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  1. Air void structure and frost resistance

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    Hasholt, Marianne Tange

    2014-01-01

    This article compiles results from 4 independent laboratory studies. In each study, the same type of concrete is tested at least 10 times, the air void structure being the only variable. For each concrete mix both air void analysis of the hardened concrete and a salt frost scaling test are...... conducted. Results were not originally presented in a way, which made comparison possible. Here the amount of scaled material is depicted as function of air voids parameters: total air content, specific surface, spacing factor, and total surface area of air voids. The total surface area of air voids is...... proportional to the product of total air content and specific surface. In all 4 cases, the conclusion is concurrent that the parameter of total surface area of air voids performs equally well or better than the spacing factor when linking air void characteristics to frost resistance (salt frost scaling). This...

  2. Compensation for air voids in photoacoustic computed tomography image reconstruction

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    Matthews, Thomas P.; Li, Lei; Wang, Lihong V.; Anastasio, Mark A.

    2016-03-01

    Most image reconstruction methods in photoacoustic computed tomography (PACT) assume that the acoustic properties of the object and the surrounding medium are homogeneous. This can lead to strong artifacts in the reconstructed images when there are significant variations in sound speed or density. Air voids represent a particular challenge due to the severity of the differences between the acoustic properties of air and water. In whole-body small animal imaging, the presence of air voids in the lungs, stomach, and gastrointestinal system can limit image quality over large regions of the object. Iterative reconstruction methods based on the photoacoustic wave equation can account for these acoustic variations, leading to improved resolution, improved contrast, and a reduction in the number of imaging artifacts. However, the strong acoustic heterogeneities can lead to instability or errors in the numerical wave solver. Here, the impact of air voids on PACT image reconstruction is investigated, and procedures for their compensation are proposed. The contributions of sound speed and density variations to the numerical stability of the wave solver are considered, and a novel approach for mitigating the impact of air voids while reducing the computational burden of image reconstruction is identified. These results are verified by application to an experimental phantom.

  3. Image analysis of aggregate,mastic and air void phases for asphalt mixture%Image analysis of aggregate, mastic and air void phases for asphalt mixture

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    ADHIKARI Sanjeev; YOU Zhan-ping; HAO Pei-wen; WANG Hai-nian

    2013-01-01

    The shape characterization and spatial distribution of aggregate,mastic and air void phases for asphalt mixture were analyzed.Three air void percentage asphalt mixtures,4%,7% and 8%,respectively,were cut into cross sections and polished.X-ray scanning microscope was used to capture aggregate,mastic,air void phase by the image.The average of polygon diameter was chosen as a threshold to determine which aggregates would be retained on a given sieve.The aggregate morphological image from scanned image was utilized by digital image processing method to calculate the gradation of aggregate and simulate the real gradation.Analysis result shows that the air void of asphalt mixture has influence on the correlation between calculation gradation and actual gradation.When comparing 4.75 mm sieve size of 4%,7% and 8% air void asphalt mixtures,7% air void asphalt mixture has 55% higher than actual size gradation,8% air void asphalt mixture has 8% higher than actual size gradation,and 4% air void asphalt mixture has 3.71% lower than actual size gradation.4% air void asphalt mixture has the best correlation between calculation gradation and actual gradation comparing to other specimens.The air void percentage of asphalt mixture has no obvious influence on the air void orientation,and three asphalt mixtures show the similar air orientation along the same direction.4 tabs,7 figs,17 refs.

  4. Effect of the Entrained Air Void on Strength and Interfacial Transition Zone of Air-Entrained Mortar

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    GAO Hui; ZHANG Xiong; ZHANG Yongjuan

    2015-01-01

    In order to facilitate the development and application of air entraining agents (AEA) in the high performance concrete, entrained air void structure parameters (air void size range from 10 to 1 600 μm) of 28 d sifted mortar were measured by image analysis method. The relationship between the air void size distribution and strength of mortar was studied by methods of grey connection analysis and multiple linear regression analysis. The multiple linear regression equation was established with a correlation coefifcient of 0.966. The weight of the affection of hierarchical porosity on the compressive strength ratio was also obtained. In addition, the effect of air voids on the paste-aggregate interfacial transition zone (ITZ) was analyzed by microhardness. The results show that the correlation between different pore size range and the compressive strength is negative. The effect of air void size distribution on 28 days compressive strength is different: under the condition of similar total porosity, with the increase of the porosity of the air void size, ranging from 10 to 200 μm, and the decrease of the porosity, ranging from 200 to 1 600 μm, the average air void diameter and mean free spacing are decreased; as well as the width of ITZ. On the contrary, the microhardness of the ITZ is increased while the compressive strength loss is decreased.

  5. Observations of coarsening of air voids in a polymer-highly-soluble crystalline matrix during dissolution

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    Karakosta, Eleni; Jenneson, Paul M.; Sear, Richard P.; McDonald, Peter J.

    2006-07-01

    A combination of magnetic resonance imaging and x-ray microcomputed tomography has been used to visualize the development of the internal micro-structure within compressed tablets made from a combination of insoluble particles (Eudragit, a polymer) and soluble particles (diltiazem hydrochloride, a drug), during dissolution in water. Air voids in the tablet are seen to coarsen. The size distribution of the air voids is well fitted by a log-normal distribution with a mean size that grows linearly with time. There is evidence for both diffusion of voids and sudden collapse of individual voids, presumably as they coalesce. The behavior of the voids is studied and compared with models of coarsening; the implications for tablet dissolution are considered.

  6. The effect of form pressure on the air void structure of SCC

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    Jensen, Mikkel Vibæk; Hasholt, Marianne Tange; Geiker, Mette Rica

    2005-01-01

    The high workability of self-compacting concrete (SCC) invites to high casting rates. However, casting walls at high rate may result in large pressure at the bottom of the form and subsequently compression of the air voids. This paper deals with the influence of hydrostatic pressure during settin...... air void structure may be estimated by using Boyle-Mariottes law. However, other conditions such as the form filling method might influence.......The high workability of self-compacting concrete (SCC) invites to high casting rates. However, casting walls at high rate may result in large pressure at the bottom of the form and subsequently compression of the air voids. This paper deals with the influence of hydrostatic pressure during setting...... on the air void structure of hardened, air entrained SCC. The subject was examined through laboratory investigations of SCC with two different amounts of air entrainment. The condition in the form was simulated by using containers making it possible to cure concrete under various pressures...

  7. Effect of Nanoclay Content on Void Morphology in Resin Transfer Molded Composites

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    Hamidi, Youssef K.; Aktas, Levent; Altan, M. Cengiz

    2008-01-01

    Abstract Effects of nanoclay content on morphology and spatial distribution of voids in resin transfer molded nanoclay/E-glass/epoxy composite disks are investigated. Closite?25A nanoclay loads of 2, 5, and 10wt% are mixed by sonication with a low-viscosity epoxy resin prior to filling the mold cavity containing 13.6% E-glass preform by volume. A disk without nanoclay is also molded. Once the molded composites are cured, voids on radial composite samples are evaluated via microscop...

  8. Influence of fundamental material properties and air void structure on moisture damage of asphalt mixes

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    Arambula Mercado, Edith

    2007-12-01

    Moisture damage in asphalt mixes refers to the loss of serviceability due to the presence of moisture. The extent of moisture damage, also called moisture susceptibility, depends on internal and external factors. The internal factors relate to the properties of the materials and the microstructure distribution, while the external factors include the environmental conditions, production and construction practices, pavement design, and traffic level. The majority of the research on moisture damage is based on the hypothesis that infiltration of surface water is the main source of moisture. Of the two other principal mechanisms of water transport, permeation of water vapor and capillary rise of subsurface water, the latter has been least explored. A laboratory test and analysis methods based on X-ray computed tomography (CT) were established to assess the capillary rise of water. The amount and size of air voids filled with water were used in the capillary rise equation to estimate the distribution of the contact angles between the water and the mastic. The results were able to show the influence of air void size on capillary rise and contact angles. The relationship between air void structure and moisture susceptibility was evaluated using a fundamental fracture model based on dissipated energy of viscoelastic materials. Detailed description is provided in this dissertation on the deduction of the model equation, the selection of the model parameters, and the required testing protocols. The model parameters were obtained using mechanical tests and surface energy measurements. The microstructure of asphalt mixes prepared in the laboratory having different air void structures was captured using X-ray CT, and image analysis techniques were used to quantify the air void structure and air void connectivity. The air void structure was found to influence the mix resistance to moisture damage. To validate the fracture model, asphalt mixes with known field performance were

  9. Air-void embedded GaN-based light-emitting diodes grown on laser drilling patterned sapphire substrates

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    Liu, Hao; Li, Yufeng; Wang, Shuai; Feng, Lungang; Xiong, Han; Su, Xilin; Yun, Feng

    2016-07-01

    Air-void structure was introduced in GaN-based blue light-emitting diodes (LED) with one-step growth on periodic laser drilling patterned sapphire substrate, which free of any photolithography or wet/dry etching process. The influence of filling factors (FF) of air-void on crystal quality and optical performance were investigate. Transmission electron microscopy images and micro-Raman spectroscopy indicated that the dislocation was bended and the partially compressed strain was released. When FF was 55.43%, compared with the LED structure grown on flat sapphire substrate, the incorporation of air-void was observed to reduce the compressed stress of ˜20% and the luminance intensity has improved by 128%. Together with the simulated reflection intensity enhancement by finite difference time-domain (FDTD) method, we attribute the enhanced optical performance to the combined contribution of strong back-side light reflection of air-void and better GaN epitaxial quality. This approach provides a simple replacement to the conventional air-void embedded LED process.

  10. Air-Induced Drag Reduction at High Reynolds Numbers: Velocity and Void Fraction Profiles

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    Elbing, Brian; Mäkiharju, Simo; Wiggins, Andrew; Dowling, David; Perlin, Marc; Ceccio, Steven

    2010-11-01

    The injection of air into a turbulent boundary layer forming over a flat plate can reduce the skin friction. With sufficient volumetric fluxes an air layer can separate the solid surface from the flowing liquid, which can produce drag reduction in excess of 80%. Several large scale experiments have been conducted at the US Navy's Large Cavitation Channel on a 12.9 m long flat plate model investigating bubble drag reduction (BDR), air layer drag reduction (ALDR) and the transition between BDR and ALDR. The most recent experiment acquired phase velocities and void fraction profiles at three downstream locations (3.6, 5.9 and 10.6 m downstream from the model leading edge) for a single flow speed (˜6.4 m/s). The profiles were acquired with a combination of electrode point probes, time-of-flight sensors, Pitot tubes and an LDV system. Additional diagnostics included skin-friction sensors and flow-field image visualization. During this experiment the inlet flow was perturbed with vortex generators immediately upstream of the injection location to assess the robustness of the air layer. From these, and prior measurements, computational models can be refined to help assess the viability of ALDR for full-scale ship applications.

  11. Research on segregation evaluation methods of asphalt pavement based on air voids distribution

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    2007-01-01

    Eye observation was used to evaluate the segregation degree of asphalt pavement, which was not much creditable. To the asphalt pavement, road surface texture measuring method which has appeared recently can identify gradational segregation; but it can't reflect the influence of the temperature segregation. However,using infrared temperature detector to evaluate the segregation must be taken during paving, which brings much inconvenience. In this paper, measuring the air voids distribution using non-nuclear density gauge to evaluate asphalt pavement segregation was introduced. Result shows that this method can directly reflect the comprehensive results of the two types of segregation in a high efficient and accurate way. Moreover, using the sketch map of segregation area can help to analyze the segregation reason visually.

  12. Chemical resistance, void content and tensile properties of oil palm/jute fibre reinforced polymer hybrid composites

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    Tri layer hybrid composites of oil palm empty fruit bunches (EFB) and jute fibres was prepared by keeping oil palm EFB as skin material and jute as the core material and vice versa. The chemical resistance, void content and tensile properties of oil palm EFB/Jute composites was investigated with reference to the relative weight of oil palm EFB/Jute, i.e. 4:1, the fibre loading was optimized and different layering pattern were investigated. It is found from the chemical resistance test that all the composites are resistant to various chemicals. It was observed that marked reduction in void content of hybrid composites in different layering pattern. From the different layering pattern, the tensile properties were slightly higher for the composite having jute as skin and oil palm EFB as core material. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to study tensile fracture surfaces of different composites.

  13. Measurement of air distribution and void fraction of an upwards air-water flow using electrical resistance tomography and a wire-mesh sensor

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    Olerni, Claudio; Jia, Jiabin; Wang, Mi

    2013-03-01

    Measurements on an upwards air-water flow are reported that were obtained simultaneously with a dual-plane electrical resistance tomograph (ERT) and a wire-mesh sensor (WMS). The ultimate measurement target of both ERT and WMS is the same, the electrical conductivity of the medium. The ERT is a non-intrusive device whereas the WMS requires a net of wires that physically crosses the flow. This paper presents comparisons between the results obtained simultaneously from the ERT and the WMS for evaluation and calibration of the ERT. The length of the vertical testing pipeline section is 3 m with an internal diameter of 50 mm. Two distinct sets of air-water flow rate scenarios, bubble and slug regimes, were produced in the experiments. The fast impedance camera ERT recorded the data at an approximate time resolution of 896 frames per second (fps) per plane in contrast with the 1024 fps of the wire-mesh sensor WMS200. The set-up of the experiment was based on well established knowledge of air-water upwards flow, particularly the specific flow regimes and wall peak effects. The local air void fraction profiles and the overall air void fraction were produced from two systems to establish consistency for comparison of the data accuracy. Conventional bulk flow measurements in air mass and electromagnetic flow metering, as well as pressure and temperature, were employed, which brought the necessary calibration to the flow measurements. The results show that the profiles generated from the two systems have a certain level of inconsistency, particularly in a wall peak and a core peak from the ERT and WMS respectively, whereas the two tomography instruments achieve good agreement on the overall air void fraction for bubble flow. For slug flow, when the void fraction is over 30%, the ERT underestimates the void fraction, but a linear relation between ERT and WMS is still observed.

  14. Effect of initial oxygen content on the void swelling behavior of fast neutron irradiated copper

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    Zinkle, S.J. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Garner, F.A. [Pacific Northwest National Lab., Richland, WA (United States)

    1998-03-01

    Density measurements were performed on high purity copper specimens containing {le}10 wt.ppm and {approximately}120 wt.ppm oxygen following irradiation in FFTF MOTA 2B. Significant amounts of swelling were observed in both the oxygen-free and oxygen-doped specimens following irradiation to {approximately}17 dpa at 375 C and {approximately}47 dpa at 430 C. Oxygen doping up to 360 appm (90 wt.ppm) did not significantly affect the void swelling of copper for these irradiation conditions.

  15. Investigation of oil-air two-phase mass flow rate measurement using Venturi and void fraction sensor

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    ZHANG Hong-jian; YUE Wei-ting; HUANG Zhi-yao

    2005-01-01

    Oil-air two-phase flow measurement was investigated with a Venturi and void fraction meters in this work. This paper proposes a new flow rate measurement correlation in which the effect of the velocity ratio between gas and liquid was considered.With the pressure drop across the Venturi and the void fraction that was measured by electrical capacitance tomography apparatus,both mixture flow rate and oil flow rate could be obtained by the correlation. Experiments included bubble-, slug-, wave and annular flow with the void fraction ranging from 15% to 83%, the oil flow rate ranging from 0.97 kg/s to 1.78 kg/s, the gas flow rate ranging up to 0.018 kg/s and quality ranging nearly up to 2.0%. The root-mean-square errors of mixture mass flow rate and that ofoil mass flow rate were less than 5%. Furthermore, coefficients of the correlation were modified based on flow regimes, with the results showing reduced root-mean-square errors.

  16. Numerical simulations of void fractions in air-water tests with a 4 x 4 rod bundle under stagnant water conditions

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    After termination of natural circulation during hypothetical accidents in light water reactors, vapor generated by decay heat forms two-phase flow in stagnant coolant liquid and rises in a reactor core. In these conditions, void fractions in the reactor core affect the two-phase mixture level and cooling of fuel rods. In this study, numerical simulations were carried out for a 4 x 4 rod bundle which was a mock-up of the PWR core by using the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software, FLUENT 6.3.26. Simulated void fractions showed a similar trend to air-water data but were about 0.10 higher than measured void fractions at large air volumetric fluxes. Over-prediction of void fractions might be due to severe flooding at the upper end of the bundle. (author)

  17. Void Dynamics

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    Padilla, Nelson; Lares, Marcelo; Ceccarelli, Laura; Lambas, Diego Garcia; Cai, Yan-Chuan; Li, Baojiu

    2014-01-01

    Cosmic voids are becoming key players in testing the physics of our Universe. Here we concentrate on the abundances and the dynamics of voids as these are among the best candidates to provide information on cosmological parameters. Cai, Padilla \\& Li (2014) use the abundance of voids to tell apart Hu \\& Sawicki $f(R)$ models from General Relativity. An interesting result is that even though, as expected, voids in the dark matter field are emptier in $f(R)$ gravity due to the fifth force expelling away from the void centres, this result is reversed when haloes are used to find voids. The abundance of voids in this case becomes even lower in $f(R)$ compared to GR for large voids. Still, the differences are significant and this provides a way to tell apart these models. The velocity field differences between $f(R)$ and GR, on the other hand, are the same for halo voids and for dark matter voids. Paz et al. (2013), concentrate on the velocity profiles around voids. First they show the necessity of four pa...

  18. A study of the effect of fabrication variables on the void content and quality of fuel plates

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    Wiencek, T.C.

    1986-10-01

    The control of void content and quality of dispersion type fuel plates fabricated for research and test reactors are issues of concern to plate fabricators. These two variables were studied by examining the data for various geometries of fuel plates fabricated at ANL. It was found that the porosity of a fuel plate can be increased by: (1) decreasing the fuel particle size, (2) increasing the fuel particle surface roughness, (3) increasing the matrix strength, (4) decreasing the rolling temperature, (5) decreasing the final fuel zone thickness, and (6) increasing the volume percentage of the fuel. Porosity formation is controlled by bulk movement and deformation and/or fracture of particles. The most important factor is the flow stress of the matrix material. Lowering the flow stress will decrease the plate porosity. The percentage of plates with fuel-out-of-zone is a function of the fuel material and the loading. The highest percentage of plates with fuel-out-of-zone were those with U3Si2 which is at this time the most commonly used silicide fuel.

  19. Measurement of air distribution and void fraction of an upwards air–water flow using electrical resistance tomography and a wire-mesh sensor

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    Measurements on an upwards air–water flow are reported that were obtained simultaneously with a dual-plane electrical resistance tomograph (ERT) and a wire-mesh sensor (WMS). The ultimate measurement target of both ERT and WMS is the same, the electrical conductivity of the medium. The ERT is a non-intrusive device whereas the WMS requires a net of wires that physically crosses the flow. This paper presents comparisons between the results obtained simultaneously from the ERT and the WMS for evaluation and calibration of the ERT. The length of the vertical testing pipeline section is 3 m with an internal diameter of 50 mm. Two distinct sets of air–water flow rate scenarios, bubble and slug regimes, were produced in the experiments. The fast impedance camera ERT recorded the data at an approximate time resolution of 896 frames per second (fps) per plane in contrast with the 1024 fps of the wire-mesh sensor WMS200. The set-up of the experiment was based on well established knowledge of air–water upwards flow, particularly the specific flow regimes and wall peak effects. The local air void fraction profiles and the overall air void fraction were produced from two systems to establish consistency for comparison of the data accuracy. Conventional bulk flow measurements in air mass and electromagnetic flow metering, as well as pressure and temperature, were employed, which brought the necessary calibration to the flow measurements. The results show that the profiles generated from the two systems have a certain level of inconsistency, particularly in a wall peak and a core peak from the ERT and WMS respectively, whereas the two tomography instruments achieve good agreement on the overall air void fraction for bubble flow. For slug flow, when the void fraction is over 30%, the ERT underestimates the void fraction, but a linear relation between ERT and WMS is still observed. (paper)

  20. Finite Element Model for Rutting Prediction in Asphalt Mixes in Various Air Void Contents

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    Mohammed Hadi Nahi; Ibrahim Kamaruddin; Amiruddin Ismail; Ramez Al-Ezzi Al-Mansob

    2014-01-01

    Asphalt pavement rutting is one of the most commonly observed pavement distresses and is a major safety concern to transportation agencies. Millions of dollars are spent annually to repair rutted asphalt pavements. Researches into improvements of hot-mix asphalt materials mix designs, methods of pavement evaluation and design can provide extended pavement life and significant cost savings in pavement maintenance and rehabilitation. The three objectives of this study are to investigate the rut...

  1. An experimental investigation on the effect of particle size on the thermal properties and void content of Solid Glass Microsphere filled epoxy Composites

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    Mishra, Debasmita; Satapathy, Alok

    2016-02-01

    This paper investigates about the thermal characterization of Solid glass micro-sphere (SGM) filled epoxy composites. SGMs of different sizes are embedded in epoxy resin to fabricate composites by hand-layup technique. The composites for various SGM content ranging from 0 to about 35 vol % are thus fabricated and the effective thermal conductivities (keff ) of the composites are estimated. The theoretical values are then compared with keff values obtained from the experiment. This study shows that the incorporation of SGm results in an improvement in thermal insulation capability of the polymer. Further, the influence of size and content of SGMs in the extent of reduction of keff was studied. Also, the effect of void content on improving insulation capability of the composites was analysed.

  2. Lower plenum voiding

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    One of the phenomena involved in a Loss-of-Coolant-Accident (LOCA) in a Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) may be Lower Plenum Voiding (LPV). This might occur during the blowdown phase after a cold-leg break in the primary coolant circuit. This paper describes a study of two-phase hydrodynamics associated with lower plenum voiding. Several geometrical configurations were tested at three different scales, using air to simulate the steam. Comparisons were made with theories and data obtained by other researchers. 5 refs

  3. Method to Estimate the Dissolved Air Content in Hydraulic Fluid

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    Hauser, Daniel M.

    2011-01-01

    In order to verify the air content in hydraulic fluid, an instrument was needed to measure the dissolved air content before the fluid was loaded into the system. The instrument also needed to measure the dissolved air content in situ and in real time during the de-aeration process. The current methods used to measure the dissolved air content require the fluid to be drawn from the hydraulic system, and additional offline laboratory processing time is involved. During laboratory processing, there is a potential for contamination to occur, especially when subsaturated fluid is to be analyzed. A new method measures the amount of dissolved air in hydraulic fluid through the use of a dissolved oxygen meter. The device measures the dissolved air content through an in situ, real-time process that requires no additional offline laboratory processing time. The method utilizes an instrument that measures the partial pressure of oxygen in the hydraulic fluid. By using a standardized calculation procedure that relates the oxygen partial pressure to the volume of dissolved air in solution, the dissolved air content is estimated. The technique employs luminescent quenching technology to determine the partial pressure of oxygen in the hydraulic fluid. An estimated Henry s law coefficient for oxygen and nitrogen in hydraulic fluid is calculated using a standard method to estimate the solubility of gases in lubricants. The amount of dissolved oxygen in the hydraulic fluid is estimated using the Henry s solubility coefficient and the measured partial pressure of oxygen in solution. The amount of dissolved nitrogen that is in solution is estimated by assuming that the ratio of dissolved nitrogen to dissolved oxygen is equal to the ratio of the gas solubility of nitrogen to oxygen at atmospheric pressure and temperature. The technique was performed at atmospheric pressure and room temperature. The technique could be theoretically carried out at higher pressures and elevated

  4. Dysfunctional voiding.

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    Chiozza, M L

    2002-01-01

    Wetting may be considered the Cinderella of paediatric medicine. Before discussing dysfunctional voiding, the milestones of the normal development of continence in the child and the definitions used to describe this topic are presented. Bladder storage requires (1): accommodation of increasing volumes of urine at low intravesical pressure and with appropriate sensation; (2): a bladder outlet that is closed and not modified during increase in intra-abdominal pressure; (3): absence of involuntary bladder contractions. Development of continence in the child involves three independent factors maturing concomitantly: (1) development of normal bladder capacity; (2) maturation of urethral sphincter function; (3) development of neural control over bladder-sphincter function. All these processes are discussed. Abnormalities of any of these maturational sequences, which run parallel and overlapping, may result in clinically evident abnormalities of bladder sphincter control. Although dysfunctional voiding (DV) in children is very common its prevalence has not been well studied and, to date, and its origin is not well known. In a correct evaluation of functional voiding we must take into account different elements: the bladder capacity (that increases during the first 8 years of life roughly 30 ml per year), the micturition frequency, post-void residual volumes, bladder dynamics, urinary flow rates. Thus the correct assessment of children with lower urinary tract dysfunction should include a detailed history. Signs of DV range from urge syndrome to complex incontinence patterns during the day and the night. In addition to incontinence problems, children may have frequency, urgency, straining to void, weak or interrupted urinary stream, urinary tract infections (UTIs) and chronic constipation with or without encopresis. DV are also referred in enuretic children who wet the bed more than one time per night and have a functional bladder capacity lower than attended for age

  5. Characterizing the effects of elevated temperature on the air void pore structure of advanced gas-cooled reactor pressure vessel concrete using x-ray computed tomography

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    X-ray computed tomography (X-ray CT) has been applied to nondestructively characterise changes in the microstructure of a concrete used in the pressure vessel structure of Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors (AGR) in the UK. Concrete specimens were conditioned at temperatures of 105 C and 250 C, to simulate the maximum thermal load expected to occur during a loss of coolant accident (LOCA). Following thermal treatment, these specimens along with an unconditioned control sample were characterised using micro-focus X-ray CT with a spatial resolution of 14.6 microns. The results indicate that the air void pore structure of the specimens experienced significant volume changes as a result of the increasing temperature. The increase in the porous volume was more prevalent at 250 C. Alterations in air void size distributions were characterized with respect to the unconditioned control specimen. These findings appear to correlate with changes in the uni-axial compressive strength of the conditioned concrete. (authors)

  6. Bubble Content in Air/Hydro System--Part 2:Factors Influencing Bubble Content

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    2000-01-01

    A new method for measuring bubble content of two-phase fluids in complex systems such as air/hydro systems has been designed and verified. Some new results of the study on the factors influencing bubble content using this new method are given in this paper, including the results of the experiments in the SKIP-valve system and long-tube system. Results indicate that the operating time, opening of the control-valve, air supply pressure, mass of the load, speed ratio, and the length of the tube all affect bubble content.

  7. Lower plenum voiding

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    Bharathan, D.; Wallis, G.B.; Richter, H.J.

    1982-08-01

    One of the phenomena involved in a loss-of-coolant accident in a pressurized water reactor may be lower plenum voiding. This might occur during the blowdown phase after a cold-leg break in the primary coolant circuit. Steam generated in the reactor core may flow out of the bottom of the reactor core, turn in the lower plenum of the vessel, in a direction countercurrent to the emergency core coolant flow, and escape via the break. If its velocity is high enough, this steam may sweep water from the bottom (lower plenum) of the reactor vessel. Emergency coolant added to the vessel may also be carried out by the escaping steam and thus reflooding of the core would be delayed. This paper describes a study of two-phase hydrodynamics associated with lower plenum voiding. Several geometrical configurations were tested at three different scales, using air to simulate the steam. Comparisons were made with data obtained by other researchers.

  8. Lower plenum voiding

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    One of the phenomena involved in a loss-of-coolant accident in a pressurized water reactor may be lower plenum voiding. This might occur during the blowdown phase after a cold-leg break in the primary coolant circuit. Steam generated in the reactor core may flow out of the bottom of the reactor core, turn in the lower plenum of the vessel, in a direction countercurrent to the emergency core coolant flow, and escape via the break. If its velocity is high enough, this steam may sweep water from the bottom (lower plenum) of the reactor vessel. Emergency coolant added to the vessel may also be carried out by the escaping steam and thus reflooding of the core would be delayed. This paper describes a study of two-phase hydrodynamics associated with lower plenum voiding. Several geometrical configurations were tested at three different scales, using air to simulate the steam. Comparisons were made with data obtained by other researchers

  9. Uranium content in atmospheric air during the conflict in Kosovo

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    Because of its high density Uranium is used in the bullets by NATO in Kosovo as well as other conflicts. After reaching the targets between 20-70% of Uranium burns and a big part of resulting micro particles of uranium oxides disperse in radius of 50 m. As an aerosol the uranium particles can reach distances in the range of scores of kilometers. From 50 to 96% of Uranium aerosols are with respiratory dimensions as from 52 to 83% of them are in insoluble form. This fact suggests appearance of depleted Uranium in atmospheric air in the neighborhood of the conflict actions areas. 52 samples are analyzed in 13 sites of sample collection. The background content of Uranium is determined. The bombing in Yugoslavia is taken into account according to the Uranium content in atmospheric air in the frontier regions of West Bulgaria. (authors)

  10. Development of the impedance void meter

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    Chung, Moon Ki; Song, Chul Hwa; Won, Soon Yeon; Kim, Bok Deuk [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1994-06-01

    An impedance void meter is developed to measure the area-averaged void fraction. Its basic principle is based on the difference in the electrical conductivity between phases. Several methods of measuring void fraction are briefly reviewed and the reason why this type of void meter is chosen to develop is discussed. Basic principle of the measurement is thoroughly described and several design parameters to affect the overall function are discussed in detail. As example of applications is given for vertical air-water flow. It is shown that the current design has good dynamic response as well as very fine spatial resolution. (Author) 47 refs., 37 figs.

  11. Normalized Dysfunctional Voiding Through Timed Voiding.

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    Liu, Ying-Buh; Chang, Shang-Jen; Yang, Stephen Shei-Dei

    2012-05-01

    We report a 3-year-old girl with dysfunctional voiding, febrile urinary tract infection (UTI) and bladder over distention (BOD). After controlling UTI, repeat uroflowmetry depicted staccato flow pattern and postvoid residual (PVR) urine volume was >20 mL. Frequency/volume chart showed voided volume was frequently larger than >100% expected bladder capacity. BOD resulted in dysfunctional voiding and elevated PVR was impressed. Urotherapy with adequate fluids intake, and timed voiding to avoid BOD were taught. Subsequent frequency/volume chart disclosed that voided volume was not greater than 100% expected bladder capacity. Uroflowmetry curves were normalized and PVR decreased. Without prophylactic antibiotics, she was free of UTI for 12 months. Unfortunately, she held urine after attending kindergarten and got febrile UTI again. BOD was impressed and timed voiding was re-initiated after resolution of UTI. She was free of UTI and antibiotics for another 15 months. Bladder over distension may be the cause of dysfunctional voiding, vesicoureteral reflux and UTI. Through timed voiding, BOD may be reversed and UTI may be prevented. PMID:26676534

  12. Partial discharges in spheroidal voids: Void orientation

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    McAllister, Iain Wilson

    1997-01-01

    Partial discharge transients can be described in terms of the charge induced on the detecting electrode. The influence of the void parameters upon the induced charge is examined and discussed for spheroidal voids. It is shown that a quantitative interpretation of the induced charge requires a...

  13. Pediatric Voiding Cystourethrogram

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    Scan for mobile link. Children's (Pediatric) Voiding Cystourethrogram A children’s (pediatric) voiding cystourethrogram uses fluoroscopy – a form of real-time x-ray – to examine a child’s bladder ...

  14. The Development of Voiding

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    Olsen, Lars Henning

    2011-01-01

    The thesis addresses some new aspeccts in the development of voiding function from midgestation into early childhood.......The thesis addresses some new aspeccts in the development of voiding function from midgestation into early childhood....

  15. Illicit psychotropic substance contents in the air of Italy

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    Cecinato, Angelo; Balducci, Catia; Budetta, Valentina; Pasini, Antonello

    2010-06-01

    Two in-field campaigns were performed in 2009 to elucidate the contents of illicit psychotropic substances in airborne particulates of Italian cities. Twenty-eight localities of eight Italian regions were investigated in winter, and further eleven sites in June (14 regions in total), thanks to contribution of Regional Environmental Agencies. Cocaine was found almost everywhere, although some sites were rural or suburban. The maximum was recorded in Milan in winter (˜0.39 ng m -3), and "high" values (up to ˜0.16 ng m -3) in other Northern cities and in Rome. Besides cocaine, three cannabinoids will be monitored, namely Δ 9-tetrahydrocannabinol, cannabidiol and cannabinol. The three compounds often affected the air at lower extents than cocaine, and sometimes resulted absent. Cannabinol accounted for up to 90% of the total. The concentrations of illicit compounds were up to six times lower in June than in winter. This decrease was probably induced by the lowering of boundary layer height typical of winter, and by the oxidizing capacity of atmosphere, which is stronger in the warm season. Compared to n-alkanes, polynuclear aromatic compounds, nicotine, caffeine and airborne particulate, cocaine seemed to follow a peculiar behaviour; in fact, meaningful (≥0.80) Pearson (linear) regression coefficients were calculated from the corresponding concentrations only at local scale (e.g. Rome), and within just one season. Improvements of the method are needed to monitor illicit drug metabolites (e.g. benzoylecgonine, ecgonine methyl ester, 9-carboxy-11-nor-Δ 9-tetrahydrocannabinol), heroin and semi-volatile amphetamines.

  16. A Simple Experiment To Measure the Content of Oxygen in the Air Using Heated Steel Wool

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    Vera, Francisco; Rivera, Rodrigo; Nunez, Cesar

    2011-01-01

    The typical experiment to measure the oxygen content in the atmosphere uses the rusting of steel wool inside a closed volume of air. Two key aspects of this experiment that make possible a successful measurement of the content of oxygen in the air are the use of a closed atmosphere and the use of a chemical reaction that involves the oxidation of…

  17. Controlling Air Content in Concrete That is Being Pumped, A Synthesis Study

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    1998-01-01

    Changes in the air content of fresh concrete that is being pumped can occur at a number of places. These locations include the initial loading of the concrete into the pump hopper, as it passes through the pump line, and when it exits the line. This synthesis reviews the findings of recent research studies which deal with air content change in pumped concrete and summarizes methods of reducing air loss caused by handling. Three main mechanisms by which air content is lost in fresh concrete th...

  18. Study and Application of Asphalt Medium Method for Measuring Pavement Air Void%沥青介质法实测路面空隙率研究及应用

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    周卫峰; 李源渊; 陈华鑫

    2016-01-01

    In order to overcome the disadvantages of poor representation and the accuracy in current air voids of asphalt pavement testing, we researched and developed the asphalt medium method for direct measuring asphalt pavement core samples’ largest theory relative density and calculating air voids, and applied it for quality inspection and evaluation of practical projects. The research result shows that ( 1 ) Compared with traditional method, the asphalt medium method overcame the drawbacks of solvent method and vacuum method, using heat asphalt as medium, it can more accurately measure the largest theory relative density of asphalt core samples, so the accuracy is higher. ( 2 ) The asphalt medium method directly uses the core samples’ bulk density and largest theory relative density for core samples’ air voids calculation, it has stronger representation. (3) As long as there is core samples from asphalt pavement, the asphalt medium method can be used for measuring its air voids, and it does not need to consult the maximum theoretical density of mixture for construction, so the application is more convenient. The variability of the measured largest theory relative density of core samples using the asphalt medium method can accurately evaluate the variability of the asphalt pavement. (4) There is a good relationship between the measured pavement air voids and the water seepage coefficient measured by the asphalt medium method. In practical projects, the method can be easily used for measuring the air voids of asphalt core samples, the result can be used for pavement quality evaluation and quality control.%为克服目前沥青路面空隙率检测代表性及准确性差的缺点,研究开发直接实测沥青路面芯样最大理论相对密度及计算空隙率的沥青介质法,并应用于实际工程的质量检测与评定。研究结果表明,与传统方法相比,沥青介质法克服了溶剂法与真空法的缺点,以热沥青为介质,更

  19. Voiding dysfunction - A review

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    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available In a child who is toilet trained the sudden onset of daytime wetting with frequency or urgency is alarming to the parents. Initially this subject was subdivided into a number of descriptive clinical conditions which led to a lot of confusion in recognition and management. Subsequently, the term elimination dysfunction was coined by Stephen Koff to emphasise the association between recurrent urinary infection, wetting, constipation and bladder overactivity. From a urodynamic point of view, in voiding dysfunction, there is either detrusor overactivity during bladder filling or dyssynergic action between the detrusor and the external sphincter during voiding. Identifying a given condition as a ′filling phase dysfunction′ or ′voiding phase dysfunction′ helps to provide appropriate therapy. Objective clinical criteria should be used to define voiding dysfunction. These include bladder wall thickening, large capacity bladder and infrequent voiding, bladder trabeculation and spinning top deformity of the urethra and a clinically demonstrated Vincent′s curtsy. The recognition and treatment of constipation is central to the adequate treatment of voiding dysfunction. Transcutaneous electric nerve stimuation for the treatment of detrusor overactivity, biofeedback with uroflow EMG to correct dyssynergic voiding, and behavioral therapy all serve to correct voiding dysfunction in its early stages. In established neurogenic bladder disease the use of Botulinum Toxin A injections into the detrusor or the external sphincter may help in restoring continence especially in those refractory to drug therapy. However in those children in whom the upper tracts are threatened, augmentation of the bladder may still be needed.

  20. Experimental analysis of ultrasonic signals in air-water vertical upward for void fraction measurement using neural networks; Analise experimental dos sinais ultra-sonicos em escoamentos verticais bifasicos para medicao da fracao de vazios atraves de redes neurais

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    Nishida, Milton Y.; Massignan, Joao P.D.; Daciuk, Rafael J.; Neves Junior, Flavio; Arruda, Lucia V.R. [Universidade Tecnologica Federal do Parana (UTFPR), Curitiba, PR (Brazil)

    2008-07-01

    Rheology of emulsion mixtures and void fraction measurements of multiphase flows requires proper instrumentation. Sometimes it is not possible to install this instrumentation inside the pipe or view the flow. Ultrasound technology has characteristics compatible with the requirements of the oil industry. It can assist the production of heavy oil. This study provides important information for an analysis of the feasibility of developing non-intrusive equipment. These probes can be used for measurement of multiphase void fraction and detect the flow pattern using ultrasound. Experiments using simulated upward air-water vertical two-phase flow show that there is a correlation between the acoustic attenuation and the concentration of the gas phase. Experimental data were obtained through the prototype developed for ultrasonic data acquisition. This information was processed and used as input parameters for a neural network classifier. Void fractions ({proportional_to}) were analyzed between 0% - 16%, in increments of 1%. The maximum error of the neural network for the classification of the flow pattern was 6%. (author)

  1. Modeling cosmic void statistics

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    Hamaus, Nico; Wandelt, Benjamin D

    2014-01-01

    Understanding the internal structure and spatial distribution of cosmic voids is crucial when considering them as probes of cosmology. We present recent advances in modeling void density- and velocity-profiles in real space, as well as void two-point statistics in redshift space, by examining voids identified via the watershed transform in state-of-the-art $\\Lambda$CDM n-body simulations and mock galaxy catalogs. The simple and universal characteristics that emerge from these statistics indicate the self-similarity of large-scale structure and suggest cosmic voids to be among the most pristine objects to consider for future studies on the nature of dark energy, dark matter and modified gravity.

  2. Study of air-water two-phase centrifugal pump by means of electric resistivity probe technique for void fraction measurement, (1)

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    The characteristics of a circulating pump at the time of LOCA in a nuclear reactor, that is, the pump characteristics when two-phase fluid composed of water and the steam produced by self evaporation is pumped draw attention. In order to correctly understand the pump characteristics at the time of steam-water two phases, it is necessary to grasp in detail the behavior of both phases of steam and water at the entrance of the pump and within the pump. For the purpose, it was attempted to measure the three-dimensional distribution of void fraction in channels by installing point electrodes in the channels of an impeller. Moreover, the slip ratio in each cross section of the impeller channels was calculated from the distribution of void fraction, and the relationship between the characteristic behavior of both steam and water phases and the pump characteristics was discussed. The experimental setup and method, and the experimental results are reported. The void fraction in an impeller distributed three-dimensionally in complex state, and bubbles tended to flow from negative pressure side toward positive pressure side in the impeller in biased state. (Kako, I.)

  3. Content of some radionuclides in the air of Czech Republic

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    Rulík, P.; Beckova, V.; Filgas, R.; Schlesingerová, E.; Holgy, Z.; Světlík, Ivo

    Dubrovník : IRPA regional congress, Dubrovník 2001, 2001. s. 107. [IRPA Regional Congress on Radiation Protection in Central Europe RADIATION PROTECTION AND HEALTH. 20.05.2001-25.05.2001, Dubrovnik] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z1048901 Keywords : air * radionuclides * monitoring Subject RIV: DL - Nuclear Waste, Radioactive Pollution ; Quality

  4. Void Dynamics with Shocks in Various Envelopes Dynamic Voids Surrounded by Shocked Conventional Polytropic Gas Envelopes

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    Lou, Yu-Qing

    2011-01-01

    With proper physical mechanisms of energy and momentum input from around the centre of a self-gravitating polytropic gas sphere, a central spherical "void" or "cavity" or "bubble" of very much less mass contents may emerge and then dynamically expand into a variety of surrounding more massive gas envelopes with or without shocks. We explore self-similar evolution of a self-gravitating polytropic hydrodynamic flow of spherical symmetry with such an expanding "void" embedded around the center. The void boundary supporting a massive envelope represents a pressure-balanced contact discontinuity where drastic changes in mass density and temperature occur. We obtain numerical void solutions that can cross the sonic critical surface either smoothly or by shocks. Using the conventional polytropic equation of state, we construct global void solutions with shocks travelling into various envelopes including static polytropic sphere, outflow, inflow, breeze and contraction types. In the context of supernovae, we discuss ...

  5. Experimental and numerical investigation of voids distribution in VPI for ITER correction coil

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    Li, Juping, E-mail: ljping@ipp.ac.cn; Wu, Jiefeng; Yu, Xiaowu

    2015-06-15

    Highlights: • A sample of correction coil was treated by vacuum pressure impregnation. • The voids in sample were observed by computed tomography. • The voids distributions were simulated in 2-D and 3-D model. • The calculated voids locations had a good agreement with experiment. • The simulation was not accurate in calculating the voids content. - Abstract: The experimental and numerical investigations were conducted to study the voids distribution in VPI (Vacuum Pressure Impregnation) process for correction coil. A sample of correction coil was manufactured by VPI. The voids in sample were observed with computed tomography and the average voids content was tested. The voids content is closely related to infiltration velocity and fluid properties. In former researches, the parameters affecting voids content were combined into a single parameter, namely capillary number. By calculating the capillary numbers in different areas of the sample, the voids distribution could be acquired. The corresponding numerical analyses based on Darcy law were conducted in 2-D and 3-D models. The 2-D case was used to simulate the voids distribution on the section as a simplified model, while the 3-D case demonstrated the spatial distribution of voids. The voids locations were similar in 2-D and 3-D cases, but the voids contents were different. The numerical results were compared with the actual voids distribution in sample. It was found the voids locations were close in numerical and experimental results, but the voids content did not match. The numerical simulations are available for predicting the voids locations in VPI, but not accurate in calculating the voids content.

  6. Content of Some Radionuclides in the Air of Czech Republic

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    Full text: Basic information about Radiation Monitoring Network (RMN) of the Czech Republic is given in the paper. One of its subnetworks is the network of Measuring Points of Air Contamination (MPAC) placed over the whole territory of Czech Republic. The MPACs are equipped, besides others instruments, by aerosol samplers with throughput up to 900 m3/h. The activity on aerosol filters, on which aerosol is continuously collected, are measured by semiconductor gamma spectrometry. The aim of these measurements is not only to detect an abnormal radiation situation together with Early Warning Network but also to follow the long time course of the aerosol activity concentration. The results of measurement of 137Cs, 7Be and 210Pb in the air at these points in the time period from 1986 to 2000 are presented. The measurement of 7Be and 210Pb can be used as a tracer of QA/QC (quality assurance and quality control). Radiochemical separation followed by alpha spectrometry or beta measurements is used for the determination of 90Sr and transuranium radionuclides in aerosol filters from Prague. The activity concentration of 85Kr in the air is determined at one point in Prague, too. At present the values of 137Cs activity concentrations range approximately from tenths to units of mBq/m3. The activity concentration of 7Be shows typical seasonal variations with the mean value about 3000 mBq/m3. The mean value of 210Pb activity concentration is about 500 mBq/m3. The activity concentration of 85Kr is between 1 and 2 Bq/m3 for last 10 years and slowly increases. The inhalation dose from presented radionuclides is calculated. (author)

  7. Effect of Air Relative Humidity Harvest on Soil Moisture Content under Moroccan Climatic Conditions

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    El Khadir Lakhal

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available In this work, we aim to analyse the effect of the harvest of air relative humidity on soil water content. Some experiments were conducted on hilly areas with various hypsographic and microclimatic conditions greatly affecting daily fluctuations of air relative humidity. The metrological data’s were obtained by using a Campbell Scientific equipments station recorder on data loggers every half hour. Time Domain Reflectometers (TDR is used for calculating water content at different soil layers. The effect of many parameters such as: minimal and maximal air atmospheric humidity, potential of soil water and minimal temperature of air on harvesting air relative humidity is also discussed. The experimental results indicate that soil moisture content in the upper soil layer fluctuates with the same manner to diurnal fluctuation of relative air humidity. These fluctuations due to the harvest of relative air humidity decreased with increasing soil depth and daily amplitude of relative air humidity. The water adsorbed according to this phenomenon increased with increasing maximal relative and decreasing minimal temperature. The contribution of this soil water collected is about 40% of losses due to evaporation process. The correlation between principal climatic data and soil water adsorption by harvest relative air humidity is presented in this paper in order to incorporate it in the total water balance during water infiltration.

  8. Air transport of plutonium metal: content expansion initiative for the plutonium air transportable (PAT01) packaging

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    Caviness, Michael L [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Mann, Paul T [NNSA/ALBUQUERQUE; Yoshimura, Richard H [SNL

    2010-01-01

    The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has submitted an application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for the air shipment of plutonium metal within the Plutonium Air Transportable (PAT-1) packaging. The PAT-1 packaging is currently authorized for the air transport of plutonium oxide in solid form only. The INMM presentation will provide a limited overview of the scope of the plutonium metal initiative and provide a status of the NNSA application to the NRC.

  9. Void fraction measurement with capacitance meter

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    The void fraction in an air-water system has been measured using the capacitance meter. Various flow regimes including bubbly, slug, churn, annular and drop-annular flow have been investigated. The superficial air and water velocity have been varied in the range of 0.145 less than or equal to j /SUB f/ less than or equal to 3.62 ft/sec and 0.183 less than or equal to j /SUB g/ less than or equal to 63.7 ft/sec respectively and the void fraction has been varied from 0.04 to 0.94. The capacitance meter is calibrated by both quick closing valve method and theoretical calculation based on drift-flux model. The sensitivity of void fraction measurement on sensor shape has been investigated with sensors of different width. Using the conventional theoretical curves of void fraction vs. relative susceptance, the results show that the sensor width has strong effect on void fraction measurement especially annular flow regime. The results also show that significant discrepancy exists between the theoretical curve and the experimental results. The reason for this discrepancy has been identified due to two dimensional edge effect of the circular sensor. A 2-D model has been developed taking into account of both sensor width and flow regime which gives good prediction of the experimental results

  10. Engineering Design and Void Characterisation of Thick Composites

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    Chai, Yuan

    2015-01-01

    Voids are defects that are difficult to completely eliminate during the manufacturing process of composite materials. With the increase of void content (i.e. porosity), the mechanical properties and service life of the composite materials will be significantly affected. It is thus of vital importance to improve the quality of composite materials and avoid the formation of voids. In this project, military-use Twaron®-epoxy thick composite panels have been manufactured and non-destructive testi...

  11. Evaluation of the maximum content of a MOX-fueled pressurized water reactor versus isotopic composition with respect to the void coefficient

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    The study is within the framework of the feasibility of 100% MOX recycling in a Pressurized Water Reactor. The objective is to determine the limit content of total plutonium in a MOX fuel with respect to the serious accident of core total draining, during which the reactivity effects must remain negative. Six isotopic vectors, from a very degraded plutonium to a plutonium with a high content of fissile nuclei, are studied. The very conservative result of 12% for the whole vectors allows to confirm, a posteriori, the dimensioning of recent factories intended for the production of MOX fuel. (author). 3 refs, 7 figs, 3 tabs

  12. Natural radioactivity content in soil and indoor air of Chellanam

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    Contribution of terrestrial radiation due to the presence of naturally occurring radionuclides in soil and air constitutes a significant component of the background radiation exposure to the population. The concentrations of natural radionuclides in the soil and indoor air of Chellanam were investigated with an aim of evaluating the environmental radioactivity level and radiation hazard to the population. Chellanam is in the suburbs of Cochin, with the Arabian Sea in the west and the Cochin backwaters in the east. Chellanam is situated at ∼25 km from the sites of these factories. The data obtained serve as a reference in documenting changes to the environmental radioactivity due to technical activities. Soil samples were collected from 30 locations of the study area. The activity concentrations of 232Th, 238U and 40K in the samples were analysed using gamma spectrometry. The gamma dose rates were calculated using conversion factors recommended by UNSCEAR [United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation. Sources and effects of ionizing radiation. UNSCEAR (2000)]. The ambient radiation exposure rates measured in the area ranged from 74 to 195 nGy h-1 with a mean value of 131 nGy h-1.The significant radionuclides being 232Th, 238U and 40K, their activities were used to arrive at the absorbed gamma dose rate with a mean value of 131 nGy h-1 and the radium equivalent activity with a mean value of 162 Bq kg-1. The radon progeny levels varied from 0.21 to 1.4 mWL with a mean value of 0.6 mWL. The thoron progeny varied from 0.34 to 2.9 mWL with a mean value of 0.85 mWL. The ratio between thoron and radon progenies varied from 1.4 to 2.3 with a mean of 1.6. The details of the study, analysis and results are discussed. (authors)

  13. The Void Phenomenon Revisited

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    Giovanelli, Riccardo

    2009-01-01

    The Void Phenomenon consists in the apparent discrepancy between the number of observed dwarf halos in cosmic voids and that expected from CDM simulations. We approach the problem considering the challenging prospects of detecting field dwarf systems with halo masses < 10^9 solar, via their possible HI emission. A brief review of recent work is followed by preliminary results from the ALFALFA survey, which suggest the possibility, but not yet the proof, that such objects may have been already detected towards the outskirts of the Local Group.

  14. Void effects on BWR Doppler and void reactivity feedback

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    The significance of steam voids and control rods on the Doppler feedback in a gadolinia shimmed BWR is demonstrated. The importance of bypass voids when determining void feedback is also shown. Calculations were done using a point model, i.e., feedback was expressed in terms of reactivity coefficients which were determined for individual four-bundle configurations and then appropriately combined to yield reactor results. For overpower transients the inclusion of the void effect of control rods is to reduce Doppler feedback. For overpressurization transients the inclusion of the effect of bypass void wil increase the reactivity due to void collapse. (author)

  15. Unfolding the Hierarchy of Voids

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    Aragon-Calvo, M A; Araya-Melo, P; Platen, E; Szalay, A S

    2010-01-01

    We present a framework for the hierarchical identification and characterization of voids based on the Watershed Void Finder. The Hierarchical Void Finder is based on a generalization of the scale space of a density field invoked in order to trace the hierarchical nature and structure of cosmological voids. At each level of the hierarchy, the watershed transform is used to identify the voids at that particular scale. By identifying the overlapping regions between watershed basins in adjacent levels, the hierarchical void tree is constructed. Applications on a hierarchical Voronoi model and on a set of cosmological simulations illustrate its potential.

  16. Point defect annealing near voids

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    Kinetic calculations were carried out for the annealing of vacancies and interstitials at voids under irradiation conditions. The case in which there is a small energy barrier between a defect and a void (such as might arise from strain effects or solute segregation at void surfaces) has been investigated in detail. With irradiation conditions which yield void swelling, it is found that a small barrier produces a significant bias parameter for preferential annealing. The bias parameter is relatively insensitive to temperature and irradiation rate, but varies with void radius, decreasing as the void size increases

  17. Void fraction measurements using neutron radiography

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    Real-time neutron radiography is being evaluated for studying the dynamic behavior of two-phase flow and for measuring void fraction in vertical and inclined water ducts. This technique provides a unique means of visualizing the behavior of fluid flow inside thick metal enclosures. An air-water flow system was constructed to simulate vapor conditions encountered in a fluid flow duct. Air was injected into the bottom of the duct at flow rates up to 0.47 ell/s (1 ft3/min). The water flow rate was varied between 0 and 3.78 ell/min (0 to 1 gal/min). The experiments were performed at the Pennsylvania State University nuclear reactor facility using a real-time neutron radiography camera. With a thermal neutron flux on the order of 106 n/cm2·s-1 directed through the thin duct dimension, the dynamic behavior of the air bubbles was clearly visible through 5-cm (2-in.)-thick aluminum support plates placed on both sides of the duct wall. Image analysis techniques were employed to extract void fractions from the data, which were recorded on videotape. This consisted of time averaging 256 video frames and measuring the gray level distribution throughout the region. The distribution of the measured void fraction across the duct was determined for various air-water mixtures. Details of the results of experiments for a variety of air and water flow conditions are presented

  18. Void fraction measurements using neutron radiography

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    Real-time neutron radiography is being evaluated for studying the dynamic behavior of two phase flow and for measuring void fraction in vertical and inclined water ducts. This technique provides a unique means of visualizing the behavior of fluid flow inside thick metal enclosures. To simulate vapor conditions encountered in a fluid flow duct, an air-water flow system was constructed. Air was injected into the bottom of the duct at flow rates up to 0.47 I/s (1 cfm). The water flow rate was varied between 0--3.78 I/m (0--1 gpm). The experiments were performed at the Pennsylvania State University nuclear reactor facility using a real-time neutron radiography camera. With a thermal neutron flux on the order of 106n/cm2/s directed through the thin duct dimension, the dynamic behavior of the air bubbles was clearly visible through 5 cm (2 in.) thick aluminum support plates placed on both sides of the duct wall. Image analysis techniques were employed to extract void fractions from the data which was recorded on videotape. This consisted of time averaging 256 video frames and measuring the gray level distribution throughout the region. The distribution of the measured void fraction across the duct was determined for various air/water mixtures. Details of the results of experiments for a variety of air and water flow conditions are presented

  19. Effect of artificial UV irradiation on spore content of stall air and fattening pig breeding

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    The influence of a continuous UV irradiation (emitter NN 33/89 original Hanau) during the fattening periods primarily in the bactericide region of 253.7 nm of various intensities on the spore content of air, on the state of health and on the fattening breeding of pigs was tested in two fattening procedures. The high spore number per m3 air of over 700 000 upon occupying the stall in the first fattening procedure was reduced by 90.5% to about 70 000 after 1 week of UV irradiation, and in the second procedure, from 111 500 to 16 000, i.e. a reduction of 85.5%. The spore content of the stall air then exhibited large deviations reducing and increasing. The same deviations were recorded for dust content. There was no absolute correlation between dust and spore content of the air until the 11th week after starting UV irradiation in either test. The spore content sank in the reference stalls also without UV irradiation, by 29.9% in the first fattening procedure 1 week after occupying the stall and even by 75% in the second procedure. The spore content of the air in the reference stalls also then exhibited deviations sinking and rising as in the test stalls with UV irradiation. Here too, there was no correlation between dust and spore content of the air. The spore content in the air was 2 to 7 times higher in the reference stalls than in the test stalls. One may conclude from the tests that the promoting irradiation strength is between 15 and 20 μW/cm2 and that short-term stool production in danish stalling, 60 μW/cm2 are not harmful. Air disinfection with UV irradiation, can only be part of the total hygiene measures taken in veterinary medicine and may only be considered as an important link in the chain of the health promoting and increased efficient hygiene measures in the intensification of aggriculturally useful animals. (orig./AJ)

  20. Using advanced oxidation treatment for biofilm inactivation by varying water vapor content in air plasma

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    Ryota, Suganuma; Koichi, Yasuoka

    2015-09-01

    Biofilms are caused by environmental degradation in food factories and medical facilities. The inactivation of biofilms involves making them react with chemicals including chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, and ozone, although inactivation using chemicals has a potential problem because of the hazardous properties of the residual substance and hydrogen peroxide, which have slow reaction velocity. We successfully performed an advanced oxidation process (AOP) using air plasma. Hydrogen peroxide and ozone, which were used for the formation of OH radicals in our experiment, were generated by varying the amount of water vapor supplied to the plasma. By varying the content of the water included in the air, the main product was changed from air plasma. When we increased the water content in the air, hydrogen peroxide was produced, while ozone peroxide was produced when we decreased the water content in the air. By varying the amount of water vapor, we realized a 99.9% reduction in the amount of bacteria in the biofilm when we discharged humidified air only. This work was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 25630104.

  1. Void shape effects and voids starting from cracked inclusion

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    Tvergaard, Viggo

    2011-01-01

    to 10−10, which means that the metal undergoes huge strains before coalescence. This is accounted for in the present analyses by using remeshing techniques. The evolution of the void shape during the large deformations is a natural outcome of the numerical analysis. Also the effect of different...... initial void shapes is considered, as well as the effect of different spacings between the voids in the axial and transverse directions. While these first analyses are carried out for voids in a homogeneous metal, a second set of cell model studies are carried out for voids that initiate from a crack in a...

  2. Are all voids the same?

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    Tavasoli, Saeed; Khosroshahi, Habib G; Vasei, Kaveh; Lehnert, Matthew D

    2014-01-01

    The influence of under-dense environments on the formation and evolution of galaxies is studied by analysing the photometric properties of ~1000 galaxies residing in voids, taken from our SDSS DR10 void catalogue up to z ~0.055. We split void galaxies into two subsamples based on the luminosity density contrast of their host voids: 'sparse void' {\\delta}_s = {\\delta} -0.87. We find that galaxies in sparse voids are less massive than galaxies in populous voids. The luminosity distribution of galaxies in populous voids follows the same distribution observed across the SDSS survey in the same redshift range. Galaxies in the sparse voids are also bluer suggesting that they may be going through a relatively slow and continuous star formation. Additionally, we find that the luminosity function of galaxies in populous voids is represented with the Schechter function whereas the same does not hold for sparse voids. Our analysis suggests that the properties of a host void plays a significant role in the formation and...

  3. 复合材料孔隙含量超声检测系统的设计研究%DESIGN AND STUDY OF ULTRASONIC TEST SYSTEM FOR VOID CONTENT IN COMPOSITE MATERIALS

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    蒋志峰; 吴瑞明; 吴作伦; 宋立军

    2009-01-01

    On the basis of ultrasonic test theory model, the ultrasonic testing data acquisition and data processing methods were described. Computer control system for ultrasonic testing technology researched time-domain waveform signal processing based on ultrasonic board. The C-scan image and column chart of CFRP surface were obtained. The result showed that the test system based on automation can accurately test the void content of carbon fiber reinforced plastics on the spot.%本文结合碳纤维复合材料内部孔隙含量的超声检测理论模型,阐述了计算机控制超声检测系统数据采集和数据处理的原理和实施方法.重点对数字超声卡的操作、时域波形信号的处理、复合材料孔隙率的C扫描成像显示以及直方图分析等关键问题进行分析研究,开发相应的软件应用模块,构建合适的自动化超声检测系统,以满足实际工程中超声检测的要求.

  4. Testing Gravity using Cosmic Voids

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    Cai, Yan-Chuan; Li, Baojiu

    2014-01-01

    We explore voids in dark matter and halo fields from simulations of $\\Lambda$CDM and Hu-Sawicky $f(R)$ models. In $f(R)$ gravity, dark matter void abundances are greater than that of general relativity (GR). However, when using haloes to identify voids, the differences of void abundances become much smaller. In contrast to the naive expectation, the abundance of large voids found using haloes in $f(R)$ gravity is lower than in GR. The more efficient halo formation in underdense regions makes $f(R)$ voids less empty. This counter intuitive result suggests that voids are not necessarily emptier in $f(R)$ if one looks at galaxies or groups in voids. However, while the halo number density profiles of voids are not distinguishable from GR, the same $f(R)$ voids are indeed more empty of dark matter. This can in principle be observed by weak gravitational lensing of voids, for which the combination of a spec-$z$ and a photo-$z$ survey over the same sky is necessary. For a volume of 1~(Gpc/$h$)$^3$, $f(R)$ model para...

  5. Influence of sodium content on the properties of bioactive glasses for use in air abrasion.

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    Farooq, Imran; Tylkowski, Maxi; Müller, Steffen; Janicki, Tomasz; Brauer, Delia S; Hill, Robert G

    2013-12-01

    Air abrasion is used in minimally invasive dentistry for preparing cavities, while removing no or little sound dentine or enamel, and the use of bioactive glass (rather than alumina) as an abrasive could aid in tooth remineralization. Melt-derived bioactive glasses (SiO2-P2O5-CaO-CaF2-Na2O) with low sodium content (0 to 10 mol% Na2O in exchange for CaO) for increased hardness, high phosphate content for high bioactivity and fluoride content for release of fluoride and formation of fluorapatite were produced, and particles between 38 and 80 µm in size were used for cutting soda-lime silicate glass microscope slides and human enamel. Vickers hardness increased with decreasing Na2O content, owing to a more compact silicate network in low sodium content glasses, resulting in shorter cutting times. Cutting times using bioactive glass were significantly longer than using the alumina control (29 µm) when tested on microscope slides; however, glasses showed more comparable results when cutting human enamel. The bioactive glasses formed apatite in Tris buffer within 6 h, which was significantly faster than Bioglass® 45S5 (24 h), suggesting that the hardness of the glasses makes them suitable for air abrasion application, while their high bioactivity and fluoride content make them of interest for tooth remineralization. PMID:24287337

  6. Heavy metal content in flue cured and air cured tobaccos from main production areas in Serbia

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    Radojičić Vesna

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this work was to examine the influence of growing conditions on heavy metal content in virginia (flue cured and burley (air cured tobacco type. Moreover, some of these metals could appear in the tobacco cigarette smoke. This fact may cause negative consequences for cigarette consumers. Examinations were carried out in five various production areas, for each tobacco type, during two years, 1998 and 1999; those were extreme years for production.Considering the results, it can be concluded: The most important factor for heavy metal content in tobacco leaves are weather conditions especially the amount of rainfall, since there is a direct correlation between the rainfall and size of roots, a dominant vegetation organ. It is inevitable that the metals content in flue cured and air cured tobaccos grown at different experimental lots, is still below the legally prescribed values. Tobacco leaves from Šabac production area have a little higher metal content than tobacco grown in other production areas, because a larger amount of copper was found. The metal content in plants can increase because of its absorption from soil, atmosphere, or mineral fertilizers and pesticides, and, what is very important, the content of metals can be high due to the vicinity of large industrial centers.

  7. Influence of sodium content on the properties of bioactive glasses for use in air abrasion

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    Air abrasion is used in minimally invasive dentistry for preparing cavities, while removing no or little sound dentine or enamel, and the use of bioactive glass (rather than alumina) as an abrasive could aid in tooth remineralization. Melt-derived bioactive glasses (SiO2–P2O5–CaO–CaF2–Na2O) with low sodium content (0 to 10 mol% Na2O in exchange for CaO) for increased hardness, high phosphate content for high bioactivity and fluoride content for release of fluoride and formation of fluorapatite were produced, and particles between 38 and 80 µm in size were used for cutting soda-lime silicate glass microscope slides and human enamel. Vickers hardness increased with decreasing Na2O content, owing to a more compact silicate network in low sodium content glasses, resulting in shorter cutting times. Cutting times using bioactive glass were significantly longer than using the alumina control (29 µm) when tested on microscope slides; however, glasses showed more comparable results when cutting human enamel. The bioactive glasses formed apatite in Tris buffer within 6 h, which was significantly faster than Bioglass® 45S5 (24 h), suggesting that the hardness of the glasses makes them suitable for air abrasion application, while their high bioactivity and fluoride content make them of interest for tooth remineralization. (paper)

  8. Effect of carbon on void formation in neutron-irradiated nickel

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    A study was made of neutron irradiation at 1100C producing octahedral voids in high purity nickel samples containing up to 84 wt ppm carbon. The kinetics of void size, formation, and density with increasing carbon content is discussed. It was found that the effect of carbon was mainly to suppress void nucleation, with little or no effect on void growth. Also a trapping mechanism is proposed. There are 64 references

  9. Climate and air quality trade-offs in altering ship fuel sulfur content

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    Partanen, A. I.; Laakso, A.; Schmidt, A.; Kokkola, H.; Kuokkanen, T.; Pietikäinen, J.-P.; Kerminen, V.-M.; Lehtinen, K. E. J.; Laakso, L.; Korhonen, H.

    2013-12-01

    Aerosol particles from shipping emissions both cool the climate and cause adverse health effects. The cooling effect is, however, declining because of shipping emission controls aiming to improve air quality. We used an aerosol-climate model ECHAM-HAMMOZ to test whether by altering ship fuel sulfur content, the present-day aerosol-induced cooling effect from shipping could be preserved, while at the same time reducing premature mortality rates related to shipping emissions. We compared the climate and health effects of a present-day shipping emission scenario (ship fuel sulfur content of 2.7%) with (1) a simulation with strict emission controls in the coastal waters (ship fuel sulfur content of 0.1%) and twofold the present-day fuel sulfur content (i.e. 5.4%) elsewhere; and (2) a scenario with global strict shipping emission controls (ship fuel sulfur content of 0.1% in coastal waters and 0.5% elsewhere) roughly corresponding to international agreements to be enforced by the year 2020. Scenario 1 had a slightly stronger aerosol-induced effective radiative forcing (ERF) from shipping than the present-day scenario (-0.43 W m-2 vs. -0.39 W m-2) while reducing premature mortality from shipping by 69% (globally 34 900 deaths avoided per year). Scenario 2 decreased the ERF to -0.06 W m-2 and annual deaths by 96% (globally 48 200 deaths avoided per year) compared to present-day. Our results show that the cooling effect of present-day emissions could be retained with simultaneous notable improvements in air quality, even though the shipping emissions from the open ocean clearly have a significant effect on continental air quality. However, increasing ship fuel sulfur content in the open ocean would violate existing international treaties, could cause detrimental side-effects, and could be classified as geoengineering.

  10. Hubble Parameter in Void Universe

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    Nakao, Ken-ichi; Gouda, Naoteru; Chiba, Takeshi; Ikeuchi, Satoru; Nakamura, Takashi; Shibata, Masaru

    1995-01-01

    We investigate the distance-redshift relation in the simple void model. As discussed by Moffat and Tatarski, if the observer stays at the center of the void, the observed Hubble parameter is not so different from the background Hubble parameter. However, if the position of observer is off center of the void, we must consider the peculiar velocity correction which is measured by the observed dipole anisotropy of cosmic microwave background. This peculiar velocity correction for the redshift is...

  11. Interaction of very small voids with larger voids

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    Tvergaard, Viggo

    1998-01-01

    overall stress levels are well below those required for unstable cavity growth. The analyses are based on an axisymmetric unit cell model with special boundary conditions, which allow for a relatively simple investigation of a full three dimensional array of spherical voids, without having to solve the...... full 3D numerical problem. For overall stress levels as large as those reached ahead of a blunting crack tip, a cavitation instability at the small void, induced by interaction with the large voids, is not found here. But the results show that localization of plastic how in the unit cell plays an...

  12. Dark energy with rigid voids versus relativistic voids alone

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    Roukema, Boudewijn F

    2013-01-01

    The standard model of cosmology is dominated - at the present epoch - by dark energy. Its voids are rigid and Newtonian within a relativistic background. The model prevents them from becoming hyperbolic. Observations of rapid velocity flows out of voids are normally interpreted within the standard model that is rigid in comoving coordinates, instead of allowing the voids' density parameter to drop below critical and their curvature to become negative. Isn't it time to advance beyond nineteenth century physics and relegate dark energy back to the "no significant evidence" box?

  13. Numerical Simulations of Void Transport in Unidirectional Fiber Arrays in Resin Transfer Molding Process%RTM工艺中单向纤维排列中的缺陷迁移的数值模拟

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    LIU Hai-long; Wook Ryol Hwang

    2008-01-01

    Decreasing the amount of residual voids during the resin infiltration into fibrous porous media is an important aspect in manufacturing high performance composite materials.In order to better understand void transports and flow behaviors in filling process,which affects immediately the final void content,a finite-element scheme for transient simulations of the void migration in a transverse flow through the uniaxial micro-structured fibrous media is developed in this work.A volume-of-fluid (VOF) method has been incorporated in the Eulerian frame to capture the free surface of the resin flow.The implementation of periodic boundary condition to the vertical direction avoids unwanted wall effect.The void migration in a dual-scale fiber tow model was investigated.The voids are observed to be transported through the inter-tow region as well as entrapped into fiber tow.It is that the motion of void lagged behind macro flow front which implies that the adequate resin bleeding after mold filling is crucial to remove the entrapped air.

  14. Climate and air quality trade-offs in altering ship fuel sulfur content

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    A.-I. Partanen

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Aerosol particles from shipping emissions both cool the climate and cause adverse health effects. The cooling effect is, however, declining because of shipping emission controls aiming to improve air quality. We used an aerosol-climate model ECHAM-HAMMOZ to test whether by altering ship fuel sulfur content, the present-day aerosol-induced cooling effect from shipping could be preserved while at the same time reducing premature mortality rates related to shipping emissions. We compared the climate and health effects of a present-day shipping emission scenario with (1 a simulation with strict emission controls in the coastal waters (ship fuel sulfur content of 0.1% and twofold ship fuel sulfur content compared to current global average of 2.7% elsewhere; and (2 a scenario with global strict shipping emission controls (ship fuel sulfur content of 0.1% in coastal waters and 0.5% elsewhere roughly corresponding to international agreements to be enforced by the year 2020. Scenario 1 had a slightly stronger aerosol-induced radiative flux perturbation (RFP from shipping than the present-day scenario (−0.43 W m−2 vs. −0.39 W m−2 while reducing premature mortality from shipping by 69% (globally 34 900 deaths avoided per year. Scenario 2 decreased the RFP to −0.06 W m−2 and annual deaths by 96% (globally 48 200 deaths avoided per year compared to present-day. A small difference in radiative effect (global mean of 0.04 W m−2 in the coastal regions between Scenario 1 and the present-day scenario imply that shipping emission regulation in the existing emission control areas should not be removed in hope of climate cooling. Our results show that the cooling effect of present-day emissions could be retained with simultaneous notable improvements in air quality, even though the shipping emissions from the open ocean clearly have a significant effect on continental air quality. However, increasing ship fuel sulfur content in the open ocean would

  15. Voids in Modified Gravity Reloaded: Eulerian Void Assignment

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    Lam, Tsz Yan; Cai, Yan-Chuan; Li, Baojiu

    2014-01-01

    We revisit the excursion set approach to calculate void abundances in chameleon-type modified gravity theories, which was previously studied by Clampitt, Cai and Li (2013). We focus on properly accounting for the void-in-cloud effect, i.e., the growth of those voids sitting in over-dense regions may be restricted by the evolution of their surroundings. This effect may change the distribution function of voids hence affect predictions on the differences between modified gravity and GR. We show that the thin-shell approximation usually used to calculate the fifth force is qualitatively good but quantitatively inaccurate. Therefore, it is necessary to numerically solve the fifth force in both over-dense and under-dense regions. We then generalise the Eulerian void assignment method of Paranjape, Lam and Sheth (2012) to our modified gravity model. We implement this method in our Monte Carlo simulations and compare its results with the original Lagrangian methods. We find that the abundances of small voids are sig...

  16. Void structure of concrete with superabsorbent polymers and its relation to frost resistance of concrete

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    Hasholt, Marianne Tange; Jensen, Ole Mejlhede; Laustsen, Sara

    Superabsorbent polymers (SAP) can be used to control air void formation in concrete. However, due to surfactant left on suspension polymerized SAP particles during production, they may not only create SAP voids but also entrain extra air. In the present investigation, a method is tested to remove...... surfactant prior to concrete mixing. The method comprises rinsing of the SAP with ethanol. This effectively removes the surfactant. Freeze-thaw testing of concrete with rinsed and non-rinsed SAP shows that for equal dosages of SAP, the extra air entrained due to surfactant is considerable and can make the...... difference between poor and satisfactory frost-resistance. Furthermore, the results indicate that voids created directly by SAP protect concrete against frost deterioration just like other air voids; if the concrete contains enough SAP voids, these alone can provide sufficient frost resistance. © 2013 RILEM....

  17. Testing Gravity using Cosmic Voids

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    Falck, Bridget

    2016-01-01

    Though general relativity is well-tested on small (Solar System) scales, the late-time acceleration of the Universe provides strong motivation to test GR on cosmological scales. The difference between the small and large scale behavior of gravity is determined by the screening mechanism in modified gravity theories. Dark matter halos are often screened in these models, especially in models with Vainshtein screening, motivating a search for signatures of modified gravity in cosmic voids. We explore density, force, and velocity profiles of voids found in N-body simulations, using both dark matter particles and dark matter halos to identify the voids. The prospect of testing gravity using cosmic voids may be limited by the sparsity of halos as tracers of the density field.

  18. Molecular Gas and Star Formation in Voids

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    Das, M; Iono, D; Honey, M; Ramya, S

    2014-01-01

    We present the detection of molecular gas using CO(1-0) line emission and follow up Halpha imaging observations of galaxies located in nearby voids. The CO(1-0) observations were done using the 45m telescope of the Nobeyama Radio Observatory (NRO) and the optical observations were done using the Himalayan Chandra Telescope (HCT). Although void galaxies lie in the most under dense parts of our universe, a significant fraction of them are gas rich, spiral galaxies that show signatures of ongoing star formation. Not much is known about their cold gas content or star formation properties. In this study we searched for molecular gas in five void galaxies using the NRO. The galaxies were selected based on their relatively higher IRAS fluxes or Halpha line luminosities. CO(1--0) emission was detected in four galaxies and the derived molecular gas masses lie between (1 - 8)E+9 Msun. The H$\\alpha$ imaging observations of three galaxies detected in CO emission indicates ongoing star formation and the derived star forma...

  19. Clustering and Bias Measurements of SDSS Voids

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    Clampitt, Joseph; Sánchez, Carles

    2015-01-01

    Using a void catalog from the SDSS survey, we present the first measurements of void clustering and the corresponding void bias. Over the range 30-200 Mpc/h the void auto-correlation is detected at 5-sigma significance for voids of radius 15-20 Mpc/h. We also measure the void-galaxy cross-correlation at higher signal-to-noise and compare the inferred void bias with the autocorrelation results. Void bias is constant with scale for voids of a given size, but its value falls from 5.6 +/- 1.0 to below zero as the void radius increases from 15 to 30 Mpc/h. The comparison of our measurements with carefully matched galaxy mock catalogs, with no free parameters related to the voids, shows that model predictions can be reliably made for void correlations. We study the dependence of void bias on tracer density and void size with a view to future applications. In combination with our previous lensing measurements of void mass profiles, these clustering measurements provide another step towards using voids as cosmologica...

  20. Alignment of voids in the cosmic web

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    Platen, Erwin; van de Weygaert, Rien; Jones, Bernard J. T.

    2008-01-01

    We investigate the shapes and mutual alignment of voids in the large-scale matter distribution of a Lambda cold dark matter (Lambda CDM) cosmology simulation. The voids are identified using the novel watershed void finder (WVF) technique. The identified voids are quite non-spherical and slightly pro

  1. Humidity and aggregate content correction factors for air-coupled ultrasonic evaluation of concrete.

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    Berriman, J; Purnell, P; Hutchins, D A; Neild, A

    2005-02-01

    This paper describes the use of non-contact ultrasound for the evaluation of concrete. Micromachined capacitance transducers are used to transmit ultrasonic longitudinal chirp signals through concrete samples using air as the coupling medium, and a pulse compression technique is then employed for measurement of time of flight through the sample. The effect on the ultrasonic wave speed of storing concrete samples, made with the same water/cement ratio, at different humidity levels is investigated. It is shown that there is a correlation between humidity and speed of sound, allowing a correction factor for humidity to be derived. A strong positive linear correlation between aggregate content and speed of sound was then observed; there was no obvious correlation between compressive strength and speed of sound. The results from the non-contact system are compared with that from a contact system, and conclusions drawn concerning coupling of energy into the samples. PMID:15567195

  2. Testing Gravity using Void Profiles

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    Cai, Yan-Chuan; Li, Baojiu

    2014-01-01

    We investigate void properties in $f(R)$ models using N-body simulations, focusing on their differences from General Relativity (GR) and their detectability. In the Hu-Sawicki $f(R)$ modified gravity (MG) models, the halo number density profiles of voids are not distinguishable from GR. In contrast, the same $f(R)$ voids are more empty of dark matter, and their profiles are steeper. This can in principle be observed by weak gravitational lensing of voids, for which the combination of a spectroscopic redshift and a lensing photometric redshift survey over the same sky is required. Neglecting the lensing shape noise, the $f(R)$ model parameter amplitudes $|f_{R0}|=10^{-5}$ and $10^{-4}$ may be distinguished from GR using the lensing tangential shear signal around voids by 4 and 8$\\sigma$ for a volume of 1~(Gpc/$h$)$^3$. The line-of-sight projection of large-scale structure is the main systematics that limits the significance of this signal for the near future wide angle and deep lensing surveys. For this reason...

  3. Void Nucleation, Growth and Coalescence in Irradiated Metals

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    Surh, M P; Sturgeon, J B; Wolfer, W G

    2008-01-11

    A novel computational treatment of dense, stiff, coupled reaction rate equations is introduced to study the nucleation, growth, and possible coalescence of cavities during neutron irradiation of metals. Radiation damage is modeled by the creation of Frenkel pair defects and helium impurity atoms. A multi-dimensional cluster size distribution function allows independent evolution of the vacancy and helium content of cavities, distinguishing voids and bubbles. A model with sessile cavities and no cluster-cluster coalescence can result in a bimodal final cavity size distribution with coexistence of small, high-pressure bubbles and large, low-pressure voids. A model that includes unhindered cavity diffusion and coalescence ultimately removes the small helium bubbles from the system, leaving only large voids. The terminal void density is also reduced and the incubation period and terminal swelling rate can be greatly altered by cavity coalescence. Temperature-dependent trapping of voids/bubbles by precipitates and alterations in void surface diffusion from adsorbed impurities and internal gas pressure may give rise to intermediate swelling behavior through their effects on cavity mobility and coalescence.

  4. Sensitive detection of voids in solid materials by refraction-enhanced synchrotron radiation imaging

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    Voids in opaque materials (minute air bubbles) were imaged with synchrotron radiation in a refraction enhancement mode. The voids are imaged by an enhanced x-ray intensity inside the bubble, surrounded by a border region with decreased x-ray intensity, thus allowing sensitive detection of air bubbles in plastic materials. As those 'impurities' could not be depicted with conventional radiography, and optical inspection is not useful if the matrix is opaque, this in-situ imaging technique offers the potential to obtain information of air inclusions, voids, and cracking that appear inadvertently in opaque plastics and possibly in metals as well

  5. 7Be content and its seasonal regulation in the ground air around Hangzhou area

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    In twice investigations around Hangzhou, it is indicated that 7Be concentration in the ground air is averagely 5.9 mBq/m3 which is 130% higher than that in Germany reported by UNSCEAR. The highest level is in autumn-winter over a year reaching 7.7 mBq/m3; the next is in spring reaching 6.2 mBq/m3; the middle is 5.7 mBq/m3 in early summer approaching to the yearly average level; and the lowest in a year is in summer-autumn that is 3.8 mBq/m3. It presents a decreasing regulation from autumn-winter to summer-autumn of the next year, and is basically consistent with the seasonal variation of the rainfall in Hangzhou area, but does not present the variation reported by UNSCEAR that it was the highest in spring and the lowest in late autumn basing on 7Be falling down from the stratosphere. It shows that the process of rainfall is the main reason effecting 7Be content in the air. Comparing to 222Rn, the annual absorption dose produced by 7Be can be neglected

  6. 3D Property Modeling of Void Ratio by Cokriging

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    Yao Lingqing; Pan Mao; Cheng Qiuming

    2008-01-01

    Void ratio measures compactness of ground soil in geotechnical engineering. When samples are collected in certain area for mapping void ratios, other relevant types of properties such as water content may be also analyzed. To map the spatial distribution of void ratio in the area based on these types of point, observation data interpolation is often needed. Owing to the variance of sampling density along the horizontal and vertical directions, special consideration is required to handle anisotropy of estimator. 3D property modeling aims at predicting the overall distribution of property values from limited samples, and geostatistical method can he employed naturally here because they help to minimize the mean square error of estimation. To construct 3D property model of void ratio, cokriging was used considering its mutual correlation with water content, which is another important soil parameter. Moreover, K-D tree was adopted to organize the samples to accelerate neighbor query in 3D space during the above modeling process. At last, spatial configuration of void ratio distribution in an engineering body was modeled through 3D visualization, which provides important information for civil engineering purpose.

  7. Contents of nitrogen and phosphorus in leaves of woody plants under conditions of air contamination with industrial wastes

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    Tarabrin, V.P.; Shatskaya, R.M.; Chernyshova, L.V.

    1971-01-01

    A study of nitrogen and phosphorus contents in leaves of woody plants was conducted against a background of different air and soil contamination with wastes of metallurgic and coke-chemical plants. It is found that content of total protein nitrogen and phosphorus in leaves of woody plants decreases with aging of the leaves (from spring to autumn) in all the plants under study. Air contamination causes at the beginning of the vegetation period an increase and then, under conditions of great contamination a drop in the content of total nitrogen in comparison with control. The drought resistant plants - Quercus robur L. and Robinia pseudoacacia L. under conditions of air contamination with industrial wastes preserve exchange of nitrogen protein and phosphorus at a higher level in comparison with less resistant Aesculus hippocastanum L. and Tilia parviflora Ehrh.

  8. AirPrint Forensics: Recovering the Contents and Metadata of Printed Documents from iOS Devices

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    Luis Gómez-Miralles

    2015-01-01

    data they may store, opens new opportunities in the field of computer forensics. In 2010, version 4 of the iOS operating system introduced AirPrint, a simple and driverless wireless printing functionality supported by hundreds of printer models from all major vendors. This paper describes the traces left in the iOS device when AirPrint is used and presents a method for recovering content and metadata of documents that have been printed.

  9. Effect of polyphenol oxidase (PPO) and air treatments on total phenol and tannin content of cocoa nibs

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    Brito Edy Sousa de; García Nelson Horacio Pezoa; Amâncio Allan César

    2002-01-01

    Cocoa flavour is greatly influenced by polyphenols. These compounds undergo a series of transformations during cocoa processing leading to the characteristic cocoa flavour. The use of exogenous polyphenol oxidase (PPO) proved to be useful to reduce polyphenol content in cocoa nibs. The effect of a PPO associated or not with air over total phenol and tannin content was evaluated. Cocoa nibs were autoclaved and treated with a PPO or water in the absence or presence of an air flow for 0.5, 1, 2 ...

  10. Experimental facility and void fraction calibration methods for impedance probes

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    An experimental facility was designed and constructed with aims of to calibrate a capacitance probe for gas-liquid flow void fraction measurements. The facility is composed of a metallic hack with a vertical 2,300 mm high glass tube with 38 mm ID with stagnant water and compressed air bubbling system simulating the gas phase (vapor). At the lower part, a mixing section with a porous media element releases the air bubbles into the water, and the compressed air flow is measured by two calibrated rotameters. At the upper part a stagnant water tank separates the liquid and gas. Two pressure taps are located near the lower and upper sides of the glass tube for pressure difference measurement. The pressure difference is used for low void fraction values (0-15%) calibration methods, as described in the work. Two electrically controlled quick closing valves are installed between the porous media element and the upward separation tank for high void fraction values measurement (15-50%) used to calibrate the capacitance probe. The experimental facility design, construction, capacitance probe calibration methods and results, as well as flow pattern visualization, are presented. Finally, the capacitance probe will be installed on a natural circulation circuit mounted at the Nuclear Engineering Center (CEN/IPEN/CNEN-SP) for measurement of the instantaneous bulk void. Instantaneous signals generated by the capacitance probe will allow the determination of natural circulation loop global energy balance. (author)

  11. Prenatal Ambient Air Pollution, Placental Mitochondrial DNA Content, and Birth Weight in the INMA (Spain) and ENVIRONAGE (Belgium) Birth Cohorts

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    Clemente, Diana B.P.; Casas Sanahuja, Maribel; Vilahur Chiaraviglio, Nadia, 1982-; Bustamante Pineda, Mariona; Carsin, Anne-Elie; Pedersen, Marie; Santa Marina, Loreto; Vrijheid, Martine; Sunyer Deu, Jordi; Nawrot, Tim S

    2015-01-01

    Background: Mitochondria are sensitive to environmental toxicants due to their lack of repair capacity. Changes in mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) content may represent a biologically relevant intermediate outcome in mechanisms linking air pollution and fetal growth restriction. Objective: We investigated whether placental mtDNA content is a possible mediator of the association between prenatal nitrogen dioxide (NO2) exposure and birth weight. Methods: We used data from two independent European coh...

  12. Impact of sulfur content regulations of shipping fuel on coastal air quality

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    Seyler, André; Wittrock, Folkard; Kattner, Lisa; Mathieu-Üffing, Barbara; Weigelt, Andreas; Peters, Enno; Richter, Andreas; Schmolke, Stefan; Burrows, John P.

    2016-04-01

    Shipping traffic is a sector that faces an enormous growth rate and contributes substantially to the emissions from the transportation sector, but lacks regulations and controls. Shipping is not enclosed in the Kyoto Protocol. However, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) introduced sufhur limits for marine heavy fuels, nitrogen oxide limits for newly-built ship engines and established Emission Control Areas (ECA) in the North and Baltic Sea as well as around North America with the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL 73/78 Annex VI). Recently, on the 1st of January 2015, the allowed sulfur content of marine fuels inside Sulfur Emission Control Areas has been significantly decreased from 1.0% to 0.1%. However, measurements of reactive trace gases and the chemical composition of the marine troposphere along shipping routes are sparse and up to now there is no regular monitoring system available. The project MeSmarT (measurements of shipping emissions in the marine troposphere) is a cooperation between the University of Bremen, the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie, BSH) and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht. This study aims to analyse the influence of shipping emissions on the coastal air quality by evaluating ground-based remote sensing measurements using the MAX-DOAS (Multi AXis Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy) technique. Measurements of the atmospheric trace gases nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and sulfur dioxide (SO2) have been carried out in the marine troposphere at the MeSmarT measurement sites in Wedel and on Neuwerk and on-board several ship cruises on the North and Baltic Sea. The capability of two-channel MAX-DOAS systems to do simultaneous measurements in the UV and visible spectral range has been used in the so called "onion-peeling" approach to derive spatial distributions of ship emissions and to analyse the movement of the exhausted

  13. Coupling effects of void size and void shape on the growth of prolate ellipsoidal microvoid

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    Minsheng Huang; Zhenhuan Li; Cheng Wang

    2005-01-01

    The combined effects of void size and void shape on the void growth are studied by using the classical spectrum method. An infinite solid containing an isolated prolate spheroidal void is considered to depict the void shape effect and the Fleck-Hutchinson phenomenological strain gradient plasticity theory is employed to capture the size effects. It is found that the combined effects of void size and void shape are mainly controlled by the remote stress triaxiality. Based on this, a new size-dependent void growth model similar to the Rice-Tracey model is proposed and an important conclusion about the size-dependent void growth is drawn: the growth rate of the void with radius smaller than a critical radius rc may be ignored. It is interesting that rc is a material constant independent of the initial void shape and the remote stress triaxiality.

  14. The nitrate contents in the groundwater in the south end of Buenos Aires conurbation

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    The study area is in the south end of Buenos Aires outskirts. The population is of 42000 inhabitants, from which 69% is supplied of water by means of domiciliary wells. The water for human consumption is located in Pampeano and Puelches aquifers, which form a series of semi-free aquifers of the multi-layer type that are hydraulically connected. The aim of this work was to analyze the nitrate content in the groundwater (Pampeano and Puelches aquifers) and to evaluate the pollution type. The percentage of wells that overcome the range 40-50 mg/l of nitrates was 34% for Pampeano aquifer and 36% for Puelches aquifer. Results obtained for the Pampeano aquifer suggest that the pollution would be produced by a pseudo diffuse process associated to septic wells. Meanwhile, in the Puelches aquifer, the same process of pseudo diffuse pollution would be produced but in this case its origin would be caused by the water migration with nitrates from the Pampeano aquifer. Results mentioned in this work make evident the deterioration process of groundwater, where the pollution would be related to the anthropic activity, coming principally from the urban zone

  15. Measurements of the muon content of air showers at the Pierre Auger Observatory

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    Valiño, I.; Pierre Auger Collaboration

    2015-08-01

    The Pierre Auger Observatory offers a unique window to study cosmic rays and particle physics at energies above 3 EeV (corresponding to a centre-of-mass energy of 75 TeV in proton-proton collisions) inaccessible to accelerator experiments. We discuss the different methods of estimating the number of muons in showers recorded at the Pierre Auger Observatory, which is an observable sensitive to primary mass composition and to properties of the hadronic interactions in the shower. The muon content, derived from data with these methods, is presented and compared to predictions from the post-LHC hadronic interaction models for different primary composition. We find that models do not reproduce well the Auger observations, displaying a deficit of muons at the ground. In the light of these results, a better understanding of ultra-high energy extensive air showers and hadronic interactions is crucial to determine the composition of ultra-high energy cosmic rays. We report on the upgrade plans of the Pierre Auger Observatory to achieve this science goal.

  16. [Research on accurate measurement of oxygen content in coal using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy in air environment].

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    Yin, Wang-bao; Zhang, Lei; Wang, Le; Dong, Lei; Ma, Wei-guang; Jia, Suo-tang

    2012-01-01

    A technique about accurate measurement of oxygen content in coal in air environment using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) is introduced in the present paper. Coal samples were excited by the laser, and plasma spectra were obtained. Combining internal standard method, temperature correction method and multi-line methods, the oxygen content of coal samples was precisely measured. The measurement precision is not less than 1.37% for oxygen content in coal analysis, so is satisfied for the requirement of coal-fired power plants in coal analysis. This method can be used in surveying, environmental protection, medicine, materials, archaeological and food safety, biochemical and metallurgy application. PMID:22497159

  17. Testing the spherical evolution of cosmic voids

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    Demchenko, Vasiliy; Heymans, Catherine; Peacock, John A

    2016-01-01

    We study the spherical evolution model for voids in $\\Lambda$CDM, where the evolution of voids is governed by dark energy at an earlier time than that for the whole universe or in overdensities. We show that the presence of dark energy suppresses the growth of peculiar velocities, causing void shell-crossing to occur at progressively later epochs as $\\Omega_{\\Lambda}$ increases. We apply the spherical model to evolve the initial conditions of N-body simulated voids and compare the resulting final void profiles. We find that the model is successful in tracking the evolution of voids with radii greater than $30 h^{-1} \\rm Mpc$, implying that void profiles could be used to constrain dark energy. We find that the initial peculiar velocities of voids play a significant role in shaping their evolution. Excluding the peculiar velocity in the evolution model delays the time of shell crossing.

  18. Testing the spherical evolution of cosmic voids

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    Demchenko, Vasiliy; Cai, Yan-Chuan; Heymans, Catherine; Peacock, John A.

    2016-08-01

    We study the spherical evolution model for voids in ΛCDM, where the evolution of voids is governed by dark energy at an earlier time than that for the whole universe or in overdensities. We show that the presence of dark energy suppresses the growth of peculiar velocities, causing void shell-crossing to occur at progressively later epochs as ΩΛ increases. We apply the spherical model to evolve the initial conditions of N-body simulated voids and compare the resulting final void profiles. We find that the model is successful in tracking the evolution of voids with radii greater than 30 h-1Mpc, implying that void profiles could be used to constrain dark energy. We find that the initial peculiar velocities of voids play a significant role in shaping their evolution. Excluding the peculiar velocity in the evolution model delays the time of shell crossing.

  19. Sodium voiding analysis in Kalimer

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    A sodium boiling model has been developed for calculations of the void reactivity feedback as well as the fuel and cladding temperatures in the KALIMER core after onset of sodium boiling. The sodium boiling in liquid metal reactors using sodium as coolant should be modeled because of phenomenon difference observed from that in light water reactor systems. The developed model is a multiple -bubble slug ejection model. It allows a finite number of bubbles in a channel at any time. Voiding is assumed to result from formation of bubbles that fill the whole cross section of the coolant channel except for liquid film left on the cladding surface. The vapor pressure, currently, is assumed to be uniform within a bubble. The present study is focused on not only demonstration of the sodium voiding behavior predicted by the developed model, but also confirmation on qualitative acceptance for the model. In results, the model catches important phenomena for sodium boiling, while further effort should be made for the complete analysis. (author)

  20. Content

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    Keiding, Tina Bering

    Aim, content and methods are fundamental categories of both theoretical and practical general didactics. A quick glance in recent pedagogical literature on higher education, however, reveals a strong preoccupation with methods, i.e. how teaching should be organized socially (Biggs & Tang, 2007; R...... strategy is theoretically based on systems theory as formulated by Niklas Luhmann (Luhmann, 1995; 2002) and on own work, where. Luhmann’s general ideas and concepts of the educational system are transposed into a didactical framework (Keiding, 2005,2007,2008).......Aim, content and methods are fundamental categories of both theoretical and practical general didactics. A quick glance in recent pedagogical literature on higher education, however, reveals a strong preoccupation with methods, i.e. how teaching should be organized socially (Biggs & Tang, 2007......, is subordinating content to methods as seen in modern didactics, hereby transforming content to a medium for achievement of learning-to-learn skills rather than something valuable in its own right. At the level of general didactics quite few attempts have been made to formulate criteria and...

  1. Size effects on void growth in single crystals with distributed voids

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    Borg, Ulrik; Niordson, Christian Frithiof; Kysar, J.W.

    2008-01-01

    The effect of void size on void growth in single crystals with uniformly distributed cylindrical voids is studied numerically using a finite deformation strain gradient crystal plasticity theory with an intrinsic length parameter. A plane strain cell model is analyzed for a single crystal...... with three in-plane slip systems. It is observed that small voids allow much larger overall stress levels than larger voids for all the stress triaxialities considered. The amount of void growth is found to be suppressed for smaller voids at low stress triaxialities. Significant differences are observed...... in the distribution of slips and on the shape of the deformed voids for different void sizes. Furthermore, the orientation of the crystalline lattice is found to have a pronounced effect on the results, especially for the smaller void sizes....

  2. Effect of water and oxygen contents on the decomposition of gaseous trichloroethylene in air under electron beam irradiation

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    An electron beam (EB) treatment of gaseous trichloroethylene (TCE) in air was studied as a purification method of off-gases containing gaseous chloroethylenes. The model air containing TCE at input concentrations of 5-75 ppmv, detected mostly in actual off-gases, was irradiated with 1-MeV EBs in a gas-flow vessel at 10 L/min under the conditions of atmospheric pressure, 298 K, and different H2O contents. The decomposition of 75 ppmv TCE was also examined in humid air under different O2 contents of 1x103 - 2.1x105 ppmv. In the existence of H2O and O2 contents with ≥ 3x102 ppmv and ≥ 5x103 ppmv, respectively, the decomposition ratios of TCE were enhanced and TCE was decomposed into 83.0±1.5% of dichloroacetyl chloride (DCAC) and 17.5±0.6% of carbonyl chloride (COCl2) independently of the input TCE concentrations based on the carbon balance. Trichloroethylene of 5-75 ppmv was effectively decomposed by the OH radical through Cl-radical chain oxidation under the above-mentioned air conditions. (author)

  3. The life and death of cosmic voids

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    Sutter, P M; Falck, Bridget; Onions, Julian; Hamaus, Nico; Knebe, Alexander; Srisawat, Chaichalit; Schneider, Aurel

    2014-01-01

    We investigate the formation, growth, merger history, movement, and destruction of cosmic voids detected via the watershed transform in a cosmological N-body dark matter {\\Lambda}CDM simulation. By adapting a method used to construct halo merger trees, we are able to trace individual voids back to their initial appearance and record the merging and evolution of their progenitors at high redshift. For the scales of void sizes captured in our simulation, we find that the void formation rate peaks at scale factor 0.3, which coincides with a growth in the void hierarchy and the emergence of dark energy. Voids of all sizes appear at all scale factors, though the median initial void size decreases with time. When voids become detectable they have nearly their present-day volumes. Almost all voids have relatively stable growth rates and suffer only infrequent minor mergers. Dissolution of a void via merging is very rare. Instead, most voids maintain their distinct identity as annexed subvoids of a larger parent. The...

  4. Fuzzy Reasoning to More Accurately Determine Void Areas on Optical Micrographs of Composite Structures

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    Dominquez, Jesus A.; Tate, Lanetra C.; Wright, M. Clara; Caraccio, Anne

    2013-01-01

    Accomplishing the best-performing composite matrix (resin) requires that not only the processing method but also the cure cycle generate low-void-content structures. If voids are present, the performance of the composite matrix will be significantly reduced. This is usually noticed by significant reductions in matrix-dominated properties, such as compression and shear strength. Voids in composite materials are areas that are absent of the composite components: matrix and fibers. The characteristics of the voids and their accurate estimation are critical to determine for high performance composite structures. One widely used method of performing void analysis on a composite structure sample is acquiring optical micrographs or Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) images of lateral sides of the sample and retrieving the void areas within the micrographs/images using an image analysis technique. Segmentation for the retrieval and subsequent computation of void areas within the micrographs/images is challenging as the gray-scaled values of the void areas are close to the gray-scaled values of the matrix leading to the need of manually performing the segmentation based on the histogram of the micrographs/images to retrieve the void areas. The use of an algorithm developed by NASA and based on Fuzzy Reasoning (FR) proved to overcome the difficulty of suitably differentiate void and matrix image areas with similar gray-scaled values leading not only to a more accurate estimation of void areas on composite matrix micrographs but also to a faster void analysis process as the algorithm is fully autonomous.

  5. On the universality of void density profiles

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    Ricciardelli, E; Varela, J

    2014-01-01

    The massive exploitation of cosmic voids for precision cosmology in the upcoming dark energy experiments, requires a robust understanding of their internal structure, particularly of their density profile. We show that the void density profile is insensitive to the void radius both in a catalogue of observed voids and in voids from a large cosmological simulation. However, the observed and simulated voids display remarkably different profile shapes, with the former having much steeper profiles than the latter. Sparsity can not be the main reason for this discrepancy, as we demonstrate that the profile can be recovered with reasonable accuracy even with very sparse samples of tracers. On the other hand, the observed profile shows a significant dependence on the galaxy sample used to trace the matter distribution. Samples including low-mass galaxies lead to shallower profiles with respect to the samples where only massive galaxies are used, as faint galaxies live closer to the void centre. We argue that galaxie...

  6. Constraints on cosmology and gravity from the dynamics of voids

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    Hamaus, Nico; Sutter, Paul M; Lavaux, Guilhem; Escoffier, Stéphanie; Wandelt, Benjamin D; Weller, Jochen

    2016-01-01

    The universe is mostly composed of large and relatively empty domains known as cosmic voids, whereas its matter content is predominantly distributed along their boundaries. The remaining material inside them, either dark or luminous matter, is attracted to these boundaries and causes voids to expand faster and to grow emptier over cosmic time. Using clustering statistics centered on voids identified in the CMASS galaxy sample from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), we constrain the matter density and gravitational growth of cosmic structure at a median redshift $\\bar{z}=0.57$. Our analysis models the detailed anisotropic shape of stacked voids in redshift space which arises from the dynamics of galaxies in their interior and vicinity. Adopting minimal assumptions on the statistical distribution and motion of these galaxies, we constrain the average matter content in the universe, as well as the linear growth rate of structure to be $\\Omega_\\mathrm{m}=0.281\\pm0.031$ and $f/b=0.417\\pm0.089$ (68% c.l.), where ...

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    2012-01-01

    The Development and Evolution of the Idea of the Mandate of Heaven in the Zhou Dynasty The changes in the idea of Mandate of Heaven during the Shang and Zhou dynasties are of great significance in the course of the development of traditional Chinese culture. The quickening and awakening of the humanistic spirit was not the entire content of the Zhou idea of Mandate of Heaven. In the process of annihilating the Shang dynasty and setting up their state, the Zhou propagated the idea of the Mandate of Heaven out of practical needs. Their idea of the Mandate of Heaven was not very different from that of the Shang. From the Western Zhou on, the Zhou idea of Mandate of Heaven by no means developed in a linear way along a rational track. The intermingling of rationality and irrationality and of awakening and non-awakening remained the overall state of the Zhou intellectual superstructure after their "spiritual awakening".

  8. Near-IR laser-based spectrophotometer for comparative analysis of isotope content of CO2 in exhale air samples

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    We present a laser spectrophotometer aimed at high-accuracy comparative analysis of content of 12CO2 and 13CO2 isotope modifications in the exhale air samples and based on a tunable near-IR diode laser (2.05 μm). The two-channel optical scheme of the spectrophotometer and the special digital system for its control are described. An algorithm of spectral data processing aimed at determining the difference in the isotope composition of gas mixtures is proposed. A few spectral regions (near 4880 cm-1) are determined to be optimal for analysis of relative content of 12CO2 and 13CO2 in the exhale air. The use of the proposed spectrophotometer scheme and the developed algorithm makes the results of the analysis less susceptible to the influence of the interference in optical elements, to the absorption in the open atmosphere, to the slow drift of the laser pulse envelope, and to the offset of optical channels. The sensitivity of the comparative analysis of the isotope content of CO2 in exhale air samples, achieved using the proposed scheme, is estimated to be nearly 0.1‰.

  9. Constraints on Cosmology and Gravity from the Dynamics of Voids.

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    Hamaus, Nico; Pisani, Alice; Sutter, P M; Lavaux, Guilhem; Escoffier, Stéphanie; Wandelt, Benjamin D; Weller, Jochen

    2016-08-26

    The Universe is mostly composed of large and relatively empty domains known as cosmic voids, whereas its matter content is predominantly distributed along their boundaries. The remaining material inside them, either dark or luminous matter, is attracted to these boundaries and causes voids to expand faster and to grow emptier over time. Using the distribution of galaxies centered on voids identified in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and adopting minimal assumptions on the statistical motion of these galaxies, we constrain the average matter content Ω_{m}=0.281±0.031 in the Universe today, as well as the linear growth rate of structure f/b=0.417±0.089 at median redshift z[over ¯]=0.57, where b is the galaxy bias (68% C.L.). These values originate from a percent-level measurement of the anisotropic distortion in the void-galaxy cross-correlation function, ϵ=1.003±0.012, and are robust to consistency tests with bootstraps of the data and simulated mock catalogs within an additional systematic uncertainty of half that size. They surpass (and are complementary to) existing constraints by unlocking cosmological information on smaller scales through an accurate model of nonlinear clustering and dynamics in void environments. As such, our analysis furnishes a powerful probe of deviations from Einstein's general relativity in the low-density regime which has largely remained untested so far. We find no evidence for such deviations in the data at hand. PMID:27610841

  10. The size and shape of Local Voids

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    Plionis, M; Plionis, Manolis; Basilakos, Spyros

    2002-01-01

    We study the size and shape of low density regions in the local universe which we identify in the smoothed density field of the PSCz flux limited IRAS galaxy catalogue. After quantifying the systematic biases that enter in the detection of voids using our data set and method, we identify 14 voids within 80 $h^{-1}$ Mpc and with volumes $\\ge 10^{3}$ $h^{-3}$ Mpc and 8 voids within 130 $h^{-1}$ Mpc and with volumes $\\ge 8 \\times 10^{3}$ $h^{-3}$ Mpc. We study the void size distribution and morphologies and find that there is roughly an equal number of prolate and oblate-like spheroidal voids. We compare the measured PSCz void shape and size distributions with those expected in six different CDM models and find that only the latter distribution can discriminate between models. The models preferred by the PSCz data are those with intermediate values of $\\sigma_{8} (\\simeq 0.83)$.

  11. Universal density profile for cosmic voids.

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    Hamaus, Nico; Sutter, P M; Wandelt, Benjamin D

    2014-06-27

    We present a simple empirical function for the average density profile of cosmic voids, identified via the watershed technique in ΛCDM N-body simulations. This function is universal across void size and redshift, accurately describing a large radial range of scales around void centers with only two free parameters. In analogy to halo density profiles, these parameters describe the scale radius and the central density of voids. While we initially start with a more general four-parameter model, we find two of its parameters to be redundant, as they follow linear trends with the scale radius in two distinct regimes of the void sample, separated by its compensation scale. Assuming linear theory, we derive an analytic formula for the velocity profile of voids and find an excellent agreement with the numerical data as well. In our companion paper [Sutter et al., arXiv:1309.5087 [Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. (to be published)

  12. Pores and Void in Asclepiades’ Physical Theory

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    Leith, David

    2012-01-01

    This paper examines a fundamental, though relatively understudied, aspect of the physical theory of the physician Asclepiades of Bithynia, namely his doctrine of pores. My principal thesis is that this doctrine is dependent on a conception of void taken directly from Epicurean physics. The paper falls into two parts: the first half addresses the evidence for the presence of void in Asclepiades’ theory, and concludes that his conception of void was basically that of Epicurus; the second half f...

  13. Voids in cosmological simulations over cosmic time

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    Wojtak, Radosław; Powell, Devon; Abel, Tom

    2016-06-01

    We study evolution of voids in cosmological simulations using a new method for tracing voids over cosmic time. The method is based on tracking watershed basins (contiguous regions around density minima) of well-developed voids at low redshift, on a regular grid of density field. It enables us to construct a robust and continuous mapping between voids at different redshifts, from initial conditions to the present time. We discuss how the new approach eliminates strong spurious effects of numerical origin when voids' evolution is traced by matching voids between successive snapshots (by analogy to halo merger trees). We apply the new method to a cosmological simulation of a standard Λ-cold-dark-matter cosmological model and study evolution of basic properties of typical voids (with effective radii 6 h-1 Mpc < Rv < 20 h-1 Mpc at redshift z = 0) such as volumes, shapes, matter density distributions and relative alignments. The final voids at low redshifts appear to retain a significant part of the configuration acquired in initial conditions. Shapes of voids evolve in a collective way which barely modifies the overall distribution of the axial ratios. The evolution appears to have a weak impact on mutual alignments of voids implying that the present state is in large part set up by the primordial density field. We present evolution of dark matter density profiles computed on isodensity surfaces which comply with the actual shapes of voids. Unlike spherical density profiles, this approach enables us to demonstrate development of theoretically predicted bucket-like shape of the final density profiles indicating a wide flat core and a sharp transition to high-density void walls.

  14. Contents

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    Full Text Available International Journal of Renewable Energy Development www.ijred.com Volume 1             Number 3            October 2012                ISSN 2252- 4940   CONTENTS OF ARTICLES page Design and Economic Analysis of a Photovoltaic System: A Case Study 65-73 C.O.C. Oko , E.O. Diemuodeke, N.F. Omunakwe, and E. Nnamdi     Development of Formaldehyde Adsorption using Modified Activated Carbon – A Review 75-80 W.D.P Rengga , M. Sudibandriyo and M. Nasikin     Process Optimization for Ethyl Ester Production in Fixed Bed Reactor Using Calcium Oxide Impregnated Palm Shell Activated Carbon (CaO/PSAC 81-86 A. Buasri , B. Ksapabutr, M. Panapoy and N. Chaiyut     Wind Resource Assessment in Abadan Airport in Iran 87-97 Mojtaba Nedaei       The Energy Processing by Power Electronics and its Impact on Power Quality 99-105 J. E. Rocha and B. W. D. C. Sanchez       First Aspect of Conventional Power System Assessment for High Wind Power Plants Penetration 107-113 A. Merzic , M. Music, and M. Rascic   Experimental Study on the Production of Karanja Oil Methyl Ester and Its Effect on Diesel Engine 115-122 N. Shrivastava,  , S.N. Varma and M. Pandey  

  15. Large-Scale Clustering of Cosmic Voids

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    Chan, Kwan Chuen; Desjacques, Vincent

    2014-01-01

    We study the clustering of voids using $N$-body simulations and simple theoretical models. The excursion-set formalism describes fairly well the abundance of voids identified with the watershed algorithm, although the void formation threshold required is quite different from the spherical collapse value. The void cross bias $b_{\\rm c} $ is measured and its large-scale value is found to be consistent with the peak background split results. A simple fitting formula for $b_{\\rm c} $ is found. We model the void auto-power spectrum taking into account the void biasing and exclusion effect. A good fit to the simulation data is obtained for voids with radii $\\gtrsim$ 30 Mpc/$h$, especially when the void biasing model is extended to 1-loop order. However, the best fit bias parameters do not agree well with the peak-background split results. Being able to fit the void auto-power spectrum is particularly important not only because it is the direct observable in galaxy surveys; our method enables us to treat the bias pa...

  16. Void hierarchy a guiding principle to the study of faint structures in voids

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    Lindner, U; Einasto, M; Fricke, K J; Lindner, Ulrich; Einasto, Jaan; Einasto, Maret; Fricke, Klaus J

    1996-01-01

    We introduce Void Hierarchy as an important property of the Large--Scale Structure in the Universe and demonstrate how it can be used to interpret observations. Moreover the void hierarchy constraints any realistic galaxy and structure formation scenario.

  17. Coalescence kinetics of vacancy void ensemble with accounting for microscopical processes on void surfaces

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    This paper deals with the kinetics of Ostwald ripening of voids, taking into account the microscopic processes, which occur on the surfaces of voids and control the absorption and evaporation of point defects. The kinetics of Ostwald ripening of voids is investigated during the high-temperature annealing and in material with dislocations, which is under irradiation. The simultaneous Ostwald ripening of voids and dislocation loop under the conditions of irradiation is also studied. 5 refs.; 2 figs

  18. Decreased placental mitochondrial DNA-content in response to air pollution during in utero life

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    Janssen, Bram

    2011-01-01

    Ambient particulate matter is of great concern to human health. In this cross-sectional study, we investigated the influence of PM10 exposure during pregnancy on the mtDNA-content, an established marker of mitochondrial damage and dysfunction. We hypothesized that mtDNA-content changed during pregnancy in response to PM10 exposure and may underlie susceptibility to mitochondrial dysfunction. Our findings indicate a potential window for susceptibility by trimester exposure that may adversely a...

  19. Void fractions and pressure drops in reactor fuel assemblies

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    Model fuel assemblies of the Advanced Thermal Reactor (2nd design) and the JPDR-II have been tested in an air-water test loop (FAT-I) to study two-phase flow characteristics at the system pressure of 3.5 kg/cm2 g, the void fraction of 10 - 50% and the water flow rate up to 60 t/h. Average void fractions and pressure drops due to spacers, base plate, tie plate as well as rod bundle were measured. The ratio of the average void fraction to the volumetric flow fraction of air was 0.95 for the ATR fuel assembly and 0.7 for the JPDR-II. The frictional pressure drop for the rod bundle was expressed as a function of the volumetric flow fraction. An estimation method of the total pressure drop at normal reactor operation pressure has been derived in the light of two-phase flow in pipes. Nearly one half of the total pressure drop was the pressure drop other than for the rod bundle friction. Observations through a window showed that bubble flow regime predominated throughout the experiments. (author)

  20. Piezoelectric performance of fluor polymer sandwiches with different void structures

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    Lou, Kexing; Zhang, Xiaoqing; Xia, Zhongfu

    2012-06-01

    Film sandwiches, consisting of two outer layers of fluoroethylenepropylene and one middle layer of patterned porous polytetrafluoroethylene, were prepared by patterning and fusion bonding. Contact charging was conducted to render the films piezoelectric. The critical voltage to trigger air breakdown in the inner voids in the fabricated films was investigated. The piezoelectric d 33 coefficients were measured employing the quasistatic method and dielectric resonance spectrum. The results show that the critical voltage for air breakdown in the inner voids is associated with the void microstructure of the films. For the films with patterning factors of 0%, 25% and 44%, the critical values are 300, 230 and 230 kV/cm, respectively. With an increase in the patterning factor, both the piezoelectric d 33 coefficients determined from the dielectric resonance spectra and those determined from quasistatic measurements increase, which might be due to a decrease in Young's modulus for the films. The nonlinearity of d 33 becomes increasingly obvious as the patterning factor increases.

  1. Effects of massive photons from the dark sector on the muon content in extensive air showers

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    Inspired by recent astrophysical observations of leptonic excesses measured by satellite experiments, we consider the impact of some general models of the dark sector on the muon production in extensive air showers. We present a compact approximative expression for the bremsstrahlung of a massive photon from an electron and use it within Monte Carlo simulations to estimate the amount of weakly interacting photon-like massive particles that could be produced in an extensive air shower. We find that the resulting muon production is by many orders of magnitude below the average muon count in a shower and thus unobservable

  2. The darkness that shaped the void : Dark energy and cosmic voids

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    Bos, E. G. Patrick; van de Weygaert, Rien; Dolag, Klaus; Pettorino, Valeria

    2012-01-01

    We assess the sensitivity of void shapes to the nature of dark energy that was pointed out in recent studies and also investigate whether or not void shapes are useable as an observational probe in galaxy redshift surveys. Our focus is on the evolution of the mean void ellipticity and its underlying

  3. Evaluation of Sodium Void Effect in the Kalimer-600 TRU Burner

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    Outline of this study: • To evaluate the coolant void effect in the KALIMER-600 TRU burner: - Effects of varying sodium content & voiding location; - Self-shielding change & fuel temperature feedback; - Effects of fission products buildup & control rods position; - Differences in applying calculation models & methods. • Analysis tools: - DIF3D (ANL): three-dimensional multi-group diffusion code; - PERT-K (KAERI): DIF3D-based perturbation code; - TRANSX & DANTSYS to prepare the neutron cross-sections. ◆ To reveal details on responsive core reactivity behaviors upon various coolant voiding accident scenarios aimed at improving the passive safety characteristics of the core in the standard design phase (2012-2017)

  4. Experiments to examine the contribution of gas atoms to void formation in irradiated metals

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    The use of vacuum melting has been employed to demonstrate that residual gases, especially hydrogen, strongly influence void nucleation of copper, copper binary alloys and various Fe-Cr-Ni base alloys during either neutron or electron irradiation. Void nucleation in nickel appears not to be strongly affected by residual gases, however. Solute-free and solute-bearing Fe-Cr-Ni alloys appear to respond differently to differences in gas content. When contamination of specimens with sodium occurs during neutron irradiation, void nucleation in both as-fabricated and vacuum-melted specimens is similar, suggesting that gas atoms re-enter the specimens during irradiation. ((orig.))

  5. Effects of massive photons from the dark sector on the muon content in extensive air showers

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    Ebr, Jan; Nečesal, Petr

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 725, 4-5 (2013), s. 185-189. ISSN 0370-2693 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) LA08016 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : dark matter * bremsstrahlung * extensive air shower * muon production Subject RIV: BF - Elementary Particles and High Energy Physics Impact factor: 6.019, year: 2013

  6. Error Analysis of Clay-Rock Water Content Estimation with Broadband High-Frequency Electromagnetic Sensors—Air Gap Effect

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    Thierry Bore

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Broadband electromagnetic frequency or time domain sensor techniques present high potential for quantitative water content monitoring in porous media. Prior to in situ application, the impact of the relationship between the broadband electromagnetic properties of the porous material (clay-rock and the water content on the frequency or time domain sensor response is required. For this purpose, dielectric properties of intact clay rock samples experimental determined in the frequency range from 1 MHz to 10 GHz were used as input data in 3-D numerical frequency domain finite element field calculations to model the one port broadband frequency or time domain transfer function for a three rods based sensor embedded in the clay-rock. The sensor response in terms of the reflection factor was analyzed in time domain with classical travel time analysis in combination with an empirical model according to Topp equation, as well as the theoretical Lichtenecker and Rother model (LRM to estimate the volumetric water content. The mixture equation considering the appropriate porosity of the investigated material provide a practical and efficient approach for water content estimation based on classical travel time analysis with the onset-method. The inflection method is not recommended for water content estimation in electrical dispersive and absorptive material. Moreover, the results clearly indicate that effects due to coupling of the sensor to the material cannot be neglected. Coupling problems caused by an air gap lead to dramatic effects on water content estimation, even for submillimeter gaps. Thus, the quantitative determination of the in situ water content requires careful sensor installation in order to reach a perfect probe clay rock coupling.

  7. Error Analysis of Clay-Rock Water Content Estimation with Broadband High-Frequency Electromagnetic Sensors--Air Gap Effect.

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    Bore, Thierry; Wagner, Norman; Lesoille, Sylvie Delepine; Taillade, Frederic; Six, Gonzague; Daout, Franck; Placko, Dominique

    2016-01-01

    Broadband electromagnetic frequency or time domain sensor techniques present high potential for quantitative water content monitoring in porous media. Prior to in situ application, the impact of the relationship between the broadband electromagnetic properties of the porous material (clay-rock) and the water content on the frequency or time domain sensor response is required. For this purpose, dielectric properties of intact clay rock samples experimental determined in the frequency range from 1 MHz to 10 GHz were used as input data in 3-D numerical frequency domain finite element field calculations to model the one port broadband frequency or time domain transfer function for a three rods based sensor embedded in the clay-rock. The sensor response in terms of the reflection factor was analyzed in time domain with classical travel time analysis in combination with an empirical model according to Topp equation, as well as the theoretical Lichtenecker and Rother model (LRM) to estimate the volumetric water content. The mixture equation considering the appropriate porosity of the investigated material provide a practical and efficient approach for water content estimation based on classical travel time analysis with the onset-method. The inflection method is not recommended for water content estimation in electrical dispersive and absorptive material. Moreover, the results clearly indicate that effects due to coupling of the sensor to the material cannot be neglected. Coupling problems caused by an air gap lead to dramatic effects on water content estimation, even for submillimeter gaps. Thus, the quantitative determination of the in situ water content requires careful sensor installation in order to reach a perfect probe clay rock coupling. PMID:27096865

  8. Error Analysis of Clay-Rock Water Content Estimation with Broadband High-Frequency Electromagnetic Sensors—Air Gap Effect

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    Bore, Thierry; Wagner, Norman; Delepine Lesoille, Sylvie; Taillade, Frederic; Six, Gonzague; Daout, Franck; Placko, Dominique

    2016-01-01

    Broadband electromagnetic frequency or time domain sensor techniques present high potential for quantitative water content monitoring in porous media. Prior to in situ application, the impact of the relationship between the broadband electromagnetic properties of the porous material (clay-rock) and the water content on the frequency or time domain sensor response is required. For this purpose, dielectric properties of intact clay rock samples experimental determined in the frequency range from 1 MHz to 10 GHz were used as input data in 3-D numerical frequency domain finite element field calculations to model the one port broadband frequency or time domain transfer function for a three rods based sensor embedded in the clay-rock. The sensor response in terms of the reflection factor was analyzed in time domain with classical travel time analysis in combination with an empirical model according to Topp equation, as well as the theoretical Lichtenecker and Rother model (LRM) to estimate the volumetric water content. The mixture equation considering the appropriate porosity of the investigated material provide a practical and efficient approach for water content estimation based on classical travel time analysis with the onset-method. The inflection method is not recommended for water content estimation in electrical dispersive and absorptive material. Moreover, the results clearly indicate that effects due to coupling of the sensor to the material cannot be neglected. Coupling problems caused by an air gap lead to dramatic effects on water content estimation, even for submillimeter gaps. Thus, the quantitative determination of the in situ water content requires careful sensor installation in order to reach a perfect probe clay rock coupling. PMID:27096865

  9. A new geometrical approach to void statistics

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    Werner, M C

    2014-01-01

    Modelling cosmic voids as spheres in Euclidean space, the notion of a de-Sitter configuration space is introduced. It is shown that a uniform distribution over this configuration space yields a power-law approximating the void size distribution in an intermediate range of volumes, as well as an estimate for the fractal dimension of the large scale structure.

  10. Partial discharges in ellipsoidal and spheroidal voids

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    Crichton, George C; Karlsson, P. W.; Pedersen, Aage

    1989-01-01

    Transients associated with partial discharges in voids can be described in terms of the charges induced on the terminal electrodes of the system. The relationship between the induced charge and the properties which are usually measured is discussed. The method is illustrated by applying it to a...... spheroidal void located in a simple disk-type spacer...

  11. Spectral Properties of Galaxies in Void Regions

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    Liu, Chenxu; Hao, Lei; Hoyle, Fiona; Constantin, Anca; Vogeley, Micheal S

    2015-01-01

    We present a study of spectral properties of galaxies in underdense large-scale structures, voids. Our void galaxy sample (75,939 galaxies) is selected from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) Data Release 7 (DR7) with $\\rm z < 0.107$. We find that there are no significant differences in the luminosities, stellar masses, stellar populations, and specific star formation rates between void galaxies of specific spectral types and their wall counterparts. However, the fraction of star-forming galaxies in voids is significantly higher ($\\ge 9\\%$) than that in walls. Void galaxies, when considering all spectral types, are slightly fainter, less massive, have younger stellar populations and of higher specific star formation rates than wall galaxies. These minor differences are totally caused by the higher fraction of star-forming galaxies in voids. We confirm that AGNs exist in voids, already found by \\cite{co08}, with similar abundance as in walls. Type I AGNs contribute $\\sim$ 1\\%-2\\% of void galaxies, similar ...

  12. Simulation of dust voids in complex plasmas

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    W. J. Goedheer,; Land, V.

    2008-01-01

    In dusty radio-frequency (RF) discharges under micro-gravity conditions often a void is observed, a dust free region in the discharge center. This void is generated by the drag of the positive ions pulled out of the discharge by the electric field. We have developed a hydrodynamic model for dusty RF

  13. Assembly of filamentary void galaxy configurations

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    Rieder, Steven; van de Weygaert, Rien; Cautun, Marius; Beygu, Burcu; Zwart, Simon Portegies

    2013-01-01

    We study the formation and evolution of filamentary configurations of dark matter haloes in voids. Our investigation uses the high-resolution Lambda cold dark matter simulation CosmoGrid to look for void systems resembling the VGS_31 elongated system of three interacting galaxies that was recently d

  14. The Hierarchical Structure and Dynamics of Voids

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    Aragon-Calvo, M A

    2012-01-01

    Contrary to the common view voids have very complex internal structure and dynamics. Here we show how the hierarchy of structures in the density field inside voids is reflected by a similar hierarchy of structures in the velocity field. Voids defined by dense filaments and clusters can de described as simple expanding domains with coherent flows everywhere except at their boundaries. At scales smaller that the void radius the velocity field breaks into expanding sub-domains corresponding to sub- voids. These sub-domains break into even smaller sub-sub domains at smaller scales resulting in a nesting hierarchy of locally expanding domains. The ratio between the magnitude of the velocity field responsible for the expansion of the void and the velocity field defining the sub voids is approximately one order of magnitude. The small-scale components of the velocity field play a minor role in the shaping of the voids but they define the local dynamics directly affecting the processes of galaxy formation and evoluti...

  15. Void Fraction Instrument operation and maintenance manual

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    This Operations and Maintenance Manual (O ampersand MM) addresses riser installation, equipment and personnel hazards, operating instructions, calibration, maintenance, removal, and other pertinent information necessary to safely operate and store the Void Fraction Instrument. Final decontamination and decommissioning of the Void Fraction Instrument are not covered in this document

  16. Voids in cosmological simulations over cosmic time

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    Wojtak, Radosław; Abel, Tom

    2016-01-01

    We study evolution of voids in cosmological simulations using a new method for tracing voids over cosmic time. The method is based on tracking watershed basins (contiguous regions around density minima) of well developed voids at low redshift, on a regular grid of density field. It enables us to construct a robust and continuous mapping between voids at different redshifts, from initial conditions to the present time. We discuss how the new approach eliminates strong spurious effects of numerical origin when voids evolution is traced by matching voids between successive snapshots (by analogy to halo merger trees). We apply the new method to a cosmological simulation of a standard LambdaCDM cosmological model and study evolution of basic properties of typical voids (with effective radii between 6Mpc/h and 20Mpc/h at redshift z=0) such as volumes, shapes, matter density distributions and relative alignments. The final voids at low redshifts appear to retain a significant part of the configuration acquired in in...

  17. Statistics and geometry of cosmic voids

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    We introduce new statistical methods for the study of cosmic voids, focusing on the statistics of largest size voids. We distinguish three different types of distributions of voids, namely, Poisson-like, lognormal-like and Pareto-like distributions. The last two distributions are connected with two types of fractal geometry of the matter distribution. Scaling voids with Pareto distribution appear in fractal distributions with box-counting dimension smaller than three (its maximum value), whereas the lognormal void distribution corresponds to multifractals with box-counting dimension equal to three. Moreover, voids of the former type persist in the continuum limit, namely, as the number density of observable objects grows, giving rise to lacunar fractals, whereas voids of the latter type disappear in the continuum limit, giving rise to non-lacunar (multi)fractals. We propose both lacunar and non-lacunar multifractal models of the cosmic web structure of the Universe. A non-lacunar multifractal model is supported by current galaxy surveys as well as cosmological N-body simulations. This model suggests, in particular, that small dark matter halos and, arguably, faint galaxies are present in cosmic voids

  18. Numerical Evolution of General Relativistic Voids

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    Vadas, S L

    1993-01-01

    In this paper, we study the evolution of a relativistic, superhorizon-sized void embedded in a Friedmann-Robertson-Walker universe. We numerically solve the spherically symmetric general relativistic equations in comoving, synchronous coordinates. Initially, the fluid inside the void is taken to be homogeneous and nonexpanding. In a radiation- dominated universe, we find that radiation diffuses into the void at approximately the speed of light as a strong shock---the void collapses. We also find the surprising result that the cosmic collapse time (the $1^{\\rm st}$-crossing time) is much smaller than previously thought, because it depends not only on the radius of the void, but also on the ratio of the temperature inside the void to that outside. If the ratio of the initial void radius to the outside Hubble radius is less than the ratio of the outside temperature to that inside, then the collapse occurs in less than the outside Hubble time. Thus, superhorizon-sized relativistic void may thermalize and homogeni...

  19. Pores and Void in Asclepiades' Physical Theory.

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    Leith, David

    2012-01-01

    This paper examines a fundamental, though relatively understudied, aspect of the physical theory of the physician Asclepiades of Bithynia, namely his doctrine of pores. My principal thesis is that this doctrine is dependent on a conception of void taken directly from Epicurean physics. The paper falls into two parts: the first half addresses the evidence for the presence of void in Asclepiades' theory, and concludes that his conception of void was basically that of Epicurus; the second half focuses on the precise nature of Asclepiadean pores, and seeks to show that they represent void interstices between the primary particles of matter which are the constituents of the human body, and are thus exactly analogous to the void interstices between atoms within solid objects in Epicurus' theory. PMID:22984299

  20. VIDE: The Void IDentification and Examination toolkit

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    Sutter, P M; Hamaus, Nico; Pisani, Alice; Wandelt, Benjamin D; Warren, Michael S; Villaescusa-Navarro, Francisco; Zivick, Paul; Mao, Qingqing; Thompson, Benjamin B

    2014-01-01

    We present VIDE, the Void IDentification and Examination toolkit, an open-source Python/C++ code for finding cosmic voids in galaxy redshift surveys and N-body simulations, characterizing their properties, and providing a platform for more detailed analysis. At its core, VIDE uses a greatly enhanced version of ZOBOV (Neyinck 2008) to calculate a Voronoi tessellation for estimating the density field and a watershed transform to construct voids. The watershed levels are used to place voids in a hierarchical tree. VIDE provides significant additional functionality for both pre- and post-processing: for example, VIDE can work with volume- or magnitude-limited galaxy samples with arbitrary survey geometries, or dark matter particles or halo catalogs in a variety of common formats. It can also randomly subsample inputs and includes a Halo Occupation Distribution model for constructing mock galaxy populations. VIDE outputs a summary of void properties in plain ASCII, and provides a Python API to perform many analysi...

  1. Pores and Void in Asclepiades’ Physical Theory

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    Leith, David

    2012-01-01

    This paper examines a fundamental, though relatively understudied, aspect of the physical theory of the physician Asclepiades of Bithynia, namely his doctrine of pores. My principal thesis is that this doctrine is dependent on a conception of void taken directly from Epicurean physics. The paper falls into two parts: the first half addresses the evidence for the presence of void in Asclepiades’ theory, and concludes that his conception of void was basically that of Epicurus; the second half focuses on the precise nature of Asclepiadean pores, and seeks to show that they represent void interstices between the primary particles of matter which are the constituents of the human body, and are thus exactly analogous to the void interstices between atoms within solid objects in Epicurus’ theory. PMID:22984299

  2. Antioxidant capacity and total phenolic content of air-dried cape gooseberry (physalis peruviana l.) at different ripeness stages

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    Narváez-Cuenca, Carlos Eduardo; Mateus-Gómez, Ángela; Restrepo-Sánchez, Luz Patricia

    2014-01-01

    Because the use of drying at high temperatures might negatively affect the functional properties of fruits, the effect of air-drying at 60°C on the total phenolic content (TPC) and antioxidant capacity (AOC) of cape gooseberry fruit was evaluated at three ripeness stages. The AOC was evaluated with 2,2’-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) (ABTS), ferric reducing ability of plasma (FRAP), 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH), and β-carotene-linoleate assays. The TPC and AOC incre...

  3. Testing spherical evolution for modelling void abundances

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    Achitouv, Ixandra; Neyrinck, Mark; Paranjape, Aseem

    2015-08-01

    We compare analytical predictions of void volume functions to those measured from N-body simulations, detecting voids with the ZOBOV void finder. We push to very small, non-linear voids, below few Mpc radius, by considering the unsampled dark matter density field. We also study the case where voids are identified using haloes. We develop analytical formula for the void abundance of both the excursion set approach and the peaks formalism. These formulas are valid for random walks smoothed with a top-hat filter in real space, with a large class of realistic barrier models. We test the extent to which the spherical evolution approximation, which forms the basis of the analytical predictions, models the highly aspherical voids that occur in the cosmic web, and are found by a watershed-based algorithm such as ZOBOV. We show that the volume function returned by ZOBOV is quite sensitive to the choice of treatment of subvoids, a fact that has not been appreciated previously. For reasonable choices of subvoid exclusion, we find that the Lagrangian density δv of the ZOBOV voids - which is predicted to be a constant δv ≈ -2.7 in the spherical evolution model - is different from the predicted value, showing substantial scatter and scale dependence. This result applies to voids identified at z = 0 with effective radius between 1 and 10 h-1 Mpc. Our analytical approximations are flexible enough to give a good description of the resulting volume function; however, this happens for choices of parameter values that are different from those suggested by the spherical evolution assumption. We conclude that analytical models for voids must move away from the spherical approximation in order to be applied successfully to observations, and we discuss some possible ways forward.

  4. Measurement of muon content in inclined air showers above 4 x 1018 eV

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    The Pierre Auger Observatory in Malarguee, Argentina, is sensitive to air showers up to almost horizontal angles of incidence. Air showers with zenith angles between 60 and 80 degrees are suited to measure the muon component of the shower with the Auger Surface Detector since the primary electromagnetic component gets absorbed in the atmosphere before the shower reaches ground. Some of those events are also observed by the Fluorescence Detector which allows us to determine the total energy of the shower independent of the Surface Detector. Based on these hybrids events the size of muon component for a given cosmic ray energy is determined, which can then be compared to model predictions. We present an update of this analysis.

  5. Arteriolar oxygenation in tumour and subcutaneous arterioles: effects of inspired air oxygen content.

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    Dewhirst, M W; Ong, E. T.; Rosner, G L; Rehmus, S. W.; Shan, S.; Braun, R D; Brizel, D. M.; Secomb, T W

    1996-01-01

    Carbogen is thought to be more effective than normobaric oxygen in reducing tumour hypoxia because it may reduce hyperoxic vasoconstriction. In this study, tumour and normal arteriolar diameters were measured simultaneously with perivascular pO2 during air breathing followed by either carbogen or 100% oxygen to determine whether the action of carbogen is the result of alterations in feeding vessel diameter. Fischer-344 rats bearing dorsal flap window chambers, with or without implanted R3230A...

  6. Interfacial area, velocity and void fraction in two-phase slug flow

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    Kojasoy, G. [Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (United States); Riznic, J.R. [Atomic Energy Control Board, Ottawa (Canada)

    1997-12-31

    The internal flow structure of air-water plug/slug flow in a 50.3 mm dia transparent pipeline has been experimentally investigated by using a four-sensor resistivity probe. Liquid and gas volumetric superficial velocities ranged from 0.55 to 2.20 m/s and 0.27 to 2.20 m/s, respectively, and area-averaged void fractions ranged from about 10 to 70%. The local distributions of void fractions, interfacial area concentration and interface velocity were measured. Contributions from small spherical bubbles and large elongated slug bubbles toward the total void fraction and interfacial area concentration were differentiated. It was observed that the small bubble void contribution to the overall void fraction was small indicating that the large slug bubble void fraction was a dominant factor in determining the total void fraction. However, the small bubble interfacial area contribution was significant in the lower and upper portions of the pipe cross sections.

  7. Experimental study on the influence of oxygen content in the combustion air on the combustion characteristics

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    This study was focused on the experimental investigation of the very promising combustion technology called as the oxygen-enhanced combustion (OEC), which uses the oxidant containing higher proportion of oxygen than in the atmospheric air, i.e. more than 21%. The work investigated and compared the characteristics of two OEC methods, namely the premix enrichment and air-oxy/fuel combustion, when the overall oxygen concentration was varied from 21% to 46%. The combustion tests were performed with the experimental two-gas-staged burner of low-NOx type at the burner thermal input of 750 kW for two combustion regimes – one-staged and two-staged combustion. The oxygen concentration in the flue gas was maintained in the neighborhood of 3% vol. (on dry basis). The aim of tests was to assess the impact of the oxidant composition, type of OEC method and fuel-staging on the characteristic combustion parameters in detail. The investigated parameters included the concentration of nitrogen oxides (NOx) in the flue gas, flue gas temperature, heat flux to the combustion chamber wall, and lastly the stability, shape and dimensions of flame. It was observed that NOx emission is significantly lower when the air-oxy/fuel method is used compared to the premix enrichment method. Moreover, when the fuel was staged, NOx emission was below 120 mg/Nm3 at all investigated oxygen flow rates. Increasing oxygen concentration resulted in higher heating intensity due to higher concentrations of CO2 and H2O. The available heat at 46% O2 was higher by 20% compared with that at 21% O2. - Highlights: • Premix-enrichment and air-oxy/fuel combustion methods were experimentally studied. • NOx increased sharply as oxygen concentration increased during PE tests. • NOx was below 120 mg/Nm3 for all investigated oxygen flow rates in AO tests. • Radiative heat transfer was enhanced ca. 20% as O2 concentration was increased. • OEC flames were observed stable, more luminous and longer than air

  8. Decreased placental mitochondrial DNA-content in response to air pollution during in utero life

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    Janssen, Bram; Pieters, Nicky; Munters, Elke; Smeets, Karen; Cuypers, Ann; Penders, Joris; Vangronsveld, Jaco; Gyselaers, Wilfried; Nawrot, Tim

    2011-01-01

    Recent studies have emphasized the importance of PM, and its associated metal components, in the formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and inflammation. Mitochondria are the major intracellular sources and primary targets of ROS. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is particularly vulnerable to ROS-induced damage, resulting in a higher mutation rate that impacts mitochondrial function. Given its multiple essential roles in metabolic pathways, mitochondrial dysfunction (i.e. change in mtDNA-content...

  9. Dynamics of air gap formation around roots with changing soil water content.

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    Vetterlein, D.; Carminati, A.; Weller, U.; Oswald, S.; Vogel, H.-J.

    2009-04-01

    Most models regarding uptake of water and nutrients from soil assume intimate contact between roots and soil. However, it is known for a long time that roots may shrink under drought conditions. Due to the opaque nature of soil this process could not be observed in situ until recently. Combining tomography of the entire sample (field of view of 16 x 16 cm, pixel side 0.32 mm) with local tomography of the soil region around roots (field of view of 5 x 5 cm, pixel side 0.09 mm), the high spatial resolution required to image root shrinkage and formation of air-filled gaps around roots could be achieved. Applying this technique and combining it with microtensiometer measurements, measurements of plant gas exchange and microscopic assessment of root anatomy, a more detailed study was conducted to elucidate at which soil matric potential roots start to shrink in a sandy soil and which are the consequences for plant water relations. For Lupinus albus grown in a sandy soil tomography of the entire root system and of the interface between taproot and soil was conducted from day 11 to day 31 covering two drying cycles. Soil matric potential decreased from -36 hPa at day 11 after planting to -72, -251, -429 hPa, on day 17, 19, 20 after planting. On day 20 an air gap started to occur around the tap root and extended further on day 21 with matric potential below -429 hPa (equivalent to 5 v/v % soil moisture). From day 11 to day 21 stomatal conductivity decreased from 467 to 84 mmol m-2 s-1, likewise transpiration rate decreased and plants showed strong wilting symptoms on day 21. Plants were watered by capillary rise on day 21 and recovered completely within a day with stomatal conductivity increasing to 647 mmol m-2 s-1. During a second drying cycle, which was shorter as plants continuously increased in size, air gap formed again at the same matric potential. Plant stomatal conductance and transpiration decreased in a similar fashion with decreasing matric potential and

  10. Measuring the muon content of air showers with IceTop

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    Gonzalez Javier G.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available IceTop, the surface component of the IceCube detector, has been used to measure the energy spectrum of cosmic ray primaries in the range between 1.58 PeV and 1.26 EeV. It can also be used to study the low energy muons in air showers by looking at large distances (> 300 m from the shower axis. We will show the muon lateral distribution function at large lateral distances as measured with IceTop and discuss the implications of this measurement. We will also discuss the prospects for low energy muon studies with IceTop.

  11. Experimental and statistical study of the influence of broken up particles and air content on the compressive strength of concretes

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    Companies in Algeria have restricted budgets devoted to the formulation of concrete. Therefore, very few research studies are interested by the concrete composition in accordance to its purpose. Hence, this work is a part of an approved research program assigned to clarify the impact of certain parameters on the quality of concrete. This experimental program consists of more than 700 cylindrical specimens of 16x32 cm that were made using local materials. Excluding the durability indicators towards the concrete, the compressive strength is the most significant property to be considered (Mounanga et al., 2006). The obtained results concern consistency and content air propertiesof the concrete at fresh state and compressive strength of hardened concrete at 28 days. Thus, the influence of the air content percentage on the concrete consistency is studied. Moreover, the influence of these two parameters on the compressive strength of the hardened concrete is also presented. The experimental results obtained constitute a data bank, which allows comparing through a statistical analysis, the model established by Feret (Baron and Ollivier, 1996) and the results of the tests. (author)

  12. Antilensing: the bright side of voids.

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    Bolejko, Krzysztof; Clarkson, Chris; Maartens, Roy; Bacon, David; Meures, Nikolai; Beynon, Emma

    2013-01-11

    More than half of the volume of our Universe is occupied by cosmic voids. The lensing magnification effect from those underdense regions is generally thought to give a small dimming contribution: objects on the far side of a void are supposed to be observed as slightly smaller than if the void were not there, which together with conservation of surface brightness implies net reduction in photons received. This is predicted by the usual weak lensing integral of the density contrast along the line of sight. We show that this standard effect is swamped at low redshifts by a relativistic Doppler term that is typically neglected. Contrary to the usual expectation, objects on the far side of a void are brighter than they would be otherwise. Thus the local dynamics of matter in and near the void is crucial and is only captured by the full relativistic lensing convergence. There are also significant nonlinear corrections to the relativistic linear theory, which we show actually underpredicts the effect. We use exact solutions to estimate that these can be more than 20% for deep voids. This remains an important source of systematic errors for weak lensing density reconstruction in galaxy surveys and for supernovae observations, and may be the cause of the reported extra scatter of field supernovae located on the edge of voids compared to those in clusters. PMID:23383886

  13. A Universal Density Profile for Cosmic Voids

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    Hamaus, Nico; Wandelt, Benjamin D

    2014-01-01

    We present a simple empirical function for the average density profile of cosmic voids, identified via the watershed technique in {\\Lambda}CDM N-body simulations. This function is universal across void size and redshift, accurately describing the entire radial range of scales around void centers with only two free parameters. In analogy to halo density profiles, these parameters describe the scale radius and the central density of voids. While we initially start with a more general four-parameter model, we find two of its parameters to be redundant, as they follow linear trends with the scale radius in two distinct regimes of the void sample, separated by its compensation scale. Assuming linear theory, we derive an analytic formula for the velocity profile of voids and find an excellent agreement with the numerical data as well. In our companion paper, Sutter al. (2014), the presented density profile is shown to be universal even across tracer type, properly describing voids defined in halo- and galaxy distri...

  14. Redshift-space distortions around voids

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    Cai, Yan-Chuan; Peacock, John A; Padilla, Nelson

    2016-01-01

    We have derived estimators for the linear growth rate of density fluctuations using the cross-correlation function of voids and haloes in redshift space, both directly and in Fourier form. In linear theory, this cross-correlation contains only monopole and quadrupole terms. At scales greater than the void radius, linear theory is a good match to voids traced out by haloes in N-body simulations; small-scale random velocities are unimportant at these radii, only tending to cause small and often negligible elongation of the redshift-space cross-correlation function near its origin. By extracting the monopole and quadrupole from the cross-correlation function, we measure the linear growth rate without prior knowledge of the void profile or velocity dispersion. We recover the linear growth parameter $\\beta$ to 9% precision from an effective volume of 3(Gpc/h)^3 using voids with radius greater than 25Mpc/h. Smaller voids are predominantly sub-voids, which may be more sensitive to the random velocity dispersion; the...

  15. Voids in Modified Gravity: Excursion Set Predictions

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    Clampitt, Joseph; Li, Baojiu

    2013-01-01

    We investigate the behavior of the fifth force in voids in chameleon models using the spherical collapse method. Contrary to Newtonian gravity, we find the fifth force is repulsive in voids. The strength of the fifth force depends on the density inside and outside the void region as well as its radius. It can be many times larger than the Newtonian force and their ratio is in principle unbound. This is very different from the case in halos, where the fifth force is no more than 1/3 of gravity. The evolution of voids is governed by the Newtonian gravity, the effective dark energy force and the fifth force. While the first two forces are common in both LCDM and chameleon universes, the fifth force is unique to the latter. Driven by the outward-pointing fifth force, individual voids in chameleon models expand faster and grow larger than in a LCDM universe. The expansion velocity of the void shell can be 20% to 30% larger for voids of a few Mpc/h in radius, while their sizes can be larger by ~10%. These differenc...

  16. Testing spherical evolution for modelling void abundances

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    Achitouv, Ixandra; Paranjape, Aseem

    2013-01-01

    We compute analytical predictions for the volume function of voids based on the excursion set approach and the peaks formalism for random walks smoothed with a top-hat filter in real space and a large class of realistic barrier models. We test our prediction by comparing with voids identified in the dark matter density field in N-body simulations using the ZOBOV void finder. This tests the extent to which the spherical evolution approximation, which forms the basis of the analytical predictions, models the highly aspherical voids that occur in the cosmic web, and are found by a watershed-based algorithm such as ZOBOV. We show that the volume function returned by ZOBOV is quite sensitive to the choice of treatment of sub-voids, a fact that has not been appreciated previously. For reasonable choices of sub-void exclusion, we find that the Lagrangian density deltav of the ZOBOV voids -- which is predicted to be a constant deltav=-2.7 in the spherical evolution model -- is quite different from the predicted value...

  17. Modelling Void Abundance in Modified Gravity

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    Voivodic, Rodrigo; Llinares, Claudio; Mota, David F

    2016-01-01

    We use a spherical model and an extended excursion set formalism with drifting diffusive barriers to predict the abundance of cosmic voids in the context of general relativity as well as f(R) and symmetron models of modified gravity. We detect spherical voids from a suite of N-body simulations of these gravity theories and compare the measured void abundance to theory predictions. We find that our model correctly describes the abundance of both dark matter and galaxy voids, providing a better fit than previous proposals in the literature based on static barriers. We use the simulation abundance results to fit for the abundance model free parameters as a function of modified gravity parameters, and show that counts of dark matter voids can provide interesting constraints on modified gravity. For galaxy voids, more closely related to optical observations, we find that constraining modified gravity from void abundance alone may be significantly more challenging. In the context of current and upcoming galaxy surv...

  18. An analysis of the lateral void transfer mechanisms in the ASSERT subchannel code

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    The current aim of this research is to conduct the verification of the hydraulic aspect of subchannel codes. The experiments were conducted on two laterally interconnected horizontal bundle type subchannels under adiabatic two-phase flow conditions. The two phase flow was a mixture of air and water initially having a different void fraction in each subchannel. The main parameters measured in the channels were: void fraction; liquid and gas mass flow rates; and, pressures. Since, in horizontal two-phase flow the mass exchanges between interconnected subchannels are greatly influenced by the relative position of the high void channel (denoted LV) with respect to the low void channel (denoted LV), the former channel has been rotated to different positions about the latter one. The experimental results are compared with the predictions of the ASSERT-4 (Version 1.5) subchannel code to ascertain how well they can be predicted. (8 refs., 8 figs.)

  19. Voids' System in the Woven Composite Structure

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    Pavla VOZKOVA

    2006-01-01

    Composites are common material constructions for high-tech use now. Mechanical properties of woven reinforced composites are influenced by voids inside the structure.Voids could be classified to the two sections. Long and thin cracks are more dangerous than pores. It is important to find relations between preparation and place of occurrence of voids. This paper classifies defects according to rise mechanism, point of occurrence, orientation, size and affect to the properties. Image analysis was used for observing samples. Future work would be oriented not only to observing real samples, but also to calculate mechanical properties from real and ideal structures in 3D woven reinforced composites.

  20. The nature of voids: I. Watershed void finders and their connection with theoretical models

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    Nadathur, Seshadri

    2015-01-01

    The statistical study of voids in the matter distribution promises to be an important tool for precision cosmology, but there are known discrepancies between theoretical models of voids and the voids actually found in large simulations or galaxy surveys. The empirical properties of observed voids are also not well understood. In this paper we study voids in an N-body simulation, using the ZOBOV watershed algorithm. As in other studies, we use sets of subsampled dark matter particles as tracers to identify voids, but we use the full-resolution simulation output to measure dark matter densities at the identified locations. Voids span a wide range of sizes and densities, but there is a clear trend towards larger voids containing deeper density minima, a trend which is expected for all watershed void finders. We also find that the tracer density at void locations is smaller than the true density, and that this relationship depends on the sampling density of tracers. We show that fitting functions given in the lit...

  1. The darkness that shaped the void: dark energy and cosmic voids

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    Bos, E G Patrick; Dolag, Klaus; Pettorino, Valeria

    2012-01-01

    Aims: We assess the sensitivity of void shapes to the nature of dark energy that was pointed out in recent studies. We investigate whether or not void shapes are useable as an observational probe in galaxy redshift surveys. We focus on the evolution of the mean void ellipticity and its underlying physical cause. Methods: We analyse the morphological properties of voids in five sets of cosmological N-body simulations, each with a different nature of dark energy. Comparing voids in the dark matter distribution to those in the halo population, we address the question of whether galaxy redshift surveys yield sufficiently accurate void morphologies. Voids are identified using the parameter free Watershed Void Finder. The effect of redshift distortions is investigated as well. Results: We confirm the statistically significant sensitivity of voids in the dark matter distribution. We identify the level of clustering as measured by \\sigma_8(z) as the main cause of differences in mean void shape . We find that in the h...

  2. Neutron Imaging Calibration to Measure Void Fraction

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    Geoghegan, Patrick J [ORNL; Bilheux, Hassina Z [ORNL; Sharma, Vishaldeep [ORNL; Fricke, Brian A [ORNL

    2015-01-01

    Void fraction is an intuitive parameter that describes the fraction of vapor in a two-phase flow. It appears as a key variable in most heat transfer and pressure drop correlations used to design evaporating and condensing heat exchangers, as well as determining charge inventory in refrigeration systems. Void fraction measurement is not straightforward, however, and assumptions on the invasiveness of the measuring technique must be made. Neutron radiography or neutron imaging has the potential to be a truly non-invasive void fraction measuring technique but has until recently only offered qualitative descriptions of two-phase flow, in terms of flow maldistributions, for example. This paper describes the calibration approach necessary to employ neutron imaging to measure steady-state void fraction. Experiments were conducted at the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) Cold Guide 1D neutron imaging facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN, USA.

  3. Properties of Galaxies in and around Voids

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    Hopp, U

    1997-01-01

    Two surveys for intrinsically faint galaxies towards nearby voids have been conducted at the MPI für Astronomie, Heidelberg. One selected targets from a new diameter limited ($\\Phi \\ge 5''$) catalog with morphological criteria while the other used digitized objective prism Schmidt plates to select mainly HII dwarf galaxies. For some 450 galaxies, redshifts and other optical data were obtained. We studied the spatial distribution of the sample objects, their luminosity function, and their intrinsic properties. Most of the galaxies belong to already well known sheets and filaments. But we found about a dozen highly isolated galaxies in each sample (nearest neighborhood distance $\\ge 3 h_{75}^{-1} Mpc$). These tend to populate additional structures and are not distributed homogeneously throughout the voids. As our results on 'void galaxies' still suffer from small sample statistics, I also tried to combine similar existing surveys of nearby voids to get further hints on the larger structure and on the luminosit...

  4. The distribution of galaxies in voids

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    Lindner, U; Einasto, J; Freudling, W; Fricke, K; Lipovetsky, V A; Pustilnik, S A; Izotov, Yu I; Richter, G; Lindner, Ulrich; Einasto, Maret; Einasto, Jaan; Freudling, Wolfram; Fricke, Klaus; Lipovetsky, Valentin; Pustilnik, Simon; Izotov, Yuri; Richter, Gotthard

    1996-01-01

    We investigate the distribution of normal (faint) galaxies and blue compact galaxies (BCGs) in voids by analyzing their distribution as a function of distance from the void centers and by employing nearest neighbour statistics between objects of various subsamples. We find that galaxies in voids defined by brighter galaxies tend to be concentrated close to the walls of voids in a hierarchical manner, similar to the behavior of brighter galaxies. The behavior of BCGs is in this respect similar to the one found for normal dwarf galaxies. The median nearest neighbour distance of BCGs from normal galaxies is approximately 0.7 Mpc, which indicates that these galaxies are located in outlying parts of systems of galaxies defined by normal galaxies.

  5. Clues on void evolution III: Structure and dynamics in void shells

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    Ruiz, A N; Lares, M; Luparello, H E; Ceccarelli, L; Lambas, D G

    2015-01-01

    Inspired on the well known dynamical dichotomy predicted in voids, where some underdense regions expand whereas others collapse due to overdense surrounding regions, we explored the interplay between the void inner dynamics and its large scale environment. The environment is classified depending on its density as in previous works. We analyse the dynamical properties of void-centered spherical shells at different void-centric distances depending on this classification. The above dynamical properties are given by the angular distribution of the radial velocity field, its smoothness, the field dependence on the tracer density and shape, and the field departures from linear theory. We found that the velocity field in expanding voids follows more closely the linear prediction, with a more smooth velocity field. However when using velocity tracers with large densities such deviations increase. Voids with sizes around $18\\,h^{-1}\\,Mpc$ are in a transition regime between regions with expansion overpredicted and unde...

  6. Void formation in diffusive lattice gases

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    Krapivsky, P. L.; Meerson, Baruch; Sasorov, Pavel V.

    2012-01-01

    What is the probability that a macroscopic void will spontaneously arise, at a specified time T, in an initially homogeneous gas? We address this question for diffusive lattice gases, and also determine the most probable density history leading to the void formation. We employ the macroscopic fluctuation theory by Bertini et al and consider both annealed and quenched averaging procedures (the initial condition is allowed to fluctuate in the annealed setting). We show that in the annealed case...

  7. The VIMOS Public Extragalactic Redshift Survey - Searching for Cosmic Voids

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    Micheletti, D; Hawken, A J; Granett, B R; Bolzonella, M; Cappi, A; Abbas, U; Adami, C; Arnouts, S; Bel, J; Bottini, D; Branchini, E; Coupon, J; Cucciati, O; Davidzon, I; De Lucia, G; de la Torre, S; Fritz, A; Franzetti, P; Fumana, M; Garilli, B; Guzzo, L; Ilbert, O; Krywult, J; Brun, V Le; Fèvre, O Le; Maccagni, D; Małek, K; Marulli, F; McCracken, H J; Polletta, M; Pollo, A; Schimd, C; Scodeggio, M; Tasca, L A M; Tojeiro, R; Vergani, D; Zanichelli, A; Burden, A; Di Porto, C; Marchetti, A; Marinoni, C; Mellier, Y; Moutard, T; Moscardini, L; Nichol, R C; Peacock, J A; Percival, W J; Zamorani, G

    2014-01-01

    The characterisation of cosmic voids gives unique information about the large-scale distribution of galaxies, their evolution and the cosmological model. We identify and characterise cosmic voids in the VIMOS Public Extragalactic Redshift Survey (VIPERS) at redshift 0.55 < z < 0.9. A new void search method is developed based upon the identification of empty spheres that fit between galaxies. The method can be used to characterise the cosmic voids despite the presence of complex survey boundaries and internal gaps. We investigate the impact of systematic observational effects and validate the method against mock catalogues. We measure the void size distribution and the void-galaxy correlation function. We construct a catalogue of voids in VIPERS. The distribution of voids is found to agree well with the distribution of voids found in mock catalogues. The void-galaxy correlation function shows indications of outflow velocity from the voids.

  8. Cosmic Voids and Void Lensing in the Dark Energy Survey Science Verification Data

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    Sánchez, C.; Clampitt, J.; Kovacs, A.; Jain, B.; García-Bellido, J.; Nadathur, S.; Gruen, D.; Hamaus, N; Huterer, D; Vielzeuf, P.; Amara, A.; Bonnett, C.; DeRose, J.; Hartley, W. G.; Jarvis, M.

    2016-01-01

    Galaxies and their dark matter halos populate a complicated filamentary network around large, nearly empty regions known as cosmic voids. Cosmic voids are usually identified in spectroscopic galaxy surveys, where 3D information about the large-scale structure of the Universe is available. Although an increasing amount of photometric data is being produced, its potential for void studies is limited since photometric redshifts induce line-of-sight position errors of $\\sim50$ Mpc/$h$ or more tha...

  9. Muon content of UHE air showers: discrimination method between electromagnetic and hadronic cascades

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    Results from a detailed Monte Carlo simulation for the muon component of EAS, at mountain altitude (800 g cm-2), generated by vertical γ-rays, protons, oxygen and iron primary cosmic rays, in the energy range 1012-1016 eV, are provided for muon threshold energies from 0.1 to 100 GeV. In the simulation of the different components of the shower (μ±, e±, γ...), the CORSIKA (cosmic ray simulator for cascade) code has been used to allow for both, electromagnetic and hadronic interactions. Results on the variation and fluctuation of the total muon number with shower size and primary energy are obtained, as well as longitudinal developments, lateral distributions of low-energy muons in air showers and muon energy spectra. Moreover, analytical expressions are fitted to the muon lateral developments, and muon energy spectra have been parametrized to a log-normal distribution. Apart from their value as new results, they may be used for the design of current studies at mountain altitudes. We also seek to provide relations to interpret the experimental data, for those who do not have detailed simulation calculations available. (author)

  10. Coolant void reactivity behaviour in pressure tube type plutonium fuel lattices of ATR

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    It is essential to the reactor physical field in respect of the thermal neutron reactor specially utilizing plutonium to consistently clarify the effect of the resonance in the around 0.3eV for plutonium239 and the effect of the various fuel compositions and fuel material concentrations on the void reactivity in the ATR lattice. For this purpose, using the improved WIMS code to be able to calculate the detailed thermal neutron spectrum containing the resonance in 0.3eV for plutonium239 and various components due to the reactivity relevant to the void reactivity, the void reactivity in the HWR lattice has been analyzed in detail. For the purpose of improving the accuracy of the calculated void reactivity, the nuclear data for the WIMS code has been replaced with the JENDL-3.1 library. As the results of the analysis, for the identical macro thermal neutron absorption cross section for fuel, the void reactivity is reduced to the negative side more for the MOX with high content of plutonium239 in plutonium than in uranium. The reduction of the void reactivity to the negative side by plutonium239 is due to the presence of the resonance in 0.3eV for plutonium239. That is because the higher the content of plutonium239 is, the less the recovery effect for neutron density within the resonance energy in 0.3eV is with increase in coolant void fraction, so that the decreased resonance nuclear fission rate for plutonium239 contributes to the negative side for the void reactivity. This effect is more remarkable for the larger pitch lattice with softer thermal neutron spectrum. (author)

  11. Void formation and roughening in slow fracture.

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    Afek, Itai; Bouchbinder, Eran; Katzav, Eytan; Mathiesen, Joachim; Procaccia, Itamar

    2005-06-01

    Slow crack propagation in ductile, and in certain brittle materials, appears to take place via the nucleation of voids ahead of the crack tip due to plastic yields, followed by the coalescence of these voids. Postmortem analysis of the resulting fracture surfaces of ductile and brittle materials on the microm-mm and the nm scales, respectively, reveals self-affine cracks with anomalous scaling exponent zeta approximately = 0.8 in 3 dimensions and zeta approximately = 0.65 in 2 dimensions. In this paper we present an analytic theory based on the method of iterated conformal maps aimed at modelling the void formation and the fracture growth, culminating in estimates of the roughening exponents in 2 dimensions. In the simplest realization of the model we allow one void ahead of the crack, and address the robustness of the roughening exponent. Next we develop the theory further, to include two voids ahead of the crack. This development necessitates generalizing the method of iterated conformal maps to include doubly connected regions (maps from the annulus rather than the unit circle). While mathematically and numerically feasible, we find that the employment of the stress field as computed from elasticity theory becomes questionable when more than one void is explicitly inserted into the material. Thus further progress in this line of research calls for improved treatment of the plastic dynamics. PMID:16089840

  12. Void Statistics and Void Galaxies in the 2dFGRS

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    von Benda-Beckmann, Alexander M

    2007-01-01

    For the 2dFGRS we study the properties of voids and of fainter galaxies within voids that are defined by brighter galaxies. Our results are compared with simulated galaxy catalogues from the Millenium simulation coupled with a semianalytical galaxy formation recipe. We derive the void size distribution and discuss its dependence on the faint magnitude limit of the galaxies defining the voids. While voids among faint galaxies are typically smaller than those among bright galaxies, the ratio of the void sizes to the mean galaxy separation reaches larger values. This is well reproduced in the mock galaxy samples studied. We provide analytic fitting functions for the void size distribution. Furthermore, we study the galaxy population inside voids defined by objects with $B_J -5\\log{h}< -20$ and diameter larger than 10 \\hMpc. We find a clear bimodality of the void galaxies similar to the average comparison sample. We confirm the enhanced abundance of galaxies in the blue cloud and a depression of the number of ...

  13. Cluster-Void Degeneracy Breaking: Dark Energy, Planck and the Largest Cluster & Void

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    Sahlén, Martin; Silk, Joseph

    2015-01-01

    Combining galaxy cluster and void abundances breaks the degeneracy between mean matter density $\\Omega_{\\rm m}$ and power spectrum normalization $\\sigma_8$. In a first for voids, we constrain $\\Omega_{\\rm m} = 0.21 \\pm 0.10$ and $\\sigma_8 = 0.95 \\pm 0.21$ for a flat $\\Lambda$CDM universe, using extreme-value statistics on the claimed largest cluster and void. The Planck-consistent results detect dark energy with two objects, independently of other dark energy probes. Cluster-void studies also offer complementarity in scale, density, and non-linearity - of particular interest for testing modified-gravity models.

  14. Correlation of trace element content in air particulates with solar meteorological data in the atmosphere of Athens

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    Relation between the trace element content in air particulates and solar meteorological data in the atmospheric environment of Athens, Greece, was studied. For this purpose, Sm, Br, As, Na, K, La, Ce, Cr, Ag, Sc, Fe, Zn, Co, Sb, Th were determined by INAA in respirable aerosols collected during winter 1993-1994. The results showed that the average cloudiness, sunshine, and the total solar radiation (sun and sky) on a horizontal surface, (3 variables) have no relation with trace element variation. However, diffuse solar radiation (sun and sky) on a horizontal surface seems to have statistically significant relationship with some of the trace element variation. It forms a single component with some trace elements after the application of the factor analysis. The increase of the same solar variable in the Athens City center, is one of the factors which cannot permit the emission of trace elements in the atmospheric environment from dust soil and car tires. (author)

  15. Air

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    ... house) Industrial emissions (like smoke and chemicals from factories) Household cleaners (spray cleaners, air fresheners) Car emissions (like carbon monoxide) *All of these things make up “particle pollution.” They mostly come from cars, trucks, buses, and ...

  16. Effects of reduced surface tension on void drift between triangle tight lattice subchannels

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    Void drift between triangle tight lattice subchannels has been studied experimentally and analytically. In the experiment, a channel having two subchannels simplifying the triangle tight lattice subchannels was used. Experimental data were obtained for both air-water and air-water with a surfactant flows to know the effects of the reduced surface tension on flow and void redistributions due to the void drift. In the analysis, the experimental data were compared with the calculation by a subchannel analysis code based on a one-dimensional two-fluid model in which various constitutive equations of wall and interfacial friction forces were tested. The results of such experiment and test of analysis will be reported. (author)

  17. 38 CFR 3.207 - Void or annulled marriage.

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    ... 38 Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Void or annulled marriage... Void or annulled marriage. Proof that a marriage was void or has been annulled should consist of: (a... marriage void, together with such other evidence as may be required for a determination. (b) Annulled....

  18. Estimation of the near surface soil water content during evaporation using air-launched ground-penetrating radar

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    Moghadas, Davood

    2014-01-01

    Evaporation is an important process in the global water cycle and its variation affects the near sur-face soil water content, which is crucial for surface hydrology and climate modelling. Soil evaporation rate is often characterized by two distinct phases, namely, the energy limited phase (stage-I) and the soil hydraulic limited period (stage-II). In this paper, a laboratory experiment was conducted using a sand box filled with fine sand, which was subject to evaporation for a period of twenty three days. The setup was equipped with a weighting system to record automatically the weight of the sand box with a constant time-step. Furthermore, time-lapse air-launched ground penetrating radar (GPR) measurements were performed to monitor the evaporation process. The GPR model involves a full-waveform frequency-domain solution of Maxwell\\'s equations for wave propagation in three-dimensional multilayered media. The accuracy of the full-waveform GPR forward modelling with respect to three different petrophysical models was investigated. Moreover, full-waveform inversion of the GPR data was used to estimate the quantitative information, such as near surface soil water content. The two stages of evaporation can be clearly observed in the radargram, which indicates qualitatively that enough information is contained in the GPR data. The full-waveform GPR inversion allows for accurate estimation of the near surface soil water content during extended evaporation phases, when a wide frequency range of GPR (0.8-5.0 GHz) is taken into account. In addition, the results indicate that the CRIM model may constitute a relevant alternative in solving the frequency-dependency issue for full waveform GPR modelling.

  19. Air

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    In recent years several regulations and standards for air quality and limits for air pollution were issued or are in preparation by the European Union, which have severe influence on the environmental monitoring and legislation in Austria. This chapter of the environmental control report of Austria gives an overview about the legal situation of air pollution control in the European Union and in specific the legal situation in Austria. It gives a comprehensive inventory of air pollution measurements for the whole area of Austria of total suspended particulates, ozone, volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, heavy metals, benzene, dioxin, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and eutrophication. For each of these pollutants the measured emission values throughout Austria are given in tables and geographical charts, the environmental impact is discussed, statistical data and time series of the emission sources are given and legal regulations and measures for an effective environmental pollution control are discussed. In particular the impact of fossil-fuel power plants on the air pollution is analyzed. (a.n.)

  20. One-Group Perturbation Theory Applied to Measurements with Void

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    Formulas suitable for evaluating progressive as well as single rod substitution measurements are derived by means of one-group perturbation theory. The diffusion coefficient may depend on direction and position. By using the buckling concept one can derive expressions which are quite simple and the perturbed flux can be taken into account in a comparatively simple way. By using an unconventional definition of cells a transition region is introduced quite logically. Experiments with voids around metal rods, diam. 3.05 cm, have been analysed. The agreement between extrapolated and directly measured buckling values is excellent, the buckling difference between lattices with water-filled and voided shrouds being 0. 263 ± 0.015/m2 and 0.267 ± 0.005/m2 resp. From single-rod experiments differences between diffusion coefficients are determined to δDr/D = 0.083 ± 0.004 and δDz/D = 0.120 ± 0.018. With air-filled shrouds there is consequently anisotropy in the neutron diffusion and we have (Dz/Dr)air = 1.034 ± 0.020

  1. Software quality assurance plan for void fraction instrument

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    Gimera, M.

    1994-10-18

    Waste Tank SY-101 has been the focus of extensive characterization work over the past few years. The waste continually generates gases, most notably hydrogen, which are periodically released from the waste. Gas can be trapped in tank waste in three forms: as void gas (bubbles), dissolved gas, or absorbed gas. Void fraction is the volume percentage of a given sample that is comprised of void gas. The void fraction instrument (VFI) acquires the data necessary to calculate void fraction. This document covers the product, Void Fraction Data Acquisition Software. The void fraction software being developed will have the ability to control the void fraction instrument hardware and acquire data necessary to calculate the void fraction in samples. This document provides the software quality assurance plan, verification and validation plan, and configuration management plan for developing the software for the instrumentation that will be used to obtain void fraction data from Tank SY-101

  2. Universal void density profiles from simulation and SDSS

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    Nadathur, S; Diego, J M; Iliev, I T; Gottlöber, S; Watson, W A; Yepes, G

    2014-01-01

    We discuss the universality and self-similarity of void density profiles, for voids in realistic mock luminous red galaxy (LRG) catalogues from the Jubilee simulation, as well as in void catalogues constructed from the SDSS LRG and Main Galaxy samples. Voids are identified using a modified version of the ZOBOV watershed transform algorithm, with additional selection cuts. We find that voids in simulation are self-similar, meaning that their average rescaled profile does not depend on the void size, or -- within the range of the simulated catalogue -- on the redshift. Comparison of the profiles obtained from simulated and real voids shows an excellent match. The profiles of real voids also show a universal behaviour over a wide range of galaxy luminosities, number densities and redshifts. This points to a fundamental property of the voids found by the watershed algorithm, which can be exploited in future studies of voids.

  3. CFD application to PWR subchannel void distribution benchmark

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    A CFD study is performed to simulate the steady-state void distribution benchmark based on the NUPEC PWR Subchannel and Bundle Tests (PSBT). The CFD calculation predicted the void distributions in central typical and thimble subchannels, side subchannel and corner subchannel. The CFD prediction shows a higher void fraction near the heated wall and a migration of void in the subchannel gap region. A measured image of void distribution indicated a locally higher void fraction near the heated wall. The CFD predictions of void fraction and fluid density agree well with the measured ones for the low void test condition. However, the CFD calculations tend to underpredict the void fraction and overpredict the fluid density as the void fraction increases. (author)

  4. Neutron tomography for void distribution measurements

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    Neutron tomography has previously been performed using large, stationary neutron sources such as reactors and spallation sources for applications where the object under study can be transported to the source. This paper accounts for the challenges met when applying neutron tomography using a portable accelerator driven neutron generator, which is required when studying non-transportable objects. In general, portable sources offer significantly lower neutron yields than stationary sources, implying the need for either longer measurement times or highly efficient measurement and/or analysis procedures. The particular application investigated here is the mapping of steam distributions in water (void distribution), which is of high importance for the performance of nuclear fuel assemblies in boiling water reactors (BWR). The void distribution cannot be measured directly in a reactor core, so instead various electrically-heated thermal-hydraulic test loops are used. In these loops, void correlations can be determined in full-size fuel assembly models, such as FRIGG in Sweden and DESIRE in Holland, but measurements are also performed in smaller, less complicated geometries. Previously, gamma tomography has been used to measure the void distribution in the FRIGG loop. However, improved capabilities to map the void distribution can be expected using neutrons because of their higher sensitivity to water relative to metal structures, as compared to gamma rays. At the same time, neutrons as probe also give rise to some challenges, such as high background from scattering. This paper investigates the possibility to use neutron tomography at axially symmetric objects such as the HWAT test loop in Sweden, where an annular two-phase flow of water/void is confined and heated by a steel cylinder. Monte Carlo simulations of the HWAT geometry and a suggested measurement setup have been carried out, using the particle transport code MCNPX. A reconstruction technique which exploits the

  5. Nucleation of voids - the impurity effect

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    Nucleation of voids under irradiation in multicomponent alloys remains an unsolved theoretical problem. Of particular interest are the effects of nonequilibrium solute segregation phenomena on the critical nucleus and the nucleation rate. The resolution of the multicomponent nucleation in a dissipative system also has broader implication to the field of irreversible thermodynamics. The present paper describes a recent study of solute segregation effects in void nucleation. We begin with a thermodynamic model for a nonequilibrium void with interfacial segregation. The thermodynamic model is coupled with kinetic considerations of solute/solvent diffusion under a bias, which is itself related to segregation by the coating effect, to assess the stability of void embryos. To determine nucleation rate, we develop a novel technique by extending the most probable path method in statistical mechanics for nonequilibrium steady state to simulate large fluctuation with nonlinear dissipation. The path of nucleation is determined by solving an analogous problem on particle trajectory in classical dynamics. The results of both the stability analysis and the fluctuation analysis establish the paramount significance of the impurity effect via the mechanism of nonequilibrium segregation. We conclude that over-segregation is probably the most general cause for the apparently low nucleation barriers that are responsible for nearly ubiquitous occurrence of void swelling in common metals

  6. Void wave dispersion in bubbly flows

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    A linear dispersion relationship is derived using a one-dimensional two-fluid model to investigate void wave dispersion in bubbly flows. This dispersion relationship includes generalized forms of the kinematic wave speed, the characteristics of the system of equations and the relaxation time. The relaxation time turns out to be a key parameter for the void wave dispersion. By using appropriate constitutive relations for bubbly flow, the kinematic wave speed and the characteristics are found. The Froude number is found to be the crucial parameter for void wave dispersion. That is, for two-phase flows with large slip between the phases (the small Froude number case) the dispersion effect is negligible and thus the kinematic wave approximation is valid. However, as the relative velocity decreases (the large Froude number case), void wave dispersion becomes pronounced. In the limit for zero relative velocity, void waves propagate at the same celerity as the characteristics for homogeneous conditions. The model presented herein also shows the existence of a complementary kinematic wave which is related to the kinematic wave speed and the characteristics. (orig.)

  7. 40 CFR 1065.525 - Engine starting, restarting, shutdown, and optional repeating of void discrete modes.

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    ... repeating of void discrete modes. (a) Start the engine using one of the following methods: (1) Start the engine as recommended in the owners manual using a production starter motor or air-start system and...) Use the dynamometer to start the engine. To do this, motor the engine within ±25% of its typical...

  8. Modelling of void reduction in two dimensional cantala fiber/recycled HDPE composites using FEM

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    Radityo, Cornelius H.; Raharjo, Wijang W.; Budiana, Eko P.; Bahtiar, Muhammad K.

    2016-03-01

    The presence of void effect on the decrease in the mechanical properties of composites so the controlling of voids needs to be done. The aim of this research is to simulate the controlling of voids in composites by setting the displacement of the upper plate of hot press. The simulation was described in two-dimensional design by ANSYS software. The comparison of fiber, matrix, and void were set of 45%, 45%, and 10% respectively, while the geometry of the fiber was the diameter of 0.12 mm and length of 2.5 mm. Displacements of upper plate were varied 0.1 mm, 0.1075 mm, 0.115 mm, 0.1225 and 0.13 mm. The simulation results showed that increasing the displacement upper plate would be followed by decreasing of void content. The displacement of the top plate of 0.13 mm caused voids in the composite to be minimum, a tensile stress on the fibers of 2393.13 kPa and a tensile stress on the matrix of 285.43 kPa.

  9. Void Ellipticity Distribution as a Probe of Cosmology

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    Park, Daeseong; Lee, Jounghun

    2006-01-01

    Cosmic voids refer to the large empty regions in the universe with a very low number density of galaxies. Voids are likely to be severely disturbed by the tidal effect from the surrounding dark matter. We derive a completely analytic model for the void ellipticity distribution from physical principles. We use the spatial distribution of galaxies in a void as a measure of its shape, tracking the trajectory of the void galaxies under the influence of the tidal field using the Lagrangian perturb...

  10. Post-void residual urine under 150 ml does not exclude voiding dysfunction in women

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    Khayyami, Yasmine; Klarskov, Niels; Lose, Gunnar

    2016-01-01

    INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: It has been claimed that post-void residual urine (PVR) below 150 ml rules out voiding dysfunction in women with stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and provides license to perform sling surgery. The cut-off of 150 ml seems arbitrary, not evidence-based, and so we sought...... to investigate the ability of PVR ml to exclude voiding dysfunction. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the charts of all patients who underwent invasive urodynamics from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2013. Voiding dysfunction was diagnosed if both the invasive urodynamic and the free flow showed...... abnormal results. We registered the PVR in patients with voiding dysfunction and divided them into groups with PVR ml and PVR ≥ 150 ml. Patients were then analyzed for bladder outlet obstruction and detrusor underactivity. RESULTS: Of the 205 patients undergoing invasive urodynamics in 2013, a total...

  11. Development of voids in the thin-wall approximation. III. Radiation-filled voids in a nonflat background

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    The evolution of spherical radiation-filled voids in a nonflat Robertson-Walker background is studied within the context of the general relativistic thin-wall approximation. This work extends previous work on vacuum voids and flat radiation-filled voids. It is found that radiation-filled voids expand more readily than vacuum voids. Specific results indicate that voids surrounded by dust shells become comoving in an open (k = -1) universe. With the model used here, voids in a closed universe would contain blackbody radiation at a temperature significantly above the background. 13 references

  12. Numerical study of the effect of water content on OH production in a pulsed-dc atmospheric pressure helium-air plasma jet

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    Mu-Yang, Qian; Cong-Ying, Yang; Zhen-dong, Wang; Xiao-Chang, Chen; San-Qiu, Liu; De-Zhen, Wang

    2016-01-01

    A numerical study of the effect of water content on OH production in a pulsed-dc atmospheric pressure helium-air plasma jet is presented. The generation and loss mechanisms of the OH radicals in a positive half-cycle of the applied voltage are studied and discussed. It is found that the peak OH density increases with water content in air (varying from 0% to 1%) and reaches 6.3×1018 m-3 when the water content is 1%. Besides, as the water content increases from 0.01% to 1%, the space-averaged reaction rate of three-body recombination increases dramatically and is comparable to those of main OH generation reactions. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11465013), the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangxi Province, China (Grant No. 20151BAB212012), and the International Science and Technology Cooperation Program of China (Grant No. 2015DFA61800).

  13. Content of the Nitrogen Oxide Metabolites in a Condensate of Exhaling Air in Children with a Bronchial Asthma Control Different Level

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    Full Text Available Aim of investigation is establishment of regularity of the nitrogen oxide metabolite content change in the exhaling air condensate (EAC in children with a bronchial asthma control different level, assessed with a use of the ACQ day and week scales (Asthma Control Questionnaire. Materials and Methods. A summarized content of nitrites and nitrates in the exhaling air condensate in 61 infants with a bronchial asthma control different level is analyzed; it is analyzed in a disease dynamics in a part of them. Results. A summarized content of the nitrogen oxide metabolites in the EAC in patients with an absolute and full control of a bronchial asthma, not receiving the glucocorticosteroid therapy, was trustworthy higher than in patients, receiving that therapy. A trustworthy dependence between a summarized content of the nitrogen oxide metabolites in the EAC and a level of a bronchial asthma control in patients, receiving a similar therapy (with the glucocorticosteroid inclusion, is established.

  14. Plasticity size effects in voided crystals

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    Hussein, M.I.; Borg, Ulrik; Niordson, Christian Frithiof;

    2008-01-01

    The shear and equi-biaxial straining responses of periodic voided single crystals are analysed using discrete dislocation plasticity and a continuum strain gradient crystal plasticity theory. In the discrete dislocation formulation, the dislocations are all of edge character and are modelled...... and strain gradient plasticity formulations predict a negligible size effect under shear loading. By contrast, under equi-biaxial loading both plasticity formulations predict a strong size dependence with the flow strength approximately scaling inversely with the void spacing. Excellent agreement is obtained...... between predictions of the two formulations for all crystal types and void volume fractions considered when the material length scale in the non-local plasticity model is chosen to be 0.325 mu m (about 10 times the slip plane spacing in the discrete dislocation models)....

  15. Plasticity size effects in voided crystals

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    Hussein, M. I.; Borg, Ulrik; Niordson, Christian Frithiof;

    The shear and equi-biaxial straining responses of periodic voided single crystals are analysed using discrete dislocation plasticity and a continuum strain gradient crystal plasticity theory. In the discrete dislocation formulation the dislocations are all of edge character and are modelled as line...... gradient plasticity formulations predict a negligible size effect under shear loading. By contrast, under equi-biaxial loading both plasticity formulations predict a strong size dependence with the flow strength scaling approximately inversely with the void-spacing. Excellent agreement is obtained between...... predictions of the two formulations for all crystal types and void volume fractions considered when the material length scale in the non-local plasticity model chosen to be $0.325\\mu m$ (around ten times the slip plane spacing in the discrete dislocation models)....

  16. Precision cosmology defeats void models for acceleration

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    The suggestion that we occupy a privileged position near the center of a large, nonlinear, and nearly spherical void has recently attracted much attention as an alternative to dark energy. Putting aside the philosophical problems with this scenario, we perform the most complete and up-to-date comparison with cosmological data. We use supernovae and the full cosmic microwave background spectrum as the basis of our analysis. We also include constraints from radial baryonic acoustic oscillations, the local Hubble rate, age, big bang nucleosynthesis, the Compton y distortion, and for the first time include the local amplitude of matter fluctuations, σ8. These all paint a consistent picture in which voids are in severe tension with the data. In particular, void models predict a very low local Hubble rate, suffer from an ''old age problem,'' and predict much less local structure than is observed.

  17. Optimizing Voided Piezoelectric Polymers For Acoustic Sensors

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    Arvelo, Juan I.

    2009-07-01

    Polymer piezoelectric materials offer lower density and more flexibility than piezoelectric ceramics for applications where rugged and lightweight acoustic sensors are required. This paper discusses constraints imposed by material stiffness and dielectric constants and aims to derive a generalized closed-form solution for optimizing charged foamed polymers. Optimized solutions are reached in the limits of very large and small void fraction and permittivity ratio. The permittivity ratio is the ratio of the dielectric constants of the polymer and the material that fills the voids. Demonstrations indicate that, in the oblique asymptote, the optimized void fraction becomes equivalent to the permittivity ratio. This effort was conducted under the auspices of the Undersea Warfare Business Area (UWBA) Independent Research & Development (IRAD) Board of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL).

  18. Comparative study of void fraction models

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    Some models for the calculation of void fraction in water in sub-cooled boiling and saturated vertical upward flow with forced convection have been selected and compared with experimental results in the pressure range of 1 to 150 bar. In order to know the void fraction axial distribution it is necessary to determine the net generation of vapour and the fluid temperature distribution in the slightly sub-cooled boiling region. It was verified that the net generation of vapour was well represented by the Saha-Zuber model. The selected models for the void fraction calculation present adequate results but with a tendency to super-estimate the experimental results, in particular the homogeneous models. The drift flux model is recommended, followed by the Armand and Smith models. (F.E.)

  19. Development of voids in the thin-wall approximation. II. Radiation-filled voids in a flat background

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    The evolution of spherical radiation-filled voids in a spatially flat Robertson-Walker background is studied within the context of the general relativistic thin-wall approximation. This work extends previous discussions of vacuum voids. It is found that the inclusion of radiation within the void has significant quantitative and important qualitative effects on the evolution of the void. In particular, it is found that voids which do not collapse grow, at late times, like the particle horizon

  20. Cumulative ventilation air drying potential as an indication of dry mass content in wastewater sludge in a thin-layer solar drying facility

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    Krawczyk, Piotr

    2013-12-01

    Controlling low-temperature drying facilities which utilise nonprepared air is quite difficult, due to very large variability of ventilation air parameters - both in daily and seasonal cycles. The paper defines the concept of cumulative drying potential of ventilation air and presents experimental evidence that there is a relation between this parameter and condition of the dried matter (sewage sludge). Knowledge on current dry mass content in the dried matter (sewage sludge) provides new possibilities for controlling such systems. Experimental data analysed in the paper was collected in early 2012 during operation of a test solar drying facility in a sewage treatment plant in Błonie near Warsaw, Poland.

  1. Measurement of void fractions by nuclear techniques

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    In this work it is done a general analysis of those techniques used to determine void fractions and it is chosen a nuclear technique to be used in the heat transfer circuit of the Physics Department of the Basic Sciences Management. The used methods for the determination of void fractions are: radioactive absorption, acoustic techniques, average velocity measurement, electromagnetic flow measurement, optical methods, oscillating absorption, nuclear magnetic resonance, relation between pressure and flow oscillation, infrared absorption methods, sound neutron analysis. For the case of this work it will be treated about the radioactive absorption method which is based in the gamma rays absorption. (Author)

  2. The Local Void: for or against LCDM?

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    Xie, Lizhi; Gao, Liang; Guo, Qi

    2014-01-01

    The emptiness of the Local Void has been put forward as a serious challenge to the current standard paradigm of structure formation in LCDM. We use a high resolution cosmological N-body simulation, the Millennium-II run, combined with a sophisticated semi-analytic galaxy formation model, to explore statistically whether the local void is allowed within our current knowledge of galaxy formation in LCDM. We find that about 15 percent of the Local Group analogue systems (11 of 77) in our simulat...

  3. Void Formation and Roughening in Slow Fracture

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    Afek, Itai; Bouchbinder, Eran; Katzav, Eytan; Mathiesen, Joachim; Procaccia, Itamar

    2004-01-01

    Slow crack propagation in ductile, and in certain brittle materials, appears to take place via the nucleation of voids ahead of the crack tip due to plastic yields, followed by the coalescence of these voids. Post mortem analysis of the resulting fracture surfaces of ductile and brittle materials on the $\\mu$m-mm and the nm scales respectively, reveals self-affine cracks with anomalous scaling exponent $\\zeta\\approx 0.8$ in 3-dimensions and $\\zeta\\approx 0.65$ in 2-dimensions. In this paper w...

  4. Effect of Initial Moisture Content on the in-Vessel Composting Under Air Pressure of Organic Fraction of MunicipalSolid Waste in Morocco

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    Abdelhadi Makan

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This study aimed to evaluate the effect of initial moisture content on the in-vessel composting under air pressure of organic fraction of municipal solid waste in Morocco in terms of internal temperature, produced gases quantity, organic matter conversion rate, and the quality of the final composts.For this purpose, in-vessel bioreactor was designed and used to evaluate both appropriate initial air pressure and appropriate initial moisture content for the composting process. Moreover, 5 experiments were carried out within initial moisture content of 55%, 65%, 70%, 75% and 85%. The initial air pressure and the initial moisture content of the mixture showed a significant effect on the aerobic composting. The experimental results demonstrated that for composting organic waste, relatively high moisture contents are better at achieving higher temperatures and retaining them for longer times.This study suggested that an initial moisture content of around 75%, under 0.6 bar, can be considered as being suitable for efficient composting of organic fraction of municipal solid waste. These last conditions, allowed maximum value of temperature and final composting product with good physicochemical properties as well as higher organic matter degradation and higher gas production. Moreover, final compost obtained showed good maturity levels and can be used for agricultural applications.

  5. Measurements of void fraction in transparent two-phase flows by light extinction

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    We report a technique for the measurement of the 2-D distribution of the line average void fraction in a two-phase flow with transparent gas and liquid components based on the Mie scattering induced by the gas bubbles on a collimated laser beam. The 2-D distribution of the line average of the interfacial area density is measured directly; the void fraction is deduced from it through an image processing algorithm. The technique is demonstrated with experiments in a pool of water injected with air and illuminated with a CW argon ion laser. (author)

  6. Cosmic Voids and Void Lensing in the Dark Energy Survey Science Verification Data

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    Sánchez, C; Kovacs, A; Jain, B; García-Bellido, J; Nadathur, S; Gruen, D; Hamaus, N; Huterer, D; Vielzeuf, P; Amara, A; Bonnett, C; DeRose, J; Hartley, W G; Jarvis, M; Lahav, O; Miquel, R; Rozo, E; Rykoff, E S; Sheldon, E; Wechsler, R H; Zuntz, J; Abbott, T M C; Abdalla, F B; Annis, J; Benoit-Lévy, A; Bernstein, G M; Bernstein, R A; Bertin, E; Brooks, D; Buckley-Geer, E; Rosell, A Carnero; Kind, M Carrasco; Carretero, J; Crocce, M; Cunha, C E; D'Andrea, C B; da Costa, L N; Desai, S; Diehl, H T; Dietrich, J P; Doel, P; Evrard, A E; Neto, A Fausti; Flaugher, B; Fosalba, P; Frieman, J; Gaztanaga, E; Gruendl, R A; Gutierrez, G; Honscheid, K; James, D J; Krause, E; Kuehn, K; Lima, M; Maia, M A G; Marshall, J L; Melchior, P; Plazas, A A; Reil, K; Romer, A K; Sanchez, E; Schubnell, M; Sevilla-Noarbe, I; Smith, R C; Soares-Santos, M; Sobreira, F; Suchyta, E; Tarle, G; Thomas, D; Walker, A R; Weller, J

    2016-01-01

    Galaxies and their dark matter halos populate a complicated filamentary network around large, nearly empty regions known as cosmic voids. Cosmic voids are usually identified in spectroscopic galaxy surveys, where 3D information about the large-scale structure of the Universe is available. Although an increasing amount of photometric data is being produced, its potential for void studies is limited since photometric redshifts induce line-of-sight position errors of $\\sim50$ Mpc/$h$ or more that can render many voids undetectable. In this paper we present a new void finder designed for photometric surveys, validate it using simulations, and apply it to the high-quality photo-$z$ redMaGiC galaxy sample of the Dark Energy Survey Science Verification (DES-SV) data. The algorithm works by projecting galaxies into 2D slices and finding voids in the smoothed 2D galaxy density field of the slice. Fixing the line-of-sight size of the slices to be at least twice the photo-$z$ scatter, the number of voids found in these ...

  7. The Cosmically Depressed: Life, Sociology and Identity of Voids

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    van de Weygaert, Rien; Tigrak, Esra; Hidding, Johan; van der Hulst, Thijs; Aragon-Calvo, Miguel A; Stanonik, Kathryn; van Gorkom, Jacqueline

    2009-01-01

    We review and discuss aspects of Cosmic Voids that form the background for our Void Galaxy Survey (see accompanying paper by Stanonik et al.). Following a sketch of the general characteristics of void formation and evolution, we describe the influence of the environment on their development and structure and the characteristic hierarchical buildup of the cosmic void population. In order to be able to study the resulting tenuous void substructure and the galaxies populating the interior of voids, we subsequently set out to describe our parameter free tessellation-based watershed void finding technique. It allows us to trace the outline, shape and size of voids in galaxy redshift surveys. The application of this technique enables us to find galaxies in the deepest troughs of the cosmic galaxy distribution, and has formed the basis of our void galaxy program.

  8. Finding high-redshift voids using Lyman α forest tomography

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    Stark, Casey W.; Font-Ribera, Andreu; White, Martin; Lee, Khee-Gan

    2015-11-01

    We present a new method of finding cosmic voids using tomographic maps of Lyα forest flux. We identify cosmological voids with radii of 2-12 h-1 Mpc in a large N-body simulation at z = 2.5, and characterize the signal of the high-redshift voids in density and Lyα forest flux. The void properties are similar to what has been found at lower redshifts, but they are smaller and have steeper radial density profiles. Similarly to what has been found for low-redshift voids, the radial velocity profiles have little scatter and agree very well with the linear theory prediction. We run the same void finder on an ideal Lyα flux field and tomographic reconstructions at various spatial samplings. We compare the tomographic map void catalogues to the density void catalogue and find good agreement even with modest-sized voids (r > 6 h-1 Mpc). Using our simple void-finding method, the configuration of the ongoing COSMOS Lyman Alpha Mapping And Tomography Observations (CLAMATO) survey covering 1 deg2 would provide a sample of about 100 high-redshift voids. We also provide void-finding forecasts for larger area surveys, and discuss how these void samples can be used to test modified gravity models, study high-redshift void galaxies, and to make an Alcock-Paczynski measurement. To aid future work in this area, we provide public access to our simulation products, catalogues, and sample tomographic flux maps.

  9. Using Neutron Radiography to Quantify Water Transport and the Degree of Saturation in Entrained Air Cement Based Mortar

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    Lucero, Catherine L.; Bentz, Dale P.; Hussey, Daniel S.; Jacobson, David L.; Weiss, W. Jason

    Air entrainment is commonly added to concrete to help in reducing the potential for freeze thaw damage. It is hypothesized that the entrained air voids remain unsaturated or partially saturated long after the smaller pores fill with water. Small gel and capillary pores in the cement matrix fill quickly on exposure to water, but larger pores (entrapped and entrained air voids) require longer times or other methods to achieve saturation. As such, it is important to quantitatively determine the water content and degree of saturation in air entrained cementitious materials. In order to further investigate properties of cement-based mortar, a model based on Beer's Law has been developed to interpret neutron radiographs. This model is a powerful tool for analyzing images acquired from neutron radiography. A mortar with a known volume of aggregate, water to cement ratio and degree of hydration can be imaged and the degree of saturation can be estimated.

  10. Influence of drying by convective air dryer or power ultrasound on the vitamin C and β-carotene content of carrots.

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    Frias, Juana; Peñas, Elena; Ullate, Mónica; Vidal-Valverde, Concepción

    2010-10-13

    Convective air drying and power ultrasound effects on vitamin C and β-carotene contents in carrots were studied. For convective air drying, a central composite face-centered design fitting temperature between 40 and 65 °C and air flow rate between 2 and 6 × 10(-1) m/s were used; previously, carrots were blanched. Likewise, ultrasound drying was performed on both unblanched and blanched carrots at 20, 40, and 60 °C for 120, 90, and 75 min, respectively. Blanching had a sharp effect on vitamin C and β-carotene degradation (80-92% retentions, respectively), and convective air drying led to further losses (32-50% and 73-90% retentions, respectively). According to the response surface model, a combination of 40 °C and 6 × 10(-1) m/s will maximize vitamin C retention in dried carrots, whereas 40 °C and 3.3 × 10(-1) m/s will ensure the highest β-carotene content. Ultrasound drying caused higher vitamin C and β-carotene retention (82-92% and 96-98%, respectively) than convective air drying. Blanched carrots dehydrated by ultrasound showed retentions of 55% and 88% of vitamin C and β-carotene, respectively. Ultrasound drying at 20 °C for 120 min caused the maximum vitamin C and β-carotene contents. Therefore, power ultrasound may be considered a valuable tool to obtain high nutritive dehydrated carrots. PMID:20843024

  11. Influence of the ash content of a solid fuel on the formation of charged particles on its combustion in a current of air

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    Zakharov, A.G.; Fialkov, B.S.; Khvan, L.A.; Mel' nichuk, A.Yu.

    1982-01-01

    An increase in the ash content of a fuel leads to a linear decrease in the amount of charges generated on its combustion. In the combustion of a fuel in a current of air, charged particles are generated in processes taking place on the interaction of the carbon with oxygen.

  12. Void fraction instrument acceptance test procedure

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    This acceptance test procedure (ATP) was written to test the void fraction instrument (VFI) and verify that the unit is ready for field service. The procedure verifies that the mechanical and electrical features (not specifically addressed in the software ATP) and software alarms are operating as designed

  13. Making Ceramic Reference Specimens Containing Seeded Voids

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    Baaklini, George Y.; Klima, Stanley J.; Roth, Don J.

    1994-01-01

    Internal and surface voids of known sizes incorporated into silicon carbide and silicon nitride ceramic reference specimens at prescribed locations. Specimens used to demonstrate sensitivity and resolution in nondestructive examination techniques like scanning laser acoustic microscopy and x-radiography, and to assist in establishing proper examination procedures.

  14. "Dark energy" in the Local Void

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    Villata, M.

    2012-05-01

    The unexpected discovery of the accelerated cosmic expansion in 1998 has filled the Universe with the embarrassing presence of an unidentified "dark energy", or cosmological constant, devoid of any physical meaning. While this standard cosmology seems to work well at the global level, improved knowledge of the kinematics and other properties of our extragalactic neighborhood indicates the need for a better theory. We investigate whether the recently suggested repulsive-gravity scenario can account for some of the features that are unexplained by the standard model. Through simple dynamical considerations, we find that the Local Void could host an amount of antimatter (˜5×1015 M ⊙) roughly equivalent to the mass of a typical supercluster, thus restoring the matter-antimatter symmetry. The antigravity field produced by this "dark repulsor" can explain the anomalous motion of the Local Sheet away from the Local Void, as well as several other properties of nearby galaxies that seem to require void evacuation and structure formation much faster than expected from the standard model. At the global cosmological level, gravitational repulsion from antimatter hidden in voids can provide more than enough potential energy to drive both the cosmic expansion and its acceleration, with no need for an initial "explosion" and dark energy. Moreover, the discrete distribution of these dark repulsors, in contrast to the uniformly permeating dark energy, can also explain dark flows and other recently observed excessive inhomogeneities and anisotropies of the Universe.

  15. Atomistic modeling of shock-induced void collapse in copper

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    Davila, L P; Erhart, P; Bringa, E M; Meyers, M A; Lubarda, V A; Schneider, M S; Becker, R; Kumar, M

    2005-03-09

    Nonequilibrium molecular dynamics (MD) simulations show that shock-induced void collapse in copper occurs by emission of shear loops. These loops carry away the vacancies which comprise the void. The growth of the loops continues even after they collide and form sessile junctions, creating a hardened region around the collapsing void. The scenario seen in our simulations differs from current models that assume that prismatic loop emission is responsible for void collapse. We propose a new dislocation-based model that gives excellent agreement with the stress threshold found in the MD simulations for void collapse as a function of void radius.

  16. Dynamic Void Growth and Shrinkage in Mg under Electron Irradiation

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    Xu, W. Z. [North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering; Zhang, Y. F. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Cheng, G. M. [North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering; Jian, W. W. [North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering; Millett, P. C. [Univ. of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR (United States). Dept. of Mecanical Engineering; Koch, C. C. [North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering; Mathaudhu, S. N. [U.S. Army Research Office, Research Triangle Park, NC (United States). Materials Science Division; Zhu, Y. T. [North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering

    2014-04-30

    We report in-situ atomic-scale investigation of void evolution, including growth, coalescence and shrinkage, under electron irradiation. With increasing irradiation dose, the total volume of voids increased linearly, while nucleation rate of new voids decreased slightly, and the total number of voids decreased. Some voids continued to grow while others shrank to disappear, depending on the nature of their interactions with nearby self-interstitial loops. For the first time, surface diffusion of adatoms was observed largely responsible for the void coalescence and thickening. These findings provide fundamental understanding to help with the design and modeling of irradiation-resistant materials.

  17. Voids in Sonic Fill(TM) restorations compared to traditional incrementally-filled composite restorations

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    Abourezq, Ibraheem A.

    SonicFill(TM) is a new composite resin and delivery system designed to provide rapid filling of cavity preparations by decreasing viscosity through application of sonic energy. However, it may produce unwanted air voids in the final restoration due to the short filling time. Air voids compromise long-term performance by providing weak foci, discontinuity at cavosurface margins and at internal cavity walls, and potential crack propagation. This study assessed the locations, sizes, and numbers of voids in SonicFill restorations compared with traditional composite resin restorations in a set of extracted molars with mesio-occlusal-distal (MOD) cavity preparations. Fifty noncarious intact extracted third molars were collected randomly from a large collection of discarded anonymous tooth specimens. Standardized MOD cavity preparations were cut, and teeth were assigned randomly to one of two groups ( n = 25). The first group was restored with SonicFill composite in two steps. The second group was restored with Herculite Ultra(TM) using an multiple increment layering technique (1-2 mm per layer). Cross-sectional images of the filling were taken by digital microscope. A total of 196 voids were found in the 50 specimens: 97 in SonicFill restorations and 99 in conventional restorations. Mean number of voids in SonicFill restorations was 3.88 versus 3.96 for conventional restorations. Mean percentage of void area in SonicFill restorations was 0.588% versus 0.508% for conventional restorations. Unpaired t tests for these differences indicated no statistically significant differences (p =.931 and p =.629, respectively). One-way ANOVA tests for mean void count and mean void area percentage differences by three location zones for conventional and SonicFill restorations also indicated no significant differences among the groups. The bulk-fill SonicFill system does not result in increased or decreased numbers or ii area of voids within Class II MOD restorations compared with a

  18. Failure by void coalescence in metallic materials containing primary and secondary voids subject to intense shearing

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    Nielsen, Kim Lau; Tvergaard, Viggo

    2011-01-01

    Failure under intense shearing at close to zero stress triaxiality is widely observed for ductile metallic materials, and is identified in experiments as smeared-out dimples on the fracture surface. Numerical cell-model studies of equal sized voids have revealed that the mechanism governing this...... secondary damage that co-exists with or nucleation in the ligaments between larger voids that coalesce during intense shearing. A numerical cell-model study is carried out to gain a parametric understanding of the overall material response for different initial conditions of the two void populations......, subject to shear dominated loading. To account for both length scales involved in this study, a continuum model that includes the softening effect of damage evolution in shear is used to represent the matrix material surrounding the primary voids. Here, a recently extended Gurson-type model is used, which...

  19. Oral Midazolam for Voiding Dysfunction in Children Undergoing Voiding Cystourethrography: A Controlled Randomized Clinical Trial

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    Azarfar, Anoush; Esmaeeili, Mohammad; Farrokh, Azadeh; Alamdaran, Ali; Keykhosravi, Aghilallah; Neamatshahi, Mahboobe; Hebrani, Alireza; Ravanshad, Yalda

    2014-01-01

    Background: Voiding Cystourethrography (VCUG) is the gold standard of detecting and grading the vesicoureteral reflux. Moreover, VCUG is a part of the standard review for infants and children with a urinary tract infection and urinary dysfunction. Objectives: The purpose of our study was to compare using oral midazolam in contrast to prescribing no sedative medication for voiding dysfunction in children undergoing VCUG. Patients and Methods: In a clinical trial, we studied 84 children referre...

  20. Development of voids in the thin-wall approximation. I. General characteristics of spherical vacuum voids

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    The evolution of spherical vacuum voids in a Robertson-Walker background is studied within the context of the general relativistic thin-wall approximation. We extend the work of Maeda and Sato so as to include a background pressure, interior mass, and surface pressure (or tension). We find that these refinements each have important effects on the evolution of voids. Moreover, in comparable situation, the integrations given here differ in significant ways from those presented previously

  1. Measurement and Analysis of Void Fraction in a Multiple-Channel Simplifying Triangle Tight Lattice Rod Bundle

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    In order to know the effects of reduced surface tension on void fraction, adiabatic experiments were conducted for both air-water and air-water with surfactant systems at room temperature and pressure. Void fraction data were obtained for bubbly, slug, churn and annular flows in a vertical channel with two subchannels simplifying a triangle tight lattice rod bundle. The void fraction was found to be lower in air-water system than air-water with surfactant one. In addition, the void fractions for both systems were found to be lower than those calculated by various correlations in literatures for circular pipe flow. In order to study the cause of the above data trend, for annular flows as a first step, the void fraction has been calculated by a subchannel analysis using wall and interfacial friction correlations in literatures as constitutive equations, and by assuming the liquid film to be uniform over the wall perimeter. The best agreement between the calculation and the experiment has been obtained when NASCA correlation for wall friction force and modified RELAP5/MOD2 correlation incorporating reduced surface tension effects for interfacial friction force were used. (authors)

  2. A Cosmic Watershed: the WVF Void Detection Technique

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    Platen, Erwin; Jones, Bernard J T

    2007-01-01

    On megaparsec scales the Universe is permeated by an intricate filigree of clusters, filaments, sheets and voids, the Cosmic Web. For the understanding of its dynamical and hierarchical history it is crucial to identify objectively its complex morphological components. One of the most characteristic aspects is that of the dominant underdense Voids, the product of a hierarchical process driven by the collapse of minor voids in addition to the merging of large ones. In this study we present an objective void finder technique which involves a minimum of assumptions about the scale, structure and shape of voids. Our void finding method, the Watershed Void Finder (WVF), is based upon the Watershed Transform, a well-known technique for the segmentation of images. Importantly, the technique has the potential to trace the existing manifestations of a void hierarchy. The basic watershed transform is augmented by a variety of correction procedures to remove spurious structure resulting from sampling noise. This study c...

  3. A New Design Option for Achieving Zero Void Effect in Large SFR Cores

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    Sodium void effect reduction is a leading objective when designing a fast reactor core. Core design solutions allow reaching a global zero void effect, for instance the CFV concept recently promoted by CEA in France. With the same objectives AREVA has identified and developed an alternative design option, called TOPAZ, which is favorable for achieving a zero void effect in large power cores while preserving core performances and core size. TOPAZ design involves asymmetrical axial zoning of Pu content in the fuel column. Neutron studies have showed that TOPAZ is effective in case of usual fissile height values around one meter like typically applied in large power Fast Reactor cores. The paper presents the principle of the new TOPAZ design option and its application in the case of a 3600 MW SFR core. Main core performances are presented and benefits are exhibited. (author)

  4. A New Design Option for Achieving Zero Void Effect in Large SFR Cores

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    → AREVA has developed the TOPAZ design option as a solution to further minimize the sodium void worth in large SFR cores. The purpose of the TOPAZ option is to amplify the favourable negative component of an upper sodium plenum by means of an asymmetrical axial zoning of Pu content in the fuel column.m→ Applied on the 3600 MW SFR V2b core design with 1 m fissile height and an upper sodium plenum, the TOPAZ option allows reaching a slightly negative sodium void effect. → The validation of present TOPAZ results relies on current CEA validation works performed for validating the CFV concept. Although involving similar physics phenomena to the CFV, a specific validation programme has to be planned in AREVA in order to fully confirm the gain on sodium void effect with TOPAZ. → In parallel to neutron studies, performances of the TOPAZ design should be now further assessed in regard to fuel behaviour and accidental conditions

  5. Evolution of density perturbations in large void universe

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    Nishikawa, Ryusuke; Yoo, Chul-Moon; Nakao, Ken-ichi

    2012-01-01

    We study the evolution of linear density perturbations in a large spherical void universe which accounts for the acceleration of the cosmic volume expansion without introducing dark energy. The density contrast of this void is not large within the light cone of an observer at the center of the void. Therefore, we describe the void structure as a perturbation with a dimensionless small parameter $\\kappa$ in a homogeneous and isotropic universe within the region observable for the observer. We ...

  6. Voiding Dysfunction: A Frequent but Somehow Unknown Problem in Children

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    Niloofar Hadjizadeh

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available Voiding dysfunction is a spectrum of abnormal learning of voiding behavior seen in 10-15% of children. Clinical symptoms are frequency, dysuria, urge incontinence or infrequent voiding. In some cases constipation is also seen. The complication is recurrent urinary tract infection with or without vesicoureteral reflux and probable renal insufficiency. For evaluation, urine analysis and urine culture, renal ultrasound and evaluation of urinary residue as well as voiding cystoureterography, renal DMSA scan and urodynamic study may be necessary.

  7. Detection of Molecular Gas in Void Galaxies : Implications for Star Formation in Isolated Environments

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    Das, M.; Saito, T.; Iono, D.; Honey, M.; Ramya, S.

    2015-12-01

    We present the detection of molecular gas from galaxies located in nearby voids using the CO(1-0) line emission as a tracer. The observations were performed using the 45 m single dish radio telescope of the Nobeyama Radio Observatory. Void galaxies lie in the most underdense parts of our universe and a significant fraction of them are gas rich, late-type spiral galaxies. Although isolated, they have ongoing star formation but appear to be slowly evolving compared to galaxies in denser environments. Not much is known about their star formation properties or cold gas content. In this study, we searched for molecular gas in five void galaxies. The galaxies were selected based on their relatively high IRAS fluxes or Hα line luminosities, both of which signify ongoing star formation. All five galaxies appear to be isolated and two lie within the Bootes void. We detected CO(1-0) emission from four of the five galaxies in our sample and their molecular gas masses lie between 108 and 109 M⊙. We conducted follow-up Hα imaging observations of three detected galaxies using the Himalayan Chandra Telescope and determined their star formation rates (SFRs) from their Hα fluxes. The SFR varies from 0.2 to 1 M⊙ yr-1 which is similar to that observed in local galaxies. Our study indicates that although void galaxies reside in underdense regions, their disks contain molecular gas and have SFRs similar to galaxies in denser environments. We discuss the implications of our results.

  8. In situ determination of rheological properties and void fraction: Hanford Waste Tank 241-SY-103

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    This report presents the results of the operation of the void fraction instrument (VFI) and ball rheometer in Hanford Tank 241-SY-103. The two instruments were deployed through risers 17C and 22A in July and August 1995 to gather data on the gas content and rheology of the waste. The results indicate that the nonconvective sludge layer contains up to 12% void and an apparent viscosity of 104 to 105 cP with a yield strength less than 210 Pa. The convective layer measured zero void and had no measurable yield strength. Its average viscosity was about 45 cP, and the density was less than 1.5 g/cc. The average void fraction was 0.047 ± 0.015 at riser 17C and 0.091 ± 0.015 at riser 22A. The stored gas volume based on these void fraction measurements is 213 ± 42 M3 at 1 atmosphere

  9. Changes in tocopherol and plastochromanol-8 contents in seeds and oil of oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.) during storage as influenced by temperature and air oxygen.

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    Goffman, F D; Möllers, C

    2000-05-01

    The changes in tocopherol and plastochromanol-8 contents in seeds and oil of oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.) were studied during a storage period of 24 weeks at different incubation temperatures and exposure to air oxygen (open and closed flasks). In the extracted oil, total tocopherol content remained unaltered at 5 and 20 degrees C throughout the 24 weeks of storage. At 40 degrees C, a beginning degradation was observed already after 4 weeks in both open and closed flasks; the alpha-tocopherol content was affected most, followed by gamma-tocopherol and plastochromanol-8. After 16 weeks at 40 degrees C, the total tocopherol content in the oil was reduced by more than 90%. In intact seeds, no tocopherol degradation was observed; only the seeds incubated at 40 degrees C and in open flasks showed slightly lower tocopherol contents. However, the analysis of the tocopherol composition in the stored seeds showed a decrease in the alpha-tocopherol content and an increase in the gamma-tocopherol content, which resulted in a decreasing alpha-/gamma-tocopherol ratio. This trend was most apparent at 40 degrees C and after 24 weeks of storage. A reduction of plastochromanol-8 occurred only at 40 degrees C and was more pronounced in open flasks. At 40 degrees C and in closed flasks a gradual increase in the content of alpha-tocotrienol was observed, a compound normally not accumulated in rapeseed. PMID:10820066

  10. POLAR DISK GALAXY FOUND IN WALL BETWEEN VOIDS

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    Stanonik, K.; Platen, E.; Aragon-Calvo, M. A.; van Gorkom, J. H.; van de Weygaert, R.; van der Hulst, J. M.; Peebles, P. J. E.

    2009-01-01

    We have found an isolated polar disk galaxy in what appears to be a cosmological wall situated between two voids. This void galaxy is unique as its polar disk was discovered serendipitously in an Hi survey of SDSS void galaxies, with no optical counterpart to the Hi polar disk. Yet the Hi mass in th

  11. Decay of charge deposited on the wall of gaseous void

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    McAllister, Iain Wilson

    1992-01-01

    After partial discharge activity within a gaseous void, charges accumulate on the wall of the void. The decay of such charges due to surface currents at the void wall is studied analytically, and the factors affecting this decay are indicated. The results show that in terms of the basic time...

  12. A Hierarchy of Voids : much ado about nothing

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    Weygaert, R. van de; Sheth, R.; Platen, E.

    2004-01-01

    We present a model for the distribution of void sizes and its evolution in the context of hierarchical scenarios of gravitational structure formation. We find that at any cosmic epoch the voids have a size distribution that is well-peaked about a characteristic void size that evolves self-similarly

  13. An Observational Detection of the Bridge Effect of Void Filaments

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    Shim, Junsup; Lee, Jounghun; Hoyle, Fiona

    2015-12-01

    The bridge effect of void filaments is a phrase coined by Park & Lee to explain the correlations found in a numerical experiment between the luminosity of the void galaxies and the degree of straightness of their host filaments. Their numerical finding implies that a straight void filament provides a narrow channel for the efficient transportation of gas and matter particles from the surroundings into void galaxies. Analyzing the Sloan void catalog constructed by Pan et al., we identify the filamentary structures in void regions and determine the specific size of each void filament as a measure of its straightness. To avoid possible spurious signals caused by Malmquist bias, we consider only those void filaments whose redshifts are in the range 0≤slant z≤slant 0.02 and find a clear tendency that the void galaxies located in the straighter filaments are on average more luminous, which is in qualitative agreement with the numerical prediction. It is also shown that the strength of correlation increases with the number of member galaxies in the void filaments, which can be understood physically on the grounds that the more stretched filaments can connect the dense surroundings even to galaxies located deep in the central parts of the voids. This observational evidence may provide a key clue to the puzzling issue of why the void galaxies have higher specific star formation rates and bluer colors than their wall counterparts.

  14. "Dark energy" in the Local Void

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    Villata, M

    2012-01-01

    The unexpected discovery of the accelerated cosmic expansion in 1998 has filled the Universe with the embarrassing presence of an unidentified "dark energy", or cosmological constant, devoid of any physical meaning. While this standard cosmology seems to work well at the global level, improved knowledge of the kinematics and other properties of our extragalactic neighborhood indicates the need for a better theory. We investigate whether the recently suggested repulsive-gravity scenario can account for some of the features that are unexplained by the standard model. Through simple dynamical considerations, we find that the Local Void could host an amount of antimatter ($\\sim5\\times10^{15}\\,M_\\odot$) roughly equivalent to the mass of a typical supercluster, thus restoring the matter-antimatter symmetry. The antigravity field produced by this "dark repulsor" can explain the anomalous motion of the Local Sheet away from the Local Void, as well as several other properties of nearby galaxies that seem to require vo...

  15. The neutron flux in a spherical void

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    Using the basic theory developed in our earlier work (Cassell, J.S., Williams, M.M.R., 2005. Particle flux in an annular gap about a sphere, Annals of Nuclear Energy 32, 457, we have evaluated the neutron flux across a spherical void due to a point source in a moderating and absorbing medium. Neutron motion in the moderator is described by diffusion theory and that in the void by the free streaming Boltzmann transport equation. An explicit solution is obtained in the form of an infinite series. This is evaluated numerically for a number of practical cases and comparison is made with an exact transport calculation using a Monte Carlo code. The hybrid method is seen to be highly accurate

  16. X-ray diagnostics. Voiding cystourethrography. Children

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    The standard deals with voiding cystourethrography in children up to the completion of the 14th year of life. It includes information on indications, contraindications, prerequisites and preparations as well as on application and appropriate dosage of contrast media. Parameters on focussing, imaging conditions and on the program of taking radiographies are outlined. The necessity of special examinations according to findings as well as measures concerning radiation protection and hygiene are presented

  17. Vesicoureteral reflux in children: comparison of contrast - enhanced voiding ultrasonography with radiographic voiding cystourethrography - preliminary report

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    To compared the usefullness of contrst-enhanced voiding ultrasonogrphy (US) with that of radiogrphic voiding cystourethrography (VCUG) for the diagnosis of vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) in children. Ninety-five kidney-ureter units of 47 patients referred for investigation of VUR underwent contrast -enhanced voiding US followed by radiographic VCUG. After baseline US examination of the urinaru tract, residual urine in the bladder was drained through an inserted Foley catheter and the bladder was gravityfilled at a height of 1 m with normal saline. A galactose-based, microbubble-containning echo-enhancing agent (Lvovist; Dchering, Berlin, Germany) was then administered. The amount of this was approximately 10% of bldder capacity, and VUR was diagnosed when microbubbles appeared in the ureter or pelvocalyceal system. Using radiographic VCUG as a reference point, the accuracy with which contrst-enhanced voiding US detected VUR was calcilated. In 87 of 95 kidney-ureter units (91.6%), the two methods showed similiar results regarding the diagnosis or exclusion of VUR, which was detected by both in 12 units, but by neither in 75. VUR was shown to occcur in a total of 20 units, but in eight of these by one method only. In two units, VUR detected by contrast-enhanced voiding US was was not demostarted by radiographic VCUG; in six units, the resverse was true. In the detection of VUR, contrast-enhanced voiding us showed a sensitivity of 66.7%, a sprcificity of 97.4%, a positive predictive value of 85.7%, and a negative predictive value of 92.6%. Contrst-enhanced voiding US is highly specific and has high positive and nagative predictive values; its sensitivity, however, is not sufficiently high. The modality appears to be a useful diagnostic tool for the detection of VUR without exposure to ionizing radiation, though to be certain of its value, more experience of its use its first required

  18. Vesicoureteral reflux in children: comparison of contrast - enhanced voiding ultrasonography with radiographic voiding cystourethrography - preliminary report

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    Yoon, Chong Hyun; Kim, Hyun Joo; Goo, Hyun Woo; Kim, Hungy; Lee, Jung Joo; Kim, Ellen Ai-Rhan; Kim, Ki Soo; Park, Young Seo; Pi, Soo Young [Ulsan Univ. College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2001-01-01

    To compared the usefullness of contrst-enhanced voiding ultrasonogrphy (US) with that of radiogrphic voiding cystourethrography (VCUG) for the diagnosis of vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) in children. Ninety-five kidney-ureter units of 47 patients referred for investigation of VUR underwent contrast -enhanced voiding US followed by radiographic VCUG. After baseline US examination of the urinaru tract, residual urine in the bladder was drained through an inserted Foley catheter and the bladder was gravityfilled at a height of 1 m with normal saline. A galactose-based, microbubble-containning echo-enhancing agent (Lvovist; Dchering, Berlin, Germany) was then administered. The amount of this was approximately 10% of bldder capacity, and VUR was diagnosed when microbubbles appeared in the ureter or pelvocalyceal system. Using radiographic VCUG as a reference point, the accuracy with which contrst-enhanced voiding US detected VUR was calcilated. In 87 of 95 kidney-ureter units (91.6%), the two methods showed similiar results regarding the diagnosis or exclusion of VUR, which was detected by both in 12 units, but by neither in 75. VUR was shown to occcur in a total of 20 units, but in eight of these by one method only. In two units, VUR detected by contrast-enhanced voiding US was was not demostarted by radiographic VCUG; in six units, the resverse was true. In the detection of VUR, contrast-enhanced voiding us showed a sensitivity of 66.7%, a sprcificity of 97.4%, a positive predictive value of 85.7%, and a negative predictive value of 92.6%. Contrst-enhanced voiding US is highly specific and has high positive and nagative predictive values; its sensitivity, however, is not sufficiently high. The modality appears to be a useful diagnostic tool for the detection of VUR without exposure to ionizing radiation, though to be certain of its value, more experience of its use its first required.

  19. Void growth and coalescence in metals deformed at elevated temperature

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    Klöcker, H.; Tvergaard, Viggo

    2000-01-01

    For metals deformed at elevated temperatures the growth of voids to coalescence is studied numerically. The voids are assumed to be present from the beginning of deformation, and the rate of deformation considered is so high that void growth is dominated by power law creep of the material, without...... voids. The focus of the study is on various relatively high stress triaxialties. In order to represent the results in terms of a porous ductile material model a set of constitutive relations are used, which have been proposed for void growth in a material undergoing power law creep....

  20. Influence of Various Air Temperature on Duration of Drying Pumpkin Seed with Higher Water Content After Washing (Cucurbita pepo L.

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    S. Sito

    1998-12-01

    The samples dried at air temperature of 80 and 100°C were partly roasted, the seeds were dark coloured (burned, inferior taste, and problematic storage quality. Consequently air temperature above 60°C could not be recommended for pumpkin seed drying.

  1. Postmortem volumetric CT data analysis of pulmonary air/gas content with regard to the cause of death for investigating terminal respiratory function in forensic autopsy.

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    Sogawa, Nozomi; Michiue, Tomomi; Ishikawa, Takaki; Kawamoto, Osamu; Oritani, Shigeki; Maeda, Hitoshi

    2014-08-01

    Postmortem CT (PMCT) is useful to investigate air/gas distribution and content in body cavities and viscera. The present study investigated the procedure to estimate total lung air/gas content and aeration ratio as possible indices of terminal respiratory function, using three-dimensional (3-D) PMCT data analysis of forensic autopsy cases without putrefactive gas formation (within 3 days postmortem, n=75), and analyzed the volumetric data with regard to the cause of death. When 3-D bilateral lung images were reconstructed using an image analyzer, combined lung volume was larger in drowning (n=12) than in alcohol/sedative-hypnotic intoxication (n=8) and sudden cardiac death (SCD; n=10), and intermediate in other cases, including mechanical asphyxiation (n=12), fire fatalities due to burns (n=6) and carbon monoxide intoxication (n=7), fatal methamphetamine abuse (n=7), hyperthermia (heatstroke; n=6) and fatal hypothermia (cold exposure; n=7). Air/gas content of the lung as detected using HU interval between -2000 and -400 ('effective' lung aeration areas) and between -2000 and -191 (total lung aeration areas) as well as the ratios to total lung volume ('effective' and total lung aeration ratios, respectively) was higher in mechanical asphyxiation, drowning, fatal burns and hypothermia (cold exposure) than in SCD, and was intermediate in other cases. 'Effective' and total lung aeration ratios may be useful for comparisons between specific causes of death to discriminate between hypothermia (cold exposure) and drug intoxication, and between SCD and other causes of death, respectively. These findings provide interesting insights into potential efficacy of PMCT data analyses of lung volume and CT density as well as lung air/gas content and aeration ratio with regard to the cause of death, as possible indicators of terminal respiratory function, as part of virtual autopsy of the viscera in situ. PMID:24905153

  2. Theoretical study of void closure in nonlinear plastic materials

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    Xiao-xun ZHANG; Zhen-shan CUI

    2009-01-01

    Void closing from a spherical shape to a crack is investigated quantitatively in the present study. The constitutive relation of the void-free matrix is assumed to obey the Norton power law. A representative volume element (RVE) which includes matrix and void is employed and a Rayleigh-Ritz procedure is developed to study the deformation-rates of a spherical void and a penny-shaped crack. Based on an approximate interpolation scheme,an analytical model for void closure in nonlinear plastic materials is established. It is found that the local plastic flows of the matrix material are the main mechanism of void deformation. It is also shown that the relative void volume during the deformation depends on the Norton exponent,on the far-field stress triaxiality,as well as on the far-field effective strain. The predictions of void closure using the present model are compared with the corresponding results in the literature,showing good agreement.The model for void closure provides a novel way for process design and optimization in terms of elimination of voids in billets because the model for void closure can easily be applied in the CAE analysis.

  3. The sparkling Universe: the coherent motions of cosmic voids

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    Lambas, Diego García; Lares, Marcelo; Ceccarelli, Laura; Ruiz, Andrés N.; Paz, Dante J.; Maldonado, Victoria E.; Luparello, Heliana E.

    2016-01-01

    We compute the bulk motions of cosmic voids, using a Λ cold dark matter numerical simulation considering the mean velocities of the dark matter inside the void itself and that of the haloes in the surrounding shell. We find coincident values of these two measures in the range ˜300-400 km s-1, not far from the expected mean peculiar velocities of groups and galaxy clusters. When analysing the distribution of the pairwise relative velocities of voids, we find a remarkable bimodal behaviour consistent with an excess of both systematically approaching and receding voids. We determine that the origin of this bimodality resides in the void large-scale environment, since once voids are classified into void-in-void (R-type) or void-in-cloud (S-type), R-types are found mutually receding away, while S-types approach each other. The magnitude of these systematic relative velocities account for more than 100 km s-1, reaching large coherence lengths of up to 200 h-1 Mpc . We have used samples of voids from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data Release 7 and the peculiar velocity field inferred from linear theory, finding fully consistent results with the simulation predictions. Thus, their relative motion suggests a scenario of a sparkling universe, with approaching and receding voids according to their local environment.

  4. On the observability of coupled dark energy with cosmic voids

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    Sutter, P M; Wandelt, Benjamin D; Knebe, Alexander

    2014-01-01

    Taking N-body simulations with volumes and particle densities tuned to match the SDSS DR7 spectroscopic main sample, we asses the ability of current void catalogs (e.g., Sutter et al. 2012b) to distinguish a model of coupled dark matter-dark energy from {\\Lambda}CDM cosmology using properties of cosmic voids. Identifying voids with the VIDE toolkit, we find no statistically significant differences in the ellipticities, but find that coupling produces a population of significantly larger voids, possibly explaining the recent result of Tavasoli et al. (2013). In addition, we use the universal density profile of Hamaus et al. (2014) to quantify the relationship between coupling and density profile shape, finding that the coupling leads to deeper underdensities for medium-scale voids and broader, shallower, undercompensated profiles for large voids. We find that these differences are potentially measurable with existing void catalogs once effects from survey geometries and peculiar velocities are taken into accou...

  5. Nonlocal plasticity effects on interaction of different size voids

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    Tvergaard, Viggo; Niordson, Christian Frithiof

    2004-01-01

    dimensional array of spherical voids. It is shown that the high growth rate of very small voids predicted by conventional plasticity theory is not realistic when the effect of a characteristic length, dependent on the dislocation structure, is accounted for. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.......A nonlocal elastic-plastic material model is used to show that the rate of void growth is significantly reduced when the voids are small enough to be comparable with a characteristic material length. For a very small void in the material between much larger voids the competition between...... an increased growth rate due to the stress concentrations around the larger voids and a reduced growth rate due to the nonlocal effects is studied. The analyses are based on an axisymmetric unit cell model with special boundary conditions, which allow for a relatively simple investigation of a full three...

  6. Voiding dysfunction in children aged five to 15 years

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    Karaklajić Dragana

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Voiding dysfunction in children was analyzed in 91 patients in a period from January 1st to October 1st 1998. Most of the patients had functional voiding disorder (92.31%, and only 7.69% manifested monosymptomatic night enuresis. The number of girls was bigger in the group of patients with voiding dysfunction while the boys were predominant in the group with mono-symptomatic nocturnal enuresis. More than a half of children with functional voiding disorder had repeated urinal infections (58.23%, incontinence (93.49%, need for urgent voiding (68.13%, and vesicoureteral reflux (47.61%. The most common type of voiding dysfunction was urge syndrome/urge incontinence. The incidence of dysfunctional voiding disorder was more often in children with scaring changes of kidney which were diagnosed by static scintigraphy.

  7. First measurement of gravitational lensing by cosmic voids in SDSS

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    Melchior, Peter; Sheldon, Erin S; Krause, Elisabeth; Wandelt, Benjamin D

    2013-01-01

    We report the first measurement of the diminutive lensing signal arising from matter underdensities associated with cosmic voids. While undetectable individually, by stacking the weak gravitational shear estimates around 901 voids detected in SDSS DR7 by Sutter et al. (2012b), we find substantial evidence for a depression of the lensing signal compared to the cosmic mean. This depression is most pronounced at the void radius, in agreement with analytical models of void matter profiles. Even with the largest void sample and imaging survey available today, we cannot put useful constraints on the radial dark-matter void profile. We invite independent investigations of our findings by releasing data and analysis code to the public at https://github.com/pmelchior/void-lensing.

  8. On the observability of coupled dark energy with cosmic voids

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    Sutter, P. M.; Carlesi, Edoardo; Wandelt, Benjamin D.; Knebe, Alexander

    2015-01-01

    Taking N-body simulations with volumes and particle densities tuned to match the sloan digital sky survey DR7 spectroscopic main sample, we assess the ability of current void catalogues to distinguish a model of coupled dark matter-dark energy from Λ cold dark matter cosmology using properties of cosmic voids. Identifying voids with the VIDE toolkit, we find no statistically significant differences in the ellipticities, but find that coupling produces a population of significantly larger voids, possibly explaining the recent result of Tavasoli et al. In addition, we use the universal density profile of Hamaus et al. to quantify the relationship between coupling and density profile shape, finding that the coupling produces broader, shallower, undercompensated profiles for large voids by thinning the walls between adjacent medium-scale voids. We find that these differences are potentially measurable with existing void catalogues once effects from survey geometries and peculiar velocities are taken into account.

  9. Near-IR laser-based spectrophotometer for comparative analysis of isotope content of CO{sub 2} in exhale air samples

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    Stepanov, E V; Glushko, A N; Kasoev, S G; Koval' , A V; Lapshin, D A [A M Prokhorov General Physics Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2011-12-31

    We present a laser spectrophotometer aimed at high-accuracy comparative analysis of content of {sup 12}CO{sub 2} and {sup 13}CO{sub 2} isotope modifications in the exhale air samples and based on a tunable near-IR diode laser (2.05 {mu}m). The two-channel optical scheme of the spectrophotometer and the special digital system for its control are described. An algorithm of spectral data processing aimed at determining the difference in the isotope composition of gas mixtures is proposed. A few spectral regions (near 4880 cm{sup -1}) are determined to be optimal for analysis of relative content of {sup 12}CO{sub 2} and {sup 13}CO{sub 2} in the exhale air. The use of the proposed spectrophotometer scheme and the developed algorithm makes the results of the analysis less susceptible to the influence of the interference in optical elements, to the absorption in the open atmosphere, to the slow drift of the laser pulse envelope, and to the offset of optical channels. The sensitivity of the comparative analysis of the isotope content of CO{sub 2} in exhale air samples, achieved using the proposed scheme, is estimated to be nearly 0.1 Per-Mille-Sign .

  10. Effect of air flow rate on the polyphenols content and antioxidant capacity of convective dried cactus pear cladodes (Opuntia ficus indica).

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    Gallegos-Infante, José-Alberto; Rocha-Guzman, Nuria-Elizabeth; González-Laredo, Ruben-Francisco; Reynoso-Camacho, Rosalia; Medina-Torres, Luis; Cervantes-Cardozo, Veronica

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    The interest in nopal has encouraged the use of dehydration; there are few studies about the effect of process parameters on the nopal polyphenol content and antioxidant activity. The objective of the present work was to evaluate the effect of air-drying flow rates on the amount and antioxidant capacity of extracts of Opuntia ficus indica cladodes. Nopal was dried at 45 degrees C and air flow rates of 3 and 5 m/sec. Samples were analyzed for moisture, total polyphenol, flavonoid, and flavonol contents, chain-breaking activity, inhibition of low-density lipoprotein and deoxyribose oxidation. Nopal drying at an air flow rate of 3 m/sec showed higher values of phenols, flavonoids and flavonols. The best value of low-density lipoprotein inhibition and deoxyribose was found at 1,000 microg/ml. The air flow rate affected the amount of polyphenols and the OH( . ) radical scavenging, but did not modify the chain-breaking activity and the low-density lipoprotein inhibition activity. PMID:19468951

  11. Radiation dose rate in the air and the contents of radionuclides in environmental samples in the coastal regions of the Okhotsk Sea

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    We investigated the radiation dose rate in the air and the contents of radionuclides in the environmental samples (soil, raw grass, feed, raw cow's milk) in the coastal regions of the Okhotsk Sea from 2000 to 2002. The following results were obtained concerning the local feature of environmental radioactivity levels in the coastal regions of the Okhotsk Sea. 1. The radiation dose rate in the air above the grassland was 30-60 nGy/h which was two times higher than that in eastern Hokkaido. 2. 137Cs accumulated in soils (depth, 0-30 cm) of the grassland were calculated to be more than 82% of the total 137Cs accumulated in soils. 3. 137Cs and 90Sr contents in raw cow's milk were at low levels, because 137Cs and 90Sr contents in raw grass were low. Especially, 137Cs contents in raw cow's milk were about 1 order of magnitude lower than that in eastern Hokkaido. (author)

  12. Prenatal Ambient Air Pollution, Placental Mitochondrial DNA Content, and Birth Weight in the INMA (Spain) and ENVIRONAGE (Belgium) Birth Cohorts

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    Clemente, Diana B; Casas, Maribel; Vilahur, Nadia; Begiristain, Haizea; Bustamante, Mariona; Carsin, Anne-Elie; Fernández, Mariana F; Fierens, Frans; Gyselaers, Wilfried; Iñiguez, Carmen; Janssen, Bram G; Lefebvre, Wouter; Llop, Sabrina; Olea, Nicolás; Pedersen, Marie; Pieters, Nicky; Santa Marina, Loreto; Souto, Anna; Tardón, Adonina; Vanpoucke, Charlotte; Vrijheid, Martine; Sunyer, Jordi; Nawrot, Tim S

    investigated whether placental mtDNA content is a possible mediator of the association between prenatal NO2 exposure and birth weight. METHODS: We used data from two independent European cohorts: INMA (n=376; Spain) and ENVIRONAGE (n=550; Belgium). Relative placental mtDNA content was determined as the ratio...

  13. Experimental investigation of void distribution in Suppression Pool during the initial blowdown period of a Loss of Coolant Accident using air–water two-phase mixture

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    Highlights: • Basic understanding of the venting phenomena in the SP during a LOCA was obtained. • A series of experiment is carried out using the PUMA-E test facility. • Two phases of experiments, namely, an initial and a quasi-steady phase were observed. • The maximum void penetration depth was experienced during the initial phase. - Abstract: During the initial blowdown period of a Loss of Coolant Accident (LOCA), the non-condensable gas initially contained in the BWR containment is discharged to the pressure suppression chamber through the blowdown pipes. The performance of Emergency Core Cooling System (ECCS) can be degraded due to the released gas ingestion into the suction intakes of the ECCS pumps. The understanding of the relevant phenomena in the pressure suppression chamber is important in analyzing potential gas intrusion into the suction intakes of ECCS pumps. To obtain the basic understanding of the relevant phenomena and the generic data of void distribution in the pressure suppression chamber during the initial blowdown period of a LOCA, tests with various blowdown conditions were conducted using the existing Suppression Pool (SP) tank of the integral test facility, called Purdue University Multi-Dimensional Integral Test Assembly for ESBWR applications (PUMA-E) facility, a scaled downcomer pipe installed in the PUMA-E SP, and air discharge pipe system. Two different diameter sizes of air injection pipe (0.076 and 0.102 m), a range of air volumetric flux (7.9–24.7 m/s), initial void conditions in an air injection pipe (fully void, partially void, and fully filled with water) and different air velocity ramp rates (1.0, 1.5, and 2.0 s) are used to investigate the impact of the blowdown conditions to the void distribution in the SP. Two distinct phases of experiments, namely, an initial and a quasi-steady phase were observed. The maximum void penetration depth was experienced during the initial phase. The quasi-steady phase provided less void

  14. Halo abundances and shear in void models

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    Alonso, David; García-Bellido, Juan; Haugbølle, Troels;

    2012-01-01

    We study the non-linear gravitational collapse of dark matter into halos through numerical N-body simulations of Lemaitre-Tolman-Bondi void models. We extend the halo mass function formalism to these models in a consistent way. This extension not only compares well with the simulated data at all...... times and radii, but it also gives interesting clues about the impact of the background shear on the growth of perturbations. Our results give hints about the possibility of constraining the background shear via cluster number counts, which could then give rise to strong constraints on general...

  15. Voids by Mechanical Entrapment in Liquid Molding Processes: Mechanism of Formation, Influence in the Mechanical Response and Reduction

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    Juan D. Vanegas-Jaramillo

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The voids by mechanical entrapment become as one of the most common type of defects in the liquid molding processing of composites. Because of the strong influence of those kind of voids in the general performance of the manufactured part, an important amount of researches have focused on the study of the mechanisms of formation of those voids, of the influence of the those ones on the mechanical properties of the composite and of the strategies for their reduction during the process. The present paper aims to do a review of some relevant investigations that have been done in the topic of voids caused by mechanical entrapment of air in the processing of composites by LCM (Liquid composites molding with the purpose of generate a reference material addressed to researchers that are interested in this important subject matter related to the areas of processing and mechanical behavior of composites materials. They will be addressed some topics like: the mechanism of void formation by imbalance among macroflow and microflow and its relationship with the modified capillary number and the sink effect; the phenomena of compressibility, dissolution and mobilization of bubbles in dual-scale preforms; the influence of voids on the mechanical properties of the composites and on the damage mechanisms; and the most common strategies that can be implemented in the industry for the reduction of this sort of defects.

  16. The view from the boundary: a new void stacking method

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    Cautun, Marius; Frenk, Carlos S

    2015-01-01

    We introduce a new method for stacking voids and deriving their profile that greatly increases the potential of voids as a tool for precision cosmology. Given that voids are highly non-spherical and have most of their mass at their edge, voids are better described relative to their boundary rather than relative to their centre, as in the conventional spherical stacking approach. The boundary profile is obtained by computing the distance of each volume element from the void boundary. Voids can then be stacked and their profiles computed as a function of this boundary distance. This approach enhances the weak lensing signal of voids, both shear and convergence, by a factor of two when compared to the spherical stacking method. It also results in steeper void density profiles that are characterised by a very slow rise inside the void and a pronounced density ridge at the void boundary, in qualitative agreement with theoretical models of expanding spherical underdensities. The resulting boundary density profile i...

  17. Mastering the effects of peculiar velocities in cosmic voids

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    Pisani, Alice; Wandelt, B D

    2015-01-01

    How do peculiar velocities affect observed voids? To answer this question we use the VIDE toolkit to identify voids in mock galaxy populations embedded within an N-body simulation both with and without peculiar velocities included. We compare the resulting void populations to assess the impact on void properties. We find that void abundances and spherically-averaged radial density profiles are mildly affected by peculiar velocities. However, peculiar velocities can distort by up to 10% the shapes for a particular subset of voids depending on the void size and density contrast, which can lead to increased variance in Alcock-Paczy\\'nski test. We offer guidelines for performing optimal cuts on the void catalogue to reduce this variance by removing the most severely affected voids while preserving the unaffected ones. In addition, since this shape distortion is largely limited to the line of sight, we show that the void radii are only affected at the $\\sim$ 10% level and the macrocenter positions at the $\\sim$ 20...

  18. The sparkling Universe: the coherent motions of cosmic voids

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    Lambas, Diego G; Ceccarelli, Laura; Ruiz, Andrés N; Paz, Dante J; Maldonado, Victoria E; Luparello, Heliana E

    2015-01-01

    We compute the bulk motions of cosmic voids, using a $\\Lambda$CDM numerical simulation considering the mean velocities of the dark matter inside the void itself and that of the haloes in the surrounding shell. We find coincident values of these two measures in the range $\\sim$ 300-400 km/s, not far from the expected mean peculiar velocities of groups and galaxy clusters. When analysing the distribution of the pairwise relative velocities of voids, we find a remarkable bimodal behaviour consistent with an excess of both systematically approaching and receding voids. We determine that the origin of this bimodality resides in the void large scale environment, since once voids are classified into void-in-void (R-type) or void-in-cloud (S-type), R-types are found mutually receding away, while S-types approach each other. The magnitude of these systematic relative velocities account for more than 100 km/s, reaching large coherence lengths of up to 200 h$^{-1}$ Mpc . We have used samples of voids from the Sloan Digi...

  19. Voids in Ly{\\alpha} Forest Tomographic Maps

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    Stark, Casey W; White, Martin; Lee, Khee-Gan

    2015-01-01

    We present a new method of finding cosmic voids using tomographic maps of Ly{\\alpha} forest flux. We identify cosmological voids with radii of 2 - 12 $h^{-1}$Mpc in a large N-body simulation at $z = 2.5$, and characterize the signal of the high-redshift voids in density and Ly{\\alpha} forest flux. The void properties are similar to what has been found at lower redshifts, but they are smaller and have steeper radial density profiles. Similarly to what has been found for low-redshift voids, the radial velocity profiles have little scatter and agree very well with the linear theory prediction. We run the same void finder on an ideal Ly{\\alpha} flux field and tomographic reconstructions at various spatial samplings. We compare the tomographic map void catalogs to the density void catalog and find good agreement even with modest-sized voids ($r > 6 \\, h^{-1}$Mpc). Using our simple void-finding method, the configuration of the ongoing CLAMATO survey covering 1 deg$^2$ would provide a sample of about 100 high-redshi...

  20. Void distribution analysis with high-speed x-ray CT scanner for design of PWR grid spacer

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    A grid spacer of PWR fuel plays a dominant role to increase a thermal margin for safety operation of PWR since cooling effects of fuel rod are significantly promoted by fluid mixing induced by mixing vanes of grid spacers. Recently, CFD has become an available tool for the prediction of DNB performance of designed grid spacers by examining a fluid mixing effect. However, for complicated flow path like PWR fuel assembly, the current CFD is not applicable to the prediction of a two-phase slug flow due to the existence of complicated structure of interfaces between gas and liquid phases. As a result of that, an alternative approach is required to compensate the shortage of CFD applicability to the evaluation of DNB performance in the slug flow condition. In the present study, void distributions of air and water two-phase flows inside a 3x3 test rod bundle were experimentally investigated to examine the effects of grid spacers on the slug flow. A high-speed X-ray CT scanner was employed as a measurement tool that can provide with instantaneous void distributions in a cross section. Grid spacers of different types were used and the measured data were examined to investigate the differences of void distributions. Since it can be assumed that the DNB performance will be influenced by void distribution, our water DNB test data were referred to take into account the relationship between the void distributions and the performance of resistance to DNB. As a result, the detailed examinations of void profiles in flow subchannels provide the corresponding void distributions with the results of the water DNB tests. It was confirmed that the void distributions obtained by the high speed X-ray CT scanner could yield one of the available aspects from the view point of flow fields when we compare the DNB performance under two-phase slug flow condition between designed grid spacers. (author)

  1. Experimental investigation and numerical simulations of void profile development in a vertical cylindrical pipe

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    We present here an experimental investigation and some numerical simulations of void profile development in a vertical cylindrical pipe. This study is motivated by the lack of information dealing with the influence of entrance effects and bubble size evolution upon the multidimensional development of upward bubbly flow in pipe. The axial development of two-phase air-water upward bubbly and bubbly-to-slug transition flows in a vertical pipe is investigated experimentally first. Profiles of liquid mean velocity, liquid axial turbulent intensity, void fraction, bubble frequency, bubble velocity, mean equivalent bubble diameter and volumetric interfacial area are determined along the same test section at three axial locations. It is found that the bubbly-to-slug transition can be deduced from the simultaneous analysis of the different measured profiles. Local analysis of the studied bubbly flows shows that their development does not depend on the shape of the void distribution at the inlet. However, it is found that the bubble size evolution strongly affects the void distribution. Secondly, multidimensional numerical simulations of bubbly flows with very different gas injection modes are made with the help of the tridimensional two-fluid ASTRID code. It is shown that the classical models used to close the transverse momentum equations of the two-fluid model (lift and dispersion forces) do not capture the physical phenomena of bubble migration in pipe flows

  2. The Void Galaxy Survey: Galaxy Evolution and Gas Accretion in Voids

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    Kreckel, Kathryn; Beygu, Burcu; van de Weygaert, Rien; van der Hulst, J M; Aragon-Calvo, Miguel A; Peletier, Reynier F

    2014-01-01

    Voids represent a unique environment for the study of galaxy evolution, as the lower density environment is expected to result in shorter merger histories and slower evolution of galaxies. This provides an ideal opportunity to test theories of galaxy formation and evolution. Imaging of the neutral hydrogen, central in both driving and regulating star formation, directly traces the gas reservoir and can reveal interactions and signs of cold gas accretion. For a new Void Galaxy Survey (VGS), we have carefully selected a sample of 59 galaxies that reside in the deepest underdensities of geometrically identified voids within the SDSS at distances of ~100 Mpc, and pursued deep UV, optical, Halpha, IR, and HI imaging to study in detail the morphology and kinematics of both the stellar and gaseous components. This sample allows us to not only examine the global statistical properties of void galaxies, but also to explore the details of the dynamical properties. We present an overview of the VGS, and highlight key re...

  3. Early voiding dysfunction associated with prostate brachytherapy.

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    Wagner; Nag; Young; Bahnson

    2000-12-15

    Introduction: Transperineal prostate brachytherapy is gaining popularity as a treatment for clinically localized carcinoma of the prostate. Very little prospective data exists addressing the issue of complications associated with this procedure. We present an analysis of the early voiding dysfunction associated with prostate brachytherapy. Materials and Methods: Forty-six consecutive patients who underwent Palladium-103 (Pd-103) seed placement for clinically localized prostate carcinoma were evaluated prospectively for any morbidity associated with the procedure. Twenty-three patients completed an International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) questionnaire preoperatively, at their first postoperative visit, and at their second postoperative visit. The total IPSS, each of the seven individual components, and the "bother" score were evaluated separately for each visit, and statistical significance was determined. Results: Urinary retention occurred in 7/46 patients (15%). Of these, 5 were able to void spontaneously after catheter removal. One patient is maintained with a suprapubic tube, and one patient is currently on continuous intermittent catheterization. Baseline IPSS was 7.1 and this went to 20.0 at the first postoperative visit (p<0.001). By the second postoperative visit, the IPSS was 8.0. Conclusions: In our experience, prostate brachytherapy for localized carcinoma of the prostate is associated with a 15% catheterization rate and a significant increase in the IPSS (7.1 to 20.0). This increase in the IPSS seems to be self-limited. Patients need to be educated on these issues prior to prostate brachytherapy. PMID:11113369

  4. Gravitational entropy of local cosmic voids

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    Sussman, Roberto A

    2015-01-01

    We undertake a non-perturbative study of the evolution of the "gravitational entropy" proposed by Clifton, Ellis and Tavakol (CET) on local expanding cosmic CDM voids of $\\sim 50-100$ Mpc size described as spherical under-dense regions with negative spatial curvature, whose dynamics is determined by Lemaitre-Tolman-Bondi (LTB) dust models asymptotic to three different types of FLRW background: $\\Lambda$CDM, Einstein de Sitter and "open" FLRW with $\\Lambda=0$ and negative spatial curvature. By assuming generic nearly spatially flat and linear initial conditions at the last scattering time, we examine analytically and numerically the CET entropy evolution into a fully non-linear regime in our present cosmic time and beyond. Both analytic and numerical analysis reveal that the late time CET entropy growth is determined by the amplitude of initial fluctuations of spatial curvature at the last scattering time. This entropy growth decays to zero in the late asymptotic time range for all voids, but at a faster rate ...

  5. The Void Galaxy Survey: Star Formation Properties

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    Beygu, B; van der Hulst, J M; Jarrett, T H; Peletier, R; van de Weygaert, R; van Gorkom, J H; Aragon-Calvo, M A

    2016-01-01

    We study the star formation properties of 59 void galaxies as part of the Void Galaxy Survey (VGS). Current star formation rates are derived from $\\rm{H\\alpha}$ and recent star formation rates from near-UV imaging. In addition, infrared 3.4 $\\rm{\\mu m}$, 4.6 $\\rm{\\mu m}$, 12 $\\rm{\\mu m}$ and 22 $\\rm{\\mu m}$ WISE emission is used as star formation and mass indicator. Infrared and optical colours show that the VGS sample displays a wide range of dust and metallicity properties. We combine these measurements with stellar and HI masses to measure the specific SFRs ($\\rm{SFR/M_{*}}$) and star formation efficiencies ($\\rm{SFR/M_{HI}}$). We compare the star formation properties of our sample with galaxies in the more moderate density regions of the cosmic web, 'the field'. We find that specific SFRs of the VGS galaxies as a function of stellar and HI mass are similar to those of the galaxies in these field regions. Their $\\rm{SFR\\alpha}$ is slightly elevated than the galaxies in the field for a given total HI mass. ...

  6. A modified equilibrium void distribution model applicable to subchannel-scale vapor-liquid cross flow model for conventional square and tight lattice BWR fuel bundles

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    As a part of the advanced subchannel code development project sponsored by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan, this paper describes improvement of the equilibrium void distribution model that is a main part of the vapor-liquid cross flow model. The three-component cross flow (TCCF) model is defined as the present framework that separates contributions of diversion, turbulent mixing and void drift. The Lahey's void settling model is introduced to express the latter two components. Based on the high-resolution air-water database and other published data of steam-water tests, general trends of vapor-liquid cross flow processes are examined. It can be assumed that subchannel void distributions are dominated by the three major effects, i.e. the fluid dynamic effect, the geometrical effect and the narrow gap effect. The equilibrium void distribution model is modified to include the above-mentioned three effects. Three characteristic parameters are assigned for each of the three effects and they are identified experimentally as functions of the void fraction. Multi-dimensional lattice geometries are incorporated based on the two-dimensional flow network model. The network equation is constructed by mapping the equilibrium void balance problem into the force-deflection problem. The resultant models are verified based on equilibrium void distribution data obtained by Sadatomi and Kawahara

  7. Experimental study of void behavior in a suppression pool of a boiling water reactor during the blowdown period of a loss of coolant accident

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    Rassame, Somboon

    The possible failure of an Emergency Core Cooling System (ECCS) train due to a large amount of entrained gas in the ECCS pump suction piping in a Loss of Coolant Accident (LOCA) is one of the potential engineering problems faced in a Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) power plant. To analyze potential gas intrusion into the ECCS pump suction piping, the study of void behavior in the Suppression Pool (SP) during the LOCA is necessary. The void fraction distribution and void penetration are considered as the key parameters in the problem analysis. Two sets of experiments, namely, steady-state tests and transient tests were conducted using the Purdue University Multi-Dimensional Integral Test Assembly for ESBWR application (PUMA-E) to study void behavior in the SP during the blowdown. The design of the test apparatus used is based on the scaling analysis from a prototypical BWR containment (MARK-I) with consideration of the downcomer size, the SP water level, and the downcomer water submergence depth. Several instruments were installed to obtain the required experimental data, such as inlet gas volumetric flow, void fraction, pressure, and temperature. For the steady-state tests, the air was injected through a downcomer pipe in the SP in order to simulate the physical phenomena in the SP during the initial blowdown of LOCA. Thirty tests were performed with two different downcomer sizes (0.076 and 0.102 m), various air volumetric flow rates or flux (0.003 to 0.153 m3/s or 0.5 to 24.7 m/s), initial downcomer void conditions (fully filled with water, partially void, and completely void) and air velocity ramp rates (one to two seconds). Two phases of the experiment were observed, namely, the initial phase and the quasi-steady phase. The initial phase produced the maximum void penetration depth; and the quasi-steady phase showed less void penetration with oscillation in the void penetration. The air volumetric flow rate was found to have a minor effect on the void fraction

  8. Structural control of void formation in dual phase steels

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    Azuma, Masafumi

    martensite accelerates the void formation in the martensite by enlarging the size of voids both in the martensite and ferrite. It is suggested that controlling the hardness and structural parameters associated with the martensite particles such as morphology, size and volume fraction are the essential......The objective of this study is to explore the void formation mechanisms and to clarify the influence of the hardness and structural parameters (volume fraction, size and morphology) of martensite particles on the void formation and mechanical properties in dual phase steels composed of ferrite and...... particles but are not caused by the decohesion of martensite/ferrite interfaces. Three key factors that control the void formation behaviour in dual phase steels have been established: (i) a critical strain for void formation in the martensite, (ii) strain partitioning between the martensite and ferrite and...

  9. Void growth to coalescence in a non-local material

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    Niordson, Christian Frithiof

    2008-01-01

    The size-effect in metals containing distributed spherical voids is analyzed numerically using a finite strain generalization of a length scale dependent plasticity theory. Results are obtained for stress-triaxialities relevant in front of a crack tip in an elastic-plastic metal. The influence...... of different material length parameters in a multi-parameter theory is studied, and it is shown that the important length parameter is the same as under purely hydrostatic loading. It is quantified how micron scale voids grow less rapidly than larger voids, and the implications of this in the overall strength...... of the material is emphasized. The size effect on the onset of coalescence is studied, and results for the void volume fraction and the strain at the onset of coalescence are presented. It is concluded that for cracked specimens not only the void volume fraction, but also the typical void size is of importance...

  10. Void alignment and density profile applied to measuring cosmological parameters

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    Dai, De-Chang

    2015-01-01

    We study the orientation and density profiles of the cosmological voids with SDSS10 data. Using voids to test Alcock-Paczynski effect has been proposed and tested in both simulations and actual SDSS data. Previous observations imply that there exist an empirical stretching factor which plays an important role in the voids' orientation. Simulations indicate that this empirical stretching factor is caused by the void galaxies' peculiar velocities. Recently Hamaus et al. found that voids' density profiles are universal and their average velocities satisfy linear theory very well. In this article we first confirm that the stretching effect exists using independent analysis. We then apply the universal density profile to measure the cosmological parameters. We find that the void density profile can be a tool to measure the cosmological parameters.

  11. Void alignment and density profile applied to measuring cosmological parameters

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    Dai, De-Chang

    2015-12-01

    We study the orientation and density profiles of the cosmological voids with Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS; Ahn et al.) 10 data. Using voids to test Alcock-Paczynski effect has been proposed and tested in both simulations and actual SDSS data. Previous observations imply that there exist an empirical stretching factor which plays an important role in the voids' orientation. Simulations indicate that this empirical stretching factor is caused by the void galaxies' peculiar velocities. Recently Hamaus et al. found that voids' density profiles are universal and their average velocities satisfy linear theory very well. In this paper, we first confirm that the stretching effect exists using independent analysis. We then apply the universal density profile to measure the cosmological parameters. We find that the void density profile can be a tool to measure the cosmological parameters.

  12. An Efficient Bypassing Void Routing Algorithm for Wireless Sensor Network

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    Since the sensor node’s distribution in a wireless sensor network (WSN) is irregular, geographic routing protocols using the greedy algorithm can cause local minima problem. This problem may fail due to routing voids and lead to failure of data transmission. Based on the virtual coordinate mapping, this paper proposes an efficient bypassing void routing protocol to solve the control packet overhead and transmission delay in routing void of WSN, which is called EBVRPVCM. The basic idea is to t...

  13. Cosmological Model with a Local Void: New Supernova Constraints

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    Ho, Le Tuan Anh; Ng, Shao Chin Cindy

    2009-01-01

    A simple inhomogeneous cosmological model with a local void is constrained with the latest Union supernova compilation. To fit the supernova data, a large local void on the scales of 1 Gpc is found, contrary to the small scales of 200 Mpc in the previous finding. A more realistic inhomogeneous cosmological model may be required to fit the supernova data. Alternatively, a clumpy universe with clumpiness parameter < 1 can fit the supernova data with reduced local void scales.

  14. Irradiation of pre-existing voids in nanocrystalline iron

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    Understanding the role of voids is an important issue in lifetime predictions of materials which are exposed to irradiation. In this paper, we investigate the effect of a pre-existing void structure embedded in a grain boundary in computer generated nanocrystalline Fe samples in terms of nearby primary cascade evolution using molecular dynamics simulations. Results indicate that the void and grain boundaries act as sinks to self interstitial atoms formed from nearby displacement cascades

  15. Detection of Molecular Gas in Void Galaxies : Implications for Star Formation in Isolated Environments

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    Das, M; Iono, D; Honey, M; Ramya, S

    2015-01-01

    We present the detection of molecular gas from galaxies located in nearby voids using the CO line emission as a tracer. The observations were done using the 45m Nobeyama Radio Telescope. Void galaxies lie in the most under dense parts of our universe and a significant fraction of them are gas rich, late type spiral galaxies. Although isolated, they have ongoing star formation but appear to be slowly evolving compared to galaxies in denser environments. Not much is known about their star formation properties or cold gas content. In this study we searched for molecular gas in five void galaxies. The galaxies were selected based on their relatively high IRAS fluxes or Ha line luminosities, both of which signify ongoing star formation. All five galaxies appear to be isolated and two lie within the Bootes void. We detected CO line emission from four of the five galaxies in our sample and the molecular gas masses lie between 10^8 to 10^9 Msolar. We did follow-up Ha imaging observations of three detected galaxies us...

  16. Development of impedance void meter for evaluation of flow symmetry

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    Highlights: • New impedance void meter design to evaluate flow symmetry. • Area-averaged measurements agree well with previous impedance meter designs. • Quadrant measurements agree well with local conductivity probe measurements. - Abstract: Often it is useful or even necessary to know whether the void fraction is evenly distributed in two-phase flows. In industrial systems, unevenly distributed flows can be a factor in vibrations and other undesirable occurrences. In bubble column chemical reactors, uneven distribution of the void can result in reduced reaction efficiency. In experiments, it is often desirable to have symmetrically distributed void for local measurements since this allows for more rapid data collection. Current systems for determining the symmetry of the void distribution in distributed flows either suffer from very long measurement time requirements or cause significant disturbances to the flow. To address the need for approximate evaluation of flow symmetry without causing excessive disturbance to the flow, a new impedance void meter design has been developed and tested under a variety of conditions. The ability of the new design to evaluate the void distribution symmetry has been tested through comparison with conductivity probe measurements of local void fraction, and the accuracy of the impedance meter has been verified through comparison with the conductivity probe measurements and with typical impedance void meter measurements

  17. A Simple Gravitational Lens Model For Cosmic Voids

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    Chen, Bin; Dai, Xinyu

    2013-01-01

    We present a simple gravitational lens model for cosmic voids using the recently developed embedded lensing theory. We use this simple void model to estimate the magnitude fluctuation and the weak lensing shear of background sources lensed by large cosmic voids. Sources behind large cosmic voids can be magnified or demagnified with magnitude fluctuations of order ~0.05 mag. The weak-lensing shear of a large void is at the few percent level, and is only significant in the outer region of the void. We investigate the "wiggling" of the primary cosmic microwave background (CMB) temperature anisotropies caused by intervening individual large cosmic voids using this new void lens model. The wiggling of primary CMB temperature gradients is of the opposite sign to that caused by intervening mass condensations such as galaxy clusters, and is of smaller amplitude, ~15 \\mu K for a void of radius ~4 deg at redshift 0.5 assuming a background gradient of magnitude ~10 \\mu K/arcmin. Our theory can be used to study gravitati...

  18. The sparkling Universe: a scenario for cosmic void motions

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    Ceccarelli, Laura; Lares, Marcelo; Paz, Dante J; Maldonado, Victoria E; Luparello, Heliana E; Lambas, Diego Garcia

    2015-01-01

    We perform a statistical study of the global motion of cosmic voids using both a numerical simulation and observational data. We analyse their relation to large--scale mass flows and the physical effects that drive those motions. We analyse the bulk motions of voids, defined by the mean velocity of haloes in the surrounding shells in the numerical simulation, and by galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data Release 7. We find void mean bulk velocities close to 400 km/s, comparable to those of haloes (~ 500-600 km/s), depending on void size and the large--scale environment. Statistically, small voids move faster than large ones, and voids in relatively higher density environments have higher bulk velocities than those placed in large underdense regions. Also, we analyze the mean mass density around voids finding, as expected, large--scale overdensities (underdensities) along (opposite to) the void motion direction, suggesting that void motions respond to a pull--push mechanism. This contrasts with massive ...

  19. An observational detection of the bridge effect of void filaments

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    Shim, Junsup; Hoyle, Fiona

    2015-01-01

    The bridge effect of void filaments is a phrase coined by Park & Lee (2009b) to explain the correlations found in a numerical experiment between the luminosity of the void galaxies and the degree of the straightness of their host filaments. Their numerical finding implies that a straight void filament provides a narrow channel for the efficient transportation of gas and matter particles from the surroundings into the void galaxies. To observationally confirm the presence of the bridge effect of void filaments, we identify the filamentary structures from the Sloan void catalog and determine the specific size of each void filament as a measure of its straightness. Using both classical and Bayesian statistics, we indeed detect a strong tendency that the void galaxies located in the more straight filaments are on average more luminous, which is in agreement with the numerical prediction. It is also shown that the strength of correlation increases with the spatial extent of the void filaments, which can be phy...

  20. Dynamic Evolution Model of Isothermal Voids and Shocks

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    Lou, Yu-Qing

    2009-01-01

    We explore self-similar hydrodynamic evolution of central voids embedded in an isothermal gas of spherical symmetry under the self-gravity. More specifically, we study voids expanding at constant radial speeds in an isothermal gas and construct all types of possible void solutions without or with shocks in surrounding envelopes. We examine properties of void boundaries and outer envelopes. Voids without shocks are all bounded by overdense shells and either inflows or outflows in the outer envelope may occur. These solutions, referred to as type $\\mathcal{X}$ void solutions, are further divided into subtypes $\\mathcal{X}_{\\rm I}$ and $\\mathcal{X}_{\\rm II}$ according to their characteristic behaviours across the sonic critical line (SCL). Void solutions with shocks in envelopes are referred to as type $\\mathcal{Z}$ voids and can have both dense and quasi-smooth edges. Asymptotically, outflows, breezes, inflows, accretions and static outer envelopes may all surround such type $\\mathcal{Z}$ voids. Both cases of c...

  1. The evolution of voids in the adhesion approximation

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    Sahni, V; Shandarin, S F; Varun Sahni; Sergei F Shandarin

    1994-01-01

    We apply the adhesion approximation to study the formation and evolution of voids in the Universe. Our simulations - carried out using 128.sup(3) particles in a cubical box with side 128 Mpc - indicate that the void spectrum evolves with time and that the mean void size in the standard COBE-normalised Cold Dark Matter (hereafter CDM) model with h_{50} = 1, scales approximately as \\bar D(z) = {\\bar D_0\\over \\sqrt {1+z}}, where \\bar D_0 \\simeq 10.5 Mpc. Interestingly, we find a strong correlation between the sizes of voids and the value of the primordial gravitational potential at void centers. This observation could in principle, pave the way towards reconstructing the form of the primordial potential from a knowledge of the observed void spectrum. Studying the void spectrum at different cosmological epochs, for spectra with a built in k-space cutoff we find that, the number of voids in a representative volume evolves with time. The mean number of voids first increases until a maximum value is reached (indicat...

  2. Evaluation on Calculation Accuracy of the Sodium Void Reactivity for Low Void Effect Fast Reactor Cores with Experimental Analyses

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    Conclusion: • Larger calculation uncertainty of sodium void reactivity in low or negative void effect core concepts and requirement of much finer treatment for these cores in comparison with conventional homogeneous core concepts; • Some or considerable impact to transient analysis by reflecting information of the FBR core design database; • Importance of extension on sodium void reactivity experimental data and their reflection to enhance the reliability of safety analysis

  3. Void fraction instrument acceptance test procedure

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    This document presents the results of the acceptance test for the mechanical and electrical features (not specifically addressed by the software ATP) of the void fraction instrument (VFI). Acceptance testing of the VFI, control console, and decontamination spray assembly was conducted in the 306E building high bay and area adjacent to the facility. The VFI was tested in the horizontal position supported in multiple locations on rolling tables. The control console was located next to the VFI pneumatic control assembly. The VFI system was operated exactly as is expected in the tank farm, with the following exceptions: power was provided from a building outlet and the VFI was horizontal. The testing described in this document verifies that the mechanical and electrical features are operating as designed and that the unit is ready for field service

  4. How to perform the perfect voiding cystourethrogram

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    The voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG) examination is a difficult investigation to perform and is a stressful experience for patients and their parents, as well as for the radiologists, technicians and paediatric radiology nurses involved in the examination. Despite the VCUG being one of the most commonly performed fluoroscopic procedures in paediatric radiology practice, there is no general consensus as to the best way to perform this investigation. This is particularly concerning when one considers the potentially high gonadal radiation dose children may receive. Because of this, we have undertaken a comprehensive literature review of various aspects of the test in order to determine the best way to perform the VCUG in modern paediatric radiology practice. (orig.)

  5. A novel low-cost open-hardware platform for monitoring soil water content and multiple soil-air-vegetation parameters.

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    Bitella, Giovanni; Rossi, Roberta; Bochicchio, Rocco; Perniola, Michele; Amato, Mariana

    2014-01-01

    Monitoring soil water content at high spatio-temporal resolution and coupled to other sensor data is crucial for applications oriented towards water sustainability in agriculture, such as precision irrigation or phenotyping root traits for drought tolerance. The cost of instrumentation, however, limits measurement frequency and number of sensors. The objective of this work was to design a low cost "open hardware" platform for multi-sensor measurements including water content at different depths, air and soil temperatures. The system is based on an open-source ARDUINO microcontroller-board, programmed in a simple integrated development environment (IDE). Low cost high-frequency dielectric probes were used in the platform and lab tested on three non-saline soils (ECe1: 2.5 sharing information on equipment design and software facilitates the adoption and continuous improvement of existing technologies. PMID:25337742

  6. The void galaxy survey: Star formation properties

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    Beygu, B.; Kreckel, K.; van der Hulst, J. M.; Jarrett, T. H.; Peletier, R.; van de Weygaert, R.; van Gorkom, J. H.; Aragon-Calvo, M. A.

    2016-05-01

    We study the star formation properties of 59 void galaxies as part of the Void Galaxy Survey (VGS). Current star formation rates are derived from H α and recent star formation rates from near-UV imaging. In addition, infrared 3.4, 4.6, 12 and 22 μm Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer emission is used as star formation and mass indicator. Infrared and optical colours show that the VGS sample displays a wide range of dust and metallicity properties. We combine these measurements with stellar and H I masses to measure the specific SFRs (SFR/M*) and star formation efficiencies ({SFR/{M }_H I}). We compare the star formation properties of our sample with galaxies in the more moderate density regions of the cosmic web, `the field'. We find that specific SFRs of the VGS galaxies as a function of stellar and H I mass are similar to those of the galaxies in these field regions. Their SFR α is slightly elevated than the galaxies in the field for a given total H I mass. In the global star formation picture presented by Kennicutt-Schmidt, VGS galaxies fall into the regime of low average star formation and correspondingly low H I surface density. Their mean {SFR α /{M}_{H I} and SFR α/M* are of the order of 10- 9.9 yr- 1. We conclude that while the large-scale underdense environment must play some role in galaxy formation and growth through accretion, we find that even with respect to other galaxies in the more mildly underdense regions, the increase in star formation rate is only marginal.

  7. In-bundle void distribution measured by ultra fast X-ray CT scanner

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    This paper presents measured results on void distribution of air-water flow in a 3 x 3 rod bundle equipped with model grid spacers. These results are given by a developed advanced type ultra-fast X-ray computed tomography (CT) scanner system. This advanced type system can operate under the minimum scanning time of 0.5 milliseconds and is applicable for the measurement of multi-phase flow with velocity up to 4-5 m/s. The obtained results shows the effect of grid spacer on the void distribution. Such experimental results are useful for assessment or improvement of a two-phase flow analysis code and a grid spacer model for a mechanistic CHF prediction method. (author)

  8. The effect of crumb rubber particle size to the optimum binder content for open graded friction course.

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    Ibrahim, Mohd Rasdan; Katman, Herda Yati; Karim, Mohamed Rehan; Koting, Suhana; Mashaan, Nuha S

    2014-01-01

    The main objective of this paper is to investigate the relations of rubber size, rubber content, and binder content in determination of optimum binder content for open graded friction course (OGFC). Mix gradation type B as specified in Specification for Porous Asphalt produced by the Road Engineering Association of Malaysia (REAM) was used in this study. Marshall specimens were prepared with four different sizes of rubber, namely, 20 mesh size [0.841 mm], 40 mesh [0.42 mm], 80 mesh [0.177 mm], and 100 mesh [0.149 mm] with different concentrations of rubberised bitumen (4%, 8%, and 12%) and different percentages of binder content (4%-7%). The appropriate optimum binder content is then selected according to the results of the air voids, binder draindown, and abrasion loss test. Test results found that crumb rubber particle size can affect the optimum binder content for OGFC. PMID:24574875

  9. Luminosity distance in 'Swiss cheese' cosmology with randomized voids. I. Single void size

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    Recently, there have been suggestions that the Type Ia supernova data can be explained using only general relativity and cold dark matter with no dark energy. In 'Swiss cheese' models of the Universe, the standard Friedmann-Robertson-Walker picture is modified by the introduction of mass-compensating spherical inhomogeneities, typically described by the Lemaitre-Tolman-Bondi metric. If these inhomogeneities correspond to underdense cores surrounded by mass-compensating overdense shells, then they can modify the luminosity distance-redshift relation in a way that can mimic accelerated expansion. It has been argued that this effect could be large enough to explain the supernova data without introducing dark energy or modified gravity. We show that the large apparent acceleration seen in some models can be explained in terms of standard weak field gravitational lensing together with insufficient randomization of void locations. The underdense regions focus the light less than the homogeneous background, thus dimming supernovae in a way that can mimic the effects of acceleration. With insufficient randomization of the spatial location of the voids and of the lines of sight, coherent defocusing can lead to anomalously large demagnification effects. We show that a proper randomization of the voids and lines of sight reduces the effect to the point that it can no longer explain the supernova data.

  10. Void Formation in Heavily Irradiated NaCl

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    Vainshtein, D.I.; Dubinko, V.I.; Turkin, A.A.; Hartog, H.W. den

    1999-01-01

    Experimental and the oretical results are presented on the formation of voids discovered recently in havily irradiated NaCl. Experimental data show that for NaCl samples with particular dopants, the development of radiation damage, such as Na-colloids, chlorine inclusions and voids does not show a s

  11. Void nucleation in spheroidized steels during tensile deformation

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    An investigation was conducted to determine the effects of various mechanical and material parameters on void formation at cementite particles in axisymmetric tensile specimens of spheroidized plain carbon steels. Desired microstructures for each of three steel types were obtained. Observations of void morphology with respect to various microstructural features were made using optical and scanning electron microscopy

  12. Voiding patterns in men evaluated by a questionnaire survey

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    Sommer, P; Nielsen, K K; Bauer, T;

    1990-01-01

    A questionnaire on obstructive and irritative voiding symptoms was sent to 572 men aged between 20 and 79 years, selected at random from the National Register; 337 questionnaires were completed. None of the responders had consulted a doctor because of voiding symptoms. There was a significant...

  13. The Aspen-Amsterdam void finder comparison project

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    Colberg, Joerg M.; Pearce, Frazer; Foster, Caroline; Platen, Erwin; Brunino, Riccardo; Neyrinck, Mark; Basilakos, Spyros; Fairall, Anthony; Feldman, Hume; Gottloeber, Stefan; Hahn, Oliver; Hoyle, Fiona; Mueller, Volker; Nelson, Lorne; Plionis, Manolis; Porciani, Cristiano; Shandarin, Sergei; Vogeley, Michael S.; van de Weygaert, Rien

    2008-01-01

    Despite a history that dates back at least a quarter of a century, studies of voids in the large-scale structure of the Universe are bedevilled by a major problem: there exist a large number of quite different void-finding algorithms, a fact that has so far got in the way of groups comparing their r

  14. Electric field theory and the fallacy of void capacitance

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    McAllister, Iain Wilson

    1991-01-01

    The concept of the capacitance of a gaseous void is discussed as applied to electrical insulation science. The most pertinent aspect of the capacitance definition is that of reference to a single-valued potential difference between surfaces. This implies that these surfaces must be surfaces of equipotential. With this essential characteristics the validity of void capacitance is examined

  15. Warmth Elevating the Depths: Shallower Voids with Warm Dark Matter

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    Yang, Lin F; Aragon-Calvo, Miguel A; Silk, Joseph

    2014-01-01

    Warm dark matter (WDM) has been proposed as an alternative to cold dark matter (CDM), to resolve issues such as the apparent lack of satellites around the Milky Way. Even if WDM is not the answer to observational issues, it is essential to constrain the nature of the dark matter. The effect of WDM on haloes has been extensively studied, but the small-scale initial smoothing in WDM also affects the present-day cosmic web and voids. It suppresses the cosmic "sub-web" inside voids, and the formation of both void haloes and subvoids. In N-body simulations run with different assumed WDM masses, we identify voids with the zobov algorithm, and cosmic-web components with the origami algorithm. As dark-matter warmth increases, the initial-conditions smoothing increases, and the number of voids and subvoids is suppressed. Also, void density profiles change, their shapes become flatter inside the void radius, while edges of the voids remain unchanged. Also, filaments and walls become cleaner, as the sub-structures in be...

  16. High gain durable anti-reflective coating with oblate voids

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    Maghsoodi, Sina; Brophy, Brenor L.; Colson, Thomas E.; Gonsalves, Peter R.; Abrams, Ze' ev

    2016-06-28

    Disclosed herein are single layer transparent coatings with an anti-reflective property, a hydrophobic property, and that are highly abrasion resistant. The single layer transparent coatings contain a plurality of oblate voids. At least 1% of the oblate voids are open to a surface of the single layer transparent coatings.

  17. Warmth elevating the depths: shallower voids with warm dark matter

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    Yang, Lin F.; Neyrinck, Mark C.; Aragón-Calvo, Miguel A.; Falck, Bridget; Silk, Joseph

    2015-08-01

    Warm dark matter (WDM) has been proposed as an alternative to cold dark matter (CDM), to resolve issues such as the apparent lack of satellites around the Milky Way. Even if WDM is not the answer to observational issues, it is essential to constrain the nature of the dark matter. The effect of WDM on haloes has been extensively studied, but the small-scale initial smoothing in WDM also affects the present-day cosmic web and voids. It suppresses the cosmic `sub-web' inside voids, and the formation of both void haloes and subvoids. In N-body simulations run with different assumed WDM masses, we identify voids with the ZOBOV algorithm, and cosmic-web components with the ORIGAMI algorithm. As dark-matter warmth increases (i.e. particle mass decreases), void density minima grow shallower, while void edges change little. Also, the number of subvoids decreases. The density field in voids is particularly insensitive to baryonic physics, so if void density profiles and minima could be measured observationally, they would offer a valuable probe of the nature of dark matter. Furthermore, filaments and walls become cleaner, as the substructures in between have been smoothed out; this leads to a clear, mid-range peak in the density PDF.

  18. Tensor anisotropy as a tracer of cosmic voids

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    Bustamante, Sebastian

    2015-01-01

    We present a new method to find voids in cosmological simulations based on the tidal and the velocity shear tensors definitions of the cosmic web. We use the fractional anisotropy (FA) computed from the eigenvalues of each web scheme as a void tracer. We identify voids using a watershed transform based on the local minima of the FA field without making any assumption on the shape or structure of the voids. We test the method on the Bolshoi simulation and report on the abundance and radial averaged profiles for the density, velocity and fractional anisotropy. We find that voids in the velocity shear web are smaller than voids in the tidal web, with a particular overabundance of very small voids in the inner region of filaments/sheets. We classify voids as subcompensated/overcompansated depending on the absence/presence of an overdense matter ridge in their density profile, finding that close to $65\\%$ and $35\\%$ of the total population are classified into each category, respectively. Finally, we find evidence ...

  19. Void formation in neutron-irradiated Cu and Cu alloys

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    Pure copper and copper-aluminium alloys were neutron-irradiated at high temperatures in the as-received condition, and after being melted under high vacuum or in argon. Melting under high vacuum was done to reduce the residual gas amount in the specimens. The number density of voids in the vacuum-melted Cu was one tenth of that in as-received Cu after JMTR irradiation to 5.2 x 1024 n/m2 at 603 K. Similarly, voids were also formed in an argon-melted Cu-1at%Al specimen but were not formed in a vacuum-melted one. Following higher dose irradiation in the JOYO reactor, nearly the same number density and size of voids were formed in both argon and vacuum-melted Cu. In Cu-5at%Al, many voids were formed in argon-melted specimens, whereas in vacuum-melted specimens voids were not formed. These results show that voids nucleate at vacancy clusters which trap gas atoms. In the JOYO irradiation, diffused-in gas atoms play an important role in the formation of voids in Cu. In Cu-5at%Al, diffused-in gas atoms were trapped by Al atoms, resulting in a difference of void formation between the two types of specimens. (orig.)

  20. A Cosmic Void Catalog of SDSS DR12 BOSS Galaxies

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    Mao, Qingqing; Scherrer, Robert J; Scoccimarro, Roman; Tinker, Jeremy L; McBride, Cameron K; Neyrinck, Mark C; Schneider, Donald P; Pan, Kaike; Bizyaev, Dmitry; Malanushenko, Elena; Malanushenko, Viktor

    2016-01-01

    We present a cosmic void catalog using the large-scale structure galaxy catalog from the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS). This galaxy catalog is part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) Data Release 12 and is the final catalog of SDSS-III. We take into account the survey boundaries, masks, and angular and radial selection functions, and apply the ZOBOV void finding algorithm to the galaxy catalog. After making quality cuts to ensure that the voids represent real underdense regions, we identify 1228 voids with effective radii spanning the range 20-100Mpc/h and with central densities that are, on average, 30% of the mean sample density. We discuss the basic statistics of voids, such as their size and redshift distributions, and measure the radial density profile of the voids via a stacking technique. In addition, we construct mock void catalogs from 1000 mock galaxy catalogs, and find that the properties of BOSS voids are in good agreement with those in the mock catalogs. We compare the stella...

  1. Small-angle reflectometry of milk protein (β -casein) at the air/serum interface and its conformational changes due to fat content and temperature

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    Full text: The surface structure of dispersed emulsions play a key role in stability of the system. Proteins being one of the most important surface-active components in foods stabilise interfaces by self-interaction, resulting in a stiff visco-elastic adsorbed layer. These interactions are sensitive to disruptive effects of lipids. Previous kinetics studies by the group 1 using the X-ray reflectivity method to investigate the surface adsorption of milk proteins indicate that β -casein had a stronger affinity for the air-liquid interface compared to whey proteins. It has been shown that initially a dense protein layer, with the thickness of 20 Angstroms is formed then a second more diffuse layer with lower volume density of protein follows. Here we report the conformational changes (with particular emphasise on the β -casein tail) occurred at the air-milk serum interface due to the effects of milk fat content, temperature and the milk preparation technique (ie homogenisation vs microfluidisation). In the effect of fat content on the adsorption of protein into the interface the key conclusion is that at lower temperatures the surface composition remains unchanged. The compositional changes, however, become significant at room temperature indicating adsorption of less reflective-water-soluble components into the surface layer. Repulsive interactions between casein aggregates are also involved. Microfluidised samples having the advantage of smaller particle size prove to be more stable to fat or temperature effects compared to the corresponding homogenised milks

  2. Effects of voids on delamination behavior under static and fatigue mode I and mode II

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    Abdelal, Nisrin Rizek

    Composite materials have become materials of choice for wind turbine blade manufacturing due to their high specific stiffness, strength and fatigue life. Glass fiber composites are used extensively in light-weight structural components for wind turbines, aircrafts, marine craft and high performance automobile because glass fiber is inexpensive and usually provides high strength to weight ratio and good in-plane mechanical properties. The high cycle fatigue resistance of composite materials used in wind turbine blades has been recognized as a major uncertainty in predicting the reliability of wind turbines over their design lifetime. Blades are expected to experience 108 to 109 fatigue cycles over a 20 to 30 year lifetime. Delamination or interlaminar failure is a serious failure mode observed in composite structures. Even partial delamination will lead to a loss of local stiffness, which can preclude buckling failure. Manufacturing process defects such as voids and fiber waviness degrade the fatigue life and delamination resistance of the blade's composite. This research describes the effect of voids on static and fatigue interlaminar fracture behavior under mode I and mode II loading of wind turbine glass fiber composites. Samples with different void volume fractions in the 0.5%-7% range were successfully obtained by varying the vacuum in the hand layup vacuum bagging manufacturing process. Void content was characterized using four different methods; ultrasonic scanning, epoxy burn off, serial sectioning and X-Ray computed tomography. The effect of voids on both mode I and mode II interlaminar fracture toughness under static and fatigue loading was investigated. Finally, fractographic analysis (using optical and scanning electron microscopy) was conducted. The results showed that voids leads to slight reduction in static modes I and II interlaminar fracture toughness. In addition, voids lead to a decrease in modes I and II maximum cyclic strain energy release

  3. Two new methods to detect cosmic voids without density measurements

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    Elyiv, Andrii; Pollina, Giorgia; Baldi, Marco; Branchini, Enzo; Cimatti, Andrea; Moscardini, Lauro

    2014-01-01

    Cosmic voids are effective cosmological probes to discriminate among competing world models. Their precise and unbiased identification is a prerequisite to perform accurate observational tests. The identification is generally based on density or geometry criteria that, because of their very nature, are prone to shot noise errors. In this work we propose two new void finders that are based on dynamical and clustering criteria to select voids in the Lagrangian coordinates and minimise the impact of sparse sampling. The first approach exploits the Zeldovich approximation to trace back in time the orbits of galaxies located in the voids and their surroundings, whereas the second uses the observed galaxy-galaxy correlation function to relax the objects' spatial distribution to homogeneity and isotropy. In both cases voids are defined as regions of the negative velocity divergence in Lagrangian coordinates, that can be regarded as sinks of the back-in-time streamlines of the mass tracers. To assess the performance ...

  4. Void growth to coalescence in a non-local material

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    Niordson, Christian Frithiof

    The size-effect in metals containing distributed spherical voids is analyzed numerically using a finite strain generalization of a length scale dependent plasticity theory. Results are obtained for stress-triaxialities relevant in front of a crack tip in an elastic-plastic metal. The influence...... of different material length parameters in a multi-parameter theory is studied, and it is shown that the important length parameter is the same as under purely hydrostatic loading. It is quantified how micron scale voids grow less rapidly than larger voids, and the implications of this in the overall strength...... of the material is emphasized. It is concluded that for cracked specimens not only the void volume fraction, but also the typical void size is of importance to the fracture strength of ductile materials....

  5. Effect of 0.3eV resonance cross section for plutonium on coolant void reactivity in heavy water lattice

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    Plutonium fuel could be utilized in the entire core of heavy water moderated, boiling light water cooled pressure-tube-type reactor (HWR). The void reactivity, however, depends on the various parameters of the lattice. It is especially significant to clarify the influence of plutonium nuclides on the void reactivity. The void reactivities in the infinite HWR lattices have been parametrically analyzed to clarify the influences of changes in the lattice parameters on the void reactivity using the WIMS-D4 code with the JENDL-3.1 nuclear data. In this lattice calculation, it has been known that the behavior of the void reactivity can be made clear by separating the components for fuel nuclides, neutron cross sections, energy group and regions in lattice cell from the void reactivity using the important reaction rates. If the macroscopic 2200m/s neutron absorption cross section of fuel is identical each other, it has been shown that the void reactivity of the HWR lattice shifts further to the negative side in the narrower pitch lattice, and in the plutonium lattice than in the uranium lattice. The effect reducing the void reactivity to the negative by plutonium is caused mainly by the presence of the resonance cross section at around 0.3eV of 239Pu. Because the higher the content of 239Pu is, the less the recovery effect of neutron density within the resonance energy due to decrease in the thermal neutron scattering of hydrogen is with increase in coolant void fraction, so that the decreased resonance fission rate for 239Pu contributes to the more negative side for the void reactivity. (author)

  6. Measuring baryon acoustic oscillations from the clustering of voids

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    Liang, Yu; Zhao, Cheng; Chuang, Chia-Hsun; Kitaura, Francisco-Shu; Tao, Charling

    2016-07-01

    We investigate the necessary methodology to optimally measure the baryon acoustic oscillation (BAO) signal from voids, based on galaxy redshift catalogues. To this end, we study the dependence of the BAO signal on the population of voids classified by their sizes. We find for the first time the characteristic features of the correlation function of voids including the first robust detection of BAOs in mock galaxy catalogues. These show an anti-correlation around the scale corresponding to the smallest size of voids in the sample (the void exclusion effect), and dips at both sides of the BAO peak, which can be used to determine the significance of the BAO signal without any priori model. Furthermore, our analysis demonstrates that there is a scale-dependent bias for different populations of voids depending on the radius, with the peculiar property that the void population with the largest BAO significance corresponds to tracers with approximately zero bias on the largest scales. We further investigate the methodology on an additional set of 1000 realistic mock galaxy catalogues reproducing the SDSS-III/BOSS CMASS DR11 data, to control the impact of sky mask and radial selection function. Our solution is based on generating voids from randoms including the same survey geometry and completeness, and a post-processing cleaning procedure in the holes and at the boundaries of the survey. The methodology and optimal selection of void populations validated in this work have been used to perform the first BAO detection from voids in observations, presented in a companion paper.

  7. Numerical method for estimating void spaces of rock joints and the evolution of void spaces under different contact states

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    To determine the void spaces of rock joints under different normal stresses and shear displacements, we mainly introduce a numerical method which was developed based on equivalent void space derived from composite topography. The new method requires the 3D surface data of rock joints, and the normal closure data of the compression test under different shear displacements, while in conventional methods, some disparate materials are inserted between the joint surfaces or special equipments are needed for the measurement of the void space of rock joints without shearing occurs. To apply the technique, a modified 3D box counting method that considers the self-affine fractal property of void spaces was employed to calculate the 3D fractal dimension of the void space. Specially designed experiment was conducted on a cylindrical specimen of artificial joints to explore aperture distribution, and the correlations between void space characteristics, 3D fractal dimension and mean aperture, and normal stress under different shear displacements. The present study focuses on the introduction of the new method for estimating void spaces of rock joints, while the void spaces model obtained contains the combined surfaces roughness and aperture information of rock joints under different normal loads and shear displacements is promising in investigating the mechanical and hydraulic properties during the loading process. (paper)

  8. Seismic Techniques for Subsurface Voids Detection

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    Gritto, Roland; Korneev, Valeri; Elobaid Elnaiem, Ali; Mohamed, Fathelrahman; Sadooni, Fadhil

    2016-04-01

    A major hazards in Qatar is the presence of karst, which is ubiquitous throughout the country including depressions, sinkholes, and caves. Causes for the development of karst include faulting and fracturing where fluids find pathways through limestone and dissolve the host rock to form caverns. Of particular concern in rapidly growing metropolitan areas that expand in heretofore unexplored regions are the collapse of such caverns. Because Qatar has seen a recent boom in construction, including the planning and development of complete new sub-sections of metropolitan areas, the development areas need to be investigated for the presence of karst to determine their suitability for the planned project. In this paper, we present the results of a study to demonstrate a variety of seismic techniques to detect the presence of a karst analog in form of a vertical water-collection shaft located on the campus of Qatar University, Doha, Qatar. Seismic waves are well suited for karst detection and characterization. Voids represent high-contrast seismic objects that exhibit strong responses due to incident seismic waves. However, the complex geometry of karst, including shape and size, makes their imaging nontrivial. While karst detection can be reduced to the simple problem of detecting an anomaly, karst characterization can be complicated by the 3D nature of the problem of unknown scale, where irregular surfaces can generate diffracted waves of different kind. In our presentation we employ a variety of seismic techniques to demonstrate the detection and characterization of a vertical water collection shaft analyzing the phase, amplitude and spectral information of seismic waves that have been scattered by the object. We used the reduction in seismic wave amplitudes and the delay in phase arrival times in the geometrical shadow of the vertical shaft to independently detect and locate the object in space. Additionally, we use narrow band-pass filtered data combining two

  9. Analysis of diesel particulate: influence of air-fuel ratio and fuel composition on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon content

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    Lombaert, K.; le Moyne, L.; Maleissye, Tardieu de [Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Lab. de Mecanique Physique, Saint Cyr l' Ecole (France); Amouroux, J. [Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie, Lab. de Genie des Procedes Plasmas, Paris (France)

    2002-06-01

    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) are pollutants produced during the combustion process and are considered as soot precursors. PAH emissions are not presently regulated although they may have dangerous effects on human health. A comparison is presented here of the influence of engine parameters (air-fuel ratio and brake mean effective pressure) on the composition of particulates. The effects of a water-fuel emulsion on PAH (commonly examined in large engines) are also studied in a 1.9 L commonrail diesel engine: 13 per cent of water added to the fuel decreases the PAH concentration in diesel soot by half. The PAH emissions during cold-start of an automotive diesel engine are also presented. (Author)

  10. Effects of surface tension on void fraction in a multiple-channel simplifying triangle tight lattice rod bundle. Measurement and analysis

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    In order to know the effects of reduced surface tension on void fraction, adiabatic experiments were conducted for both air-water and air-water with surfactant systems at room temperature and pressure. Void fraction data were obtained for bubbly, slug, churn and annular flows in a vertical channel with two subchannels simplifying a triangle tight lattice rod bundle. The void fraction was found to be lower in air-water system than air-water with surfactant one. In addition, the void fractions for both systems were found to be lower than those calculated by various correlations in literatures for circular pipe flow. In order to study the cause of the above data trend, for annular flows, the void fraction has been calculated by a subchannel analysis using wall and interfacial friction correlations in literatures as constitutive equations, and by assuming the liquid film to be uniform over the wall perimeter. The best agreement between the calculation and the experiment has been obtained when NASCA correlation for wall friction force and modified RELAP5/MOD2 correlation incorporating reduced surface tension effects for interfacial friction force were used. (author)

  11. Urinary bladder rupture during voiding cystourethrography

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    Kyong Ok Lee

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Voiding cystourethrography (VCUG is a commonly performed diagnostic procedure for the evaluation of vesicoureteral reflux with urinary tract infection or congenital renal diseases in children. The procedure is relatively simple and cost-effective, and complications are very rare. The iatrogenic complication of VCUG range from discomfort, urinary tract infection to bacteremia, as well as bladder rupture. Bladder rupture is a rare complication of VCUG, and only a few cases were reported. Bladder rupture among healthy children during VCUG is an especially uncommon event. Bladder rupture associated with VCUG is usually more common in chronically unused bladders like chronic renal failure. Presented is a case of bladder rupture that occurred during a VCUG in a healthy 9-monthold infant, due to instilled action of dye by high pressure. This injury completely healed after 7 days of operation, and it was confirmed with a postoperative cystography. The patient’s bladder volume, underlying disease, velocity of the contrast media instilled, catheter size, and styles of instillation are important factors to prevent bladder rupture during VCUG. Management of bladder rupture should be individualized, but the majority of infants are treated with the operation. In conclusion, bladder rupture is a rare complication, however, delicate attention is needed in order to prevent more dire situations.

  12. Evolution of the supercluster-void network

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    Frisch, P C; Einasto, M; Freudling, W; Fricke, K J; Gramann, M; Toomet, O; Frisch, Patrick; Einasto, J; Einasto, M; Freudling, W; Fricke, K J; Gramann, M; Toomet, O

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    Recently, the observed cellular nature of the large-scale structure of the Universe with its quasi-regular pattern of superclusters and voids has been pointed out by several authors. In this paper, we investigate properties of the initial power spectrum which lead to prediction of structure consistent with these observations.For this purpose, we analyze the evolution of structure within four sets of 2- and 3-dimensional cosmological models, which differ in their initial power spectrum. The models include HDM and CDM models as well as double power-law models. We discuss in detail the impact of model parameters such as the large scale and small scale power and the position and height of the maxima of the power spectra on the predicted structure. The best agreement with observations was observed in the model with the Harrison-Zeldovich spectrum on large scales, a power index n\\approx -1.5 on small scales, and a maximum of the power spectrum at \\approx 130~\\Mpc. In this model the distribution of masses of cluster...

  13. Properties of hydrogen induced voids in silicon

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    After heat treatment, silicon samples implanted with high doses of hydrogen exhibit blistering and defoliation of thin silicon layers. The process is used commercially in the fabrication of thin silicon-on-insulator layers (Smart Cut(registered)). In the present study we investigate the behaviour of hydrogen after different processing steps, which lead to thin Si layers bonded to glass substrates. A set of hydrogen implanted samples is studied by means of low temperature photoluminescence, Raman spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction and optical microscopy (visible and infrared). The formation of Si-H bonds is detected after implantation together with a build-up of internal strain. After annealing, the relaxation of the implanted layers is found to be connected with the formation of hydrogen saturated vacancies and the formation of H2 molecules filling up larger voids. A comparison is made with hydrogen plasma treated samples, where well defined platelets on {111} planes are found to trap hydrogen molecules. No direct evidence of the role of {111} and {100} platelets in the blistering process is found in the implanted layers from our study. We determine considerable compressive stresses in the bonded Si layers on glass substrates. The photoluminescence is strongly enhanced in these bonded layers but red-shifted due to a strain reduced band gap

  14. Radionuclide voiding cystography in intrarenal reflux detection

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    In order to evaluate the possibility of detecting intra-renal reflux (IRR) with a more sensitive procedure, 48 children with recurrent urinary tract infections underwent intravenous urography (IVU) and voiding cystourethrogram (VCU) using a solution containing contrast medium and sup(99m)Tc-sulfur colloid particles which are known to persist in the renal parenchyma for a long time. Scintigraphic images were taken at 5 and 20 hours after VCU. 18 children had no vesico-ureteral reflux, 11 showed unilateral and 19 bilateral VUR, which was therefore present in 49 renal units. Among the 49 renal refluxing units (RRUs) IRR was detected radiologically in 8; of these isotopic activity in the renal area was present in all 6 RRUs who were examined at 20 hours. Of the remaining 41 RRUs with no radiologically detectable IRR 24 were evaluated at 20 hours and 5 (21%) showed renal radioactivity. Renal scars were significantly more frequent in kidneys with radioisotopic activity at 20 hours. The results of this study indicate that radionuclide cystography using sup(99m)Tc-sulfur colloid is a reliable procedure for demonstrating IRR, and to this end is more sensitive than X-ray VCU. Radionuclide cystography with sulfur colloid particles should therefore be considered a simple and useful complementary procedure, which is more sensitive than X-ray VCU in the diagnosis and follow-up of IRR

  15. The Effect Of Void Formation On The Reliability Of ED-XRF Measurements In Lead-Free Reflow Soldering

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available In lead-free reflow soldering, the presence of voids should be taken into account. For this reason, the effect of the applied heating profiles was examined via the characterization of voids in galvanic and immersion Sn coatings. According to EU Directive 2002/95/EC, the screening of Pb element of reflow soldering (i.e. of electrical and electronic equipment is necessary; and the practical implementation of this measurement is largely affected by the characteristics of the solder (i.e. the presence of voids and the inhomogeneity of the solder. Comparing the results of the above two coating methods, it was found that by chemical coating more voids were formed and the detected lead content was higher than for galvanic Sn. The standard deviation of Ag and Cu concentrations was mainly influenced by the appearance of large compounds in the second case, while with chemical coating, no large compounds were formed due to the elevated number of voids.

  16. Partial discharges within two spherical voids in an epoxy resin

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    A void in a dielectric insulation material may exist due to imperfection in the insulation manufacturing or long term stressing. Voids have been identified as one of the common sources of partial discharge (PD) activity within an insulation system, such as in cable insulation and power transformers. Therefore, it is important to study PD phenomenon within void cavities in insulation. In this work, a model of PD activity within two spherical voids in a homogeneous dielectric material has been developed using finite element analysis software to study the parameters affecting PD behaviour. The parameters that have been taken into account are the void surface conductivity, electron generation rate and the inception and extinction fields. Measurements of PD activity within two spherical voids in an epoxy resin under ac sinusoidal applied voltage have also been performed. The simulation results have been compared with the measurement data to validate the model and to identify the parameters affecting PD behaviour. Comparison between measurements of PD activity within single and two voids in a dielectric material have also been made to observe the difference of the results under both conditions. (paper)

  17. Local, zero-power void coefficient measurements in the ACPR

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    Changes in reactivity may be stimulated in the ACPR by the local introduction of voids into the reactor coolant. The local void coefficients of reactivity which describe this effect are of interest from a reactor safety point-of-view, and their determination is the subject of this presentation. Bottled nitrogen gas was used to produce the voids. The gas was forced out of a small diameter tube which was positioned vertically in the core lattice with its open end below the fuel. The gas was passed through a pressure regulator, a valve, and a flowmeter to establish a steady flow condition, following which a delayed-critical (zero-power) reactor state was established. Correlation of the average volume of core void created by the nitrogen flow with the reactivity worth of the delayed-critical control-rod bank position produced the values of the zero-power void coefficients of reactivity. The void coefficients were determined at various core positions from ∼6 mm to 142 mm beyond the central irradiation space and for three different flow rates. For the range of void fractions investigated, these coefficients are negative, with values ranging between -$0.02 and -$0.12. Tabular and graphical results of the measurements are presented, and details of the coefficient determination are explained. (author)

  18. The Local Void: for or against $\\Lambda$CDM?

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    Xie, Lizhi; Guo, Qi

    2014-01-01

    The emptiness of the Local Void has been put forward as a serious challenge to the current standard paradigm of structure formation in $\\Lambda$CDM. We use a high resolution cosmological N-body simulation, the Millennium-II run, combined with a sophisticated semi-analytical galaxy formation model, to explore statistically whether the local void is allowed within our current knowledge of galaxy formation in $\\Lambda$CDM. We find that about $15$ percent of the Local Group analogue systems ($11$ of $77$) in our simulation are associated with nearby low density regions having size and 'emptiness' similar to those of the observed Local Void. This suggests that, rather than a crisis of the $\\Lambda$CDM, the emptiness of the Local Void is indeed a success of the standard $\\Lambda$CDM theory. The paucity of faint galaxies in such voids results from a combination of two factors: a lower amplitude of the halo mass function in the voids than in the field, and a lower galaxy formation efficiency in void haloes due to hal...

  19. Influence of crystallographic orientation on growth behavior of spherical voids

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    ZHANG Xin-ming; LIU Wen-hui; TANG Jian-guo; YE Ling-ying

    2008-01-01

    The influence of crystallographic orientation on the void growth in FCC crystals was numerically simulated with 3D crystal plasticity finite element by using a 3D unit cell including a spherical void, and the rate-dependent crystal plasticity theory was implemented as a user material subroutine. The results of the simulations show that crystallographic orientation has significant influence on the growth behavior of the void. Different active slip systems of the regions around the void cause the discontinuity in lattice rotation around the void, and the corner-like region is formed. In the case of the void located at grain boundary, large heterogeneous deformation occurs between the two grains, and the equivalent plastic deformation along grain boundary near the void in the case of θ=45°(θ is the angle between grain boundary direction and X-axis) is larger than the others. Large difference of orientation factor of the two grains leads to large equivalent plastic deformation along grain boundary, and the unit cell is more likely to fail by intergranular fracture.

  20. Influence of Grain Boundary Properties and Orientation on Void Nucleation

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    Fensin, Saryu Jindal [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States). Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT)

    2016-03-01

    For ductile metals, dynamic fracture during shock loading is thought to occur through void nucleation, growth, and then coalescence that leads to material failure. Particularly for high purity metals, it has been observed by numerous investigators that, under incipient spall conditions, voids appear to heterogeneously nucleate at some grain boundaries, but not others. Several factors can affect the void nucleation stress at a grain boundary, such as grain boundary structure, orientation with respect to the loading direction, energy and excess volume, in addition to its interactions with dislocations. In this work, we focus on the influence of loading direction with respect to the grain boundary plane and grain boundary properties such as energy and excess volume on the stress required for void nucleation of a grain boundary, in copper from moleculardynamics simulations. Flyer plate simulations were carried out for four boundary types with different energies and excess volumes. These boundaries were chosen as model systems to represent various boundaries observed in “real” materials. Simulations indicate that there is no direct correlation between the void nucleation stress at a boundary and either its energy and excess volume. This result suggests that average properties of grain boundaries alone are not sufficient indicators of the spall strength of a boundary and perhaps local boundary properties need to be taken into account in order to predict its susceptibility to void nucleation for broad ranges of materials. We also present both experimental and simulation results corresponding to the affect of orientation on void nucleation.

  1. Spatial and temporal tuning in void models for acceleration

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    There has been considerable interest in recent years in cosmological models in which we inhabit a very large, underdense void as an alternative to dark energy. A long-standing objection to this proposal is that observations limit our position to be very close to the void center. By selecting from a family of void profiles that fit supernova luminosity data, we carefully determine how far from the center we could be. To do so, we use the observed dipole component of the cosmic microwave background, as well as an additional stochastic peculiar velocity arising from primordial perturbations. We find that we are constrained to live within 80 Mpc of the center of a void--a somewhat weaker constraint than found in previous studies, but nevertheless a strong violation of the Copernican principle. By considering how such a Gpc-scale void would appear on the microwave sky, we also show that there can be a maximum of one of these voids within our Hubble radius. Hence, the constraint on our position corresponds to a fraction of the Hubble volume of order 10-8. Finally, we use the fact that void models only look temporarily similar to a cosmological-constant-dominated universe to argue that these models are not free of temporal fine-tuning.

  2. Measuring Baryon Acoustic Oscillations from the clustering of voids

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    Liang, Yu; Chuang, Chia-Hsun; Kitaura, Francisco-Shu; Tao, Charling

    2015-01-01

    We investigate the necessary methodology to optimally measure the baryon acoustic oscillation (BAO) signal, from voids based on galaxy redshift catalogues. To this end, we study the dependency of the BAO signal on the population of voids classified by their sizes. We find for the first time the characteristic features of the correlation function of voids including the first robust detection of BAOs in mock galaxy catalogues. These show an anti-correlation around the scale corresponding to the smallest size of voids in the sample (the void exclusion effect), and dips at both sides of the BAO peak, which can be used to determine the significance of the BAO signal without any priori model. Furthermore, our analysis demonstrates that there is a scale dependent bias for different populations of voids depending on the radius, with the peculiar property that the void population with the largest BAO significance corresponds to tracers with approximately zero bias on the largest scales. We further investigate the meth...

  3. Baryon effects on void statistics in the EAGLE simulation

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    Paillas, Enrique; Padilla, Nelson; Tissera, Patricia; Helly, John; Schaller, Matthieu

    2016-01-01

    Cosmic voids are promising tools for cosmological tests due to their sensitivity to dark energy, modified gravity and alternative cosmological scenarios. Most previous studies in the literature of void properties use cosmological N-body simulations of dark matter (DM) particles that ignore the potential effect of baryonic physics. We analyse voids in the mass and subhalo density field in the EAGLE simulations, which follow the evolution of galaxies in a Lambda cold dark matter Universe with state-of-the-art subgrid models for baryonic processes. We study the effect of baryons on void statistics by comparing results with simulations that only follow the evolution of DM, but use the same initial conditions as EAGLE. When using the mass in the simulation, we find that a DM-only simulation produces 24 per cent more voids than a hydrodynamical one, but this difference comes mainly from voids with radii smaller than 5 Mpc. We do not find significant differences in the density profiles between voids in EAGLE and its...

  4. Simulation studies of the information content of muon arrival time observations of high energy extensive air showers

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    By extensive Monte Carlo calculations, using the air shower simulation code CORSIKA, EAS muon arrival time distributions and EAS time profiles up to 320 m distances from the shower centre have been generated, for proton, oxygen and iron induced showers using different hadronic interaction models as Monte Carlo generators. The model dependence and mass discriminating features have been scrutinized for three energy ranges, (1-1.7783) 1015 eV, (1.-1.78) 1016 eV and (1.78-3.16) 1016 eV, by use of non-parametric statistical inference method applied to multidimensional distributions, correlating the EAS time quantities with different other EAS observables. The correlations of local muon arrival times with the local muon density and the shower age indicate a good mass separation quality at larger shower distances. The best discrimination was obtained by adding the correlation with Nμtr quantity. The comparison between 'local times', with reference to the first registered muon and 'global times' with reference to the arrival time of the shower core, indicates a slightly better mass discrimination in the case of muon 'global' time distributions. (authors)

  5. The sparkling Universe: a scenario for cosmic void motions

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    Ceccarelli, Laura; Ruiz, Andrés N.; Lares, Marcelo; Paz, Dante J.; Maldonado, Victoria E.; Luparello, Heliana E.; Lambas, Diego Garcia

    2015-01-01

    We perform a statistical study of the global motion of cosmic voids using both a numerical simulation and observational data. We analyse their relation to large-scale mass flows and the physical effects that drive those motions. We analyse the bulk motions of voids, defined by the mean velocity of haloes in the surrounding shells in the numerical simulation, and by galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data Release 7. We find void mean bulk velocities close to 400 km/s, comparable to those...

  6. Influence of void effects on reactivity of coupled fast-thermal system HERBE

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    Coupled fast-thermal system HERBE at the experimental zero power heavy water reactor RB is a system with the significant effects of the neutron leakage and neutron absorption. Presence of a coolant void introduces a new structure in an extremely heterogeneous core. In those conditions satisfactory results of the calculation are acquired only using specified space-energy homogenization procedure. In order to analyze transient appearances and accidental cases of the reactor systems, a procedure for modeling of influence of moderator and coolant loss on reactivity ('void effect') is developed. Reduction of the moderator volume fraction in some fuel channels due to air gaps or steam generation during the accidental moderator boiling, restricts validity of the diffusion approximation in the reactor calculations. In cases of high neutron flux gradients, which are consequence of high neutron absorption, application of diffusion approximation is questionable too. The problem may be solved using transport or Monte Carlo methods, but they are not acceptable in the routine applications. Applying new techniques based on space-energy core homogenization, such as the SPH method or the discontinuity factor method, diffusion calculations become acceptable. Calculations based on the described model show that loss of part of moderator medium introduce negative reactivity in the HERBE system. Calculated local void reactivity coefficients are used in safety analysis of hypothetical accidents

  7. Simulation studies of the information content of muon arrival time observations of high energy extensive air showers

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    By extensive Monte Carlo calculations, using the air shower simulation code CORSIKA, EAS muon arrival time distributions and EAS time profiles up to 320 m distances from the shower centre have been generated, for proton, oxygen and iron induced showers using different hadronic interaction models as Monte Carlo generators. The model dependence and mass discriminating features have been scrutinised for three energies ranges, (1.0-1.78) 1015 eV, (1.0-1.78) 1016 eV and (1.78-3.16) 1016 eV. The present studies have been focussed to the exploration of the information carried by EAS time observables and their correlations in view of features discriminating the mass of the cosmic primary and different hadronic interaction models. Advanced non-parametric statistical methods based on Bayesian decision rules have been applied to scrutinise the EAS observables and to specify quantitatively the results. A first inspection allows some tentative conclusions: 1. The correlations of the local muon arrival time variables with the local muon density improves the true classification rate and discrimination features. It turns out that the correlation can be replaced by a single parameter: Δτq/ρμ. The classification gets improved by correlating the muon arrival times with the shower age, the shower size Ne and Nμtr; 2. Correlating the observation of Δτq/ρμ for two radial distances, the mass discrimination of the primaries get only slightly improved, different from our previous results analysing the (global) arrival times of the foremost muon correlated at two different radial distances; 3. Comparing the classification rates for different muon arrival time quantities: the first quartile, the median and the third quartile, by both considered models QGSJET and VENUS similar results have been obtained.The analysis of the median Δτ0.50 and of the slow component of the arrival time distribution, represented by Δτ0.75, improves the true-classification rate of the oxygen component

  8. Mechanisms of void coarsening in helium implanted silicon

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    Evans, J H

    2002-01-01

    There has been recent discussion of the mechanisms that give rise to the observed coarsening of void populations introduced into silicon by implanting helium and then annealing to remove the helium. Over the temperature range from approximately 700 to 1000 degree sign C and beyond, further annealing leads to an increase of the average void size and decrease in void density. This paper sets out to calculate the coarsening expected from the two primary potential mechanisms, migration and coalescence (M and C) and Ostwald ripening (OR). The methodology of the calculations is carefully set out together with the surface diffusion and vacancy diffusion parameters on which the mechanisms depend. For moderate anneal temperatures, up to 1000 degree sign C, it would seem unlikely that OR can play any part in void coarsening. On the other hand, M and C calculations show that this mechanism gives results consistent with the size range found in experimental results.

  9. Can decaying modes save void models for acceleration?

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    The discovery of the unexpected dimness of type Ia supernovae, apparently due to accelerated expansion driven by some form of dark energy or modified gravity, has led to attempts to explain the observations using only general relativity with baryonic and cold dark matter, but by dropping the standard assumption of homogeneity on Hubble scales. In particular, the supernova data can be explained if we live near the center of a Hubble-scale void. However, such void models have been shown to be inconsistent with various observations, assuming the void consists of a pure growing mode. Here it is shown that models with significant decaying mode contribution today can be ruled out on the basis of the expected cosmic microwave background spectral distortion. This essentially closes one of the very few remaining loopholes in attempts to rule out void models, and strengthens the evidence for Hubble-scale homogeneity.

  10. Answers from the void: VIDE and its applications

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    Sutter, P M; Pisani, A; Lavaux, G; Wandelt, B D

    2014-01-01

    We discuss various applications of VIDE, the Void IDentification and Examination toolkit, an open-source Python/C++ code for finding cosmic voids in galaxy redshift surveys and N-body simulations. Based on a substantially enhanced version of ZOBOV, VIDE not only finds voids, but also summarizes their properties, extracts statistical information, and provides a Python-based platform for more detailed analysis, such as manipulating void catalogs and particle members, filtering, plotting, computing clustering statistics, stacking, comparing catalogs, and fitting density profiles. VIDE also provides significant additional functionality for pre-processing inputs: for example, VIDE can work with volume- or magnitude-limited galaxy samples with arbitrary survey geometries, or dark matter particles or halo catalogs in a variety of common formats. It can also randomly subsample inputs and includes a Halo Occupation Distribution model for constructing mock galaxy populations. VIDE has been used for a wide variety of ap...

  11. Measurement and Analysis of Sodium Void Reactivity Effect in CEFR

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    2011-01-01

    The sodium void reactivity effect (SVRE) is one of the important parameters in the design and safety analysis of sodium-cooled fast reactors. In some serious accident conditions, for example the total instantaneous blockage (TIB) accident,

  12. Stability of void fraction waves and bubble-slug transition

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    The propagation of natural void fraction disturbances in a nitrogen-water flow has been studied, through the statistical analysis of conductivity probe signals, for void fractions ranging from .1 to .5 and including the bubble slug transition. The power spectral density function and the standard deviation of the void fraction signal have been computed for each probe, as well as the phase factor (wave velocity), the coherence function and the gain factor between each pair of consecutive probes as a function of frequency. For bubble flows, the results are in agreement with the results obtained by other authors. The transition from bubble to slug flow is related to void fraction wave instabilities, two kinds of instabilities occurring simultaneously: amplitude increase (gain factor > 1) and wave-breaking. A criterion for the flow-pattern transition between bubble and slug flow (maximum of standard deviation) is proposed

  13. A dynamic void growth model governed by dislocation kinetics

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    Wilkerson, J. W.; Ramesh, K. T.

    2014-10-01

    Here we examine the role of dislocation kinetics and substructure evolution on the dynamic growth of voids under very high strain rates, and develop a methodology for accounting for these effects in a computationally efficient manner. In particular, we account for the combined effects of relativistic dislocation drag and an evolving mobile dislocation density on the dynamics of void growth. We compare these effects to the constraints imposed by micro-inertia and discuss the conditions under which each mechanism governs the rate of void growth. The consequences of these constraints may be seen in a number of experimental observations associated with dynamic tensile failure, including the extreme rate-sensitivity of spall strength observed in laser shock experiments, an apparent anomalous temperate dependence of spall strength, and some particular features of void size distributions on spall surfaces.

  14. Can decaying modes save void models for acceleration?

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    Zibin, James P

    2011-01-01

    The discovery of the unexpected dimness of Type Ia supernovae (SNe), apparently due to accelerated expansion driven by some form of dark energy or modified gravity, has led to attempts to explain the observations using only general relativity with baryonic and cold dark matter, but by dropping the standard assumption of homogeneity on Hubble scales. In particular, the SN data can be explained if we live near the centre of a Hubble-scale void. However, such void models have been shown to be inconsistent with various observations, assuming the void consists of a pure growing mode. Here it is shown that models with significant decaying mode contribution today can be ruled out on the basis of the expected cosmic microwave background spectral distortion. This esentially closes one of very few remaining loopholes in attempts to rule out void models, and strengthens the evidence for Hubble-scale homogeneity.

  15. Voids in neutron-irradiated metals and alloys

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    Small-angle x-ray and neutron scattering are powerful analytical tools for investigating long-range fluctuations in electron (x-rays) or magnetic moment (neutrons) densities in materials. In recent years they have yielded valuable information about voids, void size distributions, and swelling in aluminum, aluminum alloys, copper, molybdenum, nickel, nickel-aluminum, niobium and niobium alloys, stainless steels, graphite and silicon carbide. In the case of aluminum, information concerning the shape of the voids and the ratio of specific surface energies was obtained. The technique of small-angle scattering and its application to the study of voids is reviewed in the paper. Emphasis is placed on the conditions which limit the applicability of the technique, on the interpretation of the data, and on a comparison of the results obtained with companion techniques such as transmission electron microscopy and bulk density. 8 figures, 41 references

  16. A variational void coalescence model for ductile metals

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    Siddiq, Amir

    2011-08-17

    We present a variational void coalescence model that includes all the essential ingredients of failure in ductile porous metals. The model is an extension of the variational void growth model by Weinberg et al. (Comput Mech 37:142-152, 2006). The extended model contains all the deformation phases in ductile porous materials, i.e. elastic deformation, plastic deformation including deviatoric and volumetric (void growth) plasticity followed by damage initiation and evolution due to void coalescence. Parametric studies have been performed to assess the model\\'s dependence on the different input parameters. The model is then validated against uniaxial loading experiments for different materials. We finally show the model\\'s ability to predict the damage mechanisms and fracture surface profile of a notched round bar under tension as observed in experiments. © Springer-Verlag 2011.

  17. A Novel Low-Cost Open-Hardware Platform for Monitoring Soil Water Content and Multiple Soil-Air-Vegetation Parameters

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    Bitella, Giovanni; Rossi, Roberta; Bochicchio, Rocco; Perniola, Michele; Amato, Mariana

    2014-01-01

    Monitoring soil water content at high spatio-temporal resolution and coupled to other sensor data is crucial for applications oriented towards water sustainability in agriculture, such as precision irrigation or phenotyping root traits for drought tolerance. The cost of instrumentation, however, limits measurement frequency and number of sensors. The objective of this work was to design a low cost “open hardware” platform for multi-sensor measurements including water content at different depths, air and soil temperatures. The system is based on an open-source ARDUINO microcontroller-board, programmed in a simple integrated development environment (IDE). Low cost high-frequency dielectric probes were used in the platform and lab tested on three non-saline soils (ECe1: 2.5 soil, 0.07 for the clay loam and 0.08 for the sandy loam. The overall model (pooled soil data) fitted the data very well (R2 = 0.89) showing a high stability, being able to generate very similar RMSEs during training and validation (RMSEtraining = 2.63; RMSEvalidation = 2.61). Data recorded on the card were automatically sent to a remote server allowing repeated field-data quality checks. This work provides a framework for the replication and upgrading of a customized low cost platform, consistent with the open source approach whereby sharing information on equipment design and software facilitates the adoption and continuous improvement of existing technologies. PMID:25337742

  18. HS 2134+0400 - new very metal-poor galaxy, a representative of void population?

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    Pustilnik, S A; Kniazev, A Yu; Pramsky, A G; Ugryumov, A V; Hagen, H J

    2005-01-01

    We present the SAO 6m telescope spectroscopy of a blue compact galaxy (BCG) HS 2134+0400 discovered in frame of the dedicated Hamburg/SAO survey for Low Metallicity BCGs (HSS-LM). Its very low abundance of oxygen (12+log(O/H) = 7.44), as well as other heavy elements (S, N, Ne, Ar), assigns this dwarf galaxy to the group of BCGs with the lowest metal content. There are only eight that low metallicity among several thousand known BCGs in the nearby Universe. The abundance ratios for the heavy elements (S/O, Ne/O, N/O, and Ar/O) are well consistent with the typical values of other very metal-poor BCGs. The global environment of HS 2134+0400 is atypical of the majority of BCGs. The object falls within the Pegasus void, the large volume with the very low density of galaxies with the normal (M_B* = -19.6) or high luminosity. Since we found in voids a dozen more the very metal-poor galaxies, we discuss the hypothesis that such objects can be representative of a substantial fraction of the void dwarf galaxy populatio...

  19. Voiding Dysfunction Induced by Tetanus: A Case Report

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    Satoru Kira; Norifumi Sawada; Tadashi Aoki; Hideki Kobayashi; Masayuki Takeda

    2016-01-01

    A 34-year-old man presented with sudden voiding dysfunction and lower limb paraplegia. As a central nervous system disorder was suspected, he was referred to the neurology department. Under the diagnosis of neurosarcoidosis, steroid pulse therapy was initiated. To ensure the effect of this therapy, the patient was referred back for urodynamic testing. Urodynamic testing indicated that the urethral sphincter was not relaxed and could not void. Due to the sudden appearance of repeated and refra...

  20. Uroflowmetry in neurologically normal children with voiding disorders

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    Jensen, K M; Nielsen, K.K.; Kristensen, E S;

    1985-01-01

    neurological deficits underwent a complete diagnostic program including intravenous urography, voiding cystography and cystoscopy as well as spontaneous uroflowmetry, cystometry-emg and pressure-flow-emg study. The incidence of dyssynergia was 22%. However, neither the flow curve pattern nor single flow...... variables were able to identify children with dyssynergia. Consequently uroflowmetry seems inefficient in the screening for dyssynergia in neurological normal children with voiding disorders in the absence of anatomical bladder outlet obstruction....

  1. A new technology for air-entrainment of concrete

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    Laustsen, Sara; Hasholt, Marianne Tange; Jensen, Ole Mejlhede

    This paper describes a new technology for air-entrainment of concrete. The technology is based on the addition of dry superabsorbent polymers (SAP) to the concrete. A large amount of small internal water reservoirs are formed during mixing when SAP absorbs water and swells. The internal water...... reservoirs are distributed throughout the concrete. During the hydration process the cement paste imbibes water from the water-filled SAP voids. Thereby the water-filled SAP voids turn into partly air-filled voids. The advantages of the SAP-based technology compared to traditional chemical air-entrainment...

  2. Probing the Origins of Voids in the Distribution of Galaxies

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    Ord, L M; Mathis, H; Silk, J; Ord, Louise M.; Kunz, Martin; Mathis, Hugues; Silk, Joseph

    2005-01-01

    If the voids that we see today in the distribution of galaxies existed at recombination, they will leave an imprint on the cosmic microwave background (CMB). On the other hand, if these voids formed much later, their effect on the CMB will be negligible and will not be observed with the current generation of experiments. In this paper presented at the 2004 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Astronomical Society of Australia, we discuss our ongoing investigations into voids of primordial origin. We show that if voids in the cold dark matter distribution existed at the epoch of decoupling, they could contribute significantly to the apparent rise in CMB power on small scales detected by the Cosmic Background Imager (CBI) Deep Field. Here we present our improved method for predicting the effects of primordial voids on the CMB in which we treat a void as an external source in the cold dark matter (CDM) distribution employing a Boltzmann solver. Our improved predictions include the effects of a cosmological constant ...

  3. Sodium void worth reduction in KALIMER breeder core design

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    A study was performed to investigate potential design options for the maximum reduction of sodium void worth by evaluating various design options such as core pancaking by the core height reduction and alternative core configurations with the addition of axial blankets and sodium filled upper fission gas plenum(UFGP) in the reference KALIMER core envelope characterized by its high breeding ratio. From the exploratory search of various design options, the radially heterogeneous core that is designed with the reduction of driver fuel fissile height only by 20 cm and the replacement of the drive fuel removal with 20- cm thick sodium filled UFGP was determined to be the best candidate in achieving the sodium void worth reduction. The sodium void worth reduced core has a breeding of 1.16 and the sodium void worth reduction from 1377 pcm to 1193 pcm in case of whole sodium voiding in fuel and blanket assemblies including the sodium filled UFGPs. The burnup reactivity swing is increased from 632 pcm to 1343 pcm and there exists a strong tradeoff between the sodium void worth reduction and the core nuclear performance degradation especially in burnup reactivity swing

  4. Influence of the void fraction in the linear reactivity model

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    The linear reactivity model allows the multicycle analysis in pressurized water reactors in a simple and quick way. In the case of the Boiling water reactors the void fraction it varies axially from 0% of voids in the inferior part of the fuel assemblies until approximately 70% of voids to the exit of the same ones. Due to this it is very important the determination of the average void fraction during different stages of the reactor operation to predict the burnt one appropriately of the same ones to inclination of the pattern of linear reactivity. In this work a pursuit is made of the profile of power for different steps of burnt of a typical operation cycle of a Boiling water reactor. Starting from these profiles it builds an algorithm that allows to determine the voids profile and this way to obtain the average value of the same one. The results are compared against those reported by the CM-PRESTO code that uses another method to carry out this calculation. Finally, the range in which is the average value of the void fraction during a typical cycle is determined and an estimate of the impact that it would have the use of this value in the prediction of the reactivity produced by the fuel assemblies is made. (Author)

  5. Irradiation creep relaxation of void swelling-driven stresses

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    Hall, M. M.

    2013-01-01

    Swelling-driven-creep test specimens are used to measure the compressive stresses that develop due to constraint of irradiation void swelling. These specimens use a previously non-irradiated 20% CW Type 316 stainless steel holder to axially restrain two Type 304 stainless steel tubular specimens that were previously irradiated in the US Experimental Breeder Reactor (EBR-II) at 490 °C. One specimen was previously irradiated to fluence levels in the void nucleation regime (9 dpa) and the other in the quasi-steady void growth regime (28 dpa). A lift-off compliance measurement technique was used post-irradiation to determine compressive stresses developed during reirradiation of the two specimen assemblies in Row 7 of EBR-II at temperatures of 547 °C and 504 °C, respectively, to additional damage levels each of about 5 dpa. Results obtained on the higher fluence swelling-driven-creep specimen show that compressive stress due to constraint of swelling retards void swelling to a degree that is consistent with active load uniaxial compression specimens that were irradiated as part of a previously reported multiaxial in-reactor creep experiment. Swelling results obtained on the lower fluence swelling-driven creep specimen show a much larger effect of compressive stress in reducing swelling, demonstrating that the larger effect of stress on swelling is on void nucleation as compared to void growth. Test results are analyzed using a recently proposed multiaxial creep-swelling model.

  6. The Void in the Sculptor Group Spiral Galaxy NGC 247

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    Wagner-Kaiser, R; Sarajedini, A; Chakrabarti, S

    2014-01-01

    The dwarf galaxy NGC 247, located in the Sculptor Filament, displays an apparent void on the north side of its spiral disk. The existence of the void in the disk of this dwarf galaxy has been known for some time, but the exact nature and cause of this strange feature has remained unclear. We investigate the properties of the void in the disk of NGC 247 using photometry of archival Hubble Space Telescope data to analyze the stars in and around this region. Based on a grid of isochrones from log(t)=6.8 to log(t)=10.0, we assign ages using nearest-neighbor interpolation. Examination of the spatial variation of these ages across the galaxy reveals an age difference between stars located inside the void region and stars located outside this region. We speculate that the void in NGC 247's stellar disk may be due to a recent interaction with a nearly dark sub-halo that collided with the disk and could account for the long-lived nature of the void.

  7. The Effect of Nearby Voids on Galaxy Number Counts

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    Bucklein, Brian K; Hintz, Eric G

    2016-01-01

    The size, shape and degree of emptiness of void interiors sheds light on the details of galaxy formation. A particularly interesting question is whether void interiors are completely empty or contain a dwarf population. However the nearby voids that are most conducive for dwarf searches have large angular diameters, on the order of a steradian, making it difficult to redshift-map a statistically significant portion of their volume to the magnitude limit of dwarf galaxies. As part of addressing this problem, we investigate here the usefulness of number counts in establishing the best locations to search inside nearby (d < 300 Mpc) galaxy voids, utilizing Wolf plots of log(n < m) vs. m as the basic diagnostic. To illustrate expected signatures, we consider the signature of three void profiles, "cut out", "built up", and "universal profile" carved into Monte-Carlo Schechter function models. We then investigate the signatures of voids in the Millennium Run dark matter simulation and the Sloan Digital Sky Su...

  8. Understanding the void coefficient of reactivity in AHWR lattice

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    The AHWR design has evolved with one of the primary aim of achieving negative void coefficient under both operating and accidental conditions. The void reactivity can be made negative with harder spectrum, which could be achieved either by changing the properties of the moderating medium or by decreasing the inventory of moderator (like increasing the cluster size in relation to the lattice pitch). It is also possible to achieve negative void coefficient by using a burnable absorber in the fuel or in isolated pins in an inert matrix. On voiding, the thermal flux increases in the cluster, which can be reduced by using a slow burning absorber. The current design of AHWR uses a composite cluster designated as D5, where a combination of the effects mentioned above is used to achieve the negative void coefficient of reactivity. In this paper, we attempt to quantitatively study these effects and its influence on the void reactivity of the D5 cluster by way of estimating the neutron spectrum and the reaction rates of some of the isotopes of importance and also through a four factor formula approach. (author)

  9. Development and validation of a technique of measurement of the void fraction by X-ray tomography

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    The aim of this study is to develop an instrumentation to measure the local void fraction map in an air - water flow by X-ray tomography. After an exhaustive literature survey, the selected reconstruction algorithms are compared to choose the most effective. Several improvements are added and tested to enhance the reconstruction accuracy in the vicinity of the pipe walls. An experimental parallel beam tomographic bench has been developed and its operating parameters have been optimized. The acquisition system and the reconstruction algorithm are used to map phantoms, homogeneous or non - homogeneous air - water bubbly flows and bundle flows with regular or interlaced sampling scheme. The method is validated by comparing with the void fraction maps measured with an optical probe. At the end, the method is extended to the fan-beam geometry. (author)

  10. Radionuclide voiding patterns in children with vesicoureteral reflux

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    The purpose of this study was to evaluate bladder function in children with vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) by means of indirect radionuclide cystography (IRNC), and to investigate whether IRNC can identify those children with voiding dysfunction. The study enrolled 74 neurologically intact children, 14 boys and 60 girls aged 2-14 years, with VUR documented using contrast micturating cystourethrography as the initial method. In all patients, IRNC was performed using technetium-99m diethylene triamine penta-acetate (DTPA). Based on the urodynamic findings, three groups were distinguished: a group with VUR and normal urodynamic findings (n=27), a group with VUR and detrusor hyper-reflexia (n=43) and a group with VUR and detrusor-sphincter dyssynergia (n=4). A control group comprised 64 healthy children, aged 2-13 years, without any symptoms of lower urinary tract dysfunction. The dynamics of bladder emptying were studied in the posterior view after intravenous injection of 37 MBq/10 kg b.w. DTPA, with acquisition of 90 2-s frames during voiding. The parameters evaluated were: voided urine volume (VV), bladder capacity, functional bladder capacity (FBC), residual urine, voiding time, average flow rate, peak flow rate (PFR) and ejection fraction (EF). With regard to the final urodynamic diagnosis, FBC, PFR and EF were found to be significant IRNC predictor variables using the logistic regression method. If abnormality on at least two of the three significant predictor variables was taken as the criterion of voiding dysfunction, the overall sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of IRNC in the detection of voiding dysfunction were 81%, 78% and 80%, respectively. Three radionuclide voiding patterns were detected in children with VUR: (1) a normal voiding pattern characterised by normal FBC with near-normal PFR and EF values, (2) a markedly reduced FBC with significantly reduced VV, PFR and EF values (in children with bladder instability), and (3) a higher bladder volume with

  11. Radionuclide voiding patterns in children with vesicoureteral reflux

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    Vlajkovic, Marina; Ilic, Slobodan; Bogicevic, Momcilo; Rajic, Milena; Ristic, Lidija; Petronijevic, Vesna [Department of Nuclear Medicine, Clinical Center Nis, Brace Taskovic 48, 18000, Nis (Yugoslavia); Golubovic, Emilija [Clinic of Pediatrics, Clinical Center Nis, Nis (Yugoslavia); Stefanovic, Vladisav [Institute of Nephrology and Haemodialysis, Clinical Center Nis, Nis (Yugoslavia); Artiko, Vera [Institute of Nuclear Medicine, Clinical Center Serbia, Belgrade (Yugoslavia)

    2003-04-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate bladder function in children with vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) by means of indirect radionuclide cystography (IRNC), and to investigate whether IRNC can identify those children with voiding dysfunction. The study enrolled 74 neurologically intact children, 14 boys and 60 girls aged 2-14 years, with VUR documented using contrast micturating cystourethrography as the initial method. In all patients, IRNC was performed using technetium-99m diethylene triamine penta-acetate (DTPA). Based on the urodynamic findings, three groups were distinguished: a group with VUR and normal urodynamic findings (n=27), a group with VUR and detrusor hyper-reflexia (n=43) and a group with VUR and detrusor-sphincter dyssynergia (n=4). A control group comprised 64 healthy children, aged 2-13 years, without any symptoms of lower urinary tract dysfunction. The dynamics of bladder emptying were studied in the posterior view after intravenous injection of 37 MBq/10 kg b.w. DTPA, with acquisition of 90 2-s frames during voiding. The parameters evaluated were: voided urine volume (VV), bladder capacity, functional bladder capacity (FBC), residual urine, voiding time, average flow rate, peak flow rate (PFR) and ejection fraction (EF). With regard to the final urodynamic diagnosis, FBC, PFR and EF were found to be significant IRNC predictor variables using the logistic regression method. If abnormality on at least two of the three significant predictor variables was taken as the criterion of voiding dysfunction, the overall sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of IRNC in the detection of voiding dysfunction were 81%, 78% and 80%, respectively. Three radionuclide voiding patterns were detected in children with VUR: (1) a normal voiding pattern characterised by normal FBC with near-normal PFR and EF values, (2) a markedly reduced FBC with significantly reduced VV, PFR and EF values (in children with bladder instability), and (3) a higher bladder volume with

  12. Void probability as a function of the void's shape and scale-invariant models

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    Elizalde, E.; Gaztanaga, E.

    1991-01-01

    The dependence of counts in cells on the shape of the cell for the large scale galaxy distribution is studied. A very concrete prediction can be done concerning the void distribution for scale invariant models. The prediction is tested on a sample of the CfA catalog, and good agreement is found. It is observed that the probability of a cell to be occupied is bigger for some elongated cells. A phenomenological scale invariant model for the observed distribution of the counts in cells, an extension of the negative binomial distribution, is presented in order to illustrate how this dependence can be quantitatively determined. An original, intuitive derivation of this model is presented.

  13. Evidence of void lattice formation in heavily irradiated NaCl

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    Vainshtein, DI; Altena, C; denHartog, HW; Matthews, GE; Williams, RT

    1997-01-01

    In this paper we describe new observations on the production of voids and void-structures in heavily irradiated NaCl under electron irradiation. Until now there is no information about voids in NaCl in the literature. In many irradiated samples voids with sizes between 0.05 and 0.7 mu m have been ob

  14. THE INSTABILITY OF THE DIFFUSION-CONTROLLED GRAIN-BOUNDARY VOID IN STRESSED SOLID

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    王华; 李中华

    2003-01-01

    As atoms migrate along a void surface and grain-boundary, driven by various thermodynamic forces, the grain-boundary void changes its shape and volume. When the void changes its configuration, the free energy of the system also changes. In this article, the free energy is calculated for an evolving grain-boundary void filled with gas in a stressed solid. Then the instability conditions and the equilibrium shape of the void are determined as a function of the grain-boundary and surface energies, the void volume, the externally applied stresses, as well as the internal pressure built up by the gas filled in the void.

  15. Discrete modelling of ductile crack growth by void growth to coalescence

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    Tvergaard, Viggo

    2007-01-01

    of the ligaments between the crack-tip and a void or between voids involves the development of very large strains, which are included in the model by using remeshing at several stages of the plastic deformation. The material is here described by standard isotropic hardening Mises theory. For a very small void......Ductile crack growth is analyzed by discrete representation of the voids growing near a blunting crack-tip. Coalescence of the nearest void with the crack-tip is modeled, followed by the subsequent coalescence of other discretely represented voids with the newly formed crack-tip. Necking...... volume fraction the crack-tip tends to interact with one void at a time, while larger void volume fractions lead to simultaneous interaction of multiple voids on the plane ahead of the crack-tip. In some cases a change from one of these mechanisms to the other is seen during growth through the many voids...

  16. Size-effects at a crack-tip interacting with a number of voids

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    Tvergaard, Viggo; Niordson, Christian Frithiof

    2008-01-01

    A strain gradient plasticity theory is used to analyse the growth of discretely represented voids in front of a blunting crack tip, in order to study the influence of size effects on two competing mechanisms of crack growth. For a very small void volume fraction the crack tip tends to interact...... with one void at a time, whereas larger void volume fractions lead to simultaneous interaction of multiple voids on the plane ahead of the crack tip. The present computations are stopped before coalescence of the nearest void with the crack tip. Analyses are carried out for different values...... of the characteristic material length relative to the initial void radius. For a case showing the multiple void mechanism, it is found that the effect of the material length can change the behaviour towards the void by void mechanism. A material model with three characteristic length scales is compared with a one...

  17. A Novel Low-Cost Open-Hardware Platform for Monitoring Soil Water Content and Multiple Soil-Air-Vegetation Parameters

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    Giovanni Bitella

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Monitoring soil water content at high spatio-temporal resolution and coupled to other sensor data is crucial for applications oriented towards water sustainability in agriculture, such as precision irrigation or phenotyping root traits for drought tolerance. The cost of instrumentation, however, limits measurement frequency and number of sensors. The objective of this work was to design a low cost “open hardware” platform for multi-sensor measurements including water content at different depths, air and soil temperatures. The system is based on an open-source ARDUINO microcontroller-board, programmed in a simple integrated development environment (IDE. Low cost high-frequency dielectric probes were used in the platform and lab tested on three non-saline soils (ECe1: 2.5 < 0.1 mS/cm. Empirical calibration curves were subjected to cross-validation (leave-one-out method, and normalized root mean square error (NRMSE were respectively 0.09 for the overall model, 0.09 for the sandy soil, 0.07 for the clay loam and 0.08 for the sandy loam. The overall model (pooled soil data fitted the data very well (R2 = 0.89 showing a high stability, being able to generate very similar RMSEs during training and validation (RMSEtraining = 2.63; RMSEvalidation = 2.61. Data recorded on the card were automatically sent to a remote server allowing repeated field-data quality checks. This work provides a framework for the replication and upgrading of a customized low cost platform, consistent with the open source approach whereby sharing information on equipment design and software facilitates the adoption and continuous improvement of existing technologies.

  18. The persistent percolation of single-stream voids

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    Falck, B.; Neyrinck, M. C.

    2015-07-01

    We study the nature of voids defined as single-stream regions that have not undergone shell-crossing. We use ORIGAMI to determine the cosmic web morphology of each dark matter particle in a suite of cosmological N-body simulations, which explicitly calculates whether a particle has crossed paths with others along multiple sets of axes and does not depend on a parameter or smoothing scale. The theoretical picture of voids is that of expanding underdensities with borders defined by shell-crossing. We find instead that locally underdense single-stream regions are not bounded on all sides by multi-stream regions, thus they percolate, filling the simulation volume; we show that the set of multi-stream particles also percolates. This percolation persists to high resolution, where the mass fraction of single-stream voids is low, because the volume fraction remains high; we speculate on the fraction of collapsed mass in the continuum limit of infinite resolution. By introducing a volume threshold parameter to define underdense void `cores', we create a catalogue of ORIGAMI voids which consist entirely of single-stream particles and measure their percolation properties, volume functions, and average densities.

  19. The Star Formation Properties of Void Dwarf Galaxies

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    Moorman, Crystal; Vogeley, Michael S.

    2016-01-01

    We measure the star formation properties of two large samples of galaxies from the SDSS in large-scale cosmic voids on time scales of 10 Myr and 100 Myr, using Ha emission line strengths and GALEX FUV fluxes, respectively. The first sample consists of 109,818 optically selected galaxies. We find that void galaxies in this sample have higher specific star formation rates (SSFRs; star formation rates per unit stellar mass) than similar stellar mass galaxies in denser regions. The second sample is a subset of the optically selected sample containing 8070 galaxies with reliable S/N HI detections from ALFALFA. For the HI detected sample, SSFRs are similar regardless of large-scale environment. Investigating only the HI detected dwarf galaxies reveals a trend towards higher SSFRs in voids. Furthermore, we estimate the star formation rate per unit HI mass, known as the star formation efficiency (SFE) of a galaxy, as a function of environment. For the overall HI detected population, we notice no environmental dependence. Limiting the sample to dwarf galaxies again reveals a trend towards higher SFEs in voids. These results suggest that void environments provide a nurturing environment for dwarf galaxy evolution.

  20. Electromigration of intergranular voids in metal films for microelectronic interconnects

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    Averbuch, A; Ravve, I

    2003-01-01

    Voids and cracks often occur in the interconnect lines of microelectronic devices. They increase the resistance of the circuits and may even lead to a fatal failure. Voids may occur inside a single grain, but often they appear on the boundary between two grains. In this work, we model and analyze numerically the migration and evolution of an intergranular void subjected to surface diffusion forces and external voltage applied to the interconnect. The grain-void interface is considered one-dimensional, and the physical formulation of the electromigration and diffusion model results in two coupled fourth-order one-dimensional time-dependent PDEs. The boundary conditions are specified at the triple points, which are common to both neighboring grains and the void. The solution of these equations uses a finite difference scheme in space and a Runge-Kutta integration scheme in time, and is also coupled to the solution of a static Laplace equation describing the voltage distribution throughout the grain. Since the v...

  1. Computer codes validation for conditions of core voiding

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    Void generation during a Loss of Coolant Accident (LOCA) in a core of a CANDU reactor is of specific importance because of its strong coupling with reactor neutronics. The use of dynamic behaviour and computer code capability to predict void generation accurately in the temporal and spatial domain of the reactor core is fundamental for the determination of CANDU safety. The Canadian industry has used the RD-14M test facilities for its code validation. The validation exercises for the Canadian computer codes TUF and CATHENA were performed some years ago. Recently, the CNSC has gained access to the USNRC computer code TRACE. This has provided an opportunity to explore the use of this code in CANDU related applications. As a part of regulatory assessment and resolving identified Generic Issues (GI), and in an effort to build independent thermal hydraulic computer codes assessment capability within the CNSC, preliminary validation exercises were performed using the TRACE computer code for an evaluation of the void generation phenomena. The paper presents a preliminary assessment of the TRACE computer code for an RD-14M channel voiding test. It is also a validation exercise of void generation for the TRACE computer code. The accuracy of the obtained results is discussed and compared with previous validation assessments that were done using the CATHENA and TUF codes. (author)

  2. Surveying for Dwarf Galaxies Within Void FN8

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    McNeil, Stephen R.

    2016-06-01

    The dwarf galaxy population in low density volumes, or voids, is a test of galaxy formation models and how they treat dark matter; some models say dwarf galaxies cannot be in void centers while others say they can. Since it appears many dwarf galaxies are H-alpha emitters, a well-designed deep survey through a nearby void center will either find nothing, and thus constrain the population there to be at some percentage below the mean, or it will find H-alpha emitters and significantly challenge several otherwise successful theories. Either result is a significant step in better understanding galaxy formation and large-scale structure. In 2013, a redshifted H-alpha imaging survey was begun for dwarf galaxies with ‑14.0 ≤ Mr ≤ ‑12.0 in the heart and back of the void FN8. Our first results have been surprising, furnishing significantly more candidate objects than anticipated. Through the Gemini Fast Turnaround Program, seven spectrum have been obtained, with one spectrum being a strong candidate for habitation within the center of the void.

  3. Weak lensing by voids in modified lensing potentials

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    Barreira, Alexandre; Li, Baojiu; Baugh, Carlton; Pascoli, Silvia

    2015-01-01

    We study lensing by voids in Cubic Galileon and Nonlocal gravity cosmologies, which are examples of theories of gravity that modify the lensing potential. We find voids in the dark matter and halo density fields of N-body simulations and compute their lensing signal analytically from the void density profiles, which we show are well fit by a simple analytical formula. In the Cubic Galileon model, the modifications to gravity inside voids are not screened and they approximately double the size of the lensing effects compared to GR. The difference is largely determined by the direct effects of the fifth force on lensing and less so by the modified density profiles. For this model, we also discuss the subtle impact on the force and lensing calculations caused by the screening effects of haloes that exist in and around voids. In the Nonlocal model, the impact of the modified density profiles and the direct modifications to lensing are comparable, but they boost the lensing signal by only $\\approx 10\\%$, compared ...

  4. Flow characteristics of NSRR forced convection testing rigs at void generation

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    This report describes the out-of-pile test results to study the characteristics of two phase flow that occurs in the testing rigs to be used in the NSRR forced convection tests. In the tests a void generation was simulated by blowing air into the testing rigs assembled equivalently to the ones used in the in-pile forced convection test. Behavior of flow velocity was measured by drag-disc type flowmeters as the functions of initial flow velocity at the testing section and air flow rate blew into the section. Through the tests and the analyses, the following conclusions are obtained; the large flow depressions observed in the previous forced convection tests were caused by the pump cavitation; the prevention of the pump cavitation was achieved by lowering the pump position; the by-pass flow gave the slightest effect on the flow behavior around the fuel. (author)

  5. Measurements of gas pressure in voids in epoxy castings for high voltage equipment

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    Larsen, Esben; Henriksen, Mogens; Nielsen, E

    1988-01-01

    An investigation of samples of epoxy each containing one void, which were produced at different pressures, is reported. The samples were of the disk type with the void located in the center. The gas in the voids has a pressure somewhat related to the curing pressure, thereby directly influencing the partial-discharge inception voltage. Data show that gas pressure in voids in epoxy castings can be determined by use of an ultrasound test method. A relationship between the void gas pressure and ...

  6. Transient boiling and void formation during postulated reactivity-initiated accident in BWR: Experimental simulation

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    The current safety analysis of the postulated reactivity initiated accident (RIA) in the boiling water reactor (BWR) neglects the favorable effect of voids because of the difficulties in predicting void formation in transient boiling. This paper presents experimental results on the transient void formation in response to a step heating of a surface facing to low-pressure subcooled water. The void fractions are measured by measuring optically the water surface movement or water velocity induced by the void formation. (author)

  7. Transient boiling and void formation during postulated reactivity initiated accident in BWR: experimental simulation

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    The current safety analysis of the postulated reactivity initiated accident (RIA) in the boiling water reactor (BWR) neglects the favorable effect of voids because of the difficulties in predicting void formation in transient boiling. This paper presents experimental results on the transient void formation in response to a step heating of a surface facing to low-pressure subcooled water. The void fractions are measured by measuring optically the water surface movement or water velocity induced by the void formation. (authors)

  8. Rapid assessment of methanotrophic capacity of compost-based materials considering the effects of air-filled porosity, water content and dissolved organic carbon.

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    Mancebo, Uriel; Hettiaratchi, J Patrick A

    2015-02-01

    Since the global warming potential of CH4 is 25 times that of CO2 on a 100-year time horizon, the development of methanotrophic applications for the conversion of CH4 to CO2 is emerging as an area of interest for researchers and practicing engineers. Compost exhibits most of the characteristics required for methanotroph growth media and has been used in several projects. This paper presents results from a study that was undertaken to assess the influence of physical and chemical characteristics of compost-based materials on the biological oxidation of CH4 when used in methane biofilters. The results showed that easily-measurable parameters, such as air filled porosity, water content and dissolved organic carbon, are correlated with maximum CH4 removal rates. The results obtained were used to develop an empirical relationship that could be regarded as a rapid assessment tool for the estimation of the performance of compost-based materials in engineered methanotrophic applications. PMID:25484123

  9. Air pollution patterns in two cities of Colombia, S. A. according to trace substances content of an epiphyte (Tillandsia recurvata L. ). [Tillandsia recurvata L

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    Schrimpff, E.

    1984-01-01

    The air pollution of two major Colombian cities (Medellin and Cali) has been examined by means of 66 samples of the epiphyte Tillandsia recurvata L., which acts as a biofilter. After performing heavy metals (Zn, Pb, Cd, Cu, Ni, Cr), pesticides (BHCs, HCB, dieldrine, endrine, DDTs), PCBs, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH: FA, BaP, IcdP, BghiP) analyses, the results proved the utility of this inconspicuous plant to determine the airborne contamination of both inorganic and organic trace substances. Using principal component analysis, 10 classes of independent pollution sources could be discriminated for both regions: Zn and the PAH; BHCs, endrine and DDTs; Ni and Cr, and (4) to (10) the other contaminants, which resulted to be more or less independent from each other. By means of cluster analysis, 6 to 8 pollutional groups were clustered for heavy metals, pesticides, and PAH separately. The topographic and industrial features of the Cali and Medellin areas are discussed in relation to the regional means of heavy metals, pesticides, and PAH content. While Cali is distinctive of high levels of Pb, Cu, BaP, and pesticides, Medellin is more severely polluted by Zn, Cd, Ni, Cr, FA, and IcdP. In comparison to the southern U.S. and Central Europe, both conglomeration areas appear to be heavily polluted by Zn, Cu, Ni, Cr, and DDTs.

  10. On the void explanations of the Cold Spot

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    Marcos-Caballero, A; Martínez-González, E; Vielva, P

    2015-01-01

    The integrated Sachs-Wolfe (ISW) contribution induced on the cosmic microwave background by the presence of a supervoid as the one detected by Szapudi et al. (2015) is reviewed in this letter in order to check whether it could explain the Cold Spot (CS) anomaly. Two different models, previously used for the same purpose, are considered to describe the matter density profile of the void: a top hat function and a compensated profile produced by a Gaussian potential. The analysis shows that, even enabling ellipticity changes or different values for the dark-energy equation of state parameter $\\omega$, the ISW contribution due to the presence of the void does not reproduce the properties of the CS. Finally, the probability of alignment between the void and the CS is also questioned as an argument in favor of a physical connection between these two phenomena.

  11. Prediction of pool void fraction by new drift flux correlation

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    A void fraction for a bubbling or boiling pool system is one of the important parameters in analyzing heat and mass transfer processes. Using the drift flux formulation, correlations for the pool void fraction have been developed in collaboration with a large number of experimental data. It has been found that the drift velocity in a pool system depends upon vessel diameter, system pressure, gas flux and fluid physical properties. The results show that the relative velocity and void fraction can be quite different from those predicted by conventional correlations. In terms of the rise velocity, four different regimes are identified. These are bubbly, churn-turbulent, slug and cap bubble regimes. The present correlations are shown to agree with the experimental data over wide ranges of parameters such as vessel diameter, system pressure, gas flux and physical properties. 39 refs., 41 figs

  12. Tunnel and Subsurface Void Detection and Range to Target Measurement

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    Phillip B. West

    2009-06-01

    Engineers and technicians at the Idaho National Laboratory invented, designed, built and tested a device capable of detecting and measuring the distance to, an underground void, or tunnel. Preliminary tests demonstrated positive detection of, and range to, a void thru as much as 30 meters of top-soil earth. Device uses acoustic driving point impedance principles pioneered by the Laboratory for well-bore physical properties logging. Data receipts recorded by the device indicates constructive-destructive interference patterns characteristic of acoustic wave reflection from a downward step-change in impedance mismatch. Prototype tests demonstrated that interference patterns in receipt waves could depict the patterns indicative of specific distances. A tool with this capability can quickly (in seconds) indicate the presence and depth/distance of a void or tunnel. Using such a device, border security and military personnel can identify threats of intrusion or weapons caches in most all soil conditions including moist and rocky.

  13. Metallicities of galaxies in the nearby Lynx-Cancer void

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    Kniazev, A; Tepliakova, A; Burenkov, A

    2010-01-01

    Does the void environment have a sizable effect on the evolution of dwarf galaxies? If yes, the best probes should be the most fragile least massive dwarfs. We compiled a sample of about one hundred dwarfs with M_B in the range -12 to -18 mag, falling within the nearby Lynx-Cancer void. The goal is to study their evolutionary parameters -- gas metallicity and gas mass-fraction, and to address the epoch of the first substantial episode of Star Formation. Here we present and discuss the results of O/H measurements in 38 void galaxies, among which several the most metal-poor galaxies are found with the oxygen abundances of 12+log(O/H)=7.12-7.3 dex.

  14. Testing cosmic geometry without dynamic distortions using voids

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    We propose a novel technique to probe the expansion history of the Universe based on the clustering statistics of cosmic voids. In particular, we compute their two-point statistics in redshift space on the basis of realistic mock galaxy catalogs and apply the Alcock-Paczynski test. In contrast to galaxies, we find void auto-correlations to be marginally affected by peculiar motions, providing a model-independent measure of cosmological parameters without systematics from redshift-space distortions. Because only galaxy-galaxy and void-galaxy correlations have been considered in these types of studies before, the presented method improves both statistical and systematic uncertainties on the product of angular diameter distance and Hubble rate, furnishing the potentially cleanest probe of cosmic geometry available to date

  15. Effects of Void Uncertainties on Pin Power Distributions and the Void Reactivity Coefficient for a 10X10 BWR Assembly

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    Jatuff, F.; Krouthen, J.; Helmersson, S.; Chawla, R

    2004-03-01

    A significant source of uncertainty in Boiling Water Reactor physics is associated with the precise characterisation of the axially-dependent neutron moderation properties of the coolant inside the fuel assembly channel, and the corresponding effects on reactor physics parameters such as the lattice neutron multiplication, the neutron migration length, and the pin-by-pin power distribution. In this paper, the effects of particularly relevant void fraction uncertainties on reactor physics parameters have been studied for a BWR assembly of type Westinghouse SVEA-96 using the CASMO-4, HELIOS/PRESTO-2 and MCNP4C codes. The SVEA-96 geometry is characterised by the sub-division of the assembly into four different sub-bundles by means of an inner bypass with a cruciform shape. The study has covered the following issues: (a) the effects of different cross-section data libraries on the void coefficient of reactivity, for a wide range of void fractions; (b) the effects due to a heterogeneous vs. homogeneous void distribution inside the sub-bundles; and (c) the consequences of partly inserted absorber blades producing different void fractions in different sub-bundles. (author)

  16. Voiding trial outcome following pelvic floor repair without incontinence procedures

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    Wang, Rui; Won, Sara; Haviland, Miriam J.; Bargen, Emily Von; Hacker, Michele R.; Li, Janet

    2016-01-01

    Introduction and hypothesis Our aim was to identify predictors of postoperative voiding trial failure among patients who had a pelvic floor repair without a concurrent incontinence procedure in order to identify low-risk patients in whom postoperative voiding trials may be modified. Methods We conducted a retrospective cohort study of women who underwent pelvic floor repair without concurrent incontinence procedures at two institutions from 1 November 2011 through 13 October 2013 after abstracting demographic and clinical data from medical records. The primary outcome was postoperative retrograde voiding trial failure. We used modified Poisson regression to calculate the risk ratio (RR) and 95 % confidence interval (CI). Results Of the 371 women who met eligibility criteria, 294 (79.2 %) had complete data on the variables of interest. Forty nine (16.7%) failed the trial, and those women were less likely to be white (p = 0.04), more likely to have had an anterior colporrhaphy (p = 0.001), and more likely to have had a preoperative postvoid residual (PVR) ≥150 ml (p = 0.001). After adjusting for race, women were more likely to fail their voiding trial if they had a preoperative PVR of ≥150 ml (RR: 1.9; 95 % CI: 1.1–3.2); institution also was associated with voiding trial failure (RR: 3.0; 95 % CI: 1.6–5.4). Conclusions Among our cohort, postoperative voiding trial failure was associated with a PVR of ≥150 ml and institution at which the surgery was performed. PMID:26886553

  17. Effect of void ratio and gradation on shear strength parameters of granular soils

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    This paper was mainly focused on an experimental study conducted to investigate the effects of changing grain size distribution on shear strength characteristics of sandy soils. Ravi sand, Chenab Sand and Lawrencepur sand were mixed with each other in varying proportions to constitute sand samples of varying gradations. Grain size analysis (GSA), specific gravity, index density and direct shear tests were performed to investigate the effects of changing gradation on void ratios and the shear strength parameters, respectively. Based on the experimental results of GSA and direct shear tests, multivariate regression analysis was carried out and correlation between GSA parameters and internal friction angle was proposed. In order to validate the proposed model, an independent set of data based on testing of thirty sand samples was used. The value of internal friction angle measured experimentally differed by about +- 5% from value predicted by the proposed correlation. It was also observed that by changing the mean grain size, the void ratios first decreased and afterwards it increased. In addition to this, direct shear tests were also performed on sand samples by adding non plastic fines up to 30% in three basic sands to examine their effect on shear strength parameters of sandy soils. The friction angle decreased as fine content increased where as the apparent cohesion increased with the increase in the fines within the range of fine contents investigated. (author)

  18. Structural control of void formation in dual phase steels

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    Azuma, Masafumi; Huang, Xiaoxu; Winther, Grethe

    2013-01-01

    The objective of this study is to explore the void formation mechanisms and to clarify the influence of the hardness and structural parameters (volume fraction, size and morphology) of martensite particles on the void formation and mechanical properties in dual phase steels composed of ferrite and martensite. Two dual phase steels (Fe-0.099mass%C-1.63mass%Mn and Fe-0.148mass%-1.60mass%Mn) with martensite particles of different hardness values, volume fractions, sizes and shapes were produced ...

  19. Dislocation and void segregation in copper during neutron irradiation

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    Singh, Bachu Narain; Leffers, Torben; Horsewell, Andy

    1986-01-01

    High-purity (99. 999%) and fully annealed copper specimens have been irradiated in the DR-3 reactor at Riso to doses of 1 multiplied by 10**2**2 and 5 multiplied by 10**2**2 neutrons (fast)m** minus **2(2 multiplied by 10** minus **3 dpa and 1 multiplied by 10** minus **2 dpa, respectively); the ...... density, the void swelling rate was very high (approximately 2. 5% per dpa). The implications of the segregated distribution of sinks for void formation and growth are briefly discussed....

  20. Warmth Elevating the Depths: Shallower Voids with Warm Dark Matter

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    Yang, Lin F.; Neyrinck, Mark C.; Aragon-Calvo, Miguel A.; Falck, Bridget; Silk, Joseph

    2014-01-01

    Warm dark matter (WDM) has been proposed as an alternative to cold dark matter (CDM), to resolve issues such as the apparent lack of satellites around the Milky Way. Even if WDM is not the answer to observational issues, it is essential to constrain the nature of the dark matter. The effect of WDM on haloes has been extensively studied, but the small-scale initial smoothing in WDM also affects the present-day cosmic web and voids. It suppresses the cosmic "sub-web" inside voids, and the forma...

  1. Reducing the Void Effect in a Large Fast Power Reactor

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    The coolant void effect has been recognized as one of the most serious safety problems of large, liquid-metal-cooled fast power reactors. Several proposals have been made to reduce the positive void reactivity effect. However, in all cases appreciable penalties with respect to internal breeding ratio, fissile inventory and, finally, economics have to be paid. All these proposals, like the pan-cake core reactor and the annular core reactor, have in common that neutron leakage out of all core zones is artificially increased. Some more detailed calculations of voiding characteristics of large sodium-cooled fast reactors with cylindrical cores indicate that the most important positive contribution to the void reactivity effect arises in the central core zone. Consequently it appears promising to reduce the void effect considerably by increasing deliberately neutron leakage only out of the central core region and not necessarily out of all core regions. Compared with other geometries discussed this suggestion should result in better breeding and economical performance concurrent with a satisfactory void effect. To support this proposal an investigation was conducted on some significant reactor data (breeding ratios, fissile enrichment, power distribution, etc.) for three geometrically different sodium-cooled fast breeder reactors with a power of 1000 MW(e) each. In the first case a normal cylindrical core geometry (2 core zones, 1 axial and 1 radial blanket) with an H: D ratio of roughly 0.33 was considered. The second reactor was similar to the first, except that the height of the inner core zone was reduced by approximately 50% to enhance neutron leakage in the core centre, the lost core volume being balanced by increasing the outer radius of the second core zone. The third reactor had an annular core with dimensions consistent with those of the first reactor. Results show a remarkable improvement in the void effect of the variable-core-height reactor compared with

  2. The void probability function as a statistical indicator

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    Recent results concerning the galaxy distribution at scales lower than 100 h-1 Mpc show a number of characteristics which cannot be described by conventional statistical models. Correlation functions, for instance, can in no way give account of the presence of voids of the cellular (or spongy) appearance of the local galaxy distribution (M. Geller, this conference). There is clearly a need for new kinds of statistical models and statistical indicators. Among those we wish to emphasize the advantages of the void probability function (VPF), and its particular convenience for studying the galaxy distribution

  3. Effect of interphase friction on void fraction prediction

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    The RELAP5/MOD1 transient thermal-hydraulic system analysis code has been developed to evaluate pressurized water reactor behavior during accident conditions. Benchmark cases have shown RELAP5/MOD1 to differ from the measured void distribution in certain relevant tests. In an attempt to achieve better agreement, the Wallis annular interphase drag correlation was replaced by the Bharathan-Wallis correlation in the Babcock and Wilcox version of RELAP5/MOD1 (REDBL5). The simulation of two Christensen's subcooled boiling tests using REDBL5 shows better agreement between the measured and calculated void distributions

  4. A cosmic watershed : the WVF void detection technique

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    Platen, Erwin; van de Weygaert, Rien; Jones, Bernard J. T.

    2007-01-01

    On megaparsec scales the Universe is permeated by an intricate filigree of clusters, filaments, sheets and voids, the cosmic web. For the understanding of its dynamical and hierarchical history it is crucial to identify objectively its complex morphological components. One of the most characteristic

  5. Electric field theory and the fallacy of void capacitance

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    McAllister, Iain Wilson

    1991-01-01

    The concept of the capacitance of a gaseous void is discussed as applied to electrical insulation science. The most pertinent aspect of the capacitance definition is that of reference to a single-valued potential difference between surfaces. This implies that these surfaces must be surfaces...

  6. Liquid crystals detect voids in fiber glass laminates

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    Hollar, W. T.

    1967-01-01

    Liquid crystal solution nondestructively detects voids or poor bond lines in fiber glass laminates. A thin coating of the solution is applied by spray or brush to the test article surface, and when heated indicates the exact location of defects by differences in color.

  7. Unusual Case of Voiding Symptoms and Constipation: Retrorectal Cystic Hamartoma.

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    Garrido-Abad, Pablo; Sinués-Ojas, Bryan A; Fernández-Arjona, Manuel

    2016-05-01

    Retrorectal cystic hamartoma (tailgut cyst) is a rare congenital lesion. This study is one of the few reports of this rare clinical entity causing irritative voiding symptoms and constipation in a male patient. Although most cases are asymptomatic, patients may present with symptoms resulting from local mass effect or complication. PMID:26902834

  8. Predictive efficacy of radioisotope voiding cystography for renal outcome

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    Kim, Seok Ki; Lee, Dong Soo; Kim, Kwang Myeung; Choi, Whang; Chung, June Key; Lee, Myung Chul [Seoul National Univ. College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2000-04-01

    As vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) could lead to renal functional deterioration when combined with urinary tract infection, we need to decide whether operative anti-reflux treatment should be performed at the time of diagnosis of VUR. Predictive value of radioisotope voiding cystography (RIVCG) for renal outcome was tested. In 35 children (18 males, 17 females), radiologic voiding cystoure-thrography (VCU), RIVCG and DMSA scan were performed. Change in renal function was evaluated using the follow-up DMSA scan, ultrasonography, and clinical information. Discriminant analysis was performed using individual or integrated variables such as reflux amount and extent at each phase of voiding on RIVCG, in addition to age, gender and cortical defect on DMSA scan at the time of diagnosis. Discriminant function was composed and its performance was examined. Reflux extent at the filling phase and reflux amount and extent at postvoiding phase had a significant prognostic value. Total reflux amount was a composite variable to predict prognosis. Discriminant function composed of reflux extent at the filling phase and reflux amount and extent at postvoiding phase showed better positive predictive value and specificity than conventional reflux grading. RIVCG could predict renal outcome by disclosing characteristic reflux pattern during various voiding phases.

  9. CONTOUR SELECTION FOR VOIDS OF REAL WOVEN COMPOSITE STRUCTURE

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    Salačová, J.; Lédl, Vít

    Bromfield, Colorado : Boulder Colorado, 2006 - (Hui, D.), s. 20-21 - (ICCE). [INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE on COMPOSITES/NANO ENGINEERING/14th./. Bromfield, Colorado (US), 02.07.2007-08.07.2007] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20430508 Keywords : void * woven * composite * searching Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers

  10. Sodium void experiment and analysis on FCA Assembly V-1

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    As a part of the mock-up experiment for Japan Experimental Fast Reactor (JOYO) in FCA, a sodium void experiment and analysis has been carried out on Assembly V-1. Sodium cans (50.8 x 50.8 x 6.3 mm3) in the core were replaced by the empty cans. Small reactivity change associated with the replacement was measured using the calibrated control rod and large one was measured by the subcritical method. The analysis was performed using one-dimensional calculations mainly with the JAERI-Fast set. In some cases, the ABBN Set was also used. The main results obtained are as follows; (1) Radial distribution of the single channel void-effect is nearly flat. (2) Single channel and wide region void-effects calculated with the JAERI-FAST set agree fairly well with the experimental ones if the streaming effect is taken into account. (3) As to axial distribution of the void-effect, agreement between the calculated and experimental values is very poor in the central region. (author)

  11. The Instability of Void Fraction Waves in Vertical Gas—Liquid Two—Phase Flow

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    BaojiangSUN; DachunYAN; 等

    1999-01-01

    The measuring and analyzing results of void fraction waves in different flow regimes show that the propagating velocity of void fraction waves depends on flow regimes and mean void fraction.The disturbance at some frequencies can enhance the void fraction wave velocity.Non-linear analysis show that the instability process of bubble flow is a chaotic process.Before the bubbly flow transits to cap-bubbly flow the growth rate of void fraction waves becomes the maximum value when the disturbance frequency is around the main frequency of void fraction waves.

  12. Appendix to Health and Safety Laboratory environmental quarterly, March 1, 1976--June 1, 1976. [Tabulated data on content of lead in surface air and /sup 7/Be, /sup 95/Zr, /sup 137/Cs, /sup 144/Ce, and /sup 90/Sr in surface air, milk, drinking water, and foods sampled in USA

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    Hardy, E.P. Jr.

    1976-07-01

    Tabulated data are presented on: the monthly deposition of /sup 89/Sr and /sup 90/Sr at some 100 world land sites; the content of lead and /sup 7/Be, /sup 95/Zr, /sup 137/Cs, and /sup 144/Ce in samples of surface air from various world sites; and the content of /sup 90/Sr in samples of milk, drinking water, and animal and human diets collected at various locations throughout the USA. (CH)

  13. Recovery and characterization of Balanites aegyptiaca Del. kernel proteins. Effect of defatting, air classification, wet sieving and aqueous ethanol treatment on solubility, digestibility, amino acid composition and sapogenin content.

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    Mohamed, A M; Wolf, W; Spiess, W E

    2000-02-01

    In order to find alternative protein sources in African regions where protein deficiency in nutrition is prevailing, solubility, in-vitro digestibility, amino acid composition and chemical score of Balanites aegyptiaca Del. kernel proteins were investigated as a function of different processing steps including defatting, air classification, wet sieving and aqueous ethanol treatment. Air classification delivered a fine fraction of 58.1% of the total protein. Applying a wet sieving process, a protein concentrate of 72.9% protein content was achieved but the recovery was very low (35.6%). However, in case of isoelectric precipitation followed by aqueous ethanol treatment both protein content (78.2%) and recovery (53.7%) were high. Data concerning the chemical score revealed, that lysine content of the defatted kernel flour amounted to 74.2% of the recommended FAO/WHO standard level. In-vitro protein digestibility was found to be higher than of legume proteins. The digestible protein of the full fat flour, defatted flour, air classified and wet sieved fine fractions and protein concentrate were 91.9, 93.7, 82.0, 86.4 and 94.2%, respectively. The sapogenin content per 100 g protein of the investigated protein preparations was significantly lower (46% to 62%) than of the initial material (oilcake). PMID:10702992

  14. Three-dimensional time-averaged void fraction distribution measurement technique for BWR thermal hydraulic conditions using an X-ray CT system

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    We have developed a void fraction distribution measurement technique using the three-dimensional (3D) time-averaged X-ray computed tomography (CT) system to understand two-phase flow behavior inside a fuel bundle for boiling water reactor (BWR) thermal hydraulic conditions of 7.2 MPa and 288degC. As a first step, we measured the 3D void fraction distribution in a vertical square (5 × 5) rod array that simulated a BWR fuel bundle in the air-water test. A comparison of the volume-averaged void fractions evaluated by the developed X-ray CT system with those evaluated by a differential pressure transducer showed satisfactory agreement within a difference of 0.03. Thus, we confirmed that the developed system could be used to get 3D imaging of the vertical square rod array used in the test under the BWR operating pressure condition. In the next step, we did a verification test using the vertical pipe (11.3 mm ID) for BWR thermal hydraulic conditions. A comparison of the cross-sectional-averaged void fractions evaluated by the X-ray CT system with those evaluated by the drift-flux model showed good agreement within a difference of 0.05. We confirmed that the evaluated void fraction distribution forms in the horizontal cross section changed with the quality in response to the flow regime transition. (author)

  15. Origin of the large resistance to void swelling observed in Fe-35.5Ni-7.5Cr

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    While it is well known that increases in the nickel content of austenitic steels delay swelling, less attention has been paid to the fact that decreases in the chromium level from the usual 15 to 18% range also suppress swelling. Neutron irradiation studies show the longest postponement of swelling in Fe-Ni-Cr alloys occuring at approx. 35 wt % nickel and 7.5% chromium. The causes of the suppression and the subsequent loss of swelling resistance have been sought using electron microscopy and quantitative x-ray microanalysis. Swelling in this alloy is preceded by a substantial densification arising from large radiation-induced spinodal-like micro-oscillations in composition which appear to destroy the resistance to void nucleation, such that void nucleation is favored in the nickel-poor chromium-rich regions. Alloys optimization efforts now concentrate on solute additions which are designed to delay the microsegregation process

  16. Effect of low atmospheric pressure of plateau environment on air content and bubble stability of air-entrained concrete%高原低气压环境对引气混凝土含气量及气泡稳定性的影响

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    李雪峰; 付智

    2015-01-01

    该文利用低气压试验箱模拟高原气压环境,试验研究了不同配合比及初始含气量水平下环境气压的降低对引气混凝土含气量及其气泡稳定性的影响。结果表明:与常压相比,环境气压的降低能够显著削弱引气剂的引气能力,当混凝土配合比及引气剂掺量一定时,混凝土含气量随环境气压降低呈线性减少,当环境气压降低至50 kPa时,混凝土含气量降低约20%~49%。另外,低气压条件下混凝土气泡稳定性变差,具体表现为混凝土含气量经时损失变大,延长振捣时间导致低压混凝土损失更多气泡,二者均使低压下硬化混凝土的气泡间距系数增大,影响混凝土抗冻性。因此,在高原地区应通过采取优选引气剂类型、增大引气剂掺量以及避免过振等技术措施,以确保高原地区引气混凝土含气量能够达到抗冻设计要求。%The effect of atmospheric pressure reduction of environment on air content and bubble stability of air-entrained concrete were experimentally studied using low-pressure test chamber to stimulate the plateau environment. Three different mixing proportions and three different levels of the initial air content of concretes were prepared for study, and four different common types of air-entraining admixture, saponin, alkyl sulfonate, abietic soap and polyether, were used in the experiments. The results indicated that the change of atmospheric pressure of environment had a significant impact on the performance of air-entraining admixtures. When the mix proportions of concrete and the amount of air-entraining admixtures took a certain value respectively, the air content of fresh concrete decreased linearly with the drop of atmospheric pressure. When the atmospheric pressure was 50 kPa, the air content of fresh concrete fell by roughly 20% to 49%. The higher the air content of fresh concrete mixed in normal atmospheric pressure, the faster the air

  17. Quantification of void network architectures of suspension plasma-sprayed (SPS) yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) coatings using Ultra-small-angle X-ray scattering (USAXS)

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    Suspension plasma spraying (SPS) is able to process a stabilized suspension of nanometer-sized feedstock particles to form thin (from 20 to 100 μm) coatings with unique microstructures. The void (pore) network structure of these ceramic coatings is challenging to characterize and quantify using commonly used techniques due to small sizes involved. Nevertheless, the discrimination of these pores in terms of their size and shape distribution, anisotropy, specific surface area, etc., is critical for the understanding of processing, microstructure, and properties relationships. We will show that one of suitable combinations of techniques providing sufficient detail is ultra-small-angle X-ray scattering (USAXS) and helium pycnometry, combined with scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Yttria-partially stabilized zirconia (YSZ) coatings were manufactured by plasma processing of suspension of particles with average diameter of ∼50 nm. Several sets of spray parameters (plasma gas mixture, spray distance, electric arc intensity, etc.) were used to generate plasma jets with different mass enthalpies and coefficients of thermal transfer and different heat fluxes transferred to the substrate. Free-standing coatings were studied as-sprayed and annealed at 800 and 1100 deg. C for 10 and 100 h (non-constrained sintering). Results indicate that the SPS coatings exhibit nanosized pore microstructure: average void size was about the same size scale as the feedstock size; i.e., nanometer sizes with multimodal void size distribution. About 80% of the pores (by number) exhibited characteristic dimensions smaller than 30 nm. Total void content of as-sprayed SPS coatings varies between 13% and 20%. Most of the voids were found to be opened with only between one-tenth to one-third of voids volume being inaccessible by intrusion (not connected to either surface). During annealing, even at temperatures as low than 800 deg. C, the microstructure transformed: while the total void content did

  18. Molecular dynamics simulations of void coalescence in monocrystalline copper under loading and unloading

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    Peng, Xiaojuan; Zhu, Wenjun; Chen, Kaiguo; Deng, Xiaoliang; Wei, Yongkai

    2016-04-01

    Molecular dynamic calculations are used to examine the anisotropy of voids coalescence under loading and unloading conditions in monocrystalline coppers. In this paper, three typical orientations are investigated, including [100], [110], and [111]. The study shows that voids collapse after the shock loading, leaving two disordered regions at the initial voids sites. Voids re-nucleate in the disordered regions and grow by the emission of dislocations on various slip planes. The dislocation motion contributes to local stress relaxation, which causes the voids to expand to certain radius and then coalesce with each other by dislocation emission. Due to the influence of the anisotropy shear field and different slip systems around the voids, the dislocations emit more easily at specific position, which lead to the anisotropy of void coalescence. A two-dimensional analysis model based on a shear dislocation is proposed and it explains the phenomena of void coalescence in the simulations quite well.

  19. Modelling the void deformation and closure by hot forging of ingot castings

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    Christiansen, Peter; Hattel, Jesper Henri; Kotas, Petr;

    2012-01-01

    mechanical deformation. The aim of this paper is to analyze numerically if and to what degree the voids areclosed by the forging. Using the commercial simulation software ABAQUS, both simplified model ingots and physically manufactured ingots containing prescribed void distributions are deformed and analyzed...... voids and focuses on how the voids deform depending on their size and distribution in the ingot as well ashow the forging forces are applied....

  20. Void fraction measurements in two-phase flow by transmission and scattering of a neutrons beam

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    Calibration curves have been obtained which supply average values of void fraction (α) of water-steam two-phase mixtures for bubble, slug, annular and invert annular flow states. The measurements were carried out in simulated models of lucite-air for the steady-state, using the techniques of transmission and diffusion of a thermal neutrons beam. The calibration curves obtained were used for measurements of void fraction in a circuit containing two-phase water-air mixtures, in upward concurrent flow, for slug flow (P sub(max) = 1,06 bar) and annular flow (P sub(max) = 1,33 bar), using the same techniques. In both of the systems, a test section made up of an aluminium (99,9%) tube was used with internal diameter of 25,25 mm and 2,0 mm wall thichness. The beam of neutrons was obtained from a 5 Ci isotopic Am-Be source, thermalised in a cylindrical moderator of paraffin of 500 mm diameter (with H/D=1) which was covered by 2 mm thick cadmium sheets and having in its centre a parallepeliped made from high density polyethilene with the dimensions 240 x 240 x 144 mm. The neutrons escape through a rectangular collimator of 53,0 x 25,25 mm, with a length of 273 mm cut out of a single block of borated paraffin (32% of H3BO3). The experimental results are in good agreement with theorical models in published literature. (Author)

  1. Effect of initial void shape on ductile failure in a shear field

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    Tvergaard, Viggo

    2015-01-01

    materials where the voids have initially ellipsoidal shapes. The cell models are in plane strain, so that the voids are modeled as cylindrical holes. Periodic boundary conditions are used to represent a material with a periodic distribution of voids having different spacings in the two in-plane coordinate...

  2. The influence of lattice structure and composition on the coolant void reactivity in CANDU

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    The neutronic mechanisms responsible for the production of positive void reactivity in CANDU lattices are presented. Based on an understanding of these, a method of void reactivity reduction is developed. Calculations show that a zero void reactivity lattice, which requires neutron poison in the fuel and fuel enrichment, is possible. (Author) 1 ref., 8 tabs

  3. The Influence of the Presence of Multiple Voids on the Discharge Patterns in Solid Epoxy Insulation

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    Holbøll, Joachim T.; Henriksen, Mogens; Larsen, Esben

    In this paper, partial discharge test results from initial long term testing on samples which contain more voids, when exposed to a high electric stress will be presented. The influence on the discharge patterns, phase- and height-analyses, of such parameter as the number of voids and the void...

  4. 42 CFR 457.216 - Treatment of uncashed or canceled (voided) CHIP checks.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 42 Public Health 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Treatment of uncashed or canceled (voided) CHIP... canceled (voided) CHIP checks. (a) Purpose. This section provides rules to ensure that States refund the... section— Canceled (voided) check means an CHIP check issued by a State or fiscal agent that prior to...

  5. Observation On Void Formed In Oxide Scale Of Fe-Cr-Ni Alloy At 1073k In Dry And Humid Environments

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    Akbar Kaderi

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Void formation in oxide scale during high temperature oxidation is a common phenomenon. Over a long period of time voids will affect the mechanical property of scales by influencing the cracking and spalling. Voids formed in dry environment are different than that of formed in humid environment. With the presence of water vapor in humid environment the formation of void will increase, thus greater number of void compared to that in dry environment. Fe-Cr-Ni alloy samples were exposed isothermally at 1073 K in air (P_(O_2 = 0.21atm = 2.1×?10?^(5 Pa and  humid (air + steam environments. XRD analysis done to all samples confirms that Fe2O3, Fe3O4, NiCr2O4, FeCr2O4, Cr2O3 and NiO phases exist in the scale. EDX analysis done shows varying compositions of Fe,Cr,Ni and O in outer and inner oxide scale, oxide scale/metal interface and metal. Field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM was used to investigate voids formed in the cross sections of the oxidized samples. Volume fraction of voids in the oxide scale was calculated in accordance to the cross sectional area fraction of voids in the scale. It shows that Fe-Cr-Ni alloy samples exposed in humid environment has as high as 71% more voids than that exposed in dry environment. It is concluded that the humid environment increased the number of void formed in the oxide scale, thus facilitates the exfoliation of protective scale during the high temperature oxidation. ABSTRAK: Pembentukan gelembung udara di dalam lapisan oksida ketika proses pengoksidaan di suhu tinggi merupakan satu fenomena biasa. Pada satu jangka masa yang panjang gelembung-gelembung ini akan memberi kesan kepada sifat mekanikal oksida dengan mempengaruhi pembentukan keretakan dan pengelupasan oksida. Gelembung udara yang terbentuk di dalam persekitaran kering berbeza daripada yang terbentuk di dalam persekitaran lembap. Dengan adanya wap air, pembentukan gelembung akan bertambah berbanding yang terbentuk di dalam

  6. Concerning the location of void detachment in annuli

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    Although the location of void detachment (or the onset of significant voidage) has been well predicted by the Levy, Saha-Zuber and other models for some time, a paper by Rogers based on the McLeod thesis challenged the adequacy and analytical trends of these correlations at low pressure and velocity. We show by direct calculation that the Rogers conclusions are incorrect, that the McLeod experimental void fraction results are predictable by the Chexal-Lellouche-Zolotar model, and that this model produces a location of detachment not very different from that of Levy or Saha-Zuber at these low pressures and velocities. Thus, the standard models remain, in our estimation, adequate. ((orig.))

  7. Fluctuation of Voids in Hadronization at Phase Transition

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    Hwa, R C; Hwa, Rudolph C.; Zhang, Qing-hui

    2000-01-01

    Starting from the recognition that hadrons are not produced smoothly at phase transition, the fluctuation of spatial patterns is investigated by finding a measure of the voids that exhibits scaling behavior. The Ising model is used to simulate a cross-over in quark-hadron phase transition. A threshold in hadron density is used to define a void. The dependence of the scaling exponents on that threshold is found to provide useful information on some properties of the hadronization process. The complication in heavy-ion collision introduces the possibility of configuration mixing, which can also be studied in this approach. Numerical criteria on the scaling exponents have been found that can be used to discriminate phase-transition processes from other hadronization processes having nothing to do with critical phenomena.

  8. Release of water trapped in damaged fuel subsurface voids

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    Uranium metal reacts actively with water to produce uranium oxide and hydrogen gas, and radiolysis of water also produces hydrogen in fuel containers. These fuel reactivities increase the potential for over pressurization and pyrophoric events during storage. Flow rate calculations were undertaken to examine the problem of the release of water trapped in subsurface voids during the vacuum drying for damaged fuel. To calculate the flow rates of the water vapor, five flow models are developed based on the kinetic theory of gases. The difference between the vapor pressure and the operating pressure provides the driving force for crevice water removal. Gas flow is divided into three types: viscous flow, molecular flow, and slip flow in the transition range. These calculations were focused on assessing that measured moisture release from the whole element drying studies currently in progress includes any water that may be trapped in subsurface voids

  9. Generalized statistical models of voids and hierarchical structure in cosmology

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    Mekjian, Aram Z

    2007-01-01

    Generalized statistical models of voids and hierarchical structure in cosmology are developed. The often quoted negative binomial model and frequently used thermodynamic model are shown to be special cases of a more general distribution which contains a parameter "a". The parameter is related to the Levy index alpha and the Fisher critical exponent tau, the latter describing the power law fall off of clumps of matter around a phase transition. The parameter"a", exponent tau, or index alpha can be obtained from properties of a void scaling function. A stochastic probability variable "p" is introduced into a statistical model which represent the adhesive growth of galaxy structure. For p1/2, an adhesive growth can go on indefinitely thereby forming an infinite supercluster. At p=1/2 a scale free power law distribution for the galaxy count distribution is present. The stochastic description also leads to consequences that have some parallels with cosmic string results, percolation theory and phase transitions.

  10. Ultrasonic technique for void fraction measurement in a bubbly column

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    The measurement of the void fraction in a bubbly flow is important for modeling two-phase gas-liquid flow for the safety of nuclear reactors and thermal-hydraulics analysis. In this work, a non-invasive ultrasonic technique was developed for the measurement of the void fraction by correlating it with the amplitude of the ultrasonic pulse reflected from the opposite wall of the tube. The technique was applied in a test section made of 52.9 mm internal diameter glass column which makes possible the visualization of the bubble flow. A special ultrasonic methodology was developed for the processing of the ultrasonic signals generated by a transducer of 10 MHz frequency and 1/2 inch diameter. (author)

  11. On the void explanation of the Cold Spot

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    Marcos-Caballero, A.; Fernández-Cobos, R.; Martínez-González, E.; Vielva, P.

    2016-04-01

    The integrated Sachs-Wolfe (ISW) contribution induced on the cosmic microwave background by the presence of a supervoid as the one detected by Szapudi et al. (2015) is reviewed in this letter in order to check whether it could explain the Cold Spot (CS) anomaly. Two different models, previously used for the same purpose, are considered to describe the matter density profile of the void: a top hat function and a compensated profile produced by a Gaussian potential. The analysis shows that, even enabling ellipticity changes or different values for the dark-energy equation of state parameter ω, the ISW contribution due to the presence of the void does not reproduce the properties of the CS.

  12. Explaining supernova distances without Dark Energy: voids and Swiss Cheese

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    The most widely applied cosmological model needs to invoke Dark Energy or a Cosmological Constant to be able to explain the observed distances to supernovae at high redshifts. However, as Dark Energy has some flaws from a theoretical point of view, many attempts are made to explain the distance-redshift relation in a universe containing only baryonic and dark matter. I overview some models in which the distribution of matter is so far from perturbative, that it can potentially explain the observed distance-redshift relation. When we are living in a large local void, or in the limit where the universe is saturated with voids and structures (Swiss Cheese), we can observe the distance-redshift relation as we see it today, even without an accelerated expansion of the whole universe. Then I point out difficulties and weaknesses for these models, and show why they may or may not be a viable alternative to Dark Energy.

  13. Validation uncertainty of MATRA code for subchannel void distributions

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    Hwang, Dae-Hyun; Kim, S. J.; Kwon, H.; Seo, K. W. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-10-15

    To extend code capability to the whole core subchannel analysis, pre-conditioned Krylov matrix solvers such as BiCGSTAB and GMRES are implemented in MATRA code as well as parallel computing algorithms using MPI and OPENMP. It is coded by fortran 90, and has some user friendly features such as graphic user interface. MATRA code was approved by Korean regulation body for design calculation of integral-type PWR named SMART. The major role subchannel code is to evaluate core thermal margin through the hot channel analysis and uncertainty evaluation for CHF predictions. In addition, it is potentially used for the best estimation of core thermal hydraulic field by incorporating into multiphysics and/or multi-scale code systems. In this study we examined a validation process for the subchannel code MATRA specifically in the prediction of subchannel void distributions. The primary objective of validation is to estimate a range within which the simulation modeling error lies. The experimental data for subchannel void distributions at steady state and transient conditions was provided on the framework of OECD/NEA UAM benchmark program. The validation uncertainty of MATRA code was evaluated for a specific experimental condition by comparing the simulation result and experimental data. A validation process should be preceded by code and solution verification. However, quantification of verification uncertainty was not addressed in this study. The validation uncertainty of the MATRA code for predicting subchannel void distribution was evaluated for a single data point of void fraction measurement at a 5x5 PWR test bundle on the framework of OECD UAM benchmark program. The validation standard uncertainties were evaluated as 4.2%, 3.9%, and 2.8% with the Monte-Carlo approach at the axial levels of 2216 mm, 2669 mm, and 3177 mm, respectively. The sensitivity coefficient approach revealed similar results of uncertainties but did not account for the nonlinear effects on the

  14. Validation uncertainty of MATRA code for subchannel void distributions

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    To extend code capability to the whole core subchannel analysis, pre-conditioned Krylov matrix solvers such as BiCGSTAB and GMRES are implemented in MATRA code as well as parallel computing algorithms using MPI and OPENMP. It is coded by fortran 90, and has some user friendly features such as graphic user interface. MATRA code was approved by Korean regulation body for design calculation of integral-type PWR named SMART. The major role subchannel code is to evaluate core thermal margin through the hot channel analysis and uncertainty evaluation for CHF predictions. In addition, it is potentially used for the best estimation of core thermal hydraulic field by incorporating into multiphysics and/or multi-scale code systems. In this study we examined a validation process for the subchannel code MATRA specifically in the prediction of subchannel void distributions. The primary objective of validation is to estimate a range within which the simulation modeling error lies. The experimental data for subchannel void distributions at steady state and transient conditions was provided on the framework of OECD/NEA UAM benchmark program. The validation uncertainty of MATRA code was evaluated for a specific experimental condition by comparing the simulation result and experimental data. A validation process should be preceded by code and solution verification. However, quantification of verification uncertainty was not addressed in this study. The validation uncertainty of the MATRA code for predicting subchannel void distribution was evaluated for a single data point of void fraction measurement at a 5x5 PWR test bundle on the framework of OECD UAM benchmark program. The validation standard uncertainties were evaluated as 4.2%, 3.9%, and 2.8% with the Monte-Carlo approach at the axial levels of 2216 mm, 2669 mm, and 3177 mm, respectively. The sensitivity coefficient approach revealed similar results of uncertainties but did not account for the nonlinear effects on the

  15. Void-Free Flame Retardant Phenolic Networks: Properties and Processability

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    Tyberg, Christy Sensenich

    2000-01-01

    Phenolic resins are important components of the composite industry because of their excellent flame retardance and cost effectiveness. However, the common procedure for curing phenolic novolac resins uses hexamethylenetetramine (HMTA) and releases volatiles during the cure, which produce networks with numerous voids. This results in materials that lack the toughness necessary for structural applications. An alternative to curing with HMTA is to crosslink the pendant phenolic groups in the ...

  16. Relaxation of Blazar Induced Pair Beams in Cosmic Voids

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    Miniati, Francesco; Elyiv, Andrii

    2012-01-01

    The stability properties of a low density ultra relativistic pair beam produced in the intergalactic medium by multi-TeV gamma-ray photons from blazars are analyzed. The problem is relevant for probes of magnetic field in cosmic voids through gamma-ray observations. In addition, dissipation of such beams could affect considerably the thermal history of the intergalactic medium and structure formation. We use a Monte Carlo method to quantify the properties of the blazar induced electromagnetic...

  17. Flow Patterns and Void Fraction in Thin-Gap Channel

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    Křišťál, Jiří; Havlica, Jaromír; Jiřičný, Vladimír

    - : -, 2007, s. 578. [International Conference on Multiphase Flow /6./. Congress Center Leipzig (DE), 09.07.2007-13.07.2007] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GP104/05/P554 Grant ostatní: IMPULSE(XE) 0111816-2 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40720504 Source of funding: R - rámcový projekt EK Keywords : flow pattern * void fraction * microchannel Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering

  18. Tracing the Provenance of Linked Data using voiD

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    Omitola, Temitope; Zuo, Landong; Gutteridge, Christopher; Millard, Ian; Glaser, Hugh; Gibbins, Nicholas; Shadbolt, Nigel

    2011-01-01

    In the open world of the (Semantic) web, a world where increasingly diverse materials from disparate sources of different qualities are being made available, an automatic mechanism of the provision of provenance information of these sources is needed. This paper describes voidp, a provenance extension of the void vocabulary, that allows data publishers to specify the provenance relationships of their data. We enumerate voidp's classes and properties, and describe a use case scenario. A wider ...

  19. Void magnetic field and its primordial origin in inflation

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    Fujita, Tomohiro

    2014-01-01

    Since magnetic fields in galaxies, galactic clusters and even void regions are observed, theoretical attempts to explain their origin are strongly motivated. It is interesting to consider that inflation is responsible for the origin of the magnetic fields as well as the density perturbation. However, it is known that inflationary magnetogenesis suffers from several problems. We explore these problems by using a specific model, namely the kinetic coupling model, and show how the model is constrained. Model independent arguments are also discussed.

  20. Void fraction and flow regime determination by optical probe for boiling two-phase flow in a tube subchannel

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    In view of the need to determine void fraction and flow regime of vapor-liquid two-phase flow in the steam generator test model, domestic made optical probe was applied on a small-scale freon two-phase flow test rig. Optical probe signals were collected at a sampling rate up to 500 Hz and converted into digital form. Both the time signal, and the amplitude probability density function and FFT spectrum function calculated thereof were analysed in the time and frequency domains respectively. The threshold characterizing vapor or liquid contact with the probe tip was determined from the air-water two-phase flow pressure drop test results. Then, the boiling freon two-phase flow void fraction was determined by single threshold method, and compared with numerical heat transfer computation. Typical patterns which were revealed by the above-mentioned time signal and the functions were found corresponding to distinct flow regimes, as corroborated by visual observation. The experiment shows that the optical probe was a promising technique for two-phase flow void fraction measurement and flow regime identification (3 refs., 15 figs., 1 tab.)

  1. The entrainment of air by water jet impinging on a free surface

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    Soh, Wee King [University of Wollongong, School of Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronics Engineering, Northfields Ave, NSW (Australia); Khoo, Boo Cheong [National University of Singapore, Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering, 10 Kent Ridge Crescent (Singapore); Yuen, W.Y. Daniel [BlueScope Steel Research, Port Kembla, NSW (Australia)

    2005-09-01

    High-speed cine and video photographs were used to capture the flow patterns of a column of water jet impinging into a pool of water. The impact results in air entrainment into water in the form of a void with no mixing between the water in the jet and the surrounding water. Conservation of fluid momentum shows that the rate of increase of the height of the air void depends on the drag coefficient of the jet front. By neglecting the frictional losses, the application of energy conservation yields an expression that relates the maximum height of the air void with the properties of the water jet. (orig.)

  2. On the Star Formation Properties of Void Galaxies

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    Moorman, Crystal M; White, Amanda; Vogeley, Michael S; Hoyle, Fiona; Giovanelli, Riccardo; Haynes, Martha P

    2016-01-01

    We measure the star formation properties of two large samples of galaxies from the SDSS in large-scale cosmic voids on time scales of 10 Myr and 100 Myr, using H$\\alpha$ emission line strengths and GALEX FUV fluxes, respectively. The first sample consists of 109,818 optically selected galaxies. We find that void galaxies in this sample have higher specific star formation rates (SSFRs; star formation rates per unit stellar mass) than similar stellar mass galaxies in denser regions. The second sample is a subset of the optically selected sample containing 8070 galaxies with reliable HI detections from ALFALFA. For the full HI detected sample, SSFRs do not vary systematically with large-scale environment. However, investigating only the HI detected dwarf galaxies reveals a trend towards higher SSFRs in voids. Furthermore, we estimate the star formation rate per unit HI mass (known as the star formation efficiency; SFE) of a galaxy, as a function of environment. For the overall HI detected population, we notice n...

  3. Enthalpy and void distributions in subchannels of PHWR fuel bundles

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    Park, J. W.; Choi, H.; Rhee, B. W. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1998-12-31

    Two different types of the CANDU fuel bundles have been modeled for the ASSERT-IV code subchannel analysis. From calculated values of mixture enthalpy and void fraction distribution in the fuel bundles, it is found that net buoyancy effect is pronounced in the central region of the DUPIC fuel bundle when compared with the standard CANDU fuel bundle. It is also found that the central region of the DUPIC fuel bundle can be cooled more efficiently than that of the standard fuel bundle. From the calculated mixture enthalpy distribution at the exit of the fuel channel, it is found that the mixture enthalpy and void fraction can be highest in the peripheral region of the DUPIC fuel bundle. On the other hand, the enthalpy and the void fraction were found to be highest in the central region of the standard CANDU fuel bundle at the exit of the fuel channel. This study shows that the subchannel analysis is very useful in assessing thermal behavior of the fuel bundle that could be used in CANDU reactors. 10 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs. (Author)

  4. VOID GROWTH AND CAVITATION IN NONLINEAR VISCOELASTIC SOLIDS

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    张赟; 黄筑平

    2003-01-01

    This paper discusses the growth of a pre-existing void in a nonlinear viscoelastic material subjected to remote hydrostatic tensions with different loading rates. The constitutive relation of this viscoelastic material is the one recently proposed by the present authors, which may be considered as a generalization of the non-Gaussian statistical theory in rubber elasticity. As the first order approximation, the above constitutive relation can be reduced to the "neo-Hookean" type viscoelastic one.Investigations of the influences of the material viscosity and the loading rate on the void growth, or on the cavitation are carried out. It is found that: (1) for generalized "inverse Langevin approximation"nonlinear viscoelastic materials, the cavitation limit does not exist, but there is a certain (remote)stress level at which the void will grow rapidly; (2) for generalized "Gaussian statistics" (neo-Hookean type) viscoelastic materials, the cavitation limit exists, and is an increasing function of the loading rate.The present discussions may be of importance in understanding the material failure process under high triaxial stress.

  5. Distribution of IRAS galaxies towards the Bootes void

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    A redshift survey was completed for 342 galaxies detected by the IRAS in the direction of the Bootes void discovered by Kirshner et al. The number density of IRAS galaxies is well determined from the shallower full-sky redshift survey of Strauss et al. Four IRAS galaxies are found within the void as defined by Kirshner et al., of which three are part of a complete sample, implying a density depression of a factor of 4. The underdense region continues to a distance of at least 4000 km/s from the nominal center of the void. Three of the IRAS galaxies studied in this paper were previously unknown. These galaxies have emission-line spectra characteristic of H II regions, and red continuum magnitudes ranging from 16 to 17.5 mag, and thus are bright enough to have been detected in a wide-angle redshift survey as deep as that of Kirshner et al. The luminosity function derived from this sample is in good agreement with that of Lawrence et al. 63 references

  6. The Persistent Percolation of Single-Stream Voids

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    Falck, Bridget

    2014-01-01

    We study the nature of voids defined as single-stream regions that have not undergone shell-crossing. We use ORIGAMI to determine the cosmic web morphology of each dark matter particle in a suite of cosmological $N$-body simulations, which explicitly calculates whether a particle has crossed paths with others along multiple sets of axes and does not depend on a parameter or smoothing scale. The theoretical picture of voids is that of expanding underdensities with borders defined by shell-crossing. We find instead that locally underdense single-stream regions are not bounded on all sides by multi-stream regions, thus they percolate, filling the simulation volume; we show that the set of multi-stream particles also percolates. This percolation persists to high resolution, where the mass fraction of single-stream voids is low, because the volume fraction remains high; we speculate on the fraction of collapsed mass in the continuum limit of infinite resolution. By introducing a volume threshold parameter to defin...

  7. Void-free epoxy castings for cryogenic insulators and seals

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    The design of the Westinghouse Magnet for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Large Coil Program (LCP) incorporates a main lead bushing which transmits heat-leak loads by conduction to the supercritical helium stream. The bushing, which consists of epoxy resin cast about a copper conductor, must be electrically insulated, vacuum tight and be capable of withstanding the stresses encountered in cryognic service. The seal design of the bushing is especially important; leakage from either the helium system or the external environment into the vacuum will cause the magnet to quench. Additionally, the epoxy-resin casting must resist mechanical loads caused by the weight of leads attached to the bushing and thermal stresses transmitted to the epoxy via the conductor. The epoxy resin is cast about the conductor in such a way as to provide the required vacuum tight seal. The technique by which this is accomplished is reviewed. Equally important is the elimination of voids in the epoxy which will act as stress-concentrating discontinuities during cooling to or warming from 4K. The types of voids that could be expected and their causes are described. The paper reviews techniques employed to eliminate voids within the cast-resin portion of the bushing

  8. A video analysis technique for organ dose assessment in pediatric fluoroscopy: Applications to voiding cystourethrograms (VCUG)

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    The time-sequence videotape-analysis methodology, originally developed by Sulieman et al. [Radiol. 178, 653-658 (1991)] for use in tissue dose estimation in adult fluoroscopy exams, has been adapted to the study of the newborn voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG). Individual frames of fluoroscopic and radiographic video were analyzed with respect to unique combinations of field size, field center, projection, tube potential, and mA or mAs, respectively. A modified version of the stylized ORNL newborn model was coupled to the MCNP4C radiation transport code to report organ doses per unit entrance air kerma (free-in-air) for each identified x-ray field. A series of urinary bladder models was additionally developed representing the organ at differing stages of contrast filling. The technique was subsequently applied to two patients, a 3-month male and a 1-month female, examined via a conventional fluoroscopy system used just prior to departmental conversion to digital systems. The effective dose to these patients was estimated as 0.47 mSv and 1.36 mSv, respectively (ratio of 2.9). Corresponding ratios of cumulative fluoroscopy time and entrance air kerma were 2.2 and 1.6, respectively. For the male patient, the mean percent dose contribution from fluoroscopy for all irradiated organs was 71±12%, while that value for the female patient was 88±4%

  9. Implementing a Systematic Voiding Program for Patients With Urinary Incontinence After Stroke.

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    French, Beverley; Thomas, Lois H; Harrison, Joanna; Burton, Christopher R; Forshaw, Denise; Booth, Joanne; Britt, David; Cheater, Francine M; Roe, Brenda; Watkins, Caroline L

    2016-08-01

    We explored health professionals' views of implementing a systematic voiding program (SVP) in a multi-site qualitative process evaluation in stroke services recruited to the intervention arms of a cluster randomized controlled feasibility trial during 2011-2013. We conducted semi-structured group or individual interviews with 38 purposively selected nursing, managerial, and care staff involved in delivering the SVP. Content analysis of transcripts used normalization process theory (NPT) as a pre-specified organization-level exploratory framework. Barriers to implementing the SVP included perceived lack of suitability for some patient groups, patient fear of extending hospital stay, and difficulties with SVP enactment, scheduling, timing, recording, and monitoring. Enablers included the guidance provided by the SVP, patient and relative involvement, extra staff, improved nursing skill and confidence, and experience of success. Three potential mechanisms of consistency, visibility, and individualization linked the SVP process with improvements in outcome, and should be emphasized in SVP implementation. PMID:26935722

  10. Evaluation on Calculation Accuracy of the Sodium Void Reactivity for Low Void Effect Fast Reactor Cores with Experimental Analyses

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    Calculation accuracy of the sodium void reactivity for safety-enhanced fast reactor core concepts was evaluated with analyses of critical experiments. In these concepts, heterogeneous core configuration and sodium plenum replacement are adopted to reduce the sodium void reactivity to around zero. In the past, a variety of critical experiments for heterogeneous cores had been carried out in the ZPPR facility, some of which are compiled in the IRPhEP handbook. Further, several experiments for core with sodium plenum had been performed in the BFS-2 facility. Calculation analyses of above mentioned critical experiments have been performed by using the Japanese current reactor physics analytical system. These analyses clarified that accuracy for homogeneous and axially-heterogeneous cores was sufficient, though accuracy for the radially-heterogeneous core and/or core with sodium plenum was not satisfactory. In order to achieve satisfactory accuracy for various types of cores, investigation on several design methods was performed. (author)

  11. Measurements of gas pressure in voids in epoxy castings for high voltage equipment

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    Larsen, Esben; Henriksen, Mogens; Nielsen, E

    1988-01-01

    An investigation of samples of epoxy each containing one void, which were produced at different pressures, is reported. The samples were of the disk type with the void located in the center. The gas in the voids has a pressure somewhat related to the curing pressure, thereby directly influencing...... the partial-discharge inception voltage. Data show that gas pressure in voids in epoxy castings can be determined by use of an ultrasound test method. A relationship between the void gas pressure and the epoxy curing pressure is also found. This investigation is part of an effort to predict the...

  12. Visualization study of the shrinkage void distribution in thermal energy storage capsules of different geometry

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    Revankar, Shripad T. [School of Nuclear Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (United States); Croy, Travis [INEEL, Idaho Falls, ID 83404-5558 (United States)

    2007-01-15

    The presence of concentrated shrinkage voids in thermal energy storage systems employing encapsulated phase change material can cause serious problems when one attempts to melt the solidified phase change material for the next thermal cycle. Experiments were performed and void-formation phenomena with rectangular flat plate, spherical, and torus shape capsules were investigated. The initial void growth, distribution and the total void in the capsule were photographically studied from transparent capsules using cyclohexane, hexadecane, butanediol and octadecane as phase change materials. The observations on freezing process and the shrinkage void distribution are presented. (author)

  13. Radiation induced void in the spectrum of TOL 1038-2712

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    Srianand, R

    1996-01-01

    Detection of a large void (\\sim 7 Mpc) is reported between the redshifts 2.16286 and 2.20748 in the Ly~\\alpha forest of TOL 1038-2712. This void is centered near a foreground QSO TOL 1037-2704 which is at a distance \\sim4.4 Mpc away from the void. The estimated probability for the void to occure by chance in front of the foreground QSO is few times 10^{-3}. Various implications of the void being produced by excess ionization due to foreground QSO are discussed.

  14. Determination of gas pressure in voids in epoxy casting using an ultrasonic measuring technique

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    Larsen, Esben; Petersen, C. Bak; Henriksen, Mogens

    1990-01-01

    Results of measurements performed on a large open void, where pressure can be controlled from the outside, are compared to the theory of ultrasound transmission. The results verify the theory that the attenuation of transmitted ultrasonic signals through a void depends on the gas pressure inside...... the void. The results are based on the use of time delay spectrometry. This method gives a sufficiently high signal-to-noise ratio for detecting the transmitted part of the ultrasonic signal which has travelled through the void. Because of differences in the density and velocity of ultrasonic signals...... for the materials involved, that part of the signal is dependent on the pressure inside the void...

  15. Reliability of scanning laser acoustic microscopy for detecting internal voids in structural ceramics

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    Roth, D.J.; Baaklini, G.Y.

    1986-01-01

    The reliability of 100 MHz scanning laser acoustic microscopy (SLAM) for detecting internal voids in sintered specimens of silicon nitride and silicon carbide was evaluated. The specimens contained artificially implanted voids and were positioned at depths ranging up to 2 mm below the specimen surface. Detection probability of 0.90 at a 0.95 confidence level was determined as a function of material, void diameter, and void depth. The statistical results presented for void detectability indicate some of the strengths and limitations of SLAM as a nondestructive evaluation technique for structural ceramics.

  16. Quantitative void characterization in structural ceramics using scanning laser acoustic microscopy

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    Roth, D.J.; Generazio, E.R.; Baaklini, G.Y.

    1986-01-01

    The ability of scanning laser acoustic microscopy (SLAM) to characterize artificially seeded voids in sintered silicon nitride structural ceramic specimens was investigated. Using trigonometric relationships and Airy's diffraction theory, predictions of internal void depth and size were obtained from acoustic diffraction patterns produced by the voids. Agreement was observed between actual and predicted void depths. However, predicted void diameters were generally much greater than actual diameters. Precise diameter predictions are difficult to obtain due to measurement uncertainty and the limitations of 100 MHz SLAM applied to typical ceramic specimens.

  17. Reliability of scanning laser acoustic microscopy for detecting internal voids in structural ceramics

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    Roth, D.J.; Baaklini, G.Y.

    1986-07-01

    The reliability of 100 MHz scanning laser acoustic microscopy (SLAM) for detecting internal voids in sintered specimens of silicon nitride and silicon carbide was evaluated. The specimens contained artificially implanted voids and were positioned at depths ranging up to 2 mm below the specimen surface. Detection probability of 0.90 at a 0.95 confidence level was determined as a function of material, void diameter, and void depth. The statistical results presented for void detectability indicate some of the strengths and limitations of SLAM as a nondestructive evaluation technique for structural ceramics. 28 references.

  18. Effect of non uniform void size and shape distributions on deformation failure in cast aluminum alloy

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    Song, Jun Su; Kang, Dong Hwan; Kim, Tae Won; Bae, Dae Sung [Hanyang Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Yoon, Hyung Sop [Hyundai Kia Motors R and D Division, Hwaseong (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-07-15

    Tensile tests were conducted on several cast aluminum specimens with different degrees of porosity. The effects of non uniform void size and shape distributions, including spherical and non spherical types, on stress-strain behavior resulting from different initiation mechanisms were investigated. A micro mechanics based statistical approach was employed, and the heterogeneous microstructures could therefore be modeled during the deformation process. The predicted changes of the distributions of void size and void shape generally agreed with experimental results. Void spatial variation was also quantified, and its effects on the level of failure were analyzed. The void spatial variation facilitated development of inhomogeneous deformation, which results in failure.

  19. Positron lifetimes in voids and other defects in annealed, neutron-irradiated aluminum

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    Positron lifetimes were measured in neutron-irradiated high-purity aluminum single crystals, and companion small-angle x-ray scattering experiments were performed to determine the radius of gyration and volume fraction of radiation-induced voids. The lifetime data are consistent with a model in which positrons are trapped both in voids and in other defects which are tentatively identified as vacancy clusters bound to transmutation-produced silicon. The lifetime in the latter defects increased from 230 to 430 ps as the voids annealed out (around 3060C), suggesting that the clusters grow in size as voids disappear. The lifetime in voids remained constant at (550 +- 30) ps

  20. The structure of supervoids; 1, void hierarchy in the northern local supervoid

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    Lindner, U; Einasto, M; Freudling, W; Fricke, K; Tago, E; Lindner, Ulrich; Einasto, Jaan; Einasto, Maret; Freudling, Wolfram; Fricke, Klaus; Tago, Erik

    1995-01-01

    Supervoids are regions in the local Universe which do not contain rich clusters of galaxies. We have studied the closest example, the Northern Local Void, situated between the Local, Coma, and the Hercules superclusters. We find that this supervoid is not empty, but it contains small galaxy systems and poor clusters of galaxies. We study the cosmography of this void by analyzing the distribution of poor clusters of galaxies, elliptical and other galaxies in two projections. We present a catalogue of voids, defined by galaxies of different morphological type and luminosity, and analyze mean diameters of voids in different environments. The sizes of voids and the properties of void walls are related. Voids defined by poor clusters of galaxies and by bright elliptical galaxies have a mean diameter of up to 40 h-1 Mpc. Faint late-type galaxies divide these voids into smaller voids. The faintest galaxies we can study are outlining voids with mean diameters of about 8 h-1 Mpc. Voids located in a high-density enviro...

  1. THE WEIGHT OF EMPTINESS: THE GRAVITATIONAL LENSING SIGNAL OF STACKED VOIDS

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    The upcoming new generation of spectroscopic galaxy redshift surveys will provide large samples of cosmic voids, large distinct, underdense structures in the universe. Combining these with future galaxy imaging surveys, we study the prospects of probing the underlying matter distribution in and around cosmic voids via the weak gravitational lensing effects of stacked voids, utilizing both shear and magnification information. The statistical precision is greatly improved by stacking a large number of voids along different lines of sight, even when taking into account the impact of inherent miscentering and projection effects. We show that Dark Energy Task Force Stage IV surveys, such as the Euclid satellite and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, should be able to detect the void lensing signal with sufficient precision from stacking abundant medium-sized voids, thus providing direct constraints on the matter density profile of voids independent of assumptions on galaxy bias.

  2. Direct evidence of void passivation in Cu(InGa)(SSe)2 absorber layers

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    We have investigated the charge collection condition around voids in copper indium gallium sulfur selenide (CIGSSe) solar cells fabricated by sputter and a sequential process of selenization/sulfurization. In this study, we found direct evidence of void passivation by using the junction electron beam induced current method, transmission electron microscopy, and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The high sulfur concentration at the void surface plays an important role in the performance enhancement of the device. The recombination around voids is effectively suppressed by field-assisted void passivation. Hence, the generated carriers are easily collected by the electrodes. Therefore, when the S/(S + Se) ratio at the void surface is over 8% at room temperature, the device performance degradation caused by the recombination at the voids is negligible at the CIGSSe layer

  3. In situ observation of void nucleation and growth in a steel using X-ray tomography

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    In situ synchrotron X-ray computed tomography has been applied to visualize and quantify the void nucleation, growth and coalescence leading to ductile fracture in a free-cutting steel. Uniaxial tensile test was performed and interrupted at different strain levels in order to understand the sequential damage process. Each void detected by the absorption contrast was sequentially tracked with increasing strain. Quantitative data obtained by this method was then used to compare and validate the several pre-existing models predicting the damage evolution. The gap between the void nucleation predictions and the experimental results was widened with increasing strain at high strain regime, because of the restrictive observation of voids and the void coalescence. The models predicting the void growth were also discussed with reassessing the constant α to take the reduction in equivalent diameter by nucleating voids. (author)

  4. Self-similarity and universality of void density profiles in simulation and SDSS data

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    Nadathur, S; Diego, J M; Iliev, I T; Gottlöber, S; Watson, W A; Yepes, G

    2014-01-01

    The stacked density profile of cosmic voids in the galaxy distribution provides an important tool for the use of voids for precision cosmology. We study the density profiles of voids identified using the ZOBOV watershed transform algorithm in realistic mock luminous red galaxy (LRG) catalogues from the Jubilee simulation, as well as in void catalogues constructed from the SDSS LRG and Main Galaxy samples. We compare different methods for reconstructing density profiles scaled by the void radius and show that the most commonly used method based on counts in shells and simple averaging is statistically flawed as it underestimates the density in void interiors. We provide two alternative methods that do not suffer from this effect; one based on Voronoi tessellations is also easily able to account from artefacts due to finite survey boundaries and so is more suitable when comparing simulation data to observation. Using this method we show that voids in simulation are exactly self-similar, meaning that their avera...

  5. Effect of Temperature on the Void Growth in Pure Aluminium at High Strain-Rate Loading

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    QI Mei-Lan; HE Hong-Liang; YAN Shi-Lin

    2007-01-01

    @@ With the environment temperature varying from 273K to 773K, the dynamic process of void growth in pure aluminium at high strain-rate loading is calculated based on the dynamic growth equation of a void with internal pressure. The result shows that the effect of temperature on the growth of void should be emphasized. Because the initial pressure of void with gas will increase and the viscosity of materials will decrease with the rising of temperature, the growth of void is accelerated. Furthermore, material inertia restrains the growth of void evidently when the diameter exceeds 10μm. The effect of surface tension is very weak in the whole process of void growth.

  6. Radiation-induced formation, annealing and ordering of voids in crystals: Theory and experiment

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    Void ordering has been observed in very different radiation environments ranging from metals to ionic crystals bombarded with energetic particles. The void ordering is often accompanied by a saturation of the void swelling with increasing irradiation dose, which makes an understanding of the underlying mechanisms to be both of scientific significance and of practical importance for nuclear engineering. We show that both phenomena can be explained by the original mechanism based on the anisotropic energy transfer provided by self-focusing discrete breathers or quodons (energetic, mobile, highly localized lattice solitons that propagate great distances along close-packed crystal directions). The interaction of quodons with voids can result in radiation-induced 'annealing' of selected voids, which results in the void ordering under special irradiation conditions. We observe experimentally radiation-induced void annealing by lowering the irradiation temperature of nickel and copper samples pre-irradiated to produce voids or gas bubbles. The bulk recombination of Frenkel pairs increases with decreasing temperature resulting in suppression of the production of freely migrating vacancies (the driving force of the void growth). On the other hand, the rate of radiation-induced vacancy emission from voids due to the void interaction with quodons remains essentially unchanged, which results in void dissolution. The experimental data on the void shrinkage and void lattice formation obtained for different metals and irradiating particles are explained by the present model assuming the quodon propagation length to be in the micron range, which is consistent with independent data on the irradiation-induced diffusion of interstitial ions in austenitic stainless steel.

  7. Void Shapes Controlled by Using Interruption-Free Epitaxial Lateral Overgrowth of GaN Films on Patterned SiO2 AlN/Sapphire Template

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available GaN epitaxial layers with embedded air voids grown on patterned SiO2 AlN/sapphire templates were proposed. Using interruption-free epitaxial lateral overgrowth technology, we realized uninterrupted growth and controlled the shape of embedded air voids. These layers showed improved crystal quality using X-ray diffraction and measurement of etching pits density. Compared with conventional undoped-GaN film, the full width at half-maximum of the GaN (0 0 2 and (1 0 2 peaks decreased from 485 arcsec to 376 arcsec and from 600 arcsec to 322 arcsec, respectively. Transmission electron microscopy results showed that the coalesced GaN growth led to bending threading dislocation. We also proposed a growth model based on results of scanning electron microscopy.

  8. A Novel Low-Cost Open-Hardware Platform for Monitoring Soil Water Content and Multiple Soil-Air-Vegetation Parameters

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    Giovanni Bitella; Roberta Rossi; Rocco Bochicchio; Michele Perniola; Mariana Amato

    2014-01-01

    Monitoring soil water content at high spatio-temporal resolution and coupled to other sensor data is crucial for applications oriented towards water sustainability in agriculture, such as precision irrigation or phenotyping root traits for drought tolerance. The cost of instrumentation, however, limits measurement frequency and number of sensors. The objective of this work was to design a low cost “open hardware” platform for multi-sensor measurements including water content at different dept...

  9. It Shall Not Return to Me Void: Teaching Religious Content to Individuals with Cognitive Disability

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    Iguchi, Carolyn M.

    2010-01-01

    This research is an exploratory qualitative investigation into the challenges of teaching religious material to individuals with cognitive disabilities. The study setting was a single large evangelical Christian church known for excellence in ministry to individuals with disabilities and their families. The following issues were explored: (a)…

  10. Topology and Dark Energy: Testing Gravity in Voids

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    Spolyar, Douglas; Sahlén, Martin; Silk, Joe

    2013-12-01

    Modified gravity has garnered interest as a backstop against dark matter and dark energy (DE). As one possible modification, the graviton can become massive, which introduces a new scalar field—here with a Galileon-type symmetry. The field can lead to a nontrivial equation of state of DE which is density and scale dependent. Tension between type Ia supernovae and Planck could be reduced. In voids, the scalar field dramatically alters the equation of state of DE, induces a soon-observable gravitational slip between the two metric potentials, and develops a topological defect (domain wall) due to a nontrivial vacuum structure for the field.

  11. Topology and Dark Energy: Testing Gravity in Voids

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    Spolyar, Douglas; Silk, Joe

    2013-01-01

    Modified gravity has garnered interest as a backstop against dark matter and dark energy (DE). As one possible modification, the graviton can become massive, which introduces a new scalar field. The new field can lead to a nontrivial equation of state (EOS) of DE which is density-and-scale-dependent. Tension between Type Ia supernovae and Planck can possibly be reduced. In voids the new scalar field dramatically alters the EOS of DE, gives rise to a significant gravitational slip between the two metric potentials, and also develops a topological defect (a domain wall) due to a nontrivial scalar field vacuum structure.

  12. Urethane foam void filling. Innovative technology summary report

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    1998-12-01

    Under the decontamination and decommissioning (D and D) Implementation Plan of the United States Department of Energy`s (DOE`s) Fernald Environmental Management Project (FEMP), non-recyclable process components and debris that are removed from buildings undergoing D and D are disposed of in an on-site disposal facility (OSDF). Critical to the design and operation of the FEMP`s OSDF are provisions to protect against subsidence of the OSDF`s cap. Subsidence of the cap could occur if void spaces within the OSDF were to collapse under the overburden of debris and the OSDF cap. Subsidence may create depressions in the OSDF`s cap in which rainwater could collect and eventually seep into the OSDF. To minimize voids in the FEMP`s OSDF, large metallic components are cut into smaller segments that can be arranged more compactly when placed in the OSDF. Component segmentation using an oxy-acetylene torch was the baseline approach used by the FEMP`s D and D contractor on Plant 1, B and W Services, Inc., for the dismantlement and size-reduction of large metal components. Although this technology has performed satisfactorily, it is time-consuming, labor-intensive and costly. Use of the oxy-acetylene torch exposes workers to health and safety hazards including the risk of burns, carbon monoxide, and airborne contamination of residual lead-based paints and other contaminants on the surface of the components being segmented. In addition, solvents used to remove paint from the components before segmenting them emit flammable, noxious fumes. This demonstration investigated the feasibility of placing large vessels intact in the OSDF without segmenting them. To prevent the walls of the vessels from collapsing under the overburden or from degradation, an innovative approach was employed which involved filling the voids in the vessels with a fluid material that hardened on standing. The hardened filling would support the walls of the vessels, and prevent them from collapsing. This report

  13. Dependence on supernovae light-curve processing in void models

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    Bengochea, Gabriel R., E-mail: gabriel@iafe.uba.ar [Instituto de Astronomía y Física del Espacio (IAFE), UBA-CONICET, CC 67, Suc. 28, 1428 Buenos Aires (Argentina); De Rossi, Maria E., E-mail: derossi@iafe.uba.ar [Instituto de Astronomía y Física del Espacio (IAFE), UBA-CONICET, CC 67, Suc. 28, 1428 Buenos Aires (Argentina); Departamento de Física, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    2014-06-02

    In this work, we show that when supernova Ia (SN Ia) data sets are used to put constraints on the free parameters of inhomogeneous models, certain extra information regarding the light-curve fitter used in the supernovae Ia luminosity fluxes processing should be taken into account. We found that the size of the void as well as other parameters of these models might be suffering extra degenerations or additional systematic errors due to the fitter. A recent proposal to relieve the tension between the results from Planck satellite and SNe Ia is re-analyzed in the framework of these subjects.

  14. Design of capacitance sensor system for void fraction measurement

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    LIU Yi-ping; NIU Gang; WANG Jing

    2005-01-01

    Simulation and optimization were applied to a capacitive sensor system based on electrical tomography technology.Sensors, consisting of Morgantown Energy Technology Center (METC) axial synchro driving guard electrodes and two sets of detecting electrodes, make it possible to obtain simultaneously two groups of signals of the void fraction in oil-gas two-phase flow.The computational and experimental results showed that available sensors, charactered by high resolution and fast real-time response can be used for real-time liquid-gas two-phase flow pattern determination.

  15. Polarization and piezoelectricity in polymer films with artificial void structure

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    Sun, Zhuanlan; Zhang, Xiaoqing; Xia, Zhongfu; Qiu, Xunlin; Wirges, Werner; Gerhard, Reimund; Zeng, Changchun; Zhang, Chuck; Wang, Ben

    2011-10-01

    Laminated polymer-film systems with well-defined void structures were prepared from fluoroethylenepropylene (FEP) and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) layers. First the PTFE films were patterned and then fusion-bonded with the FEP films. The laminates were subjected to either corona or contact charging in order to obtain the desired piezoelectricity. The build-up of the "macro-dipoles" in the laminated films was studied by recording the electric hysteresis loops. The resulting electro-mechanical properties were investigated by means of dielectric resonance spectroscopy (DRS) and direct measurements of the stress-strain relationship. Moreover, the thermal stability of the piezoelectric d 33 coefficient was investigated at elevated temperatures and via thermally stimulated discharge (TSD) current measurements in short circuit. For 150 μm thick laminated films, consisting of one 25 μm thick PTFE layer, two 12.5 μm thick FEP layers, and a void of 100 μm height, the critical voltage necessary for the build-up of the "macro-dipoles" in the inner voids was approximately 1400 V, which agrees with the value calculated from the Paschen Law. A quasi-static piezoelectric d 33 coefficient up to 300 pC/N was observed after corona charging. The mechanical properties of the film systems are highly anisotropic. At room temperature, the Young's moduli of the laminated film system are around 0.37 MPa in the thickness direction and 274 MPa in the lateral direction, respectively. Using these values, the theoretical shape anisotropy ratio of the void was calculated, which agrees well with experimental observation. Compared with films that do not exhibit structural regularity, the laminates showed improved thermal stability of the d 33 coefficients. The thermal stability of d 33 can be further improved by pre-aging. E.g., the reduction of the d 33 value in the sample pre-aged at 150°C for 5 h was less than 5% after annealing for 30 h at a temperature of 90°C.

  16. Reactivity effects of void formations in a solution critical assembly

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    Walters, S.G.

    1994-01-01

    SHEBA II (Solution High Energy Burst Assembly) was constructed in order to better understand the neutronics of solutions of fissile materials. In order to estimate the effect on criticality from the formation of bubbles, models were devised in MCNP (Monte Carlo Neutron Photon transport code) and THREEDANT (THREE dimensional, Diffusion-Accelerated, Neutral-Particle Transport). It was found that the formation of voids in all but the outside bottom edge of the assembly cylinder tend to act as a negative insertion of reactivity. Also, an experiment has been designed which will verify the results of the codes.

  17. Urethane foam void filling. Innovative technology summary report

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    Under the decontamination and decommissioning (D and D) Implementation Plan of the United States Department of Energy's (DOE's) Fernald Environmental Management Project (FEMP), non-recyclable process components and debris that are removed from buildings undergoing D and D are disposed of in an on-site disposal facility (OSDF). Critical to the design and operation of the FEMP's OSDF are provisions to protect against subsidence of the OSDF's cap. Subsidence of the cap could occur if void spaces within the OSDF were to collapse under the overburden of debris and the OSDF cap. Subsidence may create depressions in the OSDF's cap in which rainwater could collect and eventually seep into the OSDF. To minimize voids in the FEMP's OSDF, large metallic components are cut into smaller segments that can be arranged more compactly when placed in the OSDF. Component segmentation using an oxy-acetylene torch was the baseline approach used by the FEMP's D and D contractor on Plant 1, B and W Services, Inc., for the dismantlement and size-reduction of large metal components. Although this technology has performed satisfactorily, it is time-consuming, labor-intensive and costly. Use of the oxy-acetylene torch exposes workers to health and safety hazards including the risk of burns, carbon monoxide, and airborne contamination of residual lead-based paints and other contaminants on the surface of the components being segmented. In addition, solvents used to remove paint from the components before segmenting them emit flammable, noxious fumes. This demonstration investigated the feasibility of placing large vessels intact in the OSDF without segmenting them. To prevent the walls of the vessels from collapsing under the overburden or from degradation, an innovative approach was employed which involved filling the voids in the vessels with a fluid material that hardened on standing. The hardened filling would support the walls of the vessels, and prevent them from collapsing. This report

  18. Prediction of void fraction in subcooled flow boiling

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    The information on heat transfer and especially on the void fraction in the reactor core under subcooled conditions is very important for the water-cooled nuclear reactors, because of its influence upon the reactivity of the systems. This paper gives a short overview of subcooled boiling phenomenon and indicates the simplifications made by the RELAP5 model of subcooled boiling. RELAP5/MOD3.2 calculations were compared with simple one-dimensional models and with high-pressure Bartolomey experiments.(author)

  19. A study of void size growth in nonequilibrium stochastic systems of point defects

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    Kharchenko, Dmitrii O.; Kharchenko, Vasyl O.; Bashtova, Anna I.

    2016-05-01

    We study properties of voids growth dynamics in a stochastic system of point defects in solids under nonequilibrium conditions (sustained irradiation). It is shown that fluctuations of defect production rate (external noise) increase the critical void radius comparing to a deterministic system. An automodel regime of void size growth in a stochastic system is studied in detail. Considering a homogeneous system, it is found that external noise does not change the universality of the void size distribution function; the mean void size evolves according to classical nucleation theory. The noise increases the mean void size and spreads the void size distribution. Studying dynamics of spatially extended systems it was shown that vacancies remaining in a matrix phase are able to organize into vacancy enriched domains due to an instability caused by an elastic lattice deformation. It is shown that dynamics of voids growth is defined by void sinks strength with void size growth exponent varying from 1/3 up to 1/2.

  20. Onset of void coalescence in uniaxial tension studied by continuous X-ray tomography

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    Void growth and coalescence in model materials containing a pre-existing three-dimensional void array were studied by X-ray computed tomography coupled with in situ uniaxial tensile deformation. A newly developed continuous tomography technique was employed to capture the onset of coalescence. Using a picosecond laser machining system and a diffusion bonding technique, model materials with different void geometries were prepared. By implementing continuous tomography, the plastic strain at the onset of void coalescence was measured (instead of simple linkage) for the first time. The plastic strains at the onset of void coalescence were compared with the existing void coalescence models. Finite-element (FE) simulations were performed to study the influences of void shape (sphere, cylinder, tapered-cylinder) on the void growth behavior. This study shows that the coalescence models developed by Thomason and later extended by Pardoen and Hutchinson provide accurate predictions of coalescence strain when the voids are aligned normal to the tensile axis. However, offsets can induce shear effects that lower the coalescence strain in a manner not predicted by the models. Two-dimensional plane-strain FE simulations were also used to explore the influence of shear localization between two misaligned coalescing voids on ductility. These demonstrate the nature of the effect

  1. Testing the imprint of non-standard cosmologies on void profiles using Monte Carlo random walks

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    Achitouv, Ixandra

    2016-01-01

    Using a Monte Carlo random walks of a log-normal distribution, we show how to qualitatively study void properties for non-standard cosmologies. We apply this method to an f(R) modified gravity model and recover the N-body simulation results of (Achitouv et al. 2016) for the void profiles and their deviation from GR. This method can potentially be extended to study other properties of the large scale structures such as the abundance of voids or overdense environments. We also introduce a new way to identify voids in the cosmic web, using only a few measurements of the density fluctuations around random positions. This algorithm allows to select voids with specific profiles and radii. As a consequence, we can target classes of voids with higher differences between f(R) and standard gravity void profiles. Finally we apply our void criteria to galaxy mock catalogues and discuss how the flexibility of our void finder can be used to reduce systematics errors when probing the growth rate in the galaxy-void correlati...

  2. 水泥砂孔隙特征对抗冻性影响的研究%Research of cement mortar air content on the effects of pore characterstics and frost resistance

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    陈松; 李建新; 王起才; 李伟龙

    2015-01-01

    Through the frost resistance test,mercury intrusion test,hole spacing coefficient test to determine the cement mortar pore structure characteristics and the frost resistance under different air content,study the relationship between frost resistance and cement mortar pore structure characteristics,in addition,also analyzed the compressive strength of cement mortar under different air content. Ex-perimental results show that the as increase of air content the pore porosity of cement mortar,total pore volume,total hole area,average pore diameter are all increased,hole spacing coefficient decreases,and improved pore structure internal of cement mortar ,and pore size distribution more uniform and reasonable,although the strength decreases a bit,but the frost resistance was improved greatly.%通过抗冻性试验、压汞试验、孔间距系数试验测定了不同含气量下水泥砂的浆孔结构特征及其抗冻性,研究了抗冻性与孔结构之间的关系,此外,还分析了不同含气量水泥砂浆的抗压强度。试验结果表明:含气量的增加使水泥砂浆孔隙率、总孔体积、总孔面积、平均孔径均增加,孔间距系数减小,改善了其内部孔结构,孔径分布也比较均匀合理,虽然其强度有所降低,但大大提高了抗冻性。

  3. Are we living near the center of a local void?

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    Cusin, Giulia; Uzan, Jean-Philippe

    2016-01-01

    The properties of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) temperature and polarisation anisotropies measured by a static, off-centered observer located in a local spherically symmetric void, are described. In particular in this paper we compute, together with the standard 2- point angular correlation functions, the off-diagonal correlators, which are no more vanishing by symmetry. While the energy shift induced by the off-centered position of the observer can be suppressed by a proper choice of the observer velocity, a lensing-like effect on the CMB emission point remains. This latter effect is genuinely geometrical (e.g. non-degenerate with a boost) and reflects in the structure of the off-diagonal correlators. At lowest order in this effect, the temperature and polarisation correlation matrices have non-vanishing diagonal elements, as usual, and all the off-diagonal terms are excited. This particular signature of a local void model allows one, in principle, to disentangle geometrical effects from local kinema...

  4. Generalized Statistical Models of Voids and Hierarchical Structure in Cosmology

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    Mekjian, Aram Z.

    2007-01-01

    Generalized statistical models of voids and hierarchical structure in cosmology are developed. The often quoted negative binomial model and the frequently used thermodynamic model are shown to be special cases of a more general distribution that contains a parameter a. This parameter is related to the Lévy index α and the Fisher critical exponent τ, the latter of which describes the power-law falloff of clumps of matter around a phase transition. The parameter a, exponent τ, or index α can be obtained from properties of a void scaling function. A stochastic probability variable p is introduced into a statistical model, which represents the adhesive growth of galaxy structure. The galaxy count distribution decays exponentially quickly with size for p1/2, adhesive growth can go on indefinitely, thereby forming an infinite supercluster. At p=1/2, a scale-free power-law distribution for the galaxy count distribution is present. The stochastic description also leads to consequences that have some parallels with cosmic string results, percolation theory, and phase transitions.

  5. Molecular dynamics study of void effect on nanoimprint of single crystal aluminum

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    Pre-existing defects can alter mechanical behavior of materials significantly under applied load. In current study molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are performed to reveal pre-existing void effect on nanoimprint of single crystal Al thin films, such as deformation mechanism and spring back phenomenon. Current simulation results show void acts as strong barrier to dislocation motion, although plastic deformation is dominantly controlled by dislocation activities. It indicates the void volume fraction has strong influence on nanoimprint: the larger the void volume fraction, the smaller the maximum force required for initial dislocation nucleation, and the stronger the interaction between extended dislocation and void. It also demonstrates that there is a critical void volume fraction for minimum spring back, which is resulted from competition between two roles affecting dislocation annihilation.

  6. Shock-induced hotspot formation and chemical reaction initiation in PETN containing a spherical void

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    We present results of reactive molecular dynamics simulations of hotspot formation and chemical reaction initiation in shock-induced compression of pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) with the ReaxFF reactive force field. A supported shockwave is driven through a PETN crystal containing a 20 nm spherical void at a sub-threshold impact velocity of 2 km/s. Formation of a hotspot due to shock-induced void collapse is observed. During void collapse, NO2 is the dominant species ejected from the upstream void surface. Once the ejecta collide with the downstream void surface and the hotspot develops, formation of final products such as N2 and H2O is observed. The simulation provides a detailed picture of how void collapse and hotspot formation leads to initiation at sub-threshold impact velocities.

  7. Strain gradient crystal plasticity analysis of a single crystal containing a cylindrical void

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    Borg, Ulrik; Kysar, J.W.

    2007-01-01

    , it is shown that a local theory with hardening has only minor effects on the deformation field around the void, whereas a significant difference is obtained with the non-local constitutive relation. Finally, it is shown that the applied stress state required to activate plastic deformation at the void is up......The effects of void size and hardening in a hexagonal close-packed single crystal containing a cylindrical void loaded by a far-field equibiaxial tensile stress under plane strain conditions are studied. The crystal has three in-plane slip systems oriented at the angle 60 degrees with respect...... to three times higher for smaller void sizes than for larger void sizes in the non-local material....

  8. Geometric and Chemical Composition Effects on Healing Kinetics of Voids in Mg-bearing Al Alloys

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    Song, Miao; Du, Kui; Wang, Chunyang; Wen, Shengping; Huang, Hui; Nie, Zuoren; Ye, Hengqiang

    2016-05-01

    The healing kinetics of nanometer-scale voids in Al-Mg-Er and Al-Mg-Zn-Er alloy systems were investigated with a combination of in situ transmission electron microscopy and electron tomography at different temperatures. Mg was observed completely healing the voids, which were then rejuvenated to the alloy composition with further aging, in the Al-Mg-Er alloy. On the contrary, Mg51Zn20 intermetallic compound was formed in voids in the Al-Mg-Zn-Er alloy, which leads to complete filling of the voids but not rejuvenation for the material. For voids with different geometrical aspects, different evolution processes were observed, which are related to the competition between bulk and surface diffusion of the alloys. For voids with a large size difference in their two ends, a viscous flow of surface atoms can be directly observed with in situ electron microscopy, when the size of one end becomes less than tens of nanometers.

  9. VIPRE-W benchmark with PSBT void and temperature test data

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    This paper summarizes comparisons of VIPRE-W thermal-hydraulic subchannel code predictions with measurements of fluid temperature and void from Pressurized Water Reactor subchannel and bundle tests. Using an existing turbulent mixing model, the empirical coefficient derived from code predictions in comparison to the fluid temperature measurement is similar to those from previous mixing tests of similar bundle configurations. The predicted steady state axial void distributions and time-dependent void profiles based on the Lellouche and Zolotar model generally agree well with the test data. The void model tends to predict lower void at the upper elevation under bulk boiling. The void predictions are in closer agreement with the measurements from the power increase, temperature increase and flow reduction transients than the depressurization transient. (author)

  10. Influence of dislocation structure and impurities on void lattice formation in crystals under irradiation

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    The void ordering under irradiation in simple cubic, bcc, fcc and hcp-crystals is considered within the framework of the dislocation model of void lattice formation based upon the absorption of perfect interstitial loops by voids. The ordering criterion is derived taking into account not only perfect loopd but Frank sessile loops and straight dislocations as well. Analytical dependence of void lattice parameters on the concentration of the loop nucleation sites is derived. Impurities are shown to stimulate or prevent void ordering depending on their influence on the loop nature. Finally, a mechanism of loop-punching from submicroscopic overpressurized gas bubbles is considered as a possible source of perfect loops which could induce the swelling saturation and void ordering in fcc metals with low stacking fault energy. 15 refs.; 3 figs

  11. Benchmark of Subchannel Code VIPRE-W with PSBT Void and Temperature Test Data

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    This paper summarizes comparisons of VIPRE-W thermal-hydraulic subchannel code predictions with measurements of fluid temperature and void from pressurized water reactor subchannel and bundle tests. Using an existing turbulent mixing model, the empirical coefficient derived from code predictions in comparison to the fluid temperature measurement is similar to those from previous mixing tests of similar bundle configurations. The predicted steady-state axial void distributions and time-dependent void profiles based on the Lellouche and Zolotar model generally agree well with the test data. The void model tends to predict lower void at the upper elevation under bulk boiling. The void predictions are in closer agreement with the measurements from the power increase, temperature increase, and flow reduction transients than the depressurization transient. Additional model sensitivity studies showed no significant improvement in the code predictions as compared to the published test data.

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

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

  13. Research and development of a super fast reactor. (2) Core design improvement on local void reactivity

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    A 700MWe Supercritical-pressure water-cooled fast reactor (Super Fast Reactor) was designed with negative overall void reactivity. As there is no cross flow between the fuel assemblies, the local void reactivity, defined as the reactivity change when the coolant of one assembly disappears, also need to be kept negative throughout the cycle. In this study, we found out the mechanism of the local void reactivity and improved the core design to keep the local void reactivity negative for all the seed fuel assemblies. According to the theory analysis, several core configurations, including the thickness of ZrH layer, the layout of the seed fuel assembly, the layout of the core and the loading pattern, will affect the local void reactivity distribution. Sensitivity of those configurations on the local void reactivity was analyzed. 1.15cm of ZrH layer thickness is the best choice for reducing the local void reactivity for the current core design. The assembly layout has no obvious effect on the local void reactivity. It is necessary to load more blanket assemblies in the inner region of the core in order to reduce the local void reactivity of the inner seed fuel assemblies. Loading pattern is also important for flattening the local void reactivity distribution. A hybrid loading method can be employed to make the distribution of the local void reactivity more uniform. Based on those conclusions, a Super Fast Reactor is successfully designed with satisfying all of the design criteria and design goals as well as keeping the local void reactivity of all the seed fuel assemblies less than -30pcm. (author)

  14. Diffusion plus Explosion Mechanism of Void-Crack Transition in Irradiated NaCl

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    Dubinko, V.I.; A.A.Turkin; Vainshtein, D.I.; Hartog, H.W. den

    2001-01-01

    Experimental and theoretical results are presented on the formation of large vacancy voids and cracks in NaCl under irradiation. The crack length increases gradually with increasing stored energy, which is explained by a new mechanism of diffusion accumulation and explosive release of energy in voids and cracks. It is shown that the colloid number density, which determines the critical void radius that triggers the explosion process, has a drastic effect on the ultimate mechanical stability o...

  15. 2D-ACAR measurements in tungsten with voids decorated with deuterium

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    We report measurements of the two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR) in W containing small voids filled with deuterium. A comparison of the trapping fraction of positrons in voids derived from the 2D-ACAR spectra and from lifetime measurements shows large differences due to the fact that the 2D-ACAR spectrum from positrons annihilating at the surface of the void contains a sizable W-like component. The trapping fraction increases with temperature

  16. Characterisation of Partial Discharge Pulses in Artificial Voids in Polypropylene Films Used in Capacitors

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    Ramachandra, B; Nema, RS

    1996-01-01

    Partial discharges in voids may cause deterioration of solid insulating materials. They often start in voids enclosed in insulation and or at the interface defects. A method of measuring fast discharge pulses with rise times below 1 ns is reported. Characterisation of partial discharge pulses in artificial voids in polypropylene films at atmospheric pressure is analysed that incorporates inception voltage, apparent and real charge, drift velocity and mobility of electrons.

  17. Glass composition and process for sealing void spaces in electrochemical devices

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    Meinhardt, Kerry D.; Kirby, Brent W.

    2012-05-01

    A glass foaming material and method are disclosed for filling void spaces in electrochemical devices. The glass material includes a reagent that foams at a temperature above the softening point of the glass. Expansion of the glass fills void spaces including by-pass and tolerance channels of electrochemical devices. In addition, cassette to cassette seals can also be formed while channels and other void spaces are filled, reducing the number of processing steps needed.

  18. Origin and stability of defect structures: the void lattice and similar phenomena

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    The void lattice is an impressive example of the many solid-state systems which show periodicity. The reasons for ordering and the factors determining the scale of the order are compared, giving a context within which the void lattice can be discussed. The reasons for the stability of the void lattice are summarized. Available information about the mechanism of formation is analyzed, with emphasis on electron diffraction results

  19. Void Structures in Regularly Patterned ZnO Nanorods Grown with the Hydrothermal Method

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    The void structures and related optical properties after thermal annealing with ambient oxygen in regularly patterned ZnO nanrorod (NR) arrays grown with the hydrothermal method are studied. In increasing the thermal annealing temperature, void distribution starts from the bottom and extends to the top of an NR in the vertical (c-axis) growth region. When the annealing temperature is higher than 400°C, void distribution spreads into the lateral (m-axis) growth region. Photoluminescence measur...

  20. Temporal and spatial evolution of dislocation and void structures under cascade damage production

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    In this paper, the reaction kinetics of mobile self-interstitial loops (SIA-loops) with voids, network dislocations and grain boundaries is considered in the framework of the rate theory taking into account one-dimensional motion of SIA-loops and their elastic interaction with extended defects. Evolution of dislocation and void ensembles in time and space is shown to consist of three stages depending on the relationship between the void mean size and dislocation density. While voids are small, the production bias effect on the void growth rate is positive resulting in the enhanced swelling rate at the initial stage, in agreement with previous theories. At the second stage, voids become a dominant sink for SIA-loops resulting in a negative effect of production bias on void swelling rate. At this stage, a spatially homogeneous distribution of voids becomes unstable giving rise to the void lattice formation via cooperation of one-dimensional (SIA-loops) and three-dimensional (point defect diffusion) mechanisms of interaction between voids. At the third stage, a saturation of the void growth and the network dislocation climb takes place resulting in a steady-state microstructure formation under irradiation. The expressions for the steady-state microstructural parameters are derived and compared with experimental observations. The comparison shows that such a behavior is characteristic of a majority of b.c.c. metals were not only small SIA-clusters can be mobile but the larger clusters convert into glissile perfect SIA-loops that can glide along close-packed directions and can be annihilated by voids and other extended defects to which they are attracted

  1. Convex-based void filling method for CAD-based Monte Carlo geometry modeling

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    Highlights: • We present a new void filling method named CVF for CAD based MC geometry modeling. • We describe convex based void description based and quality-based space subdivision. • The results showed improvements provided by CVF for both modeling and MC calculation efficiency. - Abstract: CAD based automatic geometry modeling tools have been widely applied to generate Monte Carlo (MC) calculation geometry for complex systems according to CAD models. Automatic void filling is one of the main functions in the CAD based MC geometry modeling tools, because the void space between parts in CAD models is traditionally not modeled while MC codes such as MCNP need all the problem space to be described. A dedicated void filling method, named Convex-based Void Filling (CVF), is proposed in this study for efficient void filling and concise void descriptions. The method subdivides all the problem space into disjointed regions using Quality based Subdivision (QS) and describes the void space in each region with complementary descriptions of the convex volumes intersecting with that region. It has been implemented in SuperMC/MCAM, the Multiple-Physics Coupling Analysis Modeling Program, and tested on International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Alite model. The results showed that the new method reduced both automatic modeling time and MC calculation time

  2. Voids in the Local Volume: a limit on appearance of a galaxy in a DM halo

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    Tikhonov, Anton V.; Klypin, Anatoly A.

    2007-01-01

    Current explanation of the overabundance of dark matter subhalos in the Local Group (LG) indicates that there maybe a limit on mass of a halo, which can host a galaxy. This idea can be tested using voids in the distribution of galaxies: at some level small voids should not contain any (even dwarf) galaxies. We use observational samples complete to M_B = -12 with distances less than 8 Mpc to construct the void function (VF): the distribution of sizes of voids empty of any galaxies. There are ~...

  3. Study of void collapse leading to shock initiation and ignition in heterogeneous energetic material

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    Rai, Nirmal Kumar; Koundinyan, Sushilkumar Prabu; Udaykumar, H. S.

    2015-06-01

    In heterogeneous energetic materials like PBX, porosity plays an important role in shock initiation and ignition. This is because the collapse of voids leads to the formation of local high temperature regions termed as hot spots under the application of shock loading. The formation of hot spots can take place because of several mechanisms such as plastic deformation of voids, hydrodynamic impact on voids leading to the formation of high speed material jets etc. Once these hot spots are formed, they can lead to reaction and ignition in the explosive material. However, diffusive phenomenon like heat conduction can play an important role in shock initiation because depending on the size and intensity of void collapse hot spots, local ignition conditions can be smeared out. In the current work, void collapse leading to shock initiation and ignition in HMX has been studied using a massively parallel Eulerian code, SCIMITAR3D. The chemical kinetics of HMX decomposition and reaction has been modeled using the Henson-Smilowitz multi-step mechanism. Based on the current framework an ignition criterion has been established for single void collapse analysis for various shock strengths. Furthermore, the effects of void-void interactions have been analyzed demonstrating the important role of the combination of void fraction, reaction chemistry and heat conduction in determining the ignition threshold. This work has been funded from the AFRL-RWPC, Computational Mechanics Branch, Eglin AFB, Program Manager: Dr. Martin Schmidt.

  4. Numerical Simulation of Dust Void Evolution in Complex Plasmas with Ionization Effect

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    LIU Yue; WANG Zheng-Xiong; WANG Xiao-Gang

    2006-01-01

    We develop the nonlinear theory of dust voids [Phys. Rev. Lett. 90 (2003) 075001], focusing particularly on effects of the ionization, to investigate numerically the void evolution under cylindrical coordinates [Phys. Plasmas 13(2006) 064502]. The ion velocity profile is solved by a more accurate ion motion equation with the ion convection and ionization terms. It is shown that the differences between the previous result and the one obtained with ionizations are significant for the distributions of the ion and dust velocities, the dust density, and etc., in the void formation process. Furthermore, the ionization can slow down the void formation process effectively.

  5. THE VOID-SIZE EFFECT ON PLASTIC FLOW LOCALIZATION IN THE GURSON MODEL

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    WEN Jie; HUANG Yonggang; HWANG Keh-Chih

    2004-01-01

    Recent studies have shown that the size of microvoids has a significant effect on the void growth rate. The purpose of this paper is to explore whether the void size effect can influence the plastic flow localization in ductile materials. We have used the extended Gurson's dilatational plasticity theory, which accounts for the void size effect, to study the plastic flow localization in porous solids with long cylindrical voids. The localization model of Rice is adopted, in which the material inside the band may display a different response from that outside the band at the incipient plastic flow localization. The present study shows that it has little effect on the shear band angle.

  6. The effect of voids on the hardening of body-centered cubic Fe

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    Nakai, Ryosuke; Yabuuchi, Kiyohiro; Nogami, Shuhei; Hasegawa, Akira

    2016-04-01

    The mechanical properties of metals are affected by various types of defects. Hardening is usually described through the interaction between dislocations and obstacles, in the so-called line tension theory. The strength factor in the line tension theory represents the resistance of a defect against the dislocation motion. In order to understand hardening from the viewpoint of the microstructure, an accurate determination of the strength factor of different types of defects is essential. In the present study, the strength factor of voids in body-centered cubic (BCC) Fe was investigated by two different approaches: one based on the Orowan equation to link the measured hardness with the average size and density of voids, and the other involving direct observation of the interaction between dislocations and voids by transmission electron microscope (TEM). The strength factor of voids induced by ion irradiation estimated by the Orowan equation was 0.6, whereas the strength factor estimated by the direct TEM approach was 0.8. The difference in the strength factors measured by the two approaches is due to the positional relationship between dislocations and voids: the central region of a void is stronger than the tip. Moreover, the gliding plane and the direction of dislocation may also affect the strength factor of voids. This study determined the strength factor of voids in BCC Fe accurately, and suggested that the contribution of voids to the irradiation hardening is larger than that of dislocation loops and Cu-rich precipitates.

  7. Molecular dynamics modeling and simulation of void growth in two dimensions

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    The mechanisms of growth of a circular void by plastic deformation were studied by means of molecular dynamics in two dimensions (2D). While previous molecular dynamics (MD) simulations in three dimensions (3D) have been limited to small voids (up to ≈10 nm in radius), this strategy allows us to study the behavior of voids of up to 100 nm in radius. MD simulations showed that plastic deformation was triggered by the nucleation of dislocations at the atomic steps of the void surface in the whole range of void sizes studied. The yield stress, defined as stress necessary to nucleate stable dislocations, decreased with temperature, but the void growth rate was not very sensitive to this parameter. Simulations under uniaxial tension, uniaxial deformation and biaxial deformation showed that the void growth rate increased very rapidly with multiaxiality but it did not depend on the initial void radius. These results were compared with previous 3D MD and 2D dislocation dynamics simulations to establish a map of mechanisms and size effects for plastic void growth in crystalline solids. (paper)

  8. Influence of ageing, inclusions and voids on ductile fracture mechanism in commercial Al-alloys

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    A Chennakesava Reddy; S Sundar Rajan

    2005-02-01

    The objective of the paper is to study the effect of ageing, inclusions and voids on the mechanism of fracture and resultant toughness. It has been found that the voids are initiated at only a fraction of the larger inclusions present. The initiation of voids at small particles in the ductile fracture process appears to have little effect on fracture toughness. The strain hardening capacity has a marked effect on void size, and is an indicator of fracture toughness in the commercial Al alloy.

  9. Void Fraction in a Four by Four Rod Bundle under a Stagnant Condition

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    Kamei, Akihiro; Hosokawa, Shigeo; Tomiyama, Akio; Kinoshita, Ikuo; Murase, Michio

    In the case of a hypothetical failure of a residual heat removal (RHR) systems under mid-loop operation, vapor generated in a reactor core forms two-phase flow in a stagnant liquid and rises the water level in the core. The vapor flows into a steam generator through a hot leg, and condenses in the steam generator. Since the flow rate of vapor from the reactor core to the hot leg depends on the water level and the void fraction α in the reactor core, the reliable analysis of the RHR failure cannot be carried out without accurately estimating the void fraction in the reactor core. Although a number of studies on void fractions in two-phase flows in rod bundles have been carried out, there are few experimental data on void fractions in rod bundles under the stagnant condition. Void fractions in four by four rod bundles under the stagnant condition were measured for a wide range of gas volume fluxes to examine the validity of available void correlations. Flow patterns were visualized by using a high-speed video camera to examine the effects of flow pattern on the void fraction. As a result, the following conclusions were obtained: (1) Dependence of the void fraction on the gas volume flux JG changed at JG ≅ 1.5 m/s due to the flow pattern transition. (2) Murase's correlation agreed well with the void fraction in the two kinds of rod bundles having different dimensions under the stagnant condition.

  10. Investigation of void effects in boiling water reactor fuels using neutron tomography

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    Loberg, John

    2006-01-01

    In a boiling water reactor (BWR), the void is correlated to dry out and the power level of the reactor. However, measuring the void is very difficult so it is therefore calculated with an accuracy that leaves room for improvements. Typically the uncertainty is ± 3% for 40% average void in the reactor. If the void could be determined with improved accuracy, both safety and economical features could be improved. X-ray tomography has previously been done on BWR fuel models in order to determine ...

  11. Cold-batter mincing of hot-boned and crust-frozen air-chilled turkey breast allows for reduced sodium content in protein gels.

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    Lee, H C; Medellin-Lopez, M; Singh, P; Sansawat, T; Chin, K B; Kang, I

    2014-09-01

    The purpose of this research was to evaluate sodium reduction in the protein gels that were prepared with turkey breasts after hot boning (HB), quarter (¼) sectioning, crust-frozen air-chilling (CFAC), and cold temperature mincing. For each of 4 replications, 36 turkeys were slaughtered and eviscerated. One-half of the carcasses were randomly assigned to water immersion chilling for chill boning (CB), whereas the remaining carcasses were immediately HB and quarter-sectioned/crust-frozen air-chilled (HB-¼CFAC) in a freezing room (-12°C, 1.0 m/s). After deboning, CB fillets were conventionally minced, whereas HB-¼CFAC fillets were cold minced up to 27 min with 1 or 2% salt. From the beginning of mincing, the batter temperatures of HB-¼CFAC were lower (P mincing, the batter pH of the HB-¼CFAC (P 0.05) from the pH of CB batters, except for the 1% salt HB-¼CFAC batter after 15 min of mincing. The pattern of pH was not changed when the batters were stored overnight. The protein of 2% salt HB-¼CFAC fillets was more extractable (P mincing technologies appear to improve protein functionality and sodium reduction capacity. PMID:25012854

  12. Biodiversity of epiphytic lichens and heavy metal contents of Flavoparmelia caperata thalli as indicators of temporal variations of air pollution in the town of Montecatini Terme (central Italy).

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    Loppi, S; Frati, L; Paoli, L; Bigagli, V; Rossetti, C; Bruscoli, C; Corsini, A

    2004-06-29

    The results of a biomonitoring survey carried out in the town of Montecatini Terme (central Italy) in the period 1993-2000 using the biodiversity of epiphytic lichens and the accumulation of heavy metals in thalli of Flavoparmelia caperata as indicators of air pollution are reported. From 1993 to 2000, the mean ILD value for the whole study area increased from 18+/-18 to 42+/-22, the lowest ILD value increased from 0 to 11 and the highest ILD value increased from 67 to 84. A 'lichen desert' was found only in 1993 and stations classified as 'natural' were lacking only in 1993 and 1996. Concentrations of all heavy metals decreased from 1993 to 1999. It is concluded that vehicular traffic is the main source of atmospheric pollution in the study area. The most likely changes that may have caused lichen communities to improve and heavy metals to drop is conversion of heating systems to methane (abatement of SO2) and the use of unleaded gasoline (reduction of Pb). The present results showed that despite their slow growth rate, lichens respond rapidly to decreasing concentrations of air pollutants, allowing annual changes to be detected. PMID:15142770

  13. Evaluation of radiation doses in paediatric patients undergoing voiding cystourethrography

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    To evaluate dose-area product, skin entrance dose and doses from fluoroscopy and radiography in voiding cystourethrography studies of pediatric patients. Procedures performed in 37 patients by four physicians of the institution were evaluated. Measurements were performed with an equipment including an ionization chamber directly coupled to the x-ray tube window and an electrometer (Diamentor) connected to a computer for data collection. Some procedures heterogeneity was observed and guidelines for good radiographic techniques were not followed. On average, 11 radiographs are performed for each study, with extended fluoroscopy time delivering a higher average final dose than those reported in the literature. The adoption of radiography with high kilo voltage technique and restricted utilization of fluoroscopy can result in a significant reduction of doses during this procedure, considering that the major contribution to the final dose comes from fluoroscopy. (author)

  14. Dynamic void distribution in myoglobin and five mutants.

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    Jiang, Yingying; Kirmizialtin, Serdal; Sanchez, Isaac C

    2014-01-01

    Globular proteins contain cavities/voids that play specific roles in controlling protein function. Elongated cavities provide migration channels for the transport of ions and small molecules to the active center of a protein or enzyme. Using Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics on fully atomistic protein/water models, a new computational methodology is introduced that takes into account the protein's dynamic structure and maps all the cavities in and on the surface. To demonstrate its utility, the methodology is applied to study cavity structure in myoglobin and five of its mutants. Computed cavity and channel size distributions reveal significant differences relative to the wild type myoglobin. Computer visualization of the channels leading to the heme center indicates restricted ligand access for the mutants consistent with the existing interpretations. The new methodology provides a quantitative measure of cavity structure and distributions and can become a valuable tool for the structural characterization of proteins. PMID:24500195

  15. Partial discharge characteristics and mechanism in voids at impulse voltages

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    Partial discharge (PD) characteristics and mechanism in artificial cavities in an epoxy plate have been investigated for different void dimensions and impulse voltage waveforms. A differential measurement system was developed in order to detect PD current pulses effectively. Experimental results showed that the 50% probability PD inception voltage (PDIV50) increases initially as the cavity diameter decreases at constant depth for double exponential impulses as well as oscillating impulses, but after aging, it becomes independent of the cavity diameter. Moreover, some distinctive characteristics of PD (e.g. main discharge and reverse discharge during the rise and fall phases of the applied voltage) were also investigated. The differences of the PD propagation and the mechanism between double exponential impulses and oscillating impulse were discussed

  16. Results and applications in thermoelasticity of materials with voids

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    Michele Ciarletta

    1991-05-01

    Full Text Available We consider the linear theory of a thermoelastic porous solid in which the skeletal or matrix is a thermoelastic material and the interstices are void of material. We assume that the initial body is free from stresses. The concept of a distributed body asserts that the mass density at time t has the decomposition γν, where γ is the density of the matrix material and ν (0 In the first part, in order to derive some applications of the reciprocity theorem, we recall some results established by same authors in [3]. Then we obtain integral representations of the solution and prove that the solving of the boundary-initial value problem can be reduced to the solving of an associated uncoupled problem and to an integral equation for the volume fraction field.

  17. Dynamical 3-Space: Cosmic Filaments, Sheets and Voids

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    Cahill R. T.

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Observations of weak gravitational lensing combined with statistical tomographic techniques have revealed that galaxies have formed along filaments, essentially one-dimensional lines or strings, which form sheets and voids. These have, in the main, been interpreted as "dark matter" effects. To the contrary here we report the discovery that the dynamical 3-space theory possesses such filamentary solutions. These solutions are purely space self-interaction effects, and are attractive to matter, and as well generate electromagnetic lensing. This theory of space has explained bore hole anomalies, supermassive black hole masses in spherical galaxies and globular clusters, flat rotation curves of spiral galaxies, and other gravitational anomalies. The theory has two constants, $G$ and $alpha$, where the bore hole experiments show that $alpha approx 1/137$ is the fine structure constant.

  18. Dynamical 3-Space: Cosmic Filaments, Sheets and Voids

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    Cahill R. T.

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Observations of weak gravitational lensing combined with statistical tomographic techniques have revealed that galaxies have formed along filaments, essentially one- dimensional lines or strings, which form sheets and voids. These have, in the main, been interpreted as “dark matter” effects. To the contrary here we report the discovery that the dynamical 3-space theory possesses such filamentary solutions. These solutions are purely space self-interaction effects, and are attractive to matter, and as well gener- ate electromagnetic lensing. This theory of space has explained bore hole anomalies, supermassive black hole masses in spherical galaxies and globular clusters, flat rota- tion curves of spiral galaxies, and other gravitational anomalies. The theory has two constants, G and , where the bore hole experiments show that 1 = 137 is the fine structure constant.

  19. Intravenous sup(99m)Tc-DTPA voiding cystography

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    Kobayashi, Yutaka; Tanaka, Shigemi; Morita, Tatuo; Matumoto, Shinya; Matuzawa, Yuichi; Ohba, Shusi; Tokue, Akihiko; Yonese, Yasuyuki (Jichi Medical School, Minamikawachi, Tochigi (Japan))

    1984-10-01

    Sixteen patients, clinically suspected of having vesicoureteral reflux (VUR), were studied using radioisotope voiding cystography (RI-CG). The advantages and disadvantages of RI-CG were evaluated by comparison with radiographic cystography (CG). The advantages were as follows: 1) RI-CG reduces the radiation exposure to the gonads. 2) RI-CG avoids the risk of urinary tract infections. 3) RI-CG is easily performed on young people and modest women in comparison with CG. The disadvantages as follows: 1) Incomparison with CG, the images of RI-CG are not clear. 2) The patient with renal failure cannot be examined using RI-CG. 3) RI-CG takes more time than CG.

  20. Las Campanas Loose Groups in the Supercluster-Void Network

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    Einasto, M; Einasto, J; Heinämäki, P; Müller, V; Tucker, D L

    2003-01-01

    We study the spatial distribution of loose groups from the Las Campanas Redshift Survey, comparing it with the supercluster-void network delineated by rich clusters of galaxies. We use density fields and the friends-of-friends algorithm to identify the members of superclusters of Abell clusters among the Las Campanas loose groups. We find that systems of loose groups tend to be oriented perpendicularly to the line-of-sight, and discuss possible reasons for that. We show that loose groups in richer systems (superclusters of Abell clusters) are themselves also richer and more massive than groups in systems without Abell clusters. Our results indicate that superclusters, as high density environments, have a major role in the formation and evolution of galaxy systems.