE surface showed a reduction in the coefficient of friction between 8% and 35% as compared with the controlled (non-patterned) surface, depending on the magnitude of the normal load. Reciprocating wear experiments also showed that the presence of surface textures on the polymer resulted in lower wear depth and width, with minimal material transfer to the sliding surface.

  13. Soft electrostatic repulsion in particle monolayers at liquid interfaces: surface pressure and effect of aggregation.

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    Kralchevsky, Peter A; Danov, Krassimir D; Petkov, Plamen V

    2016-07-28

    Non-densely packed interfacial monolayers from charged micrometre-sized colloid particles find applications for producing micropatterned surfaces. The soft electrostatic repulsion between the particles in a monolayer on an air/water (or oil/water) interface is mediated by the non-polar fluid, where Debye screening is absent and the distances between the particles are considerably greater than their diameters. Surface pressure versus area isotherms were measured at the air/water interface. The experiments show that asymptotically the surface pressure is inversely proportional to the third power of the interparticle distance. A theoretical model is developed that predicts not only the aforementioned asymptotic law but also the whole surface pressure versus area dependence. An increase in the surface pressure upon aggregation of charged particles in the interfacial monolayers is experimentally established. This effect is explained by the developed theoretical model, which predicts that the surface pressure should linearly increase with the square root of the particle mean aggregation number. The effect of added electrolyte on the aggregation is also investigated. The data lead to the conclusion that 'limited aggregation' exists in the monolayers of charged particles. In brief, the stronger electrostatic repulsion between the bigger aggregates leads to a higher barrier to their coalescence that, in turn, prevents any further aggregation, i.e. negative feedback is present.This article is part of the themed issue 'Soft interfacial materials: from fundamentals to formulation'. PMID:27298437

  14. Transformation yield surface of shape memory alloys

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    K. Bhattacharya; Schlömerkemper, A

    2004-01-01

    Shape-memory alloys transform under stress, and this stress-induced transformation is useful for various practical applications. The stress at which the alloy transforms depends on the orientation of the stress relative to the specimen, and may be described using a transformation yield surface. This paper provides early results of a theoretical treatment of the transformation yield surface of shape-memory polycrystals with particular emphasis on the influence of texture.

  15. Effect of texture on phase-transformation strain in CuZnAl shape memory sheets

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    沈甫法; 袁文庆

    2002-01-01

    The textured shape memory alloys exhibits anisotropic because the property of single crystal is strongly orientation-dependent. The effect of texture on phase-transformation strain in CuZnAl shape memory sheets was investigated. The texture of parent austenite was measured by X-ray goniometer and analyzed by the orientation distribution function. Subsequently, using the texture parameters and single crystal properties, the phase transformation strains at the different directions of rolling plane by the statistically averaging method were calculated. It was showed that the experimental results are agreeable with the calculated ones. It is well explained that this anisotropy of phase-transformation strain is mainly caused by the crystallographic texture of the rolled sheets.

  16. Self-assembly of thiolated cyanine aggregates on Au(111) and Au nanoparticle surfaces

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    Menéndez, Guillermo O.; Cortés, Emiliano; Grumelli, Doris; Méndez de Leo, Lucila P.; Williams, Federico J.; Tognalli, Nicolás G.; Fainstein, Alejandro; Vela, María Elena; Jares-Erijman, Elizabeth A.; Salvarezza, Roberto C.

    2012-01-01

    Heptamethinecyanine J-aggregates display sharp, intense fluorescence emission making them attractive candidates for developing a variety of chem-bio-sensing applications. They have been immobilized on planar thiol-covered Au surfaces and thiol-capped Au nanoparticles by weak molecular interactions. In this work the self-assembly of novel thiolated cyanine (CNN) on Au(111) and citrate-capped AuNPs from solutions containing monomers and J-aggregates has been studied by using STM, XPS, PM-IRRAS, electrochemical techniques and Raman spectroscopy. Data show that CNN species adsorb on the Au surfaces by forming thiolate-Au bonds. We found that the J-aggregates are preferentially adsorbed on the Au(111) surface directly from the solution while adsorbed CNN monomers cannot organize into aggregates on the substrate surface. These results indicate that the CNN-Au interaction is not able to disorganize the large J-aggregates stabilized by π-π stacking to optimize the S-Au binding site but it is strong enough to hinder the π-π stacking when CNNs are chemisorbed as monomers. The optical properties of the J-aggregates remain active after adsorption. The possibility of covalently bonding CNN J-aggregates to Au planar surfaces and Au nanoparticles controlling the J-aggregate/Au distance opens a new path regarding their improved stability and the wide range of biological applications of both CNN and AuNP biocompatible systems.Heptamethinecyanine J-aggregates display sharp, intense fluorescence emission making them attractive candidates for developing a variety of chem-bio-sensing applications. They have been immobilized on planar thiol-covered Au surfaces and thiol-capped Au nanoparticles by weak molecular interactions. In this work the self-assembly of novel thiolated cyanine (CNN) on Au(111) and citrate-capped AuNPs from solutions containing monomers and J-aggregates has been studied by using STM, XPS, PM-IRRAS, electrochemical techniques and Raman spectroscopy. Data show

  17. Conglomeration of Hand Shapes and Texture Information for Recognizing Gestures of Indian Sign Language Using Feed forward Neural Networks

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    P.V.V.Kishore

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available This research paper highlights the use of shape and texture information for recognizing gestures of Indian sign language. The proposed method involves extracting the hand segments from theoriginal color gesture images and subjecting them to further processing. In the next stage texture information of the hands in extracted using gabor filter. Again from the segmented hand portions shape is modeled using Chan-Vese(CV active contour model. Finally both the shape and texture information are merged together to produce a feature vector that essentially represents a sign in Indian SignLanguage. To reduce the dimensionality of the feature matrix principle component analysis is applied on the feature matrix. The obtained feature matrix will train a artificial neural network the learns using error back propagation algorithm. Indian sign language database was created for around 36 signs with 10 different signers. For training 4 sets gesture images were used and the remaining 6 sets were used for testing. After extensive testing under various conditions the average recognition rate stands at 98.2%.

  18. Improving Sunflower Halva Stability and Texture by Controlling Tahini Particle Size Distribution

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    Vlad Mureşan

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Sunflower halva is an appreciated product, but shows currently a quality below the expectations of the new generation of consumers, having a hard texture and oil exuded on the surface (low stability. The aim of this work was to assess the influence of tahini particle size on sunflower halva texture and stability. Eight different particle size sunflower tahini samples were produced at pilot plant scale, the higher the number of passes through the colloidal mill, the smaller the particle size (P1- coarsest → P8 - finest. Halva prototypes (25g / piece, including also an industrial sample (H0, were obtained at laboratory scale by mixing the nougat with tahini. The texture was evaluated on Stable micro systems TA.HD Plus texture analyzer equipped either with a cylinder probe or with a blade set. All samples were stored for 60 days at 4°C, room temperature (~25°C or 40°C. During storage, the colloidal stability of all samples was assessed by a gravimetric technique. Tahini samples P6 → P8 were not suitable for halva production while due to the low viscosities, the product was impossible to be shaped. Among obtained sunflower halva prototypes (H1 → H5 it was shown that decreasing tahini particle size decreased sunflower halva hardness and stability. For each sample, the increase of storage temperature decreased sunflower halva stability. Sunflower halva H3 was the most efficient, while was more stable and showed smaller hardness values than H0.

  19. Characteristics of laser textured silicon surface and effect of mud adhesion on hydrophobicity

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    Yilbas, B.S., E-mail: bsyilbas@kfupm.edu.sa [ME Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Kfupm box 1913, Dhahran 31261 (Saudi Arabia); Ali, H. [ME Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Kfupm box 1913, Dhahran 31261 (Saudi Arabia); Khaled, M. [CHEM Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran (Saudi Arabia); Al-Aqeeli, N.; Abu-Dheir, N. [ME Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Kfupm box 1913, Dhahran 31261 (Saudi Arabia); Varanasi, K.K. [Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA (United States)

    2015-10-01

    Highlights: • Laser treatment increases surface microhardness and slightly lowers surface fracture toughness. • Residual stress formed is compressive and self-annealing effect of laser tracks lowers residual stress. • Nitride species lowers surface energy and adhesion work required to remove dust. • Mud residues do not have notable effect on fracture toughness and microhardness of treated surface. • Mud residues lower surface hydrophobicity. - Abstract: Laser gas assisted texturing of silicon wafer surface is carried out. Morphological and metallurgical changes in the treated layer are examined using the analytical tools. Microhardness and fracture toughness of the laser treated surface are measured using the indentation technique while residual stress formed is determined from the X-ray diffraction data. The hydrophobicity of the textured surfaces are assessed incorporating the contact angle data and compared with those of as received workpiece surfaces. Environmental dust accumulation and mud formation, due to air humidity, at the laser treated and as received workpiece surfaces are simulated and the effect of the mud residues on the properties of the laser treated surface are studied. The adhesion work due to the presence of the mud on the laser treated surface is also measured. It is found that laser textured surface composes of micro/nano poles and fibers, which in turn improves the surface hydrophobicity significantly. In addition, formation of nitride species contributes to microhardness increase and enhancement of surface hydrophobicity due to their low surface energy. The mud residues do not influence the fracture toughness and microhardness of the laser textured surface; however, they reduced the surface hydrophobicity significantly.

  20. Characteristics of laser textured silicon surface and effect of mud adhesion on hydrophobicity

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    Highlights: • Laser treatment increases surface microhardness and slightly lowers surface fracture toughness. • Residual stress formed is compressive and self-annealing effect of laser tracks lowers residual stress. • Nitride species lowers surface energy and adhesion work required to remove dust. • Mud residues do not have notable effect on fracture toughness and microhardness of treated surface. • Mud residues lower surface hydrophobicity. - Abstract: Laser gas assisted texturing of silicon wafer surface is carried out. Morphological and metallurgical changes in the treated layer are examined using the analytical tools. Microhardness and fracture toughness of the laser treated surface are measured using the indentation technique while residual stress formed is determined from the X-ray diffraction data. The hydrophobicity of the textured surfaces are assessed incorporating the contact angle data and compared with those of as received workpiece surfaces. Environmental dust accumulation and mud formation, due to air humidity, at the laser treated and as received workpiece surfaces are simulated and the effect of the mud residues on the properties of the laser treated surface are studied. The adhesion work due to the presence of the mud on the laser treated surface is also measured. It is found that laser textured surface composes of micro/nano poles and fibers, which in turn improves the surface hydrophobicity significantly. In addition, formation of nitride species contributes to microhardness increase and enhancement of surface hydrophobicity due to their low surface energy. The mud residues do not influence the fracture toughness and microhardness of the laser textured surface; however, they reduced the surface hydrophobicity significantly

  1. Pulmonary Surfactant Surface Tension Influences Alveolar Capillary Shape and Oxygenation

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    Ikegami, Machiko; Weaver, Timothy E.; Grant, Shawn N.; Whitsett, Jeffrey A.

    2009-01-01

    Alveolar capillaries are located in close proximity to the alveolar epithelium and beneath the surfactant film. We hypothesized that the shape of alveolar capillaries and accompanying oxygenation are influenced by surfactant surface tension in the alveolus. To prove our hypothesis, surfactant surface tension was regulated by conditional expression of surfactant protein (SP)-B in Sftpb−/− mice, thereby inhibiting surface tension–lowering properties of surfactant in vivo within 24 hours after d...

  2. Surface texture measurement for additive manufacturing

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    Triantaphyllou, Andrew; Giusca, Claudiu L.; Macaulay, Gavin D.; Roerig, Felix; Hoebel, Matthias; Leach, Richard K.; Tomita, Ben; Milne, Katherine A.

    2015-06-01

    The surface texture of additively manufactured metallic surfaces made by powder bed methods is affected by a number of factors, including the powder’s particle size distribution, the effect of the heat source, the thickness of the printed layers, the angle of the surface relative to the horizontal build bed and the effect of any post processing/finishing. The aim of the research reported here is to understand the way these surfaces should be measured in order to characterise them. In published research to date, the surface texture is generally reported as an Ra value, measured across the lay. The appropriateness of this method for such surfaces is investigated here. A preliminary investigation was carried out on two additive manufacturing processes—selective laser melting (SLM) and electron beam melting (EBM)—focusing on the effect of build angle and post processing. The surfaces were measured using both tactile and optical methods and a range of profile and areal parameters were reported. Test coupons were manufactured at four angles relative to the horizontal plane of the powder bed using both SLM and EBM. The effect of lay—caused by the layered nature of the manufacturing process—was investigated, as was the required sample area for optical measurements. The surfaces were also measured before and after grit blasting.

  3. Surface texture measurement for additive manufacturing

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    The surface texture of additively manufactured metallic surfaces made by powder bed methods is affected by a number of factors, including the powder’s particle size distribution, the effect of the heat source, the thickness of the printed layers, the angle of the surface relative to the horizontal build bed and the effect of any post processing/finishing. The aim of the research reported here is to understand the way these surfaces should be measured in order to characterise them. In published research to date, the surface texture is generally reported as an Ra value, measured across the lay. The appropriateness of this method for such surfaces is investigated here. A preliminary investigation was carried out on two additive manufacturing processes—selective laser melting (SLM) and electron beam melting (EBM)—focusing on the effect of build angle and post processing. The surfaces were measured using both tactile and optical methods and a range of profile and areal parameters were reported. Test coupons were manufactured at four angles relative to the horizontal plane of the powder bed using both SLM and EBM. The effect of lay—caused by the layered nature of the manufacturing process—was investigated, as was the required sample area for optical measurements. The surfaces were also measured before and after grit blasting. (paper)

  4. High friction on ice provided by elastomeric fiber composites with textured surfaces

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    Rizvi, R.; Naguib, H.; Fernie, G.; Dutta, T.

    2015-03-01

    Two main applications requiring high friction on ice are automobile tires and footwear. The main motivation behind the use of soft rubbers in these applications is the relatively high friction force generated between a smooth rubber contacting smooth ice. Unfortunately, the friction force between rubber and ice is very low at temperatures near the melting point of ice and as a result we still experience automobile accidents and pedestrian slips and falls in the winter. Here, we report on a class of compliant fiber-composite materials with textured surfaces that provide outstanding coefficients of friction on wet ice. The fibrous composites consist of a hard glass-fiber phase reinforcing a compliant thermoplastic polyurethane matrix. The glass-fiber phase is textured such that it is aligned transversally and protruding out of the elastomer surface. Our analysis indicates that the exposed fiber phase exhibits a "micro-cleat" effect, allowing for it to fracture the ice and increase the interfacial contact area thereby requiring a high force to shear the interface.

  5. Surface disorder and exfoliation in lithographically textured molybdenum disulfide

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    Lithographic techniques have been used to prepare transmission electron microscopy samples of MoS/sub 2/, allowing examination of the edge surface with single-layer resolution. The authors observe that these surfaces are easily disordered by chemical treatments common in the catalysis industry. In some cases treatment in H/sub 2//H/sub 2/S leads to an exfoliation of the layered structure, a process which can be observed as it occurs in the microscope

  6. Characterization of pavement texture by means of height difference correlation and relation to wet skid resistance

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    Stefan Torbruegge

    2015-04-01

    We deduce within this article the correlation between classical surface roughness parameters and the parameter set of self-affine surfaces. These parameters allow for a detailed understanding of the relationship between pavement texture and its wet skid resistance. We present wet skid resistance measurements with the British pendulum and a linear friction tester device on different pavement textures. We demonstrate that the so-called estimated texture depth does not correlate to the surface skid resistance measured with the British pendulum. Finally, we deduce a dependency of wet skid resistance on pavement texture which is supported by current models for hysteresis friction.

  7. Aggregative adherence fimbriae I (AAF/I) mediate colonization of fresh produce and abiotic surface by Shiga toxigenic enteroaggregative Escherichia coli O104:H4.

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    Nagy, Attila; Xu, Yunfeng; Bauchan, Gary R; Shelton, Daniel R; Nou, Xiangwu

    2016-07-16

    The Shiga toxigenic Escherichia coli O104:H4 isolated during the 2011 European outbreak expresses Shiga toxin 2a and possess virulence genes associated with the enteroaggregative E. coli (EAEC) pathotype. It produces plasmid encoded aggregative adherence fimbriae I (AAF/I) which mediate cell aggregation and biofilm formation in human intestine and promote Shiga-toxin adsorption, but it is not clear whether the AAF/I fimbriae are involved in the colonization and biofilm formation on food and environmental matrices such as the surface of fresh produce. We deleted the gene encoding for the AAF/I fimbriae main subunit (AggA) from an outbreak associated E. coli O104:H4 strain, and evaluated the role of AAF/I fimbriae in the adherence and colonization of E. coli O104:H4 to spinach and abiotic surfaces. The deletion of aggA did not affect the adherence of E. coli O104:H4 to these surfaces. However, it severely diminished the colonization and biofilm formation of E. coli O104:H4 on these surfaces. Strong aggregation and biofilm formation on spinach and abiotic surfaces were observed with the wild type strain but not the isogenic aggA deletion mutant, suggesting that AAF/I fimbriae play a crucial role in persistence of O104:H4 cells outside of the intestines of host species, such as on the surface of fresh produce. PMID:27099984

  8. Correlation modeling between process condition of sandblasting and surface texture: A multi-scale approach.

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    Ho, Hsin Shen; Bigerelle, Maxence; Vincent, Renald; Deltomb, Raphael

    2016-05-01

    In the present study, the influence of sandblasting condition (working pressure) on surface texture is modeled, relying on a multi-scale approach and statistical analysis. To improve the correlation modeling between the process condition and surface texture, special effort is made to identification of an optimal parameter set, including 3D roughness parameters, cut-off lengths, filter types and model types. A power law relationship is identified between the pressure and Sdq computed with a cut-off length of 120 µm using a low-pass filter. Experimental and theoretical arguments are provided for justification. SCANNING 38:191-201, 2016. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:26249107

  9. Molecular diffusion and slip boundary conditions at smooth surfaces with periodic and random nanoscale textures

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    Priezjev, Nikolai V.

    2011-11-01

    The influence of periodic and random surface textures on the flow structure and effective slip length in Newtonian fluids is investigated by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. We consider a situation where the typical pattern size is smaller than the channel height and the local boundary conditions at wetting and nonwetting regions are characterized by finite slip lengths. In the case of anisotropic patterns, transverse flow profiles are reported for flows over alternating stripes of different wettability when the shear flow direction is misaligned with respect to the stripe orientation. The angular dependence of the effective slip length obtained from MD simulations is in good agreement with hydrodynamic predictions provided that the stripe width is larger than several molecular diameters. We found that the longitudinal component of the slip velocity along the shear flow direction is proportional to the interfacial diffusion coefficient of fluid monomers in that direction at equilibrium. In case of random textures, the effective slip length and the diffusion coefficient of fluid monomers in the first layer near the heterogeneous surface depend sensitively on the total area of wetting regions.

  10. Effect of surface free energy of ceramic glaze on oil droplet shape and its behavior in water

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    LIANG Jin-sheng; MENG Jun-ping; LIANG Guang-chuan; WANG Li-juan; ZHANG Jin; LI Ji-yuan

    2006-01-01

    A super-hydrophilic functional ceramic was prepared by adjusting the chemical components of ceramic glaze. Effect of surface free energy of ceramic glaze on oil droplet shape and its behavior in water were studied. The results show that water can spread on ceramic surface with high surface free energy,and oil droplet can aggregate rapidly and separate from the ceramic surface in water. For the ceramic with lower surface free energy,the polar shares are dependant on its easy-cleaning property. The higher the polar shares,the better the easy-cleaning property,and the easier the droplet separates from the ceramic surface in water.

  11. Friction tensor concept for textured surfaces

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    K R Y Simha; Anirudhan Pottirayil; Pradeep L Menezes; Satish V Kailas

    2008-06-01

    Directionality of grinding marks influences the coefficient of friction during sliding. Depending on the sliding direction the coefficient of friction varies between maximum and minimum for textured surfaces. For random surfaces without any texture the friction coefficient becomes independent of the sliding direction. This paper proposes the concept of a friction tensor analogous to the heat conduction tensor in anisotropic media. This implies that there exists two principal friction coefficients $\\mu_{1,2}$ analogous to the principal conductivities $k_{1,2}$. For symmetrically textured surfaces the principal directions are orthogonal with atleast one plane of symmetry. However, in the case of polished single crystalline solids in relative sliding motion, crystallographic texture controls the friction tensor.

  12. Plug-Based Microfluidics with Defined Surface Chemistry to Miniaturize and Control Aggregation of Amyloidogenic Peptides**

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    Meier, Matthias; Kennedy-Darling, Julia; Choi, Se Hoon; Norstrom, Eric M.; Sisodia, Sangram S; Ismagilov, Rustem F.

    2009-01-01

    Small with control: For miniaturization of protein aggregation experiments the interfacial chemistry must be controlled to avoid protein aggregation caused by interfacial adsorption. Plug-based microfluidics with defined surface chemistry (see schematic picture) can then be used to perform hundreds of aggregation experiments with volume-limited samples, such as cerebrospinal fluid from mice.

  13. Texture determination by neutron diffraction

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    Application of neutron diffraction to crystallographic texture determination shows many advantages: possibility of an important grain size, the quantity of material contributing to diffraction is more important than with X rays, good accuracy and complete pole figures are obtained by transmission only eliminating corrections needed with X rays. Texture determination allows control and improvement of material quality. Texture studies give good informations on mechanisms occuring in deformation or recrystallization of polycrystals and on anisotropy of physical and mechanical properties

  14. Computerized Shape Analysis of Erythrocytes and Their Formed Aggregates in Patients Infected With P.Vivax Malaria

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    R.Renuka Devi

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Human plasmodial malaria is a severe infection of the erythrocytes with significantmorbidity and mortality. The dimensional changes induced by P.vivax malaria parasites in erythrocytesin human blood are prominent and varies with the degree of parasitaemia. Aggregation of erythrocytesis a common finding in patients infected with malaria.The changes in the shape of erythrocyte and its cytoplasm have been determined by shapedescriptors and gray scale variation of the cytoplasm by microscopic imaging and image processingtools. The computerized shape analysis is carried out from the digital images obtained undermicroscope by shape descriptors based on projected area, perimeter and form factor,as measured byprocessing of images of erythrocytes in patients undergoing treatment for malaria. The changes inducedin the cytoplasm by the malaria parasite are determined by the scanning of erythrocytes images alongthe horizontal diameter. The levels of aggregation of erythrocytes corresponding to the levels ofinfection, is measured and compared with normal samples. Growth of malaria parasite within thecytoplasm of the erythrocyte has also been measured. The measurable deviations in various other entitiesof the erythrocytes in a malaria patients using image processing techniques, has also been discussed.

  15. Characterization of textural and surface properties of mesoporous metathesis catalysis

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    Balcar, Hynek; Žilková, Naděžda; Bastl, Zdeněk; Dědeček, Jiří; Hamtil, Roman; Brabec, Libor; Zukal, Arnošt; Čejka, Jiří

    Amsterdam : Elsevier B.V./Ltd, 2007 - (Xu, R.; Gao, Z.; Chen, J.; Yan, W.), s. 1145-1152 ISBN 978-0-444-53068-4. - (Studies in surface science and catalysis. Vol. 170) R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA4040411; GA MPO FT-TA/042 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40400503 Keywords : catalysis * zeolites * metathesis Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry

  16. Simulating the Effect of Modulated Tool-Path Chip Breaking On Surface Texture and Chip Length

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    Smith, K.S.; McFarland, J.T.; Tursky, D. A.; Assaid, T. S.; Barkman, W. E.; Babelay, Jr., E. F.

    2010-04-30

    One method for creating broken chips in turning processes involves oscillating the cutting tool in the feed direction utilizing the CNC machine axes. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the Y-12 National Security Complex have developed and are refining a method to reliably control surface finish and chip length based on a particular machine's dynamic performance. Using computer simulations it is possible to combine the motion of the machine axes with the geometry of the cutting tool to predict the surface characteristics and map the surface texture for a wide range of oscillation parameters. These data allow the selection of oscillation parameters to simultaneously ensure broken chips and acceptable surface characteristics. This paper describes the machine dynamic testing and characterization activities as well as the computational method used for evaluating and predicting chip length and surface texture.

  17. Leptogenesis and Yukawa textures

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    Berger, Micheal S.; Brahmachari, Biswajoy

    1999-01-01

    We study a set of textures giving rise to correct masses and mixings of the charged fermions in the context of leptogenesis. The Dirac neutrino texture pattern is assumed to be identical with the up quark texture. The heavy Majonana neutrino mass matrix is obtained by inverting the type-I see-saw formula and using the neutrino masses and mixings required by the solar and atmospheric neutrino oscillation experiments as input. After making the feasibility study of the generated lepton asymmetry...

  18. Effects of texture on the damping characteristics of cold-rolled and annealed Ti50Ni40Cu10 shape memory alloy

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    Chang, S. H.; Hsiao, S. H.

    2016-01-01

    Cold-rolled and annealed Ti50Ni40Cu10 shape memory alloy possesses a major (110)[001] texture along the rolling direction and a minor {111} γ-fiber texture along the normal direction. The damping capacity of the B2→B19 and B19→B2 martensitic transformation internal friction peaks for the Ti50Ni40Cu10 shape memory alloy was more pronounced in the rolling direction than in the transverse direction due to the effects of the cold-rolled and annealed textures. The damping capacity of the B19→B19’ ...

  19. DNA binding and aggregation by carbon nanoparticles

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    Significant environmental and health risks due to the increasing applications of engineered nanoparticles in medical and industrial activities have been concerned by many communities. The interactions between nanomaterials and genomes have been poorly studied so far. This study examined interactions of DNA with carbon nanoparticles (CNP) using atomic force microscopy (AFM). We experimentally assessed how CNP affect DNA molecule and bacterial growth of Escherichia coli. We found that CNP were bound to the DNA molecules during the DNA replication in vivo. The results revealed that the interaction of DNA with CNP resulted in DNA molecule binding and aggregation both in vivo and in vitro in a dose-dependent manner, and consequently inhabiting the E. coli growth. While this was a preliminary study, our results showed that this nanoparticle may have a significant impact on genomic activities.

  20. Thermosensitive tribrachia star-shaped s-P(NIPAM-co-DMAM) random copolymer micelle aggregates: Preparation, characterization, and drug release applications.

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    Luo, Yan-Ling; Wang, Yuan; Wang, Xuan; Xu, Feng; Chen, Ya-Shao

    2016-01-01

    Tribrachia star-shaped random copolymers with tunable thermosensitive phase transition temperature were designed and synthesized via a simple one-pot ammonolysis reaction approach with trimesic acid as cores. The self-assembly micellization behavior of the copolymers in aqueous solution was examined by surface tension, UV-vis transmittance, transmission electron microscope, and dynamic light scattering measurements, etc. The results indicated that the resultant copolymers formed thermosensitive micelle aggregates through hydrophobic interactions among the isopropyl groups of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) PNIPAM chains and inter-star association at a polymer concentration above critical aggregation concentrations from 4.06 to 6.55 mg L(-1), with a cloud point range from 36.6℃ to 52.1℃, and homogeneously distributed micelle size below 200 nm. The arm length and the compositional ratios of the two comonomers had effect on physicochemical properties of the polymer micelle aggregates. Particularly, the cloud point values were enhanced as the (N,N-dimethylacrylamide) DMAM monomer was introduced and reached to 36.6℃ and 41.0℃-44.7℃ when the mass ratio of NIPAM to DMAM was 90:10 and 80:20, respectively. The thermo-triggered drug release and cytotoxicity were evaluated to confirm the applicability of the random copolymer micelle aggregates as novel drug targeted release carriers. PMID:25926671

  1. Infant Perception of Surface Texture and Relative Height as Distance Information: A Preferential-Reaching Study

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    Hemker, Laura; Granrud, Carl E.; Yonas, Albert; Kavsek, Michael

    2010-01-01

    Two preferential-reaching experiments explored 5- and 7-month-olds' sensitivity to pictorial depth cues. In the first experiment, infants viewed a display in which texture gradients, linear perspective of the surface contours, and relative height in the visual field provided information that two objects were at different distances. Five- and…

  2. Femtosecond laser surface texturing of titanium as a method to reduce the adhesion of Staphylococcus aureus and biofilm formation

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    Cunha, Alexandre; Elie, Anne-Marie; Plawinski, Laurent; Serro, Ana Paula; Botelho do Rego, Ana Maria; Almeida, Amélia; Urdaci, Maria C.; Durrieu, Marie-Christine; Vilar, Rui

    2016-01-01

    The aim of the present work was to investigate the possibility of using femtosecond laser surface texturing as a method to reduce the colonization of Grade 2 Titanium alloy surfaces by Staphylococcus aureus and the subsequent formation of biofilm. The laser treatments were carried out with a Yb:KYW chirped-pulse-regenerative amplification laser system with a central wavelength of 1030 nm and a pulse duration of 500 fs. Two types of surface textures, consisting of laser-induced periodic surface structures (LIPSS) and nanopillars, were produced. The topography, chemical composition and phase constitution of these surfaces were investigated by atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, micro-Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction. Surface wettability was assessed by the sessile drop method using water and diiodomethane as testing liquids. The response of S. aureus put into contact with the laser treated surfaces in controlled conditions was investigated by epifluorescence microscopy and scanning electron microscopy 48 h after cell seeding. The results achieved show that the laser treatment reduces significantly the bacterial adhesion to the surface as well as biofilm formation as compared to a reference polished surfaces and suggest that femtosecond laser texturing is a simple and promising method for endowing dental and orthopedic titanium implants with antibacterial properties, reducing the risk of implant-associated infections without requiring immobilized antibacterial substances, nanoparticles or coatings.

  3. Quaternion Photometric Stereo for Rotation Invariant Surface Texture Classification

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    Balakrishnan Sathyabama

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: The escalating growth of computer vision applications has increased the need for faster and more accurate image analysis algorithms. One application of image analysis that has been studied for a long time is texture analysis. The majority of existing texture analysis methods makes the explicit or implicit assumption that texture images are acquired from the same viewpoint. This study presents a rotationally invariant descriptor for textures with different orientations based on the Quaternion Representation. Approach: A novel Quaternion Photometric Stereo (QPS was proposed for Rotation invariant classification of 3D surface textures. QPS was constructed by placing each pixel of three images of same texture with different orientation into the three imaginary parts of the quaternion, leaving the real part zero. The Peak Distribution Norm Vector (PDNV was extracted from the radial plot of the Quaternion Fourier spectrum as rotation invariant texture signature used for texture classification. Results: The quaternion representation of stereo images was to be effective in the context of Rotation Invariant Texture classification. Conclusion: The proposed Quaternion approach gives a successful classification rate with computational advantages than the previously developed Monochrome and Color Photometric Stereo Methods.

  4. Rapid in vitro biocompatibility assay of endovascular stents by flow cytometry using platelet activation and platelet-leukocyte aggregation.

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    Tárnok, A; Mahnke, A; Müller, M; Zotz, R J

    1999-02-15

    Clinical studies suggest that stent design and surface texture are responsible for differences in biocompatibility of metallic endovascular stents. A simple in vitro experimental setup was established to test stent-induced degree of platelet and leukocyte activation and platelet-leukocyte aggregation by flow cytometry. Heparin-coated tantalum stents and gold-coated and uncoated stainless steel stents were tested. Stents were implanted into silicone tubes and exposed to blood from healthy volunteers. Platelet and leukocyte activation and percentage of leukocyte-platelet aggregates were determined in a whole-blood assay by subsequent staining for activation-associated antigens (CD41a, CD42b, CD62p, and fibrinogen binding) and leukocyte antigens (CD14 and CD45) and flow cytometric analysis. Blood taken directly after venous puncture or exposed to the silicone tube alone was used as negative controls. Positive control was in vitro stimulation with thrombin receptor activating peptide (TRAP-6). Low degree of platelet activation and significant increase in monocyte- and neutrophil-platelet aggregation were observed in blood exposed to stents (P coated stents continuously induced less platelet activation and leukocyte-platelet aggregation than uncoated stainless steel stents of the same length and shorter stents of the same structure. Stent surface coating and texture plays a role in platelet and leukocyte activation and leukocyte-platelet aggregation. Using this simple in vitro assay and whole blood and flow cytometry, it seems possible to differentiate stents by their potency to activate platelets and/or leukocytes. This assay could be applied for improving the biocompatibility of coronary stents. PMID:10088974

  5. Dynamic air layer on textured superhydrophobic surfaces

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    Vakarelski, Ivan Uriev

    2013-09-03

    We provide an experimental demonstration that a novel macroscopic, dynamic continuous air layer or plastron can be sustained indefinitely on textured superhydrophobic surfaces in air-supersaturated water by a natural gas influx mechanism. This type of plastron is an intermediate state between Leidenfrost vapor layers on superheated surfaces and the equilibrium Cassie-Baxter wetting state on textured superhydrophobic surfaces. We show that such a plastron can be sustained on the surface of a centimeter-sized superhydrophobic sphere immersed in heated water and variations of its dynamic behavior with air saturation of the water can be regulated by rapid changes of the water temperature. The simple experimental setup allows for quantification of the air flux into the plastron and identification of the air transport model of the plastron growth. Both the observed growth dynamics of such plastrons and millimeter-sized air bubbles seeded on the hydrophilic surface under identical air-supersaturated solution conditions are consistent with the predictions of a well-mixed gas transport model. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

  6. Drops bouncing off macro-textured superhydrophobic surfaces

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    Moqaddam, Ali Mazloomi; Karlin, Ilya

    2016-01-01

    Recent experiments with droplets impacting a macro-textured superhydrophobic surfaces revealed new regimes of bouncing with a remarkable reduction of the contact time. We present here a comprehensive numerical study that reveals the physics behind these new bouncing regimes and quantify the role played by various external and internal forces that effect the dynamics of a drop impacting a complex surface. For the first time, three-dimensional simulations involving macro-textured surfaces are performed. Aside from demonstrating that simulations reproduce experiments in a quantitative manner, the study is focused on analyzing the flow situations beyond current experiments. We show that the experimentally observed reduction of contact time extends to higher Weber numbers, and analyze the role played by the texture density. Moreover, we report a non-linear behavior of the contact time with the increase of the Weber number for application relevant imperfectly coated textures, and also study the impact on tilted sur...

  7. Persistent Homology Transform for Modeling Shapes and Surfaces

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    Turner, Katharine; Mukherjee, Sayan; Doug M Boyer

    2013-01-01

    In this paper we introduce a statistic, the persistent homology transform (PHT), to model surfaces in $\\mathbb{R}^3$ and shapes in $\\mathbb{R}^2$. This statistic is a collection of persistence diagrams - multiscale topological summaries used extensively in topological data analysis. We use the PHT to represent shapes and execute operations such as computing distances between shapes or classifying shapes. We prove the map from the space of simplicial complexes in $\\mathbb{R}^3$ into the space ...

  8. Determination of crystal grain orientations by optical microscopy at textured surfaces

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    Lausch, D.; Gläser, M.; Hagendorf, C. [Team Mikrostrukturdiagnostik und Analytik, Fraunhofer-Center für Silizium-Photovoltaik CSP, Walter-Hülse-Straße 1 Halle (Saale), Sachsen-Anhalt D-06120 (Germany)

    2013-11-21

    In this contribution, a new method to determine the crystal orientation with the example of chemical treated silicon wafers by means of optical microscopy has been demonstrated. The introduced procedure represents an easy method to obtain all relevant parameters to describe the crystal structure of the investigated material, i.e., the crystal grain orientation and the grain boundary character. The chemical treatment is a standard mono-texture for solar cells, well known in the solar industry. In general, this concept can also be applied to other crystalline materials, i.e., GaAs, SiC, etc., the only thing that needs to be adjusted is the texturing method to reveal specific crystal planes and the calculation model. In conclusion, an application of this method is shown with the example of the defect classification of recombination active defects in mc-Si solar cell. The introduced method demonstrates a simple and quick opportunity to improve the crystallization process and the quality of electronic devices by means of an optical microscope and a chemical treatment of the material.

  9. Critical heat flux maxima during boiling crisis on textured surfaces

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    Dhillon, Navdeep Singh; Buongiorno, Jacopo; Varanasi, Kripa K.

    2015-09-01

    Enhancing the critical heat flux (CHF) of industrial boilers by surface texturing can lead to substantial energy savings and global reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, but fundamentally this phenomenon is not well understood. Prior studies on boiling crisis indicate that CHF monotonically increases with increasing texture density. Here we report on the existence of maxima in CHF enhancement at intermediate texture density using measurements on parametrically designed plain and nano-textured micropillar surfaces. Using high-speed optical and infrared imaging, we study the dynamics of dry spot heating and rewetting phenomena and reveal that the dry spot heating timescale is of the same order as that of the gravity and liquid imbibition-induced dry spot rewetting timescale. Based on these insights, we develop a coupled thermal-hydraulic model that relates CHF enhancement to rewetting of a hot dry spot on the boiling surface, thereby revealing the mechanism governing the hitherto unknown CHF enhancement maxima.

  10. Effect of overlap and overscan number in laser surface texturing of medical needles

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    Wang, Xingsheng; Xing, Youqiang; Giovannini, Marco

    2015-07-01

    Micro-features are frequently created on medical needles to improve the visibility and friction behavior in ultrasound-guided percutaneous procedures. Ultra-short pulsed laser ablation is the front runner among the current material micro-processing technologies. In this paper, the effect of process parameters in laser surface texturing (LST) of medical needles was studied by experiments based on Taguchi methodology. The evolution of ablation dimension and surface roughness with different process parameters was measured by optical microscope. Based on response surface regression, mathematical models for correlating the machined depth and surface roughness with the overlap and overscan number were developed. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) was carried out to access the adequacy of the developed mathematical models. The results indicate that the developed mathematical models can predict the machined depth and surface roughness during LST operation satisfactorily. Analyses were made to study the effect of the process parameters on the machined micro-channel. From the analysis, it was found that the overlap and overscan number have great influences on the machined depth and surface roughness.

  11. Synthesis, Surface Activities, and Aggregation Behaviors of Butynediol-ethoxylate Modified Polysiloxanes.

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    Du, Zhiping; Qin, Jieqiong; Wang, Wanxu; Zhu, Yanyan; Wang, Guoyong

    2015-11-01

    Five different butynediol-ethoxylate modified polysiloxanes (PSi-EO) were designed and synthesized via two-step reactions: the preparation of low-hydrogen containing silicone oil (LPMHS) by acid-catalyzed polymerization and the following hydrosilylation reaction with 1,4-bis(2-hydroxyethoxy)-2-butyne. The chemical composition of each product was confirmed by FT-IR, (1)H NMR, and (29)Si NMR. The surface activities and aggregation behaviors of PSi-EO surfactants in aqueous solution were studied systematically using surface tension, dynamic light scattering (DLS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and contact-angle methodologies. Relatively low critical aggregation concentration (15-34 mg·L(-1)) and surface tension (∼25 mN·m(-1)) were measured for PSi-EO aqueous solution. The rate of surface tension reduction increased both with increasing PSi-EO concentration and with increases in the proportion of hydrophilic moieties within the synthesized compounds. Furthermore, DLS and TEM studies revealed that PSi-EO self-assembled in aqueous solution to form spherical aggregates. Contact-angle measurements conducted upon low-energy paraffin film surfaces demonstrated that PSi-EO exhibited efficient spreading at concentrations above the critical aggregation concentration. PMID:26457562

  12. Measurement of Fine Grain Copper Surface Texture Created by Abrasive Water Jet Cutting

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    Hlaváček, Petr; Valíček, Jan; Hloch, S.; Greger, M.; Foldyna, Josef; Ivandič, Ž.; Sitek, Libor; Kušnerová, M.; Zeleňák, M.

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 51, č. 4 (2009), s. 273-279. ISSN 0562-1887 Grant ostatní: GAČR(CZ) GA101/09/0650 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30860518 Keywords : Equal channel angular pressing * copper * abrasive water jet cutting * fine grain size * surface texture Subject RIV: JQ - Machines ; Tools Impact factor: 0.048, year: 2009 http:// apps .isiknowledge.com/full_record.do?product

  13. Textural Analysis of Fatique Crack Surfaces: Image Pre-processing

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    2000-01-01

    For the fatique crack history reconstitution, new methods of quantitative microfractography are beeing developed based on the image processing and textural analysis. SEM magnifications between micro- and macrofractography are used. Two image pre-processing operatins were suggested and proved to prepare the crack surface images for analytical treatment: 1. Normalization is used to transform the image to a stationary form. Compared to the generally used equalization, it conserves the shape of b...

  14. Classification of esophagitis grade by neural network and texture analysis

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    Esophagitis is divided into four grades according to the progress degree of disease by the LA classification method. This research was carried out on image processing with endoscope images for quantifying the four grades under the LA Classification. In a previous paper, which presented our work, the algorithm for detecting abnormal parts from one image was developed. This paper was conducted to classify esophagitis grade of one image itself. Whole 30 images were used in an experiment and included normal images and abnormal images with four grades. GLCM (gray level cooccurrence matrices) factors were extracted. The distributions of the texture image histogram were analyzed from each image for texture images. The algorithm to determine esophagitis grade used BPN (Back propagation network) that was composed of the texture histogram distribution for input data. It learned 20 images and verified with 10 images to diagnose under the LA classification system. Recognition ratio of learning result was 93.0% and verification result 77.0%. With features of the neural network, the success rate could be improved with this result by learning the data which were errors. Consequently, the recognition success rate appeared at 96% by total re-learned 30 images in addition to 10 images

  15. Reading alpine morphology according to surface texture: two approaches compared

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    Trevisani, S.; Cavalli, M.; Marchi, L.

    2012-04-01

    The availability of high resolution digital terrain models (HR-DTM) opens the possibility to characterize quantitatively the solid earth surface morphology at high level of spatial detail. From this perspective, surface texture characterization can be intended in an analogous way to what performed for the analysis of artificial surfaces. The characterization of surface texture plays a pivotal role in the context of geo-structural and geomorphological interpretation and mapping, and offers interesting prospects from the side of hydrogeological and geo-engineering issues. In this work, we explore two methodologies for surface texture analysis. The study area is a small alpine basin (Missiaga basin, North-Eastern Italy), characterized by a complex surface morphology. The two methodologies, one based on geostatistical indexes and the other on local binary patterns, are applied to a 2 m pixel size HR-DTM. The results of this exploratory analysis are discussed from the perspective of the potentialities in information retrieval and applicability.

  16. Coupling between elytra of some beetles: Mechanism, forces and effect of surface texture

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    2008-01-01

    Lightweight materials, structures and coupling mechanisms are very important for realizing advanced flight vehicles. Here, we obtained the geometric structures and morphologies of the elytra of beetles and ascertained its coupling zone by using the histological section technique and SEM. We set up a three-dimensional motion observing system to monitor the opening and closing behaviour of elytra in beetles and to determine the motion mechanism. We constructed a force measuring system to measure the coupling forces between elytra. The results show that elytra open and close by rotating about a single axle, where the coupling forces may be as high as 160 times its own bodyweight, the elytra coupling with the tenon and mortise mechanism, surface texture and opening angle between elytra heavily influence the coupling forces. These results may provide insights into the design mechanism and structure for future vehicles of flight.

  17. Textural Analysis of Fatique Crack Surfaces: Image Pre-processing

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    H. Lauschmann

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available For the fatique crack history reconstitution, new methods of quantitative microfractography are beeing developed based on the image processing and textural analysis. SEM magnifications between micro- and macrofractography are used. Two image pre-processing operatins were suggested and proved to prepare the crack surface images for analytical treatment: 1. Normalization is used to transform the image to a stationary form. Compared to the generally used equalization, it conserves the shape of brightness distribution and saves the character of the texture. 2. Binarization is used to transform the grayscale image to a system of thick fibres. An objective criterion for the threshold brightness value was found as that resulting into the maximum number of objects. Both methods were succesfully applied together with the following textural analysis.

  18. Interpretation of Wild 2 Dust Fine Structure: Comparison of Stardust Aluminium Foil Craters to the Three-Dimensional Shape of Experimental Impacts by Artificial Aggregate Particles and Meteorite Powders

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    Kearsley, A T; Burchell, M J; Price, M C; Graham, G A; Wozniakiewicz, P J; Cole, M J; Foster, N J; Teslich, N

    2009-12-10

    New experimental results show that Stardust crater morphology is consistent with interpretation of many larger Wild 2 dust grains being aggregates, albeit most of low porosity and therefore relatively high density. The majority of large Stardust grains (i.e. those carrying most of the cometary dust mass) probably had density of 2.4 g cm{sup -3} (similar to soda-lime glass used in earlier calibration experiments) or greater, and porosity of 25% or less, akin to consolidated carbonaceous chondrite meteorites, and much lower than the 80% suggested for fractal dust aggregates. Although better size calibration is required for interpretation of the very smallest impacting grains, we suggest that aggregates could have dense components dominated by {micro}m-scale and smaller sub-grains. If porosity of the Wild 2 nucleus is high, with similar bulk density to other comets, much of the pore-space may be at a scale of tens of micrometers, between coarser, denser grains. Successful demonstration of aggregate projectile impacts in the laboratory now opens the possibility of experiments to further constrain the conditions for creation of bulbous (Type C) tracks in aerogel, which we have observed in recent shots. We are also using mixed mineral aggregates to document differential survival of pristine composition and crystalline structure in diverse fine-grained components of aggregate cometary dust analogues, impacted onto both foil and aerogel under Stardust encounter conditions.

  19. Retrieval and Mapping of Soil Texture Based on Land Surface Diurnal Temperature Range Data from MODIS.

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    Wang, De-Cai; Zhang, Gan-Lin; Zhao, Ming-Song; Pan, Xian-Zhang; Zhao, Yu-Guo; Li, De-Cheng; Macmillan, Bob

    2015-01-01

    Numerous studies have investigated the direct retrieval of soil properties, including soil texture, using remotely sensed images. However, few have considered how soil properties influence dynamic changes in remote images or how soil processes affect the characteristics of the spectrum. This study investigated a new method for mapping regional soil texture based on the hypothesis that the rate of change of land surface temperature is related to soil texture, given the assumption of similar starting soil moisture conditions. The study area was a typical flat area in the Yangtze-Huai River Plain, East China. We used the widely available land surface temperature product of MODIS as the main data source. We analyzed the relationships between the content of different particle soil size fractions at the soil surface and land surface day temperature, night temperature and diurnal temperature range (DTR) during three selected time periods. These periods occurred after rainfalls and between the previous harvest and the subsequent autumn sowing in 2004, 2007 and 2008. Then, linear regression models were developed between the land surface DTR and sand (> 0.05 mm), clay (MODIS data. PMID:26090852

  20. Textural and structural properties and surface acidity characterization of mesoporous silica-zirconia molecular sieves

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    Rodríguez-Castellón, E.; Jiménez-López, A.; Maireles-Torres, P.; Jones, D. J.; Rozière, J.; Trombetta, M.; Busca, G.; Lenarda, M.; Storaro, L.

    2003-11-01

    Homogeneous mesoporous zirconium-containing MCM-41 type silica were prepared by supramolecular templating and their textural and structural properties were studied using powder X-ray diffraction, N 2 porosimetry, atomic force microscopy, EXAFS, XPS, and UV-VIS-NIR diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. Their acid properties were also studied by using IR spectroscopy and by the use of catalytic tests such as the decomposition of isopropanol and the isomerization of 1-butene. The materials prepared show a good degree of crystallinity with a regular ordering of the pores into a hexagonal arrangement and high thermal stability. The specific surface area of the prepared materials decreases as the zirconium content rises. Zirconium atoms are in coordination 7 to 8 and located at the surface of the pores such that a high proportion of the oxygen atoms bonded to zirconium corresponds to surface non-condensed oxygen atoms. Both facts are responsible for the acid properties of the solids that show weak Brønsted and medium strong Lewis acidity.

  1. Light absorption and scattering by aggregates: Application to black carbon and snow grains

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    A geometric-optics surface-wave approach has been developed for the computation of light absorption and scattering by nonspherical particles for application to aggregates and snow grains with external and internal mixing structures. Aggregates with closed- (internal mixing) and open-cell configurations are constructed by means of stochastic procedures using homogeneous and core-shell spheres with smooth or rough surfaces as building blocks. The complex aggregate shape and composition can be accounted for by using the hit-and-miss Monte Carlo geometric photon tracing method. We develop an integral expression for diffraction by randomly oriented aggregates based on Babinet's principle and a photon-number weighted geometric cross section. With reference to surface-wave contributions originally developed for spheres, we introduce a nonspherical correction factor using a non-dimensional volume parameter such that it is 1 for spheres and 0 for elongated particles. The extinction efficiency, single-scattering albedo, and asymmetry factor results for randomly oriented columns and plates compare reasonably well with those determined from the finite-difference time domain (FDTD) and the discrete dipole approximation (DDA) computer codes for size parameters up to about 20. The present theoretical approach covers all size ranges and is particularly attractive from the perspective of efficient light absorption and scattering calculations for complex particle shape and inhomogeneous composition. We show that under the condition of equal volume and mass, the closed-cell configuration has larger absorption than its open-cell counterpart for both ballistic and diffusion-limited aggregates. Because of stronger absorption in the closed-cell case, most of the scattered energy is confined to forward directions, leading to a larger asymmetry factor than the open-cell case. Additionally, light absorption for randomly oriented snowflakes is similar to that of their spherical counterparts

  2. Textured conducting glass by nanosphere lithography for increased light absorption in thin-film solar cells

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    Nanoscale surface texturing in thin-film solar cells has been shown to enhance device efficiency by increasing light absorption through reduced reflectance and increased light scattering across a broad range of wavelengths and angles. However, light trapping in the industrial thin-film cells is still sub-optimal and creating optimized nanoscale texture over a large area remains challenging. In this article, we present a well-controlled low-cost process to fabricate a periodic nanocone texture optimized for maximum light absorption in thin-film microcrystalline silicon solar cells. The texture is fabricated using nanosphere lithography with the period controlled by the nanosphere diameter and the texture shape and aspect ratio controlled by the reactive ion etching conditions. Finite-difference time-domain optical simulations are used to optimize the texture in the state-of-the-art microcrystalline cells, and optical absorption measurements show that the same cells fabricated on the optimized nanocone-textured substrates exhibit a relative short-circuit current increase of close to 30% compared to a reference state-of-the-art cell with a randomly textured zinc oxide layer. This nanocone texturing technique is compatible with standard thin-film cell fabrication processes and can also be used for other thin-film cells (CIGS, CdTe, CZTS, etc) to maximize light absorption and minimize layer thickness enabling more efficient carrier collection and lower overall cost. (paper)

  3. Long-wave textural components in sheet surfaces and their influence on painting results

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    Deutscher, O. [Betriebsforschungsinstitut (BFI) VDEh-Institut fuer Angewandte Forschung GmbH, Duesseldorf (Germany)

    2005-07-01

    Long-wave textural components in the top coat of cars are undesirable as they may result in the ''so-called orange-peel effect'', which diminishes the optical performance of the product and is perceived as poor quality by consumers. Known influencing factors include the chosen paint system, the application method, the conditions under which the paint is applied, and the waviness in the sheet surface. Based on investigations made in close cooperation with representatives of the steel, automotive and paint industry the connection of steel sheet surface and top coat waviness was analyzed. The main cause of waviness in steel sheets seems to be the waviness in the surface of work rolls that are imprinted in the steel strip surface during the skin passing process. The condition of the strip before skin passing does not appear to have any noticeable effect. The within Europe varying parameters characterizing the surface waviness of steel sheets are examined with reference to their validity to assess the paintability with regard to the ''orange peel effect''. For this the results of both laboratory paintings and paintings in paint shops of different car producers are assessed. The most meaningful parameter characterizing the waviness seems to be the mean value of the power spectrum. As more practical parameters the Wca value and the sSt value show sufficient correlations too. (orig.)

  4. Efficiency improvement of single-junction InGaP solar cells fabricated by a novel micro-hole array surface texture process

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    In this study, single-junction InGaP solar cells fabricated by a novel micro-hole array surface texture process are presented. The characteristics of the single-junction InGaP solar cells with and without the micro-hole array surface texture are studied. An increase of 10.4% in short-circuit current is found when a single-junction InGaP solar cell is fabricated by the micro-hole array surface texture process. The conversion efficiency measured under one-sun air mass 1.5 global illumination at room temperature can also be improved from 13.8% to 15.9% when the size of the micro-holes is 5.3 µm and the period of micro-hole array is designed to 5 µm

  5. Nanometer-scale features on micrometer-scale surface texturing: a bone histological, gene expression, and nanomechanical study.

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    Coelho, Paulo G; Takayama, Tadahiro; Yoo, Daniel; Jimbo, Ryo; Karunagaran, Sanjay; Tovar, Nick; Janal, Malvin N; Yamano, Seiichi

    2014-08-01

    Micro- and nanoscale surface modifications have been the focus of multiple studies in the pursuit of accelerating bone apposition or osseointegration at the implant surface. Here, we evaluated histological and nanomechanical properties, and gene expression, for a microblasted surface presenting nanometer-scale texture within a micrometer-scale texture (MB) (Ossean Surface, Intra-Lock International, Boca Raton, FL) versus a dual-acid etched surface presenting texture at the micrometer-scale only (AA), in a rodent femur model for 1, 2, 4, and 8weeks in vivo. Following animal sacrifice, samples were evaluated in terms of histomorphometry, biomechanical properties through nanoindentation, and gene expression by real-time quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction analysis. Although the histomorphometric, and gene expression analysis results were not significantly different between MB and AA at 4 and 8 weeks, significant differences were seen at 1 and 2 weeks. The expression of the genes encoding collagen type I (COL-1), and osteopontin (OPN) was significantly higher for MB than for AA at 1 week, indicating up-regulated osteoprogenitor and osteoblast differentiation. At 2 weeks, significantly up-regulated expression of the genes for COL-1, runt-related transcription factor 2 (RUNX-2), osterix, and osteocalcin (OCN) indicated progressive mineralization in newly formed bone. The nanomechanical properties tested by the nanoindentation presented significantly higher-rank hardness and elastic modulus for the MB compared to AA at all time points tested. In conclusion, the nanotopographical featured surfaces presented an overall higher host-to-implant response compared to the microtextured only surfaces. The statistical differences observed in some of the osteogenic gene expression between the two groups may shed some insight into the role of surface texture and its extent in the observed bone healing mechanisms. PMID:24813260

  6. Utilizing Antecedent Manipulations and Reinforcement in the Treatment of Food Selectivity by Texture

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    Najdowski, Adel C.; Tarbox, Jonathan; Wilke, Arthur E.

    2012-01-01

    Food selectivity by texture is relatively common in children. Treatments for food selectivity by texture have included components such as stimulus fading, reinforcement, and escape extinction. The purpose of the current study was to attempt to treat food selectivity by texture utilizing antecedent manipulations and reinforcement in the absence of…

  7. Effect of the heterogeneity of texture on the shape memory of laminated Fe-Mn-Si alloys

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    A Fe-30Mn-4Si shape memory alloy was studied in order to clarify the effect of the cutting deformation on the texture of the volume, during laminating in two different thermomechanical conditions. The X-ray analysis showed heterogeneity in the texture throughout the thickness of the laminated sheets, from the friction between the sheet and the rollers. The neutron diffraction revealed that these textured layers affect the full volume. The surface texture of the alloy processed at 600oC, is the most favorable one for martensitic γ→ε transformation that creates the shape memory effect. Comparing these results with those obtained in sheets laminated at room temperature, the gradient of cut deformations was observed to produce changes in the texture of the material's volume. The traction tests initially induce the martensitic transformation in favorably positioned grains. As a result, these favorable positions disappear in the remaining austenite

  8. Texturing of the Silicon Substrate with Nanopores and Si Nanowires for Anti-reflecting Surfaces of Solar Cells

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    A.A. Druzhinin

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents the prospects of obtaining a functional multi-layer anti-reflecting coating of the front surface of solar cells by texturing the surface of the silicon by electrochemical etching. The physical model of the "Black Si" coating with discrete inhomogeneity of the refractive index and technological aspects of producing of "Black Si" functional anti-reflecting coatings were presented. The investigation results of the spectral characteristics of the obtained multilayer multiporous "Black Si" coatings for silicon solar cells made by electrochemical etching are presented. The possibility of creating the texture on a silicon wafer surface using silicon nanowires and ordered nanopores obtained by metal-assisted chemical etching was shown.

  9. The Soil Characteristic Curve at Low Water Contents: Relations to Specific Surface Area and Texture

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    Resurreccion, Augustus; Møldrup, Per; Schjønning, Per;

    approaching oven dry condition (~ -800 MPa). Alternatively, the linear Campbell-Rossi-Nimmo (CRN) model for pF (where pF = log (negative of matric potential; cm H2O)) versus volumetric water content (m3 m-3) showed accurate fits to data for all 41 soils from -10 to -800 MPa, and yielded high correlations......Accurate description of the soil-water retention curve (SWRC) at low water contents is important for simulating water dynamics, plant-water relations, and microbial processes in surface soil. Soil-water retention at soil-water matric potential of less than -10 MPa, where adsorptive forces dominate...... that measurements by traditional pressure plate apparatus generally overestimated water contents at -1.5 MPa (plant wilting point). The 41 soils were classified into four textural classes based on the so-called Dexter index n (= CL/OC), and the Tuller-Or (TO) general scaling model describing the water...

  10. Static Performance of Surface Textured Magnetorheological Fluid Journal Bearings

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    D.A. Bompos

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Previous studies of journal bearings with artificial texturing on the bearing surface show potential benefits in certain cases. These benefits are usually focused on a specific operating area of the bearing, whereas under certain operating conditions the performance of the bearing is deteriorating due to the surface texturing. Gaining control over the viscosity of the lubricant may become a useful tool in order to take advantage of the surface texturing in a wider range of loads and journal velocities. One way to achieve this control is the use of magnetorheological fluid journal bearings. Magnetorheological fluids are solutions of iron based paramagnetic particles in conventional lubricant. Under the influence of an external magnetic field, these particles form chains, they hinder the flow of the lubricant and they ultimately alter its apparent viscosity. In this work the two techniques are combined in order to optimize the behaviour of the journal bearing in as much a variety of operating conditions as possible. Different shapes applied on the surface texturing will be examined.

  11. Colour Dynamic Photometric Stereo for Textured Surfaces

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    Janko, Zsolt; Delaunoy, Amael; Prados, Emmanuel

    2010-01-01

    International audience In this paper we present a novel method to apply photometric stereo on textured dynamic surfaces. We aim at exploiting the high accuracy of photometric stereo and reconstruct local surface orientation from illumination changes. The main difficulty derives from the fact that photometric stereo requires varying illumination while the object remains still, which makes it quite impractical to use for dynamic surfaces. Using coloured lights gives a clear solution to this ...

  12. Effects of textural and surface characteristics of microporous activated carbons on the methane adsorption capacity at high pressures

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    The objective of this study is to relate textural and surface characteristics of selected microporous activated carbons to their methane storage capacity. In this work, a magnetic suspension balance (Rubotherm, Germany) was used to measure methane adsorption isotherms of several activated carbon samples. Textural characteristics were assessed by nitrogen adsorption on a regular surface area analyzer (Autosorb-MP, by Quantachrome, USA). N2 adsorption was analysed by conventional models (BET, DR, HK) and by Monte Carlo molecular simulations. Elemental and surface analyses were performed by X-ray photoelectronic spectroscopy (XPS) for the selected samples. A comparative analysis was then carried out with the purpose of defining some correlation among the variables under study. For the system under study, pore size distribution and micropore volume seem to be a determining factor as long as the solid surface is perfectly hydrophobic. It was concluded that the textural parameters per se do not unequivocally determine natural gas storage capacities. Surface chemistry and methane adsorption equilibria must be taken into account in the decision-making process of choosing an adsorbent for gas storage

  13. Comment on "Nanosecond laser textured superhydrophobic metallic surfaces and their chemical sensing applications" by Duong V. Ta, Andrew Dunn, Thomas J. Wasley, Robert W. Kay, Jonathan Stringer, Patrick J. Smith, Colm Connaughton, Jonathan D. Shephard (Appl. Surf. Sci. 357 (2015) 248-254)

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    Boinovich, L. B.; Emelyanenko, A. M.; Emelyanenko, K. A.; Domantovsky, A. G.; Shiryaev, A. A.

    2016-08-01

    Nowadays the problem of design of durable ecologically friendly superhydrophobic surfaces is of great importance for science and technology. A recent paper in Applied Surface Science reports the method of fabricating the superhydrophobic metallic surfaces by infrared nanosecond laser surface texturing without using hydrophobic agents. Since this method of surface texturing can be considered as one of the most suitable for various industrial applications, the nature of superhydrophobic state of surfaces produced by laser texturing in the abovementioned paper deserves to be analyzed in detail. Authors of the commented paper attributed the change in wettability to the partial deoxidation of CuO into Cu2O on the surface during storage in atmosphere. However, such interpretation of the results contradicts to the basic notions in the theory of wetting and to more accurate and detailed data. In our Comment we discuss these contradictions point by point.

  14. Controlling the Transient Interface Shape and Deposition Profile Left by Desiccation of Colloidal Droplets on Multiple Polymer Surfaces

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    Dunning, Peter David

    . Implementation of this technique requires that the colloidal droplet be separated from the active electrode by a dielectric layer to prevent electrolysis. A variety of polymer layers have been used in EWOD devices for a variety of applications. In applications that involve desiccation of colloidal suspensions, the material for this layer should be chosen carefully as it can play an important role in the resulting deposition pattern. An experimental method to monitor the transient evolution of the shape of an evaporating colloidal droplet and optically quantify the resultant deposition pattern is presented. Unactuated colloidal suspensions will be desiccated on a variety of substrates commonly used in EWOD applications. Transient image profiles and particle deposition patterns are examined for droplets containing fluorescent micro-particles. Qualitative and quantitative comparisons of these results will be used to compare multiple different cases in an effort to provide insight into the effects of polymer selection on the drying dynamics and resultant deposition patterns of desiccated colloidal materials. It was found that the equilibrium and receding contact angles between the surface and the droplet play a key role in the evaporation dynamics and the resulting deposition patterns left by a desiccated colloidal suspension. The equilibrium contact angle controls the initial contact diameter for a droplet of a given volume. As a droplet on a surface evaporates, the evolution of the interface shape and the contact diameter can generally be described by three different regimes. The Constant Contact Radius (CCR) regime occurs when the contact line is pinned while the contact angle decreases. The Constant Contact Angle (CCA) regime occurs when the contact line recedes while the contact angle remains constant. The Mixed regime occurs when the contact radius and angle both reduce over time. The presence of the CCA regime allows the contact line to recede creating a more uniform

  15. Texture and wettability of metallic lotus leaves

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    Frankiewicz, C.; Attinger, D.

    2016-02-01

    Superhydrophobic surfaces with the self-cleaning behavior of lotus leaves are sought for drag reduction and phase change heat transfer applications. These superrepellent surfaces have traditionally been fabricated by random or deterministic texturing of a hydrophobic material. Recently, superrepellent surfaces have also been made from hydrophilic materials, by deterministic texturing using photolithography, without low-surface energy coating. Here, we show that hydrophilic materials can also be made superrepellent to water by chemical texturing, a stochastic rather than deterministic process. These metallic surfaces are the first analog of lotus leaves, in terms of wettability, texture and repellency. A mechanistic model is also proposed to describe the influence of multiple tiers of roughness on wettability and repellency. This demonstrated ability to make hydrophilic materials superrepellent without deterministic structuring or additional coatings opens the way to large scale and robust manufacturing of superrepellent surfaces.Superhydrophobic surfaces with the self-cleaning behavior of lotus leaves are sought for drag reduction and phase change heat transfer applications. These superrepellent surfaces have traditionally been fabricated by random or deterministic texturing of a hydrophobic material. Recently, superrepellent surfaces have also been made from hydrophilic materials, by deterministic texturing using photolithography, without low-surface energy coating. Here, we show that hydrophilic materials can also be made superrepellent to water by chemical texturing, a stochastic rather than deterministic process. These metallic surfaces are the first analog of lotus leaves, in terms of wettability, texture and repellency. A mechanistic model is also proposed to describe the influence of multiple tiers of roughness on wettability and repellency. This demonstrated ability to make hydrophilic materials superrepellent without deterministic structuring or additional

  16. JUDGMENT AGGREGATION AND PREFERENCE AGGREGATION

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    Joanna Ochremiak

    2011-01-01

    In the paper we present an introduction to the theory of judgment aggregation and discuss its relation to the theory of preference aggregation. We compare the formal model of judgment aggregation, based on logic, with the formal model of preference aggregation. Finally, we present a theorem in judgmentaggregation which is an exact analogue of Arrow's theorem for strict preferences.

  17. Characterization of aggregates of surface modified fullerenes by asymmetrical flow field-flow fractionation with multi-angle light scattering detection.

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    Astefanei, Alina; Kok, Wim Th; Bäuerlein, Patrick; Núñez, Oscar; Galceran, Maria Teresa; de Voogt, Pim; Schoenmakers, Peter J

    2015-08-21

    Fullerenes are carbon nanoparticles with widespread biomedical, commercial and industrial applications. Attributes such as their tendency to aggregate and aggregate size and shape impact their ability to be transported into and through the environment and living tissues. Knowledge of these properties is therefore valuable for their human and environmental risk assessment as well as to control their synthesis and manufacture. In this work, asymmetrical flow-field flow fractionation (AF4) coupled to multi-angle light scattering (MALS) was used for the first time to study the size distribution of surface modified fullerenes with both polyhydroxyl and carboxyl functional groups in aqueous solutions having different pH (6.5-11) and ionic strength values (0-200mM) of environmental relevance. Fractionation key parameters such as flow rates, flow programming, and membrane material were optimized for the selected fullerenes. The aggregation of the compounds studied appeared to be indifferent to changes in solution pH, but was affected by changes in the ionic strength. Polyhydroxy-fullerenes were found to be present mostly as 4nm aggregates in water without added salt, but showed more aggregation at high ionic strength, with an up to 10-fold increase in their mean hydrodynamic radii (200mM), due to a decrease in the electrostatic repulsion between the nanoparticles. Carboxy-fullerenes showed a much stronger aggregation degree in water (50-100nm). Their average size and recoveries decreased with the increase in the salt concentration. This behavior can be due to enhanced adsorption of the large particles to the membrane at high ionic strength, because of their higher hydrophobicity and much larger particle sizes compared to polyhydroxy-fullerenes. The method performance was evaluated by calculating the run-to-run precision of the retention time (hydrodynamic radii), and the obtained RSD values were lower than 1%. MALS measurements showed aggregate sizes that were in good

  18. Texture and Wettability of Metallic Lotus Leaves

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    Frankiewicz, Christophe; Attinger, Daniel

    2015-01-01

    Superhydrophobic surfaces with the self-cleaning behavior of lotus leaves are sought for drag reduction and phase change heat transfer applications. These superrepellent surfaces have traditionally been fabricated by random or deterministic texturing of a hydrophobic material. Recently, superrepellent surfaces have also been made from hydrophilic materials, by deterministic texturing using photolithography, without low-surface energy coating. Here, we show that hydrophilic materials can also ...

  19. Surface shape memory in polymers

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    Mather, Patrick

    2012-02-01

    Many crosslinked polymers exhibit a shape memory effect wherein a permanent shape can be prescribed during crosslinking and arbitrary temporary shapes may be set through network chain immobilization. Researchers have extensively investigated such shape memory polymers in bulk form (bars, films, foams), revealing a multitude of approaches. Applications abound for such materials and a significant fraction of the studies in this area concern application-specific characterization. Recently, we have turned our attention to surface shape memory in polymers as a means to miniaturization of the effect, largely motivated to study the interaction of biological cells with shape memory polymers. In this presentation, attention will be given to several approaches we have taken to prepare and study surface shape memory phenomenon. First, a reversible embossing study involving a glassy, crosslinked shape memory material will be presented. Here, the permanent shape was flat while the temporary state consisted of embossed parallel groves. Further the fixing mechanism was vitrification, with Tg adjusted to accommodate experiments with cells. We observed that the orientation and spreading of adherent cells could be triggered to change by the topographical switch from grooved to flat. Second, a functionally graded shape memory polymer will be presented, the grading being a variation in glass transition temperature in one direction along the length of films. Characterization of the shape fixing and recovery of such films utilized an indentation technique that, along with polarizing microscopy, allowed visualization of stress distribution in proximity to the indentations. Finally, very recent research concerning shape memory induced wrinkle formation on polymer surfaces will be presented. A transformation from smooth to wrinkled surfaces at physiological temperatures has been observed to have a dramatic effect on the behavior of adherent cells. A look to the future in research and

  20. Surface texture metrology for metal additive manufacturing: a review

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    Townsend, Andrew; N.Senin; Blunt, Liam; Leach, R.K.; Taylor, J. S.

    2016-01-01

    A comprehensive analysis of literature pertaining to surface texture metrology for metal additive manufacturing has been performed. This review paper structures the results of this analysis into sections that address specific areas of interest: industrial domain, additive manufacturing processes and materials; types of surface investigated; surface measurement technology and surface texture characterisation. Each section reports on how frequently specific techniques, processes or materials ha...

  1. Development of low friction snake-inspired deterministic textured surfaces

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    Cuervo, P.; López, D. A.; Cano, J. P.; Sánchez, J. C.; Rudas, S.; Estupiñán, H.; Toro, A.; Abdel-Aal, H. A.

    2016-06-01

    The use of surface texturization to reduce friction in sliding interfaces has proved successful in some tribological applications. However, it is still difficult to achieve robust surface texturing with controlled designer-functionalities. This is because the current existing gap between enabling texturization technologies and surface design paradigms. Surface engineering, however, is advanced in natural surface constructs especially within legless reptiles. Many intriguing features facilitate the tribology of such animals so that it is feasible to discover the essence of their surface construction. In this work, we report on the tribological behavior of a novel class of surfaces of which the spatial dimensions of the textural patterns originate from micro-scale features present within the ventral scales of pre-selected snake species. Mask lithography was used to produce implement elliptical texturizing patterns on the surface of titanium alloy (Ti6Al4V) pins. To study the tribological behavior of the texturized pins, pin-on-disc tests were carried out with the pins sliding against ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene discs with no lubrication. For comparison, two non-texturized samples were also tested under the same conditions. The results show the feasibility of the texturization technique based on the coefficient of friction of the textured surfaces to be consistently lower than that of the non-texturized samples.

  2. Texture Softening of Beef and Chicken by Enzyme Injection Process.

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    Eom, Sung-Hwan; Lee, Sang-Hoon; Chun, Yong-Gi; Kim, Bum-Keun; Park, Dong-June

    2015-01-01

    This research focuses on a new softening technology for use with chicken breast and eye of round beef in order to assist elderly individuals who have difficulty with eating due to changes in their ability to chew (masticatory function) or swallow. We investigated the hardness of chicken breast and eye of round beef through use of a texture analyzer after injection of a commercial enzyme. Among 7 commercial enzymes, bromelain and collupulin exhibited a marked softening effect on the tested chicken breast and eye of round beef given a 1.00% enzyme concentration. The hardness of bromelain-treated chicken breast reached 1.4×10(4) N/m(2), of collupulin-treated chicken breast reached 3.0×10(4) N/m(2), and of bromelain-treated eye of round beef reached 3.2×10(4) N/m(2), respectively, while their original shapes did not change. To find the level of tissue degradation with specific enzyme concentrations, enzyme injections at 0.1%, 0.25%, 0.50%, and 1.00% concentration of bromelain and papain were also evaluated. The results of this research could be useful for softening chicken breast and eye of round beef and will contribute to the development of foods that can be more easily eaten as part of a balanced diet for elderly adults. PMID:26761870

  3. Effect of fingerprints orientation on skin vibrations during tactile exploration of textured surfaces

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    Prevost, Alexis; Debrégeas, Georges

    2009-01-01

    In humans, the tactile perception of fine textures is mediated by skin vibrations when scanning the surface with the fingertip. These vibrations are encoded by specific mechanoreceptors, Pacinian corpuscules (PCs), located about 2 mm below the skin surface. In a recent article, we performed experiments using a biomimetic sensor which suggest that fingerprints (epidermal ridges) may play an important role in shaping the subcutaneous stress vibrations in a way which facilitates their processing by the PC channel. Here we further test this hypothesis by directly recording the modulations of the fingerpad/substrate friction force induced by scanning an actual fingertip across a textured surface. When the fingerprints are oriented perpendicular to the scanning direction, the spectrum of these modulations shows a pronounced maximum around the frequency v/lambda, where v is the scanning velocity and lambda the fingerprints period. This simple biomechanical result confirms the relevance of our previous finding for hu...

  4. Macromolecular cell surface engineering for accelerated and reversible cellular aggregation.

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    Amaral, Adérito J R; Pasparakis, George

    2015-12-25

    We report the synthesis of two simple copolymers that induce rapid cell aggregation within minutes in a fully reversible manner. The polymers can act as self-supporting "cellular glues" or as "drivers" of 3D cell spheroids/aggregates formation at minute concentrations. PMID:26478926

  5. Texture Segmentation by Evidence Gathering

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    Waller, Ben; Nixon, Mark; Carter, John

    2011-01-01

    A new approach to texture segmentation is presented which uses Local Binary Pattern data to provide evidence from which pixels can be classified into texture classes. The proposed algorithm, which we contend to be the first use of evidence gathering in the field of texture classification, uses Generalised Hough Transform style R-tables as unique descriptors for each texture class and an accumulator is used to store votes for each texture class. Tests on the Brodatz database and Berkeley Segme...

  6. Enhancement on photocatalytic activity of an amorphous titanium oxide film with nano-textured surface by selective-fluorination etching process

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    Highlights: • The amorphous TiOx film surface was modified via selective fluorination etching process. • The resulting nano-textured surface markedly enriched the specific surface area and surface acidity. • The photocatalytic activity was comparable to an annealed TiOx film with anatase structure. - Abstract: A selective-fluorination etching process achieved by an UV light pre-irradiation and the subsequently fluorination etching was developed to enhance the photocatalytic activity of a low-temperature deposited amorphous titanium oxide (a-TiOx) film. Textured surface on the a-TiOx films formed by this process were investigated using atomic force microscope and field emission scanning electron microscope. Evidence of the fluorine ions introduced into the a-TiOx films was examined using Fourier transform infrared spectrometry and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The etching thickness of the a-TiOx film was found to be deeply relevant to the film pre-irradiated by the UV light. An a-TiOx film with nano-textured surface, which was favorable to enlarge the specific surface area, thus was obtainable from the notable etching selectivity of the film pre-irradiated by UV light through a nano-sized mask. In addition, the surface acidity of the a-TiOx film was enhanced by the formation of the Ti-F chemical bonds originating from the fluorination etching process, which also was functional to facilitate the production of surface OH free radicals. Accordingly, the resulting fluorinated a-TiOx film with nano-textured surface performed a quality photocatalytic activity comparable to that of the high-temperature achieved TiOx film with anatase structures

  7. Surface Texturing of TiO2 Film by Mist Dep osi-tion of TiO2 Nanoparticles

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    Gang Qin; Akira Watanabe

    2013-01-01

    Unique and various microstructures of titanium oxide (TiO2) film including macroporous struc-ture, chromatic veins and rings, have been easily fabricated by mist deposition method on silicon substrate with mild preparation conditions. Rutile phase TiO2 nanoparticles were directly used as starting material to prepare film and led to a simple preparation process. It was found that several different microstructures existed in the sample and changed with the varied positions from the center to the edge of the film when the concentration of the TiO2 suspension is 0.06 mol/l, the deposition time is 30 min, the flow rate is 1 l/min and the temperature is 150℃. The surface texturing shows apparent distinction as the concentration of the TiO2 suspension decreased to 0.03 mol/l and 0.01 mol/l.

  8. Similar quartz crystallographic textures in rocks of continental earth's crust (by neutron diffraction data): III. Relation of quartz texture types with means and conditions of texture formation

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    Examples of different rocks collected in different regions of the continental earth's crust are presented. Groups of quartz crystallographic textures of the same type are selected for these rocks. The relationship between the types of textures and the physical means and conditions of their formation is analyzed. The effect of the α-β phase transition in quartz on the texture transformations in rocks is considered.

  9. Measurements of residual stresses and textures by neutron diffraction

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    Many measurement methods of residual stress are compared and characteristic properties of neutron diffraction method are described. The penetration depth of neutron, photon radiation and Cu-Kα ray to metals are compared and the values of neutron are larger than others. Two kinds of measurement methods of residual stress by neutron diffraction, the angular scattering and the time of flight method, are explained. The results of measurement of residual stresses of carbon steel and titanium butt weld joint, Wasploy alloy, aluminum alloy and Incoloy 800 tube in stream generator of nuclear power plant are reported. Neutron diffraction profile of SiCp/Al2024-T6 was measured by TOF method. The textures of Zr-2.5% Nb and SUS316 steel were observed. (S.Y.)

  10. Changes in efficiency of a solar cell according to various surface-etching shapes of silicon substrate

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    Kang, Min Gu; Tark, S.; Lee, Jeong Chul; Son, Chang-Sik; Kim, Donghwan

    2011-07-01

    When amorphous silicon thin film is deposited on n-type c-Si substrate, partial epi-layer of silicon grows mainly on the valley of the pyramid where two (1 1 1) planes meet. The epi-layer degrades a-Si/c-Si interface properties. This is the main cause which leads to a decrease in the efficiency of silicon heterojunction solar cells. In this study, we made various texture shapes of silicon substrate for heterojunction solar cells with n-type silicon wafers. Four different types of textures on silicon heterojunction were prepared: large textured, smoothened large textured, small textured, and smoothened small textured. Surface texturing is well known as one of the major paths to improving the efficiency of silicon solar cells by increasing the short-circuit current through effective photon trapping. The results were successful for silicon random texturing using potassium hydroxide (KOH) and tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH) solutions. Silicon heterojunction solar cells were fabricated on textured substrates, indicating the feasibility of KOH and TMAH texturing for solar cell fabrication. We obtained images of the surface morphology using a scanning electron microscope. The interface cross-section was taken using a transmission electron microscope. We gained the optimized surface morphology of silicon substrate for a-Si/c-Si interface in silicon heterojunction solar cells.

  11. Fabrication of superhydrophobic textured steel surface for anti-corrosion and tribological properties

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    Zhang, Hongmei; Yang, Jin; Chen, Beibei; Liu, Can; Zhang, Mingsuo; Li, Changsheng

    2015-12-01

    We describe a simple and rapid method to fabricate superhydrophobic textured steel surface with excellent anti-corrosion and tribological properties on S45C steel substrate. The steel substrate was firstly ground using SiC sandpapers, and then polished using diamond paste to remove scratches. The polished steel was subsequently etched in a mixture of HF and H2O2 solution for 30 s at room temperature to obtain the textured steel surface with island-like protrusions, micro-pits, and nano-flakes. Meanwhile, to investigate the formation mechanism of the multiscale structures, the polished steel was immersed in a 3 wt% Nital solution for 5 s to observe the metallographic structures. The multiscale structures, along with low-surface-energy molecules, led to the steel surface that displayed superhydrophobicity with the contact angle of 158 ± 2° and the sliding angle of 3 ± 1°. The chemical stability and potentiodynamic polarization test indicated that the as-prepared superhydrophobic surface had excellent corrosion resistance that can provide effective protection for the steel substrate. The tribological test showed that the friction coefficient of the superhydrophobic surface maintained 0.11 within 6000 s and its superhydrophobicity had no obvious decrease after the abrasion test. The theoretical mechanism for the excellent anti-corrosion and tribological properties on the superhydrophobic surface were also analyzed respectively. The advantages of facile production, anti-corrosion, and tribological properties for the superhydrophobic steel surface make it to be a good candidate in practical applications.

  12. Dynamics of Spreading on Micro-Textured Surfaces

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    Mohammad Karim, Alireza; Rothstein, Jonathan; Kavehpour, Pirouz

    2015-11-01

    Ultrahydrophobic surfaces, due to their large water-repellency characteristic, have a vast variety of applications in technology and nature, such as de-icing of airplane wings, efficiency increase of power plants, and efficiency of pesticides on plants, etc. The significance of ultrahydrophobic surfaces requires enhancing the knowledge on the spreading dynamics on such surfaces. The best way to produce an ultrahydrophobic surface is by patterning of smooth hydrophobic surfaces with micron sized posts. In this research, the micro-textured surfaces have been fabricated by patterning several different sizes of micro-textured posts on Teflon plates. The experimental study has been performed using forced spreading with Tensiometer to obtain the dependencw of dynamic contact angle to the contact line velocity to describe the spreading dynamics of Newtonian liquids on the micro-textured surfaces. The effect of the geometrical descriptions of the micro-posts along with the physical properties of liquids on the spreading dynamics on micro-textured Teflon plates have been also studied.

  13. Scatterometry—fast and robust measurements of nano-textured surfaces

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    Scatterometry is a fast, precise and low cost way to determine the mean pitch and dimensional parameters of periodic structures with lateral resolution of a few nanometer. It is robust enough for in-line process control and precise and accurate enough for metrology measurements. Furthermore, scatterometry is a non-destructive technique capable of measuring buried structures, for example a grating covered by a thick oxide layer. As scatterometry is a non-imaging technique, mathematical modeling is needed to retrieve structural parameters that describe a surface. In this review, the three main steps of scatterometry are discussed: the data acquisition, the simulation of diffraction efficiencies and the comparison of data and simulations. First, the intensity of the diffracted light is measured with a scatterometer as a function of incoming angle, diffraction angle and/or wavelength. We discuss the evolution of the scatterometers from the earliest angular scatterometers to the new imaging scatterometers. The basic principle of measuring diffraction efficiencies in scatterometry has remained the same since the beginning, but the instrumental improvements have made scatterometry a state-of-the-art solution for fast and accurate measurements of nano-textured surfaces. The improvements include extending the wavelength range from the visible to the extreme ultra-violet range, development of Fourier optics to measure all diffraction orders simultaneously, and an imaging scatterometer to measure area of interests smaller than the spot size. Secondly, computer simulations of the diffraction efficiencies are discussed with emphasis on the rigorous coupled-wave analysis (RCWA) method. RCWA has, since the mid-1990s, been the preferred method for grating simulations due to the speed of the algorithms. In the beginning the RCWA method suffered from a very slow convergence rate, and we discuss the historical improvements to overcome this challenge, e.g. by the introduction of Li

  14. Scatterometry—fast and robust measurements of nano-textured surfaces

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    Hannibal Madsen, Morten; Hansen, Poul-Erik

    2016-06-01

    Scatterometry is a fast, precise and low cost way to determine the mean pitch and dimensional parameters of periodic structures with lateral resolution of a few nanometer. It is robust enough for in-line process control and precise and accurate enough for metrology measurements. Furthermore, scatterometry is a non-destructive technique capable of measuring buried structures, for example a grating covered by a thick oxide layer. As scatterometry is a non-imaging technique, mathematical modeling is needed to retrieve structural parameters that describe a surface. In this review, the three main steps of scatterometry are discussed: the data acquisition, the simulation of diffraction efficiencies and the comparison of data and simulations. First, the intensity of the diffracted light is measured with a scatterometer as a function of incoming angle, diffraction angle and/or wavelength. We discuss the evolution of the scatterometers from the earliest angular scatterometers to the new imaging scatterometers. The basic principle of measuring diffraction efficiencies in scatterometry has remained the same since the beginning, but the instrumental improvements have made scatterometry a state-of-the-art solution for fast and accurate measurements of nano-textured surfaces. The improvements include extending the wavelength range from the visible to the extreme ultra-violet range, development of Fourier optics to measure all diffraction orders simultaneously, and an imaging scatterometer to measure area of interests smaller than the spot size. Secondly, computer simulations of the diffraction efficiencies are discussed with emphasis on the rigorous coupled-wave analysis (RCWA) method. RCWA has, since the mid-1990s, been the preferred method for grating simulations due to the speed of the algorithms. In the beginning the RCWA method suffered from a very slow convergence rate, and we discuss the historical improvements to overcome this challenge, e.g. by the introduction of Li

  15. Quantitative CT texture and shape analysis: Can it differentiate benign and malignant mediastinal lymph nodes in patients with primary lung cancer?

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    Bayanati, Hamid; Thornhill, Rebecca E.; Souza, Carolina A.; Sethi-Virmani, Vineeta; Gupta, Ashish; Dennie, Carole [University of Ottawa, The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Department of Medical Imaging, The Ottawa Hospital, 501 Smyth Road, Box 232, Ottawa, ON (Canada); Maziak, Donna [University of Ottawa, The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Department of Surgery - Division of Thoracic Surgery, The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, ON (Canada); Amjadi, Kayvan [University of Ottawa, The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Department of Respiratory Medicine, The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    2014-09-13

    To assess the accuracy of CT texture and shape analysis in the differentiation of benign and malignant mediastinal nodes in lung cancer. Forty-three patients with biopsy-proven primary lung malignancy with pathological mediastinal nodal staging and unenhanced CT of the thorax were studied retrospectively. Grey-level co-occurrence and run-length matrix textural features, as well as morphological features, were extracted from 72 nodes. Differences between benign and malignant features were assessed using Mann-Whitney U tests. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves for each were constructed and the area under the curve (AUC) calculated with histopathology diagnosis as outcome. Combinations of features were also entered as predictors in logistic regression models and optimal threshold criteria were used to estimate sensitivity and specificity. Using optimum-threshold criteria, the combined textural and shape features identified malignant mediastinal nodes with 81 % sensitivity and 80 % specificity (AUC = 0.87, P < 0.0001). Using this combination, 84 % malignant and 71 % benign nodes were correctly classified. Quantitative CT texture and shape analysis has the potential to accurately differentiate malignant and benign mediastinal nodes in lung cancer. (orig.)

  16. Quantitative CT texture and shape analysis: Can it differentiate benign and malignant mediastinal lymph nodes in patients with primary lung cancer?

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    To assess the accuracy of CT texture and shape analysis in the differentiation of benign and malignant mediastinal nodes in lung cancer. Forty-three patients with biopsy-proven primary lung malignancy with pathological mediastinal nodal staging and unenhanced CT of the thorax were studied retrospectively. Grey-level co-occurrence and run-length matrix textural features, as well as morphological features, were extracted from 72 nodes. Differences between benign and malignant features were assessed using Mann-Whitney U tests. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves for each were constructed and the area under the curve (AUC) calculated with histopathology diagnosis as outcome. Combinations of features were also entered as predictors in logistic regression models and optimal threshold criteria were used to estimate sensitivity and specificity. Using optimum-threshold criteria, the combined textural and shape features identified malignant mediastinal nodes with 81 % sensitivity and 80 % specificity (AUC = 0.87, P < 0.0001). Using this combination, 84 % malignant and 71 % benign nodes were correctly classified. Quantitative CT texture and shape analysis has the potential to accurately differentiate malignant and benign mediastinal nodes in lung cancer. (orig.)

  17. Extrusion Cooking Systems and Textured Vegetable Proteins

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    Many fabricated foods are cooked industrially and are given desired textures, shapes, density and rehydration characteristics by an extrusion cooking process. This relatively new process is used in the preparation of “engineered” convenience foods: textured vegetable proteins, breakfast cereals, snacks, infant foods, dry soup mixes, breading, poultry stuffing, croutons, pasta products, beverage powders, hot breakfast gruels, and in the gelatinization of starch or the starchy component of ...

  18. Surface morphology and texture of TiAlN/CrN multilayer coatings

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    Multilayer thin films of TiAlN/CrN were deposited at varying bilayer periods (λ = 2, 4, 8 and 16 nm), along with a co-deposited (TiAlCr)N film and constituent TiAlN and CrN films, in order to examine the effects of periodicity on grain structure, texture and surface morphology. Characterization was performed using electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis. All films exhibited a rock-salt B1-type structure. Transmission and scanning electron microscopy cross-sections showed a columnar morphology with lateral coarsening of the columns during film growth that is more pronounced in the multilayer films with smaller bilayer periods. The surface morphology was found to be dependent on period with sharp pyramidal surface features at λ = 2 nm, an increase in secondary faceting with increasing periodicity, and nearly rounded column tops at λ = 16 nm. Consistent with these morphological observations, surface roughness measurements showed an increasing roughness with decreasing bilayer period. X-ray diffraction pole figures revealed that the multilayer films had a crystallographic texture that could be described as preferential [200] poles tilted approximately 15° away from the substrate normal and clustered near the deposition direction. The distribution of the [111] poles was nearly random for the films with larger periodicities (8 and 16 nm), but a small [111] texture component was noted for the 2 and 4 nm period films. A mechanism for the effect of the multilayer period on the surface morphology is proposed wherein the higher interfacial energy density in the smaller period multilayers promotes a higher degree of (200) faceting at the film surface, reducing grain orientation effects on adatom mobility. - Highlights: ► Multilayer TiAlN/CrN films were deposited with periodicities of 2, 4, 8 and 16 nm. ► All films had an fcc-B1structure and the Cr/(Ti + Al) ratio was 1.8 for most films. ► A periodicity-dependent surface morphology

  19. Dropwise condensation on inclined textured surfaces

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    Khandekar, Sameer

    2014-01-01

    Dropwise Condensation on Textured Surfaces presents a holistic framework for understanding dropwise condensation through mathematical modeling and meaningful experiments. The book presents a review of the subject required to build up models as well as to design experiments. Emphasis is placed on the effect of physical and chemical texturing and their effect on the bulk transport phenomena. Application of the model to metal vapor condensation is of special interest. The unique behavior of liquid metals, with their low Prandtl number and high surface tension, is also discussed. The model predicts instantaneous drop size distribution for a given level of substrate subcooling and derives local as well as spatio-temporally averaged heat transfer rates and wall shear stress.

  20. Investigation on the evolution of microstructure and texture of electroplated Ni-Ti composite coating by Rietveld method

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    Zhao, Yuantao; Cai, Fei; Wang, Chengxi; Chai, Ze; Zhu, Kaiyuan; Xu, Zhou; Jiang, Chuanhai

    2015-10-01

    Rietveld refinement was utilized to investigate the evolution of microstructure and texture of the Ni-Ti composite coatings electroplated at different applied current densities. Scanning Electron Microscope and Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy were utilized to investigate the morphology and chemical composition of the coatings. Relative texture coefficients (RTC) and measured pole figures were utilized to investigate the texture evolution of the coatings. The results showed that the surface morphology of the coatings changed from a colonial structure to a polyhedral one. And the incorporated Ti content decreased with increasing applied current density. As the applied current density increased, the crystallite sizes increased and their distribution got less uniform, and the microstrain and dislocation density decreased. The results of simulated pole figures obtained from Rietveld refinement illustrated that the texture of the coatings changed from no obvious texture to a strong [2 0 0] fiber texture with increasing applied current density. The texture evolution obtained from simulated pole figures was confirmed by the result of RTC and the measured pole figures. The evolutions of the microstructure and texture were derived from the change of the applied current density and incorporated Ti content in the Ni-Ti composite coatings.

  1. Texture and Wettability of Metallic Lotus Leaves

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    Frankiewicz, Christophe

    2015-01-01

    Superhydrophobic surfaces with the self-cleaning behavior of lotus leaves are sought for drag reduction and phase change heat transfer applications. These superrepellent surfaces have traditionally been fabricated by random or deterministic texturing of a hydrophobic material. Recently, superrepellent surfaces have also been made from hydrophilic materials, by deterministic texturing using photolithography, without low-surface energy coating. Here, we show that hydrophilic materials can also be made superrepellent to water by chemical texturing, a stochastic rather than deterministic process. These metallic surfaces are the first analog of lotus leaves, in terms of wettability, texture and repellency. A mechanistic model is also proposed to describe the influence of multiple tiers of roughness on wettability and repellency. This demonstrated ability to make hydrophilic materials superrepellent without deterministic structuring or additional coatings opens the way to large scale and robust manufacturing of sup...

  2. Surface aggregation of urinary proteins and aspartic acid-rich peptides on the faces of calcium oxalate monohydrate investigated by in situ force microscopy

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    Weaver, M L; Qiu, S R; Hoyer, J R; Casey, W H; Nancollas, G H; De Yoreo, J J

    2008-05-28

    The growth of calcium oxalate monohydrate in the presence of Tamm-Horsfall protein (THP), osteopontin (OPN), and the 27-residue synthetic peptides (DDDS){sub 6}DDD and (DDDG){sub 6}DDD [where D = aspartic acid and X = S (serine) or G (glycine)] was investigated via in situ atomic force microscopy (AFM). The results show that these three growth modulators create extensive deposits on the crystal faces. Depending on the modulator and crystal face, these deposits can occur as discrete aggregates, filamentary structures, or uniform coatings. These proteinaceous films can lead to either the inhibition or increase of the step speeds (with respect to the impurity-free system) depending on a range of factors that include peptide or protein concentration, supersaturation and ionic strength. While THP and the linear peptides act, respectively, to exclusively increase and inhibit growth on the (-101) face, both exhibit dual functionality on the (010) face, inhibiting growth at low supersaturation or high modulator concentration and accelerating growth at high supersaturation or low modulator concentration. Based on analyses of growth morphologies and dependencies of step speeds on supersaturation and protein or peptide concentration, we argue for a picture of growth modulation that accounts for the observations in terms of the strength of binding to the surfaces and steps and the interplay of electrostatic and solvent-induced forces at crystal surface.

  3. Drop shape visualization and contact angle measurement on curved surfaces.

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    Guilizzoni, Manfredo

    2011-12-01

    The shape and contact angles of drops on curved surfaces is experimentally investigated. Image processing, spline fitting and numerical integration are used to extract the drop contour in a number of cross-sections. The three-dimensional surfaces which describe the surface-air and drop-air interfaces can be visualized and a simple procedure to determine the equilibrium contact angle starting from measurements on curved surfaces is proposed. Contact angles on flat surfaces serve as a reference term and a procedure to measure them is proposed. Such procedure is not as accurate as the axisymmetric drop shape analysis algorithms, but it has the advantage of requiring only a side view of the drop-surface couple and no further information. It can therefore be used also for fluids with unknown surface tension and there is no need to measure the drop volume. Examples of application of the proposed techniques for distilled water drops on gemstones confirm that they can be useful for drop shape analysis and contact angle measurement on three-dimensional sculptured surfaces. PMID:21889152

  4. Surface texturing of multicrystalline silicon solar cells

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    L.A. Dobrzański; A. Drygała

    2008-01-01

    Purpose: The aim of the paper is to elaborate a laser method of texturization multicrystalline silicon. The main reason for taking up the research is that most conventional methods used for texturization of monocrystalline silicon are ineffective when applied for texturing multicrystalline silicon. This is related to random distribution of grains of different crystalographic orientations on the surface of multicrystalline silicon.Design/methodology/approach: The topography of laser ...

  5. Signals of Personality and Health: The Contributions of Facial Shape, Skin Texture, and Viewing Angle

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    Jones, Alex L.; Kramer, Robin S. S.; Ward, Robert

    2012-01-01

    To what extent does information in a person's face predict their likely behavior? There is increasing evidence for association between relatively neutral, static facial appearance and personality traits. By using composite images rendered from three dimensional (3D) scans of women scoring high and low on health and personality dimensions, we aimed…

  6. Impact of Surface Roughness and Soil Texture on Mineral Dust Emission Fluxes Modeling

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    Menut, Laurent; Perez, Carlos; Haustein, Karsten; Bessagnet, Bertrand; Prigent, Catherine; Alfaro, Stephane

    2013-01-01

    Dust production models (DPM) used to estimate vertical fluxes of mineral dust aerosols over arid regions need accurate data on soil and surface properties. The Laboratoire Inter-Universitaire des Systemes Atmospheriques (LISA) data set was developed for Northern Africa, the Middle East, and East Asia. This regional data set was built through dedicated field campaigns and include, among others, the aerodynamic roughness length, the smooth roughness length of the erodible fraction of the surface, and the dry (undisturbed) soil size distribution. Recently, satellite-derived roughness length and high-resolution soil texture data sets at the global scale have emerged and provide the opportunity for the use of advanced schemes in global models. This paper analyzes the behavior of the ERS satellite-derived global roughness length and the State Soil Geographic data base-Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (STATSGO-FAO) soil texture data set (based on wet techniques) using an advanced DPM in comparison to the LISA data set over Northern Africa and the Middle East. We explore the sensitivity of the drag partition scheme (a critical component of the DPM) and of the dust vertical fluxes (intensity and spatial patterns) to the roughness length and soil texture data sets. We also compare the use of the drag partition scheme to a widely used preferential source approach in global models. Idealized experiments with prescribed wind speeds show that the ERS and STATSGO-FAO data sets provide realistic spatial patterns of dust emission and friction velocity thresholds in the region. Finally, we evaluate a dust transport model for the period of March to July 2011 with observed aerosol optical depths from Aerosol Robotic Network sites. Results show that ERS and STATSGO-FAO provide realistic simulations in the region.

  7. Casein Aggregates Built Step-by-Step on Charged Polyelectrolyte Film Surfaces Are Calcium Phosphate-cemented*

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    Nagy, Krisztina; Pilbat, Ana-Maria; Groma, Géza; Szalontai, Balázs; Cuisinier, Frédéric J.G.

    2010-01-01

    The possible mechanism of casein aggregation and micelle buildup was studied in a new approach by letting α-casein adsorb from low concentration (0.1 mg·ml−1) solutions onto the charged surfaces of polyelectrolyte films. It was found that α-casein could adsorb onto both positively and negatively charged surfaces. However, only when its negative phosphoseryl clusters remained free, i.e. when it adsorbed onto a negative surface, could calcium phosphate (CaP) nanoclusters bind to the casein mole...

  8. Aggregation and antigenicity of virus like particle in salt solution--A case study with hepatitis B surface antigen.

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    Chen, Yi; Zhang, Yan; Quan, Can; Luo, Jian; Yang, Yanli; Yu, Mengran; Kong, Yingjun; Ma, Guanghui; Su, Zhiguo

    2015-08-20

    The phenomenon of aggregation of virus-like particles (VLPs) in salt solution and the corresponding effect upon antigenicity was reported. Asymmetrical flow field-flow fractionation (AF4) combined with multi-angle laser light scattering (MALLS) was used to characterize the size and the aggregation behavior of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg). The average diameter of HBsAg VLP was 22.8±0.4 nm and it tended to aggregate in salt solution to form large particles and the antigenicity changed accordingly. In 0-4 M NaCl solution, part of HBsAg molecules aggregated rapidly into oligomeric particles (OP), whose diameter distributed from 25 to 40 nm, and the antigenicity slightly decreased about 10%. The aggregation reaction is reversible. After removing NaCl, both size and antigenicity could recover to normal level (92-96%). By contrast, the aggregation process is more complicated in (NH4)2SO4 solution. Most of HBsAg particles aggregated into OP and further aggregated into polymeric particles (PP). The diameter of the PP could reach 40 to 140 nm. The concentration of (NH4)2SO4 had remarkable influence upon the rate of aggregation. When concentration of (NH4)2SO4 was below 1 M, most of HBsAg aggregated only into OP in 1 h. While with concentration of (NH4)2SO4 above 1 M, most of particles formed PP within 1 h. The aggregation process to PP was irreversible. After removing (NH4)2SO4, the large aggregates could not recover to normal particles and the remaining antigenicity was below 30%. PMID:25862298

  9. Polyelectrolyte surfactant aggregates and their deposition on macroscopic surfaces

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    cationically modified guar gums (of varying charge density) with two anionic surfactants: sodium lauryl (or dodecyl) ether sulfate [SLES] and sodium dodecyl sulfate [SDS], for various concentrations of the polyelectrolyte and added sodium chloride, at room temperature. The addition of sodium chloride has only a minor net effect on the CFC, but increases the CSC significantly. The interactions between the cationic polyelectrolyte and the surfactant have been studied in the one-phase regions, i.e. below the CFC and above the CSC, using different techniques. Surface tension, electrophoresis, light scattering and viscosimetry have been employed. In the two-phase region, the sedimented floe phase has been analysed and the flocculation has been investigated. Rheology of the floe phase has been studied, after a mild compression by centrifugation. The initial rate of flocculation has been determined, using stop-flow equipment. The growth and the structure of the flocs have been investigated by light scattering. The open-network flocs of polyelectrolyte-surfactant particles grow to ∼10's μm in size, prior to their eventual settling out. Other colloidal particles can be trapped within these large flocs, and the flocs can be used to transport these particles to a macroscopic surface. The deposition and the removal of such composite flocs on glass surfaces, under flow, have been studied using a flow cell device coupled with an optical microscope. Scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy have also been employed. (author)

  10. Deep convolutional filter banks for texture recognition and segmentation

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    Cimpoi, Mircea; Maji, Subhransu; Vedaldi, Andrea

    2014-01-01

    Research in texture recognition often concentrates on the problem of material recognition in uncluttered conditions, an assumption rarely met by applications. In this work we conduct a first study of material and describable texture at- tributes recognition in clutter, using a new dataset derived from the OpenSurface texture repository. Motivated by the challenge posed by this problem, we propose a new texture descriptor, D-CNN, obtained by Fisher Vector pooling of a Convolutional Neural Netw...

  11. Development of a roughness measurement standard with irregular surface topography for improving 3D surface texture measurement

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    In this study, measurement standards with irregular surface topography which can be used for surface texture measuring instruments of various measurement principles are proposed, and the verification system for surface texture measuring instruments is established using the measurement standard. We have generated the software gauge data with 3D irregular surface texture using the non-causal 2D auto-regressive model (2D AR model). This model can generate periodic irregular surface topography data from specified surface texture parameters, and based on the generated software gauge data, the measurement standards were manufactured by machining with a diamond ball end mill. The short wavelength components which cannot be processed by the ball end mill were removed from the original machining data by the morphological filter. Manufactured measurement standards were measured using three types of surface texture measuring instruments. Proposed measurement standards can be used for various types of measuring instruments

  12. Texture and Magnetic Properties

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    Bunge, H. J.

    1989-01-01

    The magnetic properties of ferromagnetic materials are closely related to the crystallographic texture, i.e. the orientation distribution of the crystallites, they are, however, not uniquely determined by the texture. Higher order “textural quantities” such as, for instance, orientation correlation functions are additionally needed for a more complete description.The properties in saturation are uniquely determined by the texture. They can be expressed by a fourth—or sixth—order approximation...

  13. Laser texturing of Hastelloy C276 alloy surface for improved hydrophobicity and friction coefficient

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    Yilbas, B. S.; Ali, H.

    2016-03-01

    Laser treatment of Hastelloy C276 alloy is carried out under the high pressure nitrogen assisting gas environment. Morphological and metallurgical changes in the laser treated layer are examined using the analytical tools including, scanning electron and atomic force microscopes, X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive spectroscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Microhardness is measured and the residual stress formed in the laser treated surface is determined from the X-ray data. The hydrophibicity of the laser treated surface is assessed using the sessile drop method. Friction coefficient of the laser treated layer is obtained incorporating the micro-tribometer. It is found that closely spaced laser canning tracks create a self-annealing effect in the laser treated layer and lowers the thermal stress levels through modifying the cooling rates at the surface. A dense structure, consisting of fine size grains, enhances the microhardness of the surface. The residual stress formed at the surface is compressive and it is in the order of -800 MPa. Laser treatment improves the surface hydrophobicity significantly because of the formation of surface texture composing of micro/nano-pillars.

  14. [Lysophosphatidic acid and human erythrocyte aggregation].

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    Sheremet'ev, Iu A; Popovicheva, A N; Levin, G Ia

    2014-01-01

    The effects of lysophosphatidic acid on the morphology and aggregation of human erythrocytes has been studied. Morphology of erythrocytes and their aggregates were studied by light microscopy. It has been shown that lysophosphatidic acid changes the shape of red blood cells: diskocyte become echinocytes. Aggregation of red blood cells (rouleaux) was significantly reduced in autoplasma. At the same time there is a strong aggregation of echinocytes. This was accompanied by the formation of microvesicles. Adding normal plasma to echinocytes restores shape and aggregation of red blood cells consisting of "rouleaux". A possible mechanism of action of lysophosphatidic acid on erythrocytes is discussed. PMID:25509147

  15. Quantitative characterization of agglomerates and aggregates of pyrogenic and precipitated amorphous silica nanomaterials by transmission electron microscopy

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    De Temmerman Pieter-Jan; Van Doren Elke; Verleysen Eveline; Van der Stede Yves; Francisco Michel Abi; Mast Jan

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Background The interaction of a nanomaterial (NM) with a biological system depends not only on the size of its primary particles but also on the size, shape and surface topology of its aggregates and agglomerates. A method based on transmission electron microscopy (TEM), to visualize the NM and on image analysis, to measure detected features quantitatively, was assessed for its capacity to characterize the aggregates and agglomerates of precipitated and pyrogenic synthetic amorphous ...

  16. Superhydrophobic Surfaces with Very Low Hysteresis Prepared by Aggregation of Silica Nanoparticles During In Situ Urea-Formaldehyde Polymerization.

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    Diwan, Anubhav; Jensen, David S; Gupta, Vipul; Johnson, Brian I; Evans, Delwyn; Telford, Clive; Linford, Matthew R

    2015-12-01

    We present a new method for the preparation of superhydrophobic materials by in situ aggregation of silica nanoparticles on a surface during a urea-formaldehyde (UF) polymerization. This is a one-step process in which a two-tier topography is obtained. The polymerization is carried out for 30, 60, 120, 180, and 240 min on silicon shards. Silicon surfaces are sintered to remove the polymer. SEM and AFM show both an increase in the area covered by the nanoparticles and their aggregation with increasing polymerization time. Chemical vapor deposition of a fluorinated silane in the presence of a basic catalyst gives these surfaces hydrophobicity. Deposition of this low surface energy silane is confirmed by the F 1s signal in XPS. The surfaces show advancing water contact angles in excess of 160 degrees with very low hysteresis (< 7) after 120 min and 60 min polymerization times for 7 nm and 14 nm silica, respectively. Depositions are successfully demonstrated on glass substrates after they are primed with a UF polymer layer. Superhydrophobic surfaces can also be prepared on unsintered substrates. PMID:26682448

  17. Textural Characterization and Energetics of Porous Solids by Adsorption Calorimetry

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    Vanessa Silenia Garcia-Cuello; Moreno-Pirajan, Juan C.; Liliana Giraldo

    2011-01-01

    An adsorption microcalorimeter was designed and built in our laboratory and used for the determination of differential adsorption heats in different samples of porous solids: activated carbon granules, activated carbon pellets, an activated carbon monolith and a zeolite sample. This work shows the relationship between adsorption heat and the pore size of different porous solids using adsorption of NH 3 , CO and N 2 O. The result shows that the thermal effect can be related with textural prope...

  18. Continuously Tunable Wettability by Using Surface Patterned Shape Memory Polymers with Giant Deformability.

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    Zhao, Lingyu; Zhao, Jun; Liu, Yayun; Guo, Yufeng; Zhang, Liangpei; Chen, Zhuo; Zhang, Hui; Zhang, Zhong

    2016-06-01

    Designing smart surfaces with tunable wettability has drawn much attention in recent years for academic research and practical applications. Most of the previous methods to achieve such surfaces demand some particular materials that inherently have special features or complicated structures which are usually not easy to obtain. A novel strategy to achieve such smart surfaces is proposed by using the surface patterned shape memory polymers of chemically crosslinked polycyclooctene which shows a giant deformability of up to ≈730% strain. The smart surfaces possess the ability to continuously tune the wettability by controlling the recovery temperature and/or time. Coating the modified titanium dioxide nanoparticles onto such surfaces renders the surface superhydrophobicity and expands the tunable range of contact angles (CAs). Theoretical calculations of the CAs at different strains via modified Cassie model well explain the tunable wettability behaviors of such smart surfaces. PMID:27167599

  19. Accurate object tracking system by integrating texture and depth cues

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    Chen, Ju-Chin; Lin, Yu-Hang

    2016-03-01

    A robust object tracking system that is invariant to object appearance variations and background clutter is proposed. Multiple instance learning with a boosting algorithm is applied to select discriminant texture information between the object and background data. Additionally, depth information, which is important to distinguish the object from a complicated background, is integrated. We propose two depth-based models that can compensate texture information to cope with both appearance variants and background clutter. Moreover, in order to reduce the risk of drifting problem increased for the textureless depth templates, an update mechanism is proposed to select more precise tracking results to avoid incorrect model updates. In the experiments, the robustness of the proposed system is evaluated and quantitative results are provided for performance analysis. Experimental results show that the proposed system can provide the best success rate and has more accurate tracking results than other well-known algorithms.

  20. Combining Spectral and Texture Features Using Random Forest Algorithm: Extracting Impervious Surface Area in Wuhan

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    Shao, Zhenfeng; Zhang, Yuan; Zhang, Lei; Song, Yang; Peng, Minjun

    2016-06-01

    Impervious surface area (ISA) is one of the most important indicators of urban environments. At present, based on multi-resolution remote sensing images, numerous approaches have been proposed to extract impervious surface, using statistical estimation, sub-pixel classification and spectral mixture analysis method of sub-pixel analysis. Through these methods, impervious surfaces can be effectively applied to regional-scale planning and management. However, for the large scale region, high resolution remote sensing images can provide more details, and therefore they will be more conducive to analysis environmental monitoring and urban management. Since the purpose of this study is to map impervious surfaces more effectively, three classification algorithms (random forests, decision trees, and artificial neural networks) were tested for their ability to map impervious surface. Random forests outperformed the decision trees, and artificial neural networks in precision. Combining the spectral indices and texture, random forests is applied to impervious surface extraction with a producer's accuracy of 0.98, a user's accuracy of 0.97, and an overall accuracy of 0.98 and a kappa coefficient of 0.97.

  1. Texture Softening of Beef and Chicken by Enzyme Injection Process

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    Eom, Sung-Hwan; Lee, Sang-Hoon; Chun, Yong-Gi; Kim, Bum-Keun; Park, Dong-June

    2015-01-01

    This research focuses on a new softening technology for use with chicken breast and eye of round beef in order to assist elderly individuals who have difficulty with eating due to changes in their ability to chew (masticatory function) or swallow. We investigated the hardness of chicken breast and eye of round beef through use of a texture analyzer after injection of a commercial enzyme. Among 7 commercial enzymes, bromelain and collupulin exhibited a marked softening effect on the tested chi...

  2. How visual attention is modified by disparities and textures changes?

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    Khaustova, Dar'ya; Fournier, Jérome; Wyckens, Emmanuel; Le Meur, Olivier

    2013-03-01

    The 3D image/video quality of experience is a multidimensional concept that depends on 2D image quality, depth quantity and visual comfort. The relationship between these parameters is not yet clearly defined. From this perspective, we aim to understand how texture complexity, depth quantity and visual comfort influence the way people observe 3D content in comparison with 2D. Six scenes with different structural parameters were generated using Blender software. For these six scenes, the following parameters were modified: texture complexity and the amount of depth changing the camera baseline and the convergence distance at the shooting side. Our study was conducted using an eye-tracker and a 3DTV display. During the eye-tracking experiment, each observer freely examined images with different depth levels and texture complexities. To avoid memory bias, we ensured that each observer had only seen scene content once. Collected fixation data were used to build saliency maps and to analyze differences between 2D and 3D conditions. Our results show that the introduction of disparity shortened saccade length; however fixation durations remained unaffected. An analysis of the saliency maps did not reveal any differences between 2D and 3D conditions for the viewing duration of 20 s. When the whole period was divided into smaller intervals, we found that for the first 4 s the introduced disparity was conducive to the section of saliency regions. However, this contribution is quite minimal if the correlation between saliency maps is analyzed. Nevertheless, we did not find that discomfort (comfort) had any influence on visual attention. We believe that existing metrics and methods are depth insensitive and do not reveal such differences. Based on the analysis of heat maps and paired t-tests of inter-observer visual congruency values we deduced that the selected areas of interest depend on texture complexities.

  3. Can Aggregation Across Goods be Achieved by Neglecting The Problem? Property Inheritance and Aggregation Bias

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    Bertrand M. Koebel

    2002-01-01

    This article studies the problem of composite commodity in two different frameworks. In one case, aggregation across goods is analyzed for elementary goods that satisfy an optimality condition. The unrestricted case is also examined. The notion of an approximate aggregate representation is formalized and shown to be always possible. Can thereby aggregation issues simply be neglected in economic contributions? I show that the standard economic properties of initial functions are not necessaril...

  4. Flux surface shaping effects on tokamak edge turbulence and flows

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    The influence of shaping of magnetic flux surfaces in tokamaks on gyro-fluid edge turbulence is studied numerically. Magnetic field shaping in tokamaks is mainly due to elongation, triangularity, shift and the presence of a divertor X-point. A series of tokamak configurations with varying elongation 1 ≤ κ ≥ 2 and triangularity 0 ≤ δ ≤ 0.4, and an actual ASDEX Upgrade divertor configuration are obtained with the equilibrium code HELENA and implemented into the gyro-fluid turbulence code GEM. The study finds minimal impact on the zonal flow physics itself, but strong impact on the turbulence and transport. (authors)

  5. Texturing Carbon-carbon Composite Radiator Surfaces Utilizing Atomic Oxygen

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    Raack, Taylor

    2004-01-01

    Future space nuclear power systems will require radiator technology to dissipate excess heat created by a nuclear reactor. Large radiator fins with circulating coolant are in development for this purpose and an investigation of how to make them most efficient is underway. Maximizing the surface area while minimizing the mass of such radiator fins is critical for obtaining the highest efficiency in dissipating heat. Processes to develop surface roughness are under investigation to maximize the effective surface area of a radiator fin. Surface roughness is created through several methods including oxidation and texturing. The effects of atomic oxygen impingement on carbon-carbon surfaces are currently being investigated for texturing a radiator surface. Early studies of atomic oxygen impingement in low Earth orbit indicate significant texturing due to ram atomic oxygen. The surface morphology of the affected surfaces shows many microscopic cones and valleys which have been experimentally shown to increase radiation emittance. Further study of this morphology proceeded in the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF). Atomic oxygen experiments on the LDEF successfully duplicated the results obtained from materials in spaceflight by subjecting samples to 4.5 eV atomic oxygen from a fixed ram angle. These experiments replicated the conical valley morphology that was seen on samples subjected to low Earth orbit.

  6. Correlation between macro texture measures carried out by the volumetric method and by different laser texture meter; Correlacion de medidas de macrotextura tomadas con el metodo volumetrico y con diferentes texturometros lasar

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    Parra Ruiz, L.; Yanguas Gonzalez, S. J.

    2013-06-01

    The reference value for the measurement of surface macro texture in the Spanish Main Road Network is the MTD or Mean Texture Depth (PMT, Profundidad Media de Textura), obtained by means of the volumetric methods, in accordance with the standard UNE EN 13036-1:12010. The fact that it is a spot measurement that requires road closures makes it an expensive procedure as well as slow and dangerous. In addition to this, the test results are relatively sensitive to the operator, being the procedure not too suitable for systematic surveys. These are some of the reasons that have contributed to the development of texture meter laser devices that can be assembled on board of vehicles, circulating without interfering with the normal traffic flow and providing a parameter named the MPD (Mean Depth Profile). According to the standard UNE-EN ISO 13473-1:2006, it is possible to estimate the texture obtained by volumetric methods, with the parameter ETD (Estimated Texture Depth) through the equation: ETD=0,8 x MPD+0.2 In 2008 CEDEX conducted a study that correlated macro texture measures obtained by means of the volumetric method with such carried out by different laser texture meters. The equations yield a better relation between MPD and MTD were dependent on the measurement device used and were not linear equations type, as is it indicated in the standard, but exponential type equations. (Author) 6 refs.

  7. Texture and Magnetic Properties

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    Morris, P. R.; Flowers, J. W.

    1981-01-01

    Expressions are derived for the dependence of the magnetic properties of cubic materials on texture. The theoretical development generally parallels that of Bunge, but employs Roe's formalism. The expressions, together with limited experimental data, enable one to express magnetic property variations in the plane of the sheet, to obtain property values for comparable texture-free specimens, and to separate magnetic properties into texture-dependent and texture-independent components. Core los...

  8. Object detection approach using generative sparse, hierarchical networks with top-down and lateral connections for combining texture/color detection and shape/contour detection

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    Paiton, Dylan M.; Kenyon, Garrett T.; Brumby, Steven P.; Schultz, Peter F.; George, John S.

    2015-07-28

    An approach to detecting objects in an image dataset may combine texture/color detection, shape/contour detection, and/or motion detection using sparse, generative, hierarchical models with lateral and top-down connections. A first independent representation of objects in an image dataset may be produced using a color/texture detection algorithm. A second independent representation of objects in the image dataset may be produced using a shape/contour detection algorithm. A third independent representation of objects in the image dataset may be produced using a motion detection algorithm. The first, second, and third independent representations may then be combined into a single coherent output using a combinatorial algorithm.

  9. Learning and recognizing texture characteristics using local binary patterns

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    Turtinen, M. (Markus)

    2007-01-01

    Abstract Texture plays an important role in numerous computer vision applications. Many methods for describing and analyzing of textured surfaces have been proposed. Variations in the appearance of texture caused by changing illumination and imaging conditions, for example, set high requirements on different analysis methods. In addition, real-world applications tend to produce a great deal of complex texture data to be processed that should be handled effectively in order to be exploited....

  10. Development and characterization of a new instrument for the traceable measurement of areal surface texture

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    Modern manufacturing industry is beginning to benefit greatly from the ability to control the three-dimensional, or areal, structure of a surface. To underpin areal surface manufacturing, a traceable measurement infrastructure is required. In this paper, the development of a new traceable instrument for the measurement of areal surface texture is presented. The instrument uses a two-axis coplanar air-bearing slideway to move the measured surface beneath a stylus probe. The motion of the slideway is measured using linear and angular interferometers. The key to the new instrument is a novel probing system incorporating a cylindrical air-bearing guideway and an electromagnetic system to maintain a constant stylus force on the surface. The deflection of the stylus is measured using a differential plane mirror interferometer thereby minimizing the effect of any error motion in the metrology frame. The uncertainties of the instrument are calculated using a Monte Carlo approach and are evaluated to be 5 nm in the z axis and 16 nm in the x and y axes (all at k = 2). The results are given for the instrument and are compared to results from a traceable profile measuring instrument and a coherence scanning interferometer

  11. Shape-memory surface with dynamically tunable nano-geometry activated by body heat.

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    Ebara, Mitsuhiro; Uto, Koichiro; Idota, Naokazu; Hoffman, John M; Aoyagi, Takao

    2012-01-10

    Shape-memory surfaces with on-demand, tunable nanopatterns are developed to observe time dependent changes in cell alignment using temperature-responsive poly(ϵ-caprolactone) (PCL) films. Temporary grooved nanopatterns are easily programmed on the films and triggered to transition quickly to permanent surface patterns by the application of body heat. A time-dependent cytoskeleton remodeling is also observed under biologically relevant conditions. PMID:21954058

  12. Substrate and material transfer effects on the surface chemistry and texture of diamond-like carbon deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition

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    Jones, Benjamin; Ojeda, J. J.

    2012-01-01

    Diamond-like carbon (DLC), a thin amorphous carbon film, has many uses in tribological systems. Exploiting alternative substrates and interlayers can enable the control of the hardness and modulus of the multilayer system and improve wear or friction properties. We used XPS and atomic force microscopy to examine DLC that had been concurrently coated on an epoxy interlayer and a steel substrate by plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition. sp2/sp3 ratios were calculated both by the deconvolut...

  13. Combined Effect of Textured Patterns and Graphene Flake Additives on Tribological Behavior under Boundary Lubrication

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    Cai, Zhen-bing; Zhao, Lei; Zhang, Xu; Yue, Wen; Zhu, Min-hao

    2016-01-01

    A ball-on-plate wear test was employed to investigate the effectiveness of graphene (GP) nanoparticles dispersed in a synthetic-oil-based lubricant in reducing wear. The effect by area ratio of elliptically shaped dimple textures and elevated temperatures were also explored. Pure PAO4 based oil and a mixture of this oil with 0.01 wt% GP were compared as lubricants. At pit area ratio of 5%, GP-base oil effectively reduced friction and wear, especially at 60 and 100°C. Under pure PAO4 oil lubrication, the untextured surfaces gained low friction coefficients (COFs) and wear rates under 60 and 100°C. With increasing laser—texture area ratio, the COF and wear rate decreased at 25 and 150°C but increased at 60 and 100°C. Under the GP-based oil lubrication, the textured surface with 5% area ratio achieved the lowest COF among those of the area ratios tested at all test temperatures. Meanwhile, the textured surface with 20% area ratio obtained the highest COF among those of the area ratios. With the joint action of GP and texture, the textured surface with 10% area ratio exhibited the best anti-wear performance among all of the textured surfaces at all test temperatures. PMID:27054762

  14. Wetting state on hydrophilic and hydrophobic micro-textured surfaces: Thermodynamic analysis and X-ray visualization

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    In this study, the wetting state on hydrophobic and hydrophilic micro-textured surfaces was investigated. High spatial resolution synchrotron X-ray radiography was used to overcome the limitations in visualization in previous research and clearly visualize the wetting state for each droplet under quantified surface conditions. Based on thermodynamic characteristics, a theoretical model for wetting state depending on the chemical composition (intrinsic contact angle) and geometrical morphology (roughness ratio) of the surfaces was developed

  15. Shaping of steel mold surface of lens array by electrical discharge machining with spherical ball electrode.

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    Takino, Hideo; Hosaka, Takahiro

    2016-06-20

    We propose a method for fabricating a spherical lens array mold by electrical discharge machining (EDM) with a ball-type electrode. The electrode is constructed by arranging conductive spherical balls in an array. To fundamentally examine the applicability of the proposed EDM method to the fabrication of lens array molds, we use an electrode having a single ball to shape a lens array mold made of stainless steel with 16 spherical elements, each having a maximum depth of 0.5 mm. As a result, a mold surface is successfully shaped with a peak-to-valley shape accuracy of approximately 10 μm, and an average surface roughness of 0.85 μm. PMID:27409126

  16. Surface treatment of screw shaped titanium dental implants by high intensity laser pulses

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    Pető, G.; Karacs, A.; Pászti, Z.; Guczi, L.; Divinyi, T.; Joób, A.

    2002-01-01

    Machined and Al 2O 3 blasted surfaces of screw shaped Ti dental implants were irradiated by 30 ns pulses of Nd:glass laser at 1064 nm wavelength with 0.5-3 J pulse energy. The laser treatment increased the temperature of the Ti surface well above the melting temperature. The resulting ablation of some surface layers was followed by a very rapid solidification. These thermal processes strongly modified the original morphology of the surface and removed the contaminations. The new morphology was characterized by features mostly in ten micron and partly in submicron ranges. The surface composition was the same as the bulk titanium without any segregation. Animal experiments demonstrated that this surface treatment seems to be promising for the improvement of the osseointegration of dental implants.

  17. A physical scaling model for aggregation and disaggregation of field-scale surface soil moisture dynamics

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    Ojha, Richa; Govindaraju, Rao S.

    2015-07-01

    Scaling relationships are needed as measurements and desired predictions are often not available at concurrent spatial support volumes or temporal discretizations. Surface soil moisture values of interest to hydrologic studies are estimated using ground based measurement techniques or utilizing remote sensing platforms. Remote sensing based techniques estimate field-scale surface soil moisture values, but are unable to provide the local-scale soil moisture information that is obtained from local measurements. Further, obtaining field-scale surface moisture values using ground-based measurements is exhaustive and time consuming. To bridge this scale mismatch, we develop analytical expressions for surface soil moisture based on sharp-front approximation of the Richards equation and assumed log-normal distribution of the spatial surface saturated hydraulic conductivity field. Analytical expressions for field-scale evolution of surface soil moisture to rainfall events are utilized to obtain aggregated and disaggregated response of surface soil moisture evolution with knowledge of the saturated hydraulic conductivity. The utility of the analytical model is demonstrated through numerical experiments involving 3-D simulations of soil moisture and Monte-Carlo simulations for 1-D renderings—with soil moisture dynamics being represented by the Richards equation in each instance. Results show that the analytical expressions developed here show promise for a principled way of scaling surface soil moisture.

  18. Thermodynamic analysis of shark skin texture surfaces for microchannel flow

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    Yu, Hai-Yan; Zhang, Hao-Chun; Guo, Yang-Yu; Tan, He-Ping; Li, Yao; Xie, Gong-Nan

    2015-10-01

    The studies of shark skin textured surfaces in flow drag reduction provide inspiration to researchers overcoming technical challenges from actual production application. In this paper, three kinds of infinite parallel plate flow models with microstructure inspired by shark skin were established, namely blade model, wedge model and the smooth model, according to cross-sectional shape of microstructure. Simulation was carried out by using FLUENT, which simplified the computation process associated with direct numeric simulations. To get the best performance from simulation results, shear-stress transport k-omega turbulence model was chosen during the simulation. Since drag reduction mechanism is generally discussed from kinetics point of view, which cannot interpret the cause of these losses directly, a drag reduction rate was established based on the second law of thermodynamics. Considering abrasion and fabrication precision in practical applications, three kinds of abraded geometry models were constructed and tested, and the ideal microstructure was found to achieve best performance suited to manufacturing production on the basis of drag reduction rate. It was also believed that bionic shark skin surfaces with mechanical abrasion may draw more attention from industrial designers and gain wide applications with drag-reducing characteristics.

  19. Quantifying the effects of surface quality on texture measurements of tantalum

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    Highlights: • Effects of surface quality on texture measurement of tantalum are investigated in a quantitative way. • Analysis is based on the combination of X-ray diffraction (XRD) and electron back-scattering diffraction (EBSD) techniques. • Proper sample preparation method for texture measurement of tantalum is defined. • Suggestion for macrotexture measurements of metals with high linear absorption coefficient is provided. - Abstract: Surface quality plays an important role in texture measurements of the materials with high linear absorption coefficient. In this article, three different surface preparation methods were used and the effects of surface quality on texture measurements were quantitatively investigated. A bulk annealed tantalum was selected as a model material, whose surface was subjected to grinding, electropolishing and etching, respectively. In the case of the three surface states, macrotexture analyses were performed on an X-ray diffraction instrument and features of the surfaces were examined by optical microscope and surface profiler. Comparisons were made based on matching the percentages of two primary textures ({1 0 0} and {1 1 1}) obtained by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and electron back-scattering diffraction (EBSD) methods. It was revealed that states of sample surface, like roughness and damaged region caused by grinding, have a significant impact on texture results. Electropolishing was proved to be suitable for metals with high linear absorption coefficient for XRD texture measurements

  20. Hippocampal Shape Modeling Based on a Progressive Template Surface Deformation and its Verification.

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    Kim, Jaeil; Valdes-Hernandez, Maria Del C; Royle, Natalie A; Park, Jinah

    2015-06-01

    Accurately recovering the hippocampal shapes against rough and noisy segmentations is as challenging as achieving good anatomical correspondence between the individual shapes. To address these issues, we propose a mesh-to-volume registration approach, characterized by a progressive model deformation. Our model implements flexible weighting scheme for model rigidity under a multi-level neighborhood for vertex connectivity. This method induces a large-to-small scale deformation of a template surface to build the pairwise correspondence by minimizing geometric distortion while robustly restoring the individuals' shape characteristics. We evaluated the proposed method's (1) accuracy and robustness in smooth surface reconstruction, (2) sensitivity in detecting significant shape differences between healthy control and disease groups (mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease), (3) robustness in constructing the anatomical correspondence between individual shape models, and (4) applicability in identifying subtle shape changes in relation to cognitive abilities in a healthy population. We compared the performance of the proposed method with other well-known methods--SPHARM-PDM, ShapeWorks and LDDMM volume registration with template injection--using various metrics of shape similarity, surface roughness, volume, and shape deformity. The experimental results showed that the proposed method generated smooth surfaces with less volume differences and better shape similarity to input volumes than others. The statistical analyses with clinical variables also showed that it was sensitive in detecting subtle shape changes of hippocampus. PMID:25532173

  1. Preparation and characterization of textured high-Tc superconducting ceramics by creep-sintering

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    The possibility of texturing high-Tc ceramics by sintering them under a uniaxial stress was investigated in detail. It is shown that texturing is very sensitive not only to the temperature and the load used to sinter the specimens, but also to the rate at which this temperature and this load are reached, and to the composition and thickness of the metallic foils in contact with the ceramic. The investigation puts in evidence a very strong correlation between the degree of texturing achieved and the deformation rate of the sample. Silver addition was found to have no beneficial effect neither on improving texturing nor on re-oxygenation, it just hardens the material which, for a given load, lowers the deformation rate and consequently the degree of texturing. Microstructural, electrical and magnetic characterizations of various samples are presented, and it is concluded that the critical current density in our samples is still limited by grain boundary and re-oxygenation problems

  2. The influence of size, shape, and surface coating on the stability of aqueous nanoparticle suspensions

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    Mulvihill, M.J.; Habas, S.E.; La Plante, I.J.; Wan, J.; Mokari, T.

    2010-09-03

    In response to the rapid development and emerging commercialization of nanoparticles, fundamental studies concerning the fate of nanoparticles in the environment are needed. Precise control over the nanoparticle size, shape, and surface coating of cadmium selenide particles modified with thiolate ligands has been used to analyze the effects of nanoparticle design on their stability in aqueous environments. Nanoparticle stability was quantified using the concept of critical coagulation concentration (CCC) in solutions of sodium chloride. These investigations characterized the instability of the ligand coatings, which varied directly with chain length of the capping ligands. The stability of the ligand coatings were characterized as a function of time, pH, and ionic strength. Ligand dissociation has been shown to be a primary mechanism for nanoparticle aggregation when short-chain (C2-C6) ligands are used in the ligand shell. Stable nanoparticle suspensions prepared with long chain ligands (C11) were used to characterize nanoparticle stability as a function of size and shape. A linear relationship between particle surface area and the CCC was discovered and was found to be independent of nanoparticle shape. Quantitative analysis of nanoparticle size, shape, and surface coating demonstrated the importance of ligand stability and particle surface area for the prediction of nanoparticle stability.

  3. He Scattering from Compact Clusters and from Diffusion-Limited Aggregates on Surfaces Observable Signatures of Structure

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    Hamburger, D A; Farbman, I; Ben-Shaul, A; Gerber, R B; Hamburger, Daniel A.; Farbman, Itshak; Ben-Shaul, Avinoam

    1995-01-01

    The angular intensity distribution of He beams scattered from compact clusters and from diffusion limited aggregates, epitaxially grown on metal surfaces, is investigated theoretically. The purpose is twofold: to distinguish compact cluster structures from diffusion limited aggregates, and to find observable {\\em signatures} that can characterize the compact clusters at the atomic level of detail. To simplify the collision dynamics, the study is carried out in the framework of the sudden approximation, which assumes that momentum changes perpendicular to the surface are large compared with momentum transfer due to surface corrugation. The diffusion limited aggregates on which the scattering calculations were done, were generated by kinetic Monte Carlo simulations. It is demonstrated, by focusing on the example of compact Pt Heptamers, that signatures of structure of compact clusters may indeed be extracted from the scattering distribution. These signatures enable both an experimental distinction between diffu...

  4. Estimation of miniature forest parameters, species, tree shape, and distance between canopies by means of Monte-Carlo based radiative transfer model with forestry surface model

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    A method for estimation of forest parameters, species, tree shape, distance between canopies by means of Monte-Carlo based radiative transfer model with forestry surface model is proposed. The model is verified through experiments with the miniature model of forest, tree array of relatively small size of trees. Two types of miniature trees, ellipse-looking and cone-looking canopy are examined in the experiments. It is found that the proposed model and experimental results show a coincidence so that the proposed method is validated. It is also found that estimation of tree shape, trunk tree distance as well as distinction between deciduous or coniferous trees can be done with the proposed model. Furthermore, influences due to multiple reflections between trees and interaction between trees and under-laying grass are clarified with the proposed method

  5. [Visual Texture Agnosia in Humans].

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    Suzuki, Kyoko

    2015-06-01

    Visual object recognition requires the processing of both geometric and surface properties. Patients with occipital lesions may have visual agnosia, which is impairment in the recognition and identification of visually presented objects primarily through their geometric features. An analogous condition involving the failure to recognize an object by its texture may exist, which can be called visual texture agnosia. Here we present two cases with visual texture agnosia. Case 1 had left homonymous hemianopia and right upper quadrantanopia, along with achromatopsia, prosopagnosia, and texture agnosia, because of damage to his left ventromedial occipitotemporal cortex and right lateral occipito-temporo-parietal cortex due to multiple cerebral embolisms. Although he showed difficulty matching and naming textures of real materials, he could readily name visually presented objects by their contours. Case 2 had right lower quadrantanopia, along with impairment in stereopsis and recognition of texture in 2D images, because of subcortical hemorrhage in the left occipitotemporal region. He failed to recognize shapes based on texture information, whereas shape recognition based on contours was well preserved. Our findings, along with those of three reported cases with texture agnosia, indicate that there are separate channels for processing texture, color, and geometric features, and that the regions around the left collateral sulcus are crucial for texture processing. PMID:26062585

  6. Formation, structures and properties of whey protein aggregates

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    Famelart, Marie-Hélène; Croguennec, Thomas; Guyomarc'H, Fanny; Bouhallab, Said

    2015-01-01

    The native whey proteins have been intensively used in a multitude of food applications due to their high nutritional, biological, and versatile techno-functional properties. The range of applications of whey proteins has further been extended in the last decades by the use of whey protein aggregates offering new techno-functional properties. These properties are directly dependent on the structure of whey protein aggregates, i.e., their size, shape, density, internal structure and surface pr...

  7. Microbial community dynamics in soil aggregates shape biogeochemical gas fluxes from soil profiles

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    Ebrahimi, Ali; Or, Dani

    2016-04-01

    Microbial communities inhabiting soil aggregates dynamically adjust their activity and composition in response to variations in hydration and other external conditions. These rapid dynamics shape signatures of biogeochemical activity and gas fluxes emitted from soil profiles. Mechanistic models of microbial processes in unsaturated aggregate pore networks revealed dynamic interplay between oxic and anoxic microsites that are jointly shaped by hydration and by aerobic and anaerobic microbial communities. The spatial extent of anoxic niches (hotspots) flicker in time (hot moments) and support significant anaerobic microbial activity even in aerated soil profiles. We employed an individual-based model for microbial community life in soil aggregate assemblies represented by 3-D angular pore networks with profiles of water, carbon, and oxygen that vary with soil depth as boundary conditions. The study integrates microbial activity within aggregates of different sizes and soil depth to obtain biogeochemical fluxes over the soil profile. The results quantify impacts of dynamic shifts in microbial community composition on CO2 and N2O production rates in soil profiles in good agreement with experimental data. Aggregate size distribution and the shape of resource profiles in a soil determine how hydration dynamics shape denitrification and carbon utilization rates. Results from the mechanistic model for microbial activity in aggregates of different sizes were used to derive parameters for analytical representation of soil biogeochemical processes across large scales of interest for hydrological and climate models.

  8. Highly Oriented J-Aggregates of Nitroazo Dye and Its Surface-Induced Chromism.

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    Tanaka, Toshihiko; Ishitobi, Masamitsu; Aoyama, Tetsuya; Matsumoto, Shinya

    2016-05-17

    Highly oriented J-aggregates of a nitroazo dye were obtained in solid thin films on aligned poly(tetrafluoroethylene) surfaces. During film deposition on a friction-transferred poly(tetrafluoroethylene) layer, a sharp peak grew in the polarized absorption spectra around 613 nm, which was red-shifted 117 nm from the peak in dilute dichloromethane solution. The peak showed remarkable optical anisotropy: dichroic ratios D of up to 22 were observed, and the intrinsic D value should substantially exceed this value. These results indicate that the peak is attributable to highly oriented J-aggregates. On glass, however, H-like aggregates grew, exhibiting an absorption peak at 410 nm. Hence, the substrate surface induced the remarkable chromism observed as a 203 nm red shift. PMID:27088848

  9. Surface texturing for adaptive Ag/MoS_2 solid lubricant plating

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    2012-01-01

    The objective of this research is to prepare specially designed surface texture on hard steel surface by electrochemical micromachining (EM) and to incorporate electroless plated Ag/MoS2 solid lubricant coating into the dimples of EM textured steel surface to effectively reduce friction and wear of steel-steel contacts. The friction and wear behavior of the Ag/MoS2 solid lubricant coating on EM textured steel surface was evaluated in relation to the size and spacing of the dimples thereon. The microstructur...

  10. Frictional character of surface texture fabricated by laser under high temperature%激光表面织构的高温摩擦特性研究

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    武伟; 陈桂明; 樊博璇; 刘建友

    2016-01-01

    Groove surface textures were fabricated on nitrided 316 stainless steels with the same texture density, different texture width and separation distance by the laser thermal effect. The frictional character of the different textured specimens was studied from the influence of surface texture parameters and oscillation frictional frequency, with the employment of high temperature friction tester under the high temperature of 300℃, 500℃ and other different working conditions. Average results of the three times repeated experiments shows that the friction coefficient can be reduced by groove surface texture under high temperature with different extent which depends on the test condition. Compared with the untextured specimen, the highest reduction of friction coefficient about textured one is 14%. Moreover, the mechanism of the frictional improvement may be mainly the change of hardness, storage of wear debris and release of thermal stress under high temperature. At last, variance analysis was conducted to analyze the influence weight of three factors: texture width, experimental temperature and oscillation frictional frequency. The significant analysis of factors show that more remarkable influences to the friction coefficient are oscillation frictional frequency and surface texture width.%利用激光热效应,在氮化处理的316不锈钢表面,制备相同面积率、不同宽度和间距的沟槽型表面织构,运用高温摩擦试验机,从沟槽参数和往复摩擦频率等方面,分别考察了不同织构试样在300℃和500℃高温及不同工况下的摩擦性能。三次重复试验平均结果显示,制备沟槽型表面织构在高温下,能够不同程度降低表面的摩擦系数,较非织构表面最高降幅达到14%,其高温摩擦性能改善的主要机理是硬度的变化、磨屑的储存和高温热应力的释放。最后使用方差分析法分析了织构宽度、实验温度、往复摩擦频率三因素对摩

  11. To Determine Impact of Shape of Course Aggregate on DBM Mix

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    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Aggregates are the principal material in pavement construction. The shape of aggregate particle has significant influence on performance of the Bitumen pavement. The strength serviceability requirements of Bitumen mixes such as stability, flow, voids in mineral aggregate , voids filled with bitumen and air voids are highly depend on the physical properties of aggregate.

  12. Synthesis and Textural Characterization of Mesoporous and Meso-/Macroporous Silica Monoliths Obtained by Spinodal Decomposition

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    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Silica monoliths featuring either mesopores or flow-through macropores and mesopores in their skeleton are prepared by combining spinodal phase separation and sol-gel condensation. The macroporous network is first generated by phase separation in acidic medium in the presence of polyethyleneoxides while mesoporosity is engineered in a second step in alkaline medium, possibly in the presence of alkylammonium cations as surfactants. The mesoporous monoliths, also referred as aerogels, are obtained in the presence of alkylpolyethylene oxides in acidic medium without the use of supercritical drying. The impact of the experimental conditions on pore architecture of the monoliths regarding the shape, the ordering, the size and the connectivity of the mesopores is comprehensively discussed based on a critical appraisal of the different models used for textural analysis.

  13. Environmental implications of electron microscope study of quartz grains’ surface textures on khors sediments, Lake Nasser, Egypt

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    Nazeh Naguib Gindy

    2015-01-01

    The present work aims to introduce the findings of the investigations of the surface textures of the quartz sand grains and their contribution to the history of sedimentation and diagenesis processes of the studied northern, middle and southern khors sediments in Lake Nasser. The surface textures observed in the quartz grains of the studied sediments emphasize both mechanical (i.e., upturned plates, meandering ridges, mechanical V-shaped pits, conchoidal fractures and oriented cleavage like p...

  14. Height and Tilt Geometric Texture

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    Andersen, Vedrana; Desbrun, Mathieu; Bærentzen, Jakob Andreas; Aanæs, Henrik

    We propose a new intrinsic representation of geometric texture over triangle meshes. Our approach extends the conventional height field texture representation by incorporating displacements in the tangential plane in the form of a normal tilt. This texture representation offers a good practical...... compromise between functionality and simplicity: it can efficiently handle and process geometric texture too complex to be represented as a height field, without having recourse to full blown mesh editing algorithms. The height-and-tilt representation proposed here is fully intrinsic to the mesh, making...... texture editing and animation (such as bending or waving) intuitively controllable over arbitrary base mesh. We also provide simple methods for texture extraction and transfer using our height-and-field representation....

  15. Evolution in hardness and texture of a ZK60A magnesium alloy processed by high-pressure torsion

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    A ZK60A magnesium alloy was processed by high-pressure torsion (HPT) at room temperature at compressive pressures up to a maximum of 6.0 GPa for up to 5 revolutions and this produced significant grain refinement and the development of a bi-modal microstructure. The evolution of hardness was evaluated using measurements of the Vickers microhardness and the change in texture was examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. The hardness results demonstrated an evolution with increasing equivalent strain and a strain hardening behavior which may be quantified using a hardenability exponent of ~0.07 when processing under a pressure of 6.0 GPa. An XRD analysis over the total disk surface showed that the texture changed from a typical extrusion prior to HPT towards a saturated very weak basal fiber texture which developed in the early stages of HPT and remained constant with additional torsional straining up to 5 turns. By contrast, an XRD analysis of the local microstructure taken at the edges of the processed disks demonstrated significant changes towards a strong basal fiber texture via different texture stages with increasing HPT revolutions. This study demonstrates the importance of carefully documenting the measurement areas selected for texture analysis in the ZK60A alloy after HPT because of the occurrence of significant microstructural variations within the samples

  16. Aggregate productivity and aggregate technology

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    Susanto Basu; John G. Fernald

    1997-01-01

    Aggregate productivity and aggregate technology are meaningful but distinct concepts. We show that a slightly-modified Solow productivity residual measures changes in economic welfare, even when productivity and technology differ because of distortions such as imperfect competition. We then present a general accounting framework that identifies several new non-technological gaps between productivity and technology, gaps reflecting imperfections and frictions in output and factor markets. Empi...

  17. Surface Aggregation of Urinary Proteins and Aspartic Acid-Rich Peptides on the Faces of Calcium Oxalate Monohydrate Investigated by In Situ Force Microscopy

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    Weaver, Matthew L.; Qiu, S. Roger; Hoyer, John R.; Casey, William H.; Nancollas, George H.; De Yoreo, James J.

    2009-01-01

    The growth of calcium oxalate monohydrate in the presence of Tamm-Horsfall protein (THP), osteopontin, and the 27-residue synthetic peptides (DDDS)6DDD and (DDDG)6DDD (D = aspartic acid, S = serine, and G = glycine) was investigated via in situ atomic force microscopy. The results show that these four growth modulators create extensive deposits on the crystal faces. Depending on the modulator and crystal face, these deposits can occur as discrete aggregates, filamentary structures, or uniform...

  18. Detection and aggregation of the antitumoral drug parietin in ethanol/water mixture and on plasmonic metal nanoparticles studied by surface-enhanced optical spectroscopy: Effect of pH and ethanol concentration

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    Lopez-Tobar, Eduardo; Verebova, Valeria; Blascakova, Ludmila; Jancura, Daniel; Fabriciova, Gabriela; Sanchez-Cortes, Santiago

    2016-04-01

    In the present paper, we have investigated the effect of ethanol in aqueous media, the pH and the presence of Ag nanoparticles (NPs) on the aggregation processes of the antitumoral anthraquinone parietin in aqueous media and on the metal surface. UV-visible absorption, fluorescence and Raman spectra of parietin were used for such purpose. The present study provides information about the deprotonation and molecular aggregation processes occurring in parietin under different environments: ethanol/water mixture and when adsorbed onto Ag nanoparticles. The effect of ethanol on the optical properties of parietin in alcohol-water mixtures was also investigated at different ethanol concentrations with the time. For the case of the adsorption and organization of parietin molecules on the surface of Ag NPs, special attention was paid to the use of surface-enhanced optical techniques, SEF (surface-enhanced fluorescence) and SERS (surface-enhanced Raman scattering), for the characterization of the parietin aggregates and the ionization of the molecule on the surface. In particular, we have studied the variation of the SEF signal with the pH, which depends on the molecular organization of the molecule on the surface. Furthermore, a detailed analysis of the SERS spectra at different pH was accomplished and the main Raman bands of the protonated, mono-deprotonated and di-deprotonated parietin were identified. Finally, the second ionization pK of parietin on metal NPs was deduced from the SERS spectra.

  19. The impact of different soil texture datasets on soil moisture and evapotranspiration simulated by CLM4

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    Yan, B.; Dickinson, R. E.

    2012-12-01

    Evapotranspiration (ET) is both a moisture flux and an energy flux. It has a substantial impact on climate. Community Land Model Version 4 (CLM4) is a widely used land surface model that simulates moisture, energy and momentum exchange between land and atmosphere. However, ET from CLM4 suffers from relatively low accuracy, especially for ground evaporation. In the parameterization of CLM4, soil texture, by determining soil hydraulic properties, affects the evolution of soil moisture and consequently ET. The three components of ET in climate models can more readily be improved after an evaluation of soil texture dataset's impact on ET simulations. Besides the IGBP-DIS (International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme Data and Information System) dataset used in CLM4, another two US multi-layer soil particle content datasets, Soil Database for the Conterminous United States (CONUS-SOIL) and Global Soil Texture and Derived Water-Holding Capacities (Webb2000), are also used. The latter two show a consistent substantial reduction of both sand and clay contents in Mississippi River Basin. CLM4 is run off line over the US with the three different soil texture datasets (Control Run, CONUS SOIL and Webb2000). Comparisons of simulated soil moisture with NCEP (National Centers for Environmental Prediction) reanalysis data show a higher agreement between CONUS SOIL and NCEP over Mississippi River Basin. Compared with Control Run, soil moisture from the other two runs increases in Western US and decreases in Eastern US, which produces a stronger west-east soil moisture gradient. The response of ET to soil moisture change differs in different climate regimes. In Mississippi River Basin, the change of ET is negligible even if soil moisture increases substantially. On the other hand, in eastern US and US Central Great Plains, ET is very sensitive to soil moisture during the warm seasons, with the change of up to 10 W/m2.

  20. Nanochemistry on silicon(100): surface biofunctionalization by amino-containing bifunctional molecules, and shape control of copper core-shell nanoparticles

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    Radi, Abdullah

    The present research involves two projects: a surface science study of the room-temperature adsorption and thermal evolution of allylamine and ethanolamine on Si(100)2x1, studied by using temperature-dependent X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and thermal desorption spectrometry (TDS), as well as Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations; and a materials science study on the shape control of copper nanoparticles (Cu NPs) deposited on H-terminated Si(100) substrate with an extended size regime of 5-400 nm, by using a simple, one-step electrochemical method. The Cu NPs of three primary shapes were characterized with scanning-electron microscopy (SEM), glancing-incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD) and XPS. In the first surface science study, the presence of broad N 1s XPS features at 398.9-399.1 eV, corresponding to N-Si bonds, indicates N-H dissociative adsorption for both allylamine and ethanolamine on Si(100)2x1. For allylamine, the presence of C 1s features at 284.6 eV and 286.2 eV, corresponding to C=C and C-N, respectively, and the absence of the Si-C feature expected at 283.5 eV show that the reactions involving the ethenyl group such as the [2+2] C=C cycloaddition or those producing the [N, C, C] tridentate adstructures do not occur at room temperature. For ethanolamine, the O 1s feature at 533.1 eV indicates the formation of Si-O bond and O-H dissociation, which confirms an [O, N] bidentate adstructure and excludes the N-H and O-H dissociation unidentate structures. These XPS data are consistent with the N-H unidentate, and N-H and O-H double dissociation [O, N] bidentate adstructures for allylamine and ethanolamine, respectively, as predicted by the DFT calculations. TDS and temperature-dependent XPS data further show the desorption of propene and ethylene at 580 K and of acetylene at 700 K for allylamine and the desorption of ethylene at 615 K for ethanolamine, while the lack of N- or O-containing desorbates suggests that the dissociated N and O

  1. Preferred orientation of a naturally and experimentally deformed pyrrhotite ore by X-ray and neutron diffraction texture analysis

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    Two samples of polycrystalline naturally deformed hexagonal Pyrrhotite were deformed experimentally in axial compression tests with different temperatures and strain. The texture of the naturally deformed ore was investigated both by X-ray and neutron texture analyses. Texture measurements on the experimentally deformed ore were carried out by neutron diffraction. (orig.)

  2. Rotation-Invariant Texture Analysis and Classification by Artificial Neural Networks and Wavelet Transform

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    HAŞİLOĞLU, Abdulsamet

    2001-01-01

    A large number of approaches for texture analysis have been suggested for the purpose of texture classification. Recently, wavelet frames were proposed for texture features extraction. In this study, non-subsampled wavelet frame transform was used for feature extraction of 16 textures from a set of Brodatz' album by means of various wavelet families. Texture classification was accomplished by artificial neural network with a fast adaptive backpropagation algorithm. A new pyramidal-w...

  3. Analysis of texture of niobium thin wire and foil

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    Distribution of texture components in 0.5 mm cold-worked wire and 40 μm foil (ε = 90 and 95% respectively) is investigated by X-ray diffraction method. Inhomogeneity of the product deformation texture is revealed. Textures of internal wire and foil metal volumes are traditionals ones as in similar products of bcc metals while for surface layers of metal with 5-10 μm thickness specific material textures are found. Shear texture (110) (001) of foil metal surface layer at annealing is enforced at the expense of prevailing growth in a matrix with rolling plane deformation. Removal of the metal layer with shear texture prior before annaling using etching leads to recrystallization in situ with the preservation of plane rolling deformation texture (001)-(112) (100)+(554) (225)

  4. Polyelectrolyte surfactant aggregates and their deposition on macroscopic surfaces

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    Voisin, D

    2002-01-01

    Oppositely charged surfactant and polyelectrolyte are present in hair shampoos and conditioners, together with particles (e.g. anti-dandruff agents for scalp) and droplets (e.g. silicone oil for the hair). These are normally formulated at high surfactant concentrations, beyond the flocculation region for the polyelectrolyte concentration used. However, on dilution with water, during application, flocs are formed which carry the particles and droplets to the scalp and hair. The addition of an anionic surfactant to an aqueous solution of cationic polyelectrolyte, at a given concentration, can lead to the formation of polyelectrolyte-surfactant 'particles', in which the surfactant 'binds' to the polyelectrolyte. This occurs from the critical association concentration (CAC), up to the surfactant concentration corresponding to maximum binding. Within this range of surfactant concentrations, the surfactant bound to the polyelectrolyte is thought to associate to form what might be termed 'internal micelles'. Each po...

  5. Facile fabrication of functional PDMS surfaces with tunable wettablity and high adhesive force via femtosecond laser textured templating

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    Yanlei Hu

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Femtosecond laser processing is emerged as a promising tool to functionalize surfaces of various materials, including metals, semiconductors, and polymers. However, the productivity of this technique is limited by the low efficiency of laser raster scanning. Here we report a facile approach for efficiently producing large-area functional polymer surfaces, by which metal is firstly textured by a femtosecond laser, and the as-prepared hierarchical structures are subsequently transferred onto polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS surfaces. Aluminum pieces covered by laser induced micro/nano-structures act as template masters and their performance of displaying diverse colors are investigated. Polymer replicas are endowed with tunable wetting properties, which are mainly attributed to the multi-scale surface structures. Furthermore, the surfaces are found to have extremely high adhesive force for water drops because of the high water penetration depth and the resultant high contact angle hysteresis. This characteristic facilitates many potential applications like loss-free tiny water droplets transportation. The reusability of metal master and easiness of soft lithography make it to be a very simple, fast and cost-efficient way for mass production of functional polymeric surfaces.

  6. Shaping of steel mold surface of lens array by electrical discharge machining with single rod electrode.

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    Takino, Hideo; Hosaka, Takahiro

    2014-11-20

    We propose a method for fabricating a lens array mold by electrical discharge machining (EDM). In this method, the tips of rods are machined individually to form a specific surface, and then a number of the machined rods are arranged to construct an electrode for EDM. The repetition of the EDM process using the electrode enables a number of lens elements to be produced on the mold surface. The effectiveness of our proposed method is demonstrated by shaping a lens array mold made of stainless steel with 16 spherical elements, in which the EDM process with a single rod electrode is repeatedly conducted. PMID:25607880

  7. Protein aggregation and bioprocessing

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    Cromwell, Mary E. M.; Hilario, Eric; Jacobson, Fred

    2006-01-01

    Protein aggregation is a common issue encountered during manufacture of biotherapeutics. It is possible to influence the amount of aggregate produced during the cell culture and purification process by carefully controlling the environment (eg, media components) and implementing appro-priate strategies to minimize the extent of aggregation. Steps to remove aggregates have been successfully used at a manufacturing scale. Care should be taken when developing a process to monitor the compatibili...

  8. Category model to modeling the surface texture knowledge-base

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    Yan WANG; Scott, Paul J; Jiang, Xiang

    2006-01-01

    The next generations of Geometrical Product Specification (GPS) standards are considered to be too theoretical, abstract, complex and over-elaborate. And it is not easier for industry to understand and implement them efficiently in a short time. An intelligent knowledge-based system, “VirtualSurf” is being developed to solve the problem, particularly for surface texture knowledge, which is a critical part of GPS. This system will provide expert knowledge of surface texture to link...

  9. Arbitrary shape surface Fresnel diffraction

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    Shimobaba, Tomoyoshi; Masuda, Nobuyuki; Ito, Tomoyoshi

    2012-01-01

    Fresnel diffraction calculation on an arbitrary shape surface is proposed. This method is capable of calculating Fresnel diffraction from a source surface with an arbitrary shape to a planar destination surface. Although such calculation can be readily calculated by the direct integral of a diffraction calculation, the calculation cost is proportional to $O(N^2)$ in one dimensional or $O(N^4)$ in two dimensional cases, where $N$ is the number of sampling points. However, the calculation cost ...

  10. Modeling of adsorption of toxic chromium on natural and surface modified lightweight expanded clay aggregate (LECA)

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    Lightweight Expanded Clay Aggregate (LECA) modified with an aqueous solution of magnesium chloride MgCl2 and hydrogen peroxide H2O2 was used to remove Cr(VI) from aqueous solutions. The adsorption properties of the used adsorbents were investigated through batch studies, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), X-ray Diffraction (XRD), X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy (XRF), and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The effect created by magnesium chloride on the modification of the LECA surface was greater than that of hydrogen peroxide solution and showed a substantial increase in the specific surface area which has a value of 76.12 m2/g for magnesium chloride modified LECA while the values of 53.72 m2/g, and 11.53 m2/g were found for hydrogen peroxide modified LECA and natural LECA, respectively. The extent of surface modification with enhanced porosity in modified LECA was apparent from the recorded SEM patterns. XRD and FTIR studies of themodified LECA surface did not show any structural distortion. The adsorption kinetics was found to follow the modified Freundlich kinetic model and the equilibrium data fitted the Sips and Dubinin-Radushkevich equations better than other models. Maximum sorption capacities were found to be 198.39, 218.29 and 236.24 mg/g for natural LECA, surface modified LECA with H2O2 and surface modified LECA with MgCl2, respectively. Adsorbents were found to have only a weak effect on conductivity and turbidity of aqueous solutions. Spent natural and surface modified LECA with MgCl2 was best regenerated with HCl solution, while LECA surface modified with H2O2 was best regenerated with HNO3 concentrated solution. Thermal method showed a lower regeneration percentage for all spent adsorbents.

  11. Highly ordered surface structure of large-scale porphyrin aggregates assembled from protonated TPP and water

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    Udal'tsov, Alexander V.; Bolshakova, Anastasia V.; Vos, Johannes G.

    2014-05-01

    Large-scale aggregates assembled from protonated meso-tetraphenylporphine (TPP) dimers and water have been investigated by IR and resonance Raman spectroscopy and also by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). It was found that the properties of water confined in the aggregates depend on the physical state of the support. When the aggregates were deposited on a solid CaF2 plate, they showed properties consistent with a quasi-crystalline structure. But when the aggregates were dispersed in oil, their IR characteristics were different; the vibration bands of the confined water were like those of water in liquid state. A doublet at about 1000 cm-1, components of which have been attributed to specific vibrations of H3O+ and H2O bound in the structure of water-porphyrin dimeric complex, was found in IR and resonance Raman spectra (λex = 441.6 nm) of protonated TPP aggregates. This doublet indicates the hydrogen ion involving in the vibrational system of water-porphyrin dimeric complex with hydrogen bonding by similar way as in so-called Zundel cation. The resonance Raman spectrum shows evidence for proton sharing between protonated water dimer and N groups of the pyrrole rings. SEM results indicate that the large-scale aggregates of the protonated porphyrin possess highly ordered structure, are only observed when using extremely pure water.

  12. Contrast Negation and Texture Synthesis Differentially Disrupt Natural Texture Appearance

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    BenjaminJBalas

    2012-01-01

    Natural textures have characteristic image statistics that make them discriminable from unnatural textures. For example, both contrast negation and texture synthesis alter the appearance of natural textures even though each manipulation preserves some features while disrupting others. Here, we examined the extent to which contrast negation and texture synthesis each introduce or remove critical perceptual features for discriminating unnatural textures from natural textures. We find that both ...

  13. The effect of particle aggregate shape on ultrasonic anisotropy in concentrated magnetic fluids

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    The effect of aggregate shape on the ultrasonic anisotropy in magnetic fluid was studied. Experimental results were compared with the theory of Ahuja and Hendee. Analysis of experimental results in terms of the theoretical model show the formation of ellipsoidal aggregates composed of several particles. The chain-like aggregates (h = b/a >> 1; a and b being minor and major axis lengths, respectively) are most conspicuous in diluted ferrofluids while dense ferrofluids are characterized by a more homogeneous drop-like (h = b/a > 1) structure. This finding is supported by some theoretical simulations. (paper)

  14. Textural parameters distribution in sediments surface of the Uruguay river background between km 221 and 254

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    The aim of this paper is to analyze the distribution of textural statistical parameters and spatial variation in the morphology of the sediment areas. The geology of the area comprises alluvial and alluvial deposits of variable thicknesses overlying deposits of Fray Bent os, Salto and Guichon formations that occasionally emerge in the river bed

  15. Pulse shapes and surface effects in segmented germanium detectors

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    Lenz, Daniel

    2010-03-24

    It is well established that at least two neutrinos are massive. The absolute neutrino mass scale and the neutrino hierarchy are still unknown. In addition, it is not known whether the neutrino is a Dirac or a Majorana particle. The GERmanium Detector Array (GERDA) will be used to search for neutrinoless double beta decay of {sup 76}Ge. The discovery of this decay could help to answer the open questions. In the GERDA experiment, germanium detectors enriched in the isotope {sup 76}Ge are used as source and detector at the same time. The experiment is planned in two phases. In the first, phase existing detectors are deployed. In the second phase, additional detectors will be added. These detectors can be segmented. A low background index around the Q value of the decay is important to maximize the sensitivity of the experiment. This can be achieved through anti-coincidences between segments and through pulse shape analysis. The background index due to radioactive decays in the detector strings and the detectors themselves was estimated, using Monte Carlo simulations for a nominal GERDA Phase II array with 18-fold segmented germanium detectors. A pulse shape simulation package was developed for segmented high-purity germanium detectors. The pulse shape simulation was validated with data taken with an 19-fold segmented high-purity germanium detector. The main part of the detector is 18-fold segmented, 6-fold in the azimuthal angle and 3-fold in the height. A 19th segment of 5mm thickness was created on the top surface of the detector. The detector was characterized and events with energy deposited in the top segment were studied in detail. It was found that the metalization close to the end of the detector is very important with respect to the length of the of the pulses observed. In addition indications for n-type and p-type surface channels were found. (orig.)

  16. Pulse shapes and surface effects in segmented germanium detectors

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    It is well established that at least two neutrinos are massive. The absolute neutrino mass scale and the neutrino hierarchy are still unknown. In addition, it is not known whether the neutrino is a Dirac or a Majorana particle. The GERmanium Detector Array (GERDA) will be used to search for neutrinoless double beta decay of 76Ge. The discovery of this decay could help to answer the open questions. In the GERDA experiment, germanium detectors enriched in the isotope 76Ge are used as source and detector at the same time. The experiment is planned in two phases. In the first, phase existing detectors are deployed. In the second phase, additional detectors will be added. These detectors can be segmented. A low background index around the Q value of the decay is important to maximize the sensitivity of the experiment. This can be achieved through anti-coincidences between segments and through pulse shape analysis. The background index due to radioactive decays in the detector strings and the detectors themselves was estimated, using Monte Carlo simulations for a nominal GERDA Phase II array with 18-fold segmented germanium detectors. A pulse shape simulation package was developed for segmented high-purity germanium detectors. The pulse shape simulation was validated with data taken with an 19-fold segmented high-purity germanium detector. The main part of the detector is 18-fold segmented, 6-fold in the azimuthal angle and 3-fold in the height. A 19th segment of 5mm thickness was created on the top surface of the detector. The detector was characterized and events with energy deposited in the top segment were studied in detail. It was found that the metalization close to the end of the detector is very important with respect to the length of the of the pulses observed. In addition indications for n-type and p-type surface channels were found. (orig.)

  17. Texture and fatigue behavior of ultrafine grained copper produced by ECAP

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    Higuera Cobos, Oscar Fabián; Berríos-Ortiz, Jonathan Antonio; Cabrera Marrero, José M.

    2014-01-01

    Electrolytic Tough Pitch (ETP) and Fire Refined High Conductivity (FRHC) copper samples were severely deformed by equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) and the effect of plastic deformation on the microstructure, texture and fatigue was investigated. The microstructural behavior was determined by analysis of the final texture through Inverse Pole Figures (IPF) and Orientation Distribution Function (ODF) maps, which revealed a marked decrease in the normal grain size of the ECAPed coppers and ...

  18. SURFACE TEXTURE ANALYSIS FOR FUNCTIONALITY CONTROL

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    De Chiffre, Leonardo; Andreasen, Jan Lasson; Tosello, Guido

    This document is used in connection with three exercises of 3 hours duration as a part of the course VISION ONLINE – One week course on Precision & Nanometrology. The exercises concern surface texture analysis for functionality control, in connection with three different case stories. This document...

  19. Synthesis of gold nanoparticles stabilised by metal-chelator and the controlled formation of close-packed aggregates by them

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    Santanu Bhattacharya; Aasheesh Srivastava

    2003-10-01

    Nanoparticles have properties that can be fine-tuned by their size as well as shape. Hence, there is significant current interest in preparing nano-materials of small size dispersity and to arrange them in close-packed aggregates. This manuscript describes ways of synthesising gold nanoparticles using a metal-chelator derivative 1, as stabiliser. Controlled synthesis conditions lead to formation of nanoparticles thereby indicating the ability of 1 to act as efficient stabiliser. The nanoparticles formed were characterised by transmission electron microscopy and UV-Vis spectroscopy. TEM analysis showed the formation of dense aggregates of nanoparticles. This can be ascribed to the inter-particle hydrogen bonding possible by the carboxylic acid moiety of 1 that leads to aggregation. The aggregation can be controlled by the pH of the solution employed for dispersing the particles.

  20. Textural Characterization and Energetics of Porous Solids by Adsorption Calorimetry

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    Vanessa Silenia Garcia-Cuello

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available An adsorption microcalorimeter was designed and built in our laboratory and used for the determination of differential adsorption heats in different samples of porous solids: activated carbon granules, activated carbon pellets, an activated carbon monolith and a zeolite sample. This work shows the relationship between adsorption heat and the pore size of different porous solids using adsorption of NH3, CO and N2O. The result shows that the thermal effect can be related with textural properties and superficial chemical groups of the studied porous solids. The values of differential heats of N2O adsorption in the investigated systems have shown that this interaction is weaker than that with CO. Small amounts of N2O are chemisorbed in the investigated systems. For the room temperature adsorption of N2O, the strongest active sites for the interaction with Brönsted acid groups in the ACM structure were identified. The values determined are between −60 kJ/mol and −110 kJ/mol for ZMOR and ACM, respectively, for the adsorption of N2O and −95 kJ/mol and −130 kJ/mol for the adsorption of CO.

  1. A Novel Texture Synthesis Algorithm Using Patch Matching by Fuzzy Texture Unit

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    G.Venkata Rami Reddy

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Texture is an important spatial feature useful for identifying objects or regions of interest in an image. This paper presents a novel texture characterization method based on Fuzzy Texture Unit(FTU for texture synthesis. The proposed fuzzy texture characterization approach, takes into account the vagueness introduced by noise and the different caption and digitization processes, for defining the texture unit, by which texture synthesis is obtained. FTU extracts local texture information from the pixels for characterizing the textural aspect of a digital image and FTU detects the classes having highest relevance for deciding the existence of a concrete textural feature within an image by which patches can be identified easily. A patch that satisfies the minimum error criterion computed using L2norm is selected as the candidate patch. Edging two patches along the minimum error boundary cut is considered to be one of the most efficient candidate patches till recently. However, in real textures, especially the semi-stochastic ones, perfect cuts do not exist; therefore, the defects due to the inconsistency between the patches become an important problem for the synthesized texture quality. For this reason the present paper adopts a modified MEBC determine the boundary between the patches. Experimental results on wide range of texture samples demonstrate that the performance of the present approach is superior tomany other existing methods of texture synthesis.

  2. Characterization of pavement texture by means of height difference correlation and relation to wet skid resistance

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    Stefan Torbruegge; Burkhard Wies

    2015-01-01

    Driving safety is of utmost importance in the automobile industry and is acknowledged by the introduction of the tire wet grip index as part of the EU tire label. The rubber pavement interaction is determined by the viscoelastic properties of the rubber as well as by the pavement texture. Nowadays available optical surface profiling instruments allow for a detailed measurement of surface roughness covering several length scales. This enables the validation of a mathematical statistical descri...

  3. Surface Plasmons and Surface Enhanced Raman Spectra of Aggregated and Alloyed Gold-Silver Nanoparticles

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    Y. Fleger

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Effects of size, morphology, and composition of gold and silver nanoparticles on surface plasmon resonance (SPR and surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS are studied with the purpose of optimizing SERS substrates. Various gold and silver films made by evaporation and subsequent annealing give different morphologies and compositions of nanoparticles and thus different position of the SPR peak. SERS measurements of 4-mercaptobenzoic acid obtained from these films reveal that the proximity of the SPR peak to the exciting laser wavelength is not the only factor leading to the highest Raman enhancement. Silver nanoparticles evaporated on top of larger gold nanoparticles show higher SERS than gold-silver alloyed nanoparticles, in spite of the fact that the SPR peak of alloyed nanoparticles is narrower and closer to the excitation wavelength. The highest Raman enhancement was obtained for substrates with a two-peak particle size distribution for excitation wavelengths close to the SPR.

  4. Distribution of oil aggregates with neuston periphyton in the surface layer of the Atlantic, Southern, and Indian Oceans

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    Benzhitskii, A.G.; Polikarpov, G.G.

    1977-01-01

    Qualitative and quantitative distribution of oil aggregates in the surface layer (0--25) has been described for a number of aquatoria. The oil aggregates were found to be widely spread nearly everywhere, the waters skirting the Antarctic Continent being the purest. The neuston periphyton is basically formed by attached organisms among which some traveling forms may be found with neustal organisms laying their sexual products. In different regions of the oceans, the neuston periphyton on contaminants differs in its composition which depends upon the degree of mineralization of substratum, geographical position, and biooceanographic conditions.

  5. Characterisation of areal surface texture

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    This book presents the areal framework that is being adopted by the international community, concentrating on characterisation methods, and presenting case studies highlighting use of areal methods in applications from automobile manufacturing to archaeology.

  6. Influence of the shape and surface oxidation in the magnetization reversal of thin iron nanowires grown by focused electron beam induced deposition

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    Luis A. Rodríguez

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Iron nanostructures grown by focused electron beam induced deposition (FEBID are promising for applications in magnetic sensing, storage and logic. Such applications require a precise design and determination of the coercive field (HC, which depends on the shape of the nanostructure. In the present work, we have used the Fe2(CO9 precursor to grow iron nanowires by FEBID in the thickness range from 10 to 45 nm and width range from 50 to 500 nm. These nanowires exhibit an Fe content between 80 and 85%, thus giving a high ferromagnetic signal. Magneto-optical Kerr characterization indicates that HC decreases for increasing thickness and width, providing a route to control the magnetization reversal field through the modification of the nanowire dimensions. Transmission electron microscopy experiments indicate that these wires have a bell-type shape with a surface oxide layer of about 5 nm. Such features are decisive in the actual value of HC as micromagnetic simulations demonstrate. These results will help to make appropriate designs of magnetic nanowires grown by FEBID.

  7. HULIS in nanoaerosol clusters; investigations of surface tension and aggregate formation using molecular dynamics simulations

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    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Cloud condensation nuclei act as cores for water vapor condensation, and their composition and chemical properties may enhance or depress the ability for droplet growth. In this study we use molecular dynamics simulations to show that humic-like substances of larger systems (8.6 nm in diameter mimic experimental data well referring to reduction of surface tension. The structural properties examined show the ability for the humic-like substances to aggregate inside the nanoaerosol clusters.

  8. Texturing in titanium grade 2 surface irradiate with ultrashort pulse laser

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    The texturing laser micromachining is an important alternative to improve the bonding adhesion between composites and titanium, which are applied to structural components in the aerospace industry. The texturing running on titanium plates is due to the fact that the preferred joining technique for many composite materials is the adhesive bonding. In this work, titanium plates were texturized using laser ultrashort pulses temporal widths of femtoseconds. This process resulted in minimal heat transfer to the material, avoiding deformation of the titanium plate surface as well as the formation of resolidified material in the ablated region. These drawbacks have occurred with the use of nanoseconds pulses. Were performed three types of texturing using laser with femtosecond pulses, with variations in the distances between the machined lines. The analysis of the obtained surfaces found that the wettability increases when there is the increased distance between the texturing lines. Advancing in the analysis by optical profilometry of textured surfaces was observed that there is substantial increase in the volume available for penetration of structural adhesive when the distances between the textured lines are diminished. In tensile tests conducted it was observed that there is an increase in shear strength of the adhesive joint by reducing the distance between the textured lines. (author)

  9. Fabrication of textured ? (RE = Y, Gd) composites by infiltration and growth of ? preforms by liquid phases

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    Sudhakar Reddy, E.; Rajasekharan, T.

    1998-05-01

    A process for the fabrication of high-quality and near-net-shaped superconducting specimens of 0953-2048/11/5/014/img3 (Y-123) with uniformly distributed fine 0953-2048/11/5/014/img4 (Y-211) is discussed. The process involves the fabrication of 211 preforms by conventional ceramic routes such as uniaxial and isostatic pressing, injection moulding and slip casting, and pressureless infiltration basically from a reservoir containing liquid phases. A compact of 123 or 123 rich in liquid phases(s), acting as a source of liquid phases, is placed in contact with the 211 preform, and heated above the peritectic temperature of 123. The liquid from the source compact infiltrates the 211 filler and the peritectic reaction occurring between the preform material (211) and the matrix (liquid phases) during slow cooling from the peritectic temperature results in the growth of 123 with uniformly distributed fine 211 particles. We have also demonstrated that the present process can be extended to the fabrication of other rare earth (RE) superconductors where a solid solution of the kind 0953-2048/11/5/014/img5 occurs due to comparable size of the RE and Ba atoms, by choosing the RE = Gd system as an example. Herein the advantages and bounds of the process are reviewed; the effect of various cooling rates on the growth kinetics of 123 and the resulting macro- and microstructures are discussed. Fabrication of composites containing fine and very uniformly distributed Ag is also demonstrated by the process. Comparisons are made between the characteristics of the samples produced in the present process and the existing melt texturing process. The utility of the process is demonstrated by the fabrication of a three-dimensional component - a hollow cylinder.

  10. TextureCam Field Test Results from the Mojave Desert, California: Autonomous Instrument Classification of Sediment and Rock Surfaces

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    Castano, R.; Abbey, W. J.; Bekker, D. L.; Cabrol, N. A.; Francis, R.; Manatt, K.; Ortega, K.; Thompson, D. R.; Wagstaff, K.

    2013-12-01

    TextureCam is an intelligent camera that uses integrated image analysis to classify sediment and rock surfaces into basic visual categories. This onboard image understanding can improve the autonomy of exploration spacecraft during the long periods when they are out of contact with operators. This could increase the number of science activities performed in each command cycle by, for example, autonomously targeting science features of opportunity with narrow field of view remote sensing, identifying clean surfaces for autonomous placement of arm-mounted instruments, or by detecting high value images for prioritized downlink. TextureCam incorporates image understanding directly into embedded hardware with a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA). This allows the instrument to perform the classification in real time without taxing the primary spacecraft computing resources. We use a machine learning approach in which operators train a statistical model of surface appearance using examples from previously acquired images. A random forest model extrapolates from these training cases, using the statistics of small image patches to characterize the texture of each pixel independently. Applying this model to each pixel in a new image yields a map of surface units. We deployed a prototype instrument in the Cima Volcanic Fields during a series of experiments in May 2013. We imaged each environment with a tripod-mounted RGB camera connected directly to the FPGA board for real time processing. Our first scenario assessed ground surface cover on open terrain atop a weathered volcanic flow. We performed a transect consisting of 16 forward-facing images collected at 1m intervals. We trained the system to categorize terrain into four classes: sediment, basalt cobbles, basalt pebbles, and basalt with iron oxide weathering. Accuracy rates with regards to the fraction of the actual feature that was labeled correctly by the automated system were calculated. Lower accuracy rates were

  11. Textural evaluation of copper produced by equal channel angular pressing with routes A and B30

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    Research highlights: A new route with a rotating angle of 30 deg. in the same direction between consecutive passes was adopted and comparisons were made between the texture evolutions of pure copper specimens processed by CAP up to ten passes with routes A and B30. - Abstract: The present study investigated texture evolution and tensile properties of oxygen-free, high conductivity copper (OFHC) subjected to equal channel angular extrusion at room temperature for up to ten passes using routes A and B30. As the cross sections of the specimens were circular, a new route with a rotation angle of 30 deg/ in the same direction between consecutive passes was used. Texture was weak in the initial copper specimen. Both routes exhibited texture development similar to simple shear. In route A, A1 and C are the main components up to four passes and the B/B-bar components strengthen in the sixth pass, but in route B30 the discontinuous strain path applied to the bar through rotation by 30 deg. around its longitudinal axis between each pass results in significant changes in texture with increasing N. The tensile strength and ductility of the annealed and ECAP samples with routes A and B30 were measured using tensile tests and the relations between tensile strength and intensity of (1 1 0) textures were obtained.

  12. Pyramidal texturing of silicon surface via inorganic-organic hybrid alkaline liquor for heterojunction solar cells

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    Wang, Fengyou; Zhang, Xiaodan; Wang, Liguo; Jiang, Yuanjian; Wei, Changchun; Zhao, Ying

    2015-10-01

    We demonstrate a new class of silicon texturing approach based on inorganic (sodium hydroxide, NaOH) and organic (tetramethylammonium hydroxide, TMAH) alkaline liquor etching processes for photovoltaic applications. The first stage of inorganic alkaline etching textures the silicon surface rapidly with large pyramids and reduces the cost. The subsequent organic alkaline second-etching improves the coverage of small pyramids on the silicon surface and strip off the metallic contaminants produced by the first etching step. In addition, it could smoothen the surface of the pyramids to yield good morphology. In this study, the texturing duration of both etching steps was controlled to optimize the optical and electrical properties as well as the surface morphology and passivation characteristics of the silicon substrates. Compared with traditional inorganic NaOH texturing, this hybrid process yields smoother (111) facets of the pyramids, fewer residual Na+ ions on the silicon surface, and a shorter processing period. It also offers the advantage of lower cost compared with the organic texturing method based on the use of only TMAH. We applied this hybrid texturing process to fabricate silicon heterojunction solar cells, which showed a remarkable improvement compared with the cells based on traditional alkaline texturing processes.

  13. Noise emission of concrete pavement surfaces produced by diamond grinding

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    Jens Skarabis

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available In Germany, diamond grinding is frequently used to improve the evenness and skid resistance of concrete pavement surfaces. Since diamond grinding has been observed to affect tyre/pavement noise emission favourably, the relationship among surface texture, concrete composition and noise emission of concrete pavement surfaces has been systematically investigated. The simulation program SPERoN was used in a parameter study to investigate the main factors which affect noise emission. Based on the results of the simulations, textured concrete surfaces were produced by using a laboratory grinding machine. As well as the composition of the concrete, the thickness and spacing of the diamond blades were varied. The ability of the textured surfaces to reduce noise emission was assessed from the texture characteristics and air flow resistance of textured surfaces measured in the laboratory. It was found that concrete composition and, in particular, the spacing of the blades affected the reduction in noise emission considerably. The noise emission behaviour of numerous road sections was also considered in field investigations. The pavement surfaces had been textured by diamond grinding during the last years or decades. The results show that diamond grinding is able to provide good, durable noise-reducing properties. Several new pavement sections were investigated using thicknesses and spacings of the blades similar to those used in the laboratory to optimize noise emission reduction. It is concluded that diamond grinding is a good alternative to exposed aggregate concrete for the production of low-noise pavement surfaces.

  14. Texture studies of cold rolled aluminium and copper sheets by neutron diffraction

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    A systematic study of the texture of copper and aluminium cold-rolled sheets has been made by using the triple axis neutron spectrometer. Aluminium samples were made from pure aluminium ingots. Aluminium samples with 92% reduction in thickness showed (200) [200] texture. Cold-rolled sheets of copper, obtained both from heat-treated commercial ingots and from single crystal samples, were also studied. Sheets rolled from a single crystal follow the texture of the original single crystal. The results showed that the sheet texture depends on the history of the material. The measurements were made using neutrons of wavelength 1.175 A obtained from a medium-flux swimming-pool reactor of 5 MW. (author)

  15. Dental Surface Texture Characterization Based on Erosive Tooth Wear Processes.

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    Hara, A T; Livengood, S V; Lippert, F; Eckert, G J; Ungar, P S

    2016-05-01

    The differential diagnosis of dental wear lesions affects their clinical management. We hypothesized that surface texture parameters can differentiate simulated erosion, abrasion, and erosion-abrasion lesions on human enamel and dentin. This in vitro study comprised 2 parts (both factorial 4 × 2), with 4 lesion types (erosion, abrasion, erosion-abrasion, and sound [no lesion; control]) and 2 substrates (enamel and dentin). Flattened/polished dental specimens were used in part 1, whereas natural dental surfaces were used in part 2. Testing surfaces were evaluated in blind conditions, using average surface roughness (Sa) and the following scale-sensitive fractal analysis parameters: area-scale fractal complexity (Asfc), exact proportion length-scale anisotropy of relief (eplsar), scale of maximum complexity (Smc), and textural fill volume (Tfv). Two-way analyses of variance, followed by Fisher's protected least significant difference tests (α = 0.05), were used to evaluate the effects of lesion and substrate. Classification trees were constructed to verify the strength of potential associations of the tested parameters. In part 1,Asfc, Sa, andTfvwere able to differentiate erosion and erosion-abrasion lesions from the sound (no lesion) control in both substrates; onlyAsfcdifferentiated erosion and erosion-abrasion enamel lesions (allPpart 2, onlyAsfcdifferentiated erosion and erosion-abrasion lesions from the sound (no lesion) control in both substrates, whereaseplsarwas able to differentiate erosion from erosion-abrasion (allP< 0.05). The association of parameters correctly classified up to 81% and 91% of the lesions in enamel and dentin, respectively.Asfc, Sa, andTfvwere able to differentiate erosion and erosion-abrasion lesions, despite their complicated surface textures. The association of parameters improved the differentiation of lesions for both enamel and dentin in polished or natural surfaces. PMID:26848070

  16. Insights into the Structure and Metabolic Function of Microbes That Shape Pelagic Iron-Rich Aggregates ( Iron Snow )

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    Lu, S [Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Jena Germany; Chourey, Karuna [ORNL; REICHE, M [Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Jena Germany; Nietzsche, S [Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Jena Germany; Shah, Manesh B [ORNL; Hettich, Robert {Bob} L [ORNL; Kusel, K [Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Jena Germany

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    Metaproteomics combined with total nucleic acid-based methods aided in deciphering the roles of microorganisms in the formation and transformation of iron-rich macroscopic aggregates (iron snow) formed in the redoxcline of an acidic lignite mine lake. Iron snow had high total bacterial 16S rRNA gene copies, with 2 x 109 copies g (dry wt)-1 in the acidic (pH 3.5) central lake basin and 4 x 1010 copies g (dry wt)-1 in the less acidic (pH 5.5) northern lake basin. Active microbial communities in the central basin were dominated by Alphaproteobacteria (36.6%) and Actinobacteria (21.4%), and by Betaproteobacteria (36.2%) in the northern basin. Microbial Fe-cycling appeared to be the dominant metabolism in the schwertmannite-rich iron snow, because cloning and qPCR assigned up to 61% of active bacteria as Fe-cycling bacteria (FeB). Metaproteomics revealed 70 unique proteins from central basin iron snow and 283 unique proteins from 43 genera from northern basin. Protein identification provided a glimpse into in situ processes, such as primary production, motility, metabolism of acidophilic FeB, and survival strategies of neutrophilic FeB. Expression of carboxysome shell proteins and RubisCO indicated active CO2 fixation by Fe(II) oxidizers. Flagellar proteins from heterotrophs indicated their activity to reach and attach surfaces. Gas vesicle proteins related to CO2-fixing Chlorobium suggested that microbes could influence iron snow sinking. We suggest that iron snow formed by autotrophs in the redoxcline acts as a microbial parachute, since it is colonized by motile heterotrophs during sinking which start to dissolve schwertmannite.

  17. Grain size, texture, and crystallinity in lanthanum monosulfide thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    Fairchild, S., E-mail: steven.fairchild@wpafb.af.mil [Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio 45433 (United States); Cahay, M. [School of Electronics and Computing Systems, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio 45221 (United States); Murray, P.T. [Research Institute, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH 45469-0170 (United States); Grazulis, L. [Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio 45433 (United States); Wu, X.; Poitras, D.; Lockwood, D.J. [Institute for Microstructural Sciences, National Research Council, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A OR6 (Canada)

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    We report a detailed investigation of the growth of lanthanum monosulfide (LaS) thin films by pulsed laser deposition on (001) magnesium oxide (MgO) substrates in a background of H{sub 2}S for the purpose of optimizing their crystallinity, texture, and grain size. A variety of films were grown while varying the laser repetition rate, the temperature of the substrate, and the partial pressure of H{sub 2}S. The thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), Raman spectroscopy, and high resolution transmission electron microscopy. Films grown at 500 Degree-Sign C with a H{sub 2}S background pressure of 3.4 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -4} Pa and a laser repetition rate of 8 Hz produced the LaS film with the largest grains whose size averaged 293 nm. The XRD pattern of these films revealed that their orientation was predominantly (200). AFM images of the surface of these films showed large plate-like grains. This contrasts with the fine grain structure observed in LaS films grown at a lower substrate temperature and lower H{sub 2}S pressure. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer LaS thin films were grown by pulsed laser deposition on MgO substrates in H{sub 2}S. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Deposition parameters were substrate temperature, H{sub 2}S pressure and repetition rate. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Film crystallinity, texture, and grain size were investigated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The growth conditions for optimal texture and grain size are reported.

  18. Highly textured Gd2Zr2O7 films grown on textured Ni-5 at.%W substrates by solution deposition route: Growth, texture evolution, and microstructure dependency

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    Yue, Zhao; Grivel, Jean-Claude; Napari, M.;

    2012-01-01

    or crystallization in the thicker films. This work not only demonstrates a route for producing textured Gd2Zr2O7 buffer layers with dense structure directly on technical substrates, but also provides some fundamental understandings related to chemical solution derived films grown on metallic substrates....... and morphology are investigated in details. It is found that a rotated cube-on-cube epitaxy of Gd2Zr2O7//NiW in-plane texture forms as soon as the (004) out-plane texture appears, implying that epitaxial growth dominates the crystallization processes. Thermal energy plays an important role in minimizing...... and body according to surface or cross-sectional observation and Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry analysis, pointing to inhomogeneous structure through film thickness, i.e., dense in the surface layer but porous in the body. This is attributed to trapped gas generated during either decomposition...

  19. Gleaming and dull surface textures from photonic-crystal-type nanostructures in the butterfly Cyanophrys remus

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    Kertész, Krisztián; Bálint, Zsolt; Vértesy, Zofia; Márk, Géza I.; Lousse, Virginie; Vigneron, Jean Pol; Rassart, Marie; Biró, László P.

    2006-08-01

    Photonic-crystal-type nanostructures occurring in the scales of the butterfly Cyanophrys remus were investigated by optical and electron microscopy (scanning and transmission electron microscopy), reflectance measurements (specular, integrated, and goniometric), by fast Fourier transform analysis of micrographs, by modeling, and by numerical simulation of the measured reflectance data. By evaluating the collected data in a cross-correlated way, we show that the metallic blue dorsal coloration originates from scales which individually are photonic single crystals of 50×120μm2 , while the matt pea-green coloration of the ventral side arises from the cumulative effect of randomly arranged, bright photonic crystallites (blue, green, and yellow) with typical diameters in the 3-10-μm range. Both structures are based on a very moderate refractive index contrast between air and chitin. Using a bleached specimen in which the pigment has decayed with time, we investigated the role of pigment in photonic-crystal material in the process of color generation. The possible biologic utility of the metallic blue (single-crystal) and dull green (polycrystal) textures both achieved with photonic crystals are briefly discussed. Potential applications in the field of colorants, flat panel displays, smart textiles, and smart papers are surveyed.

  20. Textural and morphological studies of transition metal doped SBA-15 by co-condensation method

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    P H K Charan; G Ranga Rao

    2015-05-01

    The 3d transition metals were incorporated into SBA-15 matrix by co-condensation synthesis method. Very low concentrations of metals were introduced into silica framework by maintaining the metal to silica ratio in the synthesis gel at 0.01. The difference in hydrolysis rates of metal and silica precursors have led to textural modifications while demonstrating the structural integrity akin to pristine SBA-15. The physicochemical properties obtained offer some insights into the P123 micelle aggregation and mechanism of formation of silica network in the presence of metal salts under similar synthesis conditions of pure SBA-15. The metal doping into SBA-15 leads to increased pore diameters. Higher lattice constants (a0) observed in these samples are attributed to the increased pore wall thickness. The significant retention of the hexagonal mesostructure seen in LXRD indicates diminutive influence of metal salts at lower concentrations.Macroscopic morphologies studied by SEM show the formation of spheres along with conventional fibre-like rods.

  1. The effect of rare earth dopants on the structure, surface texture and photocatalytic properties of TiO{sub 2}-SiO{sub 2} prepared by sol-gel method

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    Mohamed, R.M., E-mail: redama123@yahoo.co [Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah (Saudi Arabia); Nanostructured Material Division, Advanced Materials Department, Central Metallurgical R and D Institute, Helwan, 11421 Cairo (Egypt); Mkhalid, I.A. [Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)

    2010-07-02

    The sol-gel method was successfully used to prepare a series of TiO{sub 2}-SiO{sub 2} and rare earth (RE) (La{sup 3+}, Nd{sup 3+}, Sm{sup 3+}, Gd{sup 3+})-doped TiO{sub 2}-SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles at a doping level of 3 atomic percent. The structural features of parent TiO{sub 2}-SiO{sub 2} and RE-TiO{sub 2}-SiO{sub 2} fired at 550 {sup o}C have been investigated by XRD, UV-diffuse reflection, SEM and nitrogen adsorption measurements at -196 {sup o}C. XRD data verified the formation of typical characteristic anatase form in all the prepared RE-doped TiO{sub 2}-SiO{sub 2} samples. In comparison with the pure TiO{sub 2}-SiO{sub 2} samples (ca. 35 nm in diameter), the RE-TiO{sub 2}-SiO{sub 2} samples have relatively small particle size indicating that the doping with RE metal ions can improve the particle morphology, and retard the grain growth of TiO{sub 2}-SiO{sub 2} during heat treatment. The results indicated that Gd{sup 3+} doped TiO{sub 2}-SiO{sub 2} has the lowest bandgap and particle size compared with pure TiO{sub 2}-SiO{sub 2} and other nanoparticles of RE-doped TiO{sub 2}-SiO{sub 2}. The highest surface area (S{sub BET}) and pore volume (V{sub p}) values were recorded for Gd-TiO{sub 2}-SiO{sub 2} as well. The effect of doping on the photoactivity was evaluated by the photocatalytic degradation of EDTA as a probe reaction. Among all the pure and RE-doped TiO{sub 2}-SiO{sub 2}, Gd{sup 3+}-TiO{sub 2}-SiO{sub 2} performed the highest catalytic activity towards the tested reaction. That might be due to its special characteristics of particle size, surface texture and bandgap properties. Details of the synthesis procedure and results of the characterization studies of the produced RE-TiO{sub 2}-SiO{sub 2} are presented in this paper.

  2. Geometric descriptors of road surface texture in relation to tire/road noise

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    ANFOSSO, Fabienne; Do, Minh Tan

    2002-01-01

    The paper deals with the determination of geometric parameters in order to study the relationship between the tire/road noise and the texture of road surfaces. The approach was found to be an alternative to the classical spectral analyses and the numerical simulations of the tire/road contact. Texture parameters were derived from previous works in LCPC related to the influence of the microtexture of road surfaces on the skid resistance. Use of these parameters was justified by the considerati...

  3. Shape, Pose, and Material Recovery of Solar-Illuminated Surfaces from Compressive Spectral-Polarimetric Image Data

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    Prasad, S.; Zhang, Q.; Plemmons, R.

    2013-09-01

    Passive solar illumination of a space object gives rise, in general, to both specular reflections and diffuse scattering which a ground-based imaging system would observe as spatially localized glints and spatially generalized brightness patterns, respectively. The glints have nontrivial polarimetric signatures but their spectral signatures are typically only slightly modified versions of the solar spectrum, while the diffuse, generalized scattering is essentially unpolarized and spatially uniform over a pure material but carries spectral signatures that are characteristic of the surface material content. The spatial shape and extension of a glint about a point at which the surface normal of the underlying smooth mean surface bisects the solar angle in the solar illumination plane are determined directly by the degree of roughness of the underlying mean smooth surface. By contrast, the diffuse scattering is largely independent of the angle of incidence of sunlight locally at a surface point, with a uniform spectral signature. It is this dichotomy of features between specular and diffuse scattering in the spectral-polarimetric data that can permit one to recover rather robustly the three-dimensional (3D) shape, pose, and spectral signature of a solar-reflecting surface from its spatial-spectral-polarimetric brightness data. Indeed, for a smooth mean surface made of a pure material that can be characterized via a low-dimensional parametric shape model and thus permits a highly sparse mathematical description, the recovery of these surface attributes as well as its roughness can be obtained well even from compressive spectral-polarimetric image data obtained using a focal-plane spatial code. Such data can be obtained from systems like the Coded-Aperture Snapshot Spectral Polarimetric Imager (CASSPI) [1]. Here we present a computer-simulation-based analysis of the feasibility of our approach to disentangle the spectral, geometrical, and textural (roughness) attributes

  4. Stochastic structural model of rock and soil aggregates by continuum-based discrete element method

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    WANG; Yuannian; ZHAO; Manhong; LI; Shihai; J.G.; Wang

    2005-01-01

    This paper first presents a stochastic structural model to describe the random geometrical features of rock and soil aggregates. The stochastic structural model uses mixture ratio, rock size and rock shape to construct the microstructures of aggregates,and introduces two types of structural elements (block element and jointed element) and three types of material elements (rock element, soil element, and weaker jointed element)for this microstructure. Then, continuum-based discrete element method is used to study the deformation and failure mechanism of rock and soil aggregate through a series of loading tests. It is found that the stress-strain curve of rock and soil aggregates is nonlinear, and the failure is usually initialized from weaker jointed elements. Finally, some factors such as mixture ratio, rock size and rock shape are studied in detail. The numerical results are in good agreement with in situ test. Therefore, current model is effective for simulating the mechanical behaviors of rock and soil aggregates.

  5. Still Image Compression Using Texture and Non Texture Prediction Model

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    G. Mohanbaabu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Existing lossless image compression schemes attempt to do prediction in an image data using their Local Binary Pattern (LBP and their spatial neighborhood based techniques. In the previous techniques such as Vector Quantization (VQ and Gradient Adjusted Prediction (GAP the texture and non-texture regions are not classified separately. Texture and Non-texture images prophecy has been a key factor in efficient lossless image compression. Hence, there is a need to develop a more efficient image prediction scheme to exploit these texture components. Approach: In this research, an efficient visual quality technique for image compression is proposed. The image is classified into texture and non-texture regions by using an Artificial Neural Network (ANN Classifier. The texture region is encoded with the Similar Block Matching (SBM encoder and the non-texture region is encoded with SPIHT encoding. Results: The proposed texture prediction based compression is compared with the existing compression techniques such as H.264 and JPEG. From the result it reveals that the Peak Signal to Noise Ratio (PSNR values of all the test images is higher in the proposed technique as compared to JPEG technique. Similarly PSNR values are low in H.264 for all the images except Boat image when compared to the proposed technique. This result concludes that the increase in PSNR indicates that the output image has less noise as compared to existing techniques. Conclusion: The compression of the proposed algorithm is superior to JPEG and H.264. Our new method of compression algorithm can be used to improve the performance of Compression ratio and Peak Signal to Noise Ratio (PSNR. In future this study can be extended to real time applications for video compression in medical images.

  6. Modified textured surface MOCVD-ZnO:B transparent conductive layers for thin-film solar cells

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    Modified textured surface boron-doped ZnO (ZnO:B) transparent conductive layers for thin-film solar cells were fabricated by low-pressure metal organic chemical vapor deposition (LP-MOCVD) on glass substrates. These modified textured surface ZnO:B thin films included two layers. The first ZnO:B layer, which has a pyramid-shaped texture, was deposited under conventional growth conditions, and the second layer, which has a sphere-like structure, at a relatively lower growth temperature. Typical bi-layer ZnO:B thin films exhibit a high electron mobility of 27.6 cm2/(V·s) due to improved grain boundary states. For bi-layer ZnO:B, the haze value increases and the total transmittance decreases with the increasing film thickness of the second modification layer. When applied in hydrogenated microcrystalline silicon (μc-Si:H) thin-film solar cells, the modified textured surface ZnO:B layers present relatively higher conversion efficiency than conventional ZnO:B films. (semiconductor materials)

  7. The effect of multi-scale laser textured surface on lubrication regime

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    Laser surface texturing (LST) is a surface engineering process used to improve tribological characteristics of materials by creating patterned microstructures on the mechanical contact surface. In LST technology, a pulsated laser beam is used to create arranged dimples on surface by a material ablation process, which can improve load capacity, wear resistances, lubrication lifetime, and reduce friction coefficients. In the present study, the effect of multi-scale LST on lubricant regime was investigated. A pulsed Nd:YAG laser was applied on steel (AISI 52100) to create arranged dimples. To optimize the surface texturing effect on friction, multi-scale texture dimples with some specific formula arrays were fabricated by laser ablation process by combining circles and ellipses. The tribological testing of multi-scale textured surface was performed by a flat-on-flat unidirectional tribometer under lubrication, and the results compared with that of untextured surface. Through an increase in sliding speed and dimple depth the beneficial effect of multi-scale LST performance was achieved. The multi-scale textured surface had lower friction coefficient performance than the untextured surface due to hydrodynamic lubrication effect.

  8. `Gas cushion' model and hydrodynamic boundary conditions for superhydrophobic textures

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    Nizkaya, Tatiana V; Vinogradova, Olga I

    2014-01-01

    Superhydrophobic Cassie textures with trapped gas bubbles reduce drag, by generating large effective slip, which is important for a variety of applications that involve a manipulation of liquids at the small scale. Here we discuss how the dissipation in the gas phase of textures modifies their friction properties and effective slip. We propose an operator method, which allows us the mapping of the flow in the gas subphase to a local slip boundary condition at the liquid/gas interface. The determined uniquely local slip length depends on the viscosity contrast and underlying topography, and can be immediately used to evaluate an effective slip of the texture. Beside Cassie surfaces our approach is valid for Wenzel textures, where a liquid follows the surface relief, as well as for rough surfaces impregnated by a low-viscosity `lubricant'. These results provide a framework for the rational design of textured surfaces for numerous applications.

  9. Modeling and analysis of ultrasound backscattering by spherical aggregates and rouleaux of red blood cells.

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    Teh, B G; Cloutier, G

    2000-01-01

    The present study concerns the modeling and analysis of ultrasound backscattering by red blood cell (RBC) aggregates, which under pathological conditions play a significant role in the rheology of blood within human vessels. A theoretical model based on the convolution between a tissue matrix and a point spread function, representing, respectively, the RBC aggregates and the characteristics of the ultrasound system, was used to examine the influence of the scatterer shape and size on the backscattered power. Both scatterers in the form of clumps of RBC aggregates and rouleaux were modeled. For all simulations, the hematocrit was kept constant at 10%, the ultrasound frequency was 10 MHz, the insonification angle was varied from 0 to 90 degrees , and the scatterer size (diameter for clumps and length for rouleaux) ranged from 4 mum to 120 mum. Under Rayleigh scattering by assuming a Poisson distribution of scatterers in space, the ultrasound backscattered power increased linearly with the particle volume. For non-Rayleigh scatterers, the intensity of the echoes diminished as the scatterer volume increased, with the exception of rouleaux at an angle of 90 degrees . As expected, the backscattered power was angularly dependent for anisotropic particles (rouleaux). The ultrasound backscattered power did not always increase with the size of the aggregates, especially when they were no longer Rayleigh scatterers. In the case of rouleaux, the anisotropy of the backscattered power is emphasized in the non-Rayleigh region. PMID:18238637

  10. The Prediction of Pavement Surface Aggregate Wear and Microtextural Polishing - Progress Report (April 2013)

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    NAATADMAJA , Adélia

    2013-01-01

    This report explains the work that the author has done in IFSTTAR, Nantes, France in April 2013. The goals that are aimed to be achieved during her stay are: · Polish and measure the skid resistance values of New Zealand aggregates with the Wehner/Schulze (W/S) device; · Develop a skid resistance deterioration model from the skid resistance values; · Analyse the 3D images of aggregates that are captured by using the InfiniteFocus; · Assess the effects of microtexture evolution on ...

  11. The Prediction of Pavement Surface Aggregate Wear and Microtextural Polishing - Progress Report (March 2013)

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    NATAADMADJA, Adelia

    2013-01-01

    This report explains the work that the author has done in IFSTTAR, Nantes, France in March 2013. The goals that are aimed to be achieved during her stay are: · Polish and measure the skid resistance values of New Zealand aggregates with the Wehner/Schulze (W/S) device; · Develop a skid resistance deterioration model from the skid resistance values; · Analyse the 3D images of aggregates that are captured by using the InfiniteFocus; · Assess the effects of microtexture evolution on ...

  12. The prediction of pavement surface aggregate wear and microtextural polishing - Progress report (January-February 2013)

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    NATAADMADJA, Adelia

    2013-01-01

    This report explains the work that the author has done in IFSTTAR, Nantes, France from the period of 22 January 2013 to 25 February 2013. The goals that are aimed to be achieved during her stay are: · Polish and measure the skid resistance values of New Zealand aggregates with the Wehner/Schulze (W/S) device; · Develop a skid resistance deterioration model from the skid resistance values; · Analyse the 3D images of aggregates that are captured by using the InfiniteFocus; · Assess ...

  13. Assessment of the accuracy of plasma shape reconstruction by the Cauchy condition surface method in JT-60SA

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    Miyata, Y.; Suzuki, T.; Takechi, M.; Urano, H.; Ide, S. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Naka, Ibaraki 311-0193 (Japan)

    2015-07-15

    For the purpose of stable plasma equilibrium control and detailed analysis, it is essential to reconstruct an accurate plasma boundary on the poloidal cross section in tokamak devices. The Cauchy condition surface (CCS) method is a numerical approach for calculating the spatial distribution of the magnetic flux outside a hypothetical surface and reconstructing the plasma boundary from the magnetic measurements located outside the plasma. The accuracy of the plasma shape reconstruction has been assessed by comparing the CCS method and an equilibrium calculation in JT-60SA with a high elongation and triangularity of plasma shape. The CCS, on which both Dirichlet and Neumann conditions are unknown, is defined as a hypothetical surface located inside the real plasma region. The accuracy of the plasma shape reconstruction is sensitive to the CCS free parameters such as the number of unknown parameters and the shape in JT-60SA. It is found that the optimum number of unknown parameters and the size of the CCS that minimizes errors in the reconstructed plasma shape are in proportion to the plasma size. Furthermore, it is shown that the accuracy of the plasma shape reconstruction is greatly improved using the optimum number of unknown parameters and shape of the CCS, and the reachable reconstruction errors in plasma shape and locations of strike points are within the target ranges in JT-60SA.

  14. Recycled aggregates concrete: aggregate and mix properties

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    González-Fonteboa, B.

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available This study of structural concrete made with recycled concrete aggregate focuses on two issues: 1. The characterization of such aggregate on the Spanish market. This involved conducting standard tests to determine density, water absorption, grading, shape, flakiness and hardness. The results obtained show that, despite the considerable differences with respect to density and water absorption between these and natural aggregates, on the whole recycled aggregate is apt for use in concrete production. 2. Testing to determine the values of basic concrete properties: mix design parameters were established for structural concrete in non-aggressive environments. These parameters were used to produce conventional concrete, and then adjusted to manufacture recycled concrete aggregate (RCA concrete, in which 50% of the coarse aggregate was replaced by the recycled material. Tests were conducted to determine the physical (density of the fresh and hardened material, water absorption and mechanical (compressive strength, splitting tensile strength and modulus of elasticity properties. The results showed that, from the standpoint of its physical and mechanical properties, concrete in which RCA accounted for 50% of the coarse aggregate compared favourably to conventional concrete.

    Se aborda el estudio de hormigones estructurales fabricados con áridos reciclados procedentes de hormigón, incidiéndose en dos aspectos: 1. Caracterización de tales áridos, procedentes del mercado español. Para ello se llevan a cabo ensayos de densidad, absorción, granulometría, coeficiente de forma, índice de lajas y dureza. Los resultados obtenidos han puesto de manifiesto que, a pesar de que existen diferencias notables (sobre todo en cuanto a densidad y absorción con los áridos naturales, las características de los áridos hacen posible la fabricación de hormigones. 2. Ensayos sobre propiedades básicas de los hormigones: se establecen parámetros de dosificaci

  15. Arbitrary shape surface Fresnel diffraction.

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    Shimobaba, Tomoyoshi; Masuda, Nobuyuki; Ito, Tomoyoshi

    2012-04-01

    Fresnel diffraction calculation on an arbitrary shape surface is proposed. This method is capable of calculating Fresnel diffraction from a source surface with an arbitrary shape to a planar destination surface. Although such calculation can be readily calculated by the direct integral of a diffraction calculation, the calculation cost is proportional to O(N²) in one dimensional or O(N⁴) in two dimensional cases, where N is the number of sampling points. However, the calculation cost of the proposed method is O(N log N) in one dimensional or O(N² log N) in two dimensional cases using non-uniform fast Fourier transform. PMID:22513646

  16. Arbitrary shape surface Fresnel diffraction

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    Shimobaba, Tomoyoshi; Ito, Tomoyoshi

    2012-01-01

    Fresnel diffraction calculation on an arbitrary shape surface is proposed. This method is capable of calculating Fresnel diffraction from a source surface with an arbitrary shape to a planar destination surface. Although such calculation can be readily calculated by the direct integral of a diffraction calculation, the calculation cost is proportional to $O(N^2)$ in one dimensional or $O(N^4)$ in two dimensional cases, where $N$ is the number of sampling points. However, the calculation cost of the proposed method is $O(N \\log N)$ in one dimensional or $O(N^2 \\log N)$ in two dimensional cases using non-uniform fast Fourier transform.

  17. Optimum rolling ratio for obtaining {001} recrystallization texture in Ti-Nb-Al biomedical shape memory alloy.

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    Inamura, T; Shimizu, R; Kim, H Y; Miyazaki, S; Hosoda, H

    2016-04-01

    The rolling rate (r) dependence of textures was investigated in the Ti-26Nb-3Al (mol%) alloy to reveal the conditions required to form the {001} recrystallization texture, which is a desirable orientation for the β-titanium shape memory alloy. {001} was the dominant cold-rolling texture when r=90% and it was transferred to the recrystallization texture without forming {112}, which is detrimental for the isotropic mechanical properties of the rolled sheet. A further increase in r resulted in the formation of {112} in both rolling and recrystallization textures. Therefore, r should be controlled to form only the {001} rolling texture, because the {112} texture can overwhelm the {001} texture during recrystallization. PMID:26838877

  18. Protein adsorption, desorption, and aggregation mediated by solid-liquid interfaces.

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    Perevozchikova, Tatiana; Nanda, Hirsh; Nesta, Douglas P; Roberts, Christopher J

    2015-06-01

    Adsorption of proteins to solid-fluid interfaces is often empirically found to promote formation of soluble aggregates and larger, subvisible, and visible particles, but key stages in this process are often difficult to probe directly. Aggregation mediated by adsorption to water-silicon oxide (SiOx) interfaces, akin to hydrated glass surfaces, was characterized as a function of pH and ionic strength for alpha-chymotrypsinogen (aCgn) and for a monoclonal antibody (IgG1). A flow cell permitted neutron reflectivity for protein layers adsorbed to clean SiOx surfaces, as well as after successive "rinse" steps. Aggregates recovered in solution after gently "rinsing" the surface were characterized by neutron scattering, microscopy, and fluorescence spectroscopy. IgG1 molecules oriented primarily "flat" against the SiOx surface, with the primary protein layer desorbed to a minimal extent, whereas a diffuse overlayer was easily rinsed off. aCgn molecules were resistant to desorption when they appeared to be unfolded at the interface, but were otherwise easily removed. For cases where strong binding occurred, protein that did desorb was a mixture of monomer and small amounts of HMW aggregates (for aCgn) or subvisible particles (for IgG1). Changes in adsorption and/or unfolding with pH indicated that electrostatic interactions were important in all cases. PMID:25846460

  19. Electrodeposition of biaxially textured nickel substrates for coated conductor by magnetic texturing

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    An innovative method to fabricate biaxially textured nickel substrates applicable to coated conductor is developed. This method used the industrially scalable electrodeposition method combined with external magnetic field. The biaxially textured Ni layer was formed by electrodeposition process under external magnetic field. The electrodeposited Ni substrate has been characterized by means of X-ray diffraction and shows well-developed biaxial texture (Δθ∼7.29 deg., Δphi∼8.14 deg. ). A CeO2 buffer layer was epitaxially grown on the electrodeposited Ni substrates subsequently by thermal evaporation. In addition, a continuous processing of long tape was tried to test the compatibility of electrodeposition with further scale-up. The grown 20 cm-long Ni tape shows good crystallinity but non-uniform texture. Pinhole-free and smooth surface was obtained by additives and electropolishing. The magnetic texturing in the electrodeposition process offers a simple and economical way to quasi-single-crystalline metal substrates suitable for coated conductor

  20. Physically and chemically stable ionic liquid-infused textured surfaces showing excellent dynamic omniphobicity

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    Miranda, Daniel F.; Urata, Chihiro; Masheder, Benjamin; Dunderdale, Gary J.; Hozumi, Atsushi, E-mail: a.hozumi@aist.go.jp [National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), 2266-98, Anagahora, Shimo-Shidami, Moriyama-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 463-8560 (Japan); Yagihashi, Makoto [Nagoya Municipal Industrial Research Institute, Rokuban, Atsuta-ku, Nagoya 456-0058 (Japan)

    2014-05-01

    A fluorinated and hydrophobic ionic liquid (IL), 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl) imide, effectively served as an advantageous lubricating liquid for the preparation of physically and chemically stable omniphobic surfaces based on slippery liquid-infused porous surfaces. Here, we used particulate microstructures as supports, prepared by the chemical vapor deposition of 1,3,5,7-tetramethylcyclotetrasiloxane and subsequent surface modification with (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane. Confirmed by SEM and contact angle measurements, the resulting IL-infused microtextured surfaces are smooth and not only water but also various low surface tension liquids can easily slide off at low substrate tilt angles of <5°, even after exposure to high temperature, vacuum, and UV irradiation.

  1. A Comparative Study of Land Cover Classification by Using Multispectral and Texture Data

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    Salman Qadri

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The main objective of this study is to find out the importance of machine vision approach for the classification of five types of land cover data such as bare land, desert rangeland, green pasture, fertile cultivated land, and Sutlej river land. A novel spectra-statistical framework is designed to classify the subjective land cover data types accurately. Multispectral data of these land covers were acquired by using a handheld device named multispectral radiometer in the form of five spectral bands (blue, green, red, near infrared, and shortwave infrared while texture data were acquired with a digital camera by the transformation of acquired images into 229 texture features for each image. The most discriminant 30 features of each image were obtained by integrating the three statistical features selection techniques such as Fisher, Probability of Error plus Average Correlation, and Mutual Information (F + PA + MI. Selected texture data clustering was verified by nonlinear discriminant analysis while linear discriminant analysis approach was applied for multispectral data. For classification, the texture and multispectral data were deployed to artificial neural network (ANN: n-class. By implementing a cross validation method (80-20, we received an accuracy of 91.332% for texture data and 96.40% for multispectral data, respectively.

  2. A Comparative Study of Land Cover Classification by Using Multispectral and Texture Data.

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    Qadri, Salman; Khan, Dost Muhammad; Ahmad, Farooq; Qadri, Syed Furqan; Babar, Masroor Ellahi; Shahid, Muhammad; Ul-Rehman, Muzammil; Razzaq, Abdul; Shah Muhammad, Syed; Fahad, Muhammad; Ahmad, Sarfraz; Pervez, Muhammad Tariq; Naveed, Nasir; Aslam, Naeem; Jamil, Mutiullah; Rehmani, Ejaz Ahmad; Ahmad, Nazir; Akhtar Khan, Naeem

    2016-01-01

    The main objective of this study is to find out the importance of machine vision approach for the classification of five types of land cover data such as bare land, desert rangeland, green pasture, fertile cultivated land, and Sutlej river land. A novel spectra-statistical framework is designed to classify the subjective land cover data types accurately. Multispectral data of these land covers were acquired by using a handheld device named multispectral radiometer in the form of five spectral bands (blue, green, red, near infrared, and shortwave infrared) while texture data were acquired with a digital camera by the transformation of acquired images into 229 texture features for each image. The most discriminant 30 features of each image were obtained by integrating the three statistical features selection techniques such as Fisher, Probability of Error plus Average Correlation, and Mutual Information (F + PA + MI). Selected texture data clustering was verified by nonlinear discriminant analysis while linear discriminant analysis approach was applied for multispectral data. For classification, the texture and multispectral data were deployed to artificial neural network (ANN: n-class). By implementing a cross validation method (80-20), we received an accuracy of 91.332% for texture data and 96.40% for multispectral data, respectively. PMID:27376088

  3. A Comparative Study of Land Cover Classification by Using Multispectral and Texture Data

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    Qadri, Salman; Khan, Dost Muhammad; Ahmad, Farooq; Qadri, Syed Furqan; Babar, Masroor Ellahi; Shahid, Muhammad; Ul-Rehman, Muzammil; Razzaq, Abdul; Shah Muhammad, Syed; Fahad, Muhammad; Ahmad, Sarfraz; Pervez, Muhammad Tariq; Naveed, Nasir; Aslam, Naeem; Jamil, Mutiullah; Rehmani, Ejaz Ahmad; Ahmad, Nazir; Akhtar Khan, Naeem

    2016-01-01

    The main objective of this study is to find out the importance of machine vision approach for the classification of five types of land cover data such as bare land, desert rangeland, green pasture, fertile cultivated land, and Sutlej river land. A novel spectra-statistical framework is designed to classify the subjective land cover data types accurately. Multispectral data of these land covers were acquired by using a handheld device named multispectral radiometer in the form of five spectral bands (blue, green, red, near infrared, and shortwave infrared) while texture data were acquired with a digital camera by the transformation of acquired images into 229 texture features for each image. The most discriminant 30 features of each image were obtained by integrating the three statistical features selection techniques such as Fisher, Probability of Error plus Average Correlation, and Mutual Information (F + PA + MI). Selected texture data clustering was verified by nonlinear discriminant analysis while linear discriminant analysis approach was applied for multispectral data. For classification, the texture and multispectral data were deployed to artificial neural network (ANN: n-class). By implementing a cross validation method (80-20), we received an accuracy of 91.332% for texture data and 96.40% for multispectral data, respectively. PMID:27376088

  4. Non-textured laser modification of silica glass surface: Wettability control and flow channel formation

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    Aono, Yuko; Hirata, Atsushi; Tokura, Hitoshi

    2016-05-01

    Local wettability of silica glass surface is modified by infrared laser irradiation. The silica glass surface exhibits hydrophobic property in the presence of sbnd CF3 or sbnd (CH3)2 terminal functional groups, which are decomposed by thermal treatment, and degree of the decomposition depends on the applied heat. Laser irradiation can control the number of remaining functional groups according to the irradiation conditions; the contact angle of deionized water on the laser modified surfaces range from 100° to 40°. XPS analysis confirms that the variation in wettability corresponds to the number of remaining sbnd CF3 groups. The laser irradiation achieves surface modification without causing any cracks or damages to the surface, as observed by SEM and AFM; moreover, surface transparency to visible light and surface roughness remains unaffected. The proposed method is applied to plane flow channel systems. Dropped water spreads only on the hydrophilic and invisible line modified by the laser irradiation without formation of any grooves. This indicates that the modified line can act as a surface channel. Furthermore, self-transportation of liquid is also demonstrated on a channel with gradually-varied wettability along its length. A water droplet on a hydrophobic side is self-transported to a hydrophilic side due to contact-angle hysteresis force without any actuators or external forces.

  5. Portable Image Analysis System for Characterizing Aggregate Morphology

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    Wang, L.; D.S.Lane; Lu, Y; Druta, Cristian

    2008-01-01

    In the last decade, the application of image-based evaluation of particle shape, angularity and texture has been widely researched to characterize aggregate morphology. These efforts have been driven by the knowledge that the morphologic characteristics affect the properties and ultimate performance of aggregate mixtures in hot-mixed asphalt, hydraulic cement concrete and bound and unbound pavement layers, yet the lack of rapid, objective, and quantitative methods for assessment have inhibite...

  6. Geomorphometric analysis of fine-scale morphology for extensive areas: a new surface-texture operator

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    Trevisani, Sebastiano; Rocca, Michele

    2014-05-01

    The application of geomorphometric analysis to high resolution digital terrain models (HRDTM) amplifies our capability to characterize and interpret fine-scale solid earth surface morphology. In this context it is possible to analyze fine-scale morphology in term of surface texture (e.g. Trevisani, 2012; Lucieer, 2005) and retrieve information linked to the different geomorphic processes and factors; this kind of analysis has an interesting potential to be exploited in the context of quantitative geomorphologic/geologic interpretation and geo-engineering. We developed a multiscale texture operator capable to synthetize the main characteristics of local surface texture in an efficient way. The proposed operator can be viewed as an hybrid between classical geostatistical spatial continuity indexes (e.g. variogram, Atkinson, 2000) and the well-known operator based on (rotation invariant) local binary patterns (Ojala, 2002). An important characteristic of the operator is to derive information on surface texture in an easily interpretable form so as to facilitate its use by experts for the interpretation of geomorphic processes and factors. Moreover this surface texture operator could be used for the derivation of more complex and ad-hoc surface texture indexes. We present the application of the operator in the analysis of different HRDTMs, mainly in the context of alpine environment. A particular interesting example is the application of the surface texture analysis in an extensive area (hundreds of km2), including also urbanized zones, and the evaluation of potential links between surface texture and lithological and geo-structural factors. References Atkinson, P.M. & Lewis, P. 2000, "Geostatistical classification for remote sensing: An introduction", Computers and Geosciences, vol. 26, no. 4, pp. 361-371. Lucieer, A., Stein, A., 2005. Texture-based landform segmentation of LiDAR imagery. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 6, 261

  7. Reproduction of tactual textures transducers, mechanics and signal encoding

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    Wiertlewski, Michaël

    2013-01-01

    Texture accounts for an important part of the realism of simulated experiences, and it is most certainly true during tactile interaction. We usually experience roughness by running our fingers onto the explored surface. The perception of this fine texture is mediated by the vibrations generated by the encounters of the skin and the asperities of the surfaces.Reproduction of Tactual Textures presents factors that contribute to the mechanics of the interaction between a bare finger and a surface with a view to their artificial reproduction. It discusses the recording and reproduction of tactual

  8. The relative contributions of facial shape and surface information to perceptions of attractiveness and dominance.

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    Full Text Available Although many studies have investigated the facial characteristics that influence perceptions of others' attractiveness and dominance, the majority of these studies have focused on either the effects of shape information or surface information alone. Consequently, the relative contributions of facial shape and surface characteristics to attractiveness and dominance perceptions are unclear. To address this issue, we investigated the relationships between ratings of original versions of faces and ratings of versions in which either surface information had been standardized (i.e., shape-only versions or shape information had been standardized (i.e., surface-only versions. For attractiveness and dominance judgments of both male and female faces, ratings of shape-only and surface-only versions independently predicted ratings of the original versions of faces. The correlations between ratings of original and shape-only versions and between ratings of original and surface-only versions differed only in two instances. For male attractiveness, ratings of original versions were more strongly related to ratings of surface-only than shape-only versions, suggesting that surface information is particularly important for men's facial attractiveness. The opposite was true for female physical dominance, suggesting that shape information is particularly important for women's facial physical dominance. In summary, our results indicate that both facial shape and surface information contribute to judgments of others' attractiveness and dominance, suggesting that it may be important to consider both sources of information in research on these topics.

  9. Texture and Anisotropy by Formation and Decomposition of Nickel Hydride

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    Tomov, I.

    1992-01-01

    The effect of microstructure and crystal direction on the extent of phase transformation (EPT) of Ni into β-NiH by cathodic charging with H has been investigated by X-ray diffraction, EPT is controlled by the crystal direction in the case of heat-treated specimens. In the case of electrodeposited specimens, the imperfections of which are commensurate with those of cold-worked metals, EPT is controlled by both the crystal direction and the “dislocation-induced” anisotropy at the same time. The...

  10. Skid resistance and texture of compacted asphalt mixes evaluated by the IFI in laboratory

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    Fontes, Liseane P. T. L.; Pereira, Paulo A. A.; Trichês, Glicério; Pais, Jorge C.; Ferreira, Adelino

    2008-01-01

    The performance of pavements is intimately related to their structural design and to their components. However, pavement friction is highly important as it is one of the factors which determine pavement safety. The number of crashes derived from wet skidding is reduced when a vehicle tire and the pavement surface experience more friction. Skid resistance and texture are vital safety characteristics which need to be considered when pavement mixes are tested in laboratory. The objective of this...

  11. Evaluation of human polymorphonuclear behavior on textured titanium and calcium-phosphate coated surfaces

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    Few studies have evaluated the effects of titanium (Ti) surface modifications on polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs). Human PMNs' viability and release of key mediators—such as IL1β, IL6, TNFα, IL12, IL10, IL4, TGFβ1, IL8, IP-10, and Mig—were evaluated on three different Ti surface treatments: (1) machined Ti; (2) alumina-blasted and acid-etched Ti (AB/AE); and (3) calcium phosphate coating of 300–500 nm by ion beam onto the AB/AE Ti surface (CaP). A polystyrene surface was used as a negative control. The PMNs were purified from whole human blood and cultured for 6 h. Cell viability was determined by flow cytometry, and the supernatant was evaluated to determine the levels of cytokines and chemokines. Results showed that the percentage of viable cells was significantly lower on the CaP surface compared to the control (p < 0.05) relative to the other groups. No differences in the levels of IL8, MIG, and IP10 were detected between groups. Significantly higher levels of IL1β (p = 0.046) and TNFα (p = 0.016) were detected for the CaP surfaces compared to AB/AE surface only. The levels of IL4, IL10, and TGFβ1 secreted from the PMNs in the CaP group were significantly lower than in the control and machined groups (p < 0.05) that were statistically comparable to AB/AE. Overall, the addition of a thin CaP coating to the AB/AE Ti surface influenced the secretion profile of pro-inflammatory cytokines due to the higher release of pro-inflammatory cytokines (IL1β and TNFα) on these surfaces. (paper)

  12. Fast Characterization of Moving Samples with Nano-Textured Surfaces

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    Madsen, Morten Hannibal; Zalkovskij, Maksim; Karamehmedović, Mirza; Garnæs, Jørgen

    2015-01-01

    We characterize nano-textured surfaces by optical diffraction techniques using an adapted commercial light microscope with two detectors, a CCD camera and a spectrometer. The acquisition and analyzing time for the topological parameters height, width, and sidewall angle is only a few milliseconds of a grating. We demonstrate that the microscope has a resolution in the nanometer range, also in an environment with many vibrations, such as a machine floor. Furthermore, we demonstrate an easy method to find the area of interest with the integrated CCD camera.

  13. Texture Analysis by Means of Model Functions

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    Eschner, Th.

    1993-01-01

    The conception of texture components is widely used in texture analysis. Mostly it is used to describe the orientation distribution function (ODF) qualitatively, and there are only a few special functions used to provide texture component calculations.This paper attempts to introduce another model function describing common texture components and giving a compromise between universality and computational efficiency.

  14. Wetting theory for small droplets on textured solid surfaces

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    Kim, Donggyu; Ryu, Seunghwa

    2016-01-01

    Conventional wetting theories on rough surfaces with Wenzel, Cassie-Baxter, and Penetrate modes suggest the possibility of tuning the contact angle by adjusting the surface texture. Despite decades of intensive study, there are still many experimental results that are not well understood because conventional wetting theory, which assume an infinite droplet size, has been used to explain measurements of finite-sized droplets. In this study, we suggest a wetting theory that is applicable to any droplet size based on the free energy landscape analysis of various wetting modes of finite-sized droplets on a 2D textured surface. The key finding of our study is that there are many quantized wetting angles with local free energy minima; the implication of this is remarkable. We find that the conventional theories can predict the contact angle at the global free energy minimum if the droplet size is 40 times or larger than the characteristic scale of the surface roughness. Furthermore, we confirm that the pinning orig...

  15. Microstructure & texture evolution and magnetic properties of high magnetic-induction 6.5% Si electrical steel thin sheet fabricated by a specially designed rolling route

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    LI Hao-ze; LIU Hai-tao; LIU Zhen-yu; WANG Xiang-long; LUO Zhong-han; ZHANG Feng-quan

    2016-01-01

    Electrical steel sheets with 6.5% (mas fraction) Si with good shapes and superior magnetic inductions were successfully produced by a specially designed processing route including ingot casting, hot rolling and warm rolling both with interpass thermal treatment, and final annealing. The sheets were of 0.2 mm and 0.3 mm thick over 140 mm width. A detailed study of the microstructural and textural evolutions from the hot rolling to annealing was carried out by optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction and electron backscattered diffraction. The hot rolled sheet characterized by near-equiaxed grains was dominated by the mixture of //ND fiber (λ-fiber), //RD fiber (α-fiber) and //ND fiber (γ-fiber) textures owing to the partial recrystallization and strain induced boundary migration (SIBM) during the hot rolling interpass thermal treatment. The static recovery and SIBM during the warm rolling interpass thermal treatment result in large and elongated warm rolling grains. The warm rolling texture is dominated by obvious λ, Goss and strong γ-fiber textures. The application of the interpass thermal treatment during hot and warm rolling significantly enhances the impact of SIBM during annealing, which is responsible for the formation of the moderate λ-fiber, some near-λ fiber texture components and the obviously weakened γ-fiber texture in the annealed sheet, leading to a higher magnetic induction compared to the commercially produced 6.5% Si steel by chemical vapor deposition (CVD).

  16. Color and textural quality of packaged wild rocket measured by multispectral imaging

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    Løkke, Mette Marie; Seefeldt, Helene Fast; Skov, Thomas;

    2013-01-01

    Green color and texture are important attributes for the perception of freshness of wild rocket. Packaging of green leafy vegetables can postpone senescence and yellowing, but a drawback is the risk of anaerobic respiration leading to loss of tissue integrity and development of an olive-brown color....... The hypothesis underlying this paper is that color and textural quality of packaged wild rocket leaves can be predicted by multispectral imaging for faster evaluation of visual quality of leafy green vegetables in scientific experiments. Multispectral imaging was correlated to sensory evaluation of...... packaged wild rocket quality. CIELAB values derived from the multispectral images and from a spectrophotometer changed during storage, but the data were insufficient to describe variation in sensory perceived color and texture. CIELAB values from the multispectral images allowed for a more detailed...

  17. Rapid Formation of Cell Aggregates and Spheroids Induced by a "Smart" Boronic Acid Copolymer.

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    Amaral, Adérito J R; Pasparakis, George

    2016-09-01

    Cell surface engineering has emerged as a powerful approach to forming cell aggregates/spheroids and cell-biomaterial ensembles with significant uses in tissue engineering and cell therapeutics. Herein, we demonstrate that cell membrane remodeling with a thermoresponsive boronic acid copolymer induces the rapid formation of spheroids using either cancer or cardiac cell lines under conventional cell culture conditions at minute concentrations. It is shown that the formation of well-defined spheroids is accelerated by at least 24 h compared to non-polymer-treated controls, and, more importantly, the polymer allows for fine control of the aggregation kinetics owing to its stimulus response to temperature and glucose content. On the basis of its simplicity and effectiveness to promote cellular aggregation, this platform holds promise in three-dimensional tissue/tumor modeling and tissue engineering applications. PMID:27571512

  18. Experimental study of surface texture and resonance mechanism of booming sand

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    2007-01-01

    The sound-producing mechanism of booming sand has long been a pending problem in the blown sand physics. Based on the earlier researches, the authors collected some silent sand samples from Tengger Desert, Australian Desert, Kuwait Desert, beaches of Hainan Island and Japanese coast as well as the soundless booming sand samples from the Mingsha Mountain in Dunhuang to make washing experiments. In the meantime the chemical corrosion experiment of glass micro-spheres, surface coating experiment and SEM examination were also conducted. The experimental results show that the sound production of booming sand seems to have nothing to do with the presence of SiO2 gel on the surface of sand grains and unrelated to the surface chemical composition of sand grains but is related to the resonance cavities formed by porous (pit-like) physical structure resulting from a number of factors such as wind erosion, water erosion, chemical corrosion and SiO2 gel deposition, etc. Its resonance mechanism is similar to that of Hemholz resonance cavity. Under the action of external forces, numerous spherical and sand grains with smooth surface and porous surface are set in motion and rub with each other to produce extremely weak vibration sound and then become audible sound by human ears through the magnification of surface cavity resonance. However the booming sands may lose their resonance mechanism and become silent sand due to the damping action caused by the invasion of finer particles such as dust and clay into surface holes of sand grains. Therefore, clearing away fine pollutants on the quartz grain surface is an effective way to make silent sand emit audible sound.

  19. Laser induced twin-groove surface texturing based on optical fiber modulation

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    A new and simple twin-groove texture method is carried out by using an optical fiber as a focus unit in a laser surface texturing process. A laser pulse produces a set of twin grooves, which has 1–2 μm width, much slimmer than the 3 μm width of the grooves etched at the fiber’s focus point. The length–width ratio of the ultra-long twin grooves is over 2000. Micro-textures of twin grooves and meshed textures were produced on Si and (Ti, Al, Si)N hard coating, whose characters were strongly affected by the light diffraction behind the fibers. Finite-element simulations show that the energy fields in the fiber etching system are following Fresnel diffraction rules, which modulate the input energy to be localized on the coating surface. (paper)

  20. Improvement of recrystallization texture and magnetic property in non-oriented silicon steel by asymmetric rolling

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    Sha, Y.H. [Key Laboratory for Anisotropy and Texture of Materials (Ministry of Education), Northeastern University, Shenyang 110004 (China)], E-mail: yhsha@mail.neu.edu.cn; Zhang, F.; Zhou, S.C.; Pei, W.; Zuo, L. [Key Laboratory for Anisotropy and Texture of Materials (Ministry of Education), Northeastern University, Shenyang 110004 (China)

    2008-02-15

    Asymmetric rolling (ASR) with different circumferential speed between working rollers was applied in cold rolling process of non-oriented silicon steel, and the effects of ASR on recrystallization texture and magnetic properties after final annealing were investigated. ASR can improve the recrystallization texture by an obvious enhancement of {eta} fiber (<0 0 1>-parallel RD), resulting in a decrease of iron loss and an increase of magnetic induction. The application of ASR in first pass, last pass or all passes was more efficient compared with ASR in both first and last passes.

  1. Improvement of recrystallization texture and magnetic property in non-oriented silicon steel by asymmetric rolling

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    Asymmetric rolling (ASR) with different circumferential speed between working rollers was applied in cold rolling process of non-oriented silicon steel, and the effects of ASR on recrystallization texture and magnetic properties after final annealing were investigated. ASR can improve the recrystallization texture by an obvious enhancement of η fiber (-parallel RD), resulting in a decrease of iron loss and an increase of magnetic induction. The application of ASR in first pass, last pass or all passes was more efficient compared with ASR in both first and last passes

  2. Texture development in Ti/Al filament wires produced by accumulative swaging and bundling

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    Mechanical properties of ultra-fine grained materials are interesting for advanced engineering applications. For producing ultra-fine grained microstructures, various top-down processes of severe plastic deformation like equal channel angular pressing, high pressure torsion and accumulative roll bonding are available. The evolution of texture with respect to deformation by an alternative severe plastic deformation process, called accumulative swaging and bundling, is shown for ultra-fine grained Ti/Al composite wires, suitable for structural applications because of their high specific strength. In this cyclic process, an aluminium rod is inserted into a titanium tube before being swaged with an areal reduction of 20% per pass to a true strain of 4.3. After cleaning and cutting the resulting composite wire into 37 pieces, these are stacked in hexagonal arrangement into another Ti tube of the initial dimension before deformation is continued. The local texture gradient of the accumulative swaging and bundling composites was studied using a X-ray microdiffraction system based on a D8 Discover (Bruker AXS GmbH) equipped with a microfocus X-ray tube Iμ S and an area detector VÅNTEC-2000. The results are discussed with respect to the grain refining deformation process starting from the initial texture measured by synchrotron and neutron diffraction, respectively. The local Al and Ti texture evolution is related to the deformation mode, which is similar to extrusion. As such, an Al〈111〉+〈100〉-double fibre and a Ti〈101¯0〉-fibre emerge as the main texture components, each revealing gradients related to the deformation process. In particular, the local Al texture – being a function of both radial measurement position and deformation stage – can be correlated to material and process related issues like plastic flow and the superposition effect due to encapsulated filaments, respectively

  3. Texture development in Ti/Al filament wires produced by accumulative swaging and bundling

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    Eschke, A., E-mail: andy.eschke@tu-dresden.de [Technische Universität Dresden, Institut für Strukturphysik, 01062 Dresden (Germany); Scharnweber, J.; Oertel, C.-G.; Skrotzki, W. [Technische Universität Dresden, Institut für Strukturphysik, 01062 Dresden (Germany); Marr, T.; Romberg, J. [Leibnizinstitut für Festkörper- und Werkstoffforschung Dresden, 01069 Dresden (Germany); Freudenberger, J. [Leibnizinstitut für Festkörper- und Werkstoffforschung Dresden, 01069 Dresden (Germany); Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Institut für Werkstoffwissenschaft, 09599 Freiberg (Germany); Schultz, L. [Leibnizinstitut für Festkörper- und Werkstoffforschung Dresden, 01069 Dresden (Germany); Technische Universität Dresden, Institut für Werkstoffwissenschaft, 01062 Dresden (Germany); Okulov, I.; Kühn, U. [Leibnizinstitut für Festkörper- und Werkstoffforschung Dresden, 01069 Dresden (Germany); Eckert, J. [Leibnizinstitut für Festkörper- und Werkstoffforschung Dresden, 01069 Dresden (Germany); Technische Universität Dresden, Institut für Werkstoffwissenschaft, 01062 Dresden (Germany)

    2014-06-01

    Mechanical properties of ultra-fine grained materials are interesting for advanced engineering applications. For producing ultra-fine grained microstructures, various top-down processes of severe plastic deformation like equal channel angular pressing, high pressure torsion and accumulative roll bonding are available. The evolution of texture with respect to deformation by an alternative severe plastic deformation process, called accumulative swaging and bundling, is shown for ultra-fine grained Ti/Al composite wires, suitable for structural applications because of their high specific strength. In this cyclic process, an aluminium rod is inserted into a titanium tube before being swaged with an areal reduction of 20% per pass to a true strain of 4.3. After cleaning and cutting the resulting composite wire into 37 pieces, these are stacked in hexagonal arrangement into another Ti tube of the initial dimension before deformation is continued. The local texture gradient of the accumulative swaging and bundling composites was studied using a X-ray microdiffraction system based on a D8 Discover (Bruker AXS GmbH) equipped with a microfocus X-ray tube Iμ S and an area detector VÅNTEC-2000. The results are discussed with respect to the grain refining deformation process starting from the initial texture measured by synchrotron and neutron diffraction, respectively. The local Al and Ti texture evolution is related to the deformation mode, which is similar to extrusion. As such, an Al〈111〉+〈100〉-double fibre and a Ti〈101{sup ¯}0〉-fibre emerge as the main texture components, each revealing gradients related to the deformation process. In particular, the local Al texture – being a function of both radial measurement position and deformation stage – can be correlated to material and process related issues like plastic flow and the superposition effect due to encapsulated filaments, respectively.

  4. Optimum dimple diameter for friction reduction with laser surface texturing: the effect of velocity gradient

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    The morphological texturing of surfaces has demonstrated high potential to reduce friction and wear. In order to understand the effect of different velocity gradients over the textured area on the optimum dimple diameter, we textured brass pins with round dimples having diameters between 20 and 200 μm. The dimple depth and packing density were kept constant. The samples were tested in a pin-on-disc fashion against sapphire discs and experiments were conducted under mixed lubrication and for two different sliding radii. Our results show that larger velocity gradients favor smaller dimples, whereas for the smaller velocity gradients, larger dimple diameters were beneficial. The effect of there being an influence of the velocity gradient was also found in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations. Experimentally, friction forces could be reduced by up to 80%, demonstrating the tremendous potential of laser surface texturing (LST) to lower friction forces and reduce CO2 emissions. (paper)

  5. Characterization of aggregates of surface modified fullerenes by asymmetrical flow field-flow fractionation with multi-angle light scattering detection

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    Astefanei, Alina; Kok, Wim Th.; Bäuerlein, Patrick; Núñez Burcio, Oscar; Galcerán Huguet, M. Teresa; de Voogt, Pim; Schoenmakers, P.J.

    2015-01-01

    Fullerenes are carbon nanoparticles with widespread biomedical, commercial and industrial applications. Attributes such as their tendency to aggregate and aggregate size and shape impact their ability to be transported into and through the environment and living tissues. Knowledge of these properties is therefore valuable for their human and environmental risk assessment as well as to control their synthesis and manufacture. In this work, asymmetrical flow-field flow fractionation (AF4) coupl...

  6. Shape-dependent localized surface plasmon enhanced UV-emission from ZnO grown by atomic layer deposition

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    Lin, Ying; Liu, Xing Qiang; Wang, Ti; Chen, Chao; Wu, Hao; Liao, Lei; Liu, Chang

    2013-03-01

    Two-dimensional arrays of Al nanoparticles (NPs) were used to demonstrate the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) enhanced UV light emission from ZnO grown by atomic layer deposition. Well defined NP arrays with different shapes were fabricated on the surface of ZnO by electron-beam lithography. A theoretical analysis based on the finite-difference time-domain method was carried out to show the shape dependence of the LSPR wavelength. Time resolved photoluminescence and temperature-dependent photoluminescence measurements suggested that the Al NPs arrays increase the radiative recombination rate by the resonance coupling between the localized surface plasmons and the excitons of the ZnO. By top excitation of the Al NP arrays coupled with ZnO, a 2.6-fold enhancement in peak photoluminescence intensity was measured. The enhancement strongly depended on the NP’s shape, revealing an important way of geometrical tuning the UV-emission.

  7. Experimental Study on Tribological Properties of Laser Textured 45 Steel Surface

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    Li Zhi Peng

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In order to study the influence of pits’ size parameters on the tribological properties of textured friction pairs, using the Nd:YAG laser micro machining system and the “single pulse at the same point, interval more times” processing technics to process the pits on the surface of 45 steel. The dimension parameters of pits texture were obtained by orthogonal experimental design. The tribological experiment of GCr15 pin/45 steel disc was carried out by UMT-2 test machine. The surface morphology of the specimens was analyzed by using scanning electron microscopy. The experimental results show that the pits texture on the surface of 45 steel can effectively reduce the friction coefficient and the wear on the condition of oil-rich lubrication. The textured specimen with diameter 60μm, depth 6μm and surface density 10% has the lowest friction coefficient, and the friction coefficient is reduced by 21% compared with the smooth specimen. By analyzing the wear morphology on the surface of 45 steel, it is found that the surface of pits texture can obviously reduce the wear.

  8. Surface tension and bubble shapes in a partially filled rotating cylinder under low gravity

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    Hung, R. J.; Tsao, Y. D.; Leslie, Fred W.; Hong, B. B.

    1988-01-01

    A computer algorithm is developed to simulate the profile of a free liquid surface for a cylindrical container partially filled with a Newtonian fluid of constant density, rotating about its axis of symmetry. The equilibrium shape of the free surface is governed by a balance of capillary, centrifugal, and gravity forces. The results can be used to determine the profile of a bubble at various rotating speeds under the gravity environments from low gravity, microgravity to zero-gravity. The present paper discusses the further extension of the study of the determination of bubble shape in a higher rotating speed container developed by Hung and Leslie.

  9. Lung scintigraphy clustering by texture analysis

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    The efficiency of texture analysis parameters, describing the organization of grey level variations of an image, was studied for lung scintigraphic data classification. Twenty one patients received a99mTC-MAA perfusion scan and 81mKr and 127Xe ventilation scans. Scans were scaled to 64 grey levels and 100 k events for inter subject comparison. The texture index was the average of the absolute difference between a pixel and its neighbors. Energy, entropy, correlation, local homogeneity and inertia were computed using co-occurrence matrices. A principal component analysis was carried out on each parameter for each type of scan and the first principal components were selected as clustering indices. Validation was achieved by simulating 2 series of 20 increasingly heterogenous perfusion and ventilation scans. For most of the texture parameters, one principal component could summarize the patients data since it corresponded to the relative variances of 67%-88% for perfusion scans, 53%-99% for 81mKr scans and 38%-97% for 127Xe scans. The simulated series demonstrated a linear relationship between the heterogeneity and the first principal component for texture index, energy, entropy and inertia. This was not the case for correlation and local Homogeneity. We conclude that heterogeneity of lung scans may be quantified by texture analysis. The texture index is the easiest to compute and provides the most efficient results for clinical purpose. (orig.)

  10. Surface impedance determination of an object located over a planar PEC surface and its use in shape reconstruction

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    A method is presented for the reconstruction of inhomogeneous surface impedance of a two-dimensional (2D) cylindrical object of slightly varying arbitrary shape located over a perfectly electric conducting (PEC) plane. The method is an extension of the one given previously (Akduman I and Kress R 2003 Radio Sci. 38 1055). By the use of a single layer potential representation of the scattered field the problem is first reduced to the solution of an ill-posed integral equation which can be treated by truncated singular value decomposition (TSVD). Then the field itself and its normal derivative on the boundary of the object, which are required for the evaluation of the surface impedance, are obtained by the use of jump relations through the Nyström method. Since the reconstruction of the surface impedance from the field and its normal derivative is ill-posed, a regularized solution in the sense of least squares is applied. By considering the relation between the shape of a PEC object and its equivalent one in terms of surface impedance, it is shown that the method can also be used in the shape reconstruction. The numerical implementation shows that the method is capable of reconstructing the surface impedance as well as shape even with aspect limited data. This is due to the fact that the PEC plane has a mirror effect on the measured data which corresponds to full view configuration as in the case of objects located in an infinite medium

  11. Environmental implications of electron microscope study of quartz grains’ surface textures on khors sediments, Lake Nasser, Egypt

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    Nazeh Naguib Gindy

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The present work aims to introduce the findings of the investigations of the surface textures of the quartz sand grains and their contribution to the history of sedimentation and diagenesis processes of the studied northern, middle and southern khors sediments in Lake Nasser. The surface textures observed in the quartz grains of the studied sediments emphasize both mechanical (i.e., upturned plates, meandering ridges, mechanical V-shaped pits, conchoidal fractures and oriented cleavage like plates and chemical (i.e., silica precipitation and dissolution features. The precipitation and dissolution phenomena are represented by silica globules, silica overgrowths, dissolved upturned plates, and diatoms plastered on sand grains. Such features imply a history of sedimentation of the khors sediments in Lake Nasser including deposition by aeolian processes, then fluvial sedimentation. The effect of consequent diagenetic processes in the khors sediments is represented by silica precipitation and dissolution features. The quartz surface texture reflects implications of the original aeolian environment of some grains in spite of the diagenesis effect.

  12. A hybrid of microreplication and mask-less photolithography for creating dual porosity and textured surface membranes

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    Microporous membranes have a number of applications in microfluidic devices including biotechnology and displays (Hagedon et al 2012 Nature Commun. 3 1173, De Jong et al 2006 Lab Chip 6 1125–39). Though commercially available micro-porous membranes are widely available using the ion track-etch method, there are few economical techniques to make mechanically robust membranes with dual pore sizes and/or surface texture. We demonstrate fabrication of high strength polyamide (poly(p-phenylene-2,6-benzobisoxazole)) membranes using a hybrid microreplication and mask-less photolithographic method. The fabricated films are only ∼6–10 µm thick, yet adequately strong to be released and handled with diagonals of at least several inches. The films contain dual pore sizes (32 µm, 6 µm) with the smaller pores achieving 1:1 aspect ratio, and the films include a highly-engineered surface texture. These films are demonstrated in application for electronic-paper displays, and exhibit robust optical switching and diffuse (paper-like) reflectance. (technical note)

  13. Tribology; Cold rolling mill roll; Hard chrome; Surface texturing.

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    José Lucio Gonçalves Junior

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The present work analyzes the tribological behavior of surface modifications often used in cold rolling mill rolls. Different surface modifications were carried out on samples produced from a fragment of the rolling mill roll: i texturing; ii chromium plating; iii texturing with subsequent hard chrome plating; iv and hard chrome plating with subsequent texturing. Before the surface modifications the samples were heat treated and ground on both faces. Wear tests were performed using a reciprocating movement of a ball over flat configuration under a load of 9.8 N. It is observed that there is no significant change in the coefficient of friction as a function of surface modification. Surface texturing increases the wear of the counter body, while the hard chromium coating reduces it. The addition of hard chromium coating promotes the formation of a tribolayer on the counter body consisting of chromium and oxygen. On the other hand, for the samples without hard chrome coating, the tribolayer consists of iron and oxygen

  14. Polycrystalline ferroelectric or multiferroic oxide articles on biaxially textured substrates and methods for making same

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    Goyal, Amit; Shin, Junsoo

    2015-03-31

    A polycrystalline ferroelectric and/or multiferroic oxide article includes a substrate having a biaxially textured surface; at least one biaxially textured buffer layer supported by the substrate; and a biaxially textured ferroelectric or multiferroic oxide layer supported by the buffer layer. Methods for making polycrystalline ferroelectric and/or multiferroic oxide articles are also disclosed.

  15. Strategy of ring-shaped aggregates in excitation energy transfer for removing disorder-induced shielding

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    Peripheral light harvesting complex (LH2), which is found in photosynthetic antenna systems of purple photosynthetic bacteria, has important functions in the photosynthetic process, such as harvesting sunlight and transferring its energy to the photosynthetic reaction center. The key component in excitation energy transfer (EET) between LH2s is B850, which is a characteristic ring-shaped aggregate of pigments usually formed by 18 or 16 bacteriochlorophylls in LH2. We theoretically study the strategy of the ring-shaped aggregate structure, which maximizes EET efficiency, by using the standard Frenkel exciton model and the self-consistent calculation method for the Markovian quantum master equation and Maxwell equation. As a result, we have revealed a simple but ingenious strategy of the ring-shaped aggregate structure. The combination of three key properties of the ring unit system maximizes the EET efficiency, namely the large dipole moment of aggregates causes the basic improvement of EET efficiency, and the isotropic nature and the large occupying area are critically effective to remove the disorder-induced shielding that inhibits EET in the presence of the randomness of orientation and alignment of carriers of excitation energy. (paper)

  16. Textured ZnO thin films by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Ginting, M; Kang, K H; Kim, S K; Yoon, K H; Park, I J; Song, J S

    1999-01-01

    Textured thin films ZnO has been successfully grown by rf magnetron sputtering method using a special technique of introducing a small amount of water and methanol on the deposition chamber. The grain size of the textured surface is highly dependent on the argon pressure during the deposition. The pressure in this experiment was varied from 50 mTorr down to 5 mTorr and the highest grain size of the film is obtained at 5 mTorr. The total transmittance of the films are more than 85% in the wavelength of 400 to 800 nm, and haze ratio of about 14% is obtained at 400 nm wavelength. Beside the textured surface, these films also have very low resistivity, which is lower than 1.4x10 sup - sup 3 OMEGA centre dot cm. X-ray analysis shows that the films with textured surface have four diffraction peaks on the direction of (110), (002), (101) and (112), while the non-textured films have only (110) and (002) peaks. Due to the excellent characteristics of this film, it will make the film very good TCO alternatives for the ...

  17. Capturing Dynamic Textured Surfaces of Moving Targets

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    Wang, Ruizhe; Wei, Lingyu; Vouga, Etienne; Huang, Qixing; Duygu CEYLAN; Medioni, Gerard; Li, Hao

    2016-01-01

    We present an end-to-end system for reconstructing complete watertight and textured models of moving subjects such as clothed humans and animals, using only three or four handheld sensors. The heart of our framework is a new pairwise registration algorithm that minimizes, using a particle swarm strategy, an alignment error metric based on mutual visibility and occlusion. We show that this algorithm reliably registers partial scans with as little as 15% overlap without requiring any initial co...

  18. Wetting property of smooth and textured hydrophobic surfaces under condensation condition

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    HAO PengFei; LV CunJing; YAO ZhaoHui; NIU FengLei

    2014-01-01

    Static and dynamic wetting behaviors of sessile droplet on smooth,microstructured and micro/nanostructured surface under condensation condition are systematically studied.In contrast to the conventional droplet wetting on such natural materials by dropping,we demonstrate here that when dropwise condensation occurs,the sessile droplet will transit from the Cassie-Baxter wetting state to the Wenzel wetting state or partial Cassie-Baxter wetting state on the microstructured surface or the micro/nanostructured surface,which leads to a strong adhesion between the droplet and the substrate.In contrast,the apparent contact angle and the sliding angle on the smooth surface changes a little before and after the condensation because of small roughness.Theoretical analysis shows that the roughness factor controls the adhesion force of the droplet during condensation,and a theoretical model is constructed which will be helpful for us to understand the relationship between the adhesion force and the geometry of the surface.

  19. Hedgehog spin texture and competing orders associated with strains on the surface of a topological crystalline insulator

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    Huang, Cheng-Yi; Lin, Hsin; Wang, Yung Jui; Bansil, Arun; Tsai, Wei-Feng

    2016-05-01

    We have investigated spin reorientation phenomena and interaction-driven effects under the presence of applied strains on the (001) surface of Pb1 -xSnx (Te, Se) topological crystalline insulators, which host multiple Dirac cones. Our analysis is based on a four-band k .p model, which captures the spin and orbital textures of the surface states at low energies around the X ¯ and Y ¯ points, including the Lifshitz transition. Even without breaking the time-reversal symmetry, we find that certain strains that break the mirror symmetry can induce a hedgehoglike spin texture associated with gap formation at the Dirac points. The Chern number of the gapped surface ground state is shown to be tunable through the interplay of strains and a perpendicular Zeeman field. We also consider the effects of strain in the presence of interactions in driving competing orders, and we obtain the associated phase diagram at the mean-field level. Potential applications of our results for low power consuming electronics are discussed.

  20. Aerodynamic Losses in Turbines with and without Film Cooling, as Influenced by Mainstream Turbulence, Surface Roughness, Airfoil Shape, and Mach Number

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    Phil Ligrani

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The influences of a variety of different physical phenomena are described as they affect the aerodynamic performance of turbine airfoils in compressible, high-speed flows with either subsonic or transonic Mach number distributions. The presented experimental and numerically predicted results are from a series of investigations which have taken place over the past 32 years. Considered are (i symmetric airfoils with no film cooling, (ii symmetric airfoils with film cooling, (iii cambered vanes with no film cooling, and (iv cambered vanes with film cooling. When no film cooling is employed on the symmetric airfoils and cambered vanes, experimentally measured and numerically predicted variations of freestream turbulence intensity, surface roughness, exit Mach number, and airfoil camber are considered as they influence local and integrated total pressure losses, deficits of local kinetic energy, Mach number deficits, area-averaged loss coefficients, mass-averaged total pressure loss coefficients, omega loss coefficients, second law loss parameters, and distributions of integrated aerodynamic loss. Similar quantities are measured, and similar parameters are considered when film-cooling is employed on airfoil suction surfaces, along with film cooling density ratio, blowing ratio, Mach number ratio, hole orientation, hole shape, and number of rows of holes.

  1. Strength regain in soil aggregate beds by swelling and shrinkage

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    R. Horn

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Strength regain in aggregate beds as a consequence of wetting and drying cycles was studied in two Andisols and one Mollisol from Chile, collected at two depths (0-10 and 40-60 cm. In the Mollisol, wetting and drying cycles promoted an increase of mechanical parameters (cohesion and precompression stress value, associated with increase of bulk density. The Andisols showed the same tendency, but in some coarse aggregate beds the measured values decreased or remained constant. After six cycles of wetting and drying, the restructuring of the aggregate beds from the Mollisol resembled more the measured properties of non-disturbed samples than the identically prepared samples from the Andisols. The change of pore water pressure during mechanical tests depends on the soil development: the Mollisol is sensitive to external load, during compression and shear tests the pore water pressure changed intensely, while in the younger Andisol, irrespective of the stress applied, the pore water pressure did not change significantly. It is possible to find a strength regain in natural aggregate beds, but further investigations are necessary to understand the processes of pore formation and functioning in Andisols and their role in the pore water pressure behaviour.

  2. Water stable aggregates of Japanese Andisol as affected by hydrophobicity and drying temperature

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    Leelamanie D.A.L.

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Hydrophobicity is a property of soils that reduces their affinity for water, which may help impeding the pressure build-up within aggregates, and reducing aggregate disruption. The purpose of this study was to examine the relation of soil hydrophobicity and drying temperature to water stability of aggregates while preventing the floating of dry aggregates using unhydrophobized and hydrophobized surface Andisol. Soil was hydrophobized using stearic acid into different hydrophobicities. Hydrophobicity was determined using sessile drop contact angle and water drop penetration time (WDPT. Water stability of aggregates (%WSA was determined using artificially prepared model aggregates. The %WSA increased as the contact angle and WDPT increased. Contact angle and WDPT, which provided maximum %WSA showing less than 1 s of floating, was around 100° and 5 s, respectively. Although the %WSA gradually increased with increasing contact angle and WDPT above this level, high levels of hydrophobicity initiated aggregate floating, which would cause undesirable effects of water repellency. Heating at 50°C for 5 h d-1 significantly affected %WSA and hydrophobicity in hydrophobized samples, but did not in unhydrophobized samples. The results indicate that the contact angle and wetting rate (WDPT are closely related with the water stability of aggregates. The results further confirm that high levels of hydrophobicities induce aggregate floating, and the drying temperature has differential effects on hydrophobicity and aggregate stability depending on the hydrophobic materials present in the soil.

  3. Shape-Dependent Surface Reactivity and Antimicrobial Activity of Nano-Cupric Oxide.

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    Gilbertson, Leanne M; Albalghiti, Eva M; Fishman, Zachary S; Perreault, François; Corredor, Charlie; Posner, Jonathan D; Elimelech, Menachem; Pfefferle, Lisa D; Zimmerman, Julie B

    2016-04-01

    Shape of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) can be used as a design handle to achieve controlled manipulation of physicochemical properties. This tailored material property approach necessitates the establishment of relationships between specific ENM properties that result from such manipulations (e.g., surface area, reactivity, or charge) and the observed trend in behavior, from both a functional performance and hazard perspective. In this study, these structure-property-function (SPF) and structure-property-hazard (SPH) relationships are established for nano-cupric oxide (n-CuO) as a function of shape, including nanospheres and nanosheets. In addition to comparing these shapes at the nanoscale, bulk CuO is studied to compare across length scales. The results from comprehensive material characterization revealed correlations between CuO surface reactivity and bacterial toxicity with CuO nanosheets having the highest surface reactivity, electrochemical activity, and antimicrobial activity. While less active than the nanosheets, CuO nanoparticles (sphere-like shape) demonstrated enhanced reactivity compared to the bulk CuO. This is in agreement with previous studies investigating differences across length-scales. To elucidate the underlying mechanisms of action to further explain the shape-dependent behavior, kinetic models applied to the toxicity data. In addition to revealing different CuO material kinetics, trends in observed response cannot be explained by surface area alone. The compiled results contribute to further elucidate pathways toward controlled design of ENMs. PMID:26943499

  4. The surface oxidation kinetics of zirconium-niobium alloys and aα-Fe with prevailing cubical texture

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    It is known, that the kinetics of oxidation of zirconium at formed heating is characterized by two consecutive stages. At the initial stage the thin protecting film will be derived. The relation of its depth from time h (t) is described predominantly by parabolic law. Some time later there can be a transition to the linear law of oxidation. The time moment divided these areas on the kinetic relation is called as a point of break. The film is formed at the second stage, has a developed grid of pores or cracks, can be flake away and be crumbled by losing its protective properties. At the oxidation of the surface shells of the heat generating elements and the technological channels of atomic boilers both stages are proceeded simultaneously. This phenomenon is called modular corrosion. Its consequences can be dangerous for the equipment. Its mechanism is not clear till now. Similar dependencies h(t), with the break point, beginning from which the thin film is transformed into the thick one were found by us at the oxidation α-Fe with prevailing cubical texture. The task of the work was to study the oxide film growth laws in order to clarify the mechanisms of transition of the thin film into the oxide layer on the α-Fe surface and Zr-Nb alloy modular corrosion emergence. Low-carbonate steel with contents 99.43 % of α-Fe was used as a model object of our research. In the texture of the steel surface planar direction [100] was prevalent. Its part accounted for about 40 %. The isothermal air oxidation was carried out in the interval of 450-500 deg. C . Phase composition of the film was determined with X-ray diffraction. The mathematical treatment of the dependencies h(t) obtained by experiment showed that the kinetics of the film growth can be conditionally divided into 4-stages. The initial stage is described by function logarithmic function, the other stages - by the power mode hn =An·t, namely, the second stage - is described by function close to cubical (n≅3), the

  5. Kinetic partitioning between aggregation and vesicle permeabilization by modified ADan

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    Nesgaard, Lise W.; Vad, Brian; Christiansen, Gunna;

    2009-01-01

    changed to serines to emulate the reduced peptide. SerADan aggregates rapidly at pH 5.0 and 7.5 in a series of conformational transitions to form beta-sheet rich fibril-like structures, which nevertheless do not bind amyloid-specific dyes, probably due to the absence of organized beta-sheet contacts...

  6. Texture in Metallic and Ceramic Films and Coatings

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    Czerwinski, F; J. A. Szpunar

    1999-01-01

    The properties of films and coatings can be optimized for a variety of applications by modifying their texture. Understanding how the texture in thin films is formed and how it can be controlled during film growth process is one of the most important areas of texture research. Several examples were selected to illustrate how the texture in films and coatings is developed and to explain how various properties of films are affected by texture. In particular, texture development during electrode...

  7. Kinetic Simulation of Fractal Aggregation on Liquid Surfaces

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    WU Feng-Min; FANG Yun-Zhang; YE Gao-Xiang; WU Zi-Qin

    2005-01-01

    A modified fractal growth model based on the deposition, diffusion, and aggregation (DDA) with cluster rotation is presented to simulate two-dimensional fractal aggregation on liquid surfaces. The mobility (including diffusion and rotation) of clusters is related to its mass, which is given by Dm = D0s-γD and θm = θ0s-γθ, respectively. We concentrate on revealing the details of the influence of deposition flux F, cluster diffusion factor γD and cluster rotation factor γθ on the dynamics of fractal aggregation on liquid surfaces. It is shown that the morphologies of clusters and values of cluster density and fractal dimension depend dramatically on the deposition flux and migration factors of clusters.

  8. A generic shape/texture descriptor over multiscale edge field: 2-D walking ant histogram.

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    Kiranyaz, Serkan; Ferreira, Miguel; Gabbouj, Moncef

    2008-03-01

    A novel shape descriptor, which can be extracted from the major object edges automatically and used for the multimedia content-based retrieval in multimedia databases, is presented. By adopting a multiscale approach over the edge field where the scale represents the amount of simplification, the most relevant edge segments, referred to as subsegments, which eventually represent the major object boundaries, are extracted from a scale-map. Similar to the process of a walking ant with a limited line of sight over the boundary of a particular object, we traverse through each subsegment and describe a certain line of sight, whether it is a continuous branch or a corner, using individual 2-D histograms. Furthermore, the proposed method can also be tuned to be an efficient texture descriptor, which achieves a superior performance especially for directional textures. Finally, integrating the whole process as feature extraction module into MUVIS framework allows us to test the mutual performance of the proposed shape descriptor in the context of multimedia indexing and retrieval. PMID:18270126

  9. Characteristics of a simple surface textured silicon solar cells

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    The extend of surface availability for light exposure relate to the amount of generated photocarrier in a solar cell. The normal way of increasing the surface area is to increase the size of substrate. In this paper a study was made on the effect of chemical modification on the active surface to the characteristics of the solar cell. Different chemical solutions which are normally available in any laboratory are used. P-type silicon wafer with surface orientation (111) formed the substrate. Aluminium was used as back contact and front grid. No antireflecting coating was introduced. The result indicates that surface textured silicon solar cell give a higher current output as compared to a non texture solar cell. (Author)

  10. Differences in the Pathways of Proteins Unfolding Induced by Urea and Guanidine Hydrochloride: Molten Globule State and Aggregates

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    Povarova, Olga I.; Kuznetsova, Irina M.; Turoverov, Konstantin K.

    2010-01-01

    It was shown that at low concentrations guanidine hydrochloride (GdnHCl) can cause aggregation of proteins in partially folded state and that fluorescent dye 1-anilinonaphthalene-8-sulfonic acid (ANS) binds with these aggregates rather than with hydrophobic clusters on the surface of protein in molten globule state. That is why the increase in ANS fluorescence intensity is often recorded in the pathway of protein denaturation by GdnHCl, but not by urea. So what was previously believed to be t...

  11. Surface treatment of NiTi shape memory alloy by modified advanced oxidation process

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    CHU Cheng-lin; WANG Ru-meng; YIN Li-hong; PU Yue-pu; DONG Yin-sheng; GUO Chao; SHENG Xiao-bo; LIN Ping-hua; CHU Paul-K

    2009-01-01

    A modified advanced oxidation process(AOP) utilizing a UV/electrochemically-generated peroxide system was used to fabricate titania films on chemically polished NiTi shape memory alloy(SMA). The microstructure and biomedical properties of the film were characterized by scanning electron microscopy(SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy(XPS), inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry(ICPMS), hemolysis analysis, and blood platelet adhesion test. It is found that the modified AOP has a high processing effectiveness and can result in the formation of a dense titania film with a Ni-free zone near its top surface. In comparison, Ni can still be detected on the outer NiTi surface by the conventional AOP using the UV/H2O2 system. The depth profiles of O, Ni, Ti show that the film possesses a smooth graded interface structure next to the NiTi substrate and this structure enhances the mechanical stability of titania film. The titania film can dramatically reduce toxic Ni ion release and also improve the hemolysis resistance and thromboresistance of biomedical NiTi SMA.

  12. Shear texture and recrystallization texture formation in high speed hot rolling of Al-Mg alloy

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    Sakai, T.; Lee, S.H.; Yoneda, K.; Hamada, S.; Saito, Y. [Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, Osaka Univ., Osaka (Japan)

    2001-07-01

    Effects of inhomogeneous shear strain distribution through the thickness of hot rolled Al-Mg alloy sheet on recrystallization behavior and texture formation has been investigated. Al-2.5%Mg alloy sheets were rolled to various reductions at the temperature of 460 to 560 C. Due to the high friction, severely sheared region was formed beneath the surface. A band of equiaxed grains is formed at the severely sheared region by recrystallization immediately after rolling. The deformation texture consisted mainly of {l_brace}111{r_brace} left angle 110 right angle, {l_brace}112{r_brace} left angle 110 right angle and {l_brace}001{r_brace} left angle 110 right angle in the severely sheared region. The recrystallization texture in severely sheared region retained the components of deformation texture, although intensities became weak with the progress of recrystallization. (orig.)

  13. Multidimensionally constrained covariant density functional theories—nuclear shapes and potential energy surfaces

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    Zhou, Shan-Gui

    2016-06-01

    The intrinsic nuclear shapes deviating from a sphere not only manifest themselves in nuclear collective states but also play important roles in determining nuclear potential energy surfaces (PES’s) and fission barriers. In order to describe microscopically and self-consistently nuclear shapes and PES’s with as many shape degrees of freedom as possible included, we developed multidimensionally constrained covariant density functional theories (MDC-CDFTs). In MDC-CDFTs, the axial symmetry and the reflection symmetry are both broken and all deformations characterized by {β }λ μ with even μ are considered. We have used the MDC-CDFTs to study PES’s and fission barriers of actinides, the non-axial octupole Y 32 correlations in N = 150 isotones and shapes of hypernuclei. In this Review we will give briefly the formalism of MDC-CDFTs and present the applications to normal nuclei.

  14. Multidimensionally-constrained covariant density functional theories --- nuclear shapes and potential energy surfaces

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    Zhou, Shan-Gui

    2016-01-01

    The intrinsic nuclear shapes deviating from a sphere not only manifest themselves in nuclear collective states but also play important roles in determining nuclear potential energy surfaces (PES's) and fission barriers. In order to describe microscopically and self-consistently nuclear shapes and PES's with as many shape degrees of freedom as possible included, we developed multidimensionally-constrained covariant density functional theories (MDC-CDFTs). In MDC-CDFTs, the axial symmetry and the reflection symmetry are both broken and all deformations characterized by $\\beta_{\\lambda\\mu}$ with even $\\mu$ are considered. We have used the MDC-CDFTs to study PES's and fission barriers of actinides, the non-axial octupole $Y_{32}$ correlations in $N = 150$ isotones and shapes of hypernuclei. In this Review we will give briefly the formalism of MDC-CDFTs and present the applications to normal nuclei.

  15. Mechanical performance and texture characteristic of an IF steel containing Nb and Ti by double cold rolling

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    Ling-yun Wang; Peng Zhang; Wei Li; Guang-jie Huang

    2009-01-01

    Single cold rolling and double cold rolling were applied to hot rolled strips with different reduction ratios.The evolutions of { 100},{ 111 } and Goss face texture during double rolling were investigated by comparing the orientation distribution function (ODF) of the double rolled sample with that of the single rolled one.The double cold rolling texture is characterized by a higher T-texture and a lower a-texture,and the { 111 } component is improved remarkably.Based on the TEM observation and me-chanical properties test,it is found that the reduction ratio assignment significantly affects the texture variation,as-annealing micro-structures,and properties of the double cold rolled samples.These results may provide a theoretical guide for the industrial produc-tion of double cold rolled IF steel.

  16. Experimental and statistical analysis of surface charge, aggregation and adsorption behaviors of surface-functionalized titanium dioxide nanoparticles in aquatic system

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    One hundred and fifty nanometers sized anatase titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) have been functionalized with the –CH3, –NH2, –SH, –OH, –COOH, and –SO3H terminal groups. Surface charge, aggregation, and adsorption behaviors of the functionalized NPs in aquatic phase have been investigated by a set of experiments following the full factorial design. The dependence of surface charge, suspension size, and surface adsorption upon the various factors (including surface chemistry of NPs, the pH value, and ionic strength of an aqueous solution) has been studied with the statistical methods such as multiple linear regressions and multiple comparison tests. The surface functional group on the TiO2 NPs affects the characteristics in the simulated aquatic environment. The correlations among the characteristics of NPs have also been investigated by obtaining Pearson’s correlation coefficient. The hydrodynamic size is negatively correlated with the absolute value of zeta potential, and positively correlated with the ionic strength. In the NaCl solution, the charge screening effect is responsible for the aggregation. In the CaCl2 solution, the charge screening effect is dominant mechanism for aggregation at a low salt concentration. In contrast, the interaction between Ca2+ ions and the specific functional group plays a significant role at a high salt concentration. The adsorption efficiency of humic acid decreases with an increase in the pH value, whereas increases with an increase in the ionic strength. The adsorption efficiency is positively correlated with the zeta potential. The statistical analysis methods and the results have implications in assessment of potential environmental risks posed by engineered nanoparticles.

  17. Processing routes toward textured polycrystals in ferromagnetic shape memory alloys

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    Gaitzsch, Uwe; Chulist, Robert; Weisheit, Linda; Oertel, Carl-Georg; Brokmeier, Heinz-Guenter; Lippmann, Thomas; Navarro, Inaki; Poetschke, Martin; Romberg, Jan; Huerrich, Claudia; Roth, Stefan; Schultz, Ludwig [IFW Dresden (Germany); Boehm, Andrea [Fraunhofer IWU, Dresden (Germany); Skrotzki, Werner [Tech. University Dresden, Inst. Strukturphys., Dresden (Germany)

    2012-08-15

    Ni-Mn-Ga single crystals can produce large strain in moderate magnetic fields. It is the scope of this article to demonstrate, that also polycrystalline materials can show strain in a magnetic field, so called MFIS (magnetic field-induced strain). In order to design functional polycrystalline materials the interactions of twin boundaries and grain boundaries have to be understood. Therefore, different ways of introducing a texture into Ni-Mn-Ga polycrystals are presented. The different kinds of texture and the consequences for the corresponding materials are discussed. Moreover, thermal, magnetic, and/or mechanical training concepts are presented and their working principle is explained. Several possibilities of evaluating the MFIS capability of the resulting samples are displayed. Finally methods of increasing the strain further are discussed. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  18. Multi-scale surface texture to improve blue response of nanoporous black silicon solar cells

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    Toor, Fatima; Branz, Howard M.; Page, Matthew R.; Jones, Kim M.; Yuan, Hao-Chih

    2011-09-01

    We characterize the optical and carrier-collection physics of multi-scale textured p-type black Si solar cells with conversion efficiency of 17.1%. The multi-scale texture is achieved by combining density-graded nanoporous layer made by metal-assisted etching with micron-scale pyramid texture. We found that (1) reducing the thickness of nanostructured Si layer improves the short-wavelength spectral response and (2) multi-scale texture permits thinning of the nanostructured layer while maintaining low surface reflection. We have reduced the nanostructured layer thickness by 60% while retaining a solar-spectrum-averaged black Si reflectance of less than 2%. Spectral response at 450 nm has improved from 57% to 71%.

  19. Textured bearing surface in artificial joints to reduce macrophage activation

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    Nakanishi, Yoshitaka; Nishi, Naoki; Chikaura, Hiroto; Nakashima, Yuta; Miura, Hiromasa; Higaki, Hidehiko; Mizuta, Hiroshi; Iwamoto, Yukihide; Fujiwara, Yukio; Komohara, Yoshihiro; Takeya, Motohiro

    2015-12-01

    Micro slurry-jet erosion has been proposed as a precision machining technique for the bearing surfaces of artificial joints in order to reduce the total amount of polyethylene wear and to enlarge the size of the wear debris. The micro slurry-jet erosion method is a wet blasting technique which uses alumina particles as the abrasive medium along with compressed air and water to create an ideal surface. Pin-on-disc wear tests with multidirectional sliding motion on the textured surface of a \\text{Co}-\\text{Cr}-\\text{Mo} alloy counterface for polyethylene resulted in both a reduction of wear as well as enlargement of the polyethylene debris size. In this study, primary human peripheral blood mononuclear phagocytes were incubated with the debris, and it was elucidated that the wear debris generated on the textured surface regulated secretion of the proinflammatory cytokines IL-6 and TNF-α, indicating a reduction in the induced tissue reaction and joint loosening.

  20. Surface texture modification of spin-coated SiO2 xerogel thin films by TMCS silylation

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    Yogesh S Mhaisagar; Bhavana N Joshi; A M Mahajan

    2012-04-01

    The SiO2 xerogel thin films were deposited successfully by sol–gel technique via the acid-catalyzed hydrolysis and condensation of tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) with ethanol as a solvent. Further, the deposited thin films were treated wet chemically by trimethylchlorosilane (TMCS) and hexane solution with 10% and 15% volume ratio to remove the hydroxyl groups from the surface of deposited SiO2 thin films. These as deposited and surfacemodified films were characterized by ellipsometer, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer and contact angle meter. The presence of 2900 and 850 cm-1 peaks of CH3 vibrations in FTIR spectra of surface-modified films confirms the hydrphobisation of SiO2 surface. The maximum contact angle of 108.7° was observed for the surface-modified film at 10% TMCS.

  1. Study the effect of surface texturing on the stress distribution of UHMWPE as a bearing material during rolling motion

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    Jamari, J.; Ismail, R.; Anwar, I. B.; Saputra, E.; Tauviqirrahman, M.; Heide, E. V. D.

    2016-04-01

    Tribological properties of materials used in biomedical implants will critically affect the performance of the implant. Ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) material is popular due to its great properties. Surface texturing is one of the methods to minimize friction and wear. In this study, the effect of surface texturing on the stress distribution of UHMWPE as a bearing material has been investigated for rolling motion. The study was performed by finite element analysis. Several three-dimensional surfaces were created by varying its texture. The texture consists of several cylindrical cavities for certain separation. These surfaces were then rolled by a hard ball indenter. The stress distribution due to the rolling contact for each surface was analyzed. Results show that the surface demonstrates a higher stress distribution for the lower separation between the cylindrical cavities.

  2. Monitoring Plastic-Mulched Farmland by Landsat-8 OLI Imagery Using Spectral and Textural Features

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    Hasituya

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available In recent decades, plastic-mulched farmland has expanded rapidly in China as well as in the rest of the world because it results in marked increases of crop production. However, plastic-mulched farmland significantly influences the environment and has so far been inadequately investigated. Accurately monitoring and mapping plastic-mulched farmland is crucial for agricultural production, environmental protection, resource management, and so on. Monitoring plastic-mulched farmland using moderate-resolution remote sensing data is technically challenging because of spatial mixing and spectral confusion with other ground objects. This paper proposed a new scheme that combines spectral and textural features for monitoring the plastic-mulched farmland and evaluates the performance of a Support Vector Machine (SVM classifier with different kernel functions using Landsat-8 Operational Land Imager (OLI imagery. The textural features were extracted from multi-bands OLI data using a Grey Level Co-occurrence Matrix (GLCM algorithm. Then, six combined feature sets were developed for classification. The results indicated that Landsat-8 OLI data are well suitable for monitoring plastic-mulched farmland; the SVM classifier with a linear kernel function is superior both to other kernel functions and to two other widely used supervised classifiers: Maximum Likelihood Classifier (MLC and Minimum Distance Classifier (MDC. For the SVM classifier with a linear kernel function, the highest overall accuracy was derived from combined spectral and textural features in the 90° direction (94.14%, kappa 0.92, followed by the combined spectral and textural features in the 45° (93.84%, kappa 0.92, 135° (93.73%, kappa 0.92, 0° (93.71%, kappa 0.92 directions, and the spectral features alone (93.57%, kappa 0.91. Spectral features make a more significant contribution to monitoring the plastic-mulched farmland; adding textural features from medium resolution imagery provide

  3. Texture Segmentation by Contractive Decomposition and Planar Grouping

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    Dahl, Anders Lindbjerg; Bogunovich, Peter; Shokoufandeh, Ali

    modified procedure which makes use of graphs of image regions. In the top-down procedure a quadtree of image region descriptors is obtained in which a novel affine contractive transformation based on neighboring regions is used to update descriptors and determine stable segments. In the bottom-up procedure...... we form a planar graph on the resulting stable segments, where edges are present between vertices representing neighboring image regions. We then use a vertex merging technique to obtain the final segmentation. We verify the effectiveness of this procedure by demonstrating results which compare well...

  4. Platelet activation and aggregation

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    Jensen, Maria Sander; Larsen, O H; Christiansen, Kirsten; Fenger-Eriksen, C; Ingerslev, J; Sørensen, Benny

    2013-01-01

    This study introduces a new laboratory model of whole blood platelet aggregation stimulated by endogenously generated thrombin, and explores this aspect in haemophilia A in which impaired thrombin generation is a major hallmark. The method was established to measure platelet aggregation initiated...... by tissue factor evaluated by means of impedance aggregometry. Citrated whole blood from healthy volunteers and haemophilia A patients with the addition of inhibitors of the contact pathway and fibrin polymerization was evaluated. In healthy persons, a second wave of platelet aggregation was found to...... coincide with the thrombin burst and to be abolished by thrombin inhibitors. In this system, platelet aggregation in severe haemophilia A (n = 10) was found to be significantly decreased as compared with healthy individuals (912 ± 294 vs. 1917 ± 793 AU × min, P = 0.003), most probably due to the weak level...

  5. Oriented-aggregation of organic organization: Morphology-controllable synthesis, surface photovoltage spectroscopy and morphology-dependent optical property

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    Zhu, Jun; Qian, Xuefeng

    2010-08-01

    Assembled ZnQ 2·2H 2O microstructures, such as microsheet, sandwich-like structure and hexangular microflake, have been successfully prepared in CTAB microemulsion system through the stacking of ZnQ 2·2H 2O molecules and oriented aggregation of ZnQ 2·2H 2O original building blocks. Controlled experiments demonstrated that the morphologies of building block and final product could be readily tuned by reaction parameters, and a formation mechanism, involving re-precipitation, growth and oriented aggregation process, has been proposed on the basis of time-dependent experimental results. The obtained products were carefully characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), transmission electron microscope (TEM), field-emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), FT-IR spectrum, UV-vis spectrum and photoluminescence (PL) spectrum. The surface photovoltage (SPV) of the obtained ZnQ 2·2H 2O microstructures was investigated by means of surface photovoltage spectroscopy (SPS) and field-induced surface photovoltage spectroscopy (FISPS). The SPS and FISPS revealed that the photogenerated charges of ZnQ 2·2H 2O could be separated distinctly and ZnQ 2·2H 2O possessed p-type semiconductor characteristics, respectively. Furthermore, UV-vis and PL spectra evidenced the optical properties of ZnQ 2·2H 2O were sensitive to its microstructure or morphology.

  6. Morphology and mobility of synthetic colloidal aggregates.

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    Melas, Anastasios D; Isella, Lorenzo; Konstandopoulos, Athanasios G; Drossinos, Yannis

    2014-03-01

    The relationship between geometric and dynamic properties of fractal-like aggregates is studied in the continuum mass and momentum-transfer regimes. The synthetic aggregates were generated by a cluster-cluster aggregation algorithm. The analysis of their morphological features suggests that the fractal dimension is a descriptor of a cluster's large-scale structure, whereas the fractal prefactor is a local-structure indicator. For a constant fractal dimension, the prefactor becomes also an indicator of a cluster's shape anisotropy. The hydrodynamic radius of orientationally averaged aggregates was calculated via molecule-aggregate collision rates determined from the solution of a Laplace equation. An empirical expression that relates the aggregate hydrodynamic radius to its radius of gyration and the number of primary particles is proposed. The suggested expression depends only on geometrical quantities, being independent of statistical (ensemble-averaged) properties like the fractal dimension and prefactor. Hydrodynamic radius predictions for a variety of fractal-like aggregates are in very good agreement with predictions of other methods and literature values. Aggregate dynamic shape factors and DLCA individual monomer hydrodynamic shielding factors are also calculated. PMID:24407656

  7. Geostatistics for high resolution geomorphometry: from spatial continuity to surface texture

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    Trevisani, Sebastiano

    2015-04-01

    This presentation introduces the use of geostatistics in the context of high-resolution geomorphometry. The application of geostatistics to geomorphometry permits a shift in perspective, moving our attention more toward spatial continuity description than toward the inference of a spatial continuity model. This change in perspective opens interesting directions in the application of geostatistical methods in geomorphometry. Geostatistical methodologies have been extensively applied and adapted in the context of remote sensing, leading to many interesting applications aimed at the analysis of the complex patterns characterizing imagery. Among these applications the analysis of image texture has to be mentioned. In fact, the analysis of image texture reverts to the analysis of surface texture when the analyzed image is a raster representation of a digital terrain model. The main idea is to use spatial-continuity indices as multiscale and directional descriptors of surface texture, including the important aspect related to surface roughness. In this context we introduce some examples regarding the application of geostatistics for image analysis and surface texture characterization. We also show as in presence of complex morphological settings there is the need to use alternative indices of spatial continuity, less sensitive to hotspots and to non-stationarity that often characterize surface morphology. This introduction is mainly dedicated to univariate geostatistics; however the same concepts could be exploited by means of multivariate as well as multipoint geostatistics.

  8. Aesthetic Perception of Visual Textures: A Holistic Exploration using Texture Analysis, Psychological Experiment and Perception Modeling

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    Jianli Liu

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Modeling human aesthetic perception of visual textures is important and valuable in numerous industrial domains, such as product design, architectural design and decoration. Based on results from a semantic differential rating experiment, we modeled the relationship between low-level basic texture features and aesthetic properties involved in human aesthetic texture perception. First, we compute basic texture features from textural images using four classical methods. These features are neutral, objective and independent of the socio-cultural context of the visual textures. Then, we conduct a semantic differential rating experiment to collect from evaluators their aesthetic perceptions of selected textural stimuli. In semantic differential rating experiment, eights pairs of aesthetic properties are chosen, which are strongly related to the socio-cultural context of the selected textures and to human emotions. They are easily understood and connected to everyday life. We propose a hierarchical feed-forward layer model of aesthetic texture perception and assign 8 pairs of aesthetic properties to different layers. Finally, we describe the generation of multiple linear and nonlinear regression models for aesthetic prediction by taking dimensionality-reduced texture features and aesthetic properties of visual textures as dependent and independent variables, respectively. Our experimental results indicate that the relationships between each layer and its neighbors in the hierarchical feed-forward layer model of aesthetic texture perception can be fitted well by linear functions, and the models thus generated can successfully bridge the gap between computational texture features and aesthetic texture properties.

  9. Surface morphology and physical properties of partially melt textured Mn doped Bi-2223

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    Indu Verma

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available The samples of Bi2Sr2Ca2Cu3-xMnxO10+δ (x = 0.0 to 0.30 were prepared by the standard solid-state reaction method. The phase identification characteristics of synthesized (HTSC materials were explored through powder X-ray diffractometer reveals that all the samples crystallize in orthorhombic structure with lattice parameters a = 5.4053 Å, b = 5.4110 Å and c = 37.0642 Å up to Mn concentration of x = 0.30. The critical temperature (Tc measured by standard four probe method has been found to depress from 108 K to 70 K as Mn content (x increases from 0.00 to 0.30. The effects of sintering temperature on the surface morphology of Bi2Sr2Ca2Cu3-xMnxO10+δ have also been investigated. The surface morphology investigated through scanning electron microscope and atomic force microscopy (SEM & AFM results that voids are decreasing but grains size increases as the Mn concentration increases besides, nanosphere like structures on the surface of the Mn doped Bi2Sr2Ca2Cu3-xMnxO10+δ (Bi-2223 samples.

  10. Texture evolution and fcc/hcp transformation in Fe-Mn-Si-Cr alloys by tensile deformation

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    Research highlights: → Texture develops due to tensile deformation and recrystallization. → oriented grain along tensile direction shows high martensite formation rate. → Sample with texture exhibits improved shape memory effect. - Abstract: In this study, evolution characteristics of the texture and microstructure of Fe-Mn-Si-Cr shape memory alloys (SMAs) upon tensile deformation were investigated. Electron backscatter diffraction analysis revealed that the tensile deformation in the rolling direction (RD) of sample sheets resulted in the evolution of microstructure containing stress-induced ε martensite and texture components belonging to and //RD fibers. Quantitative measurement of ε martensite formation in individual austenite grains at the strain levels of 4% and 5% revealed that among the , , and grains which are oriented along the tensile direction, oriented grain showed the highest ε martensite formation rate. In the recrystallized state, the volume fraction of texture component in 20% tensile deformed samples was slightly higher in the transverse direction (TD) than in the RD. Because of that preferred orientation recovery strain was slightly higher in the TD sample than in the RD sample.

  11. Texture development in Al/Al2O3 MMCs produced by anodizing and ARB processes

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    Research highlights: → The Rotated Cube was the major texture component for most specimens. → The intensity of texture components was weak except the Rotated Cube component. → The texture intensity of composite with low alumina particles was not weak. → Alumina particles and also size and quantity of them are very effective on texture. - Abstract: Anodizing and accumulative roll bonding (ARB) processes were used as a new technique for manufacturing aluminum/alumina composites including various Al2O3 quantities. Textural evolution during ARB process of composites was evaluated using X-ray diffraction (XRD). The effective parameters in texture evolution were the number of cycles (3, 5, 7 and 8 cycles) and alumina quantity (0.48, 1.13, 2.40 and 3.55 vol.%). The texture evolution demonstrated that the Rotated Cube was a major texture component for all specimens except for the produced composite containing 0.48 vol.% alumina after eight cycles. For subsequent composites, the dominant components were Copper and Dillamore. Also, for almost all specimens (except for the composite with 0.48 vol.% alumina), the intensity of the texture components (except for Rotated Cube) was very weak. All these results are related to the presence of the second phase particles and also size and quantity of them.

  12. Influence of surface plasmon resonances of silver nanoparticles on optical and electrical properties of textured silicon solar cell

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    Sardana, Sanjay K.; Chava, Venkata S. N.; Thouti, Eshwar; Chander, Nikhil; Kumar, Sanjai; Reddy, S. R.; Komarala, Vamsi K.

    2014-02-01

    Here, we report average reflectance reduction of ˜8% in wavelength range of 300-1100 nm after coupling surface plasmon resonances (SPRs) of silver nanoparticles (NPs) to textured silicon (T-Si) surface. The enhancement of photocurrent from T-Si solar cell in off-resonant SPR region observed due to better radiative efficiency of NPs leading to outflow of scattered far-field into silicon maximized power generating electrons. Improvement in series resistance, fill factor, and open-circuit voltage (insensitive NPs size and morphology) are also observed with NPs along with photocurrent enhancement (sensitive to NPs sizes), which resulted cell efficiency enhancement from 4.49% to 6.42% for large area of 12.24 cm2.

  13. Influence of surface plasmon resonances of silver nanoparticles on optical and electrical properties of textured silicon solar cell

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    Sardana, Sanjay K.; Chava, Venkata S. N.; Thouti, Eshwar; Chander, Nikhil; Komarala, Vamsi K., E-mail: vamsi@ces.iitd.ac.in [Centre for Energy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi 110016 (India); Kumar, Sanjai [Central Electronics Limited, Sahibabad 201010, Uttar Pradesh (India); Reddy, S. R. [BHEL-Amorphous Silicon Solar Cell Plant, BHEL House, Siri Fort, New Delhi 110049 (India)

    2014-02-17

    Here, we report average reflectance reduction of ∼8% in wavelength range of 300–1100 nm after coupling surface plasmon resonances (SPRs) of silver nanoparticles (NPs) to textured silicon (T-Si) surface. The enhancement of photocurrent from T-Si solar cell in off-resonant SPR region observed due to better radiative efficiency of NPs leading to outflow of scattered far-field into silicon maximized power generating electrons. Improvement in series resistance, fill factor, and open-circuit voltage (insensitive NPs size and morphology) are also observed with NPs along with photocurrent enhancement (sensitive to NPs sizes), which resulted cell efficiency enhancement from 4.49% to 6.42% for large area of 12.24 cm{sup 2}.

  14. Influence of surface plasmon resonances of silver nanoparticles on optical and electrical properties of textured silicon solar cell

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    Here, we report average reflectance reduction of ∼8% in wavelength range of 300–1100 nm after coupling surface plasmon resonances (SPRs) of silver nanoparticles (NPs) to textured silicon (T-Si) surface. The enhancement of photocurrent from T-Si solar cell in off-resonant SPR region observed due to better radiative efficiency of NPs leading to outflow of scattered far-field into silicon maximized power generating electrons. Improvement in series resistance, fill factor, and open-circuit voltage (insensitive NPs size and morphology) are also observed with NPs along with photocurrent enhancement (sensitive to NPs sizes), which resulted cell efficiency enhancement from 4.49% to 6.42% for large area of 12.24 cm2

  15. Analysis of thin-film silicon solar cells with plasma textured front surface and multi-layer porous silicon back reflector

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    Ghannam, Moustafa Y.; Alomar, Abdulazeez S. [EE Department, College of Engineering and Petroleum, Kuwait University, P.O. Box 5969, 13060 Safat (Kuwait); Abouelsaood, Ahmed A. [Department of Mathematics and Physics, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University (Egypt); Poortmans, Jef [IMEC, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Leuven (Belgium)

    2010-05-15

    The optical performance of thin crystalline silicon solar cells with plasma