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  1. A geographical study of thyroid cancer incidence in north-west England following the Windscale nuclear reactor fire of 1957.

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    McNally, Richard J Q; Wakeford, Richard; James, Peter W; Basta, Nermine O; Alston, Robert D; Pearce, Mark S; Elliott, Alex T

    2016-12-01

    The Windscale nuclear reactor fire at Sellafield, United Kingdom, in October 1957 led to an uncontrolled release of iodine-131 (radioactive half-life, 8 d) into the atmosphere. Contamination from the accident was most pronounced in the counties of Cumbria and Lancashire, north-west England. Radioiodine concentrates in the thyroid gland producing an excess risk of thyroid cancer, notably among those exposed as children, which persists into later life. For an initial investigation of thyroid cancer incidence in north-west England, data were obtained on cases of thyroid cancer among people born during 1929-1973 and diagnosed during 1974-2012 while resident in England, together with corresponding populations. Incidence rate ratios (IRRs), with Poisson 95% confidence intervals (CIs), compared thyroid cancer incidence rates in Cumbria and in Lancashire with those in the rest of England. For those aged  investigations are required to properly understand the unusual patterns of thyroid cancer IRRs in Cumbria and Lancashire, the results of this preliminary study are not consistent with an effect of exposure to iodine-131 from the Windscale accident.

  2. Reactor accidents and the actions of fire brigades. Plea for nuclear phaseout. An analytic report on Leipzig, Windscale, Chernobyl and Fukushima; Reaktorunfaelle und die Handlungen der Feuerwehr. Plaedoyer fuer den Atomausstieg. Ein Analysebericht zu Leipzig, Windscale, Tschernobyl und Fukushima

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    Steffler, Reinhard

    2016-11-01

    The report covers the historically first fire brigade action at the ''uranium machine'' on June 23th 1942 in Leipzig, and the fire brigade actions in Windscale (October 11, 1957), Chernobyl and Fukushima Daiichi. Further issues are the behavior of the media, selected features of the fire brigade actions, and a discussion of questions concerning the preparedness of the fire brigades.

  3. Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR)-5/6/7 Fuel Irradiation Experiments in the Advanced Test Reactor

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    A. Joseph Palmer; David A. Petti; S. Blaine Grover

    2014-04-01

    The United States Department of Energy’s Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification Program will be irradiating up to seven separate low enriched uranium (LEU) tri-isotopic (TRISO) particle fuel (in compact form) experiments in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) located at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). These irradiations and fuel development are being accomplished to support development of the next generation reactors in the United States. The goals of the irradiation experiments are to provide irradiation performance data to support fuel process development, to qualify fuel for normal operating conditions, to support development and validation of fuel performance and fission product transport models and codes, and to provide irradiated fuel and materials for post irradiation examination (PIE) and safety testing. The experiments, which each consist of at least five separate capsules, are being irradiated in an inert sweep gas atmosphere with individual on-line temperature monitoring and control of each capsule. The sweep gases also have on-line fission product monitoring the effluent from each capsule to track performance of the fuel during irradiation. The first two experiments (designated AGR-1 and AGR-2), have been completed. The third and fourth experiments have been combined into a single experiment designated AGR-3/4, which started its irradiation in December 2011 and is currently scheduled to be completed in April 2014. The design of the fuel qualification experiment, designated AGR-5/6/7, is well underway and incorporates lessons learned from the three previous experiments. Various design issues will be discussed with particular details related to selection of thermometry.

  4. Status of the NGNP Fuel Experiment AGR-2 Irradiated in the Advanced Test Reactor

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    Blaine Grover

    2012-10-01

    The United States Department of Energy’s Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification Program will be irradiating up to seven separate low enriched uranium (LEU) tri-isotopic (TRISO) particle fuel (in compact form) experiments in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) located at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). These irradiations and fuel development are being accomplished to support development of the next generation reactors in the United States, and will be irradiated over the next several years to demonstrate and qualify new TRISO coated particle fuel for use in high temperature gas reactors. The goals of the irradiation experiments are to provide irradiation performance data to support fuel process development, to qualify fuel for normal operating conditions, to support development and validation of fuel performance and fission product transport models and codes, and to provide irradiated fuel and materials for post irradiation examination (PIE) and safety testing. The experiments, which will each consist of at least six separate capsules, will be irradiated in an inert sweep gas atmosphere with individual on-line temperature monitoring and control of each capsule. The sweep gas will also have on-line fission product monitoring on its effluent to track performance of the fuel in each individual capsule during irradiation. The first experiment (designated AGR-1) started irradiation in December 2006 and was completed in November 2009. The second experiment (AGR-2), which utilized the same experiment design as well as control and monitoring systems as AGR-1, started irradiation in June 2010 and is currently scheduled to be completed in April 2013. The design of this experiment and support systems will be briefly discussed, followed by the progress and status of the experiment to date.

  5. Irradiation performance of AGR-1 high temperature reactor fuel

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    Paul A. Demkowicz; John D. Hunn; Robert N. Morris; Charles A. Baldwin; Philip L. Winston; Jason M. Harp; Scott A. Ploger; Tyler Gerczak; Isabella J. van Rooyen; Fred C. Montgomery; Chinthaka M. Silva

    2014-10-01

    The AGR-1 experiment contained 72 low-enriched uranium oxide/uranium carbide TRISO-coated particle fuel compacts in six capsules irradiated to burnups of 11.2 to 19.5% FIMA, with zero TRISO coating failures detected during the irradiation. The irradiation performance of the fuel–including the extent of fission product release and the evolution of kernel and coating microstructures–was evaluated based on detailed examination of the irradiation capsules, the fuel compacts, and individual particles. Fractional release of 110mAg from the fuel compacts was often significant, with capsule-average values ranging from 0.01 to 0.38. Analysis of silver release from individual compacts indicated that it was primarily dependent on fuel temperature history. Europium and strontium were released in small amounts through intact coatings, but were found to be significantly retained in the outer pyrocrabon and compact matrix. The capsule-average fractional release from the compacts was 1×10 4 to 5×10 4 for 154Eu and 8×10 7 to 3×10 5 for 90Sr. The average 134Cs release from compacts was <3×10 6 when all particles maintained intact SiC. An estimated four particles out of 2.98×105 experienced partial cesium release due to SiC failure during the irradiation, driving 134Cs release in two capsules to approximately 10 5. Identification and characterization of these particles has provided unprecedented insight into the nature and causes of SiC coating failure in high-quality TRISO fuel. In general, changes in coating morphology were found to be dominated by the behavior of the buffer and inner pyrolytic carbon (IPyC), and infrequently observed SiC layer damage was usually related to cracks in the IPyC. Palladium attack of the SiC layer was relatively minor, except for the particles that released cesium during irradiation, where SiC corrosion was found adjacent to IPyC cracks. Palladium, silver, and uranium were found in the SiC layer of irradiated particles, and characterization

  6. Design and Status of the NGNP Fuel Experiment AGR-3/4 Irradiated in the Advanced Test Reactor

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    Blaine Grover

    2012-10-01

    The United States Department of Energy’s Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification Program will be irradiating up to seven separate low enriched uranium (LEU) tri-isotopic (TRISO) particle fuel (in compact form) experiments in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) located at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). These irradiations and fuel development are being accomplished to support development of the next generation reactors in the United States, and will be irradiated over the next several years to demonstrate and qualify new TRISO coated particle fuel for use in high temperature gas reactors. The goals of the irradiation experiments are to provide irradiation performance data to support fuel process development, to qualify fuel for normal operating conditions, to support development and validation of fuel performance and fission product transport models and codes, and to provide irradiated fuel and materials for post irradiation examination (PIE) and safety testing. The experiments, which will each consist of at least six separate capsules, will be irradiated in an inert sweep gas atmosphere with individual on-line temperature monitoring and control of each capsule. The sweep gas will also have on-line fission product monitoring on its effluent to track performance of the fuel in each individual capsule during irradiation. The first experiment (designated AGR-1) started irradiation in December 2006 and was completed in November 2009. The second experiment (AGR-2) started irradiation in June 2010 and is currently scheduled to be completed in April 2013. The third and fourth experiments have been combined into a single experiment designated AGR-3/4, which started its irradiation in December 2011 and is currently scheduled to be completed in November 2013. Since the purpose of this experiment is to provide data on fission product migration and retention in the NGNP reactor, the design of this experiment is

  7. CO{sub 2} direct cycles suitable for AGR type reactors; Cycles directs de gaz carbonique applicables aux reacteurs du genre AGR

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    Maillet, E. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique. Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires de Saclay, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France)

    1967-10-01

    The perspectives given by the gas turbines under pressure, to build simple nuclear power plants and acieving significantly high yield, are specified. The CO{sub 2} is characterised by by good efficiency under moderate temperature (500 to 750 Celsius degrees), compactness and the simpleness of machines and the safe exploitation (supply, storage, relief cooling, thermosyphon). The revision of thermal properties of the CO{sub 2} and loss elements show that several direct cycles would fit in particular to the AGR type reactors. Cycles that would diverge a little from classical models and able to lead to power and heat generation can lead by simple means to the best results. Several satisfying solutions present for the starting up, the power regulation and the stopping. The nuclear power plant components and the functioning safety are equally considered in the present report. The conclusions stimulate the studies and realizations of carbon dioxide gas turbines in when approprite. [French] Les perspectives offertes par la turbine a gaz sous pression, pour construire des centrales nucleaires simples et de rendement progressivement eleve, se precisent actuellement. le CO{sub 2} se distingue par sa bonne efficacite a temperature moderee (500 a 750 degres celsius), la compacite et la simplicite des machines, et la surete qu'il apporte a l'exploitation ( approvisionnement, stockage, refroidissement de secours, thermosiphon). La revision des proprietes thermophysiques du CO{sub 2} et des elements de pertes montre que divers cycles directs conviendraient en particulier aux reacteurs agr ou derives. Des cycles s'ecartant peu des modeles classiques, et se pretant ulterieurement a la production simultanee d'electricite et de chaleur, peuvent conduire par des moyens simples aux meilleurs resultats d'ensemble. Plusieurs solutions satisfaisantes se presentent pour le demarrage, le reglage de la puissance et l'arret. Les composants de la centrale et la

  8. Performance of AGR-1 High-Temperature Reactor Fuel During Post-Irradiation Heating Tests

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    Morris, Robert Noel [ORNL; Baldwin, Charles A [ORNL; Hunn, John D [ORNL; Demkowicz, Paul [Idaho National Laboratory (INL); Reber, Edward [Idaho National Laboratory (INL)

    2014-01-01

    The fission product retention of irradiated low-enriched uranium oxide/uranium carbide TRISO fuel compacts from the AGR-1 experiment has been evaluated at temperatures of 1600 1800 C during post-irradiation safety tests. Fourteen compacts (a total of ~58,000 particles) with a burnup ranging from 13.4 to 19.1% FIMA have been tested using dedicated furnace systems at Idaho National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The release of fission products 110mAg, 134Cs, 137Cs, 154Eu, 155Eu, 90Sr, and 85Kr was monitored while heating the fuel specimens in flowing helium. The behavior of silver, europium, and strontium appears to be dominated by inventory that was originally released through intact SiC coating layers during irradiation, but was retained in the compact at the end of irradiation and subsequently released during the safety tests. However, at a test temperature of 1800 C, the data suggest that release of these elements through intact coatings may become significant after ~100 h. Cesium was very well retained by intact SiC layers, with a fractional release <5 10-6 after 300 h at 1600 C or 100 h at 1800 C. However, it was rapidly released from individual particles if the SiC layer failed, and therefore the overall cesium release fraction was dominated by the SiC defect and failure fractions in the fuel compacts. No complete TRISO coating layer failures were observed after 300 h at 1600 or 1700 C, and 85Kr release was very low during the tests (particles with breached SiC, but intact outer pyrocarbon, retained most of their krypton). Krypton release from TRISO failures was only observed after ~210 h at 1800 C in one compact. Post-safety-test examination of fuel compacts and particles has focused on identifying specific particles from each compact with notable fission product release and detailed analysis of the coating layers to understand particle behavior.

  9. The DOE Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification Program

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    David Petti; Hans Gougar; Gary Bell

    2005-05-01

    The Department of Energy has established the Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification Program to address the following overall goals: Provide a baseline fuel qualification data set in support of the licensing and operation of the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP). Gas-reactor fuel performance demonstration and qualification comprise the longest duration research and development (R&D) task for the NGNP feasibility. The baseline fuel form is to be demonstrated and qualified for a peak fuel centerline temperature of 1250°C. Support near-term deployment of an NGNP by reducing market entry risks posed by technical uncertainties associated with fuel production and qualification. Utilize international collaboration mechanisms to extend the value of DOE resources. The Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification Program consists of five elements: fuel manufacture, fuel and materials irradiations, postirradiation examination (PIE) and safety testing, fuel performance modeling, and fission product transport and source term evaluation. An underlying theme for the fuel development work is the need to develop a more complete fundamental understanding of the relationship between the fuel fabrication process, key fuel properties, the irradiation performance of the fuel, and the release and transport of fission products in the NGNP primary coolant system. Fuel performance modeling and analysis of the fission product behavior in the primary circuit are important aspects of this work. The performance models are considered essential for several reasons, including guidance for the plant designer in establishing the core design and operating limits, and demonstration to the licensing authority that the applicant has a thorough understanding of the in-service behavior of the fuel system. The fission product behavior task will also provide primary source term data needed for licensing. An overview of the program and recent progress will be presented.

  10. Sensitivity Evaluation of the Daily Thermal Predictions of the AGR-1 Experiment in the Advanced Test Reactor

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    Grant Hawkes; James Sterbentz; John Maki

    2011-05-01

    A temperature sensitivity evaluation has been performed for the AGR-1 fuel experiment on an individual capsule. A series of cases were compared to a base case by varying different input parameters into the ABAQUS finite element thermal model. These input parameters were varied by ±10% to show the temperature sensitivity to each parameter. The most sensitive parameters are the outer control gap distance, heat rate in the fuel compacts, and neon gas fraction. Thermal conductivity of the compacts and graphite holder were in the middle of the list for sensitivity. The smallest effects were for the emissivities of the stainless steel, graphite, and thru tubes. Sensitivity calculations were also performed varying with fluence. These calculations showed a general temperature rise with an increase in fluence. This is a result of the thermal conductivity of the fuel compacts and graphite holder decreasing with fluence.

  11. AGR-1 Thermocouple Data Analysis

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    Jeff Einerson

    2012-05-01

    This report documents an effort to analyze measured and simulated data obtained in the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) fuel irradiation test program conducted in the INL's Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) to support the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) R&D program. The work follows up on a previous study (Pham and Einerson, 2010), in which statistical analysis methods were applied for AGR-1 thermocouple data qualification. The present work exercises the idea that, while recognizing uncertainties inherent in physics and thermal simulations of the AGR-1 test, results of the numerical simulations can be used in combination with the statistical analysis methods to further improve qualification of measured data. Additionally, the combined analysis of measured and simulation data can generate insights about simulation model uncertainty that can be useful for model improvement. This report also describes an experimental control procedure to maintain fuel target temperature in the future AGR tests using regression relationships that include simulation results. The report is organized into four chapters. Chapter 1 introduces the AGR Fuel Development and Qualification program, AGR-1 test configuration and test procedure, overview of AGR-1 measured data, and overview of physics and thermal simulation, including modeling assumptions and uncertainties. A brief summary of statistical analysis methods developed in (Pham and Einerson 2010) for AGR-1 measured data qualification within NGNP Data Management and Analysis System (NDMAS) is also included for completeness. Chapters 2-3 describe and discuss cases, in which the combined use of experimental and simulation data is realized. A set of issues associated with measurement and modeling uncertainties resulted from the combined analysis are identified. This includes demonstration that such a combined analysis led to important insights for reducing uncertainty in presentation of AGR-1 measured data (Chapter 2) and interpretation of

  12. AGR-1, AGR-2 and AGR-3/4 Dimensional Change Data Analysis

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    Herberger, Sarah E. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2016-02-01

    A series of Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) experiments have been completed in the Advanced Test Reactor at Idaho National Laboratory in support of qualification and development of tristructural isotropic fuel. Each AGR test consists of multiple independently controlled and monitored capsules containing fuel compacts placed in a graphite cylinder. These capsules are instrumented with thermocouples embedded in the graphite, enabling temperature control. The fuel compacts are composed of fuel particles surrounded by a graphitic A3 matrix material. Dimensional change in AGR fuel compacts is vital because the swelling or shrinkage affects the size of the gas gaps that are used to control temperatures. Analysis of dimensional change in the AGR fuel compacts is needed to establish the variables directly relating to compact shrinkage. The variables initially identified for consideration were matrix density, compact density, fuel packing fraction, uranium loading, fuel particle diameter, cumulative fast neutron fluence, and volume average time average fuel temperature. In addition to the data available from the AGR experiments, the analysis included specimens formed from the same A3 matrix material used in Advanced Graphite Creep (AGC) experiments, which provide graphite creep data during irradiation for design and licensing purposes. The primary purpose of including the AGC specimens was to encompass dimensional behavior at zero packing fraction, zero uranium loading, and zero particle diameter. All possible combinations of first-order variable regressions were considered in the analysis. The study focused on identifying the best regression models for percent change in diameter, length, and volume. Bootstrap analysis was used to ensure the resulting regression models were robust and well-performing. The variables identified as very significant in predicting change in one or more dimensions (diameter, length, and volume) are volume average time average temperature, fast fluence

  13. Consequences of Windscale accident (October 1957) and study of the validity of the Sutton's mathematical model of atmospheric diffusion (1960); Etude des consequences de l'accident de Windscale (Octobre 1957) et de la validite du modele mathematique de diffusion atmospherique de Sutton (1960)

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    Doury, A. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique (S.C.R.G.R.) Saclay (France).Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires; Martin, J.J. [Electricite de France (EDF)(S.L.P.R.), 37 - Chinon (France)

    1960-07-01

    The reactor accident that happens at the number 1 pile of Windscale in 1957 was followed by a discharge of radioactive products into the atmosphere from the 1.X.1957 at 4.30 PM to the 12.X.1957 at 3.10 PM. On october the 11{sup th} it was possible to say that there was no more risk either of external irradiation or inhalation. But in adopting a M.A.C. of 0,1 {mu}curie of iodine 131 per litre of milk, the Authority had to control the milk delivery till november 23{sup rd} on a 500 km{sup 2} area. On the other hand, this exceptional accident permit to verify that Sutton's atmospheric diffusion model could give an easy means to foresee, with a sufficient approximation, the consequences of a dispersion of radioactive products into the atmosphere. (author) [French] L'accident survenu a la pile numero 1 de Windscale en 1957 a entraine l'emission de matieres radioactives dans l'atmosphere du 10 octobre a 16h30 au 12 octobre a 15h10. Le 11 octobre, on pouvait dire qu'il n'y avait plus de risque d'irradiation externe ni de danger par inhalation. Mais en adoptant une C.M.A. de 0,1 {mu}curie d'iode 131 par litre de lait, les autorites ont du reglementer la consommation du lait jusqu'au 23 novembre sur une etendue d'environ 500 km{sup 2}. D'autre part, cet accident exceptionnel a permis de verifier que le modele de diffusion atmospherique de Sutton pouvait fournir un moyen commode de prevoir avec une approximation suffisante les consequences d'une dispersion de produits radioactifs dans l'atmosphere. (auteur)

  14. AGR-1 Data Qualification Report

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    Michael Abbott

    2010-03-01

    ABSTRACT Projects for the very high temperature reactor (VHTR) Technology Development Office (TDO) program provide data in support of Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing of the VHTR. Fuel and materials to be used in the reactor are tested and characterized to quantify performance in high temperature and high fluence environments. The VHTR program has established the NGNP Data Management and Analysis System (NDMAS) to ensure that VHTR data are (1) qualified for use, (2) stored in a readily accessible electronic form, and (3) analyzed to extract useful results. This document focuses on the first NDMAS objective. It describes the data streams associated with the first Advanced Gas Reactor experiment (AGR-1), the processing of these data within NDMAS, and reports the qualification status of the data. Data qualification activities within NDMAS for specific types of data are determined by the data qualification category assigned by the data generator. They include: (1) capture testing, to confirm that the data stored within NDMAS are identical to the raw data supplied, (2) accuracy testing, to confirm that the data are an accurate representation of the system or object being measured, and (3) documentation that the data were collected under an NQA-1 or equivalent quality assurance program. The NDMAS database processing and qualification status of the following five data streams is reported in this document: 1. Fuel fabrication data. All data have been processed into the NDMAS database and qualified (1,819 records). 2. Fuel irradiation data. Data from all 13 AGR-1 reactor cycles have been processed into the NDMAS database and tested. Of these, 85% have been qualified and 15% have failed NDMAS accuracy testing. 3. FPMS data. Reprocessed (January 2010) data from all 13 AGR-1 reactor cycles have been processed into the database and capture tested. Final qualification of these data will be recorded after QA approval of an Engineering Calculations and Analysis Report

  15. Safety testing of AGR-2 UO2 compacts 3-3-2 and 3-4-2

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    Hunn, John D. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Morris, Robert Noel [Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Baldwin, Charles A. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Montgomery, Fred C. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2015-09-01

    Post-irradiation examination (PIE) is in progress on tristructural-isotropic (TRISO) coated-particle fuel compacts from the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification Program second irradiation experiment (AGR-2) [Collin 2014]. The AGR-2 PIE will build upon new information and understanding acquired throughout the recently-concluded six-year AGR-1 PIE campaign [Demkowicz et al. 2015] and establish a database for the different AGR-2 fuel designs.

  16. AGR-2 and AGR-3/4 Release-to-Birth Ratio Data Analysis

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    Pham, Binh T. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States). Very High Temperature Reactor Technology Development Office; Einerson, Jeffrey J. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States). Very High Temperature Reactor Technology Development Office; Scates, Dawn M. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States). Very High Temperature Reactor Technology Development Office; Maki, John T. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States). Very High Temperature Reactor Technology Development Office; Petti, David A. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States). Very High Temperature Reactor Technology Development Office

    2014-09-01

    A series of Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) irradiation tests is being conducted in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in support of development and qualification of tristructural isotropic (TRISO) low enriched fuel used in the High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor (HTGR). Each AGR test consists of multiple independently controlled and monitored capsules containing fuel compacts placed in a graphite cylinder shrouded by a steel shell. These capsules are instrumented with thermocouples embedded in the graphite enabling temperature control. AGR configuration and irradiation conditions are based on prismatic HTGR technology that is distinguished primarily through use of helium coolant, a low-power-density ceramic core capable of withstanding very high temperatures, and TRISO coated particle fuel. Thus, these tests provide valuable irradiation performance data to support fuel process development, qualify fuel for normal operating conditions, and support development and validation of fuel performance and fission product transport models and codes.

  17. Reactors

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    International Electrotechnical Commission. Geneva

    1988-01-01

    This standard applies to the following types of reactors: shunt reactors, current-limiting reactors including neutral-earthing reactors, damping reactors, tuning (filter) reactors, earthing transformers (neutral couplers), arc-suppression reactors, smoothing reactors, with the exception of the following reactors: small reactors with a rating generally less than 2 kvar single-phase and 10 kvar three-phase, reactors for special purposes such as high-frequency line traps or reactors mounted on rolling stock.

  18. Power plant performance - resurrection of the AGR

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    Kovan, Dick

    1994-04-01

    When the rest of the electricity supply industry was privatized in 1990, Nuclear Electric became responsible for the running of nuclear plants in England and Wales. These included five AGR stations, the output and revenue from which have increased dramatically. The absence of a fully representative prototype reactor led to deficiencies in the design and problems in the construction and commissioning of the AGR stations, particularly the first, Dungeness B. Subsequent plant and design improvements have led to the achievement of good performance, however, and Nuclear Electric's better understanding of AGR safety has been translated into higher output because it has been possible to run nearer to the limits on power ratings, temperatures and pressures. Increased efficiency in refuelling and greater productivity of boilers, gas circulators and turbines, together with improved servicing and maintenance procedures have all contributed to a reduction in reactor downtime. These and other actions which have been employed by Nuclear Electric to turn round the fortunes of the AGR stations are discussed. (UK).

  19. AGR-1 Safety Test Predictions using the PARFUME code

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    Blaise Collin

    2012-05-01

    The PARFUME modeling code was used to predict failure probability of TRISO-coated fuel particles and diffusion of fission products through these particles during safety tests following the first irradiation test of the Advanced Gas Reactor program (AGR-1). These calculations support the AGR-1 Safety Testing Experiment, which is part of the PIE effort on AGR-1. Modeling of the AGR-1 Safety Test Predictions includes a 620-day irradiation followed by a 300-hour heat-up phase of selected AGR-1 compacts. Results include fuel failure probability, palladium penetration, and fractional release of fission products. Results show that no particle failure is predicted during irradiation or heat-up, and that fractional release of fission products is limited during irradiation but that it significantly increases during heat-up.

  20. Uncertainty Quantification of Calculated Temperatures for the AGR-1 Experiment

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    Binh T. Pham; Jeffrey J. Einerson; Grant L. Hawkes

    2012-04-01

    This report documents an effort to quantify the uncertainty of the calculated temperature data for the first Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR-1) fuel irradiation experiment conducted in the INL's Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) in support of the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) R&D program. Recognizing uncertainties inherent in physics and thermal simulations of the AGR-1 test, the results of the numerical simulations can be used in combination with the statistical analysis methods to improve qualification of measured data. Additionally, the temperature simulation data for AGR tests can be used for validation of the fuel transport and fuel performance simulation models. The crucial roles of the calculated fuel temperatures in ensuring achievement of the AGR experimental program objectives require accurate determination of the model temperature uncertainties. The report is organized into three chapters. Chapter 1 introduces the AGR Fuel Development and Qualification program and provides overviews of AGR-1 measured data, AGR-1 test configuration and test procedure, and thermal simulation. Chapters 2 describes the uncertainty quantification procedure for temperature simulation data of the AGR-1 experiment, namely, (i) identify and quantify uncertainty sources; (ii) perform sensitivity analysis for several thermal test conditions; (iii) use uncertainty propagation to quantify overall response temperature uncertainty. A set of issues associated with modeling uncertainties resulting from the expert assessments are identified. This also includes the experimental design to estimate the main effects and interactions of the important thermal model parameters. Chapter 3 presents the overall uncertainty results for the six AGR-1 capsules. This includes uncertainties for the daily volume-average and peak fuel temperatures, daily average temperatures at TC locations, and time-average volume-average and time-average peak fuel temperatures.

  1. Uncertainty Quantification of Calculated Temperatures for the AGR-1 Experiment

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    Binh T. Pham; Jeffrey J. Einerson; Grant L. Hawkes

    2013-03-01

    This report documents an effort to quantify the uncertainty of the calculated temperature data for the first Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR-1) fuel irradiation experiment conducted in the INL’s Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) in support of the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) R&D program. Recognizing uncertainties inherent in physics and thermal simulations of the AGR-1 test, the results of the numerical simulations can be used in combination with the statistical analysis methods to improve qualification of measured data. Additionally, the temperature simulation data for AGR tests can be used for validation of the fuel transport and fuel performance simulation models. The crucial roles of the calculated fuel temperatures in ensuring achievement of the AGR experimental program objectives require accurate determination of the model temperature uncertainties. The report is organized into three chapters. Chapter 1 introduces the AGR Fuel Development and Qualification program and provides overviews of AGR-1 measured data, AGR-1 test configuration and test procedure, and thermal simulation. Chapters 2 describes the uncertainty quantification procedure for temperature simulation data of the AGR-1 experiment, namely, (i) identify and quantify uncertainty sources; (ii) perform sensitivity analysis for several thermal test conditions; (iii) use uncertainty propagation to quantify overall response temperature uncertainty. A set of issues associated with modeling uncertainties resulting from the expert assessments are identified. This also includes the experimental design to estimate the main effects and interactions of the important thermal model parameters. Chapter 3 presents the overall uncertainty results for the six AGR-1 capsules. This includes uncertainties for the daily volume-average and peak fuel temperatures, daily average temperatures at TC locations, and time-average volume-average and time-average peak fuel temperatures.

  2. AGR-1 Data Qualification Interim Report

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    Machael Abbott

    2009-08-01

    Projects for the very-high-temperature reactor (VHTR) program provide data in support of Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing of the VHTR. Fuel and materials to be used in the reactor are tested and characterized to quantify performance in high temperature and high fluence environments. The VHTR Program has established the NGNP Data Management and Analysis System (NDMAS) to ensure that VHTR data are (1) qualified for use, (2) stored in a readily accessible electronic form, and (3) analyzed to extract useful results. This document focuses on the first NDMAS objective. It describes the data streams associated with the first Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR-1) experiment, the processing of these data within NDMAS, and reports the interim FY09 qualification status of the AGR-1 data to date. Data qualification activities within NDMAS for specific types of data are determined by the data qualification category, which is assigned by the data generator, and include: (1) capture testing, to confirm that the data stored within NDMAS are identical to the raw data supplied, (2) accuracy testing, to confirm that the data are an accurate representation of the system or object being measured, and (3) documentation that the data were collected under an NQA-1 or equivalent QA program. The interim qualification status of the following four data streams is reported in this document: (1) fuel fabrication data, (2) fuel irradiation data, (3) fission product monitoring system (FPMS) data, and (4) Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) operating conditions data. A final report giving the NDMAS qualification status of all AGR-1 data (including cycle 145A) is planned for February 2010.

  3. AGR-2 Data Qualification Report for ATR Cycle 154B

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    Binh Pham; Jeff Einerson

    2014-01-01

    This report provides the data qualification status of Advanced Gas Reactor-2 (AGR-2) fuel irradiation experimental data from Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) Cycle 154B as recorded in the Nuclear Data Management and Analysis System (NDMAS). This is the last cycle of AGR-2 irradiation, as the test train was pulled from the ATR core during the outage portion of ATR Cycle 155A. The AGR-2 data streams addressed in this report include thermocouple (TC) temperatures, sweep gas data (flow rates including new Fission Product Monitoring (FPM) downstream flows from Fission Product Monitoring System (FPMS) detectors, pressure, and moisture content), and FPMS data (release rates and release-to-birth rate ratios [R/Bs]) for each of the six capsules in the AGR-2 experiment. The final data qualification status for these data streams is determined by a Data Review Committee (DRC) comprised of AGR technical leads, Sitewide Quality Assurance (QA), and NDMAS analysts. The Data Review Committee reviewed the data acquisition process, considered whether the data met the requirements for data collection as specified in QA-approved Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) data collection plans, examined the results of NDMAS data testing and statistical analyses, and confirmed the qualification status of the data as given in this report.

  4. Dimethylamine as a replacement for ammonia dosing in the secondary circuit of an advanced gas-cooled reactor (AGR) power station

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    Armstrong, Chris; Mitchell, Malcolm S. [EDF Energy, Hartlepool Power Station, Hartlepool (United Kingdom); Bull, Andrew E.A.; Quirk, Graham P.; Rudge, Andy [EDF Energy Nuclear Generation, Barnwood, Gloucester (United Kingdom). Central Technical Organisation; Woolsey, Ian S.

    2012-06-15

    Increasing flow resistance observed over recent years within the helical once-through boilers in the four advanced gas-cooled reactors at Hartlepool and Heysham 1 Power Stations have reduced boiler performance, resulting in reductions in feedwater flow, steam temperatures, and power output and in the need to carry out periodic chemical cleaning. The root cause is believed to be the development of magnetite deposits with high flow impedance in the 9Cr1Mo evaporator section of the boiler tubing. To prevent continued increases in boiler flow resistance, dimethylamine is being trialled, in one of the four affected units, as a replacement to the conventional ammonia dosing. Dimethylamine increases the pH at temperature around the secondary circuit and, based on full scale boiler rig simulations, is expected to reduce iron transport and prevent flow resistance increases within the evaporator section of the boiler. The dimethylamine plant trial commenced in January 2011 and is ongoing. The feedwater concentration of dimethylamine has been increased progressively towards a final target value of 900 {mu}g . kg{sup -1} and its effect on iron transport and boiler pressure loss is being closely monitored. The high steam temperature (> 500 C) of the secondary circuit leads to some decomposition of dimethylamine, which is being carefully monitored at various locations around the circuit. The decomposition products identified with dimethylamine dosing include ammonia, methylamine, formic acid, carbon dioxide and, as yet, unidentified neutral organic species. The effect of dimethylamine dosing on iron transport and boiler pressure drops and its decomposition behaviour around the secondary circuit during the plant trial will be presented in this paper. (orig.)

  5. AGR-1 Post Irradiation Examination Final Report

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    Demkowicz, Paul Andrew [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2015-08-01

    The post-irradiation examination (PIE) of the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR)-1 experiment was a multi-year, collaborative effort between Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to study the performance of UCO (uranium carbide, uranium oxide) tristructural isotropic (TRISO) coated particle fuel fabricated in the U.S. and irradiated at the Advanced Test Reactor at INL to a peak burnup of 19.6% fissions per initial metal atom. This work involved a broad array of experiments and analyses to evaluate the level of fission product retention by the fuel particles and compacts (both during irradiation and during post-irradiation heating tests to simulate reactor accident conditions), investigate the kernel and coating layer morphology evolution and the causes of coating failure, and explore the migration of fission products through the coating layers. The results have generally confirmed the excellent performance of the AGR-1 fuel, first indicated during the irradiation by the observation of zero TRISO coated particle failures out of 298,000 particles in the experiment. Overall release of fission products was determined by PIE to have been relatively low during the irradiation. A significant finding was the extremely low levels of cesium released through intact coatings. This was true both during the irradiation and during post-irradiation heating tests to temperatures as high as 1800°C. Post-irradiation safety test fuel performance was generally excellent. Silver release from the particles and compacts during irradiation was often very high. Extensive microanalysis of fuel particles was performed after irradiation and after high-temperature safety testing. The results of particle microanalysis indicate that the UCO fuel is effective at controlling the oxygen partial pressure within the particle and limiting kernel migration. Post-irradiation examination has provided the final body of data that speaks to the quality of the AGR-1 fuel, building

  6. AGR-2 Irradiation Test Final As-Run Report

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    Collin, Blaise P. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States). VHTR Program

    2014-08-01

    This document presents the as-run analysis of the AGR-2 irradiation experiment. AGR-2 is the second of the planned irradiations for the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification Program. Funding for this program is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) Technical Development Office (TDO) program. The objectives of the AGR-2 experiment are to: (a) Irradiate UCO (uranium oxycarbide) and UO2 (uranium dioxide) fuel produced in a large coater. Fuel attributes are based on results obtained from the AGR-1 test and other project activities. (b) Provide irradiated fuel samples for post-irradiation experiment (PIE) and safety testing. (c) Support the development of an understanding of the relationship between fuel fabrication processes, fuel product properties, and irradiation performance. The primary objective of the test was to irradiate both UCO and UO2 TRISO (tri-structural isotropic) fuel produced from prototypic scale equipment to obtain normal operation and accident condition fuel performance data. The UCO compacts were subjected to a range of burnups and temperatures typical of anticipated prismatic reactor service conditions in three capsules. The test train also includes compacts containing UO2 particles produced independently by the United States, South Africa, and France in three separate capsules. The range of burnups and temperatures in these capsules were typical of anticipated pebble bed reactor service conditions. The results discussed in this report pertain only to U.S. produced fuel.

  7. AGR-2 Irradiation Test Final As-Run Report

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    Collin, Blaise P. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States). VHTR Program

    2014-08-01

    This document presents the as-run analysis of the AGR-2 irradiation experiment. AGR-2 is the second of the planned irradiations for the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification Program. Funding for this program is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) Technology Development Office (TDO) program. The objectives of the AGR-2 experiment are to: 1. Irradiate UCO (uranium oxycarbide) and UO2 (uranium dioxide) fuel produced in a large coater. Fuel attributes are based on results obtained from the AGR-1 test and other project activities. 2. Provide irradiated fuel samples for post-irradiation experiment (PIE) and safety testing. 3. Support the development of an understanding of the relationship between fuel fabrication processes, fuel product properties, and irradiation performance. The primary objective of the test was to irradiate both UCO and UO2 TRISO (tristructural isotropic) fuel produced from prototypic scale equipment to obtain normal operation and accident condition fuel performance data. The UCO compacts were subjected to a range of burnups and temperatures typical of anticipated prismatic reactor service conditions in three capsules. The test train also includes compacts containing UO2 particles produced independently by the United States, South Africa, and France in three separate capsules. The range of burnups and temperatures in these capsules were typical of anticipated pebble bed reactor service conditions. The results discussed in this report pertain only to U.S.-produced fuel.

  8. Mortality and cancer registration experience of the Sellafield workers known to have been involved in the 1957 Windscale accident: 50 year follow-up

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    McGeoghegan, D; Whaley, S; Binks, K; Gillies, M; Thompson, K; McElvenny, D M, E-mail: Steve.Whaley@westlakes.ac.u [Epidemiology Group, Westlakes Research Institute, Westlakes Science and Technology Park, Moor Row, Cumbria CA24 3LN (United Kingdom)

    2010-09-15

    This paper studies the mortality and cancer morbidity of the 470 male workers involved in tackling the 1957 Sellafield Windscale fire or its subsequent clean-up. Workers were followed up for 50 years to 2007, extending the follow-up of a previously published cohort study on the Windscale fire by 10 years. The size of the study population is small, but the cohort is of interest because of the involvement of the workers in the accident. Significant excesses of deaths from diseases of the circulatory system (standardised mortality ratio (SMR) = 120, 95% CI = 103-138; 194 deaths) driven by ischaemic heart disease (IHD) (SMR = 133, 95% CI = 112-157, 141 deaths) were found when compared with the population of England and Wales but not when compared with the population of Northwest England (SMR = 105, 95% CI = 90-120 and SMR = 115, 95% CI = 97-136 respectively). When compared with those workers in post at the time of the fire but not directly involved in the fire the mortality rate from IHD among those involved in tackling the fire was raised but not statistically significantly (rate ratio (RR) = 1.11, 95% CI = 0.92-1.33). A RR of 1.11 is consistent with an excess relative risk of 0.65 Sv{sup -1} as reported in an earlier study of non-cancer mortality in the British Nuclear Fuels plc cohort of which these workers are a small but significant part. There was a statistically significant difference in lung cancer mortality (RR = 2.18, 95% CI = 1.05-4.52) rates between workers who had received higher recorded external doses during the fire and those who had received lower external doses. Comparison of the mortality rates of workers directly involved in the accident with workers in post, but not so involved, showed no significant differences overall. On the basis of the use of a propensity score the average effect of involvement in the Windscale fire on all causes of death was - 2.13% (se = 3.64%, p = 0.56) though this difference is not statistically significant. The average

  9. AGR-2 IRRADIATION TEST FINAL AS-RUN REPORT

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    Blaise, Collin

    2014-07-01

    This document presents the as-run analysis of the AGR-2 irradiation experiment. AGR-2 is the second of the planned irradiations for the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification Program. Funding for this program is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) Technical Development Office (TDO) program. The objectives of the AGR-2 experiment are to: (a) Irradiate UCO (uranium oxycarbide) and UO2 (uranium dioxide) fuel produced in a large coater. Fuel attributes are based on results obtained from the AGR-1 test and other project activities. (b) Provide irradiated fuel samples for post-irradiation experiment (PIE) and safety testing. (c) Support the development of an understanding of the relationship between fuel fabrication processes, fuel product properties, and irradiation performance. The primary objective of the test was to irradiate both UCO and UO2 TRISO (tri-structural isotropic) fuel produced from prototypic scale equipment to obtain normal operation and accident condition fuel performance data. The UCO compacts were subjected to a range of burnups and temperatures typical of anticipated prismatic reactor service conditions in three capsules. The test train also includes compacts containing UO2 particles produced independently by the United States, South Africa, and France in three separate capsules. The range of burnups and temperatures in these capsules were typical of anticipated pebble bed reactor service conditions. The results discussed in this report pertain only to U.S. produced fuel. In order to achieve the test objectives, the AGR-2 experiment was irradiated in the B-12 position of the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) for a total irradiation duration of 559.2 effective full power days (EFPD). Irradiation began on June 22, 2010, and ended on October 16, 2013, spanning 12 ATR power cycles and approximately three and a half calendar years. The test

  10. SiC layer microstructure in AGR-1 and AGR-2 TRISO fuel particles and the influence of its variation on the effective diffusion of key fission products

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    Gerczak, Tyler J.; Hunn, John D.; Lowden, Richard A.; Allen, Todd R.

    2016-11-01

    Tristructural isotropic (TRISO) coated particle fuel is a promising fuel form for advanced reactor concepts such as high temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGR) and is being developed domestically under the US Department of Energy's Nuclear Reactor Technologies Initiative in support of Advanced Reactor Technologies. The fuel development and qualification plan includes a series of fuel irradiations to demonstrate fuel performance from the laboratory to commercial scale. The first irradiation campaign, AGR-1, included four separate TRISO fuel variants composed of multiple, laboratory-scale coater batches. The second irradiation campaign, AGR-2, included TRISO fuel particles fabricated by BWX Technologies with a larger coater representative of an industrial-scale system. The SiC layers of as-fabricated particles from the AGR-1 and AGR-2 irradiation campaigns have been investigated by electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) to provide key information about the microstructural features relevant to fuel performance. The results of a comprehensive study of multiple particles from all constituent batches are reported. The observations indicate that there were microstructural differences between variants and among constituent batches in a single variant. Insights on the influence of microstructure on the effective diffusivity of key fission products in the SiC layer are also discussed.

  11. AGR-2 Safety Test Predictions Using the PARFUME Code

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    Blaise Collin

    2014-09-01

    This report documents calculations performed to predict failure probability of TRISO-coated fuel particles and diffusion of fission products through these particles during safety tests following the second irradiation test of the Advanced Gas Reactor program (AGR-2). The calculations include the modeling of the AGR-2 irradiation that occurred from June 2010 to October 2013 in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) and the modeling of a safety testing phase to support safety tests planned at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) for a selection of AGR-2 compacts. The heat-up of AGR-2 compacts is a critical component of the AGR-2 fuel performance evaluation, and its objectives are to identify the effect of accident test temperature, burnup, and irradiation temperature on the performance of the fuel at elevated temperature. Safety testing of compacts will be followed by detailed examinations of the fuel particles to further evaluate fission product retention and behavior of the kernel and coatings. The modeling was performed using the particle fuel model computer code PARFUME developed at INL. PARFUME is an advanced gas-cooled reactor fuel performance modeling and analysis code (Miller 2009). It has been developed as an integrated mechanistic code that evaluates the thermal, mechanical, and physico-chemical behavior of fuel particles during irradiation to determine the failure probability of a population of fuel particles given the particle-to-particle statistical variations in physical dimensions and material properties that arise from the fuel fabrication process, accounting for all viable mechanisms that can lead to particle failure. The code also determines the diffusion of fission products from the fuel through the particle coating layers, and through the fuel matrix to the coolant boundary. The subsequent release of fission products is calculated at the compact level (release of fission products from the compact). PARFUME calculates the

  12. AGR-2 safety test predictions using the PARFUME code

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    Collin, Blaise P. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2014-09-01

    This report documents calculations performed to predict failure probability of TRISO-coated fuel particles and diffusion of fission products through these particles during safety tests following the second irradiation test of the Advanced Gas Reactor program (AGR-2). The calculations include the modeling of the AGR-2 irradiation that occurred from June 2010 to October 2013 in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) and the modeling of a safety testing phase to support safety tests planned at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) for a selection of AGR-2 compacts. The heat-up of AGR-2 compacts is a critical component of the AGR-2 fuel performance evaluation, and its objectives are to identify the effect of accident test temperature, burnup, and irradiation temperature on the performance of the fuel at elevated temperature. Safety testing of compacts will be followed by detailed examinations of the fuel particles to further evaluate fission product retention and behavior of the kernel and coatings. The modeling was performed using the particle fuel model computer code PARFUME developed at INL. PARFUME is an advanced gas-cooled reactor fuel performance modeling and analysis code (Miller 2009). It has been developed as an integrated mechanistic code that evaluates the thermal, mechanical, and physico-chemical behavior of fuel particles during irradiation to determine the failure probability of a population of fuel particles given the particle-to-particle statistical variations in physical dimensions and material properties that arise from the fuel fabrication process, accounting for all viable mechanisms that can lead to particle failure. The code also determines the diffusion of fission products from the fuel through the particle coating layers, and through the fuel matrix to the coolant boundary. The subsequent release of fission products is calculated at the compact level (release of fission products from the compact). PARFUME calculates the

  13. Safety Testing of AGR-2 UCO Compacts 5-2-2, 2-2-2, and 5-4-1

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    Hunn, John D. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Fusion and Materials for Nuclear Systems Division; Morris, Robert Noel [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Fusion and Materials for Nuclear Systems Division; Baldwin, Charles A. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Fusion and Materials for Nuclear Systems Division; Montgomery, Fred C. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Fusion and Materials for Nuclear Systems Division

    2016-08-01

    Post-irradiation examination (PIE) is being performed on tristructural-isotropic (TRISO) coated-particle fuel compacts from the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification Program second irradiation experiment (AGR-2). This effort builds upon the understanding acquired throughout the AGR-1 PIE campaign, and is establishing a database for the different AGR-2 fuel designs. The AGR-2 irradiation experiment included TRISO fuel particles coated at BWX Technologies (BWXT) with a 150-mm-diameter engineering-scale coater. Two coating batches were tested in the AGR-2 irradiation experiment. Batch 93085 had 508-μm-diameter uranium dioxide (UO2) kernels. Batch 93073 had 427-μm-diameter UCO kernels, which is a kernel design where some of the uranium oxide is converted to uranium carbide during fabrication to provide a getter for oxygen liberated during fission and limit CO production. Fabrication and property data for the AGR-2 coating batches have been compiled and compared to those for AGR-1. The AGR-2 TRISO coatings were most like the AGR-1 Variant 3 TRISO deposited in the 50-mm-diameter ORNL lab-scale coater. In both cases argon-dilution of the hydrogen and methyltrichlorosilane coating gas mixture employed to deposit the SiC was used to produce a finer-grain, more equiaxed SiC microstructure. In addition to the fact that AGR-1 fuel had smaller, 350-μm-diameter UCO kernels, notable differences in the TRISO particle properties included the pyrocarbon anisotropy, which was slightly higher in the particles coated in the engineering-scale coater, and the exposed kernel defect fraction, which was higher for AGR-2 fuel due to the detected presence of particles with impact damage introduced during TRISO particle handling.

  14. Safety Testing of AGR-2 UCO Compacts 5-2-2, 2-2-2, and 5-4-1

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    Hunn, John D [ORNL; Morris, Robert Noel [ORNL; Baldwin, Charles A [ORNL; Montgomery, Fred C [ORNL

    2016-10-01

    Post-irradiation examination (PIE) is being performed on tristructural-isotropic (TRISO) coated-particle fuel compacts from the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification Program second irradiation experiment (AGR-2) [Collin 2014]. This effort builds upon the understanding acquired throughout the AGR-1 PIE campaign [Demkowicz et al. 2015a] and is establishing a database for the different AGR-2 fuel designs. The AGR-2 irradiation experiment included TRISO fuel particles coated at BWX Technologies (BWXT) with a 150-mm-diameter engineering-scale coater. Two coating batches were tested in the AGR-2 irradiation experiment. Batch 93085 had 508-μm-diameter uranium dioxide (UO2) kernels. Batch 93073 had 427-μm-diameter UCO kernels, which is a kernel design where some of the uranium oxide is converted to uranium carbide during fabrication to provide a getter for oxygen liberated during fission and limit CO production. Fabrication and property data for the AGR-2 coating batches have been compiled [Barnes and Marshall 2009] and compared to AGR-1 [Phillips, Barnes, and Hunn 2010]. The AGR-2 TRISO coatings were most like the AGR-1 Variant 3 TRISO deposited in the 50-mm-diameter ORNL lab-scale coater [Hunn and Lowden 2006]. In both cases argon-dilution of the hydrogen and methyltrichlorosilane coating gas mixture employed to deposit the SiC was used to produce a finer-grain, more equiaxed SiC microstructure [Lowden 2006; Gerczak et al. 2016]. In addition to the fact that AGR-1 fuel had smaller, 350-μm-diameter UCO kernels, notable differences in the TRISO particle properties included the pyrocarbon anisotropy, which was slightly higher in the particles coated in the engineeringscale coater, and the exposed kernel defect fraction, which was higher for AGR-2 fuel due to the detected presence of particles with impact damage introduced during TRISO particle handling [Hunn 2010].

  15. Reactor

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    Evans, Robert M.

    1976-10-05

    1. A neutronic reactor having a moderator, coolant tubes traversing the moderator from an inlet end to an outlet end, bodies of material fissionable by neutrons of thermal energy disposed within the coolant tubes, and means for circulating water through said coolant tubes characterized by the improved construction wherein the coolant tubes are constructed of aluminum having an outer diameter of 1.729 inches and a wall thickness of 0.059 inch, and the means for circulating a liquid coolant through the tubes includes a source of water at a pressure of approximately 350 pounds per square inch connected to the inlet end of the tubes, and said construction including a pressure reducing orifice disposed at the inlet ends of the tubes reducing the pressure of the water by approximately 150 pounds per square inch.

  16. PIE on Safety-Tested AGR-1 Compact 5-1-1

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    Hunn, John D. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Morris, Robert Noel [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Baldwin, Charles A. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Montgomery, Fred C. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Gerczak, Tyler J. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2015-08-01

    Post-irradiation examination (PIE) is being performed in support of tristructural isotropic (TRISO) coated particle fuel development and qualification for High-Temperature Gas-cooled Reactors (HTGRs). AGR-1 was the first in a series of TRISO fuel irradiation experiments initiated in 2006 under the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification Program; this work continues to be funded by the Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy as part of the Advanced Reactor Technologies (ART) initiative. AGR-1 fuel compacts were fabricated at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in 2006 and irradiated for three years in the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) to demonstrate and evaluate fuel performance under HTGR irradiation conditions. PIE is being performed at INL and ORNL to study how the fuel behaved during irradiation, and to examine fuel performance during exposure to elevated temperatures at or above temperatures that could occur during a depressurized conduction cooldown event. This report summarizes safety testing of irradiated AGR-1 Compact 5-1-1 in the ORNL Core Conduction Cooldown Test Facility (CCCTF) and post-safety testing PIE.

  17. Data Compilation for AGR-1 Variant 3 Compact Lot LEU01-49T-Z

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    Hunn, John D [ORNL; Montgomery, Fred C [ORNL; Pappano, Peter J [ORNL

    2006-08-01

    This document is a compilation of characterization data for the AGR-1 vriant 3 fuel compact lot LEU01-49T-Z. The compacts were produced by ORNL for the Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification (AGR) program for the first AGR irradiation test train (AGR-1). This compact lot was fabricated using particle composite LEU01-49T, which was a composite of three batches of TRISO-coated 350 {micro}m diameter 19.7% low enrichment uranium oxide/uranium carbide kernels (LEUCO). The AGR-1 TRISO-coated particles consist of a spherical kernel coated with an {approx} 50% dense carbon buffer layer (100 {micro}m nominal thickness), followed by a dense inner pyrocarbon layer (40 {micro}m nominal thickness), followed by a SiC layer (35 {micro}m nominal thickness), followed by another dense outer pyrocarbon layer (40 {micro}m nominal thickness). The kernels were obtained from BWXT and identified as composite G73D-20-69302. The BWXT kernel lot G73D-20-69302 was riffled into sublots for characterization and coating by ORNL and identified as LEU01-?? (where ?? is a series of integers beginning with 01). A data compilation for the AGR-1 variant 3 coated particle composite LEU01-49t CAN BE FOUND IN ornl/tm-2006/022.

  18. Uncertainty Quantification of Calculated Temperatures for the AGR 3/4 Experiment

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    Pham, Binh Thi-Cam [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2015-09-01

    A series of Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) irradiation experiments are being conducted within the Advanced Reactor Technology (ART) Fuel Development and Qualification Program. The main objectives of the fuel experimental campaign are to provide the necessary data on fuel performance to support fuel process development, qualify a fuel design and fabrication process for normal operation and accident conditions, and support development and validation of fuel performance and fission product transport models and codes (PLN 3636, “Technical Program Plan for INL Advanced Reactor Technologies Technology Development Office/Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification Program”). The AGR 3/4 test was inserted in the Northeast Flux Trap position in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) core at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in December 2011 and successfully completed irradiation in mid-April 2014, resulting in irradiation of the tristructural isotropic (TRISO) fuel for 369.1 effective full-power days (EFPDs) during approximately 2.4 calendar years. The AGR 3/4 data, including the irradiation data and calculated results, were qualified and stored in the Nuclear Data Management and Analysis System (NDMAS). To support the U.S. TRISO fuel performance assessment and to provide data for validation of fuel performance and fission product transport models and codes, the daily as run thermal analysis has been performed separately on each of twelve AGR 3/4 capsules for the entire irradiation as discussed in ECAR-2807, “AGR 3/4 Daily As Run Thermal Analyses”. The ABAQUS code’s finite element-based thermal model predicts the daily average volume average (VA) fuel temperature (FT), peak FT, and graphite matrix, sleeve, and sink temperature in each capsule. The JMOCUP simulation codes were also created to perform depletion calculations for the AGR 3/4 experiment (ECAR-2753, “JMOCUP As-Run Daily Physics Depletion Calculation for the AGR 3/4 TRISO Particle Experiment in ATR

  19. AGR-1 Irradiation Test Final As-Run Report

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    Blaise P. Collin

    2012-06-01

    This document presents the as-run analysis of the AGR-1 irradiation experiment. AGR-1 is the first of eight planned irradiations for the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification Program. Funding for this program is provided by the US Department of Energy (DOE) as part of the Next-Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) project. The objectives of the AGR-1 experiment are: 1. To gain experience with multi-capsule test train design, fabrication, and operation with the intent to reduce the probability of capsule or test train failure in subsequent irradiation tests. 2. To irradiate fuel produced in conjunction with the AGR fuel process development effort. 3. To provide data that will support the development of an understanding of the relationship between fuel fabrication processes, fuel product properties, and irradiation performance. In order to achieve the test objectives, the AGR-1 experiment was irradiated in the B-10 position of the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) for a total duration of 620 effective full power days of irradiation. Irradiation began on December 24, 2006 and ended on November 6, 2009 spanning 13 ATR cycles and approximately three calendar years. The test contained six independently controlled and monitored capsules. Each capsule contained 12 compacts of a single type, or variant, of the AGR coated fuel. No fuel particles failed during the AGR-1 irradiation. Final burnup values on a per compact basis ranged from 11.5 to 19.6 %FIMA, while fast fluence values ranged from 2.21 to 4.39 ?1025 n/m2 (E >0.18 MeV). We’ll say something here about temperatures once thermal recalc is done. Thermocouples performed well, failing at a lower rate than expected. At the end of the irradiation, nine of the originally-planned 19 TCs were considered functional. Fission product release-to-birth (R/B) ratios were quite low. In most capsules, R/B values at the end of the irradiation were at or below 10-7 with only one

  20. AGR 3/4 Irradiation Test Final As Run Report

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    Collin, Blaise P. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2015-06-01

    Several fuel and material irradiation experiments have been planned for the Idaho National Laboratory Advanced Reactor Technologies Technology Development Office Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification Program (referred to as the INL ART TDO/AGR fuel program hereafter), which supports the development and qualification of tristructural-isotropic (TRISO) coated particle fuel for use in HTGRs. The goals of these experiments are to provide irradiation performance data to support fuel process development, qualify fuel for normal operating conditions, support development and validation of fuel performance and fission product transport models and codes, and provide irradiated fuel and materials for post irradiation examination and safety testing (INL 05/2015). AGR-3/4 combined the third and fourth in this series of planned experiments to test TRISO coated low enriched uranium (LEU) oxycarbide fuel. This combined experiment was intended to support the refinement of fission product transport models and to assess the effects of sweep gas impurities on fuel performance and fission product transport by irradiating designed-to-fail fuel particles and by measuring subsequent fission metal transport in fuel-compact matrix material and fuel-element graphite. The AGR 3/4 fuel test was successful in irradiating the fuel compacts to the burnup and fast fluence target ranges, considering the experiment was terminated short of its initial 400 EFPD target (Collin 2015). Out of the 48 AGR-3/4 compacts, 42 achieved the specified burnup of at least 6% fissions per initial heavy-metal atom (FIMA). Three capsules had a maximum fuel compact average burnup < 10% FIMA, one more than originally specified, and the maximum fuel compact average burnup was <19% FIMA for the remaining capsules, as specified. Fast neutron fluence fell in the expected range of 1.0 to 5.5×1025 n/m2 (E >0.18 MeV) for all compacts. In addition, the AGR-3/4 experiment was globally successful in keeping the

  1. AGR-2 Data Qualification Report for ATR Cycles 147A, 148A, 148B, and 149A

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    Michael L. Abbott; Keith A. Daum

    2011-08-01

    This report presents the data qualification status of fuel irradiation data from the first four reactor cycles (147A, 148A, 148B, and 149A) of the on-going second Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR-2) experiment as recorded in the NGNP Data Management and Analysis System (NDMAS). This includes data received by NDMAS from the period June 22, 2010 through May 21, 2011. AGR-2 is the second in a series of eight planned irradiation experiments for the AGR Fuel Development and Qualification Program, which supports development of the very high temperature gas-cooled reactor (VHTR) under the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) Project. Irradiation of the AGR-2 test train is being performed at the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and is planned for 600 effective full power days (approximately 2.75 calendar years) (PLN-3798). The experiment is intended to demonstrate the performance of UCO (uranium oxycarbide) and UO2 (uranium dioxide) fuel produced in a large coater. Data qualification status of the AGR-1 experiment was reported in INL/EXT-10-17943 (Abbott et al. 2010).

  2. Quantity of 135I released from the AGR-1, AGR-2, and AGR-3/4 experiments and discovery of 131I at the FPMS traps during the AGR-3/4 experiment

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    Scates, Dawn M. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2014-09-01

    A series of three Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) experiments have been conducted in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). From 2006 through 2014, these experiments supported the development and qualification of the new U.S. tristructural isotropic (TRISO) particle fuel for Very High Temperature Reactors (VHTR). Each AGR experiment consisted of multiple fueled capsules, each plumbed for independent temperature control using a mix of helium and neon gases. The gas leaving a capsule was routed to individual Fission Product Monitor (FPM) detectors. For intact fuel particles, the TRISO particle coatings provide a substantial barrier to fission product release. However, particles with failed coatings, whether because of a minute percentage of initially defective particles, those which fail during irradiation, or those designed to fail (DTF) particles, can release fission products to the flowing gas stream. Because reactive fission product elements like iodine and cesium quickly deposit on cooler capsule components and piping structures as the effluent gas leaves the reactor core, only the noble fission gas isotopes of Kr and Xe tend to reach FPM detectors. The FPM system utilizes High Purity Germanium (HPGe) detectors coupled with a thallium activated sodium iodide NaI(Tl) scintillator. The HPGe detector provides individual isotopic information, while the NaI(Tl) scintillator is used as a gross count rate meter. During irradiation, the 135mXe concentration reaching the FPM detectors is from both direct fission and by decay of the accumulated 135I. About 2.5 hours after irradiation (ten 15.3 minute 135mXe half lives) the directly produced 135mXe has decayed and only the longer lived 135I remains as a source. Decay systematics dictate that 135mXe will be in secular equilibrium with its 135I parent, such that its production rate very nearly equals the decay rate of the

  3. Data Compilation for AGR-1 Baseline Compact Lot LEU01-46T-Z

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    Hunn, John D [ORNL; Montgomery, Fred C [ORNL; Pappano, Peter J [ORNL

    2006-08-01

    This document is a compilation of characterization data for the AGR-1 baseline compact lot LEU01-46T-Z. The compacts were produced by ORNL for the Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification (AGR) program for the first AGR irradiation test train (AGR-1). This compact lot was fabricated using particle composite LEU01-46T, which was a composite of four batches of TRISO-coated 350 {micro}m diameter 19.7% low enrichment uranium oxide/uranium carbide kernels (LEUCO). The AGR-1 TRISO-coated particles consist of a spherical kernel coated with an {approx} 50% dense carbon buffer layer (100 {micro}m nominal thickness), followed by a dense inner pyrocarbon layer (40 {micro}m nominal thickness), followed by a SiC layer (35 {micro}m nominal thickness), followed by another dense outer pyrocarbon layer (40 {micro}m nominal thickness). The kernels were obtained from BWXT and identified as composite G73D-20-69302. The BWXT kernel lot G73D-20-69302 was riffled into sublots for characterization and coating by ORNL and identified as LEU01-?? (where ?? is a series of integers beginning with 01). A data compilation for the AGR-1 baseline coated particle composite LEU01-46T can be found in ORNL/TM-2006/019. The AGR-1 Fuel product Specification and Characterization Guidance (INL EDF-4380) provides the requirements necessary for acceptance of the fuel manufactured for the AGR-1 irradiation test. Section 6.2 of EDF-4380 provides the property requirements for the heat treated compacts. The Statistical Sampling Plan for AGR Fuel materials (INL EDF-4542) provides additional guidance regarding statistical methods for product acceptance and recommended sample sizes. The procedures for characterizing and qualifying the compacts are outlined in ORNL product inspection plan AGR-CHAR-PIP-05. the inspection report forms generated by this product inspection plan document the product acceptance for the property requirements listed in section 6.2 of EDF-4380.

  4. Data Compilation for AGR-1 Variant 2 Compact Lot LEU01-48T-Z

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    Hunn, John D [ORNL; Montgomery, Fred C [ORNL; Pappano, Peter J [ORNL

    2006-08-01

    This document is a compilation of characterization data for the AGR-1 variant 2 compact lot LEU01-48T-Z. The compacts were produced by ORNL for the Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification (AGR) program for the first AGR irradiation test train (AGR-1). This compact lot was fabricated using particle composite LEU01-48T, which was a composite of three batches of TRISO-coated 350 {micro}m diameter 19.7% low enrichment uranium oxide/uranium carbide kernels (LEUCO). The AGR-1 TRISO-coated particles consist of a spherical kernel coated with an {approx} 50% dense carbon buffer layer (100 {micro}m nominal thickness), followed by a dense inner pyrocarbon layer (40 {micro}m nominal thickness), followed by a SiC layer (35 {micro}m nominal thickness), followed by another dense outer pyrocarbon layer (40 {micro}m nominal thickness). The kernels were obtained from BWXT and identified as composite G73D-20-69302. The BWXT kernel lot G73D-20-69302 was riffled into sublots for characterization and coating by ORNL and identified as LEU01-?? (where ?? is a series of integers beginning with 01). A data compilation for the AGR-1 variant 2 coated particle composite LEU01-48T can be found in ORNL/TM-2006/021. The AGR-1 Fuel Product Specification and Characterization Guidance (INL EDF-4380) provides the requirements necessary for acceptance of the fuel manufactured for the AGR-1 irradiation test. Section 6.2 of EDF-4380 provides the property requirements for the heat treated compacts. The Statistical Sampling Plan for AGR Fuel materials (INL EDF-4542) provides additional guidance regarding statistical methods for product acceptance and recommended sample sizes. The procedures for characterizing and qualifying the compacts are outlined in ORNL product inspection plan AGR-CHAR-PIP-05. The inspection report forms generated by this product inspection plan document the product acceptance for the property requirements listed in section 6.2 of EDF-4380.

  5. Data Compilation for AGR-1 Variant 1 Compact Lot LEU01-47T-Z

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    Hunn, John D [ORNL; Montgomery, Fred C [ORNL; Pappano, Peter J [ORNL

    2006-08-01

    This document is a compilation of characterization data for the AGR-1 variant 1 compact lot LEU01-47T-Z. The compacts were produced by ORNL for the ADvanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification (AGR) program for the first AGR irradiation test train (AGR-1). This compact lot was fabricated using particle composite LEU01-47T, which was a composite of three batches of TRISO-coated 350 {micro}m diameter 19.7% low enrichment uranium oxide/uranium carbide kernels (LEUCO). The AGR-1 TRISO-coated particles consist of a spherical kernel coated with an {approx} 50% dense carbon buffer layer (100 {micro}m nominal thickness), followed by a dense inner pyrocarbon layer (40 {micro}m nominal thickness), followed by a SiC layer (35 {micro}m nominal thickness), followed by another dense outer pyrcoarbon layer (40 {micro}m nominal thickness). The kernels were obtained from BWXT and identified as composite G73D-20-69302. The BWXT kernel lot G73D-20-69302 was riffled into sublots for characterization and coating by ORNL and identified at LEU01-?? (where ?? is a series of integers beginning with 01). A data compilation for the AGR-1 variant 1 coated particle composite LEU01-47T can be found in ORNL/TM-2006/020. The AGR-1 Fuel Product Specification and Characterization Guidance (INL EDF-4380) provides the requirements necessary for acceptance of the fuel manufactured for the AGR-1 irradiation test. Section 6.2 of EDF-4380 provides the property requirements for the heat treated compacts. The Statistical Sampling Plan for AGR Fuel Materials (INL EDF-4542) provides additional guidance regarding statistical methods for product acceptance and recommended sample sizes. The procedures for characterizing and qualifying the compacts are outlined in ORNL product inspection plan AGR-CHAR-PIP-05. The inspection report forms generated by this product inspection plan document the product acceptance for the property requirements listed in section 6.2 of EDF-4380.

  6. ecotecnia agrícola

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    S. Orozco Cirilo

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Las Escuelas de Campo (EC son un método de extensión participativo que permite desarrollar capacidades analíticas, pensamiento crítico y, creatividad. La investigación se realizó en la región Mazateca de Oaxaca, la cual se caracteriza por su alto rezago tecnológico, porque resulta de relevancia científica, social y ecológica conocer, en este contexto, los alcances de metodologías alternativas de extensionismo sobre la adopción de ecotecniasagrícolas. Nuestro objetivo fue conocer la influencia del conocimiento otorgado en EC sobre el índice de adopción final de ecotecnia generada localmente, como alternativa a la enorme dependencia tecnológica. Las variables analizadas fueron: índice de adopción inicial, nivel inicial de conocimientos, número de cursos otorgados en EC, índice de adopción final y, nivel final de conocimientos. A una muestra de dos estratos participantes y un grupo testigo, fueron aplicados 135 cuestionarios. Para probar nuestras hipótesis los resultados de éstos se sometieron al análisis de varianza y correlación. Encontramos que solamente el índice de adopción final obtenido por los participantes experimentó incrementos estadísticamente significativos respecto a la condición inicial, debido a su participación en EC y al consecuente aumento en el conocimiento de la ecotecnia. Esto implica que la metodología propuesta incrementa la adopción de ecotecnias generadas localmente, consolidándose como un paradigmaalternativo en extensión agrícola.

  7. AGR-5/6/7 LEUCO Kernel Fabrication Readiness Review

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    Marshall, Douglas W. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States). Fuel Design and Development; Bailey, Kirk W. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States). ART Quality Assurance Engineer

    2015-02-01

    In preparation for forming low-enriched uranium carbide/oxide (LEUCO) fuel kernels for the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) fuel development and qualification program, Idaho National Laboratory conducted an operational readiness review of the Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Operations Group – Lynchburg (B&W NOG-L) procedures, processes, and equipment from January 14 – January 16, 2015. The readiness review focused on requirements taken from the American Society Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Nuclear Quality Assurance Standard (NQA-1-2008, 1a-2009), a recent occurrence at the B&W NOG-L facility related to preparation of acid-deficient uranyl nitrate solution (ADUN), and a relook at concerns noted in a previous review. Topic areas open for the review were communicated to B&W NOG-L in advance of the on-site visit to facilitate the collection of objective evidences attesting to the state of readiness.

  8. AGR-3/4 Final Data Qualification Report for ATR Cycles 151A through 155B-1

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    Pham, Binh T. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2015-03-01

    This report provides the qualification status of experimental data for the entire Advanced Gas Reactor 3/4 (AGR 3/4) fuel irradiation. AGR-3/4 is the third in a series of planned irradiation experiments conducted in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) for the AGR Fuel Development and Qualification Program, which supports development of the advanced reactor technology under the INL ART Technology Development Office (TDO). The main objective of AGR-3/4 irradiation is to provide a known source of fission products for subsequent transport through compact matrix and structural graphite materials due to the presence of designed-to-fail fuel particles. Full power irradiation of the AGR 3/4 test began on December 14, 2011 (ATR Cycle 151A), and was completed on April 12, 2014 (end of ATR Cycle 155B) after 369.1 effective full power days of irradiation. The AGR-3/4 test was in the reactor core for eight of the ten ATR cycles between 151A and 155B. During the unplanned outage cycle, 153A, the experiment was removed from the ATR northeast flux trap (NEFT) location and stored in the ATR canal. This was to prevent overheating of fuel compacts due to higher than normal ATR power during the subsequent Powered Axial Locator Mechanism cycle, 153B. The AGR 3/4 test was inserted back into the ATR NEFT location during the outage of ATR Cycle 154A on April 26, 2013. Therefore, the AGR-3/4 irradiation data received during these 2 cycles (153A and 153B) are irrelevant and their qualification status isnot included in this report. Additionally, during ATR Cycle 152A the ATR core ran at low power for a short enough duration that the irradiation data are not used for physics and thermal calculations. However, the qualification status of irradiation data for this cycle is still covered in this report. As a result, this report includes data from 8 ATR Cycles: 151A, 151B, 152A, 152B, 154A, 154B, 155A, and 155B, as recorded in the Nuclear Data Management and

  9. AGR-2 Irradiation Test Final As-Run Report, Rev 2

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    Collin, Blaise P. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2014-08-01

    This document presents the as-run analysis of the AGR-2 irradiation experiment. AGR-2 is the second of the planned irradiations for the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification Program. Funding for this program is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) Technical Development Office (TDO) program. The objectives of the AGR-2 experiment are to: (a) Irradiate UCO (uranium oxycarbide) and UO2 (uranium dioxide) fuel produced in a large coater. Fuel attributes are based on results obtained from the AGR-1 test and other project activities. (b) Provide irradiated fuel samples for post-irradiation experiment (PIE) and safety testing. (c) Support the development of an understanding of the relationship between fuel fabrication processes, fuel product properties, and irradiation performance. The primary objective of the test was to irradiate both UCO and UO2 TRISO (tri-structural isotropic) fuel produced from prototypic scale equipment to obtain normal operation and accident condition fuel performance data. The UCO compacts were subjected to a range of burnups and temperatures typical of anticipated prismatic reactor service conditions in three capsules. The test train also includes compacts containing UO2 particles produced independently by the United States, South Africa, and France in three separate capsules. The range of burnups and temperatures in these capsules were typical of anticipated pebble bed reactor service conditions. The results discussed in this report pertain only to U.S. produced fuel. In order to achieve the test objectives, the AGR-2 experiment was irradiated in the B-12 position of the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) for a total irradiation duration of 559.2 effective full power days (EFPD). Irradiation began on June 22, 2010, and ended on October 16, 2013, spanning 12 ATR power cycles and approximately three and a

  10. AGR-2 Irradiation Test Final As-Run Report, Rev 2

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    Blaise Collin

    2014-08-01

    This document presents the as-run analysis of the AGR-2 irradiation experiment. AGR-2 is the second of the planned irradiations for the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification Program. Funding for this program is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) Technical Development Office (TDO) program. The objectives of the AGR-2 experiment are to: (a) Irradiate UCO (uranium oxycarbide) and UO2 (uranium dioxide) fuel produced in a large coater. Fuel attributes are based on results obtained from the AGR-1 test and other project activities. (b) Provide irradiated fuel samples for post-irradiation experiment (PIE) and safety testing. (c) Support the development of an understanding of the relationship between fuel fabrication processes, fuel product properties, and irradiation performance. The primary objective of the test was to irradiate both UCO and UO2 TRISO (tri-structural isotropic) fuel produced from prototypic scale equipment to obtain normal operation and accident condition fuel performance data. The UCO compacts were subjected to a range of burnups and temperatures typical of anticipated prismatic reactor service conditions in three capsules. The test train also includes compacts containing UO2 particles produced independently by the United States, South Africa, and France in three separate capsules. The range of burnups and temperatures in these capsules were typical of anticipated pebble bed reactor service conditions. The results discussed in this report pertain only to U.S. produced fuel. In order to achieve the test objectives, the AGR-2 experiment was irradiated in the B-12 position of the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) for a total irradiation duration of 559.2 effective full power days (EFPD). Irradiation began on June 22, 2010, and ended on October 16, 2013, spanning 12 ATR power cycles and approximately three and a half calendar years. The test

  11. Nave agrícola – Brasil

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    Levi, Rino

    1959-07-01

    Full Text Available Recientemente se ha realizado el proyecto de ejecución de una amplia nave dedicada a garaje, aparcamiento y conservación de maquinaria móvil agrícola en San José Dos Campos (Brasil.

  12. Field test and evaluation of the passive neutron coincidence collar for prototype fast reactor fuel subassemblies

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    Menlove, H.O.; Keddar, A.

    1982-08-01

    The passive neutron Coincidence Collar, which was developed for the verification of plutonium content in fast reactor fuel subassemblies, has been field tested using Prototype Fast Reactor fuel. For passive applications, the system measures the /sup 240/Pu-effective mass from the spontaneous fission rate, and in addition, a self-interrogation technique is used to determine the fissile content in the subassembly. Both the passive and active modes were evaluated at the Windscale Works in the United Kingdom. The results of the tests gave a standard deviation 0.75% for the passive count and 3 to 7% for the active measurement for a 1000-s counting time. The unit will be used in the future for the verification of plutonium in fresh fuel assemblies.

  13. The Effect of Birthrate Granularity on the Release- to- Birth Ratio for the AGR-1 In-core Experiment

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    Dawn Scates; John Walter

    2012-10-01

    The AGR-1 Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) tristructural-isotropic-particle fuel experiment underwent 13 irradiation intervals from December 2006 until November 2009 within the Idaho National Laboratory Advanced Test Reactor in support of the Next Generation Nuclear Power Plant program. During this multi-year experiment, release-to-birth rate ratios were computed at the end of each operating interval to provide information about fuel performance. Fission products released during irradiation were tracked daily by the Fission Product Monitoring System using 8-hour measurements. Birth rates calculated by MCNP with ORIGEN for as-run conditions were computed at the end of each irradiation interval. Each time step in MCNP provided neutron flux, reaction rates and AGR-1 compact composition, which were used to determine birth rates using ORIGEN. The initial birth-rate data, consisting of four values for each irradiation interval at the beginning, end, and two intermediate times, were interpolated to obtain values for each 8-hour activity. The problem with this method is that any daily changes in heat rates or perturbations, such as shim control movement or core/lobe power fluctuations, would not be reflected in the interpolated data and a true picture of the system would not be presented. At the conclusion of the AGR-1 experiment, great efforts were put forth to compute daily birthrates, which were reprocessed with the 8-hour release activity. The results of this study are presented in this paper.

  14. Uncertainty Quantification of Calculated Temperatures for the U.S. Capsules in the AGR-2 Experiment

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    Lybeck, Nancy [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Einerson, Jeffrey J. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Pham, Binh T. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Hawkes, Grant L. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2015-03-01

    A series of Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) irradiation experiments are being conducted within the Advanced Reactor Technology (ART) Fuel Development and Qualification Program. The main objectives of the fuel experimental campaign are to provide the necessary data on fuel performance to support fuel process development, qualify a fuel design and fabrication process for normal operation and accident conditions, and support development and validation of fuel performance and fission product transport models and codes (PLN-3636). The AGR-2 test was inserted in the B-12 position in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) core at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in June 2010 and successfully completed irradiation in October 2013, resulting in irradiation of the TRISO fuel for 559.2 effective full power days (EFPDs) during approximately 3.3 calendar years. The AGR-2 data, including the irradiation data and calculated results, were qualified and stored in the Nuclear Data Management and Analysis System (NDMAS) (Pham and Einerson 2014). To support the U.S. TRISO fuel performance assessment and to provide data for validation of fuel performance and fission product transport models and codes, the daily as-run thermal analysis has been performed separately on each of four AGR-2 U.S. capsules for the entire irradiation as discussed in (Hawkes 2014). The ABAQUS code’s finite element-based thermal model predicts the daily average volume-average fuel temperature and peak fuel temperature in each capsule. This thermal model involves complex physical mechanisms (e.g., graphite holder and fuel compact shrinkage) and properties (e.g., conductivity and density). Therefore, the thermal model predictions are affected by uncertainty in input parameters and by incomplete knowledge of the underlying physics leading to modeling assumptions. Therefore, alongside with the deterministic predictions from a set of input thermal conditions, information about prediction uncertainty is instrumental for the ART

  15. AGR-1 Irradiation Test Final As-Run Report, Rev. 3

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    Collin, Blaise P. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2015-01-01

    This document presents the as-run analysis of the AGR-1 irradiation experiment. AGR-1 is the first of eight planned irradiations for the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification Program. Funding for this program is provided by the US Department of Energy (DOE) as part of the Next-Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) project. The objectives of the AGR-1 experiment are: 1. To gain experience with multi-capsule test train design, fabrication, and operation with the intent to reduce the probability of capsule or test train failure in subsequent irradiation tests. 2. To irradiate fuel produced in conjunction with the AGR fuel process development effort. 3. To provide data that will support the development of an understanding of the relationship between fuel fabrication processes, fuel product properties, and irradiation performance. In order to achieve the test objectives, the AGR-1 experiment was irradiated in the B-10 position of the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) for a total duration of 620 effective full power days of irradiation. Irradiation began on December 24, 2006 and ended on November 6, 2009 spanning 13 ATR cycles and approximately three calendar years. The test contained six independently controlled and monitored capsules. Each capsule contained 12 compacts of a single type, or variant, of the AGR coated fuel. No fuel particles failed during the AGR-1 irradiation. Final burnup values on a per compact basis ranged from 11.5 to 19.6 %FIMA, while fast fluence values ranged from 2.21 to 4.39 x 1025 n/m2 (E >0.18 MeV). We’ll say something here about temperatures once thermal recalc is done. Thermocouples performed well, failing at a lower rate than expected. At the end of the irradiation, nine of the originally-planned 19 TCs were considered functional. Fission product release-to-birth (R/B) ratios were quite low. In most capsules, R/B values at the end of the irradiation were at or below

  16. Nuclear Reactors

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    Hogerton, John

    1964-01-01

    This pamphlet describes how reactors work; discusses reactor design; describes research, teaching, and materials testing reactors; production reactors; reactors for electric power generation; reactors for supply heat; reactors for propulsion; reactors for space; reactor safety; and reactors of tomorrow. The appendix discusses characteristics of U.S. civilian power reactor concepts and lists some of the U.S. reactor power projects, with location, type, capacity, owner, and startup date.

  17. Determination of the Quantity of I-135 Released from the AGR Experiment Series

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    Scates, Dawn Marie [Idaho National Laboratory; Walter, John Bradley [Idaho National Laboratory; Reber, Edward Lawrence [Idaho National Laboratory; Sterbentz, James William [Idaho National Laboratory; Petti, David Andrew [Idaho National Laboratory

    2014-10-01

    A series of three Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) experiments have been conducted in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). From 2006 through 2014, these experiments supported the development and qualification of the new U.S. tri structural isotropic (TRISO) particle fuel for Very High Temperature Reactors (VHTR). Each AGR experiment consisted of multiple fueled capsules, each plumbed for independent temperature control using a mix of helium and neon gases. The gas leaving a capsule was routed to individual Fission Product Monitor (FPM) detectors. For intact fuel particles, the TRISO particle coatings provide a substantial barrier to fission product release. However, particles with failed coatings, whether because of a minute percentage of initially defective particles, those which fail during irradiation, or those designed to fail (DTF) particles, can release fission products to the flowing gas stream. Because reactive fission product elements like iodine and cesium quickly deposit on cooler capsule components and piping structures as the effluent gas leaves the reactor core, only the noble fission gas isotopes of Kr and Xe tend to reach FPM detectors. The FPM system utilizes High Purity Germanium (HPGe) detectors coupled with a thallium activated sodium iodide NaI(Tl) scintillator. The germanium detector provides individual isotopic information, while the NaI(Tl) scintillator is used as a gross count rate meter. During irradiation, the 135mXe concentration reaching the FPM detectors is from both direct fission and by decay of the accumulated 135I. About ~2.5 hours after irradiation (ten 15.3 minute 135mXe half lives) the directly produced 135mXe has decayed and only the longer lived 135I remains as a source. Decay systematics dictate that 135mXe will be in secular equilibrium with its 135I parent, such that it’s production rate very nearly equals the decay rate of the parent, and its concentration in the flowing gas stream will appear to

  18. Validation of the Physics Analysis used to Characterize the AGR-1 TRISO Fuel Irradiation Test

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    Sterbentz, James W.; Harp, Jason M.; Demkowicz, Paul A.; Hawkes, Grant L.; Chang, Gray S.

    2015-05-01

    The results of a detailed physics depletion calculation used to characterize the AGR-1 TRISO-coated particle fuel test irradiated in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at the Idaho National Laboratory are compared to measured data for the purpose of validation. The particle fuel was irradiated for 13 ATR power cycles over three calendar years. The physics analysis predicts compact burnups ranging from 11.30-19.56% FIMA and cumulative neutron fast fluence from 2.21?4.39E+25 n/m2 under simulated high-temperature gas-cooled reactor conditions in the ATR. The physics depletion calculation can provide a full characterization of all 72 irradiated TRISO-coated particle compacts during and post-irradiation, so validation of this physics calculation was a top priority. The validation of the physics analysis was done through comparisons with available measured experimental data which included: 1) high-resolution gamma scans for compact activity and burnup, 2) mass spectrometry for compact burnup, 3) flux wires for cumulative fast fluence, and 4) mass spectrometry for individual actinide and fission product concentrations. The measured data are generally in very good agreement with the calculated results, and therefore provide an adequate validation of the physics analysis and the results used to characterize the irradiated AGR-1 TRISO fuel.

  19. Fabrication and Comparison of Fuels for Advanced Gas Reactor Irradiation Tests

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    Jeffrey Phillips; Charles Barnes; John Hunn

    2010-10-01

    As part of the program to demonstrate TRISO-coated fuel for the Next Generation Nuclear Plant, a series of irradiation tests of Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) fuel are being performed in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at the Idaho National Laboratory. In the first test, called “AGR-1,” graphite compacts containing approximately 300,000 coated particles were irradiated from December 2006 until November 2009. Development of AGR-1 fuel sought to replicate the properties of German TRISO-coated particles. No particle failures were seen in the nearly 3-year irradiation to a burn up of 19%. The AGR-1 particles were coated in a two-inch diameter coater. Following fabrication of AGR-1 fuel, process improvements and changes were made in each of the fabrication processes. Changes in the kernel fabrication process included replacing the carbon black powder feed with a surface-modified carbon slurry and shortening the sintering schedule. AGR-2 TRISO particles were produced in a six-inch diameter coater using a change size about twenty-one times that of the two-inch diameter coater used to coat AGR-1 particles. Changes were also made in the compacting process, including increasing the temperature and pressure of pressing and using a different type of press. Irradiation of AGR-2 fuel began in late spring 2010. Properties of AGR-2 fuel compare favorably with AGR-1 and historic German fuel. Kernels are more homogeneous in shape, chemistry and density. TRISO-particle sphericity, layer thickness standard deviations, and defect fractions are also comparable. In a sample of 317,000 particles from deconsolidated AGR-2 compacts, 3 exposed kernels were found in a leach test. No SiC defects were found in a sample of 250,000 deconsolidated particles, and no IPyC defects in a sample of 64,000 particles. The primary difference in properties between AGR-1 and AGR-2 compacts is that AGR-2 compacts have a higher matrix density, 1.6 g/cm3 compared to about 1.3 g/cm3 for AGR-1 compacts. Based on

  20. AGR-2 Final Data Qualification Report for U.S. Capsules - ATR Cycles 147A Through 154B

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    Pham, Binh T. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States). Very High-Temperature Reactor Technology Development Office; Einerson, Jeffrey J. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States). Very High-Temperature Reactor Technology Development Office

    2014-07-01

    This report provides the data qualification status of AGR-2 fuel irradiation experimental data in four U.S. capsules from all 15 Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) Cycles 147A, 148A, 148B, 149A, 149B, 150A, 150B, 151A, 151B, 152A, 152B, 153A, 153B, 154A, and 154B, as recorded in the Nuclear Data Management and Analysis System (NDMAS). Thus, this report covers data qualification status for the entire AGR-2 irradiation and will replace four previously issued AGR-2 data qualification reports (e.g., INL/EXT-11-22798, INL/EXT-12-26184, INL/EXT-13-29701, and INL/EXT-13-30750). During AGR-2 irradiation, two cycles, 152A and 153A, occurred when the ATR core was briefly at low power, so AGR-2 irradiation data are not used for physics and thermal calculations. Also, two cycles, 150A and 153B, are Power Axial Locator Mechanism (PALM) cycles when the ATR power is higher than during normal cycles. During the first PALM cycle, 150A, the experiment was temporarily moved from the B-12 location to the ATR water canal and during the second PALM cycle, 153B, the experiment was temporarily moved from the B-12 location to the I-24 location to avoid being overheated. During the “Outage” cycle, 153A, seven flow meters were installed downstream from seven Fission Product Monitoring System (FPMS) monitors to measure flows from the monitors and these data are included in the NDMAS database.

  1. Cloning of an agr homologue of Staphylococcus saprophyticus.

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    Sakinc, Türkan; Kulczak, Pawel; Henne, Karsten; Gatermann, Sören G

    2004-08-01

    An agr homologue of Staphylococcus saprophyticus was identified, cloned and sequenced. The gene locus shows homologies to other staphylococcal agr systems, especially to those of S. epidermidis and S. lugdunensis. A putative RNAIII was identified and found to be differentially expressed during the growth phases. In contrast to the RNAIII molecules of S. epidermidis and S. aureus it does not contain an open reading frame that codes for a protein with homologies to the delta-toxin. Using PCR, the agr was found to be present in clinical isolates of S. saprophyticus.

  2. Zoning Districts, ag-res, Published in 2008, Duchesne County.

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This Zoning Districts dataset, was produced all or in part from Other information as of 2008. It is described as 'ag-res'. Data by this publisher are often provided...

  3. Post-irradiation Examination of the AGR-1 Experiment: Plans and Preliminary Results

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    Paul Demkowicz

    2001-10-01

    Abstract – The AGR-1 irradiation experiment contains seventy-two individual cylindrical fuel compacts (25 mm long x 12.5 mm diameter) each containing approximately 4100 TRISO-coated uranium oxycarbide fuel particles. The experiment accumulated 620 effective full power days in the Advanced Test Reactor at the Idaho National Laboratory with peak burnups exceeding 19% FIMA. An extensive post-irradiation examination campaign will be performed on the AGR-1 fuel in order to characterize the irradiated fuel properties, assess the in-pile fuel performance in terms of coating integrity and fission metals release, and determine the fission product retention behavior during high temperature accident testing. PIE experiments will include dimensional measurements of fuel and irradiated graphite, burnup measurements, assessment of fission metals release during irradiation, evaluation of coating integrity using the leach-burn-leach technique, microscopic examination of kernel and coating microstructures, and accident testing of the fuel in helium at temperatures up to 1800°C. Activities completed to date include opening of the irradiated capsules, measurement of fuel dimensions, and gamma spectrometry of selected fuel compacts.

  4. AGR-3/4 Data Qualification Report for ATR Cycles 151A, 151B, 152A, 152B, 154A, and 154B

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    Binh T. Pham

    2014-02-01

    This data report provides the qualification status of Advanced Gas Reactor-3/4 (AGR-3/4) fuel irradiation experimental data from Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) Cycles 151A, 151B, 152A, 152B, 154A, and 154B, as recorded in the Nuclear Data Management and Analysis System (NDMAS). Of these cycles, ATR Cycle 152A is a low power cycle that occurred when the ATR core was briefly at low power. The irradiation data are not used for physics and thermal calculation, but the qualification status of these cycle data is still covered in this report. On the other hand, during ATR Cycles 153A (unplanned Outage cycle) and 153B (Power Axial Locator Mechanism [PALM] cycle), the AGR-3/4 was pulled out from the ATR core and stored in the canal to avoid being overheated. Therefore, qualification of the AGR-3/4 irradiation data from these 2 cycles was excluded in this report. By the end of ATR Cycle 154B, AGR-3/4 was irradiated for a total of 264.1 effective full power days. The AGR-3/4 data streams addressed in this report include thermocouple (TC) temperatures, sweep gas data (flow rates, pressure, and moisture content), and Fission Product Monitoring System (FPMS) data (release rates and release-to-birth rate ratios [R/Bs]) for each of the twelve capsules in the AGR-3/4 experiment. The final data qualification status for these data streams is determined by a Data Review Committee (DRC) composed of AGR technical leads, Sitewide Quality Assurance (QA), and NDMAS analysts. The DRC convened on February 12, 2014, reviewed the data acquisition process, and considered whether the data met the requirements for data collection as specified in QA-approved Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) Technology Development Office (TDO) data collection plans. The DRC also examined the results of NDMAS data testing and statistical analyses, and confirmed the qualification status of the data as given in this report.

  5. Fission Product Monitoring of TRISO Coated Fuel For The Advanced Gas Reactor -1 Experiment

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    Dawn M. Scates; John (Jack) K Hartwell; John B. Walter

    2008-09-01

    The US Department of Energy has embarked on a series of tests of TRISO-coated particle reactor fuel intended for use in the Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) as part of the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) program. The AGR-1 TRISO fuel experiment, currently underway, is the first in a series of eight fuel tests planned for irradiation in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) located at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). The AGR-1 experiment reached a peak compact averaged burn up of 9% FIMA with no known TRISO fuel particle failures in March 2008. The burnup goal for the majority of the fuel compacts is to have a compact averaged burnup greater than 18% FIMA and a minimum compact averaged burnup of 14% FIMA. At the INL the TRISO fuel in the AGR-1 experiment is closely monitored while it is being irradiated in the ATR. The effluent monitoring system used for the AGR-1 fuel is the Fission Product Monitoring System (FPMS). The FPMS is a valuable tool that provides near real-time data indicative of the AGR-1 test fuel performance and incorporates both high-purity germanium (HPGe) gamma-ray spectrometers and sodium iodide [NaI(Tl)] scintillation detector-based gross radiation monitors. To quantify the fuel performance, release-to-birth ratios (R/B’s) of radioactive fission gases are computed. The gamma-ray spectra acquired by the AGR-1 FPMS are analyzed and used to determine the released activities of specific fission gases, while a dedicated detector provides near-real time count rate information. Isotopic build up and depletion calculations provide the associated isotopic birth rates. This paper highlights the features of the FPMS, encompassing the equipment, methods and measures that enable the calculation of the release-to-birth ratios. Some preliminary results from the AGR-1 experiment are also presented.

  6. Analysis of Fission Products on the AGR-1 Capsule Components

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    Paul A. Demkowicz; Jason M. Harp; Philip L. Winston; Scott A. Ploger

    2013-03-01

    The components of the AGR-1 irradiation capsules were analyzed to determine the retained inventory of fission products in order to determine the extent of in-pile fission product release from the fuel compacts. This includes analysis of (i) the metal capsule components, (ii) the graphite fuel holders, (iii) the graphite spacers, and (iv) the gas exit lines. The fission products most prevalent in the components were Ag-110m, Cs 134, Cs 137, Eu-154, and Sr 90, and the most common location was the metal capsule components and the graphite fuel holders. Gamma scanning of the graphite fuel holders was also performed to determine spatial distribution of Ag-110m and radiocesium. Silver was released from the fuel components in significant fractions. The total Ag-110m inventory found in the capsules ranged from 1.2×10 2 (Capsule 3) to 3.8×10 1 (Capsule 6). Ag-110m was not distributed evenly in the graphite fuel holders, but tended to concentrate at the axial ends of the graphite holders in Capsules 1 and 6 (located at the top and bottom of the test train) and near the axial center in Capsules 2, 3, and 5 (in the center of the test train). The Ag-110m further tended to be concentrated around fuel stacks 1 and 3, the two stacks facing the ATR reactor core and location of higher burnup, neutron fluence, and temperatures compared with Stack 2. Detailed correlation of silver release with fuel type and irradiation temperatures is problematic at the capsule level due to the large range of temperatures experienced by individual fuel compacts in each capsule. A comprehensive Ag 110m mass balance for the capsules was performed using measured inventories of individual compacts and the inventory on the capsule components. For most capsules, the mass balance was within 11% of the predicted inventory. The Ag-110m release from individual compacts often exhibited a very large range within a particular capsule.

  7. Trabajadores agrícolas y subjetividad en California

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    Florencio Posadas Segura

    2014-01-01

    En este trabajo se explora el problema de la subjetividad de los trabajadores agríco - las, partiendo de la hipótesis de que éstos consideran malas sus condiciones de vida y de trabajo. Mediante el trabajo de campo se demostraron sus conocimientos y opi - niones sobre su situación laboral y existencial en el Valle de San Joaquín California durante 2007 y 2008. Se descubrió que la visión del trabajador agrícola está basada en la subjetivación y reinterpretación de sus circunstancias objetivas ...

  8. El Ingeniero Agrícola en la Agroindustria

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    Ramos Sarria Ramiro

    1985-12-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se da a conocer la capacidad técnica y administrativa que posee el Ingeniero Agrícola, para organizar un sistema coherente que logre definir, planificar y promover una política de desarrollo científico y tecnológico en la agroindustria.

  9. H Reactor

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — The H Reactor was the first reactor to be built at Hanford after World War II.It became operational in October of 1949, and represented the fourth nuclear reactor on...

  10. Daily Thermal Predictions of the AGR-1 Experiment with Gas Gaps Varying with Time

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    Grant Hawkes; James Sterbentz; John Maki; Binh Pham

    2012-06-01

    A new daily as-run thermal analysis was performed at the Idaho National Laboratory on the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) test experiment number one at the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR). This thermal analysis incorporates gas gaps changing with time during the irradiation experiment. The purpose of this analysis was to calculate the daily average temperatures of each compact to compare with experimental results. Post irradiation examination (PIE) measurements of the graphite holder and fuel compacts showed the gas gaps varying from the beginning of life. The control temperature gas gap and the fuel compact – graphite holder gas gaps were linearly changed from the original fabrication dimensions, to the end of irradiation measurements. A steady-state thermal analysis was performed for each daily calculation. These new thermal predictions more closely match the experimental data taken during the experiment than previous analyses. Results are presented comparing normalized compact average temperatures to normalized log(R/B) Kr-85m. The R/B term is the measured release rate divided by the predicted birth rate for the isotope Kr-85m. Correlations between these two normalized values are presented.

  11. A safety assessment of the use of graphite in nuclear reactors licensed by the US NRC

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    Schweitzer, D.G.; Gurinsky, D.H.; Kaplan, E.; Sastre, C.

    1987-09-01

    This report reviews existing literature and knowledge on graphite burning and on stored energy accumulation and releases in order to assess what role, if any, a stored energy release can have in initiating or contributing to hypothetical graphite burning scenarios in research reactors. It also addresses the question of graphite ignition and self-sustained combustion in the event of a loss-of-coolant accident (LOCA). The conditions necessary to initiate and maintain graphite burning are summarized and discussed. From analyses of existing information it is concluded that only stored energy accumulations and releases below the burning temperature (650/sup 0/C) are pertinent. After reviewing the existing knowledge on stored energy it is possible to show that stored energy releases do not occur spontaneously, and that the maximum stored energy that can be released from any reactor containing graphite is a very small fraction of the energy produced during the first few minutes of a burning incident. The conclusions from these analyses are that the potential to initiate or maintain a graphite burning incident is essentially independent of the stored energy in the graphite, and depends on other factors that are unique for these reactors, research reactors, and for Fort St. Vrain. In order to have self-sustained rapid graphite oxidation in any of these reactors, certain necessary conditions of geometry, temperature, oxygen supply, reaction product removal, and a favorable heat balance must be maintained. There is no new evidence associated with either the Windscale Accident or the Chernobyl Accident that indicates a credible potential for a graphite burning accident in any of the reactors considered in this review.

  12. An Assessment of ORNL PIE Capabilities for the AGR Program Capsule Post Irradiation Examination

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    Morris, Robert Noel [ORNL

    2006-09-01

    ORNL has facilities and experienced staff that can execute +the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Post Irradiation Examination (PIE) task. While the specific PIE breakdown needs to be more formally defined, the basic outline is clear and the existing capabilities can be assessed within the needs of the tasks defined in the program plan. A one-to-one correspondence between the program plan tasks and the current ORNL PIE status was conducted and while some shortcomings were identified, the general capability is available. Specific upgrade needs were identified and reviewed. A path forward was formulated. Building 3525 is available for this work and this building is currently receiving renewed attention from management so that it will be in good working order prior to the expected PIE start date. This building is equipped with the tools necessary for PIEs of this nature, but the long hiatus in coated particle fuel work has left it with aging analysis tools. This report identified several of these tools and rough estimates of what would be required to update and replace them. In addition, other ORNL buildings are available to support Building 3525 in specialized tasks along with the normal laboratory infrastructure. Before the AGR management embarks on any equipment development effort, the PIE tasks should be updated against current program (modeling and data) needs and better defined so that the items to be measured, their measurement uncertainties, and thru-put needs can be reviewed. A Data Task Matrix (DTM) should be prepared so that the program data needs can be compared against the identified PIE tasks and what is practical in the hot cell environment to make sure nothing is overlooked. Finally, thought should be given to the development of standardized equipment designs between sites to avoid redundant design efforts and different measurement techniques. This is a potentially cost saving effort that can also avoid data inconsistencies.

  13. Combining models of behaviour with operational data to provide enhanced condition monitoring of AGR cores

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    West, Graeme M., E-mail: graeme.west@strath.ac.uk; Wallace, Christopher J.; McArthur, Stephen D.J.

    2014-06-01

    Highlights: • Combining laboratory model outputs with operational data. • Isolation of single component from noisy data. • Better understanding of the health of graphite cores. • Extended plant operation through leveraging existing data sources. - Abstract: Installation of new monitoring equipment in Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs) is often difficult and expensive and therefore maximizing the information that can be extracted from existing monitoring equipment is highly desirable. This paper describes the process of combining models derived from laboratory experimentation with current operational plant data to infer an underlying measure of health. A demonstration of this process is provided where the fuel channel bore profile, a measure of core health, is inferred from data gathered during the refuelling process of an Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor (AGR) nuclear power plant core. Laboratory simulation was used to generate a model of an interaction between the fuel assembly and the core. This model is used to isolate a single frictional component from a noisy input signal and use this friction component as a measure of health to assess the current condition of the graphite bricks that comprise the core. In addition, the model is used to generate an expected refuelling response (the noisy input signal) for a given set of channel bore diameter measurements for either insertion of new fuel or removal of spent fuel, providing validation of the model. This benefit of this work is that it provides a greater understanding of the health of the graphite core, which is important for continued and extended operation of the AGR plants in the UK.

  14. Differential expression of anterior gradient gene AGR2 in prostate cancer

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    Knutzen Laura A

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The protein AGR2 is a putative member of the protein disulfide isomerase family and was first identified as a homolog of the Xenopus laevis gene XAG-2. AGR2 has been implicated in a number of human cancers. In particular, AGR2 has previously been found to be one of several genes that encode secreted proteins showing increased expression in prostate cancer cells compared to normal prostatic epithelium. Methods Gene expression levels of AGR2 were examined in prostate cancer cells by microarray analysis. We further examined the relationship of AGR2 protein expression to histopathology and prostate cancer outcome on a population basis using tissue microarray technology. Results At the RNA and protein level, there was an increase in AGR2 expression in adenocarcinoma of the prostate compared to morphologically normal prostatic glandular epithelium. Using a tissue microarray, this enhanced AGR2 expression was seen as early as premalignant PIN lesions. Interestingly, within adenocarcinoma samples, there was a slight trend toward lower levels of AGR2 with increasing Gleason score. Consistent with this, relatively lower levels of AGR2 were highly predictive of disease recurrence in patients who had originally presented with high-stage primary prostate cancer (P = 0.009. Conclusions We have shown for the first time that despite an increase in AGR2 expression in prostate cancer compared to non-malignant cells, relatively lower levels of AGR2 are highly predictive of disease recurrence following radical prostatectomy.

  15. La Misión del Agrónomo

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    Caicedo A.

    1942-08-01

    Full Text Available La agronomía, como todas las profesiones que surgen en el plano de las necesidades sociales, estará sujeta en sus primeros años de existencia a un proceso riguroso de adaptación. La primera fuerza opositora que halla el agrónomo en su labor es la impreparación ciega y el empirismo secular del campesino, quien cree abarcar todos los conocimientos y dominar todos los aspectos de su oficio. Aparte de esta misión exclusivamente social y por demás larga y difícil, caracteriza al agrónomo su calidad de creador de riqueza nacional.

  16. Trabajadores agrícolas y subjetividad en California

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    Florencio Posadas Segura

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo se explora el problema de la subjetividad de los trabajadores agríco - las, partiendo de la hipótesis de que éstos consideran malas sus condiciones de vida y de trabajo. Mediante el trabajo de campo se demostraron sus conocimientos y opi - niones sobre su situación laboral y existencial en el Valle de San Joaquín California durante 2007 y 2008. Se descubrió que la visión del trabajador agrícola está basada en la subjetivación y reinterpretación de sus circunstancias objetivas de trabajo y de vida. Se concluyó que los trabajadores agrícolas opinan que sus condiciones son pé - simas porque sus derechos laborales, sociales y humanos no se reconocen o respetan, la crisis económica, social y política de Estados Unidos les perjudica y el Tratado de Libre Comercio entre México, Estados Unidos y Canadá ( TLCAN sólo podría beneficiarles con una reforma migratoria.

  17. Phenotypic characterization and virulence of a sae- agr- mutant of Staphylococcus aureus.

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    Giraudo, A T; Rampone, H; Calzolari, A; Nagel, R

    1996-02-01

    A sae::Tn551 agr::tetM double mutant was constructed and characterized. The production of several exoproteins (e.g., beta-hemolysin, DNase, and proteases) by this mutant was determined and found to be lower than the already diminished production of either isogenic single mutant sae- or agr-. The double mutant also showed, like the agr- mutant, null production of alpha- and delta-hemolysins and diminished levels of lipase. The reduced levels of many exoproteins in the double mutant as compared with their already diminished levels in either single mutant suggest that there is an additive or synergistic interaction between the two mutations involved, sae- and agr-. However, inactivation of both loci, sae and agr, had a different effect on the two exoproteins that are up regulated in the agr- mutant; thus, coagulase dropped to levels close to the null levels of the sae- parental strain, while extracellular protein A displayed the high levels characteristic of the agr- single mutant. The virulence of the sae- agr- double mutant, determined by intraperitoneal injection in mice, was found to be significantly diminished as compared with that of the sae+ agr+ parental strain or the sae- agr+ single mutant.

  18. AGR2 is induced in asthma and promotes allergen-induced mucin overproduction.

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    Schroeder, Bradley W; Verhaeghe, Catherine; Park, Sung-Woo; Nguyenvu, Louis T; Huang, Xiaozhu; Zhen, Guohua; Erle, David J

    2012-08-01

    Mucins are gel-forming proteins that are responsible for the characteristic viscoelastic properties of mucus. Mucin overproduction is a hallmark of asthma, but the cellular requirements for airway mucin production are poorly understood. The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) protein anterior gradient homolog 2 (AGR2) is required for production of the intestinal mucin MUC2, but its role in the production of the airway mucins MUC5AC and MUC5B is not established. Microarray data were analyzed to examine the relationship between AGR2 and MUC5AC expression in asthma. Immunofluorescence was used to localize AGR2 in airway cells. Coimmunoprecipitation was used to identify AGR2-immature MUC5AC complexes. Agr2(-/-) mice were used to determine the role of AGR2 in allergic airway disease. AGR2 localized to the ER of MUC5AC- and MUC5B-producing airway cells and formed a complex with immature MUC5AC. AGR2 expression increased together with MUC5AC expression in airway epithelium from "Th2-high" asthmatics. Allergen-challenged Agr2(-/-) mice had greater than 50% reductions in MUC5AC and MUC5B proteins compared with allergen-challenged wild-type mice. Impaired mucin production in Agr2(-/-) mice was accompanied by an increase in the proportion of mucins contained within the ER and by evidence of ER stress in airway epithelium. This study shows that AGR2 increases with mucin overproduction in individuals with asthma and in mouse models of allergic airway disease. AGR2 interacts with immature mucin in the ER and loss of AGR2 impairs allergen-induced MUC5AC and MUC5B overproduction.

  19. Reactor Physics

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    Ait Abderrahim, A

    2001-04-01

    The Reactor Physics and MYRRHA Department of SCK-CEN offers expertise in various areas of reactor physics, in particular in neutronics calculations, reactor dosimetry, reactor operation, reactor safety and control and non-destructive analysis of reactor fuel. This expertise is applied in the Department's own research projects in the VENUS critical facility, in the BR1 reactor and in the MYRRHA project (this project aims at designing a prototype Accelerator Driven System). Available expertise is also used in programmes external to the Department such as the reactor pressure steel vessel programme, the BR2 reactor dosimetry, and the preparation and interpretation of irradiation experiments by means of neutron and gamma calculations. The activities of the Fuzzy Logic and Intelligent Technologies in Nuclear Science programme cover several domains outside the department. Progress and achievements in these topical areas in 2000 are summarised.

  20. XerC Contributes to Diverse Forms of Staphylococcus aureus Infection via agr-Dependent and agr-Independent Pathways.

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    Atwood, Danielle N; Beenken, Karen E; Loughran, Allister J; Meeker, Daniel G; Lantz, Tamara L; Graham, Justin W; Spencer, Horace J; Smeltzer, Mark S

    2016-04-01

    We demonstrate that mutation of xerC, which reportedly encodes a homologue of an Escherichia coli recombinase, limits biofilm formation in the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus strain LAC and the methicillin-sensitive strain UAMS-1. This was not due to the decreased production of the polysaccharide intracellular adhesin (PIA) in either strain because the amount of PIA was increased in a UAMS-1xerC mutant and undetectable in both LAC and its isogenic xerC mutant. Mutation of xerC also resulted in the increased production of extracellular proteases and nucleases in both LAC and UAMS-1, and limiting the production of either class of enzymes increased biofilm formation in the isogenic xerC mutants. More importantly, the limited capacity to form a biofilm was correlated with increased antibiotic susceptibility in both strains in the context of an established biofilm in vivo. Mutation of xerC also attenuated virulence in a murine bacteremia model, as assessed on the basis of the bacterial loads in internal organs and overall lethality. It also resulted in the decreased accumulation of alpha toxin and the increased accumulation of protein A. These findings suggest that xerC may impact the functional status of agr. This was confirmed by demonstrating the reduced accumulation of RNAIII and AgrA in LAC and UAMS-1xerC mutants. However, this cannot account for the biofilm-deficient phenotype of xerC mutants because mutation of agr did not limit biofilm formation in either strain. These results demonstrate that xerC contributes to biofilm-associated infections and acute bacteremia and that this is likely due to agr-independent and -dependent pathways, respectively.

  1. Reactor safeguards

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    Russell, Charles R

    1962-01-01

    Reactor Safeguards provides information for all who are interested in the subject of reactor safeguards. Much of the material is descriptive although some sections are written for the engineer or physicist directly concerned with hazards analysis or site selection problems. The book opens with an introductory chapter on radiation hazards, the construction of nuclear reactors, safety issues, and the operation of nuclear reactors. This is followed by separate chapters that discuss radioactive materials, reactor kinetics, control and safety systems, containment, safety features for water reactor

  2. Reactor operation

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    Shaw, J

    2013-01-01

    Reactor Operation covers the theoretical aspects and design information of nuclear reactors. This book is composed of nine chapters that also consider their control, calibration, and experimentation.The opening chapters present the general problems of reactor operation and the principles of reactor control and operation. The succeeding chapters deal with the instrumentation, start-up, pre-commissioning, and physical experiments of nuclear reactors. The remaining chapters are devoted to the control rod calibrations and temperature coefficient measurements in the reactor. These chapters also exp

  3. Chitinase expression in Listeria monocytogenes is positively regulated by the Agr system.

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    Full Text Available The food-borne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes encodes two chitinases, ChiA and ChiB, which allow the bacterium to hydrolyze chitin, the second most abundant polysaccharide in nature. Intriguingly, despite the absence of chitin in human and mammalian hosts, both of the chitinases have been deemed important for infection, through a mechanism that, at least in the case of ChiA, involves modulation of host immune responses. In this study, we show that the expression of the two chitinases is subject to regulation by the listerial agr system, a homologue of the agr quorum-sensing system of Staphylococcus aureus, that has so far been implicated in virulence and biofilm formation. We demonstrate that in addition to these roles, the listerial agr system is required for efficient chitin hydrolysis, as deletion of agrD, encoding the putative precursor of the agr autoinducer, dramatically decreased chitinolytic activity on agar plates. Agr was specifically induced in response to chitin addition in stationary phase and agrD was found to regulate the amount of chiA, but not chiB, transcripts. Although the transcript levels of chiB did not depend on agrD, the extracellular protein levels of both chitinases were reduced in the ΔagrD mutant. The regulatory effect of agr on chiA is potentially mediated through the small RNA LhrA, which we show here to be negatively regulated by agr. LhrA is in turn known to repress chiA translation by binding to the chiA transcript and interfering with ribosome recruitment. Our results highlight a previously unrecognized role of the agr system and suggest that autoinducer-based regulation of chitinolytic systems may be more commonplace than previously thought.

  4. Reactor Neutrinos

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    Soo-Bong Kim; Thierry Lasserre; Yifang Wang

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    We review the status and the results of reactor neutrino experiments. Short-baseline experiments have provided the measurement of the reactor neutrino spectrum, and their interest has been recently revived by the discovery of the reactor antineutrino anomaly, a discrepancy between the reactor neutrino flux state of the art prediction and the measurements at baselines shorter than one kilometer. Middle and long-baseline oscillation experiments at Daya Bay, Double Chooz, and RENO provided very ...

  5. Ceramographic Examinations of Irradiated AGR-1 Fuel Compacts

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    Paul Demkowicz; Scott Ploger; John Hunn

    2012-05-01

    The AGR 1 experiment involved irradiating 72 cylindrical fuel compacts containing tri-structural isotropic (TRISO)-coated particles to a peak burnup of 19.5% fissions per initial metal atom with no in-pile failures observed out of almost 300,000 particles. Five irradiated AGR 1 fuel compacts were selected for microscopy that span a range of irradiation conditions (temperature, burnup, and fast fluence). These five compacts also included all four TRISO coating variations irradiated in the AGR experiment. The five compacts were cross-sectioned both transversely and longitudinally, mounted, ground, and polished after development of careful techniques for preserving particle structures against preparation damage. Approximately 40 to 80 particles within each cross section were exposed near enough to mid-plane for optical microscopy of kernel, buffer, and coating behavior. The microstructural analysis focused on kernel swelling and porosity, buffer densification and fracture, debonding between the buffer and inner pyrolytic carbon (IPyC) layers, and fractures in the IPyC and SiC layers. Three basic particle morphologies were established according to the extent of bonding between the buffer and IPyC layers: complete debonding along the interface (Type A), no debonding along the interface (Type B), and partial debonding (Type AB). These basic morphologies were subdivided according to whether the buffer stayed intact or fractured. The resulting six characteristic morphologies were used to classify particles within each cross section, but no spatial patterns were clearly observed in any of the cross-sectional morphology maps. Although positions of particle types appeared random within compacts, examining a total of 830 classified particles allowed other relationships among morphological types to be established.

  6. Ceramographic Examinations of Irradiated AGR-1 Fuel Compacts

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    Paul Demkowicz; Scott Ploger; John Hunn; Jay S. Kehn

    2012-09-01

    The AGR 1 experiment involved irradiating 72 cylindrical fuel compacts containing tri-structural isotropic (TRISO)-coated particles to a peak burnup of 19.5% fissions per initial metal atom with no in-pile failures observed out of almost 300,000 particles. Six irradiated AGR 1 fuel compacts were selected for microscopy that span a range of irradiation conditions (temperature, burnup, and fast fluence). These six compacts also included all four TRISO coating variations irradiated in the AGR experiment. The six compacts were cross-sectioned both transversely and longitudinally, mounted, ground, and polished after development of careful techniques for preserving particle structures against preparation damage. From 36 to 79 particles within each cross section were exposed near enough to midplane for optical microscopy of kernel, buffer, and coating behavior. The microstructural analysis focused on kernel swelling and porosity, buffer densification and fracture, debonding between the buffer and inner pyrolytic carbon (IPyC) layers, and fractures in the IPyC and SiC layers. Three basic particle morphologies were established according to the extent of bonding between the buffer and IPyC layers: complete debonding along the interface (Type A), no debonding along the interface (Type B), and partial debonding (Type AB). These basic morphologies were subdivided according to whether the buffer stayed intact or fractured. The resulting six characteristic morphologies were used to classify particles within each cross section, but no spatial patterns were clearly observed in any of the cross-sectional morphology maps. Although positions of particle types appeared random within compacts, examining a total of 931 classified particles allowed other relationships among morphological types to be established.

  7. Microscopic analysis of irradiated AGR-1 coated particle fuel compacts

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    Scott Ploger; Paul Demkowicz; John Hunn; Robert Morris

    2012-10-01

    The AGR-1 experiment involved irradiation of 72 TRISO-coated particle fuel compacts to a peak burnup of 19.5% FIMA with no in-pile failures observed out of 3×105 total particles. Irradiated AGR-1 fuel compacts have been cross-sectioned and analyzed with optical microscopy to characterize kernel, buffer, and coating behavior. Five compacts have been examined so far, spanning a range of irradiation conditions (burnup, fast fluence, and irradiation temperature) and including all four TRISO coating variations irradiated in the AGR-1 experiment. The cylindrical specimens were sectioned both transversely and longitudinally, then polished to expose between approximately 40-80 individual particles on each mount. The analysis focused primarily on kernel swelling and porosity, buffer densification and fracturing, buffer-IPyC debonding, and fractures in the IPyC and SiC layers. Characteristic morphologies have been identified, over 800 particles have been classified, and spatial distributions of particle types have been mapped. No significant spatial patterns were discovered in these cross sections. However, some trends were found between morphological types and certain behavioral aspects. Buffer fractures were found in approximately 23% of the particles, and these fractures often resulted in unconstrained kernel swelling into the open cavities. Fractured buffers and buffers that stayed bonded to IPyC layers appear related to larger pore size in kernels. Buffer-IPyC interface integrity evidently factored into initiation of rare IPyC fractures. Fractures through part of the SiC layer were found in only three particles, all in conjunction with IPyC-SiC debonding. Compiled results suggest that the deliberate coating fabrication variations influenced the frequencies of IPyC fractures, IPyC-SiC debonds, and SiC fractures.

  8. Cancer-secreted AGR2 induces programmed cell death in normal cells

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    Vitello, Elizabeth A.; Quek, Sue-Ing; Kincaid, Heather; Fuchs, Thomas; Crichton, Daniel J.; Troisch, Pamela; Liu, Alvin Y.

    2016-01-01

    Anterior Gradient 2 (AGR2) is a protein expressed in many solid tumor types including prostate, pancreatic, breast and lung. AGR2 functions as a protein disulfide isomerase in the endoplasmic reticulum. However, AGR2 is secreted by cancer cells that overexpress this molecule. Secretion of AGR2 was also found in salamander limb regeneration. Due to its ubiquity, tumor secretion of AGR2 must serve an important role in cancer, yet its molecular function is largely unknown. This study examined the effect of cancer-secreted AGR2 on normal cells. Prostate stromal cells were cultured, and tissue digestion media containing AGR2 prepared from prostate primary cancer 10-076 CP and adenocarcinoma LuCaP 70CR xenograft were added. The control were tissue digestion media containing no AGR2 prepared from benign prostate 10-076 NP and small cell carcinoma LuCaP 145.1 xenograft. In the presence of tumor-secreted AGR2, the stromal cells were found to undergo programmed cell death (PCD) characterized by formation of cellular blebs, cell shrinkage, and DNA fragmentation as seen when the stromal cells were UV irradiated or treated by a pro-apoptotic drug. PCD could be prevented with the addition of the monoclonal AGR2-neutralizing antibody P3A5. DNA microarray analysis of LuCaP 70CR media-treated vs. LuCaP 145.1 media-treated cells showed downregulation of the gene SAT1 as a major change in cells exposed to AGR2. RT-PCR analysis confirmed the array result. SAT1 encodes spermidine/spermine N1-acetyltransferase, which maintains intracellular polyamine levels. Abnormal polyamine metabolism as a result of altered SAT1 activity has an adverse effect on cells through the induction of PCD. PMID:27283903

  9. The Windscale Inquiry and Its Implications.

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    Fremlin, J. H.

    1978-01-01

    Discusses the controversy over the development of nuclear power for civilian use. Answers some of the concerns regarding safety considerations, stating that misunderstanding is the reason for the exhibited negative attitudes. (GA)

  10. de cultivos agrícolas, en la agricultura urbana

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    Marcial A. Méndez F.

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available El uso de las aguas residuales se presenta como una de las fuentes alternativas para el riego en la agricultura urbana. Esto entraña un conjunto de interrogantes en cuanto a su manejo y las posibles afectaciones que ellas puedan ocasionar a los frutos cosechados, al suelo y al medio ambiente. Las informaciones que se presentan, son solo los primeros resultados de los estudios introductorios hasta ahora realizados. Las aguas residuales del afluente Luyanó en el municipio Arroyo Naranjo, de acuerdo con los análisis realizados, se clasifican como aguas de baja contaminación (según los valores DBO5 y DQO obtenidos. Estas aguas, además, toxicológicamente no constituyen un riesgo de contaminación ni para el suelo ni para el medio ambiente, aunque no deben utilizarse sin tratamiento previo en cultivos de consumo directo, dada la carga microbiana que presentan. Las parcelas experimentales que se establecieron con cultivos de zanahoria, rábano y flor del Marigold, mostraron en las primeras cosechas que es posible alcanzar en ellas altos rendimientos agrícolas, dado el valor fertilizante de estas aguas residuales. Los resultados de la cosecha del rábano, según análisis bacteriológicos realizados, no mostraron ningún tipo de contaminación. El suelo y el entorno agrícola, tampoco presentaron afectaciones.

  11. AGR-3/4 Irradiation Test Train Disassembly and Component Metrology First Look Report

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    Stempien, John Dennis [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Rice, Francine Joyce [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Harp, Jason Michael [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Winston, Philip Lon [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2016-03-01

    The AGR-3/4 experiment was designed to study fission product transport within graphitic matrix material and nuclear-grade graphite. To this end, this experiment consisted of 12 capsules, each fueled with 4 compacts containing UCO TRISO particles as driver fuel and 20 UCO designed-to-fail (DTF) fuel particles in each compact. The DTF fuel was fabricated with a thin pyrocarbon layer which was intended to fail during irradiation and provide a source of fission products. These fission products could then migrate through the compact and into the surrounding concentric rings of graphitic matrix material and/or nuclear graphite. Through post-irradiation examination (PIE) of the rings (including physical sampling and gamma scanning) fission product concentration profiles within the rings can be determined. These data can be used to elucidate fission product transport parameters (e.g. diffusion coefficients within the test materials) which will be used to inform and refine models of fission product transport. After irradiation in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) had been completed in April 2014, the AGR-3/4 experiment was shipped to the Hot Fuel Examination Facility (HFEF) at the Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) for inspection, disassembly, and metrology. The AGR-3/4 test train was received at MFC in two separate shipments between February and April 2015. Visual examinations of the test train exterior did not indicate dimensional distortion, and only two small discolored areas were observed at the bottom of Capsules 8 and 9. No corresponding discoloration was found on the inside of these capsules, however. Prior to disassembly, the two test train sections were subject to analysis via the Precision Gamma Scanner (PGS), which did not indicate that any gross fuel relocation had occurred. A series of specialized tools (including clamps, cutters, and drills) had been designed and fabricated in order to carry out test train disassembly and recovery of capsule components (graphite

  12. Comparison of fission product release predictions using PARFUME with results from the AGR-1 irradiation experiment

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    Blaise Collin

    2014-09-01

    This report documents comparisons between post-irradiation examination measurements and model predictions of silver (Ag), cesium (Cs), and strontium (Sr) release from selected tristructural isotropic (TRISO) fuel particles and compacts during the first irradiation test of the Advanced Gas Reactor program that occurred from December 2006 to November 2009 in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). The modeling was performed using the particle fuel model computer code PARFUME (PARticle FUel ModEl) developed at INL. PARFUME is an advanced gas-cooled reactor fuel performance modeling and analysis code (Miller 2009). It has been developed as an integrated mechanistic code that evaluates the thermal, mechanical, and physico-chemical behavior of fuel particles during irradiation to determine the failure probability of a population of fuel particles given the particle-to-particle statistical variations in physical dimensions and material properties that arise from the fuel fabrication process, accounting for all viable mechanisms that can lead to particle failure. The code also determines the diffusion of fission products from the fuel through the particle coating layers, and through the fuel matrix to the coolant boundary. The subsequent release of fission products is calculated at the compact level (release of fission products from the compact) but it can be assessed at the particle level by adjusting the diffusivity in the fuel matrix to very high values. Furthermore, the diffusivity of each layer can be individually set to a high value (typically 10-6 m2/s) to simulate a failed layer with no capability of fission product retention. In this study, the comparison to PIE focused on fission product release and because of the lack of failure in the irradiation, the probability of particle failure was not calculated. During the AGR-1 irradiation campaign, the fuel kernel produced and released fission products, which migrated through the successive

  13. Acaros de importancia agrícola en Colombia.

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    Mesa Nora Cristina

    1999-06-01

    Full Text Available La acarología en Colombia ha contribuido de forma notoria al conocimiento de la diversidad de especies. Además los investigadores en este campo han desarrollado estudios sobre evaluación y manejo de los ácaros fitófagos. Los avances han sido importantes en los trabajos sobre aquellas especies depredadoras. Se puede afirmar que el país cuenta con información básica y aplicada sobre los ácaros, pero se necesita profundizar en algunos temas. Este documento adelanta el análisis de la retrospectiva de la acarología agrícola en el país y se detiene en consideraciones sobre las familias y especies de mayor importancia. Esta recopilación sobre los ácaros en Colombia, señala la trascendencia que tienen estos artrópodos.

  14. Nacionalismos e reforma agrária nos anos 50

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    Moreira Vânia Maria Losada

    1998-01-01

    Full Text Available O artigo visa recuperar os elementos fundamentais do ideário nacionalista durante a década de 1950, destacando a centralidade do conceito de desenvolvimento auto-sustentado. A diversidade política e ideológica do movimento nacionalista é problematizada através da análise de duas correntes preponderantes do período em foco: o nacional-desenvolvimentismo, de caráter liberal, e o nacionalismo econômico, isto é, a vertente defendida pelas esquerdas. Finalmente, é focalizado a importância da reforma agrária dentro do projeto social defendido sobretudo pelos nacionalistas econômicos, enquanto fator indispensável a uma industrialização com cidadania.

  15. Planificación de Maquinaria Agrícola

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    Alvarez Cardona Alberto

    1979-06-01

    Full Text Available Se entiende por planificación agrícola el conjunto de técnicas que permiten ver con anticipación suficiente la cantidad de maquinaria, tanto fuentes de potencia como implementos que serán requeridos para realizar un trabajo específico en un tiempo determinado; ó la cantidad de trabajo específico que podrá realizar un equipo con características ya definidas a través de un tiempo determinado; se analizan también bajo este concepto de planificación aquellos sistemas que permiten evaluar, controlar y ajustar la planificación propuesta a las circunstancias reales una vez iniciada ésta.

  16. Multifunctional reactors

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    Westerterp, K.R.

    1992-01-01

    Multifunctional reactors are single pieces of equipment in which, besides the reaction, other functions are carried out simultaneously. The other functions can be a heat, mass or momentum transfer operation and even another reaction. Multifunctional reactors are not new, but they have received much

  17. Increasing AIP Macrocycle Size Reveals Key Features of agr Activation in Staphylococcus aureus.

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    Johnson, Jeffrey G; Wang, Boyuan; Debelouchina, Galia T; Novick, Richard P; Muir, Tom W

    2015-05-04

    The agr locus in the commensal human pathogen, Staphylococcus aureus, is a two-promoter regulon with allelic variability that produces a quorum-sensing circuit involved in regulating virulence within the bacterium. Secretion of unique autoinducing peptides (AIPs) and detection of their concentrations by AgrC, a transmembrane receptor histidine kinase, coordinates local bacterial population density with global changes in gene expression. The finding that staphylococcal virulence can be inhibited through antagonism of this quorum-sensing pathway has fueled tremendous interest in understanding the structure-activity relationships underlying the AIP-AgrC interaction. The defining structural feature of the AIP is a 16-membered, thiolactone-containing macrocycle. Surprisingly, the importance of ring size on agr activation or inhibition has not been explored. In this study, we address this deficiency through the synthesis and functional analysis of AIP analogues featuring enlarged and reduced macrocycles. Notably, this study is the first to interrogate AIP function by using both established cell-based reporter gene assays and newly developed in vitro AgrC-I binding and autophosphorylation activity assays. Based on our data, we present a model for robust agr activation involving a cooperative, three-points-of-contact interaction between the AIP macrocycle and AgrC.

  18. Comparison of fission product release predictions using PARFUME with results from the AGR-1 safety tests

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    Blaise Collin

    2014-09-01

    Safety tests were conducted on fourteen fuel compacts from AGR-1, the first irradiation experiment of the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification program, at temperatures ranging from 1600 to 1800°C to determine fission product release at temperatures that bound reactor accident conditions. The PARFUME (PARticle FUel ModEl) code was used to predict the release of fission products silver, cesium, strontium, and krypton from fuel compacts containing tristructural isotropic (TRISO) coated particles during the safety tests, and the predicted values were compared with experimental results. Preliminary comparisons between PARFUME predictions and post-irradiation examination (PIE) results of the safety tests show different trends in the prediction of the fractional release depending on the species, and it leads to different conclusions regarding the diffusivities used in the modeling of fission product transport in TRISO-coated particles: • For silver, the diffusivity in silicon carbide (SiC) might be over-estimated by a factor of at least 102 to 103 at 1600°C and 1700°C, and at least 10 to 102 at 1800°C. The diffusivity of silver in uranium oxy-carbide (UCO) might also be over-estimated, but the available data are insufficient to allow definitive conclusions to be drawn. • For cesium, the diffusivity in UCO might be over-estimated by a factor of at least 102 to 103 at 1600°C, 105 at 1700°C, and 103 at 1800°C. The diffusivity of cesium in SiC might also over-estimated, by a factor of 10 at 1600°C and 103 at 1700°C, based upon the comparisons between calculated and measured release fractions from intact particles. There is no available estimate at 1800°C since all the compacts heated up at 1800°C contain particles with failed SiC layers whose release dominates the release from intact particles. • For strontium, the diffusivity in SiC might be over-estimated by a factor of 10 to 102 at 1600 and 1700°C, and 102 to 103 at 1800°C. These

  19. HTR-2014 Paper Comparison of fission product release predictions using PARFUME with results from the AGR-1 irradiation experiment

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    Blaise Collin

    2001-10-01

    The PARFUME (PARticle FUel ModEl) code was used to predict fission product release from tristructural isotropic (TRISO) coated fuel particles and compacts during the first irradiation experiment (AGR-1) of the Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification program. The PARFUME model for the AGR-1 experiment used the fuel compact volume average temperature for each of the 620 days of irradiation to calculate the release of fission products silver, cesium, and strontium from a representative particle for a select number of AGR-1 compacts. Post-irradiation examination (PIE) measurements provided data on release of fission products from fuel compacts and fuel particles, and retention of fission products in the compacts outside of the SiC layer. PARFUME-predicted fractional release of these fission products was determined and compared to the PIE measurements. Results show an overall over-prediction of the fractional release of cesium by PARFUME. For particles with failed silicon carbide (SiC) layers, the over-prediction is by a factor of about two, corresponding to an over-estimation of the diffusivity in uranium oxycarbide (UCO) by a factor of about 100. For intact particles, whose release is much lower, the over-prediction is by an average of about an order of magnitude, which could additionally be attributed to an over-estimated diffusivity in SiC by about 30%. The release of strontium from intact particles is also over-estimated by PARFUME, which also points towards an over-estimated diffusivity of strontium in either SiC or UCO, or possibly both. The measured strontium fractional release from intact particles varied considerably from compact to compact, making it difficult to assess the effective over-estimation of the diffusivities. Furthermore, the release of strontium from particles with failed SiC is difficult to observe experimentally due to the release from intact particles, preventing any conclusions to be made on the accuracy or validity of the

  20. Los suelos agrícolas frente al sistema legislativo Mexicano

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    Maycotte Luna, Eliot

    2012-01-01

    El presente estudio sobre legislación de los suelos agrícolas en México, se basa en la técnica que define el Derecho Parlamentario jugando un papel importante para explicar el desarrollo legislativo [retrospectivo y prospectivo] sobre el uso y protección de los recursos naturales y en específico el suelo con uso agrícola frente al crecimiento urbano. Los efectos muestran que la frontera urbana sigue destruyendo cualquier tipo de suelo y más los agrícolas. Ocasionando en ...

  1. Organismo de Certificación de Implementos y Maquinaria Agrícola (OCIMA)

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    Alma Velia Ayala Garay; Marco A. Audelo Benítez; Rocío Cervantes Osornio; Dora Ma. Sangerman-Jarquín; Miguel Sánchez Hernández; Martha Garay Hernández

    2012-01-01

    La certificación resulta trascendental puesto que da seguridad al usuario final en el funcionamiento y calidad de los tractores, la creación del Organismo de Certificación de Implementos y Maquinaria Agrícola (OCIMA) dependiente del INIFAP como Organismo de Certificación de Producto en Tractores surgió como respuesta a esta necesidad; convirtiéndose en el único a nivel nacional con el propósito de autenticar a los productores agrícolas que la compra de maquinaria agrícola cumple con las espec...

  2. Association between the agr locus and the presence of virulence genes and pathogenesis in Staphylococcus aureus using a Caenorhabditis elegans model

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    Terissa A. Thompson

    2017-01-01

    Conclusions: There was a strong association between the carriage of virulence genes and the presence of the agr operon in clinical strains of S. aureus. Further, agr-positive strains were more pathogenic than agr-negative strains, suggesting a correlation between the presence of agr, carriage of virulence determinants, and pathogenicity.

  3. Reactor vessel

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    Makkee, M.; Kapteijn, F.; Moulijn, J.A

    1999-01-01

    A reactor vessel (1) comprises a reactor body (2) through which channels (3) are provided whose surface comprises longitudinal inwardly directed parts (4) and is provided with a catalyst (6), as well as buffer bodies (8, 12) connected to the channels (3) on both sides of the reactor body (2) and comprising connections for supplying (9, 10, 11) and discharging (13, 14, 15) via the channels (3) gases and/or liquids entering into a reaction with each other and substances formed upon this reactio...

  4. NUCLEAR REACTOR

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    Miller, H.I.; Smith, R.C.

    1958-01-21

    This patent relates to nuclear reactors of the type which use a liquid fuel, such as a solution of uranyl sulfate in ordinary water which acts as the moderator. The reactor is comprised of a spherical vessel having a diameter of about 12 inches substantially surrounded by a reflector of beryllium oxide. Conventionnl control rods and safety rods are operated in slots in the reflector outside the vessel to control the operation of the reactor. An additional means for increasing the safety factor of the reactor by raising the ratio of delayed neutrons to prompt neutrons, is provided and consists of a soluble sulfate salt of beryllium dissolved in the liquid fuel in the proper proportion to obtain the result desired.

  5. Reactor Neutrinos

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    Soo-Bong Kim

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We review the status and the results of reactor neutrino experiments. Short-baseline experiments have provided the measurement of the reactor neutrino spectrum, and their interest has been recently revived by the discovery of the reactor antineutrino anomaly, a discrepancy between the reactor neutrino flux state of the art prediction and the measurements at baselines shorter than one kilometer. Middle and long-baseline oscillation experiments at Daya Bay, Double Chooz, and RENO provided very recently the most precise determination of the neutrino mixing angle θ13. This paper provides an overview of the upcoming experiments and of the projects under development, including the determination of the neutrino mass hierarchy and the possible use of neutrinos for society, for nonproliferation of nuclear materials, and geophysics.

  6. Chemical Reactors.

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    Kenney, C. N.

    1980-01-01

    Describes a course, including content, reading list, and presentation on chemical reactors at Cambridge University, England. A brief comparison of chemical engineering education between the United States and England is also given. (JN)

  7. Reactor Neutrinos

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    Lasserre, T.; Sobel, H.W.

    2005-01-01

    We review the status and the results of reactor neutrino experiments, that toe the cutting edge of neutrino research. Short baseline experiments have provided the measurement of the reactor neutrino spectrum, and are still searching for important phenomena such as the neutrino magnetic moment. They could open the door to the measurement of coherent neutrino scattering in a near future. Middle and long baseline oscillation experiments at Chooz and KamLAND have played a relevant role in neutrin...

  8. Crystal Structure of AGR_C_4470p from Agrobacterium tumefaciens

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    Vorobiev,S.; Neely, H.; Seetharaman, J.; Ma, L.; Xiao, R.; Acton, T.; Montelione, G.; Tong, L.

    2007-01-01

    We report here the crystal structure at 2.0 {angstrom} resolution of the AGR{_}C{_}4470p protein from the Gram-negative bacterium Agrobacterium tumefaciens. The protein is a tightly associated dimer, each subunit of which bears strong structural homology with the two domains of the heme utilization protein ChuS from Escherichia coli and HemS from Yersinia enterocolitica. Remarkably, the organization of the AGR{_}C{_}4470p dimer is the same as that of the two domains in ChuS and HemS, providing structural evidence that these two proteins evolved by gene duplication. However, the binding site for heme, while conserved in HemS and ChuS, is not conserved in AGR{_}C{_}4470p, suggesting that it probably has a different function. This is supported by the presence of two homologs of AGR{_}C{_}4470p in E. coli, in addition to the ChuS protein.

  9. Cross-Talk between Staphylococcus aureus and Other Staphylococcal Species via the agr Quorum Sensing System

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    Canovas de la Nuez, Jaime; Baldry, Mara; Bojer, Martin S;

    2016-01-01

    between staphylococci and S. aureus, and show that this interaction may eventually lead to the identification of new anti-virulence candidates to target S. aureus infections. Here we show that culture supernatants of 37 out of 52 staphylococcal isolates representing 17 different species inhibit S. aureus......-inducing peptides (AIPs) sensed by AgrC, a two component histidine kinase. agr loci are found also in other staphylococcal species and for Staphylococcus epidermidis, the encoded AIP represses expression of agr regulated virulence genes in S. aureus. In this study we aimed to better understand the interaction....... To assess impact on S. aureus virulence, we co-inoculated S. aureus and S. schleiferi in vivo in the Galleria mellonella wax moth larva, and found that expression of key S. aureus virulence factors was abrogated. Our data show that the S. aureus agr locus is highly responsive to other staphylococcal species...

  10. AGR-2 Irradiated Test Train Preliminary Inspection and Disassembly First Look

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    Ploger, Scott [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Demkowciz, Paul [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Harp, Jason [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2015-05-01

    The AGR 2 irradiation experiment began in June 2010 and was completed in October 2013. The test train was shipped to the Materials and Fuels Complex in July 2014 for post-irradiation examination (PIE). The first PIE activities included nondestructive examination of the test train, followed by disassembly of the test train and individual capsules and detailed inspection of the capsule contents, including the fuel compacts and their graphite fuel holders. Dimensional metrology was then performed on the compacts, graphite holders, and steel capsule shells. AGR 2 disassembly and metrology were performed with the same equipment used successfully on AGR 1 test train components. Gamma spectrometry of the intact test train gave a preliminary look at the condition of the interior components. No evidence of damage to compacts or graphite components was evident from the isotopic and gross gamma scans. Disassembly of the AGR 2 test train and its capsules was conducted rapidly and efficiently by employing techniques refined during the AGR 1 disassembly campaign. Only one major difficulty was encountered while separating the test train into capsules when thermocouples (of larger diameter than used in AGR 1) and gas lines jammed inside the through tubes of the upper capsules, which required new tooling for extraction. Disassembly of individual capsules was straightforward with only a few minor complications. On the whole, AGR 2 capsule structural components appeared less embrittled than their AGR 1 counterparts. Compacts from AGR 2 Capsules 2, 3, 5, and 6 were in very good condition upon removal. Only relatively minor damage or markings were visible using high resolution photographic inspection. Compact dimensional measurements indicated radial shrinkage between 0.8 to 1.7%, with the greatest shrinkage observed on Capsule 2 compacts that were irradiated at higher temperature. Length shrinkage ranged from 0.1 to 0.9%, with by far the lowest axial shrinkage on Capsule 3 compacts

  11. Cross-talk between Staphylococcus aureus and other staphylococcal species via the agr quorum sensing system

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    Jaime Canovas de la Nuez

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Staphylococci are associated with both humans and animals. While most are non-pathogenic colonizers, Staphylococcus aureus is an opportunistic pathogen capable of causing severe infections. S. aureus virulence is controlled by the agr quorum sensing system responding to secreted auto-inducing peptides (AIPs sensed by AgrC, a two component histidine kinase. agr loci are found also in other staphylococcal species and for S. epidermidis, the encoded AIP represses expression of agr regulated virulence genes in S. aureus. In this study we aimed to determine how other staphylococci affect S. aureus agr, and if such interaction may point to new anti-virulence candidates to target S. aureus infections. Here we show that culture supernatants of 37 out of 52 staphylococcal isolates representing 17 different species inhibit S. aureus agr. The dog pathogen, S. schleiferi, expressed the most potent inhibitory activity and was active against all four agr classes found in S. aureus. By employing a S. aureus strain encoding a constitutively active AIP receptor we show that the activity is mediated via agr. Subsequent cloning and heterologous expression of the S. schleiferi AIP in S. aureus demonstrated that this molecule was likely responsible for the inhibitory activity, and further proof was provided when pure synthetic S. schleiferi AIP was able to completely abolish agr induction of an S. aureus reporter strain. To assess impact on S. aureus virulence, we co-inoculated S. aureus and S. schleiferi in vivo in the Galleria Mellonella wax moth larva, and found that expression of key S. aureus virulence factors was abrogated. Our data show that the S. aureus agr locus is highly responsive to other staphylococcal species suggesting that agr is an inter-species communication system. Based on these results we speculate that interactions between S. aureus and other colonizing staphylococci will significantly influence the ability of S. aureus to cause infection, and

  12. High temperature and pressure effects on the elastic properties of B2 intermetallics AgRE

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    Liu Lili; Wu Xiaozhi; Li Weiguo; Wang Rui; Liu Qing

    2015-01-01

    The high temperature and pressure effects on the elastic properties of the AgRE (RE=Sc, Tm, Er, Dy, Tb) intermetallic compounds with B2 structure have been performed from first principle calculations. For the temperature range 0-1000 K, the second order elastic constants for all the AgRE intermetallic compounds follow a normal behavior: they decrease with increasing temperature. The pressure dependence of the second order elastic constants has been investigated on the ...

  13. Survival of Listeria monocytogenes in Soil Requires AgrA-Mediated Regulation.

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    Vivant, Anne-Laure; Garmyn, Dominique; Gal, Laurent; Hartmann, Alain; Piveteau, Pascal

    2015-08-01

    In a recent paper, we demonstrated that inactivation of the Agr system affects the patterns of survival of Listeria monocytogenes (A.-L. Vivant, D. Garmyn, L. Gal, and P. Piveteau, Front Cell Infect Microbiol 4:160, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fcimb.2014.00160). In this study, we investigated whether the Agr-mediated response is triggered during adaptation in soil, and we compared survival patterns in a set of 10 soils. The fate of the parental strain L. monocytogenes L9 (a rifampin-resistant mutant of L. monocytogenes EGD-e) and that of a ΔagrA deletion mutant were compared in a collection of 10 soil microcosms. The ΔagrA mutant displayed significantly reduced survival in these biotic soil microcosms, and differential transcriptome analyses showed large alterations of the transcriptome when AgrA was not functional, while the variations in the transcriptomes between the wild type and the ΔagrA deletion mutant were modest under abiotic conditions. Indeed, in biotic soil environments, 578 protein-coding genes and an extensive repertoire of noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs) were differentially transcribed. The transcription of genes coding for proteins involved in cell envelope and cellular processes, including the phosphotransferase system and ABC transporters, and proteins involved in resistance to antimicrobial peptides was affected. Under sterilized soil conditions, the differences were limited to 86 genes and 29 ncRNAs. These results suggest that the response regulator AgrA of the Agr communication system plays important roles during the saprophytic life of L. monocytogenes in soil.

  14. The Agr communication system provides a benefit to the populations of Listeria monocytogenes in soil.

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    Vivant, Anne-Laure; Garmyn, Dominique; Gal, Laurent; Piveteau, Pascal

    2014-01-01

    In this study, we investigated whether the Agr communication system of the pathogenic bacterium Listeria monocytogenes was involved in adaptation and competitiveness in soil. Alteration of the ability to communicate, either by deletion of the gene coding the response regulator AgrA (response-negative mutant) or the signal pro-peptide AgrD (signal-negative mutant), did not affect population dynamics in soil that had been sterilized but survival was altered in biotic soil suggesting that the Agr system of L. monocytogenes was involved to face the complex soil biotic environment. This was confirmed by a set of co-incubation experiments. The fitness of the response-negative mutant was lower either in the presence or absence of the parental strain but the fitness of the signal-negative mutant depended on the strain with which it was co-incubated. The survival of the signal-negative mutant was higher when co-cultured with the parental strain than when co-cultured with the response-negative mutant. These results showed that the ability to respond to Agr communication provided a benefit to listerial cells to compete. These results might also indicate that in soil, the Agr system controls private goods rather than public goods.

  15. Staphylococcus aureus interaction with phospholipid vesicles--a new method to accurately determine accessory gene regulator (agr activity.

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    Maisem Laabei

    Full Text Available The staphylococcal accessory gene regulatory (agr operon is a well-characterised global regulatory element that is important in the control of virulence gene expression for Staphylococcus aureus, a major human pathogen. Hence, accurate and sensitive measurement of Agr activity is central in understanding the virulence potential of Staphylococcus aureus, especially in the context of Agr dysfunction, which has been linked with persistent bacteraemia and reduced susceptibility to glycopeptide antibiotics. Agr function is typically measured using a synergistic haemolysis CAMP assay, which is believe to report on the level of expression of one of the translated products of the agr locus, delta toxin. In this study we develop a vesicle lysis test (VLT that is specific to small amphipathic peptides, most notably delta and Phenol Soluble Modulin (PSM toxins. To determine the accuracy of this VLT method in assaying Agr activity, we compared it to the CAMP assay using 89 clinical Staphylococcus aureus isolates. Of the 89 isolates, 16 were designated as having dysfunctional Agr systems by the CAMP assay, whereas only three were designated as such by VLT. Molecular analysis demonstrated that of these 16 isolates, the 13 designated as having a functional Agr system by VLT transcribed rnaIII and secreted delta toxin, demonstrating they have a functional Agr system despite the results of the CAMP assay. The agr locus of all 16 isolates was sequenced, and only the 3 designated as having a dysfunctional Agr system contained mutations, explaining their Agr dysfunction. Given the potentially important link between Agr dysfunction and clinical outcome, we have developed an assay that determines this more accurately than the conventional CAMP assay.

  16. Obreros agrícolas migrantes en Sinaloa

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    Florencio Posadas Segura

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    Full Text Available el objetivo de este artículo es demostrar la presencia sig-nificativa de los obreros agrícolas migrantes, algunas carac-terísticas que la explican y la pauperización que experimen-tan. La causa principal de la migración es la desocupación;los empresarios controlan los métodos de contratación, tras-portación y explotación, y los jornaleros rurales migrantestrabajan más, ganan menos y su situación es mayormentemiserable. Esto se ilustra con el caso de Villa Benito Juárez,Sinaloa, que prueba la gran importancia de los asalariadosestacionales del campo, como auténticos productores de lariqueza, y la paradoja de su condición de pobreza aguda. Elpatrón migratorio interno y externo descubierto contradicelos estereotipos prevalecientes, en el marco de la reestruc-turación productiva y laboral de la agricultura mexicana yla incorporación de fuerza de trabajo asalariada pagada pordebajo de su valor, segmentada y dosificada conveniente-mente de acuerdo con la estrategia del capital, guiada por elespíritu de la ganancia máxima.

  17. The DOE advanced gas reactor fuel development and qualification program

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    Petti, David; Maki, John; Hunn, John; Pappano, Pete; Barnes, Charles; Saurwein, John; Nagley, Scott; Kendall, Jim; Hobbins, Richard

    2010-09-01

    The high outlet temperatures and high thermal-energy conversion efficiency of modular high-temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGRs) enable an efficient and cost-effective integration of the reactor system with non-electricity-generation applications, such as process heat and/or hydrogen production, for the many petrochemical and other industrial processes that require temperatures between 300°C and 900°C. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected the HTGR concept for the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) Project as a transformative application of nuclear energy that will demonstrate emissions-free nuclear-assisted electricity, process heat, and hydrogen production, thereby reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and enhancing energy security. The objective of the DOE Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification program is to qualify tristructural isotropic (TRISO)-coated particle fuel for use in HTGRs. An overview of the program and recent progress is presented.

  18. The cefazolin inoculum effect in methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus blood isolates: their association with dysfunctional accessory gene regulator (agr).

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    Wi, Yu Mi; Park, Young Kyoung; Moon, Chisook; Ryu, Seong Yeol; Lee, Hyuck; Ki, Hyun Kyun; Cheong, Hae Suk; Son, Jun Seong; Lee, Jin Seo; Kwon, Ki Tae; Kim, June Myong; Ha, Young Eun; Kang, Cheol In; Ko, Kwan Soo; Chung, Doo Ryeon; Peck, Kyong Ran; Song, Jae-Hoon

    2015-11-01

    We evaluated the clinical significance of the cefazolin inoculum effect (CIE) in methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) isolates. In total, 146 isolates were recovered from patients with MSSA bacteremia at 9 hospitals in Korea. The CIE was observed in 16 MSSA isolates, and while type A was the only detected β-lactamase in MSSA isolates exhibiting the CIE, no strains expressing type B, C, or D β-lactamases exhibited this effect. The CIE was only observed in agr group III and I isolates and was significantly more common in isolates with agr dysfunction than in those with functional agr (P<0.001). Even among isolates producing type A β-lactamase, the CIE was also prevalent in isolates with dysfunctional agr than in isolates with functional agr (P=0.025). This study demonstrates an association between the CIE of MSSA isolates and agr dysfunction, in addition to those between the CIE and type A β-lactamase.

  19. La normalización y certificación de tractores agrícolas en México

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    Alma Velia Ayala Garay; Rocío Cervantes Osornio; Marco Antonio Audelo Benítez; Noé Velázquez López; José Manuel Vargas Sállago

    2013-01-01

    El tractor agrícola es la principal fuente de potencia dentro de una unidad de producción. Por lo tanto para los usuarios de maquinaria agrícola, resulta una prioridad contar con mecanismos que permitan dar seguridad al usuario final o productor agrícola en el funcionamiento y calidad de los tractores, para esto el objetivo del presente es dar a conocer la evolución de la normalización y certificación de la maquinaria agrícola en México, sus impactos y tendencias, por medio de una descripción...

  20. Sonochemical Reactors.

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    Gogate, Parag R; Patil, Pankaj N

    2016-10-01

    Sonochemical reactors are based on the generation of cavitational events using ultrasound and offer immense potential for the intensification of physical and chemical processing applications. The present work presents a critical analysis of the underlying mechanisms for intensification, available reactor configurations and overview of the different applications exploited successfully, though mostly at laboratory scales. Guidelines have also been presented for optimum selection of the important operating parameters (frequency and intensity of irradiation, temperature and liquid physicochemical properties) as well as the geometric parameters (type of reactor configuration and the number/position of the transducers) so as to maximize the process intensification benefits. The key areas for future work so as to transform the successful technique at laboratory/pilot scale into commercial technology have also been discussed. Overall, it has been established that there is immense potential for sonochemical reactors for process intensification leading to greener processing and economic benefits. Combined efforts from a wide range of disciplines such as material science, physics, chemistry and chemical engineers are required to harness the benefits at commercial scale operation.

  1. AGR-1 Irradiated Test Train Preliminary Inspection and Disassembly First Look

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    Paul Demkowicz; Lance Cole; Scott Ploger; Philip Winston; Binh Pham; Michael Abbott

    2011-01-01

    The AGR-1 irradiation experiment ended on November 6, 2009, after 620 effective full power days in the Advanced Test Reactor, achieving a peak burnup of 19.6% FIMA. The test train was shipped to the Materials and Fuels Complex in March 2010 for post-irradiation examination. The first PIE activities included non-destructive examination of the test train, followed by disassembly of the test train and individual capsules and detailed inspection of the capsule contents, including the fuel compacts and the graphite fuel holders. Dimensional measurements of the compacts, graphite holders, and steel capsules shells were performed using a custom vision measurement system (for outer diameters and lengths) and conventional bore gauges (for inner diameters). Gamma spectrometry of the intact test train gave a preliminary look at the condition of the interior components. No evidence of damage to compacts or graphite components was evident from the isotopic and gross gamma scans. Neutron radiography of the intact Capsule 2 showed a high degree of detail of interior components and confirmed the observation that there was no major damage to the capsule. Disassembly of the capsules was initiated using procedures qualified during out-of-cell mockup testing. Difficulties were encountered during capsule disassembly due to irradiation-induced changes in some of the capsule components’ properties, including embrittled niobium and molybdenum parts that were susceptible to fracture and swelling of the graphite fuel holders that affected their removal from the capsule shells. This required various improvised modifications to the disassembly procedure to avoid damage to the fuel compacts. Ultimately the capsule disassembly was successful and only one compact from Capsule 4 (out of 72 total in the test train) sustained damage during the disassembly process, along with the associated graphite holder. The compacts were generally in very good condition upon removal. Only relatively minor

  2. Saúde e mercado de trabalho no Brasil: diferenciais entre ocupados agrícolas e não agrícolas

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    Alexandre Gori Maia

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho analisa as diferenças no estado de saúde entre e dentro dos grupos de ocupados agrícolas e não agrícolas no Brasil, utilizando medidas de autoavaliação do estado de saúde captadas no suplemento da PNAD (Pesquisa Nacional por Amostra de Domicílios de 2008. As análises baseiam-se na composição socioeconômica dos ocupados agrícolas e não agrícolas e nas estimativas de equações simultâneas para captar as relações não lineares entre saúde, renda e jornada de trabalho. Um dos pressupostos do trabalho é que a baixa prevalência de saudáveis entre os ocupados agrícolas estaria associada, sobretudo, à composição socioeconômica desse grupo, e não à maior insalubridade a que os ocupados das atividades agrícolas estariam submetidos em condições socioeconômicas semelhantes às dos não agrícolas. Analogamente, a desigualdade no estado de saúde seria menor entre os ocupados agrícolas devido aos hábitos mais homogêneos, não só no que se refere ao tipo de atividade, mas também em relação à qualidade de vida e ao acesso a uma série de itens de consumo, típico das localidades menos desenvolvidas onde as atividades agrícolas prevalecem.This paper analyzes differences of health conditions between and within agricultural and non-agricultural workers in Brazil. Self-reported health measures of the Health Supplement of Pesquisa Nacional por Amostra de Domicílios (PNAD, from 2008, are used. Results are based on the description of the socioeconomic characteristics of each group of employees and on estimates of a simultaneous equation to measure non-linear relations between health conditions, income and work hours. The main hypothesis is that the lower prevalence of workers with good health among agricultural workers is mainly due to socioeconomic characteristics of this group and not necessarily to higher insalubrious conditions that such workers would be submitted to in equivalent socioeconomic conditions

  3. Biotecnología agrícola

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    Melgarejo, Paloma

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available The domestication of plants can be considered as the first genetic manipulation of living organisms and it is associated with the origin of agriculture, and represents the major contribution of biotechnology to the development of mankind. The challenges the agricultural sector faces in the coming decades are population growth and the increasing demand for raw materials for food, feed, as well as the consumer preferences, environmental and legal aspects, and the overall globalisation of the economy. The agricultural biotechnology applications will undoubtedly play a role in meeting these challenges. Spain has competent scientific groups devoted to basic and applied research, with a wide knowledge on agricultural biotechnology. The transfer of the business sector needs to the scientific field, coordinating the R&D companies and research groups from universities and public research organisms is an objective to be attained in the future.La domesticación de plantas, primera manipulación genética de los organismos vivos y origen de la Agricultura, representa la mayor contribución de la biotecnología al desarrollo de la humanidad. Los retos a superar en las próximas décadas para el sector agrario están determinados por el aumento demográfico y la demanda de materias primas para alimentación humana y animal, por las preferencias en el consumo, por aspectos medioambientales y legales, y por la globalización de la economía. Las aplicaciones de la biotecnología agrícola van a jugar un papel incuestionable en el logro de estos retos. Nuestro país posee unos buenos grupos en investigación básica y aplicada, con amplios conocimientos de la agrobiotecnología. El traslado de las necesidades del sector empresarial a la investigación, coordinando los departamentos de I+D+I de las empresas y los grupos de investigación de las universidades y organismos públicos de investigación es una finalidad a conseguir en el futuro.

  4. Modelos de vulnerabilidad agrícola ante los efectos del cambio climático

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    Claudia Hernández Ramírez

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available La Vulnerabilidad Agrícola (VA es el resultado de la medición de la variabilidad climática dentro de un contexto de vulnerabilidad social y sectorial, que ha ido agregando conceptos e indicadores que enriquecen y complementan el análisis de la seguridad alimentaria, en el entendido que la disponibilidad de un pronóstico corresponde no solo al derecho primordial de cualquier ser humano, sino a la supervivencia del mismo. La metodología de medición de esta variable depende estrictamente del alcance de la investigación y de la disponibilidad de datos de la región y del producto agrícola seleccionado. Los modelos utilizados hasta la fecha son tres: el modelo Estructural, el modelo Espacial y la Vulnerabilidad Agrícola.

  5. Política Agrícola Canadiense. Algunas lecciones para Argentina

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    Rinaldo Antonio Colomé

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo general de este trabajo es analizar el diseño de la política agrícola canadiense, comparándola con las de los otros países altamente desarrollados y con la de Argentina.  Los objetivos específicos son: aAnalizar la política agrícola de Canadá referida a la producción y al comercio de granos y su efecto en los mercados internacionales; bAnalizar la política agrícola y comercial de Canadá referida al sector de oferta dirigida o regulada y sus efectos en el mercado doméstico y en los internacionales; c Realizar una comparación con Argentina. 

  6. High temperature and pressure effects on the elastic properties of B2 intermetallics AgRE

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    Liu, Lili; Wu, Xiaozhi; Li, Weiguo; Wang, Rui; Liu, Qing

    2015-02-01

    The high temperature and pressure effects on the elastic properties of the AgRE (RE=Sc, Tm, Er, Dy, Tb) intermetallic compounds with B2 structure have been performed from first principle calculations. For the temperature range 0-1000 K, the second order elastic constants for all the AgRE intermetallic compounds follow a normal behavior: they decrease with increasing temperature. The pressure dependence of the second order elastic constants has been investigated on the basis of the third order elastic constants. Temperature and pressure dependent elastic anisotropic parameters A have been calculated based on the temperature and pressure dependent elastic constants.

  7. Conceptos sobre Adecuación de Tierras Agrícolas

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    Bustamante Muñoz Hellodoro

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    Full Text Available En este artículo se pretende de una manera muy resumida mostrar algunos conceptos y principios generales sobre la adecuación de tierras agrícolas Adecuación en términos simples significa acción o efecto de proporcionar o acomodar una cosa a otra; por extensión y a manera de ensayo de definición, adecuación de tierras agrícolas consiste en crear o proporcionar las condiciones necesarias para la eficiente explotación del campo.

  8. A eficiência nas caixas de Crédito Agrícola Mútuo

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    Pina, Licínio Manuel Prata

    2012-01-01

    Mestrado em Economia Portuguesa e Integração Internacional O Crédito Agrícola é o único banco cooperativo em actividade no mercado português. Constituído actualmente por oitenta e cinco caixas agrícolas e a caixa central, que sustentam a base do grupo com presença em quase todo o território nacional, caracteriza-se pela prática de banca de proximidade e de grande envolvimento com as comunidades locais, tentando contrariar a tendência para a centralidade territorial. O grupo ...

  9. La oferta agrícola, a corto y largo plazo

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    de Pablo, Juan Carlos

    2012-01-01

    Los productores agrícolas, y particularmente su dirigencia, cuentan con mi fraterna simpatía, a raíz de los sistemáticos ataques que sufren por parte de las autoridades nacionales, y la indiferencia que exhibe el resto de los dirigentes empresarios. Lo cual no implica compartir cualquier afirmación referida a lo que podría ocurrir con la producción agrícola de Argentina, en ausencia de trabas a las exportaciones e intervención directa en el mercado interno de dichos productos, tanto de índole...

  10. Diseño de un registrador de esfuerzos para maquinaria agrícola

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    La agricultura de precisión requiere de herramientas tecnológicas para la adquisición, registro y procesamiento de la información. La incorporación de los sistemas embebidos a la maquinaria agrícola permite realizar el control y monitoreo de forma constante y precisa de las variables que influyen en el rendimiento y afectan a la correcta utilización de la maquinaria. La eficiencia del tractor agrícola puede determinarse como la relación entre el consumo de combustible y la energía mecánica...

  11. CD147 and AGR2 expression promote cellular proliferation and metastasis of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma

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    Sweeny, Larissa, E-mail: larissasweeny@gmail.com [Department of Surgery, University of Alabama, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 1670 University Boulevard, Volker Hall G082, Birmingham, Alabama (United States); Liu, Zhiyong; Bush, Benjamin D.; Hartman, Yolanda [Department of Surgery, University of Alabama, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 1670 University Boulevard, Volker Hall G082, Birmingham, Alabama (United States); Zhou, Tong [Department of Medicine, Division of Immunology and Rheumatology, 1825 University Boulevard, Shelby Biomedical Research Building 302, Birmingham, Alabama (United States); Rosenthal, Eben L., E-mail: oto@uab.edu [Department of Surgery, University of Alabama, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 1670 University Boulevard, Volker Hall G082, Birmingham, Alabama (United States)

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    The signaling pathways facilitating metastasis of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) cells are not fully understood. CD147 is a transmembrane glycoprotein known to induce cell migration and invasion. AGR2 is a secreted peptide also known to promote cell metastasis. Here we describe their importance in the migration and invasion of HNSCC cells (FADU and OSC-19) in vitro and in vivo. In vitro, knockdown of CD147 or AGR2 decreased cellular proliferation, migration and invasion. In vivo, knockdown of CD147 or AGR2 expression decreased primary tumor growth as well as regional and distant metastasis. -- Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We investigated AGR2 in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma for the first time. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We explored the relationship between AGR2 and CD147 for the first time. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer AGR2 and CD147 appear to co-localize in head and squamous cell carcinoma samples. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Knockdown of both AGR2 and CD147 reduced migration and invasion in vitro. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Knockdown of both AGR2 and CD147 decreased metastasis in vivo.

  12. Nuevos neumáticos para tractores agrícolas

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    Arnó i Pujol, Judit; Masip Vilalta, Joan

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    El neumático agrícola condiciona de forma determinante el rendimiento del tractor. Es necesario, por tanto, que el agricultar conozca las prestaciones de los neumáticos actuales. Ello le permitirá elegir el equipamiento más adecuado a sus necesidades.

  13. Colorado's AgrAbility Project's Effects on KASA and Practice Changes with Agricultural Producers and Professionals

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    Fetsch, Robert J.; Jackman, Danielle M.

    2015-01-01

    Disability rates resulting from work-related injuries remain steadily high among farmers and ranchers. To address the gap in services within this population, USDA implemented AgrAbility nationally. Using part of Bennett's hierarchical model, the current study evaluated the KASA and practice change levels of 401 farmers and ranchers and compared…

  14. Cross-Talk between Staphylococcus aureus and Other Staphylococcal Species via the agr Quorum Sensing System

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    Canovas de la Nuez, Jaime; Baldry, Mara; Bojer, Martin S;

    2016-01-01

    Staphylococci are associated with both humans and animals. While most are non-pathogenic colonizers, Staphylococcus aureus is an opportunistic pathogen capable of causing severe infections. S. aureus virulence is controlled by the agr quorum sensing system responding to secreted auto-inducing pep...

  15. Hybrid adsorptive membrane reactor

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    Tsotsis, Theodore T. (Inventor); Sahimi, Muhammad (Inventor); Fayyaz-Najafi, Babak (Inventor); Harale, Aadesh (Inventor); Park, Byoung-Gi (Inventor); Liu, Paul K. T. (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    A hybrid adsorbent-membrane reactor in which the chemical reaction, membrane separation, and product adsorption are coupled. Also disclosed are a dual-reactor apparatus and a process using the reactor or the apparatus.

  16. D and DR Reactors

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — The world's second full-scale nuclear reactor was the D Reactor at Hanford which was built in the early 1940's and went operational in December of 1944.D Reactor ran...

  17. Hybrid adsorptive membrane reactor

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    Tsotsis, Theodore T.; Sahimi, Muhammad; Fayyaz-Najafi, Babak; Harale, Aadesh; Park, Byoung-Gi; Liu, Paul K. T.

    2011-03-01

    A hybrid adsorbent-membrane reactor in which the chemical reaction, membrane separation, and product adsorption are coupled. Also disclosed are a dual-reactor apparatus and a process using the reactor or the apparatus.

  18. Three-component U-Pu-Th fuel for plutonium irradiation in heavy water reactors

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    Peel Ross

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper discusses concepts for three-component fuel bundles containing plutonium, uranium and thorium for use in pressurised heavy water reactors, and cases for and against implementation of such a nuclear energy system in the United Kingdom. Heavy water reactors are used extensively in Canada, and are deploying within India and China, whilst the UK is considering the use of heavy water reactors to manage its plutonium inventory of 140 tonnes. The UK heavy water reactor proposal uses a mixed oxide (MOX fuel of plutonium in depleted uranium, within the enhanced CANDU-6 (EC-6 reactor. This work proposes an alternative heterogeneous fuel concept based on the same reactor and CANFLEX fuel bundle, with eight large-diameter fuel elements loaded with natural thorium oxide and 35 small-diameter fuel elements loaded with a MOX of plutonium and reprocessed uranium stocks from UK MAGNOX and AGR reactors. Indicative neutronic calculations suggest that such a fuel would be neutronically feasible. A similar MOX may alternatively be fabricated from reprocessed <5% enriched light water reactor fuel, such as the fuel of the AREVA EPR reactor, to consume newly produced plutonium from reprocessing, similar to the DUPIC (direct use of PWR fuel in CANDU process.

  19. AGR-2 Data Qualification Report for ATR Cycles 151B-2, 152A, 152B, 153A, 153B and 154A

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    Binh T. Pham; Jeffrey J. Einerson

    2013-09-01

    This report documents the data qualification status of AGR-2 fuel irradiation experimental data from Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) Cycles 152A, 152B, 153A, 153B, and 154A, as recorded in the Nuclear Data Management and Analysis System (NDMAS). The AGR-2 data streams addressed include thermocouple (TC) temperatures, sweep gas data (flow rate, pressure, and moisture content), and fission product monitoring system (FPMS) data for each of the six capsules in the experiment. A total of 13,400,520 every minute instantaneous TC and sweep gas data records were received and processed by NDMAS for this period. Of these data, 8,911,791 records (66.5% of the total) were determined to be Qualified based on NDMAS accuracy testing and data validity assessment. For temperature, there were 4,266,081 records (74% of the total TC data) that were Failed due to TC instrument failures. For sweep gas flows, there were 222,648 gas flow records (2.91% of the flow data) that were Failed. The inlet gas flow failures due to gas flow cross-talk and leakage problems that occurred after Cycle 150A were corrected by using the same gas mixture in all six capsules and the Leadout. For FPMS data, NDMAS received and processed preliminary release rate and release-to-birth rate ratio (R/B) data for three reactor cycles (Cycles 149B, 150B, and 151A) . This data consists of 45,983 release rate records and 45,235 R/B records for the 12 radionuclides reported. The qualification status of these FPMS data has been set to In Process until receipt of Quality Assurance-approved data generator reports. All of the above data have been processed and tested using a SAS®-based enterprise application software system, stored in a secure Structured Query Language database, made available on the NDMAS Web portal (http://ndmas.inl.gov), and approved by the INL STIM for release to both internal and appropriate external Very High Temperature Reactor Program participants.

  20. AGR3 in breast cancer: prognostic impact and suitable serum-based biomarker for early cancer detection.

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    Garczyk, Stefan; von Stillfried, Saskia; Antonopoulos, Wiebke; Hartmann, Arndt; Schrauder, Michael G; Fasching, Peter A; Anzeneder, Tobias; Tannapfel, Andrea; Ergönenc, Yavuz; Knüchel, Ruth; Rose, Michael; Dahl, Edgar

    2015-01-01

    Blood-based early detection of breast cancer has recently gained novel momentum, as liquid biopsy diagnostics is a fast emerging field. In this study, we aimed to identify secreted proteins which are up-regulated both in tumour tissue and serum samples of breast cancer patients compared to normal tissue and sera. Based on two independent tissue cohorts (n = 75 and n = 229) and one serum cohort (n = 80) of human breast cancer and healthy serum samples, we characterised AGR3 as a novel potential biomarker both for breast cancer prognosis and early breast cancer detection from blood. AGR3 expression in breast tumours is significantly associated with oestrogen receptor α (Pbreast tumours (multivariate hazard ratio: 2.186, 95% CI: 1.008-4.740, Pbreast cancer patients (n = 40, mainly low stage tumours) compared to healthy controls (n = 40). To develop a suitable biomarker panel for early breast cancer detection, we measured AGR2 protein in human serum samples in parallel. The combined AGR3/AGR2 biomarker panel achieved a sensitivity of 64.5% and a specificity of 89.5% as shown by receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve statistics. Thus our data clearly show the potential usability of AGR3 and AGR2 as biomarkers for blood-based early detection of human breast cancer.

  1. Reactor and method of operation

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    Wheeler, John A.

    1976-08-10

    A nuclear reactor having a flattened reactor activity curve across the reactor includes fuel extending over a lesser portion of the fuel channels in the central portion of the reactor than in the remainder of the reactor.

  2. Mecanização Agrícola. Bases de óleo-dinâmica. Transmissões hidráulicas em máquinas agrícolas

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    Peça, José

    2013-01-01

    Este trabalho destina-se a apoiar a aprendizagem de estudantes do ramo das ciências agrárias sobre aspectos relevantes das transmissões hidráulicas em máquinas agrícolas. A transmissão hidráulica efectua a transmissão de potência desde uma fonte (exemplo: o Serviço Externo do Sistema Hidráulico do tractor) para diversos actuadores hidráulicos nos equipamentos agrícolas. São apresentadas as transmissões hidráulicas de equipamentos agrícolas, com a preocupação focada na identificação dos co...

  3. A “questão agrária” em Mariátegui

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    Frederico Daia Firmiano

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Neste breve artigo temos como objetivo refletir sobre a “questão agrária” no pensamento de José Carlos Mariátegui, sobretudo a partir de sua principal obra, os “Sete ensaios de interpretação da realidade peruana”. Nosso argumento é que o socialista peruano não tratou os problemas da formação social peruana a partir da chave teórica dada pela “questão agrária”, mas a encontrou no curso de uma interpretação marxista, profundamente original e inventiva, sobre esta formação social (desenvolvida ao lado da intensa militância política, identificando o problema indígena ao problema da terra, aos que Amauta conferiu uma alternativa socialista.

  4. Desarrollo y perspectiva de la ingeniería agrícola

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    Ospina Mejía, Julio E.; Carlos A. González M.

    2011-01-01

    La Ingeniería Agrícola es la rama de la ingeniería orientada a dar respuesta a los problemas que plantea la agricultura moderna, mediante la aplicación de principios de las ciencias naturales y las matemáticas, procurando la conservación y el aumento del potencial del suelo, la producción de alimentos de calidad, el mantenimiento del medio ambiente y la dignificación del hombre rural. El objetivo de la ingeniería agrícola es la generación y aplicación de conocimientos científicos y tecnológic...

  5. Desempleo entre los jornaleros agrícolas, un fenómeno emergente

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    Antonieta Barrón

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo tiene como propósito presentar un fenómeno no planteado en el estudio de mercados de trabajo agrícolas y empleo rural, se cuestiona la definición de desem- pleo, y se plantea cómo esta definición, asumida por el inegi, se aplica en los mercados de trabajo formales pero no en los no formales, los agrícolas. Se hacen comparaciones entre los niveles nacional y rural para concluir con los estudios de caso que refuerzan la tesis inicial, el aumento del desempleo en los mercados de trabajo rurales. A lo largo del trabajo se resaltan las diferencias por sexo y se conlcuye que el desempleo rural afecta más a las mujeres que los hombres, fenómeno contrario al de nivel nacional.

  6. AN EVENT DRIVEN SIMULATION FOR ADAPTIVE GENTLE RANDOM EARLY DETECTION (AGRED ALGORITHM

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    Omid Seifaddini

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Simulations are used to find optimum answers for problems in wide areas. Active queue management algorithms such as RED, GRED, typically use simulators like ns2 which is an open source simulator or OPNET, OMNET which are commercial simulators. However, beside the benefits of using simulators like having defined modules, parameters. There are problems such as complexity, large integrated components and licensing cost. To have an ideal balance in mentioned benefits and problems and to further complement the repository of simulators, this study presents the description of a general-purpose programming language based discrete event simulation for active queue management. This research has focused at developing a discrete event simulator to implement one of active queue management algorithms which is called AGRED. The results showed that the developed simulator has successfully produced the same results with an average deviation of 1.5% as previous simulator in AGRED.

  7. La Ingeniería Agrícola en el País

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    Bustamante M. Hellodoro

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    Full Text Available Es sumamente difícil situar en la historia, el origen de la Ingeniería Agrícola, aunque podría remontarse al propio origen de la tierra, de las plantas y de las aguas. La Ingeniería Agrícola está ocupando un campo de acción que se ha desarrollado a pesar de las limitaciones que le ofrece el mismo desarrollo del país y al escepticismo sin fundamento de algunos pregoneros del pesimismo nacional; le corresponde enfrentar además hoy al cáncer del desempleo y a la falta de oportunidad para demostrar al país que la inversión hecha por el estado en la formación de estos profesionales es productiva.

  8. Sector agrícola y política de competencia

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    Argüello C., Ricardo

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Los procesos de integración económica indican que la separación entre políticas comercial y de competencia no sólo es ficticia sino que contradice la realidad de la economía internacional. Este ensayo se discute la relación entre el sector agrícola y la política de competencia en un contexto de liberalización comercial. Sostiene que es necesario aplicar la política de competencia en este sector para incentivar los procesos de cambio tecnológico que requiere el desarrollo agrícola. Y muestra que es indispensable una aplicación rigurosa de la política de competencia que tenga en cuenta las particularidades de la estructura de mercado

  9. Redescubriendo El suelo: Su importancia ecológica y agrícola

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    Noé Manuel Montaño

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    Full Text Available Redescubriendo el suelo: su importancia ecológica y agrícola es un libro muy completo, actualizado y sin duda será de consulta obligada para quienes hacen investigación edafológica y como material elemental para los cursos de pre- y posgrado de suelo y materias afines, tanto en México como en América Latina.

  10. A cidade, um foco de diversidade agrícola no Rio Negro (Amazonas, Brasil?

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    Laure Emperaire

    Full Text Available As regiões do Médio e Alto Rio Negro, apesar de serem isoladas da malha de comunicação terrestre e das frentes de colonização, caracterizam-se por uma articulação cada vez mais forte entre a área florestal, a das comunidades, e a urbana, ou seja, as pequenas cidades ribeirinhas. Esta complementaridade, temporária ou definitiva, se traduz por uma expansão da agricultura periurbana. Propomos uma abordagem comparativa da diversidade agrícola entre o urbano e o florestal. Analisamos as relações entre formas de manejo dos espaços cultivados (superfícies, ciclo de uso e práticas, plantas cultivadas e redes sociais envolvidas no acesso aos recursos fitogenéticos. A análise mostra uma recomposição dos sistemas agrícolas com a permanência de uma alta diversidade agrícola, porém marcada por uma maior vulnerabilidade do sistema em decorrência da diminuição do tempo de pousio e da diminuição da força de trabalho disponível. No contexto urbano, as estratégias tradicionais de manejo dos recursos agrícolas se combinam a um outro objetivo, o do acesso à terra. A análise aponta para a necessidade de uma reflexão sistémica sobre as possíveis formas de conservação deste patrimônio biocultural.

  11. Desarrollo y perspectiva de la Ingeniería Agrícola

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    Julio E. Ospina Mejía

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available La Ingeniería Agrícola es la rama de la ingeniería orientada a dar respuesta a los problemas que plantea la agricultura moderna, mediante la aplicación de principios de las ciencias naturales y las matemáticas, procurando la conservación y el aumento del potencial del suelo, la producción de alimentos de calidad, el mantenimiento del medio ambiente y la dignificación del hombre rural. El objetivo de la ingeniería agrícola es la generación y aplicación de conocimientos científicos y tecnológicos de la ingeniería a la producción agropecuaria y otros biosistemas orientados a las áreas de adecuación de tierras, maquinaria agrícola, manejo de recursos hídricos, construcciones rurales, manejo poscosecha y procesamiento de producto agropecuarios, con criterios de sostenibilidad y competitividad.

  12. Human oral isolate Lactobacillus fermentum AGR1487 reduces intestinal barrier integrity by increasing the turnover of microtubules in Caco-2 cells.

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    Rachel C Anderson

    Full Text Available Lactobacillus fermentum is found in fermented foods and thought to be harmless. In vivo and clinical studies indicate that some L. fermentum strains have beneficial properties, particularly for gastrointestinal health. However, L. fermentum AGR1487 decreases trans-epithelial electrical resistance (TEER, a measure of intestinal barrier integrity. The hypothesis was that L. fermentum AGR1487 decreases the expression of intestinal cell tight junction genes and proteins, thereby reducing barrier integrity. Transcriptomic and proteomic analyses of Caco-2 cells (model of human intestinal epithelial cells treated with L. fermentum AGR1487 were used to obtain a global view of the effect of the bacterium on intestinal epithelial cells. Specific functional characteristics by which L. fermentum AGR1487 reduces intestinal barrier integrity were examined using confocal microscopy, cell cycle progression and adherence bioassays. The effects of TEER-enhancing L. fermentum AGR1485 were investigated for comparison. L. fermentum AGR1487 did not alter the expression of Caco-2 cell tight junction genes (compared to L. fermentum AGR1485 and tight junction proteins were not able to be detected. However, L. fermentum AGR1487 increased the expression levels of seven tubulin genes and the abundance of three microtubule-associated proteins, which have been linked to tight junction disassembly. Additionally, Caco-2 cells treated with L. fermentum AGR1487 did not have defined and uniform borders of zona occludens 2 around each cell, unlike control or AGR1485 treated cells. L. fermentum AGR1487 cells were required for the negative effect on barrier integrity (bacterial supernatant did not cause a decrease in TEER, suggesting that a physical interaction may be necessary. Increased adherence of L. fermentum AGR1487 to Caco-2 cells (compared to L. fermentum AGR1485 was likely to facilitate this cell-to-cell interaction. These findings illustrate that bacterial strains of the

  13. Anterior Gradient 2 (AGR2) Induced Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) Signaling Is Essential for Murine Pancreatitis-Associated Tissue Regeneration

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    Wodziak, Dariusz; Dong, Aiwen; Basin, Michael F.; Lowe, Anson W.

    2016-01-01

    A recently published study identified Anterior Gradient 2 (AGR2) as a regulator of EGFR signaling by promoting receptor presentation from the endoplasmic reticulum to the cell surface. AGR2 also promotes tissue regeneration in amphibians and fish. Whether AGR2-induced EGFR signaling is essential for tissue regeneration in higher vertebrates was evaluated using a well-characterized murine model for pancreatitis. The impact of AGR2 expression and EGFR signaling on tissue regeneration was evaluated using the caerulein-induced pancreatitis mouse model. EGFR signaling and cell proliferation were examined in the context of the AGR2-/- null mouse or with the EGFR-specific tyrosine kinase inhibitor, AG1478. In addition, the Hippo signaling coactivator YAP1 was evaluated in the context of AGR2 expression during pancreatitis. Pancreatitis-induced AGR2 expression enabled EGFR translocation to the plasma membrane, the initiation of cell signaling, and cell proliferation. EGFR signaling and tissue regeneration were partially inhibited by the tyrosine kinase inhibitor AG1478, but absent in the AGR2-/- null mouse. AG1478-treated and AGR2-/- null mice with pancreatitis died whereas all wild-type controls recovered. YAP1 activation was also dependent on pancreatitis-induced AGR2 expression. AGR2-induced EGFR signaling was essential for tissue regeneration and recovery from pancreatitis. The results establish tissue regeneration as a major function of AGR2-induced EGFR signaling in adult higher vertebrates. Enhanced AGR2 expression and EGFR signaling are also universally present in human pancreatic cancer, which support a linkage between tissue injury, regeneration, and cancer pathogenesis. PMID:27764193

  14. Status of the Combined Third and Fourth NGNP Fuel Irradiations In the Advanced Test Reactor

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    S. Blaine Grover; David A. Petti; Michael E. Davenport

    2013-07-01

    The United States Department of Energy’s Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification Program is irradiating up to seven low enriched uranium (LEU) tri-isotopic (TRISO) particle fuel (in compact form) experiments in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) located at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). These irradiations and fuel development are being accomplished to support development of the next generation reactors in the United States. The experiments will be irradiated over the next several years to demonstrate and qualify new TRISO coated particle fuel for use in high temperature gas reactors. The goals of the experiments are to provide irradiation performance data to support fuel process development, to qualify fuel for normal operating conditions, to support development and validation of fuel performance and fission product transport models and codes, and to provide irradiated fuel and materials for post irradiation examination (PIE) and safety testing. The experiments, which will each consist of several independent capsules, will be irradiated in an inert sweep gas atmosphere with individual on-line temperature monitoring and control of each capsule. The sweep gas will also have on-line fission product monitoring on its effluent to track performance of the fuel in each individual capsule during irradiation. The first experiment (designated AGR-1) started irradiation in December 2006 and was completed in November 2009. The second experiment (AGR-2) started irradiation in June 2010 and is currently scheduled to be completed in September 2013. The third and fourth experiments have been combined into a single experiment designated (AGR-3/4), which started its irradiation in December 2011 and is currently scheduled to be completed in April 2014. Since the purpose of this combined experiment is to provide data on fission product migration and retention in the NGNP reactor, the design of this experiment is

  15. Reactor Physics Programme

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    De Raedt, C

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    The Reactor Physics and Department of SCK-CEN offers expertise in various areas of reactor physics, in particular in neutronics calculations, reactor dosimetry, reactor operation, reactor safety and control and non-destructive analysis on reactor fuel. This expertise is applied within the Reactor Physics and MYRRHA Research Department's own research projects in the VENUS critical facility, in the BR1 reactor and in the MYRRHA project (this project aims at designing a prototype Accelerator Driven System). Available expertise is also used in programmes external to the Department such as the reactor pressure steel vessel programme, the BR2 reactor dosimetry, and the preparation and interpretation of irradiation experiments. Progress and achievements in 1999 in the following areas are reported on: (1) investigations on the use of military plutonium in commercial power reactors; (2) neutron and gamma calculations performed for BR-2 and for other reactors; (3) the updating of neutron and gamma cross-section libraries; (4) the implementation of reactor codes; (6) the management of the UNIX workstations; and (6) fuel cycle studies.

  16. LMFBR type reactor

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    Kawakami, Hiroto

    1995-02-07

    A reactor container of the present invention has a structure that the reactor container is entirely at the same temperature as that at the inlet of the reactor and, a hot pool is incorporated therein, and the reactor container has is entirely at the same temperature and has substantially uniform temperature follow-up property transiently. Namely, if the temperature at the inlet of the reactor core changes, the temperature of the entire reactor container changes following this change, but no great temperature gradient is caused in the axial direction and no great heat stresses due to axial temperature distribution is caused. Occurrence of thermal stresses caused by the axial temperature distribution can be suppressed to improve the reliability of the reactor container. In addition, since the laying of the reactor inlet pipelines over the inside of the reactor is eliminated, the reactor container is made compact and the heat shielding structures above the reactor and a protection structure of container walls are simplified. Further, secondary coolants are filled to the outside of the reactor container to simplify the shieldings. The combined effects described above can improve economical property and reliability. (N.H.).

  17. A Revolução Agrária Cubana: conquistas e desafios

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    Juan Valdés Paz

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    Full Text Available Após o triunfo da Revolução em 1959, iniciou-se uma profunda transformação da sociedade cubana, primeiro política, depois social e, desde muito cedo, agrária. A Revolução Cubana foi a superação da questão agrária originada na etapa republicana e uma opção socialista para o desenvolvimento socioeconômico do país, do qual o desenvolvimento agrário tem sido um eixo fundamental. A superação dessa "questão agrária" do socialismo cubano determina as estratégias em curso e suas metas imediatas. Como parte desse processo, examinamos seis aspectos que caracterizaram seu desenvolvimento; são eles: a estrutura da pose de terra; o uso do solo; a organização agrária; o modelo tecnológico; a economia agrária; e o desenvolvimento da sociedade rural.Con el triunfo de la Revolución en 1959, se inició una profunda transformación de la sociedad cubana, primero política, después social y desde muy tempranamente, agraria. La Revolución Cubana fue la superación de la cuestión agraria originada en la etapa republicana y una opción socialista para el desarrollo socioeconómico del país, del cual el desarrollo agrario ha sido un eje fundamental. La superación de esta "cuestión agraria" del socialismo cubano, determina las estrategias en curso y sus metas inmediatas. Como parte de ese proceso, se examinan seis de los aspectos que caracterizaron su desarrollo, a saber: la estructura de tenencia de la tierra; el uso del suelo; la organización agraria; el modelo tecnológico; la economía agraria; y el desarrollo de la sociedad rural.After the triumph of the revolution in 1959, a profound transformation of Cuban society began - first political, then social and, very early on, agrarian. The Cuban Revolution surmounted the agrarian issue that had originated during the republican phase and embodied a socialist option for socioeconomic development (of which agricultural development was a fundamental part. Cuban socialism's efforts to

  18. Comércio agrícola: o Brasil e a OMC

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    Danielle Annoni

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    Full Text Available The agricultural and textile sectors, have been the greaters targets of the developed countries protectionism, that possess in common the fact that the amount of man-power used is sufficiently great, it means variation of the products final cost. Therefore, it is not difficult to understand why the most underdeveloped countries are more competitive in the dispute of the world-wide market’s control in these sectors. Thus the importance of the OMC elapses, in the search for the effectiveness of international trade regulation of agricultural goods is an activity that interests the developing countries, what is particularly applicable to Brazil, where the agricultural products answers almost for one third of the exportations.Los sectores agrícolas y textil, han sido los mayores objetivos del proteccionismo de los países desarrollados, que poseen en común la cantidad de mano-de-obra usado y esta energía es suficientemente grande y significa variación del costo final del producto. Por tanto, no es difícil comprender porque cuanto más subdesarrollados los países, más serán competitivos y amenazadores para el conflicto sobre el control del mercado mundial en estos sectores. Así la importancia del OMC transcurre, en la búsqueda para la eficacia de la regulación del comercio internacional de mercancías agrícolas es una, actividad que interesa a los países en vías de desarrollo en su totalidad, lo que es particularmente aplicable al Brasil, donde los productos agrícolas casi contestan para un tercio de las exportaciones.Os setores agrícola e têxtil, têm sido os maiores alvos do protecionismo dos países desenvolvidos, que possuem em comum o fato de que a quantidade de mão-de-obra utilizada é bastante grande o que significa margem de variação do custo final do produto. Portanto, não é difícil entender porque os países quão mais subdesenvolvidos forem mais competitivos e ameaçadores são na disputa pelo controle do mercado

  19. A History of Dosimetry for the Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors

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    Full Text Available This paper presents a summary of the methods used in the first ∼40 years of AGR neutron dosimetry and nuclear heating calculations, and the influence of the earlier Magnox reactor dosimetry programme. While the current state-of-the-art Monte Carlo methods are extremely powerful they still require very careful consideration of the quality of the input data, nuclear data validation and variance reduction techniques; in particular, this paper examines the difficulties in assuring the adequate convergence of calculations when Monte Carlo acceleration is applied in the presence of significant streaming paths through attenuating or scattering media.

  20. A History of Dosimetry for the Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors

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    Shaw, Simon; Thornton, Dean

    2016-02-01

    This paper presents a summary of the methods used in the first ˜40 years of AGR neutron dosimetry and nuclear heating calculations, and the influence of the earlier Magnox reactor dosimetry programme. While the current state-of-the-art Monte Carlo methods are extremely powerful they still require very careful consideration of the quality of the input data, nuclear data validation and variance reduction techniques; in particular, this paper examines the difficulties in assuring the adequate convergence of calculations when Monte Carlo acceleration is applied in the presence of significant streaming paths through attenuating or scattering media.

  1. Programa computacional para calcular a potência requerida de máquinas e implementos agrícolas

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    Pablo Pereira Corrêa Klaver

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    Full Text Available O uso de programas computacionais no setor agrícola permite atingir objetivos específicos na área. Dentre esses, um dos mais complexos é a seleção adequada de máquinas e implementos agrícolas visando à otimização de operações agrícolas, devido, principalmente, à grande variedade de equipamentos existentes no mercado e a gama de tarefas e situações de trabalho que estas são submetidas no campo. O objetivo deste trabalho foi desenvolver um programa computacional para calcular a potência requerida de máquinas e implementos agrícolas normalmente utilizados na condução de operações de campo, desde o preparo do solo até as operações de implantação de culturas. Desenvolvido em linguagem PHP, o programa computacional baseia-se na norma ASAE D497.4 - Agricultural Machinery Management Data como referência para desenvolvimento de cálculos. A partir do programa desenvolvido, tornou-se possível a execução de tarefas para cálculos de avaliação da demanda de potência de máquinas e implementos agrícolas de forma simplificada pela internet.

  2. Listeria monocytogenes differential transcriptome analysis reveals temperature-dependent Agr regulation and suggests overlaps with other regulons.

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    Garmyn, Dominique; Augagneur, Yoann; Gal, Laurent; Vivant, Anne-Laure; Piveteau, Pascal

    2012-01-01

    Listeria monocytogenes is a ubiquitous, opportunistic pathogenic organism. Environmental adaptation requires constant regulation of gene expression. Among transcriptional regulators, AgrA is part of an auto-induction system. Temperature is an environmental cue critical for in vivo adaptation. In order to investigate how temperature may affect AgrA-dependent transcription, we compared the transcriptomes of the parental strain L. monocytogenes EGD-e and its ΔagrA mutant at the saprophytic temperature of 25°C and in vivo temperature of 37°C. Variations of transcriptome were higher at 37°C than at 25°C. Results suggested that AgrA may be involved in the regulation of nitrogen transport, amino acids, purine and pyrimidine biosynthetic pathways and phage-related functions. Deregulations resulted in a growth advantage at 37°C, but affected salt tolerance. Finally, our results suggest overlaps with PrfA, σB, σH and CodY regulons. These overlaps may suggest that through AgrA, Listeria monocytogenes integrates information on its biotic environment.

  3. Light water reactor safety

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    2013-01-01

    This book describes the principles and practices of reactor safety as applied to the design, regulation and operation of light water reactors, combining a historical approach with an up-to-date account of the safety, technology and operating experience of both pressurized water reactors and boiling water reactors. The introductory chapters set out the basic facts upon which the safety of light water reactors depend. The central section is devoted to the methods and results of safety analysis. The accidents at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl are reviewed and their implications for light wate

  4. Nuclear reactor physics

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    Stacey, Weston M

    2010-01-01

    Nuclear reactor physics is the core discipline of nuclear engineering. Nuclear reactors now account for a significant portion of the electrical power generated worldwide, and new power reactors with improved fuel cycles are being developed. At the same time, the past few decades have seen an ever-increasing number of industrial, medical, military, and research applications for nuclear reactors. The second edition of this successful comprehensive textbook and reference on basic and advanced nuclear reactor physics has been completely updated, revised and enlarged to include the latest developme

  5. Sistemas de producción agrícola sostenible

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    Róger Martínez Castillo

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available El desarrollo sostenible se fundamenta en principios éticos, como el respeto y armonía con la naturaleza; valores políticos, como la democracia participativa y equidad social; y normas morales, como racionalidad ambiental. El desarrollo sostenible es igualitario, descentralizado y autogestionario, capaz de satisfacer las necesidades básicas de la población, respetando la diversidad cultural y mejorando la calidad de vida. La agricultura y el desarrollo sostenible se refieren a la necesidad de minimizar la degradación de la tierra agrícola, maximizando a su vez la producción. Este considera el conjunto de las actividades agrícolas, como el manejo de suelos y aguas,el manejo de cultivos y la conservación de la biodiversidad; considerando a su vez el suministro de alimentos y materias primas. La sostenibilidad de los sistemas de producción agrícola se refiere a la capacidad del sistema para mantener su productividad a pesar de las perturbaciones económicas y naturales, externas o internas. La sostenibilidad es función de las características naturales del sistema y las presiones e intervenciones que sufre, así como aquellas intervenciones sociales, económicas y técnicas que se hacen para contrarrestar presiones negativas; destacándose la resiliencia del sistema.

  6. Manejo y uso de biosólidos en suelos agrícolas

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    Robledo Santoyo, Edmundo

    2012-01-01

    Como subproducto del tratamiento de las aguas residuales de la ciudad de Aguascalientes, Ags., en la Planta de Tratamiento “El Niágara”, se generan diariamente de 150 a 170 m3 de biosólidos. Estos materiales son aplicados a suelos agrícolas de áreas cercanas a la planta, sin regulación alguna, por lo que se han obtenido buenos resultados o causado quemaduras en plántulas o endurecimiento de suelos. El objetivo de este proyecto fue generar estrategias para la disposición y aprovechamiento de l...

  7. A crise de identidade das cooperativas agrárias na França

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    Vargas-Prieto, Amanda

    2014-01-01

    El contexto evolutivo del sector agrícola en Francia llevó a las cooperativas agrarias a crear grupos de empresas que combinan las cooperativas tradicionales —encargadas del proceso de producción— y las filiales, encargadas de agregar valor a la producción. En este artículo se presenta la especificidad de los grupos cooperativos agrarios en Francia. La nueva estructura cooperativa lleva a asociar el modo de gobernanza asociativo de la estructura tradicional y el modo de gobernanza accionarial...

  8. Biorremediación de un suelo agrícola impactado con aceite residual automotriz

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    Pasaye Anaya, Lizbeth

    2011-01-01

    El aceite residual automotriz (ARA) derivado del uso de automotores es una mezcla de hidrocarburos (HC) alifáticos, aromáticos y otros que en el suelo impide la actividad microbiana para el reciclaje de elementos esenciales para la vida. El objetivo de este trabajo fue analizar la biorremediación (BR) por bioestimulación (BS) de un suelo agrícola impactado con ARA. Para ello, el suelo contaminado con la mezcla de HC se biorremedió por BS con una solución mineral (SM), lombricomposta (LC) y ab...

  9. Comportamiento adsortivo-desortivo del lindano en un suelo agrícola

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    Ireri V. Robles-González; Elvira Ríos-Leal; Juvencio Galíndez-Mayer; Sergio Caffarel-Méndez; Josefina Barrera-Cortés; Fernando J. Esparza-García; Poggi-Varaldo, Héctor M

    2006-01-01

    El objetivo de este trabajo fue estudiar el comportamiento adsortivo-desortivo del pesticida lindano en un suelo agrícola con importante contenido de materia orgánica, utilizando el coeficiente de histéresis diferencial (CHPoggi). Además se obtuvo una expresión analítica simple del CHPoggi para el caso mixto, cuando la isoterma de adsorción sigue el modelo lineal y la isoterma de desorción sigue el modelo de Langmuir. Se obtuvo una isoterma de adsorción lineal, q= 3,91·C y una isoterma de des...

  10. Escuelas de campo y adopción de ecotecnia agrícola

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    2008-01-01

    Las Escuelas de Campo (EC) son un método de extensión participativo que permite desarrollar capacidades analíticas, pensamiento crítico y, creatividad. La investigación se realizó en la región Mazateca de Oaxaca, la cual se caracteriza por su alto rezago tecnológico, porque resulta de relevancia científica, social y ecológica conocer, en este contexto, los alcances de metodologías alternativas de extensionismo sobre la adopción de ecotecnias agrícolas. Nuestro objetivo fue conocer la...

  11. Readiness Review of BWXT for Fabrication of AGR-5/6/7 TRISO Particles

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    Marshall, Douglas William [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Sharp, Michelle Tracy [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2016-02-01

    INL readiness review assessment of BWXT readiness to commence fabrication of low-enriched TRISO coated fuel particles for the AGR-5/6/7 irradiation experiments. BWXT self-identified equipment issues preventing operation. INL identified two findings. The first was that disposition codes had not been assigned and documented on BWXT forms to ensure that off-specification materials could not be used in the fabrication of TRISO particles. The second was that chemical purity specifications were not reliably passed on to chemical suppliers, which resulted in the receipt of one acetylene cylinder with suspect impurity levels.

  12. Spinning fluids reactor

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    Miller, Jan D; Hupka, Jan; Aranowski, Robert

    2012-11-20

    A spinning fluids reactor, includes a reactor body (24) having a circular cross-section and a fluid contactor screen (26) within the reactor body (24). The fluid contactor screen (26) having a plurality of apertures and a circular cross-section concentric with the reactor body (24) for a length thus forming an inner volume (28) bound by the fluid contactor screen (26) and an outer volume (30) bound by the reactor body (24) and the fluid contactor screen (26). A primary inlet (20) can be operatively connected to the reactor body (24) and can be configured to produce flow-through first spinning flow of a first fluid within the inner volume (28). A secondary inlet (22) can similarly be operatively connected to the reactor body (24) and can be configured to produce a second flow of a second fluid within the outer volume (30) which is optionally spinning.

  13. Nox2 modification of LDL is essential for optimal apolipoprotein B-mediated control of agr type III Staphylococcus aureus quorum-sensing.

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    Pamela R Hall

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Staphylococcus aureus contains an autoinducing quorum-sensing system encoded within the agr operon that coordinates expression of virulence genes required for invasive infection. Allelic variation within agr has generated four agr specific groups, agr I-IV, each of which secretes a distinct autoinducing peptide pheromone (AIP1-4 that drives agr signaling. Because agr signaling mediates a phenotypic change in this pathogen from an adherent colonizing phenotype to one associated with considerable tissue injury and invasiveness, we postulated that a significant contribution to host defense against tissue damaging and invasive infections could be provided by innate immune mechanisms that antagonize agr signaling. We determined whether two host defense factors that inhibit AIP1-induced agrI signaling, Nox2 and apolipoprotein B (apoB, also contribute to innate control of AIP3-induced agrIII signaling. We hypothesized that apoB and Nox2 would function differently against AIP3, which differs from AIP1 in amino acid sequence and length. Here we show that unlike AIP1, AIP3 is resistant to direct oxidant inactivation by Nox2 characteristic ROS. Rather, the contribution of Nox2 to defense against agrIII signaling is through oxidation of LDL. ApoB in the context of oxLDL, and not LDL, provides optimal host defense against S. aureus agrIII infection by binding the secreted signaling peptide, AIP3, and preventing expression of the agr-driven virulence factors which mediate invasive infection. ApoB within the context of oxLDL also binds AIP 1-4 and oxLDL antagonizes agr signaling by all four agr alleles. Our results suggest that Nox2-mediated oxidation of LDL facilitates a conformational change in apoB to one sufficient for binding and sequestration of all four AIPs, demonstrating the interdependence of apoB and Nox2 in host defense against agr signaling. These data reveal a novel role for oxLDL in host defense against S. aureus quorum-sensing signaling.

  14. The Relationship Between Antibiotic Resistance and Agr Type in Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA Isolated From Burn Wound of Hospitalized Patient in Tehran

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    Mohammad Sadegh Vaziri

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Staphylococcus aureus is the major cause of hospital and community-acquired infections. This bacterium possesses an accessory gene regulator (agr that plays role in colonization, expression of virulence factors and antibiotic resistance. It’s four major polypeptide with variable sequences lead to at least four agr type in S. aureus.The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between the antibiogram patterns with agr type of clinical S. aureus.Methods: Detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA from burn wounds was performed by phenotypic and genotypic profiles. The antibiotics resistance pattern was determined by disk agar diffusion (Tigecycline (TGC, Ciprofloxacin(CIP, Erythromycin(E, Cloxacillin(CX, Clindamycin(CD, Imipenem(IMI, Co-trimoxazole(SXT, Kanamycin(K, Teicoplanin(TEC, Gentamicin(GM, Mupirocin(MUP, Ceftriaxone (CTR. The agr typing by PCR-RFLP method using the Restriction endonuclease ScaI was performed and spss19 was used for data analysis.Results: The total of 76 MRSA isolates was studied. The agr type distribution was 75.6% Type I, 8.2% Type II, 5.4% Type III, 10.8% type IV. The most antibiotics resistant agr type belongs to the type I. There was no significance relationship between every agr type and antibiotics but only a statistically significant association exist between CX, E, CTR, SXT, GM, CIP antibiotics and all agr types (P<0.05.Conclusion: There was no significance relationship between every agr type and antibiotics but significant relationship observed between resistance to some antibiotics with all agr types could be related to the number and source of isolated bacteria or extra use of these antibiotics. By considering that agr locus belongs to upstream genes so it may use the Quorum Sensing (QS system to induce the most drug resistance.

  15. Trabajadores agrícolas migrantes en Baja California. Vinculación con la migración internacional

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    Ma. Eugenia Anguiano Téllez

    1989-09-01

    Full Text Available En este ensayo los jornaleros agrícolas migrantes son clasificados en dos estratos: el primero, considera la migración internacional, es decir, aquéllos que se internan en Estados Unidos con el propósito de conseguir empleo; y el segundo, corresponde a la migración interna de los trabajadores agrícolas que permanecen en Baja California para laborar en los valles de Mexicali y San Quintín.En este trabajo se señalan las diferencias entre estos dos estratos, tanto de carácter económico como en los niveles de educación; asimismo, se comparan las características de los jornaleros agrícolas migrantes que cruzan a Estados Unidos por Mexicali y por Tijuana, según su actividad económica de procedencia y su expectativa de empleo en los Estados Unidos.

  16. Reactor Vessel Surveillance Program for Advanced Reactor

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    Jeong, Kyeong-Hoon; Kim, Tae-Wan; Lee, Gyu-Mahn; Kim, Jong-Wook; Park, Keun-Bae; Kim, Keung-Koo

    2008-10-15

    This report provides the design requirements of an integral type reactor vessel surveillance program for an integral type reactor in accordance with the requirements of Korean MEST (Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Development) Notice 2008-18. This report covers the requirements for the design of surveillance capsule assemblies including their test specimens, test block materials, handling tools, and monitors of the surveillance capsule neutron fluence and temperature. In addition, this report provides design requirements for the program for irradiation surveillance of reactor vessel materials, a layout of specimens and monitors in the surveillance capsule, procedures of installation and retrieval of the surveillance capsule assemblies, and the layout of the surveillance capsule assemblies in the reactor.

  17. Analysis of the horizontal flow in the advanced gas-cooled reactor

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    Duan, Y. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S1 3JD (United Kingdom); He, S., E-mail: s.he@sheffield.ac.uk [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S1 3JD (United Kingdom); Ganesan, P. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur 50603 (Malaysia); Gotts, J. [EDF Energy, Barnwood, Gloucester GL4 3RS (United Kingdom)

    2014-06-01

    Highlights: • CFD is used to assess the effect of horizontal flows in AGRs. • The horizontal flows can reduce the graphite brick temperature significantly. • Such effects are not taken into consideration in current engineering calculations. • There might be flow instabilities when the fuel channel flow is very low but horizontal flows reduce its possibility. - Abstract: The purpose of the paper is to report a computational investigation of horizontal flows in the UK advanced-gas-cooled reactor (AGR) by using computational fluid dynamics with ANSYS FLUENT. The study is relevant to practical issues encountered in some AGR stations currently in operation in the UK. It is carried out using a comparative approach based on the results of two contrasting models: one simulating the full effect of the cross flow, the other simulating the simplified approach currently employed by the industry which neglects the momentum of the horizontal cross flow. The study reveals that the horizontal cross flow plays a significant role in the cooling of the moderator brick, while the axial variation of the brick geometry also significantly changes the distribution of the temperature within the brick. It is also found that under some circumstances the so-called horizontal inter-brick leakage (HIBL) flow could influence the cooling performance in the narrow gaps, resulting in a local hot spot. Furthermore, there may be flow instabilities in the flows in AGR fuel channels due to the interactions between the flow in the main arrowhead flow passages and that in some narrow passages connected to it, but the influence on the brick temperature is negligible. Horizontal cross flow has an effect of reducing such instabilities.

  18. Unidades integrales de servicios técnicos de maquinaria agrícola

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    José Suárez

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available En cada municipio cubano se inició la creación de centros encargados de prestar servicios de mecanización agrícola y asistencia técnica a los productores. Para esto deben disponer de tractores, cosechadoras y otras máquinas e implementos propios, así como de talleres para la reparación y mantenimiento. Cada uno de estos centros será una Unidad Integral de Servicios Técnicos (UIST con el carácter de Unidad Empresarial de Base (UEB subordinada a la Empresa Agropecuaria Municipal. Para constituir estas Unidades fue necesario realizar un estudio de la disponibilidad de talleres, equipamiento, maquinaria y personal de mecanización en las empresas agrícolas y otras entidades productivas de todos los municipios del país, pues ellos constituirán el núcleo fundamental del nuevo sistema. Se ha conformado la propuesta del esquema de funcionamiento de las Unidades, especialmente en lo que respecta a áreas, funciones, equipamiento, modelo de gestión, contratación de servicios, planificación, organización, control, relaciones con otras entidades productivas y de dirección, etc. Estas Unidades se están creando en municipios seleccionados, con vistas a evaluar los resultados, y, teniendo en cuenta las experiencias obtenidas, conformar el programa para extender el sistema a todo el país.

  19. Existe convergência espacial da produtividade agrícola no Brasil?

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    Eduardo Simões de Almeida

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho analisa a convergência espacial da produtividade agrícola da terra para as microrregiões brasileiras entre o período de 1991 a 2003. Tal análise avalia se há evidências para a existência de convergência beta da produtividade agrícola, controlando-se explicitamente para efeitos espaciais. Para tanto, conduziu-se preliminarmente uma análise exploratória de dados espaciais, que detectou a presença de autocorrelação espacial para a produtividade da terra. Numa etapa posterior, desenvolveram-se modelos econométricos espaciais para a análise da convergência.This work analyzes the convergence of land productivity for Brazilian regions from 1991 to 2003. It evaluates if there is or not beta convergence of the agricultural productivity, controlling explicitly for spatial effects. To do so, an exploratory spatial data analysis was previously implemented and the presence of spatial autocorrelation for the land productivity was detected. In addition, spatial econometric models were developed for the convergence analysis.

  20. Evaluación de residuos agrícolas para la producción del hongo Pleurotus ostreatus

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    María Bernarda Ruilova Cueva; Aldo Hernández Monzón

    2014-01-01

    Se caracterizaron los residuos agrícolas de la provincia de Bolívar, Ecuador, desde el punto de vista de su composición físico-química para su empleo en el cultivo del hongo Pleurotus ostreatus. Los residuos agrícolas utilizados fueron: maíz, trigo, cebada, lenteja, bagazo de caña de azúcar y cascarilla de arroz. Se realizaron análisis de: humedad, cenizas, extracto etéreo, proteína, fibra, extracto libre de nitrógeno, fibra detergente neutra, fibra detergente ácida, lignina, celulosa, hemice...

  1. Mercado de derechos de agua para uso agrícola en el noroeste de México

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    Lorenzo Fidel Cota-Verdugo; Alfredo Beltrán-Morales; Enrique Troyo-Diéguez; José Luís García-Hernández; Luis Felipe Beltrán-Morales; Víctor Ángel Hernández-Trejo; Alfredo Ortega-Rubio; Agustín Navarro Bravo

    2013-01-01

    El estado de Baja California sur, es una zona árida y la provisión de agua para la agricultura y demás usos, se sustenta en acuíferos subterráneos. La legislación en materia de agua se ha modificado acorde al problema evidente del crecimiento en el consumo, especialmente para uso agrícola, incluyendo la figura de mercados de derechos de agua. El objetivo de este trabajo, es buscar mecanismos de mercado que legalicen las transacciones de agua entre usuarios agrícolas, proponer la implementaci...

  2. An agr-like two-component regulatory system in Lactobacillus plantarum is involved in production of a novel cyclic peptide and regulation of adherence

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    Sturme, M.H.J.; Nakayama, J.; Molenaar, D.; Murakami, Y.; Kunugi, R.; Fujii, T.; Vaughan, E.E.; Kleerebezem, M.; Vos, de W.M.

    2005-01-01

    We have analyzed a locus on the annotated Lactobacillus plantarum WCFS1 genome that showed homology to the staphylococcal agr quorum-sensing system and designated it lam for Lactobacillus agr-like module. Production of the lamBDCA transcript was shown to be growth phase dependent. Analysis of a resp

  3. Staphylococcal superantigen-like genes, ssl5 and ssl8, are positively regulated by Sae and negatively by Agr in the Newman strain.

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    Pantrangi, Madhulatha; Singh, Vineet K; Wolz, Christiane; Shukla, Sanjay K

    2010-07-01

    Some of the staphylococcal superantigen-like (SSL) proteins SSL5, SSL7, SSL9, and SSL11 act as immunomodulatory proteins in Staphylococcus aureus. However, little is known about their regulatory mechanisms. We determined the expression levels of ssl5 and ssl8 in seven clinically important S. aureus strains and their regulatory mechanisms in the Newman strain, which had the highest ssl5 and ssl8 expression. Independent comparisons of ssl5 or ssl8 coding and upstream sequences in these strains identified multiple haplotypes that did not correlate with the differential expression of ssl5 and ssl8, suggesting the role of additional regulatory elements. Using knockout mutant strains of known S. aureus global regulators such as Agr, Sae, and SigB in the Newman strain, we showed that both ssl5 and ssl8 were induced by Sae and repressed by Agr, suggesting that Sae and Agr are the positive and the negative regulators, respectively, of these two ssl genes. Moreover, we observed upregulation of sae in the agr mutant and upregulation of agr in the sae mutant compared with the isogenic Newman strain, suggesting that the Agr and Sae may be inhibiting each other. The SigB mutation did not affect ssl5 and ssl8 expression, but they were downregulated in the agr/sigB double mutant, indicating that SigB probably acts synergistically with Agr in their upregulation.

  4. Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP-Based Overexpression Screening and Characterization of AgrC, a Receptor Protein of Quorum Sensing in Staphylococcus aureus

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    Shengdi Fan

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Staphylococcus aureus AgrC is an important component of the agr quorum-sensing system. AgrC is a membrane-embedded histidine kinase that is thought to act as a sensor for the recognition of environmental signals and the transduction of signals into the cytoplasm. However, the difficulty of expressing and purifying functional membrane proteins has drastically hindered in-depth understanding of the molecular structures and physiological functions of these proteins. Here, we describe the high-yield expression and purification of AgrC, and analyze its kinase activity. A C-terminal green fluorescent protein (GFP fusion to AgrC served as a reporter for monitoring protein expression levels in real time. Protein expression levels were analyzed by the microscopic assessment of the whole-cell fluorescence. The expressed AgrC-GFP protein with a C-terminal His-tagged was purified using immobilized metal affinity chromatography (IMAC and size exclusion chromatography (SEC at yields of ≥10 mg/L, following optimization. We also assessed the effects of different detergents on membrane solubilization and AgrC kinase activity, and polyoxyethylene-(23-lauryl-ether (Brij-35 was identified as the most suitable detergent. Furthermore, the secondary structural stability of purified AgrC was analyzed using circular dichroism (CD spectroscopy. This study may serve as a general guide for improving the yields of other membrane protein preparations and selecting the appropriate detergent to stabilize membrane proteins for biophysical and biochemical analyses.

  5. Green fluorescent protein (GFP)-based overexpression screening and characterization of AgrC, a Receptor protein of quorum sensing in Staphylococcus aureus.

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    Wang, Lina; Quan, Chunshan; Liu, Baoquan; Xu, Yongbin; Zhao, Pengchao; Xiong, Wen; Fan, Shengdi

    2013-09-06

    Staphylococcus aureus AgrC is an important component of the agr quorum-sensing system. AgrC is a membrane-embedded histidine kinase that is thought to act as a sensor for the recognition of environmental signals and the transduction of signals into the cytoplasm. However, the difficulty of expressing and purifying functional membrane proteins has drastically hindered in-depth understanding of the molecular structures and physiological functions of these proteins. Here, we describe the high-yield expression and purification of AgrC, and analyze its kinase activity. A C-terminal green fluorescent protein (GFP) fusion to AgrC served as a reporter for monitoring protein expression levels in real time. Protein expression levels were analyzed by the microscopic assessment of the whole-cell fluorescence. The expressed AgrC-GFP protein with a C-terminal His-tagged was purified using immobilized metal affinity chromatography (IMAC) and size exclusion chromatography (SEC) at yields of ≥ 10 mg/L, following optimization. We also assessed the effects of different detergents on membrane solubilization and AgrC kinase activity, and polyoxyethylene-(23)-lauryl-ether (Brij-35) was identified as the most suitable detergent. Furthermore, the secondary structural stability of purified AgrC was analyzed using circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy. This study may serve as a general guide for improving the yields of other membrane protein preparations and selecting the appropriate detergent to stabilize membrane proteins for biophysical and biochemical analyses.

  6. SNTP program reactor design

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    Walton, Lewis A.; Sapyta, Joseph J.

    1993-06-01

    The Space Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (SNTP) program is evaluating the feasibility of a particle bed reactor for a high-performance nuclear thermal rocket engine. Reactors operating between 500 MW and 2,000 MW will produce engine thrusts ranging from 20,000 pounds to 80,000 pounds. The optimum reactor arrangement depends on the power level desired and the intended application. The key components of the reactor have been developed and are being tested. Flow-to-power matching considerations dominate the thermal-hydraulic design of the reactor. Optimal propellant management during decay heat cooling requires a three-pronged approach. Adequate computational methods exist to perform the neutronics analysis of the reactor core. These methods have been benchmarked to critical experiment data.

  7. Fast Spectrum Reactors

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    Todd, Donald; Tsvetkov, Pavel

    2012-01-01

    Fast Spectrum Reactors presents a detailed overview of world-wide technology contributing to the development of fast spectrum reactors. With a unique focus on the capabilities of fast spectrum reactors to address nuclear waste transmutation issues, in addition to the well-known capabilities of breeding new fuel, this volume describes how fast spectrum reactors contribute to the wide application of nuclear power systems to serve the global nuclear renaissance while minimizing nuclear proliferation concerns. Readers will find an introduction to the sustainable development of nuclear energy and the role of fast reactors, in addition to an economic analysis of nuclear reactors. A section devoted to neutronics offers the current trends in nuclear design, such as performance parameters and the optimization of advanced power systems. The latest findings on fuel management, partitioning and transmutation include the physics, efficiency and strategies of transmutation, homogeneous and heterogeneous recycling, in addit...

  8. Hybrid reactors. [Fuel cycle

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    Moir, R.W.

    1980-09-09

    The rationale for hybrid fusion-fission reactors is the production of fissile fuel for fission reactors. A new class of reactor, the fission-suppressed hybrid promises unusually good safety features as well as the ability to support 25 light-water reactors of the same nuclear power rating, or even more high-conversion-ratio reactors such as the heavy-water type. One 4000-MW nuclear hybrid can produce 7200 kg of /sup 233/U per year. To obtain good economics, injector efficiency times plasma gain (eta/sub i/Q) should be greater than 2, the wall load should be greater than 1 MW.m/sup -2/, and the hybrid should cost less than 6 times the cost of a light-water reactor. Introduction rates for the fission-suppressed hybrid are usually rapid.

  9. Una aproximación a las características actuales de la mano de obra agrícola en el valle de Mexicali

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    José Ascención Moreno Mena

    1994-07-01

    Full Text Available Este trabajo aborda, de manera sintética, algunas características de la estructura agraria, así como de productores agrícolas del valle de Mexicali. Se presenta un acercamiento a las condiciones en que se desarrolla la mano de obra actual en el sector agrícola del municipio de Mexicali. Para ello se toma como base información primaria obtenida de dos encuestas realizadas durante el periodo 1991-1994; laprimera producto de un muestreo no aleatorio por cuotas aplicada a 150 trabajadores agrícolas del algodón; y la segunda de carácter aleatoria aplicada en 499 viviendas de trabajadores agrícolas en el valle de Mexicali por el Instituto de investigaciones Sociales de la Universidad Autónoma de Baja California y el Programa Nacional de Solidaridad con Jornaleros Agrícolas.

  10. Multi purpose research reactor

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    Raina, V.K. [Research Reactor Design and Projects Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India)]. E-mail: vkrain@magnum.barc.ernet.in; Sasidharan, K. [Research Reactor Design and Projects Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Sengupta, Samiran [Research Reactor Design and Projects Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Singh, Tej [Research Reactor Services Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India)

    2006-04-15

    At present Dhruva and Cirus reactors provide the majority of research reactor based facilities to cater to the various needs of a vast pool of researchers in the field of material sciences, physics, chemistry, bio sciences, research and development work for nuclear power plants and production of radio isotopes. With a view to further consolidate and expand the scope of research and development in nuclear and allied sciences, a new 20 MWt multi purpose research reactor is being designed. This paper describes some of the design features and safety aspects of this reactor.

  11. INVAP's Research Reactor Designs

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    Eduardo Villarino

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available INVAP, an Argentine company founded more than three decades ago, is today recognized as one of the leaders within the research reactor industry. INVAP has participated in several projects covering a wide range of facilities, designed in accordance with the requirements of our different clients. For complying with these requirements, INVAP developed special skills and capabilities to deal with different fuel assemblies, different core cooling systems, and different reactor layouts. This paper summarizes the general features and utilization of several INVAP research reactor designs, from subcritical and critical assemblies to high-power reactors.

  12. LMFBR type reactor

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    Kanbe, Mitsuru

    1997-04-04

    An LMFBR type reactor comprises a plurality of reactor cores in a reactor container. Namely, a plurality of pot containing vessels are disposed in the reactor vessel and a plurality of reactor cores are formed in a state where an integrated-type fuel assembly is each inserted to a pot, and a coolant pipeline is connected to each of the pot containing-vessel to cool the reactor core respectively. When fuels are exchanged, the integrated-type fuel assembly is taken out together with the pot from the reactor vessel in a state where the integrated-type fuel assembly is immersed in the coolants in the pot as it is. Accordingly, coolants are supplied to each of the pot containing-vessel connected with the coolant pipeline and circulate while cooling the integrated-type fuel assembly for every pot. Then, when the fuels are exchanged, the integrated type fuel assembly is taken out to the outside of the reactor together with the pot by taking up the pot from the pot-containing vessel. Then, neutron economy is improved to thereby improve reactor power and the breeding ratio. (N.H.)

  13. The Anterior Gradient Homolog 3 (AGR3) Gene Is Associated with Differentiation and Survival in Ovarian Cancer

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    King, Erin R.; Tung, Celestine S.; Tsang, Yvonne T.M.; Zu, Zhifei; Lok, Gabriel T.M.; Deavers, Michael T.; Malpica, Anais; Wolf, Judith K.; Lu, Karen H.; Birrer, Michael J.; Mok, Samuel C.; Gershenson, David M.; Wong, Kwong-Kwok

    2011-01-01

    Low-grade serous ovarian carcinoma is believed to arise from serous borderline ovarian tumors, yet the progression from serous borderline tumors to low-grade serous ovarian carcinoma remains poorly understood. The purpose of this study was to identify differentially expressed genes between the two groups. Expression profiles were generated from 6 human ovarian surface epithelia (HOSE), 8 serous borderline ovarian tumors (SBOT), 13 low-grade serous ovarian carcinomas (LG), and 24 high-grade serous ovarian carcinomas (HG). The anterior gradient homolog 3 (AGR3) gene was found to be highly upregulated in serous borderline ovarian tumors; this finding was validated by real-time quantitative RT-PCR, Western blotting, and immunohistochemistry. Anti-AGR3 immunohistochemistry was performed on an additional 56 LG and 103 HG tissues and the results were correlated with clinical data. Expression profiling determined that 1254 genes were differentially expressed (P 10%) of AGR3 positively stained tumor cells were associated with improved longer median survival in both the LG (P = 0.013) and HG (P = 0.008) serous ovarian carcinoma groups. The progression of serous borderline ovarian tumors to low-grade serous ovarian carcinoma may involve the de-differentiation of ciliated cells. AGR3 could serve as a prognostic marker for survival in patients with low-grade and high-grade serous ovarian carcinomas. PMID:21451362

  14. Light water reactor program

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    Franks, S.M.

    1994-12-31

    The US Department of Energy`s Light Water Reactor Program is outlined. The scope of the program consists of: design certification of evolutionary plants; design, development, and design certification of simplified passive plants; first-of-a-kind engineering to achieve commercial standardization; plant lifetime improvement; and advanced reactor severe accident program. These program activities of the Office of Nuclear Energy are discussed.

  15. Space Nuclear Reactor Engineering

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    Poston, David Irvin [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2017-03-06

    We needed to find a space reactor concept that could be attractive to NASA for flight and proven with a rapid turnaround, low-cost nuclear test. Heat-pipe-cooled reactors coupled to Stirling engines long identified as the easiest path to near-term, low-cost concept.

  16. Reactor Materials Research

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    Van Walle, E

    2001-04-01

    The activities of the Reactor Materials Research Department of the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK-CEN in 2000 are summarised. The programmes within the department are focussed on studies concerning (1) fusion, in particular mechanical testing; (2) Irradiation Assisted Stress Corrosion Cracking (IASCC); (3) nuclear fuel; and (4) Reactor Pressure Vessel Steel (RPVS)

  17. Ingeniería agrícola, una alternativa para las necesidades del agro

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    2011-01-01

    La ingeniería agrícola como profesión que articula los conceptos de la ingeniería y los procesos biológicos, está llamada a desempeñar un papel protagónico en el desarrollo del campo colombiano. Por ello requerimos espacio político para poder hacer parte de los estamentos de decisión y difundir estrategias en: - Control de erosión. - Desarrollo de tecnología apropiada a través de la investigación en las universidades colombianas. - Racionalización de las pérdidas en frutas, hortalizas y cerea...

  18. Plano de negócios Monsaluz, Sociedade Agrícola Lda.

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    Rente, José Eduardo Lopes

    2014-01-01

    Este trabalho de projeto tem como finalidade a elaboração de um plano de negócios, para reconversão de uma empresa agrícola no Alentejo, com um investimento na produção de ovinos de aptidão leiteira. O presente trabalho de projeto é apresentado metodologicamente através de um plano de negócio, que se pretende constitua um guia de apoio á tomada de decisão na implantação e controlo desse projeto. Com base na caracterização e análise da situação atual da empresa, na análise do...

  19. Modelo organizacional da Caixa Agrícola do Litoral Centro

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    Trindade, Tiago João Pereira Cachulo da

    2009-01-01

    Relatório de Projecto / Mestrado em Gestão Este projecto estuda a implementação de um novo Modelo Organizacional para a Caixa Agrícola do Litoral Centro que deverá constituir um referencial organizacional que permita o crescimento da Instituição, que contribua para a focalização na vertente do negócio, que cumpra as exigências da Supervisão e que potencie a descentralização da tomada de decisões da Direcção para as estruturas funcionais. Como enquadramento teórico deste trab...

  20. América Latina y las exportaciones de recursos naturales agrícolas

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    Piñeiro, Martín; Bianchi, Eduardo

    2012-01-01

    La discusión sobre las estrategias de desarrollo en América Latina ha estado fuertemente influida por dos conceptos desarrollados en la literatura económica: (a) la hipótesis de que una buena dotación de recursos naturales puede tener un efecto negativo sobre el desarrollo o "la maldición de los recursos naturales'' y (b) la evidencia empírica que sugería que los términos de intercambio de la producción agrícola sufren un permanente deterioro. Una revisión de la literatura indica que la hipót...

  1. Ingeniería agrícola, una alternativa para las necesidades del agro

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    Julio E. Ospina M.

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available La ingeniería agrícola como profesión que articula los conceptos de la ingeniería y los procesos biológicos, está llamada a desempeñar un papel protagónico en el desarrollo del campo colombiano. Por ello requerimos espacio político para poder hacer parte de los estamentos de decisión y difundir estrategias en: - Control de erosión. - Desarrollo de tecnología apropiada a través de la investigación en las universidades colombianas. - Racionalización de las pérdidas en frutas, hortalizas y cereales, entre otros".

  2. Modelo de Precificação de Capital: Segmento de Commodities Agrícola

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    TÁCITO AUGUSTO FARIAS

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo do artigo é a aplicação do modelo de precificação de ativos conhecido na literatura de economia financeira como CAPITAL ASSET PRICING MODEL – MODELO DE PRECIFICAÇÃO DE ATIVOS DE CAPITAL, utilizando como ferramentas os balanços patrimoniais das empresas selecionadas. Brasil Ecodiesel indústria e comercio de biocombustíveis e óleos vegetais s.a. (v-agro e SLC Agrícola s.a. no período relativo ao ano de 2009 e 2010. Resultado fundamental: ambas as empresas no período em estudo apresentaram um beta inferior a 1, ou seja, risco menor que o risco do mercado. Descrevemos alguns resultados estatísticos que mostram o comportamento de ambas as empresas do setor de frigorifico. 

  3. AGR-1 Compact 4-1-1 Post-Irradiation Examination Results

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    Demkowicz, Paul Andrew [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Harp, Jason M. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Winston, Philip L. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Ploger, Scott A. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); van Rooyen, Isabella J. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2016-02-01

    Destructive post-irradiation examination was performed on AGR-1 fuel Compact 4-1-1, which was irradiated to a final compact-average burnup of 19.4% FIMA (fissions per initial metal atom) and a time-average, volume-average temperature of 1072°C. The analysis of this compact focused on characterizing the extent of fission product release from the particles and examining particles to determine the condition of the kernels and coating layers. The work included deconsolidation of the compact and leach-burn-leach analysis, visual inspection and gamma counting of individual particles, metallurgical preparation of selected particles, and examination of particle cross-sections with optical microscopy, electron microscopy, and elemental analysis. Deconsolidation-leach-burn-leach (DLBL) analysis revealed no particles with failed TRISO or failed SiC layers (as indicated by very low uranium inventory in all of the leach solutions). The total fractions of the predicted compact inventories of fission products Ce-144, Cs-134, Cs-137, and Sr-90 that were present in the compact outside of the SiC layers were <2×10-6, based on DLBL data. The Ag-110m fraction in the compact outside the SiC layers was 3.3×10-2, indicating appreciable release of silver through the intact coatings and subsequent retention in the OPyC layers or matrix. The Eu-154 fraction was 2.4×10-4, which is equivalent to the inventory in one average particle, and indicates a small but measurable level of release from the intact coatings. Gamma counting of 61 individual particles indicated no particles with anomalously low fission product retention. The average ratio of measured inventory to calculated inventory was close to a value of 1.0 for several fission product isotopes (Ce-144, Cs-134, and Cs-137), indicating good retention and reasonably good agreement with the predicted inventories. Measured-to-calculated (M/C) activity ratios for fission products Eu-154, Eu-155, Ru-106, Sb

  4. Nuclear reactor design

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    2014-01-01

    This book focuses on core design and methods for design and analysis. It is based on advances made in nuclear power utilization and computational methods over the past 40 years, covering core design of boiling water reactors and pressurized water reactors, as well as fast reactors and high-temperature gas-cooled reactors. The objectives of this book are to help graduate and advanced undergraduate students to understand core design and analysis, and to serve as a background reference for engineers actively working in light water reactors. Methodologies for core design and analysis, together with physical descriptions, are emphasized. The book also covers coupled thermal hydraulic core calculations, plant dynamics, and safety analysis, allowing readers to understand core design in relation to plant control and safety.

  5. Status of French reactors

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    Ballagny, A. [Commissariat a l`Energie Atomique, Saclay (France)

    1997-08-01

    The status of French reactors is reviewed. The ORPHEE and RHF reactors can not be operated with a LEU fuel which would be limited to 4.8 g U/cm{sup 3}. The OSIRIS reactor has already been converted to LEU. It will use U{sub 3}Si{sub 2} as soon as its present stock of UO{sub 2} fuel is used up, at the end of 1994. The decision to close down the SILOE reactor in the near future is not propitious for the start of a conversion process. The REX 2000 reactor, which is expected to be commissioned in 2005, will use LEU (except if the fast neutrons core option is selected). Concerning the end of the HEU fuel cycle, the best option is reprocessing followed by conversion of the reprocessed uranium to LEU.

  6. Data Compilation for AGR-3/4 Designed-to-Fail (DTF) Fuel Particle Batch LEU04-02DTF

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    Hunn, John D [ORNL; Miller, James Henry [ORNL

    2008-10-01

    This document is a compilation of coating and characterization data for the AGR-3/4 designed-to-fail (DTF) particles. The DTF coating is a high density, high anisotropy pyrocarbon coating of nominal 20 {micro}m thickness that is deposited directly on the kernel. The purpose of this coating is to fail early in the irradiation, resulting in a controlled release of fission products which can be analyzed to provide data on fission product transport. A small number of DTF particles will be included with standard TRISO driver fuel particles in the AGR-3 and AGR-4 compacts. The ORNL Coated Particle Fuel Development Laboratory 50-mm diameter fluidized bed coater was used to coat the DTF particles. The coatings were produced using procedures and process parameters that were developed in an earlier phase of the project as documented in 'Summary Report on the Development of Procedures for the Fabrication of AGR-3/4 Design-to-Fail Particles', ORNL/TM-2008/161. Two coating runs were conducted using the approved coating parameters. NUCO425-06DTF was a final process qualification batch using natural enrichment uranium carbide/uranium oxide (UCO) kernels. After the qualification run, LEU04-02DTF was produced using low enriched UCO kernels. Both runs were inspected and determined to meet the specifications for DTF particles in section 5 of the AGR-3 & 4 Fuel Product Specification (EDF-6638, Rev.1). Table 1 provides a summary of key properties of the DTF layer. For comparison purposes, an archive sample of DTF particles produced by General Atomics was characterized using identical methods. This data is also summarized in Table 1.

  7. La normalización y certificación de tractores agrícolas en México

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    Alma Velia Ayala Garay

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available El tractor agrícola es la principal fuente de potencia dentro de una unidad de producción. Por lo tanto para los usuarios de maquinaria agrícola, resulta una prioridad contar con mecanismos que permitan dar seguridad al usuario final o productor agrícola en el funcionamiento y calidad de los tractores, para esto el objetivo del presente es dar a conocer la evolución de la normalización y certificación de la maquinaria agrícola en México, sus impactos y tendencias, por medio de una descripción de conceptos y organismos internacionales que han sido referencia para México, así como la descripción de las actividades del CENEMA y OCIMA. Para esto se tomaron definiciones y datos estadísticos de cantidad de modelos de tractores certificados, cantidad de certificados otorgados sobre estructuras de protección por OCIMA, cantidad de motocultores e implementos certificados, dictaminaciones de tractores no favorables, de múltiples sectores. Como resultado de la certificación de la ma- quinaria agrícola se obtuvo hasta junio de 2013, existen 76 tractores certificados con una potencia a la “toma de fuerza” que varía de los 18,3 a los 130 hp. Por ultimo cabe destacar que la finalidad de OCIMA es respaldar al agricultor y avalar que se cumple con las normas mexicanas (NMX y las especificaciones necesarias para garantizar el buen desempeño de su equipo.

  8. Importance of the global regulators Agr and SaeRS in the pathogenesis of CA-MRSA USA300 infection.

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    Christopher P Montgomery

    Full Text Available CA-MRSA infection, driven by the emergence of the USA300 genetic background, has become epidemic in the United States. USA300 isolates are hypervirulent, compared with other CA- and HA-MRSA strains, in experimental models of necrotizing pneumonia and skin infection. Interestingly, USA300 isolates also have increased expression of core genomic global regulatory and virulence factor genes, including agr and saeRS. To test the hypothesis that agr and saeRS promote the observed hypervirulent phenotype of USA300, isogenic deletion mutants of each were constructed in USA300. The effects of gene deletion on expression and protein abundance of selected downstream virulence genes were assessed by semiquantitative real-time reverse-transcriptase PCR (qRT-PCR and western blot, respectively. The effects of gene deletion were also assessed in mouse models of necrotizing pneumonia and skin infection. Deletion of saeRS, and, to a lesser extent, agr, resulted in attenuated expression of the genes encoding α-hemolysin (hla and the Panton-Valentine leukocidin (lukSF-PV. Despite the differences in hla transcription, the toxin was undetectable in culture supernatants of either of the deletion mutants. Deletion of agr, but not saeRS, markedly increased the expression of the gene encoding protein A (spa, which correlated with increased protein abundance. Each deletion mutant demonstrated significant attenuation of virulence, compared with wild-type USA300, in mouse models of necrotizing pneumonia and skin infection. We conclude that agr and saeRS each independently contribute to the remarkable virulence of USA300, likely by means of their effects on expression of secreted toxins.

  9. Productividad del agua en algunos cultivos agrícolas en Cuba

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    Felicita González Robaina

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Para el mejor uso económico y social del agua se requieren de métodos para evaluar su productividad, a fin de tomar mejores decisiones en cuanto a políticas y estrategias de utilización de manera sostenible. Los administradores del agua para el riego necesitan iden- tificar tendencias en los patrones de uso y niveles de eficiencia con vistas a fijar metas y mejorar la productividad por unidad de volumen utilizado y/o consumido. El objetivo de este trabajo fue presentar los indicadores de productividad agronómica del agua de 17 cultivos a partir de la información obtenida en más de 100 experimentos de campo disponibles en la base de datos sobre necesidades hídricas del Instituto de Investigaciones de Ingeniería Agrícola. Se determinaron los rendimientos máximo y mínimo y sus respectivos valores de consumo, agua aplicada por riego y la productividad agronómica del agua aplicada para los 17 cultivos estudiados. Cultivos como los frijoles, maíz, boniato y los plátanos obtienen incrementos de rendimiento superiores al 100% cuando se aplica el agua necesaria para satisfacer su demanda hídrica, mientras que la yuca obtuvo valores menores del 50%. Los altos valores obtenidos de productividad en base al agua utilizada como riego no son un buen indicador del uso eficiente del agua por las plantas para las condiciones de la zona de estudio, donde se informan para los años analizados, porcentajes de lluvia aprovechable de hasta el 41%, supliendo ésta una parte importante de las necesidades de los cultivos agrícolas.

  10. A New Type of Deaggregators, the Bolaamphiphilic DeAgrs.Observations of the Dependence of Deaggregating Ability on Aggregator Concentration and Solvent Aggregating Power

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    ZHOU,Qi-Zhong(周其忠); SHI,Ji-Liang(史济良); JIANG,Xi-Kui(蒋锡夔); LI,Zhan-Ting(黎占亭)

    2002-01-01

    Four new amphiphilic molecules, i. e., the bolaamphipiles ω-trimethylamino n-hexadecanoate( deAgr 16 ), n-dodecanoate (deAgr 12), n-undecanoate(deAgr 11), and n-octanoate (deAgr 8)were synthesized. Their ability as deaggregators to break up the aggregating systems of hexadecyl β-naphthoate (A16) and dodecyl β-naphthoate (A12) in dioxanewater binary solvent systems was investigated in a mumber of solvent systems and at different A16 and A12 concentrations.The results reveal that this new type of bolaamphiphilic molecules appears to be one of the most efficient deaggregators reported, which, at very low concentrations, can effectively break up the aggregating systems of highly concentrated A16and A12. It is also found that bolaamphiphiles with longer aliphatic chains possess greater deaggregatibg ability. However, when the overall overall concentrations of A16 and A12 are very low but still above their critiical aggregating concentration,thee bolaamphiphilic molecules lose their deaggregating power and tend to coaggregate with the aggregated A16 or A12molecules. The quite efficient deaggregating ability of the longchain bolaamphiphiles (deAgr 16 and deAgr 12), as compared to the short-chain deAgr 8, has been ascribed to their dynamic switch-on/switch-off behavior involving coiled-up and uncoiled conformations of their long aliphatic chains.

  11. Slurry reactor design studies

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    Fox, J.M.; Degen, B.D.; Cady, G.; Deslate, F.D.; Summers, R.L. (Bechtel Group, Inc., San Francisco, CA (USA)); Akgerman, A. (Texas A and M Univ., College Station, TX (USA)); Smith, J.M. (California Univ., Davis, CA (USA))

    1990-06-01

    The objective of these studies was to perform a realistic evaluation of the relative costs of tublar-fixed-bed and slurry reactors for methanol, mixed alcohols and Fischer-Tropsch syntheses under conditions where they would realistically be expected to operate. The slurry Fischer-Tropsch reactor was, therefore, operated at low H{sub 2}/CO ratio on gas directly from a Shell gasifier. The fixed-bed reactor was operated on 2.0 H{sub 2}/CO ratio gas after adjustment by shift and CO{sub 2} removal. Every attempt was made to give each reactor the benefit of its optimum design condition and correlations were developed to extend the models beyond the range of the experimental pilot plant data. For the methanol design, comparisons were made for a recycle plant with high methanol yield, this being the standard design condition. It is recognized that this is not necessarily the optimum application for the slurry reactor, which is being proposed for a once-through operation, coproducing methanol and power. Consideration is also given to the applicability of the slurry reactor to mixed alcohols, based on conditions provided by Lurgi for an Octamix{trademark} plant using their standard tubular-fixed reactor technology. 7 figs., 26 tabs.

  12. Valoración físico-química y fitotóxica de las aguas residuales depuradas/regeneradas destinadas al riego agrícola

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    J.A. Pérez Donato

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available La aplicación más extendida de la reutilización de aguas residuales domésticas depuradas/regeneradas es el riego agrícol a. Las normativas comunes sobre calidad de aguas regeneradas para reutilización contemplan paráme tros físico-químicos y biológico s para minimizar riesgos sanitarios, pero pocas veces tienen en c uenta parámetros fitotóxicos que puede n ser limitantes para aplicacio nes agrícolas. Los parámetros físico-químicos y fitotóxicos cambian al avanzar en el grado de depuración/regeneración de las aguas residuales, por lo que resulta d e interés conocer que etapa de la instalación proporciona el agua a decuada para el riego. Este tr abajo presenta un estudio de correlaci ón de fitotoxicidad con parámet ros físico-químicos en agua de muestras tomadas al final de cada un a de las etapas de tratamiento conve ncional de aguas residuales domésticas, que incluye reactor b iológico de lodos activados y tratamiento terciario con filtración de arena, cloración, filtr ación en cartucho y desalinización por electrodiálisis reversible.En cad a muestra se midió: demanda química de oxígeno, pH, conductividad , carbono orgánico, fósforo total, proteínas solubles, y los ione s de Na, K, Ca, Mg, B, F y Cl. Los criter ios de fitotoxicidad se evaluar on mediante el biomarcador Lactuca sativa. Los resultados mostraron reducciones importantes de los pa rámetros físico-químicos en el proceso de electrodiálisis, mien tras que los efectos de fitotox icidad mostraron reducciones en los pro cesos anteriores a la etapa fin al de electrodiálisis. Se concluye que l os parámetros físico-químicos , conjuntamente con el marcador biológico, constituyen aspectos d e interés práctico que relaciona e l tipo de tratamiento con la ca lidad físico-química y la fitotoxicida d del agua depurada/regenerada obtenida y su idoneidad para aplicaciones de riego agrícola.

  13. Necesidades educacionales sobre riesgo de plaguicidas en el contexto socio-ambiental de las comunidades agrícolas de Sonora

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    M.I. Silveira Gramont; L. Aldana Madrid; A.I. Valenzuela Quintanar; C.B. Ochoa Nogales; G. Jasa-Silveira; Beatriz Camarena Gómez

    2016-01-01

    Para proponer estrategias de educación y comunicación sobre plaguicidas en las comunidades agrícolas de Sonora, se requiere situar la problemática de la exposición a plaguicidas en el contexto socio-cultural y ambiental de las comunidades afectadas, tomando en cuenta los factores que contribuyen al mayor riesgo de exposición de los trabajadores agrícolas y de sus familias. Este estudio examina los factores poblacionales, educacionales, culturales y de trabajo de habitantes y trabajadores agrí...

  14. Structural Characterization of Native Autoinducing Peptides and Abiotic Analogs Reveals Key Features Essential for Activation and Inhibition of an AgrC Quorum Sensing Receptor in Staphylococcus aureus

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    Tal-Gan, Yftah; Ivancic, Monika; Cornilescu, Gabriel; Cornilescu, Claudia C.; Blackwell, Helen E.

    2013-01-01

    Staphylococcus aureus is a major human pathogen that uses quorum sensing (QS) to control virulence. Its QS system is regulated by macrocyclic peptide signals (or autoinducing peptides (AIPs)) and their cognate transmembrane receptors (AgrCs). Four different specificity groups of S. aureus have been identified to date (groups I–IV), each of which uses a different AIP:AgrC pair. Non-native ligands capable of intercepting AIP:AgrC binding, and thereby QS, in S. aureus have attracted considerable...

  15. Metodología para evaluar el impacto de la maquinaria agrícola sobre los recursos naturales del medio ambiente

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    Norge Díaz Rodríguez

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó una propuesta de metodología para evaluar el impacto que ejerce la maquinaria agrícola sobre algunos de los recursos naturales del medio ambiente. Durante su explotación la maquinaria agrícola, como unidad energética para el trabajo agrícola, produce un conjunto de impactos negativos sobre el medio en tres direcciones fundamentales: suelo, aire, y agua. A pesar de existir conciencia sobre este problema, no se disponen de herramientas apropiadas para hacer una evaluación certera de la magnitud de estos impactos, lo cual no es una simple tarea.

  16. Gas cooled fast reactor

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    1972-06-01

    Although most of the development work on fast breeder reactors has been devoted to the use of liquid metal cooling, interest has been expressed for a number of years in alternative breeder concepts using other coolants. One of a number of concepts in which interest has been retained is the Gas-Cooled Fast Reactor (GCFR). As presently envisioned, it would operate on the uranium-plutonium mixed oxide fuel cycle, similar to that used in the Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor (LMFBR), and would use helium gas as the coolant.

  17. Microfluidic electrochemical reactors

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    Nuzzo, Ralph G [Champaign, IL; Mitrovski, Svetlana M [Urbana, IL

    2011-03-22

    A microfluidic electrochemical reactor includes an electrode and one or more microfluidic channels on the electrode, where the microfluidic channels are covered with a membrane containing a gas permeable polymer. The distance between the electrode and the membrane is less than 500 micrometers. The microfluidic electrochemical reactor can provide for increased reaction rates in electrochemical reactions using a gaseous reactant, as compared to conventional electrochemical cells. Microfluidic electrochemical reactors can be incorporated into devices for applications such as fuel cells, electrochemical analysis, microfluidic actuation, pH gradient formation.

  18. Fast Breeder Reactor studies

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    Till, C.E.; Chang, Y.I.; Kittel, J.H.; Fauske, H.K.; Lineberry, M.J.; Stevenson, M.G.; Amundson, P.I.; Dance, K.D.

    1980-07-01

    This report is a compilation of Fast Breeder Reactor (FBR) resource documents prepared to provide the technical basis for the US contribution to the International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Evaluation. The eight separate parts deal with the alternative fast breeder reactor fuel cycles in terms of energy demand, resource base, technical potential and current status, safety, proliferation resistance, deployment, and nuclear safeguards. An Annex compares the cost of decommissioning light-water and fast breeder reactors. Separate abstracts are included for each of the parts.

  19. Reactor BR2. Introduction

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    Gubel, P

    2001-04-01

    The BR2 is a materials testing reactor and is still one of SCK-CEN's important nuclear facilities. After an extensive refurbishment to compensate for the ageing of the installation, the reactor was restarted in April 1997. During the last three years, the availability of the installation was maintained at an average level of 97.6 percent. In the year 2000, the reactor was operated for a total of 104 days at a mean power of 56 MW. In 2000, most irradiation experiments were performed in the CALLISTO PWR loop. The report describes irradiations achieved or under preparation in 2000, including the development of advanced facilities and concept studies for new programmes. An overview of the scientific irradiation programmes as well as of the R and D programme of the BR2 reactor in 2000 is given.

  20. Reactor Neutrino Spectra

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    Hayes, A C

    2016-01-01

    We present a review of the antineutrino spectra emitted from reactors. Knowledge of these and their associated uncertainties are crucial for neutrino oscillation studies. The spectra used to-date have been determined by either conversion of measured electron spectra to antineutrino spectra or by summing over all of the thousands of transitions that makeup the spectra using modern databases as input. The uncertainties in the subdominant corrections to beta-decay plague both methods, and we provide estimates of these uncertainties. Improving on current knowledge of the antineutrino spectra from reactors will require new experiments. Such experiments would also address the so-called reactor neutrino anomaly and the possible origin of the shoulder observed in the antineutrino spectra measured in recent high-statistics reactor neutrino experiments.

  1. New reactor type proposed

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    2003-01-01

    "Russian scientists at the Research Institute of Nuclear Power Engineering in Moscow are hoping to develop a new reactor that will use lead and bismuth as fuel instead of uranium and plutonium" (1/2 page).

  2. A competitividade do regadio em Portugal no contexto da Nova Política Agrícola Comum: o caso de uma exploração agrícola no Alentejo

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    Rui Manuel Sousa Fragoso

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available A Nova Reforma da Política Agrícola Comum (PAC aprovada em 2003 constitui um reforço dos principais objectivos das reformas anteriores de 1992 e de 2000, como a promoção da competitividade do sector agrícola, da multifuncionalidade dos espaços rurais e agrícolas e da exploração sustentável dos recursos. No essencial, substituem-se as ajudas diretas à produção previstas na maioria dos regulamentos das Organizações Comuns de Mercado, por um regime de pagamento único por exploração sujeito a normas de eco-condicionalidade e a limitações na reconversão dos sistemas de produção agrícola. Este artigo avalia os impactos da nova PAC na competitividade do regadio em Portugal nas explorações agrícolas do Alentejo, nomeadamente, dos efeitos do pagamento único na afetação e na retribuição dos recursos agrícolas, de modo a identificar as principais alterações nas orientações produtivas e nos rendimentos agrícolas. Também são avaliados alguns dos principais impactos sócio-econômicos e ambientais diretos decorrentes dos ajustamentos produzidos com a Nova PAC. A metodologia utilizada baseia-se no desenvolvimento de um modelo micro-econômico de programação matemática estocástica discreta de maximização do valor esperado e de minimização do risco, adaptado às características de uma empresa agrícola do Alentejo. O modelo é utilizado para avaliar prospectivamente o plano de produção e o rendimento no curto e no longo prazo, mediante os cenários da reforma da PAC de 2000 e da Nova Reforma da PAC de 2003.The 2003 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP reform constitutes a reinforcement of the main objectives of the previous reforms of 1992 and of 2000, namely the promotion of the agricultural competitiveness, the multiple functions of the rural and agricultural areas and the sustainable resource exploitation. The direct production aids in the most Common Market Organizations are replaced by an only payment for each

  3. Helias reactor studies

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    Beidler, C.D. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Plasmaphysik, Garching (Germany); Grieger, G. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Plasmaphysik, Garching (Germany); Harmeyer, E. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Plasmaphysik, Garching (Germany); Kisslinger, J. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Plasmaphysik, Garching (Germany); Karulin, N. [Nuclear Fusion Institute, Moscow (Russian Federation); Maurer, W. [Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH Technik und Umwelt (Germany); Nuehrenberg, J. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Plasmaphysik, Garching (Germany); Rau, F. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Plasmaphysik, Garching (Germany); Sapper, J. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Plasmaphysik, Garching (Germany); Wobig, H. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Plasmaphysik, Garching (Germany)

    1995-10-01

    The present status of Helias reactor studies is characterised by the identification and investigation of specific issues which result from the particular properties of this type of stellarator. On the technical side these are issues related to the coil system, while physics studies have concentrated on confinement, alpha-particle behaviour and ignition conditions. The usual assumptions have been made in those fields which are common to all toroidal fusion reactors: blanket and shield, refuelling and exhaust, safety and economic aspects. For blanket and shield sufficient space has been provided, a detailed concept will be developed in future. To date more emphasis has been placed on scoping and parameter studies as opposed to fixing a specific set of parameters and providing a detailed point study. One result of the Helias reactor studies is that physical dimensions are on the same order as those of tokamak reactors. However, it should be noticed that this comparison is difficult in view of the large spectrum of tokamak reactors ranging from a small reactor like Aries, to a large device such as SEAFP. The notion that the large aspect ratio of 10 or more in Helias configurations also leads to large reactors is misleading, since the large major radius of 22 m is compensated by the average plasma radius of 1.8 m and the average coil radius of 5 m. The plasma volume of 1400 m{sup 3} is about the same as the ITER reactor and the magnetic energy of the coil system is about the same or even slightly smaller than envisaged in ITER. (orig.)

  4. Future Reactor Experiments

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    He, Miao

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    The measurement of the neutrino mixing angle $\\theta_{13}$ opens a gateway for the next generation experiments to measure the neutrino mass hierarchy and the leptonic CP-violating phase. Future reactor experiments will focus on mass hierarchy determination and the precision measurement of mixing parameters. Mass hierarchy can be determined from the disappearance of reactor electron antineutrinos based on the interference effect of two separated oscillation modes. Relative and absolute measure...

  5. Reactor Neutrino Experiments

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    Cao, Jun

    2007-01-01

    Precisely measuring $\\theta_{13}$ is one of the highest priority in neutrino oscillation study. Reactor experiments can cleanly determine $\\theta_{13}$. Past reactor neutrino experiments are reviewed and status of next precision $\\theta_{13}$ experiments are presented. Daya Bay is designed to measure $\\sin^22\\theta_{13}$ to better than 0.01 and Double Chooz and RENO are designed to measure it to 0.02-0.03. All are heading to full operation in 2010. Recent improvements in neutrino moment measu...

  6. Department of Reactor Technology

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    The general development of the Department of Reactor Technology at Risø during 1981 is presented, and the activities within the major subject fields are described in some detail. Lists of staff, publications, and computer programs are included.......The general development of the Department of Reactor Technology at Risø during 1981 is presented, and the activities within the major subject fields are described in some detail. Lists of staff, publications, and computer programs are included....

  7. Aspectos constitucionais do direito agrário emenda constitucional N° 10/64

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    José Carlos Vieira

    1988-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper, presents a brief history of the constitutional work applied to property rights in Brazil, mainly to those regarding land property. lt also shows the development of agrarian rights as an independent branch of the juridical prescription up to its effective recognition. It slightly shows the important role of the social function of property in constitutional texts as to support governmental actions aiming at an agrarian reform, and any other tendency to alter the rural profile of the country. This work is aimed to show that, despite a set of laws related to the agrarian reality of this country, the facts and data make it clear that nothing has been done about it up to today. The research Our constitutional texts shows that some advances towards the effectiveness of the social function of property principles have been made; nevertheless, the constitution to be promulgated by the year 1988, surprisingly takes a step backwards as to this chapter for it decreases the scope that it had in former constitutions and even in the original ones by authoritarian governments.O presente trabalho contém um resumo histórico do tratamento constitucional reservado ao direito de propriedade no Brasil, especialmente à propriedade da terra, bem assim a evolução do direito agrário como ramo autônomo do ordenamento jurídico, até o seu efetivo reconhecimento como tal. Registra, mesmo que rapidamente, a importância que teve a adotação do princípio da "função social da propriedade" nos textos constitucionais, de forma a respaldar ações governamentais objetivando a realização da reforma agrária e outras medidas tendentes a alterar o perfil rural do país. O trabalho procura mostrar, também, que, malgrado dispor o pais de um rol de leis capazes de dar suporte a propostas destinadas a promover uma efetiva mudança na realidade agrária, os fatos demonstram claramente que isto não ocorreu até hoje. A pesquisa nos textos constitucionais mostra

  8. Moon base reactor system

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    Chavez, H.; Flores, J.; Nguyen, M.; Carsen, K.

    1989-01-01

    The objective of our reactor design is to supply a lunar-based research facility with 20 MW(e). The fundamental layout of this lunar-based system includes the reactor, power conversion devices, and a radiator. The additional aim of this reactor is a longevity of 12 to 15 years. The reactor is a liquid metal fast breeder that has a breeding ratio very close to 1.0. The geometry of the core is cylindrical. The metallic fuel rods are of beryllium oxide enriched with varying degrees of uranium, with a beryllium core reflector. The liquid metal coolant chosen was natural lithium. After the liquid metal coolant leaves the reactor, it goes directly into the power conversion devices. The power conversion devices are Stirling engines. The heated coolant acts as a hot reservoir to the device. It then enters the radiator to be cooled and reenters the Stirling engine acting as a cold reservoir. The engines' operating fluid is helium, a highly conductive gas. These Stirling engines are hermetically sealed. Although natural lithium produces a lower breeding ratio, it does have a larger temperature range than sodium. It is also corrosive to steel. This is why the container material must be carefully chosen. One option is to use an expensive alloy of cerbium and zirconium. The radiator must be made of a highly conductive material whose melting point temperature is not exceeded in the reactor and whose structural strength can withstand meteor showers.

  9. Emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero en sistemas agrícolas de México

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    Vinisa Saynes Santillán

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available La agricultura es el sustento para la alimentación de una población mundial creciente. La agricultura es la cuarta causa de emisiones de GEI, y emite grandes cantidades de los llamados “gases que no son CO2” incluyendo al N2O y el CH4 con un poder de calentamiento 265 y 28 veces, respectivamente, mayor en comparación con el CO2. En México la información de las emisiones de GEI se reporta en diversos foros y desde diferentes perspectivas. En este trabajo se recopiló información de las emisiones de GEI de las Comunicaciones Nacionales y el Primer Informe Bienal, de publicaciones arbitradas por pares y de la literatura gris. Las emisiones del sector agrícola reportadas en las diferentes Comunicaciones presentan inconsistencias debido a factores como falta de información y de acceso a esta en las primeras dos Comunicaciones y a cuestiones de tipo metodológico en las Comunicaciones subsecuentes. De acuerdo con las estimaciones más actuales (Informe Bienal, las actividades agropecuarias son la tercera causa de generación de emisiones de GEI con una contribución del 12% a las emisiones nacionales. Dentro de esta categoría la mayor parte de las emisiones se generan por la fermentación entérica, el manejo del estiércol y por el uso de fertilizantes en los suelos agrícolas. Los principales retos para mejorar las estimaciones y reducir su incertidumbre es la generación de factores de emisión nacionales para lo cual es esencial contar con mayor información de las fuentes clave. En este trabajo se encontró que existe información relevante que sería de utilidad pero se encuentra dispersa por lo que falta síntesis y organización de la información sobre todo de la que se encuentra en la literatura gris.

  10. Materials and boiler rig testing to support chemical cleaning of once-through AGR boilers

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    Tice, D.R.; Platts, N.; Raffel, A.S. [Serco Assurance (United Kingdom); Rudge, A. [British Energy Generation Ltd. (United Kingdom)

    2002-07-01

    An extensive programme of work has been carried out to evaluate two candidate inhibited cleaning solutions for possible implementation on plant, which would be the first chemical clean of an AGR boiler. The two candidate cleaning solutions considered were a Stannine-inhibited citric acid/formic acid mixture (GOM106) and inhibited hydrofluoric acid. Citric acid-based cleaning processes are widely used within the UK Power Industry. The GOM106 solution, comprising a mixture of 3% citric acid, 0.5% formic acid and 0.05% Stannine LTP inhibitor, buffered with ammonia to pH 3.5, was developed specifically for the AGR boilers during the 1970's. Although a considerable amount of materials testing work was carried out by British Energy's predecessor companies to produce a recommended cleaning procedure there were some remaining concerns with the use of GOM106, from these earlier studies, for example, an increased risk of pitting attack associated with the removal of thick 9Cr oxide deposits and a risk of unacceptable damage in critical locations such as the upper transition joints and other weld locations. Hence, additional testing was still required to validate the solution for use on plant. Inhibited hydrofluoric acid (HFA) was also evaluated as an alternative reagent to GOM106. HFA has been used extensively for cleaning mild and low'alloy steel boiler tubes in fossil-fired plant in the UK and elsewhere in Europe and is known to remove oxide quickly. Waste treatment is also easier than for the GOM106 process and some protection against damage to the boiler tube materials is provided by complexing of fluoride with ferric ion. Validation of the potential reagents and inhibitors was achieved by assessing the rate and effectiveness of oxide removal from specimens of helical boiler tubing and welds, together with establishing the extent of any metal loss or localised damage. The initial materials testing resulted in the inhibited ammoniated citric / formic acid

  11. AGR-1 Fuel Compact 6-3-2 Post-Irradiation Examination Results

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    Paul demkowicz; jason Harp; Scott Ploger

    2012-12-01

    Destructive post-irradiation examination was performed on fuel Compact 6-3-2, which was irradiated in the AGR-1 experiment to a final compact average burnup of 11.3% FIMA and a time-average, volume-average temperature of 1070°C. The analysis of this compact was focused on characterizing the extent of fission product release from the particles and examining particles to determine the condition of the kernels and coating layers. The work included deconsolidation of the compact and leach-burn-leach analysis, visual inspection and gamma counting of individual particles, measurement of fuel burnup by several methods, metallurgical preparation of selected particles, and examination of particle cross-sections with optical microscopy. A single particle with a defective SiC layer was identified during deconsolidation-leach-burn-leach analysis, which is in agreement with previous measurements showing elevated cesium in the Capsule 6 graphite fuel holder associated with this fuel compact. The fraction of the compact europium inventory released from the particles and retained in the matrix was relatively high (approximately 6E-3), indicating release from intact particle coatings. The Ag-110m inventory in individual particles exhibited a very broad distribution, with some particles retaining =80% of the predicted inventory and others retaining less than 25%. The average degree of Ag-110m retention in 60 gamma counted particles was approximately 50%. This elevated silver release is in agreement with analysis of silver on the Capsule 6 components, which indicated an average release of 38% of the Capsule 6 inventory from the fuel compacts. In spite of the relatively high degree of silver release from the particles, virtually none of the Ag-110m released was found in the compact matrix, and presumably migrated out of the compact and was deposited on the irradiation capsule components. Release of all other fission products from the particles appears to be less than a single

  12. Prospectiva tecnológica y consideraciones curriculares en Ingeniería Agrícola

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    Jaime Salazar Contreras

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Los nuevos modelos económicos centrados en un mayor número de productos de exportación con un alto valor agregado hace necesario que se generen grandes desarrollos tecnológicos, en los cuales el papel de la Ingeniería es trascendental; para el caso de Ingeniería Agrícola se debe lograr importantes tecnificaciones del Sector Agropecuario para poder atender las demandas de productos alimenticios, para consumo interno y excedentes para otros países. Con el presente escrito se mostrará una visión prospectiva a nivel nacional e internacional de la Ingeniería Agrícola y fmalrnente algunas consideraciones sobre su currículo, con el propósito de reflexionar, cómo sería una formación competitiva, en los albores del siglo XXI.

  13. Convergencia espacial y concentración regional agrícola en México 1970-2003

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    Normand Eduardo Asuad Sanén; Luis Quintana Romero; Roberto Ramírez Hernández

    2007-01-01

    El propósito de este trabajo es analizar la relación entre convergencia tradicional y espacial del ingreso según la concentración regional de la producción agrícola de México, destacando los efectos propiciados por el cambio del modelo de desarrollo y gestión, mediante la liberalización y privatización de la economía con su incorporación al TLCAN y su comparación con el periodo 1970-2004. Se identifican y delimitan las regiones agrícolas a las que se aplica la medición econométrica de las hip...

  14. La prensa agrícola del porfiriato como Fuente para la historia económica. (Ensayo de Fuentes

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    Ma. Cecilia Zuleta

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available Al llegar al poder el presidente de MCxico Porfirio DSaz, la &te política del país consideró que el principal problema de MCxico era el atraso económico, por lo que era indispensable impulsar.el "desarrollo económico", cuya actividad primordial, era la agricultura comercial. Por tanto, comenzó a producirse entre los sectores intelectuales, políticos y de negocios una revalorización de la importancia de la actividad agrícola y con ello, el surgimiento de publicaciones especializadas en asuntos agrícolas que son, en la actualidad, una fuente importante para reconstruir la historia econ6- mica del periodo.

  15. Jornaleros agrícolas internacionales: Purépechas contratados H2-A en Estados Unidos

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    Casimiro Leco Tomás

    2014-01-01

    Se hace un análisis sobre el programa de trabajadores temporales que se contratan mediante el tipo de visas H2-A, para jornaleros agrícolas, quienes salen del medio rural del estado de Michoacán, México, particularmente de las comunidades indígenas Purépechas y cual su participación en las contrataciones, conexiones transfronterizas e impacto en México y Estados Unidos.

  16. Mobile genetic element SCCmec-encoded psm-mec RNA suppresses translation of agrA and attenuates MRSA virulence.

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    Kaito, Chikara; Saito, Yuki; Ikuo, Mariko; Omae, Yosuke; Mao, Han; Nagano, Gentaro; Fujiyuki, Tomoko; Numata, Shunsuke; Han, Xiao; Obata, Kazuaki; Hasegawa, Setsuo; Yamaguchi, Hiroki; Inokuchi, Koiti; Ito, Teruyo; Hiramatsu, Keiichi; Sekimizu, Kazuhisa

    2013-01-01

    Community acquired-methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) is a socially problematic pathogen that infects healthy individuals, causing severe disease. CA-MRSA is more virulent than hospital associated-MRSA (HA-MRSA). The underlying mechanism for the high virulence of CA-MRSA is not known. The transcription product of the psm-mec gene, located in the mobile genetic element SCCmec of HA-MRSA, but not CA-MRSA, suppresses the expression of phenol-soluble modulin α (PSMα), a cytolytic toxin of S. aureus. Here we report that psm-mec RNA inhibits translation of the agrA gene encoding a positive transcription factor for the PSMα gene via specific binding to agrA mRNA. Furthermore, 25% of 325 clinical MRSA isolates had a mutation in the psm-mec promoter that attenuated transcription, and 9% of the strains had no psm-mec. In most of these psm-mec-mutated or psm-mec-deleted HA-MRSAs, PSMα expression was increased compared with strains carrying intact psm-mec, and some mutated strains produced high amounts of PSMα comparable with that of CA-MRSA. Deletion of psm-mec from HA-MRSA strains carrying intact psm-mec increased the expression of AgrA protein and PSMα, and virulence in mice. Thus, psm-mec RNA suppresses MRSA virulence via inhibition of agrA translation and the absence of psm-mec function in CA-MRSA causes its high virulence property.

  17. Ensino agrícola e influência norte-americana no Brasil (1945-1961

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    Sonia Regina de Mendonça

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available O artigo trata das redefinições sofridas pelo Ensino Agrícola no Brasil, a partir da conjuntura marcada pelo fim da II Guerra Mundial/Guerra Fria, quando inúmeros acordos de "cooperação técnica" seriam firmados entre os governos brasileiro e estadunidense, objetivando "recuperar" seu novo público-alvo: o trabalhador rural adulto e analfabeto.

  18. Reactor Safety Planning for Prometheus Project, for Naval Reactors Information

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    P. Delmolino

    2005-05-06

    The purpose of this letter is to submit to Naval Reactors the initial plan for the Prometheus project Reactor Safety work. The Prometheus project is currently developing plans for cold physics experiments and reactor prototype tests. These tests and facilities may require safety analysis and siting support. In addition to the ground facilities, the flight reactor units will require unique analyses to evaluate the risk to the public from normal operations and credible accident conditions. This letter outlines major safety documents that will be submitted with estimated deliverable dates. Included in this planning is the reactor servicing documentation and shipping analysis that will be submitted to Naval Reactors.

  19. REACTOR GROUT THERMAL PROPERTIES

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    Steimke, J.; Qureshi, Z.; Restivo, M.; Guerrero, H.

    2011-01-28

    Savannah River Site has five dormant nuclear production reactors. Long term disposition will require filling some reactor buildings with grout up to ground level. Portland cement based grout will be used to fill the buildings with the exception of some reactor tanks. Some reactor tanks contain significant quantities of aluminum which could react with Portland cement based grout to form hydrogen. Hydrogen production is a safety concern and gas generation could also compromise the structural integrity of the grout pour. Therefore, it was necessary to develop a non-Portland cement grout to fill reactors that contain significant quantities of aluminum. Grouts generate heat when they set, so the potential exists for large temperature increases in a large pour, which could compromise the integrity of the pour. The primary purpose of the testing reported here was to measure heat of hydration, specific heat, thermal conductivity and density of various reactor grouts under consideration so that these properties could be used to model transient heat transfer for different pouring strategies. A secondary purpose was to make qualitative judgments of grout pourability and hardened strength. Some reactor grout formulations were unacceptable because they generated too much heat, or started setting too fast, or required too long to harden or were too weak. The formulation called 102H had the best combination of characteristics. It is a Calcium Alumino-Sulfate grout that contains Ciment Fondu (calcium aluminate cement), Plaster of Paris (calcium sulfate hemihydrate), sand, Class F fly ash, boric acid and small quantities of additives. This composition afforded about ten hours of working time. Heat release began at 12 hours and was complete by 24 hours. The adiabatic temperature rise was 54 C which was within specification. The final product was hard and displayed no visible segregation. The density and maximum particle size were within specification.

  20. Complex regulation of Arabidopsis AGR1/PIN2-mediated root gravitropic response and basipetal auxin transport by cantharidin-sensitive protein phosphatases

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    Shin, Heungsop; Shin, Hwa-Soo; Guo, Zibiao; Blancaflor, Elison B.; Masson, Patrick H.; Chen, Rujin

    2005-01-01

    Polar auxin transport, mediated by two distinct plasma membrane-localized auxin influx and efflux carrier proteins/complexes, plays an important role in many plant growth and developmental processes including tropic responses to gravity and light, development of lateral roots and patterning in embryogenesis. We have previously shown that the Arabidopsis AGRAVITROPIC 1/PIN2 gene encodes an auxin efflux component regulating root gravitropism and basipetal auxin transport. However, the regulatory mechanism underlying the function of AGR1/PIN2 is largely unknown. Recently, protein phosphorylation and dephosphorylation mediated by protein kinases and phosphatases, respectively, have been implicated in regulating polar auxin transport and root gravitropism. Here, we examined the effects of chemical inhibitors of protein phosphatases on root gravitropism and basipetal auxin transport, as well as the expression pattern of AGR1/PIN2 gene and the localization of AGR1/PIN2 protein. We also examined the effects of inhibitors of vesicle trafficking and protein kinases. Our data suggest that protein phosphatases, sensitive to cantharidin and okadaic acid, are likely involved in regulating AGR1/PIN2-mediated root basipetal auxin transport and gravitropism, as well as auxin response in the root central elongation zone (CEZ). BFA-sensitive vesicle trafficking may be required for the cycling of AGR1/PIN2 between plasma membrane and the BFA compartment, but not for the AGR1/PIN2-mediated root basipetal auxin transport and auxin response in CEZ cells.

  1. Copper stress induces a global stress response in Staphylococcus aureus and represses sae and agr expression and biofilm formation.

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    Baker, Jonathan; Sitthisak, Sutthirat; Sengupta, Mrittika; Johnson, Miranda; Jayaswal, R K; Morrissey, Julie A

    2010-01-01

    Copper is an important cofactor for many enzymes; however, high levels of copper are toxic. Therefore, bacteria must ensure there is sufficient copper for use as a cofactor but, more importantly, must limit free intracellular levels to prevent toxicity. In this study, we have used DNA microarray to identify Staphylococcus aureus copper-responsive genes. Transcriptional profiling of S. aureus SH1000 grown in excess copper identified a number of genes which fall into four groups, suggesting that S. aureus has four main mechanisms for adapting to high levels of environmental copper, as follows: (i) induction of direct copper homeostasis mechanisms; (ii) increased oxidative stress resistance; (iii) expression of the misfolded protein response; and (iv) repression of a number of transporters and global regulators such as Agr and Sae. Our experimental data confirm that resistance to oxidative stress and particularly to H2O2 scavenging is an important S. aureus copper resistance mechanism. Our previous studies have demonstrated that Eap and Emp proteins, which are positively regulated by Agr and Sae, are required for biofilm formation under low-iron growth conditions. Our transcriptional analysis has confirmed that sae, agr, and eap are repressed under high-copper conditions and that biofilm formation is indeed repressed under high-copper conditions. Therefore, our results may provide an explanation for how copper films can prevent biofilm formation on catheters.

  2. Influence of Sae-regulated and Agr-regulated factors on the escape of Staphylococcus aureus from human macrophages.

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    Münzenmayer, Lisa; Geiger, Tobias; Daiber, Ellen; Schulte, Berit; Autenrieth, Stella E; Fraunholz, Martin; Wolz, Christiane

    2016-08-01

    Although Staphylococcus aureus is not a classical intracellular pathogen, it can survive within phagocytes and many other cell types. However, the pathogen is also able to escape from cells by mechanisms that are only partially understood. We analysed a series of isogenic S. aureus mutants of the USA300 derivative JE2 for their capacity to destroy human macrophages from within. Intracellular S. aureus JE2 caused severe cell damage in human macrophages and could efficiently escape from within the cells. To obtain this full escape phenotype including an intermittent residency in the cytoplasm, the combined action of the regulatory systems Sae and Agr is required. Mutants in Sae or mutants deficient in the Sae target genes lukAB and pvl remained in high numbers within the macrophages causing reduced cell damage. Mutants in the regulatory system Agr or in the Agr target gene psmα were largely similar to wild-type bacteria concerning cell damage and escape efficiency. However, these strains were rarely detectable in the cytoplasm, emphasizing the role of phenol-soluble modulins (PSMs) for phagosomal escape. Thus, Sae-regulated toxins largely determine damage and escape from within macrophages, whereas PSMs are mainly responsible for the escape from the phagosome into the cytoplasm. Damage of macrophages induced by intracellular bacteria was linked neither to activation of apoptosis-related caspase 3, 7 or 8 nor to NLRP3-dependent inflammasome activation.

  3. La industria de maquinaria agrícola en Argentina frente a la estructura sectorial del mercado internacional

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    Federico Langard

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available En el marco de una continua reestructuración de las empresas trasnacionales productoras de maquinaria agrícola a nivel mundial, se observa una, significativa tendencia a la concentración de las mismas y a la oligopolización de la oferta mundial, situación que sin lugar a dudas impacta en nuestro país. El trabajo analiza la dinámica del comercio mundial de maquinaria agrícola, vinculada al desempeño del sector en Argentina. Para ello, se examina el comportamiento de las firmas nacionales y extranjeras [radicadas y no radicadas en el país] a partir de su inserción internacional. Para mejorar el nivel de las observaciones, el amplio espectro del sector de maquinaria agrícola es dividido en diferentes subsectores según producto. Este diseño de investigación pone en evidencia las estrategias seguidas por el entramado de empresas locales y multinacionales, en el territorio local y regional, y se observan, de acuerdo a ello, variadas ventajas en los diferentes subsectores

  4. Use of an Immobilized Monoclonal Antibody to Examine Integrin &agr;5&bgr;1 Signaling Independent of Cell Spreading

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    Bao Wenjie

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Cell attachment to the extracellular matrix (ECM engages integrin signaling into the cell, but part of the signaling response also stem from cell spreading (3. To analyze specific integrin signaling-mediated responses independent of cell spreading, we developed a method engaging integrin signaling by use of an immobilized anti-integrin monoclonal antibody (mab directed against the fibronectin (FN receptor integrin &agr;5&bgr;1. ECV 304 cells were plated onto FN or immobilized mab JBS5 (anti-integrin &agr;5&bgr;1 or onto poly-L-lysin (P-L-L, which mediates integrin-independent attachment. Cells attached and spread on FN, while cells on JBS5 or P-L-L attached but did not spread. Importantly, plating onto FN or mab JBS5 gave rise to identical integrin-induced responses, including a down-regulation of the cyclin-dependent kinase (Cdk2 inhibitors p21CIP1 and p27KIP1, while attachment to P-L-L did not. We conclude that engagement of the FN-receptor integrin &agr;5&bgr;1 induces integrin signaling regulating the Cdk2-inhibitors independent of cell spreading and present a method for how integrin signaling can be analyzed separate from the effects of cell spreading.

  5. Centro Agrícola de la Institución Lauterhoten Alemania Federal

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    Haindl, Friedrich F.

    1974-06-01

    Full Text Available This article describes the installations of a farm to be used for the mentally retarded that are being treated in the Institution Lauterhofen in the vicinity. They consist of: a a block for garages for trucks, tractors and trailers; a slaughterhouse and a sausage factory; b another block with sheds for cows, calves and pigs, storeroom for potatoes and fodder; c a third building consisting of a complete flat and bedrooms for the staff. The three buildings described above occupy three and a half sides of a central working courtyard. The construction style and system are traditional and fulfill the intended function perfectly.En este artículo se describen las instalaciones de una granja agrícola para emplear a los retrasados mentales que son tratados en la Institución Lauterhofen, próxima a aquéllas. Se componen de: a un bloque destinado a garajes de camiones, tractores y remolques; matadero y chacinería; b otro con establos para vacas, terneras y cerdos; almacén de patatas y forraje; c un tercer edificio ocupado por una vivienda completa y dormitorios para empleados. Las tres construcciones reseñadas cierran tres lados y medio de un patio central de operaciones. El estilo y el sistema constructivo son tradicionales y definen perfectamente la función a realizar.

  6. de la Ingeniería Agrícola en el mundo

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    Armando Eloy García de la Figal Costales

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available A partir de las experiencias y tendencias modernas en el desarrollo de la enseñanza universitaria del Ingeniero Agrícola en el mundo, mediante los documentos emitidos por la American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE del 2004 y la International Commission of Agricultural Engineering (CIGR de 1994 y del 2000, se analizan y precisan los principios e invariantes para la confección de los planes de estudio correspondientes, así como las limitaciones que representan para el proceso de enseñanza aprendizaje en las condiciones de Cuba. Se concluye que existen múltiples «perfiles terminales», los cuales, por la diversidad posible de asignaturas a cursar, tienen diferencias significativas y carreras diferentes, no quedando esclarecido sobre la base de qué principios pedagógicos y científicos se dividen y estructuran las asignaturas en grupos y «perfiles terminales», así como sus secuencias

  7. Preliminary results of post-irradiation examination of the AGR-1 TRISO fuel compacts

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    Paul Demkowicz; John Hunn; Robert Morris; Jason Harp; Philip Winston; Charles Baldwin; Fred Montgomery; Scott Ploger; Isabella van Rooyen

    2012-10-01

    Five irradiated fuel compacts from the AGR-1 experiment have been examined in detail in order to assess in-pile fission product release behavior. Compacts were electrolytically deconsolidated and analyzed using the leach-burn-leach technique to measure fission product inventory in the compact matrix and identify any particles with a defective SiC layer. Loose particles were then gamma counted to measure the fission product inventory. One particle with a defective SiC layer was found in the five compacts examined. The fractional release of Ag 110m from the particles was significant. The total fraction of silver released from all the particles within a compact ranged from 0-0.63 and individual particles within a single compact often exhibited a very wide range of silver release. The average fractional release of Eu-154 from all particles in a compact was 2.4×10-4—1.3×10-2, which is indicative of release through intact coatings. The fractional Cs-134 inventory in the compact matrix was <2×10-5 when all coatings remained intact, indicating good cesium retention. Approximately 1% of the palladium inventory was found in the compact matrix for two of the compacts, indicating significant release through intact coatings.

  8. Diversidad de especies alimenticias en tres mercados agrícolas de la Habana, Cuba

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    Tom\\u00E1s Shagarodsky

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó el inventario de la diversidad de especies vegetales presentes en el mercado de la Habana, Cuba, para mostrar el comportamiento de tres especies modelo: el mamey colorado o sapote (Pouteria sapota (Jacq. H. E. Moore et Stearn, especies del género Capsicum y el frijol caballero (Phaseolus lunatus L., en mercados de diferentes dimensiones, los cuales reciben productos agrícolas de localidades de todo el país. En las especies modelos se evaluaron su frecuencia de aparición, precio, procedencia, y otras características. Hubo hasta 74 especies ofertadas en un mismo día, de las cuales se aprecian numerosos cultivares tradicionales de granos, frutas y hortalizas entre otros usos. La cuantía de lo inventariado permite detectar en el transcurso de 12 meses de evaluación unas 276 especies comprendidas dentro de 84 familias. Se incluyen en el estudio las viandas, los vegetales, medicinales, granos, frutales y ornamentales. Se aprecia al comparar con los productos observados en estudios realizados en huertos caseros de todo el país, que sólo una pequeña parte de la diversidad apreciada en ellos llega al mercado.

  9. Scaleable, High Efficiency Microchannel Sabatier Reactor Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — A Microchannel Sabatier Reactor System (MSRS) consisting of cross connected arrays of isothermal or graded temperature reactors is proposed. The reactor array...

  10. LMFBR type reactor

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    Shimizu, Takeshi; Iida, Masaaki; Moriki, Yasuyuki

    1994-10-18

    A reactor core is divided into a plurality of coolants flowrate regions, and electromagnetic pumps exclusively used for each of the flowrate regions are disposed to distribute coolants flowrates in the reactor core. Further, the flowrate of each of the electromagnetic pumps is automatically controlled depending on signals from a temperature detector disposed at the exit of the reactor core, so that the flowrate of the region can be controlled optimally depending on the burning of reactor core fuels. Then, the electromagnetic pumps disposed for every divided region are controlled respectively, so that the coolants flowrate distribution suitable to each of the regions can be attained. Margin for fuel design is decreased, fuels are used effectively, as well as an operation efficiency can be improved. Moreover, since the electromagnetic pump has less flow resistance compared with a mechanical type pump, and flow resistance of the reactor core flowrate control mechanism is eliminated, greater circulating flowrate can be ensured after occurrence of accident in a natural convection using a buoyancy of coolants utilizable for after-heat removal as a driving force. (N.H.).

  11. Calibration of dimensional change in finite element models using AGR moderator brick measurements

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    McNally, K., E-mail: kevin.mcnally@hsl.gsi.gov.uk [Health and Safety Laboratory, Harpur Hill, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 9JN (United Kingdom); Hall, G. [NGRG, School of MACE, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL (United Kingdom); Tan, E. [Health and Safety Laboratory, Harpur Hill, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 9JN (United Kingdom); Marsden, B.J. [NGRG, School of MACE, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL (United Kingdom); Warren, N. [Health and Safety Laboratory, Harpur Hill, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 9JN (United Kingdom)

    2014-08-01

    Physically based models, resolved using the finite element (FE) method, are often used to model changes in geometry and the associated stress fields of graphite moderator bricks within a reactor. These models require inputs that describe the loading conditions (field variables), and coded relationships describing the behaviour of material properties. Historically, behaviour on material properties have been obtained from Materials Test Reactor (MTR) experiments, however data relating to samples trepanned from operating reactors are increasingly being used to improve models. Geometry measurements from operating reactors offer the potential for improving the coded relationship for dimensional change in FE models. A non-linear mixed-effect model is presented for calibrating the parameters of FE models that are sensitive to mid-brick diameter, using channel geometry measurements obtained from inspection campaigns. The work makes use of a novel technique: the development of a Bayesian emulator, which is a surrogate for the FE model. The use of an emulator allows the influence of the inputs to the finite element model to be evaluated, and delivers a substantial reduction in the computational burden of calibration.

  12. Reactor Structural Materials: Reactor Pressure Vessel Steels

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    Chaouadi, R

    2000-07-01

    The objectives of SCK-CEN's R and D programme on Rector Pressure Vessel (RPV) Steels are:(1) to complete the fracture toughness data bank of various reactor pressure vessel steels by using precracked Charpy specimens that were tested statically as well as dynamically; (2) to implement the enhanced surveillance approach in a user-friendly software; (3) to improve the existing reconstitution technology by reducing the input energy (short cycle welding) and modifying the stud geometry. Progress and achievements in 1999 are reported.

  13. Thermionic Reactor Design Studies

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    Schock, Alfred

    1994-08-01

    Paper presented at the 29th IECEC in Monterey, CA in August 1994. The present paper describes some of the author's conceptual designs and their rationale, and the special analytical techniques developed to analyze their (thermionic reactor) performance. The basic designs, first published in 1963, are based on single-cell converters, either double-ended diodes extending over the full height of the reactor core or single-ended diodes extending over half the core height. In that respect they are similar to the thermionic fuel elements employed in the Topaz-2 reactor subsequently developed in the Soviet Union, copies of which were recently imported by the U.S. As in the Topaz-2 case, electrically heated steady-state performance tests of the converters are possible before fueling.

  14. Nuclear Rocket Engine Reactor

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    Lanin, Anatoly

    2013-01-01

    The development of a nuclear rocket engine reactor (NRER ) is presented in this book. The working capacity of an active zone NRER under mechanical and thermal load, intensive neutron fluxes, high energy generation (up to 30 MBT/l) in a working medium (hydrogen) at temperatures up to 3100 K is displayed. Design principles and bearing capacity of reactors area discussed on the basis of simulation experiments and test data of a prototype reactor. Property data of dense constructional, porous thermal insulating and fuel materials like carbide and uranium carbide compounds in the temperatures interval 300 - 3000 K are presented. Technological aspects of strength and thermal strength resistance of materials are considered. The design procedure of possible emergency processes in the NRER is developed and risks for their origination are evaluated. Prospects of the NRER development for pilotless space devices and piloted interplanetary ships are viewed.

  15. Operation of Reactor

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    1996-01-01

    3.1 Annual Report of SPR Operation Chu Shaochu Having overseen by National Nuclear Safety Administration and specialists, the reactor restarted up successfully after Safety renovation on April 16, 1996. In August 1996 the normal operation of SPR was approved by the authorities of Naitonal Nuclear Safety Administration. 1 Operation status In 1996, the reactor operated safely for 40 d and the energy released was about 137.3 MW·d. The operation status of SPR is shown in table 1. The reactor started up to higher power (power more than 1 MW) and lower power (for physics experiments) 4 times and 14 times respectively. Measurement of control rod efficiency and other measurement tasks were 2 times and 5 times respectively.

  16. An Overview of Reactor Concepts, a Survey of Reactor Designs.

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    1985-02-01

    Public Affairs Office and is releasaole to the National Technical Information Services (NTIS). At NTIS, it will be available to the general public...Reactors that use deu- terium (heavy water) as a coolant can use natural uranium as a fuel. The * Canadian reactor, CANDU , utilizes this concept...reactor core at the top and discharged at the Dotton while the reactor is in operation. The discharged fuel can then b inspected to see if it can De used

  17. Oscillatory flow chemical reactors

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    Slavnić Danijela S.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Global market competition, increase in energy and other production costs, demands for high quality products and reduction of waste are forcing pharmaceutical, fine chemicals and biochemical industries, to search for radical solutions. One of the most effective ways to improve the overall production (cost reduction and better control of reactions is a transition from batch to continuous processes. However, the reactions of interests for the mentioned industry sectors are often slow, thus continuous tubular reactors would be impractically long for flow regimes which provide sufficient heat and mass transfer and narrow residence time distribution. The oscillatory flow reactors (OFR are newer type of tube reactors which can offer solution by providing continuous operation with approximately plug flow pattern, low shear stress rates and enhanced mass and heat transfer. These benefits are the result of very good mixing in OFR achieved by vortex generation. OFR consists of cylindrical tube containing equally spaced orifice baffles. Fluid oscillations are superimposed on a net (laminar flow. Eddies are generated when oscillating fluid collides with baffles and passes through orifices. Generation and propagation of vortices create uniform mixing in each reactor cavity (between baffles, providing an overall flow pattern which is close to plug flow. Oscillations can be created by direct action of a piston or a diaphragm on fluid (or alternatively on baffles. This article provides an overview of oscillatory flow reactor technology, its operating principles and basic design and scale - up characteristics. Further, the article reviews the key research findings in heat and mass transfer, shear stress, residence time distribution in OFR, presenting their advantages over the conventional reactors. Finally, relevant process intensification examples from pharmaceutical, polymer and biofuels industries are presented.

  18. Perspectives on reactor safety

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    Haskin, F.E. [New Mexico Univ., Albuquerque, NM (United States). Dept. of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering; Camp, A.L. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    1994-03-01

    The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) maintains a technical training center at Chattanooga, Tennessee to provide appropriate training to both new and experienced NRC employees. This document describes a one-week course in reactor, safety concepts. The course consists of five modules: (1) historical perspective; (2) accident sequences; (3) accident progression in the reactor vessel; (4) containment characteristics and design bases; and (5) source terms and offsite consequences. The course text is accompanied by slides and videos during the actual presentation of the course.

  19. Reactor Materials Research

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    Van Walle, E

    2002-04-01

    The activities of SCK-CEN's Reactor Materials Research Department for 2001 are summarised. The objectives of the department are: (1) to evaluate the integrity and behaviour of structural materials used in nuclear power industry; (2) to conduct research to unravel and understand the parameters that determine the material behaviour under or after irradiation; (3) to contribute to the interpretation, the modelling of the material behaviour and to develop and assess strategies for optimum life management of nuclear power plant components. The programmes within the department are focussed on studies concerning (1) Irradiation Assisted Stress Corrosion Cracking (IASCC); (2) nuclear fuel; and (3) Reactor Pressure Vessel Steel.

  20. Reactor operation environmental information document

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    Haselow, J.S.; Price, V.; Stephenson, D.E.; Bledsoe, H.W.; Looney, B.B.

    1989-12-01

    The Savannah River Site (SRS) produces nuclear materials, primarily plutonium and tritium, to meet the requirements of the Department of Defense. These products have been formed in nuclear reactors that were built during 1950--1955 at the SRS. K, L, and P reactors are three of five reactors that have been used in the past to produce the nuclear materials. All three of these reactors discontinued operation in 1988. Currently, intense efforts are being extended to prepare these three reactors for restart in a manner that protects human health and the environment. To document that restarting the reactors will have minimal impacts to human health and the environment, a three-volume Reactor Operations Environmental Impact Document has been prepared. The document focuses on the impacts of restarting the K, L, and P reactors on both the SRS and surrounding areas. This volume discusses the geology, seismology, and subsurface hydrology. 195 refs., 101 figs., 16 tabs.

  1. High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR)

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — The HFIR at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a light-water cooled and moderated reactor that is the United States’ highest flux reactor-based neutron source. HFIR...

  2. Mudanças na pauta das exportações agrícolas brasileiras

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    Maria Auxiliadora de Carvalho

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available O trabalho visa contribuir para o debate sobre desindustrialização no Brasil, atribuída à apreciação cambial que, para vários autores, decorre do aumento das exportações agrícolas. Do emprego do método constant market share sobre informações de comércio exterior da FAO, para o período 1991-2003, chegou-se à conclusão que a exportação agrícola brasileira cresceu mais que o potencial, resultado de aumento expressivo da competitividade. Depois da mudança cambial, em 1999, parte da competitividade foi neutralizada pelo aumento da participação na pauta de produtos com demanda mundial em declínio. Da decomposição do valor exportado prevaleceu o efeito do aumento da quantidade, fato mais evidente depois da mudança cambial, porque o efeito preço foi negativo. Mesmo descontando o efeito da depreciação real do câmbio, a mudança nos preços internacionais foi desfavorável à agricultura brasileira. O efeito flexibilidade da pauta, negativo em todo o período, indica grande participação de produtos em desacordo com a lei geral da oferta, fato mais grave no período recente, quando a maior parte dos produtos com aumento do volume exportado estava com preço em baixa no mercado internacional. O declínio da exportação de manufaturados e o maior crescimento do comércio de produtos básicos indicam tendência à desindustrialização da agricultura.This paper aims to contribute to the Brazilian deindustrialization debate, attributed to exchange appreciation that, for several authors, is the agricultural export increase effect. Constant market share method applied on FAO export data, for the 1991 to 2003 period, indicates that Brazilian agricultural export increased more than the potential rate, due to expressive competitiveness gains. After the exchange regime change, in 1999, the competitiveness increase was partly neutralized by growth share of products whose world demand was in decline. Exports value decomposition showed

  3. Reactor operation safety information document

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    1990-01-01

    The report contains a reactor facility description which includes K, P, and L reactor sites, structures, operating systems, engineered safety systems, support systems, and process and effluent monitoring systems; an accident analysis section which includes cooling system anomalies, radioactive materials releases, and anticipated transients without scram; a summary of onsite doses from design basis accidents; severe accident analysis (reactor core disruption); a description of operating contractor organization and emergency planning; and a summary of reactor safety evolution. (MB)

  4. Structural characterization of native autoinducing peptides and abiotic analogues reveals key features essential for activation and inhibition of an AgrC quorum sensing receptor in Staphylococcus aureus.

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    Tal-Gan, Yftah; Ivancic, Monika; Cornilescu, Gabriel; Cornilescu, Claudia C; Blackwell, Helen E

    2013-12-11

    Staphylococcus aureus is a major human pathogen that uses quorum sensing (QS) to control virulence. Its QS system is regulated by macrocyclic peptide signals (or autoinducing peptides (AIPs)) and their cognate transmembrane receptors (AgrCs). Four different specificity groups of S. aureus have been identified to date (groups I-IV), each of which uses a different AIP:AgrC pair. Non-native ligands capable of intercepting AIP:AgrC binding, and thereby QS, in S. aureus have attracted considerable interest as chemical tools to study QS pathways and as possible antivirulence strategies for the treatment of infection. We recently reported a set of analogues of the group-III AIP that are capable of strongly modulating the activity of all four AgrC receptors. Critical to the further development of such ligands is a detailed understanding of the structural features of both native AIPs and non-native analogues that are essential for activity. Herein, we report the first three-dimensional structural analysis of the known native AIP signals (AIPs-I-IV) and several AIP-III analogues with varied biological activities using NMR spectroscopy. Integration of these NMR studies with the known agonism and antagonism profiles of these peptides in AgrC-III revealed two key structural elements that control AIP-III (and non-native peptide) activity: (1) a tri-residue hydrophobic "knob" essential for both activation and inhibition and (2) a fourth anchor point on the exocyclic tail needed for receptor activation. These results provide strong structural support for a mechanism of AIP-mediated AgrC activation and inhibition in S. aureus , and should facilitate the design of new AgrC ligands with enhanced activities (as agonists or antagonists) and simplified chemical structures.

  5. Centro de investigaciones agrícolas en Saint-Aubin - Fribourg – Suiza

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    Zweifel, J.

    1974-03-01

    Full Text Available This Centre is made up of different installations, such as: management building, plant protection station, research centre, veterinary station, fodder centre and auxiliary exploitation, farm area, insulation station, entrance and dwellings, mill, slaughterhouse, etc. All the buildings, except the fodder tower, have only one floor —of differing heights— so that all communications are horizontal. The prefabricated reinforced concrete pillars rest on pile foundations and act as a support for the roof parts, which are U-shaped, and achieve cenital lighting and the due stability, as well as providing a characteristic physionomy and distinctive appearance of the whole.Este complejo está constituido por diversas instalaciones, tales como: edificio de administración, estación de protección de plantas, centro de investigación, estación veterinaria, centro de forrajes y explotación auxiliar, zona agrícola, estación de aislamiento, entrada y viviendas, molino, matadero, etcétera. Todos los edificios, salvo la torre de forraje, tienen una sola planta —de diferentes alturas—, a fin de que todas las comunicaciones sean horizontales. Los pilares prefabricados de hormigón armado se apoyan sobre cimentación de pilotes y sirven de soporte a las piezas de cubierta, en forma de U, que procuran iluminación cenital y la debida estabilidad, además de ofrecer una fisonomía característica y distintiva al conjunto.

  6. Examining the Quality of Life of Farmers with Disabilities: The Ohio AgrAbility Study.

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    Windon, S R; Jepsen, S D; Scheer, S D

    2016-01-01

    Quality of life is a broad concept that presents a challenge to measure as a scientific category. Quality of life encompasses a broad range of variables based on an individual's expression of life satisfaction, perceptions, values, feelings of subjective well-being, and happiness. This study identified and examined factors that influenced the quality of life of Ohio farmers with disabilities who were enrolled in the Ohio AgrAbility Program (OAP) (n = 55) and participated in this study (60% response rate). A 34-item questionnaire was created. The sample of OAP farmers reported stress many days a week, had a negative outlook on life, and were less satisfied with their overall quality of life because of their health. The OAP participants reported external factors, such as cost of equipment, financial pressures, and input costs, as having a negative effect on their quality of life. The participants also reported that they were not satisfied with the amount of vacation time (60.6%), managing farm work and family life (54.6%), overall health (55%), and quality of life (27%). The results showed a significant difference between the OAP participants' overall quality of life and the following variables: gender, net cash income, outlook on life, health, stress, farm work, managing farm and family, social activities, and emotional support for farmers with disabilities. The findings of this exploratory study allowed farmers to identify factors that they perceived as important to their quality of life. Moreover, the results may be helpful for stakeholders to better understand the needs of farmers with disabilities and provide appropriate educational and other services to enhance their quality of life.

  7. Thermal Reactor Safety

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    1980-06-01

    Information is presented concerning fire risk and protection; transient thermal-hydraulic analysis and experiments; class 9 accidents and containment; diagnostics and in-service inspection; risk and cost comparison of alternative electric energy sources; fuel behavior and experiments on core cooling in LOCAs; reactor event reporting analysis; equipment qualification; post facts analysis of the TMI-2 accident; and computational methods.

  8. Chromatographic and Related Reactors.

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    1988-01-07

    special information about effects of surface heteroge- neity in the methanation reaction. Studies of an efficient multicolumn assembly for measuring...of organic basic catalysts such as pyridine and 4-methylpicoline. It was demonstrated that the chromatographic reactor gave special information about...Programmed Reaction to obtain special information about surface heterogeneity in the methanation reaction. Advantages of stopped flow over steady state

  9. Nuclear Reactors and Technology

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    Cason, D.L.; Hicks, S.C. [eds.

    1992-01-01

    This publication Nuclear Reactors and Technology (NRT) announces on a monthly basis the current worldwide information available from the open literature on nuclear reactors and technology, including all aspects of power reactors, components and accessories, fuel elements, control systems, and materials. This publication contains the abstracts of DOE reports, journal articles, conference papers, patents, theses, and monographs added to the Energy Science and Technology Database during the past month. Also included are US information obtained through acquisition programs or interagency agreements and international information obtained through the International Energy Agency`s Energy Technology Data Exchange or government-to-government agreements. The digests in NRT and other citations to information on nuclear reactors back to 1948 are available for online searching and retrieval on the Energy Science and Technology Database and Nuclear Science Abstracts (NSA) database. Current information, added daily to the Energy Science and Technology Database, is available to DOE and its contractors through the DOE Integrated Technical Information System. Customized profiles can be developed to provide current information to meet each user`s needs.

  10. Fusion reactor materials

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    1989-01-01

    This paper discuses the following topics on fusion reactor materials: irradiation, facilities, test matrices, and experimental methods; dosimetry, damage parameters, and activation calculations; materials engineering and design requirements; fundamental mechanical behavior; radiation effects; development of structural alloys; solid breeding materials; and ceramics.

  11. WATER BOILER REACTOR

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    King, L.D.P.

    1960-11-22

    As its name implies, this reactor utilizes an aqueous solution of a fissionable element salt, and is also conventional in that it contains a heat exchanger cooling coil immersed in the fuel. Its novelty lies in the utilization of a cylindrical reactor vessel to provide a critical region having a large and constant interface with a supernatant vapor region, and the use of a hollow sleeve coolant member suspended from the cover assembly in coaxial relation with the reactor vessel. Cool water is circulated inside this hollow coolant member, and a gap between its outer wall and the reactor vessel is used to carry off radiolytic gases for recombination in an external catalyst chamber. The central passage of the coolant member defines a reflux condenser passage into which the externally recombined gases are returned and condensed. The large and constant interface between fuel solution and vapor region prevents the formation of large bubbles and minimizes the amount of fuel salt carried off by water vapor, thus making possible higher flux densities, specific powers and power densities.

  12. The First Reactor.

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    Department of Energy, Washington, DC.

    On December 2, 1942, in a racquet court underneath the West Stands of Stagg Field at the University of Chicago, a team of scientists led by Enrico Fermi created the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction. This updated and revised story of the first reactor (or "pile") is based on postwar interviews (as told to Corbin…

  13. MULTISTAGE FLUIDIZED BED REACTOR

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    Jonke, A.A.; Graae, J.E.A.; Levitz, N.M.

    1959-11-01

    A multistage fluidized bed reactor is described in which each of a number of stages is arranged with respect to an associated baffle so that a fluidizing gas flows upward and a granular solid downward through the stages and baffles, whereas the granular solid stopsflowing downward when the flow of fluidizing gas is shut off.

  14. Brazilian multipurpose reactor

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    2014-07-01

    The Brazilian Multipurpose Reactor (RMB) Project is an action of the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation (MCTI) and has its execution under the responsibility of the Brazilian National Nuclear Energy Commission (CNEN). Within the CNEN, the project is coordinated by the Research and Development Directorate (DPD) and developed through research units of this board: Institute of Nuclear Energy Research (IPEN); Nuclear Engineering Institute (IEN); Centre for Development of Nuclear Technology (CDTN); Regional Center of Nuclear Sciences (CRCN-NE); and Institute of Radiation Protection and Dosimetry (IRD). The Navy Technological Center in Sao Paulo (CTMSP) and also the participation of other research centers, universities, laboratories and companies in the nuclear sector are important and strategic partnerships. The conceptual design and the safety analysis of the reactor and main facilities, related to nuclear and environmental licensing, are performed by technicians of the research units of DPD / CNEN. The basic design was contracted to engineering companies as INTERTHECNE from Brazil and INVAP from Argentine. The research units from DPD/CNEN are also responsible for the design verification on all engineering documents developed by the contracted companies. The construction and installation should be performed by specific national companies and international partnerships. The Nuclear Reactor RMB will be a open pool type reactor with maximum power of 30 MW and have the OPAL nuclear reactor of 20 MW, built in Australia and designed by INVAP, as reference. The RMB reactor core will have a 5x5 configuration, consisting of 23 elements fuels (EC) of U{sub 3}Si{sub 2} dispersion-type Al having a density of up to 3.5 gU/cm{sup 3} and enrichment of 19.75% by weight of {sup 23{sup 5}}U. Two positions will be available in the core for materials irradiation devices. The main objectives of the RMB Reactor and the other nuclear and radioactive

  15. Modeling Chemical Reactors I: Quiescent Reactors

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    Michoski, C E; Schmitz, P G

    2010-01-01

    We introduce a fully generalized quiescent chemical reactor system in arbitrary space $\\vdim =1,2$ or 3, with $n\\in\\mathbb{N}$ chemical constituents $\\alpha_{i}$, where the character of the numerical solution is strongly determined by the relative scaling between the local reactivity of species $\\alpha_{i}$ and the local functional diffusivity $\\mathscr{D}_{ij}(\\alpha)$ of the reaction mixture. We develop an operator time-splitting predictor multi-corrector RK--LDG scheme, and utilize $hp$-adaptivity relying only on the entropy $\\mathscr{S}_{\\mathfrak{R}}$ of the reactive system $\\mathfrak{R}$. This condition preserves these bounded nonlinear entropy functionals as a necessarily enforced stability condition on the coupled system. We apply this scheme to a number of application problems in chemical kinetics; including a difficult classical problem arising in nonequilibrium thermodynamics known as the Belousov-Zhabotinskii reaction where we utilize a concentration-dependent diffusivity tensor $\\mathscr{D}_{ij}(...

  16. Alternative approaches to fusion. [reactor design and reactor physics for Tokamak fusion reactors

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    Roth, R. J.

    1976-01-01

    The limitations of the Tokamak fusion reactor concept are discussed and various other fusion reactor concepts are considered that employ the containment of thermonuclear plasmas by magnetic fields (i.e., stellarators). Progress made in the containment of plasmas in toroidal devices is reported. Reactor design concepts are illustrated. The possibility of using fusion reactors as a power source in interplanetary space travel and electric power plants is briefly examined.

  17. Reactor monitoring using antineutrino detectors

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    Bowden, N. S.

    2011-08-01

    Nuclear reactors have served as the antineutrino source for many fundamental physics experiments. The techniques developed by these experiments make it possible to use these weakly interacting particles for a practical purpose. The large flux of antineutrinos that leaves a reactor carries information about two quantities of interest for safeguards: the reactor power and fissile inventory. Measurements made with antineutrino detectors could therefore offer an alternative means for verifying the power history and fissile inventory of a reactor as part of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and/or other reactor safeguards regimes. Several efforts to develop this monitoring technique are underway worldwide.

  18. Reactor vessel support system. [LMFBR

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    Golden, M.P.; Holley, J.C.

    1980-05-09

    A reactor vessel support system includes a support ring at the reactor top supported through a box ring on a ledge of the reactor containment. The box ring includes an annular space in the center of its cross-section to reduce heat flow and is keyed to the support ledge to transmit seismic forces from the reactor vessel to the containment structure. A coolant channel is provided at the outside circumference of the support ring to supply coolant gas through the keyways to channels between the reactor vessel and support ledge into the containment space.

  19. Existence of two groups of Staphylococcus aureus strains isolated from bovine mastitis based on biofilm formation, intracellular survival, capsular profile and agr-typing.

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    Bardiau, Marjorie; Caplin, Jonathan; Detilleux, Johann; Graber, Hans; Moroni, Paolo; Taminiau, Bernard; Mainil, Jacques G

    2016-03-15

    Staphylococcus (S.) aureus is recognised worldwide as an important pathogen causing contagious acute and chronic bovine mastitis. Chronic mastitis account for a significant part of all bovine cases and represent an important economic problem for dairy producers. Several properties (biofilm formation, intracellular survival, capsular expression and group agr) are thought to be associated with this chronic status. In a previous study, we found the existence of two groups of strains based on the association of these features. The aim of the present work was to confirm on a large international and non-related collection of strains the existence of these clusters and to associate them with case history records. In addition, the genomes of eight strains were sequenced to study the genomic differences between strains of each cluster. The results confirmed the existence of both groups based on capsular typing, intracellular survival and agr-typing: strains cap8-positive, belonging to agr group II, showing a low invasion rate and strains cap5-positive, belonging to agr group I, showing a high invasion rate. None of the two clusters were associated with the chronic status of the cow. When comparing the genomes of strains belonging to both clusters, the genes specific to the group "cap5-agrI" would suggest that these strains are better adapted to live in hostile environment. The existence of these two groups is highly important as they may represent two clusters that are adapted differently to the host and/or the surrounding environment.

  20. A point mutation in AgrC determines cytotoxic or colonizing properties associated with phenotypic variants of ST22 MRSA strains

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    Mairpady Shambat, Srikanth; Siemens, Nikolai; Monk, Ian R.; Mohan, Disha B.; Mukundan, Santhosh; Krishnan, Karthickeyan Chella; Prabhakara, Sushma; Snäll, Johanna; Kearns, Angela; Vandenesch, Francois; Svensson, Mattias; Kotb, Malak; Gopal, Balasubramanian; Arakere, Gayathri; Norrby-Teglund, Anna

    2016-01-01

    Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a major cause of skin and soft tissue infections. One of the highly successful and rapidly disseminating clones is MRSA ST22 commonly associated with skin tropism. Here we show that a naturally occurring single amino acid substitution (tyrosine to cysteine) at position 223 of AgrC determines starkly different ST22 S. aureus virulence phenotypes, e.g. cytotoxic or colonizing, as evident in both in vitro and in vivo skin infections. Y223C amino acid substitution destabilizes AgrC-AgrA interaction leading to a colonizing phenotype characterized by upregulation of bacterial surface proteins. The colonizing phenotype strains cause less severe skin tissue damage, show decreased susceptibility towards the antimicrobial LL-37 and induce autophagy. In contrast, cytotoxic strains with tyrosine at position 223 of AgrC cause infections characterized by inflammasome activation and severe skin tissue pathology. Taken together, the study demonstrates how a single amino acid substitution in the histidine kinase receptor AgrC of ST22 strains determines virulence properties and infection outcome. PMID:27511873

  1. Evidence that the Agr-like quorum sensing system regulates the toxin production, cytotoxicity and pathogenicity of Clostridium perfringens type C isolate CN3685.

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    Vidal, Jorge E; Ma, Menglin; Saputo, Julian; Garcia, Jorge; Uzal, Francisco A; McClane, Bruce A

    2012-01-01

    Clostridium perfringens possesses at least two functional quorum sensing (QS) systems, i.e. an Agr-like system and a LuxS-dependent AI-2 system. Both of those QS systems can reportedly control in vitro toxin production by C. perfringens but their importance for virulence has not been evaluated. Therefore, the current study assessed whether these QS systems might regulate the pathogenicity of CN3685, a C. perfringens type C strain. Since type C isolates cause both haemorrhagic necrotic enteritis and fatal enterotoxemias (where toxins produced in the intestines are absorbed into the circulation to target other internal organs), the ability of isogenic agrB or luxS mutants to cause necrotizing enteritis in rabbit small intestinal loops or enterotoxemic lethality in mice was evaluated. Results obtained strongly suggest that the Agr-like QS system, but not the LuxS-dependent AI-2 QS system, is required for CN3685 to cause haemorrhagic necrotizing enteritis, apparently because the Agr-like system regulates the production of beta toxin, which is essential for causing this pathology. The Agr-like system, but not the LuxS-mediated AI-2 system, was also important for CN3685 to cause fatal enterotoxemia. These results provide the first direct evidence supporting a role for any QS system in clostridial infections.

  2. Huella hídrica de productos agrícolas producidos en la sierra central y comercializados en Lima

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    Tito Mallma Capcha

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo ha sido determinar un modelo para obtener la huella hídrica de los principales productos agrícolas de la sierra central del Perú que son comercializados en los mercados de la ciudad de Lima, para ello se desarrolló un modelo conceptual que determine el requerimiento de agua de los cultivos que junto a los respectivos rendimientos han permitido establecer el contenido de agua virtual de cada producto agrícola expresado en l/kg; con este resultado y la cantidad de producto comercializado, se han determinado el agua virtual (AV transferida hacia el mercado de Lima, correspondiente a los catorce productos agrícolas considerados. Se obtuvieron valores que indican que los volúmenes de agua virtual entre los productos varían por las cantidades comercializadas y están en función de la producción que a su vez depende de factores como el clima, la demanda del consumidor y de la tecnología empleada en la producción. Así, el consumo de un kg de papa en la ciudad de Lima implica la transferencia de 300,71 litros de “agua virtual” desde la región Junín, donde se produce el producto. El producto que transfiere la mayor cantidad de agua virtual es la papa con 78 069 926,37 m3, seguido de la arveja verde con 16 889 273,96 m3, y el producto que transfiere la menor cantidad es la cebolla con 10 336,59 m3, en tanto que el volumen total de agua virtual transferida es de 165 595 592,28 m3.

  3. Retrospectiva agroecológica a la interacción entre sistemas agrícolas tradicionales y modernos.

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    René Montalva

    2003-05-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo se realiza un acercamiento desde la agroecología crítica a los orígenes y la expansión de la "agricultura moderna" y a su extensión hacia los sistemas agrícolas  tradicionales del tercer mundo. Asítambién, se analizan los efectos de esta transformación y de la adopción de las prácticas genéricas de la agricultura modema en los sistemas agrícolas familiares, principalmente campesinos e indígenas. Los antecedentes históricos recopilados ponen de manifisto que este proceso ha sido ampliamente desfavorable para los sistemas familiares, particulamente en aspectos económico -productivos, ambientales y sociales; encontrando el origen de gran parte de sus problemas actuales en la expansión de la "nueva agricultura" y en el modelo de desarrollo que hay tras ella. Con el respaldo de argumentos de tipo empírico y teóricos actuales, en este trabajo se concluye que, al igual que lo que ha ocurrido en otros lugares del planeta, la "rnodemización" de los sistemas agrícola familiares, con base tradicional, no dará solución al estado de pobreza material en la cual se encuentran campesinos e indígenas de los países del tercer mundo, sino que por el contrario producirá otros tipos de pobreza y problemas de diversa índole, muchos de ellos con efectos inciertos.

  4. Del hogar agrícola a los maestros queseros. La escuela granja de Tandil (Argentina, 1915-1960

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    Talía Violeta Gutiérrez

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    Full Text Available La formación de recursos humanos y la generación de conocimientos adaptados a las condiciones de explotación de las diversas produccio-nes regionales en la Argentina ocuparon la atención de los técnicos del Ministerio de Agricultura de la Nación, de las entidades agraristas y de sectores políticos y educativos diversos desde inicios del siglo XX. No escapó a ese interés la preocupación por la mujer y el “hogar agrícola”. En el presente artículo fueron analizadas, en ese contexto, las primeras décadas de la Escuela Granja “Ramón Santamarina” de Tandil, un esta-blecimiento con una rica historia institucional que albergó la primera es-cuela del hogar agrícola del país, transformada pronto en granja-escuela y especializada en industria láctea. El tránsito del “hogar agrícola” a la preparación de maestros queseros -en el marco de la orientación productivista de las escuelas en la pro-puesta educativa del Ministerio-, los sujetos sociales involucrados, la es-pecialización en quesería y sus resultados, son algunas de las cuestiones analizadas. Esto se inserta en el contexto de un proyecto educativo agra-rio pensado no solo como fuente de mano de obra, vinculado a determi-nadas industrias agrarias, sino también –y tal vez más que nada– como irradiador de ese tipo de enseñanzas hacia la comunidad.

  5. Methanogenesis in Thermophilic Biogas Reactors

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    Ahring, Birgitte Kiær

    1995-01-01

    Methanogenesis in thermophilic biogas reactors fed with different wastes is examined. The specific methanogenic activity with acetate or hydrogen as substrate reflected the organic loading of the specific reactor examined. Increasing the loading of thermophilic reactors stabilized the process...... as indicated by a lower concentration of volatile fatty acids in the effluent from the reactors. The specific methanogenic activity in a thermophilic pilot-plant biogas reactor fed with a mixture of cow and pig manure reflected the stability of the reactor. The numbers of methanogens counted by the most...... against Methanothrix soehngenii or Methanothrix CALS-I in any of the thermophilic biogas reactors examined. Studies using 2-14C-labeled acetate showed that at high concentrations (more than approx. 1 mM) acetate was metabolized via the aceticlastic pathway, transforming the methyl-group of acetate...

  6. Funciones agua rendimiento para 14 cultivos agrícolas en condiciones del sur de La Habana

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    Felicita González Robaina; Julián Herrera Puebla; Teresa López Seijas; Greco Cid Lazo

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    El estudio de las funciones agua rendimiento y su uso dentro de la planificación del uso del agua es una vía importante para trazar estrategias de manejo que contribuyan al incremento en la producción agrícola. Utilizando los datos de consumo de agua, agua aplicada por riego, precipitaciones y los rendimientos obtenidos en más de 100 experimentos de campo realizados fundamentalmente en suelo Ferralítico Rojo de la zona sur de La Habana y con ayuda de herramientas de análisis de regresión en e...

  7. Prospectiva tecnológica y consideraciones curriculares en Ingeniería Agrícola

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    2011-01-01

    Los nuevos modelos económicos centrados en un mayor número de productos de exportación con un alto valor agregado hace necesario que se generen grandes desarrollos tecnológicos, en los cuales el papel de la Ingeniería es trascendental; para el caso de Ingeniería Agrícola se debe lograr importantes tecnificaciones del Sector Agropecuario para poder atender las demandas de productos alimenticios, para consumo interno y excedentes para otros países. Con el presente escrito se mostrará una visión...

  8. Xi congreso nacional de ingeniería agrícola y áreas afines- conferencias magistrales

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    Facultad Nacional de Agronomía, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

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    En este artículo podemos encontrar las conferencias magistrales de XI Congreso Nacional de Ingeniería Agrícola y Áreas Afines en el que se pueden encontrar las siguientes: Automatización en la industria azucarera de Brasil. Este texto presenta una historia resumida del desarrollo de la industria azucarera en Brasil, con énfasis en la producción de alcohol. Se muestra también, la composición de la matriz energética brasilera y la contribución de la energía proveniente de la biomasa, en especia...

  9. Certificación de eficiencia energética del edificio de Agrónomos

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    Rodríguez Vera, Cristina

    2015-01-01

    El trabajo pretende la expedición del certificado de eficiencia energética del edificio de la Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Agronómica, en adelante edificio de agrónomos, edificio existente de gran terciario. El certificado recogerá la documentación que contenga la información sobre las características energéticas y la calificación de eficiencia energética del citado. Se adjunta también un documento de recomendaciones para la mejora de los niveles óptimos de la eficien...

  10. Conversión y perspectivas del sector agrícola mexicano en el periodo 1980-2004.

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    Madrid Pérez, María Isabel

    2012-01-01

    En México se están dando cambios en la demanda de productos alimenticios con características específicas de acuerdo a la condición y circunstancia de los consumidores, lo cual, genera una reestructuración en la producción del sector agropecuario, si no hay restricciones o limitantes se espera que se produzca más de lo que más vale. En este trabajo se cuantifica el grado de conversión productiva para el sector agrícola mexicano en el periodo 1980-2004. El estudio abarca 110...

  11. Estudi econòmic de l'oli de colza com a biocarburant en explotacions agrícoles

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    Baquero Armans, Grau; Esteban Dalmau, Bernat; Puig Vidal, Rita; Riba Ruiz, Jordi-Roger; Rius Carrasco, Antoni

    2010-01-01

    Actualment els biocarburants ocupen una important àrea d’estudi, essent el biodièsel i el bioetanol els més utilitzats en el nostre territori. La major part d’aquests biocarburants són de primera generació i la seva fabricació a gran escala presenta seriosos problemes ambientals i socials a causa de la gran demanda de terres agrícoles [1-2]. Tot i això, la necessitat de reduir l’emissió de gasos d’efecte hivernacle n’incrementa la seva demanda. Actualment, és interessant pensar en implemen...

  12. Producción de Trichoderma viride en diferentes sustratos agrícolas

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    Amaro Leal, Luis; Romero Arenas, Omar; Rivera, T. A.; Huerta, L. M.

    2015-01-01

    Uno de los sustratos mayormente utilizados para reproducir a Trichoderma spp., es el grano entero de arroz, el cual tiene un costo relativamente alto en la producción de biofungicidas. Con el propósito de encontrar un sustrato económico y de fácil adquisición en la región de Tetela de Ocampo Puebla-México, en el cual la cepa nativa pueda presentar un buen desarrollo y una alta producción de esporas viables, se estableció esta investigación, que tuvo como objetivo evaluar 3 sustratos agríco...

  13. Proteomic and transcriptomic profiling of Staphylococcus aureus surface LPXTG-proteins: correlation with agr genotypes and adherence phenotypes.

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    Ythier, Mathilde; Resch, Grégory; Waridel, Patrice; Panchaud, Alexandre; Gfeller, Aurélie; Majcherczyk, Paul; Quadroni, Manfredo; Moreillon, Philippe

    2012-11-01

    Staphylococcus aureus infections involve numerous adhesins and toxins, which expression depends on complex regulatory networks. Adhesins include a family of surface proteins covalently attached to the peptidoglycan via a conserved LPXTG motif. Here we determined the protein and mRNA expression of LPXTG-proteins of S. aureus Newman in time-course experiments, and their relation to fibrinogen adherence in vitro. Experiments were performed with mutants in the global accessory-gene regulator (agr), surface protein A (Spa), and fibrinogen-binding protein A (ClfA), as well as during growth in iron-rich or iron-poor media. Surface proteins were recovered by trypsin-shaving of live bacteria. Released peptides were analyzed by liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass-spectrometry. To unambiguously identify peptides unique to LPXTG-proteins, the analytical conditions were refined using a reference library of S. aureus LPXTG-proteins heterogeneously expressed in surrogate Lactococcus lactis. Transcriptomes were determined by microarrays. Sixteen of the 18 LPXTG-proteins present in S. aureus Newman were detected by proteomics. Nine LPXTG-proteins showed a bell-shape agr-like expression that was abrogated in agr-negative mutants including Spa, fibronectin-binding protein A (FnBPA), ClfA, iron-binding IsdA, and IsdB, immunomodulator SasH, functionally uncharacterized SasD, biofilm-related SasG and methicillin resistance-related FmtB. However, only Spa and SasH modified their proteomic and mRNA profiles in parallel in the parent and its agr- mutant, whereas all other LPXTG-proteins modified their proteomic profiles independently of their mRNA. Moreover, ClfA became highly transcribed and active in fibrinogen-adherence tests during late growth (24 h), whereas it remained poorly detected by proteomics. On the other hand, iron-regulated IsdA-B-C increased their protein expression by >10-times in iron-poor conditions. Thus, proteomic, transcriptomic, and adherence

  14. Caracterización de productores agrícolas de seis distritos de desarrollo rural de Zacatecas

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    Guillermo Galindo González; Wilfrido César Tabares Rodríguez; Guillermo Gómez Aguirre

    2000-01-01

    Con el propósito de caracterizar a los productores agrícolas de seis distritos de desarrollo rural de Zacatecas, en el segundo semestre de 1998 se realizó un estudio, en el cual se consideraron 10 variables relativas al productor y cinco a la unidad de producción. Para recopilar la información se aplicó un cuestionario integrado de 59 preguntas de tipo abierto y cerrado, a una muestra compuesta de 594 unidades muestrales, las cuales fueron seleccionadas aleatoriamente. Los resultados mostraro...

  15. Complexo teníase-cisticercose em assentamentos da Reforma Agrária do estado de Minas Gerais, Brasil

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    Acevedo Nieto, Emilio Campos

    2015-01-01

    Este é o primeiro estudo objetivando investigar a epidemiologia do complexo teníase- cisticercose, causado pelos parasitas Taenia solium e Taenia saginata, em assentamentos rurais da Reforma Agrária no Brasil. Para isto, 497 unidades de produção familiar foram selecionadas e amostradas aleatoriamente em 52 assentamentos do Estado de Minas Gerais. As amostras biológicas de 855 seres humanos, 1.533 bovinos e 518 suínos provenientes das referidas unidades foram coletadas e processadas. Além dest...

  16. MEANS FOR COOLING REACTORS

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    Wheeler, J.A.

    1957-11-01

    A design of a reactor is presented in which the fuel elements may be immersed in a liquid coolant when desired without the necessity of removing them from the reactor structure. The fuel elements, containing the fissionable material are in plate form and are disposed within spaced slots in a moderator material, such as graphite to form the core. Adjacent the core is a tank containing the liquid coolant. The fuel elements are mounted in spaced relationship on a rotatable shaft which is located between the core and the tank so that by rotation of the shaft the fuel elements may be either inserted in the slots in the core to sustain a chain reaction or immersed in the coolant.

  17. Compact fusion reactors

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    Fusion research is currently to a large extent focused on tokamak (ITER) and inertial confinement (NIF) research. In addition to these large international or national efforts there are private companies performing fusion research using much smaller devices than ITER or NIF. The attempt to achieve fusion energy production through relatively small and compact devices compared to tokamaks decreases the costs and building time of the reactors and this has allowed some private companies to enter the field, like EMC2, General Fusion, Helion Energy, Lawrenceville Plasma Physics and Lockheed Martin. Some of these companies are trying to demonstrate net energy production within the next few years. If they are successful their next step is to attempt to commercialize their technology. In this presentation an overview of compact fusion reactor concepts is given.

  18. Regadíos agrícolas, territorio y desarrollo rural

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    Moyano Estrada, Eduardo

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available This article analyses how the topics linked to water management have changed in social perception and political agenda in Spain. From a hydraulic and agricultural-oriented logic it has shifted toward other more integral and multifunctional one, where the Ministry of Environment is the most relevant player. In such a social and political context, the new orientations of rural development policies are analysed, particularly in relation to the sustainable management of water resources in farming sector and their implications on territory. The authors propose a typology of irrigable areas in Spain, and analyse the process of implementation of the new European Regulation on Rural Development (Reg. 1690/2005. The conclusion is that this new policy could be a useful tool to promote the environmental sustainability of these areas only if there was a good coordination between agricultural and environmental departments at the regional level.En este artículo se analiza la percepción social y política de los temas relacionados con la gestión del agua en España, mostrando cómo se ha pasado de una lógica hidráulica y sectorial (agraria, canalizada a través de los ministerios de Obras Públicas y Agricultura, a otra integral y multifuncional, en la que se valoran sus implicaciones territoriales y en la que asume protagonismo el ministerio de Medio Ambiente. En ese contexto, se analizan las nuevas orientaciones de las políticas de desarrollo rural, especialmente en lo relacionado con la gestión sostenible de los recursos hídricos en la agricultura y sus efectos sobre el territorio. La diversidad del regadío agrícola en España es analizada por los autores, proponiendo una tipología de zonas regables con problemas de eficiencia, y valorando en qué medida las acciones contempladas en el nuevo Reglamento europeo de Desarrollo Rural (FEADER pueden ser un instrumento útil para avanzar en la sostenibilidad ambiental de dichas áreas. La conclusi

  19. Reactor Neutrino Spectra

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    Hayes, A. C.; Vogel, Petr

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    We present a review of the antineutrino spectra emitted from reactors. Knowledge of these spectra and their associated uncertainties is crucial for neutrino oscillation studies. The spectra used to date have been determined either by converting measured electron spectra to antineutrino spectra or by summing over all of the thousands of transitions that make up the spectra, using modern databases as input. The uncertainties in the subdominant corrections to β-decay plague both methods, and we ...

  20. REACTOR MODERATOR STRUCTURE

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    Greenstreet, B.L.

    1963-12-31

    A system for maintaining the alignment of moderator block structures in reactors is presented. Integral restraining grids are placed between each layer of blocks in the moderator structure, at the top of the uppermost layer, and at the bottom of the lowermost layer. Slots are provided in the top and bottom surfaces of the moderator blocks so as to provide a keying action with the grids. The grids are maintained in alignment by vertical guiding members disposed about their peripheries. (AEC)

  1. BOILER-SUPERHEATED REACTOR

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    Heckman, T.P.

    1961-05-01

    A nuclear power reactor of the type in which a liquid moderator-coolant is transformed by nuclear heating into a vapor that may be used to drive a turbo- generator is described. The core of this reactor comprises a plurality of freely suspended tubular fuel elements, called fuel element trains, within which nonboiling pressurized liquid moderator-coolant is preheated and sprayed through orifices in the walls of the trains against the outer walls thereof to be converted into vapor. Passage of the vapor ovcr other unwetted portions of the outside of the fuel elements causes the steam to be superheated. The moderatorcoolant within the fuel elements remains in the liqUid state, and that between the fuel elements remains substantiaily in the vapor state. A unique liquid neutron-absorber control system is used. Advantages expected from the reactor design include reduced fuel element failure, increased stability of operation, direct response to power demand, and circulation of a minimum amount of liquid moderatorcoolant. (A.G.W.)

  2. Eficiência de produção segundo diferentes mecanismos de acesso à terra na reforma agrária brasileira

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    Magalhães, Marcelo Marques de [UNESP

    2011-01-01

    A reforma agrária permanece um tema atual em função das tensões provocadas pela concentração de terras e pela falta de alternativas de ocupação para parte da população que ainda vive no meio rural. Ao transferir terras improdutivas para famílias com potencial produtivo, a reforma agrária pode aumentar a eficiência econômica. O modelo de reforma agrária brasileiro, baseia-se no assentamento de famílias sem terra, em terras devolutas ou desapropriadas de imóveis improdutivos. Os programas de ac...

  3. Optimização da Gestão do Parque de Máquinas da Sociedade Agrícola do Rabaço

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    Abelho, Simão Manuel de Ascenção

    2009-01-01

    Foi realizada a caracterização do parque de máquinas e a sua utilização no plano cultural, no ano agrícola de 2008/2009, na Sociedade Agrícola do Rabaço, Lda., cuja exploração agrícola se situa no concelho de Avis (Alto Alentejo). Verificou-se que face ao plano cultural de 2008/2009, e que se perspectiva que venha a ser o mesmo nos próximos anos, o parque de máquinas está sobredimensionado, contando com uma frota de 3 tractores de grande potência (150 cv, 130 cv e 105 cv) que, no conjunto,...

  4. Reestructuración agrícola de las familias productoras de maíz: estudio en San Mateo Ayecac, Tlaxcala, 2000-2008.

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    Ma. Concepción Alvarado Méndez

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available La investigación tiene por objetivo analizar el mecanismo de transformación agrícola expresado en los cambios de la fuerza de trabajo agrícola en términos de su estructura económica así como las principales consecuencias económicas en la comunidad de San Mateo Ayecac, municipio de Tepetitla en el estado de Tlaxcala. Los resultados muestran una transformación de las familias productoras de granos básicos, expresados en el proceso productivo, específicamente en la disminución de labores, fertilización, disminución del trabajo familiar y en el rendimiento. A pesar de ello no existe abandono de la actividad agrícola y sigue siendo la base de la alimentación familiar y un importante abastecedor de alimentos de los mercados locales.

  5. Solo agrícola e agricultura em espaço urbano: dinâmicas. O exemplo de Évora

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    Maria Freire

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo do artigo é melhorar o entendimento sobre o significado da componente agrícola em espaço urbano para as sociedades e perspetivar estratégias no sentido de promover o património solo agrícola e a permanência e sustentabilidade do uso agrícola em espaço urbano. A metodologia de trabalho seguida compreende a análise da dinâmica de evolução urbana, associada à presença da agricultura em espaço urbano em Évora, numa perspetiva que inclui o seu significado nos domínios históricos, sociais, económicos, ecológicos e estéticos.

  6. Nuclear research reactors in Brazil

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    Cota, Anna Paula Leite; Mesquita, Amir Zacarias, E-mail: aplc@cdtn.b, E-mail: amir@cdtn.b [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN/CNEN-MG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    The rising concerns about global warming and energy security have spurred a revival of interest in nuclear energy, giving birth to a 'nuclear power renaissance' in several countries in the world. Particularly in Brazil, in the recent years, the nuclear power renaissance can be seen in the actions that comprise its nuclear program, summarily the increase of the investments in nuclear research institutes and the government target to design and build the Brazilian Multipurpose research Reactor (BMR). In the last 50 years, Brazilian research reactors have been used for training, for producing radioisotopes to meet demands in industry and nuclear medicine, for miscellaneous irradiation services and for academic research. Moreover, the research reactors are used as laboratories to develop technologies in power reactors, which are evaluated today at around 450 worldwide. In this application, those reactors become more viable in relation to power reactors by the lowest cost, by the operation at low temperatures and, furthermore, by lower demand for nuclear fuel. In Brazil, four research reactors were installed: the IEA-R1 and the MB-01 reactors, both at the Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas Nucleares (IPEN, Sao Paulo); the Argonauta, at the Instituto de Engenharia Nuclear (IEN, Rio de Janeiro) and the IPR-R1 TRIGA reactor, at the Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN, Belo Horizonte). The present paper intends to enumerate the characteristics of these reactors, their utilization and current academic research. Therefore, through this paper, we intend to collaborate on the BMR project. (author)

  7. La sucesión "mortis causa" en la explotación agrícola familiar

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    José Luis De Los Mozos

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Llevo nada menos que cuarenta años dando vueltas al tema de la sucesión mortis causa en el Derecho agrario y más concretamente, al de la sucesión en la explotación agrícola. Esto no constituye ningún mérito, naturalmente, no es más que una mera circunstancia que acredita, cuando mucho, la firmeza de una convicción. Durante este tiempo, con mayor o menor contacto con la realidad social, he seguido y sigo fiel a mis puntos de vista originarios; no es que nada haya cambiado en todos estos años, sino que ha cambiado casi todo.Pero es que las soluciones que me parecían entonces muy dudosas, ahora me parecen inadmisibles.La evolución económica y social, ha puesto de relieve que las ideas que se utilizaban hace medio siglo en la materia, actualmente han quedado obsoletas (...Contenido: Una distinción obligada y un recuerdo inevitable. El recurso a la atribución preferente. Las condicionantes de la atribución preferente. El concepto de explotación agrícola. La reforma del derecho sucesorio como recapitulación

  8. Mecanización agrícola ¿Deterioro o conservación del suelo?

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    Armando Alvarado Chaves

    2006-05-01

    Full Text Available “Mecanización agrícola; ¿Deterioro o conservación del suelo?” trata sobre el mito de que la mecanización o preparación de los suelos, en forma mecánica, es el detonante del deterioro de los suelos por erosión sobre todo por erosión hídrica y en menor grado por erosión eólica. La erosión de los suelos puede ser de poca o de gran magnitud, dependiendo de cuatro factores, los cuales se analizan como errores que se cometen en el momento de preparar los suelos. Estos errores son, en realidad, los causantes del deterioro de los suelos por erosión y no la mecanización, ya que esta, bien planificada y aplicada, puede incluso servir para la conservaciónde los suelos y el medio ambiente. También se describen los implementos agrícolas que pueden usarse para reducir la erosión de los suelos, citando su forma de trabajo y algunas de las ventajas del uso de esos implementos.

  9. Modernização da Agricultura em Moçambique: determinantes da renda agrícola

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    Carlos E. Guanziroli

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho é verificar até que ponto as tecnologias oriundas da revolução verde foram efetivamente adotadas na África Subsaariana e, nos casos em que foram adotadas, se tiveram sucesso em melhorar a renda e a produtividade da agricultura. Para este fim, o trabalho faz primeiramente um breve resumo do estado das artes da revolução verde na África, mostrando quais países avançaram mais e como se correlaciona a utilização de fertilizantes químicos com os aumentos de produtividade. Faz-se também uma discussão sobre as características do processo de intensificação num caso em particular, o de Moçambique. Finalmente, com base nos microdados do Tratado de Inquérito Agrícola (TIA, se testa um modelo econométrico de MQO que visa avaliar os determinantes da renda agrícola e, em particular, do uso de fertilizantes químicos.

  10. Convergencia espacial y concentración regional agrícola en México 1970-2003

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    Normand Eduardo Asuad Sanén

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available El propósito de este trabajo es analizar la relación entre convergencia tradicional y espacial del ingreso según la concentración regional de la producción agrícola de México, destacando los efectos propiciados por el cambio del modelo de desarrollo y gestión, mediante la liberalización y privatización de la economía con su incorporación al TLCAN y su comparación con el periodo 1970-2004. Se identifican y delimitan las regiones agrícolas a las que se aplica la medición econométrica de las hipótesis de convergencia tradicional, espacial y de la concentración económica. Los resultados confirman la tendencia a la disparidad del ingreso de esas regiones y el papel de la concentración económica como determinante de su comportamiento, asociado a la política de apertura de la economía mexicana.

  11. Potencial de biodegradación de DDT y sus metabolitos en suelos agrícolas de Chinandega

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    Carlos E. Noguera Solís

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available LA PRESENTE INVESTIGACIÓN EVALUÓ EL POTENCIAL DE BIODEGRADACIÓN DEL 1,1,1-Tricloro- 2,2-bis(4-clorofeniletano (DDT y sus metabolitos en suelos agrícolas pertenecientes a fincas del municipio de El Viejo, Chinandega, a través de dos ensayos: ensayo de biodegradación ex situ y ensayo de búsqueda e identificación de microorganismos capaces de biodegradar DDT. En el primer ensayo se determinó el porcentajede biodegradación, bajo condiciones idóneas, durante un período de 100 días en diferentes lotes de suelo con diferentes aditivos (cachaza y estiércol a través de la aplicación de cepas microbianas comerciales Environoc 201®. De ello se obtuvo como resultado un porcentaje de biodegradación mayor para el lote que no presentaba aditivos orgánicos, siendo éste de 23,92%. En el ensayo de búsqueda eidentificación de bacterias se lograron aislar e identificar cepas microbianas nativas de los suelos agrícolas objeto de estudio utilizando medios de cultivo con DDT como única fuente de carbono y energía. Como resultado se lograron identificar los siguientes microorganismos: Pseudomonas sp., Streptomyces sp., Phanerochaetechrysosporium y levaduras.

  12. Mecanización agrícola, empleo y migración en el norte de Tamaulipas

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    José Luis Contreras Valenzuela

    1986-05-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo del presente trabajo es analizar el modelo de desarrollo agrícola recientemente adoptado en los distritos de riego del norte de Tamaulipas, y los efectos sobre el empleo y la migración de la población rural. Dicho análisis se efectuará a partir de dos premisas fundamentales: una de ellas es la internacionalización del proceso productivo que se manifiesta con la presencia de una nueva división internacional del trabajo y lo que en este ensayo es llamada economía campesina, que fue la fuente primaria de la acumulación de capital de la agricultura mexicana, la cual jugará un papel importante para la acumulación de capital de la agricultura de los Estados Unidos de América, mediante la oferta de fuerza de trabajo agrícola barata, permitiendo el desarrollo de la agricultura comercial, modelo que ahora se ha volcado sobre la economía campesina condenándola a su desaparición como forma de subsistencia de la población rural, a quien expulsa de sus unidades de producción mediante el acaparamiento y el rentismo.

  13. Pentose sugars inhibit metabolism and increase expression of an AgrD-type cyclic pentapeptide in Clostridium thermocellum

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    Verbeke, Tobin J.; Giannone, Richard J.; Klingeman, Dawn M.; Engle, Nancy L.; Rydzak, Thomas; Guss, Adam M.; Tschaplinski, Timothy J.; Brown, Steven D.; Hettich, Robert L.; Elkins, James G.

    2017-01-01

    Clostridium thermocellum could potentially be used as a microbial biocatalyst to produce renewable fuels directly from lignocellulosic biomass due to its ability to rapidly solubilize plant cell walls. While the organism readily ferments sugars derived from cellulose, pentose sugars from xylan are not metabolized. Here, we show that non-fermentable pentoses inhibit growth and end-product formation during fermentation of cellulose-derived sugars. Metabolomic experiments confirmed that xylose is transported intracellularly and reduced to the dead-end metabolite xylitol. Comparative RNA-seq analysis of xylose-inhibited cultures revealed several up-regulated genes potentially involved in pentose transport and metabolism, which were targeted for disruption. Deletion of the ATP-dependent transporter, CbpD partially alleviated xylose inhibition. A putative xylitol dehydrogenase, encoded by Clo1313_0076, was also deleted resulting in decreased total xylitol production and yield by 41% and 46%, respectively. Finally, xylose-induced inhibition corresponds with the up-regulation and biogenesis of a cyclical AgrD-type, pentapeptide. Medium supplementation with the mature cyclical pentapeptide also inhibits bacterial growth. Together, these findings provide new foundational insights needed for engineering improved pentose utilizing strains of C. thermocellum and reveal the first functional Agr-type cyclic peptide to be produced by a thermophilic member of the Firmicutes. PMID:28230109

  14. Thermionic Reactor Design Studies

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    Schock, Alfred

    1994-06-01

    During the 1960's and early 70's the author performed extensive design studies, analyses, and tests aimed at thermionic reactor concepts that differed significantly from those pursued by other investigators. Those studies, like most others under Atomic Energy Commission (AEC and DOE) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sponsorship, were terminated in the early 1970's. Some of this work was previously published, but much of it was never made available in the open literature. U.S. interest in thermionic reactors resumed in the early 80's, and was greatly intensified by reports about Soviet ground and flight tests in the late 80's. This recent interest resulted in renewed U.S. thermionic reactor development programs, primarily under Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Energy (DOE) sponsorship. Since most current investigators have not had an opportunity to study all of the author's previous work, a review of the highlights of that work may be of value to them. The present paper describes some of the author's conceptual designs and their rationale, and the special analytical techniques developed to analyze their performance. The basic designs, first published in 1963, are based on single-cell converters, either double-ended diodes extending over the full height of the reactor core or single-ended diodes extending over half the core height. In that respect they are similar to the thermionic fuel elements employed in the Topaz-2 reactor subsequently developed in the Soviet Union, copies of which were recently imported by the U.S. As in the Topaz-2 case, electrically heated steady-state performance tests of the converters are possible before fueling. Where the author's concepts differed from the later Topaz-2 design was in the relative location of the emitter and the collector. Placing the fueled emitter on the outside of the cylindrical diodes permits much higher axial conductances to reduce ohmic

  15. Determinación de la adsorción de cadmio mediante isotermas de adsorción en suelos agrícolas venezolanos

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    2012-01-01

    El cadmio es un metal pesado que tiende a acumularse en la superficie del suelo. En los últimos años, las actividades antropogénicas han ocasionado un incremento en los niveles de este metal en suelos agrícolas generando gran preocupación ambiental debido a su movilidad y lixiviación en el perfil del suelo y a la facilidad con que es absorbido por las plantas. El objetivo de este trabajo fue determinar la capacidad de adsorción de cadmio, de cuatro suelos venezolanos de uso agrícola con difer...

  16. Efectos del TLCAN sobre el empleo de mano de obra en el sector agrícola de México.

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    Lechuga Jardínez, Yuliana

    2013-01-01

    En 1994 el TLCAN se implementó como una solución al desempleo de mano de obra en el campo mexicano, sin embargo, actualmente las zonas rurales del país enfrentan el mismo problema. Con la finalidad de determinar el impacto del TLCAN sobre el empleo de mano de obra en el sector agrícola de México, se calcularon sus fuentes de crecimiento de 1994 a 2010. Los resultados indican que de 1994 a 2010 el cambio en la estructura productiva fue desfavorable al empleo, no obstante, el empleo agrícola na...

  17. Ús de l'oli vegetal cru com a biocarburant per autoconsum agrícola: avaluacio de la sostenibilitat del sistema a Catalunya

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    Baquero Armans, Grau

    2011-01-01

    La introducció de la colza en la rotació de conreus i la producció i ús d’oli vegetal cru (OVC) com a biocarburant per autoconsum agrícola presenten alguns avantatges respecte al sistema tradicional de conreu de la Catalunya central, com una major productivitat i la capacitat d’autoabastament de combustible. El principal objectiu d’aquesta tesi és estudiar la viabilitat ambiental i econòmica de l’autoconsum d’oli vegetal cru en una explotació agrícola. També es planteja l’avalu...

  18. Migración internacional, actividades agrícolas y distribución del ingreso en una comunidad oaxaqueña, México

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    2012-01-01

    Este trabajo explora el efecto que tiene la migración internacional y las remesas sobre las actividades agrícolas y la distribución del ingreso en una comunidad indígena que recientemente ha masificado su migración internacional. Se emplearon modelos para relacionar variables agrícolas contra factores productivos, socio demográficos y de financiamiento a la migración en el hogar, asimismo, la descomposición del coeficiente de Gini se utilizó para determinar el efecto que tienen las fuentes de...

  19. O impacto da crise fiscal brasileira dos anos 80 no crédito rural: mecanismos e instrumentos alternativos de financiamento agrícola

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    Oliveira, Jader José de

    2010-01-01

    O corpus desta pesquisa consiste em detectar as transformações que teriam ocorrrido no financiamento agrícola a partir dos anos 80, tomando-se como fundamental o pressuposto de que o agravamento da crise fiscal brasileira a partir da década passada contribuiu, não apenas para diminuir o montante dos recursos para os financiamentos agrícolas, como também para estimular a criação de um novo modelo de crédito rural.

  20. Morbilidad laboral en el sector agrícola en trabajadores afiliados a una administradora de riesgos laborales (ARL) de Colombia, durante el periodo 2011-2012.

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    Velásquez Bueno, Diana Marcela

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    Este estudio muestra la prevalencia por enfermedad laboral de un grupo de trabajadores afiliados a una ARL en Colombia. Compara la morbilidad laboral entre dos grupo de trabajadores expuestos y no expuestos al trabajo agrícola y al interior del grupo de trabajadores agrícolas agrupados en las actividades de corte de caña, cultivo de banano y flores. Se realizó un estudio descriptivo de tipo transversal durante el periodo 2011-2012, mediante la revisión de una base de datos de morbilidad la...

  1. Elementos de diseño de maquinaria agrícola: informe de año sabático

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    2007-01-01

    El texto que aquí se presenta se adapta al programa de la asignatura Mecanismos que actualmente viene impartiéndose en la formación de los Ingenieros Agrícolas y servirá de guía al estudio de las máquinas agrícolas para profesiones afines al sector agropecuario. Los estudiantes deberán haber adquirido un conjunto de herramientas de ingeniería que consisten esencialmente de matemáticas, geometría, física y varias de las ciencias básicas como la resistencia de los materiales. Estas herramientas...

  2. Antropometria aplicada aos operadores de tratores agrícolas Anthropometrics applied to the agricultural tractors operators

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    José Fernando Schlosser

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi determinar o padrão antropométrico dos operadores de tratores agrícolas da Depressão Central do Rio Grande do Sul. Os operadores de tratores agrícolas foram medidos por meio de um painel constituído por duas chapas metálicas, permanecendo durante as medições em pé, eretos, com o mínimo de roupa possível e em contato com o painel. As variáveis medidas foram as seguintes: altura do corpo; altura ao nível dos olhos; altura ao nível dos olhos sentado; altura do cotovelo; alcance do braço; alcance da mão; distância pé-patela; apoio do assento. Os dados obtidos demonstram que há diferenças entre o biótipo do operador utilizado pela indústria de tratores agrícolas e o do operador da região, de forma que este último apresentou, para todas as medidas, à exceção do apoio do assento, uma média maior. Observa-se também que, para cada medida, os limites inferior e superior do intervalo onde se encontram 90% dos operadores avaliados foram, respectivamente, menores e maiores que o padrão utilizado pela indústria, caracterizando uma maior variação. Levando-se em consideração as diferenças existentes entre o perfil antropométrico dos operadores de tratores agrícolas da Depressão Central do Rio Grande do Sul e os parâmetros utilizados pela indústria, pode-se confirmar a hipótese de que os tratores agrícolas que se encontram atualmente em comercialização no Brasil podem não oferecer o conforto necessário ao operador desta região .The objective of this work was to evaluate the anthropometric measures of the agricultural tractor operators of the Central Region of Rio Grande do Sul State. The agricultural tractor operators were measured through a panel that was made of two metallic plates. During the measurement, they were standing, wearing the minimum amount clothes possible, and touching the panel. The measures body height, eyes level height (standing, eyes level height (sitting, elbow

  3. Turning points in reactor design

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    Beckjord, E.S.

    1995-09-01

    This article provides some historical aspects on nuclear reactor design, beginning with PWR development for Naval Propulsion and the first commercial application at Yankee Rowe. Five turning points in reactor design and some safety problems associated with them are reviewed: (1) stability of Dresden-1, (2) ECCS, (3) PRA, (4) TMI-2, and (5) advanced passive LWR designs. While the emphasis is on the thermal-hydraulic aspects, the discussion is also about reactor systems.

  4. Fast reactor programme in India

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    P Chellapandi; P R Vasudeva Rao; Prabhat Kumar

    2015-09-01

    Role of fast breeder reactor (FBR) in the Indian context has been discussed with appropriate justification. The FBR programme since 1985 till 2030 is highlighted focussing on the current status and future direction of fast breeder test reactor (FBTR), prototype fast breeder reactor (PFBR) and FBR-1 and 2. Design and technological challenges of PFBR and design and safety targets with means to achieve the same are the major highlights of this paper.

  5. Acceptability of reactors in space

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    Buden, D.

    1981-04-01

    Reactors are the key to our future expansion into space. However, there has been some confusion in the public as to whether they are a safe and acceptable technology for use in space. The answer to these questions is explored. The US position is that when reactors are the preferred technical choice, that they can be used safely. In fact, it dies not appear that reactors add measurably to the risk associated with the Space Transportation System.

  6. Spiral-shaped disinfection reactors

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    Ghaffour, Noreddine

    2015-08-20

    This disclosure includes disinfection reactors and processes for the disinfection of water. Some disinfection reactors include a body that defines an inlet, an outlet, and a spiral flow path between the inlet and the outlet, in which the body is configured to receive water and a disinfectant at the inlet such that the water is exposed to the disinfectant as the water flows through the spiral flow path. Also disclosed are processes for disinfecting water in such disinfection reactors.

  7. Hydrogen Production in Fusion Reactors

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    Sudo, S.; Tomita, Y.; Yamaguchi, S.; Iiyoshi, A.; Momota, H; Motojima, O.; Okamoto, M.; Ohnishi, M.; Onozuka, M; Uenosono, C.

    1993-01-01

    As one of methods of innovative energy production in fusion reactors without having a conventional turbine-type generator, an efficient use of radiation produced in a fusion reactor with utilizing semiconductor and supplying clean fuel in a form of hydrogen gas are studied. Taking the candidates of reactors such as a toroidal system and an open system for application of the new concepts, the expected efficiency and a concept of plant system are investigated.

  8. Neutrino Oscillation Studies with Reactors

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    Vogel, Petr; Zhang, Chao

    2015-01-01

    Nuclear reactors are one of the most intense, pure, controllable, cost-effective, and well-understood sources of neutrinos. Reactors have played a major role in the study of neutrino oscillations, a phenomenon that indicates that neutrinos have mass and that neutrino flavors are quantum mechanical mixtures. Over the past several decades reactors were used in the discovery of neutrinos, were crucial in solving the solar neutrino puzzle, and allowed the determination of the smallest mixing angle $\\theta_{13}$. In the near future, reactors will help to determine the neutrino mass hierarchy and to solve the puzzling issue of sterile neutrinos.

  9. State, Bank and Agricultural Credit in Sinaloa and Sonora: The Banco de Sinaloa and Banco Agrícola Sonorense, 1933-1976 Estado, banca y crédito agrícola en Sinaloa y Sonora: El Banco de Sinaloa y el Banco Agrícola Sonorense, 1933-1976

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    Gustavo Aguilar Aguilar

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available In the Northwest of México the increase in the agricultural productivity in the years between 1940 and 1970, was due to the expansion of the farming lands, the use of improved seeds and fertilizer, mechanization, the greater availability of credit, the irrigation system and road improvement. The important intervention from the Mexican state to implement policies of investment with the support of internationally development agencies, and grant credit facilities for the development of agriculture trough the creation of official agricultural banks and the facilities to the constitution of private commercial banks. After the disarticulation of the bank in México due to the revolution, is advanced with steady steps in restructuring the banking system with the creation of a new banking law, the foundation of Banco de México and the Comision Nacional Bancaria in 1924; Banco Nacional de Credito Agricola (1926, the Banco Nacional de Credito Ejidal (1935, Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior (1937 and the Banco Nacional Agropecuario (1965, which gave financial support to small farmers and ejidatarios (members of a cooperative. The main farmers of Sinaloa and Sonora in collaboration with the federal government through the Comision Monetaria and the Banco de México founded the Banco de Sinaloa and Banco Agricola Sonorense in 1933. Explain the impact these financial institutions had in the agricultural credit of Sinaloa and Sonora will be the central objective of this work.En el Noroeste de México el incremento en la productividad agrícola entre los años de 1940 y 1970, fue debido a la expansión de las tierras de cultivo, el uso de fertilizantes y semillas mejoradas, la mecanización, la mayor disponibilidad de créditos, a los sistemas de irrigación y el mejoramiento de las carreteras. Así como la importante intervención del Estado mexicano al implementar políticas de inversión con el apoyo de agencias internacionales de desarrollo, y otorgar

  10. FAST NEUTRONIC REACTOR

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    Snell, A.H.

    1957-12-01

    This patent relates to a reactor and process for carrying out a controlled fast neutron chain reaction. A cubical reactive mass, weighing at least 920 metric tons, of uranium metal containing predominantly U/sup 238/ and having a U/sup 235/ content of at least 7.63% is assembled and the maximum neutron reproduction ratio is limited to not substantially over 1.01 by insertion and removal of a varying amount of boron, the reactive mass being substantially freed of moderator.

  11. Biparticle fluidized bed reactor

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    Scott, C.D.

    1993-12-14

    A fluidized bed reactor system which utilizes a fluid phase, a retained fluidized primary particulate phase, and a migratory second particulate phase is described. The primary particulate phase is a particle such as a gel bead containing an immobilized biocatalyst. The secondary particulate phase, continuously introduced and removed in either cocurrent or countercurrent mode, acts in a secondary role such as a sorbent to continuously remove a product or by-product constituent from the fluid phase. Introduction and removal of the sorbent phase is accomplished through the use of feed screw mechanisms and multivane slurry valves. 3 figures.

  12. Licensed reactor nuclear safety criteria applicable to DOE reactors

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    1991-04-01

    The Department of Energy (DOE) Order DOE 5480.6, Safety of Department of Energy-Owned Nuclear Reactors, establishes reactor safety requirements to assure that reactors are sited, designed, constructed, modified, operated, maintained, and decommissioned in a manner that adequately protects health and safety and is in accordance with uniform standards, guides, and codes which are consistent with those applied to comparable licensed reactors. This document identifies nuclear safety criteria applied to NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) licensed reactors. The titles of the chapters and sections of USNRC Regulatory Guide 1.70, Standard Format and Content of Safety Analysis Reports for Nuclear Power Plants, Rev. 3, are used as the format for compiling the NRC criteria applied to the various areas of nuclear safety addressed in a safety analysis report for a nuclear reactor. In each section the criteria are compiled in four groups: (1) Code of Federal Regulations, (2) US NRC Regulatory Guides, SRP Branch Technical Positions and Appendices, (3) Codes and Standards, and (4) Supplemental Information. The degree of application of these criteria to a DOE-owned reactor, consistent with their application to comparable licensed reactors, must be determined by the DOE and DOE contractor.

  13. Reactor Physics Analysis Models for a CANDU Reactor

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    Choi, Hang Bok

    2007-10-15

    Canada deuterium uranium (CANDU) reactor physics analysis is typically performed in three steps. At first, macroscopic cross-sections of the reference lattice is produced by modeling the reference fuel channel. Secondly macroscopic cross-sections of reactivity devices in the reactor are generated. The macroscopic cross-sections of a reactivity device are calculated as incremental cross-sections by subtracting macroscopic cross-sections of a three-dimensional lattice without reactivity device from those of a three-dimensional lattice with a reactivity device. Using the macroscopic cross-sections of the reference lattice and incremental cross-sections of the reactivity devices, reactor physics calculations are performed. This report summarizes input data of typical CANDU reactor physics codes, which can be utilized for the future CANDU reactor physics analysis.

  14. First elevated-temperature performance testing of coated particle fuel compacts from the AGR-1 irradiation experiment

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    Baldwin, Charles A., E-mail: baldwinca@ornl.gov [Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), P.O. Box 2008, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6295 (United States); Hunn, John D.; Morris, Robert N.; Montgomery, Fred C.; Silva, Chinthaka M. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), P.O. Box 2008, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6295 (United States); Demkowicz, Paul A. [Idaho National Laboratory (INL), P.O. Box 1625, Idaho Falls, ID 83414 (United States)

    2014-05-01

    In the AGR-1 irradiation experiment, 72 coated-particle fuel compacts were taken to a peak burnup of 19.5% fissions per initial metal atom with no in-pile failures. This paper discusses the first post-irradiation test of these mixed uranium oxide/uranium carbide fuel compacts at elevated temperature to examine the fuel performance under a simulated depressurized conduction cooldown event. A compact was heated for 400 h at 1600 °C. Release of {sup 85}Kr was monitored throughout the furnace test as an indicator of coating failure, while other fission product releases from the compact were periodically measured by capturing them on exchangeable, water-cooled deposition cups. No coating failure was detected during the furnace test, and this result was verified by subsequent electrolytic deconsolidation and acid leaching of the compact, which showed that all SiC layers were still intact. However, the deposition cups recovered significant quantities of silver, europium, and strontium. Based on comparison of calculated compact inventories at the end of irradiation versus analysis of these fission products released to the deposition cups and furnace internals, the minimum estimated fractional losses from the compact during the furnace test were 1.9 × 10{sup −2} for silver, 1.4 × 10{sup −3} for europium, and 1.1 × 10{sup −5} for strontium. Other post-irradiation examination of AGR-1 compacts indicates that similar fractions of europium and silver may have already been released by the intact coated particles during irradiation, and it is therefore likely that the detected fission products released from the compact in this 1600 °C furnace test were from residual fission products in the matrix. Gamma analysis of coated particles deconsolidated from the compact after the heating test revealed that silver content within each particle varied considerably; a result that is probably not related to the furnace test, because it has also been observed in other as

  15. First elevated-temperature performance testing of coated particle fuel compacts from the AGR-1 irradiation experiment

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    Charles A. Baldwin; John D. Hunn; Robert N. Morris; Fred C. Montgomery; Chinthaka M. Silva; Paul A. Demkowicz

    2014-05-01

    In the AGR-1 irradiation experiment, 72 coated-particle fuel compacts were taken to a peak burnup of 19.5% fissions per initial metal atom with no in-pile failures. This paper discusses the first post-irradiation test of these mixed uranium oxide/uranium carbide fuel compacts at elevated temperature to examine the fuel performance under a simulated depressurized conduction cooldown event. A compact was heated for 400 h at 1600 degrees C. Release of 85Kr was monitored throughout the furnace test as an indicator of coating failure, while other fission product releases from the compact were periodically measured by capturing them on exchangeable, water-cooled deposition cups. No coating failure was detected during the furnace test, and this result was verified by subsequent electrolytic deconsolidation and acid leaching of the compact, which showed that all SiC layers were still intact. However, the deposition cups recovered significant quantities of silver, europium, and strontium. Based on comparison of calculated compact inventories at the end of irradiation versus analysis of these fission products released to the deposition cups and furnace internals, the minimum estimated fractional losses from the compact during the furnace test were 1.9 x 10-2 for silver, 1.4 x 10-3 for europium, and 1.1 x 10-5 for strontium. Other post-irradiation examination of AGR-1 compacts indicates that similar fractions of europium and silver may have already been released by the intact coated particles during irradiation, and it is therefore likely that the detected fission products released from the compact in this 1600 degrees C furnace test were from residual fission products in the matrix. Gamma analysis of coated particles deconsolidated from the compact after the heating test revealed that silver content within each particle varied considerably; a result that is probably not related to the furnace test, because it has also been observed in other as-irradiated AGR-1 compacts. X

  16. Medida do ângulo horizontal de ataque dos discos de grades agrícolas de dupla ação e aplicação a uma propriedade agrícola

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available O conhecimento do ângulo de ataque de grades agrícolas é importante, pois o mesmo influencia a exigência em força de tração, a profundidade e a qualidade da gradagem. O objetivo deste trabalho foi desenvolver um método de medida do ângulo horizontal, de ataque, dos discos de grades de dupla ação com as seguintes características: rápido, de fácil medida e preciso, para aplicação no local de trabalho das grades. O princípio do método proposto baseia-se no fato de que é possível circunscrever grades de dupla ação em um trapézio isósceles e no teorema da trigonometria no qual ângulos com lados perpendiculares entre si formam ângulos iguais. Assim, o método desenvolvido pode ser enunciado como segue: "o seno do ângulo de ataque de uma grade de dupla ação é igual à diferença entre a base maior e a base menor dividida por duas vezes o lado do trapézio". Dessa forma, três medidas de comprimento realizadas com uma trena, ou seja, base maior, base menor e o lado do trapézio, permitem determinar o valor do seno e, consequentemente, o próprio ângulo de ataque da grade. Foram levantados os ângulos de ataque de onze grades agrícolas de propriedade da Destilaria Londra, de Itaí, estado de São Paulo, comprovando a rapidez e facilidade de utilização do método.

  17. Treball pràctic d'edafologia i química agrícola. Curs 2008-2009

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    Universitat de Barcelona. Facultat de Farmàcia

    2008-01-01

    Pla docent de l'assignatura Treball pràctic d'edafologia i química agrícola de l'Ensenyament de Ciència i Tecnologia dels Aliments. Curs acadèmic 2008-2009. Departament Productes Naturals, Biologia Vegetal i Edafologia.

  18. Los productos agrícolas Evaluación cualitativa y clasificación. Métodos no destructivos

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    Ruiz-Altisent, Margarita; Chen, Pictiaw

    1990-01-01

    Este trabajo presenta una descripción de los diferentes métodos no destructivos utilizables para la tría, la clasificación y la evaluación cualitativa de productos agrícolas, desarrollados por diversos investigadores en las tres últimas décadas.

  19. Structure of the Staphylococcus aureus AgrA LytTR Domain Bound to DNA Reveals a Beta Fold with an Unusual Mode of Binding

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    Sidote,D.; Barbieri, C.; Wu, T.; Stock, A.

    2008-01-01

    The LytTR domain is a DNA-binding motif found within the AlgR/AgrA/LytR family of transcription factors that regulate virulence factor and toxin gene expression in pathogenic bacteria. This previously uncharacterized domain lacks sequence similarity with proteins of known structure. The crystal structure of the DNA-binding domain of Staphylococcus aureus AgrA complexed with a DNA pentadecamer duplex has been determined at 1.6 Angstroms resolution. The structure establishes a 10-stranded {beta} fold for the LytTR domain and reveals its mode of interaction with DNA. Residues within loop regions of AgrA contact two successive major grooves and the intervening minor groove on one face of the oligonucleotide duplex, inducing a substantial bend in the DNA. Loss of DNA binding upon substitution of key interacting residues in AgrA supports the observed binding mode. This mode of protein-DNA interaction provides a potential target for future antimicrobial drug design.

  20. Treball pràctic d'edafologia i química agrícola. Curs 2005-2006

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    Universitat de Barcelona. Facultat de Farmàcia

    2005-01-01

    Pla docent de l'assignatura Treball pràctic d'edafologia i química agrícola de l'Ensenyament de Ciència i Tecnologia dels Aliments. Curs acadèmic 2005-2006. Departament de Productes Naturals, Biologia Vegetal i Edafologia.

  1. Comparative analysis of agr groups and virulence genes among subclinical and clinical mastitis Staphylococcus aureus isolates from sheep flocks of the Northeast of Brazil.

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    de Almeida, Lara M; de Almeida, Mayra Zilta P R B; de Mendonça, Carla L; Mamizuka, Elsa M

    2013-01-01

    Staphylococcus aureus is one of the most frequent mastitis causative agents in small ruminants. The expression of most virulence genes of S. aureus is controlled by an accessory gene regulator (agr) locus. This study aimed to ascertain the prevalence of the different agr groups and to evaluate the occurrence of encoding genes for cytotoxin, adhesins and toxins with superantigen activity in S. aureus isolates from milk of ewes with clinical and subclinical mastitis in sheep flocks raised for meat production The agr groups I and II were identified in both cases of clinical and subclinical mastitis. Neither the arg groups III and IV nor negative agr were found. The presence of cflA gene was identified in 100% of the isolates. The frequency of hla and lukE-D genes was high - 77.3 and 82.8%, respectively and all isolates from clinical mastitis presented these genes. The sec gene, either associated to tst gene or not, was identified only in isolates from subclinical mastitis. None of the following genes were identified: bbp, ebpS, cna, fnbB, icaA, icaD, bap, hlg, lukM-lukF-PV and se-a-b-d-e.

  2. Brookhaven leak reactor to close

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    MacIlwain, C

    1999-01-01

    The DOE has announced that the High Flux Beam Reactor at Brookhaven is to close for good. Though the news was not unexpected researchers were angry the decision had been taken before the review to assess the impact of reopening the reactor had been concluded (1 page).

  3. Thermochemical reactor systems and methods

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    Lipinski, Wojciech; Davidson, Jane Holloway; Chase, Thomas Richard

    2016-11-29

    Thermochemical reactor systems that may be used to produce a fuel, and methods of using the thermochemical reactor systems, utilizing a reactive cylindrical element, an optional energy transfer cylindrical element, an inlet gas management system, and an outlet gas management system.

  4. Chemical-vapor-deposition reactor

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    Chern, S.

    1979-01-01

    Reactor utilizes multiple stacked trays compactly arranged in paths of horizontally channeled reactant gas streams. Design allows faster and more efficient deposits of film on substrates, and reduces gas and energy consumption. Lack of dead spots that trap reactive gases reduces reactor purge time.

  5. Antineutrino Monitoring of Thorium Reactors

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    Akindele, Oluwatomi A; Norman, Eric B

    2015-01-01

    Various groups have demonstrated that antineutrino monitoring can be successful in assessing the plutonium content in water-cooled nuclear reactors for nonproliferation applications. New reactor designs and concepts incorporate nontraditional fuels types and chemistry. Understanding how these properties affect the antineutrino emission from a reactor can extend the applicability of antineutrino monitoring.Thorium molten salt reactors (MSR) breed U-233, that if diverted constitute an IAEA direct use material. The antineutrino spectrum from the fission of U-233 has been determined, the feasibility of detecting the diversion of a significant quantity, 8 kg of U-233, within the IAEA timeliness goal of 30 days has been evaluated. The antineutrino emission from a thorium reactor operating under normal conditions is compared to a diversion scenario at a 25 meter standoff by evaluating the daily antineutrino count rate and the energy spectrum of the detected antineutrinos. It was found that the diversion of a signifi...

  6. Engineering reactors for catalytic reactions

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    Vivek V Ranade

    2014-03-01

    Catalytic reactions are ubiquitous in chemical and allied industries. A homogeneous or heterogeneous catalyst which provides an alternative route of reaction with lower activation energy and better control on selectivity can make substantial impact on process viability and economics. Extensive studies have been conducted to establish sound basis for design and engineering of reactors for practising such catalytic reactions and for realizing improvements in reactor performance. In this article, application of recent (and not so recent) developments in engineering reactors for catalytic reactions is discussed. Some examples where performance enhancement was realized by catalyst design, appropriate choice of reactor, better injection and dispersion strategies and recent advances in process intensification/ multifunctional reactors are discussed to illustrate the approach.

  7. Unsteady processes in catalytic reactors

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    Matros, Yu.Sh.

    1985-01-01

    In recent years a realization has occurred that reaction and reactor dynamics must be considered when designing and operating catalytic reactors. In this book, the author has focussed on both the processes occurring on individual porous-catalyst particles as well as the phenomena displayed by collections of these particles in fixed-bed reactors. The major topics discussed include the effects of unsteady-state heat and mass transfer, the influence of inhomogeneities and stagnant regions in fixed beds, and reactor operation during forced cycling of operating conditions. Despite the title of the book, attention is also paid to the determination of the number and stability of fixed-bed steady states, with the aim of describing the possibility of controlling reactors at unstable steady states. However, this development is somewhat dated, given the recent literature on multiplicity phenomena and process control.

  8. A model of reactor kinetics

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    Thompson, A.S.; Thompson, B.R.

    1988-09-01

    The analytical model of nuclear reactor transients, incorporating both mechanical and nuclear effects, simulates reactor kinetics. Linear analysis shows the stability borderline for small power perturbations. In a stable system, initial power disturbances die out with time. With an unstable combination of nuclear and mechanical characteristics, initial disturbances persist and may increase with time. With large instability, oscillations of great magnitude occur. Stability requirements set limits on the power density at which particular reactors can operate. The limiting power density depends largely on the product of two terms: the fraction of delayed neutrons and the frictional damping of vibratory motion in reactor core components. As the fraction of delayed neutrons is essentially fixed, mechanical damping largely determines the maximum power density. A computer program, based on the analytical model, calculates and plots reactor power as a nonlinear function of time in response to assigned values of mechanical and nuclear characteristics.

  9. Metallic fuels for advanced reactors

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    Carmack, W. J.; Porter, D. L.; Chang, Y. I.; Hayes, S. L.; Meyer, M. K.; Burkes, D. E.; Lee, C. B.; Mizuno, T.; Delage, F.; Somers, J.

    2009-07-01

    In the framework of the Generation IV Sodium Fast Reactor Program, the Advanced Fuel Project has conducted an evaluation of the available fuel systems supporting future sodium cooled fast reactors. This paper presents an evaluation of metallic alloy fuels. Early US fast reactor developers originally favored metal alloy fuel due to its high fissile density and compatibility with sodium. The goal of fast reactor fuel development programs is to develop and qualify a nuclear fuel system that performs all of the functions of a conventional fast spectrum nuclear fuel while destroying recycled actinides. This will provide a mechanism for closure of the nuclear fuel cycle. Metal fuels are candidates for this application, based on documented performance of metallic fast reactor fuels and the early results of tests currently being conducted in US and international transmutation fuel development programs.

  10. Dinámicas heterogéneas en la industria de maquinaria agrícola argentina

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    Pablo José Lavarello

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available El objeto de este artículo es el análisis de la dinámica tecnológica y productiva de las industrias de maquinaria agrícola en Argentina. Se plantea como hipótesis que a pesar de que ciertos subsectores de la industria han logrado insertarse como exportadores en segmentos específicos del mercado internacional, la industria presenta un déficit comercial persistente. Los procesos de racionalización de las empresas multinacionales del sector y las respuestas de las empresas locales frente a la difusión de nuevos paquetes agronómicos explican estas dinámicas diferenciadas. En este contexto, surge como interrogante si el actual esquema de políticas industriales horizontales permiten superar la mencionada heterogeneidad.

  11. Fuentes de crecimiento del empleo en el sector agrícola del norte de México

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    José Alberto Salazar García

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available El desempleo de mano de obra es uno de los problemas más agudos que actualmente enfrentan las zonas rurales de México. Con la finalidad de determinar cómo el cambio en la estructura productiva del sector agrícola del norte de México ha afectado el empleo rural de la región, se calculan las fuentes de crecimiento del empleo de mano de obra de 1991 a 1998. Los resultados indican que en Baja California, Chihuahua y Sonora el cambio en la estructura productiva fue positivo al empleo, mientras que en Coahuila, Sinaloa y Tamaulipas fue negativo. A nivel regional el cambio en la estructura productiva fue desfavorable al empleo; sin embargo, de 1991 a 1998 éste creció en 7.5 millones de jornadas a causa de un aumento en la superficie cosechada en 382 mil hectáreas.

  12. Agronomía, agrónomos y estado en Brasil: organizaciones y disputas (1930-1961

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    Sonia Regina De Mendonça

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper objective a compared analysis of the projects for the Brazilian agriculture transmitted by two entities of agronomy professionals in Brazil between 1930 and 1961: the Brazilian Society of Agronomy (SBA and the Society from São Paulo of Agronomy (SPA. The research supported by the newspapers of these entities supply data on the main practical take for each one of them, as well as it allows reconstituting its directing staff instrument capable to give intelligibility to the different projects. Therefore, while the leaders of SBA - simultaneously graduates for the National School of Agronomy, employees of the Ministry of the Agriculture and directors of the National Society of Agriculture - they defended the state incentive to the productive diversification and the standardization of new agricultural products returned to the export, the agronomists from SPA, more directly articulated to the great industrial bourgeoisie from São Paulo, independently of its school origin, they proposed clearly, already in the decade of 1940, the industrialization of the Brazilian agriculture, by means of the propaganda of agricultural industrial input and of the implementation of the industry of tractors in the country.El trabajo estudia, de modo comparado, dos proyectos para la agricultura brasileña, elaborados por dos de las sociedades que representaron a los agrónomos entre 1930 y 1961: la Sociedad Brasileña de Agronomía (SBA y la Sociedad Paulista de Agronomía (SPA. El análisis de los periódicos de estas agremiaciones ofrece información sobre las principales gestiones, reivindicaciones y prácticas emprendidas por cada una de ellas. También brinda elementos para reconstruir la acción de sus cuadros dirigentes, la cual se considera aquí como instrumento y vehículo representativo de los distintos proyectos. Mientras los dirigentes de la SBA - simultáneamente diplomados por la Escuela Nacional de Agronomía, funcionarios del Ministerio de

  13. La otra Cuba, colonización blanca y diversificación agrícola

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    Naranjo Orovio, Consuelo

    2003-01-01

    [ES] Estudio del proyecto político y social de José Antonio Saco, basado en un proyecto económico en el que la organización de la agricultura cubana era el punto central. Éste, alejado de los planteamientos dominantes de la sacarocracia, mantenía una posición antiesclavista y apostó por la introducción de una población campesina blanca, y la diversificación agrícola con cultivos como naranja, añil y arroz, entre otros. Este proyecto reformista suponía una serie de cambios en cuanto al increme...

  14. A eficácia organizacional das instituições portuguesas de ensino superior agrário

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    Fernandes, António

    2006-01-01

    A avaliação da eficácia organizacional das instituições portuguesas de ensino superior agrário é o tema central desta comunicação. O enquadramento teórico do tema revela a inexistência de consensos relativamente ao conceito estudado. Por essa razão, para fazer a construção teórica acerca da eficácia organizacional foi necessário recorrer ao uso de bases teóricas já existentes que permitissem pôr alguma ordem na confusão existente. Assim, às quatro dimensões de eficácia organizacional que pode...

  15. Utilització de l'oli de colza com a biocarburant en explotacions agrícoles

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    Esteban Dalmau, Bernat; Baquero Armans, Grau; Puig Vidal, Rita; Riba Ruiz, Jordi-Roger; Rius Carrasco, Antoni

    2010-01-01

    La utilització de l’oli de colza com a carburant és una tecnologia que ja s’utilitza a altres països europeus com Alemanya i Dinamarca, degut principalment a dos factors: el gasoil agrícola està menys subvencionat i el grau de conscienciació mediambiental és major en aquest països. L’oli de colza és un biocarburant que s’obté del premsat de llavors de plantes oleaginoses i que, realitzant una petita modificació al sistema d’alimentació dels motors dièsel, pot ser utilitzat com a comb...

  16. El cabotaje marítimo en la cadena de suministros agrícola de Puerto Rico

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    William Suárez-Gómez

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available El presente estudio examina el efecto multidimensional del cabotaje marítimo que regula el transporte marítimo entre los mercados de Estados Unidos de Norteamérica y Puerto Rico. El objetivo del estudio fue analizar los efectos que esta medida no tarifaria tiene sobre el sector agroindustrial en Puerto Rico. La metodología de investigación consistió de entrevistas semiestructuradas y análisis de datos secundarios de los rubros agrícolas de mayor importación. Los resultados obtenidos concluyen que es la interacción de medidas no tarifarias inherentes a la relación comercial entre ambos países que incide en la eficiencia y competitividad del sector agroindustrial en Puerto Rico.

  17. Staphylococcus epidermidis recovered from indwelling catheters exhibit enhanced biofilm dispersal and "self-renewal" through downregulation of agr

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    Dai, Lu; Yang, Liang; Parsons, Chris

    2012-01-01

    Background: In recent years, Staphylococcus epidermidis (Se) has become a major nosocomial pathogen and the most common cause of infections of implanted prostheses and other indwelling devices. This is due in part to avid biofilm formation by Se on device surfaces. However, it still remains unknown...... that how the process of Se biofilm development is associated with relapsed infection in such patients.Results: We have identified clinical Se isolates displaying enhanced biofilm dispersal and self-renewal relative to reference strain. These isolates also exhibit enhanced initial cell attachment......, extracellular DNA release, cell autolysis and thicker microcolonies during biofilm development relative to reference strain. Our genetic analyses suggest that these clinical isolates exhibit significant downregulation of RNAIII, the effector molecule of the agr quorum sensing system, and upregulation...

  18. Metodologías para establecer valores de referencia de metales pesados en suelos agrícolas: Perspectivas para Colombia

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    Rueda Saa Germán

    2011-09-01

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    Los problemas ambientales de los metales pesados en los suelos están relacionados con su carácter tóxico cuando se acumulan o cuando interactüan con algunas propiedades especificas, se movilizan a  través del perfil a la cadena trófica mediante los cuerpos de agua o los cultivos y pueden llegar a afectar la salud humana. En países desarrollados el establecimiento de valores de referencia de estos metales ha permitido el mejoramiento de la planeación y la gestión ambiental del recurso suelo, y se ha convertido en un instrumento de control para las entidades ambientales que ha permitido evaluar el impacto en diferentes actividades agrícolas.

    En este artículo se analizan diferentes conceptos relacionados con los niveles de metales pesados en suelos agrícolas y la incidencia de las características edafológicas en su concentración. Se revisan, igualmente, algunas metodologias para derivar valores de referencia especificos aplicables a suelos agrícolas colombianos, y se plantean algunas perspectivas orientadas a la protección y recuperación de suelos en el país. En Colombia en la actualidad no se cuenta con criterios y estándares de calidad para metales pesados en suelos agrícolas; por esto se hace necesario gestionar el apoyo de entidades gubernamentales con el fin de iniciar y desarrollar investigaciones en diferentes sectores agricolas primarios, contribuyendo de esta forma a garantizar la producción agrícola y la sostenibilidad ambiental del recurso suelo.

  19. Levels of alpha-toxin correlate with distinct phenotypic response profiles of blood mononuclear cells and with agr background of community-associated Staphylococcus aureus isolates.

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    Mairpady Shambat, Srikanth; Haggar, Axana; Vandenesch, Francois; Lina, Gerard; van Wamel, Willem J B; Arakere, Gayathri; Svensson, Mattias; Norrby-Teglund, Anna

    2014-01-01

    Epidemiological studies of Staphylococcus aureus have shown a relation between certain clones and the presence of specific virulence genes, but how this translates into virulence-associated functional responses is not fully elucidated. Here we addressed this issue by analyses of community-acquired S. aureus strains characterized with respect to antibiotic resistance, ST types, agr types, and virulence gene profiles. Supernatants containing exotoxins were prepared from overnight bacterial cultures, and tested in proliferation assays using human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC). The strains displayed stable phenotypic response profiles, defined by either a proliferative or cytotoxic response. Although, virtually all strains elicited superantigen-mediated proliferative responses, the strains with a cytotoxic profile induced proliferation only in cultures with the most diluted supernatants. This indicated that the superantigen-response was masked by a cytotoxic effect which was also confirmed by flow cytometry analysis. The cytotoxic supernatants contained significantly higher levels of α-toxin than did the proliferative supernatants. Addition of α-toxin to supernatants characterized as proliferative switched the response into cytotoxic profiles. In contrast, no effect of Panton Valentine Leukocidin, δ-toxin or phenol soluble modulin α-3 was noted in the proliferative assay. Furthermore, a significant association between agr type and phenotypic profile was found, where agrII and agrIII strains had predominantly a proliferative profile whereas agrI and IV strains had a predominantly cytotoxic profile. The differential response profiles associated with specific S. aureus strains with varying toxin production could possibly have an impact on disease manifestations, and as such may reflect specific pathotypes.

  20. Metodologías para establecer valores de referencia de metales pesados en suelos agrícolas: perspectivas para Colombia

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    Germán Rueda Saa

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Los impactos ambientales de los metales pesados en los suelos están relacionados con su carácter tóxico cuando se acumulan o interactúan con algunas propiedades específicas, se movilizan a través del perfil a la cadena trófica mediante los cuerpos de agua o los cultivos y pueden llegar a afectar la salud humana. En países desarrollados el establecimiento de valores de referencia de estos metales ha permitido el mejoramiento de la planeación y la gestión ambiental del recurso suelo, y se ha convertido en un instrumento de control para las entidades ambientales que ha permitido evaluar el impacto en diferentes actividades agrícolas. En este artículo se analizan diversos conceptos relacionados con los niveles de metales pesados en suelos agrícolas y la incidencia de las características edafológicas en su concentración. Se revisan, igualmente, algunas metodologías para derivar valores de referencia específicos aplicables a suelos agrícolas colombianos, y se plantean algunas perspectivas orientadas a la protección y recuperación de suelos en el país. En Colombia en la actualidad no se cuenta con criterios y estándares de calidad para medir la contaminación por metales pesados en suelos agrícolas; por esto se hace necesario gestionar el apoyo de entidades gubernamentales con el fin de iniciar y desarrollar investigaciones en diferentes sectores agrícolas primarios, contribuyendo de esta forma a garantizar una producción más limpia y la sostenibilidad ambiental del recurso suelo.

  1. Influencia de cuatro distancias de trasplante sobre el rendimiento agrícola del cultivar de arroz Amistad-82.

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    Alexander Calero Hurtado

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available El trabajo consistió en comparar cuatro distancias de trasplante sobre el rendimiento agrícola del cultivar de arroz Amistad-82, durante la siembra de primavera de 2012, el trasplante se realizó de forma manual, sobre un suelo pardo sialítico carbonatado en la finca “La Rosita” perteneciente a la CCS “Heriberto Orellane”, en la provincia de Sancti Spíritus, se utilizó un diseño de bloques al azar, se tomaron posturas jóvenes de 18 días de germinadas, cuatro distancias de plantación 10x15, 15x15, 20x15 y 20x20 cm y una postura por sitio. Se evaluaron los indicadores productivos como el número de tallos, panículas por metro cuadrado, longitud de la panícula, granos por panículas, granos llenos y vanos por panículas, peso de 1000 granos, el rendimiento, así como las ganancias y los costos de producción. Los mejores resultados sobre el rendimiento agrícola del cultivar de arroz Amistad-82 lo alcanzaron las distancias de trasplante 10x15 y 20x15 cm, porque lograron rendimientos superiores a las distancias 15x15 y 20x20 cm, mayor cantidad de granos por panículas y mayores porcentajes de granos llenos por panículas y superaron también el peso en 1000 granos y las ganancias.

  2. Detecção de áreas agrícolas em tempo quase real com imagens Modis

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    Isaque Daniel Rocha Eberhardt

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Resumo: O objetivo deste trabalho foi desenvolver um método para identificação e monitoramento, em tempo quase real, de áreas agrícolas cultivadas com lavouras temporárias de verão, com uso de imagens orbitais Modis, no Estado do Rio Grande do Sul. A metodologia foi denominada detecção de áreas agrícolas em tempo quase real (DATQuaR e utiliza imagens do sensor Modis referentes aos índices de vegetação (IVs EVI e NDVI, disponibilizadas em composições de 16 dias. Foram utilizadas quatro métricas para agregar os valores de IVs por pixel, dentro dos períodos bimensais avaliados: média, máximo, mínimo e mediana. Para gerar as imagens (ImDATQuaR, a imagem agregada para o período imediatamente anterior foi subtraída da imagem agregada para o período em monitoramento. Essas imagens foram classificadas por meio de fatiamento e comparadas às classes de referência obtidas pela interpretação visual de pixels aleatorizados em imagens Landsat. Cada ImDATQuaR gerou dois mapas DATQuaR: um com filtragem de moda com janela 3x3 pixels e outro sem filtragem. O melhor mapa DATQuaR é produzido com uso de imagens EVI e filtragem - ao se subtrair a imagem de mínimo valor para o período anterior da imagem de máximo valor para o período monitorado - e atinge concordâncias com a referência superiores a 81%.

  3. Evaluación de residuos agrícolas para la producción del hongo Pleurotus ostreatus

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    María Bernarda Ruilova Cueva

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Se caracterizaron los residuos agrícolas de la provincia de Bolívar, Ecuador, desde el punto de vista de su composición físico-química para su empleo en el cultivo del hongo Pleurotus ostreatus. Los residuos agrícolas utilizados fueron: maíz, trigo, cebada, lenteja, bagazo de caña de azúcar y cascarilla de arroz. Se realizaron análisis de: humedad, cenizas, extracto etéreo, proteína, fibra, extracto libre de nitrógeno, fibra detergente neutra, fibra detergente ácida, lignina, celulosa, hemicelulosa y minerales. Los residuos presentaron valores de humedad entre 9,12 y 13,91 %, después de dos meses de almacenamiento. Por su naturaleza leñosa son ricos en fibra, celulosa, lignina y hemicelulosa. El contenido de carbono fluctuó entre 50,12 y 56,55 %, y es la fuente directa de energía para su metabolismo. El contenido de nitrógeno fue variable 0,38-1,29 %. Se cultivó el hongo en los sustratos analizados y en la producción obtenida se valoró la eficiencia biológica y proteína. Se obtuvo en la mayoría de los casos una relación directa entre el contenido de nitrógeno con la eficiencia biológica y la proteína en el hongo.

  4. Análisis conceptual del uso agrícola del suelo: Su incidencia en la sostenibilidad

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    Maldané Cuello Espinosa

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available El tema del desarrollo sostenible ha sido muy discutido y analizado en las últimas décadas; no obstante, aún no se ha desarrollado satisfactoriamente; se inició en el año de 1987 con el informe Brundtland denominado Nuestro futuro común, de la Comisión Mundial para el Medio Ambiente. En el informe se puntualiza y se define concretamente al desarrollo sostenible como: “Satisfacer las necesidades del presente sin comprometer la capacidad de satisfacer las futuras generaciones”. En la actualidad, casi todas las personas coinciden con tan importante definición; sin embargo, no se ha plasmado a los niveles que se requiere para deshacer los trances que se exhiben en ese sentido a escala mundial, fruto de los ambiciosos intereses particulares.  El suelo es uno de los recursos que, en condiciones ambientalmente normales, bien puede llenar las expectativas de poder llevar a la praxis tan anhelada descripción, integrando con perspectiva de sistema agrícola los tres elementos claves que la componen: el elemento social, el económico y el ambiental.  El desarrollo de los sistemas agrícolas y sus aplicaciones e implicaciones en el proceso de la sostenibilidad, trae consigo cambios considerables en términos social, económico y ambiental, que, indudablemente, contribuye a tan anhelado proceso, en el sentido de poder lograr un cambio en el entorno común, alcanzando a armonizar la naturaleza, los beneficios económicos y las necesidades de la población.

  5. Cooperativa-escola nas Escolas Técnicas Agrícolas Cooperative-school at the Agricultural Technical Schools

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    P.V. Marques

    1993-12-01

    Full Text Available A dificuldade de gerenciar recursos e proporcionar melhores condições de ensino para os estudantes são algumas das deficiência das Escolas Técnicas Agrícolas (ETAs brasileiras, problemas parcialmente superados por algumas escolas que adotaram a chamada Cooperativa-Escola. Neste trabalho, procura-se discutir alguns aspectos filosóficos referentes às ETAs e como a Cooperativa-Escola pode ajudar a solucionar seus principais problemas educativos e administrativos; um estudo de caso utilizando-se a técnica de auditoria administrativa foi desenvolvido numa ETA cuja Cooperativa-Escola é considerada um modelo de bom funcionamento e alguns procedimentos foram descritos, objetivando-se estender a prática de Cooperativa-Escola para outras escolas técnicas agrícolas brasileiras.Some of the problems with the Brazilian public Agricultural Technical School systems (ETAs are related to resource management and the need to improve teaching and learning conditions. Those deficiencies were partially corrected after setting up Cooperative-Schools that allow the ETAs to raise and to administrate funds. Administrative procedures of the ETAs and how the Cooperative-School could help solving their main educational and adminsitrative problems are discussed in this research. A case study using the management audit technique was developed in one ETA with a well known Cooperative-School. Some observed procedures are described with the intention of extending the practice of Cooperative-Schools to other Brazilian Agricultural Technical Schools.

  6. Funciones agua rendimiento para 14 cultivos agrícolas en condiciones del sur de La Habana

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    Felicita González Robaina

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available El estudio de las funciones agua rendimiento y su uso dentro de la planificación del uso del agua es una vía importante para trazar estrategias de manejo que contribuyan al incremento en la producción agrícola. Utilizando los datos de consumo de agua, agua aplicada por riego, precipitaciones y los rendimientos obtenidos en más de 100 experimentos de campo realizados fundamentalmente en suelo Ferralítico Rojo de la zona sur de La Habana y con ayuda de herramientas de análisis de regresión en este trabajo se estiman las funciones rendimientos versus agua aplicada para 14 cultivos agrícolas. Respuestas de tipo lineal fueron encontradas para los cultivos de frijol, sorgo, ajo, cebolla, boniato, malanga y piña al relacionar el rendimiento con el agua aplicada por riego. Para los cultivos soya, pimiento, tomate, papa, plátano y banano esta relación se explica mejor a través de funciones cuadráticas. Para el caso particular del maíz, se propone la función por partes con un punto de ruptura alrededor de los 185 mm como mejor opción para explicar la respuesta al riego. Las funciones obtenidas pueden servir como herramientas para alcanzar los rendimientos potenciales de los cultivos estudiados y en la toma de decisiones cuando el recurso agua está limitado.

  7. Neutrino Experiments at Reactors

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    Reines, F.; Gurr, H. S.; Jenkins, T. L.; Munsee, J. H.

    1968-09-09

    A description is given of the electron-antineutrino program using a large fission reactor. A search has been made for a neutral weak interaction via the reaction (electron antineutrino + d .> p + n + electron antineutrino), the reaction (electron antineutrino + d .> n + n + e{sup +}) has now been detected, and an effort is underway to observe the elastic scattering reaction (electron antineutrino + e{sup -} .> electron antineutrino + e{sup -}) as well as to measure more precisely the reaction (electron antineutrino + p .> n + e{sup+}). The upper limit on the elastic scattering reaction which we have obtained with our large composite NaI, plastic, liquid scintillation detector is now about 50 times the predicted value.

  8. Neutronic Reactor Shield

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    Fermi, Enrico; Zinn, Walter H.

    The argument of the present Patent is a radiation shield suitable for protection of personnel from both gamma rays and neutrons. Such a shield from dangerous radiations is achieved to the best by the combined action of a neutron slowing material (a moderator) and a neutron absorbing material. Hydrogen is particularly effective for this shield since it is a good absorber of slow neutrons and a good moderator of fast neutrons. The neutrons slowed down by hydrogen may, then, be absorbed by other materials such as boron, cadmium, gadolinium, samarium or steel. Steel is particularly convenient for the purpose, given its effectiveness in absorbing also the gamma rays from the reactor (both primary gamma rays and secondary ones produced by the moderation of neutrons). In particular, in the present Patent a shield is described, made of alternate layers of steel and Masonite (an hydrolized ligno-cellulose material). The object of the present Patent is not discussed in any other published paper.

  9. Licensed reactor nuclear safety criteria applicable to DOE reactors

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    1993-11-01

    This document is a compilation and source list of nuclear safety criteria that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) applies to licensed reactors; it can be used by DOE and DOE contractors to identify NRC criteria to be evaluated for application to the DOE reactors under their cognizance. The criteria listed are those that are applied to the areas of nuclear safety addressed in the safety analysis report of a licensed reactor. They are derived from federal regulations, USNRC regulatory guides, Standard Review Plan (SRP) branch technical positions and appendices, and industry codes and standards.

  10. Axisymmetric whole pin life modelling of advanced gas-cooled reactor nuclear fuel

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    Mella, R.; Wenman, M. R.

    2013-06-01

    Thermo-mechanical contributions to pellet-clad interaction (PCI) in advanced gas-cooled reactors (AGRs) are modelled in the ABAQUS finite element (FE) code. User supplied sub-routines permit the modelling of the non-linear behaviour of AGR fuel through life. Through utilisation of ABAQUS's well-developed pre- and post-processing ability, the behaviour of the axially constrained steel clad fuel was modelled. The 2D axisymmetric model includes thermo-mechanical behaviour of the fuel with time and condition dependent material properties. Pellet cladding gap dynamics and thermal behaviour are also modelled. The model treats heat up as a fully coupled temperature-displacement study. Dwell time and direct power cycling was applied to model the impact of online refuelling, a key feature of the AGR. The model includes the visco-plastic behaviour of the fuel under the stress and irradiation conditions within an AGR core and a non-linear heat transfer model. A multiscale fission gas release model is applied to compute pin pressure; this model is coupled to the PCI gap model through an explicit fission gas inventory code. Whole pin, whole life, models are able to show the impact of the fuel on all segments of cladding including weld end caps and cladding pellet locking mechanisms (unique to AGR fuel). The development of this model in a commercial FE package shows that the development of a potentially verified and future-proof fuel performance code can be created and used. The usability of a FE based fuel performance code would be an enhancement over past codes. Pre- and post-processors have lowered the entry barrier for the development of a fuel performance model to permit the ability to model complicated systems. Typical runtimes for a 5 year axisymmetric model takes less than one hour on a single core workstation. The current model has implemented: Non-linear fuel thermal behaviour, including a complex description of heat flow in the fuel. Coupled with a variety of

  11. Reactor service life extension program

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    Caskey, G.R.; Sindelar, R.L.; Ondrejcin, R.S.; Baumann, E.W.

    1990-12-31

    A review of the Savannah River Site production reactor systems was initiated in 1980 and led to implementation of the Reactor Materials Program in 1984 to assess reactor safety and reactor service life. The program evaluated performance of the reactor tanks, primary coolant piping, and thermal shields, components of welded construction that were fabricated from Type 304 stainless steel. The structural integrity analysis of the primary coolant system has shown that the pressure boundary is not susceptible to gross rupture, including a double ended guillotine break or equivalent large area bank. Residual service life is potentially limited by two material degradation modes, irradiation damage and intergranular stress corrosion cracking. Analysis of the structural integrity of the tanks and piping has shown that continued safe operation of the reactors for several additional decades is not limited by the material performance of the primary coolant system. Although irradiation damage has not degraded material behavior to an unacceptable level, past experience has revealed serious difficulties with repair welding on irradiated stainless steel. Stress corrosion can be mitigated by newly identified limits on impurity concentrations in the coolant water and by stress mitigation of weld residual stresses. Work continues in several areas: the effects of helium on mechanical behavior of irradiated stainless steel; improved weld methods for piping and the reactor tanks; and a surveillance program to track irradiation effects on the tank walls.

  12. Reactor service life extension program

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    Caskey, G.R.; Sindelar, R.L.; Ondrejcin, R.S.; Baumann, E.W.

    1990-01-01

    A review of the Savannah River Site production reactor systems was initiated in 1980 and led to implementation of the Reactor Materials Program in 1984 to assess reactor safety and reactor service life. The program evaluated performance of the reactor tanks, primary coolant piping, and thermal shields, components of welded construction that were fabricated from Type 304 stainless steel. The structural integrity analysis of the primary coolant system has shown that the pressure boundary is not susceptible to gross rupture, including a double ended guillotine break or equivalent large area bank. Residual service life is potentially limited by two material degradation modes, irradiation damage and intergranular stress corrosion cracking. Analysis of the structural integrity of the tanks and piping has shown that continued safe operation of the reactors for several additional decades is not limited by the material performance of the primary coolant system. Although irradiation damage has not degraded material behavior to an unacceptable level, past experience has revealed serious difficulties with repair welding on irradiated stainless steel. Stress corrosion can be mitigated by newly identified limits on impurity concentrations in the coolant water and by stress mitigation of weld residual stresses. Work continues in several areas: the effects of helium on mechanical behavior of irradiated stainless steel; improved weld methods for piping and the reactor tanks; and a surveillance program to track irradiation effects on the tank walls.

  13. Assessment of torsatrons as reactors

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    Lyon, J.F. (Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)); Painter, S.L. (Australian National Univ., Canberra, ACT (Australia))

    1992-12-01

    Stellarators have significant operational advantages over tokamaks as ignited steady-state reactors because stellarators have no dangerous disruptions and no need for continuous current drive or power recirculated to the plasma, both easing the first wall, blanket, and shield design; less severe constraints on the plasma parameters and profiles; and better access for maintenance. This study shows that a reactor based on the torsatron configuration (a stellarator variant) could also have up to double the mass utilization efficiency (MUE) and a significantly lower cost of electricity (COE) than a conventional tokamak reactor (ARIES-I) for a range of assumptions. Torsatron reactors can have much smaller coil systems than tokamak reactors because the coils are closer to the plasma and they have a smaller cross section (higher average current density because of the lower magnetic field). The reactor optimization approach and the costing and component models are those used in the current stage of the ARIES-I tokamak reactor study. Typical reactor parameters for a 1-GW(e) Compact Torsatron reactor example are major radius R[sub 0] = 6.6-8.8 m, on-axis magnetic field B[sup 0] = 4.8-7.5 T, B[sub max] (on coils) = 16 T, MUE 140-210 kW(e)/tonne, and COE (in constant 1990 dollars) = 67-79 mill/kW(e)h. The results are relatively sensitive to assumptions on the level of confinement improvement and the blanket thickness under the inboard half of the helical windings but relatively insensitive to other assumptions.

  14. Results from the DOE Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification Program

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    David Petti

    2014-06-01

    Modular HTGR designs were developed to provide natural safety, which prevents core damage under all design basis accidents and presently envisioned severe accidents. The principle that guides their design concepts is to passively maintain core temperatures below fission product release thresholds under all accident scenarios. This level of fuel performance and fission product retention reduces the radioactive source term by many orders of magnitude and allows potential elimination of the need for evacuation and sheltering beyond a small exclusion area. This level, however, is predicated on exceptionally high fuel fabrication quality and performance under normal operation and accident conditions. Germany produced and demonstrated high quality fuel for their pebble bed HTGRs in the 1980s, but no U.S. manufactured fuel had exhibited equivalent performance prior to the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification Program. The design goal of the modular HTGRs is to allow elimination of an exclusion zone and an emergency planning zone outside the plant boundary fence, typically interpreted as being about 400 meters from the reactor. To achieve this, the reactor design concepts require a level of fuel integrity that is better than that claimed for all prior US manufactured TRISO fuel, by a few orders of magnitude. The improved performance level is about a factor of three better than qualified for German TRISO fuel in the 1980’s. At the start of the AGR program, without a reactor design concept selected, the AGR fuel program selected to qualify fuel to an operating envelope that would bound both pebble bed and prismatic options. This resulted in needing a fuel form that could survive at peak fuel temperatures of 1250°C on a time-averaged basis and high burnups in the range of 150 to 200 GWd/MTHM (metric tons of heavy metal) or 16.4 to 21.8% fissions per initial metal atom (FIMA). Although Germany has demonstrated excellent performance of TRISO-coated UO

  15. Concept for LEU Burst Reactor

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    Klein, Steven Karl [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Kimpland, Robert Herbert [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2016-03-07

    Design and performance of a proposed LEU burst reactor are sketched. Salient conclusions reached are the following: size would be ~1,500 kg or greater, depending on the size of the central cavity; internal stresses during burst require split rings for relief; the reactor would likely require multiple control and safety rods for fine control; the energy spectrum would be comparable to that of HEU machines; and burst yields and steady-state power levels will be significantly greater in an LEU reactor.

  16. Nuclear reactor downcomer flow deflector

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    Gilmore, Charles B. (Greensburg, PA); Altman, David A. (Pittsburgh, PA); Singleton, Norman R. (Murrysville, PA)

    2011-02-15

    A nuclear reactor having a coolant flow deflector secured to a reactor core barrel in line with a coolant inlet nozzle. The flow deflector redirects incoming coolant down an annulus between the core barrel and the reactor vessel. The deflector has a main body with a front side facing the fluid inlet nozzle and a rear side facing the core barrel. The rear side of the main body has at least one protrusion secured to the core barrel so that a gap exists between the rear side of the main body adjacent the protrusion and the core barrel. Preferably, the protrusion is a relief that circumscribes the rear side of the main body.

  17. Safety of VVER-440 reactors

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    Slugen, Vladimir

    2011-01-01

    Safety of VVER-440 Reactors endeavours to promote an increase in the safety of VVER-440 nuclear reactors via the improvement of fission products limitation systems and the implementation of special non-destructive spectroscopic methods for materials testing. All theoretical and experimental studies performed the by author over the last 25 years have been undertaken with the aim of improving VVER-440 defence in depth, which is one of the most important principle for ensuring safety in nuclear power plants. Safety of VVER-440 Reactors is focused on the barrier system through which the safety pri

  18. Random processes in nuclear reactors

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    Williams, M M R

    1974-01-01

    Random Processes in Nuclear Reactors describes the problems that a nuclear engineer may meet which involve random fluctuations and sets out in detail how they may be interpreted in terms of various models of the reactor system. Chapters set out to discuss topics on the origins of random processes and sources; the general technique to zero-power problems and bring out the basic effect of fission, and fluctuations in the lifetime of neutrons, on the measured response; the interpretation of power reactor noise; and associated problems connected with mechanical, hydraulic and thermal noise sources

  19. Fuel Fabrication and Nuclear Reactors

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    Karpius, Peter Joseph [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2017-02-02

    The uranium from the enrichment plant is still in the form of UF6. UF6 is not suitable for use in a reactor due to its highly corrosive chemistry as well as its phase diagram. UF6 is converted into UO2 fuel pellets, which are in turn placed in fuel rods and assemblies. Reactor designs are variable in moderators, coolants, fuel, performance etc.The dream of energy ‘too-cheap to meter’ is no more, and now the nuclear power industry is pushing ahead with advanced reactor designs.

  20. Diseño de un plan de negocios para la creación de una Cooperativa Agrícola de Producción de Granadilla tipo exportación - Grancoop

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    2012-01-01

    Grancoop nace de la idea de crear una Cooperativa Agrícola de producción de Granadilla tipo exportación, con el objetivo de asociar a los productores de granadilla, brindándoles educación agrícola profesional en la pre y pos cosecha de la fruta, que impacte en lograr modelos más eficientes y sostenibles en términos ambientales y económicos, aplicando la Norma Técnica Colombiana 5400 de Buenas Prácticas Agrícolas para producir a gran escala y trascender a mercados extranjeros como Europa en do...

  1. Caracterización parcial de los contratistas de servicios de maquinaria agrícola en la micro región 2 –provincia de La Pampa, Argentina

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    Stadler, Soledad; Botta, Guido Fernando

    2015-01-01

    La introducción de nuevas tecnologías como la siembra directa y las semillas transgénicas, han ocasionado notables cambios en los aspectos productivos, económicos, sociales y ambientales. En este contexto, la figura del contratista de servicios de maquinaria agrícola, aumentó notablemente su participación en las actividades agrícolas, no solo en la región pampeana, sino también en las regiones extrapampeanas como consecuencia del corrimiento de la frontera agrícola. En la provincia de La Pamp...

  2. Necesidades educacionales sobre riesgo de plaguicidas en el contexto socio-ambiental de las comunidades agrícolas de Sonora

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    M.I. Silveira Gramont

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Para proponer estrategias de educación y comunicación sobre plaguicidas en las comunidades agrícolas de Sonora, se requiere situar la problemática de la exposición a plaguicidas en el contexto socio-cultural y ambiental de las comunidades afectadas, tomando en cuenta los factores que contribuyen al mayor riesgo de exposición de los trabajadores agrícolas y de sus familias. Este estudio examina los factores poblacionales, educacionales, culturales y de trabajo de habitantes y trabajadores agrícolas de dichas comunidades, así como las limitaciones de infraestructura comunitaria y de condiciones de vivienda en relación al riesgo de contaminación por plaguicidas. Sobre la base de este análisis se proponen posibles alternativas educacionales orientadas a mitigar tal riesgo en el contexto socio-cultural de dichas comunidades. Método De los estudios reportados sobre la presencia de residuos de plaguicidas en productos agrícolas y acuícolas, en suelos, agua, medio ambiente y en líquidos corporales de niños y adultos de Sonora, se puede concluir que tanto los trabajadores agrícolas como la población que reside cerca de las zonas agrícolas, están sujetos a un mayor riesgo de contaminación por plaguicidas. Para la realización del presente estudio se seleccionaron cinco comunidades localizadas en los valles agrícolas más productivos de Sonora, en las cuales se han llevado a cabo investigaciones relacionadas con plaguicidas. Básicamente, se analizó la información obtenida de encuestas aplicadas a residentes y trabajadores agrícolas de dichas comunidades, para explorar su conocimiento sobre uso y manejo de plaguicidas, percepción del riesgo que tales sustancias representan y las prácticas de protección personal que llevan a cabo para la prevención de dichos riesgos (en el hogar y trabajo. También se describe la infraestructura de los poblados y las viviendas de sus habitantes en relación al potencial de riesgo de contaminaci

  3. Nuclear reactor PBMR and cogeneration; Reactor nuclear PBMR y cogeneracion

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    Ramirez S, J. R.; Alonso V, G., E-mail: ramon.ramirez@inin.gob.mx [ININ, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

    2013-10-15

    In recent years the nuclear reactor designs for the electricity generation have increased their costs, so that at the moment costs are managed of around the 5000 US D for installed kw, reason for which a big nuclear plant requires of investments of the order of billions of dollars, the designed reactors as modular of low power seek to lighten the initial investment of a big reactor dividing the power in parts and dividing in modules the components to lower the production costs, this way it can begin to build a module and finished this to build other, differing the long term investment, getting less risk therefore in the investment. On the other hand the reactors of low power can be very useful in regions where is difficult to have access to the electric net being able to take advantage of the thermal energy of the reactor to feed other processes like the water desalination or the vapor generation for the processes industry like the petrochemical, or even more the possible hydrogen production to be used as fuel. In this work the possibility to generate vapor of high quality for the petrochemical industry is described using a spheres bed reactor of high temperature. (Author)

  4. FASTER test reactor preconceptual design report summary

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    Grandy, C. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Belch, H. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Brunett, A. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Heidet, F. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Hill, R. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Hoffman, E. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Jin, E. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Mohamed, W. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Moisseytsev, A. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Passerini, S. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Sienicki, J. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Sumner, T. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Vilim, R. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Hayes, Steven [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)

    2016-02-29

    The FASTER reactor plant is a sodium-cooled fast spectrum test reactor that provides high levels of fast and thermal neutron flux for scientific research and development. The 120MWe FASTER reactor plant has a superheated steam power conversion system which provides electrical power to a local grid allowing for recovery of operating costs for the reactor plant.

  5. ADAPTIVE CONTROL SYSTEM OF INDUSTRIAL REACTORS

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    Vyacheslav K. Mayevski

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes a mathematical model of an industrial chemical reactor for production of synthetic rubber. During reactor operation the model parameters vary considerably. To create a control algorithm performed transformation of mathematical model of the reactor in order to obtain a dependency that can be used to determine the model parameters are changing during reactor operation.

  6. FASTER Test Reactor Preconceptual Design Report

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    Grandy, C. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Belch, H. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Brunett, A. J. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Heidet, F. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Hill, R. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Hoffman, E. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Jin, E. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Mohamed, W. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Moisseytsev, A. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Passerini, S. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Sienicki, J. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Sumner, T. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Vilim, R. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Hayes, S. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)

    2016-03-31

    The FASTER test reactor plant is a sodium-cooled fast spectrum test reactor that provides high levels of fast and thermal neutron flux for scientific research and development. The 120MWe FASTER reactor plant has a superheated steam power conversion system which provides electrical power to a local grid allowing for recovery of operating costs for the reactor plant.

  7. Breeder Reactors, Understanding the Atom Series.

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    Mitchell, Walter, III; Turner, Stanley E.

    The theory of breeder reactors in relationship to a discussion of fission is presented. Different kinds of reactors are characterized by the cooling fluids used, such as liquid metal, gas, and molten salt. The historical development of breeder reactors over the past twenty-five years includes specific examples of reactors. The location and a brief…

  8. Evolution of the tandem mirror reactor concept

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    Carlson, G.A.; Logan, B.G.

    1982-03-09

    We discuss the evolution of the tandem mirror reactor concept from the original conceptual reactor design (1977) through the first application of the thermal barrier concept to a reactor design (1979) to the beginning of the Mirror Advanced Reactor Study (1982).

  9. Jules Horowitz Reactor, basic design

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    Bergamaschi, Y.; Bouilloux, Y.; Chantoin, P.; Guigon, B.; Bravo, X.; Germain, C.; Rommens, M.; Tremodeux, P

    2003-07-01

    Since the shutdown of the SILOE reactor in 1997, the OSIRIS reactor has ensured the needs regarding technological irradiation at CEA including those of its industrial partners and customers. The Jules Horowitz Reactor will replace it. It has the ambition to provide the necessary nuclear data and maintain a fission research capacity in Europe after 2010. This capacity should be service-oriented. It will be established in Cadarache. The Jules Horowitz reactor will also: - represent a significant step in term of performances and experimental capabilities, - be designed with a high flexibility, in order to satisfy the current demand from European industry, research and be able to accommodate future requirements, - reach a high level of safety, according to the best current practice. This paper will present the main functionalities and the design options resulting from the 'preliminary design' studies. (authors)

  10. Advanced Catalytic Hydrogenation Retrofit Reactor

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    Reinaldo M. Machado

    2002-08-15

    Industrial hydrogenation is often performed using a slurry catalyst in large stirred-tank reactors. These systems are inherently problematic in a number of areas, including industrial hygiene, process safety, environmental contamination, waste production, process operability and productivity. This program proposed the development of a practical replacement for the slurry catalysts using a novel fixed-bed monolith catalyst reactor, which could be retrofitted onto an existing stirred-tank reactor and would mitigate many of the minitations and problems associated with slurry catalysts. The full retrofit monolith system, consisting of a recirculation pump, gas/liquid ejector and monolith catalyst, is described as a monolith loop reactor or MLR. The MLR technology can reduce waste and increase raw material efficiency, which reduces the overall energy required to produce specialty and fine chemicals.

  11. Advanced Carbothermal Electric Reactor Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The overall objective of the Phase 1 effort was to demonstrate the technical feasibility of the Advanced Carbothermal Electric (ACE) Reactor concept. Unlike...

  12. Reactor operation environmental information document

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    Bauer, L.R.; Hayes, D.W.; Hunter, C.H.; Marter, W.L.; Moyer, R.A.

    1989-12-01

    This volume is a reactor operation environmental information document for the Savannah River Plant. Topics include meteorology, surface hydrology, transport, environmental impacts, and radiation effects. 48 figs., 56 tabs. (KD)

  13. Unique features of space reactors

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    Buden, David

    Space reactors are designed to meet a unique set of requirements; they must be sufficiently compact to be launched in a rocket to their operational location, operate for many years without maintenance and servicing, operate in extreme environments, and reject heat by radiation to space. To meet these restrictions, operating temperatures are much greater than in terrestrial power plants, and the reactors tend to have a fast neutron spectrum. Currently, a new generation of space reactor power plants is being developed. The major effort is in the SP-100 program, where the power plant is being designed for seven years of full power, and no maintenance operation at a reactor outlet operating temperature of 1350 K.

  14. Thermal Analysis for Mobile Reactor

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    2008-01-01

    <正>Mobile reactor design in the paper is consisted of two grades of thermal electric conversion. The first grade is the thermionic conversion inside the core and the second grade is thermocouple conversion

  15. Teaching About Nature's Nuclear Reactors

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    Herndon, J M

    2005-01-01

    Naturally occurring nuclear reactors existed in uranium deposits on Earth long before Enrico Fermi built the first man-made nuclear reactor beneath Staggs Field in 1942. In the story of their discovery, there are important lessons to be learned about scientific inquiry and scientific discovery. Now, there is evidence to suggest that the Earth's magnetic field and Jupiter's atmospheric turbulence are driven by planetary-scale nuclear reactors. The subject of planetocentric nuclear fission reactors can be a jumping off point for stimulating classroom discussions about the nature and implications of planetary energy sources and about the geomagnetic field. But more importantly, the subject can help to bring into focus the importance of discussing, debating, and challenging current thinking in a variety of areas.

  16. Advanced Carbothermal Electric Reactor Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — ORBITEC proposes to develop the Advanced Carbothermal Electric (ACE) reactor to efficiently extract oxygen from lunar regolith. Unlike state-of-the-art carbothermal...

  17. Solid State Reactor Final Report

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    Mays, G.T.

    2004-03-10

    The Solid State Reactor (SSR) is an advanced reactor concept designed to take advantage of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's (ORNL's) recently developed graphite foam that has enhanced heat transfer characteristics and excellent high-temperature mechanical properties, to provide an inherently safe, self-regulated, source of heat for power and other potential applications. This work was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Nuclear Energy Research Initiative (NERI) program (Project No. 99-064) from August 1999 through September 30, 2002. The initial concept of utilizing the graphite foam as a basis for developing an advanced reactor concept envisioned that a suite of reactor configurations and power levels could be developed for several different applications. The initial focus was looking at the reactor as a heat source that was scalable, independent of any heat removal/power conversion process. These applications might include conventional power generation, isotope production and destruction (actinides), and hydrogen production. Having conducted the initial research on the graphite foam and having performed the scoping parametric analyses from neutronics and thermal-hydraulic perspectives, it was necessary to focus on a particular application that would (1) demonstrate the viability of the overall concept and (2) require a reasonably structured design analysis process that would synthesize those important parameters that influence the concept the most as part of a feasible, working reactor system. Thus, the application targeted for this concept was supplying power for remote/harsh environments and a design that was easily deployable, simplistic from an operational standpoint, and utilized the new graphite foam. Specifically, a 500-kW(t) reactor concept was pursued that is naturally load following, inherently safe, optimized via neutronic studies to achieve near-zero reactivity change with burnup, and proliferation resistant. These four major areas

  18. Microchannel Reactors for ISRU Applications

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    Carranza, Susana; Makel, Darby B.; Blizman, Brandon; Ward, Benjamin J.

    2005-02-01

    Affordable planning and execution of prolonged manned space missions depend upon the utilization of local resources and the waste products which are formed in manned spacecraft and surface bases. Successful in-situ resources utilization (ISRU) will require component technologies which provide optimal size, weight, volume, and power efficiency. Microchannel reactors enable the efficient chemical processing of in situ resources. The reactors can be designed for the processes that generate the most benefit for each mission. For instance, propellants (methane) can be produced from carbon dioxide from the Mars atmosphere using the Sabatier reaction and ethylene can be produced from the partial oxidation of methane. A system that synthesizes ethylene could be the precursor for systems to synthesize ethanol and polyethylene. Ethanol can be used as a nutrient for Astrobiology experiments, as well as the production of nutrients for human crew (e.g. sugars). Polyethylene can be used in the construction of habitats, tools, and replacement parts. This paper will present recent developments in miniature chemical reactors using advanced Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and microchannel technology to support ISRU of Mars and lunar missions. Among other applications, the technology has been demonstrated for the Sabatier process and for the partial oxidation of methane. Microchannel reactors were developed based on ceramic substrates as well as metal substrates. In both types of reactors, multiple layers coated with catalytic material are bonded, forming a monolithic structure. Such reactors are readily scalable with the incorporation of extra layers. In addition, this reactor structure minimizes pressure drop and catalyst settling, which are common problems in conventional packed bed reactors.

  19. Reactor antineutrinos and nuclear physics

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    Balantekin, A. B.

    2016-11-01

    Short-baseline reactor neutrino experiments successfully measured the neutrino parameters they set out to measure, but they also identified a shape distortion in the 5-7 MeV range as well as a reduction from the predicted value of the flux. Nuclear physics input into the calculations of reactor antineutrino spectra needs to be better refined if this anomaly is to be interpreted as due to sterile neutrino states.

  20. Reactor Simulator Testing

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    Schoenfeld, Michael P.; Webster, Kenny L.; Pearson, Boise J.

    2013-01-01

    As part of the Nuclear Systems Office Fission Surface Power Technology Demonstration Unit (TDU) project, a reactor simulator test loop (RxSim) was design & built to perform integrated testing of the TDU components. In particular, the objectives of RxSim testing was to verify the operation of the core simulator, the instrumentation and control system, and the ground support gas and vacuum test equipment. In addition, it was decided to include a thermal test of a cold trap purification design and a pump performance test at pump voltages up to 150 V since the targeted mass flow rate of 1.75 kg/s was not obtained in the RxSim at the originally constrained voltage of 120 V. This paper summarizes RxSim testing. The gas and vacuum ground support test equipment performed effectively in NaK fill, loop pressurization, and NaK drain operations. The instrumentation and control system effectively controlled loop temperature and flow rates or pump voltage to targeted settings. The cold trap design was able to obtain the targeted cold temperature of 480 K. An outlet temperature of 636 K was obtained which was lower than the predicted 750 K but 156 K higher than the cold temperature indicating the design provided some heat regeneration. The annular linear induction pump (ALIP) tested was able to produce a maximum flow rate of 1.53 kg/s at 800 K when operated at 150 V and 53 Hz.

  1. Novel Catalytic Membrane Reactors

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    Stuart Nemser, PhD

    2010-10-01

    There are many industrial catalytic organic reversible reactions with amines or alcohols that have water as one of the products. Many of these reactions are homogeneously catalyzed. In all cases removal of water facilitates the reaction and produces more of the desired chemical product. By shifting the reaction to right we produce more chemical product with little or no additional capital investment. Many of these reactions can also relate to bioprocesses. Given the large number of water-organic compound separations achievable and the ability of the Compact Membrane Systems, Inc. (CMS) perfluoro membranes to withstand these harsh operating conditions, this is an ideal demonstration system for the water-of-reaction removal using a membrane reactor. Enhanced reaction synthesis is consistent with the DOE objective to lower the energy intensity of U.S. industry 25% by 2017 in accord with the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and to improve the United States manufacturing competitiveness. The objective of this program is to develop the platform technology for enhancing homogeneous catalytic chemical syntheses.

  2. LMFBR type reactor

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    Iwashige, Kengo

    1996-06-21

    In an LMFBR type reactor, partitions are disposed to a coolant channel at positions lower than the free liquid level, and the width of the partitions is adapted to have a predetermined condition. Namely, when low temperature fluid overflowing the wall of the coolant channel, flows down and collided against the free liquid surface in the coolant channel, since the dropping speed thereof is reduced abruptly, large pressure waves are caused by kinetic force of the low temperature fluid. However, if appropriate numbers of partitions having an appropriate shape are formed, the dropping speed of the low temperature fluid is moderated to reduce the pressure waves. In addition, since the pressure waves are dispersed to the circumferential and lateral directions of the coolant flow channel respectively, the propagation of the pressure waves can be prevented effectively. Further, when the flow of the low temperature fluid is changed to the circumferential direction, for example, by earthquakes, since the partitions act as members resisting against the circumferential change of the low temperature fluid, the change of the direction can be suppressed. (N.H.)

  3. Calculation of reactor antineutrino spectra in TEXONO

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    Chen Dong Liang; Mao Ze Pu; Wong, T H

    2002-01-01

    In the low energy reactor antineutrino physics experiments, either for the researches of antineutrino oscillation and antineutrino reactions, or for the measurement of abnormal magnetic moment of antineutrino, the flux and the spectra of reactor antineutrino must be described accurately. The method of calculation of reactor antineutrino spectra was discussed in detail. Furthermore, based on the actual circumstances of NP2 reactors and the arrangement of detectors, the flux and the spectra of reactor antineutrino in TEXONO were worked out

  4. Tritium management in fusion reactors

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    Galloway, T.R.

    1978-05-01

    This is a review paper covering the key environmental and safety issues and how they have been handled in the various magnetic and inertial confinement concepts and reference designs. The issues treated include: tritium accident analyses, tritium process control, occupational safety, HTO formation rate from the gas-phase, disposal of tritium contaminated wastes, and environmental impact--each covering the Joint European Tokamak (J.E.T. experiment), Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR), Russian T-20, The Next Step (TNS) designs by Westinghouse/ORNL and General Atomic/ANL, the ANL and ORNL EPR's, the G.A. Doublet Demonstration Reactor, the Italian Fintor-D and the ORNL Demo Studies. There are also the following full scale plant reference designs: UWMAK-III, LASL's Theta Pinch Reactor Design (RTPR), Mirror Fusion Reactor (MFR), Tandem Mirror Reactor (TMR), and the Mirror Hybrid Reactor (MHR). There are four laser device breakeven experiments, SHIVA-NOVA, LLL reference designs, ORNL Laser Fusion power plant, the German ''Saturn,'' and LLL's Laser Fusion EPR I and II.

  5. The agr inhibitors solonamide B and analogues alter immune responses to Staphylococccus aureus but do not exhibit adverse effects on immune cell functions

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    Baldry, Mara; Kitir, Betül; Frøkiær, Hanne;

    2016-01-01

    Staphylococcus aureus infections are becoming increasingly difficult to treat due to antibiotic resistance with the community-associated methicillin-resistant S. aureus (CA-MRSA) strains such as USA300 being of particular concern. The inhibition of bacterial virulence has been proposed as an alte......Staphylococcus aureus infections are becoming increasingly difficult to treat due to antibiotic resistance with the community-associated methicillin-resistant S. aureus (CA-MRSA) strains such as USA300 being of particular concern. The inhibition of bacterial virulence has been proposed...... as an alternative approach to treat multi-drug resistant pathogens. One interesting anti-virulence target is the agr quorum-sensing system, which regulates virulence of CA-MRSA in response to agr-encoded autoinducing peptides. Agr regulation confines exotoxin production to the stationary growth phase...... an agr-negative state may have adverse interactions with host factors in favor of host colonization....

  6. The discovery by Gh. Benga of the first water channel protein in 1985 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, A few years before P. Agre (2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry).

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    Cucuianu, M

    2006-01-01

    The first water channel protein, now called aquaporin 1, was identified or "seen" in situ in the human red blood cell membrane by Benga's group in 1985. It was again "seen" when it was by chance purified by Agre'group in 1988 and was again identified when its main feature, the water transport property, was found by Agre's group in 1992. Consequently, the omission of Gh. Benga from the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (half of which was awarded to P. Agre "for the discovery of the water channels") is a new mistake in the award of Nobel Prizes. The growing recognition of the priority of Gh. Benga over P. Agre in the discovery of water channels is documented in this paper.

  7. Evaluación de riesgo del tratamiento de semillas con plaguicidas para las aves silvestres de ecosistemas agrícolas:el caso de la perdíz roja

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    López Antia, Ana

    2015-01-01

    La conservación de las aves agrícolas es uno de los mayores retos de conservación en Europa. El declive de estas aves está claramente ligado a la transformación del sistema de producción agrícola que se viene dando desde mediados del pasado siglo. Uno de los puntos de partida de esta tesis es que la intensificación agrícola ha llevado a una reducción en el alimento natural disponible para las aves agrícolas, viéndose éstas obligadas a buscar fuentes alternativas de alimento como la semilla de...

  8. Transmissões presentes em tratores agrícolas no Brasil Transmissions present in agricultural tractors in Brazil

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    Rodrigo Lampert Ribas

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available O sistema de transmissão de um trator agrícola tem por principal finalidade transmitir a potência gerada no motor ao sistema hidráulico, à tomada de potência e às rodas motrizes. A caixa de câmbio é formada por uma série de engrenagens que permitem a correta seleção da velocidade e do torque mais adequados a uma determinada operação. Assim, as transmissões podem ser classificadas, basicamente, em três categorias: mecânicas, hidrostáticas e hidrodinâmicas, sendo as transmissões mecânicas subdivididas em engrenagens deslizantes e sincronizadas. Este trabalho objetivou analisar os diferentes tipos de transmissões disponibilizados em 169 modelos de tratores fabricados no Brasil, com a finalidade de avaliar a real distribuição nas diferentes faixas de potência e estabelecer possíveis relações entre esses parâmetros. Como resultado, evidencia-se uma forte tendência de tratores agrícolas com potência menor que 111,8kW possuírem transmissão do tipo mecânica, e tratores acima de 111,8kW, do tipo hidrostática.The transmission system of an agricultural tractor has a main purpose to transmit the power generated in the hydraulic motor, the power take off and the drive wheels. The gearshift consists of a series of gears that allows the correct selection of speed and torque more appropriate to a particular operation. Then, the transmissions can be classified, basically, in three categories: mechanical, hydrostatic and hydrodynamic, being the mechanical transmissions subdivided in sliding gear and synchronized. Then, the objective of this research was to analyze the different types of transmissions available in 169 models of tractors made in Brazil in order to evaluate the real distribution of them in different power ranges and establish possible correlations. As a result, it was shown a strong tendency for agricultural tractors with power less than 111.8kW possessing mechanical transmission and tractors above 111.8k

  9. Tratamiento térmico con láser de cuchillas de acero para uso agrícola

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    Muñiz, G.

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available The present paper focuses on the laser surface treatment of mild steels with different %wt of carbon to be used as cutting blades in agricultural applications. The results are discussed in function of the metallographic study, hardness profiles, wear resistance and corrosion testing. Special attention is paid to the results of the results obtained with the experimental steel with carbon 0.33 %wt because it is a new promising material specifically developed to be applied in such agricultural uses. Metallographic studies showed three well defined regions: the laser treated zone, where solid state phase transformation occurs, the heat affected zone (HAZ with partial transformations and finally the bulk metal with the original microstructure. Surface hardness was in all cases higher than the base steel in a depth range 600 μm. Wear resistance is notably improved with laser heat treatment while no detrimental effects were induced in their specific corrosion resistance.

    En el presente trabajo se muestran los resultados obtenidos en el temple superficial mediante láser, sobre aceros con distintos contenidos en carbono susceptibles de empleo en la producción de cuchillas de corte para aplicaciones agrícolas. Se comparan los resultados de los distintos aceros en función de su estudio metalográfico, perfiles de dureza y ensayos de resistencia al desgaste y a la corrosión. Destacan los resultados obtenidos con el acero de 0,33 % de carbono, por tratarse de un acero experimental de producción reciente para su empleo en cuchillas de uso agrícola. Tras el estudio metalográfico, se aprecia, en la capa superficial del metal tratado, la existencia de tres zonas bien definidas: la zona tratada en la que ocurren las transformaciones de fase típicas del temple, una zona de transición, que podemos considerar como la zona afectada térmicamente (ZAT, con transformaciones parciales y, por último, el metal base con su microestructura de origen. Las

  10. O Comportamento do Preço da Terra Agrícola: um modelo de painel de dados espaciais

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    Regina Lúcia Sanches Malassise

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Resumo: O presente artigo analisou o comportamento do preço da terra agrícola nos municípios do Paraná no período de 1999-2011. Partindo da revisão bibliográfica dos principais estudos nacionais sobre o tema, foi possível identificar os determinantes do preço da terra e os métodos utilizados. Neste sentido, optou­-se por estimar um modelo para o preço da terra via painel de dados espaciais. As estimativas indicaram que o valor bruto da produção agropecuária, a valorização patrimonial, o financiamento total à agropecuária, a relação investimento-receita municipal, o percentual da área plantada do município com soja e a incorporação da dependência espacial do preço da terra são variáveis que explicam o preço da terra no estado do Paraná. Estas explicariam 84% dos preços e indicaram que há maior ajuste intrapainel, sendo os efeitos espaciais mais intensos no próprio município e em relação ao todo. Em especial, o modelo proposto avançou em termos estruturais, com a incorporação de variáveis coletadas para todos os 399 municípios do Paraná, e em termos metodológicos, ao estimar via painéis de dados a influência dos efeitos de espacialidade sobre o preço da terra agrícola, destacando a importância da localização e da vizinhança na determinação de tal preço.

  11. Innovative hybrid biological reactors using membranes; Reactores biologico hibrido innovadores utilizando membranas

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    Diez, R.; Esteban-Garcia, A. L.; Florio, L. de; Rodriguez-Hernandez, L.; Tejero, I.

    2011-07-01

    In this paper we present two lines of research on hybrid reactors including the use of membranes, although with different functions: RBPM, biofilm reactors and membranes filtration RBSOM, supported biofilm reactors and oxygen membranes. (Author) 14 refs.

  12. Economía de Producción Agrícola en Colombia: Capitulo 1. Regiones Geográficas y Agrícolas de Colombia

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    Beltrán G. Gregorio

    1953-09-01

    y en su parte sur vuelve a ser plana. La cría del ganado parece ser la ocupación principal; se concentra en los alrededores de Villavicencio. Se han hecho varios intentos espontáneos para colonizar parte de esta región pero sin resultados definitivos. Al tratar sobre la agricultura de un país se hace necesario tomar en cuenta la distribución de sus recursos humanos. La población de Colombia es de unos 10 habitantes por kilometro cuadrado, pero esta cifra global no da ni siquiera una idea aproximada de cómo está poblado el país, ya que más del 98 por ciento de su población vive en el tercio occidental de la nación aun dentro de esta zona la fluctuación por departamentos es bastante grande. Por otro lado están las zonas agrícolas pues hemos visto distintas clasificaciones del país en zonas fitogeográficas y de elevación. Sin embargo éstas no tienen un valor económico inmediato. Dentro de ellas existen regiones más pequeñas pero más homogéneas en cuanto al clima, régimen de lluvias, suelos y organización que se especializan en la producción de uno o más agrícolas. Estas regiones deberán servir en el futuro como núcleo de los estudios de economía de producción agrícola, por tener todas ellas sistemas de agricultura más o menos conocidos pero cuya verdadera organización económica se desconoce. Como en el país no se han hecho todavía estudios serios de geografía económica y las publicaciones de la Contraloría General de la República en este campo se han limitado a una recopilación de los pocos datos estadísticos que se disponen los departamentos, se dan las siguientes descripciones de las zonas agrícolas para que se tenga una idea aproximada de sus principales características.

  13. Zonificación del Municipio Gibara, útil de trabajo para el comienzo de las actividades extensión agrícola.

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    Raciel Ojeda Fernández; Severo Aranda Aranda; Daimarelis Rodríguez Leyva

    2003-01-01

    Se expone la zonificación del municipio Gibara fundamentado en un análisis sistémico del medio donde se desarrolla la producción agropecuaria. Para conseguir este resultado se comenzó con la búsqueda de informaciones del medio físico, socioeconómico y agrícola del municipio. Posteriormente se confeccionaron mapas de hidrología, suelos, temperatura, vías de comunicación terrestres, pluviometría y prácticas agrícolas; a continuación se analizó la información contenida en cada mapa superponiéndo...

  14. Análisis económico de la “bio-carbonización” como práctica de manejo agrícola

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    Ramirez, Juan Andres; Rosales Alvarez, Ramon

    2009-01-01

    Las altas concentraciones de gases de efecto invernadero, específicamente CO2, han sido señaladas como la principal causa del cambio climático. La adopción de prácticas agrícolas capaces de incrementar el contenido de carbono en el suelo, ha sido propuesta como una estrategia de bajo costo y disponibilidad inmediata para enfrentar este fenómeno. La Bio-carbonización es una de estas prácticas agrícolas, la cual implica la aplicación de carbón vegetal al suelo, de modo que el carbono queda capt...

  15. Establishment of licensing process for development reactors

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    Jo, Jong Chull; Yune, Young Gill; Kim, Woong Sik (and others)

    2006-02-15

    A study on licensing processes for development reactors has been performed to prepare the licensing of development reactors developed in Korea. The contents and results of the study are summarized as follows. The licensing processes for nuclear reactors in Korea, U.S.A., Japan, France, U.K., Canada, and IAEA were surveyed and analyzed to obtain technical bases necessary for establishing licensing processes applicable to development reactors in Korea. Based on the technical bases obtained the above analysis, the purpose, power output, and design characteristics of development reactors were analyzed in detail. The analysis results suggested that development reactors should be classified as a new reactor category (called as 'development reactor') separated from the current reactor categories such as the research reactor and the power reactor. Therefore, it is proposed to establish a new reactor category classified as 'development reactor' for the development reactors. And licensing processes, including licensing technical requirements, licensing document requirements, and other regulatory requirements, were also proposed for the development reactors. In order to institutionalize the licensing processes developed in this study, it is necessary to revise the current laws. Therefore, draft provisions of Atomic Energy Act, Enforcement Decree of the Atomic Energy Act, and Enforcement Regulation of the Atomic Energy Act have been developed for the preparation of the future legalization of the licensing processes proposed for the development reactors. Conclusively, a proposal of licensing processes and draft provisions of laws have been developed for the development reactors. The results proposed in this study can be applied directly to the licensing of the future development reactors. Furthermore, they will also contribute to establishing successfully the licensing processes of the development reactors.

  16. Repairing liner of the reactor; Reparacion del liner del reactor

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    Aguilar H, F. [ININ, 52045 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

    2001-07-15

    Due to the corrosion problems of the aluminum coating of the reactor pool, a periodic inspections program by ultrasound to evaluate the advance grade and the corrosion speed was settled down. This inspections have shown the necessity to repair some areas, in those that the slimming is significant, of not making it can arrive to the water escape of the reactor pool. The objective of the repair is to place patches of plates of 1/4 inch aluminum thickness in the areas of the reactor 'liner', in those that it has been detected by ultrasound a smaller thickness or similar to 3 mm. To carry out this the fuels are move (of the core and those that are decaying) to a temporary storage, the structure of the core is confined in a tank that this placed inside the pool of the reactor, a shield is placed in the thermal column and it is completely extracted the water for to leave uncover the 'liner' of the reactor. (Author)

  17. Reactor Simulator Testing

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    Schoenfeld, Michael P.; Webster, Kenny L.; Pearson, Boise Jon

    2013-01-01

    As part of the Nuclear Systems Office Fission Surface Power Technology Demonstration Unit (TDU) project, a reactor simulator test loop (RxSim) was design & built to perform integrated testing of the TDU components. In particular, the objectives of RxSim testing was to verify the operation of the core simulator, the instrumentation and control system, and the ground support gas and vacuum test equipment. In addition, it was decided to include a thermal test of a cold trap purification design and a pump performance test at pump voltages up to 150 V since the targeted mass flow rate of 1.75 kg/s was not obtained in the RxSim at the originally constrained voltage of 120 V. This paper summarizes RxSim testing. The gas and vacuum ground support test equipment performed effectively in NaK fill, loop pressurization, and NaK drain operations. The instrumentation and control system effectively controlled loop temperature and flow rates or pump voltage to targeted settings. The cold trap design was able to obtain the targeted cold temperature of 480 K. An outlet temperature of 636 K was obtained which was lower than the predicted 750 K but 156 K higher than the cold temperature indicating the design provided some heat regeneration. The annular linear induction pump (ALIP) tested was able to produce a maximum flow rate of 1.53 kg/s at 800 K when operated at 150 V and 53 Hz. Keywords: fission, space power, nuclear, liquid metal, NaK.

  18. Logística reversa de defensivos agrícolas: fatores que influenciam na consciência ambiental de agricultores gaúchos e mineiros

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    Wagner Junior Ladeira

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Nos últimos anos, observa-se um aumento das pressões legais e sociais em favor de uma maior preocupação com o meio ambiente em vários países, incluindo o Brasil. Se antes o foco era indústrias poluidoras, agora, também o setor agrícola sofre essas pressões. Considerando este cenário, o presente estudo tem como objetivo verificar quais são os principais fatores que levam produtores rurais a realizarem a logística reversa de embalagens de defensivos agrícolas. Para isso, foram aplicados questionários a 398 agricultores (residentes no Rio Grande do Sul e em Minas Gerais, produtores de soja, café, fumo, feijão e morango. Analisaram-se tanto as questões ambientais quanto as questões legais incluídas nesse processo. A fim de se atingir o objetivo proposto, foi adotada uma abordagem quantitativa, através da análise de regressão múltipla. No modelo de regressão estimado, observou-se que, dentro do processo de recolhimento de embalagens, três questões foram relacionadas à consciência ambiental: i manuseio de defensivos agrícolas e a legislação atual; ii adoção de tecnologia e de novas práticas e iii riscos a saúde humana. Nos achados empíricos a consciência ambiental recebe fortes interferências de fatores relacionados ao manuseio de defensivos agrícolas e da legislação atual.

  19. Estratégias de marketing da indústria de tratores agrícolas no Brasil : o caso da Massey-Fergusson e da Valmet

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    Bussab, Murilo de Oliveira

    2010-01-01

    Avalia o ambiente de marketing em que os dois maiores fabricantes de tratores agrícolas do país estavam inseridos, entre 1970 e 1996. Levanta o referencial teórico existente a respeito das principais opções estratégicas das empresas. Identifica e avalia as estratégias adotadas pela Massey-Fergusson e pela Valmet

  20. Metodologia para estimar o número de dias trabalháveis com máquinas agrícolas

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    Javier Solis Estrada

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available No atual modelo de agricultura, é indispensável que o produtor conheça a real disponibilidade de tempo para a execução das operações agrícolas ao longo do ciclo das culturas. Este é o primeiro passo para se planejar e se obter maior eficiência na execução dessas operações, que estão sujeitas às variações do clima. As variáveis meteorológicas de uma determinada região influenciam diretamente no número de dias disponíveis para trabalhar com máquinas agrícolas. O objetivo deste trabalho foi estimar as probabilidades de ocorrência de dias favoráveis para o trabalho mecanizado, utilizando-se informações meteorológicas do município de Santa Maria, RS, Brasil. As condições para se considerar o dia como favorável para o trabalho com máquinas foram a precipitação < 5 mm e o armazenamento de água no solo (ARM entre 40 e 90% da capacidade de água disponível (CAD. O método da cadeia de Markov de primeira ordem foi utilizado para estimar as probabilidades condicionais de dias favoráveis ao trabalho com máquinas. Os resultados indicam que a metodologia aplicada para estimar as probabilidades de dias favoráveis ao uso de máquinas agrícolas foi viável, evidenciando as épocas mais apropriadas à execução de operações agrícolas mecanizadas no campo, para o município de Santa Maria, RS.

  1. Retos del crédito agrícola: estudio de caso de la intermediación financiera en el sur de Sonora, México

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    Mario Alberto Camiro Pérez

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available En años recientes, la política agrícola oficial ha orientado sus esfuerzos para construir el sistema financiero rural sustentado en un arreglo institucional nuevo. En consecuencia, el Estado mexicano impulsó la creación de la Financiera Rural como banca de desarrollo, y así encaminar sus actividades en torno al crédito agrícola como servicio fundamental del sistema. Asimismo, con el fin de facilitar su transición como banca de segundo piso, se estableció un programa de apoyo a los intermediarios financieros rurales, para mejorar el servicio del crédito agrícola a los productores nacionales. En este contexto, el presente estudio analiza el papel de la Financiera Rural y los retos de la intermediación financiera, con base en un estudio de caso en el valle del Yaqui, Sonora, donde, a pesar de su potencial, las organizaciones de agricultores enfrentan restricciones importantes para acceder a servicios financieros e integrarlos a sus estrategias de desarrollo.

  2. Formação para o ensino agrícola nos Centros de treinamento de Professores e de auxiliares rurais (1952-1963

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    Iraíde Marques de Freitas Barreiro

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo analiza la enseñanza agrícola propuesta y desarrollada por la Campaña Nacional de Educación Rural (1952-1963 en los Centros de Entrenamientos de Profesores y Auxiliares Rurales. Se analizan los programas de enseñanza de esos cursos publicados en el volumen espacial, número 10, editado por la Campaña en 1961/1962. La enseñanza agrícola componía la educación rural y tenía como objetivo formar profesoras rurales y ampliar conocimientos del hombre del campo para estabilizarlo en su medio. Esa formación buscó suplir la falta de profesores rurales, de conocimientos agrícolas, higiene rural, fuertemente orientada por la “educación de las costumbres”, de como portarse a la mesa y la valoración del ocio racional, así como campañas de registro civil y casamientos, campaña de los árboles, incentivo para elegir representantes de los directorios como forma de educación para la ciudadanía. La ausencia de profesoras rurales y los bajos sueldos denunciados desnudan las prácticas de desvalorización docente de nuestros gobernantes.

  3. Reactivity determination in accelerator driven reactors using reactor noise analysis

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    Kostić Ljiljana 1

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Feynman-alpha and Rossi-alpha methods are used in traditional nuclear reactors to determine the subcritical reactivity of a system. The methods are based on the measurement of the mean value, variance and the covariance of detector counts for different measurement times. Such methods attracted renewed attention recently with the advent of the so-called accelerator driven reactors (ADS proposed some time ago. The ADS systems, intended to be used either in energy generation or transuranium transmutation, will use a subcritical core with a strong spallation source. A spallation source has statistical properties that are different from those traditionally used by radioactive sources. In such reactors the monitoring of the subcritical reactivity is very important, and a statistical method, such as the Feynman-alpha method, is capable of resolving this problem.

  4. Análisis de investigaciones realizadas para modelar la compactación del suelo agrícola

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    Omar González Cueto

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available La compactación del suelo provocada por el tránsito de la maquinaria, es un problema que afecta las áreas de producción agrícola. Su modelación permite implementar estrategias de manejo del suelo y la maquinaria. Este trabajo tiene como objetivo analizar las principales características que presentan los métodos empleados para modelar la compactación del suelo. Los resultados muestran que el método más preciso para la modelación de la compactación del suelo es el Método de Elementos Finitos. Los modelos para la simulación de la compactación del suelo difieren de los desarrollados para simular el desempeño de neumáticos o del vehículo debido a que en la modelación del contacto, generalmente el neumático no se representa, sólo se simula el efecto de la presión sobre un área del suelo con forma preestablecida.

  5. Biodegradación de diesel mexicano por un consorcio de bacterias de un suelo agrícola

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    Santiago Cardona

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Se realiza la biodegradación de diesel presente en agua por medio de microorganismos de un suelo agrícola. Se determina la cinética de biotransformación y adsorción del diesel para su aplicación en los proyectos de saneamiento de suelos y acuíferos contaminados con diesel. Se presenta la metodología y los resultados de la biodegradación y la adsorción del diesel contenido en agua sintética así como la caracterización del suelo de cultivo seleccionado para el estudio. La degradación se realiza utilizando los microorganismos nativos del suelo de cultivo seleccionado, al cual se le suministra nitrógeno como nutriente y sin él. El peróxido de hidrógeno se suministra como fuente de oxígeno. Por último se presentan los análisis de las cinéticas que determinan la volatilización del diesel. Con los resultados obtenidos se determinan las ecuaciones cinéticas de degradación, adsorción y se calcularon las constantes de velocidad.

  6. Aerodinámica de la corriente de aire de un pulverizador agrícola con ventilador centrifugo

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    Mario Ignacio Herrera Prat

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Las contaminaciones medioambientales debido a que las gotas del pesticida no alcanzan el blanco y el creciente aumento en las aplicaciones se han vuelto un problema de salud medioambiental. En la aplicación de defensivos agrícolas a los frutales los pulverizadores más utilizados son los que se auxilian de corriente de aire para el traslado de la gota al árbol. Los ventiladores axiales con salida radial es el esquema más extendido, aunque con éxito también se emplean los ventiladores centrífugos en la construcción de los pulverizadores. La aerodinámica de la corriente de aire es la que decide en la calidad de la aplicación y el régimen de trabajo en este equipo. En el trabajo se estudia la aerodinámica de la corriente de aire del pulverizador "MARTIGNANI"5 que utiliza el ventilador centrífugo "MAJOR"5 que distribuye el aire en cuatro salidas. En el estudio se determinara la velocidad del aire, su uniformidad, caudal en las salidas y se analiza la corriente de aire aplicando modelos matemáticos. Se caracteriza la aerodinámica del pulverizador para fundamentar regimenes de trabajo racionales.

  7. Capacidad dispersiva de Ceratitis capitata (Diptera: Tephritidae entre valles agrícolas en San Juan, Argentina

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    Leonardo M. DÍAZ

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann, díptero tefrítido cosmopolita originario del norte de África, es la principal plaga de los frutales en muchos países de América. El objetivo de este trabajo fue conocer las características de la capacidad de dispersión de Ceratitis capitata , mediante la liberación de moscas estériles en condiciones de campo, con el propósito de predecir las posibles invasiones de valles agrícolas vecinos. Se liberaron 54.000 moscas estériles marcadas de ambos sexos, en localidades del valle de Tulum, cercanas a los ingresos de los valles de Ullum y Zonda. Para el monitoreo del vuelo dispersivo se instalaron trampas Jackson y Mc Phail. Se capturaron 1.213 adultos durante el periodo de muestreo. No hubo propagación de los adultos liberados desde el valle de Tulum a los valles de Ullum y Zonda. La presencia de hospederos, posición geográfica de cada Quebrada y la orientación respecto al viento predominante, podrían explicar la diferencia de difusión entre ambas Quebradas. La dispersión duró cinco semanas. La distancia media de los adultos liberados fue de 3.764 m (S= 2.897 m sin encontrar diferencias entre ambos sexos.

  8. Uso de plaguicidas en cultivos agrícolas como herramienta para el monitoreo de peligros en salud

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    Virya Bravo Durán

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Costa Rica ha incrementado el uso de plaguicidas de mayor toxicidad, debido entre otras cosas al desarrollo de plagas más resistentes y la necesidad que tienen algunos productos agrícolas de exportación de mantener su posición en el mercado internacional. El ser humano al entrar en contacto con los plaguicidas puede experimentar efectos adversos en su salud desde agudos hasta crónicos que se manifiestan en diferentes grados. Para generar indicadores de peligro en salud en algunos cultivos por el uso de estas sustancias, se utilizaron la cantidad de plaguicidas aplicada y su toxicidad. Los datos de uso se recopilan directamente de los productores, a través de un cuestionario, los ingredientes activos identificados se caracterizaron por su toxicidad y se clasificaron por la manifestación de los efectos. Se calculó como indicador la cantidad de plaguicidas aplicada (kg ia/ha/año por las clases de toxicidad consideradas más peligrosas: 1. Efectos de toxicidad aguda en grado de alto a extremo y 2. Tres o más efectos crónicos positivos. Se recomienda vigilar el uso de bromuro de metilo, metam sodio, terbufos, etoprofos, endosulfan, MCPA y carbofuran por toxicidad aguda de alta a extrema y mancozeb, paraquat, diazinon, 2,4-D y carbofuran por efectos crónicos.  

  9. Hongos de importancia agrícola presentes en moscas de la fruta del valle de Ica, Perú

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    Carlos E. Tipismana

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo del presente trabajo fue aislar e identificar hongos de especímenes de moscas de la fruta de los géneros Ceratitis (Macleay y Anastrepha (Schiner, del valle de Ica, Perú. Se aislaron hongos pertenecientes a los géneros Alternaria, Aspergillus, Cladosporium, Mucor, Penicillium, Rhizoctonia, Rhizopus y Trichoderma;así como levaduras y micelios estériles. Los recuentos de hongos presentaron rangos entre 8x103 a 8x104 UFC/g para el género Ceratitis; y 7x103 a 7x104 UFC/g para el género Anastrepha. El IVI% (Índice de Valor de Importancia demostró que Cladosporium es el género con mayor valor ecológico con un 78,05%. El Índice de Similitud de especies de hongos entre ambos géneros de mosca de la fruta analizados fue 0,5. Los resultados obtenidos confirman la presencia de hongos en moscas de la fruta; y se deduce el posible impacto de estos dípteros en el área agrícola como potenciales agentes vectores de enfermedades fúngicas para los cultivos locales de importancia económica.

  10. Violencia laboral contra jornaleras agrícolas en tres comunidades del noroeste de México

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    Ma. del Carmen Arellano Gálvez

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de este artículo es analizar las formas de violencia laboral contra mujeres jornaleras agrícolas en tres comunidades de Sinaloa, Sonora y Baja California, para lo que se utilizó una metodología cualitativa, a través de entrevistas grupales que se les hicieron a ellas. Los resultados señalan que las trabajadoras reconocen la violación a sus derechos laborales, como no contar con servicios médicos para ellas y sus hijos, ni ingresos por faltar al trabajo cuando éstos enferman y menos opciones laborales durante el embarazo. A diario viven el acoso y el hostigamiento ejercido por hombres posicionados en distintas jerarquías laborales, pero no son pasivas ante la violencia, ya que diseñan estrategias de autocuidado. Otras se organizan para brindar asesoría a mujeres sobre sus derechos laborales y las acompañan en los procesos de denuncia y búsqueda de justicia.

  11. La producción agrícola fronteriza 1977-1981: un análisis estructural

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    Arturo Ranfla González

    1986-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabajo constituye un intento por estudiar la estructura de la producción agrícola regional y un ensayo por medir la sensibilidad de los estados fronterizos con respecto al mercado externo e interno utilizando modelos del análisis regional, tratando de ir más allá de la pura descripción, buscando inferir a través de un estudio descriptivo, una explicación más general sobre los mecanismos intervinientes. De acuerdo a los resultados de este análisis en el Estado de Baja California, se sugiere un alto grado de integración con respecto al exterior, lo cual se manifiesta en menor proporción en la agricultura de riego de las entidades de Tamaulipas y Nuevo León, lo que nos lleva a sugerir la importancia que tiene analizar en una secuencia similar los distritos de riego fronterizos.

  12. Impactos Ambientais das Atividades Agrícolas em Roraima. = Environmental Impacts of Agriculture Activity in Roraima State.

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    Valdinar Ferreira Melo

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available A agricultura foi a grande responsável pelo processo de colonização do Brasil. No entanto, estas atividades se desenvolveram ás expensas de ações negativamente impactantes ao meio ambiente. Este trabalho tem com objetivo abordar os impactos ambientais causados pela atividade agrícola no estado de Roraima, despertando o interesse da comunidade para o uso de uma agricultura fundamentada no conceito de sustentabilidade. A prática agropecuária no Brasil, inicialmente de forma empírica, sem muito conhecimento e preocupação com seus efeitos no ambiente, causou a dizimação de grande parte das florestas e a biodiversidade, mas, também, possibilitou a ocupação da terra e a definição dos limites territoriais brasileiros, definindo-se como de grande importância para a sustentação da economia, imprimindo ao Brasil sua vocação agrícola. A atividade nos anos 60 foi concebida para a validação de pacotes tecnológicos importados, contribuiu para a execução de práticas socialmente excludentes e ambientalmente danosas, com reflexos positivos na produção agrícola e comércio de insumos, à custa da implantação de sistemas monoculturais, com motomecanização, irrigação e emprego intensivo de fertilizantes químicos e pesticidas. A impropriedade ambiental deste modelo originou movimentos que culminaram com a conscientização para estas questões, tendo como respostas a elaboração de instrumentos técnicos e jurídicos, e formulação de propostas para avaliar e mitigar os impactos ambientais e modificar as ações humanas, tornando-as mais condizentes com novos paradigmas da sociedade. Em Roraima, esta atividade sofre uma nova mudança, onde as técnicas primitivas de exploração agrícola começam a ser substituídas por atividades tecnificadas com o uso intensivo de tecnologias, com risco de improbidade ambiental que pode culminar com a degradação do meio, caso não haja uma perícia profunda das caracter

  13. Intermediarios laborales en Morelos: abasto de jornaleros agrícolas en el centro y noroeste de México

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    Adriana Saldaña Ramírez

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available La localidad de Tenextepango, en el esta- do de Morelos, se constituyó como centro de contratación de jornaleros agrícolas pa- ra labores en parcelas de pequeños pro- ductores de la zona desde los años sesenta. Sin embargo, en la primera década del si- glo XXI es también fuente de abasteci- miento de trabajadores para agroexporta- doras en Sinaloa y Sonora. Se analiza aquí la operación de los distintos tipos de inter- mediarios laborales que ahí se concentran y que vinculan a empleados y empleadores geográfi camente dislocados. Se compara a los “capitanes” que movilizan jornaleros para Morelos, Hidalgo, Puebla y Michoa- cán; y a los “mayordomos” que abastecen a productores en el noroeste del país. El es- cenario se complejiza más con la presencia de Estado que facilita el traslado de jorna- leros a ciertos mercados de trabajo.

  14. Heterogeneous Transmutation Sodium Fast Reactor

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    2007-09-01

    The threshold-fission (fertile) nature of Am-241 is used to destroy this minor actinide by capitalizing upon neutron capture instead of fission within a sodium fast reactor. This neutron-capture and its subsequent decay chain leads to the breeding of even neutron number plutonium isotopes. A slightly moderated target design is proposed for breeding plutonium in an axial blanket located above the active “fast reactor” driver fuel region. A parametric study on the core height and fuel pin diameter-to-pitch ratio is used to explore the reactor and fuel cycle aspects of this design. This study resulted in both non-flattened and flattened core geometries. Both of these designs demonstrated a high capacity for removing americium from the fuel cycle. A reactivity coefficient analysis revealed that this heterogeneous design will have comparable safety aspects to a homogeneous reactor of comparable size. A mass balance analysis revealed that the heterogeneous design may reduce the number of fast reactors needed to close the current once-through light water reactor fuel cycle.

  15. Thermonuclear Reflect AB-Reactor

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    Bolonkin, Alexander

    2008-01-01

    The author offers a new kind of thermonuclear reflect reactor. The remarkable feature of this new reactor is a three net AB reflector, which confines the high temperature plasma. The plasma loses part of its energy when it contacts with the net but this loss can be compensated by an additional permanent plasma heating. When the plasma is rarefied (has a small density), the heat flow to the AB reflector is not large and the temperature in the triple reflector net is lower than 2000 - 3000 K. This offered AB-reactor has significantly less power then the currently contemplated power reactors with magnetic or inertial confinement (hundreds-thousands of kW, not millions of kW). But it is enough for many vehicles and ships and particularly valuable for tunnelers, subs and space apparatus, where air to burn chemical fuel is at a premium or simply not available. The author has made a number of innovations in this reactor, researched its theory, developed methods of computation, made a sample computation of typical pr...

  16. Imaging Fukushima Daiichi reactors with muons

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    Haruo Miyadera

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available A study of imaging the Fukushima Daiichi reactors with cosmic-ray muons to assess the damage to the reactors is presented. Muon scattering imaging has high sensitivity for detecting uranium fuel and debris even through thick concrete walls and a reactor pressure vessel. Technical demonstrations using a reactor mockup, detector radiation test at Fukushima Daiichi, and simulation studies have been carried out. These studies establish feasibility for the reactor imaging. A few months of measurement will reveal the spatial distribution of the reactor fuel. The muon scattering technique would be the best and probably the only way for Fukushima Daiichi to make this determination in the near future.

  17. Fast breeder reactors an engineering introduction

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    1981-01-01

    Fast Breeder Reactors: An Engineering Introduction is an introductory text to fast breeder reactors and covers topics ranging from reactor physics and design to engineering and safety considerations. Reactor fuels, coolant circuits, steam plants, and control systems are also discussed. This book is comprised of five chapters and opens with a brief summary of the history of fast reactors, with emphasis on international and the prospect of making accessible enormous reserves of energy. The next chapter deals with the physics of fast reactors and considers calculation methods, flux distribution,

  18. Plasma reactor waste management systems

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    Ness, Robert O., Jr.; Rindt, John R.; Ness, Sumitra R.

    1992-01-01

    The University of North Dakota is developing a plasma reactor system for use in closed-loop processing that includes biological, materials, manufacturing, and waste processing. Direct-current, high-frequency, or microwave discharges will be used to produce plasmas for the treatment of materials. The plasma reactors offer several advantages over other systems, including low operating temperatures, low operating pressures, mechanical simplicity, and relatively safe operation. Human fecal material, sunflowers, oats, soybeans, and plastic were oxidized in a batch plasma reactor. Over 98 percent of the organic material was converted to gaseous products. The solids were then analyzed and a large amount of water and acid-soluble materials were detected. These materials could possibly be used as nutrients for biological systems.

  19. Nuclear Reactor Engineering Analysis Laboratory

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    Carlos Chavez-Mercado; Jaime B. Morales-Sandoval; Benjamin E. Zayas-Perez

    1998-12-31

    The Nuclear Reactor Engineering Analysis Laboratory (NREAL) is a sophisticated computer system with state-of-the-art analytical tools and technology for analysis of light water reactors. Multiple application software tools can be activated to carry out different analyses and studies such as nuclear fuel reload evaluation, safety operation margin measurement, transient and severe accident analysis, nuclear reactor instability, operator training, normal and emergency procedures optimization, and human factors engineering studies. An advanced graphic interface, driven through touch-sensitive screens, provides the means to interact with specialized software and nuclear codes. The interface allows the visualization and control of all observable variables in a nuclear power plant (NPP), as well as a selected set of nonobservable or not directly controllable variables from conventional control panels.

  20. Utilisation of thorium in reactors

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    Anantharaman, K.; Shivakumar, V.; Saha, D.

    2008-12-01

    India's nuclear programme envisages a large-scale utilisation of thorium, as it has limited deposits of uranium but vast deposits of thorium. The large-scale utilisation of thorium requires the adoption of closed fuel cycle. The stable nature of thoria and the radiological issues associated with thoria poses challenges in the adoption of a closed fuel cycle. A thorium fuel based Advanced Heavy Water Reactor (AHWR) is being planned to provide impetus to development of technologies for the closed thorium fuel cycle. Thoria fuel has been loaded in Indian reactors and test irradiations have been carried out with (Th-Pu) MOX fuel. Irradiated thorium assemblies have been reprocessed and the separated 233U fuel has been used for test reactor KAMINI. The paper highlights the Indian experience with the use of thorium and brings out various issues associated with the thorium cycle.

  1. A tubular focused sonochemistry reactor

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    ZHOU GuangPing; LIANG ZhaoFeng; LI ZhengZhong; ZHANG YiHui

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents a new sonochemistry reactor, which consists of a cylindrical tube with a certain length and piezoelectric transducers at tube's end with the longitudinal vibration. The tube can effectively transform the longitudinal vibration into the radial vibration and thereby generates ultrasound. Furthermore, ultrasound can be focused to form high-intensity ultrasonic field inside tube. The reactor boasts of simple structure and its whole vessel wall can radiate ultrasound so that the electroacoustic transfer efficiency is high. The focused ultrasonic field provides good condition for sonochemical reaction. The length of the reactor can be up to 2 meters, and liquids can pass through it continuously, so it can be widely applied in liquid processing such as sonochemistry.

  2. A compact Tokamak transmutation reactor

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    QiuLi-Jian; XiaoBing-Jia

    1997-01-01

    The low aspect ration tokamak is proposed for the driver of a transmutation reactor.The main parameters of the reactor core,neutronic analysis of the blanket are given>the neutron wall loading can be lowered from the magnitude order of 1 MW/m2 to 0.5MW/m2 which is much easier to reach in the near future,and the transmutation efficiency (fission/absorption ratio)is raised further.The blanket power density is about 200MW/m3 which is not difficult to deal with.The key components such as diverter and center conductor post are also designed and compared with conventional TOkamak,Finally,by comparison with the other drivers such as FBR,PWR and accelerator,it can be anticipated that the low aspect ratio transmutation reactor would be one way of fusion energy applications in the near future.

  3. Investigation of KW reactor incident

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    Sturges, D G [USAEC Hanford Operations Office, Richland, WA (United States); Hauff, T W; Greager, O H [General Electric Co., Richland, WA (United States). Hanford Atomic Products Operation

    1955-02-11

    The new KW reactor was placed in operation on January 4, 1955, and had been running at relatively low power levels for only 17 hours when it was shut down because of a process tube water leak which appeared to be associated with a slug rupture. After several days of unrewarding effort to remove the slugs and tube by customary methods, it developed that considerable melting of the tube and slugs had taken place. It was then evident that removal of the stuck mass and repairs to the damaged tube channel would require unusual measures that were certain to extend the reactor outage for several weeks. This report documents the work and findings of the Committee which investigated the KW reactor incident. Its content represents unanimous agreement among the three Committee members.

  4. Fundamentals of Nuclear Reactor Physics

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    Lewis, E E

    2008-01-01

    This new streamlined text offers a one-semester treatment of the essentials of how the fission nuclear reactor works, the various approaches to the design of reactors, and their safe and efficient operation. The book includes numerous worked-out examples and end-of-chapter questions to help reinforce the knowledge presented. This textbook offers an engineering-oriented introduction to nuclear physics, with a particular focus on how those physics are put to work in the service of generating nuclear-based power, particularly the importance of neutron reactions and neutron behavior. Engin

  5. PITR: Princeton Ignition Test Reactor

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    1978-12-01

    The principal objectives of the PITR - Princeton Ignition Test Reactor - are to demonstrate the attainment of thermonuclear ignition in deuterium-tritium, and to develop optimal start-up techniques for plasma heating and current induction, in order to determine the most favorable means of reducing the size and cost of tokamak power reactors. This report describes the status of the plasma and engineering design features of the PITR. The PITR geometry is chosen to provide the highest MHD-stable values of beta in a D-shaped plasma, as well as ease of access for remote handling and neutral-beam injection.

  6. Analysis of Adiabatic Batch Reactor

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    Erald Gjonaj

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available A mixture of acetic anhydride is reacted with excess water in an adiabatic batch reactor to form an exothermic reaction. The concentration of acetic anhydride and the temperature inside the adiabatic batch reactor are calculated with an initial temperature of 20°C, an initial temperature of 30°C, and with a cooling jacket maintaining the temperature at a constant of 20°C. The graphs of the three different scenarios show that the highest temperatures will cause the reaction to occur faster.

  7. External fuel thermionic reactor system.

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    Mondt, J. F.; Peelgren, M. L.

    1971-01-01

    Thermionic reactors are prime candidates for nuclear electric propulsion. The national thermionic reactor effort is concentrated on the flashlight concept with the external-fuel concept as the backup. The external-fuel concept is very adaptable to a completely modular power subsystem which is attractive for highly reliable long-life applications. The 20- to 25-cm long, externally-fueled converters have been designed, fabricated, and successfully tested with many thermal cycles by electrical heating. However, difficulties have been encountered during encapsulation for nuclear heated tests and none have been started to date. These nuclear tests are required to demonstrate the concept feasibility.

  8. Reactor shutdown delays medical procedures

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    Gwynne, Peter

    2008-01-01

    A longer-than-expected maintenance shutdown of the Canadian nuclear reactor that produces North America's entire supply of molybdenum-99 - from which the radioactive isotopes technetium-99 and iodine-131 are made - caused delays to the diagnosis and treatment of thousands of seriously ill patients last month. Technetium-99 is a key component of nuclear-medicine scans, while iodine-131 is used to treat cancer and other diseases of the thyroid. Production eventually resumed, but only after the Canadian government had overruled the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), which was still concerned about the reactor's safety.

  9. Precaución, riesgo y sostenibilidad en los organismos agrícolas modificados genéticamente Precaución, riesgo y sostenibilidad en los organismos agrícolas modificados genéticamente

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    J. David Tábara

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available El cultivo y la comercialización de Organismos Agrícolas Modificados Genéticamente (0MG es origen de multitud de importantes polémicas sociales, económicos y ecológicas, en cuya resolución a menudo se reclama la incorporación del principio y de prácticas de precaución. Este artículo introduce y analiza algunas de estas discusiones a partir de la perspectiva aportada por el proyecto europeo Precautionary Expertise for GM Crops (PEG sobre la aplicación de la precaución en el desarrollo y la comercialización de OMG agrícolas. A partir del material recogido en el caso español, los autores argumentan que gran parte de los desacuerdos que surgen de en la interpretación y aplicación de la precaución con relación a los OMG derivan de la adopción de una perspectiva más o menos reduccionista, o más o menos sistémica, tanto en la evaluación y regulación de los riesgos como en la bondad, los costes o los beneficios de su utilización. Por ello es posible detectar analíticamente, paro el caso español, una clara oposición entre aquellas interpretaciones de la precaución caso por caso, de aquellas que sostienen la necesidad de aplicar prácticas de evaluación y de gestión basadas en una precaución sistémica, más cercano a los principios y los postulados políticos de la sostenibilidad.The debate over GMO crops and their commercialisation becomes the source of a large number of conflicts with important social, economic and ecologic consequences the resolution of which often calls for the application of a precautionary approach and of the precautionary principle. This article introduces and analyses such discussions, and does so within the framework provided by the EU project Precautionary Expertise for GM (PEG. Based on first material gathered for the Spanish case study, the authors argue that a large majority of the disagreements around practical application of precaution over agricultural GMO in Spain come from a conception

  10. Request for Naval Reactors Comment on Proposed Prometheus Space Flight Nuclear Reactor High Tier Reactor Safety Requirements and for Naval Reactors Approval to Transmit These Requirements to JPL

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    D. Kokkinos

    2005-04-28

    The purpose of this letter is to request Naval Reactors comments on the nuclear reactor high tier requirements for the PROMETHEUS space flight reactor design, pre-launch operations, launch, ascent, operation, and disposal, and to request Naval Reactors approval to transmit these requirements to Jet Propulsion Laboratory to ensure consistency between the reactor safety requirements and the spacecraft safety requirements. The proposed PROMETHEUS nuclear reactor high tier safety requirements are consistent with the long standing safety culture of the Naval Reactors Program and its commitment to protecting the health and safety of the public and the environment. In addition, the philosophy on which these requirements are based is consistent with the Nuclear Safety Policy Working Group recommendations on space nuclear propulsion safety (Reference 1), DOE Nuclear Safety Criteria and Specifications for Space Nuclear Reactors (Reference 2), the Nuclear Space Power Safety and Facility Guidelines Study of the Applied Physics Laboratory.

  11. Oregon State University TRIGA Reactor annual report

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    Anderson, T.V.; Johnson, A.G.; Bennett, S.L.; Ringle, J.C.

    1979-08-31

    The use of the Oregon State University TRIGA Reactor during the year ending June 30, 1979, is summarized. Environmental and radiation protection data related to reactor operation and effluents are included.

  12. Reactor Antineutrino Signals at Morton and Boulby

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    Dye, Steve

    2016-01-01

    Increasing the distance from which an antineutrino detector is capable of monitoring the operation of a registered reactor, or discovering a clandestine reactor, strengthens the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty. This report presents calculations of reactor antineutrino interactions, from quasi-elastic neutrino-proton scattering and elastic neutrino-electron scattering, in a water-based detector operated >10 km from a commercial power reactor. It separately calculates signal from the proximal reactor and background from all other registered reactors. The main results are interaction rates and kinetic energy distributions of charged leptons scattered from quasi-elastic and elastic processes. Comparing signal and background distributions evaluates reactor monitoring capability. Scaling the results to detectors of different sizes, target media, and standoff distances is straightforward. Calculations are for two examples of a commercial reactor (P_th~3 GW) operating nearby (L~20 km) an underground facil...

  13. Transmutation of actinides in power reactors.

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    Bergelson, B R; Gerasimov, A S; Tikhomirov, G V

    2005-01-01

    Power reactors can be used for partial short-term transmutation of radwaste. This transmutation is beneficial in terms of subsequent storage conditions for spent fuel in long-term storage facilities. CANDU-type reactors can transmute the main minor actinides from two or three reactors of the VVER-1000 type. A VVER-1000-type reactor can operate in a self-service mode with transmutation of its own actinides.

  14. Laminar Entrained Flow Reactor (Fact Sheet)

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    2014-02-01

    The Laminar Entrained Flow Reactor (LEFR) is a modular, lab scale, single-user reactor for the study of catalytic fast pyrolysis (CFP). This system can be employed to study a variety of reactor conditions for both in situ and ex situ CFP.

  15. Some new viewpoints in reactor noise analysis

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    罗征培; 李富; 等

    1996-01-01

    It is propsed that the linearity criterion and order criterion via frequency spectrum features without any limitation of the model's phase can be used in reactor noise analysis.The time constant,natural frequency as well as the recovered transfer function of reactors can bhe obtained via the analyzable model based on reactor noise.

  16. Heat-pipe thermionic reactor concept

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    Storm Pedersen, E.

    1967-01-01

    Main components are reactor core, heat pipe, thermionic converter, secondary cooling system, and waste heat radiator; thermal power generated in reactor core is transported by heat pipes to thermionic converters located outside reactor core behind radiation shield; thermionic emitters are in direct...

  17. Heavy Water Reactor; Reacteurs a eau lourde

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    Yu, St.; HOpwood, J.; Meneley, D. [Energie Atomique du Canada (Canada)

    2000-04-01

    This document deals with the Heavy Water Reactor (HWR) technology and especially the Candu (Canada Deuterium Uranium) reactor. This reactors type offers many advantages that promote them for the future. General concepts, a description of the Candu nuclear power plants, the safety systems, the fuel cycle and economical and environmental aspects are included. (A.L.B.)

  18. Operating Modes Of Chemical Reactors Of Polymerization

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    Meruyert Berdieva

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available In the work the issues of stable technological modes of operation of main devices of producing polysterol reactors have been researched as well as modes of stable operation of a chemical reactor have been presented, which enables to create optimum mode parameters of polymerization process, to prevent emergency situations of chemical reactor operation in industrial conditions.

  19. Nuclear Reactors and Technology; (USA)

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    Cason, D.L.; Hicks, S.C. (eds.)

    1991-01-01

    Nuclear Reactors and Technology (NRT) announces on a monthly basis the current worldwide information available from the open literature on nuclear reactors and technology, including all aspects of power reactors, components and accessories, fuel elements, control systems, and materials. This publication contains the abstracts of DOE reports, journal articles, conference papers, patents, theses, and monographs added to the Energy Science and Technology Database (EDB) during the past month. Also included are US information obtained through acquisition programs or interagency agreements and international information obtained through the International Energy Agency's Energy Technology Data Exchange or government-to-government agreements. The digests in NRT and other citations to information on nuclear reactors back to 1948 are available for online searching and retrieval on EDB and Nuclear Science Abstracts (NSA) database. Current information, added daily to EDB, is available to DOE and its contractors through the DOE integrated Technical Information System. Customized profiles can be developed to provide current information to meet each user's needs.

  20. A Simple Tubular Reactor Experiment.

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    Hudgins, Robert R.; Cayrol, Bertrand

    1981-01-01

    Using the hydrolysis of crystal violet dye by sodium hydroxide as an example, the theory, apparatus, and procedure for a laboratory demonstration of tubular reactor behavior are described. The reaction presented can occur at room temperature and features a color change to reinforce measured results. (WB)

  1. Silica-Immobilized Enzyme Reactors

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    2007-08-01

    immobilized artificial membrane chromatography and lysophospholipid micellar electrokinetic chromatography . J. Chromatogr. A 1998, 810, 95-103. 50...Journal of Liquid Chromatography and Related Technologies. Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate Airbase...immobilized enzyme reactors (IMERs) can also be integrated directly to further analytical methods such as liquid chromatography or mass spectrometry.[6] In

  2. British high flux beam reactor.

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    Egelstaff, P A

    1970-10-24

    The neutron scattering technique has become an accepted method for the study of condensed matter. Because of the great scientific and technical value of neutron experiments and the growing body of users, several proposals have been made during the past decade for a nuclear reactor devoted primarily to this technique. This article reviews the reasons for and history behind these proposals.

  3. Las técnicas geomáticas aplicadas en la agricultura: El catastro agrícola

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    Dámaso R. Ponvert Delisles

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Las técnicas Geomáticas, Geoinformáticas o de Geoinformación, como se prefiera nombrarlas, son un conjunto de tecnologías geoespaciales así como programas informáticos especializados para el análisis de los datos y su representación espacial. Entre las más importantes, destacan la Teledetección, los Sistemas de Información Geográfica (SIG, los Sistemas de Posicionamiento Global (GPS y la Cartografía, así como software para el procesamiento digital y representación CAD entre otros. Hoy en día sería casi imposible gestionar los procesos agrarios sin recurrir al empleo de alguna de estas técnicas. Una de las herramientas cartográficas temáticas fundamentales son los mapas catastrales, definidos como documentos cartográficos que representan los bienes inmuebles de un área agrícola con suficiente detalle espacial para facilitar la gestión a nivel de parcelas, sub-parcelas e incluso a escala intraparcelaria. Precisamente el trabajo tiene como objetivo demostrar la necesidad e importancia del empleo de las herramientas catastrales para lograr una gestión agraria y territorial eficiente. Para ello se hace analiza el avance del catastro como sistema en Cuba, llegando a la concepción contemporánea y se particulariza en los catastros especializados para el sector, mostrando un ejemplo concreto que permite a los directivos y especialistas de las PyMES apreciar sus bondades.

  4. Incertidumbres en el espacio agrícola y proceso urbanizador > en la región de Murcia

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    José Luis Andrés Sarasa

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Esta investigación muestra como la adaptación de las estructuras agrarias a los nuevos parámetros socioeconómicos de la vida moderna, pero también de la PAC, propicia la aparición de un proceso urbanizador, por su planificación lo denominamos «resort», que no sólo cambia el uso del suelo agrícola condenado al yermo, sino que impulsa un desarrollo endógeno apoyado en un sistema de empresas caracterizadas por su fuerte especialización, capacidad de atracción, sistemas de información eficaces y amplia división del trabajo para la producción de espacios de ocio con servicios de alta calidad. El trabajo se organiza en dos partes, la primera tiene por objetivo analizar las vicisitudes por las que atraviesa el espacio agrario de la Región de Murcia para llegar a la conclusión de que los «demonios» están tanto dentro como fuera de sus propias estructuras: el desánimo, la atracción de la vida urbana y la especulación del suelo. La aparición de un proceso urbanizador ligado al golf se ve como la acertada salida a la situación. La segunda parte se centra en el proceso urbanizador que surge a modo de una periurbanización que se presenta bajo tres tipologías, periurbanización en sentido literal, periurbanización litoral y periurbanización turística aislada. Aunque toda la atención se centra en la última con frecuencia se recurre a la comparación con las otras dos para destacar los impactos territoriales, sociales, financieros y medioambientales.

  5. Nuclear reactors and fuel cycle

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    2014-07-01

    The Nuclear Fuel Center (CCN) of IPEN produces nuclear fuel for the continuous operation of the IEA-R1 research reactor of IPEN. The serial production started in 1988, when the first nuclear fuel element was delivered for IEA-R1. In 2011, CCN proudly presents the 100{sup th} nuclear fuel element produced. Besides routine production, development of new technologies is also a permanent concern at CCN. In 2005, U{sub 3}O{sub 8} were replaced by U{sub 3}Si{sub 2}-based fuels, and the research of U Mo is currently under investigation. Additionally, the Brazilian Multipurpose Research Reactor (RMB), whose project will rely on the CCN for supplying fuel and uranium targets. Evolving from an annual production from 10 to 70 nuclear fuel elements, plus a thousand uranium targets, is a huge and challenging task. To accomplish it, a new and modern Nuclear Fuel Factory is being concluded, and it will provide not only structure for scaling up, but also a safer and greener production. The Nuclear Engineering Center has shown, along several years, expertise in the field of nuclear, energy systems and correlated areas. Due to the experience obtained during decades in research and technological development at Brazilian Nuclear Program, personnel has been trained and started to actively participate in design of the main system that will compose the Brazilian Multipurpose Reactor (RMB) which will make Brazil self-sufficient in production of radiopharmaceuticals. The institution has participated in the monitoring and technical support concerning the safety, licensing and modernization of the research reactors IPEN/MB-01 and IEA-R1. Along the last two decades, numerous specialized services of engineering for the Brazilian nuclear power plants Angra 1 and Angra 2 have been carried out. The contribution in service, research, training, and teaching in addition to the development of many related technologies applied to nuclear engineering and correlated areas enable the institution to

  6. Heterogeneous Recycling in Fast Reactors

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    Forget, Benoit; Pope, Michael; Piet, Steven J.; Driscoll, Michael

    2012-07-30

    Current sodium fast reactor (SFR) designs have avoided the use of depleted uranium blankets over concerns of creating weapons grade plutonium. While reducing proliferation risks, this restrains the reactor design space considerably. This project will analyze various blanket and transmutation target configurations that could broaden the design space while still addressing the non-proliferation issues. The blanket designs will be assessed based on the transmutation efficiency of key minor actinide (MA) isotopes and also on mitigation of associated proliferation risks. This study will also evaluate SFR core performance under different scenarios in which depleted uranium blankets are modified to include minor actinides with or without moderators (e.g. BeO, MgO, B4C, and hydrides). This will be done in an effort to increase the sustainability of the reactor and increase its power density while still offering a proliferation resistant design with the capability of burning MA waste produced from light water reactors (LWRs). Researchers will also analyze the use of recycled (as opposed to depleted) uranium in the blankets. The various designs will compare MA transmutation efficiency, plutonium breeding characteristics, proliferation risk, shutdown margins and reactivity coefficients with a current reference sodium fast reactor design employing homogeneous recycling. The team will also evaluate the out-of-core accumulation and/or burn-down rates of MAs and plutonium isotopes on a cycle-by-cycle basis. This cycle-by-cycle information will be produced in a format readily usable by the fuel cycle systems analysis code, VISION, for assessment of the sustainability of the deployment scenarios.

  7. A new MTR fuel for a new MTR reactor: UMo for the Jules Horowitz reactor

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    Guigon, B. [CEA Cadarache, F-13108 Saint Paul lez Durance (France); Vacelet, H. [CERCA, Romans (France); Dornbusch, D. [Technicatome, Aix en Provence (France)

    2000-07-01

    Within some years, the Jules Horowitz Reactor will be the only working experimental reactor (material and fuel testing reactor) in France. It will have to provide facilities for a wide range of needs from activation analysis to power reactor fuel qualification. In this paper the main characteristics of the Jules Horowitz Reactor are presented. Safety criteria are explained. Finally, merits and disadvantages of UMo compared to the standard U{sub 3}Si{sub 2} fuel are discussed. (author)

  8. Neutrino Mixing Discriminates Geo-reactor Models

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    Dye, S T

    2009-01-01

    Geo-reactor models suggest the existence of natural nuclear reactors at different deep-earth locations with loosely defined output power. Reactor fission products undergo beta decay with the emission of electron antineutrinos, which routinely escape the earth. Neutrino mixing distorts the energy spectrum of the electron antineutrinos. Characteristics of the distorted spectrum observed at the earth's surface could specify the location of a geo-reactor, discriminating the models and facilitating more precise power measurement. The existence of a geo-reactor with known position could enable a precision measurement of the neutrino oscillation parameter delta-mass-squared.

  9. Reactor monitoring and safeguards using antineutrino detectors

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    Bowden, N S

    2008-01-01

    Nuclear reactors have served as the antineutrino source for many fundamental physics experiments. The techniques developed by these experiments make it possible to use these very weakly interacting particles for a practical purpose. The large flux of antineutrinos that leaves a reactor carries information about two quantities of interest for safeguards: the reactor power and fissile inventory. Measurements made with antineutrino detectors could therefore offer an alternative means for verifying the power history and fissile inventory of a reactors, as part of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and other reactor safeguards regimes. Several efforts to develop this monitoring technique are underway across the globe.

  10. Reactor assessments of advanced bumpy torus configurations

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    Uckan, N.A.; Owen, L.W.; Spong, D.A.; Miller, R.L.; Ard, W.B.; Pipkins, J.F.; Schmitt, R.J.

    1983-01-01

    Recently, several configurational approaches and concept improvement schemes were introduced for enhancing the performance of the basic ELMO Bumpy Torus (EBT) concept and for improving its reactor potential. These configurations include planar racetrack and square geometries, Andreoletti coil systems, and bumpy torus-stellarator hybrids (which include twisted racetrack and helical axis stellarator-snakey torus). Preliminary evaluations of reactor implications of each of these configurations have been carried out based on magnetics (vacuum) calculations, transport and scaling relationships, and stability properties. Results indicate favorable reactor projections with a significant reduction in reactor physical size as compared to conventional EBT reactor designs carried out in the past.

  11. Detection of antineutrinos for reactor monitoring

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    Kim, Yeong Duk [Center for Underground Physics, Institute of Basic Science, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-04-15

    Reactor neutrinos have been detected in the past 50 years by various detectors for different purposes. Beginning in the 1980s, neutrino physicists have tried to use neutrinos to monitor reactors and develop an optimized detector for nuclear safeguards. Recently, motivated by neutrino oscillation physics, the technology and scale of reactor neutrino detection have progressed considerably. In this review, I will give an overview of the detection technology for reactor neutrinos, and describe the issues related to further improvements in optimized detectors for reactor monitoring.

  12. Implications of Results from the Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification Program on Licensing of Modular HTGRs

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    David Petti

    2001-10-01

    The high level of safety of modular high temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) designs is achieved by passively maintaining core temperatures below fission product release thresholds under all envisioned accident scenarios. This level of fuel performance and fission product retention reduces the radioactive source term by many orders of magnitude relative to other reactor types but is predicated on exceptionally high coated-particle fuel fabrication quality and excellent fuel performance under normal operation and accident conditions. The Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification (AGR) Program decided to qualify for uranium oxide/uranium carbide (UCO) TRISO coated-particle fuel in an operating envelope that would bound both pebble bed and prismatic modular HTGR options. By using a mixture of uranium oxide and uranium carbide, the kernel composition is engineered to minimize CO formation and fuel kernel migration, which is key to maintain to fuel integrity at the higher burnups, temperatures, and temperature gradients anticipated in prismatic HTGRs. Fuel fabrication conducted at both laboratory and engineering scale has demonstrated the ability to fabricate high quality UCO TRISO fuel with very low defects. The first irradiation (AGR 1) exposed about 300,000 TRISO fuel particles to a peak burnup of 19.6% FIMA, a peak fast-neutron fluence of about 4.3 × 1025 n/m2, and a maximum time-averaged fuel temperature of about 1,200°C without a single particle failure. The very low release of key metallic fission products (except silver) measured in post-irradiation examination (PIE) confirms the excellent performance measured under irradiation. Very low releases have been measured in accident simulation heatup testing (''safety testing'') after hundreds of hours at 1600 and 1700°C and no particle failures (no noble gas release measured) have been observed. Even after hundreds of hours at 1800°C, the releases are

  13. CFD Simulation on Ethylene Furnace Reactor Tubes

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    2006-01-01

    Different mathematical models for ethylene furnace reactor tubes were reviewed. On the basis of these models a new mathematical simulation approach for reactor tubes based on computational fluid dynamics (CFD) technique was presented. This approach took the flow, heat transfer, mass transfer and thermal cracking reactions in the reactor tubes into consideration. The coupled reactor model was solved with the SIMPLE algorithm. Some detailed information about the flow field, temperature field and concentration distribution in the reactor tubes was obtained, revealing the basic characteristics of the hydrodynamic phenomena and reaction behavior in the reactor tubes. The CFD approach provides the necessary information for conclusive decisions regarding the production optimization, the design and improvement of reactor tubes, and the new techniques implementation.

  14. Capítulo 5. Instituciones que Podrían Cooperar en los Programas de Investigación de Economía de Producción Agrícola.

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    Beltrán G. Gregorio

    1953-09-01

    Full Text Available Los distintos gobernantes del país siempre han demostrado interés por la agricultura y buena prueba de ello es la copiosa legislación existente, gran parte de la cual nunca se ha llevado a efecto. Poco antes de 1930 se le dio un impulso a la política agrícola al comenzar a fomentar la agricultura por medio de instituciones oficiales y semi-oficiales. Hoy día hay tal vez una excesiva proliferación de instituciones, a tiempo que la estructura agrícola está desorganizada por cuanto hay una confusión de funciones entre ellas. Esto está en desacuerdo con las tendencias modernas de fomento agrícola. Se mencionan las instituciones más importantes dedicadas al fomento de la agricultura que se catalogan en seis diferentes grupos: Institutos Oficiales, Institutos Semi-oficiales, Instituciones Departamentales y Municipales, Cooperativas Agrícolas, Instituciones privadas, Monopolios de Productos Agrícolas, entre otros.

  15. Coccinellidos detectados en trampas de vigilancia agrícola y forestal, temporada 2014-2015, en la región Metropolitana, Servicio Agrícola y Ganadero (SAG.

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    Daniela Rojas

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Dentro del Orden Coleópteros, se encuentra la Familia de los Coccinélidos, comúnmente llamadas chinitas o mariquitas. En Chile existen 5 sub-familias, con alrededor de 115 especies (González 2014, las cuales se encuentran distribuidas a lo largo de todo el país. Resulta interesante entonces, dar cuenta de la diversidad de Coccinélidos colectados en trampas de Lobesia botrana, Mosca de la fruta y Vigilancia Agrícola y Forestal, es por ello que en el presente trabajo se entrega un listado y descripción de Coccinélidos colectados en dichas trampas y diferentes morfos por especie. La colecta de coccinélidos se realizó en el Laboratorio Regional de Entomología, R.M. durante la revisión de las trampas, desde agosto del 2014 hasta mayo del 2015. Las chinitas fueron removidas cuidadosamente de los pisos pegajosos de las trampas con la ayuda de herramientas de disección y disolvente histológico Histo-Clear. Fueron montadas en etiquetas de 0,5 por 1,2 cm y fijadas en alfileres entomológicos número 1. La identificación de los Coccinélidos se realizó a nivel de morfoespecie, utilizando las descripciones e ilustraciones de González, 2014. En el caso de ejemplares dudosos, de difícil identificación a nivel de morfoespecie, se realizó genitalia. Este trabajo espera ser un aporte significativo, respecto a mejorar el conocimiento taxonómico, distribución de especies en la región y presencia de morfos de coccinélidos. Los ejemplares colectados son incorporados a la colección de referencia del Laboratorio Regional de Entomología R.M. y se encuentra a disposición de quien lo solicite.

  16. PRAPRAG: software para planejamento racional de máquinas agrícolas PRAPRAG: software for rational planning of agricultural machines

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    Erivelto Mercante

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available O software PRAPRAG é uma ferramenta de escolha de máquinas e implementos agrícolas que apresentam o menor custo por área ou por quantidade produzida, bem como, faz o planejamento de aquisição das máquinas para a propriedade agrícola, do ponto de vista técnico e econômico. Foi utilizada a linguagem de programação Borland Delphi 3.0 e, a partir de prospectos das máquinas e implementos, criou-se um banco de dados onde o usuário pode cadastrar e modificar suas características de uso. O software mostrou-se uma ferramenta útil e uso amigável. O software proporciona maior rapidez, segurança e confiabilidade ao processo produtivo e econômico das propriedades, na seleção e aquisição de conjuntos mecanizados agrícolas, e na determinação de custos com a mão de obra utilizada.The software PRAPRAG is a tool used for choosing agricultural machines and implements that present the lowest cost per area or produced amount, as well as, to it makes the machines acquisition planning for the agricultural property, from both technical and economical points of view. It was used the programming language Borland Delphi 3.0. From the machine and implement handouts, it was created a database where the user can register and modify their characteristics of use. The software showed to be a useful and friendly tool. The software provides high speed, safety and reliability for the productive and economical process of the properties, at the selection and acquisition of agricultural systems, as well as for the determination of costs with the used labor.

  17. Estudo da sustentabilidade agrícola em município amazônico com análise envoltória de dados

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    Eliane Gonçalves Gomes

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available O conceito de sustentabilidade agrícola considera diferentes dimensões. Entretanto, tem como base a valorização dos recursos internos dos sistemas agrícolas produtivos, que se traduz pela manutenção desses sistemas de produção e, consequentemente, de sua produtividade, ao longo do tempo. Este artigo tem como objetivo medir a sustentabilidade de produtores agrícolas a partir de modelos Análise de Envoltória de Dados (Data Envelopment Analysis - DEA com restrições aos pesos. Nesta abordagem, além de considerar várias dimensões, a medida de eficiência resultante é calculada de forma relativa. Foi usado um modelo no qual se explora o desempenho econômico-ambiental (variáveis: área total, mão-de-obra, custo, receita bruta, área com mata, para dois períodos de tempo, 1986 e 2002.The definition of agriculture sustainability considers different aspects. Their main values are the productive systems' internal resources, as they are the way to maintain these systems and, consequently, its productivity through time. In this paper we measure rural producers' sustainability with Data Envelopment Analysis models (DEA with weights restrictions. This approach considers multiple dimensions and is a relative measure of efficiency. We used a model in which we explore the economic-environmental performance (variables: total area, employment, costs, net income, forested area, in two periods of time, the years of 1986 and 2002.

  18. Advanced reactor physics methods for heterogeneous reactor cores

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    Thompson, Steven A.

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

  19. Reactor pulse repeatability studies at the annular core research reactor

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    DePriest, K.R. [Applied Nuclear Technologies, Sandia National Laboratories, Mail Stop 1146, Post Office Box 5800, Albuquerque, NM 87185-1146 (United States); Trinh, T.Q. [Nuclear Facility Operations, Sandia National Laboratories, Mail Stop 0614, Post Office Box 5800, Albuquerque, NM 87185-1146 (United States); Luker, S. M. [Applied Nuclear Technologies, Sandia National Laboratories, Mail Stop 1146, Post Office Box 5800, Albuquerque, NM 87185-1146 (United States)

    2011-07-01

    The Annular Core Research Reactor (ACRR) at Sandia National Laboratories is a water-moderated pool-type reactor designed for testing many types of objects in the pulse and steady-state mode of operations. Personnel at Sandia began working to improve the repeatability of pulse operations for experimenters in the facility. The ACRR has a unique UO{sub 2}-BeO fuel that makes the task of producing repeatable pulses difficult with the current operating procedure. The ACRR produces a significant quantity of photoneutrons through the {sup 9}Be({gamma}, n){sup 8}Be reaction in the fuel elements. The photoneutrons are the result of the gammas produced during fission and in fission product decay, so their production is very much dependent on the reactor power history and changes throughout the day/week of experiments in the facility. Because the photoneutrons interfere with the delayed-critical measurements required for accurate pulse reactivity prediction, a new operating procedure was created. The photoneutron effects at delayed critical are minimized when using the modified procedure. In addition, the pulse element removal time is standardized for all pulse operations with the modified procedure, and this produces less variation in reactivity removal times. (authors)

  20. In-reactor performance of pressure tubes in CANDU reactors

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    Rodgers, D. K.; Coleman, C. E.; Griffiths, M.; Bickel, G. A.; Theaker, J. R.; Muir, I.; Bahurmuz, A. A.; Lawrence, S. St.; Resta Levi, M.

    2008-12-01

    The pressure tubes in CANDU reactors have been operating for times up to about 25 years. The in-reactor performance of Zr-2.5Nb pressure tubes has been evaluated by sampling and periodic inspection. This paper describes the behaviour and discusses the factors controlling the behaviour of these components in currently operating CANDU reactors. The mechanical properties (such as ultimate tensile strength, UTS, and fracture toughness), and delayed-hydride-cracking properties (crack growth rate Vc, and threshold stress intensity factor, KIH) change with irradiation; the former reach a limiting value at a fluence of Pressure tubes exhibit elongation and diametral expansion. The deformation behaviour is a function of operating conditions and material properties that vary from tube-to-tube and as a function of axial location. Semi-empirical predictive models have been developed to describe the deformation response of average tubes as a function of operating conditions. For corrosion and, more importantly deuterium pickup, semi-empirical predictive models have also been developed to represent the behaviour of an average tube. The effect of material variability on corrosion behaviour is less well defined compared with other properties. Improvements in manufacturing have increased fracture resistance by minimising trace elements, especially H and Cl, and reduced variability by tightening controls on forming parameters, especially hot-working temperatures.

  1. Factores que condicionan la aplicación de buenas prácticas agrícolas: un enfoque cualitativo

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    González, Julia; Rodríguez, Elsa Mirta M.

    2010-01-01

    Con el propósito de indagar el potencial desarrollo de Buenas Prácticas Agrícolas en la producción de papa en el sudeste de la provincia de Buenos Aires, se evaluaron las percepciones de los agentes que participan en la producción, comercialización y consumo de este producto mediante técnicas cualitativas. Los resultados permiten concluir que las principales limitaciones son: ciertas características de los productores, la falta de conocimiento de estas prácticas entre los actores estratégicos...

  2. Incentivos a la innovación de la biotecnología agrícola-alimentaria en México

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    Marcela Amaro-Rosales; Daniel Hugo Villavicencio-Carbajal

    2015-01-01

    En el artículo analizamos la innovación biotecnológica relacionada con los sectores agrícola y alimentario en México. Tomamos en cuenta las políticas públicas, las leyes y las reglamentaciones; la dinámica del sector y del merado. Asimismo, analizamos la forma en la que las empresas agro-alimentarias pueden aprovechar los insumos de conocimiento científico y tecnológico que ofrece la biotecnología. La principal conclusión es que actualmente el marco institucional regulatorio y la dinámica del...

  3. A "infância desamparada" no asilo agrícola de Santa Isabel: instrução rural e infantil (1880 - 1886

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    Schueler Alessandra Frota Martinez de

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho trata da criação da Associação Protetora da Infância Desamparada, na Província do Rio de Janeiro, nos anos 1880, e as suas propostas de promover a instrução primária e a educação agrícola destinadas às chamadas crianças pobres do Império. Para tanto, levou-se em consideração os debates sobre a difusão da instrução elementar, o trabalho e a reatualização das políticas de controle social. Estas políticas estiveram presentes entre as preocupações e os objetivos dos sócios fundadores e políticos do Império e sinalizaram para um projeto de educação asilar, no qual a economia agrícola surgia como base da construção nacional. Para compreender essas questões, o artigo detém-se na análise do Asylo Agrícola de Santa Isabel, criado pela Associação e inaugurado em 1886. Busca-se caracterizar: sua arquitetura, os espaços construídos e áreas externas; as crianças para lá enviadas, sua naturalidade, sexo e condição social; e o ensino ministrado, os saberes difundidos, disciplina de caráter religioso, recursos a prêmios como emulação e trabalho no campo. Conclui-se com a afirmação de que a tentativa de estabelecer uma política de educação moral e religiosa, aliada à instrução elementar e ao ensino voltado ao trabalho rural, com o intuito de conservação de uma mão-de-obra dependente nas fazendas agrícolas, consistiu nos fundamentos e objetivos principais da Associação Protetora da Infância Desamparada.

  4. "De regreso al futuro” Arte Vitivinícola, Religión y Ciencia en Nuevas Sociedades Agrícolas.

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    Fabio Aldemar Gómez Sierra

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available La vitivinicultura posee un patrimonio mitológico que el arte y lareligión han expresado profundamente y que la ciencia moderna complementa. Esta riqueza simbólica surgió en un contexto agrícola y por ende sagrado. Explorar esta iconografía antigua y nueva en Boyacá, implica valorar cimientos sociales enmarcados por una mezcla y una complementariedad religiosa, cuyagenuina expresión es la agricultura; indicador simbiótico de la vida en altitud. El proyecto vitivinícola del Valle del Sol, guía estapercepción.

  5. Un proyecto agrícola-industrial en el Río Atoyac: el obispo Gillow y la hacienda de Chautla, Puebla (1877-1914)

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    Cecilia Adriana Bautista García

    2003-01-01

    El presente texto analiza la actividad empresarial de Eulogio Gillow, obispo de Oaxaca, amigo personal de Porfirio Díaz, y miembro destacado de la jerarquía eclesial mexicana. Los proyectos hidráulicos, agrícolas e industriales llevados a cabo por el sacerdote en su hacienda de Chautla, tuvieron una connotación social que concilió los intereses económicos del obispo con la problemática de sus trabajadores. En la finca no sólo se hicieron obras hidráulicas relevantes, también se probó maquinar...

  6. Distribución espacial del contenido de materia orgánica de los suelos agrícolas de Zapopan, Jalisco

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    Daniel Ibarra Castillo; José Ariel Ruiz Corral; José Germán Flores Garnica; Diego R. González Eguiarte

    2007-01-01

    El objetivo de la presente investigación fue determinar la distribución espacial del contenido de materia orgánica (MO), variable asociada con la fertilidad en los suelos agrícolas, del municipio de Zapopan, Jalisco, México. Se realizaron muestreos georreferenciados de suelo, para su posterior análisis en laboratorio y determinación del contenido de MO. Los resultados del análisis se capturaron en una hoja de cálculo electrónica (Microsoft Excel) para integrar una base de datos georreferenc...

  7. Impactos Socioeconômicos de Reduções nas Perdas Pós-colheita de Produtos Agrícolas no Brasil

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    Cinthia Cabral da Costa

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Resumo: Países da América Latina, incluindo o Brasil, apresentam níveis de perdas pós-colheita de produtos agrícolas superiores aos observados em países mais desenvolvidos. O presente estudo teve como objetivo estimar os impactos que a economia brasileira poderia obter caso os níveis destas perdas no País fossem reduzidas para os níveis observados em países de alta renda. Para isto, calculou­-se a redução nas perdas pós-colheita de produtos agrícolas no País e, utilizando a matriz insumo-produto do Brasil, foram estimados os impactos que esta redução poderia causar na economia brasileira, resultante do aumento dos serviços de processamento, transporte e comércio, que seriam incluídos naqueles produtos recuperados. Observou-se que, a preços de 2012, esta redução nas perdas pós­-colheita implicaria em aumento de R$ 9,8 bilhões no valor da produção agrícola. Considerando os impactos diretos, indiretos e de efeito renda, identificou­-se que um aumento na demanda por serviços de processamento, transporte e comércio originado pelo aumento desta oferta, pode elevar o valor da produção da economia em R$ 18 bilhões, o PIB do País em R$ 9,7 bilhões e gerar mais de 300 mil empregos. Tais resultados ilustram que, face à grande importância dos produtos agrícolas para a economia brasileira, a redução nas perdas pós-colheita pode gerar benefícios econômicos substanciais para o País.

  8. Análisis de la sustentabilidad en sistemas agrícolas con pequeña irrigación en el municipio de Tepeaca, Puebla

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    Neri Noriega, René

    2012-01-01

    En méxico los sistemas agricolas con riego a pequeña escala resultan ser de gran importancia para las familias rurales. De estos se obtienen productos alimenticios, ingresos, empleos y servicios. Sin embargo, el mal manejo del recurso agua esta provocando cambios en el sistema que afectan su funcionalidad. Con el objeto de analizar el estado de sustentabilidad, se estudiaron dos agrosistemas que usan agua del subsuelo en San Pablo, Actipan, Tepeaca en el estado de Puebla. Estos sistemas agríc...

  9. Efecto ambiental de agroquímicos y maquinaria agrícola en cultivos transgénicos y convencionales de algodón

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    Giovanni Reyes; Alejandro Chaparro-Giraldo; Kelly Ávila

    2010-01-01

    Título en inglés: Environmental effects of agrochemicals and agricultural machinery in transgenic and conventional crops cotton Resumen La producción de alimentos se basa en el uso de diferentes tecnologías agrícolas, que pueden derivar en conflictos entre medioambiente y agricultura. Es significativo estudiar el impacto ambiental de las nuevas tecnologías aplicadas a la agricultura, la más importante de las cuales es la transgénesis. Este trabajo se realizó en la zona algodonera del ...

  10. A Economia agrária do Algarve, na transição do Antigo Regime para o Liberalismo (1750-1836)

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    Mesquita, José Carlos Vilhena

    2009-01-01

    Artigo científico sobre a economia agrária do Algarve, desde o Pombalismo a Setembrismo, publicado na revista «ESTUDOS III», editada pela Universidade do Algarve, em 2009. A situação económica da agricultura algarvia foi sempre deficitária, mercê dos baixos índices de produtividade e de rendimento, suscitados pela desigual distribuição social da propriedade, pelo baixo investimento financeiro e pelo atraso científico-tecnológico, que – desde o período de reestruturação político...

  11. Efectos del tlcan sobre el empleo de mano de obra en el sector agrícola de México, 1994-2010

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    Yuliana Lechuga Jardínez; José Alberto García Salazar; Marcos Portillo Vázquez; Roberto Carlos García Sánchez

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    el Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte se implementó en 1994 para solucionar el desempleo de mano de obra en el campo mexicano, sin embargo, actual - mente las zonas rurales del país enfrentan el mismo pro - blema. Se calcularon las fuentes de crecimiento del em - pleo de mano de obra, de 1994 a 2010, con la finalidad de determinar su impacto sobre el sector agrícola de Méxi - co. Los resultados indican que el cambio en la estructura productiva fue desfavorable para el empleo en ge...

  12. Primer registro de Allomyces neomoniliformis (Chytridiomycota y Dictyuchus missouriensis (Oomycota aislados de un suelo agrícola (Buenos Aires, Argentina

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    Mónica M. Steciow

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Allomyces neomoniliformis y Dictyuchus missouriensis fueron aislados de un suelo agrícola conteniendo materia orgánica (hojas, raíces y tallos en Argentina. Ambas especies son citadas por primera vez para la Argentina y por segunda vez para Sudamérica, siendo el hallazgo más austral para el hemisferio occidental. Constituye el segundo aislamiento en Argentina de especies del género Allomyces y Dictyuchus. Se realizan consideraciones acerca de la distribucion de ambas especies

  13. Desempenho agrônomico de soja em função da sucessão de culturas em sistema de plantio direto

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    Brandt,Eduardo André; Souza,Luiz Carlos Ferreira de; Vitorino,Antonio Carlos Tadeu; Marchetti,Marlene Estevão

    2006-01-01

    Com o objetivo de avaliar o efeito da rotação ou sucessão de culturas sobre o desempenho agronômico de soja em semeadura direta, foi desenvolvido um experimento em Latossolo Vermelho distroférrico, no Núcleo Experimental de Ciências Agrárias da Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul, em Dourados MS. O delineamento experimental foi em blocos casualizados com nove tratamentos e quatro repetições. As parcelas mediram 36 m de comprimento por 11 m de largura (396 m²),onde foram semeadas mecani...

  14. Comparación subsector agroindustrial colombiano versus el argentino y potencial de exportación de productos agrícolas a Brasil y Argentina

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    Arias Fierro, Rocio del Pilar

    2016-01-01

    Este artículo contiene información sobre la evolución de las exportaciones colombianas a los países miembros del Mercosur. En él se presenta el potencial exportador de productos agrícolas colombianos, profundizando especialmente en los beneficios generados por el acuerdo que en la actualidad se encuentra vigente. Como parte fundamental, se analizan las variaciones que han venido teniendo los mercados, las cuales han generado el déficit de la balanza comercial de Colombia con respecto a B...

  15. Análisis por elementos finitos de cargas de impacto. Estudio de caso de viga de tren de rodaje de remolque agrícola

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    Raudel Flores Moreno; Arturo Martínez Rodríguez; Jorge Samá Montes

    2009-01-01

    Las circunstancias que dan lugar a sobrecargas en las máquinas e implementos agrícolas se ven acrecentadas en Cuba debido a exigentes condiciones de los terrenos y características pesadas de los suelos, siendo habituales en la agricultura cubana los ejemplos de máquinas e implementos, tanto de fabricación nacional como de importación, que sufren deformaciones en su estructura o roturas frecuentes en sus órganos de trabajo. La determinación de coeficientes de cargas dinámicas que posibiliten o...

  16. Análisis por elementos finitos de cargas de impacto en elementos estructurales de máquinas agrícolas

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    Raudel Flores Moreno; Arturo Martínez Rodríguez; Jorge Samá Montes

    2009-01-01

    Las circunstancias que dan lugar a sobrecargas en las máquinas e implementos agrícolas se ven acrecentadas en Cuba debido a exigentes condiciones de los terrenos y características pesadas de los suelos, siendo habituales en la agricultura cubana los ejemplos de máquinas e implementos, tanto de fabricación nacional como de importación, que sufren deformaciones en su estructura o roturas frecuentes en sus órganos de trabajo. La determinación de coeficientes de cargas dinámicas que posibiliten o...

  17. Las contradicciones de un mundo globalizado: grandes políticas agrícolas y derecho a la soberanía alimentaria

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    Milla Bordera, Pedro José

    2014-01-01

    En un mundo que presume de ser globalizado, el impulso de determinadas políticas agroalimentarias puede generar graves impactos económicos, sociales y ambientales tanto en los países desarrollados como en los subdesarrollados. Estrategias como la liberalización del comercio de productos agrícolas o el productivismo son impulsadas desde los países ricos con el objetivo de hacer pagar a los pequeños la sobreproducción de los grandes. En este sentido, no son pocas las voces que reclaman una glob...

  18. Aplicación de la energía renovable en el secado. Estado del arte y su potencial en las producciones agrícolas

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    Raúl Costales

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Se introduce el tema del secado solar como una gestión de ingeniería, encaminada en la actualidad a resolver dos grandes problemas; la disminución de los costos de producción de los productos agrícolas y la reducción de emisiones de CO2 a la atmósfera lo que contribuye a disminuir el efecto invernadero que nos afecta globalmente. Se analiza un cúmulo de informaciones que se derivan de diferentes proyectos y sus resultados así como su sensible influencia en las inversiones y procesos tecnológicos.

  19. Uso de las imágenes de satélites y los SIG en el campo de la Ingeniería Agrícola

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    Dámaso Ponvert Delisles; Andés Lau Quan

    2013-01-01

    Los sistemas de ingeniería agrícola constituyen conjuntos de técnicas y tecnologías que garantizan la producción agropecuaria. Por lo general, ellos producen determinados impactos al medio ambiente, que tienen consecuencias negativas sobre los recursos naturales produciendo huellas en el territorio. En la actualidad se aplican con éxito tecnologías muy eficaces como la Teledetección y, los SIG para identificar la huella espacial de estos impactos y apoyar las decisiones que ayuden a los direc...

  20. A disputa político-ideológica entre a reforma agrária redistributiva e o modelo de reforma agrária de mercado do Banco Mundial (1994-2005 The political-ideological dispute between redistributive agrarian reform and the market land reform model of the World Bank (1994-2005

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    João Márcio Mendes Pereira

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available O trabalho analisa a disputa político-ideológica entre o modelo de reforma agrária de mercado (MRAM do Banco Mundial (BM e a reforma agrária redistributiva. Argumenta-se que o cerne dessa disputa reside no fato de que esse modelo foi criado para substituir o papel desapropriatório e redistributivo do Estado. Mostra-se que, em todos os países onde foi implementado (África do Sul, Colômbia, Guatemala e Brasil, as supostas vantagens atribuídas ao MRAM sobre a reforma agrária não se materializaram.The work analyses the political-ideological dispute between the market land reform model (MLRM of the World Bank (WB and redistributive agrarian reform. We argue that the core of this dispute lies in the fact that the MLRM was created to substitute the expropriative and redistributive role of the State. We show that in all countries where it was implemented (South Africa, Colombia, Guatemala and Brazil, the alleged advantages attributed to the MLRM over agrarian reform did not materialize.